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life lately

[enjoying this || quality girls time for galentine’s day + NWAFW]

[eating this || monte ne chicken – aka unlimited home-cooked deliciousness in middle of nowhere arkansas, and enjoying some really great laughs with literally everyone]

[loving this || my new job + a trip to the Burt’s Bees HQ in Durham AND some seriously amazing food]

[savoring this || a fun day date at the adult movie theater with husband <3]

[traveling for this || a wonderful LR weekend to see family, including my beautiful 97-year-old Mimi!]

xo xo


life lately [off work edition]

I’ve never had time off work longer than 2-3 days just hanging out at home. Until now. This past week I was off before starting my new job, and I have loved it so much more than I thought I would! I thought I’d be wishing I was somewhere else or too bored or too anxious with to-do lists, but not the case. Of course the week went by too fast, but it was a perfect blend of relaxation, play and a little work.

Enjoy my week in pictures … 

[goodbye happy hour with some of my favorite WM coworkers at The Hive]

[arguably my favorite part of the week was coffee in bed + morning TV shows]

[yummy lunch + coffee dates with wonderful people]

[a day of serious junk room/closet/bathroom cleaning and organizing – UGH, it was the worst. thanks to mom for the help though … and of course, I feel SO much better now that it’s done.]

[spent one entire day of pure relaxation – finishing a book, bingeing TV (starting with the beloved HSM) + a massage]

[celebrated national margarita day with margs + games at the new dave and busters – this photo seriously cracks me up]

[friday in fayetteville for a hair appointment then maxine’s + hugo’s with the family – couldn’t have ended the week more perfectly!]

xo xo


life lately

H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y   T O   M E 

{celebrating this || birthday, birthday, birthday! huge shoutout to my amazing family, friends + coworkers}

{eating this || two amazing meals in fayetteville – nomad’s + khana indian grill}

{relaxing like this || ahhhhh}

{enjoying this || a fun, freezing day drinking beer with friends}

xo xo


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


life lately

[watching this || PLL SERIES FINALE #HalebForever]

[rocking out to this || silversun pickups + third eye blind on a super fun wednesday night]

[dying over this || a ROOFTOP bar in little ol’ bentonville!]

[loving this || a beautiful saturday with beautiful people]

[eating this || the best tacos ever]

[celebrating/crying over this || our best friends moving to Kansas City this weekend. we are so sad, yet so happy for their new adventures … and of course, we will visit all the time!! #Hotarmans4Ever]

xo xo


This Thing We Call Life

My blog has been suffering because of two reasons – I’m busy, and I’m exhausted.
But you know what, it’s great.

And for all y’all with kids reading this I know you’re thinking I don’t even know the meaning of the words busy and exhausted yet, and you’re more than welcome to go ahead and think that. But for the life stage I’m in – I’m busy, and I’m exhausted.

A few things to note:

  1. Work is crazy busy. Crazy, crazy busy. Non-stop when I’m at the office, and partial-stop when I’m at home. I struggle with trying not to think about (or dream about!) work after I’ve left the building, but it is so hard. If anyone has tips to share, please do.
  2. I’ve started working out in the mornings, and I’ve been doing it consistently for a month now. I’m waking up an hour earlier than usual – something I never, ever thought possible. But hey, “It always seems impossible until it’s done” right? This deserves another blog post entirely on it’s own and will happen at some point, but for now, just another thing to note.
  3. Husband and I have started cooking together more. Instead of basic, easy, sometimes healthy/sometimes not dinners, we’ve been getting HelloFresh weekly and cooking together. This certainly takes more time in the schedule, but it is precious time together, and I’m loving it.

All that to say, my blog has been suffering for good reason. With the time I do have, I’m trying to be more intentional and do things that bring me joy. If I want to spend an entire Sunday afternoon reading a book, why shouldn’t I? If I want to spend the extra hours of sunlight throwing the ball with our dog in the backyard, why shouldn’t I?

