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Sweet As A Flower

One of the many qualities I admire in my mom so much is the fact that no matter how old my sisters and I get, she still goes out of her way to create a fun family atmosphere. Her excuse now is that she does it for the grandkids. My personal opinion says she secretly uses it as a way to baby her overgrown daughters for as long as she can. Hey, I’m not complaining! There’s no touch like that of a mother…no matter how old you are.

Not sure where she came up with her latest creation, but I have to admit it brought a little sunshine to my morning and a smile to my face.

This breakfast is so creative, cute, and overwhelmingly easy! Even someone as simple as I can manage this while looking like a baking genius.

Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls

Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls

She took an easy can of Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls and formed it into the shape of a flower. On a large cookie sheet place one roll as the center. The other rolls are unrolled, cut in half, and formed into half ovals as the petals, keeping one long and straight as the stem. All the other baking directions will remain the same. To add some extra cute flair and texture, she added canned mandarin oranges into the centers of the petals and drizzled the Orange icing over the top.

What I especially love about this is that it can be done with regular cinnamon rolls and any other variation of fruit. Not only did my cheesy family have a blast with it, but I see it as being a great option for a brunch or a huge hit for a children’s slumber party as well. Delicious!

❤ Hayley Elise


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Chloe & Isabel

Those who know me, know I’m not too keen in the jewelry department. If it’s not simple, a gift, or a piece with a story behind it, chances are I won’t be sportin’ it. This is why I especially appreciate those sparkly little gifts so much. My friends are brilliant at picking out bling for me!

This past year, a good friend of mine has been feeding me with some great new pieces for my little wooden jewelry box. Not only are the products super cute, but the packaging is what really caught my eye. Adorable!

Check out Chloe & Isabel

Great pieces suitable for any woman, at any age!

Great pieces suitable for any woman, at any age!


Rockin these new earrings!

Rockin these new earrings!

Great for personal purchases and always a winner when looking for that perfect gift.  And if you really like what you see, you may even want to consider selling it. What a fun and creative way to make a few extra bucks!

❤ Hayley Elise

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Raising A Warrior

Raising a Warrior

Proverbs 31:1-9

“The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him; “What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which destroys kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink, For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter. Let him drink and forget his poverty, And remember his trouble no more. Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. “

prayer warrior

 One of the most beautiful things about the Bible is that no matter how many times I read a passage, a verse can always bloom into a new form of beauty that had remained hidden from me before.

She speaks with a rare wisdom; as if her knowledge has come from observing the world spin for hundreds of years. Out of my own foolishness it seemed slightly unfitting that the chapter would be split between a wise king and a God-fearing woman. Suddenly it’s crystal clear.

This morning was a bit rocky at work and I got called a few expletives. What really threw me for a loop is that those words were being hurled at me from the mouth of a four year old. FOUR. YEARS. OLD! I won’t repeat what she said, but it broke my heart to see this young, mold-able girl act out in the ways that she must be witnessing to be okay. It pressed upon my heart the importance of good, solid parenting. Discipline, instruction, and good role models are huge in the life of a child.

King Lemuel was a wise man of character who exemplified evidence of being raised by a 31 woman. She warned him against all the different shapes his life could possibly take. There was no need to bury his problems in alcohol or drugs. Women would never be able to fully satisfy him. His source of strength was poured down on him from things above and beyond the earthly. The purpose of His life was so much more important than material. Every morning he dressed himself in full armor prepared for battle. Not only did he practice this in his own life, but also in the lives of those who could not defend themselves. He expressed love and respect for all those around him, even when they could do nothing for him. To me this is a true test of character.

Reading through this passage again is where it hit me. Being in a high position, how did he humble himself enough to see past his own pride and selfishness? Besides the obvious grace of God, someone had to help him along the rocky journey of life. Not only was he given great gifts of wisdom, compassion, and love, but he was given someone to model that to him. Based on the written words, his mother saw the value in his life and the effect he would have on others. It seems she did everything in her power to make him aware of this and helped exercise and grow his gifts into major strengths.

Looking back I see those same things apparent in my life. Not only with my own parents but more importantly in how the Lord deals with my disobedience and stupidity. At times I couldn’t understand it. Now I see how He was molding and stretching me; teaching me lessons over the years pruning me into the woman He desires me to be. That kind of discipline is what I truly value as an adult. He saw my potential when I had no clue it even existed.

This woman did the same. She invested time, effort, and hard-work without underestimating the value of raising her child correctly from day one. Remaining diligent was probably tough in the beginning, but it sure seems to have made it much easier and rewarding in the long run. She did not fear her child hating her instruction. She only feared what her child would become without it.

I understand it now. The chapter opens with this significant woman who is hiding behind the scenes of raising a warrior. The impact she had on her son is directly related to the impact he has on others. Though the passage is indirectly about her, she has gained so much of my respect for raising the kind of man and leader I would hope to one day marry. Verses that follow are the recipe for how to mirror that amazing woman.

Today I may be far from marriage and children. Still, I see how important it is to model myself after her starting now. Much work needs to be done in my own life before I am even halfway prepared to raise a child of this caliber. What makes me smile is the fact that though I may be an idiot, its never too late to begin my pursuit of this amazing woman!

❤ Hayley Elise

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Be Better

Stay strong as the new year begins to unravel.

Discouragement will always creep in.

Excuses accomplish nothing.

Keep your own promises.

You are capable.

I can and I will

Feed your mind, body, and soul well; everyday.

Inspire others with your persistence.

Motivate yourself with your perseverance.

Endure as long, if not longer, than your intended goal.

Compete only against yourself.

Be better than the person you were yesterday.

 Take care of your body. You were only given one.

Failure happens. Turn it into a lesson learned.

Keep going.

Improvement takes place one day at a time.

Don’t do it just to look better. Do it to be better.

It’s never too late.

Hayley Elise




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Confidence & Intelligence

Confidence and intelligence

It’s true ladies. We all have flaws and weaknesses. Dealing with them confidently and intelligently makes you beautiful. Handle them in such a way that honestly believes you are beautiful; because you are. Truly confident and intelligent people always know the value of humility. The weak will admire it and the strong will identify with it. All the right people will be able to recognize that type of beauty within you. No need to announce it or seek attention. They’ll know.

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While running through the woods this drizzly afternoon, a particular verse continued to echo in my mind. “As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects man.” Proverbs 27:19


What do you reflect? Just some food for thought.

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Rise, Smile, and Shine!

Live intentionally

Time to rise, smile, and shine….it’s going to be a beautiful new year! No silly New Years resolutions for me this time, those never worked anyway. The only thing that has ever encouraged healthy change in my life is to live one with intention and purpose.

To think of others more and myself less. To pursue wisdom and practice the fruits of the spirit. To rejoice in my trials as much as my blessings. To make goals and and remain diligent. To set boundaries and stay consistent. To love without limits. To not wear socks with sandals. To be generous with what I’ve been given. To proceed with caution and have faith like a child. To push my mind and my body out of the box. To stay positive and never say never. To remaining committed in doing what I say I will do. To remember my life was bought with a price and my worth is far beyond what I could possibly fathom. To walk in truth and be a difference. To stumble seven times and get up eight. To live a life that has nothing to hide. And to always glorify my Maker.

That being said, I can already tell 2015 is going to be an incredible year! 💚

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The Determined Hot Mess

31 woman

The above statement is highly true of me. To the innocent bystander, I imagine having the appearance of the worlds largest hot mess. Even I am aware of that. Decisions I make seem irrational to most people. Trying to talk out loud makes me sound like a jack-in-the-box with the stomach flu. I laugh when I’m not supposed to. And I don’t cry when I should. My list of interests and ambitions stretch so far and wide, its almost impossible to distinguish where one ends and a new begins.  Many would say my standards of dating are far too lofty. Etcetera. I’ll be the first to admit, I just flat out don’t make sense.

Beyond the mess of who I currently am, one common denominator is always considered in my odd decision making process; knowing the kind of woman I want to be. The Proverbs 31 woman has always been the desire of whom I’d like to mirror. As a young, single woman who seeks character, integrity, and honoring The Lord above anything else, I am still a far cry from her. However, I love the fact that I get to strive for excellence and higher standards in choosing to pursue her every single morning. Looking back to see how far I have come blesses me, while looking ahead at how far I have yet to go humbles me. So much growth and change of perspective has resonated within me through this study, I feel it only fair to share bits and pieces, with those who would like to follow, as I continue on my determined journey through life. ❤

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Pretty, Pretty Please With Cream Cheese Frosting On Top

Pretty, pretty please with cream cheese frosting on top; TRY THESE COOKIES!

Squeeze in that last little bit of Holiday pumpkin while you still can! Take my word for it on this one. What I love about these is the real, genuine pumpkin they are made with. This constructs a super soft and fluffy cookie, causing it to fall apart in your mouth so scrumptiously. Honestly, from the initial bite I knew I was in trouble. The first cookies in a long time that have broken my one-per-batch rule. Maybe I was just incredibly hungry, but I couldn’t stop popping one after another.

Parent Pretty Pumpkin Cookies

Parent Pretty Pumpkin Cookies

This home-run hit comes from www.parentpretty.com. While the full recipe creates 60 perfect little circles of fall heaven, a single girl really doesn’t need that many all to herself. Cutting the recipe in half still made more than enough. Happily, I was eager to share, producing a radiant little trail of smiles everywhere I went. 🙂

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At It Again

I can’t stop, and I won’t stop.

For someone who claims to be in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, a baking obsession surely is an awful addiction to have. My blessing and my curse. Unsure of it’s origin, there is an inordinate need within me to bake. Irrevocably, I’ve caved entirely. With the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other, I decided to proceed this love of mine with a healthy balance. I’m allowed to bake, but only entitled to one or less of my current creation (I’ve got to test and make sure it’s edible, right?!). One undeniably great quality I have fallen upon with this habit of mine, is that it makes friends very quickly! Especially being a complete newbie to an area, what a fantastic way to greet the new neighbors of mine. In return, I get to experiment with baking yet don’t have to endure the temptation sitting on my counter staring me down every time I walk by.

Though I’ve just about mastered my version of the traditional chocolate chip cookie, there is an unending thirst for knowledge in the marvelous world of baking. My desire is to share the few tricks of the trade I have learned through trial and error, and in return have my readers share theirs as well. All recipes are welcomed and well received!

Homemade Chocolate Chip

Homemade Chocolate Chip

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