October 29, 2014

On My Mind | 08

Time for another brain dump post! Sometimes, these are my favorite.

1. Yesterday morning, I went to a meet-up hosted by Jon Acuff.  I first started reading Jon's work back in the early days of Stuff Christians Like, but since then he's written three books and has a fourth coming out in the spring. The meet-up was here in Charlotte, and was pretty small - and as expected, Jon was hilarious and very engaging. I grabbed a picture with him after the session, and he asked really genuine questions about my work and goals. Loved getting to meet you, Jon!

2. While we were in the mountains this past weekend, I flew through Gone Girl. Y'ALL. Hoooly cow. I have had people telling me to read it for two years, and it still blew my mind - I have never had a book surprise me that much, over and over again.

So - thanks to everyone who told me to go for book before movie a few weeks ago! Movie is next. Who's seen it?

3. Well, there are a few new things around here that I want to tell you about. First, I've updated our wedding page up top! There's a collection of wedding-related posts that I've written, as well as (drumroll please)...our wedding video :) We had a fantastic videographer, and I loved the way he captured everything. Check it out!

Also, after building this space since 2012, I'm formally introducing advertising options as of today. I've had a few fun opportunities so far (like this, this, and this), but I'm excited to do this a little more intentionally! I actually had three of my favorite bloggers test-run this before I opened it up - Amanda from The Lady Okie, Laura from According to Laura Jean, and Jenna from Dearest Love are all some of the first blogs I check when I open up my reader, and it's been so fun to get to know them more!

If you're a blogger or business owner and are interested in promoting your work on my sidebar or in other formats, checkout the advertising page to find out all you need to know. As always, you can email me with any additional questions.

4. I'm getting a Stitch Fix next week! My last one wasn't the greatest, so I'm crossing my fingers for this one. I'm really needing a few more fall staples right now - sweaters, a vest, etc - so lets hope that Stitch Fix comes through for me ;)

And just in case I still have some needs after I get my box next week...what are your favorite places to shop these days? Loft is always my go-to, but I'd love some fresh ideas. Online and offline are both options!

5. Three major holidays coming up, people - Halloween on Friday, Thanksgiving in 28 days, and Christmas in 56. I am the most pumped for Thanksgiving, for sure. Which one are you excited for?

Well friends, that's all I have today - don't forget to let me know if you've seen Gone Girl yet, and give me some tips on your favorite places to shop! Also let me know which holiday you're most excited for...but it's Turkey day all the way for me!


October 27, 2014

Mountains Mountains Mountains

Can y'all believe that October is almost over? This year, you guys. It is flyyyying.

Growing up, my family was always more of a beach family than a mountains family...but these days it's hard for me to choose which I like more. We just got back from back-to-back trips to the NC Mountains with each of our families, though, and it could not have been a better time to be there. I mean, I still think I'm a beach girl deep down...but it's getting a little harder to decide.

Let me start off by saying that we both hit a first over these last two weeks! Until this month, neither Steve nor I had vacationed with each other's families. Who knew we would still be hitting milestones after we got married? The family vacay marathon could not have gone better, though, and it was such a treat to get so much time away to unwind. We spent the first weekend with Steve's parents in Bryson City - just about 30 minutes west of Asheville.

A huge part of the weekend was spent talking in the kitchen and around the fire pit, but we did get up extra early on Saturday morning to ride an open-air train through the Nantahala Gorge. We had hats and blankets - it was chilly when we left early in the morning! - and our bench seats faced out so that we could enjoy the view. They had unlimited coffee & hot chocolate, and it was a gorgeous couple of hours.

Did I mention that we had the best weather ever? Clear skies and crisp air...seriously, North Carolina in October is hard to beat.

This past weekend, we made little bit shorter of a trip up to Linville Falls with my family. We have some family friends with a cabin in the area, and they were sweet to share their space with us. We spent Saturday morning hiking, and spent the afternoon driving the Blue Ridge Parkway and visiting a historic orchard. They had a bluegrass band playing and the cutest group of older people would go up and dance every time the music started up again...and this sweet older man asked me to dance! He taught me how to clog. I was not very good at it. We still had fun :)

Oh...and we may have stopped on the side of the road and spent ten minutes taken jumping pictures.

The big debate now is whether these last two shots belong on our limited wall space or in a Christmas card...want to vote? :)

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