Tag: 50 Things that Make Me Happy

Hello, all! I have come today with a tag I received from The June Bug blog. (thanks again!) I have actually done a “my favorite things” post before, but my first list didn’t quite make it to 50. haha So, I’ll extend the list to complete the tag.๐Ÿ˜‰

1. God (duh๐Ÿ™„)

2. A fresh notebook

3. A notebook with every page used

4. A well worn and highlighted Bible

5. Coffee

6. Disney (Disneyland VS World post)

 

 

7. A clear, starry sky in the middle of nowhere

8. The smell of sawdust

9. The smell of a campfire

10. Freshly tilled fields

11. Travel (some places I’ve gone: Chicago + California + Tulsa)

12. Road trips

13. Good books

14. Trying new things

15. Llamas

16. Dogs (large, preferably- here’s ours: Timber + Prairie)

17. Ice cream

18. Order and tidiness

19. Friends and memories

 

 

20. The country

21. Perfectly blue skies

22. Christmas time

23. Hugs

24. Over-sized, fuzzy blankets

25. Babies

26. Quaint stores

27. Cookie dough

28. Baking

29. Sticky notes

30. Kansas

31. Kansas sunsets (which are the best! No arguements.)

32. Conferences

33. Deep conversations

34. Singing

35. Music

36. The Blondes with Blogs (Love you guys!๐Ÿ’•)

37. My twin!

38. Contacts (Y’all, I really hated glasses.๐Ÿ˜‚)

 

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39. My youth group! (You people are the best. I love you all!)

40. This blog- It’s been an awesome journey, guys!

41. Laughing

42. Family

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43. Online shopping

44. Those I look up to: Bro. Jared Hilton, Bishop and Sis. Riggen, the Elders, etc.

45. KC BBQ (This place is THE best. Ever.)

46. Singing

47. Adventures in Odyssey

48. Not winter ๐Ÿ˜† (Although, snow happens to be quite pretty!)

 

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49. Hand-written letters

50. Classic red roses

And a whole bunch of other random stuff!๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

I’ll be tagging Aria HoppeLauren Bundy, and Sarah Schreckhise.๐Ÿ˜Š (Tag, you’re it, guys!๐Ÿ˜œ)

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What is Love? {The Blondes with Blogs #4}

This is kind of a rambling post, so bear with me! It mostly consists of random thoughts all under the “love” category. But hopefully it makes y’all think:) If you want to read last year’s Valentine’s Day post, click here. (Although they are posting a bit later than me, youโ€™ll be able to find Sarah’s here and Lauren’s here when they do post:)


 

What is love? Though it may seem surface, it’s actually quite a deep question. There are many generic and cliche answers commonly used: “God!” “trust” “strong feelings” “care and admiration” “sacrifice”. So many views and opinions are out there! But which are true?

I think it’s a combination of all those, but also moreโ€“ much more. Love is why we exist. Without love there would be no marriage, no relationships, no sacrifice for others beyond ourselves, no God, no kindness, etc. Can you imagine our world without love?

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I think God did a pretty good job of describing it! haha
I am honestly struggling to capture the full meaning of love. Because you simply can’t fit love into 500 words.โ€“ It’s an action, not just a spoken promise. Love just is. It can’t be forced, it can’t be undone. Complete and perfect love is unconditional. And, I am not talking about my love for cardigans and oxfords. I’m talking about love in the real and raw form.

Love is so beautiful. Its depth can’t be passed up by any other feeling. It can’t exactly be described, either. Yet, it happens to be the #1 craved feeling. Why? Because God created us to need loveโ€“to survive and depend on both being loved and giving love. We are not robots or animals. We are humans created by Him and also loved by Him. He made us to need love almost more than oxygen. He even saved us with His love.

You simply can’t “unlove” someone, not if it’s real. You have to make a conscious decision to put yourself before them before a love can be broken. It doesn’t become injured and fragile overnight. This goes for more than just couples.โ€“ This goes for friends and family, as well. Putting them first is needed for a love that is going to last!

Let’s take a friendship, for example. There’s no way a real friendship can be formed if all we are thinking about is ourselves and what we’re gonna get out of it. That’s just not how it works! We have to consider the needs of those around usโ€“ we aren’t the only ones with struggles! We don’t love someoneโ€“truly love someoneโ€“with the mindset of “I’m just in this for what I can get out if it.” Friendship isn’t an all-take and no-give thing; it’s actually a whole lot closer to the opposite.

