1.30.2012

Fabulous Valentine Challenge - Day 1

Good morning and happy Monday friends!

I'm sooo excited about this week and next because as you all know, me and my co-hosts, Neely and Casey, will be having some Valentine fun!

If you want to play along, please go HERE to check out the list of topics for each day.

Just type up your post for the correct day's topic, grab the challenge button, and come back to any of our blogs to link up!
Valentine’s Day Challenge

Day {ONE} Loved This Date - Best Date Ever

I hate to get all corny/cheesy/mushy on y'all, but it's my blog and I do what I want. ;)

I LOVED mine and Nate's first date. It was so special and so US.

Of course, leading up to the actual date and walking in to meet him, I was going crazy with nerves. Once I got there though? All those nerves completely went away, and I immediately felt comfortable being on that date.

There were no awkward first date silences. The conversation flowed so smoothly. We never ran out of things to say and we kept each other laughing all night.

And? At the end of the night, I felt like I was on cloud 9. The next few days until I could see him again couldn't go by fast enough.

That my friends, is my opinion of a great first date! :)



1.27.2012

The Nail Files #1

TGIF everyone, right?

This is my first time to link up with
Vicki and Tara for their Nail Files linkup.

I've been meaning to, but each time I go to take a picture of my nails, they are a hot mess!

So, this week when I painted them I remembered to get a pic right afterwards. :)

The Nail Files

This week I'm wearing a fun color that my best friend put in my stocking for Christmas this year.

Of course she picked it out because she liked it and couldn't wait to paint her own nails, but luckily her and I have the same taste in nail polish colors. ;)

Sally Hansen in Mint Sorbet

What color are your nails this week? Be sure and link up! :)

1.26.2012

It's OK Thursday #26

You guys are blowing us away! Thanks SO much for all the support on helping us break 100 linkups each week. We've been doing it, thank to all of you! :)

Here's to hoping this week is just as successful! :)

If you're new to It's OK Thursday.. all you have to do is type up a post similar to the ones you see here. What's OK with you this week? Just type it up, grab the button and come back to link up!

Here goes!



Its Ok Thursdays


It's OK..

..to not think the "skinny" version of your drink at Starbucks tastes as good. Bring on the calories!

..to think people are starting to get sick of seeing you hobble around/talk about your ankle, but it's hard not to think about when it bothers you all day

..to be thankful for the invention known as "Rafflecopter!" ;)

..to be spending the majority of your income tax money on your car.. wait, that's NOT okay

..to be ridiculously excited about getting cable again. I haven't had it in almost 2 years!

..to have both a slim fast AND a poptart for breakfast some mornings

..to always have to have something salty after you eat something sweet and vice versa

..to not understand why some people just can't do their dang job!

..to still enjoy getting pretty for your boyfriend

..to use only one pen and none others until it's out of ink

..to be looking forward to the next 2 weeks for the valentine's challenge! Are you linking up?

..to shamelessly plug your own blog challenge in a totally different blog post ;)

..to think it's weird when people can't sleep because of the rain.. makes me sleep better!

..to always think it's so much fun picking a giveaway winner

..to have an opinion on "blog drama" but not talk about it because you refuse to become part of the drama!

What's OK with you this week? Come link up and share!






1.25.2012

Thanks a latte GIVEAWAY!

Remember back when I promised to do a giveaway once I reached 500 followers?

Here I am about 50 followers later, just now doing this. Sorry guys!

It still shocks me each day how many of you actually follow my life and read what I have to say. I want you all to know how much I love and appreciate you. Blogging has quickly become one of my favorites, and I couldn't do it without the support you guys give! XOXO

When I first started brainstorming what I wanted to giveaway, I knew I wanted it to be something that represents ME.

What better than COFFEE? If you know me, you know I can't go without my morning caffeine.

So, without further adieu, I present to you.. the Thanks a latte giveaway!


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The lucky winner will receive the following:


The Morning Glory Blue coffee sleeve from Etsy shop CreamNoSugar

I have a sleeve from this shop, and it is awesome! It's always in my purse, so I can use it anytime I grab a coffee. Also? My Starbucks gives me a discount for having my own sleeve. Going green one coffee at a time! ;)
Keep Calm and Coffee On 8x10 poster from Etsy shop KeepCalmShop

Along with these fab coffee goodies, you will also receive a $20 starbucks gift card!




Perfect little package for the coffee lover in you! :)

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below!
Good LUCK!

1.24.2012

TAG - you're it!

Three lovely bloggers Ashlee, Brittan and Ashley tagged me in the blogger game! I'm sure y'all have seen this floating around, right?

{The Rules...}
ONE - you must post the rules.
TWO - post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
THREE - answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you've tagged.
FOUR - tag eleven people and link them on your post
FIVE - let them know you've tagged them!

Okay, so let's see if I can think of 11 fun facts about myself..1. When using the restroom in public, I will always and ONLY use the first stall, closest to the door. Statistics show that this stall has the least germs because it's rarely used.


2. Clearly I'm a bit of a germophobe. I wash my hands A LOT, and sometimes I'll wash them and 10 minutes later even if I haven't touched anything, I feel the urge to wash them again. I can not stand for my hands to feel even the slightest bit dirty.

3. I don't own a pair of plain white socks. I do however own a ton of socks with funky designs on them. And, I only wear socks at work. Otherwise, I'm usually in flip flops.

4. I just love to cook and bake. It is a hidden dream of mine to one day own a bakery of my own.

5. One thing that drives me crazy is when time is left on the microwave. Is it that hard to either let it finish the time you typed in? Or, if you stop it before, all you've gotta do is press clear. Drives me nuts!

6. I am an impulse spender. When I see something that I want, if I have the money on me, I will get it without even thinking about what I actually need to use that money for. One of my worst habits.

7. I am only 4'10 1/2" which means I'm very close to being considered a legal midget, which also means I'm incredibly adorable.

8. I competed in spelling bees all throughout elementary school & junior high school. Need help on a word? I can probably spell it for you! ;)

9. I hit puberty way before any of my friends did in school, which meant I was embarrassed by my boobs. This lead me to walk around hunched over so no one could see them. FAIL.

10. Not much makes me more mad than being interrupted when I'm talking. I feel like that is only something children do, so it really irks me when an adult does it.

11. My wine rack in my kitchen is never empty. Did you expect any less of me? ;)

Now, without further adieu, the questions!


Ashlee's questions:
{ONE}
What is your most embarrassing moment?
I am TOO embarrassed to admit to the MOST embarrassing one. So, I'll just talk about the second most embarrassing thing to happen to me. ;) In high school, I worked at Sonic. One night, at the end of my shift, I was doing dishes in the back. One of my co-workers came and "pants-ed" me, annnd I wasn't wearing any underwear. I do not know why, but I wasn't. Silly me, turns completely around to face the kitchen, where all the cooks were, to pull my pants back up. I about DIED.

{TWO} Favorite thing in your closet?
I'm going to have to go with my True Religion jeans. They are ridiculously comfortable, and I love that I can dress them up or wear them with a t-shirt. I'm also quite fond of my dress collection. :)

{THREE} Favorite blog post?
Just one? I have many, let's see. I told y'all
how I met my boyfriend. I wrote a tribute to my dog brother. Annnd, I professed my undying love for Paula Deen.

{FOUR} If you could pick any car to have, what would it be?
Honestly, right now at this moment.. I REALLY badly want a Honda CR-V. I know that most people would say something outrageous like a Lamborghini or a Ferrari, but I'm a simple girl who just wants a classy SUV in her life.

{FIVE} One store that you can't go a week without shopping at?
Target. I have one within walking distance from my apartment, and I go there 3 times a week, at minimum. They have everything, and it's safe to say that I'm a little bit addicted. ;)

{SIX} What is your favorite kitchen tool?
It's a toss up between my fabulous red blender or my coffee maker. I'd die without that thing.

{SEVEN} If you had to wear one color for a month what color would you choose?
I should say a fun, bold color, but in all reality, it'd probably be black. If you look in my closet, almost everything is black, navy or dark gray. I just gravitate to those colors when I shop, I guess.

{EIGHT} What is your least favorite thing about flying?
Turbulence and layovers. Both equally suck.

{NINE} What is your current magazine of choice?
Gotta love People. Has all of the up to date celeb gossip, and it's a magazine that I feel I can trust the news that it offers. Plus, I'm obsessed with the crossword puzzles in the back.

{TEN} Do you follow celebrities on Twitter? If so, who is your favorite?
I follow a couple, but not a lot because they tend to only retweet people who are obsessed with them. That's annoying when my timeline is blown up with retweets!

{ELEVEN} What is your least favorite chore?
Mopping. I hate it, and to tell you the truth, I don't remember the last time I did it. Oops!

Brittan's questions:
{ONE}
What are your favorite boy and girl names?

Y'all don't be stealing these.. ;) For a girl: Jensen and for a boy: Braxen

{TWO} What is your dream job?
Pediatrician, but that's not gonna happen. So how about an RN or an NP?

{THREE} Do you use Twitter? If not, what the heck not? :)
Uh yeah I do. Self proclaimed addict!

