Monday, July 30, 2012

My Birthday Weekend!

Friday

1. My best friend from college sent me the most beautiful flowers.
2. My favorite place to see movies: Warren Theatre.
3. I finally saw Dark Knight Rises. Amazing! Loved it!
4. We sat in the balcony (it's a restaurant in a movie theater, but with heated seats!)

Saturday

5. My mom cooked my favorite meal: Sish Kabobs (marinated chicken, steak, bacon wrapped onions and mushrooms...YUM.)
6. Twice baked potatoes.
7. My grandmothers oriental salad (a.k.a. Grammy's salad).
8. Cookie cake. My absolute favorite.

Sunday
9. Morning cuddles with my precious baby.
10. Church with the family. They're doing  "At the Movie" series.
11. Lifechurch had the best decorations. This is the entry into the sanctuary. (They were handing out popcorn for people to eat DURING CHURCH. It was pretty awesome...)
12. Getting ready for my trip to NYC! I picked up some travel size cleanser. I leave in 3 days!

Not pictured:

I spent Sunday afternoon with my Dad in Tulsa. We swam, grilled burgers, ate homemade strawberry cake, I opened my awesome presents (including a diamond necklace...and a Dyson vacuum. I'm officially a grown-up). 

Also, I'm now a proud member of Sam's Club. Yes, adulthood is in full swing. 

Thank you for all of the Birthday wishes on Facebook! I felt sooo loved! I had such a wonderful weekend. I am very grateful to all my friends and family who went out of their way to make my birthday special!

I love you all!

Friday, July 27, 2012

High Five For Friday

I'm so excited for this weekend!

Why?

Because it's my Birthday! Wooo hooo!

Tonight my girlfriends are taking me to see Batman! I can't wait! We're going to see it at the Warren Theater.  I love the Warren because they have comfy (heated) seats, wonderful dinner/dessert menu, adult beverages, and a call button for waiters.

Did I mention it's 21 and up? Seriously. Best way to see a movie.

This week flew by. I can't believe it's time for another #H54F post!

Today we are linking up with Lauren for High Five For Friday.

Here are my top five from the week:

One.

I finally got my business cards! Thanks Melissa for creating this adorable design!

Two.

I made my favorite dinner this week, Cilantro Lime Chicken.

Three.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center had their flags at half mast for Aurora.
I touches my heart to see our nation come together.

Four.
Yesterday, my coworkers surprised me with a birthday treat. I thought I was going to a meeting to discuss a new project and when I walked in they had a birthday party!
(I didn't bring my phone into the "meeting" or I would have taken a photo).

Five.

Happy Birthday to my Big Sis and Best Friend!!
Autumn I love you!!
I wish I was there to celebrate!  



I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Top Ten

This time next week, I will be arriving in New York City!

I’ve been reading tons of blogs and tips about “how to prepare for BlogHer12.” One of the bloggers suggested writing a pre-post before the trip.

So because I leave in a week, and because it’s all I can think about, I thought I would share my top ten thoughts and expectations for BlogHer12.

1 I’m having a little bit of anxiety over the fact that there will be hundreds of sophisticated bloggers who know way more about the blog world than I do.

2 I’ve been hearing words like “media kits” and “blog pitch” and “national brands.” I know what a media kit is, but bless my heart, I don’t have one for my itty bitty blog. (However, I did get business cards. I’m not that out of touch).

3 I’m rooming with a stranger. I’m SHARING A BED with a stranger. A couple of months ago when I booked the room, all of the double beds were taken. At first, I was a little freaked out by this but after following her on Instagram, she seems pretty normal. Actually, it’s comforting to know that I’m not alone. Check out her blog here.

4 My stalking of the Pioneer Woman just hit a new low. I may or may not have spent an entire evening reading her posts about her trips to New York. I went to her blog and typed “New York” in the search engine. And you know what? I’m so glad I did because she had several tips on things to do and see.

5 I’m beyond excited about exploring NYC. This will be my third visit so I’ve already done all of the touristy stuff. I really want to go to SoHo. Oh yeah, and I will see a Broadway show…even if I have to go alone.

6 The food. Sweet mother of Jesus, I cannot wait to eat the food. Pizza? Yes please!

7 Shopping. There will be lots and lots of shopping.

8 Networking! I can't wait to meet new people.

9 What to wear?? I have no idea. Professional attire? Jeans? Shorts? Heels? (The real question: gorgeous shoes that elongate my legs but will kill my feet or comfortable shoes that will make me look short and stubby?) What to do. What to do.

