DIY Facial Scrub




Happy Friday! Today I wanted to share with you a DIY Facial scrub. This is a very simple and cheap way to scrub your face. All you need is Lemon and Sugar. You can use brown or white. Just make sure your sugar is organic and fine, since you will be scrubbing it on your face.
This is my absolute go to facial scrub! It is a really great exfoliator, my skin always feels smooth afterwards. Some of the benefits of lemon and sugar are...

Lemon: Vitamin C, Natural exfoliator, helps lighten age spots, evens out skin, natural astringent, tightens pores, brightens complexion. 

Sugar: Natural Exfoliator, Evens out skin tone, cleans pores, removes dead & dull skin.


^^All you need to do is mix the sugar and lemon until you get a syrup consistency^^ You want to make sure you don't make too much since you can't save it for more than 3 days (stored in fridge). 

Rub it all over your face. Make sure to really get the problem spots where you get black heads and white heads. Keep it on for 5-10 min. It should dry, and feel almost like you can peel it. Then wash your face and moisturize it with lotion or coconut oil (to go natural). Coconut oil is a great all natural moisturizer. It is also antimicrobial, anti fungal, and antibacterial. 

Some things to remember! Don't go out into the sun with this. Only leave on for 5-10 min. Don't use it on open cuts or wounds. Don't use it if it irritates your skin. Make sure not to fall asleep with it. After all, it is sugar, the ants might eat your face while you're sleeping. Seriously, that is one of my biggest nightmares!! Kind of gross, sorry. 

Comment or email me if you try it :) Enjoy! 


3 Years!





Happy Anniversary to us! It's a bittersweet day. We have made it 3 years which might not seem like a long time, even for us, but in this day and age, It's something to celebrate. This anniversary is very different from the last two. I think back to the time when we first met. That first time I saw him in his yellow jacket. I would have never imagined this life we have created together. It might not be ideal to some people or even something people would want, but I love it. I love him! I love that he choose me. RJ would always tell me, thank you for choosing me. I thought it was cute and a little funny when he said it, but I finally get it. I think about the life I would have had a part from RJ, and It's not one that I can imagine. We made a lot of mistakes and A LOT of bad choices, but I'm glad that God was gracious enough to bring us back together.

I'm so grateful for my husband. We're not perfect, but he is perfect for me. I'm grateful for his love. For his desire to want to be with me. For the times where he takes away my insecurities. I love it when he makes me laugh, and when he thinks he's funnier than I am. The times where he knows exactly what I'm thinking just by the look on my face. When he makes me laugh even though I want to be really mad at him. For the times when he would bring MCflurrys home, even though it would mean weight gain. The nights he would surprise me with chili cheese fries because he knew I had a rough day (the weight gain is really starting to add up).

I love so many things about RJ. I love the way he genuinely cares for people. How he looks forward to talking to them and helping. He loves his church, and he loves serving them. How he has this way about him, he just knows what to say. How he can be silly, but still be taken seriously. I love the side of him that he doesn't show to anyone but me. Thats my favorite side :)

This past year has been the most shaping year in our marriage. The things that  have happened, made me have a deeper and fuller love for my husband, and marriage. I'm so in love with him. I'm in love with who he is and what he brings out in me.  I have learned that you need to be with someone who makes you the best version of yourself. Someone who you know cares for you. No one is perfect, and your husband WILL hurt you, It's inevitable. The absolute most attractive thing about him is Christ. Everything about him is a reflection of his love for God. His kindness, love for people, and desire to serve. That is what I am most thankful for in our 3 years of marriage. That God in His infinite wisdom, gave me a husband who loves Him above all.

Wedding




In honor of our anniversary tomorrow, I wanted to share a few pictures from that very special day. It went by too quickly and I was way too stressed out about it. But looking back, I still remember every feeling I had that day. I especially remember the feeling of driving home with him. That was fun!

Our wedding was a lot of fun. Nothing came out as planned but i loved every minute of it. It was a rustic themed wedding, cowboy boots and all! You would never have guessed that it was poring, based on the pictures.
















Candy and the Cankersaur




I received an email a few weeks back from Jason to review a book. I jumped on it, because Jed loves books. I could read to him all day. He especially loves correcting me on how the story really goes. We don't really let Jed use the iPad for the most part, but we will when it comes to reading books or on long trips. He loves reading books on there because he enjoys the scrolling motion. The iPad has become sort of a life saver for us around here.

Jed really enjoyed reading this book, and I did too. This is a picture book about a girl who receives a dinosaur as a gift and her determination to train him to be a good pet. It was adorable! It's very imaginative, which I just love. The story draws you in and makes you want to read until the very end, even as an adult. My favorite part has to be the beautiful illustrations. They are so colorful and creative. I could really see Cank becoming a children's stuffed animal (hint, hint, Jason). I took the chance to really teach Jed his colors! How could you not? 



This is a book we have been reading and that he really enjoys. It's a good size book, so sometimes we start and then come back to it. Sometimes we read it before bed which helps Jed wind down. He just can't seem to get enough of Cank!

Thank you Jason for this great book that we are able to add to our collection. The Cankersaur is one of our favorite characters now!

To get Jason's book or to see any of his other books, you can go here.

Lately






Lately, I have been missing my husband like crazy. He has to be the absolute best man on earth. I truthfully can't imagine someone more wonderful than him. Being away from him has made me appreciate him even more. We have been going on a whole lot of "field trips". Thank God we live in California because I could not handle having to stay indoors all day. I have been hanging out with friends. I am in a place in my life where friendships mean the world to me. I have seen people really be there for me when RJ left, and words cannot describe how much it has meant to us. We are rich in friends and that is not something that I take lightly. When times are tough, you realize who your friends are and what real friendship is. We have been having really long, thoughtful, and sweet conversations about life, the future, and what God desires from us. I have learned that friendship is what you make of it. You get, what you choose to put in. I feel like I am at a crossroad in life. It seems likes we all seem to be moving on. You know, like the last episode of friends. We are all going our separate ways and It's a little bittersweet. I'm excited to see where God takes us and what the outcome will be. I'm praying hard for all of our relationships and for God to use us to further the kingdom. I feel like we're in a really great place, as a church, in our relationships. I think God is really changing hearts and growing people, and it is darn exciting!