New Year, New You – Get Real

New Year, New You! Let’s face it, the beginning of a new year can come with a lot of pressure.  Everywhere you look you’re being asked to drastically change an aspect of yourself.  Let’s break the habit of breaking ourselves.  Instead of making radical changes in a short amount of time, let’s make small but substantial changes month by month.  At the end of each month, evaluate how you feel.  If you don’t want to continue with your resolution at the end of the month, you can stop but still know that you succeeded.  You’ll increase your ability to succeed by eliminating unrealistic expectations. 

It’s January, and it’s cold outside.  And if you’re anything like me, cold weather does not inspire me to get out there and be motivated.  So, January is going to be my month of getting organized and setting up the structure and basis for the rest of my years’ successes.

Bloom Planner

My Bloom – Hard Cover Vision Planner (Peacock Feathers) was delivered a few days ago and it’s amazing! This specific planner focuses on goal setting and breaking down those goals into bite-sized pieces.  It has a place for your monthly goals, divided into categories (finances, relationships, health…) and a place to break those goals down into a weekly check list! I LOVE checking things off a list.  Does anyone else add stuff after they’ve already done it, just so they can check it off?  It also has a monthly calendar (my favorite) and a weekly calendar.

Zig Dual-Tip Markers : I also suggest these fun markers for personalizing your planner.  These are vibrant without bleeding through the pages.

If you’re looking for something more basic, that will still keep you organized I’m a huge fan of wall/tabletop calendars.  It’s a great place to put family activities.  Right now, it’s just me and my husband (our dog’s don’t have very active social lives 😉 ) but it’s still really helpful to have one place with all of our plans for the week/month in one location.  We benefit from having a physical calendar to look at.  We spend so much time on our phones, the physical calendar stands out more.

Coloring Book Calendar  Etsy: Follow Your Arrow Calendar  Watercolor Calendar

Another way to start your year off successfully is to focus on being *grateful*.  Being grateful for the big and small things in your life, completely changes your attitude.  This leads to being happier and more productive.  I’m a nanny, and each day when I pick up the kids, I ask them 2 questions.  What was the best part of your day, and what was something nice that you or someone else did today.  Not only does this start a fun conversation, but it challenges you to think about your day in a more positive light.  Share your best and nice part of the day in the comments below!

One of my favorite finds this year has been 52 Lists of Happiness and 52 Lists Project. It’s gratitude journaling made easy.  Each week you’re given a prompt to list ways or things that make you happy.  I gifted several of these this year for Christmas!

I know that you can be successful!  Remember to set manageable goals and write them down!  Seeing your goals written down will keep them in the forefront of your mind.  Each month I’ll let you in on my monthly resolution and what products and tools I’m using to obtain that goal.  I want to know what your goals are for this year.  I’d love to know what steps you’re taking or offer advice to help you be successful!



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Fleece Navidad

It’s been unusually warm this year, which I absolutely love! I would be ok if it never went below 60 degrees, anyone else with me?!  But alas, it’s December and the cold weather is rolling in and it’s planning to stay awhile.  I needed to stock up on some cute but warm sweaters to get me through this season, so check out my fav’s below!  Use code: MORE at checkout to save some cash money!

Cable-Knit Tunic Sweater – I’m typically not a fan of things touching my neck, but this is super cute and low enough to not bother me.  I’m wearing Oatmeal Heather and Wine Purple.

“Better Together” more like Better in your Closet! AND it’s only $9! This is super soft and not too thick.

Funnel Neck Sweatshirt and Polka Dot French-Terry Sweatshirt! I just really love the classic sweatshirt with a feminine fit!

Boat Neck Tunic Sweater in Red Marl.  This color is fantastic and so is the fit.  I like that it’s long enough to wear with leggings but not too long to wear with jeans.

Sexy Leggings from Express.


You can shop more super cute sweaters at

No sweater list is complete without a few “ugly” sweaters!

SnowmiesOh, Snap!, Bah Humpug!, Leg Lamp, Stranger Things.


Sometimes you’re in the Christmas spirit but you also have to be professional, don’t worry, I got you covered!

Men’s Fairisle Suit, Women’s Christmas Suit, Men’s Christmas Tree Suit 



Would you  be brave enough to wear one of these Christmas suits to your office, or are you more of a basic ugly sweater girl?  Let me know in the comments!

