Under Construction…..

Posted: June 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

A couple pics of the nursery progress. The most highly decorated rooms in this house are the man cave and the little man cave. Obviously I like themes!

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There’s still much to be done, but we’re making pretty good progress.  Stay tuned!


When You Make Plans….God Laughs

Posted: March 22, 2015 in Family

Here’s our pre-baby bucket list I posted in July 11. We accomplished 8/24 goals in 3.5 years. I’d like to say #fail, but the 8 we mastered, were a great 8 and we’ve still got 6 months to knock some things off the list. Why 6 months? Because Baby Boy Quarles arrives September 2015! This news is not a secret, but we haven’t announced on social media, so please keep any comments to text, email or comments on the blog for now. We’ll be making a formal announcement in the next few weeks after my next appointment, but as blog followers, you’re privy to top secret news.

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 1.53.29 PMOur baby story – 2014 was a trying year for us, literally. We suffered 3 early losses in February, May & September. Our faith wavered and our hope dwindled but here we are. Christmas Day 2014, I reluctantly took a test and not to my surprise, it was positive. What’s surprising is that 16 weeks later, Baby Q is still hanging around.

Momentary detour – be careful when you ask people what they’re waiting for be it marriage, baby, career. You never know what a person may be going through or just how painful that wait can be.

So there you have it – our 2 biggest updates of 2014. As promised, I will update more often.


Posted: March 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


By far the saddest update in the past year is that Koda developed congestive heart failure and 6 months after his diagnosis we lost him.

We bought Koda together one month before making our relationship official and since that day 11 years ago he’s been a vital member of our family. He’s been there for every job, apartment, house, car, up and down. It’s always been just the 3 of us and since losing him there’s been a loneliness and energy missing from our house.

Growing up in the country, this was my first attachment to a dog and definitely my first house pet. You don’t get attached to dogs in the country – they got hit by cars or found a new home on a regular basis. I honestly used to judge people a bit that mourned the loss of a pet, until I had to do it myself. Koda lived a good life, better than most humans and as much as we hated to lose him, he left pawprints on our heart forever.

Where Have You Been?

Posted: March 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s been over a year since my last post. Main reason – I got bored and preoccupied. A loving family member and follower asked for updates. Ask and ye shall receive!

I’m not even going to attempt to do a full year’s recap, but in the following posts you’ll be able to figure out what’s been going on 🙂

Disclaimer – in order to keep this going, it’ll likely be pics and quick updates. I think I was a little tired of trying to be deep and insightful in these blogs and that’s one thing that deterred me from posting.

#LoveYourSelfie ….

Posted: February 25, 2014 in Inspiration, Positive Thinking

Once you get past the fact that the title of my post is a hashtag, I encourage you to keep reading. 


Today’s post is inspired by the TODAY Show’s #loveyourselfie campaign. I had a few extra minutes on the couch this morning and caught a few segments of the show. What struck me most was that the women were asked how do images of celebrities make you feel. So often we look at these celebs and want their bodies or their hair. I’m guilty of it too. Newsflash, they were given theirs and you were given yours. Celebrate it just like they do! Strive for greatness, but don’t allow someone else to make you feel inferior. Ever. 

The TODAY Show concept is to explore your body image observations. My concept is to celebrate and accept yourself. In the 45 minutes I spent getting dressed, I stressed (and obsessed) over my hair, makeup, 7 year old shirt, car needing a paint job and dead flowers in the yard. Yep, these were my concerns. After watching this segment, I went back to the mirror and smiled at the lack of makeup I needed, the creativity I had with my hair, the fact that I can still wear a shirt from 7 years ago and let the dead flowers signify a change in season!  

Related to this blog, part of the excuse I post so rarely is that I fear noone thinks it’s interesting. To that I say … who cares! 

Love your self! Don’t be apologetic! You were magnificently created this way! 

The Quarles absolutely get going!

I’m not sure whether I forgot about the blog or mentally blocked it out due to the lack of things to report. Either way, I’m making a vow to update at least once per month. It is written!

2012 = roller coaster.

The first half of the year was marked with plain ol good living and job changes.

The 2nd half was marked with what felt like never-ending chaos and job changes. On a highly positive note, many of our family and friends were blessed with jobs, engagements, and babies. Blessings, blessings, blessings!! We ended 2012 healthy and happy and the same goes for our nearest and dearest, so pardon my lack of detail, but that’s really all that matters and it’s time to move forward!

2013 has many exciting things on the horizon. “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ~Oprah

In the spirit of the New Year, this wouldn’t be a New Year post without a few resolutions. So here we go:

My goals are to do what I need to do to get where I want to go. Plain and simple I’ve had a long running list of things I’d like to achieve, yet I sit back and do a whole lot of wanting and no working. Vince plans to be more aggressive, active, and channel his energy to be more of a go-getter.

