Wedding Dress Tea Party

I am so excited to share this post today! My friends and I all get a little giddy when we start talking about throwing a good party with an even better theme. We have so much fun planning, dressing up, and celebrating anything we can come up with. My good friend Lily, who you can check out here, decided to throw a wedding dress tea party because “who says you can only wear it once?!” So we all pulled those big gowns out of the closest and reminisced on those special days we all experienced. Our pregnant friends even got in on the action, which was so much fun! We each shared our best and worst memories from that special day while eating quiche, cucumber sandwiches, muffins, and fresh berries. Lily did a wonderful job of transforming her house into a perfect tea party and I wanted to share some of the fun we had.   Hope you enjoyed! XO Victoria

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The Perfect Weekender Tote

I had been on the lookout for a perfect bag for small trips and then Ian surprised me with this PoCampo bag a few months ago. It works better than I imagined. It has enough room for a weekend stay and special storage for your shoes, to keep them from getting your clothes dirty. Not to mention the versatile straps make it easy if you need to carry it for long amounts of time. The bag is made from a canvas-like material and is weatherproof so it prevents dirt and stains from collecting. If you are one of those super organized people like me, the inside pouches make it easy for separating clothing and outfits. I also love that the inside has a pop of hot pink. The PoCampo company is all around great at encouraging active lifestyles. They also donate to World Bicycle Relief that helps children in rural African countries get bikes for school. With summer just around the corner, this weekender bag is perfect to fill up and get away!

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Proverbs 31 – Gone Wrong

To some, this may come off offensive, but I want to clarify in the beginning that my intentions are not to insult :). You see, I was raised in church and went to a private Christian school, which meant the list of a Proverbs 31 woman was thrown around lot. I never really gave much thought to it, besides thinking once, “This is a really long list of things to check off!” I even remember feeling intimidated by the women who were thought to embody this list. As I got older, I began to dislike the Proverbs 31 woman. It seemed like anytime someone had a weak moment or failed at something, someone would scream in a passive aggressive way, “Proverbs 31!” I saw women who were buried under the weight of the list or they sat there and proved themselves by checking off everything on the list. It was a competition of sorts. I began to realize that I, as well as many others, had the wrong idea of what the Proverbs 31 women looked like. She is not perfect because she…

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New York City

New York City is truly a magical place to visit. There is nothing else like it. I was given the privilege to attend the Click Z Live Marketing Conference for work, and Ian got to tag along. We ended up extending our stay a few extra days to make it a mini vacation. Below are some photos and the things we did on the trip.     One of my favorite memories on the trip will be going to get macaroons one night from the Macaron Cafe. As we were leaving, I told Ian I felt like Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl (our dog, Chuck, was named after a character on the show.) Just as I was saying that, we pass the New York Palace, which is a main setting in the show. You would have thought I was a kid in a candy store. Ian laughed at me the whole way back to our hotel. My favorite food truck is hands down Waffles & Dinges! The waffles were delicious. Things to do: Times Square (See at night and during the…

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Who’s the fairest of them all? – The Battle of Comparison

We’ve all been there. You sit staring at screens all day and the weight of everyone’s awesome trips, award winning career, perfect marriage and spotless house is too much to handle. You immediately pull out your measuring stick and begin evaluating your own worth, or at least what you think it is. And when things don’t add up, you cast judgement or spiral into a pity party with no fancy Pinterest cake or blog worthy decorations. I know, it’s heavy, and while you may not battle with it, the majority of the population does. We hide our insecurities behind our glamorous Instagram shots and hipster tweets. The more likes and comments we get, the more we feel worthy. Some even crave it, causing them to live their lives constantly searching for what would be approved by others. We’ve missed the grace we are called to show people and begin to let our insecurities create bitterness and jealousy. And what a disappointing way to live life. Statistics show that half of young people face social media anxiety and obsessive comparison disorder. So…

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Sweet Sentiments

Grandmother’s Gifts If you know me, you know that I am a pretty sentimental person. There is so much to treasure in life. Some new additions were added to my kitchen recently. My grandmother has been going through her treasures and decided to give my sister and I a few things that she’s collected over the years. This included old tin canisters, a wooden rolling pin and old canning jars. I love each of them so much because there’s so many memories attached to each item. I decided to frame one of my favorite recipes she gave me when I first got married. I remember her making this cake for me on special occasions, and the chocolate icing was unbelievable. I would eat the icing straight out of the bowl as she made it. I am so happy with how they turned out in the kitchen, and I am even happier when I look at them and think of her.   Have a great day! XOXO

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Tapestry: Ladies Retreat | Chattanooga, Tennessee

I had the opportunity to be a part of my church’s ladies retreat this year. We hosted the event in Chattanooga, TN, and our theme for the weekend was Tapestry, with an emphasis on Ephesians 4:1-3: “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” The weekend was a great reminder of how we as women are like different chords being woven together to create a greater picture, or tapestry, to display the love and beauty of Christ. Through letting go of our insecurities and embracing our gifts and the gifts of others we can achieve more together. The beauty of the church is that each of us has certain strengths and things that make us different from each other, and together, we can accomplish so much by joining together. Even though it rained most of our time there, we still had a great time. Here are…

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Andrew Belle – The Vinyl, Atlanta

Last week, Ian and I went with our friends Jimmy and Jen to see one of my favorite artists at The Vinyl in Atlanta. I’ve been listening to Andrew Belle a little over a year now, and still can’t stop. This tour, accompanied by Diane Birch, was a stripped down version of his Black Bear record. The Black Bear album depicts raw and beautiful truth. After growing up in a Christian home and going to church, Belle began searching for answers on his own. He then learned something about himself. He didn’t choose God, God chose him. And that is what Black Bear came from. “I had this vision in my mind of this raspy, dirty-looking bear in the woods, hunting me,” he says. “And that’s how it felt — like God was coming after me. Relentlessly. And it’s a common thread throughout the album.” If you watch Belle, you can see that the Bear finally caught him. His humble nature proves that music is not about himself or the fame he may receive. We’ll definitely be going again when he…

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