03/ 09/ 17

Rise and Shine

Praise Jesus that I get to sleep in now that I take college classes! 😍 Now instead of rushing out of the house by 6:30am I get to sleep in until 9am! I am so grateful for all eight hours of sleep I now get instead of the two that I got when I was going to high school!

I’ve always been a big believer in morning and night time routines in order to start and end my day off in a good mood. There just something about putting your makeup on a clean face in the morning that is so therapeutic! Below is my morning routine for days when classes start at 11am:

9:15am: Wake Up!

I believe that the most important thing you can take do in the morning to ensure a good day is to start it with Jesus. Most of the studies I do are from She Reads Truth. These are a little more in depth and take a while to do so in the morning, I stick with the plans from the YouVersion bible app. They’re short, sweet, and to the point. It really helps me to keep Jesus at the center of my focus for the day. And although I’d like to say I’m not addicted to social media, I totally am so that’s what I scroll through right after 😜

9:30am: The Usual

This is when I drag myself our of my warm, cozy bed. I brush my teeth, wash my face, etc..I won’t go into detail on this part of my morning because (hopefully) everyone includes these things in their morning routine. However, I will share with you the face wash that I use because it’s what has been really working for me lately. It’s the CeraVe foaming cleanser. I have super sensitive skin so I can’t use anything harsh. I was using Cetaphil for the longest time but recently it just wasn’t cutting it. I totally would recommend it!

9:35: Lazy Girl Makeup

Considering I have sensitive skin, I don’t wear a lot of makeup in the first place, but even if I didn’t have sensitive skin I probably still wouldn’t do makeup because I’m so bad at it and because it takes so much time! This is pretty much all I do: First I use CeraVe Facial Moisturizing lotion to moisturize, while that  sinks in, I do my eyebrows using L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer pencil. I used to be a huge believer in only high-end makeup because I though that anything else would break me out. However, I have slowly been weaning onto drugstore makeup and so far so good! Next I use The Benefit Matte Rescue primer all over my face. This is where it gets really lazy…😬 I then use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind dark circle concealer ALL OVER my face. Yes, I just said that. I mainly cover any blemishes, put it around my nose, and under my eyes and then blend it with a beauty blender. I swirl on a bit of bronzer and blush, swipe on mascara and then I’m done! It only takes about 10-15 minutes total.

9:45: Bed-head

My hair routine is really simple as well. I separate my hair into two sections. I add some movement by curling 2″ chunks of hair with a 1″ curling wand and then brushing the curls out with my fingers. Then, I straighten the ends with a flat iron. I do that to the next section and then smooth any flyaways with a toothbrush and hairspray. Super easy!

10:00am: Get dressed

If I could give anyone my two biggest tips to getting out the door quickly they would be: 1. Lay out your outfit the night before, that way you’re not rushing to figure something out in the morning and 2. Wear lots of dresses if your dress code allows it. You’ll look like you’ll have your life together without having to put pants on 😍 lol! A quote that has always been stuck in the back of my brain whenever I get ready in the morning is, “Don’t dress for where you’re at in life, dress for where you want to be.” I don’t know who said it and I don’t know if those were the exact words but it makes so much sense! I always tend to be way more productive when I’m wearing something nice and my hair is brushed than when I’m in leggings and an oversized tee with my hair up in a pony… just saying! But at they end of the day, you do you girl! (I’m not saying I never wear leggings and t-shirts to school, I just try to stay away from it.)

10:05: The most important meal of the day… or is it?

Most days I eat a breakfast that consists of a water bottle (you should drink 1-2 per meal!) and either egg whites and turkey sausage or whole eggs with a slice of avocado. However, on some days the very thought of eating something in the morning makes me queasy so I’ll do intermittent fasting, which is when I don’t eat breakfast until 12pm and I stop eating at 7-8pm (intermittent fasting lowers the amount of insulin in your blood which kickstarts fat burning).

10:15: Hit the road!

