Blogtember: Instagram

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Sunday, Sept. 11: Round up of your favorite Instagrammers! Who should we follow?

I tend to keep my Instagram follows to people I know in real life. And while I am obsessed with pictures of my friends kids and pets and trips to Starbucks you may not be. So I racked my brain and came up with a few accounts that you may life too.

  1. Carolina Panthers. You will definitely notice that football is a big part of life around here and we love our Carolina Panthers. They do a great job on their social media and I love their graphics and behind the scenes photos.
  2. All She Wrote Notes. This is a combination of someone I know in real life and an amazing business. She is a calligrapher who happens to be one of my dearest friends. Seriously, her shop and classes are amazing and I am so proud of her.
  3. Emily Ley. Not only does this woman keep my life organized as the creator of the Simplified Planner but her Instagram is a wonderful mix of quotes
  4. Danielle Flake. For all the dreamy wedding photos follow my favorite photographer. She also happens to have shot our wedding. She is amazing.

What are your favorite instagram accounts?

Blogtember: What A Day

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Saturday, Sept. 10: A day in your life! Take us through it with you by sharing a photo each hour of the day.

I meant to take a photo every hour last Saturday to do my day in the life. And I forgot. But my work days are so not worth documenting since I sit in a cubicle all day. So I never prepared for this the way I meant to. Instead I had the idea to do it LIVE today! With the handy WordPress app on my phone I am hoping I can do this throughout the day. And it should be a good one since I took off to the beach for the weekend with my in-laws and cousin. I have a reminder set on my phone for every hour. Let’s see how this goes. At the very least check back at the end of the day and I will have dumped them all in there by then.


The best part of being at the beach is not setting an alarm. But I still woke up around 7:30. At least I got to lay in bed until 8. 


  Coffee on the front deck is my favorite 


I headed down to the beach early so I had it entirely to myself. And I cracked open this new (to me) book. 


Eventually I got some company! My in-laws and Will’s cousin Caitlyn. She’s such an adorable 17-year-old! 


Time for an afternoon drink!


About 4 pm I ventured inside. Mostly because I was starving. 


Watching our Demon Deacons on the iPad because we don’t have cable at the beach house. 


DEACS won! So we headed out to watch the sunset. 


Girls love the beach at sunset


Followed by a late dinner. Crab cakes for me. Yum! 

We took a late night stroll down the beach and had perfect timing to see a sea turtle nest hatch and head down to the water! It was so amazing! I couldn’t take photos because they’d confuse the moon and the flash but just trust me it was incredible. 

And now I’m curling up in bed with a book. Thanks for tagging along for my day at the beach! 

Blogtember: Dream Trip

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Friday, Sept. 9: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?

This is a no-brainer for me. Without question the No. 1 place to visit on my bucket list is Italy. Ok, so it is Italy, Sicily and Greece. So that is three places and not just one, but it is my bucket list and I can be greedy if I want to.

Originally when we got engaged and we started dreaming up the ideal honeymoon we both agreed on a Mediterranean cruise. This was just about the easiest decision ever. Well, shortly thereafter we realized we would be paying for our own wedding. So bye-bye Mediterranean cruise.

(Sidenote: We started planning a much smaller honeymoon to Charleston/Savannah but before we booked anything we were gifted an incredible trip to Hawaii. It was a total dream, so either way we would have passed on the Mediterranean cruise. And I can’t even begin to tell you how much we loved our honeymoon.)

Anyway, once we officially halted all Mediterranean planning we put it back on the bucket list for an anniversary trip. Three years if we are really lucky, if not five-year anniversary for sure.

Will has been to Italy as part of a Eurotour he did in college but I have never been to Europe at all. So he is going again. Sorry I am not sorry.

My maiden name is Carrubba and my paternal grandfather was born and raised in Sicily and came to America as a teenager. So going there is a must for me at some point in my life. And I have always wanted to go to Italy and Greece.

We figured a cruise would be a great way to see a bunch of locations and it is another thing that I have never done and always wanted to. We periodically look at cruises that hit all three of those locations and they usually also hit some other places that are interesting to us. Depending on where we fly in and our of we will also get in a day or two early or stay a day or two late and do some additional exploring.

In some ways I am glad I never got an opportunity to take this trip before because I am so much more excited to do it with my husband. And it will be great to see some things he saw already and mix in some new places to him as well.

Just a quick search revealed one we would absolutely LOVE! Rome > Crete > Mykonos, Greece > Ephesus, Turkey > Santorini > Athens > Sicily > Naples> Rome. Yes please!

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Have any of you done a Mediterranean cruise or been to Italy, Sicily and Greece? What are your must see spots? Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?

 

Blogtember: My Messy House

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Thursday, Sept. 8: A house/apartment/room tour! Give us a glimpse of your space.

I had such great intentions for this post. I love our little house but let me emphasize little. When we bought our house over two years ago we weren’t even engaged yet, both had jobs that paid next to nothing and everything we owned was leftover from college. So we scraped up what we could and bought a tiny town house that we call our own. And I love it. But we have started to outgrow it.

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All guests are greeted by our Carolina Panthers flag!

Since we bought it we have both upgraded jobs (and salaries) and gotten married and added a ton of new items to the house thanks to our sweet family and friends. But it means I feel like we can’t find a place for everything and our second bedroom is one big closet. Add to that we are hosting a get together tonight for the Carolina Panthers/Denver Broncos game tonight and even my living room isn’t in it’s normal state. We moved the couch and there is a plastic table cloth on the dining room table.

But I didn’t want to miss a day, so here is a little view of my messy home. That I love. But I have secretly started looking at bigger houses on Zillow. I know we are about two years away from actually moving but a girl can dream.

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Our dining room and living room are one big space. Usually the couch acts as a divider for the room but we swung it back to make more room for our guests tonight. And here is some real life for you. I have never vacuumed our house. Will is in charge of the vacuum. He even picked out the one he wanted and is very particular about how the room is vacuumed.

The buffet piece in our dining room is one of my favorite pieces of furniture we own. It came out of Will’s parent’s dining room when they renovated and is nearly 100 years old. We painted it white (yay chalk paint) and I think it looks amazing.

When we were looking for houses I dreamed about an open kitchen. I love to cook but I hate being separated from everyone. Well I didn’t get my dream and my kitchen seriously lacked storage but we added a pantry and I have come to love my little space.

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The box and small table are currently a placeholder for a kitchen cart we ordered. If you frequent this little place on the internet you know we ordered it and the top came cracked and we had to call and ask for a replacement. Well our replacement got back ordered until January. No thanks. So now I am on the search for another one. Cross your fingers for me!

Here are some close ups of my favorite kitchen details

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The canisters were a Christmas gift from Will’s mother and I am obsessed with them. I have also gotten the matching mixing bowls since then and they are the best. Since I don’t work nights and weekends anymore I have become way more organized at home and one thing I did was print out this fun weekly schedule and stick it in a frame. Some fun colored dry erase markers make it easy to throw up a weekly schedule of dinners. This week I don’t seem to be cooking much but Tuesday’s turkey burgers were delicious.

And yes I am a bad wife who is heading to the beach this weekend, with my in-laws, while Will has to stay and work. I should probably feel worse about this than I do.

So there is the downstairs floor of our house. It is small but it is ours and I promise I do love it.

Does everyone feel like they don’t have enough space? How do you keep your kitchen organized? Do you have a weekly menu displayed anywhere?

Blogtember: 5 Things That Bring You Joy

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We are a week in to Blogtember and going strong! How is everyone else doing? I love today’s prompt and honestly had a hard time narrowing it down to five. So here are five of the many things that bring me joy!

  1. This guy. My sweet husband. Will.

2. My two very best friends in the world. I couldn’t do life without these two.

3. The beach.

 

4. Books.

5. Who am I kidding? I can’t pick just five. Here are a bunch more. Coffee, wine, traveling, football, Kate Spade, cooking, glitter, sunshine, reality TV, fresh flowers and chocolate!

What brings you joy?

Blogtember: Playlist

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Tuesday, Sept. 6: Create a playlist. What you’re listening to now, what encourages you, holiday favorites, etc.

I’ll be honest. I am never in charge of the playlists. One of my best friends, Shayna, is always in charge of the playlists. This girl used to mail me the best mix CDs which always had a theme.

But I knew I could have fun with this based on a post our wedding DJ made the day after our wedding. One thing he always does on Facebook is post the Top 5 songs from last night’s wedding and ours cracked me up. It is a little all over the place which totally matches us and our friends and family!

Mike D’s Top 5 Songs From Will and Erika’s Wedding!

5. Isley Brothers – “Shout”

4. Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”

3. Backstreet Boys – “Everybody (Backstreets Back)”

2. Pitbull – “Fireball”

1. Trey Songz F. Nicki Minaj – “Bottoms Up”

And a bonus song! Tony Basil – “Hey Mickey” which my darling husband got everyone to remix to “Hey Willie!”

Plus I couldn’t resist the chance to share our first dance song. It was originally an Elton John song but we used the Ellie Goulding cover. Makes me swoon every time.

These songs will always remind me our big day now! What were the top songs from your wedding?

College Football Opening Weekend

Happy (late) Monday! I hope everyone had a great long weekend and enjoyed Labor Day. This weekend basically started on Thursday for me and was a total joy. I am so not ready to go back to work tomorrow. Being a grown up is really over rated!

On Thursday I raced home from work so we could make it to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons season opener. The Deacs won, the rain held off and I got to see some of my dear friends who I used to work with. It was a great night. But the late night sure made me sleepy at work on Friday.

After work on Friday I drove over to a college volleyball game to see one a student-athlete I used to work with. She is such a sweetheart and transferred to a school in Ohio so I haven’t seen her in a while. It was so great to give her a big hug!

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Saturday morning I headed back to another volleyball game to see a group of girls I used to work with before I switched jobs. They are all seniors now and it makes me feel old. But getting a big old group hug from them filled my heart right up! I am so proud of the incredible young women they have grown in to. Please note I am neither short nor fat but I sure look it when in the middle of a bunch of college volleyball players!

After volleyball I headed to the Elon football game. Will was working but I knew enough people there to entertain myself at the tailgates and had a great time hanging out until Will’s parents got there right at kickoff. Will’s bossman and his wife recently had their second baby as did our friends Whitney and Gray. How sweet are these baby girls? They both loved their first (of many) college football games as both their daddys work with Will.

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Will was pretty beat after working football all day Saturday so we took it pretty easy on Sunday. We slept in and laid around watching TV for most of the day. After dinner we went over to his parents house for s’mores around the fire pit in their backyard. It cooled down just enough this weekend to make that perfect.

Unfortunately Will had to work on Monday so I spent the day cleaning, including pulling everything out of my closet and getting rid of stuff and reorganizing. I forgot to take a before and after picture but I was pretty darn proud of myself. Then Will’s mom and I went shopping for things for a wedding shower we are throwing friends in October.

Overall it was a great long weekend. Hope none of you labored to hard on Labor Day!

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