Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Raspberry Lemonade... of the adult variety.

And just like that... summer came and went. Can you believe it?? It was like a whirlwind...

I'd like to say that I took a little summer vaca from the blog... and since it's back to school time for most... it should be back to blogging for me???

Works, right?

And what better way to welcome back blogging than with cocktail recipe?! I can't think of a better way, honestly.

We had a seafood boil this evening, topped off with my dad's homemade ice cream - of which we all dream about - and I volunteered to make the adult beverage... it only seemed right. ;)

And this is what I came up with...

Raspberry Lemonade... of the adult variety. 

1 bottle of white wine - I went with Moscato because it's my favorite
2 cups Raspberry Vodka - or more if you're feeling adventurous
1 bottle of sparkling water
1 can of pink lemonade concentrate
1 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries
juice of two lemons

Pour it all into a pitcher, punch bowl, mason jars... whatever floats your boat... and enjoy. I let it chill for about 2 hours before serving, but the drink police aren't going to come knocking on your door if you drink this deliciousness right away. I promise. ;)

We thoroughly enjoyed this punch tonight. Happy Labor Day to us! 

Well, Jenni has done it again... she has created another month of blogging so I think this is the perfect month to jump back into it. If you want, join in...

And guys, I just have to say it again... but I am blown away by all the love and support Nora & Jac has gotten this summer. I have loved seeing so many happy ladies, babes and in between rocking our headbands! Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart! 

If you haven't checked out the store... you should... just click here. ;)
And... we're having a little Labor Day Sale... so snag those babies while you can! Annddd... we have NFL headbands available. For everyone... well, not Dad... or brother... they'd just look silly. ;)

Hope y'all are having a wonderful long weekend and are getting to spend some much needed time with family and friends!

See ya tomorrow, sweet cheeks!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's been a minute...

So... it's been a minute.

Sometimes life happens and takes over your time. And that's the only thing I have to blame my absence on. Life. I don't know where June went. But July was full of family reunions, vacationing, and working 24/7... between work at the studio then work on Nora & Jac events.

Life happened.

But I'm not complaining... it's been a pretty nice summer and I cannot believe it's August already! Where does the time go???

What have I been up to, you ask? {Okay, so maybe you didn't ask... but I'm gonna tell ya!}

I started P90x in June and am now into my second phase of it. I really enjoy doing it - I'm not as regimented with it as I should be, probably - but I'm getting it done and when I'm having a day that I'm not feeling it - I try to get a run in. I've been really trying to make workouts part of my daily routine. I feel good when I do and I actually enjoy them. I feel like I've learned to not expect to see results after one day, that if I miss a day - it's okay, and stay focused and workout for myself. Those were important things I needed to get thru my thick skull.

In June, a HS friend of mine contacted me and wanted me to have my Nora & Jac products in her new local goods store in Lancaster {The Blank Slate}. I was thrilled! So I worked up a display and a lot of headbands, bracelets, and scarves and set up shop! Since then I've heard such great things about the response to my items. Which is exciting... baby steps y'all. Baby steps.

Last week we had a handmade affair at a local wine shop, Camelot Cellars - where a few of my crafty friends and I brought our goods to sell. We got to mingle, drink wine, and have a nice night of supporting local.

Two weeks ago I was laying on the beach of North Carolina... oh, how I miss it. It's one of those places that just feel like home to me. It's a simple life there. We had such a wonderful family vacation there. But I'm sure I'll talk MUCH more about that later. ;)

This week I'm getting ready for our Handmade Hop here at the studio. The first Saturday of every month the Short North holds a Gallery Hop where all the shops, resturants, bars, and studios stay open late for people to come enjoy. We decided to host a craft show of sorts during it this month. So me, along with 7 other insanely talented ladies are setting up shop! I'm debuting a few new headband collections and scarves. I'm really looking forward to it... we have such a strong support system here of handmade designers and the like.

And today begins the Clean Eating Challenge over at Get Fit with Nikki. I'm realllllly looking forward to this challenge. I need to get my eating back to a good spot. I've done a lot of reading up on clean eating information and recipes and I think this is beyond doable. It's not a diet at all, it's a way of life. I think this in conjunction with p90x and running... I'll finally get to see what I'm wanting to. But again, I've finally realized that it does take time. And effort. And focus... mainly focus.

Tropical Quinoa, Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Amaazzzingggg!

Whew... so... that's what I've been up to. What have I missed while I've been away??? I'll be honest, I have barely even read any blogs either. Ugh.

Thanks for sticking around! ;)

Happy Thursday, lovers!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I've come to realize...

Ohhh Thursday, I'm so glad I didn't wake up to a power outage this morning... I was really dreading it and almost expecting it. They were calling for one hell of a storm... but I just saw a pretty little lightening show and a few rumbles of thunder... and while I absolutely love a good summer storm. I DO NOT love one that takes my power with it for 6 days. I need that, ya know? I'd be a terrible Amish girl.

Anyways, I'm linking up with Holly today for I've come to realize....

That sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day.
That lately, I haven't had the motivation to blog.
That not blogging everyday is okay... the world will continue to go on.
That you'll never see eye to eye with everyone. 
That disagreements aren't always bad... it's good to look at the world through different eyes.
That I kinda think overalls should be a thing again... in short/cutoff form... 

That I'm not sorry about the above thought... I think they have the potential to be adorable.
That I don't really like wine. I like to think I do. But gimme beer or whiskey.
That I'm happiest when I'm doing something creative and am grateful that my days are full of that. 
That being an Aunt is a really, really cool thing. 
That I'll always have a crush on Chuck, want to be Blair, and long for Serena's hair. 

Happy Thursday, pretties! Go over and link up with Holly!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Modern Day Classic Beauty.

While I adore Audrey Hepburn and classic beauties... Lauren Conrad has been and will always be one of the most fashionable, well dressed women in today's society. I can't remember a moment of her being on the "Worst Dressed List" - or hearing entertainment hosts say "What was she thinking?"

She always looks put together. Always. And when I saw that she's adorning the cover of July's Marie Claire - I silently squealed. Yes, I'm that girl who runs out to purchase a magazine just because her favorite fashionista is on the cover {LC and Jessica Simpson are my girl crushes, guys - I can't help it.}.

But seriously, let's talk about how insane she looks in this shoot...

All photos courtesy of Marie Claire.

I loved this because it was a bit more saucy than other shoots she has done. Her makeup looks flawless and her hair makes me long for my bangs again {stupid Ohio humidity}.

Do you have a girl crush, a favorite fashionista, a celebrity who's style you adore and would love to emulate?

I'm linking up with Shanna. Because really, how much more random could this post be???

Happy Wednesday, y'all. I'm crossing my fingers that the storms this afternoon aren't as bad as they're anticipating. I do not want to lose power for 6 days again. 


Friday, June 7, 2013

Homemade Brownies. That's why I run.

The world must be better upside down.
Dear Couch to 5k - Only two more weeks to go and I have successfully finished you. To have just made it this far is impressive enough! 7 weeks of solid running is more than I ever imagined I'd stick with. Thank you for keeping my legs nice and toned this spring. Dear Sweet tooth - I totally negate aforementioned run when I come home and need my sugar fix... and decide to make homemade brownies. {I only made a half batch though...}. I run so I feel less guilty about these brownies... screw getting skinny. I'm 75% serious. Dear Blog Everyday in May Challenge - I almost don't know what to do without mind boggling prompts this week. I've got to get back in my blogging routine without someone else doing the thinking for me. Next week, guys. Next week. Dear everyone who has supported Nora & Jac's bracelet launch - thank you. Thank you for the countless retweets, comments, messages, and just the love you have shown me. I love this little creative outlet that I have found and without the support of all of you - I simply couldn't do it. Dear Brownies baking in my oven - you smell damn good.


I'm linking up with Ashley today for Friday's letters.

Happy Friday, sweet cheeks. I hope y'all have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Candy and Birthdays.

The arm candy collection has finally made it's way to the shop! And I'm so excited that they are finally in there and for the overwhelming support I've been shown with them! 

I have over 12 fabrics available for you to choose from and right now I'm offering a special of buy 2 get 1 free! And it's always free shipping! 

Follow me on instagram to see them being worn!

Well kids it's time to head off to work - busy day today with shoots and a brainstorming meeting this evening! 

And... I want to wish a most wonderful birthday to one of my dearest, sweetest, best friends! I hope 29 is better than you can ever dream of and that this year is full of fantastic surprises, silly moments, and amazing experiences! Here's to being on the brink of a new decade... be sure to live this last year in your twenties with style and grace! Love you always, Miss! 

Linking up with Shanna for Random Wednesday!

Happy Hump Day, lovers!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

It's better late than never...

I've been living in a new decade for almost 3 weeks now and I have yet to share any of my birthday celebration with y'all.

I blame the blog everyday in May challenge. I didn't want to bombard you guys with extra long posts full of pictures of even more randomness than I already fill this blog of mine with.

But I had a fabulous welcome into my 30's. My dearest friends came out to celebrate with me. I couldn't have asked for more.

I'm so grateful for my friends and family who made it out and for those who simply wished me happy birthday. It all means the world to me. 

I was really dreading this birthday for the past few months - but then all of the sudden I was so ready for it. It's not nearly as daunting as it seems. 

Happy Tuesday, sweet friends!