Friday, March 29, 2013

fun finds friday!

I love love love love love Fridaysssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For real y'all. I feel like dancing, whistling, and twirling in circles! Can you tell it's been a long week!?

Anywho - today's Fun Finds are awesome. I'm in a GIF and other cute images mood:

my dogs would so do this

Oh.M.Gee. How cute is this pup? I'm getting one. ASAP

the classy way to store jewelry and use awesome old plates!

I can't breathe.

Happy Friday Y'all!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

five love languages

I’ve heard about the 5 Love Languages but I never read the book or looked into it more. Today, I decided to take this quiz.

Here is a screen shot of my results:

I knew without taking the quiz that I was a “Acts of Service” but taking the quiz really showed me just how much.

The man squeeze and I have been married going on 5 years and it took me about 2.5 years to really understand his love languages. He is “Words of Affirmation” and “Physical Touch. ” As you can see by my screen shot, those are my “lowest” two.

I never really took the time to appreciate knowing what the main squeeze’s Love Language was but once I figured what his were, I was able to really focus on loving him in the (for lack of a better word) right way.

The main squeeze likes for me to ask about his day and to really focus on what he is saying. He receives love in the form of praise (“I’m so proud of you” – “You did a great job!”).
I do not. If you know me, you know I’m a talker. I don’t usually have to be prompted to tell you about my day nor do I need you to give me a pat on the back.

I never really “got it.” Why on earth do I have to tell him “good job” and why do I have to probe into what he did today? I just didn’t get “Words of Affirmation.
So… I trained myself. At first, I was just rolling through the motions – (how was your day, that’s awesome, you look cute today….) I really didn’t care too much about what he was saying. Don’t judge me. At least I was trying!

After a few months of me trying, I started to notice that the main squeeze really responded in a positive way. I can’t really put into words the changes I saw but they were there.
He also loves to touch – whether it is a hug when he walks in the door or simply our legs touching in bed – he likes to be close to me.

Again, I am not. Now, don’t get me wrong – I do occasionally get the urge to hold his hand or give him a hug – but they aren’t as frequent as he would prefer.

Because “Words of Affirmation” and “Physical Touch” are his Love Languages, he also gives love in the form of them.

Which is tough. I’m not a touchy-feely person and I don’t need to hear “good job….”
I am an “Acts of Service” lover. I like to buy people gifts because the item reminded me of them, I love to cook for my family, and I will try and help anyone in any way I can. I show you I love you in very obvious ways **cough cough folding your underwear cough**

Since I give love as “Acts of Service” it only makes sense that I receive love that way. I love nothing more than coming home to a freshly vacuumed house and a clean kitchen. It makes me giddy. I love when people, and by people I mean my husband, do things without me asking them too and I especially love if they do it out of love. I hate nothing more than someone doing something nice and expecting something in return. Um no. Be nice and considerate to be nice and considerate.

I can’t express how important it is to know YOUR love language (how you give and receive love) and to know YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS love language (how they give and receive love) but to also SHOW love the way the other needs it. 

I encourage you to take the test and to dive deeper into The Five Love Languages. If you are a book reader, you can buy it here. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

my favorite things

Brown Paper Packages...

"Tied up with string. These are a few of my favorite things!"

Let's be honest, you can't just read that... you have to sing it!


What is your favorite book?
Of all time? Sorry Charlie, I can't pick one... I am currently reading this-
buy here

What is your favorite song?
I'm digging Mindy Gledhill's All About Your Heart. It's a stunning love song.

What is your favorite color?
Green and navy blue

What is your favorite destination?
I loved Hawaii and can't wait to go back.

What is your favorite memory?
Any that involve my family (esp. ones with my dad)

What is your favorite TV show?
I LOVE these:

Y'all know I love Matt Bomer. I would love to meet him.

I was SO sad when they cancelled the show BUT they reached an agreement and it's back! Y'all - I almost cried when I read it was cancelled. Ask Vincent.

What is your favorite movie?
Any Disney. I'm so sorry. I can't pick one!

What is your favorite food?
Southern fried babyyyy

What is your favorite dessert?
Sour Cream Pound Cake - more specifically  Vincent's step-dad's Sour Cream Pound cake. Phil is an amazing baker!

What is your favorite treat?
cookie dough

What is your favorite car?
Camaro and Mercedes C63 (what? A girl can dream!)

