Thursday, February 15, 2018

Saying Goodbye + Giveaway Winner!

Hello lovelies!

I know I said in my last post that I was ready to get back in the swing of things as far as getting back to blogging more regularly... but y'all, my heart just isn't in it right now. Sigh. I'm going through one of those "I'm ready to say goodbye to social media for a while" times and I'm just going to listen to that feeling for a while.

However, before I sign off for a few months, I DO want to announce the winner of the Giveaway from my last post. Thanks to the small group of you that entered, I really appreciate you taking the time to do so. It means a lot! And BECAUSE you took that time to enter, you ALL are going to get something small--as a way of saying THANK YOU for being one of the ones who have read and truly followed me throughout the past year. So even if you didn't win the main prize ($50 gift card), I'm still going to give you all a $5 Starbucks gift card so you can treat yo self. Yay! <3

Without further ado...

THE WINNER IS...

Congrats @Alyd10! I will DM you to see which gift card you would like! :)

Love always,
Charity
XOXO
"Take time to do what makes your soul happy!"

Thursday, February 8, 2018

One Year Blog Anniversary + Giveaway

Hello lovelies!

Yikes... Has it really almost been a month since I last blogged? January flew by and I have zero clue where the time has gone! I honestly just wanted to take a few weeks and "recoup" after the holidays-- And although I know I've been kind of MIA the last few weeks, today is my One Year Blogging Anniversary and I want to do something special for it. It's crazy to think that one year ago today, I decided to really give the blogging thing a shot and posted for the first time. And of course until the last few weeks, I've been pretty consistent, which I'm proud of! I'm definitely ready to get back in the swing of things and make this second year even better! :)

With that being said, I want to do a small giveaway for one of my awesome readers! Who wants a $50 Target gift-card OR $50 Starbucks gift-card? The winner will be able to pick which gift card they want. Woooo! I will announce the winner on Thursday, February 15th. 
OR
The giveaway is for U.S. residents only and the winner will be chosen at random. Here's how to enter:

  • Follow my Blog (There is a follow button right under the "Followers" Tab. You may have to get on an actual computer to do so-- some mobile devices won't show it)
  • Follow me on Instagram @thecharityleigh
  • Leave a comment on THIS post with YOUR Instagram handle (I will DM the winner)

Again, thank you for all of the support this past year! It always blows my mind when I look at my stats and realize people are actually reading. Ha! I've had so many people text me or tell me in person that they enjoy following along and that makes me extremely happy. <3

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Music Spotlight (Week 6)

Hello lovelies!

Okay, so I'll go ahead and say this: If you're NOT a fan of "bro-country", you might want to go ahead and exit out of this blog post! Ha! I know some people HATE this type of music-- However, I tend to like it. I love R&B/Hip-Hop and I love country, so when the two collide, it gives me all the feels. <3

With that being said, let's hop in to this Music Spotlight!

This Weeks Music Spotlight Is: "Up Down" by Morgan Wallen (ft. Florida Georgia Line)

Morgan Wallen is new on my radar... but I have loved Florida Georgia Line for a while now. I went to their concert a few years ago, and I can honestly say it was one of the most entertaining concerts I've ever been to. When I first heard this particular song, I knew I was going to love it! It reminds me of summer and WARM weather--two things that I am SO very ready for! Watching the video also gets me excited for our trip to the beach in July! Morgan's voice is also really cool sounding in my opinion...It has a really cool tone to it. Especially his upper range! (The chorus for example) 

Anyways, check it out if you're interested and let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

Monday, January 8, 2018

Saying Goodbye To Comparison

Hello lovelies!

I know it's Monday and that usually means a recap post. I actually had one typed up... It was short and sweet after a "not-so-very interesting" week, but I wasn't feeling it for today. Today I wanted to hop on here and talk about a topic that most women (and some men) struggle with at some point in their lives-- Comparison. "She has better hair than me... A nicer car... Bigger house... She's part of the "in crowd"... More money... etc."

Just stop. *eye roll*

I found myself thinking these sorts of things this past weekend and I literally wanted to punch myself in the throat! Ha! I was getting my hair done and there was a girl that seemed to have everything going for her. Perfect hair, perfect body, beautiful face, a fancy corporate job, an expensive Louis Vuitton purse, name-brand clothing, and you could definitely tell she had been one of the "popular girls" her entire life. As I was sitting there listening to her talk, I started to become super insecure about myself and began to wonder why I didn't have all of those same things. But then it hit me--WHY? Why was I letting another human-being that knew absolutely nothing about me and could probably not give two cents about my life, influence the way I was feeling about myself?

