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Celebrating 2 Years on this Residency Journey

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If you don’t know by now, our little family and I, we love celebrating; even the small things. I think part of what makes our happy marriage tick, and a lesson I learned long ago from my own parents, is to enjoy the little stuff, to have goals and vacations and events; basically, things to look forward to. (I touched on this here.)

And although for some, a new job may not feel like the biggest thing – matching for hubby’s medical residency two years ago – that felt pretty monumental. (If you’re curious, this post explains medical residency, the match process, and the life of a doctor’s wife and here’s where we wound up.)

It was two years ago, just a few weeks back, that we matched for Mike’s residency at a big ceremony in Miami. We gathered with family and friends, and heard our fate read aloud from an envelope. In that moment, everything changed. We would be moving from Miami to Durham so that hubby could work at Duke. It was a huge dream for him, and a big move for me and Scarlett, who was just a baby at the time.

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We had two months to pack up our lives, find somewhere to live in a city we’d never been, and say farewell to our jobs, family and friends. Hubby was focused on his new career, and getting us there, so it was up to me to fret over where and how I would work, if I would take the North Carolina bar exam, if and where we might put Scarlett in school, if we’d need a nanny, the list goes on and on.

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But somehow, in less than two months, we had completely packed up Scarlett’s first home – a not-so-big apartment in the heart of Miami, and made the trek to a new home in North Carolina. Hubby always talks about how amazing it was that we managed such a big move so quickly, and we usually celebrate each year with a little celebration.  He lovingly jokes to anyone who will listen, “This is my wife; the rockstar.”

That guy. He’s awfully cute.

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Now onto the fun stuff. let’s talk jewelry gifts. You can color me obsessed because I am loving rocking this beautiful bracelet. Sometimes being unexpectedly spoiled can feel so unbelievably special. Hubby knew that jewelry gifts, particularly this tennis bracelet would be the most amazing way to commemorate the anniversary, and boy, was he right. I mean, just LOOK at it. I remember as a kid, thinking that tennis bracelets were the height of sophistication. My mom’s fancy friends had tennis bracelets. Getting to wear one from Jared – one that happens to be covered in diamonds – it felt pretty surreal.

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And if  gorgeous jewelry gifts aren’t one spectacular way to celebrate, I don’t know what is. Jewelry is one of my favorite ways to commemorate the timeless moments in life. Every piece of jewelry I own has a special meaning behind it. My engagement ring and wedding ring are obvious, but I also wear a small diamond ring my Dad gave my Mom when she had me, plus a few rings with special meaning as well (one for Scarlett, one for our wedding date, one for my blog … yeah, I’m a dork.)

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Jared has a huge selection of fine jewelry for any milestone or occasion, the perfect jewelry gifts. A tennis bracelet is topping my list. (Can’t you tell?)

How about you? Anything sparkly on your wish list? 

Photos by Annie Watts Photography


Lexi

Book Club: The Royal We

It’s that time again! Checking in with the latest book club, and you are going to love this book. I sort of stumbled across today’s book hunting on Amazon for something to read, and though the premise seemed a little bit silly (we’ll get to that in a minute!), the reviews were top notch. Let me just say: the reviews did not disappoint!

By the way, in case you’re curious, you can read all about why I started a book club right here. Stay tuned, read along, and join the conversation by tagging me (@glitterinclexi on InstagramFacebook and Twitter) and #GlitterBookClub in your posts.

So without further ado, book club is in session! On today’s agenda: The Royal We by by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.

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The Royal We by by Heather Cocks and Jessica

It doesn’t take much reading between the lines to figure out that this rom com (romantic comedy) is loosely based on Great Britain’s beloved Prince William and Kate Middleton. Kind of like royal fanfiction, but better. It’s just that it’s done so well; you’ll literally be sucked into the web of romance, heartbreak, plus a little bit of British scandal. It’s hard not to root for “The Royal We”, as they struggle with a normal coming of age relationship in a not-so-normal setting.

From Amazon: American Bex Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess, but it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall-and Bex who finds herself accidentally in love with the heir to the British throne. Nick is wonderful, but he comes with unimaginable baggage: a complicated family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a Brit. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex looks back on how much she’s had to give up for true love… and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.

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So grab a cup of coffee or tea, curl up on on the couch, and dive into this adorable book. Then head back to this post, or find me on social media (on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter ), and let me know what’s on your mind. You can tell me what you think by tagging your picture and/or review with #GlitterBookClub on Instagram!

And you can catch up on last month’s book, right here. (The Hating Game was a huge hit!)

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Book Club: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

One of my goals in the new year, and one that has been in the works for the past few months – starting with hosting book club* at my house here in our new town every other month – has been to read more.

It all started when I read this great article on The Huffington Post, “I read 52 books this year. Here’s what I learned.” Aside from mostly foregoing resolutions this year, and sticking with happiness, I was pretty enthralled with the idea of bettering myself with something that made me truly happy: books. From the author, “… this year, I resolved to take a different tack with my New Year’s resolution: Rather than making vague promises to eat right or work out, I turned to books as my method of self-betterment.” Well, that’s just brilliant.

