Happy Wednesday! This week’s Wardrobe Wednesday comes from Colossians 3:23-24-

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.”

Lately, it has been raining in the mornings here in Houston. When it rains, it is so hard for me to get out of bed and get ready. I dream about staying in bed literally all day (which I could never do anyways), watching netflix, or reading a good book. Needless to say when it rains- I do not want to get up. Thankfully, I have a job that I absolutely love, but that doesn’t mean that some days I don’t want to go. A long time ago, I was at a church service where it was said that “Every day is a part of your story & a small piece of God’s plan for your life.” This little sentence of knowledge has always stayed with me. No matter where I go or who I meet- I always try to figure out how they fit into my life. When I get a new job, or meet new people- I am always piecing together what it is I’m supposed to be learning from that situation. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and nothing meaningful ever goes unnoticed.

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This week, my challenge for you is to strive to have the same mindset as above. Go into work, or anywhere that you’re going, not with a heavy heart, but go willingly knowing that you being there is part of God’s plan for your life. Whether you’re going to a job you’ve been at for 5 years, a new job, or are simply running errands because you’re a stay at home mom- know that everything you do has a purpose. You never know who you’re going to meet or the experiences you’re going to encounter by doing what you’re supposed to be doing.

Until next time!

-B

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Being as busy as I am, it is definitely a challenge staying healthy on the go. Since I don’t eat meat, am not too big on soda, & don’t really like candy (unless it’s chocolate),my options are limited at most fast food places and drug stores when it comes to picking up something quick. Most of the time I have so much going on that a quick pick-me-up is just what I need! Because, whether it be after my morning workout, or in between running errands, I’m always looking for some feel good energy to keep me on top of my game.  Recently, I began drinking the Starbucks Refreshers® drinks, boasting a sparkling blend of sweet fruit juice infused with refreshing coconut water, these tasty cans of revitalizing energy are now incorporated into my on-the-go snacking routine… and on a regular basis. Although I was compensated for writing this review, all opinions are my own.

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Whenever I’m really busy and don’t want my usual Chai tea Latte (try it with nutmeg & cinnamon on top- so amazing!), the Starbucks Refreshers® beverages always seem to be just what I need! Not only do they taste amazing, they come in many flavors like Black Cherry Limeade and Peach Passion Fruit, which is my go to- and are filled with B-vitamins. They also have no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners, so I have a better understanding of exactly what I’m drinking. My favorite part about the Starbucks Refreshers® drinks is that they now have coconut water- which means they have even more health benefits! Containing just the right amount of vitamins & energy, these cans are packed with everything I need to keep my active lifestyle flowing smoothly!

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As always, I make sure to get these at my local Walgreens. Since Walgreens is all about being happy, they want to encourage you to also take some time for yourself and enjoy a newfound favorite snack by offering a FREE Quaker® Big Chewy Granola Bar with your purchase of two Starbucks Refreshers® beverages during the month of August & September (talk about a deal!). Whether it be the Black Cherry Limeade flavor or Peach Passion Fruit, don’t forget to try these out ASAP! In the meantime, you can learn more about my new obsession over at their website- www.starbucksrefreshers.com

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Until next time!

-B

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I’ve always been scared to wear red. The color is so bold & stands out so much that I’ve rarely worn it or hardly have any red clothing items. When I got this dress- I was actually really surprised at how much I loved it! Because red is so bold, you don’t even really need many accessories when wearing the color. In addition to this, red is one of those colors that can go with more than one neutral- meaning red looks good with both brown and black! For my outfit, I choose to pair it with simple brown & gold accessories.

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One thing I have always been a fan of is modest dressing. I hate when clothes are super tight, and think that clothing most of the time look better when they fit rather than suffocate (LOL!). This caftan is actually an XS and is very true to size. Another way to wear something really flowy is to belt it- a wide belt would look best with something like this since the details are so minimal. All deets on this look are below- including some caftans in different colors! P.S- this dress is on super sale and over 50% off!

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Earlier last week, I introduced this month’s Brand to Love- Dot Products. This week, I will be discussing exactly who Dot Products is & why they started! If you missed the introduction to Dot Products and want to catch up, you can read it here.

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Dot Products: Who they are & why they started

Dot Products, located in Clinton, Mississippi, was officially launched in 2014 with a main mission that consisted of two things. First & foremost, they wanted to fund education for students around they world. Secondly, they had a dream of empowering American students to make global differences with a small decision. “Dot” stands for “do one thing.” By doing something as simple as buying a product from this company, each individual who does so is funding a 1/2 day of school for a child in an impoverished country. This is the “Dot Promise”! Over the next 10 years, Dot Products has a very specific plan that you can read more about on their website. This plan stretches out over 10 years and states exactly what the company hopes to accomplish by then. By the end of the 10 year plan, the main mission is to partner with artisan co-ops (amazing!) to produce 50% of products in partner countries. By doing this, Dot products would also be able to help their partners around the world become sustainable and move forward to equip new ones!

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“I’m a little pencil in the hands of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world. ”

— Mother Teresa

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Happy Wednesday! This week’s Wardrobe Wednesday comes from Hebrews 13:5-

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you.”

Every year, winter comes around & every year- I feel like I need a new pair of boots. Not that anything is wrong with the 20 pair (literally) that I have in my closet- but I just can’t live without the upcoming seasons newest trend. Around July/August I start shopping for the new pair of boots that I’m going to buy. Almost every time they’re the same neutral color, with just a small detail different than the last pair. I feel the need to buy boots every year simply because I’m not content with the ones that I have in my closet. Nothing is wrong with them, as most of them are barely worn (I live in Texas AKA  I don’t really need boots), but I always see other ones that I want.  Although this is a small example of not being content , the key is that we are always happy with what we have until we see something else. This is human nature and  100% perfectly normal,  but it’s still not a good habit to have.

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Contentment is something that we should all strive to have a little bit more of on a daily basis. Being content is something that many people strive to be, but most aren’t.  For example, I have a best friend who is such a minimalist & I am always so jealous of the fact that she doesn’t always have desires to go shopping, but lives the simple life instead. It always astonishes me how people see things/needs/wants so differently.  This week, my challenge for you is to write down something that’s been on your shopping list for a while. This could be a splurge item, or just something that you really want. On the top of the paper- write the item down. Below it- write down why you think you need it & put this paper somewhere you will see it every day. For the next 7 days, think about if you truly need this item- or if it is just something that you really want because you are choosing to not be content with what you already have. Contentment is a choice- and something that each of us should strive to be.

Until next time!

-B

P.S- I also wrote about reasons to always be happy a few months back, that post can be found here

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