July Treats

Date Night | Sea Salt Nashville 

Sometimes when life gets busy, you need a date night. A night to dress up and feel gorgeous for no specific reason. A night to talk and pretend you are the only one in the room. Whether you are dating yourself or someone else, give yourself a break and feel fabulous! Join me as I give some details on my most recent date night…

For looks on this weekday date night, I got my hair done by the amazing April from Panache Salon and Spa in Bowling Green. I slipped on my dress after a short nap and took my sweet time getting ready.

My dress is made by Sienna Sky and I found this at TJ Max! I love it! It has a cropped length, cut outs on the side and thick straps so I’m never pulling on it.

 

 

It was a Wednesday night and there was no occasion. I poured myself a glass of wine, put on a dress and took my sweet time putting my makeup on. He showed up at my door and picked me up. I still get butterflies in my stomach sometimes and I’ve learned that’s what makes date nights fun because you get to remind yourself why you are dating the person you are.

He drove us Downtown Nashville and we went to a restaurant called Sea Salt. For my Nashvillians, you MUST add this to your list. It’s dimmed with light, not too big and the staff was amazing. I ordered a new glass of wine and didn’t like it so the waiter graciously replaced mine with another glass of my choice. We started off with their crab cakes and that made us crave so much seafood.

We found out that all of the fish served every night is caught from the Gulf THAT MORNING! Yes, they have a fisherman who fishes in the morning, sends pictures to the restaurant and has it delivered that day. After hearing that, we both got fish. I got the salmon and he got grouper. Lets just say we ate it all; however, we were talking so much that the waiter came over and asked is there a reason we weren’t eating…it’s crazy the conversations you can have if you just put the phone away and go to dinner!

On nights like this the food I eat before me never crosses my mind. Fish also makes me feel amazing so when I have the option to eat fish I always go for it.

We were the last to leave and it was amazing. We sat with the manager/owner and he was such a welcoming owner that we both highly recommend you go to this place on your next date night!

Hot July Day Activities: 

Las Paletas / Amelia’s Flower Truck / Star Bagel 

This has probably been the hottest month this summer! With working on a computer all the time, sometimes you need to go out and I have recently enjoyed a day of being out and about!

One early morning around 7:00am I went to Star Bagel in Sylvan Park. I love this area! It is small and right by a park. The perfect getaway! I got their “California” bagel on a multigrain bagel with egg, avocado, cheese, and tomato. I ate the entire thing! I wanted to go to a new bagel shop and this local place hit the spot. I loved watching the regulars come in with their coffee and newspaper. I will definitely go back.

As the week went on, so did the heat. Popsicles are the perfect cure so for a little day date, Nick and I went to 12 South at Las Paletas and I got the strawberry and pineapple and Nick got chocolate strawberry. We ate it instantly and took a walk in the park to see the local farmers market.

We passed the beautiful Amelia’s Flower Truck. After working for a florist I realize how valuable and beautiful flowers are and what they can mean to people. There is something about them that can make a simple smile come to someone’s face or make a room come to life. This truck can bring life anywhere it goes so a post popsicle treat to this flower truck was the cherry on top to a hot summer day!

Fun Finds | Blue Sky Planner + Wild Ophelia Chocolate 

I LOVE buying planners, as you know. Target is my go-to and planners can get expensive, but Target is having a SALE on planners! I rushed there and found this one, made by Blue Sky. There wasn’t many left so I grabbed one of the last one’s. Go check it out. I’ve already penciled in everything for the semester and highlighted all the important dates!

My tasty treat to end the week are these new mini dark chocolate, peanut butter cups I found at Kroger. The brand Wild Ophelia is a new brand carried at this grocery store and I love it! I wanted to try something new and i’ll definitely get this again. Read more on their mission-

“Wild Ophelia is a Fair Trade, non-GMO chocolate line that embodies the spirit and flavors of America. Ophelia is our maverick muse who is passionate about exceptional ingredients from farmers and artisans, fostering fellow female entrepreneurs, and living the American dream.”