AKA get my butt in my car and on the road so I won’t be late and so the professor won’t put a 50% in the grade book for attendance that day. Yes, that happened to me on my second day of comp. No I was not happy in the least about that, but I guess you gotta learn from your mistakes. 😅

 

I hope you guys liked this post! Writing it was a lot of fun! Praying for an amazing school year for everybody whether you’re in middle school, high school, or college! Regardless of all the cosmetic preparation, prepare your hearts and minds by praying for a good attitude and strong motivation and God will guide you through each and everyday!

Stay Fit, Fab, and Faithful!

xoxo, Abbey

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22/ 05/ 17

Bible Journaling!!!

Bible journaling is an amazing way to creatively express what you learn while reading your Bible. It is SO addicting! It is a fun supplement to add to any study, a great stress reliever, and you do not have to be an outrageously skilled artist to do it! Below I will show you some of my favorite materials, accessories, bibles, bible studies, and some examples of pages that I’ve created in hopes of inspiring you guys to spark your creative side and create a journaling Bible of your own!

First of all, I recommend getting a box, bag, basket, etc. to keep all of your materials in. I got this adorable box from Michael’s (as you’ll come to learn throughout this post, Michaels has an amazing variety of materials specifically for bible journaling).

Next, you’ll need a journaling Bible! While they aren’t exactly cheap, it will definitely be an investment worth making! Mine is from Christ Centered Book Store and is call the “ESV Bible, The Single Column Journaling Bible.” Recently, Nicole Bukle owner of @mamabooclay on Instagram, sent me this absolutely gorgeous bible cover. While this isn’t a complete necessity when it comes to journaling, personally, it makes it so exciting to open my Bible everyday. Opening this package when it came totally made my entire weekend! Every part of it was personalized from the tissue paper, to the beautifully written card. She even threw in adorable paperclip page markers and tabs! My whole experience with Nicole was extremely pleasant, from the time I discovered her Instagram account to wrapping the beautiful cover around my Bible. I will insert a picture of her business card if you guys are interested in getting your own lovely custom cover!

          

Of course, you’ll need coloring supplies! You can use any type of medium that best suits your style and abilities. My favorite is watercolor. However, I use all sorts of different materials such as colored pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, and even washi tape… SO much washi tape!

(Brands from left to right: Staedtler 185 C24JB colored pencils, Crayola crayons, and Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils)

(Dollar Store neon gel pens, Papermate Ink Joy bible study no bleed underline 6 pen set, Papermate Profile retractable ballpoint pens, and the top pen is a Gelly Roll metallic gel ink pen)

(Artist’s Loft Fundamentals watercolor pan set)

(Heidi Swapp washi tape pack, Gold and Planner washi tape box by Recollections)

(Sharpie highlighters, chisel tip, Dollar Store thin markers, Decocolor chisel point pen, white, and Artminds Dual Tip permanent markers)

(Crayola Twistables colored pencils)

(Dollar Store paper clips, great for making your own page markers)

(American Crafts bible journaling rub-on sheets, both the Rejoice and Believe sets)

 

One of the key parts of Bible journaling is making sure to really take the time to listen to what God is speaking to you through the study that you are committed to and to display that in whatever way you feel relevant. My favorite study so far has been the Psalms of Ascent plan by SheReadsTruth. It has really challenged me to mature in my relationship with Christ and to have a deeper understanding of God’s word. Before I journal, I read the day’s scripture in my Fire Bible. I love doing this because at the bottom of each page is has a translation of what each verse is saying and usually a real world example to connect it to; this helps me to understand some of the more difficult chapters. Next, I always complete the questions for whatever day of the study I’m on and then from there I choose a phrase or quote that really stuck out to me and that’s what I journal.

    

(FireBible: NIV, Student Edition, and the SheReadsTruth app, Psalms of Ascent plan)

So, as you can tell, I am by no means a professional “Bible journaler” but I hope that this post has given you some inspiration and provided you with information about the tools you will need to create a Bible journal of your own! Below, I will post a couple of the pages that I have journaled so far. (I’m a beginner, so don’t judge!!) Most of my inspiration comes from a Bible journaling book that I received as a gift and also from Instagram accounts such as @shannanoel, @illustratedfaith, and @mpjournalingibible.

