Falling for Floral

Floral prints make me happy.  There’s just something sweet and simple about them!  I definitely fell for this dress when I saw it!  My parents own a garden center in our hometown.  They love antiquing or “junking” {whatever you wanna call it}.  They’ve been making beautiful signs and giving old “junk” new life.  My mom is also starting to include some cute clothes, jewelry, + accessories inside.  My mom has always loved boutiques, unique clothes, shopping, etc. {I get it from my mama ha}!  She got this dress in and knew I had to have it!


These colors are swoon-worthy!  It’s the perfect fall floral dress.  Better yet, it could also be a good spring dress too!  I love pieces that can transition to other seasons.  It really gave it a fall touch with the knit cardigan and floppy hat.

If you’re local, come visit my parents’ garden center here!

I am linking similar pieces so you can re-create this outfit!

Dress: Similar here + here | Cardigan: Similar here + here | Heels: Similar here + here | Floppy Hat



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1 Jean Jacket, 3 Ways

I am lovin’ the jean jacket trend!  It’s bringin’ back all the 90’s feels!  A jean jacket is incredibly versatile.  For one, they come in all different washes and styles.  There’s a perfect jacket for every person!  Today I’m sharing 3 ways I’ve styled a basic jean jacket.  It has a lighter wash, simple shape, and it’s legit probably 100 years old {one of those things you just can’t bring yourself to throw out}!  Trends always come back around…note to self.

Outfit 1 is a casual “day on the town.”  I styled this outfit with a cotton blend pant, comfy white blouse and sneakers.  How easy is that?!  As we transition into fall, a jean jacket is so simple and stylish to compliment any outfit.


Top – Similar | Pants | Sneakers {red sold out, but comes in 5 other colors} | Purse – Similar

Outfit 2 is fun and colorful!  A jean jacket pairs well with dainty fabrics + prints.  I loved it with these scalloped shorts and matching the color with the floral top.  The jean jacket added a casual touch and the heels dressed it up a bit.  This outfit would be perfect for going out to dinner or a date night!


Top – Similar here + here | Shorts – Similar | Necklace – Similar

Outfit 3 is for a day of shopping or errands.  It’s so comfy and easy.  I love dresses.  Don’t put all your summer dresses away at the first sign of fall!  Put a jean jacket over them and watch the outfit transform!  This is a very casual dress, but I would do this over my church dresses or maxis too!


Dress – Similar here + here | Purse – Similar | Sandals – Similar

Because my jacket is 100 years old, I’m linking a couple jean jackets I found for ya!  This trend is so cute and you don’t want to miss out!

Jean Jacket – Similar here + here

1 jean jacket, endless options!  Who knows, maybe you’ve got a blue jean jacket in the back of your closet you forgot about!  Hope you have a great week!

Love from a 90’s gal,


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11 Ways to Keep A Positive Attitude

Life is tough.  Life is unfair.  Life is just plain hard to handle sometimes.  You can turn the TV or radio on for 5 minutes and become instantly saddened with all of our hopeless surroundings.  You can even log onto Facebook with the touch of your finger in 5 seconds and read something gloomy almost immediately.  How on Earth do we keep a positive attitude in a world that is so negative?  I’ve discovered and tested some true, real, and a few humorous ways to stay positive, friends:

