Chelsea Crockett

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S’Mores Bark

S’mores are fall’s favorite treat. Not only do you get to cozy up to a fire while you make them, but they are so ooey and gooey and delicious. Not…

S’mores are fall’s favorite treat. Not only do you get to cozy up to a fire while you make them, but they are so ooey and gooey and delicious. Not all of us have access to a bonfire whenever we feel the urge to enjoy a s’more, so that is where s’mores bark comes in. You can make this inside and enjoy it from the comfort of your kitchen! Plus, it is easily share-able.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 3 sheets of graham crackers

Melt 1 ½ cups of chocolate chips and spread it over a pan covered in wax paper. Make sure the chocolate is layered thick. Refrigerate this for about an hour. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. Then add in the marshmallow fluff and microwave it for about 30 seconds. Quickly spread the marshmallow and white chocolate layer over the hardened first chocolate layer. Crumble the graham crackers and press them into the marshmallow/chocolate layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, meanwhile melting 2 cups of chocolate chips. Spread this over the graham cracker layer and put it in the fridge for 2 hours. Take it out and break it apart. Store it in the fridge if you want a solid bark, and if you want it squishy leave it out in a covered container.

Yum!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: www.wineandglue.com/smores-bark/

 

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Life Lessons from Proverbs 16:24

Proverbs 16:24 says “Gracious words are like honey. Sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” What does it mean to be gracious? To me, I think that it…

Proverbs 16:24 says “Gracious words are like honey. Sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”

What does it mean to be gracious? To me, I think that it means being a forgiving person. It means that you treat others how they should be treated, not how you necessarily want to treat them. It means believing the best in people, and being kind. Using gracious words means being gentile and kind with how you speak to people. It means building others up and taking the high road. God’s word tells us that when we use gracious words, they are actually good for us. They are mentally and spiritually healthy. You are more joyful and happy when you show others grace instead of holding on to grudges and hard feelings.

Next time you are in a difficult situation, remember to be gracious in the way you handle it, because it is better for you and for those around you in the end.

XOXO, Chels

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How to Stay Healthy in College

Sometimes the combination of classes, homework, meetings, jobs, and maintaining a social life can have college students, like myself, forgetting about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is hard to find…

Sometimes the combination of classes, homework, meetings, jobs, and maintaining a social life can have college students, like myself, forgetting about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is hard to find the time! Developing healthy habits makes it easier for college students to stay healthy both now and in the future. Getting sick just slows us down and makes it harder to keep up with everything! These tips don’t take much time or even much mental energy, so working them into your life isn’t a hassle. Here are the top 4 ways to stay healthy in college.

  1. Drink lots of water. This might be the easiest way to stay healthy. Staying hydrated helps your concentration and keeps you from overeating. It also helps give you more energy! Keep a bottle of water in your backpack at all times.
  2. College students tend to run themselves ragged. I can vouch for that. Stress can cause so many problems with your health, so making time to de-stress (even if it is just watching one episode of a tv show or reading a chapter of a book for fun) gives your mind and body a break from the stress.
  3. Get some sleep. I know “yolo” is a thing, and you want to do everything you possibly can and live life to the fullest, but that isn’t always healthy! Pulling all-nighters to study because you put it off, or hanging out with friends until the wee hours of the morning leads to sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation leads to headaches, reduced brain function, weight gain, and even sickness. Try and take short naps or get to bed on time as many days as possible.
  4. Wash your hands. Sickness is passed so quickly on college campuses, and washing your hands can be a savior when you can’t afford to miss class because you came down with something. It is such an easy way to prevent tons of illnesses.

Life is better when you show your body some kindness!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Recover from Failure

Failing is part of life, but no one said it has to be an easy part. It can make you feel depressed, inadequate, and can sometimes be embarrassing. Rejection is…

Failing is part of life, but no one said it has to be an easy part. It can make you feel depressed, inadequate, and can sometimes be embarrassing. Rejection is tough, and how you deal with it can really determine how successful and happy you are. Being resilient is such an important quality have. Resilience is the ability to take failure and rise above it! How do you get over failure and persevere through it? Here are 4 ways to be resilient.

  1. Don’t ignore your emotions: Looking at the bright side of a situation isn’t always realistic, especially when you are feeling like a failure. Let yourself feel the sad emotions, don’t try to push them down. Once you have allowed yourself to feel the negative emotions you leave room for the positive ones to take over!
  2. Be realistically optimistic: Life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, we all know that. Just know life has ups and downs and that life isn’t going to be easy all of the time. Keep a positive outlook on things, but also be realistic.
  3. Have a strong support system: This is so important. Always having a strong network of friends and family that support you is vital for when you come across hard times. They will be right there by your side when times get tough and will help you back up when you fall. They can build your happiness back up and make you feel more resilient!
  4. Be grateful: Appreciate all of the positive things in your life, take joy in your victories no matter how small they are. When you are positive even about the small things, the big things don’t seem so bad. Have an attitude of gratitude and be thankful for everything going RIGHT in life.

