September 30, 2014

AUTUMN BUCKET LIST.


I am a list maker. I love writing out everything I need to complete for a project, or everything I need to pack for a trip, or everything I need to pick up at the grocery store. Some people get overwhelmed by lists because all they can see are the things they have to complete. Not me. Lists keep me organized and less stressed because they help me stay on track! It brings me unexplainable joy to be able to check something off the list. I know, I'm a nerd.

As you all know, autumn is my favorite. And because I get more done when I've made a list, I created my bucket list for my favorite season of the year! There's a lot to do, so I better get busy!

1 | Visit a pumpkin patch.

2 | Carve or paint pumpkins.

3 | Host a game night and smores night. Time to break out that fire pit!

4 | Take a long drive just to look at the leaves.

5 | Make an apple pie.

6 | Complete one fall-inspired craft.

7 | Go for a hike on a crisp autumn day.

8 | Go out of my way to step on crunchy leaves.

9 | Create a gratitude jar.

10 | Make a delicious Thanksgiving dish.

11 | Have a Harry Potter marathon.

12 | Visit the apple orchard.

13 | Sit outside and breathe deeply...maybe go hammocking?

14 | Go stargazing.

15 | Take a getaway to the mountains.

WHAT'S ON YOUR AUTUMN BUCKET LIST?

September 29, 2014

WEEKEND UPDATE.


RECAPS
1| Dr. Who? We had a fun surprise for core group this week! Emma (our current med student and future doctor) was in town on fall break, so we got to see her and catch up!

2| Snail Mail. I got fun snail mail from two of my besties this week! I felt so loved! I especially loved getting some animation swag! How fun is it to have a friend whose husband is an animator? It's super fun!

3| Praying consistently. Prayer and praying consistently has been on my mind a lot lately. I have been inspired and encouraged this summer by a couple of friends who are also learning a lot about prayer and teaching me a lot in the process. We are all always going through something, whether it's painful, difficult, confusing, exciting, etc. and we need prayer for all of the situations! I'm thankful for friends and family who pray for me on a regular basis and I want to do the same for them.

4| Family time. My brother and sister-in-law came in town last night and are here for two days! Who knows what adventures we'll go on. :)

OTHER FINDS
-- Oh my. I totally want to make one of these funky ombre pumpkins!
-- Man oh man oh man. I love Disney theories like these.
-- Great info on getting started with your photography.
-- Are you a game changer?
-- Oh hello, Harry Potter engagement photo shoot.

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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT FROM LAST WEEK?

September 26, 2014

STELLAR SUNNIES + A GIVEAWAY

I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair of sunnies for months!! I've particularly been shopping for some frames in the clubmaster style.  I have a round face and square-ish frames fit my face the best I think. Usually, I go for the classic wayfarer frame, but wanted to switch it up just a little this time around.

Recently I was introduced to Glasses Spot which "was founded by doctors who wanted to provide quality eyewear and sunglasses at great prices for everyone!" They are committed to using the highest quality lenses available, providing a large selection of brand-name eyewear, and selling eyewear at competitive prices.

After shopping around and doing my research, I settled on these beautiful Tory Burch glasses! They are by far the fanciest pair of sunnies I have ever owned. They are so pretty, and I am slightly nervous every time I take them out of their case so I can wear them. Ha! I don't think I've ever said this about a pair of sunglasses, but these are the most comfortable frames I've ever put on my face. They fit perfectly!







And now you have a chance to win a $100 gift card to Glasses Spot to pick out your own fancy pair of sunnies! Better start shopping now and pick out your favorites!


HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN! This giveaway is run via Rafflecopter with several ways to enter! In exactly one week the giveaway will close, one winner will be selected at random and announced! The winner will be contacted by email. All entries will be verified, so please play by the rules! Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUNNIES STYLE?

September 25, 2014

AUTUMN FAVORITES.

Oh Autumn, you are teasing me with your cool mornings lately. I am just waiting for the time I'll be able to wear flannel all day without getting too warm. I know that day is on the way...I can feel it. Also, sorry I'm not sorry for all the autumn-themed posts that are bound to be happening on here over the next couple of months. I'm pretty passionate about it. ;)

And now it's time for autumn favorites and a chance for you to get to know some random things about me. Aren't you excited??






FAVORITE FALL FASHION/CLOTHING ITEM?
Flannel for all the days. I could wear cozy flannels for the rest of my life. Also, scarves. I have far too many scarves, but who doesn't love them? It's like living in a constant hug all day. Oh and moccasins. They are my favorite shoes for the autumn season. Oh gosh, now that I'm thinking about it, I love it all!

FAVORITE FALL DRINK?
Unlike the rest of the world, I don't care for pumpkin spice lattes. I'm more of a caramel latte kind of girl. Yummmm.

SOMETHING ON YOUR FALL BUCKET LIST?
Oh man! I'm coming up with a fall bucket list, so more on that later. One item on the list? Pumpkin decorating. Duh!



FAVORITE FALL RECIPE?
We always make delicious pumpkin and cream cheese muffins during the autumn months. My mouth watered just thinking about them. I can't wait!

HALLOWEEN CANDY OR PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE?
Like I said, pumpkin spice isn't my thing. Bleck. So halloween candy it is! Specifically, candy corn. I could eat unhealthy amounts of that sugary goodness.

