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Good morning and happy Friday! I’m settling into my new position so please be patient with me as I get into a routine and figure out where blogging fits in now. This week was also big in that Kendall’s mom was up from Mississippi and we got to show her our reception venue. I swear, the Mayflower is not only gorgeous but they have an amazing staff who bent over backwards to take care of us.

Light pink and gold floral crown

Lately on the The CaroLøve:

Wedding things have been kicking into high gear and I’m getting more and more excited every day. I’m considering doing a post on all the vendors I’ve come across that have made life easier, but in the meantime, ~*gold star*~ of the week goes to Minted for their address assistant. Seeing addresses from my friends roll in has been SO MUCH FUN! Our save the dates are custom from a local woman, but our invites will also be from Minted.

Big props to my girl Alyssa of Naturally Me for accomplishing a huge personal/ career goal. Go check it out for yourself!

We The Kings released a new version of their song Stay Young with a very special guest vocalist. And tell me if I’m crazy but does Travis sound like Michael Jackson a bit?

I’m super into energy and cultivating the type of energy you want to surround yourself with. We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but maybe a little 2/3 of the way done with summer refresh will be good for you and your home. via Town & Country

I have been exploring more of the south since meeting my Mississippi man, especially falling in love with Savannah + New Orleans. I have to try to visit these 20 Places Every Southerner Should See Before They Die. via Town & Country

Chicken is the first thing I learned to cook for myself… well maybe besides eggs. But this Everything Bagel Chicken takes it to the next level. via Kitchn

I’m partial top OPI gel manicures in shades of light pink, but I am LOVING this back to school Crayola mani. via Smart School House

There is such a thing as Arsen Cat and I love him. (Doesn’t hurt that he looks SO MUCH like my former Catmate, Puck.)

Last but definitely not least (I wanted to end on this and separate it a little bit from my other links + sales) -I don’t think anyone is ever prepared to find out that they have cancer, but one young woman I know is facing it head on and with such a positive outlook. I am truly inspired by Rachel, and I urge you to check out her blog~ especially the I Want to Help link.

Have a great weekend!

 

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My mom retired a couple of weeks ago after about 40 years of teaching. That means that she had a classroom to clean out and 40 years of stuff to go through. Most of it was given away, but she packed up her books to read with her future grand kids, and I ended up inheriting a great little shelf from her classroom that works perfectly in our entryway.

While I haven’t quite filled the shelf (I’ll document it when it’s all done and cute and up to my standards), I immediately knew that one of my Fresh Wave candles would be right on top. Although Pride Rock may not always be the tidiest of homes, I pride myself on it feeling fresh, so it would make sense that I put a candle to greet anyone who walks in the door. The Fresh Wave soy-based Candle is perfect for removing odors caused by cooking- and our kitchen is the first room you see when you walk into our apartment.

Keep in mind that Fresh Wave natural odor removing products use simple, pure and natural ingredients—water and a proprietary blend including natural extracts of lime, pine needle, aniseed, clove and cedar wood. There is a light fragrance to the candle, but without a perfume! We also keep the odor removing gel under our sink to help get rid of some pesky kitchen odors.

Since I’m still trying to figure out how the heck else to decorate our “entry shelf” (???) I’d love some comments below if you have something similar. How did you set yours up?

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As a Fresh Wave ambassador, I receive gifted product. As always, all opinions are my own.
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At around this time every year, there are countless businesses keen to remind you of the existence of “Blue Monday.” It’s the day when we are far enough away from payday to have no money in our bank accounts. The Christmas holidays are but a distant memory, the decorations have come down, and everything looks grim.

One seasonal phenomenon that is very real is SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). This time of year with its longer nights and shorter days affects many of us negatively. Spring is not a million miles away, but right now it feels like it is. So what do you do to feel like it’s a bit closer?

Book A Holiday

Yes, even knowing what we know about their dastardly scheme, holiday companies are onto something. A short break in the early part of the year can be beneficial. It cuts right into the seemingly endless period of long work hours. When you start in the morning while it’s still dark, and end in the evening (and it’s dark again), it’s enough to make anyone feel down. So take a short break somewhere sunny.

