9 Things Making Me Smile Vol. 1

Hey friends! It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on the blog – and I’m so excited to start posting regularly here again! If you know me, you know I love to talk – about anything, anytime, anywhere.

With all this corona chaos going on around, I think we all just need a few more reasons to smile, so today I wanted to share a fun post about nine things that have been making me happy lately. I pretty much talk about random things with my friends in person, so here’s a glimpse at what’s been on my mind the last few days – I hope you’re a little happier by the end of it too:)

So grab your much-needed glass of water (oh yes, no coffee over here, this is a healthy lifestyle blog;) and get ready to hear me gush about everything random imaginable! (these are in no particular order… kinda like my converstaions)

1 – The Most Inspiring Twins : Sasha & Christy

First up I chose these amazing girls that I met through Instagram! Pretty much these two incredible girls are who keep me inspired lately – Sasha’s beautiful blog is my go-to place for so much style inspiration and life tips, and Christy’s amazing jewelry store is the best place for gifts or sweet accessories for yourself. Be sure to follow these sweet gals on Instagram – you will be so inspired! Also, Sasha just shared an awesome post about staying calm in corona choas – give it a read here.

2 – These gorgeous songs

I’m literally ALWAYS listening to music, so here are my five favs from the last few days.

Paradise ( or more like the ice dance from the 2018 Olympics)

Beautiful by Ben Rector

Beauty in the Light by the Hollow Coves

Two by Sleeping At Last

I Need You by America – who doesn’t love a good oldie?

3 – This article on Kate Middleton’s Style

4 – Sadie Robertson’s amazing words and her new book!

5 – Springtime!

I spent literally all day today at the beach (picutred above) and the sunshine was gorgeous – can’t wait until the cold wind goes away and we’re into full-fledged summertime.

6 – SUMMER shopping

So looking forward to seeing the sunshine! These darling new Draper James arrivals are cuteness overload, I’ve always thought florals are so cheerful! I also found this jumpsuit – you bet I’m ordering this for the summer! I’m also looking forward to adding this number to my bathing suit collection. Ah, all the summer colors are just so exciting!

7 – The Minimalist Look

Scandinavian Style, chic monotone looks, basically Meghan Markle. I’ve been so obsessed with this look lately. I think simple is so peaceful and classic looking, definitely transitioning into more of a minimalist look for my closet and life.

8 – This Pinterest board – talk about a DREAM home!

I’m working on redoing my room right now, and this board for sure is my inspiration.

9 – Naming my blog – Lykkelig by Lauren

Oh the trials of coming up with the perfect blog name… seriously y’all, it’s close to impossible! All my friends and family tease me about the ever-changing name, but I think I’ve finally settled one this one! I’ve called it Lykkelig by Lauren. My grandparents are from Denmark, so I wanted to incorporate a bit of my history in the name. Lykkelig is Danish for lucky, happy, or joyous, and that is just what I want to share here! I’ve found that pretty much the whole blogger world is about more. Buying more, traveling more, having more, and I want this blog to be different. Here, I’ll empathize all the blessings we already have, making use of what we own, and how we can become more content with who we are and what we have been given – we truly are blessed people and I’m so excited to share more on this in the future!

Well, thanks for reading sweet friend! I’ll see you on my next post.

Alway be grateful dear – you are truly blessed!

Love,

Lauren

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Life with My Beloved Vol. 2 – Be Like Jesus

Be like Jesus. That sounds like a pretty daunting task, doesn’t it? Perfect, really truly without fault. I don’t even come close – none of us do. But it’s actually a command to us as Christians.

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew‬ ‭5:48

So there it is, clear as day. Be perfect. How in the world is that possible? Well, on our own, it certainly is not.

The issue many of us find ourselves in, is struggling on our own to make ourselves perfect. We think that if we remind ourselves moment by moment to be like Jesus, we will. And maybe this helps our actions, but does this really change our heart? We can strive day after day to change our own heart, but after a while, it will just get too hard.

The only way we can be perfect is by surrendering fully to Christ. We have to give our whole heart into His hands in order to be like Him. Every deep corner and hidden place in our hearts must be emptied of ourselves and given away. This can be a difficult, painful process, but in the end, it’s always worth it.

Jesus longs for us to give ourselves to Him. He is so excited to us to give our all and come to Him. He promises in Isaiah,

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (30:21‬)

When we give our whole heart to Christ, He will be the one to mold it and change it into perfection. We don’t have to experience the struggle of changing our stubborn old hearts, Jesus offers to do it for us! He wants us to be just like Him, because He knows that is what will make us most happy.

