The New allisonsaxon.com

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Big news! As many of you have probably seen I have been a bit MIA over the past few weeks over on Life of a Northern Belle. Well, I am happy to announce that you can find my new and improved blog site at www.allisonsaxon.com

6 months ago I was nervous and excited as I published my very first blog post but as I began to fall more and more in love with blogging I realized I needed to be doing it in the creative manner that truly reflects who I am. My new website holds all my previous posts and creative content so that everything can be viewed there moving forward.

As sad as I am to no longer be posting on “Life of a Northern Belle”, I hope you will join me on my new adventure!!

Thank you for everything and I hope to be seeing you around!

 

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10 Things

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Has this not been the longest 4 day week or what?! It seemed to drag on forever!  After a challenging week and the start of a new month, I decided I needed to do a little positivity post. So today I am sharing 10 things I am thankful for!

  1. Travel. Summer means travel and we are nearly 60 days until my family trip to Kauai! Cannot wait to share my Hawaiian adventure with you!
  2. Family Time. One in the same with travel, but I am so very excited to be traveling with my parents and sister this summer. A trip just the 4 of us is long overdue.
  3. Summer Beer. Justin’s old college days recipe for a potent drink that I will be drinking all summer long! {Light beer, frozen lemonade and vodka. YUM!}
  4. Adulting. I know, I know. I complain about adulting it so much. But sometimes it feels so good to sneak downstairs late at night and eat a bowl of cookie dough ice cream just because you can.
  5. Summer Reading. I recently stumbled upon author Kristan Higgins and have fallen in love with her Blue Heron novels. Nothing says summer like a little summer romance. Follow me on Goodreads to see what else I am reading!
  6. Sun Kissed Skin, even if it is fake. Have you checked out my latest review on Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin moisturizer? If not check it out here. I’m obsessed!
  7. Concert Season. Hello, Country music concerts! Nothing better than an outdoor amphitheater, a cold drink and your best girlfriends. Sam Hunt July, 29th! Who else is going?!
  8. Space. Recently JP and I upgraded to a king size bed and it has been the best investment we’ve ever made. It truly is what dreams are made of!
  9. Helpful Friends. Shout out to all my amazing friends that have been lending me their photography skills, graphic design expertise and even blogging knowledge! You know who you are– you da best!!
  10. My Love. We have entered a new season of life, both working full time, yet we still somehow manage to make time for each other even if it is just taking trips to Lowe’s and dreaming about the day we own our own home. I am so thankful for that.

XOXO,

Allison

Memorial Day

I read a really eye opening article today on NPR about Memorial day that I wanted to share with you. The general premise of the article is about how veterans feel that Memorial day has become lost in translation. I too am guilty for immediately associating Memorial day weekend with cook outs, beach trips and the unofficial start of summer. So I figured I would do some research into the origin and meaning of the holiday meant to honor those who died serving.

Memorial Day in the US has its origins from the Civil War and was then known as a “Decoration Day”. It stemmed from the desire to honor those lost in war. General John Logan selected the original date of May 30th to honor those fallen because there were not battles that day. It wasn’t until 1971 that it became a national holiday and was set to be celebrated on the last Monday of May.

A consistent theme throughout the article is how we should not say “thank you” or celebrate Memorial day as a joyous occasion because Memorial day serves a very different purpose from Veterans day. This really resonated with me. Veterans day is to honor all who have served in the armed forces where Memorial day is in remembrance of those who died serving. I honestly had never really thought about it like that before… We just use a blanket statement like “Happy Memorial Day” when in reality there are many Americans who use this day to reflect and remember those lives lost. Saying “Happy Memorial day” now just sounds very insensitive.

Although I feel that a simple “thank you” is never wrong,  on Memorial day, Veterans and family members may be mourning and it is important to keep that in mind.

I hope this encourages you to be respectful in how you choose to spend your Memorial day. May we always remember the sacrifices made for our beautiful country. Today we honor those who lost their lives for us. Never take for granted the soil you stand on. Proud to be an American.

