inspiration point

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last week my family and i had the opportunity to attend family camp at Inspiration Point Christian Camp and Retreat Center. this camp is near and dear to my heart. i started attending youth summer camp there in 2001 and came back 9 more summers after that. that week in the summer was one i looked forward to all year. it was a week where i got to grow in my faith, meet new people, and have a lot of fun. Inspiration Point was a major component in my faith journey. every year i learned more and more about God and His love for me. i left camp wanting to tell all my friends about Jesus and the sacrifice he made so that we who believe could be forgiven and made clean.

one of my favorite parts during the week at camp is the Christ Hike. the Christ Hike is where you “Step back 2,000 years into the days when Jesus walked the earth. Experience what it may have been like to follow Him…literally. Spitzer Lake serves as the backdrop to this 12-setting performance depicting highlights from the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.” the camp staff does an amazing job putting this on and even after watching it dozens of times i still find parts that stick out to me like never before. the Christ Hike is open to the public and is a must see! {the next one is July 12th at 7:45!}

Inspiration Point has a lot to offer. they have amazing staff, great food, pontoon rides, paddle boards, a game room, crafts, and the list could go on. but their highest priority is that each and every person that attends camp has the opportunity to learn more about God. you memorize scripture and sing songs around a campfire. you get to listen to phenomenal speakers and you get to experience God without the distractions of every day life.

if you’re looking for a place to recharge and refocus your eyes on Christ I definitely recommend going to Inspiration Point. they offer camps for all ages and all year round! {youth summer camps, youth retreats, family camp, marriage weekend, women’s retreat, pathfinders} to see a full list of the camps they offer and find more about this amazing place visit their website at www.ipoint.org.

“i lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? my help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121:1-2

XO Lo

onyx + pearl boutique

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A new boutique opened yesterday in downtown Fargo and i am so excited to give you a sneak peak! Onyx + Pearl is a sister store to Lot 2029 and mint + basil {a kitchen and home shop} and is equally amazing. I was told that this store was going to be more high end and sophisticated so i went into the store assuming the price tag would reflect that. however, i was pleasantly surprised to see the variety of items they had for under $50! this top caught my eye instantly! stripes + off the shoulder + ruffles. i think it was made for me! of all the boutiques i’ve come across, Onyx + Pearl definitely carries my style of clothing. i was also really impressed with their jewelry section. they had the most beautiful and dainty earrings and necklaces but also had fun statement pieces {do you see those tassel necklaces?!}!

trust me, you’re going to want to check this place out!

XO Lo

energy bites

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-1 cup oats {i use quick oats}

-1/2 cup peanut butter

-1/2 cup ground flax seeds

-1/3 cup honey

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

mix ingredients in a medium bowl and chill for 30 minutes.

once they are chilled, roll into balls {should make about 20 small balls}

i like to add mini chocolate chips to the balls. its easiest to just stick a few in after the balls are already rolled.

these balls are perfect in lunches! i stick two balls in a snack bag and store in the refrigerator. they are kid friendly too! it is so nice to know exactly what goes into this snack and they are so delicious your kids won’t even know they’re healthy!

enjoy!

XO Lo

 

mother’s day gift ideas

mothers day gift guide

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mother’s day is right around the corner have you gotten your mom a gift? i’ve heard a quote that said “when your mom deserves and island but all you can afford is a candle.” i think that quote is so true. my mom is seriously one amazing woman and she deserves so much more than i could ever give her. however, she does like candles and that seems like a good gift idea!

