Thursday, March 26, 2015

Consensual Chivalry.

March 7th was International Women's Day.

I didn't feel terribly inspired on the day, and to be quite honest, I didn't think too much about it... well, not enough to create my own rant on the matter.

However, over the past few days, articles on feminism and equality have been surfacing on my Facebook newsfeed, and they have all taken a different approach than I am accustomed to seeing.

No one is barking at their male audience or putting them down. No one is aimlessly screaming, "WE NEED EQUALITY!" The articles of late have been simple, honest, and respectful.

One discussion in particular stood out to me, inspiring this short post.

The awe-inspiring, UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson spoke at a live Facebook Q&A session on gender inequality Sunday. While answering a question on dating a feminist she said something I found to be beautiful.

"I think the key is that chivalry should be consensual... We’re never, ever, ever going to be able to fly as high unless we’re both in support of each other."

Consensual chivalry.

I have never heard the solution of gender inequality described so precisely and perfectly. This is how we should all live our lives. Male to female, female to male, male to male, female to female, there should be a sense of consensual chivalry.

This aligns exactly with how God feels on the issue. 

John 13:34  "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

I believe that most of the world's problems could be solved by this one verse. If we would just love one another the way that Jesus loved and continues to love us, there would not be this much evil in the world. We would not even have to be discussing females being considered equal to males.

But what does it look like to love one another? What is love?

I Corinthians 13 is one of the most overused chapters of the Bible. Until recently, I also found it to be one of the most annoying, but then I actually read it. And not bitterly, but with an open heart. Verses 4 through 8 tells us exactly what love is:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongsLove does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truthIt always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveresLove never fails..."

I am aware that I sound like a hippie right now, but what is wrong with that? Regardless of how you feel about God or Christianity or the Bible, do any of these things sound like a bad thing to you? The world needs more love. 
Less envy, pride, anger, selfishness, delighting in evil, and bringing others down. More patience, kindness, trust, perseverance, rejoicing in truth, and lifting others up

Heck, to quote the Beatles, "All you need is love..." Love for all races, all genders, all people.


Monday, March 16, 2015

February 2015 Favorites // Beauty, Youtubers, and More!

 Let's just jump right into all of my beauty, fashion, people and random favorites for the month of February.

NYR Organics White Tea Enriching Facial Mask // This is the best facial mask ever. After using it, my face feels soft and refreshed. If I am having a bad breakout, this just calms everything down. I feel like when I use this, I am pressing the restart button on my face for fresh, beautiful skin. My favorite thing about Neil Yard Remedies Organics products is I know exactly what I am putting onto my skin and into my body. This fact shines through the most in their White Tea Facial Mask.

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First Aid Beauty Red Clay Cleansing Mask // I use this stuff once a day and have noticed a huge difference with my acne prone skin. It leaves my skin feeling clean, but not terribly dried out. All it takes is a pea-sized amount each time which definitely makes it worth the $24.

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Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie// I use to be obsessed with Revlon Lip Butters whenever I first started to get into makeup, but forgot about them until a few weeks ago. I grabbed it on my way to check out at Walmart, and the color is the perfect enhanced, natural lip for me. It glides on like a lip balm but can be built up to have the color of a lipstick. I have to re-apply it throughout the day, but since it isn't an intense red lip that needs to be applied perfectly, I don't mind.

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White // I don't really know what all I can say about it... just the color white. I've never been crazy about it in the past, but now I'm a little obsessed. I have no idea where the obsession started. I just feel like it is so chic and classy and the complete opposite of me, but I'm still all about it at the moment.

Nine West Purse // While we are talking about the color white, might as well discuss my new bag from Nine West. I had fallen in love with a bag at Coach and a bag at Fossil, both like $600. I just could not spend that much on a purse. When I saw this bad boy, he was nothing that I thought I wanted, but turned out to be everything I needed. And the best part: it was just $30! This was my first "big" purchase of 2015, and I am proud of it.

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Neck Pillow // I have some neck/head issues, and my little $10 neck pillow has helped more than anything else I have tried. I had tried a beanie bag neck pillow previously, and it just didn't work for me. This one is memory foam, and I can kind of twist how I need to make it provide the best support for my neck. Plus, it's teal which is one of my favorite colors. 

Yogi Vanilla Spice Tea // Eeek. Okay. My favorite tea this month tastes similar but better than Trader Joe's Seasonal Vanilla & Cinnamon Black Tea, and I could not be more excited about it. Any other Vanilla Spice tea I have had just wasn't the same, but this stuff is perfect and available year round. Every bag even has a little inspirational quote on the tabs. You can't beat that. 

