What is in Your Cup this Fall?

Fall Drink Quiz

From the Fall Edition of Refined Magazine


Which is necessary in your cup?
a. Chocolate
b. Vanilla
c. Spice
d. Antioxidants
How much sweet do you hope for in your drink?
a. 80% sweet
b. 60% sweet
c. 50% sweet
d. 30%sweet
How do you feel about the flavor of pumpkin?
a. It is ok.
b. yum!
c. It is my favorite!
d. I’m ok without it.
Pick one:
a. Mocha
b. Chai
c. Latte
d. Tea
How do yo feel about coffee?
a. I like it, but only sweet.
b. It is ok.
c. I am a coffee lover.
d. I’d rather drink tea.


Mostly a’s: Cafe Mocha Latte: You are a sweetheart. You love chocolate and a sweet treat. Try a Cafe Mocha Latte and experiment with different syrups: caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, etc.
Mostly b’s: Vanilla Chai Tea Latte: You are unique and enjoy the special moments in life. This sweet/spicy drink will liven up any fall day.
Mostly c’s: Pumpkin Spice Latte: You are an adventurer. You love your coffee and that means you are not afraid to mix up your flavor by season. Experiment by adding vanilla, white chocolate, or extra spice!
Mostly d’s: Green Tea: You are one classy gal. Try green tea, it is rich in antioxidants and can be sipped on endlessly throughout the day with great benefit. Add lemon and you hit the next level of delicious meets healthy!
By: Emma Danzey

The Big Clean!

Hello Ladies!


As the last days of Summer come upon us I tend to find myself mentally preparing for the season to change. From the warm nights to the sun-kissed skin when August ends, I start anticipating the sound of crunching leaves and the taste of Pumpkin Spice; so as we wrap up our summers it is a great time to get organized and clean out some of our old clothes.

Cleaning out our closets on occasion is a great way to start fresh and de-clutter. It helps us see what we really wear all the time and what we tend to impulsively buy. It gives us a new look at the clothes we have and gives us a good perspective on anything we may need or not. So here are some tips to help you clean out your closet!

  • Take Everything Out

Yes, I mean it. Take all of your hangers off of the rack and lay them on your bed.

  • Separate Clothes by Item or Color

Depending on how you like things organized separate your clothes either by items (tank tops, dresses, long sleeves) or by color. This will let you see what you have individually. Personally, I separate by items.

  • Out With the Old

Once you have separated your clothes go through them to see what needs to be either thrown out or donated. If you haven’t worn something in six months it probably needs to go. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How long has it been since I have worn this?
  • Is it tattered and worn?
  • Does it still fit?


  • Fix and Hang Clothes

Once you have separated and gone through your clothes hang them back up on hangers. This is a great time to take your clothes off of the hangers, shake them out and hang them all facing the same way. It gives the fabric a chance to breathe and will look organized in your closet.

  • Donate or Clothes Swap

Now you have some clothes that need to be either donated to a local thrift store or given to someone in need. The clothes that you don’t wear anymore gives someone else a chance to have something almost new! You could also throw a clothes swapping party with girls who you know that need clothes. Gather them together and let them go through the clothes, get your friends involved by having them donate their hand-me-downs and have some fun!

I hope these tips help get you started! Have some fun while bein

On Choosing Vegan

Author, Mary Albers Felkins

When someone says, “I’m vegan” the response might vary anywhere from “What the heck is that?” to “Are you crazy?”

How do I know? Because I’ve been guilty of responding both ways, coupled with the haughty proclamation, “Get me to the nearest Chick-fil-A!”

Let me start with a simple definition…

Vegan (noun): one who consumes only plant based foods and eliminates animal products, including dairy, eggs, and fish. A vegetarian is one who eliminates only beef and poultry and fish, while still choosing to consume dairy and eggs. Other variations of vegetarian exist, as well.

As a former professional Dietitian, I applaud a vegan, plant-based diet for its potential health benefits. Volumes of research, blogs/vlogs, and documentaries abound (some credible, others not so much or, worse, not at all) about the questionable treatment of animals meant for processing and/or the cleanliness of processing plants, as well as what consumption of said processed animal might be doing to our insides. However, that’s not the focus of this article.