What is your favorite piece of clothing?
my baggy USMC sweatpants

What is your favorite fashion accessory?
statement necklaces and brooches

What is your favorite perfume?
Twirl by Kate Spade
buy here. it's yummmmmy

What is your favorite leisure activity?
Reading and photography

Who is your favorite author?
Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson, and Steve Berry

Who is your favorite actor/actress?
MATT BOMER - he is so handome
(and if you know me, this is a duh - ) Sly Stallone. I love him

Who is your favorite singer?
Jack Johnson and Patsy Cline

Who is your role model?
My nanny and mom. They are both such strong women and handle everything with grace and humility. They are strong, kind, and passionate. 

Where is your favorite place to be?
With the main squeeze and our pups

Send me yours!!! :)

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Friday, March 8, 2013

fun finds friday!!

I love Fridays! I mean not just because it's almost the weekend but because I love Fun Finds Fridayyyyyy!!!

I love sharing random stuff with y'all.

Today's post will be a little different. Different as in not all the stuff I post will be products - some of the things will be things that have simply caught my eye and you need to see! Really. You need too. 

Let's start with some eye candy:

Mr. Matt Bomer. 
I have been obsessed with this beautiful creature since I "discovered" him on White Collar (BTW - BEST SHOW EVER. You need to watch it.) He is just perfection. Swoooooon. He is so pretty I had to share 2 pictures.

Modern Family: wit and wisdom from america's favorite family.
Another show I love. I just simply love it.
buy here

China's Abandoned Wonderland

These photos are so haunting and fascinating. A must see.

View more here

Gas Stove USB Cup Warmer
I pinned this a long time ago... ok so like the end of 2011 but that was a while ago! I think it's too cute. Such a witty idea!

buy here

This Dress from Lily Boutique
It's like a modern Downton Abbey-esk dress. 

buy here

Pie Server:
Say what!? I think this is pure genius!

buy here

Portable vinyl player!
This makes my heart jump :)

buy here

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

abc's of me :)

My cousin-in-lawposted this on her blog a few days ago and since I haven’t posted anything in a while I figured I’d do it.

I mean, my life is pretty awesome and everyone would totally want to more about me ;)

I kid.

Anyway… here goes!

The ABCs of Me 
A — available or married?
Married! Going on 5 years and we still like each other ;)

B — book?
I’m reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. I will admit, I’ve been watching more Netflix at night than reading but I’m trying to get back since I love reading.

C — cake or pie?
Ohhhh which kind? I mean Apple Crumb Pie is pretty sweet but if it’s Phil’s (the main squeeze's step-dad) sour cream pound cake or cheesecake…. What a tough choice. I want my pie/cake and eat it to!

D — drink of choice?

E — essential item?
Sunscreen. I can’t voice how important it is to wear sunscreen EVERYDAY. My family has a lot of cases of skin cancer (both sides) and I am very fair skinned. I wear sunscreen everyday without fail.

F — favorite color?
Depends but I really like green

G — game to watch or play?
Live MLB Baseball.

H — hometown?
Bred, born, and raised in SC

I — indulgence?
Photography stuff.

J — job?
Photographer and Admin/Marketing Assistant

K — kids and their names?
Not yet. Maybe in a few years! We do have 2 fur-kids – Rocky and Maddux.

L — life is incomplete without?

M — music group or singer?
I love Jack Johnson, Patsy Cline, and Elton John… so singer.

N — number of siblings?
One. She is 13 months older than me :)

O — oranges or apples?

P — phobias/fears?
I can’t stand lizards.

Q — favorite quote?
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Is. 40:31

R — reason to smile?
My family. Especially my husband…. I just look at him and smile :)

S — season?

T — tattoos?
Four small b&w tattoos (if you are curious: I have heart on my wrist, faith and infinity symbol on my foot in honor of my nanny, a symbol in memory of my dad on my neck, and a music stanza on my hip)

U — unknown fact about me?
errr. Unknown to most people, I suppose – I use to be able to play the piano upside down ;) My dad thought it was cool.

V — vegetable you love?
Just one?! I lurv okra & tomatoes, sweet potato mash, and sweet cream corn. Yum!

W — worst habit?
I can be super OCD and then super ADD. :-/

X — X-rays you've had?

Y — your favorite food?
I love me some steak and mac-n-cheese

Z — zodiac?

Want to do  your ABC’s? Comment here with a link to your post! I’d love to see it!

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