September 2, 2014

MUG SWAP 2014 | LINK-UP

It's today! It's today! The Mug Swap 2014 link-up is finally here.  This was my second year participating in this swap that A Cuppa Kim hosts, and it was so much fun. I felt like I had a better idea of how the swap worked and was able to enjoy it more instead of stressing over how to safely ship a fragile mug. Seriously, I was really stressed about it last year. Haha! Kim wanted this year to be all about blessing someone else, and to be more about the giving than the receiving. This meant really taking the time to get to know your new friend and sending something that would be meaningful and encouraging to them!

I was assigned Mallory of A Beautiful Surrender, and I had such a great time getting know her via her blog and instagram. Her family is so precious and they are in the process of adopting two sweet little ones from Haiti!


Mallory mentioned that she loved Disney and I thought "Yes! Instant BFFs!" I wanted to create something for her that incorporated our mutual love for Disney and the adoption journey her family is taking. So I grabbed my favorite quote from UP and threw in a map of Haiti. Voila!


The travel mug is from She Does Justice, and if you have never checked out this site, you should take care of that! I picked up this coffee from Target (decaf...because Mallory is allergic caffeine...how tragic!) I was standing in the coffee isle at Target taking in all the different smells, picked this one up and couldn't stop smelling it. I wanted a cup of it right then and there. I mean, vanilla AND caramel. Can you say "dream team"?? Hope you love it, Mallory! :)




Now onto what I received! My gift came from Kelly of K+K Entzel. She was so very thoughtful in putting everything together. I seriously squealed as I pulled each perfectly wrapped gift out of the box.



First of all, I love caramel. LOVE it. Second of all, I have never bought Starbucks Via coffee, so this has been the greatest treat for me! I love coming home in the evenings and whipping up a delicious iced coffee to sip on while I work on projects. And that mug!! It is such a pretty blue (my favorite color)! It also has a super fun texture to it. Great choice, Kelly! :)



But that's not all! Kelly really did her research and made me these Harry Potter coasters. I mean, please. How creative is that?? I'm reading through the books right now for the first time ever (I'm on the last one!) and am totally attached to all of those characters. Thank you for putting this fun gift together for me, Kelly! :)


This year's mug swap was so fun, and I'm already looking forward to next year!!  It's always so exciting making new friends in blog land, and swaps like this one help make that possible. Plus, gifts are one of my top love languages, so this swap is a major win-win for me. ;)

DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN MUG SWAP 2014?

September 1, 2014

WEEKEND UPDATE.



RECAP 
-- Google Hangouts. Guys, if you don't have long distance friends that you video chat with, you should get on that. I look forward to my Google hangouts with Beth and Sam like I look forward to Christmas morning. No joke. They are so fun, and I love those people.

-- Same job, new office. My company built a brand new building for us and we moved in over the weekend. I did not, obvi, because I was at the beach, so tomorrow will be my first day in the new office! I'm excited. You know you're old when you get excited about getting a new cubicle and office chair. Sigh.

-- BFFLs beach trip. I've been in Sandestin all weekend with my best friends from college, and we just got home today. It was such a relaxing weekend away (just what we all needed) and we had perfect weather the entire time! I love those girls and am so thankful for the time we get to spend together!

OTHER FINDS
-- Do you guys remember the goat video craze?  I think they are hilarious, and I stumbled upon this baby goat video and laughed so hard.
-- I LOVE this post by Elah Tree about supporting the dreams of others. So good.
-- When I tell people that I usually cry or tear up once a day, they always think something is wrong with me. I mean, sometimes I'm crying because I'm sad, but a lot of the time life is just overwhelmingly beautiful.
-- If someone wants to send me this shirt in the mail, I wouldn't complain. ;) I'm so ready to break out the comfy autumn wardrobe.
-- Ummmmm, this might be the best way to play soccer. Ever. Considering my history with sports related injuries, I'd probably end up breaking both of my legs, but hey. #worthit

YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
Q&A | This Could Get Awkward
Music & Lyrics | Judah and the Lion
Throwback Thursday | Embracing The Weirdness
holders not folders | GOLDEN

RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME
-- I hate the taste and smell of olives. Bleck.
-- No matter how much sunscreen I wear or how often I re-apply, I always get burnt...then I tan.

HOW WAS YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND?

August 30, 2014

holders not folders | GOLDEN

Happy weekend, friends!! I am currently soaking up the rays at the beach and checking in to show my favorites from this week's prompt! Beth and I introduced our instagram challenge and our hashtag #holdersnotfolders just a few weeks ago, and I have loved seeing your photos each day...seriously, I look at the hashtag every day. :) If you haven't already, please join the community that is coming together in our hashtag challenge!