Now, I do want to clarify something... I'm not saying there's anything wrong with having nice things or being the "popular" one in a crowd-- but there IS more to life than those superficial things! We all have a purpose in this world and just because we may not "live up" to certain expectations that others feel are important to be socially accepted, doesn't mean our lives don't have value.

I've always been very closed-off when it comes to letting people in my life. (Especially when it came to girls!)  I think a lot of it has to do with this very reason. Comparison! I've never felt good enough... or pretty enough... or WORTHY enough and I always thought "why would someone want to be MY friend?" Therefore, I tried to stay as far away from people as I possibly could-- OR if I did let someone in, I usually wound up overthinking everything and ruining the friendship in some way or another. Classic Charity...lol

I've learned so much about myself lately and I can honestly say I'm the happiest I've ever been. A girl that I've followed on Instagram for a while now, always says something that continually sticks in my mind when I start feeling insecure: "Act confident and no one will question you!"
This is SO true! Who gives a flying flip if you don't have the latest handbag or those $900 pair of shoes that all the "popular" girls have? You do YOU and don't worry about everyone else. I can say with 100% certainty, you will live a much happier life! I'm to the point in my life that I love being me. I love living life, being goofy and smiling all the time... Even if people think I'm "weird." I don't care anymore! I love my sense of humor and the fact that, yeah, I AM probably a bit quirky. ;) If people can't accept the whole you, it's allllll good. You'll never be everyone's cup of tea! And when it comes to friends, I would rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies! With that said, don't let the 100 pennies of the world define YOU.

I say we all put up the PEACE OUT sign (lol) and say ADIOS to comparison! Be confident with who you are... Lift others up and let that light shine, girl! (or boy...) Teehee.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

"You only truly grow as a woman when you realize that other girls are not, and never have been, your competition."

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018: New Year, New Resolutions

Hello lovelies and Happy New Year!

I hope you all are having a great day thus far! Tyler and I just got home from grocery shopping and we plan on staying in the rest of the day. It is FREEZING cold and I don't want to do anything but stay in my PJs and watch the OU and Alabama playoff games. *Roll Tide!!* But before I get my "football cheering" on, I wanted to post a few New Years Resolutions I have for 2018.

2017 was a year of LESSONS LEARNED-- and as much as those lessons weren't always fun, it's made me a much stronger person! 

I know some folks aren't big "New Years Resolution" people. I get it, sometimes you can set all of these new and exciting goals and then a few weeks down the road, you've already failed at them. It can be extremely discouraging-- Trust me, I've been there! Ha! However, I like to see this as a time of "re-prioritizing" and making small goals that I would like to achieve in my every day life. I thought it would be fun to blog about the resolutions I've made. I would LOVE to hear about any goals you have set for yourself as well. Feel free to leave them in the comment section below! :)

New Years Resolution List

Cook More Often: This is definitely top of the list! I always tell people "I am NOT a good cook" but I honestly think I just haven't given it much effort. I want to start posting more healthy recipes on my blog and inspire people that they can cook too if they set their mind to it. 

Drink More Water: I have always been a huge water drinker. However, this past year, I've gotten on a diet soda kick and have found myself drinking more and more diet drinks than ever before. When I go to a restaurant, if they have Diet Dr. Pepper, you better believe I'm going to get one. I want to get back to where ordering water is just..."second nature" for me. 

Save More Money: This one is probably going to be the most difficult for me! Ha! Tyler is definitely the money saver in our household-- but I hope to change that this year. I love shopping and I love to eat. I know that's where a lot of my money goes but then at other times, I won't have a CLUE where that 100-150 dollars a month has gone. Am I the only one? LOL You can do this Charity... You can do this!

Talk More, Text Less & No More Vague Plans: The first part of this one is something I've already been working on lately, but I want to put it in full force this year! I have always been a HUGE "texter"... Having real conversation has always made me nervous for some reason. Anxiety much? *eye roll* I've really been loving FaceTime-- I feel like texting has become a crutch for most people and I've found that you can form deeper relationships when you can talk to someone face-to-face. (Or voice-to-voice!) I totally get there's times for texting over calling someone but I'm going to start making a bigger effort to make real conversation from here on out. As far as the second part of this resolution goes, I'm also going to make an effort to say goodbye to "vague plans"-- you know the ones where you see a certain person/group of people and constantly say "we should totally do coffee or lunch one day" and it never happens. Ha! If you are truly friends with someone, you can make the time to actually follow through with a plan... It's pretty simple to do!

Take Care of Myself: Instead of saying "lose weight" or "eat healthier"--things that most of us always say we're going to do in the New Year, I'm just going to focus on taking care of myself. Plain and simple. I'm going to make better choices in every area of my life-- physical, mental, spiritual, etc. I'm going to focus on being the best version of myself that I can be. I am definitely NOT perfect and I have a lot of things to work on-- but I am aware. That's always the first step! I'm going to practice being more patient, work on my own insecurities and ultimately, love harder.

