I'll put my future in you,

Thursday, June 30, 2016
I'm pretty minimalistic when it comes to jewelry - I think I've said that before on my blog - so I usually only wear my wedding and engagement rings, sometimes a simple necklace, and that's usually it. But then I came across Toni Rae Creations on Etsy and fell in love with her personalized rings. Toni made and sent me a ring with mine and Dustin's initials on it with a heart in the middle and it's absolutely adorable. Now you have a chance to win your very own and she and I are both very excited about it! (dl = dustin lee, cl = cara lynn)


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And don't forget to enter to win your very own kimono cardigan here!
Good luck!


My head is an animal,

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
I guess my blog is becoming sort of a giveaway blog as of late, and I don't see that changing anytime soon because I have a ton of goodies coming atcha. Like today, I have this amazing kimono cardigan to show off that I am in LOVE with, and I know you will be too. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below! Follow LOVEIN on Instagram @shoplovein, favorite their Etsy shop (new items added every week!), and they offer 5% off everything - just use code LOVEIN718 - offer expires July 31st - no minimum, can be used repeatedly. Oh, and don't forget to favorite 5 items in their Etsy shop for more entries! Good luck!


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Fill my lungs with the sweet summer air,

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Lately my blog has been taken over by giveaway posts - which I don't necessarily apologize for, especially because a bunch more will be happening (I guess it's the summer of giveaways at The Marvelous Flight of Cara!), but I haven't been doing much of actual updating, which I DO apologize for.

Shakeology has been going well, but unfortunately I don't notice much of a difference in my pain level, or my energy level, and it's been over two weeks, so I'm pretty discouraged. But, I'm excited to try Relief by ItWorks and see how that affects my pain levels, so I'll keep you posted on that. Still tapering off my pain meds which has been difficult, but Dustin and I are going to the Vancouver temple tomorrow, and then again next Saturday, July 9th (for something super meaningful to me) which I know will change a lot of things and help me even more than my meds are, so I look forward to what Heavenly Father has in store.

As far as music goes - I was in a HUGE slump for a few years... yes, years, but I finally reached out to a music guru whom I trust and she gave me some advice, and then I wisely downloaded Soundcloud which has really helped me in the area of music as well, especially since making a Sleeping at Last station. So now I can't get enough.

Dustin and I are doing really well - having fun and falling more in love. He's my best friend and he makes me better. He brings out the best of me, a part of me I've never seen.


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Trucker Hats & Pen Pals

Friday, June 24, 2016
When I got married, I became obsessed with the idea of being a wifey. It may seem silly, but I love the label, and I think it's adorable - I enjoy being a wife and I think it's cute to wear clothing or jewelry items that say so on them. So, when I found Bleacher Kouture's trucker hat with gold glitter and a DIAMOND outline, I fell in love. Now I can't stop wearing the hat - to the pool, the grocery store, around the house - it fits so well.


Now's your chance to win one of your own!
There are two chances to win, so be sure to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Visit Bleacher Kouture's Etsy shop and let me know what you would choose if you won!

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Along with such an adorable hat, you have ANOTHER chance to win some gorgeous personalized stationery. This time it comes with your monogram on it! This is the first thing I've owned with my new initials on it and I love it, and my very first monogram I've ever owned. You can win your very own set of personalized stationery with your monogram on it, and you get to choose the envelope color as well as the ink color. I chose mint green envelopes and purple ink! Good luck!


Be sure to Like I Design That on Facebook and enter with the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Hooray for Chocolate!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
What treat is better than chocolate? Truly? It's rich, delicious, decadent, melts in your mouth - it's the perfect delight. But I've gone sugar-free, and chocolate without aspartame or any other sugar replacement is very difficult to find, so when I found Hooray Truffles, I was really excited! Besides being vegan, their truffles are fruit-sweetened, not needing any sugars of any other kind to make them sweet! And the things are delicious, let me tell you.

I was sent a box of the amazing Black Cherry Balsamic truffles.


Now, if you're in CANADA - you have a chance to win your very own box of truffles as well! Your choice of flavors! You must follow me on Instagram and favorite Hooray Truffles on Etsy! Good luck!

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Summertime Wishes

Monday, June 20, 2016
Happy first day of summer!
Since it's the first day of summer, I figured I'd do a summertime wishlist post, including all the things I'd love to have with me by the beach, by the pool, or at home this summer.
What's on your summertime wishlist this year?

Summertime Wishes 2016

To have clear skin ready to tan!

Some new shoes to exercise in.

