Friday, January 31, 2014

I'm Loving It

Happy Friday friends! My oh my what a week we have had!! In an effort at getting some normalcy around here, let's get right to what I'm loving this week, shall we?


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I am LOVING and have been loving Jenny's amazing jewelry designs at Hole in Her Stocking!! She sent me this bracelet back in November and I absolutely love it! She knew I loved purple and elephants, so voila!  She also does other shapes, such as crosses, big flowers, skulls, etc, and all of her designs come in many different styles and colors of beads, and also simple metal bracelets with charms, etc! The greatest thing about Jenny's jewelry is that it is cute and functional but a little different--not your standard stuff that you see everywhere, you know? However, they aren't so "out there" that you wouldn't want to wear them every day, like to work or to church.  I wore this bracelet by itself and also stacked it with other silver bracelets--darling!! She has so many other designs and styles you are sure to find something you will love! Jenny also blogs over at Dancin' With a Dolly--make sure to check her out! She is offering YOU, the fantastic Bailey Dailies readers, a 20% discount with the code NEWYEAR, so you really have no excuse to check her out! If you order from her, tag me on twitter or Instagram when you picked out!! Hooray for new jewelry!!
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snowpocalypse, in pictures

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My car at work. It was not snowing and sunny when I got out of it an hour and a half before this was taken..


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Not looking too bad yet...


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Now me and all of my friends are trying to get home all at once...


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Justin valiantly tried to get us all home, but instead we decided just to slide down and park next to this nice tree..

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This is one boy that was not at all upset with the snow!! He loves it! Here he is taking a little rest from playing so hard!

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Such a pretty sight. Notice the tire tracks--those were from the gator that rescued us after the wreck and drove us all home! Thank you Tim and Amy!! Also, of course Sonny is laying there with his ball, ready for action!

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Snowpocalypse 2014

Greetings from the snow...in Alabama! To say it has been a wild week is putting it mildly. I'm sure you have been inundated with clips on the news, but let me give you my side of the snowpocalypse story.
So Forrest goes to New Jersey on Sunday for an implant training course. People were worried that he might not make it home because it was supposed to snow really badly up there, so I was really tuned into the weather. Alabama was also slated to get snow, but far to the south of where I am. Like, at the beach South. I remember talking to Justin on Saturday night about how we were going to be annoyed by the people at the beach putting their snow pics on facebook. We had no idea it was going make a giant trek north to us. Tuesday morning I stayed home a while, getting things done, since I didn't have appointments until 10:30. I left home about 10 and called my aunt, who is in Birmingham, an hour south of me. She said there was snow covering her yard! I was surprised because it wasn't even supposed to accumulate where she was, but I was still undaunted by the flurries I experienced on the way to work. I saw my 10:30 client and when I walked him out, we had snow on the ground. Oh well, Dad said it would stop any minute. Not so much. I left my office at about 12 to go home, which takes me about 10-15 minutes. It took me an hour and half, and I didn't even get there.
Why? Well because everyone else saw the same weather reports I did so no one expected this. We all went to work, sent the kids to school, etc. Now everyone was trying to get home, get children, get supplies all at the same time. Have you ever been to a football game and it came down to the last second so every one in the stadium stayed until the bitter end? Remember how traffic is after those games? Throw in some ice and you have the situation down here  yesterday. If we hadn't all been trying to go the same place at the same time, it would have been a different situation. Yes we don't drive in snow often but people were getting where they needed to go, just SLOWLY. I finally made it to the bottom of the mountain (I live up it) to a friend's house. Thankfully sweet Mrs. Joy and Don Rhea were home and they let me use their bathroom and they even fed me tea and sandwiches! Justin and Farrah and Farrah's school friend Jennifer met me there and we decided to try the back way up the mountain, since the regular way was closed. A friend had made it in 4 wheel drive with no problems and Justin had a 4 wheel drive truck, so we knew we could make it. We couldn't have been more wrong. We ended up sliding head first into a tree. Bummer. Luckily none of us were hurt but it was scary.  No one but me had on shoes for snow, but we figured we were going to have to walk home. THANKFULLY, some friends came by on a gator and took us home! Now, Jennifer and I prayed us up the mountain. I was so terrified that we would slide again or that the gator would roll over, but we made it safe and sound. Our experience was no fun but we were always safe and we had each other for support. I can't imagine those people stranded in their cars for hours. What a disaster!!
Let me throw in a side note here. All the news people today on national media are worrying about who is to blame, what should we have done? I'm here to say at this point, we really don't care. We just need our children home, people out of their cars on the interstate, and families to be reunited. When the snow melts, we will worry about what went wrong. Seriously, if you want to help, be helpful. It does us no good to try to cast blame at this point. Good grief.
Forrest made it to Atlanta but of course couldn't get home, but my brother lives near a Marta station, so he was able just to zoom straight to his house. I have no idea when he will be able to make it home or when I will be able to make it off of this mountain, but for the time being, I'm fine and safe. I have great friends across the street with lots of food, and I have lots of birthday wine to share with them. It's times like these that you feel loved the most--when friends text you to make sure you are ok, when neighbors knock on your door to check on you, and when family, even hours away, calls to make sure you have enough to eat and drink.
At this point, I'm just happy to be safe and warm and out of a car. I hope everyone else out there, trapped in snowpocalypse, is safe and warm!

