False Saviors

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From Kelly: 

On Sunday, I saw a savior.

On a lazy weekend afternoon, I decided to sit by the swimming pool to finish reading What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert. The book is about the many misconceptions about what the “good news” actually is. Ultimately, the book concludes that a message that centers around anything outside of putting one’s hope of salvation through Jesus’ death on the cross is not the true gospel.

But this post isn’t about the book…this post is about the events that unfolded while I read.

After basking long enough to have sweat beads start to form beneath my sun hat, I peered over my open pages to see a father and his two sons, about ages four and six, enter through the pool gate. My eyes returned to the chapter, but I found them darting back up several minutes later when I heard the clamor of feet breaking the water’s surface over and over. You’ve got it—tons of splashing!

Naturally, you would assume that the source of the noise was the two young boys, but in fact it was their father attempting to practice his freestyle stroke. Over in the shallow end, his boys bobbed in three-foot water: the six-year-old in a life jacket, and the four-year old in an inner-tube with a built-in middle pouch for him to sit in. I made a mental note to ignore the splashing as the father’s projectile water droplets weren’t making it all the way to my lounger (thank goodness!). As I gazed back down at my pages however, that’s when the events began.

The four-year-old’s tube flipped over, and because his legs were in the tube’s seat, he was stuck facedown. The six-year-old yelled, “Papa! Papa!” but “Papa” was too busy focusing on his swimming to hear his child. The teenage lifeguard, while surprisingly not glued to a cell phone, was staring off into space, as if imagining herself on vacation rather than at work. The boy’s cries for help were no match against her imaginative trance.

I peeked up after the second cry to Papa and witnessed deliverance. A woman in a red beaded cover-up had entered the pool area while I had been critiquing Papa’s freestyle and started laying down her towel. Hearing the cries for help and seeing a toddler’s legs flailing just above the water’s surface, she rushed over to the water and jumped in while still clad in that red beaded cover-up. One moment, she was in the water, and the next moment, the toddler was raised from the depths of the shallow end onto the secure, concrete poolside.

At this time, the off-duty lifeguard, who was going to be the relief for the supposedly on-duty one, sprang from the pool’s sign-in to help the boy. The boy had retained consciousness now and was able to stand after a few sputters and coughs. It was at this time that Papa finally noticed that something was amiss, and helped his boy over to their chairs. The off-duty lifeguard then walked over to the on-duty lifeguard and informed her of the situation, which she missed entirely. Picture the mortification that fell over her face as her imagination changed from whatever fantasy to what could have been a reality under her watch.

Certainly no longer relaxed, I departed from my lounger to return home, but not before thanking the woman for saving the young boy (something Papa neglected to do, which astounded me!). As I made my way back to my apartment, I reflected on the salvation I had just witnessed. That four-year-old boy had done everything right, according to pool rules. He stayed in the shallow end. He used a flotation device. He had a parent supervising him. A lifeguard was on duty. Yet, all of these things he relied upon were unable to save him when the threat of drowning approached suddenly that Sunday. His preparation in having the inner-tube did not save him. The people he had relationships with could not provide salvation, as his older brother had good intentions but couldn’t assist, and Papa was oblivious to the need for salvation. And finally, the lifeguard, who lead all at the pool to believe in her for deliverance from any drowning, ultimately failed to save when the time came.

Just as the prep work didn’t save the boy, so too our “prep work” to get to heaven won’t work. Even if we do things “right,” doing good things won’t save us from drowning in our own sinful nature. Our relationships might seem satisfying, but relationships at their best won’t provide the love of God, and at their worst will disappoint—but regardless, they fail to save. And lastly, our plans may seem like they are able to save, but when you need rescue from sins, the lifeguard of our “ten-year-plan” is no more able to save than our works or our relationships. No, your salvation and mine comes from our own version of the lady in the red beaded cover-up: Jesus in the blood-stained linen, who died on the cross to pay the consequences for our sins and save us from the eternal death that we deserve.

As I think about where I find my security, I look back on this past Sunday. Having an “inner-tube” of good works, maintaining great relationships, and formulating some awesome plan are not bad things, but I pray that you and I can find rest in the hands of the one who can (and did!) raise us from the depths of our sin to new life through him.

Kelly is the other “little berdie” — my sister who lives in Washington D.C. She loves Jesus, Duck Donuts and solving math problems. She recently went on a mission trip to El Salvador where she wrote about her experience (here, here and here). 

Busyness, Boasting & My Best Yes


Well friends and followers, I’m back! I apologize about the recent hiatus from posting. These past few weeks have been crazy busy, and unfortunately posting on my blog was put on the chopping block in order to keep my head above water. But I’m back(!!!) and will be able to find regularly scheduled time to post again. I’m especially glad too because I have found myself missing writing more and more lately. I find writing therapeutic to help me process through so many things.

One of those things that I have been processing and mulling over for months now is the topic of busyness, of which I am the queen. I like to jam-pack my schedule full of activities so not a moment is spared in my day. I have made this a habit for years — truly ever since I can remember, I have been saying yes to things left and right. Eventually I hit some sort of breaking point, where I think I will not keep doing this, but somehow I continue to do it again and again. This time around though, I had had enough with my overbooked schedule. I was at an unhealthy stress level, and I wanted to get to root behind why it is that I do this to myself. Why do I say YES to everything?

As y’all know, I love to read (and even reading has had to take a second fiddle recently — ugh!). It just so happens that one of the books I read recently really convicted my heart about this issue of busyness. In Tim Keller’s book, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, he comments on 1 Corinthians 3:21-4:7 and how not to be a self-loving or self-hating person, but a self-forgetful one instead. There were so many convicting passages in this book that gave me insight into why I pride myself on busyness. Here are a few:

“In his book Sickness Unto Death, Søren Kierkegaard says, it is the normal state of the human heart to try to build its identity around something besides God. Spiritual pride is the illusion that we are competent to run our own lives, achieve our own sense of self-worth and find a purpose big enough to give us meaning in life without God…[The normal human ego] searches for something that will give it a sense of worth, a sense of specialness and a sense of purpose and build itself on that.” (14-15)

“Doing all kinds of things, not for the pleasure of doing them, but because we are trying to put together an impressive curriculum vitae. By comparing ourselves to other people and trying to make ourselves look better than others, we are boasting. Trying to recommend ourselves, trying to create a self-esteem résumé because we are desperate to fill our sense of inadequacy and emptiness.” (20)

By filling my life with activities and “things,” I am trying to find my self-worth in life other than God. I am trying to find it in my job, in my volunteer work, in how many Bible studies I can do and the knowledge I am gaining by doing them, in being a good friend and girlfriend. I am trying to find my identity in basically everything other than God. And I’m boasting in all my activities, in how much I can do, to fill this sense of inadequacy and emptiness I feel by finding my identity outside of God.

But let’s face it, I fail every day at being the best worker, the best girlfriend, the best friend, the best blogger. I fail at giving my Bible study homework 100% of my attention, having the cleanest house, having a fun-filled life. By trying to do it all, I am failing to do give my full attention to anything and not trusting God to fulfill my sense of self-worth.

So I’ve gleaned a couple takeaways from this:

First and most important, I am nothing apart from Christ. No activity, role, responsibility is going to give me worth apart from God alone.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 10:17)

He alone is my portion and my cup (Psalm 16:5). He gives my life meaning. I don’t need activities to fulfill me or give me a sense of purpose or meaning. My life has meaning and worth because God sacrificed his Son on the cross for my life. There is no other meaning, no other purpose I need outside of that amazing truth!

Once I am able to remind myself that God alone is my justifier, I need to evaluate what it is that I am filling my time with — what activities are most important? And not only most important, what activities/roles do I feel like the Lord is calling me to?

I read another book recently called The Best Yes. In that book, the author encourages you to find the thing, the passion, you feel the Lord is calling you to and really commit to it 100%. She encourages and challenges you to say no to other “good things” in order to give your BEST yes to what the Lord is calling you to.

This was particularly convicting to me as I have a tendency to fill my life with “good yes’s,” while sacrificing my best yes because I have too many other seemingly good things happening. I need to narrow my focus to having a few things I can give my best to and be obedient to what God is calling me to do.

This season has had a lot of teaching moments, but my schedule and busyness has definitely been the biggest one. Having a new(ish) role in my life (being a good girlfriend) has come with a lot of challenges because my focus and priorities have had to change from when I was single. It has taken a lot of trial and error (mostly error it seems) and patience from P (thank you, P!!), but I think I’m finally figuring out how to have a more manageable schedule and give my best effort to each commitment. There are going to be some “no’s” coming up to some great things, but I know that the sacrifice is going to be worth it so my “yes’s” are going to the most important things, one of those being my blog.

