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I haven't quite thought about this until the past couple of months. I was always flattered if people told me I deserved great things, or if I deserved a better guy or deserved anything at all. I would sit and think to myself, "Well yes, I am pretty kickass. I do deserve wonderful things in my life."
Flash forward to now when I've been thinking more and more about this because it's been coming up more and more in my life. It's been bothering me & for a while, I couldn't figure out why.
Now I feel like it's a soft blow. It's a nice way of somebody saying, "you're a good person, but the choices you're making aren't the ones I think are best & thus you should reevaluate." That's all I hear now & now it's changed my entire perspective on the simple phase we so often use, "you deserve better".
The reason I didn't realize it until recently is because it's a build up. When people say it to your face, their building you up. They are telling you- whether they mean it or not- that you're a good person. Then comes the blow, you're a good person, but. But make better choices, ones that perhaps I would make.
Now all I can hear is, "you're not so great at making decisions, try again".
When family or friends say it to me, it's one thing. I know they usually mean well. I would bet that 9 times out of 10, they're not trying to put me down. They're trying to tell me something positive. They're typically looking out for me- but the underlying tone is still there. I'm still feeling the judgment & disapproval.
Then when a guy says it to me, talk about a cop out. It's just as bad as the old, "it's not you, it's me", crap. Cue the eye roll.
When a guy says it, I am surely rolling my eyes & I can promise you I am beyond annoyed. Don't beat around the bush, or try and get out of being honest. Do not think that what you're doing is protecting me & my feelings. Do not try to make yourself feel better by thinking that you're sparing me. Because honey, you're not.
Don't think that I am fooled by you trying to boost me up & bringing yourself down in the same line. I now see right through it because it's a ridiculous excuse. Don't try and pretend to be the nice guy, be a man & straight up own up to whatever it is that's going on. I'll respect you more.
So I kept on thinking about this & I realized, you know what? I am the only person in my life who gets to decide what I deserve. Nobody else can do that for me. I am the sole person who gets to evaluate people & things that I choose or choose not to have in my life. I get to decide the value people & things hold in my world, not the other way around. That's that.
Let me decide what I deserve based on my experiences, let me realize it,
let me make my own choices.
If you do a search in google of "bikini body" the results are a poor representation of what a bikini body is. What you find are beautiful tall women, without a thigh gap, perfectly toned abs & that beach wave hair I can never figure out how to get.
But what you don't see is everybody else. There are so many beautiful women just as I described above that should certainly be represented, but why don't the women who look like me show up in the top 20 pictures of the search?
I'm without a doubt far from the first person to recognize that there is quite a large gap in what we are constantly defining as beautiful or the norm of what a bikini body is.
I have never been one of those thin ladies. I have had curves since I could remember. My thighs are best friends & that's why they always touch. I have had stretch marks since I hit puberty too many years ago and guess what? My tummy has this really cute jiggle to it.
But you know what else? I still rock a bikini.
I don't know if it's because I was raised by a strong woman or if I always made sure that my personal confidence always stayed with me, but I grew up to embrace what I was given.
I was given my curves & my mini stature (I'm not even 5 feet tall) because that's what the world dealt me. But aside from that, I was given a lot more. I was given creativity, sarcasm & a usually level head. I was given drive, kindness & a lot of love inside this body.
There are plenty of days where I look at myself and think "meh" but I just have to remember that more often than not, the next day that I look at my self, I'm usually thinking; "get it girl".
But what I want to remind you is that no matter how you look- whether your thighs touch or not- embrace it, rock it & show it off! When you feel confident in yourself, you radiate. Stop caring about the negativity & surround yourself with the positive reminders of your beautiful body, beautiful personality & beautiful mind. Be you & go out there and let the world know you're here to stay!
And always, always, always remember, to get a bikini body; simply put on your bikini.
Earlier this week, I shared with you how to make your own Mod Podge & this was the project that I needed to use it for.
I needed something to throw my allergy pills in since I've officially given into my allergies & decided to start taking the pills again. My sister gave me a old prescription bottle she found while cleaning her drawers & told me just to use this.
