Monday, December 19, 2011

Remembering Haiti

Last night at my church we had a homemade soup and bread social, gotta love the Baptists and their food!  The night was dedicated to Haiti and the members of our church that went there for a week over Thanksgiving break. They all shared about their experiences and it was incredibly moving. I am hoping to get myself out there either this March or this summer, depending on my school schedule. I have felt lead to go there on a mission trip through my church for at least a year now. I am just trusting God to make it possible and to open up the way for me if He desires it. 

The necklace you see below is a gift that was given to me and it was made by a Haitian out of the ruins from the devastating earthquake that struck not too long ago. Every time I wear it I am going to remember how blessed I am to have everything that I don't deserve. The ministry that my church goes to Haiti with is called Brent Gambrell Ministries. If you are interested more in this ministry and what they do, here's the link!

One thing that Brent (the founder) emphasizes is that, we are not going to give the beggars mentality. We are there to teach not to just build and give. It is important to teach them how to do it themselves. It's like the saying, "Teach a man how to fish and he can live forever."

I know around this time of year everyone is worried about getting their Christmas shopping done and it's all based on presents and buying and etc. I want to encourage you all to remember what CHRISTmas is truly about. The birth of Jesus Christ and the never-ending love He has for every single person on the planet. Presents won't last forever, build relationships with your family and friend and give to the less fortunate. That is was my aim is going to try to be this Christmas and every Christmas to come. Have a wonderful Monday my loves. Can't wait to tell you all about the Christmas party I'm planning and all the details it entails. 

Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Very Exiting Purchase!

Okay Ladies are you ready?!
 I got this pair of Miss Me Jeans yesterday for.................. $45!!! Normally they were $99, but all the Miss Me Jeans were 25% off yesterday at Macy's plus with the other coupons my mom had we got them for a such this very exciting price.  I could go on more about the story but it is my moms birthday today and I need to go give her her present, get showered and ready, and then take her to Starbucks! 

Hope you all have a lovely Thursday! I have one massage today and then I will either be going out to dinner with my family and another family for dinner, or hanging out with Vince. xox

Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I think I have found my Christmas dress!! And... it is not from the list I showed you all before... I'm so sorry. If you didn't get a chance to read the post about my original Christmas dress ideas, you can here if you would like! I am also sorry that I don't have a picture of the dress I have in mind right here for you to see, but here is a link and you can look at it to let me know what you think. This dress is perfect for me and is exactly what I'm looking for. I'll be going out shopping in the next few days or so since this semester is finally over with!! Can I get a huge AMEN?

Click here to see the dress! (in cream color)

Side note:
Today is my boyfriend Vince and I's anniversary! It has been 1 year and 5 months and we both couldn't be happier or more in love:) 
Also, it is exactly 1 month away from my birthday!! 

Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT

Monday, December 12, 2011

Favorite Song of The Week!

Put Your Records On, by Corinne Bailey Rae

I wanted to share this song with you all because I can't get enough of it. I have a new favorite song just about every week or two, because I basically love every genre of music! I hope this song makes you happy and smile because that's exactly what it does for me.

I am going to be studying Buddhism and The Nervous System of the human body the rest of the day because I have my 2 last finals tomorrow and then I'm done with my first semester of college (except for 1 online final on Wed. but I don't really count that one since I can do it at mi casa)!! I'm still fighting off a cold and it's rainy outside which is actually great because it makes it easier for me to stay inside and focus. Have a wonderful Monday my lovelies!

Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Get In Shape In Only 8 Weeks!

I saw this routine on Pinterest and decided to go for it! This is originally from (giving credit where credit is due). It is the perfect way to build up my running strength and cardio again! Which is something I have been wanting to do ever since Track and Field in.... high school.... sad I know. Today was the first day I did it and I feel great. Even though I am getting a cold, I am not letting sickness get in my way! Plus I have been drinking a nasty concoction that consists of tea, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and  honey. It's extremely gross but works wonders I promise! If you want to know more about it, just shoot me a quick email I would be more than happy to share the love, and some other ways to help fight off a cold as well. 

