Bright Spring Nails

Spring is here! And isn’t it just WONDERFUL?

I love the sense of newness in the air on the first warm day of spring. It’s so refreshing. Plus I’m just excited to stop wearing big bulky coats.

With spring comes a plethora of new spring COLORS!!!
I’m especially excited about the colors that are in this spring, so I decided to put them on my nails!

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I’m in love with this design, it just makes me so happy! And with some practice, and a steady hand, you can have it, too!

I’m not gonna say it’s easy… I had to redo a few nails to get them exactly the way I wanted. But don’t give up! If I can do it, you can too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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You can change out some colors if you want, as long as your base color and the color of your petals are very different, so that they pop!

Step 1: Paint your nails with a protecting base coat: It’ll help the polish stay on longer and protect your nail.

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Step 2: Paint your nails with one layer of your base coat. It’s okay if it’s not completely opaque. By the time we’re done, no one will even notice. =)

I got this nail polish from my boyfriend's mom. What a great gift! She really knows me.

I got this nail polish from my boyfriend’s mom. What a great gift! She really knows me.

Step 3: Here’s where it get’s tricky. Get some toothpicks ready! Take the polish you’ve decided will be the color of your petals, unscrew the top and get all the excess paint off of your brush. Lay it to the side, then proceed to dip a toothpick into the polish.

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Paint five dots in a circle on your nail, then after you’ve gotten the dots drawn on, use the toothpick to pull the paint out from the circle so that they look like flower petals. I really wish I could have shown you this process, but unfortunately I only have two hands, and no way to take a picture WHILE I do it. Sorry, friends!

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This is what it should look like when completed. It doesn’t have to be perfect, the flower is supposed to be playful. (That’s just what I say whenever something looks really messed up.)

Step 4: Take a black striper and draw some fun curlies on your nails. I put off buying my own striper for a long time, but now that I’ve got it, I really, really enjoy it. If you plan on painting your nails creatively, stripers are very useful.

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The curlies can be difficult depending on how intricate you want them to be. This is the stage where I messed up a lot, and had to start all over. Just remember: KNOW WHEN TO STOP. If a curly looks already beautiful, and you think “Eh…. I can add another little curly and make it even better!”, don’t. You’ll mess it up. Just quit while you’re ahead.
That’s what happened to this pinky nail down here…

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So here’s the finished product. I really like them, and I hope you do, too! Have a happy spring!

With love ❤

Hebrews 11:1

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Too many Ugly People

I felt the urge to write this blog because this is something that I’ve been seeing constantly in my day to day life as of late. There are just too many ugly people out there.

If you are one of those ugly people, chances are you won’t heed my word, and you’ll continue living your life the way you usually do. My hope is that at least a few of these words will stick in your mind so that one day you just might change your ways.

When I say “ugly”, I do not mean aesthetically unappealing.
Instead, I mean “ugly” as in intentionally performing disagreeable, mean, or hostile actions toward others.

Lately, I’ve been witnessing people do ugly things toward one another. Every day I see people acting harshly toward others. In my mind, I take that to mean that they deem those people unworthy of their respect. Sometimes I am the one being disrespected, and sometimes I am the one committing the harmful act.

In the community that I’m in, these acts are not physically painful. However, they do still cause pain and embarrassment. Whether the words are said behind one’s back or to one’s face, they still hurt. It sucks. It really does.

I am a Christian, and I read the Bible. One Bible verse that comes to mind in these situations is 1 Corinthians 13:1-3,

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” [Emphasis by me].

Don’t you get it? At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how awesome you are. Even if you can sing, dance, act or charm better than anyone else, if you’re not acting out of love, that talent is just a waste of time. If you have great public speaking skills and can say a prayer that brings a room of people to tears, when you’re praying for the wrong reasons, you’re not accomplishing anything.

We have to love. That word means so much to Christians, or at least it should.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

God loves us (meaning every human being walking on the face of this earth) SO much that He offered the one true sacrifice, His own Son, to be killed on a cross. He did all of this so that we, a sinful, unloving group of people, could go to Heaven when we die. We don’t deserve that kind of love. I mean really, how on earth could you possibly do anything so good that someone would be like “Yeah, okay. That was pretty awesome! I think it’s even awesome enough that I will have my firstborn son hung on a cross to die painfully just so that you and I can spend eternity together.” God didn’t do that because we deserve it. He did it because He loves us.

