Friday Favorites

Hey hey everybody! It is Friday!!!! Chances are that I am somewhere between Birmingham and Houston on the road right now. Houston, we have a problem! Haha! Fun fact, when AIM instant messenger was the shit, my friends and I would go in to the Houston Chat room, say “Houston we have a problem!!!!” then leave. People called us lame, it was funny as hell I don’t care!

Favorite (Christmas) Song – Christmas Canon Rock by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra – I just love this song!! It has mostly instrumentals, as you would expect…but there is also beautiful vocals in this song and when the guitar solo drops…..chills.

Favorite Inspirational Quote

Favorite Blog Posts – There were two blog posts this week that I read that I just have to share!!!

Brooks posted DIY gift ideas that are so awesome and unique!!! So pinned it for later! I think these gift ideas are perfect for any time of year, not just Christmas!

Lindsay shared some barre works outs for the home. I don’t know about you guys, but dang barre classes are expensive!!! (Sorry Amanda!) I love that she found some great at home ones to try!

Favorite Recipe to Try – This cranberry cheese ball looks amazing!!! Can you imagine how colorful and festive your table will look by just having this at your holiday party.

Cranberry Pecan and White Cheddar Cheese Ball. Cranberries, Pecans, cream cheese and sharp white cheddar. Perfect Thanksgiving appetizer!

Favorite Funnies

Happens to me all the time…

This: | 25 Awkward Moments Every Girl Understands HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

First take a picture, then help!

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There is the I in team

LOLOLOL basically….

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My entire life…

Have you found your name yet? Dam you coke!!!!

My life goals on a shirt!

i just want to drink coffee, save animals, and sleep

Speaking of shirts, why do I think this is so funny?

I have to make this room a permanent part of my vocabulary.

Awwwww I imagine this is how Mac has felt all his life…

Attack Of The Funny Animals - 24 Pics

Basically anywhere I go….

"The party don't start 'til I walk in." | Toy Story/ I'm doing this next time I go to a party

I hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!!!

Blog Tour

I was honored when Julia chose me to be featured in her Blog Tour post and I immediately said yes when she reached out to me! Julia is super sweet and she even dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween since she has her own Toto! She posts about all kinds of things and most days I find our email threads going back and forth. I would say her only downfall is being a gator fan, and I can’t really hold that against her. We all have our things, right?

Julia

 

Then there were these rules about writing about my writing process. LOL. If nothing else, you may find my answers entertaining. I wouldn’t exactly recommend taking notes and doing what I do. There is nothing profound about what I am about to share….

What am I working on?

Currently I am working on getting my shit together! Ha! I hold a full time job in the real estate world, I volunteer at the humane society,  I have this ol’ blog here, and I am part owner in a local community blogging site! To say I am busy most days is an understatement.

For Life by Nadine Lynn – I am working on getting some posts in my drafts again, and I am collaborating with someone on a super awesome project that will be announced next week!!! (teaser)

How does my work differ from others of its type/genre?

Well, this may sound generic but I am a lifestyle blogger and I am my own, unique person. So me is how my work is different! I just try to keep it real. Not every day is rainbows and butterflies and I don’t try to pretend like it is. I like to think that my real personality shows in my writing.

Why do I write what I do?

I started this blog to sort of keep a journal about my life. The little daily things, what I am in to, and whatever is on my mind at the time. This blog has seen me get married, change jobs, turn 30 (and now 31) and document my journey to be the healthiest me I can be.

And let’s be completely honest, I realized there was a whole blogging community of amazing people all over and I wanted a piece of that! Getting to interact with you guys every day keeps me coming back for more! I never expected to have met all the amazing people that I have through blogging!

How does my writing process work?

Currently my writing process is a joke. I have gotten behind on drafting up and scheduling posts ahead of time, so many of my posts are written over coffee and oatmeal at 6 am before I head to work the day it is published. I have a notes app on my phone that has a running list of ideas for posts, as well as a note for specific posts (like Sh!t Chris Says or Confessions that I document as they happen).

My blogging goal is to start 2015 with a planner so I can keep tabs on my blog and the community site. Keep scheduled posts, link ups, meet ups, admin meetings, and events going on around town all in one place. Currently I have everything separated and that can be overwhelming at times.

There are SO MANY great blogs that I follow every single day! Way too many to nominate for one post. Just look in my comments or on my side bar for who to follow! I love you all! But for the purpose of this post….

Laura at Alabama Graffiti

I started following Laura in the spring of this year, and she quickly became a daily read! She posts about all the delicious restaurants she has visited, trips she goes on, her cute dog Stella, and other fun stuff. She is hilarious and shares a lot of the same views I do.

One afternoon, Laura mentioned in a comment that she would be down for meeting up for happy hour one day. Um, you speak my language, Laura! We met at Side Bar after work one night, and she has been an instant BFF ever since! We even double date with our husbands, and she has joined me with a group of other fine Magic City Bloggers (I am looking at you Morgan, Meighan, Meegan and Brooks!)  that meet up monthly for cocktails and girl talk.

