Friday, March 21, 2014

The Friday Five

1. Spring? Is that you? Are you here to stay? The weather has warmed up and I'm hoping it's here to stay although I have heard rumors that there might be a late snowstorm next week. But I'm not going to think about that, instead, I'm going to think of all the fun things I am going to do this spring. One of my favorite blogs, Southern Weddings, has a great list of fun stuff to do this spring, I'm hoping I can mark off almost all of them.

SouthernWeddings-SpringDoins
A printable copy can be found here

2. I built my raised garden beds last weekend. All by myself!!! G was helping his Dad, so it was up to me to get it done. I have to admit, later that night I sure was sore from hauling all of those bags of dirt. I am using the gardening method that is described in this book. I am following the instructions exactly, so I'm hoping it works out well. I haven't planted my seeds yet, it would have been too cold this week, but I'm planning on getting them planted this weekend. 

Photo: I know it may not look like much, but I built those with my own hands. #springgarden

3. I can't believe Easter is only a month away! This year is really flying by. Easter is my second favorite holiday (after Fourth of July), and I love all of the traditions that my family had growing up. My favorite Easter tradition is the Sunrise Service at church, we went every year when I was younger. There is something so holy and sacred about reading the resurrection story at dawn. I'm also looking forward to decorating my house, I love this pillow!

Rejoicing!

4. Now that the seasons are changing, I'm getting the urge to change my hair. Do you get that hankering too? I don't really want to cut it because I like having long hair during the summer, but I'm thinking about changing the color. During college I experimented a lot with my hair color, I even had hot pink streaks at one time, but I've stuck with my natural color for the past couple of years. I really like the ombre look and am thinking about doing that, what do you think?

Ombre

5. It's Tournament Time! I'm from NC so we tend not to be as big into college football as our fellow Southerners, but we sure love us some college basketball! I was raised an NC State fan and God blessed me with marrying a fellow NC State fan so we're able to cheer as a house united :) We weren't sure the Wolfpack were going to be able to go to the "big dance" but we sure were excited when they got in (and they were too). What about you, is your team in the tourney? *Update* NC State lost last night and we're pretty sad about it. If you're cheering for your team, I hope they did better than ours. 

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Five on Friday

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Bride & Groom Photos

This week I'll be sharing some photos of Geoff and I together. We took some pictures of just the two of us both before the ceremony and after the reception. We decided to have a first look so that we would be able to take pictures together and spend more time with our guests during the reception. I know there are a lot of arguments out there about whether to have a first look or not, but we are really glad we did it. And honestly, it didn't take anything away from seeing each other as I walked down the aisle. 



 
























 


This is one of my favorites.

The photos below are the ones that we had taken after the reception. People don't tell you how exhausting your wedding day will be. Even though we had an early ceremony and short reception, we were worn out by the time these pictures were taken. I wish I had thought to fix my hair a little bit more and refresh my make-up.


  

 





Love Always Nancy J

Wedding Wednesday

Monday, March 17, 2014

What I Liked Last Week



Spring Greens with Candied Meyer Lemons and Spicy Fried Goat Cheese I howsweeteats.com

You had me at fried goat cheese. For real though, isn't this salad so pretty? I definitely want to try and make this for an al fresco dinner on the deck once the weather warms up a bit. 



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I almost never wear color on my lips, usually it's just a swipe of Burt's Bee's and that's it. For special occasions (like my wedding) I'll wear a very sheer gloss. This post gave some great suggestions for trying out a bit more color without having to dive into a bold red lip or something. Kate at The Small Things blog is my favorite beauty blogger, she's got lot's of great stuff on her site. 



simplified-graphic-design-logo

I would love to take this graphic design online class with Jones Design Company. I am seriously lacking in any kind of graphic design skills. I have the idea's in my head, I just don't know how to execute it on the computer and I think a class like this would be invaluable. 



wood signs

LOVE this post by The Nester. There are certain songs that I associate with certain times of my life, I can hear them and it instantly reminds me of that time. It makes me want to find an anthem for this time of my life right now. Should it be something contemporary (Mumford and Sons is always appropriate to life) or should I go with an old-school hymn? Something to keep thinking about. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Friday Five

1. This week it finally felt like spring, so I bought some flowers to celebrate. (This was taken just two days before.) It's amazing the impact a bunch of Baby's Breath can make.

