The Man at Waffle House

A few months ago we traveled to St. Louis, Missouri for work. We had some time to pass before the race track opened so we stopped at Waffle House for breakfast. It was packed when we walked in, so we settled for some seats facing the kitchen. To my left sat my teammates and to my right sat a gentleman whose face I'll never forget.

The man appeared to be in his 50s. He was wearing a pair of blue jeans and an old worn out t-shirt. He had the biggest smile and most welcoming eyes I've ever seen. As soon as I sat down his eyes lit up and he greeted me with a big "hello!"

I was immediately uncomfortable. I looked to my left and saw my teammates smirking. They got lost in their own conversation and I was mad at them, mad at them for leaving me with the weird stranger who insisted on talking to me.

I clutched my purse close to me, in the ridiculous way that we so often do, even though nothing about this man was threatening. He continued to ask me questions about my job, what were doing in town etc. and I continued to give him short, cold answers and ignore him the best I could.

The stranger finished his coffee and wished me the best of luck over the weekend. Before he got up to leave he gave me this coupon and reminded me not once but twice to use it. I immediately crumbled inside. This coupon was worth so much more to him than it was to me, but he wanted to share something with me, his new friend.
All this man wanted was to enjoy a conversation with a stranger, and my pride and ego were to big for that. It would have cost me nothing but would have meant so much to him if I simply answered his questions with a friendly smile, and it's a lesson I'll never forget.

I've carried this coupon around in my wallet ever since that day. It serves as a reminder that people are good and to never consider yourself better than anyone else. It helps remind me to smile at that passerby on the street and to take the time to have a conversation with the stranger next to me. You never know how much those few minutes of kindness can mean to someone else.

The Makings of a Gallery Wall

1. "God Bless Cowboys" (antique store) 2. "B" Hobby Lobby 3. "2 Corinthians 12:9" print (LilyandVal) 4. "Meet Me in Paris" print (The Wheatfield) 5. "Love Is How We Got Here" print (Oh Brooke) 6. "Your Home Is Where Your Heart Is" print (Lily Gene) 7. "Paris Print" streets of Paris 8. Key (antique store)

We moved into a new apartment last weekend and I knew that I wanted to create a gallery wall in my new room. I've been collecting parts and pieces for a few months, and when I brought it all together I was so happy with the look! I think the key to a good gallery wall is making sure that all of the pieces are a reflection of you and your personality, if you do that, I don't think you can go wrong. I also have to thank my amazing dad for his patience, and for hanging every single piece just the way I had layed it out.

Most of the prints above came from Etsy, and I've included links to the shops you can find them at. What do y'all think? Have you created a gallery wall before?

Fake It

Warning...you might need sunglasses to look at the following picture...
No folks, I didn't use a filter for this picture, I am actually THAT pale. After posting this on Instagram a few weeks ago I decided I need to do something to make my skin glow during theses gloomy months.

Tanning beds just aren't an option after a few skin cancer scares in my family, so I went on a search for the best products to help you fake that "sun-kissed" glow this winter.

1. Jergens Natural Glow Face Moisturizer (Fair/Medium) -I like to use the daily moisturizer in the morning, and my regular moisturizer at night. The fair to medium color gives my skin just enough glow without looking orange.

2. BeneFit Hoola - This is my absolute favorite bronzer. It has a matte finish so you won't look like you're going to a club, and the color is light so you can build the perfect tan to match your skin. It's great for the winter months when it's easy to look like a pumpkin if your bronzer is too dark.

3. Karora - Tinted Self Tan Mist - Radiant Goddess Light-Medium - Karora was nice enough to send me this self tan mist and I have to say that I will be buying it once I run out. I'm a fan of spray tans but can't afford to get them very often. This Karora self tan mist was easy to apply, and the color looked better and lasted longer than any spray tan I've ever gotten. This is a product you definitely need to try this winter! You can learn more about the Karora products here.

These are some products I love. What are some of the products you use to fake that sun-kissed glow?
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