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hats are where it’s at.

hats & more hats.

i cannot get enough of them. floppy hats. baseball hats. fedoras. hats with feathers. hats with bows. all things hats.

here are some of my favorite looks with hats.

i love love skirts- add this floppy hat and bam. love it.

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i love that they paired this white dress with brown boots and black hat. so cute.

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or keep it simple. jeans, shirt, hat. so easy.

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& of course you have to carry your hat to the beach!

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since we are on the topic of the beach. i am already planning a trip in my day dreams.

have any of you ever been to St. Augustine? it is by far one of my favorites.

here are some of my favorite places there.

the castillo de san marcos

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they give ghost tours, they have amazing little places to eat, & the beaches are so nice!

booking a trip ASAP!

where are some of your favorite places to go in the summer?

 

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jillyvans for life

i moved from franklin county around 2006, it was a big step for our family. my nanny passed away & it was really hard for me, for all of us, she was my most favorite person in the world. i think of her all the time & i love the memories we have bc i can always cherish them.

when i moved here i also left a lot of friends, i also gained new ones. one of them being jillian.

i was working as a barista at seattles best in  kennesaw at borders (horders as we called it) she started working there in march & the rest is history. we quickly became friends & have remained that way.

we would have re unions there sometimes when it was our anniversary.

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we would take photos to celebrate her birthday

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we share the same love for bread

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she is one of the funniest people i know.

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we both love coffee

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she always supports my habits of throwing parties where i become OCD and crazy while i plan. she drove over an hr to this party

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we have been through a lot together. i am so thankful to have dates with her where we dream of the future & make plans to run our own business. she is what i like to call a solid friend. one who is there through the good & the bad. i love her heart and how genuine she is. she truly cares & i appreciate that more than she will ever know. i cannot wait for her to be auntie jill. oh & did i mention i cannot take her anywhere without guys fawning all over her.

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pool days

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she can also shoot a gun– yes jillian i stalked your photos to find all of these. this was her in her cabin in the woods, she was shooting a bear.

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we had a habit of following each other around & working at the same places. we always worked so well together. we started at borders- then went to TJI Fridays- then to woodstock coffee house. who knows what the future holds! we even took a communications class at kennesaw state university together.

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last night we took a walk to the nook to eat tater tots covered in amazing things. it was an eventful night- which included a man stalker who was there with his girlfriend but continued to tell jillian she was the most gorgeous red head he has ever seen. come on guys. are there any respectable gentlemen out there anymore, or did i get the last one?

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love you jillian & jillyvans will be around forever! so glad you are apart of my life

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wish list travel list.

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april 28th we go back to haiti (i know i have been talking about it a lot-i cannot help it) & it has me thinking of travel. so today i am going to share my wish list travel list of the top 5 places i want to go. one of them is already in the works for our 5 year anniversary & i could not be more excited.

  1. ireland
  2. spain
  3. montana
  4. california
  5. texas

ireland is cory & i’s top place to go. we are already planning to go there on our 5th anniversary. any tips from my readers out there on how to travel there the smart way- please comment! we want to see everything from the guiness factory to castles to hanging out with some locals.

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spain has always had a little piece of my heart- everytime i see something about spain on the travel channel my heart leaps a little.

montana is freakin gorgeous so why  not go right?

california. the beautiful state has so much to offer & i need to see it. my sister lived there for about a year when she had a nanny job & she was always telling me how beautiful it was.

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beautiful right?

last but not least. texas. the big state of texas- mainly austin. i never hear a bad thing about this city. music. food. atmosphere. let’s go right now!

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salt lick bbq

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home slice pizza

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these are some other places i would like to visit

where are some places on your wish list?

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snarky puppy & penne a la vodka

before the show last night we had ike & sarah over for dinner. cory made penne a la vodka which was amazing. i am constantly surprised by my amazing husband and all his secret skills. i get frustrated sometimes because anything he does he is good at. this is one of my favorite dishes he does & it never disappoints. i remember the first time he made this dish he forgot to reduce the vodka…. lets just say we were at our worst for 3 days.

