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Are You Hot or Cold?

If you were to rate your relationship with God on a scale from 1-10, with 1 being cold and 10 being hot, where would you land? Now, I’m not saying…

If you were to rate your relationship with God on a scale from 1-10, with 1 being cold and 10 being hot, where would you land?

Now, I’m not saying you should rate your faith in God on a scale, but I do want you to consider one thing: are you lukewarm for God?

You might be thinking: What? Lukewarm? What does that even mean?

I would define lukewarm as being a 5 on the scale. Sure, you believe in God, but your life doesn’t fully reflect the way a godly life should look. Maybe you go to church on Sundays and open your Bible every once in a while, but are your thoughts and actions reflecting that of a follower of Christ?

When I first started following God, I could’ve considered myself a “lukewarm” Christian. I could talk the talk but I not always walked the walk. I would pray occasionally and request the things I wanted from God, but my life didn’t reflect that of a Christian’s at all.

I read a quote that completely changed my heart and my perspective.

“Following Christ isn’t something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are.”

When we go to class, we shouldn’t only talk to God when we need a good grade on a test or want an A on a paper. He should be at the center of our day. Someone we thank for the little things.

In our group of friends, we shouldn’t only pray for our friends when they’re going through a break up or needing to nail a good interview for a job. We should stray away from gossip, temptation to fall into sin, and other things that don’t reflect that of a godly person.

In high school, I would be filled with fear or anxiety about both big and little things in my life. One way I became “hot” for God was by leaning on him and giving him control instead of worrying about how I could be in control of my life.

I’ve learned that there are times when we may not feel like spending time with God, or it just seems like He is not present at all. With my doubts and questions, it seems as if He is so far away. Recently, this has been my battle. If I’m honest, it hurts and I hate that I “feel” this way. But I push through. The best thing to know through this time is that God isn’t surprised by this. He wants me to want Him, and I want Him so much. So I pray for a heart that wants Him earnestly.

When Paul was talking about being “lukewarm” he meant this with the way we live our lives, the way we talk, who we choose to hang with, etc. So, if you’re questioning God, or if you feel as if you have a hard time walking in your faith right now, don’t lose heart. The God above who knows you inside and out, knows your struggle. He wants you to talk to Him, and He may be trying to walk you through the desert for a period of time to teach you something. Lean in. Step in faith. This turned into a tangent, but I believe someone needed to hear it.

He’s a jealous God, and he wants us to fall in love with him and everything that comes along with the journey.

“Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful.” – Romans 12:11-12

Chelsea

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Best Christmas Dates to Go On this Season

Around the holidays is the absolute best time for fun winter dates.  There are so many different things to do whether it be with your new crush, boyfriend, or even…

Around the holidays is the absolute best time for fun winter dates.  There are so many different things to do whether it be with your new crush, boyfriend, or even your BFF.  Most are pretty inexpensive too which is always a plus! Here are a few dates that are perfect for breaking you and your date into the Christmas spirit!

  • Since spending a lot of money to go out on an actually date isn’t always an option, spending a night at home can be just as fun!  Baking Christmas cookies and watching your fav Christmas movies isn’t too bad of an idea!Chelsea Crockett - Christmas Lights
  • Around my area, we have a ton of neighborhoods/houses that go all out for Christmas decorating.  Wait till it gets dark out, make some hot chocolate to-go, and go for a drive to look at all the lights and decorations!
  • I’ve heard this a bunch of times but haven’t actually tried it out myself!  People say volunteering with your boyfriend or girlfriend is a good way to not only help your community but to get to know them better as well.  Maybe go shopping for a toy drive or volunteer somewhere to spread some holiday cheer!
  • Search online for any Christmas festivals or celebrations going on around your area.  I know where I’m from we have different Christmas events going on all throughout December!
  • Buy tickets for a Christmas play or concert.  Instead of the typical movie theater date, switch it up and go to a holiday play!  You can even go on a nice dinner before, dress up, and enjoy your night together!

