Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Few of my Favorites//

I thought it would be fun to do a post about a few of my favorites- beautiful photography + fashion + beach Life! All of these photos are photos from my Pinterest collections so feel free to follow me on Pinterest if you don't already.

I am sure that this will put us all in the mood for Memorial Day (as if we weren't already!) Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Savannah- Day 1

 It's been almost 4 weeks since we have been back from Savannah, but I'm still trying to catch up with my life. So better late than never, right? We pretty much just shopped, walked, and ate our way through Savannah for 7 days- honestly it was heaven!

Enjoy the photos!

I have never eaten so much in my entire life- I was sickeningly stuffed! I also got to meet Paula Deen's right hand cook- Jelly Roll.  She was the sweetest!

Loved Byrd's Cookies so much that I visited about 3 times and we bought about 5 bags of different cookies- yum!

Finally made it to Anthropologie- love this store!

I bought my husband one of the coffee mugs

We did the Trolley on Day 1- it was so much fun!

My $4 tiny cup of coffee from the Coffee Hound, but it was oh so good!

The hubby and I ate here for dinner

This was actually dinner from the previous night - this molten chocolate cake was out of this world!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello May!

Hi Lovelies, can you believe that it's May already? I'm astounded by how fast this year has flown by, but also content that I have been able to accomplish so many things and yet, also have some fun at the same time. Let's do a look-back at 2015 so far, shall we?

//Cleaned out half of the garage and donated 2 truckloads of things to a local charity 
//Wood Floors are finished
//Painted the remaining 3 interior Doors
//Two Doors are framed out with trim and molding
//House Insurance finally all straightened out
//Bought new furniture at IKEA, kitchen rug, bathroom mirror, bedroom dresser
//Husband installed closet shelving and second tier clothing rack
//Hardi-board siding is 3/4 way finished
Work Life
//Stopped bringing work stress home-better home life
//Held a successful 2nd Annual Senior Living Expo
//Celebrated 2-year work Anniversary
//I now leave at Noon on Fridays, which gives me time to catch up on house-work, blogging and able to relax so that I can enjoy my weekend! And now I no longer have to wait for 2 additional hours for my husband to  to pick me up//
//Lovely feed-back from clients on how I am always kind & helpful- that always makes me feel good to be appreciated.

//Purchased Vita-mix
//Joined the gym, went on a Gluten-free, dairy free, soy free diet- lost 6 lbs. so far
//Purchased new mattress pad & new pillows for better support
//Eliminated remaining chemicals in my life- nail polish, acetone and plastic drink-ware
//Cut back on my alcohol intake- trying to become healthier

//Sweet Grass Dairy + Bacchus with friends
//Husband and I played scrabble 2 times this month & had cappuccinos. 
//Reading lots of great books- they know me personally at the Library:) 

Visited Savannah for an entire week- ate lots of she-crab soup, shopped till I dropped, visited Tybee Island, did lots of walking and finally ate at Lady & Son's and even met Jelly roll, Paula Deen's right hand cook//
Renewed my Passport- why do the Walgreen's staff not realize just how important a Passport photo is?? I have to look at that thing for the next 10 years! In 2025, I will be bringing my own photo, thank you very much!

New things/Adventure

Visited some new stores- Anthropology, Crate & Barrell,  Ikea, Pottery Barn, Charming Charlies. Ate at lots of new restaurants in Savannah.

Life Organization
// Joined for free and organized my email subscriptions-one of the most amazing things that I have done this year. Having excessive emails actually overwhelms me because I feel like I need to read everything or I will miss out on something. 
//Hubby bought me a new iPhone back up charger in leopard print- I don't' know what i ever did without one!

I have been doing more praying about things, trying to worry less// I noticed that praying about my anxiety- I have grown stronger and some things that used to really bother me, don't even phase me now- I am in love with this new me that's not so bothered by things! I give God all of the glory! However, I am still an introvert & do not like crowds + parties & useless small talk #notfun

After almost 5 months of not speaking with my sister and all of the hurt that my family has put me through- I have decided to give my sister another chance but I have set boundaries that I will not allow to be crossed this time. I won't put up with any lies, defamation of my character, passive aggression or manipulation.  I won't associate with inauthentic people any longer. I have also stopped giving so much of my love to people who are not appreciative of it- I have to protect my soul against disingenuous people// I have grown so much, I'm much stronger, I love myself so much more and most of all, I know that I am worthy of all the beautiful things that God has in store for me// No longer will I allow another person to make me feel like I am less than, not worthy, not important- if someone doesn't appreciate me, then I refuse to allow them to be part of my life.

All in all, I feel like 2015 has been an extremely successful year thus far. I am ecstatic to see what the rest of this year has in store for me.

2015 Goals:
Fun- weekend trips to the beach (para-sailing, sunset cruise, etc) 
Adventure- hot air balloon ride, helicopter, art on the beach
Trip to somewhere exotic- Belize, Antigua, St. Barts...
More time with God- listen to more online sermons, pray more
Creative side- start painting, sewing, gluten-free baked treats, music lessons
Blog- grow blog, obtain more readers, more book reviews, product reviews
Re-open my Etsy Shop
Photo-shoot with the hubby
Lose 10 more lbs- reach goal weight
Finish house- paint, shutters, trim, landscaping, front entrance gate, well house, etc.
House decor- coffee table, photos of Roscoe
Buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle
More hiking & biking in nature 

What are some of your plans & goals for 2015?

Friday, May 1, 2015

House Preview//

Hi lovelies, I'm a little embarrassed that it has been a month since I last blogged, but I have been busy living life and trying to get things done. Today will be mostly a visual/photo heavy post, but tomorrow I plan on posting about 2015 goals that I have been able to accomplish so far. Until then, enjoy the picture show.

To do: window trim & install wall speakers

I bought this to put in the bathroom- isn't it gorgeous?!

 To do: hang crab picture

This is where I spend most of my weekends with a good book + a cappuccino

I hope that you enjoyed the mini- tour, we still have a long to do list, but it's been fun seeing it all come together! This weekend we will be working on exterior siding, trim and going through more things in the garage- I am hoping to have a garage sale soon + donate more things. See you later this weekend; I will be back with a post all about 2015 goals + accomplishments!