Thursday, July 31, 2014

Favorites with My Favorites: Blonde Edition - Kelly Packer

As I stated in Favorites with My Favorites: Blonde Edition with Casey and Laura, I love having blonde hair. I gravitate towards people with gorgeous hair of any color, but when I find a fellow bright-haired lady, I can't resist the adoration that forms!!

Again, if you've read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I'm a self-proclaimed people-hoarder when it comes to social media. One day several weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, and I catch a glimpse of Kelly Packer. I don't even know how long I have been following her, but I do know that I think she is radiant and stunning! On the day I happened to see her post, it was referring to her new music video. I hurried over to watch it, and I'm OBSESSED. Such a fun, dance-y, summer time jam. (You can watch it here!)

As with most people, I was certain we had to be friends! If you recall, the way I love to get to know people is by finding out all about their favorite things! Alas, favorites with my favorites with Kelly Packer!

1. Who is your favorite artist/musician/band? That is truly THEE hardest question because I am obsessed with music. But my current obsession is ZHU and Robby Hunter Band.

 2. Where is your favorite place to visit? I LOVE KAUAI. It's where I went on my honeymoon. There is just something so magical about the Hawaiian Islands.

 3. What is your favorite food? I have food allergies so my eating situation can be tough. VEGGIES are my favorite food. And I love going to Omar's Rawtopia in SLC! Soooo yums.

 4. What is your favorite color? Lately, it's been in the purple family! I love light lavenders and periwinkles.

 5. What is your favorite movie? I'm an avid movie goer. This year I loved "Her" , "Dallas Buyers Club" & "Grand Budapest Hotel."

 6. What is your favorite store/designer? Honestly Urban Outfitters & Nordstrom are my go to. I can go in there on a whim confidently knowing I'll come out with something great.
 7. What is your favorite beauty product? M2 Skincare & Self Tanner! Can't live without. I use Norvell or St.Tropez.

8. What is your favorite hobby? YOGA. I'm also a musician so songwriting is one of my favorite hobbies as well. That and shopping of course.

9. What is your favorite book/author? "The Untethered Soul" by Michael A. Singer
10. What is your favorite blog/website? So hard! As of late &
Needless to say, y'all, I'm obsessed. I'm basically ready to jet out to SLC and make friends with this one in real life! I can't wait to hear more music from her and to get to know her better online.
{Be sure to follow KP on instagram at @_kellypacker, visit her online at, and check out her video on Youtube!} 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Getting to Know You (MSWB Link-up!)

1. Are you a morning or night person?  I'd much rather stay up late than wake up early. However, I do require about as much sleep as an infant, so I don't make a habit of being up too late on work nights!

2. Are you a collector of anything?  Hmm...books and movies. White animals decorate our home. Pens and journals. Magazines (though I've downsized and just kept articles instead of entire issues!).

3. If you were given 1 million dollars, what do you do with it?  Pay off all the debt we owe. Take my family and best friends to Disney. Build our dream home.

4. What is your worst pet peeve?  People who can't drive.

5. What is the best thing about your hometown? (Psst…we’d love to hear all about it in a guest post for August’s “Local Flavor” theme.)  I love Clinton!!!! It's small, but it has enough amenities that I don't feel like we live in the country. I've started a hashtag so that I can share my hometown with the girls in my Influence Network community group! Feel free to join by using #hometowninfluence!

6. If you were stranded on a desert island, and your iPod could only hold 10 songs, what would they be (assuming the battery lasts forever, of course)?  Everything, Simon, and Broken by Lifehouse. Come Awake, Sometimes, and How He Loves by David Crowder. Wake Up by All Sons & Daughters. My Heart by Paramore. The Harold Song by Kesha. Times by Tenth Avenue North.

7. If you could have a do-over in only one area of your life, would you want one? And if so, what would it be?  Nope. Never. My life has been beautiful. Not perfect in the slighest. But absolutely beautiful.

8. What is your absolute favorite meal. (Pretend calories don’t exist.)  Tacos. I wish every night were taco night.

9. Do you have a hero? If so, who is it?  I have several life influencers. My mom, my sister, my best friend - Paige. Jess Followell. Lara Casey, Emily Ley, Natalie Norton, and Gina Zeidler. A ton of other blogging ladies, too.

10. Why do you blog?  Writing is my favorite. It's my release and my memories and my heart. It's the one thing I feel like I'm talented with. Writing is such a powerful form of connecting with others.

Are you a Mississippi lady who blogs? Join us!

Happy Monday, friends!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Blog Tour!

When my friend Charity asked if I wanted to be a part of this blog tour, I agreed quickly!  Not only was I eager to connect with other bloggers, I was excited to answer questions and share my thoughts.

Plus, I adore Charity. She's the first online friend I got to meet in real life. She is a beautiful, grace-giving, joy-overflowing wife and mom of four. She's amazing. Be sure to check out her blog!!

