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Happy Valentine's Day

Hey y'all,

I hope that you are having a wonderful Tuesday and even if you are single are celebrating all of your loved ones and community today. 
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Today I have a low key evening planned. I was supposed to babysit but sick kids change plans. I will probably clean my kitchen (seriously it needs some love) then cuddle on the couch with my cat catching up on TV and getting in bed before 10pm. 

My bible study is having a galentines exchange next week so I get to shower one of the women with sweets and fun goodies to remind her that she is loved!

What are your plans to celebrate?

Sunday Sayings

Hey y'all,

My bible study has been walking through Ephesians over the last few weeks and grace, mercy, and chosen have been a big highlight. It has een a great reminder that we are chosen, each of us by the Lord merely for his glory by His grace. Reading through a chapter each week has helped me stop and dwell on the word each morning and my biggest reminder is that grace changes everything.
What has been on your heart lately?
What is your mantra/inspiration?


Five on Friday {February 10}

Hey y'all,

I loved getting to know you through my birthday post, if you missed out you can read it here. Now I know it is pretty late on Friday night but I finally am sitting down to write a post. As usual, I am sharing five things I am loving this Friday.

one. If Gathering. Last Friday I attended an If: Local to watch the live stream of the If Gathering. If you are not familiar with If, there is a yearly gathering in Austin of Christian women all based on the question If God is real, then what? This year's focus was on discipleship and I loved Jeanie Allen's open message about growing small and deep. While the live stream stopped being available on Tuesday, they will put out the gathering on their shop. It was an amazing conference with over 9 hours of wonderful speakers, worship, and discussion. Discipleship has come up multiple times over the last few weeks in various venues so if you have any devotionals I should read as I work on discipling others I would love to hear your suggestions.
 two. Birthday Brunch. Last Saturday, a few of my sweet friends came over for pancakes, mimosas, and cake. It was a great time to just hang out, enjoy yummy food and connect with everyone. I highly reccommend hosting a brunch with friends especially since that means you can wear pjs!
three. Crunch then Brunch. I spotted this tank at Target earlier this week and I think I need to grab it.
four.Hello Fresh vs. Blue Apron. I am going to try out both Hello Fresh and Blue Apron next week and I plan on sharing my experience with ya'll. Being dairy free and a picky eater it can be a challenge to look at meal planning services but I will share more next week. Do y'all have a favorite meal service?
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five. Beauty and Lord Voldemort. Y'all, I am a huge Beauty and the Beast fan and already have tickets to watch it with my bible study. I might also have plans to watch it with my Mom the day if comes out. If you are a Harry Potter and Disney fan, this trailer will make you laugh out loud. It was the perfect pick me up today.
six. This guy gets shots tomorrow. :( Let's hope he likes the new vet and doesn't hate me.
Link up with April, Christina, and Natasha
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Also linking up with Tif and Katie.
And Erika
What are your plans for the weekend?

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27 Facts for My 27th Birthday

Hey y'all,

Today marks my 27th birthday! To celebrate my birthday I thought I would do a post of twenty-seven things you might not know about me! Thanks to the sweet, Traci for helping me to come up with random facts. Even after over eight years of friendship I know some of these surprised her.

one. I am the only one of my siblings, not named after another member of my family. My parent's just liked the name Jessica and went with it.

two. My favorite childhood book was Chrysanthemum. Hop on Pop, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Angelina Ballerina are also in the top 5.

three. Crest wins against Colgate anyday.

four. I played the clarinet in middle and high school (even in the marching band).

five. Since learning about them in elementary school, I have loved narwhals and sloths.

six. I have never been to DisneyWorld but am a champion at Disney SceneIt. I have been to Disneyland multiple times including for the 50th anniversary!

seven, I have "transposed" teeth, meaning my teeth are switched. My canine and premolar are swapped. However, you would not know looking at me thanks to the orthodonist for shaving my tooth.

eight. I have seen 20 musicals (not counting seeing Wicked three different times) and I'm excited that Hamilton will make number 21 this summer.

nine. My favorite movie quote is from You've Got Mail "Kathleen Kelly: "Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies." Joe Fox: "I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms."

ten. I have a slight obsession of polka dots. I have a polka dot piggy bank and bedding from Kate Spade.

eleven. I eat weird food combinations like dorritos and cottage cheese or green beans with ketchup. I completely blame my mom for teaching me to eat these foods with strange condiments.

twelve. My very first blog was named Jane Austen Meets Southern Prepster.

thirteen. I am pretty sure the only reason I took French in High School is my love for Belle/Beauty in the Beast.

fourteen. If I could be on any tv show it would have to be something on the food network or a cooking segment on Hoda & KathyLee

fifteen. If I could have a celebrity dinner party I would invite, Chip & Joanna Gaines, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Kristen Bell, and Aiden Turner.

sixteen. I hate orange highlighters. They never seem to work out well.

seventeen. I have read Ella Enchanted at least ten times. I read it almost every year.

eightteen. My go-to order at Marble Slabs/Coldstone is chocolate ice cream with strawberries and gummi bears.

nineteen. When I was little, I thought I was going to be a teacher. Now, I know I could never teach more than my PreK Sunday School class.

twenty. Carolina was my number 3 school but I could not imagine going to another institution. I am a proud Tar Heel.

twenty-one. I get hiccups from eating bagels and they last for hours.

twenty-two.  I have been in a car going over 100 mph.

twenty-three. If I could only eat one food for a whole week it would probably be a cobb salad.

twenty-four. The next three places I want to travel to are: Scotland, Greece, and New Zealand.

twenty-five. I am a very picky eater. It all has to do with textural issues but cooked veggies and fish are no gos.

twenty-six. I don't dream. A few times a year I will remember a part of a dream for like 5 minutes after I wake up and then it's gone.

twenty-seven. I have a pet peeve of when people state that something is monogrammed when it is really embroidered with one initial and not the monogram.