*And can I just say, I LOVE book club. I don’t know what was holding me back, but I’m totally hooked. I’m already a fan of hosting parties and little gatherings, and throwing a shindig to celebrate a great book; well, that’s pretty much perfection in my book. Hosting book club has also really helped me to make amazing new friends. Seriously, looking to make friends as an adult? Start a book club!

With that in mind, I’m going to be trying something new here on the blog: I’m going to talk about the books I’ve read and loved. Because … I read. A lot. And it turns out, so do you. (This post was by far one of the most popular posts on my blog last year.) So stay tuned, read along, and join the conversation by tagging me (@glitterinclexi on InstagramFacebook and Twitter) and #GlitterBookClub in your posts.

So without further ado, book club is in session! First up: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This book was hilarious, romantic, adorable, painful, and real. The writing was what drew me in right away. The book, mostly written as a conversation, is fast-paced and cheeky. It’s swoon-worthy and scheming and you’ll hold your breath right up until the very end. You really have to “keep up,” but it’s worth it. If you like a good old-fashioned rom com (romantic comedy), with pretty fantastic writing, this book is your jam.

It all boils down to that fine line between hate and love, in the workplace.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

                       2) A person’s undoing

                       3) Joshua Templeman

From Amazon: Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job … But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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So grab a cup of coffee or tea, curl up on on the couch, and dive into this adorable book. Then head back to this post, or find me on social media (on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Snapchat → glitterinclexi ), and let me know what you thought! You can tell me what you think by tagging your picture and/or review with #GlitterBookClub on Instagram!

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What Songs Have Defined Your Life?

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Sometimes when Scarlett is singing the Hot Dog song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at the top of her lungs for the twenty-third time, and I’ve had my nose in my Gmail inbox so long I start to dream in starred e-mails, I scroll mindlessly through Facebook to give myself a break … like just about everyone else on the planet. And lately I keep spotting this shared post asking – “What songs have defined your life?” Then just the other day, my sister asked me what our wedding song was, and I realized, there were a handful.

It got me thinking. What songs have defined my own life? Do you have songs that transport you back in time to a memory, a moment? The kind of songs, where, with just the first few notes, you’re suddenly walking in a dream; a memory of a first kiss, heartbreak, your mom’s kitchen?

I am a music junkie, and so I always want to know what songs my friends and family swear by. It’s incredibly hard for me to pinpoint my FAVORITE song. Odds are, I don’t have one. I have about three hundred. But songs that have defined moments of my life? That, I might be able to swing.

In no particular order, and this is just a tiny sampling (call it the “condensed soundtrack of my life”), here goes …

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Downeaster Alexa, Billy Joel – When I was a little girl, my parents were deeply ensconced in their Billy Joel years. I always loved it when they both sang this song on our road trips.

Anna Begins, Counting Crows – I read the lyrics aloud as part of a poetry assignment in high school. Yeah, I was that dorky.

Babylon Feeling, Everlast – Back in the days when hubby wore a chain and rapped Goodie Mob lyrics, this was totally our high school song.

Tiny Dancer, Elton John – The moment on the bus in Almost Famous, when everyone sings Elton John at the top of their lungs – anytime I hear this song, I think of that scene and I’m reminded of home, of my big, loud family, singing.

Pardon Me, Incubus – I think this song marked a shift in my adolescence. That, and some combination of Tool, Nirvana, and Nine Inch Nails.

The Garden State Soundtrack – It was the first time I had ever seen Garden State. I was hooked. I watched the movie with eyes wide open. It threw me into adulthood on those unsteady steps that we all take in that awkward transition between teen and young adult. Anyone else?

In da Club, 50 Cent – College, and my best friend. We played 50 Cent on repeat. We wore our highest heels and cried our lowest lows and encouraged each other on and binged iced tea and cheap bread sticks. This song started a lifelong friendship and I always get hilariously sentimental when 50 Cent comes on the radio. My BFF actually got to meet 50 Cent at a fundraising event recently, and now she’s undoubtedly the cooler of the two of us. Happy Birthday, Serena.

A Perfect Circle, 3 Libras – Oh gosh, I don’t even know where to begin. The little goth girl in me just loves Maynard James Keenan too much. I met him once when he was signing his wine bottles at a Whole Foods in Miami (oh, adulthood). I think I overwhelmed him with my perkiness.

Motorcycle Driveby, Third Eye Blind – Mostly when I needed to cry in college.

Love and Some Verses, Iron & Wine – Easily the defining song of my relationship with hubby. Can you tell I kind of dig him? (Also, 16, Maybe Less, for obvious reasons. We fell for each other when I was only sixteen. But our young love story has a happy ending. I love that about us.)

Maybe Tomorrow, Stereophonics – This was another song on repeat during my college years. It’s his voice. So good.

Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles – I walked down the aisle to this to marry the man who is easily the best thing that ever happened to me. (Scarlett, the other best thing, was the result of that.) My brother, Sam, played the song on his guitar while the rest of us cried. I can’t hear that song now without tearing up.

