Your Best Skin, From The Inside Out

If you want great skin on the outside, you need to take care of it from the inside. My skin is the best it’s ever been and that is no accident.

I posted on my Instagram stories the other day about how great skin comes from the inside out, and it’s so true. I wanted to write a full blog post about it because it’s really easy and so important to take care of your skin beyond topical treatments. Here are my best tips!

Water

I know, that’s all I talk about, blog about, and Insta story about. But seriously, water, water, WATER! We all know that our bodies are comprised mostly of water and that water should be the bulk of what we drink in a day. The thing is, your skin is made up of cells. And your skin cells, along with all the rest of the cells in your body, are made up of water. Water keeps your skin hydrated, less wrinkly, and more dewy. What’s not to love?

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When it comes to your skin, hair, and nails, you need all the Omega 3 you can get. Well, not really all, but you need it. Fish oil will help combat acne, wrinkles, and overall skin aging. Fish oil gives you a beautiful glow, hydration, and a calm and even skin tone. (Bonus: It’s also great for your joints.)

Cold Water To Finish

Ok, so whether you’re washing your face or taking a shower, you should finish with cold water. Well, ice cold water. Mid shower or face wash, you should use nice, warm water on your skin with a gentle skin cleanser, soap, or whatever works best for you. The warm water opens your pores and allows for a nice and easy deep clean, on the pore level. But once the soap is gone and the washing is done, you want to close those skin pores to keep impurities and other damaging agents out of you skin. So finish your shower or washing with the coldest water you can stand. It will do wonders for your skin and has other health benefits, too.

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Ok, yes, this is about the outside of your skin,  and not what you’re putting into it. But don’t touch your skin! Don’t rub it, scratch it, or even exfoliate it too much. Our bodies are meant to take care of themselves when given the right nutrition and circumstances. But when we are constantly slathering products on it, shaving and waxing it, piercing and exfoliating it, it’s going to take a beating. So try not to touch it too much, beautify it too much, or add too much more than a high-quality, fragrance-free lotion to it.

I know these may seem too easy or not significant enough to make a different but trust me, they work. The more water I drink, the better my skin is. And that goes for finishing with cold water, and taking fish oil, too. What is the best thing you do for your skin, from the inside  out?

Scripture Sunday: When You Don’t Know What To Do, Pray

 

(Yes, it’s Monday, but better late than never!)

I love that about prayer, it’s not biased.

Whether you’re ecstatically happy or devastatingly upset, you can always pray.

And we have all been in those situations, the situations that made us glad, or sad, or somewhere in between, and we just didn’t know what to do.

And in those situations, the best thing to do is pray. sunset-1873050__340.jpg

Praise Him when you are happy, feeling lucky, and reminded how blessed you are. Cry it out if you have to and wait for calm and peace from Him, when the world around you is causing you anything but. (I read a meme this weekend that said our tears are prayers for when we cannot speak, and I LOVE that.)

Whatever it is and whatever you feel, know that it’s always a good time for prayer.

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you.

Dear God, Please remind us that anytime is a good time to come into prayer. We are so lucky to have You to come to, to help us get through anything, and everything tough in this world. We are so happy to praise You in the good times. We want to be reminded that You have a plan for us, and to pray always, no matter what the circumstances are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: Why Are You A Christian?

I’m a Christian because I want to be.pexels-photo-267559

I want to believe, and I have faith in God. I want a relationship with Him.

I am blessed and happy to know that there is already a completed and divine plan for my life.

I want to sit in peace and live with joy, everyday. I don’t want to spend my life worrying, stressed, and unable to see the beauty all around us.

That’s what’s available to us as Christians, believing in God, and having a relationship with Him. We get peace, contentment, joy, and everything amazing that He has created for us.

How lucky are we? How blessed are we?

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you.

Dear God, Thank you for giving us so many amazing reasons to be a Christian. Thank You for being our God and all of the promises You have made to us. We are so blessed to have you. We are so blessed to have all that you have created for us. Please remind us that everything is this life is of You and it is all meant to be. In Jesus’name, Amen.

Scripture Saturday: Pray For Someone Else

This week, I have a challenge for you.

Pray. Pray hard. But pray for someone else. study-862994__340

I heard this challenge and I want to give it to you. Pray for someone else, for a whole week, and watch God work in their life.

Do it!

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you. (See, I’m already doing it, HAHA)

Dear God, Thank You for all You do in our lives. Remind us to come into prayer for others. Show us what can happen when we pray for others. Remind us to keep our lives in Your hands and pray for others as hard as we would for ourselves. Remind us to act like Jesus and put others first. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

You’ll Love This Ginger Snap Cookie Diffuser Blend

Ginger Snap Cookies always remind me of Christmas. My mom and step dad bake up dozens of homemade cookies over the holidays and they always do these, too. (And even made them gluten-free for me this year=)

I added these oils to a spray bottle and the first spray was instant memories of Ginger Snap Cookies. I love this blend and you will, too! Here’s the recipe.

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Ginger Snap Cookie

  • 10 drops Thieves
  • 10 drops Lemon

In a spray bottle, add the oils to 2 tablespoons of salt and then about a cup of water and shake. For a diffuser blend, add the oils and water to a diffuser.

What are you diffusing this season? Whatever it is, keep it up! Thieves is great for your immune system (over the holidays especially) but all year long and lemon is, too!

Disclaimer: I use Young Living Essential Oils and based on my research, I believe these are the best, safest, and most pure oils on the market. PLEASE do your own research and determine which oils are best for you and your family.

