Snapshot Sunday + Thanksgiving

Another Sunday.. Wow where does time go?! Every week seems to fly by. As they say “The days are long, but the years are short.” It’s bittersweet. I enjoy my life so much It’s sad to look back and realize how fast time goes. Try to cherish every moment! Saturday morning I took Christmas card photos for my sister Jamie and her husband & she snapped a few of Everett and I. They turned out so good, I have to share. I am so blessed to have him. ❤31This weekend was also our final family get-together before my little nephew is born. How crazy is that?! I can’t believe in just a week or so we will have a baby as part of the family. Babies are my weakness. I can’t wait to snuggle him, smell him, and be his aunt. I’m so excited that I’m going to share some pictures of his nursery. My sister did such an amazing job with it, I just have to share.image3 (2)image2 (7)image1 (9)12208269_1169130406449845_3345934606789512387_nIsn’t it perfect?! They are such a beautiful couple… I just can’t wait to meet him. Beware: lots of baby related blog posts in my future! 😉 Saturday afternoon we celebrated Thanksgiving early, since baby is due right around actual Thanksgiving. It was a blast! My family is seriously the best. We ate amazing food, and did our annual gingerbread house contest! Everett and I won! YAY! It’s such a fun tradition. If you’ve never made a gingerbread house, you should! They have kits sold at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, pretty much wherever Christmas decor is sold. 🙂 image6image4Wine & enjoying Christmas decor.. Nothin’ better! As for today, It’s a typical relaxing Sunday, my fav! We went on a long walk around the pond by my house to enjoy the beautiful weather we’re having. It’s 62 degrees today! Mid-November and 62 degrees is basically unheard of in Minnesota. You HAVE to take advantage it, because any day we could get hit with negative temps, that’s just how MN works. I snapped this pretty tree on our walk 🙂IMG_2745I also want to give a shout out to Kelly over at  I Could Sleep In That for the amazing and thoughtful giveaway she did on her blog in October. I received the package on Friday and LOVE everything in it. The blush is an amazing berry warm color for fall, and the revlon lip crayon is a beautiful burgundy color for fall as well. I’ve worn them everyday this weekend! Not to mention Hocus Pocus, always a classic! Thanks again, Kelly you are so sweet! Go give this girl a follow! 🙂2snapshotsunday

Thanks for reading, and as always, wishing you a great week ahead!

TGIF + What I Wore This Week Challenge!

TGIF! For some reason this week seemed endless. Maybe it’s because I’ve been feeling like total crap lately.. 😦 NO FUN. But It’s going to be a fun weekend, and I’m excited to share come Sunday! This week I decided to participate in Amanda Bella’s “What I Wore This Week Challenge” #WIWTWABChallenge! I’m not going to lie my style needs work. I gravitate towards easy, and comfortable pieces and usually rotate my favorites every week. It was fun to put a bit more thought into what I wear knowing I had to snap a selfie! p.s. don’t mind my work badge in every picture, the bathrooms have good mirrors 😉

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These outfits are Monday-Thursday from left to right 🙂

Monday: Sweater- Tilly’s// Black Jeans- Kohl’s// Boots- Target

Tuesday: Top- American Eagle// Black Jeans- Kohl’s// Boots- Target

Wednesday: Blazer- Forever21// Floral Tank- Forever21// Black Pants- Maurices// Booties- Target

Thursday: Sweater- Tilly’s// Black Leggings- Forever21// Boots- Target

Gold/Blue Necklace//Target

Phone Case//Target

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Nothing crazy, and definitely not what I would call trendy, but simple, comfortable and easy for everyday at work. I’m hoping to build up my wardrobe and focus on getting solid pieces that you can mix and match with. Hope you enjoy! Thank you, Amanda for the challenge! 🙂 Happy Friday everyone!

