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Three.

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Yesterday was our Third Wedding Anniversary. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating number two and maybe like six months ago that we actually got married. In honor of the day after our Three Year anniversary, I’d like rave about being married to that amazing guy kissing that gal up there. By the way.. That was two minutes after we said our I Do’s… We were so happy.

But back to raving. I’m a pretty lucky girl. You see, every morning an alarm goes off. I’m not the one to turn it off, though. I don’t get up after it goes off either. The guy next to me turns his alarm (aka The Office theme song) off in mid da naa da na na da naaaa.. And rolls over to my side. He starts waking me up by sweetly rubbing my back and then eventually whispers something about waking up in my ear. (Half of this story is his, the other half is what I remember half asleep.)

Eventually, being the morning person I so obviously am, I get out of bed to the honey standing beside me ready to hold me tight/keep me from laying back down. My man has some serious patience. I mean come on, just get up or you’ll be late would work, but he goes the extra mile – just so I can have a sweet, relaxing wake up.

Mr. H is patient. I can’t wait to see him [one day] with our little baby. He’s going to be such a great dad. I think I love him now, but I know I’ll just melt seeing him wake up or put down our little one.

The Love is thoughtful. I mean seriously, you should see the cards he writes to family and friends. He comes up with the kindest most thoughtful words. He puts me to shame. My “Happy Birthday! We love you!” Just doesn’t cut it anymore. His words are full of thought and slowly written. He speaks from the heart to yours.

Babe, as I always call him (more than I use his actual name) is an incredibly hard-worker. I’m always so proud to go to his work functions. I never leave without hearing several genuine compliments from higher ups at his firm. At home, he’s even more dedicated. He does dishes while I cook. He does laundry on Saturday mornings. He picks me up every night I have a late class. He brings me dinner on my breaks. He stays up to help me with projects. He packs my suitcase. Probably something I should be ashamed of, but he’s magical! He fits everything I give him perfectly without it being stuffed. It’s really a sight to see.

The guy can set a goal AND accomplish it. I don’t think I’ve ever known such a person that creates a goal even a semi long term goal and actually meets it. Last year he made a goal to run one mile, everyday, no matter what. He ran in the snow. He ran in the rain. He ran when he was sick. He ran when I told him he didn’t have to. He ran for an entire year, everyday. I’m so proud of him.

These are just a few things off the top of my head that everyday, he amazes me with. I can’t stay mad at the man for more than a few minutes… My mind wanders to all of the ways he’s just perfect. I can’t be mad at him for long.

I am so blessed that God saw fit to let me meet my husband at the young age of four. Who would have known that fifteen years later he’d be my husband. I have been given a man I could never have dreamed of. He has qualities I never even knew existed. I am thankful that we’ve been married for three years, but even more because I know the years will only get better from here.

I love you, baby. You’re my favorite.

Thanks for dealing with my sappy post, friends. Have a wonderful night.

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The Procrastinator Made Something..

It’s the last week of classes and I actually feel productive. I’ve accomplished a lot and learned so much this semester. So, I thought I’d share a bit from my final projects. Let me know what you think!

Mock App Ad for Darling Magazine

Watch the Commercial HERE 

*Most artwork belongs to Darling Magazine. Motion & Design by Yours Truly.

A. Design | Projects | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Branding for a Design Conference | Aspen Design Summit

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A. Design | Projects | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

A Mock Website Coded by Yours Truly | Thanks Kylie for being my persona.

A. Design | Projects | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

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So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. It’s been fun, but now I’m excited to get going on my freelance business, A. Design. I’ll be updating that website, getting business cards printed and making all of my clients happy! I’m excited to dive in with the knowledge learned this semester.

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It’s that time of the year again.

