Thursday, February 16, 2017

Home Workouts with Hilliard Studio Method (+ Discount Code)

Okay, let's get real for a second y'all. Finding time to workout is HARD. After work, taking care of your family, keeping up the house, side hustles, laughter with friends and carving out "me" time, adding a workout to the list just isn't that fun. At least for me it's not, anyone else out there feel me?!
Working out at home is really the best option I've found. Especially considering I work from home and sometimes the only time in the day is that hour before everyone wakes up in the morning. 

I'm always looking for new ways to spice up my at-home workout and was so energized when I met Liz and Clary Hilliard recently in Charleston. They own Hilliard Studio Method in Charlotte, NC and now are so excited to be offering an online video at-home workout option via their new website. The best news? They even offered me and 100 of my readers a discount code to try it out! 

OR USE CODE HSMA2D AT CHECKOUT (good until 3/31/17)

After reading reviews on their classes and after diving in to Liz's book, Be Powerful, I'm really excited to take this challenge head on. I mean look at the mother/daughter duo and the Hilliard team as a whole... don't they look amazing?! The proof is in the pudding y'all. 
Now here's my question for you. It's still a struggle y'all. What are your motivators and your tricks to ensure you get that at-home workout in and don't just hit snooze?!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Welcome Home Wednesday: Spring Refreshers!

Happy Wednesday friends! I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day yesterday. 

After a weekend away in Richmond and then turning around and spending three days at the Southern C Summit (more info coming soon), slowing down and celebrating Valentine's Day with my little family was so nice. We had a yummy meal, a perfectly sweet dessert and gave Sully some simple surcies (mostly all from the dollar section at Target, ha). 

As you know from my first post this year, I'm having grace with my blogging and things have been slower around here as I focus on my goals and strive towards my word for 2017. 

I find myself missing Welcome Home Wednesday though! It was a weekly reset for me on our list of house projects and what I've been loving in the world of Interiors. So without further ado, let's jump into this week's Welcome Home Wednesday - Spring Refreshers! 
1.  Bicycle Towels // 2. Banana Leaf Pillow // 3. Matches // 4. Spring Candle // 5. You Look Good Rug // 6. Tulip Wreath // 7. Bouquet Art // 8. Striped Candles // 9. Tassel Pillow // 10. Pink Ribbon Lampshade // 11. Teacup // 12. Woven Basket // 13. Fruit Pops Mold // 14. Yellow Pitcher

Aren't these finds all so refreshing?! I can't wait to insert some brightness and floral/fruity scents into our home as the weather down here in Charleston warms up (we're already seeing days in the mid-70s!). As you can tell, there's everything from a new front door wreath to simple updates like a candle and matches to make your home fell like it got a bright update. 

Enjoy! And let me know, what are your favorite spring refreshers?

Craving more Welcome Home Wednesday? Check out these additional posts which are some of my favorites:

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Perfect Gift for your Man (+Giveaway!)

I'm Valentine's Day is right around the corner and if you're like me and also have a man with a spring birthday, an anniversary and Father's Day to celebrate (phew!), you're always wracking your brain for great gifts. Enter Wood Watches by JORD
These men's watches are so incredibly cool y'all! I was so excited when JORD reached out to partner with me on gifting this watch to Ryan as an early Valentine's Day gift. And I have to say, these opinions are 100% my own, we were blown away from the minute the watch arrived. Everything from the packaging to the gorgeous wood box, to the accessories and of course the watch itself was just great. Bonus, you can even get the watch or the wood box engraved. You can even enter to win one here!
There are so many great styles to choose from and Ryan specifically chose the Dover style in Zebrawood and Dark Sandalwood. He used their fit guide when ordering and felt that it came in a tad big (and it includes a spare link in the box), so keep that in mind when ordering.
He's worn it so much in just this short time, from work to playing with Sully to date night.
I mean you guys, this watch is no joke. The quality is so awesome (especially considering the price) and there's not even a battery, it's self-winding! 
Because we were so impressed by Ryan's watch, I couldn't help but go check out the women's watch shop as well. Of course I'm loving the ones with rose gold faces, but the all black "Ebony" ones are really calling my name right now.  Which one is your favorite? Are you digging the wood watches?
Now for the fun part, JORD is doing a giveaway specifically for Attention to Darling readers! 

