Monday, September 18, 2017

I Need Coffee... & Inspiration

Hello lovelies! 

Well, another week (and a day) has passed without me blogging... Ah! I've literally turned my computer on multiple times to write and then when I sign on...Nothing. It's like I'm feeling uninspired for some reason! (Someone help me! Ha!)
Anyways, today I am determined to put something up-- even if I have to sit here all night! I just went through the pictures I've taken on my phone since the last time I blogged, and I didn't have very many at all. (Which is very unusual for me) SO, I guess I'll just post what I have and do a SUPER random recap from what I remember of the last week. ;) 

Last Monday we ate dinner at LongHorn Steakhouse to celebrate our friend Chase's birthday! His friend Nick joined us and it was a very interesting dinner to say the least. Ha! Our server was absolutely terrible and we wound up being there for over two hours. (Oh, and did I mention the place was completely empty!?) We definitely made some good memories out of the whole situation and laughed the entire way home... <3

I had a sweet potato and this delicious corn for dinner...

The next couple of days were pretty long at work. We are winding down from "busy season" and I can tell! Thank goodness for friends who surprise you with a "pick-me-up"... 

I wound up moving desks at work as well! As much as I hated leaving some of the people I've gotten close to on that side of the room, it's been fun getting to know some new people and having a change of scenery. 

I have REALLY been trying to get more fruits and vegetables in lately and a huge way I'm getting this done is by drinking smoothies. I pre-made smoothie bags that are super easy to throw in the blender when I get home from work. Oh, and they taste good too! ;)

Once Friday got here, I was thrilled for the weekend! Before I left work, my friend Kayla brought her new puppies by so I could meet them. They. Were. So. Adorable. <3

Saturday I had planned on going to the Farmer's Market but I totally forgot I had a hair appointment that morning. (I guess there's always this next weekend!) I'm trying to get my hair healthier so I think I'm going to say goodbye to the super blonde for a while. She put some brown through my hair (in the roots) and I'm hoping to gradually get back to my natural hair color. 
The rest of Saturday was spent chilling in my leopard chair, watching Christmas movies! Heehee.

Sunday was church and then we met my parents and my aunts that were in town from Georgia for a quick lunch. Let me just say, there's no other family like my family... LOL! #wecray

Work was actually REALLY busy today... but I'm not complaining! The day goes by so much faster when I'm busy. As far as tonight goes, I am about to indulge in some home-made chicken curry that one of my co-workers made for me. I. AM. EXCITED. 

I hope you all have a great week! 

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

"Be good to people for no reason!"

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Major Recap: Labor Day, Eats & Football Fun

Hello lovelies!

Wow, it's been an entire week since I posted last... What is this madness? Honestly y'all, I've been in somewhat of a "funk" as much as I hate to admit it. I haven't been sad or upset about anything, it's just been one of those weeks where I've felt... drained. I decided to just take a week off from the blog scene until I got in a better mindset. With that said, I'm feeling refreshed and ready to do a major recap for you all. <3

Before I get started, I just want to take a quick minute and say I am praying and thinking about those of you (family and friends) who have been affected by these two major hurricanes! I can't imagine what you are going through and I'm sending positive thoughts your way! *hugs*

Let's go back to last Sunday night...

Tyler asked if I would make my Italian Pasta Salad for dinner and I thought that was a great idea... It's always so easy to make and it's super delicious! You can find the recipe here!
We spent most of the evening getting the house back in order from all the painting that took place that weekend.
Here's a little sneak peek...
That night we headed to Cherry Berry to get some fro-yo! I should have taken a picture before I mixed all of mine together- haha!

Monday was Labor Day so we hung out with Tyler's family and relaxed for most of the day. When we got home, I went ahead and meal prepped for the coming week at work. I've really been loving jasmine rice so I plan on taking it this week too.

Tuesday after work, we had dinner with our friend Chase. We went to Tassanee's and it was so GOOD. I've been craving it so bad! Their pineapple fried rice is legit...

