Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Giveaway love!!!

Congrats to Katie of Punk Projects for winning the giveaway over at Divine Chaos. I've got a cute pink pair of earrings headed her way.

I realized I never set a deadline for the cooresponding giveaway on my blog, so here it is. You guys have until this Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3pm (East coast time) to get entered. You can leave a comment here or on the original post saying what you are looking forward to most about spring.

The winner gets a pair of earrings in the color of their choice. One entry for leaving a comment and a second for following my blog (just be sure to let me know in your comment that you are following).

For more giveaway fun head on over to On The Brink of Something Beautiful... for another super cool giveaway!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I love gnomes (do you love them too?)

I've mentioned it several times here but never really blogged about my incredible love of garden gnomes. They are so quirky and magical. Maybe it's because of that old show David The Gnome or perhaps it's just my longing to have a yard to decorate with these guys. Either way it's an obsession that is not going away.

I have a couple theories about garden gnomes.

1)My first theory is that all gnomes have names that start with a G. The G is always silent though so we assume it's not there. Ex. David the gnome should have been spelled Gdavid the gnome. My name would be Gjolie if I were a gnome and so on.

2) All garden gnomes live in adorable mushroom houses.

3) For some reason I think male gnomes are cuter than female gnomes but it's probably not true it's just that female gnomes are so busy cooking inside those mushroom houses that they are never around that much to pose for photos. If there were a gnome paparazzi a photograph of a female gnome would be worth as much as a first picture of a newborn Jolie-Pitt child.

Okay, okay, enough silliness, I hope you enjoyed the cute gnome photos from Oh and also check out Paper Sparrow for more gnome cuteness.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Old Favorite/New Favorite: Girl Scout cookies

We got our Girl Scout cookies today and boy are they delicious. I pretty much stick to the classics when it comes to ordering Girl Scout cookies: Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs and Thin Mints. You cannot go wrong with either of these. My old favorite is definitely the Peanut Butter Patties though. (Side note-why do some people call them Peanut Butter Patties and some people call them Tagalongs)

This year though I decided to think outside the cookie box a bit (ha ha) and order the new cookie of the year. It's called Thank U Berry Much and it is absolutely wonderful!!! If you like Berry Captain Crunch you will love, love, love this cookie.

I suggest you hit up your local Girl Scout troop next time you see them out at a store front near you and get a box. You won't regret it!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Weekend fun

Hey guys,

It's beautiful in GA today and Beau and I are headed outside with the puppies for some fun in the sun. But just in case you aren't blessed with the same weather here are some fun ideas for the weekend.

1) Make Polymer clay buttons with the help of this tutorial via Craft Stylish.

2) Crochet your own coffee sleeve. I used this tutorial this morning and it was super quick and easy. I'll post pics of my coffee sleeve soon.

Combine the two to make something like this! (picture source)

I plan on adding buttons to mine later.

3) Go see Shutter Island. Beau and I did last night and it was amazing! We are still talking about it. A lot of people have said they thought it would be scary but it really wasn't. It was more of a psychological thriller.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Donate now to help save lives!

My husband is training and fundraising for a half marathon in memory of his grandfather Bill Hardy (pictured above) who lost his battle to cancer before Beau was born. This is definitely a labor of love for Beau. Beau loves to hike but running is not exactly his forte. He knows I love it though and that this is an amazing cause and so together (and along with a lot of help from Team In Training) we will get him from where he is today to across the finish line San Diego.

If you would like to help out by making a donation you can contribute at Beau's website.

If you are interested in learing more about Team In Training and how you can get involved please check out their website.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Check out Divine Chaos and giveaway!!!

Happy Friday everyone!

Hop on over to Divine Chaos today to check out Emily's blog. It's full of crafty goodness, movie reviews, great blog suggestions and sass!

This girl is awesome. We are style school buddies and Emily has offered to do a feature of my blog in her Friday Friends edition.

To celebrate I'll be giving away two pairs of earrings (in the color of your choice). One through Emily's blog and one through mine. For my blog you get one entry for leaving a comment with the thing you are most looking forward to about spring. You get a second entry for following my blog (just let me know that you are following in my blog).