All that to say, friends, I’m back. This blog means so much to me as I hope it does to you. I pray that the Lord would continue to use it to speak truth into my own heart and yours. He is refining me one day at a time, and I’m so thankful he is.

#SomethingNew April: Magnolia Market in Waco

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I’ve been attempting to write this post for weeks nows, but friends, April has been chaotic. I will hopefully get to explain more about my crazy schedule and what the LORD has been teaching me this month in another post, but for now let’s just focus on my #SomethingNew!

This month (a couple weeks ago), I went to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ store in Waco, TX with a group of girlfriends for a day trip that turned into a little weekend getaway. Since Waco is only about an hour and a half outside of Dallas, it makes for an easy day trip. We left Dallas early Saturday morning in hopes that we wouldn’t be waiting in line forever, and we certainly lucked out because there was NO WAIT when we got there. It was definitely good timing considering most of the reviews I read said people were waiting close to an hour. We were off to a great start!

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Once we got inside Magnolia Market, I was in interior design heaven. The place was filled with so many beautiful home goods that I nearly wanted everything in the store. It took a lot to stop myself from going overboard and sticking to my pre-determined budget.

There were so many gorgeous items in the store. They had the best fake flowers and plants I had ever seen. They felt and looked so real that it took you a second to realize they weren’t. Then they had a slew of décor, kitchen items, serving items, pillows and throws. I would call the décor a mix between Pottery Barn and Anthropologie with surprisingly reasonable prices (because you know how those places can get). I could have stayed in there for hours looking at everything and getting ideas for future rooms.

In the end, I purchased the Magnolia wreath which I had been eyeing for some time, a handful of fake tulips and a mini chalkboard. There were so many other things I wanted, but I felt like these items were the most versatile if I end up moving again in the next year or two. I will definitely want to make another trip when I get a house!

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Outside of the store, there is a grassy area for kids (and dads) to play while the ladies shop. There are food trucks and picnic tables too, so you could really make a whole day of it! Currently, Chip and Joanna are working on opening an on-site bakery and plant shop (I think this is now open, but it wasn’t when we were there). There are lots of things to do and see at the market.

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After we left Magnolia, we ate lunch at Olive Branch (a local sandwich place) and walked around Spice Village. The best way I can describe Spice Village is a huge space filled with little Etsy shops, kind of like the Dallas Flea if you’ve been to that. It was a really cool place, and I also found a little something there.


After a day’s worth of shopping, we drove to my friend’s ranch, about an hour away from Waco. To summarize our night there, we got a truck stuck in the mud (and attempted to get it out for an hour), rode four wheelers, drank too much wine, laughed until we cried and ate lots of food and birthday cake. It was super fun and one of those weekends I will never forget!

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Needless to say, it was definitely a great trip to the Silos, and I will definitely be going back!

2016 #SomethingNews:
January: Skiiing
February: Flower Crown Class
March: Houston Rodeo

Kristin’s Story: National Kidney Month

Today, I am sharing a story that is near and dear to my heart because it is from my best friend, Kristin (who I’ve been bugging to “guest post” for months!).

We met as Theta sisters at TCU and have been inseparable ever since! So inseparable in fact that we have actually been working at the same ad agency for over three years now since moving to Dallas. She is someone who has been by my side through all of life’s ups and downs both in college and after graduation. I’m so grateful for her continued friendship over the years! And I’m excited that she agreed to share her story with us today!

Here’s Kristin:

I’m not the type of person that cries at work. I think it’s pretty unprofessional. That’s why when I found myself crying in a conference room a little over two years ago I wasn’t prepared.

Being that I live in Texas, I was unprepared for the visits home. At first, it was easier to be in denial — my dad seemed fine when we talked on the phone and just a little more tired when I saw him. But the slow decline in his physical and mental capacity was brought much more into focus because I wasn’t with him everyday. When he began peritoneal dialysis at home it was apparent that no matter if I was prepared or unprepared, my dad was dying. Realizing that it may take years to receive an organ from the National Organ Transplant List my parents started sharing their situation with family and good friends hopeful that someone may be a “match” and consider making the ultimate sacrifice as a live donor; they never asked me. But I didn’t need to be asked. I got tested.

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I cried at work because I was a match. While not “perfect” meeting only four out of the six criteria, it was good enough to be a donor. I was unprepared for the overwhelming feeling that I would finally be able to give back to someone that has given me so much in life — has given me life.

Shortly after my test came through, we got a separate call saying there was a rare six out of six match for him, and since it was “perfect” he was the recipient of a kidney! But there may be a time in the future where my dad will need a kidney, and I will give it to him — without a doubt. I think this is why God gave me two kidneys anyway. So take it; I don’t need both, but you can’t take my Dad — there’s only one of those.IMG_6213

National Kidney Month ends today (the whole month of March). Friends, 26 million Americans are living with kidney disease and another 73 million are at risk. Those numbers are astounding!

Kristin, her dad and the rest of her family are raising money and participating in a kidney walk to help fight kidney disease. If you would like to donate to her team, please click here. Any donation amount helps!

When you donate to the National Kidney Foundation you are joining the fight against kidney disease by:

  • Raising public awareness about kidney disease and risk reduction.
  • Providing free local health screenings.
  • Supporting kidney patients, organ donors and their families.
  • Advocating in Washington, D.C. for government action on the organ donor shortage, funding kidney research and defending Medicare coverage.
  • Educating doctors and other healthcare professionals with the best information in the field. Last year, 64,500 healthcare professionals were kept up to date through NKF’s Kidney Learning Solutions.

Thank you, Kristin for sharing your story! And we are so glad that your dad is doing so well with his new kidney!!

#SomethingNew March: Houston Rodeo

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I have lived in Texas seven and a half years and have never been to a rodeo. Not for lack of trying either — I’ve attempted to go to the Fort Worth rodeo at least two times over the years and tickets were sold out both times (most recently this past February).

I remember telling P months ago that one of the road trips I wanted to take this year was to the Houston Rodeo. I wanted to experience it one time because I had heard so many things about it. It’s one of the steps to becoming a true Texan, right? Because of P’s amazing planning skills and thoughtful nature, he made it happen this past weekend!

It’s funny on the way to the rodeo, I didn’t really know what to expect when I got there. I knew there was some sort of concert involved as well as bull riding, but that’s about it. And to be honest, I didn’t really understand what bull riding was – I didn’t think people actually RODE a bull. I had been on the grounds of the Fort Worth Stockshow and Rodeo, but because tickets were sold out by the time we were going to buy them, I never got to experience the rodeo aspect of the events.

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The first thing you notice when you get to the rodeo is how big it really is (everything’s bigger in Texas, right?). There are people everywhere and lots of things to see and do outside of the stadium itself (this is where the rodeo is). I’ve heard there is a market somewhere with vendors and a stock show in another area, but because it was a quick trip for us, we didn’t spend any time outside of the stadium. We wanted to see as much of the actual rodeo as we could, so we went inside the stadium almost right away.

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We got there early enough to grab a drink (or two) before heading to our seats and watching all the events in action. Because I know some of you have never been to a rodeo, here is a brief description of each of the events we saw (laymen’s version, so I might be over-simplifying for all you rodeo pros):

Tie-Down RopingMan on horse lassos steer and flips it over to tie three of its legs together. Fastest time wins.

Bareback RidingHorse has flank strap and proceeds to buck to get the man on him off. Man must stay on for 8 seconds and is judged based on how well he rides through the bucking. There is no saddle (a.k.a. bareback).

Team RopingTeam on horses — one member lassos steer’s neck and the other lassos steers hind legs so that steer falls over. Fastest time wins.

Saddle Bronc Riding: This is essentially the same as the Bareback Riding above except the man has a saddle on the horse.

Steer WrestlingMan on horse rides out as steer is released and jumps on steer to flip it over and onto the ground (like wrestling). Fastest time wins.

Barrel RacingWoman on horse circles barrels without tipping them over. Fastest time wins.

Bull Riding: This is the same as the Bareback riding above, expect it is a bull instead of a horse. And this was my favorite event to watch because it was so intense!

Mutton Bustin’: Little kids ride on sheep like a barrel. The one that stays on the longest wins. This was HILARIOUS to watch!

I truly had no idea some of these events actually happened. I mean wrestling a steer? Getting bucked off of a horse or bull? Lassoing a steer’s neck and feet in seconds? I’m not sure what I thought a rodeo was, but I was shocked that these were actual events! It was super entertaining and amazing to watch these peoples’ courage and skills in each event.

After each event winner was named, Brad Paisley came on stage and performed. He was super funny and really got the crowd going! I really enjoyed his concert.

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Overall, I would say the rodeo was way more fun than I could have imagined. The events and concert were very entertaining and the atmosphere was what I love most about Texas — friendly, fun and down-to-earth. How many events have you been to where they pray before kicking things off, where winners thank God first before anything else? It was a great first experience, and it definitely won’t be my last rodeo!

