Spring Fashion Favorites 2019

Hey yall!

Spring is one of my favorite times for fashion. The pastels, florals, and flowy materials are always so timeless, and are a perfect transition into these warmer months! I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces for this season and I hope you love them as much as I do. 

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Everything Yellow!

Yellow is one of my favorite colors, and what better time to wear this color than spring? If you see me out and about, you can bet I’m going to be wearing this sunshine-y color for the majority of this season 🙂  I love pairing yellow tops with denim skirts or jeans, along with a pair of cute sandals. Top off the look with either simple studs, or go bold with a pair of statement earrings! Either way, you’ll be in style for this upcoming season. 

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Off The Shoulder Tops

One of my favorite items for spring is cold shoulder tops! Some of my favorites are from Los Angeles Fits Boutique, who was so kind to send me these shirts for this blog post! These tops are so incredibly soft and are so so cute! These tops are a perfect transition piece from the colder months to spring. I love pairing these tops with a denim skirt or jeans, and pairing this look with dainty jewelry or statement earrings adds such an adorable touch. 

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Florals

Yall already know I’m obsessed with everything floral! This dress from American Eagle is the perfect sundress for spring, and I love adding a white cardigan to the look for when it’s not quite warm outside.  It’s such a simple outfit, but it’s perfect for any occasion! So perfect for spring and look gorgeous with all of the blooming flowers outside. 

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I absolutely love spring and summer fashion; everything so comfy and easy to style! I hope you love these looks as much as I do, and head on over to my Instagram to see more of my favorite looks for this season! Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest to see all of my fashion inspiration too. 

Much love, 

Chloe

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul” -Psalm 94:19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My At-home Teeth Whitening Routine

Hey y’all!

As you may know, being in college comes with a lot of stress, late nights studying, and, most importantly, coffee. Coffee every morning (and sometimes throughout the day too) makes it pretty easy for my teeth to get stained. I’ve tried all the whitening strips you can imagine, DIY treatments (aka gross-tasting baking soda), and many tubes of whitening toothpaste, and still, hadn’t gotten the results that I wanted. I was so excited when Smile Brilliant reached out to me for this collaboration! I was skeptical at first, but after using my Smile Brilliant system for the first time, I was in looooove. It was like the perfect happy medium between at-home whitening systems and professional whitening systems. With this system, I can talk, study, AND whiten my teeth at the same time. It’s kinda a win-win if you ask me. 

Keep reading to see my full review, results, AND get the details on another GIVEAWAY!

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After getting my system in the mail, I created molds for the custom-fitting whitening trays. These trays are what the whitening gel goes in, and make it so that I can even talk while whitening my teeth! Getting my smile Brilliant trays was easier than expected: once I made the dental impressions, I sent them back to the Smile Brilliant labs so they could create my trays. About a week later, my custom trays arrived in the mail! After that, you simply add the gel to the trays and wear them for up to 3 hours at a time. After a few minutes, I usually forget I’m even wearing them! I usually keep my trays in for 45 mins – 1.5 hours, and this is when I might finish up a blog post or catch up on a tv show before bed.

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Once the timer is up, I just take them out, rinse them out, then brush my teeth as normal. Then I’ll apply a small amount of the desensitizing gel in the trays and put them back in for about 20/30 mins while I wash my face and complete my nightly skincare routine. Smile Brilliant systems are able to whiten your teeth so well because the gel is able to spread evenly and really coat your teeth since the trays fit your teeth perfectly. The best part about it is that it doesn’t have that gross whitening flavor that so many other methods have so that 1-3 hrs of whitening is even easier.  It’s super easy and SO convenient. 

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Before (right) and after (left) using my Smile Brilliant System

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I’ve been using the Smile Brilliant T3 sensitive kit to whiten my teeth for the past few weeks and it has really made a difference in the way my teeth look. Now my teeth are always ready for a photoshoot, formal, or just daily life!

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I’m so excited to offer y’all the chance to win your very own T3 whitening system from Smile Brilliant! These kits normally cost upwards of $150, but you can have the chance to get one for F R E E. Click the link *here* to enter to win one free Smile Brilliant T3 sensitive whitening kit

Much love,

Chloe

I was provided a complimentary teeth whitening system from Smile Brilliant in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own! Thank you Smile Brilliant for sponsoring this post! 

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We Are Called to be More

Hey Y’all!

Today’s blog post is just me spilling my heart into semi-coherent words. Here are some of my thoughts that I felt the need to share! 

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Going with the world will never lead you to peace.

