Category: loves it

Weekly Roundup

Sometimes I have a whole bunch of cool things to share and they don’t necessarily need a whole post. I am going to attempt to start a Weekly Roundup with those items in it. Have a great weekend!

 

{1} This post about marriage.

{2} 27 Underrated Things About Being In Your 30s

{3} Couldn’t agree more with this post on Thoughts on Parenthood from a Childless Girl

{4} 11 Life Hacks for the Emotionally Struggling 20-Something

If You Really Knew Me

Last weekend I went shopping with my bestie to buy myself a 30th birthday present. Our last stop was the Michael Kors store where I found two bags that I liked. The bags were the same color, the same price, only the detailing was different. I couldn’t figure out which bag I liked more. One bag had 3 compartments with a zipper in the middle, separating the two sides. The other bag was a little smaller but had a cute tassel on the handle. I’m such an organized freak that I loved the bigger bag with the three compartments, but I really loved the smaller bag with the tassel too.

I asked Ashley for her opinion and she liked the smaller bag with the tassel. She thought the bigger bag was a little plain. So I’m standing there in front of the mirror with a bag on each arm trying to figure out which bag I like the best, when the sales lady comes over to help me. She asked if I was trying to decide which bag I liked and I told her I was. Another customer walked by and she told me she liked the bigger bag with the compartments the best. The sales lady, who looks to be around 24 tells me that she also likes the bigger bag. I call Ashley over and tell her that they both like the bigger bag. She reminds me that I’ll be the one carrying it so I should get whatever bag I like the best.

With Ashely and the sales lady standing there, waiting for me to just pick a bag already!, the sales lady says that I seem pretty conservative, so she would go with the bigger bag. Ashley dies laughing and says, “seems conservative, if you only knew her!” and walks off. The sales lady gives me a questioning look and I tell her that yes, while I appear to be conservative, if she knew my personality she would know that, in fact, I am not in a lot of ways. To that she responded with, “Well what ever you’re doing, keep doing it because it’s working for you!”. haha Love her!

I get told that all the time. I get some version of conservative, quiet, sweet, innocent.. Is it because I have a baby face and look like I’m 23? If you really knew me, you’d know that I am not quiet, I am not that conservative, and I am definitely not that innocent. Not at 29 years old. I like to call it being a realist.

Like Luda says, we want a lady in the streets but a freak in the bed. 😉

Mascara Alert

I heard this story on my favorite morning radio show last week. A 96 year old man wrote a love song to the love of his life, his late wife. SO SWEET!!!

 

A Letter From Fred from Green Shoe Studio on Vimeo.

Shadow Theatre Group

This performance was on Britain’s Got Talent 2013. This is such an amazing video.

 

Rules for Being Amazing

By Robin Sharma

Risk more than is required.

Learn more than is normal.

Be strong.

Show courage.

Breathe.

Excel.

Love.

Lead.

Speak your truth.

Live your values.

Laugh.

Cry.

Innovate.

Simplify.

Adore mastery.

Release mediocrity.

Aim for genius.

Stay humble.

Be kinder than expected.

Deliver more than is needed.

Exude passion.

Shatter your limits.

Transcend your fears.

Inspire others by your bigness.

Dream big but start small.

Act now.

Don’t stop.

Change the world.

1 year

2adc6028deb3588afaae2f4f7b3e77e2

 

9cfd1e8ce762a76507bf874193bad3cb

 

890ef3007dc4c32023d41122a1870f97

 

924927c97bb2267ed9b1b68ac55e6d6b

 

About a month ago one of my friends I’d lost touch with contacted me. She’s one of those special people that you can spend 2 hours talking to and time seems to stand still. Abbi is one of the most incredible and uplifting people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. She just has this gift with how she speaks to you. She and I talked a good bit when my dad was first diagnosed with cancer. When we talked one of the first nights a month ago, she told me that even though we’d lost touch she wanted me to know that she continued to pray for me.

I told her about the first dream I had about my dad, which was in his house a few days after he passed away. In my dream he pointed at me while he was smiling wide and said “We will dance.” Just having the dream itself meant so much to me. I thought that it was his special way of reaching out to me because as a child we watched Footloose and The Sound of Music a lot.  I remember seeing a picture of him when I was little of him dancing on top of a table. I get it from him, what can I say? I never really thought much else about it until I was telling Abbi about it. As we were talking about the last few moments with my dad, I mentioned to her that as I was holding his hand I told him all I’d ever wanted was for him to walk me down the aisle. Even though he couldn’t talk at that point, he squeezed my hand. At that moment I burst into tears. It meant so much to me that what I said to him meant something to him as well, and that he understood what I said. Less than 10 minutes later, he was gone.

Abbi told she was absolutely sure that my dream was him telling me that we would dance at my wedding. I think that hit me so hard I didn’t really know how to react until a day later when I cried because it meant so much and I was positive she was right.

IMG_7646

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t it funny how things like that happen? That’s God doing his magic right there. There was such a feeling of peace that came over me after it finally hit me.

It’s hard to believe it’s been one year.

Dad I think about you every day. Most of the time I think about funny stories about you, or funny things you did, even things you would do and I would be so embarrassed about. I completely understand them now, because I am you almost to a T. (ha! T. His name begins with a T.) I am proud that I get 90% of my personality from you. Sometimes I long for the relationship we could have had, but I am happy that we were able to make up for lost time in 7 days. I love seeing you in my dreams, that will never get old. I had the fear of not remembering your laugh or your “hey” when you answered the phone. I hope those are things I never forget. I still hear your voice as clear as day when I think about you, and for that I am so grateful. I love you!

Beckford

photo

You’re welcome.

While this is not my ideal body for a man, I definitely appreciate what he’s working with. Even better that he did it for cancer. I’m blaming 50 Shades for my hormonal imbalance. 😉

Kid Covers Bruno Mars’ Grenade

So cute!!

Current Favs

Her voice is amazing. I hear a little Celine Dion in her voice.

Another version without most of the music. Her voice gives me chills!!! This song makes me so happy!

 

Love the rawness of this video and song. love this lyric, “the reason I hold on, is I need this hole gone.. funny you’re the broken one but I’m the only one who needed saving” Props to Rih for showing a raw side.

Of course this song. I’m sure you’re tired of seeing me post about it. Timberlake serenaded Jessica Biel down the isle to it. “It was an original piece I wrote specifically for the evening and for her,” says Timberlake. If you recall Timberlake and Biel broke up for a brief period of time… Love that he dedicated the video to his grandparents.

Cause I don’t wanna lose you now I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me The vacancy that sat in my heart Is a space that now you hold Show me how to fight for now And I’ll tell you, baby, it was easy Comin’ back into you once I figured it out You were right here all along It’s like you’re my mirror My mirror staring back at me I couldn’t get any bigger With anyone else beside me And now it’s clear as this promise That we’re making Two reflections into one Cause it’s like you’re my mirror My mirror staring back at me”

“Baby, you’re the inspiration of this precious song And I just wanna see your face light up since you put me on So now I say goodbye to the old me, it’s already gone And I can’t wait wait wait wait wait to get you home”

 

Finally we have Queen of the breakup songs. Excited to see her in concert in September!!

“Mr. Play Your Games Only got yourself to blame When you want me back again But I ain’t falling back again ‘Cause I’m living my truth without your lies Let’s be clear baby, this is goodbye I ain’t comin’ back tomorrow”

“So what you’ve got the world at your feet And you know everything about everything But you don’t”

Makeover

living

 The flooring went in! Carpet is long gone. She looks so pretty!

 

 

 

 

Best Things

best things

 

I saw this picture on Pinterest and I think there are a few things I would change. Here is my top 10 list for the best things in the world.

  1. a soft, affectionate touch from someone you care about
  2. sweet doggy kisses when you are sad
  3. randomly hearing your favorite song
  4. that moment when I eat a petit four from this bakery back home.
  5. the feeling of love and being loved
  6. seeing someone you care about genuinely happy
  7. gorgeous spring days playing in the park
  8. ass in the water, toes in the sand, cold drink in my hand 🙂
  9. finishing your best friend’s sentences because you are so in sync
  10. feeling sexy

TBT

376746_10151124588428758_2042699406_n

me (left) and my bestie – 2005! I miss that body haha

Buckhead Starbucks Serving Wine

logo

Say what?! Two of my favorite things in one place? Yep! While flipping through Simply Buckhead I came across an article that said exactly that! The West Paces Ferry location is one of the first stores worldwide to offer a new “Evenings” menu. The menu consists of gourmet bites and alcoholic drinks. They say it was chosen because of its location and flexible seating options that accommodate larger groups.

I can see why they picked that location. If you don’t know much about Atlanta, West Paces Ferry is where all of the high-end real estate is located. It’s even home to the Governor’s Mansion.

 

Vday

Apparently I talk a lot about wanting to find The One. Even to people I hardly know.. Yesterday, this was delivered to my office.

flowers

along with this super sweet card..

card

Day. Made.

Off to go get my 2nd treatement for tattoo removal. Say a prayer!

Pole Dancing

Have you seen this?! Amazing!!! First of all, its not easy to stay on the pole, let alone stay on it for as long as she did while doing all the things she did. Crazy!!!

 

 

Bey

After being deathly ill sick, I don’t really have any Friday Funnies this week. So, let’s just talk about how amazing Beyonce was at the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

First of all, did you watch it?! Bey has some insane dance moves. Girl was werking. it. She worked it so hard, I found an article on Bleacher Report that ranked her #3 in the top 5 for best SBHS.

Here is a list of top 13 best moments from the SBHS that E! made. Did anyone else just die over her outfit? I loved it! I can haz one? People even said that it more than lived up to all the hype. Wow. Of course, there are always the haters. Haters gonna hate..

Here are some pictures if you missed it. via My personal favorites were when she pointed to her ring (pic below), and obviously when DC came out. So excited about that!

0203_beyonce

Super Bowl Football 2

Super Bowl Football 4 560.SBBey8.mh.020413 Super Bowl Football 1 341366-beyonce-c-and-destinys-child-perform-during-the-half-time-show-of-the-

160616535_crop_exact bey

beyonce beyonce_3 Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show beyonce-super-bowl destinys-child-super-bowl-performance p17iiq3q74jo3dflckef3gf9e4

uspw_7006962_crop_exact

 

EEEEEEEE

So many wonderful changes going on in my life right now that I am super excited about. So blessed!!!!

photo

Sweet Proposal – Vote For My Friend

Tonight I was uploading a picture from the weekend on Facebook when I saw that a guy I’ve known for several years show up in my news feed. I met Justin through a friend of a friend around 2005-2006. Justin is an amazing person. I have always admired him. Not only is he very easy on the eyes, but his outspoken love for God makes him that much more attractive. Any one that meets him can tell he’s not your average Joe. We used to call him Crest because of his Ryan Seacrest looks and that mega watt smile.

156711_10150357692875788_7220933_n

Any way, the post I saw was him asking for people to vote for him and his fiance to win a contest for a 30K wedding on Lake Lanier. They made it to the final 3 out of 500 applicants. So, I’m asking that you register and vote for them. You can vote one time a day and voting ends January 31, 2013.

Check out his proposal video.

 

To vote for them, click HERE.

Trouble Trouble Trouble

This week has been interesting, to say the least.

A friend of mine confided in me thoughts of suicide. That alone was enough to stop me in my tracks. There were other things shared that day too. It’s a tough spot to be in. There are all these questions..what do I do, do I tell anyone, obviously I need to pray, how do I help, can I help, if I don’t tell anyone and this person doesn’t do anything about it how will I feel if somethings happens, do I get parents involved? The only solution I have come up with is to be there, and to say prayers.

215046950926663253_l1cm1goE_c

Dealing with my dad’s stuff is never fun. It’s even less fun when my sister calls me at work yelling because she isn’t smart enough can’t figure out what to do in a particular situation. Very frustraiting because #1 I am trying to work #2 yelling is NOT going to help. Which is why…..

  203154633161042789_U3xeARBt_c

I sent that to Sara and Ashley yesterday. Sara’s response was “That’s how {insert her last name}’s see it!! You ARE family! Ashley’s response was “Awe! Thanks for being my sis!” 🙂

Earlier in the month I text Sara’s mom to tell her and her husband thank you for my Christmas gifts. I received the sweetest text. My heart literally smiled.

photo1

I am SO blessed to have them in my life!!!

175007135489341425_Xu5KhkoT_c

 

66709638200473513_L1FkkrMT_c

21392166949749078_K40JRXxK_c

Do Me

I hope everyone had a fantastic New Years!

new-years-eve

You know how you always hear people throw around the word Resolution towards the end of the year, and how 9 times out of 10 its to lose weight? Well, I’m a little different. Sure, I could lose 10-15lbs.. I {try} to become a better version of myself daily. Some times I fail miserably and some times I succeed. Luckily each day is a new beginning and all you can do is put your best foot forward.

Those of you that have followed my old blog and this one know that I’ve had my share of ups and downs. This past year was definitely a roller coaster . Over my 29 years on Earth I have learned a lot about myself; my faith, my heart, and my mind. I try to live in the moment because you only get one chance at this thing called life, and when it’s over, GAME OVER.

photo

With that being said, this year’s resolution is to not only be a better me, but for me to DO me. Do what I want. Accomplish my goals. Don’t let any thing or any one stand in my way. This is The Year of the Bucket List. I’m going to be in the front row with my hands in the air and hair blowing in the wind. Or my hair blowing in the wind while I scream and grasp on for dear life. All I can do is get on for the ride.

With the death of my dad came many emotions. I think maybe the greatest lessons I’ve (re)learned are:

1) hold on tight to those that I know without a shadow of a doubt love and cherish me, while showing them how much they mean to me; and

2) I am the only person that will have my best interests at heart.

I have some phenomenal friends that keep me grounded, and for that I am thankful. I am pretty lucky to also have a boss that is like a father figure to me and gives me the best advice and truly does look out for me. In the last few months I feel lucky enough to have two father figures at work. Sometimes we don’t get along, but we have become a little family. (This year will mark my 6th year). I feel very blessed to have friends that I can ask, “Will this choice take me down a path I will regret?” and they will give me the 100% truth. I’ve always felt closer to my friends than my family which is why I cherish them so much.

I think I may have gone off on a tangent… You get my point though. The whole idea behind a Bucket List is to live, experience, and have great stories to tell. That’s what I want {to continue} this year. I don’t see any one or any thing standing in my way, and that, my friends, is a wonderful feeling.

Here’s to 2013!

intro

Christmas

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Mine was nice and relaxing. I baked a ton of goodies for a few friends and mostly relaxed. Here are the cookies I made.

133278470192979746_DC6ra2IX_c

Soft almond sugar cookies via

89790586290206529_7pOUIZvb_c

Pudding Cookies via

95349717080329564_NIpIHu5g_c

White chocolate topped gingerbread cookies via

and

 275634439663575399_fGU0dLx6_c

Christmas meltaways via

For the BF I made whiskey salted caramels via

259801472225160121_DokzJb2h_c

Everyone loved the cookies and caramels! I took a few of each to work because I had a lot left over, even after I sampled each. One note on the pudding cookies – that recipe will make about 5-6 batches. I highly recommend either freezing half or cutting the recipe in half.

Along with all the baked goods the presents I got for each friend I decided to wrap with some good old Pinterest inspiration.

242631498644224603_kfz3pYqw_c

via

Most of my packages looked like this..

99079260521719691_R2LgMNY7_c

via I changed this version up by using brown paper packaging and red ribbon. The custom made initial cards turned out really cute!

On Friday the BF and I had our Christmas. The original plan was to meet up and exchange gifts and have dinner. He surprised me with a text earlier that day asking if I wanted to get a hotel room for the night. UM YES! YES I DO!! I met him at the hotel around 8 and he had champagne, my favorite flowers, and caramel truffles waiting for me. SO SWEET!!!! I was blown away. I’m one of those girls that loves romance and sweet gestures, so he definitely earned a ton of points with this one.

We exchanged gifts, ordered room service, had great conversation and even took advantage of the huge tub and shower. It was such a nice stay-cation. I am such a lucky girl!! So blessed.

How About Today?

In light of recent events, I loved this post I came across on MaskCara. She talks about how people in general are always preparing themselves for the next thing in life. I myself am guilty of this. I’m a planner by nature. It’s good to stop and take the moment in, which I try to do often. Maybe that’s why Oprah suggested keeping a Gratitude Journal? 🙂

Check out her post in the link above.

A Love Like The Reagans’

I saw a recent pin of Nancy Reagan which intrigued me, so I clicked the link…
 
51087776993817710_AlodHGdL_c
 
I came across this and thought it was SO sweet. (the opening of the eyes also reminded me of my last moment with my dad)
 
According to Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, “At the last moment, when his breathing told us this was it, he opened his eyes and looked straight at my mother. Eyes that hadn’t opened for days did, and they weren’t chalky or vague. They were clear and blue and full of love. If a death can be lovely, his was.”[2] His wife, former First Lady Nancy Reagan told him that the moment was “the greatest gift you could have given me.”[2]
 
Upon further investigation (since I was so young when Reagan was President)… I wikipedia’d Nancy…
 

During her Hollywood career Davis dated many actors, including Clark Gable, Robert Stack, and Peter Lawford;[29] she later called Gable the nicest of the stars she had met.[14] On November 15, 1949, she met Ronald Reagan,[37] who was then president of the Screen Actors Guild. Nancy had noticed that her name had appeared on the Hollywood blacklist and sought Reagan’s help to maintain her employment as a guild actress in Hollywood, and for assistance in having her name removed from the list.[14] Reagan informed her that she had been confused with another actress of the same name.[14] The two began dating and their relationship was the subject of many gossip columns; one Hollywood press account described their nightclub-free times together as “the romance of a couple who have no vices”.[37] Ronald Reagan was skeptical about marriage, however, following his painful 1948 divorce from Jane Wyman, and he still saw other women.[37] After three years of dating, he eventually proposed to Davis in the couple’s favorite booth at the Beverly Hills restaurant Chasen’s.[37] They married on March 4, 1952 in a simple ceremony designed to avoid the press[38] at the Little Brown Church in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. The only people in attendance were actor William Holden, the best man, and his wife, actress Brenda Marshall, the matron of honor.[37][39] The couple’s first child, Patricia Ann Reagan (better known by her professional name, Patti Davis), was born on October 21, 1952. Their son, Ronald Prescott Reagan, was born six years later on May 20, 1958. Nancy Reagan also became stepmother to Maureen Reagan (1941–2001) and Michael Reagan (born 1945), the children of her husband’s first marriage to Jane Wyman.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nancy and Ronald Reagan on a boat in 1964

 

The Reagan family in 1967, shortly after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration as Governor of California

Observers described Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s relationship as intimate.[40] As President and First Lady, the Reagans were reported to display their affection frequently, with one press secretary noting, “They never took each other for granted. They never stopped courting.”[41][42] Ronald often called Nancy “Mommy”; she called him “Ronnie”.[42] While the President was recuperating in the hospital after the 1981 assassination attempt, Nancy Reagan wrote in her diary, “Nothing can happen to my Ronnie. My life would be over.”[43] In a letter to Nancy, Ronald wrote, “whatever I treasure and enjoy … all would be without meaning if I didn’t have you.”[44] In 1998, while her husband was afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, Nancy told Vanity Fair, “Our relationship is very special. We were very much in love and still are. When I say my life began with Ronnie, well, it’s true. It did. I can’t imagine life without him.”[41] Nancy was known for the focused and attentive look, termed “the Gaze”, that she fastened upon her husband during his speeches and appearances.[45] President Reagan’s death in June 2004 ended what Charlton Heston called “the greatest love affair in the history of the American Presidency.”[41]

Nancy Reagan assumed the role of unofficial “protector” for her husband after the attempted assassination on his life in 1981.[109] On March 30 of that year, President Reagan and three others were shot as they left the Washington Hilton Hotel. Nancy was alerted and arrived at George Washington University Hospital, where the President was hospitalized. She recalled having seen “emergency rooms before, but I had never seen one like this—with my husband in it.”[110] She was escorted into a waiting room, and when granted access to see her husband, he quipped to her, “Honey, I forgot to duck”, borrowing the defeated boxer Jack Dempsey’s jest to his wife.[111]

An early example of her protective nature occurred when Senator Strom Thurmond entered the President’s hospital room that day in March, passing the Secret Service detail by claiming he was the President’s “close friend”, presumably to acquire media attention.[112] Nancy was outraged and demanded he leave.[43] While the president recuperated in the hospital, the first lady slept with one of his shirts to be comforted by the scent.[43] When Reagan was released from the hospital on April 12, she escorted him back to the White House.

Nancy Reagan’s health and well-being became a prominent concern in 2008. In February she suffered a fall at her Bel Air home and was taken to St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. Doctors reported that she did not break a hip as feared and she was released from the hospital two days later.[166] News commentators noted that Reagan’s step had slowed significantly, as the following month she walked in very slow strides with John McCain.[167] NBC’s Brian Williams, who attended a dinner with Reagan in mid-2008, recalled, “Mrs. Reagan’s vision isn’t what it always was so she was taking very halting steps as a lot of folks her age do… [I]t is so important for folks in her age bracket and in her bracket of life to remain upright and captain of their own ship. She very much is captain of her own ship.”[167] As for her mental ability, Williams remarked, “She’s as sharp as ever and enjoys a robust life with her friends in California, but [falling] is always a danger of course. She’s a very stoic, hardy person full of joy and excitement for life… She is not without opinions on politics and political types these days… She is, as most of her friends described her, a pistol.”[167]

LOVE that her friends describe her as a pistol! She’s 91 and that is awesome! Hopefully I’ll still be a pistol at that age! 😉

Christmas List – Clothing Edition

Christmas List – Beauty Edition

Next Page »