I once read (probably on pinterest) that it's hard to grow your faith inside your comfort zone, so I'm always looking for ways to "step out." So I went to Africa, told a ton of people about the love of Jesus, and cooked up a big pot of nshima. Then I went home, opened my own business (ahhh!) and now I'm back in Africa, stepping out more, loving more, smiling more, working more, and having even more faith. What could you do more of? #takethecapoff#getoutofyourcomfortzone#growyourfaith
A chill in the air means it’s time to bring out our Shiraz Cabernet! This red wine is medium-bodied with flavours of juicy black fruits and a touch of spice, perfect for cooler fall nights in front of the fire or after a trip to the pumpkin patch. 🎃#xoxowines
RECIPE // BUTTERNUT, GINGER, AND PEAR SOUP
Sweet, salty, warming, herbal. //
1 medium onion, diced
1 Tbs. coconut oil
½ inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
3 generous cups chopped butternut squash
1 bosc pear, core removed and chopped
2 cups broth of choice, plus more if necessary
1 cup full fat canned coconut milk
1 tsp. tamari sauce or coconut aminos
Freshly ground pepper and unrefined salt, to taste
Optional garnishes: Chopped chives, Pepitas, Tamari sauce
In a pot, saute the onion in the coconut oil for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the ginger and garlic and cook briefly.
Add all remaining ingredients, except for the salt and pepper, and bring to a simmer over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes until the squash is fork-tender.
Puree the soup with a blender. If the soup is too thick, add a splash of broth. Season with salt and pepper.
and 🌮🎈🌸🌺🌼. A big thanks to @crownsbychristy for supporting @ottostacos pink tortillas for #breastcancerawareness . We're so grateful of your support of @makingstridescentralpark @americancancersociety 🎀🎀🎀
Looking back on this year so far, I'm seeing how much I've grown. I've tried new things, attempted my first blog, and experimented to find my passions. I visited new places in my own city (like this cute local store) that I never would've thought to try before.⠀
A couple months ago, a new idea and dream came to my heart and for the past month and a half I've been working to make it happen. It's just about ready and now I'm only making final touches, but every day I wake up excited to work on it and make progress.⠀
I wanted to have it ready weeks ago, but let's face it I'm too much of a perfectionist for that. But today I can finally say it's [just about] ready and should be up sooner than soon!!!⠀
What is it, you ask? Well, I decided to start a brand new blog! And yes, that means the first one has been laid to rest. But a fresh start is exactly what I needed, and what better time than my favorite season of fall?⠀
My heart is really in this one and I'm so so so excited about it. Stay on the lookout- should be up in the next 24 hours!! 🎉
Delivered this family session last night! Oh this girl is the cutest with her curls and sweet smile! It’s so crazy sometimes to see how much more talkative and clear a three year old is compared my sweet two year old. These first years go so fast and they’re changing every day it seems. Always learning and picking up new personality traits.
Last night, our Hazel took a big sip of her milk and then closed her eyes, pushed her hair out of her face, and said “ahh, delicious” 😂 I have no idea where she picked that up but it was the funniest thing to us. Makes me want to just soak her all up and freeze this time with her.
✨PENNSYLVANIA BRIDES✨ We can’t say enough good things about the amazing team at @labellemariee. Gabrielle, Michele, and Jackie are some of the nicest people we’ve met and we always look forward to seeing them! These ladies are fabulous and all about providing the best service for every bride they meet. We’re proud to carry #justinemcouture here (since 2015!) and know you’ll have the most wonderful experience with them shopping for your dream dress and accessories.
Photo via @labellemariee
Flower Picking with Whit B || Raise your hand if you are as obsessed with flowers as @whitb624 and I are! 🙋🏼🙋🏻 Today on @stylemepretty our gorgeous bride Whitney is sharing the three things to look for when choosing a wedding floral designer! When Whitney and Ricky approached me about their wedding design, one thing our bride knew for sure is that an abundance of fresh blooms were a MUST, and so we turned to the beyond talented Shawna of the @wilddahlia_ to make floral magic!
It’s taking everything inside of me NOT to share what is up Shawna’s sleeve for Whit’s floral before the big reveal, friends! But if you’d like a little look into how the soon to be Angels picked the perfect floral designer, head over to Style Me Pretty for the entire feature (link in profile) ♡
On Wednesdays we make time for the small things that bring us alive and keep us energized for the remaining of the week - and wear whatever color we want. Here’s our girl @shannonshape doing what she does best in her @fabletics. What brings you alive?
The Aira Ring is an exquisite, one-of-a-kind ring that features a unique, adjustable open design with a sparkling setting of AAA grade cubic zirconia. This glamorous, romantic ring will add the perfect finishing touch to your special occasion. Pick from 18k Platinum Plated or Rose Gold Plated #thesongbirdco#ringoftheday#blingbling
What do you do when inspiration seems far off? Sometimes it just takes something lovely to reset so I’m ready to get back down to biz again! I decided I’d pause for a day of cleaning and organizing to get my creativity flowing again (I'm a clean freak). I'd love to know what you do! Leave it in the comments 👇🏼
It's finally feeling like fall here in NYC 🍂🍁 Although some nights its already felt like winter ⛄️
Love updating my home with the seasons & absolutely love my faux flowers I picked out from @michaelsstores & arranged myself. Little touches in your home can really change the ambiance & uplift your mood 🌸🍂
These sofa chairs are the comfiest & always find myself cozying up here more than our couch. Be sure to check the tagged pic to see where everything is from 🙂
Thank you @thewhitewren for featuring Christina and Allen's beautiful June wedding. This was one of the rare weddings where I actually got to visit the venue on the wedding day and loved seeing how all the gorgeous details came together so perfectly. .
Ceremony + Reception Venue: @arlingtonhalloaklawnpark
String Quartet: @dsqelectric
Hair + Make Up: @qthemua
Officiant / Emcee: Love Notes
Ice Cream: @steelcitypopsdallas
Sound System: @leforceDJ
When: November 6 – 8, 2017
Why: To hear 15+ experts teach on various topics related to launch and grow a profitable business from home.
link in @joifulbrandingsolutions bio #mumpreneursummit
If all the world's a dance floor, you're the one I wanna be in the center of the dance circle with (😜)⠀
My favorite dating advice ever is "have fun until you're not having fun anymore." At our wedding, our maid of honor + best man had to flip a coin to decide who got to talk about that. ⠀
In marriage, that translates to putting fun first. During stressful times I can go all serious face, but I feel like this guy keeps me goofy.⠀
With you, it's always been this much fun. And yeah, we can cut a pretty AGGRESSIVE rug. #dateyourspouse (📸: @thehappybloom at @annietruax incredible seaside wedding!)
I'm at home for the next 4 days (working tomorrow but the rest is weekend) and I'm mainly excited for snuggles with this little one. Look at her serious little face. Also I hear Katy wants a takeaway tonight which is very exciting.
THE TRUTH BEHIND THIS PHOTO: This may look carefree and joyful here, but my vacations weren't always like this.... 🙅🏼
I was either distracted by work, not present, or tied to my inbox with my mind spinning about my career. I simply could not disconnect from my business and found myself unable to "relax" even for a moment.
As entrepreneurs, many of us tell ourselves that we simply cannot take a day off. Much less, a weekend or a week. We lie to ourself that our business cannot handle us leaving on a vacation, and that work would crumble if we took time off. And I used to tell myself the exact same things... but today I am telling you why this simply isn't true.
Yup, ya heard me! Want to know how I stay present, disconnected, (and remain profitable!) while on vacation?
I'm spillin all the beans!
Get ready to book that flight, travel that road, and GET AWAY from it all! Because I'm telling you, YOU CAN.
Listen up! 🙌
In a world that tells us we can’t, I encourage you to push back and say I CAN. I want you to know you are enough, you are beautiful, you are strong, and you are so worthy. I don’t care what race, sex, sexual orientation, denomination, or age you are, because this holds for everyone. Know your worth & don’t accept any less, for anyone. Ever. 💕
Mindset over matter, do you hear? Stop waiting for others to tell you your worth, only YOU can determine that!
@makelemonadeco sending out good vibes only! I got to tour this place with the @theladiescommunity!! I love how well this space is utilized and every detail is well thought out, from wall drawings by local women artists to even their coffee coming from women in Guatemala. This place is all about #girlpower !!!
One of the most beautifully designed Co Working places I’ve ever seen! Check them out for some cool events too!!!
[Insert Oprah's voice] ✨YOU get a Bonus! And YOU get a Bonus! EVERYONE gets a BONUS!!" 🎉Seriously, I'm so beyond grateful for my gracious, supportive and incredibly giving circle of friends who also happen to be amazingly brilliant entrepreneurs too! This unprecedented line-up of guest expert speakers for my final 2017 Program launch of Lights Camera Branding is mind blowingly awesome!! The value is over $5,000 in BONUSES alone and that's extremely conservative for what each of their time is worth! We close the doors TONIGHT at Midnight, NO exceptions! It's not my style to "convince" anyone of anything. I ONLY want the right people, with the right mindset who are willing to be coachable. No one, including myself can help you succeed unless YOU are ready and willing to help yourself! That's unapologetically my style plus i'm completely deaf to excuses. So if you're ready, this is it my friends! Sign up at LightsCameraBranding.com We officially start Monday, October 23rd! LightsCameraBranding.com LightsCameraBranding.com LightsCameraBranding.com
Another day, another messy bun. .
I’m spending the day packing and getting things ready to head down to Tennessee tomorrow. 🙌🏼 It’s Day 3 of #theheartfeltgrid and we are asked to engage with our audience on Stories. Can I be honest? I feel weird on stories. When I talk, I just feel awkward. So, I guess I need to get over myself already & just do it. Since I don’t have a lot “work” related things going on... I’ll hop on my stories later to show you how I have learned to pack less 😱 (or how to pack more into a small space😂). But first: laundry....
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But so often, especially with our busy schedules, we skip it. What did you have for breakfast today? How are you starting your day? Coffee? Smoothie? Eggs? Let's hear it 👇🏼#nojudgement
Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for your desires. They will lead you to your destiny!! 🙌🏾💕 sometimes, it’s ok to be selfish, so that you can serve well from a place of being filled up. You’re no good to anyone if you haven’t had any sleep, haven’t eaten well etc. Think about it, and stay in tune with your heart. Your future self will thank you Queen 👑
Great designers look beyond the normal to solve problems that many don't realize exist. According to a designer at Apple, it's seeing the invisible problem, not just the obvious that's important. It's what turned the company into a household name.⠀
What can you strip away from your product or customer experience that will improve people's lives?
Did you know that the KL&Co. studio is on YouTube? You'll find some great videos on marketing and business advice as well as Photoshop tutorials so you can learn how to use the design templates available in the shop. More videos coming soon, but head over to the YouTube channel now to start diving in! (Link in profile) Hope you enjoy 😘
Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
— Psalm 96:3
I may not have everything I want, and ya know, it’s probably a good thing I don’t. We think having everything will keep us from wanting more, but it’s wanting what we have that leads to real contentment. Taking care of what we have. Adjusting our perspective. Remembering where we were a few months, years ago. Recognizing the opportunities, people, and context we have as gifts. When we no longer tolerate discontent, and it’s ugly effect on our hearts, our awareness of our blessings can increase. I am living and breathing in days I prayed for. I have things in my life I secretly hoped for. But how many of you know that God lives in that secret place with us?! He plants those risky dreams and hopes in our hearts!
There may still be hope for what has yet to come...but my lips will share of what he has done. My energy will be spent making him famous, showing people he’s faithful. Let’s get to praising him for what he’s placed in our hands...recognizing it all as miracles of grace, and trust him with the rest. Who’s with me? 👋🏽
HELP: We're dying over this killer spin on our Everyday template for Squarespace by @luxegrls 🙌🏼😍🎉 At first glance, we fell in love with the vibrant colors and major cool girl vibes this site has. Then that tagline caught our eye that reads, "Luxegrl helps girls understand their worth and find success in all areas of life". This is a movement we can totally get behind! We are so excited for @luxegrls and cannot wait to see how the website and content impacts people all over the wide web!