3 Ways To Attend Every Fall Wedding Without Breaking the Bank

There’s something about a fall wedding here in the Ozark Mountains that’s magic. I got married on a perfect autumn day in October along with thousands of other brides in our little corner of the state.

The weather is crisp and the leaves are a perfect blend of early fall colors. It’s simply breathtaking. So pretty in fact that over the last 3 years I’ve been invited to more fall weddings than I can count on two hands. Talk about a hit to the pocket book.

Until now, I’ve always felt that attending weddings was down right expensive. You have to travel for wedding showers and the wedding, buy a gift for the couple, purchase an outfit for the occasion, along with shoes and accessories. I know…the list goes on and on and you are probably thinking…”just suck it up and find a way to make it fit in your budget later”. There’s no way you would miss these occasions for the world, am I right?

Let me just tell you, from bride to guest and from guest to guest, attending weddings doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, I’ve got a few tips and tricks to make sure you can make it to every single one of those fall weddings coming up this year with a little planning on the front end.

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Sephora.com Welcomes Volition Beauty

This post is sponsored by Volition Beauty, but all opinions are my own.

Sephora.com just welcomed a new brand this week that is going to be a game changer for all beauty lovers out there. Introducing, Volition Beauty! (champagne bottles popping’!)

Sephora welcomes Volition Beauty

Volition Beauty has stepped into the beauty scene in a major way that will change the way we see and use beauty products in the future. In fact, you, yourself have the power and voice to get the products you want and need. Volition Beauty is opening their doors to the world, allowing you to submit your own ideas to their team to have those products developed! Say what?? Continue reading Sephora.com Welcomes Volition Beauty

Tips For Keeping Your Tech Clean

Today I set out on a mission to count how many times I touched my phone in a day.  Wanna know how many times? More times than I can keep track of.  We live a very connected, hands-on life these days, always scrolling and swiping on our phones, computers and tablets. But, when’s the last time we actually cleaned our tech? Let that sink in for a bit… I’m washing my hands every chance I get, but my tech hasn’t seen a cleaning cloth in…well I am ashamed to admit how long.

So naturally I looked to Google to tell me the truth about how dirty our tech really is. Maybe that wasn’t the best decision, but what I found was so gross I couldn’t help but share it with you guys. Bare with me for a second.

Did you know that the average toilet seat has about 49 germs per square inch. Any guesses on how many germs your phone harbors per square inch? (hands over eyes) 25,127 GERMS! Say what?! (drops phone)

If you are like me, I think its time for our tech to get a little scrub down. (like now) Here are a few helpful tips to get your tech back to cleaner conditions.

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How To Stay Focused When Everyone Else Is Going On Vacation

Real talk today – I’ve got vacation brain.

Let’s face it. It’s summer time and everyone is catching sun on the beach…except me. I’m still working that 9-5 grind at the office, filling in the gaps for those gone and it is incredibly hard to stay focused. Anyone with me? I think there’s a term for this feeling…FOMO (fear of missing out)? Yea, that’s totally me right now.

My husband and I have started a tradition where we take our big vacations every October after the summer travel seasons have died down and most folks are back to their routines. Now don’t get me wrong, October is an amazing time to travel, but it’s so hard to watch the summer simmer down and come to and end before we step foot on the beach.

So, this vacay brain thing has got to get gone…and I mean fast. October is still a few months away and I can’t waste time being unfocused and daydreaming about my toes in the sand. Easier said than done.

If you are struggling with vacation brain like me, first of all – I’d love to know so that I don’t feel alone and second, here are some tips that will hopefully pull us through till we find ourselves with a drink in our hand by the water. Our time is coming, so let’s do this thing!

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6 Habits Of A Happy Millennial

Hey You! (yea, you 20-something!)

Can we get real with each other today? I want to talk about happiness and why it doesn’t always seem to show through in our lives each and every day.

Have you ever gotten stuck behind one of those loud, gross, super slow dump trucks when you are trying to get somewhere fast? Um, annoying, right? It’s even more annoying when everyone behind you is slipping past the truck so fast you don’t even have a chance to squeeze in line with them. Ugh.

Sometimes I feel like life can be just like being behind the slowest dump truck ever.  We are all trying to reach certain goals or life milestones and it never fails, something gets in our way or steals our happiness. This slows us down and its just plain frustrating. That might look like a crappy job or maybe a bad habit.

Have you ever wondered if that bump in the road was all in God’s grand plan? That it was supposed to be apart of the adventure? A teaching moment? A sign to actually slow down?

Let me reassure you are not alone in those moments of being stuck and feeling unhappy. We are all dealing with something, but you know what? There’s hope. God promises to pull us through to the end.

Over the last few weeks I’ve had my fair share of “blah” moments. Its normal to go through those seasons, but it’s also important to identify why you are walking down that path and how to work yourself out of the rut. So, I’ve done some soul searching to identify some ways to keep our spirits up in those times when we are in that weird unhappy, blah mood. (thank goodness, there’s hope) Here are 6 habits we can take on to be happier.