XOXO,

Allison


NPR article can be found here! Other interesting articles about the history of Memorial day can be found here & here!

 

Q & A

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Hey loves! Now that I am nearly 6 months into blogging I figured it was about time I did a little Q & A! Have other questions for me? Let me know in the comments below. Enjoy!

How tall are you? I am 5’6 (I think)

What size do you wear: I am a medium top, large bottom usually, 29 inch waist, 8 1/2 shoe

Who do you look to for blogging inspiration? I have 2 favorites- Kahlea Nicole and Camryn Glackin, her blog is called Coral & Charm. They both seem so real and fun, like someone you could be BFF’s with!

Are you married: No, but I have an amazing boyfriend ❤

Something  I never leave the house without? Burt’s bees. I think I’m an addict (:

What moisturizer do you use? Ponds cold cream. I love how cool and refreshing it feels.

Favorite beauty splurge? Jessie James Decker lip kit! But your own here!

Who takes your photos? Either my friends Brittany, Skie with Skie View Photography or my loving boyfriend.

What is your least favorite thing about yourself? Real talk: I used to be very fit, like 6 pack at age 10 fit, (I was a competitive gymnast) but now that I have a 9-5 job my body has changed. But I am working on getting active again!

What is your favorite thing about yourself? My eyes. I love how a simple swipe of black eyeliner makes my blue eyes pop!

Do you blog full-time? No, but it is a goal of mine! I work full time as digital content producer for a fortune 50 company.

Do you workout? I’ve been taking body pump classes at a local gym for a few weeks now. If you ever get to try a class you’ll know what I mean when I say its the hardest workout ever but I’m hooked!

Favorite store? Right now I am a bit all over the place… depends on what I am looking for!

What draws your eye when you are shopping? It can go two ways- something that stands out and can be worn for a special event or something that is a great staple and will be versatile in my closet.

 

XOXO,

Allison

April Goals Recap

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Holy moly! How quick did April come and go?! Such a busy month and now its time stop and smell the flowers. May flowers that is! Here is a quick recap on where I stand with my monthly goals. How did you do on your goals?

Monthly Goals:

-Don’t buy anymore clothes {both my wallet and Justin are going to love this one}

  • Semi successful with the exception of some much needed new pairs of denim shorts.

-Pay off at least 1 credit card. Thank you tax season!

  • Finally paid of my personal credit card… that was until we bought a new bed.

-Try something new!

  • Calligraphy class is not for lefties. Lesson learned!

Weekly Goals:

Keep plugging away at the gym {YGG}

  • I still have the membership. So thats a start!

Daily Goals:

-Remind loved ones just how much they mean to me. Just because I say it doesn’t mean they feel it!

  • I’d like to think that this has been my most successful goal this month. Always tell loved ones how you feel because opportunities are lost in the blink of an eye.

-Water, water, water. Gotta get ready for bikini season!

  • Coffee is bean water, does that count?

 

Keep an eye our for my May goals post set to come out sometime this week. I am trying something new with my goals and I am excited to share it with you all!! Until next time..

XOXO,

Allison

Body Image

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This is a tough topic for me to talk about since I still have a hard time coming to terms with my body. But I think it’s more important than ever to do so. I hope that by putting myself out there it will help me to connect with you all on a real level because that’s all I ever wanted to do when I started blogging.  I wanted to be someone real, relatable and someone you could truly connect with. A role model of sorts. Having said that, I feel the need to address the highs and all of the lows I experience while putting myself out there to ultimately be “liked”… or not. During my short time blogging I have learned just how much faith and courage it takes to truly open yourself up to others. I want so much to be a strong, confident voice for “loving one’s body” but half the battle is first finding the confidence within myself. So what better way to cope with these feelings than to write them down?

Body image is something I have struggled a lot with over the past few years and with the season of tank tops and string bikinis nearly upon us, my body frustration is more apparent than ever. This season I found nearly half of my shorts from last year are too snug for comfort. During my past photo session these body image feelings rolled over me like a turbulent wave. I was excited to get in front of the camera but when it came time to review the images I began the self-doubt. I pointed out every flaw that I didn’t like about myself. Poor Justin handled my roller coaster of emotions like a champ, encouraging me to smile and by telling me how beautiful he thought I was. But we are our own worst critic and no amount of compliments and affirmation from the outside is going to impact us until we begin to love from the inside first. With all that being said I want to vow to do a few things today-

  • Continue to share with you the good and the bad- ups and the downs and all the highs and lows that come with putting yourself out there.
  • Try not to be so hard on myself- I am who I am for a reason. I might not know the reason yet but if I stay positive I truly believe that all things will fall into place.
  • And most importantly always stay true to myself- This is so challenging in a world based on appearances and first impressions. But when I remind myself why I started this blogging journey and who I want to be, the path becomes clearer.

Ultimately, our perceived body image comes from the inside. I hope to one day be a strong voice for body positivity but until that day comes I vow to continue to better myself and share my stories along the way.

XOXO,

Allison

Weekend Recap

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Happy Sunday, all! I can’t believe the weekend has already come to an end. I was lucky enough to get to spend some time outdoors before the April showers came through town. This weekend being being that of Earth day, the USNWC has this amazing festival called Tuck Fest. Although I didn’t get to participate in any of the races I did get to spend Friday night kicking in with my best gal pals listening to some live music, enjoying the view and brews!

Highlight of the night was being introduced to the musical amazingness of “The Revivalists”. 9 o’clock on a Friday after a long work week and I was ready to go home and crawl into bed until these guys took the stage! Such a fun, easy, rock’n roll vibe! Check them out below:

 

Cheers to another amazing weekend!

XOXO,

Allison

Home

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It had been almost 6 months since I had last been home. All the busy weekends and stressful work weeks and next thing you know its been nearly 6 months. Too long for my heart. Its funny how you don’t realize how much you miss home until you come back. The familiar scents, the faces, knowing every road like the back of your hand and just taking it slower. Driving windows down with not a care in the world. That’s the feeling of being home. You sink back into that familiar routine, even if its been too long. Once you come back its like you never left. Your “home away from home” doesn’t feel real anymore.

Each time I leave home I have the most conflicting feelings of rejuvenation mixed with the yearning in my heart that this is where I will always belong.

And so today I am thankful for the home cooked meals, love, support and that always open red font door that make it so easy to come back home.

 

XO,

Allison

A Few Good Things

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— Lets talk about this tank?! How cute and flattering is the peplum shape! The straps are braided and the colors are SO vibrant and fun. Already naming this my tank for the summer!

— The fact that this weekend I will be home for the first  time since Thanksgiving. I am excited to spend the Easter weekend with friend and family but most importantly I miss my dog!! Be prepared for an insta stories takeover as soon as we are reunited. Sorry not sorry.

— Next weekend is a big deal! Justin is the assistant coach of the UNCC men’s LAX team and next weekend we get to travel to ATL for the playoffs! {hoping I-85 isn’t a nightmare} Not only did these boys make it to the payoffs, they also swept their division. So excited to cheer on the boys and our coaches! {probably going to loose my voice… }

— Spring weather means spring cleaning, finally getting to put away the sweaters and break out the cute dresses. And this makes me so happy!

— Murphy birthday weekend means cake on cake on cake! {my inner fat kid is rejoicing}

Happy Thursday!

XX,

Allison

 

Happy Birthday!

unnamedHappy birthday to my sweet, Justin. You never cease to amaze me. Your charisma an ability to charm everyone you meet still puts a smile on my face. You have such a way of putting me at ease even when absolutely everything in our lives is hectic. You sacrifice so much for others and always do what you can to make those around you smile. I hope you know that it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Although our road is bumpy and uncertain you do your best to assure me that everything is going to be alright.  You tell me that not everything is easy and its not supposed to be and I am trying to learn that that’s okay. But there is something about loving you that is so easy and that’s what I love about our love the most. I don’t have to overthink, I just know.

I hope you have the very best day and cannot wait to see what amazing things 26 brings for you. Bailey and I love you so much.

XX,

A