Friday, August 31, 2012

Fantasizing on a Friday

Today, I wish I were on this boat at my old lake cottage in the evening all cuddled up in warm, comfy clothes.  Taking evening boat rides in our sweathshirts was the absolute best.  There is just such a sense of peace being out on the water.  I miss our lake more and more each day.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Guilty Dog!

I came across this video this morning and had to share!  It is the cutest!  My dog smiles the same way that this dog does.  Adorable.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, August 24, 2012

My 100th Post: Kiri from My Lovely Life


Yay! It's my 100th post today!  And my best friend, Kiri, from My Lovely Life has agreed to answer 100 random, quirky questions for my blog (to go along with the "100" theme)! I chose Kiri to guest post for my 100th post because she is the one that helped me start my blog.  She helped me with its start, its design, etc.  And she continues to give me tips along the way.  If you haven't stumbled upon Kiri's "lovely" blog yet, go visit her here.  She blogs all about her life, including her new fixed-up home, her cowboy husband, yummy recipes that she has tried, and fun DIY projects. 
Thanks Kiri, for introducing me to Blog Land, and for being my bestest! :)

1.      Are you an innie or an outie? Innie
2.      Do you like catsup on or beside your fries? Beside
3.      Have you ever written a book? Not yet...I’d love to though!
4.      Do you slurp your drink after it's gone? Absolutely not
5.      Have you ever blown bubbles in your milk? Probably
6.      Would you rather eat a Big Mac or a Whopper? Neither...hamburger freaks me out anyways, especially fast food hamburgers.
7.      True or False: You would rather eat steak than pizza. False.
8.      Did you have a baby blanket? not one that I slept with or carried around.
9.      Have you ever tried to cut your own hair? No.
10.  Have you ever had a birthday party at McDonalds? Yes, in preschool.
11.  Can you flip your eye-lids up? Eew! Eyes freak me out.
12.  If you could be any age, what age would you be? Hmm...I’d love to go back to being about 7, but just for a day.
13.  Do you ride roller coasters? Yes, but I close my eyes the whole time.
14.  What's your favorite carnival ride? I don’t ride carnival rides. lol
15.  Have you ever eaten a dog biscuit? Nope, but apparently my mom had to dig cat food out of my mouth when I was a toddler.
16.  If so, would you eat another one? No.
17.  If you were in a car sinking in a lake, what would you do first? Panic. Then break the window.
18.  Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? Nope, but my hubby does on a daily basis ;)
19.  Can you pick something up with your toes? Lots of things.
20.  How many remote controls do you have in your house? Two.
21.  Would you rather be rich and unhappy, or poor and happy? Poor and happy.
22.  If you fell into quicksand, would you try to swim or try to float? So random, that I can’t comprehend the question...swim?
23.  Do you ask for directions when you are lost? I call my husband or momma.
24.  Have you ever held a Mexican jumping bean? Yes!
25.  Are you more like Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland? Alice in Wonderland, I think.
26.  Would you rather have an ant farm with no ants or a box of crayons with broken points? Box of crayons. I would put them in a mini muffin tin and bake them to make new points needed!
27.  Do you prefer light or dark bread? We only eat wheat. White bread is the devil.
28.  Do you prefer scrambled or fried eggs? Fried.
29.  Would you climb a very high tree to save a kitten? I don’t think I could climb a tree to save my own life, but I would definitely call someone who could climb a tree to save the kitten.
30.  Can you tell the difference between a crocodile and an alligator? Nope.
31.  Do you drink pepsi or coke? Pepsi, unless its cherry coke.
32.  Have you ever accidentally taken something from a hotel? Just free things, like soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
33.  Have you ever slipped in the bathtub? Yes.
34.  Bar soap or shower gel? Shower gel.
35.  Have you ever locked yourself out of the house? Not that I recall.
36.  Would you rather make your living as an actor or singer? Singer.
37.  If you could invite any movie star to your home for dinner, who would it be? Robert Pattinson, so I could comfort him from his recent breakup, of course.
38.  Have you ever returned a gift? Many a time. Not yours, El.
39.  Would you give someone else a gift that had been given to you? No way!
40.  If you could attend an Olympic Event, what would it be? Gymnastics.
41.  If you could participate in an Olympic Event, what would it be? Gymnastics.
42.  What is your favorite breed of dog? Siberian Huskies are soo pretty.
43.  Would you donate money to feed starving animals in the winter? If I had extra.
44.  What is your favorite fruit? Blackberries.
45.  What is your least favorite fruit? Apples.
46.  What kind of fruit have you never had? Papaya...?
47.  If you won a $5,000 shopping spree to any store, which store would you pick? Home Depot.
48.  If you had to choose, what branch of the military would you be in? Terrifying question...I would be awful in the military.
49.  If you were to win a Grammy, what kind of music would it be for? Folk. lol
50.  If you were to win an Oscar, what kind of movie would it be for? A fairytale.
51.  Which of the five senses is most important to you? Sight, for sure.
52.  How many years will/did you end up going to college? Haha! A MILLION! or 6.
53.  Would you rather be a professional figure skater or professional football player? Figure skater.
54.  What do you like to collect? I don’t like collecting, becase I hate clutter.
55.  Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Closed. They absolutely have to be closed.
56.  Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? I will cut coupons for random things that I don’t ever use, but since there’s a coupon I think maybe I would buy it one day. Then the coupon expires, because I obviously never needed to buy the item.
57.  Do you ever count your steps when you walk? Only on steps.
58.  Have you ever peed in the woods? On an island.
59.  What do you drink with dinner? At home, juice or water.
60.  What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Bbq sauce.
61.  What movies could you watch over and over and still love? Stranger than fiction, The Notebook, the Twilights, Idiocracy, Despicable Me… lol
62.  Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? Uh, no.
63.  Favorite kind of sandwich? Chicken.
64.  Best thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal. Any kind. Also for a late night snack.
65.  What is your usual bedtime? Way too late.
66.  Are you lazy? With things I don’t want to do.
67.  Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? Wal-mart for groceries and everyday things. Tar-jay for fun stuff.
68.  Nike or Adidas? Nike.
69.  Cheetos Or Fritos? Cheetos.
70.  Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Sunflower seeds.
71.  Ever take dance lessons? From the time I was 3-17.
72.  Hot tea or cold tea? Cold.
73.  Tea or coffee? Coffee.
74.  Sugar or snickerdoodles? Both.
75.  Best room for a fireplace? Living room.
76.  DJ or band, at a wedding? DJ.
77.  Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? I have to tuck them in before we get in bed.
78.  Do you like to use post-it notes? No.
79.  Do you have freckles? I wish.
80.  Do you still watch cartoons? Occasionally.
81.  What is your Song of the week? We are never ever getting back together. I want to not like it, but damn Taylor Swift and her catchy songs.
82.  Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? Can’t tell ya, or I’d have to kill ya.
83.  Can you change the oil on a car? That’s what my husband is for.
84.  When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? A ballerina. Always a ballerina.
85.  Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Marie Claire.
86.  Which are better legos or lincoln logs? Lincoln logs made my miniature houses look more realistic. 
87.  Ever watch soap operas? I used to watch with my great-grandma when I was little. I still love catching them every once in awhile, because it takes me back to my childhood.
88.  Do you think musicals are cheesy? Like Glee? Yes, but I like cheesy.
89.  Is Christmas stressful? Moneywise. But it’s my favorite time of year!
90.  Favorite type of fruit pie? Not crazy about pie. I only really like pumpkin or coconut cream.
91.  Do you believe in ghosts? Nope.
92.  What do you wear to bed? A t-shirt or shorts and a tank.
93.  50 Shades or Twilight? Twilight.
94.  Do you dip your pizza in ranch? No.
95.  Wine or beer? Depends on my mood.
96.  Florida or Colorado? I’ve never been to Colorado, but I would like to go. But Florida has the beach, so Florida.
97.  Favorite Doritos flavor? Original.
98.  Favorite fast food joint? Wendy’s.
99.  Milk or dark chocolate? Dark. Yum.
100.   What is one question that you would add to this questionnaire? What super power would you like to have for a day?
Question sources:  Here and Here



Sunday, August 19, 2012

World Humanitarian Day

Today is World Humanitarian Day.  Check out this video of Beyonce performing for WHD.  It is beautiful.   Then check out:  At this site, you can learn how to show your support for WHD.  Then, take action today by doing something good for someone else! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fantasizing on a Friday

Today, I'm not fantasizing about being anywhere but on a country road in my hometown.  These pictures are so simple, but give me the warmest of feelings.  My heart swells with wonderful memories when I look at them.  There is NOTHING like living in the country.  I'm so glad I was raised there.  I love my hometown.  It is all that I will ever need. 

Obsessed: Customized State Pillows

I stumbled upon these pillows this morning while on Pinterest. And I. Am. In. Love. How adorable would it be to have your own state pillow with a heart on your hometown? These are going on my wish list!  All available on Etsy...just click the pictures!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Aunt Elfie and Rowan

My aunts and uncles are one of a kind,
A little goofy but are quite a great find.
They like to play the same silly games,
And are always calling me strange little names.
They love to hug and kiss, tickle and squeeze,
And sometimes I even bounce on their knees.
I like it so much I can't help but grin,
I know it's their hearts I'll surely win.
Author: Bernadett Redmond

I love this little guy so much that it is painful at times.
I babysat him two days this week and it was awful leaving him.
When he saw me with all my bags walking out the door, he got so angry.
I asked him to give me a kiss and he leaned forward and gave me a sweet open-mouthed Rowan kiss.
We had such a fun time together.
We went to the park, splash pad, and the fair.
We watched music videos, read books, and ate Jack in the Box.
I never knew that I would love my nephew as much as I do.
He feels like my own child.
I can only imagine what it will be like when I do have a child of my own.
 I cherish every moment I have with this little booger. 
Like the poem says, he has truly won my heart.

I Love You, Rowan....xoxo Aunt Elfie

Monday, August 13, 2012

Just for Laughs :)

I was browsing Jessica's blog, Happy Girls are the Prettiest Girls, and came across this post.  It gave me some I thought I would share :)  I just included the ones that I thought were really funny!  And I bolded my favorites!

P.S.  The picture above is of me and my sister cracking up because her hair got stuck in our nephew Rowan's sucker.  Haha

Random thoughts from people 25-35 years old..

-Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

-Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

-Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

-I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.

-How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

-I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand thantake 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

- I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

-The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

- LOL has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".

- Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantrontest is absolutely petrifying.

- How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

- Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using 'as in' examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had to spell my boss's last name to an attorney and said "Yes that's G as in...(10 second lapse)..ummm...Goonies"

- While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.

-Shirts get dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty,and you can wear them forever.

-I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

-Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if I do!

-Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from, this shouldn't be a problem....

-There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

-I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

- "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this ever.

-I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren't watching this. It's only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?'

-I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?Darn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away? (This is my boyfriend!!)

- I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

-When I meet a new girl, I'm terrified of mentioning something she hasn't already told me but that I have learned from some light internet stalking.

-Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

-Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it.

-It really ticks me off when I want to read a story on and the link takes me to a video instead of text.

-I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

50th Birthday Cake

I found some cake-spiration on Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic blog the other day and decided to make a similar cake for my mom's 50th birthday party.  My version was cheaper because I used fake flowers instead of real.  I got a bouquet of fake flowers (about 6 flowers) for $.99 each.  I stuck to our black and white theme, and instead of using silver candles (which I couldn't find anyways) I used black candles.  Since the candles weren't very tall and the flowers were fake, we weren't able to actually light the cake (I didn't want the flowers to catch fire!).  So the candles were pretty much for decoration only.  I then decided to add some old black and white photographs to the cake.  I attached two toothpicks to each picture using putty and stuck them in the cake.  And there you have it, my mom's 50th birthday cake!  Important:  If you decide to make  a similar cake, do NOT light it.  You don't want to take any chances with catching decorations on fire!

Rachel's Cake

My cake

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Last night I was reminded of how happy dancing makes me...and everyone else.  My mom's 50th birthday party was last night.  At one point in the night we all headed out to our deck that overlooks our pond.  I put in some John Mellencamp tunes.  My mom, her friends, and I then started dancing and singing on our lit-up deck.  My sister sat out there and rocked my nephew on the deck swing.  Dancing with my mom to John Mellencamp under the starlit sky with my sisters and nephew by my side...the perfect moment. 

Dancing brings joy to any occassion.  I'm so glad that I get to be a TEACHER of dance at a Christian-based dance studio where we can dance for the Lord.  In high school, I got the opportunity to choreograph and teach a clogging dance to my mission group team.  As a part of our ministry in Guatemala, we danced for the natives.  It was amazing dancing our hearts out for God...

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fantasizing on a Friday

Rocky Mountain National Park.  I have GOT to go to Colorado one day.  I YEARN to be here.  So beautiful.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. -Ephesians 1:7 (via)

God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. -Galatians 4:5 (via)

But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. -Galatians 3:22 (via)

Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. -Romans 6:14 (via)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wonderful Wednesday Link Party

Today I'm linking up over at Everyday is a Holiday!  Join in the fun.  The purpose of this linky party is to meet new bloggers and discover their blogs! 
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Two Peas in a Pod Cupcakes

 This past weekend, I made these cupcakes for my boyfriend's sister.  She is having twins!  These were for her "Two Peas in a Pod" baby shower.  I got the idea for the cupcakes here.  I decided to make the pea pods in a pastel green instead.  I thought that they turned out cute!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Fifty and Flawless!

My mom turns fifty today!  She sure is fifty and flawless!  Love ya, mom!