I hope you and your date have an awesome holiday season! 🙂

XO – Chelsea

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DIY Shower Soothers

During the winter months, sinus infections wreak havoc on so many of us! Stuffy noses are the absolute worst! If you are looking for a way to breathe easier and…

During the winter months, sinus infections wreak havoc on so many of us! Stuffy noses are the absolute worst! If you are looking for a way to breathe easier and get some sweet relief, try out these homemade shower soothers! You put them in the shower with you while you bathe and they help clear you right up! Plus, they are much better for you than the store bought ones. And much cheaper!

Ingredients:

  • About 1 1/2 cups of baking sodaimages
  • About 2/3 cup of water
  • Essential Oils: Rosemary, Lavender and Eucalyptus

Before getting started, preheat your oven to 350F. Add the baking soda to a mixing bowl and slowly add in the water. Your mixture should look a little like pancake batter! Stir together, then scoop your mixture into muffin tins that have paper muffin liners in them, one tablespoon per muffin hole. Place the muffin tin in the oven for 20 minutes, then remove them. Add a few drops of each essential oil to the discs and let them cool completely. Once they have cooled, pop them out of the muffin tin and store them in a plastic bag. Toss one in the shower next time you are feeling stuffy and prepare to be amazed!

XOXO, Chels

 


 

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5 Trendy Coats to Rock This Winter

The leaves are done changing and the cold air is unfortunately setting in. Big sweaters and long sleeved shirts just aren’t going to cut it. As much as I love…

The leaves are done changing and the cold air is unfortunately setting in. Big sweaters and long sleeved shirts just aren’t going to cut it. As much as I love fall, I’m ready to dig out my winter coats! I wanted to share with you five of my favorite styles that are popular and trendy for the upcoming season!

  1. In my recent trip to New York, I tried out a knee-length coat to bear the cold weather in, and I’m absolutely obsessed!Chelsea Crockett - Coat This style of coat is extremely warm… and stylish! I also love the knee-length cardigans. I highly suggest them for not only warmth but so you can rock the hottest trend too :).
  2. Puffy coats have been around for decades, and are still sold almost anywhere. Once again, they’re extremely warm and cute to wear with a stylish pair of boots.
  3. For more on the style side of things, crop jackets are super fashionable for the season. The only downside to these is that they might not keep you as warm! You can always layer or add some warm accessories such as a scarf or earmuffs.
  4. A newer style that I’m starting to see in the fashion world is poncho coats. I’m in love! Despite the fact that they might not seem as warm as they look, they actually are! You can buy them at several stores such as Forever 21 and H&M.
  5. A vintage, timeless style that never seems to go out of style is pea coats. You can find them in any color you can think of. My favorite ones are neutral colors. Tan, black, white, or grey are usually what I shop for!

What’s your favorite type of coat? Let me know below :).

Love, Chelsea

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How to Wear A Dress In Cold Weather

Dresses are my favorite! I hate having to slide them to the back of my closet once the cold weather and snow start to hit. Of course, bright colors and…

Dresses are my favorite! I hate having to slide them to the back of my closet once the cold weather and snow start to hit. Of course, bright colors and sun dresses probably need to be retired, but you don’t have to quit wearing dresses completely! Check out my favorite ways to rock a dress in the freezing cold!Chelsea Crockett- over the knee boot

The typical way to wear a dress in the cold without freezing is with tights, boots, and a jacket. While this style is classic and always accepted, there are a few fun ways to ditch the tights! Have you ever heard of over the knee boots?! These are great to throw on with a dress and show just enough skin that you won’t get too cold! Another interesting way to wear a dress in the winter is with a tight pair of skinnies. This works best with a flannel or sweater dress (I would not recommend this with a tight dress).

When it comes to a jacket, my favorites to wear with a dress are a classic leather bomber jacket or long knee coat. Totally depends on your mood! Don’t give your favorite dress the boot too soon…you’ve just gained yourself a few more months!

