Saturday Morning Reading | Volume Eight

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Have you guys seen a tour of the HGTV Dream Home yet? That one is from one of my favorite bloggers Liz Marie and it is, in fact, my dream home. Neutrals, and blues and wood galore. So gorgeous.

I love playing with my makeup, but I have to admit I’ve been in a little bit of a rut with it lately. This Sephora Pocket Contour App might change that! You take a picture of your face and it teaches you where you should be contouring based on YOUR face shape. Must try.

Jessica from How Sweet Eats is my spirit animal. Homegirl is genius in her recipes and hilarious in her presentation. These Grilled Caesar Buffalo Chicken Salads look like pure heaven. Apparently, putting lettuce on the grill is a thing. A wonderful, delicious thing. Count me in.

What would Saturday Morning Reading be without a margarita recipe? Nothing that’s what. This Habanero-Pineapple Margarita from So Munch Love is a definite must try.

Do you ever read those “My Top Five Favorite Phone App” posts and think “Wow, you love Instagram and WordPress and Twitter (or whatever) that’s SOOO interesting!” because like duh, we are all basic blogger girls – we all love those apps. Well, that’s so NOT how I felt when I read Karly’s post about her favorite apps. I went and downloaded 4/5 of them promptly.

I’m not sure if you guys realize this (ha) but I’m 100% obsessed with flamingos. This flamingo party round up from Pizzazzerie featuring this party from Hostess with the Mostess has me thinking I need to throw a party ASAP. Do any of you have a birthday coming up? Because I’m your girl. Whatever you do, DO NOT MISS this free printable. Dead. D-E-A-D dead.

Someone needs to come to my house and recreate every single thing about this patio for me. Please, thank you, and send the bill elsewhere.

 

Friday Five 5.22.15

Happy Friday!! This week has been crazy – I don’t think I’ve been this happy to see a Friday in a long, long time! By Tuesday I was thinking “HOW IS IT ONLY TUESDAY?!” and that’s how you know it’s bad.

ONE | ROSEMARY BEACH
It’s vacation time people! Two of my girlfriends and I are heading down to Rosemary Beach on Monday for the week. I’m so excited to explore a new beach town! Has anyone been to this area? What are some must dos and eats?
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TWO | CHEER TRY OUTS
One of the reasons my week was so nuts (besides preparing to take a week off of work – much more difficult when you work for a small business) is that we picked our cheer team for next year! I will miss last year’s team so so so much but am excited to get to know this new team.

THREE | SINGLE THREAD
Without a doubt Single Thread Boutique is my favorite local Evansville shop! I know I’ve sang my love for this store from the rooftops but it really is amazing. I want everything, all the time. Below are the three pieces I bought this week for vacation and I don’t know how I’m going to decide which to wear first! The entire store is 20% off through Saturday with code STB20 so go NOW and check it out!
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FOUR | PITCH PERFECT
We are seeing Pitch Perfect this weekend finally! Have you guys seen it? I keep hearing it is not as good as the first one but that doesn’t surprise me, squeals rarely are. Unless we are talking about Home Alone or High School Musical where they are better than the first. I’m excited either way! Aca-obsessed with Anna Kendrick.

FIVE | BEACH ESSENTIALS GIVEAWAY
Today is the last day to enter my giveaway for a Wine2Go bottle and $10 Target gift card! Head over to this post to enter.

Have a great weekend! I’ve got a few posts still planned for next week while I’m on vacation so make sure you stop by to check them out :)

Linking up with Coffee with Caitlin, September Farm, Meet @ the Barre, The Grits Blog, Carolina Charm, xoxo Rebecca, The Diary of a Real Housewife, The SlaughtersA Blonde Ambition, Leanne, Lory and Two Thirty Five Designs.

Beach Essentials + A GIVEAWAY

I consider myself a beach-pro. I’ve got my packing list down to a science and with my Rosemary Beach vacation coming at the end of this week (YAS!) I wanted to share some of my tried and true beach vacation essentials with you. Keep reading until the end for a fun giveaway!

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1. Pitusa Coverup ($75) – My latest Shopbop purchase! I can’t wait for it to get here so I can see it in person.

2. VS Pink Beach Bag ($20) – I’ll be using my Lilly For Target tote but this adorable one would do the trick too.

3. Pottery Barn Flamingo Beach Towel ($30) – Pottery Barn + Flamingos = SWOON

4. Forever21 Romper ($16) – I love to throw a romper on over my bathing suit during a mid-day beach break. Obsessed with this one!

5. A Few Good Books (Read my most anticipated reads of the summer here) – GIVE ME ALL THE BOOKS

6. Cherry Me Baby Lips ($5) – A staple. All day, every day. BUT have you noticed THEY DON’T MELT? Magical I tell you!

7. Forever21 Bikini ($30) – I’ve had this suit in my cart for a few weeks and have still yet to hit “purchase” but I love it! Buying bathing suits online skeeves me out. Too much room for error.

8. American Eagle Braided Flip Flop ($25) – I’m on my fourth pair of these exact sandals. Love ‘em. Bear with them for the first few wears and they will be the most comfy flip flop you’ve had.

9. Wine2Go ($13) – I take Kenny very seriously when he sings “the sun and the sand and a drink in my hand” – it’s a rare moment I don’t have a drink in my hand in vacation. I can’t wait to use this Wine2Go bottle next week! Wine2Go is an awesome alternative to a regular wine bottle for the beach. It’s lighter, unbreakable and reusable – perfect for the beach.

10. J Crew Hat ($30) – I bought this hat during my spring shopping haul and I don’t plan to take it off my head at all next week. Like ever.

11. Marc Jacobs Sunglasses ($120) – Ugggh I need to take the plunge on new sunglasses so bad! (Thanks for losing that awesome discount husband…) I’m obsessed with these Marc Jacobs ones.

GIVEAWAY* Wine2Go has been nice enough to send me a product to share with you all so one lucky winner can give it a try! I added in a $10 Target gift card so you can fill up your bottle with your favorite affordable wine or just pick up some essentials for your summer vacay! Good luck :)

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*Wine2Go sent me a free product to try in exchange for the mention in this blog post. All opinions are my own.

Weekending | 27th Birthday Recap

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Ugh, I’m the worst. This was one of the best birthday weekends I’ve ever had and I have five pictures to show for it. F-I-V-E! You must do better Rachel. You must you must. I’m going to recap it in detail though so get ready for some text!

T H U R S D A Y (My actual birthday)
My main gift from Nathan was an hour and half long massage from my boy Jeff at Serenity Massage in Evansville. Local people check. him. out. He is incredible! Anyways, I took the morning off work got my massage and then had lunch with Nathan. I can not think of a better way to celebrate my birthday and I may have to make it a tradition! (Fingers crossed on that one). That night was my brother’s 8th grade musical then Los Bravos (my favorite Mexican place) for dinner with my mom’s crew and grandparents. Pretty darn good birthday if you ask me!

F R I D A Y
After work (and day one out of three of cheer try outs for the team I coach) Nathan and I headed over to downtown Newburgh to eat at one of my favorite spots Cafe Arazu. They have a beautiful patio overlooking the river but it was pouring of course so we ate inside. I had the best salmon and couscous that I am still dreaming about. And of course the bruschetta which is the best thing on the menu in my opinion!

S A T U R D A Y
Most of the day Saturday was spent cleaning, cooking and grocery shopping for the little gathering I had that night. Also dealing with a work situation that popped up and couldn’t wait until Monday – blah. In the early evening I had a few friends over for some wine and appetizers before we headed to a local wine, jazz and art festival. We have two of these in our town every year and they are always one of my favorite things to do! It’s typically a lot of the same brands but we tried Sweet Tulip Wines for the first time and I think I have a new favorite. YUM. Some of our local faves, The Brown Sisters, were the entertainment that night so we danced our butts off until they closed the event! Not before I dropped an entire bottle of wine on the dance floor though. #thatgirl Afterwards we went to a local bar for some karaoke! Super fun night and I was still in bed by midnight. Aww yeah.

S U N D A Y
Was mostly spent recovering from Saturday and prepping for the week ahead. T-minus one super busy week until the beach. Insert Praise Jesus emoji hands here. Then we went to my dad’s house for yet another birthday celebration dinner! I’m so spoiled.

Happy Monday friends!

Linking up with Biana, Meg, Bella, Erin, and Ashley.

27 Things About Me (For My 27th Birthday!)

Sometimes I struggle with what this blog is supposed to “be about.” And what I want it to be about. I love ALL the blogs. The beauty blogs, the fashion blogs, the foodie blogs, the mom blogs, the lifestyle blogs, the party planning blogs – I don’t discriminate. When I started my blog (I refuse to say that word one more time from this point forward), it was much more about me and just my thoughts on things but in all truthfulness, those things are so much harder to write about. You are putting your heart out there then openly asking people “So what do you think about what I think?!” and I don’t know if you all have noticed, but not everyone is nice and agrees with everything I think.

What I’m trying to say is maybe that is the reason I’ve been not showing as much of myself and my heart around here lately, but I want that to change at least a little bit. So since today is my 27th birthday (whoa) I thought I’d share with you 27 things about me. A lot of them are things I’ve already written whole posts about, so click the blue links to be taken to the post I have written on that topic. Some are serious, some are not but all are 100% ME!

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1. I am a Christian. I don’t talk about that on my blog enough and I want that to change too. I am not perfect but I try hard to honor my Savior with my actions every day and this blog is part of that.

2. I once met Taylor Swift and that day is still in the running for possibly the best day of my life. Top two for sure :)

3. Margaritas will always be my #1 beverage of choice. Skinny, full calorie, lime, strawberry, frozen, or on the rocks just give it to me because I will love it.

4. I have a job that I love but it doesn’t define me.

5. I am a full-blown Harry Potter nerd. I’ve read the entire series at least six times and I cried I was so happy when I got to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Cried. Which leads into…

6. I’m obsessed with all things British and sometimes think I was born in the wrong country.

7. I have the best husband. No really. I don’t brag on him enough but he is a saint for loving my crazy self the way he does. Some days I know I am just really hard to put up with.

8. I could be perfectly content solely eating Mexican food for the rest of my life. 24/7. 365. And I really mean that.

9. My husband and I bought a house while I was on my period and it made for a really entertaining blog post.

10. I am fascinated by polygamy. I’ve read countless of those “I Escaped Polygamy” books and Big Love is one of my favorite TV series of all time. I fascinated by other religious beliefs in general, actually.

11. My best friend (and mother of my God child) and I were in the same graduating class at the same high school but didn’t become friends until after our first year at college.

12. Once, someone sent me a Snapchat so we got a dog.

13. I coach a middle school cheerleading and dance team.

14. Nashville is my favorite city of all time. So obviously I had to celebrate my bachelorette there.

15. I am a product of multiple families and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

16. I’m super basic. Give me fresh flowers or an Iced Skinny Vanilla Latte from Starbucks or take me to Target and you have just made my day.

17. If I really love a series (both TV and book) I will read/watch it over and over and over and never tire of it! Here are just few book series I have read multiple times each.

18. I am head over heels for the Real Housewives franchise and I will #neverforget these moments.

19. I’ve listened to the Serial podcast from start to finish twice and I really think Adnan did it.

20. I ran my first half marathon this year and I really have no desire (right now) to ever do one again.

21. Within the past three months I have had two of my siblings move to polar opposite sides of the country. My brother moved to LA and my sister to Connecticut. Now we really have no reason to check NYC and Cali off of our travel bucket list!

22. Making this list is a lot harder than I imagined, I probably should have started earlier than 9 PM last night.

23. Bless you if you are still reading.

24. I took a semester off in college and lived in Vancouver, BC for about 6 months. If it wasn’t so far away from all of my friends and family I would live there for real in a heartbeat.

25. My husband and I are obsessed with Ed Sheeran. I walked down the aisle at our wedding to Tenerife Sea and our first dance was to Thinking Out Loud (before it was mainstream cool). What can I say, the man’s got the romantic thing down.

26. I’ve spent countless hours over the last 2 months searching for the perfect throw pillows for our couch and haven’t pulled the trigger on a single one. Or had a blog post to show for it.

27. I’m 27 years old! (I literally could not think of one more semi-interesting thing)

So how about it? Still want to be friends after you learned all this random stuff about me?

Linking up with Annie, Natalie, Joey and Amanda