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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Sephora Money Hacks

Whether you shop at Sephora or not, you can’t deny a good steal when you find one!  Getting new makeup is always fun, but getting the same makeup at a…

Whether you shop at Sephora or not, you can’t deny a good steal when you find one!  Getting new makeup is always fun, but getting the same makeup at a cheaper price?  Even better!  I recently discovered several different money hacks you can use for yourself at Sephora.  Here they are so you can get the best bang for your buck just like I do!

  • Follow Sephora on Facebook.  Chelsea Crockett - Sephora MakeupExclusively through their Facebook, Sephora offers you discounts and giveaways that a ton of people aren’t even aware of!
  • Take a few samples of products you’ve been dying to try.  Sephora allows you to take up to three samples home with you so you can test a product before spending a bunch of money on the real deal!  You can also get some free makeup :).
  • Join their rewards program.  This one may be obvious, but if you’re a frequent Sephora shopper, you can get so many awesome discounts and savings.  Why not right?
  • Free shipping is a big deal if you order online frequently.  You can sign up for the Sephora Flash Subscription and get free, 2-day shipping for the whole year.  And it’s only $10!
  • If you buy something that goes on sale a week later, you can take it into the store to get the price adjusted within two weeks of the purchase.  You might as well save every penny you can!

I hope you take advantage of these hacks and get some makeup to add to your collection! 🙂

XO – Chelsea

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5 Free Ways to Feel Beautiful

Let’s face it, it costs a pretty penny to feel pretty these days. Girls spend gobs of money on makeups and lotions and hair products to make themselves feel beautiful….

Let’s face it, it costs a pretty penny to feel pretty these days. Girls spend gobs of money on makeups and lotions and hair products to make themselves feel beautiful. Why spend your hard earned cash on those things when you can feel beautiful for free? Here are 5 ways to do just that.

  1. Call your mom or best friend to have a chat: These are the two people that will build you up and remind you of what a beautiful person you are.
  2. Get dressed up for dinner: Here is where you can get yourself all done up. Do your hair, put on some lip gloss, and go out to dinner with the girls.FullSizeRender (44)
  3. Laugh as much as possible: A smile is the most beautiful thing you can wear.
  4. Perform a random act of kindness: Your personality’s beauty will make you shine. Plus, you will feel like a million bucks because you helped someone else.
  5. Go on a walk or run outside: Go to a nature trail and just soak in the beauty of nature. Also, the exercise will make you feel refreshed and, well, beautiful.

Being beautiful doesn’t always mean getting all done up (although that can be fun sometimes J ). It can be something as simple as having a good laugh and feeling yourself smile. Beauty isn’t skin deep!

XOXO, Chels

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ADVENTURE: Traveling to Europe 101

One of my writers recently got back from studying in Europe for the past 5 months, London to be exact. While she was there, she was able to cross off…

One of my writers recently got back from studying in Europe for the past 5 months, London to be exact. While she was there, she was able to cross off 10 countries along the way. I mean c’mon…TEN?! I was so curious how she made it to that many countries without being a millionaire! Her answers surprised me. Check out how you can travel through Europe on a budget too!

Getting around Europe is crazy cheap! Budget airlines like RyanAir, EasyJet, and WizzAir offer round trip airfare for as little as $50 round-trip. Say whaaaat?! If you’re traveling with a group of friends, try Air B&B. It allows you to rent apartments in incredible locations, aka a block away from the Colosseum, for an amazing price, especially if you are splitting with friends. Another fun route to go is with hostels! Hostels are like one big slumber party. It’s a large room with bunk beds and lockers. You can request a one gender room if you’d like! It’s a great way to get to know people your age and hear all of their travel stories. You just might learn a thing or two!Chelsea Crockett- hostel

Another amazing thing Lexi mentioned was how students get in free almost anywhere! Iconic landmarks such as the Louvre, Palace of Versailles, and the Prague Castle are completely free; not to mention the other sweet deals you can get at almost any huge landmark.  

If this doesn’t make you want to jump on a plane, I don’t know what would! Let’s go Insiders!

            Chelsea

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Free Apps for a Healthy Lifestyle

In this generation, almost everything is done, or can be done, on our phones. They’re even used for keeping our workouts on track and putting us on the road to…

In this generation, almost everything is done, or can be done, on our phones. They’re even used for keeping our workouts on track and putting us on the road to a more healthy lifestyle! Since I’ve been keeping up with my daily exercise, I’ve found tons of free apps that help us achieve these goals. Here are some of my top favorites!

