Traveling from Miss to Mrs: A Travel Themed Bridal Shower


My sweet friend Katie is getting married this May; I’m literally so excited! Katie and I met at the University of Georgia my freshman year and didn’t really connect again until about a year into my first job. She reached out to me, kind of out of the blue, about working with me and I’m SO glad because we ended up becoming the best of friends.

K and her beau are world travelers. It’s something they both just love to do and it’s been a huge part of their relationship. So, our other friend, Rachel, and I decided to throw Miss Katie a bridal shower to help her prepare for her upcoming marriage and we thought it was only fitting to have a travel theme!

I have planned a ton of showers in the past! I even wrote a post one time on how to throw a shower in 10 easy steps because I literally have it down to a science haha. But I was super pumped about this shower because I have never done a travel theme and I was excited to see how it would turn out. Also, I usually have to rent a venue out for showers because up until now I’ve lived in an apartment or townhouse, so this was the first time I had my own house that I could host in – talk about feeling grown up!

Here’s all of our travel themed bridal shower goodness (with links for products throughout)!



We wanted our guests to feel welcome and a part of the festivities from the moment they arrived. Our sweet friend Savannah created this sign to match the invitations we sent out!



Katie’s incorporating blush and gold into her wedding decor, so we wanted to be sure to incorporate those colors into our shower decorations as well. I loved this tassel garland because it’s literally the only one I found online that didn’t look cheap, but most importantly also came pre-assembled! #bless I used to be all into DIY-ing everything, but these days, I’m like let’s save time and make life easy!



For extra seating, we brought the chairs from the dining room into the kitchen, and the hearth of the fireplace was the perfect place for everyone to sit their gifts when they arrived!

To shop home decor: Vases | Wall Baskets (large) | Wall Baskets Small



This photo backdrop was super simple, but made for a ton of fun! I just ordered a gold glittery backdrop that the hubs hung up for me, picked up this banner and wrote “Miss to Mrs” on it, so that it would fit with our theme.



Then, of course, we needed some fun photo props.

To shop home decor: Sugar Canister | Coffee Canister | Tan Keuring (currently moved in this photo, but perfect for neutral colored home decor)



Shower food is always one of my favorites. Luckily, my mother-in-law is a super good cook/caterer, so she helped me out with the chicken salad sandwiches and pasta salad. The rest were just easy and yummy finger foods!



I always like to have some personal touches and print and frame some photos that the bride can take home after.



Rachel also made this hot air balloon centerpiece that I thought was just too cute!



You can never go wrong with a mimosa bar! And Rach just bought regular wine glasses and painted the bottoms with chalk paint – how stinkin cute, right?! It’s a fun way for people to get to personalize their glasses, but also for everyone to keep up with their drinks!



Also, how adorable are these suitcase, envelope and globe cookies?!! Two Moms is my FAVORITE (x10) place to buy cookies for events or gifts!



And these favors were super cute and easy. All you have to do is buy the bubbly, and tie on a tag and ribbon! These tags were also created by our friend, Savannah.



I’m not a huge fan of games at showers, but I do think it’s good for people to have a little something to do while mingling. These were fun because everyone got to fill out how “you know you’re at Katie and Nathan’s wedding when _____ happens”. This can turn very funny, so enjoy.



Then Bridal Shower Bingo is always fun! Please ignore my hodge podge of pens… lol lol lol. (These two game designs were also created by Savannah! Anyone else agree that she should prob open an Etsy store?!!)



Prizes for bingo make it a ton more fun! We grabbed some cute luggage tags to fit the theme, but also because who doesn’t love a good luggage tag?



Finally, we had guests write down date night ideas for the bride to draw from when her and the new hubs need some ideas. We also had them address envelopes to themselves and drop them in this suitcase box to make writing thank you cards that much easier after the shower. I highly recommend doing this, because it was done at one of my bridal showers and I was so glad!

We had so much fun showering Katie and I legit can’t wait for her big day!