10 I’m most looking forward to expanding my blogging skills. This time last year, I had no idea what this little hobby would turn into. Someday I want to blog professionally. I hope this conference provides me with the knowledge I need to make that dream come true (or at least get the ball rolling).

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken

Okay, before I share this recipe with you let me just say:

-First, I'm not a great cook. I know how to follow directions and I know the basics, but I am by no means an expert.

-Second, I live alone so of course, I hardly ever cook huge extravagant meals (and by “hardly ever” I mean that I have never made a huge extravagant meal).

So with that being said, I like recipes that are quick and easy.

My Mom sent me this recipe a few months ago and it has changed my life!

Obviously, this isn’t a food blog. I promise I will leave the cooking tips to the experts. I just really wanted to share this dish with you in the hopes that it will change your life too!


Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken





The ingredients:
-4 boneless chicken breasts
-1 lime
-1 jar salsa
-1/3 cup fresh cilantro
-1 packet taco seasoning

*note* I cook for one so I cut this recipe in half (only use 2 chicken breasts)...and I still have a ton of leftovers.

Easy-peasy directions:
-Place all ingredients in crockpot.
-Cook on high for 4 hours or low 8 hours.
-Chicken will be tender enough to shred with two forks!

The flavor is unreal y’all!

Last night I made burritos but this chicken is great on salad, nachos, tacos…or just straight out of the crockpot.

Let me know if you try it!

Enjoy!

Friday, July 20, 2012

High Five For Friday!

Hello to my most favorite day of the week.

Tonight I will be headed to Durant for a girls night that includes pizza, movies, and book discussions. Also, I will be spending some time with my sorority sisters.

I don't think I've mentioned it on the blog yet, but I am volunteering as Recruitment Advisor for my old chapter. This weekend is the girls' recruitment retreat and I will be speaking on "recruiting" and other fun sorority things. It's so weird to be in this role (I don't feel like I'm old enough or wise enough to be advising people) but I can hardly wait to help out!

Moving on.

Here are my top five for this week:

One.
I downloaded Lady Antebellum's album "Own the Night." I love it y'all! My favorite song is "Heart of the World." I think I've listened to it 50 times this week.

Two.
I'm obsessing over gold jewelry and picked up these beauties at the Ann Taylor semi annual last weekend.

Three.
You're welcome.
I finally saw Magic Mike. I agree with my Mom's opinion: "Less talking, more dancing."
I could have watched Channing Tatum dance for hours.

Four.
I went for a walk at our local park. I took this picture and thought I would share it with you.
I love it there.

Five.
I got a new strap for my camera (actually my Dad got it for me)! Yay!
Another thing to cross off the "to-do" list before NYC!

Linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk for #H54F!

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Awkward and Awesome


Awkward

-A couple of days ago, while I was outside taking pictures of my Birchbox, my crazy neighbor (the one I wrote about here) came out wearing his tighty whities (and nothing else) (he was taking his trash out). It was very disturbing and somewhat humorous to watch him dart to his door after he noticed me.

-My glasses are officially lost. This doesn't really qualify as "awkward" I'm just really sad about it and thought that venting on here might help.  I've had them for about two months. They've been missing for a while. I don't remember when I last saw them but I think it has been about 2 weeks. In the mean time, I am squinting and creating all kinds of lines in my forehead. Is it weird that I have an emotional attachment to them? They were my first pair. They made me feel smart! I want them back!

I feel like Bette Midler's character on Hocus Pocus when she loses her book.

-That moment when you arrive at work and realize that you’ve spilt toothpaste (out of your mouth) all over your black pencil skirt. Yep. Happens more frequently than you would think.

Awesome

-The sweet old ladies who were picking up trash along my jogging trail.

-I finally placed an order for my blog business cards. They should be in Monday! One less thing to worry about for NYC!

-Speaking of NYC, I leave 2 weeks from today!

-While I was turning my house upside down looking for my glasses, I found my apple earphones (they've been missing since last OCTOBER). I found them stuck in an old purse. It was a beautiful reunion.

Yes, I'm terrible about misplacing things.

I'm convinced house elf's are real and they've been hiding my stuff.

(Okay, I don't think house elf's are real...please don't think I'm crazy)

Hope you’re having an awesome week!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July Birchbox

This month my box came a little late and the anticipation was killing me. My boss received her box a week ago and it was filled with a bunch of really good stuff.

Of course, when I heard Birchbox was teaming up with Glamour Magazine I was beyond excited. In the past, their “themed” boxes have been really really good.

This month wasn’t any different.









