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A Tazikis Summer Picnic
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What’s summer without a picnic?! ☀️ Whether it’s in the park, your backyard or at the beach, picnics used to be (and still are) one of my favorite ways to make a summer memory. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here’s my pro tip: pick up a dinner for 4, or your fave entree from @tazikis to cut a few corners without compromising! My fave is the grilled chicken, Greek salad and Taziki sauce with soft pita 😋 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What’s your fave summer activity?? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Read more about my fave ways to throw a totally fun picnic over on @tazikis blog!

Looking Forward + Fabletics
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Your today and your future needs you, your past does not.
That’s why your head faces the same direction as your feet, so you can look where you’re going, not where you’ve been.
That’s why the morning always comes after night.
That’s why it’s so fun to jump when gravity pulls you back down. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Funny that when we look at the way things work around us, we start to get small revelations of the way we’re meant to operate, too, huh?

Feeling "All the Feels"
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(same picture, fresh words)
FAKE NEWS: you have to be okay OR not okay. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Somewhere along the way someone told us it was one or the other” - a text from a good friend, today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s a thought a few different people in life have brought me back to - especially when it comes to grieving. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Is it okay that I’m okay?”
“It‘s really good but really weird”
“I feel bad that everything feels normal but is so so not”
(All thoughts I’ve had) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Maybe you’ve had them too. But, I’m here to welcome you to this AND (not or) journey with me. It’s beautiful and messy and we’re fibbing if we say we’ve figured it out. The enemy wants us to stress that we don’t know it all, creep in our confusion and introduce deception. But there’s actually permission for something (or someone) to hold several characteristics. That’s what makes the Gospel what it is: goodness, tragedy, heroic and sobering. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Honor yourself and feel “all the feels” all at once. “Come to me all who are wearied and burden” (aka all that have no idea what they’re doing). Notice, it doesn’t say “come to me all that have figured things out.” (I’ll prove it: Matthew 11:28). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The pressure is off, friend.


Running Errands
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Fun fact: Thomas and I shared a car for the first 2.5 years of marriage! It was really sweet to have a few extra moments a day with one another + it also taught us to communicate well (🙃).


Now, we have our own vehicles, which helps now that our schedules are wonky. I’m able to listen to my podcasts and run errands by myself (unless I take y’all along with me) and I’m learning to take really good care of it thanks to my 9w1 of a husband 🙈
Errands I enjoy: grocery store and car wash
Errands I dread 🙈: Post office, gas and oil changes and such


What errands do y’all enjoy and/or dislike??

Art on the Rocks Outfit
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We’ve been adding events to our summer bucket list and Bham peeps, I have something for you! Tonight, @bhammuseum gave us a sneak peek of Art on the Rocks this evening and it was delightful! Make sure to catch one of the three nights of #ArtontheRocks this summer!
I love my city!


How cute is this ruffled neck romper from @fabrikhomewood?! Perfect for your evening out, rush in the fall or bridal + baby showers this wedding season! 🙌🏻😍

Birmingham Summers ☀️
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I’ll tell you what, the Awtreys are pumped about summertime in Birmingham! Baseball games, grilling out with friends, pool days and bike rides ☀️ 🚲 🍔 ⚾️ 🍦💦🌸
WE 👏🏼ARE 👏🏼STOKED 👏🏼


What’s on your summer bucket list??
Also, because you should know:
1. These shoes are perfect for any summer adventure, cute but so so comfy
2. These shorts are $20 and the softest chambray you’ll ever feel
3. I like that kimonos are still in - the perfect lightweight accessory to your simple summer ‘fit.



Dew Skin vs. Tint Skin

TINT SKIN

It’s a lightweight foundation with light to medium buildable coverage and a natural finish to visibly even skin tone.

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DEW SKIN

It’s a benefit-packed tinted moisturizer that delivers lightweight hydration.

Benefits include:
hint of sheer coverage
SPF 20 protection
a luminous dewy glow

What’s inside?
Black currant seed oil, peony root extract, and Vitamin C to help brighten (while leaving skin looking radiant).

How do I apply?
Dew Skin should be applied with fingers. In order to get the full SPF 20 coverage, skincancer.org says you should use a nickle-sized amount of product to cover your entire face in an event layer.

You can always wear both together! Dew Skin under Tint Skin for SPF 20 coverage and a dewier finish.

⭐️ My go-to necklace stack! ⭐️
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I get asked about this stack often, it’s one of my favorites. Each piece is either fun or super special to me.

  1. The top is from Madewell, one of my faves! Has lasted forever, hasn’t tarnished and it’s adjustable for whatever length you want!

  2. The middle is a sweet piece my mom got for me on my dad’s birthday with his birthdate engraved on it. Here’s a similar one I found that you can get custom made!

  3. The last piece that hangs the lowest is a pendant Thomas got me when we started dating. He said, and I quote, “this will be one of the first diamonds I give you.” NERVE OR SWAG?? I’m not sure!

Behind the Bliss is Going LIVE!!

Freaking out, y’all, I’m freaking out.
When we first started the podcast we dreamed of meeting our listeners! Now, the time has come! We are hosting our very first (but not the last) BTB LIVE! ✨🎉🎙
Food + sips + shopping + a live recording of an episode all with you!!


Friday, June 21 in Birmingham, AL at @bloomstudiobhm!


There’s only 50 seats (some have been claimed) so snag your tickets quick!

It's just not over, yet.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this picture. But I hate it, too, all at the same time.


It doesn’t look like what it’s “supposed” to look like. It’s missing someone. One person short of the “family wedding picture” I thought would always be in our wedding album.


When I see it, my eyes get narrow, my head tilts to the right and my lips get pushed to the side. Every time.
I can get hung up with the fact that dad’s life was just too short, I can get mad at circumstances or try to find someone to blame.


Instead, I lean into the pain instead of running away from it. I scream “I’m not scared of you” right in it’s face when it reminds me of future moments he won’t be a part of. I smile knowing that it’s just a piece of my story, not the whole one.


Instead of looking at my story and asking “why this?” I’ll ask “how can I use it?”
I’m no expert and I’m not perfect, I’m just tired of trying it my way.
You have the same choice too, friend.
And trust me, it’s much more fun His way.


So why would you fear the future if His goodness and love pursued you all the days of your life (Psalm 23:6)?

Karama Collection Discount Code
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You've heard me talk about @karamacollection time and time again, and now I want you to know how great they truly are!

In case you can’t wait to get your hands on some of these pieces, you can use the code RACHEL20 for 20% off of your purchase at @karamacollection! 🙌🏻

I love this company for so many reasons:

  1. Their products are gooood and made with dignity (love that)

  2. Their profit aids high school students to go to Young Life camps!

Style Tip: Styling a Body Suit

STYLE TIP: do you add camis to your outfit if your top is sheer or if you’re layering? Try replacing it with a bodysuit! 🤯
1. It stays tucked in
2. No worries about the straps falling down
3. It’s more discrete than a cami bunching up underneath 🙌🏻


I’m linking a few of my favorite bodysuits that I love, are comfortable and affordable here (along with the rest of this outfit)
Are you team bodysuit?! If so, anyone else know the restroom struggle? 😂🙈

100 Days of Declarations
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If words spoke me + you into existence “in the beginning” (Genesis 1) then I think we should be careful with what we say about ourselves.


So to put that into practice and to speak life into my heart, mind and spirit, I’m joining my friends on a challenge to declare 100 scriptural Truths over myself. I’m a few days in and dang 🔥. I’m able to sort through Truth + fake news so quickly. I feel empowered and bravery to speak life into others.


My friend (@theeverhome) put together a google doc of 100 declarations you can start with and I have the link for this clicker!


“The power of life and death is in the tongue” Proverbs 18:21


Who wants to join me?

3 years of marriage

3 years down and I say we’re getting pretty good at this whole marriage thing.
Nothing profound, just real grateful for this stud and the day when we became a family. 🖤
Happy anniversary babe. I like being an Awtrey.

Here’s a few of my past posts about what I’ve learned in marriage: