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Five Fall Favorites

To all of you jumping ahead to Christmas trees and holiday decor- hold up a sec!? I JUST put out my fall wreath and I’m feeling accomplished, ok!? It’s been a busy season (the good kind) of conferences, work travel, and writing projects, but I’m happily slowing down a bit for the remainder of 2018.  Along with the craziness, I’ve managed a few quiet pockets of absolute joy to savor simplicity and wrap up in a cozy blanket of gratitude. So what’s been keeping me sane and steadfast through a hectic few months?  Without further adieu, here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been up to, things I’m loving, and plans for the new year! MY FIVE FALL FAVORITES Homemade hot chocolate I’ve been using Taza stone ground chocolate and making it the old fashioned way- heating milk in a saucepan on the stovetop and stirring in chopped chocolate pieces until it melds into a steamy, foamy cup of deliciousness. It’s a game changer, ya’ll.  I’ve never adored hot chocolate, but it’s become a regular treat …

Expo East + Life Lessons

Things I regret this year: Getting though to a local radio station after 20 attempts to win Tom Petty tickets, only to fail at naming ONE song the band sings.  I still choke up thinking about that lifetime fail. Not visiting A SINGLE pool this summer.  What have I been doing with my life? Things I definitely don’t regret this year: Making more time for family on the parent’s farm. Heading to an Influencer Summit at Expo East in Baltimore after a near last-minute invite. For those wondering what Expo East might be, it’s a trade show connecting over 1,500 sustainable, ecofriendly brands to consumers.  There are seminars, acres and acres of sampling and plenty of networking events; basically what your organic loving, green living, tree hugging, crunchy dreams are made of. I had no expectations and knew literally no one except the person that extended the invite, but I definitely found my people and my spark.  There are SO MANY amazing brands and individuals out there making the world a better and healthier place by sharing their passions; be it an all …

A Fixer Upper Waco Crawl

If you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and find yourself in the Dallas area, this self-guided day trip out to Waco should go on your bucket list ASAP!  We decided to visit our Texas best friends on a whim last month and our agenda included all of three items: food, fellowship and Waco.  As if Chip and Jo couldn’t be any more loveable and magnetic, they’ve created a community space in the tiny, college town of Waco that draws thousands of both tourists and locals daily. We first stopped at the Magnolia Market at the Silos-a family friendly space enabling visitors to shop, eat and play. Food trucks, home décor and garden shops, and an outdoor lawn area where you’ll find cornhole boards and footballs to toss are all strategically curated around the famous silos. The newly opened Magnolia Flour Bakery is right around the corner serving up freshly baked desserts.  Employees state the line is usually wrapping around the building, so a random Monday afternoon is the best time to avoid the masses.  We spent a couple of hours wandering the grounds over smoothies …

Our Minimalist Wedding

What do you like better, Christmas or Wedding Season? Mr. Grey? Yes. The answer would be, um, Wedding Season? Oh, it’s here! We are in full on wedding-season-mode, in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last month. I still can’t believe that TODAY we celebrate our one year anniversary! YAY US! If you missed the post on how the universe planned our minimalist wedding you can read it here. Not long ago, I was asked about my most recent greatest accomplishment, to which I replied-planning a wedding AND honeymoon for under 5,000 US dollars. According to The Knot, a wedding planning site, the average American spent $32,641 for the big day in 2015; and that’s excluding the honeymoon! Say waaaaaaaaa! But it doesn’t have to be that way, ladies! I know it’s one of the biggest days of our lives, but do we really need to put ourselves through months of stress, meticulous planning and extreme work-outs, all for an elaborate party we’ll barely have time to eat at, while dishing out …