Remember Who You Are.

So, since moving here I have not lead a song at a church. That is TWO YEARS of not doing what God created me to do. When you have done something for more than half your life and then suddenly aren’t doing that thing anymore, part of you is missing.

When I got scheduled to lead last Sunday night at my home church Lakewood, I was ELATED. I was humbled, honored, and thrilled to finally be doing what I firmly believe God gifted me to do which is to point people to Jesus through singing.

As I was preparing, I felt like God really impressed onto my heart that as I was leading worship I would get this overwhelming sense of  recalling who I really am. And I did. I felt at home. I felt his presence. I felt him flowing through me and it felt INCREDIBLE.

If you didn’t read my New Years post, go take a peak. I spoke a lot about my 20s and really losing parts of myself. Not willingly. But just because life has seasons. Things change. You have to adult.

Getting to lead worship again is me stepping into Who I really Am, and I am so grateful.

Whatever gifts God has given you, He is calling you to step up and step into who you are.

The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

XOXO

F.L.

New Year, New Decade, New Me.

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This year, I will be 31.

I think I spent most of my twenties figuring out who I was and who I wanted to be. I still don’t have that 100% down yet but I am much more confident.I wish I carried myself with as much confidence as I have now in my twenties but part of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 is that I will no longer apologize for being me.

I realize, I say I’m sorry, way too much. Even when I didn’t do anything wrong. For example, In target, I am trying to get by someone who is blocking the aisle, and I say I’m sorry. WHY? I didn’t do anything. So, no more of that.

Another darker part of my twenties included finding out that the Christian bubble I lived in wasn’t real. That sometimes life hurts. Bad things happen to good people and hurt people, hurt people. People die. And it sucks. It hurts. It’s painful. Part of this really sucked the joy right out of me.

But a more beautiful part of my 20s was encountering some of the most beautiful, amazing, inspiring people along the way. Some are still in my life, some aren’t. But i am thankful for seasons and appreciate that not everyone is in it for the long haul and that’s okay. And that ones that are in it to win it, WOW. I am so honored.

Earlier this week, I was walking at buffalo bayou park and this little boy and his dad were riding bikes. The little boy bit it, but he didn’t even cry. He waited for his dad to pick him up and got right back on his bike and kept riding.

So that is where I begin this year. Dusting myself off from a decade where I struggled to find my identity and maybe lost a little bit of joy. I am getting back up. I am setting goals that I am passionate about and instead of making resolutions, I want to try and formulate healthy habits.

  • When I fall down, I will get back up.
  • LOVE myself. All of myself. Inside and out.
  • Stop apologizing for things that I don’t need to apologize for.
  • Judge people less. Pray for someone instead.
  • Make list and actually check them off
  • Cook healthy meals at least 4 days a week at home.
  • Text or call someone when I think about them.
  • Vocal training at least three times a week.
  • Workout at least three days a week but I really want to shoot for five.
  • Commit to a skincare routine.
  • Be more thankful.
  • Write more.

What are you committing to this year? What good habits are important to you? How can we continue the momentum that we have entered this year with?

XOXO

Fancy

Get Polished.

There are many luxury nail salon and spas both affordable and higher-end in Houston and the surrounding areas, but Polish Parker and Roe takes  affordable luxury to a whole new level.

I have tried other boutique nail salons in the city and to my dismay have just ended going back to a massive chain, but Polish Parker and Roe offers a unique experience.

Ambiance

Let’s first talk about the atmosphere. WHOA! One of the partners is an interior designer and lets just say, I want her to come and re-decorate my entire house. Everything is stunning.  The logo is dripped in gold as you enter so even the door as you walk in is stunning.

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Services

They offer a wide range of services. I recommend calling to book an appointment because when I called, I was told that for the ENTIRE month of September all services were 20%. There are still a few days in this month to take advantage of that special!

What I love about their services is that they are not over-priced and they can customize their services to what you need/desire. I don’t always like to get a mani and some boutique nail salons will not do a polish change without one. I love that if I just wanted to do a polish change, I can do that.  For a complete list of services click here.