Thursday night, I met my friend Stephany at SAKE for a sushi date! I hadn't seen her in so long so it was a blast getting to laugh and catch up.

Friday, I got to work and it felt like the walls were closing in on me... haha! I texted Tyler and asked if he wanted to take a random 1/2 day of vacation... SO WE DID! ;) 
We ate lunch at Cheddar's, ran to Bath & Body Works and got three new fall candles, finally got some Cotton Candy grapes to try and cruised with the top down for most of the day. The weather was PERFECT!

Yesterday, my parents came over and it was a football filled Saturday! Alabama won their game and OU won theirs. It was an all-around happy day for this family! ;)

Today was church and both services were fantastic! This morning, our pastor preached an awesome sermon (If you have some extra time, I highly recommend you click the link and watch it!) and tonight was a total worship service. I feel super refreshed and ready to take on the week!

I hope you all have a great week!

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

"I didn't come this far to only come this far."

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Recap: House Updates, Food & Football

Hellllo lovelies!

I hope you all are having a wonderful Sunday! It's just a beautiful morning and I'm sitting here eating a Lenny & Larry's protein cookie while I blog. (I love these cookies so much... The double chocolate and snickerdoodle are my favs!) This weekend has been pretty busy so far but I sure am glad we have tomorrow off work for Labor Day. Let's do a recap of the last few days...

Nothing too exciting happened Monday through Wednesday but once Thursday got here, the week got a little more exciting! We had a "Wear your favorite band t-shirt" day at work and it was probably my favorite "t-shirt day" thus far. (We have them quite a few weeks out of the year-- just different themes!) I pulled out one of my John Mayer t-shirts from 2010 when I went to one of his concerts for the first time! It was a little small (lol) but I didn't care. I also finally got my nails done... One of my bestie's found a color in dip powder that looks exactly like the color we used to love in shellac! (It's the perfect every day color) I had to go try it out. I loveeeee it! <3
 Speaking of the bestie (Kayla), she totally let me down and didn't wear a band t-shirt... -_- She wore an Arkansas shirt... but I got a picture with her anyway! ;) (Or two pictures... I couldn't decide which one I liked best! Ha!) 
Thursday night after work, I was literally exhausted. I sat in my big leopard chair and watched two cheesy Christmas movies! Y'all, I'm running out of cheesy Christmas movies on nextflix! Ha! If you have any suggestions on a movie I should watch next, let me know in the comments below. 

Friday morning, I headed to work and was SO ready to get the work day complete so the weekend could officially start. We got Oreo's for our "Happy Friday" treat so they literally sat there and tempted me all day. Lol. (Yes, my department gets Happy Friday treats during the summer since it's so crazy busy...Ha!)
(Side note: This coffee warmer is SO nice to have at my desk... I like to sip on my coffee and it tends to get cold really fast if I don't use it! It's totally worth the $10! You can find it here!)

Anyways, speaking of being tempted with food... A couple of us put together a "work gym" in one of the cubical's in front of me. It's kind of an inside joke... but people actually use it every now and then! Ha! One of the managers keeps bringing cookies and donuts and sits them in that particular cubical as temptation! Smh.

At lunch, I went and got my favorite Starbucks drink. (A passion fruit tea with strawberry fresher instead of water... No extra cain sugar) TRY IT!
We have this company called "Fort Smith Popcorn Co." that comes to our office every Friday. I finally caved and bought a couple bags of popcorn and it is SUPER tasty!

That night, my parents came over and helped Tyler and I take everything off our walls and push everything to the center of our living room or move furniture in to another room. It looked like a disaster zone! (P.S. I got a picture of the whole book case that I mentioned in my last recap post!)
I will post some updated pictures once the living room is completely painted!

