Wednesday, October 18, 2017


It absolutely blows my mind that we are already in the last quarter of 2017!! I'm not really sure where the year went, or how it even went by so quickly, but here we are, October. October starts my three favorite months of the year. I feel like our house is the coziest/warmest during the last quarter of the year. Probably because of our fall and then Christmas decorations and the fact that I try and turn on our fire place every chance I can get while we are home, ha!

Matthew and I have some PTO to burn so we are both taking the week off after Thanksgiving again this year. Last year we left the Monday after Thanksgiving and went on a week long cruise. While the cruise was really nice and really fun, we have decided to have a staycation during that week this year. We are both really looking forward to that week and have been tossing around a couple of ideas and plans. We both agreed we just want a couple of low-key days, but I want to spend some of that week preparing for 2018. Matthew and I are going to sit down one day that week and plan out some goals for 2018- marriage, financial, health, home projects, career, travel, and just life in general goals. My type A personality is too excited about this. 

I also want to set some personal goals for myself for 2018. I used to post about monthly goals here on the blog, but this year I didn't. I actually haven't even really set monthly goals this year and I can definitely tell that I need goal setting back in my life! After a ton of research and hearing so many great things from other bloggers/friends I am going to purchase and work through Lara Casey's Powersheets for 2018.

 I am really excited about this and I think it will get myself back on track for goal planning for 2018. I have been watching the Cultivate What Matters Team's video of the Powersheets and it just makes me even more excited. I have a reminder set in my calendar for once they go on sale so I can snag a set before they sell out. I have decided on the 2018 Powersheets One-Year Intentional Goal Planner.

The live videos that they do on Instagram and Facebook and this post helped me decide on the full year set rather than the six month set. I also really love the cover! So cute but not over the top. 

They are supposed to ship the day you purchase them so I am excited to think that these will be here in time for our week after Thanksgiving off, so that I can really look through it and start planning for 2018 with it.

Another thing I am really looking forward to, Emily Ley's new book, A Simplified Life!!!!! I just pre-ordered it on Amazon and I am crossing my fingers that it will arrive soon after the release date of, November 21st, so that I can read it while I am off as well.

I read Emily's first book, Grace not Perfection, and loved it, so I have no doubt that this one will be just as good. I also went to her book signing with my sister when she came to Nashville earlier this year. I have heard her mention in her live videos that she will be doing another book signing tour early next year, so we are crossing our fingers that she makes it back to Nashville!! 

One of my favorite quotes is by Benjamin Franklin,
"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail."

Monday, October 16, 2017


This weekend was a fun fall filled weekend and we woke up to fall like weather this morning. The high for today is supposed to be in the lower 60's and we are THRILLED.

Thursday night we took Reagan to her first training class and she rocked it!

After we got back home I worked on some stuff around the house and she was tired from her class so she made herself right at home beside me at the dining room table.

Friday night we went to my parents for dinner and ended up sitting around the fire and having s'mores.

Saturday morning we headed to Cookeville for a few hours. Our main reason for going was to pick out my favorite mums for our fall front porch setup. We decided to go to our favorite Chinese place for lunch while we were there. We haven't been able to find a Chinese place that we really like where we live now, so we were pumped for some good Chinese food.

A couple of months ago a friend on Facebook asked if anyone would be willing to do a small Karate demo at her daughter's birthday party. Since my dad is a 7th degree, I volunteered him lol. He was excited about it and I told him I would help him. It only lasted about an hour, but the kids were so impressed with my dad lol when he walked out with his uniform on they all gasped and got quite lol. It was adorable and I enjoyed spending time with my dad! He taught them a couple of things, broke some boards and then we let the kids take turns kicking and punching the pads. My dad was 100% in his element.

Saturday night our best friends came over and we went to dinner at one of our favorites, Demo's! Sunday after church I took a long nap and then put our favorite recipe together in the crock-pot for dinner after church. It was cold and a rainy night, so the perfect meal. Later some friends came over and everyone played Mexican Train. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


It's that time of the year again, Friendsgiving is right around the corner and we are planning away. I have mentioned it before, but Friendsgiving is my favorite event to host every year. I'm still working on the tablescape for this year, but finished up this year's invitation a few weeks ago.

I have blocked out our address, for obvious reason, but here is the invitation for our third annual Friendsgiving!

The Facebook event has already been created and we are counting down the days until we can have all of our closest friends around our table enjoying a delicious meal....a month from today actually!! I'll mail these out in about a week or two, and since we always do potluck style, the food list will be going around soon.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Reagan and I picked Matthew up at the airport on Friday afternoon and we stopped and grabbed dinner on the way home for a lazy night in. It was much needed and I think we were all out by 9:30 or so. 

Saturday we did stuff around the house and started Friends on Netflix! We finished The Office a couple of weeks ago and finally decided on Friends next. The weather was nice and cool early Saturday morning so we spent a good bit in the backyard. This sweet girl loves playing outside, but always comes and sits in my lap for a little bit before going and playing some more. It's so cute!

Saturday afternoon we went to Home Goods to look around at their fall decor and I ended up finding the lamps that I have been searching forever for. Thankfully they had two so we scooped them up before they were gone again. I wanted mercury lamps for our bedroom and love the way these look!
They came with a tan lamp shade, but I swapped them out with white lamp shades we already had at home. Here's a picture I snapped on my iPhone, not the best lighting, but look at those lamps!!

I tried out a new recipe Saturday night for dinner, lasagna soup. It was a fun twist on a classic recipe and we both liked it! I'll share the recipe soon.

Sunday after church we went to our favorite Mexican place for lunch, before going home and taking a long nap. It was a rainy afternoon which made for the perfect nap!

Sunday afternoon my BIL, Nathan, called and asked if we wanted to meet them for church and dinner that night, and we quickly agreed! It was so fun getting to see everyone and going to dinner after. I'll never turn down a trip to Cookeville. ;)

Reagan's Halloween costume came in and she looks ADORABLE in it!!