Make Time to Be Present w/ JORD Watches

wooden watch

With smart phones acting as extended appendages, it is easy to become too reliant on technology. When we want to know when electricity become a household commodity, we have the answer on our phones. When we want to make our commute to work shorter, we plug our phones in to listen to a podcast or our most recent Spotify playlist. But especially when I want to know the time, I check my iPhone. On any given day, if you check my battery uasge, you will see that I use the most battery just by hitting the lock screen. If I had a dollar per the amount of times I opened my lock screen just to check the time, I could treat us all at an all-you-can-eat Brazillian steakhouse.

Checking our phone asbsent-mindedly has become a compulsive habit for many of us. So during the holidays, I try to stow my phone away more often so that I can be present around my family and friends. I’ve found the most simple way to do this is by hiding my phone deep in the recesses of my purse so I’m not tempted to pull it out.

However, if you’re like Mr. M and me, you may have more than one holiday engagement to go to. While it is important that we are ever present when we are were we are, it is also important (to me) that we be right on time for the next engagement, and that requries some time management on our end. Rather than continuously check my phone for the time – and as a result, become distracted by whatever is on my lock screen, I make a habit of instead discreetly checking my watch.

However, when I have a new and fancy watch decorating my wrist, it’s hard to be¬†too discreet.

men's wooden watch

When my husband said he wanted a new watch for Christmas, I knew that the JORD watch would be a perfect gift. These gorgeous wooden watches are the perfect accessory to accentuate any holiday outfit, whether you are dressing up for the Christmas Eve service or opening presents in your pajamas!

I picked out this Frankie Zebrawood & Champagne JORD watch knowing it would look amazing on Mr. M, but I could steal it on occasion and rock this cool watch, too. (Much like I like to steal his dress socks.)

women's wooden watch

If you’re like me and still scrambling for some last minute gift ideas, these unique watches make a perfect stocking stuffer for your significant other, brother, mom, or any family member!

Amazingly enough, this 100% natural, finished wood watch is water resistant, meaning you don’t have to worry about removing the watch before you help your mom out with those post-Christmas Eve Dinner dishes.

Embrace the tradition of family time around the holidays, ditch your phone, and embrace time well spent with your loved ones while wearing this mesmerizing JORD watch.

JORD wooden watch

Purchase it between now and December 19th to get 25% off using my coupon code.


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8 Things I’m Looking Forward to this Season

8 Things I'm Looking Forward to this Christmas Season

The Nyquil fog has been heavy with us this week.

I don’t know if it was the 6 day weekend I had last week or the cold I’ve had since last Tuesday, but I feel like I cannot get myself together this week. The entire week has passed by in a blur, and I’m feeling a little blue as the things I set out to accomplish in November did. not. happen.

But I’m learning to be gracious with myself in realizing I can’t do it all, especially when I’m already stretched thin everywhere (except for my pants. Girlfriend needs some new pants.) I was looking forward to publishing the last installment of the Creating Space series on Wednesday, but since my last interview was with Mr. M himself, and we were both feeling under the weather, I just let it slide. So this week is just going to be a throw away week. We’ll start afresh on Monday.

Being December 1st, I’m v excited about the prospects of Christmas. And yet I was telling Mr. M it doesn’t feel like Christmas at all. Last year I don’t feel like I got to truly celebrate Christmas, as we were in wedding mode until December 10th, and honeymoon mode until December 18th. So I only truly got 6 days of Christmas cheer in there. I’m told this is what adulthood is. The Christmas magic is gone until we’ve got little babes of our own.

And speaking of babies, we’re not planning on getting pregnant anytime soon. Although I’ve made it my seasonal joke of the year that the holidays make me want kids, but I want to give them back on January.

I am looking forward to December, though. And I have a few fun things planned for the blog this month, too.

8 Things I'm Looking Forward to this Christmas Season

Things I’m Looking Forward to in the Blog World

Next week you can look forward to all marriage posts Monday, Wednesday, and Friday because it is anniversary week!

The following week I am collaborating with Tiffany from Endless Bliss, and I’m looking forward to that because she is doing #Blogmas this year. You go, Glenn Coco.

And really, we can all expect *mostly* Christmas related posts for the rest of the month. I also decided today on a whim that I was going to join Kate from A Thought & a Half’s Instagram challenge, because I love a good Insta challenge.

 

My very favorite blog I love to read this time of year is Brennan’s 25 Days of Ugly Christmas Apparel. I featured him on Hugs & Lattes several years ago, and I am psyched that he’s back for year 7.

8 Things I'm Looking Forward to this Christmas Season

What I’m Looking Forward to in Real Life

I mentioned this in the previous section, but y’all – our first anniversary is upon us! I cannot believe Mr. M and I have been married for a year already. This has been the most joyful year of my life, and I can’t wait for many more. You guys know that we love to get away, but with the holidays and our work schedules, we are going to wait unitl January or February for our little anniversary getaway. Instead Mr. M has planned for us to spend some intentional time next weekend here at home. I’m excited to see what he has planned!

