Words: Seven‑Mile Miracle | Steven Furtick

Words: Seven‑Mile Miracle | Steven Furtick

I received this book from Blogging for Books for reviewing. All opinions are my own.

The crucifixion of Jesus is a story many know. We know how it ends and we know how He resurrects. It’s a pivotal point in our Christian faith. Steven Furtick goes through this story in a different approach in Seven-Mile Miracle. He goes on to explain the last seven things Jesus said and how important they are to our lives.

There are seven phrases Jesus says during His last moments. They all represent different struggles and purposes that deal with things we encounter in life. Furtick explains how Jesus said specific phrases with purpose, containing deeper meanings than what we think.

At first it seems like a theological type of book where you just look at Jesus crucifixion and what it represented.  Through each mile, Furtick encourages you to do some soul searching. It’s not just about what Jesus said, but how it applies to life now. It gives a perfect basis of what the crucifixion meant and how we can learn from it.

Overall, I felt like this was a much faster read compared to his other books, but it was still great nonetheless. It’s refreshing to hear more about Jesus’ last moments from a different view, than just a reiteration of what we already know. Plus, copies have a reading plan that you can start leading up to Easter. It’s a great read if you want to learn more about what Easter is and if you need some encouragement. Seven-Mile Miracle highlights Jesus’ sacrifice and what a gift it is to us.

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What books have you read lately?

Quick & Comfy Travel Outfits

Quick & Comfy Travel Outfits

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If you must know, I’m a pretty lazy dresser. I’d rather be really comfy than look amazing. When it comes to traveling, I take the comfy factor extra serious. I hate the feeling of being constricted or that I have something bulky on a long trip. The thing about travel outfits is that sometimes it’s not something we would necessarily wear during our actual trip but I will be sharing some of my favorite travel pieces that are versatile. Travel smarter and a lot comfier!

Comfy Bottoms

Look, I know not everyone is on board with leggings but they really are amazing! They’re also perfect for flights. You can stretch and they’re soft enough that they low key feel like pajamas. If you’re going somewhere that you will be walking a lot, leggings are perfect for outfits! There’s many cute ones that don’t look like leggings, and jeggings are also a perfect alternative.


The Right Tops

I’m the kind of person that likes oversized shirts. Let me tell you, they’re the greatest tops I own. Pair this with leggings and I think you have the best travel outfit in the world. The right top is essential for a good travel outfit. If you wear something that needs you to keep pulling up or needs extra care, it’s just an extra worry you don’t need. Soft shirts are your go to.

If You’re Cold

I think airplanes are always too cold for me, regardless if it’s 100 degrees outside. This can go both ways. You can either bring a blanket, which is great because you can use it wherever you stay. But if that’s not your thing, a cute, oversized sweater (yes, I love oversized everything) it makes it so comfy and just makes every outfit chill but cute.

Easy Shoes

Getting through TSA is one of the most tedious things we have to do. It makes me so anxious having to take off tricky shoes and putting them back on then holding up the line. Seriously, this is one of my anxieties. I made it a point to travel with cute shoes that are easy to slip on. I actually have a comfy pair of low boots (couldn’t find them online) that are so easy to slip on, but having a good pair of sneakers does the trick too!

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What does your travel style look like? Do you rather be dressed up or take a chill route?

Easy Bedroom Decor Ideas

Easy Bedroom Decor Ideas

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I am the least creative person when it comes to decorating. I love pinning pretty living spaces on Pinterest, but I never could recreate it on my own. However, now that I switched up my living space, I decided to try decorating and found some very simple ways to make a room look great. It was hard making ideas come to life honestly, but it worked out. Here’s some things that helped turn my room around.

Tapestry

I wanted a headboard then realized how expensive they were. Seriously, woah. I painted my whole room white and my bed was a simple one from Ikea, so I knew I needed something above it to fill space. There are a lot of alternatives to filling empty space from art work to lights but I got a flag tapestry from Urban Outfitters. The flag was actually really big, enough to fill a wall. So I put it sideways and made it a faux headboard. One, this is great because this wall no longer needs more decor and two, it looks really cool! Simple fix, great look.

Shelving As Decor

This became my favorite thing because it works two purposes. You can store things but it can also look really cute! I don’t mean getting an actual piece of furniture, I mean small shelves that can be placed anywhere. Something I enjoy is mixing decor shelves with the shelves I’m using to store things. For example, my sister had this cool idea for one of her walls where she mixed shelves with cool vases and candles and weaved in some holding her things. Overall, it ends up looking like decor, even though they’re in use.

 

Flowers Everywhere

Flowers are pretty, we can all agree. I’m also a lover of fresh flowers, but having them in my room wasn’t going to happen because it would take a lot of money. So the new issue was how to make artificial flowers look good. Yes, you can put them in a vase, but I wanted to make sure they stood out. I can’t DIY things so I had help, but instead of just having them in a corner, I decided to incorporated it as wall decor. Just some string and a bottle on a wall. Boom. Looks great.

The Little Things

Candles are life, am I right? I’m sure this isn’t anything new, but candles can add more detail to a room and it smells nice! I have a ton of books and Disney items and I was going to just put them in my closet, but I got some of my favorite and cutest ones and ended up putting them on a shelf on a big piece of furniture I have. It’s high up that it’s not in your face, but it adds really fun elements to the room.