{FOUR} If you could visit anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Europe. More specifically, Italy. I want to experience what my great grandparents did, and the amazing food and wine? Count me in!

{FIVE} Are you a mac or a PC?
A PC for now, but I'm hoping to invest in a macbook soon! :)

{SIX} How many speeding tickets have you gotten?
Just two. Which is two too many, in my opinion.

{SEVEN} Do you prefer the mountains or the beach?
The beach, for sure. I love the water and laying in the sun!

{EIGHT} What is your favorite snack?
Popcorn!!! Also, triscuits topped with cheese and pepperoni.

{NINE} What's your ideal date night?
How about I tell y'all typical Friday date night? We go to Buffalo Wild Wings and play trivia together. Then we come home, cuddle on the couch and watch a movie on Netflix. Perfection :)

{TEN} What's your favorite thing about blogging?
Definitely the friends I've made. I've never felt close to people I've never met before, but blogging is totally different. It doesn't even feel like I've never met y'all. :)

{ELEVEN} What do you do during your "me time"?
Read, paint my nails, treat myself to a pedi, or clean my apartment.

Ashley's questions:
{ONE}
Where is your dream vacation?

See above - Europe! :)

{TWO} What is your favorite blog?
There's no way I can pick just one. I love all of the blogs that I follow. You're all my favorites. :)

{THREE} What is your favorite movie?
All time fave movie is The Breakfast Club. Such a classic!

{FOUR} What is your favorite book?
Either The Great Gatsby or Catcher in the Rye. LOVE.

{FIVE} If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Physically - my teeth/smile. Mentally/emotionally - my anxiety.

{SIX} Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
I don't myself, no. BUT parents and sister do. My dad has a dog named Roxy, my sister has a dog named Hallie and 2 hamsters named Dallas and Dublin, and my mom and her boyfriend have a dog named Precious and a cat named Smudge. It's a zoo, all those animals! :)

{SEVEN} What is your favorite TV show?
Will & Grace, Friends, Grey's Anatomy and Nip/Tuck

{EIGHT} What is your absolute dream job?
See above - pediatrician. But I'll settle for a job as an RN in pediatrics instead. :)

{NINE} What store could you spend hours or more in?
Target, which happens on a weekly basis.

{TEN} Are you a morning person or night owl?
A little of both. I'm not a person who can fall asleep early, unless I'm sick, so I'm a night owl in that spectrum. And I don't like waking up early, but once I'm up and productive, I'm glad I'm up. Plus, sleeping in also makes the day go by so fast and I hate that.

{ELEVEN} What is your favorite skin care or make up product?
Skin care - Clinique moisturizer. The stuff is heaven sent. Make-up - MAC Graphblack Eyeliner.
And I tag:
Heather @ Blonde Undercover Blonde
Kiley @ Hello Kiley
Neely @ A Complete Waste of Makeup
Casey @ Stress Case
Lauren @ A Modern Day Wife's Journey
Kate @ Dancing in the Minefields
Kelly @ Keeping Up with Kelly & Co.
Krystal @ Krystal's Kitsch
Meghan @ Little Girl in the Big World
Vicki @ My Vickilicious Life
Katie @ The Nerdy Katie

My questions for you girls are:
1. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
2. What's your biggest regret? And don't say you don't have any. ;)
3. If you were to be executed, what would your last meal consist of?
4. Do you have siblings? If so, what are their names and are you the oldest/middle/baby?
5. What is your favorite color, and why?
6. What are you allergic to, if anything?
7. What was your favorite subject in high school?
8. Do you like to use pens or pencils? If pens, do you prefer a certain color?
9. What's your go-to hairstyle on a bad hair day?
10. Do you believe in the fact that everyone has a "soulmate"?
11. What is your favorite smell? Doesn't necessarily have to be a perfume/cologne.

This was fun right? Can't wait to read these ladies' answers now!

1.23.2012

Cell Phone Fun #5

Morning girls! Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope so!

It's been a while since I linked up with Savanah and Ashlee for Fun with Our Phones Monday.. so here I am.

And? Don't you just LOVE the new button?!


I like to take pictures of..

Typical friday night cuisine

Psychotic children at the movie theatre

Thumbs up for wearing leggings as pants!

Exciting products that come in the mail

My new lil sister, my dad's new dog, Roxy

My ugly, fat and bruised ankle

My adorable BF drinking a brewski

1.19.2012

It's OK Thursday #25

Hey y'all. Welcome back for another week of It's OK Thursday with me and my lovely co-host, Neely.

