Friday, December 30

what i wore//plaid

Plaid Top- Thrifted; Jeans-Thrifted; Mercy- The Best Accessory Ever
 I feel most comfortable with myself when I'm wearing denim and plaid. It's just who I am. How I was raised. I don't know. Jeans are staples in my wardrobe. My love of dresses doesn't even compare to my love of jeans. 
And lucky for me jeans and plaid are practically mandatory for square dancing. Yes. I'm going out square dancing again. I'm a nerd. So what? 
P.S. See that necklace? That was my Christmas present from the boy. I wuv it. 

Wednesday, December 28

beauty is soul deep

I've been thinking a lot about beauty lately. I'm not entirely sure why, but I have this need all of a sudden to tell people that they're beautiful. 
So as the new year approaches I've decided to do something. 
Every other Wednesday I'm going to post a "self portrait" of me all not made up, but still feeling beautiful. 
In these pictures I do, in fact, have some mascara on. My hair is messy. I have a sweatshirt and some fuzzy pajama's on. And you know what? I'm beautiful.
So embark on this journey of beauty with me. Post some less than perfect pictures. Show the world that although you love dressing up and putting on your pretty makeup (which in no means am i saying is wrong.) your clothes don't define you. Your appearance doesn't define you. 

Tuesday, December 27

with this christmas wish is missed the point i could convey

Some pictures from Christmas Eve. In the pictures are Scarlett, Rebekah, Mimi, and Granddad. 
My favorites are the last pictures. Sometimes I don't get along with him and my Mim very well, only because in their minds I'm still their two year old baby. But it just felt so right teaching him how to use his guitar tuner, and it felt special just messing around with his guitar. I'll post some pictures later of some of my favorite Christmas presents. (Which includes a Harry Potter wand and lots of Pandora beads!)

Monday, December 26

may the odds be ever in your favor

On Christmas Eve I decided to make fortune cookies to bring to my Mimi's house. I found the recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago and knew I wanted to try it. 
I used the same recipe she used. They taste a lot like sugar cookies, and are definitely delicious. I didn't let mine get quite as brown as hers but they were definitely a big hit with my family! 

Saturday, December 24

silver bells

Merry Christmas my lovelies! 
I'm on my way to my Mimi's (Grandma's) house to celebrate the birth of the Messiah! Every year I go to Mimi's on Christmas Eve, then have Christmas in the morning with my family, and a dinner at my other Grandma's on Christmas Evening. 

Have a beautiful next couple of days. Soak up your family, and cherish them. Give your Daddy an extra hug, and your Mama a helping hand. Don't pick on your siblings as much as usual (but you have to a little. then it'd be weird.). 

Smile and be merry in the birth of our Savior! 

Wednesday, December 21

what i did// square dancing

These pictures have been sitting on my computer since Thanksgiving. How terrible am I? You may see a reoccurring theme: Corbin. His eyes. His freckles. Cue the swoon. I want a son just like him someday. Also, check out picture number two! Cutest picture ever!! 
Anywho, these were from Black Friday when I went square dancing with the beautiful Casie Ann. I'm not sure if this link will work or not, but hopefully it will. I'm the one in the cardigan and Casie is my dance partner. It was a blast and I can't wait to do it again!! 

Tuesday, December 20

it's the little things...

... like working on the boy's present and having Mercy-Roo decide she needs to sit right down in the middle of everything. Oh the joy's of having a kitty. No seriously I love her to death. 

Monday, December 19

make you stand in awe.

I firmly believe in one quote:

I believe in pink.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe tomorrow is another day.
I believe in miracles.
-Audrey Hepburn

If every girl in the world was going to be honest she’d tell you that she has days when she hates how she looks. Where she wishes she could lose at least ten pounds, and never have another spot in her life. Where if only her hair would stay straight she’d be happy. If she could only look like Emma Watson. I have those days. I have them a lot.
But guess what? That’s not gonna make you happy. After you lose those ten pounds then you’ll want think “If only I could lose five more!” As soon as your hair lies flat you’ll decide that you need curly hair. It’s a never ending vicious cycle.
So today I discovered something as I was taking a shower (is it just me, or does anyone else have life changing moments while showering?). That if I want to be beautiful I have to decide that I’m going to be beautiful. Beauty doesn’t just happen. And I don’t mean being willing to wake up twenty minutes earlier to put on your make up. I mean that you can’t just be beautiful, you have to be beautiful. Your innermost self has to be beautiful, and to do that you have to make the concise decision to do beautiful things. Cause usually when you’re doing beautiful things you find that you’re happy. And Audrey got it fully right when she said that happy girls are the prettiest.
So today I decided to be pretty. I decided to be the quirky, happy, friendly me. To write a little note to my waitress telling her that she too was beautiful. I can be beautiful. I am beautiful. You can be beautiful. You are beautiful.
Pass along the message of beauty.

