Archive for July, 2011

Oh, hello there!

July 31, 2011

There’s been a lot happening around here.  More than usual.  Like what, you ask?

Well, I was in the ER two weeks ago and literally thought I was going to die.  (I can be a little dramatic sometimes but I was pretty freaked out this time….for real.)  Then I spent the next week hopping to a few doctors trying to figure out what was wrong.

This week, I turned the big 3-0!! Crazy right?  Yea, I look 12 but that’s part of the fun of telling people how old I am.  I was flooded with love from family and friends and my love tank is over flowing with gratitude.  I mean, if you’re into cheesy sayings like love tank.  Which I happen to be, clearly.  I’m moved to tears when I think about all of the people God has placed in my life that show love to me.

I also spent a few days at the ECHO Conference in Dallas.  Loved it! Surrounded with fellow lovers of social media, blogs and geeky things.

Like I mentioned above, I have a lot to catch up on but before that I’ll share a few photos from the ECHO Smilebooth.  Too much fun, really.  Don’t put me in front of a camera or I will FREAK OUT I tell ya.  FREAK out.


So…I’m a Runner Now

July 15, 2011

{me in Sudan with some major cuties/ Daniel Davis Photography}

Every once in a while, I’ll have the realization that life is so incredibly boring when I make it all about myself.  Not only that…but I have about 85 years, if I’m lucky, to do something about it.  This is what brings me to being a new runner aaaaaand why I hope you’re here.  Thanks, by the way, for even checking this out.

Let me start off by saying that I am not, I repeat NOT, a runner.  At this present time, I can’t even jog 5 miles without wanting to crawl into the nearest ditch and die while begging for it to be over.  Ok, that was a little dramatic but not by much.  I’m in bad shape for a skinny 30 year old (on July 29!!) who loves cupcakes and bubble tea.  (We can talk about that later.)

About a week ago, World Vision approached our work place with a need and explained how we could join together to raise money for villages in Africa to have clean water.  Water!  The most basic thing we need to survive and there are literally thousands who die daily because they don’t have it.  Heck yes, I’ll get off of my computer and run 13.2 miles for that!  So, on December 4, I’m running a half marathon with Team World Vision to raise awareness and funding for villages in Africa so that these sweet children and their families can have clean drinking water and a chance for a better life.

{orphanage in Sudan….love}

Here’s what I love about the folks at WV!  World Vision works with communities in desperate need to help provide things like clean water, good food, education, medical care, and economic opportunity.  They truly care about changing the world and it shows.  However, we do need your help.  Yes, you knew this was coming!!!  Each person on our team has a goal to raise $1,300 by race day. S o…I’m shooting for $2,000.  Why?  Because if I raise it, that means 40 people have water for LIFE!!!!  Yes, it’s true.  $50 provides clean water for one person for the rest of their life.  That…is…awesome.

{My favorite photo I’ve ever taken….ever!!! Sudan!}

I was able to spend some time in Sudan and Uganda two years ago and I know first-hand how much this would mean to the people there.  You can read about my trip here.  Being there wrecked my heart but also made me realize how closely tied all of us really are.  In this day and age, it’s amazing that we don’t ever have to step foot in a country to help.  We can save lives by simply clicking a donate button.  They need help.  We can give it.  I’m asking you to help me. Please.  (puppy dog eyes…)

Will you make a tax-deductible donation to support my efforts?  It’s easy!  Just click here!  Together we can help change lives in Africa and in the process maybe even change ourselves.

I love you forever and ever. Thank you for being in my life.

I should go start training now,
Laura Elizabeth

{orphanage in Sudan// Daniel Davis Photography}

Candy Colored Ponies!

July 14, 2011

One of my most favorite things about blogging is the online community!  Yea, weird right?  You’re all of a sudden ‘friends’ with all of these people you don’t really know.  However, I think it’s a great way to meet people and see how they live life from close or far away. 

Take, for example, my blog friend Jazziefizzle.   She lives aaaaaall the way in Australia and blogged about these amazingly adorable little ponies she spotted at a festival. 

I die.

I don’t know if you understand how much THIS girl loves horses, rainbows and quirky.  Mix them all together?  Perfect world.  I had a pretty impressive My Little Pony collection when I was just a wee one.  My infatuation didn’t stop in my childhood.  In fact, I colored my own hair pink and purple for about a year!  Mega fan. 

All that to say, I won’t know true happiness until I have a yard full of these little rainbow horses.  I love them.  And I love Jasmine for sharing them with me.

Music That Smiles {playlist XIII}

July 13, 2011

It has been quite some time since I put together a little playlist of pretty tunes.  The summertime may be a perfect excuse to listen to ‘Top 40’ but my iPod stays hooked on these lovely melodies.  I hope you like them.  Fall in love with William Fitzsimmons and his epic man beard.  Meow! 

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{photo from my iPhone on a day spent poolside}

More balloons? Ok!

July 12, 2011

Here are some of the last photographs from my weekend adventure with Mr. Marty.  I don’t really enjoy getting my photo taken all the time but every once in a while won’t kill me.  Well, at least I don’t think it will. 

Holding on to this rainbow in the crazy 30 mph wind was a lot harder than it looks!

Basically, I’m an undercover fairy princess with magical flying powers.  Just let me believe it, ok?

And that, my dears, is the end.


Summer Shoot!

July 11, 2011

{that’s me back there! my friend Marty put  me in front of the camera and behind pretty balloons}

This is my favorite photo that we took this past weekend.  The colors of the rainbow AND a dress?  That sums me up perfectly. 

The idea was taken from a photo that I saw about a year ago.  I completely fell i love with it and practically begged Marty for the chance to recreate it.  You can see the photo here.  And if anybody knows where it came from I’d LOVE to know!!! 

It’s always a joy to spend time with my talented friends as they develop their skills.  The perks aren’t so bad either.


July 10, 2011


…it’s impossible to survive the Texas heat without them.

Yesterday, I had a fun summertime photo adventure with my friend Marty.  It was 104 degrees outside and I had two 1/2 heat strokes and a moment where I was seeing apparitions.  Ok, not really but man was it hawt!! And also so fun.  He bought me a popsicle for being a good sport.  New photos AND popsicles?! Double win.

Happy 4th of July!

July 1, 2011

I’m spending the holiday weekend in Austin, TX!  I sure do love this quirky city.  I drove in late last night and my friend Jamie greeted me with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, at 11 pm.  Oh yes! 

I hope you enjoy your long weekend.  I found this adorable recipe on Freshly Pressed and decided to share.  Click here to learn how to make your own red, white and blue strawberry treats…American style.

Happy Birthday, USA! I’m pretty fond of you.