Keep Looking Up 'Cause That's Where It All Is!

In my 26 years on this earth, I can remember the passing of many celebrities. It's always sad when you hear of a death, no matter who it is. However, I never really let it "bother" me, so to speak. It was sad, I prayed for their family, but I never really dwelled on it. (I don't mean to sound insensitive, but it's the truth.)

Saturday night, as we were driving from my birthday dinner (post to come) to meet up with friends at a local bar, I was scrolling through my twitter feed, when I saw that Mark Cuban had tweeted "RIP Kidd Kraddick"

I immediately got upset, and started googling reputable news sites, hoping and praying that it was just a hoax or an awful prank. Sadly, it was not. It was the truth.

If you don't live in the DFW metroplex, or in Texas, or any city that syndicates KKITM radio show, then you may not know who I'm speaking of, and you're seriously missing out.

Kidd in the middle

The death of Kidd Kraddick affected me WAY more than I could've ever imagined. He is the first 'celebrity' whose death I've cried over. Whose death is something I've been thinking about since I found out Saturday night.

I never met the man in person, but he still feels like my friend. I grew up listening to him on the radio every morning. On my way to school in the car with my mom, on my way to school once I had my own car, on my way to work, and now in my later life. He's been a part of my Monday-Friday mornings since before I can even remember. I don't remember a time in my life that Kidd wasn't a part of it.

I cried and laughed every morning with the KKITM crew. There were many times I went into work late because they were playing a bit that was too hilarious to turn off, so I'd sit in my car in the parking lot until it was over. There were many times I'd try and try to get through on the phone lines to talk to the crew. There were many times I'd get upset when they took a break and played a song. I wanted the funny to continue, damnit! 

He was a selfless man, and the fact that he died doing what he loved puts a lot of his fans at ease. He was the master mind behind Kidd's Kids, which is a philanthropy that provides terminally ill children with the adventure of a lifetime. He takes a big group of families to Disney World every year, and he raises massive amounts of money for these families who have to live with very unfortunate circumstances. He put a smile on SO MANY faces while he was here on earth. And I just know, that the kids whose lives he affected that are now in Heaven, are so happy to see him and hug him again.

I woke up earlier than normal yesterday morning to tune into the show to hear his fellow crew share memories of him. It was the saddest hour and a half on radio. But I'm so glad they were able to do this for his fans.

RIP Kidd. You'll be sorely missed by your fans in Dallas. Thanks for touching our lives for so many years.

"Keep looking up 'cause that's where it all is!" - Kidd Kraddick


Your Childhood is Calling..

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jelly Beans but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #JellysAreBack http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

...they want their jellies back! ;)

I can almost guarantee that most of my readers are an age that they can remember wearing jelly shoes as a kid. I know I had MANY pairs of them. Even as a pre-teen, I remember that my best friend and I thought we were the coolest when we found platform jellies!

Then and now, I love how versatile these shoes are. They pair well with any outfit.

I chose black because it's a neutral color, and I wanted to be able to wear my jelly shoes whenever I wanted to! I loved pairing it with my black and white polka dot top and mint crops. It really completed the look, don't you think?

While it reminds me of being a kid, they're fashionable enough for adults that you don't look like a kid when wearing them! Jelly bean shoes for the win!

The Jelly Beans store is offering free shipping to the US! And they have an array of colors to choose from. You could get one in each color to have a pair for any outfit you wanted to wear. ;)

Now, before you go run out and buy yourself a pair of these nostalgic shoes.. tell me, how would YOU style your jellies??


My Kia, My Summer!

I'm sure we can all agree on the fact that Summer time usually means road trips, right?

Summer time is meant for jet setting across the country to visit family and friends while the weather is right and the sun is out!

I've taken many a' road trip in my trusty Kia. Not only does my car get great gas mileage, but it's roomy enough for me, my friends and our luggage!

There's many things I consider "necessities" for a successful road trip, such as snacks, audio books, etc. But, the most important thing:

Summer time play lists are a MUST for road trips!!! Sometimes, being on the road can get tiring or boring, but some good tunes can really make the time go by quicker, in my opinion.

Lucky for you guys, I'm sharing my top three fave songs for the perfect playlist for your summer road trip this year.

