December 12, 2018

The Home

Now that Jay and I have our own house, I say that like we just moved in (haha), I really love receiving gifts for the home. Whether you are gifting for a friend, relative, or host, giving gifts for the home can be a great way to treat someone without being too personal. For my “home” gift guide this year, I rounded up a few of our personal favorites, including items we own, as well as a few pretty additions! 

Gifts For The Home

The image below is shoppable! Just click on the item you are interested in to see more!

Candles + Accessories

One of my favorite gifts, or things to buy, is a really great candle. I love burning candles in our home and Diptyque candles are my favorite. They are definitely more expensive, but they burn so much longer than the average candle. If you know a candle lover, they would probably love some beautiful matches or a candle wick trimmer.

Books

I love books so naturally, I had to include a few books! Coffee table books make beautiful gifts as do cookbooks and novels, if you what is on there wishlist! Here are a few of my personal favorite books. If you love dogs, and beautiful coffee table books, this is a must!

Picture Frames

Nothing is more special than a beautifully framed photo. Printing out a great photo and placing it in a nice frame, really makes for a great gift! 

Furniture

This is obviously a very big gift. But, if you know any newlyweds or anyone who just moved into a house, they would probably appreciate a small amount of money directed towards a furniture purchase!

Pillows + Throws

I’m a decorative pillow girl, so of course, I had to include this beautiful pillow. I love the Little Design Co. I have leopard print pillows from them and adore them! I might add some of these to our bed in our master bedroom! Throw blankets or big comforters make a great gift, depending on who you are buying for!

Dyson Animal Vaccum 

This is probably the least pretty item on the list. However, I couldn’t forget the Dyson Animal Vaccum. We recently purchased this and it has completely changed my cleaning routine. It’s so easy and effective. A complete game changer!

Trays + Accessories 

Lastly, I love a good tray and they are so versatile. You can display them on your coffee table, ottoman, bedside table, etc. You name it! I like stacking things like books on mine or placing a beautiful candle and a bud vase. I constantly move my trays around and use them to decorate. Little accessories pair perfectly on trays!

 


I hope you enjoyed this post and find it helpful when gift shopping! We a few of these items and love them! This planter was such a great purchase, it is made so well! If you have any questions, please just let me know! 

Gifts For The Home

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T

My Master Bedroom for Christmas

December 6, 2018

Lifestyle

If you’re like me, sometimes shopping for the man in your life can be a little challenging. Over the years, I have gotten a little bit better about shopping for Jay and have found a few gifts that he really loves. This year, I decided to compile a smaller gift guide for men, including some of Jay’s favorite items and a few other really fun gift ideas! You can see our gift guides from last year here.

For The Man in Your Life | The Gift Guide

The image below is shoppable so just click on the item you are interested in to visit the link!

I wanted to keep things more to the point this year. I keep seeing a million different gift guides, for literally everything, with so many options. I’m someone who easily gets overwhelmed and I thought I might not be the only one out there that feels that way. This year, I’m going to try to make my gift guides more concise. If you have any questions, about gifts or any of these products, please just let me know! I am happy to go further into detail and thought about just doing that over on my Youtube Channel. Let me know what types of gift guides you would like to see this year in a comment down below!

Also, just in case you haven’t seen yet, we are doing #VLOGMAS over on Youtube and we are posting a new video every day until Christmas! We would love for you to go and subscribe!

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

For The Man in Your Life | The Gift Guide

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My Master Bedroom for Christmas

November 27, 2018

The Home

It’s the holiday season and everyone is decking their halls, so I thought it would be the appropriate time to share with you something my mom taught me years ago. How to Hang a Wreath Using Ribbon Without Damage! Hanging a beautiful wreath is so popular and there is nothing I love more than our front door each holiday season with a beautiful holiday wreath, hung with ribbon. Be sure to check out more of our home content and holiday decor here, if you enjoy this post. 

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I am so blessed to have a mother who is so talented and literally knows how to do everything! After watching Instagram stories and hearing people share that you should nail your ribbon to the top of your door or other places, I was honestly horrified. There is a much better way to do this and without the damage that is much easier. Like I said, I was a little shocked to hear people recommending that their followers put nails into their doors, windows, etc, for temporary holiday decor! So, I put it out there on social media to see if you would want a quick tutorial on how to hang a wreath using ribbon without damage and the verdict was, yes!

First, I should let you know that this is how we hang our wreaths every year. My mom has been doing this for years and she hangs a wreath on every window of her house, which has quite a few more windows than mine!

How to Hang a Wreath Using Ribbon Without Damage

Gather Your Materials

One thing that always helps is gathering your materials! I’m so guilty of always jumping right into something without having everything I need and it ends up taking me ten times longer because I’m constantly looking for something. Here are the few items you will need, to hang your wreathing using ribbon. Some obvious, some not so obvious and some are just helpful!

  • Wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Thumb Tacks (I usually do 3 per wreath)
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ladder

Measure Out Your Ribbon and Wreath Placement

Next, you will want to measure out your ribbon and wreath placement. Sometimes it’s helpful to do this with two people. I like to loop the ribbon through the wreath as if I’m hanging it, and see just how much ribbon I need to get the wreath placed exactly where I want it. Once you have your ribbon measure out the exact length you would like, go ahead and cut it straight across. At this point, I would go ahead and measure and precut your ribbon for however many wreaths you will be hanging. That way, everything will hang at the same height. 

Hang Your Wreath

Loop your ribbon through your wreath and hang it over your door, or window, making sure that the edge of the ribbon lines up with the top of the door at the opposite hanging side (see photo below!) Using two, or I prefer three tacks, start by placing the first tack in the middle of the ribbon and pushing it into the door. Do the same on either side of the first tack. It might be helpful to use something heavy, such as a hammer to gently push the tack into the door.

How to Hang a Wreath Using Ribbon Without Damage


I feel like it’s important to throw a disclaimer out there, just in case your wreath happens to fall! (lol) It does occasionally happen, but we use our front door and I haven’t had one of ours ever fall down. Windows are a different story because they usually bare all of the weather, unlike most fronts doors. However, it is rare that they will fall, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible! Also, if you are hanging your wreath in an area that will be weathered, take into consideration what ribbon you choose. Our front porch is covered, so I was able to use this beautiful red velvet ribbon.

Lastly, I thought I would mention that our front door is from Thermatru. I always get so many questions about our front door! Also, our wreaths are from a local store in Colonial Williamsburg called Boxwood and Berry. 

If you like this type of post, be sure to let me know! I’m not very DIYish but I do love decorating our home and I do that by myself! So, if you have any decorating questions or concerns, be sure to leave them for me in the comment section and I will get back to you and/or write a blog post on the topic! I love sharing things my mom has taught me over the years. Thank you, Mama! I hope you enjoyed this post on how to hang a wreath using ribbon without damaging your doors or window!

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My Master Bedroom for Christmas

November 23, 2018

Lifestyle

Cyber Week is the new thing and Black Friday sales have been extended online. You can shop all your favorite sales from the convenience of your laptop all weekend! In the past, I have never really seemed too good at finding great deals. This year, instead of rounding up a ton of deals, I really wanted to focus in on my favorite sales and places/items I love and will be shopping myself, or that I already own.

I will continue to update this post over the next few days as sales change and more sales go live! If oyu ahve any requests, just leave them in a comment below πŸ™‚ With that said, today is a busy day for most people, so I will keep this short and sweet, and hop right into my Cyber Week Sale Picks and Favorites! 

Cyber Week Sale Picks and Favorites

Ebates

One of my favorite ways to save a little money, or should I say earn a little money, around the holidays is by using Ebates! It’s completely free and a great way to ear a little money! You can sign up here.

Sephora

You can get up to 50% OFF select items on Sephora.com!

McGee and Co

20% OFF Site Wide with the code THANKYOU.

Jaime Chair

Blue and White Blue Porcelain Bird Planter

Oval Rattan Tray

Cutting Board

Faux Cedar & Pine Wreath

Wick Trimmer

Club Monaco

If you love classic style, you will love Club Monaco. It’s honestly one of my favorite stores to shop, as you can see here. Right now you can get 25% OFF $150+, 30%OFF $250+, or 35%OFF $400+ with the code CMBLACKFRIDAY18. Don’t forget FREESHIP for free shipping on orders of $150+. Here are some of my favorite picks!

Bloomingdales 

Bloomingdales is having up to 25% off of various items on their site! My favorite holiday candle is 25% OFF, so I’m definitely buying one of these (maybe even two)! Also, my favorite candle brand Diptyque is 10% OFF, which never happens so now is your chance to grab one on SALE! Discounts are applied in your cart!

Net-a-Porter

Up to 50% OFF 

Net-a-Porter is one of my favorite online retailers they carry everything from Gucci to Madewell. At first glance, I thought everything on their site was out of my budget. However, use the filters to lower the price range and find really beautiful pieces that are hard to find other places! 

Karla Colletto Cutout Swimsuit

Stella McCartney Bra (my favorite luxury lingerie!) 

Vince Belted Wool-Blended Coat

Theory Silk-Satin Culottes 

Skin Cotton Pajamas

Vince Off the Shoulder Sweater

Vince Shearling Coat

Vince Tie-Detailed Ribbed Wool and Cashmere Sweater

Vince Crinkled Crepe Midi Dress

Williams Sonoma

You know that I am so addicted to Williams Sonoma as most of the items in our kitchen are from there. I love the quality, simplicity, and eleagance of their products and stores. They do have a few select deals going on and here are our favorites that are on sale. 

Breville Smart Oven (An essential in our kitchen and makes a great gift!) $215.96

Instant Pot $69.95– I have heard these are a must.

My favorite bakeware set $79.96

Winter Berry Guest Set $14.95 (The perfect gift or addition to your powder bath! Check out the kitchen collection too!)

All-Clad TK Collection (we own this line of pots and pans)

Soma Intimates

My favorite pajamas sets come from Soma! They have the softest sleepwear and undergarments. Use the code 36760 NOV.22-25 for 30% OFF.

My favorites are the cool night’s sets because I get super hot during the nights!

Nordstrom

Up to 60% OFF

The one stop shop for everything you need! I have compiled a collage of items below because there were just too many beautiful options.

 

Cyber Week Sale Picks (Updated Daily)

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My Master Bedroom for Christmas

November 14, 2018

Beauty

Although I am a firm believer in finding what works and sticking to it, each season I like to update my beauty routine a bit to fit the environment. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year so Fall beauty is natural a favorite as well! To me, Fall beauty has a classic feel with more depth. We might spend a few extra minutes primping, that we might not do in the warmer months. 

Some of these items are from my recent Sephora order! Oh. Em. Gee. I keep praying that all of the “Clean At Sephora” products are this amazing because if so, I can totally handle clean beauty. These products are nothing short of a miracle!

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Fall Beauty Must Haves

Tom Ford Nude Dip Palette

If you watch my Youtube videos, you would have heard me talk about this palette recently! After receiving so many questions about my eyeshadow lately,  I decided to share a video tutorial on how I use this palette, that I will link here. This palette has been my go to look for the past two months. It is neutral enough for daily wear, but beautiful enough to dress it up! You know me, I love versatility. If you have been wanting to invest in a Tom Ford beauty product, in my opinion, this is the one to go for!

Zoya Bela

Along the lines of receiving questions, I have been getting a ton about this nail color that I have also been wearing nonstop. You know I am faithful to natural colors and love a good light pink shade. After sitting in my collection for far too long, I decided to give this color a go. For me, this is hands down the most natural color I own. It looks like there is nothing on my nails but they just look so much better than they do without polish.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

All my girls with fine hair raise your hand! Ok, hopefully, I’m not the only one with my hands in the air. I have always struggled with an oily scalp and because I have such fine hair, it just goes flat, and stick straight, about ten minutes after I blow dry it. Not to mention that second-day hair is rarely an option for me unless I wear it up. This texturizing spray has totally transformed my hairstyles and even my second-day hair. This spray is completely worthy of all of the hype and has become one of my go-to repurchases, over the past several months! Plus, you can buy it on Amazon so… holla!

Tom Ford Velvet Cherry

I probably don’t have to write anything about this lipstick because I would be beating a dead horse. You have heard me preach about this color until you are probably blue in the face. I’m sorry! It’s just so good! You can see this product in action here and if you are in the market for the perfect Fall red lipstick, here it is.

