June 22, 2018

Entertain

This year, when Jay’s Birthday rolled around and I insisted on having him a party, he only agreed to let me throw him a party if I promised not get stressed out and overwhelmed. Easier said than done. Right?! However, I accepted his terms and did my best to keep things low key. Knowing Jay’s love for all things Miami, I thought it would be fun to have Jay a Havana themed birthday party. A string of lights, a few cigars, and maybe a few shots Fireball later, we danced the night away and had ourselves a Havana themed party we will never forget!

Becuase I promised to keep things simple, and stress-free, I didn’t take the Havana theme too far. But, I think we didn’t a pretty good job of adding a few touches here, and there. So, I wanted to share a little party post with you! If you are thinking about having a Havana themed party, my best advice is to go for it! Next time, I would definitely pick up a few fedoras and black sunglasses, for the guests. Speaking of which, this Havana themed party wouldn’t have been much fun without our guests. We truly have the most amazing family and friends! 

A quick note before the photos! I discovered these disposable palm leaf plates on Amazon and highly recommend them. They make disposable plates look so fab. If you are having any fun outdoor summer parties, definitely check these out! We loved them! Also, I picked up this dress for the party and I’m so happy that I did. I actually snagged it on sale (it’s still on sale!) and I know that that I will be wearing this over and over. It’s cut so beautifully and the color is amazing! It runs true to size. I wear a US 6 in just about everything and I am wearing a six here too!

Jay’s Havana Themed Birthday Party

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How adorable is my little cousin? She is so full of personality and I just love her to pieces! You might recognize her from our wedding! She was one of our flower girls, along with her sister!

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Sources

 

Palm Leaf Plates Amazon

My Dress Alice + Olivia

Gold Metallic Tattoos Meri Meri, more options here

Candles Meri Meri (These aren’t shown, but these sparkler candles were everything! I don’t think we will ahve another birthday without them!)

Cocktail Napkins similar

Fruit Tray Pedestal Mackenzie Childs

Cake Scratch Bakery 

Cookies Southern Sugar Bakery (These girls are amazing! They made our wedding cookies too!)

Catering Cafe Rio

Photography  Maks Captured Moments

 

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Jay's Havana Themed Birthday Party

June 18, 2018

Fashion

It has been quite a while since I shared a style post, here on the blog, and I thought I would bring it back with this pink silk look! These two pieces have been on repeat in my daily wardrobe this spring. I’m such a sucker for basic pieces but have been doing my best to elevate the basics, to make them a little more feminine and delicate. If you know what I mean? I’m making my basics, not so basic! 

Pink is naturally a favorite and silk is just so classic, and feminine. Combine those two together and this pink silk combo has me feeling a little whimsical! I purchased these two pieces a couple of weeks ago from Net-a-Porter during their sale, along with this bra to complete the look. After a quick glance, I noticed that they are all still on sale, so if you are interested I would snag them, here, before they are gone.

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Pink Silk Cami

I have been lusting over Cami NYC and their beautiful selection of camis for quite a while. Megan Runion, from For All Things Lovely, always pulls off the most effortlessly chic looks, wearing silk camis. I was inspired to try my own hand at this look and personalize it to my style. Naturally, pink silk was my first option but I might have to pick up olive color for fall! If you love wearing tanks and camis in the summer, but feel that they are often more suited for daytime, I would highly suggest giving these a try!

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Silk-Satin Shirt

This beautiful pink silk shirt was also a Net-a-Porter purchase and is definitely not a style that is in my typical shopping cart. However, I am so pleased with the quality of this shirt. I might have to grab another one of these too! Here I paired this top with distressed denim, but it can be styled easily with any outfit. You could wear it to work tucked into a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt. I have also worn it with white jeans and that might just be my favorite combo. Either way, this top is beautiful! 

Comfortable is probably an understatement. This top is silky soft, pun intended, and has a beautiful glossy finish to it! I wouldn’t say that this is oversized, however, if you want a tighter fit, I would size down. 

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What pieces do you turn to, to uplevel your basics? I would love to know! Happy Monday!

Photos by Tiffany Sigmon

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June 12, 2018

Lifestyle

Over the past few of years, I have really gotten into reading! Growing up, I was never much of a reader, but thankfully I have now found just how relaxing, and mind freeing, reading is for me. I have been wanting to share with you few a few of the books that I have been reading lately. After thinking about it, I decided that it would be fun to put together a little Summer 2018 Reading List, including some of the books I have read recently and a few that are on my list for this summer!

Before you get too far into this post, I couldn’t continue without first warning you that although I have become more of a reader, I generally stick with a couple of similar genres. Self-help and spiritual books are some of my favorites. I love learning about entrepreneurship, how I can foster healthier emotions and understanding Christianity. On the contrary, when it comes to fiction, I prefer to read thrillers. Something that sucks me in and I spend 2 days reading a book nonstop, without putting it down. 

Lately, I have also been trying to journal a little more. I find it so helpful and along with reading and learning, reflection has become essential for me. This blog is often like a journal, but I have found that having a personal journal to share my thoughts in has helped me to wrap my mind around common problems, and things that way heavy on my heart, a little bit more. 

Reading List: Summer 2018

Recent Reads

Friend of Sinners

Rich Wilkerson is an author, and speaker, who I can truly connect with. Preachers often lose me earlier on in their sermon or discussion, however, Rich’s realness and vulnerability to imperfection is something that I think most Christians can truly relate to. This book is a testament to his authenticity and such an inspirational read. In Friend of Sinners, Rich shares the relationship that Jesus has with us and the relationships that he had during his time on earth. He is, in fact, a friend of sinners and I found so much comfort in this book. Such an easy, and relatable, exploration of Jesus, our friend! Loved this read so much! 

The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown. Need I say more? I have always heard so much about Brené and finally decided to read one of her books. I started with The Gifts of Imperfection, despite the constant chatter about Rising Strong and several of her other books. This book left me praying that the rest could live up to the standards she set with this read. Although I feel that I have read some pretty great books, over the last few years, nothing will ever hold a candle to this book! Brown discusses so many topics that many of us struggle within our daily lives. Things such as Self-Compassion, Authenticity, Joy, Gratitude, the need for Play and so much more. If there is one book recommendation that you take from me, let it be this one. 

This book has inspired so much thought and personal exploration in my own life. See a few of my thoughts, inspired by this book, here

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I first saw this book on Emily Schuman’s Instagram story and just knew I had to read it. Undoubtedly, I’m attracted to self-help books, religious reads and anything about psychotic killers. One heck of a combination, I know, but we gotta keep it interesting and inspirational. If you know what I mean? With that said, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is the first crime book I have read, that is based on a true story. The way that Michelle McNamara integrates her personal passion and way with words, alongside real moments, facts and evidence, is just unlike anything else. If you have any desire to learn more about the Golden State Killer or are just looking for a very interesting read, this is a must!

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Daring Greatly

I’m all about book recommendations. For some reason, I don’t find myself wandering through Barnes and Noble and picking up things I have never heard of before. My reading list is usually inspired or recommended! This book, however, is sort of recommended- I mean everyone loves Brené Brown, but I haven’t quite heard so much about this one.  As I mentioned before, I have been doing my best to work my way through her collection and I wanted to start with some of her older books. You know, start from the beginning kind of thing! This one is next on my list and I can’t wait to pick it up, as soon as I wrap up I’ll Be Gone in the Dark!

Have you read this one?!

The Woman in the Window

This too is a recommendation and for some reason, the source has slipped my mind! However, this book also falls into the Thriller genre, which gets me very excited! The summary shares the details of a recluse,  spending her days in her NYC apartment, watching her new neighbors only see something she shouldn’t have! I’m dying to know what it is and read this book!

Home Sweet Maison

I’m a frequent listener of The Simple Sophisticate Podcast, after reading The Simply Luxurious Life, a few years ago. A few weeks ago, a podcast episode was inspired by this book, which left me dying to read more.  This book is supposedly a guide to living like the French and transforming your house into a home. I have always desired to travel to France and admired many aspects of their daily life. I can’t wait to pick up this book a fuel my inspiration, along with finding new ways to live in the moment. 

Something in the Water

This book comes from Reese Witherspoon’s book club! Although I am not an active member, I love following along her Instagram account to get inspiration and great book recommendations to add to my reading list. The June read for the book club is Something in the Water.  This too is a psychological thriller. I know, you would have never guessed! (haha) After a significant find on their honeymoon and a young couple is left with a decision to make. You can read more about this book here!


I hope that you enjoyed taking a peek into my recent reads and summer reading list. I would love to know what you have been reading lately! Be sure to leave me your recommendations in a comment below! What is your favorite genre to read?

Reading List: Summer 2018

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June 4, 2018

Lifestyle

A couple of months ago, I shared my March Favorites and that seemed to go over well, so I’m excited to report on my May Favorites this month! April and May went by so fast, it’s hard to believe that it’s already June.

These past two months have been such a blessing for Jay and I. I have learned so much about myself and my business. I have also found quite a few great new products and pieces, that I’m excited to share with you. The weather was so beautiful towards the beginning of the month and the past couple of weeks it has been a complete washout! I’m so tired of the rain and hope that June brings some sunshine and warmer weather. 

May Favorites

During the month of May, I took my little blogging break and it was so good for my soul. During that break, I decided that I would begin posting on my blog twice a week and do my best to put out more videos on my Youtube channel. It feels so good to be sharing more relaxed video content. Be sure to head over to my channel to get a glimpse at our month of May. 

May Favorites and Review

Drunk Elephant Skincare

 I have been sharing my love for the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial mask a ton recently and since I fell so hard for that, I ended up buying several more Drunk Elephant products from the Sephora Beauty Insider sale. My love for this brand has grown bigger and stronger, over the past couple of months and I’m happy to recommend their Jelly Cleanser and their  C-Firma Day Serum. These products are so effective and have treated my skin so well this past month. 

Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks

Another skincare favorite has been the Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks. I prefer the Brightening mask and the Clearing Solutions Mask, as they suit my skin type best. However, they offer a variety of sheet masks that target different concerns. I also found the pore strip mask extremely effective and my newest favorite is this rubber sheet mask. This feels heavenly on my skin and I am about to stock up on them! If I had to recommend one it would definitely be the rubber sheet masks!

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Line

Somewhere around the end of April, beginning of May, I decided to switch up my foundation and I couldn’t be more thankful that I did! Going back to Laura Mercier, was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. Her color range of foundations is amazing and I feel like they are really just the most natural colors you can find. This foundation is a medium, buildable, coverage and perfect for my skin type. It is both oil-free and fragrance-free, which is essential for me. The foundation wears well and generally lasts for quite a while. 

I never thought I would find a concealer that I love more than the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. Until now. This one completely blows that out of the water. I love the applicator wand, the buildable covers, the color range, the wearability, just basically everything about this concealer I adore. 

The Flawless Fusion Line is a new favorite that I think will be around for a while! 

Tkees Flip Flops

I purchased these flip flops back in January, for our trip to Miami. My other pair of flip-flops were pretty worn out and I was just looking for a very simple pair that would just look effortless but were still comfortable. These are not Dr. Scholl’s shoes but for a simple flip-flop, I couldn’t ask for more! Plus, the price is pretty fair, in my opinion. They come in a variety of other colors and I wouldn’t be opposed to purchasing another pair. 

BBG

Exercise has always been a challenge for me. I’m not someone who generally loves working out or pushing myself to the limit. I love going on leisure walks with Jay and Diesel, but true exercise is just not my thing. I also really love to eat delicious and indulgent foods. You can probably see where these two contradicting traits could potentially create a problem for me in the weight gaining department. 

I have never been extremely overweight, but I always hold onto a few more pounds than what I would like to have. Lately, I have been doing the BBG workout and I wouldn’t say that I love it. It’s hard. But, I feel like I am seeing small changes in my body here, and there, which makes me happy. I’m on week 8 and completed the 4 weeks of pre-training. I’m still not doing the weekly “LISS” but I will probably start adding that in soon, now that the weather is warming up. You can read more about my thoughts on BBG here.

I took last week off because I wasn’t feeling well. I just started week 8 today!

LuLu Lemon Align Pant

Because I have been working out more, I decided to treat myself to a few new pieces from LuLu Lemon! They are definitely my favorite activewear brand, that encompasses the quality and style I look for. Most importantly because of their options for high waisted leggings. Let’s be real, your girl wants high waisted leggings to cover that bottom fat roll.🙈 It’s essential.

