Tuesday, October 16, 2012


OK, so it's been forever since I've done a little update on my life. I blame life itself, for being so darn busy! 


Reading: Insurgent, by Veronica Roth. This is the second book in the Divergent trilogy, and it's freaking amazing! Honestly, I can't put it down. The series is similar to The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner series, but is very unique at the same time. I am pretty bummed that the third book doesn't come out for awhile, and for that reason I'm going to try and avoid finishing the last few chapters too quickly so I don' t have to wait as long!

Watching: The Vampire Diaries Season 3. You guys, I am obsessed. When I first heard about the show, I was like "oh great, another cheesy vampire love triangle story with awful acting." But I was wrong, and I regret ever having those thoughts! The show is completely amazing and addicting. And don't even get me started on the Salvatore brothers..

Listening: I've been loving the new Mumford and Sons album. I especially love the songs "Hopeless Wanderer" and "Below My Feet". If you haven't heard their album yet, you need to go buy it right now!       

Planning: Our Halloween party! My sister-in-law and I are throwing a Halloween party next Friday, and I'm really excited for it! I've never really thrown a themed party besides a bridal shower, so I'm pretty nervous about it. I won't lie. We decided to have a costume theme, so we're having every come as their favorite TV or movie character. I have yet to put my costume together. I should probably get on that.

Working On: A lot of crafts! This past month, I've been helping lead a small group at my church called "Pin Your Heart Out". We chose projects from Pinterest, and make them each week! It's been so much fun, but has turned me into even more of a crazy crafter. We actually have a blog here. If you like to make crafts, you can follow along and make them each week with us! Anyways, I've always been a crafter, but this small group has made me a crazy craft lady! I have about five projects going at once, and I'm hoping to have them done before the holidays are here!

Excited For: Christmas! I know, I should just enjoy fall and let it have it's moment, but I can't help it. My heart just belongs to Christmas. I'm already thinking of potential Christmas presents I can make and things to do. It's only about 10 weeks away. So crazy!

Life lately via my iPhone:

1. Breakfast dates with this guy are my favorite.
2. One of the crafts from my Pinterest small group!
3. I've been wearing this headband non-stop.
4. Just a little leaf garland I made. It's super easy, too!
5. Coffee and big comfy sweaters. Need I say more?
6. Ian and I at the Crosby, Stills, and Nash concert last month.

Hope you enjoyed my little life update!
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Guest Post: The You Are Project

Hello my lovely readers! I know I haven't posted in a little while (OK, a LONG while). So as a way to kick off getting back into the game, I wanted let my friend share a post with you guys. I've been writing a beauty column for The You Are Project for a few months, and I am truly honored to be a part of this organization!

I know you'll love the site as much as I do!

 Hey Ladies!
My name is Lauren, and I’m the co-founder and Web Manager for The You Are Project, an online magazine for Christian women. I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about our vision for this organization.
The mission of The You Are Project is to help women discover WHO THEY ARE in Christ. (You can learn more by reading our actual mission statement. Once we know who God created us to be and are confident in Him, amazing things begin to happen:
1. Our confidence, paired with a Godly love for others, will draw people out of their insecurity. I firmly believe that a compliment or support from confident woman has more power than we realize. Our confidence isn’t for ourselves— it is meant to change the people around us.
2. Jealously will evaporate, and relationships between women will be restored. Our unity is a weapon, and will further destroy the enemy’s strongholds on us.
3. We will be unafraid to use our passion and God-given talents in the way that He asks us to.
Can you imagine what God could do with a group of women who are confident, strong, unified, and in love with Him? The world would never be the same! Catherine (my co-founder) and I dream of seeing women set free and seeing this vision realized.

Right now we are taking baby steps, and our online magazine has articles on everything from fashion tips to the scoop on up-and-coming authors and interviews with women who are changing the world. We also have many new projects in the works, from online resources to workshops that will help women discover their purpose and grow closer to God. We would love if you supported us by making a donation, or simply by visiting our website at www.theyouareproject.com and sharing our posts with a friend.
I would like to thank Kelsey for the opportunity to share with all of you! I hope you enjoy our magazine. Feel free to email me at lauren@theyouareproject.com with any questions or feedback;
I love to hear from you!