            -Chelsea

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Banana Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt

Where I live, in the Midwest, summers are sweltering. Cool treats are always good to have on hand, but yummy frozen snacks are usually packed with sugar. Having heathy cold…

Where I live, in the Midwest, summers are sweltering. Cool treats are always good to have on hand, but yummy frozen snacks are usually packed with sugar. Having heathy cold snacks on hand is a must. Here is one that I absolutely adore!

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  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 4 oz vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup semi sweet miniature chocolate chips

Place bananas, yogurt, peanut butter, and milk in a blender and blend until there are no chunks. Scoop the mixture into a plastic container and stir in the chocolate chips. Cover and freeze for 30-45 minutes for a froyo consistency. I like making this either as an afternoon cool-down treat or a midnight snack! Either will do 😉

XOXO, Chels

 

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Home Remedies for Killing Nasty Allergies

Spring fever is in full swing! With the flowers budding and the warm weather moving in, there’s also a negative side to the beautiful outdoors: allergies. You can’t stop them…

Spring fever is in full swing! With the flowers budding and the warm weather moving in, there’s also a negative side to the beautiful outdoors: allergies. You can’t stop them and they only seem to get worse throughout each month. Besides the obvious medicines and vitamins, there are things at home you can do to lessen your symptoms!

Hot showers are the one of the best ways to clear up your stuffy nose. Because of the steam, it hydrates your sinuses and eliminates dryness. If you don’t want to fully take a shower to get the steam effect, pour boiling water in a bowl, put your head over the top of it, and inhale. This works just as well! (If you want to go the extra mile, buy a humidifier and put it in your room while you sleep!)

Chelsea Crockett - Peppermint TeaPeppermint is an easy and enjoyable way to clear up your stuffy nose. If you’re a tea drinker, add some dry or chopped fresh peppermint to a cup of warm tea. The warmth of your tea will help your throat and the peppermint will work at opening your sinuses. Another bonus to add to your mint tea, is a little bit of honey. Legend says that, because bees transfer pollen to honey, eating or drinking a little bit every day can slowly make you immune to its effects! It’s worth a try!

If you’re a victim of nasty allergies, share your remedy secrets below!

Love, Chels

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How to Stay Warm without Losing Your Style

When it’s freezing cold outside, the last thing you want to do is leave your warm, cozy house… But when you’re forced out into the harsh weather, you have to…

When it’s freezing cold outside, the last thing you want to do is leave your warm, cozy house… But when you’re forced out into the harsh weather, you have to be bundled up from head to toe! Despite the falling snow or bitter winds, you’re going to have to find some ultra-warm clothes to keep warm. Sometimes this makes it harder to keep your style and look fashionable (and who knows, maybe you’re going on an ice skating date?)! With that being said, here are some pointers on how to do just that!

  • Maybe you have a light coat that you want to wear but you don’t think it’ll be warm enough. Layer! You can always wear a long-sleeved shirt underneath a sweater and then you’re stylish coat. Or try finding a fleece zip up or something along those lines to rock underneath!
  • Boots are always the key to keeping your feet warm. Find a stylish pair such as snow boots, combat boots, or booties! Depending on how dressy you’re going, you can always wear a think pair of boot socks to stick out of your fashionable boots.Chelsea Crockett - Snow Boots
  • Accessories are the key to any good outfit, no matter what! So, find a cute scarf, hat, or pair of gloves that match your outfit to spice it up.
  • Lastly, find the perfect coat to seal the deal. Instead of a plain fleece jacket, try rocking a pea coat, puffy coat, or even a fleece or fur vest (cause vests are totally in!).

So whatever the frigid occasion may be, ice skating or maybe a Christmas parade, I hope these help you out!

