Monday, January 31, 2011

Recipe time!

Cooking Light Loaded Potato Soup


4 red potatoes
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 and 1/4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 bacon slices
Cheddar cheese and sliced green onions to garnish

1. Pierce potatoes with a fork. Microwave on High 13 minutes or until tender. Cut in half; cool slightly. 

2. While potatoes cook, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute 3 minutes. Add broth. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk; add to pan with 1 and a 1/2 cups milk. Bring to a boil; stir often. (BE CAREFUL MINE BOILED OVER!!) Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, salt, and pepper. 

3. Arrange bacon on a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with a paper towel; microwave on High for 4 minutes. Crumble bacon.

4. Discard potato skins. Coarsely mash potatoes into soup. Top with cheese, green onions, and bacon.

Makes 4 servings!

GUYS THIS WAS SO GOOD! I suggest you try in ASAP if you know what's best for ya =)

Dear Mom

Day 7.  Write a blog to encourage another beautiful woman.


Dear Mom, 


        I just wanted to tell you that I GREATLY appreciate you and the wonderful things that you do. I know you do not get enough recognition sometimes for all the things that you do and all of the lives that you change- but I know that is not why you do it! You don't care about the acknowledgement- which is one of the things that makes you so special! You are a mom to 3 biological children and 16 other boys (so far). Not only are you a mom but you are also a chauffeur, nurse, teacher, chef, laundry attendant, sock sorter, story reader, homework helper, schedule maker, etc. The list could go on! How do you do all of that and stay so beautiful? Keep on doing what you are doing. You are SO great at it. You have been through so much and have remained faithful in the Lord and faithful to our family. That is something that I thank God for EVERY. DAY. So I just wanted to take a second and thank you personally. Thanks for being you and thanks for being my mom. 


Haley


Aren't they adorable? And isn't she beautiful?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Just hangin in the cotton field

Forgot to post these pictures from yesterday. It was a BEAUTIFUL day of about 70 degrees (made my heart so happy!)

We had a little photoshoot in the yard and it was so windy I had to change out of my dress and into shorts!

We took a small little trek across the street to the cotton field and had so much fun! I love hubs and playing with our new camera.














Hope you enjoyed our day in pictures! 

Jaded Beauty

Day 6.  Jaded beauty.  Has the world's definition of beauty ever jaded you?


image from weheartit


The world's definition of beauty will wear you out if you let it. You know the kind- when you are more concerned with the size of your jeans then the size of your heart. When you are more concerned with the money and time you spend to make yourself "beautiful" then the time you spend loving yourself for who you are. 


I don't know a woman in the world who has not been a victim of this "jaded beauty" at some point. It is so hard (almost impossible) to live in the society that we live in- where people are worshipped and glorified for their skinny bodies and plastic surgery filled faces- and not fall into the trap of wishing you were more like them. They could spend all the money in the world, nipping and tucking, and they would never be truly hapy.


I wish I had a smaller waist, flatter stomach, better toned legs, blonder hair, etc., etc., etc. The list could go on and on!


How about we take the time that we spend wishing we were more beautiful and thank the Lord that we are alive and healthy?  It is so freeing! 


Thank you Lord for giving me the life that you have. Thank you that I am healthy. Thank you that I have a family, spouse, and self that love me for me and my wordly "imperfections". I know I am perfect in your eyes because YOU CREATED ME!!


Have you ever felt extreme pressure to be more beautiful? Any advice for people caught in that trap?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fireworks, a parade, and a game of "hypothetically"

Sorry for missing my post for Day 5 last night! I literally left for work in the morning and did not return until after ten last night. It was a looong day. On the plus side, I got to watch my little brother score 25 points in his high school basketball game! He is such a baller =)

I am just going to pick back up like it is Day 5 today. The topic is:

Day 5.  Write a blog thanking someone who has made your heart come alive.


Thank you, Pat, for making my heart come alive. I remember really feeling it start beating again that awesome Fourth of July weekend in Nashville three years ago. 


As you know, I had been having a little bit of a rough time at Auburn that year. I spent time around people that kind of drained the life out of me and made me forget everything that I cared about. I needed to get away. Thankfully, you didn't give up on me. 