1. What am I working on?  I'm working on my blog. And two stories that I hope become books. I'm a dreamer. And a writer. Words are my jam. Besides that? My day job and my marriage. Our home - we rent, so we're still trying to make it our own.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?  I'm still trying to find my genre and niche, honestly. I think we just each have our own stories to tell and our own ways to tell them. So, it's mine. That's how it's different.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?  I love to write and share. Some may even say that I'm an overshare-r. Nonsense. I don't have secrets. I think whatever we're going through, good or bad, is worth sharing. It's easier to bear a burden with others than alone. The same goes for celebrating! Also, I love words. There are many and they express so much. So welcome here, to the blog with all the feelings.

4. How does your writing/creating process work?  When inspiration hits, I am quick to make a note or sit down with paper and ink and get to writing. I find it hard to write something just to write. I like it best and it comes easier when it's something that just comes to my heart and mind all at once!

Next Sunday, August 3, be sure to visit Jenny Mac and read her post on the tour! Jenny Mac claims both Oxford, MS and Auburn, AL as hometowns, but for the past ten years has been enjoying the life she and her husband, Noel, have made for themselves in South Mississippi. She writes about family, life as a working mom, things she loves (like college football), things she doesn’t (like revolving doors), and the things she sees God doing in her life and the life of others. You can find Jenny Mac at Crumbs Under the Table.

Remember - your story is important and beautiful. You're the only one who can tell it.


Friday, July 25, 2014

St. Louis (day three)

This post is super picture-heavy!
Day three was a day of shopping, meeting, eating, and fun!
(Day four was spent in the car coming home, so there is no post for that!)

My sister is now a mini-fashionista, which I LOVE! We went to the St. Louis Galleria - ahhhhhh-mazing.
The first three snaps are from Nordstrom! Totally wish we had one closer to us.

At lunch time, my family went to Cheesecake Factory, and I met my friend, Charity, at Panera Bread! Charity is in my community group through the Influence Network, and she was my first online friend to meet in real life. It. Was. Amazing.  :)

After lunch, I spent time browsing the Disney Store for meg followell's third birthday party gift! (I wanted to buy her everything. The final gift choice is not pictured here, so no spoilers!)

We left the mall and headed for another part of the city! They have their own walk of fame, so it was cool to see for sure.

We went to Fitz's for some soda! I tried the Key Lime Soda, just for a change! (In other news, I still don't like root beer, even though I've tried so many kinds.)

This was the root beer float! Holy icecream, Batman!

The trip was a fun time away with family, but I'm happy to be home. Hope you've enjoyed the posts about it!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

St. Louis (day two)

St. Louis, day two, was filled to the brim with fun! We started our day at Grant's Farm. (This is also FREE (minus the pictures we bought). Y'all. The Lou has a lot to offer!)

(The filter feature accidentally got turned on, so we're a little green!)

(A baby!!!)

Clydesdale selfie, duh.

LIFE HIGHLIGHT. I love goats. I'd already asked Jordan for years if we could have a pet goat.  But this...this basically sealed the deal! We got to bottle feed them! SWEET goats. So fun!

Paddleboats are a great idea, right?
Sure. If you're in shape and like to sweat in the hot sun. :)
It was a super fun(ny) experience, though!!

After Grant's Farm, we ventured over the state line and into Illinois. It was my first time in IL ever!

We went to Eckert's! They have a HUGE farm and grocery...AND one of my new favorite restaurants on the planet.

This peach blackberry cobbler was one for the record books, y'all. Holy goodness. I can almost still taste it (and that homemade vanilla custard).

We also got to visit the world's largest bottle of catsup! Totally massive.

We headed back to the Lou and went over to the Arch! I remember going to the top of the Arch when I was in 6th grade, so I politely declined the invitation to the top and opted to people watch instead. (What?! It's like an elevator pod meets Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century. Wasn't happening.)

How cute is my sister? BEYOND!

We ended our day at Steak 'n Shake. I'll never complain about that!

That's all for day two! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 21, 2014

St. Louis (day one)

When my parents and sister started discussing their trip to St. Louis, I remembered going there when I was between 12 and 13. Then, my friend Charity from my Influence Network community group posted something on Facebook, and her location was St. Louis! I knew I had to go! It was my first chance to meet an online friend in real life. 

We were supposed to be going to Nashville this coming weekend, but schedules got busy, and we had to cancel the trip. It was a perfect opportunity to go to St. Louis instead!

Despite an intense panic attack the day before we were leaving, and having to leave at 4:00 a.m., I still went. I'm glad I did. 

We stopped in Sikeston, MO, for Lambert's! (I've now been to all three locations!) Best. Rolls. Ever. 

Once we made it to St. Louis, we went to the Budweiser plant! Even for a non-drinker, it's a really fun tour! Best part? It's FREE!

Chandelier in the Clydesdales' stable. I mean....fancy!

The first day was a lot of fun. So thankful for my family and our time together! Stay tuned for days two and three!