aba Coffee is the cutest coffee shop I've been to yet! It's located in Carlsbad, CA on state street. Inside it's filled with natural light, and cute little bar top tables to study. My mom took me over the weekend and it was so fun to just sit and chat. I ordered my usual lol, a black iced tea and donut!

I absolutely love Carlsbad, I've always said I could seriously live there. One of these days I'll have to put together a little guide for this awesome beach town, because there are so many places left on my list to visit.

Believe it or not, I actually don't have much to say in today's post. I found this quote on Pinterest today that really made me wonder so I'll leave you with it as well..."You are not the reflection of those that can't love you." 



absolutely love burning candles, and I only have a few week's left to do so, because they are permitted in dorm rooms, haha. I'll have to rely on my scentsy, but honestly nothing beats the scents I find at Anthro, or local shops. There's something about a burning flame, and the ambiance it brings to my room.

I also have to admit candles are the perfect piece of decor just about on anything - shelves, countertops, bookcases, or outside patio. I'm trying to enjoy these summer scents for as long as possible, before I have to pack everything up.

Anyways, below are my top three picks for this summer season! List your favorite below in the comment section, I love finding new brands!


This one right here is my kind of scent when picking up a candle. Anything that has a hint of vanilla and sweet sugar is the best!! This is a local find and I am so glad I found it. It has a wooden stick in the middle instead of a black thread which is perfect because it holds the flame! 

And how cute is this mini glass jar? I love things that are simple and plain. It came with a gold foil lid which seals the deal! See what I did there? Lol. No okay, keep scrolling! 


This one smells so good! As you can see I need to light it more, haha! I love the copper lid, and the beautiful sea glass glow it brings to the blue jar in the sunlight.

It smells exactly like the name - very beachy, costal, and fresh. The size is just perfect for me too, plus through Anthropologie it's cheaper too! 


Another Anthropologie find! I love this scent so much. It's truly been the definition of my summer candle collection. I adore the packaging again on this one too.

I really don't buy too much fruit smelling products, I enjoy vanilla's, and desserts haha. But the blend of the apricot and basil is very unique and just light enough to not be overwhelming. I'm going to miss this candle once I move! It's honestly one of my faves. 



eeping a bucket-list journal has been something I've carried around for years, and if you know me at all then it should come to no surprise that I am always thinking ahead, and planning my future! Making lists, and writing inside beautiful journals are my thing, so when I spotted this bucket-list notebook from Anthropologie it obviously had to come home with me!

This journal has inspirational quotes, and beautiful photography throughout! It provides a layout page where you can list 101 things on your bucket-list, and then each separate goal or dream has it's own special page filled with questions regarding that specific goal. It's pure perfection when it comes to organization, and not to mention so pretty!

So I thought perhaps not only would I feature a favorite journal of mine on the blog today, but also a few of my personal bucket-list dreams!

I believe dreams are so important to have, and therefore I encourage you to also create your own bucket-list! I don't know if I'll be able to accomplish all of my goals in life, but there's no harm in wishing so. As long as you create realistic ideas and try to work towards them, then there's no reason not to produce a little daydreaming!

There's just something about writing down my dreams that help me. Perhaps it a way to self-reflect or even become inspired, but it gives me something to live for. Exploring new places, and experiencing different opportunities are always my favorite memories when I look back on old times. So hence my desire to wanting to make new ones, starting with writing them down on a piece of paper inside a pretty notebook.

Do you have any goals or bucket-list musts? Share in the comments below!!




Wowee. Six years long of a beautiful journey, one that has made my life so meaningful. Can you believe it's been that long? I started this blog as a freshman in high school, only 14 years old, creating content that is too embarrassing to look back on, yet one's I treasure because without my learning curve my blog wouldn't be where it is today. Time flies when your having fun eh?

Blogging is more of a passion, it's truly my online version of my diary. It's full of my life happenings, opinions on certain topics, and style over the years. What would I do without this space? Even though I've been a bit spacey here and there throughout the years, I can't imagine stop blogging all together in the future.

