the lisa braid

super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair

super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair

Step 1:

Take a small section of hair on one side (leaving some out in the front) and braid a normal Fishtail Braid. Tie at the end with a clear band.

super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair

super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair

Step 2:

Loosen the braid by gently pulling out some of the sections to make it more messy and “undone.”

super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair

Repeat Step 1 on the other side

Step 3:

Tie together both side braids in the middle.

super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair
super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair

Step 4: 

Using the hair in the band you just tied as the middle section, begin a very loose french braid combining in the hair that hangs down at the bottom.

 

super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair

super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair

Step 5:

Use another little clear band at the bottom and gently pull some of the braid loose some of the braid to make it more full.

 

super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair

super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair

super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair

super easy three step braid; step by step tutorial for the lisa braid; blonde hair; long blonde hair

 

Today is my first ever hair tutorial!!!  And I’ve decided that as I do more of these I’m going to name each of my hair styles after people near and dear to my heart. This is one way to introduce you to my sweet friends, those who have been by my side and shaped me into who I am today, but it’s also a way to honor them, their lives, and their families. I am so thankful for their friendships and can’t wait for you to meet these special people….

 

lisa family pic

This first braid is named after my sweet friend Lisa. She and I met at the church our husbands both worked at. Our weddings were within 6 months of one another and we initally met because the facilities manager for the church thought she might want to use some of our wedding decor.

Lisa and I were instant friends. I remember immediately feeling like I was home whenever I was around her. Shortly after we met Matt and I invited her and Josh over for dinner in our tiny rundown 2 bedroom apartment. We had the best time and after they left we asked ourselves if we thought they’d think we were “cool” and would wanna hang out with us again. Funny thing is Lisa and Josh had the exact same conversation as they drove home. lol!

It didn’t take long for the four of us to become friends. We would frequently have game nights with random snacks and incredibly loud rap music (thanks Josh)  that lasted until the early morning hours. Lisa and I would often call one another to see what ingredients we each had in our pantry’s and then throw together dinners based on what we could come up with last minute. Often when our hubby’s would have to work late I’d be at Lisa’s house in my pajamas (they lived right by the church at the time) until our men were finished.

Lisa and I have so many stories together that make us laugh and giggle until our sides hurt. She is the absolute best at quoting movies, making life fun and loving others. I know without a doubt that if I ever needed her she’d drop whatever she could to be there for me. She is thoughtful, kind, stunningly beautiful, considerate of others, and a massive prayer warrior…to call her friend is one of my life’s greatest joys.

Being around her is easy. Besides the fact that she lives halfway across the country there’s nothing at all complicated about our friendship…and this braid is just like that. So easy. So beautiful. Just like Lisa.

 

step by step tutorial for the lisa braid

rest not resolutions

meg marie wallace | rest not resolutions

It’s the same every year….this third or fourth week into January…the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I realize once more that my brand new ‘swore-I’d-really-do-it-this-time’ shiny resolutions are beginning to softly slip down the drain.

It was all in place a few short weeks ago; the plan to go to bed on time to get more sleep, the new fitness goals to get to the gym every day, the plan to wake up earlier and get my rear out of bed before the kids, the promise to declutter my house and the certain resolve to stay perfectly calm whenever my kids act up…(c’mon…shouldn’t I have known better right there…)

I told myself I was gonna eat better, act better, spend less, be more organized and try harder…I surely wouldn’t forget my “word for the year” this time around and I even promised I was gonna carry everywhere my new cute polka dot planner with all of my goals color coded with sparkle pens…cuz you never know when I might need to add to my “gonna make a new me” list.

meg marie wallace | rest not resolutions | a christian perspective on what to do when we can't keep our resolutions

When I really get honest I have to admit that the same resolutions that are supposed to make me feel better about myself actually just make me feel more stressed, more exhausted, more burdened and more like a failure.

As if there weren’t enough rules to follow…

This year my heart is asking for something different.

This year, instead of resolultions, I long for rest.

And no, I’m not talking about more sleep. I’m talking about the kind of rest that gives my soul a little space to breathe and my heart a little room to dance.

Resolutions say:

If you work hard enough you can do it.

Rest says:

He has already done it, it is finished.

Resolutions say:

I can make myself and my life better by next year.

Rest says:

Apart from Him I can do nothing.

Resolutions say:

Tuck your head down, set your eyes on the course and do.

