Thursday, April 21, 2011

i've moved

Lots of moving lately!  First from Louisiana to Ohio and now from Southern Daze to cinnamon & champagne!  Yep, that's right - I have a brand new space to keep you up to date and you can check it out by clicking here.  Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

the fun part of moving

Even before I knew for certain that we'd be moving I was already thinking about the moving announcements we'd send out. I came up empty-handed until Abbie sent me this cute option from Etsy...

I really like it and, until tonight, it was the front runner. But then I decided my hand would probably get super tired from writing out our new address over and over so I did some searching and found some other fun options.

This one is from tiny prints and I'm pretty smitten with the pop of green. Very springish, don't you think?

This one is from Minted and I'm totally crushing on the color combo + the font. I don't normally fall for things that are so classic but this one also quickly became a favorite.

Last but not least, is a favorite from Shutterfly. The pink + blue feels really cheerful and I adore the mailbox.

Now that we're getting closer to closing on our house I'd really like to finalize the design and get it crossed off my list. It can sit in a "saved file" and be ready to go as soon as we close. I'm all about being proactive when it comes to pretty paper!

What do you think - which looks most like me? which do you like best??

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

my day {saturday} in pictures

Lee and I flew to Cleveland this past weekend so I could get a good look {in person} at what will {hopefully} be our new house. I won't lie, I was pretty anxious as we waited to board our flight out of Shreveport. Lots of the unknown going on and, to be honest, I don't do so well with that. It didn't help that our flight was delayed and it was questionable if we'd make our flight out of Houston. If not, we were looking at missing my chance to see the house that day and would have to wait until the next morning. Yeah, didn't love that.

Luckily we did make our connection but it required a very fast walk and no time for food or a potty break. Given we left our house at the crack of dawn we were starving. Thankfully you can still buy food on Continental. It may have been snacky food but at that point we were just happy to have something of semi-substance to munch on. As a bonus it even tasted pretty good!

After our "brunch/lunch" Lee took a little nap and I took that opportunity to finally (!!) start my master to do list for the move. I've been bogged down with denial and couldn't find the energy to get the list going. Figured no better time to get it started than while flying to our new city. It definitely helped. Now I just need to get working on it!

Landing in Cleveland. Brrrr.

Walking out to get our rental car. Gotta say, the Uggs were a fantastic choice! Never once were my feet anything less than warm + super cozy.

We had to kill a little time waiting for our realtor so, of course, we found ourselves in a Starbucks trying to get warm.

After seeing the house (those pictures will come later) we made a beeline for an early dinner (aka super late lunch) at a place we found on our trip in November...B Spot Burgers. It's located in a cute shopping area that has an Anthropologie, Sur la Table, Trader Joe's, Barnes & Noble, and a Penzeys Spices. Lee was excited about Penzeys and I was excited that all of this goodness is less than 5 miles from the house!

Dinner was sublime and I can honestly say I ate the best {gourmet} burger I've ever had. It was truly incredible. If you're ever at a Michael Symon restaurant and you have the opportunity to try his Lola Burger, do it! You won't regret it! Read more about B Spot here.

We followed up dinner with a cold walk around the shopping center and I got to do a little window shopping inside Anthropologie. I was a little disappointed with their home selections until I rounded the corner and saw the chair I've had a crush on for YEARS! It's no longer available online (that I've seen) so needless to say I was super happy to see it in the store. Although we have lots of space to fill, unfortunately, this piece is still not in our budget. At least I'll be able to visit it from time to time.

Our trip was good and I'll be sharing some pictures of the house soon. I adore the inside but the outside needs lots of love. We've already started talking about how to ratchet up its curb appeal - can't wait!

This next picture wasn't a part of our day on Saturday but it pretty much sums up how I feel after this trip...

january at a glance

I can't believe January is already over! Lots of changes in our life this month & I'm so happy that I decided to document our life with a picture each day. If you're interested click here to see how our January looked. And if you want more info on each picture just click on the thumbnail and you'll see my comment from/about that day.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

13 on thursday {cleveland edition}

It's been awhile since I've done one of these but figured there's no time like the present to jump back in...

1. We're Cleveland!! It's been in the works/up in the air for several months but this past week we learned it's a go...and super soon.

2. We put an offer on a house (Lee's seen it in person, me just the online version) & it was accepted! Not sure if my favorite part is the kitchen or the master closet...

3. With this move we're upgrading to a king size bed (my 6' 3" husband is thrilled!) Here are two beds that are currently calling to me...

4. I'm struggling with a ton of conflicting emotions - excited for (& proud of) Lee & looking forward to a new adventure but super sad to be leaving our home for the past {almost} 6 years. My life has been blessed with many wonderful people here and saying good-bye is going to be incredibly tough.

5. I enjoyed a fun girls night out on Tuesday with 3 of my closest friends here and, yes, a super potent (& way yummy) margarita may have been involved...

6. Not looking forward to the cold + snow of Cleveland.

7. Had the realization today that my cute flats & flip flops aren't going to cut it as footwear in the middle of winter in Cleveland so had to break down and invest in my first pair in Uggs.

It's taken me YEARS to come around on them. I used to think they were horrendously ugly & swore I would never, EVER, own a pair. Then I started to think they weren't awful. And then I saw the cutest pair of Ugg slippers and ended up being gifted them. I was completely won over from the first moment my feet snuggled up inside. Hopefully my new boots will help me successfully endure my first CLE winter.

8. Fairly certain I'm still in denial about the move. I've yet to make my master to do list (and I'm a total list maker!) and without that I feel like I'm stuck in the mud spinning my wheels.

9. Really not looking forward to the cold + snow of Cleveland. Although come summertime I'm sure I'll be pretty happy. (I realize I just reiterated #6 but that's to show how much I'm not looking forward to being cold.)

10. I've never lived in the midwest so this should be a very interesting adventure.

11. Happy with the proximity I'll be to her, her, her, her, NYC, and have high hopes that I'll get to Indianapolis to see the Colts play next year. Not to mention we'll be in the same town as Lee's super sweet cousin Lindsey! Lots of fun people to visit + places to see.

12. Not happy that we're making this move after Lebron James left the Cavs.

13. Need to come up with a new name for the blog!! Any ideas?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


This reminds me of my other post but this one can be downloaded and made into an 11x14 poster thanks to this sweet blogger. Yep, it's totally going up in our new house.

Friday, January 21, 2011

love it!

I came across this on stephmodo this morning and can't get it out of my mind. Figured if it affected me so much it may have the same effect on you. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I'm 100% head over heels in love with this kitchen featured in this month's House Beautiful. I tend to just flip through HB but as soon as I laid eyes on this perfect kitchen I immediately stopped. It's been laying on our counter for a week on this page and I can't help but fall in love every time I see it. Every. Single. Time.

::via HB