Friday, October 31, 2014

Insta Likes | 003

First off - Happy Halloween! And I cannot believe tomorrow is November already. Time to set some November goals.

I feel like it's been forever since my last Insta-Likes post which makes it ten times harder to choose my favorites but that's a good thing. Instead of a Friday Favorites post, I wanted to share an Insta-Likes post. I have been in need of some inspiration lately, so I am loving these bloggers' latest Instagram posts. I'm now officially in the mood for Fall and ready to get reorganized.

Amanda Marie Lackey | Little Creative Space
Glitter and Gingham | What's in my bag?
Monika Hibbs | Floral Sweater

For All Things Lovely | Beautiful Sunday Morning
Ashley Brooke Designs | "Get It Together" Notepad
ILY Couture | Retail Therapy

Fashionably Lo | C is for cozy.
Arrows and Apricots | Favorite Fall Accessories
Meg Biram | GSD Workbook

Make sure to follow these fabulous bloggers! Happy Friday/Happy Halloween! 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Date Ideas

Something about the fall makes me think of all these cute date ideas. While dinner and a movie may be fun, it can get old. Change it up a bit and try something new!

fall date ideas

1. Go to a corn maze. Even better, go at night.
2. Enjoy food and games at a fall festival.
3. Enjoy a picnic at the park.
4. Visit your local farmer's market.
5. Enjoy a weekend at a cabin.
6. Go on a wine tasting tour.
7. Carve pumpkins.
8. Try a new local restaurant.
9. Enjoy a night of Netflix binge watching.
10. Go running on a nature trail.
11. Go ice skating, and fall a few times.
12. Cook something new together or sign up for a cooking class.
13. If you have a dog, go to the dog park.
14. Sign up for a BYOB painting class. (They're fun!)
15. Watch a movie in your background.

My boyfriend and I have been lucky lately with finding great local events, some of them were even free! This past weekend we took Winston to Barktober, a free event for dogs to go trick-or-treating, enter a dog costume contest, shop for treats and dog accessories. Except, it was in the high 80s and Winston was over it 10 minutes in. (He's very high maintenance and hates the Texas heat. The second we got back in the car, we had to put the AC on full blast as he sat right in front of the AC.) We also enjoyed our Sunday by walking through an art festival that just happened to be taking place at the outdoor shopping center we were at.

What are some of your favorite fall date ideas?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Start Today With A Grateful Heart

Today I am linking up with Emily from Ember Grey for the Grateful Heart link-up.

Today I am grateful for...

...all the love and support I have received over the past two weeks from family and friends as I begin this new chapter in my life. 

...surprise family gatherings. From welcoming new little ones into our extended family (lots of traveling so I can see the little one every other weekend!) to getting ready to weddings and quinceaneras, these next 3 months will be busy with family celebrations. sister for pushing me to be consistent with going to yoga. We officially signed up for a yoga membership. Bikram yoga (hot yoga) will now be our thing, at least for the next 3 months. loving boyfriend. He has been so patient and kind (I mean, he kind of has to be!) while I go crazy juggling everything. He keeps me sane.

...this cool weather we are finally starting to get in Texas. It's been in the mid 90s, so to finally have a week that's in the 80s with lows of mid 50s feels great! Fall is slowly making its way to Texas.

What are you grateful for?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Favorites: J.Crew Factory

Happy Friday! With J.Crew Factory having a huge sale (as in like 50% off type of huge!), I thought a little retail therapy after a tough midterm and a successful first week on the new job would be the perfect way to end to the week, and start to the weekend. Today's Friday Favorites will include some of my J.Crew Factory favorites.

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Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Life Lately: I'm Alive!

Yes, I'm alive! Life has been a whirlwind. I don't even know where September went? Seeing as I've practically fallen off the face of blogland, I figured now would be the perfect time to write a "life lately" post.

Celebrations. While change may be scary, its a good thing. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know by now that I recently took a leap of faith and accepted a new job opportunity which, of course, means you get to celebrate with delicious food. (Thank you, boyfriend!) For the past two and a half years, I have been working in digital advertising and have gained great experience, met incredible people and grew as not only a professional but as an individual as well. I am beyond excited to start this new chapter in my life. Patience and prayer go a long way. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Weekend getaways. Its always nice being able to get away for a weekend to spend time with my boyfriend and his family. Fun fact: He's from a small town. Lucky for me, this weekend getaway happened at the perfect timing: right before my first day on the new job. I came back refreshed and ready to start this new chapter.

Weddings. Who doesn't love weddings? The weekend getaway included spending time with not only my boyfriends immediate family, but extended family as well. (Next month it will be his turn to spend time with my extended family at my cousin's wedding which I'm a bridesmaid for and currently going crazy and panicking about the final bridesmaid dress fitting, but that's another post.) This wedding was absolutely beautiful and to top it all off, they had a photobooth. Of course, we had to be the first ones to make our way to the wedding photobooth.

Disney's Beauty & the Beast. I am a Disney kid at heart. I will always be. I mean, I practically cried when I went to Disneyland for the first time last summer. So, when I missed the deadline to get discounted tickets at my work, my boyfriend worked his magic and was able to get some tickets. But, it got even better! When I found out the seats he got were in the 5th row, dead center, I was beyond excited. I was practically pushing every little girl in their Belle costume out of my way to make sure I got my seat before the show started. (Just kidding. No mini Belle was harmed.)

Other than that - life lately has been pretty hectic. Midterms are coming up, so that's no fun. But, it's October which means Halloween, scary movie marathons and candy corn. I need to start brainstorming Halloween costume ideas. Any good DIY costume Pinterest boards?