A Bennett First :: Meeting Santa

It’s been a very sad week for my family.  For those who may not know, my father passed away unexpectedly last Sunday.  We have been trying really hard to pick up the pieces of our broken hearts, but for the time being, these pictures of Bennett meeting Santa for the first time will have to fill the void of the lack of laughter and smiles we have been suffering the last few days.

For Bennett, meeting Santa went exactly as I had expected.  At first it was uncertainty, and soon after it was a full blown meltdown from “Stranger Danger”.  Hopefully next year he will be more at ease with Mr. Claus!

All photos were taken by my sweet friend Laura Gattis

Superficial Things I’m Thankful For in 2014

I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge some of the random things I’m thankful for this year that have nothing to do with the actual things we are supposed to be thankful for… But please know that I am ALWAYS thankful for the important things in life i.e. health & family ;)

Alright, here we go!

1.  “Group 1” boarding when traveling :: seriously, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love being one of the first ones on a plane to make sure you have plenty of overhead space for your carry-ons. Not to mention you get to be all settled in with your headphones on, book in hand, while everyone else walks by all miserable because they were not in “Group 1”. Such a ridiculous thing to be thankful for (not to mention slightly snobby) but for real… I dare you to tell me that you do not enjoy walking to the front of that CRAZY line that people start forming before their group has even been called…  I dare you!

2. Free shipping :: this is self explanatory

3. Too Faced Better Than False Lashes nylon lash extension system :: a friend of mine introduced me this a few months ago, and at first I thought it was a little weird, but after using it a few times I really like the way it makes my lashes so much longer without having to wear fake lashes with sticky glue and all that mess…

It’s a three step process :: 1. add primer with the “activating base” 2. build lashes with the nylon fibers in white tube 3. seal lashes with the base from step 1


4. Top loader washers (SO much better than front loaders in my personal opinion) :: I’ve had both and I just think my clothes get more sanitized and clean in a top loader.  That’s all I have to say about that.

5. Bump Nest body pillows :: life.changing. Since becoming pregnant, my sleeping was almost non-existent.  Not that I didn’t have sleeping problems before pregnancy, but it did get worse… The Bump Nest wraps around your entire body where you can have a pillow between your legs, under your belly, supports your head and neck, and ends at your back where you feel completely comfortable.  Highly recommend for anyone who likes this kind of thing and has problems sleeping.


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow!


30 Things I have Learned from my 20’s

Since my Roaring 20’s are coming to an end and my Flirty 30’s will be here before I know it, I decided to reflect back on the last decade and make a list of 30 lessons learned.

1. If the music is good, dance.

2. Even skinny girls need to work out.

3. Haters are gonna hate… but remember… lions don’t lose sleep over the opinions of sheep.

4. Traveling is money well spent.

5. Drinking and driving is for the birds. Get a cab.

6. Always, always, ALWAYS wear sunscreen.  Or better yet, self tan!  Wrinkles, sunspots, and cancer are not worth your temporary goddess-like glow.

7. Judging others does not make you better than them. It just makes you mean.

8. You do not need to have kids in your 20’s!!

9. Men love (and marry) classy ladies.

10. Take LOTS of pictures! They will be proof that you were once cool.

11. Wine > Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Gin, Beer, Etc…

12. Choose your friends wisely, quality over quantity. I’d rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies.

13. Dogs are a huge responsibility and a great stepping stone before having kids.

14.  Kindness is free.

15. Be thankful & appreciate everything , especially time with loved ones.

16. The sweet, handsome, smart, practical guy (with straight teeth) is the better choice ;)

17. Always splurge on handbags and shoes. (learned this in my late 20’s)

18. Apologize when you are wrong.  You will feel better when you are forgiven.

19. Skipping class/work every now and then to go to the beach is always worth it.

20. If you are wearing a low cut shirt, don’t show too much leg.  If you are showing off your stems, cover the girls up top.

21. Having good taste can outweigh having lots of money.

22. Hole in the wall restaurants are better than chains.

23. Social media sucks and we shouldn’t let it consume our lives.

24. Don’t feel bad for being honest.

25. If the company you work for offers a 401k, take it, and contribute the max amount they will match.

26. Men’s deodorant & razors are WAY better than women’s.

27. Stay in school for as long as possible because the real world is not nice. Or fair.

28. Credit cards are not my friend.

29. When someone approaches you to be on a reality TV show, just say NO!

30. My mom was right… about everything.