In my box: 

1. Harvey Prince Eau Flirt - Lavender Pumpkin perfume
The fact that the word “pumpkin” is in this fragrance gets me giddy for fall! It smells rich with a hint of spice. Perfect for fall. Love it.

2. Tea Forté® minteas
According to Birchbox the mints are all-natural and sugar-free, infused with organic green tea, herbs, and fruit extracts to give you an instant antioxidant boost. They have a unique taste. All in all, I like them.

3. Color Club® Summer Pastels Collection “Blue Ming”
Yes. This color is presh. Thank you Birchbox!

4. Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Based in London, this eyeliner seems very sleek. I love my Smashbox eyeliner but it’s always nice to change things up!

5. Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum
Basically an antiaging/moisturizing sunscreen. I went to the Birchbox website and saw that one bottle of this stuff is nearly 50 bucks! It must be good for that price! I think I’ll stick to my $5 banana boat!

6. Adorable Birchbox exclusive earphones.
Love. Them.

Do you have a Birchbox?
No?
Well get on it!
Check it out here!

Monday, July 16, 2012

House that built me.

This weekend I went to my parents (Tulsa, Okla.) to celebrate my little brother’s 21st Birthday.

Isn't he a cutie?

First drink!

Also, I went to Affair of the Heart (all you Oklahoma crafters and Mommas need to catch this event next time it’s in town). Cute cloths, crafts, food, and home décor…it’s like a live Etsy shop!

Tulsa always feels like home. It’s hard to believe I haven’t lived there in 6 years. I never really appreciated the town until after I moved away.


Tulsa Driller!

Sunday evening, on my way out of town, I drove around Jenks (suburb of Tulsa). I visited my old high school. I barely recognized it! The school has doubled in size, they have remodeled everything. The town itself has changed as well. I can’t believe we have a tattoo parlor on Main Street!

Woodland Hills Mall Carousel.
This used to be my favorite thing about the mall.

My last stop out of town was my old neighborhood. I drove by my childhood home. It was kind of sad. Not much has changed, other than the aging homes. It brought back so many memories. I thought of old friendships that have deteriorated with time. I thought of all the trick or treating and Christmas mornings. I thought of the first day of school pictures we took in the drive way. I thought of the time I spilt orange nail polish on the new carpet. I thought of snow days and summers spent in the neighbor's pool. It was such a great place to grow up.

*tear*

I put this picture on Instagram. One of my childhood friends posted the lyrics to Miranda Lambert's song:

"I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
This brokenness inside me might start healing
Out here it's like I'm someone else
I thought that maybe I could find myself
If I could just come in, I swear I'll leave
Won't take nothing but a memory
From the house that built me."

Such a beautiful song.

Happy Monday

Friday, July 13, 2012

High Five For Friday!

After this weekend it will be two weeks until my birthday and New York trip! eeek!

By the time I return from NYC, Hobby Lobby will have all their Halloween stuff out and I can start obsessing over my Halloween party. Life is good.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…Here are my top five from the week!

One. I got a gorgeous mirror to go above my bed! I’ve been on the hunt for a sunburst mirror but when I saw this I fell in Love.



Two. My car was detailed this week. Even though it rained an hour later, it’s still nice to have it squeaky clean on the inside!



Three. My last #H54F post I mentioned the neon skirt from LOFT. Well I wore it this week and got so many complements, it really made me feel good.



Four. We have a new coffee shop in my little town! It is absolutely adorable! (We don’t have a Starbucks so this will suffice).



Four and a half. I had a wonderful Skype date with Allison, Melissa, and Rushelle. We practically planned our entire New York trip! It’s going to be epic.

Five. I finished the first two books of the Divergent Series! LOVED THEM. For my thoughts and cast list click here.



Linking up with Lauren!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Book Review: Divergent

I’ve spent a lot of time reading over the past couple of weeks (more than usual).  I just finished the first two books into the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth (who by the way is only TWENTY TWO...can you imagine? Twenty-two, in college, and writing a trilogy? Did I mention Summit Entertainment bought the film rights! What an accomplishment for her!).

Back to the book....

Today I want to tell you about the first book, Divergent. I loved this book y’all! It did have a few similarities to the Hunger Games but who cares because those books were awesome as well.


Source: Amazon

A brief plot description:

Society is divided into five factions, each consisting of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On choosing day, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to spend the rest of their lives. The main character, Beatrice, has to decide between staying with her family and leaving them behind to be who she really is. If she chooses to leave her family, she will cut ties with them forever. After she makes her choice, Beatrice competes in a highly competitive initiation where she encounters a little romance and a lot of danger. Also, she has a secret that could ruin it all, even cost her her life.


