Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ten on Tuesday [No.43]

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I hope y'all have had the best weekend & start to your week!
It's been a cool one here so far in Alabama, but I'm soaking up all the cool weather I can get, because I have a feeling this summer might be brutal. Even if it means holding out on the flip-flops, I'll be okay with that...until then, let's jump into what I've been doing lately.
ONE
 Last Tuesday I attended my monthly Inter Se (sort of like Junior League) meeting & the theme was a Spring Tea.
Every single detail was absolutely beautiful and you can peep the menu in the shot below, it was so delicious!

TWO
Since we've found out that we're expecting a sweet baby boy; I've been doing a little window shopping for him...how sweet would this blanket be to curl up with after we bring him home?!
And y'all! These sweet little onesies would honestly be perfect for a little boy or a baby girl. I'm dying over the cuteness.

THREE
Last week, my husband and I met another couple for lunch to discuss the fact that we're competing for Alabama's Outstanding Young Farm Family and while we were out driving around, we stumbled upon this beautiful little spot on the side of the road.
The pond was beautiful, but that little pavilion was so well done (we drove closer and peeked!) that now I wish we had one on our land!

FOUR
My very favorite Lilly Pulitzer dress is now in maxi-dress form & I'm crossing my fingers that it will work well for pregnant me this summer because it's gorgeous & comes in a print that was made for boy-mom's!

FIVE
One of my favorite bloggers, Annaliese at Southern Belle in Training, went to D.C. to visit the cherry blossoms and now I just have another reason to want to go visit that city-her photos were beautiful!

SIX
If you didn't catch Saturday's post, it's all about how to catch the best quality zzz's and it's worth a read!
My number one tip? Find a sleep meditation podcast! I discovered a few different ones on the iPhone podcast app and they have been game changers for me.

SEVEN
You know how if you shop on Target's website, they automatically start putting Target ads on your Facebook?
Well, I was scrolling through the other day & saw an ad for this bathing suit top and fell in love.
It's so hard for me to find flattering tops that fit well, so when I checked the size chart and discovered this one would fit I immediately went to order it...and it's either sold out or not in stock or whatever.
I was SO bummed.
So hopefully it will come back in stock because not only do I love it, but I bet y'all will too!

EIGHT
 Yesterday, while I was waiting on my dad to come help me out with some home improvement stuff I walked down to visit my horses & y'all...you know how when you aren't allowed to do something, you just want to do it more?
Now that I don't need to be riding my horses (since it's mildly dangerous) I REALLY want to! The weather is perfect, the days are sunny, and I just want to ride.
Oh well, maybe this Fall!
Until then, I'll just come and share some pets with these cute faces.

NINE
Maybe it's just me, but before I got pregnant I was a major water drinker. In fact, other than coffee and the occasional glass of milk-I only drank water.
But now, the taste of it is not good to me at all now-even when I doctor it up with lots and lots of lemon juice, it's still only tolerable.
So, I've been trying to stick to drinks that aren't too bad for me-adding Crystal Light packets to large cups of water & now, drinking sparkling water beverages like La Croix.
I turned to this article for reassurance that sparkling water counts toward my daily eight glasses-thankfully, it does!

TEN

Ree Drummond's hotel is finally open...who wants to go visit The Boarding House with me?!
Also, P.S. go listen to "I Hate Love Songs" by Kelsea Ballerini, it's SO good!

Well, that's a wrap-up of my past week...what have y'all been up to?!
Let me know below!

Until next time. . .
xoxo,

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Get Your Best Night's Sleep

Before I got pregnant, I had my sleeping routine down.
I was going to bed at a decent hour every night, sleeping through the night, waking up at the same time & waking up early (by my standards). I was living the life, let me tell you, and I felt great.

Cut to now, being 18-weeks with this little guy and I'm not sleeping well at all.
They say it's practice for when he gets here & if that's the case, I'm going to be a pro and not sleeping well.

But anyways, I'm trying to do anything I can do to have a full, restful night of sleep so I thought I would share these with you. They aren't just for pregnancy either, they're for anyone who has trouble resting!

1) Fresh Sheets/Made Bed
I know I can't be the only one who just sleeps better when I'm sleeping on a freshly made bed with clean sheets on it.
We have several pairs, but we call these ones from Target our "hotel sheets" because they straight-up feel like you're sleeping in the most comfy hotel bed.
(They're also on sale at Target right now, too!)

2) Night Routine
Another thing that has really, really helped me sleep as well as I possibly can is to have a night routine that I go through every night.
It starts with cleaning up the kitchen, then taking Forrest out and feeding him/tucking him in for the night, then I head to the bathroom to wash my face, etc.
Doing the same thing each night seems to give my brain a cue that it's time to start getting sleepy.

3) Don't Rely on Melatonine, etc.
This is more of a thing to not do rather than something to do, but try your best not to rely on sleep aids. Before I got pregnant, if I knew I needed to sleep and couldn't turn off my thoughts it was nothing to me to pop a melatonin or take some Zzz-quil.
But those are just bandaids and don't really solve the problem (in some cases they can make it worse.)

4) Sleep Meditation Podcast
This truly should've been number one because some nights, it's the only thing I can use to rest and rest well.
I know lots of people use the Headspace app for meditation, but I've found some great ones on YouTube as well for free.
But the best ones by far are actual podcast episodes-I just typed in "Sleep Meditation Podcast" and ones of varying lengths popped up; so helpful and soothing!

5) Dark Room
The room I'm sleeping in pretty much has to be pitch black for me to be able to rest-point blank.
All the lights are off, we don't have a digital clock or night light or anything.
But my husband wakes up really early every morning & him getting things out of the closet or turning the bathroom light on was waking me up and disrupting some really important parts of my sleep cycle, so I started using an eye mask my mom had given me as a Christmas present and voila-I'm able to stay asleep through him waking up!
This eye mask is very similar in that it is molded instead of being flat across. It keeps the mask from touching your delicate skin around your eyes and your eyelashes, plus it's very comfortable!

6) Refrain From Using Technology/Watching TV Before Bedtime
I'm really bad about breaking this rule, but I've noticed on nights when I stop watching tv/using my laptop/scrolling through my phone 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime, I sleep better.
Professionals can tell you all about the blue lights or whatever, but I also think that all of that just stimulates my brain when I should be relaxing and unwinding.

7) Read a Book (no thrillers!)
When I first found out we were expecting, I fell off the reading bandwagon and didn't pick up a book for almost two months.
I really think that might have effected my sleeping!
Lately I've been trying to read a few pages/a chapter each night before I go to bed and it soothes me.
I wouldn't recommend anything like Gone Girl before trying to sleep though!

8) Consistent Bedtime/Wake-Up Time
This is something I was doing so well before baby.
But insomnia and feeling sick make it hard to fall asleep on time, and then not sleeping well makes it hard to want to get up early when you don't have to.
If you can be consistent, it will make a difference though. I look forward to getting back into a routine again...one day!

9) Evening Shower/Bath
This is something that professionals debate, but I've always been a firm believer in this one.
Some people say a shower at night will invigorate and wake you up, but I think that taking a warm shower or bath before you get ready for bed sets the mood and helps you get cozy before tucking in to sleep.

10) Find the Right Temp (between 65-72 degrees)
And this one, this is my personal favorite!
I love sleeping in a cool/cold room (mostly because I love being able to bundle up in blankets) but science shows that the ideal room temperature is somewhere between 65 and 72 degrees and I feel like this is true. I always sleep better when I'm cool than I do when I'm too hot.

I hope these little tips helped y'all out-if you have any additional tips that might help me or others get a better night's rest please leave them in a comment below!

Until next time. . .
xoxo,

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ten on Tuesday [No.42]

Hey y'all!
I'm so glad to be back in my blogging routine (we'll see if I can keep it up, or not) and glad to be bringing y'all a Ten on Tuesday so I can recap all the stuff that's been going on in our lives lately.

ONE
Let's start off with some big news first...In last Saturday's post I shared the results of our gender reveal. . .
We're going to add a little boy to our family in September!
I guess that really means I will be outnumbered with Chris, Forrest, and our little man 😊
TWO
On a totally different note...now that I'm finally getting my appetite back, I'm ready to start testing out some new restaurants!
This list of 21 New Birmingham Restaurants to check out this Spring should be a good place to start (if you're in Alabama, I highly recommend!)
I know Hero Doughnuts & Mason Dixon Bakery and Bistro are on my to-do list...thankfully my doctor is in Birmingham, so I have a good reason to go every month 😉
THREE
Okay, I'm going to talk about shopping here for a second; have y'all see the Opalhouse collection that Target just launched?
Although our house isn't really boho-styled, I do love the look and think that a lot of the items would work within our rustic/farmhouse type style.
I'm thinking this pouf would work well in the nursery for a foot rest/extra seating/etc. since it's soft and not too feminine looking.
We're re-doing our downstairs in our home including a bathroom and I think these would be the most perfect neutral guest towels, maybe with this shower curtain?
And just because I love candles & decor-these chunky candle holders (in both colors!) would be beautiful for the Spring, Summer, or Fall-time.
FOUR
So my Dad & husband recently bought a new piece of equipment (aka, big boy toys) and so last Sunday afternoon Chris spent time playing with it, cleaning up a fence line in our pasture.
Want to know what I did while he was enjoying his Easter Sunday afternoon?
I was so tired, I laid in the backseat of the truck and fell asleep.
Y'all-I need my energy to come back! (It was a good nap though-haha!)
FIVE
Is anyone else as excited as I am about the Royal-Baby?!
He or she could be born any day now!
SIX
This past Sunday afternoon was a little more exciting (for me) than Easter Sunday, because I didn't have to take a nap during the middle of it 😂
We ended up taking Forrest to the pond so he could swim & play a little fetch...which he did, but it was interrupted. . .
 By these two visitors!
When we pulled up and threw out his duck decoy, a giant goose flew out at him from the little island in the pond (you can see the bridge leading out to it).
 They had a pretty good reason for not wanting us there, though...
They have a nest with six little goose-eggs in it!
So Forrest won't be making any more trips to the pond for just a little while, but I definitely want to come and watch from a distance to see when the little babies hatch.
SEVEN
I know I've already mentioned Target once already-but they are killing it this Spring.
Have y'all seen the new goodies for Spring from Hearth & Hand yet?!
I have yet to pull the trigger on anything from Joanna Gaines' Target line yet...but this just might be the time that I do.
My recommendations:
EIGHT
This list of Southern Living's classic casserole-dish recipes should help me out whenever I need something comforting and easy.
NINE
How many of these picturesque, small southern towns are on your travel bucket list?
I definitely want to make it to Williamsburg one day.
TEN
Etiquette question; although I'm obviously past the time to register for anything wedding related-I've noticed the trend of "Honeymoon Registries".
What do y'all think?
I read this article and am still not sure of my opinion on it...I do love the personal aspect of picking out a physical gift from someone.
Let me know your thoughts below!

Until next time. . .
xoxo,

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Baby Upchurch is a. . .

 Baby Boy!
Christopher & I are so, so excited to announce that our little one coming in September is going to be a baby boy! (The verdict is still out on Forrest, as to how he feels 😉)
 We had our gender reveal at "The Barn" which is a wedding and event venue that belongs to my aunt and uncle. They are so, so good to us and let us have a lot of our family gatherings there and we're blessed because it's such a beautiful location!

 We kept the decor really minimal, as well as the guest list, only inviting family and close friends.
 My mom and two sisters helped a lot, as well as my Mother-in-Law who let us get a lot of our party supplies from her store.
We had people pick team girl or team boy by the plates/cup/napkin etc that they chose to eat on before the reveal.
 We had some light appetizers and brunswick stew, it was so yummy!
 Obligatory family pic before the reveal 😊
 I bought some simple florals from Publix the day before; baby's breath and some lime & pink carnations. My aunt has a snowball bush in her yard, so she provided us with some of those as well!
My mom, sister, and I put these together in simple mason jars for a little centerpiece action.
 My oldest sister was the one responsible for the pretty box that we used for the reveal (because let's be honest, we all know I'm not crafty like that).

 Of course, Chris and I knew before hand but it was so much fun to reveal to all of our family & friends that we have a little boy coming in September!
My niece and nephew were pretty excited too (even though sweet Lola was team girl 😉)
 Hopefully this video will play so y'all can see the reveal too-there was too much tape on the box so unfortunately we had to tear into it (luckily Chris is tall enough to do that 😂) 
It was such a great moment though!

Now if any of y'all have little boys I need to know...where are your favorite places to shop for them?!
Bonus points if you can leave me your suggestions for what your must-have's are to register for as well!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Candle Empties

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Hey y'all!
So sorry that posts have been sporadic at best around these parts lately; it's a busy season in my life and sometimes something has to give.
Today I'm sharing my "trash" with y'all & giving reviews on the candles I've used up since my last Empties post way back in October.
Usually I'll group my candles in with my regular beauty empties, but today I had a ton so they needed their own separate post.
This candle is such a classic (and this is such old packaging!)
It's a strong, manly scent that I've loved for a long time.
I will always recommend and always purchase this, especially for the colder months when I want that snuggly feeling.