Pics to come soon! Photobucket is down so I can't upload anything to the blog right now! You can check them on on Instagram though!
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Where oh where

Yes, hi. Remember me? The girl that writes this blog? I promise I have not forgotten about you. I was working on a brief last week, if you will recall, and the last thing I want to do when I'm writing all day is writing some more. Then yesterday I had a whirlwind adventure shopping for the new house! I have successfully purchased most of the living room furniture and picked out all the paint colors and even some fun wallpapers! I'm not even going to post a sneak peak--you will have to wait and see the finished product! I had a fun post all in my head for today but then snow-pocalypse happened. What is snow-pocalypse? It is the freak snow storm that came through today, shutting down the state of Alabama. I'm finally home and warm and safe---lots of tales to tell you tomorrow, as I don't have a car, so I won't be going anywhere for a while! Hope you are all safe as well!
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Writing all day long

So today I'm writing a brief, which is like the lawyer equivalent to a term paper. We write briefs when we want to appeal a decision from the court to a higher appeals court. We have to read the transcript from the original case (this time mine is about 400 pages--8 1/2 by 11 pages) and then research the issue we are appealing. Then, the paper writing begins, and the point of it all is to use prior decisions in other cases to prove to the appeals case that our case deserves a different outcome. Basically, we use the cases to argue that we are right and the first judge was wrong. It takes me a couple of good days of working to knock out a satisfactory brief and I can't do it at my office with the phones ringing, people coming in, etc. So, I kind of like brief writing now because I get to stay home and do it! I work the exact same way I did in college--in my bed, under the covers, surrounded by papers, books, highlighters, and now of course Ruffles. Anyway, I say all that to say that today I'm not exactly in the blog post writing mood, as I need to be focused on my work today. Wish me luck!
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Events

