Friday, December 28, 2012

12 favorites in 2012

Happy Friday internet! This will be my last post until after the new year. This weekend I'm headed to Kansas City...

Went to Kansas City on a Friday
By Saturday I learned a thing or two
But up 'till then I didn't have an idea
Of what the mod'rn world was comin' to.

If you know what musical the above lyrics are from, we will be best friends for life...

Anyway, I saw this idea on Kaleigh's blog and thought I would do it too!
 
So...here are some of my favorite things in 2012.
 
1. Shoe: oxford
 
 
2. Jewelry: anything gold!
 
 
especially these:
 
 
3. Fashion Trend: fur
 
 
4. Place to Shop: LOFT
 
 
5. Home Décor Trend: sunburst mirror
 
Pinned here.
 
 

7. Recipe: Rosemary Pot Roast
 
 
8. Trip: New York City
 
 
9. Book: Divergent
 
 
10. Social Media: Instagram.
 I’m dying to recreate this:
 
Pinned here.
 
 

12. Blogger:
(aside from the Pioneer Woman)
 The Honest Toddler.
A blog written from the viewpoint of a child. Hilarious! This post is my favorite.
 
I had so much fun looking back at some of my favorites & I would love to hear about yours!
 
Happy Friday, see ya next year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Goodbye Christmas.

Goodbye snuggles with Kosmo.



Goodbye Christmas carolers.


Goodbye Christmas treats.



Goodbye LifeChurch Christmas extravaganza...

...which was so good that we went TWICE.

That's right, we attended the Christmas service two days in a row.

They made it snow...enough said.


Goodbye sister.


Goodbye mother.


Goodbye OKC & Big Truck Tacos.


For some reason, which I cannot explain, I stopped taking photos (maybe it had something to do with my lack of showering and makeup?)...but...

Goodbye Tulsa.

Goodbye father.

Goodbye A Christmas Story marathon.

Hello blow dryer & silky smooth hair.


Hello beautiful white dishes.


Hello Kitchenaid mixer.


Hello flannel snowman sheets.


Hello 6 a.m.

Hello office.

Hello email.

Hello Valentine's Day section at walmart.

Hello to all of you who went back to work this morning!

I hope you had a Merry  Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

High Five for Friday!

This week month has been a whirl wind! I love love love the holidays but I'm going to be glad to have my daily routine back (which involves staying away from cookies, cakes and brownies...I'm experiencing some serious sweet tooth issues right now).

However...we still have one more week to gorge ourselves with pinterest recipes and egg nog. yum!

Today we are linking up with Lauren for High Five for Friday!

1. The series finale of Gossip Girl didn't disappoint! I've been a fan of the show since day one (my freshman year of college)


2. My office potluck was a success! I brought these brownies but instead of using peppermint, I used Andes mints.

 
3. It's a major award! (not really) I was recognized for my "Community Involvement" at work. Check out this trophy! I haven't received a trophy since my freshman year of high school when I won 1st place in the debate tournament...

 
4.  I found the 1959 issue of Better Homes and Gardens at my grandparents last weekend. It's so charming!


5. Christmas book club (My first time ever to wear colored pants...)


 I made a rum cake! It turned out perfect!


 I love the ornament...each paper has the month, book title, hostess, and dinner theme. Too cute!


Happy Friday everyone! and Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Matched Review and Cast List

Because it’s the holidays and most of us will be traveling,

and January-February are the dullest months known to man,

and the weather is dreary,

and we are predicted to get a blizzard next week…

I thought I would do a book review on the Matched series.
 
Source
 

Matched, written by Ally Condie, is the typical “teens against society” theme. It's VERY very similar to The Giver (one of my all-time favorites…if you didn’t read this in High School, you need to stop what you’re doing and pick up a copy today).

The Plot:

Matched is about a society where officials decide every aspect of a person's life: who they'll marry or be 'matched' with, when they'll die, what they eat, how they dress, and their daily routines. The main character, Cassia, has never questioned the society and is pleased with her match. However, slowly she begins to fall in love with someone else, a boy who is an outcast in the society. Cassia is faced with the choice of living out the life she was meant to live or following her heart and breaking all the rules to be with the one she loves (I think we all know how this is going to turn out…).

My thoughts:

I actually listened to the audiobook on a Thanksgiving road trip to Kansas City. If you're traveling over the holidays, I highly recommend audio books. I bought this one on iTunes...it’s a couple dollars more than the eBook but saved me from listing to my dad’s sports radio!

Back to the book…It served its purpose. I enjoyed listening to it and it kept me entertained. However, it was written for teenagers so keep that in mind. I thought the characters (and their relationships) could have been a little more developed but I loved the storyline. This is a quick read; I think the audio book was about 8 hours. I finished the last two books in the trilogy (Crossed and Reached). I thought they were really good and I was satisfied with the ending. (I hate reading a series and being dissappointed in the ending...that wont happen with this trilogy!)

