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life lately

[enjoying this || much needed girls night]

[feeling proud about this || hit my 100 peloton rides!
next goal: 150 for my live ride in NYC in Dec.]

[loving this || lots of cozy reading by the fire with poodle snuggles]

[laughing at this || gridiron show with the family
also, eating this amazing smokey and the (gouda) bandit pizza before starting my no-cheese 30 day challenge]

[watching this || adorable show at the Walton Arts Center with the best people]

[dressing up for this || H A L L O W E E N  P A R T Y !
post malone + the Gump family]

xo xo

Aldermans Go Global: Mexico Family Vacation

[champagne toast – WE’RE FINALLY HEREEE!]

[first night mexican fiesta]

A  D A Y  I N  T H E  L I F E …. 

[step 1: coffee on the balcony]

[step 2: drinks by the pool/in the pool (yes, this was still before noon)]

[step 3: hammock relaxation time]

R E P E A T .

[fun afternoon on the beach + a beautiful butterfly release ceremony husband and I were a part of]

[catamaran ride to isla mujeres – so much fun!]

[loving the coconut water … and this adorable mother/daughter pic!]

[hibachi, sushi + silent dance party!! tori and I were the only ones willing to make a fool of ourselves dancing to our own beat – I would highly recommend this if you ever get the chance!]

[S P A   D A Y … ahhhhh]

[family pictures on the beach, kardashian style]

[final night dinner – don’t make us leave!]

[so thankful for marrying into such an amazing family
definitely a family vacation to remember!]

xo xo

You might also enjoy: Aldermans Go Global: St. Lucia

2017: my year in pictures

J A N U A R Y 
birthday celebrations in Vegas

F E B R U A R Y 
the best tour guides + the best pizza in Chicago

M A R C H 
feeling fancy at NWA fashion week + the first of many trips to minneapolis

A P R I L 
the month of amazing concerts – radiohead + blink 182

M A Y 
always one of my favorite months of the year – mother’s day + weddings + anniversaries + beer festivals

BEST VACATION EVER #HotarmansItalianCahoots, Part 1 + Part 2

J U L Y 
someone turned 30 (not me) + fun family reunion in portland

 A U G U S T
a mother-daughter trip to pioneer woman’s ranch + my favorite puppy turned 5

S E P T E M B E R 
labor day weekend NYC fun + polo in the ozarks

O C T O B E R 
a work trip to virginia with some pretty sweet views + won halloween (again)

the best girls weekend in LA

D E C E M B E R 
celebrating the season’s best with my favorite people

xo xo


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Weekend Picturebook: A Little Rock Wedding

S A T U R D A Y 

[a beautiful day for margaritas, guac + tacos at The Fold]

[and for sunning with a few beers at Rebel Kettle Brewing]

[wedding time! gorgeous wedding for cousin Olivia + Sam at Trapnall Hall]

[love my handsome dates!]

[and the southern food was ridiculously on point – fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, crawfish + mashed potatoes and a mini mason jar layered with collard greens, beans + corn bread]

[the only pic with the bride + other cousin Blair at the end of the night, which reminded me of another pic 10 years earlier …]

[girls trip to NYC – can’t believe this was 10 YEARS AGO!]

S U N D A Y   B R U N C H 

Before we headed home, we had one more stop – brunch + beer.

Y’all. Lost Forty Brunch was the best brunch we have ever had in our entire lives. I can’t even begin to describe how incredible every single thing was. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, and let you do the drooling.

[our brunch “appetizer” – fried green tomatoes (yes, again) with jalapeño pimento cheese + skillet cinnamon roll. I’m not a huge cinnamon roll fan, but this was out of this world]

[my dish – biscuits + gravy, which again, were the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever had. next time I will get a dozen of these biscuits and bring them home with me]

[husband’s dish – a skillet with all kinds of delicious goodness inside]

[WE LOVE YOU LOST FORTY! and yes, of course we got a growler to take home]

xo xo

You might also enjoy: Weekend Picturebook: Chicago, Weekend Picturebook: Hermann, Missouri

Picturebook: Weir Wedding

B R I D A L   S H O W E R 
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B A C H E L O R E T T E   P A R T Y 
Screen Shot 2016-06-19 at 3.01.51 PM{amazing cookies from sweet little sugar}

Screen Shot 2016-06-19 at 3.01.59 PM{burlesque chair dancing}

R E H E A R S A L   D I N N E R

W E D D I N G   D A Y !