Back to being vegan…

In a world choked by fast food and convenience-packaged snacks, planning ahead is essential for a vegan or her health might suffer. Key nutrients might be lacking, stealing energy reserves in muscle tissue to meet caloric need, particularly if she’s physically active (sports, ballet, fitness enthusiast, gymnastics).

Today’s market caters well to a vegan. Most major grocery stores carry a wide variety of vegan-approved products. A plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables can be found at local Farmer’s Markets and health food stores.

What about Protein for the Vegan?

Protein is an energy-yielding nutrient (4 calories/gram) required for the building and repair of our bodies. Protein is the substance of cells, muscle tissue, and organs. Physiological proteins consist of 20 different amino acids, the building blocks of protein. The cool thing is, God created our cells with the ability to synthesize amino acids. Ahem, all but 9. Did you get that? All but 9.

Essential Amino Acids

Histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine are referred to as ‘essential amino acids’ because they can not be synthesized by the body and must be consumed via food sources. Otherwise, a vegan is at risk for protein deficiency. Any food that lacks one or more of these nine essentials is considered an ’incomplete protein’.

An easy, no-brainer source of complete protein is beef, chicken, fish, egg, milk. So, in order for a vegan to assure she’s getting these 9 essentials, she’ll need to consume a good amount of beans and grains (Think beans and rice, peanut butter and whole wheat bread…). The body can synthesize a complete protein from the amino acids contained in these plant foods. Cool beans, huh? J Varieties of beans and grain don’t have to be consumed together in one meal/snack, but should be consumed in adequate quantity throughout the day.

Lest you think a vegan is relegated to a daily, heaping plate full of kale, a vegan diet, in truth, invites the consumption of hearty, carbohydrate and nutrient-rich plant foods, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, chick peas, and hearty whole wheat breads and other grains.

Whatever reason a person might have for making the switch from an animal-based diet, it remains a terrific alternative for anyone willing to do the research and plan ahead.

Here’s a web site I recommend for both the vegan and ‘vegan curious’ called Forks Over Knives. https://www.forksoverknives.com/7-tips-succeed-healthy-vegan-diet/#gs.R1_KRrw

As you take a thorough and discerning look around Forks Over Knives (or any other site), pray about whether God may be calling you to head this direction. If so, great. And, with that, I exhort you to, first, become a good student of what that’ll involve and how to assure you’re consuming an adequate supply of essential nutrients and calories and, second, have a ready and humble answer for those who might challenge you with, “Why would you do that?”

If a plant-based diet isn’t for you, that’s perfectly fine, too. In either case, join me in refraining from casting judgment on those who’ve chosen the vegetarian route and those who can’t wait to sink their teeth into a marinated sirloin steak. Because God’s word is clear: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” I Corinthians 10:31

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Former Registered Dietitian with Masters degree in nutrition

Author of inspirational romance, creator of happily ever afters



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Summer 2017 Accessories!

Summer is coming to a close and that means that styles will be changing soon. Below are some accessories to be wearing out the rest of the summer featured in the latest edition of the Refined Magazine. https://www.polishedconference.com/refined-magazine/

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Trending Accessories to be Wearing before Fall…

  • Hats
    • Cowgirl hats
    • Floppy Hats
  • Necklaces:
    • Chokers
    • Bright Colors
  • Headbands
  • Big Bags

Yours Truly,

The Refined Magazine



Women are like Hamsters

If I were to ask a group of people what is beauty, I believe there would be a wide variety of answers.

The world’s definition of beauty according to Webster’s dictionary is “the quality… in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses.” Also, “particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality.” https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beauty

Physical beauty is fleeting in the world’s eyes. This is why we typically don’t see many romance movies with 70-year-old leading actors and actresses. This explains why older women may use anti-aging products or have surgeries to enhance or eliminate parts of themselves. Now, I want to be clear I am not in judgment of people who do this, but I do want to recognize a very real pressure from society. There are standards out there that are simply unreachable and unrealistic.

