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6 Habits Of A Happy Millennial

Hey You! (yea, you 20-something!)

Can we get real with each other today? I want to talk about happiness and why it doesn’t always seem to show through in our lives each and every day.

Have you ever gotten stuck behind one of those loud, gross, super slow dump trucks when you are trying to get somewhere fast? Um, annoying, right? It’s even more annoying when everyone behind you is slipping past the truck so fast you don’t even have a chance to squeeze in line with them. Ugh.

Sometimes I feel like life can be just like being behind the slowest dump truck ever.  We are all trying to reach certain goals or life milestones and it never fails, something gets in our way or steals our happiness. This slows us down and its just plain frustrating. That might look like a crappy job or maybe a bad habit.

Have you ever wondered if that bump in the road was all in God’s grand plan? That it was supposed to be apart of the adventure? A teaching moment? A sign to actually slow down?

Let me reassure you are not alone in those moments of being stuck and feeling unhappy. We are all dealing with something, but you know what? There’s hope. God promises to pull us through to the end.

Over the last few weeks I’ve had my fair share of “blah” moments. Its normal to go through those seasons, but it’s also important to identify why you are walking down that path and how to work yourself out of the rut. So, I’ve done some soul searching to identify some ways to keep our spirits up in those times when we are in that weird unhappy, blah mood. (thank goodness, there’s hope) Here are 6 habits we can take on to be happier.

Set Realistic Goals // Don’t set goals that aren’t attainable. I’m a very goal-oreitned person and when I set goals for myself that are too much for my stage in life, it leaves me feeling like a failure and unaccomplished. Start with smaller goals that you know are achievable and work your way up to larger ones. My favorite habit for goal setting is making a simple to-do list each week or month. It helps keep me focused and gives me a sense of accomplishment when I check off those little boxes.

Forget The Arrival // You know those times when you say…”if I could only get a raise I’d be happy” or “if I only had that job I’d make it”…that’s called the “arrival fallacy”. It’s when we believe that if we can reach or obtain a certain something we’d be happy.  In all reality, that’s false. It might make you happy in the moment, but it vanishes and you will inevidably move on to other things. This way of life is not sustainable, we have to live more in the moment and be grateful for what we have.

Live In The Moment // This is a hard one for me. I’m a future dreamer, getting stuck in that arrival fallacy way of life. Living in the moment is something a lot of us take for granted. I see this most when I look back on times when I’m freaking out about something and later realize that it was nothing at all. The key here is to try and find joy where you are in life, no matter what season. Take time to give gratitude. I am even challenging myself to start making weekly gratitude lists so that I can seek out joy and remind myself that everything is ok week after week.

Know Yourself // People that are confident in themselves know their strengths and weaknesses. They’ve embraced their flaws and are not worried about what other people think of them. Someone once said, “always strive to be the best version of yourself, because no one else can be you.” I’ve always kept that near to my heart and it rings true in so many scenarios.  Keep your eyes on yourself and what God has planned for your life, not what others think you should be doing.

Invest in Others // I’ve always been one of those in-the-shell type of people. I’m quiet, but polite. I don’t often come out of my shell to explore and invest in other people outside of my close friends. My challenge to you and to myself is to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Listen to their stories. You never know, you might meet a new friend or learn something new about yourself.

Give Back // Sharing your heart through giving is one of the quickest and easiest ways to bring happiness into your life. I bet there is some stat out there that proves when we bring happiness to others, we in turn are happier. Try it!

You are always steps away from more happiness. It’s all about peeling away the layers society has put on us and staying true to ourselves. Follow your heart and everything else will fall into place …a happy place. 🙂

Do you have other ways of finding happiness for yourself? Maybe a personal day every month to find your center, a hobby or sport that gets you in your groove? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below.

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15 Go-To Essentials for Your Summer Bag

It’s summer time and you know what happens during the summer around here? Adventure! You will hardly ever catch me at the house when the suns out, I’m always off exploring on my bike, trekking along on a hiking trail, playing a friendly game of racquetball or catching some sun by any body of water I can find! All of course, with my handsome husband and fun-loving pup!