It seems to be getting harder and harder to force myself to open up the computer after work and blog. I still enjoy it, and I still love hearing from you that you read my blog and appreciate it, but sometimes I just have to take a break and enjoy what is around me – no screens, no pressure to post.

So, if you don’t hear from me as often for a while, now you know. I’m starting to travel again for work the next few weeks, then we leave for Italy in 6 WEEKS.

It’s a busy and exhausting time, but it is also a glorious time.

xo xo

 


life lately

{enjoying this || time at HOME after a lot of traveling}

{loving this || Husband’s first pedicure!}

{eating this || delicious Italian night at a friend’s house – complete with lots of wine + lots of laughs}

{celebrating this || girl’s birthday at bentonville’s very own speakeasy}

{traveling to this || an AMAZING radiohead concert in Kansas City – with a side of BBQ}

and not pictured: a wonderful few days with my aunt + friend catching up on life, eating great food, drinking cheap wine and seeing a thought-provoking play

xo xo


life lately

[Other than my recent trips to Chicago + Austin]

[being fashionistas at this || nwa fashion week]

[cheers-ing this || a new opportunity + great evening with friends]

[waking up to this || minneapolis x2]

[celebrating this || st. patrick’s day in downtown rogers]

[eating this || the best filet and sautéed mushrooms ever at mister b’s for a special date night with husband]

[loving this || sunday morning porch time]

xo xo


life lately

screen-shot-2017-02-19-at-6-40-07-pm[loving this || gorgeous february weather + a walk around lake atalanta]

screen-shot-2017-02-19-at-6-40-24-pm[eating this || the best fries ever. go to saiwok NOW.]

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img_2486[celebrating this || valentine’s day with wine, chocolate tastings + photobooths]

img_2583-1[playing with this || adorable little boy for an afternoon]

img_2482[swooning over this || beautiful flowers from husband!]

xo xo


life lately

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screen-shot-2017-02-05-at-12-05-12-pm{loving this || BEST TRIP EVER to Vegas with an amazing group of people #WhatHappensInVegasStaysInVegas}

10477e60-4e05-4a95-b159-d071b99aadf8{learning this || nude figure drawing class with mom… let’s just say I decided I’d rather be the model, ha!}

ee5997eb-cb00-426e-9d49-c627d6d5baa1-2{celebrating this || my birthday in style! thanks, work family!}

2b96fb81-b8e8-4e7c-a747-0a6136c2fe2c{planning this || summer trip to Italy!}

{enjoying this || lady gaga concert aka super bowl 51}

xo xo


birthday week reflection

What a week it’s been.

[a Vegas recovery week. a birthday week. a tough work week. a tough political week. an emotional week. a party week.]

How has it been all those things in just a simple week? As I type this, the ability to describe this week is honestly beyond my words. The rollercoaster of coming off of a Vegas high, down with layoffs at work, back up to an amazing birthday high and down and around again as our new President continues to shock us all.

This world and these lives of ours are very volatile. We have no idea what tomorrow brings. It is even more important now than ever to be thankful for today and all that we have.

As I was driving to work Wednesday morning, head still spinning from the day before, I turned off the radio and started listing all the things I was thankful for right now.

Just to name a few –

A roof over my head. Food on the table. Clean water to drink. A husband who loves and cares for me. A family who is always there for me. Friends who make me laugh and are there when I cry. And an incredible job that does more than just pay the bills.

What an incredible 28 years I’ve had thus far.

It’s as simple as that. If I have those things, I’d say I’m pretty lucky. I gained some needed perspective just by taking those 10 minutes to think about everything God has graciously given me.

The world is not okay, and there are a lot of horrible things happening right now. I have a lot, and I never want to take that for granted, but I also need to work harder for those who don’t have these same freedoms and luxuries as I do.

All of you reading this are amazing people and I love you and I’m so thankful to have you in my life. My hope is you will do the same – take a few minutes before you go to bed tonight or on your way to work in the morning and truly think about what you have and how you can give back to others.

“It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.”

xo xo

 


life lately

screen-shot-2017-01-15-at-11-48-08-am{celebrating this || new year’s eve with these fun people}

screen-shot-2017-01-15-at-11-48-29-am{getting excited for this || VEGAS and BRITNEY this weekend. pssst – look closely at this picture}

img_2050{loving this || a lot of reading and snuggling with my boys}

img_2138{enjoying this || dinner and a show (and love and murder) in fayetteville}

screen-shot-2017-01-15-at-11-47-23-am{cheering at this || razorback basketball game … and we won!}

xo xo


3 years later

Three years ago on December 30, my dad passed away.

It was completely unexpected and by far the hardest day of my life. I will never forget the phone call in the stairwell at work, the torturous flight to Ohio and the surreal days following. I can remember everything so clearly, yet it’s also so hazy at the same time.

I’ve written before about the all-consuming nature of grief and the only constant being change. I write today to offer the hope that things get better. That time really does heal wounds.

I know that sounds so cheesy, and you might not believe me. Here’s the thing – it’s true, but it is also still so hard. Three years later and it is still.so.hard.

There are still days where all I can think about is him, and I just want to lay in bed and cry. There are times when I want to call him so badly to tell him about something at work because I know how proud he would be. Or at weddings when I just wish he was there one more time dragging me on to the dance floor.

The memories are everywhere and there was a time when they would only make me sad. I would immediately push back tears and turn my attention to something else.

But something different has been happening lately – I’m learning to smile and rejoice in the memories instead. A month ago, I found this picture of us from New Year’s Eve 2008. I moved it in to our living room and now see it every day. The last two Christmases I wouldn’t have been able to do that. It would have made me too sad or upset every day, but this year it just makes me happy.

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Time does heal, but it never happens in your time. It was three years before I could do a tiny thing like moving a picture. I still struggle, especially through the holidays, but it gets better every day. I don’t think it will ever get “easy” per se, but I think over time there will be less tears and more smiles.

And more pictures.

xo xo


life lately

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-5-51-55-pm{relaxing with this || adorable cuddly poodle}

img_0325{cheering for this || our work kickball team that all our friends are on, and we just sit in the stands and cheer … and drink wine}

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img_0365{eating this || my witches hats + brooms and jordan’s disgusting looking, but delicious tasting buffalo chicken dip at our team halloween party}

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{enjoying this || fun night at a haunted house}

img_0362{drinking this || delicious cappuccino at a new coffee shop down the road}

xo xo


life lately [special edition]

It’s been almost a month since my last blog post. I’ve been busy, but not too busy. I’ve been enjoying life and husband and family and friends, and for some reason haven’t felt like blogging.

And that’s why I love this. I have no requirement or burden to blog every week. I blog for me, and if I need time to rejuvenate and not pick up a computer after work, so be it.

I love all my readers, and hopefully they’ve missed my posts at least a little. And while it was nice to step away a bit and enjoy the fall season moving in, I’m excited to be back with several posts on the tip of my fingers.

But first, let me catch you up a little on my life lately …

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-05-23-pm{loving this || wednesday over water at crystal bridges, presidential style!}

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-06-06-pm{drinking this || first PSL of the season!}

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-05-38-pm{dining in this || blindfolds… for dining in the dark at river grille – we ate alpaca! eek!}

img_0169{eating this || italian sausage tortellini soup – the best fall recipe!}

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-05-58-pm{overly excited about this || fixing our walls after our puppy ate them. you can just call us chip and joanna}

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-06-24-pm{buying this || amazing sunflowers + arkansas black apples at the farmers market}

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-6-06-33-pm{enjoying this || tailgating + a birthday night out in fayetteville}

SUITS -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross, Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter -- Photo by: Robert Ascroft/USA Network

     {bingeing this || SUITS! love me some mike + harvey}

Other eventful happenings …
– a hand infection from my rose bushes that caused 2 dr. visits, 1 allergic reaction, 5 medications + countless sleepless nights
– a new KING bed! pictures and blog post to come
– FALL PARTY! celebrating the best season of all with apple cider mimosas, lots of brie + champagne soaked clothes. of course I have photos and of course I will do a post about it soon.