Okay so here's the routine:

  • Week 1: Run one minute. Walk 90 seconds. Repeat eight times. Do three times a week. 
  • Week 2: Run two minutes. Walk one minute. Repeat seven times. Do three times a week. 
  • Week 3: Run three minutes. Walk one minute. Repeat six times. Do three times a week. 
  • Week 4: Run five minutes. Walk two minutes. Repeat four times. Do three times a week. 
  • Week 5: Run eight minutes. Walk two minutes. Repeat three times. Do three times a week.
  •  Week 6: Run twelve minutes. Walk one minute. Repeat three times. Do three times a week. 
  • Week 7: Run fifteen minutes. Walk one minute. Run fifteen minutes. Do three times a week. 
  • Week 8: Run thirty --This works great!

I hope this is something you all will be willing to try if you aren't in the best shape because it is the perfect way to slowly build yourself up again and begin a healthier life style. And always remember, just because someone is skinny, does not mean they are in shape! That is something I always try to remember. 
Let me know if you try it! 

Have a wonderful Saturday lovelies ;)

Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT

Friday, December 9, 2011

Brag About a Product Friday!

Today I will be "bragging" about a product I definitely cannot live without!

The Hydrating Cleanser & Freshener Face Wash from ARBONNE
with fresh strawberry cell extracts and Moisture Fresh Complex
This is a moisture-enriched facial cleanser. It freshens skin to help keep it looking more youthful and revitalized! 
Here are some key ingredients that I love seeing on a product because I actually know what they mean, amen!:

  • fresh strawberry cells
  • Moisture Fresh Complex of cucumber 
  • birch leaf
  • clover blossom
  • rose geranium botanical plant
  • lemon verbena botanical plant
  • golden jojoba oil
  • shea butter
  • Vitamins A,C and E 
If you are interested in this product and the package of other amazing products that tie together with it, please click here! I promise you will not regret it. All of the Arbonne products I have purchased have been well worth the money. I use this face wash every morning and it always leaves my skin feeling healthy and fresh! And who doesn't want that? I also use many other Arbonne products but you'll have to check in another Friday to hear all about them ;)

Have an amazing Friday my darlings! I would love to hear what plans are in store for you! I will be spending my Friday..... working and studying. Finals are THIS WEEK and I am not prepared at all! I'm planning on mozzying down to good ole' Starbucks later today with my lappytop sipping on a hot drink, and studying my booty off. 

Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Dress Ideas

Okay ladies I need some help! Here are some dresses that have caught my eye for a Christmas dress to wear this year to an annual Christmas Party my 3 best girlfriends and I put on every year! I would LOVE to hear your opinions and thoughts about these dresses and which one is your favorite! I am going to go out shopping this weekend or next, and hopefully find the perfect dress and post about it afterwards.  Also, you will see I have mostly picked black dresses. I don't know why but this year I am leaning more towards classiness rather than BAM this is a Christmas dress! I would dress the more simple black dresses with fun accessories of course though ;)

Dress #1

Dress #2

Dress #3

Dress #4

Dress #5

 Can't wait to read what you all think! 

Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Apologizing in Advance

Hello lovelies!

I just wanted to write up a quick post explaining why I won't have many new exciting posts the rest of this week and next. I am a full time college student and finals are... next week! I have a crazy amount of studying and work to do in order to be fully prepared to pass all my finals. I am so so sorry especially to my new followers! I promise I will have some wonderful posts in the near future whenever I am blessed with some down time. Words cannot express how ready I am for winter break! Can I get an amen? 

Here is a visualization of what I will look like the rest of this week and next: Studying in my bed with coffee in hand, as Serena from Gossip Girl beautifully models for you!

