#15 Spend the whole day in my swim suit.

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Summer is a time for no plans and no reason to put on real clothes. Abby is back in AZ and we decided to spend the day relaxing and catching up while taking a dip in her pool. It was I just so good to see Abby after her ’round the world adventures. I love her passion for the Gospel and God’s people. We drank chocolate coconut water and lounged. It was a beautiful, summer day.

Later on, I headed to Jen’s to catch up with her too. We chatted while stuffing wedding invites- still so crazy that she is engaged! Wild! As I was leaving Jen’s at 10 something, I realized that I still had my suit on. I snapped a quick pic right before I went to bed. Plus- I thiiiink I can make out a tan line?

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Sigh…..I love a good summer day spent in a swim suit!

At the beginning of the summer, I wrote out a list of fun things I wanted to get done this summer! You can read the complete list here and all the posts here!

High Five for Friday! #H54F

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1. Abby’s baaaaack! Now stay here forever, ok?
2. Bingo! Haha I played bingo for the first time and it was a hilarious experience. Maybe I’ll win next time!
3. The Great Gatsby. Oh Leo. Oh this movie. So good.
4. This Album has been my jam this week!
5. Fresh & Easy Popcorn. Omg so buttery and delish! I love it!

My parents get into town on Sunday so this weekend is exciting! We have all sorts of fun stuff planned for their trip…plus their house has a casita that I’m obsessed with.

Happy Weekend!

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth!
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Ask Aubray (Or be careful what you text me!)

Today I have a special treat- an interview with someone fabulous! Let me tell you the story of how this delight came to be!

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The other day, I went to True Food Kitchen with Aubray.(It was just as delicious as the last time I was there!) Anyways, we took photos of our food and of us (duh). Aubray texted me the photo above and… I’ll just let you read the convo for yourself:

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Let me introduce Aubray- Aubray is an angel. She is so beautifully sensitive and tenderhearted. The way she talks about her family and friends- you can just tell how deeply she cares about them. Aubray is an adventurer – she picked up an moved to AZ all the way from FREAKING ALASKA and studied in Australia! Oh AND she is training to compete in a fitness competition- she’s like extra buff. Oh and-fast fact- her name is “Au-bray” not “Au-bree.” When I first met her, I just thought everyone was being obnoxious when they pronounced her name. Haha

As you can see (read?), she has many areas of expertise. (Not to mention the fact that she taught me how to play bingo!) I am so excited that Aubray said yes to an interview- and she gave some BOMB answers. Without further ado, Ask Aubray!

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#4 See The Great Gatsby

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I’ve been looking forward to seeing this movie since the beginning of the summer! It just looked…grand! Plus the soundtrack sounded bomb. Jay-Z? Yes please. Mag and we waiting for-ev-er for it to come to one of the dollar theatre. Superstition Springs Picture show is RIGHT by Mag’s apt AND they had it in 3-D for only $4!

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We smuggled in some of our favorite snacks and picked the perfect spot. There were only about 4 other people in the theatre! The perks of seeing a movie at 2:45pm on a Monday…

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I loved everything about the movie- the costumes were breath taking, the story is tragic but beautiful, and the whole thing was just plain visually appealing! I would totally see it again! Plus- who doesn’t love Leonardo DiCaprio?!

I’m like 90% sure this was the first movie I saw in 3D. My sisters seem to think I saw The Polar Express in 3D…but I don’t quite remember. Anyways, it was a great movie to see in 3D because the movie was such an experience by it self- the 3D just added to the over-the-top-ness.

There is something very summer-y about seeing a movie during the day. It’s a great place to seek out A/C…especially because our theatre was FREEZING! So my review: go see this movie! But you probably already did! Haha

At the beginning of the summer, I wrote out a list of fun things I wanted to get done this summer! You can read the complete list here and all the posts here!

GOOD EATS: Ground Control

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I’m house sitting this week in the West Valley. Because I’m rarely on this side if town, I decided to yelp a good coffee shop in the area. I’m working on reading books to check off # 11 on my Bucket List and wanted a place I could hang out and read. I came across Ground Control in Goodyear, AZ!

Ground Control is a little confusing and a little schitzo. They are a gelato shop/espresso shop/restaurant/beer specialist/wine bar. Yeah. So when you walk in, there’s a counter with gelato and coffee but then a big restaurant & bar behind. And like a small waiting room-ish area.

