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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I'm Gonna Make This Place (Our) Home

This post is sponsored by Uncommongoods.com. However, all opinions are my own.

Our house is coming right along folks. In about 45 days the keys will be in our hands and we will be officially homeowners!



The floors, granite, cabinets, and appliances are in--all things we had to pick months ago from a teeny tiny sample swatch. I was sweating the fact that they might not all go together. But fortunately, everything couldn't look better. 

Now I can move on to worrying about other things. More specifically, what decor is going in the living room, guest room, etc. I've got tons and tons of ideas spread out all over my Pinterest boards, but y'all. It's harder than I thought to basically build a whole room design from scratch and to make two people's different tastes work together. 

I recently stumbled across Uncommongoods.com and I'm loving all of the unique items they have to offer (because no one wants "cookie cutter" decor). They are committed to offering a creative and exciting merchandise assortment, working with artists to small manufacturers. They also strive to be environmentally and socially responsible--which is an idea I can get behind.

I can see Josh loving this game and I would love this to hang on the wall in our office. I'm looking to combine rustic + modern items in our kitchen, and this cookbook stand (since I do so much cooking--I really will start!) would be perfect! They have so many items to choose from that would be perfect for a couple!



The 45 days will be here and gone before we know it. Other than still having a whole house to decorate and big pieces (washer/dryer/refrigerator) still to buy, I think we are ready for this next adventure!


P.S. Father's Day is coming up! You'll want to check out their selection of unique gifts for the all of the men in your life! Seriously!



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

5 Reasons to be Active in the Morning

I did it, y'all. I have become a morning person. I'm not going to lie, it was tough at first. I slept through alarms and hit snooze a dozen times before I finally got it right. But then, I got addicted to how much better it made me feel throughout the day and have come to crave the routine.

There are TONS and TONS of reasons to be active in the morning (and be active in general)--here are a few of my favorites:




1. You'll have more energy throughout the day. 

I know, it sounds counterproductive. The longer you're awake the more tired you are, right? WRONG. Being active in the morning, whether for 15 minutes or an hour, gets your metabolism going. I gave up coffee a few months ago and was only sometimes struggling with being SO TIRED during the afternoon. Since I start incorporating morning walks (with and without my fur child), I've been able to make it through the afternoon without wanting to take a nap.

2. The quietness.

I've been getting up at 6:15 AM almost every morning (which is an ENTIRE hour earlier than I'm used to) and I'm still amazed at how still everything is outside. Getting up early allows you a chance to get a jump on the day when your phone isn't blowing up with emails, texts, and social media notifications.

3. More time in the day.

Getting up an hour earlier actually makes more hours in the day. Technically not. But more "working" hours during the day counts for something. If I can work out in the morning, it's one less thing I have to do during the day or after work. 

4. You'll feel better (see #1).

And not just your metabolism. Being able to clear your mind with a walk/run or whatever kind of activity you prefer is the best feeling. Working out gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people aren't stressed and love life more.

5. You'll be closer to your step goal.

Sorry not sorry that I'm obsessed with hitting my 10k step goal everyday. Getting up early and going for a walk allows me to get a leg up on my goal. My job requires a lot of sitting, so the more steps I can get before work hours, the better!


Are you active in the morning? Or do you prefer working out in the evenings?


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tidbits

One main reason I've put off blogging night after night, day after day--I can't figure out what to write about. I come up with a thousand topics that I can write short "tidbits" about, but none are post worthy in themselves, nor do I have the time to take pictures, etc., etc. For lack of better post topics, here are my tidbits.



All Natural Dog Food: 


After chatting with a holistic veterinarian, a potential client for work, I learned the sad truth about "dry dog food." Obviously I've seen the commercials stating that some brands are better than others--but I'm here to tell you--ALL dry dog food sucks. And it does just that; it sucks the moisture out of your dog's gut leaving them in a constant state of dehydration. 

Since then, Laney's been on a more natural food diet. Most of what humans eat, dogs can eat. MOST. I feed Laney canned dog food (to reintroduce the moisture) and vegetables. She loves green beans! 

I've been pinning a few things, so follow me on Pinterest if you're thinking about taking the plunge! And don't forget to do your own research and talk to your vet!


Essential Oils

Well. I'm back on my essential oils kick and I can't figure out why I stopped using them! A few weeks ago, when I got my braces tightened, my teeth hurt so bad (what's new?) Two power chains on each side of my teeth and a new figure eight--it's a wonder I didn't scratch all my teeth out. I applied Thieves with a Q-tip to my throbbing gums and within 5 minutes, I couldn't feel a thing! 

I'm also obsessed with Lavender (to help me sleep) and Peppermint (to keep me awake) and looking to try out more!




House Progress.

So much progress has been made on our house! They just put the shingles up yesterday which brings us to: AC system, electric, water, tubs, can lights, surround sound, windows, and exterior doors. Building a house is not for the faint of heart and is certainly hard to do when you're super impatient (like me). Also, I'm beginning to think we picked the WORST time to build a house in South Louisiana--so.much.rain. The countdown: 70 days until we have keys in our hands! (Follow me on Instagram for updates!)

