Duck feather and herbs review

Natural apothecary is quickly becoming very popular. Let’s ditch the over-processed, chemical-filled pharmaceutical medicines, and instead fill our cabinets with local, natural medicinal herbs.

A company that I have recently been loving is called Duck Feather Herbs, based in the quirky city of Portland, Oregon. They sell their hand crafted tinctures and teas on Etsy, and each product is made with love. They were kind enough to send me several items to try out, so here I am today commin’ atcha with my full review.

Sleeping Beauty tea-

This soothing substance is sure to calm anyone’s nerves. With hints of chamomile and lavender, this loose leaf tea is the perfect beverage to sip on before bedtime.

Good belly tincture-

Looking for a natural remedy for an unsettled stomach? This tincture is a great medicinal herb that soothes even the gnarliest aches. Just put a few drops into your favorite tea, sit back, and let your tummy be soothed. img_2817

Have a good rest tincture-

One of my favorites. Just drop a few drops into the Sleeping beauty teaor another one that I love; vanilla Sleepytime before bed, and rest easily with sweet dreams. With hues of chamomile and lavender it is sure to have you sound asleep in no time.

Healing Head tincture-

I get so many headaches, so man, any relief is great for me! Interlaced with feverfew, skullcap, lemon balm and peppermint, this tincture is the perfect cure for those nagging headaches and will leave you feeling refreshed for whatever the world might throw at you.

What are your thoughts on natural apothecary? I’d love to know. Thank you for reading, have a wonderful day, Madeline.

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Recipe// Mid-Sunday Treat

 Happy Sunday!

Today has been a great day, I was able to finish my chores around the house, get in an exercise and make this flippin’ delicious post-workout treat! 

Want to know how to make this customizable “acai bowl”? 

Here’s how…

What you’ll need:

  • A handful of spinach or kale
  • 1 cup of frozen berries (I chose a cherry mixture)
  • Half of a frozen banana 
  • A few splashes of almond milk (enough to make it blendable, but we still want it to be thick)

Simply put all of those ingredients into your blender, and blend until creamy and thick, almost like soft serve. 

Next, put the smoothie mixture into a bowl and top with your favorite things! I used strawberries, hazelnuts, pecans, gluten free granola, chia seeds and a couple spoonfuls of almond butter. 

Finally, arrange it to be Instagram-worthy, snap a few pics, and enjoy! Let me tell you, this was delicious and full of antioxidants, fiber and nutrients that are perfect fuel for the body, especially after a strenuous workout.   
 
I hope you enjoyed this quick, easy and healthy recipe! If you try it out please send me a picture on my Twitter @mangopapaya27 or my Instagram @moody.madeline❤️ 

Love all. Love Madeline. Xoxo. 

Get Healthy with me! + Exclusive Discounts

Dear friends,

I’m here to offer you a proposition… Let’s get healthy together!

As you may know (if you’ve been following my journey), I have completely transformed my diet. Yes, I have been gluten, dairy and sugar-free for over three weeks now. And I am over-the-moon, completely loving my new lifestyle change. If you missed my initial spiel about healthier eating, you can read it here.

I want to encourage anyone and everyone, no matter how young, old, healthy or unhealthy your current lifestyle, to join me in my clean journey! I wish for everyone to feel the energy, fulfillment and overall well-being that I have experienced when I eat like this. I don’t want you to feel discouraged, or stressed out because the thought of changing your diet is such a large lifestyle change. Because honestly, just starting with baby steps, like cutting out one food group at a time (like gluten, for example), is a large step towards a healthier life.

One thing that really pushes me to continue eating clean and nourishing my body is immersing myself in all the cool health food companies that are wide-spread nowadays. With it being 2016, we literally have amazing health food right at our finger tips.

The first company I will be talking about is Graze, an online subscription box that is filled with nourishing (and yummy) snacks that is sent to you each week, or modified to your liking. Let me tell you, I was way too overly excited when this small, 8-snack box arrived at my house. Yes, I am a nerd. But it is seriously so cool! I was able to customize the snacks I would receive to my own liking, which is gluten, dairy and sugar-free, on their website. They have a wonderful variety of snacks to choose from, ranging from dried fruit, nuts, popcorn and even energy bars.

If you’re interested in this trendy little subscription box, I have a sweet deal for you! When you use the code: C96DRXQTP at checkout, you automatically receive your 1st and 5th box for free when you sign up. What?! I know right, this is perfect motivation to get start putting great and healthy food into your body!

