Friday, September 30, 2011

Five Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!!! There are a lot of things to celebrate today:
~the beginning of the weekend
~the last day of September
~my sweet friend, Bethany, gets married in 21 days
~Homecoming week at Ouachita begins in 3 days
~I have no class today :)

Because this Friday has so much to celebrate, I thought I would do so with Five Friday Favorites. I would love to share with you a few unique/fun/special things that brought a smile to my face this week.

1. Kiss with Confidence Peppermints!

I laughed when I saw this fun and creative treat. I love the vintage picture on the container and the idea. Lets be honest, who wouldn't like a sugar free mint with sweetness and mint flavor to enable them to "Kiss with Confidence??"

(I am now stuck with underlined font and I'm not ashamed to admit that I don't know how to turn it off. But I don't want to reload the pictures so I'm not starting over.)

2. Love, Peace, and EEE Tanks

I'm an EEE at Ouachita Baptist University and my pledge sister, Krystal is consistently designing and making awesome EEE tshirts. The latest craze is this tank top. It came in every color of the rainbow, sooo I broke down and got this one as well as a bright orange one that I'm wearing right now! They're suuuuper soft.

3. Seasonal Mini Journals

AH! The underlining turned off! Yes. :) Another thing to celebrate!
Are these journals not precious? I don't have my summer one in this picture because I use it so much, I keep it by my bed. The verses that I'm trying to memorize during the fall or the lyrics, quotes, or lessons that affect me the most during that season are recorded on each page of my autumn journal. Also, I think autumn is the only season that gets two names. Summer, winter, and spring got jipped.

4. My favorite C.S. quotes and coffee with hazelnut creamer.

Again, the mug is evidence that I'm an EEE. I think I actually got it before I even came to Ouachita.
I got the book for my 18th birthday from a wonderful friend back in Columbia, MO. It is a compilation of several of C.S. Lewis' best wrirtings and I absolutely love it. I feel like every time I open it, I'm challenged in a new way. And as for the coffee, who doesn't enjoy coffee with a good book in the morning? :) Especially in a Mickey Mouse mug.

5. My last favorite is.... this guy.

But really, this guy is definitely one of my favorites.

He's my swing dancing partner, my kanakuk krush, that beta boy, a funny ginger who plays video games, one of my best friends, and
I happen to be dating him. So, I may be a little bias but not really :) This week, he was fun and undertstanding in the midst of stress and I can't express how much I appreciate that.

(I'm not totally sure why the underlining is back but it's ok, we'll work with it.)

I hope you enjoyed today's Five Friday Favorites and that you can find five things that make you smile today :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

simple to special

All wonderful things about autumn...
~pumpkin spice lattes
~the brilliant colors
~soft and warm sweaters and cardigans
~the cool weather
~bright blue skies
~leaf piles
~pumpkin and cinnamon in recipes
~fireplaces and bonfires
~it's cuddle weather

...Even school supplies. Stay with me, I really enjoy that aspect of fall. :)
Shopping for school supplies always seemed to take longer because hardly anything was perfect. I wanted colorful, personal supplies that made me smile when I pulled them out of my bag. I may not be as picky about pens and pencils anymore but when it comes to journals, planners, and binders- I love making them fun and personal. If you're at all like me, it can be hard to find the right thing so here's a craft idea to turn something simple unto something special.
What you'll need for this:
-solid or simple base
-paint brush
-sharpies (lovvve these)

I was searching through Barnes and Noble for the perfect planner, and the one I found was very organized and easy to use but had a pretty plain, light green cover.

Start by painting a solid space, a fairly different color then the base or cover. For this book, I painted a simple circle in the middle of the planner. One word I'm learning a lot about right now is freedom. ("You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love" ~Gal. 5:13)
I used a white paint pen to write the word, but you could just use a small brush and paint if you're more comfortable with that.

Around and inside space you painted, you could do any design. Find one you love, use one you already know, or just pinterest it. :) This specific design is one that I personally like, and it's really easy to draw! Use a sharpie and sketch your design, creatively using the space!

I hope this is helpful in making some of your more simple possessions more personal and special to you- to the point where you smile when you use it. It's a little thing that can make your day a little better. :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

He danced with "Cinderella"

I'm watching Tangled.
Eating princess fruitsnacks (tastes like childhood).
I just got back from EEE tiger tunes.

I'm in a very Disney mood!

Girls, you know those days where you just want to put on
a pretty dress, sweet shoes, and work extra hard on your hair? I think the deep down root of that feeling is the desire to be a princess for the day. Don't you?
Or when you're a little girl and you put on your Easter dress or your ballerina outfit or even your dad's big shirt and twirl because you KNOW you are Belle in the enchanted ballroom?

Yesterday was my dad's birthday, the man who has always made me feel like his special princess. One day, when I was about four or five years old, I determined to do a beautiful ballerina dance with my dad. He had been working all day long from early in the morning and came home to have his daughter throw herself at him, begging him to dance with her. He was so kind, put on his Sunday clothes and waited for me. I pieced together what I thought was a beautiful outfit and dictated to him exactly how the dance should go. He spent time working with me on our dance, letting me fix his outfit, and then performing for my mom and brother. (I don't think Margie was around yet). I loved how he could so effortlessly pick me up and spin me around our living room. This is one of the sweetest memories I have with my incredible dad. He is so good to me, making time to take care of me and provide. Even if it's a silly dance with an insistent, perfectionist five year old. He's the most amazing man I know and I love him more then I can say.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

~birthday menu~

Today's post is brought to you by my suite mate- Taylor and the creativity of her boyfriend, Ryan.

My wonderful suite mate, Taylor Stanford and I have been friends since the beginning of our freshman year at Ouachita, bonding over TWIRP week, intramural flag football ("Ching-a-Lacka Chicks" -clever? I thought so too.), and eventually pledging EEE together in the spring.
I remember meeting Taylor at OBU's new student retreat and she was so beautiful and dolled up with this thick Arkansas accent, I thought "She's one of those Southern Belles who I'll never really get to know probably." And she turned out to be one of my very best friends. This girl is an incredibly hard working Chemistry major with a beautiful voice, a sweet and selfless spirit, a heart for other people. She strives to be excellent in everything she does. And as you can see, she's just gorgeous. So yes, she's a Southern Belle, but an extremely bright, loving, Christ-like Southern Belle who happens to be very close to my heart.

That's my little back story for today's blog: a date/gift idea. Taylor is dating my friend, Ryan- a very involved, funny, creative guy here at Ouachita. Oh, and he was elected "Mr. Tiger" last year. Well, last week was Taylor's birthday and Ryan went the extra mile to be creative and make his gift unique and special.
Taylor came in the other morning with a confused expression and an envelope of Monopoly money with a note that said, "get excited!" Ryan wouldn't tell her what the money was for but wanted to see her later that night...
She came back into the room that night with a "Birthday Menu"...

Inside, Ryan had given her several options and categories with which to use her Monopoly money! He split it into a food, weekend get away, and active category! He did this for Labor Day weekend so they would actually have time to really do several of the options. He didn't skimp on the "money" or the generosity. He told her she could do as many of the options as she wanted. :) Good idea, right?
I hope this is helpful and fun! She was thrilled and I know they had an awesome time, especially with a progressive dinner in Little Rock!
That's all for today's post- again, this was brought to you by my suite mate, Taylor and the creativity of her boyfriend, Ryan. Have a good one!