27 August 2014

Eden Pier

I had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Eden Pier Swimwear. Can I just say that they are officially my favorite? A few years ago, I purchased a swimsuit from them and to this day, it is still my comfiest suit. What? A comfy swimsuit? Yes! That's right. I am a woman who has always struggled with my ridiculously long legs and long torso. It has always seemed nearly impossible for me to find swimsuits long enough. Look no further, ladies! Eden Pier has suits that will fit you marvelously!



This suit was perfect while I was at the lake. Best part? You can adjust the straps. If I was tanning on the beach, I didn't wear the straps. If I went wakeboarding, I put those straps back on so that my bathing suit wouldn't fall off. These swimsuits are seriously amazing. I love them and I want one of each!


The news keeps getting better. Eden Pier is giving away one of their swimsuits to a lucky winner!! How would it be to soak up your last days of summer in the cutest swimsuit?! Or, have it as an excuse to go somewhere warm during the colder months :)

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Leave a comment with which entries you made. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, 9/2.

Can't wait to see if you won the giveaway? I don't blame you! Just for We&Serendipity readers, you can get 20% OFF your ENTIRE ORDER by using code "WESERENDIPITY20" 


24 July 2014

Lush

Wanna know my new favorite thing? Bath Bombs. I wasn't even very familiar with these babies until one day, I spontaneously decided to walk into the store Lush and buy myself one. Lush is a handmade cosmetics store. Their bath bombs and bubble bars are my fave!


For my birthday, Trevor got me a massive box of bath bombs and bubble bars. I have been in heaven. It's hard, because, I've been trying really hard to savor them! There are lots of Lush locations, but if you don't have one near you, you should probably consider purchasing at least five bath bombs online. You won't be sorry. I'm a HUGE bath person. The last few I have done have been super fun. One of them exploded bubbles all over the place. Trevor grabbed my phone and took a picture of me - it was hilarious! 


One of the bath bombs was spinning all over the tub water and it sounded like pop rocks. I look down, and saw a piece of paper that said, "BANG". These things are far too perfect. So go spoil yourself. Buy a few bath bombs. And thank me later, because I promise you will.


22 July 2014

The Summer



The summer is THE BEST. I once tweeted about how much I miss summer and a girl wrote back saying, "Once summer comes, you're going to want it to be Fall. Just be happy." But guess what, folks? I DON'T want it to be Fall and I DON'T want summer to end! As I've mentioned before, my parents built a lake house up at Bear Lake and it is so dreamy. It's really cool to see their dream finally come to life. We have been trying to spend every second up at the lake house. Between school and work, it's been hard, but I'm proud to say that we've got to get away quite a few times, including this weekend. 




I also learned how to shoot. Though I like to consider myself an archery kind of girl, I faced my fear and shot a gun. It scared the living crap out of me. When the shell came out, it hit me in the head and I was freaking out, thinking I shot myself. Yes Yes, so so weird. But I like it. I dig it. Now, I kinda wanna get into hunting. What? 




 In August, we have a big family trip where my sister (who lives in Idaho) and my brother (who lives in California) and their families can come up. It's safe to say that I am beyond excited. Taking 1 week off and spending it with those I love most sounds absolutely phenomenal. 

21 July 2014

What I like most about the LDS church

Q: What is it you like most about being a Mormon?

Well, there are countless reasons I enjoy being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Not only do I know that the church is true, it guides me every day. Now, I'm not only going to make a list of the things I love about my religion, I'm going to make a list of why you consider becoming a member of the church, too.

The Mormon Church

1. It is family-oriented. 
One of my blog friends, Heather, recently told me that one thing she really likes about our church is that it is family-oriented. The purpose of our temples, is to become sealed with your spouse & children. The best part? Marriage isn't til death do us part. It is forever. When you lose a loved one, you will see them again. Families can be forever. And there is no end.

2. You can be forgiven.
A few years ago, I was on a small journey to 'find the religion' that was best for me. This post explains a little bit about my journey. The gospel in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is all encompassing. It is beautiful. There are countless 'chances.' If you read The Book of Mormon, the whole thing is about the Atonement and second chances. Though we don't solely focus on the cross, Jesus Christ died for us. Because of Him, we have countless chances. We can always be forgiven, through proper repentance. The beautiful thing I love about this is if there were people I knew in high school that had trouble with the law or drugs, it is amazing to see them change and become more spiritual and religious people. The gospel really is a powerful place for forgiveness and second, third, infinite chances. Because nobody is perfect.

3. Callings are not paid.
Most religions have paid positions. If you're a pastor, you get paid...well, that is, if I'm right. The wonderful thing about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is that these callings are not paid. No calling is paid. There are MANY callings in the church - from relief society teachers to the bishop and his counselors. It is all service, just like Christ talk.

8. The church practices Christ-like love through service.
Speaking of service, the church has helped so many people. Countless people. To read more about this, you can view one of my former Mormon Monday posts to see a teensy glimpse of how much the church has helped.


5. When you are baptized and confirmed, you are given the gift of the Holy Ghost.
There is one thing that brings me so much comfort. And that is the gift of the Holy Ghost. I cannot begin to describe how utterly thankful I am for the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost guides me when I'm lost. It's that still small voice that whispers to give me a voice of warning, or to help me make a decision. I truly believe that if it weren't for the Holy Ghost, I wouldn't have known if Mr. Schroeder was the one I should marry right off the bat. The Holy Ghost was nearly yelling at me when he asked me out. "Say yes! Say yes! What do you have to lose?"

6. There is modern-day revelators.
Heavenly Father has given us modern day revelators. We have our modern-day prophet, President Thomas S. Monson who guides us and directs us. One thing a lot of people get confused over is that we do not worship our prophet. We look up to him, we listen to him, and we rely on him for guidance. However, unlike many other religions, our prophet is not someone we worship. 

7.  The priesthood.
I'm sure many of you have read the news about priesthood. Unfortunately, the news isn't always correct, nor is it always covering happy and optimistic information. Briefly explaining, according to lds.org, the priesthood is the eternal power and authority of our Heavenly Father. Through the priesthood, God created and governs the heavens and earth. He gives worthy priesthood holders authority to receive these ordinances and access the power and blessings of the priesthood. Just the other day, I was so blessed to ask myself for a priesthood blessing because I was feeling sick. When I need guidance, same thing, I can always rely on him, my dad, or even my bishop for some guidance.

8. Temple work
I briefly stated on #1 what temples are for. When an individual goes through the temple for the first time, they make covenants with God that they strive to keep throughout their lives. After the first time they go through for themselves, they can go back to the temple to do work for the dead. The first few times I heard this, it sounded creepy to me. But think about it. Not everybody gets the chance to get baptized during this earth time, due to dying early, or not even finding the gospel. Not everybody gets the opportunity to go through the temple and be sealed to be with their spouse for time and all eternity. BUT. The work can be done. Every time I am at the temple, I always imagine the person I am doing the work for reacting on the other side of the veil. How wonderful it must be to be waiting for hundreds of years to receive the Holy Ghost, or to become sealed, and finally, have a member do it for you. Not only this, but the temple allows you to receive guidance for yourself. It truly is a powerful place.

READ: There is room for you at our church. 

Do YOU have any questions about the LDS church? Email me at wenserendipity@gmail.com and your question could be featured on future Mormon Monday posts!