Winter to Spring

Jan 27, 2015

Maybe it's just The South, but it seems to me that we are definitely easing into Spring. The last week felt so amazing with sun shining, bringing with it a little open toed shoes kind of weather and it really got me thinking, Is it time for me to bring my Spring clothes from the back of the closet to the front? I might be jumping the gun here, but the transition from seasons is my favorite time to daydream about new clothes and think on some outfit inspiration.

A big trend I have been loving recently is the Piko shirt. I can't go ten feet without seeing one of these shirts and it is for the best reasons. They are so soft, the best for layering, or just wearing with some great accessories and they are so affordable you could buy one in every color. Below I took the Heather Grey Piko shirt and paired it with my favorite Winter and Spring favorites, for a little look for all of us--whether outside is snowy and chilly or it's starting to warm up.

Winter to Spring

It's amazing how some layers and colors can take you from Winter to Spring. Have you tried a Piko shirt yet? If not, I highly suggest you grab one quick before they sell out. I have definitely found the best place to get some at the best price is! They are without a doubt, the comfiest shirt I have owned in a long time. And did I mention, it's the best at hiding those extra post-holiday pounds until you work it out for Spring!

What is your favorite Winter to Spring staple?
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I miss cable

Jan 25, 2015

You know the saying "you never know what you have 'til it's gone"? I feel like it was written about my break up with cable. Granted it has been about two and a half years, and I should really be over it, but I'm not. This past weekend we visited Husband's sister in Atlanta for her wedding shower, and I may or may not have spent the entire time watching HGTV. Let me tell you, I love trashy reality TV as much as any other crazy, bored, twenty-something year old, out there but I have a special place in my heart for home TV. Maybe it's me slowly becoming an old married lady but I don't hate it.

I binged watched the show Fixer Upper and I am pretty bummed that I do not live in Texas. I want to be besties with Chip and Joanna and have them help me with my ever expanding list of home renovation projects. Every single part of their work screams "Meegan should live here!" Yeah home, I agree. My favorite home was the perfect bungalow dramatically transformed from old to new for newlyweds Blake and Kimberly. It's all in the details y'all, and this house has tons. Check it out below!

If you love renovations and have HGTV do me a favor and watch some episodes for me, you know, between episodes of reality TV. ;)

***All pictures via HGTV Fixer Upper website.

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Just No.

Jan 22, 2015

The Good Vibe - Inspirational Picture Quotes

One of the most important things I did at the beginning of 2015 was really sit down and think of ways to be happier, healthier, and overall a better person in 2015. I am not one for New Year's Resolutions. There are many people out there that love them, stick to them, and really accomplish their goal when created as a "New Year's Resolution".  I am not one of those people. I find it hard to set a firm line and dictate my mood/happiness/success on whether or not I crossed that line. I am very free flowing and like to set small goals to reach one big goal in the end. Maybe I am weird, but I know what works for me so why change it, right?

One thing I am most guilty of is saying maybe.  Contrary to everyone's opinions on maybes, maybes, for me, are not a solid no. Sometimes I just don't know how I will feel that night/day/week/time etc and I don't want commit to doing something that I might not be up for. I also hate cancelling on people. Once I do commit I hate failing to honor that commitment, even if it is something small. Lastly, I hate more than anything saying no. I find myself:

...over explaining my no. I'm trying to keep from hurting feelings, but it always comes out sounding insincere and possibly like I'm lying. Plus sometimes there is no good reason. Maybe I just don't feel up for going out, or doing a particular thing. Occasionally, staying home and doing nothing is my plan for the day.

...feeling guilty for saying no. I usually say yes to keep in everyone's good graces. Maybe that is just the people-pleaser in me? But I find that I will say yes to stuff I might not be interested in because the consequences of saying no might be worse than just going along.

...worrying about FOMO (fear of missing out). If you have been a reader here for awhile, you know I am no stranger to FOMO. I hate to miss a good time and saying yes to everything will keep me from missing out. Right?

So, in 2015 people will be hearing a few more "no's" from me. I've decided, I need to put myself and my feelings first, stop over analyzing everything/everyone's responses, and just be happy with saying just no.

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Jan 21, 2015

I had such a productive long weekend. I swear last work week really made me work for my three days away. But I definitely soaked up every drop of the weekend.

1|| We are having a glorious warm front in Birmingham and I made sure to take advantage of it this weekend. My friend Wynn and I took our dogs (Ellie and Dakota) to Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve to work off some winter pudge.