Examples:

     

Inspiration book:

(Complete Guide to Bible Journaling: Creative Techniques to Express Your Faith by: Joanne Fink and Regina Yoder)

I pray that if you take up Bible journaling, it will allow you to relax and just spend sweet, sweet time in Jesus’ presence!

Stay Fit, Fab, and Faithful!

xoxo, Abbey

 

 

 



18/ 05/ 17

Stressed, Depressed, Jesus Obsessed!

Recently, I have been going through a rough patch both mentally and emotionally. Getting through these last couple of weeks at school has been completely draining. And it hasn’t even been because of finals or exams! More from the lack thereof. And In the last month, both my laptop AND phone decided to just stop working.  You’re probably thinking, “Really Abbey, you’re stressed about NOT having finals and that you can’t check Instagram?!?! Things could be SO much worse!” And yes, they could be. However, as a teenager in 2017 I completely rely on these two chunks of metal to do pretty much everything from checking my emails, doing my schoolwork, and staying on track with my bible study. Also, I’ve been praying for God to use me to start some kind of organization locally so that I can help others and to share His love, but without my trusty Macbook or iPhone  there is no way for me to research the need in my community or to get in contact with the people that I need to get into contact with that could help me! When I am doing nothing, I feel like I am not pursuing my purpose. I start to fear complacency. I let it linger in my mind and the longer this fear builds up in my mind, the more irritable and impatient I become towards others and towards myself. So on my way home from dinner, out of complete frustration I just began to pray. And what I love most about having this blog is that whenever I cry out to God in times of anguish, I feel Him telling me to write a post about what I am going through so that it might help someone else who is feeling the same things as I am. So if you are feeling underwhelmed and at the cost of such, completely overwhelmed, this post is for you!!

Whenever we are going through times when we feel unproductive, we have to be patient. As Christians, the hardest seasons that we will ever go through are seasons of waiting. Nobody, likes to wait. (Let’s be real for a second: has anybody ever been completely in a state of joy and patience waiting for their random Amazon find or huge Forever21 haul, to come in the mail… NO!!!) But by waiting, we are forced to completely rely on God, and by doing so, our sense of both trust and faith in Him will be made stronger. Proverbs 3:5-6 states that we should not lean on our own understanding but we should rely on Him and our paths will become straight. There is nothing in this world that we can get done effectively without the help of God. So we might as well, sit back and get comfortable while we wait for Jesus to help us along in this journey called life.

We also have to be persistent in our vacant time. Just because we feel like God isn’t using us in the moment doesn’t mean that we stop reading our Bible, worshipping, and praying. I shouldn’t be one to talk, I haven’t been to church on a Wednesday night for the past three weeks! I’ve been too caught up in feeling sorry for myself that I’ve refused to build up the energy to go. When in reality, that is where I should’ve been in order to seek the help and productivity I desired in growing closer to the Lord, instead of in my bed watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians (even if it was part two of the Costa Rica vacation episode). Pull out your Bible or Bible app and read Psalm 120:1-7. In this scripture, David writes about an Israelite who is completely miserable with where he’s at in life. He’s surrounded by evil people. However, he has his mind set on getting to Jerusalem, the Holy land, in hopes of living a life in which his relationship with Christ can flourish. We too must be like this Israelite. In that we must refuse to conform to the negative world around us and have the motivation to relentlessly pursue a relationship with God. We can not give up!. We must persevere.

Lastly, when we feel completely useless in where we’re at in life, we must allow ourselves to be blanketed in God’s never ending grace. Besides love, grace is my second favorite term that is used and displayed in the Bible. Just thinking about the Lord’s crazy admiration for each and every one of us never fails to put a smile on my face. Corinthians 12:9 says, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Did you get that? His power is made PERFECT in our weakness! When we are sitting around feeling absolutely worthless, God is sitting in heaven making the next season of our lives worthwhile! The dictionary definition of ‘grace’ in Christian belief is, ‘The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessing’. God favors us and is not going to let us live a life without purpose. By going through this period of “boredom” He is bestowing upon us rest for the endeavors that are coming ahead. He is showering us with unconditional grace, we need only to receive it!

I want whoever is reading this to know that I am praying for you. I am praying for a radical transformation in your situation and that you have the motivation and perseverance to get through this season.

Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Stay Fit, Fab and Faithful!

xoxo, Abbey

 



20/ 04/ 17

Live Life to the Fullest

This post is dedicated to Jaya Rucker. Last Thursday, April 13th, 2017, she and her loving boyfriend Marvin passed away in a tragic car accident. Her sister Analijah is a good friend of mine. This afternoon I attended her celebration of life and her story left a great impact on my heart. The three major things that I walked out of the service with were to always forgive, to love unconditionally, and to live fearlessly. Tonight I felt God speaking into my heart that I needed to speak on both His and Jaya’s behalf. To speak of the importance of these traits and how it is essential to obtain them in order to be able to live life to the fullest.

Forgiveness

Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

As a human, forgiveness is one of life’s greatest obstacles. Why on Earth should we let the people who speak harsh words to us, lie to us, and manipulate us off the hook? The answer to this complex question is ambiguous and hard to grasp onto. They don’t deserve forgiveness. Truthfully, no one deserves forgiveness, but as Christians it is our duty to show other Christ’s love. Because Jesus adored us so much, he made the choice to die on the cross in order to cleanse us of the sins that we all have done. We must also reflect his unconditional love to others by forgiving them without judgement; apology or no apology. Often times it is those who wrong us that are desperate for the most compassion. Not until we learn to forgive others will we be able to live life to the fullest.

Unconditional Love

We crave love and attention. In fact, it is necessary for people to survive here on Earth. However, as humans, we are also stupid. We do things we don’t intend to do, say things that we don’t mean, and think horrible thoughts. We are imperfect beings. That being said, God is so passionate about us. There is nothing on this Earth that we could do to stop His extraordinary infatuation with us. He hold us to absolutely no standards.

Psalm 86:15 “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

This is also how we should treat our neighbor. Unconditionally and with no judgement at all. Our lives would be absolutely miserable if we just stopped fighting for someone because of a silly mistake. In order to fully embrace life, we have to embrace others. Flaws and all. Love others like God loves us.

John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Fearless

We are all scared of something. Whether it is a fear of speaking in front of crowds, having a conversation over the phone, or genuinely expressing ourselves, there is at least one thing that it holding us back from reaching our fullest potential. Why? Why do we refuse to fulfill our purpose, because of lies that come straight from the devil? The same God that created the stars, moon, sun, mountains, and oceans, that turned water into wine and multiplied five loaves of bread and a pair of fish so much so that from the small portion, thousands of hungry people were fed lives inside of each and every one of us! If that doesn’t motivate you to unapologetically be the best you can be, I don’t know what will. We will NOT fail, for HE is within us!!!

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is the light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?”

I hope that through this post, you have been encouraged to live life to the fullest, it is so so so short.

Jaya, thank you for displaying these characteristics so fiercely. You are so loved and will never be forgotten. This is your legacy.

Stay fit, fab, and faithful!

xoxo, Abbey



20/ 03/ 17

Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Pasta

Pumpkin pasta is by far one of my favorite recipes! It fulfills pasta cravings without overwhelming my diet with carbs. It took me a couple of tries to finally get it right, but with a little tweaking of multiple recipes that I’ve read online, I think I got it down pat!

Ingredients: (for about 3 servings)

  • 1 can of 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1/3 box of cooked rigatoni
  • 1/4 can of Light coconut milk
  • 3 oz Goat Cheese
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • Sprinkle of Onion powder
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 4 leaves of basil
  • 1 tbsp of butter

Directions: 

  1. Dice garlic and basil.
  2. Add garlic, basil, and butter into a saucepan on medium heat.
  3. Add can of pumpkin and stir well.
  4. Add salt, pepper, onion powder, and goat cheese. Stir until goat cheese is completely melted.
  5. Add Pasta and fold until evenly coated.
  6. Serve! (opt: garnish with crumbled goat cheese and basil leaves.)

This recipe is so so so yummy and perfect for a healthy, low-carb dinner! I hope that you guys try this recipe and fall as in love with it as I am!

Stay fit, fab, and faithful!

xoxo, Abbey

 

 

 



19/ 03/ 17

#Blessed

As an active participant in all things pop-culture, being grateful for the things that I have can really be a struggle for me. Especially when it comes to comparing myself to other people. A lot of times I find myself having to step back and realized just how blessed I really am and that I can’t bring even the most prized of my materialistic possessions with me to Heaven when my time here on Earth runs out, whether that be tomorrow or eighty years from now. Thank God (No pun intended 😉 ) that I have a relationship with Christ that allows me to gain a genuine perspective on my life and the things in it.

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galations 1:10

One way in which Satan constantly tries to attack me is by tempting me to compare myself to other people. Whether it’s because they have a newer car than me, a better body than me, a bigger home than me, or a better sense of fashion than me; I fall for this allurement all the time! It’s so hard in a society that is ruled by social media to not fall into this evil trap. It can warp our minds to make us believe that we are less than what platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat tells us we must be. We need to be sure of our worth in the things that we are lucky enough to have. As Reinhold Niebuhr’s famous line goes, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” There are many aspects of our lives that we simply cannot alter; things such as our family situation, the house that we reside in, or certain health situations. We need to be able to accept these things. Only then will we be able to move past them and recognize the most beautiful blessings in which God has put in our lives. However, this idea of constant contrast is a two-way street. When we see someone walking to school while we are comfortably in our car, our egos mustn’t grow because we assume that we are richer than them. When we see a woman with scraggly hair at the grocery store twenty minutes after we just left a high-end salon, we mustn’t believe that we are more beautiful than them, and when we pass rundown trailer parks on our way to our large abodes, we mustn’t believe that we are more polished than the people that live in them. Looking down on others can be just as detrimental to us as looking down on ourselves. Comparison makes a gap in our relationship with God that is just wide enough for the devil to creep into and make himself comfortable. It tarnishes any amount of self-assurance that is in us and makes us feel less than enough to pursue God’s plan for our lives.

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2

 We must realize that our Earthly belongings are just that. Earthly. What a lot of us have a difficult time realizing is that what we own, we can not take with us to Heaven. The girl that owns a 2017 Bentley Continental GT has no better chance of spending an eternity with God, than the guy who drives a 1998 Honda Civic. What determines the value of a person is their character, their love for others, and their relationship with God. How could we ever feel ungrateful knowing that we belong to the One True King? We are royalty in God’s eyes! Knowing this, how is it even possible to become jealous of someone else’s possessions? God loves us and wants us to know that we are enough!

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

God has our a plan for our lives that is so great! We can only begin to pursue this plan when we realize that we are utterly and completely BLESSED. Jesus has already placed in our lives, exactly the things that he wants in it. What he has given us, he uses to prepare us for the next season of our lives. Whether these possessions teach us how to be grateful in a bad situation, or teach us to be humble in an extravagant situation, every single thing in our lives serves a purpose. Christ has us exactly where he wants us. He is aware of our dreams and desires and plans on enabling them to thrive! That being said, we must always step back, take a deep breath, and remind ourselves that we are worthy. We are able. We are more than enough. Our situations and our belongings do not define us. What defines us is our contribution to expanding the kingdom of God.

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8

Remember that in whatever circumstance you may be in, you are always #blessed. 

