October 31, 2013

Halloween Throwback

People always post throwback pictures, but it always makes me giggle a little because they consider the picture taken 2 weeks ago a throwback. So in honor of Halloween and throwback Thursday I am throwing it way back to my first three Halloweens.

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October 30, 2013

Can I just be a blogger full time?

These last few days have taken it out of me. They have been the kind of days that leave you asking yourself the question "can I do this for the rest of my life?" Those are the days I wish even more I could read, write, and comment on blogs all day long. Life would be pure bliss! Do you ever have those days? I just know I can't be alone in this. My hair in most of these pictures screams "it's been one of those weeks" but just try and look past it and hopefully my wardrobe doesn't scream the same thing. And if it does, just leave me a nice comment and lie to a girlfriend because she needs it. HA {:joking….but only kinda:}
Plaid Shirt: TJ Maxx
Cardigan: Old Navy
Black Pants: American Eagle
Boots: Amazon
Wrap Cross Bracelet: Alter'D State

Sweater: Simply Vera Wang for Kohls
Leggings: Lauren Conrad for Kohls
Booties: Target
Necklace: JC Penny

Polka-Sot Top: Bon-Ton
Scarf: Target
Bracelet: Forever 21

Sweater: H&M
Crop Pants: NY&Co.
Booties: Steve Madden

Cardigan & Scarf: Kohls
Tee: Target
Jeans: American Eagle

Cardigan: Express
Black Pants: NY&Co.
Shoes: Soda
Necklace & Earrings: Charming Charlie

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Linking Up 4:Style SessionsWildcard Wednesday

October 29, 2013

The Single Girl Diaries-Don't Blink

I'm sure you've had someone older look at your young life and tell you something like "just blink and it'll be a memory." It's in that moment that I find myself wanting to blink really, really hard in sarcasm.

Blink away this season? Yes, please.

Then I was talking to my friend last night and she was talking about how she can't wait to meet baby number two {:yes, she's getting ready to ask for a table of four and I am still stuck at table for one:}I started thinking back to January 4th 2012 when her first sweet little girl was born. It really does seem like yesterday. I can remember walking in the hospital room and seeing her for the first time and seeing my friend as a mommy for the first time. It's all still so vivid.

Even though this season is tough and sometimes lonely don't blink all the goodness of it away.

Yesterday I had a really rough day at work. By the end of the day I was fighting back tears from just physical and emotional exhaustion. It was so bad that I actually caught myself thanking my dog, out loud, for not being rude and disrespectful. Yup, it was one of those days. Then I realized around 8 o'clock that the effects of the day had fully worn. When I got home from work I relaxed for a bit to calm down,  worked out to release stress, took a nice long shower, and just sat in silence and read for awhile. As soon as I walked in the door from work I didn't have a family expecting me to cook dinner, or play with them, or work on homework. I was able to solely focus on me.

So often I think about all the things I am going to remember to be thankful for when I get married. Things like never having to sit alone in church again, never going to a wedding solo, or never having to walk into a party again wondering if the other people I know are there yet. I want to make a conscious effort to think about all the things I'll look back and long for when this season is over like long hot showers without interruptions, naps on the couch with no one else moving around in the house, hours to read in bed without having to be respectful of someone else wanting to go to bed.

We're here why not choose to be thankful and enjoy it. Often, thats the key that unlocks the door to the next season.

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October 28, 2013

Cribs: My Life in High Heels Edition {:and an opportunity to be a part of a November GIVEAWAY:}

After three years my home is almost complete. In honor of this I thought I would give you a little tour Blair Witch style {:since it is almost Halloween and all:}. If you at lunch recently I don't recommend watching. haha

Ok, hopefully you aren't too crazy sick from watching my terrible camera skills. But anyway, I am really excited to invite you to be a part of my first ever giveaway on My Life in High Heels. The giveaway will run from November 4th through the 13th. We will be giving away one large gift card or several smaller gift cards depending on the final amount. If you are interested in being a part of this giveaway and growing your blog, click here for the details. 

