PLNT Burger Review


A couple weeks ago I had my very first mean from PLNT Burger!! I had never tried this place—or even ever heard of it—but for a dinner date one night, my boyfriend suggest this place and he's not a vegetarian so this meant a lot to me ❤️. 


To start off, I have to tell you what we ordered. I ordered the Spicy Chik N Funguy Sandwich and my boyfriend ordered the PLNT Cheeseburger. We also got an order of fries and an order of the bloomies (onion rings). Right away I was very impressed because the bag smelt divine! Even my boyfriend said the smell coming from the bag smelled like an actual burger. 


So here's the thing, I actually hate mushrooms, but the "chicken sandwich" is made with crispy fried oyster mushroom stems. I was very nervous, but the sauces and all of the ingredients combined made for a delicious bite. My boyfriend's PLNT Cheeseburger was made with Beyond Meat and the way they seasoned it—I swear it tasted like an actual burger. But what do I know? My boyfriend and I both agreed that this was a great meal and the fact that it was vegetarians as shocking. I will say that it was difficult to eat though! I would take one bite and everything would fall out of the sandwich. But besides the fact that it was messy, I have to give PLNT Burger a 10/10. Will be eating there again.

Q&A With DIY TikTok Star Lexi DIY


Lexi Combs has become a viral DIY TikTok star in a little less than a year. During the 2020 quarantine–while also planning her dream wedding–Lexi shared how she was able to DIY most of her wedding, Christmas decor and so much more online. I'm not only honored to share Lexi's story because she's extremely creative and talented, but because I've known Lexi since high school! I love seeing old friends and people from my home town succeed in their passions. Lexi is the sweetest person and I'm so thrilled to share her story with you today.


Q&A With DIY TikTok Star Lexi DIY


Tell us a bit about yourself. 

My name is Lexi and I am a full-time DIY content creator! I am 26 and married to the love of my life Dustin! We have 3 crazy dogs, Penelope, Oliver and Kali! I enjoy wine, shopping and watching a lot of HGTV! (side note: Oliver is a great dog name, I would know ๐Ÿ˜‰).


How did you get into the DIY world?


I got into the DIY world when I posted my DIY marble place cards on TikTok and the video went viral!! When people started watching and asking me how to do specific projects I jumped in head first to the deep end of the DIY world. I was having so much fun and really challenging myself to come up with affordable DIYs that people needed in addition to things I was already creating for my own wedding and that’s how Lexi DIY started!



Q&A With DIY TikTok Star Lexi DIY



Favorite thing you’ve ever DIY’d?


This is such a hard question because I have so many projects that I absolutely love! I would have to say my ornament Christmas Tree is my favorite thing I’ve created so far. It was such a fun and easy project that quickly gained traction on TikTok and surpassed 7 Million views! This DIY also created many opportunities for me, such as being featured on BuzzFeed which is hands down the coolest thing that has ever happened to me.



How did you grow your following? What advice would you give to others who are looking to start a DIY channel?


I grew a following by posting consistently and authentically being myself. I also put a lot of time into learning about the TikTok algorithm and staying up to date on the changes that it makes every few weeks. I do this by watching a lot of other TikTok videos (especially DIY ones), analyzing the trends and adjusting them to fit my niche. The best advice I can give to anybody wanting to start a channel would be JUST START POSTING! Your content isn’t going to be great at first but practice makes perfect and you have to start putting yourself out there! Additionally, reply to absolutely every comment and DM! Building a community is not only super important for gaining a large following but it’s also amazing to build relationships with people who are interested in the same things you are.



You recently launched your own website, tell us a bit about that process and what type of items you’ll have on there?


Building out Lexidiy.com was actually a much harder process than I had anticipated. It took me around two months to get it all together. Some days I would spend 12 hours straight designing digital download products, such as wedding invitations and save the dates. I also have digital download holiday cards available and I will be expanding into physical wedding products, home decor products, online courses and publishing an E-book in 2021!



What advice would you give to others who are starting their own DIY website/channel/shop? 


My best tip for people starting their own DIY business is so many items can be found at Dollar Tree for much cheaper than a craft store. The way I’ve built my stockpile is finding products I absolutely love and use constantly and then stocking up on them when they’re on sale. I also take a trip (or maybe a few) to Dollar Tree every week and pick up items from their craft and seasonal sections. I also shop for seasonal craft supplies after the holidays when they’re on clearance to stock up for the next year. The one thing I suggest splurging on is a Cricut machine. It has made the range of projects I can do much larger and it's hands down worth every penny!



Q&A With DIY TikTok Star Lexi DIY
Q&A With DIY TikTok Star Lexi DIY
Q&A With DIY TikTok Star Lexi DIY
Q&A With DIY TikTok Star Lexi DIY


You DIY’d your own wedding. Tell us about that process; Why you did it? What you saved on vs. splurged on? What made you go “I can make that myself.”


The process of DIYing my own wedding was so much fun and extremely rewarding! I decided to DIY parts of my wedding when I realized how insanely expensive everything was. Although I completely understand that you are paying for the experience and expertise of wedding vendors, the wedding industry mark up is far greater than other events. I had all of these amazing wedding elements pinned to my Pinterest board and I realized many of them were just simply out of reach with my budget. Then I thought well I’m crafty...I could probably make something similar and so I just started crafting! Between making my own signs, wedding favors, flowers and much more...I estimate my savings to be around $3,000-$4,000! I splurged on a few important items though. First would be my photographer and videographer. I wanted to make sure I had somebody who could really capture the day so me and my husband could look back on it for the rest of our lives! Second–and one thing I think everybody should invest in–is a great DJ! Our DJ was absolutely amazing and he really kept the entire wedding on track and made sure all of the guests were having a fun time. The last thing I really went all out on was my dress! It was hands down the most important thing to me so I was willing to spend whatever I had to (within reason of course) to get the most special dress of my life. Click here to read "7 Ways to Save Big On Your Dream Wedding" by Lexi DIY.



Q&A With DIY TikTok Star Lexi DIY
Q&A With DIY TikTok Star Lexi DIY
Q&A With DIY TikTok Star Lexi DIY
Q&A With DIY TikTok Star Lexi DIY



What is your next project you’re working on for the future?


My next project is actually an entire house renovation! Me and my husband just bought a big fixer upper and we are planning to renovate the entire thing with the help of friends, family and watching a lot of YouTube videos. I’m hoping to show people that you can create the space you want on a tight budget! Click here to subscribe to Lexi DIY YouTube Channel.




Q&A With DIY TikTok Star Lexi DIY
Photography Credit: Cortese Photography & Film


A Weekend In New York


Last weekend my boyfriend and I went to my favorite place ever for just 48-hours. He's in the middle of getting his soccer coaching licenses and his first two classes were in Brooklyn and then in Utica. I take any chance I can to visit the city and anytime we do go we experience new things. So here's what we did for 48-hours in New York.



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As I said, the first day we stayed in Brooklyn and Friday night we headed to the city for dinner at Boqueria. This place had happy hour tapas and cocktails and it was so good. It was the perfect amount of food and since we were by Time Square we walked around just taking some photos and shopping. We also stopped at the Pelรฉ Soccer Shop, it was freaking awesome! We wanted to buy one of everything. Where was this store when I was in high school? Then we headed to Carlo's Bakery to get some dessert. I got the regular cheesecake and my boyfriend got the cookies & cream cheesecake ๐Ÿ˜. So good!


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On Saturday after we checked out of the hotel we decided to head to Little Italy for brunch and some shopping. We parked our car in this super cool parking garage where you park your car in a specific spot and then you tell the kiosk your ready to park your car and it's a machine that takes it, not a person. So advanced and very, very cool. Then we had brunch at Fiat Cafe–highly recommend–the food was so good and again it was just the "perfect amount" of food. We decided to walk around Little Italy and saw a Sour Patch Kids store that we just had to stop in. Then we ended up walking to NYU and checking out the bookstore and the area. After that we got dessert in Chinatown at a place called Spot Dessert Bar, I got the campsite cookie and my boyfriend got the lava matcha cake. We seriously ate so good this weekend, but it didn't end there. After getting our car back my boyfriend really wanted pizza, but not just any pizza, a Bar Stool recommended pizza. So we got John's of Bleecker Street Pizza and then headed to the next location: Utica.



This seems random, and it was, but my boyfriends soccer courses was up there so we drove four hours into the snowy mountains. It was kind of scary driving at night because we couldn't see anything. But when we woke up it was beautiful out! It was snowing and the mountains just looked gorgeous. If you're an Office fan then you know Utica, Syracuse, Binghamton and of course Scranton are all right next to each other so it was really fun to be there and see what it's like. While my boyfriend was at his class, I decided to get Starbucks and go thrifting. It was a fun morning, but the thrift store gets a 2/10 for me. After that we had a six hour drive back home.

I Interviewed Artist Jena Holliday


Guys I am so freaking excited to share this interview. Okay, I say this every time, but I just get to interview the coolest people and Jena Holliday is one of those cool people. She left her full-time corporate marketing job to pursue her dreams of being an artist when she was EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT! Who does that? This queen did that. And it paid off. Click here to listen to the podcast with Jena Holliday and click here to read January currents!


