Flea Across Florida

photo 1 (1)photo 2 (1)photo 4 (1)photo 5 (1) Last weekend Ray and I ventured out to Flea Across Florida, a yard sale / flea market that starts in Lake City and follows Highway 90 through the panhandle. Honestly, it wasn’t too impressive but we did stop by a few of our favorite vintage shops along the way.  We purchased 2 vintage thermoses (only $1 each!) to add to my collection, a vintage necktie for Ray, and a pair of gold sparkly, never-worn flats for $2. We were also able to spend some time visiting with Ray’s parents while we were in Live Oak.
These small weekend adventures keep me going throughout the week. With both of us working full time, small group, meetings, practices, and various other projects it can get a little crazy around here. I’m really thankful for these slow weekends we can spend together enjoying each others company.photo 3 (2) …and now for one of our best pictures ever taken.photo 4 (2)

10 books that have impacted my life

boos 2I’ve seen lots of people on facebook/youtube/twitter talking about 10 books that changed their lives/made them think/impacted/whatever. I thought it was pretty interesting and I love learning about people’s faves. I wouldn’t say all of these are particularly life changing, but they are books that have, in some way, meant something to me.
1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – My love for the March sisters runs deep.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – I truly believe that every person in America should read this book. And then reread.
3. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne Shirley is one of the most lovable characters ever written.
4. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (edited by Otto Frank) – Another Anne I can’t help but love.
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steve Chbosky – I know this one is controversial and deals with heavy subjects but it is truly a great read. 
6. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson – Perhaps this could be the more grown up version of Where the Wild Things Are. Magically sad.
7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – Despite being written in a diary format, Speak felt much more “adult” than all of the other books I was reading in middle school.
8. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – I started reading the series when I was in 8th grade and only the first 3 had been published. I was 22 when the 7th installment was published. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like I grew up with the characters.
9.  Love Story by Erich Segal – I found a tattered, yellowed copy of this book in a closet in my parents hallway. While I figured it would be a sweet story, I wasn’t expecting how beautifully tragic it would be.
10. Anthem by Ayn Rand – Ray loaned me this book long before we were married or even dating. It was the first book of it’s kind I had ever read and I still love it to this day.books 1

I originally made a list of about 20 books, but chose to keep this blog post focused on fiction, with the exception of The Diary of Anne Frank. I might write another post focusing on non-fiction. What are 10 books that have impacted your life?

Nailed It

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First things first, I LOVE this nail look. Second things second, this was way more difficult to photograph than I anticipated. Perhaps I should have shot a video because the way the rose gold shimmered against the aqua was beautiful. I’m looking forward to recreating this look using fall colors!
For Audrey by China Glaze
Rage by Orly
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August 2014 Favorites

favesfaves 2faves 31. Yes to Coconuts facial cleansing wipes. These are refreshing and do a great job of removing makeup.
2. Maybelline Baby Skin facial primer. I know this was in last month’s favorites, but it’s just sooooo good.
3. In the Cab-ana by Essie
4. The More the Merrier by Essie
5. True blue Spa paraffin hand lotion. Guys, my hands and cuticles just get so so dry and this stuff has been helping tremendously.
6. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from Trader Joe’s. These are way more delicious than both Reese’s and Justin’s peanut butter cups.
7. Coconut Oil, Always and forever. Lately I been using coconut oil as a butter substitute while baking. It’s especially delicious in chocolate chip cookies.
8. Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond. I read a portion of this book several years ago when Ree was posting it in segments on her blog. I’ve really enjoyed reading the rest of her story.
9. Grey flats from Payless
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10. Twin Peaks, obvs. Can you feel the obsession?
11. Reid Wiseman, aka @asto_reid, on twitter! Reid is an astronaut currently living on the International Space Station (which I saw being built when I went to Space Camp in 6th grade). He posts the most amazing photos of the earth. I promise this will be your new favorite twitter account!