Friday, February 27, 2015

Oh Hey Friday!

Is it just me or are the days just flying by.  Seriously it feels like just yesterday it was New Years and now we're at the last weekend in February!

Which is a-ok with me because that means it's my birth month next!!!!  Yay for March babies!

Ok so in true Friday fashion I'm linking up for Oh Hey Friday!


[one] This. No other words are needed.  Except for the fact that it has taken all I've got to not eat a box a night.
Do you have a favorite Girl Scout cookie?


[two]  Season 26 of the Amazing Race started on Wednesday.  I am totally obsessed with this show and will one day be one it.  This season it's a little different because they changed the teams up this year.  We have 5 dating couples, each of whom have been dating anywhere from 8 months to 10 years.  And then they pulled 5 men and 5 women and paired them up as blind dates.  So basically the other 5 couples are on the ultimate blind date.  The first episode was interesting.  It's a very strand concept and I'm not sure if I would ever do it.  But I will def keep watching! :)
[three]  I was making dinner last night and I cut the crap outta my finger. Slicing chicken is no joke y'all.  I didn't cut myself too bad but there was enough blood that it made me think I cut of the tip of my finger.  Thankfully I found a bandaid that smiles at me and it's an octopus.  Win win.  

Oh and I totally took this picture while I was typing this post so I had one more thing to talk about. 



[four] Literally nothing has happened with my online dating escapades.  Since the weird "workout guy"  I have not talked to any men on Match nor have I been on anymore dates.  Which I have to say is highly depressing.  My subscription is up in March and I don't know if I should extend it or not.  Maybe I should try Tindr.  Blegh.  I hate dating.  It's so hard.  #aloneforever 

[five]  I've been missing Disney lately.  I miss my friends there, I miss the job,  and I miss the castle.  So when I stumbled on this I knew I had to post it, not only on Instagram and the blog.



I am looking forward to doing a whole lot of nothing this weekend.  Save for a quick trip to Ulta for more makeup anyway.  I plan to watch a few movies, read some more my book and generally be lazy lazy lazy. And I could not be more excited!

Have a great weekend lovely friends! :)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Perfect Party Garland

Back in December one of my best friends hosted a bridal shower for one of her best friends.  The bridal shower was held in December and she used Christmas as the theme.

I was at her house after the shower and saw most of the decorations she made for the shower.  The decor that stood out the most for me was the garland.  She had made a fabric garland and put the brides future initials in front of the garland using some burlap.

I was obsessed the minute I saw it.  So obsessed that I immediately asked her how she made it and decided that I wanted to make one just like it for Ashley's baby shower.

And that's what I did.  And now I'm going to share it with all of you because it is SUPER easy and adorable and people will love it.  They'll gush over it and obsess over it and demand to know how you made it.



You will need:
 - 7-10 different fabrics
- some type of rope......I used a semi thick burlap type of rope from Hobby Lobby
- gold glitter ribbon (or any color ribbon that goes with your color scheme)


Step One:  Choose your fabric.  So I knew I wanted to go with a white and pink theme for the shower,  typical "it's a girl" colors. So I went to Hobby Lobby and picked out 7 different fabrics.  The key is for all the fabrics to be different.  Different shades of pink and completely different patterns.  I would also suggest waiting until your favorite fabric store (in my case Hobby Lobby) has a sale on fabric so that way you're not spending an obscene amount of money on this project.  Once you've chosen your fabric you need to buy 1/2 of a yard of each.  You may need 3/4 of a yard depending on how long you want your garland to actually be.

When I got home I realized I wanted to add some of the fabric my roommate had bought a few months before.  I compared the yellow, green, and blue fabric to the ones I had already had and decided they would loon perfect and so I threw in those colors as well.  (Save for the green, that was ultimately left out)


Step Two: Cut all your fabric.  Now I am actually really lazy and when I started to realize that I was going to need a bunch of these strips of cloth I almost stopped making the garland.  

But then I realized there is a much easier way to do this then cutting every single strip with scissors.  So what you need to do is cut each piece of fabric into 1 inch strips.  And to avoid having to cut each of these 1 inch strips all you have to do is make a small cut at the end of the fabric and then literally rip it off.  It will come apart in one clean motion and be completely straight.  I ended up using my finger to measure the 1 inch and made about 25 cuts in each fabric, thus giving me right around 25 strips of each of my 10 pieces of fabric (which is about 250 strips total.)