xo xo

 


life lately

screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-5-06-11-pm{savoring this || dinner al fresco with the family}

L A B O R  D A Y  W E E K E N D

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screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-5-09-21-pmF R I D A Y
{loving this || light night party at crystal bridges}

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screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-5-07-17-pmS A T U R D A Y
{cheering at this || the first razorback game of the season}

screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-5-05-54-pm{listening to this || collective soul + goo goo dolls}

screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-5-05-34-pm{dressing up like this || for a 30th birthday party}

14379963_3397774296140_8496053782534612195_o{rocking out to this || rock of ages at arkansas public theatre}

xo xo


life lately

IMG_2852[enjoying this || awesome team building at Bolt escape room]

FullSizeRender[eating this || taco soup at the first sign of fall]

IMG_2890[packing (and wearing) this || for my amazing NYC trip]

IMG_3483[cherishing this || quality time with the father in law]

IMG_3489[obsessing over this || delicious cappucino + avocado toast at Onyx]

IMG_3505[hosting this || a happy hour birthday celebration for a dear friend]

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IMG_3567[celebrating this || bailey’s wedding + #travkeg2k16]

xo xo


Sunday nights.

As of late, I have been loving Sunday nights.

They’ve been following the same pattern for a few months, and the type A in me loves it.

Sunday nights mean comfort, and warmth, and family, and communication.

I love Fridays and Saturdays and the memories they bring – fun and friends and busy and irregular. But Sunday evenings are something special.

As we prepare for the week ahead, we clean and meal plan and grocery shop. (Not exactly my favorite things.)

But at 5pm, the cork comes out and the music comes on. We put a new record on the player, pour some wine and start cooking dinner together. Husband grilling steaks. Me prepping veggies and salad. Puppy moving from one of us to the other, dying to be in the middle of all the action. We talk about the week behind and the week ahead and the things we’re looking forward to.

After dinner, we catch up on our shared TV shows or watch an 80s movie from our list, then turn in early to read and rest up for the week.

Even as we’ve been traveling a lot lately, we’ve been home by midday Sunday and able to keep our cherished tradition. Or as I’ve been returning from work trips, Husband has meal-prepped ahead of time with wine ready so we can just enjoy each other after time apart.

It’s perfectly boring, perfectly an old married couple evening, and I’m perfectly content with it.

xo xo

 


life lately

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Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 4.50.50 PM{loving this || CTPG lake days}

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 4.36.13 PM{enjoying this || family brunch at pressroom}

IMG_2507{drinking this || perfect for summer days}

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{listening to this || Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Panic! at the Disco + Weezer at the Walmart AMP – amazing show!}

13731799_10153758973216463_3338300784786765099_o{celebrating this || Shelley moving to Chicago – very bittersweet!}

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{eating this || the biggest, most amazing BEEF ribs and enjoying a perfect summer evening of yard games, beer + bonfires}

xo xo


life lately

A little pre- and a little post- vacation, here are some photos of my life lately.

IMG_0991{enjoying this || time with family for Mother’s Day}

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{working this || bentonville film festival with bexx}

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{obsessing over this || peonies, peonies, oh how I love peonies}

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{celebrating this || adorable guy at his first birthday}

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{yelling this || “who’s number 1? the customer! always!” at Walmart Shareholders}

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{drinking this || lots and lots of beer at our 4th annual fayetteville foamfest}

xo xo


A Mother’s Advice

It has been a rough couple of weeks. Everything has just been so busy and insane and I just feel like I’m going to burst.

It seems like everyone is feeling this way. Maybe it’s the pre-summer busyness (is that a thing?) or we’re just getting older and we live busy lives. I don’t know, but it was really getting me, until I took my mom’s age-old advice to heart –

“Take things day by day.”

She has always told me that – in high school, when I had play practice every night and AP homework and was stressed to tears; in college, when I had books to read and papers due (in classes I could care less about) and was stressed to tears; now, when I work all day and dream about work all night and have a busy social life and am stressed to tears.

