Thursday, April 30, 2015

APRIL FAVES

Another month come and gone! The year is 1/3 over! Where has the time gone!?

Here's what I was digging this month-

Favorite Scent: Mountain Lodge by Yankee Candle

Favorite Song: See You Again by Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth



Favorite Clothing Item: Peanuts Party Hard PJ Set, Target, $19.99



Favorite Beauty Product: Blemish Therapy, BareMinerals, $18.99

Favorite TV Show: Dancing With The Stars #TeamRumer

Favorite Book: I'll Have What She's Having (My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting) by Rebecca Harrington [awesome, honest book...looking forward to doing a post on it!]

Favorite Thing I Did: visited my boyfriend in San Luis Obispo! He moved up there recently to coach football and I was able to visit one weekend and will be heading up again tomorrow with my mom and dad.

Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 40:31



Favorite YouTube: Trixin Clothing, a clothing company created by many Idaho/Utah YouTubers, recently played a HUGE family baseball game. Watching the video made me want to get all my friends and family together for a fun day at the ball park.



Favorite Blog: Danise Jurado, a local blogger I recently stumbled upon...I don't remember how, but I am certainly glad I did. Her outlook on life alongside the Lord is remarkable.

Favorite News Story: Bruce Jenner...I am proud of him for sharing his remarkable, honest life journey. I believe he will open the eyes of many to the gender identity struggle he went through and the LGBT community. I pray people become more accepting of transgender peoples and that by a big name sharing their story, others feel more comfortable to be honest with who they are.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

THE ENEMY HAS BEEN DEFEATED

So many times throughout the Scriptures, and especially in worship music, it is mentioned that, "THE ENEMY HAS BEEN DEFEATED!" But has he?

We deal daily with battling temptations of the snake, yet supposedly he has been defeated?

Well he has. Jesus Christ defeated the enemy when He was crucified for our sins and then rose again on the third day. He went to battle for us and we are going to battle for Him.

In our belief in Christ, Satan is dead to us. While we still face the temptation daily, we fight the devil off with our trust, hope, and faith that Jesus Christ is on our side. Satan is constantly seeking us out, but we must put on the whole armor of God, and declare firmly,

"Satan hear me clearly:
My Father is Maker of heaven and earth.
You are under my feet,
because today and the rest of my days,
I'M BELIEVING GOD!"
(Beth Moore, Believing God, Commission of Faith.)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

TRADITIONS IN A BOX

Whenever a holiday rolls around, I love to bake, decorate, and DIY to fit the theme. However, it can get expensive and stressful to try to plan things for each holiday.

Lucky for me and other crafty ladies, Melanie and Stephanie, two moms of busy little ones, created "Traditions In A Box" with the goal to make holidays fun and special without all the work. Each box is themed to a specific holiday, with six boxes a year: Valentine's Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

These lovely ladies were kind enough to send me their Easter box to test out.



This box included:
  • Easter history (how Easter started/how it is celebrated)
  • Egg craft (balloons, thread, glue, plate, string, easter, grass, decorations)
  • Tasty treat (Peeps, jelly beans, cupcake liners)
  • Spring flower seeds, gardening tool
  • Photo props
This was a fun box to go through with the three sweets I spend my days with. I used the Peeps and jelly beans in my Easter centerpiece. I highly recommend this box to families, especially those with little ones. It saves the hassle of coming up with an activity plan and going to get all the supplies needed, all for a great price.

Traditions In A Box can be purchased for $40/box, $110/3 boxes, or $35/donated box.


Every time a box is purchased, another box is donated to a kid at the Seattle Children's Hospital.

Be sure to order now to get a 4th of July box!!!

FTC Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Traditions In A Box for testing purposes only.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

REACTION TO OLD POSTS

One of the first things I do in the morning is check my Time Hop. This app pulls your old Facebook posts, Instagram photos, and Tweets, showing you what you posted on this day in previous years. Nearly every day I become more and more embarrassed and mortified of the things I have decided to post on Social Media. Like uhhh hello no one cares what you are watching on TV or that you have an crush on Andrew Luck, Caitlin.