2|| After Brooks so sweetly created this brand new theme (what do you think? that's her handwriting in my header, amazing huh?) we decided we needed some updated photos for our blogs. She also brought me the coolest gift that I had to put on my desk, it's a 260 inspirational quotes; great for a rough day at work! Plus she made a yummy scented candle. I love such thoughtful gifts.

3|| I am obsessed with the Authentic Weather app ever since Nadine mentioned it on her blog. It is an app with a little attitude, perfect for the smart asses among us.

4|| Husband likes to eat bread with every meal, so I decided to try my hand at baking some the past few weeks. I think I have found the perfect recipe! Who doesn't love fresh baked crunchy outside, but soft inside bread? I know this carb lover does!

5|| I am trying to get in shape after enjoying my winter layers for too long. I have a bachelorette trip in a few weeks down in Florida, and I need to slim down. It sounds gross for anyone over the age of two, but I have been loving a Kellogg's Nutri-grain waffle, topped with a smear of Smucker's Natural peanut butter, and a cute pattern of sliced banana to finish it off. So delicious! Do you have any slim down suggestions, workouts or meals?

6|| Husband and I are renovating out tiny bathroom that is connected to the master bedroom. The downside to owning a 1920's house is that the bathrooms were not a priority so we have lots to do. We went to Lowe's where I decided to hang out in a shower insert and take selfies until he was done picking out boring hardware. Bathroom Inspiration board to come!

And now I am back in the swing of things at work, missing my long weekend. How about you? What have you been up to?
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Favorites - Cool Weather Comfort Foods

Jan 8, 2015

I'm back! Sorry for the long break from the blog but between the holidays, the busy season at work, and back to back sick spells, I had to take it easy and focus on the things that really needed to get done. But I am back, and fingers crossed should stick around for a bit.

The past few days the south has had a significant cold snap. Nothing compared to our neighbors to the north have had to face, but still bitterly cold with some big wind gusts with accompanied power outages in our area. This morning I woke up to my instagram/facebook feed covered in weather app screenshots of "feels like" negative temperatures and I immediately wanted to stay in bed all day. As soon as the weather gets even a tiny bit chilly I am craving a big bowl of chili or any other warm soup/stew. Preferably with a big chuck of bread, some hot tea, while I am wrapped in a warm blanket. Maybe it is just because I am always cold in my old 1920's house with what I am 100% sure are the original windows and I can feel the cold bursts of wind through my house. But I spend most of my winter wanting soup and only soup.

Below are a few of my favorite tried and true cold weather comfort foods that I highly recommend you make ASAP, especially if you are as soup obsessed as I am. The last one, Chickpea and Spinach Stew is my recent favorite because husband and I have pretty much gone over to the vegetarian side, more in a later post. Try some out and let me know what you think! And if you aren't into soups you can always head on over to my appropriately named Om Nom Nom Pinterest board for more ideas.

Creamed Chicken and Corn Soup

As always I love suggestions, I love soup and I pretty much yet to taste one that I haven't liked so please share. Hope y'all are staying warm where ever you are!

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Swoonday - Sophia Bush's Mish-Mash Home

Dec 14, 2014

When browsing interiors and home design I am naturally drawn to celebrity homes. I mean who doesn't love being able to picture where famous actors live and just get to imagine and day in the life? I know I certainly do! For all you One Tree Hill fans out there (where y'all at?),  I thought I would pick Sophia Bush's lovely Hollywood Hills home to explore today. When I say explore I mean highlight on old blog here, not like I was personally invited to shoot some photos. I wish! I love her mish-mash home, it make me feel more comfortable with my eclectic home. I could certainly see myself lounging with a glass of wine in this house with Sophia. I mean her quotes make her sound like such a cool down-to-earth girl. Sophia, you know where to find me if you want to hang!

Home Tour: Sophia Bush's Hollywood Launch Pad

Home Tour: Sophia Bush's Hollywood Launch Pad

Home Tour: Sophia Bush's Hollywood Launch Pad

Home Tour: Sophia Bush's Hollywood Launch Pad

Home Tour: Sophia Bush's Hollywood Launch Pad

Home Tour: Sophia Bush's Hollywood Launch Pad

Home Tour: Sophia Bush's Hollywood Launch Pad

Home Tour: Sophia Bush's Hollywood Launch Pad

Home Tour: Sophia Bush's Hollywood Launch Pad

What do y'all think? What kind of style do you like in your home?

I hope y'all have a great week!
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