Looking Back On 2016!

Looking Back On 2016!

There's something about a new year that makes me very ... cheesy. It actually feels like a new start and a new beginning. Now, I know that 2016 is getting a REALLY bad rap from a lot of people, but life is what you make it ... and I believe I made my 2016 a really good year.

Here are just a few highlights of my favorite parts...


In January we went to New Orleans for a few days and had a GREAT time. It's one of my favorite trips that we've been on. I'm actually really ready to go back soon!

You can check out our trip and all the DELICIOUS FOOD details here.


I thoroughly enjoyed a simple dinner of cocoa puffs. It's really the simplest things in life that I really appreciate the most. 


In March I was able to mark something off my bucket list of legends... Billy Joel! It was an incredible show and we had great tickets. It was perfect! 


In April we went to the Arkansas Derby and it was a blast. It was cold, and I wore the wrong dress to be warm, but it was worth it because I WON THE DERBY RACE! Read about it here


In May we had an impromptu date night that started out with wine on a patio on a gorgeous May night. Again, sometimes it's the smallest things that can lead to the best memories. 


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We went to St. Martin! You can read about the trip here.

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I also turned 30 on the beach in St. Martin! It could't have been a more gorgeous day!


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In July I got to see one of my FAVORITE bands again... Alabama Shakes! It was an incredible show. 


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In August I got to see another legend that I have been obsessed with... DOLLY PARTON. It was really the year of music for me and seeing some incredible singers and performers. 

I mean. She wears a dress full of sequins. Goals. 


August and September were a bit stressful after bidding on houses, losing them, and the emotions that I felt with the ups and downs. I went to happy hour one afternoon and the bartender felt for my sorrows and gave me the HAPPIEST glass (the one on the right!!).  

Just a few days later I got the house I wanted back!! 


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In October I bought my very first house! Of course, it was dramatic ... because I'm either simple or dramatic about things. There's not really a middle ground with me. And yes, there have been some dramatic issues since moving into the house ... the AC going out the weekend we moved in. The water heater going out RIGHT when it was freezing outside. But overall it's been great to live here! 

You can read about the related house drama here


November was the month of settling into the new house, and hosting Thanksgiving with my family. It was probably one of my most favorite Thanksgivings. 


December was a fun and busy month! With decorating for Christmas in the new house, hanging with friends, being incredibly stressed at work, it was nice to have a fun and easy Christmas with my family and with Rich's family. 

Cheers to 2016! You were exactly what I made it - easy, fun, difficult, dramatic, and memorable! 

Looking forward to 2017! 
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  1. What an awesome recap - it seems like 2016 was good to you! Cheers to an even better and more memorable 2017!

  2. Wow, it looks like you had a great year! I love the idea of looking back on the year and putting a positive spin on things. A lot of times we tend to focus on the negative, but thinking about old memories in a new light always helps. Wishing you all the best in 2017!

  3. 2016 was filled with ups and downs for you. Cheers to hoping 2017 is all smooth sailing for you!

  4. You had so many great moments to remember in 2016! Best wishes for an even better 2017! Happy New Year! xxoo

  5. This is the first time that I've stumbled across your blog & I love it-I think you would really like mine too, it seems like we have very similar tastes...I mean, Dolly is basically my idol! I automatically clicked over to the post where you shared about your NOLA trip because I'm begging my husband to take us there this summer-it seems like such a great city!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

    1. Aww, thanks so much!! YES - You have to go to NOLA. It's SUCH a fun town. If you go let me know!

  6. It looks like you had a great year! I like how you included the simple stuff as a highlight because we often don't think of those when we're reflecting! Happy New Year!
    -Anna | www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  7. Such a great 2016! I hope 2017 is even bigger and better!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

  8. I love this way of doing a recap. A picture tells a thousand words. Happy New Year!

  9. I totally agree - 2016 was not as bad as everyone is making it out to be! Just because bad things happened does not mean the year was a total loss. I love that you got to see Dolly in concert! I saw her perform once when I was a little girl, and it was life changing! Haha

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  10. Your 2016 looks like it was so much fun! I love this little photo album of memories.

    -Meagan | Love by Meagan

  11. 2016 was not nearly as bad as it seems sometimes, there were great things! So lucky that you got to see Dolly in concert! Y'all had such a great year!
    Ashley | http://ablondeandabriefcase.com

  12. Ah so fun to look back on the year and really just see all the adventures life took you on. Thanks for sharing! xo

  13. What fun memories! Sounds like 2016 treated you well, I always love looking at everyone's reflections!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  14. OMG your cooca puffs pic... I totally had a couple dinners of just cereal (my go-to is Cinnamon Toast Crunch :P) and no regrets. Looks like you had an amazing yeat- wishing you the best in 2017!

  15. That really was the year of amazing singers! You had a fantastic year! St. Martins sounds amazing!!

  16. Looks like a year filled with lots of great memories and awesome photos! I've heard St. martin's is amazing!

  17. Sounds like you had a wonderful year! I love that you included cocoa puffs in your round up haha!

    Jennifer Ashley


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