Cardigan Chic

Striving to Live a Life of Adventure, Excellence, and Faith.

Last Few Weeks of Summer


In our local area, kids are heading back to school next week, and I am just shocked that "summer" is nearly over.  In 5 weeks we will celebrate Labor Day and jump straight into fall.  So, I thought this would be a fun time to pick a few goals to work towards in the next 5 weeks.

Goal #1 - Re-establish my Workout Routine
This summer I really let my daily workouts fall off, and have only been working out 1 to 2 days a week.  My goal for the next 3 weeks is to workout 5-6 days a week, and I really am focused to starting every workday with a workout. 

Goal #2 - Say goodbye to Sweet Tea
Nearly a year ago, I said goodbye to my soda addiction and also cut out sweet tea; however, this summer, I have been drinking tea a lot more and I really need to cut it out of my daily diet. 

Goal #3 - Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. 
I am a night owl, but I really need to get more sleep.  For the next 6-weeks I really want to focus on getting into bed by 10:30 p.m. each night, which will help with getting up at 5:30 a.m. for workouts and quiet time. 

Goal #4 - Keep my schedule organized. 
I am excited to begin using my new Simplified Planner beginning on August 1st.  I am looking forward to this new planner keeping me organized and help me plan for all that life throws at me. 

Goal #5 - Say goodbye to clutter. 
I like to keep a clutter free house, and I've noticed lately that I need to take time and clean out closets, drawers, and everything in between.  I am going to launch into a summer cleaning challenge in the coming weeks, and will share all the details on Instagram.

What about you?  Do you have any goals for the final weeks of summer? 

I will check back in next week, to let you know how my 5 Goals in 6 Weeks in going.

Have a great Wednesday!! 
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Weekend Must Dos.........

Its Monday, and its back to the craziness of the work week.    Saturdays and Sundays always fly by, and I really work hard to make sure I take time to rest and relax, but I also plan to do some house work and prep for the week ahead.  I find it helps our household run smoother throughout the week.

Here is a short checklist of things I try to accomplish each and EVERY weekend:

My Checklist for EVERY Weekend:



1. CLEAN HOUSE
I don't spring clean or deep clean our home every weekend, but I have developed a cleaning process that helps me get our house picked up and cleaned in an 1 to 2 hours each weekend. 

This process includes: 
 - Picking up the clutter that we have accumulated over the week  and put it back in its place.
 - Vacuum, dust, clean and mop the entire house.
 - Clean out my car, dust and vacuum my car, and run it through the car wash.
 - Laundry and layout clothes for the coming week.


2. MEAL PLAN and PREP
I spend about an hour meal planning every weekend.  I plan out what we are going to eat each day of the week, and make a grocery list.  Next I run to the grocery store and then come home a prep all of our fruit and vegetable snacks for the week.  Then on Sunday, I prep our lunch for Monday and layout food for Monday's dinner.  

This process includes: 
 - Make a meal plan for the week, and run to the store and pick up groceries.
 - Meal prep for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
 - Cook at least one BIG breakfast for Matt and I on the weekend. 


3. EXERCISE 
I really try to workout at least on day on Saturday or Sunday.  Some weekends I am able to work in two workouts.  Right now I am getting ready to kick off the 21 Day Fix Program again, and I can't wait for the great results from this program. 

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4. BLOG PREP
 - Review blog calendar, and prep upcoming blog posts.

5. CAREER
- Review our team's Project Management Tool and get organized for the week ahead.


6. RELAX 
In the summer, I usually hit the pool at least one afternoon over the weekend.  I actually spend A LOT of time relaxing on the weekends.  The above tasks only take me a few hours, which means I have a lot of time to swim, hang out with family and friends, catch up on my DVR, read, and really relax. 


7. BIBLE STUDY
Last, but not least, I spend a little extra time in my daily bible study and prayer time.  I review my prayer list from the past week, and start a new list for the coming week.


Taking time to knock out these simple "To-Dos" on the weekend, really helps center me and bring balance to my life.  It also helps me find time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends too. 

What about you?  Is there anything you do to prepare and plan for the week ahead.


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20 Facts About Me


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As I wrap up my re-introduction week, I thought it would be fun to share 20 random facts about me. This is my last "Getting to Know Me" post (LOL!) for awhile, and have really enjoyed jumping back into blogging and getting the ball rolling again.  Enjoy and have an incredible weekend!!

1.  I don't have a favorite color. 

2.  I have only loved one boy in my life, and I am so lucky I got to marry him. 

3. My favorite color of clothing is black and white.  And, I often wear black pants and a black top with a cardigan every day. Its kind of like my staple look.

4. My favorite college team is the University of Tennessee Volunteers.  Its my Alma Mater and the only team I have ever cheered for since I was a child.

5. My two favorite MLB teams the Yankees (American League) and the Braves (National League).

6. I don't like beans.  I can eat green beans, but every other bean is just plan awful. 

7. I am a very talkative and outgoing person; however, I also find the older I get, the more I enjoy listening more than I do being chatty. 

8. I love that my weekday life and my weekend life are totally different.  During the week I am social, workaholic, and going full speed from the time I get up to the time I go to bed; however, on the weekends I like to be quiet, move at a VERY SLOW PACE, and keep an extremely low profile. 

9. I am obsessed with Brooke's Glycerin series tennis shoes.  I am on my 3rd pair, and love to get them each year when the new version is released. 

10. I listen to Christian music 90% of the time, and the other 10% is filled with just about every other type of music. 

11. I am very tenderhearted.

12. I have never had long nails.  I just cannot seem to grow them out.

13.I typically do not have an emotional attachment to "things" other than pictures.  I think its my dislike for clutter that drives this feeling.

14.  I analyze everything. 

15.  I love giving back.  That feeling of blessing someone else, means more to me than getting something for myself.

16.  I am obsessed with Kate Spade purses.  So classic.

17. Ages 23 - 26 were the three toughest times in my life, yet I learned more about myself in those three years than I had in the 23 years before that. God is faithful, and always makes beauty out of ashes. 

18. I only own 2 pairs of shoes that are not black.  The rest are some version of black shoes.

19. My three favorite moments in life were: Graduating from UTK, Marrying the Love of my Life, and Following the Direction of the Lord to move back home a year and half ago.

20. Life is good and I am soooo blessed.  I have an incredible husband, amazing parents, and the best family.  And, I am excited for all the future holds.

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Welcome Back Week - What's In a Name?

With the new blog design launching this week, I thought it would fun to reintroduce and explain how this blog came to be and how it got its name.

This space began over 8 years ago, after I had been married for about a year and I was looking for a way to stay connected with my family who lived two hours away and my friends who lived all over the country.  I actually started blogging in 2004 (anyone remember Xanga), and really used that site to pour out my heart and soul about my journey through my early and mid 20s.  However, that blog was only seen by my a few close friends and ended up deleting that account before I got married. 

In 2008, I jumped back into blogging, this time making it a fun little page where I could share my life with those closest to me.  However, what I found over the years was a connection to an online community where I could discuss everything from decorating, marriage, and life in general. 

Now, I am in my mid-thirties and feel like I am getting back into the swing of regular posts again.  Life has settled down a lot over the past 2-3 years, and I am happy to get back into this blog. 

The name Cardigan Chic came from the fact that I ALWAYS wear a cardigan.  However, the line under my title - "Living a life of Adventure, Excellence, & Faith" is my life's motto.

I push myself to take advantage of every opportunity and adventure that comes my way.  I also try to live a life of excellence in everything I do.  I strive to do my best, and even most days I fall short of "perfection," but I know I am doing the best I can do.  And, finally my faith is everything to me.  My relationship with Jesus Christ is the core of who I am and truly defines me as a person. 

Thanks to everyone who has been reading since Day 1 (mom & Matt) and to everyone else in between.  

Here is to another 8 years of sharing life with each of you!! 


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Everything old is new again

  I needed inspiration.  I needed motivation.  

I needed something new. 

Hello! Hello!  I spent some time over the weekend refreshing this blog, and I LOVE the way it turned out!!! I also got my content calendar organized and a posting schedule in place!  I love to be organized, and to be honest that is the only way I get anything done.

So, welcome back to Cardigan Chic and I am excited to start this adventure again.

LIFE UPDATE!! 

Things are going great!  My job and career are going well, and personally things are going great too.
I've spent a lot of time in the pool this summer and simply just enjoying life. I love the season I am in right now, as things are quiet and the pace is a little slower.  I know that will change come August, but for now I am enjoying the summer!

LOV'N THIS QUOTE 

"The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself."
- Bill Murray




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May 2016.......Recap

Recap #3!!!  I honestly don't know where May went, I remember April and its now June, but where in the world did May go?  Here is a little look to remind me of the great times in May.

To kick off the month, I attended the Pinnacle Awards Tourism luncheon with some of my favorite Bristol ladies!!

 And, we swept the awards luncheon.  Six Pinnacles and one Best of Show!!
Love that BCM's Marketing efforts are recognized by our own industry. 

Next we headed to Richmond for a fun night celebrating Virginia's new Music Tourism initiative. 

 We made it back in time to fit in a day long video shoot for a new project we are working on. 
I cannot wait to reveal it next month!! 

More Music!!!  I love that our organization brings incredible musicians to Bristol! 
This was a SOLD OUT show!!  Love this venue!! 

 In the midst of the craziness, I also was honored to graduate from Lead Bristol!! 

Then the Bristol Tourism Ambassador Class headed to BMS for a fun afternoon of learning all about the history and current plans for the track! 

 Next, I headed to Georgia with these sweet gals to wrap up our final year of Marketing College! 

 Great Class!!!  Cannot believe I graduate with my TMP Accrediation next Spring!


 Finally, I worked my way through these two bible studies in May. 
Its the only way I know how to stay balanced. 

Hoping I can stay a little more up-to-date on the blog in the coming weeks, and hope you enjoyed my last 3 posts for the last 3 months! 







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April 2016 ................ Recap

Post #2 on catching up.  April brought three weekends of travel.  I headed to Knoxville, Nashville, and North Carolina.  Here is a recap:

My sweet friend Nikki invited me to go to Knoxville with her to see Karen Kingsbury, one of my new favorite Christian authors.  I have already read 6 of her books this year, and even got my mother-in-law reading them too.

Did I mention we had front row seats!!! 

 Two of my favorite childhood friends.  

 Nikki and I backstage ready to meet Karen and her family. 

 Karen and her family!!
Thanks Nik for asking me to come along.  You are the best, and I was so excited to experience this night with you!!


Next, I headed to Nashville to see a sneak peak of the Born in Bristol film.  This film showcases the story of why Bristol is known as the Birthplace of Country Music.

 Movie Poster

 BCM, VA Tourism, TN Tourism, and Plan A Films! 

 The BCM Team




With two of my favs from VA Tourism 

We also hit up the Johnny Cash Museum while we were in town and had a GREAT time.  I would definitely recommend visiting this museum if you are in Nashville. 




Finally, I headed to Merle Fest in North Carolina for a couple of days.  

Here is a picture of one of my co-workers and I setting up the booth. 

April was definitely full of travel and lots of work fun! 

Hope you are enjoying these updates. May's update is coming soon. 





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In the Summertime.................


I have been singing this song all week!!  I am excited summer is here, and even though the hot temps are not great for a gal who doesn't wear shorts, I still love all that summer brings.  Speaking of summer, here a few casual outfits that I plan to add to my closest soon. 









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March 2016 Recap

As I try to get caught up with blogging, I thought I would share a few posts that recap the last three months.  In today's post, I am tackling March. 

March was a fun month, and here are a few highlights.

We kicked off the month with buying new furniture for our sun room and home office.  Above is a picture of the sun room.  We got the furniture from Rooms 2 Go and rug from Lowes.  I am still working on the decor, but I love this room especially in the mornings when the sun is coming up over the large farm that our property backs up to. Such a peaceful place.

 I headed to Asheville for the weekend to attend a women's conference.  These are three of my favorite Christian leaders, and loved seeing them on stage together. 

 I was honored this year to be a part of Lead Bristol, and one of my all time favorite activties we did was this puzzle test.  When our team started it took us nearly a minute to put it together; however, after working through it, we got it down to 6 seconds.  This is a picture of us working together to get it done.

We set up a fun display at the movie theater to promote the museum.  Love working with our local partners to promote the museum. 

We hosted Easter at our house this year, and here is our group selfie.  It was so nice having our entire family in our home to celebrate. 

BCM's marketing team spent a day filming for a Festival video we released in May.  Two of my favorite co-workers drove a stick shift around town for an hour to get the perfect shot.  Love these two. 

April update coming soon. 

Hope you enjoyed.


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The Unofficial Start to Summer.............



Hello.....Long Weekend! I am excited the unofficial start to summer is here on this Memorial Day Weekend!  I simply love summer time.  In our house it usually means a little more travel, a lot more time with friends and family, and enjoying the sun being up until 9pm!

When I hopped on here this morning, I realized that I have not blogged since March.....eek!  I am not sure why this season in my life did not lead to me blogging more, but every time I would hop on to blog, my mind would just go blank.  However, I have some ideas on future blog topics, so hopefully this summer I can get back into the swing of blogging again.

Okay, back to Memorial Day fun!  We kicked off the weekend by heading to Nashville for the Jimmy Buffett Concert at the Ascend Amphitheater. We had an awesome time, and I loved seeing Jimmy at this new venue.  Definitely my new favorite venue to date for seeing Buffett.


We headed to Nashville on Thursday Morning for an afternoon of shopping at Opry Mills and then relaxing in our hotel room at Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

 
 We had some fun with SnapChat this weekend. 

Entertaining myself on the drive with some Red Nose Day Fun!
 
View from our room! 


 Photo: Via Kristy Davis 

 View from our Room.........so relaxing



 Next we headed downtown to eat at Puckett's.  The food was awesome, 
and the perfect pre-Concert meal.  
Photo Credit: Via Puckett's FB

 Trying to stay dry..........it rained for about 30 minutes before the concert. 
But, then it stopped and the weather was PERFECT! 

Found our seats and waiting out the rain. 

Pre Concert Selfie! 
So thankful my hubby introduced me to Buffett over 10 years ago!


 Jimmy......... Loved our seats! 

 Buffett with my Sweetie. 
And yes, I have been wearing this shirt for over 10 years to Buffett Concerts. 



On Friday Morning, we got up and headed back to Opry Mills so I could meet up and catch up with a good friend, and then we headed off to Franklin to shop downtown.  
It was a perfect day, and loved wandering in and out of these fun shops. 
Photo Credit: Downtown Franklin FB

We ended our time at Gary's for a late lunch.  
After eating, we headed back east for a 5 hour drive home. 
Photo Credit: Gary's FB

We had a great time kicking off the holiday weekend, and I am excited for all the summer holds. 

Happy Summer!

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