Oh and your fabric will look frayed since your ripping it apart and not cutting it, but that is okay!  The frayed look is one of the things that makes this garland look so good.

Step Three:  Tie each strip to the rope alternating between each of your different fabrics.  Because I didn't want to kill my back doing this, I went ahead and tied the rope to my fireplaces mantle.  This made it so much easier when tying each piece to the rope.  I even alternated between sides to make sure it was balanced correctly.  

(I probably should have taken pictures as I went but I forgot)

Leave about an inch of the fabric above the rope to give it that frayed look.  


Step Four: Add your glitter ribbon.  Once you have all of your fabric attached to your rope, then go in and add your glitter ribbon.  I used two full rolls of the gold glitter ribbon.  It added so much to the garland it's not even funny.  I cute the ribbon the same length as the rest of the fabric and made sure to buy 1 inch ribbon to go with my 1 inch strips.



Step Five: Enjoy and let all your friend gush over how creative you are and how wonderful it looks.  See easy peasy.  I'm really glad I added the yellow and blue fabrics.  It helped bring out the different pink fabrics really nicely.  When I sent the final product to Ashtyn she said it reminded her of a Disney Princess.  Which was PERFECT because as we all know I'm obsessed with Disney and so is Ashley.




Seriously though y'all, this was the easiest thing in the world to make.  It was a tad time consuming.  It took me about an hour or two get it completely finished but it was so worth it in the end.  I was going to make my own initial burlap garland to go over it but I found the one you see in the picture at Hobby Lobby for 5 bucks and it had the cute chalk board hearts, so I was sold!

Best part is, this garland is going to be used again.  I'm going to send it to my friend Jordan so she can use it as her bridal shower in June! :)

What do you think?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Simply Chic and Pink Baby Shower

Saturday I co-hosted my best friends baby shower.  And it was absolutely wonderful!

Jenny and I decided we wanted to throw our best friend, Ashley a baby shower in El Paso in February back in September.  We had a blast planning it.  

It all started with the invitation.  Which we thought was the perfect mix of simple and cute. Ashley is having a girl and so we went with the traditional pink and white as out color theme.



We flew into El Paso on Thursday night and gave ourselves all day Friday and all morning Saturday into Saturday afternoon to get everything ready.

Now I could tell you everything, but it is so much more fun to show you! 

SO without further ado I give you, our Simply Chic and Pink Baby Shower we hosted for my best friend Ashley!



Jenny, Ashley and me.
We were bridesmaids in Ashley's wedding and now she's having a sweet baby girl!! 
Lacey Lynn Wright.



Our main table.
We served: Vegetable Cups with Ranch Dressing, Strawberries and Cream Cheese Dip, Grape and Goat Cheese w/ Pecan Bites, Caprese Bites, BLTs, Cucumber Salad sandwiches, and Chicken Salad on Croissant sandwiches. 

For dessert we served fruit tarts and delicious petit fours. 






For beverages we bought personalized water bottle labels and put them on water bottles as well as a delicious Sparkling Punch.
We added another little personal touch by putting everyone's name on their glasses.

The Sparkling Punch had the following:
Pink Lemonade
White Cranberry Strawberry Juice 
Clubsoda
Mint
It was a huge hit and I highly recommend serving it at your next event.  All the ladies at the shower loved it.



We played 5 different baby shower games.  All of which were a blast! 
We played:
Guess the Baby Food
What Baby Thing is in the Bag?
Chocolate Diapers
How Many Jelly Beans Are There?
Bottle Chugging 
Pacifier Toss (only you have to "toss" the pacifier using your mouth. This was by far the funniest/most fun of the games!)



I made sure there were fresh flowers un as many places as possible.  But especially on our main table.  
We bought a pretty bouquet of roses and my personal favorite, hydrangeas.
I also bought a pretty spring bouquet for the front table.

Fresh flower are a MUST for any event.  A MUST!



