Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Krispy Kreme Date

John and I went to Krispy Kreme last Saturday to indulge in their Christmas doughnuts! YUM! I could honestly eat eight in one sitting.. With a glass of milk of course. Do yourself a favor and go get some before they are all gone!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Party Fun

Last night was one of my and John's first Christmas parties of the season! I do love Christmas parties. Good food and good people, what more could you ask for! These are just a couple of pictures from last night. Excuse my different shaped eyes in the photo. I'm in the process of training them to be normal..

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Planning for NYC

Planning for our upcoming trip to New York City has been so much fun! I've read many trip reports on TripAdvisor and blogs.

But one of my favorite books that I love to plan trips from are the DK Eyewitness Top 10 series. I used them to plan our trip to London and Paris in 2012, and I've been using this one for NYC. No, I'm not getting compensated in anyway for this post. I just really love these books and love planning my trips from them. I have a huge selection of the cities in Italy because that will be our next big trip!

As you can see, I've done a lot of reading for the trip, but I've also started re-watching Gossip Girl. Okay.. So maybe I'm just using that as an excuse to re-watch all of them, but can you blame me? I just love Serena!

If you have any NYC suggestions, please let me know!:)

xo xo

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Decorations - Apartment Style

Like most people, Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday that I look forward to all year round. I love the meaning of Christmas, the special church services, choir performances, candy, baking, wrapping presents, Christmas light looking, movies, music, and of course decorating.

This year is my first year to be able to decorate my own place. I was worried that it might not be exactly what I envisioned since I was going from my parents' house to an apartment, but I think it turned out great!

I do not have stockings in my apartment because I want to wait until John and I get married (or at least engaged) to pick them out. My stocking is hanging on my parents mantle instead. It looks better over there anyways.

This Christmas tree was hand-painted by my grandma, who passed away when I was eight.

This is a puzzle my dad and I put together!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Present Wrapping - The More Tape, The Better The Present Looks

Wrapping presents is another one of my favorite things to do at Christmas! I usually wrap all of the presents John and I are giving, my parents' presents that they are giving, along with my mamaw and papaw's presents that they are giving. That's a lot of presents, but I love it!

I am slightly OCD about wrapping presents - the lines need to be precise, the edges cannot be loose, and every present needs a bow. A Christmas tradition my family has always had is to put the tag on the bottom of the present instead of the top. This way, no one can snoop under the tree trying to find their present. I'm also a tape fanatic. I get it very honestly from my momma.

John and I had a great time picking out wrapping paper this year, however my credit card didn't. I think we are stocked up on wrapping paper for at least three years. We wanted them all; they are just so cute and sparkly!

After all of the wrapping is finished, I'm anxious to give everyone their presents, which also another one of my favorite things to do!

Have you finished your holiday shopping?

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Best Christmas Present Ever!

For Christmas this year, my incredibly ah-mazing mom and dad are giving me a trip to New York City! My parents, John, and I will be leaving next week for the city, and I seriously cannot wait! My Gossip Girl moment has arrived.

It has always been a dream of mine to go to NYC around Christmas time to see the city decked out for the holidays! It looks so magical. I've been reading many trip reports on TripAdvisor and getting ideas of what and when to go see everything. I'm also fully prepared to pay an overage fee for my suitcase on the way home.

Please let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions on what to see or where to eat! I would love to hear them!

xo xo
(just practicing)

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving Recap

John and I had Thanksgiving lunch with his family, which I went from sitting somewhat properly at the dinner table to sprawling out on the floor. We then went to my mamaw and papaw's house for my family's Thanksgiving dinner! Oi! I felt miserable, but it was well worth it.

We also did a tiny bit of Black Friday shopping after dinner because there were no lines!

 I hope everyone had a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Easy Taco Soup Recipe

It's finally starting to consistently feel like fall in Mississippi and with that comes soup! I'm still learning how to cook - even if it is just dumping cans into a pot and stirring or browning meat.

My momma has always made the best Taco Soup. Since I moved out, I figured I would give the recipe a go. It was super easy and makes quite a bit of leftovers.

