16 April 2018

Happy day, amazing people! I am so, SO sorry for the absence on my blog recently.  Junior year's coming to an end so I'm just trying to soak in every moment and not get too overwhelmed.  I only have TWENTY more days of school, y'all.  I'M STOKED.  Also, I've been working on some pretty big projects that you guys will hopefully get to see soon! SO STAY TUNED.

But...in the meantime, I AM FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY... *drumroll* *stop being so cheesy, autumn* 


This has been something that I've thought about for years, but never got around to actually doing.  So when I started looking for some inspiring and cute wallpapers for my phone and laptop a few weeks ago, I kind of came to a wall.  

SO I MADE MY OWN.  And I'm sharing them on here (!!)

So if you love any of these (do let me know!), I've made them available for download.  These are all desktop wallpapers (maybe I'll make phone wallpapers in the future? you tell me?), so they should work well for any desktop device you have.  Happy desktop-wallpapering! 


HUSTLE: Desktop Wallpaper - DOWNLOAD LINK 

YOU GOT THIS: Desktop Wallpaper - DOWNLOAD LINK 

DON'T QUIT: Desktop Wallpaper - DOWNLOAD LINK 

SO what'd you think? Let me know your thoughts down below if there's any specific designs you'd like me to try! 

How's life been, y'all? Does the weather finally feel like spring yet? This past weekend it peaked into the 80s and actually felt like summer, which is insanely awesome.  I'm also working on a fun post that should hopefully be up soon :) BLESSINGS, frens.


3 Healthier Snack Ideas for When You CRAVE SOMETHING SWEET

21 March 2018

We've all been there.  That 3:00 afternoon slump.  It sucks.  And I know I'm not the only one who has more-than-a-few-times binged on something that wasn't the greatest for my body.  :'( 

SO TODAY I decided to share a few recipes that I love to whip up when I'm craving something sweet (no lie, I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth).  Y'all know I love to cook, but I hate making fancy recipes with a million ingredients that I for sure don't have, even if it's in the name of "health".  These recipes are QUICK to whip up and they all have less than ten ingredients :)

 I hope you find these recipes as helpful as I do!


  • Any granola of your choice
  • Yogurt 
  • Fruit (raspberries, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, pineapple, etc.) 
1. Start by pouring the granola into a bowl.
2.  Top the granola with a few dollops of any yogurt of your choice, then layer on the fruit.  Voila! 

To be honest, it felt a little weird typing this out as a recipe, because this IS SO EASY.  I mean, look at it.  Some friends brought this into school as a snack a few weeks ago, and I was blown away by how good it was, yet so simple.  Plus it's healthy enough to be a breakfast.  YES.


  • 1-2 bananas, sliced 
  • Whipped heavy cream 
  • 1/8 - 1/4 c. chocolate chips (to melt) 
  • 1 T. Coconut oil 
1. Start by layering the sliced bananas in the bottom of your dish.  Spread a few dollops of whipped cream on top.
2. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl at 20 second increments in your microwave.  Add in the coconut oil near the end, and mix till melted thoroughly.
3. Pour the melted chocolate over the whipped cream layer, then continue to layer with bananas, whipped cream, chocolate.
4. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated

OKAY but this is so delicious.  (Can't you tell from the chocolate? ;) This is honestly such a filling dessert...if you're still hungry and you make this, trust me, this will fill you right up. 


  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed (I use coconut palm sugar) 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted & cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (or vanilla bean paste)
  • heaping 1/2 cup chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a cookie sheet.  In a bowl, combine coconut flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and all add-ins.  Add in eggs, butter and vanilla.  Combine until a dough forms.  Wet hands and roll dough into 9 balls, if you just spoon the cookies onto the baking sheet without rolling them into balls, the cookies won't come out pretty and smooth.  Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies turn golden brown.  

This recipe isn't my own...it's actually a repost from this amazing recipe I found a few years back.  Not even kidding, if you want a tastes-like-the-real-thing but still gluten-free and sugar-free, YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE.  It's so flipping good.  It definitely does have a coconut smell (because of the coconut flour), but to me it actually adds to the cookie.  I mean, instead of a regular old cookie recipe, it's coconut chocolate chip! YUM.

And as for the chocolate chips? I use Hershey's sugar-free chocolate chips.  They don't have any terrible sugar substitutes (it uses erythritol/xylitol), and it tastes pretty decent.  I'm SO SURPRISED, HERSHEY.

Annnddd that's it for today, frens! Are you going to try any of these out? (...um...are you kidding me you HAVE TO!) These are all super delicious and I've personally tried them out so many times.  AND they all lean a little bit more to a healthier side, so if you have a incurable sweet tooth like me (pretty sure I have a chocolate tooth or something xD), these definitely come in handy.  

Have an amazing week, try out a recipe, and keep smiling! What's one good thing that happened to you this week? (i had a snow day today so that was fun :) 


life recently [3.9.18]

10 March 2018

ahahaha I feel like this is a little old school because I used to posts like this alllllllll the time.   And, to be honest, it's been a minute since I've actually done of of these posts.  I kinda miss it, you know? When I go back and scan over all my posts, it's honestly so cool to see "life updates" from all these different stages and season in my life.  Wow.  That's where I was then.  Here's where I am now.  Change.  ASDJKLALSFHABQ

But that's life.  And I tell you -- growing up has got to be one of the strangest and most difficult things out there.  Though it makes it a lot easier when you know that all of your life is only for God.  Puts things in the right perspective.

r e a d i n g - OOOH man.  Reading has slacked so much for me recently.  But to be honest, I have read more this year so far than I usually have? Or maybe I've just read things that I actually enjoyed? I probably read two books so far this year that I've actually loved.  It's March.  AM I EVEN A BOOKWORM ANYMORE. I read some historical fiction by Ted Dekker that was decently good.  (i.e. the first book was good.  I've been in the process of reading the sequel for over a month.  so probably not as good.)  And I also read this historical romance novel? That sucked? Because romance is such a terrible genre? Yes?

But I definitely want to start reading more classic literature because I heard that will help for that SAT !!

w r i t i n g - HA.  okay.  So y'all know my novel is lost in the dark abyss of hardrive-failure-ness.  And it's still there.  I hope that we can get it out someday at least :,( IT'S SO FRUSTRATING.  You put all that plotting and planning into a novel...only to lost it.  bleh.  So I've just really lost a lot of motivation in general with that.  But I haven't stopped writing as a whole.  (oh no.  never.) I've been writing for the writer's group I'm part of, but that's pretty much it.  TRYING TO FIND THE MOTIVATION AGAIN YO.

b a k i n g - ahhh, wonderful baking.  I've been doing a fair amount of cooking/baking recently, though I have not been taking as many pictures of it as I usually do.  My camera has probably been untouched in several weeks, which is so sad honestly.   UGH.

t r y i n g - hard.  But sometimes, you have this vision of how you want your life to go.  You have this vision of things you want to do, things you want to accomplish within these time spans you set in your brain, things that you want to fall in place so you can live life.  But that doesn't happen.  And it doesn't make sense.  Like I said, growing up is crazy.  I know there's been a lot of silence on this blog over the past few months, and I don't want that to happen.  I love this blog.  So then I think back to why....why.  What have I been doing the last few months.  What's been going on in my life even?


But that's not the word.  Yet it somehow manages to describe how I've been.  I have definitely not been stressed because of any busy schedule or anything.  In fact, it's probably the opposite.  Stress for the future.  Stress because oh no, suddenly in January of junior year I realize the SAT is a thing and it's really important and why has no one explained it to me.  Stress because college is coming up? Stress because I know that I need to go...it's important.  But stress because how do I get there? I've never prepared for a test like a SAT or ACT.  I don't know how to start.

