I went adventuring into Columbus Georgia recently and stumbled upon the most perfect river walk on the Chattahoochee river! (Still can’t get over how funny that name is to me!) It was the prettiest place to make a lookbook for my macrame jewelry and flowy boho dress! This river walk was so stinkin cool because it had what they call “The Island”, which is basically the cutest little area with trees and rocks that overlook the river! The island is technically connected, but from a certain angle appears to be disconnected because of how far out it goes into the river.
The weather was perfect and made for a great day of pictures! My photoshoot for that day was featuring my dress from Mindful Bohemian and my adorable Macrame Jewelry from macramental! (It can be worn as a necklace or headpiece!) This piece of jewelry is a one of a kind, custom made piece, so be sure to put in your request for a custom design to match your personal style! OR, browse her beautiful current collection of jewelry that is out!
Macramental is the cutest macrame jewelry shop ever! She is seriously so talented at making her macrame jewelry. Not only that, but I love what she stands for! Her motto is “Discover the beauty within you”, which to her, refers to “the importance of self-improvement, getting close to nature, and listening to your inner voice!”
In her own words, she says, “Each jewelry piece is made by the ancient technique of macrame. According to this, all of them are totally made by knots that come exclusively from hand. Applying macrame is a kind of powerful contemplation that requires total concentration and demands you to be at the present time. This spiritual approach blesses every outcome creation with the same energy that dominated the whole procedure. Using healing gemstones that are full of energy and enlightening aura, combined with a stylish macrame design, helps me to accomplish my goal of reminding us all the value of our being, the power of our mind, and the uniqueness of our spirit. Living away from the big city now has provided me ways to keep myself concentrated. Being close to nature makes my understandings more targeted and simple, which gives me the peace that is needed in order to create beautiful, balanced jewelry. I hope that as you wear your macramental jewelry, it will also urge YOU to ‘Discover The Beauty Within'”.
I love the way she worded that! You can tell how much talent and passion she has for her business. Personally, when I wear her jewelry, I feel like I am able to express my true self, not to mention it makes me feel like a goddess.. and I am totally ok with that! <3 Follow her IG account and click here to visit her online shop!
Also, grab this flowy dress from Mindful Bohemian, use code “sjmoon” to receive free shipping!
Well, you already know how much I love metallic tattoos, so I was so excited to try out the temporary freckles as soon as I heard about them! I received three different colors/types and it is going to be SO much fun styling them! They are fantastic for special occasions, parties, festivals, or just everyday wear if you are into that sort of thing 🙂
First I will be using the rose gold freckles from the “Color Freckles” packet. These temporary metallic tattoos work the same way as other temp tattoos do. To begin, cut out the shape you want, peel off the plastic, place it face down on your skin (on the desired area), dab paper on your skin using a damp towel until saturated. Peel back the paper and voila! I will say though, it is important to pat down the metallic freckles on your skin afterward to fully seal them down. I chose to put this one across my nose!
Next, I am choosing to use the freckles from the “Confetti” packet. I am cutting out the triangle-like shape for both sides of my cheek bones! Follow all the same instructions as before and remember to pat them down after!
Last, I am using the tiny little heart shaped freckles from the packet called “Freckles”. In this packet, you have gold and silver options! Too cute! This time, I am putting some on both sides of my cheeks.
“The New Makeup”
Thanks Mr. Kate for the rad freckles! Can’t wait to try the daisies next!
While searching for the photoshoot location, we stumbled upon this perfect spot right outside of the desert botanical garden in Mesa, Arizona. I didn’t realize how much I would miss the desert scene until I went back to visit! However, I would still choose my new home in the woods over the desert. But who knows, maybe I will become a winter visitor someday! …Or “snow bird” as we like to call them 😉 If not, I will at least include some cactus and succulents in my house to remind me of my original home!
So back to my mumu! I recently came across the store Mindful Bohemian via Instagram. This store has TONS of goodies that appeal to my bohemian soul. The dress I am wearing in this shoot particularly called out to me, especially knowing I would be visiting Arizona soon!
