Trust.

One of the things I've been learning a lot about lately is the issue of trust. Who to trust, when to allow grace when someone betrays your trust, how to relinquish your plans and to trust that it's all taken care of..goodness there's lots to learn! Just when I think I've got it all under control, there's a new opportunity to either learn something new or to understand trust in a different type of situation. Here's a few of my favorite thoughts on this subject. 

Psalm 37:5-6 says this, "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun." 

Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding"

Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Sometimes it's hard to trust when you can't see the future or the outcome of a situation..or when someone has broken your trust, but if we are unwilling to trust again how can we ever move forward? If we do not trust a soul we begin to go through life isolated, curled up and afraid to experience life for what it is; adventure. The fact of life is that people will, unfortunately, let you down, things may not go as you planned, and we don't know the future. Before you begin to feel depressed from reality, remember this, the creator of the universe, the one who formed the stars, put the seas in motion, and created your life knows your heart. He sees the broken and hurt pieces of your life, the situations where you are too tired or unwilling to trust again, and he can restore them...but we have to be willing to place our trust in Him. He is the only one who won't let us down, truly. Take the first step towards him and he will draw near to you, beautifying and restoring you and your life into something whole, something magnificent. 

Wordless Wednesday

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The Easiest DIY Project Ever


Ok, so here's the thing, I like doing DIY projects, as long as it's not too intricate...otherwise I start to lose interest. When I came across this idea on Pinterest, I knew it was right up my alley. It's cute, inexpensive and super easy. Ready? Let's do it.

Necessary Objects:

Ceramic mugs (pick these up at the Dollar Store)
Paint pen or Sharpie marker (fine point and regular sizes are best)
Oven


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Pick your design, quote or whatever you're choosing to draw/write on the mug.
3. Put your Picasso skills to work, and then bake in the oven for 30 min, and voila!

Enjoy your cute new mug, and then make a bunch as gifts for other people to stuff with their favorite coffee or tea!
(How cute would this be for a Valentine's gift..filled to to the brim with
little chocolates and a tea bag or two? You can even do personalized or monogrammed designs)

Have you made these before? 
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The Perfect Valentine's Day Party

Here's a sneak peek of a project I did for the You Are Project! It was such fun to enjoy an afternoon with my friends, surrounded by flowers, sweet treats and everything pretty in pink!
Enjoy the entire party HERE
Happy Monday, everyone!
-Candice

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Wordless Wednesday

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What to Wear: To the Gym


I'm thrilled to have Jenni with us here on Teatime Thoughts again! As a fitness & yoga enthusiast, former dancer and a healthy lifestyle blogger, she's certainly your go-to girl when it comes to all things wellness. Just in case you missed her amazing toning workout (perfect for after the holidays!), you can catch that here! Today, she's sharing her fabulous style tips when it comes to gym clothes, and with new year's goals and resolutions in full swing, you'll want to look your best as you work towards a healthier you! 
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Gym Style
The smell of new sneakers and new years resolutions is still hot in the air. That's right, January is in full swing. This is the time of year when most people reinvigorate their workout routines to go along with their new goals. If you are anything like most the women in America, chances are this includes you.
Gyms are packed this time of year and whether gym life is new to you you, or you are a gym veteran, there are a few quick tips to work your style while you work off those calories. 

Lose the Make-up

This may have sent some people into a style shock. As much as I love make-up, I know how important it is for my skin to be clean and able to breath while working out. Working out with make-up on can cause clogged pores and breakouts. Besides, who wants to risk mascara running down their face and a make-up stained towel? 
Not wearing make-up when working out can help skin maintain it's natural health while giving it a healthier glow at the gym. Use face wash, toner, and a light moisturizer before working out and your skin will thank you. If you cannot imagine going outside without make-up on, opt for a light moisturizing foundation instead. These can be bought or made by mixing 50% of your favorite moisturizer and 50% of a light coverage foundation. 

Be Colorful

Colors tends to make people happy, and so does working out! Why not combine the two and wear bright, fun colors while at the gym? Sometimes, we get into the rut of "black is slimming, I will wear all black." This can be such a mistake, especially at the gym. Black can be harsh on many different skin tones, especially in that terrible florescent gym lighting. Wearing at least one bright color will help brighten our complexion and disposition. Try going for two different colored pieces, even if one is bright pink and the other is purple. Mixing fun colors into our workout routine can help keep it feeling fresh and new, even when the resolution excitement has worn off.

Follow the Clothing Rule

I have a little rule for wearing clothing at any time or place: If you are going to show a lot of skin in one area, keep the rest covered. This goes for tight gym attire as well.
Yes, spandex are some of the most comfortable things to wear while at the gym. But, this does not mean we need to go looking like Apollo Ohno. Wearing one tight[er] article of clothing and one loose[er] piece will, actually, flatter our figures better than being all tight or all loose. All loose clothing makes us look like we are swimming in left over fabric and can give a look of being heavier than we are. No thank you. All tight clothing can look a bit ridiculous and highlight those areas we are going to the gym to lose.
My go-to outfits include spandex running pants or shorts and a loose top. This still flatters the figure more than giant baggy clothing, but leaves something unseen. A big perk is you will not need to worry about the super annoying shirt-ride-up issues! 

Get a Good Sports Bra... Or Five

This little tip is one that every woman should know. Bras are not enough when working out, even if it is something low impact like yoga or pilates. Sports bras were specifically designed to reduce strain while working out. This is vital for keeping the connective tissue healthy and fighting sagging, wrinkling skin.  
Try on a few different types to see which one is right for you. A sports bra should be constrictive, but still comfortable. If it is feeling too tight, chances are you need a bigger size. The best way to see how it will work in the gym environment is to put a work out top over it (this will let you know how it looks with your clothing) and do the jump test. You will get a pretty good idea of how the bra will feel while working out by just jumping up and down a few times in the dressing room. 

Have Confidence

Whether you are working out at home with a workout how to, or in a group at the gym confidence is the biggest style tip I can give. When you are confident, you will look good. Be confident and know you are doing something to increase your health and quality of life. In the end, that is what we are all working towards!



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The Color Cure

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(Top: F21, Scarf: Lilly Pulitzer, Jacket: F21, Pants: Indigo Rein (last seen here), Shoes: Target)

When we have a grey day, it's always my first reaction to dress in the most cheerful colors I can find in order to counteract the somber mood of the weather. Maybe I'm the only one, but it seems to really work, and the colors pop so much against the muted outdoor shades. We had a surprise cold-snap that lasted for about 2 days, and since it's been like a total switch into springtime weather here, it was almost shocking to pull out a coat again. It is nice to have a chilly afternoon ever so often, especially when one has coffee or hot chocolate in hand. Best cure for a gloomy day in my opinion ;)

Happy Monday, everyone!

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Collection Croisière

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(Top: Harold's, Pants: Lilly Pulitzer, Shoes: Target, Sunglasses: Gucci, Jewelry: F21)

Lately all I've wanted to wear is colorful, printed tops, dresses and skirts. Perhaps it's the anticipation of spring and all the new colors, textures, and temperatures that are awaiting, or maybe I just like color. Whatever the reason, I can't get enough of the fun prints and designs that scream "TAKE ME ON VACATION!"I may or may not have been listening to the sweet strains of soft Hawaiian music while I work, and sipping on pina coladas occasionally in the afternoons...what? I promise it makes you FAR more productive.
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