There’s something about a blustery fall day that makes me want to cozy up with a cup of tea, in hand. Even better than sipping tea on a day like today: sipping tea that was picked for me and sent RIGHT to my door! I recently took a survey with @sipsby and was sent a personalized box of 4 teas for my taste preferences — which for me is sweet PUMPKIN, my friends. (Swipe right 👉🏻 to see what I got this month!) Right now, you can get 50% off of your first Sips by Box using the code SIPS50. (Link in my bio!) Happy sipping!!! 🖤 . #sipsbybox #sipsby #hersipsbyoct #ambsipsby #ambcollab #teasubscriptionbox #teagift #tealover #teatime #autumn #hygge #cozyhome #teaparty #tealove #tealife #cuppatea #subscriptionbox
So, I finally did it! I fell down the rabbit hole of Enneagram, last night and I am FASCINATED. Where my 8’s at?! 🙋🏼♀️ Now I’m diving head first into the Enneagram compatibility. Who knew this was so much more fascinating than sleeping?! #enneagram8 What about you? What’s your number?? 📷: @celestecclark
I am not an early bird. Like, at all. But this school year has got me making some major changes, in order to get it all in. Since switching to a more natural lifestyle, and incorporating more gym time into my routine, I find myself needing to get up earlier. So, finding products that give me NATURAL energy has become really important. @gopureboost has been such a great addition to my day. No sugar: just clean, refreshing energy to help me tackle my morning, power through that mid-day slump and get my sweat session checked off my list. (Check then out - link in my bio!) What about you? Are you a gym rat? And if you are, what are your secrets to powering through?? #ambcollab #ambpureboost #herpureboost #pureboostmoment
Sick days are not fun. But what they are is a good reason to stay in bed and sip coffee all day, amiright? 🖤 swipe to see my new favorite DIY macchiato, using @nespresso and @nutpods (spoiler alert: it’s so tasty and I don’t think I’m ever going back.)
SEEKING: Tips for keeping things clean and tidy in a home with 2 furry children. Or a full time maid. Either one will do. 🤷🏼♀️ But seriously, I am in a complicated relationship with #swiffer - how do you keep your home tidy and your sanity in check, with pets?! This puppy is giving me a run for my money. 😂
Friday couldn’t come soon enough, this week. Embracing a chance to slow down, take a breath, and mop my floors. 😆 Here’s to the weekend. What’s on your agenda?!
This is probably where I should insert some fun quirky caption, about coming back from an almost year-long hiatus (what?!). 🌻 But instead, I’m going to leave you with these pretty flowers and the honest truth: I love Fall- I relish in it!!! Not just because of the pumpkin flavored treats or colorful leaves, but because it’s the season of the year where I feel most like ME! Productive, back in the swing of the school year, and ready to tackle it all. But this fall has been different. I am really STRUGGLING to get and stay motivated. I’m not sure what it is about this season (maybe it’s those lingering summer vibes and 80 degree days) but I’m just not mentally there yet. Fingers crossed after a few more pumpkin lattes I’ll find the inspiration to tackle my fall to-do list. But until then, you can find me here: sipping coffee, avoiding real responsibilities, and definitely not meal prepping like I should. ✌🏻
Days like today make me want to spend hours and hours cozy in bed, drinking coffee, and soaking in all of the puppy snuggles. 🌲 But instead, I’m here at work dreaming of more snow days... Happy Friday!
