WEEKEND LINKS: CROCHET BASICS + IMMUNITY BOOST + MAKING CUT FLOWERS LAST

Happy Friday, y'all! This week flew by. And so has this month. I can't believe September is more than half way over. What is that all about? It's been so rainy here this week, and I love it. This weekend is for snuggling + laundry + reading + catching up on my #30lists + ukulele playing

Here are your links!

Guys, THIS. When you start feeling sick with the sniffles or whatever, start taking elderberry syrup. I used to get sick ALLLL the time after I moved to Houston. But then I started taking this at the first symptoms, and it knocks it right out. That link is for a homemade version, but you can buy a pre-bottled kind. It's about $15 a bottle, and I usually take the whole thing, but that is so worth it to me.

This office chair makeover is so rad. So many possibilities.

Loving the Crochet Basics series on ABM: one + two

Here are some great tips for traveling when you own your own business.

I've been wanting to do this for the wall over our TV. Now to find the perfect photo...

I love this post on the difference between riches + wealth + success

Sharon's post on childhood games. Really made me nostalgic for our orange carpet house.

This career series on Cup of Jo: one + two

Make your own protein powder. It's nice to know all the ingredients that go into something you are putting in your body regularly.

Some simple tips to make cut flowers last longer.

I want to try these DIY dry hair fixes.

I think I've found my Halloween costume

What are you up to this weekend? Tell me everything!

 

CURRENTLY: SEPTEMBER

I thought I would try a simpler approach for my September Currently post, but as it turns out, this is a little less simple, because I can ramble. But here ya go:

W A T C H I N G

We have our shows, and I have my shows. Corey doesn't like a lot of the things that I watch, which is totally fair. We are in the 4th season of Boardwalk Empire. This season isn't as great as the first 3, but we still love the show. I'm sad that we are about to catch up to real time, and then it's over for good.

I'm watching and LOVING Outlander. Guys, it's so good. I can't believe I took that book back to the library before any of the good stuff happened. To be fair though, the beginning of the book is kind of boring... I got it again last night and am trudging through once more. I'm a little sad that there will be a mid-season break, but it will give me a chance to finish the book, and probably get started on the next one!

R E A D I N G

So, yeah I'm reading Outlander. Not to the good stuff yet, but I'll let you know how I feel about it afterwards. I heard an interview with Diana Gabaldon, a couple weeks ago. She said that she would dare anyone to read 50 pages of her book, and see if they could put it down. I loved that. So I guess I'm not in 50 pages yet.

I'm also on the last of Rainbow Rowell's books, which was her actually her first, Attachments. I just love her voice. Her characters are all quirky and cool and so real. Too bad Landline just came out, because for sure we will have to wait a while for her next one. She is working on the screenplay for Eleanor & Park, right now, which I just loved.

I'm always in the middle of lots of books, but one that I just can't put down is The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. It is seriously full of such good, insightful information, and I am so inspired. I've heard Tsh say that she tries to bring only nonfiction to bed with her, because if she's reading fiction 1. she can't put it down, 2. her mind gets so caught up in the story that it's hard to shut it off and go to sleep. So, I innocently thought, yeah, I'll bring this one to bed. Well, I couldn't put it down, and I had to take so many notes, and then my mind was abuzz. So, don't bring this one to bed. Read it in the daylight hours.

L I S T E N I N G

Honestly, what I listen to at work is kind of boring. NOT THAT I FIND THESE BANDS BORING. It's just that I listen to this playlist over and over, and I have for weeks... I have a playlist, with Eisley, Sucre, Merriment, and The Honey Trees. I really enjoy it.

Is there anything I should be listening to? I like lots of different music. It's just easy to push play on that playlist.

M A K I N G

I'm making progress on my weekly wishes. For real. Not the laundry part, but the bookkeeping and the secret project planning, for sure. I'm using Godaddy's bookkeeping website. I already had it hooked up to my Paypal and Etsy, so it was tracking all of those things. But I upgraded, and added in all the other receipts I had, and it was so easy. Now I can see how much I've made, spent, and how much I need to pay in taxes.

F E E L I N G

I'm feeling really excited about all the things. Two things in particular.

1. This secret project. Lately I've been pretty down and feeling negative about design and stuff, but every time I think about this, I get SO excited. I know it's a good idea and a good plan. So I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about it. I should be able to announce it early next spring, if all the things work out. Which, they should.

