Friday, December 30, 2011

Creative Wrapping: Mr. Men and Little Miss

One of my favorite things about Christmas is getting to wrap Christmas gifts.  I love to wrap gifts in unique ways. This year I used several different wrapping ideas.  One of the ideas was found off of Pinterest, while the others were created in my head.  I had some visions and went with them.  This first one that I am sharing with you I titled "Mr. Men and Little Miss."  This is because instead of name tags, I used Mr. Men and Little Miss children's books to identify my gifts.  I labeled each of my family member's gifts with a book that related to them. 
My almost one-year-old nephew received "Mr. Fussy" because he is a baby, and is quite often fussy.  My older sister received "Mr. Messy" because she is VERY messy.  Although her house is nice, it sometimes looks as if a tornado hit it. 

My brother-in-law received "Mr. Bump" because he has been to the minute clinic practically 5 times in the last month. (Not really 5 times, inside joke amongst my family) 
My younger sister received "Mr. Worry" because just like me, she is always finding something different to panic over. 
My dad received "Mr. Perfect" because he always seems to be prepared, he is always orderly, and he seems to succeed at anything he tries. 
Lastly, my mom received "Little Miss Tidy" because she is ALWAYS tidying up the house.  My family likes to call her "Saget" after Bob Saget who played in Full House.  His character was the biggest neat freak.

Most of these gifts were wrapped in brown craft paper from Hobby Lobby.  Some of them were wrapped in a vintage owl print paper.  The gifts were paired with silver tinsel bows and cream and silver ribbon from Hobby Lobby.  I purchased the Mr. Men and Little Miss books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  A description of the series and a list of all of the books can be found here.

On Christmas morning, I placed out all of my gifts.  I then told my family to choose which gift that they thought was theirs based off of the "tag."  Although they quickly determined which one was theirs, they loved the idea.  They each had fun reading their books as well.  I definitely recommend using this wrapping idea.  Lots of fun!


Momma Hens Coop

Friday, December 23, 2011

Music

As I was babysitting my little 11 month old nephew this morning, I decided to put some music videos on for him to watch.  He LOVES music videos.  After about 3 videos, he lost focus, so I put him down to play and decided to watch some more videos on my own.  And of course I went to Beyonce's website to do so.  I came across this beautiful backstage video of her singing her song "1+1."  Her voice is unreal.


I then came across this fun, upbeat video of her performing her song "End of Time." I love to watch her dance. 


"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." ~Berthold Auerbach

This quote is oh, so true.  As I had work looming over me this morning, I turned on these tunes, and it totally washed the everyday dust away.  I am now in a better mood and ready to tackle this day!  Have a great day!  xoxo

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

30 Random Things About Me

It's 1:30 a.m.  I got 5 hours of sleep last night.  I studied, took a final, and did homework ALL day.  How am I not asleep?  Anyways...since I am still awake...I thought I would share with you 30 random things about me...

1.  I love the color light pink.
2.  I am a very anxious person.
3.  I am the biggest procrastinator when it comes to doing homework. 
4.  Speaking of school...I'm going to school to be a teacher.
5.  I really wanna be a stay at home mom with a bakery/shop on the side. (Don't we all) ;-)
6.  I teach clogging, and love it...my students never fail to brighten my day.
7.  I love John Mellencamp's music...never gets old.
8.  I have a slight obsession with Beyonce.  I secretly wish I had her killer moves.
9.  I hate cruises.  You will never find me on one again.  Ever.
10.  I would rather vacation in a cabin in Colorado...I have yet to go there...
11.  I love anything shabby chic.
12.  I would love to start some kind of charity some day.
13.  I love cheezy fiesta potatoes from Taco Bell...fiesta in my mouth.
14.  I love dogs.  Love is an understatement.
15.  I have one nephew who is almost 1 year old...I love him like he's my own.
16.  I wish it was Christmas all-year-round.  I want to live in Whoville.
17.  I love to read...if only I had more time. (And spent less time on the internet)
18.  Pinterest is a new obsession.  My creative memory bank.  Sweetness.
19.  I love to bake.
20.  Ice cold fountain cherry coke.  Need I say more?
21.  I believe my New Year's resolution this year will be to eat healthier...hm.......
22.  I love mountains so much....
23.  I probably would never move to the mountains, though.  I'm such a homebody.
24.  Favorite comedy of all time----->Good Luck Chuck.  Love it.
25.  Twilight obsessed...yes, I'm one of them.  (Team Edward)
26.  I love the Muppet Babies.  No one will go with me to see the new Muppets movie. Boo.
27.  I am terrified of birds.  I don't like things that can fly at me. 
28.  I am more terrified of throwing up.  Emetophobia...I seriously have it.
29.  I want to get married in a barn.
30.  I am a Christian...just like Tim Tebow...love what he's doing.

