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Monday, August 21, 2017

Lifestyle | Summer Snapshots 2017



Hi friends!

Here are some snapshots of my summer! I hope you enjoy.
Here are a few things that I want to remember about my summer 2017:

My birthday scavenger hunt that Fred set up for me. I had to get on his old phone and look in his picture album for clues to each gift that he got me.

Spending my birthday at parents house (while Fred was in Japan), waking up to a special tea party.

My birthday dinner with Fred at La Chatelaine on the patio.

Crafting & Cocktails with my mom.. making paper flowers.

My sister coming home to visit! 

Our family summer photo shoot in the backyard and making our summer meal together.
{bbq tostadas, melon + mozzarella + prosciutto skewers + peach cake}

Completing the Walk for Crohn's & Colitis with Fred and my parents.

Going to Sunset Beach with Fred's family.

Fred & I's walk on the beach together on the last night of the vacation. The sky was unreal. 

Crashing the waves with Fred and Aud in our donut floats.

Getting delicious treats at Kilwin's Ice Cream Chocolates & Fudge.

The Carolina restaurant Platypus & Gnome. That had adorable gnome and animal decor.

Eating at Bummz Beach Cafe with a great ocean view.

Fred & I's nature walk to a new waterfall where we met some pug friends.

Our taste-testing at MODA.

A few girls nights at BJ's with my mom.

Sleeping in my bed with Tiff on our girls sleepover.. just like our old times. 

Having custard and chocolate covered bananas with my my mom, sis & grandma at Whit's.

My dad teaching my sister & I how to shoot a bow.

My birthday dinner at The Cheesecake Factory and shopping with my parents at The Greene.

Birthday lunch at Red Lobster with my mom & grandmas + our shopping at T.J.Maxx
{got floral painting, himalayan salt crystal, blue ombre notepad and desk calendar, silver string lights & coconut water for Fred}

Fred & I's anniversary day, complete with Winan's Chocolates, brunch at First Watch and dinner at Lindy's.

Our anniversary rainbow.

Dancing to Christmas Can't Be Far Away with Fred in the kitchen. 

Working by the pool.

Our day touring the Parade of Homes.

Binge watching Pretty Little Liars.

Dreaming of adding a pug to the family.

All of our candle lit dinners.

Seeing my first car race with Fred, Kyle, Kenny & Cole.

Zoo day with my parents for my dad's birthday and making our meal at Fred & I's place afterwards. 
{grilled chicken alfredo + yummy peach drink + chocolate molten cakes}

I love summer, I'm always a little sad to see it go. I also love fall insanely much. I'm incredibly thankful for such a beautiful summer and I can't wait to see what the fall holds for us this year!

Make sure you're following me on my Instagram so you can see all of my snapshots!

What do you want to remember about this summer?

Love,

Christina xx

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My soul thirsts for God.
Psalm 42:2 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Style | Current Denim Wishlist!

Hi guys!

Every year when fall rolls around, I start dreaming about denim!
Here are a few pieces that are on my current wishlist & you can find them all at Zaful:

1. Tassels Spliced Ripped Boot Cut Jeans
I'm LOVING the tassel denim look right now! I can't wait to get a pair of these.

2. Embroidered Ripped Denim Cutoff Shorts 
I love the embroidered denim trend! And white denim shorts are a great summer-to-fall wardrobe transitioning piece! Wear white after Labor Day, be a rebel.

3. Argyle Denim Zippered Jacket
I can't get enough denim jackets. They're such a classic piece that you can wear all year round!

What denim trends are you loving at the moment?! 

Love,


Even when alone, be cheerful, remembering always that you are in the sight of angels.
-St. Therese of Lisieux 

*Thank you Zaful for sponsoring this post! All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support BG by Christina! 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lifestyle | Preview Tour Of The 2017 BIA Parade Of Homes (Columbus, Ohio) + GIVEAWAY!


 Hi friends!

I could not wait to go on the Muddy Boots Preview Tour! I love to look at and explore beautiful homes and spaces and I'm sure I'm not alone in that! I just love to be inspired by all of the creativity. It's so fun to get ideas for your future home and/or present space. I just like dwelling in pretty spaces too and appreciating their design. Last week, the Builder Industry Association (BIA) of Central Ohio invited members of the media to a Muddy Boots Preview Tour of the 2017 Parade homes and we were able to check out nine high-end, luxury homes!

The Parade features homes by the region's premier builders, including:
Ambassador Homes | Fischer Homes | Manor Homes | Maple Craft Custom Homes 
 Preston Development | Rockford Homes | Silvestri Group | Trinity Homes | Westport Homes 

The 2017 Parade opens on Labor Day Weekend. It runs from September 2nd through the 17th. It will be held at the new Cheshire Woods development in Delaware County. The parade hours are Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door and there are discount tickets  available online for $13. Children 12 and under are free and parking is $5 per car. The Parade is sponsored by AEP Ohio, America's Floor Source, Columbia Gas of Ohio, EverDry Waterproofing, First Federal lending and LP SmartSide.

Find and follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Pinterest!
 #BeInspired #BIAParade2017 

The 2017 Foundation Home not only gives Parade guests ideas and inspiration for their own homes, but it also gives back! The sale of the Foundation Home benefits the BIA Foundation and Habitat for Humanity - MidOhio... which is amazing!

Don't forget to keep scrollin' for a GIVEAWAY!

Here are the homes we toured:
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This was one of my favorite couch setups! I loved the mix of prints and the color combination they choose. I also really loved the rug!
How stunning is this room? All of the details of this house were just perfect. 
All of the beautiful wood pieces below are by Damsel In Distress Design.
I had the pleasure of meeting Bethany of Damsel In Distress Design during our tour. She was so sweet. I'm not sure if I loved the shoe storage or the bath tray caddy more! You can check out more of her work on her Facebook page!
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So many fun textures!
3
This house had major '60s vibes. The entire house had a black and white color scheme. I loved the uniqueness and simplicity of it. 
Dream bathtub?! I think I need one of these.
I didn't know that I was obsessed with white brick until I saw this house! 
4
I loved all of the unique light fixtures in this home. 
5
Such a lovely kitchen space!
Every room in this home was just so beautiful! 
I want this chandelier! It's so stunning. 

6
Fred loved all of the pale gray color schemes that we saw. That's his fave!
I loved the modern meets farmhouse look that we saw in many of the houses. There were beautiful recycled barn wood accents and open concept floor plans. 
At first, I didn't even realize that the closet was the closet. I thought it was another room! It was so huge!
7
I love the refurbished wood pieces. This house consists of many wood pieces that come from local Amish families. 
Fred and I really loved this house and all of it's unique textures and features. We were ready to move in ha ha. Be sure to check out Couture Designs.
The countertops feature GEOLUXE, which is a slab material combining the beauty of natural marble with superior technical performance.
We loved this feature! Below, is is stone made to look like wood. It was so pretty.
I would encourage all of my local readers to attend the parade and check out all of the houses we got to see! If you'd like to tour the completed homes, be sure to follow the steps below for a giveaway!

***GIVEAWAY!!!***
I've teamed up with BIA to give 1 of my readers 2 tickets to the The 2017 Parade! The contest runs for 1 week. The winner will be announced on my Instagram on Friday, August 25th.

To enter:
1. Follow me on Instagram
2. Follow BIA on Instagram
3. Like + Comment (by tagging a friend) on the "Giveaway" photo on my Instagram!

That simple! Good luck!

What's your latest home inspiration?! 

Love,

Christina xx

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Love keeps no record of wrongs...
1 Cor. 13:5 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Style | Distressed Denim + Red Kimono {Keep Going!}

Hi friends!

I don't know about you, but I've had a frustrating couple of weeks. Recently, I've been getting a ton of headaches and migraines. I'm prone to migraines and I go through spells of time where they're worse than others. I'm currently in one of those times and I hate it. Migraines are seriously the worst! I'm researching and working with my doctors to come up with a new prevention plan for them. I've also just felt a little bit down about everything. It's been harder than usual for me to stay positive and driven. I've also been plagued with self doubt and guilt (my old friends ;p). Do you guys go through spells where it's just hard to stay positive? On the bright side, Fred and I have been to some really fun events for the blog lately. It's such a blessing getting to meet new people and experience such cool things!

Speaking of cool things, these cute little moccasins are Fred's absolutely favorite. I love them too! They're the BEARPAW Ellen style and mine are in the color Linen. They're as comfy as they look!

You can use my code:
BA171JZQZM for 25% off!
Definitely take advantage of this offer because it's usually 15% off!

P.S- These photos were strategically posed to hide the root beer stains all down my white shirt ha ha! We took these after visiting Velvet Ice Cream's Ye Olde Mill. We had so much fun eating some treats and checking out the mill! I think I had the most delicious root beer I've ever tasted there. It was definitely worth getting it all over myself lol!

& Here are some bonus shots of my cutie husband! We got so many compliments at church about how well we matched (it was unplanned!) that I thought I'd snag some of him. you're welcome ;)
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I just wanted to give you guys a little encouragement today and tell ya to keep going.
Beautiful things are on your horizon. Whatever the situation is, wherever you are in life, just keep going. We all feel like giving up sometimes, but there's still so much good to be experienced and created. Things can change so quickly. Your dreams might not be as far away as they seem, but they'll never be reached if you give up. Just keep moving forward, keep going. I believe in you.

Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing}
Similar Distressed Denim Jegging - Three Bird Nest
Basic White Tee - Rue 21
Similar Maroon Fringe Kimono - Rue 21
Ellen Light Gray Moccasins - BEARPAW
Similar Silver Boho Necklace - Forever 21

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My soul thirsts for God. 
Psalm 42:2 

*I have received product from BEARPAW and all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you BEARPAW! And thank you for supporting the companies that support BG by Christina!