I’ve kinda found this out the hard way multiple times in my life, and each time I’ve thought “ maybe this time.” Maybe this time I’ll be pretty enough. Maybe this time I’ll wear the right clothes. Maybe this time I’ll write the perfect blog post and get lots of views. I tried to find a better way to describe it, but I only came up with two words: “less than.” This is a feeling that I have struggled with since I-don’t-even-remember-when. Less pretty than my friends. Less perfect than the people you see on social media. Less popular. Less known. Less wanted.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, good! I hope you never feel this way. But if you have, and if these words seem familiar, you are not alone. you are not broken. you are more than. You are worth more than all of the priceless things on this earth because of the one who created you made you perfect! Not perfect to society, but perfect in his eyes. We are in this world, but not of this world, so why should we try to conform to the norms of a world in which we don’t belong to?

You are more than your past. You are more than your emotions. You are more than what people may say you are. You are more precious in His eyes than anything this world has to offer: you are more than!

Living a life of doubt is not how God wants us to live. I have come to realize that no matter how hard I try to be a part of this world, I am made for something more. We are all made for something more as followers of Christ.  This is a little reminder to take a step back and ask yourself “is this who I want to be? Is this who I really, truly, deep down-no-matter-how-hard-I-try-to-get-perfect-winged-eyeliner am meant to be?” My answer to that question was a hard no. And maybe yours is too, or maybe you are exactly who you are called to be. But we are all called to be more, called to love one another, and called to be who God creates us to be.  Go out there and be you!!!! You are loved.

Much love & go be a light,

Chloe♥

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Photography by Madison Martin Photography

 

 

5 Ways to Beat the Cold Weather Blues

Hey yall!

The holiday season has come to an end, which means cold, cloudy, rainy weather with ZERO holiday cheer. I don’t know about yall, but January and February I tend to fall into a kind of slump. I want to stay inside, I don’t get things done, and honestly, I just want some sunshine. In this blog post, I’m going to give yall 5 things that I do to get out of my slump and feel good about life!

ONE.

Get to the gym. Or do an at-home workout. or do some yoga, go to a barre class, whatever. Just get moving! I always feel so rejuvenated and happy after I workout (and sore), so make some time in your day to get those endorphins pumping. Because “exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t!” (name that movie!)

TWO.

Find some yummy seasonal fruits and veggies and try out a new recipe! Cooking is such a stress reliever for me, and I love finding new ways to incorporate seasonal fruits and veggies into my meals. Make a smoothie for breakfast, try a new recipe for lunch and dinner, and you’ve got a refreshed, healthy day set out for you!

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THREE.

Go shopping! (but do I really have to tell you to?) I always find it fun to buy myself something cute when I’m feeling down, whether its a new shirt, on-clearance shoes, or even a new $1 face mask or chapstick. Having a new little something to wear out makes my day so much fun, and I always like to incorporate something summery into my buys.  Floral tops, coconut scented lip balms, cute sandals to get me excited for the warmer weather, you name it. 

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FOUR.

Listen to new music! I’m loving songs by Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and John Mayer right now. Jason Mraz’s music is so happy and reminds me of warm weather, so its the perfect thing to listen to when I’m not in the mood for the inevitable cold weather.

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FIVE.

Be content with where you are! I know it can be so easy to get caught up in the dreams of tomorrow (and warmer weather), but take each day as it comes and live in the moment! So many wonderful things happen in these colder months, so live it, love it, and know that you are so loved!

Much love,

Chloe

4 Things I Love About Fall

Hey yall!

Happy October! My favorite season is finally upon us! The hint of a cool breeze has me ready to pull out my sweaters and cook s’mores around a fire. If you have been staying up to date on Instagram, you know that (1) The Simple Joy of Being has some super fun stuff going on, and (2) that everyone and their dog are going apple picking, going to pumpkin patches, and drinking lots of pumpkin spice lattes ( I still haven’t had a PSL yet this year… is it even fall?). Well…I’m here to add to that overabundance of fall and tell you a few of my favorite things about this season! 🙂 

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Fall clothes

Y’all already know I’m a huge fan of breezy summer dresses, but by now I’m ready to stash those in my closet and bring out the fall clothing. Sweaters, scarves, and boots look fantastic paired together and are oh-so-comfortable. Sweatshirts are 100% acceptable, especially when paired with leggings. Personally, my go-to fall outfit is cozy flannel, jeans, and black booties. Cozy, comfy, and stylish… yes, please! The flannel that im wearing in the picture above is from Old Navy, the jeans are from Gap, and my boots are from Target!

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The leaves change, pumpkins are everywhere, and suddenly everything looks like it could go on Instagram. That tree in the middle of a field? …photographed, uploaded, posted, #nofilter. Between the leaves changing, everything being yellow and orange, and all of the fall-themed coffees… what’s not to love?

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Crisp Air

There’s nothing better than being outside as the air starts to get colder! Add roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate, and you’ve got yourself the perfect fall night. (bonus points if there’s a pumpkin nearby). Cooler air makes me so happy and feels like such a fresh start. 

