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Christmas Playlist

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I love love love Christmas Music.  I have a stack of CDs (yes, I still listen to those) of my favorite Christmas Albums that I listen to the entire month of December.  Below is my Holiday Christmas List.  Just hit play, turn up the volume and enjoy! 

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Holiday wish lists are popping up everywhere and I definitely found some incredible items to add to my Christmas List this year.  Here are a few things on my list this year. 

What is on your Christmas list this year?  Would love to hear some items on your list.

Merry Christmas! 

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Thanksgiving Weekend Recap

Thanksgiving 2016 did not disappoint. The past few days have been filled with family, friends, and lots of much needed rest.  We are officially ready for the holidays, and I've even begun picking up a few gifts too. 

Thanksgiving Day 
We kicked off the holiday weekend on Thursday morning by watching my all time favorite TV Show - The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I really love the first 30 minutes, before the floats get to Macy's, to watch all the Broadway show.  My favorite this year was Holiday Inn's Musical.

After the parade, I cooked two casseroles, got ready, and we headed to meet our family for lunch at my In-Laws house.  Thanksgiving lunch didn't disappoint, and we had a great time catching up and eating a delicious meal.

Family Christmas Photo

We made it home in time, to change into lounge clothes and get ready for my best friend Tiffany to come over to watch the first part of the Gilmore Girls Revival.  It was awesome hanging out with her, and her sweet friend Brooke, and we made it until 4:30 a.m. before we had to call it a night.

I woke up around 9:30 a.m. and relaxed and shopped Black Friday sales until Tiffany and Brooke got up and headed home.  Friday afternoon, mom and I headed out for a little Black Friday shopping and then I came home to relax and take it easy.

Saturday morning, I got up and headed over to my parents house to help assist with a little clean up as they go through a major remodel project.  I got home around 4ish, took a shower, and then took a 2 hour nap.  I was back in bed by 11p.m. and slept another 9 hours.  I must have been tired.

Sunday brought another day of relaxing.  I did do a little online shopping, and then ran to the store to pick up groceries for the week.  After that, I cooked dinner and relaxed the rest of the night catching up on Hallmark movies. 

All and all this long weekend was perfect and relaxing.  Its exactly what I needed to get me prepared for the Holiday Season.

Looking forward to the next few weeks, and all the fun and excitement that is ahead.

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Christmas Checklist - November To-Dos

I CANNOT wait until Christmas!!!!  I know its more than 6-weeks away; however, I simply cannot wait to kickoff the holiday season.  The planner and organizer in me has put together a list of items I would LOVE to accomplish by the end of this month.  Check out the list below:

Decorate Our Home by Thanksgiving 
I have always LOVED having our home decorated by Thanksgiving night, so we can enjoy the decor all season long.  This year is no different, and I will begin decorating this week!

This picture was taken on Christmas Day!  Excited this year we will have a professional picture done looking all festive!
Family Christmas Photos 
This year is our family decided to get professional photos done and we are scheduled to do that next weekend too!!  I cannot wait to share some photos of our sweet family soon. 

Order Holiday Cards 
If you haven't checked out Minted this year, YOU SHOULD!!  The Christmas Card selection this year is remarkable. I have my eyes on the design above.

Host Friends in Our Home this Christmas
I hope my schedule allows for me to host a few friends over for a fun and relaxing Christmas Party. I just love living back in my home town, and love being closer to so many incredible friends.

Select Christmas Wrapping Theme 
This year, I really want to select a Christmas Paper wrapping theme for all of our presents.  Have my eye on a few themes, and hope to select it by the end of the month.

Christmas List Finalized, and Begin Shopping 
And, finally I am busy working on our Christmas List!  My goal is to know what I would like to get everyone by the end of the month, so I can begin looking for great deals beginning Black Friday weekend!  

There you have it, my Christmas  To-Do List for November. 

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November Playlist

WOW............November has not disappointed me with ALL the amazing music rolling out. I have downloaded so many great songs, bought several new CDs (yes, I still buy CDs), and my Spotify playlist is packed with songs from so many incredible artists.  I've noticed my taste in music has changed a lot in 2016, and I know its because I am around so much amazing music these days with my job, that I my taste for music cannot help but evolve.

Enjoy this month's playlist.............

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VA and DC Fun

I recently took a work trip to DC and VA, and the week was filled with lots of work and lots of laughter.  Usually those two things don't go together, but for a few days in late October those two things worked together beautifully. 

I kicked off the work week with a long to-do list and only two days in the office.  By Wednesday, I was ready to hit the road with two awesome colleagues and we traveled to Roanoke, Richmond, and Washington DC. We met with a lot of new media contacts, and secured a few editorial stories for upcoming articles.  We laughed our way through Virginia, and rolled back into Tennessee late Friday night. On our last night together, we grabbed dinner in Washington D.C. and met up with a friend who hosted us at POV.  

Here are a few fun pics from that fun night..............

These two - Best Travel Buddies Ever
All that we accomplished this week still amazes me. 

We could see all the amazing monuments from our table at POV. 

Posing in the Elevator. 

Matt's dinner was a little small. 
 I could hang out with these three every weekend!! 
Soooo much fun! 

 Amazing Art in the W Hotel!

 Posing with the candidates!  

What a fun night.  And, we ended our time in DC meeting with writers from major publications and even scored a MAJOR article in a national newspaper in 2017.  EEEKKK!!  It was an awesome week. And, we laughed on the way home, because a lot of time on work trips you rush home at the end of the trip, but our team really enjoyed being with each other and actually really enjoyed the 6-7 hour drive back to Tennessee with even more laughter and good stories. 

Fun Times!

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This Week.............5 Highlights from the Week

This past week was sooooo nice.  It was the first time in months that I was in town the entire week.  WOOHOO!!!  I felt like I got a lot of accomplished, including all the small tasks at home and at work.  I do enjoy traveling; however, sometimes its nice to spend a nice quiet week at home.

Here are a few fun pics from last week................

1.The Magnolia Story 
I picked up this book on Tuesday and absolutely love it.  As I read it, I feel like I am having coffee with two friends as they talk about their journey through life.  If you are looking for a fun read, definitely pick this book up.  

2. Work Fun
My work week was filled with A LOT of meetings this week.  In fact, on Wednesday I spent the afternoon in Abingdon, VA; on Thursday I spent a lot of time in Johnson City, TN; and on Friday I spent most of the day in Kingsport.  (And...........I work in Bristol.) But, it was A LOT of fun!!  One of the highlights was attending the branding launch for SW VA!  Love seeing all the exciting things happening in our region.

3.  Johnnyswim
Its confirmed.  I am OBSESSED with Johnnyswim.  I love the sound, lyrics, and everything about this duo.  I listen to the Johnnyswim channel on Pandora 24/7.  

4.  Chill Night
On Friday night, after a long week and a great time having dinner with mom and dad, Matt and I found ourselves chilled out on the couch watching the Hamilton special on PBS.  If you haven't watched it, you should.  Its an amazing show on how Hamilton made its way to Broadway. I was really into the show; however, when I looked over at the couch I saw my four (4) boys just sleeping away. Soooo sweet.  (PS - The Davis Boys are obsessed with this blanket.  Whoever gets it out has about 2 minutes before you will have 3 kitties on your lap ready for a nap s. LOL!!)  

5.   Junior League Date
This fall, I decided to join Junior League and on Saturday night we had our first fundraising event of the season.  It was a casual, fun event at a local brewery.  The night was filled with lots of good music and laughter.  Luckily, my good friend Nikki went with me as my date and we had a great time catching up and hanging out.  It was a great way to end the week.   

Have a great Sunday friends! 

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Fall Vacation 2016

Our fall vacation was amazing!!  We had such a great time getting away, and enjoying the beach with good friends and lots of sunshine.  I decided before we left to completely unplug from normal life, and I actually uninstalled my work emails and social media alerts (for work accounts) off my phone, so I could totally relax and unwind.  It was sooooo nice, and so glad I did it. 

We spent a week at Navarre Beach on the Florida Panhandle.  If you are looking for a QUIET beach vacation, this is the place to be.  Most days, I left like we had the beach to ourselves, and just simply enjoyed sitting, watching the waves, reading under my umbrella, and just enjoying the rest.  

We ate WAAAAY too much, and we are getting back to healthier eating and workouts this week. LOL!!  

All and all it was an incredible vacation, and can't wait to start planning the next one. 

 Our sweet friends Marisa and Todd take such good care of us.  
I love all the small touches to our beach house.

This is the second time we have vacationed at Navarre Beach, and the fourth summer we have made our way to the Pensacola/Navarre area.  We simply love it, and its worth the 10 hour drive.

 This is our house for the week.  
We love this house, because it has four master bedrooms that all have ocean front views.

My favorite view ALL week! 

 One day during our vacation, Matt and I headed to Destin for a little seafood eating, lots of shopping, and even caught up with our good friends Todd and Marisa for a sunset sailing cruise. 

 Let our sailing adventures begin! 

The sunset was AMAZING!! 

And, did I mention we saw lots and lots of Dolphins.  

I am so incredible blessed to call this amazing lady my friend.  Her love, encouragement, and support truly show me what it means to be a true friend.   

A little blurry, but we loved going with our friends. 

 We ate well.......and that includes Chocolate Nachos from our "afternoon snack" one day!

We even got in a few adult beverages too.  
Of course, mine were the froo-froo kind with little umbrellas.  LOL! 

And, I honestly think Matt ate fried white fish 5 days straight.  
I think he is going to take a little break from fish for a while. 

 We did get to eat at several good places while on vacation.  
These included:  Aloha Grill, California Dreaming, Peg Leg Pete's Harry Ts, Dewey Destins, Shrimp Basket, Crabs, and Shaggy's.  

 We had such a good time with this awesome group.

All and all we had an incredible time.  Lots and lots of relaxation was exactly what we needed. 

Until next time.............................

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40 Under 40!!!

Last Friday, I was honored to be named Tri-Cities Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in our community.  The entire night was so special and I am so thankful for the support from my husband, parents, and co-workers.

During the key note address, the speaker challenged each recipient to recognize those in our lives who had sacrificed, supported, and loved us to success.  My heart simply swelled with pride, as I was overwhelmed with love for the 7 people who surrounded me at the table.

To my husband, Matt, who I love more than words can express.  Thank you for loving me for me.  Letting me be myself, and still loving me all the same.  For my quirks, my bad jokes, and everything in the between, you are the love of my life and I am honored to walk through this life with you.  Thank you for sacrificing time with me to let me pursue a career that I am so passionate about. I love you. I love you. I love you. 

To my parents - THANK YOU!!  Its your legacy that I take with me each and every day.  Thank you for teaching me the importance of a hard work ethic,  volunteerism, and giving back.  You provided me a magical childhood, filled with lots of opportunities, and my one desire is that at the end of the day you will be proud of me.  The Lord truly blessed me by giving me you two as parents.  

To Hannah and Charlene - I love love love our marketing team so very much, and the skills and talents you both have amaze me each and every day.  All that we have accomplished in the past two years has been remarkable, and I am excited for all the future holds. Thanks for all your support, guidance, and being my rocks on the "hard days."  LOVE YOU BOTH!! 

To my co-workers (even those who were not there bc we only had 4 seats...LOL) - Your passion and love for BCM inspire me each and every day.  You make working hard easy, because I look around and see you right beside me working hard too.  I am sooo excited for all 2017 has to offer our organization and for each one of us.  

To my work inspiration - Leah, I hate you couldn't be there on Friday, but family is always first and you needed to be where you were.  Thank you for believing in me.  Your insight, care, support, and drive amaze me each and every day.  I've never worked for someone that motivates, supports, and encourages an entire team the way you do.  You always put the person first over the work, and from that our team is strong and accomplishes more than most people think we can. Thank you for pushing us to bigger and better things, and thank you for being an inspiration for us all. 

To the rest of my family, friends, and work colleges (both past and present) - Thank you for loving me through this crazy journey called life.  We cannot accomplish anything alone, but with hard work, a lot of kindness and love, and support we can accomplish anything.  

Love you all!!
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