Wild Style: Self Love

"I wish to be nothing but myself at all times."

Self love is about having confidence in yourself and really not caring what other people think of you. When Courtney and I first started these photo shoots, which has been a couple of years ago it was always pretty awkward. Yes even with my own sister! Back then I was self conscious, I felt like any way I turned was weird and like I looked stupid. Over years and accepting flaws and learning to love them I have fun, I don't care when people look when we go out for these photo shoots. 
But this definitely isn't just about taking photo shoots, its about real life. Be true to yourself, and then you will begin to love yourself. Don't worry about others, and just do you. Once you fall in love with yourself, I promise you will forever be happy. :)
xoxo Nicky
outfit details: shoes: Kohls, lace top: gift from my mom, skirt: TjMaxx, scarf: American Eagle, Jewelry/Headband: Run2TheWild!


Spring Treat: Fruit Pizza

I know your wondering...wheres the pepperoni and mushrooms and sausage and most important the cheese! But this is a fruit pizza, so yes this still has a little cheese...(cream cheese that is) but your toppings now consist of something a little bit healthy, and a little bit sweet! This is such simple and quick recipe and pretty much everyone enjoyed it at our cookout!
The ingredients are really simple!  
1 roll of sugar cookie dough for the crust! 
1 pack of cream cheese (8 oz)
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1/2 lemon : These three ingredients are for the sauce
Then for the toppings its whatever fruits you enjoy! We used kiwis, pineapples, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. 
Directions are also really easy!
Roll out your sugar cookie dough, make sure to put it on parchment paper (this keeps it from sticking to your pan). **Get a little flour on your hands so it doesn't stick to those either!**
**You can use a rolling pin or your hands for this**
Just roll it out about as thick as you think a pizza crust would be. Even if you think your circle looks small go ahead and bake it as it will expand in the oven. Follow the directions for baking that on your package of cookie dough. You might have to cook it a little longer or shorter, just make sure you keep your eye on it as you don't want it to burn! 
Basically just mix the cream cheese, lemon juice, and powdered sugar together, it might be easier if you let your cream cheese sit out for a bit, but then let it chill in the refrigerator until your cookie is done baking...
Let the cookie completely cool before putting the sauce on, also let your sauce warm up a little before putting it on. I just used a spoon for this part remember it doesn't have to be perfect!

Then adorn your pizza however you like with whatever you like! 
 Make sure to keep it cold until your ready to serve, then just cut it just like you would a pizza with a pizza cutter! It was pretty easy! Enjoy your piece as it will go fast just like it did with my family!
Hope you all try out this yummy sweet spring treat! 
This recipe was slightly adapted from: Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom
Do you all have any spring treats?
xoxo Nicky


Mommy and Me: Let's go fly a kite

Yeah for spring and being able to do things outside with my baby girl! After such a long, harsh winter I was beginning to wonder if I was on the verge of serious depression but the sunshine, green grass and blue skies changed all that. I spent a lot of the week unglued from this computer and it really allowed me to enjoy what's right in front of me. This precious baby girl named Juniper. It seems like she is at the perfect age to be enjoying spring and it wears her out too!

This weekend we enjoy a kite festival which I thought would be the perfect place to take some pics of my little, pretty thing after all it's almost easter. These pictures are completely unedited.... I like to edit pictures with filters and all that good stuff but these just seemed perfect ;)

It's hard to get a picture of this little girl smiling all nicely, she wants to scrunch her face up and grunt. So I guess this is the real deal. I keep debating on whether I should have someone take pictures of her but I keep deciding not to because in reality it doesn't make much sense. After all a photographer will just edit them to death and it won't really be what my baby really is. Not saying anything bad about photographers but if I can do the job or at least edit them myself why pay someone to do it...? This is the same debate I have on tattoos.... hopefully one day I will force myself to change.


Update: Spring Break

I think about everyone has taken there spring break. Mine has been over for about three weeks! I know I'm running a little late! But I wanted to update you with what I did, because I had a pretty awesome one! I hope you all did too. 
Me and my boyfriend and sister hiked the pinnacles this day! Specifically the East side which over looks this little place called Big Hill! Its absolutely beautiful up there always worth the walk. 
Me and Cody's family's new pup, Lassie, she is a sheltie, and my sister Elisha and her two puppas!
Then for the weekend we headed down to Gatlinburg, TN for my moms birthday! 
Me and Cody got up early Saturday morning and basically hike the Smokey Mountain National Park all day.

If you have never been here before and are able to go then please go! It was absolutely beautiful and so worth the hike! We mainly hiked the Applachian Trail and then hiked to Laurel Falls. I didn't get to spend all my days outside for spring break like I had wished! We had some rainy days and some cold ones, but it was one of the best yet.
What did you all do for spring break?
I'd love to hear!
xoxo Nicky


Wild Style: Sailing winds

I have been staying busy lately taking care of some much needed business that is exciting but very very time consuming and a tad aggravating to get through. I am just really thankful that I have the courage to go through with this next step in my business because it's always been something I wasn't sure of and a little nervous to do. I will have to wait to tell you after I actually complete what I am doing but I am sure excited when I will be able to do that! I am just letting the winds take me where ever they decide to... the thing I try to remember is that at least they are taking me somewhere and not just leaving me behind.

PS the most exciting thing about this outfit is the sandals... they are Blowfish and I love them!


Filling an empty void

Giving ck yes, after much trying to keep it all, and much thrift store shopping, I can see anything I desire can be found when needed.

Lately I have felt a little less passionate about what I do. I wasn't sure why but I guess I have kinda felt like my purpose isn't enough. I am very lucky to be able to do what I do, be healthy and have the help I have had in the past year to do what I love which is create independently. I am not making enough to pay the bills on my own let alone buy anything extra but I still do make a decent profit from selling in my etsy shop and I feel like that is a blessing. So I was thinking and have been thinking for some time now about sharing some of that blessing to a cause that will help others.
Give something to a stranger that might change their life (money, time, or something else even bigger)
I never thought about donating some of my earnings to a non profit because I thought about how I don't even make enough to be totally self sufficient. I have come to the realization that giving is the one thing that not only makes me feel alive but it makes me feel like I do make a difference in the world even if I may not have a lot of things most people have. It's a tiny step toward a direction that is already making me feel purposeful. I am creating a purpose for myself and hopefully a beginning to a foundation for my daughter to give no matter what your situation is.

I really wanted to give to a local non profit but after quite a bit of research and some devastating news within my family I have decided that 10% of all sales in my shop will go to the American Cancer Society. 

Cancer is very prevalent in my family. Both my grandparents on my mom side died of it and many of my mom's family have been fighting it. I can only hope that this can be my way of doing something that will make a difference even if it may be small.


Wild Style: Let Her Go

"Only miss the sun when it starts to snow, only know you love her when you let her go..."

I'm really obsessed with this song right now. Also I feel like it went with this post because of the changing seasons and how I will be so happy for winter to be gone, but then I'll miss it....(probably not though!)
Dress:  TJ Maxx, Tights: Rue 21, Shoes:  TJ Maxx, sunglasses Forever 21