My Testimony: Saved by Grace. 

I was saved on February 12, 2005. I’ll never forget that date… (partly because it is my dads and my (late) grandmothers birthday). But, I’ll never forget that day because that was the day that I first heard the gospel and accepted Jesus into my life and heart. 

I was 11 years old and in 6th grade. My sister was the one who invited me to tag along to a youth group that she was invited to by one of her friends from school. 

I’ll never forget that night and the teaching that the youth pastor shared with us… I remember him using the analogy of God carrying us on a very narrow and broken bridge over a river. He expressed how the only way to get across safe was to be carried in God’s arms.

 We couldn’t walk behind God because there’s no way he could see if we were to trip and fall and he wouldn’t be able to catch us in time… there was no way we could walk in front of God because what if we decide to do our own thing and end up falling or tripping? The only way was to let God carry us… 

I remember seeing that narrow and broken bridge as my life and I instantly knew that no matter who I was or who I would become as I grew older, I felt the deep yearning and desperate need for Jesus… in that moment, I emotionally, spiritually, and physically felt my brokenness be repaired as I asked Jesus into my life. 

After that day, my sister and I went to church and a youth group with her friends every week. I became obsessed and in love with the Bible and who Jesus is. I was sold out. 


I let Jesus lead my life for a few years after that day that I got saved… then, high school and my teenage years happened. 

I don’t remember exactly when I walked away from the lord… but I did during my high school years and I lived like I never knew Him… 

I cussed like a sailor, I disobeyed my parents by lying all the time, I drank, smoked weed, I partied, and I lived a life where I thought I had all the answers and knew it all… 

By most of the worlds standards, many would say I was a good student and a nice person all around… (I would think “yeah I might do some stuff but I’ve never killed anyone!)  but deep down, I always felt lost, alone, and like I was never good enough. 

Flash forward to when I was 17 years old and graduated from high school. I enlisted into the army and started my journey in the military. My whole life and who I was changed drastically once I became a soldier. (I say that in a good and amazing way) I loved the army life and knew that I was always meant to do that. 


 As I was in boot camp, I carried a little pocket bible and would read it from time to time. Some days were really bad in boot camp… feeling homesick and getting pushed to your limit physically and mentally all day, everyday… sometimes the only comfort that would help was thinking about God. I still felt far away and didn’t have a desire or actual full on surrender to Him, but just reading certain scriptures and thinking about Him gave me a familiar comfort that helped on my bad days. (I think that was when God was slowly calling me back to him) 

As I came home from training and started my young adult life, the absence of Jesus in my life worsened.

 I went back to drinking and getting drunk… and I hated who i was when I was drunk. I used to push my limits and drink until I would blackout. (Looking back, I don’t see how I NEVER saw the danger in that) 

I started hooking up with guys and chasing and wanting to be with the wrong ones. It was like I was only attracted to guys who wanted to use me and never wanted to actually be with me or treat me right. I was 19 when I lost my virginity to a short term boyfriend. I cringe and my heart breaks when I think about how I never wanted to lose it at that time and to that person. 

I remember my way of thinking at that time in my life… I let myself believe that I enjoyed the random hook ups and different guys. 

I tried to tell myself that it was empowering to do “what I wanted to do” with my body and that I controlled all of  those situations,  so it ultimately made me happy… but deep down, I knew it wasn’t true. 

Throughout my young adult life, I spent so much time trying to do good things and I tried to impress people. I was a workaholic, i went to the gym and hot yoga 6x week and twice a day, and I buried myself in school work.And I did all of this with the wrong intentions. I did it to feel worthy and good enough. I did it to get a pat on the back and to get applause. I did it because I didn’t feel good about myself and I didn’t know how to truly see and find my worth. 

I was so used to living a life that revolved around me and worldly values that I felt numb to anything that related to Jesus. 

I never doubted or denied my belief in God, but I started to believe weird and untrue things about it all… I was a total page ripper (when I decided to read or look at a bible)

I remember saying that I believed in God and a “higher power” but I didn’t believe in religion or everything in the Bible. I was totally lukewarm and only picked parts from Christianity that sounded good.. (like heaven and blessings and miracles) I denied the big picture and what I had known to be true when I was surrendered to the lord. 
My breaking point:

I guess you could say my breaking point was when I had started talking and seeing a guy that I previously dated and really cared about. I wanted a relationship with him and I wanted to be the only one. But of course, that never happened. 

