Friday, November 14

"Better" EP Announcement!

Mark your calendars! We are so excited to announce the release of our brand new "Better" EP of original music produced by Jesse Barrera, coming November 25th! We'll be posting daily videos next week leading up to the release to show you the recording and producing process that went into our new songs. We can't wait for you to hear what we've been working on!

Sunday, November 2

30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge

As we approach this wonderful Holiday season, we invite you to join with us during the month of November in a thirty day effort to live a more grateful life! We're excited to share with you our thoughts and experiences and hope you'll be right there alongside us as we work to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. You can share your progress and we'll keep you posted across social media by using #GSgratitude.

Here are 30 suggestions we came up with to help guide you in this gratitude challenge! Feel free to do what you feel will help you individually, especially since gratitude is a pattern of thinking and behavior.

30 Day Gratitude Challenge

1.     Write someone a Thank-You note.
2.     Keep a daily gratitude journal.
3.     Invite a friend to join you in becoming more grateful! Talk and set goals together.
4.     Create a music playlist to listen to daily that that uplifts and inspires you, and makes you feel thoughtful and reflective.
5.     Do a personal study on the word “gratitude” and come up with a list of ways that you can develop a more grateful attitude.
6.     Think of a teacher who has been a great influence in your life and send them a letter, email, or note expressing your gratitude for their service.
7.     Make a conscious effort to use the words “Thank You” more sincerely and frequently.
8.     In moments where you find yourself complaining or thinking negatively, immediately stop and list five things to yourself that you are grateful for.
9.     Write a letter to a serviceman or woman serving in the armed forces.
10. In a place you can see it daily, write or print out the words, “Today, I am grateful for…”
11. Offer a specific prayer of gratitude, where you only express thanks for what you have and do not ask for anything in return.
12. Make a dedicated effort to be more grateful to your parents. Let them know you appreciate their love, support, and care.
13. Take a walk or go explore in nature by yourself and observe the beauty around you. Send grateful thoughts to everything you see, feel, hear, and touch that inspires you.
14. Read a self-help book on gratitude and set goals for yourself as you complete each chapter.
15. Spend 10 minutes in quiet meditation focusing on the great abundance that surround you in your life.
16. Contact a Grandparent and thank them for their influence in your life.
17. Visit someone who is in a nursing home, or someone elderly who could use a friend.
18. Leave a generous tip to your server next time you eat out at a restaurant.
19. Double your prayers. Say twice as many as you usually do.
20. Spend a few minutes thinking of someone who could use some love. Send them a text letting them know you are thinking of them.
21. Think grateful thoughts throughout your day, especially in the morning when you wake up, and in the evening before you go to sleep.
22. Change the wallpaper on your phone and laptop to something that reminds you of all you are blessed with.
23. Think of an act of service you could do for your mother or roommates around the house and do it.
24. Write your closest friend a letter of gratitude.
25. Do a Pinterest search for quotes on gratitude. Print out a couple of your favorites and place them where you can see them every day.
26. Write a note to each of your siblings to let them know how grateful you are for them.
27. Make an extra dish during your Thanksgiving feast and take it to someone in need.
28. Do a scripture study on gratitude. Search the word of God to know what you can do to be a more grateful person.
29. Spend a day without your cell phone. Be present with all those you come in contact with and express gratitude sincerely to everyone you see.
30. Help prepare and serve a meal at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen.

Happy Thank-ing!

Saturday, October 25


Happy Halloween Everyone! 
So to be honest, I've never actually enjoyed Halloween until this year. I don't know what came over me, but I was determined to throw a Halloween party complete with food, costumes, candles, and desserts galore! We went all out this year, and I think we might have to make it tradition! You can check out this party in action below! Have Fun Y'all! 
<3 Mandi

Let's just say scary movies, haunted houses, creepy masks, and anything that jumps out at me I try to avoid at all costs! I won't even walk up the driveway of a house that has any freaky Halloween decor. I just keep on walking! So naturally, my idea of a Halloween party is sparkly, cute, and more harvest themed than haunted.

Thanks to Target and Michaels Arts & Crafts, I was able to find all the cute little trinkets I needed to get the house all sparkly and festive for Halloween! I decided bright purple, shiny black, and sparkling orange were perfect for a classy Halloween color scheme. 

Chocolate covered pretzels are the cutest, simplest, party treat ever! You can stick them in a jar, cover them in sprinkles, or bag them up and send them home with your guests!

These adorable Pumpkin Deviled Eggs were delicious and insanely easy! The recipe can be found here 

I basically begged my mom to make her famous Pumpkin Bars, it's a secret family recipe, but she might decide to share them with you if you keep a lookout on her blog! They are seriously melt-in-your-mouth AMAZING! 

What's Fall without pumpkin and squash? 
For dinner tonight I made a Butternut Squash with Pears and Rosemary soup. It was delicious. Took me all morning, but it was worth every minute! Thank you William Sonoma for the great recipe

These Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies are to DIE for! 
Adapted from: Here

I hope your Halloween is magical and delicious this year! Spend a little extra time with your family this season, have so much fun dressing up, and stay safe trick-or-treating! 
Happy Halloween from our family to yours! 

Wednesday, October 22

October Seaside

Fall is filled with some of my favorite things in the world: food, family, sweaters, colorful leaves, pumpkin bread, and fall break. This year fall break was a much needed time to re-assess my priorities and set goals, whilst being surrounded by scenic views (and my equally as beautiful sisters).

I tend to get swallowed up in the routine of school and other activities, and forget the things that matter most. Going into nature is one of my favorite ways to relieve stress and forget things that aren't very important. There's something about admiring the creations that Heavenly Father has given us that revives and inspires me.

