Friday, September 5, 2014

Back To School Outfits!



Hey guys! I am so happy for the back to school season. Not only because I love shopping for school supplies but that means we are one step closer to Christmas! Okay, maybe not that close to Christmas but still. Anyways, today I am so happy to post that I have teamed up with Arizona Jean Co. to bring you three back to school outfit ideas. Check out the video shown below to watch how I style the awesome pieces I got.








If you liked what you saw check out Arizona Jeans Co. here: JCPenney

I hope you find this helpful when shopping for school clothing this year. All of the pieces I bought were amazing quality and inexpensive. I didn’t feel like I was breaking the bank buying clothes and the best part is they are so fashionable.


Love you lots!


XOXO, CiCi

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by JCPenney/The Original Arizona Jeans Company through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about JCPenney/The Original Arizona Jeans Company, all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Things I've Learned About Friendships!

I'm trying to be better at posting on here since I've found so many of you are reading. I love it. I'm always looking for other ways to connect with you all and this is such a great platform. Today I wanted to talk about friendship.
I've had my ups and my downs and I think I've had enough life experience to at least touch on this subject. Today I want to share a few tips to maintain a healthy friendship and what it truly means to me.
1. Accept each others faults. One thing that is so hard for me to do is realize that we are all human, we all make mistakes, and we are all going to let people down at one time or another.

2. Be honest. I always try to be upfront and to the point. If I don't want to hang out, don't like the hangout spot, or have other plans, I express that. If they're doing something that hurts you or annoys you, let them know! No one wants to find out later that you've lied to them. Just keep it real.

3. Don't Be Fake/Hypocritical. So many times have I heard people say, "let's hang out" or "I love you so much." FOLLOW THROUGH You can tell when a person really doesn't care that much by their actions. From personal experience it hurts a lot. It hurts when you admire someone so much and they don't feel the same way. The only real thing you can do is change the way you treat others. Treat them with love, kindness and realness.

4. Kill The Jealousy. People are going to have more friends than just you. It's common to get possessive but don't let it drive a wedge in your friendship.

Those are my top rules to friendships. I love my friends so much. I turn to them when I am sad, lonely, feel inadequate, or just need some advice. Friendship to me is a bond that can't be broken, only strengthened over time. If a person isn't acting like your friend then they're your acquaintance. Simple as that. I've learned that having a friend, someone who would do almost anything for you, is hard to come by. Coming from someone who is left out of almost all the time from activities or hangouts you learn who your friends are really quickly. I try in my power to treat almost everyone with respect and make them feel important. I would never want another human being to feel what I've felt. I'm a firm believer that if we loved a little more the world would be a better place.

I love you all!

CiCi

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Gotta Stay Positive! April/May 2014

Long time, no post.  I have missed all you blog readers I must say. I hope this post finds you well. :)

Lately I have found myself so anxious and distraught. I am holding on to Christ's promise of choosing faith over fear. It can be so hard with all the disturbing and sad things that are going on in today's world. Reading the news is so depression and I cannot seem to find the positive things in life. Instead of focusing on all of the bad things I decided to dedicate this post to the most amazing things that have been happening to me this past couple months.

I was lucky enough to surprise two AMAZING friends in Salt Lake City. It's always super hard for me to keep secrets and I am super proud of myself for being able to hold back and not spill the beans. Of course it's not a house warming without a super cute homemade gift. I hit up Pinterest and found the cutest of DIYS. My friend loves mustaches while her husband has a "no mustache in the house" rule. So of course I had to make them a "Mustache C" for their house! :) Haha. I also thought a cute jar with mustache detailing and all the essentials was just a good plan.




After all the gifts were assembled and ready to be gifted I went to sleep and the next day the trip began!! I was so excited to be able to drive with my friend Seanie. We sang, talked about life, and sang some more. We were about 2 hours out when my tired exploded. Stuck in the middle of nowhere a kind stranger and his girlfriend stopped and helped us put on a spare.

Once we finally made it and surprised them the fun began. My heart was so happy to spend the night/next morning with them even if it was for a short period of time. We got to attend their church and see the amazing things God is doing in their lives. Just the refresher I needed. <br>


Then Easter came. Last year I was in California and wasn't able to spend it with my family. Such an awesome day. I got to feel for the first time the true reason my family celebrates Easter. Before I was always in it for the candy and baskets. This year I got to spend it with my family reflecting on the death and resurrection of Christ. I get so emotional thinking that someone would die for me so I could live for Him. INCREDIBLE.