8 Things I'm Looking Forward to this Christmas Season

And like the extrovert I am, I planned a Christmas party for, of course, our anniversary weekend. Woops. We have approximately 1 billion tacky Christmas mugs leftover from the big day, so we are pulling together a few friends to give them away to while we stuff our faces with delicious holiday food.

Every year when the Advent rolls around, I love to center myself on what Christmas is truly about. Besides the joy of the festivities with family and friends – and the presents of course – Christmas is a time to celebrate and reflect on my faith and the coming of Jesus Christ. I love following along with She Reads Truth’s Advent series. I believe their plan starts on December 3rd on the app or online.

This year we are spending Christmas in both North Carolina and Tennessee, so I’m excited to hole ourselves in a cabin for a night, and then see my family for a night. We’re still figuring out what it looks like to spend Christmas with both of our very large extended families; and I know it will be a matter of compromise and grace as we navigate making our own traditions and still incorporating family into the holidays. Maybe in a couple years when we have it all together (haha) I’ll be more inclined to write about it.

Last month I wrote down something I was thankful for each day, as a way to intentionally celebrate Thanksgiving. I decided to continue the tradition with December. It’s a great reflective practice to look back at the end of each day and find a moment of joy and gratitude.

What are you looking forward to this month? 

 

Leftover Turkey Recipes + Weekend Recap

Normally on Monday mornings I like to post something deep, heartfelt, or inspirational to start our weeks off right. But let’s be real, we’re all in a Thanksgiving coma right now, so today I’m going with a good ole’ traditional weekend recap + low maintenance delicious ideas for that leftover turkey in your fridge.

Friendsgiving 

low maintenance turkey recipes

Thanksgiving for us began on Tuesday evening. Mr. M and I combined our respective small groups that regularly¬† meet on Tuesday night for a Friendsgiving extravaganza. I started roasting the turkey that afternoon, only after realizing I had to let the turkey “temper” from the fridge. I, of course, documented the whole ordeal on my Instastory, probably making my vegan friends unfollow me with grotesque images of raw turkey flesh.

But! Alls well that ends well. The turkey was delicious, and fellowshipping with friends was even better.

Thanksgiving 

weekend recap

On Thursday, Mr. M and I traveled to my hometown to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. Since Mr. M’s family doesn’t have a set Thanksgiving routine, they’ve joined us the last two years for Thanksgiving. If we’re all being honest, none of us remember much from Thanksgiving last year since we were all in wedding mode, so it was nice to have a more relaxed atmosphere this year. I made green bean casserole halfway from scratch (when I realized I ran out of cream of mushroom soup) and now it’s my designated dish. The key to good green bean casserole? Buckets of fried crispy onions.

Holiday Traditions

low maintenance turkey recipes

Growing up, my mom always rolled out buckeyes around Christmastime. Now when we come home for Thanksgiving break, I like to sit down with my mom and make buckeyes. It’s an office favorite, and I love carrying on traditions from my mom into my sphere.

Blogger Meet Up

weekend recap

Last year,¬† I noticed that Divya from Eat, Teach, Blog lived in my hometown, so when I came in town, we met up for a little coffee blate. It was so fun to hear more about each other’s lives, turning our online friendship into IRL friendship! She even brought me a little gift, which absolutely warmed my heart. She picked up a bangle from her sister’s wedding and a cute little Christmas scarf! She and her husband Ankur love to take weekend trips, so we’re hoping they’ll come check out our town for a visit!

weekend recap

Professional Tree Decking

weekend recap

Sunday afternoon after Mr. M and I got back, I helped his sister decorate their family Christmas tree; I’m considering making this a profession. If you are feeling joyless but want your house seasonally decorated, call your girl. Mr. M and I spent the evening snuggled up on the couch watching The Holiday and drinking hot tea. It feels as if the Christmas season has finally begun <3

Leftover Turkey Recipes

Delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Last night while Mr. M was playing FIFA 18, I was scrolling through Facebook and happened upon a yummy looking leftover turkey recipe, so I thought I would share some yummy recipe ideas with you all so you don’t have to make that dreaded grocery store run this week!

For Breakfast: 

Waffled Leftover Thanksgiving Brunch 

Turkey for breakfast? Yes please! This spin on chicken and waffles sounds EVEN better. I’m thinking I can make our turkey last until Saturday so Mr. M and I can enjoy a nice little brunch.

Lunch 

Turkey Caesar Sandwich

This turkey caesar sandwich makes for a great lunch or a light dinner. I made this for Mr. M and I last night with a bow of chili on the side. It was quick and easy to whip up, and left our bellies feeling full and satisfied.