What fun experiences or finds have you had this July? Always remember to Love, Create, Inspire & Share!

xo

Hannah

Heaviness & The Way To Become {a} Light Again

Do you know the saying nothing good lasts forever and nothing bad lasts forever? I truly believe that and sometimes life can just feel so heavy. That feeling that you are carrying a ton of weight on your shoulders. Whether it’s trying to make people happy, living up to people’s expectations, watching people leave your life, finding balance, etc, we often carry weight people tell us to let go of. How? I know that we aren’t suppose to carry burdens or as Kairos said last night, live in fear. I know these things, but sometimes they feel inevitable. How can we become light again?

I often use the saying, “Be a light”. You are probably wondering what I mean. That light feeling of joy, happiness and carefree can come and go. Darkness can sometimes come over us like that weight we often carry. We are attracted to places with light. When light fills the room, we see beauty. When light comes through the window every morning, we wake up and feel alive. We should feel like this every day and I often try to by filling it with warm coffee cups by my window, hearing inspiring stories from others, writing with music playing in the background, or exploring this wonderful world. I want to learn how to not be heavy physically, but mentally.

This week has felt heavy to me. Nick is applying to Medical school and the unknown answers often fill our minds with the “what if”. My grandfather is about to pass away and there is something about watching your parent hurting take over your entire body. I call my sister to hear some delightful news, but come to find out her fiancé’s uncle passed away this week. The list just keeps getting longer and longer.

I opened up my devotional today in the midst of writing this and was in awe of what it said…

“Do not hide from your fear or pretend it isn’t there. Anxiety that you hide in the recesses of your heart will give birth to fear of fear: a monstrous mutation. Bring your anxieties out into the Light of My presence, where we can deal with them together.” 

Wow. He wants us to be lights and I understand there are some things in this world that we just can’t control. Our minds are equipped to control around us. By the use of technology and independence, we like the feeling of being in control of our lives. The constant chain of fear will lay on our shoulders, unless we learn to become light again. Happiness still exists when sadness occurs. The sun rises and sets every day and that beauty I believe we often take for granted. We wake up every single day with a purpose to act while the sun still shines. There is always an awakening of things that have fallen.

If you are feeling heavy, and not physically, but mentally, know that you will become light again. You will be smiling at the beginning and end of another day. Hope exists for a reason and if we focus on the failures and fallings in life, that hope will diminish. It exists for a reason, doesn’t it? You exist for a reason. This week, I will continue to march on and to be a light when it is needed. I might fall, cry, worry and fear, but I will not carry those on my shoulders. Instead I will pray and invest in the comfort of those around me. As should you…

My hope for you is that you fall asleep smiling tonight. Make a list of what you have accomplished or what you aspire to achieve. It’s okay to look forward to something and to get your hopes up. That’s what makes this life a thrilling ride. Let’s live it to the fullest and feel light again.

xo

Hannah

Leah Lou Photography

Essential Oils Told By Meredith

Hello gorgeous! As everyone starts settling down after a long day, I have some awesome tips for you from the amazing guest blogger of the week, Meredith Wellborn. 

I love essential oils! After this post, I’m so excited to go and purchase my very own. They are the true natural remedy for healing and health. Let’s feel our best not only on the inside, but on the outside. Enjoy what this amazing blogger has to say- 

I absolutely love essential oils and have been using them for a couple of years now. To some, these little bottles of magic may seem like a hoax, but I can tell you first hand that they make a difference in your everyday life! These oils truly are a lifestyle choice — one that I believe everyone should make! If you are new to the world of essential oils and want to try them or just simply want to know what the hype is all about, I’m here to let you in on some of my favorite uses for the Doterra essential oils.