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Jana at Jana Says

Jana SaysI first found Jana through Stephanie’s blog. (Another you should be following!!!) Jana posts about many different topics, but I feel she shares a lot of the same views as me! If I had kids, I imagined I would be a lot like Jana. Which is a good thing! She shares the same taste for 90’s music that I have, and I could totally see us chatting over a few beers on the regular. She has come to terms with the fact that she is a cheer mom and I can always appreciate a thrifty gal. Jana isn’t afraid to go deep in some posts, and I really love that she keeps it real!

And that is my little tour of blog land. Happy Thursday everyone! Be sure to link up with Joey and Kristin if you post on Thursdays! They have no rules for this link up and they are awesome…like you need more of a reason?!

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Confessions

–I really wanted to put up our tree this past Sunday, but it was raining and we keep our tree in the garage in a box. I like to do a thorough spider check before bringing it in and that can’t really happen in the rain.

–I am pissed about so many stores opening at 6 pm Thanksgiving day. Can we please move it back to 4 am Friday morning? Pretty please? I am obviously not missing all the delicious foods and my family because retailers are ridiculous!

–The fact that it is 19 degrees this morning and will be in the 70’s in Houston this weekend is going to confuse the shit out of my body. Please don’t get sick on me now! Too much to do for that nonsense!

–My sister sent me the sweetest letter over the weekend with Cooper’s fall picture in it. :) It made me all sentimental about fun snail mail. I also thought it was super sweet that she sent it to me instead of just waiting until the next time she saw me. She is always so thoughtful!

–There were some people in the break room complaining about Magic 96.5 playing Christmas music all this month…I secretly sat there and thought in my head….I know! I LOVE IT! It has been playing nonstop in my car. Muh ha ha.

–I saw this on Pinterest and instantly started planning which colored sprinkles I wanted and all the glitter I could add to it! Maybe my craftiness is coming back?

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–Tomorrow is my Friday. Don’t hate, appreciate! Yeah, I am trying to bring that saying back….

Confessions in ecard

Every time! Haha!!

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The Hump Day Blog Hop

Vitamin C for Anti-Aging

If there is one thing I am concerned about these days, it is my skin! I am 31, and while I took care of my skin decently in my twenties…I still have a few sun spots and some fine lines to worry about. There are lots of different products out there that claim to do everything under the sun to fix your issues. For me, I say less talkie talkie and let’s see real results!

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I received the Sano Naturals Vitamin C + Serum through Tomoson to review. (All of my thoughts are of my own. The honest truth.)

I was really excited when the package came in. I received a bottle of the serum as well as an eye cream to use after. I have been rubbing this serum on my face twice daily for the last 30 days, really focusing on my forehead, under eyes and cheeks where most fine lines and a sun spot can be found.

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First thoughts? There isn’t much of a scent, which is better than something that is overpowering or irritating, so plus there! The serum goes on very smoothly and you can wear it under your other creams and moisturizers.

The results? The fine lines under my eyes are less noticeable. There was a deep crease between my brows that is virtually non-existent these days and the sun spot that was very dark on my cheek? Faintly there and easily covered by just foundation, no concealer. I would say after 30 days of use, this stuff is a win for me. It will be on my regular list of things that I replace when it is gone!

You can order it on Amazon, and it is surprisingly very well priced! Every time I have checked, it has been under $20 and has come with the free eye cream! Can you beat that? No, you most certainly can not!

Weekend Shenanigans

Friday – Laura and I decided to meet up for lunch Friday! We weren’t sure if we would have enough time but we figured Friday was as good a day as any to see if we can make lunch meet ups work! We went to Babalu’s and it was delicious! We tried the queso and added pork belly…any you guys….amazing! It was so great to get to see her for lunch!

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Friday evening Chris and I stayed in, we chatted for awhile and had homemade flat bread pizza for dinner. It was fun.

Saturday – We were up bright and early Saturday morning to start filming for the Dean and Company Christmas Special. If you live in the Birmingham area, you have to check it out if you haven’t heard of it already! This is the 35th anniversary year! We always have so much fun with them. I gotta take it back to my old days and dresses as a cheerleader for one skit….and we were part of a party train skit also. Can’t wait to see it all come together!

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Me in the changing area before going on. Don’t mind the rows of extensions and stuff behind me haha!

Gotta love the green screens! Choochooo here comes the party train!

After we were done filming, we headed over to World of Beer to meet up with our friends and catch some football games! I had to order the beer cheese tater nachos. Because yum! I also had the Cranberry Ginger Cider and the Raspberry framboise.

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Such a great day of football!!! Alabama pulled out a W over Mississippi State, then my Dawgs beat Auburn!

Sunday – We caught up on some of our shows, then I meal planned and went to the store.

Sunday afternoon I made some snack plates for us, this is turkey sausage, bruschetta jack cheese and creamy havertti cheese with Pepperidge Farms Sweet Hot mustard. Yum!

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I also prepped veggie soup for lunches this week.

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And we had chicken enchiladas for dinner! Mmmmm!

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I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend! It is a short week for me this week, as me and a few girl friends will be heading to Houston at the end of the week for a wedding! Lots to lots to do!

Weekending

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