If we were having a {Coffee Date!}

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Hey y’all! I’m so happy to be back with Jenna + Jenna today spilling my heart over coffee.. & this here blog! I hope that you all have enjoyed your week, the good & the bad that life brings along. Coffee makes everything better, right? Which is why this Coffee Date Link Up is one of my faves!

If we were having coffee, I would take you to this new and modernly rustic local coffee shop where I live. I would order a venti-sized pumpkin flavored latte with extra cinnamon.  I would tell you about all the highs + lows in my life & laugh about this vlog I did last night with some other lovely bloggers…

 

I would probably let you in on these little not-so-secrets:

+ I’m exhausted. And this blog is getting the bad end of the deal. I’m so thankful for  a job but it has totally turned my normal routine & schedule upside down. But, on the bright side…. that just means I am learning to be more organized. And that will be good for me.

+ Oh, I would get excited & tell you about how I am in the process of revamping my entire blog & I would show you pictures of the amazing blog design I am waiting for.. did someone say coral and teal? Eeee!

+ After asking how your week has been, I would tell you in a high pitched tone that my mom, brother, & sister are coming into town for the day & I am SO excited to see them after two weeks of being here at home. We’re going to eat lots of food and try not to spend so much $$ at Target.

+ My hubby & I are going to Canada next week for a mini-getaway and I would ask you… have you ever been to Canada?! Montreal to be exact. I hear they have maple syrup & tons of resturants, ay!

+ Last but certainly not least, I would tell you that God is good. And faithful. Oh, and trustworthy. He has given me strength when I thought I couldn’t go on. He has given me peace when my mind has been in some bad places. He has given me joy in trials. I would pray with & for you and ask if we can get a refill on those lattes?!?!

How have you been, lately? And what would you let me in on if we were having coffee right now?! You are loved, lady!

-Katie

Also linking up with:

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What makes you… HAPPY?

I hope that your long weekend was as amazing and relaxing as mine was! This morning, my husband and I hit the snooze for almost an hour! This week is going to be good. Ya know why? God is good and He is in control! No matter what comes my way, I know that it has to go through my loving Father’s hands first and you can rest in that too.

Okay, I’m totally in denial that its already September!? I’m ready for some cozy fall weather, how about you? Speaking of September, today I’m linking up with Brave Love Blog for an awesome daily blogging prompt for everyday in September. She calls it, “The Blogtember Challenge”. I love the idea! If you are a blogger, I totally recommend you checking out this challenge!

Today’s focus is this: what makes me happy

I often think a lot about the difference between happiness & joy. Happiness is more about your emotions and what gets you excited or satisfied. It can be changed in an instant depending on your circumstance. On the flip side, Joy isn’t based on your emotions or your circumstances. It comes from being in the presence of God, being content with life and knowing your purpose through Jesus Christ….Joy is more spiritual than emotional. It’s lasting, it’s eternal, it’s a fruit of the spirit of God! Joy is one of the two words that I have been focusing on this year along with intentionality. While only God can give true joy which is lasting, He blesses us with little bits of happiness throughout our lives. Here are a few things that make me happy….

+ Spending time with my husband doing fun things like shopping, traveling somewhere we haven’t been before, picnicking, or exploring our new city…

+ A cold and thick Frappuccino from Starbucks…

+ When our puppy, Penny, is being sweet and cuddly…

+ Spending a long weekend with my husband’s and my family…

+ having heart to hearts with dear friends over a good cuppa joe (holla, Jaimie!)…

+ spending a day (or five) at the beach…

+  laughing so hard with someone until your stomach hurts…

+ yummy homemade food (I’m a total foodie…)

+ my husband, of course!…

+ lastly, meeting new people through my blog or other’s blogs! I love it!

Here are just a few things that make me HAPPY! What makes you happy?!

You are loved!

Katie

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My first ever VLOG!

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Hey y’all! So today I’m linking up with Kiki from In its Time & Jenna from Dearest Love for a closet confidential link up for the month of August {better late than never!} & also sharing a few of my favorites from my closet with Oh Hey Friday! and I have to say that I am totally going out of my comfort zone here because I am super awkward when it comes to video but I have always wanted to do a VLOG so here it goes!

Before you watch, please note the cutest dog ears that will appear at the beginning. Haha! My pup, Penny, loves being around me and had to get in on this vlogging stuff. Also, this video has no editing so please don’t mind the guest bed looking like a mess & how you can only see half of my face for half of the video. Oops. Learning! Next, I’m super awkward and a little southern so bare with me if you can’t understand what I’m saying, haha! Lastly, I hope you enjoyed this humorously awkward video {I’m laughing with you} of all the fun things in my closet! Go check out Jenna & Kiki’s blogs after you watch! Enjoy!! xoxo Sorry, I ramble a bit…. ; )

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What are some faves from your closet?  Five of mine are my maxis, that denim shirt, my new white dress, my cozy sweaters that I can’t wait to wear this fall, & my new coral dress from my husband! I would love to hear yours!

You are loved!

Katie

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Linking up with The Dwelling Tree

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A Love Letter to…

 

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Dear Monday, you were ushered in before the sun rose. Bring it on.. I’m so thankful for a day job!

 

Dear Husband, YOU ROCK. Without you, I wouldn’t have been able to wake up so early. Without you, I wouldn’t have had coffee & breakfast awaiting me. Without you, I wouldn’t know silly and beautiful and selfless love the way that I do. I am so glad that I will never have to be without you!

Dear Summer, you were good to me while you lasted. But I think it’s time you leave. I’ve had my beach time and I’m ready to break out the bad boys– my knee-high boots. Yes. And I’m gonna need some room for a pumpkin spice latte. Love ya, summer, but I gotta let you go…

Dear said Pumpkin Spice Latte, I need you like I need oxygen. My husband and I are going to meet you on top of Rock City next week.. Let’s make it a date, shall we?

Dear Fear, you may have had me backed up in a corner last week but this week and beyond, I’m sending you straight to my Dad and that’s God so you better watch out. Because perfect Love casts out fear. See ya never.

Dear Recently Purchased Jet Ski, thank you for being awesome. You are an awesome after-work-de-stresser. That’s all.

Dear Penny, I’m sorry my new job is going to mess up our morning routine but I promise to take you to the park whenever I can {aka whenever I have enough energy} One day you will have a puppy sibling to play with! Until then, I’ll tell your dad to give you double the jerky treats when he leaves.

Dear Jesus, You are my strength… and You keep proving that to me over & over again even when it hurts. But it’s amazing how You do that… How you draw me into Your unexplainable presence in times where it seems like you are slaying me. You are good. You are holy. You are so worth all the pain that carrying my cross brings. Because You, God, You saw me worthy.

Love, Katie

 

I want to hear how you are doing… So what are you waiting for?! Let’s be friends.

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You are loved!

Katie

Wifey Wear Wednesday // Summer to Fall

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Hey Y’all! So glad you stopped by! I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite summer to fall transitions. This will be my last Wifey Wear Wednesday post! I have a pretty major respect for those fashion bloggers out there now that I have been doing this. {kudos to you, girl!} Without my own personal photographer {hubby works during the day}, it is such a time-consuming hobby. It takes me longer to take pictures & post them then it does to write out a normal blog post, haha! I also feel God leading me to continue to use this blog solely as an outreach tool & a place to share my life. While fashion is something that I love & I have a heart for modestly wearing the latest trends, I simply do not have the time & resources to post photos weekly. Bummer! But on the bright side of things, I accepted a job in which I will start next week and I’m sure you don’t want to see my outfits of running shorts and coffee stained t-shirts which is what I will be rocking every morning. Of course, there will be an outfit or two every couple of months so don’t totally check out! With that said, let’s jump right in!

summer to fall

 

^ flats & boots found on modcloth.com –  boots also found at charlotte russe – necklace & scarf cheap on amazon – sweater & tights found any dept store
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tank found at oldnavy {old} – cardigan at express {best cardigans ever} – skirt at wetseal {recent purchase} – vest at aeropostale {old}

 

summer to fall

skirt at blackfive.com – wedges at charlotterusse.com – chambray at forever21 – boots at ae.com – leggings at mango.com – necklace at humblechick.com – earrings at kate spade

 Share with me some of your favorite fall transitions! I am dying to see! And remember… A truly beautiful woman is one who loves & serves God  lives a life for her Savior, who serves others, & who trusts in God.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:25-27

— Check out what True Beauty really looks like here You are loved! —

 

Linking up with Induffinetly’s Tremendous Tuesday!

Inspire Me // Volume 3

 

This big ole blogging world & all of the great community that it holds has had such a great impact on me after just a year and a half. One word comes to mind when I think of the blogosphere: inspiring!

Sometimes inspiration, dreaming, motivation, & creativity get pushed to the side when the ups & down of life happen. But is it really abundant living without all of those whimsical little words floating through our minds and out through our hands?

Here are the latest things that have been inspiring me lately… Enjoy! {simply click on the pictures if you want more info for your own inspiration!}

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This welcoming & rustic front porch totally inspires me to head over to hobby lobby, sweep off my vacant mini-front porch & redecorate! We are in the process of painting our front door an amazing TEAL like the picture below so we are off to a great start already!

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I totally love the garden veggies decorating the front steps… perfect for any season

4d509ab232478540177d52fabbe5c36aI am sooo itching to pull out my flannel for this lovely fall season that is creeping up on us! I LOVE this combo- stripes & flannel. Who would have ever thought!? I’m super excited to put this together once the weather cools down!

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Speaking of fall, this delish homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is totally calling my name. You can find the recipe by clicking on the picture! Pumpkin Spice lattes & frappes (okay anything pumpkin-flavored) are totally my weakness! Can’t wait to make this one!

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Our kitchen looks SO familiar to this one so I am itching to pull my sewing machine out to whip up some teal curtains & a DIY ‘eat’ sign to tie everything together. And maybe even one day, I will blog about it…that will give me the motivation to actually do this! LOVE!

ea3947d48b7d10a4d878d48da04c33bcThis quote… oh, this quote. Inspiring, motivating, convicting, & encouraging. I need to write this all over my house & in my car. Let’s do it, friend. Let’s let our faith in God be bigger than all of our fears. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

I hope that you have been inspired to get up & get to working on your home, your faith, your fashion, & your good eats!

What inspires you lately? I would LOVE to hear from you!

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Wifey Wear Wednesday – Fall Y’all

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I can feel the sweet transition from summer into fall in the early morning breezes. Fall is my favorite season of the year and I am welcoming it with open arms, let me tell ya. I’m ready to get my pumpkin on. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin carving, pumpkin pickin’, & pumpkin spice frappes, of course! I’m also ready for bonfires, leaves changing, and pulling out my favorite pair of boots! I can taste that Pumpkin Spice latte now… mmm!

The great thing about fall is, you don’t have to run to the store and buy a new wardrobe with every end of summer. With only three simple transition pieces, you can keep your summer clothes in your wardrobe for the entire season! Check out my three must-haves when transitioning from summer to fall! Enjoy!

Summer to Fall Transition Pieces

 


Old Navy brown legging
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Black legging
blackmilkclothing.com

TRANSIT stretch pants
$50 – yoox.com

Infinity scarve
etsy.com

Infinity scarve
modcloth.com

If you have a tank top that you love, add a cardigan! If you can’t part with your favorite dress, add leggings and a denim jacket! Leggings will be your best friend every fall season. And don’t forget to add a scarf to any outfit that may be too chilly! Every woman can pull off a cute dress over leggings with a scarf & cardigan! Oh girl, get acquainted with layers. Layering will turn any boring outfit into a gorgeous one. Not sure how?  Come back next Wednesday to visit & see my personal, favorite fall outfits!

 

Cheers to the upcoming fall, y’all!

– Katie