Friday, November 21, 2014

Five on Friday: Best Of

This Five on Friday is going to be a little different. Remember last week when I said I was updating my "Best of" page? I have quite a few favorite posts that I feel were helpful to others in some way or maybe provided a good laugh or two. I'm trying to get back to deep, vulnerable writing again and I think this will help with that.

1. Sharing my story:
-If you've been a long time reader then you know about this part. It's the reason behind why I choose to live the way that I do. Why I make some of my decisions the way that I do. At the time of writing the original post, part of me was still hurt and angry. Now I can honestly say that it's behind me and I actually wouldn't change my story for the world. It is what made me into the person I am today. It's what shaped me and lead me to my journey now.

2. West Coast vs. The South:
Oh boy. Truer words have never been spoken. This post still makes me laugh and shake my head. First off, what was I thinking when dating L. Really. If I wasn't (to a good ol' southern boy) I would never, ever in my life date someone from the West Coast again. Nope. Never. For me it's important to be on the same page about faith, values, and yes, politics. More importantly the love for SEC football. lol

3. How to Fall Back in Love with Writing:
So many times, even after going to Blissdom and writing the original post, have I wanted to just quit. I have to constantly remind myself that this blog isn't for others but a diary of sorts. Yes, I share a lot of fluff but fluff is a good thing sometimes to take my focus off of the more mundane and serious stuff. I want to be able to look back at everything and see the changes. If I am able to help someone along the way as well then great!

4. How to Make a Burlap Wreath:
This is one of my favorite DIY projects. Super easy and inexpensive! I loved making this and can't wait to update it for Christmas.

5. 15 Things White Girls Love to do on Facebook:
Ha! This still cracks me up! You must read this.

Happy Friday Y'all!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five on Friday:Dump

-Well y'all, I've had bronchitis for what feels like 20 years now. Late Monday evening I was sent to the ER for severe chest pains. At 27, that's pretty scary. Once I got back into a room the Dr told me I had severe bronchitis and reverse something or another where my tubes in my chest were closing. So that's fun. Two days later and I'm much better! I don't have an elephant on my chest anymore but I do feel like I could eat an elephant.

-I've been going through old blog posts, updating my "Best Of" check it out! page and dang, I used to write a lot and it was pretty entertaining stuff! See what happens when you have three kids and school sucking the brain cells from you? Random, boring posts happen that's what.

-I'm seriously contemplating putting up the Christmas tree and decor this weekend. Black Friday weekend I will be shopping and sleeping so I'll have no time! It only makes sense to do it tomorrow. Right? Right. Glad we chatted about that.

-I've been on the hunt for chestnut colored booties but refuse to pay an insane amount for them. No luck so far but let's hope I luck out on Black Friday. I did find a gorgeous wine colored tulle skirt for our Holiday shoot coming up on the 13th! I can't wait to get my hands on it. What is your favorite trend right now? Are you into that oversized, plaid scarf? Yikes.

-The East Coast of Florida is the only place in America that still has 80 degree weather. Except this morning it was 49. Next Tuesday? 81. Wednesday? 52. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. Florida has got to be the most bi-polar state. And this is why we all have the plague.

Next up? I think it's time for some funnies around here.

Happy Friday Y'all!

Monday, November 10, 2014

It's in the bag

Each year I treat myself to at least one new Kate Spade bag because every woman should spoil herself every now and then, am I right? This year I bought the Southport Avenue Linda. My favorite bag from Kate Spade so far. Super roomy and classic. Some years it's hard to choose from because there are so many gorgeous and timeless bags out. RueLaLa now has a premier handbag guide to help you choose your perfect fit! From discussing the fundamentals of different handbag types, to showing and explaining the designer handbag signatures, and even sharing handbag care tips. This is a great tool to get some knowledge on your favorite designer bags!

Because there is so much room in this bag, I can literally put anything in it.  There have been times where I will literally find Swamp curled up sleeping in it. lol!

You can find the most random things in my bag at any given time honestly. Today? I have two magazines and possibly a little bag of mini reeses, possibly. But I do carry my daily essentials that I can't survive without.

 Kate Spade cosmetic case//Monogrammed (large) cosmetic bag from Shop Dandy.

Keys (monogrammed of course)// neosporin on-the-go (because every mom should have this)// Tylenol cold (bronchitis is for the birds)// gum for after eating that delicious chocolate covered popcorn

Not pictured is the ever important iPhone and my trusty day/weekly planner. Also, my math book. Ugh. 

I should probably update my cosmetic case and keychain with my NEW monongram. oops!

What are your every day must-haves?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Five on Friday List

Recently while looking for a specific book in the Christian bookstore I came across this book and asked Instagram their thoughts. I've been wanting a good read since finishing "The Best Yes" by Lysa Terkuerst so this seemed to be the right fit for my morning reading. I'll keep y'all updated on my thoughts about it as I get deeper into the book. Have you read this? What are your thoughts?

Manhattan Love Story is so adorable and mindless. It's a good escape from the high drama television that I let myself get sucked into. To be honest, I'm really not sure how they will continue on with a season 2. If you watch it, you probably know what I'm talking about. This would have been a really cute, typical RomCom as well.

  • Three things that are making me happy...

-Besides the fact that I have bronchitis, I've finished the majority of my Christmas shopping! I've never been done this early before! Shopping Christmas Eve is the norm for me and I'm so glad that I can relax that day instead of rushing around. I am still going Black Friday shopping though. I'm also excited because we may or may not be putting up the Christmas tree this weekend. Don't judge me.

-I'm not one to typically talk politics on the blog but I just want to say how happy I am that the Republicans have taken over the House now. So, so glad. That's all I'll say about that.

-This little love is back! As soon as I woke up on Sunday morning I hightailed it to Starbucks for my Gingerbread Latte. Oh, how I miss you so much during the year. This is by far my favorite drink at Starbucks and I refuse to read blog posts about what's in or what isn't in it. You will not ruin this drink for me like you ruined the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Such a travesty.

What is on your Five on Friday List today? Link up!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thoughts on the 48th Annual CMA Awards

I powered through last nights CMA's with a migraine and insomnia but made it through all the way to the end. I'm so glad I did because there's so much to talk about!

If you followed my live tweets last night then you know I had strong opinions about a lot of things that happened. But let's begin with the most important thing that happened.

Taylor Swift. 

Apparently she has left country music. Can we get a moment of applause please? I am so happy to hear this news because I am not a fan at all. I can't stand her music and I can't stand her "surprised" look when she wins an award. Or the fake "defeated" look she gives when she doesn't. Good riddance, Taylor. Please don't change your mind and come back. Like, ever.

Next, the collaborations. My favorite was Meghan Trainor and Miranda Lambert's "All About That Bass". I love the song in general and loved seeing it even more on the CMA's. After Brad Paisley suggested that Meghan change the words to "All About that Bass (as in the fish)", I'm thinking there might be a parody of it in the future. Least favorite collaboration would have to be Little Big Town and Ariana Grande'. Maybe it's the old school country girl in me but I feel that Ariana Grande' had no place being there. Far from country to say the least. Stay at the VMA's honey.

Can we discuss how Brad Paisley let the "cat our of the bag" in regards to Carrie Underwood's baby BOY on the way?! Am I the only one who thought she was going to have a GIRL?! Either way I'm so excited to see this country royalty little arrive and watch him grow up. Carrie was absolutely stunning, as always, in everything she wore last night showing off her little baby bump.

I'm a little disappointed in the lack of clothing that I saw this year. Maybe it's always like that but I noticed it last night for the first time at the CMA's. There were many times where I had to ask, "Where's the rest of her...dress?" or "put some pants on!". It's okay to leave a little to the imagination, ladies. I don't want to see your hoo-ha on my big screen.

While Luke Bryan didn't take away "Male Vocalist of the Year", way to go Blake!! (love him), he did take home "Entertainer of the Year"! Like I said on Twitter, "It's okay Luke Bryan, you can still crash my party ANYTIME!".  He's busted his behind the last 6 years and it's well deserved.

What were your thoughts on last night's CMA Awards?