Since we are always outdoors this time of year, packing the right essentials for the adventure is key. Am I right, or am I right?!

Today I’m sharing 15 favorite items for my summer bag that literally goes everywhere with me.

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Explore Northwest Arkansas this Summer

This post is sponsored by FamilyLife NWA, but all opinions are my own. #ad #sponsored #NowYouKnowNWA

If you are anything like me, nothing ever get’s accomplished without a list, especially when it comes to exploring during the summer. I’ll get stuck in the same ole’ routine and before you know it…summer is long gone.

Over the past several years, I’ve created a summer bucket list to get the most adventure out of our summer days. This year is no different! In fact, since our big vacation is planned in the fall, we are making it a point to be tourists in our own northwest corner of Arkansas this summer.

What makes this local summer bucket list so much easier is the fact that our community has a hub at FamilyLife NWA where all things Northwest Arkansas is housed. (Um…what? Are you jealous?) Seriously though, if you want to try a new restaurant or know about the farmers markets…they’ve got you covered. I can’t imagine what fun things I’ve missed out on simply because I didn’t hear about it. Thanks to FamilyLife NWA, now we have a service to keep our NWA community in the know.

Back to the summer bucket list, here are the local adventures we plan to set out on over the next few months.

  1. Camping // Some of my all-time favorite childhood memories are from camping on the lakes in Arkansas with my family. This area has endless options for camping that are just beautiful. If you are looking to camp too, check out this list HERE.
  2. Kayaking // I tried kayaking for the first time last summer and really enjoyed it, but I want to do a full float trip in a kayak this year!
  3. Crystal Bridges Museum // This famous museum in our community brings us the most spectacular art installations and shows you can imagine. Now with the new children’s Amazeum, it draws an even bigger crowd. This summer they are showcasing the work of Dale Chiluly who is a glass sculptor. This is a must-see event! If you want to museum hop the summer, here’s a list just for you. 
  4. Farmers Market // The markets draw me in. If I could choose my favorite Saturday morning activity, it would be breakfast and a stroll through the farmers market. Great culture, produce, art and florals. Plus, who doesn’t love bringing home a fresh bouquet of flowers every weekend? Not to mention, we’ve got a ton of markets around here.  Find one near you here.
  5. Concert // Summer concerts are my jam. With the local Walmart AMP in our neck of the woods, we bring in some of the most famous musicians around the world to preform in our outdoor venue.
  6. Drive-In Movie // Do you feel like drive-in movies were a thing of the past? Think again! We’ve got one here in NWA! Out of the many years of living here, I’ve yet to catch an outdoor movie here.
  7. Run a 5K // Let’s be honest, it’s not a real summer if you don’t run at least one 5K…you know, just to say you still CAN. (haha!)
  8. Berry Picking // We have a berry farm here now! I can’t wait to go and pick some fresh berries from my very own hometown!
  9. Chunky Dunk // What’s a summer without ice cream, am I right?? This local food truck has the finest milk and cookies you could ever dream of.  What I am most excited about is that you can create your own ice cream sandwich made of homemade cookies.
  10. Find a waterfall // Living in the Ozarks has it’s perks. We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the state. Over the last few summers, I’ve found some amazing overlooks and waterfalls the area has to offer. I can’t wait to set out this summer in search of my new favorite spot. If you are looking for some great hiking, check out this list of destinations HERE.

Head over to my Instagram page to follow me this summer as I mark off these summer bucket list dreams in our very own Northwest Arkansas! @Candablair

9 Must-Listen Podcasts

If you know me, you know I’m one of those “Type A” humans. Always looking for perfection, hates the thought of wasting time and never goes without a to-do list. Yep that’s me! Despite some of the disadvantages of being labeled a type A personality, I truly enjoy goals, deadlines and self-improvements tactics. In fact, since graduating college, I’ve made it a point to never stop being a student. A life student that is.

Being a forever student, to me, is fullfilling! I’m constantly filling my “free time” with little things to push me to be a better person in all aspects of my life, learn more about the world and strive to be more educated on a wide variety of topics. One of my favorite ways of doing this is through podcasts.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t addicted to podcasts. I listen to them as I’m getting ready in the morning, on my way to work, at lunch and even on my way home from work. You get the point – if I can plug in and listen, I do. They just suck me in. Can you relate? I feel like I just learn so much from simply listening to someone else’s thoughts on certain topics and it allows me to form opinions of my own on topics I may have never thought of otherwise.

Now, if you are a podcast listener, you know there are thousands out there to choose from. I’ve cruised many that weren’t for me and others that I just can’t get enough of. I’m here today to share with you a few of my current favorites.

If you like mysteries listen to:

Serial / If you enjoy shows like 20/20, you’ll surly love this podcast full of criminal mysteries. They walk you step by step through cases as they research and test different theories. In the first season, you will listen to a case involving the murder of a high school student and her ex-boyfriend is the target. He claims he is innocent, but the witness stories keep you guessing.

S-Town / I was hooked on this podcast after the first episode. It’s apart of the Serial and This American Life podcasts, which I also love! The story line is twisty as a reporter sets out on an investigation of a family touting that they got away with a murder, but as the investigation progresses someone else ends up dead and causes a family uproar and a fierce hunt for hidden treasure.

If you need some financial advice listen to:

The Dave Ramsey Show / Oh, Dave. He’s an honest guy with a big personality and not afraid to tell people how it is. But when it comes to finances, sometimes that’s what we all need – the honest truth. Dave does a fantastic job giving financial advice to callers in regards to all different types of financial issues. I’ve learned more about buying a house, saving money and paying debt than I ever have before listening to this podcast.

If you need fitness encouragement and wisdom listen to:

Live Farmgirlfit / These ladies are something special and I sure wish there was a Farm Girl Fit gym near me so that I could be more apart of their culture. They are two gym owners who break down fitness and nutrition myths and tell the truth about how we should be treating our bodies when it comes to working out and eating clean. They provide encouragement and wisdom that frankly just gets me jazzed when I need it most.

If you need to declutter your life and reorganize listen to:

The Minimalists Podcast / This might be one of the most intriguing podcast I listen to. Their views and lifestyle make so much sense, but come with challenges in today’s society. If you are interested in de-cluttering your life in more ways than cleaning your closet this podcast is for you!

If you are an entrepreneur or interested in business listen to:

Christy Wright’s Business Boutique / Hearing success stories from other business owners is so encouraging to me. It’s so easy to get frustrated with my  little side hustles, but this podcast helps me stay grounded and understand that success doesn’t happen overnight. Christy interviews those business owners and provides some stellar business advice. This is a must-listen.

If you are a fellow blogger listen to:

Boss Girl Creative / Let’s be honest, there’s a LOT to know about blogging. How to start, finding your community, writing techniques, quality photography, legal regulations, sponsored posts. Oh the list goes on. This podcast breaks it all down for you in a way that is easy to understand. If you want to learn more about blogging – this is for you!

If you need a good laugh listen to:

Millennial / This one really hits home for me. Being a millennial can be hard sometimes, am I right?! I enjoy listening to Megan Tan’s real-life adventure of maneuvering her 20’s that we all can relate to.  It’s funny and raw and I just can’t get enough.

What the Crime / Ok, this one was a little far out there for me for the first few listens, but sometimes I just need a good laugh about random things other people do. They really have the darnedest stories on there.

What podcasts are you listening to right now? I’d love to add some new ones to my list!

183 Things I Love About My Husband After Six Months of Marriage

 

“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” – Maria Edgeworth

6 months | 22 weeks | 183 days | 4344 hours | 260,640 minutes | a million + seconds

I still have to pinch myself sometimes, because it just seems unreal, being married. This week we will officially reach our 6 month milestone as a married couple. For some that may seem insignificant, but for me, it’s special. It’s special because when I look back on my life before I was married, I can whole-heartedly say that every single struggle, times of loneliness, heartbreak and times of doubt were worth it.  1000% worth it. I thank the Lord everyday for my husband and you know what? It’s true when they say that you will love them more with time. Within this short 6 months I have fallen in love with with him a hundred times over and sometimes for reasons I’ll never be able to explain.