However, I have also posted some pretty awesome things.

LOL 

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LOLOLOL

I encourage you to check out Time Hop. It is a fun app to have and has reminded me of some great times with great people. However, be careful what you post on social media. I am a self admitted over poster, but I think being a blogger comes with the excessive Instagram posts. However, as a rule of thumb, if you won't care about it in a few years, don't post it.

Friday, April 24, 2015

DIRTY RUSH

Recently I read “Dirty Rush” by Taylor Bell. I enjoyed the book as a fun mindless read, but it left me questioning a lot about Greek Life. I have heard so many different horror stories in the news about fraternities and sororities hazing, but I also know that they put together many events to benefit various organizations. I realize this is just a novel about a college freshman’s pledge experience, but I believe there is a lot of truth behind it. 

I knew prior to college that sorority life was not for me. This is one of the many reasons I went to a smaller school. My university did not even offer Greek life, which I liked. However, sometimes when I visit other colleges, I regret not joining this scene when I see how much fun they appear to be having. Based on some stories though, I wonder if it is all a facade. 

Are fraternities and sororities more harmful than beneficial? Just by typing "fraternity news" in on Google, there were eleven stories in the past 24 hours shedding negative light on frats, regarding hazing, drug use, and more. While the news often shares the important negatives instead of the positives, these dangerous situations need to be brought to light.

Some of the fraternity stories include but are not limited to-

Cornell University Sigma Alpha Epsilon, George Desdune, was kidnapped and driven to a town home, where he was blindfolded, tied up, and forced to play a trivia game. For every wrong answer, he had to take a shot of vodka. Later he was found dead in the library.

At post date, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Tau Kappa Epsilon, is under investigation for throwing a date rape party. Three sexual assaults are linked to this fraternity. *Trial still pending.*

It's not just frats who bring the drama. Sororities haze too. Two particular cases in the news-

Ravital Segal, Kappa Kappa Gamma at Dartmouth University, being forced to drink a 64 ounce bottle of spiked punch, chasing with shots of vodka. She was then pushed out of a moving vehicle and awoke in the hospital the following day, with no memory of the night, being told she was 0.001 BAC away from a coma.

Cal State LA Alpha Kappa Alphas, Kristen High and Kenitha Saafir, were forced to workout for hours on a beach and then walk backwards into the ocean. Saafir was swept away by a wave, leading High to go in after her. Both drowned.

These are just four real-life counts of hazing horror stories, as described in Taylor Bell's Dirty Rush. So while those who are a part of Greek Life believe they are focused on tradition and philanthropy, they are perceived negatively. I believe these harmful stories outweigh the positivity of sororities and fraternities.

I was able to be a leader, gain character, volunteer in my community, and form life long friendships in college without being a part of a group of people that forces life-threatening drinking, mortifying sexual acts, and degrading conversations.

What are your thoughts on Greek Life?



Thursday, April 23, 2015

SPRING VEGGIE FLATBREAD


Monday night I made the most delicious Spring Veggie Flatbread Pizza. It was easy to make, not terrible for me, and made with all fresh ingredients.

Ingredients:
-Pizza Dough
-Zucchini
-Pesto
-Mozzarella Cheese
-Yellow Squash
-Parsley
-Lemon

How To:
1.) Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.) Grease a foil lined baking sheet.
3.) Stretch dough out across baking sheet, to be a 1/4" thick rectangle.
4.) Poke dough with a fork and season. (I used Mrs. Dash's Garlic & Herb Seasoning)
5.) Bake for 15 minutes.
6.) Cut zucchini and squash into 1/4" half moons.
7.) Chop parsley leaves.
8.) Halve the lemon.
9.) In a medium pan heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
10.) Add squash, zucchini, and a squeeze of lemon to pan, cooking for 5 minutes.
11.) When pizza is done, spread 1/4 cup of pesto evenly across the crust.
12.) Top with mozzarella, squash, zucchini, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.
13.) Drizzle with olive oil.
14.) Bake another 10 minutes.
15.) Sprinkle with parsley.
16.) ENJOY!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BRITT MCHENRY SHOULD READ THIS

Kofi Annan said, “there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” Apparently ESPN reporter Britt McHenry missed this memo.

