I don't think anyone could have predicted 2020. The world right now is scary and uncertain and no one - not even the adultier adults you know - really have the answers. So even in the middle of coronavirus and self-quarantining, don't forget how important it is to stay positive. Even in scary times like these, there is peace and comfort and real relationships to turn to. Here are some positive phone backgrounds made by yours truly to brighten up your day just a little bit 😊
What started as a simple list of ways to stay connected and have fun with each other once you've passed the dating stage is now a quarantine-friendly list of cute and romantic activities to enjoy from the safety of your own home!
- Create a bucket list
Dream together without the stress of planning how you're actually going to make those dreams come true (yet!).
- Learn something together using YouTube
This could be a new recipe, a painting technique, some creative couples yoga poses, or new dance moves!
- Play strip poker (or strip anything!)
Get creative! Chess, Twister, Go Fish -- plenty of options are probably on hand and ready to become way. more. interesting. than they were when you were kids.
- Build a blanket fort
Or sheet fort. Or towel fort. Use whatever you've got on hand and just go with it. Then camp out with your favorite snacks and the static-y hair. Get ready for the laughs and maybe even a pillow fight.
- Hide notes to each other for the other to find throughout the day(s)
B used to do this for me when he had to travel for extended periods of time for work. It was always so sweet to uncover a sweet or silly notecard tucked into a favorite book or in the DVD case of that one movie he knew I'd rewatch while he was gone.
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What are your favorite things to do with your husband/wife? Share them in the comments and let's keep each other entertained and in love while we're all #AloneTogether!
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Anastacia McCarthy Bellagambii, Austin wedding photographer and owner of Wild Stag Photography has this to say about winter weddings: "I feel that winter weddings and even bridal sessions have the added benefit of magic that the other seasons just can’t provide. Just like any other time of the year, the season has its own sense of unique magic and aesthetic it can create for the occasion."
I'm sure you'll warm up to a winter wedding yourself once you've considered these advantages!
Our engagement photos are in!
Wait... haven't y'all been married for a few years now, you ask?
Yes, we have - for 4 years last Friday to be exact! But when Gricelda's Photography asked me to model for her new style guide with my handsome hubby and our pup, I couldn't say no! So this an engagement session for her style guide and 1 4th anniversary photoshoot for us (and hello, Christmas cards 🎄). Plus, when you plan a wedding in 6 weeks (you can read more about that crazy process here), some things get knocked off the priority list.
And because I had to do some research while planning for our shoot -- assisted by our amazing photographer and her vision for her own style guide -- I thought it’d be helpful for you guys if I just rounded up some of my favorite outfits and shared some ideas about how to plan outfits for your engagement photoshoot to make the most out of the experience!
Halloween and Thanksgiving have been dubbed the "fallidays" by my holiday-loving husband. He loves seeing our apartment decked out and decorated for every holiday-- yes, every holiday -- and I'm glad he leaves that decorating for me.
I had an early go of it this year when we had out-of-town guests come to sight-see in Austin for the day at the beginning of October, so I hastily put together a no-fuss fall table setting and whipped up some easy hors 'oeuvres that would delight any palate.
Today I'm sharing some of my favorite home decor pieces from my favorite few budget-friendly decor stores and an easy napkin fold you can use to impress your Thanksgiving dinner guests! Between the two, I get most of my decor and materials for a lot of my DIY projects, like this DIY Blanket Ladder and this Apartment-friendly Curtain Rod.
Disclaimer: Links in this post may be affiliate links. This means I make a little something to keep doing what I'm doing at no cost to you (y'know, unless you purchase something)!
Feeling a little crafty (but don't want to make a mess)?
This napkin fold is for you! Scroll down for the video or follow along with this handy how-to graphic I've made.
It Gets Even Easier
Meaning you don't have to make these yourself :)
- Atmosphere starts outside, so get a wreath on that door! Of course, if you do want to make your own wreath, I'll be sharing a post with an easy how-to on that soon!
- Dress up the table!
The table is where all the goodies go to be eaten and enjoyed during the fallidays. But when the plates are empty, the table shouldn't look bare. Because we have an antique wooden table, I've invested in a variety of pretty and useful placemats, plate chargers, and coasters that keep the wood dining table safe and pretty to look at.
Pick centerpieces that your guests won't have to crane their necks to see over or around and add a few candles here and there for some ambient lighting.
- Don't forget the couch!
When the food is gone, it's time to cozy up for a Christmas movie and a nap! You can never have too many cushy throw pillows or snuggly throw blankets. If you want to stay away from "themed" decor so that you can use them more frequenty, choose from colors and patterns that complement each other and don't have to stick with a specific pumpkin motif.
Need a cute way to display your throw blankets when they aren't in-use? Check out this DIY Blanket Ladder!
We’ve all done it. Walked out of a presentation or a meeting or a group brainstorm and thought “I couldn’t have done that like she did.”
And before you say, “great, another blog post telling me to just. stop. comparing. myself.” Please hear me out because girl, I’ve been there, too! Seeking, searching, feeling constantly exhausted from trying, and wondering ‘is this what success is supposed to feel like?’
Hermione hair, don't care because my worth is found in more than my looks! That may be an odd thing for a model to say b/c - no surprise! - my image is a big part of what I love to do. Here's what the good book says about our design, regardless of how we feel or what others say:
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
~ Ephesians 2:10
But that's not all! Read on for my favorite encouraging bible verses about my worth to God and the identity I have in Him.
Maybe that candle was lit for one of your favorite "what ifs," too.
If you have experienced pregnancy loss, you are not alone. Don't hide your grief, don't act like nothing has happened. Actively reach out for help and support and accept kindness. And remember, it’s okay to not be okay.
|Photographer: Gricelda's Photography|
Now submitting my application for bridesmaid of the year! 26 years old and I still haven't been a bridesmaid, but I got in some good practice at my last styled shoot in downtown Austin. Here are 5 Things You Should Do if You're a Bridesmaid - and 1 You Shouldn't!
In a quiet little town just southwest of Austin, a team of models, photographers, stylists, and a jewelry designer came together to create the ultimate boho lifestyle shoot to showcase K.Kennedy Jewelry's newest jewelry line: Natural Stone Collection.