Life Update: Tearing Up Our Yard, COVID, and a Happy New Year

Here’s a quick update from the last few months of the most chaotic year ever–2020. I am excited for a new year of awesome new content!

Hi there! Yikes…. It’s been a little while since I have been on the blog, but if you’ve been keeping up on Instagram, then you know the past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind. While 2020 was chaotic all by itself, the last few months took quite the toll on Skyler and me. For one, we totally tore up our backyard… *cringe*

Skyler living the dream and making a mess he couldn’t get in trouble for haha

Okay, I am being a little dramatic about it, but it is quite the muddy mess right now–especially after the bouts of snow and rain we’ve been having. It’s never easy watching your soon-to-be-husband run a Bobcat through your neat yard (no offense, honey *wink*) What started out as a simple retaining wall project to widen the driveway has turned into a lengthier project due to weather…Isn’t that how home projects always go? Oh, the woes of home ownership *wink* –a BIG thanks to Skyler, my dad, and a good buddy of Skyler’s for tackling the driveway/retaining wall project!!

Oakley is such a good little training partner *wink*

The end of 2020 was super busy with my buying a new car (one that gets way better gas mileage than the Jeep I had), visiting my grandparents in Mississippi, and celebrating my 25th birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (via video chat–see below for why). Besides doing home improvement projects and other adulting matters, I have also been busy training for a half marathon.

Nothing beats being back home and seeing my two favorite people: Paw Riley and Maw Maw.

The end of 2020 also brought COVID to Skyler and me…like days before Christmas. Definitely not a “gift” we wanted! Ugh! Thankfully, we didn’t get as sick as many others, but it was still a scary time for us because of the unpredictability of the virus. Even with our mild cases, we felt the effects weeks afterwards, and not to mention, I never thought I would be able to smell again haha But…I digress.

Oakley knew we were sick and constantly insisted on being held/cuddled. She was a good little nurse *wink*

To be honest with you guys, I have missed writing on VIP so freaking much. 2020 was such a weird, dysfunctional, and depressing year for like the entire universe. It was hard to write because I felt my content would be taking away from something more important like COVID-19 updates or Presidential debates. Now that things are finally settling down a bit, I feel like I can finally breathe and truly share fun, happy, real content.

I have lots of posts planned for the coming months–home projects, renovation updates, and outfit posts, as well as new content like running and fitness, inspirational posts, and my favorite local shopping and dinning spots in the Tri-Cities (Tennessee) area. Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, Skyler and I also have some fun travel plans later in the year I hope to blog about *fingers crossed*

Oakley enjoying her first White Christmas…that girl LOVES to play in the snow.

Thank you SO much for sticking with VIP through thick and thin. You guys are seriously THE BEST. *wink* Here’s to a new year (over a month in ūüôÉ). I cannot wait to share upcoming posts, so stay tuned for Everything You Need to Know About Painting a Brick Backsplash next!

VIP Scrapbook: Hottest Moments of 2013

IMG_9966Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog! My goodness, can you believe that in just a few short hours (depending on your time zone haha) it will be 2014?! Phew!¬†It has been a¬†fabulous year for the VIP because I have met some amazing people and done some¬†amazing things–and¬†I could not have done any of it without y’all’s¬†love and support.

Now, as we prepare to¬†ring in the¬†New Year, let’s take a look at the VIP’s¬†hottest posts¬†of 2013 (in no particular order)….and then the moment y’all have all been waiting for *drum roll* NEVER BEFORE SEEN PHOTOS. *gasp* Come on, let’s get started!

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1. VIP Interview with Extreme Home Makeover Edition’s Ty Pennington

(click here to see post)

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2. Birmingham Fashion Week 2013

(click here to visit category archives)

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3.  VIP Interview with Denim Experts Chip & Pepper Foster

(click here to view post.)

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4.  Grand Haul Girl with The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Lucky 13 outfit series here. (video here)

Superb Seven outfit series here. (video here)

18 Days of Grand Haul outfit series here. (video here)

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5. VIP Interview with Project Runway Season 12’s Ken Laurence

VIP Interview post here.

VIP Interview video here.

Project Runway archives and mini interviews with Ken here.

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Now, it is time for NEVER BEFORE SEEN PHOTOS! Whoo hoo!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn