Not Sure This Counts...

Happy Tuesday, folks! Somehow, sadly, we're halfway through this wonderful month. Despite my best efforts to slow time down, it keeps going at warp speed.  Work has me crazed for next week and half, but I felt like I needed to share what my motivation was to open my eyes this morning.

Happy Swiftober (you have to admit it's somewhat catchy. Or so annoying it's funny.)!


October So Far {iPhone Version}

This past few days couldn't be described as exciting, but nevertheless, they have been highly enjoyable.  I've been trying to think of some witty words to go along with the pictures, but this post is truly "what you see is what you get."

//lunch with my mom on Saturday! Confession: I debated for far too long on whether or not to post this picture since it's not the best, but this blog is all about being real...

 //Fun fall polish and a cable knit sweater

//Sweet Sam and sweet Halloween pj pants

//Some seriously delicious coffee

//Coffee table is ready for fall!

//And so is the mantle!

//finding the perfect flannel shirt 



Welcome back, October!

One of the greatest quotes I've ever read comes from Anne of Green Gables: 

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

This is easily one of my most favorite months.  If asked, it would be impossible for me to give a quick list as to why.  Once I would start ticking of the reasons, I wouldn't be able to stop.  The clothes, the smells, the flavors, the weather (not including today...high of 84. I can't even...), and just all the awesomeness that is this month.

Also, today I was reminded that this is the month 1989 (Taylor Swift's new album for those not in the know) comes out! I love this month.


I'm not always the best as keeping the goals I set, but I believe in well placed tenacity, so may as well keep trying.

October Goals
+ I believe in the written word, handwritten notes, and the opportunity to brighten someone's day. I totally want to be the person to make someone smile when they find a "just because" card in their mailbox.

+ Sometime during July, I legitimately had the thought "time to start brainstorming what Christmas presents to get people!" Then I realized I may have a problem.  Sanity question marks aside, I am super hopeful about getting Christmas presents either bought, or know what everyone is getting by the end of this month.  

+ Baking.  I have no quantifiable measurement for this, because, seriously, can you bake too much?  And the aforementioned flavors fall offers beg you to get in the kitchen.  One thing I am going to attempt are Pumpkin Pots de Crème with Maple Bourbon Whipped Cream.

Pray for our kitchen.

+ Apple Picking! Three years makes a tradition, right? This is something I look forward to every year with these sweet friends. AND it totally goes hand in hand with the whole baking goal because no one can eat a bushel of apples without them being covered in caramel and cinnamon. Just me? Okay, good deal.

+ I planted some mums and pansies this past weekend, and I am really hoping to keep them alive. Try as I might, I do not have a green thumb, but again, well placed tenacity.

+ An exciting new addition in our lives is Andrew's new car! This has been a long time coming, and I am so thankful for it, but that means I really need to check myself on buying things unnecessarily. So, the most important goal for this month is to keep spending low!


I could keep going, but I'll stop here and just say, hello, October. I've missed you.



A {Re}Introduction of Sorts

As I am currently trying to work myself out of a severe blogging drought, a reintroduction post seems not only fitting, but easy.

Just keeping it real.


name // Hi. My name is Maggie.

what you should know about me // I am thankful to be a Southerner, but prefer cold weather over hot.  Fall and Christmas are synonymous with happiness for me, but try my hardest to not rush either. My feelings towards Taylor Swift crossed over the "this is not normal" line a loooong time ago.  I often say reality has no place in my world and that I prefer dogs over people...I can neither confirm nor deny these are resoundingly true most days.  I blame my mother for my obsession to collect Christmas items, coffee mugs and candles.

loves of life // Above all else, Jesus. My husband. Our dogs. Our friends & family. My nephew.

home // Charlotte is where our roots are, but in my heart it's Nashville.  Remember the reality not having a place in my world...

dream job // Ideally, a guitar playing sportswriter.  Wish me luck.

other half // My sweet husband, Andrew, holds my heart fully and completely.  We said "I do" over six years ago and I still have moments where I have to blink and remind myself this is my life.  It's not always sweet, but it's always real and it's ours.

favorite food // I love groups of food...Mexican, all pumpkin flavored things, really good pizza, breakfast food. You get the point.

books // This is above and beyond the hardest thing for me to put into concise sentences. Ever. Books are my escape from the "real world." Also, I am a preteen when it comes to some of my favorites; The Divergent series, Harry Potter, Hunger Game series, etc. The way I see it, life is serious enough.

favorite quote // To me, fearless is not the absence of fear. It's not being completely unafraid. To me, fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death...Be brave, and you'll have the time of your life. - Taylor Swift

why I blog // When I started blogging, I really wasn't sure where it would take me, if anywhere, and so I really didn't have a direction.  For awhile, I focused too much on comments, number of followers, etc.  I have finally realized, and have stated many times in various posts, this blog is for me. I have never had a sponsored post, probably never will and that's okay.  I don't do outfit posts (y'all really don't want to look to me for fashion tips) or show of Pinterest worthy decor/recipes. What I do do is ramble, make grammatical errors and post a lot of pictures, and I must say, I do it very well.