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Summer’s Best Guilt-Free Mint Chocolate Chip Popsicles

Two words…mint chocolate. Now you know the key to my heart. Give me chocolate and I’ll be your friend….give me MINT chocolate and I’ll be your best friend! But really.

I love a good mint chocolate dessert, especially when it has to do with something cold in the summer. (Yummy!) It’s already blazing hot here in Arkansas. It’s almost too hot to do anything outside for too long. So I’ve spent some time inside in the kitchen whipping up something special, I bring you my summer guilt-free mint chocolate chip popsicles. That’s right, guilt free…well for the most part. (wink wink!)


These bad boys are made of greek yogurt, pure vanilla, a little mint extract, and a dash of sugar. Not to mention they are incredibly easy to make!

Popsicles must be the going thing this summer because I visited about five different stores before finding popsicle molds. Like…what?! After scouring the town, I finally found these adorable Koji Ice Pop Molds at Target.


So, now that I have you drooling, let’s make some popsicles together! Continue reading Summer’s Best Guilt-Free Mint Chocolate Chip Popsicles

15 Go-To Essentials for Your Summer Bag

It’s summer time and you know what happens during the summer around here? Adventure! You will hardly ever catch me at the house when the suns out, I’m always off exploring on my bike, trekking along on a hiking trail, playing a friendly game of racquetball or catching some sun by any body of water I can find! All of course, with my handsome husband and fun-loving pup!

Since we are always outdoors this time of year, packing the right essentials for the adventure is key. Am I right, or am I right?!

Today I’m sharing 15 favorite items for my summer bag that literally goes everywhere with me.

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Explore Northwest Arkansas this Summer

This post is sponsored by FamilyLife NWA, but all opinions are my own. #ad #sponsored #NowYouKnowNWA

If you are anything like me, nothing ever get’s accomplished without a list, especially when it comes to exploring during the summer. I’ll get stuck in the same ole’ routine and before you know it…summer is long gone.

Over the past several years, I’ve created a summer bucket list to get the most adventure out of our summer days. This year is no different! In fact, since our big vacation is planned in the fall, we are making it a point to be tourists in our own northwest corner of Arkansas this summer.

What makes this local summer bucket list so much easier is the fact that our community has a hub at FamilyLife NWA where all things Northwest Arkansas is housed. (Um…what? Are you jealous?) Seriously though, if you want to try a new restaurant or know about the farmers markets…they’ve got you covered. I can’t imagine what fun things I’ve missed out on simply because I didn’t hear about it. Thanks to FamilyLife NWA, now we have a service to keep our NWA community in the know.

Back to the summer bucket list, here are the local adventures we plan to set out on over the next few months.

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NEW! Men’s Giorgio Armani | Acqua Di Gio

This post is sponsored by Influenster and Giorgio Armani and product was provided complimentary, but all opinions are my own.

I’ve never been one good at finding the perfect seasonal perfumes or colognes. I usually stumble upon one that I really like and just stick with it ….well er….until I stumble upon another. I have this same mentality when finding the perfect scent for my husband too! We usually just buy the same cologne and perfume over and over.

Maybe that’s just my picky side rearing it’s head. Colognes can be overpowering or in my case, can put me in weird moods. I have this one scent that was given to me as a gift and at first it was nice, but now when I wear it I can’t wait to change my clothes to get the smell off of me. Do you ever do that? Yuck! I’ll save you from my full dreaded story about trying to find a new perfume at Christmas, but I literally smelled 60 different scents and didn’t like not ONE!

I’ve noticed that my most favorite male and female scents tend to be those with a soft, light and fresh smell. They don’t overpower my nose and it’s just enough for any occasion. Yes, please! I’ve decided that I prefer these scents because it reminds me of the summer beach air all year around. I can’t complain about that!

I’ve partnered with Giorgio Armani to introduce you to their newest men’s cologne, Acqua Di Gio! OMG, can I just say…I might have a new favorite for my husband! (all the heart eyes) It smells like a mix of soft, fresh marine summer and warm cedar. That description doesn’t do it justice. You’ve got to get to the store and smell for yourself.

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Senior Session | Paige 2017

Every time I photograph a new senior it takes me back to when I was graduating. It’s almost like reliving those moments all over again. Graduating high school or college is such an exciting milestone in life. A time to reflect on how you’ve grown,  relationships created and the future ahead. I feel like this quote embraces what it’s like in that moment of being a senior.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

I had the honor of photographing senior Paige K. this season and she was a blast! Her style was classic and simple, and her personality was so confident and fun. And we both agreed that those graduation caps are less than glamorous, but she totally rocked it!

Thank you for a great session, Paige! Congrats to achieving another milestone and chasing those dreams.


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