Click here to visit the graze website and redeem your 1st and 5th snack box for free.

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And the second online food service that I recently discovered is called Thrive Market. Thrive makes it possible for you to order all of your favorite snacks and cooking ingredients without even leaving the comfort of your own home. When this box came in the mail I also freaked out a little too much.

Not only does it eliminate going to the grocery store all together, but Thrive always has discounted items. Who doesn’t want to save money? And lucky for you, I have another discount code that will save you $10 off your first Thrive market purchase.

Click here to visit their website and use the code:THRIVE86R53 at checkout to redeem your $10 0ff.

p.s.- their packaging also had me jumping for joy. I mean, just look at how cute this is!


Last but not least, I wanted to share with you this yummy photo of my gluten, diary and sugar-free spaghetti that I made yesterday. To give my body a bit of a boost I placed the pasta on a bed of fresh spinach, and let me tell you, it was delicious!

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If you’re interested in seeing a What I Eat in a Day blog post, please let me know in the comments. Also, if you know of any cool online sites that deliver food to your door, I would love to know about them! And if you have any questions about starting your health journey, or learning more about mine, don’t hesitate to ask.

Love all. Love Madeline. xoxo

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The Happiness Project no.2 // Health & Happiness Tips

Dear blogging friends,

Ever feel like some days aren’t as productive, fun, positive, nutritious or heart-warming as others? Well don’t worry, I know the feeling! And I am here to give you a few helpful tips on how to turn those gloomy days into ones that are sure to have you smiling from the inside out. The Happiness Project no. 2 presents….. Health & Happiness tips.

After writing my first post in The Happiness Project last week (read it here), I did a lot of praying, cleansing, thinking and trusting (all with a few tears involved). Now I can say that I have come to terms with the season my life is in, a season of silence. A season of seeking. And a season of trusting in God.

Although I have never struggled in the past with having moments of uncertainty, or days where my mind gets quickly exhausted, I am now learning to work through the season God has graciously gifted to me. I will admit, I have a lot on my plate; with a college math class, high school work, working on the weekends, and still trying to balance a social life and make time for myself and God. But, just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean I am supposed to give up or be discouraged. I believe I am exactly where God wants me right now, and I decided to accept the challenge of finding happiness in the season that I am in; that seems lonely and dark.

Please keep in mind, these tips are simple, everyday changes that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine, and make a world of difference! Also, I’m sorry for the multitude of  liquids that I’ve written about, but they truly have wonderful health benefits.

Tip #1

Start your day off with a glass of lemon infused ice water

It helps hydrate your body first thing in the morning, rejuvenates your digestive tract, cleanses your liver, promotes clearer and brighter skin due to the Vitamin C, and is great for natural weight loss. Plus, it tastes yummy!

Tip #2

Open your blinds and live in natural light

Natural daylight is proven to make you happier and more energized, not to mention it makes for great photo lighting.

Tip #3

Light a candle

Whenever I light a scented candle, especially aromatherapy candles, I am instantly revitalized by the smell they leave lingering, and my mood is affected.

Tip #4

Drink a smoothie

On this day, I blended up banana, tangerine, frozen strawberries, blueberries, kale, chia seeds, almond butter, natural protein powder and almond milk for a delicious breakfast. Smoothies (depending on their ingredients) are packed with wholesome ingredients that are meant to boost your digestion, metabolism and overall well-being and health. I love drinking them in the morning for the perfect jam-packed energy drink.

Tip #5

Be productive- clean your room

I always feel better about my day once I can do something productive that I can physically see. When my room is clean, my life seems more put-together!

Tip #6

Drink some green juice

Green juice is another great liquid that is filled with fortifying nutrients and vitamins that cleanse the body from the inside out. On this day I juiced carrots, celery, baby kale and regular kale, an apple, two tangerines, half of a lemon and a piece of ginger.

Tip #7

Get creative!

Who cares if your art isn’t good enough to go in a gallery, just paint, draw or doodle your heart out for your own enjoyment. It is a great stress reliever when you have an extra moment in your day. I am currently working on bible journaling, and this is my first watercolor page I experimented on. Not the best, but I like the authentic look it has.

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Tip #8

Sip some tea

loovvveeee me some good tea, and on top of the yummy taste it also has many health benefits. On this day, I was sipping on classic green tea, which is great for clear skin, a healthy digestive tract and a sharp mind.