It’s that time again where you really shouldn’t be hearing from me. I should be drowning in final projects (which I am) and not coming up for air. However, when you’ve worked for weeks on end on these very projects, even though they’re still not done, it’s REALLY hard to focus. I have until 6:30pm tonight to turn in one final project. I should really get going, but ….oh look my tea is ready, the sun is so shiny, mmm… love my protein shake. See there are just too many other things that are way more exciting! I know, I know I’ve become a procrastinator. A procrastinator, really! It’s just so easy when there is no brain power left and little things around me suddenly become the most exciting things I’ve ever seen. So, this is my final outlet. I have to get it all out and go…. So, my last words will be that of this weekend. Well not words, but pictures. You remember the post last week where I shared the weekend through Insta pictures? Well, I think I might just do that again. Check out this crazy weekend – in no particular order with a little narration.

@aubreyrachael Instagram | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
Nordstrom Cafe. It’s just so delicious.

@aubreyrachael Instagram | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
Because sometimes the day just can’t go on without coffee.

@aubreyrachael Instagram | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
I love whoever said it was okay to eat leftovers.

@aubreyrachael Instagram Pictures | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
Happy Mama’s Day.

@aubreyrachael Instagram Pictures | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
It only took one spoon and us two to eat.

@aubreyrachael Instagram Pictures | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
It’s just so beautiful.

@aubreyrachael Instagram Pictures | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
Because bridge pictures are awesome. Especially at sunset.

@aubreyrachael Instagram Pictures | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
Sometimes I crave spaghetti. Well I got it – outside for lunch with the Hubby.

@aubreyrachael Instagram Pictures | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
Old buildings hold a special place in my heart.

@aubreyrachael Instagram Pictures | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
Anthropologie mirrors. Enough said.

@aubreyrachael Instagram Pictures | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
Paper flowers in a barrel. Anthropologie, you never cease to amaze me.

@aubreyrachael Instagram Pictures | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
Paper register. In love, really.

@aubreyrachael Instagram | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com
Sometimes the shakers are prettiest.

The end. Hope you’re weekend was filled with love and laughter and your Monday doesn’t feel like Monday. But if it does, I’m with you. Happy Monday,Friends! Here’s to the last week of the Spring 2013 semester.

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Luck of the Draw & the Graduate

Luck of the Draw | A. Design | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Danielle Walden Winner | Chic to Chic Blog

 

 

We have a winner! Miss Danielle Walden. A big thank you to the gals who commented and don’t worry there will definitely be another Darling Magazine giveaway in the very near future if you didn’t get in on this one. We threw the names in the little glass bowl you see there and Matt pulled a name while I closed my eyes! It was quite fun, actually.

Well tonight is a later one. The babes is a asleep and I’m catching up on some of my To Dos. As the semester comes to a close, I realize how fast it flew by. It seems like just yesterday I was meeting new people and just starting the class. I think the months are getting shorter. Maybe, but maybe not. For some tomorrow can’t come soon enough. This is the day they’ve waited for since, well finishing high school, I’m sure. Tomorrow is graduation day for many. For many of my friends and fellow past high school graduates. I wish I could be there for each and every one of them. But instead, here’s a little shout out to my bff. I wish I could be there with you, Sharol, Jessie and Lacee to cheer you on as you accept your diploma!

Kylie | My dear friend. We met Freshman year at WRHS and seem to hit it off. We became even closer as the years went by and even better friends our Senior year. God must’ve had something in mind because you stayed and attended the local college like a few of the others and we were able to keep up that friendship thing we had going on. A year later you were standing next to me as I married the man of my dreams and in less than a month, I’ll be doing the same. What an incredible journey you’ve traveled. You’ve had heartbreaks and hardships, but you’ve also had peaks and in the midst of your travel up the mountain, you found love. So not only does tomorrow mark GRADUATION, it marks the end of the beginning. You’re ending you career as a college student and beginning it as not only a recreational therapist, but as a wife. That’s one of the best life-long careers you can have.. until you’re a mom (but we won’t go there just yet). So, as you walk across the stage tomorrow and accept that hard-earned diploma, remember I’m cheering from Denver and so very proud of you! You are such an incredible person. I love you so very much and can’t wait to see you in just a few short weeks!!

To everyone who graduates tomorrow | Congratulations! You have your degree. Isn’t it an amazing feeling?! Now go out in the world and make an amazing life for yourself. Set goals and do. Do whatever makes you happy and be the very best you can be!