However, I picked up two pairs of the align leggings because they are so soft. They literally feel like oyu are wearing nothing. #GOALS I just can’t get enough of these pants. Even though they are probably designed more for yoga, I still love walking and doing BBG in them. They are simply the best! 

Friend of Sinners

During April and May, I worked my way through this book. Jay and I also established that now we have to move to Miami, so we can attend Vous Church and worship with this amazing group of people! I love this book because it touches really close to home with my relationship with Christ. Everyone’s spiritual life is different, but for me, this book accurately depicts the Christian that I want to be. It shares stories from the Bible and shares the Jesus who is the Friend of Sinners. The one who does not turn his back and encourages us to love others and lead them to Jesus.

I can’t tell you just how much I have been enjoying this book!

Working on Our Home

Anyone who is newly out on their own, or has just built a home, knows how difficult it can be to pull everything together. We have been taking our time to get things just the way that we want them and I’m so happy with how everything has been going lately. Jay is truly a dream and has been working so hard outside to get our home ready for spring. I can’t wait to show a few updates soon! Here is what we have been up to…

  • Working with what we have
  • Front walkway
  • Creating our garden
  • Tending to plants who didn’t do so well over the Winter
  • Drapery and shades for the Master
  • Artwork for our powder room

Everything takes time and last year just flew by. My goal for this year was to just work on a little at a time and not get overwhelmed with too many big projects. So far, this has been working! I’m so thankful for our many blessings!

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May 29, 2018

Lifestyle

 I promised myself that I wouldn’t push this platform and I would just do my best to share what feels natural. After going around, and around, I felt that it was only right to write a post on Faith. These thoughts on Faith are inspired by Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, and the definition she shares in this book.

Although this post was intended to go live last week, a few things got int he way and here we are! That’s ok, though because, these are honest thoughts from a young wife, a sinner, a woman trying to understand life and love and someone who falls short daily. There are so many things that I find troublesome. Things that I continue to fail at, but will always try to conquer. Over the past several years, my reading list has been consumed with spiritual, self-help books, and the random addition of a thriller/murder/ mystery here, and there. For some time now, I have heard so many people rave about Brené Brown, but never actually picked up one of her books. Until now. With that said, you will find me reading everything else she has ever written in the months to come. 

After recently finishing up this book, her definition of Faith has constantly been at the forefront of my mind. I can’t seem to shake this definition, as it has truly resonated with me more than anything, in a long time. While I couldn’t recommend this book more, this specific definition had me thinking further on the topic of Faith.

Faith

Brown defines Faith as a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty. 

I have always been a fairly spiritual person and continue to grow my relationship with God daily. Growing up, my mom prayed with me all the time and taught me just how unconditional my heavenly Fathers love is for me and for everyone. While believing is crucial, having Faith is essential and is the part that requires action. 

A Few Thoughts on Faith, Inspired by Brené Brown

Being a Believer vs. Having Faith

My writing isn’t great, but I kind of think my analogies are worse, so bare with me on this one. I think its relatively easy to say that you have “Faith” when things are going well. Trust me, I’m an expert at that. The sun is shining, it’s Saturday, everything is going your way, you can even throw in an added pay raise or something that might make you even happier. It’s easy to be happy and have “Faith” then. It’s when we actually have to demonstrate and use our Faith, that it suddenly becomes difficult.

After reading this definition of Faith and taking the time to understand it and apply it to my own life, I have come to the realization that my Faith might not actually be Faith at all. I’m missing a crucial piece. The action part. Being able to do more than just believe and actually let go of that fear of uncertainty. The act of letting go of uncertainty and finding comfort in the unknown are much harder than simply believing God has it covered.

Here comes the scary analogy. I’m starting to believe that Faith is like potential and kinetic energy. The idea of being stored versus being in motion. I know this sounds crazy, but just stay with me! “Believing in what we cannot see”, is much like potential energy, in my opinion. It’s stored. We know it. For me it’s God, for you it might just be believing in something that is greater than the universe. Whatever it is, it’s like stored energy. We believe in it, it’s accepted, period.

Taking action on that belief, when there is a whole lot of grey area or uncertainty, is when that potential energy becomes kinetic. Faith then transforms from just believing in what we can’t see to then requiring us to “have the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty“. 

Faith and Uncertainty

At this point, I still don’t quite know 100% how I feel about this comparison, but it seems to help me put big thoughts into perspective. Although, part of me says faith is both active and at rest. I truly believe, in my heart, that faith is only active. True Faith has kinetic energy. It’s easy to rely on Faith when you aren’t required to trust in uncertainty. Up until reading this definition of Faith, from Brené Brown, I thought I understood Faith. I thought I had it figured out. Now, I’m left feeling like there is still more work to be done. And that’s ok!

No matter what you believe, I hope that you found this definition helpful as I did. I also hope that this post will inspire you to look further into your Faith. I know I will definitely be trying to understand my Faith better now. For so long I thought I had Faith and I do still believe the work is there, however, I think I lose my Faith too easily when God asks me to rely on it. It’s far to easy to only have Faith when it isn’t needed, it is truly when the tables turn that we are called to step out, actively in our Faith. 

What do you think? I would love to know how you have grown your Faith and any tips you have for me and others!

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May 21, 2018

Food + Drink

I’m just going to come right out and say it because you need to know the whole truth. I haven’t always been a Key Lime Pie fan, but now that I am, there is no stopping this train! I’m a recovering, if it doesn’t have chocolate, it’s not really dessert– aholic. Just so you know. But this Southern Key Lime Pie recipe and a few others are changing my world!

Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

One the biggest requests, on my reader survey, was for more recipes on the blog. I’m doing my best to deliver for you and have a few more recipes planned to share soon. One of my biggest struggles, when sharing recipes, is ensuring that they are original. I personally don’t think that any recipes are truly original. There are only so many ways to a recipe, that still tastes good, without somewhat having the same ingredients/measurements as someone else’s recipe.

With that said, I will always be 100% transparent with you on whose recipe I’m sharing, if I was inspired by someone else’s recipe or if to my knowledge, the recipe is completely original. This Southern Key Lime Pie recipe is a creation from, my mom. The savory, southern style crust is from the famous Blue Willow Inn Cookbook and the filling is none other than Nellie & Joe’s Key Lime Pie filling recipe. I have a thing about changing things that are already perfect. You just don’t do it!

Now the crust and the filling are obviously the showstoppers, but I just don’t consider this Key Lime Pie Complete without topping it with homemade whipped cream! The homemade whipped cream was one of the first recipes I got under my belt and one that everyone should know. It’s so simple you really don’t even need a recipe, but I will include one just in case!

Southern Style Key Lime Pie

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Ingredients

For the Shell

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

For the Filling

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup Nellie & Joe’s Kely Lime Juice

For the Whipped Cream

Heavy Whipping Cream

Powdered Sugar

Vanilla Extract

Instructions

For the Shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pie dish or tart pan. Combine flour, butter, brown, and pecans in a large mixing bowl. I find using my hands works best to get everything mixed well. Place the mixture into your pie dish or tart pan. Depending on the size pan you use, it is likely that there will be a little bit of the mixture left. Set this aside and use for garnish.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the strength of your oven. Allow the shell to cool.

For the Filling

Combine condensed milk, egg yolks and lime juice in a bowl. Mix until smooth. 

Once your crust has cooled completely, pour filling into pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Allow the pie to cool completely, or for at least 15 minutes, before covering and refrigerating. Refrigerate for two hours or overnight.

For the Whipped Cream

Just before you are ready to serve your pie, using an electric mixer, with a whisk attachment, whisk whipping milk on medium-high while continuously adding the sugar, a spoonful at a time, until you have sweetened the milk to your desire. Once all of the sugar has been mixed in, add in vanilla extract.  Depending on how much vanila flavor your want, you can add as little or as much! Mix until cream begins to form medium stiff peaks. 

Coat the top of your pie with a generous heap of whipped cream! Serve with lime slices, grated lime zest or a crumble of the leftover crust!


You might have caught a glimpse of this pie in my Cinco de Mayo Tablescape. If you haven’t seen that already, be sure to check it out here.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

 

Southern Style Key Lime Pie

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June 18, 2018

Fashion

It has been quite a while since I shared a style post, here on the blog, and I thought I would bring it back with this pink silk look! These two pieces have been on repeat in my daily wardrobe this spring. I’m such a sucker for basic pieces but have been doing my best to elevate the basics, to make them a little more feminine and delicate. If you know what I mean? I’m making my basics, not so basic! 

Pink is naturally a favorite and silk is just so classic, and feminine. Combine those two together and this pink silk combo has me feeling a little whimsical! I purchased these two pieces a couple of weeks ago from Net-a-Porter during their sale, along with this bra to complete the look. After a quick glance, I noticed that they are all still on sale, so if you are interested I would snag them, here, before they are gone.

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Pink Silk Cami

I have been lusting over Cami NYC and their beautiful selection of camis for quite a while. Megan Runion, from For All Things Lovely, always pulls off the most effortlessly chic looks, wearing silk camis. I was inspired to try my own hand at this look and personalize it to my style. Naturally, pink silk was my first option but I might have to pick up olive color for fall! If you love wearing tanks and camis in the summer, but feel that they are often more suited for daytime, I would highly suggest giving these a try!

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Silk-Satin Shirt

This beautiful pink silk shirt was also a Net-a-Porter purchase and is definitely not a style that is in my typical shopping cart. However, I am so pleased with the quality of this shirt. I might have to grab another one of these too! Here I paired this top with distressed denim, but it can be styled easily with any outfit. You could wear it to work tucked into a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt. I have also worn it with white jeans and that might just be my favorite combo. Either way, this top is beautiful! 

Comfortable is probably an understatement. This top is silky soft, pun intended, and has a beautiful glossy finish to it! I wouldn’t say that this is oversized, however, if you want a tighter fit, I would size down. 

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What pieces do you turn to, to uplevel your basics? I would love to know! Happy Monday!

Photos by Tiffany Sigmon

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June 12, 2018

Lifestyle

Over the past few of years, I have really gotten into reading! Growing up, I was never much of a reader, but thankfully I have now found just how relaxing, and mind freeing, reading is for me. I have been wanting to share with you few a few of the books that I have been reading lately. After thinking about it, I decided that it would be fun to put together a little Summer 2018 Reading List, including some of the books I have read recently and a few that are on my list for this summer!

Before you get too far into this post, I couldn’t continue without first warning you that although I have become more of a reader, I generally stick with a couple of similar genres. Self-help and spiritual books are some of my favorites. I love learning about entrepreneurship, how I can foster healthier emotions and understanding Christianity. On the contrary, when it comes to fiction, I prefer to read thrillers. Something that sucks me in and I spend 2 days reading a book nonstop, without putting it down. 

Lately, I have also been trying to journal a little more. I find it so helpful and along with reading and learning, reflection has become essential for me. This blog is often like a journal, but I have found that having a personal journal to share my thoughts in has helped me to wrap my mind around common problems, and things that way heavy on my heart, a little bit more. 

Reading List: Summer 2018

Recent Reads

Friend of Sinners

Rich Wilkerson is an author, and speaker, who I can truly connect with. Preachers often lose me earlier on in their sermon or discussion, however, Rich’s realness and vulnerability to imperfection is something that I think most Christians can truly relate to. This book is a testament to his authenticity and such an inspirational read. In Friend of Sinners, Rich shares the relationship that Jesus has with us and the relationships that he had during his time on earth. He is, in fact, a friend of sinners and I found so much comfort in this book. Such an easy, and relatable, exploration of Jesus, our friend! Loved this read so much! 

The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown. Need I say more? I have always heard so much about Brené and finally decided to read one of her books. I started with The Gifts of Imperfection, despite the constant chatter about Rising Strong and several of her other books. This book left me praying that the rest could live up to the standards she set with this read. Although I feel that I have read some pretty great books, over the last few years, nothing will ever hold a candle to this book! Brown discusses so many topics that many of us struggle within our daily lives. Things such as Self-Compassion, Authenticity, Joy, Gratitude, the need for Play and so much more. If there is one book recommendation that you take from me, let it be this one. 

This book has inspired so much thought and personal exploration in my own life. See a few of my thoughts, inspired by this book, here

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I first saw this book on Emily Schuman’s Instagram story and just knew I had to read it. Undoubtedly, I’m attracted to self-help books, religious reads and anything about psychotic killers. One heck of a combination, I know, but we gotta keep it interesting and inspirational. If you know what I mean? With that said, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is the first crime book I have read, that is based on a true story. The way that Michelle McNamara integrates her personal passion and way with words, alongside real moments, facts and evidence, is just unlike anything else. If you have any desire to learn more about the Golden State Killer or are just looking for a very interesting read, this is a must!

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Daring Greatly

I’m all about book recommendations. For some reason, I don’t find myself wandering through Barnes and Noble and picking up things I have never heard of before. My reading list is usually inspired or recommended! This book, however, is sort of recommended- I mean everyone loves Brené Brown, but I haven’t quite heard so much about this one.  As I mentioned before, I have been doing my best to work my way through her collection and I wanted to start with some of her older books. You know, start from the beginning kind of thing! This one is next on my list and I can’t wait to pick it up, as soon as I wrap up I’ll Be Gone in the Dark!

Have you read this one?!

The Woman in the Window

This too is a recommendation and for some reason, the source has slipped my mind! However, this book also falls into the Thriller genre, which gets me very excited! The summary shares the details of a recluse,  spending her days in her NYC apartment, watching her new neighbors only see something she shouldn’t have! I’m dying to know what it is and read this book!

Home Sweet Maison

I’m a frequent listener of The Simple Sophisticate Podcast, after reading The Simply Luxurious Life, a few years ago. A few weeks ago, a podcast episode was inspired by this book, which left me dying to read more.  This book is supposedly a guide to living like the French and transforming your house into a home. I have always desired to travel to France and admired many aspects of their daily life. I can’t wait to pick up this book a fuel my inspiration, along with finding new ways to live in the moment. 

Something in the Water

This book comes from Reese Witherspoon’s book club! Although I am not an active member, I love following along her Instagram account to get inspiration and great book recommendations to add to my reading list. The June read for the book club is Something in the Water.  This too is a psychological thriller. I know, you would have never guessed! (haha) After a significant find on their honeymoon and a young couple is left with a decision to make. You can read more about this book here!


I hope that you enjoyed taking a peek into my recent reads and summer reading list. I would love to know what you have been reading lately! Be sure to leave me your recommendations in a comment below! What is your favorite genre to read?

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June 4, 2018

Lifestyle

A couple of months ago, I shared my March Favorites and that seemed to go over well, so I’m excited to report on my May Favorites this month! April and May went by so fast, it’s hard to believe that it’s already June.

These past two months have been such a blessing for Jay and I. I have learned so much about myself and my business. I have also found quite a few great new products and pieces, that I’m excited to share with you. The weather was so beautiful towards the beginning of the month and the past couple of weeks it has been a complete washout! I’m so tired of the rain and hope that June brings some sunshine and warmer weather. 

May Favorites

During the month of May, I took my little blogging break and it was so good for my soul. During that break, I decided that I would begin posting on my blog twice a week and do my best to put out more videos on my Youtube channel. It feels so good to be sharing more relaxed video content. Be sure to head over to my channel to get a glimpse at our month of May. 

May Favorites and Review

Drunk Elephant Skincare

 I have been sharing my love for the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial mask a ton recently and since I fell so hard for that, I ended up buying several more Drunk Elephant products from the Sephora Beauty Insider sale. My love for this brand has grown bigger and stronger, over the past couple of months and I’m happy to recommend their Jelly Cleanser and their  C-Firma Day Serum. These products are so effective and have treated my skin so well this past month. 

Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks

Another skincare favorite has been the Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks. I prefer the Brightening mask and the Clearing Solutions Mask, as they suit my skin type best. However, they offer a variety of sheet masks that target different concerns. I also found the pore strip mask extremely effective and my newest favorite is this rubber sheet mask. This feels heavenly on my skin and I am about to stock up on them! If I had to recommend one it would definitely be the rubber sheet masks!

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Line

Somewhere around the end of April, beginning of May, I decided to switch up my foundation and I couldn’t be more thankful that I did! Going back to Laura Mercier, was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. Her color range of foundations is amazing and I feel like they are really just the most natural colors you can find. This foundation is a medium, buildable, coverage and perfect for my skin type. It is both oil-free and fragrance-free, which is essential for me. The foundation wears well and generally lasts for quite a while. 

I never thought I would find a concealer that I love more than the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. Until now. This one completely blows that out of the water. I love the applicator wand, the buildable covers, the color range, the wearability, just basically everything about this concealer I adore. 

The Flawless Fusion Line is a new favorite that I think will be around for a while! 

Tkees Flip Flops

I purchased these flip flops back in January, for our trip to Miami. My other pair of flip-flops were pretty worn out and I was just looking for a very simple pair that would just look effortless but were still comfortable. These are not Dr. Scholl’s shoes but for a simple flip-flop, I couldn’t ask for more! Plus, the price is pretty fair, in my opinion. They come in a variety of other colors and I wouldn’t be opposed to purchasing another pair. 

BBG

Exercise has always been a challenge for me. I’m not someone who generally loves working out or pushing myself to the limit. I love going on leisure walks with Jay and Diesel, but true exercise is just not my thing. I also really love to eat delicious and indulgent foods. You can probably see where these two contradicting traits could potentially create a problem for me in the weight gaining department. 

I have never been extremely overweight, but I always hold onto a few more pounds than what I would like to have. Lately, I have been doing the BBG workout and I wouldn’t say that I love it. It’s hard. But, I feel like I am seeing small changes in my body here, and there, which makes me happy. I’m on week 8 and completed the 4 weeks of pre-training. I’m still not doing the weekly “LISS” but I will probably start adding that in soon, now that the weather is warming up. You can read more about my thoughts on BBG here.

I took last week off because I wasn’t feeling well. I just started week 8 today!

LuLu Lemon Align Pant

Because I have been working out more, I decided to treat myself to a few new pieces from LuLu Lemon! They are definitely my favorite activewear brand, that encompasses the quality and style I look for. Most importantly because of their options for high waisted leggings. Let’s be real, your girl wants high waisted leggings to cover that bottom fat roll.🙈 It’s essential.

However, I picked up two pairs of the align leggings because they are so soft. They literally feel like oyu are wearing nothing. #GOALS I just can’t get enough of these pants. Even though they are probably designed more for yoga, I still love walking and doing BBG in them. They are simply the best! 

Friend of Sinners

During April and May, I worked my way through this book. Jay and I also established that now we have to move to Miami, so we can attend Vous Church and worship with this amazing group of people! I love this book because it touches really close to home with my relationship with Christ. Everyone’s spiritual life is different, but for me, this book accurately depicts the Christian that I want to be. It shares stories from the Bible and shares the Jesus who is the Friend of Sinners. The one who does not turn his back and encourages us to love others and lead them to Jesus.

I can’t tell you just how much I have been enjoying this book!

Working on Our Home

Anyone who is newly out on their own, or has just built a home, knows how difficult it can be to pull everything together. We have been taking our time to get things just the way that we want them and I’m so happy with how everything has been going lately. Jay is truly a dream and has been working so hard outside to get our home ready for spring. I can’t wait to show a few updates soon! Here is what we have been up to…

  • Working with what we have
  • Front walkway
  • Creating our garden
  • Tending to plants who didn’t do so well over the Winter
  • Drapery and shades for the Master
  • Artwork for our powder room

Everything takes time and last year just flew by. My goal for this year was to just work on a little at a time and not get overwhelmed with too many big projects. So far, this has been working! I’m so thankful for our many blessings!

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May 29, 2018

Lifestyle

 I promised myself that I wouldn’t push this platform and I would just do my best to share what feels natural. After going around, and around, I felt that it was only right to write a post on Faith. These thoughts on Faith are inspired by Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, and the definition she shares in this book.

Although this post was intended to go live last week, a few things got int he way and here we are! That’s ok, though because, these are honest thoughts from a young wife, a sinner, a woman trying to understand life and love and someone who falls short daily. There are so many things that I find troublesome. Things that I continue to fail at, but will always try to conquer. Over the past several years, my reading list has been consumed with spiritual, self-help books, and the random addition of a thriller/murder/ mystery here, and there. For some time now, I have heard so many people rave about Brené Brown, but never actually picked up one of her books. Until now. With that said, you will find me reading everything else she has ever written in the months to come. 

After recently finishing up this book, her definition of Faith has constantly been at the forefront of my mind. I can’t seem to shake this definition, as it has truly resonated with me more than anything, in a long time. While I couldn’t recommend this book more, this specific definition had me thinking further on the topic of Faith.

Faith

Brown defines Faith as a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty. 

I have always been a fairly spiritual person and continue to grow my relationship with God daily. Growing up, my mom prayed with me all the time and taught me just how unconditional my heavenly Fathers love is for me and for everyone. While believing is crucial, having Faith is essential and is the part that requires action. 

A Few Thoughts on Faith, Inspired by Brené Brown

Being a Believer vs. Having Faith

My writing isn’t great, but I kind of think my analogies are worse, so bare with me on this one. I think its relatively easy to say that you have “Faith” when things are going well. Trust me, I’m an expert at that. The sun is shining, it’s Saturday, everything is going your way, you can even throw in an added pay raise or something that might make you even happier. It’s easy to be happy and have “Faith” then. It’s when we actually have to demonstrate and use our Faith, that it suddenly becomes difficult.

After reading this definition of Faith and taking the time to understand it and apply it to my own life, I have come to the realization that my Faith might not actually be Faith at all. I’m missing a crucial piece. The action part. Being able to do more than just believe and actually let go of that fear of uncertainty. The act of letting go of uncertainty and finding comfort in the unknown are much harder than simply believing God has it covered.

Here comes the scary analogy. I’m starting to believe that Faith is like potential and kinetic energy. The idea of being stored versus being in motion. I know this sounds crazy, but just stay with me! “Believing in what we cannot see”, is much like potential energy, in my opinion. It’s stored. We know it. For me it’s God, for you it might just be believing in something that is greater than the universe. Whatever it is, it’s like stored energy. We believe in it, it’s accepted, period.

Taking action on that belief, when there is a whole lot of grey area or uncertainty, is when that potential energy becomes kinetic. Faith then transforms from just believing in what we can’t see to then requiring us to “have the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty“. 

Faith and Uncertainty

At this point, I still don’t quite know 100% how I feel about this comparison, but it seems to help me put big thoughts into perspective. Although, part of me says faith is both active and at rest. I truly believe, in my heart, that faith is only active. True Faith has kinetic energy. It’s easy to rely on Faith when you aren’t required to trust in uncertainty. Up until reading this definition of Faith, from Brené Brown, I thought I understood Faith. I thought I had it figured out. Now, I’m left feeling like there is still more work to be done. And that’s ok!

No matter what you believe, I hope that you found this definition helpful as I did. I also hope that this post will inspire you to look further into your Faith. I know I will definitely be trying to understand my Faith better now. For so long I thought I had Faith and I do still believe the work is there, however, I think I lose my Faith too easily when God asks me to rely on it. It’s far to easy to only have Faith when it isn’t needed, it is truly when the tables turn that we are called to step out, actively in our Faith. 

What do you think? I would love to know how you have grown your Faith and any tips you have for me and others!

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May 21, 2018

Food + Drink

I’m just going to come right out and say it because you need to know the whole truth. I haven’t always been a Key Lime Pie fan, but now that I am, there is no stopping this train! I’m a recovering, if it doesn’t have chocolate, it’s not really dessert– aholic. Just so you know. But this Southern Key Lime Pie recipe and a few others are changing my world!

Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

One the biggest requests, on my reader survey, was for more recipes on the blog. I’m doing my best to deliver for you and have a few more recipes planned to share soon. One of my biggest struggles, when sharing recipes, is ensuring that they are original. I personally don’t think that any recipes are truly original. There are only so many ways to a recipe, that still tastes good, without somewhat having the same ingredients/measurements as someone else’s recipe.

With that said, I will always be 100% transparent with you on whose recipe I’m sharing, if I was inspired by someone else’s recipe or if to my knowledge, the recipe is completely original. This Southern Key Lime Pie recipe is a creation from, my mom. The savory, southern style crust is from the famous Blue Willow Inn Cookbook and the filling is none other than Nellie & Joe’s Key Lime Pie filling recipe. I have a thing about changing things that are already perfect. You just don’t do it!

Now the crust and the filling are obviously the showstoppers, but I just don’t consider this Key Lime Pie Complete without topping it with homemade whipped cream! The homemade whipped cream was one of the first recipes I got under my belt and one that everyone should know. It’s so simple you really don’t even need a recipe, but I will include one just in case!

Southern Style Key Lime Pie

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Ingredients

For the Shell

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

For the Filling

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup Nellie & Joe’s Kely Lime Juice

For the Whipped Cream

Heavy Whipping Cream

Powdered Sugar

Vanilla Extract

Instructions

For the Shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pie dish or tart pan. Combine flour, butter, brown, and pecans in a large mixing bowl. I find using my hands works best to get everything mixed well. Place the mixture into your pie dish or tart pan. Depending on the size pan you use, it is likely that there will be a little bit of the mixture left. Set this aside and use for garnish.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the strength of your oven. Allow the shell to cool.

For the Filling

Combine condensed milk, egg yolks and lime juice in a bowl. Mix until smooth. 

Once your crust has cooled completely, pour filling into pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Allow the pie to cool completely, or for at least 15 minutes, before covering and refrigerating. Refrigerate for two hours or overnight.

For the Whipped Cream

Just before you are ready to serve your pie, using an electric mixer, with a whisk attachment, whisk whipping milk on medium-high while continuously adding the sugar, a spoonful at a time, until you have sweetened the milk to your desire. Once all of the sugar has been mixed in, add in vanilla extract.  Depending on how much vanila flavor your want, you can add as little or as much! Mix until cream begins to form medium stiff peaks. 

Coat the top of your pie with a generous heap of whipped cream! Serve with lime slices, grated lime zest or a crumble of the leftover crust!


You might have caught a glimpse of this pie in my Cinco de Mayo Tablescape. If you haven’t seen that already, be sure to check it out here.

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May 18, 2018

The Home

As I mentioned in my last post, it’s hard managing everything in life while also trying to grow my blog! While I was on my little “blogging break“, I took some time to focus on our home a bit. When it comes to working on our home, I’m very passionate. I can easily spend hours online trying to find the perfect piece of furniture and in full transparency, when I find it, it usually isn’t cheap!

Making investments in our home is something that I love, but it’s just that, an investment. Jay really helps me pick up the slack and does such an amazing job keeping things looking beautiful on the outside of our home. It has always been my goal to share Home Updates with you, over the years, and it’s been a while since my last one! This post doesn’t really have a rhyme or reason, but I love to document our progress over the years.

Our powder room is almost complete and I can’t wait to have our first little “reveal” very soon! We have been working on so many exciting things and as you know a home has so many working pieces. everything just takes time. Here are a few little home updates and some of our plans for the summer.

Home Updates

A Few Home Updates | May 2018

A Few Home Updates | May 2018

Furniture

I spotted this mirror, shown above, a month or so ago at a local shop The Guild Hall in Williamsburg. My mom actually pointed it out to me and I instantly fell in love. After thinking about it for quite a while, I finally purchased it Jay hung it for me over the weekend. I couldn’t be happier with how this mirror looks hanging in our entry. It pairs perfectly this beautiful piece of furniture and adds so much warmth to this space, making it more inviting!

We also relocated the little writing desk, that was formerly in our office, into our family room. As of right now, we still don’t have furniture in our family room. So, this helps to make this space feel homier and it houses a candle, photo, and a lamp, for subtle lighting in the evening. I just love lamps! Do you?

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Sidewalk

Our sidewalk is officially installed, finished and so fabulous. Can you tell that I love it already? We went the good majority of 2017 without a driveway and after having our driveway put in, last summer, I have been anxiously awaiting our sidewalk! Jay and I both love beautiful things, which in turn usually have a pretty hefty price tag. We knew that we wanted our sidewalk to be blue stone, to match our porches, so we decided to hold out for what we really wanted. Even if it would cost more and take a little longer.

You can probably see that we have a little work to do around the edges sidewalk (fill dirt, new mulch, etc). However, I’m so happy with it and wanted to share it with you all! Now, I don’t have to feel bad about people coming to our front door and having to walk on a muddy path to get there. Either way, I’m so happy to welcome people into our home now!

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Garden & Outdoor Spaces

This could possibly one of the most exciting things in this post and is definitely by far the most rewarding. If you have been following along on my Instagram and stories, you would have seen the process of our garden coming to life! I have missed gardening so much the past two years, as we haven’t had a garden at our new home yet. We finally got everything planned, prepared and in the ground. I can’t wait to share more of our garden soon, once everything is sprouting up. 

We have also been working on the porches and helping to revive some of our potted plants after a long winter. I have been wanting to get a pretty planter out by our garage for a while now and finally found the one shown above at a local nursery. We filled it with a small boxwood, a few white flowers, and ivy. It turned out so beautiful and a mama bird has already made it home for her and her babies (they are still eggs, right now, by the way). Although it makes watering my plant a bit more difficult, it makes me so happy that our home can be shared. With some animals that is! We have already been having snake issues, which is not my favorite, so I need to get down some snake repellant! 

I always call our house “Funny Farm” in the Spring and Summer, because we always have so many animals around here! Raccoons, snakes, deer, birds, tree frogs and now the squirrels are taking over, as you can see from my empty bird feeder. We have to do something about them eating all of our seed. Any tips for keeping squirrels from eating everything?


We have been truly enjoying our outdoor spaces and the garden so much. The roses have been blooming so beautifully and our peonies are almost finished blooming. I can’t wait to see how these plants grow from year to year, in future home updates! I have spent most of my days watering, cutting and arranging my flowers. To be completely honest, nothing in the world makes me happier than being in our garden with my two guys! 

I hope that you have enjoyed this little update and I don’t plan on going this long without future home updates and room reveals. It finally feels like things are coming together and settling down a bit. You can always see glimpses of our home, and everyday life, in vlogs on my Youtube channel. I would love to know what home projects you are working on, have planned or just finished! 

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June 12, 2018

Lifestyle

Over the past few of years, I have really gotten into reading! Growing up, I was never much of a reader, but thankfully I have now found just how relaxing, and mind freeing, reading is for me. I have been wanting to share with you few a few of the books that I have been reading lately. After thinking about it, I decided that it would be fun to put together a little Summer 2018 Reading List, including some of the books I have read recently and a few that are on my list for this summer!

Before you get too far into this post, I couldn’t continue without first warning you that although I have become more of a reader, I generally stick with a couple of similar genres. Self-help and spiritual books are some of my favorites. I love learning about entrepreneurship, how I can foster healthier emotions and understanding Christianity. On the contrary, when it comes to fiction, I prefer to read thrillers. Something that sucks me in and I spend 2 days reading a book nonstop, without putting it down. 

Lately, I have also been trying to journal a little more. I find it so helpful and along with reading and learning, reflection has become essential for me. This blog is often like a journal, but I have found that having a personal journal to share my thoughts in has helped me to wrap my mind around common problems, and things that way heavy on my heart, a little bit more. 

Reading List: Summer 2018

Recent Reads

Friend of Sinners

Rich Wilkerson is an author, and speaker, who I can truly connect with. Preachers often lose me earlier on in their sermon or discussion, however, Rich’s realness and vulnerability to imperfection is something that I think most Christians can truly relate to. This book is a testament to his authenticity and such an inspirational read. In Friend of Sinners, Rich shares the relationship that Jesus has with us and the relationships that he had during his time on earth. He is, in fact, a friend of sinners and I found so much comfort in this book. Such an easy, and relatable, exploration of Jesus, our friend! Loved this read so much! 

The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown. Need I say more? I have always heard so much about Brené and finally decided to read one of her books. I started with The Gifts of Imperfection, despite the constant chatter about Rising Strong and several of her other books. This book left me praying that the rest could live up to the standards she set with this read. Although I feel that I have read some pretty great books, over the last few years, nothing will ever hold a candle to this book! Brown discusses so many topics that many of us struggle within our daily lives. Things such as Self-Compassion, Authenticity, Joy, Gratitude, the need for Play and so much more. If there is one book recommendation that you take from me, let it be this one. 

This book has inspired so much thought and personal exploration in my own life. See a few of my thoughts, inspired by this book, here

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I first saw this book on Emily Schuman’s Instagram story and just knew I had to read it. Undoubtedly, I’m attracted to self-help books, religious reads and anything about psychotic killers. One heck of a combination, I know, but we gotta keep it interesting and inspirational. If you know what I mean? With that said, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is the first crime book I have read, that is based on a true story. The way that Michelle McNamara integrates her personal passion and way with words, alongside real moments, facts and evidence, is just unlike anything else. If you have any desire to learn more about the Golden State Killer or are just looking for a very interesting read, this is a must!

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Daring Greatly

I’m all about book recommendations. For some reason, I don’t find myself wandering through Barnes and Noble and picking up things I have never heard of before. My reading list is usually inspired or recommended! This book, however, is sort of recommended- I mean everyone loves Brené Brown, but I haven’t quite heard so much about this one.  As I mentioned before, I have been doing my best to work my way through her collection and I wanted to start with some of her older books. You know, start from the beginning kind of thing! This one is next on my list and I can’t wait to pick it up, as soon as I wrap up I’ll Be Gone in the Dark!

Have you read this one?!

The Woman in the Window

This too is a recommendation and for some reason, the source has slipped my mind! However, this book also falls into the Thriller genre, which gets me very excited! The summary shares the details of a recluse,  spending her days in her NYC apartment, watching her new neighbors only see something she shouldn’t have! I’m dying to know what it is and read this book!

Home Sweet Maison

I’m a frequent listener of The Simple Sophisticate Podcast, after reading The Simply Luxurious Life, a few years ago. A few weeks ago, a podcast episode was inspired by this book, which left me dying to read more.  This book is supposedly a guide to living like the French and transforming your house into a home. I have always desired to travel to France and admired many aspects of their daily life. I can’t wait to pick up this book a fuel my inspiration, along with finding new ways to live in the moment. 

Something in the Water

This book comes from Reese Witherspoon’s book club! Although I am not an active member, I love following along her Instagram account to get inspiration and great book recommendations to add to my reading list. The June read for the book club is Something in the Water.  This too is a psychological thriller. I know, you would have never guessed! (haha) After a significant find on their honeymoon and a young couple is left with a decision to make. You can read more about this book here!


I hope that you enjoyed taking a peek into my recent reads and summer reading list. I would love to know what you have been reading lately! Be sure to leave me your recommendations in a comment below! What is your favorite genre to read?

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June 4, 2018

Lifestyle

A couple of months ago, I shared my March Favorites and that seemed to go over well, so I’m excited to report on my May Favorites this month! April and May went by so fast, it’s hard to believe that it’s already June.

These past two months have been such a blessing for Jay and I. I have learned so much about myself and my business. I have also found quite a few great new products and pieces, that I’m excited to share with you. The weather was so beautiful towards the beginning of the month and the past couple of weeks it has been a complete washout! I’m so tired of the rain and hope that June brings some sunshine and warmer weather. 

May Favorites

During the month of May, I took my little blogging break and it was so good for my soul. During that break, I decided that I would begin posting on my blog twice a week and do my best to put out more videos on my Youtube channel. It feels so good to be sharing more relaxed video content. Be sure to head over to my channel to get a glimpse at our month of May. 

May Favorites and Review

Drunk Elephant Skincare

 I have been sharing my love for the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial mask a ton recently and since I fell so hard for that, I ended up buying several more Drunk Elephant products from the Sephora Beauty Insider sale. My love for this brand has grown bigger and stronger, over the past couple of months and I’m happy to recommend their Jelly Cleanser and their  C-Firma Day Serum. These products are so effective and have treated my skin so well this past month. 

Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks

Another skincare favorite has been the Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks. I prefer the Brightening mask and the Clearing Solutions Mask, as they suit my skin type best. However, they offer a variety of sheet masks that target different concerns. I also found the pore strip mask extremely effective and my newest favorite is this rubber sheet mask. This feels heavenly on my skin and I am about to stock up on them! If I had to recommend one it would definitely be the rubber sheet masks!

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Line

Somewhere around the end of April, beginning of May, I decided to switch up my foundation and I couldn’t be more thankful that I did! Going back to Laura Mercier, was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. Her color range of foundations is amazing and I feel like they are really just the most natural colors you can find. This foundation is a medium, buildable, coverage and perfect for my skin type. It is both oil-free and fragrance-free, which is essential for me. The foundation wears well and generally lasts for quite a while. 