So, be sure to check out this store along with Mad Maven on Etsy. Enjoy the desert 🌵
Being in Georgia for the Fourth of July this year will be a new experience! Sounds like we are going to be out by the pool all day and bbq-ing of course!! Plus we must find the perfect place to camp out for fireworks!! We only have one fourth of July tradition that is set in stone so far. It is making our giant flag sugar cookie!! It’s the yummiest! I’m sure we will make some more wonderful traditions over the years though! What are your favorite traditions for the Fourth of July??
Here are some pictures of Lucy and I getting ready for our big day (the Fourth)!! Oh yes…. which brings me to my life update! We inherited a new dog!! Meet Lucy!
All About Lucy
So here is the story, when I was about 17 years old, there was one day in particular that I was having a rough time. My sister saw me crying, so she brought Lucy over from her house to cheer me up! For some reason, the way she worded it when she came over made me believe she was giving Lucy to me! So very excitedly, I said “THANKKKK YOUUUUU”. Immediately my sister was probably like “uh oh….I just really screwed up and made her think I was giving her the dog. When in reality, I was just trying to bring her over to cheer you up”! My sister felt so bad, she actually called her husband and told him the situation to ask if she could give me the dog! (So sad, yet so selfless). He didn’t think it was a good idea because their kids were already attached to her. Later that evening, my sister called me crying and told me of the big misunderstanding. We ended up laughing about it, and still laugh about it to this day!
So jump forward about 7 years, my same sister who owned Lucy ended up getting another dog. A big, playful, rough house kinda dog! Apparently, she was harming Lucy by being too rough with her. SO my sister then gave Lucy to my brother. My brother loved the idea of having Lucy, but little did he know he would run into a problem with her too! His little kids loved Lucy soo much, particularly his 2-year- old daughter. Whenever she would hug Lucy, she would accidentally choke her because she didn’t know any better! This gave my brother some anxiety because one, he didn’t want her to accidentally choke Lucy to death, and two, even the sweetest dog ever is still likely to lash out at someone that they are being choked by. Ya know, self-defense. So long story short, when Kent and I visited Arizona just recently, we got offered to take Lucy back home with us to Georgia and OF COURSE we accepted!! I mean, I’ve been waiting 7 years to own her you see, ever since I thought she was being given to me! Haha (It’s ok Elise, I forgive you;)
We immediately researched a great carry on bag to bring her home with us on the airplane! After looking at several different carriers, we ended up getting this bag from Next Level Pet to hold her in! She loves it!!! Lucy feels very safe and comfortable when we bring her places in it, not to mention it is a freaking adorable bag!
How To Turn Your Dreams Into Reality -Presentation
I was recently asked to be a guest speaker at the Women’s Empowerment Class at the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center in Mesa Arizona! This is all very new to me still, so it has been very exciting getting to speak!! The lovely speaker who held the class was Elise from Gleefully Me! Working with her on this class was a dream come true! So look her up if you get the chance! She is incredibly inspiring.
I chose to speak on turning your dreams into reality using the Law of Attraction and vision boards.
Now that I have experienced this feeling of uplifting and encouraging others in this way, I want to continue to do it more! So where next?
*Picture with Elise from Gleefully Me^^
Highlights from the Presentation
“If you were not held back by fear, by age, by money, by time, by insecurities, what dreams would you want to accomplish?”
“…That is the day I decided to start referring to my dreams as ‘plans and goals’.”
“For too long, people have referred to dreams as something that they kinda wish would happen, but they don’t actually ever do something about, and I want to change that today.”
“Every single day there are opportunities presenting themselves, knocking on our door. If we are not in tune with what we want that day, we might completely miss them. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to let any opportunities pass me by because you never when you are going to get them again.”
“You are going to feel so fulfilled knowing that you are accomplishing the life you imagined.”
-Quotes by Me
For further information on how to use the Law of Attraction and make your own vision board, see this post of mine for extra guidance and Q&A.
Thank you Gleefully Me for giving me this opportunity! Many more to come.
Now get out there and turn your dreams into reality!!
Yes, I am usually found wearing bright colors, but who doesn’t love putting on a black dress and dark lipstick every once in a while? For this Marchesa dress, I’d gladly go to the dark side for a bit to style it up! You could say playing dress up is a favorite thing of mine, so I absolutely loved doing this Marchesa lookbook photoshoot! We went to this old abandoned looking mill in downtown Newnan, Georgia for the shoot. The Walking Dead filmed a bit in this mill too! How cool is that?! I loved the rustic, yet industrial appearance the outside of the building had. It ended up accompanying my dark dress and lips very well!
