Scout Creative Agency

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About a month ago, I announced that I was leaving my corporate job to go out on my own. The past few weeks have been spent doing a lot of brainstorming, a lot of networking, and a lot of coding. I’m finally ready to announce that I’ve officially launched Scout Creative Agency!

What is Scout Creative?

Scout Creative is a full service digital marketing agency. I help businesses optimized their digital presence by creating rockstar content and managing social media. I will also be producing video and photography content and consulting on strategy as well.

These are all skills that I’ve developed over the past 10 years working in this industry and I’m confident that my experience will maximize growth for companies I work with.

My bread and butter will be content creation as that’s what I’m most passionate about. I have been producing video and photography for a living for the past 4.5 years, and I’m pretty good at it!

Why ‘Scout’?

For those of you who know me, I have loved the name Scout for a little girl for as long as I remember. When I found out we were having a girl, I begged and begged David to name her Scout, but he wouldn’t budge. I couldn’t change his mind. (That’s okay, because Reese is the perfect name for our little babe.)

So when it came time to name my business, Scout was a natural choice. This company is my third baby (well, fourth cause I’ve got my Juneau, too). I have been and will continue to put my heart and soul into this thing!

What’s next?

Now that I’m officially open for business, I will be taking on clients to help with their digital marketing needs. I’m not limiting myself to the central Virginia area (thanks to the internet, lots can be done remotely from anywhere!)

I already work with several small businesses and am looking for more. If you know of anyone who may need my services, please pass along my information. I can’t wait to see where this thing goes!

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The Story Behind My Engagement Ring

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Little known secret – despite his tattoos and grizzly beard, my husband is a true romantic šŸ™‚

That may be something he wants to keep on the down low, but I like to brag on him as much as I can.

My favorite story about David is the one behind my engagement ring.

It all started when we still lived in Indianapolis – broke as a joke. I was putting myself through grad school and David was working odd jobs to support the both of us. (It’s so funny looking back on this time in our life! We were praying for everything we have now, but looking back, those times were so much simpler!) We used to pass time by walking around malls where we never bought anything and plan a wedding we couldn’t afford.

On one of those random mall walking days, we ended up in a local jewelry store. I had never tried on engagement rings before, and was hesitant to do so since I didn’t see us getting married any time soon. However, for whatever reason, that day I tried on rings.

I had always thought I wanted a circle cut diamond, just because they are beautiful. But once I tried on an emerald cut, I fell in love. I tried on a ring with a very simple cut and band and stared it until the clerk brought me back to reality.

Unbeknownst to me, David had told the woman we were working with to put the ring aside. He started making payments that day. In the meantime, I graduated, left Indy, and we moved back east. David started to go back to school. A few months after we had settled back in Charlottesville, David had the ring paid off. It had been over a year, but David knew that one day he would ask me to marry him with the very ring I tried on that day in the store.

The jewelry store had the ring shipped to our new home just before Christmas. David had an elaborate plan to propose, but got so nervous he popped the question the same day it came in the mail!

To this day, my engagement ring is my most prized possession, and not because of the monetary value. The story behind my ring is priceless. It’s not only a testament to David’s love and dedication to us, but a great reminder of how we’ve come since those days in Indy!

Do you have a great story behind your engagement ring?

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February Trunk Club Try-On

I know. I know. It’s March. However these items came in my February Trunk from Trunk Club and I’m sharing them now.

If you don’t know about Trunk Club, you’re missing out. It’s a subscription service that sends you new clothes, shoes and accessories to try on in the comfort of your own home. If you like something, then you keep it. If you don’t, then you send it back. Simple as that! The best part is that everything is from Nordstrom and you get a personal stylist who sends you a preview of your Trunk prior to shipping it out. That way, if there is something that you know you want to try from Nordstrom you can just let them know and they will send it in your Trunk.

In February I asked my stylist for leisure/workout wear. I no longer have a need for work clothes, and my workout clothes currently consist of old soccer tees. She did a pretty good job of picking out great items (and even sent a pair of these Zella leggings that I already own two pairs of!).

Spanx Camo Pants & J.Crew Chambray Top

I was shocked at how much I liked these pants! They are buttery soft – duh! made by Spanx – and fit like a glove. The only reason I didn’t keep them is because I’m not a huge camo lover. But if these came in solid colors, I would wear them ALL THE TIME!

This chambray top is such great quality. I would’ve liked one size up, just for a looser fit. It’s something I would wear with a tie at the bottom, and the size she sent (small) was too short for that.

Zella Pink Crop Leggings & Alo Long Sleeve Top

If you don’t own a pair of Zella leggings, you’re missing out! They are the best quality leggings and at such an affordable price. These crop leggings are awesome, but the loud color was just not for me! I do own two pairs of Zella’s full length leggings and wear them all the time.

Alo is a brand I’ve heard of, but hadn’t tried until now. I did like this buttery soft top, but there were large slits up the side that turned me off. I like to buy clothing that is multi-functional, and with the slits, this felt like it was something I could only wear to the gym and not just hanging around my house. It’s super soft though!

