August 30, 2013

Friday Photo Dump

This awesome lady is getting married in almost a month and Sunday we got to shower her with all sorts of goodies.


But of corse she couldn't have the goodies until she endured some torture. Like the bubble gum game.
{:If you don't know this game, it is where a bridesmaid secretly asks the groom-to-be questions beforehand and at the shower the bride-to-be has to answer them. If she answers them correctly she gets chocolate, if not she gets a piece of gum:}

She was a good sport, so she was allowed to have her gifts.

Got to spend time with this friend. 
I was in her wedding back in April.

I also went to see 2 Guns at the drive in movie theatre. It is always fun being there even if the movie isn't so hot. Its just perfect watching a movie under the starts. Marky Mark was also in it so the scenery was extra fantastic. I mean if you are into that drool worthy guy thing….

AND I got to hang out with some "Adorable" peeps as we all worked on preparing for our Adored Women's Conference in 2 weeks.

I also had TONS of girl time this week that I didn't take pictures of {:gasp:} but that had a lot to do with the fact that this week has run me ragged and I had work hair and work make-up by the time girl time came around. And we just don't need to publicize those kinds of pictures right? 

Anywho good news girlfriend…ITS THE WEEKEND! Have a great one.

xoxoxo
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August 29, 2013

Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging Sooner

As I have mentioned before, I started blogging in January of 2012. I had never been an avid follower of anyones blog before so I have no idea what made me decide to start one, but I did. Like most of us bloggers, it started out with just wanting to share all the randomness in this head of mine. But, as you start blogging you start to wish that those numbers on the sidebar would start increasing. Or that your page views would just increase from 10 per day to 20.  I remember I started desiring to gain followers but I had no idea how to do it or where to start. So this is a post dedicated to  5 things I wish I knew back in January of 2012.



Bloggers love helping other bloggers
I hate to impose on other people so I thought actually contacting some of the bloggers I loved  was out of the question. I mean why would a blogger with 600+ followers want to help someone with 6 followers?
Because they use to have six followers too and the understand that's why! Not everyone you contact with questions is going to be kind or even email you back, but the majority of them will and are happy to do it! So go e-mail one of your favorite bloggers today…I double dog dare ya.

Comment, Comment, Comment
When you read a post you love, comment on it. Those comments really are read and sometimes even replied to.
When I see someone commenting continuously on my blog, it shows me that they are a faithful reader. If you are a faithful reader, I want to read and support your blog as well as get to know you. Getting to know my readers also lets me know what I think they would like to see on the blog.
Commenting also builds community, which is key in promoting your blog.

It's All About You
This is the one place where constant pictures of yourself isn't considered vain, but rather is encouraged. Your readers want to know and see you. Allow your readers to feel connected to you. What are things you would share over a coffee date with your girlfriend? Share that! Maybe even get really courageous and post a vlog. {:I always love hearing what the voices of some of m favorite bloggers sounds like:} 

Button Swapping is a Must
I honestly did not even know what button swapping was when I started blogging. Heck, I didn't know what a button was. {:A button is a picture about 150x150 that links people to your blog when they click on it:} This really is a great way to adversities your blog for free. Most button swaps are completely free. All these sweet bloggers ask in return is that you place their button on your blog. The more people see your button popping up on different blogs they visit the more this increases their curiosity and the possibility of them popping on over to your page. You are in essence creating a brand for your blog.

Sponsoring Blogs
Sponsoring other blogs is a great way to gain exposure. Here is a great tip passed on to me by Marquis on the topic…sponsoring blogs can be expensive, so save your money for those sponsorship opportunities that include a guest post or a giveaway. When a guest post or giveaway is attached to a sponsorship, you are more likely to gain followers and readers than just having your button appear on their sidebar for the month. It's like more bang for your buck.

I hope these little tidbits help some of you newer bloggers. They are all just little things I wish I had known sooner.