He broke my heart. And after hoping and going back to him time after time, I finally cut him off for good and promised myself to never see or talk to him again. 

 I cut ties with him, and I felt “heartbroken” and sad for probably 2 weeks straight. I would be fine one minute, then cry the next because my emotions were all over the place… then after having cut ties with him, little things started to change… 

I remember telling my friends that I was done partying and getting drunk and that I no longer saw the fun in that. I realized I shouldn’t be smoking weed and running around with guys.

I woke up one morning on an April day and my mood went from sad and mopey to happy, healed, and hopeful… I even remember waking up that morning and even laughing and thinking “this is kinda weird that I feel so different and hopeful!” But it was like I instantly knew that things were looking up… 

I believe this was where God started to pave my way back to him… 

(My heart flutters and I smile just thinking about it all) 

I was working as an intern at a doctors office and the office manager there was a believer and her husband was a pastor… She had a gentle and sweet spirit and was always talking about Jesus to people. I remember listening to the things she would say and it took me back to “my church days”. It was a comfort to talk to her and listen to her speak of Jesus. 

Then, one day I started talking to the cutest old Spanish couple who were patients there. I don’t remember exactly how the conversation started, but they mentioned their church and I blurted out that I just felt like I needed to go back to church and start fellowship again with other believers. They both encouraged me by telling me different scriptures and just explaining that God wants nothing more than for me to go back to Him. 

It all happened without me even thinking about it but when it happened it always felt familiar and just like what I needed. 

God continued his work and  I never fully realized it…

One day I was on Facebook and saw a familiar face on the “people you may know” section. It said he lived in the same town as me and we went to the same high school and he was also in the same branch of the military as me… 

So I added him and he messaged me and the first thing he said to me was that he was saved and was going to a local church and he invited me.. 

I remember thinking “what a coincidence” but nothing is by chance with God… I took him up on his offer about 3 weeks after we connected on facebook and after we started dating, and my first time back at church I surrendered my heart to the lord again.

 I was 20 going on 21 when I decided I was done with my old life and I was ready to really live for the lord. 

It was a tough transition.. to go from worldly and careless to fully surrendered to God as an adult. 

I lost friends (one of my closest friends), I was teased, mocked, and made fun of for my choice to live for The Lord, and I deeply struggled (and still do) with lots of sin that I was so used to before. 

Though it was a tough transition, it was the best time of my life. I felt healed, worthy, enough, and I began to build my relationship with God again. I started to understand him more now as an adult and my life became complete with Him in it. 

I remember gaining weight and only working one job and it was because my worth and acceptance was in Christ and NOT in my appearance or achievements! I felt such a huge burden lifted from me and I felt FREE. 


I’m crying as I look back on my life… I made so many mistakes and am so unworthy, yet Jesus STILL loved me and chose me. He died in my place simply because he loves me and so that I could know Him. 

My life and my mistakes may not be bad or a big deal to the world and some people… but to Gods standards and to the biblical standard, they are. 

And I know there is a sweeter, better, and fuller life for me when I live it for Christ. 

I remember asking one of my friends from church if I was ever even saved at 11 years old… I doubted it because of how far I walked away from the lord after that… he said what makes a saved person is the fact that you return and go back to God. 

My heart and spirit smile knowing that the whole time that I walked away from God, I was still pursued, loved, and chosen by him. 

I am free in Christ, I am saved by his grace. I’m so undeserving and I don’t deserve his mercy, but my heart bursts with joy knowing that I am made in His image and forever loved and complete in Him. 



What’s your testimony?❤️

With Love, 

Olivia💜

I’m Going Back To My First Love. 

I feel like I’ve fallen…  I feel like I’m not doing what I should do. I feel kind of like a sell out. I kind of feel like I’m just going through the motions… (dramatic, I know) 

But when I first started my blog, my inspiration, motivation, and purpose for it was to glorify Jesus and be obedient to the calling he put on my life. 

And I have yet to only write two (TWO?!) faith based posts. I’m a little ashamed that I think product reviews are more important than writing about the only thing that really matters to me: Jesus.

Of course, it’s okay to write about other things like makeup, wellness, reviews, etc… but I never wanted that to be my main and only focus. And now it seems like that is all I can write about… why?… 

To be honest, the whole blogging world is way different than I expected. (I say this in a good way and a bad way.) 

