Making Memories: 4 Ways to Prioritize What is Important to You

Every single day is a new opportunity to grow, learn new things, and improve how we feel about our lives and the situations we are in. Each day is a chance to prioritize the things that are really important to us. Although each day is completely different – some will be more productive than others and some days will be ones where you do not get anything done – each day nonetheless is still a chance to make lasting memories.

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Life is too short to go through each day, month, and year, and not have great memories with family and friends. It’s also too short to be unhappy. This is why I believe that it is truly important to focus on what is ultimately important to you, at the end of the day. Here are a few ways to prioritize what is important to you so that you can focus on being happy and making lasting memories:

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Find Out What’s Really Important To You

Being immersed in activities that do not add any value to your life can make you lose sight of what is really important, so sit down with no distractions and really think about what it is that you want out of life. Start by making a list of the things you enjoy. How can you do the things you love each and everyday? You could also make a list of things that you want to try. Maybe this is traveling to Greece with your family, skydiving, or something as simple as singing karaoke. No matter what it is, write it down and then make it happen. The only way that you are going to be happy, make lasting memories, and prioritize what is important to you is if you make time for the things that you want to do.

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Prioritize Yourself

A lot of the time, when we limit ourselves from doing the things that we love, we are the only ones holding ourselves back. Maybe you blame it on work, family problems, or household tasks, but when it comes down to it, you are the only person stopping yourself from being happy and making memories. To break free from this, you need to focus on your mental and physical health. Prioritizing this will make you a happier (and healthier) person, which will in turn, lead you to want to do things that are better for you. So, instead of sitting in front of the TV, maybe next time, you choose to go out to dinner with a friend! 

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Declutter

We have become a society that is so obsessed with things. Jewelry, clothes, cars, technology, STUFF. It’s time to say no to these unnecessary things and instead, start spending your money on things such as trips and experiences, that will create lasting memories. In order to do this, you have to start getting rid of your items that you do not need. Declutter your home and figure out what you do and do not need. With the things you don’t need, get rid of them! For example, if you have extra jewelry that is not benefitting your life at all, sell it to Chapes-JPL, the Nation’s premier jewelry lender. Chapes-JPL is not your typical pawn shop, though, so do not get confused. Unlike a typical pawn shop who lends at extremely high rates, Chapes-JPL provide asset loans on items such as jewelry, gold, diamonds, watches, and other assets, at a low rate and a fair value. They have been doing this for over 38 years and offer loans as low as $100 to 5 million dollars. Chapes-JPL operates out of private financial offices and only schedules private appointments for their clients, which makes your time doing business with them easy and very discreet.

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In addition to offering low-interest collateral loans, Chapes-JPL also buys your valuables from you, which is what you could do if you really do not need the item at all. Both ways selling, or getting a collateral loan in Atlanta are very fast and easy. Since Chapes-JPL buys your valuables, or offers loans strictly on collateral, they do not need to do credit checks, so it makes the process easy and quick for you

I can bet that you have many unnecessary valuables lying around your house that you do not even know about them. Get rid of them by selling them to Chapes-JPL or getting a collateral loan instead, in order to reduce your clutter, remove the stress from your life, and start focusing on making memories instead of keeping things that you do not need around your home.

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Put Down Your Technology

I understand wanting to take the best picture for the gram, but when you are behind a phone or a camera lens, you really are not making memories – you are just snapping pictures of other people making memories. Put down your technology and join the crowd. Immerse yourself in the culture of another town, learn about your friends and family, and laugh as much as you can.

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At the end of the day, happiness is what matters most and prioritizing what is important to you so that you are able to make lasting memories is what you are going to remember when you are grey and old.

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Field Frolicking and Planning for the Future

Savannah, Georgia Life and Style Blogger, Being Mrs. Fowler, Styles an Old Navy Floral Dress with a Shein Fur Blazer, while preparing for retirement with Benedetti, Gucer, and Associates, mom style, spring outfit, fall outfit, budget friendly

Whether your retirement is a couple of years or a couple of decades away, it is never too early, or too late, to start dreaming about and preparing for it. Traditionally, retirement planning has focused on saving money and building financial security. However, studies have found that having a vision for the future and planning for that vision are as important as money in achieving a fulfilling retirement experience.