Well, there you have it... My five New Years Resolutions! I hope you all found this interesting and hopefully it helped you think of a few things you would like to improve for yourself in the new year. I have so many new things planned for my blog in 2018 and I can't wait to share them with you all. <3

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

"If you want this to be your year: Don't sit on the couch and wait for it. Go out. Make a change. Smile more. Be excited. Do new things. Throw away clutter. Unfollow negative people on social media. Go to bed early. Don't gossip. Show more gratitude. Do things that challenge you. Be brave.  1 Year = 365 Opportunities"

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Cabin With The Family

Good morning lovelies!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas with your friends and family... I know I sure did! Like I told you all in a previous blog post, my parents rented a cabin for our family to spend Christmas at. It was SO pretty! It was decked out in Christmas decorations, had a (small but beautiful) Christmas tree and a warm fire place to sit by at night time. <3

If I'm honest, I was planning on taking a ton of pictures while we were there so I could put up a huge Christmas cabin recap, buuuuut once we got there, I found myself just wanting to "live in the moment" and enjoy the time with my family. However, I did take a few pictures here and there so I thought I would go ahead and share them with you all. :)

On Friday night when we arrived, we got settled in and ate some yummy Frito Chili pies that my mom had made for dinner. We spent the rest of the evening visiting by the fire and watching Hallmark movies!
The cabin was adorable...
Saturday morning, Tyler and I woke up pretty early and started a fire. We sat around until the rest of the gang woke up and we all got ready to head in to Springfield to eat at Lambert's Cafe! Yum! 
After lunch, we did a little bit of shopping before heading to the IMAX to watch Star Wars! The boys were cracking me up... They were so over shopping! 
Until they went to the Nike store and both left with a new pair of tennis-shoes... *eye roll*
After Star Wars, us girls headed to a few more shops while the guys went to the gym for a quick workout. 
Christmas Eve morning, mom and I cooked up some breakfast for the crew that consisted of: Eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits & gravy, grits and oatmeal. It was pretty delish! 
A few hours later, we all gathered around the fire (and coffee table) and played a few games of UNO and the saran wrap game! (If you don't know what the saran wrap game is, it's where you wrap a ton of different prizes up and you take turns having to try and unwrap it (while wearing mittens) before the person next to you gets a double on the dices.) It was an absolute BLAST and it's definitely going to become a tradition for our family. <3
That evening we made Christmas Eve dinner, read the Christmas story and opened gifts. We've always done Christmas on Christmas Eve in my family so the tradition has kind of stuck. There were so many gifts! 
On Christmas morning, Brittney and Logan left to go back home. Tyler, mom, dad and I headed to a fancy Christmas brunch at Top of the Rock. 
Reason 647345836458 I love hats... I can rock my natural hair! Ha!
After brunch, we walked around at the Top of the Rock and looked at the beautiful views. It's seriously one of my favorite spots...


We ended up going back to the cabin and relaxing the rest of the evening. I hope you all have a great rest of the week! :)

Love always,
Charity
XOXO

"Don't cry over the past, it's gone. Don't stress about the future, it hasn't arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful."

Friday, December 22, 2017

Music Spotlight (Week 5)

Hello lovelies!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am absolutely obsessed with Danielle Bradbery's new album. My friend Kayla actually told me to check it out or I probably wouldn't have. I haven't really been much of a fan of hers since she first came out but I'm glad I actually went and gave this album a chance. That is definitely one thing about myself that I DO like-- I will always give any music a fair chance before saying I hate it. I know some people who are the complete opposite...Ha! If you mention the word "country" or some other type of genre they aren't in to, they will turn their nose up to it in a heartbeat.

Anyways, Danielle Bradberry IS classified as country but I would say her album has more of a pop flair throughout it.

This Weeks Music Spotlight Is: "Red Wine + White Couch" by Danielle Bradberry


***EDIT***  Finally found the song on Youtube!!!

UNFORTUNATELY, I can't find a video of this song anywhere on YouTube to share with you all. Bleh. I find it annoying when artists do that... Taylor Swift is the same way. They won't (or let anyone else) post any videos of the songs on their album until it's been out for a year or more. *eye roll* With that being said, I didn't NOT want to tell you all about this song (because I've had it on repeat for days) so I went ahead and posted a short little video of her speaking about recording the song. I would highly recommend if you have Apple music, Spotify, or any other streaming device, go check out this song! For real. You won't be disappointed! :) 

If the song ever releases on YT, I will make sure to update this post and post it in another blog post as well.

Love always,
Charity
XOXO