It’s different than I expected in a good way because it’s so rewarding. When I receive good feedback, I get so encouraged. Being able to connect with others is simply amazing. It’s good because it has been the biggest learning experience that I’ve had in such a long time. It’s good because I feel like I’m in my happy place when I blog. I’m so happy that I finally started my blog. 
Having your blog and making sure you don’t neglect it is hard work. It takes TONS of time, and there’s so much to do and it seems impossible to do it. (Especially when you started your blog from the ground up alone like I did). But its still so rewarding. 

This blogging experience of mine has not been what I had expected in somewhat a negative way because I allowed myself to get caught up in what I think others want to see and read… I got caught up in the excitement and desire to monetize and make money from my blog that I truly forgot what I really enjoy writing about. 

This “fun hobby” where I could write whatever I want whenever I want turned into this pressure filled job where I focused too hard on affiliates and ads and schedules, and lost focus on the whole purpose of my blog. 

I allow myself to get discouraged quickly. When I don’t see the growth I want to see or when I don’t get the reaction that I wanted on a post, it’s easy for me to think “forget it!” 

My energy is pouring into this when it should be pouring into the Lord. 

I’ve read plenty of other blog posts and I’ve read countless posts about “How to grow your blog” or “How to monetize and make more money from your blog”…. but I haven’t really read much of Gods Word. 

I haven’t prayed as much as I’ve spent time on social media. I haven’t dedicated my time to bible study, serving, and sharing the gospel with others. I’ve been selfish about my time and my intentions with this blog. 
Maybe my faith posts are slim to none because my relationship with Jesus feels like it’s slim to none… I’ve distanced myself and haven’t done anything about finding my way back to Him. 
Have you ever gone through such a dry spell in your walk? Have you focused too much time and energy on the wrong things that you don’t realize you are walking further and further away from God? 

I didn’t realize I was walking further away from God until I felt like my life was missing something; I was exhausted, feeling unsatisfied with all things that wrote and did, I was feeling just “bleh”…

My life doesn’t feel like my life if I’m not living it daily for Jesus. My days  really don’t stay filled with joy if I’m not starting my days by getting on my knees to pray. 


I’m tired of the envious and superficial life I have been living lately- wanting to look like and appeal to my friends and readers like so many other bloggers out there. 

Being obsessed with the crisp and clean colored themed feed on Instagram… indulging in how others display their lives… it’s all just a waste of time.

As a “Christian blogger”, I want to attract y’all to Jesus and the Grace that has won my heart and saved my life.. I realize I haven’t been doing that one bit. 

This truth hit me like a brick wall when I was reading Revelation 2… 

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.


“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭2:4-5, 7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


It is so easy to get caught up in the world when we are being like it daily. It’s easy to fall into worldly traps of trying to impress others and being envious of those who seem to have  it all… getting caught up in all of that is something that I’m ashamed of and want to turn away from. 

But in order to turn away from being like the world, we have to turn to Jesus and fully surrender it all to him… (Romans 12:2) 

Surrender it all to him”… has a nice sound to it… but it’s actually so hard for a sinful and selfish person to do.., (I should know.) 

We say we want to surrender it all to Jesus,… (but let me keep all the things that bring me happiness like my car, house, fancy iPhone and laptop… let me keep the money I make from the job I have…But AFTER all that, I surrender all Lord..) 

👆🏻Does that sound familiar at all? It does for me, because sadly, that is me and the way of thinking that I’ve gotten used to… 

My true desire is to give it all to Jesus and have nothing to hold onto but HIM… and I want to be okay with that. 

I don’t want to stray from faith and christian writing in fear of less views or less approval from readers… we are told to be unashamed of the gospel! (Romans 1:16) 

So I’m here to give it all up to Jesus and go back to my first love which is HIM. I pray that my faith and walk grow from this point on and that all my growth is reflected here on my blog and in my daily life… 

I still plan to write about other things that I care about, but I will never make that a priority over writing about Jesus. 

To start fresh on getting my priorities and purpose straight, my next blog post will be my testimony and how I came to know Christ… so be on the lookout for that! 


Thank you so much to those that continue to read and encourage me! I love y’all so much!! 

Blessings, 

Olivia💜

How to NOT have miserable and painful periods. 

