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How To Avoid Burnout

How To Avoid Burnout

White Sweater (similar) | Black Jeans | Bumble & Bustle Mug We are on the cusp of 2017 wrapping up- can you believe it? I certainly can’t! And although I am so happy that the holiday season is here, with the happiest time also comes the busiest time of the year. From tying up loose ends in business, blogging, budgeting and more, my already long to do list seems endless. I think we can all agree we’d love to keep the momentum of 2017 rolling right on into 2018. But if I am honest with myself, I am also so tired. Does anyone else feel this way? Last year, I found myself unprepared as the New Year made its arrival and this year, I’ve devised a plan to remove stress and revel in holiday shopping, traveling to see family and celebrating with my loved ones (because that’s truly what it’s all about!). Recharging during busy times is always a challenge for me but essential as life is busy! This year, I am being mindful of the potential of burnout and taking proactive measures to ensure I am ready for 2018. Here’s how I plan to tackle it all: Stay focused: Mack […]

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Oxford, MS Travel Guide

Oxford, MS Travel Guide

As most of you already know, Mack and I went back to Oxford, Mississippi a few weeks ago for the Ole Miss vs. LSU football game. We had the best time ever and I expressed to Mack how easy it is to take advantage of a place you love so much. I didn’t even realize how much I missed Oxford until I went back! It’s a hidden gem in the state of Mississippi that I never would have found if it weren’t for my Dad who loves SEC football. That’s the first thing people ask me when I say I went to Ole Miss… “how did you get to Ole Miss from Denver?” My answer is always the same, “when you have a Dad with an affinity for college sports, towns and traditions, you find yourself in Oxford.” Since it’s so near and dear to my heart I wanted to compile a list of where to stay, eat and play while visiting this Mississippi town. Let me preface this by saying that home games on any football weekend pose a number of challenges when visiting since it is so small- hotels literally book a year in advance for every home game. […]

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Fall Festivities on the Emerald Coast

Fall Festivities

Fall in Florida means beach days and 80 degree weather… it’s perfect! But it offers a different kind of perfect while everyone else enjoys their Maple Pecan Lattes from Starbucks, we are still sitting in summer-like temperatures here. Luckily, the temperatures start to drop in November so I am crafting my fall to do list a few weeks early (for me) but a few weeks late (to the rest of the country)! Here are some fun fall festivities that I’d like to partake in to welcome chilly temperatures: Go to the pumpkin patch– Check! Our coastal version of the pumpkin patch made for a fun Sunday afternoon even in the Florida heat. As you can see from the photos above, it was a bright and sunny day. Attend an SEC Football Game {or two}– We live in SEC country with a number of large schools within driving distance. We are headed somewhere fun THIS WEEK but I’ll share more about that on Wednesday. Nothing says fall like a Saturday down South while watching a football game! Enjoy a cinnamon roll- Once fall hits, I am all about baked goods! Give me a warm crumb cake, scone or cinnamon roll and I […]

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Get Fit Before the Holidays

Get Fit Before the Holidays

In high school I never realized how much I was working out when it was through school sports. Those built-in times to workout never really felt like working out to me. Once I hit college, I realized that I had to create time to workout as it’s no longer a required part of my day. Luckily for me, I enjoyed the class schedule at the Fitness Center and also joined a sorority with a workout room which made my Housewives obsession actually a productive few hours during my week. Fast forward to post-grad, working the 9-5 life and that’s when working out and I really had a tough time haha. We basically broke up for a few months. I “couldn’t” make myself get up an hour earlier and I hate to workout a night. I noticed it became all about how can I get out of working out rather than focusing on the benefits that a good workout brings. I’ve tried it all; zumba, pilates, the treadmill, weights classes and more without ever feeling like I really enjoy it. Mack on the other hand has always made working out a priority which inevitably has rubbed off on me as it’s something […]

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Favorite Products for Rebel & Tiger

A Girl's Best Friend: Rebel & Tiger

Rebel (morkie, 4 years old) & Tiger (yorkie, 2 years old) goDog Toys | Kong Toys | No-Hide Sticks | Dog Food Storage | Travel Carrier As I type this post Rebel is asleep on the couch and snoring… I wish you all could hear it. Sweetest thing ever! I mentioned in this post that I may do a post about my sweet boys so here it is! Both of their birthdays are in August, exactly one week apart so I figured I would highlight them since they deserved to be spoiled all month long. Mack would tell you that every month is their birthday month however haha. Let me start this post by saying that to me, a house is not a home without a dog, or in our case dogs! They bring me so much joy from the minute I wake up until we snuggle into bed at night. I know that people with pets understand this feeling so I won’t bore you with that for too long! In honor of their birthday month I’d like to share our favorite products for Rebel and Tiger (most often referred to as, “the boys”): Play- We give them goDog toys as they last the longest. They […]

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Five Greeting Cards to Always Have on Hand

