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It is finally summer break for me, and I am so glad. I have 3 weeks to get everything taken care of that I have been putting off. Little Luna babe needs to get spayed, and I have little projects around the house that I want to take care of. Do y’all have any summer projects you are planning to get done?

I noticed the mornings around here have been a little crisp, and oh man am I loving it. The other day I mentioned to Kyle that after the summer we have had here in Georgia, I would totally be willing to settle a little farther north one day. Maybe on the coast once the kiddos are grown and out of the house (so a billion years from now). I dream of no mosquitoes and sweaters during cool summer nights. Two things that don’t exist in Georgia. I never would have thought I would seriously say that. Summer is usually my favorite season. I love the heat, and I usually HATE the cold. But lately I have been longing for layers and boots. Who am I?!

Is anyone else Nordstrom sale’d out?! I tried so hard to avoid the craziness and not buy EVERYTHING. Luckily, I stuck to only buying one pair of PJ pants that I will probably wear class and act like they are supposed to be worn out and about. My other pair of black comfy pants have a hole in the rear end (something Kyle pointed out to me while walking down the hall of the cruise ship) so I needed to replace them. At least in public. J I got those sweatpants from Walmart (high quality) when I was in high school. They are my go to comfy pants, and nothing can truly replace them. They are the PERFECT length and fit. Do y’all have any clothes that you will NEVER get rid of? The go-to piece when you’re feeling like crap or just need something familiar? I ALWAYS pack them when we travel just in case. I am hoping my new pair will be up for the challenge. I will keep you updated because I know you’re dying to see if they live up to my high standards. (UPDATE: They are pretty comfortable, but they run a little big. The leg is kind of long and they almost have a bell-bottomed flare that covers my entire shoe. Overall 7/10.) Did you snag anything in the sale? I’m not going to lie, I wanted every single piece I saw. I even added everything I wanted to the shopping cart and exited out before I bought them. I even considered doing a post of pieces that I loved from the sale, but every other blogger in the blogger universe did that post, and every single post is exactly the same, sooooo I decided against it.

So instead, I decided to post about a few décor pieces I LOVE for the house. Some are dream pieces and others are serious options. Let me know what you think!

This rug for the living room

This rug for the sunroom (I really love this one)

This rug for kitchen

This couch for the sunroom

This faux brick for an accent wall in the living room. I want to find a brick that matches the brick in the garage so it looks like the brick from the garage is just backed up to the living room. We have brick in the sunroom that used to be the exterior brick prior to the addition of the sunroom. I love the industrial look and I hope to incorporate even more industrial features down the road.

This faux plant for the end of our hallway for some greenery. I usually HATE faux plants. I feel like they just collect dust and serve zero purpose. But this plant was posted on Instagram the other day by Lynzy and she has me eating my words. I would like to put it next to our mirror to give the hallway some texture and color.

These picture frames for the hallway or something similar. We have the photos we want to frame printed out in black and white. We just need the frames. I don’t know if I want more of a shadow box frame or a matted frame. The frames would go on the wall to the left in the above photo.

This console for the living room. I love this so much!!

If we had a bigger bathroom with an empty wall, I would have something like this ASAP.

These side tables for the living room to compliment the TV console.

This coffee table for the living room. I love the marble but I don’t know how it will work with our couch. If I could get some sort of boomarang type table painted a funky color to give a pop to the room, I would be in heaven.

We are just looking for some tie in pieces to round out a lot of our rooms. Slowly but surely it is coming together. We did snag this AMAZING couch at the Scott’s Antique Market in South Atlanta a few weeks ago and we are so obsessed!

Is anyone else adding some fun pieces to their homes? Find any AWESOME pieces?

10 Ways to Calm Your Anxiety


***Trigger warning: Today’s post is about anxiety. If that is something you have trouble discussing, please come back next week for a new post.***

There are so many things that affect anxiety, and there always seems to be the same typical suggestions to help. Things like eat wholesome foods or stay active are usually what I hear. Unfortunately, sometimes those don’t always help. So I wanted to make a list of small things that help me so that maybe someone else can use them.

