Paper Love: Valentines Day Cards For Your Loved Ones

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1. Let’s be real. This is VERY true. I mean we all have preferences, right!? Loving this card by Odd Daughter Co.


2. Simple. Classic. Straight to the Heart. You can’t go wrong with this Heart Card. Another favorite from Odd Daughter Co.


3. I binge watched Stranger Things in 2 days. I’m OBSESSED. Did you see the Super Bowl teaser? We have to wait until HALLOWEEN for Season 2!!! I literally can’t. Remember this scene? Eleven is SO BA. Stranger Things fans will love this one by LadyFingers Letter Press


4. Sounds like a perfect night. If you’re one to lay low on Valentines Day, then Alexa Z Design has you covered.


5. Obsessed with the greenery on this Odd Daughter Co. design. A perfect card for your wildlife love.


6. I mean….that’s it. Urban Outfitters wins for the most straightforward message. Right to the point. None of that mushy lovey dovey stuff. I’m about it.


7. Love Taco Tuesday? Check this design out by Odd Daughter Co. That’s true love right there!


8. Does your love cook? This Rifle Paper Co. card is the perfect card for your love that cooks, loves to cook, or is good at it. So hubby, be sure to NOT get this one for me 😉


9. HAHAHAHAH. Classic, Farewell Paperie.


10. Tell your love how much you love being together with this HeartSwell Co. design.


11. Guilty! Emily McDowell knows what’s up. If your nightly routine ends with a late night Instagram sesh, next to your love, then this card from PaperSource is the one.

RAW Leadership Event by Freedom Movement

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Last night I attended the RAW (Real Authentic Women) Leadership Event by the Freedom Movement held at ROCKHARBOR Church in Costa Mesa, CA. It was a unique event where real women in leadership roles in ministry shared their stories of the good, the bad and the straight-up messy and how victories were discovered through their persistence, obedience and overall trust and faith in God’s promises.

“Keep saying YES. YOU are important.” –Karrie Garcia

I left the event feeling encouraged, inspired, loved on and most importantly equipped to continue to share the truth that God loves his daughters in Christ, and that we are not defined by what we’ve done, or what has been done to us. We are to be his hands and feet in revealing that truth to those who feel they are too far gone to receive it.

Here  are some notes I wrote down (quickly) as the speakers shared:



“I realized that He wanted to replace ‘dull’ and ‘insignificant’ with ‘humble’ and ‘obedient‘”

  • Oftentimes we are looking for the big miraculous Godly thing in our lives but God’s plan may look a lot different than our expectations.
  • God is constantly asking, “Do you trust Me?”
  • Just as You are You are enough
  • Some are called to go to Africa or India, and others are called to other things that are advancing His Kingdom, like parenthood. We trust Him because He is the Designer and He designed us!


“Sometimes the hard thing and the right thing are the same thing”

“You will only fail if you quit”

  • Oftentimes when things get hard we run. But what were to happen if we endured?
  • Few people are really all in. Few people will truly endure the hard and persevere.
  • Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”


“There is nothing wrong with being Original”

“No one else can tell your story like you can”

  • We live in a world, a society where being “trendy” or being the same as everyone else is the norm.
  • Being different is a gift. God uses our gift to help pour His love onto others.
  • Our experiences in life, both good and hard can and will have an impact on someone. Share your story!
  • If you’re feeling like you don’t know what your gift is, or unsure of what your purpose is, God will reveal that to you. Continue to love and support His children and it WILL be revealed to you.


“I need you. Your sisters need you. God needs you. You have a calling so keep saying YES.”

“The Holy Spirit says, “Yep. You!”

  • Women are AMAZING. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, there is a reason you are there.
  • YOU are a leader. Even if you are an Usher at Church, YOU are the first person that people see when they show up to church. You are their first smile. The people you smile at may not have been smiled to ALL WEEK.
  • The spirit of fear is trying to take us out.
  • We are always looking for the BIG and the MIRACULOUS thing. God is in the quiet, the intimate.
  • When we continually say Yes, we are agreeing to share that God loves those who think He doesn’t love them.
  • We don’t have to perform for God. We’re right in His plan right where we are, right now.
  • Our calling will not be what we thought it would look like because we have placed some high-level expectations and when our expectations get lost we think we’re not on track, that we’re not good enough, that our calling doesn’t match up to what we think as BIG callings. With those expectations, we lose focus.

Stay up to date with our sisters at Freedom Movement below:


12 Fresh Prince Of Bel Air GIFs That Perfectly Describe Those Motherhood Moments

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Netflix UK recently announced that the Fresh Prince of Bel Air has been added to their service. I LOVE that show. I mean who doesn’t?? I still know the theme song by heart! I thought it’d be fun to pull a few GIFs together from the show that perfectly describe the craziness and fun that this crazy #momlife can bring. So here it goes… 

1. When you are released from the hospital with your newborn. (Yep, that’s right. The nurses don’t come home with you!)



2.When someone mistakes your baby for a boy, when she’s clearly a girl AND wearing PINK. 



