honor and excitement!


recently i started helping out a couple local wedding photographers in the nashville area to capture perfect, beautiful, special days—wedding days! My sister of Lindsey Johnson Photography was recently featured on Ruffled Blog, so, by association, SO WAS I! and it is crazy exciting to be apart of that, as well! Ruffled Blog is an awesome place to get inspired for your own wedding! or, like me, if you have helped plan weddings, it is a place to see REAL weddings. things REAL brides have accomplished. the images that Amanda, the creator, chooses are spectacular. i love love love looking at all these beautiful weddings. you can’t help but be inspired. and, of course, the photography is gorgeous! all of that to say, my sister and i are feeling beyond excited to get this opportunity!


Thank you to Mint Springs Farm in Nolensville for this beautiful property to shoot weddings at! the view out there is a breath of fresh air.

If you would like to see the whole post, please take a look here! Enjoy! and cheers to many more opportunities like this to come!



christmas tree

i’m so happy it is december. so happy it is cold. so happy for changing seasons, family, hot chocolate, baked goods, red and white and green everywhere! it is magical. this year, my husband and i talked about how christmas is as magical as you want to make it. if you were raised in a home where it wasn’t heavily celebrated, YOU can celebrate it! do what you love. here’s a little taste of my holiday cheer….

christmas kitchen

christmas table

i pinned this on pinterest last year, and finally got around to making my own!
i pinned this on pinterest last year, and finally got around to making my own!

little loves


the birds need inspiration…

this is the title of one of my pinterest pages. i love stumbling upon new and cute ideas! and today is my lucky day. i came across an idea posted by “Oh So Very Pretty” that i think would be awesome for my own home, and maybe even a good idea for wedding favors! i think it is so stinkin’ cute!

photo courtesy of "Oh So Very Pretty" blog.
photo courtesy of “Oh So Very Pretty” blog.

it looks so simple. i will have to try it out this weekend. …..speaking of wedding favors, adam and i just celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary! i am so very blessed to have married someone so perfectly suited for me. don’t misunderstand me, i mean, we argue, as couples do, but he works so hard on our relationship, and is relentless in his efforts to understand me. i am so happy to get the opportunity to celebrate 2 years together!

we are tackling debt like maniacs right now, so this year we kept it very simple. we each had $50 to spend, and the only rule was that you cannot buy presents. my part of the date was in the early afternoon, his was in the evening. i will share with you my fun little surprise!

so, i planned 3 adventures for him. each adventure came with a tiny card where i explained why the outing was symbolic and how the activities made me happy to be together.

adventure 1
the first adventure was to one of our favorite coffee shops in nashville, Barista Parlor. this place is so cute inside, the acoustics are great, and the eats and drinks are yum! they can set you back a pretty penny, but that is why you go on special days. 😉 coffee was our first mutual love. it is something we love to go do together, regardless of how much conversation we have in us. we just feel natural and comfortable sitting down to enjoy a drink and a no bake cookie.

adventure 2
the second adventure was probably his favorite. i have mentioned before, but as a reminder, adam is a self-taught lacrosse player. he just up and decided 2 years ago that at the age of 27 he wanted to learn how to play. he started in a defensive role, and over the past year he has been working his toosh off learning the skills of a goalie. he amazes me with his drive to learn new things. so, i took him to the batting cages. before he left i told him to grab his gear and to dress casually. i think he assumed we would go play at a park or something, but he was like a little boy in a candy store when i pulled up to our destination. i let him “catch” rather than hit some fast-pitch baseballs. i think he was very pleased. he keeps me “young” (i know i am still young, but one day i won’t be). i love his active nature, that he loves to go and do things outside all the time. it is a big part of what i love about him.

adventure 3
the last adventure was to Baskin Robbins for ice cream! i believe we love people for their strengths AND their weaknesses…and i love that he has a weakness for sweets! i have a terrible weakness for them, but when you put those weaknesses side by side, we tend to have a nice little time enjoying ice cream, or some cookies, or donuts on a sunday morning. i think it draws us together. so, i am ok with that weakness. 🙂

the whole day was a hit. for adam’s portion of the date i got dressed up and he took me to a wine bar and for mexican food…our favorite!

for those of you that are married, i challenge you, when days seem dark and you feel far away from each other, like you aren’t communicating anymore, remember 10 things that you love about him/her. make yourself say them out loud, or write them down. we all have flaws. forgive each other and continue to move forward. for those who are not married yet, find someone that can problem solve with you, someone who respects your opinions. i know different things are important to all of us, and for me, knowing that i can tell him if something is upsetting me, or if i have a strong opinion about something, that he will respect my feelings, listen to me, and try to compromise is a behavior that i cherish.

happy friday and happy memorial day weekend!

heart garland

i find that it makes me very happy to keep my desk decorated at work. i just started this job at the beginning of October, so i haven’t had to think too hard on how to make my desk look festive. as the “holiday season” has ended and we move into a long chunk of non-holiday time, i have to try to find “classy” ways to bring some color and joy into my little world.

so, it is february, and i decided to make a hanging heart garland. nothing too fancy, just small and simple. i love it! now i need to make one for our home! adam is always such a good sport for any decorating i want to do. i am blessed to have that support. here is a shot of my garland taken with my cell phone….it’s not a very good picture, but you get the idea!

heart garland

there really is no need for any type of tutorial. it was simple. i just drew out odd shaped hearts on white and red construction paper, cut them out, and taped them to some string. i didn’t like being able to see the tape, so i drew out some more and stuck them to the back side of the hearts. that’s it! easy. i love hanging decorations. and when it is just paper, you only need to use tape!

….but what will i do for march?


it’s 2013! weeee! what does it all mean? well, it means i need to get to business on creating new projects, eating new foods, living a grateful life, and sharing it all with you! i took a pretty big break over the holidays from blogging and social media. it has been refreshing,….relaxing. but pinterest and i are involved in a pretty time-consuming relationship these days, so i have many projects to get done. one of them involves palettes!

there are many schools of thought when it comes to palette use. of course, right now, it is “all the rage”, but come to find out, it is for good cause! palettes create a pretty good chunk of waste in landfills once businesses are done using them. DIY to the rescue! so, not only do they produce some pretty amazing pieces for your home, but you are also helping businesses AND the environment in the meantime.

some will say you should not use them in your homes because of risks. i would heed the warnings, or atleast educate yourselves more on that. i plan to. but i am not going to build any indoor furniture that i will eat on or sleep on, so i am not as worried. i found a couple ideas that i would like to do, that is, if i can track down some palettes.

palette shelf

i found plenty of ideas on brightnest.com. this one, in particular, i love. i have an empty wall behind my bathroom door that is just begging for this piece to have hanging on it.

another goal of 2013 is to not overwhelm myself with too many ideas. i am going to pick realistic projects to complete and give myself the chance to complete them. i think i can make this one happen fairly easily. the only other project i have in mind right now is to add hooks to the shelf above my kitchen sink so i can hang coffee mugs from it! it will actually be trickier than you think, because i cannot remove the shelf. so, upside down i go.

i would challenge you to find something creative to do that inspires you and makes you feel alive. it could be reading a book, writing, singing, painting, sewing, dancing, etc…anything. it sounds cheesy, but i am no longer concerned with “cheesy”. i don’t care anymore. i just want to live, and appreciate every day that God gives me to be who i am.

if you are interested in checking out my pinterest projects and all the excellent things i find, you can click here!

happy monday!

a chalkboard home.

i love chalkboard walls. i love the idea of it. i am a little held back because i think of cleaning up the dust, but overall, i plan to make this happen in my world sooner than later. we rent right now, but i think my landlady would be ok with us doing this. so, i picked a few inspirations that i have stumbled upon online.

you can even mix it with other colors now. i recently read a blog by Under the Sycamore about where to find that and how to “prime” your wall to prepare it for the chalk. uber helpful and worth a read. plus, her photos are always amazing! check it out.

happy monday-almost-turkey-lovers-day.

holiday projects…

this past weekend i enjoyed probably the last weekend of beautiful early fall temperatures. it was so nice. we went to my parents’ house in the mountains, marveled at the perfect tennessee fall colors, and enjoyed the windows being open all day. today in middle tennessee, it is rainy and a bit brisk. still lovely, but a tad gloomier. all of this change just gets me more excited for thanksgiving, christmas, and cold weather!

i sent out an invite to a few ladies to get together and do a “holiday craft night” for some things on our pinterest boards. i am so stinkin’ excited to get a head start this year on decorations…well, really to actually make them so that i can enjoy them in my home rather than just on my computer screen. here are some of the ones i have chosen to make…and once i make them, i will share with you how i did!….

courtesy of kendraslifesong.blogspot.com/2011/12/chirstmastime.html
for my front door?
courtesy of http://www.ourunexpectedjourney.blogspot.com/2011/11/let-decorating-begin.html

these are just 2 different wreath ideas that i want to give a try. i think the burlap one would be perfect for my office at work, and the letter wreath would look amazing on my door. i might change the color, since my door is red! oh…and for those of you that struggle with being able to hang wreaths, i saw the MOST amazing idea to solve your (and my) problem!

thank you pinterest! … upside down command hook. How to hang a Wreath on a cabinet or outside storm door…i have been wanting to do this for so long but couldn’t.

happy crafting!