Monthly Archives

July 2015


How to Beat Stress with Resilience

July 17, 2015

Sunflower Magnolia, stress, resilience

In the span of 5 months in 2013, my then boyfriend (now husband) got a new job, moved to a new apartment, we went on vacation, we got engaged, I joined the Junior League, started a new job and moved to a new city with a stranger for a roommate. I honestly didn’t think I could take another ounce of stress. I felt like I’d tried on a pair of jeans from 8th grade and there wasn’t a spare millimeter of room to take on anything else. It was so stressful!

I’m taking a detour from my normal style today to talk about an issue that I know we all struggle with: stress. I recently read an article in Time Magazine called “The Science of Bouncing Back” about how resilience helps us not only deal with tough times but to excel during and after them.

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Soundtrack of Summers Past

Remember when you were in high school, driving your first car, rolling down the windows to take in the warm summer air and turning the stereo up when your favorite song came on? Oh, what freedom… from parents, from responsibilities, from life! In those…

July 14, 2015
Sunflower Magnolia, wild fields, nature
Inspiration + Wisdom

Wild Fields

“There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature.” – Aristotle Happy Sunday 🙂 Joie de vivre and wild fields! Heather…

July 12, 2015
Sunflower Magnolia, pickled onions, Vidalia, canning, onions
Food + Drink

Homemade Pickled Onions

Let me start by saying I know that pickled Vidalia and Red Onions doesn’t sound sexy… or very appetizing. But today’s kitchen experiment was more about learning a new technique rather than eating a delicious meal or scrumptious snack. You see, for the past…

July 9, 2015
Sunflower Magnolia, Midwest, love, Kansas

A Love Post to the Midwest

Most people don’t appreciate the beauty and variety of the Midwest. At some points in my life I didn’t appreciate it either. Well, I grew a deeper appreciation of the beauty of the Midwest as I got older, moved around a bit and married…

July 7, 2015
Food + Drink

Weekend Baking

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! I know I did. It was full of fireworks, dancing, naps, cooking and, of course, eating! Thanks to these delicious chocolate chip cookies I made, I’ll be working overtime in the fitness department this week.…

July 5, 2015
Sunflower Magnolia, July, 4th of July, Independence, Independence Day, holiday
Holidays + Events

Let Freedom Ring!

Summer. Sun. Hamburgers and hotdogs. Fireworks. America. I LOVE the 4th of July. Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. It officially ranks 3rd after Christmas and Valentine’s Day. When did my love for this quintessentially American holiday begin? Who knows!…

July 2, 2015