These are a few of my favorite things: My List

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I know I'm a day late on linking up with Elise, April, Katie, and Zelle - but better late than never, right?! I was in jury duty yesterday (and just barely missed having to sit for the trial), we have our big client party at work tonight, and the engagement party this weekend. Things have been a little crazy in these parts lately, but all good things! I loved participating in the "These are a few of my favorite things" Linkup last year and am excited to participate again!

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1.  This was on my list last year and we still haven't made a decision - but new fabric to recover our club chairs. We're definitely moving (right after Christmas), so I think this will be the perfect time to get this done. I'm loving this gray and white fabric. 

2.  I would also love to be more intentional with our color scheme. I'm leaning towards blues, greens, and grays and am in love with these pillows. They would be the perfect pop on our sofa.

3.  With 1 1/2 more bathrooms in the new house, we're going to need more towels! I love the white Pottery Barn towels we got for our wedding.

4.  Continuing with the house theme, there are some built-ins in our new living room, which is the perfect excuse for more coffee table books. I love the Aerin Lauder and this cover is gorgeous!

5.  We have one Apple TV right now and we LOVE it. We constantly move it back and forth from our bedroom to the living room. It would be really nice to have another one so we can leave them hooked up.

6.  I love sunglasses and these mirrored Ray Bans are so fun! I still haven't decided between the blue or the red/orange yet. 

7.  I love the Dior "Mise en Dior" tribal pearl earrings that you've seen all over the place, but the Dior version are definitely not in the budget. There are lots of great alternatives floating out there for fraction of the cost.

8.  I love the layered look of this necklace and the customized bar.


Friday Five

Friday, October 31, 2014

1. Happy Halloween! Are y'all doing anything fun tonight? I think the extent of my Halloween is going to be handing out candy to our 10 neighborhood trick or treaters and eating a Krispy Kreme Halloween donut or two. Sprinkle or holiday themed donuts are my weakness. Y'all can keep your original glaze. If you need further motivation, head to any Krispy Kreme in your costume and get a FREE donut!

2. I got the cutest pair of rag & bone newbury booties on super sale about a month ago. The same ones I have are on sale again plus some other cute styles/colors. I wanted a pair of newbury booties for over a year (they even made an appearance on my wishlist last Christmas) and it made it even better that I got them on sale. They are super comfortable and go with everything - I even wear them with work dresses. The bootie trend seems to be here to stay and you can't beat the price for such a high quality pair.

3. Junior League of Raleigh's 30th Annual A Shopping SPREE! started yesterday and runs through Sunday. On Wednesday, I helped with set up and got to check out the vendors. I can honestly say that this is going to be the best SPREE! yet and the vendors are all amazing. I'm going to the Saturday "Weekend Wakeup" with all the woman on my mom's side of the family. It's going to be so much fun and hopefully a new tradition! I've already gotten a jump on my Christmas shopping, but after Saturday, I might be almost done! 

I can't wait to get this cute Wolfpack shirt!
And how gorgeous are these monogrammed pillows?!
4. Daylight Savings is on Sunday and I'm so ready for it. Getting up in the pitch black every morning has been r.o.u.g.h. I'm hoping with the extra morning light, I'll be able to wake up a little earlier and do a small circuit to kick-start my day. I would love to do something like this first thing:

5. Leaving y'all with a quite that spoke to me this weak. He is the only one that can heal our hearts in times of sadness and loss.


Friday Five

Friday, October 24, 2014

Umm..wow. Blog break, much? Things have been going pretty nonstop for us lately and it just never felt like I had a minute to blog. We finally moved into our fancy new office three weeks ago and things are finally starting to slow down a bit (work wise anyway). Two weekends ago we were in New York, so I really need to get a recap of that up. We had such a great time and it's always great to be in the city in the fall.

1. Lots of exciting things are happening in our house. For starters, the McPhersons are moving! We're still ironing out the details for our next home, but ready or not, we'll be out of our current house by the middle of January. 
In August, Brandon and I started Dave Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover" and are using the envelope system. We did a lot of talking and praying about our next home and have decided to continue renting. Although we would love to own our own home, we have decided that this is the best financial decision for us. I am so proud of my husband for working as hard as he did to realize his lifelong dream of becoming an attorney, but that has left us with a good amount of student loans (private law school. ouch.) that we want to pay off before we buy a house. I'm excited to share more details about our move when they're all ironed out. We both are very happy and confident in this decision and are looking forward to making lots of wonderful memories in a new home.

2. We're not leaving our current house without a bang though! Besides for spending one more holiday season here, we're thrilled to be throwing our dear friends, Ryan and Kirsten, an engagement party in November. I'm going to refrain from posting projects and things before the party on here because I want everything to be a surprise for them, but there will be lots of mini food and pretty displays inspired by Emily Thomas.
photo by Tanja Lippert

3. This past Wednesday I took my first needlepoint class through JLR. I've wanted to learn how to needlepoint for years and was excited to get to push I needed through a league social. My grandmother was an incredible needlepointer. My great aunt would paint designs and patterns onto the canvas and then she would needlepoint them. As a lefty, learning how to needlepoint is a little trickier than I was originally counting on. Everything is the opposite from what the instructor was telling everyone else to do and even looking at the pattern, the way I would start things was completely backwards.  I think a few lessons with a lefty are in order, but I'm looking 
The girl who organized the class is working on this pattern right now for her bar cart. Love it!

4. I'm officially obsessed with my Nest Pumpkin Chai candle. It's making our house smell so festive and fall and they last forever! Now to just decide between the Holiday and Birchwood Pine for the holidays. Decisions, decisions.

5. Last night I finally went into the If It's Paper in Raleigh. I've been meaning to go in for a while now and finally had a good excuse last night. I was very impressed with all the great things they had. Not only do they have lots of paper and colored envelopes, they have products by Rifle and Sugar Paper plus the cutest selection of cocktail napkins. I can't wait to take mom back with me so we can spend longing looking at all the great finds. There's also one in Greensboro. I haven't been to that one in years, but I'm sure it's just as good if that one's closer to you!


Weekend Recap

Monday, September 8, 2014

Friday night we headed downtown to High Cotton to celebrate First Friday and their new fall line with their "Tartans & Tailgates" kickoff party. The owners and mother/son team, Judy and James Hill are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet and we're so lucky to call them friends. It's been so fun watching their business grow and I know that there are even greater things coming up for them and their North Carolina grown company. 

We had our second game of the season on Saturday. Luckily kickoff wasn't until 6:00, so the tailgate lots didn't open until 1:00. Getting to sleep in a bit and fitting in a workout made for a nice start to our long day.  We luckily park under some giant trees in our lot, so with that and our tents, we were pretty covered from the sun. We're also loving our new seats. We're now on the home side and by the time we got into the game at 6, our seats were already shady! 

Food table set up - I've been getting tons of compliments on my new banner!

The mini chicken & waffles didn't last long and are so easy to make

The boys played an epic game of giant jenga. Everyone walking by kept stopping to watch them.

Love this action shot of it falling down that Katie caught.

We have an away game next week before two more home games. Unless it rains, Brandon and I are planning another hike at Umstead. We had such a great time and are looking forward to many more hikes as the weather gets cooler (on away game weeks of course). 

Did y'all do anything fun this weekend? I'd love to hear all about it!


Friday Five

Friday, September 5, 2014

Even though my girls Caroline and April haven't started back with their Friday Five link up, I figured it would be fun to get back into the swing of things since fall is officially here (even though the weather seems to disagree).

I figured first up I would give a little update on our first month living with the Envelope System. Brandon and I are both really enjoying the tighter budget. We're both very numbers driven people and to see the dollars in our savings account slowly inch higher makes us both super happy and motivated. It also helps us feel like we're finally making progress on that 20% house down payment. 

I bought a coupon organzier off etsy to keep all of our cash in. I like that it has the dividers and the tabs for you to label each section. The coupon organizer was a lot cheaper than the specific envelope system wallets I found on etsy at $13.75 (now only $13.00). Dave Ramsey has a bunch of envelope wallet options on his website, but they're vinyl and more like a real wallet and I didn't want to replace the one I carry all the time. We leave our envelope organizer at home and get cash out whenever we need something specific. The only time we take it with us is when we do our weekly grocery shopping because we might need cash out of our food and household budget. My only complaint about the organizer we have is that the loose change falls out (which makes sense because it's not designed for that), but otherwise I really like it. We also now keep all of our receipts for everything which is something we didn't do before.

We split our "envelopes" into the following categories:
-Auto Care (car washes, inspections, etc)
-Clothing (necessities, not a cute new top)
-Blow Money (we each have our own and we can spend it on whatever we want)
-Gifts (birthdays, weddings, etc.)
-Date Night

Using my "blow money," I bought the cutest top at J.Crew. I'd wanted it for a while and was able to score it on sale plus an additional 40% off! I had a gift card too, so I only ended up spending $18 on it. It's super cute and I'm actually wearing it today! I sized down one size, but could have probably sized down one more.
I'm so excited to have grabbed one of Emily Ley's Simplified Planners! I was sad that I missed the boat last year and made sure to order mine for 2015 as soon as they went on sale. I already received shipping confirmation and it'll be delivered tomorrow! I wish I didn't have to wait until January to start using it!

I'm semi-obsessed with this ring stack by considerthewldflowrs. I especially love the two round rings in the middle. They're rose gold and the band they sit on is yellow gold. Added to the wishlist.

I'm sure everyone by now has seen the Food Babe's post on PSLs. It's pretty upsetting, but more for the fact that it removed me from my blissful state of unawares than actually being surprised. It's definitely going to make me limit my frequency, but to say I'm not going to drink them at all any more would be a total lie. Everything in moderation, right?

We have a home game tomorrow against Old Dominion. Hopefully the team plays a little better than they did last time. It's going to be hot again, but kickoff isn't until 6:00, so we at least won't have the sun beating down on us in the game. Fingers crossed that we don't get the thunderstorms they're predicting! I hope y'all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!


Labor Day Weekend Recap

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Of course now that we're past Labor Day and officially heading towards fall, I was almost ready for a little more summer. That is of course, until the 90 degree weather this week. Gross. North Carolina is seriously confused. We celebrated the end of summer with our first football game of the season and a spontaneous beach trip. We may have barely scraped by with a win on the football field, but we definitely won the tailgate (and that's what really matters, right?).

I took some pictures of our set up on my real camera, but those of course are still on my camera. I was super happy with how the banner turned out (you can see it behind Brandon and me in the first photo), and might make another one at some point.

Brandon and his twinnie cupcake

I'm pretty sure around this point is when Brandon scraped up his shorts. Boo.

The game was soooo stinkin' hot. Can we not schedule a 12:30 game in August ever again? Normally people leave the stadium because we're terrible, but this time it was because it was so hot that you physically couldn't take the heat. Luckily this week's game isn't until 6:00 and we have tents and tree shade for our tailgate. Doeren also seems to have learned his lesson and didn't complain about the fans leaving the stands during the game.

Sunday we headed down to Atlantic Beach with Peter and another friend as a spur of the moment trip. We had such a great time down there. We hung out on the beach (while the boys consumed lots of alcohol) and had an all around relaxing time. I got a little burned on Sunday, but overall, it was totally worth it. You can't go too wrong with your toes in the sand and your head in a book.

Drinks at the Arendell Room


Weekend Recap

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Friday nights we normally take it easy because we're both worn out after a long week. This past Friday we rented Divergent from Redbox (love a cheap movie rental!). I actually liked it even more than I thought I would and am looking forward to the next installment. It was really well made and the actors were fantastic.

Brandon and I have talked about hiking at Umstead for years now and we finally went this past Saturday. It was so fun and we're already planning another trip for our next free Saturday. We did the 5.8 mile trail this time, but Brandon wants to try out the 7.2 mile one next time. 

Glad we didn't go tubing down this river!

We had some money left over from our weekly food budget, so we ate at Burger Fi after our hike. We love their food and the fact that they use all natural ingredients with no hormones or antibiotics. Their prices are also really reasonable compared to a lot of other restaurants (especially the ones that use good, fresh ingredients!). 

This past Sunday was the last sermon in our summer long series, "Press Pause." They closed with "Press Pause and Bless." Lisa was back from a few weeks of vacation and you could tell she was feeling revitalized. This week's sermon could have also been "Press Pause and Laugh" because she had all of us laughing along with her. She has such an amazing presence and has truly found her calling. I still can't get over how amazing all of our minsters are. It's a true blessing to get to hear Ned, Will, Justin, and Lisa preach every Sunday. I can't wait to see what the next sermon series is going to be because this one was the best yet. If you want to hear any of the past sermons, just go here.

I hope everyone has had a great week so far! We had a new assistant start at work this week and it's been great having another person on our marketing/broker assistant team! Now we're all just waiting for our move to the new office (T-minus 37 days - *hopefully*).

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