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Sacrifice and servant are two words that come to mind when I hear “love”. When you love someone, you sacrifice yourself to serve them when they need you. If they need prayer, you pray. If they need hugged, you hug them. If they need a listening ear, you listen. If they need a laugh, you send them some dumb gifs. (Not that I’ve done this before… haha) The point is, if they need you, be there!

It all boils down to one thing: love with your life. What better way to love someone than with the most precious gift that God has given you? Loving with our lives does not mean “love them the rest of you life”. (Although that’s good too!) It means love with your life. Use your time, your energy, to love these around you like crazy! We only have so much time to give them. But you wanna know something? The more you give of your life, the bigger your life is! Why not take advantage of this?

And, for the record, Valentine’s Day isn’t about just couples. It’s simply about love. How can we love (the action, not the feeling) those around us a little more?

And the Winner Is…

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Today, it’s been officially one year since I began Sticky Notes and Ice Cream! AND I’ve come to announce the winner of the giveaway!! I am super excited to announce that the winner is:

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Kennzie Merriman!!

 

Yes, you read that right.๐Ÿ˜‚ย We’ve joked about the humor of her winning, and it actually happened! So, congratulations, Sis!๐Ÿ˜‰ย I enjoyed hosting this giveaway, and I plan on doing more in the future! So, stay tuned!

My Life as Rapunzel

Hello, everyone! I’ve been requested to write a post on my hair, so here it is! I hope y’all enjoy.๐Ÿ˜‰

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A lot of people that know me aren’t surprised by the length of my hair. But, those that haven’t seen it down usually are. It comes down to the middle of my calf, so it is really long. And also stick-straight, as you can probably tell. haha

I get so many questions every time I were my hair down. People want to know my daily routine, what products I use, how I typically wear it, etc. So, I’ve come to answer all those questions and more!

 

Question: How do you typically wear your hair?

Answer: 95% of the time, I have my hair in a topknot. It’s easy, quick, requires no hairspray, doesn’t harm my hair, and goes with almost every outfit ever.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ The day the topknot goes out of style will be a sad day for me. haha

 

Question: What texture is your hair?

Answer: It’s very soft and straight, with almost no natural volume. Though each individual hair is very fine and thin, my ponytail is fairly thickโ€“about a quarter in circumference.

 

Question: Does your hair tangle easily?

Answer: I’ve never really had anyone else’s hair, so I can’t exactly compare mine very well. But, I wouldn’t say mine gets tangly easily, unless I’m wearing it down for a long period of time.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

 

Question: What products do you use?

Answer: I have used a mix of brands and types of hair products, so this answer might be a bit long.๐Ÿ˜‚ Because my hair lacks volume, I have tried a variety of brands that offer volumizing shampoo and conditioner. The two main ones have been Aussie and L’oreal. I used Aussie in some form or fashion since I was 10 and until I was about 13 or 14, so it had been my go-to hair brand for a long time. But, I decided to try L’oreal’s volumizing shampoo and conditioner and it worked so much better, so I stuck with that up until recently. Well, I still use it whenever I want to have extra volume in my hair for a certain style or maybe for a conference, but I have found a new product to use regularly.- It’s the Green Tea & Aloe Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner from Brandless. I really love it!

 

Question: What do you do with your hair while sleeping?

Answer: Hmm, it really depends. Sometimes, I wear it in a topknot, but usually I wear it down in a knot.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

 

Question: How long have you been growing it out?

Answer: Um, all my life.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ haha I’ve actually never cut it.๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Question: What do you do about split ends?

Answer: They actually aren’t an issue as long as I’m treating my hair good and keeping it moisturized. The myth that your hair grows from the tips is false; it actually grows from the roots, so split ends don’t really effect your hair growth.

 

Question: Are you Amish?

Answer: Haha- no.๐Ÿ˜‚ (And, yes, I get asked that all the time.๐Ÿ™„)

 

Question: Do you get headaches?

Answer: Also no.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

 

I hope this answered any questions any of y’all might have! If not, just comment them and I’ll get back to you asap! I hope you all have great day!๐Ÿ˜