February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

It's that time of the year again! If you're like me, you don't actually have a valentine, but you love Valentine's Day because it's an excuse to spoil yourself! That's right... treat yo self girl!!

If you've been looking for some fun ideas, look no further!


1- comfy tees
Wow oh wow... What would I do without my comfy long-sleeve t-shirts?!
2- new makeup
Splurging on new makeup is always fun! Now's a perfect time to try out some new products!
3- sandals
Spring is right around the corner, and a new pair of sandals is definitely in store!
4- stylish sunnies
I have been loving sunglasses recently! They are such a fun way to accessorize your outfits!
5- spa night essentials
Having a girls' night in is definitely necessary every once in a while!
6- food
DUH! February 15- the wonderful day of discounted chocolate!

"We love because He first loved us." -1 John 4:19


Thanks for reading & happy almost Valentine's Day! 
xoxo,
Meredith 

January 29, 2016

How To Start Bible Journaling

After receiving many many many requests, I am so excited to be posting about how to start Bible journaling! There are a few simple steps to get started, illustrated (no pun intended) below.
Let me start off by saying that I am no expert Bible-journaler. I have only completed four entries as of now, but I have had so many people ask me how they can get involved and start it themselves!

Here are the steps I think you should take:
1) Pray
Do you want to grow closer to God? Do you want to explore your faith more deeply and learn more about Him? Spend some time thinking and praying over whether this will help you grow spiritually.
2) Buy a Bible
Although a regular bible could probably be used for this, I would definitely recommend purchasing a Journaling Bible. This is the one that I have, and I love it! You might think that you'd be just fine using the normal Bible you already have (which you might), but Journaling Bibles have a few pluses. First, the pages have margins wide enough to illustrate the verses in. Second, the paper is a bit thicker, so pens and paint won't bleed through! Lastly, I like that this Bible is used specifically for my creativity. 
3) Buy your art supplies
For Christmas, I received a kit from Illustrated Faith that included a few fun supplies to get me started. They sell all sorts of products made specifically for Bible journaling, so their Etsy site is a great place to look first! In addition to their products, I have purchased a few other things. These pens are so wonderful! (And I feel like a calligraphist when I use them.) They come in different sizes and colors, and they don't bleed through my pages! I also bought some super cheap watercolor paints to experiment with! (I hadn't used these since elementary school...) Also, probably my favorite product to use, are these watercolor colored pencils! My grandmother was sweet enough to give these to me to use in my adult coloring book, which I also love, but they have been great for Bible Journaling too! I've also heard that these Crayola twistables are great, but I haven't purchased them for myself yet. 
4) Find your verse
Spend some time reading the Bible. Whether that involves flipping to a random page, which can sometimes turn out to be the best for me, or reading along with a devotion, just keep reading until you find a verse that sticks out to you. I read somewhere that you probably shouldn't pick your favorite verse for your first entry, only because you'll probably want to get some practice in before then. 
5) Let your creativity reign
Alright, here's the fun part! What I love about Bible journaling is that there are absolutely no rules or guidelines. You can seriously do whatever you want to illustrate God's word, and I think that's so incredible! So, get out your supplies and start illustrating! You can paint, draw, write, splatter, print, color, mark, decorate, design, or illustrate whatever you are feeling. Isn't that so amazing?!
6) Date and tab your entry
After reading through the steps the Illustrated Faith provided, I would definitely agree that dating and tabbing each of your entries is so important. I have been folding sticky-notes over the top of each page, writing the date on one side and the topic on the other. A few years from now, when I hopefully have lots and lots of entries, I'll be able to look back to see how I progressed over time! Also, if I am ever needing to read scripture about a specific topic, I can easily flip to that page to find it. 
7) Share with others
Let me just say, that I have absolutely LOVED getting to share my Bible journaling experience with all of you. I discovered it one day while scrolling through Pinterest when I came across this blog post. I was instantly inspired and texted my mom, telling her that I wanted a Journaling Bible for Christmas. Now that I have gotten started, I love that I have been able to inspire some of you as well! I challenge each of you to share your creations with your friends and family and across social media. I think that this is a form of art that can speak to so many people, and I pray that it will impact the lives of many!

two my entries:


PLEASE send me pictures of any of your Bible journaling entries because I would absolutely love to see them! You can tag me in an Instagram photo, tweet me, or even email me!

Thanks so much for reading & happy Bible journaling!
xoxo,
Meredith

January 23, 2016

SNOW!

Well, if you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you would probably know that IT SNOWED IN NASHVILLE! And no, not just an inch or two.....I'm talking 8 inches! WHAT?! Apparently that hasn't happened in Nashville since 2000. 
I woke up Friday morning to a lovely text saying that classes were cancelled, and I immediately went right back to sleep. A few hours later, I checked my phone to see tons of texts from my family, who had already seen pictures of the Nashville snow, telling me to get outside and see it! I opened the blinds up and was blinded (haha) by the beauty! 
"IT'S A WINTER WONDERLAND!!!!!!!"
After getting all bundled up, I walked to the caf to grab some breakfast and get a quick look at all of the snow! My roommate, my big, and I then walked around campus, took tons of pictures, and frolicked through the snow. At one point I was so overwhelmed by how beautiful campus looked that I think I shed a tear, (but it was also freezing outside, so that probably had something to do with it). Pictures don't even do it justice. Belmont was the North Pole/Narnia/Antarctica for the day, and I LOVED IT!

January 9, 2016

Genesis 1:3

Genesis 1:3

Well, this is my very first Bible journaling entry! 
I recently discovered the beautiful art of Bible journaling, and I fell in love.
I received this Journaling Bible for Christmas, and I was so excited to start journaling!
I love being able to illustrate special verses in fun, colorful, and meaningful ways. 

Also, I recently began this new devotional called "Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story," and I've really been enjoying it so far! It starts with Genesis and leads readers through the whole Bible, easily connecting the many events and people. This has been so helpful for me because sometimes the Bible can be quite... let's be real- overwhelming. But, this has really put everything into perspective for me.

While reading through Genesis, I decided that Genesis 1:3 would be a great verse for my first journaling entry. It reads, "And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light." With the beginning of a brand new year and semester it is so comforting knowing that God is there to light the way for me. This year I am going to try my best to always be aware of the many ways He lights up my life.

 This is what the cover of my Journaling Bible looks like. 
(It's a bit bland, so I'm hoping to spice it up soon!)
 my first entry for Genesis 1:3
 The "instructions" recommend to always date your entries!
(and to always label what they are about)

If you found this interesting and would like to see more of my journaling entries, let me know! I love being able to share my faith with y'all, and I hope to inspire someone who is reading. Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo,
Meredith

January 7, 2016

2015 Favorites

Happy 2016! 
Over the course of 2015 I discovered some pretty amazing products!
Here were my 15 favorites:

January 6, 2016

Welcome!


Well... it's finally here! Welcome to my new blog! I am so excited to begin this blogging journey in addition to my YouTube channel. As a college student, it's sometimes difficult finding time to sit down and film a video, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to interact more with everyone through this blog! I also plan to share more personal things here, rather than just talking about my favorite products or showing you what I bought at the mall. I want to focus on my every day college life, my faith, and, of course, my fashion inspiration! As of now, I'm hoping to be able to post at least once a week, in addition to a new video every week, as well. I'm still brand new to blogging, so I'm a teensy bit (okay... a lot) confused by this program and all of the technical things, so please bear with me!