Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Life Lately

A quick look at some things that have been happening around our little household:

Decorating for Christmas.

Buying fall stuff on clearance. 

Playing with cute puppies. 

Painting nails.  

Enjoying the cold weather!

Throw in a lot of working, a little bit of sleeping, tons of eating and some snuggling/loving...and that's been our life in a nutshell. And y'all know what? We are loving it. It's really been on my heart lately to be intentionally grateful at all times...and that's what we are doing. We are just enjoying this sweet time in life, relishing in the day whether it's busy or boring, and riding the hills and valleys of this ride called life. 

Love, love!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sometimes and Always #3

Sometimes: I wish that I lived up north somewhere because I adore cold weather!

Always: I'm really glad that I don't ever have to shovel any snow. 

Sometimes: I wish I was a puppy so I could curl up by the heater and sleep all day. 

Always: I like human food too much to be a puppy. 

Sometimes: I think about getting up early on my days off so that I can get stuff done. 

Always: I end up sleeping in...until at least noon. 

Sometimes: I look at the healthy options on a menu when we go out to eat. 

Always: I never end up ordering the healthy options. : )

(Question...several people have asked me to make Sometimes & Always a link up. Would y'all be interested in that? Leave me a comment if y'all would link up and I'll definitely consider it!) 

Please welcome my sweet sponsor Amy from Oh So Charming!

Amy is totally adorable and her blog is full of beautiful photographs, creative inspiration and fun fashion. Head on over and make a sweet new friend! Plus, she has a giveaway going on right now! Enter it here

Love, love!

PS: I still have 3 sponsor spots open for December! Special holiday rate of only $10! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Turkey Recap

My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the food family. I especially (is that a word?) love when my birthday falls on Thanksgiving, because then I get to spend it surrounded by all my closest family. And lucky for me, that's exactly how it happened this year. 

Hubs got off later that afternoon from the fire station.

The fam. 

Believe it or not, this was my mom's idea! Gotta love her. 

My sweet sister...whose birthday is TODAY! Happy happy birthday, sis!

My Kohl's boots. 

And the birthday part wasn't so bad either. 

The birthday loot. : )

And with this post, it's officially time to put Thanksgiving to rest and welcome Christmas with open arms, Yankee candles and silver bells. Y'all get the picture. 

Love, love!

PS: Sponsor holiday discount -- only $10 for the month of December! I only have a few spots left!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Lone Diner

Last night the hubs and I went on a date to Outback. 

Sidenote: that place is delicious. 

We definitely had a Bloomin' Onion! YUM!


As we were waiting for our table, an elderly man in a huge cowboy hat struck up a random conversation with us, discussing the rainy weather, hunting (seeing as my hubs was in his camo jacket), and anything else that came to mind. He was so friendly and the light conversation definitely helped to pass the time. 

He got called to his table and we said our goodbyes. We assumed he was the first to arrive and was waiting for his family. We thought nothing else about it. A few minutes later, we were called to our table. Once we sat down, we noticed our sweet cowboy sitting in a little corner by himself, enjoying his dinner, looking completely content with life. 

And the truth is...he inspired me. I'll admit it, I'd never go eat anywhere by myself. I'm way too self-conscious and I would feel like people were thinking "oh that poor girl doesn't have any friends." And that is shameful, because who really cares what anyone else thinks? We don't know that man's story. Maybe his wife has passed, maybe his family was simply out of town, but regardless, the man wanted Outback and he went. 

And I want to be that carefree and brave. 

Would y'all go eat somewhere by yourself? If y'all do, I admire it!

Love, love!!

PS: Check out my amazing sponsor Jolie and Me. She makes adorable eco-friendly pieces, perfect for gift giving at Christmas! : )

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Choices

Thank y'all for the sweet birthday wishes the other day! We had an amazing Thanksgiving and my birthday was so special and full of family and food. So far 26 is looking to be a great year! And now we can officially start counting down the days to Christmas! 

One thing that I have started doing is looking at Christmas cards. I'm still a little bit stuffed from Thanksgiving/birthday meals, so browsing the internet is the only acceptable activity right now. : )

I've been looking through the Christmas cards over at Tiny Prints and I'm seriously in love with about fifty. 

Love these colors. 

Love this wording. 

These are precious because they can hang on the tree!

Adore the red/green Christmas color combo. 

So what do y'all think?? Which one should we pick?? I'm definitely leaning towards the ones that have the typical Christmas colors involved! They just feel more "real" to me. 

They have SO many options...check them all out here! But first leave me some feedback! I'd appreciate it!!

Love, love!!

Disclaimer: Tiny Prints is giving me 50 Christmas cards in exchange for writing this post. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Thanksgiving Birthday

Hi everyone! I'm Michaela, one of Megan's BFF's! I blog over at Michaela Noelle Designs.

Today's a veryyyy special day, as it's Thanksgiving AND someone's birthday!

Yep, it's Megan's birthday!

Among the many things I'm thankful for this year, Meg is very high up on my list! I was able to fly to Louisiana this summer to spend a whole week with her. She's truly one of the most caring and loving girls with an unbelievably good heart. I love her desire to serve others and the Lord in all she does.  Meg is like the sister I never had {and always wanted!} and I'm truly so blessed to have her as one of my best friends. (:

We wish you another amazing year full of joy, family, friends, and lots of blessings!
Have a cupcake on us! (:

So...wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

And enjoy the rest of your Turkey Day!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A List

My parents/siblings are headed into town today and we are doing several things tonight: cooking, cleaning, laughing, and eating. 

Oh, and did I mention eating? Good.

I had to work last year, so I am so excited to be off these next few days!

At work last year. 

In the spirit of holidays, family and food, I figured that I would share my thankful list. 

- Jesus, husband, family, friends
- A job that I love
- A healthy body
- Sweet puppies
- Pearls
- The smell of clean hair
- Diet coke
- Dessert
- Bloggers
- Days with no plans
- Forgiveness
- Laughter
- Toothpaste
- And the list could go on and on

Now I wanna hear from y'all. What is one unique or sometimes overlooked thing that y'all are thankful for? I even wanna hear from my "silent" readers. Come on, it's the holidays! Play along. : )

See y'all when I wake up from my food coma. 

Love, love!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Answers Round Two

It's time to answer some more questions that y'all asked me a lifetime ago a few months ago. 
(Check out the first set of questions and answers here.) 

- What is your worst trait?

I would have to say that it's my impatience. I can't stand to wait, walk slow, drive slow, listen to someone ramble on in a story, etc. I like quick answers and fast drivers. It really is something that I'm working on, especially being a nurse and a newlywed! 

- Are you a momma's girl or a daddy's girl?

I am without a doubt a mommy's girl. We talk nearly every single day...and when we do go a day without talking, it's creepy and usually only because I worked all day. My mommy is my best friend!

- What is your favorite color?

I feel like it's pretty obvious from my blog, but just in case there's any lingering's pink! All shades of pink! Surprisingly, I'm also a huge fan of green. In college, my entire dorm room was done in pink and green and basically looked like a 4 year old's room. And I loved it. 

My dorm room my SENIOR year of college. 

- What is your favorite book?

I think my all time favorite book is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It's a tale of the most beautiful love story ever written and shows how true love comes through Christ and Christ alone!

- What is your favorite movie?

I can't pick. Serendipity, Armageddon, The Notebook. I. love. love. 

- How old were you and your husband when you guys got married?

I was 24 and he was 23. Cougar. Rawr. 

- What advice would you give someone who is trying to grow their blog?

I would say blog consistently, be true to who you are, and share the love. Our blog is our platform in the world, our chance to share our lives. We ALL want to feel important, treasured, heard and appreciated. Visit a lot of blogs and leave genuine comments...and the love will get returned. : ) 

- At what age did you lose your virginity?

I wrote a whole post about that here. Feel free to read it!

- What is your most embarrassing moment?

