Cleveland Highlights

Cleveland Highlights

Today we’re returning home from Cleveland. I went for a work trip to attend Content Marketing World (a great conference for those who do content marketing!).  While we had a quick trip, it was a great trip.  The conference was full of wonderful insight into our industry, and Cleveland was a great host. 

Over 3,200 marketers from all over the world (54 countries!) descended upon Cleveland….so they decked out the town in the conference’s signature orange.  There were tons of signs up at the airport welcoming us to the content capitol of the world. 

Allow me to back up and highlight a few things from our travels. In the Dallas airport, there was a Benefit Cosmetics vending machine. Y’all.  A VENDING MACHINE THAT SELLS MAKEUP.  It was glorious and pink and SOLD MAKEUP FROM A VENDING MACHINE.  I didn’t buy anything because I’m trying to save my money for Vegas next month…but it was perfect. 

And then in the Cleveland airport, there was a flower vending machine.  Because nothing says  “I love you” like airport vending machine flowers.   

Cleveland is an interesting city.  It’s not particularly fancy, but there are neat things around every corner.  I’ll post some fun sights next week. One awesome thing we saw was a great double rainbow on our way to the conference Wednesday morning. 

Some of the higlights of the actual conference were the big keynote speakers.  We heard from John Cleese and Nick Offerman, and they both had fantastic things to say about creativity. 

I ate some great food (more food next week about my visit to Lola), but a highlight of the trip was this Lady Godiva (a chocolate mousse wrapped in chocolate) from The Chocolate Bar.  It was OMG THIS IS THE BEST DESSERT EVER good.  

There are some neat sights to see as you walk around, including this fun plaza.  #History   

One of the BIGGEST highlights of this conference’s fun was the Barenaked Ladies concert.  It was free for attendees, and it was an awesome time.  We jammed out to One Week, the theme song to the Big Bang Theory, and If I had a Million Dollars.  They even sang some covers, including Let It Go.  Yes that Let It Go.  We took our picture with the band…or a cutout of the band. :/ 

The Cleveland Public Auditorium was BEAUTIFUL.  The ceiling was goreous.  I would like to know more of its history.   

I’m glad to be headed home, and to have the weekend to reconnect. But it was a great trip to Cleveland.  I love to travel and explore and learn, and I’m thankful for a job that sends me to places to do all of those things. 

Weekend Recap: 80s, Cops, and Dogs

Weekend Recap: 80s, Cops, and Dogs

Oh man, do I have a lot to show you today!  This weekend was GREAT. (I apologize if you’ve seen most of this on Instagram…but now you get, as Paul Harvey says, the rest of the story.)

It started with a super fun celebration on Friday. It was my manager Becky’s 40th birthday, so we threw an 80s bash.

Look at these ADORABLE cookies!  They are her favorite 80s band (Chicago), toy (Monchichi), and movie (The Karate Kid). Local friends, they are from Wild Flour Sweet Shop!


We all dressed up for the day, and Autumnn and I wore Saved By the Bell shirts! 🙂 (PS.  Check out how the Whole30 is treating my figure!  Hey flatter tummy!)

And y’all.  I can’t even with this group pic.  This is my department.  The people I spend 40 hours a week with.  They are like family.  And they are too much.  I love them.  

Later in the day, I tried on my boss’ mullet wig! ha!!!!

Friday night, we chilled at home.  Cooked dinner, walked the dogs, watched a movie…it was great.  We also went to bed early because I was riding with Tyler the next day.

So Saturday we were up and out the door by 4:15 a.m. for my ride along.  It was an interesting day. It was my 3rd ride along, but the first time we made an arrest while I was with Tyler- so my first trip into the jail!  We had some drunk people, some fights, a couple people running from another officer that we tried to find….an exciting day for sure.  


Saturday night was another low key night.  Dinner and hanging out on the porch watching the sunset.  I love this view and my dogs in my lap. 🙂



Sunday, we had a guest pastor at church that was AWESOME.  I came home and decided to clean the guest bedroom (it was overrun with “throw this in here for now” stuff.  I had to laugh at Pippin.  He LOVES to be close to me, and when I knelt down to clean, he found a spot on top of me anyway. ha! 

