Tuesday, September 2, 2014

So long to summer

Is it just me, or was it really hard to return to work today? It took just about everything in me to get out of bed this morning and down to the coffee machine. I don't know about you, but the slowness of this three day weekend was a great last hoo-rah to summer.

I made pancakes, grocery shopped, cut fruit, ate a wonderful salad, shared four meals with different groups of people, brewed sweet tea, escaped to date night at a new cafe in town, read lots of Harry Potter and even managed to sleep in yesterday. I'd call that nothing short of glorious.

From someone who has been saying all summer that I'm not ready for it to end, I think I just might be okay with fall showing its face soon. The past several days here have been just shy of 90 degrees and I'd enjoy sweating a little less in the coming months :)

I know that come winter I will want to take all of those words back, but for now, here's how I'm saying goodbye to summer:

+  sipping sweet tea on the porch while enjoying the breeze

+  smoothies for lunch

+  sweaty lunch break walks to the library

+  cursing the heat through my long run this week

+  wearing out all of my summery dresses and shorts, so I'm ready for the fall clothing swap out

+  frizzy hippy hair don't care

+  late nights reading for too long

+  bright nail polish

What are your last hoo-rah to summer activities? Are you ready for fall?


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Magnolia Must Reads | 24

Happy Saturday!! I can't tell you how excited I am to have a three day weekend - we have all kinds of cookouts, get togethers and FUN planned! I hope y'all get to enjoy some free time with your loved ones, too. In the mean time, check out these links I loved this week!

+ Check out this adorable and EASY DIY Floral Grapevine Wreath - so cute for inside or outside your house!

Money Stuff
+ How we saved for a trip to Hawaii on a very tight budget - here's the proof I need that hard things are possible, including making a budget and sticking to it!!

Just Living Life
+ The truth about being a sorority girl - for those of you not exposed to Greek life much, this is a GREAT educational read.
+ Have you heard about The Subtraction Project? I was intrigued enough that I signed up for the daily emails to help me subtract clutter from my life over the next 30 days. For all of you simplicity-seeking girls, I think this is right up your alley.
+ My sweet friend Hayley has a very exciting announcement up on her blog - go check it out!

Let's Laugh
+ Do you read Nina's blog? If not, you should, because she's hilarious. Check out this post on why she's not a fashion blogger.

What you may have missed
+ Tour through Blogland… a peek into our apartment!
+ A new perspective on your closet - thoughts on how we get dressed & why we wear what we do.
+ What "I'm a runner" means to me - thoughts on what running has taught me.
+ I'm having a CLOSET SALE this Monday - you can find more info on that here.
+ To all the sweet girls out there (thoughts on modesty & why it's hard).

And before you go, I'd love to introduce you to my friend Ashley from A Faithful Passion:
You can catch up with Ashley via:

Happy holiday weekend, y'all!