Tuesday, August 12, 2014

101 in 1001 August Update

Taken this summer in Nantahala, NC

I feel like it's been forever since I posted anything on this blog! I was being so consistent and then work got really crazy and the blog just seemed to fall by the wayside. But I've missed it, truly, I have! Lately I've found myself feeling starved for some kind of creative outlet, so I thought I would begin blogging again.

As my first post back from my unofficial hiatus, I thought I would do an update on my 101 in 1001 list. I actually have some things to check off!

13. Do a pull-up.
No, I cannot do a pull-up.....yet. The first week of July, I started a new work out routine called Jamie Eason's LiveFit 12 Week Trainer. I knew I needed to get serious about being healthier and working out on a regular basis and this program seemed like a good starting point. I am currently in Week 6 of the 12 week program and I have definitely seen a difference in my body. I haven't lost much weight (which was discouraging at first), but I have gained strength and toned up. I haven't followed the meal planning part of the program (which might be why I haven't seen much weight loss), but I have followed the work out routine, which up to now has been mostly weight training. Maybe at the end of the 12 weeks I'll be able to do a pull-up?

33. Visit 3 places that I've never been to before.
I can't cross this one off completely, but I did get to visit 1 new this summer. Last month, Geoff and I traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to see a Major League Baseball Game at Camden Yards. Although the game ended after 5 innings because of rain, it still counted as a win for the Orioles against the NY Yankees. Too bad I didn't have "Attend a Major League Baseball Game" on my list!

56. Plant a vegetable garden.
Check! Although I have to admit that my garden didn't turn out quite like I was hoping. You may have seen in some of my other posts about the raised vegetable beds that I built. Those turned out great, but unfortunately, our plants weren't as pleased with them as I was. So far this summer, all we have gotten from our garden is two little tomatoes. Granted, they were really sweet and yummy, but I'm disappointed with the lack of produce. I'm not giving in just yet, I'm going to try and tweak some things and hopefully we can get a few more things before the end of the season.

59. Build something designed by Ana White.
I think I can give myself half a check for this. I've completed the building portion of the project, now I just need to paint it. I'm really excited to see the finished product and I'll definitely post pictures on here to share!

71. Make some kind of preserves.
I preserved something all by myself and they turned out pretty ok! :) I used this recipe to make homemade strawberry preserves. I was so proud of myself and kind of felt like Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Things I want to work on in the coming months:

23. Memorize a psalm or prayer.
I know I need to work on my scripture memorization. I think a psalm would be a good place to start.

66. Make a fresh flower arrangement for every season.
I made an arrangement during the spring, but I would like to try and make one for the summer before the summer flowers are gone.

72. Bake my own bread.
Bread (and all of it's many delicious variations) may just be my favorite food. I definitely need to try and make my own. It doesn't seem too hard #famouslastwords

95. Plan and execute 5 special dates with Geoff.
My dear, sweet husband, he's so good to me. He deserves a thousand special dates, but I'm going to really try and plan a good one in the next couple of months.

I've definitely got some things to keep me busy. I'm also looking forward to posting on a more regular basis and sharing some of the projects I've been working on.

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.

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!


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?


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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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. 


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. 


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

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