When all was said and done, apparently I attracted some chiggers while walking through the kudzu for this shoot!! I realized the next day how many bites I had… rawr! Needless to say, it was worth it because the shot of me standing in the kudzu happens to be my favorite pic from the entire shoot!
As you may already know from other blog posts of mine, I have a little obsession with forts, nooks, hiding spots, and get-a-ways of all kinds! Since I was a young kid, I would always be in search of the perfect secret spot or “Terabithia.” (Like the movie)
The whole idea of getting away from everyone and everything always seemed appealing to me. Just take me to my secret place, give me a book, a cup of tea and I’m happy.
My last hideout was amidst the flower garden! This time, it will be in the forest.
How To Make An Outdoor Bohemian Fort
Start by picking out the perfect place. It could technically be indoor too if you prefer. Otherwise, find a tree (or trees), a patio, a corner, or anything else you can think of, and decide how to best go about it.
I will be using a tree I have spotted that has the perfect tent making branch! See?
If you don’t have a tree with a strong and giant branch like this, you can tie a rope from one tree to another and hang the blanket over the rope if need be.
But this time, I will go with my giant strong branch!
This is how I will do it. 🙂
Pick your spot
Clear or smooth out the ground if you need to from rocks, weeds, or fallen branches.
Lay down a giant tarp.
Find the largest blanket you have and drape it over the branch or rope.
If this blanket isn’t long enough to touch the floor, safety pin another blanket to each side at the bottom of the first one to create extra length.
Find decent sized rocks to hold down the corners of the hanging blankets out like a tent.
Lay down a blanket or rugs inside the tent on the ground, covering the tarp.
The fun part! Load in all of your favorite things to enjoy your afternoon! Mine consists of books, candles, pillows, blankets, cushions, rugs, music, instruments and my husband! Depending on where your fort is set up, twinkle lights are always a nice addition if an outlet is nearby! Otherwise, the stars work great.
Build a fire in front of your fort to warm yourself, don’t forget the s’mores!
Enjoy it all by yourself or invite over some company to enjoy it with!
Yes! This week is my one year wedding anniversary with my beloved Kent. During the time of my wedding, I didn’t really prioritize posting wedding pictures (for obvious reasons, I mean I was very busy enjoying newlywed life!;) I would like to take the time now to reminisce on my favorite day yet, my wedding day! I will be showing some of our favorite pics taken by my wonderful Mother in Law/amazing photographer, and sharing memories from that day!
Whoops! I must first backtrack and tell you about Kent’s proposal to me because that is an important part! The majority of our dating was done long distance. I would visit him in Idaho, he would visit me in Arizona, Etc. Oh, and a ton of face timing each other!!! We got to the point where we could not be separated anymore, so we planned Kent’s big move to Arizona. That Christmas, before he moved to Arizona, we decided to meet up with his family in Georgia to spend Christmas together with them. Leaving Georgia after Christmas, taking this flight to Arizona together would be the mark of him officially moving there to be closer to me. He shipped all of his belongings to Arizona already (one box haha), and it would be there when we got home. Ok so here we are on this airplane, flying “home” together. So much excitement was in the air, just knowing we wouldn’t have to be apart anymore from that point on. It was also a special flight for us because we acknowledged it would be our first flight of many that we would take together (seeing how we both love traveling).
Kent had surprised me and upgraded our tickets to first class! Heyyyy! Next, I was surprised as the flight attendant asked both Kent and I to go to the front of the Aircraft during our flight. I was very confused. Then right there, in front of the entire plane, my Kent got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!! I said yes, of course, and everyone began to clap! Just in case anyone didn’t understand what was going on, the pilot then got on the intercom and announced it to the whole airplane!!! “Congratulations to Mr. Craig and the future Mrs. Craig for their engagement!” Kent then explained to me that his reason for proposing to me on an airplane was this, he said, “It doesn’t matter where we are, as long as we are together. Home is wherever you are”. I melted, of course<3
Kent wanted my wedding ring to be a complete surprise, but he also wanted to make sure it was something I would love and cherish forever, something that was symbolic and full of meaning. For the longest time, when we would facetime while dating long distance, I began to notice he was always eating cereal with no milk for breakfast, and plain rice for dinner!! Every single time I would ask, “Why are you eating it that way?!” He would just smile and say “I’m saving money”. 🙂 Later on, I found out he was being frugal to save money for my ring!! He is the sweetest. I promised him he would never have to do that again!! Haha So, back to the ring. I sent him several picture examples of my unconventional taste in wedding rings, which apparently made it harder because there was not one thing consistent about any of the pictures I sent him! Despite that, he went on to design from scratch, the most perfect ring for me.