I doubt many men read my blog, but if you do, this post ISN’T for you! 🙂 unless you want to make your lady extremely happy, you can buy her some of these items 😉

I’ve always suffered from painful and horrible menstrual cycles. I remember even in middle school having to stay home because my cramps were so bad and I would be nauseous and throwing up. 
I was put on birth control at the age of 15 in the hopes that my cycle would regulate and I wouldn’t be miserable throughout my “lady times”. It never helped or worked for me after being on it for 3 years and even after trying  a few different types of birth control, I knew that wasn’t the answer. 

I’m no longer on birth control and haven’t been since I was 18. And I don’t plan on ever being on it again. (That’s a story for another post!) 

My periods were at their best and lightest when I was in Army boot camp and when I was home and actively working out and doing hot yoga 6x week. It’s incredible how active you are truly affects so many different aspects of your body and health! 
Of course, as the years went by… I stopped doing hot yoga and I stopped working out consistently… that is when my menstrual cycle saw the darkest of times. Literally EVERY month, I would have a whole day where my cramps were unbearable and I was extremely nauseous and beyond moody. I would get menstrual headaches and always have bad breakouts on my cheeks. It always happens on the first two days of my period too. 

I was tired of being miserable during my period and all of the Midol and ibprofun stopped working for me. So this last month I tried one different type of pain relief that I hadn’t tried yet and I tried as many home remedies as I could to see if it made a difference during my period…. AND IT DID. 

Here’s what I did and used to feel 100% better! 

1. Doterra “Clary Calm” essential oil. 

This roller ball is seriously so amazing! I started using it the day before my cycle started and all throughout it as well! I roll it over my abs, belly button, and sometimes my lower back for relief of cramps. It really did make such a difference for me! It smells amazing too! 

2. Aleve pain relief pills

My estheticion told me to pop one of these three days before my cycle starts, so I did. Aleve isn’t as strong and damaging as ibprofun, and midol stopped working for me, so the 1x day – three days before my cycle trick worked well! 

3. Ginger-Lemon herbal tea

I abstained from coffee during my cycle and drank a caffeine free ginger lemon hot tea and that helped soothe my anxiousness and moodiness and I believe kept the pain at bay! Ginger does amazing things for women during our cycle. I drank one cup in the morning and one in the night! I also heard that chamomile tea is great, so I might try that next month! 

4. Forskolin vitamin

This vitamin is great for many different things… it should be taken daily (not just during your cycle). I’ve read that this vitamin helps with fat burn, skin issues, and of course balancing out your cycle. I noticed a difference in all three areas a week after taking it! You can find this at any vitamin shop! 

6. Lemon water! 

Lemon water is good for everything it seems! I can’t stand the taste of lemon water so it’s a struggle for me to drink it… (and it’s not good for your teeth.) So I drank it the first two days of my cycle to add a little more aid to my period! I used Doterra’s Lemon oil in my water. 


7. Bananas! 

I don’t know what it is… (maybe all the potassium?) But I ate two bananas a day for the first 2 days of my cycle – one for breakfast and one as an evening snack… and this tale is as old as time to help relieve  cramps and bloating! 


So who knows if it would have only taken two or three of these products to help with the excruciating pain of my period… but I used them all to be on the safe side and my period this month was  TOTALLY BEARABLE and not like the last five months(where I was throwing up and curled up in bed) 


My cramps used to wake me up in the middle of the night because of how intense they were… this month I maybe had mild cramps… and minimal bloating…. I was completely SHOCKED and ecstatic! 


What do you use or do when Aunt Flo and Uncle Tom come to visit??…. lol let me know what works for you and let me know if you are going to try any of these remedies! 


Talk to y’all later! 

Olivia 💛

The Tea That Changed How I Felt About My Body! 

Happy Wellness Wednesday! 


I recently finished my first 30 day detox with Teami Blends! Woo hoo!! 

I’m so happy to have finished it and finally be consistent with something like this! I was absolutely impressed with my journey and how I felt throughout the whole process! I’m going to share with you how my detox went! Check out my first post and update on my Teami Journey here!

So what changed? 

The number one thing that I saw and felt change with was my energy! I’m a huge coffee fan but sometimes coffee wouldn’t give me the energy and boost that I needed… Teami tea gave me the healthy and right boost that I was searching for! 
Another amazing change I felt was LESS bloating! I absolutely can’t stand being and feeling bloated… this tea took that all away and I felt so much “lighter” 😉 
Another major change throughout my 30 days was that I used the bathroom a lot more than I usually do! And it was also “easier” for me to go to the bathroom (TMI, I’m sorry) 


Did I lose any weight? 