I feel like the attempt to reach “Hollywood” sized standards is like a hamster running on a wheel. She can run harder and longer, eventually exhausting herself, but the hamster is still in the same place she was before.


adult-1868049_1920Ponder this… according to the media, last season pencil thin and tall was in, this season curvy girls are coming back. We as women are riding an emotional roller coaster of inconsistent definitions of beauty. Let’s be honest, not everyone is going to be tall and thin and not everyone is going to be curvy. God made us all different… on PURPOSE! 🙂

My challenge is for us to begin looking at the Bible’s definition of beauty. Below are some examples of beauty.

  • God our King (Isaiah 33:17, Psalm 27:4, Isaiah 28:5)
  • Creation (Genesis 1:31)
  • People in Scripture (i.e. Vashti – Esther 1:11, Rachel – Genesis 29:17, The Bride – Song of Solomon 4:11, Abigail – 2 Samuel 25:3, Tamar – 2 Samuel 13:1, Psalm 139:14)
  • Fear of the Lord (Proverbs 31:30)
  • Those who share the Gospel Romans 10:15, Isaiah 52:17)

Next time you want to tweak things about yourself to fit into a certain mold of perfection you have set in your mind, I encourage you dear sister to think about how beautiful God has made you and reflect on true beauty that is never fleeting.

May we focus on growing in the fruit of the Spirit and adorning ourselves with love rather than chasing after the fickle definitions of beauty this world offers. May we wear modest outfits that give us confidence, experiment with make up colors and have fun with hairstyles, while speaking positivity over ourselves.

I pray that we look in the mirror and see more than our faces, but see ourselves through the eyes of God; as wholly completed in Christ, designed by the Master Creator and being satisfied in our hearts from the inside out.

In Christ,

Emma Danzey


BB Cream

Mid-summer is upon us, which is a time that I love! It calls for sunny days and cotton dresses! One of my favorite things about summer is the fact that my skin can breathe a bit more without so much makeup. I love my skin feeling light and airy; one of my favorite products to use if I just need a little coverage on my skin is BB Cream. It is so light and provides several benefits for your skin.

What is BB Cream?

BB Cream stands for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm, depending on the company. It is a tinted moisturizer that provides coverage, moisture and SPF protection. In some cases it can have anti-aging properties as well.

Why Use BB Cream instead of a foundation?

BB Cream is just a lighter option than foundation. Providing minimal coverage for those looking just to add a little brightness or smoothness to their skin. Unlike a powder BB Cream does not leave an unwanted residue if you were to touch your skin.


Spread the BB Cream all over your face until blended in. It is a liquid product so I get the best results if I use my fingers to blend. You could also use a Beauty Blender sponge as well! If extra coverage is needed put a powder foundation over the BB Cream; it will act as a primer to the powder.

My Favorites:

Here are my top three favorite brands. These vary in price range and the process of finding the perfect tone for your skin is the same as a powder. The best place to match your skin tone is on the jaw line, but also never be afraid to ask a beauty consultant to help match skin tone. They are trained in the product and have extensive knowledge.

My Favorites:

Maybelline BB Cream ®

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue: Tinted Moisturizer Hydrating Gel Cream ®

Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream®

Have fun in the sun while staying light and fresh with this amazing product!

