Wednesday, November 19, 2014

tree trimming

I never feel like I get enough time with my Christmas decor, so I decided last weekend it was time to switch out my gourds for pines and all things merry and bright. This year however, I am still up in the air as to whether or not I want to don my tree with our ornaments or not. My husband and I usually go through them together, talking about the stories of each ornament as we hang them up. This year though, I am not sure if I am feeling up to it - maybe because I think of having to take them all back down. On Friday after I strung the white lights and wrapped around my burlap garland, I couldn't help but stand back in admiring how simply stunning the tree was, even without all of it's ornaments.
Speaking of trees, I picked up these little mini trees to add to my Christmas collection, they fit perfectly in my home and compliment each other nicely, don'tcha think?

Monday, November 17, 2014


So I used to watch "America's Next Top Model" (is that show still on?), and a piece of advice that I remember Tyra handing out was to if you are going to look like you're laughing in photos, you need to laugh out loud. And I do. But my problem is my laugh it big and and I ended up looking like an overly cheesy hyena.
[Top: Alloy, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Piperlime]

I wore this outfit to a girlfriends birthday dinner last night after browsing Pinterest for some outfit inspiration and came across this so I decided to copycat. 

The original:


more ironically....

Friday, November 14, 2014

Happy Birthday... the one that has witty humor  always keeps my toes warm  takes the scenic road home  favors a dirty martini on the rocks with 2 blue cheese stuffed olives •  always hugs me just before I start crying in a movie  shows no mercy during a game of scrabble • never misses the opportunity to kiss my flushed cheeks after a couple glasses of red wine • the life of the party and the favorite boss  

You are the whole package...
... and I cherish every single second with you.

Side by side forever baby.
Happy Birthday!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Baby White is HERE!

Sorry I have been MIA the past few days, but one of my best friends just had a baby!!!!

Kim is one of my first close friends that I've had the privilege watching her pregnancy journey (and you too, sort of - gender reveal - baby shower) from day one.  Like the night we joked how exciting it will be when she gets pregnant - and she was even though none of us knew it!

Here is the first moment I held the little one and it was pure bliss. I started crying the second she was placed in my arms, her little fingers and toes, her sweet expressions, I could stare at her all day, she is absolutely perfect in every way. I have visted in the hospital, probably too many times allotted acceptable for non-family to visit, but I just couldn't help myself.
During her stay, they have had her wrapped her up in this pink blanket homemade from my momma, and a few Ace (our family dog) hairs. It was so sweet seeing her laying in her baby bin, so teeny tiny, wrapped up in this fluffy pink blanket like a little pink burrito.
Mom and Dad are both doing incredibly well, but after all the excitement, every one is a little tired.
Congrats to the new parents!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Turning 239

Happy Birthday United States Marine Corps! 
You are my home and my family.
I feel so humbled to be surrounded by a community of warriors, heroes, and remarkable spouses. I am proud to stand next to my husband as he serves our country. I am proud to stand with the spouses that love and support these brave men and woman. I am so proud to have a job that serves our military families. I am grateful for this community.

I love this life and feel so incredibly honored to be the wife of a Marine. 

You have been a blessing to us and given us such an adventure. 


Friday, November 07, 2014


When I first started using essential oils, I wanted to make sure they I liked the product before I actually started investing in bottles, a variety of carrier oils, and other accessories like diffusers. I just purchased my first diffuser last week and now I am wishing it was something I had invested in sooner. It's probably my favorite way to use my essential oils now! Well that and my "good night sleep spray" and my all purpose cleaner...

1// 2 (This is on my wishlist! It would be perfect for our bedroom)// 3 (So affordable and the one I recently purchased. The cover is a little cheesy so I am planning on spraying it with Rust-Oleum to give it more of a chic look, but it's a great diffuser to start with.) // 4// 5

When we were at our friends Halloween party, she had this recipe brewing in her diffuser, switching out the lemon for orange. It's was heavenly and perfect for autumn.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

put it on paper

We have TWO months left in this year, I cannot believe how fast it's gone by. With only two months left, I have been on searching for the perfect planner for 2015. 
The other weekend I was out shopping with a girl I work with and we stopped in a stationary store. I took a look at some of their planners, and explained to her how I have my planner selecting process down to a science.   
For me, I need to see the entire month and individual days, the paper needs to be thick enough so ink doesn't bleed through, I need a "notes" section to write out all my addresses, and it needs to be big enough to actually write in, but small enough to fit in my purse. She laughed of course, and it's a running joke at work that my planner is my bible; but I am a list maker and an organizer, it's who I am, and I fully accept that. Thankfully I do have one of my very best friends who just gets it, and I fully love her for that...
I won't lie, we are constantly searching for the ultimate planner, we've had Lily planners, Erin Condren planners, Gallery Leather planners, you name it, we've probably tried it out or at least researched it. This year, the inkWELL Press planner  has taken the cake for me for 2015 and my current lifestyle.
They go on sale TODAY and I still haven't completed committed to which cover I want to choose.
What do you think? 
1 or 2?