Life is tough, but you are tougher!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

 

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Beauty Tips You Can Do in Your Sleep

Beauty takes time. As a good friend of mine always says, beauty isn’t for sissies! It feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done that…

Beauty takes time. As a good friend of mine always says, beauty isn’t for sissies! It feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done that I need to do, let alone enough time to get all my beauty prep in. In my book, the best kind of beauty treatments are the ones you can do in your sleep. Here are a few examples of treatments that make you the beauty queen you are, and all you have to do is catch some zzzzzzzzzz’s.

  1. Shrink a pimple: If you have a pesky pimple or two, put a small dab of toothpaste onto it and let it sit overnight. It dries the blemish out and helps shrink it.
  2. Moisturize: Hydrate your skin with an overnight mask to heal and nourish dry skin. You can also use a humidifier to help stop the dry air from sucking the moisture from your skin while you sleep!
  3. Heal your hair: Coconut oil works miracles. Seriously. Smooth some on your strands and leave it on overnight. Cover your pillow with a towel so the oil doesn’t soak in. Be ready to wake up with the healthiest hair you’ve ever had!
  4. Wavy hair: Want to wake up with wavy hair? There are tons of no-heat curl methods to try. Do a quick YouTube search and find one that works for you. These methods save your hair a ton of damage, AND they take barely any time at all! Your hair gets styled as you sleep.

Now you know why they call it “beauty sleep”!

XOXO, Chels

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Fall Plaid Style

Plaid: Fall’s favorite pattern. You can wear it many ways, with many layers, and in many color combinations! Sometimes, with all those options, it can get a little overwhelming. To…

Plaid: Fall’s favorite pattern. You can wear it many ways, with many layers, and in many color combinations! Sometimes, with all those options, it can get a little overwhelming. To simplify styling plaid this Fall, I’ll give you my 3 favorite ways to wear it.

  1. Layered: One plaid shirt can be worn in so many ways. It can be worn under a sweater, cardigan, vest, army jacket, and so on. You can tone down the pattern by layering it under things, or let it be the centerpiece of the outfit by wearing it by itself.
  2. Accessorized: Plaid scarves are timeless and go with just about anything! You can drape a plaid blanket scarf around your shoulders to keep you warm, and can wear a pair of plaid gloves to add accent to any fall ensemble.
  3. Statement: Make a plaid piece the statement item of your outfit. I love a cute plaid skirt with a simple top and riding boots. The pattern doesn’t overwhelm the outfit and gives it the perfect amount of “pop.”

I am ready to rock some plaid this Fall!

XOXO, Chels

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Bad Relationship Advice from Disney Princesses

At some point in our childhood, we all wanted to be a Disney princess. Now that we are grownups, going back and watching those movies is so different. We catch…

At some point in our childhood, we all wanted to be a Disney princess. Now that we are grownups, going back and watching those movies is so different. We catch things that went right over our heads as kids, things like how dysfunctional their relationships are! As much as we love the princesses, they’ve made some questionable dude decisions. Here are the top 5 pieces of really bad relationship advice Disney princesses give us.

  1. Pretending you are something you aren’t is a great way to begin a relationship: Cinderella, for example. She pretended to be a princess so the prince would fall in love with her. This is just bad. In our case, it could be pretending you like certain things to impress the guy you are dating. In the end, being someone you aren’t is deceiving, even if your intentions are good. Just be yourself! This can also go the other way, and the guy can be lying about who he really is. Aladdin is totally guilty of this. It causes huge strain on your relationship when you learn that person isn’t who you thought they were.
  2. Spend all of your time waiting for the love of your life to show up: Nope, don’t be Rapunzel. Get out there and show ‘em who’s boss! Don’t wait for them to come to you, put yourself out there.
  3. You can change the person you are dating: Belle. The Beast. Enough said. Trying to “save” the person you are dating and turn them into your ideal man is not the way a healthy relationship goes. Your guy should be striving to be the best person he can be, and you should be doing the same. It is not your responsibility to “save” them. That’s God’s job.
  4. Finding the right guy solves all of life’s problems: Yes, we all want our own happily ever after. But the idea of finding the guy and having the fairytale ending is just that, a fairytale. Life is hard. Life throws you curves. But that is half the fun! Going through life’s battles with your guy by your side makes you stronger, and also helps you appreciate the good times.