2 cans - Niblet corn (you can use regular corn in the can, just drain the juice out)
2 cans - Trappey's Pinto Beans w/ Jalapenos (you can buy 2 cans of pinto beans and 2 cans of green chilies if you cannot find this brand)
2 cans - Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
1 can - Hunts Petite Diced Tomatoes
1 - chopped onion (I only used half, and it worked just as well)
1lb - cooked ground beef (or turkey)
1 pkg. - Ranch Dressing mix
1 pkg. - taco mix of your choice (I use El Paso)

Dump everything into a pot. Cook on the stove for around 30 minutes on Medium to Medium High heat. (learn form my mistake) If you cook it on Medium High, make sure the soup does not boil over. Once it's done cooking, pour into a bowl, add cheese and sour cream! We eat ours with Fritos Scoops. 

Since the recipe does make quite a bit of soup, you can freeze the leftovers and eat it another time:)

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Trying to Understand the Blogging World

Starting a blog seems so easy, and it is. You just click that button on Blogger that says 'new blog', pick a name, and BAM you have yourself a blog. Sounds simple right? Not necessarily (*pats self on back* I just spelled that word without having to look it up).
There are certain things you need to think about when starting a blog.
1. What kind of blog do you want to write? Lifestyle, beauty, fashion, travel, photography, cooking, fitness (that was the first one I scratched off my list), DIY? The list goes on and on. I chose a lifestyle blog because I felt like it left my blog open for me to talk about whatever I wanted too.
2. Do you want to grow your blog and have lots of readers? Or do you just kind of want to stay in the background? I'm more of the stay in the background type. If people find me, than that is awesome! If not, that's okay too.
3. How much money are you wanting to spend on your blog? I personally did not want to spend any money on my blog except for getting a domain name. I got mine through GoDaddy. It was $50 plus I got a personalized email address.

Just a few things to think about:)

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Monday, November 24, 2014

They Said This Would Happen..

I haven't posted anything on my blog or even been on my blog for over a month. I know, the horror. But to be honest, I just hit a lazy rut.

When I first started my blog, I was reading other posts about "beginner blogging struggles" and all I could think about was that won't happen to me. Wrong-oh. Almost every post I read about the struggles said that you will want to quit your blog. And well, I did. I just got lazy and didn't want to write anymore, but I would still go about my daily life saying that would be awesome to blog. But I was also scared about coming back to the blogging world. I didn't want people to think I was a quitter because I had only blogged for about two months and then just stopped.

So here we are now. Starting fresh (so fresh and so clean, clean).

Let's do this ish!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

#IWYP Shirt

I ordered one of Whitney's, from I Wore Yoga Pants To Work, long sleeve shirts because let's get real the saying is just perfection! The shirt fits great, and I love the material. It's not super heavy and not super thin. I would say it's the perfect light weight yet sturdy material. It was a limited time shirt, so I do not think you can get it anymore :( BUT you can shop her Etsy store for some other really cute shirts and koozies.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

So Unknown About Jo Malone

While I was in Austin, I made a little time for shopping. I went to The Domain, which is about 20 minutes away from downtown. Normally, I wouldn't take a 20 minute cab ride to go shopping, but there were so many stores that we don't have in Mississippi or anywhere close for that matter. For instance, they had a Zara! The closest Zara to us is in Texas or Florida, which is much further than a cab ride or day trip. I did take a stroll through Neiman Marcus and stopped by the Jo Malone counter. 

I've been reading how amazing the new scent, Wood Sage and Sea Salt, smells, so I wanted to smell it for myself. I was a little apprehensive because the ever so popular Peony and Blush Suede smells like an old lady to me. But I ended up loving the Wood Sage and Sea Salt! Unfortunately they were sold out of the candles, so the nice salesman let me smell another scent that is similar to it called Dark Amber & Ginger Lily. He was definitely spot on! This scent smells like a man's cologne in the winter time. I ended up buying the home candle, which was ridiculously expensive. If I would've known how much it was in the very beginning than it would probably still be sitting in Texas. But overall, I am glad I got it.

I had also just missed their sale by a day, but the salesman gave me the free gift anyway. So nice! All three of the smells are amazing as well. I almost like them more than my candle. Needless to say, I do like Jo Malone smells, just not very many of them because they smell like old people going on a date.

What is your favorite Jo Malone scent?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Roaming Traveler: Gone Country in Austin

I just got back from a four day work trip to Austin, Texas, and let me just tell you, the people there were some of the friendliest people I have ever met! Hotel staff, taxi drivers, waiters/waitresses, bartenders, museum workers.. EVERYONE! It made my trip 100 times more enjoyable!

I stayed at the Hilton in Downtown Austin which was magnificent. My room was extremely nice and updated. The staff was phenomenal and would help you in anyway possible. And I loved my view of the city. I would definitely stay here again if I ever make a trip back to Austin.

I went to Austin for a convention, so I wasn't inside all day. I actually had a good bit of down time and was able to go explore the city. I did find Austin to be a bit small compared to the other major cities in Texas, especially since it is the State Capitol. But I still enjoyed every bit of it!

The blisters currently on feet tell me that I did a lot of walking this trip, but I feel like that is how you can really see the city!

My first walking adventure was to Congress Avenue then to walk across the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, more commonly known as The Bat Bridge. There are more than 750,000 bats that live under the bridge, and they fly out around sunset every night. I didn't get to see them, but I could hear them! It's the largest urban bat colony in North America!

My next adventure was the Texas State Capitol. The Capitol was massive and very pretty. There is a park on the back side of the Capitol that was huge and relaxing.

Three blocks away from the Texas State Capitol was The Bullock Texas State History Museum which was pretty cool. To be honest, I got tired of reading and just started looking at the artifacts and descriptions. I did go see D-Day IMAX film, and I highly recommend everyone to see it. It personally helped me understand a little bit more about D-Day and the events during that time.

I would definitely recommend going to Austin, Texas for a visit.!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Can't Help-Its

The Can't Help-Its - being unable to think of something to do when you want to do something; describes type of mood

Lately I've been having a major case of the can't help-its. I want to do something, but I'm not really sure what I want to do. Nothing sounds fun, or I am too tired. I feel blah and whiney 70% of the time, and during the other 30% I feel like I could "cut somebody". Now let's get real here, I would never actually cut someone - unless they started it, then I would have to intervene and finish it. Duh!

John and I talk about the can't help-its often. It usually occurs on a Friday or Saturday night and begins a little something like this:

John: "Hey boog, what do you want to do tonight?"
Me: "I don't know, but I know I want to do something."
John: "Okay! Would you like to go eat or see a movie?"
Me: "No, not really, but I think I am hungry."
John: "Okay! What would like to eat? Pizza, sushi, McDonalds.."
Me (whiney voice): "No. I can't think of anything that I want. Boog? I just got the can't help-its."

It makes for a long, unproductive night that usually leave you hungry as hell!

These are my can't help-it shoes that I wear whenever I decide what I want to do or eat because by that time it's around 10:30pm.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Fairy

In the past couple of years, I have been wanting to go to a pumpkin patch and pick out a carving pumpkin. So this Saturday, after I got off of work, I decided I was going to go. I Googled pumpkin patches in Mississippi then looked to see what the first pumpkin patch website came up. I knew this pumpkin patch had to be perfect since it was the first one on Google's list.

John was hanging out with a friend, so I went with my parents to Mitchell Farms.

I wanted to go on a hayride. So while we were standing in line I was think we would be riding on a trailer hitched to a big truck. Never did I expect that we would be riding in the mac daddy of all hayrides.

They also have two corn mazes, a day time and night time maze. We weren't waiting around for nightfall to do the night time maze, so we stuck with day time maze. The corn was mainly dead, and people had made their own paths through the maze. So we were less than impressed with this part.

My dad also did a 5 mile walk earlier that day then came to the pumpkin match with me and mom!

"Ridin' along in my automobile.."

This is where we got to pick out our pumpkins, except there was no patch to pick our pumpkins from.  Now, I wanted to go to a pumpkin PATCH to pick out my pumpkins, but instead we were told the Pumpkin Fairy already picked all of the pumpkins and put them in this area for us to choose. *insert disappointed Emoji face* 

Cinderella's pumpkin is still in the growing stages.

This was one of the best parts of the entire day, and I'm still sore two days later! A rope swing attached to a massive tree, my dad there to give me all of the pushes I needed, and my mom there to take photos! And despite what my mom thought, no one ended up at the emergency room.

Beautiful Sunflower fields!

And cotton fields!

When we were leaving the farm, we saw these cute guys giving us a stare down!

We had a great time at Mitchell Farms even if we didn't get to pick our pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. There was a ton of different things to do, and it was very well organized! I will definitely be going back - maybe to do the night time corn maze!

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