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Feb 11, 2016

The Golden Vlog // February

Hey friends!

It's been two months since I got a chance to join in on The Golden Vlog, but I'm so excited to be back this month!  We're talking all about love, family, and friends this month!  I hope you'll join in with us!

Here's the Rules . . .
1. You must follow your hosts on at least ONE form of social media to linkup w/ us. 
2. We want to see your face! How many times you roll your eyes, and if you talk with your hands! So link up a post featuring your VLOG answering this months questions! Please link up a post not your blog's home page, and be sure there is a VLOG (video blog) featured! This is the Golden Vlog after all ;)
3. Add the button above or a text link to one of the hosts to help us promote this crazy thing!
4. Spread the love! go watch, listen, and comment on other blogs and make some new friends!

Feel free to use #GoldenVlog on twitter let us know you are linking up with us as well. We will be checking the hashtag through the day and retweeting when we can. :) If you have any questions at all or want to be included on our monthly Golden Vlog Letter with next months questions just email lifewithmrsgandtheartist@gmail.com
*all links not featuring a vlog or this months questions will be removed!

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Feb 8, 2016

Relax and Color! (Plus two free coloring pages)

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Prismacolor, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #relaxandcolor  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

I've always loved coloring.  When I was little, give me a box of crayons and a princess coloring book and I was good to go.  Last year, when I was teaching preschool, I loved chatting with my students over the coloring center in the morning.  So when adult coloring books became a thing this year, I was all about it.  I bought myself a Christmas-themed one and AJ and I had a few laid-back coloring nights during the craziness of the holiday season.  I then got not one, not two, but three coloring books as Christmas gifts.

I wish I could tell you that I make a lot of time for things like coloring, but it's just not the case.  Other creative passions and many more practical tasks come first most days.  However, I won't lie...coloring has a way of relaxing me and helping me just chill out.  In fact, the one time that I do make time for coloring is when I get a chance to watch some TV.  Coloring & TV just goes well together, doesn't it?  In the midst of a stressful week, I love nothing more than to grab a cup of warm tea, snuggle into a cozy blanket, and plop myself on the couch to color while I watch 20 girls vie for a certain single guy's heart (you know, ladies!).

One of the things that I've found that I love coloring the most is words.  I can sometimes go cross-eyed looking at all the tiny details that are found in the adult coloring books that are popular in stores, so when I found my Christmas coloring book, I was totally delighted to discover that it had a ton of hand-lettering in it!  So, I created a few hand-lettered coloring pages that you can download and enjoy for yourself.

While coloring with the same colored pencils that you did when you were a kid can seem sentimental, it didn't take me long into my adult coloring journey to discover that they just don't hold up the way I remember.  When I found Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils at my local Michaels, I was not only amazed at how many colors there were to choose from, but also at the quality.  I happily tossed aside my childhood crayons, markers, and colored pencils and upgraded to the beautiful hues and obvious quality of Prismacolor pencils and markers!

So, if you need to chill out and relax, I've created two fun (and frame-able!) coloring pages for you to download for free.  Grab your Prismacolor Premier colored pencils and relax and color!

Download the "Choose Joy" coloring page here

Download the "Let's Be Adventurers" coloring page here

Make sure to check out Michaels coupons for additional savings, in newspapers and online! Need some more coloring pages? Click here and select “free pages” to download your own free Prismacolor coloring pages!

Feb 3, 2016

Loving Well // Date Nights & Quality Time

This post features products given to us from our friends at JORD.  As always, all content, photos, and opinions are mine and I only support brands that I truly love!

Last week, AJ and I celebrated five months of marriage.  It's hard to believe that we have been husband and wife for that long, but at the same time, it's hard to remember what life was like before we shared it so closely.  One of the things that we quickly learned in marriage is that just because you live with someone doesn't mean that you are always creating a quality connection when you're spending time together.

There are plenty of days where I stay at the office too late or AJ stays up working long after I've gone to bed.  There are plenty of times when we sit on the couch signing or writing or editing our own projects and it's easy to say that we're spending time to gather in those moments, but the reality is that those moments are lacking in focus on one another.  And while that time is absolutely necessary, as we both run a freelance business and need to dedicate time to that, it's even more necessary to be sure that we're dedicating time during the week to focusing on one another.

Since my work week is Sunday-Thursday, AJ suggested a few weeks ago that we start making Thursday nights our date nights.  Typically, for us, that means dinner, maybe a movie, but that's not the part that matters.  What matters the most is that we get to spend some time together away from work, away from the computer, and away from our phones.

I've come to love our little Thursday night dates.  They're typically not anything super fancy, but they just set such a good tone to our weekend.  They allow us both to unwind and relax and give me a reason to look cute at the end of my work week.  And they're just such a refreshing and simple way to show the other that we care with undivided attention and time that's not rushed.  I love spending any sort of time with AJ, and these dedicated date nights really allow us to refocus on one another before we spend our weekend checking things off of our to-do list together.  Because time with the one you love is always well spent!

One of the other things that I love about our date nights is getting to plan an outfit and have a reason to dress cute!  Wednesdays are really long days for me and it's easy to roll out of bed on Thursdays and not want to put a whole lot of effort into my hair and makeup, but I realized pretty quickly that I like to feel pretty on our date night.  As silly as that might sound, putting a bit of time and thought into what I'm wearing or how I look on a Thursday gets me even more excited to spend some time out with my husband on Thursday night, even if that time just involves grabbing dinner and then walking around Target (which, let's be real, happens a lot!).

So, this week, I've already thought through my date night outfit, and I'm excited to include this super cute wooden watch from JORD.  I love JORD's wooden watches...they're unique and I get so many compliments and questions when I wear them.  And every girl knows that having cute accessories can help make or break an outfit!

I've partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $25 each for the Valentine's Day! ! If you've had your eye on one of these lovely wood watches, be sure to enter to redeem your gift code, they'll be good through the end of March! Entering is easy; click here. It will ask you for your email and your favorite JORD watch (so many to choose from) once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you! And if you're still looking for a great Valentine's Day gift for your guy, trust me, AJ LOVES his JORD watch...we can't recommend them enough!


Feb 1, 2016

Plaid for Baltimore

Boots: Matisse  |  Jeans:  Gap  |  Sweater: Old Navy  |  Poncho: Old Navy  

This fall, AJ and I took a quick day trip down to Baltimore to meet Emilie of Burke Does for a photo session (you can check that session out here).  We planned to meet in our favorite section of the city, Fells Point, but when we arrived, we realized that there was a huge fall festival all around Fells and the normally-empty cobblestone streets were packed with people.

Emilie was stuck in some traffic trying to get to us, so AJ and I decided to wander around the waterfront a bit in hopes of finding a less-crowded area that would work for doing Emilie's portraits. As usual, Fells Point did not disappoint and all's well that ended well...we found a few great streets that worked like a charm, got some great shots for Emilie, and AJ even snapped a few of me before we got started.

I meant to blog this outfit back in the fall, but it just never happened.  The poncho was one of those purchases that I was excited about when I found it, because it's not exactly something I would typically buy.  However, it's proven to be a great addition to my wardrobe for days when a jacket was just too much or for days when I just wanted to be a bit cozier.  Also, now that I'm looking at these photos, I've firmly decided that I'm over my bangs and I want my old hair back...oops.  Here's hoping they grow out by summer!

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