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2018…..the year of less productivity.

January 9, 2018

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Happy new year guys! I realize we’re already a week into 2018, but my laptop crashed and I’ve been in computer purgatory so far this year. Gosh, that first sentence to my first blog post of 2018 wasn’t as upbeat as I’d intended! I’m genuinely excited for 2018 for a lot of reasons. So I had a minor breakdown in December–the entire family sick with multiple ailments (flu, bronchitis, ear infection, pink eye, and strep to name a few!) I was rundown and sick yet again, work was at an all time level of busy and it was Christmas which is always hustle & bustle. I’ve been burnt out before but this point I just felt even more so, completely fried. I’m sure you’ve all been here at some point too!

I promise this post is only going up from this point on, keep reading, it gets better! Sometimes the low points are actually good. I’d reached my low–crying on and off all day, questioning what I was doing with my life, why I was failing in all capacities, etc (I know, this is a bit dramatic, which I blame total exhaustion for the heightened drama) But then I had a moment of clarity. It was finally time to slow down. My mom has been preaching this to me my entire life and now she’s nudging me from heaven–“Lyndsey, sloooooow down! Take care of yourself!” Last year, adding the third kid to the mix and a full time job (yep, this gig is every bit of 40 hours a week) meant less time for exercise, self maintenance, and just chilling out and watching Netflix without my laptop in my bed. Every single hour of my day was scheduled last year–kids and shooting during the day and then laptop all night long after the kids were down. I know other moms out there feel my pain, when you’ve got a bunch of young children, you really don’t sit down ever. But not only was I not sitting down, I wasn’t making time for meals, exercise or any other self maintenance items. So 2018 is THE year. I read this article, Let’s Bury the Hustle, that my best friend sent me the day of the breakdown (I’m so dramatic!) and it resonated with me for a million reasons. But the one piece that has stuck with me the most is this, ”

“And for God’s sake, relax. Pumping your mind full of anxiety about whether you’re getting enough, doing enough, chasing enough is no way to live. Background stress like that is literally lethal.

Put in a good day’s work, then close the damn laptop. Waste some time on the rest of the human experience.”

So guys I may not have as many 2018 posts as the rest of my blogger pals, I may turn down contracts that are lucrative but too time consuming or just not truly a fit for my brand and I can promise you I won’t have as many good hair days in 2018 (ha!). But I will be exercising, spending more uninterrupted/cell phone free time with my kids and most importantly putting my laptop down and calling it a day earlier to cuddle up and watch Netflix! And hopefully this will drive more health, creative energy and make my overall happiness and success of L. Avenue even better than ever! Now that’s a juxtaposition I can get behind.  Here’s to a less-productive 2018 y’all!

Coffee Talk, Featured, Friday Five, Lifestyle

Friday Five | Best Selves

January 5, 2018
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Hello! It’s been awhile. Just as I am trying to savor this season of being engaged, I try to treasure all the different seasons of the year for what they are. January–as we all know–is one to reflect and resolve. If you have yet to set any intentions for 2018, here are a few ideas with instructions on how to execute.

Here’s to being our best selves for the next 350ish days.

Eats, Entertain, Fashion, Featured, Holiday, Lifestyle

easy holiday appetizer + cocktails

December 18, 2017

Ariel Barcart

In case you’re hosting this holiday, we’ve teamed up with the fabulous Marcia, of Smart in the Kitchen, to bring y’all some easy, deicious appetizers and cocktails! When I think of the holidays I think bubbly so a festive champagne cocktail is right up my alley. We made this prosecco pomegranate spritz recipe for a dinner party the other night and it was a hit! I’m hosting an ornament party later this week and think I’ll try the pomegranate and cranberry sangria recipe, which is a great recipe for a larger crowd.

Baked brie is also one of my go-to’s for Christmas and Marcia’s version is my favorite yet. The Meyer lemon cranberry sauce is to die for! I love having something sweet to set out for guests (or me!) and this Peppermint bark is a simple sweet treat. It’s been tempting me this entire holiday season. I have some family members who are gluten free so I’m going to make this GF apple crisp recipe for Christmas dinner. Now I think I’ll go have a snack because just writing this post is making me hungry. Cheers to you and yours!!

Brie Alt Angle

When the team at Dazzling Decor asked us to style one of their bar carts, it was a no brainer for today’s holiday entertaining post. I love the mix of gold, glass and luxe green marble on this gorgeous piece. I’ve always wanted one for my home, but never found the perfect spot for one. I love how today’s bar cart turned out, it’s functional as a spot for cocktails and appetizers and looks so festive and chic!

Lyndsey with cocktail

Peppermint Bark Cropped

Marcia + brie

Details| bar cart, gold rocks glasses, coasters, candle and serving trays are all courtesy of Dazzling Decor in Houston. Be sure to follow this fabulous spot for all things interiors on Instagram!

My dress is by Saloni, Marcia’s necklace is Ranjana Khan, both carried at Tootsies.

photography by Kerry Kirk

 

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Friday Five | Counting Down

November 17, 2017
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How are we all doing with Thanksgiving just under a week away? All you hostesses may be feeling harried, while all your guests are counting down the days. I may have signed up for one too many ‘friendsgivings,’ but I’m looking forward to all the fun that comes with them and of course, family time. Five links as always!

Happy weekend!

Entertain, Holiday, Lifestyle

Thanksgiving table ideas

November 13, 2017
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Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on our blessings. What are you thankful for this holiday season? I’m thankful for so much, it’s pretty amazing the blessings that God has given me, the greatest blessing of all is my family of 5. This past year has been a whirlwind adding another child to our tribe. Our new normal has been a completely chaotic, but awesome adventure that I’m thankful to experience every day.


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Friday Five | Chairdrobes + Crop Tops

November 10, 2017
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image via galmeetsglam

Hi, friends! I’m trying to hold on tight to these days that have that holiday happiness without the chaos and jam-packed schedule that comes with the season. To do that, here’s a few things to occupy your weekend from the web.

Happy weekend!

 

 

 

Coffee Talk, Entertain, Featured, Friday Five, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Friday Five | The Calm Before the Storm

October 27, 2017

10-Amazing-Honeymoon-Destinations-the-everygirl-9I can barely believe it’s almost Halloween, and the holiday season is upon us. It finally feels like that outside, which makes me more in the mood for all things fall. That includes cozying up with good books (or articles!) like these. Enjoy the five and Go Astros!

Xx.

Coffee Talk, Featured, Friday Five, Lifestyle

Friday Five | How Are You?

October 6, 2017
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Coffee-Talk-1080x1512The last days of summer were taxing to say the least. The despair within the cities affected by tragic events was contagious to those feeling the pain from afar. I pray we are looking towards better days to come. Below are five happy and inspiring links to brighten your spirits.

How to start October off on a good foot–even if it is Friday the 13th!

A podcast I’d listen to on repeat.

A joy jar may be the best thing to happen to any of us.

I have five years to get all these kinds of friends.

Things people have learned, the silly and the serious.

Xx.