2. I'm also reallllllyyyyy excited that my daddy is coming to visit! Technically he is coming to Houston for work, but he gets here a day early and he's going to spend it with meee! It's been a while since I've seen him, besides the time we saw him on the side of the road and hugged and said goodbye. I'm excited to discuss my secret project plans with him. He is so business minded, and it's great to bounce ideas off of him.

P L A N N I N G

Besides the secret project planning, which I'm sure you are sick of hearing about... I am planning a capsule wardrobe. I don't know if I will ever be able to pare it down as much as Caroline, but I'm trying. I have made a list of things I want to invest in. Classic pieces to add to my closet that will hopefully last longer that the Target + Old Navy pieces I have. I don't mind those cheaper pieces of clothing, but I find that I have to replace them a lot more often. 

L O V I N G

And finally, I'm loving the weather we've been having lately. It's been cooler and really rainy. It's feeling slightly less Summer-y. I wouldn't say it feels like Fall or anything though.

And I'm loving you! Thanks for taking the time to read my silly ramblings. I really am glad you're here.

I hope your day is wonderful and that you can cross off all the things on your to do list!

 

MY FAVORITE APPS

I thought I would share some of my favorite and most used apps. I didn't put Instagram or my Twitter app on there, because I feel like those are givens. I have an Android phone, but all of these have apps for both Apple and Android.

BLOGLOVIN

I've written about Bloglovin' before. It's how I follow all of the blogs that I read in one place. I don't use the app for Bloglovin' as much as I use the desktop version, but it's still so nice to have. It's user friendly, and has all of the same features as the desktop version. (follow me here!)

GOOGLE KEEP

This is what I use to take notes or record any little thoughts or ideas I have when it isn't convenient to write it in one of my notebooks. You can take a note, make a list (that you can check off), record, or take a photo. The best part of this app is that since it's Google, it is updated across all of my devices. I can access these same notes when I get on my laptop, when I get on my computer at work, if I'm using our tablets. Easy Peasy.

MESSENGER

I know there has been a big uproar about the permissions you have to allow for this app. I've read a few articles and I believe it's safe to use. ANYWAYS. This is probably my #1 used app. My best friends and I have a group message and we talk constantly. Since we all live so far away, and we don't get to see each other often, it has brought us together.  I love having the constant contact. I also have a group message with my mom and sister. It's so much easier to share in that one group than it is to send a text to each person. 

PINTEREST

About 2 weeks ago, this would not be on my list. For the most part, I cut out Pinterest for well over a year. Until I started going through all my bookmarks and cleaning them out, I started using it again. The app has been updated and improved so much since the last time I used it. I try not to waste time on this app and I only pin things that I really really like, or will really really use, or really really try. Because if you aren't careful you can over pin, and get bogged down.

PUSHBULLET

This app is SO NEAT! It allows you to "push" things from one device to another. I use this most for when I open a website on my phone with alot of text, or something I want to delve into a little further. I will share it via Pushbullet. I have the option of where to send it: chrome, my desktop, my laptop, you can even add friends and send it straight to their phones. You can also set it up to receive notifications on your desktop from your phone. And one of the features that I had been hoping for was just added. You can reply to texts directly from your computer! You should really try this app out. It is so easy to use and super convenient.

VSCO

This is the app that I use for all my photo editing. It easy to import and share straight from the app. They have BEAUTIFUL filters that really add to the photos. There are standard ones that come for free, and there are also packs you can buy. After you choose a filter, there are all kinds of other edits you can choose from: your standard brightness, temperature, contrast, crop, rotate, and also things like saturation, vignette, and more! It's an easy way to up the quality of images taken by your phone.

Do you use any of these apps? Which ones did I miss? Tell me everything!

 

OUR WEDDING: FIRST LOOK

We knew early on that we wanted to do a "First Look" since we were SPOILER having our reception before the ceremony, we would be spending time together before the walk down the aisle. 

When searching out a spot for our "First Look" we found this magical alley with these overgrown vines and perfect brick arches. It was just a couple blocks from where we took our other pictures, so we knew this was the right place. 

Remember this story? How Corey bought me the Play-Doh that I wanted, and waited to give it to me for several more months... Well, I saved the Play-Doh for 4 years, and I had Vanessa give him one while they were waiting for me to arrive.

I am really glad we did a private first look. It was really special to be there alone for a moment. To take in all that the day would hold and just be together.

Did you or do you plan on having a "first look"? I would love to know your thoughts.

 

WEEKEND UPDATE + WEEKLY WISHES

 

This is what happens when you are taking a selfie, and your team is getting close to scoring!