What I’m Loving Wednesday! #WILW

Hi friends! Hope everyone is having a good week! It’s Wednesday! Meaning not only do we only have two more days ’till the weekend, but it’s #WILW! I’m hoping to get into the swing of doing this every week. It’s a great way to break up a long week by focusing on what you are LOVING! Hope you enjoy 🙂

Morning SunrisesI leave my house for work at 7:00am and since daylight savings, every morning has had a BEAUTIFUL sunrise as i’m leaving. Honestly, it makes getting up for work a lot easier. I find myself excited to leave the house to see what the sunrise looks like on that morning. Sooo beautiful, no filters on this picture!IMG_2643

Memories. I guess this one is more what I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for memories. One of my favorite quotes is “Collect moments, not things” Do you ever have those moments where you stop and think “I’m going to look back on this and smile.” That’s how I try to live as much as I can. One specific memory I always look back on was just this past July. Everett and I went camping together in a tiny-in the middle of no-where-have ZERO service-there’s probably a bear next to our tent right now-city called Bigfork, MN.. population a whopping 445. It was amazing. We fell even more in love that trip and every time I think back, I smile. We paddle boarded for the first time (SO fun by the way, you have to try it if you haven’t), We did a TON of fishing & I caught my first bass which was SO exhilarating, we laughed for a good 10 minutes about how I struggled to reel him in, and yes I made Everett take him off the hook.. I’m still too much of a wuss. It was such a simple trip, but one of my favorites we’ve ever taken together.  IMG_1730

Isn’t he so handsome?! (the human, not the fish)

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Ahhh I can’t wait until next summer. We will definitely be visiting again, Bigfork! What are you loving this Wednesday?! Wishing you all a great rest of the week!

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November Lovin’ + Saturday!

Ahhh I adore November. This year I am even more excited about the holidays. November and December are the best 2 months of the year in my opinion! This first week of November has been really good to me. The weather has been perfect here in Minnesota, & surprisingly we haven’t had our first snowfall yet! Sometimes it falls as early as mid-October! The first snowfall is always exciting.  I received some AWESOME news yesterday, my boyfriend Everett FINALLY got a great job after searching since we graduated college in June. This means we can start looking at houses and get a place together! Ahhhh the thought of decorating my OWN space and being able to spend every day with the love of my life is so exciting. Things really do happen for a reason all in the right timing. I’m surprising him tonight and taking him out to a nice dinner at CRAVE at the Mall of America. They have really good sushi and pasta, I can’t wait! Here’s a little snapshot at my lazy & beautiful Saturday morning.

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 Too early for Christmas mugs? Nah.
image2 (4)This book. If you are looking for a new book I highly suggest this one! This is the second book in the series, so start with the 1st one titled “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes. They are soooo good! The perfect combo of love, drama, and it is very relatable and keeps you interested! HAPPY WEEKEND! Wishing you everything this quote says! 🙂 201767b3e04aa858f0e7faaf69a0e3da

Snapshot Sunday!

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My sister The Grady Bunch Blog & I decided to start up a Sunday tag called Snapshot Sunday! Sunday’s are all about reflection on the weekend and getting your ducks in a row for the upcoming week. It is definitely one of my favorite days of the week! So we collaborated and created this cute logo to go along with the series. Feel free to grab the image and join in on Snapshot Sunday! Can’t wait to hear about everyone’s weekends & what you are looking forward to this week! 🙂

This weekend was another good one for me! Friday Everett and I got back from our mini-vaca and were LAZY. We hung around the house, did laundry, and did a quick Target run because I forgot my pillow at the hotel.. oops.. luckily it wasn’t my favorite pillow and I was just waiting for a good excuse to buy a new down pillow, so there you have it, a great excuse for a new pillow!

Saturday, we slept in and then went to Chick-Fil-A for lunch with my dad and sisters. My dad had never been to Chick-Fil-A (I know, crazy) so we decided it would be a good idea to finally introduce him to the delicious-ness. After that my sisters and I bought ingredients for baking festive cupcakes for Halloween. They turned out AMAZING & so easy.. I’m savoring my last 2 in the fridge. We used: One box of spice cake mix, half a can of pumpkin puree, and cream cheese frosting topped with a candy corn pumpkin. SOOO YUMMY & so moist! If you’re looking for something delicious and easy, this is it! The rest of Halloween evening we watched a few movies, and caught up blogging!image1 (5)image2 (3)

Sunday has been productive, and relaxing all in one! The best combo, right? Everett and I toured an apartment complex this morning and it went really well! The place is gorgeous and everything I wanted in an apartment. We’re so excited at the thought of getting our own place together. But with that excitement comes the nerves! We still have yet to decide if this is the one between our finances and timing, but I have a good feeling. Lots more to come regarding that! Can’t wait to blog about home decor! ALSO, I’m wearing my ADORABLE and oh so cozy blanket scarf. Definitely my new favorite item in my wardrobe. Check out my sister’s post at The Grady Bunch Blog for details!

