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

Friday, September 27, 2013

Mornings

My favorite time of day is the moment I walk outside.


7:45 a.m. to be exact.

When the day meets my skin.

It’s in that moment that I realize how beautiful the world is.
 
 

It’s the cool breeze against my face, the ruffling of the trees.

The calm before a long day.

The world seems quieter, content.

It’s the briefest of moments, one that is gone the second I start my car.

But it’s something I savor.

It’s a passing second of solitude.

My daily stresses dissolved.
 
With a deep breath of fresh air, a wonderful start to my day.
 
Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

From Sea to Shining Sea!

^ in my hallway!

Ever since moving into the doll house, I've been a little stumped about what to do in my hallway. I considered hanging my wood gallery frames in there but I couldn't ever get it to look right.

The hallway is a dark space so I wanted something that would lighten it up a bit. When I saw this idea on Young House Love (my FAVORITE blog for all things "home") I knew I had to re-create it in my house!

I searched high and low for the Rifle Paper Co. "Cities" calendar and was about to give up when I found this option at anthropologie.

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I love the retro style paintings that feature a young girl on each page. It's perfect for the doll house (and it's owner ...who happens to be a young girl who loves to travel).


Just like my friends (who have no idea who I am) at Young House Love, I used the RIBBA frame from Ikea.


It's hard to beat the $10 price tag, and they fit perfectly!


I swoon every time I walk by...it's like taking a road trip in my own home!

Anybody want to go to D.C.?


Or how about the Grand Canyon?


It was nearly impossible to choose which pictures to frame. Of the 12 months, I narrowed it down to 8 (I have 4 pictures on each wall).

What about you? Have you ever used calendar art in your home?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Thrift Store Challenge!

I can't believe we are nearing the end of September! I'm beyond excited about the fact that fall is finally here! Bring on the pumpkin treats, college football and chili dinners!

I Instagrammed this photo at our local green house.



I'm obsessed with the Cinderella pumpkins. I think I might decorate my porch with them this weekend.

Also, I hung my fall wreath last week!



I bought it last year for under $15 bucks at Pier1. I love buying my holiday decorations after season. They mark the prices down so low it's almost like stealing!

Speaking of bargain shopping, last week I participated in the Oklahoma Women Bloggers thrift store challenge. I did a little DIY project for the doll house using this $2 bowl:



You can check out the details of  the makeover here!

And while I'm at it, I have to tell you about my new sunnies! I found them at Ross (of all places)!

I was working on a  commercial for this place and I needed to waste a couple over hours between shoots so I decided to drive over to Ross. I couldn't believe my luck when I stumbled upon these Jackie Ohh Ray Ban sunglasses.



I hope you all are having a lovely week! Think of me while you are sipping on your Starbucks, we don't have one in my town...what I would do for a Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#WhereWereYou

12 years ago I was in 7th grade at Jenks Middle School.

The summer before my 7th grade year, I traveled to New York with my grandparents. I remember the twin towers, we saw them on a ferry ride. I can remember thinking that they were the tallest buildings I'd ever seen. That trip changed me. It's where I discovered my love of Broadway. I saw Reba in "Annie Get Your Gun," I was  moved by the talent, the music, the costumes. For the first time in my life, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.

We only spent a few days there and in that time I'd fallen in love. I loved everything about New York. I could have spent the rest of the summer exploring the city. It was so fascinating, so different from Oklahoma.

On September 11, I road the bus to school. I was an awkward teenage girl, day dreaming about a boy named Scott, hoping I would see him in the cafeteria before class. It was a beautiful sunny day (I know it was a beautiful day because I can remember sitting outside feeling overcome with grief. I remember thinking how strange it was to be sitting under a warm sun, surrounded by beauty, when across the country the world was in crisis).

I was in Ms. Perry's 7th grade language arts class when a girl named Abby burst through the door. She was out of breath, I could tell she had been running. Abby was one of those girls at school that everyone wanted to be friends with. She was always laughing or making others laugh. When she said that a plane hit a building in New York, I wasn't sure if it was just another one of her jokes or if she was serious. Ms. Perry turned on the news.