Y' lie: I turn red just thinking about it. I mean, I have quite a few, but this one always pops up first when someone asks this question. In the first grade, we were taking a test and my teacher refused to let me leave and go to the bathroom. She said that I could "hold it" until the test was over. Well, guess what? I couldn't hold it. I peed ALL over the floor and it started trickling through the rows of desks and everyone started laughing. I tried to laugh, pretend that it wasn't me. But everyone knew. And guess what? The teacher excused me to the bathroom then. I mean, come on, wetting your pants is for preschoolers!

I'm a winner. 

- What is a lesson that you've learned the hard way?

Oh, how convenient. I'm revealing the answer to this question today over on Tatiana's blog. It's honest and deep and was a little scary to broadcast. (Okay, yes, I made this question up to perfectly plug my guest post. But wasn't it perfectly plugged?!)

Anyone else have any other questions to ask? Fire away! Ha, I used a fire pun and my husband is a fireman. 

Love, love!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sometimes and Always #2

Sometimes: I wish I was brave enough to dye my hair dark black. 

Always: I leave the salon with the same blonde highlights and haircut. 

Hair for life!

Sometimes: I think we are ready to have babies. 

Always: I have a major freak out moment if I am even one day late. 

Sometimes: I enjoy having a night at home by myself. 

Always: I set the alarm and lock the bedroom door when I'm home alone. 

Sometimes: I think how neat and clean my house would be without puppies.

Always: I am glad to have puppies. (Okay, almost always!) ; )

Sometimes: My husband does the laundry. 

Always: I get mad when he doesn't wash his hands before touching the clean clothes. 

Sometimes: I think about actually getting up and working out. 

Always: I enjoy continuing to sit on my butt, blogging and watching tv.

Sometimes: I wish I was cool enough to do outfit posts.

Always: I feel like a big idiot taking outfit pictures and posting them.


Let me know if y'all decide to write some of these. I'd love to read them! : )

Love, love!

PS: Ornament swap partners got sent out yesterday! Email me if there's any questions! 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Birthday List

While most people are making out their Christmas list, I'm in full blown birthday list mode. 

My birthday will be here super soon. It's the 24th for all of y'all just dying to know. So just remember while y'all are loading up on turkey and dressing and pumpkin pie...take a little moment to be thankful for me. ; ) 

Here's what I'm wishing for this birthday:

1) Kindle Fire

2) iPhone 4s

3) Victoria's Secret Very Sexy


4) Madden Girl Moto Boots in bone

So who wants to buy me what?

Wanna see a sneak peak of next year's birthday wish list??

Just kidding! Maybe. ; )

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Love, love!

PS: Don't forget to enter the stationery giveaway here!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Holiday Gift Help

I am officially starting my holiday shopping this weekend. 

Seriously. I hope so. 

I can always use some gift help and lucky for y'all (and me!), I have some sponsors that can make gift giving a little bit easier!

Meet the sweet shop Naomi Lynn, full of absolutely amazing, creative and vibrant stationery. The adorable note cards from this shop would be perfect for a friend or sister...or anyone who loves getting mail!

Take a look at the amazing Showcase 66! This shop is packed with gorgeous wall vinyl art, ranging from inspirational sayings to love quotes to decorative pieces. These would be perfect for any new couple or new homeowner! 

Next up is the stunning Define Design 11! It's not even a joke when I say this shop takes my breath away! It's full of the most amazing prints, including wedding map prints and hometown prints. And I can say from personal experience that your order will ship SO fast and arrive in pristine condition!!

That leaves us with House of Shep, the stunning shop full of fun vinyl quotes and personalized plaques. The owner is a personal blog friend of mine and has such a beautiful and sweet spirit. Her personalized items would be perfect for family, friends, couples and kids. She covers it all! : )

Go ahead and check out those shops. Be sure to let me know if you buy something. Not because you'll get a prize or anything, just because I'm nosy and I'd love to know what you buy!! ; )

Happy weekend!!

Love, love!