December 31, 2013

My Holiday | December Photo Challenge 3/4

month 4 | photo 3
My Holiday | Challenge My Holiday | Challenge
My Holiday
and what it means to me;
My holiday is Christmas. And it's all about the little boy in the picture.
His father sent him to earth to save his people from eternal death and sadness and pain.
He was a perfect child, just as his father is perfect.
He was born in a stable.
His mother was a virgin, her betrothed was a carpenter.
His father is God.
His name is Jesus.
He saved me.
He is the reason I celebrate this holiday.
He is the reason I'm even alive, and He is the reason for everything.

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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

December 30, 2013

Light | December Photo Challenge 2/4

month 4 | photo 2
Light | Challenge
Light
1) the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible
2) understanding of a problem or mystery; enlightenment

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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

Cookie | December Photo Challenge 1/4

month 4 | photo 1
Cookie | Challenge
Cookie
1) small sweet cake, typically round, flat, and crisp
2) a person of a specified kind
3) a file that may be added to your computer when you visit a Web site and that contains information about you (such as an identification code or a record of the Web pages you have visited)


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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

December 26, 2013

a very special offer via Cor do Mel

I've recently partnered with a beautiful online shop called Cor do Mel.
Cor do Mel sells beautiful, very on-trend jewelry at very affordable prices.
They're such a perfect fit for anyone who loves jewelry.
If you know me, you know that I love jewelry, mostly necklaces, but rings and bracelets are right up my alley, too.
They sent me a few pieces of jewelry to try it, take pictures of, and post here and on Pinterest.
Today I'm going to show you this beautiful (and probably my favorite of the items) red bubble necklace.
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And my favorite part about this piece is that right now you can get it for only $12!
And that's not the only thing, this is only one of the pieces for such a great price!
Click here to view all the pieces you can get for $12 each. Plus you don't have to pay any shipping charges!
All you have to do to get the items for $12, is add your item(s) to the cart (from the selection here), and use the code XMAS during checkout.
Have fun!

necklace: c/o Cor do Mel 
dress: unknown
shirt: Kohls
tights: just a normal walgreens
shoes: Kohls

xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

December 23, 2013

December | Photography and Video Challenge 2013-2014

Don't forget to add your links to the November linkup (at the bottom of the page) here!
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Let's flashback...
an introduction & challenge from Rachel Nicole on Vimeo.
(please ignore the thumbnail photo)

i decided that i will post all four themes for the photos at the beginning of every month, then you can link them at the end of the month when i post the linkup. 
i will be posting my photos and video(s) all throughout the month, and you can too (or do whatever you want).
i also decided i will make the video amount optional. it can be one, it can be two (it can even be three or four!), whatever is fine.
the themes for December are:
My Holiday (and what it means to me)
Light
Cookie
Sparkle

some of these are hard, some easy. it's supposed to be a challenge. you can be however creative you want to (for example,if the theme is "sister" like it was in September, and you don't have a sister, post a picture of a friend you know as well as a sister).
be creative, think differently and have fun! 
Also, you can do these themes in any order throughout the month.
You can do it however you want, but i'm going to try to take one photo per week, not all at once.
so, yes.
this is going to be my school year project. care to join me?
(i would love (seriously, it would rock) if you could include this button in each video/photo post)
Rachel Nicole
LINK UP YOUR DECEMBER POSTS BELOW!
Okay, let's see how I did here...
My photo posts
Cookie | Light | My Holiday | Sparkle
My video posts
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
Now let's see how you did:
a few things to remember:
1) please put your name and then a slash then the name of the picture theme that it links to (or the video name)
2) please post a new link for each photo/video
xo, rn
so sorry this is so late!

December 1, 2013

The First Snow | November Video 1/1

month 3 | video 1
The First Snow from Rachel Nicole on Vimeo.

I don't like snow in general. but there's always something so magical about the first snow. 
For me, I wake up and the first thing I see is a wall. I can tell when it's snowed just by looking at it.
And it's so magical to wake up to a white everything. Silent. Beautiful snow falling down.
There really is only one word to describe the first snow.
Magical.

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Music credit
xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

November 30, 2013

Flag | November Photo Challenge 4/4

month 3 | photo 4
Flag | Challenge
Flag
1) a piece of cloth or similar material, typically oblong or square, attachable by one edge to a pole or rope and used as the symbol or emblem of a country or institution or as a decoration during public festivities
2) a device, symbol, or drawing typically resembling a flag, used as a marker.

