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Friday, October 20, 2017

Home | 2 Cozy Fall Candle DIYs! {Cinnamon Stick Candle & Frosted Leaf Mason Jar Candle}

Hi, friends!

I loveee candles! I like to have candles lit in our place during all the seasons, but especially in the chilly ones. Candles make a home feel so cozy and inviting. I recently saw these 2 candle DIYs on Pinterest and I wanted to try them for myself! Just an FYI, you can find all of these items in just about any craft store! I got my supplies from Jo-Ann and Target. I also had a lot of these things just lying around the house! I hope you that you guys enjoy. Also, let me know if you recreate any of these!
1) Cinnamon Stick Candle
I saw this DIY idea on Industry Standard Design!

Supplies:
- Candle
- Candle base
-Cinnamon sticks
-Scissors
-Rubber-band
-Twine

How-to:

1. Place the candle on a base
2. Put a rubber-band around the candle
 3. Slip the cinnamon sticks around the candle
4. Cut the twine to go around the candle
5. Tie the twine around the cinnamon sticks to cover up the rubber-band
& You are finished!
 You now have a cozy and yummy smelling cinnamon stick candle! My candle's scent is apple cinnamon and with the added cinnamon sticks, it smells exactly like home baked apple pie. Mmm...
2) Frosted Leaf Mason Jar Candle
I saw this DIY idea on Spark & Chemistry!

Supplies:
- Mason jar
-Hot glue gun
-Glue sticks
- Leaves (artificial or real)
-Twine
-Scissors
- Candle

How-to:


1. Flatten the edges of your leaves with your fingers 
2. Plug in your glue gun and apply glue to the back of a leaf, then hold the leaf onto the jar
& repeat with as many leaves as you want to use
3. Cut twine to tie around the top of the jar
4. Tie the twine around your jar
5. Place a candle in the jar
& You are finished!
You now have a festive, fall jar candle to enjoy!
P.S - I included a mini tray and added some acorns & pinecones to make it even more fall inspired!
If you're looking for some more fall DIYs, here are a few of my favorites that I've done:
Pretty Little Flower Skull3 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas! | Spooky Halloween Bar/Candy Cart!
I was really happy with how they both turned out!
Which candle is your favorite?!

Love,

Christina xx

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Travel | Travel Guide 8 Must-See Spots {Rochester, NY}

Hi, friends!

With Fred and I's recent trip to Rochester, I wanted to make a travel guide of the city for you. If you're ever in the area, here are some of the places that we really enjoyed exploring!

 8 Must-See Spots for Rochester:
1. Ontario Beach Park
This park leads right to Ontario Beach and the whole area is gorgeous! The beach is peaceful and calm (at least in the fall season on a week day). The park area has a lot of trees. I'm glad we got to see the park in October because the leaves were so lovely. We would've spent more time at the beach hanging out and relaxing, but we had to get back for work!
If you want to see my style shoot from this park, click here.
This place is a total dream! It serves the most unbeatable treat combination: donuts & pizza. Fred got the pepperoni + sausage pizza and it was incredible. The slices are huge! I tried their famous cannoli donut and a creme tarte. Fred got an original, honey glazed donut. I wish we would've taken a box home with us because they were all amazing. I have a whole blog post about our date there. You can check it out here, if you wanna see our date diary!
3. Abbott's Frozen Custard
Fred got the classic vanilla and it was delicious! I saw a couple different Abbott's locations in the city. We ate at the one right next to Ontario Beach Park. This location had a really nice seating area outside next to the park. Get some custard and then walk to the beach... perfect date!
4. Good Luck Restaurant
Good Luck has a great, eclectic vibe. Their big, brick building looks cool from outside and they have unique indoor decor! Their food menu is set up with sharable portions. They also have really tasty drinks! It seemed to be very popular, so definitely make a reservation. We didn't and we ended up getting there, making a reservation for about 2 hours later, leaving and coming back to be able to eat dinner there! Our waiter was so nice and polite to us as well. I haven't had kinder service in awhile!
5. Genesee Brew House
Fred and I heard that Genesee had good food and beer, but we really went for the view! I saw pictures of the restaurant online and I wanted us to have that view of the city and a waterfall! Even at night, the view was incredibly pretty! It's not every day you see a waterfall in the city like that. I definitely recommend going here if you can and eating outside. They have a little outside eating area with an awesome view and it's heated so you won't get too cold! Oh, and the food was really good! I had potato chip breaded chicken tenders for the first time. Their dipping sauces were really yummy too and their mashed potatoes!
6. Park Avenue 
Park Avenue is such a cute little strip of restaurants and shops. There are a lot of coffee shops + delis and some treat shops. It's just a cool area to go and see. You can walk the area and people watch or window shop.
7. Magnolia's Deli & Cafe
Magnolia's Deli & Cafe is on the Park Avenue Strip. When we were sightseeing on Park Ave, I was so hungry. We popped into Magnolia's on a whim to get a sandwich and I am STILL dreaming about that sandwich. It was so good. I eat a ton of sub type sandwiches and this one was tops. If we lived in Rochester, I'd be hittin' this place up every week!
8. Niagara Falls 
Okay, so I know the falls aren't in Rochester! But if you're in the area, it is so worth the stop. We loved walking around just watching the falls. The whole area is incredibly beautiful! If we would've had more time, we would've went down to the caves to see the water up close.
If you'd like to see my style shoot from the falls, check it out here.

This is my last post from our trip! If you want to see the vlog we made, click here!

Love,

Christina xx

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Matthew 17:20 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Style | Casual '70s Stripes {Peace For Our World}

Hi, friends!

I think it's always hard to get back into the swing of work and regular life after a trip! I'm feeling inspired and motivated after our Rochester trip, but it always take a while for me to get back into a normal routine. I already miss eating all of the yummy food and treats! I got a little spoiled while we were there. It sure would be nice to wake up to a breakfast buffet every morning and have an endless supply of coffee at any hour of the day... but who doesn't want that haha?!

This outfit was like the perfect look to wear on the trip. It was super comfy and I always like to layer while traveling! These boots are BEARPAW in the "Jenna" style and color Hickory. They keep your feet incredibly warm and like all of my other BEARPAW boots, they're comfy. We did a lot of walking this day, so I'm glad I wore these! They have great sole support.

The cream socks are also from BEARPAW. I got a couple pairs of socks to get me ready for the fall weather! They're the perfect accessory for your boots.

If you have your eye on some fall socks + boots, you can use my code:
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{Peace For Our World}
I'm at a loss for words regarding the current state of our world. It breaks my heart to see all of the hatred, violence and fear that is around me. It's incredibly hard some days to remain at peace, to remain joyful, to feel brave. Some days, I just want to stay in my bed and I'm afraid for Fred and I to even leave our house. I'm prone to anxiety and it's been running rapid in me recently. I know that as believers we are called to give our worries to God. We're called to trust in him and believe in his goodness even when darkness surrounds us here on Earth. These things are easier written than practiced in my own life, but they still hold true to me. I will fight every day to live in peace and joy and to promote peace and joy in my own small corner of the world. I'm praying for all of the souls involved in the Las Vegas tragedy. I'm praying for our entire world.  I'm praying for you and for me. It doesn't make sense. Many things don't make any sense. But please believe in goodness, believe in love, believe in light. These are the things that won't perish.

Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing}
Similar Striped Cardigan - Rue 21
Similar Rust Fringe Scarf - Forever 21
Similar Tan Faux Suede Hat - Charming Charlie
Similar Nude Retro Sunglasses - Charlotte Russe
Similar Cream Socks - BEARPAW
"Jenna" Style Buckled Boots - BEARPAW

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- David Mathis 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Video | 1st Vlog Ever! Our Rochester, NY Trip + Niagara Falls

Hi, friends!

I hope you enjoy this video of our trip to Rochester and Niagara Falls! We had so much fun. Let me know if you want to see more vlogs from us!

Love,

Christina xx

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So be truly glad there is wonderful joy ahead even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.
1 Peter 1:6 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Home | Pretty Little Flower Skull DIY

Hi, friends!

Happy Friday the 13th! Halloween & trick-or-treat are just around the corner! One of my favorite things about Halloween (besides the candy ;p) is the creativity that it sparks. I love how creative everyone gets with their decor and costumes! I'm always inspired to create something magical in October.

 I'm in love with this spooky + pretty little DIY skull. Plus, it's so so easy to make! I hope you like it!

Let's get started!

Supplies: 
- Skull head (I used a cardboard one) & I got it at a Jo-Ann Fabric craft store
- Gold paint
-Paint brush
- Scissors
- Wire cutter
- Artificial flowers 

How-to:
1. Paint the skull
You can of course use absolutely whatever color you like, but I wanted the skull to be gold.
1 layer of paint would have been fine, but I liked how it looked with 2!
2. Poke holes into the top
Use scissors to gently poke a few holes in the top of the skull, where you want the flowers to go.
3. Cut the flowers
Use wire cutters (or scissors) to cut the flowers down to make them shorter so they fit into the skull.
4. Put in the flowers
Put the shortened flowers into the holes and make the top look how you want it to look!
& You are finished! 
You know have a glam little flower skull for Halloween, or Fall... or all year long if that's your thing!
 (You do you :D)
If you're looking for some more Halloween DIYs, here are a few I did last year:
3 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas! | Spooky Halloween Bar/Candy Cart!
What are you going to be for Halloween?!

Love,

Christina xx

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God looks at the heart.
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