Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thoughtful Tuesdays

It's thoughtful Tuesdays!! I love these thoughts below, because it's a reminder to wonder, grow, be adventurous and never fear change. Enjoy! xoxo


The walls you build.

freya art


Monday, December 10, 2012

Dating for the Married Ones

image found on graceevan.org via google search, images

Dating used to be is so exciting!!! It's something we would primp for (both ladies and gents), we would look forward to the weekend for those nights out. And then marriage kind of dulls that...unintentionally. For whatever reason, it just stops and most couples get boring. We get comfortable, and we think that there's no point in trying anymore-marriage was the goal achiever for all that dating anyway, right?

Well, wrong. Most women would do anything for their husbands to plan a night out every now and then. It's the thought that counts, seriously. It doesn't matter how much money you do or don't spend-it's about what you're doing together to grow your relationship. 

Believe it or not, we continue to grow and figure out who we are. We are continually changing, and the goal is to change into better people-for ourselves & our spouse. So when we grow, our likes and dislikes will differentiate a little-or a lot! How, then, do you expect to keep learning about your significant other? Granted you could try to do it while you're doing the dishes, running around chasing the kids, or even sitting on the couch watching television together. If you notice, though, there's always something else to side-track you. That's why dating is still important. You have to focus your attention on each other. No kids, no television-get out of your comfort zone. 

Sounds like an awesome idea, but then you start panicking and wonder how in the world do you go on a date with someone you already know?? It's rather funny when you think about it. :) As much as you think you already know your spouse, there are still things you don't know. I just learned recently that my husband doesn't mind  plaid shirts; I was completely blown away by this small fact [and still am]. It was something I learned while strolling through the mall with him. It's that simple!

Seeing as it's not that frightening to go on a date, you're probably wondering where to go? You may always do dinner somewhere every weekend (like we often do); but do one little thing to change it up. Sit in the same booth together instead of across from each other. It feels more romantic, and you'll start acting like teenagers again. Another suggestion, is if you have a 4 or 5 Star Hotel close to you, spend an evening in their  bar/restaurant. The Marriott usually has a balcony area with fire pits that can be enjoyed year round. It's especially cozy in the winter or fall, paired with a few drinks. If you're feeling especially frisky and adventurous, rent a room. That way you don't have to worry about driving back home. Another simple date night, picnic in the park-in the evening. Then bring a blanket for star gazing later; if you really want to blow her mind then bring your iPod with you and listen to some jazz or romantic music. Yes, it may be cheesy but you'll enjoy it, besides how often do you get to look at the stars???

date nightBackyard movie night inspiration
images found via pinterest.com 

Just a few ideas to get your brain cells functioning that forgot about how to date. Don't forget to dress up a little and put a little something on your lips as well. Grab a bottle of wine, or your preferred beverage of choice and get to know each other a little better. You may be surprised that words may not even be needed at all. ;)

Love and be loved~xoxo

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Current Craves

<< I have a slight obsession with scarves. The top of my closet is full of them...as well as hats. The funny thing about hats is that I collect them, I adore them; but, I never wear them out. The Shoals area just isn't ready yet.

My current craves?? Scarves and fur (faux). I've never been a fan of fur, until recently. I found a vest that I fell in love with (TJ Maxx) and I'm on the hunt for an all black fur vest. Below are a few of my fav combinations.

#Plukka  Layers. 
Chunky Knits

fall layersfur vestLayers, colours and scarves       

Faux fur vest.jeans, booties, oversized sweater, big scarf  chunky, comfy, perfect 

On a budget?? Guess what, I am too!! Don't fall for the retail prices for these items, patience is a virtue ;) I just hit the scarf jackpot at Rue21-infinity scarves are my all time favorite, and they have plenty in stock ($12.99). Fur vests-consignment, consignment, consignment. I went on the hunt for a tacky sweater today and I found so many fur vests and coats at a consignment shop-none of which were over $24.99 {I also lucked out and found a tacky sweater vest for my tacky Christmas party in a couple of weeks, $12}. If you're real lucky, you'll also find very good items at thrift stores. Happy Hunting!


Monday, November 19, 2012


Mondays can be a pain, therefore I decided to find funnies to share! Let's make it to Tuesday, just a few more hours!

that's one way of looking at it lol

my new motto for those things that don't work out

my favorite Christmas movie!

Christmas is just around the corner!!!!

Mary Poppins  Hahahahhahahahaha

Mary Poppins had it right...

haha that made me giggle

Ah! The fishes face just kills me


It's so cute, you can't help but giggle

This shouldn't have made me laugh, but it's pretty funny

And you said it in Forest Gump's voice too


Just in case you were wondering...

It's true. lol

And lastly....this is so very true. AWKWARD

Hope you burned a few calories from laughing!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Love & Marriage

I saw this on Pinterest today and wanted to share. I liked the message in it, and most often we find ourselves giving up in our marriages instead of continuing to work on it. I can't say it enough: no one said it would be easy. It is going to be hard and some days you want to call it quits; but at the end of the day love conquers all-the trick is letting it and not allowing things to build up. That means no holding grudges, what's past is past. Focus on the future. :)

The only thing I didn't like about one of the 6 ways was to ignore faults. I agree to some extent; but if a person's fault is hazardous to their or anyone else's health then those do not need to be ignored. As for everything else, this blogger was right on. Enjoy!

need to read

Saturday, November 17, 2012



I've been thinking lately, that I want to update my blog and "brand" it. Maggz is a nickname that I've been called for so very long; and as much as I loved it in relation to my blog, it just didn't seem to be the right title. Thus, you will see my new blog updated to: MaggyDawn .
I have a love for design, crafts, and wedding planning. If my path ever chooses to expand on any {or all} of those things, I wanted to have a name that stood out and seemed professional at the same time. Thus MaggyDawn. So, now I'm sure you're wondering where I came up with this.

