November 30, 2012

My Weekend Outlook

Why hello there, Friday!The week sure flew by fast... I guess that's what happens when you take Monday off to be in sunny Phoenix. :) That was mean, wasn't it? Yikes... super sorry to all of you who suffered through...

A) a Monday
B) a freezing cold Monday.

Don't worry, I'm back to chilly Kansas City and I'm slowly getting my life together. Being on vacation in Wichita and then Phoenix for the Thanksgiving holiday left piles of laundry and lots of work e-mails to catch up on.

Thank goodness for the weekend.

Can I get a "Preach it sista!"?

Pretty stinking excited about a weekend at home! Getting my other half back tonight after a week long trip to Seattle, and lots of fun things to look forward to with friends!


{ Weekend Outlook }




Friday

We're off to sweet little Jasper's first dance recital! Little Jasper Jane is the daughter of my dear friend Ashley, so "Auntie Meg" (as I like to call myself) is going to surprise JJ with some pretty flowers! She's totally going to melt my heart. I seriously can't wait.

Adam gets home from Washington, and I've missed that man! It doesn't matter if I spent a solid 4 days with him and his fam in AZ, I think I missed him the second he dropped me off at the airport. Pretty sappy and gross, huh? Love turns you into a complete lunatic, my friends. And I am one happy loon! ;)

Probably grab some dinner and a redbox and chill at Adam's casa. I hope his roomies are home - I've missed them while everyone was out of town!


Saturday

I think Saturday morning Zumba is calling my name. T-minus 3 months 'til wedded bliss, people. And I'm going to rock my sassy dress, so it's time to get serious!

My other faux niece, Princess Sophia Ann (as Auntie Meg calls her), is getting her first photo with Santa ("SANTA!!! I know him!!" - name that movie). So her mommy, my fabulous friend Karen, and I are going to make a morning of it. That calls for some holiday Starbucks drinks and seriously baby snuggle time.

I have baby fever.

And no, after we get married, we're on the 5 year plan  (if you must know)... so don't you even go there! My mom already "subtly" hints that she doesn't want to be an old lady grandma, so 5 years is too long for her (ha!) ;) So I get my fill via friends/fam!

Anyway, that should be a blast! Then future hubs and I may go browse for wedding bands for him. Just saying that makes my heart beat a little faster. Seeing a ring on that finger of his may make me melt into a puddle of mushy-ness.

Then we're going to watch K-State whoop up on Texas! ;)

Sunday

Some of my favorite girlfriends are coming over for a crafty afternoon. I can't wait to catch up, enjoy some healthy snacks, and just hang in yoga pants... mmmm.

Sunday evening we're off to church with our little Heartland family, which is always a time I look forward to every week. Getting re-centered. Having my heart softened. Worshipping hand-in-hand with Adam. So thankful.

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Welp, there you have it! A very relaxing weekend planned with lots of wonderful company!


What are you up to this weekend, friends?

 





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November 29, 2012

Wedding Update: Romantic Bridal Hair

Well it's been quite a while since I've given you the insider scoop on our big day. Thanks so much for all of your e-mails and questions about my upcoming nuptials! Hopefully this post will offer inspiration and insight for all of your questions.

Now an important disclaimer...

If your name is Adam Evans, you have red hair, lovely brown eyes, and you're addicted to sour patch kids stop reading.

Yes, I'm talking to you, Mister!
(love your freckly face though.)


Now we're in girl zone!

My other half has no idea what my dress looks like (!!) or any beauty details, and I would love to keep it that way until our first look on March 9th. ;)

Moving on to more girly bride things that I am excited to dream up... my hair do.

More than anything I want it to be romantic, loose/whispy, soft, voluminous on top, and pretty. Here are some inspiration photos that I plan on bringing my lovely stylist, Whitney, for my hair trial in a few weeks...


{ Romantic Bridal Hair }











I have also hired the lovely Jamie Lee, owner of ChatterBlossom etsy shop, to custom design a few bridal hairpieces to complete the look! Delicate and small is what I'm thinking... can't take away from the dress, right?!

I'm still gathering a collage of looks I like, but here are a handful of pretties that I am loving for this custom order...







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What's your favorite bridal hairstyle, lovelies?





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November 28, 2012

Meet the Girls: November

Have you been in a rut of the same old blogs lately? Looking for something fresh? New? Something that will get your creative side some inspiration?

I've got just the blogs/shops for you!

I personally follow each and every one of these girls, and would love to introduce you to some of my favorites. Many of you may already be following some of these gal pals... because let's face it, they are just that good.


{ Meet the Girls }





Blog Highlight?

I want to start a craft group with Jen, because she is always up to a fun new project! I love seeing her Pinterest inspiration posts because they get my wheels a'rolling! I especially loved her holiday glitter art tutorial yesterday... I may have to visit Hobby Lobby on my way home to get started on this fabulous project!