  1. Keep Lists

Lists help me remember all the things I would usually forget. How many times do we get to Sunday and we are trying to remember the errands we need to run for the week or the chores we need to do to be prepared for the upcoming days? Make a list! Things as obvious as a grocery list or a to do list is life changing. So many times we assume we will remember those little things like schedule that vet check up or pick up those cupcakes for little Jimmy’s party, but when the time comes, we are totally lost. I typically use the notes app on my phone and the to do list in my Emily Ley Planner.

And that brings me to my next point…

2. Use a planner

As I said above, the Emily Ley Academic Planner is my go to. It has a full page per day and hour by hour planning. It keeps me completely sane. One thing that contributes to my anxiety is lack of order or control. My planner keeps me in control of my week and aware of what to expect.

3. Do small chores daily

This one is HUGE for me. I try to do at least a single load of laundry a day. That’s wash, dry, and fold. I can honestly say I am horrible with getting clean clothes out of the basket, but I’m working on it. Also, things like doing all dishes before bed has helped. If I wake up in the morning to a sink of dishes, I feel like my day starts off on the wrong foot immediately. Also things like having certain days that I vacuum and mop help keeps the house up until a full cleaning day on the weekend.

4. Take active breaks

Throughout the day I notice I have certain times where I get really overwhelmed or anxious. If I get up and have a brisk walk, I notice that it eases the anxiety a lot. Now that I am taking summer classes, I am sitting in class for almost 6 hours straight. I get so jittery and anxious where I feel like I could just explode. Luckily we are able to take a quick break every so often. Many people just sit at their desk and play on their phone, but I have to get up and move around. I also noticed this was necessary when I was working a desk job. Even if it was a walk out to the warehouse, I needed that time to reset.

5. Meditate

Sometimes I think people assume meditation is some kind of cross legged, humming, eyes closed, connection to higher power. Although some people do use meditation for many things, there are also more simple ways of meditation. It could be a way to bring you back to center and remember that whatever it is you’re worrying about is conquerable and you are able. Lately I have been using the app called Headspace. The free 10-day trial includes 10-10 minute sessions, and sometimes that’s really all you need. It helps you focus on your breaths and not letting your thoughts hold you captive. I always have my headphones with me, and if I have a moment where I feel like I’m losing control, I popped my headphones in and take a moment to listen to a session.

6. Lay out your outfit

Maybe it’s just me but the morning can be the most hectic time of the day. If my day doesn’t start right, the rest is doomed. If I lay my outfit out the night before, it is one less thing to worry about. I lay everything out from underwear to socks to any kind of jewelry I might wear. That way I can just mindlessly get ready and be in the car with plenty of time to get where I need to be.

7. Don’t get over caffeinated

Growing up, caffeine didn’t affect me. I could drink a soda or coffee and go right to sleep. Now, if I consume too much, I get antsy and irritable. It’s almost like feeling tipsy where I can feel my grip on reality starting to slip. I have to be very careful because if I get this way during class, I usually have to step out and take a lap round the building.

8. Drink plenty of water

To tie in to the one above, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. I notice that if I don’t drink enough water, I usually get a headache and fatigued. Those things usually trigger anxiety because I feel like I am not able to preform tasks that are necessary for the day. I also notice a change in my skin and my hair if I continuously go days without drinking enough water. *TMI* I also have trouble going to the bathroom regularly if I am dehydrated. And who wants to be stopped up?!

9. Be aware of your triggers

We all have different things that influence our moods and anxiety. Pay attention to the things that bring about attacks and take note. If you are able to target these things and prepare prior to encountering them, it makes things so much easier down the road. One example for me would be large crowds. We are going to Ikea this weekend and usually by the time we make our way through the endless maze, I am ready to lose it. Luckily, I am aware that is a trigger for me and I can take necessary precautions. I can step away from the crowd and take a breather. I can be sure I had plenty of sleep and I ate before going in (two thing that usually affect my anxiety.) Also, I am usually with someone like my husband who knows certain things affect me, and he usually can spot when I am on the verge. Make sure you have someone you trust with you in those situations.

10. Have a cry day

About once a month I have a good cry. Not just a quick one, but a good solid hour long cry. I prefer to end my cry in the shower because then I can wash makeup off after and start fresh. It is almost as if I am washing away the negative and beginning anew. My cries are rarely ever because I am sad. It usually is a way to release the tension of the past month or so. I don’t schedule them and they usually happen organically and are instigated by some really sweet or tug on your heartstrings video. However, I do know that some people like Kristin from the Bert Show here in Atlanta keeps certain videos for the exact purpose of a cry day. We all have our different things, but try it out and see how it works for you.

Unfortunately many people suffer from anxiety. I hope we can all be more open with our struggles and encourage each other with pointers and help. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone. Please get help if you are suffering from any kind of mental health issues.

Do you have any things that help with your anxiety?

Caribbean Cruise

Before I start on the cruise, I am making a PSA. If you are EVER even near Cocoa Beach, Fl. you absolutely MUST stop at Anacapri Pizza and get a margherita pizza. It is the best pizza I have ever eaten in my entire life. I am drooling just looking at the picture.

We took an amazing cruise for our late honeymoon/one year anniversary. I’m not going to lie, I get SO motion sick, and I was so nervous I was going to be sick the entire time. People kept telling me I wouldn’t even feel the motion, but I knew I would. And OHHHHH did I. Luckily, it only really affected me at night when I couldn’t see out the windows, so I was able to just take some seasickness medicine every night before bed. I tell you what though, I was miserable the first night. But all was resolved and the fun commenced.

They had two formal nights, but we ended up going to just one. They had a 24 hour pizzeria and unlimited food during the day at the buffet so fancy dinners weren’t necessary. They had brunch (my favorite meal) some mornings. They also had unlimited burgers at a Guy Fieri burger joint and unlimited BBQ during our at sea days. I gained 6 glorious pounds on this cruise, and I don’t regret a single bite.

Our first port was Grand Turk and we went kayaking but, I didn’t take any pictures so we will start on our second port, Puerto Rico. We went on a walk through San Juan with an amazing tour guide that told us all kinds of historical information. She was so sweet and full of knowledge. We stopped at a local restaurant and learned the proper way to make a mojito (my FAVORITE drink.) We also were taught how to make mofongo, a local dish. It was beyond delicious.

Our third stop was St. Kitts. We went 4-wheeling up the side of the mountain and saw some of the most amazing views. No picture will ever do it justice.

After we finished riding 4-wheelers, we went to this beautiful botanical garden and enjoyed locally made fruit punch and cake. The fruit punch was to die for.

On our way back to the boat, we passed a dude and his monkey. I couldn’t pass up a photo op. His name was Peter. 🙂

Our last port was St. Maarten and probably my favorite. We took a boat out to a floating hut and just relaxed. I drank a local frozen drink and read a book. It was so incredible. The water around us was so clear, and we were able to snorkel around the hut. There was a sunken helicopter and submarine. It was so beautiful and serene. The picture above was a view from my lounge chair. Now whenever I am stressed or anxious, I imagine I am back here. I hope one day we can make it back to this island.

I’m not sure I will ever be up for a cruise again. There are plenty of things to do, but Kyle and I are not big on making conversation with strangers. And you are constantly surrounded by people. There is ALWAYS a line you have to wait in for whatever you want to do, and you most likely will see the same people over and over again. So you are kind of forced into conversations. I would say that’s my least favorite part of the cruise.

I also hated that we didn’t have a ton of time to enjoy local stuff like food or the actual beach. So I might choose to do less excursions if we ever went again.

Has anyone else been on a cruise? Any pointers or things I should keep in mind if we go on another one?



Swingin’ on through!

