BG by Christina

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Lifestyle | Spring Snapshots 2018

Hi, friends!

I'm sorry this is getting up so late! All of my spring recap posts have come late this year. I always share some fun snapshot type pictures on my Instagram, so definitely make sure you're following me there if you enjoy seeing the pictures that don't make it onto my blog posts.

You can find me here @bgbychristina :)
Spring was such a busy season this year for Fred and I. Seriously, it felt like I blinked and spring had already come and gone! My best friend, Tiffany got married in April and all of the wedding celebrations were so much fun. We made so many incredible memories with our friends! I'm so thankful for this season of our lives where we get to celebrate the huge milestones of our friends. There have been many babies born and many weddings to attend recently! Sometimes, our weekends feel a bit hectic with so many things going on at once but it really is a wonderful time for us.

Spring always seems to be a static season for me. I sometimes feel guilty for thinking that way because spring is such a beautiful time for our Earth and it represents rebirth & growth. However, I often feel a bit complacent in the spring. I think some of it is due to cabin fever. It's still pretty dang cold in Ohio during the springtime and I'm ready to pull out the sundresses by March haha.

I'm grateful for a great spring and so happy that's it's summer now! I love the summertime.

How's your summer going so far?

Love,

Christina xx

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Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.
1 Chronicles 16:11

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fashion For Good: She Has A Name Clothing Swap (Columbus, OH)


Hi, guys!

Recently, Fred and I attended the She Has A Name clothing swap at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse. It was an incredible event that raised awareness for labor trafficking! There was an opportunity to donate your gently used clothes before and during the event. The tickets were only $10 a person and each guest was allowed to take their first 5 articles of clothing for free and each additional item was only a $1 more! That's an amazing steal and all for such a good cause. When I first heard about the whole idea of the swap, I fell in love! A lot of us have at least a couple articles of clothing laying around that we could donate and it's always fun to shop for new bargain deals once you've cleaned out your closet!

She Has A Name is a community of abolitionists that fight human trafficking through education, collaboration, and survivor care. They act as a community resource to help teach about human trafficking and the needs of the survivors. They offer classes to offer this framework and to serve survivors. They act as a resource to survivors to teach them skills and help them get back into the workplace and community and they also focus on survivor care.

Their mission is truly incredible. For more information, check out their website here.
You can also donate to the cause here.

& If you or someone you know has been a victim of human trafficking, you can call the National Trafficking Hotline at 1.888.373.7888

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse is absolutely amazing as well! The swap was held here and Fred and I stayed afterwards for some coffee & treats. I love this place because they work to fight local and global injustices. It's wonderful knowing that you're supporting their great efforts to fight unclean water, hunger, and human trafficking. If you're ever in the area definitely stop by,
300 E Long St. Columbus, OH 43215

Have you ever been to a clothing swap?

I left with some really cute new pieces! Among my favorite finds were 2 swimsuit cover-ups that looked brand new and the softest, warmest pj pants that I've ever seen! 

Love,

Christina xx

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He will come to save everyone who is waiting for him.
Hebrews 9:28


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Wellness | Needed: More Time To Breathe ... Are We Too Busy?

Hi, guys!

I've been thinking about time recently and how it feels like the ultimate luxury nowadays. I mean, who wouldn't want to add some extra hours to their week? We would have more time to hang out with loved ones, do the things we enjoy, learn how to do new things, or finally get everything checked off of our to-do list! Why do the years seem to go by faster as we age? Is it that we're too busy and too distracted? When we were kids those summer days lasted forever. It felt like we had to wait "forever" for Christmas day, or our birthday to arrive. I've wondered if it has anything to do with our ever-growing lists of responsibilities and our completely booked calendars.
 I love this quote:

"We think we can accomplish more if we plan our time well: We can be good parents, good employees, good friends, and good partners while still managing to read books, see movies, enjoy the great outdoors, work out at the gym every now and then, and, and hmmm. Somehow we believe our lives are more worthwhile when we do as much as possible."

- Irene Smit & Astrid van der Hulst

I've grown to have a love-hate relationship with the world productive. I believe that spending time wisely is very important and that we should each make the most of our days. I also think our society is too obsessed with the idea that productivity is the key to a successful life. It's all about perspective and what fruits you actually want to produce from your labor. I need peace and I need stillness. I value those two things and making time for them in my day could be looked upon as being unproductive, but it's all about perspective. It's all about what you want to achieve.
I'm sure most of us have heard the quote:

"You have as many hours in the day as Beyonce."
(I'm not sure who said this... I couldn't find clear credit online for it!)