So, that's me...tell me about you! It's easy to get wrapped up in reading someone's words and forgetting there is a person on the other side of the screen, and truly, "meeting" people is easily one of the best parts of blogging.



Weekend Recap (x2)!

How in the world we just finished the last weekend in September is beyond me.  But, nevertheless, that is supposedly what just happened.  I may or may not sometimes believe calendars lie.  I have no proof, but I'm working on it.

The past couple of weekends have been pretty great and I hate I didn't make time to write more.  Eh, par for the course at this point I suppose.  However, this is no time to sit and stew on "what could've been," so moving on to the recaps/the most pictures you may have ever seen in a post!

The Friday before last, I met my mom at my grandparents for the night before heading up to Boone for the weekend.  I always love spending time with my grandparents and I am so unbelievably thankful for them.  Also, loved having this view to start what would be an awesome weekend.

We got to Boone a little before 10 and spent the better part of the morning walking through King Street.  My mom hadn't spent a lot of time in Boone prior to this, so it was fun pointing out different things to her and showing her the stores I visited all to frequently for four years of my life.  We didn't buy many things, but I did buy these beauties!

I had been wanting some true cowboy boots for awhile and they have not disappointed.

After a thorough tour of King Street, we went to Cafe Portofino (yum) for lunch before walking on campus for a bit.  I'm pretty sure my mom's favorite part was visiting the ducks.

That evening was spent doing what I believe is a must anytime I go to Boone; driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I can't explain it, but despite not living there for over six years, I feel home when I am in Boone and I think being on the Parkway is a big part of that.  It may sound odd to some, but as I said, I can't explain it. This time, one of the best parts of being there was spending it with my mom, who was so clearly having fun, it just made my heart happy.

It was a truly wonderful weekend and I consider myself beyond blessed to spend this time, in this place, with my amazing mother!

Now, on to the second weekend recap (take heart, this past weekend's recap will have significantly less pictures)!

I often joke that Eric Church is Andrew's Taylor Swift.  For some reason, he hates this comparison. Not sure why, but regardless, he is a big Eric Church fan, and this weekend's main event was his concert Saturday night.  But before that happened, we finally got Andrew a new car!  This was a long time coming and very much needed.  I didn't get a shot of the car itself, but in this picture that is mostly us, you can see it :)

Eric Church, no surprise, was amazing.  He is always so pumped and seems to genuinely love what he does. If not, he missed his calling and should be an actor.

 If you made it this far, I applaud you and leave you with this final picture that encompasses all things cute.

Happy Monday and second to last day of September, y'all!



Oh Hey September

So, we're halfway through the ninth month of 2014, and though I'm normally a little indifferent towards September, I am kinda loving it this year.  This unofficial start to fall started a bit too warm for me, but as I write this, the windows are open, football is on the t.v. and all is right in the world.

This past week could not have been more awesome and should the rest of the month goes as planned, it may just go down as one of my favorites for the year...

Boone, football and friends
Ed Sheeran
Fun with our nephew
Most of September may technically be summer, but it surely produces autumn dreams.  Fall is such an awesomely delicious, beautiful season and Pinterest does little to nothing to lessen my love for this next season

Essie Bahama Mama//Pumpkin Pots de Creme//Creamy Tomato Soup//Plaid Shirt

I said here that I wanted to be more brave and to exercise my ability to be selfish with this blog, and I have high, hopefully realistic, hopes I will take full advantage of it this coming season.  There are so many fun things fall brings with it, I will be nearly impossible NOT to write.  I often view this space of mine as a digital scrapbook and I believe it will invaluable for the next several weeks.

This quote pretty much sums up the mindset I want to take for the rest of the year

Happy Monday, all!


Lately...and Exercising the Opportunity to be Selfish

Sometimes I write...sometimes I don't, and it's the times in between I think "lately" posts are more than necessary.  So without further adieu...


...I've been trying to enjoy the positive aspects of summer and not rush it along 
as I typically do around this time of year.

...despite not trying to rush summer, I've been on the hunt for the perfect oversize cable knit sweater at a price I deem appropriate.  It seems as though this will be a long, often painful search. Wish me luck.

...I've been playing it safe with books which results in reading the Divergent series for the fourth time.

...being more organized is high on my "to-do" list.  See what I did there?

...I've wanted to be outside as much as possible. I cannot get enough of early morning/evening walks 
with the pups.

...I cannot stop listening to "Shake It Off."  Though I've never made my love for Ms. Swift a secret, 
this song is not going to be remembered for its lyrical substance.


A somewhat mid-year resolution I unofficially made was to be more free with my words.  I don't mean to not recognize their worth, but to not over analyze every syllable to the point of making them worthless.  Writing and reading can be liberating if approached in the right way, and really, I shouldn't care as much as I do if everyone reads my words.  This is where I can be selfish.  This is my space. It's my voice.

I want to carry through on my promise to myself to be brave.  I will be more purposeful with writing in this blog and exercising this opportunity to be selfish.

Happy Friday and cheers to a long weekend!