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Candles!!!

What’s better than your entire house smelling like a pumpkin? Nothing. I have way too many fall candles (if that’s even possible), and love to light them and make any space instantly more cozy. My favorite fall candles come from Bath and Body Works, and all smell soo good! My favorite candle from Bath & Body Works is called Gather and is the perfect fall candle. Going out and getting fall candles is such a fun event for me: it always involves coffee, flannels, driving with the windows down, and the perfect fall playlist. AKA, total fall overload. and I love it. So much.

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And that’s a wrap! I would LOVE to hear all of your fav things about fall, so comment and let me know! I hope you enjoyed this post, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and subscribe to my blog to get blog posts sent straight to your inbox! Also, if you want to keep up with the styles & looks im loving, follow me on Pinterest!

Much love,

Chloe

My Thoughts on Change

Hey y’all!

Grab your hot chocolate and get comfy, because this post is going to be deep. I’ll start off by saying that a few times in my life, I have had people tell me “you’ve changed”…maybe they’ve told me directly, maybe they’ve told someone that I’m close to. But y’all, I’d sure hope that I’ve changed. Don’t ever apologize for changing, growing as a person, weeding negativity out of your life, etc. As long as you’re not changing for the worse, don’t ever be apologetic for it. Change is good and the people who are worth your time and energy will grow with you and accept the change!

I remember the first time someone ever told me “you’ve changed”. I honestly didn’t know how to feel. Was it an insult? Was changing as a person a bad thing? I’m here to tell you that it’s not. Like I said earlier, as long as you’re not changing for the worse, and are growing as an individual, don’t ever be apologetic for it. Change can be so good! The people who are truly worth your time and energy will accept your growth and grow with you and accept the fact that people change!

Another thing you should never be apologetic for: weeding negative people out of your life. You should surround yourself with people who inspire you, build you up, make you happy, and help you grow into the person God created you to be. God will send people into your life that you never knew could have such a positive impact on the way you see yourself and the world. As soon as you find the strength to leave the negative behind, accept change, and move forward with complete trust that God has a plan for your life…you will find so much happiness. (I speak from experience). 

The funny thing is, I don’t like change. At all. I am 100% the type of person that likes to plan out every aspect of everything and will completely freak out if something even goes slightly off plan. This is kinda where the whole “Trusting God” thing comes into play… and I will be completely honest in telling you that sometimes, (or more times than not), it can be really hard to put all of your trust in Him. But here’s the thing that i have to tell myself multiple times a day… God has a plan for me. And He has a plan for you. Maybe you’re reading this and can’t relate one bit to what I’m saying, maybe trusting God comes easily to you. But maybe you’re like me, and need that little constant reminder of “God’s got you”. 

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Friends, whatever changes you may be going through right now, pray for the grace to be at peace with the present. Be grateful for the blessings that you have today instead of being constantly preoccupied with what’s around the corner. Honestly, I am 100% guilty of focusing too much on the future and paying no attention to the people and blessing that I have in the moment. Go to God with a patient and trusting spirit. He’s got you

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11

“Do not fear, beloved. Peace! Take courage, and be strong.

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“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” -Psalm 18:2

Much love,

Chloe

Simple Joy Of GIVING: FOCUS Missions

Hey yall!

It’s time again to launch The Simple Joy Of Giving! This is the second month of t-shirts & charity donations, and I’m so excited to see what we can accomplish this month!

Order your shirt here!

The Simple Joy Of Giving is a not-for-profit campaign that directly benefits the less fortunate worldwide and in local communities. Every few months, I will be selling newly-designed t-shirts to raise money for a different cause or organization! One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to that month’s selected cause. In April, my readers raised over $200 for a soup kitchen in my hometown!

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I started The Simple Joy Of Giving as a way to give back to my local community. My initial thought was to just raise money to fund a future mission trip, but then I realized that I could do so much more with this project! I came to the realization that, since I have this platform of my blog, I could expand this campaign into an ongoing fundraiser for my local community, and will hopefully one day grow to spread the Word of God and to help struggling communities worldwide. I also hope to one day go on a mission trip, and hopefully, this little project can help me reach that goal!

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In my hometown alone, 18.2% of the population lives in poverty. That’s almost a fifth of the population of Huntsville, Alabama, but it’s a small percentage compared to the worldwide statistics: approximately 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day. Nearly 50% of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.   1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. Researching these statistics and seeing the widespread, but little known, disaster of poverty in this world has helped me realize that people are in need everywhere, every day. I have volunteered at this local soup kitchen many times, and it filled me with so much joy that so many people were willing to help me raise money to purchase meals for the less fortunate in my hometown. 