I know we all have wished that life could “Bibbity Bobbity Boo” a little relationship luck our way. Disney princesses don’t always have the keys to life, my friends!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Proverbs 11:27

“Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.” That’s what Proverbs 11:27 tells us. In a nutshell, it means that anyone can find the…

“Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.” That’s what Proverbs 11:27 tells us. In a nutshell, it means that anyone can find the dirt in someone, but we should strive to be the ones who find the gold.

It can be easy to focus on the negative in people and point out their flaws to make ourselves feel like we are better than them. That’s something anyone can do. Anyone can focus on the negative in someone. It takes a humble mind to think of the good in others most of the time. It is so much healthier for our minds and our hearts to be positive. Our outlook on life depends on it! Also, when we start talking positive about people behind their backs instead of negative, people start to notice. Be an example for others and make them wonder why you are different. Let Jesus shine through you.

Be the one who finds the gold.

XOXO, Chels

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

What is better than a slice of pumpkin pie? A pumpkin pie SMOOTHIE of course! When I think of fall I think of Thanksgiving and with Thanksgiving comes pumpkin pie….

What is better than a slice of pumpkin pie? A pumpkin pie SMOOTHIE of course! When I think of fall I think of Thanksgiving and with Thanksgiving comes pumpkin pie. This smoothie is not only delicious, but it is also good for you! It is packed with fiber and protein. Much better for you than for than an actual slice of pie. Here is how to whip up one for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened soymilk or coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 ice cubesTop of Form

Combine all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until it is smooth. This makes 2 servings, so share it with a friend! This would be a delicious after school snack or after dinner desert.

Eat up!

XOXO, Chels

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Unhealthy Habits to Cut Out Of Your Life

Many of us are constantly striving to improve our overall well-being. That means cutting out certain bad habits that are keeping you down and setting you back from your goals….

Many of us are constantly striving to improve our overall well-being. That means cutting out certain bad habits that are keeping you down and setting you back from your goals. Here are some things that I am cutting out of my life to stay healthy- both mentally and physically.

  1. Workouts I hate: Not everyone likes certain exercises. A lot of people hate crossfit, and a lot of people love it! Forcing yourself to do workouts/exercises that you dislike discourages you from working out. There are so many ways to exercise out there. Try running. Don’t like running? Try bootcamp classes. Don’t like bootcamp? Keep trying things until you find something you like. You will be much more motivated to stick with it.
  2. Negative self-talk: Stop being mean to yourself and realize that you are enough! You are strong, and you are capable. Start complimenting yourself and celebrating who you are.
  3. Stress: A little stress is healthy, it keeps us accountable and helps us accomplish our goals. But too much stress can compromise our health by causing weight gain, skin problems, physical pain etc. Manage your stress in healthy ways like exercising, having “quiet time”, and taking time to hang out with friends.
  4. Perfectionism: Setting goals is great, but striving for perfectionism is unhealthy. Focus your energy on progress, not perfection!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Life Lessons From 1 Thessalonians 5:11

To me, one of the best things you can do for your friends and family to show them you love them and care for them is to build them up….

To me, one of the best things you can do for your friends and family to show them you love them and care for them is to build them up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Encourage each other and build each other up.”

This is such an important thing to have in life – people who will build you up and encourage you. And it is an important personality trait for us to have ourselves. People like to be around people who are positive and make them feel good about themselves and supported. Life is so much better when you feel like you have a support system and people that believe in you and encourage you to be successful. Be that person for someone else. Be that person that builds others up and encourages them. People will be drawn to you and will want to be around you! It is so energizing to be around positive people.

I have been trying to share tons of encouragement over my social media to try and encourage and build YOU all up. I want to be that person for you, and I pray that you would be that person for someone else.

XOXO, Chels

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Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Puppy chow is probably on my list of top 10 favorite foods. Not even kidding. I cannot stop myself when there is a bowl of it in front of me….

Puppy chow is probably on my list of top 10 favorite foods. Not even kidding. I cannot stop myself when there is a bowl of it in front of me. It just magically disappears. Since fall is upon us and everything is now pumpkin flavored, what sounds better than pumpkin flavored puppy chow? Not much. Not much at all. Here is how to make pumpkin spice puppy chow!

Ingredients:

  • 7-8 cups Cinnamon Chex cereal
  • 12 ounces orange candy melts
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 cups candy pumpkins

Pour the Chex cereal into a bowl and put to the side. Melt the candy melts for 20 seconds, stir, melt, and stir until they are melted. Stir 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, the cloves, allspice and nutmeg in to the candy melts until it is combined. Pour this mixture onto the cereal and stir gently to coat all of the squares. Be super gentle! Pour the powdered sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon into a large Ziploc baggie. Pour in the coated squares and shake until they are all coated in sugar. Pour in the pumpkins and toss some more. Store it in an air tight container, or just eat them all right then and there! No judgments here.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Who God Says You Are

You are so many things. Have you ever had people try to tell you who you are? That can be frustrating, having people try to fit you into a mold….

