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The Best Office Supplies
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If you’re a 3 on the Enneagram then I think you get me when I say “productivity is key.” There’s nothing that lights a fire under my booty to get stuff done like some new office supplies and a good snack (or coffee, let’s be honest). ☕️ ✏️ 📓💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you’re obsessed with office supplies as well, then let me introduce you to this new line from @lifewaywomen! 😍😍 It’s a line that encourages me with scripture, hymns and other quotes that keep me going throughout the day! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Nothing like combining Jesus, my favorite colors and office supplies! 😂 

Keepin' It Real
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Life’s fun, ya know?
Im thankful to share a piece of mine with you over here on Instagram and for all of the friends, new and old!
But, you need to know one thing: I like to keep 👏🏼 it 👏🏼 real 👏🏼 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
After all, we all need to be met in our moments. Whether it’s the soiled laundry because you forgot to switch it to the dryer in time (guilty), the fight on the way to date night, the playlists with the perfect combo of rap and worship, the frozen meals put in pretty bowls so you can take credit for supper (thank you Trader Joe’s) and everything in between,
I gotchyou, girl! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here’s to making pretty out of our mess, letting people in to see “behind the bliss” and doing all of the fun crazy moments together. 🤘🏼

Cheering On My Husband
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Thomas’s dream was (and is) to fly. I didn’t know how I felt about it, all of the fears arose, I had too many questions to ask at once. But, I just knew that he lit up when he saw airplane pass by, it often occupied our supper conversation and I didn’t want to be the one to hold him back. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lots of flights, miles and God stories later, Thomas is a pilot, accomplishing dreams and doing his thang and dang, I’m so proud and excited to be a part of it all. ✈️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Pray for your dreams!
Ask God the hard questions!
Cheer on your husband!

Remi + The Squirrel
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This dog...
In case you missed it: Remi horrified me yesterday by bringing a dead squirrel into our home all while Thomas was gone. Yes, friends, you read that right. 🐶🐿
Just the other night I was squealing over a dead roach and here we are with a dead rodent (the size of a cat, I must add).
Me, a dustpan and a bucket came to the rescue all while a dear friend stayed with me on FaceTime (and documented the whole thing via screen recording). Blessed assurance.
Y’all, I can’t make this stuff up.
Cheers to real life, conquering fears, and all of the paid off hunting training. 😅
Catch the whole showdown in the newly added story highlight. 😂🙈

Behind the Bliss Podcast Pals

“God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called”
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Honored to share something super special with this girl. Every week, we release a podcast episode on @behindtheblisspodcast where we talk all things funny + address the topics others may steer away from. If you listen you might say “oh dang”, “that’s good” or “me too!” all in one episode. 🖤🎧 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Now we have thousands of listeners, new friends, opportunities like I would have never believed and a friendship I cherish all because this gal called me one day a few years ago and asked “do you want to start a podcast?” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Just say “yes.” Take that step, start the blog, pick up that camera, call that friend, ask that question, do that thing that you’ve always wondered about. Our God smiles and blesses our obedience even when we don’t know what the heckie we’re doing I promise.

These "Suck" - Your Top Hand Vacuum Recomendations
 
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Thomas and I are looking for a hand vacuum to use in our home to pick up all of the little Remi hair’s around the house. The other day on Instagram, I asked you all your recommendations for Hand Vacuums and I got those and lots more! So, I figured I’d share with you what all I got!

P.S. Thomas and I have (and use everyday) the iRobot and recommend it all the time! We just want a hand vacuum to use in little corners, knick knack spots and to vacuum the car when needed!

2019 Goals!

Either you’ve moved passed your goals or you’re still in it to win it. Regardless of wherever you are, I want to remind you we don’t need firsts of the years for fresh starts. We need grace. Grace for ourselves and for others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In efforts to get ya back to it and on the road for a healthy (spiritually, mentally, physically) “you,” I’m sharing my 2019 goals with @maryscottmercer on @behindtheblisspodcast! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We’re sharing all of the “goal” things + a little encouragement for you to get closer to yours! 🖤🎧☕️

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Hi friends! We have a few new faces around here so I wanted to pop in and say I’m so glad you’re here! 


You can expect me to share things about my day/life that I think you’d find helpful! Whether it’s what’s cookin’ in the kitchen, what I just added to my wardrobe, or what’s going on in my heart, you’re invited! 

A few fun things about me:

  1. I’m a 3 on the enneagram which means I like to get shenanigans done! And other 3s around here? What’s your enneagram number? (Or are you like, “enneagram what?”)

  2. My husband and I are high school sweethearts that love to travel and snuggle our pup, Remi. 

  3. We bought our first home and are making it “ours” slowly but surely and I can’t wait to share little pieces of it with you! 

I hope you find laughter and have many “aha moments” on my little corner of the internet. If you ever have any questions, want to chat or grab coffee, just holler at me! 

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You can’t expect to see if you don’t ask for vision. ✨

I’ve been reflecting (and not posting) for 2 weeks of where I’d love to see God move. It came at the perfect timing. A new year, clean slate, fresh vision.

This is the year of “immeasurably more” for the Awtreys. Hold me to it. Don’t let me forget it.

P.S. thank you, Lord, that we don’t need a holiday to ask for a new start. 🙌🏻 amen?

Cozied Up

My Christmas tree fell down and some ornaments broke. Remi ate my favorite pair of rain boots and I held his ears while he disposed of the pieces. He also brought mud in the house and dirtied our freshly cleaned linen duvet cover. Oh and also my sunroof drain is clogged so it was raining in my car this week and the floors of my car are soaked.

