Friday, January 31, 2014

Going RED❤️

Today starts the Go RED challenge! What will you be doing to go red?! 
I sported some red lips and my new favorite tee from my boutique Orange Blossom Gals! This next week is all about raising awareness and helping women learn the facts! So like and share this blog post with all your friends and encourage them to do the same! Remember that seersucker sass and I are challengeing you all to a go RED photo contest with the chance to win a new spring piece from Orange Blossom Gals! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and start going RED!!❤️ 

P.S.: make sure to follow me on Instagram @politicspearlsandmonograms  and tag me in any go red photos!! As well as keep up to date on all things Politics Pearls and Monograms! 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Flash back Friday.. Nationals here they come❤️

Wow it's crazy to think a year ago today I was boarding the bus for my last time to go compete at the ESPN wide world of sports and today I'm jumping in the car with my mom to go cheer on my favorite group of girls as they take their turn at the national title! I have talked about dance a few times before on my blog and even wrote about how dance brought me closer to God. In all honesty though dance did amazing things for me especially in the last 7 years. I have gained countless sisters, made millions of memories, and helped build a legacy that will never be forgotten! I thank God everyday for the experience I was given and pray others can enjoy and have the same experience I did!

   Today for the first time ever I am a fan to so many girls that I have danced with for a very long time. Today I get to cheer on one of the sweetest, smartest, and most wittiest girls ever. My baby sister. I honestly can't put into words how proud I am of her strength this past year! She will forever be my favorite little dancer. 

   I am so proud of all the accomplishments that were made this year! This was a year of growing and learning. As those girls take the stage this weekend I hope they channel all those emotions they have been feeling these past couple weeks and that they reflect on their journey this past year and come out with something to prove! For a few of them it will be their last time to take the floor and their last time to make their mark. I pray for them that they leave every ounce of their being out on that floor cause trust me in a year from now you will miss those girls who drove you crazy all the time everyday! Not a day goes by I wouldn't give anything to be back with all my sisters! 

   So here's to this years girls! Go out and make that stage yours "light em up," with your smiles and your passion leaving nothing behind! I wish you all the best and I can't wait to be there cheering you on!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Politics Pearls and Monograms & Seersucker Sass Go RED for Womencollobrative post..

Politics Pearls and Monograms & Seersucker Sass Go RED for Women 

Hello beautiful ladies from PPM and SS!  We are so excited to be partnering up again for such an awesome cause! This year on February 7th we will be going RED for National Wear Red day to help raise awareness for heart disease in women.  Heart disease is the number one killer in women, so as fellow strong independent women, why not take a stand and help raise awareness? Especially when raising awareness can be done simply by sporting a fab red outfit! 
Why is heart disease such a huge issue? Heart disease is the number one killer in women.  Despite that statistic, only 1 in 5 believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat!  The scariest thing?  Women are less likely to dial 9-1-1 when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack themselves.  (I know this one is true from personal experience.  An undiagnosed caffeine allergy led me to have stroke-like symptoms (!!!!) and I went on about my business.  It's better to have a false alarm than to die, y'all!)

Look at Amy Heinl,  an avid marathon runner and fitness devotee. Heart disease was the furthest thing from her mind – until she collapsed during an early-morning workout. A diagnosis of heart disease followed, and it took her completely by surprise.

“I really couldn’t believe this happened to me,” Amy says. “I thought of myself as a healthy person, and I was exercising when it happened. I truly believed I had pulled a muscle.” Which is why her friend called 9-1-1, not Amy.

Here are more unsettling facts:

  • 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

  • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.

  • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood.

  • While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease - approximately one death a minute!

What causes heart disease?

Heart disease affects the blood vessels and cardiovascular system. Numerous problems can result from this, many of which are related to a process called atherosclerosis, a condition that develops when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot forms, it can stop the blood flow. This can cause a heart attack or stroke.

But it doesn’t end there. Heart disease can take many other forms as well:

  • Heart failure or congestive heart failure, which means that the heart is still working, but it isn’t pumping blood as well as it should, or getting enough oxygen.

  • Arrhythmia or an abnormal rhythm of the heart, which means the heart is either beating too fast, too slow or irregularly. This can affect how well the heart is functioning and whether or not the heart is able to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.

  • Heart valve problems can lead to the heart not opening enough to allow proper blood flow. Sometimes the heart valves don’t close and blood leaks through, or the valve leaflets bulge or prolapse into the upper chamber, causing blood to flow backward through them.

How can I prevent it?

