My 7 Ways to Heal

Out of the billions of people on this Earth, imagine how many different emotions are felt each and every day. What are you feeling today? As I sat in a busy Starbucks this week on a rainy day after taking a nap in my car and answering millions of calls, I couldn’t help but look around and wonder what has happened in that person’s life that has brought them here to that very moment. It’s an ongoing mystery that many don’t think about.

Blogs are a place to show what we love and how or where to find it whether that’s clothes, food, advice. etc. Today on mine I am going to show you my 6 ways of healing and you will understand why.

You know the stories you hear about on the news or in movies and you never imagine that would happen to you? Well as I get older, one thing I’ve learned about life is that you truly never know what the next day brings.

I try to instill positivity and living beautifully in all my posts and actions, but sometimes it’s the real feelings that should be shown some more light. I don’t mean to add a negative connotation to the realness life can bring, but sometimes the fairytale that us girly girls dream upon doesn’t turn out the way we plan, maybe it turns out to become something much greater than our vivid imaginations could dream of.

I don’t know if I believe that bad things come in threes, but I’m sure you are wondering why I fell asleep in my car and was answering millions of calls.

Let me start off by saying loss doesn’t always mean death. Loss is losing anything you love or care for and sometimes you have to lose something or someone to recognize the beauty in what God really wants for you.

Recently, I have paused my senior year of college to come home to a loss I never saw coming, my grandfather passing away and a jobless month ahead; however, I feel like something greater is coming.

I know that something good comes from something bad. I’ve seen it in others, experienced it myself and cling on to it each and every day that I worry about the next step or even if there is a next step…

I want to share with you my 6 steps to how I’m trying to handle loss and how to heal from that so that I can live my fullest each and every day.

  • Wake up knowing you are alive and healthy

Mornings are still my favorite time of day and they are my time to let go of what happened yesterday and start a new day fresh. Now that doesn’t erase what happened, but it is all about our perspective and hope for what comes next.

Every day my family said their good morning hellos and I love you goodnights. My sister and I would sit together until it was time for bed and my parents and I would work together as a team. We were all healthy and my father told me each day we are alive and that is a gift itself. Remember your worth on days you feel heaviness upon you because I promise you will shine again.

  • Fuel yourself with nutritious foods so that you can feel your best to perform your best for others

As I write this exact point, I am sitting here with two pieces of Ezekiel toast with almond butter and recently, my dad treated me to a huge and amazing dinner at Carabas so that I can return to school with a good meal and memory.

Through any loss, I realized I had to EAT! Hunger affects our moods just as much as anything else so without feeding myself, how would I be able to thing positively or carry out actions my family needed?

I thought I was eating too much at one point and still lost a pound or two along the way. At first, my go-to previous way of self-healing kicked in and I thought, well maybe if I lose some weight I will feel better. Nope. This worried my family more and I’m supposed to help them hurting, not add on to it.

Within days your body can change, but being a light in someone’s life means showing that you are strong and able to show what life can turn into. With that comes food and lots of it.

  • Pray for help and hope

When I needed words to say or words to hear I referred to the very best place my heart told me to look…Psalm

  1. God is near: Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is near to those who are discouraged. He saves those who have lost hope
  1. God will strengthen you: Psalm 71:20 You made me suffer a lot, but you will bring me back from this deep pit and give me new life.

Read more verses from Blog.Bible

I strive to not only pray for myself in this healing process, but others! Pray with someone who will sit with you or speak out loud to get any negative energy off your chest. He is still smiling above no matter how much you yell or whisper during your prayer.

Nick drove down to spend this past week with my family and was my prayer buddy when needed. Find those people, whether it’s a close friend, significant other or another family member who can just be a calm presence in the room.

PS. Rainbows are a sign of hope and just on my second day home, my family looked in the sky and saw the most beautiful rainbow…

  • Don’t live an angry life or store bitterness

This is one of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn but has been the most helpful. We can’t live an angry life. Anger and hatred do not fix anything so praying to let it go and to see grace in others can heal more than you know.

This is not easy so I encourage you to watch this video by Sadie Robertson called “The Breakup”. I’ve watched it over and over within the past few years and hope you will get something from it as well.

  • Do things you enjoy

Life is still going on around us. In order to live beautifully, you must do things you enjoy. I love blogging and writing so this week I connected with a blogger friend to post my most recent post. I needed to get away for a little and resulting in activities that add a smile in your day can really help your perspective on the situation. This leads me to my next point…

  • Don’t feel guilty for finding happiness again

I felt awful eating and blogging when others I loved were hurting. I had to have others tell me that I can’t feel guilty for smiling because that’s what needs to happen. Don’t let guilt be the master.

  • Know you were created to be loved

SOMETHING AMAZING WILL COME FROM IT. Whatever the “it” is. You are created remarkably for a reason and we don’t see why now but one day we will.

Love is one of the most powerful feelings we have. Love can make us do crazy things. Love is a risk worth taking that means giving up a lot of your time for someone else and hoping that the gut feeling you have is the right one.

This week at home, I have realized the importance of family. I feel like we are this invincible force that no one else can get through. I have recognized the importance of communication and truth. When the world throws situations at you that you don’t expect, it’s the people who know you best and will be there no matter what that will help you get through.

Sometimes we have to play the cards we are dealt. Accept the things you can control and let go(d) of the things you can’t…

If you are going through any difficult times and need a spark of light in your life, feel free to share this post, read it or create your own list. We are all uniquely different and I want you to know how LOVED you are.

Shine bright.



9 Ways To Organize Your Pantry


Image: Pinterest

Good morning gorgeous!

I have found that when a part of my life needs a makeover, I love to start with my home and go from there. With that being said, I am so excited to share with you today another post from the fun and helpful blogger, Cait’s Cozy Corner. I was so excited for her to contact me and us collaborate again on such an amazing idea and refresher. Add this on your weekend to-do list and read her other posts here.



As a Mom it can be hard to keep anything in my house clean, let alone organized. The one thing I was determined to do when my husband and I moved into our new home was keep our pantry as organized, tidy and neat as possible. Why the pantry you’re wondering? Well, I love cooking but if my pantry is disorganized, I feel like I’m running around trying to keep the pots from boiling over, or the knife from my 3 ½ year old daughter’s hand- I just want to make sure that the items I’m going to be using in my dish is all neatly accessible to me.

I actually did a lot of research about what type of pantry I wanted ours to be- functional of course but also pretty too! Yes, pantries can be pretty ha! I thought I would share 9 ways to organize your pantry since many of you had questions about how I keep ours neat! Here are some of my tips for you all!

  1. Use Clear Containers-This storage solution is especially helpful for bulk-bin items, like rice, grains, and nuts. With neatly labeled clear containers, gone are the days of having four partially open bags of quinoa.

  2. Assess your pantry on a weekly basis- Keeping your pantry organized and in good shape doesn’t have to be a big task. Instead, make it part of your weekly meal-planning routine by taking a few minutes to do a quick inventory. Knowing what’s in there is the best way to make sure you’re cooking and eating what you already have, and avoid buying multiples of the same thing.

  3. Use sheet pans to group like with like- Heavy-duty and multipurpose, sheet pans and hotel pans make especially good organizers. Not only do they make grouping like ingredients together easy, but they’re also a great way to contain any inadvertent spills or leaks.

  4. Take 10 minutes every day to keep your pantry clean and tidy- A few everyday tasks that take just a few minutes — like wiping down pantry shelves, keeping package labels facing outward and visible, grouping like items together, and tossing expired items — will leave you with an always-tidy pantry.

  5. Make use of household items to give your pantry more storage space- From crates and space-saving racks to pencil holders and magazine racks, household items can be a smart and inexpensive way to add even more storage to your pantry.

  6. Put Lids On The Door- If your pantry is big enough to hold all your pots and pants, use the door for lid storage! I love utilizing the lid handles to keep the items in place! It’s such a genius idea!

  7. Add Wallpaper or a Fun Design- Most pantries just have bare walls. Why not spruce it up a bit with adding a fun background design to make it a more inviting and brighter space to store your pantry items!

  8. Create Fun Shelving – Similar to adding wallpaper or a fun design to make my pantry stand out, I also want the shelving to look nice, clean and orderly. Hanwha Surfaces has a wide variety of options to choose from when thinking of a surface to use in your pantry. Hanwha Surfaces is based in Atlanta and specialize in high quality surfaces like HanStone Quartz. HanStone Quartz is a stone surface made from pure, natural quartz. HanStone Quartz offers the natural beauty of quartz with up to six times the strength and durability of granite!  I love the way it makes my shelving look when I add containers and cans in my pantry!

  9. Add Hangers- If you have chips that are super bulky I hate trying to shove it into a small spot or a box. Now, I just add some old children’s hangers to keep them fresh ( and clipped ) plus they free up space on my shelves too! It’s such a fun little hack!

