Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Phone!

I have FINALLY decided to join the rest of the world and have been "movin' on up" to an
iPhone 4S
So far, I am loving it! My awesome momma ordered me the most fabulous monogram otterbox for Valentine's Day and it will be here soon! I will be sure to post a pic once it arrives! So do any of you other iPhone lovers have any app recommendations for me? What are some apps you use daily or like to use for shopping, gaming, music, etc.?

Have a FABULOUS day!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

More Cupcakes..

Last week we celebrated my momma's birthday with more GIGI's cupcakes!!

I had to work on her birthday and attend class, I tried skipping but I knew I didn't need to do that! Momma had a mani/pedi to start off her day and then Dad took her out to lunch at Huggin' Molly's in Abbeville. Momma just LOVES that place! Then she came home and took a nap and then dinner at my grandparents. My uncle Chad wanted to do something sweet for her since she helped make his special day "special" the week before. So, Uncle Chad grilled steaks, baked potatoes, grilled onions, and they had a salad. My memaw made a 'Chocolate Delight' for dessert. They brought me home some leftovers after I got in from class :) We finished the evening watching 'The Bachelor'!

Here's some lovelies that my momma received for her birthday.
*John Wind Initial Bracelet..her's has a 'K' instead of an 'M'.

*New fabulous travel coffee mug for car rides- The one I got her is black damask print.

*Momma also got some Keurig coffee cups and a gift certificate to the place where we go to get our nails done.
*Momma found 2 books on blogs that she just HAD to have...so she received those also!

*My uncle Chad got momma her FAVORITE candle, Yankee Candles-"Home Sweet Home"

I love my momma so much and am super excited that I was able to spend her birthday weekend with her! I just love birthdays so much and love celebrating life! Happy Birthday Momma! I wish you many, many, many more!!!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pinterest Addict

I am one of those Pinterest addicts...I have basically designed a whole house, found a new wardrobe, and I think I've found enough recipes to last me a year. I decided to try out some of those recipes this past week. Last Monday I made a "Happy 1 week until Your Birthday Cake".

Oreo Puddin' Poke Cake

These are the 2 main ingredients in this cake!! So easy ya'll!!!
If you'd like to make this, here's the blogger who came up with this great puddin' cake idea!

I also decided to make a MEXICAN themed dinner for Momma to start off her birthday weekend. The menu consisted of Yellow Rice, Creamed Corn Casserole, Creamy Chicken Enchilada Puffs, and Taco Bites. Click on the name for the link to the recipe!! The meal was super delish!!

Any other Pinterest addicts out there? Hope everyone has a FABULOUS WEEK!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

January Happenings

Whew! This past week has been crazy busy, actually the whole month of January has! I thought January was supposed to be a 'slow-down' month after Christmas and all. My Uncle Chad's birthday was last week and so we celebrated at the house! Uncle Chad is who I went skydiving with last year :) Mom was going to make a huge dinner and bake a cake of his choice...but Uncle Chad just wanted chicken croissants, unbundled green beans, and a cookie cake from the mall. So momma made his birthday wishes come true! After dinner we played a round of 'Farkle', a dice game, and looked through 2 boxes of OLD family pics...like before I was born OLD.

Some friends and I watched the Broncos game last weekend at Beef O Brady's and then went galaxy bowling afterwards!

Brittany and Kent. Aren't they ADORABLE?
Courtney and sweet Tiffany!

Drew and I 
Jason proudly walking back after his STRIKE. I made 2 strikes throughout the evening...and without using those bumpers on the lanes :) 
The evening was super fun and I just love time spent with friends!!

*Don't hate on the glasses..I have had a bad eye infection, can't remember the name-diagnosis, and have been to the eye-doctor 8 TIMES in 3 weeks. The first day was awful. I had to wake-up every hour on the hour for 24 hours to put drops in. The first 48 hours were awful, my eye hurt so bad I couldnt even look at the Sun, no driving for me OR work! Still putting drops in 4 times a day...lucky me. I am happy to report that when I went yet again yesterday, I was told I could wear my contacts again!! Praise the good Lord!! :) Even though it is for only a few hours a day..*

Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Seek God's Presence

Happy Monday! I am super excited that I have the day off today and no class tonight in observance of MLK! I will spend the day doing some math homework, reading some poems for a world lit class and having a movie date with my momma :).

As I posted earlier, I have started a new devotional for  the upcoming year! I am loving it so far and enjoy reading it everyday and learning about new and better ways I can LOVE God, LOVE others, and LOVE myself! I figured I would share a few with you guys throughout the year, some that jump out at me and/or some key quotes and sayings that I've read.Maybe they will jump out at you too!

Seek God's Presence
I drove away from my mind everything capable of spoiling the sense of the presence of God...I just make it my business to persevere in His holy presence.   BROTHER LAWRENCE

    "One of the most important lessons we can learn is to seek God's face (who he is) and not just his hand (what He can do for us). Learning this is vital to our strength as believers and to our love walk with God.
    This was a major lesson for me. I had to learn and enjoy God's presence, not focus on what He was doing or not doing for me...Previously, I had always felt that something was missing in my walk with the Lord. I found it all in His presence, not in His "presents".
    The Lord was doing a lot for me, yet I was still dissatisfied. God had established a relationship with me by doing things for me. Now it was time to take a step of maturity by seeking to do His will, not just seeking Him for what He could do for me. I was enjoying God's provision, but I had not learned simply to enjoy his presence.
...I do ask God for things I desire, but I spend much more time praising and thanking Him, loving and adoring Him, sitting in His presence, and enjoying Him, than I ever do making personal requests. He knows the desires of our hearts, and as we delight ourselves in Him, He will give them to us, just as He promised in His Word."

