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“I hope this song starts a craze”

Lately, Husband and I have been reminiscing a lot about favorite bands, nostalgic bands (often one in the same) and concerts we’ve attended together.

It started a few months back when Husband created a “High School Jamz” playlist. It was such a throwback and we have had so much fun listening to it and singing to it – even as often as last night, belting out our favorite Brand New songs after our Valentine’s Day dinner at home.

Every time we go to a concert, I always think how fun it is and how we need to go to concerts more often. Who doesn’t love live music?? We are so lucky to have an amazing outdoor venue less than 2 miles from our house, and this year they’re bringing several of our favorite nostalgic artists.

We’ve purchased tickets to 3 concerts so far this year – Blink 182 in April and Third Eye Blind with Silversun Pickups in July, and the one we’re most excited about – Radiohead in Kansas City in April. This will be a huge concert to check off the bucket list.

While I’ve been excitedly planning for the upcoming concerts, I’ve also been reminiscing about our early concert days –


Our first concert together was Taking Back Sunday and Jimmy Eat World in Ft. Smith. My parents drove me, Husband (then boyfriend) and friend Nicole down. Sadly these were the pre-smartphone days so I have no photos to speak of, but the three of us still talk about how much fun we had.



[Dashboard Confessional and Brand New, Conway 2006]
With Dashboard lead singer Chris Carrabba + us outside of Brand New’s tour bus

P.S. it was FREEZING and we waited out back for hoursssssss to meet them #WorthIt


[Foo Fighters, University of Arkansas 2007]

This photo was actually taken while waiting outside for the tickets a few months before the show. Somehow I cannot find a single photo of the actual concert even though it was one of the best shows we’ve ever been to. We went with two of our favorite people and stood feet from Dave Grohl as he played for hours and hours and had so so much fun.


[Brand New, Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa 2007]

I don’t remember much about this concert … but glad I found this one picture of the guitarist hanging upside down, ha!

img_0092[Dear and the Headlights, Jimmy Eat World and Paramore, Springfield 2008]
With lead singer of Dear and the Headlights

img_0093[Vans Warped Tour: Blink 182, Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, Kansas City, 2009]

Of course, I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention our two stops to Red Rocks in Denver to see our new favorite band The National –


[Frightened Rabbit, Local Natives and The National, 2013]


[The National, 2016]

Excited to make more concert memories with Husband this summer and in the years to come!

xo xo

10 Favorite College Memories


For some reason I’ve been reminiscing about college lately. Maybe it’s because school is starting soon, or because I’ve now been out of college for 4 years now and it seems like it was so long ago.

A couple years ago I wrote about my 10 Favorite High School Memories after attending my sister-in-law’s high school graduation. It was fun to go back and look at the pictures and pull it together, so I decided to do the same for college. As they say, it was truly one of the best times in my life and I’ll never forget the all the wonderful people I met and the relationships I made.

1910522_1014562837343_331_n1. My first pep rally and Razorback game as a student. Go Hogs!

4245_1112555087088_4300446_n2. My first camping trip in probably 10 years and the boys tricked us into an unexpected river crossing to get to our campsite. Thank goodness for those headlamps.

1923467_1016424523884_859_n3. Standing outside in the freezing cold all night for Foo Fighters tickets. (Okay, I didn’t stay ALL night, but some other kind people did for me.) And of course, Dave Grohl was AWESOME.

4245_1112555367095_8058083_n4. Living life with this amazing group of girls in our community group for 3 years.

1927626_1069731376522_5275_n5. The Ice Storm of 2009. All I’ll say is, 10 people stayed in our little apartment for 1 week. There was a lot of Super Mario and a lot of cabin fever.

1935537_1122089125433_5819485_n6. Studying abroad was one of the best college decisions I ever made for so many reasons. My only regret is that I only did it once in my 4 years.

59981_1194184087872_811895_n7. These people. My time writing for the UA newspaper, The Traveler, was so much more than a job. We were a family and had so much fun together in the newsroom and out.

21855_1166364872299_8160263_n8. My 21st birthday – so much snow, so much dancing, so much drama, so much of a typical 21st birthday party. Thank you to my amazing bestie and roommate Kira for doing it all!!

164107_1253676575222_5604649_n9. Traveling to NOLA (for the first time) for the Sugar Bowl with these two. I’ll never forget husband’s late night binge on beignets after we lost the game.

62314_1225746556804_2715772_n10. And of course, the dearest memory of all, was the night we got engaged in Gulley Park. ❤

xo xo


Hog Fever

Yesterday was the start of a new season in the South – college football. Though I was born in Bama, I’d like to think I was born a Razorback fan and will die a Razorback fan. So, here’s a look back at some pictures over the past few years in preparation for the season.