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost Serum

This product has hands down been the most transformative for me. To be completely honest, I didn’t have very high hopes for this lash serum. I had heard good things about it, but never really thought it would actually work. A single tube of this lasts me about four months, a little goes a long way, which is great. You can also buy this product on Amazon, hooray. I have received comments from strangers, from blog readers and Instagram followers, from friends and even my husband was like “WOW! Your eyelashes really are long!” Thanks?! lol! Seriously, this is a good one and definitely worth the splurge! You could even drop Santa a note πŸ˜‰

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

I recently did a little rant about this product on my, Instagram Stories. Don’t worry it was a good one! I talked about how I’m usually not one to love a “hyped” or “viral” product, so naturally, I waited several months to buy the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. You have heard me mentioned Marianna Hewitt over, and over, and I really love her so of course, I wanted to support her. However, being an oily skin gal, I didn’t think the Jet Lag mask would work for me. 

Fast forward a few months, I have been using a prescription grade retinol or help clear up my acne (plus an antibiotic, but that’s a story for another day) and my skin has been very dry and irritated. It has been peeling and the creases of my neck are extremely red. The Jet Lag mask has transformed my skin. It isn’t too heavy like I thought it would be, yet it is hydrating and extremely soothing to my irritated, and angry, skin. This is my new go-to product! I apply a very thin layer at night as my moisturizer and a thin layer in the morning as a makeup primer! My foundation has not looked this good in a very long time.

Farmacy Clean Bee Cleanser

In the whole “clean beauty” movement, I was inspired to try a clean cleanser hoping that it wouldn’t irritate my already bothered skin. I was a little hesitant of this Farmacy cleanser because it is not oil free. However, this leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, literally, and doesn’t dry it out! If you have sensitive skin, oily or dry, I would highly recommend giving this product a try!

Briogeo Shampoo and Conditioner

One last product and a clean one at that! I have recently become obsessed with Ariel Charnas, from Something Navy. I just discovered her so I must have been living under a rock. Anyway, I love following her Instagram Stories and she has been talking lately about how much she loves Briogeo. Naturally, I had to give it a try because her hair always looks so beautiful! I to have been raving about this on my IG stories lately because it is just that good. I, once again, have a very oily scalp and thin hair. This shampoo and conditioner have been giving amazing volume and extremely soft hair. To say that I am hooked would be an understatement!

I will have to try out more of their products and I’m sure they will move their way into my Fall Beauty Must Haves as well!


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I hope you found this post helpful and enjoyed hearing about my Fall Beauty Must Haves! I would love to know what beauty products you are loving this Fall so please leave me your Beauty Must Haves in a comment below!

Fall Beauty Must Haves

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T

My Master Bedroom for Christmas

November 5, 2018

Lifestyle

Two years of marriage. People say that time flies and it surely does. It seems like more than two years ago that we had our wedding, but when I think about us being married for two whole years, that really makes it feel like time is flying. The past two years have been nothing short of wonderful. To say that we have grown together and as individuals, is probably an understatement. I truly believe that no matter how much you prepare for marriage or really anything in life, nothing prepares you more than actually doing it. 

One thing that I do know is that I am eternally grateful for Jay. I’m grateful for his heart and his soul. His kindness and his selflessness. Jay is the kind of person that people write books about and boy am I grateful to be his wife. But, even when you have a spouse that is as perfect as Jay, marriage is still something that changes and evolves and hopefully grows with each obstacle. Life changes daily and if things aren’t changing, I truly don’t think they are growing. 

This second year of our marriage has been, to me, more interesting than the first. I think during our first year of marriage, we were settling into our new life together and our home. We were still coming off of that wedding high or “we are officially husband and wife”, high. Everything is all good, exciting and wonderful. Now, that’s not to say that every day isn’t exciting when you’re married to your best friend and doing life together. Because it is. But that first year is just really exciting and magical. 

Year two is when everyday life starts to set in and you have to learn how to problem solve together. Work becomes stressful, you might not have all of that wedding planning to look forward to and those constant changes are beginning to slow down. Learning to be excited in the everyday joys comes into play and for some, this might be challenging!

For Jay, and I, he is still extremely busy at work, but our second year of marriage has been our most relaxed year in quite a long time! It has truly been great, but we have also learned that we need to have hobbies and fun things we can do together. We are very much homebodies and have had to push ourselves to get out of the house more and find a good balance between the two. 

See what I learned in our first year of marriage here. I will also link all of our wedding details at the bottom of this post!

Photography | Ashley Seawell

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Two Things I’ve Learned in Two Years of Marriage

The Importance of Serving One Another and Not Waiting For Your Spouse to Ask for Help

We have learned the importance of serving one another and recognizing when we need to slow down. The importance of noticing our feelings and the other spouses feelings as well. In our first year of marriage, I understood the need to serve Jay, but I wasn’t really sure what that meant or how I was supposed to do that. After two years of marriage, I have begun to understand a little bit more what it means to serve your spouse. It doesn’t always mean doing something nice for them now and then.

It means paying attention to what brings them joy. Asking them questions and really listening and sometimes asking additional follow-up questions. It means not just assuming they know how thankful you are for them, but telling them frequently how much they mean to you. We are all human and want to feel needed. Sometimes it’s easy to forget so it’s important to remind our spouse how much they mean to us each day. Serving them also means praying for them each day. Asking them, “How can I help you today? Is there something I can do to make your stress load a little lighter?”

Life gets busy and it’s easy to get distracted. Do little things for your spouse that makes their day easier. Here are a few things that Jay and I do for each other daily, that means so much and only take a second. 

Easy ways to serve your spouse each day

  • TDS aka “Turn Down Service”- When you go to a high-end hotel, they often have the turndown service. Jay began doing this for me, years ago, when I lived at my parent’s house. Every night one of us comes around and does the turndown service. We let down the shade, turn on the lamp, place a glass of water on their bedside table and pull back the sheets. You can even arrange your spouses’ pillow they way they like it. This only takes a minute or two but does wonders for your tired spouse. It’s like a royal treatment! 
  • Place a towel beside the shower for them.
  • Cook them dinner.
  • Lay out their pajamas at night or set their toothbrush and a washcloth beside the sink.

It’s the little things in life that add up and really make a difference. For better or worse. If you know what I mean πŸ˜‰

It’s Ok To Enjoy Time For Just Us

As I briefly mentioned before, a lot of people get married and jump right into having a family very quickly. I don’t think this is bad at all, but it’s not for everyone. Jay and I have been using this year to really take time for us. Trust me, seeing photos of people starting families, having babies and doing everything else is oh so tempting. Please believe me, it’s hard. Having a family is something that Jay and I both really do want one day. However, before we do decide to start a family, we are trying to take time for us and for our marriage. To bask in that tempting, uncomfortable, time and making sure that we enjoy time together that is for just us. 

The world we live in today is a little rushed, in my opinion. While we have so many amazing opportunities and capabilities at our fingertips, it’s so easy to fall into the rat race of comparison and allow social media to make us feel like we should be doing life a certain way. That we should have a certain income, our a certain style of home or a family. Especially in the blogging world, I think that comparison is a huge thief of joy and it will easily snatch away special moments if we allow it to. 

With that said, Jay and I have been trying to soak up moments together that are just between us. We are both huge family people and love spending time with our families. However, lately, we have been trying to focus on doing fun things together that we can easily take for granted right now. 

Fun things to do together, that are often overlooked

  • Going to the movies
  • Going out late for dessert and drinks, or really whatever we want
  • Traveling together to new places
  • Creating a list of things we really want to do and doing them (we just took a tour of the White House last week!)
  • Playing board games and laughing with each other
  • Cooking together at home 
  • Watching too much Harry Potter (P.S. There is no such thing)
  • Dreaming of our future and making goals and plans
  • Sitting on the sofa and drinking a glass of wine
  • Going on bike rides
  • Tackling home projects

I could honestly go on and on. But, for so long we have been so busy that slowing down, although it hasn’t been easy, has really been a blessing. We have talked about going to New York City during December, to see Christmas decorations, since I was in High School and we are finally going this year! Hopefully, we can make our trip to Europe happen next year!

Two years of marriage has been such a blessing. To say that I am married to my best friend and soul mate really doesn’t do our relationship justice. I think that any great relationship takes work, honesty, vulnerability, love, patience, and change. We are constantly growing and facing new challenges. If we don’t have that person that we can count on to see us in our true, vulnerable and fragile state, I don’t think we have the right person!

Jay encourages me daily to be my best self and he is patient and loving with me when I’m at my worst self. I would love to know what you have learned from your relationships and marriage! How do you learn to grow together and support one another? I’m always so inspired by your feedback and appreciative of it too!

Jay, thank you for two amazing years of marriage and thank you for being my best friend!


Wedding Sources

Photography | Ashley Seawell

Wedding Planning | Spencer Special Events

Floral | EM Creative Floral

Gowns | Martina Liana

Venue | Montage Palmetto Bluff

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My Master Bedroom for Christmas

December 6, 2018

Lifestyle

If you’re like me, sometimes shopping for the man in your life can be a little challenging. Over the years, I have gotten a little bit better about shopping for Jay and have found a few gifts that he really loves. This year, I decided to compile a smaller gift guide for men, including some of Jay’s favorite items and a few other really fun gift ideas! You can see our gift guides from last year here.

For The Man in Your Life | The Gift Guide

The image below is shoppable so just click on the item you are interested in to visit the link!

I wanted to keep things more to the point this year. I keep seeing a million different gift guides, for literally everything, with so many options. I’m someone who easily gets overwhelmed and I thought I might not be the only one out there that feels that way. This year, I’m going to try to make my gift guides more concise. If you have any questions, about gifts or any of these products, please just let me know! I am happy to go further into detail and thought about just doing that over on my Youtube Channel. Let me know what types of gift guides you would like to see this year in a comment down below!

Also, just in case you haven’t seen yet, we are doing #VLOGMAS over on Youtube and we are posting a new video every day until Christmas! We would love for you to go and subscribe!

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

For The Man in Your Life | The Gift Guide

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November 27, 2018

The Home

It’s the holiday season and everyone is decking their halls, so I thought it would be the appropriate time to share with you something my mom taught me years ago. How to Hang a Wreath Using Ribbon Without Damage! Hanging a beautiful wreath is so popular and there is nothing I love more than our front door each holiday season with a beautiful holiday wreath, hung with ribbon. Be sure to check out more of our home content and holiday decor here, if you enjoy this post. 

How to Hang a Wreath Using Ribbon Without Damage How to Hang a Wreath Using Ribbon Without Damage

I am so blessed to have a mother who is so talented and literally knows how to do everything! After watching Instagram stories and hearing people share that you should nail your ribbon to the top of your door or other places, I was honestly horrified. There is a much better way to do this and without the damage that is much easier. Like I said, I was a little shocked to hear people recommending that their followers put nails into their doors, windows, etc, for temporary holiday decor! So, I put it out there on social media to see if you would want a quick tutorial on how to hang a wreath using ribbon without damage and the verdict was, yes!

First, I should let you know that this is how we hang our wreaths every year. My mom has been doing this for years and she hangs a wreath on every window of her house, which has quite a few more windows than mine!

How to Hang a Wreath Using Ribbon Without Damage

Gather Your Materials

One thing that always helps is gathering your materials! I’m so guilty of always jumping right into something without having everything I need and it ends up taking me ten times longer because I’m constantly looking for something. Here are the few items you will need, to hang your wreathing using ribbon. Some obvious, some not so obvious and some are just helpful!

  • Wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Thumb Tacks (I usually do 3 per wreath)
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ladder

Measure Out Your Ribbon and Wreath Placement

Next, you will want to measure out your ribbon and wreath placement. Sometimes it’s helpful to do this with two people. I like to loop the ribbon through the wreath as if I’m hanging it, and see just how much ribbon I need to get the wreath placed exactly where I want it. Once you have your ribbon measure out the exact length you would like, go ahead and cut it straight across. At this point, I would go ahead and measure and precut your ribbon for however many wreaths you will be hanging. That way, everything will hang at the same height. 

Hang Your Wreath

Loop your ribbon through your wreath and hang it over your door, or window, making sure that the edge of the ribbon lines up with the top of the door at the opposite hanging side (see photo below!) Using two, or I prefer three tacks, start by placing the first tack in the middle of the ribbon and pushing it into the door. Do the same on either side of the first tack. It might be helpful to use something heavy, such as a hammer to gently push the tack into the door.

How to Hang a Wreath Using Ribbon Without Damage


I feel like it’s important to throw a disclaimer out there, just in case your wreath happens to fall! (lol) It does occasionally happen, but we use our front door and I haven’t had one of ours ever fall down. Windows are a different story because they usually bare all of the weather, unlike most fronts doors. However, it is rare that they will fall, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible! Also, if you are hanging your wreath in an area that will be weathered, take into consideration what ribbon you choose. Our front porch is covered, so I was able to use this beautiful red velvet ribbon.

