Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Best Cat That Ever Lived

If you've read my blog or know me at all, you know that I'm crazy about my pets. Especially my cat, Sylvester. This post is going to be hard on me and I've waited a while to write it for that very reason.
Two weeks ago, I received a call. One that I was not expecting, nor did I want to get. "I think Sylvester got hit by a car up the road from your house. I am so very sorry." I held it together till after I was on the phone, then burst into tears. I was taking care of my kiddos at the time, so I called my mom and asked if she would go check to see if it really was him. I also don't think I could have handled seeing him like that. Moments seemed drag on as I feared the worst. Finally she got a hold of me and confirmed the worst. My precious cat was dead. I tried to be strong. I calmed down a bit later and the kids hugged me. I think I would have been in worse shape had it not been for their kind consolation.
We buried Sylvester under the big walnut tree in the back yard. I didn't do well for the next few days and it still breaks my heart from time to time. But I'm getting better. I have all kinds of sweet memories with that crazy cat of mine. He will forever be in my heart. I love you Sylvie.  
Some of my favorite pictures of my darling.

He was so overwhelmingly cute.


Peeping tom.

The day I brought him home. So tiny and so precious.
These pictures make me smile and I cherish all the precious memories. I loved my baby.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Music Monday, New Year Resolution by Graham Colton

I thought this song was appropriate since tomorrow is New Year's Eve. I enjoyed 2013, I really did. I was very blessed with the lessons I learned, people I met, friends and family that I grew closer too, opportunities I was able to participate in, and exciting events that happened. Honestly, this past year was kind of a redeeming year for me. I was coming out of a rough patch in 2012 and this year was my time to start anew. That's why this song is perfect. 2013, I solute you. Happy New Year's everyone! 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Music Monday, All My Bells Are Ringing by Lenka

This song is adorable and it's only appropriate because... Christmas is THIS WEEK!!!! Have I mentioned how much I love the holidays?? In case I haven't told you, I LOVE them. I look forward to it like a little kid. There's just something so magical about this time of year. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! I'll be stuffing my face with amazing food and laughing with my crazy family.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Music Monday, Oceans by Hillsong United

This song is beautiful and it blows me away every time. I'm warning you that the video is nine minutes long but it is worth it. Enjoy!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Music Monday, Beautiful Day by Jamie Grace

I love, love, LOVE this song. It's one of those songs that uplifts my spirit and brightens my day. Jamie is such a talented girl and I'm glad that I have had the privilege to see her play live. Have a beautiful week!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Music Monday, Say Something by A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera

So this song is kind of sad but it is so beautiful that I had to share. I really love Christina Aguilera's voice and the harmony on this just gives me chills. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's Thankful Season

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Can you believe it?? I love this time of year. I love fall and all the thankful, cozy vibes it brings. It is, quite possibly, my favorite season. Every November, Facebook is loaded with people posting what they're thankful for. I know some find it kind of annoying but I love it! It makes me happy to see people counting their many blessings. I have not done it this year but have in a few years past. I decided it would be a good post to list some of them. So here we go;

1. I'm so very thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without him, I would not have the amazing life that I do. It may be a mess sometimes, but it is something beautiful. I could never be perfect on my own but I have been made perfect through his love and sacrifice. And for that, I am extremely blessed and eternally grateful.

2. I'm thankful for my dynamic family. I have some amazing parents and little brothers. My Dad is Mr. Fix-Anything and has always been there to lend a helping hand. He does so much to provide for my family. My Mom is such a sweet woman with a heart of gold. She always is doing something kind and loving us kids unconditionally. My three younger brothers are all different in their own ways. They're ornery for sure, but care so much for everyone they meet. They are all pretty hilarious too and will keep us rolling on the floor for a lifetime to come. My new sister-in-law gets added to this list too. She is such a kind soul. I'm so glad that I get to call her a sister and a friend. I dearly love each member of my family.

3. I'm thankful for my amazing best friends. Reghan (reghanland), Helen, (blueeyedbeautyblogg), and Alyssa have been my corner stones of a lifetime. No matter what, I will always have that special bond with each of them. They are my confidants, my adversaries, and my sisters by heart. Any time I get together with one of them, it is a wonderful time filled with laughter and encouragement. Life would be so dull without them! They are such treasures. (I'm so thankful for every friend that I have been blessed with.)

4. I'm thankful for coffee. I'm finally getting over my addiction to where I'll drink usually one cup a day instead of three..