{destined to be a Hog fan – age 3}

{college roomies and besties ready for some Razorback fun}

{freshman year, first pep rally}

{Freshman year on ESPN… where’s Mille?}

{Family tailgate at Pratt Place}

{D-Mac <3}

{Trav weekend trip to Little Rock!}

{highlight of Senior year – Sugar Bowl in NOLA}

{the girls on Bourbon St.}

{first post-grade tailgating}

{love tailgating with my husband }

My Weekend was:

Michael Jackson Dance Experience (video to come soon)

Date night, Carrabbas + laughing in the rain + opening surprise wedding gifts + Modern Family

Farmers Market, tulips + puppies + coffee + bonding

A Couples shower + learning more about the dear bride & groom

Presidents & Assholes — watch out world, there’s a new prez coming at ya for 2012

Excitement for a newly engaged beloved friend

Tanning, at the baseball game.. Did we win?

Blogging + Napping as a Sunday procrastination method


The best I’ve had in a long time


Note to Self

I reached a breaking point today.

I realized how much work I have ahead of me in the last month of school. I realized I’m almost done with school forever. No more summer breaks. No more month-long Christmas breaks. No more spring breaks. I’ll be in the real world with a real job. And then there’s just that, a job, which I don’t have. Terrifying.

I think I’m making myself physically sick.

So instead of more rambling about my stress that will only make me more stressed, I wanted to stop and focus on the wonderful things in my life right now, because somehow I keep forgetting about them. Even though I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged this exact same post before, I need reassurance and reminders over and over and over and this is my way to de-stress. And again as much as I want you to read this and get something out of it, this blog is really for me.


What I’m thankful for right now…

I have a roof over my head, food to eat and clean water to drink.

and if I didn’t have those things, I would have plenty of people to provide them for me.

I have people in my life who really care about me. I have someone I can call or text or drop by to see at any time — to complain to, to share good news with, to cry with, to laugh with, to simply be with.

As much as I forget it, not everyone has that.

I’m getting married in less than 70 days.

Though the rest of my future is uncertain, that’s the one thing I know I have, and goodness, that makes things so much easier.

I’m healthy.

Yes, I get headaches more often than I wish. And some days I feel nauseous or my stomach hurts or my feet hurt, but I don’t have to live with a disease that affects my life. I can do anything I want without even thinking about it.

I’m blessed financially.

I’m not living from one paycheck to another. I’m not worrying about how I’m going to feed myself. I’m not worrying about the bills getting paid on time.


The most important thing to remember about being blessed with all these things is how I use them.

Do I give back financially like I could? Do I complain too much about my aches and pains? Do I show how thankful I am to the people around me and tell them how much they mean to me? Do I groan at having to drink tap water when some people have no water?

Looking at everything I have and everyone I have in my life, my life seems almost perfect. Why complain about a silly old thesis when the death toll is rising in Japan and people can’t find their families or have nowhere to go with no food to eat?

Yes, we all know this already. But another reminder can never hurt.


“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” -Luke 12:48


A Word a Day Keeps the Teacher at Bay

It seems the past week or so my vocabulary has been expanding. I love learning new words, but only seem to remember them if I learn them some way other than mindless memory from a dictionary. I’ve tried several times to memorize Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day and it just doesn’t work out.

So, here are my new words to share with you, and hopefully you’ll remember them.


Trousseau (troo so): a woman’s possessions such as clothing, lingerie and linens that accompany her into marriage. The origin of Trousseau is taken from the French trousse, meaning a small bundle.

Threading: An ancient method of hair removal using cotton thread rolled over hairlines, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing where a single hair is pulled out each time, threading can remove an entire row of hair, resulting in a straighter line. It is popular in Arabic culture, as well as Indian and Persian culture.

Bracketology: the process of predicting the field of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, named as such because it is commonly used to fill in tournament brackets for the postseason. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi is the inventor of the term “bracketology”, starting first as the owner and editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and ending up as the resident bracketologist on ESPN.

Onus: used to refer to something that is one’s duty or responsibility; a burden; an obligation

Biophilia: innate, instinctive love of nature.

An Unsuspecting Lesson From Benjamin Franklin

As I’m reading Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography (for class, not pleasure) I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve actually been enjoying it. At first I was merely skimming the book, highlighting phrases I knew I would need to write the essay, but then I caught myself slowing down and actually absorbing Franklin’s words. When I came upon this list, I knew I had to share and I knew I could learn a lot from this historical and intriguing man that made his way from a newspaper editor and printer to a Founding Father of the United States.





Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues


Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation


Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifiling conversation


Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have it’s time


Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve


Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing


Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.


Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly


Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty


Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve


Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation


Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable


Rarely use venery but for health and offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation


Imitate Jesus or Socrates


Franklin composed these virtues at age 20 (in 1746) after studying different religions and philosophers and being bogged down by all the ways he was supposed to live his life. He took all he had learned and combined them into what he thought was the proper way to live and cultivate his character. He focused on a virtue a week and tried his hardest to work on that virtue, letting all other virtues happen that week by “ordinary chance”, and wrote down every day his transgressions against his weekly virtue. Keeping all of these records in a pocketbook kept on him at all times, he hoped to see on paper how his life was improving. He claimed living this way, consciously by his virtues, he lived a happier and more successful life.