Stay fit, fab, and faithful!
xoxo, Abbey

 



09/ 03/ 17

What I Eat in a Day

Lately many people have been asking what I normally eat in a day in order to lose weight. The weight loss diet plan that I’ve been following is Weight Watchers. It is both the easiest and healthiest way to lose weight, like ever!! You get to eat whatever you want, just in way smaller portions than you would be used to. (DISCLAIMER: you do NOT have to be on this diet plan in order get some ideas from my list of meal ideas!) However, before I get into what I eat on this plan, I HAVE to tell you about the key to weight loss and health in general…. WATER. I know you’ve heard it a million times but it is so important that you drink half of your body weight in ounces every single day! (For example, if you weigh 150lbs, you should be drinking at least 75oz in water daily) Failure to do this will dramatically slow down, if not, halt weight loss. According to WomensHealthMag.com, plentiful consumption of H2O fuels your workouts, increases your metabolism, holds off hunger kicks (aka delays any hangriness, LOL), boosts energy levels, and keeps us from drinking ‘poisonous’ drinks such as sodas, and sugary coffees.

Now, onto the good stuff! What I eat in a day!!

When it comes to breakfast, I prepare it the night before and make sure that it is something quick and convenient for a busy morning. The three things that I normally rotate for breakfast are as follows:

  • 2 Quakers chocolate rice cakes with a tablespoon of almond butter and sliced bananas
  • 2 eggs (Either scrambled or sunny-side up)
  • Protein shake (My go-to shakes are Muscle milk, they are dairy free and I try to limit dairy as much as possible)

For lunch I again, try to make it as simple, yet filling, as possible. This is what an average lunch in a day in my life looks like:

  • A handful of spinach with a tablespoon of Robert Rothschild Roasted Pineapple and Habanero sauce and two boiled eggs
  • Pure Protein Crunch Peanut Butter Bites
  • Fruit!! (You should eat any fruits before 4 p.m. to burn off the sugars they produce. While they are healthy sugars, it is still important to rid your body of them, especially when it comes to weight loss)

Dinner is when I try to eat my serving of carbs for the day. I make sure to keep a balance of protein, vegetables and healthy carbs. My normal dinner looks often looks like this:

  • 3-4oz of wild caught salmon (hint hint: salmon has a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids which work wonders on your skin!), 1/2  of a cup of quinoa, and 1 cup of baked zucchini (all you have to do to cook the zucchini is set your oven to 350°, chop them up into either disks or spears, season it with any spices your heart desires, drizzle with about a tablespoon of olive oil, and bake them for 20 minutes)

Oh my goodness am I a snacker! I will be the first to admit that I eat sometimes just because I’m bored! This is okay as long as you snack on the right things…. No candy or chips!! Things I often grab when I get the munchies are:

  • Honey Roasted Almonds (These are seriously like crack! SO addicting!)
  • Grapes cut in half and sprinkled with a tiny bit of Berry Blue Jell-O powder (you WON’T regret this one, the closest thing  you can get to Sour Patch Kids on a diet. LOL)
  • Boiled eggs (Can you tell I love eggs yet?!)
  • Ginger tea (This is my fav! I’m in love with spicy teas and the ginger helps with digestion which can improve your metabolism! Yay, yay, and YAY!!)

I hope this post gave you guys some ideas for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners! I know the variety isn’t huge but I’m probably the most boring eater of all time, hahaha! Thank you so much for reading, until the next post!

Stay Fit, Fab, and Faithful!

xoxo, Abbey



27/ 02/ 17

Ab Workout!

This is my current favorite ab workout! It’s simple, to the point, and great for beginners.  I start and end all of my workouts with cardio to increase weightloss, so for that purpose I’ll include the cardio exercises that I’d do on a normal ab day:

Pre-cardio: 15 minutes on the elliptical machine (2min. 30sec. on level 1; 2min. 30sec. on level 3; 2min. 30sec. on level 5; 2min. 30sec. on level 7; 2min. 30sec. on level 10; and 2min. 30sec. on level 12 )

Abs: (repeat 3 times)

  • 1 minute plank
  • 15 Russian twists (each side) with 8lb medicine ball (or whatever weight, depending on your strength level) and elevated feet
  • 30 seconds of mountain climbers (as many as you can do!)
  • 25 sit-ups

Post-cardio: 15 minutes on the stair climber (5min. on level 5; 5min. on level 6; 5min. on level 7)

 



18/ 02/ 17

How to Make a Succulent Garden!

