Out To Sea

Feb 25, 2015


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Sometimes I feel like a small ship stranded at sea waiting for a large wave to come and capsize me at any moment. It's easy to get overwhelmed and feel like the only thing that will make everything better is a big bowl of ice cream or a good cry. I frequently let small things at at work, with friends, or family completely ruin my day. Like nope, game over, let's just move on to tomorrow. There is no rhyme or reason to what will affect me but when it does I am in a big ole mean funk (the funk is mean, not me). I have some new things that I have found to be very helpful for the aforementioned funk.


Calm.com (try and say that ten times fast) is the perfect escape when I find myself getting overrun with mindless worrying. I love being able to set a timer on a guided calm (I highly recommend these) or a timer for a quiet calm. Taking a few minutes out of my day for a little mediation works wonders for sorting out my thoughts, settling my nerves and in turn reduces my anxiety. Plus I always find it boosts my mood and productivity when I am done.

Yoga with Erin Motz of Bad Yogi has really improved my overall mood and stress level. I find that practicing first thing in the morning  helps me start the day fully awake and ready to face any challenge. And another short session either after work or right before bed really helps me wash any of the day's worries or ick that has built up in me. Erin is really great for beginners (like myself) it takes some getting used to and I am still not perfect but I do find it to be a great addition to my day. 

Pacifica is a new app that I stumbled upon the other day  and while I haven't had a chance to really dive in and explore every part of the app, I was immediately interested. It seems like a perfect tool for those with high anxiety levels like me and has so many different functions like Mood Tracker, Relaxation Exercises, Experiments, to name a few, which are supposed help combat anxiety. I am hoping with frequent use of this app I can become better at managing my anxiety.

Hopefully some of these can help you whether you have anxiety or just have a lot going on in your life and need some ways to relax! 
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Lip Love

Feb 19, 2015


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Ever since about age eighteen my mother would repeatedly tell me, "you need to put on some lip color" and I would grumble back "meh". I couldn't stand having anything on my lips (aside from some ChapStick), it made me feel so old and I was not ready to grow up at all. Now in my later twenties, I am obsessed with lip care/color/gloss/everything and wish I could go back and say to young Meegan, "listen to your mom, your lips get thinner as you get older, so find a fun color and go nuts!". I am still not as brave as my barbie pink lip color wearing sister; I like to think I am more on the left side of the above chart and she on the right. What about you, do you dare to go bold & bright with your lips or keep it fresh & simple? Got any recommendations for pale brunettes?
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Friday Update & Link-up!

Feb 13, 2015

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1|| Husband and I just finalized our flight and hotel to Baltimore for a good friends' wedding in May and I cannot wait to see old friends. It has been a while since I have been to Baltimore/D.C. and as much as I thought I was over D.C. I've recently decided I'm not. Have you been to the area? If you had 48 hours in Baltimore/D.C. what would be on your list? I'm looking to pack in as much fun (fine...food) in as I possibly can.

2|| I'm not sure what fuels my love of ballet but I have always loved shows/movies/documentaries about dance. I wish I had taken dance lessons as a child, but looking at my body now, I know I was not made to be a ballerina. I recently saw a preview for Ballet 422, a look "backstage at New York City Ballet as Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work" and I'm dying to see it. Until it is released, if you need a ballet fix check out this & this. Who doesn't love to see the behind the scenes of anything artsy?

3|| Ever since I listed to the podcast "Serial" (any listeners out there? Did you see the news?- big deal), I have been hooked on podcasts. They really seem to make the work day go by faster and I have learned a lot. If you can listen to stuff at work, I highly recommend the ones below!


  • Call Your Girlfriend// If you are post college like me and have had/has a bestie that lives far away you are sure to love this podcast on all things current. Just a informal chat between friends.
  • Memory Palace// Pretty sure husband wants to kill me after I spouted out a ton of random facts after listening to too many episodes of the Memory Palace. If you love historical fun facts and have 3-5 minutes to spare, I suggest listening to an episode.
  • Criminal// If you love Serial, real life crime story, you will love Criminal. If you haven't listened to Serial then just think real life Law & Order.
  • Throwing Shade// I am new to this one and have only listened to one episode but I looove it so far. So freaking funny!
4|| Just to acknowledge Valentine's day (but let's be serious Galentine's Day is where it's at!), I thought I would fill out the latest Blogmopolitan quiz from Erin at Two Thirds Hazel! I am addicted to quizzes and every time she releases one I feel like a pre-teen reading Seventeen again. It's my favorite link-up ever! And in case you don't know what Galentine's Day is please watch some Parks and Recreation and you can thank me later. ;)



What are your plans for Valentine's Day? Big romantic plans or Netflix and snacks like me? No matter what you do, remember I love and appreciate each of you! ♥

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Friday Favorites

Jan 30, 2015

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Happy Friday everyone! I am so glad this week is almost in the books. Maybe I should stop saying that I am totally wishing my life away to get to the weekends...Oh well! 

one|| I am not sure what it is, but I have been bit by a creativity bug, big time. From calligraphy, to watercolor, to flower arranging--I just want to learn some new things! Granted I am not the creative type so it will be a rough go of it, but I figure it's better than nothing. If you live in the Birmingham area and offer or know of any great classes, please let me know! 

two|| If you have been here awhile, you know my love for soup. When I stumbled upon Twin Stripe's Soup and Beer Pairing post I thought, My two favorite things together! I'm hooked. I cannot wait to try out some of the pairings this weekend--especially since our Spring-like warmer weather has not come around yet.

three|| Anyone in the market for some new paint? We have started the demolition on our bathroom and I am planning on taking full advantage of Sherwin-Williams current sale. Granted it ends tomorrow so better take advantage of it ASAP. Did you know you can buy the gallon of paint during the sale then go back and get it colored once you've decided on the perfect color? Good thing too, who knew it was so hard to pick out the perfect white?

I hope y'all have a great weekend!
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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 Pikoshirts.com! 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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