So these are some of my easy organization pantry ideas that you can all try! If you have any other ideas I can’t wait to hear about them! As long as your pantry fits your and your families needs, you are going to be well equipped with the tools you need to keep it manageable, fun and best of all, organized!

Hello Rebbl

Happy Tuesday!

I love finding convenient and healthy treats on the go. This summer, I got the chance to try drinks by Rebbl and fell in love!

When I find healthy foods I want to share, I look at more than the ingredients. I look at the reason for creating a product and the story behind the package.

After looking at the company’s website, I read about their product’s philosophy and their standards include-

  • True taste
  • Organic 
  • Fair trade 
  • Real ingredients 
  • Efficacy 
  • Driving Impact 

“At the end of the day, they sell elixirs to inspire healthy living, but they go further with their passion by driving impact…It is our calling to fight human trafficking through impact sourcing and supply chain in partnership with the non-profit Not For Sale. In doing so, we must address climate change, which is inextricably linked to human trafficking. This helps to protect vulnerable communities from ever being trafficked.  In addition, we donate 2.5% of the net sales of every bottle sold to Not For Sale to rehabilitate those who’ve already been affected.”

Amazing right?! If you want to read more into what the primary points above mean, read their full article and watch a video on their wholesome products here!

Their team is awesome and they wish their customers a “life of love and fullness.” Similar to my motto to love, create, inspire, share, their products were at the top of my list to taste test so the awesome Rebbl team sent me coupons to try and share with you all!

My two new favorites are above, the matcha latte and turmeric golden milk, made with fresh coconut milk. Their elixirs and proteins come in various flavors (as you see below) and they even have cold brew coffee that I have grabbed on many road trips.

A huge thank you to the Rebbl team and I hope you go and try!

Introducing Royal Blush Boutique!

Hello gorgeous! Time to talk fashion…

Photography: Baker Exposures (Instagram: @baker.exposures)

One thing I love about staying connected with people you knew along time ago is that you get to see what an amazing person they grow to become. With that being said, today I get to introduce to you the online boutique called Royal Blush Boutique!

Leah Murphy, owner and creator of Royal Blush Boutique, has almost 10,000 shoppers. She is such a sweet mom and one of my sister’s college best friends. Her online store is filled with amazing clothes, shoes, accessories and more.

I was so thankful to have her tell us her inspiration behind her boutique-

I always dreamed of having my own boutique since I was in college, but when it was time for reality, with a small baby at home, I decided to do the online route! And I’m so glad I did! People always ask when I’ll open a store front, but right now, my motto is “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?!”  Plus, this allows me to continue to stay home with my baby girl!

All orders are completed through her Facebook page and the prices are so affordable and AMAZING!

Take a look at this photo gallery below by the wonderful photographer, Baker Exposures, and shop now at Royal Blush Boutique!

If you have a dream, GO FOR IT! She did and now look at how happy she is selling outfits that make girls feel beautiful! You can too! 

This flowy and floral dress was an amazing outfit that I could wear all day! So comfy and I would definitely keep that for Autumn and throw on a sweater with some booties.

Purse: Micheal Kors

Shoes: TJ Maxx 

Stay tuned for some more amazing items I have loved from her boutique!

Love, Create, Inspire, Share 



My Most Recent Menu

Does this breakfast look serene or what? I woke up feeling fatigued, my stomach was killing me and I was a little anxious. I could have sat in bed and wished for it to go away but if you checked my insta story, I played my 60s music with coffee in bed and lit a candle made by Rewined.

I made a breakfast for one out on our patio and added orange slices to my meal! Fun fact- the vitamin C in my oranges helps absorb my other nutrients from the entire meal. Amazing right? And it’s delicious on a summer day.

I paused, ate by myself and tried to wake up for my Pure Barre class!

For lunch I made wild caught salmon!


  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Ground pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Onion shreds
  • Basil leaves

Toss and sprinkle ingredients then bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes! I ate the entire thing…

All the ingredients from both meals above were purchased from Kroger. What are you making today?

I find cooking to be so therapeutic and healing when I do not feel well. I had soup to heat up but what fun would that be? Resting your body can be done in a way that doesn’t make you feel lethargic.

I’ll hop back a little bit for dinner but last night after working all day my sister and I grabbed a late dinner and had a girl’s night at the Rosepepper Cantina in East Nashville. My favorite part of the entire meal was their homemade guacamole and pita as an appetizer. We ordered their margaritas on the rocks made with agave nectar! SO good. I usually don’t drink those, but I treated myself and loved trying something new. If you don’t like Mexican food then at least go for the sign because it is quite clever and got me through the doors….

