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5 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

I have to admit, I am not always the best at Mother’s Day gift-giving. It always seems to sneak up on me before I can think of a unique gift idea! This year, I’m determined to stay on top of this special day of celebrating all you mamas out there! To make your gift search a little easier, I’ve rounded up 5 easy ideas to make your Mom feel loved, appreciated, and celebrated!

1. A Subscription to Her Favorite Magazine – Maybe your mom loves juicy gossip magazines, or maybe she drools over the pages of Elle Decor. Whatever kind of mom you’ve got, here are some of recommendations for magazine subscriptions: Darling Magazine, Real Simple, Elle Decor, and Dwell are some of my favorites!


2. Spring-Inspired Apron – Want to be the favorite child? Look no further! These gorgeous aprons are perfect for the mom whose got a green thumb or who loves to cook. Both the full and half aprons are washable and have a limited run. Get yours by April 29 here!


3. Chatbooks – I absolutely adore chatbooks for any and every occasion. They are an easy, cost-friendly way to make a book of all your favorite memories. I love doing them for Clayton and I every six months, and I gifted my besties some with a recap of our Europe trip last summer! These books are great for the sentimental mom! The best part is? They’re only $8!


4. Monogrammed Coasters – These coasters are perfect for the mom who loves to host! You can get these beautiful leather coasters customized for a special gift your mom won’t forget! Set of 4, $28. 


5. Modern-Day Polaroid Camera – This Instax Wide camera has brought SO much joy to me over the past couple years. It has continued to be one of my favorite gifts. If your mom loves capturing memories, this is the gift for her!


Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is coming up on May 8th! Happy gifting!

5 Podcasts for Your Work Week

Are you a fan of podcasts? I have never really been one to listen to podcasts regularly until this past year. I have found that podcasts are an amazing way to learn and be entertained while in the office. If you’re like me, working on the computer all week, it can sometimes get old to listen to that same playlist over and over. I’ve found that podcasts have expanded my knowledge on cultural and social issues, as well as brought inspiration and motivation to my daily life.

You can find podcasts on just about any subject, but one of my favorite things to listen to are interviews with people in the working world who have made an impact in some significant way. I love hearing about how people have gotten to where they are, the struggles they faced, and how they overcame.

I have a handful of podcasts that are on repeat during my work day, and I wanted to share them with you! Here are my top five favorite podcasts right now:


1. Girlboss Radio: Did you guys read this book? Sophia Amoruso wrote about her journey to founding Nasty Gal, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. I absolutely loved this book when I read it last year, and I was thrilled to find out she has now started a #girlboss podcast. On the show, Sophia interviews different women who are leading their own companies, starting brands, and more. I am constantly inspired by these woman who are truly paving the way for generations to come. My favorite podcast, currently!

IMG_82642. Stuff Mom Never Told You: This podcast is just that, stuff you wish your mom had told you that somehow you have to figure out on your own. That’s where this podcast comes in handy. The two hosts, Cristen and Caroline, decode all the random questions you may have about us ladies and gents. To give you a sample, recent topics include:
“Dad Bods”
“Women Who Vape”
Laughing while learning is always a good method.

IMG_82743. After the Jump: Design blogger Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge hosts the podcast After the Jump. She conducts a series of interviews with creatives in a handful of industries, chatting about topics relevant today. Topics include:
“The Future of Print Magazines”
“Changing Pay Rates for Creatives”
“Change the World Through Design”
Unfortunately, the series ended in 2014 but there are over 100 episodes to sift through with a long list of interesting topics for creatives!

IMG_82724. Hillsong Sisterhood: I absolutely love this podcast. Maybe it’s not as much of a podcast as it is a compilation of sermons by Bobbie Houston, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church and head of Sisterhood, the women’s ministry. Hands-down, this is my favorite go-to when I need a good dose of truth and biblical encouragement. She’s got the cutest personality and the funniest stories.

IMG_82675. This American Life – This American Life is a podcast I’m sure many of you are familiar with. I first heard about it through their addicting series ‘Serial,’ but soon came to find out, this is no new podcast. This weekly show is a journalistic program, featuring various memoirs, informational topics, and social issues. It’s a great source to learn more about a handful of topics that are going on in our world today. 

You can subscribe to any of the above podcasts through iTunes for free! Do you have any great podcasts to add to the list? I would love to add more to my library! Be sure to comment your favorites below!

*PS, excuse the blog right now. There are some errors happening with a few of my graphic elements on the side bar. Working to fix this week!


Planning 2015

My favorite part of a new year is finding a great new planner for all my dates to remember, events, trips, and to-do lists. It’s a couple weeks into 2015, but if you’re like me, you’ve been waiting around to find the one that fits you best. Here’s a compilation of my favorites:
2015 Top Planners

1. Horatio Printing 2. Rifle Paper Co.  3. Kate Spade Daily Planner 4. Paper Source – Confetti Planner 5. Poketo – Color Block Planner 6. Sugar Paper for Target 7. Poketo – Basic Weekly Planner 8. Poketo – Basic Agenda Planner

Personally, this year I went with the small gold one (#6) from Sugar Paper for Target & the weekly desk calender from Rifle Paper Co. I love getting to cross things off of a to-do list, so a weekly desk list is a perfect addition for me!  Last year, I had #4, and loved the size & thickness of the paper. If you’re looking for more local ways to shop, Shindig Paperie is a great option in Fayetteville, AR!

Hopefully this little compilation makes your agenda book shopping a little easier. Now, let’s plan 2015!


A little late in the game for a recap of my favorite moments in 2014, but hey, it’s still January, right? I’d say its still safe zone to reminisce on the past year. 2014 was one for the books, full of life and beauty and hardships and waiting. I had many ‘firsts’ happen in 2014 as well, which is always an accomplishment in my book. I love venturing out into new things, hobbies, & projects. Well, here it is! My favorite moments of 2014:

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Around the Table

As you read in the previous post, Arkansas got some snow. I had a chilly day filled with Frank Sinatra, hot chocolate, and holiday cheer. Now, it’s taking everything within me not to bust out the Christmas music. I have a rule to myself to not start the Christmas festivities until after the Thanksgiving meals & naps are over. So, until then, I’ve compiled a few thanksgiving ideas that have inspired me this November! Enjoy!

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best blog bloggers to follow

Five Blogs You Should Be Following

Blogging is something that has become a hobby, inspiration, and means of online-community for me. I love the idea of an online journal, and I absolutely adore seeing the places people take their blogs. From businesses to a creative space, I’m most inspired by seeing people make their blog their own. Here are the top five bloggers I’ve been most inspired & influenced by over the years:

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Best Coffee Shops of Los Angeles California

5 Best Coffee Shops of Los Angeles

If you know me at all, you know that coffee shops are an escape for my introverted self, a treasure to search for, and pretty much number one on my happy list. Whenever I’m traveling in a new area, or adventuring in one I’ve known for a while, I make it a point to find the best coffee spots around. Being in Southern California this summer, these were not hard to come by. I felt like there was shop after shop, with equally good coffee as there was good aesthetic. After visiting a handful, I decided to compile a list of some of my favorites, because I can’t be the only one looking for a unique place to enjoy a cup of coffee & enjoy the slow (or busy) moments. ..


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