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August 28, 2013

Bring on the Crimson and White & a GIVEAWAY


Wow, it is already Wednesday. This week is flying by which is FANTASTIC because this girl has a 3 day weekend coming up. {:I hope you do too:} AND college football begins Saturday! Is anyone else excited for this? I have my crimson and white ready and waiting for Saturday. ROLL TIDE! I know all the girls down south wear cute dresses, but a dress just doesn't feel right to me on game day. I need hoodies, jerseys, and t-shirts. What about you? What is your game day style.
Speaking of style….this is what I wore this week:
Black Lace Top: Express
Sequin Tank: Kohls
Jeans: Victoria Secret
Heels: SImply Vera Wang for Kohls
Necklace: NY&Co.
Sweater: H&M
Jeans: Victoria's Secret
Shoes: Sperry Angelfire
Necklace: target
Bracelet: Alter'D State
Watch: Fossil

Top: Kohls
Shorts: Target
Sandals: Payless
Bracelet: Charlotte Russe

Jean Jacket: Jessica Simpson
White tee: Target
Skirt: Kohls
Necklace&Earrings: Premier

Top: JC Penny
Capris: NY&co.
Wedges: Nine West
Necklace: NY&Co.

Top: TJ Max
Shorts: Kohls
Shoes: Candies for Kohls
Necklace: NY&Co.

Top: H&M
Capris: Simply Vera Wang for Kohls
Wedges: Candies for Kohls
Necklace: Premier
Happy Hump Day!
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August 27, 2013

The SIngle Girl Diaries-The Singleness Curse


Y'all I am just beside myself today. I am so excited to introduce you to a new blogger, Erica, that I have just fallen in love with! She is wise beyond her years and I just couldn't help but ask her to do a single girl diaries post. I read this post last Tuesday and wanted to post it early because it is so dead on for what I think we all need to hear. This is a MUST read, and after you do read, be sure to pop over to her   blog, Erica Ashley, and show her some love!


Hello everyone! I am so excited to be writing a guest post on my all time favorite read! The Single Girl Diaries! 

My post today is dedicated to all of those insecurities. You know, the ones in the back of our minds that tell us everything that is wrong with us. The ones that tell us there are no good guys out there because they are all taken. Or how about the ones that tell us no matter what life throws at us, a GREAT relationship will never be one of them. The ones that tell we must just pick the next thing that comes our way and go with it before its to late!

Well let me tell you something. Those are all LIES! These lies are formed by our own perception of ourselves, others, and what we think we deserve. Past experiences may have formed these lies. Or the media. Old relationships are a great contributor to these. Rejection? Oh yeah, that is the root to these lies. And until recently I was a believer to all of them.

I believed the reason I was single is because I was cursed. I wasn't tall enough, my hair was to frizzy, I wasn't a size 2, I wasn't girly enough, I didn't spend 3 hours of my day in gym, or thousands of dollars on my wardrobe, my eyebrows didn't get waxed on a consistent basis, and yes my room was a little messy. I had the single curse. And my past relationships didn't help. 

The guys I dated didn't try to rid these insecurities or help me fight through them, they fed them. The ex's mentioned how we should start working out together, or how it would be nice if my bed was made, or that they would like "more guy time" and instead of watching sports with me and that I should be out shopping. (your probably thinking, why did you EVER date them?) 

You know what I would tell my friends if they were ever dating someone like that? Run. Run fast. These guys are not worth your time. It's funny because how many of us have been in the situation where we can tell our friends, "hey, he is a LOSER," or "He does not treat you right," but we struggle with taking our own advice? I use to fall into this trap all the time!

But let me reassure you that there is no single curse! In fact being single is the best time to rid your insecurities. Don't rely on a man to do it for you!

Have you ever seen the movie Pitch Perfect? Well there is a line in there that says "We accept the love we think we deserve." That is the truest statement I have ever heard. Because the guys in my past showed me the love I thought I was deserving. There was no way they loved me for me,  simply because I didn't love me. 

The saying that you have to be happy with yourself before you are in a realtionship is SO true. How can a man bring you up daily if you are constantly bringing yourself down? How can you find someone who loves you if you can't even love yourself? 

Like I said at the beginning, insecurities are lies we tell ourselves. The danger is that we believe them. And when we believe them, we allow others to believe them. Being single is the best time to stand up to them. To tell that little voice in the back of your head that you are beautiful, and that frizzy hair is really in right now, and that being short is great because no man will be shorter than you (unless they are 8 years old). It is the time of your life where you can find out so many great things about yourself. It is the time in your life where you find out how and why to love yourself.

And in the end you know what you will find. A man who loves you for you. And if he doesn't love you for you, well guess what? You will show him the door because your worth becomes so much more and you realize the love you deserve isn't going to be "just the next guy" that comes into your life. It's going to be the man of your dreams. What is sexier than a girl who loves her self, has confidence, and her own dreams? Nothing! So take this time in your life to work on you. 

Realize your true beauty, discover your dreams, figure out what you want in this life, and soon enough a man will come into your life that fits perfect with you. The real you. And remember "we accept the love we think we deserve." Every girl deserves crazy, amazing, can't get enough, compliment you daily, love your frizzy hair, works hard to please you kind of love :)
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August 26, 2013

Makeup Tutorial Vlog


I thought I would try to do a vlog for this Monday's post. I posted a while back about the makeup products I use on a daily basis. So, today I show you how to apply them and the tips and tricks I learned from my Mac makeover. I don't know everything about makeup, but I will happily share what I have learned over the years.



{:Side note: I am not the best and vlogs and for some reason they make me oober nervous to do. Also, please excuse the door alarm and dog barking in the video…oops:}


If you are interested in how I apply my eye makeup, just leave me a comment and I will get a blog up for that as well. Any questions, feel free to ask!!

The link for the post on all the products and brushes is found here.
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August 22, 2013

Never Have I Ever...

There was this one time I played basketball with Jerry West which was pretty awesome. {:If you're note a basketball fan, Jerry West is in the NBA hall of fame is also the silhouette in the NBA logo.:} It's definitely something not many people have the opportunity to do. But there are a lot of other things that are a bit more common that I have never done.

NEVER HAVE I EVER...

~Been snow skiing or boarding
~Worn pajama pants in public {:I seriously hope you haven't either. That's a good way to end up on one of those embarrassing wal-mart pics:}
~Broken a bone
~Fallen asleep in the movie theatre
~Shot a gun {:I mean this is shocking since I do live in WV:}
~Donated blood {:I am a chicken:}
~Read a Twilight or Hunger Games book, or even wanted to
~Worn camo
~Eaten Nutella
~Watched the Goonies or The Sand Lot
~Missed an episode of Nashville or Smash
~Received a speeding ticket
~Been the Maid of Honor in a wedding {:I've been in 6:}
~Liked cheesecake
~Posted a "selfie" on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook {:As long as a pic of me and Gracie doesn't count:}
~Read an entire book in one day {:and I read all the time and love it:}
~Switched careers after college
~Been to a professional football or basketball game
~Slept in a hotel alone
~Read or watched Charlotte's Webb
What would I be surprised to know about you?
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August 21, 2013

This thing almost didn't happen

Phew, I didn't know if I was going to even have the energy to write this post today. With starting school last Wednesday I have been working 12 and 13 hour days just to prepare. If you know or live with a teacher you know the chaos that the beginning of the year brings and along with it the exhaustion! Then, over the weekend I spent all day Saturday painting and Sunday as well {:after church that is:}. You may have seen some of the work in progress pictures if you follow me on Instagram. But I just couldn't miss a Wednesday post right? I mean I actually got dressed all this week with work and all!

So here you have it…
My first day back I wanted to be comfy for a long day of meetings, professional, but also trendy.
  {:I mean it was my first day back after a whole summer of them not seeing what I wear - Im kidding…….kinda:} 

Tank: TJ Maxx
Capris: NY&Co.
Sandals: Target
Necklace: Target
Bracelet: Forever 21
Watch: Fossil

Thursday was a work in your classroom kind of day so I needed something I could crawl around in and sweat in. You all made me feel so good about this shirt looking cute the week before I busted it out again at work last week. So thanks for the encouragement.

Shirt: Kohl's
Capris: JC Penny
Shoes: Converse

Friday we had orientation. While this isn't what I wore to orientation, I wanted to look nice since parents that can't come that night are known to just drop in earlier in the day. None did, but I was prepared just in case.

Top: JC Penny
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Sperry
Bracelet & Earrings: Charlotte Russe

Sunday I was EXHAUSTED! from painting all week and barely wanted to get out of bed, much less get dressed. This outfit was no fuss and allowed me to put very little effort in.
Chiffon Dress/Tunic: TJ Maxx
Shoes: Kohls
Necklace: JC Penny

To ring in the first day of school this year I chose my...
Pink Pants: NY&Co
Polkadot Top: TJ Maxx
&
Brown Wedges: Charlotte Russe

Yesterday, I wore my favorite hand-me-down dress from my cousin. {:Thanks Lacy:}
It was soooo comfortable to work in and the perfect length for teaching.
I have no idea where the dress is from but the shoes are Candies from Kohl's.

