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Nov 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!  I hope your day is spent with family, friends, and being grateful!

Enjoy the turkey, the potatoes, the football, and the post-meal nap! 

Nov 24, 2015

Whistle While You Work!

I'm one of those people who always needs background noise when I work.  Whether it's finishing up a blog post or working on editing a shoot, I need to have something to listen to or watch while I'm working.  If you're like me and you need to split your focus a little, then here are five easy tips for "whistling while you work"!

1 // Find a great way to watch your favorite shows online. One of my picks is the NBC TV Everywhere app!  You can watch TV without the TV using your desktop!  Catch up on your favorite shows like The Voice, The Blacklist (one of my faves!  So many plot twists and suspense...I get scared pretty easily, so watching this one while I have something to distract me a little, like work, is a good idea!), and Chicago Fire, among others.  The best part about NBC TVE is that you can watch full episodes of your faves anywhere, with no cable log-in required, straight on your desktop!  Great for when you're working on the go!

2 // Play some music.  This is a "duh" moment, but the kind of music you play can really affect your work!  I love listening to movie scores while editing a wedding, or maybe some up-beat pop music if I want 

3 // Have some snacks on hand.  I can't work if my tummy is grumbling, so I like to keep some healthy snacks nearby!

4 // Have a workspace that inspires creativity.  Check out this post for more tips!

5 // Get comfortable!  I'm a "comfort above all else" kind of girl, and I get the most done when I'm dressed comfortably and in an atmosphere that lets me relax a little.  Even my office at work is warm and cozy!

What do you do to whistle while you work?  

Nov 19, 2015

The Guys Behind the Blog // November

Woohoo!  It's that time of the month again...time for the Guys Behind the Blog! I love this monthly link-up where AJ gets a chance to take over the blog and answer some questions for all of you.  If you've never joined us, grab your guy and the questions below and linkup sometime in the next week!

1. What sports did you participate in as a child? What sports did you watch growing up?
I played Football, Baseball and Basketball.. I was really only ever any good at football and baseball though. Mostly because I was huge compared to other kids…

2. If you could line up your ideal Super Bowl, who would be facing off, where would they play and who would you pick to win?

EASY. E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLESSSSSS v Patriots… But the timing would have to be right. Ya see, the only Super Bowl that my team (the Eagles… Obvs) have played in while I have been alive was against the EVIL EMPIRE (AKA the Patriots). And if you are not a sports fan you should know two very important things… The Eagles only lost by 3, and THE PATRIOTS WERE FOUND CHEATING THAT SEASON. Coincidence?? I think not. I want to see the eagles CRUSH them hard… preferably culminating in Tom Brady and Bill Belichick retiring.

3. Do you prefer the summer or winter Olympics? If you could participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be?

I like the Winter Olympics the most. I love that event where a bunch of guys/girls are basically sitting in a bullet flying through an ice tunnel. That’s amazing. If I had to participate… I would choose almost anything but that event. Because it’s fun to watch but I value my life… 

4. What is your favorite food to eat at a sports party (ex: World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, etc.)?

My favorite food to eat at a sports party depends on the sport… If it’s football I love chili because it’s a great fall food. If I’m at a World Series party then the best thing is a Hot Dog! And finally if I’m at a Stanley Cup party (Which I never am), I will be craving wonton tacos… Mostly because I always end up watching the Stanley cup at an Applebees for some weird reason. 

5. Who is your all time favorite athlete and why?

BRIAN DAWKINS. This guy is the classiest. He was my favorite player on the Eagles growing up and has become a total legend in Philly sports. He’s a great example of an athlete who loves Jesus and hitting people, because you CAN love both! He also was just insanely fun to watch and always got the crowd pumped up. He is the voice/writer of this awesome video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4bb06sxWpg


For the record, I knew he'd like this month because it was an opportunity to talk all about sports!
This month's link up will be open through next Friday, so join in with us!

And here are the questions for December....join us starting December 17th for next month's link up! (we're going a week early again because of the holiday, but in January we'll be back to our regular schedule of the last Thursday of the month!)  
1. What's on your Christmas list this year?
2. Did you believe is Santa as a child? Do you have any funny Santa stories?
3. What is a Christmas tradition you hope to pass on someday?
4.  Do you open presents on Christmas morning or a different time?
5.  What is your favorite Christmas song?  Movie?

Date Night Essentials

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As newlyweds, AJ and I like to try to go on dates once in a while.  We love exploring our town, trying out new restaurants, and we've recently gotten into the habit of going out once a week and just sit down to have dinner and really talk.

I love those little dates, because they give us a chance to really connect after a busy week.  I'm learning quickly in marriage that it really takes intentionality to make sure that your spouse feels cared for.  Life can get really busy, and so it's important to set aside time that's free of distraction to spend together and focus on one another. 

No matter where we spend our date nights, I try to never leave home without some basic essentials in my bag!  There's nothing worse than setting out on a date and getting derailed because of a minor ailment like a headache, or just being uncomfortable because you forgot something or you have an outfit mishap.  I put together a little Date Night Essentials kit with a bunch of products that are must-haves in my option so that date night never gets cut short!

Here's what's in my purse on any given date night:

Advil Tablet Vial // Advil is probably one of my most-important purse essentials for date night or any day of the week!  Use Advil tablets for headaches, minor arthritis and other joint pain, muscle aches and pains of the common cold.  Keep the convenient, purse-friendly Advil Tablet Vial in your bag for any little ache that threatens to cut date night short!

Nexium 24HR // Let's face it:  having heartburn is enough to ruin any evening out with your man.  Having Nexium 24HR in your bag can help give you heartburn protection.  (May take 1 to 4 days for full effect.  Use as directed.)

Emergen-C // I always like to have some Emergen-C on me in the event that I feel something coming on.  I just feel good about having that little extra boost at my fingertips!  With over 20 varieties of vitamin supplement drink mixes, Emergen-C offers the formula, flavor, fix, and FUN you're looking for!

Lint Roller, Static Guard, & Stain Remover Pen // These are some of my biggest must-haves!  Having these practical items in your bag will ensure that you keep your date-night outfit looking picture perfect!

Deodorant // I can't tell you how many times I get so caught up in my morning routine that I almost forget to put on deodorant.  There's nothing worse than realizing that you left the house without smelling good, and keeping a small deodorant in your purse can come to the rescue in this sort of situation, or when you just need a quick refresh!

Nail File & Clear Polish // Keeping a nail file in your purse is a no-brainer...if you break or snag a nail, there's nothing worse than not having a way to fix it.  Having a nail file in your bag is a quick and easy fix in this situation!  Having a bottle of quick-dry clear nail polish is important because it not only can stop chipping, but it can also stop a run in your tights!

You can find all of these date-night purse essentials (and more) at Walmart!  One quick and easy shopping trip was all it took for me to put together the essential purse survival pack that's perfect for any and every date night!

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