As for the rest of the day, I plan on RELAXING and catching up on laundry. I must admit, I’m not looking forward to going back into work tomorrow. I haven’t been in the office since Wednesday, so it might be a little rough.. Just gotta stay positive! Wishing you all a great Sunday, and hope you’ll join in on Snapshot Sunday!

The Versatile Blogger & Liebster Award!

I’m excited to be nominated for both the Versatile Blogger & Liebster award here in the blogging community. Such a fun way to get to know and discover new bloggers. A HUGE shout out to Krystenfos & Simply Caitlyn for nominating me. Check out their blogs if you don’t already follow, great stuff! Let’s start with the Liebster award:

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Rules:

1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you and include the Liebster Award sticker in your post.

2. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this in one of their posts.

3. All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers.

4. Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator and create 11 different questions for your nominees to answer. Or, you can repeat the same questions.

5. Copy these rules into your post.

Answers:

1. How did you get into blogging?

I followed lots of blogs on Instagram just from finding them on the discover page. I always thought it was such a fun way to express yourself, document your life, and make new friends. I put off making one for years due to college, and just time in general, but now I find myself in a much different situation. I have more free time now that I have a full time 8-4 job and I also have a lot of fun events coming up in my life like moving out & becoming an auntie for the first time & i’m so excited to document!

2. Do you have any siblings?

I have 3 sisters! Jamie (The Grady Bunch Blog), Jessica, and Jodell.

3. What is your favorite thing to wear?

Depends on the season, right now definitely leggings, big sweaters and boots!

4. What are 3 hobbies you have?

Adventuring outside, I LOVE fishing, reading, and hanging out with my amazing family.

5. Where is your favorite place to vacation?

I have SO many places on my list to visit, so for now I have to say my favorite is Clearwater Beach, FL.

6. What is the last thing you ate?

A pumpkin-spice cupcake. YUMMM.

7. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?

Anything with my family. Usually my weekends are spent going to lunch or dinner with the whole crew, or relaxing and watching movies with Everett.

8. If you could go back in time, what would you go back and see?

Ohhh this is a tough one.. I would love to go back when my grandparents were teenagers and see what life was like for them.

9. If you could travel to one time in the future what would you want to see?

It would be so cool to take a sneak peak into my life with Everett years down the road, how many kids we have, what we look like, where we live. But only a sneak peak, I wouldn’t want to spoil anything!

10. What is your favorite tv show of all time?

I have to go with Friends. Such a classic.

11. What is your favorite theme park?

Busch Gardens, Tampa!

Same questions for my nominees 🙂 Nominees are:

On to the Versatile Blogger Award: Thank you KrystenFos for the nomination!

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Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person that has nominated you
  2. Include a link to their blog
  3. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  4. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination
  5. Share seven different facts about yourself

Here are my 7 facts about myself!

  1. I have a rock in my elbow from falling off my bike when I was probably 5 or 6 years old.
  2. I collect coffee mugs, It’s a fun way to remember all the places I visit. & a great gift idea!
  3. I never wear matching socks, my drawer is completely unorganized.. oops.
  4. I’m obsessed with trying new face masks & cherry carmex.
  5. I’ve been gluten free since Nov. 2014 because my stomach absolutely can’t handle it. I’m still trying to figure out this new diet, and have a tough time finding things to eat because I’m a very picky eater, and a terrible cook. Not a good combo.
  6. I am a crazy cat lady. If I could have 10 cats, I would but for now i’m sticking to my one crazy baby named Oliver.
  7. I have 2 puppy nieces, one kitty nephew, and a human nephew due Nov. 28th 2015! So excited to meet him!

What a fun tag! My nominees are:

A Beautiful Weekend + Kip Moore.

