Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Friends for the New Year


What better way to ring in the New Year than to make new friends, right?  

Agreed. 

First up, meet Sarah from Simply Sarah

She's the one holding the dog! Gorgeous, right?

Sarah is a sassy little Southern girl who I simply adore. She writes all about her life over on her blog and always has fun posts to share! We definitely have similar blog styles. Her blog is always a great read, so hurry on over!

Next up is Amanda from Sweet Tea Paperie


She runs this amazing monogram shop that is full of stationery, calendars, home decor, etc. Seriously, everything is breathtaking! She also has a blog that is a mix of lifestyle, recipes, and giveaways. She's your go to girl if you need something pretty monogrammed!

Now go have fun tonight...but BE CAREFUL!

Happy Happy New Year! 

Love, love!


Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 in Review

One of my favorite things about blogging is that you can look back at your old posts and think "wow, that was a great post." Or sometimes think "what the heck was that post about?" Over the past few days, I've been browsing around my posts from the last year and I decided to make a little collection of some of my favorite posts throughout 2011! 

January

- I posted my first ever vlog! Ahhh, scary!

- My best friend had her second baby...a beautiful little boy!

February

- We took a Valentine's Day trip to Branson, MO!  


March

- I got inspired and did my first ever DIY project and tutorial. 

April

- Michaela and I skyped with stuffed animals!

- We celebrated our 6 month wedding anniversary!

- I shared the video of us telling my best friends that we were engaged...the squeals go on for days!

- I started my guest post series, These Three Things...and Michaela was the first guest!


May

- I got my first ever speeding ticket. Boo. 

June

- I shared a really honest post about a rough day at work. 

- My baby sister got married!!


July

- I learned how to curl my hair with my chi! Huge victory!!

August

- I had my first ever blate with Julie. It went SO SO wonderfully...like long lost sisters!

- We got a new puppy...a golden retriever named Radar!


September

- I finally finally finally got to meet my blog best friend, Michaela!!!!!!!!!!

October

- We celebrated our first wedding anniversary...

- ...And took a trip to Jamaica in honor of it!


November

- I turned 26. So flipping old. 

December

- I finally got around to posting our one year anniversary pictures that I am in LOVE with! Here and here!

So there's the last year according to my blog. 2011 has been SUCH a great year. It was all about settling into life as a married couple, spending time with friends and family and learning about each other more and more. I seriously can't wait to see what happens in 2012...I know it's going to be an amazing year!!

Are y'all doing recaps? Let me know...I'd love to check them out!!

Love, love!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

These Three Things - Seeing Purple Stars


Soooo, some news: this will be the last "These Three Things" for a little while. I just feel like it needs a little vacation and it'll probably be back and raring to go by summer. With that being said, I am SO SO excited to have sweet Sara here today from Seeing Purple Stars to share with us three things that define her. Sara is a cute little mom to two precious boys...and she crafts, take pictures and manages to blog somewhere in there, too! She's basically like superwoman!! Y'all will absolutely adore her...I know I do!


Hi to all of you lovely Mackey Madness readers! I am Sara from Seeing Purple Stars. I am SO excited to be here today on Megan's sweet blog! LOVE her!! On my blog I write about my everyday life being a wife and a SAHM to my 2 little boys. Come visit anytime! I love meeting new people!

My 3 Things:

- My Three Boys


My husband is my best friend and I believe with my whole heart that God brought us together. I was at a low point in my life when I met Nick, and I have never been happier than when I have been with him. We have 2 sweet/ornery boys together. They make me laugh daily! I am so proud to be their mom.

- My Camera


Since I was a child I have always had a camera in my hands!! I have a passion for photography! I have had my Nikon for almost a year now. I love capturing amazing pictures of my boys...and everything else! Someday I hope to be a pro!


- Coffee


Years ago I never thought I would be a coffee drinker! I remember as a little girl my Grandpa G let me try some of his coffee once. I was pretty sure after that I would NEVER drink coffee! [never say never...right?!] My hubby is the one who introduced me to it, and taught me that I could use creamer instead of milk to sweeten it up. I was hooked then! Now it is my morning routine to have a cup...or 3! : )

Hope you all enjoyed my 3 things! Thanks so much for having me, Megan! You are the sweetest!

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Oh my gosh, Sara, you and your family are just too cute!! Your boys are adorable! I love your pictures and I can't wait to see watch you chase your dreams!! You can do it!! Thanks for being here today!!

Love, love!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas 2011


This Christmas was one of the best that I can remember. 

Although I think I say that every year. : )

My whole family (parents, sister, brother, brother-in-law) drove in on Christmas Eve. We met up with my grandma and went to a Christmas Eve service...which was amazing! 

Our church.



Christmas morning we woke up bright and early and headed over to my grandma's to open presents. We munched on cinnamon rolls and played Christmas music as we opened our gifts...total perfection. 

My insane pile of presents. 


We made wedding books for my mom...and she cried. 


We headed back home for a quick change into real clothes and then the rest of the family (aunts, uncles, cousins) came over for Christmas lunch. I ate way too much...which always means it was a success. 

My 80 year old grandma does ALL the decorations in her house by herself!! 



Right before the hubs had to head off to work. 

We had such a wonderful day and I'm definitely blessed with the most amazing family in the world! 

I hope y'all had an amazing Christmas as well! I'm looking forward to reading all the recaps! 

Love, love!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sometimes and Always #7


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I'll be sharing a little bit about ours tomorrow, but for now it's time for Sometimes and Always! Grab the button and link up if you'd like!! : )


Sometimes: I really love the Lifetime Christmas movies. 

Always: I love the crazy psycho killer Lifetime movies more. 

Sometimes: I spend too much time googling "how to make money online."

Always: I never find anything worthwhile. 

Sometimes: I only shave my legs on days when my husband will be home. 

Always: He appreciates that. ; )


Sometimes: My family goes really overboard for Christmas. 

Always: It's mostly my mom. : )

Sometimes: I want to make a scrapbook to document our life. 

Always: I think about it and then never do it. 

Sometimes: I mop the floor. 

Always: It has hair and pawprints again in five seconds. 


Sometimes: We buy the babies new stuffed toys. 

Always: It ends in stuffing everywhere and passed out puppies. So cute. 

Love, love!






Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas from our family to yours!



I hope that y'all have the most wonderful Christmas ever...full of delicious food, happy moments, tears of joy, uncontrollable laughter, sweet worship of the Lord, rooms full of family and more love than your heart can hold!!


Merry Christmas!! 

Love, love!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

These Three Things - Adventures of Newlyweds


Happy "These Three Things" day...my favorite day of the week! I'm super thrilled to have the beautiful Ashley here from Adventures of Newlyweds! She is one of those girls that I would definitely consider a triple threat: beauty, brains and a sense of humor! The girl has got it all!! Plus, she's super sweet and down to Earth and I just know that we would get along perfectly in real life. Oh, and did I mention her precious little puppy? Yeah, she's adorable. Y'all are going to love them both...promise! : )


When Megan contacted me to ask if I would like to be a guest poster for These Three Things, I immediately said "Yes!" because I love this series and getting to know bloggers on a deeper level.  Plus, I love Megan.  Isn't she just the sweetest most down to Earth girl?!

And then I sat down to write mine and drew a blank.  Three things but only one chance to make a good first impression on those of you who don't know me at all.  Talk about pressure. Like -- "I can feel a breakout that would rival world war II coming on" pressure. So after thinking, re-thinking and spazzing out about this I finally settled on sharing three things that I would grab in the event of a fire (side note: what kind of fire burns so fast that you only have time to grab a handful of items anyway?  Rather, wouldn't you spend those moments dousing said fire OUT and just save all your stuff?  Just. Sayin'.)

ONE: Baby Bella

I got my little yorkiepoo, Bella Louise, right before Easter of this year.  I decided I wanted a puppy on kind of a whim because I was so lonely.  You see, my husband is a physical therapist and works for a travel company.  That means we move every 13 weeks to a new place in the U.S where he fills in at a clinic or hospital.  This also means that we have a hard time making close friends, finding a church family and engaging in social activity.  I am usually home during the days, my only worries being keeping up with my online classes, so earlier this year when we were living in the middle of amish country (read: middle of nowhere/the place where I am sure serial killers dump bodies) I got so lonely and depressed.  I decided a puppy would be great to keep me company and 48 hours later I brought home the first addition to our little family.  Bella has become my world (I am kind of a freak about her) and I even opened an Etsy shop to raise money for a surgery she needed back in October.  I hope that my dedication to my little furbabe just means I will be a really great momma one day, and not just one of those crazy cat ladies who wears rollers all day and strolls around in a mumu ordering take-out chinese and watching episodes of the price is right (clearly, I have thought too much about this specific outcome).  

TWO: My Marriage (more specifically, the husband)

So, I know this is a recurring theme amongst bloggers these days.  We all gush about our wonderful hubbycakes and talk about our newlyweds lives -- but I seriously can't say enough how thankful I am for my sweet husband.  To live with a man who lives a life so pleasing to God is such a blessing.  Everyone says your spouse should make you a better person, and mine certainly has done just that.  One of his most defining qualities is how he puts himself last in all things.  My husband often thinks of his needs last and has the ability to see the bigger picture of things and not let his emotions run away with him.  I am the complete opposite, and experiencing life with someone who views the world with Christ as his top priority has allowed my own relationship with the Lord to flourish.  I am the first to tell you that marriage is hard, hard work and serious business with rewards beyond measure.  I would follow my husband to the ends of the Earth and I treasure my life with him.