If you don’t have the money available, look around for possessions you can bear to part with. It’s surely better to sell Rolex watches or unwanted Christmas gifts than run up a credit card bill.

Giant Knitted Blanket

Develop A Nesting Instinct

Something often experienced by expectant mothers, a nesting instinct causes you to prioritize comfort. It encourages you to keep those you love close, and stay in a cozy, safe home. It can definitely make those long evenings feel a lot less dark. Pick up some blankets and throws in the still-ongoing January sales. Fire up your TV streaming services. Invite friends around for a night in and keep winter outside.

Appreciate The Beauty Of The Season

Yes, January has a lot to answer for. It’s cold, and you probably won’t get through it without at least one bout of illness. It begins with the effective end of the party season. You can feel vengeful towards it all you want, but look at the positives. It can also be one of the most beautiful months of the year. If it snows where you are this January, wrap up warm and get out in it.

Build a snowman. Throw snowballs – ideally at friends, as some strangers may not find it so funny. Relive your childhood a little bit. While winter may have its drawbacks, it’s an absolute gift for your Instagram account. It’s also a fantastic excuse to come back indoors and have the most luxurious hot chocolate you can conceive of. This is the month when you most need an endorphin rush – so get one!

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My last day working at Pier 1 was early October. It happened to fall on the day when we received our first, and largest, Christmas shipment of the year. We’d been training for this since August- we knew the themes and had already dog-eared the Christmas goodies that we wanted for ourselves. I was thrilled that silver snow would be coming back as my favorite Christmas scent. I think this year’s version is called snowy birch– it’s on sale right now! From 5:45am to 3:30pm, in temperatures reaching the high 80s, I unloaded and piled up mountains of sparkly Christmas goodness and ended up with a nasty sunburn. While I don’t miss the wonky seasons of retail, I do miss that Christmas feeling in the store. Pier 1 knows how to do Christmas.

Now to the part that saves you money on your holiday decor: through Sunday, Pier 1 is offering 15% off regular-priced items and free shipping over $49 with the code 15FORME. I never decorate until after Thanksgiving, but it’s not to early to order your Christmas decorations. All my picks are under $50, and if you use ebates, you can earn cash back for purchasing anything from Pier 1 (and a ton of other stores) online!

Pier 1 Christmas sale

1.Peppermint Party Filled Candle||2.Set of 6 Peppermint Party Tealight Candles||3.Peppermint Party Reed Diffuser||4.Peppermint Party Hand Soap & Lotion Caddy||5.Peppermint Party Filled Jar Candle

6.Message In a Bottle Ornament||7.Glass Whale Ornament||8.Li Bien Angel Girl Band Ornament||9.Acrylic Ballerina Ornament||10.European Glass Glitter Drip Ornament

11.Peppermint Stripe & Solid Green Tissue Paper||12.Nutcracker Holographic Gift Wrap||13.Stag Gift Wrap||14.Stag Gift Tags

15.Natural White Seal||16.Natural Standing Dog||17.Berry & Pinecone Glass Decorative Sphere||18.Natural Curled Cat||19.Nutcracker Musical Snow Globe

20.Beaded Tree on Car Lumbar Pillow||21.Candy 10′ LED Glimmer Strings®||22.Peppermint Party Painted Wine Glass||23.Embroidered School Bus Pillow||24.Peppermint Beaded Coaster Set

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Happy Friday! I’m going to be enjoying what might be my last flex Friday to go look at a couple big art pieces for our living room. We’re thinking this or this. Thoughts?

If your week has been like mine, you might want to enjoy a big glass of wine. Help MEOWt and pour me a glass? 😉

Relevant to my interested: Costco vs. Tiffany. I work at an IP firm and I’d love to get an attorney’s take on the whole thing.

On October 3rd, it was announced that a Mean Girls musical with be debuting in DC next fall. #SoFetch

If you don’t know about Mike Curtin, you should. He’s empowering DC with food + community!

Have you SEEN the new styles at T+J Designs? I want them allllll!

Have a great weekend, and to my friends down south, stay safe during Matthew!

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