 

Tip #9

Take time to get ready in the morning

I love having plenty of time in the morning to get ready for the day. It makes me feel put-together and gives me a great foundation for the rest of my day. Take time for yourself, listen to good music, and find time to feel truly beautiful each day.

What was your favorite tip that I mentioned? And how are you liking The Happiness Project?

Thank you for reading, I appreciate all of the support always! I hope you have a great week, and stay positive.

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The Happiness Project no. 1 // Food Matters

Happy 2016 friends!

Year after year, people all around the world make countless New Year’s resolutions; whether they are to live a healthier lifestyle, exercise more, be more inspired, or more organized, and the list goes on…

But if we really think about the end goal of a New Year’s resolution, the theme seems to simply be happiness. Because everyone (or at least the vast majority of us) just want to be happy in this life.  And there’s no problem with setting extreme goals for yourself, like going to the gym everyday, but such resolutions are not entirely necessary (or practical).

I’ve decided to create a series called The Happiness Project, beginning this month (January), and hopefully continuing until the end of 2016. In this series of blog posts, I will talk about a variety of topics; including relaxation tips, DIY’s, how to use your time effectively and how to be more confident (just to name a few). My end goal of this project is to inspire you, my reader, by thinking outside of the box and hopefully encouraging more happiness all around!

I know this introduction is getting a bit lengthy, but please bare with me.. The reason I decided to start The Happiness Project at this time is because my spirits have been feeling a bit blue lately with the depths of winter upon us and school in full swing. Especially these last few days, on the return from a great winter break, I feel myself quickly slipping into a colorless trance, where creativity is scarce. My soul is yearning for sunshine and summertime, but my mind and body are stuck in a valley of fog, and what seems like eternal school work that clouds my thoughts. But, all thanks to our God, I was able to come up with this project that will hopefully lift my gloomy spirits and help spark some inspiration in you as well (especially if you can relate to the way this January is making me feel).

With no further blabbering, I present to you my first topic in The Happiness Project

Food matters

For months now, I have wanted to eat a clean diet, cutting out unnecessary sugar and carbohydrates; but I just couldn’t bring myself to make such a large lifestyle change. However, when my unclear skin began quickly progressing and becoming a large hinderance to both my confidence and my happiness, I couldn’t wait another second to try out my last hope of clear skin without using harsh medications. I made the choice to eat a gluten, sugar and dairy-free diet, and let me tell you, I could’t be happier!

Why people with acne-prone skin shouldn’t eat gluten, dairy and sugar-

Sugar is made of two simpler sugars that are stuck together: fructose and glucose. Sugar is one of the worst things you can consume when you’re struggling with acne because of the fructose that it contains, which literally feeds the bacteria that a pimple is made of. This causes an extreme increase of pimple production and growth.

On the other hand, gluten acts as a gut inflammatory substance when it’s consumed, meaning that it causes an increase of bacteria growth and build-up in the body, and at times it’s nasty qualities are reflected onto the skin which make for unpleasant irritation and pimple growth.

And last but not least, dairy should not be consumed when dealing with acne because of the high levels of hormones that are found in animal bi-products, such as cheese, milk, yogurt and cream. In one’s body, these hormones, such as estrogen, throw our own natural hormones off balance by giving us more of that hormone than we need. The hormones in dairy have been known to increase growth of body parts, such as breasts, on both women and men, and boost the production of acne, along with many other bad effects on the human body.

My experience

I have been eating this way for one week so far (I know, not very long), and have already seen drastic results. My skin, during a time of near desperation, and finding absolutely nothing to help it, has finally began to look drastically clearer with much less production of acne. In addition to healthier looking skin, my digestive system has also found this new diet to be soothing, decreasing occasional tummy aches and the feeling of being overly-full.

Of course, before cutting these foods out of my diet, I was hesitant for the reason that it would be hard, or tempting, to resist them. But, I was entirely mistaken, and so far I’ve had no problems staying away from gluten, sugar and dairy products. Instead, I feel better than ever, and I’m never left with the gross (almost guilty) feeling I used to get after eating crap-filled foods. If you’re contemplating going for a cleaner diet, I can only encourage you, and say that there are countless benefits from changing something so minor in the scheme of life.

Throughout my experience of eating clean so far, I have to say that one of the biggest things I’ve come to learn is that my happiness should not rely on food at all. Before I made the switch, I was heavily reliant on processed or sugary foods to make me feel satisfied as a person, but now I’m happy to say that I am starting to find my joy in places other than my dessert! It sounds funny, but it is important that we don’t find too much enjoyment from our food, because I want my happiness to come from God, not some materialistic thing that pollutes my body which I was kindly given by my creator.