I never thought I would find a concealer that I love more than the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. Until now. This one completely blows that out of the water. I love the applicator wand, the buildable covers, the color range, the wearability, just basically everything about this concealer I adore. 

The Flawless Fusion Line is a new favorite that I think will be around for a while! 

Tkees Flip Flops

I purchased these flip flops back in January, for our trip to Miami. My other pair of flip-flops were pretty worn out and I was just looking for a very simple pair that would just look effortless but were still comfortable. These are not Dr. Scholl’s shoes but for a simple flip-flop, I couldn’t ask for more! Plus, the price is pretty fair, in my opinion. They come in a variety of other colors and I wouldn’t be opposed to purchasing another pair. 

BBG

Exercise has always been a challenge for me. I’m not someone who generally loves working out or pushing myself to the limit. I love going on leisure walks with Jay and Diesel, but true exercise is just not my thing. I also really love to eat delicious and indulgent foods. You can probably see where these two contradicting traits could potentially create a problem for me in the weight gaining department. 

I have never been extremely overweight, but I always hold onto a few more pounds than what I would like to have. Lately, I have been doing the BBG workout and I wouldn’t say that I love it. It’s hard. But, I feel like I am seeing small changes in my body here, and there, which makes me happy. I’m on week 8 and completed the 4 weeks of pre-training. I’m still not doing the weekly “LISS” but I will probably start adding that in soon, now that the weather is warming up. You can read more about my thoughts on BBG here.

I took last week off because I wasn’t feeling well. I just started week 8 today!

LuLu Lemon Align Pant

Because I have been working out more, I decided to treat myself to a few new pieces from LuLu Lemon! They are definitely my favorite activewear brand, that encompasses the quality and style I look for. Most importantly because of their options for high waisted leggings. Let’s be real, your girl wants high waisted leggings to cover that bottom fat roll.🙈 It’s essential.

However, I picked up two pairs of the align leggings because they are so soft. They literally feel like oyu are wearing nothing. #GOALS I just can’t get enough of these pants. Even though they are probably designed more for yoga, I still love walking and doing BBG in them. They are simply the best! 

Friend of Sinners

During April and May, I worked my way through this book. Jay and I also established that now we have to move to Miami, so we can attend Vous Church and worship with this amazing group of people! I love this book because it touches really close to home with my relationship with Christ. Everyone’s spiritual life is different, but for me, this book accurately depicts the Christian that I want to be. It shares stories from the Bible and shares the Jesus who is the Friend of Sinners. The one who does not turn his back and encourages us to love others and lead them to Jesus.

I can’t tell you just how much I have been enjoying this book!

Working on Our Home

Anyone who is newly out on their own, or has just built a home, knows how difficult it can be to pull everything together. We have been taking our time to get things just the way that we want them and I’m so happy with how everything has been going lately. Jay is truly a dream and has been working so hard outside to get our home ready for spring. I can’t wait to show a few updates soon! Here is what we have been up to…

  • Working with what we have
  • Front walkway
  • Creating our garden
  • Tending to plants who didn’t do so well over the Winter
  • Drapery and shades for the Master
  • Artwork for our powder room

Everything takes time and last year just flew by. My goal for this year was to just work on a little at a time and not get overwhelmed with too many big projects. So far, this has been working! I’m so thankful for our many blessings!

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A couple of months ago, I shared my March Favorites and that seemed to go over well, so I’m excited to report on my May Favorites this month! April and May went by so fast, it’s hard to believe that it’s already June. These past two months have been such a blessing for Jay and […]

May 29, 2018

Lifestyle

 I promised myself that I wouldn’t push this platform and I would just do my best to share what feels natural. After going around, and around, I felt that it was only right to write a post on Faith. These thoughts on Faith are inspired by Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, and the definition she shares in this book.

Although this post was intended to go live last week, a few things got int he way and here we are! That’s ok, though because, these are honest thoughts from a young wife, a sinner, a woman trying to understand life and love and someone who falls short daily. There are so many things that I find troublesome. Things that I continue to fail at, but will always try to conquer. Over the past several years, my reading list has been consumed with spiritual, self-help books, and the random addition of a thriller/murder/ mystery here, and there. For some time now, I have heard so many people rave about Brené Brown, but never actually picked up one of her books. Until now. With that said, you will find me reading everything else she has ever written in the months to come. 

After recently finishing up this book, her definition of Faith has constantly been at the forefront of my mind. I can’t seem to shake this definition, as it has truly resonated with me more than anything, in a long time. While I couldn’t recommend this book more, this specific definition had me thinking further on the topic of Faith.

Faith

Brown defines Faith as a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty. 

I have always been a fairly spiritual person and continue to grow my relationship with God daily. Growing up, my mom prayed with me all the time and taught me just how unconditional my heavenly Fathers love is for me and for everyone. While believing is crucial, having Faith is essential and is the part that requires action. 

A Few Thoughts on Faith, Inspired by Brené Brown

Being a Believer vs. Having Faith

My writing isn’t great, but I kind of think my analogies are worse, so bare with me on this one. I think its relatively easy to say that you have “Faith” when things are going well. Trust me, I’m an expert at that. The sun is shining, it’s Saturday, everything is going your way, you can even throw in an added pay raise or something that might make you even happier. It’s easy to be happy and have “Faith” then. It’s when we actually have to demonstrate and use our Faith, that it suddenly becomes difficult.

After reading this definition of Faith and taking the time to understand it and apply it to my own life, I have come to the realization that my Faith might not actually be Faith at all. I’m missing a crucial piece. The action part. Being able to do more than just believe and actually let go of that fear of uncertainty. The act of letting go of uncertainty and finding comfort in the unknown are much harder than simply believing God has it covered.

Here comes the scary analogy. I’m starting to believe that Faith is like potential and kinetic energy. The idea of being stored versus being in motion. I know this sounds crazy, but just stay with me! “Believing in what we cannot see”, is much like potential energy, in my opinion. It’s stored. We know it. For me it’s God, for you it might just be believing in something that is greater than the universe. Whatever it is, it’s like stored energy. We believe in it, it’s accepted, period.

Taking action on that belief, when there is a whole lot of grey area or uncertainty, is when that potential energy becomes kinetic. Faith then transforms from just believing in what we can’t see to then requiring us to “have the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty“. 

Faith and Uncertainty

At this point, I still don’t quite know 100% how I feel about this comparison, but it seems to help me put big thoughts into perspective. Although, part of me says faith is both active and at rest. I truly believe, in my heart, that faith is only active. True Faith has kinetic energy. It’s easy to rely on Faith when you aren’t required to trust in uncertainty. Up until reading this definition of Faith, from Brené Brown, I thought I understood Faith. I thought I had it figured out. Now, I’m left feeling like there is still more work to be done. And that’s ok!

No matter what you believe, I hope that you found this definition helpful as I did. I also hope that this post will inspire you to look further into your Faith. I know I will definitely be trying to understand my Faith better now. For so long I thought I had Faith and I do still believe the work is there, however, I think I lose my Faith too easily when God asks me to rely on it. It’s far to easy to only have Faith when it isn’t needed, it is truly when the tables turn that we are called to step out, actively in our Faith. 

What do you think? I would love to know how you have grown your Faith and any tips you have for me and others!

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May 21, 2018

Food + Drink

I’m just going to come right out and say it because you need to know the whole truth. I haven’t always been a Key Lime Pie fan, but now that I am, there is no stopping this train! I’m a recovering, if it doesn’t have chocolate, it’s not really dessert– aholic. Just so you know. But this Southern Key Lime Pie recipe and a few others are changing my world!

Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

One the biggest requests, on my reader survey, was for more recipes on the blog. I’m doing my best to deliver for you and have a few more recipes planned to share soon. One of my biggest struggles, when sharing recipes, is ensuring that they are original. I personally don’t think that any recipes are truly original. There are only so many ways to a recipe, that still tastes good, without somewhat having the same ingredients/measurements as someone else’s recipe.

With that said, I will always be 100% transparent with you on whose recipe I’m sharing, if I was inspired by someone else’s recipe or if to my knowledge, the recipe is completely original. This Southern Key Lime Pie recipe is a creation from, my mom. The savory, southern style crust is from the famous Blue Willow Inn Cookbook and the filling is none other than Nellie & Joe’s Key Lime Pie filling recipe. I have a thing about changing things that are already perfect. You just don’t do it!

Now the crust and the filling are obviously the showstoppers, but I just don’t consider this Key Lime Pie Complete without topping it with homemade whipped cream! The homemade whipped cream was one of the first recipes I got under my belt and one that everyone should know. It’s so simple you really don’t even need a recipe, but I will include one just in case!

Southern Style Key Lime Pie

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Ingredients

For the Shell

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

For the Filling

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup Nellie & Joe’s Kely Lime Juice

For the Whipped Cream

Heavy Whipping Cream

Powdered Sugar

Vanilla Extract

Instructions

For the Shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pie dish or tart pan. Combine flour, butter, brown, and pecans in a large mixing bowl. I find using my hands works best to get everything mixed well. Place the mixture into your pie dish or tart pan. Depending on the size pan you use, it is likely that there will be a little bit of the mixture left. Set this aside and use for garnish.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the strength of your oven. Allow the shell to cool.

For the Filling

Combine condensed milk, egg yolks and lime juice in a bowl. Mix until smooth. 

Once your crust has cooled completely, pour filling into pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Allow the pie to cool completely, or for at least 15 minutes, before covering and refrigerating. Refrigerate for two hours or overnight.

For the Whipped Cream

Just before you are ready to serve your pie, using an electric mixer, with a whisk attachment, whisk whipping milk on medium-high while continuously adding the sugar, a spoonful at a time, until you have sweetened the milk to your desire. Once all of the sugar has been mixed in, add in vanilla extract.  Depending on how much vanila flavor your want, you can add as little or as much! Mix until cream begins to form medium stiff peaks. 

Coat the top of your pie with a generous heap of whipped cream! Serve with lime slices, grated lime zest or a crumble of the leftover crust!


You might have caught a glimpse of this pie in my Cinco de Mayo Tablescape. If you haven’t seen that already, be sure to check it out here.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

 

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May 18, 2018

The Home

As I mentioned in my last post, it’s hard managing everything in life while also trying to grow my blog! While I was on my little “blogging break“, I took some time to focus on our home a bit. When it comes to working on our home, I’m very passionate. I can easily spend hours online trying to find the perfect piece of furniture and in full transparency, when I find it, it usually isn’t cheap!

Making investments in our home is something that I love, but it’s just that, an investment. Jay really helps me pick up the slack and does such an amazing job keeping things looking beautiful on the outside of our home. It has always been my goal to share Home Updates with you, over the years, and it’s been a while since my last one! This post doesn’t really have a rhyme or reason, but I love to document our progress over the years.

Our powder room is almost complete and I can’t wait to have our first little “reveal” very soon! We have been working on so many exciting things and as you know a home has so many working pieces. everything just takes time. Here are a few little home updates and some of our plans for the summer.

Home Updates

A Few Home Updates | May 2018

A Few Home Updates | May 2018

Furniture

I spotted this mirror, shown above, a month or so ago at a local shop The Guild Hall in Williamsburg. My mom actually pointed it out to me and I instantly fell in love. After thinking about it for quite a while, I finally purchased it Jay hung it for me over the weekend. I couldn’t be happier with how this mirror looks hanging in our entry. It pairs perfectly this beautiful piece of furniture and adds so much warmth to this space, making it more inviting!

We also relocated the little writing desk, that was formerly in our office, into our family room. As of right now, we still don’t have furniture in our family room. So, this helps to make this space feel homier and it houses a candle, photo, and a lamp, for subtle lighting in the evening. I just love lamps! Do you?

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Sidewalk

Our sidewalk is officially installed, finished and so fabulous. Can you tell that I love it already? We went the good majority of 2017 without a driveway and after having our driveway put in, last summer, I have been anxiously awaiting our sidewalk! Jay and I both love beautiful things, which in turn usually have a pretty hefty price tag. We knew that we wanted our sidewalk to be blue stone, to match our porches, so we decided to hold out for what we really wanted. Even if it would cost more and take a little longer.

