Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Life Lately...

  
Well, it's been a while! Life has been crazy in every way possible. But a good kinda crazy, you know? The past couple months have been filled to the rim with family, friends, school, church/church events and extracurricular activities. On top of our exciting everyday life, it's Fall now, which makes everything even more exciting!!! What is your favorite season?
One of the many perks of being home schooled is that we can go on so many fun family field trips during the day. This particular day we were at a local farmstead that we go to each fall. (Don't worry, we didn't leave Madyson at home, she was taking the picture!;)
We met up with a family from our church at the farmstead. This is their daughter, Haley. She is such a bright and beautiful girl, with a heart bigger than anyone I've ever met before!!
I find the water pump amusing each time we go... it never gets old!!  ;)
 
Another day we decided to go out to lunch with the whole crew! Randy joined us for lunch before we went over to a sea aquarium!! The food there was so yummy!
Of course we had to pose for a picture with the lego statues before heading to the aquarium!! 
I just love this picture of Ava and I! It literally explains us! It was actually like a bubble that you sat in and it went up into the fish tank!! It was so cool!
Mom and I went to dinner one night with another girl and her mom! I just adore this girl right here! She always make me laugh!! We had some great conversations that night about school, life and Jesus! 
And of course mom and I had to have some coffee dates thrown in there too!!
Probably the best part of the last couple of months has been this. Back in June we started attending a church just down the road. We immediately fell in love with the church! We had been searching for a church that taught the truth and felt like a family. When we started coming to this church we knew that God had put us there for a reason! We actually became members in October! 

After becoming members of the church Katy and I decided to be baptized! Above, is a picture of us with our pastor just before being baptized!

 
The older kids in our family had the chance to go to our very first ever county fair with some friends!! It was definitely an experience! When we got there, around noon, we quickly found out that none of the events would be open until 6:00. Luckily, there were some 4H students who were showing their animals, so we watched that for a while! Then we all walked over to a little restaurant and had a late lunch!
We got to pet some horses while we were there too! 
Recently, I have found what I want to do for the rest of my life. Now, that may sound kind of silly, but you know that moment when you just know that something is for you.... well that was me about 2 months ago. 
I have decided that I would like to get my degree in Physical therapy and equestrian studies. I would like to open a horse ranch for riding and physical & mental therapy. Never in a million years would I have thought I would even be entertaining this idea, but I visited a ranch just like this and it was a light bulb moment. 
Lots of time spent with family! I am so lucky to have so many role models in my life! I am always learning from my family, even the littles!

I think it's time to sign off now and say goodbye!! 
Let me know in the comments what you have been up to lately! Also, if you'd like to say "hi" just post a comment down below, or shoot me an email! 
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Have a blessed week! Happy thanksgiving!!
 Blessings, Mackenzie Alexis XOXO




















Saturday, October 14, 2017

Are you a "meal" Christian or a "Harvest" Christian?


Since it's fall I thought I would talk about something that has to do with "harvesting!!"

Last night, I had the privilege to hear a guest pastor speak at our church. As he was preaching, everything he said really spoke to me. Here are some key notes that I enjoyed. 

* Follow Jesus NOT your preferences.
- Sometimes we can be so focused on being "fed" by a sermon that we can gear off of what we are really called to do. This is called being a "meal" Christian. 
- Get your eyes off of the "meal" and onto the mission. Get out of your comfort zone and serve, desciple others. 
- GO DO IT Get out and DO IT!!


* It's in the harvest, get to work. 
- As Christians, we are called to be fishers of men. Be a worker bee, and invest in others. 
- Harvesting is hard work. God never said it would be easy. 
-Serve in your community and reach out to those who don't know Jesus. 
-EVANGELIZE!!! Go out and share the gospel!!!!!
- If you don't know your purpose in life yet,...... now you do!! Your purpose in life is to share the gospel with others!! 



Those are just a few of my notes that I took last night, but it really spoke to me. I mean, how often do we as Christians think to our selves "I love Jesus and everyone else should too" but then don't go out and actually tell everyone about him. I sometimes think to my self, "oh, I wouldn't want that person to think I was 'weird."  But if God is so good, and powerful, then why do we feel this way? 

So the question is, Are you a "meal" Christian or a "harvest" Christian?

I challenge you all, myself included, to go out and tell at least one person each day about Jesus this week! Think about how many lives could be impacted??!!?? Wouldn't that be amazing?? 

Thanks for reading!! Comment below with questions or comments!!
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Thanks for reading, have a blessed week!!

Blessings,
Mackenzie Alexis XOXO


Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday Faves!