No, I didn’t lose any weight, but that’s okay! I started this journey as a boost to feeling better and putting natural and healthy things into my body! I ate clean but not as clean as I should’ve. I exercised, but not as much as I know I should have… Teami Blends promotes healthy eating and active lifestyle along with the tea detox! If I was more consistent on these two areas, I’m sure I would’ve lost some pounds. But that wasn’t my main focus. 
How did the teas taste? 

DELICIOUS! I have always been a fan of tea but was unsure of how this tea would taste… Thankfully, it taste delicious all on its own and I don’t need to add any sugar or honey to it! 🙂
Will I use more products from Teami Blends! 

I definitely will! I’m beyond eager to try more products and teas from this lovely company! I’m dying to try the TEAMI ENERGY and the TEAMI RELAX! When I try these out, I will make sure to let y’all know what I think 🙂 
Teami Blends changed the way I felt about my health. There was something about the tea that boosted my energy and mood and took away that “bleh and ugh” feeling. It felt good knowing that I was putting good things in my body, and feeling better ultimately motivated me to treat my body better- physically and emotionally. 


It’s been amazing 30 days and I can’t wait to do another detox and I can’t wait to try more products! 
Have you been wanting to try Teami Blends? If so, I have a coupon code for you! Use WFW10 for 10% OFF your order! And of course, if you have any questions about this product, feel free to ask! 

Thanks for joining me along this journey! 

Happy sips! 

-Olivia 💛



[this post is NOT sponsored. The products were sent to me to try, and ALL opinions are my own. The discount code is an affiliate code. I will receive a small commission when it is used.] 

Mason Jar Zucchini Lasagna

Welcome to O’s Recipe Book! 

This is a new series where I share my new recipes that I try! Most of them will be healthy oriented and attainable for meal prepping! 

This week I made mason jar zucchini lasagna! An easy lasagna without the pasta and ready to be thrown into your lunch box when you are heading out the door for school or work!

I received the wonderful inspiration to make this from Whitney Simmons on YouTube!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. 1 lb of Ground turkey (or any meat you prefer)
  2. 2 large zuchinni’s
  3. 1 cup cottage cheese
  4. 1/2 cup egg whites
  5. 1 jar of Tomato/ marinara sauce
  6. Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  7. 4 Mason jars

(This recipe makes 4 servings )
Directions: 

1. Cook ground turkey over stove top until meat is fully cooked.


2. Add in marinara sauce to the cooked ground turkey (I used this delicious, organic and healthy Bertolli Sauce from Costco!)

3. Add dash of sea salt and black pepper to meat sauce for extra flavor.

4. Chop up your zuchinni in circular pieces then cut those into halves.

5. Whip your 1 cup of cottage cheese with your 1/2 cup egg whites together in a separate bowl.

6. Start layering! 


  • Layer 1: zuchinni (lay about 3-4 half pieces) this replaces your pasta. 
  • Layer 2: a spoonful or two of your meat sauce. 
  • Layer 3: 1 spoonful of your cottage cheese/egg white mix
  • Layer 4: Pinch of shredded mozzarella cheese. 
  • Top off with lots of mozzeralla cheese! 

Repeat the above layers until Mason jar is full! 




7. Place 3-4 full Mason jars on cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. 


BE VERY CAREFUL AS YOU TAKE THESE OUT OF THE OVEN. The glass jars get extremely hot and a little heavy as you take them out of the oven. 

Let these cool down for a loooong time before serving or storing in the fridge. 

They look a little weird, but they are DELICIOUS! Enjoy ❤️



Let me know if you try these out and how they came out for you! 


Follow me on Instagram for more ideas! ❤️



5 Things You Need to Know Before Joining a Facebook  Blogging Group. 

This post here is for my fellow bloggers or those who are in the process of starting their own blog! 

I’m very new to the blogging world. I’ve only been blogging for about a month and a half, and I’m learning new things literally every day that I blog and connect with other bloggers. 

I am by no means an expert at blogging, but I do feel seasoned enough in one topic to share with you some tips! 

Facebook Blogging groups! What are they? A facebook blogging group is a community where many different types of bloggers join a group(on Facebook)  to share tips, give and receive advice, ask questions, connect, and help each other grow their blogs and businesses! 

If you’re a blogger, especially a newbie like me, I highly recommend looking into groups like this to help grow your blog and audience. It is such a wonderful, fun, and productive way to connect and see growth in your blog. 