You can probably see that we have a little work to do around the edges sidewalk (fill dirt, new mulch, etc). However, I’m so happy with it and wanted to share it with you all! Now, I don’t have to feel bad about people coming to our front door and having to walk on a muddy path to get there. Either way, I’m so happy to welcome people into our home now!

A Few Home Updates | May 2018

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Garden & Outdoor Spaces

This could possibly one of the most exciting things in this post and is definitely by far the most rewarding. If you have been following along on my Instagram and stories, you would have seen the process of our garden coming to life! I have missed gardening so much the past two years, as we haven’t had a garden at our new home yet. We finally got everything planned, prepared and in the ground. I can’t wait to share more of our garden soon, once everything is sprouting up. 

We have also been working on the porches and helping to revive some of our potted plants after a long winter. I have been wanting to get a pretty planter out by our garage for a while now and finally found the one shown above at a local nursery. We filled it with a small boxwood, a few white flowers, and ivy. It turned out so beautiful and a mama bird has already made it home for her and her babies (they are still eggs, right now, by the way). Although it makes watering my plant a bit more difficult, it makes me so happy that our home can be shared. With some animals that is! We have already been having snake issues, which is not my favorite, so I need to get down some snake repellant! 

I always call our house “Funny Farm” in the Spring and Summer, because we always have so many animals around here! Raccoons, snakes, deer, birds, tree frogs and now the squirrels are taking over, as you can see from my empty bird feeder. We have to do something about them eating all of our seed. Any tips for keeping squirrels from eating everything?


We have been truly enjoying our outdoor spaces and the garden so much. The roses have been blooming so beautifully and our peonies are almost finished blooming. I can’t wait to see how these plants grow from year to year, in future home updates! I have spent most of my days watering, cutting and arranging my flowers. To be completely honest, nothing in the world makes me happier than being in our garden with my two guys! 

I hope that you have enjoyed this little update and I don’t plan on going this long without future home updates and room reveals. It finally feels like things are coming together and settling down a bit. You can always see glimpses of our home, and everyday life, in vlogs on my Youtube channel. I would love to know what home projects you are working on, have planned or just finished! 

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May 14, 2018

Lifestyle

Over the past week, or so, I have taken a little bit of a blogging break. I have taken time to step back from social media and the pressure surrounding being a “blogger” today. When I began this journey several years ago, the blogging space was quite different. I had high hopes for this little platform of mine but never really knew exactly what I wanted out of it and several years later I was in desperate need of a blogging break.

The past few years I have poured my heart, soul, dignity, and feelings into this blog. There have been good days, bad days and many days spent sobbing over my laptop or to my husband. As time passed, I began to put more, and more, pressure on myself to fit into something that I’m not. I’m not saying that the content I have shared is a lie or isn’t relevant, because that is simply not true. However, I have realized that not every story, or blog, is the same and the continuous pressure I have placed on myself is both unhealthy and unnecessary.

With all of that said, I have missed talking with you during this blogging break. The first couple of days were really nice. To be completely honest, I felt so relieved that I felt 100% at ease with letting go of this blog altogether. However, around day three and four, I realized that I do love blogging. I love connecting with you and sharing my favorite things. I love cooking and being a wife and talking about how it’s impossible to balance it all, especially if we aren’t truly trying (that would be me).

Most importantly, I have realized how much time I have wasted trying to fit some mold or check off a to-do list just for the sake of checking it off. I’m not saying that I won’t still write something on my to-do list after I have already done, it just so I can check it off. I will always do that! But, I am very blessed and should have little stress. I shouldn’t feel like I have to fill my day up with unnecessary tasks and anxiety just to be like everyone else.

I’m a stay at home wife, blogger, and work a very small part-time job for our family business. If that’s not ok with others, then I don’t need them in my life. 

Now that I have gotten all of that off of my chest, I wanted to share with you 5 things I learned from my blogging break and taking a step back.

A Blogging Break | 5 Things I Learned From Taking a Step Back

A Blogging Break

Quality Over Quantity Always

One of the main themes behind Timeless Taste is the concept of Quality Over Quantity. I like to believe that I have upheld quality over the years but the quantity part is what I have struggled with. I know that consistency is so important when it comes to blogging and most bloggers that work full-time post 5 days a week. However, that schedule just isn’t for me.

Yes, I want to notify you of great sales and buys, however, my intention is not to sell you on a sale so I can make a commission and then have you stuck with a pair of pants that won’t be “in style” next season. When you come to Timeless Taste, I want you to find content that is truly timeless. Content that is evergreen and valuable. That has an emotional connection and serves you.

Things might change over time, however, right now I don’t feel like I need to be blogging 3 days a week. Between balancing my Youtube channel, blogging, being a wife and other business tasks, I think 2 days is sufficient for creating content. I will be doing my best to post on Mondays and Fridays, or maybe Tuesdays and Thursdays, for a while, while I work on other projects that I have my heart set on. If you have a day preference, please let me know in a comment below!

Stop Trying to be a Blogger

The older I get the more I dislike titles. Funny enough, I have been trying to create one for myself and it has made me more miserable than ever.

Being a blogger, or influencer is currently all the rage. when I started this journey, in High School, it wasn’t quite as common. Now, everyone AND their mother is an “influencer” and making a living off of it. 

I have never felt so unworthy in my life, then how I have allowed this endeavor to make me feel. I’m not playing the blame game, this has been my choice and mine alone. With that said, doing this and sharing recipes, outfits, and life, makes me so happy. However, putting a title and the pressure to make this a job has done just that. Made it a job. AKA a task that I no longer look forward to doing. 

To be fair, that’s a little harsh, but I hope you get the point. The pressure I have put on myself has taken the fun out of this for me. Moving forward, I hope to create content that is valuable but that also makes me happy and I don’t feel the need to be someone else in the process.

Basing My Personal Self Worth Off Of The Success of My Business Is a Big No-No

I have to say, that all of the lessons I have been learning, really amount to this one. This is the big mammy jammy! If you know what I mean? Putting pressure on myself to be a blogger, and do other things the way bloggers do, and publish content like them, and make money, like them and live life like them, is extremely unhealthy. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that.

However, I truly believe that all of these smaller factors were building up to this: I have been basing my personal self-worth off of the success of this blog. 

You can probably guess, that I have a serious issue with seeing my self-worth, and success. The past year, I have been too busy trying to you use someone else’s grading scale to measure my success. The truth is, everyone fails at some point. This blog might fail, I just don’t know. But, this blog or my business is not who I am. It’s just a small part of who I am.

In order to have a productive and fulfilling life, not too mention a happy one, I have to stop connecting my personal self-worth on the success of my blog. These two must be separate and in order to do that I have to actively choose to separate them. 

It’s Ok To Have a Dynamic Business and Platform

In the blogging/influencer education world, they preach two big things: consistency and niche. We already touched on consistency earlier in this post, but now I want to talk a little bit about the niche aspect. I totally get and respect the whole “If you are speaking to everyone, you’re really speaking to no one” thing. You can’t be a food and a fashion blogger. Trust me, I get it. 

However, I truly believe that Timeless Taste is much more of a dynamic lifestyle brand. Our niche is creating content that is simple and timeless, and applicable to all aspects of your life. I believe that my niche isn’t a topic, it’s a lifestyle.

In that lifestyle, less is more, which should apply to this blog as well. With that in mind, I want to create less content that is more valuable. Maybe that means sharing a recipe booklet that you can download and print, or how to videos, or catalogs. At this point, I’m not 100% what will work best for my brand, but I do know that blogging isn’t just it and I will work hard to bring you content on the best platform that will do it justice.

There is No Right or Wrong Answer

This is something that Jay has been telling me for years and it just all just clicked into place the other day. Ahemm, thank you, Jay and Tiffany! 

My dear friend Tiffany brought this to my attention again the other day. You probably know her as the gal behind the camera (most of the time), however, she is a great friend to me and a business bestie, you could say. After an hour of business conversation last week, she told that it there is no wrong with my blog. It’s my platform, I can do with it as I wish. 

At the end of the day, Timeless Taste is my creation. It’s mine to do with it as I wish. Obviously, I want it to branch into a successful business, but it’s not life or death. Thankfully. 

I have the freedom to color outside of the lines and to make this brand whatever I want it to be. Don’t get me wrong, you have to color inside the lines to be successful, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do things on my own terms and in my own way. 


This blogging break has been such an eye-opening experience. It let me realize that I do want to continue with this brand but that I have to have boundaries and limited my internet exposure. I can’t continue on the path that I was on, as it was entirely too destructive. No one is putting pressure on me so I need to remove that feeling of trying to be busy. The arbitrary goals and milestones have to stop. My self-worth does not come from page views, Instagram followers, income or anything else. It comes from me and the life I live daily.

Jay, thank you for your continued patience and understanding with me. Thank you for working so hard for our family and for serving others daily. You are truly amazing and a blessing to us all.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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June 4, 2018

Lifestyle

A couple of months ago, I shared my March Favorites and that seemed to go over well, so I’m excited to report on my May Favorites this month! April and May went by so fast, it’s hard to believe that it’s already June.

These past two months have been such a blessing for Jay and I. I have learned so much about myself and my business. I have also found quite a few great new products and pieces, that I’m excited to share with you. The weather was so beautiful towards the beginning of the month and the past couple of weeks it has been a complete washout! I’m so tired of the rain and hope that June brings some sunshine and warmer weather. 

May Favorites

During the month of May, I took my little blogging break and it was so good for my soul. During that break, I decided that I would begin posting on my blog twice a week and do my best to put out more videos on my Youtube channel. It feels so good to be sharing more relaxed video content. Be sure to head over to my channel to get a glimpse at our month of May. 

May Favorites and Review

Drunk Elephant Skincare

 I have been sharing my love for the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial mask a ton recently and since I fell so hard for that, I ended up buying several more Drunk Elephant products from the Sephora Beauty Insider sale. My love for this brand has grown bigger and stronger, over the past couple of months and I’m happy to recommend their Jelly Cleanser and their  C-Firma Day Serum. These products are so effective and have treated my skin so well this past month. 

Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks

Another skincare favorite has been the Dr. Jart+ Sheet Masks. I prefer the Brightening mask and the Clearing Solutions Mask, as they suit my skin type best. However, they offer a variety of sheet masks that target different concerns. I also found the pore strip mask extremely effective and my newest favorite is this rubber sheet mask. This feels heavenly on my skin and I am about to stock up on them! If I had to recommend one it would definitely be the rubber sheet masks!

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Line

Somewhere around the end of April, beginning of May, I decided to switch up my foundation and I couldn’t be more thankful that I did! Going back to Laura Mercier, was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. Her color range of foundations is amazing and I feel like they are really just the most natural colors you can find. This foundation is a medium, buildable, coverage and perfect for my skin type. It is both oil-free and fragrance-free, which is essential for me. The foundation wears well and generally lasts for quite a while. 

I never thought I would find a concealer that I love more than the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. Until now. This one completely blows that out of the water. I love the applicator wand, the buildable covers, the color range, the wearability, just basically everything about this concealer I adore. 

The Flawless Fusion Line is a new favorite that I think will be around for a while! 

Tkees Flip Flops

I purchased these flip flops back in January, for our trip to Miami. My other pair of flip-flops were pretty worn out and I was just looking for a very simple pair that would just look effortless but were still comfortable. These are not Dr. Scholl’s shoes but for a simple flip-flop, I couldn’t ask for more! Plus, the price is pretty fair, in my opinion. They come in a variety of other colors and I wouldn’t be opposed to purchasing another pair. 

BBG

Exercise has always been a challenge for me. I’m not someone who generally loves working out or pushing myself to the limit. I love going on leisure walks with Jay and Diesel, but true exercise is just not my thing. I also really love to eat delicious and indulgent foods. You can probably see where these two contradicting traits could potentially create a problem for me in the weight gaining department. 

I have never been extremely overweight, but I always hold onto a few more pounds than what I would like to have. Lately, I have been doing the BBG workout and I wouldn’t say that I love it. It’s hard. But, I feel like I am seeing small changes in my body here, and there, which makes me happy. I’m on week 8 and completed the 4 weeks of pre-training. I’m still not doing the weekly “LISS” but I will probably start adding that in soon, now that the weather is warming up. You can read more about my thoughts on BBG here.

I took last week off because I wasn’t feeling well. I just started week 8 today!

