7 billion people

I lay on my back with my legs propped up on the back of the armchair, and let my head hang upside down at the front. I guess this is where I do my deepest and best thinking. Where I get my best ideas. Either this way or at 2 am while i’m in bed and trying to sleep but my brain wont shut up until I turn a light on and grab my notebook to scribble my “fantastic” ideas that i’m too afraid i’ll forget about if I wait til morning.

Do normal writers do this? I guess not. Because i’m not exactly normal.

Sounds of cooking and clanks of pots and the beep of the stove come from the kitchen. I like those sounds. They’re familiar. I like that about things, unfamiliar things give me butterflies. I don’t like that.

I tilt my head further back and look down, or should I say up, at the hardwood floor, but it gives me a headache so I pull back up and rest my head on the seat.

I stare at the poky patterned ceiling above me and while i’m thinking I trace the lines of the ceiling with my eyes. It’s like fidgeting, but just with your eyes. It helps me much more. I only do it when i’m in deep thought. Sometimes I get lost in there.

Do normal people do that? I don’t know.

I think about sunsets- ooh i like sunsets. yes. that’s a good thought.

I think about my day,

supermarket sales,

wondered where I put my blanket,

what chocolate would taste like with a pickle,

and about billions of faceless people who each had a completely different day from any other day ever experienced.

Ah. There it is. That deep pool of thought that you have to slowly slide into with the meaningless things first. But sometimes, the most meaningless things have the most meaning, don’t they?

I shift my gaze and begin to trace the puffy clouds out the window with my eyes.

7 billion people experienced this day differently.

Every day is a new day, and for everyone it will be one that no one has exactly experienced like they will.

Today,

someone got married.

someone broke up.

someone is crying.

someone is laughing.

someone had a baby.

someone lost a loved one.

someone is praying.

someone feels hurt.

someone is nervous.

someone is excited.

someone doesn’t know today is their last.

someone is angry.

someone is making a terrible decision.

someone is making a great one.

someone is happier than ever.

someone made a new friend.

someone lost an old one.

someone is being punished.

someone is being forgiven.

someone feels lost.

someone is having a birthday party.

someone climbed a tree.

someone is reading a book.

ate ice cream

got their drivers license

is sleeping

is shopping

ran away

training

writing

made a difference in someones life

and so much more beyond what I can imagine in just these few moments. But, I would sit here and go on forever if I could.

I think about that. So many people in this world doing and feeling so many different things, and sometimes we forget that we aren’t the only ones doing things. We aren’t the only ones in this world.

Car horns honking somewhere that I don’t hear, a lightning storm happening somewhere I can’t see, someone crying alone in their bedroom that I can’t comfort, someone being happy as ever that i’ve never met, someone in need that i’m not able to help right now.

7 billion people. 7 billion faces. 7 billion different experiences.

What a diverse world we live in.

So oblivious.

Life is a puzzle

(just one of my staring-out-the-window thoughts that I couldn’t let go of, so here I am just word vomiting it all out. enjoy πŸ˜‰ )

Life is a puzzle.

At the end of our life’s journey, we will be able to see the complete picture. We will look and see this big beautiful, masterpiece of a puzzle that in itself is completely unique from any other work of art in the world. We will look at this picture and look back on everything that’s happened in our life time, and so much more will make sense to why it happened/did not happen.

Every piece of this picture, good and not so good, we will see fits together beautifully, and I cannot wait to later in life feel that satisfaction.

In the meantime, in the middle of life, we are constantly struggling and stressing over things just not making sense. This just doesn’t work, this happened and you don’t know why, this doesn’t fit at all even how badly you wanted it to, and it becomes an entire mess of us all the sudden saying “oh well, that’s it. it’s completely hopeless, and nothing will come together so i’m done.”

We lack patience, and faith. Being patient in waiting seasons but rejoicing at the same time, because you have faith and trust that God’s promises for what he’s got in store for you are true.

We will sit stressing over trying to put these big ole puzzle pieces together all at once, and we can’t hear God saying “it’s not the right time for that piece right there yet, just wait awhile longer my dear,” “that piece is not even meant for you hon’, don’t stress over it” “I know you love that one, but it messes up the picture and it needs to be let go of” etc.

Sometimes in our picture, we are just left with an empty space. We try and foolishly fill this space without God and somehow end up with a piece that’s from a completely different puzzle! Imagine that just for a second, someone is putting together a puzzle and comes across an empty space and at the moment the right piece for it is nowhere to be found. So, this person decides they’re too impatient to wait for this unknown but perfect piece to come along, so instead they just go ahead and search for some random piece that is either too big, too small, or just a completely different color that is nowhere near fitting the picture. Does that not sound silly? Do you think that at the end of our journey it will be satisfactory to look back and see this big jumbled mess of a picture that was put together, simply because we were too impatient for the right pieces?

We as humans can’t stand having empty spaces. Yes, it can be painful, and stressful, and sometimes scary, but God promises that in time, and in his own flawlessly perfect timing, he will bring us each of these mysterious but beyond perfect pieces to fit into our picture.

Some pieces you’ll have to throw out, even though it hurts. Some pieces you’ll lose and may never find again, and you’ll painfully wonder what happened to them. And some pieces will fit and stay forever.

When I talk about puzzle ‘pieces’, it can be anything from passions, people, pain, happiness, places, lessons, experiences, etc. In time, pieces will continue to be delivered by God, and be put in the puzzle.

Pieces, will come and go.

Some pieces you receive, fit nowhere in the puzzle at the moment and you have no idea what in the world you’re supposed to do with it! But later, when other pieces keep coming along, you will see that every piece will have a place, and it all will fit together.

We get so stressed over trying to hurry and put this puzzle together all at once, and get so upset when every time we try and fix it, it over and over again just falls apart and we don’t know why. We have a longing for some things that either we just aren’t ready for, aren’t meant for us, or it isn’t the right time for it.

When it doesn’t come together, it starts to feel hopeless. But remember that God is the only one who is truly in control of this puzzle of life. Of course he gives us choices, but in the end the picture will come out exactly as he had planned it to. And it will be beautiful.

God gives pieces, and he takes away pieces, but it all happens for a reason, and for the greater good. It gets confusing, and it will be that way all throughout life, but God never forgets to put the people in your life that are meant to be there, or the experiences you are meant to go through, or the places you are meant to see. God is forever in control of your puzzle, and he knows what he’s doing.

So we need to learn to just trust him, no matter how confusing, or hopeless, or hurtful a situation is. Because he will bring the pieces we need to grow, the pieces needed to make us become who we are meant to be, the pieces that will bring us both sorrow and joy, and altogether the pieces that will bring us a life that it beautiful, and joyous, and fully lived. And he will will bring it all at the right time.

So hang in there darling, and just trust that in a waiting season, God is doing something extraordinary, and he is working on making that next beautiful piece for your picture.

And loves, I myself am happy to say that after awhile of waiting, I can see more of my own beautiful picture, coming together.

Life is a puzzle.

And hon’, it will come together.

Igniting Inspiration Week 18 (2/21/21)

Hello there and good Sunday morning to you lovely people! I am very excited to be bringing to you Igniting Inspiration Week 18! I always love putting together these posts as a good close to the week past, and a celebration for the new week ahead. This past week has been a beautiful one for me, and there were some pretty special moments. I’d like to try something new on this series and share with you guys a little bit of how my week has been πŸ˜‰

This week seemed to strangely go by pretty quickly. Before I knew it I realized that the next day was Friday and the weekend was almost here again! Quite a bit happened, as always there were highs and there were lows, but I am grateful beyond anything for another beautiful week God gave me the opportunity to experience and live out.

I had a great Valentines Day! Haha it was really great, even though nothing really big and special happened, and this year I had 4 different Valentines you could say! 1. Was my Daddy (he’s the main one every year, he got me a sweet card and wrote in it πŸ˜‰ ) 2. I mean Jesus, of course 3. My Doggo, Tank, because I asked him… i mean i think he said yes… and 4. Was my bestie, Livy! We agreed to be Gal-entines because we’re lonely 🀣 So yeah, overall Valentines Day was great.

Monday, I watched 10 Cloverfield Lane with my sister and parents. That’s actually all I remember from Monday, but it was a great movie and I am very excited about the fact that there’s supposed to be another Cloverfield movie being made.

(I don’t remember anything from Tuesday, I need to get better at remembering to write these things down)

On Wednesday night I joined a youth group get-together, which I am so happy I decided to attend. It was only my second time visiting this youth group, and the whole night was really great. (we are exploring other churches right now, which I haven’t said anything about on here before, but we have been looking for a new place to call home πŸ™‚ ) I met a couple of new people who I hope are becoming good friends of mine now, we played some great games, had a wonderful short sermon, and we basically just cracked up and goofed around the whole time. It was nice meeting some new people, I haven’t gotten the chance to meet some new friends in such a long time. I actually can’t wait for the next youth get-together, I really enjoyed it!

Thursday, I decided to pull up my big girl pants and save and set free what looked like a baby stink bug. (i am normally terrified of bugs and i’m trying so hard to get over it) I managed to catch it into a cup, cover it, and release it outside. I think that should count as a brave moment this week πŸ˜‚

Friday, ahhh I think this day was the highlight of my week, even though it was a mix of highs and lows. The day started off smoothly, but later started going downhill from there. I got pretty upset and worked up over many things and let my emotions take over which effected other people too. I eventually lost any motivation to finish what needed done that day and lost all hope of it still turning out as a good day. It got really bad. But, I guess my sweet Mama understood that I was just upset and didn’t mean to make anyone else’s day harder. I really needed a break and just something to enjoy, and that’s what she gave me. She took me out to go Spring clothing shopping at Plato’s Closet, which she had talked about doing sometime before. We were there for awhile, but she didn’t seem to mind. We found some really great things and I am very happy with my new additions to my Spring 2021 wardrobe! (be on the lookout this week for a clothing haul post!) It was alot of fun taking a shopping trip like that, I haven’t gone clothes shopping in awhile. Afterwards Mama took me out to eat at Rusty Taco, where I got some delcious BBQ brisket nachos. (my fave) I had an amazing time with my Mama and I made sure to thank her for taking me out, because I had a terrible attitude that day and really didn’t deserve it. While we were driving to Plato’s Closet earlier that evening, there was the most beautiful sunset I have surely ever seen. The sun was glowing golden orange setting low on the horizon, the clouds covering the top to where just to golden bottom was shining through, and the sky splashed with pinks, and blues, and oranges, and yellows. It really reminded me that no matter how difficult or even hopelessly terrible a day or something may seem, the sun with always shine again. There is still happiness and joy and hope to be found. Just that small act of kindess from my Mama, made the entire day wonderful. Ain’t nobody got a greater, more lovely Mama than me. Love you Mama 😘

And Saturday, in the morning had a beautiful try-on fashion show for my sister with all the new clothes I got! I am quite excited to start wearing all my adorable clothes, if only this freezing snowy weather would go away now 😦

Wow I very much enjoy sharing even those small moments from my week! I hope you enjoyed reading about it, what were some special moments from your week? πŸ™‚ I’d love to hear all about it! Welp here we have come to the middle where I share some of my favorite quotes with you! These quotes of encouragement really spoke to my heart this week, and I hope they do the same for you! Please enjoy xD

*disclaimer: none of the images/quotes displayed below are my own. all credits to Pinterest*

Which little bit of encouragement was your favorite? I find all of those so inspiring and uplifting, and discovering all those simple quotes make me so very happy.

Now, I guess you could say this is the grand finale haha! I know you guys love the MEMEs as much as I do, Igniting Inspiration thrives off of them! xD I cracked up when I found these, and my goal is to make you laugh too! I guess the laughs add a little extra spark of joy to these posts, and hopefully to your whole week!

Alrighty, I am going to bid my farewells right here so you can go ahead and try your hardest not to laugh at these (i DARE you not to laugh mwahaha)

Well, thank you so much for checking out the latest here on Sunshine & Rain! I hope that you enjoyed this post, and if you aren’t already then be sure to Subscribe to the blog by email so that you don’t miss out on any future posts! YOU GUYS WE ARE NOW AT OVER 200 FOLLOWERS! Ahh, i can’t believe how much this blog has been growing recently, even though 200 can seem pretty small, I appreciate all of you more than words can say. I am sending much love to all of you, have an amazing day my lovely little Jelly Beans! πŸ˜‰

And on we go!


New Year, New Things: My 2021 Glow up Goals & Resolutions

*my own photo :)*

Hiya hiya, my beautiful jelly beans! I hope you are doin alright this lovely day πŸ˜‰ And Welcome to the first post of 2021 here on Sunshine & Rain!! xD

Ahhh haha, it feels really great to be back. Not sure if anybody noticed, but I recently took a break from blogging this month (until now) so I could really take time to set some things up for the New Year, and take some much needed time for myself.

BUT. I AM BACK. AND I FREAKIN MISSED YOU.

So yeah like HAPPY 2021!

I thought that for my first post of this year, I should do a little reflection of the year passed, and some Goals for the year ahead. I’m calling my hopes for this year my goals and resolutions because some of these are things that I would just really like to do, but most of these are things that I am really going to commit to. Its a mix of both.

This new year, is for new things. I know that all the chaos of 2020 isn’t going to just magically disappear because the clock struck 12 on the night of December 31st, but this year is going to be what we make it. We make our life what it is and we have the power to live fully and joyfully. I left behind and lost many things this past year, things that absolutely shattered my heart, but I feel that its time to move on from that. Of course i’m not saying i’m going to just forget it all, but i’m going to use the struggles and hurt of this past year and the lessons it taught me for the better. I think we all should, don’t you? πŸ™‚

The world we live in today is so crazy, but we have the power to keep our eyes not on the storm but on Jesus. All things happen for a reason, and God promises that all that happens is for the greater good. It’s for our good. People you love turn their backs and walk away and cause excruciating hurt, but I know that there is a reason God lets it happen. The world is complete madness but I know that God is still in control of everything. We lose what or even who we love and it shatters our hearts, but I know that there is a reason. This past year there was so much chaos, and I am positive that there is still more to come, but God’s hand has been in everything we have experienced so far if you can look back and see. All the heartbreak and fear and madness of this past year, brought so many more people back to God, and brought people to want to know God! There was a reason for everything you and I went through this year, and God isn’t finished with his work yet. You know why? Because we woke up this morning. We made it to this place that neither of us even imagined we would be.

That was something I realized just a few days ago, in the morning as I sat there eating my cereal and looking out the window, these words just came upon my heart and into my mind. It was what I like to call my beautiful realization.

The words were, “I am here.”

These words brought such beauty and I realized what they meant.

I made it here. I never thought I would ever go through this amount of hurt and I thought I would never be happy again and everything felt too hopeless. But guess what. I made it.

I am here.

I never thought i’d see the light at the end of the tunnel. I never thought I could make it through. In the middle of my chaos I always think that I am stuck forever and it’s hopeless. But guess what? I made it, and you did too.

In every season there is a restoration in Joy coming. There is a restoration in hope and strength.

I am here and I get to live this beautiful life today. And so do you.

I look back to my past self, just from a year ago and think “Oh how unprepared and oblivious to whats coming she is.”

But I also think “Oh how oblivious she is to what she’s gonna get through.” Past me never expected any of what came that year, but I got through it and I grew through it.

Just the fact that I am here, is incredible to me. This beautiful life is a gift, and look, we are still here living it.

We lose things all throughout life. Things that we hold so dearly that when we lose them we feel that we lose everything. But hon, in the end of each season there is always a promise of light. There is always a promise of restoration, and there is always a promise of something better.

What’s coming is better than whats gone.

God promises that he never once let go of us, and he knows our heart. Honey my realization was that when nobody else truly gets it. when nobody else truly understands, He does. Hon’ He knows. I promise, and He promises. He knows and feels your heartbreak. He knows your most painful memories, and your most joyful moments. He knows you hearts desires, and your most hopeful dreams that you so happily daydream about.

Honey he will fulfill the the greatest desires of you heart and even more, as long as you cling to him. You are His everything, and He wants to be your everything.

Heartbreak hurts but heartbreak brings growth. When there is a season of waiting, a season of hurt, a season of confusion, fear, a season filled with tears. That my friend. That means God is doing something extraordinary. God is doing something so big and unimaginable, that we wouldn’t believe Him if He told us right now. (Habbakkukk 1:5) So don’t be discouraged hon’, we are all fighting our own storm, and God is teaching us how to hear His voice through the pouring rain and crashing thunder and when everything feels lost and hopeless and you feel numb and you inside everything in you is just screaming….

there it is.

that gentle whisper. His voice that calls.

He is saying “I am here

He was always here.

He is teaching us to grow, and He is teaching us to see the purpose through our pain. When all feels lost, when all you feel is heartbreak, when all you feel is that you lost everything you loved, there He is.

The exact reason God is letting this happen is unknown, but I know and believe with all my heart that He is using it all to draw us back to him. He is calling out over, and over to you, He wants you to hear His voice.

This past year, really led alot of people to God (including myself) because when all hope feels lost He is our hope.

Yesterday, today, and forever, He is our hope. And as life goes on, into a new year, we must continue to cling to Him.

2020, was definitely not my year. It was strange, and confusing, and painful, and chaotic, but it was all for the greater good as I look back on it now. Last year taught me many things. I experienced growth. I went through some painful & scary changes. I met new people, and some people drifted away. I learned what it means to be grateful, and so much more, but overall I learned to hold onto God. He has been so good, and he has been faithful. He keeps his promises, and he loves.

I look back on 2020 and see so much change, so much hurt, but so much growth. This past year I have learned so much more about life, myself, God, the world, etc. This past year also revealed to me so many things, that I really need to change.

So, here are the things that I am really focusing on here in 2021.

  • Self Care & Working towards my Dream Body

This year I want to focus alot more on keeping my body naturally healthy, and beautiful. When I say “dream body” I don’t mean I want to be the skinniest girl in the room who eats 0 carbs and 0 sugar and works out every single day. Sadly, that’s what today’s society normally makes a dream body seem like. But I mean I want to be the healthiest I can be. I want to make good choices for my body, and take care of it because my body is a gift. All bodies are beautiful, and deserve the right care. Clearing my skin, drinking more water, keeping my nails & hair healthy, and being active, are just a few examples of things I want to focus on this year for my body. I was not so great at taking care of myself last year, and that needs to change.

  • Confidence & Self Love

I want to work hard this year at becoming more confident in who I am, and truly loving myself. This has always been such a big struggle in my life, and I dream of the day that I have mastered not caring of others opinions about me and still loving myself. Confidence is always hard, and as I look back on last year… sadly I cannot remember a single moment when I was truly confident. Confidence is not “they will like me”, Confidence is “i’ll be fine if they don’t.” I want to work at walking with my head held high because I know who I am and who I belong to. (and, that would be Jesus by the way, which leads to my next resolution πŸ˜‰ )

  • Closer Relationship with Jesus

I want to be the closest with God I have ever been this year, and have the strongest faith I have ever had. I want to spend more time with God and really put in my commitment to being with Him. I want Him to be my guide, and comfort through it all. This year I want to seek and find Him in everything, and He was & He is my everything.

  • Finding Joy

Although difficult, the art of seeking and finding joy is quite beautiful. This year I want to train myself to see the light in all situations, even when it feels impossible. Positivity has never been something that I am truly great at, negativity often creeps in on me and just screws things up. I want to seek joy through the pain and find the positive side in all things. I want to seek joy in everything, and find the joy in everything, and I feel that this will really improve my life this year.

  • Being Genuine & Staying True

This year is a new chance to really stay true to my heart, and not be anything other than who I am made to be. I want to stand up for what I believe in no matter what others think. I want to use my voice for the better, and do what I can any chance I get. I want to be my own unique person and not have to change myself for others. I want to be genuine and pure in everything, and do what is right and good even if i’m afraid. All the time I have chances to speak up for something, but sometimes I just don’t. And that too should change.

  • Working Hard in my Education

Ahhh, school. The one thing that I never fail to struggle with. Haha, This year I want to put in my best effort into all my work. I want to learn all that I can, and no matter the struggle with it I want to stay committed and work hard. Last year was honestly a terrible school year for me. I was overwhelmed and ended up making some not so good decisions which brought guilt and even more stress & struggling that I couldn’t handle. So this year, schoolwork really needs to be something I put more dedication into.

  • Grow the Blog

Sunshine & Rain has really became a huge passion of mine this past year, and I want to continue to use that passion for good. This blog is my outlet into the world and this is how I can really spread things out there, so I want to make Sunshine & Rain the best it can be. This blog grew so much this past year in so many ways and I want that growth to continue! I want to spread light through my blog, and use it to make an impact on those around me. From remodeling the design to maybe even going self hosted/premium (which I actually have lots of questions about so feel free to shoot me a message and tell me anything about it because it would be greatly appreciated.) I want Sunshine & Rain to grow for the better. πŸ˜‰

  • New Things & Practicing Bravery

This year I want to explore a little more, and be more open to trying new things. Last year I really held myself back from so many things and it actually started to drastically lower my self esteem. There are so many things that I wish I would have gone for, and didn’t because I was too afraid. Bravery is being afraid and showing up anyways. This year I want to pull up my big girl pants, put on my brave face, and do so much more.

After all, I haven’t seen everything yet, and perhaps, that is a beautiful thing. πŸ™‚

– got that from a Morgan Harper Nicole quote, love ya Morgan xD

  • Being the Light

Kindness. Love. Compassion. I have always had a huge passion for all of these things, but sometimes I let my own emotions get in the way of showing these. I want to do better by showing anyone and everyone the light & love of Jesus, because we are called by Jesus to show these things. I love love, and I love loving people. And I really want to become better at showing that throughout daily life. Not just to the people in my home, or my close friends, but also to the people outside. Strangers need kindness and love and compassion too. πŸ™‚

  • Finding my place

This is the year I want to work towards finding myself, and even creating who I am. I want to discover who I am made to be, and what I am able to do. I want to find where my heart belongs & where my soul fits. All of this will be a life long process, but this is where I officially start the journey.

All of these things I have talked about lead to my word of the year. I’ve never had a word of the year before, but this really summarizes everything i’m focusing on this year.

My 2021 word of the year, is Discovery.

Discovery.

I want to discover more about the world around me. I want to discover more through my faith & relationship with Jesus. I want to discover new people & friendships. I want to discover who I am destined to be by God. I want to discover my own unique voice and what i’ve been equipped with to make an impact. I want to continue to discover the lessons, and joy and beauty of life.

This year is going to be my year,

of Discovery.


Don’t worry I shall return super soon, I’ve got a lot more coming so be sure to Subscribe so that you don’t miss out ;D Okay bye loves xD

The lovely gifts I received this Christmas:

Hiya hiya beautiful people! I hope you are having a wonderful day, and welcome back to the blog! xD

Ahhh, it’s good to be back. (even though ive only been gone for, what? 4 days?)

Welp, anyways I needed to make this post sooner or later because I would like to post a Christmas related post sometime before new years xD So, here I am with everything I got for Christmas this year! Christmas was actually pretty great this year, and I had such an amazing time. From getting to spend time and stuff your face with dessert with family, to ripping open some lovely gifts, it was altogether a beautiful Christmas!

I adore every gift that I received, and I am very excited to be sharing it all with you guys! (and isn’t it always just so fun to see what others got and to display what you got? xD)

So, let’s just make like bunnies and hop right in shall we?

  • Record Player & Record Vinyls

I actually used a very pleasingly aesthetic picture of my record player as the image at the very top of this post! Ahhh I got so excited when I opened this, and you can guarantee I’ve been blasting music all week.

I got a white Crosley record player, and oh my gosh it’s so prettyyy!! It also has built in bluetooth speakers that connect to my phone and this thing can get amazingly loud! (ahh i am so in love with this thing)

Ahhh, for those of you who don’t already know, Switchfoot is my absolute favorite band. Like you don’t even know my love for them. Native Tongue is by far one of my favorite albums, and I was so happy to get this vinyl!! (yep this definitely gets blasted. yep.) I really hope to get more Switchfoot vinyls soon!

I got one more vinyl record, and this one is Lecrae’s newest album, Restoration. I love this album and for some reason there is something really great about blasting Lecrae from a record player xD

  • Work Boots

Oh gosh these boots are a new obsession. These are literally SO ADORABLE, and I was so happy to get these since I have wanted some nice boots that can be both casual & dressy!

I actually wore these on Christmas day and gurl, I felt fabulous πŸ˜‚

adorable amiright??
  • Lots of yummy stuff

I got a bunch of sweet treats & snacks, which I mean who wouldn’t love food for Christmas? Ha, #Bonus

I got some chocolate chip Bobo’s Bites (which are delicious)

Here you will find Lara bars (yum), Chewy candies, (yum), peppermint gum, (yum) Hershey’s kisses, (yum) and some wittle tiny off brand Sour Patch Kids xD (YUM)

I also got a bunch of these different flavored Organic suckers,

And some mini Dark chocolate & peanut butter cups!

  • A Lap Desk

YAS ahhh, I wanted one of these so badly! I read and write alot in bed and this thing is so useful for both of those. (and look it even has a wittle holder for a tablet or phone)

  • A mini Recording/Podcast studio

This thing is actually so cool! Me and my Dad (and i mean my dad mostly) have messed around and experimented with this a bit, and I actually think it’s great having my own little studio! I can do music and voice recordings with this, and hey, maybe even a future podcast…….

  • AHHH YES. BOOKS.

I read all of these books awhile ago from my library and OH MY GOODNESS, they were so good I had to have them on my shelf! I am so happy to have these as my own now, and I cannot wait to re-read and enjoy all 4 of these. (definitely still have a bunch more books on my wishlist though xD)

My gosh, all of these are so beautiful I could cry. *sniff sniff*

  • A couple Funko Pops

Ahhh yes, I love my PoPs. These are the newest additions to my collection! Lovely Edward Scissorhands (#Love) and Cavity Sam from the game of Operation xD Oh my gosh it’s so adorable and I love that game so much! He even has wittle tushy at the back 🀣

  • Flamingo Razor

My goodness this thing is just goregeous!! I have wanted a nice new razor for awhile now, and I am so glad to finally have one. The lavender color with the rose gold oh my gosh, it’s just so freaking pretty. I haven’t actually used this one yet, so maybe I could do a full review on it once I try it? xD

  • Vans Skate Shoes

I love these so much!! I have wanted to get some nice Vans for skating (and because they are just beautiful shoes) and I am so happy to have some yellow ones too! Unfortunately, they didn’t have the ones I originally wanted in my size, so these were my next option and I am in love with them! I hope to get more Vans soon in some more pretty colors! xD

  • Accessories

I got some gorgeous hair clips, and jewelry this Christmas! These hair clips are my new obsession (i have alot of new obsessions every day okay) they are literally so adorable! The one on the left I got from my brother, and the on in the middle from my Mom and Dad!

I also got a super cute necklace set from my sister (on the right) I get the one that says big sis, and she has a smaller one that fits inside the heart that says lil sis!

I also got this gorgeous bracelet from my parents, and I absolutely adore it! #ChooseHappy

  • Artsy Fartsy Stuff

I got some really nice artsy & stationary related things this year! First I got some really great Pilot Juice pens which are actually two different sizes! One is a 0.5, and the other is a 0.38. Both of these are amazing for bullet journaling!

Next my cousins got me a super cute bullet journal! The pattern is soooo pretty!

These Brush pens are amazing! There were 36 different colors and all of them are very pretty! They are actually also Dual brush pens so one side is a brush tip for calligraphy, and the other side is a super thin tip for writing! (hey how about a full review on these too? xD)

And lastly in this category of artsy fartsy things, I got a big pack of Dry-erase markers! I use these alot for my calendar and mini dry erase board so I was very happy to receive these!

  • Facial Roller & Lip Balm

This Rose Quartz facial roller is actually so cool!! This benefits the skin in a bunch of different ways, but my personal favorite benefit is it helps get rid of dark circles ;D It’s so pretty, and it feels so soothing on the skin.

Haha I got this lip balm as well as a couple others that aren’t pictured, but this one is hilarious. Yep, it’s called chicken poop, But don’t worry, it even says it contains no poop. This lip balm is actually really great in keeping my lips moist, even though the name is a bit strange xD

  • Bracelet kits, Camera film, & Erasers

Ahhh, haha these kits are sure to last quite a long time xD I had a Rainbow loom kit a long time ago and then got rid of it, and I almost instantly regretted it! So I asked for another, and here I am with 3 big ole kits. xD

Of course I loved receiving some more instax film for my camera, I was starting to run out so thankfully I got some more!

(OOH I just remembered another thing I got but forgot to take a picture of! I got a sweatpants & fuzzy jacket set from my Nanna & Papaw and oooooo I am totally in love. Comfy clothes are amazing.)

And lastly, in my stocking I found 3 erasers from my lovely Father. He decided to pitch in a little more. 🀣

Welp, haha that is everything I got for Christmas 2020 y’all! Thanks a bunch for checking out the latest here on Sunshine & Rain, and if you enjoyed this post, you should totally Subscribe to the blog because I mean why not? xD

This was a very fun post to put together, and I cannot wait to return with another post very soon!

Until then, I am sending much love to all of you beautiful jelly beans. Have a wonderful day loves! *blows kisses* 😘


Blogmas Day #25: A white Christmas

Hello and good evening my lovely people, and Merry Christmas!!

Today I just wanted to pop in to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, instead of doing a big post today. But be expecting a post on Everything I got for Christmas tomorrow! xD

It has been such an amazing day for me, and I hope it’s been the same and more for you. Definitely let me know what you did to celebrate the holidays because I would love to hear about it! It actually snowed today and that made it so much more beautiful, and it was so nice to have a white Christmas this year.

Also, I can’t believe that this is our last day of Blogmas here on Sunshine & Rain, and I will definitely miss it so much. Thank you guys so much for all of your love and support through all 25 days of Blogmas, you guys are truly amazing.

Like I said I just wanted to pop in really quick so I wish you all a very Merry rest of your Christmas, and I will se you guys again very soon.

Have a wonderful night, and I wish you sweet dreams. *blows kisses* 😘

Happy Holidays, and Happy Birthday Jesus! 😊❀️

Blogmas Day #24: Christmas Eve Adventures

(1 DAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS. JUST ONE.)

Hello my lovely little jelly beans! I hope your day has been absolutely wonderful, and welcome to Blogmas Day #24! Ahhh oh my goodness I cannot believe that tomorrow is our last day of Blogmas here on Sunshine & Rain *sigh* But I am SO EXCITED that tomorrow is CHRISTMAS!! Guys like you don’t even know how excited I am. I could literally pee myself. I am definitely going to miss Blogmas, but it will also be a relief to not have to commit to posting every single day haha!

Well, today is going to be a rather short post. I am here just to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and to share with you what we did with some family this evening. 😊

Tonight we had my Aunt & Uncle (on my Moms side) over for some yummy dinner and brownies, and we all exchanged gifts! I am so stuffed with food, and opening gifts was so much fun. (I can’t wait to wake up and open more tomorrow xD)

I always enjoy spending time with my family, and tonight has been really great. 😊

Pictured at the top of this post was the pleasingly aesthetic wrapped package that my gift was in from my Aunt & Uncle, and I couldn’t not take a picture to appreciate the beauty of before tearing it apart haha!

Here is was I got from my Aunt & Uncle tonight! πŸ˜‰

Thank you so very much to Aunt Tiff & Uncle Nate for the lovely gifts ❀️ I love them so much!

And thank you guys for being so amazing and checking out the latest here on Sunshine & Rain! I shall hopefully return tomorrow with the last day of Blogmas, and I say hopefully because tomorrow is going to be super busy for us. So if I don’t post tomorrow, I will be sure to post the day after 😊

Guys, I am so excited for Christmas and I cannot believe that it’s already here. I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas Eve, and have a lovely day tomorrow. Have a beautiful rest of your night, and I wish you sweet dreams as you fall asleep tonight to rest before a big day tomorrow.

*blows kisses* Happy Holidays! 😘

Blogmas Day #23: A Day In my Life

Good evening lovely people, and Happy Wednesday! I hope that your day has been full of sunshine πŸ˜‰

I am very happy to welcome you to Blogmas Day #23! Guys we only have like, 2 days of Blogmas left after this! Which is kinda a relief but also sad 😦

Ahhh anyways, today I am sharing with you guys a simple day in my life! Haha this definitely wasn’t my usual daily routine at all, but I hope you guys like getting a little peek into my daily life! I did actually take all these photos yesterday, so this was yesterdays routine. I very much enjoyed putting this together, and I hope that you enjoy reading it too!

Let’s just jump right in now ;D

I usually wake up around 7, and I like to sit in my bed right after waking up to take some quiet time with Jesus, and to sit and read for awhile. It’s so cozy just staying there for awhile cuddled up in your blankies with a good book. I am now on the second book of The Overthrow series and OH. MY. CABBAGE. I am so in love with it.

As soon as I decided to get out of bed and start my day, I walked out into the dining room to see all the beautifully wrapped presents underneath the tree that my parents had put together while we were in bed last night! Ahhh, I wonder what we got *smirks*

I started to make my morning tea, and while it brewed & seeped I went outside to feed the chickens, and just give them all some good morning cuddles xD

This is Dino! He’s my chick xD

This is Miss Fuzzy, she loves cameras xD

Sweet Miss Polly

And Miss Turkey! (yep, we have a chicken named Turkey)

This is all 8 of the chicks in one photo, I will definitely have to do a full introduction in a future post!

I came back inside to sip on my Roobios tea, take my vitamins, and eat a delicious egg & spinach scramble that my Mama made for breakfast!

After I finished eating I went ahead and started working on my chores for the day. I had to clean my room, vacuum, and do some laundry. While I worked I jammed with my headphones and came back every once and awhile to sip on my tea xD

After chores were finished I went ahead and picked my outfit for the day, threw my hair up in a bun, and hopped in the shower.

The lovely OTD ❀

After I finish showering I like to do some skin care, and make myself feel pretty πŸ˜‰

I start by cleansing my face and neck with witch hazel & a cotton ball

I then use babyganics lotion (which is actually amazing) to moisturize and soften my skin, and it gives it a great hydrated glow

And of course you can’t forget to moisturize your lips! My lips get super dry and cracked especially in the winter, so lip balm is basically my best friend. This EOS chapstick is my favorite I have ever used. It hydrates my lips so well, and actually brings a really glossy look.

On the days I don’t wear any mascara (which is actually more often than when I do wear it) I like to just curl my lashes. I don’t know what it is but even just curling your lashes is so pretty and so fun.

Feelin’ cute and ready for the day! xp

I then put on my glasses because I’m in love with them and they’re really cute (and because why not?) and then sipped on the last bit of my tea.

Lunch was ready at this point so I had some yummy Salmon with green beans (but i’m sure you already picked up on that part) While I ate I watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie with my siblings.

ooh and I also had a delicious piece of chocolate afterwards.

Cuddles with Tanky Roo are an essential part of my day ❀

I also found him laying like this later in the day. He’s a weirdo. But it’s okay because he’s my weirdo.

That evening we were actually having company over, so I spent awhile cleaning up my bedroom and some of the house. (as well as editing some photos for this post)

Later in the evening, I started my adventures in shadow photography. You can actually check out my whole post on it right here: Blogmas Day #22: beauty through the shadows

Before our friends showed up, we ate at dinner of meatloaf, potatos, and broccoli which was amazing.

Company showed up around 6, and stayed until about 9 pm. The rest of the night I spent playing Scattergories, Clue Junior, Uno, and singing with the girls. The whole night was hilarious and the game of Scattergories had us all cracking up.

My night ended with getting into comfy clothes, cuddling back in bed with a book for awhile, and then going to sleep.


Ahhh welp, thanks for being the amazing person you are and checking out the latest here on Sunshine & Rain! I hope that you enjoyed this post, and if so, then you should totally subscribe to the blog because why not? ;D

I shall return tomorrow loves, and until them, I wish you sweet dreams through the night. πŸ˜‰ *blows kisses* Happy Holidays! 😘

Blogmas Day #22: beauty through the shadows

(3 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS GUYS. 3. FREAKIN. DAYS.)

*oh, and btw all the images displayed in this post are my own. please do not use without permission. thank you ;)*

Hiya hiya my beautiful, and lovely beans! Happy Tuesday evening, and I hope that you have had a wonderful day. Welp, I would like to welcome you to Blogmas Day #22 here on Sunshine & Rain! (like wut. we’ve already done 22 DAYS?!)

I cannot believe how far we have come with blogmas, and how SO VERY CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS WE ARE!!

For Blogmas Day #22, I wanted to share a mini photoshoot I did today, with simply some shadows on my bedroom wall. I sat on my bed when I realized a beautiful patch of sunshine pouring in from my window onto the wall. The tree branches left shadows that danced, and swayed, and almost made it glitter with light.

I then picked up some flowers, and let the creativity spill onto the wall.

I adore all of these and will most likely do another photoshoot whenever I see the sunlight peeking in to say hello another day.

Just stopping in the moment to capture some beautiful photos in the sunlight, brought me so much happiness. Stopping in the moment in general just to take in the beauty of it, brings me so much happiness. Because once a moment is gone, it’s gone. It doesn’t come back. It is your own choice and responsibility, to enjoy the moments you are given. I think that is so important, and we cannot just let these things pass us by. Every moment is so important, in so many different ways.

This one special moment practically made me glow inside, as bright as the sun that was shining so beautifully on the wall. All was quiet in the house, and all I heard was my soft breathing while I watched the shadows dance. It was quite calming, and filled my heart with genuine peace and joy.

Just that one glimmer of light on the wall, made me stop, and slow down to appreciate the beauty of life.

I couldn’t let this moment go forever without capturing a few pieces of it.

I call it beauty through the shadows.

I shall return tomorrow loves, until then, I wish you sweet dreams tonight, and lots of happies. *blows kisses* Happy Holidays! 😘

(also, shadow photography is so much fun. like seriously, I had an amazing time.)


Blogmas Day #21: Sunday Morning – Lecrae (dance)

(OH MY GOSH GUYS. 4 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS)

Hiya hiya my beautiful beans! Ahhhh, I am very gald to have returned guys. (i mean, even though I was just here yesterday and multiple days before that) Well I hope you have had a great day, and welcome to Day #21 of Blogmas!

Today I am very excited to be showing you, well, an dance haha! For our Christmas service at church, the dance team wanted to perform for it. We decided not to do a Christmas song this year like we have done before, but instead did a song that related more to the craziness of this year. It basically is saying that even though things have been messed up, and stressful, we should thank God that every day we get another day to wake up, and another chance to have a good day.

The choreography was filmed at the service and I am pretty proud of how we did. I was also so happy to have a dance teacher who was an amazing choreographer, and such a lovely, sweet lady. The choreo turned out so well as it always has, and although we are not professional dancers, I think we were great.

This coming year, I really want to pursue dance (i’m thinking more high energy dancing like hip hop which I will talk more about in another post) because I literally love it so much. It makes me feel so good and excited, and ahhhh I love it. just love it. xD

Haha we were quite nervous so in this one our energy levels were a little low, and it wasn’t quite in sync sometimes, but it was still so much fun and we did really well.

Anyways, I thought it would be really cool to share this with you guys! You can find the link for the video down below, and I am the one in the green sweater by the way ; D

Here’s the link for the video: Sunday Morning – Lecrae (Dance)

Welp, I guess that’s all for Blogmas Day #21! So thanks a bunch for checking out the latest here on Sunshine & Rain! I love you guys so much, and appreciate all the love and support you’ve been giving back! If you enjoyed this post, you should totally Subscribe to the blog because I mean why not? xD

I can’t wait to see you guys again, which will be tomorrow, and I am sending much love until then! *blows kisses* Happy Holidays y’all! 😘

Blogmas Day #20: Igniting Inspiration Week #17

(guys. 5 FREAKIN DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS. WUT.)

Good Sunday evening peoples, I hope you have had a quite lovely day. I’d like to welcome you to Blogmas Day #20 as well as Igniting Inspiration Week #17 here on Sunshine & Rain! Ahhh I cannot believe we’re going on strong to a 20 day streak on Blogmas! Thank you so much for all your love and support you guys have sent, and I am very glad that you all seem to very much enjoy all these posts so far!

