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Travel Bag Essentials

Hey y’all! I travel a lot, and so I have the contents of my little black backpack that I carry with me when I travel down to a science. In this post, I’m going to be sharing with y’all what all I keep in my bag and more tips and tricks I have based on my experiences.

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  • Headphones (for flights, family car rides, avoiding socializing)
  • A good book 
  • Gum (no explanation needed)
  • Hand sanitizer (again, do I need to explain this?) 
  • A hairbrush (a small one)
  • Mascara (travel size if possible)
  • Chapstick (of course)
  • A neutral lipstick
  • Makeup remover wipes
  • Portable phone charger (story time! When I was in New York, I ended up using the GPS on my phone to find the places I wanted to see. using my GPS so much ended up DRAINING my phone’s battery, and I’m happy I had a portable charger in my backpack. Moral of the story: keep a charger with you, especially in big cities!)
  • Last but not least, A water bottle. Stay hydrated!

Happy Travels!

Chloe

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  -Josh. 1:9

 

 

Holiday Movie Marathon Must-Haves

Hey y’all! ‘Tis the season to be freezin’, and what’s better to on a cold night than watch Christmas movies? In this post, I’m going to be talking about what I think is absolutely necessary for a SUPER FESTIVE Christmas movie marathon. Also, a recipe for hot chocolate & listing my favorite holiday movies if you need any inspiration!

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ONE.

Candles. Yes, I know, I’m just saying this because of my obsession with candles but WHAT is more festive than a winter scented candle making your house/room/apartment smell like snowflakes and happiness. just saying.

TWO.

Hot Chocolate. I make mine with almond milk, and hot chocolate is one of my favorite things (besides coffee. which I will most likely have instead of hot chocolate . don’t judge plz). And what’s a holiday movie marathon without hot chocolate? Cold, tasteless and not as fun as a movie marathon that has hot chocolate. Find my Almond Milk Hot Chocolate recipe here!

THREE.

Anything soft and fuzzy. Socks, pants, blankets, sweatshirts, or all of the above. As I said before, ’tis the season to be freezin’ and I’m personally not a fan of being cold while watching a movie.

FOUR.

A super festive holiday movie. A few of my favorites are

  • Elf
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • A Christmas Carol (2004 version with Kelsey Grammer As Ebenezer Scrooge)
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)

Stay festive y’all.

Much love,

Chloe

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8 

My Favorite Blogs for Catholics

Hey y’all! Time to talk faith. I’m going to share with y’all my two favorite Catholic blogs & why they make such an impact on my life. Whether you’re Catholic or not, I hope you can benefit from these blogs as much as I have. 

Emily Wilson is a speaker, author, and musician who travels the world sharing her faith through witness and worship. I had the joy of meeting her one summer at a Catholic youth conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and let me tell you, she may have changed my life.  Listening to her speak really made me recognize my own identity and worth in Christ. Not only does she write blog posts that have such deep meaning, she also makes video blogs and posts them on YouTube. These are amazing to watch when you have something on your mind because there’s almost always an answer to what you’re  looking for on her blog or youtube. She’s such an amazing inspiration to women of all ages and I really hope you take the time to read some of the words she has to say!img_7655.png

Blessed Is She help women be in community with one another while growing deeper in their prayer lives. I follow their blog & follow them on Instagram, and seeing their daily faith-filled words helps to keep me on track with my faith. Also, you can enter your email to receive daily devotions sent straight to your inbox. Blessed is She will walk with you on this crazy journey as a daughter of the King, and I’m so glad I stumbled upon this a while ago!

I encourage all of you to check out these beautiful blogs, whether you’re Catholic or not, to just see what good they bring to the world and how much the words of one person can inspire another. 

Emily Wilson’s website: http://emwilsonmusic.com

Emily Wilson’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/emilyywilsonn

Blessed is She: https://blessedisshe.net

Much love,

Chloe

“Nothing will be impossible for God.” (Luke 1:37)

 

(Photos from @blessedisshe_ on Instagram)

Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

Hey yall! It’s national hot cocoa day, so I decided to share a healthy(-ish) alternative to the traditional hot chocolate. This is my favorite hot chocolate recipe, because it uses almond milk but is still super tasty. This recipe makes about 5 servings! I also included a single-serving recipe for those days you just want a little something sweet. 

Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups Almond milk (1 qt.) (I like the sweetened vanilla kind, but you can also use original)
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Dash  Himalayan pink salt & nutmeg or cinnamon (you can use regular salt, this stuff is just better in my opinion)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in medium saucepan & stir in water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk & stir until hot.  Remove from heat & add vanilla. Beat with a whisk until foamy, pour into mugs and enjoy!

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-Almond Milk Hot Chocolate for One-

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup almond milk 
  • Dash Himalayan pink salt & nutmeg or cinnamon

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in large mug. Heat almond milk in a microwave for 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Gradually add hot almond milk to cocoa mixture in mug, stirring until well blended. Stir in vanilla. DONE!