Last week a video was released with McHenry speaking in a demeaning manner to a tow company employee. I am sure you have all seen the video. If not, I will let you find it yourself. The words she spoke to the employee are not words that will be printed on my blog. 

She was negative, cruel, and a bully. McHenry is in a position as a public figure to share a message of confidence, empowerment, and positivity. I believe that she is not sorry for what she said, she is only sorry that she got caught.

Three days prior to the release of this footage, McHenry posted on FaceBook, “Take the high road and be nice to people.” If only she had taken her own advice she could have saved herself a one week suspension from ESPN and a whole lot of hate from America.

As women we need to stick together. Support each other, uplift each other, and encourage each other. Some ways we can empower women are:

1.) Be positive
2.) Compliment others.
3.) Pay it forward.
4.) Pray for each other.

How do you feel about the Britt McHenry situation?

How do you empower others?

Monday, April 20, 2015

HAVE THE BEST WEEK EVER

This is going to be the best week ever...if you let it be.



How can you do that?

1. Set a daily routine. Make a to-do list. When you know what needs to be done when, it makes it more difficult to procrastinate.

2. Challenge yourself. The best way to grow as a person is to get out of your comfort zone. Try something new.

3. Reach out to someone you have not talked to in awhile

4. Start each morning with an affirmation. I often start my morning but looking at tagged photos on Instagram with #dailyaffirmation. These keep you positive, motivated, and courageous. For example: "I look for great abundance in my life." Stare at yourself in the mirror in the morning and repeat it until you believe it.

5. Decide to be in a good mood. Choosing to be happy is 90% of the battle.

6. Drink water. Staying hydrated prevents headaches, grogginess, and that 2pm feeling. Drink at least 64 ounces a day to keep your body as happy as your head and heart.

7. Don't skip breakfast. It took me years to realize the importance of this. My parents used to harp on me that I never ate breakfast and I brushed it off, but now I get it. Eating a healthy breakfast improves concentration, gives you energy, and helps with weight management.

8. Keep a journal. Writing how you are feeling is a great way to get in touch with yourself. It helps you keep records, shoot for goals, and recognize patterns.

9. Cut out toxic people. If a bottle of water had TOXIC written on it, you wouldn't drink it. So if a person has TOXIC written on them, don't hang around them! The Bible says in Proverbs 13:20, "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm."

This is your chance to have the best week of your life and keep having the best week of your life every week. Are you up for the challenge?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SPRING MAKEUP LOOK

For spring I have added brighter lipsticks and lighter blushes to my makeup routine. Below the products I used for the spring makeup are listed.


  • Odacite Beautiful Day Moisturizer with MSM and DMAE
  • Odacite Pure Elements Ac+R Serum Concentrate
  • Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup #15
  • Clinique Airbrush Concealer #04
  • NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder #701A
  • NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder #720A
  • Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blush #01 New Clover
  • Clinique Eye Shadow #20 Jammin'
  • NYX Dewy Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray
  • Naked 3 Urban Decay Eye Shadow Palette Buzzin'
  • Mica Beauty Cosmetics Brown Line Fix Gel Eyeliner
  • Cover Girl eyelash curler
  • Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express Mascara
  • Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara
  • Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara
  • Prestige Lipliner #L201 Poppy
  • NYX Lip Liner Pencil #859 Edge Pink
  • Smashbox Legendary Lipstick Primrose

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

POWER OF VOLUNTEERING

"God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them." Hebrews 6:10

God blessed each of us with certain skills and passions; we must pour these blessings into those who can benefit from them.

This year I made a goal to volunteer at least once a month. So far I have packed boxes of food to send to the Philippines with Children's Hunger Fund, decorated CD cases at The Painted Turtle, and packed boxes to send to our troops with Operation Gratitude.