Lastly, I thought I would mention that our front door is from Thermatru. I always get so many questions about our front door! Also, our wreaths are from a local store in Colonial Williamsburg called Boxwood and Berry. 

If you like this type of post, be sure to let me know! I’m not very DIYish but I do love decorating our home and I do that by myself! So, if you have any decorating questions or concerns, be sure to leave them for me in the comment section and I will get back to you and/or write a blog post on the topic! I love sharing things my mom has taught me over the years. Thank you, Mama! I hope you enjoyed this post on how to hang a wreath using ribbon without damaging your doors or window!

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November 23, 2018

Lifestyle

Cyber Week is the new thing and Black Friday sales have been extended online. You can shop all your favorite sales from the convenience of your laptop all weekend! In the past, I have never really seemed too good at finding great deals. This year, instead of rounding up a ton of deals, I really wanted to focus in on my favorite sales and places/items I love and will be shopping myself, or that I already own.

I will continue to update this post over the next few days as sales change and more sales go live! If oyu ahve any requests, just leave them in a comment below πŸ™‚ With that said, today is a busy day for most people, so I will keep this short and sweet, and hop right into my Cyber Week Sale Picks and Favorites! 

Cyber Week Sale Picks and Favorites

Ebates

One of my favorite ways to save a little money, or should I say earn a little money, around the holidays is by using Ebates! It’s completely free and a great way to ear a little money! You can sign up here.

Sephora

You can get up to 50% OFF select items on Sephora.com!

McGee and Co

20% OFF Site Wide with the code THANKYOU.

Jaime Chair

Blue and White Blue Porcelain Bird Planter

Oval Rattan Tray

Cutting Board

Faux Cedar & Pine Wreath

Wick Trimmer

Club Monaco

If you love classic style, you will love Club Monaco. It’s honestly one of my favorite stores to shop, as you can see here. Right now you can get 25% OFF $150+, 30%OFF $250+, or 35%OFF $400+ with the code CMBLACKFRIDAY18. Don’t forget FREESHIP for free shipping on orders of $150+. Here are some of my favorite picks!

Bloomingdales 

Bloomingdales is having up to 25% off of various items on their site! My favorite holiday candle is 25% OFF, so I’m definitely buying one of these (maybe even two)! Also, my favorite candle brand Diptyque is 10% OFF, which never happens so now is your chance to grab one on SALE! Discounts are applied in your cart!

Net-a-Porter

Up to 50% OFF 

Net-a-Porter is one of my favorite online retailers they carry everything from Gucci to Madewell. At first glance, I thought everything on their site was out of my budget. However, use the filters to lower the price range and find really beautiful pieces that are hard to find other places! 

Karla Colletto Cutout Swimsuit

Stella McCartney Bra (my favorite luxury lingerie!) 

Vince Belted Wool-Blended Coat

Theory Silk-Satin Culottes 

Skin Cotton Pajamas

Vince Off the Shoulder Sweater

Vince Shearling Coat

Vince Tie-Detailed Ribbed Wool and Cashmere Sweater

Vince Crinkled Crepe Midi Dress

Williams Sonoma

You know that I am so addicted to Williams Sonoma as most of the items in our kitchen are from there. I love the quality, simplicity, and eleagance of their products and stores. They do have a few select deals going on and here are our favorites that are on sale. 

Breville Smart Oven (An essential in our kitchen and makes a great gift!) $215.96

Instant Pot $69.95– I have heard these are a must.

My favorite bakeware set $79.96

Winter Berry Guest Set $14.95 (The perfect gift or addition to your powder bath! Check out the kitchen collection too!)

All-Clad TK Collection (we own this line of pots and pans)

Soma Intimates

My favorite pajamas sets come from Soma! They have the softest sleepwear and undergarments. Use the code 36760 NOV.22-25 for 30% OFF.

My favorites are the cool night’s sets because I get super hot during the nights!

Nordstrom

Up to 60% OFF

The one stop shop for everything you need! I have compiled a collage of items below because there were just too many beautiful options.

 

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November 14, 2018

Beauty

Although I am a firm believer in finding what works and sticking to it, each season I like to update my beauty routine a bit to fit the environment. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year so Fall beauty is natural a favorite as well! To me, Fall beauty has a classic feel with more depth. We might spend a few extra minutes primping, that we might not do in the warmer months. 

Some of these items are from my recent Sephora order! Oh. Em. Gee. I keep praying that all of the “Clean At Sephora” products are this amazing because if so, I can totally handle clean beauty. These products are nothing short of a miracle!

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Fall Beauty Must Haves

Tom Ford Nude Dip Palette

If you watch my Youtube videos, you would have heard me talk about this palette recently! After receiving so many questions about my eyeshadow lately,  I decided to share a video tutorial on how I use this palette, that I will link here. This palette has been my go to look for the past two months. It is neutral enough for daily wear, but beautiful enough to dress it up! You know me, I love versatility. If you have been wanting to invest in a Tom Ford beauty product, in my opinion, this is the one to go for!

Zoya Bela

Along the lines of receiving questions, I have been getting a ton about this nail color that I have also been wearing nonstop. You know I am faithful to natural colors and love a good light pink shade. After sitting in my collection for far too long, I decided to give this color a go. For me, this is hands down the most natural color I own. It looks like there is nothing on my nails but they just look so much better than they do without polish.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

All my girls with fine hair raise your hand! Ok, hopefully, I’m not the only one with my hands in the air. I have always struggled with an oily scalp and because I have such fine hair, it just goes flat, and stick straight, about ten minutes after I blow dry it. Not to mention that second-day hair is rarely an option for me unless I wear it up. This texturizing spray has totally transformed my hairstyles and even my second-day hair. This spray is completely worthy of all of the hype and has become one of my go-to repurchases, over the past several months! Plus, you can buy it on Amazon so… holla!

Tom Ford Velvet Cherry

I probably don’t have to write anything about this lipstick because I would be beating a dead horse. You have heard me preach about this color until you are probably blue in the face. I’m sorry! It’s just so good! You can see this product in action here and if you are in the market for the perfect Fall red lipstick, here it is.

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost Serum

This product has hands down been the most transformative for me. To be completely honest, I didn’t have very high hopes for this lash serum. I had heard good things about it, but never really thought it would actually work. A single tube of this lasts me about four months, a little goes a long way, which is great. You can also buy this product on Amazon, hooray. I have received comments from strangers, from blog readers and Instagram followers, from friends and even my husband was like “WOW! Your eyelashes really are long!” Thanks?! lol! Seriously, this is a good one and definitely worth the splurge! You could even drop Santa a note πŸ˜‰

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

I recently did a little rant about this product on my, Instagram Stories. Don’t worry it was a good one! I talked about how I’m usually not one to love a “hyped” or “viral” product, so naturally, I waited several months to buy the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. You have heard me mentioned Marianna Hewitt over, and over, and I really love her so of course, I wanted to support her. However, being an oily skin gal, I didn’t think the Jet Lag mask would work for me. 

Fast forward a few months, I have been using a prescription grade retinol or help clear up my acne (plus an antibiotic, but that’s a story for another day) and my skin has been very dry and irritated. It has been peeling and the creases of my neck are extremely red. The Jet Lag mask has transformed my skin. It isn’t too heavy like I thought it would be, yet it is hydrating and extremely soothing to my irritated, and angry, skin. This is my new go-to product! I apply a very thin layer at night as my moisturizer and a thin layer in the morning as a makeup primer! My foundation has not looked this good in a very long time.

Farmacy Clean Bee Cleanser

In the whole “clean beauty” movement, I was inspired to try a clean cleanser hoping that it wouldn’t irritate my already bothered skin. I was a little hesitant of this Farmacy cleanser because it is not oil free. However, this leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, literally, and doesn’t dry it out! If you have sensitive skin, oily or dry, I would highly recommend giving this product a try!

Briogeo Shampoo and Conditioner

One last product and a clean one at that! I have recently become obsessed with Ariel Charnas, from Something Navy. I just discovered her so I must have been living under a rock. Anyway, I love following her Instagram Stories and she has been talking lately about how much she loves Briogeo. Naturally, I had to give it a try because her hair always looks so beautiful! I to have been raving about this on my IG stories lately because it is just that good. I, once again, have a very oily scalp and thin hair. This shampoo and conditioner have been giving amazing volume and extremely soft hair. To say that I am hooked would be an understatement!

I will have to try out more of their products and I’m sure they will move their way into my Fall Beauty Must Haves as well!


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November 5, 2018

Lifestyle

Two years of marriage. People say that time flies and it surely does. It seems like more than two years ago that we had our wedding, but when I think about us being married for two whole years, that really makes it feel like time is flying. The past two years have been nothing short of wonderful. To say that we have grown together and as individuals, is probably an understatement. I truly believe that no matter how much you prepare for marriage or really anything in life, nothing prepares you more than actually doing it. 

One thing that I do know is that I am eternally grateful for Jay. I’m grateful for his heart and his soul. His kindness and his selflessness. Jay is the kind of person that people write books about and boy am I grateful to be his wife. But, even when you have a spouse that is as perfect as Jay, marriage is still something that changes and evolves and hopefully grows with each obstacle. Life changes daily and if things aren’t changing, I truly don’t think they are growing. 

This second year of our marriage has been, to me, more interesting than the first. I think during our first year of marriage, we were settling into our new life together and our home. We were still coming off of that wedding high or “we are officially husband and wife”, high. Everything is all good, exciting and wonderful. Now, that’s not to say that every day isn’t exciting when you’re married to your best friend and doing life together. Because it is. But that first year is just really exciting and magical. 

Year two is when everyday life starts to set in and you have to learn how to problem solve together. Work becomes stressful, you might not have all of that wedding planning to look forward to and those constant changes are beginning to slow down. Learning to be excited in the everyday joys comes into play and for some, this might be challenging!

For Jay, and I, he is still extremely busy at work, but our second year of marriage has been our most relaxed year in quite a long time! It has truly been great, but we have also learned that we need to have hobbies and fun things we can do together. We are very much homebodies and have had to push ourselves to get out of the house more and find a good balance between the two. 

See what I learned in our first year of marriage here. I will also link all of our wedding details at the bottom of this post!

Photography | Ashley Seawell

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The Importance of Serving One Another and Not Waiting For Your Spouse to Ask for Help

We have learned the importance of serving one another and recognizing when we need to slow down. The importance of noticing our feelings and the other spouses feelings as well. In our first year of marriage, I understood the need to serve Jay, but I wasn’t really sure what that meant or how I was supposed to do that. After two years of marriage, I have begun to understand a little bit more what it means to serve your spouse. It doesn’t always mean doing something nice for them now and then.

It means paying attention to what brings them joy. Asking them questions and really listening and sometimes asking additional follow-up questions. It means not just assuming they know how thankful you are for them, but telling them frequently how much they mean to you. We are all human and want to feel needed. Sometimes it’s easy to forget so it’s important to remind our spouse how much they mean to us each day. Serving them also means praying for them each day. Asking them, “How can I help you today? Is there something I can do to make your stress load a little lighter?”

Life gets busy and it’s easy to get distracted. Do little things for your spouse that makes their day easier. Here are a few things that Jay and I do for each other daily, that means so much and only take a second. 

Easy ways to serve your spouse each day

  • TDS aka “Turn Down Service”- When you go to a high-end hotel, they often have the turndown service. Jay began doing this for me, years ago, when I lived at my parent’s house. Every night one of us comes around and does the turndown service. We let down the shade, turn on the lamp, place a glass of water on their bedside table and pull back the sheets. You can even arrange your spouses’ pillow they way they like it. This only takes a minute or two but does wonders for your tired spouse. It’s like a royal treatment! 
  • Place a towel beside the shower for them.
  • Cook them dinner.
  • Lay out their pajamas at night or set their toothbrush and a washcloth beside the sink.

It’s the little things in life that add up and really make a difference. For better or worse. If you know what I mean πŸ˜‰

It’s Ok To Enjoy Time For Just Us

As I briefly mentioned before, a lot of people get married and jump right into having a family very quickly. I don’t think this is bad at all, but it’s not for everyone. Jay and I have been using this year to really take time for us. Trust me, seeing photos of people starting families, having babies and doing everything else is oh so tempting. Please believe me, it’s hard. Having a family is something that Jay and I both really do want one day. However, before we do decide to start a family, we are trying to take time for us and for our marriage. To bask in that tempting, uncomfortable, time and making sure that we enjoy time together that is for just us. 

The world we live in today is a little rushed, in my opinion. While we have so many amazing opportunities and capabilities at our fingertips, it’s so easy to fall into the rat race of comparison and allow social media to make us feel like we should be doing life a certain way. That we should have a certain income, our a certain style of home or a family. Especially in the blogging world, I think that comparison is a huge thief of joy and it will easily snatch away special moments if we allow it to. 

With that said, Jay and I have been trying to soak up moments together that are just between us. We are both huge family people and love spending time with our families. However, lately, we have been trying to focus on doing fun things together that we can easily take for granted right now. 

Fun things to do together, that are often overlooked

  • Going to the movies
  • Going out late for dessert and drinks, or really whatever we want
  • Traveling together to new places
  • Creating a list of things we really want to do and doing them (we just took a tour of the White House last week!)
  • Playing board games and laughing with each other
  • Cooking together at home 
  • Watching too much Harry Potter (P.S. There is no such thing)
  • Dreaming of our future and making goals and plans
  • Sitting on the sofa and drinking a glass of wine
  • Going on bike rides
  • Tackling home projects

I could honestly go on and on. But, for so long we have been so busy that slowing down, although it hasn’t been easy, has really been a blessing. We have talked about going to New York City during December, to see Christmas decorations, since I was in High School and we are finally going this year! Hopefully, we can make our trip to Europe happen next year!

Two years of marriage has been such a blessing. To say that I am married to my best friend and soul mate really doesn’t do our relationship justice. I think that any great relationship takes work, honesty, vulnerability, love, patience, and change. We are constantly growing and facing new challenges. If we don’t have that person that we can count on to see us in our true, vulnerable and fragile state, I don’t think we have the right person!

Jay encourages me daily to be my best self and he is patient and loving with me when I’m at my worst self. I would love to know what you have learned from your relationships and marriage! How do you learn to grow together and support one another? I’m always so inspired by your feedback and appreciative of it too!

Jay, thank you for two amazing years of marriage and thank you for being my best friend!


Wedding Sources

Photography | Ashley Seawell

Wedding Planning | Spencer Special Events

Floral | EM Creative Floral

Gowns | Martina Liana

Venue | Montage Palmetto Bluff

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October 24, 2018

Lifestyle

Having a good morning, or being a morning person, has never really been my thing! Growing up, my mom always had to drag me out of bed and if we are being fully transparent, my husband has taken on her role these days. Mornings are such a wonderful part of the day and having a good morning, that starts early, is a concept that I have always loved. The topic of “how to have a good morning” is something that I have been working on lately and I thought I would share with you 7 ways that you can have a good morning, that I have been practicing daily! I have also been stocking my bedside table well. See what I keep in my bedside table, here, to help improve my morning routine!

7 Ways to Have a Good Morning

I recently got around to reading The Miracle Morning and I have to admit that I truly think this book is life-changing. This has been on my list to read for probably over a year, after hearing Marianna Hewitt talk about it. To be honest, I didn’t really take the book seriously because I hadn’t heard much about it and it’s pretty short, but boy was that a mistake! This book is a basic, down to earth, guide on how to have a good morning. It also pretty much calls me out on all the things I do every day that do not set me up for success.

After reading this book, my morning mindset, and how I think about my day, has completely shifted and changed for the best. I have noticed all of the things that I do that hinder my ability to have a good morning. Since I have been working on making a few changes, I have noticed a drastic change in both my mornings and my days. Not to mention a huge improvement in my mental state and outlook on the future. I thought that I would share with you a few takeaways and what I’m doing each day to ensure that I have a productive and enriching morning each day!

How to Have a Good Morning

Mindset

One of my biggest takeaways from The Miracle Morning was the concept of having the right mindset for waking up early. I have never been an early riser or someone who would just spring out of bed each morning. Jay, on the other hand, is incredible with routines and wakes up early each morning. I think that somewhere down the line, I had this mindset that I’m not a morning person, I don’t like mornings and that I’m always too tired to wake up early. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still in a phase of struggling to wake-up and thankfully I have Jay to give me that extra push, but having the right mindset truly makes a huge difference.

These days, I try to think positively, about my morning, the night before and plan how excited I will be to wake up on a new day. By thinking ahead, planning your morning and thinking positively, you will automatically have a better outlook on life when you wake up. This has been a gamechanger for me and something that I am seriously working on!

Early Wake-Up

As I mentioned before, I am very thankful to have Jay here to pull me out of bed every morning. Becoming a morning person isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it. I have been working my way to 6am and hopefully one day I will make it 5am. There is something about waking up before the sun and getting a few extra tasks completed, without feeling rushed, that sets the tone for a very productive day. When I’m up before the sun, there is a very good chance of me having an awesome day. This is mostly because I have the time to do a few things that I enjoy and ease into the day, without feeling like I’m already behind and receiving emails!

Drinking Water

I’m a coffee gal through and through. Probably always will be, which is fine by me! However, I have been trying to down a glass of water each morning after brushing my teeth and before pouring myself a cup of coffee. Not only is this extremely good for your digestive system, it really helps wake my body up and clear my mind. If you usually go straight for the coffee, try to have a glass of water first. You might be surprised at how good you feel after. I have found that drinking my water from this cup helps me get in more ounces each day, plus it stays nice and cold!

Journaling and Prayer/Meditation

Over the Summer, I had fallen off of my daily journaling in my Write The Word journal and it feels sooo good to be back in the word daily. Whether you are meditating, hopefully, I will figure that out one day, reading a book, reading the Bible, journaling your thoughts, or whatever it might be, reading and writing have proven to be important in my life. All of which, easily get pushed to the back burner, when I don’t have time to fit them into my day because I didn’t wake up early enough. It’s a process, a real routine. (haha) But in all seriousness, I do love my Write The Word journal and I will try to squeeze in a chapter of the book that I am currently reading. You can see my recent reads here.

Morning Walk

In the spring, I completed a round of BBG and have never felt better about my body or a workout! I seriously loved it and when the round was over I just stopped. Having a 12-week program to work towards was really great, but once it was over, after knowing how difficult it actually was, I was afraid to start it up again! I quickly became lazy and out of shape, so I decided to start walking a small distance each morning, mostly to get Diesel a little exercise (since he doesn’t have a fence). Our morning walks together as a family, Jay included, have become something we all look forward to doing each morning. We like to go early, when it’s still quiet out, and get in a little walk before breakfast. This is not only great exercise, but it’s quality time spent together before the work day starts, that helps us get into a good mental state! Plus, we are all getting a little healthier, Diesel too!

 

Throwing Stress and Worry Away

Each morning, on our walk, we walk to the end of our road to the beach. A couple of months ago, my aunt told me that she does this each morning and finds a rock to throw into the water. Before tossing the rock away, she puts all of her worries and stress into that rock. When she casts it into the water, it’s like letting go of all of our negative energy. Jay and I have been doing this for about a couple of months and I have felt so much better. It’s such a relief to have a ritual each morning that let’s go of negativity, stress, and worry. For me, sometimes a mindset isn’t enough, I need something physical. This practice has completely transformed our day.

Thank you, Aunt Jackie, for sharing your wisdom with me! I’m forever grateful for you!

No Cell Phone

Prior to the past few weeks, the first thing I would do every morning was check my phone. I would check my email, Instagram, Facebook, and everything else. Beings that this was the first thing I would do each morning, it naturally set the tone for my day. If you are on social media, then you know how easy it is for us to compare ourselves to others. It’s definitely not the best way to start the day. With that said, I have been doing my best to not pick up my phone, other than turning off my alarm, until I am completely done with my morning routine. This practice has made such a difference in my morning. I no longer spend 15-20 minutes each morning scrolling through Instagram!


While I’m still working hard on learning how to have a good morning, and become a morning person, I have at least recognized how well I thrive on a morning routine. I hope that this post inspires you to rethink your morning routine and maybe implement a few of these strategies to help you have a good morning too! Be sure to leave me your tips on how to have a good morning, in a comment below! Don’t forget to check out this post on what I keep in my bedside table, to help you stock yours for morning success!

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November 27, 2018

The Home

It’s the holiday season and everyone is decking their halls, so I thought it would be the appropriate time to share with you something my mom taught me years ago. How to Hang a Wreath Using Ribbon Without Damage! Hanging a beautiful wreath is so popular and there is nothing I love more than our front door each holiday season with a beautiful holiday wreath, hung with ribbon. Be sure to check out more of our home content and holiday decor here, if you enjoy this post. 

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I am so blessed to have a mother who is so talented and literally knows how to do everything! After watching Instagram stories and hearing people share that you should nail your ribbon to the top of your door or other places, I was honestly horrified. There is a much better way to do this and without the damage that is much easier. Like I said, I was a little shocked to hear people recommending that their followers put nails into their doors, windows, etc, for temporary holiday decor! So, I put it out there on social media to see if you would want a quick tutorial on how to hang a wreath using ribbon without damage and the verdict was, yes!

First, I should let you know that this is how we hang our wreaths every year. My mom has been doing this for years and she hangs a wreath on every window of her house, which has quite a few more windows than mine!

How to Hang a Wreath Using Ribbon Without Damage

Gather Your Materials

One thing that always helps is gathering your materials! I’m so guilty of always jumping right into something without having everything I need and it ends up taking me ten times longer because I’m constantly looking for something. Here are the few items you will need, to hang your wreathing using ribbon. Some obvious, some not so obvious and some are just helpful!

  • Wreath
  • Ribbon
  • Thumb Tacks (I usually do 3 per wreath)
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ladder

Measure Out Your Ribbon and Wreath Placement

Next, you will want to measure out your ribbon and wreath placement. Sometimes it’s helpful to do this with two people. I like to loop the ribbon through the wreath as if I’m hanging it, and see just how much ribbon I need to get the wreath placed exactly where I want it. Once you have your ribbon measure out the exact length you would like, go ahead and cut it straight across. At this point, I would go ahead and measure and precut your ribbon for however many wreaths you will be hanging. That way, everything will hang at the same height. 

Hang Your Wreath

Loop your ribbon through your wreath and hang it over your door, or window, making sure that the edge of the ribbon lines up with the top of the door at the opposite hanging side (see photo below!) Using two, or I prefer three tacks, start by placing the first tack in the middle of the ribbon and pushing it into the door. Do the same on either side of the first tack. It might be helpful to use something heavy, such as a hammer to gently push the tack into the door.

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I feel like it’s important to throw a disclaimer out there, just in case your wreath happens to fall! (lol) It does occasionally happen, but we use our front door and I haven’t had one of ours ever fall down. Windows are a different story because they usually bare all of the weather, unlike most fronts doors. However, it is rare that they will fall, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible! Also, if you are hanging your wreath in an area that will be weathered, take into consideration what ribbon you choose. Our front porch is covered, so I was able to use this beautiful red velvet ribbon.

Lastly, I thought I would mention that our front door is from Thermatru. I always get so many questions about our front door! Also, our wreaths are from a local store in Colonial Williamsburg called Boxwood and Berry. 

If you like this type of post, be sure to let me know! I’m not very DIYish but I do love decorating our home and I do that by myself! So, if you have any decorating questions or concerns, be sure to leave them for me in the comment section and I will get back to you and/or write a blog post on the topic! I love sharing things my mom has taught me over the years. Thank you, Mama! I hope you enjoyed this post on how to hang a wreath using ribbon without damaging your doors or window!

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November 23, 2018

Lifestyle

Cyber Week is the new thing and Black Friday sales have been extended online. You can shop all your favorite sales from the convenience of your laptop all weekend! In the past, I have never really seemed too good at finding great deals. This year, instead of rounding up a ton of deals, I really wanted to focus in on my favorite sales and places/items I love and will be shopping myself, or that I already own.

I will continue to update this post over the next few days as sales change and more sales go live! If oyu ahve any requests, just leave them in a comment below πŸ™‚ With that said, today is a busy day for most people, so I will keep this short and sweet, and hop right into my Cyber Week Sale Picks and Favorites! 

Cyber Week Sale Picks and Favorites

Ebates

One of my favorite ways to save a little money, or should I say earn a little money, around the holidays is by using Ebates! It’s completely free and a great way to ear a little money! You can sign up here.

Sephora

You can get up to 50% OFF select items on Sephora.com!

McGee and Co

20% OFF Site Wide with the code THANKYOU.

