Wednesday, August 15, 2018

FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS


If I had to choose my favorite social media outlet it would, hands down, be Instagram. I love watching people's stories as well as their regular posts. I thought I'd share a few of my favorite accounts that I follow. Also, side note....do you ever stop and think about how Instagram wasn't around 10 years ago or about what new social media outlet will be around in 10 years?? 

| ONE |
I watch her stories almost every single day. She posts the best recipes and tips and tricks. She is definitely rocking motherhood! She keeps it real and shows the good, the bad, and the ugly with motherhood, being in the kitchen, and life in general. I find myself laughing at her stories some days and other days taking a screenshot of them to save a recipe or new product she uses and recommends. Her blog is great too!

| TWO |
Katelyn at @katelynjames
I have followed her for a few years and I love her blog. Her daughter is just the cutest little girl and her stories of her always make me laugh. Following along her heartbreaking journey with their son, James, was incredibly sad, but I admire their strength.

| THREE |
Lindsay at @lindsaykingdon
I have also followed her for a few years and love her blog! She posts great recipes and workouts, and I love her style! I love seeing her stories on healthy shakes, meals, and snacks and different workouts she and her husband come up with. Definitely motivates me!

| FOUR |
I remember seeing her hair posts on Pinterest when Pinterest first came out! I have loved reading her blog and watching her family grow over the past few years. Her Instagram stories are just good and funny She shares tips and tricks about everything from hair and makeup to her kids. She keeps it real and shows the 'behind the scenes' to prove that life isn't always "insta perfect'.

| FIVE |
Nancy @nancyray
Nancy Ray's Instagram and blog speak so much truth. I love seeing her work (she's a photographer), her family, and love for others shine through her feed and stories. She's also a huge Dave Ramsey fan, and even came to Nashville with her husband to do their debt free scream. Such an inspiration!


Monday, August 13, 2018

WEEKEND RECAP | COUNTY FAIR 2018


Matthew wanted to cook dinner on Friday night...ladies listen when your husband says he wants to make dinner (on a Friday night!!!!) you LET him! He created a 'Surf & Turf' meal and it was delicious! Steak and crab cakes....might just be my new favorite meal. It was delicious! We ate dinner and then watched a movie...perfect date night at home.

Saturday we had a lazy and slow morning around the house before making a run to Sam's Club for some items to stock up on. We headed to Cookeville early Saturday afternoon to hangout with Ethan and Rachel for the rest of the day. We ate lunch at a local place, Crawdaddy's, and it was just as good as I remember. I had crab cakes, again, and some roasted red potatoes! Later we went to the Putnam County Fair and got the full fair experience. Monster trucks, fair food, crowds and all!

Reagan and Lincoln got some play time in too during our visit!


Sunday after church we went to lunch with some friends to a local Irish Pub. I haven't been to many Irish Pub's, but this one had pretty good food. We tried Scotch Eggs for the first time and they were actually really good!

Sunday afternoon I cleaned out, deep cleaned, and organized our refrigerator and freezer. While Matthew cooked dinner Friday night I did the same to our pantry! They all definitely needed it and it feels so good to have everything organized and cleaned out. I have been craving vegetable soup so I made a huge pot of it for the week! 


Friday, August 10, 2018

6 ON FRIDAY!


| ONE | 
This past Tuesday my company organized and supported a Service Day. There were a couple of different places to volunteer at, but I chose Thistle Farms. Thistle Farms serves women who have experienced abuse, addiction, prostitution, sex trafficking, and homelessness, and provides rehabilitation and employment. It was a great morning serving along side of my co-workers and these strong women who have overcome so much. Thistle Farms has a cafe as well, so if you are ever in the area check it out!
 The cafe had the prettiest display of tea cups hanging from the ceiling. When Thistle Farms cafe was just beginning they put out a call for tea cup donations and they received hundreds of boxes full of mix matched tea cups from all over the world. Absolutely incredible to see the act of love and kindness through these tea cups.
Their mission...

"Thistle Farms' mission is to HEAL, EMPOWER, AND EMPLOY women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. We do this by providing safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence, and a strong community of advocates and partners.  

We believe that in the end, love is the most powerful force for change in the world."
You can shop all their products (all natural ingredients),that are made, right here in Nashville, here. Their products are also now in Whole Foods around the country. 


| TWO | 
My dad and I love succulents. So when I came across this wreath I had to share it with him. Now if we could just convince the shop owner to accept the $200 in Monopoly cash.


| THREE | 
On the topic of succulents, Amazon had a sale on their boxed succulents a couple of weeks ago. I scooped up a box of 12 ASAP and have been loving them. They were on sale for 50% off, so if you are wanting to purchase these at a good price, I would recommend waiting until they went on sale again. I was HIGHLY impressed with the packaging, the shape they arrived in (they looked perfect), and the variety of different ones. I am going to give my dad a couple of these, too! Okay, enough about mine and my dad's succulent obsession...moving on!


| FOUR |
My MIL introduced me to Hoopla a long time ago and I just recently downloaded it and started using it. Needless to say, I am obsessed! I have almost finished listening to my first downloaded book and I have already "checked out" another book. I've also saved about 10 other books to listen to over the next few months. I have heard many great things about Audible, but I didn't want to pay for another service. Hoopla is free and it has music, movies, Ebooks, and Audiobooks on there that you can "check out" as well! I just introduced my dad to this app and he has already found a few books to listen to. 
Here are the two books I have "checked out" and you can see the heart with the 10 in it showing my saved books. You can check out up to 10 books at a time. 


| FIVE | 
My girl and her underbite.


| SIX |
My two youngest sisters went back to school this week. I got the first-day-of-school pictures from my mom. Last first day of middle school (8th grade) and first day of high school (9th grade)....all the feels.

Have a great weekend! 


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

WEEKEND RECAP | EVELYN'S BABY SHOWER

Saturday I helped host a baby shower for my best friend, Kathleen. She is due with her sweet baby GIRL, Evelyn, at the end of September....so close!!

We set everything up on Friday afternoon and finished a couple of things up on Saturday morning before it started. While looking for a cute backdrop idea I cam across a new business on Facebook offering beautiful backdrops, and it just so happened to be two sweet girls we went to high school with. After a few messages we booked them for the baby shower. We were SO stinkin' excited for the beautiful backdrop. It matched our theme/colors absolutely perfectly.

Look at my beautiful best friend....and mom-to-be!

Isn't she glowing?!


The cake/dessert table was in the very center of the room and it was adorable!
Look at these cookies!!! Aren't they beautiful?! They were delicious, too!

The gift table

The food table. It was from 10am-12pm, so we went with brunch style finger foods. So delicious! 
 My dad and I made a cutout of Evelyn's name...meaning my dad did the most of it, ha! 

Sign in table. We also had guest address an envelope to themselves to 'help to busy mom-to-be'

The centerpieces on the tables we very simple and cute! We had a vintage plate with a big mason jar on top with some simple flowers. Kathleen's aunt had the cutest idea, to wrap headbands around the mason jars...aren't they so cute?! We also sprinkled some baby pictures of the mom-to-be and dad-to-be around the shower.

Here is the backdrop. Like I said, it tied in perfectly with our theme/colors. Kathleen opened her gifts in front of it and we made a ton of pictures in front of it. The flowers are made out of CARD STOCK. Also, side note, that bassinet pictured below has been in their family for around 65 years! It was the perfect prop and had such a sweet meaning to their family.

The best friends a girl could ask for!
 Every wedding shower, wedding, and now baby shower, we have made this picture...best friend and our mom's! We have all truly grown up together and I just LOVE them.

One of Kathleen's adorable nieces...I just love her whole family.

Now the countdown is on until we get all the baby lovin'!