3-wick candle: i am obsessed with these candles from bath and body works and for mother’s day they came out with these adorable candles just for moms. with summer coming you can never go wrong with a new scent! my favorites are: cactus blossom, tiki beach and endless weekend.

write the word: this is a great gift idea! i’ve talked about these bible journals a few times on the blog. they just revamped them and i can’t wait to get my hands on them! there are 5 different journals and this particular yellow one is “cultivate joy.” you can purchase them here!

make-up eraser: ok so this one has my mom’s name written all over it. it never fails that when she comes to visit she asks for our darkest washcloth to wash her face and remove her makeup. this make-up eraser from nordstrom wipes away all of your makeup {even waterproof} with just water! say what?! i think she needs it.

stamped family necklace: these necklaces are so pretty and a personalized gift is always fun to give! the large disc can hold 15 characters and is a perfect modern idea in place of a “mothers ring.”

Stitch Fix Gift Card: want to get your mom some new clothing but have no idea what she would like? get some help from a Stitch Fix stylist by getting her a Stitch Fix Gift Card! this is especially a good idea if you don’t have time to get to a store before mother’s day. you can either print out the gift card and give it to her or send it via email!

st. tropez self tanner kit: i have heard amazing things about this self tanner. the older i get the more i try to stay out of the sun. we all want to be tan but we also need to protect our skin! this kit is limited edition and a steal of a deal!

origins masks: this gift set contains three of origins amazing face masks. i have tried the charcoal mask and it is a serious game changer! this is one of those gifts that i might just need to pick one up for myself too.

hope this helps you out as your scrambling to get your mom a gift! don’t forget mother’s day is this sunday may 14th!

XO Lo

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happy friday lovelies!

this fun spring water bottle is from caribou coffee! you can use it as a water bottle or a tumbler.  it keeps my water cold for so long! i just love it.

normally i am a pretty neutral person but i can’t stop looking at this colorful clutch from target!

ok, you’ve heard me talk about Lipsense and even months later i am still loving it! praline rose was the second color i bought and it is my go to. if you would like to order Lipsense click here!

these $14 marble sunglasses are such a good deal!

i just ordered a fix from Stitch Fix and asked for some espadrille flats similar to these! espadrilles are really popular right now and i like them in both flats or wedges!

recently i’ve been really into graphic tees and i think i need to scoop up this one from old navy.

hope you all have a wonderful weekend! we may be heading to a barn dance tonight which i am super excited for. andrew and i love to dance so we try to take every opportunity to do that together! plus it is going to be in the 70’s all weekend! woohoo!

XO Lo

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carry on luggage review

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last month for my birthday, my parents got me this adorable carry on! this summer I am going on a fun trip and I have never had any nice luggage of my own. there were three things I wanted in my luggage 1. carry on size. one of my biggest fears is losing my luggage at the airport and the size also limits the amount I can bring so I don’t over pack! 2. hard shell. 3. fun color! I had my eye on this marble one but figured that may be too trendy for luggage. with all of that in mind we went with the Rockland Melbourne 20″ expandable carry on from Target. this particular carry on is not available in store. though it seemed a little risky to buy it online let me assure you that it is perfect and I am so impressed with it! here is my review:

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pros:

i love all of the compartments. it is so nice to be able to place your clothing in the zipper side away from shoes and liquids.

the size is perfect! it even expands if you need a little extra room.

it is lightweight and the spinner wheels make it easy to maneuver.

it comes with a combination zipper lock

the price! it is under $50!

cons:

the champagne color is no longer available.

it is online only

if you are in the market for a quality carry on i highly recommend purchasing this one! it is a steal of a deal for what you get. so far i have used it for a few getaways on the weekends and i cannot wait for my trip this summer to test it out at the airport.

XO Lo

happy anniversary, my love

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how in the world has it been 2 years already? some days it feels as though we have been married forever and others it seems like just yesterday that we packed up our little life in Fargo to start our new adventure as husband and wife. each day i am reminded of how blessed i am to have such an incredible man as a husband. marriage isn’t always easy. it takes a lot of communication and sacrifice. thank you for working through the hard days and celebrating the great days with me. thank you for loving me and cherishing me. you are an amazing man of God and I love you so much! happy anniversary!

to see more photos from our wedding head to this post: |april 24|

XO Lo