Slide background
Slide background
Slide background
Slide background
Slide background
Slide background
-
Lynda Van Devanter Buckley

I struggle every year with what to write on this day. And, so often, I feel like I’m saying the same thing over and over again and I fear repeating myself.

But then I really think about it and I realize… it can’t be said enough.

Today is Memorial Day in the United States (I do have some international readers… so I like to preface that…) and I just want us all to remember what Memorial Day is really about.

Memorial Day is not about a day off of work. It’s not about a three day weekend. It’s not about a trip to the beach. It’s not about cookouts or firing up the grill. It’s not about the pool opening. It’s not an excuse to party. It’s not a reason to be lazy. Yes, it’s a holiday, but it’s one we should really think about what it represents.

It represents the men and women who gave their lives in service to this country. It’s about the men and women who lost their life as a result of their sacrifice and their service for this country and its freedom. And it’s not just about the men and women who so bravely fought in battle or lost their lives in war… it’s about the hundreds of thousands of those who have died since the war or since their time in service.

My mom died this way. She served in Vietnam and she died because of her service to our country. She just happened to die 30 years after she served. And she’s one of many. Yet, and maybe because I’m biased, I feel like those men and women are all too often forgotten.

I am not, BY ANY MEANS, downplaying the sacrifice and the deaths of all of those who died in battle. I just don’t want us to forget the veterans who have died since their time in service, but because of their time in service. Some veterans are still battling their time in service.

They battle everything from depression, to cancer, PTSD, diseases that don’t even have names, and so much more.

I just don’t want us to forget about them. Let’s not forget about them.

So, in the midst of your cookouts (I’m enjoying one today, too!), in the midst of your three day weekend, in the midst of our time off… let’s just take a moment to thank those who have gone before and given so much during and after their service.

+++

let it shine Welcome to Let it Shine…..the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years….we decided to rename our link up to something we felt would be a better fit. Thus, Let it Shine! Why the name? Because we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine. We’ll be sharing our favs here each week and on social media…….

let it shine may24

/ Baby Kisses / Santa Lucia Hill /

Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! So, go ahead…..and Let it Shine!


-
wendys-core-salads-3

You guys know about the journey I’ve been on for the last year or so… the journey to eat better, lose weight, rid my home and life of toxins, and just find a way to live an overall healthier life.

There are days when I feel like I do AWESOME at this. I get a good workout in, I make a fresh, healthy meal for breakfast, lunch AND dinner… and I just feel like super woman. You know those days, right?

But then there are the other days. The days when I have 17 errands to run, this and that to do, a screaming toddler in my back seat, and I feel like if I don’t eat something in the next 15 minutes I may actually fade away into oblivion. Or something. Continue Reading →

-
Molly's North Carolina-Style Cabbage, Radish, and Onion Vinegar Based Cole Slaw

Confession: I very much dislike cole slaw. Yet, this recipe is for cole slaw.

That I actually LOVE. Let me explain this to you…

A few months ago, my family and I started participating in a CSA. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. The kind we signed up for is one where, each week, we get fresh from the farm produce, meat, and eggs delivered to our house.

While we get to pick the meat that we get, we don’t get to pick the produce. I have actually LOVED this because it’s introduced our family to new fruits and veggies that we might not have cooked with before.  AND, it’s forced me to take veggies that I normally don’t like and find a way to make them in a way I DO like.

Well, a few weeks ago, I got yet another head of cabbage and another batch of radishes and I was set out on a mission…

My husband loves cole slaw. I don’t like cole slaw. YET, I wanted to find a way to make a Carolina-style slaw that I DO like. So, I played around in the kitchen, got out some ingredients, and THIS recipe was born. And it’s DELICIOUS!

So, if you’re not a cole slaw fan like me, give this recipe a try. You might surprise yourself!

North Carolina-Style Cabbage & Radish Vinegar Based Cole Slaw

Continue Reading →

-
May Young Living Essential Rewards Order Unboxing

As per usual, I’m so excited to share my monthly Young Living Essential Rewards Order unboxing video with y’all. This month’s order was kinda large (I’m sensing a theme here… haha!) because I got a lot of gifts for friends and supplies for a fun, summer make & take that I’m having at my house this week!

So, LOTS of oily goodness to share with y’all!

If you’re not already a wholesale member with Young Living and you’re looking to find out more about essential oils, you can click here to read my past posts! 

What about you? Have you gotten any fun goodies lately? If you do, share them in the comments below! I’d love to know!

Also, so many of y’all have been reading this blog for a while and my series on essential oils and you haven’t gotten started on your oily journey! That’s okay! That’s what this blog and this series is for… it’s for learning, asking questions, and doing your research! I LOVE how much y’all email me and ask questions!

