Have you ever made a decision that you KNEW was right. You felt it in your heart, your mind was at peace. Then you go forward with that decision only to have everything that could go wrong- seem to do so?

As much as you think "maybe I was wrong" you know you weren't. As much as you want to give up, you know you can't.

Because there will always be opposition. There is always that someone out there wanting you to fail, wanting you to give up, wanting you to be sad, depressed, and angry.

But there is also ALWAYS that someone there who KNOWS you can succeed, PUSHES you to keep going, and WANTS nothing more than for you to be happy, faithful, and excited about life.

The best things in life come when we feel the most opposition keeping us away from them. Life will be sweet when we make it through those challenges.

So keep going! Even when it seems like all is lost. Because you absolutely can do this!


Blogger of the Week: Deer Circus Blog

Hey guys!
Today I am introducing you to this week's "Blog of the Week"- Bridget from her blog "Deer Circus". Bridget is beautiful inside and out, as is her blog. She posts about her adventurous life with dreamy pictures to match. It's uplifting, inspiring, and incredibly optimistic. AND she works at a magazine. Awesome! :D So read, enjoy, then pop over to Bridget's blog. I KNOW you will love it!


blogging in the presence of gentri’s followers? excuse me while a blush. (a lot.)

i’m bridget, and am delighted to share my little slice of the blogosphere with you!
i may be the penman behind the deer circus—a blog about life as a bashful but adventure-seeking book-nerd-turned-portrait-photographerbut my husband is the looks behind it.

i’m a better person for knowing him. robbie has cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease. but despite being saddled with its complications, he’s becoming a pharmacist. and he’s been my best friend since we were 17. and he’s a dapper dresser. and we love being optimists together.

actually, we’re big on optimism. we like to think that happiness is a choice & it’s all in the details: bright lipstick & a top knot for me, a bowtie for him. together, we love forts & thrifting & fondue.

we also love our dog-children, bernie & archibald.

most of all, whether we’re corn-mazing or grabbing a midnight milkshake, we like to photograph & document every little thing. for us, blogging is mode of remembering. and i’m always on the lookout for other bloggers to share & remember with!

from the bottom of my humbled heart: hello!


See? Simply lovely. :) Now click on over to Bridget's Blog and say hello, you will be SO glad you did!


Their Favorite Moments

Hey guys!
Instead of doing a normal Sponsor Feature Post, I am letting them take over. So today you get to peek into the life of my sponsors and their favorite moments. :)

A Lost Feather
This is one of my favorite recent photos. My dog, Boo, and I had gone to the beach on an unseasonably warm January day. We walked and played in the sand, Boo barked at a horseshoe crab, I photographed our surroundings, then we settled on a small dune to watch the water. I love days like that.

and here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Every time I see this picture my heart just swells with an overwhelming feeling of love for my son. It's as if this picture captures all my love for him in one frame. It's perfect, he's perfect, and I love him with my whole heart! {I mean seriously, look at those eyes!!}

Honey Pot Pet Studios
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Kristie Was Here
I'm a Bay Area gal with a dancing habit, french frie addiction, and the intermittent ability to write clever sentences in blank spaces. Naturally, I blog. Writing and photography overwhelm my life and there's a good dose of music providing the soundtrack. I'm usually behind a camera or a computer--depends on the day.

Little Penelope Lane
This is one of my favorite pictures of all times because it makes me laugh. It is so real. Just trying to smile through the ups and downs each day can bring!

Rad Rag Designs
Hey, it's Dannielle from Rad Rag Designs.  I like to blog about refahioning items, how-to tutorials and the  items that I make.   Feel free to stop by my blog and stay while, I would love to have you over!
I am offer 10% off my shop to your readers with the code DEAL10

The Bookness
I love photography. My blog is my space to share small images from my world and share it with your world. The camera is my best friend. This is just a few of my photos.

Yellow Bird + Yellow Beard
This is a photo of The Beard and I on our wedding day. I love it because it captures the beauty of our day just the way I remember it.