First, I’m going to be starting off with my diffuser. This is a game changer. Imagine falling asleep with the smell of lavender making its way into every corner of your room and helping you drift off into a sweet, dreamy state after a long day…Sounds incredible right? Well, it is! The best part about this thing, however, is that you can diffuse ANY oil you want! If you are looking into buying oils, I strongly recommend buying a diffuser as well. It is my favorite part of using the oils, and it makes them so much more worth while. I also love candles, and since we can’t have them at my college next year, this will fill that void wonderfully! My grandmother gave me my diffuser for Christmas a couple years ago, and it’s from this company.

Another “extra” I really enjoy using is Doterra Spa Hand and Body Lotion. You can add any oil into this unscented lotion depending on what your needs are at the moment! I’ll normally add a couple drops of oil to the lotion and put it all over my body before bed, but it can be used anytime throughout the day.

Lastly, Doterra sells this miniature pack of eight oils for on-the-go use. All throughout high school, I had this on my backpack, and would use various oils if I was feeling stressed, tired, etc. This is also amazing for travel. It ensures that you don’t have to go a day without your favorite oils!

Alright, now onto my favorite oils and how I like to use them…

Lavender: This is the oil I use the most. In my opinion, it is the best thing to diffuse when you’re trying to sleep! I will often add a couple drops of Serenity oil to accompany it, but it shines alone as well. Whenever I get a sunburn, I will also take some Lavender and Peppermint oils and mix it in to my face moisturizer and body lotion to soothe the pain and fight redness.

Melaluca: Although the name is deceiving, this is just tea tree oil. I use this as a spot treatment for pimples. In between my face wash and moisturizer, I will take a Q tip with some of this oil on it and apply it to any open zits or any oncoming. This works like a dream.

On Guard: Whenever we were feeling sick when we were younger, my mom would always put On Guard oil on me and my siblings feet and then put socks on us to ensure the oil is soaked up. To this day, I still do this when I’m feeling under the weather. Now, I will often use the Doterra Spa lotion with this oil and then apply it to my feet to add some extra moisture. I don’t exactly know what the intended outcomes are of it, but in my experience, this oil really helps me breathe and often helps coughing. I will also diffuse this with Lavender to help me sleep when I’m sick.

Peppermint: This oil is good for when you’re tired. I will apply this to each of my wrists, rub them together, and put my wrists up to my nose to breathe it in. Throughout the day, you can keep repeating this motion to help you stay awake and focused. This is really helpful before taking tests or exams or if you just need a kickstart to your morning.

Citrus Bliss: This oil doesn’t have any particular outcomes that I’ve noticed, nor do I think it’s intended to have any. HOWEVER, it is a really nice scent to diffuse throughout the day. It’s fruity but not overwhelming.

There you have it! My guide to essential oils. Hope you enjoy, and let me know in the comments your favorite uses for essential oils!

xo

Milk & Honey 

Hi beautiful!

Today I finally have the pleasure to share with you my wonderful experience at Milk and Honey Facial and Wax Parlor, owned by the amazing Lisa Shearer.


I am not one to get facials often so when I got the opportunity to collaborate with her, I was so excited!

Located right off of West End Avenue, this place is quiet, unique and so peaceful. Out from the serene waiting room came the most bubbly person I’ve ever met. Lisa did a phenomenal job and welcomed me in with such a happy spirit! I received a 30 minute M&H Custom Facial as she describes it as,

“Customized to address your skin’s needs. Each facial includes a deep cleanse, exfoliation, mask, aromatherapy, and massage.”

She swaddled me in a heated blanket which I was thrilled about because I’m always cold. We talked about my skin and she told me my skin had nearly no sun damage! What do I do? I wear good sunscreen, moisturize daily, don’t use tanning beds, and wear limited amounts of makeup. (My details for how I protect my skin will be up soon!)


From scrubs, massages, to learning about various pressure points on my face, I’ve decided to get these regularly. My skin still feels like its glowing days later. I was so relaxed and that’s how we should strive to feel a little every day.


Now, the best part wasn’t the massage itself, but getting to learn the story and heart of Lisa. God placed it on her heart to separate from her busy and overworked schedule and invest her passion and past struggles into her clients she calls family. We talked about our life journey and trusting that gut feeling of following your heart.