I just finished reading this book, Firefly Lane, and it takes place throughout the 70s and 80s and 90s.  The book follows the lives of 2 best friends, one who is a news caster, so there is much talk about the news events of the time period. In the 90s there were descriptions of the Gulf War and it brought memories back of when that actually happened. I know exactly when the bombs started falling, or at least when they started being covered on the news. I will never forget that night. My parents went out that night and we were at home with Mrs Robertson, our baby sitter. My sister was born in 90 so she was a baby. I can't remember if she was asleep or not but I know my brother and I were awake and Mrs Robertson had on the news. All of a sudden this man started screaming "they are bombing us". I remember the screen being green and fuzzy (night vision) but I could see bright fireworks falling from the sky. I was terrified. I thought they were bombing "US", right then. Later my dad bought me a map of the Middle East so I could see it was far away from us but I didn't know that then. I took my brother upstairs and we hid under my bed. I figured that was the best way to escape bombs. I don't remember how long we were there but I know it was a long time because I remember Mrs Robertson trying to get us out and assuring is that we were safe and that mommy and daddy were safe.  I'm tearing up as I write this because I remember how scared I was. Reading about it in the book brought that fear right back up to the surface and it made me think of all the other milestone moments I watched on tv and that filled me with fear. The Berlin Wall coming down freaked me out pretty badly. I'm sure  my mom was just watching a news program of it on some random night around the time it happened but all those people climbing and breaking it down freaked me out beyond belief. Plus, I was worried about the bad people on the other side. I mean how do you explain Hitler and all that nonsense to a 6 year old? Not well apparently. You know that movie that just came out w Brad Pitt, World War Z (I think I have that right)? Well there was a wall claiming scene in it that was in the previews and it reminded me so much of what I saw with the Berlin wall that I refused to go see it.
I can remember other scary tv events, like the Oklahoma City bombing and Atlanta Olympics bombing but nothing to the level of Gulf War fear as Columbine. My gosh, the coverage of that day is forever emblazoned in my mind. I was in 8th grade, starting a new public school that fall. It never crossed my mind that people did things like that, and I had grown up with a criminal defense lawyer as my father. That kind of unfeeling, uncaring towards other humans was inconceivable. I remember sitting on the arm of the sofa in my school uniform, just staring. Then, there was 9/11. I mean no one will ever forget that. I was 17, in calculus, about to start a review session for our test the next day  a teacher came to the door and got my teacher to come into the hallway and told her what had happened.  It was right after 8am central, so 9 in NYC. My teacher turned on the tv and we watched in horror. We were watching live when the towers, and the world as we knew it, crumbled to the ground. 
Thinking about these events really made me think about the future. What other disasters will I be privy too as an onlooker through and hdtv screen? What tragedies will I have to explain in simple terms to my children? One can only imagine I pray that we have leaders today who will have enough strength, knowledge and grace to keep us safe and do what's right for the world, not just our own country. Most if all, we need people to learn and understand each other's customs, religion, culture, and accept them for who they are and cherish them for their uniqueness. We need people who put the whole before the self and who value human dignity before their own wants and desires. We need to be able to turn on the news and not scar our children by what they see. Clearly, we just need.
Sorry to get so deep on you this merry Tuesday. Do you remember these events the way I do? Do you worry about the future too? 

Monday, January 20, 2014

My new friends Harry and David

One of my birthday surprises from my husband, aside from my party, was a box of pears from Harry and David. Have you ever had these pears? OH..MY..GOSH if you haven't immediately run to your computer and order some this very second!! They are hands down, the BEST fruit I have ever put in my mouth! I'm salivating just thinking about them and now I regret not bringing one to work for a snack. Anyway, apparently they shipped the pears using some service where FedEx takes them to your post office, or something like that. Well, the post office never would deliver them! Forrest went in and they said they weren't there, despite the fact that the tracking number said they were. Then he called Harry and David and they said they would re-ship, using a different service. One day, our sweet postman hunted the pears down in the post office, found them, and brought them to us. This was after the new pears shipped from HD. Not only did Harry and David send us another box of the pears Forrest ordered, but also another half sized box of pears with cheese and nuts! Amazing customer service AND amazing pears! The only problem was that now we had like, I don't know, 30+ pears and I didn't want them to go bad. Therefore, even though my friend Rachel said it was probably sacrilege to cook with them, I whipped up two recipes yesterday and I had to share them because they were really really delicious!!

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Raspberry Pear Crisp


I loosely based this recipe on THIS ONE

4 to 6 firm pears, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (6 cups)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups raspberries
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
1/4 cup light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
Pinch of salt

Peel pears and slice into thin slices. Toss in lemon juice and pour into the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish. Add raspberries. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of sugar over fruit. Chill for at least 1 hr. (You don't have to do this but it makes the fruit extra gooey and delicious). In a small bowl whisk together the 1/4 cup sugar, flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the fruit. Then sprinkled on the rolled oats. Next, pour the melted butter over the top, making sure to saturate as much of the flour mixture as possible. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. While cooking, you can lightly press any dry flour bits into the fruit to make sure it all gets coated.
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If you look closely you can see a few dry bits of flour. Just press down into the fruity gooey goodness and it becomes the "crumble".


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Easy Pear Bread


I found this recipe HERE

3 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
2 cans (15 ounces each) pear halves, chopped; or 2 cups fresh pears, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
I added in chopped walnuts and then sprinkled rolled oats on top of the batter.

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5-inch loaf pans.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, baking soda, and nutmeg and set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl using an electric mixer on high speed, beat together the sugar, oil, butter, and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs one at a time beating well with each addition. The mixture will begin to thicken and be a light lemon color.
Stir the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Fold in the pears.
Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out loaves and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Wrap each loaf in foil and let stand overnight in a cool dry place before serving.

Y'all--this is so good and I loved that it was different from the regular breads you hear about! I made several small loaves so if you are lucky, you might be getting one! :)


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Hope you enjoy!!



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Friday, January 17, 2014

I'm Loving It: My Lying Friends and Family

I think I'm a girl that is always on top of things. I've got my finger to the pulse, you know? I'm very observant and can generally tell when something is up. I'm totally questioning that now because it turns out that my husband, friends, and family have all been lying to me for weeks. I found out last Saturday--when they had me a surprise 30th birthday party!! I don't exactly know how it all went down but I do know that Forrest decided to do it and enlisted Farrah, Kelly, and my mom as his accomplices. I thought we were going to dinner in Birmingham with the Hayes and the Carrs to eat at one of our favorite restaurants and celebrate my birthday. Made perfect sense--my birthday had fallen on a Monday night so we had to wait to go out. The Hayes were going to pick us up and we were going to drive to the Carrs to ride with them, because they were the only ones with a vehicle that could fit all 6 of us. Again, nothing weird there. So I get out and bound up the stairs of the Carr's house and open the door to see swarms of people. Actually, the first person I saw was Brandi who was taking pictures and then I noticed that people were behind her. I was really shocked and scared and had no idea what was going on. Denise screamed "Happy Birthday" and then I finally got it--this was a party for meeeeeeeeee!!! And what a party it was! The house was packed with over 80 people, including my brother who came in from Atlanta and my friend Randi from Tuscaloosa! They had all of my favorite game day foods for everyone to share, they decorated with my favorite color (purple) and even had me a 2 tiered, funfetti birthday cake--my favorite! To top that all off, there was a room full of presents!! Other than the fact that I spent most of the night in shock, with my heart pounding out of my chest (I promise you surprise parties are scary for the person you surprise), it was one of the absolute best nights of my life. Yes the food was great and the alcohol was free flowing (they even had a whiskey bar set up in the poker room!) and I got lots of presents, but it was the greatest night for different reasons. First of all, I couldn't get passed how much work and effort had gone into planning a night just for me. My husband and mom and best friends had been working behind my back for weeks to make this a night all about me, and I could see the effort. I will never be able to express to them exactly just how wonderful that made me feel, even if I tried every day for the rest of my life. Secondly, the fact that the house was full of all my friends, and I mean full, meant the world to me. Lots of my friends had just returned from the National Championship game in Pasadena, Alie literally had a baby 10 days before, and I found out later that the invitations came in late so people really only had 9 days notice of the party. Still, nearly everyone came. That is something that I will never forget. They say that after you get married, the next time in your life that everyone in gathered in one room to celebrate you is your funeral. I totally disagree. Have a 30th birthday party!! I will never forget how much love I felt that night, and that was truly special. I do not have low self esteem by any means, but to see everyone going out of their way just for me truly made me feel like a million bucks, and I will NEVER forget the way that felt. I know that I have the best family and friends (who are really good liars, actually) and that I'm important to them. What more could a 30 year old girl ask for?

Party pics, ripped of Farrah's facebook page!


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From what I understand, my husband picked out these invitations and mailed them out!


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Um, what is going on Kelly? Are all these people riding with us to dinner?


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I'm still in shock while the co-conspirators congratulate themselves behind my back!

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Yipee for presents! Friends, you did NOT have to do this but thank you so much!!

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Just a few of my sweet sweet friends!!
Farrah, a co-conspirator; Amy, who had just gotten home from California; Kelly, a co-conspirator, the shocked me, and Jenny, who came all the way from Birmingham!

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My purple cake table!!

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I have to call it--I have the very best husband in the whole world!!!


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30 never tasted so good!

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This, and poker, were the downfall of many party guests.....

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My sweet family, minus my sister who was training for her job. Love you guys!!!
(My parents look WAY too young to have a 30 year old, I think!)
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Frenzy

You know what being out of work for 2 days due to a stomach virus will do to you? Make you straight crazy, that's what. I am SO behind on LIFE in general right now and I so I'm currently a hot mess! I just wanted to stop in and say that I promise I'm not neglecting you, dear old bloggy blog. I have so many great things to share about the weekend and hopefully I will be able to share that with you tomorrow! Until then, let's reveal in the small victory of me actually being able to eat real food today! Whoop!!
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Ugh

Why the title of my post? Oh, well Forrest and I both have a stomach virus. So does my mom and my BFF Farrah. If not for her husband bringing us fluids all day I'm sure I would have died, or at least pulled my hair out. It is that bad. Luckily I am feeling a little better but not well enough to work tomorrow. I don't ever think I've missed 2 days of work due to illness ever. Anyway, just wanted to explain my absence. Wish me luck! OCD do people do not do sick well...

Life of Late

I was going through pictures on my phone over the weekend and realized I have neglected to share some fun moments of our lives during the past few weeks!


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We had an AWESOME time at the Bal d' Or, aka the debutante ball in town. Yes we are Southern and yes we have debutante balls! The band was fantastic so I pretty much danced until midnight. It was so much fun to get to shake it with all my friends, and especially my sister!



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We rang in the New Year with a party at the Hayes with lots of fun friends! We ate, drank, played games, and watched football. It might not have been the wild New Year's of our youth, but it was still a great one!

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My Aunt and Uncle went to New Orleans so Forrest and I were in charge of Mac. He was such a sweet. Don't you love how he holds his bone like a cigar??

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We had a "cousins dinner" at Stevie and Melissa's on Sunday. Stevie grilled hamburgers and we all pitched in and brought sides. I took the opportunity to try something new and I went with this Twice Baked Potato Casserole. I would have done potato salad but I felt that it was just too cold for that. This casserole was super easy and a HUGE hit, so I am going to start making it more often! Check it out HERE!

3 1/2 pounds russet potatoes (You could probably use frozen hash browns too)
6 ounces cheddar cheese
8 slices bacon (I cheated and used bacon bits)
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup milk
2 stalks green onions,
chopped 2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste

Wash your potatoes and bake them in a 425 degree oven for 45-60 minutes or until a knife can easily pierce the potato. Slice each potato in half and scoop the flesh out with a spoon. Hold the potatoes in a dishcloth if they are too hot to handle. (Ok, I cheated and I microwaved mine--it worked just fine)
Dice the bacon into small pieces and fry over medium heat until crisp. Remove from the grease and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Discard grease. (Again, I cheated and I used bacon bits)
Grate the cheddar cheese.
Add all of the ingredients, aside from a small handful of the grated cheddar, to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Turn mixer to low and mix until the potatoes are mashed and the ingredients are combined. Do not over mix or your potatoes will become sticky and gluey.
Add additional salt and pepper as needed.
Spread the potato mixture into a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until everything is heated through and the cheese has melted fully.
Serve hot!

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I went to lunch with Aunt Sue and Sara for my birthday and they gave me this adorable Alabama door hanging thing! I know college football season is over but I hated to put it away until the fall, so it's proudly displayed on the front door as we speak. I mean I AM a fan all year 'round!

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My living room looks like a liquor store--and I'm trying to deal with that. Things being out of place drive me crazy, so I'm having to ignore this room right now. The OCD part of me is LOVING packing up the house. I'm currently only packing things that are in cabinets and drawers so the house still looks fancy when people come to see it. I've got a great system of packing and organizing going and I will share it with you soon!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!
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Friday, January 10, 2014

Not Your Mothers hair

I need to tell you all about my new friend, my "Not Your Mother's" Dry Shampoo. I got this for free in my Influenster Violet VoxBox. I had heard of the company before, as well as the product, but I had never used it. Let me just say--this stuff is the absolute bomb! I have very peculiar hair--it's sort of wavy, sort of straight. My hair does NOT like to be washed every single day. It gets really dull and slippery and flat. This is a lot harder to deal with in the summer than in the winter, because, well, I just don't think hair gets as dirty in the winter when you are shivering instead of sweating. I'm really excited about finding this new product because I think it's going to work for my hair in both warm and cold months. Right now since it has been absolutely frigid lately, I am ok with washing my hair every other day. It usually looks fine but sometimes by the end of the second day you can tell. Enter--Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo! I just sprinkle it on my roots, brush through, and voila! Hair looks great all day, even without washing. I really got some good use out of it during the holidays when we stayed out WAY too late at parties and I didn't quite make it to the washing my hair stage of getting ready the next day. It's going to be great to use in the summer when I have to skip a day of washing to make sure my hair looks normal the other days of the week. I'm also thinking it might be nice to have in my bag when we are at the lake and on the water all day. Most of the time we spend the whole day on the boat or by the water and then we go straight to a friend's house for dinner. I hate rolling in there with my hair looking nasty, so I will definitely be bringing this product along for a quick beauty fix. I think I'm MOST excited about discovering this product before our trip to Machu Picchu later this year. We will be hiking the Inca trail, meaning I will not be watching my hair for like 4 days. I was really worried about my hair being a giant disgusting mess but not any more! Hooray!
Anyway, if you couldn't tell, I'm pretty much in love with this product. Yes, I got it for free but this opinion is all my own! Hope you try it out for yourself! You can find it at most drug stores and big box stores!

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I'm Loving It! Influenster Violet VoxBox

I have LOVED using all of the products from my Violet VoxBox over the past month. Look at all of my fun goodies!

1. Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo
This stuff is really a miracle! I used it a lot during the holidays when I would be out late and didn't feel like getting up early to shower. Just sprinkle it along your roots, brush in, and go! I can't wait to use this when we go hiking in Peru later this year! I was really worked up about not shower for a couple of days but at least I know my hair will be descent!

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2. Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail polish in Pixie Stick
This is not my winter color of choice but it was perfect for New Year's Eve! It dries SO fast, like literally, in a few seconds. It also came off really easily and didn't leave my nails stained. I can't wait until spring when I can really get to use this color.

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3. Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Spa mask
This mask was made of pressed sea kelp and felt amazing! It had cut outs for your eyes, nose and mouth, and I was able to put away Christmas while wearing it. My face felt SO smooth after using this--I'm going to go out and buy another one asap! I think I'm going to make this a weekly routine!

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 4. Goody Athletique head band
I hate headbands because they slip AND if they don't slip they squeeze my head and give me a headache. This one does neither! It is super comfortable and kept all of my layers back in my ponytail while I ran. Plus, it is that dry material so it kept the sweat from my eyes but never looked grody and wet. They have lots of cute, bright colors so you can coordinate them with your workout outfits!

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 5. Soyjoy bar
I have never tried one of these before because I thought they would be weird but it was really good! I stayed full until dinner after having it for my 3pm snack. I was afraid it would have a strange texture but it really didn't. Plus, I loved the flavors!
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Thank you Influenster for all the great goods! Yes, they gave them to me for free but the opinions are all my own!
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

January Goals

Another months is upon us! Here is what I hope to accomplish this month:

1. PACK UP MY HOUSE--that's right, we will be moving around the end of this month so everything must be packed. I've started a little bit but I have SO much more to do! I saved all of the boxes that my Christmas gifts that I ordered came in as well as all of the discarded wrapping and tissue paper so I have some supplies. I'm going to try to pack something every single night so it doesn't get too overwhelming.

2. Exercise--this is part of my over all New Year's resolutions but that means it starts this month. Now that I'm back to my regular work schedule it should be easy to plug my work outs right into my day. I hope to run on Monday and Wednesdays, do pilates on Thursdays, and then get in an outdoor run or walk either on Saturday or Sunday.

3. Pick out my colors!!
I have yet to pick a single color for my new house and I have got to get a move on. I want to paint before we move in the furniture and that is NOT that far away! Any suggestions? I don't know where to even start! I also need to pick out granite at least for the basement kitchen and start shopping for furniture. This is really going to be a busy month!

4. Plan Laura's shower
I am so excited to be heading up my friend Laura's baby shower! I've been thinking about it ever since I found out she was pregnant which was MONTHS ago and now it's finally time to put those plans into action! I actually have a pinterest board dedicated to it and you can check it out HERE. I'm doing a pink pram theme--does anyone have any suggestions? It's not until the end of February but that really doesn't give me much time!

5. Prepare the taxes
Ugh what a boring task, but it has to be done. I keep all of the tax stuff in a folder during the year and I usually just have to sort it and total everything for the accountant. That is, I have to do that once I get the instruction packet from the accountant, which sometimes I forget to do. I need to get the packet THIS WEEK so I have everything finished by the end of the month. Hopefully....
What are your goals for this month???


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I said brrrr! It's cold in here!

I hate talking only about the weather but it really is a big deal down here. We were in single digits, people, SINGLE DIGITS! Excuse me but I did not sign up for single digits. I would have moved north if I wanted single digits! Do any of you non-southerners know what happens in the South when you mention single digits, ice, snow, freezing, and the like??? Panic. Actual panic ensues. Grocery store shelves are wiped clean--of bread and milk. Let me take a minute to discuss this phenomenon. Milk I get--you can put it outside when it's cold and it stays fresh. Plus it's healthy and kids need it. But the bread? I have this inner dialogue every time a power outage is threatened. Do the people who buy bread also by peanut butter and jelly? If so we never hear about it on the news. I hope they aren't buying meat and cheese, because if the power goes out then they could go bad. Although, I'm assuming that they would keep outside, like the milk? This is why I don't need to be left alone to think too much--I digress. Back to the panic. Aside from bread and milk, all of the batteries and candles are gone (I literally saw someone in Walmart on Sunday with a buggy full of scented candles and D batteries--only candles and batteries.). Then the generators get sold out if there is any major sporting event on during the time of the projected outage. This year of course, the winter hit right when Auburn played in the national championship game. I'm sure generator sales skyrocketed!! The best thing about the whole siutation is that it never snowed (except for flurries) AND they delayed school due to the temps and I never lost power. However, the entire downtown area lost gas service and people were dealing with 40 degree temps IN THEIR HOUSES, a situation that milk and bread just wouldn't solve. Anyway, I'm rambling on about this because it is so out of the norm, so out of our comfort zone, that it's all people are talking about.
Personally, I hate the cold. I actually hate the 60s. I need at least 70s to be adequately happy. My skin looks terrible all winter because it gets so dry and flaky. Then I over moisturize and it breaks out. It's a terrible, viscous cycle. Then today, when I woke up and it was 11 degrees, I had no idea what to wear to court. What is a 30 year old girl supposed to wear to court when it is 11 degrees? I couldn't wear my snow boots which was really disappointing, and I don't think I'll be able to unsausage myself from the 2 shirts I currently have on, but suffice it to say that I'm wearing a lot of clothes right now. Last year when we went to Miami we experienced the 80s in January--and then I understood why older people move there to retire. The cold is for the birds, and the sun is where it's at! If you guys need me, I'll be at home in my bed with the heated mattress pad turned on, dreaming of summer! To all of you who were whining when it was 70 degrees right before Christmas because it "didn't feel Christmas-y", I blame you for this.

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On the way to work! Brrr! It was 9 when Forrest left this morning!



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Ruffles is not good at cold weather either. I'll find her in the same position when I get home from work, I guarantee!

Thrill me with your cold weather stories! I know I don't have it as bad as those of you with SNOW!! 

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