Lessons From My Mom + Grandmother

Hey-Mama-Elizabeth-Ashleigh (2)As we celebrate our mommas today, I’m looking back on some pretty good memories of my own mom and grandmother (known to me as Maw Maw). Dance parties in the kitchen, sweet notes in my lunchbox, home-cooked meals, shopping trips… and more hugs, kisses, and pinched cheeks than a girl could ever ask for. Both were amazing women that loved deeply and taught me so much. I cannot wait to be a momma someday and pass on the love to my own sweet babes. Here are just a few lessons I learned from my mom and grandmother:

1. Make your bed every morning. This one sets me up for success every day. If my bed is made, I feel productive and am prepared and ready to take on the day. And nothing beats getting into a nicely made bed (and cool, clean sheets!) at night. I think mom was on to something here.

2. Sit up straight. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized even more the importance of good posture. Even my doctor has emphasized the benefits (better health!) of proper posture.

3. Work hard. I was always encouraged to do my best at whatever I put my hands to. Hard work has opened the door to opportunities that otherwise may not have happened. So I believe working hard while staying humble and treating others with kindness is the right thing to do.

4. Always say “thank you”. And “you’re welcome”. Ever notice how lax society has become when it comes to good manners? So much so that I’ve watched one complete stranger tell another the two important words they seem to have forgotten when someone holds a door open for them. Don’t be that person. Remember that good manners matter.

5. Never forget to Whom you belong. You were called to live a life of love and integrity. Never settle for less than God’s best for you.

6. Family is important. Always. My grandmother often reminded me of this. Especially as you get older, family will be what you have. Be there for one another. I sometimes remember this verse: A friend loves at all times, but a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17

7. Don’t worry; everything will turn out alright (and it usually does, even if not in the way that you expected). Do not worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Philippians 4:6

8. Be happy and do some good. Happiness is a choice, so choose to do what makes you happy. Truly happy. Sometimes the best thing you can do when you’re unhappy is to help someone else in need. You’ll soon notice a change in your own heart and attitude.

9. Don’t spend all your money. Be a wise steward over what you’ve been given.

10. Follow your gut. Never let your emotions or desire for immediacy cloud your judgment.

11. Be thoughtful. Remember the time your mom surprised you with that adorable Beauty and the Beast t-shirt and fanny pack just in time for Skate Night simply because she loves you and knew it was your favorite Disney movie? Or the time Maw Maw planned ahead and made your favorite meal – alphabet pasta, filet mignon, and green beans – and even painted your nails when you spent the weekend at her house? These are just a few other little things they did that meant so much. Thoughtfulness goes a long way.

12. Go on adventures. Life is short. Take hold of opportunity. Create opportunities. Try new things. Move to a new city. Travel. Discover the world around you. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone; you can always come back home.

What lessons from your mom and grandmothers still stick with you today?

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mommas!

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Warby Parker Summer 2014 Collection

Dale-Whiskey-Tortoise-Still-LifeGood morning, friends! I am so excited to share with you the Warby Parker Summer 2014 Collection that just launched today! When Warby Parker contacted me about sharing their new collection, I jumped at the opportunity. Warby Parker has done well to design higher-quality, better-looking eyewear at a fraction of the cost of other big name designers; and with vintage-inspired styles that are both classic and on-trend, I was beyond excited to see what they’d come up with for this season.

In honor of warmer weather and easy living, Warby Parker has designed a line of effortless, fit-for-any-day frames – nine new shapes and four new colors to be exact. From bookish silhouettes in surf-inspired hues to classic styles in beach shack shades, you’ll find these styles and more for the dog days ahead.

Warby-Parker-Summer-2014-OpticalsIf like me you’re in need of a great pair of shades for bright, sunny days, or if you are simply ready to freshen up your look for summer with new eyewear, you have to check out the Summer 2014 Collection. Classic, cool, and with multiple frame shapes to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for you!

Banks-Striped-Sassafras-Still-LifePictured Above: Banks Striped Sassafrass Sunglasses

Warby-Parker-Summer-2014-SunglassesThough not easy to decide, my favorites in the new line would have to be the Banks Sea Smoke Tortoise and the Cliff Woodgrain Tortoise sunnies.

EA Favorites from Warby ParkerAbsolutely love these! (Obviously, I have a thing for tortoise.)

One of the perks of Warby Parker, too is that you can select five frames to try and they’ll send them to you for free so you can test out each style and decide which is the best fit for you.

Warby Parker Summer 2014 Collection optical and sunwear frames are available for $95 online at WarbyParker.com and at Warby Parker stores and showrooms. And as always, with every pair sold, Warby Parker distributes a pair to someone in need (I love that their mission is to do good in the world!).

I have to say that I am quite smitten with the latest collection, and I love that each style evokes a certain feeling of nostalgia for the long, hot, laid-back days of summer. What do you think? Take a look at the entire Warby Parker Summer 2014 collection here, and let me know which styles you love in the comments below!

Top Image: Warby Parker Dale Whiskey Tortoise Opticals

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Hello + An Update

Coconut MojitoGood morning, friends and happy May! Oh my goodness, how I’ve missed this space and connecting with you here! The last couple months have been so full. A lot of work. A lot of projects. A lot of… stuff. It’s a new month and I couldn’t think of a better time to get things rolling again. New blog posts are on the way, along with some changes and fresh updates, and eventually a brand overhaul! I have so many ideas for this little space of the blogosphere and I can’t wait to share with you! Thanks so much for sticking around and for being a part of the journey with me.


P.S. Check out this recipe for a Coconut Mojito. (Yum!)

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