LuLu Lemon Align Pant

Because I have been working out more, I decided to treat myself to a few new pieces from LuLu Lemon! They are definitely my favorite activewear brand, that encompasses the quality and style I look for. Most importantly because of their options for high waisted leggings. Let’s be real, your girl wants high waisted leggings to cover that bottom fat roll.🙈 It’s essential.

However, I picked up two pairs of the align leggings because they are so soft. They literally feel like oyu are wearing nothing. #GOALS I just can’t get enough of these pants. Even though they are probably designed more for yoga, I still love walking and doing BBG in them. They are simply the best! 

Friend of Sinners

During April and May, I worked my way through this book. Jay and I also established that now we have to move to Miami, so we can attend Vous Church and worship with this amazing group of people! I love this book because it touches really close to home with my relationship with Christ. Everyone’s spiritual life is different, but for me, this book accurately depicts the Christian that I want to be. It shares stories from the Bible and shares the Jesus who is the Friend of Sinners. The one who does not turn his back and encourages us to love others and lead them to Jesus.

I can’t tell you just how much I have been enjoying this book!

Working on Our Home

Anyone who is newly out on their own, or has just built a home, knows how difficult it can be to pull everything together. We have been taking our time to get things just the way that we want them and I’m so happy with how everything has been going lately. Jay is truly a dream and has been working so hard outside to get our home ready for spring. I can’t wait to show a few updates soon! Here is what we have been up to…

  • Working with what we have
  • Front walkway
  • Creating our garden
  • Tending to plants who didn’t do so well over the Winter
  • Drapery and shades for the Master
  • Artwork for our powder room

Everything takes time and last year just flew by. My goal for this year was to just work on a little at a time and not get overwhelmed with too many big projects. So far, this has been working! I’m so thankful for our many blessings!

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A couple of months ago, I shared my March Favorites and that seemed to go over well, so I’m excited to report on my May Favorites this month! April and May went by so fast, it’s hard to believe that it’s already June. These past two months have been such a blessing for Jay and […]

May 29, 2018

Lifestyle

 I promised myself that I wouldn’t push this platform and I would just do my best to share what feels natural. After going around, and around, I felt that it was only right to write a post on Faith. These thoughts on Faith are inspired by Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, and the definition she shares in this book.

Although this post was intended to go live last week, a few things got int he way and here we are! That’s ok, though because, these are honest thoughts from a young wife, a sinner, a woman trying to understand life and love and someone who falls short daily. There are so many things that I find troublesome. Things that I continue to fail at, but will always try to conquer. Over the past several years, my reading list has been consumed with spiritual, self-help books, and the random addition of a thriller/murder/ mystery here, and there. For some time now, I have heard so many people rave about Brené Brown, but never actually picked up one of her books. Until now. With that said, you will find me reading everything else she has ever written in the months to come. 

After recently finishing up this book, her definition of Faith has constantly been at the forefront of my mind. I can’t seem to shake this definition, as it has truly resonated with me more than anything, in a long time. While I couldn’t recommend this book more, this specific definition had me thinking further on the topic of Faith.

Faith

Brown defines Faith as a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty. 

I have always been a fairly spiritual person and continue to grow my relationship with God daily. Growing up, my mom prayed with me all the time and taught me just how unconditional my heavenly Fathers love is for me and for everyone. While believing is crucial, having Faith is essential and is the part that requires action. 

A Few Thoughts on Faith, Inspired by Brené Brown

Being a Believer vs. Having Faith

My writing isn’t great, but I kind of think my analogies are worse, so bare with me on this one. I think its relatively easy to say that you have “Faith” when things are going well. Trust me, I’m an expert at that. The sun is shining, it’s Saturday, everything is going your way, you can even throw in an added pay raise or something that might make you even happier. It’s easy to be happy and have “Faith” then. It’s when we actually have to demonstrate and use our Faith, that it suddenly becomes difficult.

After reading this definition of Faith and taking the time to understand it and apply it to my own life, I have come to the realization that my Faith might not actually be Faith at all. I’m missing a crucial piece. The action part. Being able to do more than just believe and actually let go of that fear of uncertainty. The act of letting go of uncertainty and finding comfort in the unknown are much harder than simply believing God has it covered.

Here comes the scary analogy. I’m starting to believe that Faith is like potential and kinetic energy. The idea of being stored versus being in motion. I know this sounds crazy, but just stay with me! “Believing in what we cannot see”, is much like potential energy, in my opinion. It’s stored. We know it. For me it’s God, for you it might just be believing in something that is greater than the universe. Whatever it is, it’s like stored energy. We believe in it, it’s accepted, period.

Taking action on that belief, when there is a whole lot of grey area or uncertainty, is when that potential energy becomes kinetic. Faith then transforms from just believing in what we can’t see to then requiring us to “have the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty“. 

Faith and Uncertainty

At this point, I still don’t quite know 100% how I feel about this comparison, but it seems to help me put big thoughts into perspective. Although, part of me says faith is both active and at rest. I truly believe, in my heart, that faith is only active. True Faith has kinetic energy. It’s easy to rely on Faith when you aren’t required to trust in uncertainty. Up until reading this definition of Faith, from Brené Brown, I thought I understood Faith. I thought I had it figured out. Now, I’m left feeling like there is still more work to be done. And that’s ok!

No matter what you believe, I hope that you found this definition helpful as I did. I also hope that this post will inspire you to look further into your Faith. I know I will definitely be trying to understand my Faith better now. For so long I thought I had Faith and I do still believe the work is there, however, I think I lose my Faith too easily when God asks me to rely on it. It’s far to easy to only have Faith when it isn’t needed, it is truly when the tables turn that we are called to step out, actively in our Faith. 

What do you think? I would love to know how you have grown your Faith and any tips you have for me and others!

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May 21, 2018

Food + Drink

I’m just going to come right out and say it because you need to know the whole truth. I haven’t always been a Key Lime Pie fan, but now that I am, there is no stopping this train! I’m a recovering, if it doesn’t have chocolate, it’s not really dessert– aholic. Just so you know. But this Southern Key Lime Pie recipe and a few others are changing my world!

Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

One the biggest requests, on my reader survey, was for more recipes on the blog. I’m doing my best to deliver for you and have a few more recipes planned to share soon. One of my biggest struggles, when sharing recipes, is ensuring that they are original. I personally don’t think that any recipes are truly original. There are only so many ways to a recipe, that still tastes good, without somewhat having the same ingredients/measurements as someone else’s recipe.

With that said, I will always be 100% transparent with you on whose recipe I’m sharing, if I was inspired by someone else’s recipe or if to my knowledge, the recipe is completely original. This Southern Key Lime Pie recipe is a creation from, my mom. The savory, southern style crust is from the famous Blue Willow Inn Cookbook and the filling is none other than Nellie & Joe’s Key Lime Pie filling recipe. I have a thing about changing things that are already perfect. You just don’t do it!

Now the crust and the filling are obviously the showstoppers, but I just don’t consider this Key Lime Pie Complete without topping it with homemade whipped cream! The homemade whipped cream was one of the first recipes I got under my belt and one that everyone should know. It’s so simple you really don’t even need a recipe, but I will include one just in case!

Southern Style Key Lime Pie

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Ingredients

For the Shell

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

For the Filling

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup Nellie & Joe’s Kely Lime Juice

For the Whipped Cream

Heavy Whipping Cream

Powdered Sugar

Vanilla Extract

Instructions

For the Shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pie dish or tart pan. Combine flour, butter, brown, and pecans in a large mixing bowl. I find using my hands works best to get everything mixed well. Place the mixture into your pie dish or tart pan. Depending on the size pan you use, it is likely that there will be a little bit of the mixture left. Set this aside and use for garnish.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the strength of your oven. Allow the shell to cool.

For the Filling

Combine condensed milk, egg yolks and lime juice in a bowl. Mix until smooth. 

Once your crust has cooled completely, pour filling into pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Allow the pie to cool completely, or for at least 15 minutes, before covering and refrigerating. Refrigerate for two hours or overnight.

For the Whipped Cream

Just before you are ready to serve your pie, using an electric mixer, with a whisk attachment, whisk whipping milk on medium-high while continuously adding the sugar, a spoonful at a time, until you have sweetened the milk to your desire. Once all of the sugar has been mixed in, add in vanilla extract.  Depending on how much vanila flavor your want, you can add as little or as much! Mix until cream begins to form medium stiff peaks. 

Coat the top of your pie with a generous heap of whipped cream! Serve with lime slices, grated lime zest or a crumble of the leftover crust!


You might have caught a glimpse of this pie in my Cinco de Mayo Tablescape. If you haven’t seen that already, be sure to check it out here.

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May 18, 2018

The Home

As I mentioned in my last post, it’s hard managing everything in life while also trying to grow my blog! While I was on my little “blogging break“, I took some time to focus on our home a bit. When it comes to working on our home, I’m very passionate. I can easily spend hours online trying to find the perfect piece of furniture and in full transparency, when I find it, it usually isn’t cheap!

Making investments in our home is something that I love, but it’s just that, an investment. Jay really helps me pick up the slack and does such an amazing job keeping things looking beautiful on the outside of our home. It has always been my goal to share Home Updates with you, over the years, and it’s been a while since my last one! This post doesn’t really have a rhyme or reason, but I love to document our progress over the years.

Our powder room is almost complete and I can’t wait to have our first little “reveal” very soon! We have been working on so many exciting things and as you know a home has so many working pieces. everything just takes time. Here are a few little home updates and some of our plans for the summer.

Home Updates

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A Few Home Updates | May 2018

Furniture

I spotted this mirror, shown above, a month or so ago at a local shop The Guild Hall in Williamsburg. My mom actually pointed it out to me and I instantly fell in love. After thinking about it for quite a while, I finally purchased it Jay hung it for me over the weekend. I couldn’t be happier with how this mirror looks hanging in our entry. It pairs perfectly this beautiful piece of furniture and adds so much warmth to this space, making it more inviting!

We also relocated the little writing desk, that was formerly in our office, into our family room. As of right now, we still don’t have furniture in our family room. So, this helps to make this space feel homier and it houses a candle, photo, and a lamp, for subtle lighting in the evening. I just love lamps! Do you?

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Sidewalk

Our sidewalk is officially installed, finished and so fabulous. Can you tell that I love it already? We went the good majority of 2017 without a driveway and after having our driveway put in, last summer, I have been anxiously awaiting our sidewalk! Jay and I both love beautiful things, which in turn usually have a pretty hefty price tag. We knew that we wanted our sidewalk to be blue stone, to match our porches, so we decided to hold out for what we really wanted. Even if it would cost more and take a little longer.

You can probably see that we have a little work to do around the edges sidewalk (fill dirt, new mulch, etc). However, I’m so happy with it and wanted to share it with you all! Now, I don’t have to feel bad about people coming to our front door and having to walk on a muddy path to get there. Either way, I’m so happy to welcome people into our home now!

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Garden & Outdoor Spaces

This could possibly one of the most exciting things in this post and is definitely by far the most rewarding. If you have been following along on my Instagram and stories, you would have seen the process of our garden coming to life! I have missed gardening so much the past two years, as we haven’t had a garden at our new home yet. We finally got everything planned, prepared and in the ground. I can’t wait to share more of our garden soon, once everything is sprouting up. 

We have also been working on the porches and helping to revive some of our potted plants after a long winter. I have been wanting to get a pretty planter out by our garage for a while now and finally found the one shown above at a local nursery. We filled it with a small boxwood, a few white flowers, and ivy. It turned out so beautiful and a mama bird has already made it home for her and her babies (they are still eggs, right now, by the way). Although it makes watering my plant a bit more difficult, it makes me so happy that our home can be shared. With some animals that is! We have already been having snake issues, which is not my favorite, so I need to get down some snake repellant! 

I always call our house “Funny Farm” in the Spring and Summer, because we always have so many animals around here! Raccoons, snakes, deer, birds, tree frogs and now the squirrels are taking over, as you can see from my empty bird feeder. We have to do something about them eating all of our seed. Any tips for keeping squirrels from eating everything?


We have been truly enjoying our outdoor spaces and the garden so much. The roses have been blooming so beautifully and our peonies are almost finished blooming. I can’t wait to see how these plants grow from year to year, in future home updates! I have spent most of my days watering, cutting and arranging my flowers. To be completely honest, nothing in the world makes me happier than being in our garden with my two guys! 

