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Why We Love Wooden Cleaning Brushes

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Have you guys converted to wooden cleaning brushes yet? We are totally hooked on these plastic-free options for washing dishes, scrubbing the tub, cleaning the toilet, sweeping floors, and more household chores. If you buy high-quality wooden cleaning tools, the bristles will be made out of more natural fibers instead of plastic.

Below are our favorite options. Sur La Table and Amazon are great resources for these items and they aren’t too expensive. Plus, these brushes last for a long time since they are high-quality. Also, not that this is necessary, but wooden brushes are so much more aesthetically pleasing than those plastic (normally bright) brushes and brooms! The natural colors look really nice in our kitchens, so it is a win-win.

Most importantly though, we have such peace of mind cleaning with non-plastic tools and using non-toxic cleaning solutions (like branch basics) when doing dishes, cleaning the tub, toilet, floors, and surfaces in our homes. No plastic, no toxins! That makes for a happy home situation.

Do you already use wooden cleaning brushes? If not, have you thought about it? Click below to check out our favorites!

Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation Q&A

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Hey friends, Melissa here! I am so excited to share a Q&A with Lauren and her two co-founders of the Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation. Lisa Curlee and Ashley Bonnin Igo are two incredibly strong and God-centered women who also have prosthetics. Together with Lo, they have partnered to help provide beautiful prosthetic coverings (like they have) for other women who have experienced limb loss. Keep reading to learn more about LSKF and the three beautiful hearts behind this incredible foundation with a life-changing purpose.

LO 

Do you remember when the dream for LSKF was first placed on your heart? Tell us about that!

I received prosthetic arms about six months after my accident, and I was so grateful because all of the arms were covered by my insurance. At this point, I had not yet met any one who had lost a limb or anyone who wore a prosthesis, so I thought my coverage story was normal. Shortly after, I started meeting so many girls, and they each would share their story of not being able to afford a good quality prosthesis. I came to realize how rare my story was, and these stories broke my heart. I had experienced such renewal and wholeness from this physical object that produced such internal healing effects, and I wanted every one to have the opportunity to experience that. From that point on, I started praying with the intention of wanting to make that possible. I soon after met my two precious friends, Lisa and Ashley, who both lost their legs and had the same passion I did, and the process of creating LSKF began. God has been in every single detail. It has been so humbling and powerful to be a part of.

How did you get connected with Ashley and Lisa and how did the three of you become the LSKF team together?

Ashley and I initially met on Facebook, and we became quick friends! She lived in Dallas and had never met any one who was missing a limb, so it was extra special getting to connect with each other! I met Lisa at the Beautifully Flawed Retreat that Bethany Hamilton hosts in San Diego. I am so thankful for her because she is full of wisdom and is my mom’s age, so she has experienced many seasons of life without a leg. I can ask her any question or express any fear of what’s ahead in the future, and she speaks so much truth into those thoughts. She has the most beautiful family and the deepest faith. The three of us had such a similar passion to bring hope, ignite faith, and restore dignity in girls and women by providing beautiful cosmetic coverings for prostheses. We are so honored to walk alongside girls in their prosthetic and healing journey. We all know through our own experiences that not feeling alone is one of the biggest components of restoration!

What has your prosthetic covering meant to you on a heart level and why do you think you feel called to share that gift with others?

Because I was used to having two hands my entire life, my prosthetic arm made me feel whole again because I felt as close as I could to having two hands again. It is high quality and looks so realistic, so it also gave me confidence to enter back into reality. It is such a gift, and even though it is a physical object relating to outward appearance, it has helped ignite so much healing and acceptance in my heart. It has brought so much renewal and is a physical reminder of God’s goodness and beauty in pain. It also is something positive in the midst of loss!

LISA

What has the journey of LSKF been like so far?

My journey with the LSK Foundation has been incredible, joyful, and humbling at the same time. In some ways it’s been a continuation of a life journey, marked by God revealing Himself in many ways and through so many people. It’s been an honor and a privilege to meet others from all walks of life that have helped us from the beginning to make this happen. I’ve loved working with Lauren and Ashley, our advisers, donors, sponsors and especially the women that we have been able to serve and hopefully improve their life journeys. For those women that wear a prosthesis and desire it to look real and natural, it’s more than exciting to see how this gift can change the way they feel loved.

