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life lately

[celebrating this || husband’s 30th, sister’s 50th + puppy’s 5th!]

[eating this || amazing pizza in portland at our family reunion weekend]

[enjoying this || a fun summer work event at crystal bridges #TeamAwesomePowers]

[drinking this || delish blueberry beer at trivia night]

[loving this || a super fun mother-daughter trip to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to see Pioneer Woman Mercantile + the lodge where they film the show!]

[relaxing with this || coffee, a book + a sweater (!!!) on our front porch]

xo xo

Discover NWA: Staycation at 21c + Chihuly

For our 6th anniversary, we decided to do a staycation at 21c. Since we’re going to Italy very soon, we didn’t want to travel far or spend too much. We’ve also talked about staying at 21c since it opened, so we decided to go for it. And I am SO glad we did. It was exactly what we needed for a little one-night getaway. Luckily, we also got invited to the special opening of the new Chihuly exhibit at Crystal Bridges and it was absolutely incredible. (Thank you, Denise!)

[beautiful, super cozy room – and my sweet coworkers surprised us with champagne!]

[a few photos from the night below – though I HIGHLY encourage you to check it out yourself!]

[chihuly in the forest – there was even a wine tent out there!
wonderful night with these fun friends]

[chihuly in the gallery – and husband’s favorite picture of the night]

[late night snack back at our hotel – sweet + spicy fries that are just amaaaazing]

[sunday brunch at the hive – that buttermilk fried chicken was out of this world]

[post-brunch stroll on the trails – a perfect end to a perfect anniversary getaway]

xo xo

You might also enjoy: Discover NWA: Mod, Modern Ozark Dining


derby daze

Friday night we went to the ArtInfusion Derby Party at Crystal Bridges. After our trip to the races a few weekends ago and this weekend being the Arkansas Derby, we were all in.

As Lorelai from Gilmore Girls says, “I’ll do just about anything if I can buy an outfit.” So that I did. I found a fascinator at Dillards (which, by the way, I didn’t even know what a fascinator was then I saw photos of Kate and Pippa wearing them and I knew that’s what I wanted instead of a hat) and a bowtie for husband to match his salmon pants (perfect for the occasion, right??).

Enjoy some photos below from our “night at the derby”! xo xo

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{obligatory pre-party selfie}

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{first round of mint juleps – cheers!}

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{love, love, love this photo!}

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{the girls and the boys}

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{the second round of mint juleps}

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{the amazing tour guide, featured: Boy Leading a Horse, Picasso}

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{look who we found heading to the after-party}

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{after-party with penguins at 21c}

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{what a terrific evening with these party people!}

life lately.

life lately: bi-weekly posts that give you a peek into my world of late.


{celebrating // with the in-laws, at work, with the girls}


{marveling // at Crystal Bridges for an innovation conference}


{playing // Sunday Funday with the pups + hubs}


{inspiring // new favorite quote}


{eating // mini chicken + waffles at work Super Bowl party}

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{enjoying // personality profile via}

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After finishing my Three Week Cooking Challenge, I’m determined to challenge myself in other areas as I’ve realized blogging is a great accountability partner. But what should I do, fitness? fashion? reading?

Let me know what you think!

xo xo

BTS: Our first family Christmas card photo shoot

We’ve never done a family Christmas card. Every year we talk about it, but it never gets done. Any year up until this one if we’d done it, it would have been quick, easy and painless. This year, however, the year we decide to do it, we have a new puppy. So it was anything but quick, easy and painless. However, we got through it and got some great photos. I’ll hold off on showing the ones that will make it into the Christmas card, but here is your behind the scenes look.

{photos taken at Crystal Bridges of American Art}

{and with our wonderful photographer Amanda}