Fergilicious - Fergie/Black Eyed Peas

Wannabe - Spice Girls

Don't Stop Believing - Journey

C'mon now. How can you NOT have fun passing the time on the road while jamming out to these songs with your best friends?!

These songs put me back to February 2012 when I road tripped it to Nashville for a blog conference with some of my best!

What about you? What's your summer road trip playlist? How would you tell me about your Kia, your summer??

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Happy Birthday to Me and You! {GIVEAWAY!}

Hiii friends! Today I am SO excited because IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!

I still like having fun and getting excited on my birthday, and this year is no exception!

To celebrate today, I'm having a HUGE giveaway from some of my favorite blog friends. They're giving presents to YOU! I know you're excited to know what prizes are up for grabs, but first let me introduce you to the lovely ladies who made this happen! I love each and every one of them more than I can describe!

One winner will receive ALL of the following:

$10 gift card to Target
$20 gift card to Lululemon
$75 gift card to Starbucks
2 Essie nail polishes
21 Jump Street on DVD
1 bottle of Zoya nail polish
Pair of mint tear drop earrings with gold trim
6 handmade note cards from A Joyful Greeting
1 month Medium ad space at Chits & Giggles
1 month Feature ad space at Whispering Sweet Nothings
2 month Large ad space at Life with a Side of Coffee
1 month Gold ad space at Ricci Explains it All
2 month Waena Kine ad space at One Haole Girl

Are you freaking out excited yet?? ;)

So, get your booty to entering! There's LOTS of ways to earn entries as you can see below.

Giveaway will last for one week and the winner will be notified via email.

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Megan's 10 things in 100 days!

Remember back when I made my 101 in 1001 list? Well, this sweet girl (who is one of those fab blogs on my sidebar) was inspired by my list to make a list of her own!! Check it out...


Hey there pretties! I'm Megan from From Megan, With Love (mouthful, isn't it?). I'm a recent college graduate embarking on the newest journey of my life: the real world. No more college parties, sleeping in, and living off of my parents dollar. I'm on my own from here on out.

Today's guest post is inspired by Amber's 101 in 1001. There are some many things I'd like to do, places I'd like to see, and people I'd like to meet, but just can't find the time to do. It's crazy how life gets moving so fast and it's hard to pencil in time to do the things you want to do. After my recent trip to Vegas, I've learned to just be spontaneous and do things you wouldn't ordinarily do. Life is more fun that way!

So thanks to Amber, I'm bringing you a small scale version of her list... 

10 things I'd like to do/see/meet in 100 days 

Here we go:

1. Read 5 new books

2. Work out 4 times a week

3. Call my brothers at least once a week

4. Meet my newest baby niece, Ella!

5. Go for more than an hour without checking my iPhone

6. Get up to speed on Game of Thrones

7. Have a blogger meet up with someone in Austin.. anyone?!

8. Play mini golf with my boyfriend

9. Not straighten my hair for a week

10. Do some major fall cleaning and donating

And there you have it! It's important to me to set aside time in my crazy life to do these things. While some are big and some are small, they are all of equal importance. And now Amber add one more to her list of people she inspired to make this list ;)

Keep up with me over at From Megan, With Love. I look forward to seein' yall!


Isn't she the sweetest?! Thanks so much for taking over today, Megan!

Be sure to catch up with her on her blogBloglovin', Instagram and Twitter!


Never, Ever, EVER!

I wish I could say Happy Monday or Yay it's Friday, but what do you say on Tuesday? It's probably the most boring day of the week, am I right?!

Linking up with 3 of my fave gal pals, today to share my "Never, Ever, Evers"...

The Vintage Modern Wife: Never Ever Ever Link Up

Never, Ever, Ever....

..will I stop getting excited for my birthday week. It's just not going to happen. I love feeling like it's all about ME! :)

..will I be more than happy to get my car paid off. I just know it's going to feel like the hugest relief off my chest.

..will I stop trying to get rid of my stuff. Speaking of which, I have 4 Coach purses I'm trying to get rid of for less than $100 a piece!!! Like 'em?

..will I say that I'm going to quit coffee. It's the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning!

..will I not be happy when checking my blog comments. Every email I receive from you guys makes me smile!

..will I get sick of group texting with my #bffsfolyfe

Have a good day, doll faces!


This Weekend, I Mingled, Gossiped & Had a Fun Day ;)

Y'all know what today is right??

It's the start of my birthday week, HOLLA! Yeah, you heard me right. I plan to be that obnoxious birthday girl all week long. I'll be stalking my email for coupons and deals and stalking my mail for cards and cash. ;)

Wanna know how I celebrated my pre-birthday weekend? 

  • Friday night, Nate and I decided to go to Pluckers for dinner instead of our usual tacos. We were smart and went a little early since it tends to get PACKED the later it gets and when there are more sporting games on the TVs. Luckily, because we got there early, happy hour was still in effect! 34 oz beer mugs for CHEAP. Yes, please! Oh, and I made a happy plate. Because I was starving. Or a fatty, whatever.
  • Saturday morning, Nate was off to work for a couple of hours so I was off to have a girls' day with my BFF, Jill. (I didn't get a pic of us, dammit!) But we had lunch at Chili's (our fave!) and went and saw Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain. We love him, he's hilarious. Then we headed to play Bingo because we enjoy the same activities as our grandparents do, clearly. We didn't win anything, but we had a dang good time. After, we stumbled into a redneck bar and it was a little sketch and no one came to take our drink order, so we left and went to grab burgers and beers for more girl talk. Perfect day. She always makes my day!
  • Sunday morning, Nate and I were up bright and early to head to see my friends at Seattle's Best Coffee to try their brand spankin' new breakfast sandwiches. Guys, they now offer BACON. I mean, can that get any more exciting?? Bacon is the candy of meats, and this didn't disappoint. Delicious sandwich that went perfectly with my yummy iced coffee.
  • We cleaned the apartment some, and I was headed to spend the day with my sister. We never really have any plans, we just lounge around, say stupid things to make each other laugh and play with each others' hair. :) See.. she gave me french braid pigtails. And yes, I plan to sleep in them tonight and wear 'em to work tomorrow. One less thing I have to do in the morning (fix my hair) the better!
How was your weekend, friends?

Mingle 240

still being [molly]


Hi, I'm Amber & I like crappy TV

Hi Amber!!!

Just kidding, sit down. This isn't an AA meeting.

Last night when I was pondering what to write about on the ol' blog today, I was stumped as usual. Then I remembered the fabulous Erica had done a post on 5 random questions that her boyfriend asked her. I mean, that's genius. Why shouldn't we make our boyfriends ask us questions so we'll have blog content?!

Obviously, I had to do this too for my blog day with no specific topic. So, I went to Nate and said, "Okay babe, I need you to ask me 5 random questions. They can be about anything at all. Anything you've been dying to know about me?"

And this is what I got...

Why do I have to ask you these questions?
Um, that's irrelevant. But since I know you won't ask anymore questions unless I tell you, it's for my blog. What else would I make you be doing this for?

Why do you like crappy TV shows, like Pretty Little Liars, the Kardashians and Honey Boo Boo?
Why do you only like sporting events?!?! HUH??? First of all, PLL isn't crap. I've seen you peeking up from your book when it's on TV. You're not as sneaky as you think. Kardashians are just a train wreck, you can't stop watching. And Honey Boo Boo makes me laugh and don't lie - it makes you feel better about your life too.

Why are you so anxious all of the time?
Ya know, that little thing called an anxiety disorder I have? That's what causes it. I know you don't understand and probably never will because you're sooooo chill, cool, calm and collected all day. But you love me through it anyway. 

Why can't you ever go to the pool by yourself?
You know the answer to this already. I don't like doing anything alone. I like having company, and you look really cute in your swim trunks. ;)

Where did you learn to cook so well?
Way to redeem yourself there babe! Many years of watching my mama cook in the kitchen when most kids were outside playing. Also, I like practicing, so that helps too! Thanks for being my guinea pig most nights for dinner.


The Adult Sippy Cup {GIVEAWAY}

How many times have you wanted to bring your wine or beer to the pool, but then your dreams are shattered when you see the NO GLASS sign?!

Been there, done that.

Problem was solved however, when I discovered The Product Farm. They offer "to-go" cups for wine AND beer. Genius, right? I kinda wish I would've thought of it first. ;)

I can't even begin to tell you how convenient it was to bring my drink to the pool.

This past Sunday, I was being a total bum on the couch. Instead of sitting upright and drinking out of a cup like a normal person, I chose to use my sippy cup so I could still lay down. WIN.

So, let's recap here. 

The Product Farm offers the Vino 2 Go (for those who like wine), the Vino 2 Go XL (for those who love wine) and the Brew 2 Go (for those who enjoy beer). 

You're all set if you ask me!

Lucky for you guys, today I'm giving away ALL THREE of these cups!

That's right, this giveaway will consist of 3 different winners, and you get to choose which color your lid is, too!

If you just can't wait to see if you won or not, feel free to buy yourself one now and use coupon code BrunchVino for 10% off. Code is valid through July 28th.

So, you know the drill. Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter for your chance to win. Giveaway will last one week, winners will be displayed on widget and notified via email.


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored giveaway. I received no monetary compensation, but I was given these products in exchange for my honest review and opinions.

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Weekend Hap-Hap-Happenings!

Hi friends! Happy MONDAY! I'm hoping this week flies by as fast as my weekend did.

What did you do this weekend? Anything fun? Take a peek at mine!

  • Started by painting my nails Chapel of Love by OPI. They needed color badly, and since I had the afternoon off early, I took advantage of the extra time. 
  • Nate and I went to meet up with some friends for the Summerland Tour to see some bands play live. Good music is always a fun time. Until a guy in front of you steps on your toe, ouch!
  • But, Nate sure enjoyed himself. The beer wasn't half bad either!
  • Hung out by the pool with my family. (mom & sister pictured) We treated ourselves to some adult beverages too. When in Rome, right?
  • Binky got a much needed bath. My sister couldn't handle how cute he looks after, so she insisted on documenting the moment. ;)
  • We braved the rain to meet up with some friends for lunch while they were passing through town. Of course, I forgot to get a group picture.
  • Binky was happy when we came back home, so he cuddled on the couch with us while we watched re-runs of The Office.
  • And, I treated myself to a little glass of wine. It was delicious and the perfect way to end my weekend! 

What did you do this weekend?

Mingle 240

still being [molly]


Book Club Friday #33

Okay, it's been ENTIRELY too long since I've linked up with HeatherKatie for Book Club Friday!

It's not that I haven't been reading, because I have, it's just that I haven't sat down to write down my reviews.

That all changes today. ;)

Today, I'm sharing Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.

This was on my book shelf FOREVER before I finally picked it up. I did once I saw previews of the movie. I knew if I wanted to watch the movie, I had better get to reading the book!

Book description from GoodReads:

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her... a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards... and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

My thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book. I was so enthralled with Katie's story and the love that her and Alex have with each other. The back story on Katie had me turning pages very quickly. I wanted to know what happened next the whole time! I definitely recommend this book, and I can't wait to see the movie!

I gave it 5 out of 5 stars!

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My Birthday Wishlist!

With my birthday coming up (TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!) I thought it'd be the perfect time to write up my wishlist. I've done this the past couple of years here on the blog, and 2 years ago I actually got the kindle I asked for. 

Sooo, maybe I can cross my fingers that Nate will read this and get me something good again. ;)

In no specific order, 5 things I'd LOVE for my birthday:

Texas Home Tee - $25: Size Medium. I've been lusting after this shirt for months now. They were $48, and now they're almost half the price! So if I don't get this baby as a gift, I'm buying it myself, for sure.

Chevron Maxi Game Day Dress - $39: Size Medium. I am loving maxi dresses this year, and this one is no exception. Plus, it'd be the perfect outfit for all those Tech games Nate makes me watch during the year. ;)
Dollface Coffee Mug - $23. Another item I've seen everywhere, and I just have to have this. I'd drink my morning coffee out of it every day. I'll even drink my sleepy tea in it, too!

State Necklace - $9.95. Okay, so this shop has become one of my favorites. I pretty much want one of everything, but I want this the MOST! :)

Monogram Phone Cover - $49. Monogram everything, right? Why not my phone case too? This would definitely get some good use.


CASH, and lots of it. I'm in the process of paying my car off. I'm so close to the end that I can taste it. Any amount of money given to me would go towards that!


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