I apologize. this was taken with my phone (wait for it in the next video!) as I found my subject, but alas, my camera was not with me.
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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

Silver | November Photo Challenge 3/4

month 3 | photo 3
Silver | Challenge
Silver
  1. 1) a precious shiny grayish-white metal
  2. 2) a shiny gray-white color or appearance like that of silver


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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

Rotate | November Photo Challenge 2/4

month 3 | photo 2
Rotate | Challenge
Rotate
1) move or cause to move in a circle around an axis or center


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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

Campus Book Rentals with Operation Smile

Today I have some pretty neat people to introduce you to.

Operation Smile is a charity organization for children – donate non profit
Have you ever heard of Operation Smile?
Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children's smiles and transform lives across the globe.

They do amazing things to transform children's lives. They perform cleft lip and cleft palate reconstructive surgeries for kids who's parents can't afford it for themselves.
Every child deserves to smile, and as it says on their site, many cannot or are too embarrassed.

In just forty five minutes a child's life can change completely for the better.


And with that said, I have a very special sponsor to introduce you to.

CampusBookRentals offers college students textbooks to rent, some neat perks are as follows:
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods

Here's how it works:


And, to me, the neatest part about them is that they donate to Operation Smile with every textbook that's rented!
So not only are you getting a great deal on renting textbooks, but you are helping to change a child's life for the better!

CampusBookRentals also has a new program called RentBack.



RentBack lets you rent your books to other students, and each time they get rented to someone new, you get paid! You can make money on your own books! How great is that?!


xo, rn

November 29, 2013

Sky | November Photo Challenge 1/4

month 3 | photo 1
Sky | Challenge
Sky
1) the region of the atmosphere and outer space seen from the earth


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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

November 2, 2013

November | Photography and Video Challenge 2013-2014

Don't forget to add your links to the October linkup (at the bottom of the page) here!
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Let's flashback...
an introduction & challenge from Rachel Nicole on Vimeo.
(please ignore the thumbnail photo)

i decided that i will post all four themes for the photos at the beginning of every month, then you can link them at the end of the month when i post the linkup. 
i will be posting my photos and video(s) all throughout the month, and you can too (or do whatever you want).
i also decided i will make the video amount optional. it can be one, it can be two (it can even be three or four!), whatever is fine.
the themes for November are:
Sky
Rotate
Silver
Flag

some of these are hard, some easy. it's supposed to be a challenge. you can be however creative you want to (for example,if the theme is "sister" like it was in September, and you don't have a sister, post a picture of a friend you know as well as a sister).
be creative, think differently and have fun! 
Also, you can do these themes in any order throughout the month.
You can do it however you want, but i'm going to try to take one photo per week, not all at once.
so, yes.
this is going to be my school year project. care to join me?
(i would love (seriously, it would rock) if you could include this button in each video/photo post)
Rachel Nicole
LINK UP YOUR NOVEMBER POSTS BELOW!
Okay, let's see how I did here...
My photo posts
Sky | Rotate | Silver | Flag
My video posts
"The First Snow"
Now let's see how you did:
a few things to remember:
1) please put your name and then a slash then the name of the picture theme that it links to (or the video name)
2) please post a new link for each photo/video
xo, rn

November 1, 2013

Happy Fall! | October Video 1/1

month 2 | video 1
Happy Fall! from Rachel Nicole on Vimeo.
okay, i know this is a long video, but there are extras at the end, and it's the only video from this month.
i worked really hard to get this one done as early as it is (Nov 1st, say what?) (you wouldn't believe how long it originally was!), and stayed up late when I should have gone to bed because i'm sick. SO PLEASE ENJOY IT.
also, it's got everything...
PLUS! it features some of the kids who have been in pictures on here! (and yours truly...)
so please watch it!

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Music credit
xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

October 31, 2013

Hallway | October Photo Challenge 4/4

month 2 | photo 4
Hallway | Challenge
Hallway
1) a corridor in a building
2) an entrance hall

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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

October 30, 2013

Amusement | October Photo Challenge 3/4

month 2 | photo 3
Amusement | Challenge
Amusement
1) the state or experience of finding something funny
2) the provision or enjoyment of entertainment.
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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

October 29, 2013

Parent | October Photo Challenge 2/4

month 2 | photo 2
Parent | Challenge
parent
1) a father or mother
2) be or act as a father or mother to someone
For this theme I wanted to do a picture of my father and mother, but it didn't happen. So I thought this one was pretty neat.
This is my dad (right) and one of his best friends.