*Disclaimer: To start off, I work at Salvation Army National Headquarters in the publications department. The magazine I work on is called War Cry. I will be doing a post later on about my job and what it's like working for a non-profit, but that post will be later on. I do feel I need to add a disclaimer here, I am not a religious person so when I took this job I did my research and made sure that my personal values and opinions weren't being compromised. I can proudly say they are not (don't let one idiot skew your opinion of the millions of people who work for a company) and I'm pretty proud of the work and accomplishments I've made while working here. I am the Assistant to the Editorial Director, but I do so much more than an assistant's work. My managers have really entrusted me with a lot of responsibility and anything I can do to enhance my skill set and build my portfolio I take the opportunity to do so. Though I am not a religious person, the people I do interview are and the questions recall faith-inspired answers. 


I Interviewed Artist Jena Holliday


Jena Holliday is an artist, entrepreneur, storyteller and mother. Though the rest of the world thought she was crazy, her creativity and tenacity lead her to turn her dreams into reality when she was eight-months pregnant to create Spoonful of Faith illustration and design studio. Jena shares with The War Cry readers how she balances her busy schedule and advice to other young artists. 

WC: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Jena: I am Jena (pronounced like Gina) Holliday. I’m an artist and an illustrator from Minnesota. 

WC: How did you get started in the artistic field?

Jena: I went to school for marketing because when I was younger, a teacher said to me, “Art as a career wasn’t a profitable decision.” So, I went a different route which was marketing. It was still creative but also very safe. I was working in social media and digital marketing and doing art on the side. When I was eight months pregnant, I decided to leave marketing and pursue art full-time. Everyone said to me I was crazy, and it took some convincing to my husband—especially since I was eight months pregnant—but it was the best decision I have ever made.  

WC: What type of “art” do you do?

Jena: I’ve done a lot of portrait type of work, mostly illustrations. I created a lot of illustrations for “mommy bloggers” and brands. I’ve also created children’s illustrations inspired by my children. That was what I started doing, but after a while, I got kind of burnt out in that area, so I started to expand to different types of art and illustrations. I’ve worked in graphic design, editorial work, and right now I’m working on children’s illustrations and book projects. I am really passionate about working with small and women-owned businesses and brands to help bring their brands to life. 

WC: Your portfolio is very diverse, and it sounds like you work with a lot of different mediums.

Jena: I would say that in some ways I’m naturally gifted, but I grew up in a large family where we all enjoyed making things with our hands. Each of my siblings has a career or is working creatively in their jobs. I was never afraid to try new mediums, and I think that has always helped me to continue to grow my skillset. And if it doesn’t work, then it doesn’t work, but then I don’t live with a “what if.” 

WC: What are some of your biggest accomplishments? 

Jena: I would say owning a successful freelance business. When I first started out, I wasn’t sure that I would make it past the five-year mark, and last year, I did that. I also started a project where I illustrated images of friends and mothers, and when we shared them on social media, it was picked up by Essence magazine, and that was something that was a really big accomplishment for me in that first year of just being recognized by a major publication. 

Then this year, I actually just signed a book deal with Harper-Collins for my first author-illustrated book project, which will be released in about two years. I’m super excited and proud of all of my accomplishments.

WC: And if you could go back and give advice to your younger self, what would that advice be? 

Jena: I think the most common thing I would remind myself is to not rush the process. I’ve learned over the years that sometimes I’m always looking toward the future and what’s to come that I don’t really bask in the present moment to take it all in and enjoy where I’m at. 

For the business side of things though, I would say find somebody that’s further along than you and cultivate a relationship with them so they can help mentor you. And then I think the last thing I would maybe tell my younger self is that there’s going to be a lot of great things that are ahead of you, so just keep going. I think that’s something that I often tell other people because it’s something that I needed to hear in my journey. 

WC: What advice would you give to other people who are in a similar situation as you were—who just need to take that leap and take a chance on themselves?

Jena: I would tell them to keep going and to trust the process because a lot of times, like I said, we just want to get there and we don’t really want to go through the process. But really, the process of getting there is what builds our character and helps us to be able to maintain what we have when we get there. For example, waiting a long time for something that you want sucks while you’re waiting. But when you finally get there, you have grown your muscle of patience and are able to endure and go through a time without what you want for what you want. There’s a lot that you gain in the process, and sometimes we overlook that part. So, I would tell others, “If you’re going to do this, if you’re going to take that leap, you’re going to take a chance on yourself, understand that it is dirty, it is a process. And trust that if you lean into that, you’ll get to where you need to go.”

WC: Can you explain what the “do it as worship” is?

Jena: Yes, I just launched a membership group where I send out a weekly encouragement emails and videos. It includes some advice and tips that I’ve learned over the years when it comes to growing your creativity, building a business or a creative business, and then utilizing the gifts that God has given us. “Do it as worship” is the name of that membership, and it’s really focused around honoring God with the gifts that He’s given us and using them as a form of worship to honor Him with what He’s already placed inside of us. It’s a good resource for anyone that’s looking to grow creatively and find a community of people that are in the same place and that want to honor God with their gifts and their creativity. 

