"She makes others happy...She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes..."

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Oh, how Pinteresting Wednesday!

Pin It

Linking up with The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday!

PS- what would our lives be without Pinterest?!
Indoor Tulips . . . Step 1 - Fill a glass container about 1/3 of the way with glass marbles or decorative rocks. Clear glass will enable you to watch the roots develop . . . Step 2 - Set the tulip bulb on top of the marbles or stones; pointed end UP. Add a few more marbles or rocks so that the tulip bulb is surrounded but not covered (think support). . .Step 3 - Pour fresh water into the container. The water shouldn't touch the bulb, but it should be very close, so that the roots will grow in.
I loooove tulips, and this would be such an easy way for them to brighten the house!

Beach life by rosanna: Might be cute to print and then stick in all the welcome bags when guests arrive :)
I love this...I'm thinking about putting this on a cute little card in the Welcome Bags for the wedding.

shine like sunbeams...
I love this! :)

Stuffed Grilled Peppers With Brown Rice, Garlic, Onion, Grated Romano Cheese, Basil, Roasted Grape Tomatoes & Topped With Fresh Mozzarella.
Healthy and delicious...stuffed peppers with brown rice, garlic, onion, basil, grape tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella

I'm always looking for more efficient ways to pack my suitcase! Wrapping all your tops and bottoms in pillow cases? SMART. That will also prevent wrinkling!

Um, hi "dream" home office! SO organized, and unique to the owner. Love it.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

If You Really Knew Me...

Pin It Ok, jumping on the blogosphere band-wagon of doing an "If you really knew me" post. Whateverrrr.

1. If you really knew me, you would know that I have a serious problem with over-descriptive language. For example, the words "moist" and "tender" can send me into a tizzy. Just don't say them in my presence.

2. My least favorite house-hold chore is emptying the dishwasher. Hands down.

3. My favorite city in the world is London. My next dream vacation(s) are Italy and/or Bora Bora.

4. I never really mastered the art of riding a bike. I just was never into it, so I didn't care to learn. I'd probably fall off if I tried it.

5. If you want to make me flip my lid, please tell me that my height (4'11") qualifies me as a "legal midget". I will go from cordial to ghetto in 2.5 seconds. Not only is that statement inaccurate, and rude, but it's not P.C. 

6. I used to want to be a fashion buyer, until I realized how much math was really involved. Byeeeee.

7. When I was in 4th grade, I got a perm, which was the biggest mistake of my life. Not only was it a disaster, but my hair remained a disaster until it was completely grown out. #woof

8. DK and I have attended the same schools since pre-school. We were dance partners in choir in grade school, and I HATED HIM. He was super mean and would never practice, and would just go play his stupid drums all the time. We sort of ignored each other from the time I was in 4th-9th grade, and started dating when I was a sophomore.

9. I love to read, especially biographies and historical fiction. I'm fascinated by Elizabethan England, and I love Henry VIII, tyrant that he was. 

10. I'm a sucker for the Kardashian & Real Housewives series. Whatever, I love me some trashy tv.

11. If I could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, it would be JFK and Jackie Kennedy. But I would want to do them separately because I'd want to get to the bottom of JFK's nonsense, especially with that Marilyn Monroe character, and I'd want to talk to Jackie about how insane her life was, and to talk about her clothes, duh!

12. The best gifts I've ever been given were 1) my engagement ring and 2) my little puppy, Bean.

13. I always swore up and down that I would never ever join a sorority, and I hated the whole idea because I bought into the stereotype of sorority women. Then I actually gained an understanding of how awesome these women's organizations were, and I was absolutely changed. 

14. My idea of a dream job? My current one! I work for an organization that I adore, and support their mission whole-heartily, I get to help and empower women, I learn something new every day, and I get to travel.

15. I believe that my sister and I were raised exceptionally well. We were brought up to be polite and well-mannered, and to appreciate all of the blessings in our life. We were provided with an exceptional education, had the opportunity to travel, and raised to appreciate the importance of family. My parents were pretty strict, and I hated it then, but I really appreciate it now.

16. My childhood crushes: John Travolta (current sex-scandal, be damned!), Billy Joel (I wanted to be his "Uptown Girl", obvi), and Patrick Swayze (RIP, Patrick!). 