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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

October 19, 2013

Trail | October Photo Challenge 1/4

month 2 | photo 1
Trail | Challenge
trail
1) a mark or a series of signs or objects left behind by the passage of someone or something.
2) a beaten path through rough country such as a forest or moor.

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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?
pps- and this post wouldn't be complete without this:
I was taking pictures of the trail (as I always take more than one), and after the first one, he just randomly walks in... Then he notices I'm taking a picture, and does this... just thought I'd add it! Trail | Challenge (blooper)

October 17, 2013

Abby | photos

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This is Abby. She's one of my best friends, and we've known each other our whole lives.
She's absolutely gorgeous, and her style is so cute.
Abby is graduating high school this year, and I am so honored to be able to take her senior shots with another friend.
I'm so proud to be your friend, Abby, and can't wait to do your real senior shots soon!
xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

October 10, 2013

This isn't just a normal update post. it's an explanation and something i dont know.

before i start, let me say that this was an extremely hard post to actually publish. and it may not be up for long. it totally depends on how i feel in the morning.
Rachel Nicole

i heard it was a good idea to actually go and write a post that shows that the writer of a blog really isn't all that perfect and has rough spots and things just don't always go correctly or as you always imagined they would.
in other words, to really sit back and get real with the readers.
so that's what this is.
if something's off, its because i'm not going to be editing this post at all.
you see, for more than a couple years i've had this really confusing time of my life. overall i'd say it's good, and i wrote in my journal the day before my 16th birthday that this was probably my best year yet (but maybe that's just because the few years before that were so rough, and i never want to look back at those years)
but being real, those few years that i hate so much were so good for me. they've shaped me, and molded me into who i am now. and even though i am the least favorite fan of those years, i'm still thankful for them.
back to the topic though.
these past couple years have been confusing. it feels like i'm swimming. i'm stuck in this current that just keeps taking me, and as hard as i try, i just can't get myself out of it. i'm staying afloat, but it's not been easy.
more than once i've yelled to myself about how i cant change even though i really want to.
i wouldn't say i'm happy about where i am, and i wouldnt say im upset about it either.
and i know its because my mood swings are so weird.
this isn't a sad post, but i'm crying.
that's actually been happening a lot this past year. when i see myself, pictures, or a video... its like all of a sudden i can't see myself without crying.
you may have read this post.
 guys, i'm trying, really trying to love myself as i should. (not love, but you know what i mean)
i'm sad to say that even though sometimes it may not seem like it, i am really REALLY self-conscious.
i dont show the extent of it, ever.
sometimes i'm okay with how i look or what i'm doing.
and other times i am really mad at myself for how i look, why everyone looks better, and why i don't try harder.
it's exhausting. 
i'm sure many of you can relate.
these wars you have with yourself...
well, i have them too.
and its not fun.
i know its not worth it.
but there is absolutely nothing i can do about it, it seems.
i don't mean to make this a pity party for myself, i'm just trying to be real with you, and talk about some things that i just dont talk about.
moving on.

Rachel Nicole

i have many secrets. i'm sure everyone does as well as me.
but i dont share them.
i dont feel as if i have someone i can share them with.
i keep them tucked away, and when it gets bad, i either just spend time alone, or, if that's not possible, i fake it. i've gotten pretty good at it, and i dont like that.
because that's not really how God designed us.
one of the reasons He made Eve, was so that Adam could have someone to talk to. not just normal everyday conversations. real, deep, personal talks.
and that's what He meant for other people as well, and i'm sure its refreshing and satisfying. but i wouldn't really know.
and the worst thing is, i don't want to know. i don't want other people to know my deepest thoughts. i don't want to share everything in my life with other people. i convince myself that no one cares, and even if they genuinely do, i shy away from it for some unknown reason. unknown to them and to me.
most of my friends are better friends with at least one of my sisters.
maybe thats a blessing, maybe thats a curse.
but i dont feel like i can share with them because of that.
so i dont
the other friends are just that, friends. not secret sharing friends.
and the couple friends i feel i could share with either live far away from, or wouldn't work out. not yet.
and so you see all these conflicting thoughts, youve just read them, and you can probably make as much sense out of them as I can.
i'm just going to write it out right now.
i dont mind how this all is right now. i dont really mind not having someone to share things with, because i feel it would be awkward. i don't really want opinions on what you think i can do to remove this from my life, because i don't have much of a problem with it.
so because of that fact, i will be turning comments off for this post.
if you really feel led say something, you can email me (i really love getting emails, so don't feel like its a bother).

