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a tennessee gallery wall

15 December 2014

Our gallery wall is finally up! We moved into our new home about 6 months ago [whew! I can hardly believe it!] and we are carefully styling each space. In our open living room, there is a slate gray accent wall that is easily the focal point of the space. The previous owners of our home had left it behind and without a doubt it was going to be the background for our Tennessee gallery wall. From concerts like Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and Ellie Holcomb to tourist spots like Paris, TN and Hatch Show Print across middle Tennessee, it represents us. The things we love. The things we did. 

Hanging a gallery wall isn't as easy as it looks but I would highly recommend several iterations of the final product on the floor. I got a chuckle because we caught this episode of "This Old House" right as we were planning to start hanging! In this tip video, the contractor discusses considerations for hanging heavy items as well as other considerations. We picked up a ton of great tips! God bless my husband for putting up with me while putting up our wall! His patience is astounding. I need to get me some of that! 

For our wall, we selected dark or black frames for each piece to maintain continuity. We also considered color and size distribution. We didn't want to focus too much color in one spot nor did we want conventional straight lines. But we are very proud of the turnout! 

there is something about a simple meal

11 December 2014

Some days I feel like channeling the Pioneer Woman and actually get it together to make dinner. As you might imagine, recently, I was able to make that happen.

There is something to be said about a simple soup. Not only does it warm your belly giving you the fuzzies but it is the perfect/quick weeknight meal. Soup offers a comfort to me. The hard part is developing the flavor in such a short amount of time. And soup is super cheap and lasts for a few lunches if you can spare some leftovers.

For the picture, I combined two bags of frozen vegetables and a can of tomato sauce. I added 1.5 cans of water as well as the pasta to a large pot. The real secret is in the flavor. I combined 1 tsp of paprika, cumin, and chili powder with a dash of cayenne. Using olive oil as the base, I mulled it together in a bowl with a spoon until it made a paste. Then to top it off, I added 4-6 drops of tabasco sauce before combining with the pot.

Simple. Seasoned. One pot meal.

a touch of chaos and disarray

08 December 2014

Being overwhelmed is not the best feeling in the world. Can we agree? One moment you are trucking along and the next you feel like you can't make ends meet. For no rhyme or reason all of a sudden it hits you dead-on. WHAM! 

For me, I begin to feel unsettled and uncomfortable, like I am sleeping on a deflating air mattress with the worst pillows on the planet. Pretty terrible. Struggling to get off of the thing and yet paralyzed to make any progress. There I exist, flopping around. 

Eventually you determine the "pea in the mattress" [I'm writing this is the wee hours of the morning, can you tell I'm still thinking about sleep] and address the issue(s) which may or may not (but most likely are) blown out of some proportion. And you thank your spouse for pointing out your crazy. At least I do. 

Then you address the issue. I tend to keep my life organized as best as possible. But that can only be maintained for so long. Even in a perfect world. The intimate balance between marriage, work, dog, church, youth group, self-maintenance, entertainment and family will teeter and the beans will spill all over the place. Terrible example but you should see my eyebrows. It is getting pretty gnarly. 

So I'm in a season of repair and perhaps that is why I've started to write here again. To repair and come back to me. A journal of sorts and refocusing on things that I enjoy. Because I enjoy blogging. I enjoy sharing my experiences with the world. Again I'm a connector. The type of person where I have to spread the word and bring people together. 

The Heart of Blogging

07 December 2014

Recently, I've missed blogging. It was such a huge part of my life that I cannot believe that I ever let it go. Been there?

Well, I'm deeply considering returning to the blog. What the blog will be about it beyond me. After these past 8 months off, I've realized that whatever comes out of this return, I'm not about making a profit or getting free stuff. I'm not interested in participating in 100 link-ups a week or running contents to get viewership. I don't want a label on my little slice of stage.

I am going to write about what I know. About being real. 

#intentionallifeproject and some news for To Be Mrs. Collier

28 March 2014

Hello friends! It is time to wrap up the intentional life project for April. My world has literally turned upside-down with finishing my dissertation and starting my first full-time job. I am just overwhelmed with trying to "do it all" so I must admit, I am going to be taking a hiatus from blogging. It's not that I don't care or don't love interacting with all of you, rather, I haven't figured out the balance stuff yet. Hopefully, in the near future that will change. But until then, it is going to be a little thin around these parts.

I am happy to close my blogging (for now) with the #intentionallifeproject. This month my goal was to manage my spending particularly when it comes to working full time. Well, the one success that I had last month was the Starbucks gift card loading to control my spending!

I'd highly recommend following up with the Intentional Life Project for the remainder of the year...seriously you won't be disappointed!!!

Welcome to the third month of The Intentional Life Project. We are so excited you stumbled upon this new community - we can't wait to have you join us!
(If you participated in March's goal, note the deadline below for sharing your progress!)


What is the Intentional Life Project?

The Intentional Life Project is a community where we can hold each other accountable for our personal goals – whether they are small or super life-changing. We want this to be an easy, feasible, way for each of you to tackle those goals that mean the most to you. Unlike most blog projects, this does not require link-ups, which means this is for every reader – not just bloggers! The project revolves around our printable Goal Tracker - which you use to track your own goal every month. The only requirement is that you share this goal tracker via Instagram on the last weekday of month - using the hashtag #IntentionalLifeProject! This qualifies you to win that month's prize.


The Hosts
Ginny // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram
Bre // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram


If you would like to co-host for a complete month, please email Bre at: peacoatsnplaid{at}gmail{dot}com.
Amy // Blog // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

How can I participate?

April's theme is Time Management. The prize for April is a $10 gift card towards the ListLab Shop on Etsy which offers awesome planner printable kits!
FIRST follow the hosts so you get updates and notifications about each month's theme and winner!
SECOND create your own personal goal under this month's theme. Try to pick a challenge - something that you want to develop long-term. This could be a daily, weekly, or long-term goal. You can repeat as many of your previous goals as you want, as well. Examples are:
  • To spend 30 minutes a day with in quality time with a family member
  • To begin each morning with 30 minutes scheduling your week
  • To read a certain number of time management books
  • To adopt a new planner or scheduler for the month
  • To track how many minutes you spend on each activity
THIRD print off the Goal Tracker and start tracking every day you work on this project.
OPTIONALLY link-up with us on the dates below. You can link up your goals, your tips and tricks, inspiration - or just how you are doing. Stop by any of these three hosts' blogs to see everyone's progress :).
LASTLY share a photo of your Goal Tracker on Instagram #IntentionalLifeProject on the last weekday of the month. You will be qualified to win this month's prize.


What are the deadlines?

MONDAY March 31 - Share your March goal tracker on Instagram #IntentionalLifeProject to win a $10 towards the Super Sweet Life Shop on Etsy which offers a budget planner printable kit! (This is an awesome Etsy shop full of budgeting brilliance - make sure you stop by!)
FRIDAY April 11 - If you have a blog, link up your April goal to share among the community!
FRIDAY April 25 - Join our second link-up and let us know about your progress!
WEDNESDAY April 30 - Share your April goal tracker on Instagram #IntentionalLifeProject to win a $10 gift card towards the ListLab Shop on Etsy which offers awesome planner printable kits! Make sure you stop by their Etsy shop for time management inspiration :).


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