Friday, September 19, 2014

Five under fifty and a few favorite things.

As you all know, I've been on a hunt for a perfect pair of boots. Regardless of boot or bootie, I just want something. I built up enough money on my Paidviewpoint account (which btw - if you like free money for answering 10 simple questions a day? Click that link), and I'm ready to spend it. So I decided to do this Friday post a little different and list five of my favorite finds, that are UNDER $50! I mean...holy bargain!! I just don't believe in paying a huge premium for a cute shoe. There are ways to keep your wardrobe adorable, and your wallet happy. So every one of these shoes are from DSW, a favorite store of mine.

#1  Restricted Penny Bootie for only $49.95. I mean... these would go with everything, and I LOVE the laces!

#2 Qupid Madge-01 for O-M-G... $34.95?!?!! Why haven't I bought these yet!?

#3 Restricted Groovy Riding Boot... wait for it. $49.95! For a pair of TALL boots, believe it!


#4 Madden Girl Domain Wedge Bootie for also $49.95. I love the dark brown color to these; opposed to the more cream colored in the first two options. (Erin, I think you have these!!)

#5 Diba New Pilot Bootie - these are also $49.95. I love that these are black with that rusted looking heel. I have nothing like these!



Aside from shoes...here are a few highlights from my week!


-This pumpkin apple candle pretty much hasn't stopped burning since I got it last week.
Seeing that text from my mom on Sunday. Bringing me to tears!
-Getting surprised with cotton candy on an impromptu date night out. That man of mine had too much banana pudding. YUM!
-Our church gifted every family a new mug with our logo on it. I'm obsessed with it and have used it daily at work this week.

Whats making YOU happy this week!?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What my happy news is!

Before this post begins, let me give you a quick backstory. For those of you who don't already know, my mom went on vacation to Hawaii in February of 2012, and then never came back. It was devastating. My brother was leaving 8th grade, about to enter high school, and I had just started my first 'big-girl' job. She's only come home twice in that 2+year span of time (for my wedding, and when my grandpa passed away). My mom and I were as close as you could get, and my brother and I were still so young, so it was really hurtful and confusing.

Last October, I wrote about how my mom had decided she was coming home for good (you can find that post here), only to be so disappointed days later, to find out that she changed her mind at the very last moment. My mom and I used to be best friends, and I've missed her every. single. darn. day.

So, to bring you up to speed! Lately my mom has been reaching out to us more than normal, and said she wanted to come home for a visit to see all of us around the holidays. Sunday morning I woke up to a text from her saying she had officially bought a plane ticket home for October 27th to come and visit. of course I was ecstatic. I couldn't wait to hang out with her for a week or so. She wanted to shop together, bake together, and just hang out like old times.

Except this time, she says she's coming back for good.
She's coming home, you guys! I couldn't contain the tears. Of course, I don't want to get my hopes up...for obvious reasons. I feel like a broken record as I'm just repeating myself from the post I talked about above that I wrote last year...but I just don't care.

I've been praying for my mom every single day. Praying for her to make her way back home. Praying for her to open her eyes and realize how much she's missed out on in my life, and my brothers life, and just in general on everything back home... and realize its not too late to come back. Praying for our relationship, to one day get back to where it once was...& finally, my prayers just might have been answered.

I get my mom back! I'm so looking forward to picking up where things left off with her. I don't know if any of you are close with your moms, but we were just the closest. She truly felt like my best friend. Of course, she's struggled with things in her life, but so have I. I think that's what made us so alike. She just gets me.

I can't wait to hang out with her again. To learn how she cooks, to go shopping with her, to watch movies with her all night, to hit up McDonald's drive thru for the largest sweet tea in town, to have make up and hair parties cause Lord knows I suck at both of those. I'm just excited to rebuild that relationship with her.

Thanks for all your happy thoughts lately! I'm really excited about this.
PS- see, I told you we weren't expecting. ;)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Falling for fall.

Fall has always been my absolute favorite season. That could have something to do with the fact that I've NEVER (yes, never) had AC in my car since I began driving. So to say summer is always a little unbearable is an understatement.

I just can't help it. Fall is perfection. I'm able to wear sandals AND a scarf at the same time, and my body isn't confused by this at all. I can take a walk at 8PM with Caleb and need a light jacket, and most importantly? I can make a cup of hot tea and not feel crazy for the high temps outside. You ladies with me?

So if I could choose (and my bank account would oblige), these would be my Fall staples.