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Before I started this campaign, I prayed that the Lord would fill me with compassion and patience and wisdom to help me with the whole process of this campaign. after the first month passed, I finally realized that so many prayers had been answered! Not only my prayers but maybe even other people’s prayers that I don’t know about. It has definitely shown me that prayers DO get answered, even if not the ways we initially imagine them. 

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This Month’s Cause

For the month of August, the proceeds will be donated to a FOCUS mission trip. FOCUS, The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is a group of people passionate about changing the world and helping college students live a life of purpose through Christ. FOCUS Missions believes that we have a unique opportunity to reach the world and be forces of good, both in uncharted territory and in our own familiar homelands. I’m so excited to help fund someone’s mission trip through focus, and I hope that others are as excited about this as I am! Click here to order your shirt and make a difference in this world!

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And to the person who wants to start something similar for the glory of God:

GO FOR IT! It’s definitely a long process of waiting, praying, and waiting some more, but the results can be so beautiful. Even if you don’t raise as much money as you wanted, or if it doesn’t go quite as planned, Trust in God’s timing and in His will and everything will go the way He planned it to. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from the people around you, and don’t be afraid of any problems/struggles you may encounter. You are doing good for the world and your community and spreading the Love of God; that is such a beautiful thing! 

Order your shirt here!

Much love,

Chloe

Our deepest hungers are not for food and drink, not for amusements and recreations, not for property and wardrobes, not for notoriety and gossip. We hunger for truth, we thirst to drink beauty, we yearn to celebrate, we stretch out to love and be loved. This is why anything less than everything is not enough.

– Father Thomas Dubay

 

My Favorite At-home Workout {Full Body}

Hey yall!

Since the start of 2018, I have been extremely motivated to workout and take care of my body, so I wanted to write a blog post about my favorite workout to do when I can’t get to the gym. It only takes about 10-15 minutes if you do it on its own, or you can turn it into a circuit and do this entire workout a few times in a row for a real burn. 

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Growing up as a dancer, I never really had to worry about getting my exercise in. I would work out at home when I wasn’t at the studio, but it was never a worry as to whether or not I was active that day. After graduating high school and starting college, I realized that I was spending more time at a desk and less time at the barre. Because of this, I’ve discovered a new love for the gym, and I’m so happy to now incorporate weight training as well as cardio into my gym routine!

I know some people would much rather workout from the comfort of their own home (this workout is for you!), but I find something so motivating about being at the gym! It’s become such a stress relief for me. Although I love the gym, sometimes it just doesn’t happen in a day. Studying, spending time with my family, and getting everything prepped for the week ahead are all things that can make it hard to drive the loooooooong 15 minutes to the gym for a workout. I mean, I can do this entire workout in the time that it takes for me to even get to the gym!

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Leggings (S) *I linked similar leggings bc they don’t carry my favs anymore 😥 *

 Sneakers (These are SO lightweight and comfortable. luv u Nike)

 Shirt (S)  This shirt is sooo soft and comfy!

Sports Bra (M) Kora has some of the cutest workout clothes and it’s all so soft! Get 15% off of your Kora purchase with code Chloe15. Savin’ y’all some $$$ 🙂

Fitbit Charge 2 (S) I got the pink sports band on Amazon for $6!!! It’s so lightweight and comfortable!

 

My Favorite At-home Workout {Full Body}

  • Warm up with 2 minutes of jumping jacks 
  • Continue with 3 minute run in place
  • 2-minute of ab crunches
  • 1-minute of mountain climbers
  • 1-minute break… breathe, breathe, breathe!
  • 30 seconds of push-ups
  • 3-minute of squats
  • 1-minute plank
  • 1.5-minute squat jumps
  • Cool down with 5-10 minutes of yoga or stretching

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Working out can definitely be difficult. Starting to get into a routine with working out is even more so. Just enjoy the process and take the first step. Don’t walk into the gym your first day and expect to walk out with a six-pack. Just walk into the gym the first day. Do a few crunches or push-ups when you get up in the morning.  The best thing about working out is that it is about iterative and gradual steps of improvement. Just take the first one!

Much love,

Chloe

All of the opinions of the products in this blog posts are my own. This post is in no way affiliated with Gap, Under Armour, Nike, or Fitbit. 

 

Instagram Giveaway! {Beauty + Skincare}

Hey yall!

It’s GIVEAWAY time! I just want to thank you all for your support, and I can’t tell you enough how much every kind word, comment, dm, etc has meant to me! There are so many beautiful souls in this blogging community and I am endlessly grateful to know you all! To say thank you, I wanted to host a giveaway with some of my favorite products and a month of August Simple Joy Of Giving-shirt! I have some other collaborations coming up soon as well that I can’t wait to share with you all!