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What are simple ways you decorate? Are you good at it or are you design impaired like me?

 

 

Disney World Planning Guide: On-Site & Off-Site Hotels

Disney World Planning Guide: On-Site & Off-Site Hotels

Disney World planning is the most overwhelming, in my opinion. Although having a lot of options is great, it also makes it harder to narrow it down to what you need. However, the one thing I like about Disney World when it comes to hotels is that they have different levels in resorts so you can cancel out the ones that don’t meet your needs.

Value: All-Star Movies

When I planned my trip to Disney World, I kind of just clicked on the first thing I saw. I did want to save so I decided to pick a value resort. I stayed at All-Star Movies and I actually had a great time there. It (as well as the other All-Star’s) are broken up into buildings with themes. The main source of transportation is buses, which sometimes are shared between all three All-Star resorts. The rooms are great, a bit average but do the job. Check it out here.

Moderate: Port Orleans Resorts

If you’re looking for something that looks great but doesn’t break the bank, Port Orleans Resorts are your must. There is French Quarter and Riverside to choose from and they each have great views. French Quarter offers horse drawn carriages and both resorts offer water transportation to the parks, in case buses are not your thing. These resorts are the best of both worlds because the views are stunning and the price is decent. Check out Riverside here. Check out French Quarter here.

Deluxe: Contemporary

If you want the whole complete experience and don’t mind splurging? The Contemporary is for you. This is probably the ultimate resort to stay at. Contemporary has a monorail that can take you directly to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Plus, it’s not that far away from MK, so you can walk there if you’re up for it. You also get a good view of the Electrical Water Pageant. Plus, this resort has spas and meeting spaces. Overall, it’s a top notch place to stay. Check it out here.

Pros of On-Site

  • Easy Check In: You can check in online before your trip and they will text/email you your room number when you arrive.
  • Free MagicBands: Pretty self explanatory, you get a free one for every person in your room.
  • Mickey’s Magical Express: Get free transportation from the airport to your hotel using this.

Cons of On-Site

  • Price: As always, staying on Disney properties comes with a price.
  • Crowds: Majority of the people stay in Disney hotels, meaning getting around the parks can take long from all the people there.
  • Disney Property: Maybe this is just a con for me, but staying on Disney property means you’re in the Disney bubble always. Yes, you can leave and go to other parks and locations, but I felt stuck.

Off-Site: Wyndham Grand

Sometimes no matter how much you want to, staying on-site just can’t work out. Wyndham Grand is a good alternative. It is one of the few places that offers shuttle to the parks for easy convenience. It’s also a pretty nice looking hotel, with the standard offerings. Check it out here.

Pros of Off-Site

  • Price: Off-site will always be a little bit cheaper than staying on-site.
  • Flexibility: You can venture out to other areas of Orlando and explore other things.
  • Availability: Rooms go fast for Disney hotels so there’s always places booking off-site.

Cons of Off-Site

  • Distance: Disney property is big so when you’re off-site, you will have to travel some way to get into the parks. Getting back and forth is a bit more tiring.
  • No MagicBands: You will have to purchase MagicBands for everyone in your group since you won’t get them for free.
  • No Full Disney Experience: Staying off-site means you encounter people who aren’t there just for Disney. Hotels won’t have the complete magical feel and won’t immerse you in it.

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What are your favorite resorts to stay at, at Disney World? Make sure to keep up every week with both Disneyland and Disney World planning guides!

Why I Travel With Just a Carry-On

Why I Travel With Just a Carry-On

Traveling is so much fun and now that I feel like I have more free time, I am doing a lot more of it. I have some really random traveling habits. For example, I can only fly at night because I’d rather sleep the whole flight, plus, cities look prettier then. I also tend to have short, activity packed trips. Can’t stop, won’t stop. But something I do that weirdly surprises people is that I only travel with a carry-on.

Traveling with just a carry-on seems a bit overwhelming for some and trust me, I wasn’t always this way so I understand. But there’s so many pros to just using a carry-on. Let me share a few.

Overpacking is an Issue

I overthink things. Overpacking was such an issue for me because I would take my whole life with me. You can honestly wear three outfits every day but when you go on vacation, you take 30 just in case. Having just a carry-on makes you think smarter and focus on the things you truly need. This is usually when I lose people, but honestly it’s so helpful. You will just take the things that are necessary.

So Much Easier

Using a carry-on helps cut down on unnecessary things that take up time. You can just go straight to security instead of stopping by to check in your luggage. Backpacks are perfect because you carry them and don’t have to worry about pushing something around an airport. You also always have it with you so you don’t have to worry about the airline losing it and you’ll always have what you need on you. Overall, it’s easier to travel in because you only have this one piece to worry about and you can easily carry it everywhere.

Limits Purchases

Look, I love souvenirs and I make sure to always buy some. But only having one big backpack to carry things, this will help tone down your shopping. If it’s not specific to the location and you can buy when you return home, don’t buy it! Traveling already costs enough money, so if you’re into saving, this will help limit what you buy. Just get memorable items instead of buying everything you see.

BONUS: No Extra Charges

Depending on the airline, using a carry-on is a huge plus because you don’t have to pay extra to check in a bag. Save yourself the extra money and just avoid this all together.

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Your turn! Do you travel with just a carry on or do you need an extra bag?