Love God Today: "Lord, I will seek your presence above everything else."

I find it VERY important to wake up every morning Thanking God and going to bed every night thanking God. I was told once to be sure I thanked God FOR EVERYTHING. What if you woke up one morning and everything that you didn't thank God for wasn't there anymore? I always thank Him forthe roof over my head, car in the driveway, friends and family who love me, food in the fridge, an education, a job, and my sweet puppy Chloe.

God gives us 86,400 seconds a day...have you used one to say Thank You?

In case your wondering, the devotional I have is 'Love Out Loud' by JOYCE MEYER.

Have a FABULOUS week!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Obsession.

I have a new obsession that I MUST share with ya'll! I have always loved all things sweet and savory. ALWAYS. Cupcakes are one of my favorite sweet treats. I think mainly because it is normally 50% cake and 50% icing...oh how I LOVE icing. I used to eat it out of a jar when I was little. Something about a yummy cupcake and Diet Coke just hits the spot EVERYTIME and lets me have that little moment of relaxation. Well...that brings me to GiGi!

GiGi's has a few locations in Alabama like in Tuscaloosa, Auburn (War Eagle!), Mobile, Hoover, and now MONTGOMERY!! Montgomery's location opened in December and Momma and I have been TWICE in 2 weeks! Keep in mind that Montgomery is about 45 min-an hour North from us! Mom and I have now said we have to stop by GiGi's and get a 'pick me up' EVERY time we are in town now! Look how cute the boxes are, and they serve Diet Coke...perfection if you ask me!
The best thing about these sensational cupcakes are the fact they there's a HUGE amount of icing!! Like 60/40!! The flavors change each day, but don't worry because a couple of their most popular are served everyday. Thankfully my favorite is available everyday! It's 'Wedding Cake'. Regular cake with THE BEST Buttercream Icing!!!
Some other flavors we've tried are Strawberry Margarita, Carrot Cake, Peanut Butter Cup, and Midnight Magic! I can't wait to try out the English Toffee one next!! Head on over to GiGi's website and see if there is some sweet goodness near you!

Have a FABULOUS and SWEET day!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Sweet Chloe

Chloe hasn't made an appearance on the blog in quite a while, so here's a couple pics of my sweet Chloe-Elizabeth during the holidays! She is having a little teeth cleaning procedure done this week at the vet. We usually have this done to her once a year. She eats too much people food and not enough doggy food, so healthy teeth are a MUST! They have to put her under anesthesia while doing this, so please say a little prayer for her during her teeth cleaning! Thanks! Puppy Anesthesia always worries this little puppy momma!

Have a "Paw-sitively" great day!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Baby C's Gender Reveal Party!

I was so honored when Sami Jo asked me to be her 'event planner' for Baby C's Gender Reveal Party! SJ and I were busy planning for a couple months. The invitations, food, decor, and cake turned out perfect. Most of the decor, actually 97% was handmade :) Enjoy the following pics from the party!

Here's a pic of the super cute invites created by a local stationary shop in town. When SJ and I went to order them, it was really special because the same family who owns this shop did ALL of SJ's wedding invites, bridal shower invites, etc and NOW they were able to share in another chapter of SamiJo's life! We are already thinking about 1st Birthday invites!
This bottle door sign was one of the few special things I made for SJ! It's made out of burlap and is stuffed to give it some 'oomph'..however this isn't the best pic of it, so much cuter in person! The top was scrunched and not ready for pics ;)
The following banner i've seen on Etsy and pinterest and decided I'd try my hand at making my own with the cricut...and that's just what I did!
Here's some more of the decor and also some of the food! Notice the fruit watermelon holder?? Its a BABY CARRIAGE! Another one of those Pinterest ideas I decided to try!
The menu was low key and had mini foods like mini cheeseballs, chik-fil-a chicken nuggets, spinach dip in a bread bowl, and veggies!

These are my FAVORITE!! Personalized water bottle labels from TheDIGIButterflyPRTY on ETSY!

The guests were asked to wear the pink or blue based on their thoughts of what they hoped Baby C would be! When they arrived, they also had to wear lips (for a girl) or a mustache (for a boy)! Inbetween chatting and eatting guests were asked to fill out ADVICE cards for the parents to be and a WISHES card for Baby C. These were like fill-in-the blank/mad-lib type cards. Totally didn't take a pic of that! :(

It's a BOY!!!
Here's the FIRST PICS of when Baby C's grandparents found out their FIRST grandchild is a baby BOY!

Family Pics!

I AM SO THRILLED for this sweet family and the arrival of Baby Rob! I can't wait to be his 'Aunt' Lindsay and spoil him like crazy!!!
The guests left with a 'sweet' treat for sharing this "sweet" moment the this precious family! The baby carriage is actually a family heirloom! Makes things super special!

Have a blessed and fabulous week!