10 EASTER GIFTS THAT AREN’T CHOCOLATE

If you haven’t realized it yet, Easter will be here in less than a month. Let me repeat – Easter is less than twenty-three days away, y’all. With that being said, I have put together a little gift guide for that special somebody or those kiddos in your life. Get to shopping and hiding those Easter eggs around the house!

FOR THE KIDS

1 // Peter Rabbit Plush + Book 2 // Footed One-Piece Bunny Romper 3 // Large Easter Canvas Tote 4 // Easter with Max & Ruby DVD 5 // Crayola Egg Crayons and Markers 6 // Unfinished Wooden Easter Wooden Cutouts

FOR THE ADULTS

Let’s all admit – we as adults still like to receive Easter baskets. I know I do! With that being said, I have listed some of what would be some of my favorite gifts that would be awesome to give or receive. Make sure to sneak a few mini bottles in your Easter egg hunt to have a little more fun.

1 // Bunny Cupcake Dish 2 // Yankee Candle Bunny Cake 3 // Rae Dunn Snuggle Bunny Mug 4 // Rose Gold Bunny Ring Holder 5 // 8 Piece Easter Cookie Cutter Set 6 // Bunny Soap 7 // Peeking Bunny Ears Easter Wreath Bow 8 // Scratch Tickets

What have been some of your favorite Easter gifts that you’ve both given and received? Let’s chat in the comments below!

XO,

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LIFE UPDATE: BELMONT

What seems like a whirlwind of the last few months, my husband and I adopted a two-and-a-half month old kitten from the Asheville Humane Society! He is feisty, cuddly, and spunky all wrapped up in a little body.

You might be wondering how we came up with the name, Belmont. Different, amiright? It does have a roundabout story to it, believe me!

After we visited Churchill Downs during our anniversary trip to Louisville in August, I fell in love with the horse racing world. Although there were no fans allowed at any of the races this year, Chandler and I were able to see horses practice in groups at Churchill one morning. I grew up riding some and have always thought horses were beautiful creatures. In light of my recent new found “love,” I named our kitten after Belmont. The Belmont Stakes is the three-year-old run at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

As the longest race in the series, the Belmont Stakes is the third and final race of the Triple Crown circuit. First is the Kentucky Derby and secondly is the Preakness Stakes.

In the last two months, having a kitten has been such a joy. However, it is a lot of work. Below, I have listed a few tips and tricks that worked for us personally to integrate a new pet into our home.

*We also have no kids (yet) and no other pets in the home, so I can’t talk on experience with integrating new animals with current ones.

KITTEN TIPS & TRICKS

CAT PROOF YOUR HOME

Y’all. I didn’t truly understand the importance of this until after I got Belmont home. Like most toddlers, kittens look to get into everything they’re not supposed to. Do yourself a favor and remove anything off the floor that you don’t want them getting in to. Trust me when I say that they will find anything and everything you don’t want them to, including stale chips under the couch and random hair ties. Cats are fairly curious creatures – cue the nine lives. Cats like to also be up high, so make sure that countertops are clear of objects that can be knocked off or any valuables. Belmont has been known to knock off my wedding ring from the bathroom vanity and use it as a toy while I was showering, unbeknownst to me. We do our best to keep him off of our counters, but be prepared for them to do it anyways when you aren’t home or watching them.

PROVIDE STIMULATING CAT TOYS

Before we brought Belmont home, I felt like I was prepared in the toy aspect. I had a scratching post, balls with bells, stringed toys and a cat tree, which also had scratching posts as the legs and a hideout. My dad also bought us a laser, which seems to be his favorite at the moment.

PLAY WITH THEM

This sounds like a pretty obvious one, right? It can often be overshadowed by lack of time and/or energy. However, you were the one that voluntarily chose to get an animal. Especially as a kitten, I expect for him to be full of energy, although all animals are different. I know that he will grow out of it eventually, but he is such a spitfire and I love it. If your kitten, or puppy for that matter, is into everything they you don’t want them to be, redirect their attention. Play with toys that are for them and show them // that are //. Use treats as reinforcement and praise positive behavior. Our current dilemma is teaching Belmont that the Christmas tree is not for his recreational play time…

Depending on if you have other animals or not, I know that they can hep with entertaining new pets. Like I said previously, we don’t have any other animals in the home to do so, so Chandler and I will do for now.