WEEKEND UPDATE

This weekend we went to a Houston Dynamo soccer game. It was so much fun! I've talked about it before, but I just love the soccer culture. Soccer fans are so more dedicated than any other sports fans. The way they sing and chant throughout the whole game keeps you excited.

We went as a sort of birthday treat for Corey. And we made sure to end the night with some hotdogs and Moontower Inn. Yummm.

Yesterday was my father-in-law's birthday, so we went to church with the whole family, and out to lunch afterwards. I love spending time with them, we always have so much fun.

And afterwards I went and got a pedicure with a friend that I worked at Starbucks with when I moved to Houston. She is 38 weeks pregnant, so it was so much fun to talk about all the excitement + nervousness + newness that comes along with babies!

ON CUTTING OUT THE NOISE

Last Tuesday I was feeling a little...I don't want to say burned out. So I will say, I was in a bit of a slump. You can read more about that here. So I took off from posting, and really focused on cutting out a lot of the unnecessary noise. I knocked some things off my to-do list, and really just feel so much better. In an effort to stay positive and work on reaching my goals, I am teaming up with Melyssa, for her Weekly Wishes for the rest of the year.

WEEKLY WISHES

I never really liked that she called them WISHES, because it seemed as though people don't work towards their wishes. Wishes are things people just through out there and hope to happen to them. It is defined as "a desire or hope for something to happen." So when I do my weekly wishes, I am hoping that they happen, but I am going to be proactive about it. So here are this week's wishes:

1. TRACK INCOME + EXPENSES: I've saved all my receipts and things for Mandi Holmes Design, but I haven't done a good job of writing it all down. I have all of the paper stuffs together, I just need to sit down and put it all in the spreadsheet... 

2. FIGURE OUT FUNDING FOR SECRET PROJECT: Well over a year ago I had a brilliant business idea. It's something I am really excited about, but there are lots of pieces to the puzzle. This past week, since having time off from the blog, I spent time researching those expenses, and now I just need to figure out how much I need to get it started, and where it's coming from. Hopefully, I can get this off the ground by March! 

3. LAUNDRY + LAUNDRY + LAUNDRY: We are both so bad at laundry. We need to develop some sort of system and stick to it. We are great at getting things washed and dried, but the putting things away is the tough part. So, listen up Mister Holmes! We are tackling this this week!

I'll be back tomorrow with regular programming. I'll be sharing out "first look" from our wedding tomorrow! And I'll share my progress on these things next Monday!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting? Tell me everything!

 

CUTTING OUT THE NOISE

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You may have noticed that my blogging as been pretty sporadic lately. I wasn't going to blog today, but I was talking with my bests, and got out some things that had been on my mind lately, and thought I would share them here.

these past few weeks I've been in a slump, I guess you would call it. I've been feeling a little down and uninspired. I have this nagging voice in my head that is telling me that I'm not good enough. That there are hundreds maybe thousands of people out there doing what I do, and they are better at it than me. They are more successful at it than me. They have better ideas than me. And here with the blog, I wonder, do I really have anything important to say? Something that 100 other people haven't already said?

I just reread this quote, and I think that I am being bogged down by the consumption of other peoples words and ideas. So now I am really trying to figure out what channels of "noise" or consumption I need to cut out. For instance: Twitter, Instagram, and blogs I read. Sometimes it feels like a chore to get through those lists. 

I think this goes back to this post, about clearing out the junk. Most of the things that I gave away were things of value, they just were taking up space in our house. And I think that is the same for the social medias. I'm not cutting these things out because they don't have value, but for now they are taking up too much space in my mind. I need to clear them out to open up some room to produce.

Over the weekend I sat down and gathered all of my dreams + goals + plans, and wrote them down in one place. Every time I am getting discouraged or uninspired, I look at that list, and remember that I do have something of value, I do have great ideas. I can do it. I just need to make the switch from consumer to producer.

Just getting this out of my head has really helped. So now I am going to put it into action. I'm going to take the rest of the week off of blogging to focus on producing. I'll be back on Monday!

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A HAPPY BIRTHDAY POST

Happy birthday to my favorite guy. This has been a great year full of friends + family + trips + fantasy football championing + other sports games + exploring + adventuring + learning + growing. Thanks for loving me like you do + believing in me + going along with all my shenanigans (re: "bike riding" through the park) + always saying yes to a selfie + and drinking coffee with me at all the places

This next year is going to take us on so many more adventures, and there's no one I'd rather go with.

Happy happy birthday, sweet darlin.