Exploring Coeur d’Alene, ID

Exploring Coeur d’Alene, ID

Happy Monday my beautiful daises! It’s been forever since my last post and I miss you guys so much! I’ve been checking up on your blogs 😉 But haven’t had any time to post. I’m so busy with school and homework and recently got a second job. I know it’s no excuse so I will try to post at least once a week!

Yesterday, after church, my best friend and I decided to hang out and do some exploring. Since we are only 10 minutes from the Idaho border we decided to go explore Coeur d’Alene and see if we could try some new places.

Our first stop was to get some food of course! With our love for sushi we decided to try Ugly Fish. Diana (my best friend) has been here once with her husband and recommended for me to try it. When we walked in the first thing I noticed was all the red decor! I loved it! It was so beautiful. There were cool light bulbs hanging down and our booth was so comfortable (sadly  I didn’t take a picture of the booth but I found a picture of them here on their website) they were red velour little mini couches. I ordered the Washington and Butterfly roll and Diana decided to try the Ugly Fish and Hawaii Roll. Honestly if I could eat sushi everyday, I would eat it here. Their rolls tasted very fresh, I was impressed! If you are in this area I would recommend stopping buy and trying these AHHHMAZING rolls! They also have tuna poke which I’ve noticed not a lot of places have!

After our delicious lunch, Diana googled a coffee shop and Grumpy Monkey came up! I love monkeys (they are my favorite animal) so of course we had to check it out!  Their coffee beans were sooo smooth! I got my usual caramel latte and wasn’t disappointed.

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I seriously had so much fun with Diana! It was exactly what I needed to forget about school for a little bit and think about nothing but enjoying my time with her. I made up a list of 6 fun things you can do with your bestie during the Fall season:

  1. Explore Coffee Shops- I love exploring different coffee shops but there is something beautiful about doing it with your best friend. I know some of you are probably thinking coffee shops? That is sooo basic! But let me tell you what I love most about coffee dates. Yes there’s coffee, which you’ll know I am addicted too, and my best friend but the thing I love the most is the conversations that we have. I left the coffee shop feeling more free’er (is that a word?), less stressed about life, and feeling so relaxed. We talked about faith, God’s love towards us, and how sometimes we miss the small things in life. We encouraged each other and shared some testimonies where we seen God’s hand in our life. I am so blessed to have her as a best friend!
  1. Go hiking- With fall season upon us it is the perfect time to go hiking or walk a trail. Those beautiful yellow, red, orange, and brown colors are all around us and in no time it will be winter so take the opportunity while you can and go try out a new hiking area or hike your favorite trail with your bestie!
  1. Visit a Bookstore or Library- If you and your bestie are more staying inside and being nice and cozy during fall weather kind of people then go explore different bookstores! There is nothing better than being surrounded with books and your best friend. I can stay at the library all day copped up somewhere in the corner reading a book.
  1. Go to a concert- I can still remember Diana’s and my first concert together. We went to the Rock & Worship Roadshow in January of 2014. We got to see Skillet which is one of our favorite bands. It was definitely a night to remember! We had so much fun! So if you can I would recommend going to a concert together! It’s an amazing experience.
  1. Bake together- I don’t know about you but I love the smell of baking! Especially if it is something chocolaty 🙂 I remember Diana and I made brownies once and they were sooo delicious! Fall is the perfect time to stay inside and bake the day away together!
  1. Go Ice Skating- Always go with your bestie that way if you fall while ice skating; they will be right there to pick you up. Ice skating honestly can be so fun. You can people watch if you get tired and need a break. But make sure to bundle up and stay warm!

I know there are A TON more fun ideas so leave them in the comments below! I would love to hear your ideas that I can do with Diana next time ❤

Happy Friday Daises <3

Happy Friday Daises <3

I can not believe it’s the last day of September! And it’s October tomorrow! I know the first day of fall was last week but for me it feels like real fall when October comes and 2016 is flying by so fast! It will be 2017 in NO TIME! Anyway, not only do I love fall but I love Fridays! Especially this quarter because I have no class or work on Fridays. So every week for me is a 3 day weekend and I LOVE it! I woke up this morning with this view outside my window,,, it just screamed fall with all those gorgeous colors!

