Behind the Scenes.

First things first – Thanks to my sweet friend, Cassie, for nominating me for this behind the scenes tour! I love the friendship that we have created over the past couple of years. It's so great to have someone who understands this crazy blog land so we can bounce ideas off of each other. I'm so glad that we met each other and have become such wonderful friends!!
Read Cassie's Post Here!

^^ this is where all of my blogging goes down! 
In the comfy corner of our couch with my fuzzy blanket :)

What am I working on...?

Right now I am preparing for the holiday season ahead of me. I love this season because I can share so many fun DIY projects and recipes with all of you. We love to entertain in our home, so I always get super excited around this time of year with parties and events, and I love to share those here! I'm also looking forward to testing the waters in the fashion posts this winter. Since I have not been posting fashion themed posts that long, I'm excited to show off all of my favorite winter accessories in the coming months. 

How does my work differ from others from its genre...?

I like to think that I have a fusion of many different kind of themes here to keep you guessing, but at the heart of everything I write, I hope that you see His presence there. Even if I don't talk about the Lord in every single post, I know that the push in my heart to keep typing comes from Him. I truly believe that this little world I have created is a gift from the Father and I can only pray that I glorify Him in everything I say and do here. He is the main focus for me, in everything I do. 

Why do I write/create what I do...?

When I first started blogging in 2010 (seriously, it has been that long?!?), I honestly did it because everyone was doing it. I loved to read other blogs and I thought it would be a great way to document my life and an excuse to write something to look back on one day. Now that I have been doing it for five years I have realized what a huge passion this really is for me. I love sharing all of the many gifts that the Lord has given me and I still look forward to looking back on all of these stories one day. Most of all I like to push myself to be a glass half full kind of person. I know that we all have problems and bad days, trust me- I do have them, but I always strive to make this place happy. I named my blog Living on Cloud Nine for a reason, I want to find joy in all that I have around me. In the people, the food, the travels and all those little things too, like recipes, fashion and making our house a home. 

How does your writing/creative process work...?

I am a big fan of organization and I love to be prepared weeks in advance. I use a monthly calendar to schedule posts and then I dig deeper each week to set what I will be writing and make sure everything is executed well. I also love to read many blogs to inspire and trigger new ideas for future posts. I try my best to do most of my writing on the weekends so I can schedule everything for the week ahead and enjoy my week nights with Peter at home. 

^^ Heart & Arrow makes my new favorite blogging tool.

So that is a little behind the scenes of my Cloud Nine!
I have loved this series so much and I really enjoy reading and learning about other blogs, as well.

Where to go next....?

You may remember Amber from a few weeks ago when I was on vacation in Boston. She did a Fashion guest post here and I loved it! I knew I wanted to know more about her blogging style and hear more about her plans with a new blog. I'm excited to see the changes ahead for her!

Kiki has quickly become one of my favorite bloggers and I'm a big fan of her blog project, The Circle. She always has gorgeous photos and wonderful writing! I can't wait to learn more about her process with blogging and how she makes such authentic material and creates great ideas.

Thanks to the ladies that are taking part in their own Behind the Scenes post a week from today! Make sure you all put them on your calendar to check them out :) 
& of course, thanks again to Cassie for the nomination! 

Five Favorites // Fall Beauty

Over the past couple of weeks with the cooler weather arriving, I've realized I have several items that I'm constantly reaching for. I thought today would be a great time to share my top five favorite items for this fall with all of you! 

this stuff is magic. I actually forgot it at home while we were in Boston and I didn't realize
how big of a difference it made with my skin until I didn't have it.
After just a few days without this night cream, my skin started to feel tight (in all the wrong ways!)
and I started to break out like crazy. My skin was back to normal, creamy and smooth, after just a few days once we returned home and I was able to enjoy it again every night.

I've already shared some love about this lip balm on Instagram months ago but it's still my go to
when my lips feel dry. I love to generously cover my lips with this before I go to sleep at night and
when I wake up in the morning my lips still feel soft and buttery. Plus, it smells so good!
I'm going to grab this version next time I'm at Sephora for my purse since the tin isn't purse friendly.
I found out the hard way when I threw it in my bag one day and had a big mess when I tried to open the top and all of the balm had slid to one side and covered the lid.

Wild Argan Oil Body Butter // The Body Shop
One more Body Shop love of mine that I use all the time. I love all of their body butters because they are so, well... buttery and perfect, but this scent is my favorite.
I also love to put a thick coating on my feet when I get home from work and then put on some thick socks. It's like a perfect little treat after wearing high heels all day long. I know once the winter months hit, I will be using this on my hands daily!

Colorstay Gel Envy // Revlon
This nail polish is the one brand that I am constantly reaching for. My nails last a full week anytime I use this brand. When I use others (even essie) I have chips within days. And the best part, I don't actually NEED a top coat with this formula, but when I do add a top coat, I know that it will last even longer! Plus, the colors they have available are so beautiful. The Checkmate color is on my fingers right now and I'm loving it!

Ocean Salt // LUSH
We actually purchased this awesome product while we were on our honeymoon in California over a year ago. I did a little (okay, a BIG) happy dance when we came up to the LUSH store in Carmel, since I had never been shopping there but always dreamed of going. 
I bought some hair products and Peter bought this. I honestly didn't use it until just a few months ago and I instantly fell in love. The way this scrub can deep clean your face is amazing. 
It starts off feeling super scrubby, but not rough at all, then you have that squeaky clean feeling and once you start rinsing it off your skin instantly has this super milky, creamy feeling. Anytime I start to feel a breakout I instantly use this stuff and the problem area is gone by morning. I will definitely be ordering a replacement online when we run out!

