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Nothing like a girl's weekend to kick off 2019 the right way!

This past weekend, my girl Kay from I Am Kay Elle hosted me and three other blogger babes (@aleshanokeys@loveleighlove, and @thekrisrandolph) for an amazing girl's staycation with Domio! In case you haven't heard of Domio, this company was started in 2016 when two guys set out to provide large spaces for group travel! Basically the most perfect places for vacation rental, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, etc. when you're traveling with a group. So far, Domio has property available in San Diego, Chicago, Austin, Honolulu, New Orleans, Boston, and NASHVILLE!

When I tell you guys we had the BEST time, I seriously cannot even describe it to you. There's seriously nothing like getting together with a group of girl's who understand you, want to uplift you, and just know how to have fun! Our house was located in a cute neighborhood in South Nashville, if you're familiar. We checked in at 5pm on Friday and the fun instantly began! Take a look at this awesome home we were blessed to stay in.

It is so obvious that every detail of this space is thought out from the decor to the furniture. This particular home had 3 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a cool rooftop you can access by spiral staircase! I particularly loved the staircases on both sides of the kitchen. I thought it added a cool touch you don't normally see other places. I seriously felt at home as soon as I entered! Often times, we only think of hotels when we travel, but a place like this provides enough space for everyone you're traveling with to spread out, but you are still in a pretty intimate place and can easily come together!

When we arrived, we were greeted by some goodies put together by our girl @justkayelle and also some goodies from Domio! It was the perfect welcome, which contributed to me feeling right at home instantly. That night, we ordered our dinner from Slim & Husky's which was the PERFECT sleepover food! Have you guys been there? If you haven't be SURE to check it out the next time you're in Nashville. Their pizza is amazing and they also now have these scrumptious pasta dishes available when you order from their catered menu. Need something sweet after you eat? No problem. They also have different flavors of cinnamon rolls that are SO GOOD!

We had so much fun drinking wine, playing games, dancing to the music, eating LOTS of good food on Friday night and as if the weekend couldn't get any better, it did! Saturday, we went to The Candle Bar and had a blast making our own candles. It was a pretty smooth process and I enjoyed seeing how candles are made because let's be honest, I'm a little candle obsessed! The class was about an hour and they explained everything as we went along, so it was a great experience. I can't wait go pick up my candle! Later that night, we had dinner and drinks at The Ainsworth and my food was absolutely delicious! It's a really nice upscale sports bar that turns into a party most nights around 9pm. Be sure to try the Mac Fries when you go.

It was seriously the best weekend. I truly believe that Domio will be the number one place on my list now when I travel to one of their cities. We created so many memories in this space! I encourage you all to have a girl's weekend some time soon. It was MUCH needed and MUCH appreciated.

When was the last time you had a girl's weekend?

Photos By: Christopher McCarthy Photography
Our stay was sponsored by Domio, The Candle Bar sponsored our candle making class, and The Ainsworth and Slim & Husky's sponsored our food. Muddy Boot Wine sponsored our wine. All opinions in this post are my own as always.

Thanks so much for reading! xo

Hello everyone and Happy New Year to you!

Every time a new year approaches, I think it takes me a little extra time to get into the swing of things and this time wasn't any different. For one, it didn't really feel like New Year's to me when the time came. It was like December came and went entirely too quick and I blinked and wasn't ready for the new year! However, now I'm ready and so excited for all the new content I plan to bring here for you guys.

When looking back over my year overall, 2018 was a great year! My husband and I traveled the world together (you can read about two of my favorite trips from 2018 here and here), we started Our House the Podcast and we are having a blast with it! I partnered with a couple awesome brands here and on my Instagram page, and I spent a lot of time on my personal internal growth and happiness. I did have a couple low moments. I suffered a major loss (my beloved Grandmother) back in October and experienced a major emotional roller coaster from that. I struggled with feeling like I wasn't exercising my full potential, I struggled with not feeling like I had genuine people around me, not to mention I got injured on Christmas Day twice! Throughout all of the many ups and few downs I experienced in 2018, I truly feel like I learned so much about myself.

1. I learned that EVERYTHING is done on God's timing. Not mine.
There were so many things I saw myself accomplishing personally in 2018 and unfortunately, it just didn't happen! It was so easy to get down and feel like 'woe is me' in the midst of what you feel is the worst storm of your life, but once you stop for a second and realize that YOU are not in control, God is.. and he won't let anything happen that isn't supposed to happen and vice versa, you start to breathe a little easier. In 2019, I will be letting God take the reigns and not question why things aren't happening when I want them to.

2. I learned not to worry so much about what people think of me.
This one kept me from stepping outside of my comfort zone in 2018. In the back of my mind, I was always thinking about what the next person was going to say or think of the actions and moves I chose to make and that was wrong. In 2019, I will act on faith and faith alone, knowing that as long as I am okay with the things I am doing, no one else's opinion really matters.

3. I relearned that I am the one in charge of my happiness.. not anyone else.
For a second I forgot the root of happiness comes from within. It's easy to do in this day and age when all we have to go off of is social media and the things we see. Everything that glitters isn't gold and everything that's dull ain't broken. I got so caught up in depending on friends, associates, and whoever else to make me happy that when they didn't, I found myself laid out in a bed of expectations that were never met. No one should live like that! In 2019, I will look in the mirror for a smile and make my happiness stem from that. When other's make me happy, that is a bonus I will gladly accept!

4. I learned that dreams don't work unless I do.
This was a hard one for me to grasp this year because in all transparency, most things I've wanted in life came pretty easily up until 2018 and I believe God was trying to teach me something. I'm not saying I never had to work, but the extent of work that was required of me in 2018 was foreign and I honestly didn't know how to deal with it. I often times became easily defeated when something didn't happen the way I envisioned and I hated that about myself. In 2019, I will accept things as they come, embrace change, and work as hard as it is necessary in order to achieve my goals/dreams.

5. I learned that I am a pretty dope individual.
I may have flaws (who doesn't?), but I believe I am dope! I am a beautiful young woman that loves hard, believes everyone can win, and wants to see her loved ones as happy as possible. I come up with some pretty cool and crazy ideas, I love lame jokes, and sometimes I can probably annoy the people I love, but guess what? All of these things make me.. ME, and I wouldn't trade any of it! In 2019, I will no longer feel that I have to change or hide certain characteristics of my personality to fit the mold of a person I used to desperately want to surround myself with. I will channel my energy into those who receive it wholeheartedly and stay away from toxic energy that doesn't make my uniqueness thrive! Shrinking myself does this universe NO good.

What are some things that 2018 taught you and how will you apply those lessons in 2019? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading! xo

It's beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS! Well, actually it has been looking like Christmas for quite some time.. I've just been MIA from Through Jam's Eyes. Sorry about that guys! It feels like this holiday season is flying by so fast and I have honestly just been trying to enjoy every moment, so unfortunately these blog posts have been pushed to the back burner!

I did, however, want to come here and show you guys how I decked the halls this year for Christmas! I am SOOO in love with this year's decor and I cannot wait for you guys to see it. Last year's decor was great, but this year, I really tried some new things and I hope you guys like it. I kept some of the same things from last year, tweaked some things to make them different, and added some new details as well. You can see last year's Christmas decor here!

Okay, no more talk! Let's get into these pictures, shall we? :) The photo above is our front porch. I love this 'Merry and Bright' mat I found at Ross for under $10! The lanterns are from Walmart and the trees are from Big Lots I think! Oh, and the wreath is from Lowe's!

Now, let's move to the inside of the house!

This is my staircase and dining area! I decided to do garland on the bottom of the stairs this year and I LOVE how it turned out. I tried to make it match my main Christmas tree, which you will see below. The stockings hung are special because my mom made those for Marcus and I the year we got married. I just think they are so cute! Also, how do you guys like our bar cart decor? :)

This is by far my favorite room in the house right now because it looks like Christmas fantasy land! I am SO in love with how our Christmas tree turned out this year as well as everything else!

I had to add a little Christmas spirit to my cloffice. Isn't this pink stuff I found at Target so cute?! I promise I will share a reveal of this room soon! :)

Finally, here's my husband's Titan tree! I love how this one turned out this year too. We add some special ornaments each year and I just love the hat as the topper!

So that's all folks! I hope you enjoyed this holiday tour around our home. It was so much fun decorating this year. If you guys have any questions about where some of the things I bought are from, please let me know! I know I didn't list everything. I can't believe that Christmas is less than a week away! I hope you guys have finished your shopping and are enjoying these days with family and friends.

Thanks so much for reading! xo
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