Snow days make the best laundry days! I’ve been playing catch up, this week, and @tidelaundry from @walmart makes cleaning up a breeze. Tide PODS have a 4-in-1 breakthrough laundry solution with concentrated Tide detergent, extra odor fighters, extra stain fighters, and built-in pre-treaters, giving you more bang for your buck, especially at Walmart’s everyday low prices. #TideWalmartSavings #Ambcollab #HERtidepodscollab #herbpg
So much change in one year. Last year, this little #houseplant was just two small stalks in a very big pot. One year later, Fred has grown so big - and has even tried planting roots into my window sills! One year can change so much. If you had told me a year ago that my life would look the way it does today, I wouldn’t have believed you. I had plans. But life had different ones. Last year, I had just ended a long relationship, was swimming in bills, and moving into a house that was giving me more headache than happiness. This holiday, as my entire family collected in my cozy living room, I realized how completely different things are, right now. Things are calm. And happy. In this moment, things are the way they’re supposed to be. (As I guess they always were). But these things, and my plant Fred, are living proof: sometimes all we need is a little bit of time - to grow, to change, and to thrive. And no matter where we are planted, we can bloom with grace. So eager to see where next year takes us, Fred. 🌱
And the stockings were all hung by the chimney with care... Well, that’s not exactly true. I skipped the stockings this year. And I don’t have a chimney. But what I do have is a bunch of Christmas leftovers and an addiction to sweet rolls (seriously. I ate the entire pack, last night!). Here’s to a lovely holiday and a much needed diet reset in the coming days! 🖤🎄
I’ve officially hit planning mode for my upcoming trip to Ireland. (yay!) And while I like to pack light, I hate the idea of leaving my skincare routine behind! When I heard about this TSA compliant Every Day Skincare Set from @alder_new_york I was so excited to give it a try! I’ve been using them for just over a week and so far I’m loving it! The gentle exfoliation from the face wash is just what I need to get the grime off of a long day. Their face serum is full of essential vitamins for my skin and the moisturizer feels so silky smooth and lightweight.▪️I’m definitely considering ordering these again before my trip. And you can, too! Use code BLACKFRIDAY18 to get 25% off your order. (Items were received as a part of a collaboration with @joinpalm )#goodlooksgoodstuff
Sick days aren’t good for very much. But I’m taking this crummy day to binge endless episodes of Friends and catch up on some projects, like this here embroidery. How’s your Saturday? 🌿
And these are a few if my favorite things... The sequel. 🖤🐾
As I'm getting older, I'm learning to appreciate simple pleasures, like both routine and indulgence. And I'm learning to love, appreciate and take care of my skin today - for a healthier and happier bout of tomorrows. One of the routines that brings me the most joy is taking care of myself through routine skincare. 🌿 Two products that I've been indulging in lately are @ojai_sugar (ad) Petals Facial Oil and Facial Waters Spray. @ojai_sugar is a line of all natural body exfoliants and sustainable skincare products, based out of Ojai, California. I love that their unique products use hand-poured blends of plant-based ingredients and essential oils that I can really feel working to make my skin calm and clear. And the products smell like a sweet floral heaven! 🌿 I've been using the facial water at night to hydrate and tone my skin, after cleansing. I spritz it on a cotton pad and gently rub over my fact to hydrate and refresh my skin before I apply the rest of my serums, oils, and moisturizers. 🌿 After toning and moisturizing, I use just a few drops of the facial oil to hydrate my skin, before bed. The smell and feel of this baby is luxurious and makes me look forward to my short skincare ritual each night. Since I've added this oil to the mix, I've noticed my skin is calmer and feels rejuvenated. 🌿 (items were received as a part of a collaboration with @joinpalm ) 🌿🖤 What are YOUR skin care secrets???
