My 2016 Review

It’s officially the last day of 2016, and I have no idea how we are here already! A lot of big changes took place this past year and I felt there was no better way to ring in the new year than to reflect on on my favorite parts from the past 12 months!

Obviously, the biggest impact that occurred this year was the love of my life asking me to marry him! WHAT! I’ve pretty much dreamed about this day since the very first time we exchanged “I love you’s” and it still felt surreal! The effort he put into making sure my family was there just really blew me away!

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The next change was moving out of my very first apartment! And while it may not seem like that big of a deal, I was actually pretty emotional as I got closer and closer to moving day. That apartment was the very first place I ever had to myself & will always have a soft spot for it! But I’m excited for the adventure my new place will bring me & more importantly the 10 minute commute to work that gives me extra time to sleep in!


Two big/important moments of 2016 were the arrival of my 2 new nephews Jackson & Shane! The love that comes over me when new family members join the team can not be matched! Their sweet personalities are shining through already and it makes me excited for more years to come!



One of my New Years resolutions for 2016 was to go on more adventures/travel more. While I didn’t get to travel as much as I planned, Joey & I definitely put a lot more effort into how we spent our free time! From backseat picnics by the lake, spending the day in sunflower fields, and last minute trips back to Longwood University to retrace our steps to where we first met, we have built some pretty great memories with each other in the last year!


2017 has a lot to live up to, but it’s the year I hopefully get to marry my best friend, welcome a new little cousin, and another chance to live my life the best way I can! Get excited for the new year y’all!

KA

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Colonial Inspiration!

Living in Virginia, my family made many trips to Colonial Williamsburg! It is so much fun being transported back in time and learning all about how it was back in the day. Our favorite time of year to go is during the holiday season so we can see how they decorate all the historical buildings, such as the Governor’s Palace! We fell in love and were inspired to bring it back to Great Bridge!

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Now we have this whole process down to a science after doing it for so many years. So I thought it would be nice to give you all step by step instructions for how to complete this look! First, what you need is:

– 1 plank of wood cut into a half circle for over your front door

– 5 (or however many window you would like, we just do our second floor) planks of wood cut into crescent moons.

– Wire for back of wood cut outs

– Lots and lots of nails

-6 bags of red apples

-1 pineapple

– 1 pomegranate

– Magnolia Leaves

-Boxwood Branches

-Preservative Spray

First off, place nails where you would like your fruit to be. We found that if you layer the nails for each piece of fruit, they are more likely to stay!

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Next, staple the magnolia leaves all around the edges of the planks of wood so they stick out.

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Shout to to my parents (the real pros) for helping make this as quick & easy as possible!

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Next, place your pineapple in the very center.  Try to angle the nails upwards to make sure the fruit is more secure! (Optional: If you feel the pineapple isn’t stable enough, use a black zip tie around the stem.)

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Then add the pomegranate to the bottom of the pineapple! Be careful with this process because the pomegranate can start to leak causing a huge mess, so beware!

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Then all you have to do is place your apples! Makes sure they apples are in the best conditions. Placing a rotten apple with the others will cause the others to go bad faster.

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The final touch is to add the Boxwood Branches for the garnish! This was actually my dads idea.  He loves this stuff and it really was a beautiful touch!  Once everything is placed, take your preservative spray and spray it all over all the pieces! Let sit for about 35 minutes to dry. Then you will be good to go for hanging up your new outdoor, holiday decor!

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So Unfortunately, out of nowhere, the sky turned dark and it started raining so I didn’t get to take any pictures of the final product placed on the house 😦 But do not worry, there will be plenty of photos from Thanksgiving! I love how these turned out!  You can add more color as well. Some years we add lemon and limes to add an extra pop!

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Halloween DIY!

With Halloween being this Friday, I decided to share 2 of my favorite go to costumes!  I already shared what I plan on being this year (Bambi) which is definitely more makeup based than I have ever done before! To be completely honest, I’m not a huge halloween fanatic…. I enjoyed it as a kid, but as I’ve grown up it’s turned into “who can have the sexiest costume” kind of holiday and I’m not really all about that.   So I wanted to post 2 of my favorite costumes that are easy to pull together last minute, because that is usually how my costume come together in the end!  I hope you enjoy!

Just in case you forgot, here is another pic of my Bambi makeup planned for this Friday!  I can’t wait to share all the photos from the night! Stay tuned!

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First up is the always classic, last minute, basic chick costume, Cat Woman!  What’s funny about this is that I actually hate cats, but I love dressing up as them!  I mean all you really need for the costume is black leggings, black heels or flats depending on how frisky you’re feeling, and cat ears (mine are from Victorias Secret, I won them in our employee raffle and I’m obsessed with them)! The thing that really ties this whole look together is a strong cat eye!

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Gel liner is the easiest way to get a fun cat eye in my opinion.  It is easy to work with and gives the ultimate black finish that I love! Finish up by painting on a black nose (I used liquid liner because it gave a wet appearance just like the real thing!) and playful whiskers and you are all done! Super easy!

My next look is something super obvious that I would do, a mermaid!  With my natural red hair, I just have to do it!  This was the most effort I have ever put into a Halloween Costume EVER!!!  I created my costume when I was in college and based it off of Miranda Kerr’s outfit at the VS fashion show when they did the whole mermaid theme!  I didn’t want to be that—ummm… underdressed…— so I actually created a high wasted skirt from an old pillow case that had dark and light green swirls all over it. It isn’t pictured because it actually ripped on a car doorthe second time I wore the costume and there was no coming back from it 😦  For the top, I used and old free VS gratis bra that I never wore and spray painted it blue & purple. Then covered it with different size pearls and sequins!

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Use electric purples & blues to create a soft smokey look topped with a small winged eye for a more dramatic effect. Finish off the look by placing a starfish in your hair because well all know that’s how mermaids accessorize!  I hope you all enjoyed this and were able to get a little inspiration for your own Halloween Costumes!

Play Date!

I had a surprise day off that tuned into a last minute nannying day for my little nephew Reed (the sweetest little man)!  I love getting to hangout with this little munchkin!  Family is so important to me and as one of the 2 newest members of the clan, I don’t want to miss a single opportunity to create memories with him! Here’s to many more surprise play dates with you Mister Reed!

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All You Need Is Love!

So sorry for the lack of posts! With the huge job change (the last minute quitting of my main job of event planning and looking for a new one) I’ve been very busy!  But I have some great things to come so stay tuned!  Today while taking a moment to clean out my car in an attempt to try and organize my life a little, these tiny hearts of joy fell out and brightened up my day!  It’s amazing how something so simple can turn your entire outlook around!  Feeling inspired and ready to take on what ever comes my way!

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