5. I'm thankful for my creative talents. I am all about crafts and the sense of accomplishment I get when I bring new purpose to something. I have also begun to really appreciate my cake decorating abilities and the artwork that it is. It's a lot more time and effort consuming than you'd think.

6. I'm thankful for the cool fall days (although it's been a little frigid lately). Like I said, this time of year is one of my favorites. Snuggling up with a blanket and a good book is so cozy when it's like this.

7. I'm thankful for baking and cooking. I like love food.. even though it will make you fat.

8. I'm thankful for my future husband and family. I often day dream about what they will look like and it is something quite spectacular. I'm definitely excited about that part of my life.

9. I'm thankful for my job. I get to spend time playing with three pretty great kiddos during the week. I mean come on. Who wouldn't love to do that? They are each a little light brightening up my days. I love getting to be a part of their lives.

10. I'm thankful for my career. I get to help ladies and couples make one of the most memorable days of their life, special. I've done just about every job in the book pertaining to weddings; Decorator, cake decorator, hair stylist, florist, make-up artist, nail technician, seamstress, caterer, chauffeur, bridesmaid, etc, etc. I love every little detail that I get to pour my heart into with my career. It's pretty stinkin' cool.

11. I'm thankful for fashion. I enjoy getting to express myself through clothes and accessories. A girl likes to get dolled up and feel pretty! Cozy sweaters and shoes are the best.

12. I'm thankful for music. There are so very many talented musicians out there that produce amazing lyrics. They've been blessed with that gift. I'm just glad I get to butcher those songs when I sing them.

13. I'm thankful for my pets. Of course, you already assumed that this would be on my list. I'm crazy in love with my furry companions. Cat lady forever. Animal lady forever.

14. I'm thankful for do-good-ers. Nothing warms my heart more than to see someone serving a stranger. Whether it's an action or a smile, there needs to be more kind people out there. I know I always get a warmth in my soul when I help someone out.

15. I'm thankful for all my worldly possessions. This might seem a bit odd to state but it's true. God has blessed me immensely with everything from clothes and a car, to a roof over my head. It's all temporary and none of it will last forever but they are commodities that I have been fortunate enough to be given. I want to share everything with those that need it, to pass these blessings forward.

16. I'm thankful for a voice. I get to speak and be heard (most of the time anyway). I can make a difference in a world that is ever changing. To share my ideas and encourage others on in life. Sometimes I think there's people that would like me to just shut-up (Haha!). Oh well. :)

17. I'm thankful for flannel sheets. What? If you haven't slept in flannel sheets, you haven't lived. Mom bought me some just because and they are so fuzzy warm. Trust me, there is a reason that they get their own thankful number.

18. I'm thankful for second chances and forgiveness. These keys applies to faith, relationships, and life in general. I have received those and I have given them. If you live willing to give these without conditions, you will have a much fuller life. This has been a very prominent lesson in my life lately. I am rebuilding a relationship because of giving a second chance/forgiveness to someone recently and I have been so very blessed. Maybe someday I'll write a post about it.

19. I'm thankful for sleep. Which, is something I should be doing right now. I'm a sleep hog and can never seem to get enough of it. I don't dream that often so honestly, my sleep is just plain ol' boring.

20. In general, I'm thankful for this life I have. I could go for forever with this whole thing but at some point, I have to put a cap on it. I hope to live each day to the fullest and love without ceasing. I am so extremely blessed with this life I've been given. I don't want to ever waste it.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving! I always do. We spend time hanging out with family all day and stuffing our faces with delicious food. It's pretty much the best thing ever. I can't wait!

Stay thankful!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Music Monday, I Can't Complain by Relient K

Relient K has been one of my favorite bands since they started, what seems like, forever ago. There has been some mixed reviews on their new album but I love it, just like any other album they have released. The song "I Can't Complain" has quickly become one of my favorites. It has a laid back tune to match laid back lyrics. It's a reminder for me to just chill out and enjoy life as it comes. To pick the good out of any and every situation. "Every day is too short to let it go to waste." I hear ya Relient K. Take the blessings as they come.
On a "blessings" related note, my kitty was found as of Sunday morning! Sylvester was missing for over three weeks and I had started loosing all hope that I would ever see him again. I spent the night in OKC with Reghan on Saturday night and headed home Sunday morning before weather conditions started getting too bad. When I braked at a four-way stop about two miles away from my house, I happened to see a black and white cat walking down the road across from me. I drove over to look out of curiosity, and sure enough, it was my fur-ball! I hopped out of my car to call for him and he ran over to me, making a meowing/crying sound. I picked him up and started balling. It's horribly pitiful, I know, but that's my baby. He was on the other side of the river and I guess had wandered far enough that he couldn't find his way back. Poor thing. I'm super happy that he's home safe and sound! It's a miracle to me. Hopefully he's learned a lesson and won't ever wander so far again.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Music Monday, Words by Hawk Nelson (plus a thought and story)

