November 25, 2013

Mingle Monday Link-Up!

Here we are again... what happened to the weekend?
Mine flew by too fast!

I spent Friday night dressed as an old lady (photos coming tomorrow!), hung out with good company, went to a morning showing of Catching Fire, cheered my Pokes to victory, and hung out with my sweet hubby on Sunday.

Weekend perfection.
I hope yours was fantastic too!

Anyway, let's hop to some fun mingling, shall we?


 
    

HOW TO MINGLE

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


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!
 
** How are you planning to spend your Thanksgiving? Favorite Turkey Day dish? **






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Can't wait to share birthday weekend photos with you guys tomorrow! :)

Wishing you a spectacular start of the week!


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November 22, 2013

Time to Party Like We're 75

See that old lady?
Yup, that one. The one who looks ancient and has a sassy smirk?

That's going to be me tonight.



Believe it or not, I am having a geriatric themed birthday tonight and I couldn't be more pumped! Our crazy friends are coming over dressed like old fogies and we're going to have a ridiculously fun time living it up at the Evans casa.

Adam and I went a little crazy at Goodwill this past weekend - I almost peed my pants from laughter twice - so our granny and gramps outfits are set and ready to go. I am cracking up right now just thinking about how fun it will be.

We will have bingo, cards and snack time, which everyone knows is an elderly staple, of course. And then we're going to shake things up by blasting tunes from my childhood (hello BSB, Spice Girls, and Britney!) while my girlfriends and I dominate the old men at wine pong.

Don't worry, there will definitely be a ton of photos shared with you lovely people come next week.



Then I'm going to dress up like Katniss to go see Catching Fire on Saturday morning.

93% joking. 
Good grief.

There is a really good chance I've consumed entirely too much coffee and am extremely hyper/jittery writing this post. Hollllaaaa!

{ What are you up to this weekend?}


In case you missed it...



Have a fantastic weekend, you old farts!


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November 21, 2013

Easy Canvas Prints Review + Giveaway!

Happy Thursday, party people!
In honor of almost being the weekend, I am bringing you a giveaway that you won't want to miss out on!

The lovely folks at Easy Canvas Prints reached out to me after they found out how much I love their affordable, high quality canvases.

Case in point...


A massive canvas print of one of our favorite wedding photos hangs in the dining room (sorry for the bad lighting! Darn daylight savings time...). We also have a great medium sized canvas and a cute 8x10 just waiting to be hung up gallery style!

And we got one heck of a deal - Easy Canvas Prints always have incredible sales!
Last Christmas, we even ordered nice 8x10s of one of our engagement photos to gift our parents, and they loved it! They have the best gift ideas.

So here's you chance to win a free canvas to pretty up your wall! And just to make the deal sweeter, I will happily throw in a one month blog sponsorship spot too! All you have to do is enter via Rafflecopter below by Tuesday, and the winner will be announced next Wednesday, November 27th.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

So whether you are decorating a new home or just want to put up cute photos of your munchkin, go check out Easy Canvas Prints for great ideas! Send me an email if you have any questions or need any recommendations - I can't get enough of them! :)

And they're doing an awesome 50% off sale right now too!


Good luck, you pretty things, you!


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PS - Don't miss out on my Holly Jolly Ornament Swap! It's such a blast every year - make new blog friends and get a cute hand picked ornament in the mail! :)

PPS - Also, don't forget to link-up and gain new readers ALL WEEK at my Mingle Monday Link-Up!


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November 20, 2013

Holly Jolly Ornament Swap!

Now that we've trick-or-treated and almost gobble gobbled, it's time to spread some holiday cheer, don't you think? We had such an amazing time last year doing a little ornament swap, so I thought we'd continue the tradition!

The goal? To build blog friendships and extend some joy during the happiest time of the year. And let's face it, who doesn't love getting a cute package in the mail?




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



 .:: 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 to be eligible. (And yes... I 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 Monday December 9th, I will match each
one of you up with a buddy!

3) I 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 13th.

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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I know I am! 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!

May this swap will be a cute way for all of us to spread some holiday magic, so thanks in advance for joining the fun!



Wishing you a festive Starbucks peppermint mocha kind of day!
(extra whipped cream and chocolate shavings are a given of course)


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PS - Don't forget to link-up and gain new readers ALL WEEK at my Mingle Monday Link-Up!





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Goodbye 26, Hello 27!

As I sit here in my bed all cozy and warm, I feel overwhelmingly loved and so graciously blessed. 

Today was my 27th birthday (well, Monday was - before it turned Nov. 20th three minutes ago!!), and I felt the love in such big ways all day long.

As I look back on this past year, I can hardly believe what wonderful things have happened. 




1//  I was honored to stand beside several of my dearest friends and family member on their special wedding days and celebrate the love they found. We had so many great celebrations with friends - wedding, babies, new houses. 

2//  I was completely surprised under a sea of fireworks as I got engaged to the love of my life.

3//  My sweet daddy was declared cancer free.

4//  I've watched old friendships grow and have had new friendships blossom, and it's so incredible to feel apart of a welcoming network and family 

5//  We found a great church home and I began volunteering as a Sunday School leader for my sweet 3rd/4th grade girls.

6//  My sister started college and moved 30 minutes away from me, and my parents soon followed by moving to Kansas City to allow our family to spend so much more time with each other.

7//  I had one of the happiest days of my life walking down the aisle to promise forever and always to my sweet Adam. 

8//  I got to travel outside the country to the beautiful island of Antigua on our wonderful honeymoon adventure.

9//  We've started several new traditions in our first year of marriage, and it's such a blessing to have such incredible families that we love and cherish unconditionally.