What's great about this is that it's small enough that I can throw in my purse (I have a small purse, I can't handle losing things in a large bag) and it holds quite a bit of my allergy pills.
But I wanted to make it look cute & that I did!
This was a super easy & quick craft! It take under 30 minutes from start to finish! The only downside, is you have to wait for it all to dry before you can use it, so don't plan on using it right away.
All you need is your bottle, Mod Podge, a paint brush, paper, scissors & a pen.
Take your bottle & remove the stickers- the nice thing about this is they peel right off!
Next, cut your paper. I grabbed a few scrapbooking scraps I had & chose the one that was the closest to the size of the bottle. You'll need a strip that is about 3 inches wide & 4.5 inches long.
Put Mod Podge on the bottle & slowly add the paper. Use your fingers to rub out any bumps or bubbles- you might have to go around the bottle doing this more than once.
Make sure to add a thin layer of Mod Podge to the ends of the paper where they meet too so they can be bonded.
When you're done with that, add a layer of the Mod Podge to the outter layer of the bottle. Once it's securely on, set it aside so it can start drying!
Next, take the top of the bottle & trace it on a piece of paper.
Cut on the inner line and make necessary trims if you need to so that it can be glued right onto the top of the bottle.
Then cut out a strip that you can wrap around the top - this will be roughly .5 inch high and about 5.75 inches long. Your measurements might be different based on the size of the bottle you're using.
First, glue on the top piece but don't add a layer of glue to the top of the paper quite yet. I put glue on mine first (as you can see by the shine in the picture) but I ended up getting a lot of glue on my hands as I was adding the long strip to the top. So I suggest do add your top coat of glue when you're totally done!
Then, wrap around the the long strip to the side- you'll have to work out the bumps and bubbles as you did with the bottle. Once that's on, you can add your top layer of glue & let it out to dry!
I suggest waiting until both pieces are totally dry before you put the top onto the bottle.
I normally keep a stock of Mod Podge in my house because I'm constantly needing it for some sort of project. And let me tell you, I love Mod Podge! So when I needed it for a DIY & couldn't find it, I thought that this was the perfect opportunity to make my own!
A DIY for Mod Podge always comes up on my Pinterest so I figured, why not!
What I enjoyed about all the posts I saw to make your own (I checked out a handful), they were all the same. I always hate when you're looking to do a project and you click on 5 different pins & they're all different. Then you have to pick and choose which is most trustworthy.
What they all said is you need 2 ingredients: glue & water. Awesome, both of those I had! What I realized too was if this works how I want it to, I can just stock up on Elmer's glue around back to school time and save a crap ton of money! I always use a coupon when I buy Mod Podge, but if I can save even more money, then the crafter in me is happy!
So, now lets get to it!
Grab your Elmer's glue- I used your basic, white washable glue, some water, a mason jar (or a container that you can close tight) and a plastic spoon (and fork if you're like me).
The mixture is 2 parts glue & 1 part water. So it depends what size glue you're using & how much Mod Podge you want to make.
Once you put the mixture into the jar or container, mix it up! I used both a plastic spoon & a plastic fork to help with the mixing until I got all the water absorbed by the glue. You'll notice it'll start to have a consistency of Mod Podge & then you're done! You can start using it right away!
I used it right away to do my DIY project, and it worked great! And there was none of that Mod Podge smell which if you have used it before, you know what I'm talking about!
Happy Mod Podging!
I love soup.
I could eat soup every day, all year long. I don't know why I love it so much, but I do! I especially love soup if I can make it in the crock pot because it's even easier
I found this great recipe from Pinterest of course (for the original link & full recipe, click here!) and needed to try it as I was catching up on some orders & Love Struck business a couple of weekends ago. It really didn't require much prep & it smelt delish as it was cooking!
What you need:
-4 cups stock
-2 cups cream
-4-5 medium potatoes- I used your run of the mill white potato
-3 cups of corn
-1 cup of celery
-3-4 cloves of garlic
- Salt & Pepper
- And a crock pot of course!
