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Monday, January 22, 2018

Style | Valentine's Day Style Wishlist 2018

Hi, friends!

I absolutely love a red and pink color scheme! There's nothing more romantic and feminine than Valentine's Day colors. One of my favorite thing about Valentine's Day is all of the pink and reds and frills. I also love floral and heart prints! Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays because it's a special day set aside to remind all of your loved ones that you love them. You don't need a boyfriend/girlfriend to celebrate! Treat your friends, family, and pets & just reflect on all of the love that surrounds you. 

Below are a few cute items from Rosegal that I want to sport this February.
All of these would make great Valentine's gifts too for your favorite galentines!

My Valentine's Day Style Wishlist
I've been wanting a pink sweater dress for awhile now! This would be such a sweet outfit for Valentine's Day. 

This dainty piece would be perfect for matching friends!

Who doesn't' love a cute pair of socks?! I want these for myself and a few more pairs to give as gifts!

Stay warm and cozy this Valentine's Day, while still looking romantic and festive for the holiday!

Aren't these heels just darling? I love that vibrant floral print. 

Pink, ruffles, and ribbons? This is the perfect Valentine's Day blouse!

Are you excited for Valentine's Day?!

Love,

Christina xx

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I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands.
Psalm 6:4

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Style | OOTD Blush + Winter White

Hi, friends!

Just a quick OOTD post today! I apologize for my lack of posts for this week. I've been staying with my parents this week and helping them out a bit. My dad had surgery this week so I have been having  family week. It's been really important for me to be present and spend time with them. My family and Fred's family has had some health challenges recently so if you could be praying for healing for all of us, we would greatly appreciate it. I'm so thankful for my friendship with all of you in the online community and I'm thankful for your support.

I think this outfit is a really sweet look for Valentine's Day! It's crazy to me that we're on our way to that holiday. I am looking forward to these little chocolate heart candies that I always get. They are my absolute fave! I've been searching the stores for them since Christmas ended haha ... I know it's terrible! My mom loves them just as much as I do and she relayed to me that they have a new strawberry marshmallow flavored one this year. Yummmm ... They're first on my list for my next treat day.

This Stylewe dress is going to get a lot of wear out of me from now until next fall! I love that you can wear it with a cardigan in winter and spring and on it's own for summertime to get two completely different looks with it! I think whites in winter is so pretty and ethereal. I don't care that it breaks some old fashion rules.

This Rosegal necklace is one of my favorites! I love that it combines the sun and the moon into one pendant! It's only a little over $1, what a steal!
How was your week?

Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing}
White Flow-y Midi Dress - Stylewe
Blush Cardigan - Rue 21
Similar Taupe Booties - Modcloth
Silver Sun + Moon Pendant Necklace - Rosegal 

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Don't let life's distractions eclipse heaven's light. 

- Gary E. Stevenson

*I've received product from Stylewe and Rosegal. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support BG by Christina! 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Lifestyle | My First Home Grocery Delivery! + Avocado Fudge Recipe

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Hi, friends!

I just tried home grocery delivery for the first time and I'm pretty pumped about it! I'd been hearing about grocery delivery services for awhile and I've really wanted to give it a try. I thought this was the perfect week to do so too, with all of the cold, snowy weather we've had! I couldn't believe how easy and convenient it was to use the new Curbside Delivery program at Giant Eagle. It was so nice to shop for groceries in my pajamas in the comfort of my own home! It was wonderful not having to face the snow and with Curbside Express, I didn't have to sacrifice my time. 

Fred and I have been trying to eat healthier since the New Year. We've both wanted to pick better options for the foods we crave. The New Year really can bring about a new you, or maybe I should say a better you! Every year, I look forward to the New Year because I view it as a fresh start. I get excited to create my resolutions and reflect on the past year. It's a great chance to create a better lifestyle. 

 I ate so many treats over the holidays and my sweet tooth loved it. I've felt a little sad settling back into a healthier food plan, but it doesn't have to be that way. I can get excited about finding new recipes, forming healthier habits, and getting back into a routine after the holiday season! It's helped to find recipes that make healthier versions of the snacks and treats that I like. I made avocado fudge for the first time with my delivered groceries!
  
(Just keep on readin' for the recipe)

 I love that I can buy fresh produce through the Curbside Delivery, it's helped me to stay on track!
 You can try it for free because the fee is waived for all first orders! 

So, here's how the Curbside Delivery program works: 

1) Shop
To begin shopping online, just pick the store local to you and start filling your cart. You can shop online when and how you want to! It's a great option because you're in control of your time and how much you spend. You can connect your Advantage Card to your Curbside Express account to load your shopping history. You can also use your "shopping history" to make shopping even faster!
This is what the shopping cart looks like:
This is how you select your delivery date & time:

Here's my final order:
2) Relax
After ordering the groceries online, you can relax while trusted Personal Shoppers select fresh products for you. The items are hand-picked because the Personal Shoppers are trained people and not robots! You can even add specific requests to your produce (like size, color, etc.)