During this process I have gotten more out of it than the people I am serving have. Volunteering as made me feel productive, optimistic, and proud. It is a great way to explore options and passions while serving others the way God calls us to serve.

I encourage everyone to step out of their comfort zone and learn the power of volunteering. Just a couple hours can make a huge difference in the lives of many, while teaching you a lot about myself.

I'm not the only one who believes this either! I spoke with two young adults who spend their free time serving others and they feel the same benefits.

Josh, who volunteers at Young Life, said, "Volunteering is important to me because I was a Young Life kid and grew in faith and made friends because of it. It made sense to help other kids find Jesus and help them grow in their faith. I have learned to be less selfish, to put others before myself, not because I have to, but because I want to. I want to see my Young Life kids succeed in life and see Jesus through their actions."

Lauren, who is a Big Sister, through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program said, "Volunteering is important to me because it gives me a chance to give back. I like being involved in the community. It's a humbling experience. When you think you have it bad you realize that someone else would love to have a life you're complaining about. Volunteering has taught me not to take what I have for granted. It has taught me how to be selfless and humble. Having a little sister has taught me to make better choices about what I do with my life. She follows me on social media and I want to be a good role model for her. It makes me think about how I'm portraying myself to the public."

In order to find volunteer opportunities in your community, visit Volunteer Match.

How are you going to make a difference in your community?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

ROCKSBOX REVIEW

I tend to have a very casual, classic style. Whenever I buy statement jewelry, I wear it once or twice, and it is never worth the money. Because of this I wear the same standard pieces over and over. However, I recently came across a company called Rocksbox that has changed the way I look at my accessories. 

For a monthly fee of $19, Rocksbox will send you 3 pieces of designer jewelry based on a style survey and wish list you create. These pieces are on loan, but can be purchased if you like them. Rocksbox features designers such as House of Harlow, Loren Hope, and Jenny Bird. This is great for people like me who only wear jewelry pieces once or twice. For example, I built my Easter outfit around my Rocksbox jewelry I had received the day prior. I wore a simple outfit with these pieces seen below. 


If you are interested in trying out Rocksbox, use the code "kickbackwithcatexoxo" to get your first month free!



Friday, April 10, 2015

LAUREN CONRAD LOOK FOR LESS

It's no doubt that Lauren Conrad has some of the best style amongst celebrities. She was my fashion icon when I was 12 years old watching Laguna Beach, and she still is. She has her own line available at Kohl's for low prices, a book about style, and thousands of Pinterest boards dedicated to her looks.

Here is one of my favorite Lauren Conrad looks for spring, recreated for under $100!

 


Bell Sleeve Chiffon Blouse, Style Moi, $28.99
Coral Jegging Denim, CATO, $15.99
Spine Gladiator Wedges, Tilly's, $26.99
With Love From CA, Pac Sun, $10.95

Total $82.92

Thursday, April 9, 2015

30 DAY LIVE IT WRAP UP

Gorgeous For Good by Sophie Uliano is finally on shelves! After six weeks of preaching what Sophie Uliano teaches in her new book, the rest of you can finally join in on the Live It fun. (For those of you are new, check out more about Gorgeous For Good here.)

I will be honest with the fact that I have not followed this plan 100% the past 30 days. However, I have cut back significantly on alcohol, dairy, wheat, sugar, and more. I am gluten and dairy intolerant, so cutting back on these things were nothing new for me. However, cutting out sugar is my downfall. I am the QUEEN of sugar. I feel a lot better without this garbage in my body and when I do eat it, my body makes me regret it. Best of all my skin is in the best shape it has been in for a couple years.

Before starting this journey though I do recommend that you get blood tests done at your doctor. I have extremely low Vitamin D levels and take supplements for this. However, during this process my body began to ache and I felt tired. I spoke to my doctor and she believed this was vitamin d and calcium related. I have since increased my vitamind D and calcium supplement intakes and feel much better.

