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Spring Style: Tops + Tees

  No. 1,     No. 2,     No. 3,     No. 4,     No. 5,     No. 6,     No. 7,     No. 8,     No. 9 When I looked through the styles of tops I tend to ...
10-04-2021 21:48

Fun Nail Colors

From left: Essie Gel Couture Sizzling Hot, Londontown Lakur Weekend Cheers, OPI Cajun Shrimp, Olive & June XOXO, OPI Strawberry Margarita For the vas...
08-04-2021 21:50

Feeling Thankful

Maybe it’s our upcoming wedding anniversary, or maybe it’s just this particular season of our life right now, but I’m just feeling extra thankf...
05-04-2021 21:54

Spring Style: Shoes

I’m admittedly not much of a shoe girl. I’ve always preferred simple, neutral shoes that complete an outfit without being the star of the show, y...
23-03-2021 22:21

Athletic Favorites

When it comes to working out, I generally keep my outfits pretty simple. I work out alone, mostly in my office on our 3rd floor, and I just really nee...
20-03-2021 21:48

Behind the Screens: Influencer Business Part 2

The question that I’m asked over and over and over again is “how do you make money"” and also “how much money do you make"”. This Influencer...
18-03-2021 22:23

Spring Style: Bottoms

No. 1,    No. 2,    No. 3,    No. 4,    No. 5,    No. 6,    No. 7,    No. 8,    No. 9. I’m currently exploring some slightly wider leg options for...
12-03-2021 21:50

Spring Style: Outerwear

I’ve always loved the option of having a few lightweight layers to choose from when I’m getting dressed for the day. Part of that comes from the ...
03-03-2021 21:43

Behind the Screens: Influencer Business

If I could choose a term to describe my job it would be “digital content creator”. It’s clear, informative, and it explains exactly what I do. S...
01-03-2021 21:44

A Favorite Part of my Home

I’ve been using the Aera Smart Home Diffuser in my house for years! It’s one of my favorite discoveries and I love it so much that I’ve already...
24-02-2021 21:45

Fresh Home Decor

One.    Two.    Three.    Four.    Five.    Six.    Seven (similar).    Eight.    Nine.    Ten.    Eleven.    Twelve.    Thirteen (similar).    Fourt...
23-02-2021 21:45

Homeschool Update: How it’s Going

I shared a post last year about our homeschool space since we opted to homeschool Luke for this current academic year. There were a number of factors...
08-02-2021 21:44

A Few Great Books I’ve Read

  One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love, by Dr. John Perkins : I read through this book over the summer in 2020 and spent time dis...
01-02-2021 21:48

My Simple Process for Organizing

similar rocking chair, jeans, similar top No matter which area of my house I’m organizing, I follow the same routine when it comes time to deciding...
27-01-2021 21:49

link + loves

tee (similar and currently $16.50!), jeans, booties We have made it to Friday and I’m looking forward to the glass of wine I have coming my way thi...
22-01-2021 21:47

Giving Back: My Cause for the Year

When I was able to monetize this website back in 2011, I was thrilled to be able to sign up to sponsor a child through Compassion International due t...
13-01-2021 21:47

My Weekly Routine

While it feels like every week requires some kind of shift, or adjustment, in the schedule, this is a general “birds-eye view” of my week: M o n ...
11-01-2021 21:47

A Few Favorite Vegetable Toppings + Recipes

Are you trying to eat a bit healthier in the new year" If you want to spice up your vegetables a bit, here are a few recipes I’d recommend, or just...
05-01-2021 21:45

My Peloton Posts Recap

I’m coming up on my one year anniversary of owning the Peloton bike and thought I’d share a round-up of other posts I’ve written about it. I’...
29-12-2020 21:46

Your Favorite Items from 2020

I am truly fascinated to see what you respond to when I share links to things, and the few times that I share some behind-the-“screens” statistics...
28-12-2020 21:46

End of Year Reflection with Justin

I’ve shared a bit on Instagram about the end-of-year discussion that Justin and I have but I’ve never typed up anything formal about it because w...
19-12-2020 21:47

Beauty Stocking Stuffers $25 and Under!