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Today I used my day off to catch up in my classes with some homework and took a test (in my pajamas, in bed, and with coffee!!!). I also had some time to catch up on my readings! I have so much books that I thrift all the time, but the hard thing is finding time to read them all! I am thinking of doing a thrifted books haul soon! So  look out for that! ❤

I also took advantage and planned out my next week in my new planner. Which I am obsessed with! I love staying organized and using my planner especially in those times when there is so much homework and tests always coming up.

I am not bold enough (yet) to wear the beautiful dark lip colors in the fall! I am hoping soon enough I will be? Maybe it’s cause I am so light skinned that it looks way too dark? I don’t know, but here are my favorite nude lip colors that I will still wear into fall!

Last thing I have planned for today is go grocery shopping and get some food into the house! You would think no one lived in our place with how empty our refrigerator is! I am thinking of making ricotta stuffed pasta shells for dinner tonight! I am so excited! I can’t remember the last time I actually made dinner instead of going out.

I hope you daises had a lovely Friday and enter October with a smile on your face and peace on your heart ❤ Thank you for reading ❤

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello Daises! (I think I want to start out writing like that from now on?) (I ADORE daises)

Is this real? Am I actually writing a blogger award? How did this happen?! I actually cannot believe that I was  nominated! When I started my blog I literally thought I would have like 1 person reading my posts but you guys have been so wonderful to me! I am so blessed to have you guys in my life! I want to especially thank StyleAndStrike for nominating me and being so supportive!

I absolutely LOVE her blog and not surprised that she got nominated ! I love the way she styles all her fashion pieces together!

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer all the questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate blogs to receive the award and write them new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post

Here are my answers to the questions!

  1. Name one place you have always wanted to travel to? Well when I was younger I wanted to go visit Russia and see where I was born but now that I am older I would LOVE to travel to Santorini Greece! I just keep seeing pictures on how beautiful it is there and I want to go there so bad! Maybe to Russia after and visit the Black Sea.
  2. How long have you been blogging? I posted my first blog exactly a year ago! SO weird! My first post was on National Coffee Day last year and today is that day! Hope you guys drank lots and lots of coffee to celebrate 😉 I SURE DID!!!
  3. Favorite song? This is such a hard question! I have to pick just one? Okey here it is Believer by Capital Kings is my all time favorite. I can listen to it on repeat over and over!
  4. If you could only take one thing with you, what would it be? Why? That’s easy! My bible! Because it is my daily bread! I cannot live without it!
  5. Adventurous activities or sight-seeing? I think I am more of a sigh-seeker but if an adventure comes out of it then I am all for it! I love exploring new places, especially new coffee shops! Check out this amazing hipster”y” one I found recently!

My Nominees are:

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. If you had all the time in the world, and nowhere to be, what would be the first thing you did?
  2. What is one thing you do for relaxation?
  3. What’s your favorite fall essentials?
  4. What do you love to write about the most on your blog?
  5. Would you rather be too cold or too hot?

Thank you so much once again you guys! I am seriously in awe of how wonderful everyone is! ❤ ❤ ❤

Chasing Sunsets During Fall

Chasing Sunsets During Fall

I know I know it’s been forever since I posted, but school finally started and with all the homework and work, I gotta learn how to balance everything! It’s not easy let me tell you that! I had my first accounting test today and this girl don’t  do numbers! I asked my boss if I could not come in to work today so I could have time to study some more before I take it. I am so glad I did! I went in to take the test so confident! I knew EVERY SINGLE question on the test! :0 Shocked? Yes I was too! Now I know some basics about income statements, balance sheets, and statement of retained earnings! (WHO AM I?)

Anyways, yesterday I had a chance to hang out with my cousin, since he was visiting, so we decided to go exploring downtown(ish) area. I was hoping to be able to wear tall boots and a cardigan but sadly it’s still in the 80’s here. Someone needs to notify the weather that it’s not summer anymore! I want to wear sweaters and beanies and boots EVERYDAY (no joke)!

Our first stop was Indaba Coffee. I had a free birthday drink I needed to use up so it was a perfect start to our adventure.

After getting some caffeine into our bodies we spent the rest of the day trying to catch the sunset. Sunsets are seriously my aesthetic! They are so breathtaking! So if I have time to sit down and enjoy it, that’s exactly what I do!

