Monday, April 30, 2012

The Weekend and an Outfit

This past weekend I had quite a busy Saturday. I went to a bridal shower for my best friend's little sister (that's a mouthful) and then to a college friend's wedding. There's just something about these perfectly planned events that make my little heart so full. The preparations, the decorations, the's all so pretty and organized and it makes my perfectionist self really happy. 

Plus it makes me think about love and life and friendship. And about how these are some of the best parts of life. These are the happy parts, the times that we will remember forever, the moments that we share our excitement and joy with those closest to us.
Dress and cardigan: TJ Maxx / Long necklace: gift from Michaela / Short necklace: gift from my mom

My cute friend Shannon, who is getting married in June!
I could just go on and on about the food at the shower (made by my best friend and her sister), but I won't because it's just not fair to those who weren't there. Really. After the shower, we headed to the wedding. It was in the most beautiful Catholic church. I love weddings and I love hearing vows. It makes me want to just jump and shout and squeeze my husband and kiss him a million times. : )

Thumprints and signatures from all of the guests. So adorable. 

To top off such a lovey dovey Saturday, church was amazing and we had a nice Sunday. It's gonna be a great week...I just know it. 

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bearing Fruit

Something has been on my mind all day and I just wanted to share it here today. 

Your body will bear fruit that is a representation of what you are feeding it.

A lot of people use that wording when talking about eating healthy and working out, but I'm talking about spiritually. My actions, thoughts and words will reflect what I put into my body. And I want everything that I do to reflect Christ, so I need to feed my body with God's word, not worldly things. 

I'm committing myself to more Bible time, less tv time. We only get one life and I want to live mine for the Lord. When I die, I want to hear those precious words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sunshine and Grass

Today has been one of those "ahhhhhhh" days, where everything seems perfect and the sky is bluer than it has ever been before. Sometimes I wish every day could be like this, but I guess then they wouldn't be as special, right?

It started off with the hubs and I getting to sleep in...together! That rarely happens these days, but for some reason it's just so much better sleeping in when we both get to. And now I'm in and out of the house, just basking in the pretty day and trying to get a little color on my insanely ghostly white legs. 

Even the weeds are pretty today. 

Happy Friday! Enjoy the day...we aren't promised another one!

PS: Check out a little story about our love story over on Heather's blog today!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Deep (Or Not So Deep) Question

Why in the world does it feel SO amazingly good when someone washes your hair for you? 

I mean really. It just doesn't make sense to me. When I'm in the shower washing my hair, I don't want to close my eyes and scrub my head for hours. But when I'm at the salon, someone scrubbing my scalp is equal to a huge piece of chocolate cake. My eyes close and my body might as well not even try to talk to me for those (precious) minutes. 

It's kinda like they want me to look like a weirdo, because first they stick me under the dryer and I get all warm and toasty. Then they start scrubbing my head and it takes all my self control not to start kicking my leg like a dog getting his belly rubbed. If I had a tail, it would be wagging. 

And why does your hair always look better and smell better when they do it? Blows. My. Mind. 

Please tell me it's not just me. And yes I realize that I just wrote a whole post on getting my hair washed. Thank y'all for noticing. Deep thoughts going on over here. 

Side note: Idol just isn't the same without Colton on it. I was sad watching it. Now I'm rooting for Josh, the Louisiana boy, of course! : )

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Real Man

I love my husband. Through and through. For so many reasons, but especially because he is a sweet country boy at heart. He likes "manly" things...hunting, fishing, camouflage, sports, animals, being outside. And I kinda think that that is how a man should be. Manly. Strong. Rugged. Rough and tough (with a soft side on the inside, of course). 

And I know that it's definitely "to each her own" as far as how she prefers her man, but I sure am glad that he is mine. I just don't think I could deal with my man wearing tighter jeans than me. It just doesn't seem right...or comfortable...or even healthy (for certain parts). 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sometimes and Always #23

Sometimes: It's astounding how God knows exactly what we need. 

Always: He comes through time and time again. His will is best. 

Sometimes: I really need a little "pick me up" in the afternoon.

Always: Sprite Zero manages to do the trick. Mmmm. 

Sometimes: I have really crazy dreams that wake me up in the middle of the night. 

Always: I blame them on Lifetime movies!

Sometimes: I try to eat (somewhat) healthy. 

Always: That lasts for a few minutes...and then I eat a cookie. 

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Sometimes: I wear lipstick or lip gloss. 

Always: I love chapstick and can't get enough of it!

Sometimes: I say I'm going to go exercise immediately after work.

Always: I never get motivated enough to actually go. (Terrible, I know!)

Sometimes: It has been so cold in the house lately. 

Always: It is so hard to justify turning the heat on in April. 

Sometimes: I love shopping at Target. 

Always: I end up buying way more than I intended to buy. 

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Hibachi & Funfetti Date

Last night as I got ready to start cooking dinner (which was going to be baked spaghetti), my hubby decided to order us hibachi on a whim so that I wouldn't have to cook. He really DOES love me. : ) So we ordered in and had a home date night, complete with cuddling and funfetti cake for dessert. It was perfect. And that, men, is how you woo your woman. 

And now my scrubs barely fit. That's how you know it was a great date night. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Little Funny for Your Friday

I'm not even sure how it started last night, but somehow I ended up on YouTube watching Ellen videos and I could. not. stop. laughing. She is hilarious and her videos are addicting. What started out as watching a five minute video may have turned into 2 hours. It's all a blur.

I figured that we could all use a little bit of a laugh today, so I'm sharing two of my favorites. They are both watch them, preferably alone because you probably WILL bust out laughing. : )

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Something Pretty and Something Yummy

So, I hate to brag and drop names on my blog, but I am friends with a blog celeb. Like best blog friends. She's basically the most gorgeous thing that exists AND really hilarious/sarcastic. Plus, she is smart. Maybe too smart. I mean, she has a degree in neuroscience after all.

Most of y'all probably know now, I'm talking about Meg, that little hottie living "across the pond." She recently opened up a jewelry shop and the pieces could not be more stunning. 

Thanks, Meg. 

I just got it in the mail yesterday and I'm already in love. I wore it to dinner, while watching American Idol, during "snuggle time" with the hubs (tmi?) and to work today with my scrubs. Versatility. 

Visit Meg's shop here and buy something pretty today. 

And wanna know something else that I'm wearing today? About five extra pounds from last night's dinner, courtesy of Pinterest. I made Bubble Up Pizza and it was SO delicious. It's light and fluffy and tastes so much like a pizza, but maybe even a little bit better. We ate the whole pan...all 9x13 of it. 

A pretty necklace and pizza. Life is good. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sometimes and Always #22

Sometimes: I wonder why my iPhone battery dies so fast. 

Always: I realize that I am on it all day long. That would be the reason. 

Sometimes: Things aren't always what they seem on the outside. 

Always: That can be a good thing when there's something extra special on the inside. 

A "surprise" cupcake that my friend brought me. Hi, little Oreo. 

Sometimes: I bake cookies and tell myself that I am only going to eat one. 

Always: I end up eating five. Sometimes more. 

Sometimes: I think I have the cutest niece and nephew in the world. 

Always: Okay, I always think that. They really are the cutest. 

Sometimes: I wish that I could take pretty pictures. 

Always: I realize that I just really don't have the patience to learn. 

Sometimes: You never know what you might find in the Emergency Room. 

Always: It might make you puke. 

If only blogger had a way to upload smell. : )

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PS: Wanna know about the time that I slept with my teacher? Head over to Janna's to find out. And hey, get your minds out of the gutter people. : )

Monday, April 16, 2012

This Life

My friend passed away this weekend...the one I mentioned a few weeks ago. She found out about the cancer almost exactly a month ago. It's heartbreaking to lose someone, but I can take comfort in the fact that I know that she is in heaven and she is now pain free. 

Her funeral is tomorrow and I've just been reflecting on life and living lately. We only get this one life. I know we say it all the time, but really, we never know when it will be our last day here. I want to make each day count, to grasp all the little moments of every single day, to make sure that all of my family and friends know how much I love them, to share God's love with every person that I come into contact with. It's so easy for this to become real when something bad happens, but I have really been praying for this to be present in my mind every single day. There is just no point in wasting one single day that we have been given. 

But I don't fear death...none of us should if we are confident of where we are going. It's when we will be reunited with our Father in heaven and all suffering and pain is gone. It's a real "fairy tale." A "happily ever after." Oh, heaven, how good you are going to be. 

I hope that all of y'all know Jesus and that I'll be seeing y'all in heaven one day. I consider each of y'all a friend, even if we will never meet in real life. We have all been placed in each other's lives for a reason. We share real emotions and feelings together. We share life together. I just want y'all to know that I am here for y'all if y'all ever need talk, a prayer, anything.  

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Recipe and a Bit of News

Confession: I rarely use Pinterest anymore. Only when I'm making out a menu for the week or trying to find a new dessert to make. Otherwise, I'm just kinda over it. Oops. 

I saw a pin for Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes from A Taste of Home Cooking and knew that I wanted to try it! I love anything with onions and peppers, especially when it's smothered in cheese.

I did make a few changes to her recipe. I used a frozen bag of onions/peppers, hoagie rolls instead of dinner rolls and ground turkey instead of ground beef. Even my husband couldn't tell the difference. And that's impressive because he's a "steak" and "meat" kind of guy. 

Overall, we loved these! The flavor was amazing and the cheese was so good. Definitely a keeper!

I served these with sweet potato fries and Y'ALL...I tried out these new Cajun sweet potato fries and they are absolutely delicious. They had THE best flavor. 

In other important news: I walked for 40 minutes yesterday...after working a 12 hour shift. And then I proceeded to eat peanut butter toast, a banana, two pickles and four cookies. Workout successful. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Being Happy at Work

Unfortunately, working is a part of life. We need money to survive...and that means working or rich parents. There's really nothing that annoys me more than someone with a bad attitude while they work. Believe me, most days I'd rather sit at home and eat bon bons and watch Lifetime, but then who would pay for the cable bill and the air conditioning? 

I'm guilty of having a bad attitude at work sometimes, whether it's because I stayed up too late and I'm tired or a patient just really gets under my skin. But really, I am SO blessed. Blessed to even have a job, let alone one  indoors, in a safe environment, getting a nice paycheck every two weeks. Plus, lately I've been praying for God to help me "show Christ" in all that I do...and that includes work. 

Sometimes wearing headbands makes me happier...true story. 

Let's challenge ourselves to really be thankful for the jobs that we have, no matter what they are. If you have your dream job, don't take it for granted. If you are working towards your dream job or in school and have a part time job, be thankful for that extra income. Maybe your job is really not where you want to be, but you need the money...then find something about it to be grateful for, whether it's the income, your coworkers or the hours. If you really just can't find anything to be happy about with your job, then you definitely need to pray about it and ask God to lead you where you need to be and give you a positive attitude in the meantime. 

You know that person in your work/office who always has a great attitude? The one who never gets upset, never says a bad word about others and is always willing to go the extra mile? Yeah, I want to be that person.

Now who's going to help keep me accountable?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wedding DIY Sneak Peek

On Monday, I drove down to spend the day with my college best friends and do a little wedding prep for my friend Shannon, who is getting married in June. 

Her wedding is going to be the most adorable thing, totally worthy of Pinterest and wedding blogs. I just can't wait to share it all. We worked on a few wedding DIY projects and she agreed to let me share a little sneak peek on the blog today.

The bride-to-be herself. (Had to hide her wedding dress that was hanging!)

Project #1 - making pinwheels. 

Squares of paper cut at each corner into the center. 

Fold in every second corner. 

Then a little glue, a tack, a stick and a badabing badaboom...pinwheels. 

Project #2 - making cupcake flags.

We did have a few little helpers, though, which are crucial to the project's success. 

That's all the sneak peeks for now. I can't give it all away just yet. It's a lesson in patience. : )

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sometimes and Always #21

Sometimes: Instagram freaks me out because it flip flops pictures. 

Always: I use it anyway because I'm obsessed. 

Sometimes: I think I would go to Subway more if they had a drive thru. 

Always: It is SO worth going inside to get. 

Sometimes: Reality tv shows make me sick. 

Always: I end up watching them anyway. 

Sometimes: I just cannot believe how much our dogs shed. 

Always: We try to brush them out so there isn't quite so much on the floor. 

This is ALL from our lab, Cashmere, after we brushed her. 

Sometimes: I try to wake up early on my days off. 

Always: I usually end up sleeping 10-12 hours anyway.

Sometimes: I don't know what people did before cell phones. 

Always: I love getting cell phone pics from my bestie daily!

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