Travel

A Week in Seattle + The Last Goodbye

Ken and I hadn’t seen each other since March. We celebrated our four-year anniversary together during my spring break, and then thanks to my summer job and final semester of college, we did eight straight months of long distance. When it turned out he had a conference in Seattle this weekend, we decided to splurge and fly me out to see him. We’ve spent the last week in Seattle together, happy and in love!

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Crafts

Peg Doll Nativity: A Christmas Craft Tutorial

A few months ago, I spotted a peg doll nativity set on Pinterest. Peg dolls are simple wooden dolls that can be painted or etched to create sets for children to play with, or simply to display. In recent years, they’ve become increasingly popular in Christian circles for Nativity or Easter sets. Once I saw the set online, I knew I simply had to make my own. It took me a few days and several bottles of inexpensive acrylic paint to do, but I am so, so happy with the results!

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Life

Gift Ideas for Guys: What to Get Your Boyfriend for Christmas

Hey friends! The holidays are just around the corner, and that means that many of us are looking for gifts to get our friends, family, and significant others. I know that I always try to get the perfect gift, and especially when it comes to shopping for guys, I have a hard time coming up with things that are fun, thoughtful, and useful. That’s why today, I’m partnering up with my boyfriend Ken to bring you this list of gift ideas for guys!

Ken and I went through some of his favorite gifts I’ve given him, and added a few gift ideas for guys that we think will go over well! We hope you love these suggestions! Let me know in the comments what you’re getting your boyfriend for Christmas!

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Life

Best Friend Goals: 19 Ways to Make Your Friends Feel Special

People talk about best friend goals all the time, but I really feel like I hit the jackpot. There are few things that I love more in life than my friends. Through the best and worst of times they have always been at my side, whether traveling across the world to see me, writing me cards and letters on tough days, or just being there for a cup of tea and a hug. In turn, I do my best to be a good friend to them by making them feel special and loved. Today, I’m sharing a list of ways you can make your friends feel special! Be sure to read below, and leave a comment letting me know what you do to help your friends feel appreciated.

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Issues

We’re With You // Love and Liefs

Dear Shannon,

I’ve been struggling to write this post because I’m struggling to find the words to sum up the last few days. Readers may know that we both attend Wellesley College, which is Hillary Clinton’s alma mater. We both were looking forward to this election, and we were both hoping (and praying) for a different outcome than the one ultimately that happened. Since the election of the new President on Tuesday, America has been swept up in a series of hate crimes, including one on Wellesley’s own campus, in which two white men jeered outside the house for students of African descent and spit on a person of color.

We are hurting. We are grieving. We are afraid.

What do I have to say about this election? As a woman, what do I have to say about a president-elect who brags about sexual assault? As an immigrant who loves this country and chose to make it her home, what do I have to say about a man who wants to push out those seeking refuge? As a Christian, what do I have to say about a person who regularly lies, who mocks the disabled, who appeals to fear and anger, who seems to care more about being great or successful than being good?

I have no words. So, in the absence of speaking, I am trying to do.

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