May 21, 2018

Food + Drink

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

Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

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

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

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

Southern Style Key Lime Pie

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Ingredients

For the Shell

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

For the Filling

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

3 egg yolks

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

For the Whipped Cream

Heavy Whipping Cream

Powdered Sugar

Vanilla Extract

Instructions

For the Shell

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

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

For the Filling

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

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

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

For the Whipped Cream

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

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


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

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

 

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Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

May 18, 2018

The Home

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

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

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

Home Updates

A Few Home Updates | May 2018

A Few Home Updates | May 2018

Furniture

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

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

A Few Home Updates | May 2018

Sidewalk

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

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

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Garden & Outdoor Spaces

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

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

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


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

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

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Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

May 14, 2018

Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Blogging Break

Quality Over Quantity Always

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

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

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

Stop Trying to be a Blogger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s Ok To Have a Dynamic Business and Platform

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

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

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

There is No Right or Wrong Answer

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

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

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

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


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

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

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

May 9, 2018

Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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5 Lessons I have Learned From My Dad

The Importance of Giving Back

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

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

Never Compare Yourself to Anyone

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

WRONG.

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

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

No Excuses, Get Straight to The Point

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

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

Does the Punishment Fit the Crime

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

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

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

Does the punishment fit the crime?

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

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

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

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


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

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

Happy Birthday, Daddy! We love you!

Did I mention he can sing?

5 Lessons I have Learned From My Dad

I would love to know what lessons you have learned from your Dad! 💕

Wedding Photos by Ashley Seawell

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Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

April 30, 2018

Food + Drink

When we were in Miami for my birthday, back in January, I had the pleasure of trying Mexican Style Street Corn for the very first time. To say it was love at first bite is an understatement. Mexican Style Street Corn infuses the sweet juice of corn with savory cheese and rich spices.

If you love food and haven’t tried this yet, you have to! Not too mention, Mexican Style Street Corn is easy to make at home and is guaranteed to excite your guest. Plus, how amazing does it look on your table?

Now, I have to admit that Mexican Style Street Corn is probably right up there with eating hot wings, picking crabs and BBQ Ribs. It’s one of those foods that you have to commit to. But, just in case you haven’t committed before, those foods are always the best. If it’s messy you know it’s going to be out of this world.

Mexican Style Street Corn

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Mexican Style Street Corn

This recipe is perfect for those Mexican style family dinners but it’s also a great cookout food. I promise, even if you aren’t serving tacos, your guests will still be buzzing about this Mexican Style Street Corn for weeks! The last thing I wanted to mention is that this is a great entertaining recipe. You can bake the corn earlier in the day and then finish it off outdoors with your guests. Baking the corn makes is soft, juicy and much better for eating.

I might also suggest an ice cold cerveza to compliment this dish!

Ingredients

4 Ears of Corn (with husks on)

4 Tablespoons Butter

½ Cup Good Mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon Sour Cream

½ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Cotija

Cilantro

Jalapeño (optional)

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Gently peel husks back, we are going to put them back on,  and remove the silk. Slather each of corn with 1 tablespoon of butter. Cover the corn back up with the husks and tie with cooking twine. Place the corn on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until corn is tender.

Remove from oven and set aside.

Once the corn is cool enough to touch, pull the husks back and tie in a knot. You can remove them completely at this point, however, they look beautiful tied and make a great handle for eating!

Heat your cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. If you are using a cast iron skillet, add about a 1 more tablespoon of butter to the skillet and melt. Add the corn to the skillet to slightly brown. About 2-3 minutes per side should do. You want the corn to be slightly browned, but not burnt. Remove the corn from the skillet, or grill, and place on serving tray.

In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream and cayenne. Spread a generous amount of mayonnaise mixture onto all sides of the corn. Top each ear of corn with a pile of crumbled cotija.

Garnished with cilantro and finely chopped jalepeño.

Serve immediately.


This Recipe is apart of the following Cino de Mayo Series:

Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

Tequila Lime Shrimp Taco Recipe

Sweet Citrus Paloma Recipe 

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

April 27, 2018

Food + Drink

Tacos could easily be considered one of my favorite food groups and these Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos are so much better than your basic taco! Lately, I have been leaning more into chicken and shrimp tacos, rather than beef options. I feel so much better when I eat them and they are just more fun.

For entertaining purposes, these Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos are more than perfect. You can have your marinade pre-mixed and simply add your shrimp in a few minutes before you want to cook them. These shrimp are great on the grill or you can cook them in a pan. Whatever suits your need!

Although we have paired these Tequila Lime Shrimp with tacos, these are also great on their own served with rice. You can even add your leftovers to a quesadilla!

You can see how we served these Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos here and don’t forget to check out this divine cocktail recipe when planning your Cinco de Mayo menu!

Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos

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Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos

Ingredients

1 lb medium shrimp, uncooked, deveined and tails removed

½ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed

⅓ cup tequila, I prefer Patrón Silver

1 small jalapeño pepper, finely chopped

3 cloves of minced garlic

Juice of 1 orange

2 teaspoons crushed red peppers

Instructions

Rinse and prepare shrimp. Remove tails.

Mix lime juice, tequila, chopped jalapeño, minced garlic, orange juice and crushed red pepper in a bowl.

Add shrimp to a large freezer bag and pour lime juice mixture over top. Gently massage the shrimp for a moment to make sure that every shrimp is coated well.

Place in refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes.

Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Add shrimp to pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side. You want the shrimp to be light pink, but not overdone!

Serve with a corn tortilla and your favorite toppings! We suggest cotija cheese, cabbage slaw, jalapeño, sour cream, and avocado. Just to name a few!


Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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Southern Style Key Lime Pie Recipe

May 18, 2018

The Home

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

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

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

Home Updates

A Few Home Updates | May 2018

A Few Home Updates | May 2018

Furniture

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

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

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Sidewalk

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

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

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Garden & Outdoor Spaces

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

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

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


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

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

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May 14, 2018

Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Quality Over Quantity Always

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

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

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

Stop Trying to be a Blogger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s Ok To Have a Dynamic Business and Platform

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

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

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

There is No Right or Wrong Answer

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

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

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

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


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

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

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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May 9, 2018

Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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The Importance of Giving Back

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

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

Never Compare Yourself to Anyone

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

WRONG.

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

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

No Excuses, Get Straight to The Point

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

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

Does the Punishment Fit the Crime

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

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

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

Does the punishment fit the crime?

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

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

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

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


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

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

Happy Birthday, Daddy! We love you!

Did I mention he can sing?

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I would love to know what lessons you have learned from your Dad! 💕

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

April 30, 2018

Food + Drink

When we were in Miami for my birthday, back in January, I had the pleasure of trying Mexican Style Street Corn for the very first time. To say it was love at first bite is an understatement. Mexican Style Street Corn infuses the sweet juice of corn with savory cheese and rich spices.