Luxury Wooden Watch

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Mom & Mini

Happy first day of February! That means Valentine's Day is only 14 days away. And how could any girly girl not love a holiday decked out in every shade of pink?! Y'all know I do! Not to mention, Sully is really into hearts and "wuvvvvv, awwwww" (insert squinty eyed, tilted head sweet smile) right now. 

That makes putting together this gift guide one of my favorite shopping posts of the year - see 2014, 2015, 2016. For 2017, I added not only gifts for Mama, but also some cuties for my Sully girl as well. Enjoy!
1. Cards // 2. Candle // 3. Sunglasses // 4. Tote  // 5. Lip Balm // 6. Top // 7. Shoes // 8. Hunter Boots // 9.  Nail Polish (or maybe a full on mani/pedi?!) // 10. Socks // 11. Bucket Bag // 12. Kids Sweatshirt // 13. Rose Night Cream // 14. Ostrich

Monday, January 30, 2017

6 Simple Ways to Get Yourself Motivated

Oh hello end of January, you sure did sneak up on me. As a busy working Mama I understand how quickly motivation can be overshadowed by procrastination, fatigue, excuses, family matters and just an all-around lack of time. You know what I find though, if you're motivated to get things done right when the opportunity arises you'll be more apt to accomplish your goals.

That's why, because I care about kicking off this new year right (and with Confidence!), I've rounded up six must-try tips to get you motivated to conquer your to-do list and get your behind in gear. Let’s do this!!!

1. Prioritize Tasks

When it comes to tackling that to-do list, it's easy to choose the simple tasks and things you enjoy the most, while leaving the icky stuff for later. Starting that cool DIY project sounds way more fun than cleaning the bathroom, am I right?! So, in order to combat this habit, start by doing the tough stuff first and then make your way on down that list to the progressively easier tasks.

2. Play Music

Sometimes the right tunes can get you in the mood to conquer everything the day throws your way. There's nothing quite like an inspiring song or playlist to get your mind in the right place and ready to work. With music always at your fingertips, this is an invaluable, and often free, form of motivation. Plus, if you can throw in a few of your favorite dance moves, the blood circulation can't hurt. I personally enjoy some throwback tunes (hello Spice Girls!).

3. Use Reminders

If you feel like you just can't even some days, then try psychological tactics to entice your brain to kick into productivity mode. Take a moment and think about why you're about to take on this particular task. Whether it's because a clean kitchen equals a clean mind, or that you're vying for a promotion to give your family a better life, use whatever positive reminder is necessary to get you motivated. Even write them on bright stickie notes and place them around your work space or home!

4. Start Fresh

So many of us want to be that powerful business woman who inspires others and can serve as a role model to fellow females (#bosslady). I can quite honestly say, that I don't think I’m going to get there and time soon if my work space is a disaster. If you happen upon your desk in a state of disarray and it hampers your motivation to work, then you're not alone. Take a few minutes at the end of each day, or before getting started in the morning, to tidy up your workspace.

5. Inspire Yourself

When the going gets tough there are few things more encouraging than thinking of the awesome ladies that paved the way before us. If they can do it, you can too! Seriously! Think about how the top earning women in America are the leaders of some of the most profitable industries in the world and what they had to overcome to be successful. Suddenly that problem doesn't seem so tough, does it?

6. Happy Thoughts

When all else fails, remember that a positive mindset goes a long way when it comes to motivation. Don't believe me? Research proves it! In fact, researchers believe that nothing is more motivating than celebrating your progress. As women, y’all know we could all stand to pat ourselves on the back a little more often. Look how far you've come, and compare yourself to yourself, reveling in all the progress you have made!

I hope this post motivated you! I know that I’m going to true back to it when I feel myself in a rut. To ensure I could bring you the best tips and content for this topic, I joined in a collaboration and was compensated for this post.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

My Word for 2017!

Twenty seventeen. Hello. Nice to meet you. I'm pretty jazzed that you're now in my life! I've got big plans for you, you should know. We're going to do big things together. Big things. :)

So many big things that I had a really hard time setting my word and intention for the year. I've always set goals, but never officially set a word. I really felt like I needed one to help guide and encourage me this year though. And that word is...
Confidence in my ability as a mother. Confidence that I'm being a good wife. Confidence that I'm making the right career decisions. Confidence in my friendships. Confidence in my body and that I'm making healthy choices. Confidence in my relationship with the Lord.

It's actually pretty funny looking back at the cluttered post I did on 2016 goals. It's obvious now that I was in need of some kind change and that I thought it was a bunch of small things (which can make a big difference). Yet really my "get closer to family and friends" goal became literal and all our little family needed. Now here we are in South Carolina!

While I hope that there's no moving anywhere near in my future, I do hope that our big "moves" otherwise this year turn out just as great. 

There's a lot of movement and next steps behind setting this word, intention and goal for the year. I've been working through my PowerSheets which is helping set the steps to get there. I have to take this action, or really the word is simply just a word. 

I'm finding out though that to make room for some pretty important things, it might mean less frequent posting here on this little piece of the internet. I have a feeling this tailoring back will not be long lived though and it really will just articulate itself into maybe 1-2 posts a week vs. 3-4. I have too much to share and document to step away more! 

So bear with me friends. I can't wait until I get to the point where I can share those important things I hinted towards with you (and no, I'm not pregnant)! 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Au Revoir 2016! A Yearly Recap

I always like to end the year with a recap of all that happened during the year, but I'm not going to lie, thinking of 2016 and putting it all into one post seems overwhelming. So. Much. Happened! 

I'm going to give it my best shot though, plus I'm including my favorite blog posts for the month. Here we go!
We kicked off 2016 in Miami celebrating a victory for our Tigers in the Capital One Orange Bowl. Then made the long drive home. Yes, we drove from Miami to DC, but not straight, we made a stop in Amelia Island overnight with family. 
In JANUARY my family made a visit to come see us with Maria who was with them for the year from Spain. She got to see snow for the first time! Speaking of snow, we ended getting four feet dumped in our front yard during a big snow storm!
(one of my overall best performing posts)

FEBRUARY brought us back to Richmond to see all our friends there, it was so awesome to see all our people again. We also had our besties, Tyler and Mikael, come visit for a weekend of DC fun!

Six Years Ago I Said "Yes" (our Clemson football field engagement)

MARCH was super busy with Mary's bachelorette in NYC, me attending SXSW in Austin for work (the longest I've ever left Sully!), Easter, a really fun visit with our Ohio family and Ryan at a bachelor party in Key West.

APRIL didn't slow down either, if anything it was the craziest month yet, with a visit from Nana and Papa, a bachelorette party at the lake in South Carolina, Sully's 1st birthday and me at the Southern C Summit with Allie in Charleston (little did we know we'd be moving there in three months). We also were featured in a Southern Wedding's home tour and celebrated Sully's birthday party in Greenville where I even got to see my little brother go to prom.

(one of my personal favorite posts of all time)

In MAY we celebrated Ryan's birthday and then our 5th anniversary by attending two weddings on the same day, one in Greenville and the other I was in as a bridesmaid in Charleston. We also snuck in a trip to the lake with my family. And Sully took swim lessons. Phew!

Things finally started to slow down in JUNE with the exception of one of the most gorgeous weddings we've ever been to in Charleston. It was also the month we announced we were moving to Charleston and started looking at neighborhoods where we'd like to live. 

JULY was a blur as we said goodbye to Arlington and our dear friends Catherine and Will, along with our sweet nanny Wendy and nanny share bestie Ava! We moved straight to temporary housing in a little apartment on Daniel Island in Charleston which honestly was a nice little transition. This put house hunting into full force and we fit in some mini visits with my Richmond Allie and our Ohio Ali before heading to the beach to see my family very briefly. 

In AUGUST we began to settle in to our new life of me working remotely and Ryan's new job. We fit in a Hootie concert on the island where we were living and hopped over the bridge to the Isle of Palms for family vacation on Ryan's side. We also had Nana and Papa visit right before we started packing for Europe. 

(if you love The Notebook, you will love this post)

SEPTEMBER kicked off with us jumping on a jet plane to head to the Amalfi Coast in Italy and then on to Paris before getting home to our girl who we were missing desperately. Right after Europe, I treated my sister to a VIP experience where we met Meghan Trainor and saw her concert here in Charleston (thank you for the invite Tampax!). Then we made it to Charlotte to celebrate our friend's gorgeous wedding!

(no matter your team)

OCTOBER kicked off at our fifth annual Clemson trip. It included a fun surprise this year when my bestie Sam got engaged! We also closed on our house this month! Not without some fun surprises of course, including Hurricane Matthew coming through right when we got all our belongings dropped off from back up north. We evacuated to Camden and luckily were spared, just having some yard clean up. Last but not least, we celebrated Halloween with our little pink flamingo!

(Annual Clemson Weekend)

NOVEMBER was all about getting settled in our new home and hosting friends and family. Plus the engagement of some of our other best Richmond friends! My family paid a visit, Ryan attended his annual "man weekend" while one of my high school bestie's visited me and Sully in Charleston. My Nana and Aunt Kristen visited too and then we hosted Ryan's family for Thanksgiving. It was such a fun month having so many people in our new city and home!

DECEMBER has been so nice thus far! We took our Christmas card pictures, I re-joined the Junior League down here after having a great experience in Richmond and I went to a wreath making class at Fritz Porter with Nana as her Christmas gift. We headed to Camden to celebrate Christmas with Ryan's family first and then on to Greenville to celebrate with my family. We also fit my birthday on Christmas Eve in between, I can't believe it's the last year in my 20s!

We're really looking forward to ringing in the new year in Asheville and absolutely cannot wait for all 2017 has to hold. We already know we've got two bachelorette/bachelor parties, bridal showers, two weddings, Sully's 2nd birthday, Ryan's birthday, friends having sweet babies and a conference for me all before July!

As I look back on this year, I'm just in awe and feeling so incredibly BLESSED! 

I'm in awe of my husband for how hard he works and how much he loves our little family. He worked harder this year than he ever has and it's amazing how God worked to present the opportunity to Ryan that he did in our home state. The value of getting closer to family and friends is honestly overwhelming, I cry a lot thinking about this blessing God gave us (ha!). 
Gosh and sweet Sully, where do I even begin with how much she's grown this year?! She's a walking, running, self-feeding, coloring, Mickey Mouse loving, talking non-stop, independent little lady now. She's an actual tiny human! I realized this weekend I hadn't seen her in a few minutes, so I popped back to her room and she was just sitting in her little chair, reading a book. Seriously, where does the time go y'all? She hugs us and snuggles us and loves us and it is so unbelievable. Oh and how my heart swells when she runs into the room yelling, "Mommyyyyyyy". Not to mention, she handled the move and craziness of this year like a champ. I love you Miss Sullivan Louise!
We couldn't have done any of the above without the love support and abundance of prayers from our family and our friends. Thank you all who answered and listened to me on so many phone calls. Thank you for letting me cry those tears, stress out a lot, laugh, scream in giddy excitement and oh so much more. I love you all. So. Much.

Finally... thank YOU! Not the collective "you", YOU right there, who made it all the way to the end of this post. Thank you for reading this little blog and supporting me with your views, clicks, comments, likes, shares and so much more. This little creative outlet is so needed for me as a place to document our lives and connect. I can't say thank you enough for your support and making me feel like I'm not just talking to myself right here (although, that's ok too). Thanks a million! Seriously.
photo cred: Jennifer Collins Photography

Ok I've gabbed on enough, but the closing of such a big year is such a big deal! Here's to hoping this next year is just as exciting, but mayyybe just a little more steady :).

Au Revoir 2016!

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