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ike & sarah are moving to nashville in april, & we are so sad but so excited for them & this new adventure. dexter is going to miss her a ton too.

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i am sure she will blog about her new adventures & you can follow her here

after dinner we headed over to terminal west to watch snarky puppy. i was blown away by the talent on the stage, at some point i was confused bc of all the technical things that were going on at the same time, my brain was being split into 8 different parts. if you have ever listened to them or seen them live you would know what i mean. i looked around at all the people & they looked like they were having a church service. like the shouting, dancing, raising the roof type of church service. it. was. awesome.

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oh & my husband is the sweetest. when he picked me up from work yesterday he had gotten me this new scarf from whole foods. i am so blessed.

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i have been praying a lot lately for our country. hearing all these stories about ukraine & what people all over the world endure everyday breaks my heart. it makes me nervous about what is to come for america but i know God is in control. lets all take a moment to be thankful for every little thing we have. hold people close and love them.

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wishing, wanting, & hoping

wishing for warmer weather where my feet aren’t frozen all day. wanting sun kissed skin. hoping for the days where i can float around in my in-laws pool.

atlanta had its second “snow/ice storm” — i was stuck inside for 2 days with my main squeeze. i did taxes. cleaned out the closets. cleaned the house. baked good for our 80’s dance party this weekend. watched a ton of netflix- & we finally started “lost” & played with our cats.

this is dexter

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i have had a lot of time to think about warmer weather outfits and since i got my white converse in the mail the other day- my outfits are being completed in my mind. i cannot wait to get our computer next month so i can get more involved with my blog- taking pictures and what not of me actually wearing the clothes i buy, and pictures of DIY projects and things I make-

until then, here are some things i found on pinterest.

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what are some things you are wishing, wanting & hoping for?

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Snow Days

so for those of you who do not know atlanta has been crazy since tuesday. i left work early on tuesday (thank god) bc it got pretty bad. i got a little stir crazy by yesterday, but really enjoyed my time with my husband. we made every single meal, (including my first meal in my dutch oven), watched shows, movies, made a budget & cleaned the house. we even took the cats out and took a walk for some coffee and to CVS.

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cory & dex

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dolly & me

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french toast and eggs

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it was so cold!

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cory made sweet potato hash topped with a fried egg & grilled chicken!

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razzle berry pie with butter pecan ice cream

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first meal in my dutch oven. red wine braised flank steak sammich!

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just the two of us

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Christmas Wish List

i am one of those people that love to give. not just at christmas but all year around! i have been ordering my husband christmas gifts for months now and they have been wrapped up for a while. we have not gotten our tree yet, mainly bc it is 70 degrees outside and it really does not put this ga girl in the mood for tree shopping, but the other reason is we leave on the 14th which is next saturday and we will be gone on our mission trip. this year, however i have a wish list. the main thing is a dutch oven. i have hit another one of my house wife phases and have been buying cookbooks and dreaming up recipes in my little head all day at work. last week i bought this cook book called The Little Paris Kitchen – Rachel Khoo — i flipped through the pages at work dreaming of making all these wonderful things i cannot even pronounce. i even thought about learning french. so lets get to it!

#1- Dutch Oven- why? bc it is amazing for everything from soup to bread. 

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#2 Doughnut Pan- Why? bc i need one= i have been seeing all these recipes for cute and healthy doughnuts- yes healthy and i want a pan super bad. you can see my “sweet tooth” pinterest board here

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#3 clothes- any of the ones on  my pinterest board. literally, but for all you guys out there that love pictures here are examples

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#4- anything to do with baking/cooking/eating- bc i want to make dishes like these below

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i know christmas is not about gifts and material things- it is about Jesus Birth and celebrating that. Celebrating family and what the word “family” truly means. I have been really struggling with family lately- so say a prayer that the Lord shows up. a lot of sad things happening in my family and i could use your prayers.

 

xoxo,

Mrs. Estes

 

 

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Shopping, Food, & Friends- Can it get any better?

such a fun but busy weekend. saturday morning we got up and headed to douglasville for a shopping adventure.