          I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite things from this past week. From                                                             music to food, or movies to activities!
                                                                    Here we go!

This movie right here......LOVE IT! All about a woman with a small bookstore and a man with a monstrosity of a bookstore. Passing each other everyday and at the same time holding conversations through an online chat room. Neither one of them know that the person they hate the most in person is really their online love.

This song is everything. It has been on my mind all week and I am almost always humming it!! "Behold our God, seated on his throne come let us adore him. Behold our king, nothing can compare, come let us adore him." 


We had this for dinner the other night. It is a family favorite and we make it all the time! They are called porcupines!
 RECIPE WILL GO UP ON MY FOODIE BLOG. (In the kitchen with Mackenzie Alexis)

It's a doosy but it is worth it!!!! I have been trying to do this every single morning and it only takes 5-10 minutes!! Helps me feel ready for my day!!

I had never worn BB cream before but I decide to buy some cheap from the store to see if I liked it and oh my..... It is the best thing ever because it is lightweight but still evens our skin tones!!! I wear this in a 810 and am IN LOVE!!

This verse is so inspiring. It is hard to do EVERYTHING in love. Sometimes we think "Well what if I do most things in love?" This verse reminds me that we must do all things in love. 

SO, there are some of my favorites from last week! Have you ever used/heard/watched any of the things I talked about and if so which was your favorite!!?? 

I hope you can find something on here that you'll love too!

As always, feel free to drop me an email or a comment down below!! Subscribe with your email to the side, so that you"ll get a notification when I post!!

Blessings,
Mackenzie Alexis XOXO






                 



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The importance of eating healthy.

Eating healthy can be hard, Trust me, I understand.  In my family we have pretty much always made from-scratch meals so it was always pretty easy to eat healthy.  But as I got older I was in charge of making my snack and I didn't always make the best choices.... And I still struggle with it.  Over the years I have gained a little more weight than I would have liked so, I have set a new goal for myself. 

Setting a goal whether you are trying to lose weight or just maintain where you are now is a good idea. My personal goal for my self this school year is cutting back on pastas and breads/rice. Now I'm not cutting them out completely, but if I have bread on a certain day it is one piece or a half of a piece. 

Eating healthy  isn't only for losing weight, it can help you have more energy. After eating a chick-fil-a sandwich I feel tired and gross. But after I eat vegetable soup with carrots,potatoes, turnips, tomatoes and zucchini I feel full of life and ready to finish up my day! Don't you?

Eating healthy can be fun too! Instead of eating a big ole bowl of mashed potatoes (which honestly sounds sooo yummy... BUT) you could eat some mashed cauliflower! Yummy! I love doing this and it taste very similar. I also LOVE eating my chicken alfredo sauce over broccoli instead of noodles! It is better for you and it is scrumptious! 

Eating healthy doesn't have to be impossible to achieve. It's all about trying new things and finding what you like! Lets go on a journey together to start eating better for our bodies! 

Well, Iv'e got to get a move on! Let me know in the comments what your favorite healthy food is!! 

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                                                              Mackenzie Alexis XOXO





Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SURPRISE!!

 Surprise surprise!! I am so thankful that I got the chance to quickly write a post today! I am having some quiet time and doing so extra school work so I thought I should post something!!! Ya'll, it is so much fun here at camp!! I have been so convicted on so many things already and it's only been 2 days! We have some of the best teachers here! 
Come back on Monday for some recaps and other fun things going on! 
See ya then! 

Blessings,
Mackenzie Alexis XOXO

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Happy Saturday!

As we go into the weekend I always go back and reflect on the week. This week was a busy one for us as we were  in the midst of packing, schooling, and of course just every day life. But as I remembered all of  the things we did this week I remembered that God was always in control of it. Event though this week was thoroughly enjoyed, it had its rough moments. A friend was severely hurt last week, disagreements happened, missed a wedding for a friend, but even through those not-so-great, unplanned moments God had his hand in ALL of it! We all celebrated the twins 5th birthday, first day of enrichment were Wednesday, a dear friend is getting married and so many other wonderful things happened this week. Most importantly, we are safe, we have a roof over our heads, we have beds and food to eat.  I just wanted to let ya'll know that even when it seems like life could only get better and not worse that God is with you. I pray that you have a blessed weekend!!

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                                                              Blessings,
                                                        Mackenzie Alexis

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fashion Series: Part 3.

Hey Hey girls!!! Today's post is about .........  MODESTY and how to obtain it!    As women we are called to dress for the Lord. We are called to represent him. How can we do that through our clothing but still wear what we like?

