October 24, 2014


Brave hearts! I have such a fun giveaway for you today. I've joined a group of amazing ladies who are giving away...wait for it...TWO tickets to the 2015 Influence Conference! Say whaaaaat? I know. I am just as excited as you are. When the Influence Conference was going on last month, I kept checking the conference hashtag so I could keep up with all of the happenings. I wished I was there, meeting new friends and learning from amazing speakers.

It is definitely on my wishlist to go to the conference next year, and now you have an opportunity to attend as well! Don't pass this one up. Since having attended two events this fall where I got to meet and network with those I had only ever known via the internet, I am a huge supporter of going to events like these. Nothing beats learning, growing, and hanging out with your friends in person! :)

TWO lucky readers will win a ticket to the 2015 Influence Conference. The conference is a three day event held in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Westin Hotel. You will meet women from all over the country who are seeking to learn the right tools for their passions. There will be workshops, classes, speakers, coffee, & shopping. There will be bloggers, mothers, small business owners, writers, and the list goes on & on. 

Two Places At Once     //     What She Saw     //     Rivers & Roads

Oaks & Oats     //     Amy Cornwell     //     Simplicity Relished

Rachel Rewritten     //     Trusty Chucks     //     Wear Flowers In Your Hair

She Lives Free    //     Elah Tree     //     Mandy Living Life

Vallarina Creative     //     Camp Patton     //     23 and 9 Creative

Wetherills Say I Do      //     Oh Simple Thoughts     //     Frankly My Dear

You do not have to be a member of the Influence Network to enter the giveaway OR to go the conference, but I do think the Influence Network is one worth being a part of.  You can subscribe for a monthly membership or a lifetime membership. It's up to you! Now, go enter the giveaway! Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

**Please note that this giveaway is in no way sponsored by The Influence Network. 
We are a group of independent women who are joining together to make this conference happen for two of our readers. The two recipients will only receive tickets to the event & are responsible for ALL other expenses, including but not limited to travel, lodging, meals, parking, etc. If for some reason either of the winners cannot attend the conference they will be expected to contact one of the hosts immediately so that another winner can be chosen.

October 23, 2014


Hey lovelies. Today I get to introduce you to Cassie of Kent Heartstrings. She has a precious blog and an even more precious family. After you're done getting to know Cassie, you should check out some of her wonderful posts! I love these Anthropologie inspired confetti glasses and this unique DIY succulent holder. I am wanting to put some pretty succulents in my room as part of the re-design, and I only wish I had room for a whole pallet! Without further ado, here's Cassie!

What is your favorite part about blogging?
I love the community. There are so many people to meet, interact with, build a relationship with and support. Its a beautiful, unique and wonderful community. I really do not know what I enjoy more, blogging on my blog or reading other people's. I am just honored to I get to be a part of it all.

What fun things do you have on your Autumn bucket list?
Apple Picking. We live about an hour away from a small town that has several apple orchards nearby, we hope to head up there before the season is over! Gosh and just enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, its finally cooling off enough to be outside, and that makes me so happy! 

Favorite fall-themed dessert?
Pumpkin Pie. Its a classic, but its my favorite! With fresh whipped cream! Yum!

What are some of your favorite hobbies?
I love being crafty. You can find me tinkering on many different things. When I am out and about, I look at stuff all the time and think, "I can make that"...so I always have 5 projects going on simultaneously. 

I love hosting too, parties are so much fun! I love all the little details that go into an event that really make it stand out, and makes you feel special.  Good thing I host Kreative- a craft night for women every month, because it blends both of my favorite hobbies...Creating and Hosting! 

and then....I blog about it ;)

Current favorite song/band?
T.Swift Shake it off. I mean it has a everything- catchy lyrics, toe tapping beat and a great message. It just makes me happy, and our whole family happy, every time it comes on its s dance party in the car.

What are you crushing on this month?
Boots. All kinds. Riding boots, Ugg boots, Hunter Boots, Booties....Love, love love. Maybe I am crushing on them so hard because the weather here in CA is still in the 80s, so I just look longing at my boots.

That's all, folks! Hope you have a fabulous Wednesday. :) XOXO.

October 22, 2014


Happy link-up day, friends! Amy and I have had a blast with this swap, and we are so thankful for all of you who signed up and participated! I hope you had fun shopping, found some new favorite Etsy shops, and made new friends in this community. There are some real gems out there!

Now on to the fun part! I finally get to show you everything I gave and received! Snail mail is one of my love languages, so getting to send thoughtful gifts and receive thoughtful gifts in the mail kind of makes my day...or my week.

I was assigned Laura of According to Laura Jean, and I had so much fun shopping for her! Fun fact: earlier this year, we found out that Laura knows my little sister Mer who is getting married in a few short months! The world is seriously small. Anyway, Laura loves a mix of nature, feminine style, and outdoorsy things, so I put together an eclectic box for her that hopefully she enjoys!

Moose Tea Towel | Gingiber
Autumn Note Card | Everyday Love Art
Vincent Van Gogh Print | Rivers and Roads
Jane Austen Post Card | Pemberley Pond

My Etsy goodies came from Jenna of Dearest Love. Fun fact: I actually know Jenna in real life!  We got to go to the Maiedae Mixer together as well as the Renew Retreat. I love becoming real life friends with my blogger friends! If you don't know Jenna, you should take care of that ASAP. She is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She is so kind and thoughtful and an incredible baker. She made the most scrumptious nutella bread while I was staying at her house for the Mixer. Yum. I still dream about that goodness. 

Jenna picked out some of the cutest post cards from one of my favorite etsy shops! See, I told you she was thoughtful. :) Check out what all she sent me! Thanks, Jenna! :)

Scenic Post Cards | 1Canoe2
Tinsel Twine | Thatch & Thistle
HEY Note Cards | Target

This swap was so fun, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! If you weren't able to participate this time around, don't fret! Etsy Swap will be back in the spring, so please join us then! For now, check out everyone's Etsy posts to see what they got! XOXO.

October 21, 2014


I just spent a beautiful weekend in the magical Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with a bunch a women I had never met in real life. Ha! It was so wonderful getting to finally meet friends who I had only ever known via blogs and email.

It was refreshing to sit on the spacious porch, rock in a rocking chair, spend time in the Word, share stories with new friends, and gaze out at the mountains. The trees are just starting to turn, some more than others. I especially love when the leaves have completely changed and the world is on fire with brilliants reds and oranges and yellows, but this part of the season has it's own beauty as some trees change and others hold on tightly to their green foliage. It creates a great contrast of colors. The change is more apparent as you drive through the national forest under the canopy of the trees. I highly suggest taking a trip to see it. :)

We had such a great time hanging out at the cabin, getting to know each other, eating delicious food, shopping in Gatlinburg, and taking a million pictures. You can send emails, like instagram photos, and leave comments, but nothing beats spending time together in person. The stories of you and me come alive when we sit down to have real conversations. I loved getting to hear parts of stories I'd never heard before and sharing struggles and hopes and dreams with one another. That is where true friendship begins.

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee, Gatlinburg, Hiking

Autumn, Leaves, Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg

I'm so thankful to have met the people I know through blogging, and I love that I've been given opportunities to meet those brave hearts in real life as well. Can't wait for more get togethers in the future! Stay tuned for more goodness about our weekend in the mountains! XOXO.