If you have been looking for some bridal shower inspo, I hope this helps! Feel free to reach out with any questions or even if you need any help with ideas and planning! ๐Ÿ™‚


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10 Reasons I Love My Hubs


Happy Valentine’s Day loves! I hope you are all having the happiest Wednesday imaginable. ๐Ÿ™‚

I told y’all I’m a sucker for V-Day and for love in general, so today, I wanted to show a little love to my very favorite person, my husband.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve written about him a few times on the blog, but in case you’re new here, Bryan and I have been together pretty much forever. We started dating in September of our freshman year of high school, fast forward to 2018 and we’re approaching our 2nd anniversary of marriage! ๐Ÿ™‚

He is a gem of a husband and I adoreeeee him. Here’s a few reasons why!


1. His morning snuggles literally always start my day off on the right foot.

There’s seriously nothing better than being woken up by a big beautiful man coming to spoon and kiss you. I’ll take it over an alarm clock any day!!

2. He’s just so dang handsome.

Not gonna lie… I often think, omg, we’re going to make such cute babies! lol

3. He’s super handy.

Coming from someone who is not so handy (me!!) I can really appreciate someone who knows how to do things with their hands. Things like building me my dining room table, fixing things that are broken in the house and pretty much everything else.

4. He protects me from all of the burglars I swear I hear in our house… all of the time.

I don’t know why y’all, but I am the biggest scaredy cat. I think I hear things in the house all the time and if our dog, Champ, starts barking like crazy, I swear I’m about to be taken. haha Luckily, Bryan doesn’t get scared very often and even though I’m usually anti-gun, I’m pretty glad that he keeps one in the house and can use it.

5. He doesn’t judge me when I have a meltdown in the middle of a diet and need a peanut butter cup sundae stat!

In fact, he drives me there to get it.


6. He’s super thoughtful and respectful.

I can’t tell y’all how lucky I feel to have found someone who is so considerate of how I feel. From going out to get breakfast before I wake up on Sunday morning and cleaning the house top to bottom before I get home from a long business trip, to looking at me when a naked girl comes on the screen in a movie and staying back at the hotel when all the guys go to the strip club on a bachelor trip. I really found a good one.

7. He loves singing along to our favorite songs with me, even though I’m tone deaf.

I don’t know that I’m actually tone deaf, but my grandma once said that when we were singing, we sounded like cows in a hail storm… so you get the picture! We can be in the car, me belting my lungs out and he’s just happily singing along with me. We’re both a sucker for Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden. Remember that one? ha!

8. He gets mad with me during a venting session.

If I have a bad day at the office or if someone upsets me, the first thing I do is go home and vent to B. Nothing makes me feel more vindicated than when he agrees with me and gets mad for me.

9. He challenges me.

I’ve written before about how Bry and I are complete opposites, so from time to time, he challenges me… and I need that. My life would be so boring if he were just passive and agreeable all of the time. When I make a political statement, he’s always sure to ask me why and what information backs up what I’m saying. When I feel like my job is too much, he gives me a little tough love and pushes me to be my best. Not gonna lie… I like a little push back and it really does make me the best version of myself.

10. He loves me.

I know that seems like such a simple thing to say, but isn’t that all we can hope for in this life? To find someone who truly, unconditionally, wholeheartedly loves us?


Truthfully, I could write for days about reasons I love this man, but I think you might get bored and these are some of my favorites. What are your favorite things about your significant other? Comment below!!

I hope you all have a wonderful V-Day!


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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Your Man


2018 is well underway and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Although Bryan and I don’t go all out for V-Day, like we do for Christmas or birthdays, we still like to make the day a little special. I, for one, find men are always sooooo hard to buy for. If you’re in this same boat, hopefully, this V-Day gift guide will help you out! ๐Ÿ™‚ There are tons of ideas for different types of guys and at different price points. Whether your man likes to cozy up at home, workout 24/7 or travel, this list should have a little something for him.