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Retirement satisfaction is typically linked to several factors: having a clear vision of retirement goals, early financial planning, continued engagement, and activity throughout retirement, financial preparation and professional advice.

The importance of planning for a meaningful retirement has increased as life expectancy has improved. According to an Actuarial statistics study*, the baby boomer generation is expected to live longer than any previous generation. In fact, it is anticipated that over half of the people alive today will likely live to be 82 years or older. When you consider even further advancements in modern medicine that will affect Generation Xers and Millennials in their old age, it is likely that people will be living a lot longer than previously thought possible. Unlike their elders, many people can look forward to living for several decades – as opposed to several years – in retirement.  (*Source: Life Tables for the United States Social Security Area 1900-2100. Actuarial Study No. 116 by Felicitie C. Bell and Michael L. Miller.)

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Savannah, Georgia Life and Style Blogger, Being Mrs. Fowler, Styles an Old Navy Floral Dress with a Shein Fur Blazer, while preparing for retirement with Benedetti, Gucer, and Associates, mom style, spring outfit, fall outfit, budget friendly

While most people would agree that envisioning their retirement dreams is an important part of planning for the future, many of us may not know where to start or how to do it. One often overlooked suggestion involves writing down your vision for the ideal Retirement. It is based on the premise that those who write down their goals are much more likely to achieve them.

Written goals are much more concrete and tangible. In order to write them down, you are forced to think through the details. And, the simple act of writing down your goals adds a certain level of accountability. This is a technique that has been used by entrepreneurs from Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich) to Daymond John from NBC’s Shark Tank. Once your goals are on paper, they are out there for the world to see, and there is no going back.

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Savannah, Georgia Life and Style Blogger, Being Mrs. Fowler, Styles an Old Navy Floral Dress with a Shein Fur Blazer, while preparing for retirement with Benedetti, Gucer, and Associates, mom style, spring outfit, fall outfit, budget friendly

By answering thought-provoking questions about your individual vision and passions, you will uncover the attitudes, values and aspirations that drive your unique goals. This can help you develop a “retirement roadmap” in order to prepare both emotionally and financially for your future. During retirement, you can use these same questions to re-envision and re-evaluate your goals as you consider your experiences, challenges and worries as a retiree. The questions below can help you get clarity around your goals and dreams, and ultimately allow you to identify the necessary steps to get you there.

  • What do you look forward to doing in retirement? – Possibilities to explore include spending time with family and friends, going back to school, doing volunteer work, starting a new business, staying healthy and fit, and traveling.
  • Where do you dream of going? – Consider possible destinations and activities, how you would like to travel, how much traveling you would like to do and who you would like to travel with.
  • Where do you see yourself living? – Where you live significantly impacts your costs in retirement. Do you want to be part of a community? Do you want to try a new climate or lifestyle? Do you want to live in multiple locations? Consider whether you want to stay close to your current home, move closer to family, or relocate near activities you love.
  • How do you want to make your lasting mark? – Your legacy is what is important to you and what you want to pass on to others. Leaving a legacy can mean many things including passing on your assets, your values or the lessons you’ve learned. Consider what gives you a sense of satisfaction and how you can have a lasting impact.

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Savannah, Georgia Life and Style Blogger, Being Mrs. Fowler, Styles an Old Navy Floral Dress with a Shein Fur Blazer, while preparing for retirement with Benedetti, Gucer, and Associates, mom style, spring outfit, fall outfit, budget friendly

After you have explored your dreams for retirement, you will want to consider how to turn those dreams into reality. Working with a financial planner can help you with your retirement vision. Research has shown that people who seek help from an advisor are generally more positive in their outlook for retirement. Having a written financial plan is one of the likely reasons for this.

Fulfillment in retirement is not just about getting the money right; it’s about having a vision, remaining connected to community and living your dream. Consider working with the Atlanta Wealth Management Firm of Benedetti, Gucer & Associates. They can help you envision your retirement lifestyle and create a financial plan to attain that goal. 

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With all of that taken care of, you can do less worrying about the future and more frolicking through the fields. I don’t know about you, but I would choose field frolicking any day over worry!

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Outfit Details:

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Mom’s Day out at The Mothership: An Epic Morning at Target

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

What happens when you have 5 mothers, one of which is an amazing photographer, spend the morning at Target, completely child free?

You let loose, have fun, and create the most epic photo shoot!

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

It is no secret that Moms love Target. Who am I kidding? It’s not just Moms! Everyone loves Target! But seriously, every Mom that I know loves the store that is so often referred to as The Mothership. Those red shopping carts are a sign of love and passion. As soon as you walk in the door, that passion takes over, and just for an hour, sometimes two or three, you can escape all of your worries perusing the aisles of the most addictive store in the United States. With the smell of Starbucks in the air, you know that you are home, and soon enough your cart will be filled with shoes, clothes, and throw pillows that you didn’t realize just how much you needed in your life.

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

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Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

For me, I have my Target trips down to a science. I am immediately sucked in by The Dollar Spot and from there, it is all down hill, but in a good way. I can spend an hour going through $3 succulent planters and $1 stationary packs trying to find just the perfect piece for my home or desk. They also have great stuff for Vivi, most of which is usually $1, so I can keep her entertained while I shop. After The Dollar Spot, we make a quick stop at Starbucks for coffee and cake pops, and then we are ready to take on the store. I head straight to the clothes and spend a majority of my time looking through racks, taking mirror selfies and trying on items. I then hit the shoes and accessories, because I clearly need a complete outfit, and stock up on the cutest pieces. After that it is makeup and hair products (Can we say Kristen Ess?) and I finish up my trip with coffee mugs and groceries. I bribe Vivi with a quick trip down the Shopkins aisle and three hours, and $300 later, we are done!

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

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Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

That, however, is a typical Target trip. What happens when it is not so typical, kid-free, and you are accompanied by some of your best girl friends? You become a kid again and have the most epic Target trip you could ever imagine. Kicking back on all the plush chairs and throw pillows, taking selfies with all the coffee mugs, having conversation at the patio furniture, and trying on all of the clothes and shoes. Don’t forget to add in lots of wine, buggy rides, and an enormous amount of laughing, and you literally have the most perfect Target trip this Mom has ever had.

This trip is every Mom’s dream. Target is our playground and that is how it has earned the name The Mothership. It has everything we need and everything we didn’t know that we needed. A golden weenie dog tape dispenser? You totally need that! (And I actually have that!) An adorable pen mug with a face? How have you been living without it? Another graphic tee about guacamole? Get in my cart now! Target just gets women, and for that, it will forever hold a special place in my heart!

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

If you have not done it lately, I highly encourage you to go to Target with your girlfriends, completely kid-free, and just have fun! It was such an amazing day and was exactly what this tired Momma needed. Find your tribe and love them hard, especially when they are willing to act like fools with you at Target!

Meet my Mom Tribe and fellow Target lovin’ Mommas:

Julia of Glitter and Juls

Kailey of Little Miss Payne

Kate of Kate Laraine

Tori of Life After a Little

I hope you enjoyed this epic shoot as much as we did. Life is too short not to have fun every once and while, especially when that fun is at The Mothership. Here is to a morning with girlfriends, a Venti Starbucks, and a newly filled Dollar Spot!

Being Mrs. Fowler, joined 4 other Savannah Mom Bloggers, to create a fun-filled Target Photoshoot, in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, with Kate Laraine Photography behind the camera, capturing the perfect Mom's Day Out

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Photography courtesy of Kate Laraine Photography.

A Color Matching Experience with Distinctly You Image and Color Consulting

Through the world of blogging and social media, I have been privileged to meet and work with a lot of really wonderful people and local businesses. Last year, when I was hosting the “Fashion at your Pace” event with Pace Lighting, I was introduced to Victoria Baylor of Distinctly You: Image and Color Consulting. I am so happy that I had the chance to meet with her because she is a wonderful woman who is doing amazing things in our local community and beyond.

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As I mentioned, Victoria is the owner of Distinctly You: Image and Color Consulting. Through her business, she works with women and men teaching them about the importance of color and how to best dress your body in the workplace. A lot of people are clueless about what looks best on their body so Victoria works with them, teaching them to pick pieces that will accentuate their best features and really help them to stand out. Much of what she does is a custom color analysis. Through this service, Victoria goes through the different color palettes and works with you to determine what colors look best with your skin tone, eye color, and other features. I was privileged enough to meet with her and had her do a Custom Color Analysis on me.

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Throughout history, color has been used as a symbol for different things. When you think of the color red you probably think of love or passion. When you think of the color green, many people think of wealth or money. The question though is how do these colors affect people when they wear them. Unfortunately, not everyone can wear every color. I am sure you have realized by now but some colors probably look terrible on you. I know for me personally, I look awful in bright yellow. It washes me out and does nothing for my complexion. The same can be said for most “electric” colors. Neon pinks and greens do nothing for me so I have always tried to avoid those colors. While I knew those colors were not for me, I wanted to know if their were other colors that I should not be wearing. I also wanted to know what colors looked best on me.

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Through a sampling of meticulously made fabric swatches, Victoria and I were able to try a variety of colors with my skin tone. Using only a white sheet to cover my outfit and a face without makeup, Victoria and I went through all of the seasons of colors. It was honestly really difficult at first because, as boastful as it sounds, most colors looked good against my skin-tone. Of course those neon’s did nothing for me, but most of the other colors didn’t seem to cause any problems. We finally figured out that I could best be labeled as “Muted.” According to the International Image Institute in Toronto, Canada, “The muted palette is midway between Summer and Autumn, and has the colors that both palettes share. Although you are more neutral in your undertone, you may be slightly more warm or more cool, which will help indicate your “home” season. This will help to further define your palette.”

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It was such a great experience and, even though I have a love of clothes and fashion, I still learned a lot about myself and the colors that I should be wearing. It really helps me to hone my shopping, especially when I am looking for something specific, to find the perfect piece, best suited for my body in all ways.

I encourage you to check back later this week because Victoria well be back with a guest blog post, furthering explaining what she does and the services that she offers. If you are local to Savannah, I encourage that you check her out. She is truly wonderful woman that can help you a lot in the face of a wardrobe crisis!

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Spring has Sprung

I am loving that it is starting to warm up here in Georgia. We have had some exceptionally cold days and, while I do love the cold, too much starts to freeze my Southern blood. Here recently, on a very nice day, I was able to style some outfits for spring. It was so nice to be able to pull out my lighter layers and some of my favorite spring accessories.

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The first look features the cutest light-weight thermal from Tobi. To add a little extra style to the top, I left the two bottom buttons unbuttoned and added a knot. I love the added detail and it makes the top that much more special. The material is super light weight so I know that I will easily be able to style the top with white skinnies or a cute pair of shorts in the coming warmer months.

For this look, I opted for a great pair of destroyed denim. This pair runs large and long! They are absolutely amazing but I had to order one size down and order a short! That never happens with my long legs! I also added some super cute accessories that I plan on styling on season long. I cannot say enough about the earrings. They are even cuter in person and have some really amazing details. I have already worn the shoes more times than I care to admit. They are super comfortable and go with almost anything. The handbag doubles as a backpack so it is perfect for keeping my hands free to chase my super fast toddler.

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For my next look, I piled on all of the layers to create the cutest “weekend-ready” look! The star of this look is this super comfortable black shift dress from Tobi. The material is so soft and it has the best fit. I paired it with a great fitting chambray to give it a more casual look. I knotted the chambray for extra detail.

The accessories really stand out in this outfit as well. Instead of using a necklace or pair of earrings, I opted for a bandanna. This helped to up my casual vibe and really gave the outfit an unexpected look. I also love that the knot in the chambray mimics the knot in the bandanna. For shoes, I threw on my favorite tennis shoes, so I could really keep up with my active toddler. I swear, she runs faster that I do most days! To cover up my un-washed locks (#momlife) I decided to go with a hat. This one is so cute and has the perfect sized brim. It is great for everyday wear and beyond affordable. I finished the look with the cutest Kate Spade Camel bag and an adorable pair of heart-shaped sunnies!

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For my last look, I pulled out my absolute favorite spring shoes and handbag and decided to mix up the seasons. This Tobi bell-sleeve top has the best velvet detail down the side. It features a thick, black stripe, paired with a smaller blue stripe by the wrist. I really feel like it was an unexpected detail for the top and I love how well it paired with my spring accessories. But the details don’t stop there on the top! There is definitively a party in the back when you turn around and reveal a cute knot detail, that shows just a hint of skin. It is such a fun addition and will really help to carry this top over to the summer.

To add even more detail, these jeans have a great button fly. I actually did not own a pair of button-fly jeans so I am happy to now have a pair in my collection. I also added a great pair of monogrammed sunglasses and a fun pair of tassel earrings. There are so many great tassel earrings in stores right now and most of them are super affordable. I love that the statement earring trend is carrying over into the spring because it was my favorite trend from the fall and winter months!

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Hopefully all of these looks give you some inspiration for spring. I am definitely looking forward to the warmer months and cannot wait to put even more outfits together!

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Photography courtesy of Hilary Hull Photography.

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Book with Brooke: A Hair Transformation with Brooke Marie

Do you ever just reach the point with your hair that you know you desperately need a change? That was the point that I had reached.

While I loved my super blonde locks, my hair was growing out leaving me with unsightly roots. After weaning my daughter from nursing this past summer my hair was still falling out in clumps but I was also getting new growth from when I lost my hair after baby. The result was a thin, straggly (is that even a word) mess, with severely damaged ends, that had constant flyaways thanks to all of my baby hairs.

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I called up my good friend and hair stylist and, being the amazing woman that she is, she was able to squeeze me in the next night. I was thrilled!

I told her exactly what I wanted, showed her a few inspiration photos, and then we got to work.

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The first thing that Brooke did was darken up my roots. This was going to help keep my hair looking fresh as my hair continued to grow. It would give it a natural ombre and help prolong my visits to the salon. Then she added some gorgeous blonde highlights to brighten everything up and frame my face.

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Once she had finished the color, I had to sit under the dryer to speed up the coloring process. The drying room was the cutest little space. From the colorful rug to the art on the wall, it was the perfect place to enjoy your drying time. The art on the wall was actually painted by one of the hairstylists at the salon making them that much more special. After the drying was finished, it was time for toner and good wash!

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Then it was time for the fun part! With a quick snip, a chunk of my hair was gone. It was fun, freeing and instantly made me feel so much better. She shaped it up, blew it dry and gave me some loose, wavy curls. The result was amazing and I was thrilled with the results.

If you are local to Savannah, I encourage you to “Book with Brooke.” She is located at The Salon at McCall Plaza in Rincon, GA. She is also available for weddings, proms or any other event that you may need!

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Let me know what you think of my results! You know that I always love to hear from you!

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20 Random Facts About Me!

When it comes to blogging, this was a crazy month for me!

While 5 DIY costumes was a lot of fun, it was a huge undertaking and I am beyond proud of myself that I was able to get it all accomplished. Add into that the fact that I decorated my trunk for two Trunk-or-Treats, dressed up like Elsa, with complete hair and makeup, for both events, and still did my normal job and responsibilities, I felt like Super Mom! I figured with all of that, I deserved a fun break. With that being said, I present to you, 20 Random Facts About Me! Enjoy!

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1. I am Starbucks obsessed. If I had to choose between and actual meal and Starbucks, I would, hands down, pick Starbucks every time.

2. Growing up in a small county, I have a group of friends that I have known almost my entire life. I would consistently be in the same classes with them so we literally grew up together. It is nice because it is fun to catch up when we see each other now and look at how far we have come

3. The wrinkles of my left thumb make a smiley face.

4. I was very active in pageants when I was in high school. Growing up in the South, you are constantly given opportunities to compete in them. I loved it but, I would never force Vivi to be in one. I will wait until she is old enough to ask.

5. Speaking of being old enough to ask, my husband and I made the decision to not pierce Vivi’s ears. We wanted her to be able to decide for herself if that was something she wanted. If she asks one day, then we will take her.

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6. I love any and all Reese Witherspoon movies. She is a Southern Girl, just like me, so I feel drawn to her bright smile, blonde locks and bubbly personality. I also love that she still says “Y’all!”

7. I am a HUGE horror movie buff. A few years ago, Bravo released a list called Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments and 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments. I made it a point to own every single movie on the list. I have quite the collection when it comes to scary movie marathons on Halloween!

8. I can probably recite all of the words to the movie Spice World. When watching, my sister and I use to act out all the lines. I was always Baby Spice.

9. I actually have my own etsy shop! I make and sell Kawaii and Kitsch jewelry. I have not been as active lately but I actually enjoy making all of the pieces. Hopefully one day soon, I can update and revamp! Check it out at Meg-E-Mays on Etsy!

10. I probably only wash my hair once a week. My hair does better when I go longer between washes. Luckily, a thing like dry shampoo exists so no one ever knows!

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11. The month that I started my blog I found out that I was pregnant with Vivi. While I had every intention of posting about fashion, “bumpdates” took over the blog. I love looking back at those original post and seeing how far I have come in my journey as both a Mom and a blogger.

12. I first met my husband when I was asked to tutor him in High School. He was a Junior and I was a Freshman. He needed help in Geometry. I helped to bring his failing grade up to an A! When didn’t start dating till almost ten years later when we reconnected on Facebook.

13. I have actually been married once before. I don’t talk about it much but, through that period of my life, I learned so much about who I was as a person, who I wanted to be, and what I wanted for my life. While it was not always happy memories, I am grateful for that period of my life because it helped to mold me into who I am today. Everything truly does happen for a reason.

14. I am a huge Potter head! I did not start reading the books until the fall of 2007 so I was able to read every book in order without having to wait for the next one. I started reading them while I was going through my divorce with my first husband. It was a dark time in my life and those books helped me to escape. They offered me a reality that I was able to escape to, if only for a brief time. In a way, they saved me. I owe them so much and will forever count them as my favorites.

15. I was actually a Nursing major before I was an Education major. I had finished all of my Core classes and was about half-way through the Nursing program. I hated it though, and would hide in the bathroom during my clinicals at the hospital. I figured that was a good sign that I needed to make a change.

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16. When I first started dating my husband, I told him that me and my dog Millie were a package deal. Good thing he accepted that deal!

17. I try to eat Vegan a majority of the time. I do still have cheat meals, but I feel so much better when I stick to the Vegan diet.

18. I have four tattoos. One on my ribs, one on my wrist, one on my collarbone and one on my hand. The one on my hand I got with my sister. She has the same thing on the opposite hand.

19. I have had my nose, belly button and tragus pierced but, over time, I took them out and they have all closed back up.

20. And finally, I have taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. I have to say that my favorite is Kindergarten. I love the littles and their excitement for life. It makes my job so much more rewarding!

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And that’s it! Any thing else that you would like to know? Just ask! I love hearing from you!

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Shirt | Jeans | Slides | Bag | Sunglasses | Necklace 1 | Necklace 2 | Watch | Quilt

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