Magazines, Shoes, & My Random Stream of Thoughts.

If my current state is any indication of how this blog post will be, then it will most likely be random. Because, you see, I'm sitting here working on a Quite Magazine website article, and as I work, the last 3 songs I listened to were by the following artists: Miranda Lambert, Frank Sinatra, then Jordin Sparks. I just downed my 2nd cup of strong coffee with soy milk creamer and way too much brown sugar. Ate about 10 Cheezits. And then a pickle. Sorry to gross you out at that combo, but I'm just bein' honest. (And I hate to admit this, but one of Jessica Simpson's greatest hits just began playing on my Spotify. So, yeah...) If you don't wanna join me on this random blog post of the day, totes feel free to bail. I wouldn't blame you. But if ya wanna hop in and join me on this random ride, come on friend! 

In no particular order, here are some things that are making me happy lately that I just have to share....

First...  Quite Magazine 
Okay, I know you all know about Quite Mag if you've read my blog for more than a day. But if you're new here (welcome!!!) or you just wanna find out more, today is your lucky day! When Morgan, our precious editor and brains behind this whole amazing magazine, approached me about being a contributing writer for Quite, I prayed about it and just knew the Lord was opening the door for me to be a part. It is such an honor and privilege and honor to write for such a positive women's magazine. We need more of those, right? Don't even get me started on the negativity that is thrown at young girls and women today in the form of overly sexualized, airbrushed magazines that promote an unhealthy body image and trash girl's minds. Quite Magazine is the opposite. On lifestyle, culture, and faith - we talk about everything from dating and relationships (my main topic), technology, health, marriage, music, movies, fashion, and much more. We also strive to promote a healthy body image and encourage young women to embrace who God made them to be - and to respect their bodies by dressing modestly and being themselves! 

Our first print issue was released this Spring and let me tell you, it is gorgeous, dahhlings! It seriously is. I may or may not have screamed, hyperventilated and shed a few happy tears when I opened my mailbox and got my copy. Being a part of a magazine like this was a childhood dream of mine and it's cool to see the Lord so graciously answer my prayers :) 
You just have to subscribe, friend. Whether you are a post-25-something like me or a teenager! There's something in it for all of us and I promise it will leave you very inspired. Subscribe to the mailing list and get free stuff, and subscribe to the magazine HERE! 

Also, we recently launched this AMAZING campaign called #QUITEbeautiful. 
It showcases our idea of beautiful - being natural, being ourselves. We want to encourage women to embrace their inner beauty and go sans makeup! Learn more on the website! A fun part of this campaign is that we ask you to post a natural photo of yourself on social media, add the hashtag #QUITEbeautiful, and every photo has the possibility of making it into our next magazine! 

Check out some of the articles I've written on Quite Magazine's website and some of my favorites from our team of women I respect oh so much:

4 Benefits of Not Dating in High School 

Fabulous, Modest Fashion 

8 Great First Date Questions

A Few Gardening Tips! 

What If True Love Didn't Wait For You?

4 Ways to Embrace (& Enjoy!) Being Single 

Ok friends, so alllll of that to say: go check out Quite Magazine. I believe in it. You will be inspired and encouraged. If you're a mama, a grandparent or a guy (I know you guy readers exist! ;) then share this magazine with your daughter, girlfriends, or cousins. Very positive.

Secondly... SHOES.

Okay, I usually don't do alot of advertising of brands here on this little blog. I always want to make sure the things I share are 100% real and from my heart. And I love this website... sooo, have you heard of Shoe Dazzle? They asked me to partner with them to share their fab shoes, and I said yes because I legitimately LOVE their program and know you will too! (full disclosure: yes sharing this is sponsored and I am being compensated.) But if you are looking for affordable, fashionable shoes this is the link you need to check out. It's like having a personal stylist because you take a quick quiz and Shoe Dazzle creates a personal showroom for you. Take the ShoeDazzle quiz to gain access to your showroom with personalized picks just for you. Make a purchase within 2 days of taking the quiz and get 25% off your first item ordered. Check out Shoe Dazzle HERE! 
These are the pretty shoes they styled and chose for me - pretty accurate to my style, loved most of their picks!

And thirdly... not gonna lie, I am still re-living my American Idol front row Keith Urban concert moment via YouTube. Kind of awesome.

Blessings to you this Wednesday, lovely friends. You are SO LOVED by God. Remember that.



PS - and if you're reading along with my randomness still at this point,
 you should get some kinda prize. 

**linking up with the lovely Casey Wiegand***