Rest says:

Quiet your heart, set your eyes on Me and be.

Resolutions say:

I will live for my acceptance.

Rest says:

I will live from my accpetance.

meg marie wallace | rest not resolutions | a christian perspective on what to do when we can't keep our resolutions

How tempting it can be to search for meaning, purpose, answers, solutions and quick fixes for life apart from the Creator of all life. Ideals and goals…and even the Bible itself, as I attempt once more to read the whole thing in a year…are used as tools to bring a sense of accomplishment or self-worth. How quickly my heart can move away from the grace that has been freely given to works that have no righteousness whatsoever.

There is absolutley no amount of effort to make myself better that is going to save me.

Instead of laying awake at night with regrets of all I haven’t gotten done today and all the things I know I’ll miss tomorrow, I want to instead remember where my true idenity lies…not in manmade efforts to better myself, but leaning into all Jesus has accomplished on my behalf…for His grace is more than sufficient for today.

True rest is only found in Him. Jesus has given Himself. Whether I fail or succeed He alone is my hope, my joy and my identity.

 

"See to it that no one takes you captive by philoshophy and empty deceit,
according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the
world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity
dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule
and authority...having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were
also raised with him through faith." Colossians 2:8-12


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protein acai fruit bowls

peanut butter chocolate protein acai bowl

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Finding recipes that I absolutely love, that are healthy, easy to make, are something my kids beg for and I never get sick of are sort of like finding a unicorn! This recipe meets every one of those requirements and more! It has protein in it for energy and muscle recovery, some sweetness because good grief I have such a sweet tooth, fresh berries, peanut butter and chocolate because, well, those are just all so amazing together…and whenever my kids hear that I’m making these they are in the kitchen faster than you’d ever imagine!

This is one of my absolute favorite snacks to have in the afternoon. I don’t know about you but I get some pretty fierce sugar cravings at about 2-4 pm every day. Please tell me I’m not the only one! But I refuse to just indulge in whatever junk might be laying around, like those leftover brownies staring at me from the stovetop. I’ve had to look hard for options that don’t get me off track with my fitness goals. This little dish not only curbs that sugar craving but it is perfect for my kids as well.

I buy my acai berries prepackaged and from Costco. The day I found them there I’m pretty sure I let out a little yelp of excitment right there in the isle! I soften the packet just a little bit under warm water before I blend together those first few ingredients in my Nutribullet.

My Labrada protein that I add into it is also perfectly safe for my kids and me. (Make sure to use my discount code (meg10) at check out if you decide to get this exact kind.)

This recipe came from me trying to mimic an acai bowl from a little hole in the wall shop just around the corner from my house. My friend first brought me one the day I came home from the hospital after my son broke both of his arms. I hadn’t eaten in over 48 hours so when she dropped it off on my doorstep it was better than finding a little pot of gold. I would say that it was so good because I was famished and I was close to eating my own arm off, but I’ve since that day I’ve been to maaaaany other shops that make acai bowls and non of them even come close!

So I was left with no choice but to either spend all of our savings getting these bowls daily or try to make my own!

I hope you like it too! Please let me know if you try my recipe and what you think!

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black and white bow yoga top

 

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meg marie wallace fitness black and white bow top

 

 

I just LOVE this Kate Spade top and I’m so excited to share about it today! I am always always always keeping an eye out for feminine workout gear…it’s one of the first things I look for if I am ever able to spend money. 🙂

Dresses are nice and shoes are fun, but feminine workout gear is the TOP priority purchase for me if there ever was one. It may sound silly, but I want ruffles and fringe and bows when I lift weights.  Not too much, but just enough that what I wear and what the guy on the weight floor next to me is wearing are obviously different! lol!

When I first started workout out where the men are I was scared and intimidated. I would hang around one weight bench and try to get all of my exercises done within a 3 foot radius. I put on my music, would constantly look at my phone to figure out what to do next, and tried to keep out of everyone else’s way. I wrongly thought everyone else knew ‘all the things’ and that all eyes were on me, the obvious newby. I wasted so much time and energy worrying about the thoughts of others.

The more familiar I became with the equipment the more I’ve gotten over that awkward feeling of being there. I now just get done what I need to and have enjoyed getting to know some of the people that are there too. The more time I spend on that floor the more I realize that the men and women who I once thought were mocking me in their minds are actually just normal people too, and (at least at my gym) are friendly and honestly just proud of anybody who would want to try new things.