Happy Monday,
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October 25, 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear Friday: You have come yet again, and I still find myself behind and have been trying to play catch up all week. There's still lesson plans to do, a house in desperate need of cleaning, and books dying to be read. Well, I suppose that is what the weekend is for and I'll take it! Dear Pretty New Running Shoes: Thank you for being my inspiration to "get back into the grind." It has been all too long since this booty of mine has done squats or anything else active for that matter. We have had a date every night this week and though my body is paying for it, I like it. {:P.S. Thank you for not being neon like all your other friends in the store. They were WAY to crazy for me:}

To my 23 Little Kindergarten Friends: I hope you had fun at the pumpkin patch yesterday, even if it did snow and sleet on us. I loved seeing how happy it made all of you. Field trips always make this teacher exhausted though. Beautiful Blooming Flowers: Thanks for making my home look so much prettier!! Dearest West Virginia Weather: Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year AND YOURE SCREWING IT UP!!! In case you were wondering, it is not winter and snow and sleet is not acceptable at this time. Please try a little harder this week. Dear "All In" Small Group Curriculum by Mark Batterson: Holy awesomeness. Thanks for being exactly what I need exactly when I needed it. To the Foxy Lady {:or Brian:} Reading This: Thanks for always stopping by and leaving comments. It may sound cheesy but it really does make my day.

Happy Friday! 
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October 23, 2013

Happy Wednesday

This has been yet another crazy week. For all my teacher girlfriends I know you'll understand…It's report card week. I have spent far too many hours on the couch with my laptop typing in comments and going over and back over grades. But this teacher's brain is turning to mush quickly so I thought I would take a little break and write about something I enjoy {:rather than phonics and number sense:} FASHION.

I was was pretty proud of myself this week. I put several new outfits together without purchasing anything new!{:Only a girl would get so excited about that:}

This was one of the new outfits I wore to a dinner I attended Sunday evening.
Blazer: H&M
Scarf: TJ Maxx
Pleather Pants: Kohls
Heels: Kohls

Tunic: TJ Maxx
Leggings: Kohls
Wedges: Target

Top: JC Penny:
Dress Pants: Kohls
Bracelet: Forever 21

Cardigan: Gap Outlet
Polka Dot Top: TJ Maxx
Dress Pants: Kohls
Wedges: TOMS
Bracelet: Charlotte Russe

Cardigan & black pants: Kohls
Tee & Scarf: Target
Boots: Amazon

Well I suppose it's time to get back to the report card business. Have a happy hump day lovely.
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Linking Up: Fashion SessionsWildcard Wednesday

October 22, 2013

The Single Girl Diaries - The Fairy Tale

I bet you can remember those days when you were younger when you use to put on that "perfect twirling skirt." You know, the one that flew out as you made yourself dizzy twirling. I also remember the days of dress up when I would put on my mom's old night gowns and pretend I was being swept away and married to my prince charming.

As we get older we start to get "more realistic." We don't twirl in our skirts and try to sit down before it falls down{:at least not in public:}. And we don't really buy into the whole idea of fairy tales anymore.

Now it seems like women feel like they need to suppress their desires of wanting to feel needed, loved and romanced as if you aren't quite as strong if you do desire those things. But deep down I believe that every woman has these desires because God made us that way. He made men to reflect the masculine heart of God {:strong; protective; powerful:} and women to reflect the feminine heart of God {:compassionate, nurturing, super human:}

So often I see women who are almost embarrassed to say that they still want all those things as if society might judge her because her career and right to vote isn't enough {: the women who came before us worked awfully hard for that you know:}. I am not making light of the women who fought for our rights, but just because we want to be treated as equals i doesn't mean the desires of our heart has changed.

As single {:or married:} women let's be women who embrace our femininity and the heart that God has created us with. We don't need women who think like men, we need women to think like women. It's what we are created for.

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October 21, 2013

Just a little perspective for a Monday

The other day I was reading my daily devotional and for some reason I felt God ask me to put it down and read in the book of Joshua. So I turned there in my Bible and started reading; then I felt God prompt me again. This time He wanted me to get a notebook. I loved what he taught me in the next half an hour and thought I would share it with you. 

I always hear people giving encouragement to live your week by on Mondays, but I am going to share some perspective instead for your week? OK?

Well, you're still reading and there hasn't even been a picture yet, so I have to figure you're in it for the long haul. 

So I was reading in Joshua 6. This is when Joshua, by command of God, had the Israelite army walk around the wall of Jericho once for 6 days, and 7 times on the 7th day. The promise was that after they walked around the wall 7 times in silence they would shout and "Jericho {:would be:}into (their) hand(s), its king, and the mighty men of valor." 

Remember, Jericho was the promise land that their ancestors had left Egypt for, over 40 years ago. This was huge, but there are so many things about this story that we can learn from. So I'll share a few that God laid on my heart.