Some of you have been following me through this journey from the beginning, and for that I thank you! Your comments, and encouragement means the world to me. Being able to make so many blogger friends, is truly my favorite part of this blogging community.

What's coming up? My desire to have my blog grow as I continue to change, and follow me in my life happenings always. I would love to grow my portfolio with more recipes, and coffee talk posts, but only time will tell! :) To make this post all more exciting I selected a few throwbacks from the past six years of A Beautiful Heart, so enjoy!

Thank you so much for sticking around, xoxo.



My July goals...

1. Have Everything Done for VU | YES! I have everything done. Every item needed for my dorm is packed up and ready to go. Feels so good to have everything completed.

2. Blog 10 Times | Oh man,  I only counted 6 posts for July. I didn't realize how much effort went into 10 a month, haha. Maybe I'll have more this August.

3. Deep Clean My Room | Yep! I completed this goal too. I went through all my items for my dorm and organized them in my closet, went through old clothes, and make plenty of lists for when I leave. I need to do this again before I leave, but it felt good.

4. Try 3 New Hairstyles | No, this one wasn't accomplished. My hair is a tad shorter than my usual go-to, so I haven't wanted to try even a french braid. Plus it's so hot that I'm just letting my hair air dry, and then I leave it at that.

5. Bible Journal | I didn't do this one either. I need to though, but I always forget.

My goals for August...

1. Soda Detox | Today, I am starting a month of soft drink detox challenge. I figured it would be great to have a two week head start before heading off to college. See I want to wing myself off of it completely at college, because I need to consume more water!

2. Make Time to Journal | This summer I've been a little MIA when it comes to journaling, so I want to be more on top of my game especially at Vanguard. Everything will be so new to me, I want to capture it all on paper.

3. Explore New Places | In Costa Mesa there are so many cute coffee shops, shopping malls, and beaches. I hope to explore just one new place with some new friends.

4. Eliminate Anxiety | This is creeping up on me, and I can't pin point why. Perhaps it's because I'm going to be transitioning into a whole new environment. Or maybe I'm just learning a few things. Either way, I know I need to keep more scripture around to kick this.

5. Lose 10 Pounds | I can do this!



y purse is something I stopped carrying around with me while running errands, going to college classes, or even to work. I relied on my backpack for everything because I constantly needed my laptop, textbooks, and pens throughout the day because of my college schedule, since everyday consisted of attending my classes. I loved the system I created with my backpack, but after a while it began to be really heavy on my shoulders and back, and my work/college hours just recently lowered. Therefore, I'm not in any need of carrying my backpack around anymore, thank God! Now, that I'm on a normal, less busy schedule this summer I now have a tremendous need for my bag on a daily basis!

Oh, how I missed my purse SO much! It's so nice to have everything I need (minus textbooks) without hurting my shoulders in the process. However, now that my purse is taken everywhere, I needed to organize it in a functional way. My space is limited, unlike my backpack where I packed everything but the kitchen sink inside of it, haha!

So while going through and narrowing down the items I truly needed on a daily basis, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my list with you here on the blog. I tried to be practical, yet functional while putting together my list, so here are 14 things you should always try to keep inside your bag on the go! I love that I have this all figured out, especially before leaving for that University lifestyle!


1. Notebook : jot down any notes, or shopping lists. 
2. Pen - for above. 
3. Emergency Cash:  never know when you'll run into those small town stores that only accepts cash. 
4. First Aid Kit: this is where I keep a few bandaids, nail clippers, Motrin, cough drops, etc. 
5. Headphones: used for the gym, at work, or studying in a coffee shop. 
6. Mobile Phone Charger: I use this all the time, it's a life saver. 
7. Lotion: bye dry skin. 
8. Gum or Mints: used for those boring class lectures, or bad breath. 
9. Sunglasses:  a must in the summertime, and perfect to have when my car doesn't. 
10. Hair Ties & Bobby Pins: ahh, something I recently added to my bag, literally makes all the difference when I'm having a bad hair day! 
11. Feminine Products: for the time you least expect it! 
12. Mirror: check your makeup throughout the day. 
13. Day Planner: keep your calendar near to add or remove appointments. 
14. Rings: my knuckle rings instantly make me feel put together. Select your fave piece of jewelry to throw in your bag.



appy Friday my friends!! I thought it be the perfect time to do a little life lately update, I haven't done one since February. A lot has been going on, and honestly right now I'm just preparing for Vanguard come August. I officially have four weeks left until I move on campus, and I can't wait. I still need a few last minute items for my dorm room, and school supplies for my classes once Target brings out their back to school section haha.

On a different note today I am actually going up to Hume Lake to visit my sister who is working up there right now! I've missed her so much, and so I've been count down for this mini weekend stay since I had to say 'see you soon' at the end of May. I hope to have some fun photographs from our trip on the blog after this weekend, so stay tuned!!


Watching: Right now I'm obsessed with police and crime shows! Blue Bloods season seven just came up on Netflix, and it's so good. However, does anyone else suspect it's the last season? I hope that's not the case. Another tv show I just started watching is Hawaii 5-O. I love it, because it's so extreme.

Drinking: This summer I've been craving lemonade, and I found that Chick Fil A has the best!

Busy With: Summer college classes! I'm taking nine units, all within six weeks!

Loving: My new bedding from Pottery Barn Teen for my dorm room! It's gonna be weird sleeping in a twin bunk bed, especially coming from my queen, but I think this aloha patchwork quilt will make up for that! lol.

Thinking About: What to blog about once I begin college this fall. I don't know how my set up will be in my room such as lighting, photo styling props, etc. Will I have enough time to care about my blog and be consistent? I'm not sure, therefore I'm trying to brain storm many posts I can preschedule here in my room at home. Any thoughts to help me out?

Wishing: I could have more time with my sister before I move on campus. She comes home the night before I head out. I guess I'll have to make the most of this weekend!

Thankful For: Cold air conditioning! It's so hot here in So-Cal. Some days are over 100 degrees. Yikes.



f you can remember way back when...I wanted to dedicate five days in a row to one particular topic or concept in my life to encourage discipline or perhaps just spark a new interest in my life. I wrote this down for in 2017 new years resolutions, but it unfortunately never stuck. Perhaps it was my lack of motivation or choice of theme to keep me going all five long days in a row, lol.

This time around I thought long and hard on something I need to be doing, just as much as I would like to as well. My want/need combo really worked for me as I began to focus on self care in a way that I regretted not doing it sooner. In the end my mindset as to how I see my self care regiment began to change. Now I try super hard to bring it into my me-time during the afternoon, so that I never lose sight of why and how I can form some self care love for myself (more on that below)!

Day 1. Make a Sugar Scrub & Use It. // I made this DIY recipe, and I loved the way my shower time was filled with such yummy scents of vanilla and brown sugar. Making my own scrub helped me take some time to focus on myself. I love being able to be crafty and resourceful on my own. Plus it left my skin smooth and hydrated.

Day 2. Sun Tan While Reading. // On Tuesday I put my bathing suit on, laid out my beach towel on the lawn, and read a magazine. My intension was to read a book, but it's not exactly what you do in the moment, it's more about carving out that moment that matters. I spent about 25 minutes laying in the sun to tan, and it felt wonderful.

Day 3. Light a Candle & Blog. // This was such a fun time!! I didn't set any time length as to how long I was going to let myself blog and be on the internet, rather just took my time and stopped when I wished. I use to always light candles, I mean I only own six in my bedroom! This made my room feel like a little retreat spot.

Day 4. Deep Condition My Hair // On Thursday I didn't have a lot of time to really practice self care, so to squeeze it in, I conditioned my hair after I took a night shower. It was simple and quick, but so needed as my hair is so fine!

Day 5. Listen to Old Tunes. // I decided to create a playlist filled with oldies but goodies of my childhood country music days! Country music are my roots, and finding certain songs were a blast to listen to, as I truly forgot about my love for Michele Branch, and The Wreckers.

What I learned...days are short and busy. They don't go as planned. One minute I'm productive the next unmotivated. I have appointments, errands to run, and people to visit. But, taking 2-45 minutes of self care activities help me feel more put together, happy, and beautiful. I didn't except such small activities to boost my mood like they did. Taking moments for myself is suppose to create a healthy mindset as to how I view myself, and wanting to feel more refreshed through my emotions and moods. Am I important enough to care for? Important enough to fix, or change? YES! This challenge has taught me to appreciate the small steps of truly caring for myself!



h my it's July already! I hope you all had a great 4th. I used the day as a time to relax and enjoy the fire works show. I'm facing July with excitement but also a bittersweet attitude as it's my last full month at being home before VU. I still have so many things I want to accomplish on my bucket list for the summertime, along with gathering everything for my move out weekend. I have a lot to add below for my goals so let's hop in today's post.

My June goals were...

1. Make My Bed Everyday | I did this!! Woo-hoo. It felt so good to take action and be productive first thing every morning. It is a small action, but my habit stuck.

2. Find A New Journal | I did not find one yet. I have been searching on Rifle Paper and Anthropologie, but I want to wait til I find one in person while shopping.

3. Finish My Novel | Yes! Expect a book club discussion at the end of the month!

4. Do 4 Photoshoots For The Blog | I managed to do this one too. I have a few posts scheduled in my box and that makes me so happy!

5. Send Snail Mail | I was able to send my sister a total of three letters this month! She loved receiving them, and I realized how much I missed the joy of writing in pretty stationary.

My goals for July...

1. Have Everything Done For VU | This includes all last minute shopping for dorm supplies, paper work, loans, and clothes shopping. I don't want to stress over anything come August.

2. Blog 10 Times | I really would love to break out ten posts this month. In June I published a total of six. I've been doing so good this summer but the more the better right? I hope this stretches my creativity in photography and blogging post ideas.

3. Deep Cleanse My Room | Oh my! I made a list today and I have a lot to keep myself busy! Underneath my bed needs to be sorted through, wardrobe collection, junk drawers, dusting, etc.

4. Try 3 New Hairstyles | My hair is a little short right now, mostly because I didn't know what 2 inches were when I told my hairdresser to go ahead and chop that much off! Wheres the monkey emoji covering it's eyes? haha. Even though I have loved it being straight, I would love to have more go-to styles especially for college. Now is the perfect time to play around with my Pinterest pins.

5. Bible Journal | I was super big into this hobby of mine but then stopped for no good reason. I want to get back in it, and also spend more time reading the Word.



ope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! My family and I had a BBQ, and baked some delicious desserts such as this lemon pie. On my summer bucket list I wanted to bake something new, and so yesterday I did just that! It was so fun, and super easy to accomplish.

So in the Magnolia Journal from the spring issue 2, there was a recipe I saved and it was this lemon pie! It's such a light, fresh, and flavorful recipe. I wasn't sure how I was going to like it because I'm not a huge lover of lemon, but I had to try it out anyways. Within my first bite, I was so happy that I was wrong. I loved it. It's a recipe I will definitely keep in my recipe box, and make many times in the future, especially for big parties because it's a desert everyone will love too.

Gram Cracker Crust:
1 1/2 cup gram crackers (21 squares)
1/3 cup sugar
6 tbsp. melted butter

Lemon Filling: 
3 cups sweetened condensed milk
3 egg yolks
2/3 cup lemon juice

Whipping Cream: 
1 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make sure to either lightly butter or use non sticking spray in pie dish. Okay, to start the gram cracker crust, add in crushed crackers, and 1/3 cup of sugar. Stir in melted butter, and mix well. Then, press this mixture into the pan and bake for 8 minutes.

For the lemon filling in another bowl combine milk, egg yolks, lemon juice, and salt. Beat for 4 minutes, and then pour into the baked pan with the crust. Bake this whole pie for 10 minutes. Let cool on the counter for 45 minutes, and place in refrigerator for 1 hour to chill and set.

Now for the whipping cream, it's super easy!! Begin by adding whipping cream, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Beat on high until fluffy. Spread on cooled pie, and then top it off with some lemon slices, mint spring, or lemon zest for garnish!