Many things can put you at risk for these problems.  But the key takeaway is that with the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended.

Studies show that healthy choices have resulted in 330 fewer women dying from heart disease per day. Here are a few lifestyle changes to consider:


So now that we have shared the facts, it’s time to get to work! So from February 1 to February 7, we are challenging all you beautiful ladies to Go Red and share your photos with us.  February 7 is National Wear Red Day, and we want to help raise awareness! 
You can send your photos to our emails { &} twitter {@seersuckersass}, or instagram {@seersuckersass or @politicspearlsandmonograms} so that we can make sure we see them! 
The even more exciting part is that at the end of the challenge we will be choosing our favorite Go Red Challenge photo to receive an awesome prize from Orange Blossom Gals, the awesome boutique that  Politics Pearls and Monograms owns!  Again the challenge begins Feb 1st and will continue till Friday Feb 7th so get ready to go RED and check back Saturday for the start of the challenge.

Lots of love,
 Politics, Pearls, and Monograms & Seersucker Sass

And for proverbs day 5 I leave you with.. "My son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight," have a great Thursday! 

State of the Union and Proverbs day 4..

   Happy hump day y'all!! Get excited cause this means we have made it half way through the week and for most only have two more days but for the lucky like me only 1 more day and then a three day weekend! I was smart when scheduling my classes and work schedule and made sure I got Fridays off, and not only do I not have work on Friday I got today off for a Florida Snow day. Who would have thought!  Anyways though get excited cause today is my first political post! I warn you now I am as I said before in my bio a conservative young women. I am open to others thoughts and opinions and try my hardest not to offend anyone but I am conservative in my thoughts and opinions. So you can already probably guess my opinion on the President and his administration but this is not a post to bash the President this is a post to recap the State of The Union and share my own opinion on what was said.
   In last years address the President promised some very ambitious goals including, immigration reform, gun control, and action on climate change. Though many of these things don't look to be changing there are many hopes to see some new opportunities for bipartisanship solutions for some pressing national problems this year. Bipartisan legislation as been brought to congress that looks to establish a fund that will help rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure and help spur the economic growth allowing the creation of more jobs for Americans. The most promising opportunity to come from the administration will be the reform on the corporate tax-reform which has received much bipartisan support. The big thing in my personal opinion to hope to see is honestly the bipartisan. For so long now we have watched republicans and democrats argue and drag each other through the mud well and really not achieve much. So lets hope that this year in 2014 we see change.
   I start off by giving props to President Obama and his speech writing staff because there is no argument there that they always produce an amazing piece. In all honesty President Obama made some very powerful and to me moving statements such as, "Tonight this chamber speaks with one voice to the people we represent: It is you, our citizens who make the state of our union strong.", and "Now-- opportunity is who we are. And the defining project of our generation must be to restore that promise." Though strong powerful statements were made no new ideas were really proposed Tuesday night during the Presidents address.
   The President speaks of optimism and opportunity for Americans but proposes no new ideas. Our only hope here can be that this means he finally going to get to work on the things he has been promising for so long. Throughout the speech he calls upon congress and bipartisanship which is something that I personally feel is essential to American politics in this coming year. As a voter I don't know about you but I find it ridiculous that for 16 days the republican party had to throw a fit to try and get what they wanted from the democratic party, and that democrats bought in to the behavior. I'm sorry I don't pay my taxes as little as those may be for you to go running around crying that you are not getting your way. So I did agree with President Obama when he questioned congress about whether they were ready to help or hinder that process this coming congressional year. Though the President made some strong statements about bipartisan he then came out with If congress is not willing to work with me to reach the goal I will come over with my executive power. Which when reading some statements from Fox News I have to agree with Rep Rand Paul when he says that this came across as a, "my way or the highway approach." Along with bipartisan the President speaks about preparing Americans for the workforce. He mentions that he has called upon our Vice President to make sure that he gets to work reforming America's training programs to have one mission and goal in mind and that being GET AMERICANS TO WORK!! The President also looks to undo basic research cuts in the coming year to start getting ahead in the U.S for technology along with wanting to see more, "made in the USA," stamps. So lets hope this year we finally see some big things happen for America.
 As quoted from a Fox News article, " As Winston Churchill might say, the challenge for the President Tuesday night will be to dispel the notion that it is not the beginning of the end of his presidency but merely the end of the beginning of his second term."So here it to optimism and hoping for great things politically this year! Lets pray that this truly is a "year of action," from this administration and congress. I am ready to see America revived and getting back to work.
   To wrap up this lovely hump day I leave you with the 4th day of Proverbs! "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Proverbs 4:23.. Happy Hump day and get excited for Thursdays post!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Inspiration post❤️

