Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Here are a few of my favorite things–the topics that really make me tick. I love to focus aspects of life that are already good and find ways to make them even better. You’ll find content here that I hope will add value to your everyday. We’ll discuss faith, travel, home, organization, fitness, podcasts, and more topics that will cheer you on to live your best, most abundant life.

Travel

Travel Must Haves + Top Packing Tips

[I totally meant to publish this like 2 weeks ago, but I figured better late than never, especially with all the Summer traveling I’m sure y’all are doing! So here we go!] I’m packing up and heading to the beach tomorrow, so I thought it would be fun to do a quick little post sharing some of my favorite travel must haves and packing tips with y’all. I’ve shared about…

Lifestyle

How to Enjoy Weekday Summer Nights More with Plated

I always say that fall is my favorite season, but man summertime comes in a close second. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been allowing myself to have more fun so far this summer or if I’m truly embracing the season more, but I freaking love it. I’ve really been soaking up the last of every minute and trying to make my days full of more joy. Which sounds…

#BrightonBrain

Here’s What’s Really Going On (June 2018)

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been feeling a bit aimless lately. Y’all know I go through ups and downs with this whole blogging thing – where sometimes I’m super into it and inspired and then other times not so much. But that’s not really how I’m feeling now. This is different. I’m going to try my best to explain it to you – mostly because I need to get it out of my brain and into writing but also because I want to be honest with y’all.

Lifestyle

How My Trip with MacKenzie-Childs Inspired My Life

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of flying out to Aurora, New York. While this tiny town in rural NY might seem random, it’s actually home to a brand I was SO freaking honored to learn more about, MacKenzie-Childs. If you grew up in a home with an interior-loving mama like myself, you’ve likely heard of the brand – or at least seen their fun, unique designs on social media.

Lifestyle

How To Be A Good Roommate

When the word “roommate” comes to mind, a positive association doesn’t always come with it. And it’s totally understandable why. Many of us have had at least one not-so-great experience with a roommate – I’ve for sure had my fair share of not-so-ideal roommates experiences as well. Luckily, I’m in a great situation now, but I’ve definitely learned a lot along the way.

Home

How to Style a Coffee Table

If you’ve been following along on Insta stories recently, y’all know that I had to delay writing this blog post because I couldn’t decide how I wanted to style my coffee table (classic Brighton!). So yeah, I get it might seem kinda funny that I’m here giving you advice on coffee table styling but there’s always trial and error with interior design stuff. And I don’t want to be over here pretending I’m perfect and that it’s always a smooth and easy process (especially since I change my mind about what I like EVERY TWO SECONDS).

Lifestyle

My Summer Bucketlist

Not sure where my motivation has been lately, but I have just not been feelin’ it. But I posted my Summer bucket list on my Instagram Monday night and something about putting that together got me all excited. So I wanted to compile it into a blog post! Plus, I wanted to share the details from the picnic that Katie and I had last week. It was so much fun…

Travel

The BTD Guide to 30A Florida

I actually can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write a guide to 30A, as I’ve literally been coming here for decades. Pretty sure I’ve been here 30 times – I’m not even exaggerating! Even before all the tourists took note and it became the hot spot for the South, my family and I have been vacationing here – so yeah, it’s about time I did a BTD guide!

Lifestyle

5 Clear Signs You Need a Vacation

Y’all might have noticed that my recent trip to Florida was last-minute, which is very Brighton but it’s not how I usually travel. Whether work or personal, I usually have trips planned out at least a few months in advance, but this trip was different. It seems like it’s a natural thing – waves of motivation – and lately, I had been in somewhat of a slump. I don’t even…

Lifestyle

How to Create a Pampering Mother’s Day Box

Even though I’m personally nowhere near kids in my own life, a lot of my good friends have started families in the last year or two. Which is so exciting because I love kids and someday want a lot of them of my own! So as Mother’s Day rolls around, it’s not only a day to celebrate my own mama, but those new mamas around me as well. My friends…

Lifestyle

The BTD Guidelines to Buying Jewelry for Others

Mother’s Day is coming up, which is usually the time that I try to find my mom a piece of jewelry (or help my dad too), and always always struggle with whether she’ll like it. I mean, jewelry can be SO personal, but it’s also one of my favorite things in the world – so I can’t help but to try and gift it. This year, instead of kinda choosing…

Fitness

BTD Q2 Playlist

Wanted to pop in to quickly share the BTD Q2 Playlist with y’all! I get a lot of questions about what I’m listening to while working or on my long Brighton walks, so this list is more catered to that. I’ll try to get better about sharing the songs I’m listening to daily on Insta Stories (or BTD DAILY), but for now, hope you love this playlist! If y’all have…

Faith

Journeying Through The Old Testament

I’ve always wanted to read the entire Bible – from cover-to-cover. Emphasis on the *always wanted.* If I’m being honest though, it’s not something I ever thought I could actually, realistically accomplish. You know how that is, right? I sort of halfway committed a few times. I got through Genesis each time – easily. But when I would get toward the end of Exodus and into books like Numbers and…

Dallas

Top 10 Dallas Brunch Spots

Dallas is a big city and with that comes a million and one restaurants. And Brunch in Dallas is quite the event. Honestly, it seems like people eat here for sport. What can I say, we’re pretty into it! But because there are so many options, it can be hard to decide on where to go. Right? And I feel like this is one of my most frequently asked questions too. So Today I wanted to finally share my favorite spots for Dallas brunch. find the places worthy of trying. Don’t worry I’m here to help with my recommendations!

Faith

What Are Your God-Given Gifts?

In the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul talks a lot about giftedness in chapter 12.  He explains that our gifts need to be different because all together, we make up the body of Christ. For a body to work, you need one head, two ears, one nose, two arms… you get the picture. If a body has no arms, six noses, and one ear, something’s not right. The same thing goes for the body of believers in Christ—there have to be different parts in order to make it function correctly.

Lifestyle

How to Spring Clean Your Entire Life

Since I’ve been feeling pretty naturally motivated lately, I’m taking advantage of that energy while looking at multiple aspects of my life when it comes to tidying things up. Sure, my pantry needs love, as does my closet, but what about the other parts of my life? Like relationships, work, family, etc. There’s definitely more I’ve been itching to clean up or dive into other than physically cleaning

Faith

Thoughts on Good Friday

For a lot of us, the coming of Easter means all good things. Warmer weather, spring clothes, pastels, sunshine, bunnies, and egg hunts are the things that we think of most if we’re really being honest. And we know what Easter is really all about: Jesus. It’s the day that Jesus arose from the dead and redeemed us all from our sins. And YES, Easter is a really, really happy day.

Faith

How Should We Pray?

At some point or another, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all wondering how to pray – if we’re doing it right or wrong or even where to begin? Sometimes thinking about praying to an invisible God that we can’t *actually* talk to feels a little weird and we get a bit insecure. Or at least I know I do – and I consider myself a seasoned “prayer…