The black diamond implies that no matter how hard or dark of times we may have in our lives, we will always find the light, just like a black diamond can still reflect light. There are three symbols engraved on the sides of the band. First, starting at the bottom, there is a waxing moon. We consider this “our moon”. A waxing moon symbolizes growth, progression, and new beginnings. Also representing our phrase that we always say to one another, “I love you to the moon and back”, hence the name “sj2themoon”. 🙂 Along with the waxing moon, there are tiny little stars next to it. These stars are our zodiac stars, overlapped and intertwined.
Next up, getting closer to the diamond, the second symbol is a triangle. The triangle is a representation of me at one bottom corner, Kent at the other bottom corner, and the third and top point represents God. Reminding us that a putting God in all things helps you have a strong foundation and marriage.
The third and highest up is a symbol of Heaven, reminding us to keep an eternal perspective of our ultimate goal- to live life to the fullest and be the best we can so that we will always be together forever.
Kent designed the most perfect ring for me in every way.
The Wedding Gown
I had this concept in my head of a bohemian goddess wedding dress that I wanted! But ugh, I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere!!! I was constantly searching in every store nearby, and online! Nothin! I wanted it to be unique, sleek yet vintage. I finally came across a blogger with the exact dress I wanted, but there was nothing written about where she got it!! My sweet husband began the search for me, he is great at this sort of thing. He was searching all over the internet and asking around online for anyone who has seen this dress. Finally, he reached out to the blogger and got the name of the woman who made the dress for her! Then, we creeper stalked her and got the dress makers email! Kent emailed her a picture of the dress and basically said, I am begging you to make a wedding dress for my wife like the one you made for this blogger. The woman said she could not, the material was no longer in stock. My husband pleaded some more. He then asked if he found the right material and sent it to her, would she then make it for me?!? She said no. Hahahaha such a struggle. I was so sad about that…it was getting to be crunch time and NO dress to be found! I then turned to what I thought was my very last option. Little did I know that this would end up being the best option ever!!! I reached out to my sister’s friend who used to help sew dresses for the princesses at Disneyland. Couldn’t hurt, right? I told her my dilemma and she agreed to make my dress for me! Halle-freakin-lujah!! She was a little nervous about it I think, so was I, but it was a start! After all, it is a lot of pressure to make someone’s wedding dress, I imagine! Especially when she knows it is an emergency!! I began searching now for the perfect material and dress pattern for her to follow. Again, couldn’t find the material anywhere!! Until finally, after checking dozens of shops, we tried a Jo-Ann’s Fabric store that we hadn’t yet tried. It was very far from home. And there it was, the perfect fabric!! Thank you fabric gods!! After that, I combined two different dress patterns into one to create exactly what I wanted. Luckily, she NAILED IT!!! Well… sewed it 😉 A miracle at this point with only one month left util wedding time! And know what’s even better? She only charged me $100! Best price ever known to wedding dress shoppers!!! It was made with cream colored stretchy crochet lace type fabric, slightly see-through with a second cream/tan layer put underneath. It had a trumpet skirt, form fitted torso, long sleeves, boat neck, and a low scoop back with cowling. I wore a bohemian head chain and body chain necklace that I made myself (also because I couldn’t find what I wanted anywhere). The bouquet was made with all fake flowers that I put together in the way I imagined! Oh! I also wore a white, hooded wedding poncho to keep me warm when it got cold that evening. It all came together perfectly.