He is waiting to show you the way with eager, open arms. Why not run to Him?

Love from,

Lauren

Photos by my dear friend Noel

Thoughts inspired by the sermon at my church, you can hear the whole sermon here.

Dog Days of Summer Tomato Salad

Can you believe that AUGUST is almost over already?!?! Where did the summer go, I still don’t know. Seems like I just finished school the other day and now I’m starting my college course today!

Well, I guess there is one bonus for the end of August – tomatoes! I love tomatoes. And I can tell you that is an understatement. I eat so many tomatoes you wouldn’t believe it! There’s just something so refreshing, tangy, and perfect about these little red pieces of fruit…

I wanted to share with y’all on of my absolute favorite ways to eat tomatoes – Mediterranean Tomato Salad. It really doesn’t get any better!

Ahh, just seeing those tomatoes makes me hungry… This salad has the perfect balance of flavors with lemon juice, olive oil, and mint.

This recipe is actually out of this cookbook which has a ton of other amazing recipes as well!

What you will need for the first part is:

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1/3 fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup olive oil

Mix these together and set aside.

Next, you will need:

3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges (as shown)

2 scallions, coarsely chopped

10 green mint leaves, chopped (or if you don’t have fresh mint, you can also use a tablespoon of dried mint)

After you’ve combined the last set of ingredients, pour liquid on top and mix it together. Enjoy!

This salad is one of my favorites and I hope it becomes one of yours too! I love to eat this with a lentil dish or on top of lettuce as well.

Thanks for reading friend!

Can’t wait to see you on my next post:)

Love from,

Lauren

My 1950s Garden Party

Hello there friends! Welcome back to the blog – I’m so excited for today’s post! A few weeks ago my sweet friend Noel and I co-hosted a garden party themed from the 1950s. I’ve always loved poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and bright red lipstick so this day was a dream come true!

Wasn’t this just a perfect dress? I actually found it at a consignment shop a few years ago, and at least found an occasion to wear it! I think finding dressing up for this party was the best part. I was even more thrilled when EVERYONE who showed up was dressed in vintage attire! It made the party so special.

Please appreciate this fine chocolate artwork – it was not an easy feat to accomplish;)

I guess I’ll begin telling about the party with the delicious food we served. The night before, my friends and I were in the kitchen baking until well after midnight (pro tip: don’t practice swing dancing while you’re supposed to be decorating chocolate strawberries and watching your cake in the oven…) Despite our crazy time in the kitchen, the desserts turned out beautiful as you can see, thanks to Noel:)

This orange cake was the centerpiece of the food – isn’t it gorgeous?
Raspberry thumbprint cookies have always been a favorite of mine – they added a darling touch to the array of desserts.
We didn’t want to have just sweets, so we had some cheese and cucumber sandwiches as well.

Next, we headed outside to play lawn games. We played croquet and badminton for a few minutes, but unfortunately the day was so hot everyone wanted to go inside. So we had a swing dance lesson instead – and that was a blast! 1950s music is my favorite, if you’re looking for a great song, try this one… We used Spotify for our playlist and they have an amazing selection of old music!

For our decor, we wanted light, airy, and vintage, and I think our dollar store pompom garlands did the trick! 🙌🏻 Also, shoutout to my sister for letting us use her pennant banner – isn’t that fabric the cutest?

Despite the overwhelming heat and some slightly melted chocolates, the party went off without a hitch. Hope you find this helpful for hosting your own vintage party sometime – I’d recommend it for sure:)

Thanks so much for reading friend! I’ll see you on my next post.

Love from,

Lauren

Don’t mess with these hostesses…

A Morning Berry Picking Trip

Blueberry picking is for sure a Michigan must-do. One morning last week, I took a trip to some fields not far from our house. To say the least, the fields were magical… In the morning mist, the frosty blue of the blueberries was breathtaking (not to mention delicious!)

Lately, west Michigan weather has been unbearably hot, so it was definitely a good idea to go in the morning! Somehow, my mom and I managed to pick enough blueberries, but I’m sure I ate twice as many as I put in the bucket… they were so sweet and juicy!

On a side note, I just had to share my favorite part of this outfit – these linen shorts. I wore them all. the. time. last summer on my tour of Europe – and they still look amazing – such great quality for the price! I also have them in this beautiful blue.

Back to the berries, if you’re looking for something to do in Michigan, you’re never far from a blueberry field for sure, and I can’t recommend picking berries enough!

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you on my next post!

Love from,

Lauren