We had been spending a little bit of time together and talking again and things were starting to spark back up. You invited me to come see you in Nashville, where you were interning. You had a couple days off and there was this really fun parade =) 


I'm so glad I came! We hung out, talked, sang, worked out, swam, watched movies, and stayed up late playing the "hypothetically" game. I remember thinking, "WOW. I could seriously marry this guy!". 


Thank you for making my heart come alive that weekend! You helped make me "me" again and just happened to make me fall in love with you at the same time. 


I LOVE YOU!
Haley =)




This is my favorite picture from that wonderful weekend. It's cool to look at it and know... I was falling in love with you as we took that picture!!! Can't you just see it? 

Do any of you remember a specific moment you remember falling in love with your significant other?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

ATTENTION PLEASE!

HELLO! Meet Mary (Mary is Married).




We stumbled upon each other's blogs and have been in touch ever since because we have SO much in common!! I think you guys would LOVE her blog- she loves Jesus, is a newlywed, takes amazing pictures, and is overall just awesome! Well, I'll just let you read for yourself because she answered some questions for me.



1. What made you want to start a blog? 
 Starting a blog came at the right time after becoming a newlywed. I wanted to be able to look back on the first few years of our marriage- just to remember what we were doing, what we were learning, and how we were loving.  I also love being creative, especially trying to be creative through photography. I wanted a place to share photos. I also wanted a place to speak about things that are important to me... to share my heart. 

2. The pictures on your blog are amazing! When did you become interested in photography and how are you SO good? =)
Thank you so much. I am always humbled when a person tells me that they like a photo. That always puts a big smile on my face. I fell in love with photography in college when I got my first digital camera. It was VERY basic. I just remember being the one who was taking a million pictures of myself (for the facebook generation) and of anything I laid my eyes on. It was pretty nauseating, and still is probably. I would upgrade cameras every so often, and currently I am in LOVE with my beginner SLR Nikon D5000 camera. It takes great quality photos. Since switching to an SLR I have tried to focus my passion and increase my skill. My main goal with my photography is to get my camera off automatic, and to be able to take amazing shots of my family (our future kiddos), traveling, and home life. I want to capture every moment in a picture. God just made me like that. 

3. Isn't newlywed life great? I'd love to hear your story about how you met your husband...
Newlywed life is FABULOUS! It is a learning experience for sure, but one that I would never ever ever ever trade. My husband is my greatest gift from God (besides my salvation!) Briefly, James and I met in college. I was from Tennessee and James was from Maryland. Our college was in Tennessee. For spring break, my college roommate and I were traveling to Maryland (where she was from). James did not have a car down at school that year, so he was needing a ride home to Maryland. A mutual friend of James and my roommate set the trip up. My roommate and I drove an 8 hour car ride with this random guy. Turns out we both liked the car ride more than we thought. After a little time had passed back at school James left an anonymous "love" letter in my school mailbox. I thought my girlfriends had played a sick joke on me. Turns out James wanted to get my attention. Well, he did. He even got my heart. We dated for 5 years (3 years long distance) and were married August 14, 2010!

4. What are the things you are most passionate about in life and what do you wish to share with your readers?
I am most passionate about Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and Savior. He changed my life and continues to change me daily. I want my readers to see Him for who He really is. I want to share His love, joy, peace, and truth through my own struggles and victories. 

I am also passionate about photography, as mentioned above, and nutrition. I hope my readers will join me as I seek to take steps to prevent disease instead of treating disease. Prevention starts with good nutrition. I also hope my readers see an imperfect person, without all the answers. I just want to be transparent and give advice as I learn it and seek to apply it personally. 

5. I see that you are a dietician... explain a typical day in your career field.
Yes, I am a Registered Dietitian, RD. I also have my Master's in Clinical Nutrition. Currently I am working as the clinical dietitian in a long term care facility that specializes in Alzheimer's care, long term care, and short term rehab. My responsibilities in this setting include: completing nutrition assessments which determine any nutritional problems, providing nutrition interventions, and monitoring interventions as well as weights, wounds, intake, etc... I also help manage our kitchen staff and the food that is prepared and delivered to residents. Overall, I love working with the geriatric population!

6. Quick question. Favorite movie. GO!
That's easy. Serendipity is my favorite movie. It just takes me to another place. I love this love story. Setting: New York City, and bonus, a coffee shop restaurant!

