May 27, 2015

Viva Nashvegas

Last weekend's trip to Nashville was the Bomb.com
Some highlights included...

Getting lost looking for antique stores in Franklin
Sipping grapefruit shandy in our favorite beer garden
Hands down the best burger + sweet potato fries we've ever had
Randomly stumbling across Musicians Corner outdoor music festival in Centennial Park
Long walks through the dreamy 12 South neighborhood looking for MIA T.Swift
Sweet tater pancakes at The Pancake Pantry
Checking out the famous Honky Tonks on Broadway
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams grand re-opening {holy Brown Butter Almond Brittle!}
Pretending to be Elvis at RCA Studio B
Scoping out Belle Meade for our dream southern mansion
Drowning ourselves in whiskey caramel lattes and hipster vibes at Barista Parlor
Taking in the hiking views at Lake Radnor State Park
Playing cards while waiting for our turn to fried chicken it up at Loveless Cafe 
Driving through Percy Warner Park forests, windows down, taking in smells of oak and hickory

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Nashville, we see you! They don't call you Nashvegas just for the heck of it, and you sure didn't disappoint. Thanks for the memories - The Evanses will be back {with boots on} soon! 

A very special shout out to the following awesome bloggers who tookt he time to e-mail me awesome suggestions. You will each be receiving a puppy and a lifetime supply of Jeni's! 

Megan @ Chasing Davies
Candace Zarcore
Julie @ Wally & Jules
Rachel @ The Easley Family


What fun trips are YOU excited about taking this summer?

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May 26, 2015

Top 15 Workout Songs That Keep Me Moving

Good morning ya'll! 
I don't know about you gals, but today I'm feeling a little sluggish. As much as I don't feel like getting back into that healthy groove, I think today is a good day for a fresh start... especially post-vacay pallooza.

After being cooped up all winter, I was more than ready to be outside again the first day the sunshine returned. I reached the point where I was tired of justifying that eating a vat of macaroni and cheese (hello comfort food!) and watching 6 episodes of Girls in one night is a necessity.

Do you ever reach that point where being lazy is not fun anymore? 
When that scoop (or three...) of Ben & Jerry's no longer tastes as sweet as you thought, and you're terrified that you're going to break the elastic on your favorite yoga pants that have miraculously survived 7 years post-college?

Yup. I hit that point the first week in April, and feeling it again after a long weekend of vacation indulgences (vacation recap coming tomorrow!). Today I'm very thankful for great weather, renewed motivation, exercise buddies, and this new playlist that keeps me going!




Past Favorite Playlists...


HEREHEREHEREHERE, & HERE (The Ultimate Cardio Playlist)



What tunes keep you moving this month?

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May 22, 2015

Nashville or Bust


"We started to believe our dreams, and we just kept driving right past the exit.
Throwing our cellphones out of the window, yelling at the city goodbye we won't miss you." 

- Avalanche City // "Drive On"

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Time to get lost for a bit.
Happy { l o n g } weekend, adventurers!

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May 18, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Happy Monday to you! 
I hope you are properly caffeinated and ready to take on the weekday grind before a 3-day weekend. I could not be more ready for Friday already... helllllooooo Nashville!

Well I hope you all had a great, relaxing weekend. Did anyone do anything noteworthy? Graduations? Showers? So glad you dropped by - looking forward to catching up!

   

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) Share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or give a social media shout out.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below:
** What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? **




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May 11, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Hey y'all!
Happy Mother's Day to all you hot mamas out there! Did anyone do anything fun to celebrate? My mom picked a visit to a delicious burger shack, shopping at the cutest new discovery in KC, and people watching at Loose park (we may or may not have seen a crazy man walking around with a yellow boa constrictor). It was the perfect day!

And we celebrated with Adam's side of the fam last night by cooking out burgers and having a mellow night in catching up. So much fun!

So happy you're here. So glad you're you. Can't wait to catch up!
Please be careful to read the super easy steps below! :)

   

HOW TO MINGLE

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1) Link-up your blog below.