(I will be doing weekly updates on the progress of my skin and health after being on my diet for a longer amount of time!)

Suggested alternative snacks

  1. Chips (or veggie sticks) and hummus

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2. Trail mix (preferably without chocolate)

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3. Banana chips (preferably cooked in coconut oil)

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4. Kind Bars

 

I hope you all enjoyed my first post in The Happiness Project series! Maybe you found it to be helpful or educational to you. I would love to know what you thought of it, if you’re now considering cutting one, or all, of these things out of your diet? Or what remedies have worked to clear your acne if you struggle/struggled like I do? I’m always looking for new things to try! And if you have any questions, be sure to leave them down below!

Thank you, love all. love Madeline.

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Firming DMAE Eye Lift Review


Dear readers,

I love shopping at target because of the variety of products they carry; ranging from beauty to houseware items to groceries, making it a one stop shop any day of the week. What more can anyone ask for?

When I go to target I am immediately drawn to the skincare isles to see what new products they have stocked their shelves with. And if you have been reading my blog for a while now you would know that I am all about natural skincare products. That’s why, when I heard about Derma e arriving in target this month I was overjoyed. They are beginning to carry a line of their products; including the DMAE eye lift, hydrating night creme, hydrating day creme and firming DMAE moisturizer.

Derma e is a natural, cruelty-free, GMO-free, paraben-free and 100% vegan skincare company. They are a family owned company based in California, founded in 1984. Their philosophy is to help people find natural solutions for healthier skin. I have used their moisturizer and sunscreen in the past, and they did not disappoint!

“One day, mainstream skincare formulas will look like the healthy formulas we make today.”
-Linda Miles, derma e co-founder

To give you a bit of background on my skin, I have struggled with acne for a good three and a half years now due to hormones, and mostly my heredity. I have tried everything, and I mean everything to try and make my skin clear. I could list a number of products that didn’t work, but instead I’ll spare you the details and tell you what my skin is liking at the moment. I am on a natural skincare routine regimen, using only 100% natural cleanser, exfoliator, toner, spot treatment, serum and moisturizer. I have also completely transformed the way I eat; being gluten, dairy and sugar-free. I have been seeing slight improvements over the short time of my new routine, but I’m very hopeful for future drastic changes in my skin’s health (I will keep you posted).

Although I am still in my youth, I have begun using eye cream in order to stay looking this young for as long as possible. I was recently able to try out Derma e’s firming DMAE eye lift creme, which is now available at target, and it is a product I can see myself using for years to come. The formula is very smooth when it’s applied to the under eye area and leaves the skin feeling supple and hydrated. I am really happy with my results so far, after a little over a week of application, and I would entirely recommend it to anyone looking for a great, natural and hydrating eye creme that is also now easily accessible at target. I can see it being extremely convenient for times of traveling and quick, on-the-go night time hydration.

Price: $24.95

Visit their YouTube channel for inside videos and demonstrations of their products: http://www.youtube.com/dermaebodycare

Try something new this year, and #NOTICETHELOTUS at Target in 2016… Derma e has arrived!

Go buy the Firming DMAE Eye Lift at Target! or purchase online: Firming Eye lift

Love all. Love Madeline. xoxo

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide + DIY Gift Wrap// 12.17.15


Hey guys!

Still searching for any last minute gift ideas?

I got your back…

1. Cookie mix in a jar

This gift idea is extremely simple, inexpensive and great looking! Here is the recipe I followed if you would like to make it yourself: Cookie recipe             (p.s. Please keep in mind I did substitute the chocolate chips for festive red and green m&ms).

And I purchased my reindeer 1-quart jars at my local Walmart which worked out perfectly.

2. Billion dollar brow sets

What better gift would encompass the  major fad of 2015? Brows on fleek, aka bold brows… And Billion Dollar Brows knew what they were doing this holiday season with their best sellers kit ($42) and 60 seconds to beautiful brows duo ($24). I am in love! If you’ve never heard of this fabulous brand, you’re missing out. bdb first began as a primarily salon brow product company, but more recently has expanded their amazing products to the daily makeup enthusiast. They carry their “universal” brow shade, taupe, in both powder and pencil form which is sure to compliment a wide range of hair colors. The best sellers kit comes equipped with the twist-up brow pencil-spoolie combo, clear brow gel, an angled synthetic brow brush, and a duo highlighter/concealer chubbie pencil, perfect for highlighting the brow bone. They are on wonderful sales for a limited time during the holidays and I would recommend picking yours up while they last!