So that's my top five fall favorites in the beauty department!! 
What are some of your favorites??
I'd love to hear! 

Also linking up with the Five on Friday ladies today!

rain hat.

I haven't been able to find the perfect fall floppy hat yet, but this hat is also one of my favorites! It's an old reliable of mine that I tend to forget about. I prefer to wear a hat to protect my hair from rainy days instead of a rain jacket sometimes, so I try and remember to pull this one out when we are having nasty weather. The weather has been cool and drizzly this week so I've been thankful for the garage at home and the garage at work. I'm glad that I don't have to venture out into the mist or rain drops every day but this little hat is nice to keep my hair in place and my ears warm.

hat: old jcrew shirt: Old Navy, leggings: Target,
necklace: Forever 21, bracelets: old Forever 21, rain boots: Hunter

Liking up with Living in Color Style & Stylin in St. Louis 
for the weekly trend, hats

Also linking up with Perfectly Coutured & White Coat Wardrobe
for their Three-fer Thursday.
aaaaand also linking up with Sincerely Jenna Marie!
Thanks Ladies :)

planning ahead.

I am so excited to share my new planner for 2015 with all of you today! As some of you may know, paper products are my favorite!! I could spend hours in card shops & the office supply isles are my favorite in any store. It can be a problem but I keep control most of the time. Picking out my new planner for the year ahead is always one of my favorite fall things to do. I was looking on Etsy a couple months ago when Plum Paper was a suggested shop for my account. I almost died. These planners were so beautiful and the quality looked amazing. I knew it would be hard to steal my heart after using Erin Condren for the past few years, but Plum Paper did it. The layouts were similar (but even better, I think!) and the price was much more reasonable. Take a look below at all of the amazing qualities!!
ps, keep scrolling to find a discount coupon!! 

^^ the front and back have a frosted clear plastic cover for protection
and the metal spiral binding is great quality

^^ laminated tabs so they won't fray or tear

^^ pretty pages for each month (it's the little things!!!)
& a full page for notes at the beginning of each month, which I love

^^ full month view with a section for notes on the side

^^ and of course my favorite feature: the morning, afternoon and evening sections but even better than the EC Planner thanks to the list sections at the start of the week and the end of each day. I always make these lists myself in my current planner so I'm excited that they are already included for the new year....
& the folder in the back is also great for extra papers

So, how do you purchase your own BEAUTIFUL new planner for 2015?!?
Visit Plum Paper, pick your cover design, select your weekly spread option, 
and use CLOUD910 for 10% off! 

Have you purchased your 2015 planner? Care you share what kind you have?? 
I love to hear from others and their favorite planners!

Because I love him.

This wonderful man that I am blessed to call husband, he is a good one. He is my true better half and I love doing life with him. He spoils me and loves me in all the little ways and the big ways that a sweet hubby should and most importantly, he does it because God calls him to do it. Over the past year I have learned a lot about being a wife and he has learned a lot about being a husband. We have definitely NOT perfected this thing called marriage but we have had fun learning what it is all about. We are still learning and I know we will never stop. We stumble but we always pick each other back up. We talk things out. We listen to each other. We work hard.

Our trip to Boston was a perfect anniversary gift to each other but I felt like I wanted to do a little something extra for Peter. We share a deep love for a craft beer and he really loves some Oktoberfest celebrations, so when I heard that Asheville has an awesome festival, I jumped on it! Sunday just happened to be our Two Year Engagement Anniversary, also! Since I love celebrating every kind of anniversary, I thought it only made sense to celebrate in Asheville with a frosty beer in hand, right? Yea, I thought so too!!

Smelling the fresh hops!

^^ Peter in the stein holding competition. The stein's were plastic and they were filled with water, 
but surprisingly heavy. He didn't win... but it was fun to watch the final two below. 

 ^^ this guy was set up writing poetry on demand. I was dying for him to write something for us.
After passing by several times I finally stopped by and told him that we just celebrated our One Year
and he asked us if we had a dog or a cat, so I told him we had six chickens.
He smiled and wrote this below. I love it and I can't wait to frame it in our home!

 beautiful sunset while we were walking around downtown!

I'm also excited to mark #56 off of my 101 in 1001 list! 
Slowly but surely, this list is getting checked off!! 

Sights + Seats // Tandem

Over the weekend I surprised Peter with a little trip to Asheville, NC and on the way we stopped by Tandem for the first time, so we could start the weekend off with a delicious breakfast!!! This has been on our list for a while but we were saving it for a special occasion. With the beautiful fall weather and a fun weekend trip, we knew it was the right time. I love that some awesome things are starting to spread out in the Greenville area. Travelers Rest is turning into the cutest downtown area and with all the cute shops, swamp rabbit trail, brewery and now an amazing breakfast spot, you really can't go wrong with a visit to downtown TR on a Saturday.

I ate the fiesta crepe which was filled witch chicken, cheese and black beans, topped with salsa and sour cream. My excited smile above was due to the lack of onions in the salsa!! I hate raw onions. 
The salsa was made of red and yellow peppers, it was all delicious! 

Peter had the dark chocolate, banana nut waffle and it was super sweet but so good. I normally don't lean toward sweets for breakfast but I have to say, the lingering almond flavor in the waffle batter was perfection. The light and fluffy whipped cream was great also. 

More about the surprise weekend in Asheville tomorrow! 
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