Jaime Chair

Blue and White Blue Porcelain Bird Planter

Oval Rattan Tray

Cutting Board

Faux Cedar & Pine Wreath

Wick Trimmer

Club Monaco

If you love classic style, you will love Club Monaco. It’s honestly one of my favorite stores to shop, as you can see here. Right now you can get 25% OFF $150+, 30%OFF $250+, or 35%OFF $400+ with the code CMBLACKFRIDAY18. Don’t forget FREESHIP for free shipping on orders of $150+. Here are some of my favorite picks!

Bloomingdales 

Bloomingdales is having up to 25% off of various items on their site! My favorite holiday candle is 25% OFF, so I’m definitely buying one of these (maybe even two)! Also, my favorite candle brand Diptyque is 10% OFF, which never happens so now is your chance to grab one on SALE! Discounts are applied in your cart!

Net-a-Porter

Up to 50% OFF 

Net-a-Porter is one of my favorite online retailers they carry everything from Gucci to Madewell. At first glance, I thought everything on their site was out of my budget. However, use the filters to lower the price range and find really beautiful pieces that are hard to find other places! 

Karla Colletto Cutout Swimsuit

Stella McCartney Bra (my favorite luxury lingerie!) 

Vince Belted Wool-Blended Coat

Theory Silk-Satin Culottes 

Skin Cotton Pajamas

Vince Off the Shoulder Sweater

Vince Shearling Coat

Vince Tie-Detailed Ribbed Wool and Cashmere Sweater

Vince Crinkled Crepe Midi Dress

Williams Sonoma

You know that I am so addicted to Williams Sonoma as most of the items in our kitchen are from there. I love the quality, simplicity, and eleagance of their products and stores. They do have a few select deals going on and here are our favorites that are on sale. 

Breville Smart Oven (An essential in our kitchen and makes a great gift!) $215.96

Instant Pot $69.95– I have heard these are a must.

My favorite bakeware set $79.96

Winter Berry Guest Set $14.95 (The perfect gift or addition to your powder bath! Check out the kitchen collection too!)

All-Clad TK Collection (we own this line of pots and pans)

Soma Intimates

My favorite pajamas sets come from Soma! They have the softest sleepwear and undergarments. Use the code 36760 NOV.22-25 for 30% OFF.

My favorites are the cool night’s sets because I get super hot during the nights!

Nordstrom

Up to 60% OFF

The one stop shop for everything you need! I have compiled a collage of items below because there were just too many beautiful options.

 

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Cyber Week is the new thing and Black Friday sales have been extended online. You can shop all your favorite sales from the convenience of your laptop all weekend! In the past, I have never really seemed too good at finding great deals. This year, instead of rounding up a ton of deals, I really […]

November 14, 2018

Beauty

Although I am a firm believer in finding what works and sticking to it, each season I like to update my beauty routine a bit to fit the environment. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year so Fall beauty is natural a favorite as well! To me, Fall beauty has a classic feel with more depth. We might spend a few extra minutes primping, that we might not do in the warmer months. 

Some of these items are from my recent Sephora order! Oh. Em. Gee. I keep praying that all of the “Clean At Sephora” products are this amazing because if so, I can totally handle clean beauty. These products are nothing short of a miracle!

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Fall Beauty Must Haves

Tom Ford Nude Dip Palette

If you watch my Youtube videos, you would have heard me talk about this palette recently! After receiving so many questions about my eyeshadow lately,  I decided to share a video tutorial on how I use this palette, that I will link here. This palette has been my go to look for the past two months. It is neutral enough for daily wear, but beautiful enough to dress it up! You know me, I love versatility. If you have been wanting to invest in a Tom Ford beauty product, in my opinion, this is the one to go for!

Zoya Bela

Along the lines of receiving questions, I have been getting a ton about this nail color that I have also been wearing nonstop. You know I am faithful to natural colors and love a good light pink shade. After sitting in my collection for far too long, I decided to give this color a go. For me, this is hands down the most natural color I own. It looks like there is nothing on my nails but they just look so much better than they do without polish.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

All my girls with fine hair raise your hand! Ok, hopefully, I’m not the only one with my hands in the air. I have always struggled with an oily scalp and because I have such fine hair, it just goes flat, and stick straight, about ten minutes after I blow dry it. Not to mention that second-day hair is rarely an option for me unless I wear it up. This texturizing spray has totally transformed my hairstyles and even my second-day hair. This spray is completely worthy of all of the hype and has become one of my go-to repurchases, over the past several months! Plus, you can buy it on Amazon so… holla!

Tom Ford Velvet Cherry

I probably don’t have to write anything about this lipstick because I would be beating a dead horse. You have heard me preach about this color until you are probably blue in the face. I’m sorry! It’s just so good! You can see this product in action here and if you are in the market for the perfect Fall red lipstick, here it is.

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost Serum

This product has hands down been the most transformative for me. To be completely honest, I didn’t have very high hopes for this lash serum. I had heard good things about it, but never really thought it would actually work. A single tube of this lasts me about four months, a little goes a long way, which is great. You can also buy this product on Amazon, hooray. I have received comments from strangers, from blog readers and Instagram followers, from friends and even my husband was like “WOW! Your eyelashes really are long!” Thanks?! lol! Seriously, this is a good one and definitely worth the splurge! You could even drop Santa a note πŸ˜‰

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

I recently did a little rant about this product on my, Instagram Stories. Don’t worry it was a good one! I talked about how I’m usually not one to love a “hyped” or “viral” product, so naturally, I waited several months to buy the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. You have heard me mentioned Marianna Hewitt over, and over, and I really love her so of course, I wanted to support her. However, being an oily skin gal, I didn’t think the Jet Lag mask would work for me. 

Fast forward a few months, I have been using a prescription grade retinol or help clear up my acne (plus an antibiotic, but that’s a story for another day) and my skin has been very dry and irritated. It has been peeling and the creases of my neck are extremely red. The Jet Lag mask has transformed my skin. It isn’t too heavy like I thought it would be, yet it is hydrating and extremely soothing to my irritated, and angry, skin. This is my new go-to product! I apply a very thin layer at night as my moisturizer and a thin layer in the morning as a makeup primer! My foundation has not looked this good in a very long time.

Farmacy Clean Bee Cleanser

In the whole “clean beauty” movement, I was inspired to try a clean cleanser hoping that it wouldn’t irritate my already bothered skin. I was a little hesitant of this Farmacy cleanser because it is not oil free. However, this leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, literally, and doesn’t dry it out! If you have sensitive skin, oily or dry, I would highly recommend giving this product a try!

Briogeo Shampoo and Conditioner

One last product and a clean one at that! I have recently become obsessed with Ariel Charnas, from Something Navy. I just discovered her so I must have been living under a rock. Anyway, I love following her Instagram Stories and she has been talking lately about how much she loves Briogeo. Naturally, I had to give it a try because her hair always looks so beautiful! I to have been raving about this on my IG stories lately because it is just that good. I, once again, have a very oily scalp and thin hair. This shampoo and conditioner have been giving amazing volume and extremely soft hair. To say that I am hooked would be an understatement!

I will have to try out more of their products and I’m sure they will move their way into my Fall Beauty Must Haves as well!


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I hope you found this post helpful and enjoyed hearing about my Fall Beauty Must Haves! I would love to know what beauty products you are loving this Fall so please leave me your Beauty Must Haves in a comment below!

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November 5, 2018

Lifestyle

Two years of marriage. People say that time flies and it surely does. It seems like more than two years ago that we had our wedding, but when I think about us being married for two whole years, that really makes it feel like time is flying. The past two years have been nothing short of wonderful. To say that we have grown together and as individuals, is probably an understatement. I truly believe that no matter how much you prepare for marriage or really anything in life, nothing prepares you more than actually doing it. 

One thing that I do know is that I am eternally grateful for Jay. I’m grateful for his heart and his soul. His kindness and his selflessness. Jay is the kind of person that people write books about and boy am I grateful to be his wife. But, even when you have a spouse that is as perfect as Jay, marriage is still something that changes and evolves and hopefully grows with each obstacle. Life changes daily and if things aren’t changing, I truly don’t think they are growing. 

This second year of our marriage has been, to me, more interesting than the first. I think during our first year of marriage, we were settling into our new life together and our home. We were still coming off of that wedding high or “we are officially husband and wife”, high. Everything is all good, exciting and wonderful. Now, that’s not to say that every day isn’t exciting when you’re married to your best friend and doing life together. Because it is. But that first year is just really exciting and magical. 

Year two is when everyday life starts to set in and you have to learn how to problem solve together. Work becomes stressful, you might not have all of that wedding planning to look forward to and those constant changes are beginning to slow down. Learning to be excited in the everyday joys comes into play and for some, this might be challenging!

For Jay, and I, he is still extremely busy at work, but our second year of marriage has been our most relaxed year in quite a long time! It has truly been great, but we have also learned that we need to have hobbies and fun things we can do together. We are very much homebodies and have had to push ourselves to get out of the house more and find a good balance between the two. 

See what I learned in our first year of marriage here. I will also link all of our wedding details at the bottom of this post!

Photography | Ashley Seawell

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The Importance of Serving One Another and Not Waiting For Your Spouse to Ask for Help

We have learned the importance of serving one another and recognizing when we need to slow down. The importance of noticing our feelings and the other spouses feelings as well. In our first year of marriage, I understood the need to serve Jay, but I wasn’t really sure what that meant or how I was supposed to do that. After two years of marriage, I have begun to understand a little bit more what it means to serve your spouse. It doesn’t always mean doing something nice for them now and then.

It means paying attention to what brings them joy. Asking them questions and really listening and sometimes asking additional follow-up questions. It means not just assuming they know how thankful you are for them, but telling them frequently how much they mean to you. We are all human and want to feel needed. Sometimes it’s easy to forget so it’s important to remind our spouse how much they mean to us each day. Serving them also means praying for them each day. Asking them, “How can I help you today? Is there something I can do to make your stress load a little lighter?”

Life gets busy and it’s easy to get distracted. Do little things for your spouse that makes their day easier. Here are a few things that Jay and I do for each other daily, that means so much and only take a second. 

Easy ways to serve your spouse each day

  • TDS aka “Turn Down Service”- When you go to a high-end hotel, they often have the turndown service. Jay began doing this for me, years ago, when I lived at my parent’s house. Every night one of us comes around and does the turndown service. We let down the shade, turn on the lamp, place a glass of water on their bedside table and pull back the sheets. You can even arrange your spouses’ pillow they way they like it. This only takes a minute or two but does wonders for your tired spouse. It’s like a royal treatment! 
  • Place a towel beside the shower for them.
  • Cook them dinner.
  • Lay out their pajamas at night or set their toothbrush and a washcloth beside the sink.

It’s the little things in life that add up and really make a difference. For better or worse. If you know what I mean πŸ˜‰

It’s Ok To Enjoy Time For Just Us

As I briefly mentioned before, a lot of people get married and jump right into having a family very quickly. I don’t think this is bad at all, but it’s not for everyone. Jay and I have been using this year to really take time for us. Trust me, seeing photos of people starting families, having babies and doing everything else is oh so tempting. Please believe me, it’s hard. Having a family is something that Jay and I both really do want one day. However, before we do decide to start a family, we are trying to take time for us and for our marriage. To bask in that tempting, uncomfortable, time and making sure that we enjoy time together that is for just us. 

The world we live in today is a little rushed, in my opinion. While we have so many amazing opportunities and capabilities at our fingertips, it’s so easy to fall into the rat race of comparison and allow social media to make us feel like we should be doing life a certain way. That we should have a certain income, our a certain style of home or a family. Especially in the blogging world, I think that comparison is a huge thief of joy and it will easily snatch away special moments if we allow it to. 

With that said, Jay and I have been trying to soak up moments together that are just between us. We are both huge family people and love spending time with our families. However, lately, we have been trying to focus on doing fun things together that we can easily take for granted right now. 

Fun things to do together, that are often overlooked

  • Going to the movies
  • Going out late for dessert and drinks, or really whatever we want
  • Traveling together to new places
  • Creating a list of things we really want to do and doing them (we just took a tour of the White House last week!)
  • Playing board games and laughing with each other
  • Cooking together at home 
  • Watching too much Harry Potter (P.S. There is no such thing)
  • Dreaming of our future and making goals and plans
  • Sitting on the sofa and drinking a glass of wine
  • Going on bike rides
  • Tackling home projects

I could honestly go on and on. But, for so long we have been so busy that slowing down, although it hasn’t been easy, has really been a blessing. We have talked about going to New York City during December, to see Christmas decorations, since I was in High School and we are finally going this year! Hopefully, we can make our trip to Europe happen next year!