My Cast list:
 
Cassia: Emma Roberts
 
 
Xander: Josh Hutcherson
 
 
Ky: Keegan Allen
(I'm soo type casting him...but he just play's the outcast so well)
 
 
 
Happy Reading!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Touched

I have no idea how to start this post. I’ve typed several sentences and immediately deleted them, unable to find the right words. I’ve had the hardest time gathering my thoughts and feelings. I don’t know a single soul in Connecticut; I’ve never visited the small state, nor am I a mother or an educator. How could anything I say about this horrific attack matter to the world?

However, this tragedy has hit me to the core.

Last weekend I traveled to Frederick, Okla. to visit my grandparents. With the craziness of the holidays, it was the only time we could get together.

My Mimi made a heap of food.
 
 
We sang Christmas karaoke (one of my favorite Orr-family traditions).


We watched movies and opened presents. I was so happy to be surrounded by the people I love.

But I couldn’t help but think about the families that are drowning in sorrow.

Sunday on my way home, I decided to stop at the mall. As I walked into Dillard’s, I heard a beautiful voice sing “Go tell it on the mountains…over the hills and everywhere.” I stopped walking and turned around. As I made my way towards the beautiful voice, slowly others began to sing. The next thing I knew, I was surrounded by a large choir.

I stood there alone taking it all in, listing to their voices fill the air. The mall was silent as people gathered.

I’ve never felt more connected to a group of strangers. I began to sing and rejoice with them, for the Lord was in this place. I felt him.

I managed to snap a short video but I have to warn you, it is very shaky and terribly blurry. (I don't know why the still shot is crooked...the video is not.)
 
 
When the choir dropped to their knees I began to sob. Humanity is not lost. The world is still filled with love. God is with us; he loves us and will never abandon us. We are his children.

This year I’ve witnessed what the power of prayer can do. I pray for comfort and strength for the people touched by this tragedy.

And I pray that God’s presence be known by all this holiday season.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Pink Pistol

There's been a lot of excitement around here involving Miranda Lambert's new store, The Pink Pistol.


The adorable boutique is located 30 miles southwest of where I live, in a small town called Tishomingo. Tishomingo is home to the country superstar and her husband Blake Shelton...but for most of my life, Tishomingo was home to my beloved grandparents.

Tishomingo is the epitome of small towns; your restaurant options include: Subway, Dairy Queen, and Sonic. Of course, my grandparents decided to move right before Miranda set up shop.

So the other day I took a little road trip to see what all the fuss was about. I am amazed at how much she was able to pack into her space. They carry everything under the sun! Clothing, accessories, furniture, home décor, “Miranda” apparel, “Made in Oklahoma “stuff, cook books, coffee, candy, oh! and there is an old fashion “diner “where you can treat yourself to an ice cream Sunday! Yum!

I especially loved this pink piano:
 
 
And the shoplifting warning:


Glitter and pink everywhere! It's like girl heaven!


I made several purchases (I'm a sucker for souvenirs...)
 
 
I could have spent several more hours browsing the store. I can't wait to go back! If you are in the area and want to take a road trip...please give me a call! :-)
 
 
p.s. I apologize for the quality of these photos. I wasn't sure if she had a policy on taking pictures so I decided to leave my camera in the car!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Merry Tacky Christmas!

Last night I had the pleasure of taking part in one of my most favorite holiday traditions: a tacky sweater party.

I stole a sweater out of my mother's closet and paired it with my favorite black and white gingham shirt. The only thing I hate about those tacky sweaters: they all have an awful "boxy shape." I wanted to accentuate my waist so I used a leopard belt to bring it in.


gingham shirt: Eddie Bauer, belt: Target

The party was held at the coolest wine bar in town (the only wine bar in town). We had festive signature drinks, garnished with mint and cranberry. They were so yummy!


I went to this party last year and I hardly knew anyone. I was extremely shy and totally out of my element.  I’m amazed at how much has changed since then. I have the most amazing friends and I couldn't be happier.


Wishing you all a very merry *tacky* Christmas!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Weekend Recap!

I made delicious peppermint bark brownies for a Christmas party Friday night. I was inspired by this recipe but I made a few changes to simplify! I plan on making them again soon and I will share my *tweaks* with you!
 
At the Christmas party, I won this lipglass set by MAC! I love every single color! Their lipglass is the best! (Yes, they call it lipglass...not gloss. Brilliant branding if you ask me!)
 
I love my new Henri Bendel key chain. It was an early Christmas present from a good friend. She knows me too well! Oh how I love pink and bling bling!

I am officially DONE with my Christmas shopping! I spent Saturday wrapping presents. They look so lovely under the tree...now if the rest of them would hurry up and come in! (Thank goodness for online shopping!)
 
Saturday night I took a drive around our local park. I'll never get too old for Christmas lights! One day I plan on doing *this idea* with my kiddos.
 

While shopping at Walmart on Sunday, I came across these e-card tumblers. I wonder if they were inspired by Pinterest?
 
This morning I woke up to snow! Yay! It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! It's only 2 weeks away!
 



Happy Monday!