If you're a fan of B&BW Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut, then you'll like this one too.
I personally was hoping for more of a Chai flavor, because the Doughnut candle is a little too sweet for my taste.
It was okay while it lasted, but I wouldn't purchase again.
This is a layered candle with Creamy Pumpkin, Roasted Pumpkin Butter, and Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin in it.
My tastes have changed over the years (this is a 2015 candle that I've been hoarding-y'all, I'm so ashamed!) but I just don't like the strong, powerful pumpkin-y scents even when Fall-time rolls around.
I forced myself to finish burning this one up this year since it was almost gone, but I won't buy any of those scents again.

Sonoma Apple Cider
This is a candle from Kohl's that I purchased on a whim and y'all-it was SO good.
It burned really well, the scent wasn't too overpowering but it was just right.
The price is also usually right on these Sonoma candles because Kohl's offers so many coupons and in-store discounts. I'll definitely be searching for more candles from this brand.

I feel like this is a Fall cult-classic for a reason; it smells SO good!
I love the hint of apple mixed with the caramel, it's not too strong either which is a must for me.
Definitely will repurchase this when Fall rolls back around.
If I ever had to pick one favorite Christmas candle from B&BW, it would be Fresh Balsam.
We always use a faux Christmas tree, so I really crave that pine scent each year to give the feel of a real tree and this candle answers that need.
It's really crisp and fresh, not overwhelming but it does fill a room beautifully.
This will be a repurchase year after year. (Oh, and can we talk about how beautiful the packaging on this one is?!)

I picked this up a few years ago & knew I needed to just burn it to clear out space in the drawers where I store all of my candles.
It's not my favorite scent ever, as I've said-I'm moving past those cloyingly sweet scents and this is definitely ultra-sweet.
It's not on my repurchasing list.
I am a huge fan of lemon scents. They're just so fresh & clean (plus, they make your house smell like you spent all day cleaning, when in reality you didn't!)
This candle is a favorite and I hope they have it again in the future because I love the natural and clean scent that's different than much of what B&BW carries.

I'll be 100% candid...I don't normally love the summer scents from B&BW.
But this candle smelled so yummy and fruity, it was sweet without giving me a headache and I loved the freshness it provided.
The jar is so pretty & will definitely be reused as well.
If B&BW has this again this summer, I would probably pick one up.

Bath & Body Works White Tea & Ginger
Y'all, this is an old candle-I know, I know.
I love all of the tea scents from B&BW and this was a nice, clean Spring-type scent that I wish would return.
I love the classic label and the fact that it's different, not just your every day repackaged candle.
If they were to bring this one back, I would most definitely pick up one if not two of them!
If there is ever a candle I don't really love, I'll make it a bathroom candle.
This candle ended up being a bathroom candle.
I bought it two years ago now at the Yankee Candle outlet and while it did have a scent unlike one of the others I bought there, it smoked up a lot when being lit (as you can see from the blackness on the jar). I also wasn't the biggest fan of the scent after burning it.
I really honestly don't like many Yankee Candles, so I wouldn't be likely to purchase this one again.

This was a Christmas gift a few years back from my brother & sister-in-law's and first of all, I love it because of the jar. The textured mercury glass is just so beautiful, I really love the look of it.
The scent was very light, a little fruity mixed with citrus.
It didn't fill the entire room, but it was nice when I wanted a little background scent.
I'm not a huge fan of Target's candles because I feel like they don't give you a lot of bang for your buck, but it was certainly nice while it lasted & the jar will be repurposed for sure.
Maple Pumpkin Souffle Signature Soy Candle
I know I just got finished saying I thought Target candles were a waste of $$$ and I still think that.
I picked this one up at a discount store (Dirt Cheap, if you have that) and I'm sure I paid a dollar or less for it.
The scent was pretty good before I lit the candle, but it honestly smelled like nothing when I was burning it. Total waste of less than a dollar.

If I had to pick a favorite candle from this entire post, it would be this one.
I purchased it on a whim at a semi-annual sale and fell in love.
I wish this scent had been made in a three-wick because it's such a great candle!
It's lightly sweet, with a little tartness. It even has the bakery/crust note of a pie in it that I love.
I wish, wish, wish that they would bring this one back (or heck, other pie scents too) because I would try them out for sure.

Well y'all, I know that was a little long but I loved sharing my empties with y'all & giving you an opportunity to see the things that I love and would or wouldn't recommend to y'all.
If I was able to find links to purchase any of these, then they're linked in the titles of the candles.

Let me know below if you've tried any of these candles & if so, what were your thoughts!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Most Recent Reads

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Y'all-since we found out we're having a baby, I have not felt like reading...at all.
That is so unlike me!
I normally always have one book going and try to finish them in a reasonable time period.
Maybe it's just because I've been so sick and so tired lately, but I just haven't felt inspired to read.

I did wrap up four books at the end of 2017 that never made it to the blog because of my extended blogging break, but I really enjoyed these books and wanted to share my thoughts on them with y'all just in case you're looking for something new to add to your Amazon Wishlist or your bookshelf!

It's no secret around these parts that I love historical fiction; it's my all-time favorite genre and all four of the books in this post fall under that category.
I am particularly fascinated by the Tudor monarchy and all the drama that went along with it.
This story follows the life of Elizabeth "Bess" Brooke as she joins life at court and falls in love with a  fellow courtier that just so happens to be married.
This story follows the in's and out's of their life at court and their eventual relationship.
It is very suspenseful in the best way and I really enjoyed it!

Another historical fiction pick, this novel takes place in an entirely different world than the first one I mentioned-it's based in a Western frontier town where many of the residents are single men. The basis of the book is that the men of the town have written back East for mail-order brides and faced with sending such a large number of women, the woman in charge of sending the brides comes West herself (with her assistant) and sees to it that the men are educated in manners and more before their brides come. This is an easy read, but it does have almost everything you would want in a light read; romance, suspense, likable characters-all the things you need to keep you interested!

Another of my favorite historical fiction topics is that of the Civil War so this book was high up on my list of interesting ones to check out.
It follows four characters; two women and two men (former Confederate soldiers) as they navigate life post- Civil War.
They each are dealing with problems from the past, but the link between all of them is a third former Confederate soldier who caused harm to both of the women during the war and so there is a theme of avenging the women that leads to a very exciting and suspenseful ending.
It was a bit of a slow read at first and took me a while to get into, but I really enjoyed the wrap up.

There aren't many books I'm willing to pay for full-price (for example, at Target or Barnes and Noble, etc.). I usually prefer Amazon prices or used books. However, a few years ago I picked up the book One Thousand White Women, which is based on a fictional "Brides for Indians" program started by the U.S. Government as a last-ditch effort to "Americanize" Native Americans and to subdue and assimilate them into American culture.
It was a beautifully written book that made a huge impact on my thoughts about Indian Removal, etc. (as a history major, I was very impressed by this book although it is fiction).
So, fastforward to 2017 and I see a book with a similar cover photo at Target I pick it up and see that it's the second book in the series (there is supposedly a third and final book in the works).
You don't have to read One Thousand White Women first, but it would be helpful if you did before reading this one. 
This book is a beautifully written tale in the form of journals of the last installment of the "Brides for Indians" program just before it was ended. The brides were mostly the un-wanted American women (from prison, sex-workers, "crazy" women, etc.) so they carved the freedom of this program and in turn, some fell in love with the Cheyenne way of life.
When this lifestyle and culture are turned upside down by white soldiers, this book shows just how far these women would go to protect their new lives.
It's beautifully written and if you have any interest in Western/Native American history, I highly recommend.


Well, those were the last four books I managed to read before my dry spell-but y'all will be proud to know that I started a new book this past weekend and have been slowly getting into it & can't wait to share it with you!
Let me know below what books you've been reading (or listening to via audiobooks!) lately!

Until next time. . .
xoxo,

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Ten on Tuesday [No.41]

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Hey y'all!
Life has been crazy around these parts lately-I did post a short update sharing some exciting news a few days ago though.
So for today's Ten on Tuesday, I'm going to share a lot of the things that have been happening in the past few months/weeks along with a few other things I've been enjoying too!