If you’re a runner, all of the running apps will work just about the same: tracking your distance, telling you your pace, saving your times, etc. But one app that I’ve found donates money to a charity of your choice for however much you run, walk, or bike. It’s called Charity Miles and it’s completely free! For Chelsea Crockett - Sworkitevery mile you run or walk the app donates 25 cents to the charity you pick.

Another free app that’s not only for cardio is called Sworkit. On this app, you can pick from four different types of exercises: strength, cardio, yoga, and stretching. The app encourages you to simply fit in at least 5 minutes of one of these a day. How motivating is that? Just 5 minutes! Of course, you can pick a workout that goes up to 60, but you’ve got to start somewhere! In each category, there are several workouts to choose from, as well, such as full body, full intensity cardio, yoga for runners, etc. Check it out!

Lastly, if you’re way of staying healthy is more on the dieting side, download Lose It! This help app helps you lose weight or simply maintain the weight you’re currently at. It tracks your calorie intake, lets you set goals and plans, and even tracks your steps if you want it to.

Take advantage of the amazing technology we have at our fingertips and download one of these apps! I hope this helps you out!

XOXO – Chelsea

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15 Activities that Wont Break the bank

Being a high school student can be rough. We are supposed to go to school, have jobs, do extracurriculars, and still have time to hang with family and friends. It…

Being a high school student can be rough. We are supposed to go to school, have jobs, do extracurriculars, and still have time to hang with family and friends. It can be overwhelming! Also, as high school students, we are usually strapped for cash. Here are a few fun things to do that won’t break the bank!

  1. Rearrange your furniture: I love rearranging the furniture in my room! It keeps things interesting.
  2. Organize your closet.20131109_Chelsea-0025-XL
  3. Have a movie marathon with close friends.
  4. Practice new makeup looks: This has me written all over it
  5. Go sightseeing…in your own city: Act like a tourist in your own city. You will be surprised at how much you didn’t actually know about the very place you live!
  6. Paint your nails.
  7. Go on a bike ride.
  8. Take a nap: My personal fav!
  9. Volunteer for a local organization.
  10. Start a DIY project.
  11. Write a bucket list
  12. Have a bonfire.
  13. Watch home movies.
  14. Organize your makeup
  15. Make old jeans into shorts: Goodwill here we come!

See? Having fun doesn’t require wads of cash! All you need is a creative mind and maybe a few pals.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Change Your Look….For Free!

Do you ever get tired of your “look” and just want a makeover, but you don’t have the money? I have a few ways that you can change up your…

Do you ever get tired of your “look” and just want a makeover, but you don’t have the money? I have a few ways that you can change up your look, and they are all for free! Bonus!

  1. Change up your part: It may not sound like such a big deal, but if you wear your part the same way every day, switching it up really can change your look. You always wear your hair to the side? Part it in the middle for a change! It can really change the look of your facial features.tumblr_lzyicqqnHo1qm7k7ao1_500
  2. Try a cat eye or bold lips: Step out of your comfort zone! Try something bold and that wouldn’t usually try. This changes up your look!
  3. Make a face mask with things in your kitchen: Look up face mask recipes on Pinterest or the internet and make them yourself out of items you already have in the kitchen! You don’t have to go to an expensive salon and get a fancy facial to get a makeover.

See? You don’t have to pay a cent to give yourself a makeover and a whole new look!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Fun Free Date Ideas

  Are you a little strapped for cash, but long to go on fun dates with your boo thang? Most high school and college kids don’t have money to throw…

 

Are you a little strapped for cash, but long to go on fun dates with your boo thang? Most high school and college kids don’t have money to throw around, so when you find a way to save money and still have fun, you take it! Here are 5 super fun date ideas that are totally free and totally awesome.

  1. Make a blanket fort: Let the inner child in you break free! If the weather isn’t ideal, stay indoors, grab a few blankets, and make a blanket fort! You will both have a blast trying to assemble it, and you can even bring your laptop in there with you to watch a movie in your blanket fort!images (2)
  2. Buy flowers or balloon and give them to random people who need cheering up: Okay, so this one isn’t quite free, but the impact you will make on people’s day is priceless. Run to the dollar store, pick up some balloons and flowers and hand them out to people who are looking down in the dumps. You both will be so happy when you see the looks on people’s faces when you bless their day.
  3. Do touristy things in your own city: A lot of people don’t really explore their home town, which is a shame! Take a free trolley tour, grab a free city map and explore, or research free attractions in your city!
  4. Make a bucket list together: The items you come up with don’t even have to be things that you want to do with each other, but a bucket list can also be a great way to come up with new date ideas! And, you will learn a lot about each other’s hopes and dreams.

Go out and have a blast! Who says dating has to break the bank?

XOXO, Chels

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