I hope that you have enjoyed this little update and I don’t plan on going this long without future home updates and room reveals. It finally feels like things are coming together and settling down a bit. You can always see glimpses of our home, and everyday life, in vlogs on my Youtube channel. I would love to know what home projects you are working on, have planned or just finished! 

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May 14, 2018

Lifestyle

Over the past week, or so, I have taken a little bit of a blogging break. I have taken time to step back from social media and the pressure surrounding being a “blogger” today. When I began this journey several years ago, the blogging space was quite different. I had high hopes for this little platform of mine but never really knew exactly what I wanted out of it and several years later I was in desperate need of a blogging break.

The past few years I have poured my heart, soul, dignity, and feelings into this blog. There have been good days, bad days and many days spent sobbing over my laptop or to my husband. As time passed, I began to put more, and more, pressure on myself to fit into something that I’m not. I’m not saying that the content I have shared is a lie or isn’t relevant, because that is simply not true. However, I have realized that not every story, or blog, is the same and the continuous pressure I have placed on myself is both unhealthy and unnecessary.

With all of that said, I have missed talking with you during this blogging break. The first couple of days were really nice. To be completely honest, I felt so relieved that I felt 100% at ease with letting go of this blog altogether. However, around day three and four, I realized that I do love blogging. I love connecting with you and sharing my favorite things. I love cooking and being a wife and talking about how it’s impossible to balance it all, especially if we aren’t truly trying (that would be me).

Most importantly, I have realized how much time I have wasted trying to fit some mold or check off a to-do list just for the sake of checking it off. I’m not saying that I won’t still write something on my to-do list after I have already done, it just so I can check it off. I will always do that! But, I am very blessed and should have little stress. I shouldn’t feel like I have to fill my day up with unnecessary tasks and anxiety just to be like everyone else.

I’m a stay at home wife, blogger, and work a very small part-time job for our family business. If that’s not ok with others, then I don’t need them in my life. 

Now that I have gotten all of that off of my chest, I wanted to share with you 5 things I learned from my blogging break and taking a step back.

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Quality Over Quantity Always

One of the main themes behind Timeless Taste is the concept of Quality Over Quantity. I like to believe that I have upheld quality over the years but the quantity part is what I have struggled with. I know that consistency is so important when it comes to blogging and most bloggers that work full-time post 5 days a week. However, that schedule just isn’t for me.

Yes, I want to notify you of great sales and buys, however, my intention is not to sell you on a sale so I can make a commission and then have you stuck with a pair of pants that won’t be “in style” next season. When you come to Timeless Taste, I want you to find content that is truly timeless. Content that is evergreen and valuable. That has an emotional connection and serves you.

Things might change over time, however, right now I don’t feel like I need to be blogging 3 days a week. Between balancing my Youtube channel, blogging, being a wife and other business tasks, I think 2 days is sufficient for creating content. I will be doing my best to post on Mondays and Fridays, or maybe Tuesdays and Thursdays, for a while, while I work on other projects that I have my heart set on. If you have a day preference, please let me know in a comment below!

Stop Trying to be a Blogger

The older I get the more I dislike titles. Funny enough, I have been trying to create one for myself and it has made me more miserable than ever.

Being a blogger, or influencer is currently all the rage. when I started this journey, in High School, it wasn’t quite as common. Now, everyone AND their mother is an “influencer” and making a living off of it. 

I have never felt so unworthy in my life, then how I have allowed this endeavor to make me feel. I’m not playing the blame game, this has been my choice and mine alone. With that said, doing this and sharing recipes, outfits, and life, makes me so happy. However, putting a title and the pressure to make this a job has done just that. Made it a job. AKA a task that I no longer look forward to doing. 

To be fair, that’s a little harsh, but I hope you get the point. The pressure I have put on myself has taken the fun out of this for me. Moving forward, I hope to create content that is valuable but that also makes me happy and I don’t feel the need to be someone else in the process.

Basing My Personal Self Worth Off Of The Success of My Business Is a Big No-No

I have to say, that all of the lessons I have been learning, really amount to this one. This is the big mammy jammy! If you know what I mean? Putting pressure on myself to be a blogger, and do other things the way bloggers do, and publish content like them, and make money, like them and live life like them, is extremely unhealthy. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that.

However, I truly believe that all of these smaller factors were building up to this: I have been basing my personal self-worth off of the success of this blog. 

You can probably guess, that I have a serious issue with seeing my self-worth, and success. The past year, I have been too busy trying to you use someone else’s grading scale to measure my success. The truth is, everyone fails at some point. This blog might fail, I just don’t know. But, this blog or my business is not who I am. It’s just a small part of who I am.

In order to have a productive and fulfilling life, not too mention a happy one, I have to stop connecting my personal self-worth on the success of my blog. These two must be separate and in order to do that I have to actively choose to separate them. 

It’s Ok To Have a Dynamic Business and Platform

In the blogging/influencer education world, they preach two big things: consistency and niche. We already touched on consistency earlier in this post, but now I want to talk a little bit about the niche aspect. I totally get and respect the whole “If you are speaking to everyone, you’re really speaking to no one” thing. You can’t be a food and a fashion blogger. Trust me, I get it. 

However, I truly believe that Timeless Taste is much more of a dynamic lifestyle brand. Our niche is creating content that is simple and timeless, and applicable to all aspects of your life. I believe that my niche isn’t a topic, it’s a lifestyle.

In that lifestyle, less is more, which should apply to this blog as well. With that in mind, I want to create less content that is more valuable. Maybe that means sharing a recipe booklet that you can download and print, or how to videos, or catalogs. At this point, I’m not 100% what will work best for my brand, but I do know that blogging isn’t just it and I will work hard to bring you content on the best platform that will do it justice.

There is No Right or Wrong Answer

This is something that Jay has been telling me for years and it just all just clicked into place the other day. Ahemm, thank you, Jay and Tiffany! 

My dear friend Tiffany brought this to my attention again the other day. You probably know her as the gal behind the camera (most of the time), however, she is a great friend to me and a business bestie, you could say. After an hour of business conversation last week, she told that it there is no wrong with my blog. It’s my platform, I can do with it as I wish. 

At the end of the day, Timeless Taste is my creation. It’s mine to do with it as I wish. Obviously, I want it to branch into a successful business, but it’s not life or death. Thankfully. 

I have the freedom to color outside of the lines and to make this brand whatever I want it to be. Don’t get me wrong, you have to color inside the lines to be successful, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do things on my own terms and in my own way. 


This blogging break has been such an eye-opening experience. It let me realize that I do want to continue with this brand but that I have to have boundaries and limited my internet exposure. I can’t continue on the path that I was on, as it was entirely too destructive. No one is putting pressure on me so I need to remove that feeling of trying to be busy. The arbitrary goals and milestones have to stop. My self-worth does not come from page views, Instagram followers, income or anything else. It comes from me and the life I live daily.

Jay, thank you for your continued patience and understanding with me. Thank you for working so hard for our family and for serving others daily. You are truly amazing and a blessing to us all.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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May 9, 2018

Lifestyle

There is no doubt that I was a “daddy’s girl” growing up. From fishing together, watching The Lion King over, and over, dying Easter eggs, playing outside and so much more, my Dad and I spent all of our hours together. Over the years, our relationship has changed as I have grown older, but although I’m no longer little, in my heart I am still a daddy’s girl!

In honor of my Dads birthday today, (Happy Birthday, Dad!), I wanted to share a few lessons I have learned from my Dad. He has taught me so much about life and about loving and caring for those around us. I can’t explain to you just how incredibly special my Dad is and how thankful I am to have him. He continuously blesses others, pushes us to be our best self and never stops to think about his own wants or needs. 

To the man who taught me how to love others and be kind, even if when it’s hard, thank you for always putting your family first and doing so much for everyone. I don’t say enough just how much I love you and just how much you mean to me, and to everyone around you.

So, I will speak for everyone here… “Happy Birthday, Dad! We love you so much!”

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5 Lessons I have Learned From My Dad

The Importance of Giving Back

It’s easy to get distracted, and busy with life, and forget to give back or to ask others how you can help them. My Dad has always been someone who gives sacrificially. Without asking or hesitation, he will stop what he is doing to help someone out. Whether he is giving a ride to someone in need (even when it’s a little sketchy), funding a little league baseball team, donating to local charities, buying Christmas presents for those in need, or just lending a hand or funds to someone who could use it, my Dad is always helping other people. 

He always reminds our family how important it is to help others. Even if it seems uncomfortable or if someone has done you wrong. Giving back is so important and my Dad does this better than anyone I know. I hope that one day I can be as half as generous as he is.

Never Compare Yourself to Anyone

Getting caught up in comparison can be a fatal trap. In business, school or just life in general, my dad has always taught me not to compare myself to others. I can still remember multiple occasions, (because I could never learn the first time), bringing home a bad grade and broke the news to my Dad by saying, “Well so and so got a D and they are really smart. So, my D really isn’t that bad!” or “The class average was x so technically this C is really an A! Right?!”

WRONG.

Never, ever, compare yourself to someone else. You aren’t off the hook and that only sets you up for failure. Stay in your own lane, look at your own paper, do your own work and don’t worry about other people.

Now that I’m older, I finally see his point. I was always looking for an explanation as to why I got a bad grade or didn’t follow my own path, which led me in the wrong direction, that didn’t have anything to do with my lack of preparation or bad choices.  It wasn’t always fun being reminded that I’m not “so and so” therefore I wasn’t off the hook. However, I am now so thankful that my Dad always reminded me of that. I’m also thankful that I no longer get a report card. #AmIRight?!👏🏼

No Excuses, Get Straight to The Point

My dad is a no excuses kind of man. You might have a good one, but he doesn’t need to hear it. My mom and I can go around, and around, with good excuses and reasons for something. But at the end of the day that is no interest to my Dad. My dad has taught me not to fumble around, instead, get straight to the point.

Honesty is the best policy, with good news and bad. 

Does the Punishment Fit the Crime

This is by far one of my favorite stories, from my years in Elementary School. Now that I have sat down to write it out for you, I can’t remember what exactly got me in trouble in the first place. Who know’s what the incident was and even more importantly, I’m noticing that this article makes me seem like quite the troublemaker, which wasn’t the case at all. Most important teaching, learning and defining moments come from mistakes or emergencies, for that fact. 

Anyways, let’s go back to Elementary School and little Morgan coming home from school in trouble for some reason, that’s not really quite as important as the lesson I learned from this situation. After sharing the details of my day with my parents, and discussing the punishment for my actions, my Dad decided to sit down and write a note to my teacher. I’m assuming this note was very serious beings the placemat he wrote it on had every letter of that note engraved on it afterward. Obviously, all of the details of that note weren’t discussed, but I vividly remember his famous words asking the teacher, “Does the punishment fit the crime?”

To be frank, I don’t think he was asking (haha)! I think he was simply stating that the punishment, in fact, did not fit the crime and maybe they should rethink their decisions. Either way, that line has stuck with me for years. Not necessarily in regards to myself, but when considering others scenarios in my daily life.

Does the punishment fit the crime?

I think this is an important concept. Often times, people go to extremes when correcting others and more importantly themselves. Occasionally, it’s important to reflect on our own thoughts and actions and ask ourselves, “Does the punishment fit the crime?” Maybe we are beating ourselves up over something or are holding grudges against other people in our life. There is a good chance that the punishment we are putting ourselves, and others through, does not fit the crime.

Go Beyond the Lengths for your Family, Friends, and Employees

It never seems to surprise me to hear stories of things my Dad has done for other people. Giving CPR to strangers, helping those in financial trouble, and just being there for those who need him. It never ceases to amaze me just how generous, and kind, my Dad is. It also never ceases to amaze me just how much people can want to take advantage of generous people like my Dad. 

Over the years, I have seen my Dad do so many things for our family, for his friends and his employees. He will stand up for anyone and fight for them in a heartbeat. He supports others and pushes people to be their best. He has taught me just how important it is to go beyond lengths for those you love and those that work hard every day. 


It’s impossible, to sum up just how incredible my Dad is, in a blog post and that isn’t my intention. I’m so proud to call this man my Dad and thought that I would share with you just how important and kind he is, through sharing a few stories and lessons he has taught me over the years.

Words will never do justice when sharing just how incredible my dad and my family are. But, over the years, I hope to share more of my family with you and just how special they are! 

Happy Birthday, Daddy! We love you!

Did I mention he can sing?

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