Sunday, December 11, 2011

Glitz and Glam Swap!!

Happy Monday Friends!  I recently participated in Bargain Blonde and Ravens How the Glitz Stole Christmas Swap and it was sooo much fun!!!

I had the sweetest Swap partner, Hannah from A Lovely Mess! She got me the best stuff!!!

~ Some lovely sparkly candle votives, LOVE! 
~ Some yummy smelling shimmer spray for all of my Christmas parties coming up this week!
~The cutest shimmery blue colored nail polish! I can't wait to try this out!!
~ And then some cute little mini nail polishes that I also am dying to try out!

Her picks were perfect!!!  Check her super cute blog out!  Thanks again Hannah! : )

And while I was snapping pics of my goods I also snapped a pic of my fun colored lights Christmas tree in my dining room! : ) 
My main tree is white lights but I also have a soft spot for the colored lights and I got the pre-lit tree from Michaels last year for $7!!! SCORE!

Head over to Bargain Blonde and Ravens to see what other lovely ladies got in their swap packages! So fun!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'm Blank Because.....

I saw this post on Little Miss Momma and thought it would be fun to do!

Here goes.....

I'm weird because:
Sometimes I'll go a whole day without drinking anything.
I hate being tickled.
I love liver...whole liver, liver pate, chopped liver, you name it I love it!
I can't do # two at work, I have a phobia of it
I usually go three days without doing # two (I know TMI, sorry)
My face will break out if I don't put makeup on it.
I will put ranch dressing on almost anything but it has to be Hidden Valley.
I'm addicted to buying magazines, but I may or may not read them.
Same addiction with books.
I can't splurge on anything for myself, if it's even the littlest bit expensive I will hunt for a deal or a bargain on it.
I can splurge on other people.
If I get sick with any type of congestion I have to use nose spray and become addicted to it, it usually takes me a couple of weeks to wean myself off of it.
I have a major phobia of throwing up, I'll force my body not to just because I'm so terrified of it.
I love to dunk my french fries in my Frosty from Wendy's.
If I have to get out of the bed at night sometimes I have a hard time doing it because I will think about all of the scary movies I've ever watched and think that the ghosts and baddies are waiting for me.
Sometimes I'm scared of the dark.

I'm a bad friend because:
I will never call you on the phone.
If you call me I might not call you back, but I'll email you.
Sometimes I'll tell it like it is even if I know you don't want to hear it.
I tend to be over-protective.

I'm a good friend because:
If you're in a crisis, I'm there for you.
Friends are like family members to me.
I want the best for you and I'll always support you.
I'll always be an ear, shoulder, and arms for you.

I'm sad because:
I'm not happy in my job.
I can't save as much as I'd like.
I want to be pregnant and it's taking a long time to happen.
I'm afraid there's something wrong with me.
People I love are going through hard times.

I'm happy because:
It's almost Christmas.
My in-laws are coming to stay with us for Christmas who we don't get to see very often.
I found out on Thanksgiving that I'm going to be an Aunt again.
I get to see all of my family in a two weeks.
Hubby just had some health screening done and came back all clear.

I'm excited for:
Spending time with family
Trying new recipes
Making our new years list that hubby and I do every year on new year's eve, we list all of the things we want to get for the house and accomplish for the year.

There you go!  If you do this, leave a comment so I can read yours!  : )
It's almost Friday and the weekend is right around the corner!

Monday, November 28, 2011


Hi Friends!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Mine was great!  And now that Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season has officially begun I wanted to take the opportunity to let ya'll know a little something about me.  I'm a Thirty-One Consultant!  If you've never heard of Thirty-One before you have to check my website out and look at all of the great products we offer.  I became a consultant for two reasons....1.) Because Thrity-One is a faith based company and that really appealed to me and 2.) The products are seriously affordable and cute!

So here's where the shopping comes in!  (I'm super excited about this by the way!)  I've opened up an online party just click here or go to and then click in the top pink bar where it says "Place an Order" and then you'll see Downtown Southern Party you just click on the shop now

Here's the deal you have from now until December 8th to place an order.  IF you place an order then you'll automatically go into a drawing to be the HOSTESS of the whole party!!!!

What does that mean?  FREE STUFF, HALF PRICE ITEMS, HOSTESS EXCLUSIVE SPECIALS, AND MORE!!! All you have to do is place an order.  You know you have someone on your list who would love one of these bags!

Here is the Customer Special -
And the winner/hostess will receive an Organizing Utility Tote - FREE (along with other free products that they choose)
Here's the Hostess Special that one lucky winner will have a chance to get as well -



I love St. Jude and I have been blessed with 9 healthy and happy nieces and nephews (and another on the way!)  I couldn't imagine having a sick child that had to be in the hospital especially at Christmas and my heart goes out to the families and the children of St. Jude.  And every little bit helps, right? 

So spread the word and get shopping!
Email me if you have any questions!

UPDATE: Please leave me a comment on this post and let me know if you make a purchase so I can keep track of who goes into the drawing! : ) thanks!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sick :(

I hate being sick! 

But when the weather is 77 one day and 28 the next it's inevitable! 

Here's my go to list of things I have to have when I'm sick!







Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gallery Wall

Happy weekend ya'll!!!
This is a seriously overdue post as we did this little project on our staycation back in July!!
We wanted to do a gallery wall in our upstairs hallway with some of our favorite photos. We used a template we found on google and just picked different size frames and really eyeballed it and that was it!! Wasn't that difficult at all and we loved the end product! (I'm using my iPad to do this post so I can't figure out how to arrange the photos...They'er a little out of order but you'll get the gist) : )

Friday, October 21, 2011

Five Things Friday!

Hello Lovelies!  I've been a bad blogger lately and I was so excited because I was on a roll there.  The craziest thing is that I think about blogging all the time, I think about what I can blog about, what pictures to take and then it all just never happens.  I'm such a procrastinator! 

Anyway!  Below is my list of the five things I hope to accomplish this weekend!  The weather is going to be chilly and wonderful! : ) 
  1. Have some friends over for dinner tonight!  I'm making Chicken with succotash, brie stuffed mushrooms a la Pioneer Woman, brown rice, and bread pudding for dessert!
  2. Sit outside with a fire in the kiln, I love it when the weather is cool enough to do this.
  3. Organize my 31 stuff (did ya'll know I'm a 31 consultant??) Post on that coming soon with a giveaway no less!
  4. Clean my house up for potential book club on Wednesday (no one has actually finished the book so I don't know whether we'll have it or not)  We're such slackers!!
  5. Paint my nails!  I love to do this on Sunday evening, it's a new color for the work week! I'll post pics!
That's it, what do ya'll have planned for this weekend?  Anything fun?!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

3 Years Ago....

I can't believe that on Tuesday Hubby and I celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary!  I feel like we've been together forever and yet, at the same time, I can't believe it's been 3 years already.  So far the journey has been pretty great and I know the best is yet to come! : )  I love that man more than words can say!


We celebrated by going to see Wicked!  I loved it and Hubby actually really liked it as well.  I read the book years ago so was really interested to see how they had turned it into a musical.


Before we went to Wicked we had dinner at Balliceaux, it's a great little resturant that's got a perfect atmosphere for date nights. : )

It's funny because I actually started blogging so I'd have somewhere to keep track of all my wedding planning.  I had the added bonus of meeting so many wonderful ladies who were doing the same thing and it's amazing to see where they are in their own journeys.

I'm off to the Outer Banks for the weekend.  I'll try to take lots of pics to share on Monday! : )  Happy Weekend All!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Meet Jack

My newest nephew! My little brother is now a weird! Jack is so little and so sweet, I took the new parents dinner this week and got in some love time with the little guy. I was really tempted to take him home with me but I figured not the best idea.
: )

Friday, September 23, 2011

5 Things Friday: Fall Edition

Hi Friends!  I'm bringing back 5 Things Friday.  When I first started my blog and was deep into the wedding planning I did a 5 Things Friday to try and keep me on track and it actually really helped.  Now I'd like to pick that up again with things I need to get done over the weekend.  So here we go!

  1. Put outside Halloween decorations up!  I'm all about my Halloween decs! : )
  2. Laundry - I know, boring, but if I don't put it on here it might "fall" through the cracks, get it, Fall, sorry....
  3. Movies with Hubby - Really want to go and see Contagion, looks like a good one.
  4. Need a few new Fall wardrobe pieces.  I'll be checking at Target, Ann Taylor Loft, and New York & Company.
  5. I got a huge can of Pumpkin puree and I need to make something with it!  I just don't know if I should make pumpkin bread or something a little more adventerous!  What do you think???  Any suggestions!?
Have a lovely Fall weekend ya'll!!!  : )

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Flavors of Fall!

Hi Friends!
Fall is almost here and I can't wait!  I'm so in love with Fall, the crisp air, the decorations, the colors, and the flavors!!!

I love apple and cinnamon flavors during fall they're just so warm and cozy.
One of my favorites is the Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice, YUM!

And another thing I love is to sprinkle a little cinnamon in my coffee grounds before brewing my coffee!  It gives the coffee the best cinnamon flavor and reminds me of fall!

Do ya'll have any favorite flavors for fall?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

End of Summer Recipe: Crab Quiche!

Hi Ya'll!  I wanted to share with you a recipe that's near and dear to my heart, it's the first thing that I made after I had moved into my own apartment my junior year of college and was "officially" on my own!  It was one of the best feelings in the world!!!  And I was so excited to have my own place and a kitchen that I decided to make a quiche (I had never really cooked before this) other than boiling an egg and making ramen noodle and easy mac!  I felt pure joy and independence, it was amazing!
I took a trip recently to Costco with Hubby and was walking past the seafood and saw cans of Phillips crab meat for $4.99!!!  I was so excited that I grabbed two jumbo cans and after checking out realized they were actually $15.99 a piece, major FAIL!  That sneaky Costco puts those price tags there to make you think that it's a different price, it's called bait and switch!  Yeah I have a marketing degree, I'm on to your game Costco!
Anyway so after almost choking to death looking at the receipt, I walked my pride and very expensive crab meat out the door and decided to make my favorite crab quiche. : ) 

Please note the huge pieces of crab meat, mmmmm so good!!!
Its' really the easiest thing to make!!
All you need is:
Pre-made pie crust
4 eggs
1/2 cup of Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Milk
2 tablespoons Flour
8 ounces of your favorite cheese shredded (I like to use 4 ounces of swiss cheese because it really brings the crab flavor out and then 4 ounces of cheddar or colby jack)
8 ounces of crab meat
1 1/2 tablespoon Old Bay
Salt and Pepper to taste

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl (mix the liquids first then add the cheese and crab).  Pour into the patry shell and back for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Accent Vlog

Okay so I saw everyone doing the accent vlog's and wanted to give it a try. Please excuse me looking at myself instead of the camera!! Haha

Let me know if you've done one as well, I've really enjoyed watching everyone else!

The instructions are to say the following words:
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

And answer these questions:

What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?

What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?

What do you call gym shoes?

What do you say to address a group of people?

What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?

What do you call your grandparents?

What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?

What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

From Jenna's Journey

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Flower Thursday

Hi Everyone! These are some flowers from my garden in the spring that I meant to post ages ago! And as much as I love when my garden blooms in the Spring, I love the Fall leaves and crisp air even more and I know it's right around the corner!! : )