Sometimes, the best people in life aren't people. 🖤🐾 PS: The As It Is Right Now link party is now up and LIVE on my blog. #linkinbio #asitisrightnow
No lengthy captions today. Just plants, on plants, on plants. Happy Saturday! 🖤🌿
I'll admit, I've been slacking. I'm much better at taking care of my indoor plants than handling my outdoor gardening needs (as I'm sure you can see from my tomato plant's slightly wilty leaves!). But I'm so thankful. Despite my lacking abilities and tendency to forget to water her, she still keeps giving me red, juicy, tomatoes by the handful. Maybe someday I'll master the art of outdoor gardening. But that day is not today. #asitisrightnow
UPDATE: #asitisrightnow Link Up is officially LIVE #ontheblog. Pop on over (#linkinbio) to share what life is like for you RIGHT NOW. (I'll be sharing some of your responses in my story over the next few days! 👋🏻) . . So, here's my dose of real life for you, this week. My second day hair is stuffed strategically under this @magnolia ball cap. Ive officially run out of places to put my plants, as they've taken over my living room, bedroom, and now bathroom. I strategically kept my messy sink out of this shot. I haven't really slept in days because I keep staying up late to Snapchat this handsome guy, that I keep waiting to stop falling for. I finally started making time for myself through working out and, as inconsistent as I've been these past two weeks, I'm already noticing changes to how I feel inside and out. I actually have a muscle now. It's weird. (And so exciting!!) I'm harboring a new obsession with Shakeology. I'm officially starting to shop in the kids section for my clothes again. I have mixed feelings. The school year officially starts back for teachers on Thursday and I'm so excited for routine, even though I'm still mourning a little, deep down. And also, I really need to throw away my months-old mascara. But hey, this is life -- As it is right now. #AsItIsRightNow
It's been a while since I've indulged in tasty treats. And I think this orange sugar cookie from @jamandrelishkitchen_kkv was worth the splurge! 🍊 What's your favorite sweet treat?
So, this happened. 🖤🐍 #TaylorSwiftReputation #Seesters
Anyone who knows me, knows I am a true homebody. I mean, don't get me wrong: I enjoy my travels. But nothing can truly compete with a day at home, in my own bed, with puppy snuggles. If I'm being honest, this summer's trips have left me feeling more anxious than ever. I'm not sure if it is the unknown or the tight schedules or the masses of unfamiliar faces. But I'm beyond excited to be finally home and getting back to routine. 🖤 What about you? Poll #inmystory today!
Today will be better. I'm prepared. ✌🏻☕️
Who else feels like they could use a little good vibes, this week? 🙌🏻 I've really been working lately on self-discovery --- is that even a thing? Discovering yourself? I guess I should say self-creation (another post, another day). But I've really been working on it! And centering myself and preparing my life to receive all of these rumored good vibrations and the entirety of what God is preparing for me. Part of that for me is learning that God really does want us to take advantage of the absolute best that life has to offer. In what seemed like really ironic (or not so ironic) timing, I stumbled on Sydney and Taylor's @whattheeffpodcast. And in it, Syd talks about this silly little game she plays with a focus to MANIFEST things into her life. Being the skeptic I am, I decided to try it- mostly for fun. 🌸 And WOAH. Guys. I can't explain this power to you. So.. Seriously, if you haven't listened yet, do it. I have such perspective now and I'm so so excited to see where it takes me. You go listen. I'll be waiting here....just manifesting pink flowers, all over the place. #EndRant 📷:@jasminedowling
Anyone else feeling overwhelmed by the chaos of life, lately? 🙋🏼 I know I am! So I'm feeling super thankful for a day to recharge and relax, today. PS: Here's a little snippet of what's #ontheblog today. Link in bio! #biossance
It's finally here!! 🖤🌿🍴 I've been counting down until my copy of #magnoliatablecookbook from @joannagaines came in, and today is the day!! Super excited to try my hands at some of these recipes.
& these are a few of my favorite things. 🖤
Sometimes, all you need is fresh mozzarella and a good soak. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I'm eternally grateful to whoever invented caprese, and even more grateful for quiet moments to eat it in the tub. Is this weird? Over sharing? 😉 just two of the things I'm loving lately and reasons my heart is grateful.
🖤 seesters (fur and all)
The future has begun. Day one.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how frowned upon is it to leave Christmas decorations up until forever? Someone, tell me it's a socially acceptable 1. 😍🙏🏻
This week has been a BLUR! Even as I write this, I'm struggling to remember what day it is! Since we are talking about real life: . . . Indecision | Jealousy | Fear . . These are probably my LEAST favorite character traits in a man. And I swear yesterday, the men in my life experienced and showed me them ALL. I was frustrated, on my drive home, reflecting on all that was going on. But then I realized.... those character traits are the same things I battle almost every day myself. How unfair I've been to judge these poor guys who are showing exactly what I work so hard to bottle up and hide every day. I'm a work in progress. But aren't we all? . . And also, I write this next to a pile of dirty dishes and unfolded socks. ✌🏻 Power on, people. Power on.