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we met up with aj, ashlan and their sweet little bitty tinslee  at starbucks to start the day off just right! i have tried not having coffee everyday & i cannot do it. i just cannot bring myself to rid my body of the caffeine. it is so good. we headed to the mall and i realize i go to the same stores every time i am there- forever21, that weird urban store that sells incense, american eagle, and h&m. h&m was having this crazy sale 1/2 off all the sale items and all sweaters were buy 1 get 1 free. WHAT? i wish i would have taken pictures of the bag bc i probably could have fit into it. we left with 2 sweaters for cory, 2 sweaters for me, an infinity scarf, a black & white striped dress, & a black shirt all for $80. when i got in line i saw they had free magazines too- with a 20% off coupon (off one item) SCORE! after shopping we headed over to the irish bread pub to eat some grub. of course i had to try the fish-n-chips and they were delish.

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after our fun date we headed to carrollton for a birthday get together for Russ. a-bomb made some chili and we sat out by the fire just talking about life. russ & a-bomb are such dear friends- russ married cory & i. they also did are premarital counseling- so we go way back.

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sunday morning cory led worship & then we headed to eat with our buddy dockery who runs the carrollton menu. he recommended Blue Agave Grill & Tequila Bar & said they had really good food- which they did. they also have pina-coladas served in a pineapple.

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i also got to spend some more time with ashlan and tinslee. you guys this little one will make you have baby fever BAD!

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of course we had to watch walking dead=== i have no idea what is going on!?

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Whoa

i am so behind. these last few weeks have been really  busy with the husband and life in general. it is officially cold & i sort of like it. it is time for fires, thinking of camping, soup, chili, big sweaters and all things happy but most of all-  THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS.

some friends and i went and saw david ramirez at eddie’s attic– he was amazing and you all should go listen to his music right now and buy every album he has.

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we also are only $250 dollars away from meeting our goal for our haiti trip in december. words cannot even express how excited and happy i am about this mission trip. to get away from this world of want and expectation to see a world where their  needs are something we take for granted every day. it is good to get out of your box, out of your comfort zone and do something good. i have been feeling like this for a while now, like everyday i do things and they don’t really matter. i want to do something that matters. there is so much need in the world. everywhere you look there is need. whether it be a shoulder to cry on, people dealing with self-esteem issues, someone who does not have food, someone who does not even own a pair of underwear or wear the same clothes everyday. you do not have to go on  a mission trip to bring change to the world, but i am very happy to be going on one. i know the change we will bring there will  bring just as much change for my own life.

other news: we are so busy with planning the holidays- so many families to visit but so excited to see all of them. say a prayer for my brother who is going through his ranger school right now- i know he is going to make it and we are so proud of him, cannot wait to go to his graduation.

i already have been wrapping presents for cory- we have decided not to do family gifts this year bc we are so busy so just presents between cory & i. we will be gone the week before christmas so it makes it easier. the family and i are going to bring a dish style christmas gathering and just enjoy being with each other. however i love christmas and i love wrapping and here are some really cool wrapping ideas i found on pinterest.

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here are some crafts & food i want to try during these cold days

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what are you guys craving this holiday season?

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French Fries, Onion rings & Shopping

i always love having girl time. eating. shopping. talking about our lives. sharing our dreams. spending too much money on hairspray and mouthwash.

last night one of my very best friends and i had a date. we went to goodwill, had some food at yard house in atlantic station and then headed over to target. talked about life, love, adventure & where we want to be. we tried on witch hats. looked through the weird pantie bins at target (the sizes are never in the right place)- and tried on shoes.

back to the food- we seem to always go to yard house when we hang out= we love the place. they have all these “snacks” so if you want something small you can order a few of those and get a drink.. they have tons of different drinks. we ordered the garlic and herb fries, onion ring tower, and in the end we had a brownie. my favorite thing we got was the drink, the “moscow mule” — this is like my favorite drink right now ginger beer, vodka, and lime. easy. simple. and amazing. yard house makes their own ginger beer which made the taste amazing. how many times can i say amazing? they even served them in the traditional moscow mule cup. im in love.

i also signed up to have jillian be my personal running partner. we start on monday. say a prayer for me please.

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