Frontier Ranch Travel Diary 2017

This past Sunday afternoon I returned from what is constantly referred to as “the best week of your life”; YoungLife summer camp.  I was beyond excited to be going to Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista, CO, but I had no idea just how much the week would surpass my expectations.  I did crazy things I never thought I’d get the chance (or have the guts) to do while learning tons about myself, my friends, and God’s love.  Today I’m thrilled to finally share this week with you all.  I was originally going to go into detail on each day, but if you’ve ever been to YoungLife camp, even for just a weekend, you know it’s always full of surprises.  I obviously don’t want to ruin any surprises for my readers who might be going to Frontier Ranch this summer or in the future, so instead I’m sharing a video I made along with some of my favorite pictures!  The important thing for you to know about my time at Frontier Ranch is that the food was delicious, the activities were fun, the skits were hilarious, the people were nice, the work crew was awesome, the speaker was incredible, and God’s creation surrounding the camp was absolutely breathtaking.  I recommend you watch the video in HD by clicking the HD button in the bottom right corner of the video.  Enjoy!

This video was created using iMovie.  All of the underwater/pool clips were taken with a FujiFilm FinePix XP120 and all the rest of the clips were taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and a EF-S 18-55mm lens.  The song used is Line of Sight by ODESZA featuring WYNNE & Mansionair.

I’m sure you noticed the change in audio in the last thirty seconds or so of the video.  You were listening to my favorite part of the message that our wonderful speaker, Andy, gave on top of the mountain that we hiked (the quality of the audio sounds weird because it was recorded on top of a windy mountain plus Andy was talking with a megaphone).  He told us about how God views us as His most beautiful creation, and that statement was so powerful for me as we were staring in awe at the gorgeous Rocky Mountains that God created.  Out of everything we heard last week, the overall message that stuck out to me is that my purpose is to be loved by God.  God loves us despite our mistakes and sins.  He gave us this incredible, beautiful world to enjoy and we turned our backs to Him.  To break the barrier that our sin created between Him and us, He sent Jesus to pay the ultimate cost for our sin, death.  Even after that huge sacrifice that He made, we continue to turn away from the best relationship we could ever be a part of.  Not only does God still want a relationship with us despite that, but He is willing to meet us in the middle.  Andy simplified this concept and told us that forming a relationship with God is as easy as the ABCs.  A is for admitting that we are imperfect sinners.  B is for believing that God loves us and through that sent Jesus to pay the price for our sins and break the barrier between us and Him.  C is for coming home to God, because a relationship with Him is where we belong.  We were made for this.

Here are some of my favorite photos of the week!

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If you ever get the opportunity to go to YoungLife camp, whether it’s for Work Crew, a week in the summer, or fall weekend, you really should go.  YoungLife has been so incredibly beneficial for me in my faith and nothing opens my eyes to God’s love more than time at camp.  This week at Frontier Ranch was my fourth time on a YoungLife property and I’ve yet to have an experience that was anything less than wonderful.  This was seriously the best week of my life.

Thanks for reading!  If you’d be interested in more YoungLife camp themed posts, such as “Things I Wish I Knew Before YoungLife Camp” or “Ten Things You Should Bring to YoungLife Camp,” please comment below, shoot me a direct message on Instagram (@apocketfuloffaith), or email me at apocketfuloffaithblog@gmail.com.  I love nothing more than talking about YoungLife, especially YoungLife camp, so I’d be more than happy to do more posts about it!  Another quick reminder, all of my pictures posted during/of my travels on my Instagram are under my hashtag, #farawaywithfaith, so be sure to check that out throughout the summer to keep track of my adventures!

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Vacay in Jadelynn Brooke Collab

On my recent trip to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas (read my Atlantis Travel Diary and watch a video I made about the trip here), my go to cover up to walk to the beach or waterpark was a Jadelynn Brooke tee or tank with athletic shorts.  Today I’m sharing my favorite of these outfit combos in a collaboration with Avery of Pearls and Paddleboards!  Avery is a fellow Jadelynn Brooke ambassador and a new friend of mine.  I love her blog and if you enjoy reading mine you should check her’s out here!  She will be styling the same Jadelynn Brooke tank another way in her post, so be sure to read it here once you read mine!