Happy Holidays!




{Buffalo} Check Me Out

{Buffalo} check out your new favorite flannel shirt! I’ve been scouring clothing racks for years trying to find one that isn’t square fit and doesn’t show my stomach when I raise my arms! I finally found it and it’s at one of my fav. places to shop – Old Navy!  I loved it so much, I bought it in 3 patterns – including Buffalo Check, which my husband refers to as my “Garth Brooks” shirt!


This super soft button up comes in a variety of colors.  I decided to size up so I can wear it with leggings.  It’s thin but not enough that you need an undershirt.  It’s lightweight so it’s great for wearing alone, layering or tying around your waist.  It’s literally the perfect flannel and its in your price range.  Buy it – then come back and thank me!

These boots were a great find – on sale for under $30 and they come in both black and cognac!  As always, my favorite leggings are from Express and I just can’t say enough good things about them.  I love to find quality staple pieces that wont break the bank.  These are so comfortable, and keep their shape and color after multiple washes over several years.  I have both ankle and full length.  I’m also loving this crossbody purse from Nine West, that’s very similar to mine.


Side note: New Belgium in Asheville, North Carolina has a fantastic free tour, that includes free beer!  They have a great space for drinking and hanging out, and it’s dog friendly.  They have food trucks on site, but you can also hop up the road a little bit to Taco Billy – for fantastic tacos! I highly recommend The Support Group taco – the tortilla is made out of a plantain.  It’s the taco shell you never knew you needed.

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Ghouls Night Out

Hey pumpkin! It’s almost Halloween! Which means it’s not only time to find a costume for your dogs…er, for yourself, it’s also time to carve pumpkins!  If you’re like me and a lot of my friends you don’t have either the skills or the desire to gut and carve a pumpkin, every year.  Which is how we decided to do a Pumpkin Painting Party, instead!!

This party is super easy to throw together for your family or your friend group, or both!  Start by searching Pinterest for some inspiration.  You can view my board here.  Then stock up on sponge brushes, paper plates and paint from Hobby Lobby; the Anita paint is only .77 cents and works great.  Don’t forget your pumpkin!  No theme night is complete without the food! Here are some Halloween inspired food dishes of varying skill levels, to help take your party to the next level!

Monster Rice Krispies: You can make your own rice krispie treats or you can buy the pre-packaged kind (like my mom did).  Melt bakers chocolate and add food coloring, dip the rice krispies then add edible eyeballs from Hobby Lobby. Chef: Diane Pinckard (mom)

Mummy Brownies: These were so good and tasted delicious! Boxed brownies, icing and edible eyeballs from Hobby Lobby is all it takes to make these boo-tiful treats! Chef: Malinda McCrary

Puking Pumpkin: .75 cent pumpkin from Wal-Mart and carefully arranged guacamole from Aldi, makes this the easiest and cheapest dish to make! Chef: Me

Witches Brew: Lime Jell-0, sprite and pineapple juice (vodka is optional).  To keep your jello based drink liquid, don’t put it in the fridge for too long.  Take it up a notch by adding dry ice! Chef: Brie Gajda

Witches Brooms: Pretzel sticks and Reece’s cups! Taylor used a small pumpkin carving kit knife to make the initial hole, before sticking the pretzel in. Chef: Taylor Tatum

Spider Web Taco Dip: Grab your favorite dip ingredients and use sour cream to make the web, don’t forget the spider ring! Chef: Mary & Chris Anderson

Ashley was gracious enough to host a potentially messy girls night on her deck.  At the end of the night we voted for our favorite pumpkins, aka the HalloQueen and the Pumpkin Princess!  I found fall leaf ornaments at Hobby Lobby to give as prizes.


I loved seeing the different materials everyone used to create their pumpkins, and how different each of our pumpkins turned out!  We had everything from thumb tacks to vinyl to rhinestones.  So here’s the question: are you a pumpkin carver or a pumpkin painter? Let me know & share your pumpkin pics in the comments!


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Fall for Greenville

Fall for Greenville is the most wonderful time of the year. Imagine a weekend in October, walking up and down main street, with a drink in hand, eating almost anything you can imagine. That’s Fall for Greenville, and it’s amazing.