Rachel NicoleRachel Nicole

there is one point in my life where i'm so unsure. i've done so much for it, trying to do work it out in my head, figuring it out, never figuring it out, being back at step one, trying to get to step two, failing, trying, and have just have run out of anything to do with it.
i had been praying about it, but recently ive just given the whole thing to God, because i'm just so tired of pursuing it not knowing what to do, and because He is all knowing and He loves me more than anyone, and He cares about all my problems more than anyone ever possibly could, and because He knows what the conclusion will be, and he will work out all the details with or without me "helping", i've decided to try to get completely out of the way, and let Him do what needs to be done.
because, being real, what's going to happen will happen in His time end of story.
why exhaust myself trying to figure it out when obviously He doesn't think it's the right time for me to figure it out.
I've given it to Him, and trusting and praying that I will be ready when He gives an answer. and just by doing that, its been a great lift off of my back.
of course, it took a while to get to this point. it always does.
i'm a stubborn sinner and feel that i know whats best for me, even though i obviously dont. and i try to get it to work for me, and when it doesn't, i turn to God and ask Him why He is doing this to me.
And because He is so good, He picks me up, fills me up again and tells me that He has it under control. All i have to do is wait on Him.
Time and time again, He renews me, and I just throw it back up in His face when He is taking too long only to realize that what He is doing is the right thing, and that i have become too selfish. 
But His grace never fails, guys. It NEVER fails. He's always patient, forgiving, and kind.
And as undeserving as I may be, He will always be there for me. and He will never run out of grace.
thank you all for reading, and i hope maybe you could take something away from this that is helpful to you.

just one more thing i'm going to retell you.
i did turn the comments off for this post.
i dont want anything written on it, but i would like to know if you liked it or not, and what you thought of it, so if you did read it, and would want to tell me what you thought, emailing me would be the way to go. (click here)
:)
xo, rn

October 6, 2013

jelly molds and self-acceptance {guest post by elisabeth}

hello darlings,
i'm elisabeth, popping over from here to say a big heyo and share my thoughts (while rachel is away).
i love my King, and i like other stuff. like starbucks, whipped cream, photography, and colors, in case you were wondering.
okay enough of me. now on to you. hope you enjoy this post ♥
-elisabeth-

//

you know how jelly is poured into a mold, and after freezing, it takes on its shape? i don't ever want to be like that. poured into a mold, froze, and become just like any other jelly. i believe that i'm unique, and that everybody is as well. i believe that there is something special in everybody, waiting for the right person at the right time to push that potential. some people like to call it style, others- personality. doesn't matter; it all points to that special thing in a person that distinguishes them from everyone else.


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there's also something else called society (i like to call it the giant, jelly factory mold). it attempts to squeeze every single person through that mold and change them into the basic jelly shape. altering your definition of beauty, life, God, love, and happiness. altering your belief that a rounded shape can be beautiful. changing your confidence that happiness doesn't have to come with beauty. i've been there.

i didn't always believe i was unique, you know. my sister--beautiful, talented, musical, always in the limelight. she was the mold i tried to fit in. i forced myself into her mold, squeezing myself into her unique character that was created specially by Him for her. and when i couldn't, i exploded with frustration. couldn't keep my emotions in anymore. cried often, wondering why i couldn't be as good as her. wondering why when i tried to talk to people like how she did it (charismatic and bubbly as she was), they looked at me funny and i felt plain stupid. wondering why i couldn't be musical enough to play the piano as well as her.


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it was a late night when i finally poured it out to her. told her she was so lucky, and i was so jealous of her social un-awkwardness. told her how every time i talked to people, i would be so conscious of me being me. then she looked at me and started telling me the areas in which she wanted to be like me. hoo boy, shocked i was. then i realized something, by trying to fit myself into her mold that made specially for her, i was losing out on using my personality to its full potential. and it all boiled down to the problem of self-acceptance. i wasn't accepting myself; no, i was too busy fitting myself into someone else's mold!


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i know with the society as it is now, it's even harder to accept yourself. (it was hard enough in the sixteenth century, and now even more with all the technology, magazines and whatnot.) it's hard to accept who you were made to be when you see all the glamorous celebrities posing on the magazine covers at the newspaper stand. it's hard to accept yourself when you look at that gorgeous girl at school/church/wherever who always gets the attention. it's hard to accept when you start comparing yourself. so: stop comparing. love yourself, and remember: you were made in the image of the One who is beautiful. you are beautiful.


love, elisabeth