I bought the sweater at Macy’s and absolutely in love with how comfy and lightweight it is! The dress is thrifted but originally from Forever21. I got the lovely forest green fedora hat at Target and the booties are also from Macy’s! Thank you lovelies for reading ❤

Lets Talk Business

Lets Talk Business

I once remember reading somewhere, “The biggest mistake a small business can make is to think like a small business.” Would you agree with that quote? Is our mistake in growing successful is in the way we think? Are we scared of failure? I think this is true in my case. I am self-employed as a massage therapist and had my own little business and was happy with how things were going but then I ended up moving and now I am back and scared to start because what if I fail? What if this time instead of succeeding I will mess up?

Wednesday I had an amazing opportunity to attend a free seminar hosted by Robert Haase. His story is remarkable! In 2008 he lost his business, house and was diagnosed with cancer. In 2013 his cancer was back and had to get half of his tongue cut off. The doctors used some of forearm skin to reconstruct the other half of his tongue. Now he is a motivational speaker, got his business back and has become successful once again . Read more of his story. Robert hosted a seminar called, “Secrets to Growing your Massage Business.”

I was so happy to be able to attend this seminar. I learned so much! And most of the stuff was all common sense but just stuff you never think about. This was exactly what I needed to get my butt back in gear. As of couple days ago I’ve been looking for some office space I could rent. So far no luck, but I am not giving up. This is my dream so why was I procrastinating? I just want to remind everyone, including myself, that it’s NEVER too late to start! I am looking forward to the future and excited to see where I will be in 5 years from now.

If you have any questions business related leave me a comment below or any advice for someone that is just starting their business I would love to hear some feedback! ❤

 

 

Coffee Adventures & OOTD <3

Coffee Adventures & OOTD <3

If you were to ask me what I love doing during my free time I would say exploring new coffee shops! Before I moved last month, I lived in a small town that had only 3 coffee shops, and all 3 used the same coffee beans which I disliked. So you can imagine my happiness when I moved and there were coffee shops EVERYWHERE!

My cousin was visiting me this week and what better to do then go coffee shop exploring with him. I heard about Vessel Coffee Roasters last month from my sister and been wanting to go check it out. The coffee shop gave me a Portland hipster vibe. Lets talk about how big the sitting area is! One reason that keeps  me from doing homework at coffee shops is that most coffee places are small. I LOVED the spacious area! It’s going to be perfect for those days when I need to do homework and can get coffee here and wont have to worry about finding a spot to sit.

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This is just one side of the coffee shop!

I am wearing the softest and most comfortable shirt ever! I got it at Marshall’s last week in Portland and I’m in love with it! My jeans and boots are thrifted. The boots say that they are originally from Forever21 and I got my fedora style hat from Target.

My favorite season is Fall so I am so excited to style more fall pieces! Leave me a comment on what’s your favorite Fall essential pieces to wear ❤

Mini Roadtrip for Labor Day

Mini Roadtrip for Labor Day

My cousin was moving Labor day weekend to Vancouver, WA for an internship so i figured why not hitch a ride with my aunt that was taking her there. We left Friday afternoon and planned to come back Monday evening. It was a beautiful 5 hour drive there. The clouds looked like big white cotton balls in the sky and the sunset was soooo beautiful!

We ended up staying the night at some relatives in Portland for couple of days. We spent Saturday moving and helping my cousin unpack into her house that she is going to share with 17 girls! We went all over Portland and Vancouver buying my cousin last minute stuff that she might need for the next 9 months.

On our last day we went to Brewed Awakenings it is one of our favorite coffee shops to stop by when we are in that area. I got an iced white cow mocha which comes with white chocolate. My cousin and aunt got an iced black forest mocha and a warm Belgian latte. Their coffee beans are seriously some of the best I’ve tried! When I’ll be visiting my cousin while she is staying there I will most definitely be  back there again and it’s only 6 minutes from my cousins house which makes it even better!

This little getaway was perfect for me! I love the city of Portland and Vancouver! Let me know what your guy’s plans were for Labor day! ❤

When life gets crazy what do you do?

When life gets crazy what do you do?