And I'm off to bed...good night xoxo

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Good For The Heart

I absolutely adore this quote I came across the other day:
"Sometimes, someone says something so small and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart."
This quote is so true, and I can apply it to my own life.  I am a VERY insecure person.  I frequently get down on myself.  I do not have alot of confidence.  One thing that I am insecure about is how I will be as a teacher in the future.  I constantly think, "Am I supposed to be a teacher?"  "Am I too shy to be a teacher?" "Will I be a good teacher?" etc., etc.  This past summer, I was at a pool party at a relative's house.  While we were hanging out by the pool, one of the little girls there looks at me and says, "You look like you could be a teacher.  I would want you every year."  Even though it was so small, it made me feel so good.  It helped fill up that place in my heart that always seems so empty.  It also reminded me to always give out compliments to people.  You never know whose heart might need some patching up.
 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Peanut Butter Sheet Cake


As I was browsing Pinterest the other day, I came across this DELICIOUS recipe!  You must give it a try.  Prepare yourself, though, it is mighty rich!  Get a tall glass of milk ready :)  Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • ½ cups Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 stick Butter
  • ½ cups Peanut Butter
  • 6 teaspoons Milk
  • 1 pound Powdered Sugar
Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together sugar, baking soda, flour and salt. Set aside.
Combine butter, water and peanut butter in saucepan and bring to boil. Pour over flour mixture.
Add milk, vanilla and eggs. Mix.
Pour in large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Bake at 400F degrees for 20 minutes.
Frosting:
Bring butter, peanut butter and milk to boil in saucepan. Add one pound of powdered sugar. Pour warmed frosting over cooled cake.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Good Stuff


Getting goosebumps from listening to a song is one of the greatest feelings in the world.  I love when a song touches me to the point where my body tingles all over.  That means it's a wonderful song.  This recently happened to me when listening to the song "The Good Stuff" by Kenny Chesney.  The song is such a great reminder of how tangible, materialistic things mean absolutely nothing.  Today, it is soooo hard for all of us to remember this.  At the end of your life, what is going to really mean something to you is "The Good Stuff." 

Not a soul around but the old bar keep,
Down at the end and looking half asleep.
And he walked up, and said : "What'll it be?"
I said: "The good stuff."

He didn't reach around for the whiskey;
He didn't pour me a beer.
His blue eyes kinda went misty,
He said: "You can't find that here.

'Cause it's the first long kiss on a second date.
Momma's all worried when you get home late.
And droppin' the ring in the spaghetti plate,
'Cause your hands are shakin' so much.
And it's the way that she looks with the rice in her hair.
And eatin' burnt suppers, the whole first year,
And askin' for seconds to keep her from tearin' up.
Yeah, man, that's the good stuff.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

That's Why You're Beautiful


As I was listening to Beyonce songs on my Ipod the other day, I came across this beautiful song.  It is from her "I am...Sasha Fierce" album.  I really started thinking about the lyrics and how they related to my current life."  I am currently dating a type of guy that I wouldn't normally date.  In high school, I guess you could have given him a label as a "bad boy."  He is alot different than the "cookie cutter" guy that I dated for six years.  While growing up, he has gone through more than I have gone through.  Sometimes, because I am so "sheltered," I tend to judge him, his past, and some of his ways.  I occasionally make hurtful comments to him, because in a way, I am trying to reassure myself that even though he isn't a "cookie cutter" guy, and even though we are different in alot of ways, our relationship will work out.  This song helped me realize that I need to quit focusing on the bad stuff, and start glorifying the good stuff.  Just because someone has had a rebellious or hurtful past, they are not different than any other person.  We are all the same.  We all have our scars.  Some people's scars are just larger than others.  But we all have to go through "coal" stages in our life to become beautiful "diamonds."

Diamonds used to be coal
Look young cause they got soul
That's why they're beautiful
And my heart used to be cold
'Til your hands laid on my soul
Baby, that's why you're beautiful

I'm not wondering why....
The sky's blue; that's not my business
All I know is I....
Look up and tell myself
"Be patient, love...that could be us..."

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Living In The Moment


I am a HUGE movie fanatic.  There is nothing better than curling up in a cozy lazy boy on a warm summer night and indulging in a great movie.  Movies continue to inspire me.  My latest inspiration comes from the movie "Love and Other Drugs" starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.  When the movie came to an end, I found myself smiling and crying at the same time.  I looked over at my mom and she was doing the same :).  I love when a movie does that to you.  One of the most inspiring quotes from the movie is as follows: 

Maggie (Anne) is being video taped by Jamie (Jake) and when asked what she is thinking about she says:

"Just how happy I am...in this moment right now...how the light's hitting that face of yours...there's this little breeze coming in through the window...it doesn't matter if I have 10,000 more moments like this or just this one...because it's all the same...right now...this moment...I have this."

Ahh...so beautiful.  After watching this movie, I kept thinking of this quote, and how I rarely live for the current moment.  I am constantly planning, planning, planning...thinking about the future...worrying about EVERYTHING.  Why can't I just be like Maggie and breathe in and cherish every moment that I am given?  How much more relaxing and pleasurable my life would be! 

We, as individuals, take so many things for granted.  We need to take some time in each day to STOP and smell the roses.  Life is BEAUTIFUL. 

I am going to make it an effort to ABSORB each wonderful moment that I am given......that moment when my nephew grins at me and his little dimple pops out...that moment when my family and I are hysterically laughing over something said that only we would think is funny...that moment when my best friend and I both say the exact same thing at the same exact time because we are so much alike.  Those little moments...I wouldn't want to lose them for the world...so from now on...I WON'T.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Country Living Fair


Last year, for my mother's birthday, I got her and I two tickets to the Country Living Fair that Country Living Magazine now puts on each year in Columbus, OH as well as in Atlanta, GA.  My mom and I went to the Columbus, OH fair.  We attended the fair on a Saturday and then stayed in a nearby bed and breakfast overnight.  Below are a few pictures of our relaxing little get-a-way.  I hope to attend the fair again this year.  For more information on dates and times of the fair, visit this link.  Anyone that enjoys Country Living Magazine, will enjoy the Country Living Fair.  It is full of unique vendors, yummy food, and tons of country fun :)


A cute lemonade vendor :)


Posing by "The Great Pumpkin Patch!"


Mom enjoying some of Jeni's Ice Cream, "Salty Caramel" flavor...can you say de-lish?  If you are to go to the fair, you must try Jeni's Ice Cream!


My mom and I visited a local winery during our stay in Ohio.


For dinner, we ate at Red Brick Tavern, an old restaurant where presidents were known to visit.


The historic bed and breakfast where we stayed the night :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mexican Wedding Rings



This past weekend, I made a batch of these cookies for my dad for Father's Day.  He LOVES Mexican wedding rings...they were gone in a day!  I really like the way these cookies look and love the way they taste!  Plus, they are super easy to make.  Here is my mother's recipe: 

Ingredients:
1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (I used pecans)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream butter and powdered sugar until fluffy.  Add nuts and flour.  Mix well.  Add vanilla.  Roll in small balls and press on greased cookie sheet.  Bake 20 minutes at 250 degrees.  Roll in powdered sugar when cool.  Enjoy :)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!


Happy Father's Day to my hard-working, loving, worry wart of a dad. I couldn't ask for a more perfect father. I love you!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Camping 101

Last weekend, I went camping for the second time.  The first time was with a few of my friends.  This time I went camping with my boyfriend and some of his family.  I'm not going to lie, after camping for the second time in my life, I realized that camping is not really my cup of tea.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE spending time in the great outdoors.  Call me a wuss, but what I don't enjoy is sleeping in a tent, being dirty, and not having a restroom nearby.  If you plan to go camping this summer, here are a few tips from me that hopefully make your camping trip run a lot smoother. 

1.  Pack calamine lotion.  First off, make sure that you do not come into contact with unfamiliar plants.  While camping, I was poked by a plant that injected a poison into my skin that made me develop a rash.  Let's just say that I was very upset that I did not have any rash ointment for my poor skin.

2.  Set up a shelter over your tent.  On Friday of last weekend, it poured almost the entire night.  The rain was a perfect noisemaker making it easy to sleep, but I continuously got dripped on by raindrops.  Setting up a shelter over your tent would serve as double protection from rain if you experience storms while camping.

3.  Bring a light rug to place in front of your tent's opening.  Therefore, before entering the tent, you can wipe off your feet.  This will help prevent sand, dirt, etc., from getting into your tent.  We set up camp on a pad of sand, which was very nice, but our tent was VERY sandy! Ha!

4.  Bring a watch along.  That way, if you wish to know the current time, you will have it right there on your arm.  If you plan on canoeing or rafting, like we did, you may want to bring a waterproof watch.  My cell phone did not have service where we camped, so I went the whole weekend without knowing what time it was.  Drove me nuts!

5.  Bring a plastic bag or trash bag along to place dirty or wet clothes in.  Therefore, you will not have to mix your clean clothes with your dirty clothes.  This would have been helpful on my trip.  I had to wrap my wet clothes and swimsuit in a towel and place it in the truck that we drove so it did not make my other clothes wet. 

P.S.  Isn't this shabby chic wigwam adorable?  You can purchase it here .

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Owl Crazy!

Lately, I have been searching and searching for a recipe box to hold all of my cherished recipes.  I have not been able to find one that I like...until today! I was browsing Etsy, and came across this adorable owl recipe box.  I contacted the seller to purchase a custom made order.  I want one that looks "shabby chic," of course!  Check out GiftsAndTalents on Etsy!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's Idol Night!


Although Glee will not be on tonight (bummer!), American Idol will be!  This week the top 12 guys and top 12 girls perform for America's vote!  One of my favorites this season is Lauren Alaina.  I will definitely be rooting for her come Wednesday!  Who are your favorites? 



 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Blessed :)



Finally!  I have a blog set up and I am so excited!  After debating forever on a perfect name for my blog, I decided on "Beautifully Ordinary."  I'm still not quite sure if I love the name, but we will see.  It stems from a quote that I stumbled upon and fell in love with: 

"It is ordinary to love the beautiful, but it is more beautiful to love the ordinary." 

I think sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget about the ordinary things that are so beautiful.  Two very beautiful things in my life are my family and friends.  I am so blessed to have such wonderful people surrounding me.  Today, I am especially grateful for my friend, Kiri.  She is the one that helped me create this blog!  Thanks, Kiri...and thanks for being the best-est friend that anyone could ever ask for...I am so blessed