If you love food and haven’t tried this yet, you have to! Not too mention, Mexican Style Street Corn is easy to make at home and is guaranteed to excite your guest. Plus, how amazing does it look on your table?

Now, I have to admit that Mexican Style Street Corn is probably right up there with eating hot wings, picking crabs and BBQ Ribs. It’s one of those foods that you have to commit to. But, just in case you haven’t committed before, those foods are always the best. If it’s messy you know it’s going to be out of this world.

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This recipe is perfect for those Mexican style family dinners but it’s also a great cookout food. I promise, even if you aren’t serving tacos, your guests will still be buzzing about this Mexican Style Street Corn for weeks! The last thing I wanted to mention is that this is a great entertaining recipe. You can bake the corn earlier in the day and then finish it off outdoors with your guests. Baking the corn makes is soft, juicy and much better for eating.

I might also suggest an ice cold cerveza to compliment this dish!

Ingredients

4 Ears of Corn (with husks on)

4 Tablespoons Butter

½ Cup Good Mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon Sour Cream

½ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Cotija

Cilantro

Jalapeño (optional)

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Gently peel husks back, we are going to put them back on,  and remove the silk. Slather each of corn with 1 tablespoon of butter. Cover the corn back up with the husks and tie with cooking twine. Place the corn on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until corn is tender.

Remove from oven and set aside.

Once the corn is cool enough to touch, pull the husks back and tie in a knot. You can remove them completely at this point, however, they look beautiful tied and make a great handle for eating!

Heat your cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. If you are using a cast iron skillet, add about a 1 more tablespoon of butter to the skillet and melt. Add the corn to the skillet to slightly brown. About 2-3 minutes per side should do. You want the corn to be slightly browned, but not burnt. Remove the corn from the skillet, or grill, and place on serving tray.

In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream and cayenne. Spread a generous amount of mayonnaise mixture onto all sides of the corn. Top each ear of corn with a pile of crumbled cotija.

Garnished with cilantro and finely chopped jalepeño.

Serve immediately.


This Recipe is apart of the following Cino de Mayo Series:

Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

Tequila Lime Shrimp Taco Recipe

Sweet Citrus Paloma Recipe 

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April 27, 2018

Food + Drink

Tacos could easily be considered one of my favorite food groups and these Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos are so much better than your basic taco! Lately, I have been leaning more into chicken and shrimp tacos, rather than beef options. I feel so much better when I eat them and they are just more fun.

For entertaining purposes, these Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos are more than perfect. You can have your marinade pre-mixed and simply add your shrimp in a few minutes before you want to cook them. These shrimp are great on the grill or you can cook them in a pan. Whatever suits your need!

Although we have paired these Tequila Lime Shrimp with tacos, these are also great on their own served with rice. You can even add your leftovers to a quesadilla!

You can see how we served these Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos here and don’t forget to check out this divine cocktail recipe when planning your Cinco de Mayo menu!

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Ingredients

1 lb medium shrimp, uncooked, deveined and tails removed

½ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed

⅓ cup tequila, I prefer Patrón Silver

1 small jalapeño pepper, finely chopped

3 cloves of minced garlic

Juice of 1 orange

2 teaspoons crushed red peppers

Instructions

Rinse and prepare shrimp. Remove tails.

Mix lime juice, tequila, chopped jalapeño, minced garlic, orange juice and crushed red pepper in a bowl.

Add shrimp to a large freezer bag and pour lime juice mixture over top. Gently massage the shrimp for a moment to make sure that every shrimp is coated well.

Place in refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes.

Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Add shrimp to pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side. You want the shrimp to be light pink, but not overdone!

Serve with a corn tortilla and your favorite toppings! We suggest cotija cheese, cabbage slaw, jalapeño, sour cream, and avocado. Just to name a few!


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April 25, 2018

Lifestyle

The past month or so has been quite a transformational period for me. I could probably say that all the moments between 2015 and now have been transformational, but especially this year. I have been doing my best to make healthier choices and really be open to trying new things, and ways of life. Making changes and being different is never easy, but there are ways that I have been pushing the limits in a gentle way. I am happy to report that I have been reaching some of my goals and becoming more confident in myself and this business of mine!

You have probably heard the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” That couldn’t be more than true, especially for me. With that said, I want to take that one step further but saying you can’t pour from someone else’s cup. Obviously taking from others or stealing their ideas is not ok, but what I’m trying to say here is that trying to reach for someone else success, or thinking this path will work for you, will get you nowhere.

Understanding who you are and what works for you takes time and effort. Both of which I tend to be impatient with. As the days pass, I have been learning to try new things and work on my patience and ability to put my faith in God and continue to work for what I want. To take chances and be scared of new opportunities. To put myself out there and believe that I can do it, but it isn’t just going to happen. I have to make the things happen in my life that I want to see come to pass.

With that said, I have been trying a few new and different things! I thought I would round up what I have been loving and the new things I have been trying for you!

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5 Lifestyle Changes I Have Made to Be More Present

Jay and Diesel

While there are many things that are important in this post, I wanted to quickly share the most important thing. That is my husband, Jay, and our pup, Diesel. These two boys are the most important things in my life. They come first and that is something that I have learned can easily slip through the cracks. Between housework, work-work and just life in general, I have realized how quickly and easily we can forget to show those close to us, just how important they are. 

Even though life can be hectic sometimes, my goal is to show Jay and Diesel just how much I love them each day. The endless scrolling on Instagram, the “late night work” that is not productive and everything else in between, has to stop. I am doing my best to recognize those moments and put down my phone, or laptop, and talk to my boys! Whether it’s talking about our future with Jay or taking Diesel outside to play, these are the best moments of my life, that will easily slip by if I allow them to.

Sometimes it’s hard to recognize just how much time we are wasting on things that don’t matter and missing moments with those that mean the most to us. I look forward to spending less time on social media and the internet and more time with my guys.

BBG

Over the years, I have heard several people talk about BBG and the chatter around this workout has heightened in the past year, or so. I decided to be a follower and jump on the BBG bandwagon and let me start about by saying, this sh*t is hard! Like, really hard. I joined a new gym, that is very close to my house at the end of February/beginning of March. With little knowledge or faith, of what I should be doing, I found myself researching several different workouts to do each day. After completely the Pre-BBG workouts, basically the beginner training, I decided to download the Sweat App and give the real deal a try.

I am now on Week 3, today is Arms and Abs! To be completely honest, I wouldn’t say that I have fallen in love with BBG just yet. I can say that I have gotten stronger, but the workouts are still hard. Getting in 3 strength training session per week isn’t difficult and I just have to remind myself that I can do it! I haven’t been doing any of the cardio, which I know is kind of cheating, but I plan on adding that in soon after the weather warms up a bit.

Have you tried BBG? I would love to know your thoughts and more about your experience!

Iced Matcha Latte

Because I have been working out, I quickly realized just how dehydrated I was and that the amount of coffee I was drinking, just wasn’t going to cut it. As my obsession with this book grew, more on this below, and I decided to give Matcha a try. At first, it took a little getting used to and I still haven’t had Matcha Latte other than the one I make and the one at Starbucks. Personally, I’m not a fan of the Starbucks version. Instead, I have been making a similar recipe to one in this book and I love it! I’m actually drinking one as we speak!

After drinking just about only Matcha for the past month, or so, I have really come to love it. I feel so much better and honestly would choose it over coffee just about every day and you know how much I love my Nespresso! There are a ton of options out there and I’m not exactly a Matcha expert, I’m still working my way in. But, I love this one that I pick up at Whole Foods. It’s so delicious and doesn’t dehydrate me like coffee does. Not to mention it tastes good too!

I found these straws which have made my latte experience so much better. I would highly recommend them if you like drinking out of straws at home!

Goop Clean Beauty Book 

I have to say that I probably should have listed this book second as it has really inspired me to take the leap into trying new things and questioning my daily lifestyle, habits, and diet. This book is full of inspiration and information. It is in depth and I love how each section explains the science behind what the Goop team is telling us. I also loved the interviews and found this so helpful in understanding my body and why it reacts differently to foods, and products, that I consume and use each day. The Goop website also has a ton of interesting articles and great recipes. I have found their podcast informative as well!

Write the Word

My morning routine is something that I hope to share with you very soon, however, for now, I will give you a quick peek into what it’s usually like. Gym, Matcha, Write the Word, shower then work. BAM!

In all seriousness, incorporating Lara Casey’s Write the Word has been incredibly beneficial to my morning routine and sets me up to have a great day. I purchased this set while it was on sale, but they also sell these individually. This really makes it easy to break down the scripture and help in really soak in. It also inspires me to live in the moment, each day and be thankful for everything that is happening in my life. I can already see a transformation in myself and I look forward to this time each morning. I know that completing these journals will be so rewarding and I can’t wait to flip back to them one day, just to see how far I have come. For now, I am working my way through the gratitude journal. 

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Forgiveness, Preparation, and Patience 

In addition to all of these amazing resources, that have inspired and fueled my urge to change the way I was living my daily life. I have also spent quite a bit of time working on the three following principles, in my daily life: Forgiveness, Preparation, and Patience. Each one of these is an area of weakness, for me, that ultimately leads to destruction and distraction in my daily life.

Forgiveness

As embarrassing as it is to admit, forgiveness is not a strong place for me. In the past, I have been so bad for holding grudges and remaining angry over senseless acts. But, forgiveness is just as important for me as it is to the person I am forgiving. Most importantly, I have been working on forgiveness for myself. For not being enough, for not being prepared, patient or perfect. No one is perfect and although it makes look that way form the outside, it is simply untrue. Maybe you are holding onto a grudge or Facebook creeping on someone that is toxic. LET IT GO. Make the choice today to forgive and move on. If we are holding onto others or to our sins or disappointments, we can never be free to pursue our purpose, dreams, and goals. 

Preparation

One of my biggest struggles is with preparation. I have never been one to start early or be on time. The further I get into creating this business, the more I find the need for structure, schedule, and preparation. I have to be the one to hold myself accountable, to set deadlines and most importantly to prepare. No-one else is going to do it for me. I have to do the due diligence and work through things in a timely manner. Preparation begins with having a plan, setting aside the appropriate amount of time to complete a task and following through with that plan. Not just saying to yourself, “Oh, I’ll do x,y, and z tomorrow.”  that might work for you, but I have found it doesn’t work for me. I have to come prepared and with a plan. That includes scheduling out my workouts and doing my grocery shopping on Sunday! 

Patience

Lastly, but most importantly is patience. Patience is something I have never been good at. If someone else is taking too long, I often take the thing into my own hands. Which we I’m pretty sure we can agree is never a good thing! Being patient is important in doing things properly. Trusting God’s timing is something I have personally been working on. I often push too hard on a subject or issue. Instead of trusting Him to see things through, I spend my days worrying and stressing about outcomes and time schedules. Being patient is a daily struggle. But, is so freeing when we allow ourselves to step back and put things in His hands.


I hope that enjoyed this post and that it inspired you to make a few changes in your daily life to be more present. I would love to know what you do each day to be more present and less distracted! 

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

 

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May 14, 2018

Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Blogging Break

Quality Over Quantity Always

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

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

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

Stop Trying to be a Blogger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s Ok To Have a Dynamic Business and Platform

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

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

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

There is No Right or Wrong Answer

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

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

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

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


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

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

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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May 9, 2018

Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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The Importance of Giving Back

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

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

Never Compare Yourself to Anyone

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

WRONG.

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

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

No Excuses, Get Straight to The Point

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

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

Does the Punishment Fit the Crime

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

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

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

Does the punishment fit the crime?

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

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

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

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


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

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

Happy Birthday, Daddy! We love you!

Did I mention he can sing?

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

April 30, 2018

Food + Drink

When we were in Miami for my birthday, back in January, I had the pleasure of trying Mexican Style Street Corn for the very first time. To say it was love at first bite is an understatement. Mexican Style Street Corn infuses the sweet juice of corn with savory cheese and rich spices.

If you love food and haven’t tried this yet, you have to! Not too mention, Mexican Style Street Corn is easy to make at home and is guaranteed to excite your guest. Plus, how amazing does it look on your table?

Now, I have to admit that Mexican Style Street Corn is probably right up there with eating hot wings, picking crabs and BBQ Ribs. It’s one of those foods that you have to commit to. But, just in case you haven’t committed before, those foods are always the best. If it’s messy you know it’s going to be out of this world.

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This recipe is perfect for those Mexican style family dinners but it’s also a great cookout food. I promise, even if you aren’t serving tacos, your guests will still be buzzing about this Mexican Style Street Corn for weeks! The last thing I wanted to mention is that this is a great entertaining recipe. You can bake the corn earlier in the day and then finish it off outdoors with your guests. Baking the corn makes is soft, juicy and much better for eating.

I might also suggest an ice cold cerveza to compliment this dish!

Ingredients

4 Ears of Corn (with husks on)

4 Tablespoons Butter

½ Cup Good Mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon Sour Cream

½ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Cotija

Cilantro

Jalapeño (optional)

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Gently peel husks back, we are going to put them back on,  and remove the silk. Slather each of corn with 1 tablespoon of butter. Cover the corn back up with the husks and tie with cooking twine. Place the corn on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until corn is tender.

Remove from oven and set aside.

Once the corn is cool enough to touch, pull the husks back and tie in a knot. You can remove them completely at this point, however, they look beautiful tied and make a great handle for eating!

Heat your cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. If you are using a cast iron skillet, add about a 1 more tablespoon of butter to the skillet and melt. Add the corn to the skillet to slightly brown. About 2-3 minutes per side should do. You want the corn to be slightly browned, but not burnt. Remove the corn from the skillet, or grill, and place on serving tray.

In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream and cayenne. Spread a generous amount of mayonnaise mixture onto all sides of the corn. Top each ear of corn with a pile of crumbled cotija.

Garnished with cilantro and finely chopped jalepeño.

Serve immediately.


This Recipe is apart of the following Cino de Mayo Series:

Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

Tequila Lime Shrimp Taco Recipe

Sweet Citrus Paloma Recipe 

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April 27, 2018

Food + Drink

Tacos could easily be considered one of my favorite food groups and these Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos are so much better than your basic taco! Lately, I have been leaning more into chicken and shrimp tacos, rather than beef options. I feel so much better when I eat them and they are just more fun.

For entertaining purposes, these Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos are more than perfect. You can have your marinade pre-mixed and simply add your shrimp in a few minutes before you want to cook them. These shrimp are great on the grill or you can cook them in a pan. Whatever suits your need!

Although we have paired these Tequila Lime Shrimp with tacos, these are also great on their own served with rice. You can even add your leftovers to a quesadilla!

You can see how we served these Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos here and don’t forget to check out this divine cocktail recipe when planning your Cinco de Mayo menu!

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Ingredients

1 lb medium shrimp, uncooked, deveined and tails removed

½ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed

⅓ cup tequila, I prefer Patrón Silver

1 small jalapeño pepper, finely chopped

3 cloves of minced garlic

Juice of 1 orange

2 teaspoons crushed red peppers

Instructions

Rinse and prepare shrimp. Remove tails.

Mix lime juice, tequila, chopped jalapeño, minced garlic, orange juice and crushed red pepper in a bowl.

Add shrimp to a large freezer bag and pour lime juice mixture over top. Gently massage the shrimp for a moment to make sure that every shrimp is coated well.

Place in refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes.

Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Add shrimp to pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side. You want the shrimp to be light pink, but not overdone!

Serve with a corn tortilla and your favorite toppings! We suggest cotija cheese, cabbage slaw, jalapeño, sour cream, and avocado. Just to name a few!


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April 25, 2018

Lifestyle

The past month or so has been quite a transformational period for me. I could probably say that all the moments between 2015 and now have been transformational, but especially this year. I have been doing my best to make healthier choices and really be open to trying new things, and ways of life. Making changes and being different is never easy, but there are ways that I have been pushing the limits in a gentle way. I am happy to report that I have been reaching some of my goals and becoming more confident in myself and this business of mine!

You have probably heard the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” That couldn’t be more than true, especially for me. With that said, I want to take that one step further but saying you can’t pour from someone else’s cup. Obviously taking from others or stealing their ideas is not ok, but what I’m trying to say here is that trying to reach for someone else success, or thinking this path will work for you, will get you nowhere.

Understanding who you are and what works for you takes time and effort. Both of which I tend to be impatient with. As the days pass, I have been learning to try new things and work on my patience and ability to put my faith in God and continue to work for what I want. To take chances and be scared of new opportunities. To put myself out there and believe that I can do it, but it isn’t just going to happen. I have to make the things happen in my life that I want to see come to pass.

With that said, I have been trying a few new and different things! I thought I would round up what I have been loving and the new things I have been trying for you!

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Jay and Diesel

While there are many things that are important in this post, I wanted to quickly share the most important thing. That is my husband, Jay, and our pup, Diesel. These two boys are the most important things in my life. They come first and that is something that I have learned can easily slip through the cracks. Between housework, work-work and just life in general, I have realized how quickly and easily we can forget to show those close to us, just how important they are. 

Even though life can be hectic sometimes, my goal is to show Jay and Diesel just how much I love them each day. The endless scrolling on Instagram, the “late night work” that is not productive and everything else in between, has to stop. I am doing my best to recognize those moments and put down my phone, or laptop, and talk to my boys! Whether it’s talking about our future with Jay or taking Diesel outside to play, these are the best moments of my life, that will easily slip by if I allow them to.

Sometimes it’s hard to recognize just how much time we are wasting on things that don’t matter and missing moments with those that mean the most to us. I look forward to spending less time on social media and the internet and more time with my guys.

BBG

Over the years, I have heard several people talk about BBG and the chatter around this workout has heightened in the past year, or so. I decided to be a follower and jump on the BBG bandwagon and let me start about by saying, this sh*t is hard! Like, really hard. I joined a new gym, that is very close to my house at the end of February/beginning of March. With little knowledge or faith, of what I should be doing, I found myself researching several different workouts to do each day. After completely the Pre-BBG workouts, basically the beginner training, I decided to download the Sweat App and give the real deal a try.

I am now on Week 3, today is Arms and Abs! To be completely honest, I wouldn’t say that I have fallen in love with BBG just yet. I can say that I have gotten stronger, but the workouts are still hard. Getting in 3 strength training session per week isn’t difficult and I just have to remind myself that I can do it! I haven’t been doing any of the cardio, which I know is kind of cheating, but I plan on adding that in soon after the weather warms up a bit.

Have you tried BBG? I would love to know your thoughts and more about your experience!

Iced Matcha Latte

Because I have been working out, I quickly realized just how dehydrated I was and that the amount of coffee I was drinking, just wasn’t going to cut it. As my obsession with this book grew, more on this below, and I decided to give Matcha a try. At first, it took a little getting used to and I still haven’t had Matcha Latte other than the one I make and the one at Starbucks. Personally, I’m not a fan of the Starbucks version. Instead, I have been making a similar recipe to one in this book and I love it! I’m actually drinking one as we speak!

After drinking just about only Matcha for the past month, or so, I have really come to love it. I feel so much better and honestly would choose it over coffee just about every day and you know how much I love my Nespresso! There are a ton of options out there and I’m not exactly a Matcha expert, I’m still working my way in. But, I love this one that I pick up at Whole Foods. It’s so delicious and doesn’t dehydrate me like coffee does. Not to mention it tastes good too!

I found these straws which have made my latte experience so much better. I would highly recommend them if you like drinking out of straws at home!

Goop Clean Beauty Book 

I have to say that I probably should have listed this book second as it has really inspired me to take the leap into trying new things and questioning my daily lifestyle, habits, and diet. This book is full of inspiration and information. It is in depth and I love how each section explains the science behind what the Goop team is telling us. I also loved the interviews and found this so helpful in understanding my body and why it reacts differently to foods, and products, that I consume and use each day. The Goop website also has a ton of interesting articles and great recipes. I have found their podcast informative as well!

Write the Word

My morning routine is something that I hope to share with you very soon, however, for now, I will give you a quick peek into what it’s usually like. Gym, Matcha, Write the Word, shower then work. BAM!

In all seriousness, incorporating Lara Casey’s Write the Word has been incredibly beneficial to my morning routine and sets me up to have a great day. I purchased this set while it was on sale, but they also sell these individually. This really makes it easy to break down the scripture and help in really soak in. It also inspires me to live in the moment, each day and be thankful for everything that is happening in my life. I can already see a transformation in myself and I look forward to this time each morning. I know that completing these journals will be so rewarding and I can’t wait to flip back to them one day, just to see how far I have come. For now, I am working my way through the gratitude journal. 

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Forgiveness, Preparation, and Patience 

In addition to all of these amazing resources, that have inspired and fueled my urge to change the way I was living my daily life. I have also spent quite a bit of time working on the three following principles, in my daily life: Forgiveness, Preparation, and Patience. Each one of these is an area of weakness, for me, that ultimately leads to destruction and distraction in my daily life.

Forgiveness

As embarrassing as it is to admit, forgiveness is not a strong place for me. In the past, I have been so bad for holding grudges and remaining angry over senseless acts. But, forgiveness is just as important for me as it is to the person I am forgiving. Most importantly, I have been working on forgiveness for myself. For not being enough, for not being prepared, patient or perfect. No one is perfect and although it makes look that way form the outside, it is simply untrue. Maybe you are holding onto a grudge or Facebook creeping on someone that is toxic. LET IT GO. Make the choice today to forgive and move on. If we are holding onto others or to our sins or disappointments, we can never be free to pursue our purpose, dreams, and goals. 

Preparation

One of my biggest struggles is with preparation. I have never been one to start early or be on time. The further I get into creating this business, the more I find the need for structure, schedule, and preparation. I have to be the one to hold myself accountable, to set deadlines and most importantly to prepare. No-one else is going to do it for me. I have to do the due diligence and work through things in a timely manner. Preparation begins with having a plan, setting aside the appropriate amount of time to complete a task and following through with that plan. Not just saying to yourself, “Oh, I’ll do x,y, and z tomorrow.”  that might work for you, but I have found it doesn’t work for me. I have to come prepared and with a plan. That includes scheduling out my workouts and doing my grocery shopping on Sunday! 

Patience

Lastly, but most importantly is patience. Patience is something I have never been good at. If someone else is taking too long, I often take the thing into my own hands. Which we I’m pretty sure we can agree is never a good thing! Being patient is important in doing things properly. Trusting God’s timing is something I have personally been working on. I often push too hard on a subject or issue. Instead of trusting Him to see things through, I spend my days worrying and stressing about outcomes and time schedules. Being patient is a daily struggle. But, is so freeing when we allow ourselves to step back and put things in His hands.


I hope that enjoyed this post and that it inspired you to make a few changes in your daily life to be more present. I would love to know what you do each day to be more present and less distracted! 

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

 

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April 23, 2018

Entertain

Cinco de Mayo has easily become one of my favorite entertaining holidays for several reasons. I mean, first off, who argues with tacos? But, my love for Cinco de Mayo comes from more than just my love for tacos. It is also one of the first great holidays of the summer and the perfect opportunity to put together a beautiful outdoor tablescape and host a fun dinner party for your friends and family.

There are so many unique ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and to bring together all of the exceptional flavors, and colors, of this Mexican holiday. We had so much fun pulling together a color palette and designing this table for not only beauty but comfort as well.

One of my favorite things about outdoor entertaining is the ability design a relaxing and inviting environment at the same time.There are so many ways, as well as tips, and tricks for pulling together a Cinco de Mayo tablescape. Just because you are planning to entertain your guests outside doesn’t mean you have to throw out your pretty table for something more makeshift.

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Entertaining outdoors often opens up even more ways for you to get creative and curate a unique experience for your guests. Here are a few tips for creating a one of a kind, Cinco de Mayo Tablescape that will excite your guests far past your party!

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Plants, Flowers, and Greenery

I personally am a flower girl. I love to have fresh flowers in my home and when it comes to entertaining and tablescapes, I see them as a must. When creating an outdoor tablescape, there are few things to keep in mind with your flowers. Selecting flowers is always fun, so take the time browse through your local farmers market or flower market to see the options.

It’s a good idea to stick with one shade of greenery, so try to match up the stems of your flowers with any added greenery that you choose to put into your arrangement.

I love keeping things simple, with a lighter and more organic feel. These ranunculus brought so much life to this table. If you choose to go with a larger bloom, like hydrangeas, peonies or dahlias, I like to choose a shorter vase and skip the greeny. A few blooms should do!

For Cinco de Mayo, we added small potted succulents to the tablescape. These add a variety in height, as well as additional texture. These serve as a beautiful and functional gift for your guests to remember your party for years to come.

It’s always good to have fun with your vase, or pot, especially outdoors. You can switch things up a bit and arrange your flowers in a pitcher or even a small bucket! Anything to add a little texture and personality to your arrangement.

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Simple Tableware

A simple farm table served as the base of this tablescape. Although a tablecloth is not necessary, it adds a soft texture and solid background to start building on. We then layered in these woven placemats to bring in a little natural texture and a contrast to our soft white and pastel plates. When dining outdoors, fine china isn’t always a good option, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should turn to paper plates. I love having a few basic salad and dinner plates that I can mix together on various occasions. World Market, Williams Sonoma and Crate and Barrel have great options at good prices.

Go with different patterns for your layered plates to add a little dimension and personality to your table. We also decided to use linen napkins, as the won’t blow away if there is a small breeze. The gold flatware adds a warmth to the setting and I just love using this set!

When it comes to your tableware, keep things simple and comfortable, but not too casual. Your guests will appreciate the thought you put into the setting. Just because you are eating outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful table too. I say have both! Everyone loves comfort and class. 

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Vary Your Serving Pieces

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to switch up your serveware and incorporate different styles into your table. Beautiful wooden or marble cheese boards serve as the perfect base for a spread of Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos or Mexican Street Style Corn (recipes coming late in the week).

If you don’t have a serving board use your cutting board! It not only serves as a function piece in your kitchen but you can use it for serving as well.