 I would love to hear some tips of how to stay motivated or focused while studying. If you have any, please do share!

Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT

Sunday, December 4, 2011

An Emotional Purchase and Surprise!

I saw this purse at Target the other day and literally screamed. Yes, this was the emotional purchase... it was around $27 including tax and I probably shouldn't be spending my money on myself right now, it should be spent on Christmas presents! However, this was one of those times I couldn't bare to say no to myself. I had to buy it because I knew if I didn't, I would regret it....forever. I walked out of Target confident in my purchase and grinning from ear to ear! My mom could do nothing but giggle at me bouncing out of the store, but I didn't care, I was now the proud owner of a sparkly beautiful purse ;) 
I will be posting about my first outfit with this fabulous baby sometime soon! 

I would love to hear a story about a purchase that you couldn't bare to say no to!

Now for the "surprise"

This incredible bouquet of roses was given to be yesterday from my amazing boyfriend Vince. I had been studying all day and stressing about a huge test I have tomorrow (prayers please), and he surprised me by bringing me this breath taking arrangement of roses. They smell so sweet:) My dad said, "he better slow it down, he's starting to make me look bad!" haha I love my dad. Vince always makes me smile or laugh and feel 100% better whenever I need it. I thank God everyday for the wonderful man he has blessed me with.

Now for the rest of my day, it will be spent studying the whole nervous system of the human body because I have a practical test in my Bio lab tomorrow and need at least a 95%... Lord help me. I hope you all have an wonderful Monday and jump start your week in a good way!

Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT

Friday, December 2, 2011

Time to Get my Brag on

Okay, so I have officially decided that Fridays are going to be my "Brag About a Product" day. Each Friday I will tell you all about a product that I cannot live without. I hope you enjoy!

Todays product is Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Time Restore Q10 Satin Spray Conditioner. What a mouth full right? This product is something I use every single day. I spray it in my hair when it's still damp after I shower and it keeps the frizz down and the silkiness at its best! I always spray more heavily on the tips of my hair because if you spray it directly on the roots, your hair will get greasier much faster. And let's be real, no one likes greasy hair! Click here if you are interested in giving this product a whirl. I highly recommend it! I have been using it for about 6 months now and I don't think I could live without it. It's a keeper ladies, I promise!

I hope you all enjoyed my first "Brag about a Product" day! Today is finally Friday.... whoop whoop! Enjoy it lovelies:) 

Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hello December, I love you.

I welcome you with open arms this year.

I woke up this morning to the sound of rain, and where I live that is a sound you don't take for granted! What a perfect way to start out this magical month.

I would have to say December is one of my favorite months for sure! I love the feeling when you walk into a store and the Christmas decorations are everywhere. I love driving around at night admiring all the Christmas lights, and noticing that every night more and more get put up. I love Christmas shopping and thinking of new creative ways to make my gifts or what to wrap them in. I love being able to wear a coat! I love listening to Christmas music without getting made fun of. I may or may not listen to it all year round... I love visiting my cabin and playing in the snow. I love the toasty feeling of my home with candles lit and the Christmas tree decorated and shining its beautiful lights.

There are a million other reasons why I love December but it would be way too long of a post and you all would probably spend your whole day reading it be bored!

Here are a few of my favorite bits from last December:

 My family cutting down our Christmas tree for our cabin! So sorry about my terrible attire... it was freezing and I mean really who needs to dress up while cutting down a Christmas tree? Let's be real ladies. 

Morgan (who you may recognize from big grins make laugh lines) Rachel, McKenna, and I. They are my 3 best friends who I have been friends with my whole life and I adore them! This is a picture of us last December at our annual Christmas party! I can't wait to tell you all about what we are planning for this year. 

My boyfriend Vince and I snowboarding.

I want to know what your favorite part about December is, and why you love it? Or maybe don't?

Hope you had a beautiful first day of December my lovelies!

Love Always, 

Samantha, LMT
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