I got the Signature Gel Pedi and Signature Gel Mani and I added chrome to my manicure. Yes, these are my real nails! The picture doesn’t even do this polish justice.

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After my service, one of the owners came over to make sure I was highly satisfied and that I felt like the nail tech, Lily, took her time. She absolutely did and I did not feel rushed at all.

I highly recommend Polish, Parker, and Roe and will be calling this nail salon home going forward.

For their hours of operation and contact information, click here. Don’t forget that for the entire month of September, they are offering 20% off of all their services! It is the perfect time to try something new!

XO

Fancy

 

A letter to my Daddy this Father’s Day.

I am usually not very good at articulating into words the things my heart would like to say so this Father’s Day, I thought I would write a little letter to my Daddy to tell him all the things I love and appreciate about him.

Although no relationship in life is perfect, I am really thankful for the Dad I was blessed with.

So Daddy, this is to say I love you and Happy Father’s Day!

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Daddy and April the day I was born.

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Came to support me when I did my live album recording!

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He had taken me to Kendra Scott for my birthday!! 🙂

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What a little cutie pie.

NASA HOUSTON

Recently, we visited NASA, Houston.

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My playhouse one Christmas!

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I believe this was NASA in Alabama…..



Daddy,

What can I say? It has been a pleasure to be your daughter these past 30 years. I am looking forward to the next 30.

You are an amazing man. You have demonstrated what it means to work hard. You are the epitome of a hard worker. Your character in private and public is a beautiful thing. You always want to do the right thing not only by your family, but by your friends as well as clients.

Some of my favorite memories with you include watching the Thomas the Train show with Ringo Starr as the conductor in the mornings before school.

Anytime I wanted to go to the mall and hit up Claire’s or Limited Too, you were always up for it! I think you secretly enjoy shopping 🙂

I also loved the notes you would leave me on the coffee spoon napkin in the mornings when you left for work before I was awake. A simple, “I love you dad.”

I also loved the fact that any time I was nervous about sleeping through my alarm which rarely ever happened, you would call me in college to make sure I was awake. You would also text me the weather report to make sure I always knew what to wear.

Yes, you worked tirelessly and still do, but it honestly were the simple things…the moments spent together…..the sweet notes. Those are the things I will cherish forever.

I also cherish the fact that for the past four years, I have had the opportunity to work for you. I know I can be bossy, but you are patient with me (most of the time) and have taught me and continue to teach me so much.

We may not be the big wheel but we are the spokes that keep the big wheel turning!

I love you always daddy. Happy Father’s Day. Cheers to many more years celebrating and working together!

Love Always,

Amy Hyphen Jane

MAIR: REMEMBER WHEN

When my beautiful friend Mair asked me to try out her fragrance, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. Despite my love for fashion and all things girl, I have never been a perfume wearer.

From my first time experiencing this beautiful fragrance my life was changed! It makes me feel fresh and glamorous.

From everything to the packaging, to the bottle, to the actual perfume, MAIR: Remember When, does not disappoint.

What I love about this fragrance is its  soft scent; not overpowering at all, you can smell its vibrant notes of bergamot, jasmine, and amber. It starts off as a citrus scent and turns into a warm romantic floral as it dries. I can easily see this as a scent women wear everyday or choose as their go-to scent on date nights. Remember When, lasts a full work day on me which is great because I’m not a fan of reapplying.
Another thing I LOVE is that you get a lot of product for you buck too, a 100 ml bottle of Remember When is only $74.99. Ballin’ on a budget!

Here are a few photos from my shoot with my incredible friend and photographer Audrea Rachelle.

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You can purchase MAIR: Remember When by clicking here.

Check out Mair’s social media accounts: FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, WEBSITE. Be sure and follow her to stay up to date on all things glamarous and fragrant!

XOXO

F.L.

33 Things.

Today is RyRo’s 33rd birthday and in honor of that, I thought I would write 33 things about him that I love.

I LOVE…..

