current crush~midweek edition & a discount

i usually run my current crush posts on fridays but since blogging with any scheduling regularity has flown right out the window i figured tuesday was just as good a day as any. and you all already know i don’t always follow the rules! ha!

i love photographing product. product sits still & obeys me. i don’t get sweaty and rip my jeans while photographing product. and when i’m done i usually get to play with said product. this last batch of goodness from carol & company literally had me swooning.

for starters i needed a new phone case. i’m sorta picky about phone cases and love that this one feels nice in my hand & shows the gold color of my phone. that may sound sorta picky, we are only talking about a phone case for crying out loud, but let’s face it, that baby is almost always in my hand. so looking nice & feeling nice are definitely a perk for me.

despite my love & possible addiction to my phone, i hope our generation can keep the art of handwritten notes & journals alive & well. i’ve always had a special love of beautiful stationary & cards. did i tell you i used to own a gift shop? handwritten notes are truly an art & a little bit of a labor of love. we all get so tickled when something beautiful arrives in the mail. when we feel loved & appreciated because someone took the time to go to the store/pick out a card or piece of stationary/ go home & write some love / & then stick a stamp on it. the colors of this entire latest release from rifle & co are just lovely and so very cheerful.

hello darling? how cute is that? check out many other beautiful card options

ps. because i know you’ll ask, my glasses are from warby parker. i grabbed them a couple years ago and am thoroughly pleased. madison has a couple pairs & just invested in the sunnies. not available on carol & co…just a psa for ya!

carol & co also has some great functional pieces for your desk as well. cutie pie note pad from sugarboo available here.

market list pad found here.

beautiful recipe box & cards found here.

& don’t think it’s lost on my that my phone, phone case, journal & my keyboard all match. give it up for a little compulsive styling

& last but not least, a super fun new line for all of who love our furry friends~ harry barker! brinkley tested & approved. insert tender heart emoji here. #rememberingbrinkley

carol & co has graciously offered my readers a 15% discount off the ENTIRE SITE for one week!! use code PAIGE15


September 1, 2015 - 8:42 am

Mimi - So cute! I love the phone case — checking it out! Thanks!

September 1, 2015 - 9:18 am

texasaggiemom - I just wanted to say thank you for your blog. I love the decorating tips, your crushes, your photography and your heart. Your holiday tour has been on my fave pin board forever and I finally took the plunge to simplify our living room with a lot of white paint and a lot of love. Thank you again for the inspiration.

September 1, 2015 - 10:35 am

Stacey - Love it all!

September 1, 2015 - 12:39 pm

chrissi - paige, i want to thank you for recommending warby parker a few years ago. we switched all of our glass needs to them and they are just the best. love the quality and the attention to detail. even the cute sunnies with no script are great. thanks again♥

September 1, 2015 - 1:11 pm

Sasha - I laughed when you said blogging with regularity has flown out the window. THat is my LIFE!!! I tell ya. It’s nutso-city. I always think when I get to some new stage it will change but it’s gotten worse not better so apparently that’s why they came up with Instagram!!! Ha!

This is ton of goodness and your photos always amaze. I am crazy behind on your blog so off to catch up!

September 1, 2015 - 4:14 pm

Beth - Now, will you please share the whole pumpkin bread recipe? 😉

to love well

i’ve heard it said that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. last night while i was reading a simple social media post from my emi was such a moment for me.

the last several days have been ridiculously full of a lot of much. a lot of much and all at once. isn’t that often times how life is? i say all this at the risk of being dramatic- of course.

my baby went off  to college. i’m sure she loves being referred to as the baby. she’s not the youngest but in the arena of birth order & the age between she and the youngest emi really is the baby of the family. anyways. she rushed (pledged AXO!! an awesome story for another day), began college for crying out loud & mastered her first load of laundry. and she survived a car wreck sunday- a back tire came off her car while she was driving on the highway in alabama-she was undoubtedly protected by angels. honestly i have been trying to wrap my mind around the magnitude of that alone.  yet day after day, text after text, level headed responses after level headed responses to life… i’ve thought WHO IS THIS CHILD? no hysterical phone calls. no grumpy ugly responses. just a well adjusted, ready to take on her new life & all the crazy opportunities that come her way.

i’ve been blown. away. impressed.

blown away.

not blown away like i’m surprised, just blown away HAPPY for my happy girl.

so back to last night. dan & i were wearily climbing into bed-think puppy fostering weary..story later… & i wanted to check her instagram account…and i found this…

little wooden art that i gifted her for her birthday last week on her futon in her dorm room & the following words~

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these past two weeks have been some of the most stressful weeks, trying to do everything, but also not trying to burn myself out.

however, I have been surrounded by so much love and encouragement.

I have been reminded of so many important truths…..

to be a leader, it’s okay to not be perfect,

to be vulnerable, to love others well,

but most importantly I have been reminded that “I am loved”.

I am loved always.

I have seen what love really means in the simplest of ways.

I am thankful to be loved by such fruitful and faithful friends that push me to be my best.

I am loved by mentors who see strengths in me that I hadn’t seen for a long time,

and want a life lived to the fullest for me.

but, most importantly- I have seen the love by a God who’s love is unconditional.

I am so blessed to already be surrounded by girls who have poured into me so much

and have taught me what genuine love is.

after all…

to love well, is to know what real love is.



and so i laid my head down & closed my eyes and thought all the much that’s been going on…the move, the new school, the new friends, the car wreck where i know her life was spared, and through it all she feels loved. she knows she’s loved. and she clings to the unconditional love of jesus. what more could i possibly ever ask for?

you are indeed loved sweet emi. you are loved so very much & so much more than you’ll ever know.

you are loved & you love well. so very very well.

now… get to class & don’t stay out too late tonight 😉

i love you. mama

August 27, 2015 - 10:36 am

Bobbi Everett - I love, love to read your blogs. Sweet “emi” indeed. A week or two filled with happenings. My life is always ten times more than I can handle it seems and then I wake up the next day and still am ready for everything that will happen again. It is just life and to read about yours being so normal and that you put that in writing is always inspiring. Your family looks “picture” perfect!! I love how you share that it is so normal.

August 27, 2015 - 11:54 am

beth - what a well adjusted, level headed and sweet young lady you have raised. Job well done Momma and daddy!

August 27, 2015 - 1:24 pm

chrissi - if only all of humanity knew the love that your sweet emi knows so well. imagine♥

August 27, 2015 - 2:11 pm

Becky - Good kids come from good parents. Congratulations and enjoy every minute of the next stage of her life.

August 27, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Lisa Mothersead - A daughter is life’s great blessing. Sweet.

August 27, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Beth - Alpha Chi! Yay!!! They and she will be blessed! Beautifully written Instagram post!