A Favorite Quote

Hi Peachies! Welcome back to my happy corner of the internet. I hope you're doing well today. I'm up to my eyeballs in everything wedding since I'm marrying the man of my dreams in 5 more days! Only FIVE to go y'all! I'm beyond ecstatic with a hint of exhaustion sneaking in but it's okay because soon enough i'll be laying on the beaches of Hawaii without a care in the world!

So enough day dreaming, i'm back with Bailey @braveloveblog for today's Blogtember Challenge & it's another good one.

Day 21: A favorite quote/expression and how it has impacted you.

I don't remember how or when I came across this quote but I do remember it stopping me in my tracks and has since become one of the mantas I live by. With all the ways of social media gossip these days it's easy to get caught up in what, often times is hurtful or simply not true, to the person on the other end. Sure we all fall victim sometimes because we're human, we make mistakes but to remember this quote in those times puts things into a new perspective for me. I think, if we all used a little more courtesy and common sense then we'll be less quick to judge others and have more time to love them instead.

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So what about you. What's one of your favorite quotes? What does it mean to you?

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Best Day of my Life.

Hey Peachies! So you may have noticed my lack of presence here yesterday. If you missed me, I'm sorry. I just wasn't feeling it. And by it I mean anything. I realized on the way home from taking my son to school just how close our wedding is (7 days now!!) and while i'm excited, I simply got overwhelmed and did nothing. Totally rational, right?

Yesterday's blog challenge with Bailey @braveloveblog was to make a vlog so you didn't miss much there. That would have been just plain awkward! One day i'll work my way up to that point but yesterday wasn't it but today's challenge is one I can get with.

Day 19: Tell us about one of the best days of your life.

There are several that come to mind. The first & most obvious being the day my son was born. He was a tiny little guy who stole my heart from the start and changed my life, for the better, forever. He's twelve now and Mom talking about him and showing him off on line isn't really a "Cool" thing now so we'll let that slide but that was my #1 best moment in life.

The next best moment in my life is the night my (now) fiancee and I went out on our first date.

Here's my version of the story from our wedding wire website.

Saturday, December 15th came and I was a nervous wreck. Even though I was going on a "date" with my best friend something was different. I had butterflies like i'd never had before, epsecially not with him. Don't get me wrong, I always looked forward to and was excited when I got to see him. Anytime with my best friend was awesome but this time it was just different. He picked me up around 6 in his big black truck, came inside and said Hi to my momma and Dylan then we were off on our "date". I remember what he wore, the way he smelled, even the song playing on the radio. It was one of those moments you don't forget. Our conversation in the truck was about the same as it is today when it comes to where to go, I believe that's because we're both just happy to be together, it doesn't matter where we go or what we do, we have fun. As I recall the conversation went something like this...

ALEX-Where do you want to eat?

ME-I don't know.

ALEX-What are you in the mood for?

ME-I'll find something to eat no matter where we go.

Somehow we ended up at O'Charley's. I remember sitting across from him in the booth in awe of him and the way his smile seemed to light up the room. The first time i'd seen a smile since he called me and told me the bad news. We talked a lot, he told me how he was thinking of moving away and starting over, that's when all the butterflies stopped and my heart started beating a million miles a minute, he says he could see the look of panic on my face. He read me well, he always does. I may have teared up a little, too. I couldn't imagine life without my best friend close by and now nothing was standing in the way or us spending as much time together as we want. I still was trying to convince myself that we weren't on a "date", we were just friends going out for the night. I didn't have any expectations, or so I was telling myself but my heart knew better than my head, still I was listening to my head.

After dinner he asked if I minded if we stopped by his house. His neighbor had been burning leaves and had a tendency to let the fire get out of control. That was his excuse anyway, suspicious as I was I agreed to go along with him. After all, what if it was true and what if the house did catch fire and burned to the ground? I'd feel terrible if I'd have said "no, you can't go check on your house" besides, I was curious about his house, i'd never been there. We pulled up the house and there was no fire going so we were in the clear there. He asked if I'd like to go inside and watch a movie or if I needed to get back home. I was a single momma who had a babysitter for the night and was enjoying time with my best friend so I chose the obvious. A movie it was! We went inside, I got the grand tour of the house (which I automatically felt at home in), sat down on the couch and Alex started up Netflix. As we were scrolling he asked me what I wanted to watch, I picked Machine Gun Preacher. I know, not an obvious date movie choice but this wasn't a romantic date, at least not as far as I was concerned besides I had heard great things about the movie and was curious & no, having Gerard Butler in it didn't hurt at all either.

I laid my head in his lap as we were watching the movie and he was playing with my hair (not something anyone else can do). I kept catching him looking down at me, smiling, then he took my hand and started holding it. It was at that point when I started wondering if this was more than a friendly kind of date. What if it was? What if it wasn't? Was he going to kiss me? What was he thinking? What was he feeling? The movie was great, it definitely hit home. When it was over we sat on the couch and talked about it for a while then we realized the time and decided to head back to my house. When we got back to the house I was prepared to hop out and walk myself to the door while he drove away but being the gentleman he is, he wasn't going to have that. He walked me to the door and hugged me goodbye then pulled away and stared into my eyes. That was it, my heart was done and my head was spinning. Game over, heart won! He leaned in a kissed me, I could feel his hesitancy but I kissed him back because that's what I had waited for all night. For 3 years, really. Since that night we have been insperable.

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Current Obsession

Hi Peachies! I'm back with today's blogtemeber challenge. Better late than never!

Today's challenge with Bailey @braveloveblog is another one i'm excited about.
Okay, okay! I admit. I'm excited about all of them but this one is really fun.

Day 7: Just for fun, your latest obsession. What can you not get enough of these days?

My current obsessions are these adorable, fun filled little emergency kits.
They're pretty plus they're packed with all the things you could ever need in a pinch.

My Mom bought me one of these for my wedding and i'll admit, I was hooked.

I've been swooning ever since. Actually I was swooning before but these little babies are certainly on my radar now. I want them all!

Here are the ones i'm really REALLY swooning for now.

1. Bare Minerals One Hot Mama $39.00 @ Ulta

2. Bare Minerals I Do $49.00 @ Ulta

3. Minimergency Kit $16.95 @Francesca's

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What are your current obsessions?

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Real Me vs. On-Line Me

Good Morning Peachies! I hope you are having an amazing week so far. We've made it to Wednesday! Woo Hoo! We're half way through the week and all I can say is Thank Goodness. I'm 10 days away from my wedding and thinking I have it all done then I realize nope! There are little things to do that keep popping up but I'm not sweating it. I'm about to bust out my notepad and pen and make lists. When we go on vacation I post lists of what we need to take from each room on the mirrors. It's time to start that because we're in Georgia. Our wedding is in Florida and our honeymoon is in Hawaii. So we've got a lot of stuff to pack for different places and I'm sure i'll forget something.

So this sums me up today.

But since i'm doing the Blogtemeber Challenge with Bailey @braveloveblog, let's talk about that for a minute.

Today's challenge is: The real you vs. the online you. Are they the same or different?

I think i'm a genuine person. What you see is what you get. I'm a happy go lucky, sees the best in everything, loves all things pretty, dances in the rain kinda person. I like to radiate happiness and sunshine and positivity where ever I am but obviously you aren't able to see my life 24 hours a day 7 days a week on line. If you could then you'd see a little more seriousness sometimes. I like to have heart to heart conversations with my fiancee that I wouldn't share with anyone else. Not that they are anything bad but I feel like our most intimate moments aren't to be shared with the world. There are times he's seen me cry. There are times i've cried by myself. I am human and I am a woman so that's going to happen.

There are moments like us dancing in our kitchen that you'll never see because they're spontaneous and I never think "wait, let me grab my phone and record this." I like to live in the moment with my family sometimes and set examples for my son that you don't need to be connected to your phone and the internet world all the time. I'm proud to say, I feel like we're totally #parentwinning in this area because he's not one of those kids. In fact, I rarely see him on his phone at all. You don't see a lot of my moments with my guys on line because we're living in the moment.

You don't see the moments i'm in the car, taking my son to and from school. Even though they're some of my favorites. Let's be honest A) it isn't safe to drive and video/take pics and B) if I did that then those moments would become few and far between because he wouldn't want me to record that.

So to answer the question "The real you vs. the online you. Are they the same or different?"

I'm the same me no matter if i'm living my real life or my on line life. There are moments of my off line life that I choose not to share because i'm either living in the moment or there's something there to be protected from the on line world or it's simply not mine to share. On line I try to spread the happiness and the positive vibes because I feel like the internet & the world in general, is so saturated with negativity. I realize it's always going to be there but if everyone could find the happiness in the midst of the sadness, the positive in the midst of the negative, then maybe the world would be a better place. I want everyone to realize that happiness is a choice YOU have the power to make in your life.

On line me is still the real me. As JLo sang in the early 2000's, 'Cause I'm Real

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Is there a difference in on-ine you vs. real life you?

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Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs Review

*This is not a paid review. All opinions are my own.*

I got the chance to review Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs VoxBox through Influenster.

I was skeptical about this product, as I am about all self tanners. I've had (and seen) bad experiences with these products in the past but when I got the chance to try this I thought, why not? I could always wear pants until it faded.

I put it on my legs just like regular lotion and watched as it worked its magic.

^that picture is un-touched.

I was very impressed with Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs. It wasn't fake looking. There were no steaks or bright orange spots, even on my knees & ankles! Overall, I would rate this product
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆.

I'll probably be buying more before I go to Florida in 10 days for my wedding then to Hawaii on my honeymoon because it's that good!

So go grab yourself some of this amazing airbrush legs product.

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What's In My Purse?

Hey Peachies! I'm back today with the Blogtember Challenge with Bailey @braveloveblog.
Today's challenge is something i've done before. In fact, I just did one in August.
What's In My Purse?

Day 15: What's in your bag? Pick up your purse and peruse its contents, then share with us!

Here's what's in my lovely Coach purse.

You can see, I carry anything you could ever want or need in my purse. It really is "everything but the kitchen sink".

What do you carry in your purse?'

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Mobsession She's Crafty Etsy Shop

Hi Ladies! I hope you're all having a wonderful Monday. Ugh! I know, all the grumbles right now but with enough coffee and glitter we'll all make it through. We woke up this morning to 45 degree weather here in Georgia. It's making me super lazy but that's okay. I can blog!

Today i'm straying from The Blogtember Challenge with Bailey @Bailey @braveloveblog because the topic is: The 5 books that have impacted you the most.

I'm not sure where to start on this one. The Bible is obviously #1 but other than that, Ive been reading Chelsea Handler & The Robertson's
(Duck Dynasty) books in the last few years. While they're all great, they're not profound. I'm loking for suggestions on this topic though.
I need some good reads!

Today i'm going to feature my Aunt's Etsy shop, Mobesession She's Crafty

She makes and sells such unique and pretty pieces of jewelry & she'll do requests, too. So hop on over to her Etsy shop, favorite it and shop away!

Here's a glimpse of the pieces she makes/sells.

1. Blushed Bracelet $18 USD

2. A Little "Tail"ssel Necklace $18 USD

3. Vintage Style Flower Earrings $15 USD

4. Lots Of Glass Bracelet $20 USD

5. Pink Stone Necklace $18 USD

6. Feeling Blue Earrings $12 USD

She seriously has some of the prettiest pieces. So go show her some love!

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This Season of my Life.

Good Morning Peachies! I hope you're having an amazing day even if it is Sunday. There's still time for Sunday Funday though.
So after you read this, go have some fun.

As you know, i'm doing the Blogtember link up with Bailey @braveloveblog.
Today's challenge is another one that makes me happy. It's perfect for where I am in my life right now.

Day 13: Create a collage or inspiration/mood board for this season in your life.

You all know i'm getting married in 13 days so this one is definitely one of my faves and it was super easy to do.

Some of these are ideas I have for my wedding but the quote is one that inspired the whole theme of the wedding.
We knew before we even got engaged that we wanted to get married at the beach & we are!
The setting is perfect for us. It's laid back & casual and it's THE BEACH!! We're so happy!

This season in our lives is the best. I love transitioning from fiancee to wife. It just feels natural and exciting all at the same time.

It's because of this that i'm not quiet ready to let go of summer. Usually this time of year i'm beyond ready for fall but we're headed to the beach to get married then to Hawaii so we get more summer! I am kinda wanting a hint of fall though so I find myself looking at and swooning for all things fall as you can see in this post
and this post.

What season of your life are you in?
Is there anything exciting happening?

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Currently -September

Happy Saturday Peachies! I hope you're enjoying this lovely morning. If you don't already have your cup of coffee go get it, come back, kick your feet up and stay for a while. I've got an exciting post about what I'm currently doing to share with you today.

Today's Blogtember Challenge with Bailey @braveloveblog is a fun one. It's something i've done on my own several times

here, here, here,here

You can see, i'm no stranger to this topic but it has been a couple months since i've done one so this comes at the perfect time. I love my version of this but I want to do Bailey's, too. So PART 1 is my own questions. PART 2 are Bailey's questions.

Day 12: What are you up to currently?


Making: jewelry. I've gotten back into my groove of being crafty & creative and i'm loving it!

Cooking: My honey is smoking some ribs & they smell amazing! I'll be cooking Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower, Broccoli & Cheese, Garlic Bread and Roasted Potatoes in just a little while.

Drinking: Water. All the water.

Wanting: to meet Betty White! That would be a dream come true!!!

Looking: at the beautiful Nelle Monaco's blog vintage simply love

Wasting: time on line until it's time to cook!

Wishing: we were already on our honeymoon in Hawaii.

Enjoying: blogging, The First Five app, Boss Girl Creative, She Percolates, & Jess Lively's podcasts
and getting ready for my wedding!

Waiting: for my Restoration Hardware & Williams Sonoma catalogs to come so I can look at them and swoon.
And dream of the day when Chip & JoAnna Gaines redecorate the house we don't live in yet.

Liking: all things gray, nude, blush, and wine colors.

Wondering: If i'll be able to hold myself together at my own wedding. I already get teary eyed thinking about it. {Still true}

Loving: that it's Saturday, my beach body group, this Blogtember challenge. I'm also loving snapchat: georigapeachy82

Hoping: for fall weather. I'm ready for coziness & casseroles.
For scarves and crockpots.
The color of the leaves changing & all the holidays.

Marveling: At our life. I have the best fiancee and son in the world.
We're super proud of our son for his progress report. He has five A's & two B's.

Needing: to get my thank you's mailed out.

Smelling: soft cashmere amber burning in my wax burner & my vintage lace candle burning {inside the house}
& smoking ribs outside.

Wearing: A red Georgia T and denim shorts.

Following: everyone on snap chat.

Noticing: how beautiful life is when you make the choice to be happy & how fabulous this weather is today.

Knowing: that the mug swap I participated in was amazing. It was so nice to bless someone else.

Thinking: I'm one blessed girl & those ribs smell amazing!

Feeling: Blessed, amazing, loved, inspired.

Bookmarking: uses of Himalayan salt, Lauren Conrad's hair secrets, How to be Instagram Famous, & mini cherry cheesecakes.

Giggling: at Betty White. She's amazing!


Reading...all the wonderful blogs i've gotten behind on & the ones I've found through this challenge & my Blog Group.

Playing...nothing right now.

Watching...whatever survival show my honey has on t.v. {obviously i'm not paying too much attention} BUT I do love to watch
Fixer Upper when I can!

Trying...to get on a blogging schedule.

Eating...nothing yet. We've got that yummy dinner coming soon though.

Calling...No one, honestly. I don't like being on the phone that much.

Texting...My mama. All day, we've been texting back and forth. :)

Pinning...All things Rose Gold, Blog tips, & this Chicken Stuffed French Bread.

Tweeting...Blog posts and Instagram pics.

Going...to the beach for our wedding in two weeks from today then to Hawaii on our honeymoon.

Hating...that I woke up with my face having some sort of reaction to something. Red, swollen,& splotchy is not cool!!

Discovering...my love for a healthier lifestyle. I really am loving it because i'm feeling better.

Listening (to)...that survival show my honey has on. {And only half heartedly.}

Celebrating...that it's only two weeks until I get to stand barefoot on the beach & say I DO to my best friend for life.

Ordering...my wedding cake topper. {Actually it's ordered, we're just waiting on it to arrive.}

Thanking...everyone who has shown me so much love lately. I really am more blessed than i'll ever be able to say.

Considering...going to finish dinner.

Starting...to think of everything I need to get done before we leave for our wedding.

Finishing...this post and then going to cook before my parents get here.

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Tell me. What are you currently doing?

Friday Night In

Happy Friday Peachies! Albeit, it's a somber one since it's the anniversary of 9-11 but it's Friday none the less. That means we have two whole days of doing whatever we choose to do! For us, it's dinner at Cracker Barrel tonight to celebrate my son's first progress report. He got five A's and two B's & we're super proud parents. Even better, is that I don't have to cook dinner and I can all the veggies I want tonight!

So if you're following me you know i'm doing this Blogtember Challenge with Bailey @braveloveblog.

Today's prompt is: It's a Friday night and you decide to stay in. What do you do?

For me this one is pretty easy. It's pretty much our lives every Friday night. We're not big on going out on Friday nights, we just like to relax and un-wind after the week.

So my Friday night in would be like this...

I'd come in and throw on some super comfortable clothes and my hair up in a pretty, messy bun.

Turn on my Spotify Playlist September

Then I'd cook up the most delicious waffle dinner (because that sounds dreamy), complete with mimosas & a coffee bar.

After that i'd light some candles, pour some wine, and snuggle into this amazing chair.

I'd blog and pin on Pinterest for a while.

Then I'd snuggle up next to my honey ♡ and watch a movie.

That sounds like my idea of the perfect Friday Night In.

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What's your idea of the perfect Friday night in?

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Bucket List Dreams.

Hi Peachies! I'm back with another blogtember challenge with Bailey @braveloveblog today.

Today's prompt is:10 items off your Bucket List. If you haven't made one, now's a good time to start!

At the beginning of the year I was seeing a lot of bloggers creating a 101 Goals in 1001 Days list. I tried for about 10 minutes and lost interest. Not that there aren't tons of things I'd love to do in my life but my heart just wasn't in it so I lost interest but this is a smaller scale so I can handle this!

My Bucket List is a mix of things I have done and want to do, still.

Leslie's Bucket List

1. Ride in a hot air balloon.
Okay, I've kind of done this. The picture ^ there is actually me, my Grandma, and my son in a hot air balloon but it was
tethered to the ground, meaning, we went up in it but didn't get to float away. I want to float away though.
They always do it on the Bachelor/Bachelorette and it seems so romantic.

2. Swim with Dolphins. Again, I did this when I was a kind but I was a little afraid. I want to really enjoy the experience.
Dolphins seem so peaceful and majestic.

3. Visit Greece. My brother and sister in law are doing this later this month and I can't wait to see pics and hear their stories
and experience.

4. Ride in a helicopter. I'm hoping we get to do this on our honeymoon in Hawaii next month!

5. Swim with sting rays. We did this in the Bahamas and it was such an amazing experience. They're pretty cool creatures and
I won't be mad if I get do this again in my life.

6. Run a color run or other fun 5k.

7. See a Broadway show on Broadway in NY & visit Serendipity, & Dylan's Candy Bar.

8. Work with the Make A Wish Foundation.

9. Own my own bakery that would also sell homemade cards, jewlery, candles, etc.

10. Make a list of books I want to read and read them all within a year.

I'd love to hear what's on your Bucket List?
What have you already done?

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