Summer Date Night | Five Summer Date Night Ideas

  I know school is about to start back soon here in the south, but summer is still around for a while. We’ve had a lot of rain this summer. It makes for very humid days but incredible sunsets. I’ve always joked with Ian that I am a cheap date. It really doesn’t take a lot to impress me. Just quality time and good food. One of my favorite date nights this summer was when we went to a local seafood restaurant that we both love. They have the best salmon and parmesan truffle fries. We skipped dessert and headed to the ice cream store because dark chocolate ice cream is my favorite desert, and Ian is the best and takes me to all the places he knows I will enjoy. Then we headed to the lake by our house to watch the sunset. We had the camera in the car already, so Ian snapped a few of these. I loved how pink the sun made the water look. I thought it might be fun to share some date night ideas for…

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My Everyday Hair & Beauty Products

I feel a little bit funny writing this post because I am in no way a beauty or makeup artist. In fact, I think I probably do the bare minimum when it comes to beauty. If you are anything like me and only give maybe 5-10 minutes on your beauty regime in the morning, then you may be interested in reading about my favorite products. When it comes to hair and makeup I always believe you should be working towards effortless and natural more than trying to achieve a look that transforms you into someone else. Beauty products should be to enhance your natural beauty and be fun, not something we feel like we have to live by or for. HAIR I probably spend the majority of time on my hair everyday. I have naturally fine hair, but I have a lot of it. Because it’s so fine it falls heavy around my face. I don’t wash it everyday, so dry shampoo is a lifesaver and keeps my hair from looking greasy and gives it some texture. Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry…

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Casual Friday | Dainty Piece Edition

You may be able to tell from the photos above that our house is pretty out of sorts. There is stuff on the counter. The pillows are un-fluffed. We are in casual attire. But that’s okay. I’m really working hard to make this space beautiful but authentic too. And sometimes our life just isn’t all that glamorous. It’s perfect in its own way to me. I kind of love that everyday feeling where stuff is lying around that we’re using, blankets out of sort on the couch and half drunk coffee cups. The house just feels lived in. Just like I love a pair of lived-in jeans or a well-worn tee, I love the kind of jewelry you can wear every day. I’ve always been a fan of dainty pieces. I usually wear some sort of dainty necklace every single day plus an assortment of stacking rings. I will often layer them even more based on the kind of top I am wearing. I think what I love most about dainty jewelry is that it usually is personalized or has some meaning to…

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Modern White Brick Fireplace & Walnut Mantel DIY

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); "It's time for a fireplace update." Fast forward 4 weeks and the aroma of freshly cut walnut and poly still linger in our living room as I write this. Nothing fancy here, just a simple paint and build, striving for simplicity and clean lines. I've detailed everything out below, minus the exact dimensions since it's custom to our space and different for each house. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or leave a comment below! As with each DIY project I've posted here, I'm not a professional craftsman and I don't play one online. Detailed pictures and further info located in each section as you expand them. Best of luck! Total Cost $300 Walnut Boards$200Common Boards + Screws$50Primer + Paint$50 Materials Walnut Lumber Common Boards 4" Screws 1.5" Screws Wood Glue Oil Based Primer Indoor Latex Paint Painters Tape Tools Table Saw Miter Saw Kreg Jig Clamps Planer How To Expand each step for more instructions and photos 1. Out with the…
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Chill Frills

Happy Monday, friends! You all know how much I love a good deal, so I wanted to share a little gem I recently discovered. This striped wrap blouse and ruffle top are both under $25! I have been working to step up my top game. I feel like I always gravitate towards comfy tees and graphics (which I still love), but I’m working to create a little bit of diversity in my wardrobe. I received both of the tops above from this shop. I feel in the past some similar shops have gotten a bad rap and as with most stores, there are always pros and cons. One of my favorite things about this shop in particular is everything is super reasonable. You can get some of the hottest trends for a fraction of the price. The downside here, being we live in the world of Amazon Prime and orders are here in 2 days, the pieces take a while to actually get to you. Considering it’s shipping from overseas, I think it’s to be expected. I suggest to always always always read the reviews, especially…

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Thoughts on Things: Summer Blush, Eyelashes and My Favorite Tacos Right Now