2) Share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or give a social media shout out.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below:
** With Nashville around the corner... what is your top travel advice? **

{I am all about drinking lots of water and grabbing hand sanitizer + good mags!}



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May 7, 2015

Gratitude Lately

Lately I'm thankful for rosy blooms that make home homier.

For Saturday coffee & toasty dates where the bakers know your name.

For photos from sissy in far away places.


For learning new things that make my creative soul happy.

For spring weather with great views.

For favorite coffee shops that feel like home.

For local made goods and the heart behind them.

For parents who know how to party,

For dog park Sundays and an adventurous one that loves mud puddles.


For the cute freckles on his eyelids and that kind heart that makes marriage such a blessing.


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Here's to gratitude and how it makes life fuller, and the smallest things more than enough. As always, thanks for the inspiration, Today's Letters!

  //  What are you thankful for today? //


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May 4, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Hey y'all!
Welcome back to the week day grind. Everyone doing okay this morning? Aside from freaking out when I found a tiny spider on my robe (nooooo!), the rest of the morning has been unexpectedly pleasant. I woke up looking rested, the morning went smoothly, and all green lights. How lucky can a girl get on a Monday?

It's all about the little things.

Thank you so much for dropping by. It was fun getting a glimpse at your weekends via Instagram. We had a great weekend - lots of fun activities with the fam, slept in like middle schoolers, got some outdoorsy time in, and enjoyed relaxing - you can check out the madness here. 

Thanks for dropping by to Mingle today! Will you help me spread the word? The more the merrier - can't wait to catch up!

   

HOW TO MINGLE

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1) Link-up your blog below.

2) Share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or give a social media shout out.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below:


** Do you have a green thumb? If so, what's your favorite thing to plant/grow? **

{I am all about succulents... no matter how hard I try, I can't kill them!}


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April 29, 2015

Currently Loving

I'm on my 3rd cup of coffee and my head is in the sky today.
A little too much daydreaming happening. So many things that I am excited about and looking forward to coming up soon, and the countdown to our Nashville trip is on (t-minus 24 days...).

Despite my craziness, I thought if I focused on a few things I am currently loving it may get me through in the meantime...

Weekend Luxuries: Lazy saturday and morning coffee
Currently...

listening//
To "Honey I'm Good" by Andy Grammar. Why the heck is this song so catchy?
I sing it in the shower, at my desk, and on volume 700 during my evening commute.

thinking//
I could go for a beachy vacation right about now. Long work days and high stress could be eased with a fruity umbrella drink and a gorgeous ocean view, I'm sure! Who's with me?

craving//
Anything outside. I am ready to garden, turn our patio into an outdoor oasis, grill out, go to the dog park... you name it. Ready for hipster tunes + patio + craft beer + fire pit.

looking //
For some really comfy casual shoes that are cute. I ordered these light gray converse sneaks, but sadly my feet are too wide (darn dancing for 15 years!) to fit comfortably.

buying//
Anything from target right now. Heaven help my bank account! (Why is everything so dreamy?)

eating// 
The BEST guacamole ever - best Costco find!

watching//  
The Office from the beginning. We forgot how funny it is. My favorite episode is coming up... Jim and Pam's wedding where I will probably cry when Jim cuts his tie off. So sweet and I'm a sap!

creating//
Some cute personalized etched dishes for my friend's wedding shower gift. So excited to get crafty and dig into a new project!

wishing// 
I was gallivanting through Europe with my adventurous sister. She is studying abroad in the Czech Republic, but has been exploring in the Italian Riviera, Rome, London, Paris, Budapest, Barcelona, and Germany to name a few. Take me there!

planning//
WAY too many things to do on our trip. I finally had to calm down and realize that I can have some must-do options, but in the end I really just want us to do whatever we actually feel like doing every day. Those are the best vacations. But if you have any good Nashville recommendations of what to do/see/shop/eat, please keep them coming!

pinning//
Some inspiration for turning our porch into an oasis of laid back atmosphere. Can't wait to share my inspiration (and the finished product!) soon!

loving//
My new hibiscus tree that I have been obsessed with finding over the last few years. Well I finally found Lil 'Bis (Adam named her) Sunday and we drove all the way home with a giant tree stuffed in our car - my husband is a saint. Lil 'Bis has been making me happy and feel tropical ever since then.