Chunky sweaters/scarves. Just yes!
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Adorable booties.
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soft, comfortable mid-calf boots.
source not found, but AH I love these.
This adorable scarf that would pretty much go with anything.
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oh and a campfire would definitely be in order.

This is where I need your help!!
I'm in need of a new pair of fall boots. Two years ago I spent a pretty penny on two pairs of boots, and they have lasted for a good two years. They are starting to hit their breaking point though...so this is where you ladies come in! I'm looking for an adorable pair of booties (grey, brown or black) and a mid calf pair of boots (preferably brown). Any good sales I need to know about!!? Any amazing websites (I already subscribe to Shop It To Me, Groopdealz and Zulily, maybe I just need to be looking a little harder!)

What would be a few Fall staples in your closet?!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

A weekend to remember!

My weekend started off REALLY well when Erin forwarded me the Bath and Body Works email informing us their candles were ON SALE for 2/$22!!!! I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but I used to work there pretty much all throughout college. So I knew you were allowed to use the $10 off $30 coup that came in the email, essentially getting you 3 candles for the price of one. I MEAN!!!! So I went on my lunch break and scored these 3 babies. I burned "Pumpkin Apple" all weekend, and its safe to say I want to eat it. 

Also this text between Caleb and I (about the candles) made me laugh. Silly boys.

Once I got off work, I went home, then picked up one of my favorite gals ever! Miss Greta. We got chickfila, picked up snacks, girl talked and watched 3 movies. It was the ultimate ladies night in!

Saturday morning after I took her home, Caleb and I got ready for a last-minute wedding we were hired to shoot. I was obsessed with our shots. The couple was SO laid back, and made our job way too easy. It was the shortest, sweetest little day and we're happy to say it was another successful day in the books!

The reception was over pretty early so we were home by 8:30 (woo!), so we still had an entire night ahead of us. We relaxed on the couch and watched some of our favorite shows. It was awesome! Sunday Caleb was able to go to the Bengals game, so I went to church and after running a few errands came home to watch the game myself...and WOO! My Bengals are absolutely tearing it UP! I will always be a fan of the Bengals (win or lose, rain or shine), but they are making it way better to be a fan right now. So much celebrating!!

I also got some amazing, incredible, tear-filled good news on Sunday and I'm bursting at the seams with excitement. Please keep my family in your prayers, and I'll explain more another time! (and no, Caleb and I are not expecting!)

Have an amazing Monday, friends!!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

A few things that got me through my sick week.

This stuff.
This has been a hard week, and I haven't even been that busy. With a severe cold that hit me like a ton of bricks on Monday morning...I've been fighting to get rid of it. Even took a sick day from work Tuesday, thought I was in the clear by night...but nope. I think I'm finally reaching the end of it, thankfully. My MIL offered to bring me some 'home remedies' on my sick day, and I have to say, they really helped!

This man.
Because he chooses to love me everyday. Because he surprises me with awesome $7 clearance blazers for the heck of it (its seriously cute). Because he asks me to take walks as the sun goes down. Because he snuggles me even when I smell. Because he's the best.

This sunset on one of our two said walks this week.

This crazy story.
So I'm pulling out of the Meijer parking lot, waiting for a few folks to cross the crosswalk to/from the store... when I see a lady SPRINTING out of Meijer, clutching her bag. Not even 2 seconds after, a (rather large) cop is chasing her, yelling STOP!!! She runs to the end of the parking lot, reaches the grass hill, and the cop couldn't keep up so he begins to catch his breath, and call for backup. Girlfriend thinks she's getting away (I assume she was shoplifting), so she casually begins walking like nothings going on as she crosses a small road near an INTERSTATE! She thinks she's gotten away, so she hides near a bank. I mean, really!?!?!! I suddenly see like 7 cop cars about to turn into Meijer, I flash my lights at them and throw my arms in the direction of the bank. The first cop nearly made a U-Turn in the middle of the road and I'd like to think I helped save the day. Bahha, in all honesty, I don't know who this chick is, or why she was in trouble, but I'd like to think I helped make the world a better place for a hot second ;)
That little pink blob is her.
This adorable newbie.
Caleb's cousin had scheduled a family session with us for the other day and although I was sick, I couldn't resist snapping some adorable photos of this cutie. I just made sure to keep my distance with my silly cold. There's nothing I wanted more than to snuggle him up!! He's 4 weeks, but since he was 3 weeks early. he's still pretty tiny...and was such a well behaved little guy!

Hope you've had a fantastic week, guys!! I'm hanging with a friend of mine tonight, then we're shooting another wedding tomorrow. This wedding was very last minute and seems like it'll be a breeze, we can't wait! Then of course, the Bengals play Sunday and I hope we pull out another Win!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A little (random) sunshine!

A few months ago someone nominated me for the sunshine award and asked me a bunch of random questions and I thought I'd go ahead an answer a few now! I tried linking her blog back, but it looks like its private now (so if you're reading this Kindra, hiiii!). I also have'nt done a random 'about me' post in forever! So what better time than now?

1. What is your favorite book of all time?
Hmm... I'd have to say Les Miserables, or Where The Red Fern Grows. Both were books I was forced to read in high school English and instantly fell in love with.

2. Favorite song?
This changes weekly, literally. But an all time favorite? Something I Need, duh! 

3. What's your favorite thing(s) about where you live?
Oh man. There are so many things I love about Cincinnati. I love that we have all four seasons. I love that we are so close to so many awesome shops and events. & I REALLY love our Zoo. You wouldn't know it because its been YEARS since I've been (& Caleb and I have NEVER been together, agh!)...but my favorite time is to go during "zoo baby" time. Currently the cutest little baby gorilla there ever was is frolicking around and I'm dying that I haven't seen her yet.
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4. Favorite recipe?
Ahh...definitely this. I feel like I drop this recipe on the blog like at least monthly. It's SO amazing. First time I had ever used the 'broiler' function on my oven. Eek!

5. Do you run/workout/exercise at all? If so what's your favorite workout/exercise?
Yes! I've always considered myself a pretty active person, but it wasn't until last October when we joined our first gym, that my life really began to change. Sure, some months have been better than others...but I'm happy with my progress. I typically like to spend at least 30-40 minutes on the treadmill and then hit the weights/machines!

6. What's a day in your life look like?
Well, a weekday? Wake up, shower, drive to work. Try to survive by snacking every hour and drinking lots of tea. Stay there until 4:30. Go home, gym + dinner. Then if I'm lucky I get to hang with my hottie husband. But on a typical weekend? Filled with wedding photography + edits or time with friends. But I love it :)
random photo of my awesome husband and I.
7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Oh boy, that's deep. Definitely debt free, a bunch of happy, adorable kiddos running around in our beautiful home...and if I had it my way? An in-ground pool and amazing backyard would be involved!!

8. Favorite TV show?
The Walking Dead...or Dexter. BOTH are so, so amazing!

9. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where's the one place you'd go?
Definitely Australia. I'm dying to go!!

10. Favorite app?
Instagram, duh!

11. Post the best and your most favorite picture that you've ever taken. :)
AH! I really can't narrow it down to just one...but this one? So much emotion. This wedding really began to give me that confidence in photography I had always been looking for, and I'm so proud of this image. The firm hold on his daughter that he has for that last moment before giving her away, the tears coming down her face, and that so-in-love look in her eye as she sees her groom for the first time? That's what its all about. Those are the moments I live to capture!

Whats one random fact I don't know about you?!!?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

4 quick things

Hi, I'm officially a disgusting mouth breather. I'm home sick from work today, my throat is swollen, and my ears even hurt. I should probably make a doctors appointment... isn't being sick the best?!?
As I'm not feeling my best, I'm going to be keeping this weekend recap (yes, on a Tuesday) short and sweet. This weekend was full of BEAUTIFUL things. Such as;

Shooting a gorgeous wedding with this hunk. It's funny, I used to get SO stressed out about shooting weddings. What if it rains?! What if I forget some of my gear?! What if I can't think of creative ways to keep the couple having fun during their time with me?!?! Ridiculous, right? If I have even the slightest bit of confidence in myself, allow myself to have fun, and not stress over small things, I can safely say we rock the house ;) this weekend's wedding was no exception. We spent a good 9 hours with an adorable couple and their best friends all day, and I'm so happy with our images. It's really fun to keep growing, especially together. Love this man!

Reds game with our besties. Even if the Reds SUCKED big time...like, we didn't even stay for the free firework show afterwards because it was so gross out, and not worth watching another hour of terrible baseball. At least we got a free mustache necklace!
Hi, yes, I'm a peg leg.
My sweet, sweet Bengals. We won! We kicked off the season with our best friends (hanging twice in one weekend?! I think yes!) and ate whatever we wanted, all while cheering on our favorite team in the league. It was amazing to see those stripes back on the field. Then, we WON!!!!!! I can't tell you how LOUD we all were when AJ Green caught the pass to get a TD for the win. My heart still swells thinking about it ;)


Then of course...what would a recap post be without a sneak peek from the wedding we shot!?

Have a great day, friends! What was the best part of YOUR weekend?!