I adore the color of this tank; the orange is bright and fun but also not obnoxiously neon, plus the tank is super soft.  It says “VACAY VACAY VACAY 2017” in white, pink, and mint with white polka dots, and I love the palm tree that extends from the white word!  I like to wear my shirts big, so you can hardly see my shorts in these pictures, but I’m wearing my favorite mint Jadelynn Brooke FIT shorts that match the mint font on the shirt perfectly!  You can score this tank and these shorts or any other Jadelynn Brooke products 15% off using my code “FLSHS16”, shop here!  I’m also wearing a few simple, casual bracelets, my Kendra Scott necklace, and my old pink chacos.  Enjoy!

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tank (15% off with my code “FLSHS16”) // shorts (also 15% off with my code “FLSHS16”!) // chacos (similar) // necklace // ring // lokai bracelet // string bracelet // giving key bangle

Thanks for reading!  Don’t forget to check out Avery’s post here!

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The shirt from Jadelynn Brooke featured in this post was sent to me in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!

Out of the Country & Off the Shoulder

Last week, my family took a short trip to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas for spring break (read my travel diary and watch a video I made about the trip here).  I had a marvelous time and today I’m sharing my favorite look from the trip!  I wore this outfit to dinner on our first full day.  I love the simplicity in this navy off the shoulder top and I think it looks so classy paired with white jeans.  I completed the ensemble with my hot pink Longchamp purse, gold Jack Rogers sandals, and white and gold jewelry.  Don’t mind the slight sunburn on my shoulders, haha.  Enjoy!

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top (similar) // white jeans // sandals // purse // earrings // necklace // giving key bangle // watch (similar) // beaded bracelets // ring

Thanks for reading!

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The beaded bracelets from Sashka Co. featured in this post were sent to me in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!

Atlantis Travel Diary

This past Tuesday I returned from my family’s for day spring break trip to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.  This trip was a big Christmas gift this past year from my grandparents, so they came with us.  We had an absolute blast and I’m so excited to share our adventures with you today!  I have recapped each day, inserted highlight pictures, and created a video which you see below.  I recommend you watch the video in HD by clicking the HD button in the bottom right corner of the video.  I also linked many of the restaurants and activities we did, so you can read more about them on Atlantis’ website or consider them if you’re booking your own trip!  Enjoy!

This video was created using iMovie.  All of the underwater clips were taken with a FujiFilm FinePix XP120 and all the rest of the clips were taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and a EF-S 18-55mm lens.  The song used is Stay by Chet Porter featuring Chelsea Cutler.

Saturday

We left the house for the airport around 10:30AM and stopped at Chick-fil-A on the way to the airport to get lunch for my family and my grandparents.  As you’ll see in a picture below, I wore one of my favorite of Jadelynn Brooke’s new tee shirt releases, their “Beach Bound” tee.  I love the beachy details and bright seafoam color, plus it’s so soft.  Purchase your own here 15% off with my code “FLSHS16”!  We arrived at the airport around 11:00AM and my grandparents’ flight came in from Texas around 11:45AM.  We all ate together, then our flight to the Bahamas left around 12:30PM.  I realized upon boarding that this was my first international flight and my first that would go over an ocean.  The flight was absolutely gorgeous because we flew over so many stunning islands and the color of the water was constantly changing.  We touched down in Nassau around 2:00PM, then took a taxi to Atlantis.  It was around 3:00PM by the time we checked into our room in the Coral Towers.  I shared a room with my little sister.  Our rooms were so nice, but my favorite part wasn’t the king size bed or the huge TV, it was the view.  You could see a little shark filled lagoon, a ton of palm trees, and the ocean from our balcony – talk about breathtaking.  We changed into swimsuits and coverups before meeting up with the rest of the family and going to explore the resort.  We located the closest beach entrance to our rooms, the Predator Lagoon tunnel, some gorgeous details of the resort’s interior, a ton of animal enclosures including stingrays, sharks, and sea turtles, and a few restaurants.  We ended up eating at this restaurant on the marina called Bimini Road which was really good and had a ton of options.  My little sister and I shared their loaded nachos (although we asked for half of the things that make them “loaded” to be left off) and a side of baked macaroni and cheese.  After dinner, we wandered around the marina area some more and I bought a tee shirt from one of the carts.  We walked back to the beach and walked around and took pictures for about half an hour.  After the beach we went back to our rooms, showered, and went to bed to prepare for the long days ahead of us.

