Boiled eggs, avocado, carrots, and radishes, over a bed of spring mix, kale, and clover sprouts, dressed with a homemade mustard vinaigrette, and topped with Trader Joes’s Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend.

“When you start eating food without labels, you no longer need to count calories.” Amanda Kraft 


Quick Quotes~ “Life Is Really Simple, But We Insist On Making It Complicated”- Confucius

Welcome to Quick Quotes! (To access the last post in this series click here🙂

Today I wanted to talk about living simple. The whole “minimalist” idea has become a fad for our wardrobe and home, but what about our hearts and the way we respond to everyday situations?

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”- Confucius

We make such a big out of EVERYTHING. Things that are supposed to be so simple can be made complicated very quickly.  Drama is something that consumes life. Imagine how much simpler life would be if we just calmed down. We’ve all had that situation that was so stressful at the time, but as we look back we can see all of the drama that could have been avoided. I challenge you this week to take these words of Confucius to heart, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Not every situation deserves a response. Not every comment has to have a reply. Let’s simplify our lives by first simplify our hearts. Take a self inventory and think about what truly matters. Think about how you can apply simplicity to your life and actions. Let’s be simple.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s quote! Have a great day and dare to enjoy the little things and sunshine:)

via Daily Prompt: Simple

Basic Everyday Drugstore Makeup Products

Hey there! This is Emerald from Little Things and Sunshine  and I’m here to talk about makeup. I loveeee to experiment with different makeup products, but sometimes you just need a few dependable items that you can count on every day. The list of products I’m going to share with you are some of the favorites in my collection. This list is also great for those of you just starting out with makeup:)


For an everyday base I like to use a bb cream. If I’m wanting a more “flawless” look I reach for a full on foundation. These are the two products that I use the most.!-matte-%2b-poreless-foundation/ID=prod6268422-product




This is one of my absolute favorite drugstore eyeshadow pallets. It has a great mix of matte and shimmery shades that are great for everyday use. The black on the far right is nice for a natural powder eyeliner as well.


Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara, Blackest Black

Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara 


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Have a great day:)


Quick Quotes ~ “I’ve Been Bent and Broken…”

Welcome to the second installation of the Quick Quotes series (you can click here  for the previous one)! Let’s jump right in…

“I’ve been bent and broken, but -I hope- into a better shape.” ~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations. 

We’ve all been there at some point. That time when everything seems hopeless and your spirit is just broken. We often don’t see how anything good could ever come out of the situation or process that we’re going through.Those times are just fogged over with so much darkness that we can’t see the positive work going on inside of us.

There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel- I’m sure we’ve all heard this saying plenty of times and I’m here to say it again! God uses the darkest of times to change us and mold us into beautiful creations. If you’re going through something challenging just remember that it will be used to make you better than you were before. Always remember the words of the great Charles Dickens, “I’ve been bent and broken, but -I hope- into a better shape.” Look forward to the hard times. They make you better.

Thanks for stopping by!

10 Favorite Worship Songs of 2016

Hey hey! I’m so glad you could stop by and join me for a while:)

 I absolutely love music. Whenever I need to change my mood to feel confident, brave, peaceful, focused, or just to have fun, I know that music will do the trick. There is just something about plugging in those headphones or putting on a favorite record that makes me so happy inside. Today I thought that I would combine my love for rocking out with my love for lists (I love lists. like a bunch. I may have a slight obsession.)

So without further or do, here is my *game show announcer voice* 10 Favorite Worship Songs of 2016!

P.S. These did not necessarily release in 2016. They were just my favorites from this past year.

  1. Good Good Father – Chris Tomlin
  2. Because He Lives – Matt Maher
  3. Alone (Feat. TRU) – Hollyn
  4. Every Giant Will Fall – Rend Collective
  5. How Great Thou Art – Carrie Underwood
  6. In the Light (Acoustic Version) [feat. Jamie Grace] – Anthem Lights
  7. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing / If You Could Hie to Kolob – Elenyi
  8. King of Love – I Am They
  9. Salt & Light – Lauren Daigle
  10. It Is Well With My Soul – Audrey Assad

Well there you have it! There’s really a good mix of music here. Some are fast and upbeat and some are really melodic, but all of them fill my heart with worship (sometimes that worship is a dance party and that’s perfectly ok;)  I hope you enjoy this playlist and I hope they make your 2017 as awesome as they made my 2016!