This past year I've also had the pleasure of working for my parents and being able to watch my sister all day. Who else can say they watch their siblings and get paid for it. Not many at all. As much as she can annoy me and bug me I have to say she has been keeping me sane. She's become one of my best friends and my love for her is unreal. Every morning she wakes me up with the brightest smile and tells me her dreams from the night before. Growing up I always prayed and prayed and prayed for a sister. It got to a point where I didn't think I was ever going to get one. I thought the answer to my prayers were "no" when they were really a "not yet." She has been such a light in my life and it's so weird to say that a four year old is my best friend but she is.



Just when I started to feel down and scared my beautiful sister from another mister came home. I have missed her like no other and she's one of the few friends I've kept since middle school. When I first moved here and had zero friends she reached out to me and let me hang out with her. The funniest part is I don't think I've met a more perfect friend on this earth than her. She encourages me, listens to me, keeps nothing secret, shares a passion for Christ and shows His love to others. Seeing her has helped me come out of my depressive state and get back to being the old me. 



The last thing that's helped pull me out of my rut is going to the hot tub almost nightly with Seanie. I've found that my muscles have been super tense and sore the past couple weeks. At nights the weather is just right for taking a dip in the hot tub. Seanie and I have these amazing talks that always end up with us talking about funny memories in the past and what our futures will look like. Seanie dedicated majority of her life to missions overseas and I could not be more proud. I wish I had the courage to go off and tell the gospel and my testimony to others.


 The moral of this post, "when the going gets tough, surround yourself with happy memories and positive people." Nothing gets me out of a rut than being with amazing family and friends. I've been struggling so much lately and it's great to have an awesome support system.

LOVE YOU ALL.

XOXO, CiCi

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Healthier Recipe: Cream Cheese Wontons

I absolutely love Panda Express's cream cheese wontons. A order of 3 only have 190 calories but 9 grams of fat. To me that's absolutely crazy. One day I was looking online for alternatives and found that I can bake them in the oven instead of deep frying them. I wanted to share this with you because they taste absolutely amazing. A serving of 3 of the baked wontons have 120 calories and only 3 grams of fat. To me they taste just as good and are a healthier alternative. Making them for my whole family is something I love to do! Listed below will be the link to how I learned how to make them at home! :) Try them out and let me know what you think!


Recipe: http://bit.ly/1os2INm





Sunday, March 30, 2014

20 Things I Learned At 20 Years Old.

I’ve seen a few fellow bloggers make posts like this before and thought I would also give it a shot. Make a list like this too and tweet it to me @CiCiDawn and I would love to read yours. 

  1. Life is too short to worry about the small things. I’ve watched too many friends die young before they could accomplish everything they wanted. 
  2. Depending on others is okay. Sometimes we think asking for help is a bad thing but being vulnerable and breaking down walls help us grow. 
  3. Friends come and friends go and that’s just a part of life. Don’t worry if you drift or move on with your life. We all have journeys and sometimes our paths only cross for a season or two. 
  4. Stick up for yourself. It’s never good to let anyone walk all over you, NEVER. 
  5. Being the third wheel is okay. Be happy for your friends in this time in their life. Maybe dating isn’t right for you and that’s okay, you’re still young. Some people don’t find love until their 80’s. Plus, you get to laugh at their expense.
  6. God has a plan, you just may not see it yet. Sometimes God answers our prayers with “not now.” That doesn’t mean anything bad, it just means be patient. Trust me, the creator of the beat of your heart knows you more than you know yourself. CRAZY RIGHT?
  7. Naps are MUST HAVE. I remember growing up thinking naps are a waste of time. Now you will find me clearing my schedule to take one. 
  8. Family is forever. The cool thing about having a family is even if your family life growing up was sucky, one day you can start your own. 
  9. It’s okay to send people to voicemail or not text back. It’s your phone, and you have the right to answer it when you want to. 
  10. There is no “right person for you.” I’ve met so many guys and established connections with each of them. I don’t believe that there is one “soul mate” out there for us. We choose who we want to dedicate our lives to every day. 
  11. Siblings are a blessing. Being an only child is awesome, but you know what’s better, having siblings. 
  12. Listen to your elders. They may seem crazy but they have a lot of great stories and lessons. I mean, they have been on the earth a little longer. 
  13. Do things alone. Have you ever tried going to a church service, the movies, or shopping alone? It’s almost better than going with someone. ALMOST! 
  14. You are a role model. It doesn’t matter if you’re a celebrity or a babysitter. We all have a circle of influence and someone out there looks up to you. Would you look up to yourself?  
  15. Be the person you want to meet. Don’t say you want someone who posses qualities you yourself don’t possess, that’s just wrong. 
  16. Call your family weekly. It feels good to catch up and relax. 
  17. Move your body. Working out sucks but the feeling you get after a good, solid workout is incredible. 
  18. Nothing good happens outside your house after 10 PM. Trust me on this one. 
  19. Never go to bed angry. I always wake up in the worst mood. 
  20. Step out of your comfort zone. Talk to someone new or try a new restaurant. You never know what could happen. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Redirecting My Views