I don't know about y'all, but this whole SOPA mess is driving me crazy. I'm glad it was yesterday though, instead of today so hopefully y'all will still link up. :)

Y'all know the drill. Type up a post similar to mine below, grab the button (over to your right) for your post, and come back here and link up once it's posted!



Its Ok Thursdays


It's OK..

..to feel like you should've even go into work some days because on these crutches, you're useless

..to feel a little sad when "big bloggers" used to love your blog when they first started, and now that they've grown it's like they've forgotten about you #pityparty

..to call and scream like a crazy woman at the emergency maintenance at your apartment when it takes them over an hour to call back about your kitchen sink leaking all into your kitchen

..to love shower time at night now because of your new Clarisonic

..to have a mini panic attack when you run out of Tylenol PM :-/

..to be worried that no one will want to sponsor your blog

..to brag about being on day 16 of no fast food!

..to get literally pissed when someone steals one of your mayorships on Foursquare

..to not starting watching a show until after it's already off the air, and you have to buy the seasons on DVD

..to go to the grocery store just to buy more flour and sugar so you can bake cookies

..to have not stepped on a scale in over a week because you know you'll be disgusted by the number staring back at you

..to crave Pinkberry on a daily basis, especially since you've now had the deliciousness that is blood orange fro-yo!

..to love that your boyfriend waits to watch movies he knows you want to see too

..to really want to move to a different apartment within the year, but probably won't because moving sucks

..to really hope this link-up breaks 100 again! :)

What's OK with you? Come link up and share!




1.17.2012

Birchbox: Month 6

I got my January birchbox last week, and was VERY happy with the samples I got this month.

Wanna see for yourself how good I was treated? :)


Good stuff, right?

I love, love, LOVE that they include an info card with each box. Because let's face it - I'm not exactly a beauty product guru, and some months I don't even know what some of the products are. ;)

In case you can't read for yourself, my box included:

Archipelago Pomegranate Body Soap - Laced with good-for-you pomegranate extracts, this triple-milled soap smells divine and leaves skin feeling clean, not stripped.

Juicy Couture - Juicy's signature fragrance is a blend of sweet floral notes. Sophisticated and feminine, it's perfect for day or night.

ORIGINS Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash - What if your skin has dry patches and oily spots? Alleviate both concerns with this multi-tasking cleanser.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner - It's time to put down the black liner. This colorful pigment makes eyes stand out and stays put for hours.

EXTRA - Larabar Mini Bar - You won't find any artificial fillers in these natural bars: just dried fruits, nuts, and other wholesome ingredients. They're as tasty as they are healthy.

Let me just say that the pomegranate soap smells AMAZING. I can't wait to try the face wash. A full size stila eyeliner? Yes please. They sent me "lionfish" which is a brown with some sparkle in it. Very pretty!

How'd you guys rack up this month? Any similar products?

Don't subscribe to Birchbox? You can sign up HERE!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any form by Birchbox for my review. This is my honest opinion only.

1.12.2012

It's Ok Thursday #24

Hey y'all! Thanks for coming back for another week of It's OK Thursday!

Also, thank all of you so much for the sweet comments about my ankle! Wishin I'd had a guide to healthcare schools that'll train me to heal faster.


Its Ok Thursdays

It's OK..
..to use your best friend's work computer to blog

..to take advantage of being on crutches, people are so nice!

..to want to sell something on the side for extra money

..to be considering NOT registering for classes because you have to pay outta pocket

..to be doing amazingly at not eating any fast food

..to get pissed when your shellac mani chips before even a week

..to take a nap during the day and STILL be able to sleep at night

..to eat ice even though your dentist has told you not to

..to be counting down the days until BLISSDOM! :)

..to "buy" a ton of free books at the Kindle store

What's OK with you this week? Come link up and share!



1.09.2012

Glittery Winter Accents - Guest Post

Today, I have let Jessica take over my blog! I hope you all enjoy the beautiful pictures she's given us to look at!


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Hi everyone! I'm Jessica, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a blog and website where you'll find the latest in interior design trends and just the right light fixtures to go with them. Now that the holidays have just past, we still have a few months left of winter. But there's no reason to let yourself get the winter blues after you take a look at these beautiful rooms with glittery winter accents. Thanks for letting me guest post, Amber! I hope you enjoy!

Winter Accents

If you live in a colder climate, you may be spending more time by the fire. Dress up your mantel with fresh pine branches and sparkling silver candle sticks, like this fireplace vignette. The smell of pine is a wonderful winter treat and silver accessories help reflect the beautiful glow of fire light.

Winter Accents

The crisp winter blue in this bedroom looks bright and lively when combined with white marble and sculptural wall art. The extra tall lampshave a bit of silver detailing that will help reflect the warm light in the evening. An artistic hanging ceiling light fixture adds a perfect touch of elegance to the room.

Winter Accents

This all-white bedroom looks particularly sweet and cozy with petite winter accents. The glittery wedding quilt is a lovely touch, as is the paper garland strung along the mirror.

Winter Accents

A glittering DIY light fixture is a sure fire way to brighten any room during the long winter months. The star burst patterns are perfect for the season.

Winter Accents

Beautiful, glittery details really liven up this neutral living room. Sparkling throw cushions, golden snowflake garland and playful ornaments give the room a cheerful, modern touch.

Winter Accents

A lovely bowl of pine cones and glittering ornaments is a simple way to brighten up your foyer, not to mention add the fresh scent of pine trees and clear-bowl lamp. The over-sized white candles are a perfect touch.

Winter Accents

Add a bit of icy, crystal shine to your mantel or console table with polished silver bowls and candlesticks, with pretty packages wrapped up in glittery ribbon. A snowflake garland is a beautiful way to decorate for the season.

Winter Accents

A family of glittery deer make a playful addition to this wintery dining table. The cinamonn stick candle holder and woodsy place setting are beautiful, rustic touches, as well. Images 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

How do you decorate for the winter season? For plenty of
light fixtures and interior design inspirations all year round, don't forget to stop by Arcadian Lighting!

1.05.2012

It's OK Thursday #23

Good Morning friends! Isn't it nice that today only feels like a Wednesday, but it's actually Thursday?! Love when that happens!

This week,
Neely and I are hoping to break 100 LINK-UPS! Let's bring in this new year with a bang! :)

If you're new here, all you have to do is type up a similar post saying what's "OK" with you this week, grab the button to the right, and come back to link up your post!

Easy enough, eh? Let's get started!



Its Ok Thursdays


It's OK..

..to save the marshmallows for last when eating Lucky Charms

..to blog at work because you STILL haven't gotten your computer fixed :(

..to stress that you haven't had posts up each day that you have wanted to

..that you have entirely too much Christmas candy in your pantry from your stocking

..to cancel your gym membership in hopes that you'll pick up Pure Barre regularly

..to be sad that no one got you Amazon gift cards for Christmas

..that getting an abundance of Starbucks gift cards kinda makes up for that ;)

..to feel bad that I keep talking about my 500 giveaway but haven't posted about it yet

..to have gone to an arcade for NYE instead of the typical night out

..to pay someone to wash your car because you're too lazy to go do it yourself

..to be overwhelmed with all the coupon sites you've looked into

..to think some people should just suck it up and take OTC meds

..to try and talk your BFF into going to NOLA for Mardi Gras

..to still have not finished uploading pictures from 2011's 365 photo challenge, oops!

..to hate coming home to an empty mailbox

What's OK with you this week? Come link up and share!






1.03.2012

New Year = New Goals

I've always made "resolutions" but typically make ones that are far-fetched or hard to attain.

I've already
blogged about a few I had thought of off the top of my head.

This past weekend though, I really thought long and hard about what I want to accomplish for myself in the year 2012.

I want to..

Treat myself once a month. Whether it be a pedicure, a massage or a fancy bottle of wine. I work too hard to earn money just to pay my bills. I should be able to use the money I work for on myself every now and then too.



Start couponing. I spend enough money on random things that I need to be more cautious about sales/coupons that are floating around the internet.

Stop being so judgemental. I hate to admit it, but I am a judger. I want to be nicer and not form my own "opinions" about people I don't even know all that well.

Cut back on fast food. It's way too easy to drive thru and grab something instead of going home to cook. Accomplishing this goal means I'll save money and lose a few pounds, maybe.

Take better care of myself. Each year, the closer I get to 30, the more aware I am of my body. I want to exercise more, even if it's just a 30 minute walk around the complex. I need to get more into the habit of washing my face every night and taking better care of my skin.

Take a vacation with Nate. Don't get me wrong, we've seen plenty of fun things together as a couple. BUT anytime we've gone somewhere, it's been to see family or attend a wedding. I want a vacation where we have nothing to worry about but having fun together and laying by the pool with drinks in hand.

Get my anxiety under control. If you know me, you most likely know I suffer from anxiety. I have a problem with letting it take over me at times. I need to learn how to manage it better and enjoy life instead of worrying so much about it.

I feel like this year, these are more attainable goals. I CAN do these. And, as my bloggy friends, I want you all to hold me accountable. :)

What goals have you set for yourself this year?


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