You are so many things. Have you ever had people try to tell you who you are? That can be frustrating, having people try to fit you into a mold. God is the only one who really knows who we are, and according to Him, we are pretty darn great. Here is the proof. God says that you are:

  1. You are beautiful. Psalm 45:11
  2. You are unique. Psalm 139:13
  3. You are loved. Jeremiah 31:3
  4. You are special. Ephesians 2:10
  5. You are created with a purpose. Jeremiah 29:11
  6. You are cared for. Ephesians 3:17-19
  7. You are lovely. Daniel 12:3
  8. You are precious. 1 Corinthians 6:20
  9. You are strong. Psalm 18:35
  10. You are important. 1 Peter 2:9
  11. You are forgiven. Psalm 103:12
  12. You are a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  13. You are protected. Psalm 121:3
  14. You are empowered. Philippians 4:13
  15. You are chosen. John 15:16
  16. You are family. Ephesians 2:19
  17. You are His. Isaiah 43:1

You are who God says you are! The proof is in His word, the Bible. He gave us that book so that we can be encouraged and know exactly how much He loves us. Let that encourage you and empower you.

XOXO, Chels

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Pumpkin S’Mores Bars

Two things come to mind when I think about fall snacks: Pumpkins and s’mores. Why not combine the two for a sweet, festive goodie! I think these are great bonfire…

Two things come to mind when I think about fall snacks: Pumpkins and s’mores. Why not combine the two for a sweet, festive goodie! I think these are great bonfire snacks, or something cute to make for your bf as a random treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pure pumpkin
  • ½ cup butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 12 graham cracker squares
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows (separated)
  • 1 1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking dish with foil. Next, heat the pumpkin, butter, milk and cinnamon in a small saucepan over low heat until the butter is melted and the mixture is heated. Stir in graham cracker crumbs. Remove from heat.

Lay out the graham cracker squares on the bottom of the baking dish. Spread half of the pumpkin mixture on top of graham crackers. Sprinkle 1 cup of marshmallows and 2/3 cup of chocolate chips over pumpkin mixtures. Spread remaining pumpkin mixture over marshmallows and chocolate chips. Sprinkle the rest of the marshmallows and chocolate chips. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes or until the marshmallows are golden. Let it cool, refrigerate for an hour, then enjoy!

Deeeeelish.

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: verybestbaking.com

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Tips to Keep Winter Weight Off

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once…

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once you’ve got those pounds off you feel amazing! But, life happens, you get busy (and maybe lazy) and the weight starts creeping back. This is especially true when the cold weather comes and all we want to do is be cozy in our jammies on the couch. Here are 5 tips on how to maintain a healthy weight.

  1. Even a few minutes of exercise makes all the difference: Even if you can only get 15 minutes of exercise in, it is better than nothing. I get it, life is busy! But if I can squeeze in a few minutes of exercise, like jumping jacks and sit-ups while I watch TV, I am still getting my heart rate up and my body moving.
  2. Follow through: If you plan to work out, actually do it! You will feel accomplished and proud of yourself.
  3. Mix things up: I can get stuck in the same exercise routine, and I find myself dreading working out because it is boring. To prevent this, mix up your exercise tactics! Do yoga one day, run the next, and maybe try some Zumba! Keeps things interesting.
  4. Think positive: When you think about working out, or about skipping a workout, focus on how great you will feel afterwards. You know that great tired feeling you get in your muscles and the endorphin high you feel? Focus on that. It will motivate you to get your booty to the gym or out on the trail!
  5. Work out, even when you’re sore: That doesn’t mean go out and run ten miles. It means take a nice walk or do some yoga to work the lactic acid out of your muscles and stretch you out. It will help your muscles recover!

Maintaining your ideal weight isn’t a walk in the park, and it takes work, but you can totally do it, and you will feel so good about yourself!

XOXO, Chels

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7 Psalms to Help Calm Anxiety

Life is getting increasingly crazy for this Crockett. I went back to school this year and will be moving to Atlanta soon, which are both huge life changes. Sometimes I…

Life is getting increasingly crazy for this Crockett. I went back to school this year and will be moving to Atlanta soon, which are both huge life changes. Sometimes I can feel overwhelmed when I think of everything coming up, but then I remember who is in control. Going to God with my worries helps calm my heart and my mind. Here are 7 psalms to help calm your anxious heart.

  1. Psalm 121: “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
  2. Psalm 116: “The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return, O my soul, to rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.”
  3. Psalm 103: “For as high as the heaves are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
  4. Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.”
  5. Psalm 34: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
  6. Psalm 40: “As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!”
  7. Psalm 62: “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.”

XOXO, Chels

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