Monday, June 15, 2015

The Final [for now] Move

We have officially moved into our house. Ours. Surreal.

And a definite after-move Monday it is. Seems like the only clothes I brought to the house were pajamas, socks, bathing suits, and then just a few things from the far back of my closet. One of which I had to wear today. Fluffy hair since my straightener is still at the old house and a necklace found in my gym bag that luckily matched the one dress I had to wear.

I didn't think we'd never buy a house, but I really didn't think we'd be able to do it this soon. Does this mean I'm an adult? Shockingly this entire process was so much easier and quicker than I thought, but I don't want to jinx myself for the next time it happens. A bit later I have some quick tips to share on prepping for the house hunt.



But we'll still miss this house, it is the place that has really been home in Richmond. Where we've finally felt settled, where we've found great neighbors, where we planned our wedding, and brought our sweet Georgia kitty home. 

This was where I came home after running my first half-marathon, and the neighborhood where a majority of my training runs took place. It's where I actually kinda sorta started to like running hills, just a teensy bit. 

It's where we could walk to the cute old school pharmacy for breakfast and hear Friday night football games in the fall at the high school just down the street. 

first glimpse of the new house
Since I moved out of my parent's house for college in 2005 I have moved 15 times. In a decade. Maybe that's why I'm always so tired?

I moved into my residence hall freshman year, then back to my parent's for the summer. Back into an on campus apartment sophomore year, then to an off campus apartment with my friend Whitney that summer. Then back to campus I went for junior year in the sorority suite, and in May 2008 to my first big girl apartment. After graduation I headed to Raleigh for a month where I moved back in with Whitney and another sorority sister.

The next year could be counted as one continuous move. Left Raleigh to head to Woodstock, VA for the summer before heading off to travel the US for the year in my first job. Then moved back in with my parents for the summer before grad school. Went down to Columbia for school and into the only place I'd ever life by myself (and I urge everyone to do it at least once in life) that was full of pink and green girly goodness.

That summer I moved most of my belongings into storage and headed out to Texas for an internship and then back to Columbia where I moved into a friend's apartment for two weeks before I could then move into my new place. After grad school we made the move to Richmond, where we are now, and into an apartment together before finding a rental house where we've been for the past two years. The only place I've consistently lived in since 2005 for more than 12 months.

Phew!

Well anyways, we made it yet again with lots of caffeine and so much incredible help from my parents. Without my dad we would have no blinds, bathroom fixtures or curtains. Really need to get him to start teaching Mr. Young...

A house tour to come as we get settled, stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I can't stop drooling over this week's What I'm Loving Wednesday round up. Like, I might seriously just want to live inside of this picture collage once I saw them all together. Lately I have tried to be a bit more picky about what I choose to pin while I'm browsing but just saw too many things I loved this week. I need to do a major overhaul of my boards sometime soon, I just keep creating new ones so that I can actually find things.

But in other news, can you believe that it's June? That means this year is almost halfway over. How is that even humanly possible?

Take a second to forget that it's already June (and that it's only Wednesday) and enjoy these fun finds!


1 // This incredible colorful bouquet by The Dainty Lion found on Wedding Chicks
How do you get all of those colors in there together so perfectly? Why can't I get married again? It it's perfectly loose but put together all the same time, and look at those fun succulents peeking out! My love for color just cannot be contained.

2 // This natural lemon counter cleaner from Style Within Reach.
First, I hate spending tons of money on cleaning products and always think about how I'm spraying chemicals all over surfaces that I'm preparing food. Why even ever bother to buy natural or organic foods if you have a kitchen dripping in chemicals? Haven't tried this yet but looking forward to making a batch when we move into the new house. Will report back.

3 // This DIY Gold Foil Brush Stroke Pillow from Design Love Fest.
Because I love pinning DIY projects and crafts that I'll never actually make but look really cool...

4 // This Gold Foil Calligraphy Invitation Suite by Margot Madison on Etsy.
Round two of why can't I get married again? My eye for design was immediately caught on this invitation suite and I just can't get enough. I love how it's so classic yet with fun modern twists and that perfectly loopy style of calligraphy. Be still my heart.

5 // This loosely travel themed nursery by Taylor Sterling on Glitter Guide.
No, there is no bun in the oven and won't be anytime soon. But it doesn't mean that I can't pin this on my "To File Away for Later" board. I love the calming and muted palette that has perfect pops of color. This is the second travel themed nursery I've seen and just can't get enough. I hope to someday surround my little ones in a place that grows their hopes and dreams and love the idea so much.

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Happy Hump Day y'all, hope this brings a bit of inspiration to your day!


Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday Motivation


I so need to get back into this Monday habit. So let's start today, ok? With a busy week ahead and our first wedding for Dogwood Brides this weekend, I'm needing some extra inspiration. 

This little quote right here is reminding me to keep dreaming big and to keep pushing through. You can live whatever life you want, but you don't get it by sitting on your bottom watching Mad Men all night. Whoops... It's certainly important to understand the balance of giving yourself time to breathe and staying on top of work, and sometimes the balance weighs much heavier in one direction. 

I've already pushed through the hard part of finding something that is going to make life incredibly interesting and it's going to grow and morph in ways I couldn't have imagined. Life's going to be a little crazy as I continue to pour my energy and soul into DB but I don't think I'd have it any other way.

So what is it that you want to be doing? Do you know, are you still searching? You have to do something active to get there whether that be some individual soul searching or conversations with those who know you best. But please, don't just sit around wishing.

What are you going to do to get movin' on your something interesting this week?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekend Deals Roundup


I do know that Memorial Day Weekend is not a celebration of shopping, that it is a time of remembrance for the brave men and women who have fallen serving our great country.  I fully respect and honor this holiday just as much as I respect our armed forces everyday that risk their lives and spend time away from their families and friends to protect us and our freedom. They are absolutely incredible and I feel so thankful for the sacrifices that they make on behalf of America, and this weekend will have the families and friends of those who have fallen in my thoughts.

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Because we're currently buying a house, I've had my eyes on my inbox and around the internet for any big deals going on as we're going to have a bit more space than in our current house. After doing so much searching around on my own I thought I'd share some of the deals I've had my eyes on for you if there's anything in particular that you're in need of or have been looking for.

Since we're not yet in the house I think we're probably going to hold off and wait for July 4th sales, although if you follow me on Twitter you may have seen I did make our first new purchase for the house. We are going to have a screened in porch and I'm so excited for outdoor living and looking forward to building a room around this rug. Score!

In addition to what I sought out and found in my inbox below, check out this awesome list from Business Insider that is an even more complete round up.

West Elm // thisisbig for 25% off everything! (ends Memorial Day)

Tiny Prints // MEMORIAL30 for 30% off sitewide (ends Memorial Day)

Bauble Bar // MEMORIAL 20 for 20% off sitewide, MEMORIAL25 for 25% off when buying 3, and MEMORIAL30 for 30% off when buying 4+!

Macy's // HOORAY for 20% off

Lilly Pulitzer // Splash Into Summer, gifts with purchase. An adorable Starfish Bangle with any purchase and some extra special gifts starting at $200 spend!

Michaels // 520ENTIRE for 20% off your entire purchase, or head to their website for the in store coupon. Stock up on some crafting supplies!

My Publisher // TIME2DESIGN for 50% off album design service

Amazon // FUN20SUN for 20% off