How did you know that you were called to be a part of LSKF?

As in most life journeys, years of experience can be the best teacher and often our “calling” is completely unexpected. It was over 30 years after my accident at age 16 that I began to ask the Lord if He could use my specific story to help any women of any age that had experienced limb loss. I had never even met another female that had experienced anything similar to my story. I had no idea until attending a retreat started by Bethany Hamilton and Lauren in 2013 that there are many girls and women that were also experiencing the same kind of struggles, fears, isolation, and insecurities that I had much of my life and had also never met anyone who could relate. As the Lord gave Lauren, Ashley and I the same vision for serving women with prostheses, He also showed us that this was a unique way to encourage, love, and listen to their hearts and their stories. I am so grateful to be able to watch the recipients of LSKF so far and share in their excitement and hope for the future.

What is your biggest prayer for the future of LSKF?

My prayer for the LSK Foundation is to not only provide the opportunity for many more girls and women to have a beautiful prosthesis if they so desire, but also just to be there for those that have experienced limb loss, with or without a prosthesis. As we share our stories and life experiences, I pray that  the Author of our stories receives all of the glory.

ASHLEY 

What is your favorite part about being part of LSKF?

It’s really hard to put into words the impact that LSKF has had on my life. Before getting to know Lauren and Lisa, I hadn’t even met many women who had lost a limb, much less be able to call them friends. The LSK foundation has revealed an amazing community of women that I am so grateful to know, and who we are so blessed to be able to serve. It’s such a comfort to share a life experience with them and truly demonstrates to me how the Lord cares for us in ways we could never imagine.

Why is the foundation so near and dear to your heart?

In addition to the amazing community it has fostered, seeing the joy that having a beautiful prosthesis brings to these women is like no other experience. Each step in the process is so worth the day we get to gift the final prostheses and see their faces light up in amazement. I love getting to be a part of something that represents hope and healing, not just from a physical standpoint, but also spiritually. Through the gift of these silicone coverings, it is our prayer that our recipients know and experience the love of Jesus Christ who is our ultimate comforter and healer.

Tell us about the dynamic between you, Lisa, and Lo! How fun is it working on this mission together?

Since we’re all in different cities, we put in a lot of phone time! We each have different gifts that really allow us to work so well together. I’m the painfully honest task master of the crew 🤣 and am thankfully balanced out by Lo’s sweet disposition and Lisa’s gracious spirit.

Clean Stuff Edit | No. 3

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Clean edit #3 is here! Scroll down for five products that we are loving right now. As always, follow @thecleanstuff for constant product updates + read clean edits one and two for more! xo

*pursoma resurrection bath

Our friends at pursoma were so kind and sent us each this bath to try and both Lauren and I can confirm it is AMAZING- powerfully rejuvenating, extremely relaxing, and resulted in the best sleep of our lives! The ingredients are pure, raw, and vegan and the purpose is to rid the body of toxins, resulting in relaxation and then restored energy.

*primally pure body butter

This is a must-have for moisturized skin! As you know by now, we are mega fans of primally pure. Their products are made with the purest ingredients and all serve to nourish your skin deeply.

*cocokind chapstick

Toxin-free chapstick is so important!! Applying cocokind to your lips will be good for your lips, but also good for your peace of mind, knowing that the ingredient are clean and safe.

*branch basics foaming wash

We are forever fans of branch basics and are so thankful for their clean, safe concentrate formula. Different amounts of concentrate + water result in all purpose spray, bathroom cleaner, foaming wash and so much more. The foaming wash is extra-special because not only does it clean your hands (and we no how important that is) but it can also double as dish wash soap.

*coola spray sunscreen

Toxin-free sunscreen that is also mess-free? Sign us up! Spraying on sunscreen is so convenient and using SPF protection that is crafted with clean ingredients is vital to our health!

