A Little Love

posted on: Friday, August 1, 2014


Today, the world is gray. We woke up this morning to cool and rainy weather. Being born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, this is just downright bizarre to me. We’re smack dab in the middle of summer and I wore a jacket this morning? Bonkers! Yes, three years out of Florida and days like this still blow my mind.

Anyway, the first half of my day seemed to fit the weather to a tee. Nothing was going right, I was feeling off and WE WERE OUT OF COFFEE. On a cold, rainy morning all I wanted was a hot cup of coffee, but even that wasn’t happening.

After getting my workout in and some errands done, I was driving home when I realized that it was all mental. This feeling of yuck that I let myself swim in this morning, it was up to me to stay there or to leave it behind me. I could let circumstances determine my day or I could take control and turn it around myself. So I proceeded to go home, make myself some lunch and some hot coffee, had a little chat with God and my day did a complete 180. I want to be able to find joy despite circumstances, so this was a good way to practice that.

To keep this happy-feeling going, here is just a little list of things I am loving at the moment.

Today, I’m loving:

  • Oh my gosh, my husband. I am SO grateful for that man, I just love him so much.
  • My family that accepts me and loves me for who I am.
  • Good friends that do the same.
  • Talks with my mom, even if it’s just me talking 95% of the time. Then I apologize and she reacts like I’m crazy for even apologizing. MOMS, right? I love her.
  • Healthy juices and smoothies from our new NutriBullet baby, with which I am still obsessed. (Thanks, dad! LOVE YOU.)
  • My dogs. As frustrating as they can be at times, the joy they bring us far outweighs the challenges. No one else gets that excited when we walk through the door.
  • This rainy weather. It’s not my always favorite when the rain comes down in sheets and I have to be out in it, but I am really loving the cool down. These temps can stay here until Fall, please and thank you.
  • Coffee. (I had to)
  • My rain boots that will keep my feet warm and dry this weekend.
  • The mountains, where it already feels like Fall and where we are hopefully heading this weekend, if the rain decides to chill out a bit.
  • Pumpkin-spiced everything. Yes, I am totally in a state of Fall. Keep it coming.
  • This blog. The outlet this provides me is just good for my soul. I love it. Thank you for reading!
  • That it’s Friday and it’s been a tough week and a restful, rainy weekend may be just what we need.


Merry weekend to all and to all a good…weekend!

Just In Case You Were Concerned…

posted on: Thursday, July 31, 2014


Crateless in Carolina

posted on: Thursday, July 31, 2014


Here’s a whole post about the dogs for you this Thursday afternoon, but you’ll forgive me because LOOK AT THEM!

On independence day, we decided to celebrate the freedom of our country by starting the process of giving our dogs more freedom and start weaning them off of their crates at night. Our dogs are both three and it was time to gently move them out of the nest. Those honkin’ crates took up so much precious real estate and we were ready to be rid of them for good. They weren’t in their crates at all during the day, so they seemed ready.

Side note: Googling how to properly wean the dogs off of crates did not help. Most sites said you should NEVER wean them off of them, but trust me, they weren’t missing being locked in at night. We decided to move their crates into our room and then, after a few days, we left the doors open for the first time. Nola slept out of her crate that first night and Penny Lane, well she’ll sleep anywhere.

SO! They are free as birds. Nola (our golden) is best in the morning, but horrible at night. Adam has to pet her for a good ten minutes, then she’ll come to my side where I have to pet her for a while before she’ll finally settle down at night. Turning off the lights and ignoring them works after a while as well. P-Lane falls asleep right away, but then paces and whines as soon as the sun peaks it’s rays through our window. 6 AM on. the. dot. They’re opposite on everything.

In related news, Penny Lane makes the perfect alarm clock and I’ve actually enjoyed having a little extra time in the mornings. So, does this mean I’m officially a morning person?

In the end, we are happy to travel lighter, happy to have some prime square footage back, and happy the dogs are happy.


Crateless in Carolina

Pinned . 02

posted on: Wednesday, July 30, 2014




Okay so, let’s be honest,  this post may as well have been called Pinned: The Madewell edition. So the story goes that I found myself on my usual Pinterest spree yesterday morning and I was pinning like crazy, when I suddenly realized that it was ALL Madewell. The amazing denim, the breezy button-ups, that hat, THOSE SHOES. It was all just too good to keep to myself and so, I had to share these looks with you, because they’re dreamy in their own denim, flannel, high-heeled sort of way. Consider this a public service announcement: GET THEE TO MADEWELL.



[ All photos by Madewell all pinned onto my Style board. ]

I mean…come on, right? LOVE!