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Puppy Love

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It’s back to reality today after an amazing weekend at the beach! We had beautiful weather and it was just perfect….I sat on the beach and read Sookie Stackhouse novels for 3 days…perfection! Unfortunately I didn’t take a lot of pictures while I was there, I took my camera but I was just too busy relaxing to bother with it.

Today I am going to share some pictures of the newest addition to our family…Darcy. I know I threw around a couple of other names on the blog earlier (sookie, gilmore, etc.) but they just  didn’t stick. I came up with Darcy from a book I had read (Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin) and we knew immediately that it would be her name!

I did get a few pictures of Darcy’s first trip to the beach!

Isn’t she adorable!?

Today I also want to congratulate a very best friend of mine, Sarah, and her husband Jeremy on the birth of their baby girl, Bryleigh! She is just beautiful and you guys are going to be wonderful parents. It’s been amazing to see your dreams come true!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!



Black Mountain

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. My mom and I went to Black Mountain on Saturday to visit my younger brother Kendall, he plays baseball for Montreat College. He doesn’t get to come home a lot due to his baseball schedule so we were excited to visit with him for the day.

The baseball field at Montreat is literally carved into the side of a mountain…

This is the building that Kendall lives in…

It is truly a beautiful campus…

We had such a great time…It’s such a cute little town and I can’t wait to go back and really explore the campus and roam around the shops in Black Mountain.

I hope everyone has a great Monday!

Friday Funnies…TGIF Style!!

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Todays edition of Friday Funnies probably won’t be too funny to you if you didn’t grow up in the late 80s/early 90s. I came across this video a couple of weeks ago and it brought back sooo many childhood memories. Some of you may remember that ABC used to have a 2 hour block of TV shows on Friday nights and it was called TGIF. Shows like Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, Boy Meets World….it was awesome! When my brothers and I were younger TGIF was a huge deal to us. Every Friday night my Dad and I would go pick up dinner from our favorite restaurant, South 21, and Mom would spread out a huge blanket on the living room floor for us to sit on and eat. It was such a treat to eat in the living room, while watching TV! It’s something about my childhood that I will never forget. Soooo check out this vide and see if brings back any memories for you! (I want to forwarn you that somewhere in this video there is a short snippit of a woman with not many clothes on…I don’t know how to edit it out but it goes by fast! You’ve been warned!)

What are some childhood memories that you will never forget???

Happy Friday!

Monday Musings…

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Happy Monday everyone! Today’s post is going to be a jumble of random things bouncing around in this head of mine….enjoy!

Since I know all of you have been DYING to know what I’ve decided to do with my hair I thought I’d give you an update. Now out of the whopping 10 people who voted in my long vs. short poll, 80% voted short. The two of you that voted long will be pleased to know that I’m your corner! I have been styling it differently the past couple of weeks and I’m loving it long…so that’s the way it will stay (for now!). I know what you’re thinking….”She asks us to vote in this dumb poll and then she completely ignores our suggestions”. I’m sorry! I truly do value your opinions but I think you all would like the new style if you saw it…I’ll try to get a picture up sometime this week ( I tried to take one of myself a few minutes ago with my cell phone…yes I was “that” girl…I couldn’t help but think how funny I would look to someone who walked by my window…sitting here smiling at myself into my camera phone…NERD!).

Some of you may remember this post I did on budgeting a while back. All I have to say about that is….well it was a nice thought, the end.

Russ and I went to see Battle: Los Angeles over the weekend. It was a great movie if you are into aliens, war, and things getting blown up..and lucky for Russ, I am! I am constantly reminding him how lucky he is that we share the same taste in movies, I would much rather see an action flick with Matt Damon or Leo than a sappy chick flick. Don’t get  me wrong, I still appreciate a great chick movie every now and then but for the most part I’m all about the big action blockbusters!

We had our usual pre-movie dinner date at Chick Fil A! (What can I say, I’m a cheap date :)). I am obsessed with the new little ketchup packets they rolled out a few weeks ago…

Ahh so cute! I am ketchup girl all the way…and as Russell says I am “scooper” not a “dipper”. Love me some ketchup! These little things hold 3 times the amount of the old packets so I only have to grab about 5 of these verses the 500 tiny little squirt packets….thank you Heinz! I tried to grab a handful and stash them in my purse but Russ wouldn’t let me, I think my love of the new ketchup was embarrassing him :). And I just realized how sad it is that I get so excited over ketchup…it’s the simple things in life folks!

I have a lot of fun things coming up in the next few weeks so I hope to have a lot of pictures and fun stories for you! Hopefully none of them will be about ketchup…

Taking it to the Polls

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I am the most indecisive person I know…and that’s saying a lot because I have some friends that can’t make a decision to save their lives (you know who you are!). So today I’m asking you all for a favor. I have been playing with the idea of chopping all of my hair off again. Yes I know it has taken me FOREVER to grow it out, but I’m just sick of it. I don’t like to spend a lot of time getting ready in the mornings and this long hair takes forever to dry and straighten! Also, I’m just not so sure I look better with long hair. That’s where you come in! Here are a couple of pictures of me with short hair, and a couple with long hair…..

That's me in the middle (with the short hair, obviously!)

My baby brother....he hasn't been home from school in 2 months, we all miss him like crazy!

And now for the long…


and straight

 Okay now, don’t be shy! Vote for which style you think looks best, and leave your opinion in the comments section! I promise you won’t hurt my feelings….I need help with this life changing decision, I can’t make it on my own!! hehe

Thanks guys!


Eat Fresh…or not!

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So I am being completely random today, hope you all don’t mind! Here’s the thing, I am in a constant battle with myself to live a healthier lifestyle (aren’t we all?!). I’m not talking diets, I’m talking about just making healthier food choices & exercising a little more. I will be the first to admit…I am a junk food junkie!! I LOVE pizza, hot wings, french fries, ohhh the french fries….my #1 weakness! Let me give you an example of how my attempt at a healthy day plays out….

Yesterday I was having a very good “healthy day”. I had fruit and oatmeal for breakfast, sliced turkey & green beans for  lunch, I even opted for baked chicken at dinner instead of the delicious looking fried chicken that sat in front of me…then I got home. And there it was, sitting on the counter…a Pizza Hut box! So of course I opened it to find 3 pieces of pan pepporini just calling my name…and I’m weak! So I gave in…and even though I only ate one piece, that one piece completely ruined my “healthy day”!

This morning I am starting fresh again! That being said, I went to Subway for breakfast. I have been wanting to try their breakfast sandwiches for a while now and I was not dissapointed. I had the egg white and black forest ham muffin with cheese and tomato. It was very filling for a breakfast of only 160 calories….that’s right, 160 calories!

Lovely, right? (yes my mouth is full of ham and cheese in this pic)

I guess I figured that if I put this out there on the blog I just might be more likely to stick to my healthy lifestyle goals, we will see. That all depends on whether or not all the pizza is all gone when I get home!


Like I said before, french fries are my #1 weakness when it comes to junk food. Do you guys have any  foods that you can’t resist, or any tips for living a healthy lifestyle?? If so, please share!

Have a great Wednesday!



I just attempted to eat a Snickers and I seriously think I bit a chunk of my tongue off. I guess I deserve it.. haha!