2012 Year in Review

With just a few short hours before we ring in yet another year, I guess it’s time for the obligatory year in review post. If I’m being honest, I’m ready for a new year, with new joys; 2012 has been tough to say the least. But out of the pain, sorrow and hard times I’ve been able to see the blessing from the Lord. Through this year I’ve learned that I need to spend more time on my knees in prayer and less time talking, trying to control and solve the problems. Give it to God.


A few highlights from 2012:

  • My beloved LSU Tigers went to the BCS National Championship game
  • Visited our good friends and their adorable baby in Houston
  • Surprise visit for a weekend getaway to Disney World with my awesome sister and her family
  • Started our master bathroom remodel
  • Great week at the beach for the annual family J.A.M. Fest
  • Bought a new car
  • Got braces
  • Started a quarter-time job working at Chick-fil-A as part of their Marketing team
  • Worked some pretty incredible weddings and events
  • Got a pretty cool new sewing machine
  • Celebrated my 100th blog post
  • Made my first two maxi dresses
  • My team the Washington Redskins finally are NFC East Champs after being the division doormat for over a decade

Have a safe and happy evening! Cheers to 2012 and the new blessings to come in 2013. See y’all next year!

What’s Your Elf Name?

Hello! It’s Christmas Eve, can you believe it?! Only one more sleep until it’s Christmas Day! I can’t wait.

Do you know your Elf name? Well you should as well as the names of those you’re celebrating the holiday with. Using the first letter of your first name and your birthday month, match the words to determine your Elf name. This cracks me up every single time.

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In our house today we have Perky Pointy-Toes, Twinkle Sugar-Socks, Sunny Sparkley-Toes and Elvis Sparkley-Toes working hard for Santa to prepare for his visit. My favorite elf (hubs) who is working today is Puddin McJingles…classic. Merry Christmas everyone!

Perky Pointy-Toes

High Five For Friday

Hello! It’s been a pretty great week! I celebrated my birthday, finished my Christmas shopping and am getting ready to celebrate the Christmas holiday with family and friends. I’m linking up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk for High Five For Friday to share pictures from my week. I hope you had a great week too!


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  1. Holiday nails in Essie Fishnet Stockings (red) and Beyond Cozy (silver). That’s Macy waiting impatiently for my nails to dry so that I can take her outside. She has impeccable timing. 
  2. My office mate for the day. I moved her bed next to the space heater and I, and she snuggled up for the day while I worked.
  3. I turned 30-ish! Okay, 33 to be exact. I made these tasty Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcake Crowns to celebrate!
  4. Josh surprised me at work for our hot chocolate bar event and he stayed to hang out and play Gestures with us. Fun!
  5. Celebratory birthday sushi!

Beauty Bogus or Girlie Genius

So I’ve got a few beauty, lifestyle and style products that I’m not convinced just yet that they are the most genius invention or totally bogus and not worth the money. Here goes, y’all give me your opinions, please.


Eyelash Curler – Is this beauty tool really necessary? I used to use one, well only because my mom did. But after years of using one, and more often then not, pinching the skin of my eye lid, I threw the tool away. Since then, I’ve not bought another one, and honestly not missed the tool or the lengthening that this tool did or did not give my lashes. Recently, I’ve seen the eyelash curler on several lists of must-have beauty tools. Which got me thinking, do I need to be using one of these. Will I have long, gorgeous, noticeably different lashes as a result. You weigh in, do you use one? Do I need to add this back to my daily routine?

Daily Lemon Water Cleanse – Lately I’ve read several posts online about drinking a glass of warm lemon water each day. Like this one, this one and this one. I’m just not sure I believe it. I guess this is one of those try it and see if you notice a difference. I don’t have the best track record maintaining any type of healthy habit. So the odds aren’t in my favor for me trying this long enough to see results. Does anyone drink a glass of lemon water each morning and notice a difference? Is it going to make me gag? I already gag when I take my daily vitamin, blah!


BeautyBlender – Apparently this ergonomically designed make-up sponge is the best thing since sliced bread. The claim is that this tool gives you a flawless, airbrushed look with your foundation. Really, a pink sponge that costs $19.95 is going to make my skin foundation look airbrushed? What do I know? I use BareMinerals foundation, no sponge needed there. Anyone out there use this BeautyBlender? Is there a reason to jump on the bandwagon?

Are there any beauty, style or household products that you think are completely bogus or genius?

Quality vs. Quantity

Lately this quality vs. quantity concept has been a theme that keeps presenting itself in various aspects of my life. In the past week I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with, reconnecting, catching up, whatever you want to call it with some of my best girl friends. I’m so incredibly blessed to have a core group of friends that I can turn to at any moment to share joy, tears, hardships, laughter and so much more. Thank you, God!

So back to the quality vs. quantity deal, that’s how I feel about my friends. At my age (boy do I sound like my parent’s now), I feel like I’m at a place where I yearn for solid and stable friendships, with woman of similar values, who are willing to put work into our friendship. I love that I have this in my group of girlfriends, those that I see on a regular basis, those that live across the country or in another country and those that I see periodically. All of you gals ROCK MY WORLD and thank you for being there for whatever, whenever. Mmmmwhah!


Redemption Day

In January I wrote about my shear excitement for the BCS National Championship game, in which my team, the #1, undefeated, LSU Tigers were taking on the #2, one-loss Crimson Tide. Well, that was the last post you read on Tiger football, because if you follow college football or not, it’s very likely that you heard our Tigers were embarrassed that night, 21-0. The first shut-out in a BCS National Championship game in history. Ugh, it still pains me to think about that night, the game and the utter disappointment and heartbreak.

Alas, redemption day is upon us, 11/3/12 in Death Valley, “Where opponents dreams come to die.” Geaux Tigers!