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Get ready for the 4th of July!

Wow, how is 2019 almost half way over already?! It’s kinda crazy to think that New Years was SIX months ago! Now here we are, one of my favorite holidays, 4th of July! I wanted to share some party decor, clothing, recipes and more with you guys. So, here it is, all of my Independence day favs!

Lets start with some staple 4th of July recipes in the Stafford house! One of our favorite things to make recently is beer battered fish and shrimp tacos with white barbecue sauce! Its so good, and the BBQ sauce gives it a nice tang! The tacos and BBQ sauce are both great finds from Pinterest of course and i’ll be sure to share those with you! They make my mouth water just thinking about them!

Of course what would be the 4th of July without some good ole American hamburgers and hot dogs? Instead of leaving them as they are, why not spice them up a little bit? Try making some homemade corndogs with your kids or significant other instead of doing the traditional hot dog on the grill! It’s so fun to do with others and actually pretty simple to make! Next, instead of making that boring old hamburger, give it a twist! Why not try making a cheese stuffed hamburger with all of your favorite toppings?

Alright guys now for the fun part, the red, white, and blue cocktail (or mocktail.. whichever you prefer)! The one i’m wanting to try out looks incredibly refreshing, and is also super patriotic! It’s called the citrus-spangled spritzer! If you didn’t want alcohol in your drink or want to make something for your kids you can leave out the vodka and blue curacao and make the drink with lemon lime soda, grenadine and some blue berries!

I like to think of this holiday is another excuse to spend some time in the pool, so new red, white, and blue swim suits are a must! I found some really cheap, yet good quality suits under $15 each! They came in decently fast and fit just as I thought they would! I think they fit perfect for the holiday and any other occasion honestly. All of my new suits are linked on my as well!

I also found the CUTEST Tees from Livy Lu, and the one i’m wearing in the picture is literally one of the softest I have ever owned. They have a ton of other options as well and some of them are on sale! You can use code christian15 for 15% off your entire purchase. They also have state shirts and college shirts for most of the colleges in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Although, if you’re near the Tulsa area you can stop by their brick and mortar store!

The last thing I want to share with you guys is decor! I found a company recently that does the most amazing, and honestly gorgeous balloon decorations! The company is called Lushra and I guarantee you that if you browse through their Instagram you’ll fall in love too! They are selling do it yourself balloon kits for you to decorate your own space for the 4th of July!! Try them out, I’m in love is these specialty balloon decorations!

I hope you guys have THE BEST Independence Day, let me know in the comments how you like to celebrate the 4th of July! Until the next one, peace!

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Beach Camp 2019!

What is beach camp you might be asking? Well boy do I have a story for you.

About 2 months ago I got a message from a woman who I have known for many years, yet didn’t quite keep in contact with. This woman, Erin, was my girls youth minister in high school, and told me about Jesus. Now I didn’t come to know Jesus until about a year or so later, but she was relentless in her pursuit of my soul’s eternity. Just recently I graduated from college and moved back home. Erin messaged me wishing me congratulations, and wanted to know if I was going to be free in the middle of June for something called Beach Camp.

Now let me preface this for you guys so you can understand where I was at when I first heard about this camp. I was so busy with life y’all, I was preparing my applications for nursing school, working on my blog and content creating. I’m going to be really honest in saying I wasn’t being as faithful as I could to Jesus. Erin went on to tell me it would be a week in Florida and I would be the leader of a group of 6-10 girls. It didn’t take me long to decide that this was something I NEEDED to do. I wish I would have had this experience in High school, someone to tell me that a life with Jesus was so much better than what I had planned. So, I told my parents what I was doing and I went all in for it. I’ve learned from experience that when Jesus gives you an opportunity like this to serve Him, you do it.

Going into the week of Beach Camp, I began to doubt myself a little bit. How could I be enough for these girls? What if they don’t like me, or what if I cant impact them the way I want to? I prayed and prayed that I would be enough for them, then Jesus spoke to me. He said that it was not I that would change their hearts, it was Him. I am just a vessel or a tool that could bring glory to His name. No, I might not be holy enough, or spend enough time worshiping the One who saved my life. The thing I realized though was that I just needed to be myself and share my life with these girls. So, that’s exactly what I did.

The day finally came, and we were about to meet at the church to head on our long bus ride to Florida. I was driving there when I got this sudden wave of anxiety over my body. I had finally realized that I knew one person at this camp, literally ONE. This may seem insignificant, but if you know me I HATE being places where I don’t know people. Get me around people I know, and I am the most outgoing person in the room, but otherwise you wont hear me speak a word. There was no turning back though and I had to continue to remind myself that God was going to do amazing things through me and I needed to trust Him.