Munch, snack, bake, and create!! I didn’t look up any of these recipes or look at the dinner menu online to see if I could find something healthy there. I went for things and am so happy I did!

Lets start this week off fueled!



Recovery Rookies

Lets get real. Kerrageously Made is a blog that is trying to be honest when it comes to my favorite saying, living beautifully; however, in order to experience the beauty in the world, you have to be exposed to the negative sides.

As I can be a typical millennial and check my social media way too often, I have recently decided to remind myself why I started. Why did I start my blog? Why are you trying for something important to you? My goal is to turn my weakness into my strength. With that comes answers that I am still trying to figure out on this ongoing journey so join me today for some girl-to-girl conversation. Thanks for reading with me today gorgeous!

The road to recovery is often bumpy because a) nothing is perfect and b) without the bumps, what would we be working towards? My blog came from me ignoring all that life had to offer and instead focusing on my body image. I warped my mind into believing it looked one way and should look another. During this time, I lost healthy enzymes and proper body functions that I should have in my twenties. I even lost some relationships along the way, but now i’m learning to love what food can do to my body and I have gained relationships as well. I smile every day because I get to share my strengthened weakness with you! I don’t want to go back to where I was and we can’t look back, only forward…

*Note the picture on the left was when I would eat a granola bar and apple for lunch and was spiraling down my path. I went through a stage where I deleted all my ED pictures in order to try to move on, but this shows that those rib lines on our stomach aren’t sexy in a swimsuit…

I am here today because as I try to eat the right foods and lots of them, my body doesn’t know how to digest what I am feeding it and most of the time I end up feeling awful day to day. I try to positively promote that feeling this way is okay, but currently I am searching for clarity and answers on how to truly feel my best on this road to recover. What’s the answer… KEEP GOING.

From blogger to blogger and study to study I have learned that the inflammation of the stomach is common for post ED. Our bodies are learning where to store food and a lot of that is centered in the abdominal area, that is where I am experiencing it. I know all the facts that women are more “pear shaped” and that we have more visceral fat that males; however, this bothers me so much and it shouldn’t! I can’t keep looking at what my body is doing as a bad thing because it’s just on the road to recover which is AMAZING!

I’ve been wanting to find similar stories and I have come across a very truthful blogger named Tabitha Farrar who gives so much incite on recovering stomach problems. I had to share her list below:

  1. Continue to eat at regular intervals regardless of how awkward it feels. We have to train this system up!

  2. Give it foods that are easy for it to process = high in fat!

  3. Drink adequate amounts of water and fluids, just enough but not too much.

  4. Rest. There is so much going on here. Take recovery seriously. This is a huge restoration project for your body!

  5. Increase intake of fats as these can help with bowl movement regularity.

  6. Breathing practices before and after eating to help you reduce anxiety and stay in the parasympathetic nervous system.

  7. Buy loose comfortable clothing and throw out any “small” clothes. Not food related directly, but it is cathartic!

  8. Did I mention that you have to continue to eat? You do.

I’m so thankful for her posts and she continues to say,

 “ I had some very bad cramping and some very concerning loud gurgling when I was in recovery..I showed all the signs of gluten intolerance when I started eating bread in higher quantities. I kind of knew deep down this was due to me starting to eat more, and that my system wasn’t used to it, but I still had a wealth of gluten-free advocating friends telling me that I needed to cut out gluten. It was suggested to me by many people that I should look into cutting gluten out of my diet (That was when gluten-free was at the peak of fashion and the cure-all for everything).”

Does this sound like you too? I wiped out gluten for a little bit and am starting to eat more of that as much as I can. Now my weakness might be yours or it might not be, but if you are reading with me today remember that eating allows us to live abundantly!

Someone once told me this and it stuck with me. That small “pooch” at the bottom of your stomach will hold life one day! It is a beautiful thing! We need extra skin and fat in order to operate and be freaking awesome human beings. Lets not get in the way of that.

As Miley Cyrus says, we can’t stop and we won’t stop…Lets keep living as beautifully as we can! I am accepting this change because I know that a positive outcome will come of it.

God is smiling at us working on looking the way He painted us to look so lets make Him proud shall we?

Please comment any tips, incite, stories, or maybe just some cool places to try as we continue to eat and live!



 P.S. Looking for more tips on how to heal your body when it’s cramping, bloating, starving, or just needing some syncing in your life? Go and check out Lee From America Blog. 

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!



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.



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