7. God is a huge part of your life (as He is mine)- What is one thing you would like to share with others about Him?
He can change your life if you will let Him. He loves you and created you for a purpose. You were made with longings by Him so that He could fill them!

8. List of favorite singers. Top 5. Do it. 
Easy. John Mayer, Paramore, Mae, Copeland, Relient K.
I love music and going to shows!

9.  Your pantry items kind of makes me feel terrible lol. Do you always eat healthy? What is your biggest weakness with food? (ex Ice cream, chocolate, mexican food, etc.)
Oh girl please. I do not always eat healthy. Ask my husband. I try to eat healthy, exercise, and take quality nutritional supplements to achieve optimal health the majority of the time. Getting married and working full time however has changed my whole routine. Trying to get my balance back. I am a dietitian, so I need to lead by example. I however am not perfect.  I will always have something I could improve on and do better. I am taking it one day at a time. My two biggest weaknesses are CHOCOLATE and PIZZA!

10. One reason why I should come check out your blog: 
Here are a few reasons: on tuesdays I will feature "Healthbit Tuesday" which will just be a post about health. That could be nutrition, exercise, sleep, products, etc.  I might also do a "Saturday Bakes" post on certain saturdays that I have time to try out a new baking recipe. I LOVE BAKING! Sundays I will be posting a "Sunday Verse" just to get the truth of God's word out there and to offer encouragement to others. I hope to regularly get these things going each week. In-between all that I will just be posting about life and sharing photos. Who knows where this blog will go, but for now I'll start there!





I encourage everyone to go check out her blog because I know you will love it. You can go straight to her blog here or you can click here to follow her on bloglovin!

Cabs are heaahh

I had such a fun day at work today! I love all my little chilluns. I had my 2nd grade math group after school for tutoring today and MAN they cracked me UP! Still smiling. 

Today's challenge says:

Day 4.  Style 31.  Post a pic of you in your favorite outfit.

Since I work at an elementary school, I have to be very careful what I wear. I always wear professional attire and usually try to stick to pants or wear leggings under my dresses and skirts because somehow we end up sitting on the floor all the time. We are fun like that. 

So today, I am not posting my favorite outfit. Sorry rule followers. I don't think I even have a favorite outfit! The most fun part about going to bed everynight is choosing what I'm going to put together for the next day. Well, that's not the MOST fun part I guess. Snuggling with hubs might win =)

I am posting a picture of what I wore to work today. Hubs and I had to take pictures early this morning since it gets dark right when I get home. 


Cardigan: Old Navy,  Necklace: Belk,  Pants:  Will's River Co,  Boots: Target

Be back later tonight with a special feature!

Before or after Jersey Shore, I don't know yet. Definitely not during =)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

ARGHHHHHH!!!

That is how I feel right now. AHHHHHH. ARGHHHH. UGHHHHH. BLAHHHHH. Ok I feel better now =)

I will feel a lot better when hubs gets home, kisses me, and starts grilling our filet mignon. Hehehe.

Anyway- my motto for 2011 is be thankful for what you have and don't complain. So I'm sticking with that today.

So INSTEAD I will answer my Project 31 Day 3 questions.

Day 3.  Who is someone you know who inspires beauty?


This is my Mimi. Or Meems. Either one works. 

She is my mom's mom. 

She is helping me put my garter on in this picture =)

She is beautiful.

She is sweet.

She is SO strong. 

She slapped cancer in the faceee. 

She has raised 4 awesome children (who make fantastic aunts/uncles/mom).

She has 10 extraordinary grandchildren- including one angel in heaven and one GIL (grandchild in law).

She had a beautiful and inspiring 50+ year marriage. 

She inspires me in so many ways- she has shown me how to portray beauty and poise, how to love, how to mother, how to be a survivor, how to be strong, and so much more. 

LOVE YOU MEEMS!







Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Uniquely Haley

Day 2.  What makes you uniquely you?


I love people a LOT. I want to take every child and animal that does not have a good home to OUR house! I'll take care of them! Things touch my heart very deeply. I cry during movies, reality TV shows, commercials, songs, etc. Anything that portrays pain or emotion felt by other people- I sympathize with them and really FEEL it. 


The above might explain why I am soo extremely close with my husband, family, and friends.


