Day 3 – Departing Kyiv to Shepetivka

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We woke up early this morning because we have a busy day scheduled. Kyiv life so far is busy and is an old city amidst a modernizing society. This morning we will be preparing to depart on a train to Shepetivka (a town located on the Huska River in the Khmelnytskyi Oblast of Western Ukraine).
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We will be there for about 10 days for a missionary trip for teenagers (ages 13-18). This will be my first destination missionary trip and I am super excited to serve the kids. Since the camp is located in the forest with no Wi-Fi, I will not be able to post daily. I will also not be bringing my laptop or any electronics there, as it will be better to focus on the kids more that way. I will be recording my adventures the old fashioned way on a journal (:
After the camp, we will be arriving back to Kyiv, so I will post a recap of the camp then.
Wish me luck!

xoxo,
Sophie

Day 2 – Exploring Independence Square in Kyiv

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         We arrived to a family friends house late last night. One of the daughters is Diana’s friend, Galina. She was also the person who picked us up from the airport. Once we arrived at her parents place, we chatted for a long time just catching them up with how we are doing and getting to know them better. My cousin, Juliana and I did not go to bed until about 0200. I woke up this morning around 0800, so I only had about 6 hours of sleep and surprisingly I wasn’t as tired as I should have been (the fact that I had not slept on the plane). We ate a small breakfast and then Juliana and I walked around the neighborhood with the family’s other daughter, who is married and has a 10-month-old girl. The four of us strolled around some local park. We walked around the park for about 2 hours or so. It was a nice big park. There were several different paths with swings, coffee stands, small carnival rides, and even a huge obstacle course with zip-lines. It reminded me of the show Fear Factor. We didn’t get to go on the obstacle course because you have to pay but my sister said we might be able to go when we come back to Kiev in mid-August.
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Day 1 – Flight (July 21st/22nd)

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Well folks, the day has arrived! I find myself in a confused state of emotions. People keep asking me whether or not I am nervous, excited, happy, scared, etc. I cannot say that I feel any of these particular emotions right now. I have a theory that this is because I’m killing time as I wait to head to the airport. I believe that once I am dropped off there, I will begin to experience all of previously stated emotions. For now, I express a calm appearance, or as one might put, the quiet before the final plunge.
We have arrived in Munich, Germany airport after a 12 hour-long flight. I had minimal sleep on the plane because I get excited every time I fly and due to my inability to find a comfortable sleeping position. Alex (brother-in-law) and Juliana (cousin) sat on either side of me and Juliana occasionally slept upon my shoulder. Diana (oldest sister) was able to sleep the most out of us. The plane offered complimentary drinks and two meals. The meals of course were your stereotypical types that one hears about from fellow friends and family members but they were still pretty good. There were about 30 movie options offered to view and some of the movies were fairly new too, such as Divergent. We made it through security and are now waiting to board our connecting plane to Kiev, Ukraine.
I am surprisingly not as tired as I thought I might be. Perhaps the excitement is finally hitting me and giving me adrenaline to stay awake. I’m debating whether or not to get something to eat, or to simply endure the plane food on the next flight.
As we fly through Ukraine, I had my moment.

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xoxo,
Sophie

If you want to see more of what I’m up to in Europe follow me on Twitter and Instagram, because over there I’ll probably be able to share pictures and updates more often while I’m in Europe.

 

June Favorites 2014

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Hey guys! June was a crazy month for me. Sorry for being so late on my monthly favorites. It’s time to say goodbye to June and welcome in another month. Time has flown by fast! Here are some of the products I’ve loved all month long, hope you enjoy!
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Influenster: Vow VoxBox

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On Wednesday, I received my first box from Influenster and decided to do a blog post on it.
Influenster is a free site, open to anyone who would be interested in trying new products. You will answer survey questions, and review items for a chance to get a box (they do many different boxes).  If you would like to sign up for Influenster and a chance to get yourself a box at some point, send me your email address and I will send you an invite!
The Influenster Box was delivered to my house in a very pretty light blue box and has six goodies inside:
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Product Review: Large Pitanga Peach Heritage® Scented Candle

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Less than a month ago, I participated in a candle giveaway by kelli.mygc.com and I was so happy when I heard that I won. I was able to choose any scent from the Heritage collection. They have a very large selection of scents to choose from. It was difficult to choose a scent but the scent I selected was the Pitanga Peach, which contains notes of pineapple, papaya, and peach. I have a huge obsession when it comes to tropical scents. Kelli took care of my order right away and it arrived pretty quickly. It was definitely great customer service.
I was so excited when my candle finally arrived. The candle came beautifully packaged in a glass-container with a tin lid and the fragrance labeled on the bottom. I love the fact it was labeled on the bottom because it doesn’t take away beauty of the glass design and it is easily reusable when the candle is out. As soon as I opened the package it came in, I could immediately smell the candle. The cold scent on this candle is one of the best I have ever encountered. It made my mouth water, literally! I am so ecstatic about my scent choice and I highly recommend giving this candle a try because it is undeniably my new favorite scent. I feel as though I am in the tropics lying by the ocean. The scent is so sweet, delicious, and relaxing. I have been burning mine for about 4 hours and with the two wicks I feel as though the candle burns pretty evenly. It did not leave any residue or emit any particulates. The scent wafted through my house and lingered for hours after I stopped burning it. My house smells incredible!
The website offers the candles in 3 sizes; small, medium, and large. My candle came in the large size and according to the website, the burn time is up to 200 hours! It describes the scent as nectarous, sweet, ripe, and notes of pineapple, papaya, & peach.
The Pitanga Peach from Heritage Gold Canyon Candles completely blew my mind!

xoxo,
Sophie

DISCLAIMER: All opinions published are mine and are completely honest. All reviews are 100% honest and unbiased. All the pictures are taken by me unless stated otherwise. Please do not use my images or content without my permission.

Pray For Seattle Pacific University…

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On Thursday, June 5, our country endured yet another school shooting. This time it was Seattle Pacific University, my school, my community, and my family…
The gunshots started at 3:30pm and were it not for the heroics of a student guard, who pepper-sprayed the assailant, there surely would have been more shots, more fatalities, more wounded and shaken and traumatized. In the minutes after the shooting, #SPUshooting was trending nationally. Within an hour, #prayforSPU replaced it. I am extremely proud to be a part of a community that emphasizes faith and expresses unity in the wake of a tragedy.
Waking up yesterday morning I felt as though I was in some sort of a shock. How could Thursday have been real? My community, my family, was violated by the unthinkable. My heart is broken. I’m thankful to be part of this community that responds to tragedy by crying out to God in worship. I am thankful for the amount of professors, family, and friends that contacted me to check in. This place will always be home and I am so proud to be a student at a university that declares God as sovereign no matter the circumstances. I will forever be proud to be a falcon.
My heart goes out to the friends and families of those affected by the shooting at SPU, UCSB, Sandy Hook elementary, Virginia Tech, Columbine, etc. This is a weekend to hug your family and friends. Be so appreciative of them being here, on this earth, with you. Be kind to people you don’t know. Help people you can see are struggling. Be there for one another.

In the photo, you can see the praying students with the beaming, beatific light shining on their heads. It is a Christian school of after all, and in the moment, we can see why faith can be such a savant against the brutality of life:
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Yesterday marked the end of my third year at Seattle Pacific University. These three years have definitely had their ups and downs. I’ve met so many amazing people and I have gotten the chance to explore more of Seattle this year than I did before. One major lesson I’ve learned this year is that there is no way to predict where our paths will lead us. Our ideas and plans could very well change down the road. God might have a different plan for us than we intend and we just have trust him. But my advice is just pursue your passion, whatever it may be. I’ve witnessed the unhappiness of those who didn’t pursue their passion just because their career might not earn as much as others. Allow yourself to do what you truly love.
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“Do it with passion or not at all.”
See you in back in September Seattle (:

xoxo,
Sophie

Liebster Award

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Hi Everyone!
A very kind blogger was amazing enough to nominate me for the Liebster Award! This award works to give recognition to bloggers with under 200 – 2000 followers. This is a way for bloggers (such as myself) to get recognition for all the hard work they put into keeping a blog. The meaning of the word: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Isn’t that sweet!? Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs. I have been nominated by Signed by SL, so don’t forget to go and check out her wonderful blog!

What are the Rules?
You must link back to the person who nominated you; You must answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominee before you. You must pick 11 nominees with under 200 (or 2000 if you want to go with that) followers to answer your 11 questions; You cannot nominate the person who nominated you; You must let the people you nominate know they have been nominated.
Questions asked by the previous Blogger
What is your favorite high-end beauty product?
▪                I have many favorite beauty products but one of my favorites is the RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up. It’s simple and natural and blends so well! It gives you a little bit of coverage while looking as though your face has no makeup on it.
If you could only use 1 beauty product, what would it be?
▪                So tough! But if I could only use one product it would be mascara. My face is pretty clear for the most part with a few acne spots here and there once in a while. I like mascara because it makes me feel more awake and I like my eyelashes to pop.
What are your top 5 foundations?
I don’t really have a top 5 because I have only used 3 different kinds of foundation since I first started wearing make-up. My face is pretty clear for the most part but I do use foundation when ever I go out with friends or doing pictures.
▪                RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up
▪                Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation
▪                bareMinerals Ready Foundation
Why did you start a blog?
▪                I absolutely love to write! Blogging is just another way for me to express my life and what I love.
What is your favorite lipstick?
▪                I love any lipstick that has a matte finish, but I love the Revlon collection Just Bitten Kissable. I love the bold Romantic color.
What is your favorite animal?
▪                That’s so tough because I love all animals but I guess my favorite would be dogs!
What is your go to genre of music?
▪                My favorite band is OneRepublic so pop/rock but I also listen to a lot of country.
If you could go on your dream vacation, where would you go and whom would you bring?
▪                It would definitely be Australia, and I would bring my cousin, Julie!
What is your favorite character (movie, television show, cartoon, anime, etc.)
▪                Anastasia from the movie Anastasia
If you had to recommend one beauty product to someone, what would it be?
▪                RMS Beauty Un-cover-up, it does wonders!
How long do you take to do your makeup on a daily basis?
▪                On a school day it will only take me about 5 minutes to do my make-up, but if I am going out I usually take about 15.

Questions for the Nominees!

  1. How would you describe your blog in 3 simple words?
  2. What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?
  3. What is your favorite season and why?
  4. What is your favorite type of music to listen to in the summer?
  5. If you could only use one beauty/grooming product, what would it be?
  6. If you only had $50 dollars for makeup, what would you buy?
  7. What is your favorite brand of makeup
  8. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
  9. Who is your favorite book or movie crush and why?
  10. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
  11. If you had to recommend one product to someone whether it is beauty, food, home décor…etc. What would it be?

Bloggers…. I Nominate you!

Debelloyd
Nellingles
Chloe Turbyeville
leeonwattpad
Katalinagreenway
Amwhinery
She’s Looking At The Stars
Kayla Ryan Harvey
Zuschie
shannonicole89

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