Giveaway with Pen & Peplum

bday-giveaway-2014-R3 Hello there friends! Today I’m bringing you something super exciting! The talented Miranti from Pen & Peplum is celebrating her birthday this week, so to honor this awesome lady, a group of us has teamed up to bring one lucky reader the chance to win a Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch Tablet! So cool, right?! I’ve been looking to purchase one of these for awhile now, and then one day an email from Miranti landed in my inbox sharing this giveaway idea. Needless to say, I’ve been patiently awaiting this week so that this giveaway could get started!

So here we go! Giveaway details are as follows. The giveaway will run for two weeks, ending at midnight on August 12, 2014 (AEST). To enter, use the widget below. Once you submit your first entry, many more will pop up. You can choose to enter one or all, but the more entries, the better your chances of winning. When the giveaway ends, a winner will be chosen at random and contacted by Miranti. Lastly, the giveaway is open to international readers. Yay!

Good luck, my friends! What better way to start off the week than with an awesome giveaway! And please, head over to wish Miranti the happiest of birthdays. Oh, and go give these beautiful people a nice big hello, too!


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My Style: Summer Professional

DSC_1843 DSC_1842 DSC_1844 DSC_1860 DSC_1851 DSC_1861 DSC_1858 DSC_1846 Hi there, my friends! I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful summer week. I want to extend a very big thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the birthday wishes I received, whether via comments on the blog, messages on Facebook, Twitter shout-outs, Instagram notes and even emails. Sometimes I’m just completely awestruck at how truly amazing, tight-knit and caring this blogging community is, and this was one of those times. So you guys rock!

My birthday was wonderful, and I’ll write up a post soon. For today, I’m leaving you with my very first outfit post! Phew! I’m a bit nervous with this one, I’ll admit. While I feel very at home behind the camera, stepping out in front of it for the sole purpose of modeling is a very different story. I’m great at candid shots of myself or photos with another person, but when I’m smiling or walking or posing just to get a good shot of myself, I find I’m definitely outside of my comfort zone. But where can you go in life if you stay inside the box all the time? Stepping beyond the boundaries is good for the soul, and because I have gotten inquiries from readers about my outfits, I thought a My Style series may be a good place to start.

I wore this outfit last week to a big meeting Hobson and I had to attend. While I can’t divulge any other details now (annoying and vague, I know!), I will say this meeting was an exciting step for us. On this particular day, it was typical New England summer weather, hot and humid. So white pants paired with this flowy, lightweight and sleeveless blouse was the perfect option to stay cool while looking somewhat professional.

In the spirit of full disclosure, in no way do I consider myself a style or fashion expert (or beauty expert, for that matter… I mean, look at that seriously frizzy hair!). This series will merely be what I love to wear, why I wear it and options for you all to purchase if you see something you like.

Happy Thursday! I hope you step outside of your comfort zone today.

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Today, I turn twenty-four. While I know I’m still a youngin’ to many, this year more any before has been a wake-up call. This year, I actually feel older, physically, mentally, emotionally. I cannot put my finger on one reason in particular, for there are probably many. Maybe it’s because my mom got married at twenty-four, or maybe because next year is the big two five, also known as a quarter century. Hellllo what? Although a year away, I can already feel that number being hard to swallow.

This stage of life is exciting and riveting and unique. While I’m very much over the shock of the real world, I’m not old enough to be sick of it yet either. Though there are certainly moments where I wish I could curl up in a ball and go back to being ten with not a care in the world, I’m truly in love with the way life has unfolded for me. I actually think I would be content with being twenty-four forever. While I look forward to the months and years ahead and changes that come with them, I’m soaking in this moment, this transition from twenty-three to twenty-four.

As the years pass, I discover more and more things to be grateful for. I’ve learned to appreciate the simple things in ways that I never thought I could. I’m grateful for those moments, the simple, quiet ones. I’m grateful for the family I was born into and the family I have made, the friends who have become family, the opportunities I’ve been given and this beautiful world I’ve been fortunate to see so much of. Instead of craving more out of life, today and tomorrow and the rest of this year, I’m going to savor it.

Twenty-three was a good year with so many beautiful moments that this blog will remind me of years down the road. But twenty-four will be good. Now, more than ever, I realize just how much the power is in my hands to make this year one to remember.

Some favorite memories from this past year! Our Days In Raleigh | Father’s Day Weekend on Block Island | A Spring Day Walk | Meet Zooey | A Note To Our Little Home | The Next Step & A Few Thank Yous | Men Cook Too Now In Stores | What Is Love? | A Short Film, Vermont Style