Not much to it. We actually considered eloping at one point! Later, we decided instead to just keep our wedding as simple as possible, to make sure we could enjoy every second of it without unneeded stress. What is really interesting though, is that every since forever, I have wanted to get married in the Logan Utah Temple. I saw a picture of it and I just knew from that moment on! It was the place. The only problem is, I knew it seemed very random (as I have no family there) so it might not be the most probable place to have it! Flash forward, Kent and I were in the early stages of being engaged, and I hadn’t yet told him of my dream to be married in Logan, Utah. As we began to plan things out, I asked him, “Is there anywhere in particular that you have always wanted to get married at?” You won’t believe his answer!! “Logan Utah Temple”, he said. I think I fell even more in love with him in that moment!;) I mean, you have to realize how ironic this is!! He is from Georgia, I am from Arizona and we both happened to want to get married in Logan, Utah. Can you say MEANT TO BE?!
So that is just what we did.
The Big Day
I stayed in a hotel with my friend Taylor the night before my wedding. I laid there and imagined what the next day would hold. The morning of my wedding, I put my hair extensions in, did my own makeup, and I was ready to go! I can honestly say that I never once had cold feet or felt nervous about marrying Kent. Which reminds me of the most hilarious thing! I asked Kent if he was worried about getting cold feet, and to that he said, “I don’t have feet.” Bahaha!! Made me laugh so hard! Get it? If you don’t have feet, you can’t get cold feet! He has this clever way of always making me feel comforted 🙂 This was absolutely the rightest (made up word) decision I had ever made in my life. The day was magical. One of the best feeling in the world knowing you truly found your soulmate and you get to spend eternity together.
Of course at least one thing had to go wrong during the big day though, right? You could say we were in a rush that morning, trying to get there in time! Without realizing it, Taylor locked my keys in the car! So here we are, just came out of our wedding in the temple and getting ready to drive to our reception in the park (where people are going to be showing up in 30 minutes!!!) Of course Taylor felt awful, but I knew we would figure something out! Everyone was trying to help us break into my car. Hahaha! We didn’t have time for a locksmith to come, so naturally, Kent broke the handle off my door and we got in from there! Great memories 🙂 We felt so much love and support that day, it was a special feeling to be there with my family/friends and my Eternal love.
(My pouty face as Kent brakes into the car)
We had a small gathering in the park after the actual wedding. It was very simple, yet very us! Everyone was to show up in casual clothes and preferably barefoot! We hung up tapestries, pictures, and dream catchers, laid out rugs and pillows around the fire, a table of s’mores ingredients to cook on the fire, had hot chocolate, and enjoyed ourselves some music and dancing. It was a perfect day.
*All pics from the reception in the park are raw and unedited.
From there, Kent and I immediately got taken to the airport to head out for our Honeymoon! We went on a two week cruise to the Eastern Caribbean and then stayed a while in Puerto Rico! It was a dream come true.
Thanks for reminiscing with me about this special time in my life, one year ago!
*Happy anniversary my love, and many more to come.
“It will be a long time, but it will be a good time”.
Showing support to small businesses is a favorite thing of mine! This will be the first of many that I will share with you 🙂 I first came across Aura Stone Designs on Instagram. This is a bracelet business that just seemed to speak my language! I’m telling you, these bracelets are adorable and they definitely call to my bohemian soul! Right off the bat, I knew there was way more to Aura Stone Designs than meets the eye. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to ask about her jewelry-making business. You could say it is very intriguing to me when a small business has a wonderful purpose, motive, and background behind the product they are selling. So obviously, I had so many questions for her!
I recently received my Aura Stone bracelets in the mail and I am absolutely loving them! Reading up on this business left me feeling very positive and uplifted, so I wanted to share it with others, of course!
About the Products
There were nicely typed up brochures sent to me with the jewelry. The purpose of the brochure is to inform you on your purchase, what kind of stone it is, its healing qualities and spiritual meaning! Too cool! Not to mention, the packaging in general, was cute as can be!
My most favorite bracelet from her is made with Sodalite and Quartz stone. The purpose of this stone is to provide inner peace, positive vibes, and clear, logical thinking. Accompanying the stones, there is an adorable feather AND quarts charm hanging from the bracelet! Quartz is known to have a strong resonance, which is why it is often used as part of crystal healing.