BUT, I feel like I need to share some tips with you about going groups! Here is what I learned from my experience and mistakes that I have made… 

1. Do not join too many groups at once. 

There are TONS, literally tons of groups you can join, but I recommend sticking to 4 or 5 groups (at most) to start off with. 

My first and biggest mistake was joining 7 groups at once, and I could not keep up with each group and their different rules, threads, and notifications. I got overwhelmed, wasn’t able to follow all the rules, and wasn’t holding up my end of the bargain. Start slow, and focus on just a few groups that truly catch your eye and that you believe you can keep up with! Take it easy! 🙂 
2. Read ALL the rules from every group and FOLLOW them! 

Some groups have thousands of members, so you might think that they won’t notice you… well, that’s not true. If you break the rules, you will be found, get called out, and get deleted or blocked from the group. Each group has different rules and some groups are very strict with their rules, so read (and re read) each set of rules and always ask the moderator or admin questions if you are unsure about a rule. 
3. Do not join a thread or challenge if you don’t think you can’t complete it. 

To be honest, this is how I got kicked out from a group just a few days ago. I dropped links in too many different threads and got overwhelmed and couldn’t finish them. So I’ve learned to only participate in threads every other day or every two days, and focus on those and complete them as soon as I can! Manage your time and follow through with the thread! If you can’t, delete your link and let admin or a moderator know that you have done so and will not complete the thread. (Also read the specific group rules on what to do if you can’t or choose not to complete the thread) 

It’s so unfair to drop links and get tons of engagement and likes, but not put the effort in to do the same for others. I learned that not completing threads and not doing your part is always unfair, even if it’s unintentional.

So just slow down, take your time, and only commit to what you know you can finish! 
4. Don’t look at admin and moderators as “the bad guys”. 

I notice that sometimes moderators and admin can come off as rude because they are strict with the rules, but that’s the only way to keep things fair and organized in the group!  I don’t look at it as rude.. I see it as them doing their part to help you with your growth in a fair manner. So to avoid conflict and hurt feelings, understand that it’s never personal. It’s just part of the rules and its is expected of all members to follow them! 🙂 
5. Be honest and fair. 

Sometimes, I’ve seen people say they liked or commented on the link you shared, but actually didn’t… again, admin will find out and you will get booted from the group. Don’t lie and say you did your part and you really didn’t. You will get caught. Would you want someone to do that to you? Of course not. So be honest and fair as you join and participate in these groups. 
I understand the excitement of being a part of these groups and seeing growth! It’s great! But start slow and don’t get caught  up in too many things at once! It’s never fun to get called out and kicked out of a group (I should know lol), so remember to pace yourself! 
Let me know if this helped you! Also let me know if you know of any other tips to help a new member of Facebook blogging groups! 

With Love, 

Olivia💛

PURSUE YOUR PURPOSE. 

For the longest time, I always felt like I didn’t have a gift or something to share and offer to others. (And honestly, sometimes I still feel that way…)

I’ve always been passionate about so many things but never looked at those things as being “gifts” or something “worth pursuing”. I always doubted my talents and kept the toxic mindset that although I may be good at something, there’s always someone out there who is better, so why bother? 

I never had full confidence in my capabilities and I’m not sure why. I think I just have always lived a life that was controlled too much by self doubt. 

I realized how detrimental these ways of thinking and living were, and how much it held me back… My potential could never be used or reached if I kept allowing doubt and discouragement to take the lead. 
So I’m slowly but surely working on seeing the good and positives in myself and my talents. 

I’m learning to focus on things that are truly important and matter most to me. I’m learning to not let the little things get to me. 

I’m learning that I need to step out of my comfort zone and DO SOMETHING about the things I want. (Ahem, like starting a blog) 

I’m learning to pursue my passions and my purpose daily, and to work for it… not just expect it to happen. 


I have many days of discouragement and laziness. I have plenty of days where I don’t want to write, I don’t want to feel inspired, and I don’t want to put in all the work that comes with blogging. (especially all the techy/computer side to it all) 

I have many moments of doubt and confusion when I see that many of my “friends” don’t care to read or support my journey through this blogging life. 

My life feels like a crazy and nonstop roller coaster with all the emotions I allow myself to feel. My fun hobbies sometimes turn into a task that becomes a drag to do. And I don’t want that to be my everyday life.. would you want that? I sure hope not! That’s no way to live. 

So I’m here today to just remind you to remember your purpose and why you started in the first place!