Comfy Clothes

Pajama Pants | Pullover | Socks



Wireless Earphones | Amazon Echo | Bluetooth Speaker



Card-Carrying Phone Case | Hat | Watch


Health & Grooming

Colonge | Shaving Kit | FitBit

Something Thoughtful

Growler filled with his fave beer | Lingerie | Weekend Getaway


Happy shopping loves!

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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2017


It’s been another great year blogging for you guys! Readers have more than doubled over last year, fashion played a bigger role in my content for y’all and a much needed face lift is almost complete. Every year, I like to give you guys a recap of the top blog posts for the year. (Click here to check out 2016’s top posts!) For one, because I just think it’s fun to see what y’all enjoyed most, but for two, if you missed out on one of these amazing posts, I want to be sure to give you one more chance to read them before I come out with a whole slew of new posts for 2018. (Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s 2018… anyone else feel like last year and the holidays went by SO fast?!) Nonetheless, here’s Life & Lattes’ top posts of 2017.


#1: The Struggles of Being a Girl with a Big Nose


For the third year in a row, this post is #1. On one hand, it makes me really sad, because it means that SO many girls out there struggle with the insecurities and sadness that come along with having a big nose, but on the other hand, it makes me really happy, because at least they know they’re not alone and that this girl right here, feels your pain!! ๐Ÿ™‚


#2: Things to Do During a Weekend Getaway in Chattanooga, Tennessee


I had no idea how many people were interested in traveling to Chattanooga, Tennessee and were looking for things to do there, but this post has had even more readers than last year! If you’re ever looking for a fun weekend trip, this post is a good read!


#3: An Inside Look at a College Football Inspired, Elegant Southern Wedding


This one’s a no brainer! My brother and sister-in-law are the cutest and their wedding was to die for. If you haven’t checked out this post, you’re missing out!


#4: Where to Find Cute Bathing Suits Now that Victoria’s Secret No Longer Sells Them


I think Vicky’s Secret choosing to discontinue their swimwear line was a punch in the gut to us all, so this post came at a much needed time!


#5: 15 Quotes for the Girl Boss You Know You Can Be


I’d like to call this the year of the woman… although I’m sure that would be better suited for 1920 or 1963, but women really brought it this year in pop culture, stood up for what they believed in on the political front and also, sexual harassment in the workplace is starting to get the attention it deserves. There’s a little girl boss deep down inside of each of us, sometimes you just need some motivational quotes to help you let her out!

So there you go – the top 5 posts read by you guys in 2017! I hope y’all enjoyed them all, but I can’t wait to show you what all is to come this year on the blog!! Hope you love it!


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A Recap of all of the Wonderfully Amazing Things that Happened in 2017


2017 has been a really great year. It’s not one of those years that I’m ready to see go… although I am excited to see what lies ahead in 2018. This year though, a lot of awesome things have happened both in my life and in the world as a whole. So, as we wave goodbye to 2017, here’s a recap of all of the amazing things that have happened this year.

I more than doubled my blog traffic – meaning there’s more of you amazing people reading what I write every day and I could not be more honored! Thanks to all 50K of you!!


I became a homeowner.

A group of beachgoers in Panama City saved a family from drowning by creating a human chain.


I celebrated my one year anniversary with the hubs and took an anniversary trip that was one for the books!


Price Harry and Meghan Markle got engaged! We’re going to have an American princess y’all!


My sister and I took a birthday trip to Washington, D.C.! The sites, the food, the city… all amazing!


I took my first solo flight.

The University of Georgia football program had the best season I’ve seen in a while.


My sister and I walked in our first Susan G. Komen 3-Day in San Diego, CA.

The Wonder Woman movie came out and not only was it spectacular, but it was a huge step for women as well. Anyone else as obsessed with Gal Gadot as I am?!


My sister and I visited the West Coast for the first time.

Starbucks came out with the Unicorn Frappucino.


My brother and sister-in-law got married.

Beyonce had twins!!


Bryan and I were blessed with a sweet, baby nephew.

Taylor Swift dropped a new album… that I’m obsessed with!


I got my eyebrows microbladed – life changer.

The first total solar eclipse since 1979 occurred.

A million other amazing things! Although I know our country saw a lot of heartbreak this year between shootings and hurricanes and fires and more, I’m so glad to see us all showing a little more love and taking life a little less for granted.

So, here’s one last cheers to 2017 and I wish you all a very happy new year!


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The Perfect Wine to Take to Your Holiday Party


This holiday season, I’ve partnered up with one of my favorite stores for party supplies aka dranksss to help you guys pick out the best wines to take to your holiday parties! Toast Wine & Beverage is the best for one, because they’ve been voted #1 in our area for like 10 years, for two, because they have a ton of selection and for three, because it’s super cute inside and doesn’t seem like some sketchy, run down liquor store, lol.


Also, they so sweetly donated an amazing bottle of bourbon to my Susan G. Komen 3-Day Giveaway to help me raise money to fight breast cancer. #blessyall


Nonetheless, now to the goods. I spent some time shopping with the staff to find the perfect wines to take to your holiday parties. They’ve given me three really delicious options depending on what type of wine you like best. Each of these three bottles is really reasonably price and also is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your Christmas or New Year’s get-togethers!


Ferrari-Carano Siena

This medium-bodied, Sangiovese-blend red wine is a bit of a chameleon, as it changes ever so slightly year-to-year because of Mother Nature and the grapes themselves. With one sip of this SIENA, youโ€™ll instantly feel like youโ€™ve been transported to the hills of Tuscany.

Lamarca Prosecco

In the heart of Italyโ€™s lush Prosecco region, the La Marca Trevigiana zone grows the revered glera grapes they use to make a delicately flavored wine. With delicate, golden straw color and lively effervescence, this Prosecco is one of the best with aromas of fresh citrus, honey and white flowers. The palate is fresh and clean, with flavors of ripe lemon, green apple and grapefruit framed by mineral undertones.

Doรฑa Paula Estate Black Edition

Intense black purple color. On the nose, its aromas of plum, spices and red pepper stand out while delicate notes of mint can also be perceived. In the mouth, it is a very harmonious and balanced wine, with round tannins and a long finish.

I hope this makes all of y’all’s holiday preparations just a little bit easier!


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A Tour of This Year’s Christmas Decor


I am the queen of changing out my Christmas decor. It’s like just when I think I’ve found something that I’ll like for at least 3 years and buy butt loads of it, I change my mind. AKA the all lime green and red Christmas fest that I ADORED last year, but that I felt didn’t fit my taste or my new home at all this year. Also, when I told the hubs my change of plans for our Christmas decorations this year I got a mixed reaction… 1. Where are we going to fit even more Christmas decorations?! 2. Thank God, our decorations last year looked like Hooville! Say what?! You can imagine my response, haha.

Nonetheless, this year, I decided to go with silver, gold and white decor or as I’m calling it, my Winter Wonderland. I’m so excited to give you guys an inside look! Hopefully, I’ll still like these items next year, so I can continue to build on my collection and have even more to show y’all then!


Last year was the first time in my life that I had a real Christmas tree! I’m sure y’all can remember how excited I was. But this year was our first year getting a real, flocked tree and I couldn’t be more obsessed. It really just gives our tree a little something extra and since we never have a white Christmas here in the South, I love that it at least gives us a little bit of that feeling.

Tree Topper | Gold Filler Ornaments | Silver Filler Ornaments | Tree Wrapping Paper | Spotted Wrapping Paper

**I wish I had links for y’all to shop my gold garland and special ornaments, but those are just beautiful pieces I’ve found along the way, not online. :/


I’m all about having stockings that coordinate, but aren’t all the same. I just think it adds a little something to your decor. Of course, we had to add a third one for our fur baby, Champ!


Garland | Stockings | Sparkly Trees | Deer



I always think it’s good to add a little Christmas spirit all throughout the house, not just in common areas. It doesn’t take much to turn a boring kitchen sink into a happy holiday space!


These little Christmas trees were a steal!! They were in the dollar section at Target and I could not pass them up!! These hand towels are sold out on ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but you may get lucky and find them in store and if not, Hallmark has a really cute similar one!!



My dining room has always been one of my favorite spaces because my husband built this table for me as my wedding present! Don’t mind my Anthropologie project piece back there that has been a project for like 2 years… haha. When you get a $300 piece for like $30 at Final Cut, you grab that ish quick. What I’ve learned about myself though is that refinishing furniture is not my area of expertise!!


It’s hard to see, but these napkin rings are engraved with our initial and were one of my favorite wedding presents!


Add a simple centerpiece and your dining room feels cozy and ready for holiday guests!

Napkins | Napkin Rings | Salt & Pepper Shakers | Chargers

There you have it – a glimpse into my sparkly, winter wonderland! It’s such a shame that we only get to keep our Christmas decorations up for a month; they just make me oh so happy!


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Christmas Pictures with the Freemans


Christmas Pictures 2016

Last year was the first year that Bryan and I had Christmas pictures made and sent out legitimate cards. We loved hearing from family members that received them in the mail or going over to a friend’s house and seeing them hung on the fridge.

For our pictures last year, we used a professional photographer and headed downtown with our pup to get some shots. They had a dressed up, city feel like that we really liked.


The only thing about doing them downtown is that our dog, Champ, wanted to run and sniff everything… and with professional photographers doing small Christmas sessions, you don’t generally get that many pictures. So the only picture we got of him that was worth something was this photo where I’m cheesing extra hard (literally are my eyes even open?! lol)… so basically I had to send out a pic I didn’t love so Champ didn’t feel left out!


Nonetheless, to save a little money and to make our lives easier this year, we decided to use a family friend to take our pictures and to do them from home. That way Champ wouldn’t get quite as excited and we could get a few more options to choose from. Plus, this is our first year living in our new home, so it worked out perfectly! Here are a few highlights from our shoot!


Christmas Pictures 2017

Plus, I’m just a little obsessed with my Christmas decor this year!


I love stealing kisses by the Christmas tree!


And don’t worry, Champ made the cut again for this year’s Christmas card!


Thank you Kallie for being so patient with Champ (and us) and snapping these shots that we’ll cherish forever!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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Walking 60 Miles in Just 3 Days to Find a Cure


I don’t know if you guys remember, but back in May, I told y’all all about my itch to do something remarkable. It took me a lot of time and research to figure out just what it would be, but once I found the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, I knew it was just the thing!


When I was younger, my Nana was diagnosed with breast cancer. Lucky for our family, she made it into remission and now is a healthy, long-living survivor. We are forever grateful. But, last year, we lost my Aunt Tricia to a long, hard battle with endometrial cancer. It hit our family like a ton of bricks and left me looking for some way to heal and a way to do something productive against this terrible disease.


I’m also just at a point in my life where I want to make sure I live in a meaningful way and that I do all of the things I want to do… things like travel, challenge myself (physically and emotionally) and do good for others.


So, from May – November, my sister and I threw events, sold t-shirts, put together giveaways and asked some really wonderful and generous people to support us on our campaigns and luckily, they did. So many businesses and individuals gave their hard-earned money to help us get one step closer to eradicating cancer.


So a week and a half ago, we both hopped on a plane (from different destinations – this was my first solo flight, so I was a little scared!) and headed out to San Diego. We woke up Friday morning even more nervous… nervous that we wouldn’t be able to make it all 60 miles, nervous that we would let our donors down,ย  nervous that we didn’t know what we had gotten ourselves into. All of these fears didn’t subside, but were calmed the second the opening ceremonies began. It was raining that morning (despite a 0% chance of rain) and there was a double rainbow in the sky.


