About a month ago, I loaded up with my girl, @heatherpoppie, and headed straight for Viva Las Vegas! We went for a blogger weekend meetup to connect with some of our friends in the industry, who we don’t get to see too often (since we all live in different parts of the country). We had such a BLAST (as you can tell in the photos below), and I got to hug the necks of old friends, as well as, meet a few new ones! This industry is so supportive and full of fun gals that I am forever grateful to […]
TJ and I recently traveled to Hawaii for vacation, and it was absolutely amazing! It had been a place on our bucket list for years, and we knew we wanted to visit before starting a family. I had been to Oahu when I was in middle school, but TJ had never been to Hawaii at all so it was a must see for us! We didn’t realize it until we got there, but this vacation was actually the first trip (just the two of us) since our honeymoon over two years ago! Over the past couple of years, we have always traveled with family or friends as well, so it was nice getting away just the two of us again. We loved the special quality time!
We split our 10-day trip in half between Maui and Oahu (travel guide for Oahu coming soon). The first five days, we stayed in Maui, and WOW. Just wow! It is officially one of my all time favorite places I’ve ever traveled to. It’s an absolute dream, and everything there is so beautiful! The natural beauty of the entire island is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s truly breathtaking! The relaxing beaches, fun adventures, and warm aloha spirit from Maui locals made us quickly fall in love with this tropical destination.
Sometimes, you gotta boss up & create your own lane.
When I started on this blogging journey 2 years ago, I never knew what it would turn into or how many wonderful people I would meet along the way. I never knew that taking a leap of faith into my “own lane” would lead me to today. I was SO nervous to take this blog full time almost a year later and even more afraid to become my own boss. But God lit up this “lane” so perfectly and practically stepped on the gas pedal for me to lead me in the right direction …
We had the most incredible stay at the Hilton Midtown in the heart of New York City for fashion week 2018. I mentioned our stay in my New York Fashion Week Recap, but as promised, I’m sharing a few more details about the hotel with you all and why it’s the best option to book for future trips to the Big Apple.
New York Hilton Midtown genuinely exceeded our expectations, and we’ll definitely be booking another stay there in the future. From the bellmen to the front desk assistants to the doormen hauling taxis to the managers, we experienced nothing but amazing quality, friendly service.
A recent sermon at our church really opened my eyes about how important it is to simply spread love and kindness throughout our every day lives. In this life, we’ve all been at that moment where we feel like we are needed for so many things or we are being pulled in a thousand different directions. Or what about those times when we’ve felt like we haven’t been the best friend, wife, mom, sister, employee, etc? We’re all human, and we’ve all been there. BUT we all seem to forget far too often that our main purpose on this earth is just to love God and love others. That’s it! We are just called to LOVE. That’s the main thing God asks of us, and it’s really a much easier task than we make it out to be. I think we just sometimes let those efforts of love and kindness slip away from our busy day-to-day schedules.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve really tried hard to step away from some things (like working until midnight) to make time for the things/people that matter most. I’ve also tried to make a conscious effort to put a smile on a stranger’s face or do something nice for someone else that I come in contact with daily. Now, I’m not telling you all this to ‘brag’ — not my intention here at all — but just to say that if I can do all of this, you can too! I’m the queen of saying, “I can’t … I don’t have time,” which in most of my cases is probably true, but the point is that I’ve had to learn how to make time. I’ve forced myself to physically think about how I can brighten up someone else’s day. It’s all about choices and deciding that you are going to help make this world a better place. It may sound cliche, sure … but just think how much happier this crazy world would be if we would simply do what we’re called to do: love God & love others. Here are some ways that we can all spread love and kindness in the world every day …
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!