March 31, 2013

It.Is.Finished.


This time of year... This holiday... It's always so special to me. 

There's something about this day that makes me realize how blessed I am.

Jesus died for me.

He died for you.

He died for us so that we could have life.

He died for us so that we could know mercy.

I cannot express my thankfulness. I cannot begin to even understand why.

But He did it. He took the pain of our sins and He died for us.

He would do it again and again.

I just want to remember that every second of today {and everyday.} I want to remember His love and grace... His mercy...

"Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe... Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow."

He knew what He was doing when He said to us...


And I am so thankful for those three little words.

Happy Easter to you and yours, friends!


March 28, 2013

I DID it!



I can't believe that today is here.


I've been waiting for this day for three long, emotional, and painful months.

Today's the day I FINISH spinal therapy.

Remember when I wrote the post about how I don't understand WHY God would allow me to have this condition? 

Remember when I came right out and said I am not fine?

Remember all those Instagram posts asking for prayers because I literally could not make it through the day without them?

Even if y'all don't... Me, the girl behind this blog, remembers each and every one of those long days/nights. The ones that I've been through firsthand the past three months.

I remember leaving each therapy appointment, turning on worship music in my car, and literally crying out to God asking Him to help me to just get through the day I had to face.

I remember crying myself to sleep so many nights because of the helpless pain I was in... And I remember crawling out of bed each morning afterwards and being in that same pain. Just praying that God would give me the strength to make it to the shower so I could lay in the hot water and alleviate any of the swelling in my joints.

I remember being on the verge of a mental breakdown for DAYS and finally having one in the bathroom at school followed by a heart to heart with the teacher I least expected to "get" me.

I could go on and on about the pain I remember from this journey, and while I don't necessarily want to remember it - I don't want to forget it either. I don't want to forget what God turned that pain into.

Today, I get to wake up, roll out of bed, go to my FINAL therapy appointment, and spend the rest of the day {and freakin' week if I want to} being PROUD of the progress I have made in treatment and my life as a whole... The past three months have changed me tremendously.

This past Sunday, I kicked some serious assets at the gym. I ran TWO miles. Not walking. Not a half mile. Not one. I RAN TWO MILES. Last night, I did the same.

I wasn't able to say that three months ago. If you'd mentioned running to me then, I would have started crying and told you, "I can't." Because I physically couldn't. I wasn't capable. The pain that I was in and the little mobility I had didn't allow me to.

It took WEEKS - I'd even say the entire first half of therapy - to see any improvement or change. But today, I can see with my own eyes and FEEL that I am stronger than I have ever been since starting this health journey four years ago.

Today, I can finally say I DID IT! I can say that I'm beating the odds because I AM! I am winning this fight against my arthritis and I'm getting stronger each and everyday.

Therapy is now officially *over* which isn't really important to me... (because I still plan to work hard to maintain my strength and mobility...) But it's a HUGE milestone in my journey... I've finally hit a point where I can look back and say, "hey, look how far I've come!" I finally feel like there is something to be proud about... Progress to be shared.

I've received so much love and support from the people around me... What continues to surprise me is that people who live millions of miles away have showed me that SAME love. It blows my mind to know that prayers are coming my way from people I haven't even truly met. 

I received an e-mail from an amazing woman the first week I started therapy. The e-mail made me sob because it was exactly what I needed to hear. Only God could have arranged the perfect timing that it was. She told me that she often shows my Instagram picture to her little boy, tells Him I'm not feeling well, and that he, her precious little 4-year-old, prays for me often.

Through it all, my #1 fan has been Jesus. His grace is more than sufficient for my struggles and the pain I endure is only worth it if my attitude and the way I choose to live my life can bring glory to His name and people to His Kingdom. This fight is NOT about me. I want that to be known above all.

Last night as I was driving home, I was looking back on my journey. Reflecting and being thankful. Then, the song Help Me Find It by Sidewalk Prophets came on the radio. (ding ding, God moment!) These words hit me hard...

"I’m giving You fear and You give faith
I giving you doubt
You give me grace
For every step I’ve never been alone

Even when it hurts, You’ll have Your way
Even in the valley I will say
With every breath
You’ve never let me go..."


