35 Praise and Worship Songs-My Playlist

I love to make playlists, and recently I have been compiling my favorite praise and worship songs with some of my new favorites and some old classics! I love a mix of old and new. My favorite time of day to listen to my Jesus music is right when I wake up in the morning, and I am getting ready for work. I have some time all to myself and I can just really listen to the lyrics. I love to pray during this time, and it helps me get my day started off in the right direction. There is just something therapeutic about listening to some uplifting music and putting on your makeup, well for me atleast! 

Here are 35 songs I am currently loving:

I LOVE Lauren Daigle so here are my all time favorites from her on my playlist:

First

How Can It Be

Trust in You

O’Lord

Once and for All

Come Alive (Dry Bones)

Here’s My Heart

Loyal

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Rescue

Look Up Child

Rebel Heart

Power to Redeem

Love Like This

Other Artists:

Waymaker by Leeland

Reckless Love by Cory Asbury

I Surrender All by Newsboys

I Have Decided by Elevation Worship (The live version is amazing!)

Great Are You Lord by one sonic society

Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson

Raise a Hallelujah by Bethel Music,Jonathan David Hesler and Melissa Hessler 

Something Beautiful by NEEDTOBREATHE

I Lift My Hands by Chris Tomlin

Praise You in this Storm by Casting Crowns 

TESTIFY by NEEDTOBREATHE

There is Power in the Blood by Alan Jackson 

The Blood Medley by Anthem Lights

How Great Thou Art by Anthem Lights 

Great is Thy Faithfulness by Selah 

What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong Worship 

Proof of Your Love by for King & Country 

Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli

Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett

Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship 

See a Victory by Elevation Worship

These are just a few of my favorites that I am currently listening to, and I hope these give you some new songs to add to your playlist! Please feel free to share some of your favorites with me and drop a comment if you want me to do more blog posts like this one!

6 Beauty Products You Can’t Live Without-Walmart Edition

I don’t know about you but I am all about a bargain. Wherever I go I always try to get the best deal and bee-line straight to the back of the store to check the clearance rack first to see what treasures I can find. I like to spoil myself and splurge occasionally….I mean come one who doesn’t?! But I always set out to find the best products that not only make me feel and smell good but that are also affordable. So I want to share some products that I found that make you feel and smell amazing but won’t break the bank! Better yet, most of these you can find at your local Walmart! P.S. none of these are sponsored just products I love and use everyday!

  1. Method Body Wash-Simply Nourish 

This is my go-to body wash and scent especially for the summer. It is a warmer scent, and it smells AMAZING! If you like a warm coconut and shea butter smell, then you will love this one! I have not tried any other scents from the method body but I love what they stand for. Their products are paraben free and never tested on animals, which makes me love them even more!

  1. Maui Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

Another one of my favorite products is the Maui Moisture line. They have a line of tropical scents that smell amazing and they are so good for your hair. They are paraben and sulfate free, but also way more affordable then some hair care brands!! I currently use the coconut milk scented shampoo and conditioner, and it smells like candy! The scent stays on your hair unlike other shampoos and keeps you smelling good all day long! 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Maui-Moisture-Nourish-Moisture-Coconut-Milk-Shampoo-13-Oz/154770030

  1. Shea Moisture Baby Lotion- 100% Virgin Coconut Oil

Yes I know it is baby lotion, but it smells AMAZING! The scent isn’t very strong, but it lasts a long time which I like! It is very moisturizing, soaks into your skin, and it doesn’t feel oily! Shea moisture products are also paraben and sulfate free, and they are not tested on animals. I use this after I take a shower and it makes my skin feel so so soft and hydrated. It makes me feel so much better that I am using good quality products on my skin.

  1. Tree Hut Sugar Scrub

I love using this sugar scrub to exfoliate a few times a week! I used the mocha and coffee bean scent, but they have a ton to choose from. It helps to make your legs feel silky smooth after you shave, and just helps to make you feel a little extra pampered in your nightly routine.

  1. Dr. Teals Epsom Salts/ Bubble Bath

I love putting this in my bath, especially the lavender scent! I use it before bed to help me relax after a long day of work or even after a workout to soothe my muscles ! I honestly love anything by Dr. Teals and they are more affordable than other soaking salts.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Dr-Teal-s-Pure-Epsom-Salt-Soaking-Solution-Soothe-Sleep-with-Lavender-3-lb/14089666

  1. Philips Sonicare ToothBrush

I know this may be a little pricey, but it is by far one of the best tooth brushes I’ve ever had. I have struggled with teeth problems my whole life and this is by far the best I have found. I know it may not seem like a beauty product but it is something that has changed my night routine. It makes me feel like I just got my teeth professionally cleaned. If you are very picky about your teeth like me this is such a good investment especially if you are cavity prone like me! It comes in some fun colors too! https://www.walmart.com/ip/Philips-sonicare-protectiveclean-4100-plaque-control-rechargeable-electric-toothbrush-with-pressure/728536307

5 Things I Didn’t Expect When Getting Married at 19

Young marriage is becoming more common in our world today, and it still receives a lot of negative feedback from family members, peers, parents and even strangers. Everyone’s situation is different, but I want to share some of the things I have experienced and didnt expect when getting married at a young age.

A little backstory to preface this, my husband and I got married when we were 19. My husband was in the military at the time and young marriage isn’t uncommon among military couples. Before that we were high school sweethearts and had a long distance relationship for almost two years while he was in the Marine Corps and I was in college. We decided that we didn’t want to be apart anymore and one deployment later we finally got engaged!!

We had a beautiful winter wedding on December 30,2017. We paid for most of our wedding ourselves. We saved all of our extra money, and I even worked two jobs on top of going to college because we wanted to have the wedding we had always dreamed about. On the coldest day in a December that we had in YEARS in Indiana, we said “I Do”. We had the time of our lives, but…. we faced a lot of challenges to get to where we are today. With that being said let’s dive right into the things I did not expect when getting married at 19….

  1. A. LOT. of Negativity 

I knew when making this decision that I would face a lot of different opinions, but what I didn’t expect was a lot of backlash from my family. 

My parents didn’t approve of my decision, they thought I was giving up so much by getting married young. It made me question a lot during that time, but I knew in my heart that it was right for me. Things eventually turned around, and I gained my parents and my family’s support, but that was something I definitely was not prepared for.

I would also receive comments from family and friends saying I was “too young” and that I needed to “experience life” or that we would end up divorced. These comments were hard to hear at times, but stay true to yourself!

  1. You Grow Up Fast

I have always been pretty mature for my age, but moving out on your own when you’re newlyweds makes you grow up a lot faster than most people your age. It is a big adjustment, but it teaches you so much about each other. I had to learn how to balance school, work, and running a household all while trying to make new friends in a new state. It really puts you out of your comfort zone and helps you to be thankful that you have each other.

  1. It Can Be a Big Transition

Living with each other is so exciting when you’re newlyweds, but it can be a big change. We had to learn how to live together, but also still respect each other’s space and individuality. My husband likes to play video games. He was used to living alone and being able to play whenever he wanted, that was something we had to work through and figure out how to balance our time. I usually had homework to do, but that was still a big adjustment for me. Having time to yourself and being an individual is important. So if you have a hobby that you or your spouse enjoy, take some time for yourselves once in awhile!

  1. Marriage is Work

Now I know this sounds naive, but I knew marriage wasnt going to be entirely “living on love” like Alan Jackson says, but you have to show up for each other everyday. My husband was in the military and that can be especially challenging sometimes because he was gone A. LOT. Long distance and changing plans can be hard on a marriage. What I learned is you have to set a good foundation and learn how to be a unit. So when trouble does come you can work through it together. The first year is a big learning curve, but give each other some grace and grow together.

  1. You Gain the Best Friend You Will Ever Have

Again, this seems like an obvious point but my husband is my person, my lobster, the one I can tell anything. We made the promise to each other that no matter how hard it may be we will always be honest with one another. Sometimes that can be a curse more than a blessing, especially when one of us is hangry! He knows all of my quirks and I know all of his. You spouse becomes your best friend, and that makes it all worth it. Take time to learn each other’s love language and don’t compare yourself to other couples. Everyone shows their love in a different way!

Getting married at 19 was one of the best decisions I ever made, and the only thing I regret is not marrying him sooner 😉 Young marriage may not be for everyone but if you know in your heart that it is what is best for you than do it! We get to grow together and learn so much together. Here we are now 22 going on three years of marriage, getting ready to build our first home together! Even if you face backlash and negativity things do get better and in the end you have to do what’s best for YOU and not worry so much about what everyone else has to say!

5 Things To Do Before Transitioning Out of the Military-Spouse Edition

 I decided to write this blog because honestly there isn’t a lot of information out there about this topic, especially for spouses. So, hopefully I can give you a little insight on some of the things ex-military spouses might not tell you. 

If your spouse is anything like mine he was so ready to be out of the military. He was thankful for the opportunity, and what it taught him, but ultimately he was ready to be FREE!! Me on the other hand, I was sad about leaving all the friends and memories we had made, I was sad seeing all of our things in boxes…again. I was sad to leave the life we had there, BUT….. this  BIG change also meant no more deployments, long field ops, sleeping alone, or plans that CONSTANTLY changed (if you know, you know). 

So amidst of all these mixed emotions, you are bound to forget something or wish you had done things differently. So I put together five things to do before transitioning out of the military that I wish I would have done. 

  1. Start Packing Your House Early

This is one thing I wish I would have known and taken into consideration. My husband and I moved ourselves, and didn’t choose to have the military moving service pack our house.

Start by packing the things you don’t need in the coming weeks such as home decor, seasonal items, and seasonal clothing you don’t need at the time. Also, LABEL EVERYTHING. I labeled all of our boxes so when we got home I knew where everything was and it made unpacking so much smoother. 

Pack all of your essential kitchen items last, along with furniture, this may save your from eating fast food for ahwile, but eventually you will be sleeping on an air matress and ordering pizza for a few nights because it is hard to avoid it in the end! Just make the best of it!

  1. Look for a Place to Live 

This may seem like a “no brainer” but it was something we wish we would have put a little more effort into before moving. If you are lucky you could stay with family during the awkward transition time, but if you don’t this would be a very important step to take. Look at houses or apartments within your budget and be transparent about your situation. The house buying process can take awhile, and so can getting approved for an apartment. It is best to be proactive so you are not stuck staying in a hotel or with a relative for a long period of time.

I would say it is best to start looking at least a month or two before you know you’re moving or once your spouse has a set EAS date or is taking terminal leave.

  1. Start Looking for a Job 

My husband and I were lucky to find jobs fairly quickly after coming home, but this is aso something I wish I would have been more proactive about. Finding a job can be hard in general, let alone trying to move and find a job. It also depends on your profession and type of work, also the type of work your spouse wants to go into as well. Do they want to stay in the same/similar job they had in the military or do they want to pursue a something completely different?

My husband was a Tank Crewman in the Marine Corps and his job did not transition to any civilian jobs, so that is also something to think about when looking for a potential job. Again, I would start looking for a job once your spouse has a set EAS date, or about one to two months before you move. I would also be very transparent with your future employer about your situation.

  1. Hire Someone to Clean your House

This isn’t something that is completely necessary but it is something that I wish we did, especially since we lived in base housing. Some places are more strict than others, but amidst the chaos of moving sometimes this allows you to worry a little less about the minor details especially with dogs and kids. 

  1. SAVE. SAVE. SAVE. 

Lastly, my most important tip is to SAVE. YOUR. MONEY. It is important to have savings in general, but saving for the transition of getting out of the military is the most important tip I can give you! Moving can have its unexpected expenses such as a Uhaul or moving truck, storage units, food and travel. Also, having savings for when you move can also provide some cushion if you or your spouse can’t find a job right away, or you have an unexpected expense when moving into your new home. I would try to save enough for you and your spouse to live off of for at least 6 months (if you can) just in case the unexpected happens!

Now I know these may be generic or “no brainers” to most but these tips definitely would have helped me to transition back into civilian life with my husband. The military lifestyle can make you very comfortable in your situation because you always have a steady paycheck, benefits, housing, etc. That can be a big reality check when you get into civilian life. So, I threw it back to the basics to help you out and give you some tips that definitely would have saved me and my spouse some money and tears in the moving process!

ABOUT ME

Hello Everyone! I’m Riley. I started this blog to have a creative outlet from my mundane 9-5 job. It has always been a dream of mine to be a self-starter and share my passions with others.

In this season of my life, I am working to figure out adulthood. I want to share my passion for baking, home decor, organizing and all things lifestyle!

To be a little more personal, I am from a small town in Indiana. I went to school with the same people from kindergarten all the way through highschool, and my graduating class was just shy of 100 people!

I got married to my highschool sweetheart at 19 and we moved to a new state to live the military life for a few years! We loved all of the lessons that season of our life taught us, but we have since moved back home to Indiana to start a new chapter.

We are building our first home, saving as much money as we can, and looking to grow our family in the near future, but for now we will love on our Golden fur baby named Maverick.

I look forward to sharing all of these new life changes with you in my blog posts, who knows I may even start a Youtube channel!

Please feel free to message me your suggestions, comments, or questions! I look forward to connecting with new people 🙂