This song has been playing in my head so often lately. I catch myself singing it at least once a day and I can't blame myself because, well, it's super catchy. But even more so than that, there is such a deep meaning behind the lyrics. How many words do we say each day? It is estimated (by ask.com) that women say an average of 20,000 words a day and a man says approximately 7,000. Crazy, right? Girls are obviously pretty chatty. But how many of those words are positive? Or even.. negative? This past week I didn't have a ton of positive things to say. It seemed like it was one thing after another bringing me down. Some of those depressing and hurtful moments were from things people had said to me. It's amazing what words (and actions) can do to a heart. I'm trying to work on that part of myself. Using only encouraging words to anyone I might come in contact with throughout my day. It's probably all something we could work on. I hope that this song touches your heart like it does mine.
On a side note, I've actually met Hawk Nelson before. We go to a concert called WinterJam every year in OKC. The year they preformed (like 4 or 5 years ago), I stayed afterwards to stand in line so I could meet them and get my shirt signed. I began talking to one band member when I started working my way down the table and ended up standing off to the side at the end of it. Just so we could finish talking about random stuff. Mostly, that the weather in Oklahoma was bi-polar. So many girls passed by with astonished looks because, golly, he was super cute and I was super lucky. My friend Alyssa and I giggled about it afterwards for quite a while. He probably doesn't remember it but I sure do. I had a major crush on that boy-band cutie. Anyways, that's just a fun little tid-bit about a memory I have from my teen years.
Have a blessed week and be encouraging with your words!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Be Nice. Don't be a Heifer.

Remember my previous post? Well, my long week continued. I dropped my phone in a solo cup of iced tea. I was rather clumsy and now it will not work. At least I still had my old crummy android that I am now using. Oh well. It happens I guess. That's what I get for being a tea addict.

On to my main topic for this post. I work at a lovely little restaurant on Fridays. The owners are the sweetest people ever and it is truly a joy working for them. During my short time of working with them, I've never encountered any really rude customers. Today however.. I did. Two doctors came in. One I recognized from a few other visits and is very sweet. The other I had not seen before but I will certainly remember her now. I seated them and asked what they wanted. They ordered a hot tea and two orders of scones. I went to the back to tell the order to the chef and was informed that we had just run out of scones. We had a big order call in so the last four orders were sent to go. I went back to inform the ladies that we were out of scones. Well, Nice Doctor had gone to the restroom so it was just the other sitting at the table. I inform her, "Ma'am I am so sorry but we had a to go order that just cleaned us out of all of our scones.." Before I could get out anything else, she slams her hands on the table! Silverware somewhat flies up in the air and everything on the table rattles. It was not quiet at all, especially in a small space. Three other groups were currently present. Rude Doctor continues to make a scene by raising her voice, "I cannot BELIEVE you don't have any scones and it's the middle of the day! I just can not believe this. That is THE ONLY reason I come here. So I can have tea and scones. And now it's not worth my time!" I manage to get in, "I am so sorry. Would you like me to see if we can find an alternative?" Rude Doctor, "No! There is no alternative to scones. I just can not believe this. I don't even want to stay now!" (I'm thinking, yes, please do leave). She was rubbing her forehead and shaking the whole time. Just raising her voice and making it seem like we were the worst possible people on the planet. She gets up to storm out and by this point, Nice Doctor has shown up. They meet my boss at the door and Rude Doctor proceeds to chew her out. Yelling and making yet ANOTHER scene. I guarantee that she's actually three by the way she's throwing tantrums. She was super rude to my boss who is just the sweetest, most understanding lady ever. By this point, our other customers are just floored and whispering about this crazy lady that is just making a fool of herself. I have tears forming by now and am trying to take care of our other customers without balling in front of them. The doctors? They end up staying after Nice Doctor apologizes and Rude Doctor calms down. I then have to go take their orders and they wanted a lot of specifics and substitutes, etc. I get back to the kitchen and start telling my boss what they want to eat, but I start tearing up.. again. She asks, "Were they rude to you??" in the most concerned voice.. I break down, balling like a baby. It was really embarrassing. She frets over me and tells me to take a seat for a bit. Just a side note to anyone that doesn't know me, I'm a very tender-hearted person. Someone being upset with me just rips me apart. Bless my dear boss because she said that she would wait on their table so that I wouldn't have to. That made things much easier! I composed myself and went on to take care of the other customers. Thank goodness that they were all so sweet and understanding. This one lady (who I'm pretty sure was actually Reba McEntire's twin. No joke, she sounded just like her and looked really similar but with bleach blonde hair.) told me that I did a wonderful job and how much they enjoyed everything. After everyone cleared out and the doctors left satisfied, my boss was talking to one of her friends that had come in to chat for a bit. She explained what had happened and that she could not believe how that woman had acted. My boss said, "She was just a rude heifer!" Knowing my sophisticated boss, I busted up laughing over her saying it. We all laughed for quite awhile over the situation and that lightened my heart greatly. Geez life gets crazy! Laugh about it.

