Thursday, October 16, 2014

Autumn Mug Cake Recipe!

What could be more simple (or yummy) than a mug cake? They're so fun to make, and they taste delicious! I came up with this recipe on my own, and it tastes like a fall flavored coffee cake. So good!
While this isn't something I would eat every day, it's definitely a healthier option than a big slice of chocolate cake!
Have fun and don't be afraid to experiment and try different flavors!

Autumn Mug Cake Recipe:

2 TBS coconut flour (you can really use any flour)
1 egg
1 TBS almond milk (or any kind of milk)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 TBS maple syrup

Mix all of the ingredients up in your mug. Make sure you mix well! Microwave for two minutes. The time may vary depending on your microwave. Remove and sprinkle a tiny bit of coconut sugar over the top. You could also use maple syrup or honey. Enjoy!

If you try this recipe be sure to let me know what you think!

xoxo, em

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Are You Friendly?

Jesus was a friend to all, and he wants us to be that way too! Remember the popular Bible story about Jesus and the little children? The disciples started to turn the children away, but Jesus stopped them. If you read through the New Testament you will find some reoccurring themes in Jesus's life. Jesus was so busy in his short time here on earth. However, he was never too busy. He never acted like he was in a rush, or like he didn't want to talk to someone. Jesus cared about everyone, and disliked no one. The rulers, children, lepers, criminals, blind, rich, poor- he loved them all!
In reflecting Jesus, God wants us to love everyone also. I was reading in my devotionals earlier, and it asked, "Are you friendly and approachable?" Immediately I replied, "Yes, of course!" Then it asked, "But are you really?" I began to think of instances where I let shyness get the best of me, or where I was too tired, or maybe I was trying to be friendly, but I didn't look that approachable.

Author, Elizabeth George came up with her "Commandments of Friendship". Using some of hers, and some that I added, I came up with the list below.

Smile- smile at people. Smile for no reason. Just smile!

Call people by name- Sounds a little silly right? However I was thinking about personal experiences, and I always feel more special when people use my name. I always love it when people call me Em. Growing up, only my Mom called me that, but now the majority of my friends and family call me Em. The point is- learn peoples nicknames in addition to their regular names. Find out what they like to be called.

Be generous with praise- Encourage others, acknowledge their strengths, give genuine compliments, and praise them in their efforts. Imagine what the world would be like if we praised and encouraged instead of gossiping and critiquing?

Be alert to give service- Always be ready to help, with a smile on your face. Help wherever you can. You never know what others needs are. Sometimes they may surprise you. Whether it's asking how you can pray for someone, volunteering at church or school, helping that elderly woman across the street, or holding a busy mom's baby for a minute. You can help others in so many ways!

Be considerate of the feelings of others- It's always important to be aware of others people feelings. Be careful to never exclude, always say kind things, never be rude,  and be thoughtful of the opinion of others. Remember to put yourselves in other peoples shoes and think about how you would feel.

You can never have enough friends- I know its easy to get comfortable with your friend group, and stop reaching out to others. When your social life is going great, and you have a few amazing best friends, its so easy to get caught up in the whirl of it all. Let's look at Jesus though. Yes, he had a few close and trusted friends, but he was also friends with everyone. He always included, called people by name, offered a listening ear, helpful advice, and showed compassion, and kindness.

Today I added something new to my prayer list:

That the Lord will bless me with a friendly and approachable spirit.

Over the past few months, again and again, the Lord has been putting a message on my heart- Spread the love. Be the light this world needs.

Part of spreading the love is by being a friend to all, like Jesus. It may seem like a small thing... a simple thing, but if we truly spread the love we could change the world. Those little things can add up to big things! You may only be one person, but YOU can impact so many people!

So what are you waiting for? Go change the world!

xoxo, em

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Your Words Matter

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You have the power to make or break someone's day. You have the power to make kids laugh, encourage young girls, and uplift your family members. You have more power than you think- and it's all in your words. You may not think you have much to say, but your words can make all the difference. Your words can convey love, patience, peace, compassion, encouragement, laughter,  and joy. Or they can convey jealousy, lies, hatred, judgment, doubt, and hurt.

Words matter. Your voice matters.

So spread love, not gossip! Reach out to that new girl, ask someone how they're doing, or how you can pray for them. Let your family and friends know how amazing they are! Encourage kids, leave sweet notes  for people, listen and speak words of compassion, and pray for those that are hurting.

Be intentional. Your words could make all the difference.

So stand up! Be different. Be that person that is known for their love and compassion for everyone. You may not think that you have a voice, or that your words have any effect what so ever on the people around you- but they do. We convey so much through our tone of voice, how we speak, and what we say.

I challenge you to slow down and really pay attention to what you say, and how you say it. Spread the love, not the hurt.

xoxo, em

Monday, October 6, 2014

What Are You Chasing?




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What are you chasing after? Whatever it is, it will never be enough. Only Jesus can fill the desires of your heart. If you look for happiness, value, or success in other things, you will only end up disappointed, because nothing and no one can fulfill our needs like God can. We all have times in life when we lose sight of what is important and chase other things. Even I've had those moments where I got focused on having a social life, being fit, or being great at this or that. And then, in a still moment, in the midst of the craziness, I heard Jesus saying, "Come as you are." See, that's the wonderful thing about Jesus. He doesn't care how many Instagram followers you have, or how fast you can run a mile, or who asked you to prom, or what college you got into. He just wants to love you the way you are. He just loves you! He's been chasing after you this whole time. Isn't it time you run to him?
Everyday I'm running to him, and he has been answering my prayers, and leaving my heart full. With God, you're never alone. He's always there, whispering verses of encouragement in my ear, and reminding me how magnificent he is through it all. He's my best friend, , my advice giver, my listener, my leader, my father, my savior, and My God.

Run to him. It's never too late, or too far. He's waiting, with arms open wide.

xoxo, em

Friday, October 3, 2014

What Makes for a Beautiful Life?





A beautiful life is not a perfect life, but it is a life worth living.

A beautiful life is finding joy and happiness in the little things. It's letting go and living. It's loving the life that God has blessed you with, because it is yours, and yours alone. A beautiful life is seeing past your struggles and daily challenges, and looking at things from a new perspective.

My life isn't perfect. It's messy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I don't have designer handbags, or take beautiful pictures for Instagram, or have a million friends. I'm not incredibly good at sports, I get shy in group settings, and sometimes I feel like I'm not enough. At the end of the day though, I have my faith, my family, and some really amazing, supportive friends. I have a great job, three pets that I adore, and an amazing relationship with Jesus. My life is beautiful, and it is worth living. My life is mine, and that is enough for me.

xoxo, emalee

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rambles about Life & Mom's Night Out

I promised myself that I would start blogging again, and I didn't. Each day it sat on my to do list, waiting to be crossed off. And each day that passed I felt like a failure for not being able to write one simple, little blog post. In the midst of all the craziness of senior year, I was beating myself up over not blogging. Sounds crazy right? I've been learning lots about myself this school semester though. Like how I'm most definitely more of an introvert, how I can get majorly stressed about homework, how I'm way too hard on myself over things that don't really matter, and how sometimes I just need to let things go. Then tonight I sat down for a little bit of alone time, and ended up watching Moms Night Out for the first time. There I was, curled up at the foot of my bed with my laptop, two cats, and yes, some candy. I sat there, laughing hysterically at all of the funny parts, and it was like the fresh, cool breeze that I needed in my life. Yes, I know the movie was geared for Mom's, but I got something out of it too. It was like it was telling me that in the midst of the craziness of life, the stress of senior year, the disappointments, and feeling like you're never enough, it reminded me to come as I am. It reminded me to let go of the things I can't control. It reminded me that things will never be perfect, and the harder I try to make things that way, the less happy I will be. Most importantly it reminded me of Jesus's amazing love for me, just as I am, and how his plan is bigger and greater than anything I could ever imagine.

I'm not going to make lofty promises or write up a plan of what I'm going to do, but I am going to do this..

I'm going to smile more- because why not?

I'm going to let go of the things I can't control- like sickness, my future, or what other people do.

I'm going to stop worrying- about what people think of me, about what I'm going to do with my life, or about having it together.

I love my life right now. Despite the craziness and the business of senior year, I'm loving and cherishing these moments, because I know they won't last forever.

Doing this. Writing and pouring my heart out, feels so nice. Maybe I'll do this a little more often. Like an end of the day wrap up. I'm stopping with the expectations and the promises to blog. If it happens, it happens, and if not that's okay.

This blog post didn't have much of a point. It was just a moment to write what was on my mind.

So here's my takeaway-

1) Watch Moms Night Out- If you haven't seen it already then go, run, drive safely to your nearest Redbox and pick it up. If you've already seen it, go rent it again just for laughs.

2) Love the life you have, instead of wishing for the life that you think will make you happy. Take joy in the little things. Laugh more. Sing loudly in the car. Dance often. Love lots.

xoxo, em

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cozy Glam OOTD




I recently did a little fall clothing shopping, and I've been itching to wear one of my new pieces, even if it's just for a photoshoot. For fall I'm loving  navy, cranberry, plum, cream, and black. This outfit is one of those effortless little things that you can throw together with whatever you have in your closet. Take your favorite solid color skirt (preferably black or navy) and throw a cozy sweater on top of it. Pair it with black booties, combat boots, black flats, or whatever you like! If the outfit was right you could even throw on a faux leather jacket!

This cozy sweater I'm wearing is from American Eagle and today you can get it for 40% off! The entire AE fall collection is 40% off

ootd details:

sweater//American eagle
earrings//altar'd state

xoxo, emalee