Whether you are a blogger, a stay at home mom, a nurse, a college student, in the military, starting out in ministry… whatever it is, remember that you are right where God wants you and remember why you do what you do! 

I’ve come to the point where I’ve needed to tell myself “that’s ienough of the self pity and self doubt! It’s time to work hard and be who you were meant to be”. 

Here are some quotes and little sayings that encourage me and are great reminders as you pursue your passion and purpose!❤️




With love, 

Olivia ❤️

How to Grow Your Makeup Collection While on a Budget: Boxycharm February 2017. 

IT’S HERE! 😀 My February Boxycharm has finally arrived and I’m so excited for it! 

I know last month I said that January’s box was my favorite… Well guys, I think this month is DEFINITELY going to be my favorite! 

Boxycharm just KILLS IT every month and I’m rarely (if ever) disappointed! 



If you’re looking to grow your makeup collection and you like trying new brands, and even high end brands, subscribing to boxycharm is seriously an amazing way to do so! 

I’ve received makeup products- eyeliner, eye shadows, eye primers, mascara, lipstick, lipgloss, lipbalm, lip stains, lip liner, blush, bronzer, highlighter, etc… YOU NAME IT. Some of my favorite brushes that I use daily are ones that I received from Boxycharm. 

I’ve received skincare- face masks, serums, eye creams, etc.. and they are all high end. (Especially this months skincare product) 

I’ve received fragrances and they actually smell amazing! 😉 

All in all, you get an amazing variety from so many great brands- Tarte, Ofra, Makeup Geek, Dr. Brandt, Luxie, etc… 

Let’s take a look into the goodies that I received this month!…. 

1. My favorite items this month: TRIO EYE SKIT BY SEDONA LACE. 


These brushes are beautiful and are of such good quality, and there’s THREE of them! One blender brush, one double ended eyebrow/ spoolie brush, and an eyeliner brush! They are all synthetic hairs which I love and this trio normally retails for $39.99 

I love receiving brushes and I am excited to try Sedona Lace because I have been curious about this brand for so long! 

2. MAKEUP GEEK EYESHADOW PANS

In the shades “Beaches n’ Cream” and “Glamorous” 


Makeup geek has AMAZING shadows and I am growing my collection by all the shadow pans that I’ve received from previous boxes! Each shadow retails for $6 each. I’m so excited to use them! Beaches n’ cream is the perfect cream and natural shade (which I’ve been needing). And Glamorous is a pretty shimmer Brown/ gold shade. 


3. DR. BRANDT DERMABRASION MASK. 


Holy smokes, this bad boy retails for $79! (Say what?!) I’ve been on the hunt for a good mask and now I’m so happy I have this to try out! Let me know if y’all want a first impressions post on this
4. SMALL Z PALETTE 


YAY! We recently got an Ofra Z palette a few months ago and mine is already filled up, so this one is perfect! This palette retails for $14 and  fits 9 eyeshadow pans and I plan to organize all of my MUG shadows in it!


5. JAPONESQUE PRO PERFORMANCE LIPSTICK 

 
This is in the shade 07 and it’s a lovely maroon/ brownish shade and it retails for $20.. Do y’all think I can pull this color off? I’m not sure if I can… if not, I think I’ll add it to a future giveaway on my Instagram 


So to total it all… I received 8 products for $21 and the retail value of this box was $165! WOW! 

Y’all, this is such a great way to build your makeup collection when you’re on a budget… high end and full size products for $21?! You can’t beat that! 

The variety of brands and products is also nice when building your collection! 
Are you subscribed to boxycharm? If so, what is your favorite product this month? 

Are there any other subscriptions you are a part of that you love? Let me know! 


Until next time, 

Olivia

[this post is NOT sponsored and I am not an affiliate with this company. I pay for my box every month.] 

Take Me to the Mountains. 

Where is your most favorite place on earth? 

For me, it’s the mountains. 

There’s something so special and magical about the FRESH and crisp mountain air. I love the quietness and stillness that you feel in the mountains. I love that you see wildlife and how simple and peaceful they live. There’s something so calming about the soft breezes you feel. 

I’m a lover of all of God’s creation, and I love many places… 

I love the desert… it’s where I live and where I grew up. I love the ocean.. it’s magical and overwhelming and beautiful… but my most favorite place in the world is the mountains. 
My love for the mountains and outdoors began when I was 18. 

