The Weekender Ft. Vanity Planet

These sunny days bring out my spontaneous side and I just can’t help but to reach for my nearest bag, camera and sun dress for a weekend adventure. I love the thrill of exploring all of what a new city has to offer. The food, shopping, entertainment, history, architecture – you can sign me up every time!

You know what the most challenging part of a spontaneous trip is? Being a little ball of excitement AND trying to pack your bag at the same time. Talk about a mess. More often times than not, we make it to our destination and I’ve left some of my most important items back at the house. Ugh.  Its usually either my concealer, matching shoes, makeup brushes, the right bra for the outfits I picked out. The list can go on… can you relate?? And as much as I hate to admit it, I can be such a perfectionist that it just throws me off. Cue the not so exciting spontaneous trip to the nearest store in town to pick up those forgotten items, leaving us with less time to explore. Ugh.

I think after many failed attempts of successfully packing for a weekend trip, I’ve got some things going right for once. Let me tell you one of my little secrets. It’s a glorious thing I like to call my weekend brush set. That’s right – pretty simple. Nothing is more annoying than packing all your makeup and forgetting to grab your makeup brushes. Yep. (rolling my eyes) Thanks to Vanity Planet, I’ll never have to remember to grab each individual brush I think I might need, I  can just toss in my Palette makeup brush collection call it a day! It’s my special weekend pack of makeup brushes keeping me a happy little camper.

Here is Vanity Planet Palette Makeup Brush Collection I recommend.

It has 15 extra-soft brushes and a sweet little rollout pouch to protect them. Pretty darn good brushes too! Whether you are a proclaimed professional makeup artist or just an average everyday gal like me, this collection will get the job done! Helping you look great on that weekend trip! You are welcome!

To make these brushes even sweeter, Vanity Planet is offering a few deals just for you!
SpinSpring70 — 70% off the spin brush
SpringHair25 — 25% off anything hair
MakeUpSpring70 — 70% off the make up brushes

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A Review: Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

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A Review: Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Influenster and Marc Jacobs for review purposes, but all opinions are my own. #sponsored #complimentary #contest #ad #review

Ever since my last vacation, which was my honeymoon last fall, I can not stop thinking about where we will choose to go for this year’s getaway. We’ve made a list of top 10 places, but how will we ever choose?! If you have any recommendations – send them our way! Until we decide, I’ll just keep dreaming of the sun to escape our dreary rainy days we’ve been having lately.

Speaking of a getaway, I recently received a complimentary bottle of the new Marc Jacobs “dew drops” coconut gel highlighter from Influenster for review and it immediately made me think of the beach (seriously, it smells like a pina-coloda and that’s my go-to on summer vacay). I couldn’t help but share my review with you.


I’ve always wondered how to get that natural, well blended summer glow…hello dew drops! This formula is made up of coconut extract that helps smooth, hydrate and perfect your summer skin for a radiant look. I was surprised at the size of the bottle (24mL or 0.08 FL Oz), but even more excited because I know this should last me a while – a little goes a long way! The consistency is light-weight and I love it’s versatility to be mixed with a liquid foundation or primer for an overall glow or simply just applied to the skin directly where you want a little extra dewy glow. (Um heellooo summer!)

One to two very small drops is all that is needed to get this perfect glowy effect. I applied one pump to my hand to show you how much it really is. It blended it well with my fingers  and it dried nicely without smear on my hand.

This will be a must have for your summer makeup bag! You can find this at your local Sephora along with the other items within the Marc Jacobs coconut collection.


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183 Things I Love About My Husband After Six Months of Marriage


“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” – Maria Edgeworth

6 months | 22 weeks | 183 days | 4344 hours | 260,640 minutes | a million + seconds

I still have to pinch myself sometimes, because it just seems unreal, being married. This week we will officially reach our 6 month milestone as a married couple. For some that may seem insignificant, but for me, it’s special. It’s special because when I look back on my life before I was married, I can whole-heartedly say that every single struggle, times of loneliness, heartbreak and times of doubt were worth it.  1000% worth it. I thank the Lord everyday for my husband and you know what? It’s true when they say that you will love them more with time. Within this short 6 months I have fallen in love with with him a hundred times over and sometimes for reasons I’ll never be able to explain.

In honor of this sweet little milestone, I wanted to share 183 things I love about my husband. I choose the number 183 because that’s about how many days are in six months and because 22 (weeks in six months) is just not enough and let’s be honest, 4344 (hours in six months) might be a stretch. 🙂 Well, here it goes…

Cheers to six months of marital bliss and re reading this again on our 10 year anniversary, October 8th, 2026.

183 Things I love about my husband in our first 6 months of marriage:

  1. He’s my #1 fan and supporter in every crazy dream or idea I have
  2. He’s the most kind-hearted man I’ve ever met
  3. He is a man of integrity
  4. He makes me laugh every single day
  5. He loves his momma
  6. He loves my momma
  7. He compliments me on my average cooking even when we both know it’s debatable at best
  8. He has a heart after the Lord
  9. He always keeps an open mind when I encourage his sense of fashion in clothes and hairstyles
  10. He loves to travel just as much as I do
  11. He’s a future dreamer and we could do that all day together
  12. He makes coffee way better than I can
  13. He is oh so forgiving
  14. He is a lawn king when it comes to shaping up the yard
  15. He is the best dog dad I could ever ask for
  16. He accepts me for who I am
  17. He never complains about helping out with house chores
  18. He challenges me in sports, but we both know that I give him a run for his money playing racquetball
  19. We’ve eaten more dessert together than I have in my whole life combined
  20. He insists on surprise mani/pedis
  21. He has a spontaneous spirit that I can’t get enough of
  22. His baby brown eyes are perfect
  23. I love how he puts his arm around me while casually shopping
  24. He tells me I am beautiful everyday
  25. He kisses me goodbye in the morning even when I am still asleep
  26. He never lets a change of plans dull his day
  27. He is the master of the thermostat and keeps our  techy internet, TV things working
  28. He keeps me calm in times of stress and chaos
  29. He sleeps on the side of the bed closest to the door because it makes me feel protected
  30. He is my best friend
  31. He always shows me he loves me
  32. He likes to try and sneak out of the bed on Saturday mornings to get a head start on cleaning while I’m sleeping
  33. He always keeps his promises
  34. He’s ok eating Mexican food for our date nights every single week
  35. His face on our wedding day
  36. All kids freaking love him
  37. He is always rubbing my feet
  38. He doesn’t even flinch at my crazy family
  39. He is smokin’ hot
  40. He sacrifices and works hard to support us
  41. He always makes time for just the two of us
  42. He laughs at my jokes
  43. He is so charming
  44. He keeps my car in tip top shape
  45. He makes dreaming about our future family incredible
  46. His beard is always on point
  47. He has a million nicknames for me
  48. He speaks in his own made up language and it’s hilarious
  49. He almost always takes out the trash
  50. He is passionate about his favorite sports teams
  51. He will always choose me over a sports game
  52. He has made it a point to keep my gas tank full
  53. He never hesitates to run out to get chocolate for me at night
  54. He enjoys my quirks and I enjoy his
  55. I love when he wraps his arms around me while I’m cooking
  56. He finds humor in my rap/singing skills
  57. His cologne gives me all the heart eyes
  58. He is good at weighing pros and cons and giving solid advice
  59. I can be myself with him
  60. We are a team in all things
  61. He never complains about me showing him cute animal videos all the time
  62. He loves shoes
  63. His sense of decorating is just about as good as mine
  64. He’s the best handyman
  65. He is amazing with numbers (thank the Lord for that)
  66. He’s dedicated to our marriage
  67. He is a loyal friend and brother
  68. He is a natural leader
  69. His hugs are incredible
  70. He puts me first in every decision
  71. He has a sexy voice
  72. We have special dances to Taylor Swift songs
  73. He always reminds me that I snore and he doesn’t
  74. He makes conversation with any and all strangers
  75. He lets me dictate the direction of the toilet paper roll
  76. He piles the warm laundry on me when I am cold
  77. He’s 98% goofy and I love it
  78. He’s already committed to changing all the dirty diapers of our future children (score!)
  79. He has a HUGE heart
  80. He wears his wedding ring with pride
  81. We finish each other’s sentences often
  82. He brags on me to his friends and coworkers
  83. He is my rock
  84. His relationship with my mom is adorable
  85. He loves Taco Bell just as much as I do
  86. His forehead kisses are perfect
  87. He’s not afraid to cry with me
  88. We were instant friends the first time we met
  89. He is a perfect nurse when I am sick
  90. When he calls me just to hear my voice
  91. He remembers the little things
  92. He tries to carry ALL the groceries in one trip
  93. He always has my back
  94. He’s adventurous
  95. Have I mentioned his sense of humor?
  96. He always ensures I have beef jerky on road trips
  97. He is down to earth
  98. He stands up for what he believes
  99. He’s a great listener
  100. He always lets me pick the movie
  101. He is the most thoughtful person
  102. He leaves me little notes
  103. He loves when I check in on him in the middle of the work day
  104. He never lets us go to bed angry
  105. He is the luckiest person when it comes to winning stuff
  106. He doesn’t try to change me
  107. He keeps a picture of us on his desk at work
  108. He helps me bring my dreams to life
  109. He is proud of me
  110. He can read me really really well
  111. He enjoys evening walks with me and the pup
  112. He loves to dance
  113. He begs to put Christmas lights on the house
  114. He thinks he needs to clean the garage every weekend
  115. He is never without chapstick
  116. We share a love for black socks
  117. He’s constantly helping me spruce up my office
  118. He loves bike rides together
  119. He makes seasonal bucket lists with me
  120. He supposedly loves reading my blog
  121. He is always supporting my Instagram
  122. He let’s me browse pinterest on his big iPad
  123. He loves lamps – all the lamps
  124. He tries to turn on the car’s seat warmer without me knowing
  125. He is generous
  126. He  has a way with words
  127. He hardly ever rushes me
  128. We both love baseball
  129. He answers every question I have about sports and their rules
  130. He hurries home from work to see me
  131. He likes me even when I’m hangry
  132. He works really really hard to avoid me getting hangry
  133. He makes everything fun
  134. He is down right loving
  135. He loves athletic clothes as much as I do
  136. He is always the driver on road trips
  137. I know that I can tell him anything
  138. He is a hopeless romantic
  139. He knows what he wants and he works hard for it
  140. He is so smart
  141. He always puts up a fight when it comes to using sunscreen
  142. He is forgiving
  143. He is so handsome
  144. He looks great in a pair of jeans
  145. He’s willing to pick up some of my favorite hobbies, like running
  146. He introduced me to bread & butter pickles
  147. He fights for us in every disagreement
  148. He doesn’t care what others think of him
  149. How he tries to impersonate me with a retainer in (this is the funniest thing ever)
  150. He is a lover of surprises
  151. He’s always trying to get the mail before I do
  152. He’s open to trying new fitness and meal plans with me (except that one time we tried juicing – hah!)
  153. He loves me more when I am looking my worst
  154. He is fully involved in planning everything – wedding, vacation, weekend getaways, date nights
  155. He is a thrifter and a saver
  156. He always has a cute background picture of us on his phone
  157. He is genuine
  158. He is a family man
  159. He always insists on carrying my luggage
  160. He is impossible not to love
  161. He makes me the happiest girl in the world
  162. He’s my forever summer concert date
  163. He looks sharp in a sports coat
  164. He loves taking pictures with me
  165. He’s great at picking out clothes and shoes for me without my help
  166. He has an infectious love for life
  167. He makes me feel so safe
  168. He is comforting after a hard day
  169. He never passes up an opportunity to binge watch Netflix with me
  170. He is the cutest in a ball cap
  171. He is competitive at every card game or board game we play
  172. He was the one that taught me my favorite card game
  173. He loves a good home/furniture project
  174. He is a master at selling stuff on Craigslist – I’ll never know how he does it
  175. He knows a good deal when he sees one
  176. He is my yardselling partner in crime
  177. He saves me from all the spiders
  178. He makes me want to be a better version of myself
  179. He is dreamy
  180. His personality is out of this world
  181. He is always teaching me something new
  182. He appreciates me and us
  183. He is my forever

There you have it – 183 things straight from the heart. (Whew!)

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3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

Hello, Spring! (finally)

The sun is shining, the windows are down, the flowers are blooming and I just can’t get enough of this beautiful Spring weather we are having here in the south! I sure did miss these longer days. How about you?

For me, the season always brings with it the urge to spring clean. Carpet shampooing, closet purging, garage organizing….and go! It just feels so darn good to clear the clutter and freshen up the house after hibernating all winter. But today I want to go deeper and I’m not talking about adding the baseboards to your list to clean. I’m talking about spring cleaning for your life.

When was the last time you took a closer look into your personal health, your business, the time spent with your family…or how you are using your spare time? Maybe that was just a few months ago when looking for new year’s resolutions or maybe it’s long overdue for a refresh. If this is you, join me this Spring as I take a few steps to declutter my own life. #SpringCleaningtheLife

Spring Clean // Health

Finding balance in a healthy diet and consistent workouts is a never ending struggle for me. My routine is often different week over week leaving me feeling burnt out, tired and lacking motivation. I’ve noticed that changing habits to healthy ones is more effective when I take baby steps.

A few weeks I opened my fridge and you know what was on the shelves? Hardly anything and what was there was either expired or unhealthy. (um, gross!) This tells me two things:

  1. I hate grocery shopping and my husband is probably always starving.
  2. We eat out way too often because of the lack of food in our house.

I’ve decided to not only keep my fridge clean, but to make sure I am stocking it with healthy options. Fruits, veggies and natural foods. I’ve been binging on Pinterest lately looking for nutritious recipes to keep us focused throughout the week and putting those into a simple meal plan. TIP: Make a Pinterest board for weekly meal plans that has 7 breakfast recipes, 7 lunch ideas, 7 dinner recipes and 1-2 healthy dessert ideas. This makes it even easier to make your grocery list and choose a meal each day without having to sift through millions of Pinterest recipes 5 minutes before you are already hangry.

Now for the workouts. I get bored with the same ole workouts week after week. I’ve got to have some variety. How about you? I like to keep my workouts fresh by trying different programs or finding new fitness professionals to follow. Here are a few of my favorites!

  1. Daily Burn
  2. Cassey Ho – Blogilates
  3. Nike + Training Club App

Making small changes like replacing potato chips with kale chips or changing up my workout routine help me choose healthier options each day and before I know it, I’ve got a healthier lifestyle than I did a month ago. What small changes can you make to slowly improve your health? Whatever it is, never stop pursuing a better version of yourself. #SpringCleaningtheLife

Spring Clean // Spare Time

This one is HUGE in my life. When I say huge, I don’t mean I have a never ending supply of free time (seriously, what is this “free time” people speak of?), I’m talking about the way I spend what little free time I have is down right silly. (SILLY STUPID!)

I often times associate free time with relaxation. Do you do that? I’m surely not alone here. I get 30 minutes of down time and what do I do?… I grab the nearest device I have and scroll those social feeds. For what? To see how others are enjoying their life and being productive? I could be spending those extra 30 minutes doing things I need to do. Like organizing my desk, finishing the book that’s collecting dust on my nightstand or going for a walk with the pup.

Now don’t get me wrong, relaxation is a thing, a very important thing. Believe you me, I make time for some quality relaxation time. But those other down times that are not classified as relaxing, I want to improve those minutes or hours by being  more productive and less “scrolly”. (Definition of “scrolly” (adj.): when one uses their spare time to exercise their thumbs for no apparent reason) Yep – just made that up. Are you with me here? #SpringCleaningtheLife

Spring Clean // Finances

Here’s the thing, I’m spoiled and my husband is a grade A spoiler and I love every bit of it. (Did I just say I was spoiled out loud? Forget you saw that) Another fun fact about me is that I love love love trying new things. I’ve always been an early adopter to new techy things or test out those pesky subscription based apps or workshops. I think being a forever student is just my thing. With that, I often times find myself with of list of fees that are billed every month over and over. Now that doesn’t include the Netflix and Hulu fees. Those are a must-have, can’t live without kind of subscriptions, am I right?

The feeling of knowing your finances are in order is one of the best feelings in the world. Here’s some things to consider when sprucing up those dollars.

  1. Cancel all those app based subscriptions that you never use and delete those apps from your devices. Trust me, you will never miss them.
  2. Cancel that gym membership you never use and try a free workout plan that you can do from your garage.
  3. Before you buy something ask yourself:
    • Will I use it?
    • Do I want to store it?
    • Do I want to clean it?
    • Can I use the money to buy something else that is more important?
  4. Download the Dave Ramsey podcast. It has truly shaped my ideas and opinions on managing money. Life changer.

I bet you, after decluttering those finances that you sleep a little better! I know I sure will. #SpringCleaningtheLife

Whew! I already feel better knowing that there are a few goals in place for spring cleaning in my life. Now if I could just finish up the list of house cleaning that needs to get done.  🙂

Do you have other ways of decluttering and spring cleaning your life or planning to try out some of these ideas? I’d LOVE to hear about it! Leave me a comment below or share with me on Instagram using the hashtag #SpringCleaningtheLife and I’ll stop by and check it out!

Senior Session | Lily 2017

I have been blown away by the talent and beauty of this year’s senior class. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing miss Lily’s senior portraits and what can I say, the camera just LOVED her (so did I – I mean, look at those eyes!) Not only is she gorgeous, she is just as beautiful on the inside.

Lily totally rocked her senior session from beginning to end despite the crazy wind we had that day.  Now, let’s take a moment to admire Lily’s sense of style. She brought two adorable outfits that worked perfect for a few new downtown locations I had scouted for this year’s sessions.

Thank you do much for the best afternoon, Lily! Congrats on your Senior Year!

Contact me to schedule your senior session!

Living for Saturdays

I love Saturday mornings. I love the sun beaming through the window and the idea of abandoning all of our weekday routines for more adventure.  I turn off my work emails and put all the to-do lists aside. I do more dreaming and exploring. I simply live for Saturdays.

We got lucky last Saturday with some amazing weather in the middle of January and we seized the opportunity to get in the car and explore. One of my most loved things about living in the northwest part of Arkansas is that my local bucket list is just overflowing with places to see and they are all within a day’s drive.

I grabbed our backpack, water bottles and put on my usual Saturday attire – workout pants, of course – and we headed out to one of the most beautiful trials in the state, Centerpoint to Goat Trail in Ponca, AR.

Every single time we set out for on a new hike, we are never disappointed. This state’s natural beauty is breathtaking. We knew we were in for the long haul on this one with a 1.5 hour drive to the trail head and a 3.5 mile walk to the view, but without hesitation we trekked on.

The hike began pretty easy as expected, after reading the reviews. It was a downhill, rocky hike with a little mud in places until we reached the bluffs. The bluffs lead us through it’s bending trees that grew on the side of the mountain. These trees were so neat the way they twisted and bent around the bluff. It was like walking through a fairy tale of sorts.

Once out of the trees, it opened up. The edge of the bluff led us along the entire side of the mountain overlooking a beautiful blue-green river. We walked the side of the bluff and exploring the little cave-like overlooks and even meeting a few campers who had stayed overnight. After taking in the view and of course grabbing a few photos, we headed back down.

Well sorta “down”. Oddly enough our 3.5 mile hike to the view was all downhill and now we had to hike back UP 3.5 miles to get back. Whew! That view and the full 7 mile trekk was more than worth it. It was everything we had hoped for our Saturday adventure.


This is what Saturdays were all about for us. The views, the irreplaceable experiences and the exploration of this beautiful earth that God gave us. If anything, I encourage you to make a local bucket list of your own. Our very own backyards are crawling with spectacular places and experiences just waiting on us to arrive.

Wanna visit Centerpoint at Goat Trail? All the details are here!

Where will you go next?! Tell me where your latest adventure led you to!

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Give Your Hair What It Wants: L’Oreal EverCreme

I received these L'Oreal EVER products complimentary, but all opinions are my own.

Do you ever feel like your hair just has a mind of it’s own sometimes? I’ve felt like that lately with this crazy weather we’ve been having here in Arkansas. My hair doesn’t know if it should frizz up,  dry up or both. (Ugh.)

Thanks to L’Oreal ‘s new EverCreme Sulfate Free Moisture Care System, I can get through this brutal winter and keep my hair looking and feeling nourished all season long. Let me fill you in on the details!

This hair care system is made up of 3 products, EverCreme Shampoo, Conditioner and Renourishing Butter.

L'Oreal EverCreme

Renourishing Butter: I am going to tell you about this one first, because I know exactly what you are thinking. If you are like me, you are already thinking, ‘butter? Yea…probably not for me.’ Ha! Let me just tell you…,my hair is thick thick thick and I shy away from heavy cremes like this because they tend to weigh my hair down making it look limp. (Can you relate?) Well, I decided to give it a shot since I was trying new things and I’d do anything to get rid of my dry, frizzy mess. To my surprise, I LOVED it. I applied the butter on after shampooing and before I finished with conditioner. Um talk about some major softness.

L'Oreal EverCreme Renourishing Butter

The EverCreme Shampoo: I am crazy about this shampoo you guys. It smells incredible and my hair feels so clean afterwards. It is also a cream based product, but like the butter, it’s not a heavyweight on your hair. (Score!)

L'Oreal EverCreme Shampoo

The EverCreme Conditioner: I use the conditioner last, after the butter to seal the deal for moisturizing. I didn’t know what to think about using the butter and conditioner in one washing, but it turned out amazing! I couldn’t stop touching my hair.

L'Oreal EverCreme Conditioner

Now for the details, this EverCreme line is sulfate-free!  It doesn’t contain those harsh salts, dyes or parabens that cause a wide variety of issues. (Can I get an amen?) It’s made up of natural botanicals making your hair feel free, fresh and clean. Say that 5 times fast 🙂

L'Oreal EverCreme Sulfate/Free

I’ve always heard that it’s good to change up your hair care routine every month or so. If you are looking to try something new, I would recommend this new L’Oreal EverCreme trio. Give your hair what it wants! #FreeYourHair

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Make This Valentines Day Timeless

This post is sponsored by JORD,Inc., but all opinions are my own.

Oh, Valentines Day. For some, V-day is the ultimate dreaded day and for other’s we just seem to skim by and hope that it passes quickly. (I see you nodding your head over there!) If you ask me, I’ve always thought of it as a silly overrated day where girls expect something mushy from their guys and the guys just participate because society tells them they have to. Am I right?!

I want my man to know how much I love him every single day and it doesn’t take a special day for me to communicate that to him. We love getting each other unexpected gifts on random days and doing date nights in the middle of the week.  But, you know what? We like to make V-day a day for a more creative style date night experience. This is a chance to do something out of the ordinary, to change it up and be creative. For us, it’s all about making new memories and celebrating the old ones from when we first started dating.