I was able to get quite a bit of positives out of this week though. I got a great shirt in the mail. It says, "I just want to drink coffee, make stuff, and sleep." BEST. SHIRT. EVER! I seriously think that this shirt was made for me. That's what my dreams are made of. The whole iced tea phone? I was given an iPhone 4 today. BIG whoop!! I can't wait to get everything uploaded to it. Reghan and I went to Tres Catina in Norman to watch my cousin play on Thursday night. It was a really nice and much needed girl's night out. She's the coolest. Tonight (Friday), I hung out with my "ex" for quite awhile. He's become such a great friend and I really appreciate him. We ate at buffalo wild wings, shopped for candy, went to see the new Thor, and played a few rounds of pool. I'm so thankful for all the loving and awesome friends that I have to encourage me on a daily basis. I would be a mess without them!

Just a reminder, be nice to everyone around you. No one likes being the victim of meanness. Don't be a "heifer."

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sometimes.. Well Ya Know... Life

The past week (or a little over) has been filled with a ton of positive things. My brother got married to a super sweet girl, who I am proud to call my sister-in-law. I was a bridesmaid, make-up artist, nail lady, cake maker, decorater, hair stylist, florist, and crafty fool for their wedding.  I went as a sponsor on a youth retreat with our teens at church. That was so refreshing and inspiring! I went to yet another wedding, which I also did cupcakes and a mini wedding cake for. I hung out with my super adorable kids. Did (and am still doing so) research for a business opportunity. Took a few naps. Shopped, and several other things that I'm sure I am forgetting..

So why am I struggling with feeling blue??

Things happen, I know, but there was also a fair share of not so great things happened this past week. I was super stressed. I got virtually no sleep what-so-ever. I had severe headaches. I ate way too many sweets and I'm sure gained weight. I took myself out to eat..alone..twice. I rolled my ankle or may have even sprained it. I stepped in a hole, felt it slide out of socket, and heard it crack. The swelling and bruising has taken over my foot. It honestly just looks gross. That's what happens when you have a weak ankle I guess. It's already been sprained twice so I shouldn't be surprised that it has happened again. Ha.
My brother moved away. As if I didn't get to see him much as is, now I feel like I never will. My brother and I have always been really close. We would stay up way too late talking about anything and everything. Several people have thought we are twins on random occasions, and in some ways, we are a lot alike. He's one of my very best friends. Before summer started, he got a decent job and moved out. I have not been able to see him much since then. I know it's all part of growing up, but my heart still breaks over it. When most of my other friends moved away, I had him. We did stuff. We had the best times ever. Now he has moved and there is just as much distance between. I don't say all this to make you think he's abandoned me. He hasn't. He's still awesome and we talk when we can but I just miss him. Like a lot.
On another subject of missing, my dear sweet kitty Sylvester, is missing. He has been gone for over a week and there is no sign of him anywhere. I have spent time after time driving around, looking and yelling for him. I don't want to give up searching, but it is starting to seem hopeless. Sylvester is my baby. He has been the warmth in my heart. We would snuggle. We would play. We would go on car rides. He followed me everywhere. Sylvester is the most beautiful cat I have ever seen. Long black and white fur portioned to perfection. Light green eyes that look straight into your soul. I know that I sound like a crazy cat lady. That's okay by me.. because I am. I'm crazy about MY cat. The fact that I might never see him again, breaks my heart like nothing else. My horrible break up a few years ago? Yeah it comes pretty dang close to that. I cry about Sylvester being gone, every day. I miss him a whole freaking lot. If he was present, he would sense my hurt. He always did when I was feeling down and would snuggle up under my chin, purring.

I can only wish for the best and that I'll find him. But a big part of me is just devastated.

I'm feeling down because of a lot of this and other little things here and there. I know pain doesn't last forever and God is getting me through it. I keep telling myself that rough patches happen. I've had my fair share of them for sure. I just have to keep praying and holding onto the Lord. He will never fail me even when life and circumstances do.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Music Monday, Let Her Go by Passenger

I love this song! The melody is so catchy and I cannot stop singing it. I think it is just stuck on replay in my mind. If you haven't heard it yet, you're missing out! I hope that you enjoy this week's Music Monday as much as I do.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Music Monday, 1,000 Years by Christina Perri

So my Brother got married on Saturday and his beautiful bride walked down the isle to this song. It's kind of been their song from the beginning. It's so beautiful so I thought I'd share, even though I'm sure it's been listened to before. Hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Music Monday, Run-Around by Blues Traveler

This week, we are taking a trip back to the 90's. I had forgotten about this song up until I was flipping through radio stations the other day and heard it! I think this song is so catchy. Hope you enjoy this flashback! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Music Monday, Counting Stars by OneRepublic

I am currently in love with OneRepublic. This song makes me think, "Don't be afraid to dream." On a regular basis, I daydream about all the things in my future. My future husband, my kids, my house, and my business. About what I want my wardrobe to look like or what it would be like to live upstairs in a downtown building. A lot of ideas pass through my mind during the day. Pinterest doesn't help my girlish notions either. I'm working towards some of those ambitions becoming a reality. Don't be afraid to dream and act upon it! (Assuming, that those aspirations are positive.) These are just a few thoughts for Monday. Hope it's been a good one!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Music Monday, Two Is Better Than One by Boys Like Girls

I think this song is so very sweet and my heart melts anytime I hear it. Boys Like Girls is a typical boy band, but they have a sound that I really enjoy. I soak up music like this. Of course, that's probably just my inner pre-teen speaking. Also, I may or may not have this song on my list of possible wedding music. You know how it goes. Anyway, hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Music Monday, Cups by Anna Kendrick

This song has become one of my favorites to listen to. It may be over played but I absolutely love it! The "cup" game was a cafeteria past time at my church camp every summer. I joined a few times but I honestly found watching more entertaining. This video is pretty cool and took a lot of coordination! If, by chance, you haven't seen it, enjoy!  Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Life Gets Crazy

Hello everyone! I'm back! I would like to say I took a vacation for the summer.. but then that would be lying. My summer was super busy.

 First, I'm sure everyone heard about the tornadoes in Oklahoma a few months back. The community where my church is, was hit really hard. Lakeview became a Tornado Relief Center. I did a lot of work up there over the course of it all. My kind mother was up there almost every day serving food to every person that walked in the door. Her heart is so beautiful.

I was also taking care of "my kiddos" quite a bit with school being out. They certainly brightened up my summer! Every day is a new and exciting adventure with them. I'm so blessed to be a part of their lives!
Snow cone from when I took the kiddos to the pool.
I did the Color Me Rad 5k! I had the event written on my to-do list for the year and I followed through. I'm not much of a runner (yet) but it was still a blast! Mom and I went with a group of ladies from our church. There were so many runners in crazy costumes. I got a little color on me but I wasn't covered in it like some people. Afterwards, we ate at Toby Keith's and aquired some strange looks.

The finish line!
After the race.
I did some cakes here and there. One was super stressful but turned out beautifully. It was all fondant and for a Beauty and the Beast themed wedding.

My younger brother moved out and is now engaged! (I'm feeling really old right about now.) The wedding is November 2nd and I get to be a bridesmaid. I'm so excited!

I went on a trip to Dallas with my best friend and her brother for a concert in June. IT WAS AMAZING! Say Anything and Eisley were the headliners. If you haven't listened to some of their music, you are missing out. We were probably the last ones to leave but got to talk to several band members. The late night was totally worth it and they were totally cool.
Eisley on stage.
I turned 22 back in August and I gotta say, it's treating me well. Also, Taylor Swift's song does not accurately portray what being 22 is like. Not my life as a 22 year old anyway. My itinerary for the day was pretty full. I opened presents with my family in the morning and ate the traditional blueberry breakfast cake. Season 1 of Adventure Time and a bike rack for my car were my gift highlights. For lunch, I went to the Tea Room for Jane Austen Day with my mother, Aunt Marcie, and MamMaw. (Which, if you know me, is totally perfect.) We dressed all nice and wore hats. The atmosphere was so elegant that it made me giddy. I went back to my grandparent's house and unwrapped the most beautiful record player. It plays everything! Alyssa and I enjoyed some snow cones before going shopping. After that, I went up to Bricktown with Reghan for a night on the town. I gotta say, we were looking goooooood! We walked around, ate some tapas at Bolero, met up with my brother, and chatted for a while. My day was so extremely blessed by my family and friends.
Blurry picture my Mom took while we were at the tea room for my birthday.
I feel like I've kind of caught up a bit. I will not even TRY to make up on Music Monday posts so just be looking for a new one on Monday. I'm sort of renewing this whole blogging thing. There may be some new direction coming to this little blog of mine. I'm gonna do me and post whatever comes to mind.

On a related subject, my best friend Reghan started up a blog; reghanland.blogspot.com. Go check it out or you will be sorry. I'm not threatening you, promise. You will just be missing out on something incredible that you're bound to love.

I think that's it for now. Life sure gets crazy! I've definitely rambled on long enough. Hope everyone has a blessed week!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Music Monday, Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips

I am so in love with this song and the man behind it. I mean come on, Phillip Phillips is a cutie! I think this one would be sweet at a wedding. I might just have to use it if I ever get married. That's my hope anyway! Have a lovely week everyone!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Music Monday, Worlds Apart by The Mostar Diving Club

I heard this song on a movie I watched recently and liked it so.. SHAZAM! I love my little music identifying app. The movie was Waiting on Forever. It had it's good points but I found it to be somewhat odd. I still got an awesome song out of it though! Worlds Apart by The Mostar Diving Club. Hope you all enjoy it!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Music Monday, Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry

This song just makes me think, "old school." Maybe that's why I love it! Eagle-Eye Cherry has such a unique sound. Enjoy your week everyone!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Music Monday, Kick Drum Heart by The Avett Brothers

This song was playing in the coffee shop tonight and so I decided to snag it for this week's Music Monday! The Avett Brothers are pretty cool and I love thier sound. This one is just so catchy! Enjoy and have a great rest of the week!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fashion Friday, Sunny Scarves and Floral Dresses

Here it is! The long-in-coming Fashion Friday! I had come down with a stomach bug the Thursday before my sceduled outfit post. Thus, no post cause of a very sick Kora.
This is one of my very favorite dresses! I purchased it at a thrift store for dirt cheap and it is soooo comfy. I drove eight hours to Missouri in it for my best friend's wedding. Over all, I'm in love with this dress.

 A close up of the dress details.

 Some of my favorite boots!

Of course, Sylvester had to have his picture taken too. He would not stop rubbing against my leg and meowing. He just wanted some lovin'!
Dress, Thrifted. Scarf, Crocheted by Me. Shoes, Rue21. Pearl Earrings (the ones you can't see), Dollar Jewelry Store.
Photo credit goes to my little brother, Clayton. He did a great job and is turning into quite the photographer!
Hope you all enjoy the first of many Fashion Friday posts! Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Music Monday, She is Love by Parachute

This song has always made my heart flutter. If I ever get married, I'm sure I will use it somewhere in the festivities. And I've gotta say, the guys in Parachute are cuties! Do you have any songs that strike a chord with your heart? Hope you have a great week!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Music Monday, Red House by Andrew Mill

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to Andrew Mill. He's from Scotland (complete with thick accent!) and I had the pleasure of meeting him when he came to play at Sips on Saturday night. This song isn't one he's written but you can check out his other songs on youtube! I wanted to upload one of the others titled, "Just a Boy" but youtube was throwing a temper tantrum. I was able to talk to him after he had gotten done playing on Saturday and he was very down to earth. He even seriously invited me to go on tour with him. "There's a few seats left in the van. Just quit your job and come on the tour with us. It'll be a blast!" (Although this was a very neat and exciting idea, I decided it'd be best to stay in Oklahoma..for now. Haha!)  Jesse, Mary, and I were going up to Norman after the show to see my cousins play. I told him about it and he was planning on coming too after packing up but they ended up having to travel on. There are plans for a next time though :). Hope you all enjoy his music as much as I did/do!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Confession Time

     Okay I decided it's confession time so here it goes.. Remember several posts back when I said I was going to start doing outfit posts? I haven't done those yet if you can't tell and here's why *deep breath*, it's because I'm super self conscious. I know it's just something girls struggle with but by golly, I REALLY do! I'm not where I need to be in-shape wise nor where I want to be. I've hesitated doing outfit posts because I really don't like how I look. I'm striving to get where I want to be by exercising and eating healthier. I'm tired of changing my outfit a MILLION times before I head out the door! Arg!! No more hesitating on the outfit posts. I'm starting them this week and maybe this will give me an extra boost. Any encouragement and prayers you want to throw my way will be so appreciated! I've got the clothes, I just need to start doing the posts! Fashion Friday y'all. It's happening this weekend. I'm trying to bulk up on my blogging skills and posts so this will help tons. Thank you to those of you reading and following! You are keeping my blogging dream alive and blossoming.

Music Monday, The Power of Love by Gabrielle Aplin

I was browsing on youtube last week and came across this artist and song. I love her voice! I had not heard of Gabrielle Aplin before but now I'm hooked. Enjoy! Oh, and happy April! (Is it REALLY April??)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Music Monday, Strong Words by John Davey

There is a little coffee shop in downtown Shawnee (my hometown) called Sips. It's one of my all time favorite places in the world. Sunday night they had a concert there and this talented guy was one of the three who played. So here he is, John Davey. You can find a couple of his videos on youtube and his album is on itunes. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do! Have a great week everyone!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Music Monday, Place To Be by Sucre

I discovered Sucre through A Beautiful Mess blog and think they sound so heavenly. This is their newest song to be released, entiteled "Place To Be." Hope this gives you a new band to fall in love with! Happy Music Monday!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Music Monday, The Cigarette Duet by Princess Chelsea

I'm going quirky with this week's Music Monday. I was browsing on YouTube and came across "Princess Chelsea." Their other songs were not that great but I thought this one was worth posting. I don't condone smoking because it smells and is terrible for your health. Blek! I found the saying at the ending was interesting. Who knows if you'll like this one or not! Have a great week!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Music Monday, A Drop In The Ocean by Ron Pope

This week's Music Monday is brought to you by Ron Pope. This song is kind of sad and breaks my heart a little. I tend to lean more towards minor sounding songs. There's just something mesmerizing about them. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Music Monday, She's Got Something by Greg Holden

So I have decided that I am in love with Greg Holden. His voice and looks are very swoon worthy. I think this song is so sweet and that's why "She's Got Something" is this week's Music Monday. Enjoy! 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Music Monday, Worn by Tenth Avenue North

Every time I hear this song, I fall more in love with it. I've gone through some stuff and been "worn" down from several things. I feel like this song is just so ME. It has a mellow tune but it's such an encouragement. Tenth Avenue North is just awesome. Have a blessed week everyone!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Music Monday, Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

This weeks Music Monday is Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys. I normally don't like repetitive songs but this one just gets me! Today I'm leaving for my best friend Helen's wedding and I can't wait!! (Here's her amazing blog! http://blueeyedbeautyblogg.blogspot.com/) This song is going to take me through this week as I help her get stuff done. Girl power! I'll be posting about the trip on a later date so be checking back with me. It's going to be an eight hour drive so please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Have a fantastic week everyone! 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Music Monday, Gold by Britt Nicole

I have loved Britt Nicole since she debuted her first album. I think this song is super sweet and very empowering, especially for young women. So here you are ladies! This one goes out to all of you. You're worth more than Gold!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Music Monday, Make Me Smile by Pearl & The Puppets

I heard this song on a movie. I'm not sure what movie it was exactly but I instantly fell in love with her voice! This week's Music Monday features Pearl & The Puppets, Make Me Smile. And another thing, I'm really loving her outfit. Happy Monday everyone!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Music Monday, Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry

I heard this song the other day and had completely forgotten about it! Seems to be the case for most of my Music Monday posts. So here it is, Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry. Enjoy and happy Monday!