Get your hands on one–> bdb

3. Camera strap

My mom made this vintage leather belt camera strap, she runs the etsy shop Vintage Urban Renewal. Unfortunately, she isn’t quite ready to sell these to the public, but none-the-less, when she is anyone who is lucky enough to get their hands on one of these handcrafted babies will LOVE it. She also sells loads of adorable vintage clothing: Vintage Urban Renewal

Because hers isn’t available yet, here’s another one that is nice Leather camera strap

4. Tea 

Here I am, once again, talking about Blend Bee. Want to know why? Because they are the best loose leaf tea company I have yet to find! You can make your own tea blend or simply buy their good-for-the-soul pre made beneficial blends, such as the Pure Glow blend which is my favorite. It tastes wonderful, and does wonders on your skin, hair and body. It would be a perfect gift, or something nice to treat yourself with.

Want to buy some Pure Glow tea for yourself or as a gift? –> Pure glow

Or simply shop their SALE–> Sale tea

And now the fun part! 

I created this short and simple (time lapse) video that shows you a step by step process of how to make your own wrapping paper out of plain paper & how to wrap your present in it! Please keep in mind you can substitute the colors, saying, or anything you want, this is just my take on it.  I hope you enjoy.

Well that’s all for today. I hope you liked my small gift guide and little DIY, if you try it out please be sure to send me a picture!

Love all. Love Madeline. 💛

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Christmas Gift Guide// 12.10.15

Are you desperately searching for partially-last minute Christmas gifts?

Well this is the perfect gift guide for you! I put together a few things your friends and family members will be sure to love, many are creative and perfect to express your gratefulness towards them. Just keep in mind that in no way do you need to make or buy these exact gift, but they should be helpful inspiration for your own gift giving. Hope you enjoy!

1.  Loose Leaf Tea

If you have any tea lovers in your life, they’ll be sure to adore Blend Bee’s loose leaf tea blends. They have countless choices: make-your-own blends, beneficial teas, or simply fantastic tasting blends! For a brief description of their beneficial teas, here I have the Pure Glow blend which is formulated to clear your delicate skin from the inside out with hibiscus, rose hips and chamomile (just to name a few). It is also caffeine-free, and I enjoy sipping it before bed. Plus it tastes amazing!

Want to buy some Pure Glow tea for yourself or as a gift? –> https://blendbee.com/shop/popular-blends/benefit-blends/pure-glow/ref/30

Or their Nightea Night tea? –> https://blendbee.com/shop/popular-blends/nightea-night/ref/30

Or simply shop their SALE–> https://blendbee.com/category/on-sale/ref/30

Price: $2.50-$24.99

2. Succulents/terrariums 

Maybe it’s just me, but I think succulents are all the rage nowadays! So, what’s a better gift than a small, pretty (mostly-effortless) plant?

This gift is both simple and meaningful. I went to my local Wal-Mart, found a few cute succulents, and I plan to place them into mason jars with pebbles and potting soil to create what’s called a terrarium. One of the best things about these plants is that they are easy to maintain; only requiring a few squirts of water per week, and indirect sunlight. Plus they are very inexpensive to create!

Price: $2.99-$3.99 each

3. Personalization

Mugs

If there’s one thing I know anyone I’m buying a gift for will love, it is personalized items. The first one are these absolutely beautiful mugs that are handcrafted by a lovely lady who lives in my town, and sells her pottery here—> http://www.potterybyalexapland.com/ each item is crafted with care and she even made these few mugs for me that I’m giving to my mom, sister and grandma, which are customized to my liking. I asked her to stamp into them personalized bible verses that I feel will resonate with my family members, and needless to say, they came out amazing! 

Price: $20 each


Snapfish (photos)

The second gift is basically anything from Snapfish. I love the quality and creativity of their customizable photograph-related items- and for a few of my friends and family I decided to create my own photo with a custom overlay, blow it up to the size of a normal piece of paper (8×10) and have snapfish print it out for me. At Ross I found several nice picture frames of the same size which I will use to display the works of art.  I am very happy with how the phtos came out, and cannot wait to see the finished products all assembled!

