FAB FIT FUN SPRING REVIEW


FabFitFun is a lifestyle subscription box that sends full-sized beauty and lifestyle products on a quarterly basis. It's seriously like having Christmas arrive at your doorstep every season! Each box contains at least $200 worth of products, but costs only $49.99 per box, including free shipping!

FabFitFun allows you to customize half of your box, so you are guaranteed to get products you love. This past month I was able to select sunglasses from Quay I haven't stopped wearing, which alone cost $55!, as well as a Show Me Your Mumu Robe that is valued at $84, and an under eye cream, that Sephora sells for $42. Just those 3 products alone cost $181 and that's just half of what I received! My whole box valued at $289 and I only spent $49.99!



On the very rare occasion that there is something in my box I do not want for myself, I have them to keep for gifts for friends or family for birthdays or holidays, or I sell on Poshmark to make some money back on my box!

The first 5 people to send me their email address will get a free starter box from FabFitFun! If you are late to sending me your email, use this link for $10 off your first box.
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BACHELOR SPOTLIGHT: CATCH UP WITH CONNOR OBROCHTA


For the first time in ten plus years, my Monday nights are not revolving around The Bachelor franchise. This is the first season I remember where I have zero investment. I am still watching the episodes, but sometimes not until a week after it airs. I am not keeping up with Reality Steve, all his spoilers, and the play by play of what is happening off air. Maybe I am finally growing out of it, or maybe I am just bored with Colton...likely a mixture of the two. However, I still enjoy catching up with past contestants and sharing their whereabouts on my blog.

While making an early name for himself on Becca's season of The Bachelorette when he threw Lincoln's wedding picture off the balcony, he seamlessly faded into the background afterwards, flying under the radar with the rest of the season's drama. Connor Obrochta, not only made it halfway through Becca's season with major Clark Kent vibes on your television screens, but he was also a contestant on Bachelor in Paradise this past summer.


Prior to becoming part of Bachelor Nation, Connor was a baseball player in the Braves organization and a personal trainer in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was focused on growing his business, opening a gym, and potentially getting into TV hosting before he ended up on the show.

However, since returning home from Paradise, Connor has jumped right back into his fitness business, adding on charity work to his resume. He has helped Colton Underwood, this season's Bachelor in case you're living under a rock, with the Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation, as the lead instructor for bootcamps. Connor has also been doing hosting and fitness modeling, while using his platform to be a role model to others to have a positive outlook on life.

The show helped Connor learn a lot about himself, grow as an individual, and take on each day with positivity and faith at the forefront. While he loved being on both shows, his favorite experience was Bachelor in Paradise. His only regret with Paradise is not being able the be there long enough, which gives him (and all of us fans at home!) the hope that he will return to our tv screens this summer!







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BRIDESMAID PROPOSALS


When we got engaged, I wasted no time asking my girls to be my bridesmaids. If I remember correctly, my text to my 3 college besties telling them Jared popped the question was a picture of the ring asking them to be my bridesmaids. I knew I would want to ask them in a more formal, Insta-worthy way, and began scrolling Pinterest a couple weeks later.

 


However, as I began searching for the perfect Bridesmaids proposals, I found out that every way to ask that I loved was SO expensive! Etsy has a ton of adorable handmade boxes that can be shipped to your bridesmaids, which I was going to have to do since 5 of my 6 bridesmaids live out of my area. However, I couldn't justify the couple hundred dollars for ask gifts, when I knew I had a laundry list full of other expenses coming up for the wedding.

What I did first to create the perfect ask boxes was decide what my priorities were. I wanted something sweet for my friends and family to know I loved and appreciated them, and wanted them by my side on my special day. However, I felt like it was more important for me to get nicer, and likely more costly, gifts for them on my actual wedding day, as a way to say thank you for all their love, support, and hard work leading up to our day.

Second, I looked at the trends I saw in the boxes I loved on Pinterest and Etsy. Pink and gold seemed to be in every box, which ironically is similar to our wedding colors. (Hey, at least I am consistent!) Because this was something I kept feeling drawn to, I decide to make this color scheme the theme of my gifts.

Next I began searching the holy grail of quality products on a low budget...Amazon. I immediately was inundated with adorable products to include in my boxes, and realized the high price on Pinterest and Etsy was because someone else is making the proposal box for you! Because there were so many options on what to include, and I had a price point I wanted to stay under, I spent a couple days thinking about what would go in the final product.



I ended up choosing gold bracelets that have a knot, with cards that say "I can't tie the knot without you!" hair ties that say "Bridesmaid" and a card that says "to have and to hold your hair back" and floral scratch off cards asking them to be my bridesmaid. I also ordered white gift boxes and pink crinkle cut filler paper to include in the boxes. I included heart shaped candies and Hershey kisses to keep with the theme of love. I wrote each girl a little note, specific to them, again asking them to be my bridesmaid...yes I asked them a million times, I gave them numerous opportunities to say no, but they still ended up saying yes.