Maggie Dawn is my name-says it on the birth certificate. My mother was an avid soap opera fan back in the day; one of her favorite characters was named Maggie, and thus my name was chosen.  Dawn is a family name, my grandmother's middle name was Dawn; my mother's middle name is Dawn, and I was graced with the same middle name. What do those names mean? Well, Maggie is of Greek & Enligh origin and means precious pearl. Dawn is English and means sunrise. I just take it as I'm precious and always strive for a sunny disposition-which is how I truly behave. ;)

Did you notice I made a slight change to my name in the title? I dropped the "ie" for a "y". I felt this made it more unique and creative; besides, most people try to spell my name with a "y" anyway. So there you have it: updated blog and the why.

My goal is to post as much as I can and have it be inspirational, meaningful, or informative. You never know where life may take you, so therefore you have to be intuitive in all aspects as to how you present yourself. Please feel free to provide feedback, as to what you would like to see posts on or if you would like to requests my services in the design/craft/event area.


Paint it Red

red, red, red.

I love red hair....I think the right person can pull it off and look amazing. I'm debating on putting red highlights in my hair in a few weeks-we'll see. I'm more of dye it all at once kind of girl, as opposed to streaks. It just doesn't seem to suit me as well. #redspiration 
9 Classic Makeup Looks to Rock …
Can  I please do my hair this color??? :( I love it

I want this color mixed with browndark berry looooove this color!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thoughtful Tuesday

...let go

Very true

Thoughtful Tuesday!! What thoughts struck you today?


Monday, November 12, 2012

Crafty Crafty

Been a while since my last post, and it was a rather sad one (I was having a memory lapse). I've been so busy crafting lately, here's what I have on my list to work on!!

sharpie. white mugs. bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 
 you'll like the twist I made on these mugs (Hoping they'll be cute dirty santa gifts) ;)

I can't decide which wreath I want to do (either one will involve snow flakes and reindeer too):

                    Christmas Wreath.                    ornaments, a styrofoam wreath, a glue gun, a wooden letter and glitter are ALL you need to make this by joanne

I've been bitten by the shutter bug!!!
          Old Shutter Becomes a Coat Rackshuttershutter
And I'm suddenly into vintage maps (well I've always liked them, but just recently figuring out how to incorporate them into our home):
DIY Map Canvas-this is what I want to do for the Living Room nowI like this idea for a "powder room" except only have one wall covered in the map wallpaper-the rest of the walls could be a tan or dark brown.recycled chairs and mapsMemory Lane Coasters: maps of where you've been, modge podge and stone tiles

OH and let's not forget cotton! (very southern and can add a little rustic touch)

Cotton and Burlap wreath..deep south style....I would love to do this!!Amy.Fresh cotton for arrangements. Think this would be awesome for your wedding!Cotton Plants for Floral Arrangements

What crafts do you have lined up??


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My Fall Favs

It's Fall and I'm having a hard time being patient for the weather to cool off, so I can wear some of my new wardrobe! I've been picking up on some trends that I'm going to be incorporating into my style. What have been your favorites?
All pictures from Pinterest

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 So have you noticed a pattern?? For fall, here's what you need (at least one of each item, and you're good to go):

  1. Neutral - whether it be a shirt, blazer, hat, scarf, shoes, or jeans. Neutrals are really big for fall this year
  2. Hat - I personally love the hats featured in these pictures, but a fedora is also acceptable
  3. Scarf - usually that is plural for me. Love me some scarves. If you don't know how to twist them around, buy yourself an infinity scarf (it's just a circle of material). I usually find mine at Target
  4. Polka Dots - making a big come back this Fall. Sweaters, scarves, skirts, and even pantyhose
  5. Booties - Ankle booties that is. They go great with skinny jeans-especially rolled at the end.
  6. Cheetah - I thought cheetah was beginning to fade away, but it certainly is not. The key to wear cheetah this Fall, is to wear it in subtle ways, with subtle prints. (i.e. scarf or sweater)
  7. Your Sunday Tea Blazer - (shown in the 4th picture above). These aren't just for the ritzy or even your grandmother any more. They're making a big hit-paired with blouses. Don't want to spend a lot for these cute blazers? Hit up your local thrift stores. I found mine at the Salvation Army for $3
  8. Chunky Sweaters - can never go wrong with one of these. Perfect for the office, when it feels like it's below zero; or it's cute for a lunch date with your girlfriends
  9. Jean - Shirts. Feels like the 90s, but in a much, much more fashionable way. I've been on the hunt for the perfect one, haven't been so lucky yet (you can probably find these in your local thrift store as well; take it a step further and tie up the front for a new bold look)
  10. Last but not least-Floral. Floral is still in for Fall, choose less bold prints and be sure your colors are still fall appropriate

Colors trending for fall?? Gray, Plum, Wine, Black, and Neutrals. Red and Emerald are also making appearances as well.

Hope you enjoyed! I know I still have a few things to add to my closet. What are you looking forward to wearing most this season??