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I decided to bring together a few of my favorite products to help you look and feel your best in life! De-stress with bath bombs and face masks, support a mission trip while looking super cute in your Simple Joy Of Giving shirt, and get glam with Colour Pop products! The hand-painted bible verse canvas is such an adorable addition to anyone’s desk/workspace, and is a friendly reminder to focus on God, with whom all things are possible! 

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Giveaway Prize:

  • 1 TonyMoly Brightening Face Mask
  • 1 Colourpop Supershock Shadow in shade “Sailor”
  • 1 Colourpop Ultra Matte liquid lipstick in shade “Times Square” 
  • 2 Pura Vida Original bracelets
  • 1 Soap and Glory Original Pink bath bomb
  • 1 Bath and Body Works bath bomb in “A Thousand Wishes”
  • 1 Hand-painted canvas with Bible verse
  • 1 Simple Joy Of Giving “It Is Well With My Soul” T-shirt in size Medium

To enter:

  • Must be following me on Instagram! (@simplejoyofbeing)
  • Like the photo on Instagram!
  • Tag your friends! Each comment tag counts as an additional entry.

Extra Entry Opportunities!

  • For 5 extra entries, screenshot this post an add it to your insta story! Make sure to tag @simplejoyofbeing and #simplejoyofbeing

Good Luck! Giveaway ends on August 3rd! Winner will be announced on August 5th on Instagram!

This giveaway is in no way sponsored or affiliated with Instagram, ColourPop, PuraVida, Bath and Body Works, Soap and Glory, or TonyMoly. All products purchased by me except the Pura Vida Bracelets. 

Life Update!

Hey yall!

Wow. Its been over a month since I last wrote a blog post! Crazy, right? I have been taking a full semester of college courses this summer (chem 2… I strongly dislike u), along with working at the dance studio and having the opportunity to choreograph and teach solos to some AMAZING dancers. I am so thankful and so blessed to be able to do what I have done this summer!!!

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Although my head has been full of words such as “equilibrium concentrations” and “mitochondrion” (powerhouse of the cell!!!)… the words “me time” is a term that I haven’t had in my vocabulary lately. I’ve tried to set aside time to go outside, write for this blog (oops), or actually having FUN (whaaaaat? In summer??? no way.), I have to say that I have pretty much failed at all three of those things. But that’s ok! Because… 

All of this craziness of life has made me come to realize the importance of taking a moment to breathe every once in a while. With all of the hustle of life, taking a few minutes to slow down and be present in the moment is something that I know and acknowledge to be important, but is something that I struggle with. If you’re like me, you tend to work a little too hard under pressure and ignore everything but the thing that you need to get done. Words that have gone through my head are “I don’t have time to go golfing with my family, I need an A on this test”, or “Why am I crying, I don’t have time to cry, plz stop.” (true story on multiple occasions). I should have realized that yes, I can spare an hour to go to the driving range to hit some golf balls with my family. Yes, its ok to stress out and cry for a solid 5 mins, and then get back to work. After all, stress is stress, and stress is valid. That being said, there is a real importance of relieving that stress and having an outlet to get away from the crazy for a while. All of this has also made me see God’s role in my life a little more clearly. Why stress so much about what is to come when everything is in God’s hands? Yes, it is still important to study and strive to do your best in all that you do, but God has a plan for your life, and as hard as it is to admit sometimes, He is always right. His timing is perfect, His path for us is perfect, and He made us perfect in his eyes. I really don’t think God will be super salty if I get a not-so-great grade on a chem test, although I myself might be a little salty :). God wants us to enjoy the people and places around us. My advice to anyone else in this situation is to work hard, but to also take time to live in the sunshine, enjoy your family and friends, and always put God first 🙂

And that’s a wrap, y’all. I hope you enjoyed my little life update/ stress-out-then-come-to-Jesus blog post! Let me know if you’d like to see more occasional life update posts in the future. 

Much love,

Chloe

Coming up in the next few blog posts:

So I went to Ulta and Sephora the other day and spent too much money (it’s called retail therapy, mom) which means you will most likely have a makeup/skincare haul blog post coming your way soon!

ALSO!!! The Simple Joy Of Giving is launching its second campaign starting August 1st! eek!! I’m so excited. The t-shirt designs for August are done, so be on the lookout on social media to see some sneak peeks! 

 

 

Strawberry Picking + A Really Happy Day

 Hey y’all!

For today’s blog post, I’m going to share with y’all my day of strawberry picking, seeing Avengers: Infinity war (no spoilers, I promise), and just having an all-around good day. I usually don’t do blog posts like this, but it was such a happy day that I wanted to share it with you all!

I started out my day by going to mass with my best friend before driving an hour to a strawberry farm in the absolute middle of nowhere. We ate SO many strawberries and had an amazing time. The sun was shining and I could feel the glory and presence of God in those happy moments. It was beautiful!img_0427

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P.s.: My best friend moves to Hawaii in less than a month! Pray that she and her family have safe travels and that she finds peace and comfort in her new home♥

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Later in the day, I went to dinner at Oshi, a local Poké bowl restaurant.  (& psst … it’s pronounced “POH-keh.”). If you haven’t heard of poké, it’s a Hawaiian dish has chunks of tofu (my fav), fish, or other protein tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and delicious sauces. My personal favorite is rice topped with tofu, edamame, mango, pineapple, & avocado topped with a spicy sauce. I have yet to perfect making poké at home, but as soon as I perfect it I will post a recipe here! I meant to get a picture of what this delicious food looks like, but it was so yummy and I ate it too quickly. oops 🙂

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After dinner, we went and saw Avengers: Infinity War. I won’t spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it, other than I seriously debated going again the next day to watch it again. 

All in all, it was just an amazing day and I wanted to share my happiness with all of you♥

Much love + too many strawberries,

Chloe♥

I Choose The Sky

Hey yall!

I have collaborated with one of the sweetest bloggers I know to bring you a few books that have influenced our faith as Catholic women. Read about more books and check out Maddy’s blog here! I am so blessed to be able to collaborate with such a faith-filled young woman and I hope you all take the time to go check out her blog! 

The book that I chose to write about is a small but impactful devotional by Emily Wilson. In this post I’m going to be telling y’all a little about how this book has influenced my faith journey, and I invite you all to go read the full post (linked at the end of this post) on No Greater Love!

I Choose The Sky by Emily Wilson has immensely influenced my faith journey,  and I cannot stress enough how much I believe each and every young woman should read this book! This book focuses on 17 women mentioned in the Bible who chose to lift their eyes towards heaven by living lives of great faith. Reflecting on women such as Tabitha, the crippled woman, Mary, and Martha has shown me that no matter what situation I may be in, Jesus still has an immense love for me. This book can help women of all ages to grow their faith and has changed the way I look at myself and the world. It was so powerful to re-read the stories of those women. Emily’s reflections on who these women are and what we as Catholic women can learn from them truly touched my heart. This book really helped to deepen my understanding of my identity in Christ as a woman, and I hope everyone who reads it can find a new light and a new understanding of these often-overlooked women in the Bible. e1ff6e80-a404-4296-9956-face80be0062Something that stood out to me the most in this book is Emily’s reflection on the story of the crippled woman in the Bible. After reading the story of the crippled woman, the book reflects on our perspectives in life, and how we can choose our perspective. I found this part of the book to be so inspirational; I, too, can often be like the crippled woman, constantly looking down and not having the spiritual strength to raise my eyes to heaven. Choosing to focus on the sky, not just physically, but spiritually, has opened up my world in a new light. Although I still find it hard to “choose the sky” sometimes, I have that conscious effort pushing me to focus on the good. Here’s an excerpt from this section of Emily’s book that I love:

“Our perspective and our outlook have an amazing impact on our day-to-day lives. Our perspective dictates how our days seem to go, how we treat others, how we treat ourselves, and how we see the world. We have the power to choose whether we approach life with positivity or negativity. We make the decision to be cheerful, loving, and kind, even when life is challenging…or to give in to envy, self-loathing, or despair when we just wish things were different, or better, or easier. We get to decide which outlook we have: Are you looking at the ground, or are you looking up at the sky?

“If given the choice between the ground and the sky, I choose the sky”

-Emily Wilson

I hope you all are inspired to “choose the sky”, and I hope you all have the opportunity to read this book. I’ll link Emily Wilson’s website below so you can take a look! 

Much love,

Chloe♥

Emily Wilson: http://emwilsonmusic.com 

No Greater Love Blog: nogreaterloveblog.com

Read about more books that have inspired our faith: Books Of Greatness

“God indeed is my salvation, I am confident and unafraid. For the Lord is my strength and my might and he has been my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

Staying Focused​ On What Matters

 

Hey y’all!

These past few weeks have been pretty crazy; I have been so busy with school, work, and so many other things.  My second semester of college is in full swing, and although I’m loving (almost) every minute of my classes, it can be pretty difficult to stay on top of things sometimes. Homework due here, essay due there, and chemistry labs and calculus tests to top it all. Not only has school been keeping me busy, but I’ve had to juggle teaching dance classes, relationships, and having time to stop and take a breath every once and a while. 

That being said, all this craziness of life has made me realize the importance of staying focused, not only on school but on the things that matter most.  I have also realized that it can be a struggle to effectively divide your attention between so many things (i.e school, work, relationships, going to the gym, and having “me” time, just to name a few.)

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The first thing that has kept me focused lately is writing everything down. And I don’t just mean the big stuff either: plan out every detail of your day.  I like writing down all of my big, pressing tasks first, then fill in the blanks of when to go to the gym, what I need to study, and even when to get on social media. This really helps me to not waste time by eliminating the constant worry of when I’m going to get something done, and it also helps me to not aimlessly waste time on Instagram :). Find a planner you love and use it! I absolutely love the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley, it has so much room for me to plan out my day.

Eliminate clutter. Whether it is your workspace, your mind, or the 12 tabs you have open on your browser, clutter is one of the biggest distractions that I have in life. Whether you dedicate 5 minutes a day to do yoga, clean your desk, or organize your workspace, it helps so much! 

Stop comparing your life to the lives you see on social media. This can be hard, especially since a lot of us do this without realizing it. Social media makes it so easy for people to only highlight what they want to portray themselves as in their lives and relationships without showing the real-life aspects of it. Stopping that constant comparison can be hard to do, and is something that I struggle with on a daily basis. My daily scrolls through Instagram always result in negative thoughts of comparison. I subconsciously compare my blog, outfit, makeup, hair, weight, lifestyle, and so forth. Limiting my time on social media and unfollowing those accounts that I found myself comparing my life to has helped me with this so much is. Life is too short waste time comparing your real life to the “perfect” strategically highlighted areas of other’s lives. 

Last but definitely not least is prayer. Praying about your worries and giving everything that is on your mind to God has made a huge difference in my life lately. Even if things may not go the way YOU planned, you need to realize everything happens in Gods timing. Pray about it! Give it all for the glory of God. 

Heres a list so you don’t forget 🙂

  • Write everything down
  • Eliminate clutter
  • Stop comparing
  • And most importantly, PRAYER

Even if you can’t eliminate everything negative, you can eliminate the unnecessary.

I hope these things can help you all stay focused on what matters. Even if you can’t eliminate everything negative, you can eliminate the unnecessary. This topic is something that I have struggled with, and I hope these things that help me can help you too. 

Much love,

Chloe♥

I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm 120:1

Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats

Hey y’all! 

This semester, my goal is to make more healthy breakfasts and to not just settle for cereal and almond milk. Not only do overnight oats have WAY more nutrients than most cereal, they are packed with protein to keep you full all day (perfect for a long day of classes)! Here I’ll be giving yall one of my  favorite overnight oat recipes These overnight oats are rich, creamy, and filled with fresh fruit. It’s truly like eating dessert for breakfast! And, better yet, there’s no prep time! Just mix them up the night before (this takes 5 minutes) and store them in easy grab-n-go airtight containers for easy breakfasts throughout the week. You can eat these cold & straight from the jar, or heat them up for a nice warm breakfast. Enjoy!

Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats

Serves 1
  • 1/2 cuprolled oats
  • 1/4 cupcoconut milk
  • 1/4 cupalmond milk
  • tablespoonmaple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1teaspoonvanilla extract
  • pinchof salt
  • 1/2cupfresh blueberries
Additional Toppings (optional)
  • fresh blueberries
  • chia seeds
  • shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Combine oats, milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract, salt and maple syrup in a large bowl. Stir together until well combined.
  2. Fold in fresh blueberries.
  3. Transfer to two 8 ounce mason jars, cover, and the refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready, top with desired toppings and enjoy!

My 10 Minute Everyday Fitness Routine

Hey y’all!  

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my daily workout routine and how I stay in shape as a college student who has to study, work, and who hardly has time for anything else. So, today I’ll be sharing my 10-minute workout that I (try to) do every day!  This workout is quick but works your legs, arms, and abs. Whether it works for you to do this every day, once a week, or three times a week, it’ll leave you sweating and work most of your muscles. You can do this set once as a quick workout, or do it as a circuit and repeat as many times as you want for a serious burn. 

Let’s go!

My 10 Minute Everyday Workout

  • Warm up with 1 minute jumping jacks 
  • Continue with 2 minute run in place
  • 1-minute of ab crunches
  • 1-minute of mountain climbers
  • 1-minute break… breathe, breathe, breathe!
  • 30 seconds of push-ups
  • 1-minute 30 seconds of squats
  • 1-minute plank
  • 1-minute squat jumps

To cool down, I like to do 5 minutes of yoga, which calms everything, slows my breath and heart rate, and stretches everything out. There are lots of yoga sequences on Pinterest that I really enjoy, find my favorite here! I like to stick to the same one every time, so find one you like and stick to it! Or switch it up… You do you. I really hope you enjoy my fitness routine, go forth and do your squats 🙂

Much love,

Chloe♥

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5-6

 

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3 Ways I Stay Rooted In My Faith As A Catholic College Student

Hey y’all! Just realized I’ve talked about two pretty deep subjects in the past week. New year, new me? Or maybe my brain just isn’t dead from homework/finals/essays? Anyway, I want to talk with y’all about some ways that help me stay rooted in my faith as a Catholic college student, which, I admit, can be pretty stinking hard sometimes. I saw this picture on Blessed Is She‘s Instagram, and the words in the photo really inspired me to write this.  I hope this inspires and helps not only Catholic college students but people of all ages and all religions that want to become closer to God.  