Here are some of our fav foods from Fall For Greenville, everything from Mable Bacon Funnel Cakes to Gator Dogs…and everything in between. Roost came through with my favorite dessert, Brown Butter Chocolate Toffee Cookies (say that 5x fast).

Shop my Fall for Greenville Looks:


Blackberry Long Sleeve Romper here. It’s also available in red, and a similar style in navy and lilac. Shop my Fitbit Band here.


One Shoulder Dress in Burgundy. Shop my Fitbit Band here.

Thank you to Embassy Suites Downtown for putting us up for the weekend! It is a prime location for visiting Greenville. You get the benefits of being on Main St. with the added small town feel and serene views from not being directly on the street. There are a plethora of restaurants, in all price ranges, within walking distance. The downtown community is so great, there is an event going on almost every week. You can’t beat the location, rooftop bar or the free happy hour every evening at the Embassy Suites! My favorite view was out our window, of the beautiful mural of downtown Greenville.

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Fall for Greenville is one of the many reasons that Greenville, South Carolina keeps making top 10 lists for best place to live and best place to visit. If you were at FFGVL drop your favorite food in the comments! If you aren’t from Greenville, tell me about your favorite home town festival!


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Girls “Light” Out!

It’s officially fall which means the air is getting crisper, our DVR is full of Hallmark original movies and the candles are burning non-stop. Last week a few of us girls got together and attended our first candle making class in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. It was scent-sational (see what I did there) and I officially have a new Fall Kick-Off Tradition!

Magnolia Scents by Design has a location in downtown Greenville, S.C and Independence, Kansas.  At both locations you can make your own soy candles, including picking your scent, mixing your own color and naming your candle!


All the materials are provided for you, so all you have to do is show up ready to have fun and get creative!  The most important lesson we took away from this class was that size matters…when it comes to wicks.

Pro Tip: If you want to know what color your candle will be when it dries, just tap a little bit of color onto a paper towel.  Trying to find our perfect color shade was definitely a team effort!

The whole process takes roughly an hour and as Jessica put it, “there was pretty much no way to mess it up”.   The fact that all of our candles looked and smelled amazing, despite some of us *almost* forgetting to add our scent (Malinda) and some of us adding WAY too may color drops (Brie), is testament to that.


Our candles were ready to be picked up less than two hours later.  The whole night was a blast!  Any event that allows me to make something useful and beautiful while also making fun memories with my friends is a win in my book.


Special thanks to Taylor, for being such a great (and patient) teacher!  Don’t forget to name your next candle “Taylor Made”!

If you’re in the Greenville or Independence area, do yourself a favor and check out Magnolia Scents!  They offer several candle making classes each day, and if you don’t have time to make your own you can still pick one up in store.  I highly recommend the Cookie Shop scent.



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P.S. Here’s a picture of us with my sweet parents, who were in town visiting from Texas.  And everyone knows my favorite dinner spot in downtown is Trio!


Shop similar dresses to mine:

From Top Left to Bottom Right: Trapeze Dress, Ruffle Tie Neck Dress, Pintucked Swing Dress, Cinched Waist Floral Dress, Floral Flutter Midi Dress, Payton Cinched Waist Dress

FALLing for Transition Pieces

This is the best time of year for your wardrobe. You have the opportunity to mix your summer and fall pieces to come up with creative and new combinations.

I’m a huge fan of T-Shirt dresses!. They have the power to look good on every body type and fit almost any occasion. Wear it loose, tight or belt it. Dress it up with heels or dress it down with sneakers. This is also the best time of year to stock up, because summer wear is on sale. It’s still hot so you’ll get plenty of wear out of it before you need to layer a cardigan.

Shop this exact dress here. I’m wearing Lotus Neon. It’s a lot brighter in real life, and it fits true to size. It also comes in a striped pattern. The red (pictured below) is only available in stores. You can grab the jacket here.


Shop my arm candy here: June Birthstone & Feather Charm bracelets from Alex & Ani.

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Shop Similar Dresses: Criss Cross Back, Tie Waist, Cold Shoulder Swing Dress, Choker Dress.

Ms. New Bootie!

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Step into fall with comfort and style: Ropes, Slouchy, V ankle, Braided Fold Over.

Are you stocking up on sale summer pieces or are you prepping for fall? Let me know in the comments. And drop a link for your favorite piece you can’t wait to rock this fall!


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One Flo and One Rida

Oh, Florida, I love you so much. Let’s face it, between the palm trees and ocean views, you have an automatic recipe for a relaxing vacation. St. Petersburg, Florida aka “Sunshine City” boasts an average of 361 days of sunshine per year and sits right on the gulf coast. We spent a week enjoying the beautiful weather, lively downtown, excellent food and gorgeous views of St. Petersburg, Florida and the surrounding area.

We opted to drive to Florida, because we enjoy each others company and we love listening to podcasts on long trips. The soundtrack for this trip was S-Town on the way down and In The Dark on the way home. I can’t recommend In The Dark enough.

We stayed at the The Hampton Inn near downtown. They had a pretty pool, a stocked gym and a great breakfast buffet.

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The Dali Museum is recommended on every St. Petersburg travel website, and by the locals. The architectural design of the building is swoon worthy. Once inside there is a full cafe, and gorgeous suspended spiral staircase, a gift shop and art work (of course). The Frida Kahlo exhibit was open while I was there, in addition to the permanent Salvador Dali exhibit. The audio tours are great because you learn about the life of the artists as well as fun facts about almost every work of art on display.

I’m obsessed with downtown St. Petersburg. It’s right out of a movie, with its bright colors, friendly people and gorgeous scenery. The town is incredibly dog friendly, especially since every restaurant on the main strip offers outdoor seating. However, we did not book a dog friendly hotel, so now we have to go back so we can take the pups! There are life size dolphin statues throughout the city that are all painted completely different, I loved spotting them while we were out and about.

I love food so much. I love really great food, food so great that I have to force myself to stop eating. In St. Petersburg, that meal was the Salmon Flatbread from Fresco’s (first pic)! I also have a huge sweet tooth, so we stopped by the Cassis Bakery every single night for a new dessert. Calories don’t count on vacation. I’m linking my favorite restaurants below the pictures.

Restaurants from Top Left to Bottom Right: Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro, The Moon Under Water, Cassis Bakery, The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge, Locale Market and Holy Hogs BBQ in Downtown Tampa.

Not far from St. Petersburg is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida. If you’ve seen the movie Dolphin Tale about the dolphin with a prosthetic tail, it was based on the life of Winter who lives at this aquarium. Clearwater is a a rescue center that’s motto is “Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release”. We were able to see turtles, dolphins, otters and stingrays that had been rescued and some were injured too badly to be returned into the wild. They have a ton of interactive exhibits, however you need to book these in advance since they fill up quickly (which we learned first hand). We were able to feed stingrays and not to brag, but I’m totally a natural. My favorite part was watching Rufus the Pelican run over to cuddle with his trainer, it was precious!

Ruffle High Neck Romper is from Target and under $30!

We can’t wait to go back (and bring BOTH pups!)! Until then, we’ll be looking for our next adventure. Don’t forget to ‘like’ this post and hit the subscribe button!


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Friday Favorites 4/21/2017

We spent last week in Florida (amazing), and I’m still trying to remember what day it is.  Isn’t that the best part about vacation, not having to keep up with the days?  Now it’s back to the real world, luckily my real world is pretty fantastic.  Right now I’m curled up with a cute puppers and eating cotton candy, so life is pretty sweet.

Favorite Snack Food:  The Fluff Factory Cotton Candy! Y’all I don’t typically eat super sugary sweet stuff, but the flavors are insane!  Currently inhaling Salted Caramel Cotton Candy and contemplating if I need to join a support group.  Thanks to my mom for getting me addicted and the lovely ladies at Silver Star Mercantile for hooking me up!  If you’re in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, head to downtown Carrollton and check them out!  They always have super cute stuff (it’s not all food), including our favorite jalapeno jelly! 

Salted Caramel not pictured because I ate it all…

Favorite New Tradition: We decided to officially set aside one night a month for Ladies Night!  So much easier to just have a date in the books so there’s always something to look forward to!  If you’re in Greenville, SC and you see a group of 10+ girls out on the 3rd Monday of the month it’s probably us!  Feel free to buy us guacamole and offer to take our picture!  Shout out to the staff and manager at Chuy’s for giving us the history and fun facts about the restaurant!

My friends are like really pretty.