Info from marieclaire.com®

By: Taylor Mullican

Enlightened: The (Final Summer) Scoop on a Healthful Ice Cream Product

Throughout my college years, I’d often make a run to the grocery store with my study buddy for a pint of ice cream. Never mind that we’d been studying for a nutrition exam :(One one occasion, would you believe the silly girl asked, “Are you going to save the rest for later?”
Ha. With a shake of my head, I plucked off the lid and got to scooping until I’d hit the bottom. After the fact, I took a peek at the label. Shock! Horrors! I’d consumed 720 and 36 grams of fat later. If you ask me, a key ingredient was missing on the label: GUILT. And, seriously, who could focus on their studies after that? But what other palatable, pint-sized alternative did I have in the early 80’s? Nada.
To finish up the summer of 2017, this month’s ice cream feature is called Enlightened. https://www.eatenlightened.com/pages/about-us-1. Their tag line is “the good-for-you ice cream”. The owner, Michael Shoretz, runs Enlightened through his Beyond Better Foods, L.L.C. Initially, he set out to create a healthful alternative to people’s favorite and familiar ice cream bars. In 2013, his company manufactured several Enlightened varieties that have found their way to retail grocery stores. With an admirable nutrition profile of high protein, low fat and sugar, the bars performed well, so the company decided to manufacture pints of ice cream. Yay!
With anywhere from a mere 60 to 100 calories/serving (1/2 cup) and 21 pretty awesome flavors to choose from (https://www.eatenlightened.com/collections/ice-cream-pints), the entire pint (2 cups) can be consumed in its entirety without the guilt. I don’t know about you, but thinking back to my college years, this makes me sMiLe 🙂
Enlightened believes that all of their ice cream bars, pints, and snacks should make you feel as good as they taste. “The ice cream isn’t just “better”, it’s actually good for you.” https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/05/business/smallbusiness/ice-cream-as-health-food-this-bar-comes-close.html
Enlightened has simply taken familiar favorites and, well, “enlightened” them, with significantly less fat and sugar, while also enriching with fiber and almost twice the protein.
But hold up a minute. How can something with such an impressive nutrition profile be palatable? Would a girl be better off eating unflavored, shaved ice? Is this some kind of joke? Boasting over $14 million in consumer sales in 2014, clearly Enlightened hasn’t sacrificed taste in its effort to up the nutritional value.
Where to find a precious pint?
The company is making a push to get Enlightened into all the regional grocery store chains. You’ll need to search the web to find if a local retailer carries any of the products. If so, keep at least a $5 on hand because, like its competitors, (Halo Top, June, https://polishedconferenceministries.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/the-scoop-on-healthful-ice-cream/ and Arctic Zero, July, https://polishedconferenceministries.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/the-scoop-on-healthful-ice-cream-part-2-of-3/), this delicious indulgence ain’t cheap either.
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Watch – Your – Words

What you say is a direct reflection of the type of person you are. Words tell us about your attitude, morals, and personality. As a child of God we must watch what we say, and think before we speak. We are representing the King of Kings and our words must edify and spread a positive light on each situation.

My dear friend Emma introduced me to lip scrub recently. It is an exfoliation for your lips. It tastes like bubble gum and left me wanting more. What I’m trying to say is just like this lip scrub exfoliated the dead skin from my lips I must allow Gods Word exfoliate my heart. Whatever is in your heart will come out through your mouth. As a child of God, when you speak in an ungodly manner it will leave a bitter taste in your mouth, yet, sometimes we still want more. I guess we hope that we will get used to the taste. News flash, if you are truly saved the taste will always be bitter, because you have the Holy Ghost convicting you. On the flip side, when you speak the truth of God and edify one another, the words leave a sweet taste in your mouth. You will want more and others around you will not turn because your mouth is giving off an odor, but instead they will lean in closer because your words give a sweet aroma.

Dear precious child of God, allow God to speak through you! What does the Bible say about your words?

  1. They Must ENCOURAGE- Do they edify one another?

Ephesians 4

29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

  1. Be ACCEPTABLE- What would Jesus say?

Psalms 19

14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

I encourage you to dive into God’s Word and study about your words. Also, watch your words this week and try to encourage more people that pass your way!


This lip scrub recipe proved to be successful!

I used:

1 Tbls of sugar

1 tsp of coconut oil

1Tbls of honey

(If you have allergies with coconut you can substitute with olive oil.)

Mix the ingredients together until the scrub texture is formed! If you desire a rougher scrub texture just add more sugar!

This was quick and easy! Also, it would make a great gift for someone!

My result:

My outcome is in the small jar! I just thought that was the cutest jar!

By: Hannah Wheeler