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The Menu

The best part of Cinco de Mayo is definitely the menu! Tacos, guacamole, pico de gallo and let’s not forget tequila! Plan out your menu in advance and prep everything you need. The most gracious hostesses are ones who mingle with their guests and aren’t slaving over the food or feeling stressed because everything isn’t prepared and ready to go.

Find recipes that allow you make them in advance or marinate and throw it on the grill. A grill is always a great centerpiece to any outdoor gathering. It’s a perfect spot for the men to hang out and chat. I also have to secretly admit that I love handing off the big task to my husband. It’s a great way to share responsibility and really pump up the flavor of your dishes!

Lastly, a great way to make your Cinco de Mayo, or any dinner party, unforgettable is to surprise your guests. Instead of serving margaritas try out a different tequila drink, such as a refreshing grapefruit Paloma! They are just as tasteful as a margarita and even prettier!


Flowers by Seasons of Williamsburg

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

Chairs Williams Sonoma

Napkins Williams Sonoma

Placemats Create and Barrel

Flatware West Elm

Votives World Market

Glasses (short) Williams Sonoma

Dress c/o Goodnight Macaroon

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May 9, 2018

Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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The Importance of Giving Back

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

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

Never Compare Yourself to Anyone

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

WRONG.

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

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

No Excuses, Get Straight to The Point

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

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

Does the Punishment Fit the Crime

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

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

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

Does the punishment fit the crime?

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

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

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

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


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

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

Happy Birthday, Daddy! We love you!

Did I mention he can sing?

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I would love to know what lessons you have learned from your Dad! 💕

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

April 30, 2018

Food + Drink

When we were in Miami for my birthday, back in January, I had the pleasure of trying Mexican Style Street Corn for the very first time. To say it was love at first bite is an understatement. Mexican Style Street Corn infuses the sweet juice of corn with savory cheese and rich spices.

If you love food and haven’t tried this yet, you have to! Not too mention, Mexican Style Street Corn is easy to make at home and is guaranteed to excite your guest. Plus, how amazing does it look on your table?

Now, I have to admit that Mexican Style Street Corn is probably right up there with eating hot wings, picking crabs and BBQ Ribs. It’s one of those foods that you have to commit to. But, just in case you haven’t committed before, those foods are always the best. If it’s messy you know it’s going to be out of this world.

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This recipe is perfect for those Mexican style family dinners but it’s also a great cookout food. I promise, even if you aren’t serving tacos, your guests will still be buzzing about this Mexican Style Street Corn for weeks! The last thing I wanted to mention is that this is a great entertaining recipe. You can bake the corn earlier in the day and then finish it off outdoors with your guests. Baking the corn makes is soft, juicy and much better for eating.

I might also suggest an ice cold cerveza to compliment this dish!

Ingredients

4 Ears of Corn (with husks on)

4 Tablespoons Butter

½ Cup Good Mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon Sour Cream

½ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Cotija

Cilantro

Jalapeño (optional)

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Gently peel husks back, we are going to put them back on,  and remove the silk. Slather each of corn with 1 tablespoon of butter. Cover the corn back up with the husks and tie with cooking twine. Place the corn on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until corn is tender.

Remove from oven and set aside.

Once the corn is cool enough to touch, pull the husks back and tie in a knot. You can remove them completely at this point, however, they look beautiful tied and make a great handle for eating!

Heat your cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. If you are using a cast iron skillet, add about a 1 more tablespoon of butter to the skillet and melt. Add the corn to the skillet to slightly brown. About 2-3 minutes per side should do. You want the corn to be slightly browned, but not burnt. Remove the corn from the skillet, or grill, and place on serving tray.

In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream and cayenne. Spread a generous amount of mayonnaise mixture onto all sides of the corn. Top each ear of corn with a pile of crumbled cotija.

Garnished with cilantro and finely chopped jalepeño.

Serve immediately.


This Recipe is apart of the following Cino de Mayo Series:

Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

Tequila Lime Shrimp Taco Recipe

Sweet Citrus Paloma Recipe 

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April 27, 2018

Food + Drink

Tacos could easily be considered one of my favorite food groups and these Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos are so much better than your basic taco! Lately, I have been leaning more into chicken and shrimp tacos, rather than beef options. I feel so much better when I eat them and they are just more fun.

For entertaining purposes, these Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos are more than perfect. You can have your marinade pre-mixed and simply add your shrimp in a few minutes before you want to cook them. These shrimp are great on the grill or you can cook them in a pan. Whatever suits your need!

Although we have paired these Tequila Lime Shrimp with tacos, these are also great on their own served with rice. You can even add your leftovers to a quesadilla!

You can see how we served these Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos here and don’t forget to check out this divine cocktail recipe when planning your Cinco de Mayo menu!

Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos

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Ingredients

1 lb medium shrimp, uncooked, deveined and tails removed

½ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed

⅓ cup tequila, I prefer Patrón Silver

1 small jalapeño pepper, finely chopped

3 cloves of minced garlic

Juice of 1 orange

2 teaspoons crushed red peppers

Instructions

Rinse and prepare shrimp. Remove tails.

Mix lime juice, tequila, chopped jalapeño, minced garlic, orange juice and crushed red pepper in a bowl.

Add shrimp to a large freezer bag and pour lime juice mixture over top. Gently massage the shrimp for a moment to make sure that every shrimp is coated well.

Place in refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes.

Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Add shrimp to pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side. You want the shrimp to be light pink, but not overdone!

Serve with a corn tortilla and your favorite toppings! We suggest cotija cheese, cabbage slaw, jalapeño, sour cream, and avocado. Just to name a few!


Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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April 25, 2018

Lifestyle

The past month or so has been quite a transformational period for me. I could probably say that all the moments between 2015 and now have been transformational, but especially this year. I have been doing my best to make healthier choices and really be open to trying new things, and ways of life. Making changes and being different is never easy, but there are ways that I have been pushing the limits in a gentle way. I am happy to report that I have been reaching some of my goals and becoming more confident in myself and this business of mine!

You have probably heard the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” That couldn’t be more than true, especially for me. With that said, I want to take that one step further but saying you can’t pour from someone else’s cup. Obviously taking from others or stealing their ideas is not ok, but what I’m trying to say here is that trying to reach for someone else success, or thinking this path will work for you, will get you nowhere.

Understanding who you are and what works for you takes time and effort. Both of which I tend to be impatient with. As the days pass, I have been learning to try new things and work on my patience and ability to put my faith in God and continue to work for what I want. To take chances and be scared of new opportunities. To put myself out there and believe that I can do it, but it isn’t just going to happen. I have to make the things happen in my life that I want to see come to pass.

With that said, I have been trying a few new and different things! I thought I would round up what I have been loving and the new things I have been trying for you!