  1. Wake up and talk to Jesus.  He’s there to listen to our problems, anxieties, and worries.  The good Lord can comfort you like no other.  And all the people said, amen.
  2. Drink a cup {or pot} of coffee.  Because…well, this needs no explanation.
  3. Most people check notifications on social media in the morning.  Instead of looking and mentally liking someone’s post or photo, take the time to leave a positive or encouraging comment!  You uplifting someone else will actually have the same positive effect on yourself!  Just try it!
  4. Get up and get yourself dressed.  You don’t have to wear a ball gown to the office, but wear something you actually like and makes you feel good about yourself, even if that takes getting up 5 minutes earlier to pick it out!  And no, pajamas do not qualify. {Insert blank face emoji}  The way you dress can set the mood for your day.
  5. Listen to positive + encouraging music while you get ready or on your way to work.  Some of my favorites are KLove, Jack Johnson Pandora Station, and George Strait {<- He’s duh man}!!
  6. Say a friendly “hello” or give a smile to everyone you pass throughout the day.  Sending that positive energy to others will certainly radiate through you!
  7. If you’re faced with an issue, tell yourself it’s not the end of the world.  ‘Cause guess what?  It’s not!  Most any problem can be worked out without panicking and letting it ruin your day.  Every little thing is gonna be alright.  Break out some Bob Marley if you just can’t handle.
  8. Communicate with your husband/family throughout the day.  Reassuring that they are having a good day will help you have a good day too.  Communication is key.
  9. Eat a snack.  There’s no way you can be positive if you’re hangry.  I know this all to well {so does my husband}.  Ice-cream always does the trick.
  10. Get outside!  Go for a walk, breathe in some fresh air, look up and see the glorious world God gave us!  That’s enough, right?!
  11. Feed yourself positive vibes in all aspects of your life and that’s what you’ll get in return.  You can’t put lemons in your sweet tea and expect it not to be sour, just sayin’.

I’m so preaching to myself as well.  This is something I work on daily.  Tomorrow, pick a few of these or all of’em and give it a try!  I guarantee your day will feel and be more positive!  I’m letting you know right now you’re appreciated just by reading my blog.  I think you are pretty great, friend!

Choose happy,


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July Instagram Roundup

Can I just start by saying there’s 146 days until Christmas?!  I’m just gonna leave that there.

This year has flown by for us!  We’ve had so much fun traveling and making memories and cannot wait to take on the rest of 2016!  I’m sharing some of my favorite Instagram posts and all the details/links!  Hope you find these helpful and let me know if you have any questions at all!


Top | Shorts | Sandal – Similar


Authentic Mexican top from Cozumel, Mexico – Similar here + here | Jeans | Sandals


Hat – Similar | Top | Jeans | Sandals – Similar


Shirt – Similar here + here


Top from my parent’s store located here | Jeans | Sandals


Bikini Top – Same brand, similar style | Shorts | Sandals – Similar | Sunglasses | Pineapple from your local grocery store {ha}!

August, we ready for ya!  Also, fall is my favorite.  Be prepared for an abnoxious amount of coffee, pumpkin candles, floppy hats, and apple pie!



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Little Miss Sunshine

After walking through a herd of 100 goats, 5 dogs, lots of chickens, 1 emu + a sweet farmer on a tractor, we finally made it to the beautiful field of sunflowers.  I am not even kidding.  He was such a nice man for letting us use his farm for our background.  I’ve told you before, my photographer and I go to great lengths for these photoshoots.

This has to be my favorite shoot we’ve done so far.  I am such an old soul/hippie at heart.


I know you’re thinking, “Aw, those sunflowers are so pretty.”  Well let me tell ya, those pretty little sunflowers also attract bees.  Lots of bees.  After our trek through the farm, I almost died from a heart attack from the bees surrounding me in the middle of the sunflowers.  However; for the love of the blog, I pressed on to get the shots for this post.  I’m really good at laughing at myself, so I had to share this:

My thought process: “Oh…okay, I just realized there are bees everywhere.”


“Alright, this is getting a little uncomfortable.  But, I’ll smile for the camera anyways.”


“Okay, forget it!  I am FREAKING OUT right now!!”


Face of distress right there.

So moral of the post, laugh at yourself my friends.  Life will be a little easier if you do.  Also, buy this cute outfit.

Hat {Sold Out} – Similar | Tank {on major sale!!!} | Shorts | Sandals



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Southern Pork Chops Recipe {Hello Fresh}

We’ve been using Hello Fresh for a few months now and we are really enjoying it!  It’s made my busy schedule so much easier.  No more meal planning, long trips to the grocery store and wondering what we’re having for dinner when I get home late from work.  It has fit into our schedules so nicely!

