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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** 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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April 20, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Happy Monday, y'all
Please raise your hand if you could have used about 3 more days attached to your weekend. Oh good, I'm not alone. Where did the weekend disappear to?

Last week was hands down the craziest/busiest week/weekend I have had in awhile. Some fun things, but a lot of work things (hurray for being on call...) so it's Monday and I'm already exhausted. This week I am planning to set some boundries, take time to relax, and get my life back in order. I'd rather just hire a maid and personal assistant, by Lord knows I am living the non-profit salary life! ;)

Thank you for stopping by today. That alone helps ease my Monday blues. Looking forward to catching up with you, friends!

   

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** How do you ease a bad case of the Monday blues? (read: HELP!) **




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April 14, 2015

Nashville - Any Recommendations?

The countdown is officially on.

Next month, the hubs and I are all taking off for a nice long weekend in Nashville. Call it a belated anniversary trip, or simply just an epic need to quench my adventure cravings, but I can hardly contain myself


I really wanted to take my first transatlantic flight to visit my sister who is studying in Europe, but the timing sadly didn't quite work out. However, I've been pathetically living vicariously through her travel photos via #sissygram on my Instagram - her photos are gorgeous!


So anyway, I've got the travel bug and I'm ready to go explore the East Side, become besties with Taylor, and indulge my inner fat kid at the local feed scene (read: donuts). My good friend Jules told us about the Nashville Escape Game, and it's already made the list! So. stinking. pumped.


We don't know the city that well, though, so I'd love to ask: Do you have any recommendations of fun things to do? Places to stay? Restaurants? Shops? Day trips or hikes? We would LOVE to hear! 


Thanks in advance for your awesome tips!


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April 13, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Good Morning!

Welcome back to the daily grind. I hope you're bright eyed and bushy tailed (and properly caffeinated) to take on the day. Did you all have a good weekend? Any great stories to share?
Sorry I was a little MIA last week. It was a rough week trying to help friends through the death of a parent and some other friends through a scary health scare, so blogging was the last thing on my mind at the time.

But I'm back with a vengence and have so many fun posts planned to share - stay tuned! I'm so glad you're here! Come link-up, leave a comment (answer the weeky Q!), and hop around. Don't forget to visit Life of Meg on Facebook for the latest scoop and a heads up on when Mingle Monday goes live!

   

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April 6, 2015

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Hey Friends!

Did you all have a great Easter weekend? I'm rolling into work with a sugar hangover and need to dig deep for motivation today... I was just loving the weekend with family and friends too much!

I'm so glad you're here! Come link-up, leave a comment (answer the weeky Q!), and hop around. Don't forget to visit Life of Meg on Facebook for the latest scoop and a heads up on when Mingle Monday goes live!

   

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1) Link-up your blog below.

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** If you can vacation anywhere in the U.S. - what's the top on your bucket list? **



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April 1, 2015

April Fool's Prank + New Haircut


Today I pranked my coworker by turning his office into a swamp complete with a camouflage TP covering his chair, a 6 foot long paper mache alligator, and swamp plants.

Yup.
In other news, that's my new hair-do! Bye bye 7 inches - thanks for the inspiration yesterday, friends!


Did you get pranked today or did you do the pranking?


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