I know, it all sounds a little cliche, but it’s only because it’s true.

Happy Graduation Day, 2013 Graduates!

Friends | Happy Friday!

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Don’t Worry, Be!

be happy- | A. Design | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

 

Well hello there. How do you do?

Today is a bright, sunshiny day. Only one more week and I’ll be enjoying it to the fullest. It’s that time of year. Classes are coming to an end and the plans begin for the summer. Until the end of next week I’ll be dreaming of the summer days exploring new cities and enjoying the ocean. What are your plans for the summer? Traveling to a new place or to a long time favorite? Tell me about it.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Overstocked? Really?

I have just discovered overstock.com. I was searching for a rug for the living room and came across this beauty. It has been ordered. Then I decided using the dining room chair at my desk just wasn’t cutting it. So, I decided next on the list was a desk chair. Now I can’t decide. I have a front runner and then a lot of favorites. Check them out. Tell me what you think!

The White Designer-esqe Desk Chair | Chic to Chic Blog

Front Runner. It’s very Designer-esque. You know, the Scandinavian inspired style. Imagine it with my simple, black desk and white lamp (see below for MY desk).

 

Classy & White | Chic to Chic Blog | Overstock

 

Continuing with the white theme. This chair has everything you want in a desk chair. I like it too.

Gray Designer-esque | Chic to Chic Blog | OverstockBack to the Designer-esque, Scandinavian inspired look. Gray, good neutral. Oh and not from Overstock, actually from Ikea. I like it. Comfortable, simple. Not quite a statement piece, but it works.

The Frenchy Chair | Chic to Chic Blog | Pier 1

And then there’s this. French, elegant, beautiful. I like it, a lot. It’s from Pier 1. I think it would really look amazing and I could cuddle up my whole body on it. I like that. But is it too formal?

What do you think? Here’s my desk. So you have a better idea.

Desk | A. Design | Chic to Chic Blog | chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Next project, the last to dos! Matt’s best friend, Tom is coming for a visit. He arrives tonight and will be staying until Sunday. So, I’ll just be getting last minute things done until I leave for class this morning.

Oh and don’t forget to visit this blog post to enter for the Darling Magazine Giveaway! It’s my thank you to all of my readers. One lucky winner will be chosen next week!

Happy Thursday, Friends!

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Well aren’t you Darling.. Giveaway!

Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

Today I want to introduce you to my latest Obsession. One that will last for a very long time. Darling Magazine | The Art of Being a Woman! Darling is an incredible magazine that is filled with inspiring words of wisdom, advice and encouragement. I bought the first Volume in digital format and read it on the light rail going to class, waiting in line and sitting around the house on a Saturday afternoon. I’ve never read such a wonderful magazine. It leaves you feeling empowered and confident.

Their mission statement says it all.

We are committed to sparking a positive feminine revolution—believing that all women are not only interesting, but original; not only good enough, but exceptional; not just here, but here for a purpose.

So, today, I’m doing a giveaway for Darling, Volume I in the digital format. I want you to feel this same sense of purpose, originality and goodness I have felt while reading my copy. Download it to your phone, iPad or computer. Wherever you are, let Darling inspire you. Just leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win! I’ll announce the winner next week!

Here’s a glimpse of the issue!

Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

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Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

Darling Magazine | Chic to Chic Blog | Giveaway

I hope you enjoy this magazine as much as I have. It’s filled with such wonderful writings from people all over the world. The photography is gorgeous. The design is perfect. Creative. Uplifting. Inspiring. Darling.

Please check out the Darling Website for more information. They have a fabulous blog. A shop to buy even more Volumes, paper copies or digital! You can also visit their Instagram account filled with beautiful photos. For daily inspiration on your Facebook feed, you can find and like their page here.

Don’t forget, just leave a comment on this post and the winner will be announced next week!

Good luck, Friends!

*All of the photos above are from Darling’s Volume I. This is not a sponsored post. Just sharing the love!

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