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    Gingham Dreamin’

    I’ve had a big crush on gingham for a long time now but no way (read: piece of clothing) to express my feelings for it. Though the pattern is most well known in its black and white form, gingham and summer go hand-in-hand for me. Yet it’s still versatile enough that it can transition into fall and winter with the addition of colored tights! Knowing this, you can imagine my happiness when I received an email from Loft that they were debuting a line of gingham pieces.

    I’m not even joking when I say that I checked for my size at the local Loft and went right out to try and (hopefully) buy it that day.

    It had already sold out of most sizes online by the time I got there so I was terrified that it wouldn’t fit. I got to the store right before rush hour. Found my size (after panicking that I couldn’t find the dress anywhere). Went to the dressing room. And ha.lle.lu.jah. Continue reading…

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    Why Seeing Movies is a Budget Date Dream

     I love taking my wife to see movies from time to time (this is Andrew, by the way). If you follow Shantelle’s instagram it’s a huge surprise, right? But it’s one of the most amazing things you can do, period. To start with there’s the anticipation of going to see a new movie, something you’ve never seen before but you’ve been checking out the previews for weeks (or months). And while the feature presentation is exciting enough by itself that’s only part of the fun. It used to cost an arm and a leg to see a first-run movie, but things are a-changing, people. Continue reading…
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    2015-2016 Erin Condren Life Planner Unboxing + Overview!

    After many trials and tribulations, my 2015-2016 Erin Condren Life Planner is finally here! I’m super excited about this for two reasons: HORIZONTAL LAYOUT and it means a fresh start! Now, I’m not just here to talk about why I’m excited about the new planners, I’m also here (as always) to give y’all an unboxing and overview of the new launch…as well as do a giveaway again! That’s right – once you finish psyching yourself up about the prettiness of the planners, you can enter to win a Vertical Layout Rose Gold Life Planner! So without further adieu, let’s take a look at both the Vertical and Horizontal Erin Condren Life Planners…along with a quick comparison of last year’s! Check out the video to see the planners in more detail and read on for some photos and descriptive terms. 😉

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    June Highlights

    July has been so much kinder weather-wise than June was, so I can’t say I’m sad to see the over terrible temperatures disappearing in favor of rain showers. BYE JUNE. With June gone that also means that we are in serious Disneyland countdown mode. Like, 3 months. PLUS that means that our 5k is only 3 months away as well (and as of the holiday, less than that…eek). However now that I’m not as sick as I was for the end of June, we’ve started training for it for reals. Aww. yiss. Now that the complainin’/countdowns are out of the way, let’s look at what made June pretty flipping awesome (over 100 temperatures aside). Continue reading…

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    Summer Fun: NCMA Movies

    I’ll be real with y’all: I find most of my fun outside of Raleigh. One huge exception to this is during the NCMA summer movie season. All year the North Carolina Museum of Art shows movies that are either in their indoor theatre or, the far superior area, outside on the “lawn” during summer. It’s all of $5/person, you can bring your own picnic, and all you have to do is enjoy the movie and whatever beverage/food you bring (aside from alcohol, obvs).

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    We love going for just a couple of reasons. Let me count the ways. Continue reading…

    Gettin’ Health

    Life goal: feel as cute as our dance studio

    “Gettin’ Fit” is a much cuter name (and even the name of my exercise board on Pinterest) but can I be honest? I am sick of fitness. I need to do a lot more than just lower my mile time (like walk a mile while not eating candy ((I don’t do that))). There always seems to be a lot of focus nowadays on getting into the best fitness of your life and I’m just not interested. Fitness is a thing that is usually more defined by body mass and I’d rather have something a little more sustainable than a percentage. Ok off of the soapbox now and back to the real world 😉 Continue reading…

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    Learning More About the Capsule Wardrobe

    While it’s true that my personal end-goal is not a capsule wardrobe per se, I do like the idea of limiting yourself to only those pieces in your wardrobe that you love and that work together. The concept is pretty simple: you pare down your clothing, shoes, and accessories to 33 pieces total. It sounds terrifying but it’s actually not that bad! Since I’ve demolished and rebuilt my wardrobe I think I’m only at around 25 pieces total and I can still dress myself 7 days a week. Some people include PJs in that number and others don’t, while some people allow their accessories (like jewelry and bags) to be in a different category/number. It helps with streamlining your outfits (if you’re properly prepared), it feels great to not be overwhelmed by choices when trying to get dressed, and it is also pretty cool to be like “Yeah, I only have X pieces of clothes. It saves the Earth if you do. Don’t you?”

    Ok maybe it doesn’t save the Earth but you get the idea.

    When I first started researching capsule wardrobes I felt really overwhelmed, so I wanted to help those who might need some direction on getting started with a capsule wardrobe or just wanted to use some of the concept in their own closet. So, let’s start learning more about capsule wardrobes! Continue reading…

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    Trip Report: New Bern

    If you follow me on instagram you may have seen that Andrew surprised me with a weekend getaway to New Bern last weekend! We’ve been to New Bern on day trips but we’ve never stayed overnight so this was quite the treat. It was amazingly relaxing since it was a technology-free weekend (except for cameras) and I am a little sad to not be going back right this second, but we’ll be returning again in the future! The weekend was filled with great food, good shopping, and pretty amazing views, so let’s get on to it!

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    The Girl with the Yellow Bag

    Tomorrow marks the three year anniversary of my first date with a very special girl. Prior to our date we hadn’t met in person (we met online) and so to avoid any confusion she gave me a very specific directive to identify her: look for the girl with the yellow bag. We had arranged to meet for dinner and as usual I was running a few minutes behind schedule, but I still got to the restaurant early (which I found out later was due to Shantelle sitting in her car waiting for me to arrive first). I remember standing outside watching people pass by with a growing interest, looking for anyone carrying a yellow bag. It was exciting, but also nerve-wracking because I didn’t really know what to expect. And then I saw her. Continue reading…