Hot Tea and Happiness.



When I saw this little graphic is made me happy. Who doesn’t love catching up over a cup of hot tea?

Happiness is…

a quiet night of cuddling up on the couch and watching TV.

knowing that the political commercials, ads, mailers, etc. will cease to exist after yesterday.

a sweet little “meow” when I wake up in the morning and someone’s waiting on me to open my eyes. {ok, sometimes this airs on the side of annoyance. sometimes.}

a phone call with my brother that begins with “Talk to me, goose…” and ends with “…get green label. It’s not a cheap crap kind of weekend.” We’re special.

knowing that the baby shower honoree’s are actually excited about the shower we are throwing this weekend. Can’t. Wait.

a new workout inspiration. Thank you Missy and Nikki. I began Couch to 5k {again} tonight.

a new episode of Nashville tonight. Obsessed. But, again, we all know this.

walking into my apartment and smelling dinner that I put in the crockpot this morning. Chicken tacos get in my belly!

Starbursts. Thank you, Amy, for bringing them into work. I know they were for the bucket of candy for the kids… but… I just can’t help myself.

knowing that this weekend I’ll get to see so many old friends and family.

What happiness is not…

the sole of my riding boots breaking today. I almost cried. Super glue?


What is happiness to you??

Happy hump day, kittens!





Show & Tell Monday… {a little break from the monotony…}

Happy Labor Day, kids! Are you enjoying this lovely day off??? I am… I slept in {till 9… that’s sleeping in in my world these days. Ugh} and I plan on doing some laundry, watch TV, blog… nothing too crazy. I thought I’d take a little break from Happy Hour Monday… and join in Show & Tell with From Mrs. to Mama.

1. What am I looking forward to this fall?
Chai latte’s. Warm colors. Leaves falling. Cool mornings. Scarves. The decrease in humidity – the ability to wear my hair straight again. The thought of the Holiday season.
2. What’s my fall style? 
Boots! I love them… I have quite the collection and I’m really looking forward to adding more to it. I wear them with everything in fall. I love cozy sweaters, leggings, layers, textures, scarves… I think it’s all about looking chic and comfy. That is the definition of fall style in my book. 😉
3. What are my favorite things to do in fall?
Haunted houses. I’m nuts, I know. But seriously, they are so fun! Ohio is absolutely beautiful in the fall… there’s nothing like a drive though the country to make you love an Ohio fall day. I wish I could say I love football Saturday’s… but honestly guys, I’m not a huge fan. But…I’ll participate in the festivities given that there’s an ice cold Bud Light in front of me. 😉
4. My favorite fall beverage?
Chai tea latte… or a soy caramel mocha. I’m not a huge pumpkin in my coffee kind of girl… *gasp* the horror, right?! 😉

So this isn’t either of the two I talked about above… but I’m pretending it’s fall like today with some cinnamon coffee. 😉

5. How will I be participating in Halloween this year?
My dear friend, Amy has a Halloween party… every year. It’s her favorite holiday… she’s probably plotting her costume as we speak. Usually, I’m not a Halloween fan. Never have been… but last year I dressed up as a vampire {no, not because I’m a diehard Twilight fan} but because it sounded fun. And it was… I loved that costume, which may or may not be my costume again this year… with some tweaks. 😉
Hope y’all have fantastic day… whether you are working or not. I’m off to enjoy some One Tree Hill, check the dinner I threw into the crockpot {fingers crossed it turns out right}, and enjoy this day of nothingness.

How I love thee… {via Instagram}

Confession: I’m addicted in love with Starbucks iced tea. So you can imagine my excitement when as I’m standing in line on Saturday getting ready to order the usual, I look down and see this box of goodness. Now, I can make the tea at home. My wallet thanks me… Starbucks however, may suffer.

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a nail polish addict. I love the stuff. My nails are always painted. Always. And as of late I’ve been doing the one finger different thing… and when you ask why, I’ll say… “why not?” Sally’s has been having their Buy 2 Get 1 free sale and I did just that. They have a lot of colors that you can’t find elsewhere and the price is reasonable and the quality is great. I picked up this neon green shade not sure how I’d actually feel about it on my fingers. {Some shades are just more toes appropriate, ya know?} However, I LOVE THIS GREEN. It’s called In the Lime Light by China Glaze. It goes on really well and stays on.

I have never, ever, ever been a fan of face makeup. But, as I’m getting older wiser I’ve realized I should start wearing it. I saw an ad for this one {Garnier Skin Renew B.B. Cream} in a magazine and it seemed way more beneficial than just plain old foundation. So I bit the bullet and purchased it. {$11 at Target} and I haven’t looked back. I’ve been using it for about a month and I can see such a difference in my skin. It’s even, moisturized, clear, and just looks healthier – and I didn’t think my skin looked unhealthy before. I highly recommend it. It doesn’t feel like you have makeup on at all.

This dress. And thrifting this week. Amy found this dress when she was thrifting earlier this week and got it for me. It fits like a glove. I can’t wait to wear it. Yesterday, she and I popped into another thrift store {looking for baskets for photo shoots} when we realized the entire store was 50% off. You better believe we looked around for more than just baskets. And I scored… I purchased a pants, skirt, shorts, two jackets, and two tanks for $15. That’s impressive for me because I’m sooooo picky when I’m thrifting, I won’t just buy something because it has a good label.

Hot toddy. Holy crap… best cold medicine ever. Whiskey, hot tea, lemon, and honey. It seriously clears up your sinuses. Have a cold?… drink this. You won’t regret it.

What are you loving right now??

Do you follow me on Instagram? If not, do it now… {jacmaries}

Happy Thursday, kids!

Life. {Via Instagram}

Ohhh Instagram, how I love thee. I wish I had taken more pictures this weekend… but, I didn’t. How cute is Swag? He’s my bro and Hollie’s pup and he’s a giant! But sooo lovable. And I did some drinkin’ this weekend… Jack, tea, coffee… {Jack failed at making me feel better.} And those boys… two of my bestest guys {the blonde’s my bro – the birthday boy}.

I woke up Saturday morning feeling so yucky. Sore throat, stuffy nose, coughing… the works. And that wasn’t boding well for me because I had a busy day – work and my brothers birthday celebration. So I made myself some tea and ignored the sickness that was setting in. It was such a rainy, rainy day for a scavenger hunt – but it was a lot of fun despite the rain and being sick. We had to do everything from get a random person’s number {which I did, then got asked out on a date – by a 20 year old – I’m almost 29, guys. Needless to say we had a good laugh} we had to do a shot with a random person {that turned out comical – Amy ended up doing a shot with a friend of mine from HS – so we cheated a bit, whatevs} we had to skinny dip in Lake Logan {we didn’t do that one – ran out of time} and visit a legendary “haunted” rock in our area… among LOTS of other things.

Sunday I had a lazy day around the house, sat on the porch and soaked up the beautiful day. I wish I hadn’t felt so sick, I’d have loved to go for a hike. Oh well.

{I realize it’s halfway thru the week and I’m posting about the past weekend – it’s my blog, I do what I want. ;)}

Happy hump day, dolls!