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Big Announcement! Today is the Day!

It’s time to let you in our secret! We have been doing so much and we are finally ready to share. Not just share, jump up and down, scream, and shout about it.

Drum roll, please………  

We are moving to self – hosted.


We will no longer be using the name One Bridge Of Hope. This name and this site have meant so much to both of us and helped us meet all of you. This is not an end, just a new leap forward.

We are excited to introduce you to our new site:

The Hope Girls


The Hope Girls is nickname we picked up a few years ago and it stuck. Now we get to turn a nickname into a passion.

We are so thankful for all of our followers and friends on OBOH and we hope you take this new journey with us. Also, special thanks to everyone that shared their brilliant thoughts and ideas with us along the way.

Come check out our beautiful new site and our first post at

Our Favorites April

It’s April, it’s April, it’s April!

How’s everyone doing? I hope you are all doing well and taking good care of yourself.

Are you taking enough time for yourself?

It’s important to make sure you are taken care of. Sleep in on a Saturday, treat yourself to your fav desert, or just dance alone in your room. Do whatever works, just don’t forget YOU.

We took a mini vacay in March where we spent some time taking care of ourselves. We were relaxing, finishing books we’ve put off reading, and my fav writing in my journal. With school, work and blogging we don’t get to do those things often.

We saw our cousin get married! The wedding was beautiful and we are beyond happy for her. We also met our new baby cousin. He was sooo adorable and cuddly like a puppy.

Gabbie Holding Baby

Each day is a beautiful new start.

Make the most of it and don’t forget to take care of YOU.

Some of our fav ways:

Fav Comfy: Sock It to Me socks. Sock It to Me creates fun and funky socks. They not only keep your feet warm and cozy, they make you smile every time you look down. Check out their site for a ton of cute designs.

Fav Treat Yo-self: Cookie Dough Dip. Get some friends together to hang out. Then seriously break out this dip. Delish!!!

Image by Delish

Fav Face Treat:


Fav Saying: Okay, I had to put two because they are so YES right now.


Today I Choose Me Quote

I Froget Quote


Fav Site: Goodreads! It is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Read a book! It’s a great way to nourish your mind and to take some time for yourself.

Take Care of Yourself

Happy New Year!

happy new year


Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.



– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our Favorites December

Before we talk about anything else, have you watched the Gilmore Girls reunion on Netflix yet? You know we have! Don’t worry, no spoilers here.

We love the Gilmore Girls! I think a lot of love comes from how much we can relate. It’s always just been my mom and me. We basically are the Gilmore Girls. We are super close and have very similar personalities and quirks to Rory and Lorelai.
We got to go back in Stars Hollow! They truly brought back everyone. Love that. Well, almost everyone. It was sad not to have Richard Gilmore (Edward Herrmann) there.

We would love to hear if you watched. What did you think? Let us know below in the comments.

Okay, let’s move on. The Gilmore Girls are great, but now on to December.

Well hello there December,
I love all the lights, music, and cheer that December brings. It also brings me frustration and exhaustion.

Why? (How sweet of you for asking!)

I work in retail and this is the time of year people start losing their minds. Okay, not everyone acts crazy, but the ones who do… watch out.

I’ve seen people go into full on monster mode over not getting a sweater fast enough or cheap enough. We all love cheap sweaters, but there is more to life! Here is my advice.

Go out and shop, but be nice to the person helping you. We’re all in this together.

Now a shout out to Veronica! Her birthday is on December 24th this month!

Happy Birthday, Mom! (show her some love in the comments)

There are so many things to love about December.

Here are some of our favorites.

Gabriella’s Fav Must See: Elf. Hilarious and adorable. A must see every December.


Veronica’s Fav Treat: Peppermint Crunch Cookie Dough Ball. This looks delicious! I love peppermint this time of year and I’m a sucker for cookie dough. It’s a win-win. It looks so easy to make. You can give it as a gift, take it to a party or just to share with friends on movie night.

Thanks for the recipe

Gabriella’s Fav Yum: Eggnog Milkshake! This tastes so delicious and is super easy to make. I cheat and use Eggnog ice cream. Put the ice cream, a little milk and a splash of vanilla in a blender. Blend until smooth. That’s it! Put the shake in a glass with some whipped cream, add a straw and enjoy.


Veronica’s Fav Drink: Hot chocolate. I love hot chocolate in the winter! When I’m all snuggled up watching a cheesy movie it tastes even better.

Our Fav Jingle: Winter Wonderland. Andra Day does this awesome version.

Have a holly jolly December!

Our Favorites September

Whew, the end of September is almost here! That means we are almost through the first semester of the new school year! Let’s all take a moment to high-five each other for working hard and being awesome!

The end of September also means…it’s officially FALL! Well…just barely, but we’ll take it! We absolutely love fall. Bring on the chill!

What was that? Why is the end of September so great, you ask? (Someone did ask that, right?) The end of September is my (Gabriella’s) BIRTHDAY!! Shout out to all the other September birthdays! Happy birthday to us!
Lots of love,

Now, onto our favs.


Veronica’s Fav Survival: School Survival Guide. I love how Meredith shares her study tips. You can tell she is using these tips, too. Her YouTube channel is all about being confident and loving who you are. Go check it out.

Our Fav Motivation:tell-the-negative-committee-quote


Gabriella’s Fav Day: My birthday! I mean, this one kinda explains itself. My favorite day (of September) is my birthday!


Veronica’s Fav DIY: Tie-Dye Notebooks. The DIY Craft Zone’s video tutorial will show you how to take your notebooks from drab to fab. I can hear your notebooks screaming from your backpack right now… “Help us, help us, we are so plain! Give us some pizzazz!” Yes, they use words like pizzazz.


Gabriella’s Fav Sweet: The Ultimate Waffle Sundae. Every B-day needs a sweet treat. I am a weirdo who doesn’t like cake, but I love ice cream (and waffles). This is perfect!


Our Fav Sing-Along: happy-birthday-minions


Have a great weekend! This weekend is my birthday, so I know I will!

What is your favorite birthday treat?

Guest Post by Maemi

We want to introduce you to our blogger friend Maemi! She has such a genuine heart and we are so excited that she is guest posting today. She once told us that she wanted to spread a little happiness out there and she has always sent happiness our way.

Now let’s spread some happiness her way.
After you read her post go check out her blog truthfulchild.

Guest Post

     This moment is one of a kind. It won’t ever come back. I know it’s not something amazing that you’re doing. Like you are about to jump off the plane and it is your first time skydiving, or it’s your grandparent’s 50th anniversary, and in a moment, you and your family are about to surprise them with a wonderful party.

No, it isn’t one of those anticipated moments.

Yet, it is way more valuable than that.

Try to think of two things which are very costly, but aren’t treated as they should be because your parents bought them for you. Now think of something that you bought for yourself after saving up for it. Do you see a difference in their value?

We are created as such that when we acquire something easily, we take it for granted. There are many things we aren’t giving their fair share of attention to. The most vital; your dreams, aspirations, goals. They are worthy enough to be turned into reality. When we work hard for them. When we live, eat, sleep them. The end result is exhilarating because we learn to push ourselves, and reach that amazing part of ourselves that hadn’t been unlocked before. And what everyone sees is only the tip of the iceberg. The secret is only with you. And the only person who knows how well you are actually doing is you. I have a beautiful friend, and I say beautiful because she a beautiful heart, who once told me about how frustrating it was for her as she had been exercising regularly, watching her diet for months and she had still made no visible improvement. This only caused my respect to increase for her, as how many times has it been, that we give up on something and to make ourselves feel better, go on and make excuses upon excuses. There are so many memes today that make procrastination feel like it’s something cool, because everyone’s doing it. Well, besides those who know themselves.

Because you are capable of amazing things and just because you aren’t a famous magazine reporter, a dedicated football coach, a committed nurse or anything that comes to your mind right now which you think is exciting and worth respecting, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to live each moment to the fullest. Yes, I said you should live each moment to the fullest. Watching tv show episodes end to end doesn’t count as that. Neither does partying every night. The actual meaning of these words is something quite different than what is usually portrayed or what it has come to be known as.

It means living each moment with purpose. Thinking, wishing, wondering and hoping. And then most importantly putting it into action. Having clear intentions for everything that you do. Remaining focused throughout the day. No, it isn’t impossible. Learn to trust yourself and most importantly, grow. Once you make up your mind, you will be able to do it In sha Allah (God willing). Have faith in the unseen.


Maemi’s Bio:

I have always been a curious person, inquiring knowledge of whatever shape or form. As I grew older, I was able to differentiate the right from wrong. Many lessons and experiences later, I am a little further ahead but also definitely assured of what I want out of life. I now take care about both the little and big things in life because for me the most important questions have been answered. Knowledge is the most valuable property a person can possess but it is the application of that knowledge that differentiates one person from another. I started this blog in the hope to share what I learned and am learning so that even a single person may benefit from it. I want to help remove the doubts and misconceptions of readers similar to what I once had.

Focusing on each of our mental, spiritual and physical health is very important and so you will find mindful quotes on my blog, those that make you think (not overthink hopefully). And optimism. That is something we all should carry more of <3

What is Your Biggest Regret?


Don’t let regret hold you back.

It’s not about past mistakes or missed opportunities
It’s about what is in front of you.

Regret is not going to change anything. Let it go and be the amazing you that you are.

There is Still Time to Join the Panel of Hope

Hellooooo you incredible blogging specimens!

First off, we are beyond excited by all the people who have contacted us about joining the Panel of Hope!

If you haven’t heard about it yet, here is some info.

We are giving away a $30 gift card to each person that gets picked to participate.

What kind of gift card you ask?

Starbucks, Sephora, or Amazon! Your choice!

Over the next several months, we will be making some changes. Some will be small and hardly noticeable. Others will be huge for us and our site.

We are in the need of ideas and opinions. We absolutely love and believe in our blogging community and thought, why not ask you. Being on the panel won’t be complicated or scary. We just want to pick your brain. Okay… that’s sounds a little creepy, but we promise it will be painless.

We need opinions on what these changes should look like and what things interest YOU! 

What are we looking for?

  •  People willing to email back and forth with us for about three weeks
  • Answers to questions and new ideas
  •  All kinds of personalities and opinions

Here’s how it works:

If you’re interested, go to our contact page and send us an email. Say something like: I want to be on the Panel of Hope (and mention your favorite ice cream flavor somewhere in there). Leave your name and email so we can get in contact with you.

We believe everyone has something of value to add. Unfortunately, we cannot pick everyone. We love you all so we will be choosing randomly. For those chosen, we will be emailing you on May 23 with more details.

You only have until May 22 to let us know that you want to be on the Panel of Hope. We are only picking a small group, so get your name in!

There is still time to share your opinions and win a gift card!!

– ttfn G –   &   – NBL V –

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