3) Get the door
Just make sure you're at home at your selected delivery time to accept your groceries! 
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Avocado Fudge (yields about 30 pieces)
Ingredients: 2 avocados, 3 cups of chocolates chips, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, walnuts or additional toppings (optional) 
Step 1: Line a square baking pan with parchment paper

Step 2: In a double boiler (or a makeshift double boiler) melt the chocolate and coconut oil 
* I made a makeshift double boiler. Put about 1 1/2 inches of water in a medium sized pot and bring it to a boil. Then, take it off heat and put the chocolate and coconut oil in a heat-resistant bowl. Next, put the bowl in the hot water and stir the mixture occasionally to melt all of the chocolate.

Step 3: Once the mixture has melted, let it cool down completely
(If the chocolate is too hot when mixed with the avocados it will separate.)

Step 4: Peel and pit the avocados 

Step 5: Put the chocolate mixture and the avocados into a blender or food processor 
(I used a blender!)

Step 6: Blend or process until smooth

Step 7: Spoon the mixture onto the lined pan

Step 8: Sprinkle the fudge with sea salt

Step 9: Sprinkle on the walnuts, or additional toppings of your choice 
(I wanted plain fudge, but I added walnuts to Fred's side!)

Step 10: Let the fudge chill for 3 hours

Step 11: Take the fudge out of refrigerator and cut into serving size pieces 

& Enjoy! 
Be sure to share the love. 
Are you planning on trying the new Curbside Delivery this winter?
Also, what's your favorite healthy treat recipe? I'd love to try it! 

Love,

Christina xx

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Style | OOTD Floral + Shearling

Hi, guys!

 This is just a quick little ootd post. I hope you all have an amazing weekend! 

Our weather has been so crazy here! All of the snow melted in 1 day and then we got a day with temperatures up in the sixties. That's so weird for January in Ohio, but I took advantage of it! It felt incredible to be outside without a coat, even if it was only for one day! This Just Fashion Now vest is the perfect cozy accessory for those mild, but (still) winter days. I've been obsessed with the faux shearling trend this winter!

I've also been loving all of the newsboy caps that I've seen lately!
I remember I had a few back when I was in sixth grade and I thought they were the coolest things ever. This Rosegal hat is a fun take on the traditional newsboy cap. It's knit and textured and it's actually super comfy to wear because it's lined with the softest faux fur!

Happy weekend! Try to stay warm & safe with this crazy snow storm that's predicted!

Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing}
Similar Pink Floral Maxi - Rue 21
Faux Shearling Vest - Just Fashion Now
Knit Newsboy Hat - Rosegal
Similar Brown Lace-Up Boots - Modcloth

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Hope does not disappoint.

Romans 5:5 

*I've received product from JustFashionNow and Rosegal. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support BG by Christina! 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Coffee W/C {Winter 2018}

Hi, friends!

It's time for a winter coffee chat.

If you're curious what I've been up too recently, just keep on readin'!

Current Celebration:
Each new day. Every day holds something special and I've just been enjoying daily life. I don't want to take for granted any day, especially not the days that I feel well and able to accomplish things!

Also, we haven't put all of our Christmas stuff away because I just can't part with it yet! I'm always crazy late in putting it all away. I look forward to Christmas all year, so we still celebrate it a few weeks after it's come and gone! I'm still watching Christmas movies too. Christmas movies are for all winter not just the holiday season!

Current Confession:
I'm dreaming about the bubble bath that I'm about to take...

Current Product Find:
It has not been an easy task to find decently priced organic hair spray and makeup setting spray, but I've found some! I got them both on Amazon and I'm really excited to try them!

You can find them here:
Alcohol Free Organic Lavender Setting Spray
Herbal Choice Mari Organic Hair Spray

Curent Plan:
I created new morning and night plans for the new year, but I've struggled to follow through with either of them so far. I have a lot of daily and weekly plans for work, self-care, and house upkeep that  I've made for 2018. I want to be better at executing them and making them regular parts of my routine!

Current Book:
I'm obsessed with the book, A Book That Takes Its Time by Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst. I've mentioned it on Instagram and I've actually been sharing my favorite passages on my Instagram stories as I go along and read it. You can follow me on my Instagram if you're interested! This book was a Christmas gift from my awesome sister-in-law. She also has a blog, you can check it out here! The book description says that it's an unhurried adventure in creative mindfulness. I love that it gives you activities to do andt has fun pop-ups and cut-outs that add to the reading experience.

P.S- I've never seen a book this cute. Do yourself a favor and buy it here!

Current Purchase:
That last thing that I bought is a secret... because it's for my best friend's bridal shower! I've been buying a lot of fun things for that recently. 

Current Drink:
My current favorite drink is from Starbucks! It's an iced coffee with coconut milk and a few pumps of mocha syrup. It's a delicious midday pick me up. I usually get an iced coffee with coconut milk and zero sweetener, but every now and then I'll add a little mocha! 

Current Show:
I'm watching New Girl as I write this! I've also been watching my old OC DVDs! 

Current Want:
Random, but I'm wanting to find a plain sweater dress.

 I've also been craving macarons all week. It's been a long time since I've had some so I hope I get one (or two) this weekend!

