• Lifestyle

    Your Guide to True Crime

    The first Forensic Files I vividly remember watching was an episode on Darlie Routier. I was about 7-years-old and taking a sick day from school, home all alone. Most 90’s kids remember laying in bed with their chicken soup, binging The Price is Right and taking comfort in Bob Barker’s soothing voice – like his warm, grandpa-esqe appearance would keep the bad guys away. A True Crime freak from the start, I openly welcomed the bad guys. Darlie Routier stood accused of stabbing her two sons to death, and even at 7, none of the gruesome murder details frightened me. These days, I’m super picky about the ways I get…

  • Fashion

    What 90’s Fabric I’m bringing into 2019

    The clothing featured here was gifted to me by the brand, and this post contains affiliate links. If you purchase, I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you! Raise your hand if you’re a 90’s baby who vaguely remembers your mom dressing you in hand-me-down Oshkosh B’Gosh Corduroy overalls…inevitably causing older ladies in the grocery store to mistake you for a long-haired little boy. Meeee. It was probably just me. If you keep up with the current styles, you’ve noticed that Corduroy overalls are back, but with a modern + feminine twist – cue the Corduroy Jumper – my new favorite! 3Brunettes Boutique, owned by three sisters…

  • Fri-Yay Five

    Freshly Minted: Our Experience with Minted Weddings

    This is a Sponsored post. As with all sponsored posts, all opinions and phrasing are our own. This post also contains affiliate links, meaning that we will earn a small commission if you purchase through the link, with no additional cost to you.  In preparation for setting the wedding budget with my sweet and generous parents, I created an itemized Excel sheet of expected expenses. I started with multiple categories – everything from dress alterations to postage – and added a line for every possible expense in between. I used the budget sheet to develop a round-about number to present to them, and kept up with deposits, final balances and…

  • Travel,  Uncategorized

    Our Cabin on the Hill

     This is a sponsored post. All opinions & photos are our own.  After considering many options, including a tropical cruise and ski-trip to a snowy winter wonderland, Cole and I ultimately decided to keep our honeymoon much like us – low-key, local, and laid back. We chose to book with Deer Lake Cabins Ranch Resort on Double S Ranch in Mt. Vernon, Texas with the hope of starting a new tradition. The ranch is only about 1.5hr from our home, making it the perfect little getaway to return to year after year in celebration of our anniversary. Property Manager, Kendra, attentively arranged our stay on Honeymoon Hill, home to a…

  • Fri-Yay Five,  Wedding

    The Perfect Wedding Venue

    Today marks one week of marriage for Cole and I. As I reflect on the truly magical night we shared with our family and friends last Friday, I feel so grateful for the ladies of Dove Hollow Estate, LLC. Madlyn Lackey, a wife and mother with gorgeous red hair, co-owns Dove with her sister Natalie Calloway, who was the first Bride married inside the white-washed barn. After coming across an ad on Instagram in mid 2017, before the barn stood complete with all her gorgeous geometrically intriguing windows and chandeliers, I began following the journey. I watched a video of Natalie white-washing the window sills. I watched Madlyn shovel red…

  • Fri-Yay Five,  Wedding

    Christin Hume Photography

    Before Cole ever stopped my heart by dropping down on one knee in Seattle, my wedding was planned. I say my wedding, because as the wedding became ours, and I let go of a few of my dreamy Pins, I realized that we could create much more beautifully, together. But the one thing I knew I needed, and several other brides validated, was an amazing photographer. On the vendor priority list, the photographer is right behind the venue for most. But for me, this person and their talent, their eye, their editing style, their heart really –  was the single most important part of the day – aside from us actually coming…

  • Fri-Yay Five,  Wedding

    Bride’s Reflections

    I just woke up. It’s my wedding day. I rose from the bed I’ve slept in for the last 14 years, and am sitting in “my” bath tub for the last time this year-not the last time ever but since I’m not sure when I’ll be back, it somehow feels that way. My morning coffee is in a travel mug, because I didn’t get up early enough to enjoy it on the couch. But it’s okay, because when I stepped into my room from the bath, my mom was seated on my bed. We joked about when I’ll be back for a sleepover. I just brushed my hair as dad…

  • Family

    Christmas Traditions, old + new

    Yesterday morning, my family of four piled into the truck and hit I-20 to West Monroe, Louisiana. Angel is home for a bit before her next phase of treatment in Houston, so my mom and cousin worked to plan a surprise Christmas celebration for her. If you read my Thanksgiving post, you know holidays have been different this year, but nothing will stop us from being together. Our traditions continued, and I’m so excited to share them with you! 1. Photos by the Tree Typically, we set plans for Christmas while we’re all together for Thanksgiving. This year’s gathering was more impromptu, so we’re missing a few folks! 2. Gingerbread…

  • Fri-Yay Five,  Letters to the Bride,  Wedding

    Letters to the Bride- Loving when it’s Hard

    Today, in the latest installment of the Letters to the Bride series, my friend Pharryn is sharing some wisdom after being married for four years! I’ve loved this so much and I’m so thankful to everyone who’s participated! Pharryn is a momma, wife and Junior High teacher living out in the ‘burbs of Houston. She thrives off of Jesus, caffeine, and reruns of The Office! Being a new mom, she wanted to seek a way to get her thoughts and experiences out there to share with other new mommas for encouragement, so she created bambiandcompany.com to do just that! It’s been a fun endeavor so far and she loves getting to meet…

  • Heart-Talk

    Holiday Parties, without the Egg Nog

    I’ve filmed the video explaining what led me to stop drinking alcohol, and I’m in the final process of editing – so it’ll probably be up tonight! In the meantime, I thought we could talk a bit about making it through this season without drinking, if you’re feeling bold, or just drinking less! I’ll preface with this – there is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking responsibly, and I so admire those who can do so. Okay, let’s dive in. Last year, I was listening to a nutrition podcast where they discussed various ways of staying on track during the holidays. The number one tip they gave? Staying away from, or…

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