1) God promised the Israelites Jericho , but there was a massive, fortifying wall between them and the promise. 

It probably hardly felt like victory. Thanks for the leading me to the promise land only to find a massive wall in front of it God. The teachable moment in that is that even though there was a huge obstacle in front of them, they chose to see the promise not the wall. There are promises God has given to you through His Word and probably even spoken to your heart personally, but there is hardly ever a promise without a wall. What are you more focused on the wall or the promise?

2) The people in Jericho knew the Israelites were there. 

In this scripture it says the Israelite priest were blowing their horns. So the people may have been inside the walls of Jericho, but they still knew there were people outside of the walls who were coming for them. 

Does the enemy and the plans he has against you know you are there? Or, are you content with letting him come in and steel your promise, or misguide your thinking? 

Blow your horn and tell your enemy you're going in for the promise. so wall or not the promise is yours. Take the authority that has been given to you in Christ and stop rolling over and playing dead for the enemy.

3) The Isrealites let out a shout before they received their promise

Before the wall ever crumbled the army let out a shout. What are you shouting on the other side of victory? The Bible tells us our words create and our words destroy. Start speaking victory regardless of what you see. My pastor always says "the entry way into victory seldom looks like you're winning."

4) The Israelites were commanded to be silent. 

Let's be honest. These guys were warriors. What would we think if our military was over fighting in a battle and the commander commanded them to march around the enemy camp one time for 6 days, and 7 times on the 7th day. He wouldn't have a job for very long. This command had to seem outrageous and crazy, but the brilliance in it is that they had to do it in silence. It is one thing to turn over in your brain the question of "what in the world is God asking me to do?" It is a completely different thing when you start asking a bunch of other people the same question. Because what often happens when we share the crazy God request God laid on our hearts with others who aren't like minded with us is they start feeding the "crazy" side instead of the faith side. So rather than have his army talk about how ridiculous this was and feed of each others inability to understand the command of God he forced them to be silent. So we need to be warriors who are willing to be silent, follow the crazy God command, and look for the promise. 
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October 17, 2013

A Little Friday Action

I haven't been so great about posting on Friday's lately. Life just seems to get so busy and I don't know how. I don't even have a husband or kids so kudos to you ladies who manage all of it! But I always enjoy doing Friday's Letters post so I thought I would share one with you today.

Friday Dearest: You came super fast this week, thanks! Dear This Past Week: You kicked this girls bootie! With being out of town last weekend I can't seem to catch up between errands, laundry, unpacking, preparing lesson plans for next week and housework. I feel like I am just trying to doggy paddle and stay afloat. To My Beautiful Cousin Lacy: You were an absolutely stunning bride. Thank you for letting me be a part of your and John's day Saturday. 
To My Bama Family: It was too good to see you all this weekend. I had a blast with you all dancing the night away. 

My Sweet Gracie Girl:  I am so glad you are feeling better and we got you meds for your scratched cornea. It broke this mama's heart when she had to leave those sad puppy eyes for work Tuesday morning when you were in so much pain. Even if the vet bill was ridiculous, it was worth it to have you back to your playful, loving, cuddly self. Dear Rainy West Virginia: I had had enough of you. I know we were dry but the constant down poors can stop now. I also do not like all the mushrooms you are causing to sprout up in my yard. They are not accenting the beautiful azaleas that are in bloom in the flower beds. My Fabulous New Followers: Thanks for stopping buy and loving this corner of blog land as much as I do. I'm so excited to get to know you better. To My New Sponsor, Ashley: Thanks for hanging out on my sidebar this month girly! {:Go check her out: Afternoon Espresso:}

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Linking Up With: The Sweet Season

October 16, 2013

Dressing for the Occasion

I had a lot of reasons to get dressed this week. Like I am sure many of you saw I had quite the weekend  with being in my cousins wedding.

Wednesday, I had to find an outfit that worked for work, but yet was comfortable enough to wear the rest of the night in the car as we started the 15 hour drive to Bama.
I went for this H&M chambray, American Eagle black skinnies, and Target Scarf. Then I topped it off with these riding boots I bought off of Amazon. I will say it was very comfy in the car.

The the wedding festivities began Friday morning for our bridal luncheon. 
For the luncheon I wore a black pencil skirt from Kohl's and paired it with this great find from JC Penny. I love the top because of the lace detail on the shoulders, front, and back. Then I completed the outfit with Nine West heels and clutch.