XO – Chelsea

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Winter Brand “Must-Haves”

Winter is in the air, you can feel it!  Where I live, the temperature’s dropping very quickly this season!  One day it’s 55 degrees and the next it’s 20!  I’m…

Winter is in the air, you can feel it!  Where I live, the temperature’s dropping very quickly this season!  One day it’s 55 degrees and the next it’s 20!  I’m always looking for sporty, stylish clothes to keep me warm while I enjoy winter sports like running or ice skating.  Some of my favorite winter brands are Patagonia, The North Face, and Columbia.Chelsea Crockett - Patagonia

These brands offer cute styles of jackets that are form fitting and keep you warm and dry.  The coats are compressible for packing for a snow ski trip and lightweight for just hanging with friends around an open fire.  Many of their styles have removable or adjustable hoods.  The quality of these brands are exceptional.  Their outer shells are often insulated, breathable, waterproof, and most of all….super fashionable!  The choices are endless.

Boots, pants, gloves, hats, etc. are all offered from these companies.  You can’t go wrong with the combination of warmth plus style!  Whatever your sport may be, you will be pleased with the durability and protection needed for outdoor fun.

If you’re into snow skiing or snowboarding, these three brands are 100% the way to go. They have the perfect clothing for you to gear up against the cold (and look cute doing it!). These brands are also perfect for a Christmas gift. Grab a gift card, or a couple cute accessories and you’re set! Who wouldn’t love that?  Check out these brands below!

Happy winter! – Chelsea

Patagonia – http://tiny.cc/PatagoniaClothing

The North Face – http://tiny.cc/TheNorthFaceClothing

Columbia – http://tiny.cc/ColumbiaClothing 

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Summertime Water!

I can’t believe how hot it is outside!  Which means summertime is in full force here in the U.S.  Our summers are pretty hot here in the Midwest.  I’m always…

I can’t believe how hot it is outside!  Which means summertime is in full force here in the U.S.  Our summers are pretty hot here in the Midwest.  I’m always looking for a refreshing healthy drink that helps to beautify my skin and body. I’ve recently started experimenting with ice water and different fruits.  You should give it a try!

You can buy strawberries, blueberries, cherries, oranges, limes, grapes…..the list is endless. First, wash your fruit. Then cut it up and squeeze the juice into the glass. Drop the fresh fruit into the glass and fill it with water and ice.  Have fun experimenting with which fruits taste best together for your taste buds! One of my favorites is cherries, strawberries, and oranges. It gives my water a sweet taste with healthy vitamins and no useless calories! Chelsea Crockett - Fruit Drink

Another option is to add cucumbers, watermelon, and mint herb. It’s a refreshing drink with a different twist. No matter what you add in your bottle, it’s guaranteed to be 100% healthy for you and your body. Another tip is to freeze your grapes before you add them in your water. When they’re frozen, they act as ice cubes to keep your drink ice cold! The possibilities really are endless. Give it a try, let me know your favorite concoction, and I’ll have to try it out for myself! Enjoy!

Cheers! – Chelsea

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Say Adios to Dry, Flakey Lips

We’ve all been victims of it…dry, flakey lips.  They’re the worst!  You pile on layers and layers of Chap Stick, and still, NOTHING!  So how can you beat the dreaded…

We’ve all been victims of it…dry, flakey lips.  They’re the worst!  You pile on layers and layers of Chap Stick, and still, NOTHING!  So how can you beat the dreaded winterized lips?  I promise there is a way!

            Start off by trying not to lick your lips.  A lot of people think that when they’re lips get dry, then they need to lick them.  Wrong!  This will actually end up drying out your lips more since it is removing your lips natural oils.  Another way to have soft lips is to apply chap stick the right way!  Go for a lip balm that says “moisturizing” or “medicated”.  These types of balms hold moisture in, while repairing the damage.  For extra protection apply a wax or petroleum jelly seal over the top to really set the balm.

Lip scrubs are a great quick fix.  The sugar crystals will gently remove the dead skin, while the oil will replenish moisture and create a soft surface.  Just be sureChelsea Crockett- lip scrub not to over exfoliate.  You don’t want to create sensitive lips!  Get rid of the pesky winter lips by taking care of them the right way!

Love,

Chelsea

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Cold Weather Vacation Packing Guide!