Through knowing some mutual people and sharing similar past and passions, we both want to make people feel beautiful. It was such a God thing getting to meet with her and I hope you all do to!


You have the opportunity to do so TODAY! You have a chance to win our facial giveaway! Check out my Instagram account for details on your chance to receive one free facial by Lisa!

Check out this post featured on As Told By Meredith blog by blogger Meredith Wellborn.

L I V E • B E A U T I F U L L Y

Pursuit


Pursuit is defined as to follow or chase something. This is a word I hear often but I’ve never quite thought about the underlying message. Whether you are watching the iconic Pursuit of Happiness movie or talking about a gentleman pursuing you, we are all chasing something or someone. Our hearts were created to be pulled towards something else.

In a lot of my alone time, I like to spend it looking at past pictures because I always end up smiling. In all my different stages of life, I love seeing how each year, my heart is pursuing or is being pursued by different people or things.

Last summer I was pursuing relationships with other people, but this summer I have been trying to pursue a relationship with myself. Sometimes the relationship with yourself is the one that you need to work on and it can be quite difficult but I know that if my heart wants something bad enough, I can achieve it and you can too.

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These past two months being home have been frustrating at times as I try to change my routined schedule from barre and walking on campus to figuring out what works best for my body in Nashville. Being active is a huge part of feeling my best; however I have pursued everything from barre, yoga, intense training at Orange Theory, hiking, elliptical sessions at Boost Fit Club, walking, or to do absolutely nothing. Sound like you also?

I have loved each and every one but sometimes I can’t afford barre, it rains so I can’t walk or hike, my knees hurt so bad after intense training, or I just don’t want to enter a gym…this happens to me every day. Conflict is a part of anything we try to pursue; however, amazing things can come from it.

When I tested out Orange Theory, which was so lively and fun, I got to meet a girl who works there that is from Bowling Green and went to WKU! Small world, right?! If you are looking for a workout that tracks your heart rate and calorie burn then definitely try this out! My body just can’t handle the impact right now, but it’s worth going if you haven’t.

As you can see, having a healthy lifestyle can have it’s bumps, but those bumps are paving my way to finding exactly what I want to pursue for myself.

As I was walking one afternoon, I saw the tiles above that read “Pursue Sweat.” I paused and captured a photo because I loved it. We are all pursuing something and it got me excited for life! Certain things might not work for me, but they could work wonders for you!

Never stop wondering or pursuing because you never know what’s in store. For example, I have recently started a job at White Dresses Boutique in Germantown here in Nashville and love it! This bridal boutique is a dream and they pursued me. They reached out to me and through this I have met my coworkers, where one was from Bowling Green and the other is a Nashville local as well…God is crazy when He brings people together.


If your knees hurt like mine, try something new that your body will love. If you are being pursued by someone, trust your gut and see what could come from it. Let pursuit take control sometimes and go for it! One day you will be having alone time, looking back at pictures, and smile.

xo Hannah

Dairy Free, No Bake, 5- Ingredient Granola Bars


Hi beautiful!

My mom and I were having a girls night over salmon caesar salads and wine and decided to make homemade, granola bars! We both are trying  a new workout class early in the morning before work, so we wanted a quick, healthy and affordable way to do that.

From the website, I Heart Naptime, I found this recipe and LOVE it. My mom and I made a few changes like buying the dairy and nut free chocolate chips (linked below), which I believe taste better than regular, and adding some flaxseed.

Follow these steps, share, and savor every bite!

Step 1: Ingredients 

  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips- I buy the dairy, nut and soy free dark chocolate chips made by Enjoy Life.
  • 1/4 cup organic honey made by Simple Truth 
  • 1 ts flax seed

Step 2: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together until smooth 

Step 3:

  • Get a pan 8×8 and fill with parchment paper
  • Flatten mix until smooth 
  • Place in freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour


Step 4: 

  • Take out, cut in slices, place in refrigerator and ENJOY!