I hope you are all having a great week! It has been crazy hot here, but we’re living it up in true summer fashion with lots of pool days and day trips. We even went to Ikea just to get out of the house and ended up with more plant babies. My living room looks a little bit like a green house right now and for lunch, we of course ended up at my favorite Taqueria del Sol. I was actually thinking about doing a taco round up on here for all the Atlanta locals. Would anyone be interested? I honestly go through phases where I crave certain ones more than others. Taqueria del Sol is my all time favorite, but I have been obsessed with Bahama Breeze Coconut Shrimp Tacos lately… You can get them with black beans and rice, plus a little chipotle sauce and its to die for. Okay…I am kind of getting hungry as I write this. This blush top has been a favorite this summer. It’s soft and comfortable, so it gives me an excuse…

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Beauty while you ZZZ

I am a big fan of sleep. Unlike most people my age, I can’t sleep for five hours and be okay. I need a good 8 hours + of sleep every night or the next day I feel useless. (Newborn stage, I was a walking ZOMBIE) I typically go to bed around ten every night and am up at seven every morning. As a lover of sleep, you can only imagine I am a also a fan of good bedding. We have layers upon layers of down, memory foam, gel and high thread counts. I know I may sound a little ridiculous, but you spend almost half your life in a bed… I think it should be comfortable. I had heard about Slip Silk Pillowcases a while ago, but never made the plunge to purchase them. We recently received two King Size covers for our pillows and Ian and I have both been converted. Ian’s favorite thing about them is the fact they are incredibly soft and stay cool all night, and I am a huge fan of how they help with anti-aging and decrease…

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Carne Asada Tacos | Fresh Corn Salad and Pico de Gallo with ALDI

*This post is sponsored by ALDI. All opinions are my own.  It’s officially summer, and that means the season of cookouts and patio meals is upon us! My favorite. I am always coming up with excuses to make tacos and fun colorful meals. We would probably eat tacos multiple times a week if Ian would let me. I try to refrain or at least change them up if I plan on making them. This past week, I was at ALDI and there were so many great veggies on sale. I decided to make Carne Asada Tacos with a fun and fresh corn salad to go with it. I normally make Mexican street corn, but I wanted to try to make something a bit lighter since it was so warm out. This meal was so easy to whip up, so I didn’t have to worry about being in the kitchen all afternoon and could enjoy the sunshine. Plus… -LEFTOVERS. I just wanted to take a minute to talk about my shopping experience at ALDI. We just had a new one open up about…

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Print of Your Heart

About three years ago, Ian and I decided not to purchase each other Christmas presents. I say that, but usually every time we say we’re not going to get each other presents, Ian still is so sweet and picks me up something beautiful or makes something beyond what I could have ever wanted. That year, in true Ian fashion, he gave me a Christmas present about a week before Christmas. He made wooden frames and burned things he loved about me on the the bottom of each one. He then had square prints from Social Print Studio printed with some of his favorite memories with me. I mean… wow. I love that he’s always been so intentional and personal with his gifts. I guess you could say my love of SPS started then. I loved the quality of the prints and how well made they are. Plus, their company has the BEST customer service and sweetest employees. We’ve ordered from them quite a bit over the years and we usually like to pick up some extra new prints whenever we take…

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LBD Summer Edition

Hey, friends! I hope you had an amazing Fourth of July weekend. We kept it pretty chill around here and just watched some fireworks and grilled out. Cove was obsessed with the sparklers and had a meltdown when they were all out burnt out, ha. I’ve never been one to follow “style” rules – white in summer, black in winter. I typically just wear whatever color I want, no matter what time of year, and try to coordinate it appropriately. Because black looks so good when you have a nice tan. I personally think little black dresses are appropriate year round and make for an easy date night outfit. The dress I’m wearing above (linked below) is made from super lightweight material and has pockets. If, you aren’t a fan of black in the summer, they also have it in white and yellow. I paired it with these shoes, which I mentioned last week. They are so comfortable, and go with everything. They’re also 20% off right now. I wore them with a pair of distressed jeans and a tee…

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Banff | Canada Travels Part IV

  I am finally wrapping up our Canada travels with you all! It’s only taken me an entire month since we’ve been home. Banff was one of those places I could go back to over and over again and still be in awe. Every single place you go there is so much beauty. I would love to see and experience it all in every season. You may have checked in on some of our past Canada travel posts Victoria – Whistler, Whistler – Revelstoke, and Johnston Canyo – Canmore, and saw that Canada had an abnormally cold winter this past year. I feel a little ridiculous there are so many posts on Canada, but it was just one of those places you couldn’t fit everything into one. Normally, most of the lakes would have been completely thawed by the end of May, but this year they were still partially frozen. Since we had already seen Lake Louise during the complete white out snow storm, we decided to see some other things in Banff first and then come back. I highly…

