Thursday, December 22, 2016

Vlog- Nellie's Southern Kitchen

Hey everyone! Yesterday my family and I decided to celebrate Christmas by going out to dinner at Nellie's Southern Kitchen. It's a restaurant in Belmont that is actually owned by the Jonas Brothers' parents! The opened the restaurant to honor the brother's great-grandmother.  It had a tons of really yummy classic southern food. We had really been hoping we'd see Nick, Kevin, or Joe hanging out there. We didn't get that lucky. But we did see their parents and even got to take a picture with their little brother Frankie!

Over all it was so much fun and so cool for me to go! I went to the Jonas Brother concert back in like 2008 so it was a pretty fun full circle moment to be able to go to a restaurant owned by their parents. I'm so thankful for the experience and so thankful I was able to vlog it to share it with y'all! Click the video bellow to watch to full vlog and see everything! And as always, please subscribe to my YouTube channel (under the name 'Faith Dumais') if you like my vlogs! There will be another up come Monday morning by the way! Be sure you don't miss that video :)

I have such a fun time with vlogging and I really hope you all enjoy watching them as much as I enjoy filming and editing them! Let me know it the comments bellow what your plans are to celebrate Christmas this year! I'd love to hear about them! I also hope you have a wonderful holiday no matter where you are or what you're up to.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Hand Lettering: Tips, Tricks, and How To

Hey everyone! Welcome to another Blogmas post! The closer we get to Christmas the more excited I get! So, there is just a little bit of a back story to this post. All throughout my life I’ve had neat hand writing but I’ve never been super artistic. Like I’ve honestly always struggled to draw a straight line. For a while I’ve had the desire to learn how to hand letter, but always forgot about it because I figured I’d never be able to learn.  I just thought it looked so beautiful and I wanted to be able to write the way I see things written on Pinterest are.  So, one Sunday morning about a month or so ago I decided to look at some tutorials from Pinterest and finally give it a try. What I found out that day was that it isn’t as difficult as it looks. And now I personally believe that everyone can hand letter if they take the right steps. Today I’m going through my tips, tricks, and even how to hand letter. I’m hoping this gives y’all a simple and easy guide to starting hand lettering for yourself.

All you really need to be able to hand letter is some paper and a pen!
But before I get into the “How to” I’m going to share just a few of my tips and tricks!

1.       Use a fine point/ fine tip pen. This just makes the detail work that goes into hand lettering much easier to accomplish. I’d also noticed that it looks much cleaner with a fine point than when I use a thicker point. However, apart from that suggestion, I believe most pens work perfectly fine for hand lettering; there’s no need to go out and buy anything expensive.

2.       Slow Down. I think this is super important because I’m someone who always goes way to fast when working on a craft project and inevitably messes up.

3.       Be patient and remember that practice makes perfect. You won’t be perfect at hand lettering the second you start, I definitely wasn’t. So, you really have to be patient with yourself and know that you’ll mess up sometimes but to keep practicing anyway.

Now, let’s get to the “How to Hand Letter.”
1.       Start by writing whatever word you’d like in regular cursive. (You can always add a little decorative flair to certain letters if you’d like, but it’s definitely not required.) I'm going to use the word "love" just as an example!

2.       Add weight to the down strokes (or the places your pen went downward while making a letter.) You can see where some places now have double lines while some places still only have one.

3.       You finish by filling in the weight you added in the step right before.

I really hope you enjoyed this post where I shared everything I know about hand letter and I also hope that you found it helpful! Have you wanted to try hand lettering before? Do you already know how? Did you use this post to help you start? Let me know in the comments bellow!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Lessons I Learned Moving Cross Country

Hey everyone! I wrote a post about a month ago where I talked about my experience moving cross country (linked here) and I said I wanted to talk about a few lessons with y'all that I learned through the experience, so I'm here today to share those with you. I hope that you are able to learn something from my experience just like I was able to! and as always this month, Happy Blogmas!

It's okay to loose touch with people you thought were your friends.
When I left CO I was friends with a few people that I believed would be my friends for life. We talked a lot, we were in classes together, we had sleep overs, and when my family announced we were moving- these friends and I expressed how much we'd miss each other. And over the summer I stayed in touch with them through social media and email, and even partly through my 8th grade year. But as times went on we really lost touch, and now as a sophomore in college, I haven't talked to most of these friends in a few years. At first, as I began to see that we were loosing touch, it bothered me. I wanted desperately wanting to hold on to these people. But slowly I realized that loosing touch is okay. I realized that if being friends for life was truly meant to be- we wouldn't have lost touch. I accepted that losing touch with old friends is a part of life. So I want to tell y'all that it's ok to loose touch with friends.

Sometimes comfortable isn't always what's best for you.
I was excited to move, but I was very scared too and I'd often miss CO during the first (and hardest) year of our move. I wanted to be back in CO where I understood what was around me. I wanted to be back in CO where people knew who I was. I wanted to be back in CO where it was comfortable. But this move taught me that comfortable isn't always what's best. I may have been uncomfortable at first in NC. I might not have understood everything around me and I might not have known anyone at first. But it was the best place for me, and still is. NC is the best place for me to have graduated from high school and it's the best place for me to be in college right now. So I want to tell y'all that what's uncomfortable might end up being exactly what you need.

It's okay to be messy.
I was always someone who felt like I had to have life together and that I need to portray this picture of having it all together but if you read my blog post about my experience moving cross country, it was messy at times and it definitely wasn't a perfect transition. This idea of perfection carried on after the move and into high school up until I graduated. But that really started to change in college and now that I can look back and reflect on this move, it's really showed me that life was messy and it's taught me that it's ok (even if it's taken some hindsight to fully learn it.) So I want to tell y'all that it's ok to be messy. You don't have to be perfect to be amazing. You can be messy and wonderful all at the same time; never forget that.

I really hope you enjoyed this insight into my thoughts regarding my move and I hope you were able to take something from the lessons I've learned. Feel free to add your thoughts on these topics in the comments below!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Gratitude Journal

Hey everyone! For today's blogmas post I want to talk a about a little project I started back in June- and that is my Gratitude Journal. It's really simple to do and something I think really helps you remain grateful and go to bed in the right mindset so that you can wake up in the right mindset. Read to see what a gratitude journal is, how I use mine, and what you'll need to do one yourself! I hope you enjoy a look at this little project of mine! If I'm being honest, I've been majorly slacking on this project during the semester and haven't given it a lot of thought lately, but I wanted to talk about it today to get re-inspired and hold myself accountable.

This is the little journal I currently use as my Gratitude Journal.

What is a Gratitude Journal?

A gratitude journal is basically a place where you right down the stuff you are thankful for. It can be material things like new clothes, non-material like your friends or family, and even abstract like the fact that you laughed that particular day. It's something that is supposed to help you remember

How I set up my Gratitude Journal-

With mine I keep it very simple. I start out with "God I thank you for..." and then I write down 3 things that made me happy or grateful that particular day. And like I said before, it could be literally anything! For me this works really well because I don't think it's difficult to find 3 things your grateful for that day, and it really helps to remind me of all the blessing in my daily life. I've also known people to also write even more then 3 things which is great as well- but it's completely up to you!

What you'll need-
1. Any Journal
2. A Pen
3. A grateful heart

As you can see this is super simple project and I've really enjoyed doing it. I really hope this short little post has inspired someone to start a gratitude journal of their own! Let me know in the comments bellow if you have started one or are planning on it. I'd love to hear about how you set up your own gratitude journal!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fitbit Alta Review

Hey everyone!  First of all I really wanted to say I'm sorry that the every other day schedule has gotten a little bit off. The end of the semester and finials kind of got to me a little bit. But I promise y'all have missed none of the content I've had planned and now that finals are over (yay!) the schedule will be must easier to maintain through the end of  Blogmas. But anyway, today I really wanted to talk about one of my favorite purchases this year, my Fitbit Alta.