Of course, I came up with my “imaginary” cast list:

Beatrice Prior- Britt Robertson



Four: Liam Hemsworth


 
Peter: Thomas Andrew
(Draco Malfoy, I can’t help it. They’re practically the same character)



Eric: Jackson Rathbone
(I don’t know what it is about him, but I think he could play someone evil)




I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait for the third!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Brittney Bear

Yesterday was one of those days… one of those days where everything went wrong. I felt like the world was against me.

It all started when I had my car detailed. It looked beautiful. The guy did a fabulous job, I had it waxed and everything. An hour later, it rained cats and dogs. So typical.


Beautiful! No more bugs!
An hour later...rain.

After work I went to Wal-Mart (big mistake for someone in a foul mood). On the way home, I listened to the groceries roll around in the back of the car because I forgot to use my sturdy reusable bags. Of course, they all fell out when I opened the door.

When I arrived at my apartment, my neighbor’s SUV was blocking the sidewalk in front of the stairs. I had to go through the landscaping to carry my groceries inside.


Seriously.

On my way inside, I noticed several cigarette buds in front of my doorstep. I guess my lazy neighbor thought I would enjoy picking them up.

Later in the evening, I had a skype date with all my girls going to NYC. Guess who couldn’t figure out how to use the webcam and had to listen in because she is technologically incompetent?

I spent the entire day feeling down in the dumps. (I was a bear y’all). But once I began chatting with all my lovely blogger friends, I forgot all about my irritable mood.

It’s amazing how much we (humans) influence each other. All it took was ten minutes of talking to my friends (who never knew the extent of my bad mood) to change my attitude. By the time I got off the phone, I was giddy about our trip; my attitude went from dreadful to cheerful!

Looking back at all the “annoyances” listed above, how silly was I to let such small things bring me down! I really need to remember to practice patience and count my blessings.

You should be proud, I picked up all the cigarette buds and I threw away the hateful note I wrote to my neighbor about his parking skills.

Thanks Allison, Melissa, and Rushelle for cheering me up yesterday!

Today has been much better!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Royal Wedding Durant (oh and busting my ….)

The statement “back to reality” never seemed as true as it does today.

I went to Durant for my sorority sister’s wedding. It was like stepping back in time. All of my friends from college were there. We partied like it was freshman year.

My best friend, Autumn, was my date for the night. Before the wedding, we spent some time by the pool.



But it was cloudy.



And thundering.



Then it started to rain.

So we ended up spending the day in our PJ’s, cuddled up in hour hotel room (with a glass of wine) reading our books.

It was bliss. I told Autumn that I would be perfectly content spending the entire night reading.

But of course, we pulled ourselves out of bed and got dressed.

Remember when I was on the hunt for the perfect shoe? Well, this is what I ended up wearing:


The wedding started at 8:00 p.m. The bride arrived on a horse drawn carriage. She looked stunning. It was so perfect.

After they said “I do,” they got back on the carriage and opened a bottle of champagne, kissed, and road off into the sunset. I was a blubbering mess.



Speaking of sunset, it was breathtaking.



The wedding was beautiful.




We all danced the night away. My muscles still haven’t recovered.



At the end of the night, the wedding party jumped into the pool! I’m sure it was a great photo. However, one of the boys (Kevin, I’m talking about you) chased me around the yard in an attempt to throw me into the pool. He failed. It’s probably because I threatened his life.

Did I mention my heels are the tallest heels I have EVER worn?

Tall heels and uneven ground is a terrible combination. I looked like a horse learning to walk for most of the night. Tripping over rocks and other obstacles.

So after the wedding party got out of the pool they returned to the dance floor.

That’s when it happened.

As I mentioned earlier, I spent most of the night dancing. (The “liquid courage” made me feel like Beyoncé, it was ugly y’all, I cringe at the thought of what I must have looked like). I’m sure you can guess what happened.

My sky high heels (with little traction) hit a slick spot on the wet dance floor. My legs shot out from under me, I felt like I was sliding into home plate. By the time I realized what had happened, I was sprawled out in the middle of the dance floor, dress soaking wet, bits of grass stuck to my bare legs.

People were staring at me.

I started to cry.

No I didn’t.

I just felt like it.

Autumn rushed over and helped me up, bless her heart.



So instead of remembering a fabulous night with old friends, all I can think about is busting it in front of everyone.

I feel sick to my stomach just thinking about it.

Anyway, other than completely embarrassing myself, I had the time of my life!

Shout out to all my Sigmas and Lambda Chi guys! Y’all are the best!