That's the premise of this post, essentially. God will continue to work within me and through me even when 1) I don't want to try and 2) I'm scared and hurting. That promise kinda rocks my world. Period.

I ended one of my posts three months ago (before I started this journey) with a quote that's carried me through night after night and I think it's only appropriate that I end a much more triumphant post in the same way... :-)

“I could not comprehend God's plan, but my understanding was not essential; only my obedience was.” -Alice Gray

March 27, 2013

My Life Would Suck Without Polka Dotted Scarves


You know those pieces of clothing that somehow end up in your closet that you just can't get enough of? 

The ones that you want to wear EVERYDAY?

The ones you want to SLEEP in?

Yeah? Good. I'm glad we're all as weird and obsessive as I am here.

Y'all know that's how I am with scarves. Each of the {41} in my ownership have a dear place in my heart.

Now, polka dotted scarves? 

Those have the deepest, warmest, most beautiful place in my heart.

My friend Molly just so happens to run a little boutique of her own called Molly Suzanne... And what does she sell there, you ask? 

Only the most perfect, lightweight polka dotted scarves a Minnesota girl could dream of.

You see, I wear scarves year round. I love a good chunky, knit scarf just as much as the next girl living in this arctic climate, but what I love even more than that is when my scarves are versatile for all four, unique seasons.

This Molly Suzanne scarf does just that!

I already know in 2-3 weeks when it starts warming up around here that I'll be sporting this scarf around paired with some capris + cute sandals.

Versatility will always be my number one wardrobe must have.

Earrings // Local boutique
Scarf // Molly Suzanne
Chambray Top // Target
White Top // Old Navy
Leggings // Wet Seal
Boots // Nectar Clothing

{*I was provided this scarf to review, but as always, all opinions are completely my own! I adore promoting what I love!}

March 26, 2013

Let's Talk About Anchors...


It always blows my mind when it's magically Tuesday again. I mean, really. The days are long but the weeks that turn into years are so, so short. I feel like time is FLYING.


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{Too Cute!} Tuesday is a simple link up that will give us all something to saw "aww" about at the beginning of the week. :-) Share pictures of your adorable kids, show us the new pair of shoes you got, or maybe a new Pinterest project you tried! The possibilities are endless and the rules are easy peasy...

Rules:

1. Keep it family friendly!

2. Include a link back to this post in your blog post- along with the blog button- to help spread the word with your readers!

3. Not mandatory, but we'd love for you to show your support by subscribing to Megan and I!

4. Have fun and meet some new blog friends!

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It was my half birthday on the 19th. That means there are less than 6 months until I'm 18, people. That's c-aaaaa-razy if you ask me.

At work a few nights ago, my coworkers and I were discussing tattoos. I've had the one I want DESPERATELY pick out since before I was 16, but I never knew the verse that was behind it until recently... Which makes me love it even more.

This is it. Placement and everything. I'm pretty sure it was made for me:



Only, I would like to add "Hebrews 6:19" somewhere in there...

And of course, naturally, after bringing it up, I had to scroll through Pinterest for others that I love. :-)





They're all SO cute and I love what they each represent in their own unique way.

I get obsessed with things from time to time and this is the most recent "LOVE," I guess you could say. Clearly. ;-) I've been seriously obsessed ever since I wrote this post back in January.

It's so cliche, but when I turn 18, this is the first thing I'm running out and doing... HA!

So, who's gonna come hold my hand? :-)


March 24, 2013

I Have A Serious Problem With {the color} Mustard


About a month ago, I was contacted by a representative from Eshakti... A company whose purpose is to provide real fashion for real people.

I fell in love with nearly every dress they had in stock. Each one was so original and unique in its own way. Finally though, I decided to review the Victoria dress... Can y'all guess why? ;-)

Yes. Because it came in mustard.

I didn't think it could get better than that, but then the representative told me that there's an option to have each dress custom made.

Mind blown.

I got my measurements, placed my order, and in less than a week... The dress was all mine!




Necklace // Black Hills Gold
Jacket // Old Navy
Dress // Eshakti
Shoes // Goodwill

Pairing neutrals with mustard yellow is basically my favorite hobby. I've also been told yellow is my color. I love it!

Even with pasty white legs up against a poo-ton of Minnesota snow, this dress is amazingly adorable, eh?

Thank you for the opportunity to work with y'all, Eshakti! It's been a pleasure!

{* I was given this dress in return for my review, however, as always, opinions and thoughts are my own! I love to promote the things I love! }

March 22, 2013

March Sponsor Giveaway


While this giveaway IS going live a week later than I wanted it to... We're here!

My sponsors constantly have a way of far exceeding what I hope for in this blog. These girls are truly one of a kind and I hope you'll visit them + show them lots of love because they are complete GEMS!

This month for our group giveaway, there's a $50 credit to ThePolkaDotPosie up for grabs and I'm POSITIVE that you want to enter for your chance to win!

Adorable coffee cozies!
My favorite Rosie Posie Necklaces!
Polka Dots. Need I say more?
Get your entries by following the Rafflecopter below + show these ladies all the love you possibly can! :-)


March 20, 2013

What Kenz Has Been Wearing Lately...


I missed posting my outfits last week because of the mayhem that is my life, but, because I'm your grade A Instagram #OOTD addict, here's an update on what I've been wearing lately. :-)


Necklace // Maurice's
Cardigan // Target
Sweater // Kohl's
Jeans // Local Boutique


Scarf // Molly Suzanne {review coming soon!}
Watch // Wet Seal
Dress // My gorgeous bloggy friend Nat
Leggings // Wet Seal


Scarf // Vanity
Dress // F21
Leggings // Wet Seal
Flats // Target


Cardigan // American Eagle
Top // F21
Necklace // F21
Bracelets // F21
Jeans // American Eagle

Linking up here...

pleated poppy

March 19, 2013

My Confirmation & Too Cute! Tuesday - Week 4


Megan and I have officially been hosting this link up for a month today! I've been having so much fun watching this cute little link up grow and keeping up with all of your adorable posts! 



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{Too Cute!} Tuesday is a simple link up that will give us all something to saw "aww" about at the beginning of the week. :-) Share pictures of your adorable kids, show us the new pair of shoes you got, or maybe a new Pinterest project you tried! The possibilities are endless and the rules are easy peasy...

Rules:

1. Keep it family friendly!

2. Include a link back to this post in your blog post- along with the blog button- to help spread the word with your readers!

3. Not mandatory, but we'd love for you to show your support by subscribing to
Megan and I!

4. Have fun and meet some new blog friends!

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My "too cute" moment(s) this week have hands down got to be my confirmation yesterday and all of the sweet pictures that were captured. It was a powerful and very special day for me. I'm so glad that I got to share it with people who matter most!

Probably the best part of the whole day was seeing one of my coworkers there with one of the clients I work with. It meant so much to me to see the smile on his face when he saw me. I know I'm being a total baby here, but it actually makes me tear up just thinking about how much I love my job. I'm making a difference in these lives and I've found purpose in doing so... How on earth could it get ANY better...?!


Afterwards, my mom and dad took me and my little sister and brother out for dinner. :-) It was a lot of fun, as always, with our crazy fam. When we got home, my sister and I put on PJ's and watched Pitch Perfect. :-)



Another one of the most special parts of my day was getting to spend time with my sponsor, Sara. I've babysat for her and her family since she had her 4 year old and I've really grown close in a FRIENDSHIP with her above it all. Talk about an awesome relationship with someone I admire and look up to as a mentor. God sure has blessed me!


I can't believe my confirmation day has come and gone already! It's taken a long time to prepare for this step and I'm so grateful to see what God will continue to do through me!

Philippians 3:8~ "Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Jesus. For His sake, I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ."


March 18, 2013

That Time I Got Asked To Prom



I swore to myself I wouldn't be the girl who posted this... But, that was before it happened. And now that it has, I just really feel the need to document it.

Two weeks ago, one of my guy friends randomly started asking me to hang out. I kept saying no and playing the stubborn, I-really-want-to-but-I'm-not-gonna card, but I didn't get away with it... I must hand it to him, his resilience was pretty impressive. ;-)

When I finally agreed to hang out with him that Friday, we decided on going snowmobiling.

Get your laughter out now, friends. Just imagine it.

Me. Snowmobiling. (FYI: I AM LICENSED TO DO SO!)

