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.

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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!

The Lovelies List – 1/4/11

Happy New Year! The holidays were crazy busy for us, traveling up to Connecticut and back down to Virginia Beach in the span of five days. I’m so happy to be back online and blogging, and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off 2012, then with a Lovelies List. So without further ado, here are my first lovelies for 2012!

1.  Resolutions — This year it’s not so much a resolution as it is a new life motto, “New year, new you!” My quest to live a healthier life, physically, mentally and financially. Physically I’m going to make healthier choices and be more active. Mentally, I’m going to get my priorities straight, God first, family second and career third. Financially, we (I can’t do this alone) are going to ensure that we are in control of where our money is going every month; make our money work for us and not work for money.

2.  Layered Necklaces — I love the look of layered necklaces. They make for a great conversation and can be mixed and matched. A few of my favorite lovelies are these layered necklaces from Stella & Dot.

Stella & Dot

3. Red Hair — I’m loving red hair. I’m not talking Annie red hair, but beautiful auburn and strawberry blonde hair or rocker chic red pieces. My friend Erin has the most amazing, all natural red hair. Ladies, this is color that you can’t find in a box or at a salon. Isn’t she gorgeous? A lovely for sure!

Red Hair

4.  Heartwarming Movies — Over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday I watched Water for Elephants and We Bought a Zoo. I read Water for Elephants this fall and really enjoyed the book. In my opinion, the movie did not disappoint and to the best of my memory I think the movie followed the book very closely. We Bought a Zoo is a great, great movie. The story is inspirational, moving and the little girl is adorable! Both lovelies are a must see on my list.

New Year’s Eve Cocktail – Champagne Cosmo

I love champagne! I love the taste, the bubbles and the fun and flirty look of this bubbly drink in a glass. I also love champagne cocktails, and the Champagne Cosmo is one of my favorites. This is a great cocktail for New Year’s Eve, but who am I kidding, I don’t need a holiday to drink champagne. Enjoy!

Champagne Cosmo Cocktail

  • 1-1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
  • 1/2 cup Grand Marnier
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 8 thin strips of lime zest (from 2 limes), each about 1/4 inch
  • wide and 3 inches long
  • 2 bottles (750 ml) brut sparkling wine or Champagne, chilled

Combine the cranberry juice, Grand Marnier, and lime juice in a small pitcher and mix well. Hold a lime strip over a tall Champagne flute, twist or tie it into a single knot to release the essential oils, and drop the zest into the flute. Repeat with the remaining zest and seven more flutes. Divide the juice mixture equally among the flutes. Top each flute with the sparkling wine (depending on the size of your flutes, you may not need all of the wine). Serve immediately.