Two years of marriage has been such a blessing. To say that I am married to my best friend and soul mate really doesn’t do our relationship justice. I think that any great relationship takes work, honesty, vulnerability, love, patience, and change. We are constantly growing and facing new challenges. If we don’t have that person that we can count on to see us in our true, vulnerable and fragile state, I don’t think we have the right person!

Jay encourages me daily to be my best self and he is patient and loving with me when I’m at my worst self. I would love to know what you have learned from your relationships and marriage! How do you learn to grow together and support one another? I’m always so inspired by your feedback and appreciative of it too!

Jay, thank you for two amazing years of marriage and thank you for being my best friend!


Wedding Sources

Photography | Ashley Seawell

Wedding Planning | Spencer Special Events

Floral | EM Creative Floral

Gowns | Martina Liana

Venue | Montage Palmetto Bluff

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October 24, 2018

Lifestyle

Having a good morning, or being a morning person, has never really been my thing! Growing up, my mom always had to drag me out of bed and if we are being fully transparent, my husband has taken on her role these days. Mornings are such a wonderful part of the day and having a good morning, that starts early, is a concept that I have always loved. The topic of “how to have a good morning” is something that I have been working on lately and I thought I would share with you 7 ways that you can have a good morning, that I have been practicing daily! I have also been stocking my bedside table well. See what I keep in my bedside table, here, to help improve my morning routine!

7 Ways to Have a Good Morning

I recently got around to reading The Miracle Morning and I have to admit that I truly think this book is life-changing. This has been on my list to read for probably over a year, after hearing Marianna Hewitt talk about it. To be honest, I didn’t really take the book seriously because I hadn’t heard much about it and it’s pretty short, but boy was that a mistake! This book is a basic, down to earth, guide on how to have a good morning. It also pretty much calls me out on all the things I do every day that do not set me up for success.

After reading this book, my morning mindset, and how I think about my day, has completely shifted and changed for the best. I have noticed all of the things that I do that hinder my ability to have a good morning. Since I have been working on making a few changes, I have noticed a drastic change in both my mornings and my days. Not to mention a huge improvement in my mental state and outlook on the future. I thought that I would share with you a few takeaways and what I’m doing each day to ensure that I have a productive and enriching morning each day!

How to Have a Good Morning

Mindset

One of my biggest takeaways from The Miracle Morning was the concept of having the right mindset for waking up early. I have never been an early riser or someone who would just spring out of bed each morning. Jay, on the other hand, is incredible with routines and wakes up early each morning. I think that somewhere down the line, I had this mindset that I’m not a morning person, I don’t like mornings and that I’m always too tired to wake up early. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still in a phase of struggling to wake-up and thankfully I have Jay to give me that extra push, but having the right mindset truly makes a huge difference.

These days, I try to think positively, about my morning, the night before and plan how excited I will be to wake up on a new day. By thinking ahead, planning your morning and thinking positively, you will automatically have a better outlook on life when you wake up. This has been a gamechanger for me and something that I am seriously working on!

Early Wake-Up

As I mentioned before, I am very thankful to have Jay here to pull me out of bed every morning. Becoming a morning person isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it. I have been working my way to 6am and hopefully one day I will make it 5am. There is something about waking up before the sun and getting a few extra tasks completed, without feeling rushed, that sets the tone for a very productive day. When I’m up before the sun, there is a very good chance of me having an awesome day. This is mostly because I have the time to do a few things that I enjoy and ease into the day, without feeling like I’m already behind and receiving emails!

Drinking Water

I’m a coffee gal through and through. Probably always will be, which is fine by me! However, I have been trying to down a glass of water each morning after brushing my teeth and before pouring myself a cup of coffee. Not only is this extremely good for your digestive system, it really helps wake my body up and clear my mind. If you usually go straight for the coffee, try to have a glass of water first. You might be surprised at how good you feel after. I have found that drinking my water from this cup helps me get in more ounces each day, plus it stays nice and cold!

Journaling and Prayer/Meditation

Over the Summer, I had fallen off of my daily journaling in my Write The Word journal and it feels sooo good to be back in the word daily. Whether you are meditating, hopefully, I will figure that out one day, reading a book, reading the Bible, journaling your thoughts, or whatever it might be, reading and writing have proven to be important in my life. All of which, easily get pushed to the back burner, when I don’t have time to fit them into my day because I didn’t wake up early enough. It’s a process, a real routine. (haha) But in all seriousness, I do love my Write The Word journal and I will try to squeeze in a chapter of the book that I am currently reading. You can see my recent reads here.

Morning Walk

In the spring, I completed a round of BBG and have never felt better about my body or a workout! I seriously loved it and when the round was over I just stopped. Having a 12-week program to work towards was really great, but once it was over, after knowing how difficult it actually was, I was afraid to start it up again! I quickly became lazy and out of shape, so I decided to start walking a small distance each morning, mostly to get Diesel a little exercise (since he doesn’t have a fence). Our morning walks together as a family, Jay included, have become something we all look forward to doing each morning. We like to go early, when it’s still quiet out, and get in a little walk before breakfast. This is not only great exercise, but it’s quality time spent together before the work day starts, that helps us get into a good mental state! Plus, we are all getting a little healthier, Diesel too!

 

Throwing Stress and Worry Away

Each morning, on our walk, we walk to the end of our road to the beach. A couple of months ago, my aunt told me that she does this each morning and finds a rock to throw into the water. Before tossing the rock away, she puts all of her worries and stress into that rock. When she casts it into the water, it’s like letting go of all of our negative energy. Jay and I have been doing this for about a couple of months and I have felt so much better. It’s such a relief to have a ritual each morning that let’s go of negativity, stress, and worry. For me, sometimes a mindset isn’t enough, I need something physical. This practice has completely transformed our day.

Thank you, Aunt Jackie, for sharing your wisdom with me! I’m forever grateful for you!

No Cell Phone

Prior to the past few weeks, the first thing I would do every morning was check my phone. I would check my email, Instagram, Facebook, and everything else. Beings that this was the first thing I would do each morning, it naturally set the tone for my day. If you are on social media, then you know how easy it is for us to compare ourselves to others. It’s definitely not the best way to start the day. With that said, I have been doing my best to not pick up my phone, other than turning off my alarm, until I am completely done with my morning routine. This practice has made such a difference in my morning. I no longer spend 15-20 minutes each morning scrolling through Instagram!


While I’m still working hard on learning how to have a good morning, and become a morning person, I have at least recognized how well I thrive on a morning routine. I hope that this post inspires you to rethink your morning routine and maybe implement a few of these strategies to help you have a good morning too! Be sure to leave me your tips on how to have a good morning, in a comment below! Don’t forget to check out this post on what I keep in my bedside table, to help you stock yours for morning success!

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October 17, 2018

Lifestyle

I recently shared a photo, on Instagram, of our bedside table and shared what I always keep on my bedside table. I was excited to see the response I received from that photo and wanted to dedicate an entire blog post to discuss what I keep on my bedside table, as it has recently  become one of my favorite little spots and I’m a bit obsessed with stocking it well. Now, I think it’s important to note that when I say on my bedside table, I also mean IN my bedside table. No one wants all of that clutter, so I wanted to make that quick distinction, although you probably didn’t exactly need it.Bedside Table Essentials | What's On My Bedside Table

As I have shared before that I recently read Girl, Wash Your Face and if you haven’t read this one yet, I would HIGHLY recommend it.  One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “Hope is not a strategy. You have to have a plan.” When I read this, it was like something deep inside of me instantly connected with this concept. I always use hope as my strategy. I’m terrible at committing to anything and don’t truly set my self up for success. My mindset basically just relies on everything lining up perfectly for something to happen. I have been working on shifting this characteristic of mine, lately, starting with my morning and nightly routines. This can also be attributed to recently reading The Miracle Morning (more on that soon) but between this book and that quote, I quickly realized the importance of my bedside table serving as a beautiful, sacred space. Hear me out…

For most of us, life somehow swirls around us and we can sometimes find ourselves sitting on the sidelines. This is undeniably true for me and I have decided to start little, by little, making changes in my life. I realized that while my bedside table is one of my favorite spaces in my home because I love how beautiful it turned out, it is also highly significant in my daily routines. The first thing I do in the morning is roll over to my bedside table to turn off my alarm, turn on the lamp, grab my journal pick and/or pick up my cell phone. I have been trying to eliminate the latter. Additionally, the last thing I do each day is, turn to my bedside table to turn off that same lamp.

With that said, I realized how important it is to create routines in this area of my life and also stock my bedside table well, with the essential items I need to keep myself healthy and happy. With that in mind, I thought I would dive a little deeper than that Instagram photo and share all of What is On My Bedside Table! 

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Bedside Table

First, before we jump into what is on my bedside table, I thought we would quickly discuss my actual bedside table. If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am slow to act and I like to make investments, rather than impulse buying something. These bedside tables are just that. An investment. 

I found these on Alice Lane’s website and instantly fell in love with them. McGee and Co, another one of my favorite online shops, sells them also. I love how large these are and that they have three huge drawers to store things in! The top is strictly my bedside essentials and I use the other two drawers to store my pretty lingerie and undergarments. These chests are so versatile, you could really use them anywhere. If we ever replace them, they will definitely be relocated somewhere else in the house.

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The Decor

The Lamp

These lamps are a new addition to this little area in our bedroom. It took me quite a while to decided on lamps for this space and figure out what shape, size, and coloring we wanted to go with. I searched high, and low, for lamps and had narrowed it down to a few, which I was still quite uncertain of and then I found these. It was pretty much love at first sight, although there is always the question of “Did I make the right decision?” Either way, these were definitely the right choice for us and I’m so glad we chose these. They truly complete our bedside tables!

You can watch our unboxing vlog here.

Framed Photo

It was hard to pick a category for this item because it is truthfully an essential and a piece of decor. Framed photos, really any photos, are very sentimental to me. I held off on placing them in our home for a bit because, honestly, we just didn’t have a ton of surfaces to work with. Since adding the photos, especially this one of Jay and I on our wedding day, our house truly feels like home. This is the special item that I will always have on my bedside table and I adore this frame. It’s just so beautiful!

Tray For Miscellaneous Items

I kind of had to file this under decor, beings that my tray is from HermΓ¨s. That’s a little extra, I know, but y’all is this not just beautiful? I think every home needs one and personally, I think I need another one! (LOL) But truthfully, keeping a small tray on my nightstand has made a huge difference in the amount of clutter that’s visible. Whether it’s earrings I forgot to remove, my cuticle cream, a pen or really just whatever, having a small tray to house miscellaneous items is a lifesaver!

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The Essentials

Finally, the essentials. These are my ride or die pieces that travel with me and keep me in my routine. I have used all of these beauty products, for years, and find when I use them consistently, I notice a huge difference in my hands, lips, and quality of sleep!

Water

Sleep Mask

Lip Balm

Hand Lotion + Cuticle Cream

Current Book + Notebook

I’m currently reading “Younger Skin Starts in the Gut”

Write the Word + My Bible

Pillow Spray

 


What do you keep on/in your bedside table? Hopefully, I’m not the only one who finds this interesting! You will have to share with me all of your essentials in a comment! I’m excited to hear what your necessities are!

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November 23, 2018

Lifestyle

Cyber Week is the new thing and Black Friday sales have been extended online. You can shop all your favorite sales from the convenience of your laptop all weekend! In the past, I have never really seemed too good at finding great deals. This year, instead of rounding up a ton of deals, I really wanted to focus in on my favorite sales and places/items I love and will be shopping myself, or that I already own.

I will continue to update this post over the next few days as sales change and more sales go live! If oyu ahve any requests, just leave them in a comment below πŸ™‚ With that said, today is a busy day for most people, so I will keep this short and sweet, and hop right into my Cyber Week Sale Picks and Favorites! 

Cyber Week Sale Picks and Favorites

Ebates

One of my favorite ways to save a little money, or should I say earn a little money, around the holidays is by using Ebates! It’s completely free and a great way to ear a little money! You can sign up here.

Sephora

You can get up to 50% OFF select items on Sephora.com!

McGee and Co

20% OFF Site Wide with the code THANKYOU.

Jaime Chair

Blue and White Blue Porcelain Bird Planter

Oval Rattan Tray

Cutting Board

Faux Cedar & Pine Wreath

Wick Trimmer

Club Monaco

If you love classic style, you will love Club Monaco. It’s honestly one of my favorite stores to shop, as you can see here. Right now you can get 25% OFF $150+, 30%OFF $250+, or 35%OFF $400+ with the code CMBLACKFRIDAY18. Don’t forget FREESHIP for free shipping on orders of $150+. Here are some of my favorite picks!