Anyway, he showed up at my house, chit-chatted with my parentals, and then we were off! It was the perfect night for it and I was looking pretty professional in my snowmobiling attire if I do say so myself! ;)

We were riding over by a friend's house on the lake. He even let me drive a little bit! 

Yeah, you can laugh again.

I could kind of tell he was stalling, looking back on it... But at the time, I really had no idea what was going on!

The funniest part of the story is how he kept pulling out his phone and texting... But he wouldn't do it in front of me. He'd stand up and hide it in his coat. Honestly, I was getting TICKED. I was ready to ask him to just take me home since he clearly didn't want to be with me. And was about ready to kick his assets. I later found out he was texting our friend telling him to get ready, though.

Low and behold, after a little while, we drove over to our friend's back yard and he shut off the snowmobile to "fix his helmet." I knew something was up at that point, but I just played it "cool." ;)

A few short minutes later, Christmas lights lit up by the shore that read... PROM? :-) It was insanely adorable, of course I said yes, and then we hung out there for a little bit talking!


After that, we rode around a while more and then he brought me home and hugged me goodnight!

I honestly didn't think anyone would ask me to prom, so it was super surprising and exciting to be asked by a good guy friend. :) Obviously memorable, too!

I've been smiling about it all week and can't wait to get a dress now! May 11th is too far away!

Group Giveaway on Songbirds and Buttons


I've been all about sponsoring some new blogs lately, so when I came across Kendall and her blog, I knew I wanted to be associated with her.

Lucky for you guys, because so many of us flocked to Kendall {because of her total sweetness}... There's an awesome Starbucks giftcard giveaway up for grabs from her  + her sponsors! I'm so happy to be one of them! 

Yay, right?! :-) Here's a tidbit from her...

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Hey there friends!

It's that time again - Giveaway time!

I feel so grateful to have such awesome sponsors this month and they've all pitched in to giveaway a Starbucks Gift Card! Because, who doesn't love themselves some coffee? Am I right?

Enter using the Rafflecopter below + show 'em some love!


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GOOD LUCK!

March 16, 2013

Randoms & Some Bloglovin' Business


Oh my goodness, was it a week!

I've worked everyday (except Thursday) since last Saturday and I'm working today. I am WIPED. It's been great fun, but I think I'll take my sleep instead of a 40 hour pay period + being a full time student. ;-)

I really don't have much to say today besides yes, I'm still alive... And I have a lot of awesome posts scheduled for this week! So, stay tuned... Ya know, bear with the craziness as always.

I got asked to prom last Friday... It was adorable and I'm totally going to post about it because I'm that girl. (Seriously. It was adorable.) That post will be live on Monday! ;-)

 I had a pretty lengthy doctor's appointment on Thursday... LOTS of updates to come on that... Plus, I only have 4 physical therapy visits left! Can you believe that?!

I'm getting confirmed tomorrow! It's exciting and I get an excuse to wear the cutest dress EVER... Which means I probably ought to shave.

Boo hoo.

I'm doing well, though. Smiling. Hanging tough. :-) Thank you so much for all of the love, you guys. There is no way you'll ever know just how much it means to me!

Now, because this post can't get anymore random... I just want to throw this one out there... This week, I heard they're shutting down Google Reader. I could CRY because I know that throughout all the transformation, I'm going to lose touch with a few people and that's exactly what I DON'T want. 

Therefore, if you're on Bloglovin', PLEASE leave the link to your blog (in the comments) so I can follow you. :-) 

While you're here, feel free to follow me, too! 

Follow on Bloglovin

Have a lovely Saturday, dearies! I'll be "back" Monday!

March 12, 2013

Too Cute! Tuesday - Week 3


Happy Tuesday and welcome to...


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{Too Cute!} Tuesday is a simple link up that will give us all something to saw "aww" about at the beginning of the week. :-) Share pictures of your adorable kids, show us the new pair of shoes you got, or maybe a new Pinterest project you tried! The possibilities are endless and the rules are easy peasy...

Rules:

1. Keep it family friendly!

2. Include a link back to this post in your blog post- along with the blog button- to help spread the word with your readers!