In this brochure full of amazing knowledge and upliftment that was provided, I am reminded to put on my bracelet and say a positive affirmation with it. Some of these include:
I live in the present and am confident of the future
I attract positive energy only
I breathe in relaxation. I breathe out stress
I am calm and centered
Positive opportunities are presenting themselves
My confidence and inner wisdom are increasing
The other bracelet I received is wonderful as well! It has what is known as a “laughing Buddha” charm on it. This charm is a symbol of abundance, prosperity, and happiness.
Also included with this description, it’s mentioned that black is a very grounding color that deepens our connection to physical things! Wearing a black bracelet is said to aid you to own and accept your appearance and place here on Earth. Black can also act as a shield, protecting and deflecting negative energy.
With this particular bracelet, I am reminded in the brochure to put it on and say one of these positive affirmations with it.
I have a positive attitude and attract positive results.
I accept myself with love and kindness.
Positive opportunities are presenting themselves.
My confidence and inner wisdom are increasing.
I mean, can you see why I love this shop yet?!
Interviewing Aura Stone Designs
Luckily, Aura Stone allowed me to dig a little deeper, and she even answered a few questions about her business for me! Hope you enjoy. <3
Me: Could you tell me a bit about the background of this business you started and what inspired you to create it?
Aura Stone: I have a Masters degree in Sociology, with a background in healthcare and research methods. I have great respect for and am a big advocate of evidence-based medicine. Basically, I believe that healthcare decisions should be based on evidence from well designed and constructed peer-reviewed research. In my personal life, I balance this by exploring areas that don’t neatly fit into randomized control trials. Some of these include Reiki, yoga, meditation, essential oils, and crystals. I don’t find these two sides at odds with each other, but rather they complement each other and provide me with a sense of balance. Given my research background, I love diving in and learning all about these subjects. Essential Oil session? I’m in! Reiki certification? Yes, please! Gem and Mineral club? Sign me up! My interests have led to quite a varied and interesting skill set. Creating jewelry has combined these nicely and is a great creative outlet.
Me: Please tell me all that there is to know about the products you use!
Aura Stone: I am very lucky to have a bead wholesaler very close by and can pick all my stones in person. Walking into the space, the energy is amazing! I get to touch and really feel the different vibe that each one has. I create each bracelet with a specific intention, which is to infuse it with positive Reiki energy and share what I have researched about the stone in a write-up for each bracelet. This way, if someone compliments you on your bracelet, you’ll know that stone’s name and a few things about it to start a conversation. Understanding the meaning of the elements of your bracelet can also make it more meaningful to you. It can be a reminder to you to live intentionally. Those trying to take it up a level can also try saying an affirmation included in the write-up when they put it on, increasing the intention of the bracelet.
Me: I keep hearing and reading about Reiki energy, what exactly is it?
Aura Stone: Reiki is a form of energy work, it isn’t tied to any religion or dogma. There is nothing you must believe in for you to use it or benefit from it. Also, you cannot be harmed by it either. The practitioner acts as a channel to allow Reiki energy (also known as Universal life energy) to flow and help remove energy blocks in our system that are caused by emotional or physical stress and pain. It is also used to flow and infuse objects. To be a practitioner of Reiki, you need to go through a process called an attunement. After going through the learning, a Reiki master adjusts your chakras, enabling them to become channels for the Universal Life Force Energy. I went through the classes and process pretty skeptical, but open to the experience. It was really interesting learning more about Chakras, as it was something that I had only vaguely been introduced to in yoga. During my final attunement by the Reiki master, I felt like the ocean at full moon. It was like a rolling sensation with waves of energy from my toes up to my head. It felt like a strong gravitational pull upward. Then quite suddenly, I felt a great sense of calm and peacefulness. Quite the physical and emotional experience! Reiki has been a great blessing and I am happy to be able to share it with others.
When Reiki energy is infused into crystals, it is said to magnify the metaphysical properties. It charges the object with positive energy and increases the effectiveness of a crystal’s natural vibration- which in turn react with your own body’s vibration. By wearing a Reiki infused Aura bracelet, you are intentionally surrounding yourself with good vibes only!
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know about this business and the background, makes me love my Aura Stone bracelets even more!! If you are interested in Aura Stone jewelry or supporting small businesses, visit her Etsy page and Instagram to pick out your favorite bracelets!