Hello Lovelies,             Christmas break is one of the most popular times for vacation.  While many families try to beat the winter cold by hitting the beach, other families enjoy…

Hello Lovelies,

            Christmas break is one of the most popular times for vacation.  While many families try to beat the winter cold by hitting the beach, other families enjoy snow skiing or may be visiting families up north.  So how do you pack for a cold winter vacation?  Check out my perfect packing guide.

            Packing for a winter vacation can be tough.  Fitting your boots, cold weather outerwear, and clothes in one suitcase can be tricky.  So how can you narrow it down?  Pack the basics!  Black, brown, grey, and white are the first colors you should pack.  One pair of black and brown boots will last you the entire vacation.  They can be worn with any outfit!  When packing coats, think warmth and style.  Bring along you’re warmest coat and your favorite stylish coat, like a pea coat, for nights out.  You never know how cold it’s going to be!  Also, don’t forget your gloves and leg warmers!  A super cute trend this winter is legChelsea Crockett- socks and boots warmers or tall socks sticking out of the top of your boots.  Not only does it add an extra element to your outfit, but it’ll keep your legs warmer.

            If you are going on a vacation this Christmas break, have a fabulous time!  Have fun packing!

Love,

            Chelsea  

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Best Coat For Your Body Type!

During these frigid winter months, you pretty much live in a coat. Since your coat is your constant companion, you need to make sure that it flatters your figure so…

During these frigid winter months, you pretty much live in a coat. Since your coat is your constant companion, you need to make sure that it flatters your figure so you can look fierce even when it is frigid outside! Here is a guide to which coats flatter your body type!

 Athletic/hourglass figure:

A fit-and-flare coat is your best bet when you have an hourglass figure! Fit and flare coats accentuate your small waist and hide pesky hips. Try coats with belts, they cinch your waist and accent your figure! 

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Curvy:

For you curvylicious ladies, fitted coats with oversized collars are key. The collar draws attention to your face! Try a coat with a nice statement collar.  Also, coats with subtle ruffles are a good choice. Pretty, short coats are your cup of tea!coat

 Petite:

Choose a jacket that hits at your hipbone, because if the coat is too long it can overwhelm your small frame! The wrong coat style can swallow your petite figure up and make you look shapeless! We DON’T want that! For a coat that’s short but still super-warm, choose a heavy parka or thick puffer coat.

 

Stay warm, Insiders!

XOXO, Chels

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Winterize your skin!

Did you know you could “winterize” your skin? Neither did I! Winterizing your skin is getting it ready for the cold, dry winter months. Let me explain!  1. Lavish your…

Did you know you could “winterize” your skin? Neither did I! Winterizing your skin is getting it ready for the cold, dry winter months. Let me explain! 

1. Lavish your Lips! During the winter months, your lips can get dry and cracked. I’ve got a few ways to keep those kissers nice and moist! The first tip is to keep a good quality chapstick on hand. I recommend Burt’s Bees, because it is natural and high quality! My next tip is to take a soft bristled toothbrush and gently brush your lips with it. Instant exfoliation! After you have brushed your lips, smooth some chapstick over those babies.how-to-treatcure-pleeing-lips

 2. Skip the Steamy Shower! Okay don’t freak out, but hot showers can really strip your skin of moisture! Now I’m not saying take showers that are the temperature of Alaskan ocean water, but maybe turn the heat down just a tad. When you take super-hot showers, it causes your blood vessels to dilate which results in water loss through your skin! So turn those temps down, ladies!

 3. Sensitive skin? Avoid Tap Water! Do you have really dry, sensitive skin? Then listen up! Tap water can contain harsh minerals that are especially drying to the skin. Every state’s water contains different minerals, some harsher than others. To be safe, you can use clensing pads to clean your face, and if you feel your face really needs some TLC, wash it using bottled water.

 I am SO ready for fall and winter, and your skin will be too! Do you have any advice on how to winterize your skin? Comment below and fill me in!

XOXO, Chels

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