March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter friends! Hope no matter what you are doing to celebrate that you remember this:

Have been thinking a lot about starting a Scripture Sunday post series. Not sure what direction I want to take it yet though. Let the words speak for themselves or elaborate more. Thoughts?? Just thought it would be a great reminder to myself and anyone who wants to read. I would love to share my faith with you or listen to your story. Please feel free to email me with any questions or just for support. I am by no means an expert but I am starting to realize that I want this blog to be more than just material things that don't matter in the big picture. My hope is that it may help someone come to know Christ!

God Bless!

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March 28, 2013

Shopping Favorites- Etsy

I love talking about shopping!!!! Don't you? So today tonight I am going to share some fabulous shops and finds!
Keep in mind it could take me years to show you all of my favorite from every store that I love so I am going to focus on one that I have not talked about much. We all know my love for Target, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Gap and Old Navy but I want to show you a few more you might not have expected.

This post is kind of a prequel to my giveaway! Remember Brielle? She featured my wedding over on her Event Planning blog. Well she is going to be a part of this upcoming giveaway and is also giving ALL of you readers 10% off your order with code TEAL10
see the link for her shop at the end of this post :)

Lets get to it. What are you loving from Etsy?? Have you ever purchased through them?

Etsy- The Teal Version :)

Now obviously there are many shops within but I will just share specific products. I searched/bought many wedding things on Etsy and they never disappointed. But they have way more to offer than just wedding products. Here are some of my favorite things recently:

and last but definitely not least Brielle's shop!

It's almost Friday folks...hang in there!! 
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March 26, 2013

A day late....

So we had a pretty exciting weekend that you may have seen glimpses of if you follow me on Instagram. Most bloggers post about their weekend on Monday...but I was not that prepared so here you go!

Friday night was pretty low key. Just had a night in like usual.

Saturday morning we went to the Irish parade/festival in Church Hill (which is a historic neighborhood in downtown Richmond). It was a lot of fun seeing everyone in their outfits, playing the bagpipes and watching the Irish step dancers.

Nutsy even showed up to the party ;) (he's the Flying Squirrels mascot)

While we were there, we stopped by St. John's Church. This is where Patrick Henry gave his "Give me Liberty, Give me Death" speech. AND ironically it was on that day we were there (March 23rd) 1775. Oh and it is still an active church to this day!

We got back and watched some VCU basketball (both sporting black and yellow).

(sorry phone camera quality not so good in reverse)

We drove around to look for some more houses/townhouses for rent.

We went to Hogshead Cafe (again) for dinner. I love this place...I could brag on it for the rest of this post but I will just spare you and tell you that you need to go there if you visit RVA! I got the chili barbeque nachos and they were out of this world and probably enough to feed 2-3 people!
We rented Argo on Redbox. I would highly recommend watching it if you haven't seen it!

    And then Sunday we were greeted with this:

How was your weekend?

Oh and by the way:
  • See what Sara had to say about Designer in Teal over here!
  • I am still participating in the Mood Board link-up today just with an old post!
  • Remember that small giveaway I mentioned? Well it has gotten a lot bigger. Be sure to come back next Monday to enter!
Linking up with:

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March 22, 2013

Life Lately

First of all, check out my guest post over on Logan's blog from yesterday!

Secondly, WELCOME new readers :) I am sooo glad you are here! Please check out my about me page and feel free to email me/comment below with any questions or just to say hi!

High Five for Friday: Round 2

  • I have a new co-worker...who is my age!!! She is really sweet and I can't wait to get to know her better :)
  • We have been looking for townhomes/houses to rent. It's a lot of fun to see what's out there until I have to remember that we have a budget haha
  • I haven't mentioned this on the blog (you may know if you follow me on twitter) but we got SMARTPHONES last weekend! So I know have instagram now and I am a little obsessed. I feel like I have been missing out on this little world.
  • Got my dress for Denise's wedding!!! and my friend Michelle's wedding is quickly approaching!
  • I fixed a yummy pork chop dinner last night with corn on the cob and waffle fries :) too bad I still forgot to take a picture...
Anything interested happen to you this week?? We have a lot of things approaching quickly: graduation, Relay for Life, possibly High Point Market, weddings, showers, and of course my birthday! (Is it too early to be talking about that when it's in June? I think not)

And one last thing....I updated my social media icons! Check em out over on the left :) You can now follow me on bloglovin, gfc, instagram, twitter, facebook, and pinterest!

Linking up with Lauren @ From my Grey Desk Blog!

