Gilded Decay Femme No. 1 Candle

Gilded Decay Femme No.1 - Sprouted Fresh

As much as I love the weather here in northern California, I do truly miss the Fall and everything it entails. I will be the first to admit that I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with fall. Not just a pumpkin spice everything obsession, but also an additional weather, clothes, food, drinks, candles, events, and holidays kind of obsession. I was born the day before Halloween, so I am sure that has something to do with my love for all things Fall.

If the thought of a cozy night in, next to a crackling fire, watching a holiday movie, snuggled up in blankets, with candles burning throughout the house, and apple cider in your hand, is your ideal and perfect cliche evening, then we should be best friends. Yes, I am about as cliche as it gets when it comes to this season, but I have always been about comfort, cozy, and nostalgic moments.

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I recently had the chance to try out a new candle collection and I fell head over heels in love with the smell, look, and feel of it all. Today I am going to rave to you about one candle in particular, Femme No. 1, which is the candle must-have this holiday season! No, I am not getting paid to talk about this candle, I am just THAT in love with it and think you will be too.

Gilded Decay is a collection of sultry and seductive candles by Lizette Marie, and she absolutely nailed it. I am no candle connoisseur, but I do know the feeling I get when I walk into someones home and it is filled with the most gorgeous scent floating throughout the air. It makes you want to sink deep down into their couch and relax. Yes, Femme No. 1 is the candle I have been dreaming of owning since I officially started adulting a few years ago. The smell of the vanilla, sugar, sheer woods, and patchouli is so inviting and warm. The touch of jasmine, rose, and warm spice is the icing on the cake, until you smell the fig, berry and cognac, that tops it all off. Femme No. 1 gives me all of the luxurious feels.

Gilded Decay Candle Collection - Sprouted Fresh

The packaging is gorgeous with its soft matte black box, gold labeling, and calligraphy touch. The candle itself is the same soft matte black with etched branding into the side. When I took this candle out of the box, I was truly sad that I had to light it because it was so perfect.

Gilded Decay Candle Collection - Sprouted Fresh

Femme No.1 would make a beautiful gift to kick-off the holiday giving season, and why not gift it to yourself while you are at it? If you choose one of the other three candles from her collection, I would love to hear your thoughts on them as well, as I am sure they are all absolutely delectable!

Wishing you many cozy nights this holiday season!

DIY: Herb Garden Vases

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

I was in search for a wonderful summer DIY project, when my mother mentioned how much she would love to have something that could sit in the window sill to hold her fresh-cut herbs from their garden. This was the perfect project to try out my brand new Black and Decker 20V MAX Drill, a lightweight drill that even I can use!

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

I used a three inch hole-saw piece connected to the drill to cut four holes in the top board to make room for each mason jar. The top and bottom boards can be any size in length or width, it all depends on the size of the mason jars or vases you choose to use for your herb selection.

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

It was extremely easy for me to drill the four holes with my new Black and Decker cordless drill because of the compact size and 20 volt battery that gave it extra “umph” when trying to cut perfect circles through the wooden board.

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

After I got all four holes cut out of the top board, it was time to drill some holes for screws to piece the project together! It only took me five minutes to drill the holes and ten more minutes to screw the boards together to create the finished look. I was blown away by how quickly I was able to assemble all of the parts of this DIY herb project with the help of my new drill.

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

After a few holes were drilled and some screws were in place, it was time to put in the mason jars and fill them with fresh-cut herbs. Below is the finished product and I couldn’t be happier! Look at all of that wonderful fresh-cut cilantro, basil, mint, and oregano, and it will stay incredibly fresh while it is waiting to be used in my mothers kitchen!

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

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DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

If you are a frequent DIY’er or looking to get your hands into some home projects this summer, I highly recommend the brand new Black and Decker 20v MAX cordless drill!

DIY: Herb Garden Vases - Sprouted Fresh

I am partnering with Black and Decker to host a giveaway for 1 free drill (as seen above), as well as a Black and Decker 20V MAX Circular Saw.

Comment below to tell me what project you would use the drill and/or saw on for a chance to win these great new products!

 

Thank you Black and Decker for sponsoring this post and giving me the tool I needed to create such a wonderful herb holder for my family. All thoughts and opinions on the new Black and Decker 20v MAX are my own and I highly recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a lightweight, durable, and strong drill that can get the job done in half the time!

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Secrets to a Successful First Year of Marriage

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Recently, I have been thinking a lot about year one of marriage and all of the chaos and beauty that it has encompassed. I have been happily married to my soulmate for a little over a year now and I wanted to share an honest post about the up’s and down’s of our first year, mostly through advice based on our own experiences.

There is a lot of love in the air in my home today! From recently celebrating my one year wedding anniversary a month ago to celebrating my parents 20th wedding anniversary yesterday! We got married at what most would consider a young age, since we both haven’t even celebrated our 25th birthday yet. We said “I do” three years after we began dating and lived together for two of those three years. Two months after becoming husband and wife, we packed up our belongings into two separate cars and drove half-way across the country together from Stillwater, Oklahoma to San Francisco, California to start our new life. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, leaving behind my home, family, friends – everything I had ever known. Little did I know what wonders life had in store for me!

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I look back on the last year and I cant help but beam with pride as I tell you that it has been the most challenging and most rewarding, satisfying, fulfilling, year of my life. We have had the opportunity to grow so much together and as individuals and truly lean on each other through both hardships and celebrations. I have never loved my husband as much as I do this very day, which leads me to my few tips on what has helped us build a strong foundation in this first year of marriage.

  1. Having each others back no matter what. Always. No questions asked. When you truly vow to love someone through the ups and downs, you don’t always have to agree or take their side, but you should always stand by their side, hand in hand as equals. Remember to encourage and love each other on your good days, as much as you do on bad days.
  2. Learn to be selfless in every way possible. We both struggled for a long time with being selfish within our relationship and marriage by choosing to put our own needs and wants in front of the other. When we decided to put each other first every single morning and stay true to that each day, it was amazing how much happier we were. Not just fleeting happiness, pure joy – that’s the best feeling in the world.
  3. The little things make a big difference. There is nothing comparable to coming home to the dishes being done, a load or two of laundry cleaned and folded, the trash has been taken out, house has been picked up, groceries in the fridge and pantry. I would happily accept one or all of these, and my husband has continued to show me his love through his thoughtfulness of household chores. Whether its one chore, a small token of appreciation or many chores and/or gifts, it is special. This act can make you feel like you want to then give your spouse the same thing they have just given to you, again, selflessness – everyone feels good!
  4. Listen…then listen deeper and more thoughtful. You can tell when someone is thoughtfully listening or engaged in what you have to say. You know how great it makes you feel when someone gives you their full attention. This is so important in any relationship or marriage, because after so many nights of passive listening, someone is going to feel ignored and that will turn to hurt or anger. Life is too short, so stop scrolling through social media, pause your favorite TV show or video game, dinner can wait, laundry can wait, the dog whining to go out or kids screaming (not there quite yet) can wait. In the chaos of it all, it might seem overwhelming, but if you can pause and take a deep breath and devote a few minutes to actively listening to your spouse share their thoughts and feelings on something, it can make a world of difference in how they feel and more often than not they will do the same for you.
  5. Encourage each other to keep developing parts of your personal life, hobbies, friends, etc. I have always been needy and it’s definitely not a quality that many men look for, but my husband has found a way to turn it from a negative to positive. He likes that I miss him and constantly want to be around him, I mean that’s the highest form of flattery. However, alone time or individual hobbies in a marriage are imperative, because you will get annoyed and arguments will happen, its inevitable. Learn to help each other find new hobbies, reignite past interests and passions, and most importantly encourage new friendships. We need to continue to grow as individuals to feel personal fulfillment, and if our glass is full, then we have more to share with those around us.

We have decided to focus on these five things as we move into year number two of marriage. We can always improve on the foundation we have built and we are both excited to continue building on the successes and love we have established so far.

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I’ll leave you with this quote that most every woman can recite by heart and rings true everyday…

“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.” – Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

*A special thank you to Megan Frazier Photography for capturing such beautiful memories that will last us a lifetime!

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Closet Refresh: Summer Neutrals

Closet Refresh Summer Neutrals - Sprouted Fresh

One of the best ways to kickoff your summer style is to stock up on neutral staples that you can wear time and time again all season long! As I looked through my closet this weekend, I tried to decide what staple pieces I could add to wear for different events, parties, and trips this summer. I am a neutral gal and I have always been drawn to whites, grays, blues, light hues, and everyone’s favorite color – black.

Even though my home is styled in neutral tones throughout, my closet doesn’t appear to reflect my deep love for what most consider “boring” colors. I have rounded up a few beautiful trends that are fresh and funky and seem to be on every fashionista’s Instagram, Pinterest, and blog right now.

The good thing about these trendy styles, is that if you choose to purchase them in a neutral tone, they can be worn even when the newest fashion craze takes over this fall.

Here is a little closet refresh for you in both pastels and neutrals!

NY Collection Linen Drawstring Jogger’s

NY COLLECTION LINEN DRAWSTRING JOGGER PANTS

Michael Kors Darby Leather Espadrille Platform Sandals

Michael Kors Darby LEather Espadrille Platform Sandals

Madewell Eyelet Balcony Off-The-Shoulder Top

Madewell Eyelet Balcony Off Shoulder Top

Street Level Stripe Tote

Street Level Stripe Tote

Kendall +Kylie Halter-Neck Printed Tank Top and Culottes, Tempest

Kendall + Kylie Halter-Neck Printed Tank Top, Tempest

Kendall + Kylie Pleated-Front Printed Culottes, Tempest

Ray-Ban Gatsby Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Gatsby Sunglasses Brown

Gingham Halter Top

Cloth & Stone Gingham Halter Top

Guilhermina Modesto Loafers

Guilhermina Modesto Loafers Cork 36 Euro Flats

Blank Denim Frayed Cutoff Shorts

Blank Denim Frayed Cutoff Shorts

Kendall + Kylie Off-The-Shoulder Eyelet Top and Skirt, Tempest

Kendall + Kylie Off-The-Shoulder Eyelet Top, Tempest

Alex and Ani Shore Seabed Wrap

Alex and Ani Shore Seabed Wrap

The eyelet top and skirt and Michael Kors platforms are at the top of my list to try and get my hands on as soon as possible! A few of these styles are on sale right now for up to 25% off, so click on the pictures now to get the best deal possible. Happy shopping and happier summer!

Review of Wood Watches by JORD

Wood Watches by JORD - Sprouted Fresh

For as long as I can remember I have always been drawn to all things wood. It must come naturally with my love for nature and greenery. My eyes have always gravitated towards pieces of wooden jewelry in stores, because I have always had somewhat of an earthy, hipster, naturalist style.

When JORD reached out to me to ask if they could send me a watch to review, I was thrilled to say the least!

The watches they design are so dreamy with their whimsical wooden tones mixed with high quality designs and accents of metal. I immediately fell in love with the look of the Fieldcrest Zebrawood & Maple – just look at those gorgeous zebrawood tones!

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The size of the watch face is the perfect size to make a statement for both women and men – not too masculine, not too feminine. My most favorite thing about JORD watches,  is that they are perfect for both men and women. Of course there are sections on the website for both, but really, most of the watches could be unisex.

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What father wouldn’t be excited to receive this watch as a gift for this upcoming Father’s Day? The men’s watch section is filled with amazing designs and trends fit for any dad’s style! Maybe while you are there you will want to find a stunning watch from the women’s watch section for yourself or that wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, or friend in your life?

Wood Watches by JORD - Sprouted Fresh

Watches might be common gifts for men, but out of all the watches I have ever seen (and Parker has 4 too many in his drawer now), JORD watches are my favorite! He might not be a father yet, but I saw Parker’s eyes light up as he scrolled down the page to find a plethora of watches that he really liked. A few of his favorite styles were the Sawyer – Ebony & Ultramarine and Frankie – Zebrawood & Champagne.

Wood Watches by JORD - Sprouted Fresh

It was a wonderful surprise to see that they even sent me high quality JORD watch cleaner and a microfiber towelette to keep the watch face nice and clean! JORD’s customer service is impeccable and everyone I have communicated with has been such a joy to work with.

They are running a Father’s Day special on their website right now, so head over to Wood Watches by JORD to get dad a special and unique father’s day gift that looks like no other!

Thank you JORD for sponsoring this post and enhancing my everyday style with this gorgeous new watch!


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