I feel like these words could either leave us feeling inspired or defeated and if you're like me, it probably depends on the kind of day you're having! It's true that Beyonce is human just like all of us. I mean she is queen but ya know, she's still human after all. ;p However, we aren't all striving to be musical legends are we? We aren't all destined to be celebrities and that is perfectly okay. Everyone's path and journey in life is unique. What matters is that we use the hours in our day for the things that WE value and enjoy, not what Beyonce, or anyone else does. 
I often feel a sort of sensory overload. There are so many images and noises fighting for our attention and bombarding our mind. Every now and then, we need to quiet our minds and our souls. I've found meditation to be really helpful. The word meditation can be intimidating, but it can be as simple as making time in your day to pause and be. Your moment of meditation could be an app that notifies you in the middle of the day to just stop and breathe, or it could be a full mediation or yoga session. It doesn't have to be complicated, you can do something simple to calm your mind. 
I constantly feel like I'm failing at the balancing act. When I give more time to one area in my life, the other areas seem to suffer. I also hate feeling like I'm drowning in plans! Even if all of the plans on their own are things that I want to do or accomplish, the feeling of being "too busy" stresses me out and increases my anxiety. Do you ever make so many plans that you're too tired to enjoy them all? Living with a chronic health condition has really changed my view of things. There are days where I have to pick and choose what needs to be done, because I can't do anything else more than that. There are other days, where I can barely mark anything off of my to-do list even the needed items. I'll often say "Currently, I don't have any more spoons for that." and I have to recharge until I feel better! If you don't know about the spoon theory for people living with chronic illness, you should check it out! I feel like all of us can relate to it on a certain level, not just those of us living with a chronic illness. 
Most of our schedules don't create a lot of spare time for us. Which means there's not as much time for surprises and spontaneity.  We don't have as much time to experience the day just as it is. We also don't spend as much time reflecting inwardly. That's why it's important to be present as often as we can. We can ask ourselves sometimes "Can this wait until a later date?" and if it can, we can put it away and spend that time breathing, reflecting, and just being. 
Fred and I just got back this week from a vacation and it was so nice to put the work away for a few days. I was worried that taking some time away from the blog and from social media would negatively affect my work. It felt so good having days where absolutely nothing work related needed to get done. I loved not trying to capture anything "Instagram-worthy". I was just capturing the trip in my mind as it was. I was left with the real memories, not the staged ones. I think stepping away for awhile doesn't have to negatively affect our work. Since we've been home, I've felt so inspired to write again about the things that really matter to me and I have new ideas for how I want to better engage and connect with all of my readers. It was a wonderful reset. 

Sometimes, we just need a little more time to breathe. 
What do you think? Do you feel like you're too busy?

What helps quiet your mind?

Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing}
Similar Burgundy Kimono - Rue 21
Similar Silver + Turquoise Cuff - Charlotte Russe 

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Today, tomorrow, forever I will pray for my enemies and have peace in my heart.

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Matthew 5:44

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Style | OOTD Ditsy Red Floral

Hi, guys!

These were taken in Nashville when we were there a few weeks ago. This ootd post is kind of a collection of the pictures we took when we were out that night. I'm not gonna lie, it was way harder to get outfit pics while we were in Nashville than I thought it would be! I think it was because our hotel was located in the busy part of the city so there were people everywhere that we were trying to snap pictures. It was also getting us a lot of attention and people were yelling and making noises at us from the passing cars and I was getting SO embarrassed!! I hate causing a scene while trying to get blog pictures. I don't care if I spent hours getting ready for a certain shoot, if we get there and it's a crowded place I want to leave! It drives Fred crazy sometimes haha. He's right that I shouldn't care what other people think, but it makes me super shy! So just know, these pictures were extremely difficult for me!

We passed this super colorful mural and we decided to get some pictures there because it was less crowded. I didn't even realize all of the detail on the wall until I got the pictures on the computer. I love all of the color!

This red ditsy floral print dress is from Dresslily. I love ditsy florals! & It was less than $12!!! It is sold out right now, I'm sorry guys! They have a lot of other red sundresses on their website though and you can check them out here!
I've been seeing a lot of red this season and I LOVE it! Every now and then I get on a red kick and I start wearing it all the time. I really like red on blondes!

Are you loving bright red this summer?!

Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing}
Mustard Gladiator Sandals - Plaka Sandals 
Similar Turquoise Statement Ring - Threadsence
Similar Gold Circle Sunglasses - Rosegal
Similar Brown Faux Leather Cuff - Rosegal 

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You are not under the law, you are under grace.
Romans 6:14

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

Marriage | Unplug & Unwind Together - A Date Night Idea!

Hi, friends!

Last month when we stayed in The Serenity House treehouse with Glamping Hub we were completely unplugged from our technology. There wasn't wifi that we could connect to and we didn't have cable, or a DVD player to watch movies on. At first, I felt anxious that I couldn't really use my phone! On our drive (about 20 to 30 minutes away from the treehouse) is when I lost connection. I was nervous that I couldn't even send a text if we needed to. I can be paranoid sometimes, but I thought it was a legitimate concern that I couldn't use the GPS on my phone anymore! We hadn't printed directions. We were relying strictly on GPS to get us there. I don't know how Fred's GPS worked longer than mine, but we were so thankful it did! His phone battery was so low though even plugged in! It was dying because it was searching so hard for service. It literally died right as we turned into the cabin driveway haha. God really took care of us, but we arrived and we were just fine and when we left we used a compass until we could get our GPS working again!

The fact that we were completely unplugged ended up being such a gift to us. Sometimes turning the technology off is an incredible vacation. Fred and I have really grown to love our dates when we put the phones down and keep 'em down. If you've never completely unplugged on a date before, I highly recommend you try it! I suggest a date night with no screens involved and if that seems too hard at first, you can take baby steps and start with a date with no phone time!

Here are some of the benefits that we've found from unplugging together on a date:
1. Focusing Without Distraction 
You can better focus on each and what you're doing without being constantly distracted by a notifications, or noise! 
2. Better Conversation & Better Listening 
This one goes hand in hand with number 1! Conversations can really pick up and go anywhere when they aren't starting and stopping again because of distractions. Also, if your conversation is the only noise you're hearing, you can listen better to what each the other person is saying. 
3. Discover New Things 
When you go without screens, you might end up having more conversation and learn new things about each other.  You might learn a lot of new things in general too. 
4. Make Lasting Memories 
If it isn't something that you're used to doing it will feel completely new and unique and in turn create    standout memories! 
5. Try Something New
 When you turn the screens off, it suddenly seems like you have a lot more time on your hands! You and your partner can use that time to try something new that you've been wanting to learn, or you can play a new card or board game together. (We're currently hooked on Dutch Blitz!)
Doing something new together is a fun way to grow closer in your relationship. 
It's totally fine if you don't think this could be any fun or that it will work for you and your significant other. I think we were hesitant at first too, because we just weren't used to it. Give it a try and see what you discover! If anything, at least you're trying something new together!
I'm definitely not saying that all dates need to be free of gadgets and screens, but I do think it's a great date idea. You might even find that you really like it and that you'll want to do it more often together!
Do you do "unplug dates" with your significant other?
If not, are you gonna try it now?!

Love,

Christina xx

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To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Romans 8:6 

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

Monday, July 2, 2018

Wellness | Coconut Coffee Protein Popsicles Recipe + Giveaway!

Hi, friends!

The temperatures have been rising over here in Ohio and I decided to put my popsicle molds to good use. Sometimes you just need to eat a popsicle in the park and channel your inner child! This is the perfect summer recipe for a coffee obsession and protein fix!

Keep on scrollin' for the recipe!

***GIVEAWAY***
I've teamed up with Vitacost.com and Optimum Nutrition to give one of my readers a free tub of vanilla protein powder!

To enter, be sure to go follow me on my Instagram and comment on my giveaway picture.

The vegan protein powder used in the recipe can be found on Vitacost.com for 15% off until July 16th! You'll also get a free shaker cup with a purchase! I love this powder because it's organic and non-gmo. It's also super easy to bake with or to blend into drinks or treats!

Coconut Coffee Protein Popsicles 

Needed: Popsicle mold, coffee, coconut milk, Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Plant Based Protein Powder (Vanilla)

1) Use a blender and mix together 8 to 10 oz of coffee and coconut milk mixed with 1 scoop of protein powder.  Play around with the ratio of the ingredients for your personal taste preference! 

(I doubled the recipe and made 6 popsicles)

2) Pour mixture into popsicle molds

3) Let freeze overnight 

& Enjoy!
Stay cool out there!
What's your favorite protein recipe for summer?!

Love,

Christina xx

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Joy doesn't come when you try to hold it all together. Joy comes wen you let God hold you. 

- Soul Scipts

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

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Style | Swingin' Into Summer In Our Bearpaw Favorites!

Hi, friends!

 The Tennessee treehouse that we stayed in had the most magical swinging chairs and Fred and I had so much fun on them! We both packed our favorite summer Bearpaw shoes for the trip because they're always incredibly comfy!

 I'm wearing the Rhonda style wedge in the color sand. I love their lace up detail and cut-outs. These are one of my most favorite summer styles because they're stylish and supportive.

Fred's wearing the Alec style in the color in the color stone. He loves the light gray stone color for his summer wardrobe. I'm obsessed with them too! They look so good on him.

& Both of these styles are on sale right now!
Don't forget you can use my code: BPAMCL 
to get 20% off!

I've really liked wearing this blue smocked dress from Zaful this summer! It's been fun because I don't wear a lot of blue so it's been a step out of my comfort zone. I love a light powder blue though. It always reminds me of Cinderella!

 
Do you love swings?
Happy weekend!

Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing}
Camel Hat - Rosegal
Similar Brown Braided Faux Leather Cuff Bracelet - Amazon 

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He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

Titus 3,5

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