Have a memorable week.

IMG_2211EDITEDI am currently coming to you a few hours behind my normal Eastern time schedule to wish you a memorable week! This week is very personal to me for a few reasons. We are here in Denver celebrating wonderful new beginnings with the beautiful wedding last night of a dear friend of mine, creating amazing memories together as a couple exploring a part of the country neither of us has been do, and remembering the life of a woman who will always remain one of the most important people in my life, my grandmother. This Saturday will be one year since we lost her and celebrating her memory while away this week is very important to me.

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in everyday life that we let days or weeks pass us by while doing the same old routine. Whether you’re traveling or at home having a regular week, take time to create a new memory or two for yourself, your relationship, or your family. This first full week of May is a great time to start a monthly tradition. Create a dinner date night, family game night, visit a part of your city you haven’t been to yet or revisit a past landmark you’ve always loved. Make plans then carry them out and document your new memory. Create the experience in your life you’ll always want to remember. And enjoy every minute of it!

And since both Crystal and I are traveling this week, we have some awesome guest bloggers celebrating Raleigh on the blog this week! We hope you enjoy reading and getting to know these ladies as much as we have!

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Guest Post: 5 Unique Anniversary Gifts for a Bookworm Husband

Today we would like to welcome Morgan to the blog! Morgan reached out to us about writing this anniversary post inspired by her parents’ upcoming anniversary and we were excited to feature it around Annie’s first wedding anniversary this coming weekend. It’s a great play on the traditional first anniversary gift, paper! You can read more from her over at Gray & Gabbana.

Under the Oaks blog: Guest Post: 5 Unique Anniversary Gifts for a Bookworm Husband(image via)

When I’m finding gifts for my favorite book lovers, shopping at bookstores can get a little repetitive. For special occasions, it’s tough to think outside the box and find a gift that goes beyond a simple book. For anniversaries, it’s especially tricky to locate the perfect gift—one that expresses all your love and appreciation for the special man in your life. With a little creativity, there is a multitude of options for unique book-related anniversary gifts. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

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Have an “enérgico” week.

Happy Cinco de Mayo all! I’m at the beach this weekend, toes in the sand as we speak. As I’m bumming it up in the sun I thought I’d share a couple of margarita recipes that I’ve been meaning to try, and probably will real soon.

Typically I would try a recipe before sharing, but well … have you ever had a bad margarita? I also included a “virgin” margarita recipe (that I’ve pocketed for the future) for my preggo lady friends. Continue reading