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Grocery Store Finds: Thrive Market


Whole Foods is often referred to as “Whole Paycheck,” and we all know why — the place can be EXPENSIVE. A couple weeks ago, I was doing my regular grocery shopping for the week, which includes buying four KIND bars (my favorite pre-workout snack), and as I was checking out, P looks at my four KIND bars and asks if I had ever looked into buying them in bulk instead of individually. To be honest, I really hadn’t thought about this, but because he is a numbers/finance guy, apparently he has.

The next day after doing some research, he found my KIND bars on Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Thrive Market. Since I’m not an Amazon Prime member (meaning no free shipping) and Walmart.com didn’t have the flavors I liked, I went to the Thrive Market website. I was amazed to find my favorite “dry goods” that I buy regularly at Whole Foods sold on Thrive Market for a discounted price. I couldn’t believe it!

My favorite granola (Purely Elizabeth), my KIND bars (all the flavors I like), olive oil, spices, rice, etc. It was AMAZING. P also found his favorites, including KIND granola and Emergen-C — both for several dollars less than he usually pays at Whole Foods.

Needless to say, it didn’t take much convincing to sign up for Thrive Market and make my first order. I bought several bags of granola, three boxes of KIND bars, olive oil, salt, pepper and some of P’s requests (granola and Emergen-C). Because I spent over $49, I got free shipping and free coconut oil and protein powder. I also saved an additional 15 percent off my first order.

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The package came only four business days after I made my order online (I ordered on a Friday and received it the following Wednesday). The packaging was very secure, especially for the olive and coconut oil. We only had one issue with a bag of granola, which I emailed Thrive Market about right after and they immediately issued me a credit and discount on my next order. Overall, my experience was great!

On top of that, I saved a lot of money. Each bag of granola was $1.04 less than I pay at Whole Foods, and I saved $0.20 on each KIND bar. While that doesn’t seem like a whole lot of money in one week, over the course of the year that’s $27.04 on granola + $41.60 on KIND bars, which more than pays for the membership fee of $59.99 annually. And that’s only for two items that I purchased. P also saved money on his items!

Another aspect I loved about Thrive Market was the wide selection of health foods they had. They have all of the (in my opinion) “odd” ingredients that my healthy recipes call for (like almond flour, almond oil, hemp seeds, etc). And they have categories for Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegan and Raw diets. Those categories make it easy for people that follow those diets to find what they are looking for and possible discover new things!

Thrive Market also has a variety of beauty products, vitamins/probiotics and household supplies. I haven’t purchased any of these products yet, but I’ve definitely browsed the categories looking at all they have to offer (A LOT!).

Finally, for every paid membership to Thrive Market, you are also donating a Thrive Market membership to a low-income family. As Thrive Market stated on their website:

“Every year, 49 million Americans experience food insecurity while 80 percent of low-income families resort to buying food they know isn’t healthy just to make ends meet.”

Your Thrive Market membership can give low-income families an opportunity to invest in their health too!

So if you are a health food shopper, at least check out the Thrive Market website and see the brands/foods they have to offer. And then next time you are at Whole Foods or your regular grocery store, do a comparison of the prices. You may be amazed to see how much you could save with a Thrive Market membership! I’m definitely looking forward to discovering new things and making my next order!


February Edit

A lot of my favorite blogs and sites do a monthly post about all of the finds, buys and things that they are loving for that particular month. And because I enjoy reading those posts so much, I thought I would share mine too! I know we’re already a few days into March, but here were my favorites from February:

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  1. Thrive Market — I’m so excited to share this with y’all! Thrive Market is basically an online and discounted version of Whole Foods. All of my favorite “dry-good” products (think granola, spices, KIND bars, olive oil) are on the site at a discounted price. I just got my first shipment in yesterday, and I’ll be sharing more about my experience next week. Stay tuned!
  2. Meal planning — In order to make my weeks and mornings run more smoothly, I have been taking time on Sundays to get my lunches and dinners together (at least getting my veggies chopped up). I bought these containers at The Container Store and like how well they hold up in the dishwasher and the various sizes they come in.
  3. What I’m currently reading — I started Fates and Furies a couple weeks ago and could not get into it at all. Since it’s my book club book, I needed to press on and keep reading, so I did, and I have to say the second half makes the first half so much better. I’m nearly done with it, so we will see how I like the ending. I’m also halfway through The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and have found it really interesting so far. There have been a lot of ideas presented that I hadn’t given much thought to before, so it’s given me a lot of food-for-thought in terms of keeping organized. I’m hoping to finish in the next couple weeks.
  4. Cupcakes & Cashmere Leather Jacket — I have been wanting a leather jacket for a while now, but the price of them always seems to stop me from actually buying one. So when I saw this faux leather jacket go on sale at Nordstrom it was a no-brainer buy! I’ve worn it multiple times in the short two weeks I’ve had it and absolutely LOVE IT!
  5. Moment app — I stumbled across this app a couple weeks ago and downloaded it to my phone right away. Basically, it tracks the amount of time you are spending on your phone, and so far I have found it really convicting. Hopefully it will continue to make me think twice about wasting time on it.
  6. Tangerine La Croix — This is a new flavor of La Croix that is exclusive to Whole Foods (or at least that’s what the sign at Whole Foods said). I really liked it and will be putting it in rotation with my other favorite sparkling waters.
  7. New Balance Shoes — I bought these on sale from Nordstrom after eyeing them for a while (and unfortunately they are sold out now). This is my second pair of New Balances, and I’m pumped to have another color option at my disposal. They are the BEST run around shoe!
  8. Zoodles — These are my new go-to food. I’ve used them in several dishes as a “spaghetti” substitute and also as a vegetable side dish. Since I don’t have a spiralizer (yet…), being able to buy these already spiralized is awesome and so convenient! This company also makes a sweet potato version that I have enjoyed as well.

#SomethingNew February: Flower Crown Workshop

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Don’t think I forgot my #SomethingNew for February! Unfortunately, things have been a little crazy around here, and this is the first chance I’ve had at writing this post. But I’ve been really excited to share it with you because this is one of my favorite #SomethingNew’s to date!

Several months ago, I bookmarked a flower crown workshop that I found through one of the people I follow on Instagram and was saving it for the right opportunity. Well, when my community group asked me to plan a retreat in Fort Worth, this workshop was one of the first things that popped into my head to do.

The workshop was a private class for 8 people, called the “Champagne and Crowns” class, put on by R Love Floral. Compared to a lot of other floral design classes I had been looking at the price was VERY affordable, not to mention champagne was included with the class (HOLLA!).

When we arrived at the studio for our workshop, all of our stations were set up with the materials we needed along with champagne and wine chilling in an ice bucket! We quickly introduced ourselves and got started.

Raquel recommended that we use a thick twine as the base of our crown instead of wire. We measured the twine around our heads to get the correct crown size. Then, we wrapped floral tape around half of the crown, covering where the twine overlapped. Next, we selected the flowers we wanted to use as well as the filler flowers and greenery.

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The rest is basically repeating the same steps over and over. You make tiny bunches using a big flower and a filler flower (or only filler flowers) and wrap them around the crown with floral tape. The cool part about this process was that you could be as creative as you wanted and use all sorts of flowers with no rhyme or reason, or if you’re super Type A like me, you can make some sort of pattern so it’s a little more structured. 2016-02-20 14.49.29 2016-02-20 15.03.10

Once you’ve repeated those steps and have flowers around your crown, you need to figure out a way to finish it off. This is where Raquel swooped in with her creative juices and helped make the end of my crown look better than just having an inch of floral tape.

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Making a flower crown was surprisingly easier than I expected it to be. I think I expected it to be harder because most of my other #SomethingNew classes have been really hard and frustrating for me (like here, here and here). But I think with this class I could implement some sort of structure to making the crown while at the same time being creative with what flowers I was using in each bundle and how I placed the bundles around the crown.

I found working with flowers to be really relaxing too. I took a floral design class in high school and remembered thinking the same thing, so it was good to see that my love for floral design hadn’t changed over the years. I will definitely be looking into more floral arrangement classes and make another flower crown or two for a festive occasion (who’s with me?).

Overall, the workshop was AMAZING! Raquel was a dream to work with and offered us step-by-step instructions while still allowing us to be creative with our crowns! I would highly recommend Raquel’s R Love Floral workshops! She also does floral arrangements and flower crowns for special events and weddings. Definitely consider using her! She was such a pleasure to work with.

This workshop was truly the highlight of our weekend and such a useful skill to learn! I mean, the possibilities are endless with where and when you can wear a flower crown. I know this will not be my last time making and wearing one!

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