Bright and Bold

My first thought was to write about how busy I’ve been and how I didn’t think my week would go this way. Instead of proclaiming how busy I am and blah blah blah,I’ve decided to talk about how grateful I am. It’s easy to focus on what’s not great about our lives or how things don’t go the way we want them to. However, do we really take the time to think about what’s right about our lives? So… I’m challenging you to write down five things that you are grateful for today.

Here are my five things:

I am grateful to have a job that keeps me busy and makes a difference in Mississippi.

I am grateful to have a friend and husband who truly wants me to be happy.

I’m grateful to have a daughter who’s bright, healthy and happy. I love that she’s a leader and not a follower.

I’m grateful that the kid in me is still alive and well. Sometimes I ride the shopping cart when leaving the grocery store. Don’t judge. :-)

I’m grateful for the beauty around me every day. Open your eyes.




Sweater: J. Crew, Shell: J. Crew, Skirt: old, Shoes: Mossimo, Purse: Brahmin

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I don’t know why I thought returning to my regular schedule after a week in Minneapolis would just be a breeze. Really, Christianna?! It’s taken me a few days the whole doggone week, but I’m ready now. Here we go….

 At the present I am…

Wearing: Black slacks, black tank, black wedges, and a Kelly green sweater.


Listening: Quadron’s Favorite Star. This is on my morning playlist. #Jammin


Reading: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay. I buy a lot of books at garage sales, and most I don’t read. However, I decided to read this book and so glad I did! I see so much of myself in Sam.


Watching: I haven’t watched much TV (#TeamNoCable) or YouTube lately. However, I did watch Sugar Coated on Netflix this week, and I can’t stop thinking about it.


Doing: Lots of home décor! I’m currently remodeling my living room, and it’s  been really fun and stressful at the same to decorate. I want it just right! I overanalyze things, and that’s when the stress comes. I think I’ve looked at a zillion pillows, and still can decided which color scheme I want. Ugh!


Loving: My new ‘do! I’m so conservative with my hair. I never really step too far out of the box, but this blonde really has me feeling myself. :-)


Hating: underachievement! It really bothers me to see people who don’t want more. I’m not talking about contentment. I’m talking about complacency. It really bothers me.


Wishing: For a day at the beach. Hopefully, after we complete all of our summer home improvements, we can hope in my ride and drive to the beach. If not, I’ll settle for a swim in someone’s pool.


Wanting: A vegetable chopper. Hello to convenience!


Photo Diary: Aquarium of the Americas

Hi, loves! My hubby had a meeting in New Orleans, so we decided we would make the most of it! As a family, we explored the Aquarium of the Americas. Hope you enjoy my photo diary!

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Over the past year or so, minimalism has really intrigued me. Actually, minimalism can mean different things to many people. No, I have no desire to live in a camper with my entire wardrobe in my backpack. That’s not my idea of happiness or contentment.

However, the idea that living with less brings greater happiness is something that I believe and appreciate. We clutter our lives with stuff that takes time to organize, sort through, plan, clean, etc. Isn’t this the case with our wardrobes? Or our outfits? For me, it has been.

Typically, when I’m going somewhere and I’m not sure what to wear, I’ll do many things. Try on several dresses or outfits. When I’ve chosen the best look, I’ll try on different shoes and accessories to get it just right! Well, by that time, my room’s a mess, and I’ve spent maybe hours to arrive at the best look. :-(

I want to challenge myself to do things differently. I want to try a capsule wardrobe. Now, I’ve read several blogs that have taken on this same idea. I’ll link my favs here and here. Honestly, I’m afraid to do this because it requires that I get rid of stuff! :-( However, a closet full of things that I love that saves me time and headache is worth a try. 😀 Let me know what you think! Hope you enjoy this post. Much love.


Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT (similar here), Purse: Coach, Shoes: Mossimo, Watch: Anne Klein (I like this one), Bracelets: Forever 21, Sunglasses: Tahari (similar here)


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