I have absolutely adored this blogging experience since day one! I love sharing with you my faith, favorite foods and so much more! I have been feeling so happy and inspired lately I thought I would share with you some of the things that's inspire me✌️

Jackie O is one of the most classic fashion icons to me ever! She is a women of strength, courage, and integrity. Though much fuss surrounded her and her family during their stay at the White House and their life was publisized often Jackie O lived with such class and ease. One of my favorite books I have is called, "What would Jackie do," it is a book all about scenarios and how Jackie would have handles them! It's one of my all time favorites! 

Anther new inspiration to me is Mrs. Ann Romney! Being the political nerd that I am came home yesterday for lunch and curled up to watch Mitt on Netflix. I always had loved the Romney family before for their dedication to their faith and family but after watching I really have grown to love Mrs. Romney. Throughout both campaigns and most of their married lives Ann has been the voice of reason. She was the rock to their relationship she built a home with a man she loves and raised a family with her lifetime partner that is continually growing. She also has an illness that very few know about. Ann was diagnosed with MS and they say you would never know that because she takes care of herself and her disease and looks for no pitty or attention. She is another very classy and inspirational woman to me. I look forward to purchasing her most recent cook book that shares many family favorite recipes and stories of the Romney family.

There are so many other people I find inspiring as well I only highlighted a few but the others include  such as Oprah, Courtney Kerr, Tim Tebow, The robertson Family, and my grandfather❤️ 

Along with people I have songs that inspire me! These are songs that simply just uplift me when I'm having a down moment whether it be a relationship, school, work, or whatever else could be making me feel down these are some of my go to jam session songs.. 

Happy: Pharell Williams
Try a little tenderness: Otis Redding

Murder: Justin Timerlake with Jay Z
I was here: Beyoncé
   These are just a few songs I don't want to post them all but these songs in some way help me either inspire, make me feel better, and just get me pumped about something.
  Another thing I want to share with you that is a new found love of mine is Kid President! This little kid has one of the most inspiring little voices right now in "Murica," he is travelling the country meeting with people and raising awareness for different causes. I love his free spirit and his ever so humble and servant heart I am sharing with you a few of my favorite little videos of his!

This first video is the behind the scenes of how Kid President was created! Then below I posted two of his video I find very affective!

 This is a pep talk with Kid President

20 things we should say more

And the last things I will leave you with are some inspiring quotes to me! Some are bible verses and some are just quotes!

- Being thankful is more than saying thank you, I have to show it! 

- If the dreams that you have don't scare you just a little bit, then you are not dreaming big enough✌️

- "Turning your ear to wisom and applying your heart to understanding," Proverbs 2:2

So there are a couple of my inspirational things that I hope you enjoy!! I will wrap this post up with my Proverbs day 3! Today I chose two verses I found that really spoke to me.. "Trust The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5 and "The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame." Proverbs 3:35.. Well I hope you have enjoyed today's post and I am super excited to be sharing some exciting stuff with you in the next coming days.. Happy Tuesday and have a great day❤️

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Man Crush Monday and Proverbs Day 2..

Yay it's Monday the start to a great week lets all get excited! Who else enjoyed watching the 56th annual Grammy's? Can you say amazefest!! Anyways back to the fact that it's Monday a.k.a Man Crush Monday. This week my man crush Monday is Mr. Tim Tebow himself. Not only for is gorgeous looks but for his love and following of Christ. People can say what they want about him but Tebow has done many great things and has so many great things to come from him!
  My favorite story of Tebow is from when he played football for my personal favorites The Florida Gators! In the 2009 Championship game he wore the verse John 3:16 on his eye black. During and after the game over 92 million people googled to look up the verse written on Tebows eye black. This means over 92 million people heard the Gospel all because one man took a stand for what he believed in. In case you have never looked up the verse of John 3:16 it is, " For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." I LOVE LOVE LOVE this verse!! Tebow's Godly actions though are what makes hime my Man Crush Monday!  Who is your man crush monday? I would love for you gals to share!

Proverbs Day 2: So along with my man crush monday I woke up this morning to read the second chapter of Proverbs! I hope you remember to stop for a moment and read it as well. I want to share with you again my favorite verse from this chapter. "Turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding.." Proverbs 2:2! Again I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday and I look forward to the rest of this great week!

