365 Days of Marriage Days in 2014 - Days 20 through 27

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Waiting and wondering if the snow will come (it definitely did).

Whew! I sure keep letting these uploads get behind, don’t I? There have been quite a few days where I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and edit photos and if I’ve had the time to edit photos I didn’t have time to write a post! But they say that you have time for the things that you make time for, right? Right.

I’ve been going back and forth on a lot of things that I want to change around here (the blog) to help me gain some organization/structure and feel more inspired. Honestly, I think I’m just craving a major design overhaul. Unfortunately I want all of the ease of outsourcing the job to someone else and all of the gratification of doing it myself. Designing/coding is one of my favorite parts of blogging and I think that’s part of why it’s difficult for me to enjoy writing in this space when I’m bored or unsatisfied with the way it looks. I feel like a Sim sitting in a room full of trash. My little mood diamond is red. ;] Ughh.. remember when we had time for unproductive, time consuming things - like playing the Sims?

The other issue I’m having is that I continuously go back and forth between wanting this to be an all encompassing personal blog but also wanting it to have a more professional feel. I can’t seem to choose which path to take and I’d definitely be interested to know - what are your favorite types of blogs to read? I really want to find the right balance between the two! It seems like so many bloggers are all doing very similar things, myself included. I want to bring something interesting to the table for myself and also for my readers - because otherwise, I’m not sure what I’m even doing here.

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Wrapped in blankets.

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Sneaking a kiss.

In case you were wondering - there are a LOT of choices when it comes to choosing paint! And a lot of colors that look almost identical.

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Preparing for more snow - so obviously we bought a frozen pizza, cookies, and the ingredients for potato soup!

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I don’t always use the word ‘selfie’, but when I do - it’s to describe this photo. “Snow Selfies”, in our personal elements.

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There’s a substantial amount of ‘derp’ happening in these photos, but I like them. We had fun throwing snowballs!

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We finally made it into the living room with new paint color! It took forever to finish the entryway!

Thanks for following along on this little journey! Stay tuned for another photo dump coming soon! =) Sorry for spilling some of my random thoughts on blogging out all over the place. Sometimes it just feels good to get them all out!

Beauty Picks: Winter Skin

These are some of the products that are absolutely saving my skin this winter. I’m obsessed with them and have been using them daily to keep my skin feeling happy and healthy! Influenster sent over this fantastic razor from Gillette for me to try out and review. Let me tell you, I am so happy that they did. I’ll admit that prior to this I was using one of the super cheap-o disposable razors. Not even the sort of fancy kind either. After using a nice razor, well, my eyes are opened to the possibility that maybe it’s really not me and it IS my razor. Irritated skin can be prevented and it’s worth it. I’ve learned my lesson!

On the topic of irritated skin - Body Dew will change your life. I’ve never found a lotion that works like this stuff! I spray this on immediately after stepping out of the shower and I no longer have to feel miserably itchy from dry skin. Not to mention, it makes my tattoo bright and pretty! EOS lip balm is a newer favorite and I’m already obsessed. I can’t believe it took me so long to jump on that bandwagon! Pomegranate is my favorite flavor! And lastly - Vanilla Bean Noel hand cream from Bath & Body Works! This stuff smells delicious and makes my dry hands feel so much better.

So, what are your top beauty picks for winter skin? Share in the comments! I need some new obsessions!

Swim.


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I have motivational quotes/sayings pinned all over my Pinterest board, hanging in my office at work, and framed around my home. I like having positivity shoved in my face. I’m one of those people who needs that daily push, I guess. (Plus I’m sort of a typography freak and looking at a pretty font really brightens my day.) But sometimes I get a bit used to those quotes being there. I see them posted up in my office, I see them around my home - but I don’t read them anymore. I’m used to them being there on the wall, I’m comfortable with them.

Lately I’ve been thinking about what it means to be comfortable. I like to be comfortable. I mean, who doesn’t? I like to know what’s around the corner. I like being around people who already know me. I think I sort of expect that my ship will always come in and I will gracefully step onto it without worry or care. Or no, there may be a little bit of anxiety initially, but there will at least be a clear sign that THIS is my ship. And I would certainly never swim out to the freakin’ thing. No.. I’m good here just waiting my turn. Why would I move outside of my comfort zone or make things harder on myself if I’m “okay” here? What if the next thing I choose is too hard, what if I miss the way it was? What if I *gasp* make the wrong decision?

This way of thinking has entered into every single crevice of my life. From the big important life decisions to the smallest microbial choices of like, should I buy this shirt? There have been CLEAR, writing-in-the-sky choices; moving to Kentucky, marrying Nate, buying a house - I just knew those things were right. But all of those things were stepping stones to getting comfortable and they were sort of no-brainers. You love that guy - move there. You REALLY love that guy - marry him. You’re married - you need a place to live. Not hard. Everything after that? So hard for someone like me. Someone who needs a plan for every scenario.

So, I’m working on this part of me. I’m working on pushing out the fear of the unknown in pursuit of growth and a new definition of “comfortable”. I’m learning to relax and ask myself on a daily basis, “What’s the worst that could happen?”. I usually find that when I answer that question “the worst” is usually something pretty miniscule in the grand scheme of things.

So, let’s swim out to our ships. I’m betting we wont drown. =)

What I Wore: A Cozy Sunday

What I Wore: A Cozy Sunday
Yesterday was such a relaxing and cozy Sunday at home. Spent some time cleaning up our yellow accent wall project, did some yoga, did some laundry, made a batch of Cincinnati style chili, rearranged some of the photos on the walls, and just enjoyed an overall easy day at home with Nate. I got ready for the day as usual because I wasn’t sure if we would need to run any errands, but kept it nice and comfy! My favorite dress, a warm sweater over top, and cozy sweater tights. Also - a little weird fact about me.. I can’t get dressed in “real” clothes and not put on jewelry.

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