Mornings

Mornings truly are my favorite time of day, as they give me energy, creativity and a sense of feeling fresh and new. Nights used to be the leader in favorite time of day especially when the sun would begin to set and the stars emerged and everyone was going out around the town just feeling young and free (ahh memories of my college years ha!). Now don't get me wrong, I still enjoy nightime and the feeling of the world calming down from a chaotic busy day...but something about waking up super early, getting cozy with my devotional and a cup of warm tea renews my soul like no other. Since becoming husband and wife, Corey and I have developed a bit of a routine and due to him working weekends I get him for a few extra hours in the mornings which I so love. A typical schedule for our family would be .....

6:30 am-- I wake up and turn on a couple lights (just the bare minimum), let the pups out, get them breakfast, enjoy some yogurt with granola and sip on tea while reading.

8 am-- Throw in laundry, hubs usually starts waking up, watch the news, continue on the tea and enjoy time with my husband (he like to make french press coffee everyyyy morning and I sometimes indulge in a cup myself).

9:30--  We make a big breakfast (eggs/pancakes/or whatever we are in the mood for), listen to music, spend time together and talk about our day ahead. 

10:30/11 am-- we both start getting ready for the day and head out the door to work/run errands/ meet people/ grocery shop/ etc..

This probably will not be our schedule for long and some days it does vary and we have to head out the door much sooner or we have plans made early morning. Those days it's usually "grab-food-on-the-go" and watch the news for 15 min and adios! I do however like to make mornings drag out as much as I possibly can to savor all the feels they offer me.

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”  --Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

When it comes to breakfast...Corey prefers to be the head chef and create the most delicious sandwiches/waffles/pancakes/etc. ... BUT there are some mornings I take over and cook away! One of those mornings was today and I treated the hubs to pancakes and fruit and OJ. I cannot wait till we move in March and I'll FINALLY be able to share more of my kitchen tools/baking dishes/cookware/the list goes on (since half of it is in storage ). Until then I did share where I purchased some of the items in the picture below as they make our morning breakfast time very special and truly functional.

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Utensils- Target

Gold Chargers- Hobby Lobby

Woven straw circular place mats- Homegoods

Wood server- Amazon.com

Glass with plastic straw- Target

Cloth napkins- Target

Merry Christmas! 2017

Isaiah 9: 6-7

6 "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

7 "Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this."

Reflecting on this message this time of year really humbles my heart and focuses my attitude toward the real meaning of Christmas. Its not about the toys and gifts and frill and fuss ...its about that sweet baby boy in the manger who gave us all the opportunity of LIFE. I hope everyone cherishes time with family and holds close to the special memories in the making this holiday season. Have a very blessed and joyous Christmas to you from the Barans! 

My wedding gown & veil is from Divas Bridal in Greensboro, NC

3 Things!

I will go ahead and apologize for my absence in this space the past couple weeks as I have not felt the best and holidays festivities have been underway. The blog is still getting a revamp (which has been in the works) along with some new categories and featuring some topics/items for both men and women. My goal is to have it all ready for the New Year and hope you find this space a place to get ideas, be inspired and share thoughts on different subjects. I will still be featuring a slew of styled pieces for you to shop and peruse as well as fresh recipes to try for yourself and little/big life moments in the mix! SO on that note....here's 3 things!


1. Flats and boots are probably the 2 types of shoes I go back and forth with each day. I love over the knee boots especially with bulky sweaters and skinnies yet same goes for a fun pair of flats with bold prints. Usually I find most my flats at places like Marshalls, DSW, Nordstrom Rack and online shops. Always looking for deals and steals but of course quality plays a big role to as well as versatility. I'm never purchasing shoes with one distinct look in mind but rather a pair that functions with a few looks, dressy or casual. Leopard has always been a print that seems to work with almost anything. They offer a little character to your ensemble when wearing solids or neutrals. These ones I have on below are Report and were such a deal! I love Report shoes because they are really comfy/cute and well made without breaking the bank. Add some leopard to your life and a little spunk to those holidays outfits on hand! 

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2. Rosie is so loved and she had the absolute best behavior over Thanksgiving with 9 little ones running around! She would go and kiss each one of those sweet bubs, play chase, be a cuddle partner and always ready for a good pet on the head. I was very proud of my little fur baby and all she has become the past year of us having her. We adopted her from Halfway There Rescue (be sure to check out their insta for the latest adoption fairs and newest furry babes) and have loved her ever since the day we laid eyes on her. Hard to believe she literally fit snug in my palms and now is a 40 pounder but I wouldnt change one thing about her. 

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Outfit Details:

Sweater is Old Navy // Beanie is Marshalls // Jeans are Old Navy // Jeweled top is Jcrew // Shoes are DSW

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3. We head to Pennsylvania for Christmas this year on the 23rd and I cannot wait to spend time with Corey's Grandparents and extended family. I have never been up there before so this will be a new little holiday venture. We have decided to start the every other year gig with our families so that we are able to dedicate time with one family each Christmas rather than hopping all around (which seems exhausting). One thing is for sure I cannot wait to have this pizza from his hometown...they bake it and you can keep it for like weeks and munch away #YASSS. I'll probably share bits and pieces of our trip via insta stories if you follow along and share the memories we begin to make as husband and wife through the holiday seasons. I also have begun packing and realizing it is a tad hard to fit all my stuff into a carry-on bag--so wish me luck as i cram all this into that little leopard bag. I will also share a few of these items below if you want to shop any of them! 

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Leopard Bag- Vera Bradly Duffle

Handbag- Kate Spade // Pom-Pom side accessory- The Loft

Lotion- Jimmy Choo

Patterned Dress- Bridget Bailey

Beanie- Marshalls

Lace Skirt- Versona

Striped Jammie Pants- Adoreme.com

Pink Kniti Sweater- April Marin

Sunnies-The Loft