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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Have a bright week.

Under the Oaks : Have a bright week.Hello friends, and a happy Sunday to you! Pretty soon I’ll begin my Sunday evening routine [nails, deep conditioning mask, mud mask, general pampering, etc.] and as I typically run through my routine I like to internally recap the week prior before starting a new week. This weekend in particular was so wonderful for the Under the Oaks duo [Annie and I] that I just had to share. On Saturday Annie and I attended a restorative yoga class and ended the evening in fits of laughter over a game of Cards Against Humanity with friends. This morning we met in Durham at Brightleaf Square for brunch at Parker and Otis [see our recap on Thursday’s post]. In between all this fun I was able to fit in a few good workouts and attended an absolutely beautiful wedding at the North Carolina Museum of Art. *Phew, what a weekend! Continue reading

Have a musing week.


On this quiet Sunday I have a few musings bouncing around in my mind:

1) Annie and I went out for dinner, drinks, and dancing [the 3 Ds] with a delightful group of ladies last night. We stopped in at some of our favorite places and encountered way too many college students than typical [we later discovered it was because of the NCAA tourney in town]. Let me set the scene, we were dancing and all around us *flash *flash *flash. Paparazzi? No. Selfies. Or they were updating their Twitters or blowing up Instagram. Hey kids, there is a time and place for that, but you need to learn to live in the moment. Continue reading