Katie @ aKonthego


Blog highlight?

This girl is as down to earth as you can get! She blogs about everyday life, which I can totally relate to. New recipes, inspiration, decorating, new experiences, and so much more. Dying to try her pizza recipe that she posted earlier this week! YUM!







Blog highlight?

A must read is Rachel's Trim Down Diaries. Great healthy recipes, exercise motivation, tips and tricks! I look forward to a new post CONSTANTLY! She also has a fabulous social life and an upcoming NYC trip that I'm glued to. Hey, I can live vicariously through her, can't I?





Blog Highlight?

Variety is the spice of life, and Nikki has it down to an art. From great shopping tips to weekend recaps, I love the new topics she enjoys writing about (I can't get enough wedding tips)! Not to mention, she loves puppies like I do, so I super enjoyed her Dog Mom Monday post - I took lots of notes! :)





Blog Highlight?

This lady is incredible. Crafty, foodie, and adventurous! Did I mention her pups are too cute? Her blog has a lovely variety and I'm constantly book marking projects and recipe inspiration for later! Example? I am dying to make her Citrus and Herb Chicken for a fancy dinner party!



Lindsay @ Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses


Blog Highlight?

Well, she's my little sister, so I have to love her right? Jk, Sissy is fabulous! She's always had a knack for styling, so I love her fashion posts so much, especially this Winter Fashion Fad post! She even did a precious post on her homemade Halloween costume... a must see!






Blog Highlight?

She does an amazing job of day dreaming. Whether it's posts about Admiring the Moon or recalling memories of her kids, I love reading! Her Wordless Wednesday posts are chalk-full of adorable photos that make your heart melt too!






Blog Highlight?

This girl is insanely inspirational. She's on a mission to lose 100 lbs. and is so great on inspiring others to get healthy too! Her Weight Loss Wednesday posts are such a great and very honest way to keep her accountable, but at the same time... I'm reading it and taking notes too!

 

Oufit Additions

Fashion Highlight?

Not quite a blog, but more of a jewelry metropolis really! They have adorable classy bangles, dangle earrings, statement necklaces and so much more at a price your debit card will love! Go shop around (you can thank me later!).



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So if that doesn't entice you to visit these sites, I don't know what will?! There is something for everyone, so please go stop by and say hi to the girls... and then go jewelry crazy! You would be CRAZY not to!!


Want to find out how you can be included in next month's "Meet the Girls"? Click here for more information - I'd be happy to include you! :)






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A Holly Jolly Ornament Swap!

Now that we've trick-or-treated and gobble gobbled, it's time to spread some holiday cheer, don't you think? Well that's what Rachel, over at Simple Little Joys, and I are thinking!

Rach (the world's most adorable blog BFF) and I brainstormed a few weeks back about how we could do something holly and jolly! Our main goal? To build blog friendships and extend joy during the happiest time of the year.

So, being the genius that she is, Rach had the amazing idea to organize a Christmas tree ornament swap! And who on earth hates Christmas ornament holly jolliness? Nobody... that's who.




So join us! Sign-up to be a swap buddy and we'll get you all taken care of! Read on below to find out how!

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.:: Swap Sign-Up ::.

Sign-up, get matched w/ a buddy, share your tree style, and then shop for your buddy's Christmas ornament. Swap via mail and then... voila!


1) Interested? 

Must be a [Life of Meg] follower AND a {Simple Little Joys} follower to be eligible. (And yes... we do check every entry!)

2) Leave a comment on this post that includes your first name and e-mail address.
Once the sign-up closes on Sunday December 2nd, we will match each
one of you up with a buddy!

3) We will send your buddy's e-mail address to you via your provided e-mail address. You then can exchange mailing addresses and information.

4) Shop for the perfect ornament to send! Mail it to your buddy on or before December 10th.

5) Wait for your ornament surprise to arrive!


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Spread the word about our Holly Jolly Ornament Swap! 

We want as many people as possible to join us in this cozy, holiday cheer! The picture above is for your use in a post or on your sidebar. Please add a link directly to this blog post so that your friends can easily join us in the fun! 

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So who's totally excited?!
I know I am! Rach is too (trust me on that one... she's so Christmassy, she could be Santa's favorite elf)! I can't wait to get matched with a buddy and find the world's cutest eye-dazzler for their tree. This will be so fun!

She and I hope this swap will be a cute way for all of us to spread some holiday magic, so thanks in advance for joining us!




Wishing you a festive Starbucks latte-filled kind of day!
(yes, extra whipped cream and chocolate shavings is a given.)




November 24, 2012

Great Jewelry Sale!!

Hey gal pals!
Greetings from sunny Phoenix! I just had to take a quick post-breakfast second to tell you about the amazing jewelry sale going on over at Outfit Additions!


This little beauty of a statement necklace is top on my wishlist! It would look so cute with any holiday outfit, or to spice up a cozy work sweater!





The sale is through Monday and you can get up to 40% off trendy bangles, earrings, and more!
Spend $25 and get $5 off, $50 and get $15 off, or $75 and get $30 off.

I told you this deal was amazing! All of the discounts are automatically applied at checkout to make it super easy for you!

So wheather you are a chunky bib necklace girl, or need some boho bangles, this sale is for you! I have a few bangles in my shopping cart and I'm still milling over a fun necklace!



Head over and check it out! You deserve a fun purchase! :)




November 19, 2012

Mingle Monday Blog Hop: Bday Edition!

T wenty six isn't so bad...
That's right, today is my 26th birthday, and so far so good. I have the entire day off, so I slept in extremely late, may or may not still be in my PJs, and I'm heading to see Breaking Dawn - Part 2 with my sister!

Later tonight, Adam and I are going to celebrate with a low-key dinner and wonderful mellow hang out time. After a busy weekend of pre-celebrating, this sounds wonderful to me!

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by!

Want to give me the world's best birthday present? Please spread the word about today's Mingle Monday to everyone! I would love to have them join this week-long party!

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A Huge Thank You...

...in advance for spreading the word! Blog post, Twitter, smoke signals... you name it, I love it! The more this continues to grow, the greater your chances to gain some wonderful new followers and find great blogs!

{ Many thanks! }


LIFE OF MEG

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1) Must be a [Life of Meg] follower to participate.
2) Scroll down to the bottom of this post and click on the link to enter your blog.
3) Go visit other blogs saying hello from Mingle Monday!
4) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below...
** What is your favorite birthday tradition? **
 
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Welp, I'm off to gallivant around the city and enjoy my big day! Stay tuned throughout the week - more fun posts coming your way!!


Wishing you a sprinkles and champagne kind of day!












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November 16, 2012

Celebration Time + Weekend Wishes

Raise your hand if you're overly ready and excited for the weekend...
Yay! Me too. Like big time...
Fridays always make me super happy, but especially today. Birthday weekend has arrived and I'm ready to have a reason to just celebrate with friends and family! We've got quite the celebration agenda.

Friday

Tonight, we are rounding up the gang to hit the town for a swanky dinner, and then we're heading back to Adam's house for yummy German chocolate cake and drinks! I wouldn't be shocked if we rocked out to Spice Girls Pandora station and broke out beer/wine pong for a fun evening with tons of my favorite people! If catch phrase was included I wouldn't hate it... just saying.



Saturday

Tomorrow morning, I am heading out to breakfast with the world's greatest group of small group girls. They crack me up, so a little brunch (while clad in yoga pants and a messy pony) will be such a fun way to start the morning!

Saturday night, we're headed back over to Adam's house with our crazy k-state friends to watch the big game. I'm planning to be overly ambitious and make tasty Wildcat themed purple sugar cookies. I know... I'm just out of control.

I'm super pumped about Sunday! Bud (Adam's "pet" name) and I are headed to lovely Crate & Barrel to begin our wedding registry. Shockingly, we're both way too excited - we love C&B!


Sunday

Sunday evening is church with our little church family, and then enjoy a relax night... and probably some Christmas decorating! Ahh!


Monday - Birthday Time!
I took Monday off (which is my actual birthday)and the entire week of Thanksgiving. So I am planning to sleep in, get in a nice workout to start year 26 off right, and then my little sis is coming into town for a Breaking Dawn - Part 2 date with me! So excited!

That evening, Adam is taking me out on a birthday dinner date, and then I will probably request to watch a Christmas movie. Yes, I know Thanksgiving hasn't hit yet. And yes, I listen to Christmas music all year round, so Christmas is always acceptable in my book! ;)


Thanksgiving Week

Heading home with sissy on Tuesday after she gets out of class. I'll be in Wichita celebrating Thanksgiving with family until after Black Friday shopping! Then I'm driving back to KC to catch a flight out to Phoenix for several days with Adam and his fam. Meredith, my almost sister-in-law's 2nd wedding reception is that Saturday!

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So anyway, I'll be around next weekend!! Be prepared to join me on my birthday for some Mingle Monday time! I have lots of great posts lined up!

I will also be having a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale over at my Cozy Couture - Custom Crochet Headwraps Etsy shop!


What are you crazy kids up to this weekend?! :)





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November 15, 2012

Le Birthday Wishlist

November has flown by and I can hardly believe my birthday is approaching (next Monday)... where did October disappear too? My family, Adam, and his family have all been asking what is on my wishlist, and I usually have no clue.