I made a garland for the mantle, where we decided to place all the gifts people brought.  
My friend Ashtyn had made one for her friend's bridal shower and she showed me how she did it.

Y'all it was the easiest garland to make and you can expect a full tutorial on how I did it tomorrow!

 I am personally obsessed with it! :)



We had nice little turnout for the shower, if I do say so myself.
Here is everyone playing one of the shower games.


Here are the 4 brave contestants in our Pacifier Toss!  
Even out Mom-to-Be played along.
I'm telling you it was the best game of the day.


As party favors we gave each guest a cute little duck sugar cookie.  

Jenny snuck out to the front patio area and moved everything around and changed the sign before the guests started leaving.

It was the perfect little touch to end a very lovely and fun baby shower!



 I absolutely loved our baby shower.  To me it was perfect.

And from the expression on Ashley's face and the fact that she cried I think she did too.  I am so glad we got to do this for her.  She is going to be the best mom ever and I cannot wait to see her shine in that role.

I also cannot wait to meet Lacey! Which is what I will be doing the next time I head to El Paso.

Lacey Lynn,
We are so excited for you to be here.  I know your mom and I can't wait to show you the magic that is Disney, the wonder that is Harry Potter and of course spoil you rotten!  You will be one of the most loved little girls in the whole world! And I cannot wait to be part of your life! :)
Love, Aunt Kac! :)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Best Weekend EVER!

Hi lovely friends,  I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

This weekend was one of the best I've had in a long time.  I got to head home to El Paso for the weekend and see my family and best friends.   I got to miss work on Friday, which is always nice!  Gotta love 3 day weekends. And my all time favorite day of the year happened, OSCAR NIGHT!

Here a fun little break down for you.

I traveled home to El Paso to throw my best friend in the entire world a baby shower.  She will be welcoming her very first sweet baby into the world at the end of March and I am so thrilled that I got to throw her a baby shower.  Jenny and I threw it together and it came out absolutely perfect if I do say so myself.

I plan to dedicate a whole post to the shower later this week so I'm not going to go into any details but I will show you this picture:



Yeah.....it was perfect.  I also got to see my parents this weekend which was great as usual.  I'll be seeing them again in two weekend when they come to Houston for Spring break.


Sunday night was Oscar night!  My favorite time of the year.  I was just getting back into Houston when the show actually started, so I missed the first hour and a half.  Which was highly disappointing but thank god for DVR because I was able to catch up with the live version!



Here were a few of my favorite moments:

-Red Carpet looks. Since I missed the Red Carpet I had google all the gowns and here were some of my favorites!




As you can see there is a theme going on here.  I liked all the rose/neutral colored dresses, save for Reece Witherspoon and Dakota Johnson.  Jennifer Aniston's was probably my favorite! (If you want to check out my dream Oscar Red Carpet look, click here, I did a whole post about it!)

-I loved that the awards were so spread out this year.  There was a different winner for most of the categories and I found that very refreshing since most years the same movie wins multiple categories.

-Lady Gaga's tribute to The Sound of Music.  Ummmmm.....hello!  This was amazing.  I've never been a hug Lady Gaga fan but oh my goodness.  This was fantastic.  Loved every minute of it and watched it several times before I went to bed on my phone.

-The Oscar's set.  I loved the way the stage was set for this years Oscars.  I thought it was absolutely gorgeous. I love the way deep red and gold look when paired together.

-Neil Patrick Harris.  Loved the intro this year.  Thought it was very well done.  His jokes were chuckle worthy and ok, but I'm sorry, nothing will EVER top Ellen's epic selfie from last year.  Nothing.

-I learned about "seat-fillers".  Totally want to fill that job next year.  Apparently they get paid $125 an hour to fill the seat of the actors/actresses who go up to accept and award or present an award or just take part in the show.  Sign me up.

-Boyhood didn't win anything except for Best Supporting Actress.  Sorry but I thought that was a super boring movie that had a super boring plot.  I get that it was different because it used the same actors for 12 years.  But I was fighting to say awake and was glad I didn't pay 9 bucks to see it in theaters.  And thus, is why I was glad it didn't win anything major!

Overall I was very pleased with the show.  I know I've mentioned this about a hundred times but I just adore the Oscars.  The gowns, the hosts, the celebrities and the celebration of film.  I totally should have gone into the movie industry.

Well hope your weekend was a great!  Linking up once again with these two lovelies! :)



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Let's Go to the Movies!

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time at all you will know that I love movies.  I love everything about them and I will pretty much watch just about anything.  I also don't listen to critics or movie reviews like at all.  Because I can pretty much guarantee that even if the reviews are terrible, I won't hate it.

Unless the movie is Don Jon.  That movie was TERRIBLE, seriously I wanted to walk out of the theatre about 10 times but I paid 9 bucks to see it so I stayed.  (And people are saying 50 Shades is terrible....they clearly haven't seen Don Jon.)

Anyway, the Spring/Summer always sees a petty good assortment of movies released.  And I thought it would be fun to share some of the films that I'm excited to see.  Plus the Oscars are this weekend and usually movies that are released in the spring/summer aren't Oscars contenders so I feel like they could use a little bit of love.

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I know it feels like this story has been re-told a million times (because it has) but I am so excited to see this movie.  Anything with Rob Stark is a must see.



Here we have your typical comedy with Will Farrell and Kevin Hart.  It's about a white guy who's going to jail and he asks a black guy to help him get ready.  I think it'll be silly but hilarious.

I've seen the preview for this several times and it looks amazing every time.  It's about a woman who is trying to get a famous painting of her aunt back from the Austrian government after it was taken by the Nazis during WWII.  Sounds like a snooze fest but I have high hopes for the film.



Another Nicolas Sparks movie.  This is one I haven't read but it has Clint Eastwood's son and he is VERY attractive.  So I'm in.

This looks very interesting.  It's about a woman who somehow never ages.  Not sure how this happens exactly but it still looks really good.  (I did not explain that well at all, click the title of the movie and it'll take you to the trailer!)



Ever since I saw Captain America, I've been obsessed with all the Marvel movies.  So this is a must see for me.  I cannot wait to see what happens to the sexy group of super heros next.

The first was hilarious and totally quotable and I'm hoping the sequel is just as Acca-awesome.



I am sooooo excited to see this movie.  It's by the same guy who directed Jerry McGuire and that movie is one of my favorites.  Plus is has Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone and is set in Hawaii. 

The excitement I have for this movie needs no explanation.  And if you haven't watched the TV series you are totally missing out and need to fix that immediately! 



This has Chris Pratt who is married to Anna Farris who is my dopple-ganger.  So obviously I need to see my fake husband's movie.  Plus I love a good action movie and I have a feeling this one will be quite actiony.

Sill Pixar movie that takes you inside our emotions.  I think it look cute and funny and plus it's Disney.  So yeah.



No reason other than I want to see Channing Tatum and Matt Bomer dance on a stage shirtless.  And I don't think I need another reason.  :)

Again, it's Marvel.  And I love the Marvel movies.  I also really enjoy Paul Rudd so should be good.



Yet another movie that has been remade about 100 different times but it's one of my favorite stories.  But I think this is going to be a very unique version of the movie.  So I will be seeing this as well.

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Well there ya have it.  Just a few of the movies I'm excited to see this spring/summer.  If you're interested in seeing the trailers for any of them just click the title and it will take you right to them.

So, do any of them look of these movies catch your eye?  If so, which ones?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

148 Days

In 148 days I will once again be strolling through the streets of London, England.  And I could not be more excited.

Until that time though I am on a very very VERY tight budget.  Seriously y'all, I know this is going to be one of the best trips of my entire life but until that time it is really breaking the bank.  



Thankfully, my roommate Jenny is coming too so we usually we can keep each other one track.  Well except for last night.  Here was our conversation:

Me: "Ok should I make a pasta dish, have a salad, make a sandwich or pretend like I'm in college and eat ramen noodles?"
Jenny: "Make a salad and eat pasta."
Me: "Ok"
She then follows me into the kitchen and says, "You now I really want to go out to eat, I mean it is Fat Tuesday."
Me: "But we're saving money!!!"
Jenny: "True, but I really want it."
Me: Ponders that statement for a moment, "Ok fine, lets go."

So yeah. That happened.  (I also may have given into Sonic's $1 hotdogs on President's Day.)



Our trip has to be paid in full by May 8th.  So until then, I've been trying to come up with ways to keep myself occupied so I'm not tempted to spend money.

Here is what I've come up with:

-Movie/TV marathons at home.  The cable package we have comes with a ton of extra On Demand movies and TV Shows, plus Jenny has Amazon Prime.  So there are a ton of things we can watch.

-Go to the library.  I've had a library card in both major cities I've lived in, Orlando and Houston.  And they are lifesavers when you're trying to save money.  Not only can you check out books from libraries but they usually have a pretty decent selection of movies too.  Plus there is nothing quite like browsing through the selves of a library.

-Cook at home.  Thank you Pinterest. 

-Clean house.  As strange as it sounds, keeping your house clean is a great way to spend no money.  Plus you're in clean environment.

-Explore my neighborhood.  I haven't done this personally but I've thought about it.  

-Blog. Obviously

-Find new blogs to read.  This is one of my favorite things to do.  And you can literally spend hours doing it.  FOR FREE!!! (Well unless you count paying for the internet, then I guess it's not technically "free")

-Pinterest.  Again pretty obvious.  I don't know about y'all but this keeps me entertained for HOURS!

-Lay in bed all day long and be completely lazy.  Which is my personal favorite and is basically what I do most weekends.



It's been a real struggle but again, it will be totally 100% worth it when I am strolling the streets of London, Paris, Amsterdam, Lucerne, Verona, Venice, and Rome! :)

Do y'all have any suggestions on ways to save money? Or fun things to do that don't cost any money?  You're input would be greatly appreciated! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Weekend Update


As I type this I am watching the SNL 40 special so I figured a title that connected to that fact was appropriate!  (Lets be honest, I'm really only watching to see the N*SYNC reunion we all heard was gonna happen!)

So the weekend is over and it's back to work.  Luckily, today is President's Day and thus a student holiday.  Meaning while I still have to go to work, my little angels will not be present. WHOOP WHOOP! I only have a 3 day week though because I will be spending Friday getting everything prepped for my best friends baby shower!! YAY! So excited! 

I will definitely be giving a ton of details on that next.  So get excited.

For now though I'm going to give a little weekend update, because my weekend was actually eventful!  

So here's are a couple highlights.

-Friday I got a few sweet Valentine's from my students.  Chocolates and a super sweet card from one in particular.





-My incredibly sweet roommate, Jenny surprised me on Saturday morning with tulips, my favorite candy: Reece's Minis, and a handmade Valentine's card. 



-Two of my friends and I celebrated Galentine's Day by seeing 50 Shades of Grey.  I know this movie/book has gotten A LOT of criticism and everything.  I've read the books myself and thing they are written horribly.  It was pretty hard to get through if only because the writing was so bad.  But to be completely honest I didn't hate the story and so it'll be no surprise when I say that I didn't hate the movie.  Were there cheesy parts? Obviously.  But I'm a sucker for cheesy romance.  So yeah...didn't hate it.  And I will most likely be seeing the sequels when those come out.  



-Saturday evening I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and bought all the crafty stuff I needed to make a super cute garland for Ashley's baby shower this weekend.  I plan to do a small tutorial on how to make the garland in the coming weeks!

-Finished up The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau.  I really liked it and will be started the sequel before bed tonight.

-Sunday morning was spent catching up on Grey's Anatomy.  It was incredibly sad and I cried a thousand tears per usual. 

-I also spent some quality snuggle time with my Sadie girl.  She has been in this mood where she constantly wants to be near me and I kinda love it.



-I may or may not have read an entire book on Sunday.  (Yes, aside from finishing The Testing) It was called American Duchess.  It was Downton Abbey-esqu and that is why I think I enjoyed it.  

-Rounded out the weekend with watching the SNL 40, thank goodness for DVR because now I have to watch Downton Abbey and the Walking Dead tomorrow.  (yes I have electric taste in TV shows.)

Well that's about it.  Much more eventful than last weekend!  

Hope your weekend was as eventful, enjoyable, and relaxing as mine was! Linking up with these two lovely ladies!



PS. By the time I finished typing this last night, N*SYNC had still not performed and I was kinda made about it.