Under Armour Workout Tee & Zella High Waist Leggings

I ended up keeping this Under Armour tee since I needed some new workout gear. I loved the open back detail and the thumb holes. It’s a dry-fit material, so great for running.

These Zella leggings were great – mainly because they are Zella! However, I’m not a huge fan of the cut-out look, so I sent them back. They are super cute though!

My stylist added some other pieces as well, but they didn’t fit me like I wanted them to. I’ve included a widget of everything that came in my box this month below.

You can sign up for Trunk Club here!

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The Perks to Staying Positive

Last week was a doozy.

David left for a work trip on Monday. It was the longest he would be away since he started traveling for work, and I was on mommy duty all week long. On Tuesday I woke up feeling blah. I took a day to rest and woke up Wednesday with a new attitude. I kept Finn home that day because it had snowed and I didn’t feel like driving with two babies.

Later that evening my in-laws came over with dinner and took some of the load off. But after dinner, our power went out from the storm and didn’t come back on until Friday afternoon.

Overwhelmed is an understatement. I packed up the kids and kissed my poor Juneau and we all headed back to my in-laws for a slumber party. (Thank goodness for them!!!) We were initially told our power would be back midday on Thursday, but I waited and waited and waited until another update told us we’d be waiting until Sunday!

We spent Thursday night at my in-laws as well. David was coming back Friday evening and the thought of that gave me some relief. However, the stress of managing two babies, a lonely dog, a cold house, and all that goes with it was starting to get to me.

The good news is, thanks to a kind and understanding lady named Lisa who works for the power company, our electricity returned on Friday afternoon. (The whole story is that I was calling and complaining to the wrong people the whole time. David called and got Lisa on the other end and told her of the entire situation – including the complete loss of my frozen breast milk stash – and she got things to happen! THANK YOU LISA!)

I was never so happy to be home with my entire family in a warm house as I was that Friday. Our internet didn’t return until late Saturday, but that’s another story.

ANYWAY, the point in me telling this story is this – a year ago, I would’ve let this situation gut me. I would’ve sank into a deep, dark hole for weeks feeling sorry for myself. I knew this whole situation was the universe testing me. I promised myself that I would be intentional about my outlook and perspective, and I kept remind myself that things could be worse.

  1. My in-laws are so gracious and let us crash there (and would’ve continued to let us crash there) for as long as we needed.
  2. We were fed, warm, and had a place to sleep.
  3. We have a house, regardless of if the power is on, we actually own a house! And with that comes silly issues like losing your electricity. But we have a house to lose electricity in!
  4. Finn could go to daycare and have slumber parties at his grandparents. He was in heaven!
  5. I’m not pumping much, so I didn’t have to worry about where I would have to plug my pump in to feed Reese.
  6. I’ll be playing catch up with work all week, but everything is back to normal now.

My point is, staying positive and seeing the good in all that happened in spite of a really annoying situation helped me endlessly. I’m realizing that your perspective is truly a choice. You can choose to see the bad or you can choose to see the good.

I always thought I was just a ‘glass half empty’ kind of person, but I don’t want to see things that way. In fact, usually that perspective just makes a shitty situation even more shitty.

So I challenge you to shift your perspective today. Is there something that you’ve been negative about? Is there another way you can look at that situation to make you realize maybe it’s not so bad after all? It’s a game-changer people, and now it’s Monday again and I’m ready to go!

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The Story Behind Reese’s Name

Before we even got pregnant with Finn, he was named. We even had a backup boys name, just in case. When we found out we were expecting a girl, we were completely unprepared. David and I could never agree on a baby girl name, and when it was time to actually choose one, it became even more difficult.

We decided that we didn’t need to put the pressure on and that we would fall in love with a name with plenty of time. It was a completely different feeling than with Finn. Naming our baby was becoming stressful!

At one point we downloaded the “Kinder”, an app that literally has you swipe right or left on names that you like. It links with your partner’s app and gives you a list of names that you both swiped “yes” on!

Before she was Reese, she was Lila, Nell and Quinn. I wanted Scout – howĀ freakingĀ cuteĀ isĀ theĀ nameĀ ScoutĀ forĀ aĀ littleĀ girl?–Ā but I couldn’t convince David. He loves the name Abigail, but I have a cousin with that name. Lila stuck around for a month or so, until we both admitted that we weren’t in love with it. Nell hung around for a few weeks, but it never felt quite right. When we couldn’t think of anything else, we said her name would be Quinn and our kids would have rhyming names and we’d be okay with that.

It wasn’t until the night before my due date that we chose Reese. I had brought up the name several times before, but David didn’t latch on. I brought it up again that night and for some reason it stuck. He said it aloud several times and that was it! We loved that it was short and sweet, just like Finn’s, and it was a name that would fit her through all the stages of her life.

When she was born, she looked like a Reese. And when Finn started calling her “My Reese”, we knew it was perfect. (He never really said Lila and couldn’t say Nell. Her middle name is Catherine, after my mom.

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