God loves us that much.

What would the world be like if we, as humans, modeled our lives after God’s love? If we just tried to love everyone we see as much as He loves them? It’s not possible to love everyone THAT much, but if we just tried, don’t you think that would make such a difference?

Further on in 1 Corinthians 13-nicknamed the “love” chapter 😉 – the bible gives us a great  checklist for what our love should look like. I’m sure you’ve heard it at least once in your life:

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

So. Do you meet all the items on that checklist? Do you treat everyone you see with biblical love?

If not, you’re doing it wrong.

I know I’m doing it wrong. But that’s why I’m so grateful for a merciful God who forgives me and gives me a brand new start every morning so that I can try again.

❤ With Love

Hebrews 11:1

Fight those Monday Blues

I’ve been so busy these past couple of weeks, overloaded with homework, projects, and other extra curriculars. I’ve been struggling to remain positive and keep my head above water in this all too common flood of classwork that I experience every semester.

Finally, my body couldn’t take it any more, and I got sick. That was my body’s physical way of showing me that my stress levels were not healthy. As a result, in the past few days, I’ve been trying to remain confident and positive, taking necessary measures to keep relaxed.

Maybe you guys are feeling like I am.

Maybe you’re struggling to keep up with all of the daily pressures of your life.

If you are, this post is for you. Today is monday, and we all feel a bit more overloaded on monday than we do on any other weekday, but this post is useful any day of the week.

This is a list of little things that you can do to just give yourself a bit of a break during the middle of a rough day. Enjoy!

1- Wear a bright article of clothing
I love wearing a yellow or red scarf, or a pair of red shorts. It’s just nice to look down and see a splash of color when you feel a ton a pressure bearing down on you.

2- Experiment with new make-up
I love doing this. It’s fun to buy a new shade of lipstick and try it on. I almost feel like a new person!

3- Mix up your hairstyles
Break out of the norm. Try wearing your hair straight if it’s always curly, or wear it up in a bun if you always wear it down. It’ll not only give you a refreshing change of pace, it can also be a confidence booster!

4- Take a nap
If time allows, take a mid-day catnap. It will refresh your brain, and give you rest. This is also a good way to get a new perspective on an especially troubling issue.

5- Make a pretty “to-do” list
On those days when I’m just feeling SO MUCH pressure with homework and projects, I make a “to-do” list on a Microsoft Word Document. I make each item a different color of the rainbow and make them all different, pretty fonts. Not only does this lay out all of my tasks in an organized fashion, it also adds flair. I love deleting items off of my “to-do” list, it gives such a sense of accomplishment!

6- Do something crafty, use your hands!
Channel that stress and frustration into something creative and beautiful! Pinterest is a great place to look for inspiration!

7- Eat a piece of Dove chocolate. JUST ONE.
Chocolate therapy is SO GOOD. Sometimes I just sit on the couch and let a piece of chocolate melt on my tongue while I inhale deeply a few times. Those moments of peace put everything in perspective.
Remember to limit yourself to JUST ONE piece of chocolate…don’t start eating your emotions, that’s just unhealthy.

8- EXERCISE
I love this one. Heck, I just love exercising. Studies show (I’m not going to cite them. I’m just sure that there are some out there) that exercise produces hormones in your brain called endorphins. These make you happy! Also, getting that fresh blood flowing to your brain can be really relaxing!

9- Quiet Time
The most important tip of all is QUIET TIME! Nothing calms me down like spending some time alone with God. It may seem counterproductive, but getting away from the stressful situation and taking a few moments to rely on God, who has everything under control, really, really, really makes all the difference in my life. God has it all planned out. I don’t need to stress out! He knows what’s coming for me, and it will all be for His glory and for my good. Phew…. Can you feel the peace flowing down?

This post is just what needed today, I hope it’s helpful to you, too!

With Love ❤
Hebrews 11:1