Worship Song On Repeat

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There is something so powerful, beautiful, and truth-filled about worship music that makes listening to it a real spiritual experience and we thank God for that! We have talked about our love for worship music on the blog before by sharing our Spotify playlist + including lyrics to songs in our faith posts. Today we want to discuss one of our favorite worship artists as of late: Will Reagan of United Pursuit. His latest album, Tell All My Friends, is currently on repeat, but there is one song by him in particular that has been causing me to pause and really meditate over the lyrics and that is a track titled “Nothing I Hold To“.  Turn it on ASAP and read our thoughts below!

“I lean not on my understanding,
my life is in the hands of the Maker of heaven”

Proverbs 3:5-6 immediately comes to my mind when I hear those lyrics. No matter how many times I hear this truth and read this promise, I am just forever blown away by how awesome it is that we have the Maker of everything- heaven and earth- in constant care of and control of our lives, enabling us to be free from having to rely on our own limited understanding. Thank you, Jesus!

“I give it all to you God, trusting that you’ll make something beautiful out of me”

Giving it all and then trusting. Trust, trust, trust! As Isaiah 64:8 reminds us, we are the clay and He is the potter. We are His work and He is forever working on us and refining us to be the beautiful masterpieces that he designed us to be. It is by surrendering our lives to Him through trust that we reap the fruits of His promises to us.

“I will climb this mountain with my hands wide open”

What a beautiful picture this is. May we all take each day as an opportunity to climb the mountains, go through the valleys, and journey through life with hands wide open- available and ready for whatever He calls us into, guides us out of, and leads us through. Even though it sounds scary not to hold on to anything, that is actually the best way. Our hands can be open as we stay close to Him, since he enables us and strengthen us through any circumstance that we will ever go through.

Are there any worship songs that are especially speaking to you right now? We would love to know in the comments below. And thank you, Will Reagan (and all other worship music artists) for writing such incredibly beautiful and true lyrics about the good Lord that speak right to the heart of His children!

images by Felicia Lasala 

THE OUTFIT (c/o)

dress | sunnies | bag | shoes

A Medicine Hat

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I have come to realize that you are either a hat person or you are not. Do you guys agree? Ever since I was a little girl, I immediately felt and still feel in my element wearing one. A hat makes me feel put together and creative simultaneously, and to get a little deeper, you know when you put a note on your mirror to remind yourself of a positive perspective or an encouraging word? Putting something on my head personally takes on this same role. It reminds me to have intention about my thoughts throughout the entire day. I am obsessed with the Lauren hat made by the lovely Water & Bird. I was so humbled when she named the medicine hat after me to represent gratitude + the act of transforming fear and trauma into growth and healing.

 


Oh, and P.S! Hats add so much  ease to a day! It eliminates the need for a good dry shampoo or a hair wash and style. Some days, we just need a break, right? Talk about a win win…you look polished + it acts as a time saver.

We would love to hear from you below! Yay or nay to hats? xo

images by Felicia Lasala 

THE OUTFIT

hat (c/o) | sunnies | top | skirt (c/o) | shoes (c/o)

 

That Mother-Daughter Relationship

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There really is nothing quite like a mother-daughter relationship. It is a beautifully messy, totally unique, and completing transforming relationship that develops over time as we continue to come into the women that God created us to be. As daughters, we are so blessed to have mothers that have always inspired us, taught us, challenged us, forgiven us, loved us, laughed with us, cried with us, and simply just been there for us with all their love, strength, and patience…day after day and year and year.

There is so much my mom has taught me just by being herself. I have learned the beauty of femininity, how to make a home cozy and comfortable, how to be strong and resilient with grace, how to be firmly rooted in faith in Jesus, how to love others well, how to be healthy from the inside out, and so much more. I have witnessed her doing these things with such joy my whole life and without knowing that it was happening at the time, I was learning the art of becoming a woman because of the way she lives and loves.

Sending warm wishes to to all the moms and daughters always, but especially this mother’s day weekend. Enjoy it! xo

Images by Felicia Lasala 

THE OUTFIT (c/o)

shorts | tee  (on sale!) | kimono | slides

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