3. Not mandatory, but we'd love for you to show your support by subscribing to
Megan and I!

4. Have fun and meet some new blog friends!

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When I "met" my bloggy friend Chrissy, I knew it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. First of all, she's just an absolute doll. There's no way you can't love her!

Last week, she announced the opening of her NEW shop Let Me See You Sparkle!

I instantly fell in LOVE with the handmade hairties she sells because...

1.) They're made by her and she's the sweetest thing ever.

2.) They don't give me a headache like other ponytails do!

I picked out my two favorite sets...

Coffee With Cream
Mason Jar

And I just received them in the mail yesterday!

They. Are. Perfect. 

AND TOO CUTE!



March 08, 2013

Scentsy Review & Giveaway!


Eeep! It's Friday again! I'm looking forward to working this weekend {I'm cr-aaaaaa-zy, I know... But I do love my job!} :-)

Scentsy has kinda sorta taken over my life lately. I can't believe I've waited this long to see what all the hype was about! I got sent a warmer and a scent bar {that smells like peaches} and ever since... I've been HOOKED. I don't want to leave my bedroom because it smells SO good.

Plus, the warmer I chose is absolutely ADORABLE and perfect for spring! I am so in love!



Ashley, the WONDERFUL consultant I got the opportunity to work with, and I have worked to get a giveaway together for you, my loveys, and I can't wait to see who wins!

Please enter fairly, show Ashley lots of love for hosting, and Scentsy on! ;-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

March 07, 2013

To My Best Bloggy Friend/Long Lost Sister...



Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea... Where the heck shall I begin?

First of all, thank you. Thank you for being you. Your genuine, hilarious, encouraging, absolutely ridiculously beautiful self. Thank you. 

I never, ever thought I'd be the girl who made a true best friend in the blogging world... But BOY, have I ever been proved wrong! You are such a mentor to me and you are someone that I can talk to about everything... No matter how big or small, you are interested and you CARE.

I want you to always remember what you mean to me, pretty girl, and I'll remind you every single day if you need me to. You are simply amazing and I cannot thank God enough for you and what you have done in my life so far! It's crazy and absolutely BEAUTIFUL to think that so much more is to come.

I know how much you've loved vlogging lately, so I figured I'd put all this typing into actual words and vlog just for YOU! I hope this puts a smile on your face and somewhat compensates for the coffee date we aren't able to have. One day, I'm gonna give you the biggest hug ever. Mark my words. :-)


















I love you so much and hope your day is absolutely WONDERFUL in every single way! Keep an eye out for the {belated} gift that's coming in the mail. I'm a failure when it comes to shipping things on time. ;-)

March 06, 2013

Stop & Smell the Roses Vlog - March


I totally feel like I only posted my Stop and Smell the Roses vlog for February yesterday! How on earth can it possibly be March already?!

Nonetheless, it's that Wednesday of the month where I'm linking up with Mandy @ House of Rose for her monthly vlog link up where we talk about something we are thankful for or smiling about! 

I got a lot of comments/e-mails/tweets last time I vlogged and I just want to take a quick second to encourage you all to TRY IT! Check out Mandy's VLOGGING PAGE to learn more about it and how to get into it. It really isn't as scary as it seems and I want to hear your voices! :-)

I jumped up onto my soap box without even knowing it today. Sorry, y'all. Kudos to you if you make it through to the end. ;-)


We want to know what you're smiling about this month, so make sure to come link up with us! :-) 

Wishing you the happiest of Wednesday's!

Polka Dots, Stripes, Leopard Print... Oh My!


This week, I'm sharing outfits that incorporate my three favorite patterns! {I seriously have a sick obsession with polka dots...}

Excuse the crappy mirror pictures and shortage of outfits... It's just been one of "those" weeks. If I'm being totally honest, these are probably the only 3 days I was wearing something other than yoga pants or leggings. ;-) Bahaha.


Blazer // Target *on clearance right now!*
Necklace // Groopdealz
Tee // Kohl's
Jeans // American Eagle

Pinterest told me to mix the patterns and I'm totally digging it! ;-)
Scarf // Amazon
Chambray top // Target
Striped top // Old Navy
Jeans // American Eagle


Earrings // Forever 21
Necklace // Black Hills Gold
Top // Consignment
Jeans // Boutique

What are your favorite patterns?