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Saltine Crackers // I know this is weird, but I've been sick a lot the past month. Nothing is better than some good ole' fashion Saltines. Granted they aren't that filling, but that with some simple soup and Ginger Ale sure do help with sickness. 

Sam and Nia on YouTube // You may recognize this adorable family from their video that went viral last year: Good Looking Parents Sing Disney's Frozen. Ever since they posted the video, and I first watched it, I subscribed. I usually don't automatically subscribe to people with viral videos, but I really hoped they would use the opportunity to start vlogging so we could get to know them. Thankfully, they did, and I have loved them ever since.

 They are a sweet, down-to-earth Christian family of four: Sam, Nia, Symphony and Abram. It is encouraging to see a Christian family succeed in the world of Youtube and honestly use the platform to bring honor to God. They don't pretend that they are perfect or better than anyone else. They are loving, down-to-earth, and caring. In their first year of vlogging, they seem to have stayed true to themselves and the Lord. They have become role models in not only my life, but my younger sister's. Thank you, Sam and Nia. We love you guys! <3

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Christmas family photo from Sam and Nia's Facebook page. 

SacconeJoly's on YouTube // I discovered this precious Irish family this past month and just LOVE them. They post a new vlog every single day at 6PM UK time, and I always look forward to it! They are a family of eleven: Jonathan and Anna - the parents, Emilia and Eduardo - the cutest kiddies, and Albi, Sina, Theo, Bianca, Nivea, Nuvola, and Cleo - their seven dogs. Jonathan is super upbeat and funny, and Anna is super fashionable but still really down-to-earth. They don't fake anything. They are real with their viewers, and even though I know sharing this much with the world is overwhelming and intense, I appreciate them for staying with it for such a long time and welcoming us all as their "friendliest friends." <3

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Check out my January 2015 Favorites here or down below!


Friday, March 6, 2015

7 Easy Tips for Spring Cleaning and Decluttering Your Space!

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 I guess it could be the time of year, but I am going Spring Cleaning Crazy. I want everything to be clean and organized. I want things rearranged. I want things I no longer use or need to be gone. I'm sick of clutter. The past few days, I have been cleaning up a storm and discovered there were a few things I could develop into tips and share with y'all to hopefully help you in your decluttering process.

1. Have one folder for notes and cards.

 Do you really need all twenty-eight notes from your middle school boyfriend? Or a generic birthday card from a family member that you have ten others from? (You don't.) Just keep the things that truly mean something to you, and you know, without a doubt, you would regret throwing away.

2. Get a little box for random keepsakes. 

 Same rule applies with your keepsakes. Containing your random keepsakes in a small box you can set on a shelf, limits you and makes you think about what is honestly worth keeping.

3. Haven't worn it in a year? Don't need it! 

 There are plenty of people out there who would be happy to wear that shirt you got just because it was on sale and have not worn more than once since or your Field Day t-shirt from 2008. Even in my small town, we have multiple thrift stores that are always accepting donations. Or if you know a family or someone in need, gather the items and send them their way.

4. Basically brand new? Sell it!

 The internet is a fantastic platform for making some extra money on anything you have that might as well be brand new. Most cities have some sort of Online Yard Sale Group on Facebook. Join one nearby to you and start listing. Let me know in the comments if you want my tips and tricks for selling stuff on these sites!

 There are also apps now available for smart phones that make selling your items even easier! I just downloaded the app Poshmark to start selling my nicer items. I'll let you know how it goes.

5. Ripped, broken, torn? Toss it!

 I am the world's worst about keeping things after they are broken or torn because I think I can hot glue or sew it back together. Though this may be the case with some things, most of the time, I never actually get around to doing it, and when I do, it doesn't really work out. I am not talking about a little tear that no one notices; this point is about the stuff that is just down right shattered. There comes a time when the best thing to do is throw the stuff in the garbage.

6. Waaay too many t-shirts? Make a quilt!

 I haven't actually done this one yet, but I am in the early stages. Even with this, I am only including the t-shirts that do you have strong sentimental value... not every free t-shirt or every school t-shirt ever. Just choose the shirts that bring back good memories. Give away the others.

7. Re-arrange a little!

 Sometimes, all you need to do to declutter an area is re-arrange it. Whether that be a drawer, a shelf, or an entire room, go for it! Just switching things up can be the most refreshing thing. Remember. Change is a good thing.

 This has all helped me so much over the last week. I hope the tips do the same for you! What cleaning tips do you have for me? Good luck on your Spring Cleaning! <3