Last week the challenge was "GOLDEN" and I've got to say this might be my favorite one so far! Thank you for showing us all of the golden moments in your lives! Your photos brought so much warmth to my week. I hope you made some new friends in the instagram universe along the way!




For the next 3 weeks, Beth and I will be sharing our top favorite #holdersnotfolders instagrams every Saturday. We will also have a new prompt each week to help you look for the community and friendship in your world! This hashtag is about the little things and the big things in our lives.  It's about reaching out and inviting others along on the journey.

CATCH UP ON PAST POSTS & JOIN US IN THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE!
Local | Joy | Magical

The prompt for next week is LETTERS. There are so many options and ways to interpret this one! The sky is the limit. Y'all are making this project and community so fun, and I can't wait to see what you come up with this time! Go crazy, get creative, play with perspective, dream big, and don't forget to hashtag  #holdersnotfolders.  Be sure to check back next Saturday to see the featured instagrams. I can't wait to see all of your photos!

WE HOPE YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEK!

August 28, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY | EMBRACING THE WEIRDNESS

Can I tell you a secret? Okay, here it goes. I love Throwback Thursday. And since today is Thursday, I'm bringing back an old post. There are a lot of new faces around here these days and I really don't want you to get the impression that I'm totally normal (because it's so not true), so I'm sharing this post again with you. Last year, a friend told me I should share my weirdness with you all. She obviously knows me well enough to know I wouldn't be offended that she discovered how weird I am.

Honestly, "You are so weird. I love you." is a common statement for me to hear from my friends. It's not like I try to hide it. I've embraced the weirdness, the awkwardness, and the overall craziness that is called Meg. #YOLO ;)



// I like to go into Target and put on superhero masks //

1 | Sometimes I talk like Marcel the shell. My best friend pointed it out once. It's just a word or a phrase where I catch Marcel's monotone, croaky snail voice.

2 | I am a complete nerd. I love shows like Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Merlin. BBC for the win! And I heart all things Narnia, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings. Nerds unite! ;)

3 | I like eating goldfish and m&ms together for a snack. Some people are super grossed out by that, but it's the perfect sweet & salty mix!! So don't be hatin'.

4 | I only wash my hair twice a week. This just got real, y'all. My hair doesn't get dirty/show dirt very quickly. Plus, it takes too much time to fix, so less is better in this case. Please still be my friend?

5 | I turn into a 2 year old after 9pm. It just happens. The day is coming to a close and I turn into a hyper/exhausted toddler. It's about as crazy as I get in life.

6 | I am 26 years old and still terrified of the dark. When I'm coming home late at night and have to turn off the basement lights before heading upstairs, I flip the switch off and bolt up the stairs as fast as possible. The burglar that has obviously been waiting in my house for HOURS could get me!

7 | Speaking of being terrified, I'm also still scared of someone hiding under my bed or in my closet. I blame this on my brother and my mom growing up. My mom LOVES scaring people. After she and my dad got married, my mom would hide in tiny corners of their apartment and scare the living daylights out of my dad when he came home from work (he's super jumpy.) He finally had to ask her to stop...so when they had kids, my mom passed the scaring jobs off to my brother and myself. I can't tell you how many times my brother hid under my bed and would reach out and grab my foot as I was about to hop under the covers. Seriously traumatizing. I've been in therapy for years...

8 | I laugh at the most inappropriate times. I think laughter is my coping mechanism. A friend told me once that it's how I mask my pain, which is pretty accurate. But I almost always laugh in awkward situations and sad ones...not because i'm not sympathetic...i'm actually very sympathetic, but sometimes my first reaction is to laugh because I don't know what else to do! Gosh, I'm so awkward.

9 | Sometimes I like to run up and down the Christmas isles at Hobby Lobby while quoting lines from Elf. What? You don't do that? You have not lived.

10 | I wear my emotions on my face. I have been told that I have the greatest facial expressions of all time...and by greatest, I do not mean "cutest" or "most attractive." Think jennifer lawrence but way less adorable...hey, at least it's entertaining! ;)

Weeeeell, that's all you get for now! Can't be telling you all my weirdness at once or you may never come back! Muahahahaha.

SO WHAT ABOUT YOU? WHAT MAKES YOU WEIRD?

August 27, 2014

MUSIC & LYRICS | JUDAH AND THE LION



Man, oh man. My best friend introduced me to Judah and the Lion about a year ago, and I saw them in concert in April when they opened for Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. It was SUCH a fun night. I feel like their music would make you feel southern even if you weren't from the south. It makes you want to sing, clap, dance, and become best friends with everyone around you.

They have a new album called "Kids These Days" coming out on September 9th, and I am counting down the days! Their music video for "Rich Kids" came out on my birthday and I'm convinced it was really meant to be my birthday gift from them. ;) We're BFFs, obvi. This one is such a great tune about life and priorities and where true value really lies. Give it a listen and share with your friends!