Exact link to my bow top is HERE but until it’s back in stock I’ve linked a few other super cute girly workout tops below. And if you ever stumble across any super cute girly workout gear please message me to let me know!!!

Also: I’ve recently asked my gym (who has strict policies against any photography or videography) if they would be willing to make an exception and let me come in after hours to film some workouts and take pics of some different exercises. They said YES and I’m so excited to be working toward that in the near future! I’ve heard from so many of you who feel scared or clueless just like I did and my hope is that maybe just maybe taking you along into my little gym world will help take out some of the hesitation and intimidation. Comment below if you have any requests of workouts or info you’d like me to work toward!

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free people & walmart

meg marie| free people dress and sweater from walmart; mixing and matching name brand with inexpensive

meg marie| free people dress and sweater from walmart; mixing and matching name brand with inexpensive

meg marie| free people dress and sweater from walmart; mixing and matching name brand with inexpensive

meg marie| free people dress and sweater from walmart; mixing and matching name brand with inexpensive

meg marie wallace pink sweater, Free People Dress

meg marie wallace pink sweater, Free People Dress

meg marie| free people dress

meg marie| free people dress and sweater from walmart; mixing and matching name brand with inexpensive

meg marie| free people dress and sweater from walmart; mixing and matching name brand with inexpensive

meg marie wallace beauty and style category


Happy Wednesday everyone!

I think that someday soon I need to write a post about how to start a blog. And my first piece of advice will be to be 110% certain of the name you pick from the very beginning. Changing my site over has not been simple by any stretch of the imagination. If blogging and creating content was all this was I’d be set! But the technological side of things is SO hard to figure out sometimes! I wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who wrote or called or emailed about the glitches you found. Some of them are super easy to fix and some I’ve spent hours upon hours trying to work on and they’re STILL not done! (Did you notice all of those pictures at the top are gone??? Ya, that’s not intentional…And I’m SO sorry for all of you who subscribed and got a confirmation from OGS….that was a huge mistake too…..)

Thanks for being patient with me through this process and for all of the support with the new launch!!! Please keep letting me know if there’s anything you see/find that isn’t working rightly! I have a list going and one day (Lord willing) they’ll all be worked out and the site will run smoothly!

Soooo many people have asked me about this skirt! But it’s actually NOT skirt, it’s a dress! The night I took these photos the air was cold and the sun was going down fast so I grabbed some layers on the way out the door. And I’m so glad I did! I think adding layers on top of dresses in the winter is the way to go!

This dress from Free People was one of the most comfortable and lovely things I’ve ever put on my body. Not only was it such an amazing color, but the way it twirled and flowed when I spun and walked was sooo fun! It’s the kind of dress that you dream of wearing as a little girl!

The thing about fashion is that it’s so subjective. Some people swear by name brands and save up every last penny to be able to afford high quailty items that can be worn for years to come. And others love to buy cheap. Trends come and go so fast that it’s not worth the huge investment to buy expensive when the styles will be gone in such a short time.

I definitely land somewhere right in the middle. There are some things I just would NEVER buy name brand, but other things that are more of a splurge and are worth the extra. With this look I loved pairing a little bit of both. Altough the exact dress isn’t for sale anymore (bummer) I’ve linked a few similar styles below. But this cute sweater I paired it with is from Walmart. Yep, you read that right. It’s from Walmart folks! I bought it in a large on purpose and had planned to throw it on with some leggings during these rainy months, but at the last second grabbed it to put over this dress. And the vest…get this….it’s from the girls section at Target! It was an XL from the little girls racks! And the styles in that section are way cheaper than the adult section. I love thinking outside the box with styles and I love how this look turned out.

Hope you all have a great day!

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create beautiful with five arrows

A sweet friend of mine, Shirley, owner and curator over at Five Arrows Jewelry, collaborated with me on a new jewelry design in regards to my most recent post and new blog launch! She is a fellow mama of five and had her babies super close together just like mine. She homeschools (is that a correct word because my auto spell says it isn’t—but I’m going to ignore that bright red line telling me to fix it….) her little munchkins,  loves Jesus and is involved in ministry.

