August Twentieth, Two-Thousand Seventeen

August Twentieth, Two-Thousand Seventeen

Hi there, guys! I hope you’re all having a beautiful day. πŸ™‚ It has been a while since I did one of these life update/happenings posts, so that’s what I’ll be sharing today!

This afternoon, I went out with my mom and little siblings to go to our favorite mall, which is called Sugarloaf Mills! It had been years since we went, so I’m very happy we got to go back today.

Just like we did at Zoo Atlanta a couple months ago, my mom went around with Samuel and Elizabeth while Joshua and I went off together. I love having these types of outings with him, and today was great!

First, we browsed around Booksβ€’Aβ€’Million, which is the first store you come to from where we parked, then we headed to the back of the mall. We passed by this awesome larger-than-life Batman, and we had to take a selfie with it!

We also took a picture with Deadpool (which you can see to Joshua’s right), but I accidentally cut off the figure’s head in the pic! πŸ˜‚β€οΈ

Once we were finished there (which was a music store, by the way), we went to Dave&Busters (a huge arcade) for Joshua to enjoy playing some games.

I followed him around and experimented with pictures, as I didn’t feel like spending money on arcade games today!

The picture above is of him playing one of his favorite games there. It’s a robot shooting game, so it wasn’t too graphic haha!

We looked around the prize shop, where he got some candy with the tickets he earned, and I got excited when I saw this pillow. Made me think of you, Beyoutiful!

With that, we headed back out to the mall.

We ended up passing by a store I forgot was there, called Earthbound. They have beautiful clothes, notebooks, room decor, etc. from all over the world, and I love looking around there! Many of the things were out of my buying range, but I didn’t mind. However …


When I found the section with things made in Guatemala, it was meant to be!! Both of these worry doll packages (which I’ll show you in a moment) were affordable and I’m so happy I got them!


GUYS!! I love them so much! πŸ˜‚πŸ’•πŸ’• I’ve been eyeing Guatemalan worry dolls for months on Etsy, and what do you know, the Lord provided a little gift for me today. xx

Now, let’s talk about the wonderful food Joshua and I got:D

He and I both love pretzels (I love ’em more), and Auntie Anne’s has some of the best!! I got the sugar bites, and he got the pretzel hot dog bites.

Once we finished our treat, we walked over to my favorite thing to do at the mall – mini car racing!

Call me immatureπŸ‘ΆπŸΌ but this race track is super fun – and affordable!!! I even won first place today which was AWESOME since I was the only girl racing πŸ˜‚πŸ’–πŸ’πŸΌ

We passed by Mom, Sam and Elizabeth after we left the racing place, so we talked to them for a few minutes. After discussing where we’d meet a little later in the afternoon, Joshua and I went to a store with lots of cool things from China – including katanas (pictured above), which J loved looking at haha!!

With that done, we went to the last store for the day, which was Bass Pro Shops. It was our first time there and MAN, was it huge!! Joshua loved looking around at the guns, bows, fishing poles … and I loved looking at these signs!

It’s so accurate, it hurts! πŸ˜‚

So you’ll have to tell me what YOU’VE been up to today, guys! Anything awesome or fun? Relaxing, even? (That’s the best type of weekend honestly haha) Definitely let me know in the comments below! πŸ’š Thanks for reading!

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Spotlight Saturday | Christ, Crafts & Cuisine

Spotlight Saturday | Christ, Crafts & Cuisine

Hello there, guys! I hope that you’re all having a fantastic weekend. πŸ’œ Wonder of wonders, I managed to have two Spotlight Saturday interviews to share with y’all two weeks in a row! *brain explodes* That’s pretty amazing, and it was only possible because of the beautiful ladies I had the opportunity to interview. ❀ Last week, it was Shannon from Kittyp0p, and this week, it’s … well I’ll let you find out in the rest of the post below!

Have fun reading πŸ˜€

My words are in italics, and hers are in bold.

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Spotlight Saturday #13

Hi guys!! Thanks so much for coming by this week’s spotlight(: Today I would like to introduce you to one of the sweetest bloggers I know on WordPress! She loves writing about the Lord, DIYs she’s done, recipes she makes … haha actually, that’s all in the name of her blog! πŸ˜‚ Please welcome the lovely writer behind Christ, Crafts & Cuisine!