Sometimes it can be hard to dress modestly as less and less stores are providing any skirt below the knee and any top high enough. Here are some fun ways you can fix some of the clothing you already have to be a little more modest.

    #1. LAYERING!!!
Look how this girl layered her shirt. She put a cami underneath her tank to cover her shoulders and a little more of her chest! How cute!!  If you are looking to find a light weight but covering camisole I would recommend DOWN EAST BASICS!!! I have a couple myself and now I never wear tanks any more!! They are so awesome!!

#2. Finding a shop or store that only sells modest clothing! I know this can be really hard BUT I have you solution! One of my top recommendations would be LuLaRoe. It is comfy and super modest while still being in style and cute. My mom used to be a consultant and if you'd like some recommendations for some of my favorite other consultants  comment down below or leave an email!! Here are just some of their styles! They have a ton of super cute things!

#3. Learning to sew! This has been a life saver for me. Learning to sew has been awesome because now I can raise necklines, sew onto items and so much more! 
Thanks for reading!!  Also, I will not be posting next week because my family and I will be out of town! We are heading up to Iowa for a fun camp we go to every year! I will be back on the 19th! See ya'll then!!!!

Blessings,
Mackenzie Alexis XOXO




Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fashion series: Part 2



Hey girls! We are back to day to talk about "what goes and what doesn't." Your probably thinking to yourself right now, "what is she talking about?" Well, let me tell you. 

In fashion you have many factors, but today I want to show ya'll some tips and tricks to make each outfit you wear a success. Ultimately we are supposed to be representing God, so when we dress for him, no matter if it matches or not, we are still pleasing the Lord. 

#1. Pattern Mixing-  This has become a new trend and we see more and more people mixing patterns everyday. It can be hard to mix patterns without looking too crazy though. I have learned so much about this over the past year helping my mamma out with our clothing business and thought I could share some tips and tricks. 
Now this may seem a little cheesy but ya'll know what I'm talking about. ;) When pattern mixing, vintage floral and black & white stripes are a staple. Try sticking to the color scheme: don't try putting too many colors together, just stick with the ones you have.  When in doubt go black and white: if your not sure weather it goes or not, just pair it instead with some black and white stripes or polka dots! Stick to one crazy and one neutral: stripes and polka dots are a "neutral" when it comes to pattern mixing. Do't try to mix too many crazy prints, but instead just stick with a crazy and a neutral.

#2. Fitted on top and loose on bottom or fitted on bottom and loose on top. This is essential when picking out your outfits. You don't want to look revealing but you also don't want to look frumpy. Lets take a look at how we can accomplish this.
You see here that the lady on the left is wearing a very baggy/big shirt on top along with some pretty baggy pants. Then you see the lady on the right wearing a fitted top with a more flowy skirt. Which do you prefer? I prefer the right one because it flatters her body more and gives her more shape.  Now, you could also do the opposite of this. Take a pencil skirt  and put it with a flowy top. 

#3.  Color coordinating. This can be hard but I have a few simple trick to make this a tiny bit easier for next time your picking and outfit and not sure if the colors go.
Which one is better? We don't want to look like clowns so we must find a happy medium for all of you color lovers out there! Try pairing a bright top with a skirt with more muted colors. Or vise versa. Or you could try pairing a neon with a black or grey. Like I said earlier, try picking one item with a couple of colors and stick to those colors for that outfit instead of adding 3 more bright colors. ;) ;)

I hope ya'll enjoyed today's post. I hope you could learn something from it. Comment down below with thoughts, questions and ideas or just to say "hi"!! Check back in tomorrow for part 3 of our fashion series. And as always, if you'd like, subscribe over to the side with your email to get a notification whenever a pot goes up! 
Blessings, 
Mackenzie Alexis XOXO







Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Update on fashion series part 2.


 
Hey guys!! I wanted to write tonight super duper quickly about why I didn't get to post today. I am so sorry! My computer (the device I blog on) was acting up and it's internet wasn't working! Luckily, I got it to work again with the help from my amazing sister, Katy! Thanks girl! SO, I will be continuing with the fashion series tomorrow! We will still have a post on Friday, but also one on Thursday!
Thanks for understanding!
See ya tomorrow! :)

Blessings,
Mackenzie Alexis

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fashion series part 1

Hey girls! Today I wanted to start my 3 part series about fashion! Throughout the week (today,Wednesday and Friday) I will be posting 3 main parts of fashion. Today I wanted to talk about finding what looks best on you! 

