Things I Learned in 2016


At the end of every year and the beginning of a New Year I like to look back and reflect on all that has happened. With every passing year I realize more and more how important it is to review not only the year but also yourself. It’s no secret everyone is relieved 2016 is over. I’m not the only one who has had a chuckle over those hilarious memes that represented 2016. Some of them are were just too funny! But each year, good or bad, have lessons to be learned. Bellow are a few things learned about myself in 2016, in no particular order, and a list of things I want to learn in 2017!

Things I learned in 2016

  1. Transition is hard but a good thing. This past year I transitioned into a new job position and it’s taken longer than I expected to fit into a routine. But within the time I was able to discover things about myself and how I function in a 9 to 5 job.
  2. The “Pink Drink” will never go out a style. Seriously I probably be ordering this drink at Starbucks long after the hype has worn off.
  3. Marriage takes work but it’s fun when it’s with someone you love. Going on 3 years I could write a book on all the lessons marriage has taught me, and I know there’s more to come. But the best part of being married is when you just let yourself have fun together.
  4. Blogging is one of my favorite creative outlets and I need to stop comparing myself to other bloggers. This is a place to come and be who I am and share what I love with all of you!
  5. Taking time for myself is important. Recharging and refresh, even if that means ignoring the phone and the emails for a few hours to take a bath and relax.
  6. Traveling is something I want to do more of! It seems as though I was gone a ton this year, and I was, but I loved every second of exploring a new place. I hope 2017 brings on some new travel adventures!

Things I want to learn in 2017

  1. To live in the moment
  2. To be more spontaneous
  3. Become awesome at time management
  4. How to be a better wife
  5. Grace not perfection
  6. What a massage feels like
  7. More about graphic design work

 

Here’s to 2017 and all it has in store for us!

A Day At The Orchard


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^^My Mom was cracking me up behind the camera

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| Shirt // Jacket // Jeans // Bracelets // Shoes |

There’s some serious picture overload in today’s post but I just couldn’t leave any of these out!

At the tail end of our trip Chris and I stayed an extra day with my parents which was one of the best parts of driving! We went to one of my favorite orchards and picked apples, pumpkins, and bought the most delicious pumpkin spice donuts ever made. (seriously I had one this morning and it was too good) The weather was cool and simply perfect for a fall day. Spending a day at the orchard reminded me of all the reasons I love fall! The cool crisp air, the beautiful colors, the fashion, and the sense of togetherness. Obviously there was a bunch of laughter going on behind camera as well! My parents kept making me laugh so hard I couldn’t take a single serious photo.

I loved the outfit I wore to the orchard! This green army jacket goes over so many tops it’s a must have for this season, and who can resist a good plaid shirt? I know I can’t! Come the first of September I’m more than ready to tuck away all my shorts and tanks and pull out my plaid shirts and cozy sweaters. Unfortunately Arkansas weather doesn’t always agree with me. (booooo) So now I’m stuck in oversized sweaters and scarfs sweating in the heat. Good thing our car has AC!

I’m working on a must have fall wardrobe list for all of you and I’m not going to lie you will want to buy all the items! Check out last years list here.

Do you have an orchard day planned for this fall?!

xoxo stephanie


Change of Season


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What C really does during out photoshoots ^^^

This is one of my favorite outfits! Tall boots, white shorts, and my go to jean shirt, the ingredients for a perfect outfit. During this photoshoot I was cracking up watching C trying to take pictures and play Pokemon Go at the same time, ahh true love sacrifices folks. But seriously I had to talk about these Minnetonka boots. I got these boots last spring for a family wedding, all the girls wore matching boots it was adorable. To be honest I had no idea how much I would wear these, finally I had to give them a break and that break didn’t last very long.

Alas as the seasons change our wardrobes start shifting and changing too. From tank tops and sandals to blanket scarfs and booties, with a change of season all things start to shift in a different direction. Some people handle change well, others don’t… (i.e. the people who are throwing fits over the new the PSL being available this month.) My life right now is once again in the middle of transition from one season to the next. God has blessed me with an awesome new job opportunity and I have all the feels. The feels of starting a new job and leaving one you absolutely love. I’ve known for a long time that God has an ultimate plan for my life. If we had time to sit and chat over tea/coffee you would see how the past six months have led up to this transitional season. I’m excited to see how this new season is going to challenge and grow me. I learned early on that change is inevitable, you have two choices:

1) Be dragged kicking and screaming 

2) Embrace it. 