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5 Lifestyle Changes I Have Made to Be More Present

Jay and Diesel

While there are many things that are important in this post, I wanted to quickly share the most important thing. That is my husband, Jay, and our pup, Diesel. These two boys are the most important things in my life. They come first and that is something that I have learned can easily slip through the cracks. Between housework, work-work and just life in general, I have realized how quickly and easily we can forget to show those close to us, just how important they are. 

Even though life can be hectic sometimes, my goal is to show Jay and Diesel just how much I love them each day. The endless scrolling on Instagram, the “late night work” that is not productive and everything else in between, has to stop. I am doing my best to recognize those moments and put down my phone, or laptop, and talk to my boys! Whether it’s talking about our future with Jay or taking Diesel outside to play, these are the best moments of my life, that will easily slip by if I allow them to.

Sometimes it’s hard to recognize just how much time we are wasting on things that don’t matter and missing moments with those that mean the most to us. I look forward to spending less time on social media and the internet and more time with my guys.

BBG

Over the years, I have heard several people talk about BBG and the chatter around this workout has heightened in the past year, or so. I decided to be a follower and jump on the BBG bandwagon and let me start about by saying, this sh*t is hard! Like, really hard. I joined a new gym, that is very close to my house at the end of February/beginning of March. With little knowledge or faith, of what I should be doing, I found myself researching several different workouts to do each day. After completely the Pre-BBG workouts, basically the beginner training, I decided to download the Sweat App and give the real deal a try.

I am now on Week 3, today is Arms and Abs! To be completely honest, I wouldn’t say that I have fallen in love with BBG just yet. I can say that I have gotten stronger, but the workouts are still hard. Getting in 3 strength training session per week isn’t difficult and I just have to remind myself that I can do it! I haven’t been doing any of the cardio, which I know is kind of cheating, but I plan on adding that in soon after the weather warms up a bit.

Have you tried BBG? I would love to know your thoughts and more about your experience!

Iced Matcha Latte

Because I have been working out, I quickly realized just how dehydrated I was and that the amount of coffee I was drinking, just wasn’t going to cut it. As my obsession with this book grew, more on this below, and I decided to give Matcha a try. At first, it took a little getting used to and I still haven’t had Matcha Latte other than the one I make and the one at Starbucks. Personally, I’m not a fan of the Starbucks version. Instead, I have been making a similar recipe to one in this book and I love it! I’m actually drinking one as we speak!

After drinking just about only Matcha for the past month, or so, I have really come to love it. I feel so much better and honestly would choose it over coffee just about every day and you know how much I love my Nespresso! There are a ton of options out there and I’m not exactly a Matcha expert, I’m still working my way in. But, I love this one that I pick up at Whole Foods. It’s so delicious and doesn’t dehydrate me like coffee does. Not to mention it tastes good too!

I found these straws which have made my latte experience so much better. I would highly recommend them if you like drinking out of straws at home!

Goop Clean Beauty Book 

I have to say that I probably should have listed this book second as it has really inspired me to take the leap into trying new things and questioning my daily lifestyle, habits, and diet. This book is full of inspiration and information. It is in depth and I love how each section explains the science behind what the Goop team is telling us. I also loved the interviews and found this so helpful in understanding my body and why it reacts differently to foods, and products, that I consume and use each day. The Goop website also has a ton of interesting articles and great recipes. I have found their podcast informative as well!

Write the Word

My morning routine is something that I hope to share with you very soon, however, for now, I will give you a quick peek into what it’s usually like. Gym, Matcha, Write the Word, shower then work. BAM!

In all seriousness, incorporating Lara Casey’s Write the Word has been incredibly beneficial to my morning routine and sets me up to have a great day. I purchased this set while it was on sale, but they also sell these individually. This really makes it easy to break down the scripture and help in really soak in. It also inspires me to live in the moment, each day and be thankful for everything that is happening in my life. I can already see a transformation in myself and I look forward to this time each morning. I know that completing these journals will be so rewarding and I can’t wait to flip back to them one day, just to see how far I have come. For now, I am working my way through the gratitude journal. 

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Forgiveness, Preparation, and Patience 

In addition to all of these amazing resources, that have inspired and fueled my urge to change the way I was living my daily life. I have also spent quite a bit of time working on the three following principles, in my daily life: Forgiveness, Preparation, and Patience. Each one of these is an area of weakness, for me, that ultimately leads to destruction and distraction in my daily life.

Forgiveness

As embarrassing as it is to admit, forgiveness is not a strong place for me. In the past, I have been so bad for holding grudges and remaining angry over senseless acts. But, forgiveness is just as important for me as it is to the person I am forgiving. Most importantly, I have been working on forgiveness for myself. For not being enough, for not being prepared, patient or perfect. No one is perfect and although it makes look that way form the outside, it is simply untrue. Maybe you are holding onto a grudge or Facebook creeping on someone that is toxic. LET IT GO. Make the choice today to forgive and move on. If we are holding onto others or to our sins or disappointments, we can never be free to pursue our purpose, dreams, and goals. 

Preparation

One of my biggest struggles is with preparation. I have never been one to start early or be on time. The further I get into creating this business, the more I find the need for structure, schedule, and preparation. I have to be the one to hold myself accountable, to set deadlines and most importantly to prepare. No-one else is going to do it for me. I have to do the due diligence and work through things in a timely manner. Preparation begins with having a plan, setting aside the appropriate amount of time to complete a task and following through with that plan. Not just saying to yourself, “Oh, I’ll do x,y, and z tomorrow.”  that might work for you, but I have found it doesn’t work for me. I have to come prepared and with a plan. That includes scheduling out my workouts and doing my grocery shopping on Sunday! 

Patience

Lastly, but most importantly is patience. Patience is something I have never been good at. If someone else is taking too long, I often take the thing into my own hands. Which we I’m pretty sure we can agree is never a good thing! Being patient is important in doing things properly. Trusting God’s timing is something I have personally been working on. I often push too hard on a subject or issue. Instead of trusting Him to see things through, I spend my days worrying and stressing about outcomes and time schedules. Being patient is a daily struggle. But, is so freeing when we allow ourselves to step back and put things in His hands.


I hope that enjoyed this post and that it inspired you to make a few changes in your daily life to be more present. I would love to know what you do each day to be more present and less distracted! 

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

 

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April 23, 2018

Entertain

Cinco de Mayo has easily become one of my favorite entertaining holidays for several reasons. I mean, first off, who argues with tacos? But, my love for Cinco de Mayo comes from more than just my love for tacos. It is also one of the first great holidays of the summer and the perfect opportunity to put together a beautiful outdoor tablescape and host a fun dinner party for your friends and family.