Price: $8.97 (regular price) $5.08 (discounted price) 

  

Shop Snapfish here–> http://www.snapfish.com/photo-gift/home?baseUrl=true
4. Water-proof Speaker

This one is very self-explanatory, yet handy in many instances. I only paid $10 for this off of Amazon, it is equipped with a suction cup and it works through Bluetooth connection. Someone can listen to their favorite talk radio station, musician, or audio book while taking a shower or bath. How great is that?!? 

Want to buy this?–> http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00IGUUYTI/ref=pd_aw_sim_422_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=414rfYPwzvL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL100_SR100%2C100_&refRID=071K8MGZZWVA5185BWCR

Price: $10 (on sale) $20 (regular price) 

5. Journaling Bible

Here is my numbers efforts idea for a gift- a journaling bible. I am planning on giving this one to my sister; it is real lather, imprinted with leaves, and has side margins for journaling your thoughts. I have always wanted one of these (and hopefully I’m getting one this year) for an easier way to store my thoughts and read the word in one book. I ordered it from an Etsy store called Move the Mountains and I adore the finished product—> https://www.etsy.com/listing/251898684/journaling-bible-bible-journaling-kit

  

Price: $42

Well y’all,  that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed my small, but easy and creative Christmas gift guide. If you decide to recreate any of these things, please send me a picture to any my social media sites so I can like and comment on them.

Love all. Love Madeline. Xoxo. 

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A (Slightly Summery) Fall ootd // 12.5.15 

I hope you’re all having a splendid Saturday💛 

Today I spent the day with my wonderful mama, getting coffe while listening to soulful music, exploring a local Christmas bazar, and all while I drove around stylishly in her jeep (my favorite way of transportation)! 

All in all I am so very grateful for days like these; days of leisure and pleasure, days spent with good company. 

I decided to sport my favorite vintage denim midi skirt (as seen in my November Favorites post–> linked at the bottom), paired with my new high-neck maroon tank from American Eagle. I styled my go-to cream colored grandpa cardigan over my slightly summery looking outfit and finished the look off with ’90’s lace-up chunky heeled booties. 

This look is easy to throw on, yet has many interesting components that make it a not-your-average-type-of-fall-outfit outfit😊. And I absolutely adore it and how cozy it is!  

  
    
   
 
 
Thank you as always, love all. Love Madeline💛

My November Favorites–> https://moodymadeline.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/november-favorites-12-3-15/

Want to purchase my AE tank–> https://m.ae.com/web/browse/product.jsp?productId=2360_2302_296

Go take a look into my closet and feel free to purchase what you like—> http://www.vinted.com/members/3148587-moodymadeline

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Lift your eyes // 12.4.15 

“But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.”

Psalm 3:3

Although I find joy in expressing myself through beauty and fashion, I also believe there’s a great importance to discuss more serious, meaningful topics as well. 

Evil in today’s world

Even from the beginning of time, evil has been evident, there’s no denying it. Take the story of Adam and Eve for example. But, do you ever sit on your couch, watching the news, and wonder if there’s more evil in the world now in comparison to a decade ago? 

Hmm well that is the question. 

Whatever the answer may be; whether our generation is simply more in-tune to violent acts because of main-stream media and quick communication, or if there really was less evil during our parents’ and grandparents’ eras, we need to turn our weapons towards the evil one. 

I know how easy it is, on an everyday basis, to get frustrated or pass judgement on others’ who seem to be blinded to things that are so one-dimensional; like giving respect  where respect is due. And of course, it is easy to scoff at the person’s stupidity, but what we should really be doing is blaming the devil for rearing his ugly head in a fellow man’s life. Know what I mean? 

So instead of getting into arguments with people who will never see things the same as you, or letting anger turn to hate for people who are controlled by evil (and many times oblivious to it), let’s shift our focus to the good fight: the fight for love and truth, equipped with the armor of God. Let’s speak truth to the spiritually blinded, so that they may one day experience the love that God has in store for them; let’s lift our eyes. 

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

Ephesians 6:10-13


Even in our modern day not-so-hopeful looking society, I want to tell you that we are promised faith and Joy in Christ alone. Even through the terrorism (yes, there is no denying that it is terrorism), abortions, twisted ideologies and overall evil of our new-age world, there is one name above all names and above all humanly power who promises protection and calamity: Christ.

Psalm 32:6 says…

“You are my hiding place;

    you will protect me from trouble

    and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

& Psalm 33:20-22 reassures us… 

“We wait in hope for the Lord;he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”

God is always there for you; through everything, all you have to do is lift your eyes. 💛 

Love all. Love Madeline.