I had a lot of questions. If I ordered just coffee, did I have to sit in the waiting room? How do you order food? Why are people drinking beer at 10:50a am on a Saturday? I waked up to the counter and asked if they were still serving breakfast. They were- until 11! They told me to have a seat. It seemed like they were just getting the hang of things or something? The service was awkward and the staff seemed flustered even though there were about 5 people in the place. But it is freaking cute and I am way sympathetic towards small businesses.

The waitress recommended an espresso drink off of their “favorites” menu and they had biscuits and gravy on special.

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If I’m being totally honest, the espresso was a little sweet and didn’t let the coffee shine through. I would order something different next time. The biscuits and gravy were pretty good, but I wonder if other things on their menu might be better. The pictures of food on yelp look really cute! Hah

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They also do Open Mic nights, Wine Education nights, and have live music. I love that they seem really focused on community and being a place for people to meet.
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Isn’t it so cute inside? When I was there, there were several groups of women chatting and catching up.

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If you’re looking for a chill place to go on the weekends for entertainment or coffee, check out Ground Control! Don’t expect super smooth service and you should have a great time!

If you go,
Ground Control
4860 N Litchfield Rd
Goodyear, AZ 85395
Mon 6:30 am – 9 pm
Tue-Thu 6:30 am – 10 pm
Fri 6:30 am – 12 am
Sat 7 am – 12 am
Sun 8 am – 9 pm

http://www.groundxcontrol.com

High Five for Friday! #H54F

Here are the top 5 from my week!

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1.Strawberry Lemonshade Slurpee. The perfect treat for a freakin’ hot day!

2. Spending time with my MTS Ladies. It was so cool to see how deep the relationships we had built really were. There is something very satisfying about hanging out with people that “get” it.

3.Mountains. With monsoon season here, the clouds have made the mountains all look really cool. Love living here.

4.Church baptism potluck. It was super fun to hang out with our church family and eat yummy food!

5. Catfish. This week the curve ball was positive…. Which almost made it weirder.

I’m enjoying life on the west side this weekend because I’m housesitting (at the cutest house, btw!). I think I’m going to get some reading done and try to knock #11 off my bucket list!

Xoxo

Katie

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth!
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My Experience with Mending the Soul

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Last night, I got together with 4 other women who are very dear to me- women who make me laugh and share recipes with me, and women who know most of my deepest, darkest secrets too.
For 15 weeks, we journeyed together through the Mending the Soul curriculum. Karrie Meyer led our group and she is A GENIUS. Seriously- if you’re looking for a great Christian counselor, contact her! Between Jesus, Karrie,and the other ladies in my group, I have had a crazy healing experience! I seriously feel like a different person! I think everyone who has a particularly impacting experience feels like it would work perfectly for everyone, but if you’re ever given the opportunity- go through Mending the Soul! I’m not going to go into specifics in this space (I’d love to share with you over coffee!), but here are a handful of things I learned that have shifted my perspective:

-It’s ok to let your self matter. Even if it feel uncomfortable, it will get easier.

-Forgiveness doesn’t necessarily mean reconciliation. It may, but reconciliation requires 2 repentant parties and that may never happen.

-Just because someone tries to give their insecurities, fears, or judgements to you, doesn’t mean you have to take them. In fact, you can give them back.

-Sometimes just telling your whole story- and all the gritty, ugly details- can be insanely freeing.

-All people are created in God’s image, but they were also given free will. This means people can make really hurtful choices. And really beautiful choices.

-Life is not black and white. There are gray areas. Which I hate. Haha but it’s possible to learn to navigate the grays.

-Sometimes you don’t have to accept or reject an idea or relationship or situation. You can just sit with it and see how it feels BEFORE you react.

-Acknowledging that someone hurt you doesn’t mean that you hate them or wish them harm. It means you’re being honest with your self. And you’re opening the door to healing & forgiveness.

-Minimizing situations helps NO ONE. Again, it’s important to be honest.

-There is a level of freedom available in the secure arms of Christ that I never knew was possible.

-While community/relationships are vital to fulfilling our needs, we can help fulfill some of our own need to be loved by being kind to ourselves.

On our very last meeting, Karrie gave each one of us a bling-y shovel. She gave it to us to say- even though we’re all still digging through crap, at let we can do it with a bedazzled shovel and look good. Haha

This whole experience led to something I’m calling “The Summer of Risks…. Which if youve been around me you’ve certainly heard about..But more on that another time! I’m so so thankful for this experience and so excited to see where we all go from here!

To learn more about Mending the Soul, check out their website.

#10 Go to a worship service at Phoenix First

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Sometimes when I talk about Phoenix First, people ask me if I go there…and I usually respond, “yeah…recreationally.” Hah sometimes it’s nice to go to a huge church where you can just go and enjoy worship in a different setting. (Not that I don’t simply adore my church! I do! You should come with me!) I hadn’t been to Phoenix 1st in a super long time so I knew I wanted it to be part of my bucket list! Plus I love driving up the 51- it winds through some mountains and makes it feel like you’re going far away. Well..to me at least!

This weekend Forever Jones was leading worship- they’re a family of musicians that sing gospel. They led some old favorites and sang some their original songs too. They were awesome.

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Poor Mag…always being subjected to taking pictures with me for the blog…. šŸ˜‰

Pastor Luke spoke about Heaven & Hell. He talked about the reality of heaven- a place of security, protection, purity, freedom from shame, and community with God for ever. The contrast of hell is startling- a place of exposure, regret, shame, and isolation. Sometimes talking about hell is uncomfortable- but the reality of heaven and life with God is super motivating to me to share His love with the people around me.

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Pastor Luke brought up the fact that the standard of the Kingdom is in direct opposition to the standards of the world.

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But Christ gives us hope in Matthew 5:11-12

11 ā€œBlessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

His charge at the end of the night was to “stand firm and smile on the inside.” Great is our reward in heaven.

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Pastor Dana referred to this same concept this morning in church- he likened it to a roller coaster. Sometimes you’re on top- sometimes you’re in the valley but Jesus is always with you!

I was so blessed to be at Phoenix First on Saturday night! Super encouraging for where I am right now- I’m feeling encouraged to press on and not quit!

After church, Mag and I went to Carolina’s- so so yummy! Love their tortillas and horchata!!

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I’m glad I checked this one off the list- but I may need to do it over again by the time the summer is over!

At the beginning of the summer, I wrote out a list of fun things I wanted to get done this summer! You can read the complete list here and all the posts here!

High Five for Friday! #H54F

This week I just found myself smiling as I was driving. I love seeing the Arizona mountains in the distance, the way the sun sets in its Arizona way, and I just can’t help but think about how much I love living here. Sigh. Here are my top 5 of the week….

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1.Pool treats. I spent a lovely day at the pool this week with some magazine action and sweet treats! It was a great day despite the fact that the sun melted the glue and the magazine fell apart.

2. Maggie. She’s going to kill me for posting this but #sorrynotsorry. I love hanging out with Mag- seriously one of the funniest people I know! I’m so glad she’s on summer break right now!

3. Is that blonde?! Well it’s getting there! But my hair is lighters and it’s so fun. Working towards that bucket list blonde!

4. Sweet Chi Alpha Worship. There’s no place like home. (Check out that DIY Wood Wall!)

5. Summer of Risks Scottsdale Adventure Happy Birthday Christina! I survived!

Weekends are weird when you work weekends….haha. But I’m hoping to make the most of it- especially with baptisms at my church this Sunday!

Hope you have a great weekend!
Xoxox

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth!
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GOOD EATS: Chop Shop

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I’ve wanted to check out Chop Shop for a while- I love a good semi-fast fresh option! Bets went there a few weeks ago and raved about it, so I knew I had to get there ASAP. I had to go to the Fashion Square to order my dress for Jen & Clarks wedding, and Chop Shop was on the way. I went on a Wednesday at about 1:15p and it was PACKED. The crowd is very Scottsdale- full of beautiful girls, cougars on dates, and Brody Jenner wannabes.

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That is to be expected and didn’t take away from the experience. The girl at the counter was so sweet despite the fact that she was slammed. In fact, I don’t think I saw anyone working there who DIDN’T have a smile on their face. Must be all the kale. I ordered the Grilled Chicken + Prosciutto off their “Between Bread” menu, but I ordered it as a wrap. I also got the Strawberry Lemonade- Betsy’s suggestion.

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Both were amazing! I’m obsessed with prosciutto lately and it was so so so yummy with the chicken and Dijon! Yum! At first I couldn’t find a seat inside- the outside was adorable. I loved that they had these great purse hooks!

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But it was a bajillion degrees- so as soon as I noticed a table open up inside, I swooped! How cute is this place?!

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If you’re looking for the perfect healthy and adorable lunch spot- Chop Shop is your jam! They also have a great looking breakfast menu and lots of fresh juices! They also just opened a location in Tempe! Hurray!

If you go:
Chop Shop
7158 E 5th Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
M-Sa 7a-10p
Su 7a-8p
http://www.chopshopco.com/