May 27, 2015

Beach Dreaming

Summer time is finally here and I couldn't be more excited. I love everything about summer; the heat, the food, the long summer nights, the cookouts, the lake trips and of course, the beach. Growing up my family wasn't really a beach family -- we did more on the lake -- but as I've grown up trips to the beach have become a bit more frequent.

Everyone has their own beach style and I'd have to say mine borders between sporty/sensible or chic/feminine. Right now I am loving all things blush and gold [shocking] and so I put together this beach dreaming board. Now does anyone know how I can get ahold of the closet fairy? Pinky wants to buy some new stuff ;)!
What is on your beach list this year? What are the trends I'm missing?

linking up *here*, *here*, *here* *here* and *here*.

May 26, 2015

C U R R E N T L Y


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Reading - Just finished "Boys in the Boat" by Daniel Brown. It was an amazing tale of our 1936 gold medal rowing crew that edged German at the Berlin Olympics. The boys were all college kids from Washington and possibly one of the greatest crews to ever row. I highly recommend this book y'all, it's a great one.
Anticipating - a trip to visit Le Husband's family. We haven't been there since March and it will be nice to see everyone again. Bring on the new baby [yay nephew], pool party, family dinners and toddler fun.
Buying - groceries and plane tickets. #tripsontripsontrips
Praying -  for the family that was murdered in DC last week. Such a heartbreaking story, at least they have the subject in custody now. And for our government as ISIS continues to gain power in the Middle East. They need to be stopped!
Listening - Summertime by good ol Kenny Chesney. It's the best with the windows down and sun roof open.
Watching - RHONY, Royals, NCIS {all three}, Elementary and of course the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Devouring - avocados and sweet potatoes, get in my belly.
Loving - the heat of summer. I love walking around it booty shorts [haha] and tank tops at 8pm, it's the best right?
Hating - a new system that was put in at work at the beginning of the month. It has made my team's job 100% harder and it's frustrating.
Wanting - cupcakes to not count as calories, is that too much to ask?
Hoping - all of my clean eating and workouts the past two months will show up at the pool this year. 
Feeling - content and restless at the exact same time. Life is good and I'm happy but I am ready for the next phase in life. We have our plans and ideas and are working to execute them soon. #staytuned
Wishing - I was more flexible. I'm doing yoga, ballet and trying to stretch every night but these tight hips don't lie... flexibility is not something that comes naturally to me. 

May 25, 2015

Twenty Three Notes

The TRUE meaning of Memorial Day Weekend.






"Day is done, gone the sun

From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
 
All is well, safely rest
 
God is nigh."


**brief history ::here::**

May 22, 2015

To Whom It May Concern {Faves}

Hello and happy Friday, bunnies. I know y'all are excited for a three day weekend, right? I am for sure.  I feel like I've been moving at a Mach bazillion pace and could really use an extra no work day. Hopefully your week hasn't been too crazy and y'all have something exciting and memorable planned for this weekend. Let's jump right into some faves and letters, kay?

Dear favorite picture of the week:
You are exquisite. You are American. You are our country.
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Dear favorite recipe of the week,
Okay, you're not really a recipe per say, you're more of a thrown together food with seasoning. But, man are you delicious. I don't know WHAT it is, but I can't get enough of sweet potatoes this week. I am jonesing for em baked, as a hash brown or just cut into bite sized and baked with EVOO, salt and garlic powder. So easy, Whole30 okayed and sooooo delicious!
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Dear favorite video of the week,
You are so incredibly movie, I really don't think words do you justice. A lil boy wanted to pay tribute to those who died on Omaha beach and I can't think of a better tribute for Memorial Weekend. I was pretty teary through the whole video, but, oh my word, the moment at the 5:00 mark had me sobbing. Project Vigil is a testament to the heart of Americans and I am so thankful such children exist. #taps #tearsstreaming #thankyou


Dear fallen college friend,
Oh Shane, Memorial Day is so hard. So very hard. I miss you every day, but I really miss you this weekend. You were such an amazing man, such a kind and generous soul and the world is a lot dimmer without your gregarious personality and smile. I know your family misses you so much and I know your grave will receive a lot of love this weekend. I promise to see you in the next few weeks, it's been awhile since I came to visit. Thank you, Shane! Thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for your courage and thank you for serving our country. You will never be forgotten! < 3
KIA October 2006
Dear favorite Americans,
Happy three day weekend, y'all. I hope that the weather cooperates with you this weekend and gives you a good time. Be safe with the activities, wear sunscreen, don't drink too much alcohol and drink lots of water. And please, take a moment to remember what this weekend was created to celebrate. This weekend isn't about the beach, the pool, the right outfit, the perfect cookout food or drinks, but rather it's about those who have served our country and are no longer with us. We take time to remember those that put the call of their country ahead of the call of themselves and we say thankful for helping make this country so great. I wish y'all the best weekend! < 3
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**linking up here, here hereherehere and here this week**

May 21, 2015

No Place I'd Rather Be

You know the song, right? The line 'No Place I'd Rather Be' always struck a cord with me whenever I listened to the song. Something about it made me sit back and think, no matter where I was when I heard the music.