I'm super silly but am definitely serious when I am supposed to be. I truly believe that laughter is the best medicine- and I am constantly showing it =) Sometimes when I start laughing... I can't stop for hours. 


I am SO Type-A. I love structure, routine, lists, etc. I am very laid back yet I get stressed when I can't complete things with perfection. I'm that obnoxious girl that LOVES school and doing projects and assignments.


I love the idea of health and fitness as a lifestyle yet I have a hard time convincing myself that I "enjoy" running or eating healthy foods. 


I call it like I see it. You will always be able to tell what emotion I am feeling- I definitely show it on my face. Happy, sad, mad, disgusted, in love. 


I am not artistic at all and wish more than anythinggg that I was. I can't draw, can't paint, can't write beautiful songs or poems, can't take beautiful pictures, etc. I sure can come up with some creative lesson ideas for kids though!


I am about 80% left-brained (I took a test). That means I pay attention to detail, have strong communication and persuasion skills, am good at mathematics and logic, prefer dogs, reading, and quiet =) Really! That's what the results said and it's SO accurate!


I'm girly but also athletic. I love clothes, fashion, shopping, wearing dresses and heels. I also love being active, playing sports, lifting weights, kickboxing, etc.


I am a nerddd to the max. I would much prefer curling up with a good book than watching TV or even going out. 


Basically, I'm just ME!


Isn't that lovely? =)




What makes you YOU?







Monday, January 24, 2011

Beauty means...

Day 1:  What does beauty mean to you?


This question could go so many directions but to me beauty means:


- Having confidence
- Knowing yourself
- Standing up for what you believe 
- Loving God
- Loving others
- Loving yourself/your body
- Being passionate
- Smelling good =)
- Taking care of your body and health
- BEING YOURSELF! ALL the time!


The world puts so much emphasis on outward beauty- but don't you know those people that look great on the outside but have nothing beautiful on the inside? I wish we lived in a world where we were judged by our inner beauty instead!


What does beauty mean to you??





Sunday, January 23, 2011

Project 31

I have had a hard time finding inspiration of what to blog about the last week or so... I think because I have started working, I am staying busy, and I get home at like 7pm. I (obviously) am a Type-A person with an extreme love for lists, routines, etc. SO I am going to start Project 31.

I found the info about Project 31 on She Breathes Deeply blog. It is so inspiring! It is all about celebrating the beauty given to you by God and striving to be the "Proverbs woman".

The project was started based around the scriptures Proverbs 31: 10-31


10 A wife of noble character who can find? 
   She is worth far more than rubies. 
11 Her husband has full confidence in her 
   and lacks nothing of value. 
12 She brings him good, not harm, 
   all the days of her life. 
13 She selects wool and flax 
   and works with eager hands. 
14 She is like the merchant ships, 
   bringing her food from afar. 
15 She gets up while it is still night; 
   she provides food for her family 
   and portions for her female servants. 
16 She considers a field and buys it; 
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 
17 She sets about her work vigorously; 
   her arms are strong for her tasks. 
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, 
   and her lamp does not go out at night. 
19 In her hand she holds the distaff 
   and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 
20 She opens her arms to the poor 
   and extends her hands to the needy. 
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; 
   for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 
22 She makes coverings for her bed; 
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, 
   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, 
   and supplies the merchants with sashes. 
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; 
   she can laugh at the days to come. 
26 She speaks with wisdom, 
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 
27 She watches over the affairs of her household 
   and does not eat the bread of idleness. 
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; 
   her husband also, and he praises her: 
29 “Many women do noble things, 
   but you surpass them all.” 
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; 
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, 
   and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.