I went back to church Sunday night for a leader training, which was also GREAT.

When I got home, Tyler was already in bed…so I stayed up cooking and cleaning until bedtime.


A fun, productive weekend- the best kind!


How was your weekend?

Ello Govna!

Ello Govna!

Yesterday I went to the Governor’s Mansion for a luncheon and it was awesome.

It was a luncheon for a work event- a Better Business Bureau awards event and we were up for an award (which we won! woohoo!).  A group of 8 of us from work went to represent our company and I got to go since I worked on our award entry.  I’m so honored that I got to go and visit the Governor’s Mansion.  I actually got to meet the Governor, hear him speak, and see the beautiful grounds.

Let’s start with the important (but blurry) details.  What I wore.  I wore my new clearance maxi skirt.  Erika commented about tops with maxi skirts.  I wore a ruffle tank topped with a collarless blazer. The blurry tank.

And the whole look.

Closer for detail. 🙂

The venue at the Governor’s Mansion is BEAUTIFUL.  And the food and servers were awesome.

I loved the staircase with the names of the Governors past.

A newscaster from Central Arkansas, Jason Pederson, was the emcee. I grew up watching him and I fangirled a little seeing him there. ha!


Then Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke.


I loved the Lenox State of Arkansas China. Nice touch.



Our team with our award we won!



And some of us met the Governor! 🙂


After the ceremony, we walked around the beautiful grounds, landscaped by Arkansan P. Allen Smith. So beautiful.

It was a quick trip to Little Rock and back, but a fun day!

The Giant Christmas Recap

The Giant Christmas Recap

We had a great Christmas with lots of celebrations. Some of it felt a little strange because Tyler was working for most of Christmas Eve and Christmas….and just not having him around was strange.  But it was still good.


We started with Christmas Eve service at church.  They had these great photo ops set up in the foyer for families- so nice!


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The service was nice.  It’s a great way to set your mind on the REAL reason for Christmas.  We sing hymns, we hear about the birth of Jesus, it’s wonderful.


After the service, my parents and Gram came back to my house for dinner.  It was also the last day of Hanukkah, so we decided to have some Jewish food for dinner.  I made brisket (which was SO good).


And we also picked up matzo ball soup- which made Gram very happy.


And I even fried up some potato pancakes.  Yum.



My parents left pretty early.  Dad just doesn’t like to stay out very late once it gets dark (Alzheimer’s often causes problems for people once the sun goes down).

So I took a bath and snuggled with the pups and went to bed pretty early.

On Christmas morning, we had our families over for breakfast and gifts.  I bought matching jammies for us ladies. 🙂


I made biscuits and gravy- which was WAY easier than I thought it should have been! ha!  I also made some yummy cinnamon toast and hot chocolate.  Mom also brought hashbrown casserole.  Hello carbs!

All that food fueled the gift opening.

I gave Gram her quilt.  She was pretty excited.


Mom also gave Tyler this flying monkey sling shot (random, but fun!) and Nancy had a good time playing with it with the dogs.IMG_1237 IMG_1235


I worked Friday, where we had ugly sweater day.  It pays to work with creative people.  Corporate asked that you take a group pic in your ugly sweaters…and this was our result. ha!



Friday night, we had Christmas with Tyler’s dad.  I cooked some venison steaks and we opened gifts.

Then Tyler and I had our little gift exchange once everyone left.  He DID SO GOOD.  He’s known for left-field strange gifts…but he did really well this year- giving me the things I asked for (a heated blanket and skillets) and also some fun kitchen gadgets- he knows I LOVE kitchen gadgets!

Saturday, we did Christmas with Tyler’s family- lots of food and laughter there.  Love being a part of his family!

And then Sunday came Christmas #4 with my family in Hot Springs.  We cram into my uncle’s mobile home and eat and open gifts.  And even though we are stacked on top of each other in there….we have a great time together.

And this was the best we could manage with my camera remote. 🙂


So there ya have it.  Christmas.  LOTS of food, generous gifts, laughter, and fun.  I wish Tyler had been around for more of it, but I’m glad he had a good end of the week at work (answered prayer!).  I’m so thankful for the gift of Jesus and the reason we celebrate!