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Creative Summer Cocktails – Taylor’s Island Time

There is something about rum that just tastes like a tropical vacation, you know" This cocktail is full of so many fruit juices and the color is a...
14-07-2023 22:02

Creative Summer Cocktails – Amanda’s Meyer Lemon

This was the type of drink that was as refined, refreshing, and delightful as spending time with Amanda feels. She took care to include delicate d...
14-07-2023 22:02

Meals I’ve made for my sister & her husband after

FIRST OF ALL: Lemon Pepper Panko Chicken Parmesan Spinach Orzo Breakfast Burritos – I just scrambled eggs with peppers and onions, added cooke...
14-07-2023 22:02

Denim Shorts

The wrong pair of denim shorts can just ruin your day, you know" There is nothing worse than feeling like your shorts aren’t fitting great, or they ...
14-07-2023 22:02

Creative Summer Cocktails – JoJo?s On-The-Floor Fizz

It shouldn’t shock anyone that the egg white in this threw me a little bit, BUT I have to admit it was lighter and more refreshing than I though...
14-07-2023 22:02

Amazon Prime Day Picks!

Amazon Prime Day(s) are underway and while I haven’t personally purchased anything during the promotion, I wanted to share a list of things I lo...
14-07-2023 22:02

A Recap of our Fun Trip to Greenville, South Carolina

I had very little context of what to expect from a visit to Greenville, South Carolina. As it turned out, Amanda had visited that city with her family...
14-07-2023 22:02

link + small things

How was your first week of May" Two of my three kids had “field day” this week, which is an outdoor play day, at their school. They were both ...
26-05-2023 22:07

A *DRY* heat protector spray and a new liquid blush from Sep

The NARS Liquid Blush was my first introduction to the beauty and perfection of a non-powder brush. I slowly started incorporating more cream prod...
26-05-2023 22:07

Our Long Weekend at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island

Justin and I managed to squeeze in a long weekend away at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island in South Carolina in May. It was just around the time of our ...
26-05-2023 22:07

Sunshine Inspired

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. I never thought I’d be a yellow...
26-05-2023 22:07

I unlocked a new level of hosting. Let me tell you what I di

I knew my brother and his family were visiting at the end of May. He and his wife have a two-year-old daughter, so I was kicking around ideas of t...
26-05-2023 22:07

Pizza Dip

While this may not be the most beautiful looking appetizer, I assure you that it is a crowd pleaser! I’ll share the recipe below but will al...
26-05-2023 22:07

Clare V. bag haul

I fell in love with this brand last year and have since added a few bags to my collection. Watch the video below to see a quick walk-through of each o...
05-02-2023 21:54

My Favorite Places to Shop

In no particular order, here is a list of the retailers I browse the most often! Old Navy – I look for basics here! Denim, simple tees, etc. ...
26-01-2023 21:56

Lessons, growth, change, improvement

More and more each year, I’m grateful for the gift of time with my family and friends. Spending quality time with people is one of my favorite t...
31-12-2022 21:50

Every Book I Read (or Listened to) This Year

What I listened to on Audible: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey – I found this book interesting as I’ve seen plenty of his movies. I eve...
21-12-2022 21:51

Is Buying Beauty on Amazon Safe"

Amazon has become the first place we check to make a purchase because it typically has the fastest shipping. Sometimes it even has the best price!...
06-12-2022 22:06

2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts from Small Businesses

01. Hydrangea Art Print 02. You’re Fun Wall Art 03. Emory Undone Art Kit 04. French Hair Claw – Autumn 05. All-in-One Popcorn Pod...
18-11-2022 21:51

2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Kids

01. Pocket Watercolor Painting Book 02. Virtual Space Ping Pong Game Set 03. Unicorn Dreams Cozy Comfort Set 04. Glow in the Dark Blanket ...
17-11-2022 21:52

2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

01. Miranda Frye London Necklace 02. Maya Brenner Monogram Necklace 03. Madewell Chunky Small Hoop Earrings 04. Crystal Slider Bracelet 05...
16-11-2022 21:52

Brooklinen is having a Black Friday Sale!

The ONLY place where I get my bedding and linens is having a Black Friday promo and it’s worth taking advantage of! They are offering 20% off, n...
16-11-2022 21:52

Scenting My Home for the Holidays

I know that the scent in my home is the first thing I notice when I walk in, so it’s certainly something others notice as well! My Aera diffuser...
15-11-2022 21:52

2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

01. Vuori Insulated Vest 02. Warby Parker Fletcher Sunglasses 03. Vuori Waffle Hoodie 04. Vuori Sunday Element Jacket 05. Tommy John C...
15-11-2022 21:52

2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone

01. Umbra Four in a Row Game 02. Snowflakes & Kisses Shower Steamer 03. Sugarfina Pop the Champagne Gift Set 04. Amish Popcorn Library ...
14-11-2022 21:51

4 Ways to Add Life to Lifeless Winter Skin (and the few esse

I think we could all collectively agree that our skin, especially our face, feels a bit more drab and dull in the winter. Not only are we inside more,...
28-10-2022 21:53

A Cozy Winter Look

I couldn’t quite tell from the website, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover how cozy this black puffer coat is from Madewell. I ...
25-10-2022 21:59

Pretty Fall Dresses

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. ...
11-10-2022 21:57

5 Steps to Smoother Mornings with Kids

One. Get yourself ready FIRST so you can be available to help them if/when they need it. Two. Set clear expectations the night before for ...
30-09-2022 21:49

Beauty Capsule: Everyday, Classic + Refined

Lash Idle Lash-Lifting & Volumizing Mascara. Lisbon Wants Moor Pink Nail Polish. Brow Wiz Ultra-Slim Precision Brow Pencil. Lotus ...
28-09-2022 21:41

My (first!) Experience Hiring a Clothing Stylist

When I got the e-mail invitation to an intimate dinner in LA with a brand I adore (Shani Darden) I was immediately thrilled and nervous. LA feels very...
27-09-2022 21:54

5 Items To Wear This Fall

I know many of us are struggling with fashion for this fall. I don’t know if it’s my age, the current trends, or the fact that it still feels like...
26-09-2022 21:44

Comfy Jackets

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. My eye is alw...
20-09-2022 21:52

A Foundation-Free Casual Makeup Look

One of the only reasons I feel comfortable skipping foundation is if my concealer steps up and does a good enough job for me. My skin is s...
29-08-2022 22:08

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Over the summer, when we were visiting my parents in South Carolina, their neighbors dropped off a freshly baked batch of these cookies. They were the...
21-08-2022 21:46

Casual White Kicks

There have been a couple instances this summer where I’ve discussed the challenges with wearing sneakers with a dress. It’s a look I really love o...
18-08-2022 21:49

Fall Staples from Madewell that I’m Loving

The thing about the items I buy from Madewell is, more often than not, they last year after year. Especially the denim. The Perfect Vintag...
15-08-2022 21:47

F.A.Q. // “Do I need to wash my hair before my hair

Social Squares I recently had an appointment to have my hair colored and shared that I used a purifying shampoo the morning of my appointment. I re...
12-08-2022 21:46

Fall Style Mood

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. ...
03-08-2022 21:45

Managing My Stress and Sorting Through How I’m Feeling

It’s so easy to go through life, for so very long, without taking time to reflect on how you’re doing. As a mother, a wife, a business own...
01-08-2022 21:44

What I learned from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

It was meaningful to hear how much they care about the individual who would be benefiting from getting food from a food pantry. For example, ...
28-07-2022 21:43

A Shift in Motherhood

I’ve felt a shift in motherhood, or I should say parenting (Justin and I have both felt this), where I’m doing less of the physical/exhausting par...
14-07-2022 22:12

Prime Day Favorites from Amazon

It’s Amazon Prime Day and we’ve rounded up some of my favorite things that are on promo today and tomorrow for the Prime Day Sale! ...
12-07-2022 21:48
09-07-2022 21:47

Triple Berry Muffins

These muffins are delicious at any point of the summer, but they feel particularly festive for the 4th of July! Triple Berry Muffins m...
01-07-2022 21:44

One-Piece Swimsuits That I Have and Love

One. This is one of the more conservative ones. It has great coverage at the bum, and the side strap provides nice chest coverage without ...
29-06-2022 21:44

Reversing Influencer Roles

I post a Question Box on my stories nearly every Monday and take a bit of time to answer a handful of them as I kick off the work week. One questio...
27-06-2022 21:47

Poolside Beauty Must-Haves from Sephora

I go for function > form when it comes to my poolside beauty routine. I need sun protection and maybe a *hint* of color on my face, whether it be ...
26-06-2022 21:52

Dainty (but durable) Jewelry I love

London Bracelet, Meggan Bracelet + Ansley Studs from Miranda Frye. Sydney Bracelet, MF Ring + London Necklace from Miranda Frye. I mix ...
24-06-2022 21:44

My Home Smells like Vacation Thanks to Aera, and Let Me Tell

You may know by now how much I love my Aera Mini Smart Diffuser has been the perfect addition to our laundry room, which is also where we store the ca...
22-06-2022 21:44

Summer Beauty Starter Pack

Just a few of the summertime *essentials* that I love and use often! ...
16-06-2022 21:43

2 New Bras that Hit All the Marks

A few years ago, after being deeply inspired by Caralyn Mirand Koch, I went to Nordstrom and had a bra fitting appointment. You can read all...
06-06-2022 21:50

Denim Shorts for Curvy Girls

Listen. Shorts can be hard, I get it. And they can feel especially hard if your thighs touch or you generally have a curvy butt/leg body type....
03-06-2022 21:46

Our Disney Trip

We took the kids to DISNEY WORLD in May and I’ve never felt such a great feeling of accomplishment than what I felt getting on the airplane to c...
31-05-2022 21:46

Madewell Summer Finds

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. Fourteen....
24-05-2022 21:48

March and April Beauty Favorites

I know I’m late on this but it’s still relevant and I had so many great products to tell you about from March and April, so check out the Mont...
09-05-2022 21:44

Cinco De Mayo Recipes + More

Whether you’re celebrating Cinco De Mayo or are just a margarita + guacamole fan like me, I thought I would share a few of my favorite recipes a...
03-05-2022 21:41

Toffee Eyes and a Matte Lip

It’s all about hydration for this makeup look, especially since I knew I would use a lot of different finishing powers (contour, bronzer, highlight,...
30-04-2022 21:41

Madewell Picks for Spring

Madewell has so many gorgeous things for spring and summer, see my picks below. I’m wearing the ...
29-04-2022 21:42

The Brooklinen Birthday Sale is happening again, and I’

Nothing is a better series of events like organically falling in love with a brand and then after the fact getting to work with them! I bought my ...
26-04-2022 21:46

Bluffton Lemonade

One of my family’s favorite things to do when we visit Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina is called “Porchin\'”. It involves homemade lemonade...
21-04-2022 21:45

Beauty Products that Fell Flat for Me

Nothing thrills me more than testing new beauty products, and while I try to shop smart and purchase things that I think will be the right fit, ev...
12-04-2022 21:45

4 Bags for Anything and Everything

Here are my picks for the 4 bags you can use for anything and everything! If I had to go through and simplify my handbag collection, I would keep one ...
06-04-2022 21:44

Wedding Guest Dresses

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. I remember ...
06-04-2022 21:44

48 hours in Charleston, South Carolina

I’ve been to Charleston a few different times in my life, but recently spent a quick weekend there with my mom and daughter! Justin and the boys wer...
04-04-2022 21:39

It’s Time to Shop for All the Beauty Things! The Sepho

I’m about to state the most obvious thing in the world but — these savings events at Sephora really do come at the perfect time. We’re betwee...
01-04-2022 21:43

The Small Things Content Team!

It’s been a while since I shared the team members who work behind the screens with me at The Small Things. I introduced you to them awhile back, and...
30-03-2022 21:50

K18 – A Miracle Product"!

I remember first learning about K18 and being very, very intrigued by it! (Candace Read (follow her, she’s a delight), and she shared her process fo...
26-03-2022 21:43

All about the Peloton Tread

I never thought I would be a home workout person, but that really changed when I decided to purchase the Peloton bike and commit to 30 days of usi...
17-03-2022 21:53

Simple Makeup for Beginners

If you don’t wear a lot of makeup but want to start including a few simple essentials into your routine, this post is for you. I love makeup, I ...
14-03-2022 21:43

The Blow Dry Brush Comparison (and which one I loved the mos

If this post triggers you because you bought the first edition of the Revlon blow dry brush and accidentally fried off your hair, forgive me. And ...
10-03-2022 21:40

ABLE – What Sets Them Apart and Where They are Heading

It was truly a pleasure to be in the company of so many inspiring and driven women while I was at the ABLE flagship store in Nashville last weeken...
09-03-2022 21:46

EVEREVE Finds for Spring

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. Everev...
02-03-2022 21:43

Two Hair Oils I’m Obsessed With

Hair oil used to scare me. I just imagined greasy, shiny, waxy, hair covered in residue. But let me tell you: that is not what hair oil should do for ...
01-03-2022 21:40

11 Most Re-purchased Beauty Items

no. 1, no. 2, no. 3, no. 4, no. 5, no. 6, no. 7, no. 8, no. 9, no. 10, no.11 01. Kenra Volume 25 Hairspray ...
22-02-2022 21:42

How Did You Know When to Start a Family" And How Did Yo

This is a question I’ve seen come through on a handful of Monday Morning Q&A boxes. How did we know when to start a family" Did we have a fe...
19-02-2022 22:08

Sneakers I’m Eyeing for Spring

It’s all about the sneakers these days for footwear. I’ll admit that my heart is ready for sandals and open-toe shoes to become a daily option for...
17-02-2022 22:09

links + small things

As an extrovert, I really enjoy being around people. Whether it’s directly with my friends, or generally just around other humans, I was finding...
12-02-2022 21:39

Our Ski Trip to Utah (and what I would do differently!)

Justin and I recently took a 5-day trip out to Park City, Utah to go skiing! My family would do regular trips out to Colorado to go skiing when I ...
08-02-2022 21:42

The Best Travel Bags

It’s taken years, but I’ve learned to pack for trips thoughtfully and effectively so I don’t have a lot of wasted space in my bags. There are a ...
25-01-2022 21:46

I Got My Eyebrows Microbladed (Part 2)

From the left, you are looking at the before, after the first round, and after the touch up images. I shared in this post that I finally took ...
24-01-2022 22:06

Green Eye Moment

I was inspired by a beautiful green liquid eyeshadow I saw from Pixi to create an olive green eye makeup look. I cannot tell you how many messages...
20-01-2022 21:42

3 Simple Steps for Organizing a Small Space

I had the pleasure of working with The Arranged Abode again for another organizing project. I hired them to help me clean out and organize my beau...
20-01-2022 21:42

If I had $100. . .

Did you get a gift ard for Christmas"! Looking for new makeup to spice up your makeup bag" Here is how I would spend a $100 gift card at cosmetics...
11-01-2022 21:41

A Basic Makeup Kit

I share *a lot* of products with you through this site and I can totally see how overwhelming it may be to sort through what could work best for you! ...
06-01-2022 21:39

My Emily Ring

Look at baby Emily!!! When I was pregnant with David, Justin and I decided to get something significant that we could pass down to our son whe...
05-01-2022 21:50

Mindful Phrases I Tell Myself

While I generally like to keep things light around here, I thought I would share my most repeated phrases that bounce around in my mind during any...
03-01-2022 21:46

My Microblading Update

You can read the first post I wrote about my microblading experience here! My eyebrows are now just over 5 weeks out from being microbladed. They ...
23-12-2021 21:39

Top 10 Beauty Discoveries from 2021

I’ll always inevitably leave off something MAJOR from this list, but as a general list, these are my top 10 beauty discoveries/loves of the year! ...
22-12-2021 21:40

Dry skin Savers

Skinfix Eczema+ Hand Repair Cream – I’m pretty picky about hand cream because I hate the feeling of greasy hands. This cream hydrates my p...
16-12-2021 22:15

Making Caramels with Mom

When I think of my childhood around the holidays, I always picture mom at the stove making caramels. She shared a little more about where ...
09-12-2021 21:49
 



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