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What are you currently loving this week?

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April 27, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Happy Monday y'all!
I hope you have your coffee in hand as you swing by for some networking action! I have lots of fun coming your way this week (hurray for finally having time and inspiration to get back into my blogging groove!) - this 2 posts per week slump has made me sad. Excited to share with you!

Thank you so much for dropping by. Will you help me spread the word?

   

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1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!

** What food kick are you on lately? **

{I've been all about green smoothies daily - but the burn out effect is coming! haha!}

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April 24, 2015

The Art of Floral Arranging


It's that time of year where I kind of lose my mind a little bit. 
Yes, spring time is here and I've had cabin fever for about 3 months too long. I am not sure exactly what happens, but something inside me snaps one day and all of a sudden I want all the windows open, gravitate towards bright cheery colors, and want to blanket my house beautifully fragrant fresh flowers. 

I'm antsy to soak in the fresh new season, so you can imagine my excitement when my blog friend and floral guru, Emily Walters, invited me to a class of The Bloom Academy. She's a modern day Martha Stewart, y'all! Of course I was thrilled with the possibility of learning how to turn my grocery store blooms into gorgeous centerpieces at home on a budget. 

Goodbye days of $50 arrangements, hello newly found green thumb!


So I showed up to class with my friend Jess from 26 & Not Counting ready to soak in all of the great DIY tips and tricks. Emily is not only a fantastic teacher, but an incredible entertainer. When we arrived at the River Market Event Space, there were wild hibiscus and elderflower mimosas waiting for us, and a decadent gourmet cheese and treat spread by Moxie Catering waiting to be devoured. I mean who doesn't love a little boozy/snacky floral time?

After we chatted and chowed down, it was time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. I love how approachable, effortless, and non-intimidating Emily makes floral arranging. She had her little display table up front, while each of us were at our work stations, so she could walk us through the process step-by-step. We asked questions along the way, and she even taught us great tricks on how to keep arrangements vibrant and fresher longer.


Once she did her teaching portion, we were encouraged to pick out our own blooms (and she had so many gorgeous colors and varieties to choose from!) and get to work. She walked around to answer questions or coach us when we we needed a little guru guidance.

It was so fun to see all of the creative ways that my classmates arranged their flowers. I have to tell you that I was so impressed by how gorgeous and professional each arrangement turned out, so that must mean one thing... Emily is the BEST teacher!


The great news is that you don't have to just be local to benefit from The Bloom Academy! That's right, Emily offers an incredible online membership (at a great price) with exclusive resources just for members - check it out:


Your Membership includes:

  • 1 year full access to the blog with exclusive content for members only.
  • Content includes step by step floral tutorials, inspiration and tips for floral styling, floral "recipes", resources for buying supplies, and more.
  • Discounts on additional e-courses, and in person workshops (in person workshops for Kansas City residents only).
  • One-on-one teaching, so you can learn and troubleshoot your own floral problems.

If you happen to be a local to the Kansas City area, I definitely recommend that you grab your girlfriends and sign up for this class!

I promise you will be cranking out beautiful floral arrangements to decorate your home or gift to friends/family in no time. I've already been experimenting with my garden blooms using the great tips and tricks I used.

And Emily just announced that she is even expanding her services to teach private Bloom Bash parties! I love that she offers different packages that include flowers 101 to making gorgeous floral crowns - so fun! What a fun idea to combine a little bubbly + blooms for a baby shower, bachelorette party, wedding shower, or just a fun girls day!


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