My Coffee Crawl

Rise and shine! For those who follow me regularly, you can see that I love to travel to different and new coffee shops. I call this my personal coffee crawl, where I go and often blog or meet up with people at places to photograph and share their story.

I love the comfortable atmosphere and with a coffee craze filling up Nashville, these shops are everywhere! Join me today as I share some of my new spots I have found that you should try out and a check out my blog featured on their accounts. Lets get started!

| BOX Bongo + Bakery

Location: 10th Avenue South 

This new addition to the Bongo family was awesome. It was a rainy afternoon and this is where I ended up- no better place. The light colors and airy atmosphere makes you just smile when you walk through the doors.

I sipped on my usual almond milk latte and also got a homemade, multigrain,  muffin made of beets and chocolate chips! This tasty treat was heated and brought out to me. So yummy! It is also their speciality and I had no idea of that when I ordered it.

“Featured in Southern Living magazine, our Pink Radio cake has proven a perennial Nashville favorite for birthdays and weddings, and many of our regular guests have adopted the Vegan Beet-It muffin as their breakfast staple.”

Now i’m going to get “Kerrageous” for a moment because I couldn’t finish or not even eat half of the muffin and for all of the wrong reasons. The reason isn’t because it wasn’t good, because it was freaking amazing. I mean they used beets! What?!

My mind suddenly shut off and tears weld up in my eyes staring at a carb filled treat, mid day, with chocolate. My mindset has been in a really good place lately, but sometimes the mind can instantly take over all the emotions in your body. I had to pause and realize that a few days ago, I didn’t remember what I had for lunch, so in a few days, I probably wouldn’t have remembered my midday snack.

Nick joined me on this rainy day and ordered a chocolate chip, pumpkin muffin and the smells filled the room in the best way possible. I couldn’t enjoy a muffin with him because I was afraid of the food that I believed defined how I looked for the day.

I’m being completely honest with you because I don’t want to feel the way I felt or have another girl feel that way. We all have tendencies to hide certain qualities about ourselves that might overpower the other. Your weakness can be your greatest strength. That muffin was a small portion of the day and there are nutrients in that muffin to fuel my mind. I was hungry and ordered a snack for a reason so why keep my body from feeling its best?

I plan on returning to BOX and can’t wait to order from their menu where their avocado toast looks to die for! Check out their menu and follow @boxnashville for my blog feature!

| The Jam Coffeehouse | 

Location: Wedgwood Avenue 

Changing gears to a new location, located right by Belmont University is the unique Jam Coffeehouse! This place is secretly tucked away where if you passed it, it might be hard to see; nevertheless, you must go inside!

The atmosphere brought me back in time to a different era and it was such a great change of scenery. The music was on point with Head and The Heart playing. I ordered my latte and had the pleasure of some company from one of my sweet friends from high school.

Maddy Newton reached out to me and introduced me to this new coffeehouse. She is a musician here in Nashville. You must go check her out on Spotify. Her album is awesome!

Seeing her was such a breath of fresh air and it was great catching up. We talked about everything from life, food, boys, to aspirations in our life. She ordered this coffeehouse’s signature “Good Morning Tacos” along with their “Coco Truffle” coffee. I can’t wait to go back and try these two popular menu items!

You can check out my featured photography for this shop on the Jam’s Instagram account, @thejamcoffeehouse, and on the account @nashbrews. Capture and share today! Itching to try a new place or message someone you haven’t seen in years? Go for it! Invite them or heck go relax by yourself in the corner of what could be your favorite new place.

| The Perch |

Next on my list today is the Perch! There are several locations. I always went to the original one in Brentwood when I was in high school, but this week I went to the Greenhills location. This place has it’s own distinctive design and there is nothing else like it. The crepes and coffee are to die for and cure any craving.

I usually order the banana and peanut butter crepe, but this time around I decided to order their ham, egg and cheese crepe. I was craving eggs, my body needed some protein, so it hit the spot.

They are huge so I can never finish them and there is a lot of ham and cheese, which I only eat very little of, so I picked a little. I always say- the messiest foods are the best foods!