There are so many unique ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and to bring together all of the exceptional flavors, and colors, of this Mexican holiday. We had so much fun pulling together a color palette and designing this table for not only beauty but comfort as well.

One of my favorite things about outdoor entertaining is the ability design a relaxing and inviting environment at the same time.There are so many ways, as well as tips, and tricks for pulling together a Cinco de Mayo tablescape. Just because you are planning to entertain your guests outside doesn’t mean you have to throw out your pretty table for something more makeshift.

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An Unforgettable Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

Entertaining outdoors often opens up even more ways for you to get creative and curate a unique experience for your guests. Here are a few tips for creating a one of a kind, Cinco de Mayo Tablescape that will excite your guests far past your party!

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Plants, Flowers, and Greenery

I personally am a flower girl. I love to have fresh flowers in my home and when it comes to entertaining and tablescapes, I see them as a must. When creating an outdoor tablescape, there are few things to keep in mind with your flowers. Selecting flowers is always fun, so take the time browse through your local farmers market or flower market to see the options.

It’s a good idea to stick with one shade of greenery, so try to match up the stems of your flowers with any added greenery that you choose to put into your arrangement.

I love keeping things simple, with a lighter and more organic feel. These ranunculus brought so much life to this table. If you choose to go with a larger bloom, like hydrangeas, peonies or dahlias, I like to choose a shorter vase and skip the greeny. A few blooms should do!

For Cinco de Mayo, we added small potted succulents to the tablescape. These add a variety in height, as well as additional texture. These serve as a beautiful and functional gift for your guests to remember your party for years to come.

It’s always good to have fun with your vase, or pot, especially outdoors. You can switch things up a bit and arrange your flowers in a pitcher or even a small bucket! Anything to add a little texture and personality to your arrangement.

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Simple Tableware

A simple farm table served as the base of this tablescape. Although a tablecloth is not necessary, it adds a soft texture and solid background to start building on. We then layered in these woven placemats to bring in a little natural texture and a contrast to our soft white and pastel plates. When dining outdoors, fine china isn’t always a good option, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should turn to paper plates. I love having a few basic salad and dinner plates that I can mix together on various occasions. World Market, Williams Sonoma and Crate and Barrel have great options at good prices.

Go with different patterns for your layered plates to add a little dimension and personality to your table. We also decided to use linen napkins, as the won’t blow away if there is a small breeze. The gold flatware adds a warmth to the setting and I just love using this set!

When it comes to your tableware, keep things simple and comfortable, but not too casual. Your guests will appreciate the thought you put into the setting. Just because you are eating outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful table too. I say have both! Everyone loves comfort and class. 

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Vary Your Serving Pieces

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to switch up your serveware and incorporate different styles into your table. Beautiful wooden or marble cheese boards serve as the perfect base for a spread of Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos or Mexican Street Style Corn (recipes coming late in the week).

If you don’t have a serving board use your cutting board! It not only serves as a function piece in your kitchen but you can use it for serving as well.

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The Menu

The best part of Cinco de Mayo is definitely the menu! Tacos, guacamole, pico de gallo and let’s not forget tequila! Plan out your menu in advance and prep everything you need. The most gracious hostesses are ones who mingle with their guests and aren’t slaving over the food or feeling stressed because everything isn’t prepared and ready to go.

Find recipes that allow you make them in advance or marinate and throw it on the grill. A grill is always a great centerpiece to any outdoor gathering. It’s a perfect spot for the men to hang out and chat. I also have to secretly admit that I love handing off the big task to my husband. It’s a great way to share responsibility and really pump up the flavor of your dishes!

Lastly, a great way to make your Cinco de Mayo, or any dinner party, unforgettable is to surprise your guests. Instead of serving margaritas try out a different tequila drink, such as a refreshing grapefruit Paloma! They are just as tasteful as a margarita and even prettier!


Flowers by Seasons of Williamsburg

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

Chairs Williams Sonoma

Napkins Williams Sonoma

Placemats Create and Barrel

Flatware West Elm

Votives World Market

Glasses (short) Williams Sonoma

Dress c/o Goodnight Macaroon

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Between the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, a splash of tequila and touch of sugar, to coat the rim, it’s almost nearly impossible to beat a Sweet Citrus Paloma in late Spring. A Paloma might just be my new favorite tequila drink, simply based on its beauty and taste of course!

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Paloma Recipe

Traditionally, a Paloma is three parts grapefruit soda and one part tequila. I personally prefer fresh grapefruit juice, in my Paloma, when available! It generally only takes 1 big juicy grapefruit to make about 2 cocktails. You will need about one half of a juicy grapefruit per cocktail.

What I love so much about this cocktail is that measuring really isn’t necessary. It’s pretty well based on personal preference and you can adapt this recipe to fit your palate. If you like your drinks a little stronger you can always add an extra splash of tequila!  

There are several options for garnishing your Paloma. A beautiful slice of grapefruit or lime compliments this cocktail so well. But, you can always spice things up a bit by adding a little jalapeno around the rim. We decided to add a little sugar to the rim and garnish with a slice of lime and grapefruit for color variety and taste!

Cinco de Mayo is just not Cinco de Mayo without a signature cocktail! Most people automatically assume Margaritas are a must on Cinco de Mayo. However, to switch things up I thought it would be fun to do something a little different. We decided to go with this deliciously simple Paloma. If there were two pieces advice I could give you on entertaining they would be: one, keep things simple and two, doing something shocking.

Imagine something just as tasty, as a Margarita, and even more beautiful. I can’t think of a prettier cocktail. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice does the trick and to make this unique Grand Marnier is the perfect way to really impress your guests!  

These tumblers from Williams-Sonoma have been our everyday drinking glasses for about a year and a half. I adore how simple and durable they are, not to mention how affordable they are! We love these so much that I recently decided to pick up the shorter version for summer cocktails. These are even cuter and are the perfect way to serve this Paloma, or any summer drink you are mixing up!

Ingredients

3 oz of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

1.5 oz cup of sparkling water

1 oz tequila

1 tablespoons Grand Marnier

Sugar or salt

Lime or Grapefruit Slices

Instructions

Place a small amount of sugar, or salt, on a plate. Moisten the rim of your glass with lime wedge. Place the glass rim side down into the sugar. Work the glass until the rim is coated.

Add a small amount of ice to a cocktail shaker and to your glass with the rim already coated. To the shaker, add grapefruit juice, tequila, and Grand Marnier. Shake a few times to combine. Pour over ice. Add sparkling water. Stir gently, just until combined. Garnish and serve.

This recipe makes 1 drink.


What will you be serving on Cinco de Mayo? Check out this delicious Lavender Lemonade too!

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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