ONE
At the end of January, my oldest sister, Trystan, and I went to see a live podcast of My Favorite Murder in Atlanta and y'all-it was so much fun!
If you've never listened to the podcast before, it's basically a true crime/comedy show done by two hilariously lovely ladies and it's really enjoyable.
 That night before the show, we had dinner at Minero in the Ponce City Market-it was really good, but the burrito we ended up getting was huge!
 Karen & Georgia are perfection-go download some episodes of My Favorite Murder, you won't be disappointed!
 For breakfast the following morning, we headed to the Atlanta Breakfast Club...let's just say, the food was phenomenal (everyone else must think so too, because people were willing to stand in line outside in the rain to wait for a table!)
Trystan had the chicken & waffles while I had the peach cobbler french toast-they were both winners!
 And of course, no trip to Atlanta would be complete without stepping into the new Draper James store!
Everything was immaculate from the artwork and wallpaper, to the cute sayings on all of the products.
 And of course, I couldn't not mention the beautiful watercolor hand lettering Trystan did for the weekend. . .
Stay out of the forest is an on-going joke/quote from the podcast & so it was so fitting.
She also shares her work on her instagram at @SouthernScrawledShop as well as an Etsy account where she sells her own work, but also will custom-create any work that you come up with (including calligraphy envelopes, house portraits, and more!)
 TWO
Does anyone else have a ton of travel sized products in their cabinets?
From being a member of boxes like Ipsy in the past & now Sephora Play, plus point perks and gifts with purchase...my travel product basket runneth over.
So I've been making a conscious effort to use up these smaller jars and bottles in my everyday life-one of my favorites has been the GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer by Origins.
I use this in the AM as my day-cream and I love how quickly it absorbs as well as the uplifting citrus scent, it's just really pleasing. A little bit goes a long way as well, so the $30 price tag on the full-size doesn't actually sound too bad.
THREE
The weather has turned off so pretty over the past few days here in Alabama; I'm talking 60-70 degree days and it has felt incredibly nice and given me serious Spring fever!
As a treat, I've been trying to take Forrest to my parent's pond so he can play fetch with his duck decoy & get some swimming in.
It also doesn't hurt that I get in some reading/relaxing time as well.
FOUR
A big thing that has been on-going lately in our lives is the renovation of our basement in our home; when Christopher bought this house in 2011 as a foreclosure, it needed a ton of work.
He reno-ed the entire upper level & it looks beautiful, but the downstairs took a backseat because no one really used it up until now.
Thankfully, we have an amazing friend who has done a ton of work down there & it still working away (literally, he's working right now as I type).
Since the basement living area is home to a huge brick fireplace with a stunning mantel, I've been combing through this Southern Living piece for ideas on how to style it once the room is complete!
FIVE
If you had read my recent update or been keeping up with me on any of my social media then you would know we announced some exciting news...we're going to have a baby in September!
We are really excited to take this next step in our lives and I can't wait to share this journey with y'all here on the blog.
SIX
Since we're *hopefully* finding out the gender of our little one at the end of this month, I've begun planning our gender reveal party for the last day of the month!
I'm taking inspiration from Victoria Strader's "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" gender reveal and trying to put it all together, while still remaining pretty casual.
SEVEN
And while we're talking about little ones, how cute are all these double names...they're so Southern & I love it!
EIGHT
Was anyone else as obsessed with Twilight when it first came out as I was?!
This article shows a reunion between Kristen Stewart and the child actress who played Renessme in the final movie and she's all grown up and beautiful! Also, did you know only ten years separates the two actresses in real life?!
NINE
Since this past weekend, Christopher & I were immersed in some of the best agricultural ventures and some of the greatest young farmers that Alabama has to offer, why would I not include this video/article on Red Land Cotton, an Alabama father/daughter farming duo. They have a great story and an awesome product, definitely worth a watch.
TEN
 As I said before, this past weekend Christopher & I headed down to Montgomery for the Alabama Young Farmer's Conference and it was an awesome weekend getaway for us.
We met new friends, caught up with some old friends, toured some agricultural ventures, and had a lot of fun.
The farm tours on Saturday took us to Parkman Cattle Co., the Renfroe's Treasure Forrest (pictured above-beautiful!), and Steve Stroud's poultry/hay farming operation (pictured below).
While all of that was fun...the best part of the entire weekend was Saturday evening when it was announced that we were one of three finalists in the Outstanding Young Farm Family competition.
This has been something Chris and I have been working toward for a long, long time and a big dream of ours.
We are so grateful to represent our county and blessed to get to do what we love to do every single day.
The three finalists will get to have judges out for an on-farm interview later this summer & I can't wait to share all of that with y'all later on!
Well...I've caught y'all up with my life lately-it's been crazy, but big things are happening & I couldn't be more excited to be standing where I'm standing right now.
If you had asked me five years ago if I would be doing the things I'm doing now, I probably would've laughed at you-but things always fall into place, just how they're supposed to.

Until next time. . .
xoxo,