Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 Roundup

I can't believe 2019 is just hours away from coming to an end. I also can't believe just how much I've packed into this year! I know my posts were few and far between this year, but that's because I was too busy living life to blog about it. I thought it'd be fun to do a little 2019 roundup today talking about all the highlights I've had this year!

January started off with sharing my goals for the year. I plan on doing a full 2019 goals recap a little later in the week, but I'd say this year was a huge success! This month I also really kicked off wedding planning when I went to the Dallas Bridal Show with my mom, sister, and MIL.

February's highlight was more fun wedding activities when we took our engagement photos! The month ended with an insane amount of travel when I made 3 trips within 3 weeks! I went to San Diego twice and home to Mississippi once. The San Diego trips were both for work and the Mississippi trip was to watch my dad be crowned king of his Mardi Gras club!

March was spent accepting the fact that we were real deal adults as we finished our house search and put in an offer on our first home! Our buying process was relatively easy, but still exhausting; I can't imagine how people do it who spend months and months looking.

April brought me back to Oxford for the first time since 2014 when I went for a girl's weekend. That same week we closed on our house and my sweet (now) husband handled the first of the move-in solo. I also had my first fly in / fly out same day trip when I spent about 15 hours in Atlanta.

May was spent finishing furnishing our new home! Luckily all our old furniture fit so we only needed to buy new things and not replace any old things. This month I also went back to California for a quick work trip.

June was very exciting as we traveled back to Oxford to watch my brother get married! It was so great seeing so many family members that I hadn't seen in a long time, some in years!

July started by celebrating the husband's birthday and ended by celebrating mine! Also in the middle was another work trip, this time to Chicago and my sweet husband was able to join at the end.

August was when I celebrated my bachelorette weekend! I want to write a full post on it soon, but I decided to keep it low key and went to a cooking school with my mom and sisters to learn to cook fried chicken!

September was when I started my journey of joining Junior League! I'm now an official member and so excited about being part of this organization.

October was wedding month! My wedding day was the best, but after everything that went wrong I'm so excited to be married. We also enjoyed our honeymoon in Washington, DC.

November we drove to my parents' in Mississippi for Thanksgiving. This was the first holiday I'd spent with them since I moved to Colorado in 2015.

December started with a work trip to Las Vegas and then was spent celebrating Christmas in our own home! It was really special to spend our first Christmas as married in our own home. We had fun putting up our Christmas tree and buying outside decorations (that never made it up Opps!) and watching all the holiday movies.

As you can see 2019 was a great year!

Monday, December 30, 2019

What to buy in the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

Received money gifts this year and not sure how to spend it? Here are some items I'm loving from the current Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale!

I've been on the lookout for some black booties that are easy to slip on and off and these waterproof ones just might be the ones! I sadly don't have anywhere to wear that green dress, but if I had any weddings coming up in the first part of 2020 I'd swoop that beauty up in a heartbeat, and it comes in a few other colors too if jade green isn't your thing. That oatmeal sweater is less than $20! And any of those pink or red sweaters would be perfect for Valentine's Day.

Monday, December 16, 2019

The best holiday movies to stream right now

I can't believe Christmas is just days away! This holiday season has really flown by for me, really the whole year has, but that's another story. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite holiday movies to stream right now. Hopefully you're about to have time off from work when you can relax with your family. And what better way to relax than by streaming some holiday movies!

Disney +
The Santa Claus Movies - These are a favorite in our household! I think my favorite is the second where he finds a wife
Noelle - This one was a little predicable, but really charming; essentially everything you want in a holiday movie
I'll be Home for Christmas - I know I must have seen this one before, but I watched it the other day and couldn't remember any of it.

Christmas Inheritance - This is one of my favorite Hallmark style holiday movies. It's full of all that cheesy holiday goodness I want in a movie this time of year
White Christmas - A true holiday classic! If you've never seen this one I can't recommend it enough
Holiday in the Wild - This is a new holiday movie out this year, but it's already become one of my favorites. Again, this is full of that good cheesy holiday goodness

Other favorite holiday movies to look for on tv
The Holiday - Mr. Napkinhead is an international treasure!
Jingle All the Way - This one is so ridiculous in all the right ways
Four Christmases - This is one of my favorite holiday movies! Plus it always makes me really thankful for my family
Elf - The GOAT of holiday movies and there's nothing you can say to change my mind.

What holiday movies are you streaming? And no holiday movie streaming is complete without the perfect hot chocolate! 

Friday, November 29, 2019

2019 Gift Guides : My Wish List

Today's edition of my 2019 gift guides is all about me! I've posted a my wish list gift guide almost every year that I've been blogging and it's always fun to go back and look at what I wanted each year. Now it's fun because I can literally just send my husband the link to my list!

Those bowls are the only china items from my registry we didn't get a full set of, so I'd like to complete the set so we can start using them! I think I've included a Gray Malin print in just about every gift guide I've ever put together; I will own one one year! Burts Bees is such a great little extra gift and I love the holiday sets they put together each year. I'm dying for a fanny pack. It'd be so great for some of my work conferences and to wear on vacation; this one is water proof which would be great for when we go to Disneyland next year! I'm pretty sure that Cowboys t-shirt will be under my tree because it's killing my husband that I don't have one already to wear when we watch games.

What's on your list this year?

Thursday, November 28, 2019

19 things I'm thankful for in 2019

2019 has absolutely flown by and I think part of the reason is because it has been such a great year! Life has been so so good this year and I have so much to be thankful for in 2019. Here are 19 things I'm thankful for in 2019!

  1. My husband
  2. Purchasing our first home 
  3. Queso and chips 
  4. Disney+ 
  5. New Taylor Swift music 
  6. My sweet pup, Rebel   
  7. A job I genuinely enjoy 
  8. Schitt's Creek 
  9. Trader Joe's Scandinavian Swimmers
  10. Generous vacation time  
  11. Loving in-laws 
  12. The public library 
  13. Job promotions and pay raises 
  14. That I never have to plan another wedding 
  15. Junior League 
  16. Good health 
  17. A college degree 
  18. Calling Texas home 
  19. Money Diaries 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

2019 Gift Guides : Made in America and Small Shops

Every time you spend your money you have a choice about what you buy and who you buy it from. When possible I always like buying "made in america" products because I feel good about doing my part for the economy and keeping jobs here. I also feel good about shopping from small shops and local shops. Today's gift guide contains products you too can feel good about shopping!

L.L.Bean - boat tote and bean boots

Jon Hart Design - back pack and shave kit

Fiesta Dinnerware - Christmas platter

Evelyn Henson - personalized dog mug

Signet Sealed - city print

May Designs - notebooks

What "made in America" and small shops are you shopping this year?

Monday, November 25, 2019

2019 Gift Guides - $25 and under

I'm so excited to share the second installment of my 2019 gift guides today! If you've followed me for awhile you'll probably remember that $25 and under gifts are my favorite! I just love how versatile this gift range can be! $25 and under gifts are great for literally anyone, no matter your budget!

The blue light blocking glasses easily could have gone in my last gift guide because I love them and use them all the time! They come in a bunch of colors and are Prime eligible. Games and puzzles are great gifts for gift exchanges because they're things you probably wouldn't buy yourself but are still fun, and there are so many great ones in this price range. And yes, that is a Capri Blue candle; the mini size are about $15.

Looking for more $25 and under gifts? Here's my gift guide from last year for more inspiration! What are your favorite $25 and under gifts?

Saturday, November 23, 2019

2019 Gift Guides : Things I Own and Love

So excited to kick off the 2019 gift guides today! Before we start, a little note on gift guides. You absolutely do not need to buy anything for anyone for the holiday. Things are fun, but nothing beats quality time, even if it's just a nice phone call to say you care. I was really torn about putting together 2019 gift guides, but decided I wanted to do it this year because these are some of my favorite posts to put together. Yes, lots of these items are linked and I can make a small amount of money off the clicks, but it's not about the clicks. I genuinely love putting shopping posts together; I feel like I'm shopping without spending the money. I hope you like these 2019 gift guides as much as I like putting them together!

All these items in today's gift guide are things I own and love! The heated blanket and socks are good practical gifts while the earrings and card wallet are more fun. These are great items to add to your own list or to gift to someone else.

What's something you own and love that you recommend for gifts?

Want more ideas for great gifts I've bought and love? Check out this old guide and this one.

Monday, November 18, 2019

How to spend a layover at ATL

Have you ever found yourself with an exceptionally long layover and wishing for something better to do than eating fast-food and sitting at your gate? Well a few months back I found myself with about 4 hours to kill at ATL. I'd made a quick fly in and out same day work trip. Traveling for work is a fun perk I've started doing more often, but this was my first in / out in the same day trip. I was visiting to tour a few hotels for possible events in the future, to give me enough time to complete my tours I had to schedule a latish flight home, but in order to avoid the worst of Atlanta traffic that meant getting me to the airport extra early. Luckily the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport was the perfect airport to have this much time. Here are my tips on how to spend a layover at ATL.

Eat at One Flew South - A good sit down restaurant in an airport, does such a thing exist? It does in terminal E at ATL! This restaurant was suggested by one of the hotel sales managers I met with and I'm so glad she told me about it. One Flew South has been written about in numerous travel magazines and food blogs and was even named one of the top 10 airport restaurants in North America this year. They describe the menu as spirited global fare, which I think if a good description for anything from sushi to an open faced meatloaf sandwich. I ordered the pulled duck sandwich which had a delish fig and peanut relish that really made it special! I usually try to avoid a layover at ATL but this sandwich alone has me rethinking that.

Walk between the terminals - You could ride the train from security to your terminal but I highly advise skipping that in favor of walking. Not only is walking a good idea when you're about to hop on a plane, but you get the added bonus of exploring some very cool exhibits. I don't know if the exhibits change periodically but when I visited there was an African art exhibit, jungle themed installation, and Georgia history exhibits. It was a kinda long walk to walk between every terminal, but you could always hop on the train if you get tired.

View the art at the gates - Not only does ATL have art exhibits between terminals but they have pieces at different gates. When I first realized I was going to have this long amount of time to burn at ATL this was my original plan of what to do. My aunt is an artist and actually has her art on display at one of the gates in the E terminal! On my way to find her piece I got to see some other really cool pieces. I couldn't find anything on the ATL website about the art so I don't know if they ever change it out or how they picked what's on display. But if you ever find yourself with a layover at ATL this is such a great way to spend your time!

Have just a short layover at ATL? Be sure to make time to grab something from The Varsity! This Atlanta institution has a few locations in the airport so hopefully you'll have one close to your gate. I grabbed a fried peach hand pie and a frosted orange. I highly recommend both!

Friday, November 15, 2019

my don't list

I'm totally stealing this idea from Lindsay today who borrowed it from this article. In a world where there is so much pressure to seem picture perfect I love the idea of embracing the don'ts. We can't do everything, and that's okay!

  • I don't always clean the dishes the same night as cooking
  • I don't eat organic or clean or fair trade 
  • I don't make my bed daily 
  • I don't use fancy face serums or creams to prevent wrinkles 
  • I don't condition my hair enough 
  • I don't exercise regularly 
  • I don't wear a size 0 
  • I don't get up when my alarm first goes off 
  • I don't start the day with a healthy breakfast, most days I don't eat any breakfast 
  • I don't deep clean my kitchen or bathroom or baseboards 

What's on your don't list? 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wedding Wednesday : everything that went wrong with planning

I want to start this post by saying my wedding day was perfect and I wouldn't have changed a single thing. But along the way I hit quite a few bumps in the road, by the end the only thing I could say when something went wrong was "add it to the list!" We got married and honestly that's all that really matters. I kept saying as long as we sign the marriage license the day will be a success, and you know what it was! All these bumps in the road were just constant reality checks and reminders that it's not about the wedding, it's about the marriage.

How much could really go wrong planning one day you ask? Well a lot. Here is everything that went wrong with planning

1. My engagement photos outfit was lost in the mail - I ordered the most beautiful blush pink tulle skirt that would make me look like a fairy princess. And my shipping accidentally reset to my old Colorado address. I ended up finding a different outfit that photographed beautifully and everything was alright.

2. Half the apartment numbers weren't printed on the save the dates. We used Minted for our save the dates and overall I would recommend them because the process was fairly simple and very cost effective. The problem we had was that when we uploaded our list of addresses we didn't realize the column with apartment numbers didn't import. So after we dropped them in the mail my parents received a handful back for incorrect address.

3. The post office gave us incorrect information about needed postage on the invitations. I decided to go with these all in one invitations from Minted because I loved the idea of a wedding invite with less waste. I did all the research and everything said they only needed 1 stamp; I sent T to the post office with one to double check and the mail clerk confirmed just the 1 forever stamp. So we mailed them and again about a week later my parents started receiving them returned for incorrect postage. My mom took the returned invites to her post office and they explained that while they did qualify for just the 1 stamp someone looking at them quickly could easily think they needed 2 because they were very close to a square shape.

4. My dress shop went out of business and the owner was almost deported before I could pick up my dress. I loved my wedding dress! I found a small local shop that custom makes every single dress so there's low overhead cost and prices are actually lower than I found at any off the rack stores. About a month before I was set to pick up my dress the shop was vandalized, destroying the few stock dresses they do have; this caused her to miss the big summer bridal shows and have to close. Luckily my dress wasn't in the store yet so it was spared, but we had to move up my final fitting appointments because she was closing her doors. Then the last week she's open when I'm supposed to be picking up my dress she has to keep rescheduling. It turns out she had a traffic ticket (that was getting throwout!) that was holding up her application for citizenship and she had to be available to her immigration attorney.

5. 41 days before wedding day I got a call that the bakery was closing two weeks before our wedding.  To be honest this one almost sent me over the edge; we'd signed a contract over 7 months ago how could they be closing!? After having a legit freakout where I called T and my mom in tears I called another local bakery. We ended up getting our cakes from Panini Bakery and I could not have been more pleased with them! Their team instantly made me feel more comfortable about the situation and went out of their way to help me with this late request. Honestly this "went wrong" ended up having a better result than our original plan.

6. My day of coordinator moved out of state. Being a professional planner I felt pretty confident about planning my wedding, but I did need someone to be at the rehearsal venue while we were at the ceremony. I found a great day of coordinator when I went to the bridal show in January and we immediately clicked. About a month and a half before the wedding she let me know that her husband had gotten a new job and they were moving out of state. Luckily she made arrangements to come back on the weekends of her weddings!

7. My custom table markers were destroyed in the mail. We had a small intimate wedding so I really wanted all the details to be personal and thought out. Instead of traditional table numbers we labeled each with the name of a place that was important to us: our first date, first vacation, where we grew up, etc. I found an artist on Etsy who I hired to create custom watercolors for each, but sadly they were destroyed in the mail and never made it to me. Luckily I'd printed cards to go on each table explaining the importance of each location, so we just framed those and used them as the table markers.

8. My car battery died the afternoon of the rehearsal. I first had trouble with it Thursday afternoon when I couldn't get it to start leaving at the grocery store. T came to rescue me and was able to get it to start right away so we figured I was just stressed and hadn't put the key in all the way. But when I couldn't get it to start again the next day I knew there was an issue. I was able to get it to start and drove right home where I left it until Monday when I brought it to the dealership for a diagnostic check.

9. My hair and makeup team showed up late. I only had two bridesmaids, my sisters, and they stayed with me at my house on Friday night. I arranged to have someone come to do our hair and makeup at the house Saturday morning. They were scheduled to arrive at 8am to start setting up but the first didn't arrive until 8:26am; obviously I was freaking out. Luckily we had some extra time built in before we really had to leave for the church so it all turned out okay.

10. The Day of the Dead parade shut down the streets around my reception venue. At this point I really thought it was going to be smooth sailing. We had made it through the ceremony and only had the party time left. Well jokes on me because there was just enough time for one more thing to go wrong.  We had repurchased parking for our guests, but with the streets shut down it was impossible to get to it so our entrance was delayed while we waited for them to find other options. Honestly I'm still pretty upset about this one and not ready to laugh it off yet. I understand the venue had no control over the parade, but they gave me absolutely no pre-warning about it. I reached out the day before after the hotel where we had our block warned guests about valet availability and the venue told me I had nothing to worry about. I'm sure in time I'll be able to laugh this one off too.

Monday, November 11, 2019

5 best recent purchases

It's been a hot minute since I've done one of these posts so I thought this would be fun to share. In my option it's still too early for gift guides, but if you added any of these items to your Christmas list I wouldn't blame you!

1. Barbour Jacket - I bought this jacket specifically for our honeymoon and I'm so glad I did! It is such a classic look that I know I will wear for years. The pockets are very roomy so I actually didn't even bring a purse when we went to dinner each night I'd just put my phone and card wallet in the front pockets. Want the look for less? This quilted riding jacket from LLBean is a great option and is actually what I originally was going to order until I realized it was backordered and wouldn't arrive in time.

2. Bedspread - Technically this wasn't a purchase because it was a gift from our wedding registry but I love it so much I had to share! We've needed new bedding for a while but struggled to find something we both liked. I love feminine florals or fluffy white bedding; two things my husband absolutely did not want. This fun navy pattern is a perfect compromise! 

3. Maxi skirt - I love this skirt so much I actually have it in two colors; navy and this fun green. It's the perfect easy piece to dress up or dress down and I get so many compliments when I wear it. Wear it now with booties and again in the spring with gladiator sandals. Bonus it's a great piece to travel with because the accordion pleats hide wrinkles!

4. Sneakers - These were another purchase for the honeymoon in anticipation of all the walking we were going to do. I've been seeing so many bloggers rocking cute sneakers with jeans and leggings for cute casual looks but I didn't think I could pull it off until I found these. I wore these every day of our trip and had happy feet at the end of each day! 

5. Lip Balm - I picked this up on a whim when I was grabbing a few other drugstore makeup basics and I'm so glad I did! It's a tinted lip balm that moisturizes and has a SPF. It's perfect when you don't want lipstick but want more than your Burt's Bees. I also grabbed this nail polish that I think is the perfect fall/winter neutral.

What's one of your best recent purchases?

Friday, November 8, 2019

money diaries

Do you read money diaries on Refinary29? I'm obsessed and have decided I want to submit my own! Below is my first attempt at keeping track; I clearly missed some details (and it's a few months old) so this one won't be submitted, but my breakdown of what I spent this weekend post is my favorite from 2019 so I thought this would be fun to share too. 

7:30am : Alarm goes off, and then again, and again. Anyone else set multiple alarms to wake up in the morning? I quickly get ready and grab a frozen Lean Cuisine before heading out the door.

9:05am: Finally make to my desk; traffic was horrific this morning! It's pretty slow in the office today because we were out last week onsite for an event. I work in a small office, but there are usually more than the 5 of us in the office today. We all get extra days off when we work weekends and it seems like most the office decided to take theirs today.

12:30pm : Finally made it to lunch! On slow days I always try to wait until later to eat lunch to help break up the day; if it's a busy day I tend to eat early. I heat up my Lean Cuisine in the break room and return to my desk to eat while I scroll Instagram on my phone.

5pm : After a quick stop to drop off some Amazon returns at UPS I'm home! It's amazing how easy it is to get home when it's not rush hour traffic! I take the pup out to play in the yard. It's too hot out for a walk but the yard has a lot of shade so I let him run around and play extra long.

6:30pm : T is home from work! We're both hungry and decide to start cooking dinner. The chicken we were planing to make isn't thawed out so we go for plan B with grilling burgers. I make some green beans with bacon, onion and garlic salt for a full meal.

7:30pm - It's still pretty early so I decide to run out and do a couple errands I was planning to do in the morning. I have to return a few things to Old Navy and exchange a registry gift that arrived broken from Bed Bath & Beyond. I'm feeling good about the refunds I did today so I decide to make one last stop at my favorite specialty grocery store. I grab scones for breakfast tomorrow, peach sparkling soda, and a bag of hatch green chili crips that I think will be a good snack with some cheese.

9:45 - I watch an episode of Jane the Virgin and then decide to head to bed and read a little. T falls asleep pretty quickly but I'm not as tired as I thought. I turn on Netflix and realize I never watched the last few episodes of Kimmy Schmidt when they got added months ago. I watch a couple of episodes and then decide it's late and I need to go to sleep.

Daily Total : $10.20

9:30 - Happy Birthday to me! I took today as my extra day off work and didn't set an alarm. It's so nice to sleep in; does anyone else feel like they sleep 10 times better when they don't have to set an alarm? I respond to a few "happy birthday" texts and then decide to get out of bed and take the pup out. I think he enjoyed sleeping in as much as I did because I have to wake him up! T is working from home today so he makes me coffee and we eat our scones and some pineapple together while I open the birthday gifts my family sent. Both my mom and dad call me; which is nice because I haven't seen them in a couple of months. I'll be home for a couple of days in a few weeks and we talk about how excited we are to see each other!

11:00am - T gets back to work and I shower and then watch a few more episodes of Kimmy Schimt. When we first moved in I didn't think we'd use the office that much, but now I'm so glad we have it. Both T and I have the option to work from home once a week and having that dedicated space for work is such a nice thing. Eventually we'll turn that room into a nursery, but that's a few years away, so we're enjoying it for now.

3pm - My only real plan for today was to get a manicure and pedicure so I head out to my local nail salon. I only get my nails done about once every other month at most so this always feels like a real treat! I realize I haven't eaten since my scone this morning and gladly accept the Diet Coke they offer! Because it's my birthday I upgrade to services with the hot towels, scrub, and mask. I pick a hot pink for my fingers and a deep pink for my toes.  $75 including tip

7pm - We head out for our dinner reservation. I gave T three suggestions and then he picked; I'm secretly really happy he picked this one because it was my top choice! I'm on a mission to try new restaurants instead of frequenting the same few ones and this one has great reviews. We order a few cocktails (Titos Moscow Mules), a crispy asparagus appetizer, steak frites (him), the daily special fried chicken (me) and a fried berry hand-pie. It's my birthday so he pays for dinner ($145) but I have cash to tip the valet for our car. $5

9pm - One last stop before we head home! We stop into Sprinkles to grab cupcakes for tomorrow. When we first moved to Dallas we lived a lot closer to the bakery and went all. the. time. Now we're farther away so they feel like a treat, but we still consider them "our" thing. We get carrot cake (me) lemon (him) and a pupcake! We put them on my rewards number but T pays. When we get home we take the pup out and get ready for bed, both sleepy and full from dinner. I read some before falling asleep.

Daily Total : $80

8:15am - After my three alarms go off I finally get ready quickly and I'm out the door. I always shower at night so that my morning routine is minimal. I think about stopping for coffee and a donut on the way into the office but decide I don't really need it today.

1pm - Pack up my stuff and go meet T for lunch with plans to work from home the rest of the afternoon. Our offices are relatively close so we get lunch together occasionally; it's really nice to see each other in the middle of the day especially when he has to work late. We decide on a sandwich place that reminds us of college and where I have a free birthday meal. My salad is free with my birthday coupon and I pay for his sandwich combo and our drinks

2pm- I decide to stop for gas on the way home because I have less than a quarter tank. I have a favorite gas station that I try to stop at exclusively because it's usually at least 10 cents less than anywhere else, but because of this there's always a line. I really thought I'd get lucky and not have a line since its the middle of the day, but everyone else must have had the same idea because it's packed.

3pm - Make it home and the pup is so excited I'm here early! I check my work email and see nothing new so I continue working on the few tasks I had to finish from this morning. Still nothing new in my inbox so I decide to call it a day and do some wedding research. Our wedding is about 3 months away so it's mostly planned, but I still need to figure out a few details like a cake topper and veil. I spend a couple of hours on Etsy, but don't find anything I love. T calls to let me know he's leaving the office to head to his dinner meeting and we chat while he drives.

7pm - T calls to say he's bringing home dinner! I was planning to repurpose some leftovers, but this sounds much better! He has these dinner sales meetings a couple times a week and brings home extras about once a month. He comes home with a full meal for me; salad, bread, steak, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, and peas.

Daily Total : $37.13

8:00am - I keep hitting the snooze button until T lets me know how late it is; I just don't feel good and decide to work from home today. I send a quick email to the rest of my team and update the shared staff calendar so nobody thinks I'm MIA. Let the pup out and feed him; I'm not really hungry so I just pour myself a glass of orange juice and move to the couch. I answer the few emails I received overnight and make a plan for what I really need to get done today.

10:30am - I decide a hot shower will probably make me feel better. I'm feeling congested so hopefully the hot steam will do the trick! I skip washing my hair, but do use my favorite body scrub. It was a great Amazon find in the spring. The shower does the trick and I'm feeling much better! I mix together the salad T brought home last night with a small one I have in the fridge and eat lunch. It's a lot of lettuce, but not very filling since I skipped breakfast so I grab a few of the green chili crips to snack on while I get back to work.

1:30pm - Nothing new has popped up in my in-box today so I decide to call it a day and will just keep an eye on my in-box. I feel a little bad I didn't put in 40 hours this week, but our office is very relaxed and we don't have to track our time so really nobody knows how much time you put in each week. I also rationalize that I put in over 60 hours last week so it's okay I took it a little easy this week. I find a movie to watch on Netflix write some thank you notes for birthday and wedding gifts.

Daily Total : $0

9am - Wake up feeling very refreshed! T is already out the door for work so I have a lazy morning after taking the pup out. I pour a cup of coffee from the leftover pot T made this morning and heat up a frozen breakfast sandwich. I snuggle up on the couch and turn on Netflix that I can mindlessly watch.

12pm - Talk myself out of going to get the Thai food I really want and settle for something at home instead. My options are a little limited so I plate up some tuna salad, pretzel crisps, and frozen broccoli. It's not what I really wanted, but knowing I saved money and ate something that was already in the house makes me feel good. I've gotten in a bad habit lately of eating out on weekends when T is at work and that is not a good habit to develop.

2:30pm - T is back home and we're out the door to go pick out my birthday present! I decided I wanted a real pair of boots, but obviously didn't trust him to pick them out himself. After trying every brown size 7 boot; I finally find a great pair; because they're a birthday present T pays. We decide to leave them there overnight to be gently stretched so they won't take as long to break-in.

