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Y’all- I’m ecstatic that it’s Friday.  I am, really.  And this is a happy post- but am I the only one who bawled my eyes out last night watching Parenthood?!  Matt and I love Julia and Joel and to be honest, we felt like we related to them a lot- but they are breaking my heart right now.  Come on, Joel!

Okay now that’s out of my system- let’s do this!

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ONE I am SO EXCITED because our annual college girlfriend trip is officially on the calendar!!! (!!!!!) My sweet friends live all over the country now and I have been pleasantly surprised with our ability to keep up with each other.  We meet every other week on Google hangout if we can make it, but being able to squeeze their necks is something I crave.  The super fun part for me is they are coming to Wilmington!!  Some with baby in tow!!!  I cannot wait to play hostess and show them around my new home.  No amount of exclamation points can accurately describe my joy in anticipation.

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This came in the mail this week.  Let’s just call it a birthday gift to myself.  Y’all know how much I wanted this/ needed any kind of planner to stay organized.  Then, Brittany posted there were only 4 remaining.  I jumped on that one!  And now it’s here and it’s glorious.  Yay!

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It is supposed to be frigid, but sunny weather here this weekend [by my standards].  Along with my big girl pants- I’ll be donning lots of layers to brave the winter cold in hopes of exploring the area with my sweetie!  Our weekends off together are usually few and far between so we try to make the most of it.  I doubt there will be any beach walking since it is 4 times windier- but we will see what we can get into!

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Have you been to the Target $1 section yet?  Because the adorable Valentine’s stuff is going quickly!  I typically lean more toward the side of making my own cards for V-day, but when they are this cute and inexpensive- yes please!  They have materials to make your own, too.  I know it’s not even February yet, but the section is almost cleared out at my local store so you might want to check yours out.

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If you missed it yesterday, Nina from Flowers in my Hair and I are linking up on Tuesday and we would love for you to join us!  We hope it will be a great way to discuss our resolutions year-round and serve as motivation to not be just another statistic when it comes to breaking them.  After all, we made these because they mean something to us, right?  Great!  So will you join us??

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Okay you know the drill- join me in linking up with AprilDarciNatasha, and Christina for your five!

Happy weekend, y’all!

xoxo, heather

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Rounding out the Week

Good Friday morning to y’all!  

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It should come as no surprise that I’m back linking up with AprilDarciNatasha, and Christina for today’s Five on Friday.  Let’s be honest, it is always nice to have some consistency in life 🙂

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kind of participated in the Real Simple #rsgetreal challenge this week.  I say that because, well, I even slacked off with that.  Either that or I had the perfect example to represent a day’s challenge and I would find it gone, taken care of, put away thanks to my husband.  It’s hard to say if I was happy about it or not 🙂  I did, however, appreciate seeing everyone else’s real life captured- and to my fellow type A newlywed wife struggling to always get it right I say, “we’re not the only ones!”.

Two- Did you guys see Downton Abbey this week?! {POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT} Because I… I just can’t.  Ball my eyes out for poor Anna.  You guys, it seriously just broke my heart.  And then I tried to talk about it with Matt and I got the usual look, “can we talk about what happened in real life?”.  Shoot.

 Three- Matt’s birthday was on Wednesday and I so appreciate everyone joining with me to wish him a happy one!  I have always been of the opinion that it doesn’t matter stranger or friend, it feels special being wished a happy birthday by someone on your sweet day- and you guys delivered.  I passed on the sweet messages to him and we enjoyed a delicious dinner at home topped off with the secret family recipe for red velvet cake- his birthday fave.  

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Four- My birthday is TOMORROW!!  Needless to say, I am super excited!  I have to work [and will sadly be missing a sweet friend’s wedding- best wishes, you guys!] but we are headed to dinner as soon as I get off.  We will be returning to the Rx Restaurant you read about here and I cannot wait!  Rest assured I will have something to report about the food situation and I trust it’ll be nothing but positive.  Cheers to 26!

Five- In regards to number 4- a few birthday presents have found their way in my mailbox this week.  The sweet cards and gifts have made my week!  Then I got THIS!  

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I know it’s already halfway through the month but close enough- you might remember this from my gift guide for Christmas.  Thank goodness my sister shares my love for Rifle Paper Co!  I can’t wait for this to find it’s place in our home!

I hope your weekend is full of adventure and rest all at the same time!  Happy Friday!!

xoxo, heather

It’s Friday, FRIDAY!

Y’all, it’s finally Friday this week!  It is my first Friday off of 2014.  To make it better Matt and I both have this weekend off and we have lots of house to-do’s on the list.  I really cannot wait!  Ah, adulthood.

Right- so getting right to my FIVE for today- as always linking up with AprilDarciNatasha, and Christina.

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It may be a little surprising, but I am so looking forward to the Real Simple challenge I wrote about here.  And it’s funny how this week has somewhat prepared me for next- as if in anticipation of the Get Real Week.  Exhibit A:

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love this buddy, but sometimes I could ship him off free of charge to the first taker.  Then he suckers me back in with that sweet face.  Shoot.

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This was our dessert last night and it took less than 5 minutes total.  For a girl who loves to bake, that’s my kind of treat.  I can’t take the credit for it, though- hop on over to visit Laura from The Reedy Review to find out all about it.  Seriously, this might make a regular appearance in our home and next time I’ll be prepared with some vanilla ice cream!

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Along with the rest of the East coast, it has been unseasonably cold this week.  Like brrrrrrrrrr (of course, now it’s moving into the upper 60s but such is life).  I was so happy to have picked these pretties up on sale last week, preparing me to brave the extreme temps in style.

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Go grab ’em up here.  I am of the opinion you can never have enough fair isle sweaters in your closet- it’s a timeless look.  These are super warm, comfy, great for layering, and keep well.  Don’t pass them up online, use code ONSAVENOW for an additional 15% off (my local store was all out).  You’re welcome!

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I have been doing this devotional all week- let me tell you!  It blows my mind how simply switching focus in the morning from myself to my husband causes me to love him better.  This devo draws the beautiful parallel between God’s love and pursuit of us to that in our marriage.  It’s not too late to start if you haven’t already.  I highly recommend it!

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We finally have some social dates on our calendar again!  The holidays about wiped us out and it’s been just me and Matt here since.  Now we’re ready to venture out into Wilmington again and enjoy our city.  Cheers to the weekend!!

Hope y’all have had a fancy Friday- any fun plans for the weekend?  

xoxo, heather

We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming…

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…I’m still linking up today with the sweet ladies of Five on Friday (April, Darci, Natasha, and Christina) but I have been struggling to come up with my five.  

Don’t get me wrong- there’s plenty to look forward to and plenty to be thankful for- but my mind is reeling at what seems like a mile a minute.  And for a girl with NO speed, I would say that’s mighty fast.  Jotting down and publishing my New Year’s Resolutions yesterday has got me examining how I’d like this year to turn out.  

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Admittedly, this is likely due in part to my propensity to try to plan, plan, plan and take the reigns on everything.  And my list of 5 main resolutions is slowly but surely budding into lots of smaller thoughts and ideas.  While I would like to avoid overreaching and setting myself up for failure, I truly think a lot of these ideas can be accomplished within a month’s time and can serve as little milestones to ultimately help me accomplish my 5 mains.  

I know I’m being super vague for now, but I will share in due time.  Just think along the lines of changes around these parts (the blog), motivational/accountability tools, and plenty of inspiration.  

Here’s to 2014!  Can I just repeat this chorus for the whole month?  Or year?!

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Although I am breaking the rules a bit, I would love to know your 5 for this week.  (I got the number 5 in there a couple of times, so it counts, right?)

Join us!

xoxo, heather

FIVE on Friday- Anniversary Edition

Coming at you today with another edition of Five on Friday, this one an anniversary special/ thankful Friday!

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You can’t properly celebrate a wedding anniversary without talking about your better half.  My sweet husband has taught me more about myself in a matter of a year than I could have imagined.  -Don’t get me wrong, our parents did their part to encourage our individual identities and teach us how to relate to others.  But their ways of interacting with each other won’t always work for us.  That’s a hard pill to swallow- that there can be multiple right ways to work things out.-  I digress.

He encourages me to be a better me, to love others richly, to live in the moment while also investing in our future.  He pulls the best out of me while seeing the worst and loving me still.  He makes me belly laugh, appreciates my nerdy-ness, and apologizes profusely even when he’s not at fault. He sticks to his convictions, challenges me daily, and he’s [in my honest opinion] the most handsome man I’ve ever laid eyes on.  I could go on… really. I’ll spare y’all any further gushiness.  I just love him.  

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Speaking of the last year: we couldn’t have been more blessed and I constantly have to remind myself of this when the bad times come.  We bought our first home, establishing our roots in a new place.  We have [slowly, but surely] made some dear new friends who are, no doubt, gifts straight from God.  We both have steady jobs and thoroughly enjoy our coworkers/ roles at work.  Matt has received a grant to continue/ jumpstart his photography career.  We’ve been able to spend lots of time with our families despite the distance.  I don’t mean to brag- I know these things are only possible because the good Lord loves us more than we deserve.  There have been times where we’ve been discouraged and sad about circumstances, but God keeps his promises and this last year has been nothing but evidence to support that.

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Blessings… that brings me to today’s number 3.  Our friends and family, though scattered all across the country, are amazing.  It’s been so sweet to see our lives progress separately, but still being able to come together by the world wide web or in person to rejoice in life’s victories [small or large].  It can be difficult to make friends in a new environment when we’ve formed such strong bonds with others for years- but this has been a learning experience and gets easier as time goes on.  I could never take these relationships for granted!  

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This one is a no-brainer.  I am pumped for tomorrow.  Our anniversary is actually on Sunday, but Matt and I will spend all Saturday on a date- I don’t know what all the day will bring.  That just simply doesn’t matter all too much; I’ll get to be with my sweetie.  And there most certainly will be food involved.  I do know we’re going to a new local restaurant for dinner, Rx Restaurant.  How appropriate!

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This one comes completely out of left field but deserves a mention today.  I cannot get enough of JT’s 20/20 Experience.  Matt must have left the cd in my car the other day and I have listened to it nonstop during the week, jamming to work and back.  I especially like these two.  Have a listen!

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What are your 5 things that deserve a mention this Friday?  Do I have anymore anniversary celebrations out there this weekend?  

xoxo, heather

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