Happy hump day lovies
xxxxx
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August 20, 2013

The Single Girl Diaries-The Waiting Game

And every single girl with a biological clock ticking said….amen. Nooooot quit what I was going for with that title, so put your ticking time bomb away for a hot minute while you read today's post.

Here is the actual thought I want to sit on for today:

The right person at the wrong time will equal destruction.

Just look at the prodigal son. Have you heard of this kid in Luke 15? Well let me sum it up for you, he is a brat who learns a hard lesson. You see he had a brother and went to his father and demanded that his father give him his inheritance now. The father complied and the son took his inheritance to Vegas and blew it all in the first casino leaving him broke as a joke out on the strip sleeping on a cardboard box. {:Okay that may or may not be my own translation, but if he lived in 2013 I'm pretty sure that's what would have happened:}.  Anyways he decided to go home because even the servants at his father's house lived in better conditions and were treated better than he was at the time.

So see, the prodigal son got his inheritance, which he was going to get of corse, just not then. He was going to get it when his father saw it fit to give it to him {:probably when he was less of a brat and a bit more mature:}. Instead he demanded it on his time and it brought him destruction.

Listen my single super-fox girlfriend, don't be like this kid. Don't force yourself into a relationship just because you are lonely and want one. A relationship at the wrong time will cause you destruction. If you haven't experienced this, ask any other single girl and I am sure she would be willing to tell you all about the destruction it caused in her heart and possibly her life. And heavens to betsy girlfriend a MARRIAGE at the wrong time will equal destruction. Do not get married to just anyone because you are desperate to be married like every other girl in your world. Trust me, I get it, but if you force yourself into a marriage you aren't certain of or ready emotionally for your relationship will destruct your life, because you weren't meant to be married to that guy or at that time.

Maybe you are single, but you strongly believe you know who you will marry. You may be right, but I am about to tell you something that is going to make you want to punch me in the face {:thank goodness this is a blog and not a real coffee shop chat:}. Be patient. Even a relationship with the right guy at the wrong time will end up in destruction. You may have even experienced this. You forced a relationship that neither of you were ready for and it ended in destruction because you refused to wait for your provision on God's terms.

Wait on God and his timing. He is strengthening, growing, stretching, preparing your heart and character for exactly the one He has planned for you. Know that he has heard the desires of your heart and he will give them to you if you are only willing to wait on His timing and His blessing.


Check out other posts from The Single Girl Diaries here.
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August 19, 2013

Tis the Season

for a school post silly, not Christmas {:but it is only 4 months away, just saying:}. I don't post many school-ish posts, mostly because I am not a teacher extraordinaire or have any ideas that haven't already been posted on Pinterest 20303 times.

With all that said I thought it was only fitting to show you part of my classroom in honor of my first new day with my 22 new kindergarten friends.


This is our classroom goal board. Each month the goal will change and when each student achieves the goal they get to write their name on a laminated football. They then place their football in the end zone or between the goal posts. Students who achieve the goal for the month also receive a prize. 

Other goal ideas for different grades might be: reads all sight words, knows multiplication facts, counts by 2s, etc.

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August 16, 2013

I love games!

Literally just as I was sitting on the couch wondering what in the world I would post about today the cute Texan, Casey, over at The Aslan's Auspicious Albandy Adventure tagged me in this little game. {:You know how much I love games!:} 

Six things you should know about me…

If you could pick up and move anywhere for 6 months, where would it be?
Australia. I fell in love with that place when I was over there. It is amazing! And, since I'm over there for six months and all, I would probably take some classes hat Hillsong Leadership College.

How long have you known your best friend?
Since college. I actually knew her now husband first and ended up studying with them and another friend for our geography class. Then, a year later we were college roomies.

What's your number one item on your Christmas list this year? Come on you know you've been thinking!
I actually haven't, but since you are giving me permission to I will. Hmmmm. I really love those monogram initial necklaces that are popular right now. Maybe I will ask for one of those. Cash is always a good bet too though.
What did you do last Friday night?
Does it make me old if I cannot even remember? Or maybe it just makes me boring, ha.

Were you part of a "click" in high school?
Yes and no. I was a cheerleader in high school and dated a football player. There were several other cheerleaders on the squad that also dated football players, so we all hung out a lot. I wasn't really popular, I was more or less know as my then boyfriends girlfriend. I didn't actually have a name apparently, because few people actually knew it.

How has blogging benefited your life?
Oh gosh. I never had a hobby before blogging {:besides Pinterest:} and now I know how people can become so wrapped up in their hobbies. I love it! I also never knew I enjoyed writing, or even had anything worth reading to write. And of course the cliche, but true answer, the people I have met and become friends with.