Sometimes I find it hard to reflect His light in the darkness of this world. It can be so tempting, especially as a college student, to brush aside our faith in order to appear more like others you know who may not care as deeply about their faith. It can be hard to be strong in your faith at all times and to be the light.  It’s so easy to get caught up trying to live in the lives of others rather than trying to live as we are called to as followers of Christ. As Catholics, we are called to be a light to the world and to shine the light of God upon others who may not now His everlasting love. 

ONE.

If there’s a Catholic campus ministry at your college, go check it out! I have met some of the most amazing people I know at my college’s campus ministry, who are college students just like me who also want to grow deeper in their faith. The meetings we have every week make me think deeper into the words of God and inspire me to be a better Catholic. 

TWO. 

I know, it sounds cliche, but get a bible that you love. I recently received the Catholic Journaling Bible from Blessed Is She, which is absolutely beautiful and includes wide margins with lines for note taking, endnotes, and footnotes, an easy to read one column format and hand-lettered verses for each book. It’s SO PRETTY♥ This is helpful for me because I can write down any thoughts I have while reading, and I also just love flipping through and reading the hand-lettered verses in each book. 

THREE. 

Another cliche, but I’m serious about this. Go. To. Mass. And not just on Sundays, either. Look up your church’s mass schedule, find a time that works for you, add it to your schedule (Write it down!), and stick to that schedule. On the other hand, look up mass times for the different Catholic Churches in your area, because they might have different mass times! Go when it works for you to go. Most daily masses are usually about 30-45 minutes long at most! I like to go in the morning before my 9:30 am class because my parish has 6:15 mass on Tuesday.  I love starting my day with mass because it sets such a good foundation for that day. 

I hope this inspires and helps not only Catholic college students but people of all ages and all religions that want to become closer to God.  

Much love,

Chloe♥

I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm 120:1

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5 Tips On How To Stay In Shape With A Busy Schedule

Hey y’all! With a busy schedule like mine, I sometimes find it hard to stay in shape. Between classes, work, sleep, studying, and other day-to-day things, it gets a little tough to find time to squeeze in a workout. In this post, I’m going to give y’all some tips on what to do to stay in shape when you have a busy schedule. Let’s get started!

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ONE.

Do a 3-minute workout before you get in the shower or when you get in or out of bed. For example, every time you get out of bed in the morning do 100 ab crunches, 10 push-ups, 20 squats, and 30 calf raises. It’s fast, easy, and wakes you up and gives you endorphins to start your day on a good note. As Elle Woods from Legally Blonde says, “exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people don’t kill their husbands. they just don’t.”

TWO. 

Take the stairs to class instead of the elevator. And let me tell you, that elevator looks really lovely at 8:00 am when your course is on the 3rd floor. But taking the stairs adds a little workout to your day, and just think: even if you didn’t do anything else today, you walked up a few flights of stairs. Be proud. 

THREE.

Take a pure barre class or other fitness class that’s in your area. Lots of places offer cycling classes, barre classes, yoga classes, or pilates classes where you can just show up and pay for a class. These classes are usually only an hour-long and really work all of your muscles.  Also, a lot of gyms have classes like these every day, so if you have a gym membership, you can usually go to these classes at your gym for free. 

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Go for a walk. Yeah, I know, a lot of people don’t have time. But on weekends, or after dinner when your usually scrolling through Instagram (and hopefully following @simplejoyofbeing), take 15/30 minutes and go outside if it’s a beautiful day. I love being outside, and sometimes that’s all you need. 

FIVE. 

Simply find the time. I know, easier said than done. But this last semester I blocked off an hour and a half on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays that I would go to the gym. Mondays & Wednesdays, I would go right after I got out of class & finished homework at 3pm. Fridays, I went in the mornings before grocery shopping. After a few weeks, I got into a habit of going and HAD to go, or I felt like I didn’t accomplish my day. Next semester, I’m going to figure out a different time to go, but I’m going to block off the time and go to the gym never the less. Once you figure out a day and a time to go to the gym or do a home workout, you get into the habit, and it really makes a big difference. 

I hope you found this helpful! Now go workout instead of being on my blog 🙂

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 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 🙂

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