Monday, December 23, 2013

Doll House Holiday Home Tour

Decorating for Christmas is one of my most favorite pastimes. I don't think I'll ever get my fill of Christmas lights and cheery trinkets.

My first Christmas in the doll house has been such a blast and with Christmas being less than 48 hours away, it's somewhat bitter sweet. I'll be sad to see the tree and nutcrackers packed away for another year...but I'll think about that tomorrow! -what movie is that line from? we will be best friends for ever if you know the answer!

So how about a little holiday home tour?

Come on in! :-)



 



 
 

 















 The Christmas Card books (pictured on my coffee table) are a new holiday tradition. I purchased them at a local scrapbook store. I love receiving cards and I can't imagine throwing them away...the books will make wonderful keepsakes for years to come!

Speaking of Christmas Cards...this year I did a year in review! It was so much fun! I have to thank my talented friend, Jen, for helping me out with the design! I loved the way they turned out!




Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Snowpocalypse 2013

Or should we call it an icepocalypse?


Either way, it was 6-days of eating comfort food in my pajamas watching a marathon of Hallmark Christmas movies.

And I loved every minute of it.

It all started Thursday night, watching “The Sound of Music Live” over at my friend’s house (Susan and Corey).

In my mind, this blog post is playing out like an episode of “How I met your mother,” feel free to read it in “Ted’s” voice.

Susan and Corey share my love of musicals; also, they have a 5 month old with squishy cheeks, so I was pretty excited about spending the evening with them. I wasn’t about to let an ice storm mess up my plans!
 
 
I ended up spending the next 48 hours at their house with my vehicle iced into their driveway.

We watched movies, played board games, ate cookies.

Saturday I decided to venture out into the world. My mom was leaving town for another surgery and I was supposed to stay with my teenaged sister.

I loaded up my car and began the 95 mile trek to OKC. I was prepared; I packed a fleece blanket and water bottles in the event that I got stranded.

The drive up was pretty scary. For the first 50 miles, I went about 10 mph…on solid ice, in complete silence. No radio (no distractions). I gripped the steering wheel with both hands and prayed.

Thankfully, I made it to OKC safe and sound. Mikayla and I spent our time cooking and watching movies (Did anyone else catch the Bonnie and Clyde special?)

We survived on the PW tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. -They were divine.

Don’t tell my mom, but we broke into her extra freezer and baked some of her (unopened) cookie dough. –we’re rebels like that.

We saw the second hunger games. I read a book (Allegiant- I’m still not okay. If you’ve read the book, you know why).

It was gloriously lazy and uneventful (kind of like this blog post).

And that kids, is how I spent Snowpocalypse 2013.

Bro Code Girl Code Article 95:
A girl is entitled to wear, eat and watch whatever she wants if said girl is trapped inside, in a snowstorm, during the holiday season. This includes and is not limited to: real butter, whipped cream, mimosas, cookies, cheesy Christmas movies, Friend’s marathon, pajamas, yoga pants, leggings, no make-up, top knots and college t-shirts.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Creativity Can

Last week I attended the Sate of Creativity Forum 2013 in OKC. It was such a fun and inspiring conference! I got to hear from people like Brad Moore, President of Hallmark, and Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes.

The conference focused on building creative environment's in all aspects of life including schools & the workplace. I've always considered myself to be a "creative" person but what does that mean?

Is the term "creative" confined to the arts? Several speakers insisted on breaking the barrier when it comes to defining creativity. Being creative is not always an artistic expression, it can be expressed through problem solving, budget planning, negotiating, writing, studying...and so on.

We discussed hot topics like fostering creativity in students. Do schools provide an environment for imaginary and creative expression? Does the Common Core Curriculum encourage students to think outside the box? or does it confine students to a one-size-fits-all standard? What about teachers? are teachers being allowed to express creativity in their lesson planning? I'm not sure I have the answers or a well developed opinion on these issues but I'm concerned. I'd like to think that we are raising a generation of creative minded individuals- that's right, individuals. Not every child learns the same way, shouldn't we be nurturing their individuality?

Anyway...

It was a day filled with great rhetoric on all kinds of issues relating to creativity. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to go back next year!

Did I mention we got some pretty awesome swag?

My favorite was the Creativity Can.

The charming packaging and mysterious labels made me very curious, I could hardly wait to open it up!


and this is what was inside...



There was a small card that read: "we encourage the use of materials inside the can...make one thing or lots. You can even use the can."