I bought a regular coffee, but decided to trade mine in for an almond milk latte with one pump of vanilla! That one pump was just what I needed. The coffee was so good and didn’t hurt my stomach at all. It’s crazy how taste buds can change as you get older. I used to eat so much cheese and sweet drinks. Now, I can barely do either!

I learned that as you grow older, your body stops producing the same amount of lactase (enzyme that breaks down lactose) that you had when you were a baby. When I treated my body very harsh and became malnourished in certain areas, I think I got rid of that enzyme all together! Ha probably not, but order the cheese if you can, get those chewable enzymes, and you will be good to go!

Nick ordered a strawberry and nutella crepe, one of their specialties. I love ordering food I can’t make at home and crepes are one of them so definitely go and try the coffee and crepes! They are fast and filling so the perfect combo.

| Barista Parlor | 

“Barista Parlor was established in 2011. We seek the betterment of coffee for all mankind, sourcing with an emphasis on clarity, roasting with an emphasis on sweetness, and brewing with a focus on framing both of these qualities in a beautiful cup, in a physical space where commerce and art intersect. We work with local Nashville artists, farms, businesses, and bakeries.” – { Read more on site linked above }

Last on my list is the upcoming Barista Parlor. With three different locations in the Gulch, Germantown and the original on Gallatin Ave, this parlor lives up to it’s word. I went to the one in the Gulch called Golden Sound and there is one right by my new job coming up in Germantown!

All of their music was playing on record players in contrast to the rain falling on the tall windows. Right in the middle of the shop is an open bar where you can watch them brew their fresh coffee.

In the midst of watching,  I got to catch up my friend and frequent photographer of mine for the first time this summer. If you haven’t already, go and check out his photography at Baker Exposures.

On this afternoon, I traded my warm coffee for a cold brew and they brought out my almond milk in a little shot glass. This place was wide open so if you need a place to work, this is the area to do it. A lot of people in there weren’t just socializing, but had their headphones on working away.

This building was surrounded by beautiful wall murals that will catch your eye. I was itching to start photographing everyone I saw but with the rain, I will just have to go back so get ready to go and check out my upcoming post on some wall murals that everyone in Nashville needs to explore…

Thank you for catching up with me today! My passions might be different from yours or they might be the same. No matter where you passions are, they will touch someone one day and make a difference. My passion for talking to people, exploring my city and photographing cozy places might change, but for right now I am going to live it to the fullest every day. You can too.

xo Hannah

 

 

 

 

Charming Small Towns

Thanks for reading with me today! I’ve hopped from Nashville night outs, to waking up early to drive two hours to my grandparents’ house, and ending a road trip dining in my sister’s college town. From glasses of wine on rooftops to cups of tea in new coffee shops, I can’t wait to share some of my cherished small town moments.

On Friday night, my weekend started having dinner with my sister at Jonathan’s Bar and Grill. It’s one of our favorites in Nashville because it’s casual with amazing food! Make note that on Tuesdays and Fridays they have 2 for 1 wine and beer.  I always get my salmon caesar salad and she got a southwestern salad with grilled chicken.

We both loved it and sat on the porch after a late afternoon by the pool. Eating out can be expensive, but sometimes you have to treat yourself and have a night to remember, and that we did.

My night ended with a surprise treat to the Thompson Hotel rooftop bar with Nick and some of our friends. I have been once before during Christmas, but now that it’s warm, I loved being up there even more!

I ordered my white wine because I try not to mix drinks. I’ve had my stomach pain ruin fun nights so if I am ever treating myself I always bring my digestive enzymes that you see below and I am not afraid to stop and order water even if people around me don’t.

 

I picked up these awesome chewable enzymes at Whole Body. They are on sale right now (34% off) on Thrive.com! They were a good price and I got the last one. A trick of mine is that if I can’t decide what to get, I look to see what has been purchased the most. If a lot of people have tried it then it must do the trick and I love them!

