Where We Are Now: Las Vegas, Nevada

Truth be told, we left two weeks ago. I’m a little behind. Here’s everything we’ve been up to since Houston.

After Houston, we spent a little more time in Texas and visited San Antonio. It was a quick four days but we ate steak at the River Walk and visited the Alamo, you know, San Antonio Texas things.

From Texas we drove through New Mexico and at sunset no less, it was gorgeous. After IMG_20181220_170230about 15 hours in the car, we made it to Sun Lakes AZ, right outside of Phoenix.

We have never been before and my parents live there now, so everything was new to us. We arrived shortly before Christmas and both had time off, what a great way to end the year!

To sum up Sun Lakes, my parents cooked like crazy for us, and we ate all the food. We also

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My parents house, decorated for Christmas

slept in, worked out, and worked after our time off was over. It was a slow, relaxing jaunt but before we knew it, we were off again.

We spent a week in Sedona and a week in Page before leaving AZ. Sedona was amazing. The mountains, the fresh air, the wine, it gives you all the feels! And Page AZ is in the middle of the canyon lands. If you have never been, these pictures are all I need to convince you. It was truly stunning and nothing you’ve ever seen before.

The last week of January and the first week of February were spent in Vegas. We hiked, I biked, and we ate a lot. We also gambled a little, drank some drinks, and explored.

The first night we were there, someone broke into our car. They really only got clothes and shoes, both of which were worth next to nothing, though I’m sure they thought they had scored. If that’s the worst thing that happens to us during these travels, I’ll call us lucky! (But it was a little sad and of course, we wish we still had the things they took. Boo.)

Now, it’s San Diego for a month. Nick has never been and we’re staying in the thick of it all. Thanks for reading=)

Scripture Sunday: Put God on Your Phone

We’re all on our phones too much. All day long, half the night, and everywhere in between. Phone, phone, and more phone.

So why not put God on your phone? It’s something that we’re on, looking at, and using everyday, anyhow.

I love choosing something that’s pretty, or catches my eye and then also has an amazing and refreshing word from God.

This is one of my favorites. It reminds me that God has a plan for me. His plan is to prosper me, not to harm me, and to give me hope, and a future. God is so good!

For any verse, all you have to do is Google ‘bible scriptures wallpaper,’ and there are so many to choose from! If you want a specific verse, just ‘Google bible scripture wallpapers’ and a few of the scripture words to find the one you want.

This is such an easy and fun way to keep God in our sight, literally.

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

Dear God,

Always remind us to keep our eyes on you! We’re so thankful that You have a plan for us. We are so blessed! We praise you and thank you for Your plans to prosper us and give us hope. You are such an awesome God and we’re so lucky to know we can get through anything as long as we have You. I’m Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: Calling All Prayer Requests

Hi Friends, and Happy Sunday. Today I want to allow you to give me your prayer requests so that I can pray for you!

In fact, this is something I want to ask for more because, let’s be honest, we all have things we need to pray about. And how GREAT does it feel when people rally around us or pray with us or FOR us?

God loves to see us loving on each other. He wants us to care for everyone equally.

Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39

This means to care for, reach out, and pray for them, too. So, without further ado, what can I pray about for you? Send an email to emily.rokke@gmail.com or reply in the comments!

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

Dear God, Never let us forget to love and pray for others! You take care of us, so we are able to put ourselves aside, and care for others. We know that You want us to love, pray for, and treat others as we would treat ourselves. Always remind us to put others first and to come to You with everything. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Garlic Beef and Onions with Green Beans

This crumbled meat mixture is so easy and has such a great flavor. Plus, you can add it to anything. It’s also Keto, Paleo, Whole 30, and just plain healthy, but beyond that, so delicious!Garlic Beef and Onions with Green Beans.jpg

Garlic Beef and Onions with Green Beans

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 10 cloves (or 1 head,) skinned and minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • Black pepper

Add avocado oil to a skillet on medium heat. Then add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add the ground beef and crumble. When the beef is almost browned, pour in the beef stock and turn up the heat to medium high or until it begins to simmer. Cook until the broth cooks down or about 20 minutes. Add black pepper the taste.

Serve over steamed green beans or broccoli, rice, noodles, roasted or mashed potatoes, or just eat it alone!

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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.