How many times have you planned something in your life that didn’t happen or failed? So busy with life that you don’t have time for yourself let alone God? Personally I can’t remember how many times I have, but I know it’s A LOT! Life gets hectic and busy. We are constantly worrying about our careers, families, relationships, and trying to fix problem after problem. Most times I forget that God is in control of my life and try to figure everything out myself and that’s when I have to remind myself to trust God because He sees the bigger picture in the end and I don’t. But it’s hard I know it is. I fail at letting go and letting God so many times that I often wonder how does God never get tired of me constantly forgetting to trust Him. I mean Jesus died for me! Shouldn’t that me enough of a reminder that He will never let anything bad happen to me? I guess I am writing this as a reminder that God is always there when life gets crazy.

Every time I fall I can see Him standing there with arms wide open for me to come back and trust in Him again.

 

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed , for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.

 

First Apartment must haves!

First Apartment must haves!

I ended up moved into my first apartment 2 weeks ago. I know most people move out as soon as they hit 18 but I never really had a reason to move out of my parents home until now at age 26. In order to finish my Business Degree I have to take classes that aren’t offered at our small local college. So it was time to pack up and move to a bigger city. Never having to live on my own I had to start from scratch with all the furniture and appliances. Thankfully my sister decided to move in with me, so we could split the cost on everything.

I have made a list of thing that you will need for when you just move in. Hopefully this list helps you when you decide to move for the first time:

  1. Toilet paper
  2. Dish soap and sponges
  3. Spoons/forks/plates/cups
  4. Soap for the bathroom
  5. Paper towels
  6. Couches
  7. Table and chairs
  8. Door mat
  9. Cleaning supplies
  10. Trash can and trash bags
  11. Pots and pans
  12. Ziploc bags/aluminum foil/plastic wrap
  13. Cutting board
  14. Knifes/can opener/spatula/pizza cutter
  15. Shower curtain and rings to hold it
  16. Bath mats/towels/small trash can for the bathroom
  17. Laundry soap/fabric softener
  18. Vacuum cleaner/ floor mop/ broom and dustpan
  19. Toilet plunger
  20. First aid kit

I know I have missed a few things, if you can think of some, comment them below!

Guest Post: The Promise

Guest Post: The Promise

As sophomore in High School I made a decision, a big decision, one that our world today almost frowns upon and does not understand. I received quite a bit of ridicule and a lot of misunderstanding for it. Because of this decision I guess you could say I really stand out to people, especially in the small town that I am from.

I made a promise to my future husband that I will stay sexually pure until the day that I get married. And boy oh boy I had no idea what I was signing up for. Only now that I look back do I realize that it was than when I made that promise that the temptations started. My snapchat and Facebook messages began blowing up with guys talking to me. Literally one after the other, it’s like I had a target on my back every day at school. And it was actually than, at the end of my sophomore year that I had the biggest fall. I began talking to someone who slowly but surely started taking my heart away from my First Love. All day and night id constantly be texting this person, we were technically dating just “without the label”. At first he was very understanding about my decisions of purity. But as time went by he started getting “impatient” and our conversations always touched on this subject and before I knew it I was really starting to reconsider my decision. I thought to myself that “hey since I’m probably going to marry this guy it’ll be okay.” Our conversations turned from being sweet and innocent to being un-pure and evil. Now I say evil because it was leading me away from God. My heart breaks at the thought of this but I literally put God on the back burner. And so I began to deal with things that I never before thought I would have to deal with. I’d hear stories about these kind of things but to think that I? Would have to go through it was unreal. Things like hatred towards myself, dis-trust towards others even to those closest to me. I became short tempered and didn’t want to hear a thing from my parents.

You see that’s what happens when God no longer is a priority in your life, when you lose track of your First Love and let the world and its earthly desires take over. But for some reason even at my lowest of moments He was always with me. Through it all God helped me keep my promise that I made my future husband. I sit here writing this, soon to be 18 year old girl, who to this day has still never even kissed a guy. I know that for many people now a days’ kissing isn’t something special or sacred any more, but for me it is. It’s something that I will give to my husband on our wedding day.

But that is only half of the story of what my ring stands for. Not only is it a promise to my future husband that I am waiting for him. But it’s a promise to God, that I will forever pursue him. That no matter what trials I go through in life I will always seek my God first. And I will never lose sight of my First Love. That I will never go back to the past, the past of addiction, self-hate, lying and dis-trust. God said “Come to me all who are weary and I will Give you rest” I believe in those words. I cast away all my fears and trust that He has a plan for my life. ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11

Written by: _kristinakalina