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C A S O N | beauty: worth the splurge

When it comes to my beauty regimen, I’m all about affordable options and finding ways to save. I rarely stock up at Sephora unless I have my VIB coupon for 15% off my entire purchase. And my Neutrogena face wash and Almay eye makeup remover pads are only purchased when they are buy one get one 50% off at Ulta. The icing on the cake is that places like Ulta and Target are really making strides when it comes to affordable and QUALITY beauty products. E.l.f. Cosmetics has been a game changer for me! Have you tried their $6 primer yet?!

As much as it excites me to find affordable products, I have found that on rare occasions some products are just worth the splurge. No generic brand even comes close to replicating the results you get with these products. The quality over quantity rule definitely kicks in from time to time. Cue the anti-aging superstar: retinol.

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Retinol Fusion PM | Peter Thomas Roth, $65
I originally started using retinol because it’s NEVER too early to start fighting wrinkles but I quickly learned that products with retinol do so much more. As someone who still breaks out on occasion, this serum really helps with the skin renewal process. It’s marketed to those trying to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (ME) but also works with any redness or minor scaring you might have from acne (ME). It feels as light as water and is dry by the time I walk from my bathroom to my bed. The Vitamin C and E infused serum is oil-free and fragrance-free. Yeah, it’s $65 but if you’re only using a few drops a night, you can definitely make it last. I rotate using it with a rosehip oil I get from my local herb shop to stretch it even more and have had the same bottle for over a year now. Give this Retinol Fusion PM serum a try!

I can’t put all my cards on the table in one post! Plus, your bank account will definitely appreciate spreading these out. I’ve got a handful of other products worth the splurge coming your way soon. Do any of you swear by a beauty product that’s totally worth the price? Leave a comment and tell us about it! I love trying out new products.

Have a great week!

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A U D G E | girl, get ready!

Last week we did a little reader survey to give you guys a chance to give us some feedback on what you’re digging’ and want more of, and we heard you loud and clear! Your top three requests were more fashion, recipes, and DIY, so we’re making efforts to make sure you guys get a good healthy dose of each on a regular rotation… girl, you better GET READY! We’ve been on a mid-week blog getaway to brew up a few new events and projects for the next couple of months, so you guys are in for a treat! Here are a couple of sneak peeks on what I’ve been working on the past couple of days, just to whet your appetite… who’s ready??
You Can Sit With Us Sneak PeekLooking forward to all of the new directions we’ll be heading, and SO excited to have you along on the journey with us! Happy weekend! TGIF!! :)

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J O A N N A | famjam beach vaca

Hey friends, don’t mind me today… I’m just reminiscing about some of the adventures I had this summer. New York, St. Louis, Charlotte, and of course you can’t forget about San Fran, Napa Valley, and our awesome Miami getaway!

Although I have to say, one of my top highlights of the summer was my family’s annual beach trip. My mom puts together a spectacular beach vacation for us every year and this year we went to Seaside, Florida and it did NOT disappoint! Some of my earliest childhood memories are at the beach with my family… waking up early to enjoy coffee with my mom (I was a coffee lover at young age), packing up all the necessities and heading to the ocean, building sand castles, taking naps in my moms arms (I don’t do this any more, obviously… I wish), ending the day with a family football or baseball game, and then watching the sunset while sipping on margaritas. Ahhh heaven on earth.

As many of you can probably understand, spending a week with your family is the best/worst idea ever. Our family vacation isn’t complete without at least two breakdowns, but at the end of the day (usually on the beach with a margarita in hand) we love each other.

8 adults + 6 kids…. things can get pretty crazy (and really cute!), see for yourself:DSC_0087 (600x377)picstitch-3DSC_0102 (600x393)DSC_0266 (600x381)DSC_0699 (600x402)DSC_0252 (600x402)Top beach moments: Emma singing Frozen, “Let It Go” at the top of her lungs, Caleb and Joseph boogie boarding (they are best buds and it’s the cutest), and watching my nephew, Jude take in the beach for the first time; he LOVED it!

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DSC_0430 (600x402)picstitch-2DSC_0504 (600x402)DSC_0455 (600x402)We are less than two weeks away from fall and even though I’m looking forward to all that autumn has to offer, I’m already looking forward to another summer and another classic family vacation. I don’t tell my family enough how much I love them but the fact that God has blessed me with them has not been lost on me! (Cheeeese alert.)

Thanks for reading this post even though it was really picture heavy. (You totally loved it though right?) I hope you guys have a great day… catch ya on the flip side!

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K A T | paris is always a good idea

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Cason and I are slowly but surely trying to blog about our Europe trip last summer! So many details go into traveling abroad and we love sharing all of our findings with you. Cason shared all about London here. If you ever visit London you MUST visit Paris. They are relatively close to each other and traveling between the two is super easy. We took the “Chunnel”, a train that travels under the English Channel and arrived in Paris in two hours!

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Metro Ticket | Taking the Metro is the most efficient way to get around Paris. They’re easily recognizable by the big yellow M signs you will see all around town. The tickets are only one-way and we bought them in bundles of 10 called a carnet (pronounced kar-ney) it was a lot cheaper (and easier) than a day pass. This is where it gets tricky- make sure to hold on to your ticket for the entire ride! Switching from train to train, it can be easy to misplace it but if you are caught without your correct ticket you will be fined. Once you leave the train station that ticket is no longer good so make sure you throw it away! Don’t leave it in your bag to get confused with your other Metro tickets. You can also be fined if you try to use an old ticket. Cason, Joanna, and I always made a big show of tossing out old tickets so we would never forget! I am totally the girl with 20 receipts in the bottom of bag…but you can’t be like that in Paris. All three of us kept unused tickets in our wallet and the current trip ticket in a special zipper compartment in our purse so there was never any confusion.

Paris Etiquette | I sat through 4 years of french class and if I remembered anything my french teacher taught me, it was respect. She always said that if we ever visited France to make sure and try to immerse ourselves in the culture. The French can find it rude that Americans visit and don’t even attempt to speak the language. When ever we walked into a store, we always greeted them in French. Cason, who also sat through 4 years of French and remembered a good bit more than me would even attempt conversation and ordering in French.  All three of us were nervous to visit Paris because we had heard that the French could be pretty rude to Americans and that was not the case at all. Everyone was extremely polite and helpful!

Travel Apps | Check out this post Cason did on our favorite travel apps! All of the apps are a must-have on any trip but some of the ones I used most in Europe were Viber and Rick Steves Audio Europe. Viber was a free way to stay in touch with everyone back home. You do need wi-fi for this app but it seemed free wi-fi was everywhere in Europe! Rick Steves Audio Europe was perfect! We were able to download all the audio tours of places we were visiting before we left and would listen to them on our train rides or while we walked around the museums or churches. Cason, Joanna, and I all plugged in our ear buds and learned all about Versailles on the train ride over! (We are super cool like that.)

Paris Museum Pass | After a lot of research we decided to purchase the Paris Museum Pass. I highly recommend it! Not only did it include all of the major attractions we wanted to visit but it also gave us fast-pass entry which allowed us to skip lines! This saved us HOURS worth of waiting at The Louvre, Versailles, and Notre Dame.

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Eiffel Tower | Duh. Our hotel was literally a 5 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. We visited many times because of this and it was one of my most favorite things we did. First, you’ve got to go at night! It’s down right magical. At sunset the Eiffel Tower lights up for 5 minutes every hour until 1am. We packed a picnic of bread, cheese, wine, and macaroons and watched it for hours. I have shared many special moments with Joanna and Cason throughout the years but this one stands out as one of my favorite. ( Don’t forget to pack a wine bottle opener!) We also wanted to visit the Eiffel Tower during the day so we picked up pastries from a local bakery for breakfast and dined there again. This seemed like the popular thing to do, there were hundreds of picnics going on all around us!

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Notre Dame | Think Quasimodo and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The architecture is very gothic and there are gargoyles everywhere. This cathedral is a can’t miss. You are able to roam around the church but are not able to take flash photography. You are also able to climb the stairs (387 to be exact) up to the bell tower. We didn’t do this but everyone raves about the spectacular views from the top!

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Champs Elysees | When in Paris you must stroll down the Champs Elysees. The tree-lined street is filled with chic restaurants and boutiques.This is the best place to shop and people watch…two of my favorite things! It’s also home to the 8 story, flagship Louis Vuitton store! Cason and I have lusted after LV for years and finally decided we wanted to buy our first bag in Paris. After lots of research on the tax credit and saving up for several years, it just made sense. Why buy an LV in Georgia when I can get a better deal in France? When in Paris, right? If you decide to splurge on the ultimate souvenir be sure to visit the personalization lounge where you can get your bag monogrammed. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime experience for you designer handbag lovers. (Reach out to me if you are planning on jumping the pond soon, I’m happy to share VAT tax tips with you!)

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The Louvre | (Closed on Tuesdays.) Joanna, Cason, and I are not huge history buffs so we really only wanted to see a couple things at The Louvre. We couldn’t leave Paris without seeing the Mona Lisa or Venus de Milo. If you can spend all day at a museum this is the one to visit, the art collection here is spectacular. We also found an adorable boutique, Fragonard, located near the gift shop. This was the PERFECT shop to get small gifts for friends and family. They had all different kinds of french perfume, soaps, hand towels, and candles. We really racked up on souvenirs here!

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Versailles | (Closed on Mondays.) When Cason and I were planning our trip to Paris we knew we wanted to take a day trip to Versailles. Versailles is a famous chateau that King Louis XIV built. Three generations of kings and queens lived here but it is most famous for the monarchy being destroyed during the French Revolution while Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette reigned. If you go to Paris, you’ve got to visit Versailles! The chateau was breathtakingly beautiful and you can’t miss an opportunity to take a selfie in the Hall of Mirrors.

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We did not eat at many restaurants while we were in Paris. Our hotel was right next to Rue Cler, a Paris market, and we shopped there daily. For dinner we would pick up bread, cheese, wine, and macaroons and have a picnic at the Eiffel Tower. For breakfast we would stop by local bakeries and pick up fresh pastries. The pain au chocolat was by far the most mouth-watering pastry I have ever put in my mouth! Rue Cler had tons a small restaurants to choose from and we loved all of them! When in Paris, you’ve got to order a croque madame. Joanna, Cason, and I probably had around 5 of these and they were incredible. BUT if you know anything about me, you know my most favorite dessert in the whole wide world is creme brûlée. I’ve had a lot of creme brûlée in my lifetime but NOTHING compares to ones (yes, I ate multiple) I ate in Paris. They were TO. DIE. FOR.

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Le Petit Cler | This restaurant was recommended to us because of their famous pot du creme. It’s a small bistro where we probably ordered a croque madame. They also offer english menus which is extremely helpful because a lot of restaurants don’t! Of course, we had to try the pot du creme and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a creamy chocolate dessert and it was divine. Clearly, the French have mastered the art of a great dessert.

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Laduree | Being the Gossip Girl fanatic that I am, I knew I had to get my hands on some Laduree macaroons. If it was Blair Walforf’s favorite dessert then I knew it would be mine as well. (We are kindred spirits.) Laduree has a small store in Versailles that we visited but to get the full experience I recommend going to the Laduree on the Champs Elysees. You need to order the box that offers six macaroons minimum. The flavors are amazing and you will want to try them all. In your box you must try the strawberry candy and vanilla. These two flavors were by far my favorite. Once you have Laduree macaroons you will be ruined for all other macaroons. None will ever compare to these.

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Hotel Relais Bosquet | Cason did a lot of research on hotels in Paris and Hotel Relais Bosquet kept popping up on Trip Advisor. It truly was the perfect little hotel. The neighborhood is excellent, it’s right next to Rue Cler and within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower. With the metro stop only about a block away, we couldn’t have asked for a better location. Hotel rooms in Paris are known for being small but this room was quite the opposite. We had plenty of space and black-out shades. When you’ve been touring all day on top of jet lag, black-out shades make a big difference! If anyone needs a hotel recommendation for Paris, this is the place stay! You can get the best rates if you “like” Hotel Relais Bosquet on Facebook and book through their FB page.

If anyone has any specific questions about Paris please feel free to email me at hello@sitwithusblog.com or comment below. Our Paris trip was one of my favorite stops in Europe and I would love to help! C’est la vie!

Next stop- Barcelona!

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C A S O N | lemon blueberry muffin recipe

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Last week Audra arranged for a friend of hers to spend the afternoon teaching us food photography tips. It was awesome! I learned so many new things about my camera that I didn’t even know existed. (Oops!) Whether it’s through Instagram, blogging, or making your own cook book, you’ll definitely want to check back in for these tips. Look for a post from Audra soon on documenting your culinary experiments!

One of the recipes we tried out for the shoot was lemon blueberry muffins. I found several Pinterest recipes for raspberry lemon muffins but raspberries are not always my fave. (So many seeds in your teeth!) These were delish and super easy!

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

:: 2 cups flour
:: 1 cup sugar
:: 1 Tbsp baking powder
:: 1/2 tsp salt
:: 2 eggs, lightly beaten
:: 1 cup milk
:: 1 Tbsp lemon juice
:: 1 tsp grated lemon zest
:: 1/2 cup canola oil
:: 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
For the glaze:
:: 1 cup confectioners sugar
:: 2-3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix together milk and lemon juice. In a separate large bowl combine dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix eggs, oil, lemon zest, and the milk/lemon mixture. Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Fold in the blueberries. Fill 15-18 muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

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For the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners sugar and 2 Tbsp lemon juice. Drizzle glaze over the warm muffins and allow to cool (the glaze will harden slightly).

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Four girls can only eat so many muffins in the middle of the day so we took most of them home. We kept them in an air-tight container and they were great all weekend long. Stay tuned for more recipes as we try to refine our food photography skills!

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A U D G E | fall fashion daydreaming

Sometimes I feel like the wardrobe I dream about is soooo far from the one I actually end up with. Part of the reason is my uncanny ability to spot and love THE most expensive item in a selection of whatever we’re looking at… it’s like a gift and a curse all at the same time. I’ve always been a fan of the easy-wearing boho vibe. It just always comes across as such an “effortless cool” to me while still looking SO dang comfortable! I’ve also been on the quest for the perfect pair of jeans, which has actually turned out to be waaaay harder than I thought it would be. I kind of get hives now thinking about all of the time I’ve wasted trying on jeans. My aunt just told me about a brand called Mother that she just purchased that she fell in love with, so I’m dying to get into their store to try on a pair! Apparently they have quite the cult following, and I’m thinking with the amount of time I spend in jeans during the cool weather seasons I might be able to justify the splurge. (JoJo, if you’re reading this… just don’t. I promise you’ll love me more if you don’t know how much my jeans cost, mmk?) Here are a few of the pieces I’ve been daydreaming about… come on, come swoon with me.
I feel it… this is the season. Me and my dream jeans will somehow find each other… I just know it! What pieces are you guys daydreaming about? Any other jean brands that I’ve been missing out on?

Happy Monday, y’all!

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J O A N N A | you can sit with us reader survey

IMG_9690 (400x600)Y’all. Eight months ago, You Can Sit With Us blog launched; oh the fun times we’ve had! (Remember our first post EVER?) I have personally loved everything this blog has been about… parties, fashion, adventures, yummy treats, and BUPPER… just to name a few. I have really enjoyed making some new friends and re-connecting with old ones. I’ve also enjoyed the personal moments when I’ve been able to share how God is working in my life. Phew… time seriously flies when you’re having fun!

Even though we are proud of YCSWU blog and all the fun we’ve had so far, we really wanted to reach out to YOU, the readers (our friends!), and ask your opinion on some things. We want to develop and grow with our community and we need your help.

Please take a couple of minutes to answers these 5 questions so that we can become better acquainted with the YCSWU audience. We care what you guys think and we value your opinion…. you guys are kind of a big deal.

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We want to hear from you! So, get to it…click here to take the survey!

Thanks for your time! Again, I speak for all four of us when I say that we are really thankful for all of you and your support this past year. You guys are the best!joanna_crop

K A T | b.a.r.e. soaps

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Some little girls love My Little Pony, some little girls love Barbie, and some little girls love Ulta. A really random, interesting (and weird) fact about me is that when I was little I was OBSESSED with baths. I properly termed it “The Ultimate Bath” and whenever I got money (chores, birthdays, or Christmas) I begged to go to Ulta. I would blow all of my money buying bottles of bubble bath, bath bombs, fruit shaped sponges, luffas, and bath salts then run home and begin preparing the ultimate soak. I absolutely loved it. One product wasn’t good enough. I would add half a bottle of bubble bath, throw in 3 bath bombs, and top it off with some bath salts. Clearly I was born a product junkie. So when b.a.r.e. soap reached out to us and wanted to send some samples our way, I knew I was their girl.

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B.a.r.e. soaps are 100% all natural with no chemicals. Each bar is handmade with high quality oils and leaves out all that nasty stuff like preservatives, synthetics, or paragons that leave our skin feeling more irritated than hydrated. Read up on how the company was formed after Co-founder, Clare came up with the idea after several mission trips to Uganda, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. The name b.a.r.e. stands for bringing antiseptic resources to everyone. The girls stand behind their name by investing 20% of the proceeds made on the sale of their soaps for vaccines, vitamins, soap, and other needs to Kaberamaido, Uganda. All soaps that are donated are even stamped with one of my most favorite verses, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14.6

As if this company isn’t awesome enough they even got creative with how they packaged their soap! The soap sleeves are embedded with wildflower seeds, including Bird’s Eye, Clarkia, Black Eyed Susan, English Daisy, Catch Fly, and Snap Dragon. All you have to do is wet the paper and add some good soil, water, and sunlight!

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Here’s what the YCSWU girls thought of their soap!

“I loved the Poppy Seed soap! It exfoliated my skin BUT was gentle at the same time… mind blown. I could tell right away that my skin was softer and the scent was delightful (not too strong so it didn’t clash with my perfume and lotion). I am totally going to use b.a.r.e soaps again, I look forward to trying all different ones!” – Jo

“I tried out Sunkissed, it’s made with calendula petals and scented with lavender. Personally, I’m a soap girl. (I typically don’t use bath gel because I don’t like how it makes my skin feel.) This bar of soap was great and the smell was to die for. With the holidays coming up it would be the perfect small gift or stocking stuffer!” -Kat

“I loved Home Sweet Home, and so did Tacie! I loved that I could use it on her too since it was chemical free. I was surprised at how much it lathered, I felt like a little went a long way. And it didn’t leave any soapy residue feel on my skin – b.a.r.e. soaps for the win!” -Audge

“I tried Starry Night and LOVED it! It was made with charcoal so it really helped remove my makeup at the end of the day. I love when I can use the same soap for face and body. (Not all soaps can easily switch from face to body!) The eucalyptus scent was just the cherry on top!” -Cason 

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Check back with us as we team  up with b.a.r.e. soaps to giveaway a soap sampler pack for you and a friend!

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C A S O N | oprah’s the life you want weekend giveaway

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A few years ago, my mom and I had the opportunity to go to Oprah’s After Oscar Party in Hollywood, CA. We tried for YEARS to get tickets to a taping of her show in the Chicago studio but never quite got lucky enough. The After Oscar Party was held inside the Kodak Theatre the day after the Oscars. It didn’t matter that we had to wake up at 6:00 in the morning. It didn’t matter that we waited in a line that spanned 2 miles long for most of the day. And it didn’t matter that we needed binoculars to see Ms. Winfrey once seated inside the Kodak Theatre. We were in the presence of pure greatness and everyone in the room knew it. The energy and excitement level inside the theatre that day was something I’ll never forget! We got to see Oscar winners Colin Firth, Anne Hathaway, Melissa Leo, Geoffrey Rush, and even a performance by Katy Perry!

I’ve always been a big fan of Oprah so we were thrilled to be asked to highlight her new “The Life You Want Weekend” tour and give away a pair of tickets! Her first stop of the tour is this weekend in Atlanta at Phillips Arena. Keep reading for an overview of the event and to enter to win a pair of tickets!

Life You Want Weekend LogoOn Friday evening, Oprah will take to the stage to share her personal story, speaking of the things that have happened to her throughout her life in ways you’ve never heard them before.  She’ll talk openly and candidly about her “calling” and her place in the world, how she finds empowerment where others might find failure, and why she never stops working at fulfilling her life’s purpose.  She will share how she came to accept herself as she is, and why it is important that she live her “best possible life” in everything she does.  You will experience an intimate evening with the woman the world fell in love with during 25 years of the “Oprah” show and who founded OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

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On Saturday, Oprah’s hand-selected Trailblazers will fill Philips Arena with hope and inspiration, as they lead the audience into the light of discovering their life’s purpose and tapping into the inner courage needed to fulfill that purpose. Deepak Chopra, along with best-selling authors Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love), Rob Bell (Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God) and Iyanla Vanzant (Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything), whose weekly OWN series “Iyanla: Fix My Life” is one of the network’s most popular, will share their tools for transformational living.  It will be a full day of uplifting and inspired life-changing interaction as these great creative and spiritual minds share how to find joy in the smallest moments of each and every day, exercise the power of forgiveness, how to discover and obtain what matters most in your life, and so much more.

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Also on Saturday, paralympian and “Dancing With the Stars” finalist Amy Purdy will take the stage to acknowledge one of Georgia’s most amazing women with the Toyota Standing O-Vation, in celebration and recognition of this woman’s incredible spirit, kindness and generosity.

If you’re free this weekend and interested in free tickets to hear Oprah and her incredible Trailblazers, be sure to enter to win a pair of tickets below!

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We will contact the winner Thursday morning. Have a great rest of the week!