I had honestly kind of wanted a Fitbit for a while, but because I didn't know exactly what it did, I didn't want to spend money of something that just counted steps. However, back in August I got a Fitbit Alta after learning more about it from a few of my sorority sisters (shoutout to my sisters- love them!). After I learned about what else it can do I really wanted one. Now that I've had it for a while now I really wanted to share my thoughts with all of y'all incase you were interested it getting one or have one and want to see what I think!

First off I just wanted to talk about all the features of the Fitbit Alta and the Fitbit app. The Fitbit Alta can track steps as well as other exercise like walking, running, the elliptical, and aerobic classes. It tracks calories, miles walked, active minutes, and your sleep as well. It has a digital face with the date and time. It can be a silent alarm, and you can also receive text and call notifications on it. Then on the app you can track what you've eaten and what water you've had to drink each day.

So now to my thoughts, I really love it! I wouldn't think I'd like being conscious of everything the Fitbit tracks. It's all kind of intimidating for someone who's never had a Fitbit before. But now that I have it I really like having everything on my phone because it helps me work towards living a healthier lifestyle. If I see I'm not getting very many steps on certain days, it will motivate me to walk on the treadmill for like 20 minutes. Or if I see I haven't been getting very much sleep, it will motivate me to get to bed a little bit early. But this isn't to say I've become a super healthy person overnight just because I have a Fitbit now. It can still be hard. Some days are better than others if I'm being honest. Life does get in the way, I do go to school part time and nanny part time. But the Fitbit has helped me and does make being healthier and living healthier just a little bit easier. I also really like the fact that the charger has a clip on it to keep it plugged into the Fitbit, it's awesome not to have to worry about it unplugging or not charging right!

My only complaint about the Fitbit Alta would be that the clasp on the bracelet can be super difficult to get back on again after you've taken it off to charge it or shower. However, I'm getting more and more used to it as I have it longer so it's becoming less and less of an issue for me!

Overall I think the Fitbit is super awesome and tell you to go for it if you're considering getting one yourself. Do you have the Fitbit Alta? Let me know what you think about it in the comments below!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Trusting Gods Perfect Timing

Hey everyone! Welcome back to another Blogmas post! Today I'm going to be honest and open and talk about something I tend to struggle with at this point in my life because Throughout the fall semester I've struggled here and there with how fast things were moving along (or more accurately- not moving along) in my life. I felt like certain things should've happened already and I was getting really discouraged when certain events kept getting pushed back. I don't want to get too into detail about what those things are.

But basically, I wanted to plan my own timeline or schedule onto my life when I don't have that power; only God has the ability to sent the timeline of our lives. In the middle of the discouragement over the fact that my own timeline was being destroyed, I had a few people in my life who really encouraged me and reminded me that God's timing is perfect and to let him work his good. So I want to talk a little bit about that in today's Blogmas post! I want to share what insight I have and share a few verses in the hope that it encourages you if you also struggle with Gods timing.  

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." Ecclesiastes 3:1

Going through life we often have the need to set our own timeline and feel like we know when things should happen in our lives. However, the older I get the older I get the more I realize that this power isn't mine to take from God. He holds the power in our lives and He sets the timeline of our lives. He knows what we need and when we need it. He has a perfect plan for our lives, even if it doesn't look like the plan we have planned in our minds for ourselves. His timing is perfect and we must trust that. Anytime something doesn't happen according to our schedule we have to remember that God doesn't make mistakes and He has a reason for every little thing that happens to us.

"He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority." Acts 1:7

I know that trusting in His perfect timing is often hard. This is something I've struggle with it myself, especially during the current season in my life. I don't want to sit here and tell y'all that it'll be easy at some point and that sometime soon you'll never struggle with trusting Gods perfect timing, but that's not true. It's still going to be hard unfortunately. But I can promise that when that struggle occurs, as long as you stop to remind yourself that His timing is perfect, that his plan is perfect, you'll be able to overcome the struggle just a little easier. 

I really hope what I had to say today. If you have any thoughts or comments about this topic, I would just love to hear them! Be sure to comment bellow so myself and other readers can see your thoughts! Happy Blogmas and don't forget to come back for another Blogmas post!  

Saturday, December 10, 2016

New Vlog- We Got a Christmas Tree!

Hey everyone! So today I'm sharing another bonus blogmas post today! If you've been reading Life With Faith from the beginning of December you probably know that I'm starting to vlog (my first vlog is about my sister's 18th birthday lunch). Although I know I'm not perfect at it just yet and still have some stuff to learn in the world of filming and editing,  I think it's tons of fun to film what's going on in my life and share it with y'all.

This year I decided to vlog the entire process of us getting our Christmas tree; from picking it out to having it fully decorated. We always wait to get a tree until after my sisters birthday (which is on December 7th) so by the time we get around to getting one, I'm always super excited. The process in the video is the tradition we follow almost exactly every single year!

I'd love for y'all to watch the video by clicking bellow and even subscribing if y'all want to catch all the vlogs to come! I have two vlogs up for you to enjoy now and I'm planning on vlogging during other events as well in the near future!

Happy Blogmas! I hope you're enjoying all these fun posts! Come back tomorrow for another and be sure to look back at any old posts you've missed!

Friday, December 9, 2016

TV Shows I Want To Watch

Hey everyone! Christmas break is fast approaching (crazy right?!) so I wanted to get on Hulu and find a bunch of TV shows/ TV series to start watching. I plan to have extra time to just relax and watch TV so I wanted to have a good list of things that sound good to me so that I already had a show to watch after I finished another one without having to hunt for something to watch. I waned to share what I found with y'all in case you're also looking for new shows to watch or have already watched them and can kind of tell me what you think of them!

Private Practice
I honestly do not know a lot about this show but it is always coming up as a show recommended to me based on the other shows I watch so I figured I'd put it on the list and try it out. It looks a little dramatic and a little comedic- which sounds like it could be something I really enjoy!

It seems like everyone was taking about this show at one point in time and I've had multiple friends tell me to watch it. So I thought I'd put in on the list to try it out and see what I think. I don't know a lot about it and not even sure if it'll be my style but I'm excited to give it a try!

The Mindy Project
This is a Hulu original comedy that I've happened to see a lot of commercials for while I've been watching my other TV shows and it looks like it could be hilarious. So I want to give it a try because I think everyone deserves a good laugh right?!

Designated Survivor
This is a new show I've heard really good things about. I also have to mention that the commercials I see for this show look absolutely amazing. It looks like something that could be totally right up my ally so I'm really excited to watch!

This is Us
This is also a new show that people just continue to rave about all over social media. I honestly know nothing about the show or the plot or anything but I really want to give it a try because so many people seem to love it. It sounds very dramatic so that could be something I really get into.

Sleepy Hollow
I've actually watched the first season of this show, but I never kept up with it after that. Now I kind of want to start over from the beginning and watch the whole series! I enjoyed what I did watch so hopefully the rest is good too!

Additional shows I want to watch that are not on Hulu...
Gossip Girl
Making A Murderer
Cutthroat Kitchen
Cooks vs. Cons

Have you seen any of these shows before? Let me know what you think in the comments! Also- feel free to leave any of your own TV show recommendations for me and other Life With Faith readers in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed this look at what I'm planning on watching soon.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"Grace Not Perfection" Review

Hey everyone! Recently, I've finally had the chance to read again! So for todays Blogmas post I wanted to give y'all a short review of a book I recently finished. I really do enjoy reading but when I'm in school, my classes require a ton of reading so I don't often get around to reading books that I actually want to read. So, today I really wanted to talk about "Grace Not Perfection" by Emily Ley. I just recently finished it and just had to talk about it!