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The pictures above and below this caption are of our room’s view, I’m still obsessed.

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Sunday

Sunday morning my little sister and I woke up around 8:00AM, quickly got ready, then met the rest of our family in the hall at 8:30AM to walk down to the marina for breakfast.  We ate breakfast at Murray’s Deli.  I ordered the french toast and it was such a large, delicious serving.  After finishing breakfast, we walked back to our rooms to make sure we had sunscreen, sunglasses, room keys, and other necessities before hitting the water park.  We spent the majority of our first full day at the Mayan Tower section of the waterpark.  This contains the famous Leap of Faith as well as the Serpent Slide, the Challenger Slide, and the Jungle Slide (read about all of Atlantis’ water slides here.)  My little sister and I rode all of them and they were a ton of fun.  My favorite of these slides was the Leap of Faith.  Let me tell you, the slide is basically a wall, the drop is that vertical.  The Serpent Slide was cool because you get to take a longer look at the sharks in the tank surrounding the Leap of Faith and Serpent Slide, but it wasn’t really fast enough for my taste.  While in the pool/waterpark area, we ate a lunch of chicken nuggets and fries that we bought from a little food stand in the area.  I also ordered a virgin piña colada which totally hit the spot, especially in the Bahamian heat.  In the afternoon we went to a smaller kiddie pool and lazy river since my younger brother wasn’t tall enough to ride any of the main slides in the waterpark.  After a couple hours we returned to our hotel rooms to clean up for dinner.  We ate dinner at Virgil’s Real BBQ where I ordered a kids grilled cheese.  While waiting for our food, my little sister and I took some pictures in front of a lagoon (you’ll see them in a blog post later!)  After dinner, we went to Ben & Jerry’s for some quick ice cream, then went back to our rooms and went to bed.

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I adore this bikini that I wore on Sunday (pictured above), especially because of the straps in the back.  Shop the bikini top here and the matching bottoms here.

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Monday

My little sister and I woke up at 7:00AM to get ready and head to the beach before meeting our family for breakfast at 8:30AM.  We had a little photoshoot on the beach (you’ll see some pictures in a blog post later!) then returned to the room to pack our backpacks for the day before leaving for breakfast.  We used our Jadelynn Brooke backpacks as carryons and beach bags for this trip and they were perfect; super cute, super convenient, and super durable!  I know you probably think I’m just saying that as a rep, but in all honesty Jadelynn Brooke backpacks have become my travel necessity, especially for the beach.  We ate breakfast at Murray’s Deli again and this time I ordered scrambled eggs and toast.  After breakfast we went to a little cove area that was connected to the ocean (basically a beach without the waves because my little brother was scared of the tall waves).  Here, my little sister and I went snorkeling.  Even though we weren’t in the real ocean, we saw a ton of fish and it was super fun (also it was only $12 an hour to rent the snorkel mask, life jacket, and flippers).  After we finished snorkeling, we met my grandparents by a pool near the Mayan Tower.  A couple animal trainers brought a parrot to the poolside, so my sister and I went to go see and take pictures with it.  After eating another poolside lunch (this time I ordered pizza, really nothing spectacular) my grandparents went back to their room to relax and my family went to the Power Tower.  The Power Tower is the second slide location and it contains The Abyss, The Surge, The Drop, and The Fall.  In my opinion, the must-rides out of these are The Abyss and The Surge.  Be warned that The Abyss gets a ton of water up your nose (I rode it twice and got a nose full of water both times, even though I held my nose the second time), but I really liked The Surge.  The Surge, The Drop, and The Fall all lead into The Current, which is a super fun lazy river with rapids.  After riding all the slides and The Current a couple times, we headed back to our rooms to prepare of dinner.  We ate dinner at Bimini Road again and this time I had the shell pasta with cheese sauce and peas.  After dinner, we walked to Virgil’s Real BBQ for dessert.  I had the apple pie and it was so good.  After dessert we walked back to our rooms and packed to leave the next morning before going to bed.