Survivors, current cancer fighters and those that have lost loved ones graced the stage, telling their stories of how they have been impacted by cancer and I literally sobbed standing there in the middle of this crowd in the middle of the rain. It blows your mind to realize just how much each one of us is affected by cancer and the toll it has taken on our lives. I cried for their pain, but also because I really, really miss my aunt and finally because I knew those two rainbows were all of our loved ones looking down on us from above and giving us the support we needed to make it through.


From that moment on, I didn’t stop smiling. I have never met so many thoughtful and kind people in my life… from the police men and women dressed in pink that provided us with music to keep us going, to the safety crew that kept us safe and got us from point A to point B each day, to the cheering crowds dressed in funny outfits, to all of our fellow walkers. It was seriously a magical experience that I can’t even explain in words.


Then, on top of it all, my first trip to the west coast did not disappoint. Although I begrudged the miles spent climbing up hills, they sure were beautiful to look at. The cliffs, homes in the hillsides and gorgeous beaches literally left me in awe.


So we walked and we walked and then we walked some more… through San Diego’s beaches, towns and parks. I can’t count how many times a stranger told me “thank you for walking”, but all I could think is “thank you for keeping me going”. I felt like an old lady because my hips were hurting so badly and I looked kinda funny the second half of the walk with my blistered, achy feet, but no aches and pains from the walk could compare to what cancer patients have to endure. So we pushed through it and on day 3 when we walked through the finish line, I literally couldn’t believe we had made it. I cried again (in case y’all haven’t realized I’m a crier, haha), but then we danced and sang with everyone to celebrate this huge victory. Together, our walk in San Diego raised $6.5 million for breast cancer research and treatment, which is so amazing!


During the walk I kept thinking… this is one thing I’ll mark off of my bucket list, but I can never do it again! Little did I know, just a few hours later, my sister and I would be talking about signing up for the Atlanta walk again next fall!


I want to say thank you again to everyone who took part in our campaigns and made this possible and I want to encourage anyone else who has a passion for fighting cancer to join us on our next walk. If you think you can’t do it, you’re wrong. And I’ll be happy to walk right alongside you the entire way! ๐Ÿ™‚


Want to know more about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day? Leave me a comment below or shoot me a message – I’d love to talk to you about it more!!


C’est la vie,


How to Make the Perfect Fall Drink


Halloween is just a few days away… eek! And there’s no better way to celebrate than with an awesome fall drink, am I right? From some of my recent posts, I’m sure you guys all know how much I love fall… from the leaves, to the smells, to the weather… but fall drinks are definitely at the top of my list.


Whether you’re throwing a fun Halloween party, having some fam over or maybe even hosting a fall brunch, you don’t want to miss out on making this perfect fall drink: the Apple Cider Mimosa! ๐Ÿ™‚


Here’s what you’ll need:


  • Champagne glasses
  • Champagne… duh!
  • Apple cider
  • Caramel syrup
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • An apple

Here’s how to make your delicious, apple cider mimosas!

Grab two plates and fill one with a good amount of caramel syrup and the other with the cinnamon sugar.


From there, you’ll want to dip the rim of each of your champagne glasses in the caramel first, followed by the cinnamon sugar – similar to the way you salt the rim of a margarita glass. This is literally my favorite part of the drink because it just gives you a little something extra with each sip.


Once you have the rims of your glasses “sugared” with caramel and cinnamon sugar, pop that cork!!


From there, you’ll want to pour champagne in each glass. The amount is really up to you. Most recipes call for 1/4 of a glass, but most people I know would opt for 1/2 a glass at least, haha!


Then, you’ll fill your glasses the rest of the way with apple cider.


For a little extra fun, you’ll want to slice up an apple and drop one slice in each glass. These act as a cute garnish and soak up lots of mimosa goodness, so they’re super yummy to eat once you’ve finished your drink.


Then, share with friends and enjoy!


What are some of your favorite fall drinks?!

C’est la vie,