Words To Live By

Without turning into a puddle of emotions over here, I’ll keep it short and sweet. When Eric and I were engaged we talked about a mission for the two of us and someday our (hopefully) growing family. We wrote down a combination of phrases from our vows, to our hearts, and everywhere in between. House of Belonging so graciously gifted us this beautiful sign and we are both over the moon about it. It is the first thing you see when you walk into our home, which is exactly the statement we were trying to make. It’s so personal and yet something we want to be shared, creating inspiration and setting the tone for our space. Gosh I love life with him and I’m so thankful for House of Belonging and how beautifully they make these words come to life.
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Friday Favorites

This week was a whirlwind!

I did find sometime though to update my shop page and it lists a TON of my favorite things!

Throughout my blog I scattered some of my very favorite products. However, I thought it would be fun to compile them all together in one place for everyone to access to them. If you simply click on the picture, it will take you directly to the product. Almost all the links (if not all?!) are via Amazon. Eric and I looooove Amazon Prime and if you don’t have it, you should definitely consider getting it! I will occasionally update it with new things but I included an array of products that I have on hand. One of my favorite things that I added was what’s in our pantry. I love seeing ingredients people use regularly. 🙂



Of course if you have any questions, send me an e-mail or leave a comment on here! You can check out the shop page HERE and it will always be available on my home page…

Happy Friday everyone! In case you didn’t have breakfast yet and need an idea…here you go!

And for all the teachers out there, I hope you are soaking in every last minute of free time! 🙂

Friday Favorites

This week was strange. It was hot and humid one day, then overcast and felt like a fall day the next! But it’s Friday and we have a fun weekend ahead with friends and family. 🙂


Alright blondes…I need your opinion! There have been a few lovely ladies I’ve talked to lately who have mentioned they use purple shampoo and conditioner. It helps hold your blonde in a lot longer without fading. I loooove the sound of this! Has anyone tried it? If so, what are some of your favorite brands? I’ve heard Joico’s shampoo and conditioner are great?!

Two.On Wednesday, I treated my sister to a Spa Day! We went to one of my favorite places and relaxed the day away! 🙂


I mentioned here that I love doing Christmas shopping in July. (Hallmark’s Christmas in July puts me in the spirit for a little!) What are some of your favorite stocking stuffers? I’m stuck and figured asking everyone on here is always so helpful!


I bought these last week and have loved putting these on top of smoothies. I’m also thinking of making some bites or bars with them! You can buy them, here!


Five.I’ve also been putting Maca Powder into my smoothies. It helps with energy and has a ton of other perks! You can read about it and buy it here!


July 2017

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What we’re eating this week:My salmon with a yogurt dill sauce and I’ve been adding collagen peptides to all my smoothies lately!

What I’m reminiscing about:Our trip to Capri, Tuscany, and Florence! Although it’s nice to be back, getting into the swing of things after 11 days of being away is never easy. Phew!

What I’m loving:We have been adding some fun touches to our home. I can’t wait to show you so soon! 

What we’ve been up to:

I’m already prepping to head back to school. Otherwise, soaking up all things summer!

What I’m dreading:

A little less sleep.

What I’m working on:

I just told Eric the other day how I feel behind on Christmas shopping and he laughed. Understandably so. 😉 Last year at this time I was almost done Christmas shopping and it was so fun to have it done before the season starts. I listed some of my favorites (and in a very random) assortment in a list below that you can stock up on now! Like these pajamas! 

SlippersBlanketMoscow Mule MugsFoundationColorConcealEyelinerMascara , Lips, Face moisturizer

What I’m excited about:

My sister and I are headed to the spa today and I am SO ready!

What I’m watching/reading:

Hallmark’s Christmas in July. 🙂

I listed some books I’ve loved browsing lately, here. Right now I’m reading Food Babe and love it! You can buy it here!

What I’m listening to:The “Love Songs” station on Pandora. 

What I’m wearing:

Sundresses galore. They’re so easy! Like this one. 

What I’m doing this weekend:

Seeing family and exploring a local town in our area. 🙂

What I’m looking forward to next month:

A bachelorette. A wedding. Two trips to CT and time with friends. 🙂

What else is new:

Bonus Question: What’s your favorite thing about summer?One of my very, very, very favorite parts of the summer (other than the heat and pool) is the slow mornings. I love waking up and slowly sipping my coffee in an actual mug rather than a travel mug. I love watching the sun come up and being awake before everyone else. 🙂

…and just like that, let’s welcome August with open arms–ready or not!

What’s Up Wednesday recaps:

What’s Up Wednesday: June

What’s Up Wednesday: May

What’s Up Wednesday: April

What’s Up Wednesday: March

What’s Up Wednesday: February 

What’s Up Wednesday: January

What’s Up Wednesday: December

What’s Up Wednesday: November

What’s Up Wednesday: October

What’s Up Wednesday: September

What’s Up Wednesday: August




My Phone






I have no idea where Monday went but here we are at Tuesday! We’re talking all about apps on our phone. I’m so excited to see everyone’s suggestions because I’m always far, far behind on apps!
Wunderlist is definitely one of my most helpful apps.  It’s a simple task management tool. It can be used across loads of devices meaning you can use it at your desktop or mobile when you are out. You can also share your lists, which I love! Since there are about three main places I go grocery shopping (Giant, Costco, our local meat store), I always have three lists going. I can “check” it off right on my phone. Eric and I also share a lot of lists that we can both add things to. I use it at school for my to-do lists and at home. Check it out for sure!

I use the Bible app for devotions at times. I go through spurts of doing a series for a few days, a week, or a month on here. It’s a great app. And again, you can also invite people to see plans you complete or are reading, etc. Eric and I both share our plans together. This app is another source of inspiration as part of my devotions. I like to switch things up and some days this is perfect. 🙂

This last app is just flat-out fun! Marco Polo is a video walkie-talkie. I keep in touch with a handful of college friends that live out-of-state or that I don’t get to see often.

Happy Tuesday friends! 🙂