That was tougher than I thought it would be! And new songs keep popping into my head.

So tell me, what are your life-defining songs?

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Lexi

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop

This year I discovered something magical: online grocery shopping. I don’t know about you, but this was pretty life-altering for me. Sometimes I joke that “busy” is my middle name. Between running a business, a family, and trying to focus just the teensiest bit on myself every now and then, the groceries are usually at the bottom of my “to do” list. That is, until, we’ve run out of … well, everything. And then of course, if you have kids, you know what a struggle grocery shopping can be. Truthfully, long before I had a little one, trying to carve out time to shop for groceries (blah!), always seemed like such a chore, but having a toddler just amplified that tenfold. Scarlett is the cutest and makes friends with everyone in the grocery store. She also asks for a new snack on every single aisle, throws at least 75% of said snack on the floor, and by the frozen foods aisle, she’s about had it, and I find myself singing “The Wheels On The Bus” at least twelve times before we make it out of the grocery store in one slightly more frazzled piece. So when Walmart reached out with their new online ordering, I nearly jumped off of my sofa at the chance. I mean, online grocery shopping means I don’t have to get out of my car and someone does the shopping for me! Hallelujah. 

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

And you can order days out, or the same day. So convenient.

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

Every step of the Walmart Online Grocery ordering process was a breeze – from ordering online, to pulling up to the parking lot and waiting just a couple of minutes to have my groceries loaded into my trunk for me. The convenience factor alone was enough to make this busy mama happy, but the fact that you can pick up more than just groceries – without ever actually having to go into a busy store to shop for them – at amazing Walmart prices, made me a convert. I was able to get all of our groceries, including fresh produce and meat, pumpkins (it’s fall, y’all!), toys, hair products, baby gear, home décor, pots and pans, planets, gifts, crafts, the list goes on and on.

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

If anything is missing, someone from the store will call you and ask if any alternatives will do. My local Walmart had run out of Diet Peach Snapple (anyone else addicted?), and my store rep felt so bad about not having what I wanted, he sent a half-dozen free roses after I had asked about what kinds of flowers they had available. How nice is that?

Pickup is super easy. At your designated time – that you choose – go to your store’s grocery pickup location. Your local store will call and text you 15 minutes before the start of your time slot and will text and send you a “thank you” e-mail after you’ve picked everything up. You simply wait in a spot and someone comes to you.

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

Oh, and did I mention the service is totally FREE? Someone shops for you for items at Walmart’s Same Every Day Low Prices, and then loads your car while you and your little one jam to Taylor Swift. I call that WINNING.

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

Want to be a #GroceryHero too? Head to Walmart’s Online Grocery site to see what stores are offering online grocery in your area. And the next time you order online, share your win by tagging @walmart with the hashtag, #GroceryHero and tag me –@glitterinclexi – so that I can send you a virtual high five! Happy online shopping!

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Lexi

What’s On Your Fall Bucket List? (Here’s Mine)

And just like that, today marks the first day of fall. It’s the season of apple cider, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and cozying up by the fire, and I couldn’t be more excited. So I’m pulling out my notepad, or in this case, blog post, and making a fall “to do” list.

What's On Your Fall Bucket List? (Here's Mine)

MY FALL BUCKET LIST:

  • Go to a Pumpkin Patch and buy enough great big pumpkins to line our brand new front porch steps. (Here’s last year’s visit.)
  • Go to our first apple orchard. (Check!)
  • Plan a picnic where we actually pack a yummy lunch, in a basket, and go somewhere beautiful.
  • Transition our home for the season. I’m breaking out the blankets, pinecones, scented candles (I’ve heard this scent is incredible!), and fall décor.
  • Go all out for Halloween this year.
  • Plan a movie-viewing party in our backyard. I’ve always wanted to do this, complete with a drop-down screen (i.e., a white sheet hung over our back deck) and I’m determined to try to make it happen this fall.
  • Find the perfect shade of vampy lipstick.
  • Serve spiked cider at a party. Always a huge hit.
  • Go for a walk with the family along the trail by our house and pick our favorite fall leaves to decorate our dining room table.
  • Learn to bake a few recipes I’ve had on my must-try list. (Plus, ALL of the pumpkin everything.)
  • Take a trip to the Farmers Market to check out all of the new things they have to offer for fall.
  • Get creatives with pumpkins. There are so many awesome pumpkin DIY’s out there and I’m definitely going to try out a few this season. (Remember these glitter-dipped pumpkins?)
  • Go through our closets and finally donate clothes hubby and I haven’t worn in more than a couple of years.
  • Plan a fall dinner party.
  • Take a staycation somewhere local, complete with hotel or Bed & Breakfast stay so that we really feel like we’re getting away.
  • Use our fireplace for the first time. (And toast marshmallows, naturally.)

What's On Your Fall Bucket List? (Here's Mine) What's On Your Fall Bucket List? (Here's Mine)

What’s on your fall bucket list? Do you have any “must do” activities in the fall?

What's On Your Fall Bucket List? (Here's Mine)

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