P.S. Sorry for my lack of quality posts. I've got some planned out for the week, but every time I get one done something seems to go wrong. Have a Merry Tuesday (: 

Friday, December 16

Pin It to Win It #1

1. The "Victoria's Secret Eye".
The tutorial is good, it's just that you have to translate.
2. Rainbow hair.
Is this gorgeous or what? 
I wish I could pull off things like this.
3. How neat is this tutorial?
I've already decided I'm doing this at my Open House with Senior pictures! Neato, right? 
4. How cute is this DIY Lamp?
5. I have an obsession with mugs.
Eek. Do you see that Panda??
Has anyone tried to do this?
How'd it work?

I'm making this a weekly installment. Ta-freaking-da! 

Thursday, December 15

it's the little things...

... like playing on Photo-Booth & not wearing makeup for an entire day.  
I don't know if I'm the only human on this earth who has this much fun looking in mirrors and taking pictures. I swear, I'm not vain. I just am completely fascinated with watching myself in mirrors... and computer screens. I guess it's just amazing to me that when I think to myself "wiggle your eyebrow*" I get to watch myself wiggle my eyebrow! You follow? 

*not to say that i can wiggle my eyebrow. unfortunately... i cannot. but it'd be cool!

Wednesday, December 14

erry day

I feel lazy when I post absolutely nothing, and I haven't posted just a random picture for awhile. So here it is. It made me laugh so hard and I hope it brings you some of the joy it brought me. 
Goll, I love the Internet. 

Tuesday, December 13

so heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss

Last night I had my annual Christmas recital. 
It was a blast. But it lasted forever. Plus some. At the beginning my piano teacher said it would probably last about an hour and ten minutes. Which in Mrs. Jordan terms means more like an hour and half... well over two hours later my butt was a wee bit sore from sitting in a church pew. 
Luckily the boy came along, so at least I had someone's hand to hold when it was getting to be hours in and I hadn't even played yet. Anyways, here are some pictures from the night. 

Have a beautiful day, my lovelies. 
I pray there is snow in your near future. 

P.S. I'm not sure if I'm the only pianist who is like this, but I cannot under any circumstances wear shoes when I play. Ever. It's impossible and completely uncomfortable. 
P.P.S. Do you see how long my hair is on my back??? And with it curled??? YUUUS! 

Monday, December 12

fairy dust

Another favorite Senior picture. 
You can almost see the fairy magic, and hear the faun's singing. I've always been a lover of mythical things, and will never stop believing in Fairies and in Narnia. Narnia has always been a real place to me, and it will continue to be so until the day I die. 

Life is too short not to believe in little miracles, and I for one do not plan on wasting my time on this earth being cynical. I want to always be aware of the fairies dancing in the woods, the unicorns leaving trails of glitter, the Loch Ness Monster swimming happily, and a wardrobe opening up to Narnia. Even when I've graduated high school, college, and whatever else happens to come along. I will always keep the magic of the world alive. 

Saturday, December 10

what i wore//to bed

Last night as I was laying on my Mother's bed making a present for the beloved boy while Scar and Bekah were reading (speaking of which, Bekah has started reading Harry Potter. i'm raising her right.) I looked down and realized I was wearing coordinated pajamas. I have a firm belief that when your pajamas are matching you're going to have a really good night. Sort of like when your bra and panties match, you know you're gonna have a good day. It's proven. 
Because of this I made Scar take pictures. So consider this an outfit post: bedtime edition. 

As you read this I will be retaking my ACT. Please, if you care an ounce about me pray for me. I'm hoping to raise my score by at least two points, I'm hoping for three. But, lucky for me, one of my best friends since birth (Shout of to Mr. Benjamin) shall be taking it with me and I'm expecting a very fun ride to P-town.