1. Laneige Lip Daydreams Set     2. Voluspa Macaron Candle Trio Set     3. Tatcha Dewy Skin Duo     4. Laneige Limited Edition Lip Sleeping Mask     ...
14-12-2020 21:47

Festive Cocktails and Mocktails!

Sometimes you just need to make your own fun, and making your own festive cocktail at home is one way to do that since going out to dinner or drink i...
12-12-2020 21:50

Christmas Village

My mom has given me a new building to my Christmas Village every year for Christmas for the past 10 years or so. The brand is Department 56, and itâ€...
09-12-2020 21:49

How I Handle Cold Sores with Abreva

This post is sponsored by Abreva. I still remember a poignant moment of embarrassment that I felt about a cold sore from over 11 years ago. I had a ve...
06-12-2020 21:43

Food Gifts to Ship or Make & Deliver locally!

In a time where eating out at restaurants has been limited, giving the gift of special food you can enjoy at home is kind of the best option. I round...
04-12-2020 21:44

Holiday Gifts Under $25!

1. Cheese Knives     2. Golden Coast Reed Diffuser     13. Copper Mug     14. Delicate Stacking Ring Set     15. Velvet Pom Pom Slippers     16.  Hol...
02-12-2020 21:46

My go-to Weekend, Date Night, and Weekday Outfits

Spoiler Alert: It’s just a different combination of jeans + a top from Nordstrom!  When it comes to the weekend, distressed jeans and a basic lightw...
28-11-2020 21:43

Holiday Gifts from Small Businesses

More than ever it’s important to support small businesses, and it didn’t take me long to find some incredible products from artisans and creatives...
28-11-2020 21:43

Hair Tools under $100

One.     Two.     Three.     Four.     Five.     Six. A few of the tools on this list are some of my FIRST hair tools! When I went to beauty school, ...
24-11-2020 21:43

Madewell Favorites

One of my favorite brands of all time, Madewell, has started their Black Friday promo early! I rounded up a handful of my favorite things from the bra...
21-11-2020 21:45

Gear + other Favorites that I use on my Peloton Bike

The end of December will be my 1 year anniversary of owning my Peloton bike. It’s been a long journey to get to the point of really, truly loving t...
17-11-2020 21:46

Holiday Gift Guide for Him!

1. Apple AirPods Pro     2. Medipop Starkey Protective Keychain     3. Vice Golf Gloves     4. Vice Pro Golf Balls     5. Jack Black’s It’s the B...
16-11-2020 21:46

Holiday Gift Guide for Home + Host!

1. Temperature Control Smart Mug     2. Travel Scrabble Game     3. Stainless Steel Manual Coffee Grinder     4. Ring Video Doorbell Pro     5. Aera ...
13-11-2020 21:46

Holiday Gift Guide for Her!

1. gorjana Parker Necklace     2. Acrylic Bead Stackable Bracelet     3. Delicate Monogram Necklace     4. Leather Coin Pouch     5. Zoe Chicco 14K F...
13-11-2020 21:46

Holiday Gift Guide for Anyone!

1. Ooni Coda Pizza Oven     2. Progressive ProKeeper + 9-Piece Bakers Set     3. Monogram Keychain     4. USB Candle Lighter     5. Organic Cocktail ...
12-11-2020 22:37

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids!

