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Tell Me About It Stud

Hey y'all,

When my life is not an emotional roller coaster I will post more but I will let you know that I have beautiful photos from the wedding I was in to share as well as some exciting news in regards to becoming a pet mom.

However, that's not today's topic. I always wore fun earrings throughout high school and middle school (let's be honest, really since I was able to change out my earrings after they got pierced as a birthday present in fourth grade at icing aka Claire's). However, when I went to college I realized that wearing pearl studs meant you didn't have to scrounge around looking for a pair of earrings in my jewelry organizer, they matched everything, and I could wear them non-stop and just take them out to shower. Since then, I have been converted to a studs person. Yes, I do change it up some but on a day to day basis I am probably rocking pearl studs or my favorite bow earrings from Kate Spade. So I thought I would share some stud earrings that have caught my eye recently. These are perfect for work or even giving as a gift since they are all under $50 a pair some are even under $25 with the Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom.


And I spotted a few other pairs I admire from Swell Caroline when shopping their bangle sale and I had to share these pineapple studs that are under $30.

Are you a fan of stud earrings?
Do you have go-to daily jewelry?

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Miscellany Monday {Weekend Update/Currently}

Hey y'all,

Sorry to disappear for a week. It was a busy week getting my new roommate settled, mattress shopping, and of course doing the normal things like work. However, it's the start of the month and I already have some posts planned for the upcoming week so hopefully radio silence won't occur a lot in August. Also, sorry for the lack of pictures it was a really quiet/cleaning weekend.

Friday night I had a nice night in, I went to Taco Bell after consistently talking to someone about it (I go maybe 4 times a year) and then proceeded to have a night of folding laundry, watching Hotel Transylvania 2, finishing season 4 of Elementary and staying up until almost 5am since I had caffeine with dinner. Yep. Not a good thing.

Since the whole not going to bed until 5am, I ended up waking up at 10am having missed my typical cycle class. I talked to my parents for a while, did the dishes,  read for a bit, and debated about running errands but instead worked on posting items to my Poshmark closet. At 3:30pm I headed to church to teach my preschoolers, attended church and then made it to Kohls to return a mattress foam pad and then made it home for dinner and watching more Hulu.

Since I attend church on Saturday, Sundays are my day of rest. They began with some devotional time and then meeting my old roommate Meghan to help her move her dinning table out. After that happened, I made my list and headed to the grocery store. It's super-double coupon week at the Harris Teeter so while I didn't need a ton of things, I grabbed some staples with my coupons like tomato sauce, Tylenol, and some cereal. I also ran over to Target to get the glamorous Brita filters, a shower curtain liner, and a few items for my church's backpack drive. 
Meghan came back that afternoon to grab her mattress, box springs, and bed frame and I decided it was time for a workout. After a quick 30min cardio session it was time to tackle some of the mess in my room-shredding documents, filing some things away, putting away laundry, etc. 
The rest of the evening was spent talking to my roommate Betsy. We did adult things like order a sectional for our living room and a new tv stand. 
Watching-Jane the Virgin. My new roommate Betsy has declared it will be our first binge-watching show.

Listening-When I'm not listening to KLove I've been obsessed with Hamilton: An American Musical's soundtrack or the soundtrack to Outlander.
Reading-I actually have been back into reading the past week or so. I finished the Love by Numbers series by Sarah MacLean and got back into Elizabeth Boyle with her Rhymes with Love series.

Loving-The message from church this weekend was on Jonah and there were some points that really hit me especially about punishment in regards to provision and our preferences. When the sermon posts online I will link it here.

Wearing-All the dresses! This heat is no joke in NC! I have worn my LOFT striped swing dress on repeat. You can see it in this post.

Eating-Today's meal plan includes Raisin Bran with Almond Milk for Breakfast. Mandarin Oranges for a snack. Either Quiznos or Jimmy Johns for lunch since my salad from Saturday did not keep well in the fridge. Steak, salad and rosemary fries for dinner.

How was your weekend?

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Sunday Sayings {July 24}

Hey y'all,

This week, one of the verses I wrote out in my Write the Word journal was Matthew 6:21. The topic of treasure has also kept coming up in different things I have been reading and something I have been keenly aware of in my own life. I want to be remembered for being generous, having wonderful adventures and not for the things I have gathered from this world.

via Etsy
I love this print I found on Etsy and just might get it for my desk at home since I have a bulletin board above it.

What have you been learning this week? Anything on your heart?

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Five on Friday {July 22}

Hey y'all,

Happy Friday! Get ready for one of the most random Five on Friday posts yet. As always I'm linking up with Tif, April, Christina, Natasha, and Heather.

one. Baby Sis. My baby sister Kate or kDi moved to Texas and began working full-time as a Zoo Keeper this week! We are all so happy for her. For the last year and a half she has been working on a wild life conservatory in Ohio but the majority of her time up there was an unpaid apprenticeship so YAY for benefits and a salary!
Throwback to her graduation from NC State

two. Mattress Foam Topper. Y'all, I scored this mattress topper for under $60 regularly $180 pre-tax! I'm upgrading to a Queen mattress since my old roomie was getting rid of hers when she moved out so now I just need to get a mattress pad and a bed frame.

three. Dinner Dates with Friends. I typically try to cook during the week but between going home for the weekend, turning around and going to DC the following weekend, and then pet-sitting Sunday night-last night cooking has not been a priority. I however, used that to my advantage and caught up with three different friends for dinner this week! Sometimes you just need to not grocery shop and instead ask deep questions over flights of Sangria at CPK (ps. the Strawberry Lime Margarita was also delicious).

four.Sarah Maclean's Love by Numbers Series. I finished the second and third book in this series this past week and I realized her other series, The Rules of Scoundrels which I had previously read overlaps with this series. Now I want to go back and re-read those!
five. A Weekend In. After traveling the last two weekends I'm happy to be home this weekend. My big plans include helping my new roommate move in, going to cycle, book club, and lots of sleep in my own bed.

What are you currently reading?
Any fun weekend plans?

Link up here:

Bright on a Budget
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What the Heck I'm Binge Watching Wednesday

Hey y'all,

We are about one month away from schools starting back here in NC which means summer is almost over and binge-watching season as well. I thought I would share some of my favorite shows to binge-watch on Netflix and Hulu as well as some shows that are next up on my list.

A sitcom based on the Archie comic book series that started in 1996. It begins with Sabrina Spellman's 16th birthday when she discovers magical powers.There are 7 seasons which are complete throwbacks to the late 90s and early 2000s.
 A take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic charachter had Sherlock in Manhattan after a stint in rehab. He arrives to find that his father has assigned a sober companion to live with him-Dr. Joan Watson. A great detective show that just completed it's 4th season.
A Hulu-original spoof of the RealHousewives Bravo series, each season is only 7 episodes and you are going to be rolling on the floor laughing at how over the top the characters are written. There is only one season per city currently.
 Only season one is available on Hulu since Season 2 is airing currently on Lifetime, this show goes behind the scenes surrounding a dating competition similar to the Bachelor/Bachelorette. It shows how the producers manipulate the contestants with a whole lot of drama.
Yes, all five seasons of my childhood! If you never watched the show it was created by Jim Henson and is about a society of muppets called the Fraggles and originally aired in 1983. The Fraggles and Doozers (the Doozers recently got their own Hulu orignal series) live in a system of caves called Fraggle Rock. The series follows the adventures of Gobo, Mokey, Red, Wembley, and Boober as they explore Fraggle Rock.
91 episodes are currently available from Seasons 9-13. This show reminds me of sitting at my Parent's house on Friday nights. It's great when you are having a girls night in or celebrating a friend's engagement over some wine. 
Next Up:
 This legal/political drama began in 2009 and ended its final season this May. I watched the drama between the Florricks off and on but I need to sit down and watch the whole series in order.
Similarly, I started watching this detective drama back when it began in 2010 but I have not been watching continuously. The final season (season 7) began in June so it's time to get watching.

Currently Watching:
Peaky Blinders
Based on the Peaky Blinders gang operating in Birmingham, England during the aftermath of WWI. This crime drama centers around Tommy Shelby the gang's leader. The BBC has ordered season fourth and fifth series of the show.
Penny Dreadful
 A fantasy/horror drama set in Victorian-era London that follows fictional characters such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray, etc. There are only three seasons.
The Blacklist
 A crime-thriller show that began in 2013 that follows Red Reddington a former US Navy officer turned criminal who surrenders to the FBI with a list of the most dangerous criminals in the world that he has compiled and is willing to inform on them in exchange for immunity. However, he refuses to work with anyone but Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
 A Netflix-original created by Tina Fey which began in 2015 about 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to NYC after being rescued from a dooms-day cult in Indiana where she resided in a bunker for 15 years.
House of Cards
 A netflix-original based off the BBC mini-series of the same name/novel by Michael Dobbs, this is a political drama series that makes you hope that our government is not as corrupt as portrayed in this show.
 Bob Ross
I still love watching Bob Ross paint happy little trees and happy accidents. This show is perfect to turn on Sundays while cleaning the kitchen and meal prepping.
Fixer Upper
 A great home renovation reality show that follows Chip and Joanna Gaines in Waco, Texas help clients purchase and renovate homes.
Gilmore Girls
 A classic and I can't wait for the special season to come out this year! The show follows the Gilmore Family-Rory & Lorelei in the town of Stars Hallow, CT. I have all seven seasons on DVD and watch them all the time.

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Miscellany Monday {Weekend Recap}

Hey y'all,

It's Monday and I'm back from a quick trip up to VA/DC to see my sister and attend Together 2016. Together 2016 was a gathering on the National Mall of Christian artists, speakers, and leaders focusing on the fact that Jesus changes everything. It was a time to reset and was planned to last from 9am-9pm. As always, I'm linking up with Biana from B. Loved Boston.

Friday was a nice day at work between working on some projects I was able to have a lunch date with some of my old colleagues. It was nice to catch up with everyone since it had been three weeks since we had seen each other. The rest of the afternoon went by fast especially since Sue brought in her dog Rosie for a visit! It was my first time meeting Rosie and she is a sweetie. She is a rescue that was abused as a puppy so she had some neurological damage but she is the best.

At 5pm when I was leaving work it was downpouring and I had left my umbrella in my car so I had to walk the 10 mins to my parking deck in the pouring rain. I drove back to my apartment, took a quick shower to prevent pnemonia, finished packing and grabbed some dinner before heading to pick up Caroline.

At about 7pm we were ready to head up to VA to see my sister for the weekend. The drive included listening to some of the book Unbroken since Caroline had already read it, some Christian music, and lots of talking. It was pretty rainy and there was a patch with crazy rain that made me throw my hazards on which was scary but we made it to Sara's place by 11:30pm.

We unpacked, got situated and everyone was in bed by 1am.

6:45am came early as we got up and got ready to go into DC. We had some bagels and then drove to the metro stop in Reston, VA. The Together 2016 event began at 9am and we made it to the national Mall around 9:15 to the longest line ever. We stood in line until about 10:30am and then found a place near some trees to set up for the long haul.
Sara, myself, and Caroline
It was so hot and we did not plan to have enough water so we did spend some time in lines at concessions and gave up and went to the food trucks outside the mall to get water and gatorade. However, around 3pm we were told the even would be wrapping up early due to people suffering from heat related injuries. The event ended at 4pm which was sad since a lot of artists were only performing one to two songs at the end but respecting the authorities & health is important as well.
Hillsong United

We decided to go to the Smithsonian American History Museum to allow people to get to the metros and so we could enjoy more of DC. We went through the Presidency, First Ladies, Americans in War, and the American Stories exhibits before calling it quits and heading back to Reston for dinner. We went to BRB and listened to some live music. We were back home and in bed by 11pm.
There's No Place Like Home

Sunday was pretty uneventful. I woke up around 9am and checked in with a few friends, read some of then actually finally got moving around 11am. We packed up everything and headed to Eggspectation for brunch.