Hope you enjoy!

Chloe

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

5 Last Minute (Inexpensive) Christmas Gifts…& Other Festive Things

Hey y’all! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means Christmas music, Christmas tree shopping, and gift shopping. In this post, I’m going to be talking about my holiday playlist, my family’s Christmas tree adventure, and giving y’all some last-minute Christmas gift ideas.

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First up, I want to tell you all a little about my family’s tradition of Christmas tree chopping. That’s right, chopping. We go to a Christmas tree farm, pick out the *perfect* tree, chop it down, tie it on top of the car, and drive an hour back home with a tree tied to our car. it’s casual.
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Next, I want to talk about my Holiday Playlist! And seriously y’all, it’s good. I found this album (ok fine, my sister made me listen to it), but I just had to share it! The Oh Hellos Family Christmas Album was released in 2014 and is my new music obsession. again, it’s casual.

Last but not least, I want to give y’all some ideas for those last-minute Christmas gifts!  It’s almost that point in the year where I have most of my Christmas shopping done, but still need a few little gifts for my friends. Here are 5 inexpensive ideas to finish off your Christmas shopping list. ( Just fyi, none of this is sponsored, I just really love Sephora and target. don’t judge.)

  • Sephora has some amazing little gift sets, some of which are under $15! Here is a set of four mini liquid lipsticks that are matte, long-wearing, and easy to keep in your purse or pocket!
  • For the skin care obsessed friend, here is a set from First Aid Beauty that comes with a priming moisturizer and “facial radiance pads” that exfoliate, tone, and brighten the skin. And, get this, the set is called “Once Upon A Prime“. Get it? Once Upon A TIME?
  • On to some non-makeup gifts, Target has the most adorable mugs (for that friend who can’t live without coffee. aka me).  Christmas mugs, monogrammed mugs, & mugs with cute/funny sayings? yes, please.
  • Of course, cute fuzzy socks are always a win. Is there anyone who doesn’t like fuzzy socks? No? I rest my case. ( Target and T.J.maxx have some really cute ones!)
  • Never underestimate the power of candles. Everyone loves candles, and they smell so good! Bath & Body Works has some really great ones.IMG_7559-1.JPG

Aaand that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this post & good luck with any last-minute Christmas shopping! Stay festive y’all.

Much love,

Chloe

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.”  Luke 2:11

What I Eat in a Day (+Recipes!)

Hey y’all! I’m going to tell you a little bit about what I eat in a day. All of this is gluten-free, vegetarian, & super easy to make!

Breakfast

I usually don’t do much for breakfast because of classes, so I usually have a bowl of honey nut Cheerios with vanilla almond milk, & a cup of coffee or tea.

  • Honey Nut Cheerios (gluten-free!)
  • Vanilla Almond milk
  • coffee coffee coffee

Lunch

For lunch, I made a sandwich on Udi’s gluten-free sandwich bread. On that, I put avocado, tomato, lettuce, avocado-oil mayo, & provolone cheese.

  • Gluten-free sandwich bread
  • 1/4 an avocado, sliced
  • Sliced tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado-oil mayo
  • Provolone cheese
  • lol probably more coffee

Dinner

Veggies, veggies, and more veggies! I made green beans with roasted sweet potato & cauliflower. See the recipe below!

Ingredients:

  • Sweet potato
  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • Green beans (not sure how much, I’m honestly not one for recipes)
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 clove garlic (or just use minced)
  • 1 cup of vegetarian broth
  • Salt & pepper

Sauteé chopped onion until slightly browned, add minced garlic. let that brown for a bit, again, I’m not really one for recipes, I usually go with the flow, but I hope you get the idea. Anyway, after that, I add the green beans (chopped into about 2-inch pieces) and broth. Cover and let simmer for about an hour and a half. Chop up the sweet potato and break up the cauliflower into smallish pieces. Spread on a sheet pan and sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss it, then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes. By then, your green beans should be finished cooking and you have super yummy veggie-filled dinner. (of course, you could add chicken or whatever but I’m just not the biggest fan. Again, you do what you want)

In between meals I snacked on hummus with gluten-free pretzels, dark chocolate, low-fat string cheese, and LOTS of water. also, probably more coffee but that’s irrelevant. I have a water bottle that I carry with me around the house, and everywhere else. Hydration is key, y’all.

I hope you enjoy this post, keep your eyes open for more! I can’t wait to share with you all more food that I love ♥

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Matthew 6:25

 

Winter Skincare Favorites

Hey y’all! It’s that time of year when skin gets dry, lips get chapped, and foundation just won’t apply the way you’d like it to. In this post, I’m going to tell y’all about my favorite skincare products for the cold months and hopefully can save some of you from the dreaded flaky foundation. you’re welcome! Now let’s get started.