Here is "The List":

Day 1.  What does beauty mean to you?
Day 2.  What makes you uniquely you?
Day 3.  Who is someone you know who inspires beauty?
Day 4.  Style 31.  Post a pic of you in your favorite outfit.
Day 5.  Write a blog thanking someone who has made your heart come alive.
Day 6.  Jaded beauty.  Has the world's definition of beauty ever jaded you?
Day 7.  Write a blog to encourage another beautiful woman.
Day 8.  Have a beauty secret (e.g. hair tip, make up tip)?  Share, please!
Day 9.  What virtues do you value in yourself?
Day 10.  What is Jesus teaching you as a wife, mom, or friend? (Or just woman in general?)
Day 11.  Post a recipe.  Or if you don't cook, try a new recipe and write about how it turned out (pictures please!).
Day 12.  Write about what wears you out as a woman.
Day 13.  Write about something you would like to change about yourself for the better.
Day 14.  Style 31.  Post an outfit pic!
Day 15.  Write to encourage a friend.  Inspire her beauty.
Day 16.  Write a letter to your daughter, or a young girl in your life.  Tell her what beauty means.
Day 17.  Write about 3 things that make you happy.
Day 18.  Describe your personality.
Day 19.  Write about your favorite comfort food (we are women- we ALL have comfort food!)
Day 20.  Write about your job and why you love it or hate it.  
Day 21.  Write a letter to your husband to encourage him (or if you are single- your future husband.)
Day 22.  What are some needs that need to be met in your community?  Blog about how to extend your hand to those who need you.
Day 23.  What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses?
Day 24.  What is Jesus teaching you presently?
Day 25.  Style 31.  Post a pic of your favorite comfy clothes.
Day 26.  What do you hope your grandchildren will say about you someday when you are gone?
Day 27.  Write a blog to encourage someone and build their confidence!
Day 28.  Write about your insecurities as a woman.
Day 29.  Write about "a day in the life of me."  (Pics are great!)
Day 30.  Who is your role model as a woman?
Day 31.  Write about your dreams and goals as a beautiful woman!

I am so excited about this challenge. I will be sharing my entries with YOU!

Who is with me!?


Friday, January 21, 2011

Five Faves

Thanks Miley @ Lucky in Love for the Five Fave Friday idea!!! Check hers out because she has some killer glitter heels on there =)

Five things I'm currently loving:


1. Toast strip cutter? GREAT IDEA!




2. The fact that the iPhone is finally coming to Verizon




3. This double sided fireplace... ahhhmazing


 4. Chalkboard painted walls! Can't wait to get our own house and do this!


 5. Anne Hathaway's dress at the Golden Globes.... beautifulll



What are some things you are loving right now?

FRIDAYYYY

I already worked out, already did my devotion, am heading to my great new job, AND it's Friday!

WHAT A GREAT DAY!

I have been so busy with starting my new job, my 24 day challenge, and trying to get back into routine- that I haven't gotten to do any great blogging. SORRY! I will return this weekend.

Until then, have a great Friday!!

xo

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The big news is...

I GOT A JOB!!!

I didn't want to say anything until it was set in stone... but I started today as a Title I Intervention Aide at a local elementary school! I had a great day meeting everyone and getting acclimated. My schedule is not exactly set yet- but I will be working primarily with 1st and 2nd grade students on Math. I will be at the school everyday from 9:30-5:00 (great hours huh?). A couple days a week I will be running the computer lab and everday I will be going into the 1st and 2nd grade rooms to work with small groups. After school, I will be doing some tutoring.

I AM SO EXCITED. I feel so blessed because the job market in education is not exactly flowing in my area... and I am so lucky and thankful that I was able to get this position.

Pray for me- that I am able to reach the struggling students, that I am able to be more than just a "teacher" to them, that I can be a role model, that I can show them God's love, and that I can truly show them that I care about their success.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

24 day challenge

I started my own personal challenge today. I am going to try and do a different form of exercise for 24 days. I will reevaluate on the 10th when I finish my challenge. I tend to go hardcore doing some exercise something for awhile and then I get soooo sick of it. Like running for example. So sick of it. SO- for this challenge I am going to try and do something different, everyday, for 24 days! (Don't ask where I got 24 because I don't know)

The first day (today)- I went to spin class. It was the first time I have ever attended a spin class and WHOAAA. I died. I loved it but dannngg it was hard! 



Tomorrow I am going to Body Blast. I have no clue what to expect again but should be fun =) Thursday is Kickboxing (my fave). 

Who's with me?! Please hold me accountable! 

Oh and I have BIGGG news tomorrow, so come back!

OAMC

I just heard about this Once-A-Month-Cooking phenomenon... and just wanted to see if anyone does this? From what I can tell from the website, it looks awesome! Basically it provides your grocery list, the menus, instructions for the big cooking day, and EVERYTHING for you! Soooo... my question is:

Has any done the bulk cooking thing? PLEASEEE leave me some feedback before I embark on this crazy adventure!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Weekend in review:

Hung out in PJs

Babysat puppies

Cuddled with Hubs

Watched "Get Him to the Greek"

Finished Season 6 of Weeds

Shopped at Target

Ate at Flip Burger

Read at Barnes & Noble

Tried to go to two different churches- faillll

Hung out with awesome friends Miley and Chris

Had a taco bar

Played Catch Phrase

Had a quick visit with more awesome friends Aaron and Hannah

Slept in

Had a three hour coffee date with a wonderful friend

Ate a delicious Japanese dinner at Konomi with the G's (Hubs' grandparents)

Got back home and catching up on TV shows with hubs.

FABULOUS


P.S- I'm ridiculous and hubs laughs at me. We are watching The Bachelor right now from earlier and I'm crying while Ashley S. and Brad are watching Seal perform. No lie. I'll cry during Biggest Loser tomorrow too. I cry in commercials about children and dogs. lol. Just a little tidbit about me.

He had a dream

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream and almost fifty years ago he was assassinated for it. I wish we all had the courage to make our dreams and aspirations about societal issues public. Thank you MLK Jr. for having this dream and shaping a nation where we can all be a part of it together- regardless of the color of our skin. Thank you. I genuinely urge you to read the exert from this speech that I posted below- it's amazing how awesome it is when you really read into it. I got it here.  
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day out on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the heat and injustice of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plains and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.
With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.
With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!"
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California.
But not only that, let freedom, ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Copyright pleaseee

It should be understood that all photos that we take are my pictures and are not for the use of others to sell a product. I was slightly surprised when I saw one of my photos and my review about how much we like Aperture on an Aperture oriented blog. If you would like to use a picture- JUST ASK PLEASE! Credit needs to be given where credit is deserved!

xo

The best day

I am going to try and attempt to explain our day today in pictures!


Started out with breakfast in the car on the way to church... Greek yogurt, strawberries, and Kashi 


We got to the lone road that takes us to Church of the Highlands and...


"Are you kidding me? We were all ready for church!"


Oh well... we will be too late if we turn around and go the other way (atleast 30 minutes)- Let's have a photo shoot!
 Turtleneck: Harolds, Dress: Target, Belt: Thrifted, Leggings: Cache, Boots: Target

"Act like you aren't on an abandoned road in church clothes"- Pat


I discovered it's hard to play with your hair when it's in a pony


Behind the barricade that kept us from church haha


"Arghhh I'll guess we will have home church?"


Or just go to the grocery store and get a delicious taco spread...


Miley made the cheese dip- YUM


Here is my plate... don't judge. Shrimp soft taco and beef hard taco =)


Played a few rounds of Catch Phrase. We pretty much dominated. Note "Team One Wins"


I love my best frand =)


And she loves me! This is very typical haha


Then some of our other best frands stopped by! They were in town from Tuscaloosa.


BFFs for lifeeee =)


Just "acting natural". Love my life.

Hope everyone had as good of a weekend as we did! xo

Yayyyyy!

These lovelies are on their way to visit us in Birmingham!


YAYYY! Miley is my best friend in the world and her husband Chris is pretty much awesome too! On the agenda: Church, grocery store for lunch items, make a big delicious lunch, exchange Christmas gifts, HAVE FUN! Check back for lots of crazy pictures tonight =)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Date night

We went on a fabulous date to Flip Burger Boutique tonight. If you haven't been there- I say it's a MUST. The atmosphere is awesome and the gourmet burger options are delishhh. Not to mention they have a Krispy Kreme milkshake and a Nutella milkshake. We didn't quite go there tonight but man it sounded good. I got a turkey burger with smoked gouda and some kind of cranberry stuff. YUM.

Sorry! Didn't have my camera so this is from my cell!


After our dinner we went over to Barnes & Noble and I wanted to buy everything in the store. Here are some books that are on my "To Read" list:











Ignore the last one... it's embarrassing. I better get busy!

Gotta go to bed because we are meeting our besties at church tomorrow and then cooking lunch and exchanging Christmas gifts (little late I know). Pictures to come tomorrow! xo

Have you read any of these books? Tell me if they are worth reading!!!