Five Things for Friday

Happy Friday!

If you checked this post earlier, I’m sorry it was blank — not sure what happened. We’ve been having internet issues at home and, when I saved and scheduled the post, it had pictures and text, so who knows!

Tonight is not one of my favorite games of the season as the Pelicans play the Cleveland Cavaliers, my hometown team. I’m all Pellies tonight, but I always cheer for both when they’re not playing each other — GO PELS!

We’ve got a weekend of sports ahead with a Saints game on Sunday, as well. The undefeated Carolina Panthers are in town — it’d be fun to spoil that streak!

This week seemed to go pretty quickly. Lots of holiday projects and TONS of National Geographic Wild Big Cat Week. Nat Geo Wild’s programming has been killing it…it’s one of the only stations I’ve watched this week (besides Ellen, of course!). Every morning, Nat Geo Wild has televised a three-hour game drive from Kruger National Park in South Africa. On the website, the crew hosts two drives – one from 9:00 a.m. to noon (central time) which is the evening game drive for them and one from 9:00 p.m. to midnight (central) which is their morning outing. It is awesome — if you are able to tune in on the website, do it! If going on safari is on your bucket list, you’ll get a good idea of what a game drive is like. The guides are so knoledgeable and fun.

Here are your photos for the weekend!

IMG_29031Enjoyed this gorgeous sunset leaving work the day after Thanksgiving.

IMG_3042Sneak peek at our holiday decor.

IMG_2957Had to test out the tecnhology before Monday night’s What You Give Will Grow Dinner with Thomas Morstead. So much fun helping out at the event – Congrats to the WYGWG team on an amazing event!

IMG_2930Caught these two snoozing after a long weekend of decorating. Because they did SO much of the work.

IMG_2949All of a sudden, Jersey and JoJo enjoy cuddling. It’s the cutest thing ever. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and have a great Fri-YAY!


Wish List Wednesday

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This is probably my favorite Wish List Wednesday post to date!

A few years ago, I tried to start finding holiday and celebration gifts that had a charitable component. All of the items/companies I’ve linked to have a giving back aspect when you make a purchase — I just LOVED the idea of double giving when I bought gifts for people (or accessories for myself!).

I recently ordered #6 – a gorgeous necklace designed by Sophia Bush in collaboration with The Akola Project. The jewelry is gorgeous.

Ironically, Sophia Bush and 31 Bits (#1 & #8) collaborated on a few pieces as well, which was announced yesterday. I actually am hosting a little get together on Sunday to watch the Saints game that is doubling as a party to spread the word about 31 Bits’ beautiful jewelry AND mission.

Hope you enjoyed this post — there are so many great companies out there that give back. I’ll likely be sharing more as I found them, but wanted to highlight the ones I REALLY love in today’s post.

Have a great day and happy shopping!


P.S. NOLA friends – I have a TON of 31 Bits pieces at the house if you have any interest in checking them out in person or purchasing a piece. Some of the fall line is black and gold and they are SO great for Saints game days!

Five Things for Friday

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

This week has felt like a marathon! Though there will definitely be some visits to the office this weekend, I hope to knock out a few things around the house and take the pups to the dog park a couple of times.

Today’s Five Things for Friday is a meaningful one. Hope you enjoy!


It’s hard to believe it’s already September — which means basketball season is right around the corner! Above is a pregame shot before Game 3… can’t wait to have the Pels back in the Smoothie King Center.


The above photo is from last year’s New Orleans PurpleStride hosted by the local affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Hosted by Natalie Shepherd, four local survivors are featured in this photo. This year’s event is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 8. You can register here.  It’s an amazing event run by passionate volunteers that supports a more-than-worthy cause in the fight against pancreatic cancer. More information about the organization can be found at


I saw on Facebook that this month is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. In the center of this photo is Bailey, a patient at St. Jude that we met last year (also pictured is my gal pal and co-worker Ashley). Next week, I’ll post Bailey’s story — she is the most incredible kid! To increase awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness, #ShowYourGold this month.


Last weekend, I had a bunch of photos printed from Africa for my office and this will always be one of my favorites. In the print, you can see even better how the rhino is looking directly into the lens. It was so cool to be so close to him as he marked his territory and milled around. Seeing so many animals last summer was amazing, but the rhinos were the most magical — they remind me of a dinosaur or a mythical creature because of their horns. It’s such a shame their population has been decreased so drastically by poaching. Also — if you’re an animal lover — check out National Geographic’s Warlords of Ivory. Journalist Bryan Christy is planting faux ivory tusks with GPS trackers to an effort to follow the ivory trade market through Central Africa. The special that aired last week showed the impact of ivory trade on the elephant population, but, even more tragically, the violent and volatile situation it has created throughout Africa, especially the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Kafia Kingi. The information through this interactive map provides staggering statistics. The group responsible for the ivory trafficking, has killed or abducted more than 8,000 people.

dog park 1Today’s post is rounded out with a picture of my little guy, JoJo. I love this photo — he’s so happy in front of his favorite tree at the dog park. Hopefully, we get there at least once this weekend.

Hope everyone finishes out the week strong and has a great long weekend!