Take care!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Go fly a kite!

That's what I want to do! I am so excited because for the first time in more than forever we are supposed to have some wonderful weather on Saturday. 56 and sunny may sound cold to some but it's a welcome relief to those of us in Atlanta that have been dealing with snow and ice and overcast skies.

So in honor of what I'm sure is a sign of spring on it's way, here are some lovely kite shots all found at

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What are you giving up?

What are you giving up for Lent?

I'm giving up soda again. I gave it up last year too but I absolutely love it and I think it's the most appropriate thing. It's something I consume every day and so every day I'll have to think about why I'm choosing not to drink soda.

Beau is giving up hot sauce. To some people this may seem silly or not a very big deal. Those people don't know Beau. Beau LOVES hot sauce. It's even worse this year than it was last year because they just came out with Texas Pete (his favorite) in a hotter than hot version and he's been using even more of it than normal.

Side note-When we first started dating it used to really offend me because Beau puts hot sauce on everything. I remember the first time I cooked him dinner he didn't even take a bite before asking for hot sauce (for spaghetti...weird). The longer we were together the more I came to know Beau and the more I realized that he did that to everyone/every meal. Now he makes a point to try whatever it is before putting hot sauce on his meal. What a sweetie!

So to conclude hear are some pretty soda shots to remind me what I'll be missing over the next 40 days.

All images from
Happy Fat Tuesday!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (New International Version)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

I love this guy!

We're staying in tonight. We've loaded up on delicious treats from Trader Joe's and are going to eat a delicious dinner and take it easy. Last year it was homemade pasta and meatballs but this year we're making pork loin. This is a new venture so wish us luck.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Valentine's day!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Snow day and puppy love

Here are a bunch of pictures from our snowy morning with the pups. Our part of town got around 3-4 inches of snow which is definitely random for dear old Atlanta. It's even supposed to snow again on Monday.

This morning we took the pups out and decided to do a little bit of box sledding. It was just a bit after 9am but I was still surprised that no one else was out enjoying the fresh snow. I guess they'd all rather be inside watching it on TV. No wonder America has an obesity problem.

We heard on the news yesterday that this was the first time in years that there had been snow in 49/50 states. Hawaii being the only state without. Crazy that there was even snow in Florida. I know my family down in FL is enjoying the winter weather. It's cold but it's a nice break from the awful summer heat which was enough to make me high tail it to Georgia at my first chance. It's still hot up here in the summers but they are nothing compared to those FL summers.

So just in case your curious...the new puppy is fitting it really well into our family. We've had Rocky for a little over a week now and it's getting to be like he's already been here. Beau and I have both been really strict about potty-training and it's paid off. A couple accidents but what do you expect with small bladders?

The first night he woke us up a lot to go potty. The second night was around 2-3 times and now after only a week with our family he maybe wakes us up once per night.

We didn't have Frankie when she was in her whiny puppy stage but Rocky is definitely there. We've managed to curb much of that as well and now usually only hear Rocky cry when he wants something (food, bathroom, etc.).

All in all he's a great puppy. This is it for us for now. We've always seen ourselves as two dog people. Three just seems like a lot of work. The next big adventure for us will be kids and that won't be for awhile unless God has other plans for us :-)

Happy weekend everyone!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Do you love "pink hair" as much as I do?

Do you love pink hair as much as I do? Maybe it's an early childhood obsession with the Jem cartoon, or maybe I just didn't rebel enough as a teenager. In any case one thing on my bucket list is to have pink hair.

I never thought I'd find a reasonable excuse for doing this until this week at work they launched the Totally Baldacious fundraiser. Participants can raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and do something a little crazy as well. You set your fundraising goal and when it's reached you either shave your head or die your hair a funky color. I definitely think I'll consider it when I'm fundraising for my next event. What a great excuse to have pink hair!

If you interested in fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by doing your own Totally Baldacious fundraiser you can find out more information here.

All pictures found here.