HERE IS TO LIVING REAL LIFE, PEOPLE. I made breakfast the other day, and before I made the tasty toast that I served my guests, and before I took the photo of my breakfast on the rarely used coordinating dishes, I did this. I made delectably burnt toast. Can we even call it toast? Or shall we call it charred, ashes, smoldered bread? 😏 it is what it is. . . If I'm being honest, I have totally been guilty of being one of THOSE people who clean my house before I take a picture. I've decided against posting because a snap didn't fit my feed, in color vibrance or mood. And WHY? So my insta could bring you an unrealistic picture of my everyday life? Aaaaand I'm over it. . . I want to embrace realistic living room standards and my true cooking ability. Do I still swoon over aesthetically pleasing photos with perfectly placed decorations? Yes. Will I still lean towards posting colorful snaps that capture the excitement of the moment? Probably. But will that be all? Nope. I think it's time to embrace real life for the beautiful and burnt food mess that it is. 🖤 . . who's with me? . . #toast #cooking #foodie #foodporn #breakfast #potterybarninspired #dᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏlᴏᴠᴇ #designedtoloveblog #travelblogger #foodblogger #lifestyleblogger #blog #blogger #girlswhoblog #blogginggals #girlswhocantcook
So thankful for this hour of down time, tonight, before an early bed time to reset and refocus. A little Sense and Sensibility and #magnoliamarket magazine is what my heart needed, this evening. What is your guilty pleasure to reset and unwind? . . [tap for details]
And then, for one minute, everything´s good. Everyone's well. Everyone's happy... in that one minute, you have peace. 🖤 . . . . . Thankful for a few moments of downtime in this busy busy week. Trying to move out, move in, keep up, and keep sanity in the process has been a challenge. But it's one I'm so thankful for. The past few weeks have been difficult and messy. But the next few days will bring family, turkey, and hopefully naps - and for that, my heart is full. But in this hour, this moment, I am so grateful for a chance to breathe and listen to my favorite movie on repeat. Enjoy the season, my friends! But enjoy the moments even more. . . . . . #designedtoloveblog #peace #turkey #thankful #chicken #thanksgiving #breathe #clarity #happiness #dᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏlᴏᴠᴇ
I've been a little MIA lately, with good reason. I believe that good things come to those who wait...and wait...and wait. This week, after 39 months of dreaming and 19 of those full of construction, I've finally moved into my dream home this week. I'm overwhelmed with emotions and boxes (who knew it was possible to have quite so many shoes?). Updates soon, but for now.. home sweet home. 💕🔑
This cupcake was almost too pretty to eat! Some of my favorite snacks in Disney are on the blog, today. (link in bio) 🍿🍭🍹⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #designedtolove #photography #blogginggals #lifestyleblog #disney #disneyworld #disneysprings #downtowndisney #travel #jetset #cupcakes #sugar #sweettooth #dessert #sprinkles #travelblog #ontheblog #cupcakeatm #magickingdom #beautyandthebeast #ontheblog #happy
Is there anything that makes a grey day better than the way an apple cider donut does? 🍩 . . . The answer to that ☝🏼 is (of course) no . . . . #DᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏLᴏᴠᴇ #designedtoloveblog #pumpkintime #fall #lifestyleblogger #blogginggals #pumpkinspice #pumpkinpatch #autumn🍁 #autumn #winetasting #winery #ontheblog #applecinnamon #donuts
Why, hello Fall. I'm so happy to see you. Now, excuse me while I go pick some pumpkins and sip some apple wine. . . . . . #DᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏLᴏᴠᴇ #designedtoloveblog #pumpkintime #fall #lifestyleblogger #blogginggals #travelblogger #pumpkinspice #pumpkinpatch #autumn🍁 #autumn #winetasting #winery #ontheblog
