Tuesday, January 24, 2017


listening // Now that we are past the holiday season, I haven't been listening to too much. I did discover a new love for Spotify within the past three months or so, which has caused me to listen to a much wider variety. I love going to the "Discover" tab and looking at the recommendations that are automatically generated.

watching // Right now I'm sucked into the world of Gossip Girl. There are some things about that show that downright frustrate me, but I just can't turn it off. Season five just started, so I'll be moving onto a new show soon. When Crown premiered a couple of months ago, I watched the first episode to see if I would like it; that will probably be my next binge session.

reading // Around the Christmas holiday I decided I really wanted to get back into reading, so I downloaded several free books onto my iBook app. There was one holiday themed story I liked pretty well called  A Yorkshire Christmas by Kate Hewitt. It was a very easy read so I breezed through it in a few hours. Now I'm reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen because somehow I've never read it. Next on my list is The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel.

planning // Much like the last several January's, the youth basketball league that KJB and I run has kicked off and we find ourselves busier than ever. Even though we are only three weeks into the season, I'm working on arrangements for the end-of-season celebration. We hire an entertainer, give out some gifts, and recognize each of the players.

wearing // The weather just can't seem to be consistent in the Midwest this year. Last Friday we had an ice storm. Today is in the mid-forties and overcast. Saturday is calling for 60 and partly cloudy. Needless to say, I have no idea how to dress for this weather, so I'm counting on layers, ankle boots, and my new Stella & Dot jewels (haul video posted yesterday!)

feeling // Positive. Although the days are currently packed with work, sports practices, teaching, and all the other day-to-day things, I've managed to find some little pockets of things that lift my spirits from feeling run over. Things like squeezing in 20 minutes of cardio first thing in the AM, having lunch with old friends, and spending some time in the evening doing a devotional, has me feeling fairly refreshed.

looking forward to // That being said, our vacation this spring has me wishing time would move a little faster. Sun, sand, and spending extra time exploring new places with my huz sounds pretty good to me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Goal Setting, II

If there's one thing I learned about myself in 2016 is that paper organization is the way to go. All creatives know that it's easy to bounce from project to project or get caught up in the latest trends. So when I purchased my Plum Paper Planner in the fall of 2015, I honestly wasn't sure if paper planning was just my latest project, or if it would truly stick around as my main method of organization. Within a few months, I was swept up in the world of planner stickers, binders, stamps, etc. I purchased a lovely raspberry colored Filofax to house my planner; it would also allow me to add or take things away as needed. For 2017, I'm keeping with the planner train - but downsizing slightly. The A5 size planner was a little large to carry with me, so I'm swapping it out with a personal size. Since I loved the vertical layout of the PPP, the Erin Condren, and the Happy Planner, and I wanted to be able to use all those stickers I've purchased, the SewMuchCrafting planner inserts were the no-brainer choice. Little did I know the paper was butter smooth and the ink doesn't bleed through to the other side. Now, with a few other accessories, both for fun and function, I'm all set to tackle this year in a super organized way.

1 Personal sized planner from Recollections at Michaels // 2 Planner tassel used as bookmark // 3 Planner pockets for stashing stickers and post-its // 4 SewMuchCrafting inserts

Friday, December 30, 2016

Goal Setting, I

In an attempt to better myself, I've set a few goals for 2017. All of them totally reachable, but still slightly outside of my comfort zone. At the top of my list is finding a great skincare regimen. Funny enough, when I started doing some research on products that I wanted to try, I discovered that Lush had options for every single category. Since I'm not getting any younger, it's time to find some go-to products that are good for my skin, my wallet, and are simple enough that I have no excuse but to use them.

1. Skincare for my face is the top priority. With a good eye cream and moisturizer already in my routine, I'm in need of a cleanser and a mask to keep pores clean and my face bright. Brazen Honey I have no doubt that I'll love, but Herbalism looks just weird enough that I'm not too sure about it. But my oily skin needs some help, and the description on this guy looks perfect.

2. My face is oily but my scalp is super dry. Every product at Ulta has grazed the side of my tub at some point, so it's time to step up my game. Solid shampoo is super intriguing to me and the hydrating ingredients in Avocado Co-Wash makes me eager to give it a try.

3. Honest moment: I pay zero attention to my feet. KJB gives me a hard time about them because they are extremely calloused, rough, and hard. The thought of regular pedicures has my debit card screaming at me, so I suppose I'll give it a go myself. I think if I use a pumice stone and moisturize a couple times a week, it will keep my hubby happy.

4. My current deodorant is an antiperspirant and this past year I discovered some of the harmful ingredients found in the product, so I've been wanting to move to an all-natural alternative. Some of the creams and powders have me cringing a bit for some reason, so I'll start with a bar. Aromaco is specifically listed as a good option for "beginners" and the essential oils listed in T'eo have me dreaming of spring and fresh air.

More of my 2017 goals will be shared soon. Until then, cheers to a new year! xo, Courtney

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas

May your days be full of love, laughter, and hope. Wishing you peace and joy in the new year.

All my love,

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wrapping Party

Whether it's a party for one or several friends coming together to dominate holiday wrapping, it doesn't take much to make this party colorful, fun, and productive. No decor needed, let your colorful paper, bags, and trim be the focus. This year, a multitude of critters won over my heart with their whimsical and festive prints. Hedgehogs, deer, and arctic critters papers, along with narwhal and owl gift bags all donned in winter-wear. Put on your favorite Christmas movie; I love how playful and funny Elf is for all ages. Adorn your packages with a bit of bakers twine and some classic, preppy holiday patterned tags, for a non-fussy look. This Scotch tape dispenser, a must have, and my favorite pen, the Papermate InkJoy Gel, would make great, functional party favors. Nix any food and beverage, because who has time to cook more holiday food. Go out for Mexican afterward to celebrate your victory. ;)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

4 (extremely) DIFFERENT Thanksgiving Tables

Looking for tablescape ideas around the holidays is one of my favorite things to do. Everyone has their own style and the things they choose for their table can say so much about their holiday style.

The Traditionalist loves the warmth of the season. The texture combinations speak above all else: tree bark on the candle holders, the wood slice coasters, the blanket table runners, all together form a lovely glimpse at an autumnal Thanksgiving. (image via holly mathis interiors)

The Minimalist goes subtle with simple, natural elements. She likes to focus on creating memories and her low tablescaple keeps conversations open. The contrast of the bright clementines atop the greenery stems keeps things happy and light. (image via yummy mummy kitchen)

The Sophisticate goes modern with black and white stripes with metallic gold accents. Hints of natural greens and creams keep things seasonal while the main components of the table could be recycled for any season- keeping her signature look consistent. (image via giggles galore)

The Whimsical gives nod to the holiday by using seasonal shapes and elements but with a colorful and playful twist. Her non-traditional color scheme and less-is-more attitude creates a fun-loving atmosphere just like her personality. (image via oh happy day)

Which tablescape are you? Does your holiday decor match your personality?

Monday, November 14, 2016

I know it's still November but...

Last week I found myself in a major funk, as I'm sure a good number of people did. While trying to dig myself out of it, I wrote Friday's blog post while listening to holiday music. Now I know what many of you are thinking, it's still November. But I just couldn't help it. I was sitting at my desk when I discovered Pentatonix new holiday album, and I decided to give it a listen. The familiar songs immediately lifted my mood and when it was over, I started listening to other Christmas favorites of mine by Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Mariah Carey, NSYNC, etc. I think I'm going to continue listening to it until I get bored of it, which hopefully isn't before Christmas!

PS Go give the Pentatonix album a listen if you're not a total Grinch. ;)