10 MOST-LOVED BLOG POSTS OF 2016

as 2016 comes to a close, and we get ready for 2017 to make her grand debut, I thought it would be fun to take a little trip down memory lane, and revisit all the blog posts from this year that were YOUR favorites ❤

this is a little countdown of the 10 posts that were the most-viewed from 2016, in the order of least views to most views (there are a couple of exceptions, as I didn’t include any photography or business-themed posts).

THANK YOU for all of the love you have poured into this little corner of the interwebs ❤ your encouragement, comments, and sweet emails & messages have made my days brighter and my heart lighter. you are why I write, friends.

are you ready?!

I am! 🙂

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here are the 10 MOST-LOVED BLOG POSTS OF 2016

enjoy browsing through the highlights of this year on the blog ❤

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3 BEST PLACES FOR CHEAP CHRISTMAS DECOR (AND WHAT I SPENT ON MINE)// THREE ON THURSDAY

if you’re on a budget like we are (young and married with a baby on the way, y’all!), you might be stressing about how to make your space feel cozy and Christmasy in the coming weeks. I totally get that. seriously.

as someone who loves Christmas… no, really LOVES Christmas… feeling that holiday cheer and nostalgia is a huge part of the season for me. plus, decorating is just so much fun, am I right?! for me at least, the decorating process itself is part of the magic and some of the most memories made and traditions kept! 😉

so when my pockets aren’t all too deep (and I’m attempting to decorate almost four times the square footage as what I had before), here’s where I go for the best Christmas decor that doesn’t look or feel cheap… even though it is! (but we’ll just keep that between you and me, okay? good. 🙂 )

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1.) TARGET DOLLAR SECTION & END-OF-AISLE CLEARANCE
seriously. so much good stuff here! this year, I spent $7 in the Target dollar section and walked away with a sweet plaid bunting set, chalk for Christmas signs, some black and white twine for an advent calendar DIY I have in mind, and a small pillow. you seriously cannot beat that. as for the end of aisle clearance sections, I snatched up a pair of green marble candle holders to grace our dining table for $2 each (marked down from around $10!!). in case you’re counting, that brings my target total to $11Continue reading “3 BEST PLACES FOR CHEAP CHRISTMAS DECOR (AND WHAT I SPENT ON MINE)// THREE ON THURSDAY”

30 THINGS TO DO BEFORE AUTUMN IS OVER

fall is in full swing around here. ❤

and, as you, know, I could not possibly be happier! well… I guess I’d be happier if it didn’t include a nasty cold that is keeping me from all the autumn-y goodness out there. but somewhere in-between blowing my nose, editing wedding images, and sipping my tea, I decided that if I couldn’t be out there right now, I might as well be making plans to get the very most out of my limited fall days.

soooo… usually on thursdays I bring you three things, but today… I’m bringing you THIRTY things because a) I love you guys, and b) I’m stuck on the couch, so what else am I gonna do?

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30 things to do before autumn is over

1.) take a hike
2.) gather leaves from your neighborhood
3.) go to a pumpkin patch
4.) decorate/carve pumpkins
5.) have a baking day (try this yummy treat)
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THREE YOGA POSES FOR TIGHT HIPS // 3 ON THURSDAY

YOU GUYS I’M SORRY.

I DITCHED YOU YESTERDAY BUT I’M BACK NOW!

and with the winning combination of a long plane ride and, well, being pregnant, my hip joints are absolutely killing me. even though I spent a lot of yesterday shopping walking and re-exploring the good old southern maryland stomping grounds, my tight hips are still giving me a hard time.

so, I figure, why not share with you some of my favorite remedies for those sore and tight hips… three of my go-to yoga poses!

here are some things to keep in mind while practicing these postures:
– discomfort is okay. pain is NOT. stop if you’re feeling pain!
– make sure to stretch BOTH hips… that means doing each pose twice, once on each side
– breathe steadily throughout the duration of the pose, from entering into it, until you have completely left it
– it’s 100% normal for one side to be tighter than the other. don’t force it!

ready to feel so much better?!
let’s do this!

**DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor! always listen to your doctor. I claim no liability for any injury which occurs while practicing these poses.**

three yoga poses for tight hips

LIZARD POSE

begin in a simple aligned standing position, or mountain pose. step your right foot forward into a lunge and bring your left knee to rest on the ground. make sure your right knee is stacked over the ankle. bring your hands down to the floor near the inside of the right foot. begin to stretch out you back left leg slowly, straightening it out behind you. you should feel a strong stretch in the front of your thigh/hip joint. for a deeper stretch, bring the forearms down to the ground, and lean your knee to the outside. 


LOTUS POSE VARIATION

Begin in simple seated position, half lotus, or full lotus. remember if you are in half or full lotus to keep your feet flexed in protection of your ankle joints. walk your hands forward and lift the tailbone. begin to press forward and down through the pelvis & up and back through the shoulders in a gentle backbend. the stretch should be felt across the front of the pelvis and through the front of the thighs and hip joints.


FROG POSE

begin in a tabletop position (all fours) and slowly walk your knees out to the sides. maintain a straight line from shoulders to tail as you breathe into the stretch. rest your forearms on the ground and press through the pelvis to deepen. you should feel this stretch in your inner thighs and deep hip joint.


happy yoga-ing, friends!

3 MUST-HAVES FOR YOUR SUMMER-TO-FALL TRANSITION WARDROBE // 3 ON THURSDAY

ahh, September… that in-between time when sweaters are too hot and tanks leave you shivering. 😉

is it just me, or does everyone else struggle to look half-decent when the entire contents of both your summer and autumn clothes are strewn about, and you’re digging through half-folded sweaters for something comfy but not smothering? yeah, sounds familiar right?

well, today I thought I’d share my 3 clothing items that I wouldn’t survive the in-between weather without!

you’re welcome 😉

all of these pieces are small-budget-friendly and oh-so-simple to style. plus, they go with just about everything. if you met me on the street, I’d probably be wearing one, if not all three of these early-fall favorites!

1 // the open-front cardigan
you can find me pulling these on pretty much all year round. but as summer gives way to autumn, it seems the perfect season to add a little cozy, without totally committing to a heavy sweater. slip it on when the breeze gets chilly, then off again when the midday sun is a wee bit too warm. I’m seriously a hoarder when it comes to these things (I have about five of them in different colors and weights), but for good reason: I get almost constant use out of each and every one of them, and the compliments are outta this world, too. 😉

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THREE ON THURSDAY // 3 REASONS I LOVE MY DAY PLANNER

ahhh september. my second-favorite month because it signals that my favorite month (and the full swing of autumn) is coming next. 😉

and as I sit here sipping my ultra-cozy salted caramel mocha (take that, PSL) and snuggling deeper into my giant, knit open-front cardigan, I can’t help but remember there are those of you who are actually mourning summer. (sorry. I promise I love you.)

one thing I’ve never been very good at, though, is keeping track of all the things I have to get done or people I have to meet with during big transition points in my life. things always seem to slip through the cracks, and then I feel terrible!

enter: the Create 365 “The Happy Planner” from My Big Ideas at Michael’s!

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NEW WEEKLY BLOG SERIES

Hey all!

on this wonderfully dreary pacific northwest saturday, I thought that instead of revealing them day by day, I’d give you all a heads-up of the FIVE new weekly series, soon to come on the blog, with this handy little preview of the coming blogging schedule. 🙂

I hope this gets you as excited about the future weeks as I am!!

MONDAY MANTRA
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A sweet word to get you through your monday blues, a Scripture to think on, and perhaps even some yoga tips & tricks to take with you through your week! we could all use a little more zen to start the week, am I right? Continue reading “NEW WEEKLY BLOG SERIES”