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I Have So Much To Be Thankful For

4.30.2014
I'm linking up with my gal pals Mia, Kristal, Katie and Carly for Thankful Thursday because I have SO much to be thankful for this week. I could almost write two blog posts, but I won't. I'll spare you with all my "mushy, gushy, the world is so wonderful" gushiness and simply share a few blessings on my heart.
Thankful Thursday
ONE
 
I would be lying if I said I didn't shed a few tears after reading all your sweet comments on Tuesday's post. I am beyond grateful for the encouragement and prayer I received. I'm always taken back by how uplifting this blogging world can be. Not to mention my phone blew up with a handful of family members reaching out to comfort me. I had no idea family even read my blog! I'm too blessed to be stressed y'all!

TWO

We are leaving for Panama, FL in 9 days with two of our best friends. #HALLELUJAH this girl needs a vacation! Although I'm terrified to put on a bikini... I've completely slacked on my #1800MinuteChallenge.

THREE

Speaking of #1800MinuteChallenge, I have started the Bikini Series by Tone It Up and I'm over-the-moon excited. I did it last year and quit halfway through, but not this time. Seriously. I love Karina and Katrina! I mean... lesbi-honest their bodies are incredible and they are beyond motivating! (Also, if you caught the Pitch Perfect reference we are now best friends.) Feel free to follow me on Instagram or Twitter for updates throughout the next 8 weeks.

FOUR

It's time for a new Monthly Focus! I am moving my link-up to this Monday the 5th because it sprang up on me out of nowhere. I mean holy May 1st!? So please join me in linking up come Monday morning and share what your goal or focus will be for the Month of May is. I can't wait to hear them! Find the deets here and see links to previous monthly focuses if you are at a loss for ideas. 

FIVE

My sister-in-laws. This is completely random, but lately both of my SIL's have been so uplifting and comforting. I'm so grateful The Lord has blessed me with amazing, Christian family members. I married into a family that brings me joy everyday. And my brother married a woman who fits in perfectly into our crazy little life. Being surrounded by caring and uplifting people makes all the difference in my daily attitude.

I hope you are having a wonderful week. It's almost Friday!

5 Minute Face // A Collaboration

4.29.2014

I am always on the go. My life is chaotic and I've learned to function that way. Obvi I don't want to go anywhere looking like a slob so finding ways to speed up the "waiting on a woman" process as hubs and Brad Paisley call it, has been more than necessary. There are few places I won't skimp out on such as my hair and outfit, but make-up? That I don't mind throwing together in a jiffy. Basically my 1-year-old niece could do my make-up better than I could.

Mia, being the make-up genius that she is (see here), could spend hours doing her make-up and simply throw her hair in a ponytail and feel satisfied. Isn't it funny how we ladies have our different quirks? See her hair post here for a good giggle and information on how she manages her beautiful locks.

When I asked Mia if she could put together a 5 minute make-up routine she quickly decided it would be a challenge she would accept. And she did it! Extremely well I might add. And then I thought is there anything this girl can't do? And then I drowned my sorrows in wine... kidding. #butamIreally?

MIA


Eye Products:

  Lorac Pro Palette, used Pewter & Lt. Bronze
Mac Liner in Teddy
L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara
Benefit Gimme Brow
Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

Face Products:

Studio Gear CC Cream
Covergirl 3-in-1 foundation (I bought the wrong shade, so I mix it with my CC Cream)
Wet n' Wild blush in Pearlescent Pink
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm in Berry Twist


NOW ME!



Face Products:


Revlon  Photoready foundation in 003 Shell
Almay Smart Shade finishing powder in 100 Light
e.l.f Blush in 31111 Tickled Pink
Brushes: Sonia Kashuk No. 4
e.l.f Powder Brush
e.l.f Total Face Brush


Eyes & Lips:
 

e.l.f palette
Maybelline Line Stiletto liquid eyeliner in K002 Blackest Black
L'oreal Butterfly Mascara in 867 Black
 Revlon Colorburst in 120 Vivacious
Tools: Eyelash curler
e.l.f defining and shadow brushes
eye crease blender
 
 
Quick Tips:

›› Mia ‹‹ Use time saver products: A CC or BB cream is an all in one product designed to moisturize, prime and conceal. I mix mine with a dab of foundation for a little extra coverage.