Boyish Chic
Here is my favorite photo of me because it reminds of me time & place where I felt completely, divinely happy. It was taken at La Jolla Coves, CA; one of my all time favorite places. The beach has always been a safe haven for me - away from the crazy that is my life - & this photo reminds me of that freeing, happy feeling.

1581 Designs/ The Andrews Update
 I love this photo because it is one of our most recent photos as a family of three.  I find so much joy in being a wife and a mom, so this photo warms my heart.
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Live, Laugh, L0ve
It is my favorite picture because I had been up for almost 24 hours. I was tired & had a feeling that day was going to be a bad day because I wasn't going to be going to be until I had been up for wayyy over 24 hours, so needless to say - I was in a bad mood. I went to open the blinds because I knew dawn was breaking & for the first time in a long time I saw the sun rise. A beautiful, breathtaking sunrise that I don't see often enough & God reminded me that I should be starting the day {or continuing it} in a good mood because there was beauty all around me.

Secret Life of Bee
This image was really fun to create. It has been over a year since I have been able to take photography classes and I have really missed it. I miss it mostly for the different types of photography we got to experiment with. This is called levitation photography. I'm excited to do more with it.

The Hinton Hookup
This is one of my absolute favorite pictures from my wedding day. Before getting dressed, all of my bridesmaids and I took this picture in a cute little room that matched our wedding party towel wraps. These girls are my best friends and sisters. My wedding day wouldn't have been the same without them!


Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 5

Happppppyyyy Friiiiiiiiidaaaaaaay!
Technically it's my Thursday. But it feels like Friday... Which I can't decide if that's a good or a bad thing. All I know, is that I need a weekend... Badly.

On to the beauty tips!

Many of you have expressed concerns with acne and what kind of treatment would be good for you.

Well, how about an acne facial? haha!

To those of you with oily and/ or acne- severe or not, I suggest getting a High Frequency Treatment. I LOVE THIS FACIAL! It is by far my favorite facial! It's so much fun, I practice this every chance I get. Ok, so it can hurt. But it's totally worth it, and it doesn't hurt that badly. Plus, the benefits are amazing!

What happens (BASICALLY) is this:

There are three MAIN steps to this facial. First they'll use a galvanic current on a negative setting to turn your oil into soap! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! YES! OIL INTO SOAP! How awesome is that?! This process opens your pores and softens the tissue.
Second, they'll use a High Frequency Electrode. This has so many benefits I can't list them all. Some are that it drys out acne and speeds up the healing process, minimizes pores, helps the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps with the tone of your skin, and SO much more.
Third, they'll use the Galvanic current again, only this time on a positive setting. This closes the pores back up, soothes the nerves, hardens and firms the tissue, and pushes the products used (masks, toners, etc) into the skin so you receive the full benefits of them.

Doesn't that sound wonderful?! Well, it is! So yes, if you have oily, acne, or normal skin- look into getting this treatment! It's my favorite.

Someone asked me how I suggest you clean your makeup brushes-

Answer: with shampoo. :) Your brushes should be real hair (of some kind), so shampoo is how you should wash them.

That's all I have for this week. I graduated out of Freshman this week (exciting!), so I am OFFICIALLY taking clients! If you live near me, come and get something done! It'll help me graduate! haha!

Oh, and in case you missed it, here is what I did in my fantasy makeup class last week. This is my friend Kandace who I turned into Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games! Compare to THIS picture.

It was so much fun and I'm hoping to help out with the makeup at a fashion show this weekend! Happy Friday everyone! Any fun plans?


Mountain Shoot

Before I moved last month I had the fun opportunity to do a photo shoot with the lovely Ashley from Ashley Eliza Photography.
Poncho: c/o Minimalist Knitter; Shirt: Charlotte Russe; Hat: Smiths (seriously); Jeans: Nordstrom; Shoes: Nordstrom; Scarf: Gift from Sister

We took these photos in one of my favorite locations. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen this spot on a daily basis. Ok, not really. But it's so pretty I couldn't help but take a photo almost every time I drove past it on my way home from work.