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A U D G E | 9 little things

All us gals are working towards building some community, whether it’s in our own neighborhoods or right here with you guys in blog-land. It’s a beautiful thing, community – being with others both like and unlike you, getting to know their stories and growing from them and with them. So I wanted to take a minute and share 9 tidbitlets about me nothing too crazy. Just consider this like us taking a stroll together and catching up mmk? 

1 \\ I’m a LIST CRUSHER. If I need to be productive, you better believe I’ve got a list I’m working from, and every time I get to cross something off it feels SO good. Sometimes this is a bad thing though… after having kids, I had to come to the realization that for my lists to be realistic at all, I’d need to make them WAY shorter. And if things don’t get knocked off, everyone actually will still survive. Because sometimes reading “Yes Yes, No No” for the 12th time IS more important than that last load of laundry.

Oklahoma2 \\ I used to visit Oklahoma every summer when I was growing up.  My MawMaw and PawPaw’s house will always be the first thing I think of… it was just so homey and perfect for wandering. MawMaw’s laugh is one of my favorites in the whole world, and PawPaw’s overalls will never go out of style. They used to let me eat cookies for breakfast, and wear platform shoes when I wasn’t allowed to, and we even highlighted my hair for the first time when I was in middle school. I was SO cool. But I can’t show you a picture of it. Because we’re not on that level yet. Maybe next time.

crossfit goals3 \\ We have been hanging around Crossfit College Park for about 3 years now. I joined right after I had Tacie to help with losing the baby weight, and we’re back at it again now after baby #2! I have 2 Crossfit goals before the end of 2014. I wanna be able to do atleast 1 Muscle-Up, and to be able to run a 9-Minute mile. (Side note: All of my friends who have ever seen me run before just busted out laughing when they read that last one. Note, I did just say “run a 9-minute mile”, I didn’t specify that I had to be conscious afterwards.)

hey bub bbq4 \\ My husband has turned me into a BBQ snob. He’s ruined me! Since they started Hey Bub and I’ve been on the taste-testing squad, I’ve learned a lot of what I like and don’t like. Their barbecue is definitely some of my favorite (and not just because I’m biased! Or because the cook is a total hottie.). You can also find us at Pitboss BBQ atleast one night a week guaranteed… their brisket is THE BOMB.

skate-a-palooza5 \\ We went roller skating for my birthday one year, and it was the BEST. I don’t know why we don’t go more often?! Maybe because of the giant stuffed bear that comes out to skate with you. This also happened to be the night that we accidentally told all of our friends we were pregnant with Tacie… whoopsies! We went out to eat Mexican, and I had to refuse a shot. Our friends were like “TAKE A SHOT OR YOU’RE PREGNANT!” And I was like “UMMMMMM….. (*cricket*) UHHHH…..” Then a lot of screaming happened (*HOLLY*) and everyone in the restaurant thought there was a gun or something… but we assured them, it was just a baby. No need to panic. It was probably one of my fave birthdays EVER though – we need to make this happen again soon! (The skating, not the baby-making part… just to clarify.)

bupper86 \\ If I could do anything with my free time, it’d be to curl up with a really great book and veg out. That’s why I LOVE our Bupper club so much, it gives me deadlines I have to reach and forces me to make time to read (see, the list thing! It’s something I’ve gotta cross off… I know, I have a problem.)

chocolate river7 \\ I lose all self-control when there’s chocolate anything involved. If the chocolate river was real, I would totally be that chubby kid stuck that fell in and got stuck in the tube. I seriously can’t even have it in the house. If you’ve ever looked at my Pinterest board for desserts, you’d see a definite theme happening. GAH, I can’t even look at that right now.

mama bear8 \\ Being a mom is the most challenging and blissful thing I’ve ever done. It’s taught me more about God’s love for me than anything else, and more about what it really means to be die to yourself and live for someone else. Not that I’ve perfected this by ANY means, but it’s been such an ever-changing adventure that is bringing out all sorts of things from me that I never knew were there… and I love it.

9 \\ I was told once that I looked and acted like an Australian hippie surfer. I’m pretty sure that was the greatest compliment I’ve ever received, and have made it my life goal to fulfill it. It might be too late to be Australian, but you better believe I’m working on the rest! One day… once I get through this dang to-do list.

Anywho, I am seriously already missing Labor Day weekend… I can’t believe it’s already over! We got to spend some quality time with the fam down at the beach, and for once it was actually warm AND sunny all in the same trip!! Which means… I got kiiiiinda tan but mostly just got more freckles. Hope you guys had a blast wherever you were, and that transitioning back to the daily grind isn’t too painful today!

Happy Tuesday y’all! Until next time.

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