5:00pm - T and I head to church; we usually go on Sunday mornings but decided to switch it up this week so we can sleep in tomorrow. Going to church together is one of my favorite things; I really love that it's something we can share. Our church is a little out of the way, but it's the one we started going to when we first moved to Dallas so we make the longer drive weekly. $10 for the collection plate

Daily Total : $10

Grocery Shopping -  I buy eggs, bacon, breakfast bars, salsa, frozen pizza, a couple lean cuisines, a bag each frozen broccoli, green beans, and a broccoli cauliflower mix, and Arizona Tea Arnold Palmer. I try to stock up on frozen veggies when they go on sale to avoid paying the higher price for fresh. I also always make sure to have at least one frozen pizza in the freezer for nights that get away from me and dinner is either that or fast food.  $67.64

Weekly Total : $204.97

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Wedding Wednesday : I'm married!

Last Saturday we finally said "I do" and I could not be more excited to finally be a Mrs! Even with a few hiccups the weekend was perfect in every way and I wouldn't have changed a single thing. They say your wedding day is the "best day ever" but I know I've got a lifetime of "best day ever"s ahead of me with my sweet husband.

I'll share more specific details once we're back from our honeymoon and life gets back to normal. But for now I just wanted to say married life is the life and I highly recommend it to everyone!

Monday, September 16, 2019

hello from Rebel

Hello my name is Rebel, and I'm the four legged boss around here. My mom decided to give me free reign of the blog today to tell you a little about myself.

I'm about 3 years old; we don't know my exact age because my dad adopted me in Colorado. I'm part black lab and part terrier (we think). My mom says it doesn't matter what I'm a mix of because I clearly got the best parts of each. Even though I'm 3 and full grown everyone thinks I look like a black lab puppy, it's probably because I get plenty of beauty sleep, that's what mom says makes her skin look nice.

My favorite treats are when dad makes me my own mini cheeseburger or there is leftover steak. Mom and dad say I get the extras because they're too full to finish, but I know it's really because I'm their favorite. As a thank you I always reward them with licks and the joy of giving me belly rubs. Speaking of belly rubs they're my favorite way to start the day! Mom and dad get up and start getting ready for the day, but I don't need to put on clothes so I get in their big bed and wait for my daily rubs. My other favorite activities are playing with sticks and barking at the squirrels in my backyard and taking naps with my stuffed penguin Penny.

I'm not a big fan of people. Mom and dad think my first humans must not have loved me very much and that's why I'm scared of people I don't know. So if you ever see me in public please use restraint and do not try to pet me. I'm very cute so I know it's hard. I do love other dogs! Mom and dad say they may get me a puppy sibling next year and I can't wait!

Well I guess that's about all there is to know about me!

Friday, September 6, 2019

fall 2019 bucket list

I know it's still technically summer and one look at the temperatures here in Dallas will quickly remind me that, but with the first week of September I'm looking forward to fall! I've always said summer is my favorite season, but TBH I am so ready for fall this year. We've got crunchy leaves in the driveway and football on the weekends; the only thing left is the temperatures to drop to double digits. Here are some things I have to look forward to this season, a fall 2019 bucket list per se

1. Get married - only 50 days to go!
2. Enjoy Washington DC for my honeymoon - please send all romantic suggestions my way!
3. Watch It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown - my favorite Halloween movie
4. Bake a pumpkin pie - preferably after my wedding so my dress fits
5. Go to an Ole Miss football watch party - we may not win a game, but we never lose a party
6. Try a new food at the State Fair - I've got my eye on the stuffed fried taco cone
7. Win a fantasy football game - I'm in two leagues so fingers crossed this will happen at least once
8. Have a Harry Potter movie marathon weekend - Is it even fall if you don't binge watch Harry Potter?

What's on your fall 2019 bucket list?

Friday, August 30, 2019

Current Netflix Watch List

Hello happy Friday friends! My office is closed today for the long weekend, so I really have an extra long holiday weekend. Tyler has to work so we don't have any plans other than staying home and out of the heat. I should probably work on wedding details (less than 60 days to go!) but I'll probably mostly watch Netflix. We don't have cable and only stream, but I have this idea that I want to have less streaming services to consolidate more. That means I need to watch everything on Netflix before we drop it. I don't know if this is an idea from a good place of wanting to save money and be minimalistic, or just my excuse to watch more Netflix. So if you're like me and planning to spend your weekend in the AC here's my current Netflix watch list

1. Glow - This is what I'm currently watching on Netflix. The third season picks up where the second ended with the ladies taking their show to Vegas. I'm only a few episodes into the new season, but so far it's as good as the first two.

2. No Good Nick - I stumbled upon this Netflix original series when I was looking for something to watch alone the other day and I'm so glad I did! The premise is that a girl goes to live with a family in an attempt to con and rob them. Melissa Joan Hart plays the mom so you know it's good! The characters are equally likable and unlikeable which makes it feel more real.

3. The Good Place - The new season recently was added to Netflix so now is the time to watch this if you haven't already. Simply put, The Good Place is the smartest show currently on television.

4. Gilmore Girls - It always feels like fall/winter when I watch Gilmore Girls so its the perfect time to start a rewatch of this one. I've seen this one so many times, but always feel a little different each time I watch it. This last time around I found Rory more and more unlikeable and Emily my favorite.

Prime Bonus : Suits - We're currently about a season and a half into this one and loving it so far. I'm not a huge Megan Markle fan, Price Harry is my OG celebrity crush, so I was a little hesitant to watch this one. But I remember wanting to watch this when it originally aired so I decided to give it a try.

Stars Bonus : Outlander - You can watch the first two seasons of Outlander on Netflix but I'd avoid that unless you have access to Stars streaming for the other seasons. After binging the first two seasons in record time I desperately looked around to find someone who could share their Stars streaming login with me! Fiancé and I watch this one together which is good because it's easy to miss details so having two sets of eyes on the screen is good.

What are you currently watching? Do you favor Netflix or another streaming service? Anyone else counting down to the release Disney+!?

Monday, August 26, 2019

summer 2019 playlist

If you're anything like me you've listened to the new Taylor Swift album approximately 500 times since it was released on Friday. My love of Taylor Swift is well documented here on the blog so I anticipate Lover to be on repeat for the foreseeable future; I Forgot that You Existed and Paper Rings are my early favorites from this album. Before I dive headfirst into Tswift's new musical genius I wanted to share my summer 2019 playlist.

What songs have you loved this summer?

Monday, August 5, 2019

Dior : From Paris to the World at the Dallas Museum of Art

I love art museums and am always excited when I get the chance to visit one. I've wanted to visit the Dallas Museum of Art since moving last year but just never got around to it until now. My younger sister used some free flight vouchers to come visit for a long weekend and I thought it was the perfect time to play tourist in my own town! The highlight of our weekend was a trip to the Dallas Museum of Art for their special Dior exhibit - Dior: From Paris to the World

Admission to the museum as a whole is complimentary, but you do have to purchase a ticket to visit the Dior exhibit. These tickets are timed to ensure there are never too many people in at once and cost $25ish depending on when you visit. We arrived about 20 minutes before our scheduled time and easily parked in the attached garage. We toured a smaller exhibit first and then got in line for the main  attraction!

To say this exhibit is stunning is no exaggeration; it is literally stunning! Even if you don't know much about fashion you can appreciate that these looks are works of art. The first part of the exhibit is set up so you can see the differences between the different heads of the fashion house.  It was so interesting to see how each era was different and influenced by the culture of the times.

The true star of the exhibit is a central room with looks along both sides from floor to ceiling. You walk in a line along the outside of the room so you get a chance to see them all from up close. At the end of the room is the celebrity wall which houses some of the dresses celebrities have worn, including the dress Jenifer Lawrence wore when she won the Oscar and tripped.

The other part of the exhibit displays looks by colors and themes. The final room's theme were famous paintings where the dresses were displayed with works from Monet and O'Keefe. The dresses were so beautiful you almost missed these other works of art on the wall!

If you haven't seen it yet, get to the DMA ASAP because this exhibit is only around until September 1!

Friday, August 2, 2019

5 tips for traveling for work

I'm very fortunate to get the opportunity to travel for work on occasion. I'm a meeting planner for an association, and because our membership is spread throughout the country (world really!) we hold most of our conferences in different locations. This year we had two conferences that traveled and are adding two more in 2020! When you combine these trips with the pre-planning trips it's safe to say the majority of my travel in the last year has been for work.

I was actually on one of these work trips last week which gave me the idea for this post! Not many people travel for work and it certainly wasn't something they covered in any of my college classes. Here are 5 tips for traveling for work that I've learned in the last year!

1. Have a clear understanding of what expenses are covered - Your transportation and hotel will obviously be covered, but do you need to make your own arrangements or will someone else make those? Are you restricted to a certain airline or able to fly the one of your choice? Will you be reimbursed for checked baggage and parking at the airport or do you need to carryon and plan to Uber? What meals are covered and do you have a daily or meal by meal budget? It's also important to know what documentation you need to provide to be reimbursed and how soon you need to turn in your expense report.

2. Know your responsibilities - Before any new work project you probably ask "what is expected of me and what do I need to be successful in attaining that goal" a work trip should be the same way! Having clear expectations of your responsibilities will ensure you're an asset on the trip and allowed to keep traveling!

3. Ask about your wardrobe early - My office is t-shirt and yoga pants casual dress code, but obviously this wouldn't be okay to wear while representing the association. Do you need to dress the same you would in the office? Can you dress more casual for the travel day? Should you plan casual clothes for after hours dinners? These are all things you need to consider before packing you bag. Be sure to ask early enough that you can do some shopping if you don't already have what you need!

4. Prepare an "out of office" response - Just because you're not physically at your desk doesn't mean  work stops. Take the time to set an "out of office" reply to include an emergency backup and when you'll be returning to the office. Don't forget to add a temporary message to your voicemail too!

5. Give yourself time to recover - Traveling for work is exciting, but it's also tiring. Between possible time differences, travel delays, and long work days it all takes a toll on your body and it's important to take time to recover when you're home. If you have to return to work the next day ask if you can come in a little later to sleep in or leave a little early. If you have the weekend to refresh before returning to work, make sure you take time to refresh for a new week. And no matter how much time you have to prepare these tips for returning from vacation can also be applied to traveling for work!

What are your tips for traveling for work?

Monday, July 15, 2019


Popping in today to share a few things currently going on in my life

Watching.... I just finished season two of Outlander on Netflix and am trying to figure out how to watch the other seasons. Anyone have a suggestion? In the meantime we're rewatching Gilmore Girls and That 70s Show

Listening.... I discovered an old Dixie Chicks CD in my car and have had it on repeat since. Who else is excited they're making new music!?

Reading....A random library book. I shared that I'm way behind on my reading goal for the year, but I'm hoping to turn that around soon. Last time I went to the library I went in without a plan and ended up with some pretty random reads. Hopefully one of these better catches my interest.

Wanting.....Nothing from the Nordstrom sale. Is it just me or is the sale just not that great this year? It also doesn't seem like other bloggers are pushing it as hard this year which probably helps with the FOMO. I did just buy this super cute Amazon sundress though that I highly recommend if you're itching to make a purchase.

Anticipating....My birthday in two weeks! I also have a big work trip later this week, so lots to look forward to before the end of July.

What's currently going on in your life?

Friday, June 28, 2019

2019 Goals Check In

With June quickly coming to a close I thought it was the perfect time for a 2019 goals checkin! To be 100% honest and transparent I just had to go back and look at my original goals post to see what my goals for 2019 even are. Needless to say the goals aren't going great.

1. Save $3600 - This is the only goal I vaguely remembered and that's probably because I knew I wasn't doing well with it. In my defense the big picture for this goal was to be able to buy a house next year, but since we did that this year it's not really such a priority anymore. I do need to be better about saving and I plan to make it more of a priority this last half of 2019. The house is pretty much furnished so hopefully there aren't any more large purchases in the near future.

2. Read 12 books - If you remember this is one goal I set in 2018 that I successfully completed, unfortunately it's not going as well this year. Life has been crazy this year and by the time my head hits the pillow I'm exhausted and ready to pass out, so reading before bed hasn't been happening as much as it should. I usually get home before the fiancé so I've started reading for at least 30 minutes right after I get home, if I keep it up all year I should have no problem getting back on track for this goal. I really love reading and I think doing it more will help relax me.

3. Feel confident in photos - This goal was about losing weight and getting healthy. I really thought my wedding would inspire me to drop some weight, but sadly that hasn't happened. I do however think this goal has been somewhat successful though. I came to the realization that if the thought of being in a wedding dress couldn't inspire me to get skinny than probably nothing could and that's okay. I do still want to lose the weight I gained since moving to Dallas, but because I know I'll feel healthier, not because I'll look better. I recently bought an under desk exercise bike after hearing how many calories a coworker burns with his, so I'm excited to see if I can get the same results. We're also trying to eat out less and cook healthier foods at home.

4. Get involved in Dallas - I've sorta done this, but not all the way. I did join my local sorority alumni group, but I haven't been super active. Most of the events were on Thursday evenings which was the same night I had a church commitment that took priority. The group doesn't really have events during the summer, but I plan on trying to be more involved once they start back in the fall and I no longer have that Thursday night commitment.

Did you make 2019 goals? How are you doing with them?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Wedding Wednesday - The most important thing I learned in Marriage Prep Class

Back in February the fiancé and I spent a Saturday participating in the marriage prep class at our church. They do them twice a year and you have to attend one if you plan to get married at the church. Admittedly I was hesitant about going because I just didn't know what I could learn that I didn't already know. But when it was over I was so glad we attended and so glad we didn't put it off until the summer class.

The day was broken into different topics with two couples switching off to lead the discussions. We talked about money, sex, and family values, and all the important things you need to be on the same page about before saying "I do." While all the topics were informative and important my favorite activity was about love languages.

If you don't know, love languages are essentially how we process the emotion of love. Everyone is different so why would we all express such an important emotion the same way. I've heard about love languages for a while, but honestly didn't know too much about them. The 5 love languages are:
1. Acts of Service
2. Gifts
3. Words of Affirmation
4. Touch
5. Quality Time

We each took a quick quiz to determine our love language and I wasn't surprised that I scored close to perfect in Acts of Service. If you've spent any time around me you'll know this is 100% me; I absolutely believe that actions speak louder than any words. But I was surprised to discover my fiancé's love language is Words of Affirmation. I really thought he was going to Gifts because he always wants to buy me nice things. They explained that you can actually have two love languages, one for receiving and one for giving, but that specific test was designed for receiving.

Since taking this class and learning each other's love languages I feel like our relationship has been even stronger. I've made a point of verbalizing my love and appreciation for him and he's made a point of doing little things to make life easier. This knowledge about each other is such an important tool to help our relationship always be strong. I don't know any stats on it, but I feel like the majority of relationships that don't work are because someone doesn't feel loved, but that's probably because both partners don't have the same love language and are expressing love differently.

If you're in a relationship I highly suggest you take the quiz to learn your own love language!

Monday, June 17, 2019

a weekend in San Antonio

Last winter the fiancé and I took a long weekend trip down to San Antonio, so needless to say this post was a long time coming. I'm not a "things" person so I suggested the idea of a weekend trip instead of large Christmas gifts, and because he loves me more than presents he agreed! San Antonio is about a 4 hour drive south of Dallas; it's kinda long but overall pretty easy.

Before we made it to San Antonio we had to stop at the famous Czech Stop in West, Texas for some kolachies! I had never heard of kolachies until I moved to Dallas and let me tell you that is a darn shame! The meat kind are essentially pigs in a blanket and the fruit ones pastries, but they're better than what those descriptions imply. After loading up a bag of our treats we hit the road again!

We stayed at the Courtyard San Antonio Riverwalk which was the perfect "home" for our weekend. It's right on the famous Riverwalk, but tucked around a quiet corner so you're out of the loud crowds but still right in the action. We were able to take a back door out of the lobby and be right on the Riverwalk allowing us to walk to all the fun! The room was basic, but perfect for what we needed. We booked a package that included valet parking, which I highly suggest if you have a car because parking alone is not cheap.

The first evening we went to Mass across the street at St. Mary, which is a beautiful church. When I picture a Catholic church this is exactly what I picture; high ceilings, stained glass windows and beautiful art. It was fun to go to a beautiful church like this because my fiancé had never been inside one like this.

The next day we visited the Alamo! This was the main thing we wanted to see, but honestly I was a little nervous because I've heard mixed reviews from people who've visited. This was seriously so fun and entertaining and something I'd 100% recommend to everyone! To just visit the Alamo is free or you can pay a small fee for an audio ($7) or guided ($15) tour. We opted for the guided tour and honestly that is a must if you visit. Our tour guide had a degree in history and you could tell she was not only knowledgable about the Alamo but really passionate about it. We essentially walked in a wide rectangle in front of the Alamo and learned all about the history of not only the battle of the Alamo, but the whole of San Antonio. Then we entered the Alamo and learned more about the history of the actual building. This is where our guided tour ended, but there are also a few museum type exhibits with artifacts to view. The whole thing was extremely educational, especially for a new Texan!

That evening we enjoyed one of the river cruises to take in the River Walk. We decided to do it at night because the River Walk was decked out in Christmas lights so we thought it'd be more romantic, which it was, but it was also a little chilly; I'd suggest bringing an extra jacket if you do it at night. This tour guide had the usual corny jokes, but also had some fun facts to share and places to point out. Did you know they shot scene from Miss Congeniality on the River Walk!?

This was the perfect weekend getaway! If we go again I'd like to explore the Briscoe Museum and visit some of the other Missions. Other long weekend trips I hope to make include Austin, Waco, and Oklahoma City! We're doing a lot of travel this year so I don't know we'll get to do anymore of these long weekend trips, but now that we're in Dallas for good I have no doubt we'll eventually get to them all.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Life Update : we bought a house!

Surprise! I'm now a homeowner, or a half homeowner, or half a mortgage holder technically. April 10th the fiancé and I closed on our first house and we've been living in it for the last week and a half.

To put things simply we had terrible neighbors at our apartment and were just never able to get the full warm fuzzies for our building because of them. At the beginning of year we started talking about what we wanted to do once our lease was up and both agreed we didn't want to resign to stay for a year. We started looking at other apartments and didn't find anything we loved so we thought we'd look for a condo or townhome to rent. After talking to a realtor and mortgage broker we realized it really just made more sense to buy since mortgage rates were lower than they'd been in the last year and we could get a jump on it before the market got super competitive in the summer.

So we started searching zillow and realtor.com for our dream place. We had a pretty good idea of what we wanted; two bedroom 1.5 bath; 950+sq ft and in two specific locations in Dallas. We thought  these areas would have the best resale value once we started a family and needed something larger while still fitting in our price range. After a long afternoon of looking at about 8 condos we thought we'd found a great fit, but with one problem. This condo had been on the market off and on for almost 2 years (major red flag!) and had an insanely high HOA fee. We then decided to expand our search to single family homes where we wouldn't have an HOA fee and would essentially have the same monthly payment. This meant essentially starting the search over again with a whole new set of parameters.

We really thought the second house we went in was the "one." It had a fabulous screened in sunroom addition plus a large family room, and was much closer to both our jobs. I could picture our future in there and how we'd update it short term and long term. After talking to their agent and looking at a prior inspection report we decided there were just too many problems that we didn't want to fix as first time buyers. So back to the drawing board we went. In the middle of this I had a super crazy work/life schedule where I had 3 trips in less than a month. We took a mini break from looking while I was out of town for a week and decided to go look at three houses the day after I got back into town. At that point I was honestly a little over looking. Even though we hadn't been looking for that long, it was emotionally exhausting to think we had found the "one" twice already only to realize it wasn't a good fit once we looked more closely. I had accepted that we weren't going to find anything and would just need to sign a 9 month lease and start looking again in the fall after the competitiveness of summer was over. But then we walked into this house and knew it was perfect!