Current Obsession:
I've found a new family vlog channel that I love! It's 8 Passengers on Youtube. Their family is adorable! I've been binge watching their videos this week. 

Also, the twisted peppermint body cream from Bath & Body Works is amazing. I'm obsessed with that scent right now!

I found this survey on Carrots 'N' Cake!
 How's your winter going so far? Are you sticking to your resolutions?

Love,

Christina xx

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Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
Psalm 143:8

Monday, January 8, 2018

Style | My 3 Winter BEARPAW Faves!

Hi, guys!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, BEARPAW has the warmest shoes that I've ever owned! If theres's snow on the ground, I have to have a pair of my BEARPAW boots on! They're incredibly comfortable to wear (even their wedges) and they're so snuggly warm inside.

One of my most anticipated days of every season is the day my BEARPAW haul arrives! My winter shipment arrived right before I left the house for an appointment. I loved the poncho and hat so much that I immediately put them on after opening them and wore them to the appointment! 

So, here are my 3 current favorite items:

This poncho is incredible! I'm obsessed it. This one is in the color Bordeaux. I love it's boho print and fringe detail. Fred really loves it too!

All season, I've been crushing on beanies with the faux fur pom poms. I think they're adorable! They're a great winter accessory that you can throw on with any look. 

 3. "Penelope" Wedge Boot
I think these are the cutest boots. These are the "Penelope" boot in the color Hickory. They're so comfy for a wedge boot and they're very warm and soft inside. I wore these pretty much every day of Christmas break!

If you're wanting to stock up on some winter essentials,
you can use my BEARPAW code: 
BA171JZQZM for a special discount!
 Which piece is your favorite?

Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing}
Red + Black Toggle Poncho - BEARPAW
Similar Black Maxi Dress - Thrifted
Faux Fur Pom Knit Beanie - BEARPAW
"Penelope" Fur Wedge Boots - BEARPAW

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My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26 

* A special thanks to my husband Fred for taking these pictures in freezing temperatures! I love you!

*I've received items from BEARPAW. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support BG by Christina! 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Wedding | Mix & Match Rose Gold Bridesmaid Dresses

Hi, friends!

I wanted to share this post with you because I was really happy with how my mix & match bridesmaid dresses turned out! When I first expressed that I wanted all different bridesmaid dresses, I got a mixed response. Some people thought that they might look tacky, or that they just wouldn't jive when altogether. I think some people shy away from mix & match bridesmaid dresses because the trend is still a newer one. More often, we see the traditional matching dresses on bridesmaids at weddings. You can't go wrong with either choice! I personally like both looks. I chose to do mix & match because it was what I wanted for our wedding. The most important thing is that you're staying true to you and your partner because it's your special day!

If you're considering doing mix & match, here are some of my tips:

1. Chose What You Want/Like
Don't listen to the naysayers that try to talk you out of mix & match dresses! You can have an array of dresses for your bridal party and still keep it classy and cohesive. If you have a one of a kind idea for your maids, be confident in it.

2. Don't Be Afraid To Mix Textures
I think the mix of textures with the dresses was my favorite part of my mix match! Each dress had such unique detailing and they were all beautiful to look at separately and altogether. Mixing textures wasn't hard to do with my theme because it was '20s inspired. There were sequins, beading, and fringe in the mix! Don't worry even if you aren't having a '20s theme, you can still find unique fabrics and textures that look great together. 
  3. Choose Different, But Complimentary Colors
I decided I wanted to do mix and match when I couldn't decide on just one color for my bridesmaids! I can be an indecisive person, so I wasn't surprised by my decision. I loved blush, gold, rose gold, and champagne as options for the dress color. I figured, why pick just one when I could have them all! You can experiment with color and choose the perfect color combination for your wedding.  

4. Have A Vision
I'm a Pinterest queen! If I'm ever scrolling on my phone, Fred asks "You pinnin'?". I think he calls all of the work I do on my phone "pinning" though hahaIt's where I found a ton of my wedding ideas and inspiration. Searching Pinterest for images can help you pick a color scheme and get an idea of what you like. You can also make a small inspiration board where you put swatches, colors, and images together to help create your vision. 

If you're not following me on Pinterest & you want to check out my millions of boards,
you can check my page out here!

5. Flatter Each Maid 
I let all of my bridesmaids pick their dresses to be sure they liked them and felt confident wearing them. I gave them guidelines of what colors and styles that I liked and I showed them some of my inspiration images so they knew the look I was going for. I liked giving each of them a say in their look. I think mix and match dresses are great for bridesmaids because they can pick a dress that fits their unique body type! 

6. Don't Forget The Accessories 
I picked the color scheme, but I also let my bridesmaids pick out their own jewelry and shoes. My one request was that they picked a special hair accessory to wear, because I wanted everyone to have one. You could choose to have all of the same accessories since the dresses are already different, or you could keep it all unique. The choice is yours! 

Happy wedding planning!

Love,

Christina xx

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My presence will go with you.

Exodus 33:14 

*All photos by Kylie Noelle Photography.