Have I ever told you the story of the day that I met you? I was actually there for someone else. Sounds ridiculous, right? There was a male pug that I had come back for that I was going to name Winston. But he had to be kept longer for observation. I remember looking into the room where you all were, and I caught eye contact with you. The other puppies were going nuts and you just sat there staring at me.

A girl came and and got you, I thought maybe someone had come for you or it was time for your bath or something. Next thing I know, she was walking you over to me and putting you in my arms. I was hooked. There was no turning back now. I knew you were meant to come home with me that day and we have been best friends ever since.


You have been through so much with me. I was just out of college when we met and trying to get a “real job” while holding down three part time jobs. I was a mess and you gave me grace. Our life wasn’t perfect but you didn’t care.

You were there for every move I made while working in residential management. There sure were a lot, weren’t there?? You never complained, you always adjusted just fine.

You saw me through a string of bad relationships and breakups, always being there to lick away my tears.

You were there when I met Chris. You didn’t even hesitate to jump in the car the day we left Atlanta to move to Birmingham.

You became a big sister to Mac. Sure, you were a little apprehensive at first but you were quick to become best friends.

Gracie and Mac

I will never forget the first time I came to pick the two of you up from boarding. The vet tech told me that you wouldn’t let Mac out of your sight the entire time we were gone. It melted my heart.

Gracie, you were never just a dog. You were family. My best friend. The most loyal companion. Your love was unconditional. There was not a day that went by that you weren’t ecstatic to see me. And to be honest, I felt the same way about you.

Yesterday was hard. I didn’t want to say goodbye to you. I think we both knew this day was coming. I could tell it was hard on you too. You wouldn’t even look at me when I gave you our last hug. It’s ok, I know you love me. I only hope that you know how much you were loved too.




Gracie Lou

March 10, 2005 – June 23, 2016

about me, inspire, thoughts

Humble and Kind

When I was younger, I was taught to respect not just my elders but people in general. I was told to say please and thank you, to not speak over someone, and to appreciate what I had. That if I didn’t have something nice to say, then I shouldn’t say anything that all. If you wanted something, you needed to work hard and earn your way to get it. Are parents still teaching their kids these simple values anymore? I have to wonder when I see entitlement and ungratefulness everywhere.

With all the things that have been going on around our country and the world lately, I think Tim McGraw’s song, Humble and Kind, means even that much more to me. Even if you don’t like country music, please read these lyrics. These are the values that we all need to be living by.

You know there’s a light that glows by the front door
Don’t forget the key’s under the mat
Childhood stars shine, always stay humble and kind
Go to church ’cause your momma says to
Visit grandpa every chance that you can
It won’t be wasted time
Always stay humble and kind

Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

Don’t expect a free ride from no one
Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why
Bitterness keeps you from flyin’
Always stay humble and kind
Know the difference between sleeping with someone
And sleeping with someone you love
“I love you” ain’t no pick up line so
Always stay humble and kind

Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When those dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

When it’s hot, eat a root beer popsicle
Shut off the AC and roll the windows down
Let that summer sun shine
Always stay humble and kind
Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you
When you get where you’re goin
Don’t forget turn back around
And help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind

Current Skincare

Current Skin Care Routine

From time to time I like to switch up my skin care routine. Either what I am using quits working for me, I get a sample of something I like better, or I just want to try something new. I had been having a lot of issues over the last year. I knew I needed to go mostly natural.

So this is my current skin care routine! Current Skincare

In the mornings I use Angels on Bare Skin from Lush, followed by now argan oil under my eyes and any dry spots I may have and Imperials Facial Moisturizer from Lush.

In the evenings I remove my eye make up with Up and Up eye make up remover from Target followed by Ultrabland from Lush to cleanse and remove my make up. I follow that up with the now argan oil. Sometimes if I am really lazy and don’t feel like doing anything, I will at least take my make up off with a face wipe. My favorite are the Pacifica Coconut wipes that you can get at Target.

There are maybe 1 or 2 days a week where I will use the Foreo day or night cleanser with the Foreo for an exfoliation in place of the cleansers and follow up with the Imperials moisturizer. Also, I make my own lip scrub using coconut oil and sugar and do that at least 1 to 2 days per week as well.

Do you use any of these products? What is your current routine?

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

And just like that, the middle of June was here and gone! We couldn’t seem to let it pass without being busy. Here’s what I got up to!

Friday for lunch Laura and I hit up one of our favorite spots, Shiki. We started off with crab angels. Because duh, crab angels!!! I had the coconut soup and massaman chicken for my meal. Delicious!!!!! This place seriously has the best crab angels around and everything is always so tasty with friendly service.




Chris grilled out some delicious burgers for dinner on Friday evening and I made some veggies to go with them. He has become quite the grill master!

Saturday morning we were up and out the door early for… shopping!!! I had seen an awesome deal on the car I had in mind so we started off at Carmax right after they opened. Wouldn’t you know someone was having my car transferred to them. Boo!!! That’s what I get for not calling and holding when I saw it. We walked out of there with disappoint but hope that there would be something down the road. We had stopped at several other dealerships and they either didn’t have anything we liked, or wouldn’t work with us at all on pricing/trade-in. We had two people try to talk us into a bigger payment, but we knew not to play their games. We were about to give up and had lunch at J. Alexander’s.


While we were there, I kept thinking about a car I had seen online that was located in Hartselle. A pretty far drive from where we were. But I just kept thinking about it…something telling me we needed to go check this place out.

I called up there to make sure it was still there based on our previous luck of the day. Wouldn’t you know someone had it out on a test drive and ended up purchasing it?! WTF? But the guy said he had another one that was a little nicer and maybe he could work with us on the price. So off we went! This place was family owned and everyone was super nice and I walked out of there with a shiny new beauty that I felt good about.


Peace out Nissan Rogue, helloooooooooo Ford Explorer!!! This baby is fully loaded and has the 20 inch wheels. Nadine likey very much!

Sunday morning I was up and out there door at 7:30am to go meet my sister and dad for breakfast at Cracker Barrel for Father’s Day. We asked ourselves why we don’t do that more often?? It was so nice just chatting over breakfast.

I went grocery shopping on my way home and the rest of the day was spent food prepping, giving myself a pedicure, blogging and watching House of Cards.


Chris and I just started binging on it last weekend and we are already in season three. Why haven’t we watched this before???? it is so good!!!

And just like that the weekend was over and it is time to go back to work! Amazing how quickly that time goes, am I right? I hope you all have a fabulous week!

Linking up with Biana.

friday favorites

Friday Favorites

Favorite Song: Feeling a little nostalgic this Friday with the hot summer heat letting us know it is here to stay. When I think of summer music, I often think of the songs that were popular when I was in high school/college. Driving around in my bright red jeep with the windows down and not a care in the world. Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Sum 41….you get the picture. Let’s take it back today with some Sum 41!

Favorite Recipe: I shared my Chicken Black Bean Enchilada recipe on Wednesday. Still loving  it. Obviously!

Favorite Moments:

–Well, my un-favorite moment of the week was when I hopped in my car to leave for work on Tuesday and it wouldn’t start. But my favorite moment was my sister coming to my rescue with her jumper cables. We had to put my car in neutral and push it out of the garage. There may have been a few sparks when the jumper cables accidentally touched and lots of laughter between us for our shenanigans….but she did it! My car started right back up and she followed me to O’Reilly’s for a new battery. I took her out to lunch for steak sandwiches and cheese fries afterwards. I have the best sister. The best.


Favorite Lust: I need a pair of cute flat sandals. I love my wedges, but my legs are far too long to sit under my desk comfortably with them all day. I have my eyes on these in metallic and leopard.

Favorite Links: 

Audrey’s post on Looking for Hope really spoke to me, and because she had the comments off I couldn’t tell her that. I feel the same way about a lot of things she said. And in the wake of any tragedy when you see people coming together to give blood to complete strangers, or offering assistance or prayer….it reminds me that there is still some humanity left in this crazy messed up world.

–I just adored Father of the Bride. Well, the house is for sale!!! Who doesn’t want to slide down that banister? Or play basketball out back? Or blow-dry frozen flowerbeds?

–Signs that you were raised right.

Favorite Funnies:



Sometimes I think I should try to be more compassionate and understanding...and then you start talking...:


My workout is reading in bed until my arms hurt. unfortunately for my fitness level this is frequently true.:

Ahhhh... Now you can relate to humanity. And keep going lower to avoid disappointment.:



I couldn't resist! The only and only Lucille Ball!:

Linking up with Amanda. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there.