In the normal hubbub of the day, sometimes I get so stuck thinking about the past and worrying about the future that I miss the present moment right in front of me. I let the craziness of the world envelope me and forget to take stock in who I am and what I have in my life. So today I'm celebrating me, in this moment.

I'm a believer of Christ.

I'm a daughter.

I'm a sister.

I'm an aunt.

I'm a daughter in law. 

I'm a WIFE!

I'm a kickball player.

I'm a loyal friend. 

I'm a fitness fiend. 

I'm a blogger.

I'm athletic, lovable, stubborn, crazy, supportive and a lil bit loud. 

I have big dreams and big aspirations. 

I am read to face the world and make my mark. I'm excited for my future and the goals that have been set. But, I'm alyso content in who I am and where I am right now. I have the love of a wonderful family and the support of amazing friends. I have a roof over my head and a job that brings in money. And I have an amazing husband that helps provide for our small family of two, who loves me unconditionally, who does the lil things I never see to make life easier, who makes me laugh constantly, who supports me in his own way and who is my best friend. 

In this moment, on the couch with the TV playing one of our favorite shows and my husband's hand on my knee, I am immersed in a sense of joy and thanksgiving. Life is wonderfully good and there's definitely no place I'd rather be.

***I mentioned yesterday that I was guest posting on Candace's blog, but it did't go live until the afternoon. I figured I'd promote it one more time today, just because :)!***

inspiration found *here*

 Linking up with *megan* *kristin* and *annie*

May 20, 2015

I've Never

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// completed a double pirouette.

// broken a bone.

// eaten liver and onions.

// played  lacrosse.

// understood unnecessary drama.

// done drugs or smoked a cigarette/cigar.

// been to Africa.

// loved my job.

// enjoyed spicy food.

// owned a house.

// turned down the chance to watch a Disney movie.

// had to pay student loans.

// driven a manual truck [car yes, truck no].

// successfully attempted a reverse dive or flip off the diving board.

// watched Saving Private Ryan, The Shining, Silence of the Lambs, or any of the Godfathers.

// bungee jumped or gone sky diving.

What are some of the things YOU'VE never done?

ps.com I'm sharing my top ten blogging tips over on Candace's blog today and you'd make my day if you took a moment to go visit her blog. Feel free to share your blogging tips in the comments.

*inspiration found here* linking up with melissa*

May 19, 2015

Trendy Tuesday {Jamberry Review}

Good morning, ladies. How are y'all today? I hope everyone is doing well and finally recovered from the weekend. I was able to get to bed early last night, so I'm feeling a lot better than Monday. #sleepfixesall.

I'm so excited to be sharing an amazing review with y'all today. Jamberry has been something I've been looking into recently so I was ecstatic when Amanda contacted me about doing a review. Jamberry is an affordable and fabulous line of nail wraps that are vegan-friendly, non toxic and American made [winning]. The wraps can last up to two weeks [fingers] or four weeks [toes] and come in great, fun styles that are easy to apply which is another win win in my book.

Jamberry was created by three sisters in 2010 because they were tired of spending tons of money on manicures, only to have them chip a day or two into their existence.  Having pretty nails makes me feel polished and put together, but the work that goes into a home manicure doesn't seem worth the effort after a chipped nail one day in, am I right?

When my Jamberry package arrived I couldn't wait to open it and get started with my new wrap. It took me a while to figure out what kind of wrap to use, I really I loved the sports and holiday themed wraps [can see myself using holiday themes in the future for sure].  After some hemming and hawing,  I settled on this fun wrap called  'Out of Focus'. #totallyapinkylookright

Below is the contents of my package. It included all the necessities for a Jamberry nail party; a heater, buffer, alcohol wipes, cuticle stick, two orange sticks, a special nail file, nail scissors and clippers and of course my wrap.

Amanda also sent me this amazing application instruction sheet along with a fabulous video. I've only ever used the cheapie store bought stick on nails, so both of the instructions guides were extremely helpful. The directions are clear and concise and I found the process simple as stated.

Official Jamberry nails application video.


After reading the instructions and watching the video I felt ready to attempt my first wrap experience. Can I just say how happy I am that my nails are actually long right now? They had been splitting recently and so I've had to keep them really, really short. I know they aren't long by most people's definition, but they are long enough for me. 

I have to admit, I was a bit nervous about getting the measurements correct and using the heater appropriately, but after one nail it felt like old hat. I will say that I'm not the most ambidextrous so doing my right had was a bit tricky. However I was able to figure it out pretty easy after the first nail.


Quicker than I anticipated all ten of my fingernails were covered and I think they turned out pretty well.


Since I have smaller nails I was able to keep enough for another round which I am stocked about. I love the way the wrap looks and it feels very secure on all of my nails. I have a few more kickball tournaments this month, along with some pool activities so I'm excited to test out the longevity of the wraps. Jamberry would be perfect for a special event or a long trip because of their durability.

Amanda was a gem to work with and I will definitely be ordering more wraps from her in the future. I suggest you do the same, Jamberry is a great company with a fantastic product and the fact it's American made is a huge plus in my book.

Have you tried Jamberry before? What is your favorite wrap?

***I was provided all of the Jamberry products for this review, but all opinions are my own***