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Tuesday

Tuesday morning my little sister and I woke up around 7:00AM, got ready, finished packing, then went down to breakfast at Starbucks.  After we ate our croissants, we went back to our rooms to make sure we had everything and grab our bags.  We headed down to the lobby, checked out, and got in a taxi to go back to the airport.

Thanks for reading about my adventures at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas!  I had a great time and I loved making the video as well!  If you’re interested in seeing more pictures from the trip (yes I took even more than what you’ve already seen, believe it or not), feel free to view my Atlantis VSCO journal here.  Also, to see my travel pictures before they make it to the blog, be sure to follow my Instagram here and check out my travel hashtag, #farawaywithfaith.

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Fuchsia Sleeves in Forsyth Park

One of my favorite details on any piece of clothing is a pop of color, whether it be a print lining the inside of a coat that peeks out when you cuff the sleeves or a color blocked hemline.  This outfit features an adorable Madewell sweater I recently picked up at the J.Crew Warehouse.  This sweater at first might appear to be a plain grey v-neck, but the sleeves have two cream jersey stripes and a pop of pink on the wrist, how cute is that?  I finished the look for a day of touring with jeans, converse sneakers, and my favorite bag for traveling; my Longchamp tote (which coincidentally matches the wrists of my sweater perfectly).  This outfit is one I wore while on my family trip to Savannah (read my travel diary here,) so I also inserted a few photos of the location of this shoot, Forsyth Park.  Forsyth Park was absolutely stunning.  My favorite features of the area were the fountain and the tree-lined pathway leading up to it.  Boy, the view was gorgeous.  I hope you like this outfit and Forsyth Park as much as I do!  Enjoy!

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sweater (similar) // jeans // converse // necklace // watch (similar) // earrings (similar) // purse

Thanks for reading!

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Universal Orlando Travel Diary

If you follow my Instagram, @apocketfuloffaith, you might have noticed that I spent a long weekend in Orlando last week.  I flew to Orlando for a school trip to Universal Studios last Thursday night with my choir!  The trip was only a few days long, scheduled over a weekend to maximize time in Orlando while missing the least possible amount of school.  One of my best friends, Maddie, is in choir with me so we went together and it was so much fun!  (In case you were wondering, we didn’t go to perform.  My school’s choir takes a “just for fun” trip every year, usually to a theme park in Orlando or a big city, last year I went with the choir to Chicago!)  I take my camera with me practically everywhere so it obviously followed me into the parks.  While I was there I took a ton of little clips to piece together into a video!  Today I’m sharing my Universal video as well as daily recaps and a few of my favorite pictures from the trip.  I recommend watching the video in HD (enable by clicking the HD button in the bottom right corner).  I hope you enjoy!

This video was created using iMovie and all of the clips were taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and a EF-S 18-55mm lens.  The song used is All Night by The Vamps & Matoma.

Thursday

Thursday evening my choir group met up in the school parking lot at 6:00PM to load a bus and drive to the nearest airport.  We were required to get to the airport a couple hours early, since we were a group of approximately fifty, so once we got there we all talked, played cards, FaceTimed, etc.  Finally, we boarded our flight around 8:30PM and landed in Orlando around 11:00PM.  The flight was the first for many of our choir members, so it was fun to see their reactions and how the flight actually compared to their frightened expectations.  Once we claimed our baggage we loaded onto a charter bus.  Before getting to the hotel, we stopped by Walmart to buy forgotten toiletries, snacks for the long park days ahead, sunscreen, etc.  We stayed at the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark, and in comparison to the ordinary, average rooms we stayed in when we visited Chicago last year, the suites were incredible.  Quickly upon getting into our hotel rooms around 12:00AM, we showered and went to sleep.

