What to Expect for Mental Health in March

It’s finally March! Thank the good Lord we are out of the worst parts of winter. January and February are so hard on my mental health just because of all the cloud cover, the cold temperatures, and the dead vegetation. I live for spring, however! But with a new month comes new mental health considerations. Every month I try to outline what you may experience over the coming weeks and personally, I’ve found that it’s pretty accurate. Here’s what to expect for the month of March!

what to expect for mental health in march

I’ve already found that I’m extremely motivated but also kind of have some fuzzy thoughts. The trees are blooming here in Dallas and I can already feel my allergies forming. Combine that with my high-anxiety right now and it’s honestly hard have a coherent thought sometimes.

It gets better though! Once the sun starts shining and temperatures stay warmer, you’ll have a little more energy and seasonal affective disorder will likely start to fade if you’ve been experiencing that. One of my favorite quotes for pushing through my depression during the winter is by Albert Camus:

“In the midst of winter, I found there was within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger- something better, pushing right back”

Don’t you just love that? I feel like March is the month where I begin to see that “invincible summer” appear. It’s a month where I’m reminded to keep going and keep trying even during the darkest of days. And as you’ve probably experienced, depression can cause you to have ups and downs when you least expect them. But if you’re like me, you always somehow find your strength! Keep going! Keep seeking the help you need! Spring is just about here!

The Best Semi-Annual Sales Happening Now

You guys it’s my favorite time of the year- sale season! I don’t get too excited over Black Friday sales and the like because I know semi-annual sales are a few weeks away, which is when I get the really good deals! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite sales going on right now because you’re going to want to spend all your Christmas money!


Ulta– 50% off jumbo sizes of hair products

Sephora– Extra 20% off sale items

Tart– Up to 70% off

Bath and Body Works- Up to 75% off


Nordstrom– Half-Yearly Sale up to 50% off

Victoria’s Secret– Semi-Annual Sale up to 50% off

Under Armor– Up to 40% off

Nordstrom Rack– Extra 25% off clearance

Toms– 70% off Surprise-Sale

Ann Taylor– Extra 60% off sale styles

BaubleBar– Up to 70% off

Francescas– Up to 80% off

Lucky Brand– Up 75% off

J. Crew Factory– Extra 50% off clearance

Macy’s– Up to 60% off

Saks off 5th– 75% off Clear the Warehouse

Kohl’s– Up to 70% off


Pier 1 Imports– Up to 70% off original prices and 25% off clearance

West Elm– Up to 70% off sitewide

Overstock– Up to 70% off clearance

One Kings Lane– Up to 75% off clearance

Pottery Barn– Up to 70% off sale styles

Crate and Barrel– Up to 50% off

*affiliate links are present, they help me pay for my blog!

Untraditional: First Look with my Dad!


Hey everyone! Now that things have settled down a bit, I can share some wedding photos! I’m not going to share them all at once because there are SO MANY. But I’d love to start by sharing my first-look photos with my dad! They’re so incredibly wonderful! I honestly didn’t think my dad would have much of a reaction to seeing my in my wedding dress for the first time, but he was totally floored! I’ve never seen him so happy or excited!

first look with dad

first look with dad

This is definitely something I’d recommend other brides to with their dad or even grandad! Our photographer suggested it and staged the entire thing for us! She had me do all of my bridal photos and then hid me behind a pillar in front of the hotel. Then she brought my dad outside and had him turn around on the count of 3! I will never ever forget my dad’s smile. It was dynamite. So much happiness and joy on his face! He said “You and David have done this wedding up right and I couldn’t be more proud!” Those are words every kid hopes to hear from their dad, and on my wedding day, they were music to my ears!

first look with dad

walking down the aisle warwick melrose

I’ll be sharing more wedding photos with you all in the coming weeks! These first look photos have just been some of my favorites and I couldn’t wait to show them to you!

Shoutout to my photographers Luisa and Douglas from Luisa’s Secret Photography for doing such an amazing job!

Neutral Thanksgiving Table Decor

thanksgiving table decor

Before I jump on the Christmas decoration bandwagon, I wanted to at least do one Thanksgiving decor blog post! I always love going home for Thanksgiving because my mom always makes the table look so festive and pretty for the big dinner! I will forever be trying to mimic her delicious food and cozy Thanksgiving decor!

Since David and I are starting our lives together and will eventually host our own Thanksgiving, I’ve been browsing Thanksgiving décor online and have found tons of things I really don’t need right but obviously have to have. I’m really loving neutral Thanksgiving décor! Soft creams, golds, and blues are quickly becoming my favorite colors and I think they translate really well to a Thanksgiving dinner table. They’ll make the food really pop, which to be honest, is the most important part!

I’ve linked everything in the photo here!

