Chelsea Crockett

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Grace to Grow

As children of God, we are so blessed to be able to experience the grace of God every single day. I recently listened to a sermon that revealed to me…

As children of God, we are so blessed to be able to experience the grace of God every single day. I recently listened to a sermon that revealed to me a new perspective on God’s grace and how we, as Christians, can learn from grace and grow from it, too.

Throughout our lives, we’re constantly growing into the people we’re meant to be. During this process, there’s a lot of regret, forgiveness, realizations, and much, much more. One thing that God freely gives us is grace. Grace over our sins, grace over our weaknesses, grace over our future… The list goes on and on.

Without grace, we’re stuck at a standstill. There’s no room to grow into the person God wants us to be, both in our spiritual lives and daily lives.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

What does it mean when God says his grace is sufficient? Sufficient means “adequate for its purpose; enough.” God’s grace is enough for us and he gives us this freely. We’re always going to have setbacks and downfalls throughout our lives, but the Bible instructs us to boast about our weaknesses because this is where God works most in our lives.

Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…”

Through what Jesus did for us on the cross, we’ve been saved, forgiven, renewed, and so much more. He gives us grace that covers all our sins, even the ones we think are too bad to be forgiven. It’s necessary to remember that we, ourselves, are not solely responsible for our both personal and spiritual growth. “It is not from ourselves, it is the gift of God!” We too often forget about this simple statement, and it’s one that holds so much importance!

I think we sometimes forget how amazing the grace of God is. When Jesus extends grace over our multitude of sins, we can live freely in him and grow into the person we were meant to be. This quote I once stumbled upon is a good reality check when it comes to God’s grace.

“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” – Jerry Bridges

We should never think we’re too far passed the help of God’s grace. We should also never think we’re too content to have the need for God’s grace. These two points are so important to remember because God’s grace is such a gift! We are never too far gone or too far satisfied to receive the grace of God!

How will you use God’s grace to grow today? How will you act in such a way that you can live freely and happily in your own walk with Christ? These are things to think about that will change your perspective on grace and how you react to it!

– Chelsea

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What is the Grace of God?

Grace is a word that I’ve heard time and time again. But if you were to sit three people down and ask them to define it, you would probably get…

Grace is a word that I’ve heard time and time again. But if you were to sit three people down and ask them to define it, you would probably get three different answers.

A lot of people think grace is the same thing as forgiveness. Although it may be similar at times, there’s more to grace then just forgiving a person for something they did wrong.

A lot of people think grace is the same thing as mercy. Once again, although it may be similar, grace is more than simply showing mercy to someone who may not deserve it.

If you want the dictionary’s definition of grace, it defines it as “the free and unmerited favor of God.” In other words, God’s free, unearned, undeserved favor. What’s more beautiful than that?

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

In other words, we have been saved by Jesus Christ because God had favor on His children. He loves us so much that he sent his son to save us. We have his divine favor that is given to us as his perfect gift. According to the verse, we can’t be saved through pointless works and deeds. We can only be saved through our faith in Him! 

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 

After knowing the true definition of grace, these verses make me smile. God, the creator of the entire universe, gives us His favor. This verse from Corinthians is one of my favorites because it explains that even though we are weak, through Him we are strong.

We can boast about our weaknesses because we have God’s favor and power over us, which is far greater than any weakness that tries to bring us down.

There’s a quote about God’s grace that has always stuck with me. It says, “You may not think that you’re good enough, but God’s grace and love are bigger than who you think you are.”

We are so undeserving of God’s grace, but he gives it to us freely, without thought, especially when we don’t deserve it.

With the grace of God, we are unstoppable.

Think of what this means for you. Knowing you have God’s favor over your life, where will you go from here? Take note of the weaknesses in your life and remember you have the power of God resting in you. Let the grace of God lead you into something great.

– Chelsea

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Unique Ways to Spend Your Father’s Day

When Mother’s Day was just around the corner, I wrote a blog post about different, unique ways you could spend that special day with your mom!  But since we’re finally…

When Mother’s Day was just around the corner, I wrote a blog post about different, unique ways you could spend that special day with your mom!  But since we’re finally in the month of Father’s Day, I thought I’d come up with a few ideas that are more centered around dads but still fun for your whole family!

  • If your dad is the typical dad that’s always down to golf, take him golfing for the day!  Chelsea Crockett - Baseball GameYou can go play a full round or even just hit up the driving range for a couple hours.  If you’re not a golfer, maybe even try taking him mini golfing.  It’s a great way to bond over something he likes to do!
  • Instead of going out to eat to celebrate, offer to help your dad grill a big dinner for your whole family!  That way, you can learn how to grill and spend time with your dad at the same time.  Sometimes just offering a helping hand can make his day!
  • Sit your dad down a week or so before Father’s Day and ask him what his ideal day would be, then make it happen!  Maybe he wants to go to a baseball game or fishing on the lake.  Whatever it is, make it happen since it’s his special day!
  • Bring out the little kid in him!  He may not say it, but it might just make his day to go camping, go-karting, etc.  Get out and be adventurous! 

Which idea are you going to treat your dad to this year?  Share with me in the comments below!  Maybe my dad and I are doing the same!

Happy Father’s Day! – Chelsea

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College Starter Pack

For those of you that just graduated high school, you will all soon be going your separate ways and following your different paths.  Whether your friends are going to college…

For those of you that just graduated high school, you will all soon be going your separate ways and following your different paths.  Whether your friends are going to college close to home or moving into a school across the country, everyone could use a college starter pack to take along with them!  It’s a perfect gift idea for upcoming grad parties. That being said, here’s what you’ll need to put in it!

  • Gum.  Chelsea Crockett - Freshman Starter KitOkay, but really… You can never have too many packs of gum, especially as a college student!  Having gum at-hand to pop in during class or after the dining hall is essential!
  • A pic of you and them.  Get your favorite picture of you and them developed for them to put it up somewhere in their dorm room.  You can even frame it so they can use it as decoration!
  • Advil.  This is essential considering your mom won’t be there to take care of you when you get sick!  It helps to start you off with some medicine in case you get a head or stomach ache.
  • An adhesive phone pocket.  If you don’t know what these are, they’re a stick-on pocket you stick to the back of your phone.  This is perfect for holding your dorm access keys, college ID, money, etc.
  • Microwavable meals/snacks.  These are crucial!  Having food you can make right in your dorm are one of the most important must-haves of college.  Late night snacks will come in handy!

I hope this makes your college transition a little easier! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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DIY High School Graduation Gift Ideas

It’s graduation season ladies and gentlemen, which means lots of graduation ceremonies, parties, and gifts!  If you have a lot of graduation parties to attend, the gifts can get pretty…

It’s graduation season ladies and gentlemen, which means lots of graduation ceremonies, parties, and gifts!  If you have a lot of graduation parties to attend, the gifts can get pretty expensive and start to add up.  Here are a few DIY gift ideas that are just as good as any other graduation gift but won’t break the bank!

  • DIY canvas.Chelsea Crockett - Canvas  I know this might seem pretty basic, but creating a canvas to match your friend’s dorm room is a fun, artsy gift!  You can add her favorite saying, verse, quote, etc. like the picture on the right.
  • High school scrapbook.  If you guys were close in high school, ask your friends to put together a page to add to a scrapbook for her!  You and your friends can even all go in on it together.  It’s thoughtful and memorable!
  • A bracelet/necklace/keychain with their school’s colors.  There are so many Etsy DIY accessories that you can customize to say certain things or be a certain color.  Customize it to have her name on it or her class year and her future school’s colors!
  • Freshman year survival kit.  Everyone could use one of these!  You basically put together a basket, or “kit,” filled with different essentials every freshman needs such as pencils, snacks, band-aids, etc.
  • College gear.  I know when I left for college, I wanted every shirt, sweatshirt, bumper sticker, etc. that my school had to offer!  Order something online or check out the college’s bookstore for a cute shirt or other souvenirs!

Which idea is your favorite?  Let me know in the comment section below!

XOXO – Chelsea

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Perfect LUSH Mother’s Day Gift!

Mother’s Day is the perfect day to show your mom how much she truly means to you.  Although we should thank her for all she does for us every day,…

Mother’s Day is the perfect day to show your mom how much she truly means to you.  Although we should thank her for all she does for us every day, Mother’s Day is a great excuse to go above and beyond and get her something special!  LUSH Cosmetics has the ideal Mother’s Day gift collection that you can choose from!

  • A Yellow or Pink “MOM” Bath Bomb ($7.95). Chelsea Crockett - LUSH Bath Bomb This is my favorite product from the Mother’s Day collection.  It’s the most appropriate for the occasion! 🙂 And your mom will love a fizzling bath bomb!
  • “Your Mother Should Know” Bubble Bar ($12.95).  Instead of a bath bomb, this bubble bar creates a bath full of grapefruit and rosewood scented bubbles!  And unlike a bath bomb, you can get a few uses out of it if you use it wisely. 
  • “Ups-A-Daisy” Bath Bomb ($7.95).  This bath bomb is in the shape of a flower and creates bright, technicolor swirls throughout your bath.  It has scents of orange and rosewood to give you a relaxing, spring aroma.
  • “Yummy Mummy” Shower Cream ($9.95-$29.95).  Depending on the size of the bottle, this shower cream can range anywhere between about $10 to $30.  It leaves your skin feeling smooth and smelling sweet!
  • “Happy Mother’s Day” Gift Basket ($87.95).  If you want to go above and beyond, you can purchase a full gift basket filled with a variety of different Mother’s Day products.  It may be pricey, but you definitely get your money’s worth!

What are you going to put in your mom’s basket this year?  Share with me below and I might do the same! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

Father’s Day is almost here!  It’s time to start thinking about spoiling your dad on his day!  I have been so blessed to have a good dad and I want…

Father’s Day is almost here!  It’s time to start thinking about spoiling your dad on his day!  I have been so blessed to have a good dad and I want to make sure he knows how grateful I am.  (If you don’t have a father that you keep in touch with, perhaps you have a male figure in your life that is really special to you…like an uncle or grandpa!)

This year, why not take your dad on a father/daughter date?  Take him to his favorite restaurant and offer to pay for your meals.  Write him a nice, heartfelt card to give to him at dinner. No matter who he is, any dad would love that. He may not show it on the outside, but he would love a letter from your heart, trust me!

Chelsea Crockett - ScrapbookThere are many DIY gift ideas online for readers to make for their dads such as scrapbooks, iPhone cases/covers, etc.  Whatever you decide to do, most importantly, take the time to let him know how much he means to you.  You’ll never regret thanking your dad and he will find it very encouraging!  Let me know how you decide to celebrate your dad!

Love, Chels

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The Gift of Giving

Have you ever been asked, “What is Christmas all about?” Some responses could be spending time with family or the delicious ham you get to savor for dinner! Although those…

Have you ever been asked, “What is Christmas all about?” Some responses could be spending time with family or the delicious ham you get to savor for dinner! Although those are a few pluses, there couldn’t be Christmas without Jesus. That being said, the Bible talks a lot about giving, such as God giving His only son to die for our sins. This is something we can all put into action this holiday season!

I recently found a quote on Pinterest that says “There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” Personally I find more joy in giving than receiving! Whether you’re doing a gift exchange with friends or giving your mom a present Christmas morning, it’s impossible not to get a smile on your face! Now I’m not saying that receiving isn’t nice… Getting a gift (especially one off of your wish list!) is never a time to complain, but giving someone a present is one hundred times more satisfying!Chelsea Crockett - Give

I know for me, the simple thought behind a gift already makes it good no matter what might be under the wrapping paper. Not everyone has the money to go out and buy ten $50 gifts. Not every present has to be expensive! Homemade or DIY gifts are even more meaningful than just buying a shirt or gift card (and it won’t break the bank!).

Tis’ the season for giving, and you shouldn’t miss out! If you give this holiday, I promise your joy will be greatly multiplied!

“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first.”

Love, Chelsea

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Perfect Christmas Gift Exchange Ideas

Searching for and picking out gifts can be surprisingly difficult, especially when you don’t know who’s going to get it! Gift exchanges are fun, but tough to actually find the…

Searching for and picking out gifts can be surprisingly difficult, especially when you don’t know who’s going to get it! Gift exchanges are fun, but tough to actually find the gift you’re going to bring. No worries… I’m here to help! Here are a few suggestions I came up with:

  • FOOD! Who doesn’t love food? There’s a huge variety of Christmas treats that are perfect for a little present. Cookies, cake pops, or peppermint brownies are just a few examples of sweets you can whip up!Chelsea Crockett - Peppermint Scrub
  • As you know, I’m obsessssssed with DIYs. There are several “do it yourself” recipes for scrubs and other body products that are inexpensive and perfect for a gift. One of my favorites is the peppermint body scrub, it’s perfect for the season :)!
  • When you think of winter, what’s one of the first things you think of? For me, I think of hot coffees and hot chocolates. You can buy a cute and creative mug and fill it with packets of different types of hot drinks!
  • Since clothes and shoes are out of the picture for exchanges, makeup or nail polish is a good replacement!  You don’t have to find the right size or spend a lot of money. It’s simple and a necessity for any girl :)!

