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Hello, 2018


In the past, it was rarely a struggle for me. Then, 2017 happened and this girl lost her voice. It was still there, buried somewhere in my head wanting to get out, but somehow felt blocked and stifled. I had so many things going outside of blogging this past year that I had to put it in the backseat for my own sanity at times.

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Dress: Vintage {read my post all about vintage shopping here!} // Jacket: Vintage {similar at Forever 21 under $50!} // Boots: Who What Wear Collection “Keisa” Boots, $38 // Clutch: Everlane Fold Over {similar under $40 at Nordstrom!} // Sunglasses: Foster Grant {similar at Amazon under $10!}

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In the past, when things would happen to me, whether they were positive or negative, I would immediately want to start writing. But this past year has been tough in a way I didn’t expect. Our new house brought so many emotions: elation, joy, excitement. Then, it brought fear, dread, and for a fleeting moment, even regret.

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A Very Midcentury Christmas + Easy Hostess Gift Ideas

It’s our first holiday season in our new {old} house, and while I was excited to decorate for Christmas, it came with a little hesitation. After all, we are still working on furnishing our home, so the idea of finding Christmas decor that would work for a house-in-transition was a bit intimidating.

Disclosure: Thanks to Value Village and Bartell Drugs for providing gift cards to use to create this post. All opinions are my own!

A Very Mid Century Christmas

Fortunately, I have a lifetime to decide on exactly what decor we do or don’t need, so this year I took it easy on the decor and tried to keep the pressure for finding the “perfect” things low. Call our house decor minimalist or maybe just a touch of festive cheer. Either way, I’m pleased with the small Christmas touches I made throughout the house. And if you’re like me and feeling overwhelmed with the idea of decorating a new-to-you house for Christmas, don’t worry. It will come together!
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His & Hers for the Holidays

Well, whether you like it or not, the holidays are in full swing. It seems like just yesterday it was Halloween and I was scrambling around to get our house in the spirit for that holiday. And just like that, I’m doing about the same for Christmas. Whoops. One day I’ll stop being such a procrastinator and have things together. Maybe. Anyone else seem to have this problem?!

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To celebrate the holiday season, Dave and I spent most of our Saturday out shopping to fulfill wishes for names we pulled from a giving tree for a local charity. We started this tradition last year, where instead of shopping for each other, we shop for families in need. It’s way more fun to shop for presents for kids anyway, and often we find that if there’s something either of us wants or needs, we usually buy it for ourselves or each other. Plus, we hope it brings some relief to some parents out there, and smiles for their children.

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Don’t Forget to Pack These for Your Next Adventure

Is there anything more enjoyable than an adventure? Whether you’re traveling to a new place, or just exploring your own neighborhood, there’s nothing like getting lost and taking in the world around you. Take my neighborhood, for example. With the changing seasons, I’ve been enjoying getting outside more often, taking Rigby for a walk, enjoying the crisp leaves beneath my feet, and taking in what little sunny days we have left.

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Recently our adventure landed us on the other side of the country, too. While Virginia was not a destination I had on my list or even on my radar, we have friends who recently moved there with their baby whom we hadn’t met. The opportunity to visit presented itself, so we thought why not?! Of course, then the extensive planning and research began… just a few days before we left. Nothing like a last minute trip to shake things up!

And of course, the packing. One thing I did know to bring? My trusty snack bars from goodnessKNOWS. They come in a variety of yummy flavors (my favorites are strawberry & peanut and blueberry & almond), and I love that there are four squares to a bar for easy sharing. If you’d like to try them too, use code 25HELLORIGBY at checkout on Amazon to save 25%!

What to Pack for a Trip

Otherwise, packing is always the toughest for me since I never know when I’ve packed too many outfits, or am being a bit ridiculous with the camera gear. For this trip, I planned complete outfits ahead of time and kept the equipment to a usable minimum. Curious what I brought with me on our most recent adventure? Read on to find out!
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Getting Over Writer’s Block

Do you ever have those times in life where you’re feeling like you have plenty of ideas, but when you try to put the proverbial pen to paper nothing comes out? After blogging for 3 almost 4 years now, I feel like I’ve hit my first big case of writer’s block, and the struggle to get through it and back to writing daily has been real.

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Why does writer’s block hit when it seems like everything should flow easily? We’ve had plenty of things change in our lives this year (well, our living situation mostly. Hello, home ownership!) that should give me plenty of blog fodder. I have folders on my computer brimming with photos to share. But when I sit down to write, it’s like all the creative ideas that came to me in the shower vanish and I’m left struggling with the words that used to come so easily to me.

Overcoming Writer’s Block

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So, here’s me sitting down, putting keys to my WordPress Editor with the hope of me working through this small blip of a lack of creativity in my blogging career. While writer’s block may not be the end of the world, it certainly does feel like a struggle, and one that I need to work my way through.
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