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thoughts on relationships pt. 2

Appreciate the little things. It's important to spend time with the one you love and continue to learn more and more about each other. Spend your time getting lost in conversations, curled up on the couch, or cooking dinner together. When you spend time together doing everyday things then you k…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Giraffes Boyfriend surprised me with this beautiful bracelet of my favorite animal.
2. SeƱor Bob's Hotdogs This gem had really delicious hot dogs with all the best fixings.
3. Margaritas The Satisfied Frog has some pretty delicious margaritas served just right in mason jars.

jc wishlist

Jeffrey Campbell is my favorite shoe designer. Here are five reasons why...
Johnny Tall Boy Boot Tabitha Platform Mckay Studded Sneaker Skulltini Loafer Hadley Fishtail Sandal
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I spent the weekend with Boyfriend in Sedona. The weather was perfect for hiking, eating breakfast by the creek, and walking around town. We stayed at the Briar Patch Inn (courtesy of my mama). It's an adorable bed and breakfast right alongside Oak Creek. It was the perfect romantic getaway.


sunday spark

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson [click on image for source]

mini raspberry tarts

How adorable are these tiny tarts? I think dainty desserts are just the sweetest thing.

8 oz. raspberries, pureed
2 1/2 oz. cassis
1 oz.  grenadine
1 1/2 cup heavy cream, cold
1/4 cup confectioner sugar
30 tart shells
3 oz chocolate, melted
1. Place raspberries, cassis and grenadin…

friday funnies


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black mani

While I love a good pop of color on my fingertips, my favorite go-to polish is black. It's classy, dark, and pretty much goes with everything. I really like the matte look and the shiny look.

I came across a way to paint your nails so you can get the best of both worlds. A matte nail with shin…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. New home I'm so happy to have moved in with Boyfriend. He bought a wonderful house and I am so proud of him. We've been working hard to make it our own.

2. Charlie and Nugget Our two pups are best friends. They are practically inseparable and choose to play tug-of-war on top of us, as if …

breakup box

Breakups suck, but moving on is the light at the end of the tunnel. I've written about that process here. To aid in the process of moving on it's typical to eat a tub of Ben and Jerry's ice cream while spritzing whipped cream on your tongue while watching The Notebook. It's a lot o…

sweet tea mojito

Nothing says summer like laying by the pool with an ice cold drink in hand. I plan on spending a lot of weekends in my new backyard catching some sun and sipping on a few cocktails. This is one I have to try.

DirectionsSteep 4 or 5 black tea bags, 2 cups turbinado sugar and 2 handfuls of fresh mint

sunday spark

[my mama got me this on a bracelet]

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