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2014 BNP Year in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to an end. It has been a crazy, challenging, amazing year. I started Brown is the New Pink (BNP) back in late April, and I love being able to look back on everything that’s happened this year. For my final post of 2014 I am reviewing all of the major events of the year. Cheers to 2015!


  • Celebrated the New Year in Kentucky
  • Took engagement pictures


  • Started my last semester of graduate school
  • Found our townhouse and signed the lease for me and Derek’s first home together


  • Celebrated my 24th birthday
  • Pole danced and celebrated with friends at my bachelorette party 🙂

March (Holy cow, March was crazy.)

  • Moved into our townhouse
  • Married the love of my life!!! (Wedding Recap Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)


  • Gave a big presentation at my internship at the VA
  • Interviewed for my first “real” full-time job
  • Accepted my first “real” job offer!



  • Graduated with my Master’s of Social Work




  • Started my first job!
  • Derek took the USMLE Step 1 (HUGE test for medical students)














  • Hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party


What. A. Year. Wishing you health and happiness in 2015!!

I’m Baaaaaaccckk {Christmas Recap}

Hello friends! I’m back on the blogging wagon after a couple much-needed weeks off. Derek and I are in Lexington, Kentucky at my parents’ house for a couple more days before we head back to North Carolina and reality. It’s been a great vacation for all of us, and I wanted to share a series of pictures as a Christmas recap.

Before we left town, we hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party.


Love these people. Photo credit goes to our friend Deepak and his fancy camera. 🙂

We had a blast and stayed up until 3am playing Catchphrase. It was great fun!


The adorable version of our group tacky sweater picture.

After the party, Derek headed to his family’s house in Wilkesboro for a few days to spend time with his family while I finished up work. I drove to Wilkes on the morning of Christmas Eve to pick up Derek on the way to Kentucky. Fortunately, we were able to eat breakfast and exchange presents with his family before heading out.


After an easy 8 hour drive, we made it to Lexington!

We got to Kentucky just in time for the candlelit Christmas Eve church service, my favorite of the year. After church we watched some of our Christmas movie favorites: Elf and Christmas Vacation.


We spent Christmas morning relaxing and getting ready for our big lunch. I, of course, partook in the family tradition of drinking a Bloody Mary.


Scooter wanted to be part of the action.

On Saturday my grandpa came over to watch the University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville basketball game. My mom, dad, brother, and grandpa all went to UK and are huge Wildcat fans.


Derek couldn’t bear to wear UK blue and had to rock some Carolina gear.

One morning Derek whipped up some Norwegian pancakes, one of his family’s traditions. One of the things I love about being married is blending our family traditions. You get the best of both families!


Delicious Norwegian pancakes.

We also went bowling.


My mom always demands “shoe pics.” Haha!

My mom and I went shopping yesterday, and we’re planning on going to a movie later today. Derek and I will spend New Year’s Eve with my family before heading back to Durham on New Year’s Days. Then it’s back to work for me on Friday. Yay for a one-day work week!

I’m so thankful for the time spent with friends and family. I was definitely getting burnt out at work, and this break is exactly what I needed. Hope your holidays were great, too!

Here’s What’s On the Holiday To-Do List

It’s the most wonderful, crazy, busy time of the year! Like many of you, I feel like I am running non-stop with holiday happenings. Hence, the lack of blog posts lately. I’ll be back to my normal posting after the holidays, but in the mean time, I thought I’d post what I’ve been up to by sharing my holiday to-do list.

1. Pick out a Christmas tree.





 2. Decorate the tree and the house.

3. Pick out an organization for donation. 

My work allows me to set up charitable donations that are taken directly out of my paycheck, and Derek and I picked out Communities in Schools of Durham. It’s a nonprofit organization that “champions the use of evidence-based programs to help youth stay in school, graduate on time and succeed after high school.” We’re both passionate about education, and we wanted to pick something local, so CIS seems like a great fit.

4. Make gingerbread houses.


5. Light the first fire of the winter.


6. Drink eggnog.

7. Finish shopping for gifts.  —> I am SO close to being done with this one. Just a few last-minute items to go.

8. Bake cookies for neighbors and coworkers. –> It’s supposed to be cold and rainy here on Saturday, so I plan on staying in and baking all day. Yay!

9. Send out Christmas cards. –> I have the cards here, but I just need to mail them out this weekend.

10. Wrap gifts.

11. Host our Second Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party.  –> This is happening Friday night. I can’t wait!!


First Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party (2013).

12. Drive to Kentucky to spend Christmas with my family.  –> AHHH SO EXCITED! We head out on Christmas Eve.

13. Watch my favorite Christmas movies (i.e., Elf, Love Actually, and Christmas Vacation)  –> We’ll probably watch these when we get to Kentucky.

SANTA!!!! Cracks me up every time.

14. Drink hot chocolate while driving around and checking out the neighborhood Christmas lights.

15. Attend candlelit Christmas Eve service. –> This is my favorite church service of the year.

Whew! Almost there. Christmas is only one week from tomorrow. How crazy is that? I’ve really enjoyed all my holiday activities thus far (especially since it’s my first Christmas with Derek and in our new place), but I am looking forward to some down time once we get to Kentucky.

Well, with all of that said, it’s time to get back to work. Now I find myself wondering if this post is just a really creative form of procrastination? Perhaps. 🙂

What’s on your holiday to-do list? Are you running around at the last-minute or are you one of those people who had all of this stuff done before Thanksgiving? If you’re one of the latter people, please tell me your secrets!

Happy holidays!!!

The Time I Practiced Yoga at a Bar {Weekend Recap}

Hello, hello! Hope your week is off to a good start. I wanted to share a recap of my weekend because it ended up being a fun and busy one.

On Friday night Derek and I went to The Black Keys concert. I bought the tickets as a birthday gift for Derek back in August, so we were pumped to finally go to the concert.


It was just a little dark at the concert, haha!

I took a video of them playing the song below, but I had some trouble uploading it. Instead, I’ll share the music video.

The Black Keys were great live! I’d definitely recommend seeing them in concert if you’re a fan.

On Saturday morning I met up with my best friend Jenna for a yoga class at Clouds Brewing.  The “price” for admission was a toy for Toys for Tots. Over a hundred people attended, which resulted in an awesome donation for Toys for Tots. Pretty neat idea for a toy drive, right?


The class turned out to be really challenging. Definitely not for beginners. Fortunately, many of the people who attended were just like Jenna and me: yoga amateurs. We had a great time and cracked up at our attempts to get into certain positions.


It was fun and almost surreal to practice yoga in a bar. This was the view to my right during the class.


After such a tough class, it was totally necessary to reward ourselves with beer and lunch.


We started our meal with a beer cheese appetizer. It came with sliced bratwurst, sauerkraut, and pretzel bread. It was all good, but the pretzel bread was the bomb.


For my meal I got a flatbread with grilled chicken, spinach, feta, and red onion. It was delicious. Gotta love feta.


After the yoga class and lunch, we went to see the newest Hunger Games movie. I headed home in the afternoon and spent the evening with the hubby.

On Sunday Derek and I went to church and then headed over to our friends’ house to make gingerbread houses. We, of course, had to dress for the occasion.


Our friends were prepared. So. Much. Candy. (And wine.)


Our friends made the gingerbread from scratch and had a fire going. Does it get more Christmas-y than that?


I even got some quality dog time in. Isn’t Pippa cute?


Candid action shot.


Fun time had by all!


What a great weekend! Have you done any fun holiday activities yet?

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

Derek and I have been looking forward to our first Christmas as a married couple for months, and this weekend we picked out our first tree together!

We headed to a local tree farm just around the corner to pick it out.


My handsome husband.


It only took us a few minutes to find the perfect tree.



We named our tree Bruce. (AKA Bruce-the-Spruce.)


Naked Bruce.

After we got Bruce in the house, we got our decorating on.



We listened to Christmas music and drank eggnog while we decorated. Derek also baked some cookies. It was full-on Christmas extravaganza. 🙂


We basically started from scratch with the ornaments. All of the ones pictured below are from Target.

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We went for a homey, woodsy style with a little bit of shimmer.

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Our simple, but pretty, tree topper came from Target as well.


Happy holiday decorating!!

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