Favorite Meal: Salmon and Pesto Flatbread.  I mean, those 4 words are magical sounding, you know it’s going to be amazing.  I had this multiple days in a row for lunch, because  I love myself and want to be happy.  I will be attempting to recreate this recipe from Fresco’s, this weekend – follow my Instagram story to see how it turns out!


Favorite Gift Idea:  I came across this while researching gift ideas for a friends annual beach trip (Hi, Brie!), and immediately fell in love!  If you travel a lot, have a friend that travels, or have ever left your house – you need this!  It’s a travel phone charger BUT it’s pretty and conveniently hooks to your purse or key chain!  Unfortunately it’s only for iPhone, iPod and iPad, us Android users have to just sit in envy!

Favorite New(ish) Podcast:  In The Dark is such a well done podcast.  It follows in the footsteps of Serial, which I absolutely loved.  It chronicles the 27 year old case of a missing 11 year old boy from a rural Minnesota town.  The best part about this podcast is the resolution, it may have taken 27 years but the abductor has been captured.  An interesting fact, this case actually lead to the creation of the “sex offenders database”.  I found it fascinating and maddening at the same time.  If you listen to it, you’ll understand the maddening part immediately.  Let me know some other podcasts I should listen to, and if you’ve listened to In The Dark!

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Thanks for reading, you guys are the best!  Feel free to share your “favorites” from the past week with me or what fun plans you have for the weekend!  I’m off to finish Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  It’s one of those can’t put it down but also don’t want it to end type books!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button!



Friday Favorites 4/7/2017

Happy Friday, y’all!!  We have a packed weekend planned, so I am so ready for it to get here!  Tonight we are going to dinner with a super old (think elementary school) friend and her husband, since they are visiting the wonderful #YeahTHATGreenville.  Saturday we have a birthday celebration at Dave & Busters.  Then bright and early Sunday morning we are road tripping to St. Petersburg, Florida!  We’ve never been to St. Pete’s so please send me your food and fun recommendations, in the comments!

1.) Favorite New Photo Trend:  Get yourself some friends that don’t question when you do weird things, and are more than happy to be weird in return.  Case in point, friends who go to the same tourist spots and take the same photos.  Can this be a new photo trend? #FriendPhotoCopy  Use that hashtag and tag me on Instagram so I can see all the other weirdo friendships out there!

2.)  Favorite Girlie Drink (That Seems Healthy):  The Pink Drink at Starbucks.  It’s a Strawberry Refresher with Coconut Milk.  It tastes amazing and it looks so pretty!  Plus, there are fresh strawberries in it, so it’s basically a health drink and if you care about your body at all you will go get one, right now.


3.) Favorite Volunteer Event (Probably of All Time):  Our church put on a free Carnival for Foster Children and their families and it was beyond incredible.  I don’t think I can fully describe how amazing this experience was.  Foster children have very little that actually belongs to them, if you would like to help them out you can go here to find a local donation spot in your area!  One thing we didn’t realize was a need until this event were lice treatment kits.  If reading that sentence made your  head itch, that’s the Holy Spirit telling you to go donate some lice kits to your local donation site. 🙂  You can search the hashtag #ForSC to see other projects our church did across the state of South Carolina.


4.) Favorite Craft: Ok, so we agreed to help with a craft project that was WAY above our skill level.  Two hours into a 1.5 hour project, we had to call the Master Crafter, Karli, to come walk us through it step by step!  Four hours, twenty burned fingers, two pork chops and way too many frosted cookies later, we officially made 12 Easter flowers!  Here’s the link for the tutorial.  If you are able to easily make these, please feel free to gloat in the comments!


5.) Favorite Cold Weather Walking Location: I have a great friend, Kati, and our friendship revolves around walking.  Sometimes we eat, but we always walk.  With the weather being crazy this week, we opted to check out the Well Walkers program at The Well, downtown.  The Well is our local arena where the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team play (they are doing fantastic this year). Basically you walk around the inside of the arena, and you don’t have to worry about nasty weather, it’s pretty genius.  They even have days when doctors, dietitians, or mom & me instructors come out.  I’m curious if other cities have similar programs.

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Enjoy your Friday! Go take some #FriendPhotoCopy pics or attempt some crafts that are way above your skill level, and report back!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button so you can be the first to know when I have a new post!  Special shout out to Melissa and Brie for being the stars of today’s post!