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For anyone who has read my blog, you may have noticed that I have been 'out of office' for almost a year.  I didn't expect to be gone this long from writing; I could blame it all on my lack of wi-fi, but it is also due to a lack of motivation.

March 2018 Wedding Selfie

I noticed that some of my favorite bloggers did the same thing - took a break from writing and it turned into months of silence.  I don't think this is a coincidence.  Blogging used to be fun for me and all the connections I made with other women who wanted to encourage other women.  Now it feels like blogging has become an actual business - like buy this, click here, like it to know it, etc.

But I have realized that writing is a passion of mine and at the rate my memory is going, I need to take pictures and write about my experiences before I actually forget most of the details.

I plan to re-cap all the big events that have happened over the last year: more weddings, more babies, more dating, and more travels.  I may be a year older, but I am also the same girl I've always been….always a blogsmaid.

I also want to do a Q & A Post.  
Any questions do you want to ask me? 
Leave a comment below or email me at alwaysablogsmaid@gmail.com. 


A to Z of Me

Today I thought I would post a blurry photo documenting my favorite beverage and answer a few survey questions from the alphabet.  Grab something to drink and scroll along.  I grabbed this survey from one of my favorite bloggers, Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers.  

I would love if you answered a few as well in the comments section.  I am so thankful for the readers I still have when I post sporadically and would love to know more about you! 

A to Z Survey
A – Age: 30. 
B – Biggest Fear: Being stung by bees/wasps. 
C – Current Time: 5:07 p.m.
D – Drink You Had Last: Dr. Pepper 

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: My mom. 
F – Favorite Song: I love all 90's music, but "Everything you Want" by Vertical Horizon will always be my top favorite.  
G – Grossest Memory: On my 25th birthday, I got sick in New Orleans on Bourbon Street and I threw up in lots of places on that road.  
H – Hometown: I was born in Jackson, Mississippi and I have lived here for the majority of my life.  I lived two years in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for college.  
I – In Love With: Jesus.  He hasn't sent the right person to me yet. 
J – Jealous Of: People who have live on the beach year round. 
K – Kindest Person You Know: My mom. 
L – Longest Relationship: A one year on and off relationship in college. 
M – Middle Name: Lynn
N – Number of Siblings: Three.  
O – One Wish: To find a house for myself in the next year and be financially stable. 
P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: Probably my mom. 
Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “How many weddings have you been in?"
R – Reason To Smile: Because I'm alive, loved and blessed. 
S – Song You Last Sang: “Who's That Man" by Toby Keith.
T – Time You Woke Up: 9 a.m.
U – Underwear Color: Blue. 
V – Vacation Destination: I've always wanted to visit Paris, but if I could pick i would go to Cirque Terre, Italy.  
W – Worst Habit: The fact that I don't like to cook.  I'm sure it's a hindrance and will become an even bigger problem as I get older.  
X – X-Rays You’ve Had: A few, most of them at the dentist, but I also had one on my ankle in college.
Y – Your Favorite Food: Any carbs and most importantly, deviled eggs. 
Z – Zodiac Sign: Taurus. 
Question of the Afternoon
Your turn!! Answer the following prompts below… 
  • Drink You Had Last
  • Easiest Person To Talk To
  • Reason To Smile
  • Vacation Destination


From the Strip to the Square (Part Two)

The weekend of May 20th, Taylor and I made my way to her alumni town, Oxford.  It was finally the weekend for Caleb and Lyda to tie the knot and I was so so excited to spend the weekend celebrating this lovely couple.  Taylor and I worked Friday and then drove up only stopping once for some dinner. We arrived just as soon as the rehearsal dinner was over and it was time to go out on the Square.

Trying my first T-Swift at Funky's bar @ The Square
Fun fact: I learned it was named after a guy, not the country singer. 

The next day, Taylor and I decided to hit up the Ulta Salon and get our hair did for the night of wedding festivities. 

Groom's cake was snickerdoodle flavored - IT WAS DELICIOUS. 

Selfies with the Bride and Groom  

A few of the wedding crew

I danced into the morning both nights of the #GetStoked weekend and I laughed more than i thought possible.  I had the best time celebrating a new couple and I was able to reconnect with the Vegas crew as well.  I am so so glad I was able to attend these two events for Caleb & Lyda.  I wish those two nothing but the best and I can't wait until we are together again. 


From the Strip to the Square (Part One)

Back in March, I traveled to Las Vegas for a co-ed bachelorette/bachelor party pretty much hosted by the bride/groom + their parents.  Let that sink in and then forget everything you are thinking because it was nothing like the Hangover, but it was also a wonderful time in a city that truly never sleeps.

My friend Taylor and I haven't traveled together across country and when we booked our tickets, we had the dates of March 17-21.  The other crew all got the dates of March 16-20, but we didn't mind.  We booked our flights from New Orleans to LAX to Vegas - not only that but we worked all day on that Thursday, got a late dinner, watched the latest movie and then drove 4 hours to NOLA at midnight and arrived at the airport at 4 am - two hours before our flight took off.  Now looking back at it, DO NOT do it this way.  Find a smarter route. 

I guess I thought I was going to be able to see California (since I've never been), no Cass - you will see one or two terminals, that's it.  Rookie mistake.

First selfie in the NOLA long-term parking garage 

Layover at LAX 

Waiting to get off the plane in Vegas.  I had no clue what I was in for….

Ready for dinner 

On our way to dinner in an Uber to Binion's Steakhouse/Late night at Freemont Street

On about 5 hours of sleep since Thursday morning, a day at the spa.  It was LITERALLY the best thing that could have happened to me that Saturday morning.

Waiting on our next Uber headed to a japanese restaurant where I was hit on by the cook. 

A Taco Bell on the Strip with alcohol slushies. 

Our crew at a country bar.  
You can take us out of Mississippi, but you can't take Mississippi out of us. 

Sightseeing at The Venetian 

Flamingos @ The Flamingo 

Gotta buy that touristy photo

My first time eating here.  It was good, but I do like 5 guys better. 

Sent this to Lauryn and Michael while on our layover coming home.

Funny story:  I bought one of these sets for my brother-in-law for his Poker themed birthday party.  I got to security at the Las Vegas airport and they took my carry-on and searched it because it looked like a black box on the security camera.  The lady rubbed it down with a specific cloth and then asked me if it was chocolate.  No lady, it's heavy poker chips.  How many times do you think they search people's bags every day?  It must get old, but a great story for my brother-in-law and I to share for years to come. 

I had the best time in Vegas.  I saw a lot of things, sweat a lot (in March), made lifetime bonds with some incredible people, saw the fountains at The Bellagio, ate all the food at the Mirage Buffet, gambled a little and lost money, and even made it into the Omnia nightclub.  I did not have enough time in Vegas and had to catch up on sleep for over a week, but I wouldn't have changed my experience for anything.  I just wish I would have seen a Vegas show - I guess I'm just gonna have to go back. :) 

Part 2 coming up: the Vegas party moves to Oxford, MS.

Have you ever been to Vegas?