Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last Days of Fall

I can't believe in just 3 short days, fall will be over. Luckily, even though it's December, Charleston has been having a pretty nice week with mild temps and I was able to rock a short sleeve blouse more than once. This particular outfit is a great mix of old and new as I found the top {American Rag} at Goodwill! It was in nearly new condition and I just loved the colors and pattern...very boho and very fall...and for $3.99! I swear if you don't scour Goodwill ever, you really should start...there are definitely some diamonds in the rough!

{Top - Similar / Jeans / Bag [Currently 30% off with code JOY30] / Sunglasses }

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cozy in Pink

We've had a lot of those days lately where the temps dip into the 30s and you just want to be all bundled up and cozy. These are definitely the days I like to sport my Uggs because they keep my toes oh-so-warm. I love this pink sweater from J. Crew and I kept it simple with a knitted beanie.

I love this's my absolute favorite. It is O'Neill brand and I found it when I was visiting my family in Idaho over Christmas seven years ago. I did a search and found a few similar in case you were interested. Check out this one, this one, this one and this one.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Wedding Band From Anjolee

*This is a sponsored post. I was provided a product by Anjolee and asked to share my review/experience with my readers. All opinions are truly my own.

Recently, my husband, Jake and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. Back when we got married, we didn't have a lot of money, so I guess you could say I didn't have a real "wedding" ring. We used a ring that he had given me as a gift. It was a humble, yet beautiful blue topaz stone with a tiny diamond on either side. It was fine by me and I had no intentions of us "upgrading" to anything more.

However, last year, on my 30th birthday, about 5 1/2 years into our marriage, my husband did the sweetest thing and "re-proposed" at our wedding site in front of many of our friends just before my birthday dinner. I was caught completely off guard.

He presented me with a gorgeous solitaire diamond ring. It was beautiful. Technically, it was only the engagement band. Since then, I've been asked when I will get a wedding band...and while I find that a totally insensitive question for someone to ask, I would kindly reply that I don't think we intend on ever getting one, and hey, it took 5 years to get the ring, give me a break! Haha.

Anyway, last month, Anjolee contacted me and asked if they could send me a ring of my choice off of their website and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to find a band that would go with my ring. I chose the Unique Shared Prong Diamond Eternity Ring. I received it last week and it is absolutely beautiful.

It is a band with diamonds all around. I think it looks perfect next to my engagement band. The design on this particular one is very intricate, I love the U-shaped settings the diamonds are in. Although I was more than happy with the ring my husband worked so hard to surprise me with, it sure will be nice not to get that annoying wedding band question anymore!

Check out Anjolee - they have wedding bands, engagement rings and more. The quality is absolutely stellar in my opinion.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Musings / Weekending

This weekend was full of fun for the kids...on Saturday, I took them to a birthday party for my friend's little boy who was turning 3. It was a firetruck theme and she even got the local fire station to drive by the house with the firetruck. It was so nice of them - they stopped and let all the kids walk through the truck. Breckin loved it.

Tanner was off running around with some other kids at this time, so he missed it. But it didn't seem to bother him. I carried Farrah around the whole time and she was a saint...didn't cry once in the entire two hours we were there and managed to fall asleep on me for part of it.

Speaking of Farrah, she is getting to be so silly...I just love seeing her little personality come out more and more. Last night, Nana & Papa had taken the boys to a Christmas event at their church, so Jake and I went out to dinner with her and then at home, we got some Daddy-Momma-Farrah time to play.

The boys also were with Nana and Papa after the birthday party on Saturday to make Christmas cookies, so I managed to finish their Christmas shopping! So glad that's done.

I just finished Day 8 of Body Beast this morning. I am so glad I've stuck with it so far. I've got a barre class in a couple hours too. We also added the pull up bar to our home gym this weekend, so it's looking a bit more like this:

I need a few more weight increments in the dumbbells, but they're coming.

I'll end this post with sharing that this weekend, Cotton Tale Designs somehow found my post on Farrah's nursery {I used their Sundance crib bedding set} and they loved what I did with it so much that they shared it on all of their social media! I was so flattered. If you haven't checked out that post yet, please do!

Have a great week!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Five

Happy Friday! Another weekend is practically here...


Just finished my 5th day in a row of Body Beast, after tomorrow I will have successfully completed week one. Then 11 to go! I am really loving the two-a-days I've been doing as well. I feel like just doing the Body Beast workout may have me missing out on cardio and since I am looking to drop postpartum weight as well as build lean muscle, I think this regimen will definitely help speed up the process. Currently in addition to this program, I have two barre classes, one Cardio Craze {HIIT, much like Insanity} class, two Insanity classes and one day of cardio on my own at the gym each week. I'm already feeling more energized and I love it.


This weekend I get some down time! I will still have Farrah, but Nana is taking the boys for a while on Saturday to make Christmas cookies so I plan on using that time to finalize their Christmas shopping. She is also taking them Sunday evening to a Christmas event, so Jake, Farrah and I plan on taking advantage and getting a nice, quiet meal out.


I just realized it is December and I don't yet have my planner for 2015! This girl can't function without a planner. I have used the Erin Condren Life Planner for two years now, but feel maybe I'm ready for a change. Although I do love their planners. I do have a small binder that I suppose I could get filler paper for, but I also just love something really colorful and cute. Any suggestions?


All of my Christmas cards are addressed and pretty much ready to go. I'm headed to get my Christmas letter printed today so I can stamp them and put them in the mail. Do you send Christmas cards or letters? I shared my Christmas letter the other week, but here it is again in case you missed it:


I'm going to close with this awesome parody of Taylor Swift's Blank Space {btw, I LOVE that song}. I think many of you mommas can relate!

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