Now I am tagging these chic as to join in the fun

Now you get to choose 6 of these questions to answer on your blog.
- What is your secret obsession?
- What is the best gift you ever received?
- If you could have coffee with anyone, who would it be?
- What is something that people are always surprised to find out about you?
- Who is your celebrity crush?
- What is your biggest struggle in blogging?
- If you could live in another the period, when would it be?
- Which Disney princess would you trade lives with for a day?
- What movie gets played out on your DVD player?
- High heels or flats?
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August 15, 2013

Shut Down Mode

I have a confession today. Remember how I said in this post I might have a problem? Well, today confirmed it. I had an emotional breakdown on the phone with my poor mama as I drove home from school. But, after going on 14 hours of work/working at home, I think I am finally making progress with all the things I need to get done. But, having progress there means my brain has shut down and I have no real post for you today. Instead I am sending you over to the adorable, and gorg Alexa's slice go blog heaven where I did a little q&a post for her. Check it out here.
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August 14, 2013

RIP Summer


"Schooooooooools out for summa
Schooooooooools out foreva"

Oh sorry, don't mind me I am just singing about summer. What's that? It's August 14 and today's my first day back to work? You mean summer's over? What a drag.

Does it feel like summer went entirely too fast yet again? Me and that summer guy are going to have to sit down and have a good talk about slowing ourselves down.

Anywho. How about we talk about what I wore this week. I actually got dressed a whole lot. Go me! And this week, I have to get dressed every single day! *GASP* Yup, summer is officially over. I will stop my boohooing and get on with these wardrobe pictures.

{:Sorry most of these pictures are pretty blurry, but maybe that's a good thing because my face looks kinda like a pizza!:}
Top: TJ Maxx
Capris: Simply Ver Wang for Kohls
Shoes: Sperry
Earrings: NY&co.
Bracelet: Forever 21
Watch: Fossil

Top: Gift
Pants: NY&Co.
Wedges: Candies for Kohls

Necklace: NY&Co.
Blazer: H&M
Tank & Shorts: Target
Heels: Simply Vera Wang for Kohls

Tank: NY&Co.
Capris: Victoria Secret
Shoes: Sperry
Necklace: Premier

Dress: TJ Maxx
Shoes: Candies for Kohls
Bracelet: Forever 21
Watch: Fossil

Top: TJ Maxx
Capris: Victoria Secret
Sandals: Target
Bracelet: Charlotte Russe
Necklace & Earrings: Charming Charlie

Which is your favorite or would fit best into your style?

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August 13, 2013

The Single Girl Diaries - You Attract What You Accept

Have you ever heard the saying "you attract what you are"? This can often be true but I am going to take a twist on it for today's Single Girl Diaries post and say that "you attract what you accept."

See I believe that the men women choose to date is often a reflection of how they feel about themselves. Women who choose men who abuse them and use them, often have low self esteem and don't believe they deserve any better. Now this is an extreme case of course, but I believe a lot of us tow this line in a way. Many of us are not at rock bottom on the self esteem chart, but we also aren't skyrocketing either. So therefore, we start accepting mediocre guys to take the place of prince charming because we fear that that's all we deserve. We settle for the guy who's decent looking rather than the one who makes us drool like a dog staring at a begin strip. We date guys who aren't bad guys, but they don't value us as much as they should, they don't constantly look for ways t make us smile or laugh, they don't constantly think up ways too sweep you off your feet and then we categorize this kind of relationship as "real life". Now don't get me wrong, I get that everyday isn't sunshine and roses, but I am surrounded by friends who married a real prince instead of settling for the 4th and 5th heirs. Their princes are still looking for ways to appreciate them and new ways to show their love to them years into their marriage.




Us single women need to start revolutionizing the way we think about ourselves and I believe that if we do, what we accept is what we will start attracting. We are smart, educated, successful, God-fearing, beautiful women who are a prize. Any man uninterested in per suing the prize with everything in him simply isn't worth it. Love yourself enough to wait for the guy who is so much more than you ever dreamed of. Wait for the guy that seems "too good for you". Wait for the guy who challenges, encourages, and inspires you. Wait for the guy who treats you like the princess you are and treasures your heart and well being above his own. The only thing worse than waiting is wishing you had waited.


Check out past Single Girl Diaries posts here:



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