What’s up?! It’s been a while so I wanted to hop on in and share some updates. I know the above picture is a little grainy, but we have officially become a family of 4. We grew by 4 legs. Her name is Luna Abilene and we picked her up the day we came back from our cruise (I will have a post on that next week.) Luna has been a wonderful addition to our family, and we are so beyond happy. Sometimes I think Georgia would happily watch her run away at times, but when we put Luna in timeout, Georgia will lay by the door to wait on her. So maybe it’s a love/hate thing. Luna rarely ever leaves Georgia’s side. Virtually twins.

Luna is such a mouthy little booger but she is just a big chicken. So we were shocked when she came inside one night with a swollen snout. Our poor little nugget got in a tussle with a copperhead and the copperhead won. Luckily we got her to the emergency vet in Decatur in time. They kept her on IV overnight and after lots of pain meds and a rather painful vet bill, our little nugget was back to normal. She is currently asleep with her head on my arm. This is actually a little difficult to type. 🙂

I’ve also been filling my time between going to class with two little ones that I have been babysitting. The oldest just recently started pre-K so now I just have the infant. She is the happiest little munchkin and definitely makes me excited to one day (In the VERY far future) have our own.

I hope everything has been swell for you! What has the summer of 2017 brought you? We’ve gotten LOADS of rain here. Anyone else wishing for some sun?

Our House (FINALLY!)

So I have finally gotten around to getting some pictures of our house together. Most are prior to moving in, but I have included some of how we have started decorating. *NOTE*  I am not an interior decorator, and I took most of these pictures on my phone (my inner photographer is incredibly disappointed in me). Please do not judge my poor photo quality.

And we begin…

This is our front door and living room. We have pieced most of this together but it is more functional than decorative. Kyle and I are very minimal when it comes to decorative pieces. My dream home would look like this place if I could handle it, but when it comes down to it, my anxiety is so much worse when I have a lot of things around me. I prefer pieces that are necessary and pieces that mean something. It it doesn’t fit into either category, I don’t want it.

This is (obviously) our kitchen. We love the open concept and all the natural light that comes in from all the windows. We decided to keep them all uncovered.

We got these adjustable barstools on They were on sale AND we had a discount code. Savings FTW!

This is our laundry room door past the island. We are looking for chairs to match our little breakfast nook table, but we haven’t found a pair we love. The color on the door was Kyle’s idea. It looks even cooler in person. It is Desert Coral- Behr. I would say it dries darker than the website lets on, but the lighting in our nook wasn’t the greatest either.

Luckily we haven’t gotten our kitchen table finished yet because we found a wooden bench at Ikea. So now we can have them finished together so they can match. I want to keep them as close to natural as possible, so I am hoping we can add some wear to the bench to make them a little more similar.

This is that credenza I posted about a few posts ago. SOOOOO I painted it blue (the blue that is around the mirror). The color on the can showed a beautiful midnight blue, and I was so pumped for the result. Well fast forward 24 hours and my credenza was a bright, hideous royal failure blue. So we stripped it and did a gray/ white, and I am much happier. You live and you learn. The painting on the wall is from our wedding. We wanted to do something similar to a unity candle that we could keep forever, so we did a unity painting instead (Atlanta Braves colors of course).

This is the guest bathroom. They re-glazed the tub before we moved in so it is no longer yellow (thank goodness).

This is the master bathroom. This picture does not do it justice. The marble wraps around the entire bathroom. It’s amazing.

Our basement is like 3/4 unfinished, but this is the portion that is finished. We have zero furniture down here yet, but we are hoping to eventually turn it into a movie/media room. Hopefully we can get a projector and some of these to make it all happen. We also talked about getting a used pool table, but I SUCK at pool, so it probably wouldn’t get used too much.

This room is on the backside of the finished part through the door to the right of the fireplace. Eventually we want to put some rubber floors in and get a squat rack. Maybe even a small rig with a pullup bar. I love that there is a door to the backyard so I can run out and vomit if necessary. Also, so I can keep an eye on Georgia while I’m working out. Priorities.

That’s about all I have for this walk through. Do you have any projects going on or projects that didn’t go quite as planned?

Have a wonderful weekend!