It’s Over Again

sweater: thrifted/dress: target/tights: forever 21/scarf: gift/shoes: payless

So Christmas has come and gone again. I am a mixture of relieved, and sad this time of year when the holiday has left us and we have a whole year until it graces us once more.

I had intentions to write a blog post on Christmas Day wishing everyone a happy day, but instead it was spent traveling back home, and then getting home and realizing we had no food in the house and searching all around town trying to find something that was opened. Luckily we found a gas station with a grocery store inside and bought ingredients to make pasta. Yummy Christmas dinner to us.

All that to say, I hope you all had a lovely day hopefully spending time with loved ones. And maybe you stopped to think about Christ on that day who is the reason not just for the season, but for every day.


To Grandmother’s House We Go

These pictures were taken at my Granny’s house. It is one of my favorite places on earth. I went to college only 20 minutes or so away from her so this place became my home away from home. I have missed it terribly the last few months and I’m so thankful my husband and I got to spend time with both of our families this year. We are extremely blessed

And yes, the blonde streak is permanent. A friend of mine did it for me while visiting my home town and I love it. (Thanks Jessica!)

cardigan: forever 21/scarf: walmart/top: thrifted/jeans: thrifted/boots: target

Sweet Sixteen

In case you were wondering, I am still alive and kickin’. I apologize for the long absence. I have been out of town visiting family and also managed to catch a cold and, well, I have just let myself be a little bit lazy. That’s what vacation is for right?

Anyway, while visiting family I had a chance to take a few pictures of my gorgeous (almost) 16 year old sister-in-law and I thought I would share my favorites with you guys

She borrowed an item of clothing in mine in this shoot. Can you guess what it is? You’ll find out in a post coming up soon.


Before anyone freaks out, the purple isn’t permanent (however, since these pictures were taken I HAVE done something permanent to my hair which you’ll see soon). It was done using the hair chalking method. While it looks great, I wouldn’t recommend doing a whole streak of it like I did. It would really be better on only the tips since closer to the roots the chalk will rub off if touched.

Fun fact about the black sweater I’m wearing here, it is 100 % cashmere and I found it at a flea market for $1. Nice, right? Also the high tops I’m wearing in this outfit were bought last year with some money I got for Christmas and I hardly wore them because I couldn’t come up with ways to wear them. After I wore them all day with this dress and tights, you can probably expect to see them all the time. They are incredibly comfortable.

top: thrifted/jacket: target/dress: old navy/necklaces: forever 21/ shoes: toms

Have you tried out hair chalking or been brave enough to actually dye your hair a bright color?

Naughty or Nice

Most of the time, I’m nice. (i.e. trying to take the time to compliment others, rubbing my husbands back for him when he’s sore, calling friends and family just to say hi)

But at times I can be a little naughty. (i.e. refusing to help my husband with things because I’m too lazy, putting myself above others far too often, making mountains out of mole hills and causing others to suffer because of it)

white shirt: ??/floral top: thrifted/pants: new york and co/scarf: made it myself/boots: pac sun

Did you make the nice list this year?

Bang Bang

In classic Rachel fashion, I am bored with my hair. I don’t want to cut it shorter as I’m trying to grow it out, and I’d like to go blonde, but I’m told it might be difficult to do with my current red. What I’d really like to do is something like this:

But my husband vetoed the one blonde streak, and we do have family pictures coming up so it probably isn’t the best idea for now anyways.

So my next option is getting bangs. Here are a few styles that I really like:

Which do you like best? What do you do when you feel hair boredom?


Typically, I use the weekends to take pictures of the outfits I’m wearing both because I have more time to do so, and because it is the only time I get to wear fun clothes. Well, this weekend it was either rainy or so cloudy and cold that I just did not want to go outside to take them. Soon enough I will have to get over my phobia of the cold, but this weekend was not that time.

Instead, here are a few snap shots from the weekend.

We spent most of Saturday picking out this new tv stand. We went to 4 or 5 different stores and ended up buying the one we loved from the first store. And that is Sweet Home Alabama on the TV. Gotta love that movie.

Call me weird, but every year I like to have some sort of color theme for my tree at Christmas. Last year was blue and silver. This year, as you can see, it is silver and gold. Still haven’t found a topper I like enough so it is blank for now.

Sunday after church, we went to the new American art museum in Bentonville. It was a very fun experience and there were so many amazing pieces. This one is by Norman Rockwell of Rosie the Riveter. It was amazing to see a piece of his after looking at his work in a book  of mom’s from the time I was very little.

My idea of an absolute perfect weekend involves these two things: crocheting, and reading. Now if only I could do them at the same time…

What says Christmas time better than cookies and milk? These ones were similar to snickerdoodles but without the cream of tartar. And they were perfectly gooey in the middle. I’m pretty sure my husband and I ate a whole dozen in a day. Good thing I made more than one batch!

How was your weekend? Cold like mine?