Let me know what your go-to gift is for the holidays below!

Merry Christmas! – Chelsea

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Elizabeth Arden: New Fragrance Gift Sets

Elizabeth Arden is not only a worldly famous brand but an extremely powerful woman that changed the history of cosmetics. She was one of the first women to appear on…

Elizabeth Arden is not only a worldly famous brand but an extremely powerful woman that changed the history of cosmetics. She was one of the first women to appear on Time Magazine and showed her society that she could start her own business! Chelsea Crockett - Elizabeth Arden ProductsThis brand is a super unique, gorgeous line that sells tons of makeup and other products like on the right (click here to check them out!).  There is a certain special they have coming out soon that you can get a little inside on below :)!

Elizabeth Arden Fragrances is launching a campaign to promote their celebrity fragrance brands and their gift sets. They specially designed an app that has exclusive celebrity content, filters, frames, etc. The following brands are included: Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Mariah Carey, Elizabeth Taylor, Curve, and Ed Hardy. The only way you can download the app is with a unique code found in each of these fragrance gift sets!

The app is going to be super cool! It has tons of different stickers, filters, borders, frames, and text overlays all inspired by the above celebs. So, you can decorate and edit your photos just the way you want to! The gift sets are not only great to have for yourself, but make a perfect gift for a friend or sibling.

So far, I don’t have any info on when the gift sets are going to be released, but I strongly suggest you keep an eye out for them!

XO, Chels

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DIY Watermark Tee

I recently saw this tutorial on Pinterest and thought that this so cute and creative! What is really unique about this DIY is that it is totally customizable! What do…

I recently saw this tutorial on Pinterest and thought that this so cute and creative! What is really unique about this DIY is that it is totally customizable! What do I mean? You can put whatever quote, verse, or lyric you want on it! On my shirt, I used the quote “When you feel like you’re drowning in life, don’t worry, our lifeguard walks on water.”

 What you will need:

–          Elmer’s Blue Gel glue (It HAS to be the blue kind, or it will not work!)

Chelsea Crockett watermark tee

–          Fabric dye

–          White cotton tee

1. Wet your tee with cool water and place a board between the layers of the shirt, like the lid of a tub.

2. Start drawing! Take the glue and write your favorite verse or quote across the front of the shirt. Pinterest is a great place to find quotes, too! Let the glue dry completely. This may take a few hours!

4. Prepare your tub of dye. Use cool water to make it, and remember that the color that comes out of the tub of dye will be a couple shades darker than your finished shirt! When you get the color you want, lay your tee out flat to dry.

5. When your tee is completely dry, soak it in cool, soapy about 15 minutes. This washes out the extra glue. Toss it in the washer and dry as you would normally!

 

I have found that these tees make great gifts to friends! Do you have a song that you and a friend call “your song”? Then slap the lyrics on one of these tee’s and give it to them for Christmas! They will love it, and it will mean so much to them that you made it!

XOXO, Chels

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Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day!

Hey everyone!            Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  So, it’s time to start thinking about how to celebrate.  You can show your love for that special someone or for…

Hey everyone!
            Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  So, it’s time to start thinking about how to celebrate.  You can show your love for that special someone or for your parents, grandparents, or friends.  One thing to think about is food!  When you think about it, most everything we do revolves around food.  Think about what your recipient would like most.  A box of candy, home baked cookies, Chinese take-out, a home cooked meal, or going to a favorite restaurant are among some of the ideas to choose from. 
            Next, you are going to need a special gift.  Gifts don’t always have to be bought.  Chelsea Crockett - CouponsGifts from the heart can often be simple.  You can write a letter to your loved one to tell them how much you really care and to thank them for bringing such joy to you.  Another fun idea is to make coupons for others.  You could write as many as you want.  Some examples would be:  A coupon for cooking dinner OR making the beds OR pizza and a movie night with your parents/grandparents.  Remember it’s the thought that goes into the gift that matters.
            I hope some of these ideas help to make your Valentine’s Day extra special this year.  Remember it’s not necessarily a time to spend money on others, but a time to speak from the heart about what matters most…..those you love!
 

                                                                 XOXO,
                                                                       Chelsea

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