Five Arrows Jewelry Packaging

We have so much in common and although she lives on the east coast, and I’m on the west….and we’ve never met in person (or even been within a thousand miles of one another) we feel connected and call one another friend. I love meeting new mamas through this venue because there is no way our paths would have ever crossed otherwise. I absolutely LOVE supporting small business owners, especially ones that create and craft with intention.create beautiful silver, create beautiful bronze necklace by FiveArrows Jewelry

Shirley and I brainstormed together going back and forth with ideas eventually leading us to combine her favorite and my favorite to make OUR favorite. This saying “create beautiful” comes from my heart regarding the main reasons Why I Blog and my desire in how I want to live life.

She took those two simple words and went to work. By that night she sent over pictures of this amazingly lovely design and by the next morning the necklace was complete!  I think she did such an incredible job capturing in art what my heart longs to communicate.

create beautiful bronze necklace by FiveArrows Jewelry

I couldn’t be more excited to support not only her business, but HER!
Shirley, you are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the out. I love your heart to serve others. I hear it in your text messages as your are daily pouring yourself out for your family, your husband, your church, your business and complete strangers. You encouraged me when I wanted to give up and I am so thankful for your heart to love others. Through it all you remain joyful and joy-filled and you continue to get up again every day to do it all over once more. You have the gift of encouragement and are an extremely talented, brave and strong woman. It’s an honor to know you.

Five Arrows Jewelry is also one of the shops who is participating in my new blog launch giveaways! If you win this prize you’ll be picking out a necklace for you AND also getting one for a friend too! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter and make a comment anywhere in the blog to enter to win!
**Winners will be picked on Friday, January 13th, at 9:00pm PST.

To get one of these necklaces now click on any of the photos or go to www.fivearrowsjewelry.etsy.com 

Be sure to use code: megmarie17 at checkout to get FREE SHIPPING on your order! 

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meg marie wallace pink sweater, Free People Dress

Hi there!!!! Let me begin with extending a huge welcome! I’m so excited that you’re here! For those of you who are new here this current blog a spin off from my old blog called One Glass Slipper. I’ve transferred aaaaalmost all of the old content so don’t worry, you haven’t missed much of anything. About a year into blogging I decided to quit and take a break from writing…..

So why’d I end OGS???

Back in college I was dating a guy who broke up with me using the all too infamous “it’s not you it’s me” line. I mean, really, who wants to hear that. So. Lame.

But after closing down One Glass Slipper I found myself thinking of that same line over and over again. On the outside there may not have been anything visibly wrong with it. I’m not sure the little things that drove me nutso about it are things others wouldn’t have been bothered by (like the fact that when you typed in the web address oneglassslipper you have to write a curse word (a$$) in the URL……AND I had to always double and triple check to make sure there were 3 S’s…..silly, I know, but it drove me crazy).

meg marie wallace pink sweater, Free People DressDeep down, though, something more grated on me. And over time I just didn’t want to keep going as I was. I had created a brand I didn’t love.

In the beginning, super early on when I first decided to start blogging, I wanted to give voice to some of the thoughts in my head and create a space where I could just write. As a family we had just come out of a super tough season and I think, looking back, I was sort of a bit depressed. As I read back through some posts I see the sadness and brokenness coming through.

But that depression also affected other areas of blogging too. When I would write I would edit and re-edit and edit four times more…I second guessed almost everything I did, from the smallest decision to the biggest decisions. I continually worried about what people thought and tried to please everyone and everybody. If someone wanted me to write about something, then I would find a way to write about it. If someone didn’t like something, then I’d do away with it.

I’d never blogged before and all of my writings prior to starting blogging had only been for private use in my own journals. However when I began to write publicly I spent ridiculous amounts of time asking for people’s advice. I wanted to know what others thought, but often took their advice so literal and so far that I began to lose sight of my goals. Great people offered their opinions. Lovely people. Some of my favorite people on the planet gave some really great advice. But at the end of the day when all of those people gave different and conflicting advice I was at a loss for what to do. How could I please everyone when no one agreed?

meg marie wallace pink sweater, Free People Dress
My chosen “theme” didn’t help either. I had attempted to create a brand to speak to the imperfection that we all have but try so hard to hide…but I did that in a way that began to feel more forced. In the beginning it made sense to use my old wedding dress and make it look like a Cinderella dress in a creative way, but after awhile I felt more trapped in that “theme” than free to continue writing about all of the various topics I would wish to cover long term.