I typically buy things for myself sporadically during the year, and usually when it's on sale, so I don't usually have a wishlist per se.

With our wedding quickly approaching, we've obviously been in save mode, which means zero shopping for this girl. I've kept my debit card has stayed safely tucked away like a good girl, so this year I can definitely think of a wonderful wishlist of a few things I've been dying to purchase the last several months!

However, I'd be perfectly happy with a birthday dinner party with friends (and throw in some wine pong!), a yummy German Chocolate Cake, and a cozy date with the future hubby watching Christmas movies and decorating.

It's the little things in life! :)

Until then a girl can dream, right...?!


{ My Big Girl Bday Wishlist }





1) Where We Belong - by Emily Giffin

I absolutely loved the "Something Borrowed" series, and this is the newest installment! We're headed to Phoenix next Friday, and this would be a great book to get lost in during our flight!

If anyone has it and would be willing to loan it to me, I'd be forever grateful! Can't find it at the inexpensive used book store yet!






2) Merona Melinda Suede Wedges (in camel!)

I have these amazingly comfortable wedges in black, and I'm dying for another neutral pair. If you haven't purchased these at Target, they are worth every single penny!




3) Clarisonic Mia 2

With the wedding quickly approaching, I would love one of these brightly colored Clarisonics to keep my skin clear, pretty, and soft. Blessed with lovely acne prone skin (hurray...), I would love to feel confident with a clear fresh face on my big day... and every day for that matter!

Adam and I bought one for my sister's graduation present and she loves it. Her skin looks incredible.





4) Michael Buble Christmas CD

Anyone who knows me has experienced my intense love for Christmas. I mean, it's November 15th and my tree would normally be up for 2 weeks by now! So, I would love to update my Christmas collection with the musical stylings and buttery voice of Michael Buble. Mmm.






5) Tickets to Billy Elliott the Musical in KC!

I had a pre-sale code to get great seats when this musical tour rolls through downtown Kansas City. I kick myself EVERY day for deciding not to spend the money on them that day. I absolutely love musicals, and this one is on my list to catch.








Pretty self explanatory really... I just want to live inside of C&B. Good thing we're heading there on Sunday afternoon to start our wedding registry (ahhhhhh!!!), and yes you'd better believe some Christmas items will sneak on our list! ;)



8) Giftcards, Giftcards, Giftcards

Honestly, I just want the luxury of being able to shop. Go buy a pretty top, some cute work clothes, a dress rehearsal dress, or some Christmas decor. It's killing me to be saving my "fun money" each month, but I know I would love to bless our families and wedding party by giving gifts as a small token for what great ways they bless us.

That being said, I wouldn't hate a spa day/Home Goods/Loft/GAP/Banana/Anthropologie/etc. purchase! ;)


9) A Blog Re-Design Package

This has been #1 on my list for at least the last 8 months or so. I would love to update my little blog to make it more reader friendly, be able to post larger quality photos, and personlize it with the professional photos we took for our engagement.

And if you're a kind hearted amazing modern graphic designer who loves designing free amazing blog domains out of the kindness of your heart, feel free to shoot me an email! ;)

(Yup, I've got jokes.)


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{ What is on your birthday/holiday wishlist? }



Thanks for letting me dream my Thursday away, lovies!


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November 12, 2012

Mingle Monday Blog Hop!

R ecovering from the best weekend!
I took a little roadtrip this past weekend with Adam, and we got to spend time with tons of our favorite people! We enjoyed time at the cabin playing board games, relaxing, watching football, making homemade chicken nachos for the big K-state game, and enjoying the best company!

On Sunday, we said goodbye and drove to Wichita to spend the whole day with my super hip parents (they're a blast!). They made us a yummy biscuits and gravy breakfast, we visit my grandpa (who's recovering from knee surgery), and played more board games (can't get enough!).

So you could say I am in the world's best mood today... but I think even that would be an understatement!

I have to say, I am glad you stopped by to see me today! If you're new to my blog or Mingle Monday, this is a gret way for you to gain new followers, meet friends, and find AMAZING blogs.

A BIG thank you to each and every one of you faithful weekly participants! Seeing you linked up week after week completely makes my heart happy. More than anything, I am so glad you enjoy it and so thankful you spread the word! :)
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A Huge Thank You...

...in advance for spreading the word! Blog post, Twitter, smoke signals... you name it, I love it! The more this continues to grow, the greater your chances to gain some wonderful new followers and find great blogs!

{ Many thanks! }


LIFE OF MEG

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How To Mingle:
1) Must be a [Life of Meg] follower to participate.
2) Scroll down to the bottom of this post and click on the link to enter your blog.
3) Go visit other blogs saying hello from Mingle Monday!
4) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below...
** What gets you in the mood for the holiday season? **
 
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Happy Monday, ladies!







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