Ashley is such a great photographer. It was really like we were just old friends hanging out (we even went to dinner after), and she had me laughing the whole time.

If you're in the Utah County, Utah area and need a photographer, Ashley would be a great choice!


Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 4

Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope you all have a great weekend lined up. This week FLEW by! I seriously don't know where it went. I've been so busy. I feel like I have so much to do that I just haven't done anything! Even though I really have... does that make ANY sense? haha!

This week at school we did a BUNCH of stuff. I learned how to do Microdermabrasions, Fantasy Makeup (more on that later, oh you're going to love it!!), chemical peels, body wraps, and more! My brain is on overload from all I've learned. I have to test out of freshman on Wednesday and don't feel ready! I do, but I've just taken in so much info lately that I need this weekend to sort it all out.

My mom requested that I post about Microderms, which I think is good. They're very popular and people don't really understand them. They just hear about them and assume that it's what they need. So hopefully this will give you a little more info and you can see if it's really for you or not. :)

Microdermabrasion is an abrasive exfoliant. It's not a miracle worker. It helps REDUCE the appearance of early aging fine lines, small, non-keloid (raised) scars. And can help with hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and freckles when used with other products. So don't go in thinking you're going to get rid of all your wrinkles, cause it won't. I'm sorry. :/

Microdermabrasion system is a sandblaster. It uses micro crystals delivered under pressure to exfoliate your skin. It removes the top few layers of dead skin cells making fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. It felt like I had "face planted on the beach" as my classmate put it. haha! It doesn't hurt (it can if it's turned up too high) and my skin does feel really nice! There are some contraindications for microderm, so be sure to talk to your doctor/ esthetician before choosing this treatment.

Remember that exfoliation helps reduce the appearance of pores (since oil expands the pores and makes them more noticable, exfoliation cleans them out.) but you can not actually shrink your pores! Your born with them and they are what they are.

Since we had to give and receive the treatment in a limited amount of time, we had to let our masks sit while giving the treatment to someone else. Hence why my face is white in both pictures. haha!

Ok. Moving on.

Here are a few interesting facts that I learned this week...

Did you know you can get ring worm from tanning beds?? Skin Cancer, Ring Worm, smelly tanning lotion VS. Pretty, Healthy, nice smelling Skin? Which will you choose??

Did you know you can get skin cancer on your lips?? Yup. WEAR SUNSCREEN!

Did you know you're not supposed to use cortizone cream over long periods of time? It's hormones and can be harmful. I still haven't learned a lot about this, so that's all I can share.

If you're looking for a relaxing day at the spa and not really looking to treat anything, a hot stone facial would be a great choice for you!

Dark Circles are usually caused by dehydration or they're hereditary. So if no one else in your family has them, try drinking more water. Actually- try eating more water. I know that sounds weird. But drinking water really just goes through you. When you eat your water (watermelon, celery, etc) you'll stay more hydrated.

When you are going to get something waxed- don't shower, swim, or sweat beforehand. Wet skin is softer than dry skin and it can tear!

and last but not least,

Over exfoliation and over massage can cause breakouts. You shouldn't be exfoliating daily. Twice a week is good if you're using a non-abrasive exfoliant. Once a week for more abrasive. If you're doing serious chemical peels, twice per month. haha!

Well, did you learn anything new??

(once again, I am new to esthetics. I may not have gotten everything right. If I have something wrong, please kindly tell me in the comments.)

Join Me?

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I try really hard to make sure each of my sponsors is happy, satisfied, and feel that their money was well spent. My ads are set to rotate EACH time the page is refreshed (something I recommend to all those who offer sponsorship) giving each sponsor equal time at the top of their size/ group.

I believe I will be changing the size of the ads for March, but I might not get to it. So you can check out my sponsor page HERE but know that a couple things could change (not pricing).