For those who are intrigued by the journey I have been on with Sophie Uliano and the other Gorgeous For Good bloggers, check out her new book. I encourage anyone who wants to change their lifestyle to a healthier, cleaner way of living to check out Gorgeous For Good.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING TAG

I was tagged by TheNotSoOrdinaryWife to do the A Little Bit of Everything Tag!
I now tag Nikki Phillippi, Jennika Rae, and Kayleigh Noelle.

Questions:

1. Do you keep up with the Kardashians? 
YES...and I'm embarrassed to admit so.

2. If you could have an old muscle car which one would you choose?
I wouldn't

3. Do you curse like a sailor when the camera isn't rolling?
Not really

4. If your significant other gave you a 'Hall Pass' who would you use it on? Be honest.
No. Unless it was Mike Trout...maybe.

5. What is one thing you do that you hate to admit?
Keep up with the Kardashians :p

6. Do you really brush your teeth in the morning and at night? Be honest.
Yes

7. What is your go-to drink at Starbucks?
Green tea in the spring & summer, Pumpkin Spice Latte in the fall & winter

8. Is your current hair color your real hair color?
No

9. If you could swap bodies with someone, who would it be and why? 
Kourtney Kardashian, she's tiny and fit

10. Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? If so, what did you think?
I read the first one and wasn't a fan.

11. Do you crack your knuckles?
No.

12. Have you accidentally text messaged someone something you were suppose to be sending to your special someone?
Yes LOL

13. Have you ever created a fake profile to creep on someone?
No

14. Which is your weakness- cookies or pastries?
Cookies

15. What do you love about yourself?
My eyes

16. Do you have to match your nail polish to your toe nail polish?
No

17. Tell us a few things about you that people would be surprised to know about you.
I am not a huge basketball fan. I used to be an amazing tap dancer. I was in a beauty pageant.

18. Heels or flats?
Wedges :p

19. If you could do anything for one day and money wasn't an option, how would you spend your day? Dream big.
I would go to Bora Bora!

20. What was the last YouTube video you watched?
Nikki Blackketter's most recent vlog "Goodbye For Now"

21. Do you have road rage?
Sometimes

22. What is your favorite Rock 'n' Roll song?
Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard 

23. Who was your first kiss? Do you still talk to them?
My neighbor Cole and NO

24. If you could have one YouTuber's closet whose would it be?
Meg Kroh, Ciaoobelllaxo

25. If you could have one YouTuber's makeup collection, whose would it be?
Nicole Guerriero

26. Do you have a nickname?
Cate is my nickname...my real name is Caitlin

27. What do you think is the best thing about your YouTube channel?
I don't put videos on YouTube anymore...I am contemplating starting vlogging again now that life is about to get R E A L crazy. I think the best part about my blog though is that it is a reflection of me.

28. How many cars have you had? What were they?
1 - My Honda CRV

29. What's your favorite pizza?
Sausage & Mushroom

30. If you could only have 1 lipstick for the rest of your life which lipstick would you choose?
Creme In Your Coffee by MAC

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

SPRING SHOWERS PLAYLIST

Here is a playlist for a relaxing, rainy afternoon.

Spring Showers Playlist (connected to Spotify)

1.) Lay Low by Josh Turner
2.) Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
3.) If There's Love by Citizen Cope
4.) Edge of Desire by John Mayer
5.) Let It Go by James Bay
6.) Paperweight by Schuyler Fisk
7.) Stay With Me by Angus and Julia Stone
8.) Retrograde by James Blake
9.) She Will Be Loved (Acoustic) by Maroon 5
10.) One Man Can Change The World by Big Sean feat. Kanye West
11.) From Eden by Hozier
12.) Bubbly by Colbie Caillat

Sunday, April 5, 2015

HAPPY EASTER


Today we celebrate the greatest love of all, Jesus dying on the cross for our sins.
Thank you Heavenly Father for giving your one and only son, so that we who believe won't perish, but will have eternal life. This is the ultimate act of love and for this I am eternally grateful.

