Wednesday, February 27, 2013

5 Things I Learned from Jennifer Lawrence

5 Things I Learned from Jennifer Lawrence

I have always liked Jennifer Lawrence but after watching her in a couple interviews... I freaking love this girl. She's super down-to-earth, witty, and just plain awesome. Here are a few things I've learned from her:

1. Always be yourself - ALWAYS
People will love you for it. I'm sure she's under so much pressure to be the typical poised, Hollywood starlet but she doesn't let it get to her. I can imagine how she acts now is exactly how she'd be if she wasn't famous. She's so natural and... human. It's refreshing.

2. Laugh at yourself
Don't take yourself too seriously. A little humor goes a LONG way. I absolutely loved the way she handled her Oscar speech and follow up interview. Humor is the best way out of an awkward situation.

3. Healthy looks better than skinny
This girl is not afraid of a cheeseburger. She doesn't care that she doesn't fit the size 0 prototype for the typical young Hollywood. She rocks her curves and I (along with a million others) think she's stunning. 

4. Be Real
This girl tells it like it is. You'd expect her to be a bit more formal but instead, she's candid and real. Why live life just trying to impress others?

5. Confidence is sexy
Don't worry about your size, weight, clothes, hair, makeup, etc... Seriously, confidence trumps all. 
i.e., Jennifer Lawrence

Watch this video... How can you NOT love this girl??

What's your favorite thing about Jennifer Lawrence?

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Monday, February 25, 2013

How to Keep The Bedroom Romantic!

I read something on Pinterest about tips for a more romantic bedroom and decided to do a little rearranging myself. I must say... it makes a difference!

How I've made our room more romantic:

- I always make the bed in the morning. The room just feels chaotic when it's unmade.

- I took all the "family" stuff out of the bedroom and only have pictures and memorabilia of "us". (Don't worry, I just moved the family pictures and such to the living room)

- I don't let clutter build up in our room anymore. (It stays in the kitchen lol)

- Speaking of clutter, I keep the room "picked up". How romantic is a mess?

- We use lamps in our room instead of the overhead fan light. (Mood lighting anyone?)

A rule we're working on... no cell phones in the bedroom.
(But that's hard when it's your alarm too)

Do you have any tips or suggestions to add to this list?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Love Letter

To my husband,

You don't know how wonderful you are. You don't know how talented you are. You don't know how thankful I am for you. You don't know how much I adore you. You don't know how much I respect you. You are an amazing man. I know I am guilty of not reminding you of this enough. 

We've been through so much together. We've laughed, we've cried, we've ached, we've learned... you are my best friend. You know my faults, mistakes and deepest secrets, and you still love me anyway.  I am beyond thankful to God that he chose you for me. You are not like any other man I know. I am truly a lucky girl, and I believe that with my whole heart.

This time last year, we were still coming off the craziness of our wedding. It was 5 1/2 long years to the aisle; every second worth it. You know how horrible my memory is, but I remember our wedding day like it was yesterday. Thinking back on it, I see everything from that day in slow motion. I remember the way I felt. This amazing feeling of making such an important decision and having no doubts. You know how indecisive I am... and marrying you that day was the easiest decision I've ever made.

Here is my promise to you for the rest of our lives. I hope to be the best wife I can be for you. I will be there rejoicing with you in the good, and holding you up in the bad. I will be there eating Ramen noodles when money's tight, and I'll be always be your date to H3 Steakhouse when money's flowing. I'll cook you soup, make you drink lots of water, and make endless trips to the pharmacy when you are sick, and I'll be your partner in crime fun when you are well. When your world is turned upside down, I promise to always be the last one standing when the dust settles. I will always be your best friend, no matter who may come and go. I promise to never quit fighting for you... for us. 

So this Valentine's Day, I just wanted to tell you how much I love you. 
You mean more to me than you could ever know.

You'll always be my sweetheart, my "better" half, my husband, my best friend, and my coppertone

I love you.

Dinosaur Valley & Fossil Rim in Glen Rose, TX

We went to Glen Rose this summer to visit Dinosaur Valley and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Glen Rose is only about an hour and half from where we live so one Saturday we decided to just take a short, overnight trip. After we settled into the La Quinta, we headed on out to the park. 

Dinosaur Valley is pretty neat. They've got the footprints roped off where you can find and see them in person! Unfortunately, our summers have been pretty brutal for the past few years so rain has been scarce. The water was pretty low and some of the areas were completely dried up. In my opinion, the park is a great place to hike or go chill with friends but it's not every "eventful". It was, however, a welcomed getaway from the city.

(Did you notice the chick about to bust her butt behind the hubby??) lol This picture always makes me crack up!

Afterwards, we went over to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. It's one of those places you drive through and the animals come up to your car. We bought the little food pellets from the main office and started on our way! 

This should've been our Christmas card last year lol

Feeding the giraffes... If you had a sunroof, they'd just stick their head on inside! I saw them do it to multiple cars. They are certainly not shy! 

As you can see in the lower, right-hand corner of this photo... I was not to fond of feeding most of the animals. They can get a bit aggressive. Not in a bad way, just enough to freak me out.

All in all, it was a great short getaway from the city last summer!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Parmesan Green Beans Recipe

My father in law taught me how to make Parmesan Green Beans and they are so good!


one //   Lightly coat your pan with olive oil. (Not too much!)

two //   Once the olive oil is hot, start sprinkling parmesan cheese (from the bottle). Stir it as it turns golden brown and starts to look like "crumbles".

three //   Add fresh green beans to the skillet 
(amateur lesson learned: be sure to drain any water before adding green beans, unless you want to catch your kitchen on fire, give your husband a heart attack, or both.)

four //   Add a little olive oil, more parmesan, and salt to taste

five //   Put the heat on low, cover, and stir occasionally while you finish dinner

*I used the green beans you steam in the bag. They were perfect! It would probably be very good if you didn't cook them first too... either way should work fine!

Our first healthy meal of the week. My husband and I have decided to make a lifestyle change and start taking better care of ourselves. We made extra dinner tonight so we have enough for lunch the next few days. 

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Weekend Update - Cleaning Bug, Perot Museum, New Makeup & a Birthday!

Weekend Update

one //  As soon as I got home Friday, I got a freaky urge to clean and organize our bathroom. I wrote about  a few of my organization tips here.

two //  On Saturday, we went to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

three // I finally picked up some new mascara. I consider myself a "mascara junkie" but I've been doing better. I legitimately needed some. I've never tried this kind but Maybelline is my go-to for mascara. I'll let you know how I like it! (Let me know if you've tried it and what you think!)

four // My sister's cute Disney princess birthday cake. (I totally claimed the Ariel ring)

five // We celebrated my sister Lilly's 9th birthday on Sunday. I can't believe she's already 9! Where did the time go??

six // I don't really drink Starbucks too much anymore but today I was craving something "fancy" lol Honestly, I still like McDonald's lattes way better. 

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Organization Tips for the Bathroom

Organization Tips for the Bathroom

- Know where to find your items
- Get ready faster in the morning
- Stress less with a clean & organized bathroom

I have to admit, I am guilty of letting our bathroom get out of hand. I like to keep my daily products within arm's reach. Well, this piles up when you start using something a little different every day. You start to end up with a bathroom that looks a bit like this:

It drives my husband crazy... Ok, and myself a bit too. I finally reach my breaking point and decided it was time to organize our chaos in the bathroom.


Now where did all that junk go?

1. Perfume:  I used to keep this out on the counter top but it just started to look like clutter. (Probably didn't help that it turned into a "catch all" for small products on the counter) I decided to keep it in the closet instead.

2.  Misc & Makeup:  I love these plastic storage drawers. Currently, the big one is for misc bathroom items (i.e., hair accessories, medicine, etc.). The smaller ones are FULL of makeup that needs to be sorted. I am terrible about throwing makeup away! When I try, I always seem to convince myself that I just might wear that lipgloss one day... the one I've had for 3 years and only touched once. 

3. Towels & Rags:  This section is set aside for towels and rags... well, except for the little makeup bag that ended up there. Oops! lol 

4.  Hair Tools & Products:  The white basket holds flat irons, curling irons, my blow dryer, and the pieces that go with it. I put my hair products in the smaller black basket. I like to be able to see everything easily.

A couple tips...

- Baskets are your best friend! I love having everything sorted and knowing exactly where to find the things I need!

- Keep your daily products hidden, but readily available. There are 2 drawers in my counter. I keep frequently used items in the drawer for ease (i.e., deodorant, q-tips, etc.) as well as my "daily makeup" in a small makeup bag in the drawer. (Get ready faster in the morning!)

- JUST THROW IT AWAY ALREADY. I'm a self-confessed beauty hoarder. I can't seem to part with some of my products just in case one day I want to use them! (Who needs 10 different face creams?? Especially someone with sensitive skin!) Throw away all the junk and you'll see a huge difference! *I'm preaching to myself her to be 100% honest.

Now, this is no where near "Pinterest worthy" or anything but it's realistic. It's still 10x better than before! Let's just wait and see how long I can make it last! lol

Oh, and the last thing... I am just loving my new soap dispenser! My Memaw got it for me for Christmas... she knows I love Paris & the Eiffel Tower.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Laugh It Off Wednesday

It's officially Wednesday and we've made it to the middle of the week! I don't know about you but I can always use a dose of laughter to get through the week. 

Laughter does the soul good... or something like that, right?

No, really.

Just stop and read this meme to the tune.

Only the BEST moment from Friends. I still yet "PIVOT" anytime furniture is being moved. No one usually gets it but I laugh by myself. lol

This is SO me. No, seriously. Ask my husband.

I'm using this on my siblings the next time one of them throws a fit.

Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

When Tuesday Feels like Thursday and It Sucks When You Realize It's Nowhere Near Friday

No, seriously. 

All day today I've felt like it's a Thursday so I'm sure I'll be waking up tomorrow extremely disappointed that it is indeed, only Wednesday. 

I swear I get these period "tides". EVERY month just before my period I get these extreme emotions about my life. Primarily, my job. Am I alone?? Don't get me wrong, I have what I consider (along with many others) a good job but I don't like it. I am on the phone all day teaching old folks how to use Facebook (I repeat - via the PHONE) or I'm dealing with idiots who don't even know what they've purchased. I like what I do, as in social media, but I want to just DO it. I don't want to tell someone else how to do it. I just want to do it myself. It's strange really because that is how I've always been. I'm a horrible teacher... I was that tutor who would get frustrated trying to help you "figure it out". 

Let me just daydream here a bit... I wish I didn't have to work in an office. I wish I got more than 30 minutes a day outdoors. I wish I had more freedom. The company I work for has a strict productivity guideline and there is NO wiggle room. Honestly, we aren't even allowed adequate time for work tasks. But I digress... because this is not a post to vent about my job to be found sooner or later by a supervisor where soon after I would find myself involuntarily freed of said job.

I am aware that wishing doesn't get you anywhere. I'm not Aladdin and this isn't Agrabah. ACTIONS get stuff done. So I signed up to oDesk to start. Damn was that overwhelming. I took exams (discovered I'm pretty damn good at grammar *whoop!), completed my profile to 100%, and started searching for jobs. People want a lot of work for like $2. I'll return later when I have more patience. 

It's about time for the rose ceremony on The Bachelor so I've gotta skedaddle. Hope you're having a better day than me! 

Tomorrow will be better... Tomorrow will be better... Tomorrow will be...

*Don't make fun of my excitement about acing the grammar test! It's harder than you think... and don't judge me on this post. It's not proofread. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

I wish I had the balls...

- to go after what truly makes me happy 

- to "make it happen"

- to quit my job to pursue a passion

- to pack up, move, and start a life in Austin

-  to go outside of my comfort zone

- to be decisive and know what I want

 -  to stop worrying about the "what ifs" of my future and just live

To believe in myself

"You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it. "
                                                                    - We Bought A Zoo

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Fairies in a Jar: Pinned it. Did it... My Experience

Fairies in a Jar - My Pinterest Experience

When I found this tutorial on Pinterest I couldn't wait to try it with my sisters! It did turn out a little bit different but still a very neat project.

From Pinterest:

What you'll need:
- a mason jar with a lid
- a glowstick
- glitter

The Steps:
1.  Cut glowstick
2. Empty into jar
3. Add glitter
4. Seal and shake

*Tips & Lessons Learned:

- Snap the glowstick before cutting. 
The fluid (that glows) in the stick is contained in a glass tube. We first tried simply cutting the stick and it was basically impossible. After breaking it with wire cutters, we discovered it was much easier to snap the glass, cut, then pour.

- Buy a small piece of tulle to put in the jar. 
I bought some cheap tulle at Hobby Lobby. It catches the glitter and "glow" so you don't just have goo all over the glass jar.

- There will be shards of glass in the mason jar from the glowstick.
It's near impossible for there not to be. But it's okay, because once the mason jar is closed, it doesn't need to be reopened anyway.

Where I bought the items needed:
Mason Jars & Glowsticks:  Dollar Tree
Glitter & Tulle:  Hobby Lobby

  Final Thought:  It was a fun, easy project to do with the girls and they loved it! The image on Pinterest, however, has to be altered in some way.

Crazy Love by Francis Chan: A Life-Changing Read

This book changed my life.

Can you imagine how much God loves you? 

No. The answer is no. 

Can you try? Well, sure. 

Francis Chan takes it even deeper in this book.

I was raised in church from the time I was 4 years old. I know all the stories and yes, "Jesus loves me this I know..." I never felt a love for him like this after reading this book. I am not exaggerating when I say it changed my life! Church is different. Worship is different. 

I am different. 

We all have heard the phrase "Live as if today were your last day." 

Let's rephrase:  Live as if today is the today you'll stand face to face with Jesus.  

What would you do differently your last day on Earth?

If you are considering buying this book, just do it. I promise you won't regret it. 

ps. I got mine at Half Price Books for $4.99

Friday, February 1, 2013

Let's Connect!

I have fallen out of blogging here for a while and I wasn't sure why. I finally realized I had grown out of my original blogging topics. While I still love fashion, my small closet and comfortable attire at work just don't supply the inspiration for a unique daily fashion post. I've even narrowed my makeup routine where I'm happy with the basics so there is nothing to really blog about!

However, I wouldn't consider my life boring. I'm 26, recently married to my college sweetheart, finally finding my way in a "career", and just trying to navigate this crazy life! I'm constantly torn between settling down and having a baby OR uprooting and making a crazy move! I am absolutely in love with Austin, TX so it's been tempting not to up and move!

My husband and I can't sit still for a second. We are always on the go visiting new places, living new experiences, and doing our best to live life NOW to the fullest... Not living in the past or future. My passions include my marriage, Jesus, photography, social media, budget savvy-ness, humor, & life!

I look forward to all the new friends I'll make and reconnecting with the old ones :)

I probably won't be able to blog daily but I'm always on Twitter!
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