Now for the gifts. This is where I always draw a blank. It’s so cliche to get chocolate and roses. (Although, I’ll never turn down chocolate!) And ladies, what in the world do you buy a man on V-Day???? I’m pretty sure that my man would laugh and give me one of those half smiles if I presented him a stuffed bear and chocolate. Haha! I like to think outside of the box and get something that reminds my man how special he is day after day. And that’s not something you can pickup at the grocery store on your way home.  Am I right??

So, for those of you that are stumped and need some creative ideas for your V-Day, I’ve got you covered! Here’s a perfect gift idea and some creative date nights I thought of just for you!

A timeless V-Day gift:

  1. A JORD wood watch. What is more romantic than showing how your time is and always will be his/hers with a new watch? Every time he/she looks down and sees it they’ll remember you. I am so in-love with my #woodwatch . JORD offers some beautiful wood watches for both men and women and if you want to get a head start on this V-day thing, why not get one now? Oh and I can’t forget to mention that you can engrave them with something sweet! (Melt me!)Jord WatchesJord Watches
    JORD is hosting a giveaway now until Jan 29th, 2017. and just by entering the giveaway you can get a $25 off code. (Score!) One lucky winner will get a $100 JORD e-gift code! Enter HERE.

Date Night Ideas:

  1. Take a cooking class together. There’s something about an apron and some yummy spaghetti sauce that really makes the night one to remember. Enjoy each other’s company while making a delicious dinner together.
  2. Be a tourist in your own city.  This one is probably my favorite.  I love to be spontaneous and drive around the city finding new restaurants we’ve never tried and exploring the little shops that are popping up all around us. A couple that explores together stays together.
  3. Tackle a bucket list item together.  What better way to make your V-day memorable than to spend it experiencing something you will never forget. And if you ask me, I think it would be so romantic if my man thought of marking something off of my bucket list. How sweet and thoughtful!
  4. Listen to live music. I would take this date night ANYTIME. Going to a local concert or live music night and getting to know someone better is my idea of a great date. The music just makes everything easier and puts us all in great mood. Just make sure he/she enjoys the genre. 🙂
  5. Go on your second 1st date. It never fails, when my husband and I pass by our 1st date restaurant or have a date night there we always reminisce about how our relationship began. It brings back that young love feeling inside of us. Replay the night you first met or your first date for old times sake.

So cheers to Valentines day folks! Let’s make this one the one they’ll never forget.


Happy New Years & Thank You!

Happy 2017 you guys! I hope your New Years celebrations were nothing short of awesome! I am so thrilled to get this new year kicked off!!

In the spirit of shaking things up this year, I’ve got a little surprise for you all. Now, I don’t normally do this, but I have just been blown away by the support this community has shown me in 2016 so I wanted to show my appreciation by giving away one of my all time favorite things! A t-shirt with a little southern charm. 🙂

So here’s the thing, I was born and raised a southern girl and I enjoy every second of our silly southern quirks. Including, wearing t-shirts that display our love for the south. 🙂 Can I get a yeehaw? (Ok, that was a little cheesy! I won’t make you say that!)

I’ve partnered with Pig Trail Clothing, a local Northwest Arkansas clothing company, to give you a chance to win this adorable, “It’s a Southern Thing” tee. (com’on, does it get any cuter than that??!)

So here’s how to enter for a chance to win:

  1. Follow me @Candablair and @PigTrailClothing on Instagram
  2. Like the “It’s a Southern Thing” giveaway post on Instagram
  3. Tag your friends (on separate lines) in the Instagram comments for extra entries

The winner will be announced on January 15th, 2017 via Instagram! 

**This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.**

You can find more t-shirt designs including some of my favorite Arkansas Razorback tees made by Pig Trail Clothing on their website or Instagram.

Thank you to every single one of you that have been a supporter, an encourager and my #1 fan along this sweet journey. I am forever grateful. Cheers to a new year ahead!

P.S. if you missed my New Year’s One Word Resolution post, I’d love if you hopped over to tell me what you think about this approach to 2017.

2017 One Word Resolution


Northwest Arkansas Blogger & Photographer