Dinner 

Caramelized Onion & Cream Cheese Turkey Enchiladas 

Ready to move away from comfort food? These caramelized onion & cream cheese turkey enchiladas sound delicious and low maintenance.

How was your Thanksgiving holiday? 

Whiten Coffee Stains + Celebrate the Mundane

This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant. All opinions are my own. 

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Y’all know my two favorite things in life are my husband and coffee. I especially love it when my husband makes me coffee, and I love it when we take the time to dream and take the time to hustle.

Mr. M and I travel a lot, and being on the road gives us so much time to dream together. I get to listen to Mr. M as he talks and dreams about the ministry opportunities and side hustles he wants to launch and pursue one day. In the same way, he not only listens to my dreaming, but encourages me to sit my butt down in the chair and do what it takes to accomplish my dream. We spend many an evening side by side each working on our own respective projects. I learn so much from Mr. M as he consistently pursues and works towards his dreams.

Lately I’ve learned that I’m not as disciplined as I would like to be. I’m a sprinter – I get excited, I dash off, but I slowly die off half the way through. At the beginning of each month, I make a to do list of things I need to do and I’m gungho on Day 1, but by Day 15 I find myself more tempted to binge on Netflix than get up and do the work.

Dreaming can only get you so far. After you dream, you have to hustle. I heard a pastor, Jabin Chavez, once say, “The Dream is free, the Hustle is sold separately.” AKA you’ve gotta do the mundane to accomplish your dreams.

Celebrate the Mundane

Mundane Seasons Build Character

The seasons of mundane build our character and integrity. If we huff and puff and choose laziness over the hustle, we will never accomplish our dreams. But if we find joy in sacrifice and smile while doing the mundane, we will find that when we reach newer heights, we will have a greater appreciation for it.

Take, for instance: the dishes. When I first graduated from college, I lived in an apartment with a tiny sink and no dishwasher. I washed my dishes by hand – sometimes for an hour after a dinner party – dreaming of the day I would own a dishwasher. Now that I have a dishwasher (and a husband) I find that I can celebrate the little things – like owning a dishwasher. . . and having a husband who helps out with the dishes. ūüėČ

So what does dishes have to do with accomplishing your dreams? Washing dirty dishes promote discipline, diligence, and sacrifice. And that’s what I will tell my future children one day when they complain. I get it, though, dishes and checklists are boring. But when we can find a way to smile through it, we have a better attitude about.

celebrate the mundane

In the same way, we’ve gotta do the dishes in order to accomplish our goals and dreams. The dream is exciting – it’s like the light at the end of the tunnel. But the bigger the dream, the bigger the hustle. And hustle isn’t always glamorous. Sure, we put life in a stark white, overexposed perspective on Instagram with the hashtag of #goaldigger and feel like the hustle is a joyride.

But the hustle is long nights, frustrating problems, saying NO to things like Netflix, or an extra night out. The hustle is doing the boring things so you can work towards the dream. When you’re doing the mundane, you have to smile. You have to choose joy, knowing that this will bring you to wear you want to be one day.

Mundane Seasons Require LOTS of Coffee

You also may or may not have to drink copious amounts of coffee – like me. I’ve been an avid coffee drinker since I started college six years ago. At first I enjoyed a Keurig cup little by little, and now it’s a full-blown addiction. I especially depend on coffee when I’m in crazy seasons where I am working full time and working on the side hustle. Sometimes when the nights are long and the sleep is minimal, I’m a 5 cup a day person. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know how much I love my coffee. I even brought my French Press to work the other day because #extra.

The stronger the coffee habit gets, though, the more yellow my teeth get. I’ve started to become self conscious about my teeth yellowing, so when Smile Brilliant reached out with their teeth whitening kit, I knew I had to give it a try.

Lately it’s been easier to smile knowing that I am checking things off my to-do list while knowing my teeth are getting whiter by the minute.

Smile Brilliant works fast and is a perfect way to whiten your teeth while washing the dishes, working on your side hustle, or snuggling down for the night with your favorite book or your boo and a Netflix binge – all very important parts of a perfect day.

I love that Smile Brilliant gives me the freedom to whiten my teeth WHILE doing what I need to check off my to do list for the day. With a cost 70% below the dentist and results 3x-5x faster, Smile Brilliant is an affordable, convenient, and FAST way to whiten your teeth. PLUS you don’t have to be strapped down to a dentist chair, so it’s a win-win situation.

celebrate the mundane

At first I was hesitant about using Smile Brilliant because I was wary of sensitive teeth; however, I only had one tooth that occasionally got sensitive. So when it was consistently sensitive, I took a few days off and then jumped right back into the treatment. Once I started using the treatment again, I didn’t have a problem at all.¬†Smile Brilliant has been a great way to whiten my teeth while working on my blog, or even just snuggling up on the couch with my boo and our latest Netflix binge.