I can honestly say that lately my life has been a mess. In the midst of this chaos I lost myself and my morals. It's no secret that I am Christian and try to live my life for Christ and by what the Bible says. I have decided to write this post because I know a lot of my viewers are also fellow Christians and if I can help just one person than I've done my job.

When I say I have lost my morals I mean I threw them completely out the window. Just the past weekend alone I have spent more time using my words to tear people down than I have used them to lift people up. I understand that people can be rude or annoying but that still gives me no right to let my words be used negatively out of bitterness. I've also developed this nasty habit of cussing. Sometimes I do it because I want to be cool, sometimes I do it to make people laugh, and sometimes I do it out of anger and frustration. Of course I would never judge someone if they do cuss because that is entirely up to each person. However, I know my intentions and majority of the time my intentions are to purposefully say them for all the wrong reasons. Lately too I've have this "why me" attitude that is totally unacceptable. When I tell you that practically EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY FRIENDS is in a relationship. This is something I've struggled with so much since high school. I've never been asked to a school dance, never had a real and proper date, or even gotten past the stages of "talking." My insecurities run wild when it comes to guys. It's made me so bitter to have friends who have dated 3-5 guys in the past couple years and I can't even date 1. But you want to know something I realized? If I stay in this rut than things won't get any better. You are what you say you are. You determine your life and your situation, which brings me to the point of this post.




I have decided to redirect my life and stop messing around. Yesterday at church our pastor challenged the whole congregation to spend some quiet time with Christ reading our Bibles. I read my devotional and just decided to start writing my thoughts down in my journal. The more and more I wrote, the more and more thoughts popped into my head. Have I truly been happy lately? When I thought about this long and hard I haven't been happy for a long time. I've been cynical and jealous. When I took a deeper look into my life I've been living my life going through the motions and not making an impact. We each have the opportunity to do something big and here I've been just wasting it. I want to redirect my attention towards all things positive and living for God.


Sorry this was long and for some probably uncomfortable to read. It's my number one goal to be honest and upfront with my feelings so I decided to share. Love you all to pieces.




Thursday, February 6, 2014

Being Single Is Okay!

At my age majority of my friends are dating, in serious relationships, engaged, or even married. I am so happy for them but I can't help but be a little jealous. Growing up I was the little girl that dreamed of her perfect wedding, to her perfect prince charming, with her perfect children soon to follow. Boy was I surprised. I find myself soon to be 21 and I haven't even had a serious relationship. You know what? That's okay. I am 100% content knowing that when it's my time it will be my time. Don't get me wrong, I have had my fair share of being the third wheel and it sucks but I would rather wait for someone who truly loves and accepts me than to settle just because I am desperate to be in a relationship.

As Valentine's Day approaches I feel different than all the other years past. I used to wallow in self pity and sulk in my sorrows. This year I've found peace with the fact that I am single and it's okay. If you think about it, Valentine's Day is a holiday based around love. When I think about Valentine's Day I  think about couples going on super cheesy dates and boxes of chocolates. But what if we all took time to love ourselves a little more? What if this whole day is really about loving your life and everyone in it? I say this Valentine's Day all you single ladies (or boys) join me in happiness rather than the usual sulk fest. 

I challenge you to write a letter to yourself. The ultimate love letter. Give yourself positive encouragement, write down a list of things you like about yourself. Write down your God given gifts. After you write this letter put it in an envelope and seal it. On February 14, 2015 open it up. Next year you will be able to read how far you've come, how much you've changed, and how much you've stayed the same.

Have a very safe and happy Valentine's Day and remember, it's okay if you don't have a special date this year!