 

Saturday began with me waking up early and taking a road trip with my sister to my grandparent’s house in Crossville, Tennessee. There is nothing like the serenity of being in your grandparent’s house. We talked, napped, and ate all day until it was time for their second round of naps. We opened old scrapbooks and ate homemade apple pie with coffee.

There is something about small towns where every self perception disappears. People often appreciate the little things more. I stepped away from Nashville and didn’t leave the couch the entire day. I ate multiple bites of that apple pie because not only did it taste good, but my grandma laid it all out with so much joy because when was the last time I took time to drive down and sit with her and my grandpa.

He has lung cancer, but had a lively day. He got all dressed up for us and cracked jokes like it was nobody’s business. Those are the little things that matter. They never cared how much I ate or that I didn’t exercise that day. That didn’t cross their mind, although it crossed mine. If I could have days like that more often, I would.

Our day ended with stopping by a new local coffee shop called Grinder House. I was shocked to find this cozy new shop in this old town that has only a few stores. I ordered a hot tea and took a moment to sit and look at all their antique murals and decorative lounging. It began raining so that made the moment even more relaxing.

We hopped from one small town to the next. We decided to stop in Rachel’s college town, Cookeville, Tennessee. She attended Tennessee Tech University and it reminds me a lot of Bowling Green. Rachel and I loved that we found two college towns outside the huge and growing Nashville. We have learned to appreciate the small, tight nit communities we were both blessed to experience.

We stopped at her favorite restaurant, Crawdaddy’s West Side Grill. I ordered a grilled chicken salad with their homemade parmesan dressing. SO GOOD! We also got a shrimp dip with sweet potato chips for an appetizer. I could have eaten the entire bowl…The waitress was such a happy spirit because she paused and asked for our names before serving us. Those little things are often not seen in big cities. Another smile to appreciate that day.

As you can see, we ate a lot and sat a lot but between those road trips, beautiful countryside views, and conversations, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I felt so rested and my body felt full. That’s exactly the way it should be. My grandparents loved seeing me healthy. People saw what I was doing when I would bring my own snacks to my grandparent’s house. That’s unheard of right? I’ve learned a lot and although every day is a journey I make sure to appreciate the little small town moments that I might not get back.

I often catch myself not finishing my food in front of me because seeing an empty plate makes me nervous for some reason like I ate too much. I had this look several times this weekend, but my sister always can see through my eyes when I stare at my food and get scared to eat it. She always encourages me to eat a full meal with her, reflect on our memories for the day and rest my body to do it again the next day.

Find those people to help, look around you more and not just at the plate in front of you. Make small moments that count.

Origins: Journey from Plant to Formula

Hi beautiful!

Feeling our best doesn’t always come with what we eat or how active we are. We are girls, aren’t we? We love makeup, fashion and products and everything in between. When it comes to food, I do a pretty good job at staying consistent; however, when it comes to face products and makeup, I just buy what’s convenient or cheap. What can I say, I am a college student who doesn’t splurge on everything.

Today, I am sharing with you some products i’ve received from Origins, a skincare line that I have started to use over and over. I absolutely love it! I have blogged about other facial products I have liked, but as I try to get my routine together, this has been my recent go-to!

I encourage you to go and read their story or watch their video.You can check my favorite products so far and items I have received on my Instagram story, so hurry and watch and join in on their 4th of July online sale!

We are all figuring out how to feel our best so let’s get started!

 

 

TJ’s Banana Pancakes

Hi gorgeous! I am a definite Trader Joe’s enthusiast and LOVE their products because they are yummy, healthy and convenient.

Take a look at these dairy and gluten free pancakes. All I had to do was heat them up…yes you heard me. Sometimes, we don’t have time to cook or don’t have the proper gluten or dairy free ingredients, so these are my new go-to!

I sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled honey with maple syrup and no butter. If you want butter, go for it! Linked here is their page with other items they offer. Time for you to pick up your own batch! Fuel your body and enjoy those early morning banana pancakes.

Xo. Hannah