The treatment was easy to use and easy to understand. They sent me a box with paste and a tray to make impressions. Although I had traumatic flashbacks to getting impressions at the dentist when I was 11 and preparing for braces, these impressions were WAY less traumatic + didn’t make me gag. After I sent the impressions to them, they made a custom tray for my teeth. For 7 – 10 days, you line the trays with whitening gel and use for 45 minutes – 3 hours depending on the severity of your stains. To complete the process, you line the trays with a desensitizing gel for 15-20 minutes afterwards.¬†While they encourage you to do the treatment before you go to bed, I found it was easier for me to do when I was up and moving around.

Since Smile Brilliant has given me the opportunity to brighten my smile and work on my side hustle (and still keep my coffee habit going strong,) I want to share this opportunity with you! I am teaming up with Smile Brilliant to give away the Sensitive T3 treatment kit OR $139 to go towards their more expensive kits. The Sensitive T3 kit includes 3 whitening gels and 3 desensitizing gels. You can enter the giveaway by clicking www.smilebrilliant.com/g/hugsandlattes. It is open until November 23rd and open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents. You must enter their email to be entered!

If you’re ready to brush up on your teeth whitening skills, use my code¬†hugsandlattes10 to get 10% off your purchase.

Now tell me, have you ever whitened your teeth?


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The 3 Places You Want to Go in Greenville

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Happy Wednesday!

I’m back with the travel series to spill the beans on my favorite places to eat in Greenville, South Carolina. This summer Mr. M and I went to Greenville for an extended Memorial Day Weekend getaway. It was our first time in Greenville together and it was our first Air BnB experience! Mr. M was a little hesitant about actually staying in someone’s house, so he said if this didn’t go well, we wouldn’t be doing it again.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Our First Air BnB Experience

Luckily, our first Air BnB experience was absolutely amazing. We stayed at a little place close to downtown Greenville called The Studio. The host was phenomenal in touching base with us, and even stopped by to say hello one morning. Because I shout “we’re newlyweds!” from the rooftops, she even left a baby orchid for us and a sweet note welcoming us to their home. The Studio was the perfect mix of modern and cozy. It had a stove and oven where we could cook breakfast, organic and ethically produced coffee beans, and – most importantly, a comfy bed. She even left little chocolates on our pillows for us!

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

10/10 would Recommend

(If you’ve never signed up for airbnb before but would like to try it, you can do so here! By booking through this referral link, you’re giving Mr.M and I the opportunity to get travel credit so we can tell you about more adventures!)

Our stay in Greeneville was so short, but we made sure to spend a lot of time outside and most importantly, eating great food.

Jamaica Mi Irie

Our first stop for lunch was at this amazing Jamaican restaurant in downtown. We sat outside and each picked out a lunch special. Mr. M had jerk chicken and I tried the curry chicken. They gave us SO much food for only $6 each, and they even topped our meals off with the most delicious tropical tea I’ve ever had. I came back to work and raved about it to my Jamaican co-worker.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Fall at Reedy Park

If you need to take a break between all the eating you do on vacation, I recommend going for a stroll around Fall Park on the Reedy. This park is behind Furman University and is a favorite for wedding and prom photos. There is a beautiful, massive waterfall and a gorgeous walking trail around the park. My favorite landmark is this tree with exposed roots. (You may recognize this tree from Monday’s post.)

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Spill the Beans

Greenville in the summer time is basically a heat bath of humidity, so it was absolutely necessary that we avoid a heatstroke with ice cream. We checked out this cute little ice cream shop, Spill the Beans, right beside Fall Park. Our bellies and our souls were satisfied.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Tandem Creperie 

OK, y’all. I saved the best for last. TANDEM. CREPERIE. This little gem of a creperie is located outside of Greenville in this precious little spot called “Traveler’s Rest.” It will be a mandatory stop along the way any and every time I pass through this adorable little town. But y’all. These were the best crepes I’ve ever had. Mr. M with the savory and I went with the sweet this time, and then we split it in half. (This is really the way to go, my friends.) But I almost didn’t want to share my sweet crepe because it was mainly blueberry yogurt and whipped cream.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC 3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

If I had more time, I would have taken a thousand photos of and around this little place because it was just too adorable. We need an Indie film to come shoot a movie here.

We had a great time in Greenville, and we definitely did not get to uncover as many of this city’s littl gems as we wanted. Greenville is a perfect little short weekend getaway. and if you have a hankering to watch Clemson play, they’re pretty close, too. ūüôā (Let it be noted, though, I know nothing about football. I don’t even know if Clemson is good. I just think somehow they pull off orange and purple quite nicely.)

Have you been to Greenville before? What are your favorite things to do on your weekend getaways?

To check out our other adventures, see here and here.