Though my birthday was this past Thursday, my entire weekend was one big bundle of celebration. Every moment of each day was full of laughter, love, fun, and family – it was exactly what I was hoping for. With each passing year, birthdays become more meaningful to me. Not as a time to celebrate being the center of attention (which I was never a fan of anyways), but to bring loved ones together and make time for simple pleasures in our otherwise busy and stressful lives. Here’s how I celebrated this birthday – complete with a picnic, a cookout at…

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(A wish waiting to be made)  This week has admittedly been long and challenging, so its more important than ever that I focus on the great things in my life, and the fortunes I do have. I plan on spending my last day off work for the next week (before my birthday!) enjoying the sunshine, family’s company, and probably some baking. I am determined to make this next year the most exciting, productive, successful year of my life thus far, so with that being said, I’m convinced its completely ok to spend my last week of 23 with no plans…

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Strawberry Fields
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Page Farms Berry Patch This past weekend seemed full of Memorial Day festivities to welcome in summer. We cooked out (twice), and spent a sunny afternoon strawberry picking. Although berry picking is not a typical patriotic activity, the bright red berries and being out in the fields somehow made it seem fitting for Memorial Day. The most vivid memory I have of strawberry picking is from when I was young on what I believe was a class field trip. It’s probably because in my elementary school picking days I was a couple feet closer to the ground, but I had figured…

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(A buttercup handpicked by Ry) My vacation this week was exactly what I was hoping for. It was the perfect combination of a little work and a lot of play,  all with no real agenda. I slept in, relaxed, watched movies, and ate probably more than I should have, but that’s what a vacation is for. I spent the front half of the week with family, as well as cleaning out my childhood closet (which led to some pretty comical trips down memory lane), and took a break halfway through the week for a quick day trip the beach. I…

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Bite size snickerdoodle poppers (also known as cinnamon sugar donuts with vanilla pudding) This week was an absolute roller coaster – although it seemed to fly by with not near enough hours in the day, each day was jam packed full of complications, emotions, and anticipation of the weekend. My week long vacation officially commences this evening, and I couldn’t be looking more forward to the weekend ahead. This weekend will include many different family celebrations, most important of which are Mother’s Day and my Mom’s birthday on Sunday. I can not wait to be home celebrating the most amazing…

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A Weekend In Review
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A Weekend In Review

Squeezing in a homemade brunch before work Saturday morning Though this weekend was jam packed and seemed slightly more hectic than I was prepared for, by Sunday evening I felt refreshed and refocused on the important details. Somehow, even with working full days all weekend, I made time for a surprise delivery of fresh baked goods to my mom and co-worker, learned how to make my first chicken melt (a delicious request by Ry), got some quality time out around town for viewing art and trying new restaurants,  and wrapped up the weekend with a festive taco dinner and a…

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An azalea bush blooming right outside my door Though work will consume most of my days this weekend, I am looking forward to filling the time spent away from work with fun and relaxation. It will include backyard football, touring local art galleries, and a homemade brunch tomorrow to make the best of a cloudy weekend. I’ve learned that although working on weekends is never ideal, its important to embrace the spare time I do have, and to put my energy and focus into that. Chances are, it’s those times that are actually important.  Evening in bed catching up on…

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A Weekend in Review
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Perfectly colored flowers at the Farmers Market This weekend ended up being everything I had hoped, with a few unexpected surprises. It was filled with baking, trying new things, and plenty of relaxation. The chile-lime chicken burgers ended up being a hit – and are a new staple in my summer dinner menu.  Time spent with family and loved ones included amazing southern BBQ, lots of laugher, and spontaneous trips to the art museum and flea market. First time burger making in the works Chile-lime burgers before cooking A surprise that made working on a Saturday a little sweeter Impromptu…

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A day spent poolside with some inspirational reading This weekend holds a lot of firsts that I am looking forward to. My first attempt at grilling burgers solo, my first trip to the pool for the season, and Ry’s first time meeting my extended family. This weekend holds the promise of finding happiness in simple pleasures, and enjoying time spent with loved ones. Combine that with this beautiful spring weather, and a girl couldn’t ask for much more. A couple new additions that make my house feel instantly like spring The perfect tote bag for trips to the market and…

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Spring Beginnings
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Spring Beginnings

Welcome to the M.A. Times! I wanted to create a place where I could house all of my favorites and things that I love. Spring has just begun and it is the time of year I find myself most excited by what surrounds me, and enjoying all of the little pleasures life has to offer.  I find inspiration in simplicity and that which brings comfort, but also in everything fancy, delicate, and completely fabulous.  

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