If you would like to sponsor Gentri Lee, please email me at gentrileeblog(at)gmail(dot)com. I would love to have you as part of my team!
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Rad Rag Designs and Little Penelope Lane

Hey guys!
Do you know Danielle who blogs over at Rad Rag Designs? Well, she has a LOVELY little shop (as I'm sure you saw if you entered the giveaway) and KINDLY sent me this beautiful Poppy Brooch.

I've worn it a couple of times now and always receive compliments on it.

Not only is it beautiful, but it's beautifully made! You can tell that there was lots of love put into it. :)

One of my favorite parts (that nobody but you really sees. But I love it all the same) is the cute tag on the back! I want to start a shop just so I can have cute tags! haha!
Thank you again, Danielle!! I love it!

I was also sent some adorable hair wraps from Sarah at Little Penelope Lane. They're each so cute and well made, plus I had so many people stop and ask where I got them!

I wanted to wear it a little differently than expected, so I tied it upside down and LOVED it!

My esthetics school BFF wanted to try them out too, so I brought one for her to wear.

There are so many different ways you could wear these, the possibilities are endless, really.

Thank you, Sarah! Love them all!

If you haven't yet, you should probably enter the Valentines Giveaway. It includes one of Danielle's pretty brooches as well as one of Sarah's cute hair wraps! Go go go!


A Valentine DIY

Some of you may have seen my guest post on Julie Ann Art's blog the other day. But if not, I thought I'd share it here. :)

My sister used to send us things like this all the time so when Julie asked me to share a DIY I knew just what I wanted to do! Did you know that you can fill a soda bottle with lots of goodies and ship it to someone?? :D Now you do and you're going to learn how. This doesn't just have to be a valentines thing, we used to get one at each Holiday!

You'll need:
2 liter Soda Bottle
Lots of small goodies
Packing Tape
Scissors or a knife (be careful!)
Paper of your choosing

Step 1: Clean your soda bottle
No one wants your sticky left overs. Yuck. So wash it well and be sure to get all of the label/ glue off of the bottle. I was a little impatient and couldn't wait for mine to dry completely. So I stuck a towel inside, shook it around, and it worked like a charm!

Step 2: Pick your goodies
I just went to the dollar section at target and filled my basket. I was sending this to a family that had two little boys- hence the super-hero-non-valentine-goodies.

Step 3: Cut your bottle
Using scissors or a knife (be safe, ok?) cut a vertical hole in your bottle. This is how you're going to get all the goodies inside! Secret- revealed!

Step 4: Fill your bottle
I started with the larger items since they take up the most space. Then I added the small filler items last. When it's all in there place a piece of packing tape over the slit to keep everything inside.

Step 5: Decorate
I wanted to cover what was in the bottle as much as possible and give it a little something extra. So I cut a piece of paper to fit (about 6 inches high) and taped it around the bottle. I also taped the shipping label in place. I then covered everything that had paper- in tape. This will be going through the mail. You don't want it getting beat up. I also placed the lid back on tightly and taped it just to be safe.

Step 6: Ship
Take it to your local post office and it's on it's way! Some lucky person is getting a very fun package in the mail!!

P.S. Be sure to check back tomorrow morning for a Valentine- just for you!

Blogger of the Week: Lovely Little Rants

Hey guys!!
Today we have the guest post from this week's Blog of the Week- Candace. She blogs over at Lovely Little Rants and I've even had the great pleasure of meeting her in person! It was a very random meeting. We both happened to be at the same theater for the midnight showing of Breaking Dawn so we met up for a minute, chatted, and basically became BFF's. haha! She's super cute and even does blog design for awesome prices! Read, enjoy, then hop over to her blog to say "Hi"!


Hey there! My name is Candace and it is a pleasure to be blog of the week! I blog over at Lovely Little Rants {the name speaks for itself} Anyways, there are some things you should probably know about me.