›› Mia ‹‹ A tinted brow gel is way faster than using a pencil and clear gel.
Use pigmented products: Using a product that has more color pigment will cut back time for sure. More pigment = less work.

›› Mia ‹‹ Don't skip your brows: Filling and shaping your brows will make a huge difference by framing your face. Benefit Gimmi Brow is my favorite, my brows are perfect in seconds.

›› Me ‹‹ If you only have time for three products use a liquid foundation to give you an even skin tone, mascara to give your eyes definition and use a bright lip color to catch the attention. 

Go get to know Mia a little better here and while you are at it go follow her on Bloglovin' // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Pinterest... whatever floats your boat! I'm quite fond of her and I know you will be too!

Do you have any tips for saving time on your make-up in the morning?

It's About To Get Real

4.28.2014
Every girl can dream, right?


 I don't think I'm ready to post about this, yet here I am. 

This conversation is something that makes me feel extremely vulnerable and that makes me nauseous.

Fact: I want to be a mom.
Fact: I've wanted to be a mom my whole life.
Fact: I like to be in control.
Fact: I can't control this one aspect of my life.
Fact: Since April of 2013 hubs and I stopped preventing.
Fact: A full year has gone by with no sign of Baby Mills.

I can't explain what it feels like. To go a year without conceiving when I see teenage girls left and right becoming pregnant like it's in the water they are drinking. Even though we haven't been "trying" we just haven't been preventing, I still feel very defensive when this conversation arises.

I struggle with two emotions.

Disappointment:
Why? Because I want immediate gratification like any other human being. I want things when I want them. I fight against my desire to control all aspects of my life. I worry that a year with no baby means something is wrong with me. Or Jon. I struggle with feeling disappointment in God that He knows we aren't ready for that phase of life yet. I wince when a friend or family member asks when they can be expecting a little one from us since we've been married two years in June. I studder when I admit, "All in His timing..." because I'm saying it, but the words aren't registering with my own brain.

But I also feel...

Hope: Because I know who is in control of my future. I know that He has the perfect timing and I praise Him for it! The fact that we haven't been "trying" gives me a sense of hope rather than feeling like something is wrong with either one of us. Knowing that when the day comes it will be completely up to The Lord and I can find rest in knowing it's His plan not my own. Joy in knowing as each month passes I have another month to be husband and wife. Hope that God knows we aren't ready yet, even though I could list every reason why I am.

For some reason I tend to become ashamed about how I feel. When anyone asks about us trying to conceive I tend to brush it off and joke pretending like it's a relief that we haven't had any kids yet and I'm not worried about it. But inside I'm dying. Every night I lay my head on my pillow and dream about seeing a positive symbol on a test or how we will tell our families the big news. Or watching my belly grow and seeing Jon prepare for the baby. It's a fantasy land for me, but also a huge insecurity that I hate to admit.

I guess the cats out of the bag now...

Blooper Reel ›› Take Two

4.27.2014
I'm the queen of bloopers. (See Blooper Reel Take One). There is not a single "fashion" post that goes by that I don't goof it up. I'm always surprised I end up with a few good pictures after a photo-shoot. Even though it's usually a 5 out of 55 ratio, I still call that a win! I am either completely not in the mood or I'm way too giggly because I feel too awkward to focus.

I also have way too many stipulations when it comes to taking pictures. 

›› One. It has to be a private place where no cars or people will travel by.
›› Two. It has to be warm.
›› Three. I have to like my scenery/surroundings.
›› Four. I must have a prop or I feel insecure. 
›› Five. I must be fed or I'll be a grouch.

Poor hubs. I don't know how or why he puts up with me.
This is what happens when we take pictures before lunch. Remember rule #5?
JON ›› "Maeg, I promise to tell you if a train is coming! Look at me!"
Must you capture the sneeze?
Is this how the models flip their hair and look sexy? #winning.
I think I'm allergic to hay. No seriously, I'm allergic to hay.
If we don't quit soon I will throw a tempter tantrum. Too late.
JON ›› "Maeg, focus!"
That's a cute face... said no one ever.
Smearing mascara and causing wrinkles may be a side effect of a photo-shoot.
What angle not to use.
Remember what I said about props... When in doubt steal the neighbors dog.
I am in the process of writing a fashion book so when I get that process wrapped up I will let you know.

Boy Are You In For A Treat!

4.24.2014
Commence happy dances for Friday! This week has flown past me like a blur. But I am beyond excited because my brother, sister-in-law and 1-year-old niece are coming in tomorrow to stay the weekend with us! They live 6 hours away so time with them is precious.
"I've got my eyes on you."
So while I'm off to scrub my house from top to bottom in a frenzy, why don't you spend some time entering this fabulous giveaway myself and 9 other beautiful ladies have made for you!


I can't tell you how many times my Nutribullet has come in handy for a quick meal. I'm not a breakfast eater and of course it has to be "the most important meal of the day". But I have found if I pre-cut fruit and kale and freeze it, it takes two minutes to throw it in the Nutribullet in the morning with some water or almond milk for a quick and healthy breakfast. Not to mention I've also used it to make hummus, salad dressings, milkshakes, etc.

This will come in handy right now considering bathing suit season is just around the corner. (I just threw up in my mouth.) And the options and recipes are endless.

I own the red one because all the accents in my kitchen are red. But I'm kind of digging the blue too!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. And of course, may the odds be ever in your favor...

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The Police Academy

4.23.2014
When I posted last week and mentioned that Pamela's husband was going through the same police academy that I went though, many of you emailed me with questions. It didn't hit me until then that I have never mentioned the fact that I went to B.L.E.T. on here. (Basic Law Enforcement Training). 

It's crazy that I've never talked about it because it was such a huge turning point in my life. Let me explain...
 
During the Summer of 2011 I started ride-alongs with the local police station in NC. I knew some of the officers so I enjoyed riding with them and getting in on the action.

This is where my heart fell in love with the job of a police officer. I couldn't get enough. Not to mention I know my home town like the back of my hand so I felt comfortable in the city (using that term lightly, Boone is no city). I decided quickly during that Summer I wanted to be a police officer and get a job at my hometown station.

Can you spot me?
 I joined the police academy in August of 2011. I completed 624 hours of training along with 4 other women and 15 boys err men I should say. It was 8am - 5pm every day of the week. PT in the mornings and class or hands on training the rest of the day. A lot of days were spent in the classroom taking tests or being taught by various officers who specialize in specific areas such as drugs, driving, self defense, shooting...

The fun days were spent on the gun range, on driving courses, beating each other up, in warehouses and various other courses where we would practice our skills.

I was gased. It was awful. The pain stayed with me the entire evening and the gas reactivated when I took a shower. I was never pepper sprayed or tazed. They save that for the department you hire on with. I was extremely grateful for this saving grace.

Weeks before graduating we had to complete a test called POPAT. This is what all of our PT led up to. Preparing us for this obstacle course that was one of the determining factors if we passed the academy or not. You had to run up and down 3 flights of stairs, push through a weighted door, crawl through a tunnel, do 20 push-ups and sit-ups, run 30 feet down and 30 feet back, do 20 more push-ups and sit-ups and then finish by dragging a "lifeless" body from the police vehicle 10 feet away and lay them down. All while wearing your bullet-proof vest and carrying your duty belt with your gun, baton, handcuffs and other gadgets. It was extremely tough, but so rewarding to complete! Not to mention I felt like a beast after.

Four months and 624 hours later on December 6th I received my certificate of completion and graduated with my classmates as the 73rd BLET class.
Giving our head captain his well deserved plaque
Our 2nd captain and one of my best friends from the class.
I had a hard time walking away from all of my classmates whom I had just spent so many tough hours of my life with. We bonded, connected and depended on each other after being pushed to our limits for 4 months. We have talked of having a reunion in the near future, but nothing in the works yet.


You are probably wondering, "Why aren't you a cop now?". Well, after I graduated I applied at my hometown police station. Where I could see myself staying for the years ahead. I didn't get the job right away. Lots of weeks went by because they were interviewing other officers.

Then something I didn't expect in "my 5 year plan" happened. Jon proposed to me on January 12th. Days later I got the phone call that I had been chosen for the job at my hometown station.

I declined.

A month before he proposed. Only 6 months into dating! #whenyaknowyaknow
Turning down that job was one of the hardest moments of my life, but The good Lord knew where I was meant to be. And I had faith that the path He was taking me on was something I wouldn't understand until later in life. I'm so grateful I'm a wife and business owner now instead of working around the clock in a dangerous job. Not to say I don't get envious when I see an officer on duty. I will always have a passion for the job, but I'm so grateful for the physical and mental strength I gained from being in the police acadamy. It changed me forever.

Oh and because of my CPR training I have saved one persons life since graduating, but that's a story for another day...


On My Birthday I Will...

4.22.2014
That's baby Maeg & her responsible momma in the middle giving her booze. Kidding, it's apple juice in a wine glass because I was classy like that.
I will share with you my age.... FINALLY! I'm 23 today :) Tricked you, huh? Don't worry. I'm pegged for 25-26 all.the.time. I blame it on my ridiculous amount of maturity...

I will cherish all the sweet things the hubs is doing for me.

I will eat Bovarian Torte for breakfast because I can.

I will pretend I'm the princess from Frozen and sing the tunes on repeat.

I will praise God for where I am at in my life at such a young age.

I will share my cute child self with you yet again in this post.
I will probably do the cupid shuffle at least once. 

I will soak up all the "Happy Birthdays" because I'm oh so grateful for the friendships and family in my life.

I will dream about what this next year has to hold for me.

I will take all day to decide where I want to eat tonight. Obvi there has to be margaritas!
I will take a picture like this when I am 26... because when I'm 26 I will still love all things gold and sparkly. I'm sure of it.

I will start planning how I can make Jon's birthday super special next month because he is totally killing it with mine.

And with that I am off to go celebrate my birthday. Let the continuation the birthday festivities begin or errrr keep going? PS. When you come back tomorrow there will be no more talk about birthdays. I promise!

Oh and wait. One more thing. On my birthday I will...

Give you $100 to Etsy so you can buy some adorable stuff to send me... I don't mind late gifts. Go meet some gorgeous ladies and enter to win.


Birthday Weekend Extravaganza

4.20.2014
I have an important message for you today.

Have a birthday weekend/week instead of just a birthday day. You feel so much more spoiled!

Friday

›› Off to get a mani & pedi! I can't tell you how long it's been since I've gotten one and it was absolutely perfect.

›› Afterwards I decided to rent a chick-flick (About Time, it was fabulous!). I came home, curled up on the couch with some vino and my pups then proceed to not move for hours to come. It was fabulous.
 
›› Later on Jon came home and surprised me by telling me to get ready for a date night. He swept me away to our favorite sushi place with the best martini's! I have such a catch.

Saturday

›› I slept in yet again. (Seriously I might could get used to that).

›› I spent the entire day redecorating, moving furtinture, DIYing, responding to the occasional email and cleaning up the house. This doesn't sound special, but to me just getting some quiet time to work around my house means the world to me. #itsthelittlethings.

›› Later in the evening Jon and I headed downtown for the classic car show, which only happens in the Summer. It's so quaint.

Sunday

›› Obvi we had a glorious Easter Sunday service where my heart was filled with joy.

›› After we headed to the lake for my birthday lunch. My mother-in-law goes all out in the food department and you will never hear me complain. She made her famous Bovarian Torte which is to die for.

 
And that concludes my birthday weekend extravaganza. Now comes birthday week ;-)
 
Getting older isn't all that bad.