But then...college in and of itself.  I have so many questions I can't begin.  My whole life I've heard people talk about college and bla bla bla and I've never really cared because it didn't affect me and wouldn't for a long time.  But then suddenly, it does.  worrying about the future = stress.  What college do I go to? Dorms? Community college? Out of state? Tuition? Moving OUT?!? I've never even thought about these things or planned for them in my whole life.  What do I do now? I have this vision for my life.  I know what I want to do, but I have no idea how to get there.  And suddenly I have this whole new chapter of life that I know I need but have no idea how to deal with.   Uncertainty.  w h a t am I going to do? Let alone the fact that two important classes you need to know for the SAT I've never even been taught and getting a great SAT score is a step in the right direction for any college plans.

And while I'm stressing over these things...life still happens.  This chapter of my life is only here once, and if I'm not embracing it, what's the point.  Life is about living in every single moment.  And if I can't do that because I'm worrying, that's not right.  And then there's allllll the million aspects to life: School, family, friends, God, health, my passions and interests (and so much more).  I'm just like

tom cruise what GIF

And hearing your peers rattle off their life plan like a planned script honestly doesn't really help.   Seeing people who seem to have it all together doesn't help. But people who, regardless of where they are, point you in the right direction? Those people are the real deal.

So when I look back over these past few months and summarize it all up...honestly, right now, I don't think I could be happy.  Who can have joy when there's so much practical stress?

except, i guess, when your faith in God is bigger than your fear.  And lol @ how easy that can be to write out, but how hard it is to live out.  Yet, for me, I know that at the end of the day, my life is dedicated to God, and He gave me this life.  It's not of my own doing.  So, ultimately...peace will win, fear will lose.  The going can be freaking hard, but Jesus.  His answers are life.  literally.

l i s t e n i n g - OHHHH.  Recently I've been listening to The Greatest Showman soundtrack.  The music is so beautiful.  Also Peace & When the Fight Calls

p l a n n i n g - lol the future but already covered that in great detail ^^^.  The future is in GOD'S HANDS.  Also, my family might go on a vacation this summer? WE HAVE NOT GONE ON A VACATION IN YEARS.  This could be amazing.  If we would, one thing I would love to maybe do is vlog it? Maybe? I might, MIGHT also go to Canada this summer.  That's very much up in the air, but we'll see!

t h a n k f u l    f o r -  pillow covers from H&M that are really cute and my room is slowly coming together.   the fact that this past weekend proved to me that I actually do have some real friends who pull through like real friends do.  WHAT A HUMBLING FEELING.  butter pecan ice cream & chocolate cake made with black cocoa powder (so dark).  target home decor shopping trips (they give me life design inspiration).  confidence that comes through Christ.  dresses.  warm days in winter.  snow days where we get one inch of snow LOL.  my phone.  laughter.  events.   

w a n t i n g    t o - Start! Planning! The! Garden! For! This! Summer!

l e a r n i n g - how to cut negative people and negativity from my life.

t h i n k i n g - about how I got up at 4:30 this morning for a school fundraiser >_< And actually, we were selling subs and once my group finished our route of delivering them, we stopped in at McDonald's and heard an employee saying she could just eat a sub.  So we stopped her and explained who we were and asked if she'd want to buy one.  SHE BOUGHT TWO.  And then we sold two more to her employees.  whaaaaa 

s k a t i n g - is going great & I love it!! I'm really thankful because yo Jesus helps in every area of life.  I got a new coach last month, and I've been learning a lot of new things which is amazing.  If there's one thing I've learned from figure skating, it's that dedication and practicing till you hate it is what helps you get better.  If I'm on the ice practicing something that I just! can't! get! but I do it again and again and still seem to not get it, the next day I'm on the ice, I'll be better at that element.  It's crazy, but it works.  Hard work and dedication make the dream work (to borrow the colloquialism).

r e a l i z i n g - I've missed doing posts like these :) 


how are you, friends?