I’m not complaining, I’m inviting. Inviting you into the chaos to remind you on the days when you just can’t keep it together that you actually don’t have to 🙌🏻 so that maybe someone else has a “me too” moment.

I’m here for the real life moments and movements, for inviting you behind my bliss, and hoping it causes you to do the same. Because hey, it’s hard to fit all of that into the 6 little squares you first see up in here. 

S'mores Brownie Bars
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If you bopped on here from Dwell605’s cookie blog post, I am so thrilled that you are here and hope you leave with one more cookie recipe for your cheery season!

It’s that time of year: Christmas cookies, cookie swaps and all things sweet! I don’t know about you but I find myself scrambling, resulting to old family recipes I just haven’t mastered and Pinterest for all of my cookie ideas. No fear, friends! A few other bloggers and I have gathered together and rallied a few recipes for you - don’t fret! Between all of us, there’s got to be one that makes you excited for your next office party, cookie swap or family gathering!

My cookie contributions is pretty easy, super sweet and great for those that love chocolate!

Imagine you’re at a campfire, roasting s’mores and instead of chocolate, you put in a brownie in the middle. Yep. We’re going there! It’s fail-proof and great for kids, too!

What you’ll need…

  1. Your favorite box brownie mix (plus the ingredients that includes)

  2. A box of graham crackers

  3. A Milk Chocolate Hershey’s Bar

  4. Mini Marshmallows

How you’ll make them…

  1. Preheat oven to temperature according to your boxed brownie directions

  2. Spray and line a 9x13” baking dish with graham cracker pieces

  3. Mix together ingredients for your favorite brownie mix

  4. Gently pour over the brownie mix over the graham cracker lined baking dish. (Be careful! The graham crackers will want to move!)

  5. Bake slightly less than the brownie directions call for and take out of oven just before being finished

  6. Layer marshmallows on top of almost-baked brownies

  7. Break apart Hershey’s bar and stick corners in various places in the brownies.

  8. Finish baking according to box directions

  9. Let cool, cut into brownie pieces and serve warm! (might I suggest vanilla ice cream on the side?)

Bon apetit!

Now, if you’d like, you can head over to my friend Mi Casa Di Bella’s cookie, it’s quite scrumptious!

 
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Friendsgiving Hosting
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The other evening we hosted a Friendsgiving party and it was THE MOST fun! It was way easier than we ever anticipated so we wanted to share our tid-bits and secrets with you this season! There’s lots that goes into this but it makes it all worth it once you have your friends and loved ones around a table breaking bread and laughter bouncing off of your walls!

The Invitations

Yes, you could text your guests to let them know that you are hosting a fun party but how fun are invitations? I have always loved receiving a thoughtful invitation with information about the event and what I can expect in a fun way. This year, instead of doing printed and mailed invitations or e-vites, I designed my own invitation and sent it with the text. It says “you are thought of!” To use my design as a template for yours!

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The Table

Yes, you could go get lots of fun decor for your table and make it super fancy but I like to shop from my home! I go and grab pumpkins, fall decor, greenery, flower vases, platters, candlesticks and votives to decorate our space.

This year, we decided to go with a long family-style table and it was the most fun! We had around 20 guests so it was a way that everyone felt included, you could see everyone and it was easy, with the way our house is set up, to get in and out for seconds (or thirds). We combined 3 card tables, borrowed some chairs, covered with some inexpensive table cloths and a layer of craft paper (in case there were any spills, makes for easy clean up with larger groups)

If you’re having a smaller get together, you could go with real plates, heck, you could even pull out your china if you’d like! Or, you could run to your favorite store (cough, Target, cough) and grab a few of your favorite festive plate and serving ware. We found dinner plates, dessert plates and gold utensils.

The Food

By no means do you feel like you have to prepare all of the food! On my invitation, I asked people to bring a side and drink of choice! That way, we had plenty of wine and food to go around! Need side ideas?

Entree ideas: Turkey, ham, pot roast, tenderloin

Side ideas: Sweet potato casserole, veggies, bread/rolls, a salad, stuffing, gravy, cranberry dressing, mashed potatoes, corn bread

Dessert ideas: Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, spice cake, cookies of your choice

This Friendsgiving, I paired up with Ashley Mac’s in Birmingham, Alabama and they gave us the ham, sweet potato casserole, rolls, corn bread dressing and pecan pie. They are AMAZING! If you’re on-the-go or would want to easily impress people this Thanksgiving, make sure to put in an order from their Holiday menu! Use the code RACHEL10 for 10% off! All you have to do is pick it up, put it in your fridge and heat up with the direction on the top! So easy!

Make sure to have platters and serving ware ready to go for your dishes, a lot of people will bring them without! That’s alright! It gives an occasion for those platters to come out of the pantry!

I set up a buffet for ours using the long table for the sides. If someone wanted seconds, they could ask to pass the dish just like the good ole days!

Pro tip: We heated up the dessert as people finished dinner!

The Drinks

Of course, after asking people to bring their drink of choice, you’ll end up with a lot of yummy drink options. We provided a sangria for our guests and it was a HIT! Here’s the recipe!

The Music

I created a jazz playlist that played the whole night. It’s upbeat enough to be tons of fun but smooth enough to not cause chaos! Feel free to use this at your upcoming Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving as well!

Last Minute Details

Light your candles, turn off your heat (!! it will get toasty with all of those people), turn on your music and pull those dishes out of the oven, you’re ready for a party!

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