Archive for April, 2011

Las Vegas, baby!

April 28, 2011

I’m headed to the big bad city of Las Vegas all weekend long!! It’s another work trip but the beautiful thing about these trips is the free time we have.  It’s not much free time but I’ll be thankful for what I’ve got. I’m not much of the gambling type.  I’ll be honest, I tried a slot machine one time and couldn’t figure it out so I went to eat crepes and take pretty photos instead.  I don’t have much patience for standing in one place while giving my money away.  Call it a short attention span or something.  We’re planning on seeing a Cirque du Soleil show and THAT is stop your heart goodness.  Oh I LOVE cirque!


{The Las Vegas strip – taken on my iPhone last year}

Have a good weekend!!

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Photo Wednesday

April 27, 2011

Last weekend, I had a fun photoshoot with some new friends. I used some of my favorite items while we were out playing. Here were two of my favorite photos from the day. More to come!

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My friend Marty took the first photo & I took the second. Now, I’m off to pack for Las Vegas!! I’ll be there all weekend!

Happy Birthday!

April 26, 2011

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Happy one year birthday to my little blog!  Yes, it’s true.  An entire year has already passed since I started blogging.  I rarely stick with much of anything long term – boys, hobbies, learning to play the guitar, favorite color, limiting my sugar intake, etc – so I’m especially proud to have a blog anniversary and even happier about the things I’ve learned during this time!!

Things I’ve learned over the past year about blogging:

1::The world is much smaller than we think.  I’ve met some incredible people through the blog world and for this I’m entirely thankful.

2::Inspiration is only a click away.  There are about 20 blogs that I read every single day and I’ve been inspired so much by the men and women behind them.  Thank you for blogging!

3::Be consistent.  I’ve had a few people tell me that it’s best to blog at least 4-5 times a week.  This has been my goal, although there have been many weeks where I haven’t even gotten close to making this mark.  This is something I hope to improve in the days to come.

4::Be honest.  Love people.  Share your heart. 

5::Blog about things that interest you, not just what everybody else seems to be blogging about.  Not only am I happier doing this but people get a chance to see who I really am! 

6::Interact often with those around you.  It’s valuable to take the time to pour into the blog community.  Plus, it’s just good manners. 

7::Be positive.  I think it’s best to share hard times and drama with a good friend over a cup of coffee.  That’s why you won’t be seeing any of that here.  Sure, I have bad days like everybody else but I’m just choosing not to blog about it.  Just a personal choice.  That’s all.

8::It’s ok if it isn’t perfect.  Blog anyway. 

9::Pictures are your best friend!!! I’ve LOVED taking photos throughout theispast year and posting them for my friends and family to see.  It’s expanded my creative mindset and allowed me to share my travels with the world.  Plus, posts are just so much better with pretty photos.

10::I have some amazing readers and I am super duper over the moon thankful for every kind word, every link shared, every piece of advice, every friend I’ve made…thank you, thank you, thank you.  You make it worth blogging another year.  *hug


{iPhone photo taken last weekend}

Spring Cleaning

April 21, 2011

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I’m not a messy person…at all.  In fact, I’m quite the opposite.  I probably obsess a little too much on the neat, tidy and sanitary side.  This is why I’m completely geeking out about the cleaning service coming to my cozy little apartment on Tuesday!  MaidPro will be arriving at my place with a 49-Point Checklist in hand.  Oh my word….I love clean!  They’ll be taking over floors, cabinets, dusting, changing the sheets, kitchen, bathroom and anything else along the way. 

I’m afraid they may laugh when they get to my place because 1) it’s so tiny and 2) it’s not messy….at all!  Oh well.  I already know I’m going to love it after they’re done.  This goes to show that I really am getting older, even though I still look 18.  Who gets completely giddy about an apartment deep clean?  This girl.

Tree Hugger (& mountains & stars & flowers)

April 19, 2011

Nothing awakens my soul like the raw beauty of  the world around us.  Nothing brings me to tears faster than a sunrise or a mountain view.  There’s something about it.  I like to think nature is the one language I speak fluently and the one thing that understands me completely.  Probably because the God who created it is the only one who understands me, completely.

I happened across these videos on Twitter yesterday and cannot stop watching them.  Brilliant.  Just one of the many reasons I’m in awe over how beautiful the universe really is.  Take a look.  You’ll see.  The man who made these videos is an artist.

And this one too, of course.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.  –Psalm 19:1

See more stunning work from Terje Sorgjerd here.

I Could Live In Dresses…

April 18, 2011

I used to not think of myself as a super girlified girly girl but I ::love:: wearing pretty dresses.  Last week, I spent a good amount of time organizing my closet and I’m pretty impressed with the growing dress collection I’ve got going.  But hey…I could always use a few more!!  I’m especially smitten with these little beauties from ModCloth.  Pretty, pretty, pretty….

Muddled Mint Dress
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Lady from Lucerne Dress
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Dreaming of Blue Dress
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Teal with a Twist Dress
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And why not throw in the perfect pair of shoes…just because.

Internship Interview Wedge
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So purrfect…

Sweet Baby

April 17, 2011

Look who I got to hug & kiss all weekend….sweet baby Annalise. Oh I love her so.

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Houston, TX ya’ll!

April 15, 2011

I’ll be in Houston, TX with the family (and the pretty niece) all weekend long.  My little cousin is getting married so on another plane I go.  Yep, Texas is so huge that we need an airplane to get from one side to the other. 

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Happy weekend, everyone!

{Kate Spade} Bike Love

April 14, 2011

So, I’m not a huge label/brand kind of girl but this Kate Spade bike is SO CUTE I can barely stand it. 

And just when you think you can’t take any more they come out with this adorable video.  Smitten kitten.  It’s time for a bike ride.

A huge thanks to Molly for sharing the info about this little beauty.

Pride-

April 13, 2011

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Through pride the devil became the devil. Pride leads to every vice, it’s
the complete anti-God state of mind.
–CS Lewis–

Here’s to watching our pride be lifted & taken away like balloons released into the sky.  We can’t afford to hold on, keeping pride close.