I have found a new obsession! SUCCULENTS. They are so incredibly simplistic, convenient and eye-catching. Yesterday I explored many plant nurseries in Miami, Florida and Oh. My. Goodness. the possibilities were endless, and so cheap! I literally spent more money on the pots than the plants themselves. The prices of the succulents ranged from $1.99 to $5. The bigger pot was $15 and the smaller one was $6. I definitely recommend purchasing any kind of plants from a nursery rather than a home improvement store, they cost a lot less, and in my opinion, are more healthy and sturdy.

Thing you’ll need to start your own little succulent garden:

  • a pot that will comfortably accommodate all off your new plants
  • succulents, of course!
  • cactus soil
  • succulent food
  • stones for drainage
  • optional: decorative stones

Initially, line the bottom of your pot with a layer of stones in order for your succulent to be able to drain easily, as the roots do not do well if they are sitting in a pool of water.

Next, add the cactus soil into your pot very loosely. This soil allows for drainage, while succulents are water storing plants, they do require a fair share of air circulation as well.

Now for the fun part!! Make holes that go almost as deep as the layer of stones. Loosen the roots of the succulent and place it in the indent. Add another thin layer of soil to make sure the plant is secure.

Finally, if you please, you can place stones around the plants to add to the appearance of your garden.

I’m absolutely in love with the way this turned out, I hope this DIY inspires and assists in all of your succulent garden endeavors!

 

Care tips:

  • Only water when the soil is COMPLETELY dry
  • Make sure to use succulent food! Any kind will work.
  • These plants are great because they do not need direct sunlight so they can be kept indoors. Just make sure they do have a little exposure to they sun so photosynthesis can do its job!

 



14/ 02/ 17

Onto Bigger and Better Things

Jesus has an incredibly unique and well thought out blueprint for each and every one of our lives. In 1 Corinthians 2:9 it is written that, “‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’– the things God has prepared for those who love him.” Isn’t crazy that our future that Christ has planned for us is so extraordinary, no human has the ability to fathom it? The problem is, us stubborn girls (JK!), have a tendency to want to do things our own way. In our head we dream, fantasize, and imagine the way we believe our lives are supposed to be laid out. We want to be rich, have a cute husband, and a million little babies, all without having to lift a finger. But when we begin to start devising our future without God in sight, things start to go downhill. We’re ceasing to pursue His intention for our lives, which is 100% guaranteed, better than any plan we could dream up. Our greatest potential can not be reached without the help of God.

In order to achieve all that God has in store for us, we must be genuinely and unapologetically ourselves. In a world of Gigis, Bellas, Kendalls, and Kylies, it is so essential that we stay true to ourselves! Our society can do without one more wannabe. What we urgently long for are women who aren’t afraid to step outside of the status quo in order to stand up for what they believe in.  Romans 12:2 encourages us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.” What the Lord is trying to express to us is to not just ‘fit in’. We should be motivated by the amazing things he has in store for our lives and not get caught up in what everybody else, celebrity or not, is doing, especially if those actions are not pleasing to God. (Don’t get me wrong, I struggle the most out of everyone I know with comparing myself to other girls. I want God to speak through me, even if it means writing about whatever trial I’m currently facing, as hard as it is to confess to you guys!)

At times it can be so difficult to grasp on to the idea that God has a bigger plan for us than we could ever imagine. It can be even harder to have the faith that God will follow through in his promises that he has given us. But at the end of the day, his intent for our life is SO much more greater than ours. I know this statement is repetitive throughout this blog post  but I can’t stress it enough. Many times we think to ourselves, “How in the world can His plan be better than mine? I have my whole life planned out for myself. I am set up for success!” This may be true, but you wouldn’t succeed to the level that God sees fit. Psalms 147:5 says, “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.” It may be hard for us to understand, but he has the master plan for our entire lives sprawled out in front of him. He sees the end result. We don’t. Why wouldn’t we trust the God who created the heaven and the Earth and everything in it? We’d be silly not to! All in all, we need to let go, and let God.

 



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