9/30/16

BLOG-TEMBER :: FINALE

Hey there last day of September! I'm a big fan. Mostly because October is TOMORROW!! 

I'm joining in on my first Friday Favorites post with Narci, Erika and Andrea. Woot woot!!!

Y'all....it actually feels like fall here (Dallas). I think it was 75 degrees when I was out earlier. SO so nice!!! And tomorrow? Bring on the pumpkins and all things fall. I just couldn't get myself into the spirit in the 95 degree weather. 

It's also the last day of the blog-tember challenge. I'm sad!! You can see that I have major struggles with blogging regularly...but I just love having a built in prompt everyday. I'm going to try and use some of the days I missed as a continued challenge for October!!  

But today, I wanted to share some words of wisdom.



I just love this...taken from Isaiah 54:10: 


For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed,

but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

Can I get an AMEN? Sometimes (lots of times) I get stuck in situations where I feel like there is no way I'm going to make it through. But the great thing about grace is that you can make it through. And, you will. Whatever season of life you are in, whatever personal obstacles you are dealing with...you are wrapped in God's love. You are covered in HIS peace. You will make it through. I saw a quote the other day that said something like "you have survived 100% of your most difficult days". Wow! Just keep pressing forward!!!


It's my nephew's birthday weekend. His 11th (!!!) birthday is Tuesday, but we are celebrating him all day Saturday. He has a football game in the morning, but then it's pizza, gifts and the Ranger game tomorrow night!!


Y'all, this is the last week of my first ever Bible Study. We have been doing The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer at church. I was so NERVOUS to start it. Not because of the study, but because I was going to a class where I didn't know anyone. That is just so outside of my comfort zone!! But, the lessons have been amazing. And, I've made a great friend who invited me to an additional study on Monday nights. We are doing Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. I'm so sad I put off Bible Study this long!!! 

9/29/16

BLOG-TEMBER :: FAVORITE BLOGGERS

Well, who has dropped the ball on blogging? ME ME!! 

But, I couldn't miss the opportunity to share some of my favorite blogs for today's blog-tember prompt.  
Kenda is C's cousin....but I love her like she is MY cousin. Her family moved to Georgia last year, and we miss them SO much. It's always a treat when they come back for a visit. They have become quite the little weekend explorers...having visited several amazing state parks since their move. Making the best of their new surroundings!! We love following along (and living vicariously) with them. So grateful that she has become such a good friend!

Melissa and I started reading each others blogs a few years ago. We would comment on each other's blogs. And then reply to those comments via email. And those emails kept getting longer and longer. Now, we text several times a day...almost every day. Her friendship has been SUCH a blessing. 

So, I've been reading Melissa's blog forever. Seriously, I stumbled upon it way back when I first started blogging and realized we had gone to the same college. We'd never met in person until about 6 weeks ago. She has been this amazing blessing in my life since then. She is so encouraging and motivating. I mean, she ran 15 miles this morning!!! And, she has more style than I could ever hope to have...and lucky us...she shares all of her fashion finds on her blog!!

I've been following Julie's blog for a while, and I was kind of bummed when she took a break from blogging. But, she is back!! She is adorable and has great style. Her posts always leave me feeling super inspired. And I love following her on Snapchat too (julie-leah)!!!

I think I stumbled upon Crystal's blog in a previous Blog-tember post a few years ago? She lives fairly close, so it's fun to see some of their local adventures (as well as her Texas Bucket List, which I love). She is amazing photographer and her posts never disappoint.

Who are your favorite bloggers?

9/19/16

BLOG-TEMBER :: FAVORITE POSTS

Love that today's blog-tember prompt is to list some of our favorite posts we've done. I love it because some of my favorite posts....ARE BLOG-TEMBER POSTS!! If you follow my blog for any time at all, you'll see that consistency is something I struggle with. In blogging and general day-to-day life (insert eye covering emoji here).


But, I love that Bailey gives us all these great topics to blog about, and the community to share our posts. It's definitely much more motivating than going about it on my own.


It was so fun to go back and look at my music posts from each year. This is one area of my life I am very consistent in! You can see my post from this year, last year, and the year before.


Another favorite is the "what I want to be when I grow up" post. I'm still referring back to that one for ideas. One of these days, I might figure it out!

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This is probably one of my favorite mood boards I've ever created. It's SO me. Still.

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 And this is probably my favorite "fashion" type post. To be perfectly honest...my personal clothing choices these days are less than inspiring. Mostly because I refuse to buy clothes until I lose some weight....even though I struggle feeling confident with the clothes I currently own. But that's a sad post for another day. Today...I thought I would share this post...because I would glady wear any of these cute outfits any day!


Two years ago, I stretched my initial blog-tember success into 31 days of blogging about a single topic. I chose to blog about my weight loss. You can check out the original post to see a link to all my 31 posts for that month. I'm sad to say that I'm STILL in the same boat, struggling just as much, if not more, than I was then. But, it has been motivating to go back and read through all my posts. I'm seriously considering doing this challenge again this year...to get myself by on track! 

9/13/16

BLOG-TEMBER :: THE SWITCH

So today's blog-tember prompt is .... If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be? Why? Fun, right?

I couldn't pick just one. In fact...I probably thought of about 10 different people that I'd like to experience their life...just for a day. But, in true over-thinker form...I realized I wouldn't want to experience ALL facets of their life. Ahem, Jennifer Aniston. I could not deal with the constant paparazzi. Probably not even for a day. 




So first up, Joanna Gaines. I just ADORE her. Her style, her talent, her business sense. Her relationship with her husband and kids. Her faith. ADORE. I think it would be so fun to get an inside look at what it's like to be her, what her design process is. I'd also like to raid her closet...Ha!

And Carrie Underwood. I can not carry a tune to save my life. It's bad. So, I would probably spend all day singing. EVERYTHING. My coffee order, my phone conversations, my play by play of whatever is on tv. I think her style is equally fabulous and she just seems like a down home girl. So while it would be a huge departure from my everyday life (in just about every way)...it'd also be sort of comfortable. And, my legs would look amazing for 24 hours! 

9/12/16

BLOG-TEMBER :: INSTAGRAM INSPIRED AND BOOK LOVE

Happy Monday!

I'm a little behind on my blog-tember posts. So, I thought I would combine yesterday's post (Instagram Faves) and today's post (Book Love).  Totally fitting...because scrolling through IG and reading are probably two of my favorite things to do. Especially when I should be doing other things. Can I get an amen!?

First up...Instagram favorites.....I have several friends that are obviously my favorites...but I'll highlight them later this month. And, I thought I would save my favorite weight loss/fitness follows for another post as well. For today's post, I'm sharing my favorite fashion, travel, home decor and other random fun follows!


SoulScripts by Jordan Lee....such a sweet girl.

KellyPurkey...I used to follow her scrapbooking...but now I follow her for all her travel pictures.

Alyson_Haley....of the blog Sequins & Things. Love her style. And she is spending some time in London right now...so that is fun to follow.

Gladys.Warden of the blog Steeltoes and Stilletos. A (gorgeous) Texas girl with great style. And a cute dog!


Hunted_Interior. LOVE this blog and IG account. Such great style. Makes me want to paint all my walls black and have super chic furniture. ha!

MegDuerkeson...of the blog Whatever. LOVE her fun colorful life!! So much joy!!

MrsAaronWatson...as in the singer Aaron Watson's wife. Kim is one of my favorite follows. Her kids are precious. I love her husband's music...and she has the best heart.

TheHappyGoose...Lindsay is a local girl and just looks like a sweetheart.

And now...BOOKS!!!

I just read Sting by Sandra Brown. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sandra. She lives in my hometown...and I usually get sucked into her books immediately. They do follow a similar pattern...and there are usually a few scenes that are a bit much for me. But...I just always look forward to her newest release. She actually served on the PTA with my Grandmother back in the day. My Gin (grandmother) was the librarian at my elementary school...and Sandra's kids went to the same school.

Anyway...Sting. It was good. Not my favorite of Sandra's...but it did keep me guessing for a bit...and actually surprised me in the end...so that is good.


I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I got it the day it came out, but I am just now sitting down to read it. I've read mixed reviews...and I think that has given me some pause about reading it quicker. But, I am excited to revisit some of my favorite characters. And yes, I am in my (late) thirties. It's fine.


I'm also in the middle of our Ladies Bible Study. We are doing Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. So far, it is really challenging m.e. I've gone through quite a funk the last several months (years?!) and this book is really opening my eyes to a lot of places I've not been spiritually strong. Especially my prayer life.



Liane Moriarty's Truly Madly Guilty, Beth Moore's Audacious, and The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney are all on my to-read shelf.

9/9/16

BLOG-TEMBER :: DESTINATION GETAWAY

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True story...I've always been SUCH a homebody. I do like to travel, in so much as I can be back in my bed in a few nights. Day road trips are my jam. And while C and I have been several places together, we have spent most of our time at home.

But, y'all...in the last few months, I've been bitten by a travel bug. I want to go to ALL THE PLACES. I can remember people telling me they wanted to go to China, or Fiji, or Brazil or wherever...and I would smile and nod...all while thinking WHY??!!! But now...I totally get it.

We are going back to Las Vegas (we went about 10 years ago) this December. And we are talking about making a trip to NYC soon. I have a cousin that lives there that I would like to see. We've also been seriously brain-storming a BIG trip next summer. I love following Victoria's summer trips. And Merritt does some fun travel stuff on snapchat. 

Some of the places on our dream list (I couldn't pick one...not yet anyway).....

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I would LOVE to go to Greece. Or Amsterdam. Or Ireland (this is on C's top 5 as well). The Amalfi Coast is gorgeous. And...Paris is a must. I'm not much of a Mexico/beach type of girl...and that is where all my family and friends seem to vacation. I probably shouldn't knock it until I try it though.

9/8/16

BLOG-TEMBER :: HOME INSPIRATION

I LOVE decorating. LOVE it. And I get so giddy when bloggers do home tours. So today's blog-tember prompt is SO FUN.
We are about to move (again) and basically everything we own is in storage. I've already decided we are going to completely overhaul the living room situation. We have had our furniture since before we got married...and it is just time for some new stuff. Daphne (the cat) had to be trained not to scratch EVERYTHING...but that was a costly lesson. RIP couch. And coffee table. And leather chair. Sad times.

So, while I wait to have a new space to play with...I've been dreaming up some ideas. I thought it would be fun to share what I've got in mind for the living room.


We probably won't do much beyond the living room...until we buy a home. But...that doesn't stop me from playing with the idea of redoing our bedroom. I think I really just like pretend shopping...almost as much as the real thing.