Teal Pumpkin | Cloth Napkins | White Pumpkins | Wood Turkey | Wine Glasses | Gold Chargers | Orange Pumpkin | Place Card Holder | Leaves Placement | Table Runner | Metallic Gold Branch | Pumpkin Candlestick 

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Honeymoon in St. Lucia: Our Travel Tips

sandals honeymoon


We’re back!! We had the most amazing honeymoon in St. Lucia! We left October 28 and got home in the wee hours of November 4. The honeymoon went by so fast (as they usually do), but every moment was a blast and spending our first week together as a married couple in such a beautiful place was so great!

So this was David’s first trip abroad and my second. We honestly didn’t know what to expect, but we’re so glad we went because I think we both have a bit of wander lust now, which is fantastic! We honeymooned at Sandals Halcyon Beach and took a few excursions that I’m going to share with you! However, even though we had fun, there are definitely a few things we would do differently or wish we had known before we went. So keep reading for our St. Lucia travel tips!

st lucia sandals grande

Go All-Inclusive!

This as the best decision we made for our honeymoon! Sandals has 3 all-inclusive resorts in St. Lucia and we stayed at Halcyon Beach. We checked out the other two resorts and were glad we chose Halcyon. La Toc seemed like a major party resort and not as well maintained as our resorts. Grande was double the price of Halcyon and definitely seemed like it was more for an older crowd (with deep pockets). Halcyon was a nice mix of younger and older couples celebrating tons of different occasions.

A huge benefit that we enjoyed about our all-inclusive was the fact that you didn’t have to take your wallet anywhere. Food, drinks, and beach activities are already paid for! Loved that! However, we did wish we brought more cash and here’s why…

piton mountains

… You have to tip people on your excursions! We went on two excursions and both times tips were highly suggested and we didn’t want to be rude (plus, we really enjoyed them!) By the end of our first excursion we decided we needed to find an ATM to pull out more money so we could tip the tour guides and our butler.

Is a Butler Worth it?

Yes, we splurged and got a butler at our resort. And it was AMAZING. I will say that if your budget simply doesn’t allow for it, then do NOT get one. Stay within your budget and you’ll still have a great time! But, our butler just made our stay that much more special and convenient.

Our butler, Maverick, did things like reserving spots for us at the beach or pool, bringing us drinks while we were on the beach, grabbing us nachos to eat poolside (that was totally amazing in case you were wondering,) planning and making dinner reservations for us in the evening, bringing breakfast to our patio (photo below of the deliciousness), and even decorating our bed each evening with a fun message.

patio breakfast

What Excursions You Should Take

We didn’t want to spend the entire honeymoon in a pool, so we booked excursions. The first one we went on was a half day tour of the rain forest ending in natural mud baths. October is rainy season in St. Lucia, so the weather didn’t always cooperate. Our tour group piled into an open air, old Land Rover and headed into the mountains to make our way to the rain forest. By the time we got there, we were all soaked from rain. But it was worth it. The rain forest was incredible! We hiked to a waterfall and jumped in to cool off. Ok, David jumped in, I did not. I’m not adventure girl.

st lucia rain forest

After the waterfall, we made our way to sulfur springs near an active volcano. Luckily, it wasn’t too active or I wouldn’t be writing this. Unfortunately, due to the excessive rain that season, the mud baths were closed and we weren’t able to get in. That’s one major thing we took away from this trip- the Caribbean has a rainy season that will literally shut everything down. For example, all beach activities at our resort were stopped due to strong currents in the water.

pink aviator sunglasses

Our other excursion was a catamaran and snorkel experience below the Piton Mountains! It was incredible! We left the city of Castries around 1pm and sailed to a natural reef where the Piton Mountains drain into the water. Snorkeling and just watching the fish was so relaxing and peaceful. Once we got back on the catamaran, they had rum punch and tapas for everyone! We sailed back to Castries and docked around 7pm. It was definitely a full day but something I would do again!

If you want to check out the company we went with for our rainforest tour, here it is! Here’s the link to our snorkeling tour!

sandals halcyon beach

What We Wore

So…. I brought tons of cute dresses, rompers, shorts, and blouses, but take a guess how much of it I actually wore? Hardly any of it. Honestly, you spend all day in a swimsuit and beach cover up and then in the evening you change into something nicer and ideally flowy to hopefully cover the food baby you’re sporting thanks to the lunch buffet. I wish I were kidding. I wanted to share tons of cute outfits with you all but honestly, I did’t even wear them! We took photos right before dinner one evening and I can tell you my pink dress is by Do+Be and it fit so well with the scenery around us. David wore tons of Hawaiian print shirts from Tommy Bahama and J. Crew. He’d literally been saving up shirts to wear for this trip.

I would 100% recommend taking double the number of swimsuits and loose clothing you think you need and cut down on the number of tees and shorts you bring. Also, bring water shoes. Yes, they look goofy, but you’ll want them for all of your excursions.

st lucia sandals

I think that’s about it. We really loved the island and are ready to start planning our next trip! Just go and enjoy the people and the culture. Be respectful to their customs and remember you not only represent yourself, but also your home country when you travel abroad. Travel really is a gift and has the ability to expand your mind. David and I loved every second of it.