...and here is my creation!


I had so much fun with this! It's been so long since I've done a crafty activity (Well a craft activity that didn't involve Pinterest or DIY house decor). I love that it has no purpose or rules. You can create anything you want! Wouldn't this be fun to do with your entire family over the holidays? The age specifications say "4 to 94" I love that.

Click here for information about the Creativity Can.

Have a creative day!

p.s. The people at State of Creativity & Creativity Can have no idea who I am, I just wanted to share it with you because I thought it was cool!

Friday, October 25, 2013

This week.

This week has been really, really good to me.

I needed that. Lately, it seems like life has been full of stress and you know what? It's gone. Work has calmed down and I've made it a point to do things that make me happy.

Like putting up the Halloween decorations and drinking hot cocoa.


Or splurging on a pretty necklace. Part of the proceeds go to breast cancer research, a cause that is very close to my heart.


Celebrating my sibling's accomplishments.

Mikayla and her very first college visit -to my alma mater.


 Brandon and his new grown-up job. Congrats bub!


They're growing up and I'm excited to watch it happen.

And the cherry on top of what has been the most wonderful week?

Giuliana Rancic responded to my tweet (it was regarding that gorgeous necklace pictured above...she, along with designer Suzanna Dai, created the Live In Pink collection at LOFT).



I love her on E! news. I love her on Fashion Police. I love her on Giuliana and Bill. So... hashtag daymade.

Speaking of hashtags...watch this video. You're welcome.

I hope you all  have had a wonderful week! I will be spending my weekend with friends doing fun (non-spooky) Halloween activities!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bye bye baby!

Internet, I have been living in an alternate reality.

Yesterday my sister was celebrating things like "smiley faces" at daycare.

Watching episodes of Blue Clues was her favorite pastime.

The day before that (Monday) I was in Miss Davis's 1st grade class when the school secretary came over the intercom and announced to the entire class that "Brittney Orr has a baby sister!"


The day Mikayla was born is a day I will never forget. I was so proud to be her big sister.

When she was 4 or 5, she decided that she wanted to change her name to "Shania" after Shania Twain. Oh how she loved Shania Twain.

I'm not sure when or how this happened but I discovered something yesterday.

My baby sister is no longer a baby.

I miss my Shania *sob*


In the past 48 hours she has had her braces removed and taken her senior pictures.


Hold me


This time next year she will be in college (probably having the time of her life). It doesn't seem possible.

Can you believe she was in 7th grade when I went off to college? SEVENTH GRADE!

I am not okay with this.

Friday, October 11, 2013

High Five for Friday

It's been ages since I've participated in a H54F link up! I wasn't even sure if Lauren still hosted them...I've had such a crazy/stressful week (all of it work-related)... I thought it might be nice to look back at some of the peaks.

Here we go!

1. This giant giraffe was at Ross, I think it would be darling in a Nursery decorated like this.


2.  'tis the season to eat soup!

Italian Chili-recipe pinned here

3. I came home to find pumpkins on my front steps. Best. Surprise. Ever! Aren't my friends the greatest?


4. Last night's episode of Glee, remembering Corey Monteith. I cried like a baby...but it was just what I needed. I've been stressed this week, very stressed, about things that don't matter. The episode was heart felt and I loved it.


5. I lurve my Pencil Shavings stationary! I accidently had it shipped to my old address and it finally made it's way home to the doll house this week! Swooning.

notebook, self-inking stamp, pencils

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! See ya next week!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My First October

Pinned here

When I saw this image (above), it made my heart sing. I don't know what it is about October but it is a magical time. The spicy aromas and vibrant colors are a lifeboat to my soul.

This October is extra special, my first fall in the doll house.


My first porch to decorate. The fairy tale pumpkins make me swoon.


...and I can't wait to start this game in my neighborhood.

I'm giddy with anticipation for the holiday season. The last three months of the year are coveted treasures. Time with family, cozy sweaters, comfort food...pure bliss.

So hello October, it's good to see you!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Why do I blog?

Today is my fourth (and final) post over at Oklahoma Women Bloggers. They asked me to talk about why I blog. It's something that I don't think about very often. Blogging has become somewhat of a daily routine. Even though I don't write everyday, I'm always seeking inspiration for posts. My reasons behind Brittney's Orr-dinary Life have evolved and changed over the years, you can read about it here.

If you missed my first three posts, you can check 'em out below!

Cancer Sucks
Book Review- Lean In
Thrift Store Challenge