May 30, 2014

the blog baton!

Today you can find me holding The Blog Baton on Instagram! Check out and see all the adventures I am getting into today! Follow @TheBlogBaton on Instagram to check it out.
Don't have Instagram? I will do my best to update this blog post throughout the day! Check back every couple of hours!

What is The Blog Baton? Well...read what Mason Like The Jar has to say about it!


"At the beginning of the summer, I was introduced to RDU Baton, an Instagram account for Raleigh, NC and the surrounding areas. Every day, a different resident "holds the baton" and Instagrams their life in and around Raleigh via the RDU Baton account. I thought it was the most brilliant idea as well as a fantastic way to learn new things about this ever-changing city. I held the baton two weeks ago, and you can check out my recap here.

Not only have I enjoyed following the Instagram account and learning about how other people spend their time in the city I've called home for almost 25 years, but it also sparked an idea: What if there was a Blog Baton?"

So folks, today you get to see a little glimpse of my life in the land of the pine, North Carolina! 

8:16am- Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Good Morning! My name is Kara and I blog over at The Simple Life Blog! I currently live and work around Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Today is my co-worker/friend's birthday! I've been sneaking around her cubicle this morning to make this happen. Can't wait to spend the rest of the day with y'all!! @mskarabelle |
11:03am- Pittsboro Feed (May 9, 2014)
Meet my first true love Peyton Holland! He proposed to me just a few weeks ago on May 9 at my family's feed store! We are getting married in 57 days! Read all about the proposal on the blog. |@mskarabelle | Have any married life advice for us?
2:23pm- Cheminova, Research Triangle Park
I am the commercial coordinator at Cheminova, a company that develops, produces, and sells crop protection products. Some days I'm in the field, other days I'm approving labels. Today, I'm filling in for our secretary. An order of bread pudding just came in!

May 29, 2014

proposal story: part I

A couple of weeks ago I showed you this picture and promised to tell you the story of how my first true love asked me to be his wife.

And folks, that day happens to be today, as we celebrate life as an engaged couple.  It's so hard for me to believe that almost three weeks have already passed.  This period of engagement is so exciting...it really has been quite enjoyable for both of us and we cannot wait to enjoy the rest of our engagement until we get married in July.

JULY?!?! Yes, you heard me right...but that's another story for another day.
Let's get into the good stuff...the story that every woman wants to hear (and secretly every man...come on men, you can't fool me. You love it just as much as women do).  

Anyways, the story begins on Thursday night when I notice that there is a little something off about Peyton.  He looks a little sad and tired with a tad bit of disappointment....so naturally I asked him what was wrong and he proceeds to tell me this.

"I had dinner plans for us tomorrow night but we are going to have to cancel them because Adobe has requested to have a meeting with me in Greensboro at 4:45pm on Friday afternoon.  I'm so sorry...I was really looking forward to taking you out somewhere nice. "

To which I responded, "It's okay, I didn't know you had planned to surprise me, so it's not an issue, but lets still eat together when you get back."  A smile went back on his face and all was well again.

Well, Friday rolls around, I spend the day at work, go for a run, shower, then catch up on Grey's Anatomy and house work. Peyton calls me on the way to my place and apologizes for the long wait (it was 8:30pm).  So, we hop in the car and start riding down to Pittsboro.  I was curious as to why we were riding so far when I live within walking distance of several restaurants...he replied that he had coordinated special dinner plans with a buddy of his. Immediately my mind was at peace again because one of our friends manages S&Ts soda shoppe in town. TJ was probably going to take care of us with a nice supper.

Well, when we got to downtown Pittsboro, he asked me to close my eyes and weaved me through some of the back streets.  I had a general idea of where we were, but then felt completely lost towards the end of our drive.  Soon, he put the truck in park and told me to wait.  I heard the sound of a gate opening which I immediately recognized.  That gate, was the gate to our feed store, one that I had opened way too many times to not know.  We pulled through the gate and I immediately felt lost again...maybe we weren't at the feed store.

When the truck was parked again, Peyton handed me this card.

How the heck did I not remember it was the anniversary of us meeting?!? I am so good with dates...how did I let this one slip? I was immediately impressed and couldn't believe that he remembered all of the little details. Finally, he opened the door to the truck, I stepped out, opened my eyes and...

Be sure to come back next week for part two!

May 13, 2014

relationship status: engaged.


On May 9, 2014, my first true love and best friend asked me to be his wife.

I said YES!

We are so excited to start this new chapter of our lives and cannot wait to share our story with you. The past few days have been full of hugs, exciting memories, and are days that we will never forget!  Thank you for all of your kind notes, sweet texts, and phone calls...they mean the world to us. The Lord has definitely been working on a beautiful plan for our life together.

Stay tuned for the story of twinkling lights and a shiny ring. We can't wait to share it with you!

May 2, 2014

high five for friday!

Fridays are just awesome. There is no other way to say it. My friend/coworker Amanda and I started a tradition called biscuit Friday when we shared an office.  Each week we would rotate who was picking up the biscuits. Now, our friend/coworker Karen has joined the fun.  Friday mornings are simply amazing for just that reason.
Anyways, here are my top five for the week!

1. Last Friday night I got to go out with my friend Amanda and her girlfriends to an authentic Mexican restaurant called Gonza Tacos Y Tequila.  I had an amazing supper and a great time visiting with these girls!

2. For Christmas, my parents bought my sister and I the intro to rock climbing class and a two week climbing pass with equipment rental at Triangle Rock Club.  A couple of weeks ago, we took the class and have climbed together a couple of times.  I finally passed my belay test this week.  We have had so much fun climbing together!

3. Peyton spent about a week on the road speaking and training, so we didn't get to spend time together this past week.  I found this note in my car on the dashboard...he is such a sweet man! Little things like this just make my day.

4. It's been a while since I had a picture of Tyson on my blog.  My roommate's brother and I were messing with his ears. So, so funny. I think he looks like a bat...what do you think?

5. My roommate, her brother, and I went to the ATM to find this.  A guard goose. Needless to say, we made her brother get out of the car hoping that the goose would get upset with him so we could have it all on video. We thought it was absolutely hilarious.

5.5. This is allowed...right? 
Last week my brother called me during my dinner with Amanda and her girlfriends to only complain about how he never makes my blog.  So, to satisfy his sweet sassy little self, please enjoy the following.

Ladies...he's single.