First up is an overnight moisture mask from Clinique that I’m going to link Here. This mask is a creamy, oil-free facial mask that helps hydrate skin overnight for a soft, dewy glow when you wake up in the morning. I use this about once or twice a week in the winter, and around once a month the rest of the year, but you can also use it every night if your skin REALLY needs help.

Next is a serum by Estee Lauder ( here ). I use it around my eyes, on my lips, or on my entire face ( gotta do what you gotta do, am I right? ). This repair serum maximizes the power of skin’s natural renewal and really combats dry skin. I use it in the mornings before my daily moisturizer.

Alright, so this is my favorite primer anyway, but it’s ESPECIALLY lovely this time of year. The Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer (yep, click here) is a LIFESAVER… or should I say foundation saver? Either way, this primer is  “infused with coconut water, a probiotic-based ingredient, and skin revivers which work together to boost skin’s radiance, promote elasticity, and help hydrate while locking down makeup for fresher, longer, and more flawless wear.”(thanks, @ Sephora’s product info section). Anyway, this primer is super moisturizing and my foundation stays looking flawless all day. No kidding, like “I did my makeup at 7 am and now its 10 pm and still looking FLAWLESS” kind of good.

SKINCARE

For cleansers, the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (right here)  is fantastic at any time, but especially winter. This gel cleanser for all skin types gently washes off everyday impurities like dirt and makeup – EVEN MASCARA- without drying the skin. this stuff is good. Amino acid-rich soy proteins to help support natural elasticity and healthy skin, while rosewater is notable for its calming and balancing properties. The cleanser is further enriched with calming cucumber extract to soothe the skin and borage seed oil to nourish. In short: really good, doesn’t dry out your skin.

My favorite eye cream is the Yes To Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream (here ). This eye cream is super hydrating and diminishes dark circles. It actually works! Also, it’s relatively inexpensive, at only $15, but check your local T.J.Maxx, because I got mine there for $3.

Last but not least is a Goji Lip Balm by Sephora Collectio (lol right here). This product come in a range of six different balms, each with a different ingredient to nurture lips all day long. The Goji Lip Balm, specifically “nurtures and protects”. Also, this lip balm only costs $6. Just saying.

I hope y’all enjoyed this post and, from now on, will be blessed with hydrated skin.

I’m writing this while wearing fuzzy pants with ice skating polar bears on them as I procrastinate studying for finals. Maybe I should take my own advice from my last blog post?

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  -Deuteronomy 31:6

My Top 5 Tidbits of Advice for College Freshman

 

Hey ya’ll! Time to talk college.

When people said my first semester of college would go by quickly, I didn’t believe them. How can twelve essays, six exams, two speeches, and a partridge in a pear tree POSSIBLY go by quickly? Now that this first semester is over, I finally see what they meant. In this post, I’m going to tell y’all a little about my college experience so far and give any incoming college students (or high school students) some tips and tricks I’ve learned.

ONE.

Do not trust “rate my professor.” While it may seem useful, the reviews from students can be influenced mainly by the grade that person received in the class. Didn’t come to class and failed the final? Bad reviews. The teacher didn’t teach the needed material and passed everyone because they didn’t learn a thing? Possible good reviews. See what I mean? Instead, talk to your advisor about what you’re looking for when it comes to classes, and they should be able to point you in a right direction.

TWO.

Do your homework. On time. Seriously. Don’t wait for the end of the semester when everything is due to do it. DUE today does not mean DO today. Do it now, and do it well. (Your GPA will thank you).

THREE.

Use your resources. Ok, first off, this took me a while to do. Being the person I am, I don’t like asking for help. ever. BUT my first semester of college has COMPLETELY changed that. Writing labs, tutoring, on-campus libraries, whatever your school has to offer: use it. Also, grammar sites such as Grammarly can be beneficial but don’t rely on them too much. Use them as checkers, not crutches, that way you can learn from your mistakes and become a better writer rather than relying on them too much and not being able to write quality content without them.

FOUR.

Organize. Color code. Do whatever you need to do and more to make sure no piece of paper or information gets misplaced. (that being said, I can assure you that my desk is not as pristine as it once was. just being real here.) Get a planner you love that has a TON of room to write down every little detail about your homework. (again, your GPA will thank you). I use the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley, which I will link Here. Use a different color pen for writing down each of your classes in that planner. And, seriously, organize your desk! Do NOT let all of your spare notes and past essays become a pile in the drawer of your desk.  Do not take organization lightly; it is a powerful force. “Use the force, Luke!”- Obi-Wan Kenobi.

FIVE.

Don’t stress. I know, I know, easier said than done, and this is coming from a girl who is currently dealing with finals as I write this. (procrastination, anyone?) But trust me, stressing out accomplishes nothing.  Take breaks when you need to, write everything down and check it off as you complete it, and pray about it. YOU CAN DO THIS!

Aaaand that’s a wrap! I hope this helped, whether you’re applying for colleges, in college, or struggling with finals like I am. Don’t forget to check out my other posts for food, fashion, or other ramblings of my mind 🙂

( Image by @rekitanicole )