 The ocean is my favorite place in the world. (I prefer the warmth of Hawaii's beaches, but this is beautiful too!) I love the contrast of the water and the vibrant color of evergreen trees in this picture. 

This fall season, try to spend time with people you love, go outside, stress less, and be happy! And eat really good food (fall food is the BOMB-DIGGITY). 
<3 Lindsay

Friday, October 10

Falling Into...Autumn

The colors in these woods were unreal. I love when the leaves change colors! It's nice to just get out and explore... And talk and laugh and be inspired by nature. When your phone has no service you're doing something right. ;)
xoxo Allie

Yup. I am in Heaven.
 There is something beautifully peaceful about the fall, and I take full advantage of the cooler weather to start on my hot chocolate kick that lasts the rest of the year. Now is the perfect time to grab your favorite sweater and your camera, and head into the colorful unknown. Autumn is a magical time of the year full of beauty and color, and an opportunity to spend more time exploring the world around us with the people we love. Happy fall everyone! 
<3 Mandi

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year! I love the colorful changes in the landscape, the sunny transition into cooler weather, and the feeling of warmth and comfort that comes with the season. Before the temperature drops towards the end of the year, I love spending a lot of time outside, soaking in the last weeks of sunshine and experiencing the beautiful contrast of reds, oranges, yellows and browns of the leaves in the trees with the Carolina blue of the sky. That is my favorite shade of blue - October sky blue. There is something so wonderful about Autumn; it's nature's time to gear up for winter, and our chance to be present and entranced by its beauty. 

The colors of the leaves against the sky are unreal! It looks like a painting!

This road was so magical; the leaves littering the ground are like nature's confetti.

Sunday, September 28

Behind The Music: All My Life

I’m the kind of girl who is in love with love. You know, Mr. Darcy and Miss Bennet, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan, Arwen and Aragorn kind of love. (I just realized Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly appear twice in those references. I sense a theme here…) I am so inspired by love stories in novels and those portrayed in timeless films, and have found that most of the songs that are most natural for me to write are about my personal relationships and the experiences I have falling in and out of love.

I feel that so often, the types of “love” we see in the media or in our social circles are the kind of lustful, fleeting emotions that don’t constitute true, lasting love. Relationships are centered around temporary personal satisfaction, rather than trusting, long term commitment, and this false sense of  “love” is what drives people into damaging and often unwise relationships with nothing to bind them together other than physical attraction or common interests.

One day I saw a video on YouTube called, “What is Love”, which tells the real-life story of an Australian couple named Bill & Glad who have spent a lifetime building a wonderful, deep relationship and celebrated 50 years of marriage together. I was so touched by Bill’s commitment to serving and loving his dear wife, who could no longer take care of herself, that I was brought to tears. I pulled out my guitar and watched the video on repeat, and started writing the love story that I felt was told in the video through song. I wrote the lyrics from my own perspective; they are what I want to say to the man I will love forever, the man I will spend the rest of my life and have a family with. I haven’t met him yet, but “All My Life” is the promise I hope to be able to exchange with the man I will honor and cherish and love as my husband in the future.

I’m so grateful to the channel who produced the “What is Love?” video, yesHEis, for allowing me to use the video that inspired me to hope for higher love. I am honored to be able to share Bill & Glad’s sweet story with our song and I hope many people can relate when they think of their sweetheart and forever love. Thanks also to our friend Luke Melrose, for filming us and the story of young Bill & Glad.

Real love is selfless, committed, patient, and is sealed with trust, total fidelity, and honor. This kind of love is what binds families together and allows us to become the people we have the potential to be. As we go through hard times, true love is what holds us together and helps us grow closer and eventually become completely unified. This is the kind of love I know I’ll find one day, if I am doing everything I can to be worthy of it. There is no need to settle for anything less than the Bill & Glad, “All My Life” kind of love. You are worth it!


Thursday, September 18

Leather, Leather and More Leather

Fall is here!!! 

I can't believe how fast this year is going by... Now fall out of all four seasons has a special place in my heart. Probably because my birthday is in September, the weather gets perfect for hiking, and I live in cardigans year-round, so now I'm not dying when I wear them. Anyways, my favorite trend this fall has to be leather leggings! They are so fun and versatile, and I wanted to share a few ways to wear a pair of your favorite leather leggings this year! Let's go crazy!!!
 Leather + Sweater = Texture Heaven   
Slip on your favorite knit sweater, your leather leggings, and a pair of rockin' boots, and you're ready for a night out in the fall chill! It looks dressy, but if you really look closely, it's just like normal leggings and a t-shirt! Ahhh! Comfort!!!! 

Forever21: Leggings  Marshalls: Similar (Sweater-red) Forever21: Boots

Let's take that comfort to a whole new level... 
So if you're anything like me, sometimes you have those mornings where you don't feel like getting ready, and it's a toss between leggings and sweats. Leather leggings make it look like you tried when you're secretly in your PJ's! Sounds like a win-win to me. Pair your lazy leggings with a comfy tank and soft cardigan, and put on your favorite sneakers. If you want to add a little edge to it, grab a hat on the way out the door and a chunky bracelet. 

 Forever21: Leggings  Tank  H&M: Similar (cardigan) H&M: Similar (hat) Target: Similar (shoes)

So what about a good in-between you ask? Well I'll give you a good in-between... 
Shoes are my weakness. SHOES ARE A BEAUTIFUL THING! Haha! No, but shoes really can singlehandedly make an outfit fierce, girly, edgy, simple, preppy, fancy... you name it. So to make a good in-between outfit for anytime of day, make it simple and then add a great pair of shoes. If you have a simple shirt on don't be afraid to play with accessories! 

Forever21: Leggings Brandy: Similar (shirt) Marshalls: Similar (shoes)

Happy Fall Everyone! I can't wait to see how you wear your leather leggings this year! 
<3 Mandi