Fast forward about 5 days and two bus rides, and I can confirm that Beach Camp was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. These girls taught me so much about myself and about what God wanted for my life. I also got to pour my soul out to them and attempt to share with them the mistakes I have made in life in order to help them make better ones. I will never forget this experience, and hopefully you’ll catch me at Beach Camp 2020. Below I wanted to share with y’all what my girls had to say about their experience at camp. They are God sent, and I am so proud of all of the hard work and learning they have put into their time with me! Here’s to more bible studies and doing life together my girls!!!

Some of my girls were willing to give me a little snippet of their week and what happened in their lives, here they are:

“God made big moves this week in my life. I was in kind of a cruise control with my faith, and it wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t good. Sitting there at camp made me realize that i can’t put faith aside and sharing the word is important because you are never promised another minute on earth. You also can’t be half in with your faith, it’s all or nothing. Beach Camp 2019 was one to remember!” -Lainey (@laineybowmer on insta)

“I really loved beach camp. It really helped me reconnect with god and gave me a few days to make Him my only focus. I loved worshiping and listening to all the sermons. I felt like all of the messages applied to my life. Having Christian as a leader was so fun! I felt like I could really open up to her and didn’t feel like I had to pretend to be someone that i’m not. I’m so excited for Beach Camp 2020!” -Abby (@Abigail.ctx on insta)

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Doc Marten SALE!!!

OHHHH BABY, if I would’ve known about this when I got my Doc’s I would have been over the moon. I accidentally stumbled upon this sale, and knew I had to share with y’all. I know Docs aren’t for everyone, but I just think they’re so darn versatile, and they have been an absolute staple in my wardrobe since I got mine. You can style them with SO MANY things, I think I just about wore them with every single thing I put on last winter. I wanted to show y’all how I styled them today, which came out to be a little bit more edgy than I would normally wear, but i’m here for it.

In the winter, I wore them a lot with distressed jeans, and sweaters, T-shirts, literally you name it and I paired it with these shoes! I found them on Nordstrom Rack for under $70 dollars, which I really don’t think you’re gonna find a better deal anytime soon. I linked them on my so you can shop them there instantly! It will take you to the exact link you need to shop them! If it isn’t obvious already I am stoked to find this deal for y’all, and I hope you take advantage of it! Until the next one, peace!

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Trending: Two-piece sets

Today I got a text message from a friend of mine with some sweet complements and a question. She wanted to know the best places to get two-piece sets for her beach vacation, and it sparked an idea in my little noggin. There are often times where I have a specific thing in mind that I want to purchase but can’t seem to find a place to get it from. There isn’t much that is more frustrating that knowing what you want but not being able to find it. Here soon I am going to be putting up a story on my Instagram asking you guys where your favorite place to shop for ____________ is. Then I am going to be saving your responses on my highlights so everyone can see where the best places to shop for things are! For now though, I want to talk Two-piece sets! Where should you look, what is reasonably priced, etc.

One of the first places I would look is absolutely Red Dress Boutique! They have a wide range of choices, whether that be pants, skirt, long sleeve, short sleeve, you name it! The prices also range from around $40- $100+. There is truly something for everyone there! I will be linking my favorites on the app, so you can shop my picks directly!

The next place I would look if you have a bit more money in your pocket to spend is Revolve Clothing! They have amazing quality clothes, and a very wide range of sizes from XXS to XL! They have a lot of different options just like Red Dress, but their style is just a bit different! I will also be linking my favorites from this boutique to my page!

And of course last but not least, a shameless plug to my OG, T.C. Elli’s. You can always use code ‘CHRISTIAN’ for 20% off your entire purchase! They have some great options if you’re going to any concerts or even to the beach this summer, and most of their pieces are shorts and short sleeves which is great for all of the hot weather we have been having! Happy shopping guys and of course have a great week! Until the next one, Peace.

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Let’s talk new arrivals

It’s not a secret that I am a Honey Bee for T. C. Elli’s, a Lubbock based boutique and online store. They’re constantly adding new and exciting things to their website, and when I opened my computer today I saw the CUTEST new arrivals. I’d say the main style of T.C. Elli’s is girly, eclectic, and trendy. All of their clothes, accessories and shoes have a fun and funky twist to them and I just cant get enough. I thought I would link some of my favorite finds so you guys could shop too! Remember you can always use my code ‘Christian’ to get 20% off your entire order!

There are so many other jaw dropping items they added recently, but these are definitely my favorite! How freaking cute are these wooden cheetah heels? Literally a statement piece if I have ever seen one! They also added some band tee’s and graphic tee’s that would be so cute with some denim shorts and a pair of sneakers! I Hope you guys have an amazing Friday, and an even better Memorial Day weekend! Until the next one, Peace!

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Packing MUST HAVES for the beach!