Everyone knows that finding what looks good on themselves can sometimes be a pain! Not everyone looks good in the same colors or styles. I know that in the past I have wanted to wear certain things that just don't look as good on me as they do other girls.  Everyone has a different shape and different skin tones. So, this brings me to the topic of....... color seasons!!!!! 

I absolutely love this topic! A few years ago I had no idea what color seasons were or that they even existed! Just last year I had the chance to sit down with some dear friends at a camp we go to and talk about finding what looks best on you! They were so helpful with helping me find my color season and giving me some tips and tricks to find clothing that not only do I like, but also that flatters my body style! 

First off, there are 4 color seasons. Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.  Each season has different colors in them. We'll talk about fall first! 

Fall colors are usually darker colors.
These are all fall colors. Aren't they beautiful? Often times, if you have a darker skin complexion, or an olive skin complexion you will be in the fall color season. If you have an olive complexion and dark brow/black hair you probably fit in right here!. 

Next season is Winter!
These Winter colors just scream B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.!!! When I was researching color seasons, I found that people with dark brow/black hair with lighter skin and either grey, blue, violet, emerald green, black or brown eyes tend to be in the Winter color season. Often times there is a high contrast between your hair color, skin tone, and eye color. 

Then there is Spring! This is actually my season!!
Before anything let me say, if you are a red head with pale skin, like me, reading this, THIS IS YOUR SEASON! Most of the time if you are a Spring, you have lighter hair, light blue, green or grey eyes.  We look best in lighter muted tones. Blues, lavenders, pinks, and corals.

Last but not least we have Summer colors!
If you are in this season, you have light hair. ie. light brown / blonde. You probably have a little bit lighter skin, green, or blue eyes and darker eyebrows. This is very close to spring but slightly different.  You look best in softer colors or bright colors!

Now that we have talked about seasons I hope that you can figure out what season you belong to! There is one more aspect to finding what looks best on you and that is BODY SHAPE!! We all come in different body shapes and sizes, and girl, when I say different I mean like 5 million different shapes! This is why it can be hard to find clothing that not only looks good on you but also covers you where it needs to. 

As a plus size girl,  I have had to learn that I can't wear the same things as some of my fiends. I need a higher top to cover my chest, I also need something that has a higher waist line. Over the years, with help from my amazing Mamma, I have learned a little more about this. 

Here are some common body shapes.

Now, I am not a body shape expert but what I have done in the past is probably the easiest! Trial and error! That's right! Go to a store and grab a bunch of items that you like and simply just try them on! You will learn what does and doesn't look good on you! My 2nd tip is to bring someone with you that you trust! Someone who will tell you the cold hard truth! For me that would be my mom, or my sisters! It could be a friend or even a brother! I know people who take their brothers because they will tell their sisters if it looks good and if it covers enough! Most of all though, wear what makes you feel comfortable! 

I hope ya'll learned something new today about fashion and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop a comment down below! Comment down below with what color season you are! 

As always, feel free to subscribe over to the side so that you can get an email anytime a new post goes up!! Happy Labor Day!!!

Love,
Mackenzie Alexis XOXO

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Beckham and Hudson's 5th Birthday!!

My heart! Now, I usually don't post on weekends but I am today because today we celebrate 5 years of life for my twin brothers!  I can't tell ya'll how much I love these two! Some of my favorite memories have been made with them. I can't imagine my life without them.  But what I can tell you is that these two boys right here are the most helpful, smiley, loving boys I have EVER met. It seems like just yesterday we were driving to North Carolina to adopt them! 
Today started out with a breakfast of yummy donuts and vanilla steamers at our local donut shop!
The boys requested jelly donuts!
Then we went over to Academy Sports to get their new bicycles!!
(this is a throw back to when I was holding a Beckham when he was only 4 days old)
After coming home and having lunch, Ava and I went out to the yard and started with some simple (but tiring) maintenance. Pulling multiple weeds, taking down old play sets, sweeping and washing patios were all on our list today! The boys are having a fun water party tomorrow in the back yard and so some extra work needed our attendance. ;)
After all work was done we came in for a yummy dinner of fettuccine and alfredo with chicken and broccoli! The boys requested this as a special birthday dinner.
(love this picture of Hudson and I on an Easter egg hunt last April)

I love my brothers sooo sooo much and wouldn't trade them for ANYTHING. Happy Birthday to my favorite twin boys!
Love you HuddyBuddy and BeckaBoo! 


As always, I'd love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or shoot me an email! I got a little behind with my posting about saving our hearts for marriage but it is in progress! It is a very important topic that God has recently laid on my heart! Make sure to come back on Monday  to see part 1 of the fashion series!!

Blessings, 
Mackenzie Alexis XOXO