FAVORITE FALL SCENT?
I LOVE the smell of fall itself. You know, that smell of the outdoors when it's crisp out with a nice breeze that is gently pulling the golden leaves from their branches? That is my favorite smell. Oh, and bonfires. And pumpkin muffins baking in the oven.

WHAT IS FALL (WEATHER) LIKE WHERE YOU LIVE?
Glorious. Just glorious. The humidity starts to fade. The days are the perfect temperature for wrapping up in cozy layers. It's still in the upper 70s to low 80s during the day right now, but it is cooling off slowly but surely. The leaves don't fully change colors until later in October, but we'll get a little preview of color here and there. (P.S. these photos are from last year. The leaves had a stunning year last fall. I'm hoping for a repeat!"


WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT AUTUMN?

September 24, 2014

Q & A | OAK+OATS

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF:

Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I blog over at Oak + Oats! I’m a twenty something who pretends to be a grown up. I love people, Jesus, adventures, dress up, creating,exploring, and being married to my best friend! Oak + Oats is a lifestyle blog about being rooted and nourished in Truth! Join me in my journey of living a simple, natural, and healthy life. If that wasn't enough, you can learn a bit more about me here!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA APP & WHY?

I love instagram. It is hands down my favorite social media. I love that you can create a folder of snapshots and memories. Filled with places you go, people you love, and things you do. Enough space for a caption but not enough space for too many crazy rants or buzzfeed articles. It is a pile of pictures that you can carry in your pocket – like those plastic inserts you can put into your wallet - but better!

I also love the community that can happen in instagram when we share pieces of our everyday and use our phones to create a mini blog - they do say a picture is worth 1000 words! This summer Megs & I introduced our instagram challenge and our hashtag #holdersnotfolders. The heart behind #holdersnotfolders is community.

WHAT IS HOLDERS NOT FOLDERS?

Holders Not Folders is a community that Megs  of Rivers and Roads & I started of instagramers who grow, stretch, learn, live, share, experience, comfort, and love. The idea behind the name is that we HOLD onto each other and do not FOLD into ourselves. It is choosing community over isolation.

We want you to be a part of the community. Get involved in the instagram challenges we have going on, find new instagramers and bloggers to follower, stretch & grow your phone photography, and reach out.

HOW CAN WE GET INVOLVED?


We would love for you to join the #holdersnotfolders community! You can start by following us on instagram (Megs of Rivers and Roads || Elizabeth of Oak+Oats ) and checking our blogs to see the current challenge! Right now we have finished our Summer 2014 Challenge, but there are more challenges coming up in the future. Until then, it is all up to you! Get creative with your photography and look for beauty in the everyday! Use the hashtag #holdersnotfolders and check out the rest of the community! Comment on pictures, say hello, and find new people to follow! 


HAVE YOU JOINED THE #HOLDERSNOTFOLDERS COMMUNITY?

September 23, 2014

THE MAIEDAE MIXER.

Ohhhhhhhhh my goodness. The Maiedae Mixer was so much fun! I got to meet old blog friends in real life and new blog friends in real life. Jenny and Savannah are so sweet and gracious and know how to throw a party! There were fantastic vendors, swag bags, raffles, AND a photo booth. That's right, I said a PHOTO BOOTH.

We took so many photos, laughed hysterically, and made really incredible faces. Since pictures are worth a thousand words, I'm going to stop talking now, and let these photos speak for themselves.


































MORE TO COME ABOUT THE MAIEDAE MIXER!

September 22, 2014

WEEKEND UPDATE.


RECAPS
-- Buffalo plaid. The search for the perfect buffalo plaid shirt is over! I ordered this amazingness from GAP and fell in love with it. It's the perfect cozy flannel for autumn and winter.

-- New friends. I was in Atlanta over the weekend and finally met some blogger friends in the real world!! BAH! How fun is that? Amy, Jenna, Christina, and I had so much fun hanging out and getting to know each other in real life!

-- Maiedae Mixer. GUYS! Not only did I meet blogger friends in real life, but we also went to the Maiedae Mixer together! We met Jenny and Savannah, took lots of photos in the photo booth, met some awesome vendors, and talked with some fun bloggers and artists!! Yippee! More on the mixer later, I promise. :)

-- New projects. Some besties and I are working on a new secret project, and I can't wait to tell you all about it! Eeeeeps. I get excited about new things...and secrets.

OTHER FINDS
-- Comments you find on recipe blogs. This made me laugh out loud!
-- How do you stay moving forward and inspired?
-- I might be convinced that I need to try out the PopSugar boxes...

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WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR WEEKEND?

September 20, 2014

holders not folders | HOME

Dear #holdersnotfolders, we have come to the end of summer. Olaf is probably the saddest of all...he loves summer. ;) Beth and I have had so much fun with our instagram challenge over the past twelve weeks as this new community has grown within our hashtag. I have loved seeing your photos as you work to capture each prompt in a new and creative way. I'm so proud of you!

Last week the challenge was "HOME" and I loved all of your different interpretations of that theme. These are the top nine photos that screamed "home" to me. :)



This was the last week of our summer hashtag series, but don't be sad. We encourage you to keep using the hashtag, challenging yourself in your photography, and continuing to make new friends! We will be doing another challenge in the future, and we may even be including some new tutorials and interviews! So stay tuned!

Keep searching for the little things and the big things in your lives.  This hashtag is about reaching out and inviting others along on the journey. We can't thank you enough for joining us and helping to build this beautiful community!

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WE HOPE YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEK!
Now go take more pictures and instagram it up!