Well, today I have gathered some beautifully encouraging quotes as well as some hilarious MEMES to bring some sunshine and smiles to you life! I always love making the weekly Igniting Inspiration posts and I am so happy to be back with it once again to celebrate the new week ahead!

These quotes truly spoke to my heart, and I love that feeling when you find one like that and it really hits deep. These sweet quotes brought me so much light and hope this evening, and I hope they do the same for you. We all could use some sort of encouragement, and I’d love to hear about which of these quotes was your favorite!

Please enjoy πŸ˜‰

*quote and meme credits to pinterest*

Beautiful aren’t they? They all spoke to me in different ways but all kinda came together into one big bubble of encouragement for me ya’know haha?

Ahhh, and as always I challenge you to go through these MEMES displayed and try your hardest not to laugh! If you get through it, comment #NotAGiggle! Now if you’re more like me and can’t keep in a laugh for the life of you, comment #…lotsagiggles xD

Welp, before this post officially ends I’d really like to say thanks for checking out the latest on the blog guys, you’re truly the best! If you liked this post then be sure to Subscribe to Sunshine & Rain so that you don’t miss out on and upcoming content! I am sending lot’s of love, and I shall return tomorrow! *blows kisses* Happy Holidays! πŸ˜‰

Now enjoy!

oh gosh. the adorableness tho. i can’t even.

okay goodbye loves xD ❀


Blogmas Day #19: Easy & Affordable Last Minute Gift Ideas

(6 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS. OH MY CHEESEPUFFS WE ARE SO CLOSE!! xD)

Hiya hiya and good evening my beautiful beans, I hope you have had a wonderful day and welcome to Day #19 of Blogmas here on Sunshine & Rain!

Today I have put together a list of some great Easy & Affordable Last Minute Gift Ideas that would be great for basically anyone! These are actually so easy to do, but are still super amazing and thoughtful gifts to give.

So please enjoy, and take inspiration for anyone on your list this year! πŸ˜‰

  • A bunch of yummy treats & snacks

Anyone will love a basket with some candies and small goodies in it! Places like Dollar tree has plenty of snacks for just a dollar each, and it’s super easy to throw a treat basket together!

  • Candles or Essential oils

Sweet smells are always something to be loved

  • A special handmade painting/drawing

A handmade craft is always special, and I love being able to sit and take the time to make something special for someone, even if it’s small it’s really special. I’m actually doing some crafty things myself this Christmas xD

  • A cozy blanket

I mean who wouldn’t love a soft blanket to snuggle with?

  • Jewelry

Nice jewelry and any accessories are easy to find, and will absolutely be loved!

  • Gift cards

What’s an easier last minute gift than a gift card? If you aren’t sure what to buy for a specific person, let them use the cash and buy whatever they choose! Sure takes a load off ;D

  • Beanie & Scarves

You can find some absolutely adorable beanies & scarves, and it’s always nice to be able to bundle up!

  • Cozy socks

Soft and warm socks are a must have. Just yes.

  • Blue light glasses

Blue light glasses are actually something i’d like to have, and you can find so many cool & cute patterns! These are great for anyone who works with screens often.

  • A fun family game

Family games are a great idea! Scattergories, Clue, Life, etc. Absolutely such a fun thing to give!

  • Movie night in a box

Just throw a couple movies, drinks, a blanket, popcorn, and candies in a basket and boom! An entire movie night in one kit!

  • Back scratcher & Scalp massager

Ahhhh, these things are heavenly. The scalp massager feels absolutely amazing, and I’m sure that anyone would love it.

  • Water bottle

Nice water bottles to travel with are definitely a must have!

  • Mug with tea & hot chocolate packets

Another yummy gift of treats to put together!

  • Notebooks & Planners

A 2021 planner surely has to be something EVERYONE wants this year amiright? A nice planner or notebook, or journal to write thoughts in is a great gift!

  • Headphones or a bluetooth speaker

My headphones, and bluetooth speaker are my techno best friends. (next to my phone though) and you can find some great ones that are pretty inexpensive! My headphones are by the brand Mkay on Amazon for about $30 and they are INSANE.

  • Homemade sweets

Bake a batch of cookies, or a pie, and wrap it up for someone else to enjoy. Always a nice thing to give.

  • A kind handwritten card

What’s sweeter than a heartfelt letter or note simply stating what they mean to you? You can even make a list of “All the reasons I love you”, and that’s surely a great gift for anyone.

  • Something to stay warm

A heated stuffie, heated blankie, a warm jacket, anything to stay cozy during these cold days will be an amazing gift.

  • Printed pictures

Printed pictures hold the memory of a moment, and that’s a beautiful thing. You can even make a mini scrapbook full of memories!

  • A Good book or Magazine Subscription

I love my Brio magazine, but of course there are soooo many different mags out there. A good book or devotional is also a great gift for anyone.

Welp, that’s it for today’s Blogmas post, and I shall return tomorrow my loves. I hope you enjoyed the latest here on Sunshine & Rain, and if you did, please be sure to Subscribe to the blog so you never miss out on any future posts!

See ya again very soon my loves, have a wonderful evening. πŸ˜‰ Happy Holidays! *blows kisses*

Blogmas Day #17: “They got REESES!?” One Happy Delivery Guy β€

(8 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS GUYS. SOOOO CLOSE! xD)

Hiya hiya my beautiful jelly beans! I hope you are having an amazing day, and welcome to Day #17 of Blogmas here on Sunshine & Rain!

Today I wanted to share something pretty special with y’all. We caught something absolutely amazing and really funny on our front porch camera yesterday, and it made me so happy.

I made a short video of the footage we caught which you can click the link to view it down below!

Click here to see the video!

Ahhh, the delivery man had no clue there was a camera catching all of this haha! He got so excited over the basket we left outside full of yummy treats (which I displayed a photo of at the top of this post). It fills me with joy seeing the delivery men/women’s faces light up when they see the treats we left.

Just 2 days ago, another delivery man was just beginning to walk away from the house, he seen me standing by the window and waved me down to hold up the M&M’s he grabbed, and give me a thumbs up with a great big smile.

This guy we caught on video seemed especially excited. LOL his reaction xD! We stood in the middle of Kohls as we watched the footage from my Mom’s phone and we started to crack up! This really shows how easily you can make someone that happy, and I hope that we made his day a little brighter. πŸ˜‰

I encourage you guys to make your own goody baskets for the Holiday’s, and any other time to spread so kindness and love to our fellow delivery workers. We filled our basket up with Oreos, pop corn, Tootsie rolls, Reeses, Pop Tarts, drinks, kit kats, M&M’s, cookies, and much more for them to grab what they’d like. (We also left a note at the top explaining to them what it was of course)

I will never forget his wonderful gasps of surprise, and his excitement in “They got REESES?!”

Make someone a little happier today. πŸ˜‰

Blogmas Day #16: Adorable Mini Mug Haul & A Hilarious Christmas Shopping Storytime

(DEAR MAMA OR DADDY, IF YOU ARE READING THIS POST, STOP NOW. I’M SERIOUS. xD)

Hiya hiya my little beans!! I hope you have had a lovely day, and welcome to Day #16 of Blogmas here on Sunshine & Rain!

(OOH, ALSO. 9 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS. I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED.)

Ahhh, today has been a very great day for me. We went out Christmas shopping for several hours today which was amazing and hilarious xD We went to multiple stores like Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree, Marshalls, & Kohls, and oh my gosh it was so much fun to go out and shop. After all of that we went to Chipotle and got some delicious burrito bowls to eat for dinner, which made the day 10 times more amazing.

Anyways, today I am going to be sharing some photos of some ADORABLE MUGS that I got for myself at Marshalls (after all that gift shopping I figured I should treat mahself xD), as well as a short but hilarious story of how my sister and I managed to hide a giant gift from my Mother who was in the store with us πŸ˜‚. This was absolutely hilarious, and I think it’d be amazing to write about and look back on later.

Alrighty let’s start with storytime, so gather round’ my bootiful little beans.

Okay so Hobby Lobby was our first stop. I still needed to find my Mama, and Daddy a gift for Christmas so that’s what I started looking for.

After awhile of looking, I remembered something my Mama mentioning something that she really loved a long time ago.

And guess what it was.

A.

GIANT.

PAINTING.

OF.

CHICKENS.

which i shall display in the picture below

Isn’t it adorable?! xD I seriously can’t wait to see her face when she opens it Christmas morning.

She is in love with our 8 wittle baby chickens out back, and just chickens in general.

Okay, so, when I found it I was immediately like BINGO, and I was especially happy because it was $40 on a 40% sale, so it ended up being a great deal.

After deciding to get it I was searching and found this hilarious sign from The Office (a show which both of my parents love) and knew I had to get it for my Daddy.

He’s been talking recently about needing decorations for his office so I knew it would be great!

Now, the only hard part was, how was I going to get Mama’s sign to the cash register, pay for it, and hide this giant THING so that she couldn’t see it?

(I didn’t have to worry much about Daddy’s gift thankfully since he wasn’t there)

Well, me and my sister had to get creative.

We ended up asking the cashier to double bag the sign so it wasn’t as see-through, and we had to squeeze it inside the cart, and take off both of our coats to cover it up.

It looked real suspicious.

It looked like we were dumbies trying so hard at a very much failing robbery with our coats very obviously covering a huge sign walking through the store 🀣

We got so many weird looks from people and we trying so hard not to look suspicious, but it made it even worse when we had worried looks on our faces while watching behind and around us the whole time making sure our Mom wasn’t around xD

Well thankfully, in the end we did survive and nobody actually thought we were stealing, and we ended up escaping safely without my Mom seeing what was inside.

Both signs are currently hiding away in my room, soon to be shoved away into my closet until Christmas morning.

The end. 🀣

Well that probably wasn’t the most entertaining story ever, but I thought it was beautiful.

OKAY. SO. After our trip to Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree to get some special treats for my close friends, we wen’t into Marshalls

and oh my.

that is always a mistake.

Dudes I literally get lost in that place, they have SO MUCH CUTE STUFF FOR SO CHEAP!!

I forgot how much I loved that place and oh my gosh, I would seriously buy out the whole store if I could.

I ended up finding some SUPER CUTE mugs on display right as we walked in, and that my friends was where the trouble began.

I told myself I would limit myself to 2 cute mugs, but we all know how that turns out….

After I had picked out 2 I found another entire aisle FULL of mugs. And at that point I was screwed.

I mean how could you only pick out 2 mugs out of sooooo many cute mugs 😍

I ended up grabbing 5 mugs….but put back 1 in the end because I thought I’d save myself an extra $4 πŸ˜‚

So there I was after already spending quite a bit on gifts for friends and family, using almost all of my leftover cash to buy myself some adorable mugs xD

And how can you buy some adorably adorable mugs without taking awhile to display them on your blog?

That is exactly what I am here to do πŸ˜‹

Mug #1

I was immediately in love after finding this one, ahhhh it’s just so pretty! I have lately been loving anything stars, and constellations, and galaxies, so I couldn’t resist getting this one. The colors are just so beautiful!

Mug #2

I absolutely love this one. This is one of my favorite bible verses, and the mug is so pretty!!

Mug #3

This one definitely has to be my top favorite out of all of them!! I am in love with yellows, and honeybees and I could never not buy this one. Not to mention the mug is actually SO BIG!

Mug #4

AHHH this one is gorgeous! It looks so unique, yet so simple, and I just love it.

Welp guys, that’s it for today’s post! Thank you so much for being the bootiful human you are, and checking out the latest here on Sunshine & Rain! I really hope that you enjoyed, and if you did, make sure you Subscribe to the blog so that you don’t miss out on any upcoming content!

Have a wonderful day, and I love you guys lots! I shall return tomorrow πŸ˜‰ *blows kisses* Happy Holidays! xD

Blogmas Day #15: DIY (gluten free) Baked Oatmeal (12/15/20)

(ONLY 10 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS GUYS. I COULD LITERALLY PEE MYSELF RIGHT NOW.)

Good evening MY BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BEANS!! (see isn’t calling you my beans adorable?!) I hope your day has been wonderful, and welcome to Blogmas Day #15! Ahhh, a 15 day streak on the blog makes me so satisfied xD

I am so excited today to be sharing with y’all a super delicious recipe for (gluten free) Baked Oatmeal! OH MY CABBAGES GUYS. Baked oatmeal will literally change your life if you’ve never had it. I myself love oatmeal in general and this recipe makes it 10 times more delicious.

My sweet Mama actually made this for us yesterday morning, and this morning for breakfast and it definitely gave my day a great start. This is an amazing breakfast recipe for the holidays, and I can never seem to eat enough of this beautiful stuff.

Totally let me know if you try this recipe, and let me know how you like it! xD

Estimated time: 35 mins

Serves: 8 people

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3 cups of gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 cup of milk or non-dairy milk
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit (optional)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees & spray 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray
  • Whisk eggs, applesauce, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Stir in oats & milk. At this point, if you are adding any fruit, gently fold it in so that it doesn’t get mashed.
  • Spread in pan & bake for 28-34 minutes until oatmeal is browned and not jiggly in the middle.
  • Now, enjoy! ; D

Ahhhh, this stuff is literally so delicious. We added in blueberries but you can add in any fruit you’d like!

This post was a bit shorter than usual, but I still hope you all enjoyed because I sure enjoyed putting it together πŸ˜‰

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