One Second Everyday | 2017

I wanted to document a 1 second video clip every single day for one year! I started January 1st and ended on December 31st. It was definitely a challenge to keep up with some of the days but I DID IT. I love being able to take pictures and videos of amazing things or even just simple boring things that happen in my life.

I’m sharing this a little later than I wanted to but here it is! I wasn’t going to keep the original audio but I thought I would keep it raw then later decide to add a little background music to it so enjoy! I can’t wait to see what this next year brings for me because after doing this video I’ll be doing another one (:

MO vacation MO food

A vacation to the midwest is probably not the top travel spot someone would pick for the start of summer but it just so happen to be mine. If you ever find yourself in this neck of the woods I like to call home, the 417, Springvegas, or better known as Springfield, Missouri and get hungry you should try out these local places!

ANDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD 

The best frozen custard you will have! From a simple cone to a concrete that has all the toppings you can imagine, Andy’s has something for everyone! The first thing I did when I got into Springfield was get Andy’s. Being without it for a year I got it as much as I could for the two weeks I was in town. If you are an Andy’s lover like me you might ask how did you go that long without it?! I do not know!!! Because I kid you not I crave Andy’s every other day! #BringAndystoFlorida

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BLACK SHEEP BURGERS & SHAKES

Juicy flavorful burgers and well seasoned fries is exactly what Black Sheep has to offer. BUT that’s not even the best part. They have milkshakes!!! And not just any kind of milkshakes but alcoholic milkshakes!! Which are also made from Andy’s Frozen Custard. It’s a win win all around!

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DRUFF’S

Fancy grill cheese is how I associate with Druff’s. A simple menu is all you need sometimes! Great lunch spot even better Happy Hour spot!!

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THE GOLDEN GIRL RUM CLUB

Drinks! Drinks! Drinks! This is the place to get drinks with the girls. If you also want a bite to eat they have a few things you can choose from the menu. I was so hungry that I didn’t even get to take a photo of the rice bowl I got but the tacos my friends got looked just as tasty! From the food to the drinks this place is filled with flavor! But be careful when it comes to the drinks, one too many Hurricanes could cause a hurricane headache the next morning!

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SPRINGFIELD BREWING COMPANY

Good food, good beer, come here!

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ST. MICHAEL’S

If you make your way to St. Michael’s whether it be for lunch or dinner, make sure you get a slice of the banana cake! It’s scrumptious and just the thing you need to satisfy your sweet tooth!

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PINEAPPLE WHIP

A good simple refreshing treat that won’t fill you up too much after the large meal you had before. My go to place on a hot summer day but be ready for it to melt on your hands in a matter of seconds if you get a cone! There is the original flavor which is pineapple or depending on the location, there is a second flavor that is available (strawberry-kiwi, grape, or mango-peach) and you can get the swirl. I’m more of an original type of girl but depending on the flavor I might go for a swirl that day!

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Photo from: RPM

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YOU ARE WORTH IT

Ever feel as if you aren’t good enough?? That no matter what you do or say it never seems to be enough? Well, that is how I have felt for the majority of my life. When something goes wrong, I tend to blame myself. My head seems to think, “I don’t deserve anything good.” When people tell me they love me or give me compliments I have a tendency to believe that they aren’t being truthful. I don’t believe them because I realize I don’t know how to love myself.

There is no way you can accept someone’s love, and distribute it and genuinely mean it, if you don’t love yourself first. To put it in a different perspective; If I don’t have money, I don’t have money to give you. So, if I don’t have any love for myself, how can I give any to you too?

But you know… I AM WORTH IT! YOU ARE WORTH IT! WE ALL ARE WORTH IT. I’ve had a few life lessons that have taught me this:

The identity of my worth, my respect, my value should never be controlled if others see that in me or not. The harsh reality of it is, people do come and go out of our lives. You cannot base your happiness in someone/something else or give them control over your life. Because if you do lose that person, you lose everything you worked hard for. The only way to protect yourself is to determine your self value, and to understand your worth and to begin the process of loving yourself first!

Recognize who you are as a person, regardless if people see that or not. You should be able to say to someone “Yes I love you, I care for you, and I will give you the world, REGARDLESS of whether you are able to return it, understand it, or accept it.” Because that person, not being able to return that to you, should not dictate how you feel about yourself.

Sometimes, I seek validation, which keeps me in a crappy situation for longer. I feel I need validation in my life from others because I’m a people pleaser. But, I have to know what I’m worth and my value; I know it’s not dependent on whether someone sees that or not. If someone does NOT see what you are worth, then they are NOT worthy of YOU.

There are people who are going hurt you, disrespect you, and make you feel worthless. The only thing that’s going to keep you sane in that moment of doubting yourself, is understanding that you are NOT defined by whether or not they see YOUR worth; whatever it is you want to be worth. At the end of the day the only person who can tell you your worth is YOU.

You are worth it. You are valuable. You should love yourself. By treating yourself with love and respect you will be able to treat others around you the same way and be able to accept the love you deserve.

We accept the love that we THINK we deserve. If we think that we deserve a love that doesn’t love us back, that doesn’t respect us, that doesn’t value us and we are choosing that love; THEN you think you’re worth that much. BUT if you look at someone and tell them… “this is what I’m worth, this is how I deserve to be treated, this is what I see for myself”. Then you will get treated the way you want to be treated in life.

A few ways that have helped me learn to love myself is:

  • Stop comparing
  • Speak kindly to myself
  • Know my strengths
  • Do more of what I love

Since we are all different I encourage you to find something that helps you love yourself. You are worth it, so go out and show it!!!

February Favorites | Pretty & Pink

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetI’m not a fan of the color pink but I somehow own a lot of pink things. So I figured this would be the perfect post for this months favorites! With it being Valentines today it might be super last minute to be getting a little gift for someone but this could also be a good gift guide for anytime! So use it as you may…

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SKINCARE

I’ve been on a face mask kick and I luckily had two that fit in this color scheme! Both work wonderfully and make my skin look incredibly clean and brighter, which is what I tend to look for in a face mask. The light pink bottle is the Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay by Origins. Absolutely Ahhh-Mazing! I couldn’t find my regular size one so I used the travel size one for this! A go to one of mine when I feel that my skin hasn’t been properly cleaned in awhile. The second mask is the Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mask by Formula 10.0.6. I just got this one and it quickly became a favorite not to mention that the price is right! There is nothing worse than something you are putting on your face and having it smell terrible. No need to worry with these two because they are a 10 on the smelling good scale!

CLOTHING

So I may or may not have a bit of a bralette problem. Most of my barlettes are lace and I just think is it so cute when they poke out of your top or sweater you are wearing. But this blush bralette is a tad different it has some padding which is always nice! It also criss crosses in the front for the tops that are a little low, but adds a sweet detailing to an outfit.

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MAKEUP

When it comes to makeup I tend not to wear too much unless I have a special occasion. So these are my essentials for an everyday basis! Frog Prince Lipstick by Lipstick Queen is the coolest lip product I have ever seen. It’s green!!!! But then it transforms into a lovely shade of pink that fits to your natural lip color, so it tends to look a little different on everyone! I also love how hydrated my lips feel when I have it on! Blush is a must for me! tarte Amazonia Clay 12-hour Blush in True Love is my favorite but unfortunately I don’t think they make this shade anymore which stinks because I have hit pan and I’ll have to find another color! The shade Dollface seems to look like a match when I look online but there are so many choices I’m sure I’ll find a new favorite! And last but not least I really like when my nails are a light shade of pink doesn’t matter the brand just as long as it’s a light pink, it will do!

ACCESSORIES

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Don’t mind my precious dog… as I was taking photos he couldn’t help but lay on the soft background so I didn’t want to bother him!

As I’m finishing this I realized that I forgot one other thing I own that’s pink and that has been my favorite. It’s my awesome phone case I got! UGH still annoyed with myself that I forgot to include it in the photo but here is a link to that mesmerizing phone case. With getting a new car you gotta get a new keychain for the key! This one is actually red but I thought that bow was just adorable. While driving, walking, or anything in the sun keeping my eyes safe is extremely important to me. So I can be very picky when it comes to sunglasses. I’ve been wanting a pair of Quay sunglasses for awhile and they finally had ones that caught my eye! Cherry Bomb by Quay Australia have a rounded cat eye look that are mirrored which is a bit different from my usual aviators I go for!

XOXO Happy Valentine’s Day!

Book Worm

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By the title of this you probably think that I am a book expert. I wouldn’t quite put myself in that category though. When it comes to reading I am either reading a ton or reading none at all.

One of my goals for this year and for life in general is to read more. Not just a certain genre or topic but anything and everything. I always love when people suggest books to me! So each month I’ll try and post my book of the month.

For this month I have a few! They are on the smaller size but they each have a lot of meaning to them.

 

The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz is one of the most inspiring self-help books I’ve read. It not only talks about your relationship with others but with your relationship with yourself. I couldn’t put it down the first time I read it! The second time I read it I went through and highlighted my favorite parts or important messages that would I thought were significant or pertain to my life.

 

This next book looks a little worn out and that’s because it is! When I was younger I use to keep all my books perfect. I didn’t like when the pages were bent, I would avoid making creases in the spine of the book, and I never understood why people wrote in them. Needless to say I do all those things now! I learned breaking the spine of the books, folding the corner pages down, writing in them adds character. It shows you use your books and put effort into reading them. The more worn out they are the more you read and enjoyed the book. I can’t exactly pin point the exact moment I learned or where I even heard this but I’m glad it stuck!

A Heart for the World written by Megan Haller is an incredible read. I don’t want to give any spoilers away but what I loved about this book was her positivity and her faith in The Lord. Reading her experiences and accomplishments would give me chills and get me teary eyed … But then again I can be a very emotional person! Anyway give this one a read you will be inspired! Great author great human being!

 

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur was recommended by a friend. I wasn’t sure about this one but I became curious when I read an excerpt I had found online. When I first started it I was completely confused but I was encouraged to keep reading and I’m glad I did! It touched my soul (I also may or may not have shed a few tears here and there). This was so beautifully written I could not recommend this book enough!

Please recommend any good reads!!

Fall Time Is The Best Time

What’s fall without a chunky sweater, cute pair of boots, cold weather, and pumpkin flavored everything?!?! Let me tell you… apparently NOTHING.

These are all the essentials that make this season probably everyones favorite time of year. As soon as fall hits, pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menus at every coffee shop. Everyone is bringing out their tall boots and other fall attire. It’s okay though you are not the only one. I too have “fall”en in love with everything fall (;

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Fall is a little different from what I’m use to now that I live in Florida. Doesn’t get as cold so I can’t wear my chunky fall sweaters and the pumpkin patches and hayrides are definitely not the same. But hey I’m making the most of what I got. There is still a lot of fun fall activities to do and it does start getting a bit cooler as we hit the holiday season! WOO!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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People can either really love Valentine’s Day or hate Valentine’s Day. Even though I don’t have a person to share our love for each other on this day, I personally still like Valentine’s Day. I just see it as another opportunity to be thankful and extra appreciative for those around me. Because this day has a message of love and admiration for others it shouldn’t be restricted to just romantic couples in love, but also those who influence our lives. Valentines Day should be beyond the chocolate covered pieces of fruit, bouquets of flowers, dinner dates, and expensive jewelry. There are so many other ways to celebrate this day and to spread the love.

While all that cliché stuff is nice sometimes it’s more about what you feel. I love, love and the idea of love and all those feelings that go with it but I haven’t always been good with saying the L word and meaning it to someone. Besides telling my dog, family, and friends that I love them, if I had the chance to tell one special person I loved them and really mean it, I would. I’ve realized you only get once chance in this life so don’t hold back especially when it comes to love and how you feel. Love is not a maybe thing you know when you really love someone. So if you know you love someone tell them!

If you’re with the ones you love today hug them. It might sound like a simple act but think about those who don’t get to be with their loved ones for whatever reason it may be. I guarantee you if those people did get to see the ones they love they would embrace them. No matter whom it is in your life let them know you appreciate them and a simple hug can do exactly that.

I don’t know about you but I smile when I see couples or people in love on Valentine’s Day. I like hearing peoples “how we met” stories. The ones that make my heart melt the most are the older couples that have been through hell and back with each other. Instead of being bitter I smile for them because I know they had to go through their own journey with each other. It may have not always been easy and simple but today they can reflect on their love story. Smile for your own relationship and smile for the ones around you and their relationship!

Even though you should love your significant other all the time, something about this day just makes you love them a little extra. But don’t just make this one day, the day you love someone a little extra. Make it beyond Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day and I hope your day is not only filled with chocolates and flowers but also with lots of love, hugs, and smiles.

XOXO