When you embrace change it doesn’t necessarily make things easier. Instead it allows you to except the inevitable and move onto what’s next. So what type of seasons are changing in your life?

xoxo stephanie


Hello August!


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It’s hard to believe it’s already August. Does anyone else feel like 2016 is just zooming by? It feels like just the other week we were ringing in the new year at the homestead. School is right around the corner and all the students are in denial. It’s the best working with college students, when you ask what day they go back non of them know!

No offense to July but I’m glad it’s over! I don’t know about you but it just felt like everything that could be stressful all piled up into July. So here’s to a new month with brand new possibilities! Like Instagram for instance, they’ve rolled out a brand new feature in August full of potential. Rabbit trail… wouldn’t it be great if our lives could have updates? A notification telling us when our character needs to be tweaked, and our attitude needs to have an adjustment. Just a thought.  

Exciting things are taking place this fall and I’m already anxious for the cool air to blow in. I know some of you will get this, I haven’t traveled in a few months and my feet are starting to get itchy again. In September we’re leaving for family vacation to Disney (yay!) I don’t think C and I will ever get sick of going to Disney but I think after this trip we might switch it up a bit, maybe visit Disneyland. Some of our family went to Disney Pairs and it looked like so much fun! In November I’m scheduled for a work trip to Vegas! I’ve never been to Vegas and I’m totally pumped, more news to come later. Not including a trip home I want to squeeze in somewhere… I’m in desperate need of some mother daughter time!

So here’s to August! Do you have any last minute summer plans?

xoxo stephanie


Instax Mini 8 Camera Review + Tips


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 In April I went on a business trip and brought along my brand new Instax Mini 8 pink camera and couldn’t wait to use it! I had seen a lot of bloggers, and instagramers using and raving about the Instax Mini 8 camera. So clearly I had to get one for my trip. Let me just say money well spent! My Mom and I had so much fun using and learning how to use my new/old camera. Isn’t it fun how everything old is now new again?

Not only is this camera fun and unique it also has it’s own learning curve. For the generation that didn’t grow up with polaroid cameras we’re at a disadvantage. With film costing $1 a pop learning how to not waste film becomes way more important. Unlike a digital camera, where you can snap 10 pictures and have 1 turn out. Film is different you don’t get a redo. I’m not going to lie I ruined a least a package or two of film learning how to adjust my setting for my Instax Mini 8 and how to snap a perfect polaroid.

Not wanting my fellow readers and friends to make the same naive mistakes I did here’s a few tips on how to rock you Instax Mini 8 photos!

Don’t Believe The Settings 

On your Instax Mini 8 camera you have 5 settings. 1) a house,  2) a cloud,  3) a sun, 4) a bright sun, 5) and Hi-Ray. When you turn on the camera an orange light will flash where on what setting it suggests. Something I learned was make sure you’re pointing the camera directly at what you want to take a picture of and then view the suggested setting. This camera is highly sensitive to light, and even a different angle can affect the settings. Just because there’s a little house setting doesn’t mean that’s the best option for taking a photo inside.

Learn Where Your Focus Is

Unlike a digital camera the Instax Mini 8 has a focus that is slightly off. This is due to the fact that the lens isn’t lined up with viewer. Once you realize this all you need to do is simply adjust where you line up your lens for your photo! Easy fix!

Buy Extra Film 

If you’re not a seasoned polaroid photographer you will for sure need to buy extra film. Don’t second guess this just do it! 1) you will either take some really bad photos first or 2) you will love this camera and have the desire to take photos non stop.

Practice Makes Perfect 

Don’t sweat it! Practice makes perfect so don’t expect yourself to be a perfect right away. Take your time, have fun, and enjoy your new toy!

I’ve linked a few other favorite items for the Instax Mini 8 bellow that I have and love! Plus a cool printer where you can print photos from your phone on mini polaroid film! This is on my amazon wish list for sure!

xoxo stephanie


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