Saturday morning, the paint guy got to the house around 9AM so I headed to get some donuts and a coffee! (#nomakeupandall #reallife)

I met my mom for lunch... We had some mexican food and then ran around town for a bit! <3

Later that evening, we headed to my parents house for dinner and to watch the first ALABAMA football game of the season! *Roll Tide*  We rode with the top down and the weather was beautiful! I also brought my laptop so I could work on some blog stuff...

My mom's front door was looking very "fall-ish" and I was loving it! 

She made a super delicious meal and then we watched the football game! (They WON! Good job boys!) 
We came home and crashed... I was so tired for some reason! 

Anyways, like I said at the beginning...it's Sunday morning now and the paint guy just got here again. I hate that we are missing church today but he asked if he could come over today and paint again so he can hopefully spend time with his family tomorrow for the holiday. Luckily our church has the service online via live stream so I'm planning on watching it. I'm really hoping he can get the house completely done today! We decided not to paint our bedroom... The color turned out to be a lot brighter (aka whiter) than what I expected. I think it will be okay in the other rooms (I sure do hope!) but I think we will wait and find something else for the bedroom. 

I hope you all have a fantastic Sunday and an even more fantastic Labor Day tomorrow! I sure do plan on it. :) 

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

"Go the extra mile... It's never crowded!"

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fall Bucket List

Hello lovelies! 

Ok, so I clearly LOVE making lists. (Those of you who know me well already know this!) I can't help myself... When I get excited about something, I just want to write all my thoughts down so I can visually see them. Like I said in a couple blog posts ago, I am SO excited for fall-- I HAD to put my Fall Bucket List together asap! I couldn't wait a moment longer! Now, I know fall won't officially start for another few weeks, but it is SEPTEMBER, the weather was beautiful this morning and there's nothing wrong with planning ahead right? ;) 

What is on YOUR fall bucket list? I would love to hear about your plans, special events and fall traditions you may have! Speaking of, I want to say a big thank you to those of you who have been interacting on my blog posts the past couple of weeks... I truly do enjoy getting to know you all! <3 I have another recap post coming soon, so be on the lookout. Happy Saturday loves!

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

"Don't stop until you're proud!"

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Note to Self

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

Hello lovelies!
Have you ever had a scripture hit you out of nowhere, even though you've heard it a million times growing up? Well, that's what happened to me today with the scripture I just posted above! This week at work hasn't been the greatest if I'm honest. I won't go in to details but I've really been praying about a few certain situations and sometimes I feel like I'm not being heard. (Ya ever been there?) On the way home today, I was venting on and on to my husband and being very negative about a certain situation. When I got home, I was honestly in a very bad mood and just ready to veg out on my couch an watch a movie or something. I decided to go ahead and get my Bible reading done for the day (even though I didn't really feel like reading at the time) and then BOOM. That scripture above was the first thing I saw as I opened my Bible app--it was the verse of the day. 

I feel like I have become "weary" about a few of these situations I've been praying about. Why are you not listening God? Don't you see I need a little help here? Helllllo?? One of the definitions of the word "weary" is to become impatient. Sometimes as humans, we become SO impatient when something doesn't happen the week/month/year we pray about it. What we have to understand is that HE is in control and although WE may think we aren't going to make it one day longer in our current situation, He will never put us through more than what we can handle. 

Anyways, I felt like that scripture came to me at the right time today and I just wanted to get on here and put my thoughts in to words. For now, my goal is to be patient and to stay positive. Things may not be working out the way I think they should right now, but I can have total confidence that they will work out the way they are SUPPOSED to when it's all said and done!

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

Monday, August 28, 2017

Snap Back to Reality...

Hellllo lovelies and Happy Monday! 

