welcome days by day

Welcome, friends! I’m so excited about the re-launch of my little ol’ lifestyle blog. What do ya think??

If you didn’t know, I originally started this blog a couple of years ago to have a creative outlet where I could pursue my love for writing and photography. It came just before I was off to Chicago for a summer internship, and become the perfect place for me to keep family and friends updated on life in The Windy City.

In the last year, I have truly realized what an awesome blogging community is out there, and all the potential it can hold. That being said, this year I’m looking forward to growing this space, consistently posting, and connecting more with other bloggers out there!

These past few weeks, completing the switch to a self-hosted WP.org site has been a great learning experience. I sat down and did a lot of research on different designs, hosts, and how to make the transition. I chose to host my blog through Siteground and have loved it so far. The customer service has been wonderful, and they have tons of tutorials online.

The second huge part of this transition has been the theme I decided on from Pipdig. This site has a variety of beautiful designs you can totally make your own, and will even help you transfer your WP.com blog over when you host with Siteground (more info here). Phil was so helpful and patient throughout this process. I’m beyond happy with Days By Day’s new look.

I plan to write up some (hopefully) helpful how-to posts about this whole switch in the coming weeks – in the meantime, feel free to ask any questions in the comments!

If you might be a newer face, I’m glad you’re here! You can learn some more about the lady behind the blog here, but in the meantime, here are some quick facts:

  • I made the move from Austin to Chicago last summer for my first big girl job in advertising.
  • Eric is my person. We got engaged last June in Paris, while we backpacked Europe for a month.
  • I’m obsessed with dogs, traveling, books, fall, and boots.
  • I’m not the best cook, but I’m the queen of Trader Joe’s microwaveable meals and make a mean grilled cheese.
  • My first concert was Britney Spears. My second was NSYNC, but don’t ask me to choose between them and the Backstreet Boys.
  • I consider myself to be somewhat of a brunch expert – it’s my favorite weekend activity.

Hope you enjoy what you find around here, stay connected on social, and reach out to say hi!

 

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I think this is going to be a pretty exciting month…it actually already has proven to be. This morning, Eric found out he passed the first of two tests he needs to get his professional engineering license! Beyond proud. His hard work and big dreams constantly inspire me.

Tomorrow – I repeat tomorrow – we finally go back to Texas! I cannot wait, you guys. It’s only been a couple months since I’ve been home, but for some reason this stretch of time has seemed longer. I guess it’s because a lot has happen here and there since the last time, and that makes the weeks in between feel as thought they’ve doubled.

Anyways, this weekend we go to knock off several things on the wedding planning list: linens, florals, the color of bridesmaids’ dresses, cake flavors, engagement photos, and cake tasting. Whew. The constant indecisiveness inside me just screamed a little bit. Also, the Austin weather suddenly says rain for Saturday when we are taking pictures – prayers and good vibes the weather cooperates for a couple morning hours are greatly appreciated!

Trying to just stay positive, focused, and so thankful for all that we are even getting to do this weekend though – and not worry, I know that can help nothing (Matthew 6:25-27, 34). In the end it will work out as it should, and be wonderful no matter what.

Instead, I’m thinking of all the food I get to eat this weekend – um, hello Tex-Mex, Whataburger, breakfast tacos, Shady Grove, and post-downtown pizza. This was one of two times Whataburger has used this photo, very flattered…go mom! Spoiler alert though, I was in fact home from Chicago and not in college haha.

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The rest of this month will hopefully mean progress in some other planning areas…like the honeymoon. The travel bugs in Eric and I love discussing all these possibilities. Also to come, a week long visit from Eric’s brother,  birthdays, and hopefully more sunny days in The Windy City!

Before I sign off from all these thoughts that have come with greeting the new month, sharing a few links I’m loving right now – enjoy!

  • Leo beaming while he gets Oscar engraved {finally!} & the thoughts Buzzfeed plugged in.
  • Swooning over these Anthropologie dishes. And the serveware. And the bar accessories.
  • One of my fave bloggers is Helene over at Helene in Between – I love her spunk, variety of posts, and killer blogging resources that I’m trying to work through.
  • Sorry another Buzzfeed link, but hint it has a puppy + braces, I can’t.

 

Days By Day