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. 


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

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

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.  #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?

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Friday Five

1. Last year, Pier 1 had the cutest little white dessert plates that had lace looking edges, they called them Doily Plates. I loved them, but never ended up buying any. I stopped in this week in hopes that they had them again and I was in luck! They are so cute! I bought four, but I think I might go back and buy four more, they're $6 each, so not too bad.

2. Do you like personality tests? I love them! Blogger Leigh Kramer is doing a really interesting blog series about the Enneagram Personality Test and Blogging. I can't wait until she gets to my personality (according to the Enneagram, I am a 9, "The Peacemaker"; and with the Myers-Briggs, I am an ISTP).

The Enneagram and Blogging via Leigh Kramer

3. Call me a nerd, but Catching Fire comes out on DVD today and I am SO EXCITED!!!! I am a huge Hunger Games fan and I thought that the Catching Fire film was so good! Just as good as the book. On my way home from work tonight, I am stopping by Target to buy the DVD, some microwave popcorn (to entice my husband to watch it with me) and some dark chocolate m&m's. Best. night. ever.

4. Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending a calligraphy class led by Lauren of Blue Eye Brown Eye. It was so much fun! I was hoping that I would be a natural and pick it up effortlessly, but alas, that did not happen. So I'll be doing a lot of practicing and (hopefully) improving.


5. Oh my gosh, a brand new Homegoods store is opening near me this weekend. I can literally walk out my front door and into the new Homegoods in 10 minutes. This is either the best thing ever or the worst thing ever, I'm not sure yet (but I can already tell you which one my husband thinks it is :) ). I was able to peek in the front windows a few days ago and it looks glorious. I've never even been to a "real" Homegoods, I've only ever been to a TJ Maxx/Homegoods combo, so I am super excited. A friend and I are going on opening day (of course).

Five on Friday

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Getting Ready

I've shared with you about my Bachelorette party, Bridal Tea, and Rehearsal Dinner. Now it's time for the Main Event! (Imagine me saying that like a boxing ring announcer.)

I spent Friday night in a hotel with my bridesmaids and family and on Saturday morning woke up early (like before the sun came up, early) to start getting ready for my day. My hair stylist came to the hotel to do my hair (much more convenient than going to the salon which was on the other side of town). Funny story, I had planned all along to wear my hair up on my wedding day, I even had a hair trial where she styled it up, but on the morning of the wedding, I decided to change it. Even though I had planned all along on wearing my hair up, I was nervous about it. I never wear my hair up, and I was worried that I wouldn't look like myself, but I also worried that wearing it down would make me look too casual or young or something. After talking to my bridesmaids and going back and forth, I finally decided to wear it down. The argument that finally convinced me? "But Laura, Kate Middleton wore her hair down on her wedding day." Ha!

After getting my hair done, my bridesmaids and I headed to the church to finish getting ready. My maid of honor did my make-up and she did an excellent job, seriously, she should be become a make-up artist. I don't wear a lot of make-up so I didn't want to look overdone or too made up (a sentiment my husband expressed to me multiple times in the days leading up to the wedding), but I still wanted to look my best. I trusted her implicitly and like I said, she did a great job.

Something special that I wore on my wedding day was my Mom's pearl necklace. My Nonna (what we called our grandmother) had given them to my Mom on her wedding day and now my Mom was passing them down to me. Mom even found a picture that I had never seen before of my Nonna putting the pearls on my Mom on her wedding day. Mom also embroidered a handkerchief for me with my new monogram and wedding date, I used it as my something blue.

My sister helping me put on my garters. I had two, one for tossing and one for keeping.

My MOH, Katie, helping me put on my veil.

I just remember my getting ready time as being a lot of fun with a lot of laughing and no stress. The perfect way to start my wedding day. I seriously have the best girlfriends in the world. 

I got all the girls these heart glasses to wear during the reception, but we decided to try them out before the ceremony :)

While the girls were getting ready upstairs, the boys were downstairs getting ready. 

After we were all ready, we headed outside for some pictures. It was a GORGEOUS day, we had prayed for months that the weather would be nice and I couldn't have asked for better!


Next week I'll be sharing our first look and our pictures together.

Dress: WattersToo
Shoes: Nine West
Veil: Shirley Renee Designs on Etsy
Groom's Suit: Tommy Hilfiger 

Love Always Nancy J

Wedding Wednesday

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