Wishing you all love and happiness on this day full of family and praise.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A DAY OF HEALTHY MEALS

While on Sophie Uliano's Gorgeous For Good "Live It!" I have been rethinking the way I eat. Instead of grabbing a bagel and Red Bull for breakfast on my way to work or grabbing dinner from Panera on my way home, I have become more planned and mindful of what is entering my body. While I have not been perfect in this process, I have been doing a much better job than I was six months ago.

Here is what goes into my body on a Sophie approved day!

Upon waking up -- I have a cup of warm water with fresh lemon and cayenne pepper in it.

For breakfast -- I often have warm oatmeal with sliced bananas and a glass of green juice.

For mid morning snack -- I have sliced cucumber.

For lunch -- I have a slice of gluten free toast with avocado spread and olive oil drizzled on top, as well as some fruit.

For afternoon snack -- I have a smoothie.

For dinner -- I have quinoa, mushrooms, and broccoli. 

Sophie Uliano's book "Gorgeous For Good" comes out next week -- Tuesday, April 7th. Be sure to pre-order your copy now to get your health and life back on track. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

EASTER CENTERPIECE

Easter is only two days away. Here is a fun, simple centerpiece I am making for our Easter dinner table!


Need:
4 inch cube vase
6 inch cube vase
jelly beans
peeps (20)
gerbera daisies (or whatever flowers you prefer) 

Steps:
1.) Put small vase in bigger vase.
2.) Fill the space between the two vases with jelly beans.
3.) Put peeps on top of the jelly beans.
4.) Cut flowers to desire length and place in smaller vase.

I can't wait for this adorable center piece to be an Easter staple on our table. I am even considering making them for a few friends as a spring gift. 

What are your Easter plans?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

IMPORTANCE OF GOALS

Setting goals is important for planning what you want in your life and how you can achieve it. If I set a long-term goal to lose ten pounds, I can then set a few short-term goals on how to achieve that. I often set goals at the start of each month, then break them down each week on how I can achieve those.

I often set 7 different goals for the month. This was recommended by Dave Ramsey's daughter, Rachel Cruze, who is also a successful author and financial guru. These goals are: physical, intellectual, spiritual, career, financial, social, and family. Setting one goal for each of these categories can keep your life balanced and moving in the direction you dream.

In March I wanted to focus mainly on my health. I did not meet my work out goal, but did much better than I have in previous months. I have also been following Sophie Uliano's plan in her new book, "Gorgeous For Good." This program has not also helped me eat better, but to be more mindful and focused on my inner being.

In April I am striving to be more mindful...thinking of others, enjoying the moment, and meditating on life.

What is your goal for April?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SHUTTING DOWN MY BLOG.

I would like to thank all of you for kicking back with cate the past 18 months. It has been a fun ride. I have learned a lot about myself, explored new passions, and realized that I hate blogging. I have decided to shut down this blog. I appreciate every one for their support and encouragement through out my blogging and in the upcoming days. If you want to stay in touch with my life, follow me on Instagram @catedimmitt

Did you realize the date when you started reading this post? Today is April 1st. I am certainly NOT giving up blogging. As someone who had amazing camp counselors growing up, I know a thing or two about a great prank. Besides telling you that I am shutting down my blog, here are five of my favorite April Fool's Day pranks.

1.) Get three pigs. Number them 1, 2, and 4. Release them in a Walmart, on campus, at the gym, take your pick. As people tame pigs 1, 2, and 4, they will be on a never ending hunt for pig #3.

2.) Glue a quarter to the ground. Watch from afar as people bend down to pick it up and can't.

3.) Fish wire your house, school, work, etc. Someone did this as a senior year prank when I was in high school. WARNING: They got in a LOT of trouble.

4.) Get plain donuts. Cover them in baking powder. Offer them to coworkers.

5.) Cover a sponge in frosting. Take it to a neighbor or friend as a gift. Watch them take a bite.

What are your favorite April Fool's Day pranks?