On tap for the year:

  1. corrective shoulder surgery (major boooooooo)
  2. DiscoveringHair launch (FINALLY)
  3. lots of weddings (hooray)
  4. new job opportunities
  5. and……GRADUATION
  6. TBD (I’ll leave this one open in case life brings us any surprises)

While I have your attention, as much as I’m excited about what 2013 has in store for us, I’m very excited about the opportunities for friends and family. Please check out the shameless plug section below:

  • DiscoveringHair.com – I’m sure you’re familiar with this one, but please subscribe to receive email updates!
  • EatMoreFood.net – my bud Shannon Bullock’s blog dedicated to helping you make healthy food decisions that could change your life. She has started a great series on soup (Becoming Souperwoman). Be sure to check it out!
  • Lissa Smith Photos – my fantasical friend.  An aspiring photographer in Fuquay Varina, NC, learning & loving the art of photography. The great thing about Lissa is that she’s not just snapping photos. She truly cares about her clients and goes the extra mile to capture your moments!
  • Counseling – by the one and only Miss Maya Mitchell! Outside of the regular day-to-day tasks her job requires, Maya puts forth the extra effort to serve the community and host seminars to serve those with counseling needs.
  • Kasual Katering – a catering company owned by my brother and sister-in-law. They love to serve and enjoy catering to others, so why not make it a business? This has been a lifelong passion for them and this year it came to fruition! If you know someone in the Wilmington area in need of catering services, please give them a holler and definitely Like them on Facebook. Latrice’s wings are the sole reason I need a gym membership!
  • Agatha Brown – my mommy dearest! Also pursuing her lifelong passion to make reading fun and give kids a head start on reading. She now has 6 children’s books under her belt and is working on a sinful adult novel!
  • Isabel Vernard – fun and feminine fashions straight to you from my friend Tracie! She has a passion for fashion and outside of the items available on her site, she’s available for custom designs.
  • Rapper Big Pooh – Vincent’s brother from another mother who is continuing his music career and now working with a sports blog ranting about sports. After hearing him and Vince argue about sports for years, it’s good to see him turning that passion into something fruitful.
  • The Returned – Jason Mott, a hometown friend, now working on publishing a book and getting a series on ABC with Mr. Brad Pitt himself!! Here’s an article and his Twitter
  • Simply Charessa – my pal Charessa is a certified Event producer and Skilled Social Worker with experience in nonprofit and fundraising and social and corporate event management. A mover and a shaker and she simply does everything!!
  • ABC – I’m gonna hold this spot for your blog! 🙂
  • Prodigal Son Foundation – Vincent’s frat, Leroy. A nonprofit committed to strengthening communities and developing productive leaders for the future by empowering, educating and engaging students and families. Leroy has a passion like I’ve never seen for bettering his community and our youth.
  • NPDSmiles – my beautiful line sister Brandi. Providing the highest quality of dental care to the pediatric population of Concord, Charlotte, Davidson, Kannapolis and all surrounding communities. Brandi truly loves what she does and she LOVES giving the kiddies beautiful smiles.
  • Alvin Hall Photography – my giggling buddy Hilary’s hubby-to-be. Alvin puts the FUN in photography. Veen has an eye and edge that I haven’t seen in awhile and he’s very fun to shoot with! If I ever get the pounds off…that trash the dress session is GOING DOWN! Altanta, give this guy a call. Trust me.

*phew* If I forgot anyone, leave me a comment. Either I’m not aware of you don’t brag on yourself enough 😉

Best wishes to all and here’s to a great year!

I Shall Call Her – D.I.WHY: Take 3

Posted: August 29, 2012 in DIY

It seems like everytime I’m on a break from school, I start a new lengthy project. So, why should this time be any different?

The inspiration:

I’ve been wanting to make a photo wall and i’ve been wanting to decorate the entry way, so I figured I’d do a mesh of both.

This is REALLY, REALLY easy folks!

The abbreviated start to finish:

Rinse, repeat . If anyone wants full directions, let me know and I will post.

Here’s where the WHY comes in and I need a little help. I got all high off Pinterest and added to the collection. Now I can’t figure out how to actually arrange these babies on the wall. Vince says “they both look fine”…NOT the answer a girl wants to here.

So, what do you think?  Horizontal or vertical? Keep in mind, I’ll probably be adding to this through the years.  I also have to decide on the pics to go here. The plan is for this to be a family photo wall and not a montage of me and Vince. That’s what the fireplace is for. hehe


I’ll be making another round of these for bridesmaids gifts. Stay tuned!