We have absolutely loved our time with Belmont. Like with anything new, it takes time to adjust to life with a new pet. Be patient with yourself and your animal. He has been the sweetest addition to our home and I have never known a little kitten with such a big personality. He likes to bat your legs as you go down the hall and lay curled up on my chest as we wind down for the night watching tv. We found a good one in our Belmont Bryson. Luckily for him, he also got his dad’s middle name. We do live in the south after all and names prevail for generations.

What are your favorite memory of time with a new pet?

MONEY ENVELOPE SYSTEM

In a time when so many of Americans have unsurmountable amounts of debt, it is of upmost importance to be cognizant of spending habits and understand where your money is really going.

When Chandler and I got married, he taught me about his cash envelope system, which is something I quickly fell in love with. I heard about Dave Ramsey’s method, but never followed through with implementing it for myself. Each person has their own method which works for them, and that is totally okay. However you choose to go about it, make it your own and stick to the task. For all of you crafty people, now is your time to shine. Make this something you are proud of and that will keep you coming back.

What is a cash envelope system, exactly?

cash envelope system simply put is a method for monthly budgeting. Cash is placed in different envelopes assigned by major categories. It is a visual way of budgeting and is also a simple way to keep track of your categorized savings by saving obtainable goals made set yourself. Instead of keeping heaps of cash in your wallet and being more careless, it is a way to regulate those more frivolous habits and being more diligent in saving for other major expenses.

For us personally, we have a house and vacation fund that are our two main “focuses” right now. Any time we have extra cash or get any for birthdays/Christmas, we put that aside for those categories.

How does a Cash Envelope System work?

How does this system work? Make a goal for each category and do not over that amount for that amount for the month. For instance, if you have $250 in the grocery envelope, that means you can only spend this amount for the current month you’re on. It basically avoids you from overspending or spending on unnecessary wants rather than needs. Studies have shown, that those who budget based on a cash envelope system save by 15% – 20% monthly.

Why should I start using a Cash Envelope System?

  • It forms a good habit. It makes you disciplined handling money.
  • It allows freedom to spend from all the savings accumulated in the near future.
  • It makes it much harder for overspending, since its restricted to a certain amount in each envelope.
  • It helps with less worries over budgeting. Deposit money into your monthly essential envelopes first.
  • It is a system that is proven successful.

Budget Categories

These are more or less the categories that your expenses might pertain to. You get to directly decide what you’re budgeting for upfront. Start assigning your most important expenses into envelopes. These are in no particular order.

  • Groceries
  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Healthcare
  • Gas
  • Household/Cleaning Supplies
  • Hair/Skincare & Makeup
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Savings
  • Dining & Entertainment
  • Personal Use
  • Vacation Traveling
  • Gifts (Birthday/Christmas/etc.)

Starting Your Budget

Set you spending limit and ensure you’re on the same page with yourself or your significant other. Pick your categories, start micromanaging and stick to the budget. Some of us go way overboard! We see a fancy shirt/dress and we pick it up! We have cooked food at home yet still purchase fast food same day! We don’t thing to look in our pantry and overspend in groceries by picking up stuff we already have x3 at home! The plan is simple. Needs > wants. Do I need this? Don’t I have it already? Will it cross my budget? Is there something more important I should buy instead of this? Can I buy this next month instead? Should I go with a more affordable yet decent quality brand? All of these questions should be answered by yourself before spending.

What if I Run out of Money in an Envelope?

This is a really good question. There is a possibility of this happening, so don’t beat yourself up if this happens. If it does happen to be a higher tier then read “What About an Emergency?” below. If it’s not one of those however, then do not give into temptation of moving cash around carelessly. Do not start taking out money from envelope Y or your wallet to put in envelope Z. ” I’ve got $500 in savings, so I can to transfer funds to my clothing envelope” is a careless idea unless you really need new clothes.

What About an Emergency?

Let’s say an emergency situation arises and leaves you with having to touch that trusty envelope. Rather than using money from your “higher importance” envelopes, I recommend using funds from the lower tiers instead for this situation. From there, realign or readjust your budget and make a note on it. Accountability is key here.

Extra Money At Month End

If you realize there’s extra money at month’s end, give yourself a small pat on the back. That just goes to show that you have budgeted correctly, so enjoy a little celebration and reward yourself! Grab some snacks or grab a coffee! If that’s not something you want to do, then simply roll over the money to next month’s budget or keep it in your savings. For those in debt, avoid the lavish celebrations and try clearing up some with the extra cash.

A Cash Envelope System is a powerful ally in a fight against overspending.

It teaches you better money management skills and principles that make you wonder why you didn’t implement it any sooner. Give it a try and see why millions of others are currently switching to it. It has really been an eye opener for me. Save now. Reap and benefit later.


I’m not perfect by any means, but this allows me this to be more diligent in understanding my spending habits and where I can cut back.

Happy saving,
Alex in Asheville

REVIEW: The Lying Game

Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Rating: ✰✰✰


NO SPOILERS HERE!

From the New York Times bestselling author of “In a Dark, Dark Wood” and “The Woman in Cabin 10,” Ruth Ware’s “The Lying Game” is a book full of twists and turns that leave you wanting more.

My husband originally bought me Ware’s “The Woman in Cabin 10” as a birthday gift last year and I was immediately hooked with the cover to cover suspense. Between Ware’s writing style, I knew was in for a treat when reading the rest of her books. I am a sucker for a good suspense novel, so I knew “The Lying Game” would be right up my alley.

From the minute I picked up this book, I was instantly hooked. Any break I had after work or during my days off, I found myself curled up with this book dying to find out what happened next. Although “The Lying Game” holds slower pace than most of her other books, it is still definitely a must-read!

THE LYING GAME reads like a grown-up version of the hit TV show Pretty Little Liars (a personal favorite of mine in college). Readers meet four friends: Isa (our narrator), Kate, Fatima, and Thea. The girls all attend the same boarding school, Salten, and instantly become best friends. Kate was the free-will teenager, Fatima the smart and cautious friend, Isa the reserved level-head and Thea the rebel.

During their time together at Salten, the four girls created their own “lying game.” The rules of the lying game are clear: no lying to each other ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out.

During their time at boarding school, this group thick as thieves always find themselves back at Kate’s house every weekend. They constantly check themselves out of school and dredge through fields and mud to that beloved house on the water. There, they fall in love with the reach and Kate’s dad, who treats them like his own. They are also introduced to Luc, who is like a brother to Kate and Ambrose’s other child.

After being expelled during their senior year due to the mysterious nature surrounding the death of the school’s art teacher and Kate’s dad, Ambrose, the girls slowly drift apart and live their separate lives. Although they go their separate ways, the four girls vow to keep this deadly secret between themselves at all costs.

As this story unravels, you learn that the three girls secretly deal with this notion that Kate killed her own father, but are constantly grappling with what her motive could’ve been.

After seventeen years apart, a text message arrives in the wee hours of the morning: I need you. Dropping everything and rushing back to the house at the Reach, the three girls come to Kate’s aid and try to put together pieces of the puzzle in what really happened to Ambrose.

Through their journey back together, they find answers that they never saw coming.

Do yourself a favor and check this book out, or any of Ruth Ware’s for that matter. You’re in for a real treat.

Thanks for stopping by!
Alex in Asheville

TOP 5 FALL ACTIVITIES

Fall is almost here, y’all! Fall has always been my favorite season and means sweaters, leggings, boots and bonfires. Just two weeks ago, pumpkin spice hit my local Dunkin’ Donuts and it touched my soul a little differently.

As our first fall season in Asheville, I figured I would make a list of my favorite activities to do to help get us in the mood for the best season of the year. 🤩 Within the last week, the weather has dropped and it makes this girl one happy camper.

Taste the apples of a local harvest

SKY TOP APPLE ORCHARD
This has always been a Fall favorite of mine! Chandler and I have gone to Sky Top every year since we started dating and it definitely helps jump start your mood for the fall. This is a great place for families with kids, groups of friends and couples to go and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery lined with acres of apple trees. Dogs are allowed, so don’t shy away from bringing your furry friends. Sky Top offers hay rides, apple cannons and the most delicious apple donuts and slushies. Expect a longer line when buying your donuts, but don’t let that detour you from getting some for yourself. These delectable desserts are made in house and literally melt in your mouth. We usually go in late September to get the full fall effect, but any time really is a good time. You can grab a bag of apples to go or fill your basket as you get lost in their luscious fields. Each different row of apples are clearly marked if you are looking for a specific type.

*Because of new Covid rules, you now get to keep the basket you pick apples with. I fully expect to use mine for some kind of fall decoration this year.

Spend a day baking your favorite fall treats

Baking has always been a “therapy” of mine, so I had to include this on my list! Set aside time to try a few new recipes. If you’re unsure of what to make, Pinterest is always a good place to start. You can always make treats for coworkers, neighbors or friends! If you do end up going to the apple orchard, make a batch of apple butter. It’s definitely a fan favorite and is super easy to make! Below are some of my other personal favorites!

Thanksgiving Margarita Recipe
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Visit the fair

Some of my fondest memories growing up were at the Piedmont Interstate Fair every year! We’d load up the whole family (cousins, grandparents and neighbors) and take a trip (or three) to the fair that week! We’d ride every ride at least once and eat funnel cakes until our stomachs hurt. I always loved stopping by the animal exhibits to see the horses, cows and rabbits. The Spartanburg fair always had such beautiful table exhibits and art galleries to stop and marvel at. Once I got to college, I drug my friends to the state fair and loved reminiscing on my younger days. Check out your local fair. It’s nothing short of amazing.

Host Friendsgiving

Like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving gives you another chance to indulge in the soul food that ensues around this time of year. Offer to host your friends and create a sign-up sheet for people to volunteer for different food and drink options so you don’t have any repeats. It’s a great night of community and a great refresher for the soul.

☆ Run (or walk) a holiday race

Every Thanksgiving morning, it feels like my entire hometown of Spartanburg is at the Turkey Troy 8k. It is an opportunity to see friends and other people that you wouldn’t otherwise see that day. Our race begins at Spartanburg’s Morgan Square and is a big loop through downtown’s local neighborhoods, parks and streets. People wear turkey hats, full pilgrim suits and crazy Thanksgiving socks for the race and it’s always a good laugh to see what new outfits people whip out every year. Starting at an ungodly 7am, you finish just in time to watch the Macy’s Day Parade and take a nap before the Thanksgiving feast starts. I’m sure there are plenty of race options in your area, so be on the lookout for those in the weeks to come. Get your exercise in early and don’t feel as guilty for the wearing your sweatpants later that night.

If you have any other fall favorites, I would love to hear from you!

As always,
♡ Alex in Asheville

ABOVE ALL ELSE

If anyone would’ve told me in January what the rest of this year had in store, I couldn’t say I would’ve believed you even for a split second. March hit and every we knew as “normal” changed in an instant. Unemployment skyrocketed, lives were flipped on their head and families were left picking up the pieces. Masks have become the new fashion trend and an essential all in one.

Teachers and students were forced into an adaptive hybrid learning model of online and “in-person” almost overnight. Parents helped in taking on that role and kindergarteners were learning how to send emails.

Above all else, I am thankful.

This year has also brought new friendships and fostered old ones. With certain people in your corner, you can do anything. I’ve learned that friends are the greatest treasure in life and could not ask for any better one than those that I have. Many of my best friends have come to visit us in our new city and I’ve also been blessed to see friends in their “home base.”

2020 has also seen Chandler and my transition to a new city and adjustments in learning the ropes of our new hometown in Asheville. It has been exhilarating, freeing and humbling. I feel that from the minute we moved here, this was “our place.” Coming from the person who absolutely hates change with a passion, I knew it would take time to adjust. I not have asked for a greater place to live. (Which is also not too far from home)

Above all else, I am thankful.

This year has brought unwelcome and unexpected death. This year has also seen many challenges and chartered new territory. It has shown me that more things than not are out of my control and just how fragile life is. It has taught me that life is more about mindset than anything else. My emotions, reactions, perceptions and thoughts are completely up to me and how I control them. Through it all, I’ve learned that in the quiet comes healing and in less comes more.

Above all else, I am thankful.

This year has taught me to be more intentional with time and relationships. Spending time for self-care and for rediscovery fosters new growth. In those moments, I have also found my love of reading and processing the chaos through writing. Time with the Lord has also been more of a priority, which has been so, so refreshing. The sweetest moments of my morning have been spent with a coffee in one hand and my Bible in the other.

Above all else, I am thankful.

2020 has taught me that more times than not that beauty experienced in life is the most short lived, but to be grateful for it anyhow. This year has been hard but oh, so sweet. It has taught me that life can be both simultaneously. Learning to lean into the promises of the Lord has been a process everyday, but one that has helped me to hold true in His word.

I am thankful for “near misses” and I will continue this year with the promise that better days are ahead.

Above all else, I am thankful.

This year brought challenges no one saw coming, yet we persisted. Take every day as a new opportunity for good. You are stronger than what you think. Offer a lending hand, a listening ear or a prayer. Don’t be afraid to start something new. Start over. Allow this year to teach you something and do all things with a grateful heart.

I am thankful for the changing of the seasons from summer into fall, but a God that remains constant and steadfast. I am thankful for family, friends and a village that are there to pick me up when I need it the most.

Let’s make the most of the last two months in 2020. In 2021, we know there is hope.

💗 Alex

MY VISION BOARD + WHY YOU NEED ONE

Manifestation has always been a big part of my life. I have always been a visual person and personally do much better with achieving goals if I see them written out or have them hanging in a highly visible area.

We all know that 2020 has been a whirlwind and full of uncertainty. With that being said, I have often caught myself dreaming about the future and what it holds for my life. Although we are well over halfway through the year, I feel like it is never too late to start working on a new project or envisioning what our next steps are in life.

Why use a vision board?
If you are anything like me, you have goals and dreams that you are wanting to accomplish but aren’t always the best at having a plan in place to do so. Creating a vision board is a great tool because it allows you to conceptualise and visualise what’s rolling around in your head. Personally, creating a vision board was particularly useful because my brain is constantly running in a million differentiate directions and needs reminded of my thoughts.

They make you consider what you really want.
You might think you know what you want until you start creating your board. What you put on your board will make your goals come to life and seem that much more real (It did for me at least). It’s also okay to dream BIG. Allow yourself to create both small and lofty goals. For me, dreaming big has always been scary, but that’s okay. This was a space for me to do so and allow myself to think outside the box.

It helps to expand your creativity.
Creating a vision board can be a creative outlet and allow a space to do so. I have always loved crafting (spending hours in Hobby Lobby or Michaels is a skill of mine), so this was right up my alley. I chose to do a cork board so that I can interchange quotes, pictures and drawings pretty easily. There are so many methods you can choose from, so pick something that suits your style! You can create digitally online or draw something by hand. Your method is totally up to you and how you see fit.

Your board can provide you with daily reminders.
Consistency is key for achieving goals. Have a friend or family member help to hold you accountable by checking in every week. It also helps to know your own strengths and weaknesses in taking the appropriate steps in making your dreams a reality. Push yourself to do more than you ever imagined. Do something to make yourself proud. As you accomplish your goals or “visions,” highlight them and write down the date beside it. Allow yourself to see the hard work you’ve put in and have this also serve as a reminder of when they came to fruition.

For my board, I broke mine down into three categories: personal, spiritual and physical. For each category, I set three to four goals for myself. For example, reading five books (no certain genre) is one bullet on my personal agenda to finish before the end of 2020. Another is to get more involved in the community and to volunteer during my free time. How you categorise your goals are completely up to you.

DISPLAYING YOUR VISION BOARD
Display your vision board in a conspicuous place that will grab your attention throughout the day. The point of having a vision board isn’t to have it somewhere for you to forget about. Take a picture to keep on your phone. Put sticky notes on your bathroom mirror. Set it as your lock screen or put a list in your bible. Allow it to resonate your daily thinking and be thinking of ways to help accomplish those goals.

Above all else, remember that goals take time. Be patient with yourself and remember why you created this board in the first place. More likely than not, things won’t happen overnight. The beauty is in the journey and seeing how far you’ve grown along the way. It’s okay to reflect and see how far you’ve come, but remember to keep your sights set on what’s to come.

XO, ALEX

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OUR PAPER ANNIVERSARY

One year ago (plus a few days), I got married to my best friend.

It has been one year as loving you as my husband. I love this life we have created together far and I can’t wait to see where the next year takes us. Here’s to a lifetime of loving you and choosing you always.

I will always cherish every little aspect of our wedding day one year ago. From vowing our love and commitment before God, friends and family to that AMAZING soul train line at our reception, it will always be one of my most cherished days and one I find myself thinking about often.

I can’t imagine doing this thing called life without you. Some days, it feels like it’s been decades, and other times, it feels like our wedding day was just yesterday. Chandler, thank you for living, laughing and growing with me this year. Being your wife has been one the greatest joys of my life.

In our bathroom, we have a sign that I use as a daily reminder in how to love my husband. It comes from the (very popular & very convicting) 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. It reminds me that love is patient, even when we can be short-tempered. Love is kind and looks to uplift others when we are weak. It does not envy, it does not boast and is not proud. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. What a great reminder that although we will will struggle with certain things, our God and our spouse will be always be on our side.

Marriage has taught me that love is a daily sacrifice. Love is a daily decision, not just a feeling. it is sacrificial, unrelenting and transformational.

Life isn’t always easy and the waves can come crashing from time to time, but together, we will always find a way to find the calm, stillness & sunshine. 

Love inspires you to be patient and permission to be human. It teaches you to meet in the middle. Love focuses on the positive and chooses to believe in the best. It forgives, appreciates and celebrates. 

Chan is the perfect balance of spontaneity to my constant preparation and having things always in order. He has taught me that the most fun moments in life are not always (and most likely not) planned. 

His warmth, kindness and composure impress me the most. He makes me feel heard, even when I am babbling on about things he’s heard me talk about 1,000x before or being completely irrational. His

One year ago, I promised to love this man under all circumstances: happy or sad, easy or difficult. I still mean every word. you’re my favorite, forever and always.

Over the last year, we have…
☆ attented two friends’ weddings
☆ visited Miami, Key West, the Bahamas, HHI and Louisville
☆ been to countless concerts
☆ moved to Asheville, NC
☆ bought a new car
☆ lived through a pandemic
☆ adopted our kitten, Belmont


August 3, 2019 will be one of my favorite days in the history of forever!
Happy paper anniversary, my love. ♡

XO,

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SS: Chandler

To the man who is witty, charming and selfless, you are greatly appreciated and so, so loved.

When you came walking into my life four years ago at our Chick-fil-A store in Spartanburg, I had no idea how important you’d mean to me then. From brushing off the constant curiosity of our family and friends as time went on, my conversations quickly went from avoiding the topic at all costs to rambling about our numerous road trips to Braves games and our travels to many concerts up and down the east coast, literally.

You are my forever concert going partner and my favorite is to hear you singing loudly to songs you may, or may not, know all of the lyrics to.
I also love that we share the love of sports and some my favorite time with has been spent has been at games together.

Your heart is invested in the meeting people in their current situation, always looking to pour into those who have a greater need than yours.

You have a great taste in all things Christmas and I look forward to you having our house decked out to the nines come winter time every year. (I get to decorate for all other holidays, right? 😂)

Your Braves and Panthers hats are the staple of any outfit, from your Sunday best to the first thing you put on for a day around the house.
Your childlike spirit and your zest for life excites me to see you as a father one day. You will be the absolute BEST dad.

You value my feelings and validate my rambling tangents even when I don’t make sense. You are my shoulder to cry on and also the best part of my day. You challenge me to dream big on a daily basis and to grow outside of my comfort zone.

You are the reason for so many of my belly laughs and ear-to-ear smiles, as well as a few tears along the way.

No matter how rough the seasons might be, you are my stronghold. You hold me in the quiet, protect me in the stormy and love me mightily when I can’t love myself.
To be loved by you and to navigate this life together will always the greatest gift. “Chandler’s wife” will always be one of my most treasured titles, always.

You are one of the best things that happened to me, always.
I love you longtime.

♡,
Alex in Asheville

SS: Mom

As a project that I’ve been eager to start for some time now, this Spotlight Series will be a way for me to highlight those who have played a huge part in my life and to recognize them in just a small way!
With that being said, the first in my spotlight series will feature…

… my mom!

To accurately depict what my mom means to me will fail to be a full picture of how great of a woman she truly is. For anyone who has been fortunate enough to meet her knows what a truly remarkable lady she really is.

My mom is a woman of character, positivity and prayer.
My mom is a woman of determination and a pillar of strength.

She genuinely uplifts and fiercely protects. She is an advocate for equal education opportunities for all children, and strives for all to succeed in the classroom (& beyond). She is a cornerstone for her family, always extending a helping hand and offering a listening ear.

My mom is a loyal supporter of her Gamecocks and a lover of the color green. She loves lake days and searching for turtles sunbathing on logs.

To the woman whose “larger than life” laugh (and voice) often proceeds her, you are so appreciated and so so loved, Momma bear.

Thank you for ALL you have done for me in my lifetime and for all that are as a person. You are my greatest mentor and an even greater friend. Know that you are fiercely loved and you raised a pretty great daughter. 😉

♡,
Alex in Asheville