Screen Shot 2016-06-19 at 3.14.58 PM{mimosas + hairdos at luxe beauty fayetteville}

IMG_2030{seriously obsessed with my hair! hairdresser called it “Vera Wang in the woods” – LOVE}

IMG_2071{the guys getting ready aka drinking beer}


{love these two!}


{hilarious photo of the bride calming her pre-wedding nerves. also shoutout to marcus for an amazing snapchat filter!}


{how gorgeous is this picture?! photographer: megan hampel}

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{and we’re pretty cute too}

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{my handsome date and brother of the bride}


{and this is practically the only picture I have from the after-party – on the fayetteville square at 3am. we’ll just leave it at that}

xo xo

12 Days of Christmas [Picturebook]

IMG_9401[Husband’s company Christmas party at Barn at the Springs]

IMG_9443[First of several holiday movies watched – Love Actually]

IMG_9422[Team Christmas party, with our very own Snapchat filter!]

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IMG_9472[Night on the Fayetteville square + dinner at Tiny Tim’s]

IMG_9498[Friend Christmas party with photobooth fun + telephone pictionary]

IMG_9540[Christmas Eve with the in-laws]

IMG_9547[Early Christmas morning || Very full hearts, indeed]

IMG_9561 (1)[Christmas Brunch at Mom’s || Have yourself a merry little cocktail]

IMG_9559 (1)IMG_9563IMG_9568[Christmas evening at the Aggus’]

IMG_9592[Sadly, our final Christmas shindig got cancelled thanks to rain/flooding/tornados the day after Christmas. Instead of a Family Christmas Cocktail Party of 20, Husband and I ate the prepared food, drank the purchased booze and had a perfect little party for ourselves.]

Other wonderful Christmas celebrations not pictured: 
Annual Community Group favorite things party at Fred’s Hickory Inn
Weekend in Little Rock visiting two amazing families

xo xo

A Valentine Wedding

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

– 1 Corinthians 13:13

Four years ago, my mom was engrossed in my wedding – where should we have the rehearsal dinner? what’s my something blue? how can we get taylor swift to come sing at the wedding?

And four years later, it’s the exact opposite. What an amazing feeling to get to watch a parent get married. I could literally feel the presence of God in the sanctuary and feel the joy radiating from my mom, excited for a new life ahead of her – falling upward.

I’ve shared in a blog previously my path to getting here [the only constant is change]. It hasn’t been easy, and honestly, it’s still not close to being complete. I’m still struggling. I’ve had a roller coaster of emotions the past few weeks you could hardly imagine, with sleepless nights and tearful days.

But let me tell you, He blesses the faithful. He may take away, but He also certainly gives, and what He has given me has been so valuable already – an amazing, loving, beautiful bonus family of sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and more.

I will never forget my dad and the love he and my mom shared, but I also will not let myself grieve instead of opening up to love. “But the greatest of these is love.”

Enjoy some pictures below from our Valentine Wedding weekend.

S A T U R D A Y  N I G H T
“Rehearsal” Dinner
Hosts: Spencer + Kristin, Bret + Erika

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[beautiful mama]

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[from ohio and okc – what great friends to make the trip!]

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[two of the wonderful hosts: kristin + spence]

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[surprise acapella group serenaded us all – they were amazing!]

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[meanwhile, husband and I are in the pantry pouring whiskey shots for a surprise toast]

Wedding: United Lutheran Church, Bella Vista

Post-Wedding Brunch: Alderman Home
Hosts: Kyle + Mille

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[congrats to the beautiful bride + groom, mr. and mrs. nelson]

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[didn’t get any pictures of the actual wedding, but here is mom + fred giving valentine’s candy to the kids after their song “joy, joy, joy”]

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[the boys (my new nephews) – bruce, nelson, henry + jack]

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[fred ❤ robin]

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[champagne bar was a huge success]

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[head over heels for macaroons + the newlyweds]

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[my beautiful servers! they were amazing helping prep for the brunch]

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[sister, sister!]

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[my wedding gift: “a new road together” via etsy]

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[love my mother and so overjoyed to be part of this special day!]

And now the newlyweds are off on their honeymoon, two weeks in Hawaii by way of San Francisco – oh how jealous I am as we are having our first snow of the year!

xo xo