Let Love Grow

For my bridal shower I wanted a fresh theme, and what better then growth? It is true that from the day you begin loving someone, that love grows, and changes. It becomes different and new all over again. I wanted my shower to support growth and change and be embracing of all types of love. Even though the shower was about celebrating the love between Brandin and I as we prepared for marriage, I also wanted to celebrate the love of family and friendships that I shared with all the people attending my shower. It turned out  absolutely stunning! My father made a donut wall (which was such a hit that we had multiple requests for it to be left up for the wedding), we had a yummy mimosa bar, fun games, a poloroid advice booklet that I can look back on for the rest of my life. We  had awesome succulent  prizes, I gave out flower seeds as a favor, for people to take home and  plant and let grow into a flower and have a lasting memory of the love from my shower! I  am so blessed with the most amazing friends and family who filled the wonderfully decorated space with so much love, laughter, and wonderful fun conversation. 

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A guide to the perfect Bridesmaid proposal!

Cheers to planning a wedding in three months! Brandin and I decided to have our Wedding early this summer in our backyard! we are so excited to take this next step but the planning part is a little overwhelming... As I began to plan I quickly realized all the  small details about a wedding I never throught of! Like asking my bridesmaids to be apart of my bridal party! I wanted to make it special so I created a proposal box for them and I threw it together really quickly! (Kind of a theme throughout the whole planning process haha) I ordered plastic stemless champagne flutes at an excellent price at FeyaLivCO etsy shop, they turned out great and I got them in a week! I got all the bridesmaids names made into stickers at ANNLEXINE Designs Etsy shop for just 1 dollar a piece! and the mini succulents were such a steal from a local market in my home town. The bath bombs are Milk and Honey brand... I splurged on soy candles from Whole Foods because they were too cute to pass on! All in all spent about $25 on each of the proposal boxes. 

The essentials: Plant, Candle, Personalized cup, Bath bomb, simple as that. 

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Bark Box

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We are so excited to be partnered with Bark box! Its very clear how much we love our boys, and Barkbox has allowed us to shower them with treats and goodies every month! Little did we know, BarkBox helped the boys out with a Super Bowl tailgate party while we were gone in Minnesota. Each box comes with a themed collection, consisting of at least 2 innovative toys, 2 all-natural bags of treats, and a chew, all part of each month's unique themed collection. 

Heading to Minnesota!

This past week has been such a whirlwind with the anticipation of the upcoming super bowl! Samsonite has Made the trip to Minnesota a breeze. Their luggage and travel essentials kept me orgagnized and stylish for the trip! 

My Rose gold luggage comes in three convenient sizes, with a ligthweight hard case. 

The black leather Samsonite tote made oragnizing itineraries, tickets, and credentials so easy with its mulitple compartments, my computer fits in perfectly. It can makes a great work or travel bag. 

This duffle I can pack full of clothes, it makes a perfect weekender duffle bag. 

Traveling in style and functionality! Now I gotta  try and stay warm in Minnesota! 

Boxing: Pregame Stress Relief.

With this Sundays football game ( AFC Championships) getting closer, and the stress of playoffs getting more and more intense. I have taken up boxing as part of my workout, its an excellent way to relieve stress and its been toning up muscles I didn't know I needed to tone. I came up with a circuit workout that you can do anywhere that pulls from boxing techniques to target similar muscles! Get ready to punch the stress away! 

Boxing, Pregame Stress Relief- Fitness- A Briutiful Life
Pregame Stress Relief- Fitness- A Briutiful Life
Pregame Stress Relief- Fitness- A Briutiful Life
Pregame Stress relief- Fitness- A Briutiful Life
Pregame Stress Relief- Fitness- A Briutiful Life

Circuit 1

15 Push-Ups

10 mountain climbers

3-minute jump rope (Or High Knees)

20 forward punches, rotating your hips with each punch to engage your abs

30 uppercuts using dumbbells (half squat, pivot, upper cut)

Rest 1 minute

Circuit 2

20 Jump Squats

15 leg raises laying on your back

3-minutes of jump rope (Or High Knees) 

20 forward punches, rotating your hips with each punch to engage your abs

30 uppercuts using dumbbells (half squat, pivot, upper cut)

Rest 1 minute

Circuit 3

15 Squats with Bicep Curl 

30 uppercuts using dumbbells (half squat, pivot, upper cut)

20 bicycles

3-minutes of jump rope (Or High Knees) 

Rest 1 minute 

Circuit 4

Rest 1 minute 

3-minute shadow boxing, freestyle!!!

3-minute jump rope (Or High Knees) 

20 V-Ups 

Rest 1 minute 

Top 3 Smoothie Bowls


The Classic Bowl- Food- A Briutiful Life

The Classic Bowl 

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Strawberries, Bananas, and CoConut Chunks (found at Trader Joes)
  • Evolve Plant Powered Protein Shake (Toasted Coconut) 
  • 1 tbs Chia Seeds, 1 tbs Flax Seeds 

Instructions:

  • Combine ingredients into High Powered blender. DO NOT Use to much Liquid. The secret to a perfect smoothie bowl is a thick consistency. 
  • Remove and place into a bowl.
  • Add Toppings of your choice. I always go with Coconut shavings, granola and some Chia Seeds! 
Figtastic Bowl- Food- A Briutiful Life

The Figtatsic Bowl  

Ingredients:

  • 2 Figs
  • Frozen Strawberries, Bananas, and blueberries
  • Evolve Plant Powered Protein Shake (Vanilla)
  • 1 tbs Chia Seeds 

Instructions:

  • Combine ingredients into High Powered blender. DO NOT Use to much Liquid. The secret to a perfect smoothie bowl is a thick consistency. 
  • Remove and place into a bowl.
  • Add Toppings of your choice. (I chopped fig and coconut shavings!!)
Matcha Bowl- Food- A Briutiful Life

The Matcha Bowl 

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Bananas, Mango, pineapple and CoConut Chunks (found at Trader Joes) 
  • 1 tbs Matcha Powder
  • Evolve Plant Powered Protein Shake (Vanilla)
  • 1 tbs Chia Seeds 

Instructions:

  • Combine ingredients into High Powered blender.   DO NOT Use to much Liquid. The secret to a perfect smoothie bowl is a thick consistency. 
  • Remove and place into a bowl.
  • Add Toppings of your choice. Always Coconut, sliced almonds for matcha! the combination is delicious.

These Bowls are excellent for a post workout meal! I use a plant based protein shake as the liquid in all my smoothies for the extra protein, Being Vegan you need to add as much protein into your diet as possible especially if you workout daily.

Be Still and Know

Pslam 46:10

Be Still And Know- A Briutiful Life

"Be still and know that I am God"

Life can be crazy and unpredictable and this is by far one of my favorite parts of scripture to pray over wherever I'm at. From the racial issues, to acts of terror, to my everyday walk through life. wherever I am at whether I am stressed and frustrated or overwhelmed with joy. I like to take a moment and tell myself, be still and know that he is God, whatever stress, or loss, or joy, or sadness that I am experiencing, he is God and through him I am able. through Jesus I able to know the joys of the lord and of this earth! Having constant conversations with God. All day, everyday, those small acknowledgements and reminders are what help me stay grounded in hard times and in good. 

DIY Gameday Jacket

Say goodbye to unflattering Jerseys!

So far in my lifetime I have been to more football games then I would have ever thought I would ever go to. I go to a football game once a week, and let me tell you... the struggle is real when it comes to what to wear(I know first world problems...lol)  I have worn a jersey enough times, I don't want to wear another jersey EVER again. They are bulky, unflattering, and usually a rough material. Sunday football games are usually the first time I put makeup on all week, so you best believe I am looking to dress cute! SO I decided to get creative, I made my own jacket, one that addresses who I'm rooting for (TheArcher) but can also be worn on other days (if I feel like repping my man at the grocery store... lol) It also can be worn for any team he may play for.

Creating my own Game day Jacket solved all the problems for me. The Instruction are below on how I made it! 

Another great thing about this jacket is it is versatile, and I have the ability to add to it, add patches, or jewels along the letters, whatever I feel like, I can personalize it anyway I want.

DIY Gameday Jacket- Style- A Briutiful Life

How it was made:

I purchased an oversized jean jacket and Iron on letters. Essentially the project just requires your jacket, iron on letters, an iron, and a rag. Make sure you have washed your jacket prior to adding the letters. And keep in mind the process I took to iron my letters on was the directions given on the package, make sure to read your letters package and follow there specific instructions! 

To begin I laid out my letters how I wanted them to be oriented, then removed the paper from the back of the letters and stuck them into place. Once I liked the positioning of the letters, I began the process of ironing each letter to the Jacket. Applying the iron for 30+ seconds w/ a cotton rag in-between for each letter. My directions said to have the rag in-between at all times, but I actually placed the iron directly on the letters for a few seconds to assure they were stuck on.  Once I applied the necessary heat to each letter, I flipped the jacket over, and applied the iron directly to the jackets surface where the letters are attached on the other side for 30+ seconds each letter. Once completed all I had to do was allow it to cool and WALLA! I had an adorable jacket to where for gameday, or any day! 

DIY Gameday Jacket- Style- A Briutiful Life
DIY Gameday Jacket- Style- A Briutiful Life
DIY Gameday Jacket- Style- A Briutiful Life
DIY Gameday Jacket- Style- A Briutiful Life
DIY Gameday Jacket- Style- A Briutiful Life

Clearly needed to iron the rest of the Jacket.... 

DIY Gameday Jacket- Style- A Briutiful Life
DIY Gameday Jacket- Style- A Briutiful Life
DIY Gameday Jacket- Style- A Briutiful Life

Quick peak at the detailing on my pants I wore for this game. Obsessed with the laces! (RalphLauren)

DIY Gameday Jacket- Style - A Briutiful Life