BUT, if you’re ready to get started on your essential oil journey THIS month, I have a PRETTY amazing promo for you guys… seriously. This is awesome.

Get started TODAY with a Premium Starter Kit and improve your overall health and wellness! Now is the time to get your family healthy and start getting RID of toxins in your HOME!!

Here is the DEAL!!!! (This also applies to the Ningxia Red and Thieves Premium Starter Kits as well!)

Place an order as a wholesale member with a Premium Starter Kit and you get…

Premium Starter Kit1) You get a lifetime wholesale membership and discount of 24%!!
2) You get 11, 5ml bottles of Essential oils (the everyday oils collection which includes Peppermint, PanAway, Purification, Frankincense, Joy, Lemon, Lavender, Thieves, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Stress Away, and Citrus Fresh)
3) You will receive the coveted and amazing home OR dewdrop diffuser
4) I will GIVE you the Essential Oil Pocket Reference Guide (400 pages $25 value)
5) BONUS: I will GIVE you a diffuser necklace!! ($20 value!)
6) BONUS: I will GIVE you a set of bottle labels so you can label and organize your new oily collections
7) You will get ALL the support you need from this team to help you get started towards a healthier lifestyle.

So, who’s ready?

Place your order here: http://bit.ly/mollyyleo

Happy Tuesday!!!

-
Stitch Fix 41 Hawthorn “Lex Textured Floral Knit Fit & Flare Dress”, denim vest, Stitch Fix scarf, ABAN tote, DUO Boots, Nickel and Suede earrings

Boots: Duo c/o | Dress: 41Hawthorn via Stitch Fix (similar) | Vest: Old NavyScarf: Stitch FixEarrings: Nickel and SuedeBag: ABAN c/oCuff: Traci Cuffs c/o (use code MOLLY for 10% off) | Necklaces: 9th and Elm c/o & Kendra Scott c/o

Photography by Em Grey

One of my absolute favorite things about warmer weather is… DRESSES! I love dresses because they’re easy, effortless, comfortable, and pretty much a no-brainer. You can wear it by itself, or you can jazz it up with a denim vest, a summer scarf, and a fun bag and you’ve got yourself an interesting outfit!

Stitch Fix 41 Hawthorn “Lex Textured Floral Knit Fit & Flare Dress”, denim vest, Stitch Fix scarf, ABAN tote, DUO Boots, Nickel and Suede earrings Continue Reading →

-
Old Navy scarf, Hot pink and orange classic New Balance sneakers from Rack Room shoes, hot pink bag, orange tee, Nickel and Suede earrings

Neon Pink and Orange New Balance Sneakers: Rack Room Shoes c/oJeans: Stitch FixScarf: Old Navy (old, similar here) | Shirt: JCrew Factory (on sale!) | Bag: TargetEarrings: Nickel and SuedeWatch: Vierra Watches c/o (use code BEINGMOLLY for 10% off)

Photography by Em Grey

Yay! This is the third post in a series with Rack Room Shoes highlighting spring shoe trends! In case you missed the first two, you can check them out here and here. Today we are talking all about bright sneakers!

If I’m being honest, these are probably my FAVORITE of the three shoes… I mean, they’re INSANELY comfortable! They’re sneakers after all.

Old Navy scarf, Hot pink and orange classic New Balance sneakers from Rack Room shoes, hot pink bag, orange tee, Nickel and Suede earrings Continue Reading →

-
May Stitch Fix Review

It’s ALWAYS a good day when my monthly Stitch Fix fix surprises me and arrives a few days early! That’s definitely a treat! :) My April fix was pretty much amazing and I kept every single item in it, so I was extra pumped for my May fix to arrive. Kimberly J. is still my stylist and I really hope it stays that way for, pretty much, forever. Haha!

For this fix review, I’m going back to the original way that I review my fix… I take pictures of each item as I try them on and show you exactly how they look on, what I think of the item (quality, etc.), price point, and whether or not I kept it.

Now, I’ll be honest, this fix was not my favorite. The thought behind each item was spot on, but fit was definitely an issue in this fix.