It has 3 bedrooms and two baths, a large laundry room, two car garage, and a nice fenced in backyard for the pup. The street has a cute name and we're in a good school district. No farther from work than we were before. Hot water heater, roof, and HVAC are all new within the last 3 years but the house still has some the original elements giving it charm. Gas stove and updated countertops and flooring. And the most adorable guest bathroom. Honestly it's everything and more that we wanted in a first home.

We put in an offer that day. The next morning we got a call from our realtor to let us know we were in a multiple bid situation and the owners were asking for everyone's best offer by 5pm. We went to church and prayed about it and then put in our offer. Later that evening we got the call that the owners had decided they wanted to work with us but countered our offer. After double checking with the mortgage broker we decided to accept there counter and officially said yes to buying the house! The rest of the process was true whirlwind. I kept waiting for the hammer to drop and something to go wrong, but we got lucky and the whole process went really smoothly.

When the year started I shared that one of my 2019 intentions was to be aggressive with saving because we wanted to buy a house in 2020. Reaching that bigger goal of owning a home a year early is so surreal. I realize I'm very fortunate to be in a position where this is possible and I owe a lot of thanks to my parents who not only always stressed the importance of saving and living within your means, but also allowed me to graduate college debt free and then live at home to save for 2 years. I truly feel like I'm living the American dream, and for that I am thankful.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Why I miss blogging and why I don't

The other day I tweeted that I really miss blogging, but then I think about what blogging has become and realize what I really miss are the old days of blogging. When I started writing on this space back in 2013 blogging was WAY different. For starters this blog looked completely different. When I started blogging I blogged at FromMississippiWithLove.blogspot.com and my page was bright pink and orange, then to a chic black and white floral print, and finally to red, navy and white. I started it in part as a way to teach myself basic coding to add a skill to my resume so I did all the coding and design. Along the way I changed the name and design (again) until I curated a space I'm still really proud of.

I recently reread this post I wrote after my first year of blogging and the nostalgia really hit. Blogging was so simple back then. The majority of people blogging were doing it for fun, not to make money or become an influencer. We wrote fun how to posts, weekend updates, and silly prompted linkups. We formed real connects and read each other's blogs and left meaningful comments; not just "cool post!" People spent time writing out posts with real content instead of spending all their time on photo shoots and linking products. Your blog was your priority, not your Instagram follower count. I miss the age of being a blogger instead of an "influencer."

When I started blogging I published 5 times a week. Sitting down for blogging time was my favorite part of my day. I not only wrote each night, but spent time reading so many blogs. Slowly that went down to posting 3 times a week and now I'll go weeks without even thinking about my blog. Part of that is that I'm in a totally different place in my life now. I now have someone to share everything with and don't have to rely on writing down my thoughts to share them. But the bigger reason that I've become so distant from this space is that the blogging world is just so different now. The "influencer" bubble will eventually burst, and when it does I hope we all go back to being just bloggers.

Monday, February 4, 2019

5 ways to refresh for a new week

Weekends are just too darn short! Even though I love my job Monday mornings are hard and I often wakeup wishing the snooze button on my alarm were a time machine to redo the weekend. I have realized that the best way to get through a Monday is to take time on Sunday to prepare for it. In the past few years I've fine tuned my tricks to making Monday mornings more bearable. Today I'm sharing 5 ways to refresh for a new week! 

1. use a facemask - Obvisouly I wish I could end every weekend with a spa trip, but until I win the lottery that just isn't an option. A good at home facemask is the next best thing! There are so many in a wide variety of price ranges you're sure to find something great. I have a drawer full of these from Target; at about $2 each they're a major steal and really help me feel refreshed. If you aren't a big facemark fan doing at home manicure works just as well! 

2. tidy up the house - Let's be real, cleaning the house is not fun, but I always feel way better once it's done. Spending a few minutes on Sunday to tidy up helps me feel relaxed and ready to tackle the week ahead. It's not fun now, but come Monday morning I'll be thankful. 

3. get a good night's sleep - Probably the most important thing on this list! I think the sleep you get on Sunday night sets the tone for your sleep the rest of the week. I always feel more refreshed the morning after an early bedtime. 

4. plan out your week - I'm a planner so knowing what I have ahead is comforting for me and planning my week is a must! If you're not a big planner this could be as simple as planning out your meals for the week and going grocery shopping to stock your kitchen.

5. take time to relax - Enjoy the last of your weekend! Sunday Scaries are real, so make sure to take some time doing something you enjoy. Maybe it's watching a couple hours of mindless Netflix or maybe it's taking your pup for a long walk; whatever helps you feels relaxed and refreshed!

What's your secret to refresh for a new week? 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Current Playlist

Happy Friday!

Can you believe it is finally February! Every year it seems like January is 500 days long. I think it's the combination of the cold weather and finally getting back into work after the holidays, but making it to February 1 seems like a serious accomplishment. Today I wanted to kick the month off by sharing my current playlist that I've been listening to lately.

What songs are you loving lately?

Want some more songs? Check out my Valentine's Day playlist post here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wedding Wednesday - My Ring

It's been a while since my last Wedding Wednesday post, but that's because I've been so busy wedding planning! I'm going to a bridal fair and dress shopping this weekend, so I promise the next post won't be so delayed. Today I'm so excited to share the story behind my favorite piece of jewelry! Even though I've been engaged a little over 5 months I still find myself getting distracted by this shiny ring on my finger.

If you'd asked me to describe my perfect engagement ring I would have described something totally different, but now I can't picture anything else on my finger. I always pictured myself with either a pear or marquise shape diamond and a simple band, and I have a Pinterest board full of those rings to prove it. Before I got engaged I'd joke that my biggest fear was to one day discover my engagement ring was the same as every other mom in the car pool line; that is something I 100% do not have to worry about now!

My ring is actually an antique, originally belonging to my fiancé's grandmother. My future MIL graciously allowed it to become mine when I mentioned how much I love family rings. Whatever ring my fiancé gave me would obviously be special, but the fact it belonged to his grandmother makes it that much better. He doesn't really remember his grandmother because she died when he was little, but the fact his mom let me have something so precious to her is really touching. They always say when you get married you're marrying the entire family. I'm so fortunate to have amazing future in-laws who have loved and welcomed me from the start. Having this beautiful antique ring on my finger reminds me how lucky I am to have found someone who I love with a family I love as much as my own.