UIF | Prayer Partners for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon

As many of you know, I am a coach/missionary volunteer year round for Urban Impact Foundation. This year, with the support of family and friends, I raised $1000 to run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon to benefit UIF. Running 13.1 miles is not an easy feat, but one of the things that really helped me last time was creating a prayer list for each mile and writing it on my arm so I could pray for each item as I ran. This year, I am asking you to get involved with me! As Matthew 18:20 says, “Where two or more are gathered together in my name, I am there with them.” 

I am asking for pledges of prayer support to pray through my list with me this Sunday morning during the time that I will be running. I have experienced the power of group prayer and can attest to the transformative affects it has. Please join me in praying for Northside, Urban Impact, and the families and kids that I have had the opportunity to connect with through programs over the past three years. 


Mile 1: The program and mission of UIF. 

Mile 2: Nathan A. and his family (boy on my baseball team this year being raised by his grandpa and extended family.) For the Lord to capture his heart early and that he would find redemption in his story via knowing the Lords love for him. That the Lord would surround the people raising him and give them strength, wisdom and love as they walk through the situations they have been presented with. 

Mile 3: Lee and Sean W. That the lord would continue to capture their hearts and be present in their lives. For strength for both of them. (Lee was on my baseball team the last two years but not this year, Sean is his brother.) 

Mile 4: Amoni (girl in my hip hop class this year) that the lord would move in her life and that she would know there are people and a God that loves her. For the Lord to guide her attention and help with behavioral issues in school. 

Mile 5: The team administrators, coaches, and volunteers that make the Athletics program at UIF possible. For their families and blessings for the act of faith of supporting their missionary via the gift of their time. For patience, wisdom, discernment, assertiveness and grace. 

Mile 6: Kai’ Lynn, Mason, Corey. (Siblings) That the Lord would continue to develop in their lives. Rondell and Delshawn (siblings) that the Lord would capture their hearts and work in their lives. 

Mile 7: Maxwell D. That he develops a love for the Lord and that he is able to direct his energy into baseball.

Mile 8: Travis P. He’s no longer with the program but that the Lord would watch over him and protect him. That he would know he’s loved.

Mile 9: Strength to finish the race (literally and figuratively) for all runners both that are running for UIF and those who ae not.

Mile 10: the families of the kids involved in UIF. 

Mile 11: That the mission of the Lord would continue to be carried out in Northside.

Mile 12: For families who have lost loved ones to violence and crime in Pittsburgh. 

Mile 13: Thanking the Lord for his blessings and how he moves in our lives. 
Thank you so much for your pledge of prayer support!

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Fashion | Kimono Styling 

One of the hottest trends at the moment is the kimono. I can understand why! It’s super pretty, feminine, and versitile. My orange floral kimono from Charlotte Russe is actually my most favorite piece of clothing. No matter how I wear it, I always feel pretty and girly in the chiffon fabric and crocheted lace trim!  

 
Here I paired it with a pair of white shorts, tan Michael Kors wedges (got them for $35 at Marshall’s woohoo!) and a tan Michael Kors cross body bag. It’s great for those spring and summer nights when you still need a light jacket. 

This is just one way to dress it up, but the ways you can wear it are endless! 

What are some of your favorite ways to wear a kimono?

Active PGH | Pirates Charities 5k

  This weekend I participated in my first official 5k race benefitting the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities. It was a beautiful morning for a race, a tad chilly, but the sun rise was so gorgeous to watch. It was a last minute decision that I made to join because I have been having such a hard time getting up and getting motivated to run early in the morning before work. However, I know I’m going to regret not getting any in when in a few weeks I will be running Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Half Marathon to benefit Urban Impact. Plus I just love the Pirates (you’ll see as the spring and summer go on that I’m slightly obsessed). So I figured if I paid to run in a race then I would surely get up early and run. It worked and I even made a new PR at 31 minutes!  

    

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Review | Hey Honey Open Your Eyes Contour Serum

Raise your hand if you don’t get enough sleep. Keep them raised if you wake up puffy and have baggy under eyes in the morning. I think that’s the majority of women these days… Working at a break neck pace with hardly any time to breathe, let alone sleep. Do you ever find yourself wishing there was an easy fix for those bags that didn’t take five cups of coffee and three hours of waiting? 

  I found just the thing and I’m obsessed with it! It’s called Open Your Eyes by Hey Honey. Its this thin serum that goes on when you wake up and actually starts working right away. Sisters, it ACTUALLY works! I can’t tell you how clutch its been to add this to my make up kit for those early mornings and on days when I wake up and my allergies get the best of me. On nights when I have to work modeling jobs late this helps me not look so tired from the day. It’s light weight, doesn’t tingle, doesn’t burn, you virtually can not feel it once it’s dry and it isn’t affected by make up going on over top of it. It’s not too good to be true! I got mine in my Ipsy bag last month but you can find it online here

Lifestyle | Starting Our Garden

Today M (my four year old male nanny kid) and I started our germination pods for our garden! It’s a super easy and super cheap way to keep your kid entertained all spring and it’s so rewarding to be able to pick and eat the fruits (or vegetables hehe) of your labor! 

I think total our start up cost was about $10.00 at WalMart. We bought a 36 pod Jiffy germination container, and 7 different types of seeds.

   
 The pods come dry and you just add water and watch them grow. M loved this part.

  
After you hydrate the pods, you have to pull the fabric out a bit from the top so you can poke holes for the seeds. 

  
Then you drop the seeds down in the holes and cover with dirt. 

  
Don’t forget to make a map of what you’re planting so you can remember what each thing is when you start to see sprouts in a few weeks! 

 Put the cover on a leave by a window that gets plenty of light, only watering when the pods start to look light brown and dry. 

Keep checking back for garden updates! 

Secret | Lime Water 

I know I’m not the only one who’s been stuck three days before a special occasion wishing I’d worked out a few extra minutes and maybe skipped out on the cookies that week. I especially notice bloating and extra puffiness days before I have to walk in a fashion show or have studio time scheduled. Even though people say they don’t notice a difference (and they’re probably right) it can totally kill your confidence to feel super bloated. One of the things I do when I don’t have much time left before an event is to drink fresh lime water. This only works if you squeeze the juice and pulp of real limes into water. Bonus effect for hot lime water. I do this two to three days before a show or event and it truly works like magic. You can also do this if you’re having a hard time kicking cravings for sweets. I usually use about 3-4 limes per day during this time off setting one glass of lime water with a glass of just regular water. You still eat food! This is super important!!! EAT woman, eat! Just make sure its clean foods that your body can process and won’t add extra salt into your system. Salt = bloating.