THREE: My Health

So, I know, I couldn't grab my "health" in the event of a fire.  And I know you are thinking I just wanted to include a picture of me on a day that I actually brushed my hair and put on some makeup, whilst in a sports brazier (GUILTY.)  But seriously, back in July I was diagnosed with lupus. It is a really weird autoimmune disease that does some funky things to the body and generally isn't fun to have.  Before being diagnosed I was fairly active and sort of kind of watched what I ate, but never really cared when it came down to it.  Learning about lupus forced me to rethink how I was treating my body, including the things I was putting into it and the time I was dedicating to making it strong and healthy.  I have truly found that eating clean, wholesome foods is so much more fulfilling than the processed, fast food garbage that fueled my high school years.  I love talking about it, and in fact will be doing a huge series in the new year all about health, fitness and nutrition (co-written by a true blue Doctor of physical therapy... my husband!)  

So, if you already knew me, I hope you got to know me a little bit better, and if you had no idea who I was before maybe you will consider being friends with me. Because Lord knows I don't want to wind up as the cat lady that I mentioned to you above. You can find me here!

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Isn't she just amazing?! I can't imagine moving every 13 weeks! You are a rockstar for making a home so often!! And I loved your words about your hubs! Thanks for sharing straight from your heart today, Ashley! 

Love, love!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tis the Season


With Christmas being just a few days away, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is at an all time high. 

My goal is to not get so caught up in presents and cooking and wrapping and parties that I forget what Christmas is really about. Christmas is the birth of our Savior...and that's what matters. 

I hope that we all (myself included) remember the true meaning of Christmas and really take time to portray the "Christmas spirit" to others. Hold the door open, help someone with their bags, pay for someone's Starbucks, wish people a Merry Christmas...really take joy in this season of life!

Christmas 2010...our first as a married couple! 

My family arrives Christmas Eve and I simply cannot wait! 

What are y'all doing for Christmas? Share your plans with me!

Love, love!

PS: Thanks to all the beauties who linked up with me yesterday!! I can't wait to read them all!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sometimes and Always #6


Time for the weekly round of Sometimes and Always! Grab the button and link up if y'all wanna play along!


Sometimes: I wonder how I still have hair after seeing how much I lose to my brush daily. 

Always: My husband gets totally creeped out when he sees my big hair pile. 

Sometimes: I diligently apply mascara. 

Always: You can't even tell I have mascara on. Stupid short lashes. 

Ten minutes with the mascara wand anddddd...nothing. 

I'm doing something a little different today and sharing some Sometimes and Always comments from some of my sweet sponsors!

Amanda from Sweet Tea Paperie says:

Sometimes: My beagle, Lanie, sticks her head through the curtain while I'm in the shower to drink out of the spigot. 

Always: It startles me and I scream like a scene from a Hitchcock movie. 

Sometimes: I go into office supply stores just to browse because I love all the wonderful rows of pens and paper. 

Always: I come home with bags of new sharpie makers and post-its. 

Sara from Seeing Purple Stars says:

Sometimes: When I sit on the floor to play with my boys, my youngest, Owen, attacks me!

Always: I get a foot/arm/leg in my face when he does that. 

Sometimes: I go to the grocery store for 1 or 2 specific things. 

Always: I come home with 10 bags FULL of groceries. 

Amy from Oh So Charming says:

Sometimes: I clean when I can't sleep at night. 

Always: I procrastinate having to clean during the day. 

Sometimes: I get a strange urge to make up a fantastic cookie recipe from scratch. 

Always: I chicken out and remind myself I'm not the best baker in the world!

Sarah from Simply Sarah says:

Sometimes: I try to be healthy and pack a lunch. 

Always: By the time lunch rolls around I'm so ready to get out of the office that I end up going out. Oops. 

Sometimes: I try to limit myself to Starbucks a few times a week. 

Always: Can't. stop. the. addiction. 

Aren't my sponsors SO cute? I just adore them. Go visit them...after y'all link up, of course! : )

Love, love!!






Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Loves


Can y'all believe that Christmas is THIS Sunday???

I totally don't understand how it got here SO quickly, but it's here and we are enjoying every glittered, lit up, pine smelling moment.

Random comment: I heard this on the Christian radio station yesterday and I seriously know that God intended for ME to hear it...and I thought that I would share. They said, "If you still have shopping to do this week, there is one thing that you must take with you as a Christian...patience." Seriously, that hit me square in the face because I am the first one to get mad/frustrated/rude when other people are rude or someone is taking ten years to checkout. I really did think about that all day yesterday as I shopped...and it was a much more pleasant experience for me than normal. 

Sharing a few things that I'm loving this Monday:

- New gold nail polish.

- That my parents came up yesterday to shop with me...and we are done!

- My new candle that smells like a Christmas tree (we are artificial lovers over here)!

- That my husband is home after being gone for a whole week!

- New boots! I'm obsessed!

- That I only work three days this week and then I'm off until the 27th!

- My husband's manly Christmas tree!

There's just something SO stinking cute about a guy and his manliness!

Good luck to all those last minute shoppers! : )

Love, love!