WHAT'VE YOU HAD ON REPEAT THIS WEEK?

August 26, 2014

Q & A | THIS COULD GET AWKWARD


Hello! Today I'm doing something brand new, and it makes me a little nervous!! However, I'm learning to be brave this year, so I'm going for it. I'm opening up a big round of Q & A with me, Meg, the girl behind the blog. I feel like I share a lot on the blog about most of my life, my every day, things I'm learning, and the adventures I take, but I'm sure there are questions you may like to ask that I have never answered!

So here's your mission: Ask any questions you want. What would you want to talk about if we were hanging out at the park or grabbing a cup of coffee? Maybe you have blogging questions, or you're curious about how long it takes to dry my hair, or what I'm currently reading during my quiet times, or "are you as awkward as you look?" (hint: the answer is "yes"), or which Disney princess is my favorite. Get creative and ask the questions that have been on your mind!

Submit your questions in the comments OR fill out the form below. I can't wait to see what y'all come up with, and I'm excited to get to know you better in the process!  I'll be answering your questions sometime next week, so stay tuned! :)

XOXO.


August 25, 2014

WEEKEND UPDATE.



RECAPS
-- Mug swap 2014. I received my mug swap last week, and my sweet new friend was SO thoughtful in her giving. Can't wait to show you all the goodies in the link-up next week!! I also got my mug swap package mailed out to its own secret destination.

-- Google chat. I've mentioned that Sam, Beth, and I do Google Hangouts once a month, but what's even better is we chat just about every day. It's fun getting to talk about random things happening throughout the day, brainstorming projects together, and just getting to know each other a little better. Every single day I am thankful for those friendships.

-- Disney art. My brother and sister-in-law sent over the Frozen art book last week, and I squealed with joy.  My art book collection is coming along very nicely. I have so much reading to do. :)  I've decided that if I could go back to school for anything, I'd want to go back and become a concept artist. It is just the coolest thing!!

-- Identity crisis. Okay, that's a little dramatic, but here's the story. I have always thought I was an extrovert...all the tests tell me I am. I love people, I'm outgoing most of the time, I love doing social things...but I was thinking about it a lot this week and came to the conclusion that I am, in fact, an introvert. Both of my parents and some other friends confirmed it for me. I had an identity crisis for about five minutes and then got over it. I've come to the conclusion that I'm an extroverted introvert (nobody put me in a box.) I love spending time with people, but I'm also just as happy staying home alone for an entire weekend and watching movies by myself. There ya go. What are you?

OTHER FINDS
-- 6 things every strong community needs
-- I've seen a lot of ice bucket challenges this past week, but this one was my favorite.
-- Waving bears are the best bears.
-- Need some cute new mugs to add to your collection? Who doesn't?? This mug roundup has got you covered.

YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
Let's Go To The Movies
Q&A | Meet Rachel
August Crushes
holders not folders | MOVEMENT

RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME
-- Root beer is my favorite carbonated drink.
-- If given the chance, I would live in Narnia for the rest of my days, but I mean, who wouldn't?? I still check all of the wardrobes I come across for a secret way into that magical land.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT FROM LAST WEEK?

August 23, 2014

holders not folders | MOVEMENT

Happy weekend, friends!! Hope it's been a beautiful one so far! Beth and I introduced our instagram challenge and our hashtag #holdersnotfolders just a few weeks ago, and I have loved seeing your photos each day...seriously, I look at the hashtag every day. :) If you haven't already, please join the community that is coming together in our hashtag challenge!

Last week the challenge was "MOVEMENT" and I love the way you all captured the movement in your lives. It looks different for all of us, but we are all moving in one way or another through life. Thanks for sharing how you move! Every single week I love seeing the world through your eyes. I feel like I am right there with you on all of your summer days and adventures!




For the next 3 weeks, Beth and I will be sharing our top favorite #holdersnotfolders instagrams every Saturday.  We will also have a new prompt each week to help you look for the community and friendship in your world! This hashtag is about the little things and the big things in our lives.  It's about reaching out and inviting others along on the journey.

CATCH UP ON PAST POSTS & JOIN US IN THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE!
ColorWater | Three
Local | Joy | Magical

The prompt for next week is GOLDEN. There are so many options and ways to interpret this one! Get that perfect shot at golden hour, capture a golden smile or a golden moment. The options are limitless. Y'all are making this project and community so fun, and I can't wait to see what you come up with this time! Go crazy, get creative, play with perspective, dream big, and don't forget to hashtag  #holdersnotfolders.  Be sure to check back next Saturday to see the featured instagrams. I can't wait to see all of your photos!

WE HOPE YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEK!