Lately – June 2016

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Hiya friends! It’s been quiet around here. I’m trying to learn to embrace the ebbs and flows instead of fighting it. There are so many blogging rules, but since I don’t run a business blog I’m trying not to get too bogged down by rules that don’t apply to me.

Since it’s been quiet, I thought I’d give y’all a little life update. Lately I…

  • Am TIRED. Seriously beyond tired. Last week we flew out for Teddy’s family reunion, this weekend we helped Teddy’s sister move… I am just totally worn out. Everyone talks about how relaxing summer is and I have no idea what they’re talking about. Summers are always the least relaxing time of year for me. Is there a summer secret I’m missing out on?
  • Have been getting past some crippling creative self-doubt. I’ve always been pretty self-confident (for the most part) but somehow last September all my self-confidence seemed to evaporate into thin air. It’s been a long 9 months, but I think I’m slooowly feeling more like my old self. I’m not all the way there yet, but I’m getting there.
  • Have eaten ALL THE CARBS. I’ve been eating low carb since last November, (with some breaks for holidays and emergencies — i.e. pizza cravings) but since we were so busy this weekend we decided to ignore carbs temporarily. I had french fries, pizza, and a pancake AND a slice of french toast at breakfast. It was great, but I’m all carbed-out now, so I’m secretly excited to go back to eating low carb.
  • Ironically since I’ve had so much creative self-doubt and eaten my weight in carbs, I’ve been feeling really comfortable in my skin lately. I’ve still got a ways to go to reach my goal weight, but I’m feeling really good. I’m loving it!
  • Am wishing for a puppy. Teddy and I both love dogs, and were hoping to adopt an adult dog for our first dog together. Until I started seeing puppies everywhere! They’re so cute, I’m tempted to get a puppy instead! I’m really torn. But since Teddy and I share a car and work for 8-10 hours a day, it just doesn’t seem fair to get a dog right now. Someday!
  • Am wearing this tank top non-stop. I love sleeveless shirts that are office appropriate (as long as you wear a sweater) and comfortable enough to wear outside on hot Texas weekends. So far I have one in black and pink, and I’m thinking about getting one in navy blue next.
  • Am craving a short, relaxing weekend trip, just Teddy and me. It probably won’t happen until September or October, but I’m already daydreaming about a quick getaway without any plans or obligations. Heaven!
  • Am excited for a three-day Fourth of July weekend. Last year I spent the the Fourth alone in the airport, so I’m THRILLED to be in town for my first Fourth of July in Texas. I am slightly nervous that our neighbors will take the Texas “go big or go home” mentality a little too seriously though. 😉

What about you? Are you having a relaxing summer? (Please give me all your secrets!) Do you have fun plans for the Fourth?

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How to Survive an Out-of-Town Wedding Weekend


Since I’ve moved to Texas, I’ve flown back to the east coast for 3 friends’ weddings. I LOVE weddings, but between the long security lines, waiting for connecting flights, and getting the rental car (the bane of my existence), those wedding weekends can really take it out of you! Here are some tricks I’ve picked up along the way that I’m definitely going to use for the next out-of-town wedding. I thought since it’s wedding season, maybe they’d be helpful for you guys too!

  • Buy a pack of water bottles on the way to the hotel. This might sound weird, but it’s really easy to get dehydrated while you’re running around all weekend, which will make you even more exhausted. We try to get a 24-pack for the two of us and we’ve always used them up by the time we check out on Sunday.
  • Pick a hotel close to the action. This might seem like a “No duh” point, but we made this mistake TWICE when we went to weddings in Chattanooga. A 5-minute drive to the hotel from the reception is much nicer than a 45-minute drive. Also it’ll be more convenient if you’re close to friends who live in town or are visiting for the wedding.
  • Pack light. I tend to overpack because I want to be prepared for totally ridiculous scenarios anything. But I’ve discovered that packing my wedding outfit + a comfy travel outfit + a cute outfit, with one or two extra shirts or sweaters gives me plenty of options without weighing down the suitcase. Also I try to wear one pair of comfortable shoes and pack the nice wedding shoes, because those are the only ones I’ll actually wear.
  • Bring melatonin and/ or anything that helps you sleep. You need all the sleep you can get while you’re traveling, but it can be hard to fall asleep in a strange hotel room. So download a white noise app on your phone and bring that embarrassing t-shirt or stuffed animal that always helps you sleep better. No judgement! Also don’t make the same mistakes we made and forget melatonin! We get a slow release pill that helps us stay asleep and *usually* doesn’t give us crazy dreams. 
  • Hand sanitizer! We’ve all been in a gross airport or gas station bathroom. After one particularly gross gas station that didn’t sell soap or hand sanitizer, I always keep a mini bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse, and it’s a total lifesaver.
  • Emergency kit: Your emergency kit might look different than mine, but I always have Excedrin for migraines, Aleve or Tylenol for minor headaches or pain, chapstick, bandaids, pads, hair ties, and bobby pins.
  • Bring something fun for the airport. You never know how long you’ll be waiting for your flight, so I try to pick up a magazine in the  airport so I have something new to read. I look forward to it before it every flight.

Do you have any travel essentials I missed? How do you cope with whirlwind travel days?

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