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  • Mar 22 2015

    Memphis, TN.

     
    Happy Sunday, friends!  I hope you're enjoying your weekend.  We're in Memphis today for the last show of this run of Winter Jam. There's only one weekend left after this, and I'm not ready.  This tour has been such a blast for our family.  It's my third time on Winter Jam in 6 years, and it just keeps getting better.  I'm so grateful for all the new friends we've made and the old friends we've gotten closer with over the past 3 months.  I thought I'd share some of my favorite shots from the tour so far, and I'll do another post next week with more photos and a wrap-up.  It took me going through these photos to realize how few I have with other artists on the tour, so this last weekend, I'll make sure I get a lot of shots to put in a post for next week.
     
     KC, MO. One of my favorite shots from the whole tour. Via 
     
    Joel & Luke from for King & Country and some friends playing sand in the make shift playroom in Jacksonville, FL. :)
     
     The AMAZING Laura Hackett Park joined us Ft. Worth to lead worship for our Jam Church and sing Holy Spirit with me onstage. Love this girl.
     
    I'm pretty sure this was the second Sunday of the tour, when NewSong led worship for us in South Florida. Their Andrae Crouch medley was epic, & Roy playing keys was the best!
     
     All Access, bay-bay.
     
    Roanoke, VA.  Our kids scoot everywhere on this tour, and actually, so does everyone on our team.  I need to get a good group shot of all our guys on their matching blue Razor scooters, because it's amazing. 
     
     We debuted a new shirt half way through the tour, and I love it.  It was designed by the lovely Danielle Burkleo who also designed this blog!  
     
    Soundcheck on day 1 in Charleston, WV.  This would have been right before we went to Five Guys in the mall across the street for dinner.  
     
    Early morning radio gathering with friends in Tampa on arguably the most beautiful day of the whole tour.  Also there was an ice cream truck backstage later that night, so...Tampa wins.
     
    My kiddos playing at the kids museum in Evansville, IN! 
     
     
    No two tours are alike.  The memories you make, the inside jokes that are created, the moments of worship that happen onstage, the stories you hear from people you meet after the shows, the quirks of the bus, the catering team, the crew, the cities, the weather--you can't recreate it.  Most importantly, the friendships and relationships that are formed are priceless.  I'm going to miss everyone, but we still have 4 shows left, so I'm not ready to cry yet.  One more week!!!!
  • Mar 17 2015

    Nashville, TN.

    Y'all, I've been so amazed at your response to the blog so far!  Thank you for reading, commenting, sharing, and blessing me so much with your kind words.  I'm catching up on comments and have a bunch of posts in the queue--can't wait to get you some more content this week!

    In the meantime, here is a link to follow the blog with Bloglovin.  It's an easy way to keep up with all your favorite blogs, and they have a great app too.  Have you checked out my blog roll to see who I follow?  It's a great place to start if you're new to blogging!

    xo,
    Francesca

    P.S. Have you been outside?  It's GORGEOUS in Nashville this week, and we are soaking it up!  Enjoy the sunshine, lovelies!!

  • Mar 14 2015

    Columbia, S.C.

    I've always been a bit of a product junkie when it comes to makeup, skincare, etc.  About 6 years ago I read a book called "The Green Beauty Guide" that rocked my world.  Thanks to sites like EWG's Skin Deep, awareness about the unregulated cosmetics industry has increased, and more and more consumers are saying no to conventional products and yes to more natural approaches.

    The exciting thing about taking a more natural approach to skincare is that it can be a LOT cheaper.  No, I'm not talking about pricey organic products, though those can be fun to splurge on sometimes.  I'm taking about making your own!  I am not the world's most crafty human (AT ALL), but I can get excited about an easy DIY recipe if it means at the end of it I'm left with something that I can use every day.  Here is the recipe I've been using for the past 8 or 9 months as a toner.  It's cheap, easy, and so effective!

    ACV Geranium Toner

    Ingredients:
    1 glass bottle with spray top
    Equal parts purified water and Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar 
    5 drops of Young Living Geranium Essential Oil
    3 drops of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil

    Mix together in the bottle, shake well, and store in a dry place.

    To use, spritz a few times on a cotton pad and wipe over your face after cleansing.  I usually go through 2 cotton pads (both sides) until all the makeup is gone.

    Apple cider vinegar is an incredible thing to have in your beauty arsenal.  In this toner, it helps balance the skin's ph, sloughs off dead skin cells, and is an incredible detoxifier.  I also love using it as a clarifying treatment on my hair, and I mix it with my favorite clay mask for an intensive skin detox.  Now, the smell of pure ACV is very strong, and my hubby and band guys (when I wash my face on the bus) are not fans, but I found that when mixed with essential oils, the smell is easier to handle.

     

    Geranium essential oil helps tighten skin, prevents wrinkles, encourages regeneration of new cells, helps heal scars, age spots, and acne, is antibacterial and brings balance to the skin.  It's scent is somewhat rosy, and I love it.

    Lavender essential oil is one of my all-time favorites.  It is one of the best oils for soothing skin irritations, which is why I love it in this toner.  It moisturizes and helps speed up the healing of the skin, especially cuts, burns, scars, etc. When used in your nightly skincare routine, it helps promote calmness and good sleep.  Bonus!

    ***The only oils I recommend are the ones my family and I use daily: Young Living pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

    Essential oils have been a mainstay in my family, and I'm excited to have a space to share some of our stories with you about how oils have helped with symptoms of colds, nausea, fever, skin issues, allergies, add, and more in the coming months.  What I love most about essential oils is that they come from plants, trees, and living things that God created.  He gave us everything we needed for health and healing right in His creation, and there is something so comforting about that to me.  It's like an earthly father who hides easter eggs around the backyard and tells his kids to go find them, with a big smile on his face.  I imagine God, during creation, thinking, "Ooh, I'll put a property in this cedarwood tree that helps them sleep and gives them good concentration.  Oh, oh, and lemons!  Lemons are so bright and happy.  They should have a happy smell too, that lifts their spirits and disinfects.  Mmm, I love this clove plant.  Let's make it good for helping numb pain and heal cavities, because, lets be honest, they are going to eat WAY too much sugarcane."

    I don't know...that's just the way I like to think about it! :)

    I will do an in-depth post about these wonderful oils soon, but to learn more, or to sign up to receive a wholesale discount now, go to youngliving.com and sign up using my sponsor and enroller number: 1417446 

    Until next time, dear ones!
    Francesca

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