Friday, February 27, 2015

5 on Friday – Vol. 48

Happy Friday to you and to the lovely hostesses of Five on Friday - A.Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, The Good Life, and Hello Happiness.



On our snow day Monday, I finally started The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank.  The book is set in the South Carolina low country, which I love reading about.  I’m looking forward to spending more time curled up with a hot cup of tea reading this weekend.  We have a chance for MORE snow = ideal reading weather. 

Hurricane Sisters


Still Downton.  Yes, this was part of my five last time I linked up with the 5 on Friday gals, but we can’t stop! This is the BEST show I’ve watched in a long time.  However, we watched the season 3 finale last night, and oh my word.  I’m practically in mourning. 

Downton Abbey Season 3


Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – thank you Melanie!  My sister introduced me to this little miracle worker.  I know it is a total cult favorite, but I only just recently tried it.  It goes on super smooth, and I think it really does help the rest of my makeup go on better.  I bought the sample size, but I’m pretty confident I’ll be replacing with the full size once I finish this tube. 

Smashbox Photo Finish


Currently planning where we are going for my birthday brunch in a few weeks.  My parents are coming up for the weekend of my birthday, and I can’t wait!  Now to somehow pick a brunch spot in Dallas where there are so many many options.  Also on the agenda for birthday weekend: filling our new front porch planter and a little springtime craft with Mom to perk up our Sunday school classroom.

DC Brunch 1 


I’ve got to get busy and log some hours for my Junior League placement at the Dallas Arboretum.  Tomorrow morning I’ll be there bright and early!  Dallas Blooms starts tomorrow, and it is seriously one of my favorite things ever.  At least I’ll be surrounded by gorgeous spring flowers, even if the weather is a little chilly.  I purposely saved my hours for the spring just to enjoy the hundreds and hundreds of gorgeous tulips.

IMG_1679   Arboretum trip 2013 (2)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ice Days in Dallas 2015

Winter weather has made its way to Dallas, which means the city has pretty much shut down completely.  Yesterday morning brought quite a bit of sleet and freezing rain that created a layer of ice over just about everything.  My office was closed yesterday, and Austin worked from home because the roads were so dangerous.  We stayed warm inside most of the day with apple bran muffins and hot chocolate, but we decided to test out our new ski clothes and take a little walk mid-day. 

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It was fun to see some touches of ice/snow on our house and in our yard for the first time!


We made it to our neighborhood park on our walk, and I was so sad for the poor ducks – don’t you just know they are so cold? 

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Yesterday afternoon I spent a little time making some blank cards for our verse of the month. Austin and I started memorizing one verse each month last year.  It was probably the only resolution we actually kept in 2014, and we are trying to keep the momentum going in 2015.  Last year we just jotted the verse on an index card, but I wanted some slightly cuter cards for our verses this year.  Washi tape and card stock to the rescue!  The cards live on a little ring that hangs on our bulletin board near the kitchen. 


My office is closed again today, and I just heard on the news that we’re expecting 2 – 4 inches of snow tomorrow morning.  Eeek!  Maybe I can get some blog posts stockpiled to avoid another week+ of no posts… and it probably wouldn’t be the worst idea to tackle my ironing pile.  Stay warm!!  

Friday, February 13, 2015

5 on Friday – Vol. 47

Happy Friday and happy almost Valentine’s Day to you and to the lovely hostesses of Five on Friday - A.Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, The Good Life, and Hello Happiness!  


ONE – Last Saturday and in the wee hours of one morning this week I got my act somewhat together and made Valentines for some of my favorite people.  Cards are my favorite part of the heart holiday, and I loved the time to practice my lettering.  And coordinating lined envelopes are one of my favorite things ever!

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Cupcake cards were inspired by the Paper Source cupcake kit and some adorable cards I saw on Laura’s blog.  And then I realized my mom made me a cupcake card two years ago for Valentine’s Day…  The arrows were for my favorite Aggie Pi Phi, Mary Katherine. 

TWO – Still in the Valentine’s spirit, my mom sent me this cute banner that I’ve loved having on our staircase in the days leading up to Feb. 14. 

Valentine's Day

THREE – Yesterday I had an event to attend after work, and when I got home around 8:00, I walked in to find gorgeous Valentine’s flowers from Austin’s favorite local florist waiting for me on our bar.  I just adore them, and they smell as good as they look! 

Valentine's Day

FOUR – Well we may be the last people on earth, but we are finally on the Downton Abbey fan train.  We’re two episodes in and completely hooked.  I foresee an urgent call to the friends that lent us season 1 this weekend begging for season 2.  So far, the Dowager Countess (aka Professor McGonagall) is by far my favorite character. 

Downton Abbey

FIVE – After four years of Austin itching to go on a ski trip, we are Colorado bound in March with our friends Billy and Carly.  We’ve both got new ski jackets headed our way, and I’m starting to get so excited!  I’ve never skied before, so I’m a touch nervous as well, but I’m headed straight to ski school once we get there.  Any must-dos in the Vail/Beaver Creek area?? 

Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

5 on Friday – Vol. 46

Happy Friday to you and to the lovely hostesses of Five on Friday - A.Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, The Good Life, and Hello Happiness!  


ONE - Have y’all seen the new Saved by the Bell video thanks to Jimmy Fallon?!  If your Facebook news feed is anything like mine, than I’m sure you have, but I couldn’t resist including it today in my five.  Thanks Jimmy!  

TWO - Guess what we are finally seeing this weekend?  The plan is to go tonight after work – hope I can stay awake!

American Sniper

This might be me tonight…


THREE - My parents gave me this book for Christmas, and I’m loving reading a little bit every night before bed.  It is a perfect mix of stories, tips, and a ton of recipes that I can’t wait to try.  The adorable cover and polka dotted spine only add to my love of this book!


FOUR – With work and other responsibilities taking up much of my time during the week, I do not usually have much time to get creative Monday – Friday.  Last weekend ended up being quite full - my in-laws came to town, and Austin and I filmed a commercial for our church that kind of came up at the last minute!  So, needless to say, I did not get my valentines made.  Tomorrow morning I’m headed to my little craft desk with a hot cup of tea for some time with washi tape, red and pink paper, a heart stamp, and my calligraphy pen.  Cannot wait!  A pink mani for the week ahead might have to happen as well!

Valentine  via

FIVE – We had yummy barbecue flank steak sandwiches, baked beans, and my favorite broccoli slaw for supper last night.  This recipe is so easy, and it reminds me of our trip to Charleston in 2013!  We randomly picked up the recipe card for the sandwiches and beans at a Publix near Charleston.  Side note: Publix, please come to Texas!   


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thoughts for Thursday: Casey’s Top Picks

Finally blogging on a Thursday means finally joining Annie and Natalie for their Thoughts for Thursday Linkup! 

Thoughts for Thursday

My sister-in-law, Casey, loves beauty products more than just about anyone I know.  She is constantly introducing me to great new products.  In fact, she has been known to have a running list of products she recommends just for me!  Casey was at our house visiting last night, and I asked her what she would name her top three products of all time.  We wound up discussing her top three picks in three different beauty categories – makeup, skincare, and hair care.  Here are Casey’s picks and our commentary in parenthesis:


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  1. Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara (aka eyelash crack)
  2. Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in “Sultry” (a really good dupe for Tarte matte lipsticks!)
  3. Urban Decay Naked “On the Run” Palette


Casey's Beauty Pics

  1. LUSH “Grease Lightning Cleanser” (zaps zits in less than a day)
  2. Aveeno Daily Moisturizer (Casey credits this with evening out her skin tone.)
  3. LUSH “Tea Tree Water Toner


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  1. Suave dry shampoo (also one of my favorites!)
  2. TIGI Bed Head deep conditioner
  3. LUSH “NEW!” shampoo bar (yummy cinnamon

Happy Thursday!  I’m going to attempt to surprise even myself and blog tomorrow for Five on Friday. #2daysinarow #whoami