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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.

What I’ve Learned in 2 Months of Marriage

My love and I have been married for 2 whole months. For some that doesn’t seem like a long time compared to 2 years or 10 years, but for us, it’s special. It’s been the absolute best 2 months of our lives so I wanted to share with you a few things I’ve learned on this little journey of ours. But first a little story.

When I was a teen, I went through some pretty grueling breakups (like most teens do right? Ok, maybe I was a little dramatic). So my mom told me to make a list of qualities that I wanted in my future husband. Her advice was to never settle for anyone less than the best. I made the list that night and tucked it into my nightstand only to find it 10 years later. Continue reading What I’ve Learned in 2 Months of Marriage

Giving Holiday Grace

 

What is it about the hustle and bustle of the holiday’s that causes that extra layer of stress on us? Do you know what I’m talking about? This year I am taking a step back and allowing myself some grace this season, because I want to enjoy this time and not let it fly by me while I’m just a big ball of stress. Who is with me??

I have found that this year has been just plain different. It seemed like a race to get the Christmas tree up and then it was a race to get the Christmas shopping done early and not to mention the pressure to get meaningful gifts. Ahh – I’m mentally exhausted. I want my house to look picture perfect and my first pecan pie to be delicious and everyone to get nice gifts, but there’s only so much we can do perfectly, right?! (Can you tell I’m a perfectionist yet?) Continue reading Giving Holiday Grace

A Minimalist Christmas

We are officially just a few weeks away from Christmas! The tree is up, the wreath is hung and I’ve started listening to Christmas music every chance I get, but besides those traditional things, this year is going to be a little different.

As I thought about what we wanted or needed for Christmas, I looked around the house… and thought long and hard….but I couldn’t think of a single thing. I was at a loss when the family asked us what they could get us, and then it hit me. We didn’t need anything. Our home and hearts are full. So this Christmas we decided to approach gift giving in a new way.  The minimalist way. Continue reading A Minimalist Christmas

50 Things That Make Me Happiest

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The winter is upon us and for me, I find myself more down in the winter. Down meaning, less active and fighting those winter blues. Let’s face it, I’m just a warm summer day kind-of-girl! So, if you are like me, you need to focus on the things that make you the happiest.

In my search to continually find #happiness in everyday things, I came across a book called, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. In this book she discusses all the things that feed into our #happiness and outlines a plan to make your life simpler and basically keep you happy. If you get the chance to buy this book, do it. Once I have completed my very own happiness plan, I’ll share it with you here on the blog.

Until then, here’s a list of 50 things that me so happy! I challenge you to make your own list to help keep your head up on those cold winter days.

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  1. A morning walk with the pup
  2. Iced chai tea lattes on Fridays
  3. #Photography
  4. Fancy notebooks and stationary
  5. Cuddling on the couch
  6. Saturday afternoon naps
  7. #Road trips
  8. Furniture projects in my studio garage
  9. Wearing yoga pants
  10. My big wool Jeep socks
  11. Forehead kisses from my hubs
  12. The feeling after a good workout
  13. Cruising Instagram
  14. Fall candles
  15. Quality time with my Mom
  16. Bike rides around the lake
  17. Making someone laugh
  18. Foot rubs
  19. Trying new workout classes
  20. Buying fresh flowers
  21. Putting candy in the freezer
  22. A freshly made bed
  23. Breakfast on Saturday mornings
  24. Wrapping Christmas presents
  25. Hozier’s music style
  26. Summer concerts
  27. Testing new makeup and hair products
  28. Shopping for home decor
  29. Volunteering at local events
  30. Date nights with the hubs
  31. Checking the mailbox
  32. Podcasts while I get ready
  33. Waking up early
  34. Being home alone with the TV off
  35. A good book
  36. Brunch on Sundays
  37. Today’s hit music played as classical
  38. Opening the windows
  39. Game nights with friends
  40. Morning worship songs
  41. Learning new photography skills
  42. #Weddings
  43. Hikes
  44. Successfully making a new recipe
  45. Fuzzy blankets
  46. A good hat and baseball tee
  47. Joanna Gaines’ heart and passion
  48. Seeing military families reunited
  49. #Cheesecake
  50. Little love notes

What’s on your happiness list? Let me know in the comments below!

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15 Things to Mark Off Your Fall Bucket List

 

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Groom’s Guide for Wedding Day Attire

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This post is sponsored by Mr.Tux of Northwest Arkansas. All opinions are my own.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a wedding? For many people, it may be a couple’s love or the beautiful cake and most likely, a vision of the wedding dress will come to mind. But, if you really stop and think about everything that goes into the big day, there’s a handsome groom in that picture too! Now what’s not to love about a sweet groom all dressed up waiting on his bride?

One of the most special moments during our wedding planning season was picking out my grooms attire. I wanted everything to look cohesive with the wedding colors and he just wanted me as his wife (bless his heart)! I’ll never forget the look on his face when he stepped out of the dressing room that day in his sharp tux. It was one of those, “this is THE dress” kind-of moments. And of course I got a little teary-eyed seeing him, thinking how did I deserve this man!? I wanted him to look and feel proud on our big day and this tux just sealed the deal. I just couldn’t take my eyes, (or hands) off of him.

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Continue reading Groom’s Guide for Wedding Day Attire

15 Things to Mark Off Your Fall Bucket List

 

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Our first Fall Friday of 2016 has finally arrived! Even though it still feels like summer here in Arkansas, with the days reaching 80 degrees and above, I’m not letting that stop me from pulling out every piece of flannel I own.

Like every year, I love making a Fall bucket list. This helps me make sure I squeeze out every ounce of fun the season has to offer.  So here it goes:

  1. Go picking at a pumpkin patch – there’s just something about handpicking a dirty pumpkin right off the vine that I love.
  2. Watch Hocus Pocus – this movie is probably one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time. We’ve made it a tradition to watch it every year on Halloween night.
  3. Plan a hiking trip – the Ozark Mountains are beautiful here in the fall. The colors are unbelievable and I can’t help but go for a hike to get in my steps and capture some pretty photos.Fall Hiking Trip
  4. Volunteer to feed the hungry – 1 in 4 people are food insecure in Northwest Arkansas and our state is ranked 2nd in the U.S. for being food insecure. Serving our community during this season and throughout the year is so important.
  5. Go for a morning run – the mornings during the fall are so crisp and they make for the most perfect running weather.
  6. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – three words, gotta have it.
  7. Make a pumpkin pie – I want to try my hand at making my very 1st pumpkin pie this year. I’ll let you know how that turns out. 🙂
  8. Visit a corn maze – corn mazes are so intriguing to me. To get lost in the middle of a field of corn and trying to navigate your way out sounds like too much fun. Well, maybe not at night.  🙂
  9. Roast pumpkin seeds – I love pumpkin seeds. I need an excuse to make these year around! I love the salty/savory ones and the sweet cinnamon kinds!
  10. Attend a football game – if you’ve heard of the Arkansas Razorbacks, then you know football is a pretty big deal here in the northwest part of the state. We can’t wait to get to a game this season to cheer on the Hogs.
  11. Go for a bike ride – we have some beautiful trails that stretch from one end of the community to the other for about 36 miles. Hitting the trails during Fall makes for the perfect ride.
  12. Plan a camping trip – all summer I dream of camping, but it’s just too hot to be in a tent. Now is the perfect time to cozy up by the campfire.
  13. Apple picking – this takes me back to those days as a child when we used to pick apples out of my grandma’s trees. I would love to see a full orchid.
  14. Fall Photoshoot – the autumn foliage in the Natural State is unbeatable. It’s the perfect time to capture those Christmas card photos for the year.Fall leaves
  15. DIY Pumpkin Project – I seriously can’t get enough of cute pumpkin projects. Keep your eyes peeled for some DIY pumpkin tutorials this season!

Enjoy!

The Healthy Guide to Eating Out

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I’ll be the first to tell you that I LOVE to eat out at restaurants. Its like a weekend hobby for us around here, but it can be totally detrimental to our nutrition plan. Sometimes I feel like I have to start over every single week just to get back to where I was…then to squash it again with another weekend outing. Can anyone relate?

I am putting my foot down this time and taking a stand for the hard work that has been accomplished throughout the week. There is a way to go out to eat AND maintain your nutrition plan. Say what?! Yes and I’m giving you all my little secrets below.  Continue reading The Healthy Guide to Eating Out