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Maxis, Studded Flats, Layered Jewelry & Splurge or Save Talk

  Happy Wednesday, friends! It has been a great week so far… There haven’t been many errands to run, so it’s nice having lazy summer days where we take our time in the morning, go to the pool visit with friends and take long naps. Somehow, we always end up in the back yard with Cove running through the sprinklers and Ian and I eating on the back deck. It’s been kind of perfect, if I am being honest. I posted the above dress on Instagram a while ago, and got a lot of comments on where to find it. You can shop my exact one below or here. It’s super comfy, has pockets and is perfect with a little cami-slip underneath. I paired it with this sandals from Callisto of California, which you can shop below or here. The gold studs on them are my favorite and the camel color goes with everything. I also received this pair of block heels from them, and I am so excited to wear them out to dinner when we go to the beach next month. They are so perfect…

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An Avocado a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

This weekend was exactly what our family needed. No plans. Just us and whatever we felt like doing. For the first time in months, we decided to tackle a few home renovation projects. I can’t wait to show you guys the before and after. It’s been a while since we’ve done a DIY on here, so hopefully we’ll put something together really soon. Besides that, we took the mornings slow together as a family, visiting our favorite local bagel shop and spending some time by the kiddie pool. I’m a little upset that June is already almost over. This summer has been a blast so far and it’s going by way too fast. I am going to let you guys in on a little secret. When I got pregnant with Cove, I was super paranoid about stretch marks. I knew if I got them, I would live and always remember the beautiful fact I got to carry my child, but I also just really didn’t want to have to deal with them or that adjustment. A friend from work told me…

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Thoughts on Things: Social Media Babies, Hands Free Fashion and Trends I Love

So one of my sweet friends on Instagram shared a post on social media babies and how this will be the first generation to ever grow up with cameras in their face at all time and every single part of their lives being documented on iPhones and often through social media. To be honest, it’s something I’ve given a lot of thought to and Ian and I have talked about before. We have a few friends who don’t share about their children at all on social media, no photos at all, and others who document bare booties and glorious details of real life and the moments in between. I personally don’t think either is wrong, because each of us have our own ideas of what parenting should look like and ideas of how we should be raising our kids. I am sure social media will affect our children, just like it’s affected us, if we are all being completely honest here. For some of us, it’s impacted us in a completely positive way. Some have built businesses, met friends, created a digital journal their…

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Canmore – Johnston Canyon – Vermillion Lakes | Canada Travels Part III

If you have been following along here for a while you may have seen Part I and Part II of our Canada travels. It’s hard to say that any part of the trip was my favorite, because it was all amazing, but Canmore was extra special to us. We were there for about five nights and it was one of the most beautiful cities I have ever stayed in. Much quieter than Banff and it felt like we were able to see more of where the locals would go or live and much less touristy. We ate at the same bagel place almost every morning, Rocky Mountain Bagel Company, which had a Friends tv show feel, with amazing bagels and the coziest little fire place. Our condo was right off the main strip downtown so we could walk to everything. There were cute restaurants and an ice cream school bus food truck. I mean, that in itself is pretty darn amazing. There was a little board walk along the river where Ian and I walked down with our ice cream cones…

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Forever Keeps

I know I am generally a sappy person, but kids will do that to you. I find myself going through pictures while Cove is asleep wandering how time slipped by us so quickly. Now that it’s summer, I honestly feel like he and I have grown even closer. It might sound silly because we’ve been together since he was in my womb, but we’ve connected and laughed together, cried together and he’s so much more cognitive. It hasn’t come without its challenges though… We’ve experienced the terrible twos so much earlier than I anticipated. I guess that’s the thing about parenting – once you think you’ve got one thing figured out, you get thrown a curve ball and you’re learning how to deal with something new. I’ve really been trying to write down quick notes on my phone of things going on, happy or sad, that I want to remember. I may start a little series on here like Thoughts On Things. We’ll see… But for now, here are 10 things I want to forever keep and remember. Every morning…

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