This or this to cozy up in around the fire or by the lake.

This to swim and tan in.

This to remind me of home.

These gorgeous sandals to wear with dresses.

Date night outfit.

To help me stay hydrated.

To wear on date night because who doesn't want something from Tiffany's?

Happy Summer!


Skincare & Father's Day

Saturday, June 18, 2016
As I'm sitting here this morning on the couch, drinking my chocolate Shakeology, it's cloudy outside - which is gorgeous - and I'm frustrated. Frustrated with my skin - and I wonder - if you have acne, what do you use to clear it up? Of course I want to use something like Rodan and Fields but c'mon, $171 for an entire regimen? We can't afford that right now, so give me some advice for something I can get at the drugstore - and not Target because we don't have those up in Canada (a true travesty, I know - and there's no sarcasm in that, I truly am heartbroken. I left many things behind in California, not least of which is Target).

On the plus side, I have a new *domain*! Marvelouscara.ca! I'm so excited and I'm still trying to link everything up as I just purchased it yesterday, and it takes a few days for everything to settle - so please let me know if it's all working in Bloglovin' and everything. But I know you're all as excited as I am!

Thank you for entering the awesome stationery giveaway from Find a Penny! There are nine more hours left so be sure to go to this post and enter here!

Since tomorrow is Father's Day, Happy Father's Day, Daddy! Love you!




Thursday, June 16, 2016
Happy Thursday! How is everyone? Dustin didn't have to work today so we got to spend the day together driving around Kelowna. It was a gorgeous sunshine-y day! We visited a dear friend in the hospital , bought a homeless man lunch, prayed together a lot, and had tacos for dinner! Now I'm just watching some Full House while he rests! I thought I'd update you all on a simple "Currently" post, so enjoy! What's new in your life? What have you been up to lately?


Watching: Full House.

Reading: More Than the Tattooed Mormon by Al Fox Carrway.

Eating: Cherries! Lots of cherries.

Drinking: My yummy Shakeology on the daily.

Loving: This shirt, these leggings, and this sweatshirt.

Missing: The beaches of Oregon.

Giving Away: A set of gorgeous personalized stationery!



Find a Penny: A Giveaway

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Hello everyone! I have another giveaway for you!
The last giveaway was won by none other than my friend Aubrie. Congratulations, Aubrie!

This time, with Find a Penny Paper Co. , I'll be giving away a set of personalized stationery! I received mine just yesterday and let me tell you, it is GORGEOUS. You choose the color of envelopes you'd like and the color of ink you'd like for your name (which is written in calligraphy, I might add). I chose turquoise envelopes and pink ink. In my video below I accidentally said you receive ten pieces of each, but you actually receive twelve. Oops! Anyway, good luck!


Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Birdie's: A Giveaway!

Friday, June 10, 2016
Hello again! As promised I have my first giveaway for you of the season! It's a 4 oz. lotion scent of your choice from Birdie's Bath and Body! I received Cotton Candy because Dustin and I are both obsessed with the scent (and taste of the candy, but you can't eat this - so don't try) and this definitely delivers! So, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below - it's super simple - and Good Luck!

Movie on 2016-06-10 at 15.14 #2

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A Video Update!

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Enjoy the video and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Movie on 2016-06-09 at 15.46
Sorry about the stupid buzzing... I have a pretty old Macbook.


A Plan.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
As I prepare for my Shakeology to get here (I purchased it on Monday, get your butt here already!), my motivation for things have changed a bit. I'm eager to lose weight, to have more energy to become more fit, to work hard and become the woman I really want to become. I read somewhere that we were given three things in this life: a body, a mind, and a lifetime. And how we use of the first two impacts the length and happiness of the third. Well, I'm tired of not being in control of my body and allowing my cravings and such to control me.


I also read somewhere that a goal without a plan is just a wish, so, I need a plan. Besides the Shakeology, what else have I got? More walking, that's for sure. More fruit and veggies, I've been off sugar now for two and a half weeks!, so I'm on the right path! I want to focus on other things that make me happy as well! So, what are those things? My hubby of course, reading dystopian fiction, reading my scriptures, talking about the gospel, going out for sushi or pizza or wings, (not healthy - but a yummy cheat day!), oh - I'll have one cheat day a week which allows one treat.

Things I'm Doing to Better Myself
Read (the books I've already read in 2016 here)
Walk 4x a week
Eat more fruits and veggies often
Drink my Shakeology
Get on a consistent sleep schedule
Make new friends
Read my scriptures daily
Try and blog more

What are you doing to better yourself lately?