What a fun weekend! Wow, the weekends just seem to fly by. This weekend was one i’ve been looking forward to for MONTHS now. My sister Jamie, (The Grady Bunch Blog ) my mom, and I made another road trip to see our absolute favorite artist, Mr. Kip Moore (if you haven’t heard of him shame on you, and go check him out NOW.) We’ve now been to 5 shows in the last year, and just can’t get enough. Not only is this guy’s music absolutely amazing, but he is the most genuine, sincere, caring, and hardworking guy. Truly something special. With other artists, I’ve never been able to listen to the album straight through, there’s usually only one or two songs that I like, but with both of his albums there honestly isn’t one bad song. Here are a few of my favorites. Check them out!

Magic: Kip Moore

Hearts Desire: Kip Moore

Backseat: Kip Moore


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We also stopped at this HUGE candy store on the way down that had the cutest fall items. I’m such a sucker for all things fall related. I could have wandered this store all day but it was SO packed in there. So we just grabbed our delicious taffy and headed out.

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What a great weekend. Sunday’s are always bittersweet.. BUT good news is, i’m taking a few days of work this week to go on a much needed getaway with my sweet boyfriend. I absolutely can’t wait. Time together is scarce nowadays and it’ll be just what we need to relax and reconnect. I’ll definitely be blogging about our trip so be on the lookout for that! Wishing you all a great Monday!

The Monday Blues.

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Today was a typical Monday and I hated every second of it. I woke up after tossing and turning all night with yet again a pounding headache and terrible neck pain, the last thing I wanted to do was go to work and sit at a desk for 8 hours. I have to admit, one of my worst qualities is my negativity. I find myself constantly thinking of all that could go wrong instead of what could go right. Too often I beat myself up about that one tiny thing I did wrong instead of focusing on the twenty other things I did that were good, or had a positive impact. Especially at work. I think the first step to seeking a more positive life is admitting your faults and acknowledging what isn’t working. I envy those people who always are smiling, always seem happy, and always have a positive outlook. Soooo I’ve decided to force myself to write (or in this case type) ten positive or good things that happened when I’ve had a terrible day or just find myself being a negative nancy. So here are my ten for this Monday, & heres to hoping tomorrow is a better day.

  1. I treated myself to a delicious caribou coffee this morning.
  2. I finally got my order in the mail from jane.com (love that place) & it’s an adorable ruffle long sleeve shirt!
  3. It was a beautiful fall day today! So warm for this time of year!
  4. My cat, Oliver is being extra snuggly today.
  5. The Voice is on TV right now! Love this show.
  6. It was a good hair day. (always a plus)
  7. I rediscovered my love for Jack Johnson & bought 3 of his songs on iTunes.
  8. I made fettuccini for dinner! YUM.
  9. The new face wash I bought this weekend seems to be helping my skin. I’ll share it if it keeps impressing me!
  10. I realized there are only 5 days until I get to see my favorite artist in concert again, KIP MOORE!

P.s. The image in this post is created by yours truly! I hope to incorporate some of my graphic design skills into blogging, let me know what you think!

My First Post!


Well, here we are! I finally took the dive and started a blog. For almost a year now I’ve been wanting to, and now felt like the right time. For starters let me introduce myself. My name is Jaclyn and I’m from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I adore Minnesota. Yes, the winters are long (much too long), and come February every year I ask myself why I still live here.. but let me tell you it’s SO worth it. Between the beautiful summers at the lake, crisp colorful Autumns, and sparkling Christmas snow, I could never leave. I graduated college this past June, and since then I’ve found myself questioning what I want to do with my life (something I think everyone goes through at this point in their lives). I earned my Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institutes International Minneapolis and now work in the IT department at Medtronic.. complete 180 I know, I know. Although the job I currently do is no where near my “dream job” I like to think this will eventually lead me to a more creative place within the company because it really is a wonderful place to work. Back to why I’m starting this blog.. I’m going through so many changes in my life and think this will be an awesome place for me to capture memories, have a creative outlet, and meet like-minded people. I’m SO excited!

A little about me:

  • I have 3 sisters who are my best friends. (no, really we are inseparable… we even work together)
  • I have a absolutely wonderful boyfriend of 3.5 years who treats me like a princess and I’m forever grateful for.
  • I dream of someday becoming an awesome cook…someday.
  • I love exploring outdoors. Most weekends Everett and I find ourselves grabbing a coffee and wandering around.
  • I love to read! Send me your book recommendations! I hope to blog a lot about what I’m reading.
  • I collect coffee mugs!

I’m so excited to start blogging more!