A couple weeks ago, we got the Southern Pork Chop meal in our box.  They were definitely speaking my food language.  I love anything southern and smothered in gravy.  This meal was one of my favorites that we’ve tried so far and I’ll be keeping the recipe card to pull out later!  I just couldn’t help myself and had to share it with y’all!

Southern Pork Chops

{with Collard Green-Potato Hash and Black Pepper Gravy}

Prep: 10 min | Total: 30 min | Servings: 2


2 6oz. Boneless Pork Chops

8 oz. Collard Greens

12 oz. Yukon Potatoes

2 T Sour Cream

1 T Chicken Stock Concentrate

1 Yellow Onion

1/4 Cup Flour

1 T Cajun Spice

4 T Olive Oil


  1. Prep the onion and potatoes: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes.  Toss them on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking, until golden brown and crispy.  Halve, peel, and finely dice the onion.  Remove the stems and ribs from the collard greens and roughly chop the leaves.
  2. Cook the onions: Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook, tossing for 4-5 minutes, until softened.  Remove 1/4 of the onions from the pan and set aside.
  3. Cook the collard greens: Add the collard greens to the pan and toss to coat.  Add 1/4 cup of water to the pan, cover, and cook for 3-4 minutes.  Uncover, then toss until the liquid has evaporated and the greens are tender.  Season with salt and pepper.  Remove the greens from the pan and set aside.
  4. Cook the pork chops: Set aside 1 teaspoon flour for the gravy.  Toss the remaining flour and Cajun spice together in a shallow dish.  Heat a large drizzle of olive oil in the same large pan over medium heat.  Season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper, then press into the flour mixture to adhere to both sides.  Shake off any excess coating.  Add the pork to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until cooked to desired doneness.  Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Make the gravy: Once the pork has been removed, wipe out any black bits from the pan.  Next, add a drizzle of olive oil, the reserved onions, and the reserved flour to the pan over medium heat.  Cook, tossing for 1 minute.  Whisk the stock concentrate and 1/3 cup of water into the pan and simmer until thickened and reduced by half, for about 2-3 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sour cream.  Season generously to taste, with salt and up to 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Finish and serve: Toss the collard greens with the potatoes on the baking sheet and return to the oven to heat through for 1-2 minutes.  Serve the Southern pork chops on a bed of collard green-potato hash and drizzle with the black pepper gravy.  Enjoy!


This was so delicious and easy to make!  Hello Fresh is dishing out amazing recipes every week!  If you’d like to try it, use code MPDH4K to get $40 off your first box!  Let me know if you have any questions about the meal delivery subscription!  Have a great week, friends!

Bon Appétit,


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Green Gown + A Good Laugh

Y’all.  This dress was made for me.  Not really.  I got it on sale at one of my favorite online shops, ModCloth.  But, it feels like it was!  I absolutely love the color.  It’s so rare for me to find a good green piece for my wardrobe.  This little beauty fits in perfectly.



Photo Credits: Jennifer @ Sweet E Photography

Wanna hear something hilarious?!  Here we are having a nice photoshoot by a beautiful pond and all is lovely.  My sister-in-law is my photographer.  I know right, I got really lucky on that one.  My sister also came along as an assistant, a.k.a. someone to tell me if my hair is sticking out, I have a wrinkle in my dress, I’m smiling weird, etc.  Because clearly, I’m dysfunctional.  I love candids, so we try a “twirling photo.”  Right in the middle of twirling in 4 inch heels, my sister tells me I have a big piece of grass on my dress.  I look down and see a flipping praying mantis.  SERIOUSLY?!?!  It’s a miracle I didn’t break my neck getting away from that bug trying to terrorize our photoshoot.  What’s even more hilarious…scroll up to the photos of me twirling and you can see the little stinker right in the middle of my dress.  True story.

Thankfully, my photographer is so amazing, she still got some great shots.  We go to extensive lengths to get all my fashion posts photos.  Never a dull moment with us, never ever.

My dress is almost sold out, so I’ve also linked very similar ones for ya as well!  Hope you snag a green pretty!

Dress {Similar here + here} | Heels {Similar here + here} | Bracelet Original from Versona {Similar here + here} | Earrings Original from Versona {Similar here + here}

Have a good one, friends!



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Yah Mon! {Cruising the Caribbean}

We’re young, we don’t have kids, we work hard and are way too busy with life.  So…we spontaneously planned a cruise with my brother and sister-in-law.  I’ve cruised before and love it!

We had a blast, y’all!  I loved that it was just the four of us.  We cruised on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas.  It’s the 7th largest ship in the world.  The ship and it’s crew were fantastic!


I forgot how beautiful it is to lookout and see nothing but blue water and a sunset.  We danced the night away, ate pizza at midnight, got fancy for dinner, lounged poolside, went to trivia, watched the evening shows, drank out of pineapples, met new people, went to the casino, and took every chance of adventure we could find.

The first island we went to was Labadee, Haiti.  It was my birthday and it was a beautiful day!  We rode the alpine coaster and snorkeled.  What better way to spend your birthday, am i right?!


Next, we took on Falmouth, Jamaica.  We just did a little shopping around the port.  It was really nice and had a “village” feel to it.  I bought a really cute wooden carved pineapple bowl for my table.  We got back on the ship early and had the pool all to ourselves that afternoon {win}!


The third island was George Town, Grand Cayman.  It was an awesome and adventurous day!  We took a 15 minute taxi bus ride to our destination.  We got on a boat and rode 30 minutes to a sandbar in the middle of nowhere, Sting Ray City.  We got to see huge wild sting rays.  We swam in the ocean and had our picture made with them.  A little scary, but very cool!  When we headed back, one of the crew forgot to take the back anchor up.  #everybodymakesmistakes  The rope got caught in the propeller and we were stuck.  It took them almost an hour to get it fixed, but thankfully it didn’t ruin the rest of our afternoon + the view wasn’t bad either.  We took the boat back to Dolphin Cove.  We did the Dolphin Encounter.  We got to kiss, dance and interact with a dolphin.  His name was Nemo and he was awesome!!  It was such a great experience!  I would recommend anyone to do a dolphin excursion!


The last island was Cozumel, Mexico.  This was one of the best days ever!  We ventured out on our own and took a 5 minute taxi ride to Playa Uvas {pronounced “plah-yah oo-bahs”, a private beach club.  We were provided lounge chairs with umbrellas, hammocks, pool access, snorkeling, and kayaking!  It was a rainy day, on and off.  We waited until the rain was light and decided to snorkel since we were in Cozumel.  Might as well live it up, rain or shine!  A guide volunteered to show us star fish, sting rays, lobster, tropical fish, eels, a seahorse and a spider crab!  Heck yes!  It was the coolest experience!  The water was incredibly clear and blue.  I wish I could do this everyday, y’all!  Casper, our guide, had an underwater camera and got amazing pictures that I will cherish forever!  They were very affordable.  The staff at Playa Uvas were so friendly and helpful.  After we had tons of fun, we ate an authentic Mexican lunch.  Best fish tacos of my life.  If you’re in Cozumel, go to Playa Uvas and ask for Casper.  Also, buy you a pair of authentic Mexican cowboy boots in Cozumel.  You won’t regret it!


My awesome brother created a video to recap our vacation!  Check it out here and subscribe + give it a thumbs up!

One thing I’ve learned from this trip: you can think of a million reasons not to travel, but traveling is where the best memories are made.  If you’ve been thinking about a trip and have the money saved up, GO!  You won’t ever regret traveling with your family!  Don’t let life get so busy that you forget to live.



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June Instagram Roundup

I’ve quickly learned I shop at the most random places: boutiques while traveling, little local shops, and online sites.  This means most items I’ve purchased quickly go out of stock or aren’t listed online.  Bummer.  BUT I’ve managed to find extremely similar items for the ones I couldn’t find.  YAY!  Flatlays for days in June, y’all!


Tunic | Jeggings | Turquoise Necklace Similar | Flats


Tank Similar | Shorts | Sandals


Tank Similar | Shorts | Necklace | Sandals Similar | Succulent


Hat Similar | Sunscreen | Top Similar | Earrings Similar here + here | Sunglasses Similar | Makeup Bag | Sandals Similar


Hat | Bikini Top Similar {Same brand} | Bikini Bottom Similar {Same brand}


Tank | Shorts


Bikini Top | Bikini Bottom Similar {Same brand}

Please let me know if you have any questions about the outfits, details or links!  I can’t believe half of 2016 is over!  Where does the time go?  Hope y’all have a happy 4th of July!



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Little Wildflower {5 Reasons You Should Be A Wildflower + A Flower Crown}



Photo credits: Jennifer at Sweet E Photography

Who else loves wildflowers?!  Seems like I always go for the flowers that aren’t your ordinary, perfect, flawless flower.  This flower crown made me feel so pretty and dainty!  Totally channeled my inner wildflower, boho spirit!  It also got me thinking about 5 reasons we should be wildflowers.  I know you’re thinking, what in the world is this chick talking about?  Trust me on this one.  You’re probably more like a wildflower than you think!  Here we go:

  1. Stand Tall: In other words, be proud of yourself.  There is no one just like you in this big ol’world.  God carefully created you in his image {Genesis 1:27}.  He gave each of us different abilities, talents, and spiritual gifts.  It’s so hard in today’s society with all the Instagram, Facebook, + Twitter right at our fingertips not to compare yourself and covet someone else’s “perfect” life they’ve displayed.  Just as you’re wishing you had that girl’s gorgeous long legs, someone else is wishing they had your bubbly personality, sense of style or your ability to break the ice in a crowded room.  Always embrace yourself and each little thing that makes you unique.  EVERYONE has flaws, but focus on all the good things about yourself and your life.  Stand tall and have pride in you!
  2. Stand Out: My mama always told me to be myself and don’t follow the crowd. The older I get, the more I realize exactly what she meant. I believe in standing up and standing out for what I believe in + what is right, no matter the circumstances. Whether you’re in a “field of roses” or not partaking in gossip at work, saying no to people who aren’t positive for your life, forgiving someone after they’ve hurt you, or encouraging others daily.  Most of the time, the right thing is never the easy thing.  However, you will never regret standing out for what you believe in!
  3. Bloom: Always continue blooming.  Never get so content and comfortable that you don’t continue to grow.  Life has so much to offer us, gals.  We should always be blooming in all aspects of our lives.  There’s always room to grow in our walk with Christ {preaching to myself}, relationships with friends + family, work, finances, talents.  Be sure to continue blooming and bettering yourself daily.  Plus, try something new!  Get out of your comfort zone.  Take that vacation you’ve been looking into, try a new dish at your regular restaurant, pick up a new talent or hobby, and be open to blooming!
  4. Look For The Sunshine: In order to prosper and grow a flower looks for the sunlight.  We should always be searching for the “good.”  Even on our darkest days, there’s always light peeking in + something to be thankful for.  Strive to find the sweet, little things in everyday.  When you filter out the bad and always focus on the good, you’re gonna shine, darling!
  5. Let Your Roots Run Deep: Always remember where you came from, who helped you along the way and the lessons you’ve learned on your journey.  The deeper your roots are the stronger you’ll be, you’ll have more confidence, and trust in yourself.  Constantly remain grounded {in your faith, your marriage, your friendships, and your life}.  “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” {Ephesians 3:17}.  Be sure to let your roots run deep and always remain grounded in the love of Christ.

Little wildflower, if you remind yourself of these daily, you’re gonna bloom and be the most beautiful wildflower there ever was.


Also, can we get back to how lovely this flower crown is?!  Two gorgeous wildflowers out of Georgia are hand crafting these beauties!  I absolutely adore mine.  You can custom design yours here.  I know Amanda and Alexa can help find the perfect one for you!  Plus, use the code: WILDFLOWER at checkout and receive 15% off your order!!!  Check them out on Instagram at @pearlsandpinkpeonies or @thedaintysouthco!

Dress {Original from Above Average Boutique}: Similar here + here |  Flower Crown | Bracelet {Original from Versona}: Similar here | Wedges {Original from Belk}: Similar here + here

Always be blooming,


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