A. I'm a belieber. and proud.... and 20. haha

B. I'm slightly addicted to shopping. and when I say slightly, I mean very. and it's a bittersweet habit. Sweet for me. Bitter for my bank account.

C. I love to blog about the great, the awesome, and the embarrassing, so whenever you're in for a good laugh at someone else's embarrassing stories, I promise to never let you down.

So there you have it! Just 2 more tid bits of information for you to soak in, I run a little shop on etsy called Peace Republic Clothing where I make pretty headbands and floral things.

Also, I do some blog design on the side for very reasonable prices because it's basically the best hobby I've ever had! Anyways, happy shopping and have a pretty day!



See? She's awesome. :) Now go give her some love!

P.S. I have an awesome Valentines Present for you! So be sure to check back tomorrow! <3


Past Headers

(I feel a little silly saying that. Hey guys is more me...)

Hey guys!

So a few bloggers have been sharing their past blog headers. I don't have a ton still saved and I used to just use the free ones from different design sites and add my name to them. These are the 3 I still have/ made myself.

I used to change my headers all the time. Usually with the seasons/ holidays. I also knew nothing about blogging.

But this was my header for a while. Up until I had my blog professionally designed. Some of you may still remember it. (very few of you)

And then there's this one. Obviously you're here, so you've seen it. haha! It was designed by Lula from Lulapalooza. As was the rest of my blog. She always does a great job!
I've been thinking about giving my blog an update. What do you think?

In other news...

As many of you know, GFC is going away for NON- Blogger Blogs. What that means for those who don't blog through blogger, I don't know exactly (will you still be able to follow via GFC?).

But if you would like another way to stay connected with Gentri Lee (just in case) you can find me on Bloglovin', Facebook, and Google+.
(also instagram and Pinterest but you don't really get blog updates that way.)

Have a great Sunday!!
Be sure to check back on Valentines Day for a group giveaway from my sponsors!!


Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 3

It seems like you guys really like these posts. Last weeks esthetics post received double the views my normal posts do. haha! I guess that means I should keep them up? Ok. :) It's nice because I write these the night before my weekly test and it helps me remember everything. So, thanks friends!! haha!

This week we learned about extractions. I'm sure a lot of you know this, but I thought I'd just reiterate it. People always say don't pop your zits, you'll just make it worse. And they're right, to an extent. You can pop zits, black heads only, and only when they're ready. DON'T pop the ones that are under the skin and hurt. I know they drive you crazy, but don't do it. Wanna know why? Remember this:

If it's not exploding out, it's imploding in!

That means that all the junk you're trying to get out of your face is just spreading to the inside. Nasty and not fun. You can pop black heads. Simply pull the skin tight and then push firmly from the sides. (pull out, then push in)

Another thing about zits is that oil does not cause zits. Bacteria causes zits. (people with dry skin get acne too!) So if your hands are dirty- don't touch your face! If you just put lotion on- don't touch your face! Hormones also cause zits. If you are having breakouts on your chin and around your mouth- it's hormonal. (pregnancy, PMS, etc) Dirty makeup brushes can cause acne, wash them at least weekly. Also, diet can affect your acne. Obviously.

They can't shrink. Sorry. But you CAN minimize the appearance of pores. That usually takes an esthetician, but it can be done. Oil is what makes your pores appear large. Hence why those with oily skin always think they have such larger pores. It's because the oil is expanding them. But with the help of an esthetician they can, over time, reduce the oil produced which in turn, minimizes the appearance of pores. :)

Healing Time-
Did you know that babies get a new top layer of skin every 14 days? That's why they have such perfect skin and it heals quickly. For those in their teens and twenties it takes 21- 28 days and for those 30 and up it takes 28-40 (probably more as you get closer to age 60). Take care of your skin!

