Today marks 2 years of marriage for us! On this day in 2016, we stepped into roles that would change our lives forever and open our eyes to one of the most beautiful gifts that life has to offer. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was arriving to our wedding venue (with a million butterflies) to get ready for the big day. Time really flies, y’all!
About a week ago, I asked a few questions over on my Instagram stories and told you all that I would follow up on them (and why I was asking them) in an upcoming blog post. I’ve been researching this topic of ‘how to best support your girl gang’ and how to best relay this information for over a month now. Well, it’s finally go-time! Grab a cup of coffee & enjoy. 🙂
Earlier this month, Teej and I were invited to stay at the Margaritaville Island Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN for a weekend staycation getaway — it honestly couldn’t have come at a better time! We have been so busy the past couple months, so it was really nice to get away with the hubs for a few days and be pampered at Margaritaville. We had such an incredible stay, and it was the perfect way to kick off Summer 2018.
Margaritaville Hotel has locations all over, however, we had never stayed at one until our mini getaway, and I have to admit — it exceeded all of our expectations. From the island-themed, spacious room (with a fire place + a balcony!) to the valet host to the managers, waiters and spa staff, we were extremely impressed and felt well-taken care of during our entire stay.
Late last night, I was sitting on my couch doing some blog work, when all of a sudden I stumbled across something on Instagram that instantly gave me a bitter taste in my mouth and made me feel so discouraged in that moment. All these thoughts started rushing to my mind … “Why not me?” … “I just don’t get it” … “That is so unfair” … “Why am I trying to do things the right way when the people who are doing things the wrong way are getting rewarded and I’m not?” … “I work 12+ hour work days to try and set myself apart & I still am not enough in their eyes” … I could go on, but you get the point.
Thankfully, my moment of comparison lasted only for a few minutes because I’ve already played the comparison game way too many times to count, so I’ve finally learned how to turn all of those negative thoughts about myself into something that wouldn’t tear me down, but possibly just build me back up. (*Disclaimer: I really feel like this moment last night was a God thing because I was just talking last week on my IG stories about comparison, and SO many of you wanted me to write a blog post about how I overcome those struggles. Sooo, HERE WE ARE! He really works in mysterious, yet amazing ways.)
Easter is just 10 days away, friends! If you haven’t found your dress yet, today is the day! Just ordered mine. 🙂
I love Easter for so many reasons — it’s one of my favorite holidays, actually! In our family, we have a few special traditions that I love, but one thing I love most is the feeling of the fresh, spring air outside while we’re hunting eggs and taking family photos.
But of course, the main reason I love this holiday is because it’s such a special reminder of Jesus’ love for us. All my life, I’ve been celebrating the meaning of Easter and the resurrection of our Savior, and even after all these years, I can never hold back the tears of joy or chills running down my body each time I hear the story of the empty tomb. (Just typing that out brings tears to my eyes!) He IS risen, indeed!
If you have yet to find the perfect Easter dress for your Sunday morning worship service or your family brunch, have no fear! I’ve always got your back ladies!
When you read the title of this blog post, I’m sure you start to wonder what the heck I’m talking about and why my word for 2018 is “no”. The reason is simple: I’m a recovering people pleaser. I’m recovering from saying “yes” one too many times and then hating myself later on for agreeing to that event, that dinner, that partnership, that trip, etc. Over the past couple of years, I’ve learned more about myself that I ever knew before, and one of the things that has been challenging for me to overcome is learning how to say “no thanks” to people or things that I don’t necessarily want or need in my life at this time. But I’ve learned how to get past this challenge and how to politely decline or step away from things in life that are not beneficial to my health, happiness and well being … And boy has it been one of the most freeing feelings ever!
Happy Women’s Day to all my favorite babes out there!!
On this day, I want to share a special letter to each of you ladies reading this right now. I hope you’ll read it all the way through and enjoy it – xo.
To my LNL Babes …
Teej and I recently took a trip to the beautiful Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia with some of our closest friends. We have been going here for a few years now because we think it is the best place to go for skiing / snowboarding on the East Coast, and it includes the cutest, snowy village on top of the mountain.
With many open trails for skiers / snowboarders of all levels, this is the primary place to go with a large group of friends in the winter months. Even if someone in your crew isn’t into all the snow activities, there are still lots of shops, restaurants and a brewery to keep everyone in your group entertained!
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and the month of love, I wanted to share with you all what the big L-word means to me. I’ve always loved love – even during my single days – and over the years, I’ve learned that we all have different meanings to this word at different stages of our lives. Ultimately, it’s something that we feel and we try our best to express those feelings in words time and time again. I’ve also learned that true love is something so strong that words may not be able to accurately define. However, with that said, I am confident that I’ve learned so much more about the meaning (or the formula) of love ever since I started dating my husband, so I can’t wait to share a little more about that with you all today!
Along with that, TJ and I recently got the opportunity to work with JamesAllen.com, and it was such a neat experience that I’ve been dying to share with you all! This is one of the largest online retailers for diamonds, gemstones and engagement rings. With us being at the age where ALL of our friends are getting engaged and married (and since many of my readers are around this same age as well), I thought it would be helpful for us to try out their Design Your Own Ring experience and share our thoughts!
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and let’s face it ladies … sometimes our men need a little help when it comes to finding us the perfect gift, right? 😉 I’m here to help – send him over here to LNL or just pop the gift ideas below into his head! TJ and I buy Valentine’s gifts for each other every year, and I hardly ever know what to tell him that I want when he asks, so it’s usually just a surprise. However, I’ve had my fair share of times where I will send links to things I like to his inbox or have my mom or sister drop the hint. I mean, don’t lie, we ALL do it y’all!