17. My favorite song of all time is "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel.

18. My favorite childhood memory is of driving around Springfield and looking at Christmas lights, then going to dinner at The Fair View restaurant every year during the Holiday season.

19. I have lots of best friends, but the two that I talk to every day are my sister, and DK. I love all of my other best friends, because I know that I could go days or weeks without seeing them, but when we do see each other, things are just the way they left off, like we never spent any time apart.

20. DK gets told he looks like Matt Damon all the time. I get told I look like Snookie almost daily. #fml

21. My favorite drink is a dirty vodka martini, with blue-cheese stuffed olives, in a short glass. Martini glasses are cute, but I hate sloshing it all over the place.

22. I love animals, and I absolutely die inside every time those Sarah McLaughlin-ASPCA commercials come on. They make my heart hurt.

23. I can recite nearly every line in Gone with the Wind, which is my favorite movie (and book!).

24. I took 4 years of french, and the only thing I remember is the following phrase: "J'ai un rendezvous avec David dans vingt minutes." It means "I have a meeting with David in 20 minutes". I don't know who David is.

25. I'm getting married in 74 days eeeeeekkkkk!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Let's do the time-warp...AGAIN!

Pin It Well Happy Monday, kiddies. I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I spent the majority of the weekend trying to catch up on DVR, sleep, and emails from when I was out of the (home) office last week.
    Despite lots going on in October (and thanks to a very abridged rehearsal schedule that meshed surprisingly well with work travels, wedding planning, and life) I decided to audition for The Rocky Horror Show: Live!  Friday evening. I was in the production last fall, and it was, easily, the most fun that I have had on stage in quite some time. As an added bonus, we had the incredible opportunity to perform the show up in Chicago at 115 Bourbon Street in December. So I decided to give it another shot, and I was cast! I'll be one of three Usherette's (my sister is one of the other ones!), so I'll be able to dance, sing,  rehearse, get married in Key West real quick, come home, and perform!
   If you aren't familiar with The Rocky Horror Show, do yourself a favor, and DO NOT watch the movie. It's horrible, and I don't get it. But DO do yourself a favor and go see a local production (preferably the one in Springfield, IL or Chicago, IL!) around Halloween. It is crazy, fun, entertaining, sparkly, and hilarious. I dare say that one of the main reasons I decided to audition again was because of the INCREDIBLE make-up and hair design for the show. Love, love, love me some false eyelashes and sparkles!
  Here are some photos from last year's production, featuring yours truly as Columbia:
Photo courtesy of Sarah Chatham, at Peek-A-Boo Photos
Photo courtesy of Jen Wallner
Rocky Horror Show: Live, 115 Bourbon Street, Chicago, IL
Photo courtesy of Ric Major
I'll be one of these gals this year, along with my sister! :)
Photo courtesy of Sarah Chatham, Peek-A-Boo Photos

Photo courtesy of Sarah Chatham, at Peek-A-Boo Photos


Let's do the Time-Warp again, y'all!

Friday, August 3, 2012

I'm baaack! High Five for Friday!

Pin It Happy Friday, friends! I'll totally own that I've been MIA for about a week...but for good reason! Last Thursday, I was up in Michigan for my annual Family Reunion, then Sunday-Thursday, I was at Mabel Lee Walton House, aka Tri Sigma's National Headquarters for a staff meeting/retreat. Needless to say, I've been a busy little bee, and I'm glad to be getting back into the swing of things. That being said, let's  Photobucket
Our cousin, Phil, who we neeeeever see surprised us at the Family Reunion!  His wifey is going to have a baby any day now, so we did not expect him to come. A wonderful suprise!
It was so great to see all of my cousin's at the family reunion! We are almost never together, so this was really special!

Catching up with old friends. It was so great to get to catch up with my dear friend, Sigma sister, and bridesmaid Anna! Check her out here. Ps, don't mind our wicked pale-ness. It was December, ok!?

Our beautiful National Headquarters in Woodstock, VA. Who wouldn't want to visit?!

Has anyone tried this!? It will change your life! You can have it on apples, toast, ice cream, whatever! You can find it in the peanut butter aisle at the grocery store. It tastes just like the Biscoff cookies, but in spreadable form. DELICIOUS.

Animated Social Gadget - Blogger And Wordpress Tips