Cellulite is not a fat disorder. It is a skin disorder. Crazy huh?? That's why even skinny people get it. They are created from toxins (all you soda pop drinkers...). It's not proven, but high frequency treatment has been known to reduce cellulite. I'm not saying go do it, but you can try it. :)

Did you know that rubbing your belly COUNTER clockwise can mess with your digestive system?? Crazy , right?! I think it has to be pretty firm rubbing, but still! Maybe you could even try rubbing it clockwise to improve digestion?? Try it! (that last part is totally my own thought. Don't go saying it's proven or anything.)

I hope you learned something new and that I got everything right. haha! I have my books and notes sitting right here, so it should be. But if not, feel free to kindly let me know. :)

Happy Friday! And remember to wear lots of sunscreen!!!
(Yes, even though it's winter. Yes, even though it's cloudy. Yes, even though your covered in clothing head to toe!)


Looking Up

(like that?? haha!)

Everytime I walk, hike, or run I find that I am looking at the ground. Mostly so I don't trip on anything. Well the other day as I was standing on the beautiful red rock, looking down over the view, I took a second to look up. I was suddenly overwhelmed and dizzy. But I had to do it again... So I raised my head and opened my eyes. I felt like I had to steady myself so I wouldn't fall over, or worse, off the cliff. All I could see was sky. And I felt like I was flying.

Have you ever done that? Lifted your head so all you could see was the sky? I felt like a little kid again. Where you do something so much you feel like you might throw up. haha!

Thanks to my cousin, I was able to get a picture of that moment. The sun warming my face, the vast expanse of the sky, the wispy clouds slowly moving with the breeze.

And then yesterday I read THIS post from Katie. I thought to myself- I know exactly what she's talking about! Her words are beautiful, but here's my version... I know this might not make sense to everyone, but this is what I got from that moment when I stood on those rocks and let the sky fill my view.

I spend a lot of my life looking down. Looking at the current path I am on, making sure I won't trip, and that the path is safe. But what could I be missing by keeping my eyes on the ground? Answer- So much! Lately as I've taken this big leap of faith to move to a new place, start a new adventure, I've been reminded to look up. I remember that I'm not in charge and that sometimes it's ok to not know what your next step is going to be, to let it all fall into God's hands. It will probably be the best decision you'll make in a while.

"But when you look up... There isn't just one path any more; only infinite sky and your soul with wings. So look up more. Up is Hope. Up is Light. Up is Happiness." -Katie, Running on Happiness


Suitcase Makeover

Hey guys!
(I need to come up with a new welcome... Howdy? Hey Ya'all? Greetings? Hello? Welcome? Salutations?)

Today I'm going to share with you my suitcase makeover. Ok, so I only made over the inside, and I still plan on doing more to it. BUT I thought I'd show you all the same. So enjoy this un-finished, half project. haha!

As you can see in the "Step 1" picture (below), this suitcase's inards were not pretty. Unless by pretty you mean pretty gross. I couldn't stand it anymore, so I just tore it all out.

Step 1- tear everything out. If you want to make a pattern out of the backing that is already inside- go for it. Mine was so torn up and complicated that I just threw it all out.

Step 2- Sand (if it's a wood suitcase), clean, and remove all rusted hardware. Yours might be in better condition than mine was. But I'd still start as fresh as possible. You don't know where they've been.

Step 2.5- (no picture) Measure the inside of your suitcase and cut fabric and batting to fit.

Step 3- I contemplated many ways to do this and in the end decided the trusty hot glue gun would be my best option. I laid the fabric and batting in the suitcase and glued the center and base first. Then I moved to the walls of the suitcase. I folded the top edges over and glued them so it gave me a folded edge. It left me with a nice, crisp, fluffy edge. I did that on each straight edge and folded the corners in on themselves as I went.

Step 4- I had enough fabric left over for a pillow. It's just a basic square pillow with a strip of fabric tacked on and tied in a knot.
What do you think??
Now I'm not worried about touching the inside, or embarrassed about leaving it open and spilling over with blankets! Plus the makeover got rid of that old, musty, grandma smell. haha!

I hope you enjoyed and that it made sense! I know I'm no good at these tutorials. I never have patience for "during" photos. :P

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