Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Phoenix Re-Cap

I am finally back from my trip to Phoenix for the 160th Alpha Delta Pi Grand Convention. I had a great time and got to meet some fabulous women. I was also very excited because the Memphis ADPi Alumnae Association won some pretty great awards. We were only one of five alum groups to receive the "BIG" award! Although it was fun, I felt like I was in college again. :)

Here are some of my pictures from the trip:

The Arizona Biltmore - gorgeous hotel

the beautiful gardens

my awesome villa

representing the Memphis ADPi Alumnae Association at convention
super cute Alphie decorations (our sorority mascot)

Memphis ADPi Alumnae Association sisters

me with the President of the University of Memphis chapter

awards dinner with 160th anniversary cake and Grand Council

I also got to meet up with one of my favorite bloggers, Star, and her sweet hubby, Timmy. She is super sweet and it was like we'd known each other for years. We had a great time catching up at The Cheesecake Factory. Thanks again for meeting me, Star. Ironically, when she pulled up, there was a pink car in the parking lot. I thought it was her's. :)

So, what have I missed???

P.S. Special thanks to Jocelyn, Jen and Molly for guest blogging for me! xoxo

Friday, June 24, 2011

Guest Blogger: Molly from The Fuschia News

Today's guest blogger is one of the sweetest and best women out there, my friend, Molly. She has the heart of gold and is mom to two beautiful girls. Go read her blog!

When sweet Caroline asked for a few guest bloggers, I was happy to oblige. I just adore her blog, and her cute little family, especially Knox! I was having a hard time coming up with a topic to discuss with all her loyal readers, and my mind automatically went to fashion. I'm not the most fashionable person, don't think for a second that I'm a huge trend setter. Most days you'll find me in sweats and a t-shirt wiping noses a tushies all day (I am lucky enough to stay home with my kiddos, and run a small daycare as well), but I do love to keep up on the current trends.

Some of my favorite trends include these looks...

Love the fedora hat look! You can dress these up with beach wave curled hair, or maybe a side braid, or dress it down with a messy side pony as well.

I love maxi dresses and think they always seem to look flattering on women.

I'm also a huge fan of the short romper, but have no business wearing them. I'm envious of anyone who can pull them off!

Love crossbody bags as well. I just purchased this bag in a different color from the Coach outlet when we were on vacation- 80% off, YES PLEASE!

These sandals are adorable as well, I own a pair similar to these and wear them quite often!

And of course you can never go wrong with a pair of TOMS, paired with some skinny cropped jeans, and a tank. Perfect for any summer day!

What are some of your favorite summer styles?

Thanks again Caroline for letting me guest post for you! Don't forget you can check out my every day life over at The Fuschia News!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Guest Blogger: Jen from Pearls & Politics

Today's guest blogger is my sweet friend, Jen! She was one of my best blog friends and one of the sweetest ladies! So, go check out her blog :)

Hi. I’m Jen. I write on a little space of the Interwebs called Pearls & Politics. It’s where I write my feelings, tell stories about my crazy life and basically whatever is in my head that just has to get out.

Writing is what I do. My passion began with lipstick and my bedroom door as a toddler. It was most likely a stressful day for my mother, cleaning bright red marks off the door. But it was certainly an omen for me, even if I was too young to realize it.

When I was a kid, I loved to write letters most of all. I had a few out-of-state friends to whom I regularly sent snail mail (email was unheard of!), filled with pictures, drawings, confetti – whatever made it interesting. I told them all about school, sports, the cute boy at school who was to die for. Everything.

The best part, however, was opening the mailbox several days later to find an envelope addressed to me from my faraway friend. There was absolutely nothing better.

After 10-Year-Old-Teenager’s birthday last week, I sat her down and helped her compose her thank-you notes to the guests from the party. She wrote on the watermelon-shaped cards words of gratitude, followed with exclamation points to emphasize her excitement. She signed her name, pushed the cards into their envelopes and wrote the corresponding recipient’s name on each one. I recited a mailing address for her to copy onto each envelope, which she did.

As I was looking over the completed cards, I noticed she had written the zip codes on the same line as the street addresses instead of following the city and state.

When I asked her why she had written it as she did, she told me she didn’t know where it was supposed to go.

I was baffled. I couldn’t believe an almost-fifth-grader didn’t know how to correctly address an envelope. I mean, I was a pro by the age of 10 with all the letters I had written (including one to Jonathan Taylor Thomas, which I’m just positive he received).

But then I thought about it a little more. The girl knows how to change the background on her computer. She knows how to update her iPod. She downloads apps on her phone like nobody’s business. And you better believe she can address an email in lightning speed.

The girl’s no idiot.

The difference is the generation, of course. The number of services and products that have become obsolete in the twenty-first century is astonishing. Unfortunately for lovers of paper and pens, like me, snail mail has taken on a much smaller role than it once did, and will eventually be one of those obsolete ‘things.’

Sure, email is more practical. It’s easier. It’s faster.

But it’s also impersonal. And, let’s face it – script fonts are just hideous.

So I’ve made it my goal this summer to teach this little gal how to send mail – and hopefully find her a pen pal who is equally as interested in hand-writing letters. (Know any 10 year olds?)

She wrote her first piece of mail just the other day: a letter to her Uncle who just started basic training. To sign off her letter, she wrote “From, [10YOT].”

We have a ways to go.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Guest Blogger: Jocelyn from True Life: We're Married

Today's guest blogger is one of my best blog friends, Jocelyn! She is super sweet and we have so much in common. You MUST check out her blog.

Hi Everyone! I'm Jocelyn from over at True Life: We're Married. I'm excited to be guest blogging for Caroline this week! It took me a while to think about what to blog about and finally I came up with House Hunting. The Mr. and I have recently rented our 720sq foot condo and are moving in with the in-laws to help save some money for our very first home. We've barely started this journey and have already learned so much about house hunting and what we are looking for in our first home.

A few things we've learned:

1. Never buy the nicest house on the block: More than likely it will be hard to sell or you won't make as much money as you hoped when you're ready to sell.

2. You have to give and take: If you want a big kitchen, you might have to sacrifice elsewhere like small bathrooms or yard. It's kinda like wedding planning, you have to spend where it is most important to you.

3. Location! Location! Location!: This is crucial, needs to be in an area of town where you love and that has great home values. In today's market, it's hard to find an area that is keeping it's value as well as others.

4. Be Educated: Make sure you know everything about the house and what's been done to the house (good and bad). Also, learn about other houses for sell or recently sold in the area to know the average price range.

5. Be Prepared to walk away: The Mr. and I LOVE finding a good deal and we've had some pep talks about if the price just isn't right, walk away. Eventually we will find the house of our dreams in the right price and location

6. Be Patient: This goes with point #5. We just need to wait and the right 1st home for us will come along.

Any other great tips you all can provide if you've already gone through buying your first home? We are excited to continue learning and telling all about our journey on the blog. All help and advise is appreciated! :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Teenage Dream

Last night, I was a kid again. It was absolutely awesome. It was really like going back in time.

Brandi & I at NKOTBSB
NKOTBSBNKOTBBSBJustin Timberlake's mom was serenaded by BSB (seems a little wrong)

Jordan came into the crowd - still so fine! (some kids may have been trampled by me getting this pic) My boyfriend, Nick Carter, coming through the crowd - poor guy was dry humping the ground, air, himself, etc. He needs to get laid.
Brian Littrell in the crowd - such a cutie
Donnie Wahlberg - love it!
Donnie's abs were picture worthy
All good things must come to an end. Final Shot - thank you, NKOTBSB
Both groups put on a great show. And I really enjoyed the transitions between the two. If you have the chance to go to this show, you MUST go!

I still am in love with Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight and Nick Carter. Some things never change.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters
Thank you for all of your love and support on Friday's post. You all ROCK!

On Saturday, we celebrated my brother's 11th birthday! the birthday boy
Knox even got in on the birthday action

We celebrated Father's Day!

Tonight, I'm going to see these guys in concert. Yes, I am 12.

I actually prefer BSB to NKOTB.
I'm leaving for Phoenix on Wednesday for the 160th Alpha Delta Pi Grand Convention and I've got some great guest bloggers lined up! So, check them out!

So, what did y'all do this weekend?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Maybe, Baby

As you know, Fred and I began our journey to parenthood a little over a year and a half ago. It's been a long, bumpy road, but it's not over yet.

Since May, I have done with this whole baby business. I have been sick and tired of worrying about every little thing. It's taken me a while, but I've given it all to God. This meant no more peeing on the little sticks every morning and no worrying about every twinge or pain. When a thought about it comes into my head, I start praying.

Two months ago, I made an appointment with a local fertility specialist. Our appointment date was Wednesday. I was dreading going and having to actually think about all of this again. But, Fred and I went and it was such a positive experience.

My doctor reviewed all of my charts and records and came up with a game plan. No more Clomid (thank goodness). Next cycle, he plans to start me on Letrozole and to give me hCG shots to help me ovulate. We even discussed trying IUI (where they take the man's sperm and insert it into the woman) since they can almost pinpoint exactly when you'll ovulate. It's not the ideal way to make a baby, but we're willing to try.

My doctor had three concerns for me: scar tissue from last year's ovarian cyst removal surgery, family history of blood clots, and the fact that I don't ovulate. He's doing some bloodwork to find out if these are causes for us not getting pregnant.

I feel like we're making another step in the right direction. This may not be what it takes, but it's worth a shot. I'm leaving it all in the hands of the doctors and ultimately God.

I wanted to keep you all in the loop since you've kept us in your thoughts and prayers. I ask that you please continue to do so. Thank you so much in advance. We couldn't make it through all of this without YOU, our family and friends and God.

"For this child I prayed..." - 1 Samuel 1:27

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I'm loving this Tiffany & Co. bracelet my mom and dad brought me back from their trip to Yosemite.
I'm loving that I'll be heading to Phoenix next week for the 160th Alpha Delta Pi Convention!

I'm loving this dress worn by Kate Middleton (Princess Catherine). She looks exquisite.

I'm loving these warm, summer nights!

I'm loving these dog collars I bought for Willie (my brother) and Knox. Willie is getting the alligator one for his 11th birthday because he likes to show his teeth.

{collars from here}

And I'm always loving Fred and Knox! <3

What are you loving? Visit Jamie and tell us.