olive june: 2013

what i learned in 2013~

1) January. This isn’t exactly life-changing, but…
…oh, who am I kidding? Yes it is. pinterest and blogging {simply love's one year birthday on 1.12 is quickly approaching} have both totally changed my life. because of you- the people. thank you. 
2) February. hot yoga has changed my life over the past 5 years- my 40 day challenge proved this~ re-confirming the power of serenity, calmness, and a sense of being. healthy living is also a priority for my year to come … along with my skin. 
3) March. forgiveness is powerful and the importance of letting people be the people they are- i really try to avoid judgement and overpowering opinions at all costs. 
4) April. that true beauty has nothing to do with how you look.
5) May. my hometown friends will ALWAYS be there for me- a great trip to Savannah proved that. {despite really busy family lives/kids} also, lucky to have some very special charlotte friends… & thankful for my sister, who was the BEST maid of honor possible- thank you. 
6) June. I married for love <3
7) July. Costa Rica is a beautiful country - full of animals, breathtaking views, and very friendly people. 

8) August. This is sadly {usually} my least favorite month- hectic with back to school madness and extrememly hot- but I love to look forward to the fall and a trip to the beach was lovely. 
9) September. hard work really does pay off. passed down for generations in my case … with love and with my paleo challenge {lots of work- but so worth it}

10) October. where to even begin? I learned how the concept of "being myself" isn’t as cliché as I once thought.
11) November. so thankful for many things- my health- most importantly.
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12. December. this past month I’ve been reflecting on the year, and – to be honest – it was a favorite in many ways. however, i have so many dreams and things i would love to do in life - the sky is the limit {my mom always told me this} and i won't stop at any cost- i am very excited to see what the future holds. 
happy 2014 

new years eve love & asheville bound

tim and i are off for an impromptu trip to the mountains … asheville, nc bound 
and then back to charlotte tomorrow for the avett brothers concert
-excited to explore the town again-
cafes, barbecue, breweries, wine, friends, the mountains, & a night at aloft downtown 
one of the many things i love about charlotte-
close to the beach and the mountains
{with all four seasons- so important!}

some new years eve ideas for you:

diy party hats

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Supplies:  Yarn, paper mache cone (from a craft store), white elastic cord, paint/spray paint to decorate your hats.
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Step 1.:  Create a set of yarn pom poms to place on the top of your party hats.  
You can see the full tutorial for creating yarn pom poms here
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Step 2:  Decorate your hats however you want.  I decided to keep mine simple and just add a little white paint.  For the polka dot hat, I just stuck on circular stickers, spray painted the hat, and peeled off the stickers after the paint was dry….revealing the cardboard.
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Step 3:  Poke a hole on each side of the hat with a nail (or whatever works!)  Measure out the length of elastic cord that you want and thread it through the holes on either side of the hat.
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Step 4:  Using a glue gun, attach your yarn pom pom to the top!  Enjoy!

christmas love

some snapshots from our first christmas together … 

lots of glitter and a selfie for skip- $15 mink :)