His & Hers Spring Florals

Oh, Spring is in the air at last! 
The beautiful pink blossoms on the trees outside our apartment have finally popped. I love sitting in my chair by the window and looking at the trees while the sun streams in. 
I also just have to celebrate spring with my favorite pattern: floral! 


Learning to Lose Myself in Service to Others

As I've developed as a follower of Christ, there have been certain virtues that I resonate with. As I read about the value of kindness, empathy, mercy, and joy, I think to myself, oh yes, that's me, I see that fruit of the spirit in myself.
One that I've always struggled with is service.

I am definitely not a natural servant. If I'm honest, a part of me likes to be served and noticed for my work! Throughout my journey I've heard many brothers and sisters in Christ express that they feel closest to God when they are serving others. Thankless work like setting up chairs before church and shoveling snow allows them to feel God's presence and love. Tireless work which requires much sacrifice of one's own needs like working at a summer camp or cooking for a gigantic group of people brings these people the joy of the Lord.


Three Main Dishes that Pack in Produce and Healthy Grains

There's such a huge misconception that eating healthy has to be boring, or you have to stick to a super specific plan to be successful. I'm excited to start a blog series called "Three Dishes that..." focusing on some fun and creative ways to get more of those healthy ingredients we need and want in our diet. 
Today's post centers on main dishes that pack in a haul of fresh veggies and fruits, and a serving of those good-for-you whole grains. 
A major highlight of this series is valuable input from a registered dietitian! A dear friend of mine and a R.D., Erica Baty, was willing to give me some very helpful information on the benefits of whole grains and produce variety. Read on for to get some wellness wisdom, along with a few delicious recipes! 


5 Necklaces You Need in Your Life

I have been really into necklaces since early high school, and I think they can really make a look and add some personality. Today I'm sharing with you some of my favorite necklace types that you need in your life! 


Spring Cleaning Cheerful Kitchen

The kitchen is truly a happy place for me. It's a place where I relax and listen to music as I get creative, cook nourishing meals to keep us going or bake naughty treats to indulge in, and love on my husband and guests by cooking and baking for them.
It's that spring cleaning time of year, and I don't know about you but my kitchen is always one of the first spaces that needs a scrub, and also one of the biggest cleaning jobs. 
But once it's finally clean, I remember why I love my kitchen! For our kitchen we chose cheerful patterns, happy colors, and a clean and fresh mood. 



2017 Must List: Experiences, Not Things!

A must list often consists of "things"- must haves. When I think of my vision for my life, my must haves are experiences, not things! As spring is drawing near and possibilities are expanding, I'm beginning to think of the activities I really want to do this year. Here begins my must-do list for 2017!
1. Go Hiking
 Exploring nature is one of the things that makes me feel most alive! This year I want to go hiking and explore new places, especially state parks and national parks if possible. I haven't been to Crater Lake since I was really young, I would love to return there! I feel like it is a must as an Oregonian!


Nature Tones & Peaceful Mood Bathroom

We live in a two bedroom two bathroom apartment. When we moved in, I was pleasantly surprised to find out we would have two bathrooms. I already had a vision for one bathroom, but not a second! I browsed Pinterest (of course) and decided on a color palette of natural tones, and a calming mood. 


Run The Race

The sun is glistening on the Columbia River. It's a bright February morning that holds the hope of Spring, but the bitter cold of winter lingers at a frigid 35 degrees. At 9 am, while bundled up in my warmest coat, I watch my husband take off for a 13.1 mile run- a half marathon.


Cheetah Print & StyleWe Giveaway

I've got a special style post for you today, I am cohosting a giveaway from StyleWe with fellow blogger Raine from Raine in the City! The details will be after I share my look with you...
Is there anyone else out there who was a teen/preteen when the epic Disney Channel Original Movie "Cheetah Girls" was released? 


An Amazing Day in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

This is the look you get when you get to be physically present in a place you have gone in your imagination thousands of times.
I was in third grade when Harry Potter first came out. The first time I saw the book, my mom and sister were sitting at the kitchen table reading The Sorcerer's Stone together. My sister's teacher had begun reading it aloud, and my sister just had to know what happened. I remember being annoyed that my sister was reading and not playing with me. In the coming months I picked up the book, and I, too, was quickly captivated by it's spell. 


6 Healthier Treats {I Can Actually Live With}

In an effort to try to eat healthier, many of us try to cut out the most tempting food items. Eating meatless, staying away from bread, or eliminating fast food are really not much of a problem for me. However, I know that I just cannot give up having a sweet treat. I've tried, and it is just not pretty. 
As an alternative to giving up treats altogether, I have discovered the sneaky trick of making my treats a bit healthier.


Freedom in Imperfection

Ok, this is a real "heart to heart" post.

Growing up, I was always someone who was accepting of my quirks and flaws. I was comfortable being me, and didn't need to cover that up.

Suddenly, as my responsibilities have increased over the last few years, I find myself struggling with an enemy I know many struggle with their whole lives: perfectionism.


African Peanut Soup and Naan Bread

I love trying new flavors, especially at home. It's an adventure to try new recipes and ingredient combinations. Last week I made African peanut soup and Indian naan bread, and it was so delicious and flavorful I just had to share it here! 

My Grandma initially introduced me to African peanut soup with a delicious chicken soup recipe. I absolutely adore peanut butter, so anytime you can add that flavor count me in! This recipe gives a fresh twist by including kale and cilantro. This crockpot recipe is not only easy and SO flavorful, but it's also gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian. 


Snow Style

Here in Eastern Oregon we have had a LOT of snow this season!
It's 16 degrees right now, and the second week of December we had about a foot of snow on the ground.