  1. Your Laugh. It’s absolutely contagious and I can hear you from anywhere in a room.
  2. Your ability to turn anything into a Praise and Worship Song. Cue Law and Order SVU Theme Song: “We Will Praise Your Name. Give You all the Glory.”
  3. Your incredible fashion sense.
  4. Your loyalty to those in your inner circle.
  5. Your fierce passion for striving for excellence in all that you do.
  6. Your love for the arts.
  7. Your love for Beaux, LiLi, and Bammy.
  8. That you drop me off at the door of church every single Sunday.
  9. Your kleenex ministry. (Hey, somebody has got to do it.)
  10. Your passion for travel.
  11. Your sense of humor.
  12. That you are impossible to argue with. Because you usually do something that makes me laugh.
  13. The way you make everything fun. Even the most mundane of task. They are better with you.
  14. The way you push me to always dream.
  15. That you are a dreamer.
  16. Your love for our city.
  17. Your love for your family (And Mine).
  18. That you always want to pull the best out of those around you.
  19. Your love for music.
  20. That you know the answer to almost any question I have about what is going on in Houston.
  21. That you are a researcher.
  22. You never get lost.
  23. You never raise your voice.
  24. That you know the words to almost every broadway musical ever.
  25. That you were Captain of the Theater Team in High School.
  26. You tell me when an outfit looks great but also when it needs some “adjusting.”
  27. The way you love me.
  28. The way you love our home.
  29. The way you take pride in our home.
  30. That you always serve guest in our home. Even when we have 30+ girls in the house for small group!
  31. Your snooty but loveable personality.
  32. That you are always up for new adventure.
  33. YOU.

Happy Birthday! You keep getting better with age!

XOXO

F.L.

Word Wednesday: A time for everything.

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For me, transition has never been comfortable. You would think after picking up and moving to TX in 2008, to starting a career, leaving that career for what I am doing now, getting married, and moving 3 times in 3 years, transition for me would be a piece of cake. My sweet, patient husband can tell you that it is not.

I never shared much about our transition to Houston, but just really felt on my heart that it was time to share with you. Thank you for allowing me to have a space where I can be vulnerable. Where I am not the woman who “has it all together” and where I can be myself.

If you had asked me when I moved to Austin in 2008 if I would ever move to Houston, you would have gotten a HUGE NO!!!!! When RyRo told me in the Fall of 2014 that he felt that we needed to move to Houston, surprisingly, I had peace about it. I surprised even myself. We had just built our DREAM house! We hand-picked EVERY single detail. It had the most amazing hill country views and was just a complete space of peace and comfort for me.  We had moved into the house only a few months earlier and now I  was being asked to vacate to a completely foreign land. Saying goodbye to the burbs and hello to the BIG CITY.

Our home took longer than expected to sell.It was VERY stressful for me.  So, the boys and I spent a lot of time in Austin while RyRo lived in Houston. He moved into my parents RV in January of 2015 after a brief stay at The Darling Suites (Huge thanks to the Bagley’s). I came to visit one day with the boys and that was it. I never went back. We would go back occasionally to check on the house, tidy up a bit..etc..but the boys and I relocated to the RV.

RV living is interesting. We went from 4200 square feet to less than 500 square feet at the snap of a finger. It was ROUGH on this girl. Not that I need a lot of space, I just felt isolated. I wanted my stuff. All of my stuff. I wanted my gorgeous bathroom back and I wanted my couch, my fridge, my washer and dryer. First world problems, right?  I did find solace there which was nice. The RV park was beautiful. We looked out at a lake. It also had the most amazing pool, and walking trail. The boys and I walked several times a day which they LOVED and It was good for me to get out.

Finally our home sold in March of 2015 after being on the market since November of 2014. We had been looking at places with our realtor in Houston and found the most amazing 4 Story town-house with city views. As soon as our house being sold was a for-sure thing, we put our deposit down. The home was not quite ready yet so it was RV living for a couple more months! Finally, in May of 2015 we were able to move in.

We got everything settled in pretty quickly and our house is now a home! I honestly love Houston now. I know we are supposed to be here. We have made the most amazing friends who are truly like family in such a short period of time. Things have really come together for us. To the friends who have welcomed us with open arms, you will never know how treasured you are to us.