Thank you, thank you! I am so honored to be here! Thanks so much Maggie for your kind words and this opportunity, you rock! I want to give a big “HELLO!” to all of you fabulous readers out there! I hope you find this just as exciting as I do!

You’re very welcome! Ahh yes I’m excited as well πŸ˜€ My first question for you is, why did you decide to start your blog, CC&C?

I decided to start this blog because it seemed like a really fun idea! I loved the idea of posting things and people responding and getting inspired. I really enjoy sharing my passions with so many people as well. I hope that through this all I may have the honor of inspiring people to live a life dedicated to following God, eating “healthier” alternatives, and getting creative πŸ™‚

That’s wonderful! I have loved blogging for years (I made my first blog in 2010!), and I’ve always had fun with it. πŸ™‚ I love seeing your posts pop up in my Reader! They always inspire me. xx My next question for you is, what are three posts that you really enjoyed writing, and what are they about?

You have been blogging for a long time, that is awesome! I am so glad you like them!

As for my top three posts that I enjoyed writing:

Living With Actions– This post is about an amazing youth service I had gone to and an important life lesson I learned

Revelation on Worship– This post is about a mind-blowing revelation God gave me, concerning true worship, and how it all came about.

Vegan Cookies– This post is a yummy cookie recipe, plus I got creative and slightly strange and wrote a really fun introduction!

Overall though, I enjoy writing all of my posts!

Hehe yes, I am quite the experienced blogger! Ooh those all sound like amazing posts. The Revelation on Worship one has such a beautiful and powerful message! ❀ Next, I’d like to know, what are your favorite things to do when you’re not blogging?

Thank you so much 😊 My favorite things to do when I’m not blogging are: Baking-of course, walking, watching YouTube videos, singing using the StarMaker app, taking pictures, searching Pinterest-only for a few minutes πŸ˜‰,and hanging out with family and friends!

You’re welcome! Aww that’s all amazing! xx I’ll have to look up StarMaker; never heard of that before:) My next question for you is, do you have any advice for new bloggers? And what have you learned during your time of blogging?

Oh yes, it’s an awesome app! My number one advice for new bloggers would be to not stress yourself out. Unless you plan to make blogging your career, do what you can, when you can. That is something I am still learning πŸ˜‚ 

A great thing I have learned from blogging is that there are many other Christians, particularly my age, going through the same things that I am going through. For example, you Maggie! It’s so good to know that I am not the only one. 

Awesome advice! Stressing myself out with blogging is something I’m guilty of too often πŸ˜‚ I’m still learning, even after all these years! And I agree, it’s so comforting to know that we’re not alone in whatever we’re going through. πŸ’– My next question is, what inspires you to blog?

Oh, I am pretty sure we all are guilty of that one!! It really is. I would say my followers are a big inspiration.

I love when they respond to my posts and interact with me. Just knowing that people are interested in what I am saying is so inspiring. It gives me that boost to keep going, which is definitely needed at times 😊

Followers are a huge encouragement to me, too! Having a community of blogging friends is so much fun. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you, girl! This has been so much fun. xx Do you have anything else you’d like to say before we go?

Yes, it is! All I have left to say is: This was so fun! Also, thank you so much for thinking of me 😊 I am so thankful for the opportunity to be introduced to some fantastic followers, on a wonderful blog and not to mention the amazing, God-loving young lady behind it all. Thanks, Maggie ❀️

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Thank you all so much for reading, guys! It would be a big blessing to both of us if you could go by her blog for yourself. She’s always coming up with unique, interesting post ideas – I’m sure that you’ll find something you like there!

So, are you following CC&C? Let me know
in the comments below!

Happy Saturday, guys! I’ll see you next week. ❀

Cultivating A Joyful Life | Content Where We Are

Cultivating A Joyful Life | Content Where We Are

First and foremost, before I really delve into the topic of this post, I’d like to clarify that I’m well aware that most people don’t live in cozy little outdoor patios like the one featured above. πŸ˜‚πŸ’š It merely serves to materialize the ‘home’ theme of Part One of my Cultivating A Joyful Life series, as well as keeping to the constant theme of these posts, which are gardens.

In the introduction that I wrote last week, I shared a beautiful way to think of our minds and our hearts, and that is by comparing them to a garden. The gardens that are well-cultivated, loved, and overall taken care are home to many beautiful plants and accents throughout! However, much against the gardener’s will, weeds still sprout up, good plants still die, etc, so it is essential that they are continuously cared for.