10//  I was offered a fantastic assistant director promotion at my dream job, and I know it's exactly where God wants me.

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As you can see, 26 was sure sweet to me, and I feel so grateful and blessed beyond measure. I am especially thankful for each and every one of you as you faithfully visit my humble blog and provide a wonderful network of friends and creativity. 

Thanks for being so great. 
I pinky promise mean that from the bottom of my heart.


Can't wait to see what 27 brings!


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PS - Don't forget to link-up and gain new readers ALL WEEK at my Mingle Monday Link-Up!

PPS - Don't miss out on my Holly Jolly Ornament Swap! It's such a blast every year - make new blog friends and get a cute hand picked ornament in the mail! :)




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November 18, 2013

Mingle Monday Link-Up!

Happy Monday, sassy lassies!
I hope each of your weekends was spectacular - full of relaxing and fun with friends!

Adam and I decided to skip on down to the family cabin for a long weekend getaway. Such a fun pre-celebration of my birthday week. I love having him home and getting to spend so much time together.

Anyway, let's hop to some fun mingling, shall we?


 
    

HOW TO MINGLE

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


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 difficult recipe would be on your baking bucket list? What would you like to tackle? **






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PS - Don't miss out on my Holly Jolly Ornament Swap! It's such a blast every year - make new blog friends and get a cute hand picked ornament in the mail! :)



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November 14, 2013

Spokane + Coeur d'Alene Trip in Photos

I've been wanting to fill you all in on my little trip to Spokane, Washington and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho ever since I first laid eyes on the gorgeousness that in the Northwest.

I have never ever been to that part of the country and I guess I thought it wouldn't be as beautiful as it was! So I flew into Spokane with my mother-in-law, Sarah, to visit Adam and my father-in-law for the weekend while they were their on business... and never wanted to come home.

Once we got in we enjoyed lunch and tea at The Davenport Hotel downtown. So historic and fun!
I indulged in the famous soft peanut brittle from Davenport Confections and a handcrafted snowflake ornament in the little hotel boutique shop.





On our way back to meet up with the guys, we decided to stop in some other local boutiques downtown. I loved Isabelle Paris Maison - so original with beautiful antique touches! I was also in love with kids store, French Toast, where I bought some cute little gifts for my preggo friends!




The next day, we stopped by too visit our hubbies at the new Spokane plant - so stinking proud of them! 



They were going to work the rest of the day, so we hopped across the Washington border to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. By far one of the prettiest places I've ever been to! 

We drove around the scenic lake view, and then shopped along the main street there, where I continued to fuel my Christmas obsession by buying way to much holiday decor! :)




We stayed at Coeur d'Alene Resort right on the lake, and even the lobby was beautiful. When I checked into my room I am pretty sure my jaw dropped. One room and the view was so romantic and cozy! Loved having the fireplace in our room.

And those Coeur d'Alene sunsets.... ahh! I already dream of going back.






A few panoramic shots of our room and the balcony view each night via my iPhone!





A few other favorites! The resort desserts were so yum!




The guys had to work on Saturday morning unexpectedly, so we drove to Sandpoint, Idaho, which is a cute little town surrounded by lakes. And once again, so many cute home stores in the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market full of Christmas decorations. 

My suitcase was MUCH heavier on my way back to KC!




Our last morning was cold and foggy (a little Twilight esque, if you will - haha!), so I was so excited to lounge around the resort spa and enjoy a couples massage with hubs. The setting overlooked the lake and I loved every minute of it.

I sure missed that man while he's been gone the last few weeks, so I was soaking in every moment with him.


 


As sad as I was to leave my hubby in Spokane, I was glad to see this cute pups little face when I got home. It made it a little bit better to snuggle Bella Beast.




So long Washington and Idaho, I will be back again very soon. Already secretly planning my next stay at Coeur d'Alene, my new fave. You have to go visit - these pictures don't even do it justice!



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November 11, 2013

Mingle Monday Link-Up!

I'm finally back from a fun couple of days in Washington and Idaho!
Looking forward to sharing a full trip recap with you guys tomorrow.

Thanks for dropping by to link-up, find awesome blogs, and gain new readers. It makes me so happy that you are here! Check out the updated "rules" for Mingle Monday - I tried to make it simple and user friendly!


 
    

HOW TO MINGLE

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


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 are your favorite things to do on a cloudy, cold day? **






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** ALSO **

Personal blog RTs for your blog on Twitter all day for everyone who tweets about Mingle Monday! I'm always happy to send extra traffic your way for being so kind!! :)

Have a fabulous day, ladies!


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November 7, 2013

Leaving On A Jet Plane

Short work week for me, folks (and I'm not complaining)!

Off to visit my sweet, hard-working hubby in Spokane, Washington, and then heading to Couer d'Alene, Idaho to be surrounded by gorgeousness! That man has been working in a huge work project, so it will be fun to finally see him and spend some time together.



Have you ever been to either place? Any great recommendations?

We're heading to the spa for massages one day, so that will be heavenly. Aside from that, we'll just be enjoying the scenery, snuggling in front of a fire, and just enjoy being in the same state!


So many photos and recaps to come next week!


Hugs and kisses!

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November 4, 2013

Mingle Monday Link-Up!

Happy Monday, my friends!
So glad you chose to stop by and link-up! I always look froward to Mondays simply because I get to mingle with all of you lovely people.

Lots of fun coming up this week and a super fun free vacay giveaway coming soon that any of you Midwesterners would LOVE! :)


 
    

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **
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 was your first job ever? Love it or hate it? **






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** ALSO **

Personal blog RTs for your blog on Twitter all day for everyone who tweets about Mingle Monday! I'm always happy to send extra traffic your way for being so kind!! :)

You show Monday who's boss!


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