Bloomingdales 

Bloomingdales is having up to 25% off of various items on their site! My favorite holiday candle is 25% OFF, so I’m definitely buying one of these (maybe even two)! Also, my favorite candle brand Diptyque is 10% OFF, which never happens so now is your chance to grab one on SALE! Discounts are applied in your cart!

Net-a-Porter

Up to 50% OFF 

Net-a-Porter is one of my favorite online retailers they carry everything from Gucci to Madewell. At first glance, I thought everything on their site was out of my budget. However, use the filters to lower the price range and find really beautiful pieces that are hard to find other places! 

Karla Colletto Cutout Swimsuit

Stella McCartney Bra (my favorite luxury lingerie!) 

Vince Belted Wool-Blended Coat

Theory Silk-Satin Culottes 

Skin Cotton Pajamas

Vince Off the Shoulder Sweater

Vince Shearling Coat

Vince Tie-Detailed Ribbed Wool and Cashmere Sweater

Vince Crinkled Crepe Midi Dress

Williams Sonoma

You know that I am so addicted to Williams Sonoma as most of the items in our kitchen are from there. I love the quality, simplicity, and eleagance of their products and stores. They do have a few select deals going on and here are our favorites that are on sale. 

Breville Smart Oven (An essential in our kitchen and makes a great gift!) $215.96

Instant Pot $69.95– I have heard these are a must.

My favorite bakeware set $79.96

Winter Berry Guest Set $14.95 (The perfect gift or addition to your powder bath! Check out the kitchen collection too!)

All-Clad TK Collection (we own this line of pots and pans)

Soma Intimates

My favorite pajamas sets come from Soma! They have the softest sleepwear and undergarments. Use the code 36760 NOV.22-25 for 30% OFF.

My favorites are the cool night’s sets because I get super hot during the nights!

Nordstrom

Up to 60% OFF

The one stop shop for everything you need! I have compiled a collage of items below because there were just too many beautiful options.

 

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Cyber Week is the new thing and Black Friday sales have been extended online. You can shop all your favorite sales from the convenience of your laptop all weekend! In the past, I have never really seemed too good at finding great deals. This year, instead of rounding up a ton of deals, I really […]

November 14, 2018

Beauty

Although I am a firm believer in finding what works and sticking to it, each season I like to update my beauty routine a bit to fit the environment. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year so Fall beauty is natural a favorite as well! To me, Fall beauty has a classic feel with more depth. We might spend a few extra minutes primping, that we might not do in the warmer months. 

Some of these items are from my recent Sephora order! Oh. Em. Gee. I keep praying that all of the “Clean At Sephora” products are this amazing because if so, I can totally handle clean beauty. These products are nothing short of a miracle!

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Fall Beauty Must Haves

Tom Ford Nude Dip Palette

If you watch my Youtube videos, you would have heard me talk about this palette recently! After receiving so many questions about my eyeshadow lately,  I decided to share a video tutorial on how I use this palette, that I will link here. This palette has been my go to look for the past two months. It is neutral enough for daily wear, but beautiful enough to dress it up! You know me, I love versatility. If you have been wanting to invest in a Tom Ford beauty product, in my opinion, this is the one to go for!

Zoya Bela

Along the lines of receiving questions, I have been getting a ton about this nail color that I have also been wearing nonstop. You know I am faithful to natural colors and love a good light pink shade. After sitting in my collection for far too long, I decided to give this color a go. For me, this is hands down the most natural color I own. It looks like there is nothing on my nails but they just look so much better than they do without polish.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

All my girls with fine hair raise your hand! Ok, hopefully, I’m not the only one with my hands in the air. I have always struggled with an oily scalp and because I have such fine hair, it just goes flat, and stick straight, about ten minutes after I blow dry it. Not to mention that second-day hair is rarely an option for me unless I wear it up. This texturizing spray has totally transformed my hairstyles and even my second-day hair. This spray is completely worthy of all of the hype and has become one of my go-to repurchases, over the past several months! Plus, you can buy it on Amazon so… holla!

Tom Ford Velvet Cherry

I probably don’t have to write anything about this lipstick because I would be beating a dead horse. You have heard me preach about this color until you are probably blue in the face. I’m sorry! It’s just so good! You can see this product in action here and if you are in the market for the perfect Fall red lipstick, here it is.

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost Serum

This product has hands down been the most transformative for me. To be completely honest, I didn’t have very high hopes for this lash serum. I had heard good things about it, but never really thought it would actually work. A single tube of this lasts me about four months, a little goes a long way, which is great. You can also buy this product on Amazon, hooray. I have received comments from strangers, from blog readers and Instagram followers, from friends and even my husband was like “WOW! Your eyelashes really are long!” Thanks?! lol! Seriously, this is a good one and definitely worth the splurge! You could even drop Santa a note πŸ˜‰

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

I recently did a little rant about this product on my, Instagram Stories. Don’t worry it was a good one! I talked about how I’m usually not one to love a “hyped” or “viral” product, so naturally, I waited several months to buy the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. You have heard me mentioned Marianna Hewitt over, and over, and I really love her so of course, I wanted to support her. However, being an oily skin gal, I didn’t think the Jet Lag mask would work for me. 

Fast forward a few months, I have been using a prescription grade retinol or help clear up my acne (plus an antibiotic, but that’s a story for another day) and my skin has been very dry and irritated. It has been peeling and the creases of my neck are extremely red. The Jet Lag mask has transformed my skin. It isn’t too heavy like I thought it would be, yet it is hydrating and extremely soothing to my irritated, and angry, skin. This is my new go-to product! I apply a very thin layer at night as my moisturizer and a thin layer in the morning as a makeup primer! My foundation has not looked this good in a very long time.

Farmacy Clean Bee Cleanser

In the whole “clean beauty” movement, I was inspired to try a clean cleanser hoping that it wouldn’t irritate my already bothered skin. I was a little hesitant of this Farmacy cleanser because it is not oil free. However, this leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, literally, and doesn’t dry it out! If you have sensitive skin, oily or dry, I would highly recommend giving this product a try!

Briogeo Shampoo and Conditioner

One last product and a clean one at that! I have recently become obsessed with Ariel Charnas, from Something Navy. I just discovered her so I must have been living under a rock. Anyway, I love following her Instagram Stories and she has been talking lately about how much she loves Briogeo. Naturally, I had to give it a try because her hair always looks so beautiful! I to have been raving about this on my IG stories lately because it is just that good. I, once again, have a very oily scalp and thin hair. This shampoo and conditioner have been giving amazing volume and extremely soft hair. To say that I am hooked would be an understatement!

I will have to try out more of their products and I’m sure they will move their way into my Fall Beauty Must Haves as well!


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I hope you found this post helpful and enjoyed hearing about my Fall Beauty Must Haves! I would love to know what beauty products you are loving this Fall so please leave me your Beauty Must Haves in a comment below!

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November 5, 2018

Lifestyle

Two years of marriage. People say that time flies and it surely does. It seems like more than two years ago that we had our wedding, but when I think about us being married for two whole years, that really makes it feel like time is flying. The past two years have been nothing short of wonderful. To say that we have grown together and as individuals, is probably an understatement. I truly believe that no matter how much you prepare for marriage or really anything in life, nothing prepares you more than actually doing it. 

One thing that I do know is that I am eternally grateful for Jay. I’m grateful for his heart and his soul. His kindness and his selflessness. Jay is the kind of person that people write books about and boy am I grateful to be his wife. But, even when you have a spouse that is as perfect as Jay, marriage is still something that changes and evolves and hopefully grows with each obstacle. Life changes daily and if things aren’t changing, I truly don’t think they are growing. 

This second year of our marriage has been, to me, more interesting than the first. I think during our first year of marriage, we were settling into our new life together and our home. We were still coming off of that wedding high or “we are officially husband and wife”, high. Everything is all good, exciting and wonderful. Now, that’s not to say that every day isn’t exciting when you’re married to your best friend and doing life together. Because it is. But that first year is just really exciting and magical. 

Year two is when everyday life starts to set in and you have to learn how to problem solve together. Work becomes stressful, you might not have all of that wedding planning to look forward to and those constant changes are beginning to slow down. Learning to be excited in the everyday joys comes into play and for some, this might be challenging!

For Jay, and I, he is still extremely busy at work, but our second year of marriage has been our most relaxed year in quite a long time! It has truly been great, but we have also learned that we need to have hobbies and fun things we can do together. We are very much homebodies and have had to push ourselves to get out of the house more and find a good balance between the two. 

See what I learned in our first year of marriage here. I will also link all of our wedding details at the bottom of this post!

Photography | Ashley Seawell

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The Importance of Serving One Another and Not Waiting For Your Spouse to Ask for Help

We have learned the importance of serving one another and recognizing when we need to slow down. The importance of noticing our feelings and the other spouses feelings as well. In our first year of marriage, I understood the need to serve Jay, but I wasn’t really sure what that meant or how I was supposed to do that. After two years of marriage, I have begun to understand a little bit more what it means to serve your spouse. It doesn’t always mean doing something nice for them now and then.

It means paying attention to what brings them joy. Asking them questions and really listening and sometimes asking additional follow-up questions. It means not just assuming they know how thankful you are for them, but telling them frequently how much they mean to you. We are all human and want to feel needed. Sometimes it’s easy to forget so it’s important to remind our spouse how much they mean to us each day. Serving them also means praying for them each day. Asking them, “How can I help you today? Is there something I can do to make your stress load a little lighter?”

Life gets busy and it’s easy to get distracted. Do little things for your spouse that makes their day easier. Here are a few things that Jay and I do for each other daily, that means so much and only take a second. 

Easy ways to serve your spouse each day

  • TDS aka “Turn Down Service”- When you go to a high-end hotel, they often have the turndown service. Jay began doing this for me, years ago, when I lived at my parent’s house. Every night one of us comes around and does the turndown service. We let down the shade, turn on the lamp, place a glass of water on their bedside table and pull back the sheets. You can even arrange your spouses’ pillow they way they like it. This only takes a minute or two but does wonders for your tired spouse. It’s like a royal treatment! 
  • Place a towel beside the shower for them.
  • Cook them dinner.
  • Lay out their pajamas at night or set their toothbrush and a washcloth beside the sink.

It’s the little things in life that add up and really make a difference. For better or worse. If you know what I mean πŸ˜‰

It’s Ok To Enjoy Time For Just Us

As I briefly mentioned before, a lot of people get married and jump right into having a family very quickly. I don’t think this is bad at all, but it’s not for everyone. Jay and I have been using this year to really take time for us. Trust me, seeing photos of people starting families, having babies and doing everything else is oh so tempting. Please believe me, it’s hard. Having a family is something that Jay and I both really do want one day. However, before we do decide to start a family, we are trying to take time for us and for our marriage. To bask in that tempting, uncomfortable, time and making sure that we enjoy time together that is for just us. 

The world we live in today is a little rushed, in my opinion. While we have so many amazing opportunities and capabilities at our fingertips, it’s so easy to fall into the rat race of comparison and allow social media to make us feel like we should be doing life a certain way. That we should have a certain income, our a certain style of home or a family. Especially in the blogging world, I think that comparison is a huge thief of joy and it will easily snatch away special moments if we allow it to. 

With that said, Jay and I have been trying to soak up moments together that are just between us. We are both huge family people and love spending time with our families. However, lately, we have been trying to focus on doing fun things together that we can easily take for granted right now. 

Fun things to do together, that are often overlooked

  • Going to the movies
  • Going out late for dessert and drinks, or really whatever we want
  • Traveling together to new places
  • Creating a list of things we really want to do and doing them (we just took a tour of the White House last week!)
  • Playing board games and laughing with each other
  • Cooking together at home 
  • Watching too much Harry Potter (P.S. There is no such thing)
  • Dreaming of our future and making goals and plans
  • Sitting on the sofa and drinking a glass of wine
  • Going on bike rides
  • Tackling home projects

I could honestly go on and on. But, for so long we have been so busy that slowing down, although it hasn’t been easy, has really been a blessing. We have talked about going to New York City during December, to see Christmas decorations, since I was in High School and we are finally going this year! Hopefully, we can make our trip to Europe happen next year!

Two years of marriage has been such a blessing. To say that I am married to my best friend and soul mate really doesn’t do our relationship justice. I think that any great relationship takes work, honesty, vulnerability, love, patience, and change. We are constantly growing and facing new challenges. If we don’t have that person that we can count on to see us in our true, vulnerable and fragile state, I don’t think we have the right person!

Jay encourages me daily to be my best self and he is patient and loving with me when I’m at my worst self. I would love to know what you have learned from your relationships and marriage! How do you learn to grow together and support one another? I’m always so inspired by your feedback and appreciative of it too!

Jay, thank you for two amazing years of marriage and thank you for being my best friend!


Wedding Sources

Photography | Ashley Seawell

Wedding Planning | Spencer Special Events

Floral | EM Creative Floral

Gowns | Martina Liana

Venue | Montage Palmetto Bluff

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October 24, 2018

Lifestyle

Having a good morning, or being a morning person, has never really been my thing! Growing up, my mom always had to drag me out of bed and if we are being fully transparent, my husband has taken on her role these days. Mornings are such a wonderful part of the day and having a good morning, that starts early, is a concept that I have always loved. The topic of “how to have a good morning” is something that I have been working on lately and I thought I would share with you 7 ways that you can have a good morning, that I have been practicing daily! I have also been stocking my bedside table well. See what I keep in my bedside table, here, to help improve my morning routine!

7 Ways to Have a Good Morning

I recently got around to reading The Miracle Morning and I have to admit that I truly think this book is life-changing. This has been on my list to read for probably over a year, after hearing Marianna Hewitt talk about it. To be honest, I didn’t really take the book seriously because I hadn’t heard much about it and it’s pretty short, but boy was that a mistake! This book is a basic, down to earth, guide on how to have a good morning. It also pretty much calls me out on all the things I do every day that do not set me up for success.

After reading this book, my morning mindset, and how I think about my day, has completely shifted and changed for the best. I have noticed all of the things that I do that hinder my ability to have a good morning. Since I have been working on making a few changes, I have noticed a drastic change in both my mornings and my days. Not to mention a huge improvement in my mental state and outlook on the future. I thought that I would share with you a few takeaways and what I’m doing each day to ensure that I have a productive and enriching morning each day!

How to Have a Good Morning

Mindset

One of my biggest takeaways from The Miracle Morning was the concept of having the right mindset for waking up early. I have never been an early riser or someone who would just spring out of bed each morning. Jay, on the other hand, is incredible with routines and wakes up early each morning. I think that somewhere down the line, I had this mindset that I’m not a morning person, I don’t like mornings and that I’m always too tired to wake up early. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still in a phase of struggling to wake-up and thankfully I have Jay to give me that extra push, but having the right mindset truly makes a huge difference.

These days, I try to think positively, about my morning, the night before and plan how excited I will be to wake up on a new day. By thinking ahead, planning your morning and thinking positively, you will automatically have a better outlook on life when you wake up. This has been a gamechanger for me and something that I am seriously working on!

Early Wake-Up

As I mentioned before, I am very thankful to have Jay here to pull me out of bed every morning. Becoming a morning person isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it. I have been working my way to 6am and hopefully one day I will make it 5am. There is something about waking up before the sun and getting a few extra tasks completed, without feeling rushed, that sets the tone for a very productive day. When I’m up before the sun, there is a very good chance of me having an awesome day. This is mostly because I have the time to do a few things that I enjoy and ease into the day, without feeling like I’m already behind and receiving emails!

Drinking Water

I’m a coffee gal through and through. Probably always will be, which is fine by me! However, I have been trying to down a glass of water each morning after brushing my teeth and before pouring myself a cup of coffee. Not only is this extremely good for your digestive system, it really helps wake my body up and clear my mind. If you usually go straight for the coffee, try to have a glass of water first. You might be surprised at how good you feel after. I have found that drinking my water from this cup helps me get in more ounces each day, plus it stays nice and cold!

Journaling and Prayer/Meditation

Over the Summer, I had fallen off of my daily journaling in my Write The Word journal and it feels sooo good to be back in the word daily. Whether you are meditating, hopefully, I will figure that out one day, reading a book, reading the Bible, journaling your thoughts, or whatever it might be, reading and writing have proven to be important in my life. All of which, easily get pushed to the back burner, when I don’t have time to fit them into my day because I didn’t wake up early enough. It’s a process, a real routine. (haha) But in all seriousness, I do love my Write The Word journal and I will try to squeeze in a chapter of the book that I am currently reading. You can see my recent reads here.

Morning Walk

In the spring, I completed a round of BBG and have never felt better about my body or a workout! I seriously loved it and when the round was over I just stopped. Having a 12-week program to work towards was really great, but once it was over, after knowing how difficult it actually was, I was afraid to start it up again! I quickly became lazy and out of shape, so I decided to start walking a small distance each morning, mostly to get Diesel a little exercise (since he doesn’t have a fence). Our morning walks together as a family, Jay included, have become something we all look forward to doing each morning. We like to go early, when it’s still quiet out, and get in a little walk before breakfast. This is not only great exercise, but it’s quality time spent together before the work day starts, that helps us get into a good mental state! Plus, we are all getting a little healthier, Diesel too!

 

Throwing Stress and Worry Away

Each morning, on our walk, we walk to the end of our road to the beach. A couple of months ago, my aunt told me that she does this each morning and finds a rock to throw into the water. Before tossing the rock away, she puts all of her worries and stress into that rock. When she casts it into the water, it’s like letting go of all of our negative energy. Jay and I have been doing this for about a couple of months and I have felt so much better. It’s such a relief to have a ritual each morning that let’s go of negativity, stress, and worry. For me, sometimes a mindset isn’t enough, I need something physical. This practice has completely transformed our day.

Thank you, Aunt Jackie, for sharing your wisdom with me! I’m forever grateful for you!

No Cell Phone

Prior to the past few weeks, the first thing I would do every morning was check my phone. I would check my email, Instagram, Facebook, and everything else. Beings that this was the first thing I would do each morning, it naturally set the tone for my day. If you are on social media, then you know how easy it is for us to compare ourselves to others. It’s definitely not the best way to start the day. With that said, I have been doing my best to not pick up my phone, other than turning off my alarm, until I am completely done with my morning routine. This practice has made such a difference in my morning. I no longer spend 15-20 minutes each morning scrolling through Instagram!


While I’m still working hard on learning how to have a good morning, and become a morning person, I have at least recognized how well I thrive on a morning routine. I hope that this post inspires you to rethink your morning routine and maybe implement a few of these strategies to help you have a good morning too! Be sure to leave me your tips on how to have a good morning, in a comment below! Don’t forget to check out this post on what I keep in my bedside table, to help you stock yours for morning success!

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October 17, 2018

Lifestyle

I recently shared a photo, on Instagram, of our bedside table and shared what I always keep on my bedside table. I was excited to see the response I received from that photo and wanted to dedicate an entire blog post to discuss what I keep on my bedside table, as it has recently  become one of my favorite little spots and I’m a bit obsessed with stocking it well. Now, I think it’s important to note that when I say on my bedside table, I also mean IN my bedside table. No one wants all of that clutter, so I wanted to make that quick distinction, although you probably didn’t exactly need it.Bedside Table Essentials | What's On My Bedside Table

As I have shared before that I recently read Girl, Wash Your Face and if you haven’t read this one yet, I would HIGHLY recommend it.  One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “Hope is not a strategy. You have to have a plan.” When I read this, it was like something deep inside of me instantly connected with this concept. I always use hope as my strategy. I’m terrible at committing to anything and don’t truly set my self up for success. My mindset basically just relies on everything lining up perfectly for something to happen. I have been working on shifting this characteristic of mine, lately, starting with my morning and nightly routines. This can also be attributed to recently reading The Miracle Morning (more on that soon) but between this book and that quote, I quickly realized the importance of my bedside table serving as a beautiful, sacred space. Hear me out…

For most of us, life somehow swirls around us and we can sometimes find ourselves sitting on the sidelines. This is undeniably true for me and I have decided to start little, by little, making changes in my life. I realized that while my bedside table is one of my favorite spaces in my home because I love how beautiful it turned out, it is also highly significant in my daily routines. The first thing I do in the morning is roll over to my bedside table to turn off my alarm, turn on the lamp, grab my journal pick and/or pick up my cell phone. I have been trying to eliminate the latter. Additionally, the last thing I do each day is, turn to my bedside table to turn off that same lamp.

With that said, I realized how important it is to create routines in this area of my life and also stock my bedside table well, with the essential items I need to keep myself healthy and happy. With that in mind, I thought I would dive a little deeper than that Instagram photo and share all of What is On My Bedside Table! 

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Bedside Table

First, before we jump into what is on my bedside table, I thought we would quickly discuss my actual bedside table. If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am slow to act and I like to make investments, rather than impulse buying something. These bedside tables are just that. An investment. 

I found these on Alice Lane’s website and instantly fell in love with them. McGee and Co, another one of my favorite online shops, sells them also. I love how large these are and that they have three huge drawers to store things in! The top is strictly my bedside essentials and I use the other two drawers to store my pretty lingerie and undergarments. These chests are so versatile, you could really use them anywhere. If we ever replace them, they will definitely be relocated somewhere else in the house.

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The Decor

The Lamp

These lamps are a new addition to this little area in our bedroom. It took me quite a while to decided on lamps for this space and figure out what shape, size, and coloring we wanted to go with. I searched high, and low, for lamps and had narrowed it down to a few, which I was still quite uncertain of and then I found these. It was pretty much love at first sight, although there is always the question of “Did I make the right decision?” Either way, these were definitely the right choice for us and I’m so glad we chose these. They truly complete our bedside tables!

You can watch our unboxing vlog here.

Framed Photo

It was hard to pick a category for this item because it is truthfully an essential and a piece of decor. Framed photos, really any photos, are very sentimental to me. I held off on placing them in our home for a bit because, honestly, we just didn’t have a ton of surfaces to work with. Since adding the photos, especially this one of Jay and I on our wedding day, our house truly feels like home. This is the special item that I will always have on my bedside table and I adore this frame. It’s just so beautiful!

Tray For Miscellaneous Items

I kind of had to file this under decor, beings that my tray is from HermΓ¨s. That’s a little extra, I know, but y’all is this not just beautiful? I think every home needs one and personally, I think I need another one! (LOL) But truthfully, keeping a small tray on my nightstand has made a huge difference in the amount of clutter that’s visible. Whether it’s earrings I forgot to remove, my cuticle cream, a pen or really just whatever, having a small tray to house miscellaneous items is a lifesaver!

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The Essentials

Finally, the essentials. These are my ride or die pieces that travel with me and keep me in my routine. I have used all of these beauty products, for years, and find when I use them consistently, I notice a huge difference in my hands, lips, and quality of sleep!

Water

Sleep Mask

Lip Balm

Hand Lotion + Cuticle Cream

Current Book + Notebook

I’m currently reading “Younger Skin Starts in the Gut”

Write the Word + My Bible

Pillow Spray

 


What do you keep on/in your bedside table? Hopefully, I’m not the only one who finds this interesting! You will have to share with me all of your essentials in a comment! I’m excited to hear what your necessities are!

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October 13, 2018

Recipes

This Simple Apple Crisp Recipe has been on my list to revamp for quite a while. Believe it, or not, a slightly different version of this recipe was one of my first recipes ever posted on Timeless Taste back in September of 2015! Boy does time fly! This easy Apple Crisp recipe was one of the first things I learned to make. It’s that time of year again for pumpkin and apple flavors, and beings that apple pie isn’t high up on my list, this Simple Apple Crisp is easy to make and delicious way to incorporate apples into your fall menu.  You can see more recipes here

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There is just something about Fall that feels like home and each year. I welcome the season by grabbing a basket of freshly picked apples and whipping up this simple Apple Crisp. I love how easy the recipe is because it’s great for beginners and you will definitely impress your guests with the warmth and sweet flavor of this dessert. One of the best ways to impress your guests is to surprise them. Instead of serving a basic apple pie, top this warm apple crisp with a heaping (this is very important) scoop of vanilla ice cream.

This recipe has been adapted over the years by my mom and myself. She found it several years ago and added her own touch. I have since added mine and I hope that you enjoy it enough to add yours to it as well! Having family recipes that each generation has tweaked a bit is something to cherish. 

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Simple Apple Crisp Recipe


Ingredients

5-6 apples (medium to large in size)

1/2 cup water

1 cup flour (white, whole wheat, gluten-free, whatever you like!)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract (regular will work fine too)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Grease an 11 1/2×8 inch baking dish or an 8×8 inch baking dish. Set aside.

Peel, core and slice apples in a uniform size. I generally get about 12 slices per apple.

Place apples in an even layer in the baking dish. Pour the water into the dish.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients (flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg) until combined.

Add the butter and vanilla to the dry ingredients mixture and work them together until crumbles form.

Evenly sprinkle the topping over the apple.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.


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