First things first for this blog post, I want to say how HAPPY I am that my blog has finally been FIXED. For some reason, people were having trouble viewing my blog on their mobile devices... but everything is good to go! *high-five*

Well y'all, vacation is over and I am officially in FULL fall mode! Can I get an AMEN!? This is the last week before September is here and Alabama football begins this weekend as well! I have also already booked a "fall-mini" session with Lexi Eads Photography and I can't WAIT to get those photos taken in October. #happydance (I even changed my cover photo on FB to a super old picture of Tyler and I because it reminded me of fall time...Ha!) I actually used to work with Lexie and had no idea she had a photography business now. From what I've seen, she does an awesome job! :)

One of my major goals in the next few weeks is to tackle this GIANT bookshelf in the entryway of our house:
This thing is so giant, I couldn't even get it in one picture so I had to take two. Ha! It's the first thing you see when you enter the house and it's a huge eyesore. (It's pretty much become a "catch-me-all" lately) This weekend, we are beginning the long process of painting the house so I figured it would be the perfect time to get started on the bookshelf as well. I'll keep you updated on the progress! ;)

While we're on the topic, let me go ahead and share some of the book selections I have picked to read the next few months: (TIP: I found all of these books at Target but I always buy them off of Amazon. You can get them so much cheaper! I'll also post the links, if you're interested in them as well!)
6. Whole 30 (only because this is on my 30 before 30 list, ha!)

Anyways, let's back up to the past couple of days and do a quick recap before I sign off for the day...
Yesterday morning I woke up to a coffee from Sweet Bay (thanks hubby) and I lit my one and only fall smelling candle I had laying around the house. I have to make a trip to 'Bath & Body Works' ASAP! 
I spent the rest of the morning watching the cooking channel and cheesy Hallmark movies while I did a few other things around the house. 

I also made tacos for lunch...

For dinner, I made macaroni and tomato juice! I think that's mostly a Georgia thing, but you should give it a try... It's super tasty!

I could NOT get to sleep last night. It was so annoying! I assume it's because I've been staying up so late and sleeping in every day for the last week. My body could not wind down!

Today was the first day back at work after an entire week off and it was definitely nice to see everyone again. It was busy so the day flew by-- which was nice! 

I came in to this greatness this morning... Haha! Everything that I had hanging on my walls was turned upside down. #wellplayed 
Well, I think that's all for now... hope you all have a fantastic week!

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

"Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a littler harder."

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

BCL Vacation [Part 3]: Arcade Fun, Eats, Showboat + More

Hello lovelies! 

It's Saturday night and we have made it home from vacation! Even though we had a great time, I think Tyler and I are sure happy to be home. I thought I'd hop on here and post a few pictures from the last few days we were on vacation-- I'll try not to make this a super long and drawn out post! ;) 

Let's hop right into it...

Big Cedar Lodge had the coolest arcade on the grounds... We decided to go and eat pizza at Uncle Bucks and then play some games while we were there! It was actually a LOT of fun... Tyler and I were laughing the entire time. Who knew I was so good at Mario Kart!?

These were the "prizes" we won with our tickets! #adults ;)

Later that evening, we went back to Cakes-n-Cream to get THIS thing again... Ha!

The next morning, we woke up and decided to walk one of the nature trails to our lunch spot. It was a BEAUTIFUL day!

After lunch, we spent the afternoon by the hot tub...

That night, we had reservations on the "Showboat" for dinner and a show... I had to put this next collage together because it made me laugh! This was before we headed out to the show... I got a picture of Tyler because he looked nice. I was going to have him take a picture of me and then I was planning on making a collage of the pictures side by side since we didn't have anyone to take a picture of us together... Wellllll, it was a total fail! LOL. 

Anyways, moving on... Haha! We finally made it to the boat and I'm telling you, the weather couldn't have been any more perfect. We got to board the ship first since we had priority tickets. 
Oh yeah! We finally got a picture together! ;)

Not going to lie, the food wasn't that great... but the show turned out to be awesome! They had live music on the top deck as well... It was a lot of fun!

Well, I think that about wraps it up! I just got done with my last load of laundry and my house is completely clean. I'm ready to get back to reality starting Monday! Ha! I hope you all have a great Sunday!

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

"The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them."