Friday night was the rehearsal dinner. I only brought two dresses to choose from and ultimately ended up going with this cobalt blue TJ Maxx find.
I paired the dress with some black and gold jewelry to tie in the leopard print belt. I also got one last use out of my gold Jennifer Lopez wedges {:from Kohls:} before the warm weather is gone.

Saturday was wedding day and you can see pictures of my bridesmaid dress in Monday's post. Then Sunday was a bum day as we traveled back to West Virginia. It was yoga pants and no makeup kind of day.

After getting into bed at midnight the night before I had to wake up bright and early at 6 am on Monday to get ready for a teacher work day, one where I had to present.
I chose this Forever 21 top and paired it with my red skinnies from Kohls. I added jewelry from Charming Charlie and wore my favorite Soda leopard flats.

There was nothing particularly special about yesterday, but I did like my outfit. :)

The dress is H&M {:$15!!:} while the jacket is Jessica Simpson. The boots are the same riding boots I bought on Amazon and the jewelry is, once again, from Charming Charlie.

Thanks again for stopping by, I hope at least one of these outfits inspired your wardrobe for this upcoming week.

Linking Up With: Style Sessions & Wildcard Wednesday

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October 15, 2013

The Single Girl Diaries: My Single Lady Must Reads

If your like me, you love a good book. And when you're single, you have a few extra, free nights to put that perfect nose of yours into a book. Here are my top 5 single girl reads.

5) He's Just Not That Into You: As much as we all want to be the one that changes that guy, we probably never will. Rather we should value ourselves enough to wait for the guy who is already the better man we were hoping to turn him into because we're worth it. We all want to be the hopeless romantic and twist, turn, and justify all the dumb things guys do, but this book is straight forward honest and has excellent truths that will make us finally admit that he's just not that into us and move on.
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4) Every Single Woman's Battle: I love this book because it addresses issue we often wonder about as Christian woman, but are too afraid to talk to our girlfriends about. It addresses the often unspoken concerns of a single woman on topics ranging from sexuality to guarding your heart. 
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3) It's Called a Breakup Because it's Broken: The title is awesome in and of itself and the cover makes it that much more of a must read. We have all had one of those breakups that has left our world shaken. This book is part of the answer. It helped me tremendously in going through a break up. The book is laugh out loud funny but also very straight forward telling you exactly what you need to hear/read. And plus, it is written by a guy so he understands the male brain way better than any of us girls do. 
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2) What's a Girl to Do: When one of the girls in my world is struggling with her singleness, this is the first book in my library I give to her. First of all, it's written by a single woman. {:I absolutely hate picking a book up about embracing your singleness and finding out it is written by a married woman.:} Janet Folger, the author, is just so real and relatable. She doesn't pretend to love being single, but instead encourages women through their struggle with singleness. 
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1) The Single Woman - Life, Love and a Dash of Sass: If there is a singleness bible this would be it. The book is written by a woman in her mid thirties who insists that single women realize they aren't desperate but rather too fabulous to settle. This book contains short chapters and covers every topic on singleness you have ever felt! If your feeling lonely, look up the chapter on loneliness and viola!, you will feel encouraged in 3 pages. Struggling with a breakup, theres an enlightening chapter filled with truths on that. It's the perfect book to have on hand for those "single girl breakdown moments" because we all have them.
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What's your favorite single girl read?

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October 14, 2013

A Little Wedding Action

Last Wednesday my parents and I made the 15 hour drive down to Mobil, Alabama for my cousin Lacy's wedding. The weekend started off with the sweetest, cutest bridal brunch at a place called "Spot of Tea." How cute right?

The guest of honor and bride to be, Lacy

I loved the small details that made the brunch so adorable, like the monograms on the bridesmaids gift bags.

Each place setting had a picture of the attendant and the bride which we got to keep.

The mother of the bride saying a few words.

Then later that night was of corse the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

                                                                      I walked down the aisle with my cousin (the brides           
                                                                           brother). That was fun.


Cousin Love

Getting ready with the girls on the big day is always a blast.

 Then there's the first look that Lacy and John did….we all watched through the windows.


A few random pictures before the ceremony…

My cousins daughter, Carlonie, was the flower girl


The getaway car

And one more just to show how gorgeous it all was…

Then after 3 short days in Bama it was time to make the 15 hour drive back home yesterday. Shew it was a whirlwind but so worth it!

Linking up with: Weekend Shenanigans

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