April 2019 Round Up

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Spring has sprung!

And I’m so happy. This girl loves the warmth and sunshine. Thanks to all the rain we’ve gotten, I think the pollen is done, so I’m here for it! April has been flying by, so lets do a quick round up before it’s over.

3 things I’m excited about

  1. Breaking ground (hopefully) on our new home. ICYMI- we’re building a brand new home! We went under contract at the end of February and have been having so much fun with the process. Next up is for construction to start! We’re at the mercy of the utility companies and road development right now, so fingers crossed for a May start. If you want to read more about our home building journey so far and see our selections, you can see that here.
  2. May flowers. April showers bring May flowers. We did have a decent amount of rain in April, so I’m talking about the real flowers and the metaphorical flowers. I love beautiful blooms. I’m also excited to see how our hard work pays off.
  3. Fresh haircut. Does anything make you feel better than a fresh hair cut and color!? There’s just something about it. We cut off 5ish inches and went blonder. Balayage is my fave for color because it looks naturally sunkissed and grows out so well. I like low maintenance when it comes to my hair. With the fresh new spring season and work I’m doing myself, this cut was perfect.

Quote I’ve been meditating on

Best. Favorite. Necessary.

Thank you to Emily Ley and Team Simplified for this quote and beautiful image. This is the simplest and truest way to figure out if something is worth keep. Is it the best? Is it a favorite? Is it necessary? We don’t need 5 spatulas when there’s really one we always use.

This mindset has been especially helpful in my decluttering adventures, but also helpful when I’m considering purchasing something new. If it doesn’t fall into those categories it’s not needed.

Who or what I’m adoring

I’m always looking for ways to improve my skincare game. New products have been introduced to my routine at the recommendation of my skin professional and dermatologist – these products are a few favorites that are easy to find, affordable, and support the hardwork of my other new and improved skincare lineup.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost: I absolutely love their gel-cream moisturizer. Since I’ve introduced some new products into my routine, my skin was feeling and looking drier. It needed some hydration and this has been perfect. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful moisturizer for the skin and mine has been loving it. It’s a non-comedogenic formula that is oil-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free – yes please. I’m curious to try other products from this line.

Pixi Glow Tonic: I had heard so many good things about this brand and was so excited to find a 5oz bottle at Target for $4. I’m hooked and have graduated to the big bottle so I don’t run out 😉 Pixi has different types of toners depending on your needs, but this is my favorite. It leaves my skin feeling and looking good. Not drying, but great for exfoliating, toning, tightening, and removing dead skin cells.

Elta MD Tinted SPF: I know sunscreen is important, but I wasn’t always good about wearing it. Until I (rediscovered) this facial sunscreen. It doubles as a great daytime moisturizer and leaves your skin in better shape. This version is tinted, so it is also perfect to wear alone for those makeup free days. It is light and silky on my skin, but protects against the harmful rays. I won’t go a day without it.

Favorite memory from April

Easter service & celebrations

The more I grow in my relationship with Jesus Christ, the sweeter Easter becomes. It’s still hard for me to fully comprehend all the suffering and sadness He endured so that we’re able to live in complete love and freedom.

Eric and I attended a church service Friday night and then I celebrated on Easter Sunday with my family. It was wonderful to slow down to spend time with loved ones and reflect on the meaning of Easter. He is risen, indeed, and I’m so grateful!

Eric & Rachel at Hope Community Church for Easter

A good lesson I learned

Amazing things happen when we set an intention and go after it.

We’ve seen this time and time again. I see it every month in my goal setting and progress, but we’ve seen it in an especially big way with our new home. The process itself, saving for it, preparing our current one to sell. It’s all come down to setting intentions and then doing our part to make em happen. We do our best and leave room for God to move.

In May…

I’m saying no to: holding onto things “just because”
I’m saying yes to: letting go.

What are you most looking forward to in May!?

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