Now in honor of my birthday I would love to learn more about you! Pleaase answer the following 7 questions in the comments so we can all get to know one another.
1. Favorite Disney movie?
2. Favorite recipe you have tried from Pinterest?
3. Least favorite food?
4. Favorite blog or instagram you follow?
5. Favorite store to shop at?
6. What was your first job?
7. Would you rather spend a long weekend at the beach or the mountains?


Sunday Sayings {Psalm 112:7}

Hey y'all,

 I hope that you have had a restful weekend. I have been enjoying seeing my parents and being off of most of my social media accounts (I didn't bring home my laptop). One of my goals this year is to rely on the Lord. We all go through seasons of dependence on him  but even in the small things like caring for my body with good nutrition and movement as a sign of respect of God's creation is hard. I want to be like the man described in Psalm 112 one who trusts in the Lord confidently for he will care for me like a father cares for his daughter.
❁ / /:
What has been on your heart lately?

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Five on Friday {January 27th}

Hey y'all,

It has been a long week considering I only had Sunday off (I had work events until 9pm Friday and then worked 8 hours on Saturday) and I am headed home to see my parents tonight/this weekend. I am ready for a weekend of wonderful food, seeing Hidden Figures, celebrating my birthday, and watching Outlander. Let's dive right in to five things I am loving this week.

one. Happy Mail. In the mail this week I received a birthday card from my parents, a wedding invitation, a brunch invitation, and a bridal shower invitation! I love

two. Kate Spade knot earrings. Monday night I met up with a friend for dinner at Jason's Deli. It seems like every time we meet up in this shopping center we always check out the Bath and Body Works as well as the Home Goods. I wanted to specifically look for a new placemat for my cat's water and food bowls and didn't have any luck. Then we stopped into T.J. Maxx and found the placemat as well as these gorgeous Kate Spade New York "Sailors Knot" mini stud earrings in rose gold for only $19.99. They are currently $48 on Nordstrom's website.

three. Dessert Apples. My birthday treat this weekend will be a stop at my favorite little deli in my hometown for one of their famous dessert apples. They take granny smith apples, dip them in caramel, then chocolate and a topping of your choice. I love the apple pie apple dipped in white chocolate and rolled in an apple pie topping as well as the Oreo apple dipped in white chocolate and then crushed Oreos.
four. National Green Juice Day. Yesterday was national green juice day so I of course had to swing by Whole Foods before babysitting to grab one. They didn't have my favorite Tropi-Kale at the juice bar so I grabbed a Suja and Evolution Fresh juice to try.

five. Ephesians. My bible study has decided to walk through Ephesians together taking a chapter a week. I grabbed a write the word/verse listing from His Mercy Is New and have been using that to break down the chapter. We have a group me message running and it is great to connect and hear how everyone is connecting to the passage. The words I connected to from Ephesians 1:1-6 were blessed, chosen and adopted.

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Also linking up with Tif and Katie.
And Erika
What are your plans for the weekend?

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Currently {January 26th}

Hey y'all,

This year I want to incorporate more lifestyle posts since I love reading and connecting over more than fashion or little kids. I hope to post a few currently posts a month and here are a few things that are currently going on in my life.
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 I have been bouncing around in a few books since I started listening to audiobooks. Currently, the physical book I am reading is The Sin Eater's Daughter. It's a young adult fantasy novel about a sixteen year old girl who is engaged to the prince but is also the executioner of the court. As the goddess embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch.
The audio book I am listening to is Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I am only on disk two but I like the take so far with Lizzie the magazine writer, Jane the yoga instructor, Bingley and Darcy as doctors in Cincinnati.
The February book club selection is The Sympathizer. A Pulitzer prize winner about a communist double agent building a life in Los Angeles with other Vietnamese refugees.

Listening to
 I have been really into audio books on my commute but I have also been loving the playlist Top Christian Hits on Spotify. It might be due to the fact that What a Beautiful Name from Hillsong Worship starts the playlist off.

Working out
I have been loving walking a few miles with Leslie Sansone's Miracle Miles DVDs and adding in a Tone It Up arm video and this ab workout. I also have gone to two Cyclebar classes over the last week.

Victoria on PBS. If you are a fan of historical fiction I would recommend this show. Only two episodes have aired so far. You can catch up here.
Lots of salads. I have been on a major salad kick for lunches. I made an Italian salad this week with salami, tomatoes, and balsamic dressing. I have also been on an orange/tangerine kick.

Strawberry infused water. I love putting fruit in my water during the summer but I have recently been adding a few strawberries to my water and have even added in a splash of lemon or lime water.

A weekend away at my parents house. We are celebrating my birthday a few days early and then I am visiting the dentist. Yes, I do drive two hours to see my dentist. I mean, my dental hygienist, Ms. Kay, has been cleaning my teeth for over 15 years.

A trip to Chicago. This May I am headed up to the windy city to celebrate a friend's wedding, watch Hamilton, and visit a college friend. It's going to be a fun five day trip.

Cat snuggles. Really y'all, it's only been two months since I adopted my parent's cat but I can't image not having Max in my life. Yes it has been an adjustment but when you come home from a long day at work and are greeted with this guy who just wants snuggles, can you really say no?
The 70 degree weather here. Yep, it's been in the upper sixties and low seventies a lot here in NC this month and I am not mad about it. After a rough long weekend of ice early this month, the mild winter has been great.