January 31, 2016

Remembering Aaron

It was a normal Sunday morning lounging around, sipping coffee, and getting ready for church when my phone rang. These few minutes were a blur with my mom's tear-filled voice telling me my cousin Aaron passed way in a tragic accident. He was out with his best friend doing what he loves - duck hunting - when their hunting canoe capsized. Weighed down by his heavy clothing, Aaron unfortunately did not make it back up to the surface.

I couldn't believe it. Complete shock. I just had a special breakfast date with my cousin and his wife Amber last week while in town. How great it felt to laugh at their stories and spend time together. Oh how I had missed them both. Aaron and I were 16 months apart and we were lucky to all grow up so close together that my cousins feel like my siblings.

As you can imagine, our family is completely devastated. As we read the many stories flooding in from many of his best friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family, it's just another reminder that Aaron didn't know a stranger. He was the guy that would stop to help a stranger in trouble. The guy who always had a smile on his face and a funny story to tell. The guy that fiercely loved his family and wrapped anyone in a bear hug every time he saw them. 

We grieve for the awesome man we were so lucky to know and love for 30 wonderful, but our hearts aches for his sweet wife Amber, whom we love so much. After years of trying to conceive Amber is finally pregnant with their firstborn baby girl due in May. We are wrapping her in our love and support.

But Aaron was the life of any party. He wouldn't want us to cry one tear while he's looking down on us, so I had to dig up some of the funniest, warmest memories of him. An older brother, buddy, accomplice in trouble, comedian, and one of the kindest people I've ever known, we will never forget you - continue to party up in heaven, while we keep it going for you down here!


Flower girl and ring bearer - 1989

Aaron and Amber's wedding - 2011

My high school graduation - 2005

Aaron's college graduation - 2009

Double trouble - 1989

Water parking it up - 1990

Aaron and Amber's wedding day - 2011


The family has opened a Go Fund Me page for baby Summer's education fund and to help his wife Amber with funeral costs. The service yesterday was so difficult and heartbreaking, but yet so beautiful. So thankful to have been there celebrating my cousin's life with all of our family. We sure will miss my cousin Aaron! In the word's of Amber's dad, "We are so blessed that Aaron lives on in Summer". 


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January 27, 2016

Get 'em While They're Hot!


In case you've never swung by my Etsy blog (or even known it existed!), you totally should stop by. Especially now! All of my Cozy Couture Handmade headwraps are only $15 (lowest price all year!).

I'd love to make you an extra cute and super cozy accessory to keep you warm and stylish!
>> Check it out HERE!


Happy shopping my friends!


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January 25, 2016

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

You will have to excuse my tardiness today.
I typically prep posts the night before, but I found out we lost my cousin in a tragic accident yesterday, and I didn't feel up for doing much of anything. Just heartbreaking.

So without further adieu, let's get mingling... 

   

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** What are you thankful for today? **





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January 18, 2016

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Welcome back to the weekly grind... unless you are off in honor of MLK, and then I hope you are snuggled up with hot chocolate and watching chick flicks! It's freezing here in good ol' KC, with a whopping high of 5 degrees. Brrrr!

So glad you're here to link-up and mingle! Thanks for making networking so fun!
Let's hop to it!

   

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** What's your favorite way to spend a day off? **





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January 15, 2016

Currently Loving

Happy Friday, lovelies!
Is it just me or do these normal 5 day weeks sure hurt after working short weeks during the holidays. I swore from Wednesday on that I thought it was Friday when my alarm went off. Woof!

But the good things sure kept me going this week, including the reminder that TGIF means more than lounging in PJs and binge watching Netflix. It's girls weekend! I'm going to snuggle babies and spend much needed time with my best girlfriends (we've been friends since elementary!).

And on that note, a little snapshot of what I'm loving lately...

Invest in a really wolly pair of socks for indoors when you're chilly, wrapped up in bed with a cuppa coffee:
Currently...

dreaming//
...up a new adventure. You know when you get in the groove of traveling, the second you get home you are already dreaming up your next adventure. Well, I've got the travel bug (and finally new PTO days!)! We had an insanely incredible last year of traveling to Nashville, Seattle, Portland, Orlando, Jensen Beach, and New York City and I'm ready to go again! Where to, my friends?

hoping// 
...I don't get a speeding ticket this afternoon as I gun it down the highway - while belting out Adele in my jeep - on my way to see the besties 3 hours away. Girls weekend! #leadfoot #tooexcited

confessing//
...I completely nerded out yesterday. I went to the local library, got my library card, and felt so excitedly geeky. I even sent a text of my new library card to my family, who was slightly less enthused for me than I thought (ha!), which leads me to the next point...

reading//
..."It Was Me All Along" by Andie Mitchell. After sharing a small snippet of my journey and how up and down this last year was for me in this post, I am on the up & up and this book is so good for my soul.

watching//  
...The Bachelor and trying to pick my jaw off the floor after every crazy/rude thing Lace says. Yes, I know their names and my obsession has reached an all time new (shameful) high. Who is your favorite? Hubby and I both like Caila... and yes I "make" him watch it with me (read: It's totally voluntary and I think he is more into it than I am!).

admitting//
...that my Christmas tree is still up. I have a problem. I just couldn't bring myself to do it the last few weeks with the twinkle lights and general holly jolliness, but we've reached an embarrassing level and I finally need to break up with my Christmas tree. *sigh*

thinking//
...my newest beauty buy - Olay Regenerist Recovery Night Cream - is a miracle in a jar! The cold winter months always seems to really suck all the moisture out of my skin, but in just a few uses my skin is SO much softer and ever looks better. No joke... in days. Somebody should pay me to be their spokeswoman!

indulging//
...on documentaries. I totally love them so much and my latest faves have been Iris, The Short Game, and Chef's Table (completely in love with this series and ready for season 2!). Do you nerd out on docs too? Any recommendations?

sipping// 
...homemade lattes left and right. Adam got me a Nespresso machine for my bday/Christmas last year and I love that thing. When you are trying your best to be a responsible adult and have limited to only treating yourself to a fancy latte from a coffee shop twice a month, you gotta get your fix somewhere! I especially love making mochas with this Fairlife Chocolate Milk that my nutritionist recommended (almost twice the protein and 50% less sugar!). So good. So "thrifty". I feel like such a successful adult.

loving//
...every second of this hilarious Carpool Karaoke with Adele & James Corden. So much yes.

using//
...my Plum Paper planner. I seriously happened upon this life changing planner on Etsy and for the last 3 years my type-A, OCD heart has been in planning heaven. I love it so much that 3 co-workers and numerous friends have bought one too. Game changer.


What are you currently loving?

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January 11, 2016

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Busy, crazy manic Monday already... who's with me?
Thank goodness you dropped by so I can put my cold shower, spilled oatmeal, almost late morning behind me and have something GREAT to look forward to you!

Stay tuned this week! LOTS of photos and recaps coming your way from my trip to NYC, Disney World, etc... so much fun to share!

Let's hop to it!

   

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** What's your go to way to turn around a rough morning? (read: help!)**





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January 4, 2016

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

Happy New Year!
We'tre kicking off 2016 with some blog hopping and networking! So glad you stopped by to join us, get your blog out there, and meet some inspirational bloggers.

Let's jump right in!

   

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** Do you have a New Year's resolution? **





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