3. Baby’s first time trying solids. 



4. How you feel after a quick shower while baby naps. 



5. Trying to eat healthy when you have kids. 



6. Your internal pep talk when baby has a diaper blowout. 



7. The morning celebration after you tried everything to get baby to sleep…AND she FINALLY sleeps for the whole night. 



8. When you come up with silly dances and songs to make your baby happy even if it’s just for a second. 



9. When you have a babysitter for the evening.



10. The moment you find out you’re getting an hour or two of “me time.” (The opportunities are endless. Well….) 



11. Hormones…



12. “It takes a village to raise a baby,” and they are totally right.

Our Cool Hip Getaway In The Mountains || Feat. Noon Lodge at Mallard Bay

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My husband is an avid skier and I love to getaway and relax, so we both did just that and took a quick roadtrip to Big Bear Lake. He planned the whole thing, babysitting and all (Thanks Nana and Poppy!). It was our first time away from our baby girl overnight. I, of course was a nervous wreck, and my husband was as calm as ever.

We stayed at a quaint little cabin called Noon Lodge at Mallard Bay. My husband found it after much research. Once our little studio was booked, I started following Noon Lodge on Instagram. Each photo of their property and unique interior design got me more and more excited for our stay.

When we arrived in Big Bear it was snowing. So GORGEOUS. At Noon, we met Fritz and chatted about our studio and the fact that we all had a connection to the state of Michigan. It seems like everywhere we go in California, we meet someone from Michigan.

The location of our studio was perfect. It was just about 1 mile away from the Village where we walked, explored and ate at the Big Bear Brewery Company and 572 Social Kitchen & Lounge. My husband loves trying local beers, and I love cute, unique places…so these two restaurants were perfect for us.

We found a cute little place called Big Bear Local, with acai bowls, hawaiian cuisine and amazing organic coffee. We met Sanoe, the wife of the husband and wife team who own this cute little walk up/drive thru joint. Born and raised in Kauai, HI (My husband and I LOVE Kauai), her and her husband moved to Big Bear and felt the need to bring a little of the island to Big Bear. They serve poke bowls, acai bowls, rice bowls, shaved ice (coming soon), coffee from Groundwork Coffee and so much more.

To complete our stay in Big Bear, my husband and I did our favorite things (I mentioned in the beginning). He spent the day skiing at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, and I spent the day relaxing by getting a massage at Altitudes Massage & Spa. Check out our photos from our trip below!

My favorite part of our stay at Noon Lodge was how personable our studio was. It was tucked away from town, and quiet, yet so close to everything! I can imagine how amazing the property is in the summer with the pool, bbq, and outdoor area. Obsessed. We will definitely be staying at Noon again in the future.

Heart eyes over These Women’s Watches (+ A Giveaway) || Feat. JORD Wood Watches

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Outfit Details: Shirt: Mom Shirt Co. | Jeans: Old Navy | Shoes: Target | Watch: JORD | Hat: Lack of Color 

When it comes to accessories, I love simple. Not too flashy, not too much, just simple. As far as arm candy goes, I typically wear a watch and a bracelet here or there. My new unique watch by JORD is the perfect addition to my arm candy. And yes, it’s WOOD. This women’s watch is the Frankie 35 series: Zebrawood & Champagne. If you’re currently looking for a new watch, or need an idea for a birthday, or even a valentine’s day gift, then this post is for you!

Here are 8 reasons why I love my JORD women’s watch:

It’s Practical

  • I love that the watch is practical. It goes with any and everything. I love accessories that can be worn every day that go with just about everything you throw together.

It’s Lightweight

  • Seriously. This thing feels like air. It’s so lightweight that sometimes I forget that I even have it on. I LOVE pieces that don’t tie me down. Pieces that allow me to run, jump, play, dance, etc.. (because I’m 8 years old).

It’s Handcrafted

  • This watch is all natural AND all of the materials are sustainable. The main material of this watch is Zebrawood, native to West Africa.

It’s subtle

  • It’s not too flashy. Because I’m so tan, it kind of blends in with my skin tone, which I absolutely LOVE. There aren’t too many watches for women that are subtle. It seems as though jewelers think women want and love flashy, well I guess some do…but what about us simple girls?? I guess JORD got the memo.

The clasp is easy and secure

  • The clasp is very easy to navigate and keeps the watch on securely. So no need to worry about it accidentally coming off.

The packaging is fabulous

  • From the box to the contents inside; everything is perfectly packaged together. It’s almost so pretty that you don’t want to ruin it. I’m a sucker for cute packaging! It comes in a gorgeous wooden box with the JORD logo on top. The watch is then nestled on top of a mini pillow. SO cute.

It’s easy to clean

  • To keep my watch looking gorgeous, all I do is apply lemon or orange oil extract with a cloth and it continues to shines beautifully. The watch already comes with a cleaning cloth, preserving oil, and a humidity pack, because JORD wants your watch to be in top condition always.

Free Shipping Worldwide

  • You gotta love free shipping and WORLDWIDE!?!? Yes, please.


I’ve teamed up with the folks over at JORD to give my readers a chance to win a $100 credit towards any of their watches. Also, every entry will receive a $25 shop credit just for entering! So basically everyone is a winner. I’m about that life. Enter the contest here for your chance to win. Contest ends on 12/2 at 11:59pm. Winner will be announced on my Instagram, so be sure to follow me there!
Luxury Wooden Watch

*This post is sponsored by JORD. All opinions are my own)*