The main thing I want to say about this book it that it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The whole book offers such good insight and all the designs and colors throughout are absolutely beautiful. It's bright and colorful and the quotes are so sweet and so important. I also love that Emily is so honest and real throughout the entire book that it makes you feel like you actually know her or are sitting down talking with her. It also helps to make you feel like it's ok to not be perfect and it's ok to be messy. I think that is one of the main messages of this book and one of the main things I took from the book.

Emily also talks a lot about slowing down, decluttering, and making space physical, emotionally, and time wise to enjoy life and the little things that we might forget otherwise. This really resonated with me because right before I picked this book up I was feeling the need to get rid of stuff and had been slowly getting rid of more and more stuff. She mentioned this specifically in the book and I couldn't have agreed more. I also really resonated with the idea of slowing down and enjoying the little things that are right in front of us. I can sometimes get into a go-go-go mentality where I forget about those things so this book was a great reminder!

I obviously don't want to sit here and tell y'all the entire contents of the book- because I want you to read it for yourself! But I really wanted to mention the above topics because they were really important pieces of the book in my opinion and things I took from the book to use in my everyday life. I highly recommend this book to anyone! But this book would be perfect for anyone who really enjoys the ideas of joy and simplicity. It's honestly raw, real, beautiful, and an overall great read. If you do decide to pick this book up, please let me know in the comments below what you thought! I'd love to hear your thoughts or talk about the book with you!

Monday, December 5, 2016

The 12 Days of Love Letter Writting

Hey everyone! Welcome to the 3rd official Blogmas post here on Life With Faith! (There's actually been 4 posts, because there was a surprise/ extra post that went up yesterday in case you missed it! But I decided not to add it into the count because it wasn't part of the original plan.) Today I wanted to share something that goes along with the holiday tradition of giving; I wanted to share with you about The 12 Days of Love Letter Writing by More Love Letters.

But lets start from the beginning....
What is More Love Letters?
It's an organization that promotes both sending hand written letters of love and encouragement to deserving people and also leaving these letters around in public places for unsuspecting people to find. Both are great ways to get involved in the More Love Letters mission! If you want even more information about who they are, go to their website here!

So now on to the next thing....
What is The 12 Days of Letter Writing?
From December 5 (which is today!!) to December 16th there will be a new letter request (meaning a deserving person) to write a letter to posted on the More Love Letters website. They give you a short piece about the person deserving of letters as well as an address to send your completed letter to. All you need to participate in one (or all) of the 12 Days of Letter Writing is some stationary, a pen, and some stamps! It's super simple, you just sit down and write a letter to the specified person with the intention of showing them love and encouragement.

I really love this idea because I really do think people need to be loved on and writing letters is such a good way to do so because everyone love getting mail. When I write letters for More Love Letters I always think about how loved the receiver will feel when they realize that even a stranger will take time to encourage them!

Guess What- there's a Twitter bash tonight!
More Love Letter is kicking off The 12 Days of Letter Writing with a Twitter bash at 9pm EST. It should be tons of fun (I plan on being a part) To learn more about the Twitter bash you can take a look at the Facebook event here!

I think this is a great way to give and spread love during the holiday season so I really wanted to share it with all of my readers! This post is not sponsored nor am I getting paid. This is just something I really wanted to talk about during Blogmas this year! Let me know if you end up participating!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

My First Vlog Ever!

Hey everyone! I've got a surprise and bonus blogmas post for y'all today! Yesterday my family and I went out to lunch to celebrate my sisters birthday. She's turning 18 on Wednesday!

Hailey, my sister, got to pick where we went out to lunch and she choose Luna's Living Kitchen. It's a vegetarian, vegan restaurant in the South End area of Charlotte (for anyone familiar with Charlotte!) They make just about everything fresh and in house, which I think is super cool. We also went last year for her birthday. I've really enjoyed everything I've eaten there! If you ever get the chance to go I so recommend the vegan chocolate chip cookies and almond milk- delicious! We also ended up making a few more stops after lunch, but I don't want to tell you too much about the day because I vlogged about it so y'all could watch and come along too!

This is my first time vlogging ever! I've wanted to give it a try for a while now but always forgot about it or was always too nervous to do it because I didn't want to seem awkward. And I honestly wasn't even sure if people would care about what I was up to or if I was interesting enough for people to watch. But yesterday I decided to just go for it! It was honestly so much fun! I know it wasn't perfect and I know I have some room to improve, but that's ok because everyone has to start somewhere right?!

With all of that said I would just love it if you'd take the time to watch my first vlog and even subscribe to my channel to see more vlogs in the future (because there will be more to come!) Just click bellow to watch!

I really hope you enjoyed this surprise/ extra blogmas post! I also hoped you enjoyed my first vlog! Happy Blogmas! Please please like and comment and everything like that on the video if you feel like it because it would mean the world to me! And don't forget to come back to Life With Faith tomorrow for another blogms post!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

My Favorite Christmas Albums

Hey everyone! It's the second post into Blogmas so I thought it was only appropriate to talk about something Christmas related! Today I wanted to share my favorite Christmas albums so that y'all can check them out and get into the holiday spirit! I also embedded the Spotify albums to make it just a little bit easier to listen.

I know it might look like I'm not giving y'all much variety because three of the albums I picked are from one artist. But I really wanted to be honest with y'all and tell you the albums I really do love and really do enjoy listening to. Oh course these aren't the only Christmas songs I listen to, there are just the albums I gravitate towards the most.

PTXmas (Pentatonix)

That's Christmas To Me (Pentatonix)

A Pentatonix Christmas (Pentatonix)

Under The Mistletoe (Justin Bieber)

Happy Blogmas y'all! What Christmas songs or albums do you love to listen to? Let me know in the comments bellow because I'd love to know! And don't forget to come back on Monday for a brand new post!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Black Friday Haul

Hey everyone! Welcome to day one of Blogmas! From today until Christmas you'll see a brand new post here on Life With Faith every other day! Awesome right?! Some blog posts will be Christmas related while others will just be regular content. I'm so excited to be participating this year and I hope you have fun reading all these posts!

Today I'm sharing everything I purchased during Black Friday this year! I'm going to be honest, I'm not much of a Black Friday shopper. It's often too stressful for me. This year I ended up buying a few really awesome things that I wanted to share with y'all. Thursday night, my mom, sister, and I went to Michael's and then on Friday I bought things online from Kate Spade and Kendra Scott. I think it was a really successful Black Friday and I love everything I got.

From Michael's
At Michael's they were having a ton of door buster deals on a lot of their planner and agenda stuff. So I took advantage and got this 2017 planner from Recollections. It was originally $29.99 but I got it for only $10! I have been using the Lilly Pulitzer agenda since my senior year in high school but lately I've been getting kind of board with it so I was looking for a change come the new year. So I was super happy to see this deal!

At Michael's I also got these three little clips, also by Recollections, to use in my planner. I'll probably use these for different things, like marking the week I'm currently on, or the notes section (which I'm constantly using in my current agenda). I was able to get them for just under $2! I think they're super cute and I'll get a ton of use out of them. With the new agenda and clips I am so excited for the new year and to get planning!

From Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott having like 20% off and free shipping so I have to take advantage! I got the silver Elissa necklace in white pearl and it's just beautiful! It ended up being $40- which is not a bad deal for Kendra Scott.

From Kate Spade
Kate Spade was also having the 20% off and free shipping deal so, again, I had to take advantage. I have a pretty big obsession with notebooks and journals and lately I've been wanting more. So I decided to get this one from Kate Spade. I love the color and the saying so this one is perfect to add to the ones I already had.

Happy Blogmas y'all! Let me know what you bought on Black Friday in the comments below! I'd love to hear about the deals you scored! And don't forget to come back on Saturday for the next Blogmas post!