1. Motorola T260 Talkabout Radio     2. Digital Electronic Ferris Wheel Duck Shoot     3. Richard Scarry’s A Day at the Fire Station     4. Flybar ...
09-11-2020 21:48

I got the Opal Nugget Ice Maker and Here are My Thoughts

The truth is, I’ve contemplated getting this ice maker for YEARS. But there were a handful of things holding me back from purchasing it, and one o...
09-11-2020 21:48

The Screened in Porch Refresh

I know it’s November, but we still have plenty of mild days ahead to enjoy our screened in porch, especially with the updated furniture we just adde...
05-11-2020 21:49

Sephora Holiday Savings Event Info + Product Recommendations

I’m happiest with arms full of beauty products. I posted a “question box” on Instagram Stories recently and one of the most common replies when...
30-10-2020 21:47

My Favorite Movies

After talking about my favorite movies for years, I thought it was time to share an updated “Favorite Movies” list here on the blog. I will fully...
19-10-2020 21:54

My Most Used Home Items

This photo is from the kitchen tour post + video, you can click here to check it out! There are certain things that I use over and over again in the ...
13-10-2020 21:51

DIY Lash Extensions : my thoughts and experience!

(wearing Lashify lashes in “C” Curl size 12) Overall I found Lashify extremely easy to apply, and profoundly comfortable to wear. They were more ...
29-09-2020 21:48

My Favorite Shoes + Booties Right Now

I would never call myself a “shoe” person. They don’t excite me like, say, lipstick or a new handbag does, so I look for comfort, classic style...
11-09-2020 21:44

Button-less Pants for Fall

I lived in pull-on shorts in the summer, and I plan to continue that trend right into the fall. One.  Two.  Three.  ...
10-09-2020 21:48

What is Your Personal Style"

Would you be able to answer this question" Without a doubt, different seasons of our life mandate a different wardrobe. When I worked behind the chai...
09-09-2020 21:44

Book Recap: One Blood, Parting Words to the Church on Race a

Today, I want to share a bit about a book I read this summer. This isn’t going to be a deep dive into a full review, as there are much more qualifi...
03-09-2020 21:45

How to Look your Best on a Zoom Call

It looks like video calls aren’t going anywhere, so find the best tripods, lighting, and practice these few makeup tips to look your best! Tripods...
02-09-2020 22:14

Layering Jewelry

One.   Two.   Three.   Four.   Five.   Six.   Seven.   Eight.   Nine.   Ten.   Eleven.   Twelve.   Thirteen.   Fourteen.   Fifteen.   Sixteen.   Seve...
24-08-2020 21:47

Kate’s Lasagna

The first time I shared my lasagna recipe in 2012, the recipe was mixed with relatively tragic photos and a step was left out! Despite that, so many ...
19-08-2020 21:46

Our Creative Corner/Homeschool Space

One of Luke’s favorite parts of preschool was called “creative corner”. It was a chance for the kids to work at a desk and create whatever they...
17-08-2020 21:43

How Justin and I Prep for Important Discussions

I shared in this post that Justin and I have a routine of taking some time at the beginning of every calendar year to set some goals for the new year...
12-08-2020 21:45

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks!

It’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale time and I’ve rounded up a handful of items that either have caught my eye, or that I already own and would highly...
07-08-2020 21:42

Craft Area/Homeschool Space Inspiration

If you have school-aged children, I imagine that you’ve been struggling with the decision of how to navigate their education during this pandemic. E...
06-08-2020 21:42


I’ve been so excited about the outdoor furniture we ordered for around our pool and it has finally arrived! We moved into this house last year and ...
13-07-2020 21:41

Ask Kate: personal questions answered!

I asked on Instagram Stories if there were any questions that I could answer, kind of leaning more towards the personal/lifestyle end of the spectrum...
09-07-2020 21:42

Finding Childcare

Finding childcare is challenging. It’s hard to hand over your precious bundle of joy to another person, but once you find someone that you love and...
02-07-2020 21:43

Outfit-making Tanks + a few Favorite Summer Pieces

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. Classic, easy style is how I’ve described my wardrobe for the past few years. It has certainly become more ca...
29-06-2020 21:48

A Strawberry Margarita Recipe

Near the beginning of “Stay at Home”, my friend Caroline dropped off a homemade Strawberry Margarita and I haven’t been able to stop thinking ...
27-06-2020 21:44