You pretty much chop everything that needs chopping up & throw it into the crock pot. You're going to want to cut them in smaller cubes so they cook through. Then, add everything EXCEPT the cream into the crock pot. Stir it around & turn it on high for 6 hours and let the crock pot work its magic!
I actually didn't have celery at the moment when I began cooking, I had my sister grab it while she was grocery shopping so I threw the celery in later which worked out!
Right before your 6 hours is up- with about 15 minutes left- is when you add your cream!
When you're done, you can either use the emersion blender to blend everything, or I put it into the blender in 2 batches until I got my desired consistency.
I loved this recipe! I didn't add the bacon like in the original recipe solely because I'm a vegetarian. I do wish I added more potatoes & maybe a little less corn. But that's just me! But overall- it came out delish & I would totally make it again! You should give it a try, without a doubt!
Don't forget to check out the original pin & to get the full recipe by clicking here!
After sorting through tons of pictures, I settled on creating their own fairy-tale story because that's the kind of love they had. This was my first time doing a scrapbook quite like this but I loved it. I opted to go for simpler layouts on many of the pages to keep the focus on the story & their love.
That's the beauty of scrapbooks! They can be whatever you like them to be & no matter what, they're telling an amazing story! It's the same thing as your life- you make it however you like!
Enjoy a tiny snippet of their fairy-tale love story!
I feel that it has become too easy to accept the amount of violence, hatred, finger pointing & fear in the world we live in today. Whether it's something we face daily or whether it's something that we may not encounter often, those things exist too freely for comfort.
I don't tend to talk politics or try or pretend I know how to solve the problems our society faces. And I won't sit here and try to take sides or preach about things I don't necessarily know everything about.
But what I do know is that we all, as humans, need to remember to be kind.
I think that we too quickly forget how simple it is to be kind to one another. Take away gender, race, sexuality, religion when you're looking at the person next to you. Remember that you are both humans. You both feel, you both have emotions, pains, experiences that have shaped you. You both have the ability to be kind & accepting. You both have the ability to accept that although the person next to you chooses to live their life differently, may look different, may love different; that doesn't make them a bad, unkind, unloving human. Being different should be celebrated not hated.
While the issues that plague our society cannot be solved by simply being kind or with a smile to a stranger.;I do believe that this is a tiny place to begin in your daily life. Accept those around you, love everybody regardless and continue to spread some sort of light in such a dark world.
What we have to remember is not to generalize, not to assume, and to treat people the way we want to be treated. I mean, isn't that one of the very first things we learn as a child? Don't we call it the golden rule? Why can't we all continue to live by such values we learn at a young age? We are taught in school about respect, kindness & friendship. We learn those things for a reason; because those are the values that should help every generation create a world in which they are proud to call theirs. A world that they are not afraid to raise children in. A world that can thrive as a whole. A world in which we can accept & appreciate that every single life matters.
I encourage you all in your daily lives to be more kind & loving to those around you regardless of their gender, race, sexuality, religion or anything that separates them from you- a fellow human. I encourage you to learn more about the issues, to find productive and safe ways to make a difference. I encourage you find deep inside of you some shred of positivity and spread it into the world. Any bit of good can help.
Never lose your hope, never lose your kindness, never lose you compassion & never lose your ability to love.
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So it might sound weird that we're talking about some Halloween mason jars but let me tell you, I was just packing some up for shipment the other day when I was reminded how cute they were!
I love them first because they're so simple. There's not too much going on with them yet they clearly scream Halloween. They can stand alone without adding anything them or you can get crazy with decorating!
I think these make a perfect accent for an office too- you can fill it up with candy and add just a touch of Halloween spirit to your desk for the month! Or, use them at home and add a tea light in them and put them on a coffee table or out on the front porch. Either way, they're so cute!
So in celebration of the ultra cuteness factor I was reminded of, we're celebrating Halloween a touch early right now with putting the remainder of these we have left (which is under 15!) on sale for only $5!!!
No coupon code needed, just click here and shop away! Remember, you always get free shipping with every order $50 or more!
Happy early Halloween! :)
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!