Thursday, February 27, 2014

Guest Posting: Bare Beauty

Good morning!  I'm still here!  Surprise!  I just wanted to let y'all know that I guest posted over at my favorite beauty blog of all, Bare Beauty - I was so honored that Jessica asked me to share my thoughts, and clean products are something I have become very, very passionate about.  Check out her site to see my (and all of her!) favorite clean beauty products - it's definitely worth your while!  I hope everyone is fabulous, I'm not going to lie I'm enjoying this little break of mine.  People keep telling me that planning a wedding goes in ebbs and flows...well, we are in a F-L-O-W, and I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by all my commitments right now - so thank you for allowing me this space.  But seriously, Bare Beauty!  Go!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Let's Chat, Shall We?

Good morning!  I had been planning to share my New Years Resolutions with y'all today, but what ended up coming out of that post is this post...más o menos.  I've been thinking (and reading - I really loved Open Door's perspective on 2014) a lot about what I would like to get out of 2014, and if I'm being honest - I'm not totally sure how Fooding & Friending fits in the picture.  Y'all, I am busy.  And I'm not trying to say I'm any busier than you, or you, but when I work a full day and get home to (try to) plan a wedding while also attempting to maintain some semblance of a life...it's exhausting!  Because when I'm not planning I'm exercising, or at a meeting, or spending time with my friends or (most importantly) my fiancé - whatever it is - and feeling like I have to be a presence here, for myself more than anything, has taken a lot of the joy out of this blog.

And then when one of my fave gals, Anna, decided she'd had enough of the blogosphere, (which selfishly was a total bummer because I loved being up to date with all of her goings on) it made me think - am I there too?  And then I read this post (and the snark that led to it) on Bailey's blog and it really gave me a pause.  How do people have so much time for such anger in their lives?  And can I give them some of my to-do list?  I guess I had never thought about people taking time to tear others down like that, and it made me nervous.  I love to share...but thick my skin is not (very), and I don't know if I could handle it with the grace Bails did.  Granted, I am sure that for every person that likes my blog there are 5 that hate it, but I don't write this for them - this little project started as a way to stay in touch with friends and family when I ventured to Oklahoma City and kind of grew from there.  And I love my blog.  I love to write, and I love when someone tells me that they enjoy  reading - every comment or "like" on Facebook, they warm my heart because I feel like I'm reaching someone, and that that someone actually likes what I have to say!  Jessie, who writes another one of my go-to reads, went through something like this awhile back too - I think it's normal to figure out where and what your priorities are re: your presence on the internet.  I can't imagine quitting this blog, I love to share my life and bookmark interesting things I find (p.s. daily dose of inspiration), I just need to figure out in what capacity I can manage doing that...without letting it stress me out (too much).

So, I guess in short what I'm trying to say is I might be a little less of a presence around here for a while.  I'm not going anywhere, I don't think (maybe I am?), but I hope you'll still check in from time to time and read my ramblings because I cannot say it enough, I love that anyone (other than my family - and them too!) reads this, truly, and I am so grateful for all that F&F has brought me.  I just need to...take a step back for a second and focus on the things that are going on outside of my computer screen.  Feel free to let me know your thoughts, and thank y'all in advance for being so understanding!
Oh!  And while I'm here I might as well share some of those resos after all, if for no other reason than I really need to have them written somewhere other than the "notes" app on my phone...

The mental

  • Live in gratitude.  This is a big one because I think I have the tendency to get caught up in the craziness that is life and can take really wonderful things for granted.
  • Be patient.  I think JM would say this is my biggest area to improve...somewhere along the line I developed a hot temper, and I need to chill out.  Like, yesterday.
  • Be kind.  There are endless opportunities to do kind things for other people, I need to do them more often.  
  • Drop who and what is not serving me.  I have some toxic things, and even a person or two, in my life that I need to finally rid myself of.  It might be difficult, but having that presence in my life is not bringing me any joy - quite the opposite actually - and it's time to forgive and let go. 
  • Worry less.  There is a lot which I cannot control...I need to not worry about it.  (But please don't rain on my wedding day!!!!) 

The physical 
  • Cook more.  I have the tiniest kitchen known to man, but I'm getting married and am going to have to feed someone other than myself, so green smoothies and scrambled eggs aren't going to cut it for dinner anymore!
  • Lose weight.  This is always a resolution and is particularly important per our wedding, but more importantly than losing weight I just want to be the healthiest version of me.  This is the year.
  • Save money.  We would really like to buy a house this year, and in order to make that a possibility I need to be better about budgeting.  
  • Read more.  Time to breakup with my TV and start reading again on the reg. 
  • Write more.  Whether here or in a journal I'm not sure, but I need to be writing more.  
  • Write one letter a month.  You would think this would be simple, right?  It's not!  But I love mail, and I know my friends do too.  I think sending (and receiving) snail mail that says, hey I miss ya!  is a very valuable thing.  
And there you have it, my grand list of 2014 resolutions.  I know this is going to be a great year, but I want to make it my best.  So I'm committing to myself that I will follow through with these resolutions.  And with that there's no "hoping" or "wishing" - only doing.  So here's to making 2014 the best year yet!  

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sale!

Don't mind if I do.  While one of my New Years resolutions is (always) to be better about a budget - more on that later - it is hard to pass up a Shopbop sale.  I mean, right?

Pretty much the last thing I need is another pair of boots, but I'm loving these.  And I'm so obsessed with my Rag & Bone booties (purchased last sale, thankyou) I would almost feel remiss not adding another pair (they are seriously amazing).  Shoes aside, there are lots of amazing dresses, cozy sweaters, and great tops - get after it!   

Monday, January 6, 2014

Holidays in Review

Hello there!  Well, that was a bit longer than I anticipated, but c'est la vie - I wouldn't have had it any other way.  Can you believe it's already January 6?  Today also happens to be my half birthday, which reminds me of celebrating with cupcakes in lower school...us summer birthdays got half birthday love.  While I don't still celebrate my half birthday it is kind of a nice reminder to check in with myself - 28 is halfway over, have I accomplished the things I set out to do?  Sort of a New Years resolution checkin...6 months (and 6 days!) later.  Anyway, I'll be playing catchup the next few days, but I thought I'd share a few pictures of our holiday to start with.  We had the most wonderful time - I was home with my family for Christmas, and then we went to the ranch with my future in-laws and nieces (everyone liked each other!) to ring in the new year.  We got back to Houston on Friday, celebrated the wedding of one of my oldest and dearest friends on Saturday, and now back in the swing of things I feel relaxed, refreshed, and ready to take on 2014!

Happy new year, friends.



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Everything!


Happy, happy, merry, merry!  I can't believe it's already Christmas Eve - this December and the entire year, really, flew by so quickly.  I am filled with the utmost gratitude for all of the blessings in my life, but most of all for my family and loved ones that I have been and will be celebrating with for the next few days.  Because at the end of the day it's not about the stuff.  Presents and things come and go, but I am so lucky that I have this group of people - my tribe, if you will - to cherish these precious moments with.  So, on that note I'm signing off for a few days so that I can focus on who and what matters most.  I hope y'all have the most wondrous and happiest holidays - merry everything!  

Monday, December 23, 2013

Gift Guide: For Me, My House, and Mollie

…or me, myself, and I depending on how you look at it!  Since today is really the last day - I mean y'all, come on, get your shopping done before Christmas Eve - I thought I'd leave you with a whole boatload of giftspiration.  Although I say that, and I have a feeling I'll be doing some running around myself tomorrow.  ANYWAY!  Like I said, I figured I'd wrap up this fun little exercise in gift guides with a round up of all of my leftover favorites…for Mollie, my house apartment but what will hopefully be house in 2014 (!!!!!!!!), and me!  I hope y'all enjoy!  And if anyone's looking for a last minute gift for me I really like this and this and these too…well, pretty much everything actually.  
for mollie and me

Friday, December 20, 2013

Gift Guide: For the Chef

Budding Mario Batali in your life?  (I wish.)  Here is some inspiration for any food-lover and/or cook you're looking to buy a gift for.  I LOVE to cook, but my kitchen is approximately 6x6 (ish), so I don't spend all that much time whipping up fancy junk  However, as JM and I get ready to start house hunting I do find myself lusting over all the most fun stuff to fill a new kitchen with…ahem.  I always think cookbooks are the best gifts, perhaps because my mom's cookbook collection must seriously rival anyone else's in the world - yes, world - and I've always got my eye out for one she doesn't have yet.  Y'all!  Five days!  
for the chef

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gift Guide: For my BFF

Holy moly, officially less than a week until Santa makes his rounds!  Today and tomorrow are probably the last days to get free standard shipping, so if you're planning to order online and are hoping to avoid express charges get on it!  I thought I'd share some of my favorite pressies for pals today - I love buying gifts for my friends, though I will admit I'm not very good about remembering to do it all the time.  To me the perfect gift has nothing to do with how much it costs or how nice it is but how much you know the person receiving said gift will LOVE it. I have so many different friends who love different things, I always have a blast thinking about who would love what…what do you think?  Pals, see anything on there screaming your name?  It probably wasn't an accident!  I'm totally obsessed with this and this too! 
for my bff

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gift Guide: Beauty Favorites

The clock's ticking!  Y'all have a few more days to get all your ducks in a row before Christmas (I'm not done yet either, it's ok), and today's gift guide is the perfect way to tie up a few of those loose ends.  I had to do a beauty guide because I am a beauty junkie, tried and true.  When I was little my mom would have to inspect the grocery cart before she checked out because I would without a doubt have snuck some product (or 100) that I just had to have in to the cart.  Mind you I was six.  I'm afraid (slash thrilled) I'll always be this way, there is NO chance I of surviving either a department store or drug store without making some sort of makeup or skincare purchase…I mean what if it's the greatest thing I've ever tried?!  Anyway, on to the gifts…I guess y'all know what to get me now!
beauty junkie