Summer Dresses under $50

I adore the neckline of this little black dress. It’s an a-line cut that is so easy to wear, and so flattering for many body types. And at $35, itâ...
25-06-2020 21:42


This post is not sponsored. If you follow along on Instagram, you know I share a lot of things I love on stories, but I wanted to share a few recent t...
25-06-2020 21:42

My Laundry Routine

This seems like such a straight forward process, and in a lot of ways it is, but I have a fairly detailed routine that I go through when laundering m...
25-06-2020 21:42

Summer Hair Problems + How To Solve Them!

Summer presents us with so many great things, but sometimes it can really negatively affect our hair! I asked Instagram to submit some common hair pr...
25-06-2020 21:42

My Favorite Cookbooks

I enjoy cooking but mothering three little ones means that creative recipes are usually at the bottom of my list of things I can tackle during the we...
30-03-2020 21:57

What Beauty Routines Can you DIY, and Which Ones You Shouldn

In such a time as these, non-essential appointments are being canceled if they haven’t been already. There are quite a few beauty routines I think y...
26-03-2020 21:55

A Game-Changing Flat Iron from Dyson

Leave it to Dyson to blow our minds (pun intended) with a new kind of blow dryer, and then follow that up with a curling and smoothing device that u...
24-03-2020 21:52

Finding Comfort (an update on content plans)

I’ve said this on stories a few times but I wanted to have it down “on paper”, if you will, so I can be sure that as many of my readers as poss...
23-03-2020 21:54

How To Choose, Blend, and Wear Hair Extensions

Hair Extensions can be a fun option to give you creativity with your hair without making any kind of long term commitment! It seems like more than ev...
18-03-2020 21:54

Non-skinny Denim for Spring

If I glance at my denim options in my closet, I see a lot of dark, skinny jeans. While I still think there is always a place for that style of denim ...
17-03-2020 21:55

A Few Tips for Working from Home

With everything happening with the Coronavirus and Covid-19, many companies are encouraging their employees to work from home as an effort to mitigat...
16-03-2020 21:55

Spring Nail Colors

For me, it’s all about pinks, nudes, and creams when it comes to nail colors this time of year. Honestly, I wear a light cream (OPI Lisbon Wants Mo...
10-03-2020 21:54

One-Piece Swimwear

!function(d,s,id){ var e, p = /^http:/.test(d.location) " \'http\' : \'https\'; ...
09-03-2020 21:55

Gorgeous Medium Coverage Foundations

I?m a recovering ?full coverage foundation every single day? makeup user. Don?t get me wrong, I still love a full coverage foundation on days I know ...
05-03-2020 22:02

My Personal Fragrance Lineup

To be completely honest, it’s rare for me to wear a spritz of perfume these days. I use to wear something every day but more than ever I find myse...
04-03-2020 21:58

Pretty Jewelry Organization

Did you catch the major closet overhaul that I shared recently" In it, I shared a quick look at my jewelry area and I wanted to share a few pretty id...
27-02-2020 21:55

Trends for a Casual Spring Wardrobe

Most of you know I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, and I’ve been here for 11 years! We typically have short and mild winters, and our summertime s...
25-02-2020 22:00

I got fitted for a bra and my new size blew my mind

I can’t remember how I stumbled across Caralyn has shared in the past on her Instagram account and the bra fitter followed those as well. I went fr...
20-02-2020 21:52

My Major Closet Overhaul (with video!)