In honor of this sweet little milestone, I wanted to share 183 things I love about my husband. I choose the number 183 because that’s about how many days are in six months and because 22 (weeks in six months) is just not enough and let’s be honest, 4344 (hours in six months) might be a stretch. 🙂 Well, here it goes…

Cheers to six months of marital bliss and re reading this again on our 10 year anniversary, October 8th, 2026.

183 Things I love about my husband in our first 6 months of marriage:

  1. He’s my #1 fan and supporter in every crazy dream or idea I have
  2. He’s the most kind-hearted man I’ve ever met
  3. He is a man of integrity
  4. He makes me laugh every single day
  5. He loves his momma
  6. He loves my momma
  7. He compliments me on my average cooking even when we both know it’s debatable at best
  8. He has a heart after the Lord
  9. He always keeps an open mind when I encourage his sense of fashion in clothes and hairstyles
  10. He loves to travel just as much as I do
  11. He’s a future dreamer and we could do that all day together
  12. He makes coffee way better than I can
  13. He is oh so forgiving
  14. He is a lawn king when it comes to shaping up the yard
  15. He is the best dog dad I could ever ask for
  16. He accepts me for who I am
  17. He never complains about helping out with house chores
  18. He challenges me in sports, but we both know that I give him a run for his money playing racquetball
  19. We’ve eaten more dessert together than I have in my whole life combined
  20. He insists on surprise mani/pedis
  21. He has a spontaneous spirit that I can’t get enough of
  22. His baby brown eyes are perfect
  23. I love how he puts his arm around me while casually shopping
  24. He tells me I am beautiful everyday
  25. He kisses me goodbye in the morning even when I am still asleep
  26. He never lets a change of plans dull his day
  27. He is the master of the thermostat and keeps our  techy internet, TV things working
  28. He keeps me calm in times of stress and chaos
  29. He sleeps on the side of the bed closest to the door because it makes me feel protected
  30. He is my best friend
  31. He always shows me he loves me
  32. He likes to try and sneak out of the bed on Saturday mornings to get a head start on cleaning while I’m sleeping
  33. He always keeps his promises
  34. He’s ok eating Mexican food for our date nights every single week
  35. His face on our wedding day
  36. All kids freaking love him
  37. He is always rubbing my feet
  38. He doesn’t even flinch at my crazy family
  39. He is smokin’ hot
  40. He sacrifices and works hard to support us
  41. He always makes time for just the two of us
  42. He laughs at my jokes
  43. He is so charming
  44. He keeps my car in tip top shape
  45. He makes dreaming about our future family incredible
  46. His beard is always on point
  47. He has a million nicknames for me
  48. He speaks in his own made up language and it’s hilarious
  49. He almost always takes out the trash
  50. He is passionate about his favorite sports teams
  51. He will always choose me over a sports game
  52. He has made it a point to keep my gas tank full
  53. He never hesitates to run out to get chocolate for me at night
  54. He enjoys my quirks and I enjoy his
  55. I love when he wraps his arms around me while I’m cooking
  56. He finds humor in my rap/singing skills
  57. His cologne gives me all the heart eyes
  58. He is good at weighing pros and cons and giving solid advice
  59. I can be myself with him
  60. We are a team in all things
  61. He never complains about me showing him cute animal videos all the time
  62. He loves shoes
  63. His sense of decorating is just about as good as mine
  64. He’s the best handyman
  65. He is amazing with numbers (thank the Lord for that)
  66. He’s dedicated to our marriage
  67. He is a loyal friend and brother
  68. He is a natural leader
  69. His hugs are incredible
  70. He puts me first in every decision
  71. He has a sexy voice
  72. We have special dances to Taylor Swift songs
  73. He always reminds me that I snore and he doesn’t
  74. He makes conversation with any and all strangers
  75. He lets me dictate the direction of the toilet paper roll
  76. He piles the warm laundry on me when I am cold
  77. He’s 98% goofy and I love it
  78. He’s already committed to changing all the dirty diapers of our future children (score!)
  79. He has a HUGE heart
  80. He wears his wedding ring with pride
  81. We finish each other’s sentences often
  82. He brags on me to his friends and coworkers
  83. He is my rock
  84. His relationship with my mom is adorable
  85. He loves Taco Bell just as much as I do
  86. His forehead kisses are perfect
  87. He’s not afraid to cry with me
  88. We were instant friends the first time we met
  89. He is a perfect nurse when I am sick
  90. When he calls me just to hear my voice
  91. He remembers the little things
  92. He tries to carry ALL the groceries in one trip
  93. He always has my back
  94. He’s adventurous
  95. Have I mentioned his sense of humor?
  96. He always ensures I have beef jerky on road trips
  97. He is down to earth
  98. He stands up for what he believes
  99. He’s a great listener
  100. He always lets me pick the movie
  101. He is the most thoughtful person
  102. He leaves me little notes
  103. He loves when I check in on him in the middle of the work day
  104. He never lets us go to bed angry
  105. He is the luckiest person when it comes to winning stuff
  106. He doesn’t try to change me
  107. He keeps a picture of us on his desk at work
  108. He helps me bring my dreams to life
  109. He is proud of me
  110. He can read me really really well
  111. He enjoys evening walks with me and the pup
  112. He loves to dance
  113. He begs to put Christmas lights on the house
  114. He thinks he needs to clean the garage every weekend
  115. He is never without chapstick
  116. We share a love for black socks
  117. He’s constantly helping me spruce up my office
  118. He loves bike rides together
  119. He makes seasonal bucket lists with me
  120. He supposedly loves reading my blog
  121. He is always supporting my Instagram
  122. He let’s me browse pinterest on his big iPad
  123. He loves lamps – all the lamps
  124. He tries to turn on the car’s seat warmer without me knowing
  125. He is generous
  126. He  has a way with words
  127. He hardly ever rushes me
  128. We both love baseball
  129. He answers every question I have about sports and their rules
  130. He hurries home from work to see me
  131. He likes me even when I’m hangry
  132. He works really really hard to avoid me getting hangry
  133. He makes everything fun
  134. He is down right loving
  135. He loves athletic clothes as much as I do
  136. He is always the driver on road trips
  137. I know that I can tell him anything
  138. He is a hopeless romantic
  139. He knows what he wants and he works hard for it
  140. He is so smart
  141. He always puts up a fight when it comes to using sunscreen
  142. He is forgiving
  143. He is so handsome
  144. He looks great in a pair of jeans
  145. He’s willing to pick up some of my favorite hobbies, like running
  146. He introduced me to bread & butter pickles
  147. He fights for us in every disagreement
  148. He doesn’t care what others think of him
  149. How he tries to impersonate me with a retainer in (this is the funniest thing ever)
  150. He is a lover of surprises
  151. He’s always trying to get the mail before I do
  152. He’s open to trying new fitness and meal plans with me (except that one time we tried juicing – hah!)
  153. He loves me more when I am looking my worst
  154. He is fully involved in planning everything – wedding, vacation, weekend getaways, date nights
  155. He is a thrifter and a saver
  156. He always has a cute background picture of us on his phone
  157. He is genuine
  158. He is a family man
  159. He always insists on carrying my luggage
  160. He is impossible not to love
  161. He makes me the happiest girl in the world
  162. He’s my forever summer concert date
  163. He looks sharp in a sports coat
  164. He loves taking pictures with me
  165. He’s great at picking out clothes and shoes for me without my help
  166. He has an infectious love for life
  167. He makes me feel so safe
  168. He is comforting after a hard day
  169. He never passes up an opportunity to binge watch Netflix with me
  170. He is the cutest in a ball cap
  171. He is competitive at every card game or board game we play
  172. He was the one that taught me my favorite card game
  173. He loves a good home/furniture project
  174. He is a master at selling stuff on Craigslist – I’ll never know how he does it
  175. He knows a good deal when he sees one
  176. He is my yardselling partner in crime
  177. He saves me from all the spiders
  178. He makes me want to be a better version of myself
  179. He is dreamy
  180. His personality is out of this world
  181. He is always teaching me something new
  182. He appreciates me and us
  183. He is my forever

There you have it – 183 things straight from the heart. (Whew!)

If you liked this post, you might also enjoy this one:

What I’ve Learned in 2 Months of Marriage

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3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

 

Hello, Spring! (finally)

The sun is shining, the windows are down, the flowers are blooming and I just can’t get enough of this beautiful Spring weather we are having here in the south! I sure did miss these longer days. How about you?

For me, the season always brings with it the urge to spring clean. Carpet shampooing, closet purging, garage organizing….and go! It just feels so darn good to clear the clutter and freshen up the house after hibernating all winter. But today I want to go deeper and I’m not talking about adding the baseboards to your list to clean. I’m talking about spring cleaning for your life.

When was the last time you took a closer look into your personal health, your business, the time spent with your family…or how you are using your spare time? Maybe that was just a few months ago when looking for new year’s resolutions or maybe it’s long overdue for a refresh. If this is you, join me this Spring as I take a few steps to declutter my own life. #SpringCleaningtheLife

Spring Clean // Health

Finding balance in a healthy diet and consistent workouts is a never ending struggle for me. My routine is often different week over week leaving me feeling burnt out, tired and lacking motivation. I’ve noticed that changing habits to healthy ones is more effective when I take baby steps.

A few weeks I opened my fridge and you know what was on the shelves? Hardly anything and what was there was either expired or unhealthy. (um, gross!) This tells me two things:

  1. I hate grocery shopping and my husband is probably always starving.
  2. We eat out way too often because of the lack of food in our house.

I’ve decided to not only keep my fridge clean, but to make sure I am stocking it with healthy options. Fruits, veggies and natural foods. I’ve been binging on Pinterest lately looking for nutritious recipes to keep us focused throughout the week and putting those into a simple meal plan. TIP: Make a Pinterest board for weekly meal plans that has 7 breakfast recipes, 7 lunch ideas, 7 dinner recipes and 1-2 healthy dessert ideas. This makes it even easier to make your grocery list and choose a meal each day without having to sift through millions of Pinterest recipes 5 minutes before you are already hangry.

Now for the workouts. I get bored with the same ole workouts week after week. I’ve got to have some variety. How about you? I like to keep my workouts fresh by trying different programs or finding new fitness professionals to follow. Here are a few of my favorites!

  1. Daily Burn
  2. Cassey Ho – Blogilates
  3. Nike + Training Club App

Making small changes like replacing potato chips with kale chips or changing up my workout routine help me choose healthier options each day and before I know it, I’ve got a healthier lifestyle than I did a month ago. What small changes can you make to slowly improve your health? Whatever it is, never stop pursuing a better version of yourself. #SpringCleaningtheLife

Spring Clean // Spare Time

This one is HUGE in my life. When I say huge, I don’t mean I have a never ending supply of free time (seriously, what is this “free time” people speak of?), I’m talking about the way I spend what little free time I have is down right silly. (SILLY STUPID!)

I often times associate free time with relaxation. Do you do that? I’m surely not alone here. I get 30 minutes of down time and what do I do?… I grab the nearest device I have and scroll those social feeds. For what? To see how others are enjoying their life and being productive? I could be spending those extra 30 minutes doing things I need to do. Like organizing my desk, finishing the book that’s collecting dust on my nightstand or going for a walk with the pup.

Now don’t get me wrong, relaxation is a thing, a very important thing. Believe you me, I make time for some quality relaxation time. But those other down times that are not classified as relaxing, I want to improve those minutes or hours by being  more productive and less “scrolly”. (Definition of “scrolly” (adj.): when one uses their spare time to exercise their thumbs for no apparent reason) Yep – just made that up. Are you with me here? #SpringCleaningtheLife

Spring Clean // Finances

Here’s the thing, I’m spoiled and my husband is a grade A spoiler and I love every bit of it. (Did I just say I was spoiled out loud? Forget you saw that) Another fun fact about me is that I love love love trying new things. I’ve always been an early adopter to new techy things or test out those pesky subscription based apps or workshops. I think being a forever student is just my thing. With that, I often times find myself with of list of fees that are billed every month over and over. Now that doesn’t include the Netflix and Hulu fees. Those are a must-have, can’t live without kind of subscriptions, am I right?

The feeling of knowing your finances are in order is one of the best feelings in the world. Here’s some things to consider when sprucing up those dollars.

  1. Cancel all those app based subscriptions that you never use and delete those apps from your devices. Trust me, you will never miss them.
  2. Cancel that gym membership you never use and try a free workout plan that you can do from your garage.
  3. Before you buy something ask yourself:
    • Will I use it?
    • Do I want to store it?
    • Do I want to clean it?
    • Can I use the money to buy something else that is more important?
  4. Download the Dave Ramsey podcast. It has truly shaped my ideas and opinions on managing money. Life changer.

I bet you, after decluttering those finances that you sleep a little better! I know I sure will. #SpringCleaningtheLife

Whew! I already feel better knowing that there are a few goals in place for spring cleaning in my life. Now if I could just finish up the list of house cleaning that needs to get done.  🙂

Do you have other ways of decluttering and spring cleaning your life or planning to try out some of these ideas? I’d LOVE to hear about it! Leave me a comment below or share with me on Instagram using the hashtag #SpringCleaningtheLife and I’ll stop by and check it out!

Make This Valentines Day Timeless

This post is sponsored by JORD,Inc., but all opinions are my own.

Oh, Valentines Day. For some, V-day is the ultimate dreaded day and for other’s we just seem to skim by and hope that it passes quickly. (I see you nodding your head over there!) If you ask me, I’ve always thought of it as a silly overrated day where girls expect something mushy from their guys and the guys just participate because society tells them they have to. Am I right?!

I want my man to know how much I love him every single day and it doesn’t take a special day for me to communicate that to him. We love getting each other unexpected gifts on random days and doing date nights in the middle of the week.  But, you know what? We like to make V-day a day for a more creative style date night experience. This is a chance to do something out of the ordinary, to change it up and be creative. For us, it’s all about making new memories and celebrating the old ones from when we first started dating.

Now for the gifts. This is where I always draw a blank. It’s so cliche to get chocolate and roses. (Although, I’ll never turn down chocolate!) And ladies, what in the world do you buy a man on V-Day???? I’m pretty sure that my man would laugh and give me one of those half smiles if I presented him a stuffed bear and chocolate. Haha! I like to think outside of the box and get something that reminds my man how special he is day after day. And that’s not something you can pickup at the grocery store on your way home.  Am I right??

So, for those of you that are stumped and need some creative ideas for your V-Day, I’ve got you covered! Here’s a perfect gift idea and some creative date nights I thought of just for you!

A timeless V-Day gift:

  1. A JORD wood watch. What is more romantic than showing how your time is and always will be his/hers with a new watch? Every time he/she looks down and sees it they’ll remember you. I am so in-love with my #woodwatch . JORD offers some beautiful wood watches for both men and women and if you want to get a head start on this V-day thing, why not get one now? Oh and I can’t forget to mention that you can engrave them with something sweet! (Melt me!)Jord WatchesJord Watches
    JORD is hosting a giveaway now until Jan 29th, 2017. and just by entering the giveaway you can get a $25 off code. (Score!) One lucky winner will get a $100 JORD e-gift code! Enter HERE.




Date Night Ideas:

  1. Take a cooking class together. There’s something about an apron and some yummy spaghetti sauce that really makes the night one to remember. Enjoy each other’s company while making a delicious dinner together.
  2. Be a tourist in your own city.  This one is probably my favorite.  I love to be spontaneous and drive around the city finding new restaurants we’ve never tried and exploring the little shops that are popping up all around us. A couple that explores together stays together.
  3. Tackle a bucket list item together.  What better way to make your V-day memorable than to spend it experiencing something you will never forget. And if you ask me, I think it would be so romantic if my man thought of marking something off of my bucket list. How sweet and thoughtful!
  4. Listen to live music. I would take this date night ANYTIME. Going to a local concert or live music night and getting to know someone better is my idea of a great date. The music just makes everything easier and puts us all in great mood. Just make sure he/she enjoys the genre. 🙂
  5. Go on your second 1st date. It never fails, when my husband and I pass by our 1st date restaurant or have a date night there we always reminisce about how our relationship began. It brings back that young love feeling inside of us. Replay the night you first met or your first date for old times sake.

So cheers to Valentines day folks! Let’s make this one the one they’ll never forget.

 

Happy New Years & Thank You!

Happy 2017 you guys! I hope your New Years celebrations were nothing short of awesome! I am so thrilled to get this new year kicked off!!

In the spirit of shaking things up this year, I’ve got a little surprise for you all. Now, I don’t normally do this, but I have just been blown away by the support this community has shown me in 2016 so I wanted to show my appreciation by giving away one of my all time favorite things! A t-shirt with a little southern charm. 🙂

So here’s the thing, I was born and raised a southern girl and I enjoy every second of our silly southern quirks. Including, wearing t-shirts that display our love for the south. 🙂 Can I get a yeehaw? (Ok, that was a little cheesy! I won’t make you say that!)

I’ve partnered with Pig Trail Clothing, a local Northwest Arkansas clothing company, to give you a chance to win this adorable, “It’s a Southern Thing” tee. (com’on, does it get any cuter than that??!)

So here’s how to enter for a chance to win:

  1. Follow me @Candablair and @PigTrailClothing on Instagram
  2. Like the “It’s a Southern Thing” giveaway post on Instagram
  3. Tag your friends (on separate lines) in the Instagram comments for extra entries

The winner will be announced on January 15th, 2017 via Instagram! 

**This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.**

You can find more t-shirt designs including some of my favorite Arkansas Razorback tees made by Pig Trail Clothing on their website or Instagram.

Thank you to every single one of you that have been a supporter, an encourager and my #1 fan along this sweet journey. I am forever grateful. Cheers to a new year ahead!

P.S. if you missed my New Year’s One Word Resolution post, I’d love if you hopped over to tell me what you think about this approach to 2017.

2017 One Word Resolution

 

2017 One Word Resolution

Just like every year, I sat down with my favorite notebook to begin listing out my New Year’s resolutions.  After just a few minutes, my list was unrealistically long and I discovered that there were many things on the list that kept returning year after year. (sigh) I also noticed that there was a common theme in each one. My list was made up of things I didn’t like about myself or where I found weakness. I wanted this year to be positive and less about who I was tired of being and more focused on how I could be the best me I could be and what that transformation process looked like. So I turned the page and wrote one word: Intentional.

I’m tossing the long list of changes and making 2017 my year to be Intentional.  The idea is that this word will serve as a theme in all aspects of my life.  I hope you will toss your list and join me in picking one word for your life this year. Who says we have to be boxed into that list of corrections for our life anyway?!

Since I am choosing Intentional, I wanted to briefly explain how this will play a role in a few key areas for me and then give you a few words to kick start the discovery of your own word.

Spiritually

First and foremost,  my journey with the Lord is the most important aspect of my life. Without his guidance, nothing is possible. This year, I want to be more intentional than I have ever been in order to deepen my relationship with the Lord.

Relational

I want my husband to know how head over heals in love I am with him every single day. I want my closest friends and family to feel valued. And I want those new people that come into my life over the next 365 days to know that I care about them.

Work Life

This is a big one for me. I juggle many different avenues of “work” in my life. My real 9-5, my favorite – blogging and my most challenging – photography. I want to strive to be as intentional as possible to continue to grow and develop with purpose in each of these areas of my life.

So there you have it. Call me crazy, but this one word will be my 2017 motto, my theme, my anthem, in everything I do. Now the fun part, creating something with that word on it to serve as a reminder to me every day for the next 365 days.

Are you thinking of joining me on this one word journey? If so, here are some other great words to consider for yourself.

  • Consistent
  • Balance
  • Simplicity
  • Disciplined
  • Progress
  • Joy

I am excited to hear what you choose! Tell me in the comments below.