Mix into there the fact that I also started homeschooling our little flock of munchkins and, well….I was a hot mess trying to hold it all together or find any desire to keep going.

Here’s the thing, at the end of my life I don’t want to be known as a wannabe Disney princess, or a pastor’s wife, or a mom of five kids or a hair fanatic or a fitness guru. When it’s all said and done and I breathe in my last breath I want to be known as a woman who loves Jesus. I want to follow Him, hear Him, run to Him, see Him, enjoy Him, relate with Him, speak of Him and ultimately I want to know Him face to face. And I want to use all I have and everything I am to point others in His direction too.

But what about the rest of me? Is there room to talk about other things in life that don’t carry as much weight?meg marie wallace pink sweater, Free People Dress

Somehow I started believing that if everything I wrote wasn’t all about those deepest parts of life then it was completely meaningless and a waste of my time. Where did that come from? Why would I think that way?

Who told me this lie?

Well, it’s not you. It’s me.

I know, I know. I’m so lame for saying that.

But it’s true.

Truth is I often care far too much about what other people think. It’s like a disease really. And I want to crush it, like cancer, and be cured, but clearly I’m not there yet. Through these past few years and especially these past few months I have really been learning to ask, “Who Am I?” (Did you ever see the movie Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts???)

NOT “who do others want me to be” or “who do others say that I am”…..I’m asking me what it is that makes me….well, me. How am I wired? What do I love? What am I good at? What lights me up? What am I passionate about?meg marie wallace pink sweater, Free People Dress

When I close my eyes tight and drown out all of the noise…here’s what I’ve got so far…I’m a normal girl, that loves to make things beautiful. Anything from pain and sorrow to braids and bows I want to find a way to make it lovely. I love all things girly. I love pink and soft grey, off white and rose gold. I love dressing up, and dressing my family up…but I love my sweat pants and our jammies too. I love eating healthy, fitness and working out and I’m learning every day to keep my motives in check as I pursue those goals. I love finding ways to simplify life and love connecting with others. I love soft rain on the windows, writing hand written letters, short fingernails, and small dainty jewelry. I love making things with wood, painting and creating with my hands. I love clothes and fashion, new styles and watching runway shows and reality TV. I love make up and hair products and I never ever ever leave overnight without my hair drier, because I have some wicked frizzy hair if I don’t. I love my family and my husband so much that sometimes I think my heart will beat out of my chest. I love living in CA and love the ocean….and yes, I love Jesus more than all of that combined.

But that last line doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for all of the things I find lovely prior to that last statement. In fact, the more I ask those questions of myself the more I am realizing that it is Him who is beckoning me to do so.

Life does get serious at times. There is a lot that goes wrong and there’s stuff that gets messy. People are sometimes hard to love….heck, I’m hard to love at times too. And there are more days than I’d like to admit when I am in tears because life is “just not working” and I have to start all over again. But I truly believe, through all of the sorrow, heartaches, troubles and worries…through the mundane, the every day and the routine…that we are meant to live life beautifully. When the Bible talks about Jesus coming to this earth, living perfectly and dying in our place for our sins He says He did so to give us life and life to the fullest!!! He gave us ALL things to enjoy…for our joy, the good of others, and to His glory!meg marie wallace pink sweater, Free People Dress

All of that to say I’m feeling more free than ever! Free to live! Free to enjoy how I’m wired. Free to stop comparing myself to others, and free to stop overthinking it all for cryin’ out loud! I’m free to dream, free to love, free to create, and free to be just plain ‘ole me. And guess what…so are you!!!!

xo MM Meg Marie initials

(And for all you men out there, stop using that lame break up line!)

 

****To celebrate my blog birthday day I’ve partnered with some of my faaaavorite stores and shop owners to do some amazing giveaways!!!! Click HERE for more info! 

 

 

**Edited 1/10/2017: 

A sweet friend of mine, Shirley, owner and curator over at Five Arrows Jewelry, contacted me this week for a collab in regards to this post and my new blog launch! We brainstormed together to come up with the wording and then she went to work with her creative jewelry mind and came up with this amazingly lovely design! I absolutely LOVE supporting small business owners, especially ones that create and craft with intention.  I thought she did such an incredible job capturing in art what my heart longs to communicate.

To get one of these necklaces click on the photos or go to www.fivearrowsjewelry.etsy.com 

Be sure to use code: megmarie17 to get FREE SHIPPING on your order!

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