Must Needed Bags + Bag Essentials

Do you ever pack and pack, and then re-pack your purse because you always are need of something that you don't have? Well, here are some bag essentials that I have needed in the past and you might need in the future!

Hair Elastics
You do not know how many times people have asked me for one! It always seems like the days that you need a hair elastic the most, you can't find one on you. That's why I love this kind of elastics because I can wear them on my wrist without fretting over my circulation.

Especially when the seasons are changing! I usually have 2 kinds of chapsticks with me; the kind that I can share with my family, (yes even dad), and one that has a tinted stain to it.

For the times when your skin is rougher than rock or dry like the Sahara desert.

Concealer is my main makeup product. I can't go without it, so I always like to keep an extra one on me.

You know when you slip a pair of socks on and once you've left the house you r…

God Fulfills His Promises

How great is the love of the Father that we're called the children of God Abram, a man whose years almost exceeded a century's, was surprised by the presence of God. Abram being in the presence of a Holy God fell facedown as God spoke to him.

God made a covenant with him 5 chapters before this point. The covenant He speaks now is entirely different though. This covenant was so certain, God changed Abram's name to Abraham and his wife's name Sarai to Sarah. So that it would be an everlasting reminder of the promise.

'Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you. '
Genesis 17:5-6  Abram means "exalted father."
Abraham means "father of many."

'God said to Abraham, “As for your wife Sarai, do not call her Sarai, for Sarah will be her name. I will bless her; indeed, I will give you a son by her. I …

8 Books Every Girl Needs On Her Bookshelf

Here is a list of books I believe every girl should read or have on her bookshelf at some point in her life. 

A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Brief Summary: Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant.

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“Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”

The Giver, Lois Lowry
Brief Summary:Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.
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“It's the …

What Shampoo Is Best For You

Do you ever wonder why the shampoo you are using just isn't working for you? Or maybe you liked it at first, but after a couple of weeks, you start to notice your hair is reacting to it differently.
Why it is important to listen to your hair! Your hair goes into different phases that are caused by seasonal changes, dietary changes, maturing, over-processing, chemical services, and medical reasons. Which makes it SO IMPORTANT to listen to your hair! 
What kind of shampoos are there? Here are some types of shampoos that I will explain further in detail. 
pH-Balanced Shampoo - for color treated or lightened hair
Conditioning Shampoo - for dry hair
Medicated Shampoo - for dandruff or other scalp conditions (not recommended for color  treated hair)
Clarifying Shampoo - for excessive buildup or before a chemical service (not recommended for  color treated hair)
Balancing Shampoo - for oily hair
Dry Shampoo - (used without water)
Color-Enhancing Shampoo - for color treated hair or to tone hair col…

Looking For Beauty

Oftentimes we look for beauty in all the wrong places. What defines beauty? This might become a deep topic but bear with me.

I googled 'beautiful people' because I was simply curious about what the world defines as beautiful. Here is a collage I made with the images I found.

I'm sure you may have found beauty in the pictures above. And yes, they are all beautiful. But what makes them all beautiful? Is it their eyes? The way they are staring into the camera lens? The way they are photographed? Is it merely their looks?

Recently, I've been chasing after beauty like it's a cure for the way I look. Beauty is not a cure.

We all want to be that girl. The girl who doesn't have to wear makeup to look beautiful. The girl who laughs as if there is no worry in the world. We want to be the girl who has a witty sense of humor to impress other people. We want to be as skinny as the girl beside us. We want to have a better physic. We want to be in a relationship with someone…

Mission Trip 2018

I got to travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana again for a mission trip!
This year 2 new guys came along with us. There were a total of 18 people (adults + kiddos).

We packed everything into our new little trailer Saturday, June 23rd. Came to church Sunday morning and then after my Pastor got finished preaching, we went to eat the meal some of our sweet church family made us. Once we ate, we piled up in the church van and headed north.

My youth pastor, LD (Larry David), appointed us to be more accountable on this trip. Which meant that we each had an important role to play. Some of us got bathroom duty, and sous chef, and then some of the veterans in the group were responsible for giving away Bibles and motivating the rest of the group to hand them out (that was me!). That plan turned out really good. Everyone knew what their job was, and whoever was finished with theirs helped the person that wasn't done.

We stopped right before Cincinnati for a bathroom break. I handed everyone 3 Bible…

Tennessee Shopping Haul

I found this cute little cosmetic bag at an outlet store. I really needed a Bible case to hold and organize all of my Bible study tools and journals. I bought it intentionally for that specific purpose, but if my Bible didn't fit I would just use it for makeup or beauty accessories. I am thrilled to show you that my Bible indeed fit, along with all of my other tools and journals! And look, there's room for more!

Vera Bradley/ /Tropical Paradise design is only available in factory outlet stores.

Here are some makeup/skin care products I purchased at a couple of the outlets. A girl's gotta shop during vacation, right? Sometimes I find the best products on trips!
Clinique Pep-Start HydroRush Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 / / $29.50
Gives skin a healthy-looking glow and UV protection against the sun’s aging rays.
Wear it alone, or under foundation as a prep for makeup. Fortunately, I purchased this the day after we arrived at our destination. I got to test it out on the res…