Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Color Crush No. 2

It's been a couple of months since I first introduced this new color crush series to you guys. I had intended on sharing a second installment before now, but I suppose it is what it is. This one was actually inspired by all the rainy weather we've been experiencing down here in Florida the past few weeks. The colors in this bokeh rain are awesome. I'm kinda bummed that I couldn't locate the original source for this photograph. If anyone figures it out, please let me know so I can give credit!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Top TV Picks · Vol. 1

If you were to ask my husband what my favorite television show is, he'd probably say something like "every show we watch is her new favorite". I'll admit, I do get hooked on shows quite easily (I have Netflix and Hulu to thank for that). So, what is my favorite show, you ask? I'd have to say Fringe, hands down. But, really, there are so many great shows out there that I have grown to love! And, as if I needed another reason to make a list, I'm sharing my top picks. If you ever have a chance to watch any of these, do it! You won't regret it (or maybe you will), but ya can't knock it 'til ya watch it! I'm planning to share a few more rounds of "favorites" in the weeks / months to follow. Believe me, there's too many to post them all at once.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

12 Snazzy iPhone 6s Cases

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With the release of the new iPhone 6s quickly approaching (one week tomorrow), I've been skimming through various websites to find a case that will be worthy of embracing mine once it comes in the mail (haha). I took some time to meander through the cases that were available on Society6 and I narrowed down my favorites to the 12 I've shared above. Although there were tons of others that I wouldn't mind owning as well. These cases definitely reflect my taste + interests. I still haven't decided on the one (or two) that I would like to purchase. I'd be happy with any of these choices, honestly.

Now, as some of you may know, I made the switch from Android to iPhone around the middle of last year. So, until now, I hadn't experienced the excitement that comes along with pre-ordering. Honestly, I believe this is the first time I have ever pre-ordered something in my life. My iPhone 5s has served me well over the course of the last year, but I couldn't pass up an upgrade after hearing about the specs (especially the 12mp camera). The only thing I'm bummed about is the fact that it's coming in the mail the day after we get back from our family vaca, but that's okay. I'm just thankful that I was able to get it.

These cases aren't your cup of tea? Hop over to Society6 and check out all of the others they have to offer.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mood Board Musings · Autumn

Excuse my "basic" autumn-lovin'-butt for a second, but its arrival is about a week away and I'm pretty stoked (as you can probably imagine). Bring on the pumpkin everythaaang! I'm kinda bummed that I've never had the pleasure of enjoying a real autumn though. We're talking about Florida here, but it's still my favorite season (besides spring). Plus, I'm technically an autumn baby so that's cool. A few more days in the oven and I would've popped out in winter. Glad that wasn't the case. 

I'm sure I'm not the only one who seems to experience both a sense of peacefulness and rejuvenation when autumn rolls around each year. Maybe it's the crisp breezes or the homey feelings that accompany the season. Maybe it's the scents of pumpkin spice, cinnamon and clove. Maybe it's the rich, woodsy fragrance of sandalwood. Maybe it's all of the scrumptious food + beverages. Maybe it's the nights spent gathered around the fire pit with my loved ones. Maybe it's the feelings of nostalgia that beckon cheerful memories made in years past. Heck, maybe it's all of the cute clothes I get to wear (leggings and cardigans and scarves, oh my). Whatever it is, whatever causes me to feel this way, I wouldn't dare wish it away.

With all that said, it's mood board time! Haven't pieced one together in awhile :)

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Took a Trip to Jax

In case you were unaware or are currently living under a rock somewhere, we're halfway through September already. And that, my friends, straight up boggles my mind. I haven't blogged in over a month, which basically means that I have died or I am now carrying a tiny human inside of me according to blog-land terms. Rest assured, because neither of those scenarios have played out in my case. No, I'm falling back on my favorite and most overused excuse; I've been busy. Well, that's only partially true. I've experienced a little downtime over the past month, but I sure as heck didn't feel like blogging because, you know, there's this thing called Netflix and I enjoy vegging the freak out from time to time most of the time #letsbereal.

It's been well over two months since I shared anything that's happened in my life. My last currently post was actually way back in June (yikes). And the only thing that I really shared about in July was finding out about my friend's cancer diagnosis. She ended up having a hysterectomy and she'll be starting her chemotherapy the first of October (prayers are very much appreciated + her GoFundMe account is still live if you'd care to donate). I have faith that God will carry her through this.

There's just a handful of things that I feel are worth sharing when it comes to my life. First things first, I passed my first GED exam (with honors) back in July. It was just the language arts portion, but it felt good to get it out of the way. And passing with a high score wasn't so bad either. I celebrated over a passion tea lemonade and moved onto studying the next subject (social studies). Just three more tests to go and I'll be ready to tackle the next step in furthering my education + career.

In early August, I took a trip to Jacksonville / Atlantic Beach with my good friend, Amanda, to visit our other friend, Jennifer. She's the one who got married last October. Hard to believe their one year anniversary is a month away. We left on a Friday evening and stayed until Monday afternoon. The weekend was spent on the beach, lounging around the pool and hitting up the beach bars (so much fun). We also spent a night in, baked cookies, painted our nails, did face masks + watched a chick flick. Ya know, the whole shebang! It was a fantastic trip. On the way back home, Amanda and I stopped into St. Augustine (she had never been) for a little bit. The only hiccup we had driving back was an unforeseen tire separation. Thankfully, we were able to drive my car (very slowly) to the nearest Tire Kingdom where they put my spare on free of charge.

Last week, my husband stepped down from his supervisor position and called it quits. Without going into too much detail or letting my anger dictate what I'll say, his boss (the guy who took over for my dad when he passed away) is not management material. He's not good with people and his heart just isn't in it. All he cares about is the money and my husband finally had enough. It wasn't the job, at all. It was all the drama that went along with it. I just think it's funny that after he quit, three other employees followed his lead and quit as well. Our income will be taking a cut + our budget will need readjusting. But, sometimes the stress just isn't worth the extra money. God has always provided for us and I trust Him. G would have had to quit next year anyways because he's planning on going back to school. I was upset at first, but I think the whole situation is best summed up in a song lyric from Casting Crown's 'Just Be Held' — "Your world's not falling apart, it's falling into place".

And, last but not least, we were finally able to book our family vacation. We normally go this time of year, but I wasn't sure if it would be possible this time around. God worked it all out and we'll be able to get away for 3 days next week. We're going to Orlando (no, not Disney). We're staying at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort + hopefully visiting Universal Studios as well. I mentioned it in this post. It may not seem like much to some people, but it's really difficult to get away when you run a family business that's open 24/7 and 3 days away with my family sounds like perfection right now. We're all pumped.

Welp, I believe I covered just about everything. Sorry for the lengthiness, peeps!