Hi Friends!! Today is the day our little company is going to be live on QVC between 3-5pm central time for a Gourmet Holiday show! Please tune in to see me sharing our story and how my grandmother's Cinn-A-Rolls have been a tradition in my family for years that we are now sharing with millions today! I have been absent on the blog lately, because I have been so busy! This is truly a dream come true for our growing company and I wanted to loop ya'll in! Feel free to watch, and get yourself some RoRo's for Christmas!! Orders can be called in during the airing, or ordered online! Thanks and would love for you to tune in!!
We are on the final countdown to vacation...we leave Saturday morning, and I cannot wait! My husband and I are going to meet my parents, sisters, brother-in-law, and adorable nieces in Rosemary Beach, FL on Saturday for a week. I'll give a tour of our amazing house next week! So so excited! If you haven't been to Rosemary Beach, you should put it on your list...it's seriously my most favorite place ever. We try to go every year or two. It is a small beach town with shops, restaurants, and we ride bikes everywhere...doesn't get much better.
We plan to make lots of iced coffees, juice, and make s'more's bars...I can't think of a more winning combination! Also lot's of walks, beach time, shopping, reading, relaxing, movies, naps, seaside visits, and so much more!
I've been into painting my own nails lately, so I thought I would invest in some new Fall colors. This week, I painted mine nude with a fun glitter ring finger!
I know this is also pretty random, but I am obsessed with this Fall outfit. I pinned it forever ago, but just love it all...I love to knit, and am working on a similar scarf for this year...it's taking forever, but I love this style.
And finally to add to this random post, we've got the world's most snuggley dog, Tucker :) Makes my heart full.
Thanks for reading this random post full of a few things that are making me happy at the moment...Have a great day!
It's been a while since I have shared our house on my blog. There have been so many changes and additions. You can see how these rooms looked shortly after we moved in here. I've sold things, bought things, diy'd things, been given things, rearranged things...it goes on and on. But, here is the state of our living room and dining room today! Hope you enjoy!
This is what you will typically see in our house...a dog :)
Today I finally got a chair in the style I have been wanting for a while. I sold 4 of our chairs this week that I liked..but didn't love. Two were a pair of cane back chairs I found off the side of the road. I painted and recovered them, and I liked them...but just didn't have the best place for them. They were pretty, but just not that practical for living room seating since they were so old. I also had two wingback chairs I bought a while back and had intentions of recovering...but never did. I had wanted them as end chairs for our dining table, but when we added my grandmother's high boy dresser, there was no room in our long narrow living/dining area. They were more narrow and not the best for relaxing. So, today was the day for a cozy chair. I found it at Marshall's! You can find a very similar chair here...although I paid about half this price. Ours has a removable cushion, but both style chairs were available in store. We bought this style for easier cleaning.
I wanted something that would be great to read a book in, drink coffee, and look out the window on a rainy day....ahh the perfect day :) Here are two shots, and I'll share a full room update since a lot has changed later this week!
Here it is in the room...Everything is really coming together. I would like to add one more floor lamp to go behind the chair to balance out that left side, and be a good spot to read. But other than that, this room is D-O-N-E! More pictures coming!
I always love Fridays. Who doesn't? It's the end of a long week, and the anticipation of the weekend makes it that much sweeter. Tonight we are going to see a movie, which we haven't done in forever..then go to Barnes & Noble and read magazines...my most favorite thing ever! When I was growing up my Dad would take me on Daddy-Daughter dates. I would always request that we go to Barnes & Noble and read magazines. I just always loved the atmosphere and catching up on my favorite reads. So tonight, I'm going on a husband date, and that's what I chose :)
We had a great anniversary, and my husband really got creative this year and did some sweet things to make me feel loved. My parents also sent us this beautiful flower arrangement.
Here are a couple shots from the day. He filled each balloon with a word describing us. He had me pop each one, and then he would explain what it meant. It was so sweet, and he was pretty proud of his creativity :)
The last several days, we have had unusually low temperatures here in Dallas. It is making me so so excited for Fall if you can't tell :) It's my absolute favorite season. I love everything about it, and now that it is August 1st, (and my half birthday!) I think it's ok to start talking about it. So, here we go:
I am loving these new grey Gap leggings to sleep in. They look so cozy and like something I will be living in over the next few months. I also really love this handbag! Perfect for a weekend getaway.
I've also been really into Pinterest lately. I go in waves...sometimes I am really into it, then I'll go months without looking at it. This is definitely a pinning season for me, ha! The Fall pins are killing me and giving me all sorts of good ideas. I'm a huge Auburn Football fan, so each Saturday for the games, I love to make a new dip to have while we cheer on the Tigers. I've got 30 more days to go, but here's what's on my agenda for those fun Fall weekends ahead. All recipes can be found on my Pinterest Recipe Board.
Four years ago on this day I married my husband. We never really had one of those easy relationships. We had our struggles from the get go. We were two very different people trying to merge our lives together.
To give you a little background, we met in college on our first day. There was an initial attraction, but no interest in actually being in a relationship....especially on his end :) We spent the next two years becoming friends, going back and forth with how we felt about each other...which all led to quite a bit of heartache. Our relationship was pretty out of order. In October of 2005, Lauren told me he had fallen in love with me. Up until this point, we had only been friends...never in a relationship. I of course felt the same way and it was hard to believe at first that this was really how he felt.
We started dating soon after and were pretty serious (obviously, since he told me he loved me!) from the beginning. Although it was all fun and exciting, I still had really strong reservations. I had a lot of deep trust issues with Lauren...some valid, and some due to my own insecurities. Despite that, we were in love. A real, deep, passionate, carefree kind of love. We went on this way for about a year before things got difficult.
We would fight often, but never seemed to want to end the relationship. We took a couple of breaks, but we always came back to each other. This developed some really unhealthy communication and behavior patterns on both of our parts. I became very manipulative and angry and he became very passive and apathetic. This is a horrible combination by the way :)
That didn't stop us from still feeling like we were the person that God had intended us to be with. We still loved each other deeply and didn't have desires for anyone else...but it just felt difficult. Almost at times, like we could never catch a break. This carried on into our marriage for the first several years especially. We had some really dark days and felt isolated at times. We escalated our arguments to a point that I never thought I would see in my marriage. Where was that blissful honeymoon phase? It seemed to have passed us by. We had started a company, which caused even more stress and disconnect between us. The first few years of a new business are just plain hard...add that on top of a new struggling marriage and it is just a disaster. We became very distant, lacked intimacy, and were really just focused on ourselves. On top of this, my husband came down with a health issue that rocked our world as well. He had little energy and was at times not himself.
It was during this time that we began to reach out to our friends and family. Our community group at church became like family to us and they walked through this season with us. Without Christ and forgiveness, there would be no Collins family anymore. I am amazed at the faithfulness that has been shown to us through Jesus and those who truly love us.
I am sharing all this, not to depress you, but to share that marriage struggles are real. Marriage can be really really hard. Had Lauren or I chosen to leave this marriage, and I can promise you we both wanted to...we would have missed out on so much that God has in store for our lives. I'm here to share that even when things get hard, it doesn't mean it's a lost cause. Through these last four years, I have been able to see some really clear issues with myself and how I treat my spouse, and Lauren has done the same. I have realized 4 things about myself that contributed to a really bad marriage initially.
1. I can be very self absorbed. I didn't put Lauren first.
2. I often have high and unrealistic expectations of my spouse.
3. We fundamentally communicate completely differently.
4. I desire to be in control. This can often be exhibited in disrespect for my husband.
Once I started to see these issues, I began to see a pattern over the last several years. Through much discussion, study, grace, and forgiveness, I can honestly say that we are experiencing healing and restoration in our marriage. It is not overnight, but it is a gradual process that has been happening for us. I love my husband deeply. I would do anything for him. I think I just lost sight of this too easily. At our church, they promote the phrase "draw a circle around yourself" a lot. It was annoying to me at first, but it's really so important.
Today, I am so very thankful for 4 years with Lauren. In our wedding we wrote our own vows, and I wanted to reflect on those promises I made.
The moment I met you, I knew there was something special about you. You were so mysterious, cute, and hard to read. But I soon learned how wonderful your heart is. You truly are the most amazing man, and I am so lucky to have you. I know that it's not always going to be easy, and I'm not always going to be lovable. I know we are both going to make mistakes, but I will choose to love you every day. I will choose to put you first and receive everything that you are. I want you to know that this marriage is unconditional to me. I want to grow old with you. I want to have children with you. I want to serve the Lord with you. So, today, I am promising you everything I have. For rich or for poor, in sickness and in health, on the really good days, and on the really bad days, I will stand by your side wherever that may be...and I will love you and support you for the rest of my life.