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Hi friends and happy weekend to ya!  This weekend we will be working so it looks like I won’t be getting much done, however, I do love to browse the internet for inspiration when I get a spare moment here and there.  I thought I’d start sharing some of those moments of inspiration with you here with the 1st Edition of Weekend Reads!  Hope you enjoy!

1| Looking for a weekend project?  Check out this DIY succulent wreath post.  Ours is still doing well and since we live in Florida, the humidity here has been pretty high so I’ve barely had to water it.  I just spritz it with water once a week or so.

2| With warmer weather here, outdoor entertaining has been on my mind!  Have you seen the newest summer collection from Hearth + Hand by with Magnolia?  It’s too cute!  I’m especially in love with this piece.

3| If you follow me on Pinterest, you would know that I’ve been super into the white and natural elements for interior decor such as straw, grass, rattan, and linen.  Check out this article on Pinterest’s top trending home decor for 2018.  I’m hoping to do a little revamping to our home after Luna (our new puppy) gets a little bit older.  Right now we are doing potty training and as you know it accidents still happen…. Also, she is just like any other curious little puppy, constantly getting into everything which makes it hard to keep our living room space looking pretty as most things have been removed from her reach.  If you are getting a new puppy soon or currently have one, be sure to check out this post.

4| Currently coveting all the leather sandals and mule slides from Madewell. Also, the prices are so good! 

5| Have you noticed yellow is totally trending in fashion right now?  I’ve been seeing mustard yellow hues popping up everywhere and I love it!

6| Father’s Day will be here by shortly, here are some great gift ideas that he will actually use!



 What are your plans for the weekend?  Got anything exciting to discuss?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!


Cheers- Ashley Nicole

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  • Cold days like these make me want to cozy up with a warm blanket and look through sunny photos of past vacations while day dreaming up our next adventure together. 
Last year, my husband and I visited St. John and The British Virgin Islands and we had such an amazing time that I decided  to surprise him by capturing our favorite vacation moments with a custom photo book. 
Luckily, @google photos just launched a new photo book feature so I decided to try it out and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to create. It literally took minutes to put it together! 
If you have an anniversary, birthday, or “just because” dates coming up I would definitely recommend adding your own personal touch with one of these keepsakes! 
#googlephotos #photobooks #googlepartner #ad
  • Just a smudge.... Have you ever used sage/smudge sticks to clear out negative energy? I know it sounds crazy but I absolutely swear by this method!!! Sometimes you just need a smudge, ya know?! P.S. you can now shop my looks and decor via @liketoknow.it 
#smudgesticks #wellness #purifying #positivevibes #uohome
  • Finally got out and about after being sick for the last few days and found the most delicious tile pattern on the way to my car. This was someone’s walkway leading up to their home (don’t mind if I do). So glad no one was there 🤫 but I had to share because it was the perfect reminder that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. I hope your day was filled with beauty loves! ✨

P.S. You can now shop my looks over @liketoknow.it 🤗 Simply screen shot the photo and follow me in the #liketoknowit app!
  • Really looking forward to the weekend and a little sunshine because it’s been raining here non-stop! ☔️ I’ve def gotten my money’s worth out of my @hunterboots this week, but now I’m ready for a change 👢
  • Does anyone feel weird when the new year starts mid week? It’s kind of like when you’re at the crossing between 2 states with one foot on both sides.... I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m working on moving forward but I’m also having to look back on things in order to get there. Does this make sense? #newyearnewbeginnings #makeitcount #wrapitup
  • Welcoming 2019 with open arms! Last night Jamie (my husband) and I spent a nice quiet evening at home. I made Hoppin John, Collard Greens, Corn Bread, and Pork Chops. We ended the night watching the ball drop from bed and slept in for the first time since I can’t remember when. It was perfect! Just exactly what we needed to rejuvenate ourselves for the 1st day of the year. Today we took down all the Christmas decor and talked about some things we’d like to do/change in our home this year with a fresh new perspective. Lots of ideas sparking over here! Looking forward to new beginnings and new projects! Hope y’all had an amazing New Year’s! 
#newbeginnings #2019hereicome #newyearnewgoals
  • Cheers to the weekend! 🥂Currently contemplating whether I should take down our Christmas decor or leave it up til New Year’s Day. What are your thoughts on this? I need some advice 🙃

#weekendmood #cocktailsofinstagram #flashesofdelight
  • Taking in all of nature’s beauty and gathering a bundle to take home as an everyday reminder that life and beauty can be found in the simplest ways if we just look for it. 
#lifeisbeautiful #natureisbeautiful #lovethelittlethings

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