WC: Can anyone sign up?

Jena: Yes, it is a monthly membership so there’s a fee for it. Every week, I’ll send out an email, and in that email, there will be a video. Then there’s a membership website that you can login to that gives you more resources. You can go to spoonfuloffaith.com and there’s a link for “do it as worship.”

I Interviewed Artist Jena Holliday

WC: Your very open about your faith online, but sometimes that can bring some unwanted backlash or negativity. When you do get those negative comments, how do you handle it? And what advice would you give to other people who are scared to be open about their beliefs online?

Jena: I would say that your confidence in what you share online is going to go back to how strong your belief system is. When I strongly believe something, it doesn’t matter that someone disagrees with me or doesn’t like that I said it, because I still believe in it. But I’m also very open-minded to other perspectives, and I think that as long as you are confident in what you believe and also open to what others can provide as far as perspective to you, then you’ll be okay because it’s not about arguing or disagreeing with people. Sometimes we see things a little bit differently and that’s okay.

WC: Can you share about some speaking events that you’ve done?

Jena: Yes. In the past two years, I’ve done a lot more speaking events. I speak a lot about being creative by faith and using your gifts to express that faith. I share that tapping into your creativity can be a beautiful journey and rewarding in the end. That’s been a really fun opportunity for me to be able to do so.

WC: And how did you get started in that? 

Jena: I felt like I always wanted to be speaking but I didn’t have anything to say or share. What I’ve learned is that your experiences in life—no matter what they are—will help you get into those arenas and get those opportunities because as people see you continue to grow, they’ll look at you and be able to see that within you and they’ll want to know how you got where you are. By being honest and open and just being myself, I’ve built this amazing community that wants to listen to what I have to say. If you’re looking to build in speaking events to your brand, just know that it might take time but continue to go further with what you have and people will see that within you. They’ll see a story worth telling, and your experience will bring that to fruition. 

WC: How do you balance everything going on in your life?

Jena: Well, it’s taken years to learn how to balance it. The first two years of running my business, I was overworking myself, undervaluing my work, and I was doing a lot for nothing. But it taught me a lot. It taught me how to value and price my work so that I could take on less projects and still get paid good money. But also, it taught me the value of being present and being able to be there for my family and my kids. Now I prioritize my family and have an open line of communication with my husband so he knows what’s going on with me and when I need help. Some helpful tools include the calendar and notes apps on my phone. I am constantly double checking and making sure that I have things in my calendar because it does get busy. 

Sometimes, we can get addicted to being busy and having a lot going on. So, what I’ve learned is that I have to make time for nothing. When I do that, everything else falls into place. I’m able to be more centered, and I’m able to manage things a lot better. But when I have too much on my plate, I can’t manage it all. So, I take the day and actually spend time with my family or simply just rest. That is more productive for me than to fill it with more things and burn myself out.

WC: Any last words of wisdom for our readers?

Jena: I would just say that I don’t know what you’re hoping to go after, but just keep going. And whatever it is, it might seem hard. Even with everything that’s going on in the world, it can be hard to be creative. It might feel like a mental block, and it’s okay to rest. It’s okay to not be busy and filled with all these different things that you want to do in this time. Just trust the process because the creative process is always flowing. Trust that you won’t always be in the same place and just keep going. 

WC: Tell our readers where they can find you!

Jena: You can follow me at “Spoonful of Faith” on social media, and then if you want to find out anything else, visit spoonfuloffaith.com.

I've done a lot of thrifting in the past two years and I find some seriously great finds. I love when I find something that I'm looking for too, like the snow jacket and snow pants I needed before my trip to Colorado in February. But my favorite items are typically in the home and accessory section. I find some really great vintage and unique pieces, but I can hardly find them online! So even though I have found some great fashion pieces, I'm not able to locate them online and link them for you, but I will be sharing photos of my favorite finds. I'm sure I'll do this post again in the future, but for now here are my all-time favorite thrift finds!


My Favorite Thrift Finds


Pokemon Puzzle | Harry Potter PuzzleRock 'Em Sock 'EmIKEA Lysing Street Scene by Tom Frasier Artwork | Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

My Favorite Thrift Finds


Black Purse + Red Ankle Boots



My Favorite Thrift Finds


Women's Lee Sport Casuals Denim Long-Sleeve Washington Redskins Shirt | Boston Proper Knitted Cardigan With Leather Details | Massimo Dutti White C'est L'hiver Sweater | Overalls 



My Favorite Thrift Finds


Chunky Heeled Loafers (Similar) | Mini Plaid Coach Purse (Similar) | Mini Chateau Brown Purse (Similar)



Stay tuned for more of my favorite thrift finds! 


xoxo, Michele

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