31 Days of Proverbs and my weekend wrap up!

T  I love Sunday evenings. I know that sounds crazy but my Sunday evenings usually always are my time of reflection for the past week. Sunday evenings are my times to get reorganized and focused for what I have that coming week. I especially love Sunday's at home because that means a good home cooked meal and church with my family.
  Today's post inspiration comes from my church service this morning. My church is currently in a series called "Fight For It." It's a series dedicated about fighting for relationships with family, marriages, and friends etc. Today though my pastor was ministering the message and he talked a lot about Proverbs saying how much he truly enjoyed the book of proverbs and that if there was anything he could ask of us today that it be for the next 31 days we read the book of Proverbs, he mentioned that for anyone new to reading the bible and not sure of where to start this was a great place,me just wanting to have one book to focus on and really learn about at the moment I find this to be a great idea and want to share with you all! I hope that you find focus in this book and share your thoughts and opinions with me as well!  I wanted to share with you my favorite verse from Proverbs 1. "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction," Proverbs 1:7... Along with my favorite verse I wanted to share with you my favorite worship song for this week. Usually each week I pick one song that whenever I am having a rough moment or just need to hear something positive and uplifting I turn to that song so this week I went with Hillsong Uniteds GO! I hope you enjoy as much as I do:)
Along with my relaxing Sunday I spent the weekend having a great time with loved ones. on Saturday I spent most od the day with my adorable cousins Kayla and Miranda along with my friend Alexa working on photo's for my spring line of goodies for Orange Blossom Gals.
 Here are some of the fun photos we took!

Then to finish our night of we spent a lovely evening at one of my favorite places Eaton's Beach for dinner followed by an awesome movie night with one of my favorites Lilo and Stitch! I always love a great weekend home with family! I hope that everyone else had just as awesome of a weekend with their loved ones or friends as well and I wish everyone a happy Monday tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Everlasting Love..

Hey ya'll hope everyone had a great weekend and even better Martin Luther King day. I am so excited that I was able to get to share a guest post with fellow blogger Seersucker Sass! I was honored in joining her in sharing my story with God and my journey of finding my relationship with Him. I am also going to share it here on my blog in case you weren't able to find it on hers. This piece means a lot to me and I love getting to share it with you all! Thank you again for many of yours continued support and keep posted for my other blog post!

 Everlasting Love
            Let me start with commending Seersucker Sass on this amazing idea of starting a blog series about God. So many people claim to be Christians, but the truth is being a Christian is more than just saying the word. It’s about waking up each and every day, spreading The Lord's word and all his amazing graces through your actions. I am so excited to share my relationship with God, and I hope that through my stories and experiences, along with the other ladies who appear in the series, we can help other young women find their relationship with him as well.
            When I first sat down to write this blog, I consulted with many individuals, having them read and re-read drafts, probably driving most of them crazy when they saw my email in their inbox, but I want to thank them all dearly for their countless words of encouragement and helping me clearly express all that I wanted to share. I am most gracious to one person in particular that really set out some clear ideas for me. She shared with me that even though many people will not understand the magnitude of my sport, at some point in each person’s life they have felt lonely. Most girls have watched parents, friends, siblings, and social figures such as the Kardashians fill that void with things other than God. Girls my age don’t need to spend the next two decades searching for people, lifestyles, and things to fill this void so that they wake up one day with a broken marriage, wayward children, and in search of the next drink. The decision to follow and love Christ can be made today. I found that decision after leaving behind seven amazing years dedicated to a team that I would give everything to be back with. Dance is what held me accountable in high school, and for that I am ever so thankful for the amazing program I was blessed to be a part of. Dance was my void I was searching to fill when I graduated.  I was a part of a team that when you weren’t there fifteen minutes early your phone rang off the hook with half the team trying to locate you.  I knew that every Friday evening and Saturday morning there was a group of 22 sisters waiting to accomplish the same goal as me, and I knew that whenever I fell of the path, those same 22 sisters would be there to get me back on track. So to one day wake up and no longer have that was one of the scariest moments for me. I feel that  God has blessed me with the opportunity to share my story with you all and I feel honored that he has put his trust in me.
            A little background on who I am before I get started sharing, because I think that’s what makes each story special and important - to know a little bit about the person sharing. My name is Morgan, but most call me Moe. I am 18 years old living what I think is possibly one of the coolest college experiences ever. In my first semester of college, I started an online clothing accessory boutique called Orange Blossom Gals, got a job being the ball girl for the Florida Lottery, scored an internship for this spring with a senator, and made so many other awesome college memories... and my journey has only just begin! My major is communications and political science because {call me crazy} but my hope is to be the first female President of this great country I call home. Being a communications major and a lover of all social media outlets, I thought it was time to learn to blog, which is where my personal blog “Politics, Pearls, and Monograms” came from! I am so honored to be partnering with Seersucker Sass and guest blogging with her and others on a topic that I am so passionate about. So now that you know a little about me here we go…..
            My relationship with God has not always been as strong as it is today, and I am strong enough to admit that. I would say that the biggest growth for my relationship would be throughout my senior year of high school. Your senior year is one of the most stressful years of school in a healthy way. Your senior year is the end to any sports teams, clubs, etc., that you dedicated the last four years of your life to, and sometimes that can be hard to handle. For me, I panicked at the thought of no longer being a member of my schools competitive dance team. So I started doing a lot of soul searching. I know that sounds cliché, but to me, I loved staying busy.  I am a passionate person, so I loved having that one thing to just pour my heart into.
I dabbled in diy projects, reading, and cooking. These activities just never seemed to find my full passion like dance had. A few weeks to the closing of dance, the church I had been going to announced that they would be opening another campus right down the road from me on the lake. My dad had been asked through a family friend to come join him and his wife, so as a family we went. Immediately I fell in love. It was a place of passionate followers of Christ who stood with open arms spreading His word. Each week I took my message notes home and would re-read them periodically throughout the week reminding myself of the message but I was in search of more. I started researching on devotionals and other books to learn more of his word. I became hooked on a series called God’s Girl, and for my first week of college, my parents surprised me with God’s Girl, God’s Girl Devotionals, and my very own leather bound college student bible. Each day I spend at least 15 minutes in one of the books reading about his word. Along with that, I was still able to watch the service via web on weekends that I couldn’t be home, which to me is the coolest thing ever!  A couple of weeks into college, I started wondering what I could do to take my passion for my faith to the next level.
Like I mentioned before, I am a communications major and a lover of all things social media. (My love for social media tends to get me in trouble sometimes, but I am just so intrigued at the impact social media has to society!) I shared verses through my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but I wanted to share more.  Most people pass up a Facebook post that is more than a couple sentences long, and I had a lot to say. So I turned to blogging!  This was something new to me, but like anything else I was eager to try it out! By starting my blog and featuring many posts about my relationship with God, I started to realize many things about myself and the world around me!
When Seersucker Sass mentioned to me her idea about this blog series, she talked about feeling like God had laid the words on her, “begin each day with a grateful heart,” and I can remember the day I had that same very feeling. I was home for the Thanksgiving break and attending church with my family. Our Pastor challenged us to not complain for the rest of the year. He said, “for this next month, that’s only four weeks, I challenge you not to complain about the things in your life, because there are people out there that have it worse.” I listened to that message, and I realized there is a lot of truth to that statement! So my holiday break went, on and the day after Thanksgiving came, which in my house hold is Christmas Decoration Day.  Let me tell you, we have some of the most beautiful decorations! The most prized of them all is our 12 foot Christmas tree. My father and I begin connecting pieces and testing lights, only to find ourselves frustrated - there were sections without lights and parts of the tree didn’t look as full. We played with the idea of getting a new tree when trees starting going on sale, because dealing with this tree was getting old.  All of a sudden, my dad stopped, looked at the tree and said, “You know some people aren’t even fortunate to have a Christmas, let alone a tree.  I not only have a tree, but I have a family to share these memories with, a roof over my head, clothes on my back, food on my table, and a little money in the bank.” I stopped to soak in what my dad had said.  His words were so true. So many of us have so much fortune that we discount every day. I now look at each day and find the blessings in each moment more than I ever have, because in that day God reached down on my family to show us that we were blessed more than we knew.
            I hope my blog post, along with all the other lovely ladies, inspires you to take that leap to the next level in your faith. Again I am so honored that Seersucker Sass allowed me to guest blog with her, and I look forward to more opportunities of partnering up. I also hope that you go follow my blog - Politics,Pearls, and Monograms. Thank you again for reading!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Living out my little girl fairy tale❤️

So it's every little girls dream to own their own store and get to play with fun fashion everyday! Well luckily my parents have allowed me the opportunity to do just that with my online boutique! Right now I am working on putting together my spring collection of items❤️ I wanted to post some products and receive some feedback on what you would like the most!! 

The best part about my retail boutique is I offer affordable fashion every item you see here I could offer at less than $30 an item! So leave feedback either here or Facebook on which products you would love to see!  I look forward to hearing from you❤️