 

 

Scripture Sunday: What Does Your Spiritual Life Look Like For 2019?

Good morning friends!

It’s almost the last day of the year and as hard as it is to believe, I’m so ready for it! 2018 was a year, and I am glad not to have to live it again. There were lots of laughs, but also some rough times to be had. There was growth, and a lot of self reflection. But overall, bye 2018 and hello 2019!

There are lots of things I want for 2019 and more God, more prayers, and more of the Word are at the top of my want list. And this is how I’m going to do it.

  • Flip calendar daily with scriptures and devotionals
  • Bible app
  • Stories of the Bible
  • Cindee devotionals
  • Finish and use my flip book!

I look forward to what 2019 has for me. I look forward to new and exciting work opportunities. I look forward to continued travels with my Hubby. I cannot wait for new experiences, new views, and new insights. And I cannot wait to grow closer and stronger in my relationship with God.

Do you have any tips for me, for more God in my life? What does your spiritual time with Him look like?

If you’re reading this, I just want to pray for you.

Dear God, We all need to come to You more, dig into the Word, and live spiritually and not naturally.  Don’t let us forget that! We are so lucky to have You there for us whenever we need You. Thank You for Your plan for our lives. Thank You for Your patience with us and for all of Your promises. Please speak to us this year, so loud that we cannot NOT hear You. Please continue to guide us and remind us to be patient and trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

And thank you to all of my readers and supporters! Have a beautiful and blessed end of 2018 and Happy 2019!

 

 

Where we are now: Houston, TX

Hello from Houston! It’s my first time in Houston and Nick’s first in Texas,. The weather is Fall-like and the people are nice. We are here through the end of the week but I’m sure you want to know what we’ve done for the past 6 or so weeks, so here it is

After Cocoa Beach, it was on to our old stomping grounds in Delray Beach ,Florida. We spent a lot of time with friends, a little time in the sun, and Nick kept busy with work in the office. It was all around a great time and we were so happy to visit.

The first weekend we were back, we went to a friend’s wedding. We enjoyed visiting with our close friends, Lance and Dana, and it was such a fun way to spend our first weekend back.    

The second weekend was filled with more friends, Lisa and Corey, and drinks. The boys had beer, the girls had wine, and we all had a great time. We also had a lasagna dinner with the same friends and spent that Friday night with them at a happy hour as well. We love our Corey and Lisa time!

The next weekend we spent a lot of time in. Haha, so very Emily and Nick of us. We read a lot, I worked and cooked, we got a little sun, took naps, and watched shows. It was a good time.

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We ate our faces off at Thanksgiving and went home with legit three bags of leftovers. It was so good, I could eat Thanksgiving dinner every month. And we spent the holiday with Ami, a girl from my church and prayer group, and her family. It was a great time and we were blessed to have been invited. We went out with Dana and Lance that weekend to Cooper’s Hawk, a winery that Nick and I love and turned our friends into fans, too. The wine was delicious and the food was, too.

We couldn’t believe it but it was already the last weekend of our stay, and Nick’s work Christmas party! He works with Corey, so we spent the bulk of our night with them, again. And loved it. Check out the picture, family Christmas card or what? LOL, so fun!

These weekends were super fun and the time with our friends was priceless. I even cooked up a bunch of Chinese food and had everyone over for a feast. We love our Florida friends! However, as fast as we got there, it was time to go, and we were out!

Next stop was Destin Beach, Florida. I have never been before but we enjoyed it. We went to a couple of wineries, walked on the beach, and enjoyed a night in with shows, and cooking as it rained. As fun as it was, it was also very real, and really sad. We visited Panama City Beach and Mexico Beach, both of which were demolished during Hurricane Michael. What a great reminder to be thankful for what you have!

And now, Houston. We have been here for a couple days and will be here a couple more. San Antonio is next and on the way to Sun Lakes, AZ by Christmas to visit my Mom and step-dad, Randy, and see the new house.

I probably won’t update you again until after the holidays so have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I wish you a blessed 2019 and remember to keep working hard, and never stop praying! XOXO

Salsa Chicken

Being on the road is pretty great, but there are some things that I miss. A crock-pot is one of them. Whenever I have access to one, you better believe I’m pulling that thing out, coming up with a meal, and trying something new.

I ate this salsa chicken over rice and added a little bit of white cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt. It was delicious. I also ate it plain today for lunch and it was salsa chickengreat on its own as well. Plus, it’s easy and quick, and who doesn’t need more of that this season?

Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 cups mild salsa
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

Simply add everything to a crock-pot and cook for 3 hours on high. Remove and shred chicken. Add chicken back in and stir to incorporate.

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Scripture Sunday: Ask God Where to Go

I don’t feel lost but I do wonder.

I wonder “where” I should be going. I also think about what I should be doing. I love to do lots of things, and I always have. But I think about if I should be doing more of one thing, and less of all of the things? Or if I’m doing what I “should” be.

Do you wonder about that?

For me, I love knowing that God has a plan for me.  I love knowing that even if I stray a bit, God will bring me back to where I should be. But I also get that feeling, that ‘déjà vu’ or instinctive knowing, that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.

It’s Him telling me that I am where I should be and I’m doing it right. And I’m so thankful for each time I hear it.

I’m so thankful and grateful that there is a plan for my life and all I have to do is live it. I encourage you to talk to Him about it all and stay in peace that everything is as it should be.

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If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you.

Dear God, We thank You for having a plan for our lives. We are so thankful that we can come to You with our wonders, doubts, and questions about ourselves. We thank You for reminding us that we are on the right path. We are so lucky to live in the peace You provide to us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.