When I found out I was going to be going to the beach for a few days this summer, the first thing my mind went to was “omg I cant wait to put outfits together and pack”. I am one of those people that LOVES to make lists to then check everything off on it. Packing lets me exercise that weird quirk. I decided I would let y’all in on my packing list just incase you’re planning a beach trip of your own!

First off I think on of the most essential parts of my packing list (besides sunscreen of course) is denim. Its almost a crime to go to the beach without your favorite pair of denim shorts. I happened to pack 4, but I tend to be an over packer. Truly though, be sure to put at least one pair of shorts in your suitcase, they’re versatile and can be worn with pretty much anything you bring on vacation with you.

Next up, I would argue is also one of the most important things to bring to the beach is your swim suit. Ever since Victoria’s Secret stopped selling swim suits I kinda didn’t know where to buy one besides Target I guess. They have some pretty great swimmies! To my surprise, I was browsing Amazon and realized they have the CUTEST bikinis and one pieces. Who would have thought?? Personally I have been loving animal prints and warm tones for my swim suits, but I guess whatever makes you feel good is right for you. Here is a visual of the ones I purchased for my trip! I’m especially loving the pink bikini with the tassel accents because its high waisted and full coverage on the bum area. Somehow every swimsuit I buy these days looks like a thong, and i’m not gonna lie it makes me feel a little insecure.

The other item I have seen a lot of people purchasing and absolutely loving is woven beach bags. Naturally I had to get one for myself. I found one on Amazon that was really inexpensive and amazing quality. I plan on placing one of my hair scarfs around the handle for a little extra somethin somethin. Gotta spice it up, and make it girly. This bag is perfect for the beach and holds everything from a book to sunscreen to your beach towel! It’s everything you’ve been wanting and more!!

Of course, you can’t forget all of the miscellaneous items you bring to the beach with you. I’ve decided instead of making this blog post exceptionally long, I would just link everything I am bringing to my page so you can shop everything I am packing from one simple place! If you want to make your life a little easier you can download the free app (yes I said free), and follow me @christian_tay! Its that simple! I hope you guys have the best summer, let me know what your favorite items to pack for the beach are! I love to read your comments!! Until the next one, peace!

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Here comes graduation.

Well guys, it’s been a minute and I apologize for my lack of consistency. Life has been full of school work, my job, and trying to make time to see my long distance boyfriend, Luke. I have missed writing to you guys, and letting you in on what is happening in my life. The truth is I have been a tad overwhelmed recently. I found out a few weeks ago that I didn’t make it into the nursing school I applied to in the fall. It was a little disheartening to find out, but at the same time I had some peace in it. I have tried my hardest not to dwell on it because I know in some way it will be a blessing in my life. I will be reapplying for the spring semester as soon as the applications are open and I am allowed to. In the mean time, I am going to work as hard as I can to make this season of waiting fruitful.

As you can tell by the title of this post, graduation is fast approaching. I have about a week and a half of college left and it is kind of scary. Especially considering the fact that I don’t really know what i’m doing with my life quite yet. It’s also hard to accept that I will be leaving behind so many amazing friends that I have made while at Oklahoma State. I don’t doubt that I will see them again in the near future, but not being able to see them whenever I want will be difficult. There is also a part of me that truly identifies with being a college student. If i’m not in Stillwater, then who am I? I am not a nursing student (yet), I am not a working individual with a big girl job, and I am not going to be a college student for much longer. Part of me knows that this is ok, and I know my identity is in Christ and not what title I have in life. The truth is, the transition period moving back home has me scared, yet really excited.

Graduation is a time meant for celebration, you’ve made it through college. I guess the point of this whole thing, and what i’m trying to tell you is, have peace. In whatever it is that you’re doing, or not doing, have peace that God will set a path out for you that will be so much more glorifying to Him than anything you could come up with on your own. Hear me out, I have already seen the fruits of not getting into nursing school yet. In having the time delegated to other things in the fall I will be able to do the following. First off, I get to spend so much more time with my family. They mean the absolute most to me, and being away from them for 4 years has been extremely difficult for many reasons. I will get to be more intentional in my role as a Maid of Honor to my best friend Lexie, and a bridesmaid to my friend Kamika. I will get to attend my boyfriends football games, and watch him coach some good ole high school football under those Friday night lights. I could go on, but these are things I just wouldn’t be able to do had I gotten into nursing school on my first try.

Believe me, I am a planner. I have had my post graduation plan in mind since I stepped foot onto Oklahoma State’s campus. Having my plan flipped around on me was extremely flustering, but I just know that this time will be so fruitful. I LOVE that I don’t know what i’m doing because it makes me uncomfortable and it gives me an opportunity to grow. I have absolutely adored my time at OSU, and I wouldn’t trade it for the entire world. Leaving this place will be extremely hard, but at the same time I am so excited. Excited for the adventures and challenges that await me in my future. Go Pokes forever.