Friday

We woke up to get ready for the day ahead around 8:00AM, then we met our group for breakfast at the hotel’s buffet at 9:00AM.  The hotel’s buffet was so good.  At 9:45AM, we all loaded onto the charter bus and headed to Universal.  We arrived around 10:00AM, then we were told where to meet with our chaperones at 4:00PM before they set us loose.  When we split up, Maddie and I chose to go alone together, because we knew we wanted to do all the same things.  The first thing we did upon entrance was purchase Thing 1 and Thing 2 tee shirts in the first gift shop we saw because we had been talking about buying them together in Universal for months.  I wish I could tell you that we went to one section to ride all the rides, then the next, then the next, you know, in a logical manner, but we honestly just hopped from area to area depending on what sounded fun or what snack we wanted to try.  On Friday we tried the famous frozen butter beer in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which tasted like a Starbucks drink (I’m super picky and I was scared I wouldn’t like it, but I absolutely loved it!), met Scooby Doo and the gang (minus Daphne, she unfortunately wasn’t there), met Spongebob and Patrick, and rode about five rollercoasters including a couple in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the Rip Ride Rockit, and the Hulk to name a few.  Meeting these characters was so fun, Patrick gave the best hugs!  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was so cool, all of the employees seemed so in character and the area was so incredibly detailed, it wouldn’t be hard to convince me I was in one of the books.  We ate dinner at Mel’s Drive-In, which offered chicken tenders (or a cheeseburger for a slightly higher price), fries, and a shake for $13.99 (if my memory is correct), which is not a terrible deal for theme park food.  We loaded the bus to return to the hotel around 9:00PM and we fell asleep quickly after showering upon our return to our suites.

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Saturday

Saturday morning we woke up a little late and joined our group for an earlier breakfast around 8:00AM.  We loaded the bus at 9:00AM and got to Universal around 9:30AM.  The same discussion of when and where to meet the chaperones took place before we separated again. As soon as we got into the park, Maddie and I got in line for the Despicable Me ride, Minion Mayhem.  The ride’s line is set up to go through a room that looks identical to Gru’s home in the movies, which we thought was so cool!  The ride is really just a 3D simulator, but we still found it to be really fun because we love Despicable Me so much.  After you exit the simulator room, we were presented with the opportunity to meet/take pictures with a couple minions.  Maddie and I got in the line as soon as we saw it and after meeting them we continued into the Despicable Me gift shop where we purchased our “it’s so fluffy” scene inspired unicorns.  Once we payed for the unicorns, we decided that since it was short we’d go through the minion meeting line again to meet them with unicorns in hand.  Yes, I know it seems silly, but it was totally worth it.  After we left the gift shop, we tracked down the Despicable Me parade and met and got pictures with the girls (Agnes, Edith, and Margot), Gru, and Vector when their dance routine was over.  I just want to mention that if you’re looking to meet characters in Universal Studios, the employees in the green polos are in charge of the character meet and greets and are definitely the best people to ask about when and where!  After the parade we pretty much just randomly walked from section to section like we did on Friday.  We also met the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2 that afternoon.  Maddie and I agreed that Suess Landing, the Dr. Suess based section, was our favorite.  The rides were all pastel and the area had a few adorable little book and souvenir shops that looked like they were straight out of one of Suess’ picture books.  We went back to the “Spongebob Storepants” store when we saw through the window that Patrick was in the store again.  That night we ate at Mel’s Drive-In again just because it was such a good deal.  We loaded the bus and left around 9:45PM and again, we showered and fell asleep almost immediately upon our return to the hotel.

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Sunday

Sunday was our last day in Orlando.  We ate breakfast around 9:00AM again and then hung around the hotel for a few hours, enjoying the mini golf and packing.  We left the hotel around 12:00PM and went to I-Drive 360.  I-Drive 360 is a small shopping center that consist of a few tourist shops, restaurants, the Orlando Eye, a Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, and a Sea Life Aquarium.  Maddie and I went on the Orlando Eye, got Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, walked through the wax museum and took pictures with our favorite celebrities, and looked through the aquarium before we left around 4:00PM.  We arrived at the airport around 5:00PM then bought food and worked on our make up work while we waited to board the plane.  We got back home around 9:30PM.

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I had a great time in Orlando last weekend with my friends.  I hope you enjoyed this little recap of my trip, thank you for reading!  Be sure to check out my Instagram hashtag, #farawaywithfaith, for more pictures from my travels!

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