And since then, my love for those things has only gotten stronger.
The mountains and outdoors are so special to me because both Damond and I have a passion for it and for hunting. Our best times together are when we are out hiking, hunting, and camping. 

I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos from my favorite times outdoors. 

[ALL photos belong to me (Olivia Aragon) and CAN NOT be used or taken without my permission] 

My favorite places! 



Pecos, New Mexico- where Damond and I went grouse hunting. 






Manzano Moyntains, New Mexico. Damond and i’s favorite place to hunt, hike, and get away! It’s only 45 minutes from where I live too! 



Spring turkey hunt in the Manzano Mountains 2016



Rio Grande River, New Mexico. Crane hunting 2016. 



Rio Grande River, NM. 




Jemez camping trip 2013 





Quail hunting in the Manzano Mountains 2017. 


Love seeing wildlife! 



I have many more photos from other hunts and hikes. These are all just a few from my favorites times. 

As I have said before, there is nothing, absolutely nothing I love more than being outdoors taking in God’s creation. 

What is your favorite thing to do outdoors or in the mountains? Where’s your most favorite place in the world? 


With love, 

Olivia 



Wellness Wednesday: Teami Blends Detox

Hello and welcome to my first ever #WELLNESSWEDNESDAY 🎉


Wellness Wednesday is a new series on my blog where I feature products or tips having to do with your wellness and health! 

I’m on my personal journey to be as natural as I can when it comes to taking care of myself and my body. I’m on a journey to learn how to love myself and truly take care of my body and mind by eating clean, getting fit, and going natural in many aspects of my life. 

[Before I present this weeks product, I want to mention that I am an affiliate with this brand and there will be an affiliated discount code for you to use if you’d wish. I’ll receive a small commission with the code. This post is NOT sponsored and all opinions are my own]

I recently was sent the 30 day detox from Teami Blends and I was so stoked to try it! 


Teami Blends is a company that offers many different types of natural and delicious teas to aid in cleansing and detoxing your body, gain energy, lose weight, etc… 
There are different types of teas for different types of needs which is great! 

I’m currently on day 13 of my 30 day detox! I’m about halfway through and I feel GREAT! 


The 30 day detox consists of TWO teas- Skinny tea 

I drink one cup every morning when I wake up! I add a little bit of agave to sweeten it just a tad and it is so delicious! This tea replaces my usual cup of coffee in the morning. 



The second tea- colon tea 

 is a tea that I drink EVERY OTHER NIGHT before bed time! I add a tiny bit of honey and sip on it while I’m winding down after my day! 



SO, two teas, one every other night and one every single morning during my 30 days… easy enough right?… 

My morning tea is easy to remember because I’m so used to making coffee or tea anyway when I wake up. I had to set an alarm in the evening to remember my colon tea every other night! 

How do I feel? What changes have I felt and seen?… 

  • Well, the biggest change I’ve seen (this might be TMI) is that it is easier for me to go to the bathroom. I use it more and I feel less bloated because of this, which is great. 
  • I also feel a change in my energy! I don’t feel cranky-tired when I wake up and I’m not feeling the need to crash out right after lunch! 
  • I also feel like I’m able to Focus more on everything I’m doing. I feel like I have a clearer mind which is what I need! 

I’m halfway through this detox and I’m anxious to see how I’ll feel with the end result. 


Just to let y’all know, this is NOT a magic tea- you won’t drink it and suddenly lose weight and have a six pack right off the bat. 

I love how Teami Blends promotes clean eating and exercise in addition to your teas and detox. 

These products are made naturally to help you feel better- from the inside first. 

Hard work, consistency, and dedication will get you the results you’re looking for! 

I’m so eager to try more of their teas! Teami AliveTeami Energy, and Teami Relax are next and at the top of my list for me to try! 

Next week, I plan on going into more detail on the ingredients and giving more detail on how I’m feeling! 

If you’re feeling sluggish, or in a rut, or need a boost to help with your health and wellness goals, Teami Blends might be just what you need to get started! 
If you plan on purchasing Teami tea or products, I have a coupon code for you to use at checkout! 

Discount code: WFW10 

That code ^ will get you 10% off your order! Yay! 

If you want more updates in between Wednesdays, Follow me on Instagram! I update with a post at least one other time a week, and daily on my story. (There’s even more random goodies and discounts there) 


Stay tuned for more updates and info on my journey with Teami Blends! And feel free to ask any questions you have on the product! 


With love, 

Olivia 💛