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!! 

                                          As always, feel free to subscribe! See ya'll later! 
                                                              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!!

If you'd like to talk or say "hi" leave a comment below or shoot me an email! Or, as always, subscribe to my blog if you'd like! See on the 18th!

                                                              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







Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lake Trip Recap!

                Last Saturday Katy and I had the opportunity to go to the lake with our youth group!
A nice family from our church invited the entire youth group over for a fun swim day!  We swam, had a nice cookout and sang worship songs!
Above is a picture of our good friend Lena, Katy and I. We had so much fun swimming in the lake! Believe it or not, Katy and I had never been swimming in a natural lake before! :)
The family had kayaks, paddle boards, water bikes, floaties, and inflatable floating islands! 
This was the nice father who invited us all over for that day! Here he is driving his pontoon with all of us on it! It was so much fun riding out into the lake! Such beautiful sights to see out there.
My friend Selah and I on the pontoon. We decided we needed to take a silly picture.... soooo here it is. ( Yeah I know, we need to work on our silly pictures) ;)
After swimming for about 4 hours we took a break to eat dinner! Yummy hot dogs and macaroni and cheese were made served along with chips, cookies and soda! I think they spoiled us a bit!
Isn't this just beautiful?  This was taken right after dinner on our final pontoon ride. The sunset was just so amazing that night!  We all sat on the pontoon singing songs, laughing and reminiscing about the wonderful day we had. 

We had so much fun with our youth group, growing closer to each other through fellowship, worship and games! 

Hope you enjoyed this post! Check in tomorrow for a new post about saving our hearts for marriage! As always, feel free to leave a comment below or just shoot me an email if you'd like to talk! Also, if you'd like, subscribe to my blog by entering your email to the right to receive an email every time a new post goes out! 
Blessings, 
Mackenzie Alexis XOXO






Wednesday, August 30, 2017

6 Reasons Why I Love My Siblings So Much

 
As I was thinking about what to post today one thing kept coming back to me. My siblings. Oh, how I love them.  We are probably the craziest group of people you will ever meet. I really felt that I need to post about them today to encourage you to take time to connect with your siblings.  Take time to sit down with each of your siblings and just talk. Take time to do things together that you both enjoy.  Trust me, it pays off. Nothing is better than having a close relationship with them.
Because I have 6 siblings I want to quickly write 6 reasons why they are a treasure to me.  6 reasons why no matter how many friends I have, they will always be my BEST friends. 

1. They are the only people who can not only handle my craziness but also somehow manage to be just as crazy with me.  Each and every one of my siblings handles my craziness and silliness.  They put up with me when anyone outside of the family would probably not. 
2. They are always up for talking.  Weather it is 8:00 am or 12:00 pm if I just need to talk to someone they are always there. Crying, laughing, panicking, planning, or just talking out loud they are always there to listen.
3.They give the BEST advice. But seriously. Sisters will tell you the truth. "Yes, that looks good". Or "no, that looks bad". "Do this instead of this and it might help". Even though sometimes I take it as them being "bossy" I know that they are looking out for me and giving me the best advice ever!
4. Their faith! They all have hearts for Jesus. I am so  happy that I have siblings who ALL love Jesus. I love that we can all push each other to be better Christians and walk with each other in our faith. It definitely brings us closer!
5. We can have the best parties together.  Where ever we are, whatever we are doing, it doesn't matter. We make everyday one big party!! They are the most fun, silly, hilarious human beings ever!

6. They have the biggest hearts! We would do anything for each other.  We love each other  more than anything. My siblings are some of my favorite things about life.
I am so blessed to have such AMAZING siblings!! They truly are a treasure! If you have siblings count yourself blessed! Siblings are your TRUE best friends from God! I have always been really close to my siblings because of my amazing mother always teaching us to treat our siblings BETTER than we would treat our friends. When I was younger I didn't understand that. I am still working on getting even closer with my siblings and definitely don't have it all figured out! Every day I wake up with a fresh start and become even closer to them from all of the memories we make together. I encourage anyone with siblings to have some one on one time with each of their siblings. 
Comment down below what your favorite things to do with your siblings are and how many siblings you have! Also, comment down below what you'd like to read about next! 
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Blessings,
Mackenzie Alexis XOXOXO



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

First Blog post!!

Hey friends! I cannot believe that I am sitting here writing my first blog post. EEK!!! For years now I have wanted to start up a blog about life, fashion, sisterhood, faith and so much more! My mom has multiple blogs and I have always dreamed about having one of my own. So, when my mom sat me down with my computer and started helping me come up with names for my own blog you can imagine the excitement rushing through me!
           A little bit about me would be that I was adopted when I was 6 years old into an amazing family!! I began in dance and theater almost instantly! Theater, dance and singing are some of my most favorite hobbies! I am also very big into fashion, hair, makeup etc. I am a sister to many, and a daughter to my amazing mother. But most of all, I live to serve HIM, Jesus Christ!
          Check in every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a new post! If you'd like, follow my blog so that you can get an email when ever a new post goes out!  Also, feel free to comment down below with some new post ideas and what you would like to see me post about next!
                       
                            With love,
                                   Mackenzie Alexis XOXO