losing harper


This picture of Harper was taken over three years ago when we were still living in Chicago. I have so many pictures of Harper over the last six years (yes, I was a little bit of a crazy cat lady for awhile), but this one really captures the light she brought into my life. It was the first picture that popped up when I was searching for a photo to post to Instagram Monday night after we had to put her down.

It's strange that losing a cat feels like I've lost a part of myself. Harper's passing closes a significant chapter in my life. She was the last connection and surviving remnant of my life as a single lady. I'm not the same girl that I was when I adopted her over six years ago.

my next 30 years


In 10 days I will turn 30--the big 3-0. To be honest, I'm excited and not at all dismayed. My twenties were a period of immense growth and constant  change. I'm proud of what I achieved and the experiences I pursued. But I'm also happy to be leaving my twenties behind.

I spent most of my twenties focused on how I wanted my life to look and made my decisions based on that intangible dream. While that certainly wasn't necessarily a bad approach, over the past decade I've learned to embrace reality and live more in the present.

my first experience with natural beauty products


I'm by no means any type of beauty guru or aficionado (that position is filled by my main girl Tasha). However, thanks to some of my favorite lifestyle sites like Glitter Guide and The Mama Notes,  I've recently become more aware of the types of products I use and the ingredients in them.

A lot of my curiosity about natural beauty products has been fueled by my hope to get pregnant soon. Once I get pregnant I know I need to be more careful about what goes inside and on my body. So why not start to make healthy changes now?

why you should try madison reed hair color


Remember those pesky gray hairs I mentioned earlier? In the months leading up to our wedding last November I decided I was ready to try hair color again. It was time to conquer those beasts. But I didn't want to take any hair color risks until after we said "I do".

I can't afford to have my hair professionally colored every 8 weeks, so I set out to find a sustainable option that was also gentle on my hair now that I've sporting much longer locks. Enter Madison Reed--the solution to all of my hair coloring woes. I've used this mail order hair color service three times now over the past six months and couldn't be happier with my experience.  

april discoveries


It's the last day of April and I haven't done a discoveries post since January! How is 2017 going by so fast? This collection of discoveries spans the last three months so it's a little longer than usual. I hope you enjoy!

loving life in the southwest


This morning I had an email in my inbox notifying me to renew my domain for this site. I can't believe it's already been a year since I started Life Enchanted. It's been a whirl wind journey settling into my new life in the Southwest.

I truly have developed a love for the culture and landscape here. I adore cacti and succulents now, can't get enough green chile, and have no qualms about it reaching 70 degrees in March. Life is different here but it's so good.

why I love valentine's day


This is my first Valentine's Day as a married lady. And even though I didn't find my valentine until I was 28 (gasp) and married him at 29 (just under the wire, I know), Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays.

I know tons of people who despise the holiday because they feel it creates unrealistic expectations, is fueled only by commercialism, and draws unnecessary negative attention to those who are single. There are also plenty of people in relationships who also choose not to celebrate or recognize Valentine's Day as a holiday for the aforementioned reasons and more. I say to each his own, truly. I don't think anyone should celebrate a holiday they feel forced into or don't find enjoyable.