I had serious plans to run today. I bought donuts instead. 😋🍩 . . . . . #designedtolove #designedtolovedonuts #running #fitnessblogger #girlswhoblog #girlswhoeat #travelblogger #styleblogger #lifestyleblogger #blog #yum #foodie #happinessiskey #DᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏLᴏᴠᴇ
3 Very Real Things: • I think I've stayed in a hotel every month for the past five months (sometimes more than once?). • I slept in these leggings and then wore them out in public. Shhh. • My dog thinks hotel-fetch is the bomb-diggity. Happy Monday! . . . . . #DTL3RT #Designedtoloveblog #designedtolove #blackandwhite #hotel #travelblogger #blogger #blogginggals #ontheblog #blog #travelgram
I'm inherently awkward and officially jumping into the unknown. Bring it on. . . . . . #ontheblog #blogger #blog #blackandwhite #beach #holiday #vacation #blogginggals #christianblogger #faithblogger #designedtolove #DTLB #awkward #phdstudent #phdstudentlife #DᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏLᴏᴠᴇ
Summers are for sleeping in. We are trying our best to squeeze every Z we can out of the last few days, before school begins again. It doesn't help that we've been hit with a blast of a summer cold. Thankful to have received a well-timed @pinchme box, this week, with a #zzzquil sample. Here's to some solid dreams. . . . . . #designedtolove #designedtoloveblog #blog #blogginggals #lifestyleblogger #blackandwhite #puppy #ad #pinchme #pinchmebox #zzzquil #sleep #boxersofinstagram #photography #happypincher
Is there anything better than ice cream in the summer-summer time?🍦☀️⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #designedtolove #photography #blogginggals #icecream #summertimeshine #summerday #icecreamcone #icecreamofinsta #strawberry #travelgram #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #lifestyleblog #blog #blogger #DᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏLᴏᴠᴇ
I can easily get used to mornings, like these. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #designedtolove #photography #blogginggals #travel #travelblog #lifestyleblog #sunrise #beach #jekyllisland #travelgram #vacation #run #inspire #fitgoals #morningworkout #running #furbaby #blog #shore #DᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏLᴏᴠᴇ
Oh, froyo. Every sweet delicious fruity bite of you was with the wait. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #designedtolove #photography #blogginggals #blogger #lifestyleblogger #wanderlust #froyo #georgia #jekyllisland #travel #travelgram #travelblogger #lifestyleblog #snack #food #yum #orange #islandlife #islandfood #DᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏLᴏᴠᴇ
Ahh, South of the Border. Let the cheesy photos commence! ⠀ What is your favorite road trip destination? ☀️👙🐠🌸🍦⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #designedtolove #photography #blogginggals #southoftheborder #sob #southcarolina #blog #blogger #lifestyleblog #Vacation #flamingoparty #wanderlust #travel #travelgram #beachlife #roadtrip #DᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏLᴏᴠᴇ
Swooning over these beauties. ⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ .⠀⠀ #designedtolove #photography #blogginggals #flowers #pink #roses #beautiful #ontheblog #lifestyleblog #relax #vacation #disneyworld #disney #grandfloridian #gfresort #grandfloridianresort #DᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏLᴏᴠᴇ
On the way back home... Where real life, fur-babies, and copious piles of laundry are waiting for me. . . . . . #designedtolove #photography #blogginggals #ontheblog #blog #travelblog #wanderlust #travel #plane #wing #sky #clouds #southwest #florida #home #wander #travelbug #JetSet #DᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏLᴏᴠᴇ
The breakfast of champions. . . . . . #designedtolove #photography #blogginggals #waffle #disney #disneyfood #nutella #travelblog #travel #wanderlust #disneyworld #magickingdom #yummy #DᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅᴛᴏLᴏᴠᴇ