Thorns and Roses






The weather here has been sooooo beautiful! It’s been gradually getting warmer each week and the grass is growing faster than we can mow it. And I am loving it! I’ve been noticing a lot lately about how picture perfect we can make our lives look. With all the social media at our finger tips it becomes quite easy to fool our friends and family into believing our life has no hiccups. But if we are honest with ourselves, our lives are no where near picture perfect. Often times after a photo shoot I  drop the images into photoshop and touch up the imperfections. We try to photoshop our lives to look picture perfect via social media. But I ask myself, why? Why do we feel the need to hide our flaws, and imperfections. Imagine a world where we are encouraged by others imperfections. instead of tearing them down, and creating insecurities. My husband is the best, when I came home from a business trip the other week he had a fresh bouquet of roses in a vase on the table. As I trimmed the beautiful roses I pricked my finger, which often happens when I deal with thorns. Roses always have thorns, it’s part of what makes them beautiful. Would we stop buying roses just because they have thorns? On Valentine’s Day an average of 250 million roses are sold, and all those beautiful roses come with their own thorns. Our imperfections are what makes us beautiful. We shouldn’t feel the need to photoshop our lives. So I encourage you today let your thorns show, no one likes to be around someone who thinks they are perfect. Don’t be that someone. Everyone has a different story, and different thorns. Embrace your life today thorns and all because it’s beautiful.



Better Life Bags




Every girl deserves to feel beautiful, I think everyone would agree to that. And one way to feel beautiful and confident is to carry a fabulous bag! So let me introduce you to Better Life Bags. If you’ve been following me on Snapchat (@thecowboyandi) and Instagram (@thecowboyandi) you may have noticed me talking a lot about Better Life Bags. That’s because I’m %100 sold on their products and their mission. You see Rebecca Smith the owner created this amazing company out of her own home. Her story is amazing but it’s way better when she tells it so check out this video!

I’m sure now you can see why I’m in love. I was able to work with Rebecca, her team, and her products and it has only made me want to purchase even more of their bags and accessories! Ladies I’m telling you, they really are amazing. In April I was gone on a business trip and carried my Harper Better Life Bag with all my camera equipment, jackets, makeup, and other random objects. We walked 10-20 miles a day for a week and a half. You can say this backpack was truly put to the test. The straps on my shoulders never once felt like they were cutting into my skin and I honestly felt like the weight of this backpack was distributed evenly so it never felt too heavy. Not to mention my favorite features like the phone pocket on the back which was super easy to access and the three pockets on the inside large enough to actually hold things without items falling out into the bag. Besides the Harper I’ve also fallen in love with the Beverly Better Life Bag! A perfect every day purse I would say. I love the two deep outside pockets perfect for storing your phone and other items. But my favorite part is that my Vera Bradley planner (aka my life) fits PERFECTLY inside. This is a must for my day to day to purse so I love that the Beverly is up to par. Oh and obviously the fabric and endless combinations are fabulous! That’s right I almost forgot to mention you can custom make your own Better Life Bag which is incredibly cool!

So what are you waiting for! Go check them out!



**This post was not sponsored by Better Life Bags, all opinions expressed are my own.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

 Happy Mother’s Day to the best Mom a girl could possibly ask for! 







Dear Mom,

Even though we live 577.1 miles away from each other which is an 8 hour and 25 minute drive you are still my best friend. No distance will ever stop that! Heck even cancer couldn’t tear us apart, because you taught me to build relationship strong and I think our relationship is the strongest of them all. Thank you for being the best Mom a girl could every ask for. I know every girl thinks her Mom is the best, but that simply cannot be true… Thank you for teaching me some important lessons like the following:

How to brush my hair out so it doesn’t look stringy.

How do clean and do laundry.

How to love.

 How to listen.

To treat others how I would want to be treated.

To take care of myself and buy good makeup.

How to laugh.

 To be respectful.

 How to take photos, and capture memories.

Obviously these are not all the amazing lessons you taught me, but if I listed them all I think my fingers would cramp up…

Thank you for your unconditional love and advice. One of these days I pray I can become a Mom half as good as you are. You are impacting more people than you will ever realize, and I know God has some amazing things planned for you. Thank you for always being YOU! Words will never be able to express how much I love and miss. Whenever you’re feeling down, or alone remember how much you mean to me and how much I love you!

So happy Mother’s Day to the greatest Mom a girl could ask for! Love,

Forever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever YOUR FAVORITE DAUGHTER



A Lesson in God’s Timing




Life is a compilation of seasons. And in this season of my life God is teaching me the power in HIS timing. So often in our microwave lifestyles we want things to happen in the snap of a finger. But God’s timing isn’t like that. In fact if I had to choose a household appliance to relate to God’s timing I would have to choose the crockpot. Anyone who has cooked with a crockpot knows it’s a beautiful appliance. You can simply throw a bunch of yummy ingredients together put it on “high” or “low” and come back in 9 hours and a delicious fulfilling meal is awaiting you. A meal that would taste awful if you tried to cook it in the microwave and rush that long cooking process. As humans we often try to rush God’s cooking process. And unfortunately when we rush into things without waiting on his timing the situation tends to taste awful. In this season of my life I find that God is teaching me every day to trust in His timing, without questioning. This can be extremely frustrating. Because like I mentioned before we live in a world that wants everything NOW. It takes constant prayer (1st Thessalonians 5:17) and stillness (Psalm 46:10) throughout my day. But I know this, NOTHING is better than God’s timing. He has already created a time and a place and a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). This means I don’t have to let stress, entertain anxiety, and let perfection rule my day. I don’t need to know what the future holds because I know the one who holds my future! Isn’t that such a relief!?



Spring Blooms





This Easter my sweet Easter Bunny (aka the cowboy) brought home this beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers! As most of you know fresh flowers is one of my favorite things. Flowers are simple, beautiful, and colorful! Resurrection Sunday was gloomy and cold this year, but that didn’t stop us from remembering the true reason for Easter. I can’t help but feel like God created spring and the resurrection of Christ to co-inside on purpose. Everything comes to life in the spring time, the grass turns green, the trees grow leaves, and flowers begin to show their color and bloom. Life begins again, just like Christ rising from the dead. Too deep? Maybe so, but it’s a sweet reminder for me. The cowboy and I have been crazy busy lately with work, church, and family. But I have found time to redo a piece of furniture to add to our homestead. Sneak peeks can be found on Instagram and snapchat (@thecowboyandi). I can’t wait to show you before and after photos once it’s done!

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