Five Greeting Cards to Always Have

Stationary from Mingle 30A (if you don’t live locally, similar options here and here) | Acrylic Stationary Box The Griffin household is always fully stocked with wine, shipping materials (boxes, packing tape, stamps etc.) and greeting cards. One might think, what about necessities like toilet paper or extra groceries? Not in this house haha. In fact, we almost ran out of TP when we had guests in our home and that was embarrassing. But if anyone needs a glass of wine or to send some form of snail mail, I’ve got you covered. There’s something about quality stationary that I really just love! When selecting greeting cards, I can spend a solid 30 minutes standing in front of the display deciding on which to purchase. Snail mail, although very simple, makes me so happy! I am always excited when I get a handwritten card in our mailbox and I like to share that feeling as often as I can with others. With that in mind, I believe you should always have five greeting cards on hand which include: celebration card, happy birthday card, housewarming card, sympathy card and a blank card (to be used as thank you or miscellaneous event). Life throws us so many curveballs and trust me, there’s […]

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Girls’ Guide to Budgeting

Girls Guide to Budgeting

Happy Monday! I am fully fueled by coffee today but we’ll make it. Today’s topic although not the most riveting post I’ve ever written is absolutely necessary to lead a financially responsible life that is not riddled with stress and anxiety. Do you have your espresso/coffee/tea ready? Good, let’s get to it! Let me start by saying I am NOT the poster child of financial matters by any means. In fact, I found myself like most recent college graduates with thousands of dollars in student debt, a barley there salary and a credit card. In my mind I got the credit card for “travel” but instead it turned into my card of FUN that very quickly stopped being fun. It took ONE time of not being able to pay my credit card off in full that I took a step back, signed up for a budgeting class through my church and I’ve never looked back. Has this been an easy process? Certainly not. But do I see the value in literally counting every dollar that comes in and out? YES. It was after watching this Ted Talk that I realized perhaps my process of tracking our spending could help one of you, […]

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Let’s Get Local: Snapdragon Fashion

Snapdragon Fashion

Love Letter (Caramel & Black) | Moondance (Silver, Gold & Rose) | Kelly’s Dress: Nicole Paloma Let me start this post by saying that Kelly Hall, creator of Snapdragon Fashion, is one of the most gracious people I’ve ever met. As I stumbled through a few camera issues during our shoot she was so patient and didn’t even bat an eye when we had to reschedule. Her reaction and response to the situation (as I died inside of embarrassment) was, “everything happens for a reason.” She was so right because THIS location was breathtaking and we made it through the second session with something to show for it. The kindness she displayed to me is not only how she lives her life but it is the breath of life throughout her brand. Focused on leaving the world better than she found it, her hand-crafted, socially conscious handbags give women the opportunity to be proud of the bag they carry. The commitment of Snapdragon is to create each bag without compromise to workers, animals and the communities it serves. The Moondance clutch (as seen, here and here) is one of the most unique items I have in my closet. This hassle-free clutch solves the problem of what to do with your […]

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What To Do in Newport, RI

What To Do in Newport, RI

I promise after this post I will stop talking about my cousin’s wedding and Newport, RI! But since we were there, I wanted to let you all in on some fun things to do and see while visiting. Although we were so busy with wedding festivities, we managed to sneak in some sightseeing on our weekend visit. Here’s what we did while visiting Newport, RI and you should too: Stay at a Bed & Breakfast: Until we visited Newport, we never stayed at a Bed & Breakfast before but will surely do it again. My entire family rented the Blue Jewel Guest House for the weekend (which is an Inn that’s a part of Three Sister Inns all located close to one another). My favorite parts of the Inn included the fact that it was so homey, boasted an adorable porch to enjoy coffee on and fresh baked goods that surprised us each evening. To top it off, they even left a guest book by the front door for guests to sign and it was really interesting to read former guest comments and see how far people traveled! Visit The Breakers/Do the Cliff Walk: There are some of the most beautiful mansions I’ve ever seen […]

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Work Emergency Kit

Work Emergency Kit

Cosmetic Pouch (similar), smaller version here Hello everyone! I am back and still feeling the Monday blues after this weekend (and I fully realize it’s Wednesday). Our weekend in Newport, Rhode Island was so much fun! There’s just something about all of your family and friends being in the same room that feels SO good! My cousin’s wedding was amazing and beautiful and she was radiant all weekend! With that being said, I am still so sad that the weekend had to come to an end. Needless to say, getting back on track this week after a sleep-deprived but worth every second weekend, has been a challenge! For those of you just tuning into my blog, I don’t do it full time. When not blogging, going to yoga or walking my dogs, I work full time for a locally owned public relations firm. I learn something everyday and enjoy working with a highly motivated team that seriously know how to get stuff done. But one thing I caught onto quickly is that we’re always moving. To and from meetings, luncheons, events… you name it, we have a number of engagements weekly. It didn’t take long for me to start stocking my desk with […]

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