I remember being so confused. Before the second plane hit, I thought it might be some kind of accident. It never crossed my mind that someone would crash a plane on purpose. A few minutes after we turned on the T.V., the second plane hit. We watched it happen live. It was so quiet. No one said anything but we all knew that we were under attack.

I can remember feeling so scared. When we found out about Flight 93 and the Pentagon, I was beside myself with anxiety. At the time, my mom worked in the tallest building in downtown Tulsa. I worried about planes hitting it. I prayed she would come home. I thought we were at war.

Several students were picked up from school early. I remember wishing my parents would come get me, not because I didn't want to be at school but because I wanted to be with them, "what if something bad happens here and we aren't together?"

After school, I called my dad. Our phone calls were a daily ritual. I asked him if we were safe in Oklahoma. He reassured me that we would be okay. I wanted answers. I wanted to know who was responsible for this. Being in 7th grade, I didn't keep up with international politics. My dad tried to answer my questions honestly but it was such a hard thing to understand.

I remember crying and feeling so confused about my tears, "I didn't know anyone in New York, why am I crying?"  For the first time in my life, I grieved for human kind. Grieving for children I didn't know, kids whose parents never came home from work. "My mom and dad go to work everyday, my mom works in a tall building."

I was  grieving for the city I fell in love with months earlier.

In the days following 9/11,  I remember wearing red white and blue. I remember observing a moment of silence with my family in our childhood home. I remember the sense of pride I felt when I saw an American flag. It was a time I'll never forget.

I know its easy to take our freedoms for granted. We are all different and we don't see eye to eye. But September 11, 2001 taught me that we are always one nation. We are neighbors. We are strong people, free people.

Time and time again we come together to help each other out. Remember this day? Or how about this day?

I don't know about you, but I'm proud to be an American!

-Brittney

Monday, September 9, 2013

Book Review: Lean In

There are few things I love more than a good book.  I love that while reading, I sit in complete silence. It’s soothing for my soul. My happy place.

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading Lean In by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg. This book shook me to my core. I can’t even begin to tell you the wealth of knowledge and inspiration I gained in reading Lean In.

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In Lean In, Sheryl mentions that as a child she was considered “bossy” and now (as an adult) has been criticized for being too direct. She says “When a girl tries to lead, she is often labeled bossy. Boys are seldom called bossy because a boy taking the role of boss does not surprise or offended.”

Like Sheryl, I have been described as “bossy” (ask any of my sorority sisters, I guarantee all of them would say I was a little overbearing). So why is this a bad thing? Should we reprimand our daughters for being too bossy?
Today I’m over at Oklahoma Women Bloggers. Click here for the rest of my review on Lean In.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

and that's all my iPhone has to say about that.

Who knew? My favorite soup is gluten free. yes!


My bathroom is getting a makeover. No. More. Wallpaper!



Making a cake from scratch isn't as hard as it seems.


Pot roast is my favorite. This recipe changed my life.


Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things!


Especially when it's containing my new coffee table!


I've managed to keep my geraniums alive for two whole months! -insert applause here-


The county fair was such a treat. I love my small town.


Sitting right behind home plate has it perks. Perk #1 -making googly eyes at Ian Kinsler.



Participate in a 5K: check!



Group texting with my book club about this:


My Alma Mater still feels like home. Sigma Tri till I die!


Photography training at work...I can't wait to tell you all about my new gig!



If you're on Instagram, look me up! @orrbrittney

Hope you're having a great day! Tomorrow is Friday! woo hoo!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Cancer Sucks

A year ago this month, my mom went in for her annual mammogram and they found something unusual. They did a biopsy and the results came back positive for breast cancer. The night my mom told me of her diagnosis was like a dream. I couldn’t believe it. The unknown was so terrifying. I wasn’t sure what would happen to her. Of course, my mind went to a dark place where I imagined the worst. I was scared and angry.

Today I’m blogging over at the Oklahoma Women Bloggers website, click here for the rest of my story.

I'm so excited to be featured as their blogger of the month! This is the first of four posts that I'll be writing over at OWB!

Happy Monday Tuesday! (gotta love 3-day weekends!)