Without further ado, let’s get to reviewing my May Stitch Fix fix! Continue Reading →

-
Stitch Fix Skies are Blue “Karla Textured Short”, Stitch Fix Under Skies – Alexa Embroidery Detailed Tank, Coral heels from Rack Room Shoes, denim jacket, Stitch Fix Pixley “Carly Multi-Stone Layering Necklace”

Shorts: Stitch Fix Skies are Blue “Karla Textured Short” (similar) | Tank: Stitch Fix Under Skies – Alexa Embroidery Detailed Tank (love this one) | Necklace: Stitch Fix Pixley “Carly Multi-Stone Layering Necklace” (similar) | Denim Jacket: Belk c/o | Sheer Hosiery: Hanes Hosiery c/oHeels: Madden Girl heels via Rack Room Shoes c/o (on sale!) | Watch: Vierra Watches c/o (Use code BEINGMOLLY for 10% off)

photography by Em Grey

I’m back with the second post in a series of three posts showing y’all three very different spring shoe trends! On Monday we looked at the nude wedge trend and today we are talking all about bright suede PUMPS.

Now, again, you guys know I’m not typically a heels girl. That doesn’t mean I don’t love heels. It just means I am not one to normally wear them… but, when I find the right pair and a comfortable pair… all bets are off.

And these Madden Girl coral suede heels / pumps from Rack Room Shoes are EXACTLY THAT.

Stitch Fix Skies are Blue “Karla Textured Short”, Stitch Fix Under Skies – Alexa Embroidery Detailed Tank, Coral heels from Rack Room Shoes, denim jacket,  Stitch Fix Pixley “Carly Multi-Stone Layering Necklace” Continue Reading →

-
where-hope-grows-WHG001A_-_Produce-Calvin_in_car_rgb

 

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Godspeed Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #wherehopegrowsmovie http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

I love movies. I mean, who doesn’t, really? Everyone loves a great movie… a movie that pulls you in, makes you laugh, cry, scream, smile, or all of the above. We want movies that make us think. Movies that teach us something. Movies that inspire us. Or even movies that just plain entertain.

Every once in a while you come across a movie that really takes you to a place where you can feel such a wide range of emotions and leaves you thinking about it for days after.

Over the weekend, I sat down with my husband and my in-laws and we got to watch a preview of the new Where Hope Grows movie that is coming out May 15th. I knew a little about it going into it based upon what I saw in the previews, but in many ways, I didn’t realize how much I’d actually connect with it.

where-hope-grows-WHG003A_-_Produce_Veggieball_rgb Continue Reading →

-
Nickel and Suede earrings, Stitch Fix Papermoon “Pollyanne Lace Hem Kimono”, Stitch Fix Mavi “Freida Ankle Length Skinny Jean”, Stitch Fix Collective Concepts “Jayde Layered Floral Print Tank”, Nine West tan wedges from Rack Room Shoes

Nude Wedges: Nine West via Rack Room Shoes c/o (on sale right now!) | Kimono: Stitch Fix Papermoon “Pollyanne Lace Hem Kimono”Denim: Stitch Fix Mavi  “Freida Ankle Length Skinny Jean”Tank: Stitch Fix Collective Concepts “Jayde Layered Floral Print Tank” | Earrings: Nickel and SuedeNecklaces: 9th and Elm c/o & Kendra Scott c/oCuff: Your Words Cuffs c/o (Use code MOLLY for 10% off)

Photography by Em Grey

I’ve got a REALLY fun (well, I think it’s really fun!) three part series coming to you this week… this week we’re talking all about SPRING SHOE TRENDS!

I’ve teamed up with Rack Room Shoes to share with y’all three different shoe trends that are big time this spring (and, let’s be honest… summer, too!).

Today’s first shoe trend is: nude wedges!

Nickel and Suede earrings, Stitch Fix Papermoon “Pollyanne Lace Hem Kimono”, Stitch Fix Mavi  “Freida Ankle Length Skinny Jean”, Stitch Fix  Collective Concepts “Jayde Layered Floral Print Tank”, Nine West tan wedges from Rack Room Shoes Continue Reading →

-
Southern Blog Society Meetup at Kendra Scott - Southpoint Mall - Durham, NC (1)

A few weeks ago, I headed over to Southpoint Mall to the new Kendra Scott store for a Southern Blog Society meet up! I was really excited for a couple reasons…

1. This was my first Southern Blog Society meet up… and the first blogger meet up that I didn’t plan! Haha! I’ve been a member of the Southern Blog Society from the beginning but hadn’t had a chance to check out a meet up… so it was a great opportunity!

2. I got to see so many of my wonderful blogger-turned-into-real-life-friends. And that’s always the best.

3. I absolutely LOVE the Kendra Scott store. It’s GORGEOUS!

Check out some gorgeous images from the evening – all taken by the amazing Em Grey Photography.

Southern Blog Society Meetup at Kendra Scott - Southpoint Mall - Durham, NC (2)

Me and Corbin from Classy South Blog Continue Reading →

test