FALL THEMED CLICKS & PINS

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

(How many times have you read this across all social media/blogland today? Truly, I’m interested. Tell me in the comments.)

I haven’t done a Clicks & Pins post in a few weeks, and I’ve been missing them! With this being the first day of fall and my girl Katie hosting a fall themed linkup today I decided to give today’s Clicks and Pins a fall theme. Super original, I know.

Hope you enjoy!

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1. Slow cooker meals scream fall to me. Maybe it’s because life gets so much busier in the fall or there are just so many hearty soups and chilis I love to make in there. This slow cooker chicken marsala from Creme de la Crumb sounds like a perfect fall rotation! Love chicken marsala.

2. The fall DIYs are rolling out and per usual, I want to do them all! This giant distressed fall sign from Love Grows Wild is adorable and seems like something I might actually start and finish. (But no promises. Because that’s like MY THING. Tell me you have this problem too.)

3. I’m obsessed with fall smells and if we are home, I am always burning a delicious smelling candle. It can become a mildly expensive obsession so I’m totally going to try this apple pie potpourri from Classy Clutter a whirl.

4. I’m going to shock and awe you all here really quick – I’m obsessed with Liz Marie Blog’s fall house tour. I know, I know I haven’t told you guys 1000 times how much I love her house BUT IT’S DECORATED FOR FALL NOW. #housegoals #lifegoals #allthefreakingoals

5. I really want all the seasonal pillows but I really want this Cuddle Weather pillow from Paris Chic Boutique. She has about 20 other beautiful fall themed pillows you should definitely check out.

6. We all know that Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere knows what she is talking about when it comes to beauty (umm maybe actually everything?) She picked 5 of her favorite new fall lipstick colors and I want to try them all.

7. Did I mention I love all the fall signs? I love this Welcome Autumn sign from Just Destiny. She did a Merry Christmas one last year and I actually got it printed and hung it above our back door. LOVE it.

8. Have you seen the new fall home line at Target? Obsessed. This Nate Berkus for Target Gold Metal Lamp Base needs to get in my house like, today. I’m having a lot of trouble picturing what type of shade I would put on it though. Thoughts?!

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Linking up with KatieJennIulia, and Cathy.

LIFE LATELY | FIRST ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

Well guys, Nathan and I made it a whole year 😉 Juuust kidding. It was a great year! Not without it’s growing pains but maybe we’ll talk about that more later. I can definitely tell you the growing pains were worth it! I can say with 100% certainty that I love Nathan more than I did one year ago when we got married and I don’t see that slowing down. What more could you ask for?

Friday after work we headed back to where it all started a year ago (aka where we had our wedding) – New Harmony, Indiana. It is a big wedding destination in our area and we loved celebrating our wedding there! It is a super quaint, pretty, tiny town just about 40 minutes away from where we live – just far enough away to feel special.  It will forever be an easy, but special place to head for our anniversary to have a nice dinner and a night away from the house/dog/whatever. I hope we get to spend a lot of anniversaries there!
nathan rachel first anniversaryAnniversary CollageOnce we checked in and threw on something more presentable than driving clothes we headed straight to a nice dinner at the Inn’s restaurant The Red Geranium. I totally cheated on my 21 Day Fix over dinner and it was totally worth it! It’s all about balance. Side note: I’m super sad the only picture I got of us is this super-grainy selfie but what can you do?

BB Dakota Dress (Sold Out – Similar Here) | Happiness Boutique Necklace

first anniversary new harmony CollageThe next morning we found coffee and breakfast before just wandering around town for several hours. New Harmony is pretty notorious for having not a lot going on – except for the weekend we chose to get married. This specific weekend in September they have a German festival called Kuntsfest which is basically a huge craft/vendor fair with tons of German food mixed in. New Harmony also has some unique stores (I got a delicious smelling bar of locally made soap) and cool landmarks like the one above. That third picture is of a place called “The Roofless Church” and it’s actually where my dad and step-mom got married over 15 year ago! I spent a good amount of time in New Harmony as a child but Nathan had never been outside of our wedding. Obviously, we didn’t have a lot of time to just wander last year so it was cool to show him around.

rachel first anniversary flowersExcuse the super awkwardness of my face but aren’t these the most beautiful first anniversary flowers you have ever seen?! They make my house smell fantastic too. What are the odds they’ll last forever? A girl can dream.

IMG_5692Other than that, life was pretty crazy busy last week! Nathan was out of town which in all honestly sometimes makes me think I’ll have a break to maybe watch a girly movie or something but in the end just really makes me grateful for all he does to help me around the house. Trash and DISHES? Blech.

My work schedule was off the charts crazy last week but I’m pretty proud of how well I stuck to my 21 Day Fix plan! Life happens and I’m sure I didn’t eat perfectly (I tried really hard!) but I did do every workout. I can’t tell you the last time I worked out for seven days in a row so… #BOOM. I call that a win. I really want this to be a lifestyle change anyways, not just a quick fix. And let’s be honest if you told me I’d never be able to have an indulgent meal again I’d throw your clean eating right back in your face :)

PS. I’m really loving Live Love Lead by Hillsong Church’s founder Brian Houston. I would totally recommend it for any level of “leader.”
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Thanks for all your help on this Instagram post. I ordered Me Before You, Girl on the Train and (of course) The Hypnotist’s Love Story. What would YOU say the best book you’ve read all year is?

I can’t wait to see what you all were up to this weekend! Linking up with Biana, Meg, Bella, Erin,  Carly, Carylee, and Rachelle.

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LIFE LATELY

I know, I know, I’m a day late and several dollars a dollar short but here I am! Life this past week has been fairly laid back in some ways, but crazy pants in other ways. AKA we spent some much needed time this weekend chilling out after a long week and before the next few weeks are complete, utter insanity from start to finish. But that is our life and I wouldn’t want it any other way :) Here is a glimpse into our life, lately!

IMG_5580Any time I am at home this guy is either touching me, or near enough to me he could touch me if the mood strikes. I think it is because he likes me best (obviously) but Nathan keeps saying absurd things like “It’s because you give (DROP!!) him food.” Like I said, nonsense.


IMG_5573Cheer season is in full swing! This week involved multiple practices, money collecting (THE WORST), t-shirts and fundraisers (THE SECOND WORST). And of course all of these things happened on the same day because I’m either the worst planner OR think I can do everything and have a hard time saying no. One of those statements is true. Which brings me to…

IMG_5613On Thursday I shared a little of my heart over on Instagram. About how I am a people-pleaser and DOER by nature. Head over there if you want the full run down but long story short, I’m making a conscience effort to put myself first more often. My health has taken a a backseat this year while I adjust to married, homeowner, dog mom life and let me just say, it shows. (See exhibit below)

IMG_5635I picked up this mirror last summer at a yard sale for $15 and I just got around to filling the holes and cleaning it up this past weekend. It didn’t even take me all day Sunday so now I’m kind of kicking myself for not doing it sooner! It’s now a very pale seafoam green color that I got on clearance for like, $1 at Lowes. I can’t wait to put this in our room and start taking more selfies 😉


fall CollageTechnically fall doesn’t start for SIX more days and even though I’m not one to waste a second of summer, you can’t argue with 61 degrees at 11 AM on a Sunday.  Light sweaters were worn to church and many hours outside were had. Glorious. Fall, I’m ready for ya!
Happiness Boutique Necklace | Single Thread Boutique Sunnies | Lou & Grey Sweater

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So I started my first 21 Day Fix Challenge Group on Monday and I am loving it! 30 minute workouts I can do at home? Support and encouragement from other women doing the same thing for 21 days straight? Right up my alley. I was skeptical at first because I normally do longer workouts but I am LOVING this workout program! Quick and effective. I’ve been eating super clean too and I already feel so different. Did anyone else start on Monday?

IMG_5654For me, so much of keeping my eating on track is meal planning and prep. Sunday I made a big batch of egg muffins and they couldn’t have been easier to throw together! Whisk up 12 eggs and all the veggies you want then bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 and bam! SO yummy and so good for you. I put a little Sriracha on the top, too. Over the top.

So that’s our life lately! Happy Thursday friends! We’re almost there :)

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Linking up with Annie, Natalie, Joey and Amanda.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND | VEGAS, NEW MEXICO, & GRAND CANYON

Hello Blog World, here I am! Gosh I’ve missed you guys.

Here I am…recapping Labor Day weekend! Better late than never, right?

To start off the trip my mom, step-dad and two of my brothers and I were supposed to fly out of our town (did I mention the airport is five minutes from my house?) bright and early Friday morning to head to Vegas and planned to get there around lunch. Of course, that was before they cancelled our flight at 10 PM Thursday night so we had to make the last minute decision to drive to Louisville at 2:00 AM so we didn’t loose our entire day in Vegas. Off to a great start, right?

Day One: Las Vegas
After traveling for ten hours we arrived in Vegas at 10:30 AM (that’s right 2 AM to 10 AM – time zones are a weird thing, man) and headed to the Hard Rock for lunch. Side story: My step-father has a weird Hard-Rock Cafe radar, he can find any of them. I mean, he’s been to a lot of them already but he can really find them any where. It’s freaky. End story.

After lunch we checked into our hotel and wandered around The Strip for a few hours before our legs got tired. We got on a “Hop On, Hop Off” tour that took you around to some of the most famous spots. You could get off, look around for a while, then get back on another bus the next time one came by. Which was about every thirty minutes. I would definitely recommend doing this!

The Wynn Hotel & Casino was definitely my favorite stop we made. All of the nice hotels are over-the-top decadent but The Wynn really takes the cake. The gardens, flower sculptures, 40 MILLION DOLLAR PIECES OF ART (if you count anything shaped like Popeye art, and I’m not sure I can), the waterfalls, the floors…I could go on and on. It’s insane but also so cool to see!

Later that night we headed to a casino that had an indoor amusement park for my brothers. We were all dead by 10 PM (we had been going for 22 hours by that point) so we all crashed pretty soon after that. Super early for Vegas standards, I’m sure :)
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Day Two: Navajo, New Mexico
We got up bright at early Saturday to start the six hour (that turned in to eight hour…) trek from Vegas to my Aunt’s wedding in New Mexico! The views on the drive were incredible! We just had to pull over a few times and take some photos. There ain’t no mountains like that in good ole Indiana! Breathtaking.

Due to some time zone and GPS confusion we rolled in about 20 minutes before the wedding which was vastly different than the four hours we had originally planned. YEAH. So that’s why my hair looks so redic. But as this wedding was the point of the whole trip, I’m glad we actually made it.

Again, the backdrop was incredible! I can’t believe these rock formations were literally in someone’s backyard. Can you imagine? I loved celebrating these two adorable love birds and am so grateful I got to make the trip even though Nathan had to stay home.

After the ceremony they had a potluck-type reception with a whole, roasted pig and some of the most delicious Navajo fried bread I have ever tasted. Well it was the only I had ever tasted but it was delicious. After the reception we went back to their house and just hang out all night. It was so nice to spend so much time with the bride and groom. You don’t get to to that at a big wedding typically!

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Day Three: The Grand Canyon
Day three started with a brunch with everyone in a town about 45 minutes from where we stayed in a town called Gallop, New Mexico that was right on old Route 66. It was probably the best salad and hamburger I’ve had maybe ever?

After we said our good byes, we headed back to the open road towards the Grand Canyon. My mom pulled out her trusty paper map and we hit the pavement. Four hours later we pulled into Grand Canyon Park somewhere on the south rim in Arizona. Side note: All weekend long we had the most beautiful, perfect weather for being outside like we were. With the exception of the 1.5 hours we tried to see the Grand Canyon where is was super rainy and cold. Whomp whomp whomp.

Even with the rain and cold, The Grand Canyon was probably one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen. I can’t even think of words to adequately describe just the enormity and the beauty of it. It really is something you just have to see to believe!

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It was a long trip but well worth it will everything we were able to do over the long weekend! Up next in September? Our first wedding anniversary and a trip to Chattanooga! Have a great weekend, babes!

TRUST WITHOUT BOARDERS

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I know I’ve been a little absent from the blog this week and I wanted to share with you a little bit of my heart on why I feel like that is. Disclaimer: I’m really almost scared to share this with you all. I haven’t been this open on my blog since the very beginning when the only people who read it were my husband, best friends and mom. Also, I’m like the least judgy person, ever – about anything. So if you don’t agree with what I’m about to say please don’t think we can’t still be friends.

If your church worships with contemporary music you may recognize the lyrics up above as a super popular worship song called Oceans by Hillsong United. About a month ago when I was at the Global Leadership Summit they sang this song and even though I had heard it before, it really moved me. I immediately downloaded it and listened to it over and over and over that night. The whole song is great, but towards the end they sing:

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without boarders. Let me walk upon the waters, where ever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander. And my faith would be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior.”

And since that day, guys? That has been the deepest prayer of my heart. I have listened to that song and prayed those words at least ten times a day, every day. That He would lead me through this life – and that I would listen and trust Him. Because, as a Christian, I truly believe that will give me a life greater than the one I could try to make on my own.

So surprise, surprise God answered me. Funny how that happens huh? Sometimes no, actually if we are being honest. It’s not funny. It can be scary. Scary to explain to people (hello!) WHY you want to change this, or start doing that with no other real reason than “God is calling me that way.” That can seem crazy to people who are not in your head and in your heart (which would be everyone the last time I checked).

This means a few different things in my life that I’m sure will come up on the blog eventually, but for this blog specifically? It means more meaning. And I’m not just talking about more posts like this one but more posts that encourage people and make their live’s better. I’m not 100% ready to give up all the fluff and the stuff you may know this blog for – that’s what drew me into the blog world in the first place! But I do know that I want this space, where I spend so much of my time, to be more meaningful. Do I know for sure what that looks like yet? No, but I hope you will stick around with me while I try to figure it out :)

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