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March 19, 2013

Tanika's Living Room Mood Board

Are you ready for this week's mood board link party? I had a blast co-hosting with Beth last week! I am so thankful for her :) 
This week I have created a board for my friend Tanika over @ Growing Gracie! She responded back asking me to design her living room in yellow and grey! Woooo I was pumped! If there were no such thing as teal (which would be depressing)...yellow and grey would always be my go to. I love the warmth of the yellow paired with the coolness of the greys!! I hope you enjoy this board as much as I do (and hopefully Tanika too). AND Sara has used the board I created for her to redo her living room. The big reveal is coming soon!!

Tanika created a Pinterest board for me to use as inspiration. The two pictures above are the ones I wanted to use as a starting point.

What do you use the space for: 
"We watch tv there, and that's the place Daniel and I enjoy our "us" time. It's actually were we spend the majority of our time. He does his homework on the coffee table and Gracie and I will play with her toys on the floor so we can spend "some" family time together. It just brings us together as a family. Which is why it's the first room I want to tackle. :) "

I wanted this space to be comfy and cozy for Tanika and her family and still have some sophistication. I tried to maximize the amount of white so the space will be bright and will ground the dark grey sofa. And this time I had a budget to keep in mind :) (which is a little more of a challenge but I think can still create a great result).


Grey Sofa: Crate and Barrel
Yellow Geometric Pillow: Target
White Stitched Pillow: Target
Grey and White Striped Blanket: Target
Grey and White Herringbone Rug: Urban Outfitters
Yellow Floral Curtains: Target
White Frames: Ikea (with Tanika's Instagram pics!)
White Nailhead Ottoman: Target
Ombre Yellow Lamp Base: Target
White Drum Shade: Target
Yellow Coffee Table: Target

Don't forget to enter our big cash/ad space giveaway! AND I am doing another small giveaway very soon (stay tuned!)

Linking up with:


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March 15, 2013

Cheesecake, Cruises, and Coffee Beans

Well, this week sure has been an interesting one. Where do I start?? Well, I'm gonna do a Hi Five for Friday (too bad I don't have instagram...working on getting that smartphone though-still would love your opinions on which one I should get AND why)

Before I get started, I am going to say what EVERYONE else has already said. Ready? Google is getting rid of Google reader and then probably GFC to follow. So, what does this mean for you? That you should follow me on Bloglovin'. I have actually been using it for a while. I love organizing the blogs I read into categories, but the number of unreads can be very overwhelming sometimes.

Follow on Bloglovin

  • My friend Olivia came to Richmond along with her mom and 2 other friends. One of which was a best friend from high school who I haven't seen in years :) (love you doublemint twin). We went to the Cheesecake Factory..YUM I got the Reeses Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake (are you drooling yet?) to split with Tim.
(this is the one I had) source

  • I got to chat with Veronica again...I just love that girl (in a non-creepy girl crush way haha) and we are "planning" a couple's cruise for next summer! Who knows, we might actually get to MEET like in real life!
(promise I will post about our honeymoon soon)

  • I got some new stuff from Old Navy last weekend. It has been so nice to have some new outfits to put together this week. Maybe I will take a picture of one for you?

  • It's starting to feel like SPRING! But then it's gonna be cold again on Sunday. Oh well, I'll take my few days of no jackets, scarves, etc. Aren't you loving all of this daylight?
I hope you have a fabulous weekend celebrating St. Patrick's Day!

Linking up @

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March 14, 2013

My very FIRST giveaway!

Hey Beautiful Readers! I hope that you have been having a great week...but if you haven't its about to get better! Why? Because I have an awesome giveaway for you today. I promise I will be back with lots of great stuff to read next week :)

*This giveaway is for U.S. residents only. Please note that ALL entries will be verified so please complete all of the mandatory entries in order to win. *

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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March 12, 2013

Mood Board CO-HOST

I mentioned over the weekend my excitement for co-hosting the mood board link-up with Beth from Design Your Dwelling! Beth is such a sweet, genuine girl and I have enjoyed getting to know her! She has so many fresh ideas (like this one) and her blog has become one of my favorite reads :)

The post following this one will have my mood board for this week!!!!

I only have three requests for participation:

1. Follow Your Host and Co-Host via GFC
Host: Beth - Design Your Dwelling
Co-Host: Samantha - Designer In Teal

2. Grab A Button!
Grab a button below and include it in your blog post or where you share your link parties on your blog.

3. Share it!
Spread the word about this link party by tagging me (@beth_dydblog) in a tweet with a direct link to your mood board post and using the hashtag #moodboardlinkparty! Feel free to share it on Facebook too!

Each week I pin all of your mood boards to my Design Boards board on Pinterest!

Most importantly, connect with and follow other design bloggers!

Grab a button, link up, and have fun! :)

If you are interested in co-hosting the Mood Board Link Party send me an email! designyourdwellingblog(at)

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