Photo: This makes me happy. #springtime

2. Target is having a massive spring home sale. I am loving this pouf!

Threshold™ Kilim Square Pouf

3. Like I mentioned last week, a Homegoods store opened near me last weekend. A friend and I went on opening day and it was CRAZY busy! People love them some Homegoods :) I was good and only bought a couple of small things, (it would have been too difficult trying to navigate a cart anyway). I left with some linen napkins that I'm going to add a little lace to like these that I saw at Pier 1 last week. 


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4. This is the weekend that we build and plant our garden!!! (I don't think 3 exclamation marks can adequately convey how excited I am.) I'm already dreaming about the fresh vegetables we'll get to enjoy, but I'm trying not to count my chickens before they hatch (or should that be don't count my plants before they sprout?).

raised garden beds

5. Pretty sure I'm making this strawberry coffeecake for breakfast on Saturday morning. It'll give us some energy for our day of working outside.

Strawberry Coffeecake // take a megabite

Five on Friday

Thursday, March 13, 2014

My Favorite Blogs Part 1

I read a lot of blogs, it's true. And I talk about the writers of these blogs as if I know them in real life. Sometimes, my husband has had to clarify if the person I was telling him about was someone I actually know or if it was someone whose blog I read.

So I thought I would share with you some of my favorite blogs so you can talk about these people like you know them in real life too (and I won't be the only weird one). Some are pretty well known and some might be new to you, but I am pretty selective on my blog reading (I had to pare down the list about a month ago since it was getting so long and there was no way I would be able to keep up with all of them).

I use Bloglovin to follow blogs and keep them organized (you should follow me on there!). I keep my blogs organized by assigning them to 1 of 6 categories: Baby, Beauty, Food, Home, Lifestyle, and Wedding (Bloglovin allows you to make as many categories as you would like and label them however you prefer). Another feature of Bloglovin that I use a lot is the ability to "like" blog posts. What I usually do is like a post now and pin it later, but I can get pretty backed up on my pinning, that is why I have 257 liked posts right now.

Now on to my favorite blogs.....I'll start with some of my favorite "Baby," "Beauty," and "Wedding" blogs.

Baby: No, I am not pregnant, but that does not stop me from looking at beautiful nurseries and baby showers. I only follow two baby blogs, but they are two of the best ones out there.

Baby Parker and His Sweet, Calm Nursery

Lay Baby Lay has some super cute nursery mood boards and real nursery posts. I also really like Joni's style and she has thrown some awesome birthday parties. (And her daughters are adorable!)

On to Baby has some gorgeous nurseries and beautiful baby showers, but I love the newborn shoots the best.

Beauty: I follow only one beauty blog, but I'm not much into hair and makeup so this one blog is enough for me.

http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/2013/10/the-undone-french-twist-tutorial.html  #hair #hairtutorial #updo #weddinghair #bridesmaidhair

The Small Things Blog has some great hair and makeup video tutorials. I've followed this blog diligently for the past couple of years and I definitely value her opinion on different products. Kate is one of those people that I talk about as if I knew her in real life. I was so happy for her when she found out she was having a baby, it felt like one of my friends had told me that she was pregnant, that's how excited I was.

Wedding: Yes, I still follow wedding blogs even though I'm married, but I did drastically cut the number of wedding blogs I was reading after I got married. I think the number of wedding blogs that I was reading while planning my wedding (and before I got engaged) was around 20 or so, now I only read a couple.

polka dots + poufs | Ashley Seawell #wedding

Southern Weddings is definitely my favorite wedding blog and it would also be in my Top 5 favorite blog of all time. The SW gals are probably the ones my husband hears about the most, I'm always talking about what they're up to. As a married woman, they still have a lot of posts that are relevant to me, like tips for a happy marriage from couples who have been married for years, but it doesn't hurt that I still love to look at all things wedding related.

So those are a few of my favorite blogs! Hopefully I introduced you to some that you weren't familiar with already that you can start to follow and enjoy. What about you? Are there any Baby, Beauty or Wedding blogs that you would recommend?
 
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