Monday, January 14, 2013

My Goals and Dreams For 2013

New Year's Resolutions seemed to have been made, just to be broken. I know I tend to make them, only to follow through with maaaybe half of them. So this year I'm changing it up. I'm not calling them resolutions, they are my goals and dreams for this year. I really feel like I have a new beginning and renewed ambition. Two years ago I hit a really rough patch. I was super depressed and my heart was cut deep. I honestly didn't know if I would ever make it through. The first part of this last one was hard but it gradually started getting better as it went on. Now it's 2013 and I'm ready to conquer the world! I've been dwelling on what my dreams were for this year and I think I've finally collected them all enough to write them down. So here they are in no particular order;
1. Live a healthier lifestyle over all. This includes exercising, eating better, and just making better choices overall. I'm determined!
2. Color me rad 5k. I have seen a few people do it and it looks so fun! It's not so much about the running and more about the throwing colors at people. I have to do it!
3. Going along with number two, I want to be more spontaneous. Try new things. I've always been a shy person (like really REALLY shy). This includes activities, foods, etc. But don't expect me to jump out of an airplane or do karaoke.
4. Go to a Thunder game. I will be going to one at the end of this month thanks to my darling little girl that I take care of and her sweet mom. I can't wait! I have been mulling over my outfit since they told me.
5. Go on some random short road trips. I am also hoping to be able to go visit my Aunt and Uncle in Seattle later this year, fingers crossed!
6. Dive into ministry at my Church. During that first rough year, I really strayed away from working in my church's ministries. I've been trying to jump back in full swing. Along with reading my Bible everyday. I tend to forget to do this and that's not acceptable.
7. Go on a mission trip. I'm really shooting for Honduras on this one. I went a few years ago and I have been pulled towards going back since.
8. Say "I Love You" more to my family and friends. We have no clue how long we're going to be here so I want them to know that at all times.
9. Get a record player. This may seem a little odd but I have developed a LOVE for records. I picked up Bill Cosby and Beatles records at a thrift store the other day for only 99 cents!!
10. I want to dive head-first into blogging. I want to become an avid blogger. I know that I have tons of potential to do so. :)
11. Spend more time with my family and friends. I'm around my family a lot but I want to spend more QUALITY time with them. And the same goes for my friends.
12. Go to an OU game. I have wanted to do this for forever! As soon as I feel I have the money to, I'll be going.
13. Support more local businesses, artists, and musicians. I would much rather do this than buy mass produced products that don't have the love and quality in them.
14. Do at least 1 or 2 secret good deeds a week. Whether it's giving a homeless person food or writing an encouraging note to someone and leaving it unsigned. It makes me happy to do stuff like this!
15. Just be an over-all good person. Step up and out of my way to do things for others. And do positive things for myself on the side of that. We're all works in progress, right?
Well that's all that I've come up with for now. I hope this has inspired you! I will be following through with these goals and dreams during this year. I'm very excited about it!

Music Monday, It's Time By Imagine Dragons

This weeks Music Monday is featuring It's Time by Imagining Dragons. This song is just so catchy and I love it. Enjoy and happy Monday!  

Monday, January 7, 2013

Music Monday, Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band

I had forgotten about this song until I heard it on the radio randomly the other day. Thus the reason I had to post it today! Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band. Happy Monday!

The Unexpected Haircut

Two days before I was suppose to go to a wedding, I decided I desperately needed to get my hair cut. I had split ends all over and it was just at an awkward phase. My hairstylist was booked up so I chose to go get a trim from someone else. I took a picture before just because and now I'm glad that I did.
My before picture. (Look how long my hair is!)

This is the after picture. I told her to trim it up and add a little volume. She started off great and was super sweet! I think by the end of it all, she cut off a good 4 or 5 inches. I really do like it now but I almost freaked out when I started feeling just how much she cut off. I think it turned out cute (thank goodness) and it does take much less time to fix. I did learn to always go to my own hairdresser though. Oh well, hair grows back and lesson learned!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Rockin' New Year's Eve

This New Year's Eve was awesome! My brother Jesse and I went up to Bricktown for all the festivities. There were musicians of all walks, magicians, and others preforming at several different places. We walked all over and listened to a few, explored, laughed, and had a blast. It was absolutely freezing outside but seeing the ball "raise", hearing everyone shout happy new year, and watching the fireworks display was awesome! There was so much excitement in the air, it was contagious. I can't even imagine what New York City was like! There was even a couple that we saw get engaged right behind us. It was very sweet! I really think that we will try to go back next year. I didn't need a kiss to ring in the new year, just a fantastic time with my best friend. Here's a few pictures of our adventures during the evening!
 In front of a giant ornament.
My pre-midnight dinner. We ate at Toby Keith's. Okra and baked potato. Yummy!
Fireworks display. It went on for probably ten minutes and was beautiful!
 Happy New Year!! Our cold excited faces with fireworks going off in the back ground.

Jesse dancing to Gangnam Style along to the music. There was a random guy that started recording him. It was quite hilarious! He may be better at it than Psy.
Well that about sums up my eve! I really am thankful that I went with my brother. I'm so lucky that we get along so well! How was yours? I'd love to hear about it!