Spray Tans + Wedding Festivities


I'm the MOH in my friend's wedding this weekend! The rehearsal dinner is today and the only thing I've figured out is what I'm going to wear--sound familiar? I'm sure I'll give a rockin' speech or at least look good bumbling around. I'm wearing the NEW Lilly Pulitzer two-piece and a spray tan.

I'll be honest, I've had some bad spray tan experiences in the past. When I went yesterday, I was so scared I was going to be orange which would clash with my emerald green dress and make me look like an Oompa Loompa. *breathe* GOOD NEWS: I look great! No orange in sight!


So, those are my tidbits for now. One of these days I'll be able to put together a cohesive post all about one subject, I promise! For now, thanks for following along while I find my new "balance" whatever that may be!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hashtag Winning

Hey y'all. Allison here. Do y'all still remember who I am or what I look like? (I've included pictures in this post, if not!) Sorry I've been so MIA lately. I feel like I say that ALL THE TIME now but #sorrynotsorry. Life happens and blogging sometimes doesn't. 

While I've been MIA on the blog, I've been killin' it at work! At least I have my shit together in some aspect of my life right?

But really, when I say I've been killin' it at work--I have! Last Wednesday, I put on my big girl panties and conquered my fear of public speaking. A college professor (who also happens to be an alum of my sorority) asked me to come speak to two of her classes--PR and Social Media Marketing-- representing the company I work for and y'all, it was SO MUCH FUN!

I spent more time worrying about what I was going to wear than figuring out what I was going to talk about (priorities) but, I feel most confident when I know I look good.




So while I may have only posted once last week, I found out that I actually enjoy speaking in front of people (if it's about something I really love). And that's a win in my book. I don't know what this blog will turn into, but I do know that I will still be around, if some what infrequently. Keep up with me on Instagram and Twitter for things that don't always make it to the blog!




Sunday, April 3, 2016

Life in (Insta)Grams

Life has been hectic lately. Do I say that a lot? Yes.

Do I feel bad about it? No ragrets y'all. (not even a letter) 

When life gets busy with weddings, work, family, and more, the blog tends to go to the back-burner--so to all of my loyal readers--thank you for not giving up on my little piece of the internet.

Here's what I've been up to lately:

A local boutique named a dress after my blog--it was pretty awesome.





I loved it so much that I wore it for my Easter dress!





Our house is coming along! I've never loved concrete more than I do right now. It took forever for the permits to go through and if you know me, you know I'm NOT patient. We should see walls being framed THIS WEEK!


A photo posted by Allison || Because I Said So (@allison_ellzey) on


I took my first yoga class in years and actually enjoyed it! Looks like I'll be going back this week.


A photo posted by Allison || Because I Said So (@allison_ellzey) on


I've been spending ALL of my money at Target. It's like the first place I want to go after work. I have a feeling this habit will be hard to break once our house is done!


A photo posted by Allison || Because I Said So (@allison_ellzey) on


I've been super behind on blogging and meant to have this look up last week, but you know, life. For real though, I can't get enough T-shirt dresses! They are perfect for work and running errands on the weekend. P.S. You can shop more dresses from their website here!


A photo posted by Allison || Because I Said So (@allison_ellzey) on


It's wedding season and I'm so happy to have this guy for my forever wedding date. We clean up pretty nice.


A photo posted by Allison || Because I Said So (@allison_ellzey) on


Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my (almost) daily activities--I may not update the blog as much I as used to, but I'm pretty active on Instagram (regardless of their recent changes)!


Friday, March 25, 2016

The Because I Said So Dress

You know you've made it when a local boutique names a dress after your blog, right? At least that's what I feel like! I felt so honored when the girls of Obsession Boutique told me they'd be naming a dress after my blog! 

Not to mention, I think this is the only year I'm not scrambling to find the perfect Easter dress. I usually wait until the last minute and throw something together, but this year I literally had it planned the second I picked up the dress. I love the lace detail and the high neckline and the soft pink color--this dress will definitely get me through Spring and Summer!






Because I Said So Dress







Unfortunately, this dress is sold out online (this one, this one, and this one are similar), but if you're local, you might still be able to snag one in the store.

 If you aren't local, here are some of my favorites that are in stock and that NEED to be in your closet--right now: The Brooke Dress, The All Who Wander Dress, and The Steph Dress. Happy Shopping!


In vs. Out || March 2016

Happy (almost) end of March! This month flew by! I'm making a little change to the monthly link up--instead of only being open for the weekend, the link up is NOW open through the end of the month! I hope you'll link up with me!

Don't forget to link up your own In vs. Out posts below! 



IN


They've actually started building our house! The permit stage takes forever, but we're finally seeing progress! 

Weekends. Enough said.

Reaching my step goal. I've reached my step goal everyday this week so far! TBH, I never even thought it was possible!



OUT


Waking up early. Oh how I wish I could sleep until 10 AM at least one day!

Laundry. My entire room needs to be washed and I've been putting it off for forever. Ugh.

Building a house is expensive. Having to buy a washing machine, dryer, and refrigerator (just to name a few) really adds up.

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And, in case you missed it, here's what was popular on Because I Said So this month:

A Day in the Life of a Social Media Manager

The Magnolia Story

The Luck of the Irish