And when I really stop and heed her advice to take things slow, day by day, sometimes minute by minute, it really helps.

It also helps to remember all of the things I have to be thankful for. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Yes, work has been super busy and stressful, but I really really do enjoy my job. How many people can say that? In the last two weeks I’ve had meetings with Snapchat, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Pandora, Refinery 29 and more … how cool is that?!

I have amazing friends and we go to trivia night and events at Crystal Bridges and make surprise Snapchat filters for parties and try to solve clues to get out of an escape room and send silly text messages.

I have a loving family and a house to care for and food to eat and new clothes to wear, and generally want for nothing.

Life can be crazy. I’m not downplaying that at all. But when it gets so crazy you feel like you’re going to lose your mind, here’s my advice – stop. breathe. remember all the things you have to be thankful for. and remember my mom’s advice, to take things day by day.

It’s all we can do, and the day is all we have.

xo xo

 


life lately

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 3.25.10 PM{enjoying this || fresh SPRING flowers}

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{eating this || jeni’s ice cream from whole foods}

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{loving this || happy hour with these beautiful ladies}

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{crying over this || didn’t get out of the escape room in time … but we had so much fun!!}

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{beaming at this || saturday sunshine on a bagel run with puppy}

xo xo


life lately

I’ve been horrible at blogging lately. In fact, it’s been 2 1/2 months since my last life lately, which is typically a bi-weekly post. Oops. I just haven’t felt like blogging when I come home from work, and with a personal blog like mine, if you want to take some time off you can. No pressure.

But good news, friends, I’m back! The last month hasn’t been too eventful, which has been a nice change of pace. Especially since April-June are already booking up quickly … but before we get into that, let’s look at what I’ve been up to lately.

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 4.39.38 PM{dying over this || when I got pulled onstage during a local production of Spamalot because the “Holy Grail” was under my chair}

Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 4.41.17 PM{eating this || amazing meat + cheese tray for a friday night in with husband}

Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 4.40.19 PM{loving this || quick beach time in florida for a work conference}

Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 4.40.07 PM{hosting this || Oscars party! #savewaterdrinkchampagne}

Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 4.50.03 PM{enjoying this || beautiful weather at a ping-pong tournament at our favorite brewery}

Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 4.41.00 PM{planning this || a trip to St. Lucia for our 5-year anniversary in May}

Tomorrow, I’m headed to Tulsa for my first trip to Trader Joe’s … with a Trader Joe’s fanatic … this will most definitely be a blog post next week.

Have a beautiful Easter weekend!
xo xo


You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine

My dear friend Erica Keller passed away this morning.

And it’s hard. It’s so hard. Death will always be hard.

But I am rejoicing and celebrating in the life she had because it was truly incredible. Erica was dealt a difficult hand early on, diagnosed with cancer at 14 months. Her parents were told she probably wouldn’t make it to age 2. Today, she passed away at 34 years old.

IMG_1217[Me + E at the Memphis Zoo]

She lived 30+ years longer than the doctors thought possible. But here’s the thing, she didn’t just live. She LIVED. Whether you knew her for a minute, a day or a year – she could put a smile on your face, and she had the most infectious laugh. I’m seriously laughing now just thinking about it, and about how many times we got into giggle fits because of it.

IMG_1218[Me + E during one of her annual summer visits]

She taught everyone around her not to take life for granted and to live life to its fullest. What’s there to be sad about? What’s there to complain about? To her, there wasn’t anything. She was a beaming ray of sunshine on even the cloudiest of days.

I’ve always known E was a special person, but looking back on it now, I truly think she was an angel on earth. Every single person who knew her is better because of it, and they would tell you that. She taught me so much and brought so much joy to my life throughout the years – with our summer sleepovers, endless dance parties and days wasted at Locomotion with Pops.

IMG_9960[Me, E + Husband during an annual summer visit]

We will all miss her so very much, and it still doesn’t make this easy, but it is so amazing to know she is in a better place. She has no more pain. She’s laughing. She’s running. She’s talking my dad’s ear off.

She’s our angel, looking down on us all.

xo xo