When we moved into this house last summer I was excited to have more space in my closet. And to have “his” and “hers” closets too! I essentia...
17-02-2020 21:55

5 Words that Profoundly Impact my Relationship with Justin

These five words are something I say to myself during a variety of interaction points through our marriage. And I think knowing this, and accepting re...
14-02-2020 21:52

Classic Bags for Any Season

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight.  A camel, taupe or grey handbag is such a timeless and transitional bag that works with any outfit in ...
13-02-2020 21:53

Gear + Apps for Working from your Phone

We’ve all heard it a million times already but social media is a vital asset to nearly any business. Whether it’s online or a brick and mortar lo...
12-02-2020 21:52

Am I Keeping the Peloton Bike"

The short answer is: yes!  In case you missed it, my impression of the Peloton Bike two weeks into owning it is here! Click to read! I bought the bik...
11-02-2020 21:56

Vacation Beauty Favorites

I share last week that we just took a vacation to the Bahamas! You can read the recap post here. As someone who really loves doing hair and makeup, I...
10-02-2020 21:59

Recapping Our Trip to the Bahamas

::dusts off keyboard:: I’m beginning to wonder when I’ll actually realize my real life capacity versus my imaginary capacity or ability to get th...
07-02-2020 21:53

Drugstore Makeup Favorites

I’ve found a few really great items that fall into the “drugstore” category that I’m sharing with you today! First up, the NYX Bare With Me t...
30-01-2020 22:00

The Hairstyles I Coveted in my Teen Years

It was pretty much bouncing between the Olsen twins and The John Frieda twins. Apparently, I had a twin thing that I was focused on. I had a job for ...
28-01-2020 21:56

How to GLOW in the Dead of Winter

It’s pretty challenging to duplicate a “summer glow” in the dead of winter, but I was up for the challenge with this makeup look. I’m not sur...
27-01-2020 21:54

The Creme de la Creme of Skincare

I really love exploring skincare products. That may be one of my favorite aspects of this job. I love trying hair products as well, but I have a spec...
21-01-2020 21:57

First Impression + Experience with the Peloton

I took the plunge. After a lot of consideration, and taking note of the 30-day return policy, I decided to buy the Peloton bike. I was intrigued when...
15-01-2020 21:52

Flat Iron Mistakes You May Be Making & How to Fix Them!

There is a right way and a wrong way, gals. It may seem like styling hair straight is pretty simple and straight forward, but there are a few common ...
13-01-2020 21:55

About Last Night & Links + Loves

You can add this to the list of things I didn’t think were possible. . . I won Best Instagrammer in Raleigh thanks to the WRAL Voters Choice Awards...
10-01-2020 21:52

Personal Goals for 2020

Since we have started a new decade with the beginning of 2020, instead of just a brand new year, it seems that more people than usual are making buck...
08-01-2020 21:54

Are You Using Expired Makeup or Skincare"!

Do you know where to look for expiration dates on your beauty products" Did you even know beauty products HAVE expiration dates" I’ve talked about ...
06-01-2020 21:55

3 Tips for Tackling your Home Organization from a Non-Organi

I tend to pile things. At any given moment, the corner of my desk will look like this: For me, physical chaos leads to mental chaos. If I’m surroun...
02-01-2020 22:01

What Items YOU Loved in 2019

I use affiliate links when I recommend products and one of the things that allows me to do is see the activity that a link can track. I can see how ma...
01-01-2020 21:52

Best Beauty Products (Makeup, Skin, & Hair) from 2019!

You should know it was impossible to narrow this down. One of my favorite things is trying new products. I love the thrill of the hunt, and being abl...
31-12-2019 21:53

Highlights of 2019

What a year. According to Instagram stats, these were my top 9 photos from 2019. I simply cannot believe that Justin’s mustache, that he wore for a...
30-12-2019 21:54

links + loves // A 2019 Recap!

In this links + loves post I wanted to share a few of my personal favorite posts from the past year. Click on any of the links below to read. Combat ...
21-12-2019 21:54

How to Prep Your Guest Room for Guests

You certainly don’t need to have a guest room in order to do these things, so keep in mind that you can do them in any space where guests may be sta...
20-12-2019 21:57

10 Great Questions to Ask on a Road Trip

Justin and I love the quiet time together in the car when we drive back and forth from my parent’s house in South Carolina. We’ll either keep it ...
19-12-2019 21:53

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