The title of this blog is “A Time for everything” and that is what I am standing on right now. I am trusting that I am living in God’s timing. In his perfect will. His ways are higher than mine (thank GOODNESS). I can’t trade what I don’t know, for what I do know. There are still a few unknowns for me here in Houston, which I am keeping to myself for now, but I know that HE holds all of those things in the palm of his hand.

I may not know a lot of things, but I do know that I am called here, to Houston for such a time as this and that RyRo and I believe we are where God wants us to be and I have decided to leave the rest up to God.

What is your unknown? I challenge you to trust HIS perfect timing & NEVER trade what you don’t know for what you do know.

XOXO

F.L.

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

I LOVE giving gifts. Anyone who is close to me can tell you, giving a great gift is something I take pride in. I am so happy to bring you this gift guide. I can attest to every single item on this list and would be happy to receive anything shown here! These are some items that I am LOVING right now, and I hope that they inspire you to gift your wife, dog-mother (*hint hint* RyRo), mother, mother-in-law, or mother figure in your life something fab this May 8th.

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  1. Sunnylife Inflatable Drink Holder Pool Float // $18.00 // This is the cutest addition to any pool and mom can float for hours with this adorable drink holder! It also comes in pink.

2. Kendra Scott ‘Elle’ Drop Earrings (Teal Magnesite/Gunmetal) // 2 sizes $55.00-$65.00 // It is no secret that every lady LOVES Kendra Scott. Her timeless styles add glam to any look. I love throwing these on with anything from a  white-tee and ripped jeans to a cocktail dress. This new color is to die for and any lady in your life would love to get a little yellow box for Mother’s Day!

3. The Girl on the Train // Amazon.com – Prices vary. // Get mom one of the hottest reads there is. This book was thrilling from page 1. I could not put it down and read it constantly until I was finished. Once Mom is done with the book, you can take her out to see the movie which is releasing this fall! Check out the trailer here.

4. S’well ‘Sparkling Champagne’ Stainless Steel Water Bottle // 3 Sizes Ranging in price from $25.00-$45.00. Will keep beverages cold for up to 24 Hours and hot for up to 12 Hours. The 25 ounce size also holds a FULL bottle of wine!

5. M·A·C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour (To Matte with Love) // $20.00 // Honestly, the BEST lipstick I have ever owned.  Goes on like a gloss and dries with a Matte Finish. If you want a more glossy look, you can throw on a lip-glass, but this lip color will not disappoint and stays on all day!

6. Stella and Dot SIGNATURE ENGRAVABLE MEMENTO LOCKET // $89.00 // This locket is gorgeous. You have the option of a 16″ chain or 30″ chain. There are several font options to choose from and you can preview the look using their personalization tool.

7. Stella and Dot AVALON TOTE – BLUSH PERF // $148.00 // I am obsessed with this tote. The color is perfect and will go with anything and is great for a mom on the go.

8. MAIR Remember When // $74.99//I have never been a big perfume person, but MAIR Remember When is one of those fragrances that is great for everyday wear. It is a beautiful scent and it will have everyone around you asking what you are wearing! The packaging is gorgeous and the bottle makes a great addition to any vanity.

9. CLARISONIC ‘Mia – White’ Sonic Skin Cleansing System // $99.00 // The Clarisonic has been a game-changer in my beauty routine. My skin has never been this smooth and it feels incredible every time I use it. I highly recommend this system.

XOXO

F.L.

Word Wednesday: I am weak, but HE is strong.

Have you ever woken up with a thought in your mind? A thought you just can’t shake? This does not happen to me very often so when it does, I pay attention.

Last week, I woke up with the words, “my strength is made perfect in your weakness” on my heart and mind. I am so glad that when I was young, carefree, and had plenty of free time that I hid Gods word in my heart.

I busied myself as usual that day. Started working. But I could not shake those words. You see, I have been feeling weak. I have been feeling weary. And through that God is still blessing me and showing me favor. Accelerating me to places I have only dreamed of. Pushing me forward despite my feelings of inadequacy and fear.  That is what HE does. HE shows off and shows up when I feel weakest.

As I was working that morning, I googled the words because I could not remember the scripture reference. In the passage, Paul was begging God to remove the “thorn in his side.”

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8Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

I feel like I have been asking God the same thing. Crying out that this weakness would leave me. My thorn is different from Paul’s and is different from yours. We all have one. We all have that one thing that we wish God would remove. Sometimes He does choose to remove that thing, but other times his response is the same as his response was to Paul that day, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”

I am thankful that HE is strong when I am weak. I hope that whatever the thorn in your side may be, that you take comfort in the fact that HE is strong when we are weak.

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XO

F.L.

Forget FOMO. 2016 is all about GOMO!

Although FOMO (Fear of Missing out) is a very real phenomenon for some, EVENTBRITE is encouraging all of us to GOMO (Get Out More Often) in 2016. With Eventbrite, you can find local and national events that you’re interested in going to (some are free), and create and sell tickets to your own events as well.

So, in the spirit of GOMO, I thought I would share some ways that I plan on GOMO, this Spring/Summer! I think you should plan on trying a few of these yourself!


 

Attend a Houston Astro’s Game.

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The Astro’s had an amazing season last year and are already off to a great start. Their home season opener is Monday April 11 and I was there, cheering them on! For ticketing and game information, please click here.


 

Visit a new restaurant, brewery or beer garden. 

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Axelrad has the coolest vibe. Not only do they have lots of beers on tap, but they serve wine. A WIN for the lady who doesn’t drink beer.

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I had to snap a pic of their beer taps. They are beautiful works of art.

Houston has so many options when it comes to great food and fine spirits. But Axelrad is the coolest new spot.

“Axelrad is all about celebrating Houston, being outside, and relaxing.

Conceived as a community-gathering place offering beer, wine, drinks, Luigi’s pizza, live music, and the city’s only hammock grove, Axelrad aims to be a place for all.

The bar’s interior is housed within a 100-year-old renovated building, originally a grocery store built by David and Gertrude Axelrad. Artists added to the beautiful historic interior with tap handles by Venezuelan-based Maria Rangel, seating by New Living’s HTX Made, and textiles by Austin-based Nido.

Axelrad’s garden features plantings by organic nursery, The Ground Up, a variety of video art pieces, film screenings, live music, events, festivals, and more. Expansive outdoor and indoor spaces are suitable for gatherings large and small. Plenty of bike and car parking is located on site, and METRORail’s Red Line Ensemble Station is just a few blocks away.

The project’s design, including concept, interior, and branding, was done as a collaboration between Gin Braverman, Evan O’Neil, Adam Brackman, and Monte Large. Gage Design provided architectural and construction services.” (http://www.axelradbeergarden.com/about/)


 

Screen on the Green – Present by BOA

This Spring/Summer, Bank of America, will be prsenting 3 films. Films to be shown include: Inside Out, Mulan, and Juarassic World. I can’t wait to pull out my picnic basket and hit the green! For Information and dates please click here.


Visit the Hobby Center for Performing Arts.

Seeing a show at the Hobby is probably one of my favorite things to do in Houston. Although this is not NYC, the Hobby is a stunning venue. The outdoor space is incredible and the shows are always amazing. I am looking forward to seeing WICKED again which is back in July. For a list of complete shows and dates click here.


 

Visit a local farmers market.

EaDo, East Downtown, is near and dear to my heart. There are so many Farmers Markets in Houston, but this one is my favorite! The vendors are amazing and the Esplanade is a gorgeous setting. This farmers market is every Sunday from 10AM-2PM. There are tons of food vendors, so come hungry! To learn more about the East End Farmers Market, please click here.

 


EXXONMOBIL SUMMER SYMPHONY NIGHTS @ MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE – FREE!

To learn more about Summer Symphony nights click here.


There you have it ya’ll! You have no reason not to GOMO! Houston is a happening place. Get out and enjoy all the city has to offer! EVENTBRITE also has a large list of events. No matter where you are, you can see what events are near you! Click HERE to see what’s happening in your city.

XOXO

F.L.