The incredible ladies include: my sister in law, Sara, as my matron of honor. Sara has been my rock the last ten plus years, and I wouldn't be who I am or where I am without her as my sis. My college besties, Jade, Kiersten, and Courtney, and my two other sisters-in-law, Jessica and Leslie. I am so grateful for these women and I can't wait to have them with me when I say I do!
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WALKING ON WATER


Last week I was a wreck. The weight of everything was piling up on me. Wedding planning, work, maintaining the house, amongst other things going on in life that I will get to share in a month or two. I stepped back and realized I was drowning because I was going at it alone. I wasn’t seeking God, I wasn’t praying, I wasn’t going to others who are grounded in faith for guidance. I spent the rest of the night on my balcony, listening to worship music, praying to God, and enjoying the fresh Los Angeles rain.

A few days later I had a moment. I was reminded of Jesus walking on water. It was just like what I had gone through a few days prior. When you feel like you’re drowning, it’s cause you’re walking alone on the water. You ARE drowning. But, when you have faith and rely on God and ask for help, he pulls you up and you can “walk on the water.” But you can’t walk on the water without seeking God and having faith.

The night before Jesus walked on water he spent so much time, fully surrendered in prayer. He was alone all night on his knees, just seeking God for strength and guidance. Jesus was headed towards the disciples, walking on water. When the disciples saw someone on the water, they thought it was a ghost. (Can you blame them?) Peter told Jesus if it was really him then Peter should be able to walk on the water too. As he stepped on the water, Peter got scared looking at the wind and rocks. Jesus pulled him up though. Together they walked on water.

And together we can “walk on water.” We can’t do this life alone. We can walk through anything if we just seek the kingdom first. When we doubt, we get pulled under. When we spend time in fervent prayer, going towards God first, and surrendering all to him, we can walk on water too. (Hypothetically speaking, please don’t go try to walk on real water and then come at me when you drown.)
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PERFECT LA GETAWAY & PROPOSAL STORY


Sometimes you just need to get away! This is something I really needed in January, when I was feeling overwhelmed with work and life. My boyfriend and I started planning a couple day getaway for Martin Luther King weekend, and felt that the mountains were calling us! We looked into Air BnBs and various resorts in Lake Arrowhead and Mammoth, finding that most places required us a three night stay since it was a long weekend. However, we stumbled upon a quaint little town called Idyllwild, which neither of us had heard of, and booked a two day stay.

Idyllwild was the perfect weekend get away from Los Angeles! The drive was only about two hours, but had us feeling like we were in a completely different world. Idyllwild is in the San Jacinto Mountains, just past Riverside and Hemet. It is a tiny town, with limited cell service, no Ubers (well maybe 1 Uber, but that's a story for another time) and beautiful views.

We rented a cottage on Air BnB and absolutely loved it the moment we walked in the door. This was my first Air BnB experience and everything about it was great. There was a large backyard, with seating and a jacuzzi, a reading nook made just for me, and a massive kitchen. Before getting up to Idyllwild we stopped at the bottom of the mountain to pick up some groceries, wine, and cheese. Since neither of us had been to Idyllwild we were not sure if there were would be a grocery store with full access to what we needed for the weekend.

Idyllwild has a small village area with boutiques, trinket stores, a brewery, a winery, and a pizza shop. We spent some time there enjoying the tastes of the town, and especially loved Idyll Awhile Wine Shop, where we watched football, enjoyed wine, and listened to live music. Idyllwild Pizza Co. was another highlight of the weekend, with delicious pizzas, pastas, and calzones. We went twice during the weekend and enjoyed it just as much both times.

While Idyllwild had a ton to offer, my favorite thing about it was the hiking. While I love to hike whenever I travel, this excursion was particularly special because WE GOT ENGAGED!





Within a couple hours of getting into town we decided to go for a hike. Prior to getting into town I had looked up a few hikes. I really liked the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail because of the length, views, and pictures others had posted on Instagram. Halfway up the hike we found a stunning view and stopped to admire it and take some pictures. While engrossed in the scenery, Jared started talking to me about his love for me and his vision for our future. Before I could even process what he was saying, he was down on one knee with a ring in front of me, asking me to be his wife. Of course I said YES!

This proposal was the PERFECT way to start our weekend getaway. While Idyllwild is a stunning trip for anyone in the Los Angeles area, it will always be a special place to us because it is the place where we started forever together.
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I'M BACK! [life update]


I’M BAAAAACK! But where have I been!? I haven’t written since September 3, and I actually wasn’t sure at that time if I would ever write again. Looking back at why I wasn’t blogging anymore, I think it became a chore for me. It was something I felt pressure to do and the passion for writing wasn’t there anymore. Between working full time and going to school full time, I decided it was time to just walk away. However, the last month, since completing my Master’s (Whoop! Whoop!) I was able to revisit some old passions. I have been able to start reading for fun, playing tennis, and realizing that I missed writing!

So here I am, back on the blog. I don’t think it’ll ever be what it was. I want it to just be a passion project. Something I come to when I have something to say or need a creative outlet. The ideas for blog posts have been brewing the past couple months, and last week I created a spot in my Bullet Journal (new obsession, BTW!) to keep all these ideas when I feel like writing.

So this post is just a catch up post, to tell you where I have been. In the last four months I have finished both Master’s Degrees, including my teaching credential, visited New York and Washington D.C., and got ENGAGED! Yup, I am marrying the love of my life this year. I can’t believe my prayers have been answered by God and I found my soulmate. I can’t wait to share the wedding planning journey here as well! Although, I promise this won’t become some bridal heavy blog.

Life is really good right now and I know it is only getting better from here. I will be back, soon, with a post about how to “Ball on a Budget” as the cool kids say.
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