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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:
BA171JZQZM 
for 20% off your BEARPAW order! 
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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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Satan appears strong, sin seems powerful, shame feels enslaving, but Jesus is stronger.
- 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.
1 Sam 16:7 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Travel | Donuts Delite/Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria- Date Diary {Rochester, NY}

 Hi, friends!

Donuts Delite/Salvatore's Old Fashioned Pizzeria was one of our favorite places that we visited while we were in Rochester. It was the cutest diner I've ever been to. Fred and I both heard that Donuts Delite was a must-see for our trip. The diner served an unbeatable combination of donuts and pizza! The pizza slices were so surprisingly huge. Fred had the pepperoni + sausage pizza. I came for the donuts so I got their famous cannoli donut and a creme tarte. They did not disappoint! Mmmm, I'm craving one right about now. I'd never had a cannoli donut before and let me tell ya, it was dreamy. I should have brought a box of them home with us haha. Fred got an original honey glazed that was also super delicious! I know cause I stole a bite... I'm so happy we got to go in October because the diner was decorated for Halloween! We had so much fun on our day date here. It ended up being both of ours favorite day from the trip. We ate some amazing donuts and then went and out explored Ontario Beach Park.
 The cannoli donut ^^^
Fred wanted a picture of me with the giant sprinkled donut!
 (If I looks stiff, it's because a lady was watching us lolz)
If you're ever in the area, you have to stop and try the cannoli donut! You'll probably want a picture in front of the pink wall and next to the big sprinkled donut too because they're adorable. Definitely go hungry so you can chow on both pizza & donuts! The slices are h u g e!

Happy Thursday!

Love,

Christina xx

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Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.
- Elisabeth Elliot 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Style | Red Sweater Dress + QuiQuattro GIVEAWAY!

 Hi, friends!

Fred & I just recently got back from New York. We've had quite the week! We were in Rochester for a week on business and we stopped at Niagara Falls on our way back to Ohio. Then when we got to Ohio, we drove North to Fred's hometown to help our sister and brother-in-law move into their new house! Neither of us had been to Niagara Falls before so we decided to visit while we were so close by. I'm so glad we got to see it! The falls and all of the surroundings were beautiful. We were really fortunate to see it in October! We also had beautiful scenery in all of our drives because the leaves were so vibrant. I'm so very thankful that we got to take this trip together. We had a wonderful time working and sightseeing there. It was a much needed trip for me! Sometimes, you just need a change of scenery to be renewed and to find new inspiration & motivation. Traveling to new places always inspires me to work and live better and more intentionally.
I will posting more about our trip later!
Today, I wanted to tell you guys a little about QuiQuattro. For those of you who aren't familiar, QuiQuattro is a hand crafted accessories boutique that provides sustainable economic opportunities for international artisans. They aim to create a viable marketplace for their products in North America and 10% of the proceeds go to educating women.

Their motto is:
Empowering women while protecting the environment and natural resources because we're all connected.  

Their mission is one that's close to my heart... Not to mention their accessories are so beautiful and chic! The gorgeous necklace that I'm wearing is the "Justice" style statement necklace.
& I have some exciting news! I've teamed up with QuiQuattro for a giveaway on my Instagram page!

***GIVEAWAY!!!***
QuiQuattro will be giving away one of their "Justice" necklaces to one of you!

To enter:
1. Be sure you're following me on Instagram @bgbychristina
2. Follow QuiQuattro on Instagram @quiquattro
3. Be sure to like my "giveaway" photo that will be up on my Instagram page today.  
(It will say giveaway, so you know it's the right one!)

4. Comment the photo by tagging a friend or two that would love to win this necklace! 

That's it! The contest will run for one week from October 11th to October 17th @ midnight.
I'll announce the randomly selected winner on Wed. October 18th on my Instagram!

Good luck!

Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing}
Similar Red Sweater Dress - Forever 21
"Justice" Ornate Silver Statement Necklace - QuiQuattro
Similar Round Aviators - Charlotte Russe
Embroidered Rose Cuff - Rosegal
Black Hat - Rue 21
Black Tights - MODCLOTH
Similar Black Knee-High Boots - Forever 21

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Come away with me to a quiet place and rest awhile.
Mark 6:31

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Style | Autumn Sweater Wishlist!

Hi, guys!

It's officially sweater weather so I thought I'd share some of my most wanted falls sweaters with you! Sweaters are so fun to buy because they look adorable + stylish but they feel so comfy + cozy... It's a win on both ends! 

Here are the sweaters on my wishlist:
 (starting at the top row & going left to right)

I love sweaters with flow-y, batwing style sleeves!

You can never have too many neutral cardigans! 

I love heather in a fabric and the one shoulder detail makes this one even better.

That olive color is so stunning and the cold shoulder detail is so chic!

The color and style of this one are so dreamy. This one is a must-have.

I love some faux fur detail! This cardigan is perfect for fall and the upcoming holiday season!

Which sweater is your fave?!

Love,

Christina xx

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For even the son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Lifestyle | Coffee W/C {10/17}

 Hi guys!

Grab some coffee, let's catch up!

I'm answering the "Currently" tag that I found on my sister-in-law's blog, Life as Louise & some fun fall themed "this or that" questions!

So, here's what I've been up to currently:

Reading
You guys, I've been slacking on my reading! I gotta get back into the swing. I'm going to start reading more scripture and I'm wanting to get a library card so I can find some new books!

Eating
I'm getting ready to start making dinner. I'm trying a new recipe! If all goes well, tonight we will be eating Copycat Applebee's Style 3 Cheese Chicken Penne from Genius Kitchen. Here's the recipe, if you're interested! Fred and I have been hooked on this Stromboli recipe from the blog Lauren's Latest. We've made it at least 2 times and it's really easy to make!

Feeling
Very excited for some fall things that are coming up. We have a couple of trips planned that I'm really looking forward to! I've also been feeling overwhelmed with some health issues again. :/
It feels like it's always one thing after another. I'm beginning to wonder if that's just the nature of auto-immune diseases? (Hoping & praying it's not!)

Planning
I've been planning a lot of different things for the blog. I'm wanting to create new blog series and change my schedule a bit. If there's anything you wanna see more of, send me a suggestion! 

Pinning
I've been pinning a lot of New Year's Eve type pins for my family's annual party. I'm so pumped for the holidays this year. I'm already planning my outfit for New Years haha!

Recovering From
A few changes with my treatment plan for UC and migraines. I've had to change a few things pretty recently and my body has NOT adjusted yet!!

Looking Forward To 
The holiday season! I'm looking forward to all of the holidays. I'm super excited for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years! Fall is my favorite season. I'm kind of obsessed with Christmas and December is my favorite month! I just love being with family and friends and seeing them more often. I love doing fall & winter themed things and I pretty much love everything about the Christmas season. I'm looking forward to decorating, buying gifts and everyone being jolly and cheerful.
This or That {Fall Edition}

Haunted House or Apple Picking?
 Definitely, apple picking. I get spooked too easily.

Tricks or Treats?
All the treats. My sweet tooth loves Halloween candy and fall treats!

Pumpkin Latte or Pumpkin Pie?
 Hmm... I love both, but it's gotta be pumpkin lattes!

Bobbing for Apples or Jumping Into Leaves?
Jumping in the leaves!

Spiced Cider or Pumpkin Spice?
Pumpkin spice, but I do love cider!

How's your fall going so far?!

Love,

Christina xx

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Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. 
Matthew 25:40