After brunch, we got back in the car and headed home. We hit some traffic but the drive was pretty uneventful with lots of worship music especially Lauren Daigle, finishing the audio book unbroken, and lots of chatting.

I got back to the triangle around 6:30pm and headed back to my place to unpack, plan out my outfits for the week, and make lunches. I did simple meal planning before I left so I could have a relaxing evening of just catching up on things.

What did you do this weekend?
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Five on Friday {July 15}

Hey y'all,

We made it to Friday! This week flew by between driving back from my parents' house, a dentist appointment, hanging out with my favorite 10 month old & his parents, bible study, cycle, and babysitting I have only spent one night at my apartment and next week looks just as packed but I'm trying to remember to rest even if it is just a quick shower and 10 minutes of reading before bed. Now lets get to the reason for this post. As always I'm linking up with Tif, April, Christina, Natasha, and Heather.

one. The Contentment Challenge. While reading this weeks Fruitful Summer Newsletter from the Lara Casey Shop on pruning I heard about this challenge from Nancy Ray. I think we can all struggle in a world where we are constantly told we need more to be successful. I'm going to start this challenge on August 1st. Here's Nancy's explanation:
Several years ago, God called me to give up shopping for three months straight in order to find my true contentment and joy in Him alone - not in the sale room at Anthropologie or the latest from Target. I called it “The Contentment Challenge,” and I will never be the same for it. Because the truth is, in a culture that screams “you never have enough stuff,” “you need to keep up,” “you have to have the latest from Madewell and Starbucks in hand to feel happy,” it’s important for us as believers to tune into the Voice that matters. Sometimes we have to shut off the voice of the culture and do something drastically different to hear God’s voice clearer.
The Contentment Challenge: a 12-week Devotional is the perfect companion to your 3 month journey to contentment. Each week you have a new devotional to read, and each month you have a new memory verse and activity to complete.
While I have a few planned purchases in the next three months-bed frame, mattress cover, mattress pad, another set of sheets, birthday presents for my sister and Dad, etc. Those are the only things I will be purchasing from August 1st through November 1st.

two. The 10 Day Salad Challenge. Speaking of challenges, Allie of Alexandra Bee Blog's Instagram clued me in on this challenge from Eating Bird Food. While I already have next week meals planned, I'm thinking of starting the 10 day salad challenge on July 24-August 2nd. The challenge is to essentially eat a salad every day for 10 days as a meal. I love salads for lunch or dinner but they haven't been happening a lot so I figured this is a simple reset. I'm thinking burger salad, Caesar salad, Cobb salad, and Rosemary Chicken Salad with Avocado and Bacon will all be on the menu.

three. Audio Books. I typically am not an audio book person but with trips planned this summer and a bit of a longer commute I have turned to audio books instead of my typical praise and worship radio in the mornings. I am actually almost done with my book club's book, Unbroken. I started on Friday last week and I'm already on disc nine of eleven.

four.Sheets.I'm upgrading from a Full size mattress to a Queen which means I need to look for new sheets (luckily my comforter is a Full/Queen). I found a set of Ralph Lauren cotton sateen sheets at HomeGoods this past weekend and I'm currently eyeing this set from Martha Stewart.

five. Weekend Away. This weekend I'm headed to DC to visit my sister. We haven't seen each other since Christmas so I'm excited to see her. It's going to be a very quick weekend trip but I'm glad we are only a state away. Please share anythings we have to do in the city! I know most of Saturday we will spend time on the Mall for the Together 2016 Christian speakers and concert event.

Random Things I'm loving:
The best Hamilton Lip Sync
This top from the NSale and my other favorites.
All the pencil skirts on sale at Talbots for under $50.
The best road-trip snack 
Why you should never feel useless again.'
J.Crew Factory is doing their Clear the Clearance sale meaning 50% off of the clearance price!
The cutest koozies for summer from May Designs.

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