They cannot be cultivated to a certain point, then left to their own devices; just like with gardens, our hearts need daily (in some cases constant) care, or else everything gets bad quite suddenly. In abandoned gardens, flowers start to wilt, stems fade and begin turning brown, leaves slowly fall off the trees … in short, beautiful things cannot live if not taken care of.

I may be speaking of gardens, but in many ways, one can put his- or herself in this situation, as well. What happens when we stop actively putting aside bad behaviors? How does our life change when good habits that we were constantly nurturing are thrown to the side? Our positivity starts to wilt, happiness fades and turns to sorrow, and the joyful way we usually feel begins to crumble away. It’s a sad image, yet absolutely accurate; I’ve seen it happen – and felt it happen! – time and time again.

One of the utmost things that has been on my mind as of late have been earthly dwellings – or, put plainly, as you’d probably prefer πŸ˜‚, our homes! 🏠 Many of us (myself included) become discontent with where we currently reside for all sorts of reasons. That’s what I’ll be attempting to tackle today – discontentment with where we live, and how we may come to be okay, happy, and just overall …

Content Where We Are

This is a fact of life that many of you probably already know: we easily (and often) become bored. Growing tired of anything in our lives that stays constant for too long is a frequent occurrence, and it is completely different for each and every person. We crave change, we desire new things, and, sometimes, we simply long for life to be a bit more interesting. I know that I personally love for things to be familiar, yet interesting; normal, yet different.

You see, I love for things to have a basic schedule and predictability, while still leaving room for creativity, for switching things around here and there when necessary. For example, I really enjoy going places, and I love that most when they’re differentΒ places. I like to get my schoolwork done on weekday mornings, but in a differentΒ order each day, depending on how much work I’m assigned. I thoroughly enjoy reading books, browsing blogs, and listening to music, and I enjoy those activities most when they are differentΒ books, blogs, and music. Do you see the growing pattern here?

I love predictable variation.

That may sound odd to you. In fact, it sounds odd to me. But I have realized while writing this post that it is an absolute truth in my life.

When it comes to where my family and I live, I strive to be happy with where we’re living. I decorate the bedroom I occupy to my utmost liking, and I learn to accept the little things that are wrong with the house itself (for there are always cons to the homes we find ourselves in). I’m usually quite fine with wherever we’re living. However, the moment I begin to feel unhappy with the location, I feel very trapped, sometimes afraid, and most certainly like I want to break free and move elsewhere – far away – to beΒ anywhere but here.

When I look to the Lord for the healing balm that will soothe my aching soul, I always find three things that comfort me. Here they are:

  1. He cares for us so much. It may look like we’re stuck somewhere, whether it’s because we haven’t found a new place to move, or there are financial struggles, etc, but all things serve a good purpose (Romans 8:28). Find joy in the waiting! It definitely seems fruitless at times, but we are always being prepared for what is to come. That leads me to my second point:
  2. The dreams and plans that the Lord has for His children are far greater than we can ever imagine.Β It says so in His Word! (1 Corinthians 2:9) We often find this hard to believe, especially when we’re hurting, but please, if you will, take a moment to look back at the beautiful life you have. Can you see His hand at work? I always can in my own life. ❀ That leads me (again!) to my third point:
  3. This is not our eternal home!Β I tend to think that bad/upsetting living situations are a permanent thing, but guys. Everything is SO temporary! Not only are there beautiful opportunities and experiences waiting for us in our future, but we are also “looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.” – 2 Peter 3:13 NLT, emphasis mine. That’s the first time I’ve read that particular translation of the verse, and it has me so excited right now for all that He has in store for us!

In conclusion, it’s hard to feel settled in the houses/apartments we live in sometimes – and that’s okay. At times, it’s important that we move, and in other situations, it is crucial that we wait. Look at your unique situation from every angle. For me personally, I know that my family and I will soon move out of the house we’ve lived in for two years, which I didn’t even know about when I started writing this post. ❀ The Lord’s blessings are everywhere!! (: xx (by the way, we don’t have a date or anything yet. This plan is tentative. ‘Soon’ will have to do for now. πŸ’š)

How about you?

Are you finding the joy in where you live? What are YOUR favorite things about your current home? πŸ πŸ’œ

Happy Wednesday, guys! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful, blessed week!

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