Cardigan Chic

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

Goodbye August.........

Where did these past few weeks go???  I cannot believe the Olympics have been over a week, and we are only a few days away from September.   I thought it would be fun to do a highlight post of the last 3-4 weeks, to show a little about what we have been up to lately.

 I kicked off the month by discovering this channel! All the Olympics on one channel, this was heaven!! I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED the Olympics, and counting down to the Winter Olympics in 18 months!!

 I kicked off my first meeting with Leadership Kingsport.  An amazing group, and excited for all the fun times ahead. 


 A few co-workers along with my Matt, Jamie, Kristy, and I headed to Fern Valley for an incredible Farm to Table Dinner.

 The personal touches were amazing, and so was the dinner.  


 Our crazy group.

 I also got to celebrate a good friend of mine's 50th B-Day!! 
Incredible Cake!

 Last week we headed to Knoxville for a little pre-Battle at Bristol promo stop.  We saw nearly 2,000 people in less than 3 hours!, and have an awesome time.  And, it was so fun seeing so many familiar faces!!

 Next, my boss and I headed over to WBIR to talk all things Bristol! 
It had been ages since I've been in that studio, and it was nice to be welcomed back. 


 And, then for the last week this has been me.  
I have been feeling awful with a sinus infection and cold, and hoping to be on the mend.
September is going to be crazy, and I want to feel my best!! 

Enjoy these last few days of August!



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TV Time Out


 Hey Friends!!  As most of you know I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the Olympics.  So, instead of working on blog posts at night and posting every other day, I've decided to enjoy the games and get back into this blog after the games!

I will be back the week after the games end, and until then take a break and enjoy the OLYMPICS!!

Team USA!!
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Lets Decorate - Gym Inspiration

Last year, when we moved into our house, we had one room next to our downstairs basement that was unfinished.  The room is a 15 x 20 space and we have decided to set up a workout room in that area.  To help us get ready to decorate and complete the gym, I've made a vision board of key things I want to include in the room.  We hope to start on the painting in the coming weeks, and the reveal will probably be in early 2017.  (Fingers Crossed)









I love, love, love the light gray walls with white trim. 
Its so clean and really will open up the space. 



I LOVE the color of this flooring.  
I really want to put down hard wood floors in our gym, and then add mats in key areas. 

This saying is awesome!!  This is a must get. 



Since, we are talking about working out, I am kicking off a new workout program today.  I am doing a mix of the new Country Heat Workout and 21 Day Fix Program. I had amazing results earlier this year, and hoping to drop another 20-30 lbs by the end of the year.  I will post about the journey in the coming weeks.  

Have a great Monday! 
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5 on Friday

Its Friday and another round of 5 on Friday!!  I love these posts because its always a catch post from my week. Its been a great week, and I am sooo excited for the weekend ahead.

1. Battle at Bristol 
We finally got our Battle at Bristol tickets this week and I am super excited. The game is about a month away and I am literally counting down the days.


2. This Drink  - Starbucks Vanilla Latte
I am obsessed with this drink.  It is soooo delish, and the entire jug costs as much as one serving in the store. 


3. Instagram Stories 
Ummm.....hello Instagram?  They just laid the smack down on SnapChat.  I like both platforms, but Instagram is much easier to use.


4. New Bible Study via YouVersion 
 I am loving this new bible study, Learning to Lead Like Jesus. I have gained great information and tips on how to lead with more compassion, patience, and love.


5. The Hills 
All I have to say is THANK YOU MTV for putting one of my all time favorite shows back on TV for an hour this past week.  I absolutly loved the reunion show!!


And, finally, who is excited for the OLYMPICS!!!  I am sooo pumped for tonight's opening ceremonies, and so glad my mom is coming over to watch with me!

Happy Weekend!!
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What's for Dinner - Foil Packets

Each weekend I plan our dinners for the week ahead; however, every Saturday I find myself searching Pinterest and cookbooks to find new recipes to try. Yet, no matter how many things I look at, I often find that we are eating the same dinners every week, and I really want to change it up.

I recently came across a meal option called FOIL DINNERS.  I've seen these for camping and outdoor picnics, but never thought of them for actual dinners.  Below are a few ideas I am thinking of trying in the weeks to come:







Have you ever tried foil packet dinners?  Would love to hear about other good recipes too. 

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New Music Monday.........August Playlist


Hello August!  I simply cannot believe summer is almost over!!  As August rolls in and I look at the calendar, I realize that life is about to get really busy.  This summer, I have really enjoyed a more casual schedule with less meetings and more time to lay back and enjoy the warm weather.  But, with August, means its time to get back into a routine and back to "reality."

I thought it would be fun to kick off this month with a fun new playlist.  This list is a mixture of so many great classics and new songs.



Hope you enjoy and have an incredible August!!


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This Week................

It has been AGES since I've jumped into a 5 on Friday post, but thought this was the perfect time to share some of my favorite things!!  Hope you enjoy, and have a great weekend!!


1. One Word - OLYMPICS
We are only one week away from the Opening Ceremonies, which is one of my FAVORITE TV shows ever.  I look forward to this day every two years!! 

2. Simplified Planner
I am sooo pumped to start using this beauty next week.  I have already added important dates and reminders!  And, this weekend, I am adding my meal plan and workout routine to this planner too!!  

3. This Makeup - Where have you been my entire life???  
I am ABSOLUTELY loving the Double Wear makeup by Estee Lauder.  It stays on all day, and I never have to worry about touch ups.


4.Best Friends! 
Last weekend, I got to spend a little time with my best friend when she passed through town heading back to Texas.  She is coming back into town in couple of weeks, and I am sooo excited for some much needed time together - catching up, hanging out, and really just enjoying spending time together.


5. TWO BIG TV ANNOUNCEMENTS!!
One - I am over the moon excited for the November 25th announcement of the Gilmore Girls on Netflix.  This has totally made my week.


Two - THE HILLS - August 7th - I am sooo excited!


Its been an incredible week.  Here's to an awesome weekend.

Have an incredible weekend sweet friends!!  

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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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