Nov 122015


While browsing Twitter recently, I came across a few beautiful articles written for National Adoption Month that got me thinking about all the incredible ways adoption has touched my life. Though I personally was not adopted, I look at my groups of family, friends, and coworkers and realize that without adoption, I would not have been blessed with the relationships that I have.

Here are two particularly poignant articles written about adoption:

To My Adoptive Parents” by Tori Lyn

What My Adoptive Family Taught Me About Unconditional Love” by Shannon O’Connell.

To those of you who have adopted, I can’t express enough gratitude. You are changing the course of a child’s life. You are giving someone down the road their spouse, or best friend, or coworker. Thank you. ♥

Nov 112015


Veteran’s Day is one of the most important holidays we celebrate all year. How do you properly thank the people that have risked their lives to ensure that you continue to enjoy freedom at home? How do you show appreciation for something you cannot fathom? I don’t know. I come from a military family and I often feel that any words of gratitude I could possibly say would pale in comparison the sacrifices they make.

To my grandfathers, big brother, father-in-law, best friend/college roommate/mother of my godson, my uncles, cousins, countless friends and coworkers, and to every service person I do not know, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I enjoyed reading “The History and Meaning of Veteran’s Day” by Christian Millord this morning, this excerpt in particular:

“Today, Veterans Day is designated to commemorate all living and deceased veterans who heeded the call of duty. That would include those missing in action, our wounded warriors, former prisoners of war and millions of veterans who have served both in war and peace.

When recruits enter the Armed Forces, they are aware that they could be thrust into harm’s way. Who are these men and women? They are ordinary individuals who sometimes make great sacrifices and endure extraordinary challenges. What higher commitment is there than to place one’s life on the line for humanity?

Our veterans are stationed around the globe, providing disaster relief, defending democratic institutions, fighting ISIS and enhancing security in Afghanistan. On this day, and every day, let us be thankful for their service and pray for their safety and eventual return home.

Our veterans know that natural freedom is an ideal worth defending because there will always be terrorists and tyrants who hope to undermine liberty, progress and security. By honoring our veterans, we show gratitude for their devotion to human dignity and freedom. Through their selfless service, we might better understand responsible liberty and be inspired to lead better lives.”

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Sep 172014

I am pleased and proud to announce that I was selected to be a Kiss My Southern Sass (KMSS) Rep for Fall 2014!

Based out of Athens, GA, KMSS is a fun and sassy line of women’s clothing and accessories, with a Southern party girl theme.

I could buy just about everything on the site, but two of my favorite items, which I purchased long before becoming a rep, are the Southern Belle Raisin’ Hell tank and the Pretty in Pink and Ready to Drink tank {and koozie!}.


I also have two of these state bangles {South Carolina and Tennessee} and wear them almost every day!


KMSS has a good selection of patriotic themed tanks, which are so perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July— or any day!

There are also some really cute tanks to celebrate your Big/Little relationship if you are in a sorority {or even grand-big!}.


I think I have already figured out what my next KMSS purchase{s} will be– the Bride, Maid of Honor, and Bridesmaid tanks. As a bride-to-be, I think these will make perfect gifts for my girls.


I am so excited to be a part of the great group of girls known as “baby bows,” and look forward to working more with this fun company in the future!

You can use my code “ClothesCupcakes” for a discount on any of these items, or anything else on the KMSS site!

Happy shopping!


“Only the best get the bow!”