Sunday, December 29, 2013
As for Christmas Day, we had a great time hanging out with my family. Both of my sisters came in town, so we stayed at my parent's house a few nights and had some fun family time with them. We both got lots of great gifts that we've already put to use! One of the most random gifts I got was a journal made out of elephant poop. Yes, you read that correctly. Loved it!
I also surprised Matt with an invite to the Google Glass Explorer Program. If you know Matt personally, I'm sure you've heard plenty about Google Glass, but if not, check out the website! They are still being developed, so you can only purchase a pair if you have an invitation---which are hard to come by. I happened upon a contest offering up 3 separate invites, and figured "why not?" Imagine my surprise when I actually won!
As hard as it was, I kept it a secret from Matt until Christmas, when I gave him the gift of "Google Glass." I printed out the Glass logo and taped it onto a white box. Inside, there was tissue paper with a pair of Dollar Store reading glasses.... clearly a "prank" gift. However, there was also an envelope with "Instructions for Using Google Glass" written on it. Inside the envelope, I put the e-mail with my invite to the Google Glass program.
The look on Matt's face when he opened the gift was priceless. It took him about 20 minutes before he realized that it wasn't actually a prank and I really did have an invite for him! In fact, I still don't think he fully believes me! We have a few videos of his reaction, so I'll have to get those uploaded soon!
All in all, we've had a great (much needed) break so far and can't believe we still have 3 days off to go!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
If I can't answer with my job, I'd have to say not much of anything! Ha! :) Matt and I love to eat at new (and old) favorite local restaurants here in Nashville, and we like to be outside as much as possible. We love going for walks on the Green-way here in Nashville and just signed up for a B-cycle membership so we are excited to start using that this summer!
Day 7: Things you're afraid of
Two words: freak accidents. I'm always scared that the one thing that happens to only .000001 people in the world will happen to me or someone I love. Car accidents, getting kidnapped, plane crashing, etc. All those things that you have no control over!
Also, I'm super freaked out by bugs, frogs, and snakes!!!!!!!!!
Day 8: A piece of advice
Hmm... I'm not one to usually give out advice (but I'll take it all day long!). I'd have to say the best piece of advice I can give is to always do what you want. Try out new things if you need to, but always stay true to who you are and don't feel like you have to do something if you truly don't want to.
Day 9: A moment in your day
No pictures, but today was a busy one. My Pre-K class is graduating next week, so we are busy preparing for that, PLUS the awesome Mother's Day party we are throwing tomorrow! I'll be sure to take some pictures and post all about it!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
To help me out, I'm going to join in on the "Blog Everyday in May" challenge issued by the lovely Jenni from Story of My Life. Since I'm a tad bit behind, I'll start off with days 1-5.
Day 1: The story of your life in a paragraph
I was born in Charlotte, NC and lived there until right before 7th grade. We moved to Memphis, TN where my sisters still reside. I went to college in Kentucky at Murray State University and majored in Interior Design. Throughout the last semester of college, I realized that it wasn't really something I wanted to do for a living (although, I loved designing as a hobby for myself), but I finished my degree anyway. The summer of 2009, my boyfriend Matt and I decided to move to Nashville. We took that giant leap of faith and I found a job as a pre-school teacher (first as a floater, then teaching 3's, and now teaching Pre-K). I've been working for that same company ever since and absolutely love my little kiddos! OH, and Matt and I are getting married on June 21 of this year after dating for almost 6 years! We can't wait!
Day 2: Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at
First of all, one of my biggest pet peeves is art that is hung entirely too wrong. For example, a painting hung too low. The perfect height is 6" above a sofa---but the painting should be big enough that is is also 6" from the ceiling--making it look "even" between the sofa and ceiling. If your artwork is not that large, just center it in between for the best look--or gather more artwork to make it into a gallery of sorts.
Another pet peeve is when people create gallery walls (love them!) but they aren't spaced out evenly. I'm a huge stickler for symmetry--everything has to be even and balanced!!!
Pet peeve #3 is when clients say what they want, then don't take your suggestions or you do exactly what they want and they end up not liking it---when you suggested something totally different. Then, they blame it on you. Working with clients is a huge part of why I didn't want to do interior design!! Either people don't like anything or they love everything and can't decide--which still makes things hard!!
Day 3: Things that make you uncomfortable
PDA!! Holding hands is perfectly fine, but if you are full on making out in public, you are making everyone else around you uncomfortable, so save it for the privacy of your own home!!
Also, people standing way too close to me and still practically screaming in my face!! So uncomfortable--you can back away, but they keep lunging closer and closer to you!! I hate that!
Day 4: Favorite quote and why you love it
I went to PodCamp yesterday with Matt and the first session we went to was called "Elephant Love, Ubuntu, and Why Everything is Possible" by Zachary Hamilton. I'll admit, this was the one session I chose (it was a tech conference, afterall) and I chose it strictly because it was about elephants. Of course, it wasn't actually about elephants, but he did tell a really sweet story about some. There were quite a few "take-away" quotes, but I think my favorite of all was this one:
Think about that for a second. Lifting one another up--encouraging each other--is in OUR best interest. I love that...and it's so true! Click the picture above for the rest of his slideshow--there are a few other great quotes in there!
Day 5: Publicly profess your love for another blogger friend
Well, I don't know her personally, but I found this challenge on Natasha's blog: Hello! Happiness. I can't remember how I stumbled upon her blog, but I've been reading for years and always look forward to her posts each day. We both live in Nashville, so of course I love hearing her reviews of all things local, but also look forward to seeing pictures of her little cutie pie, Caroline! I love Natasha because she's so honest and real. She is who she is and she isn't going to apologize for that!
Stay tuned for Day 6...
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Friday, August 24, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
What is it?
The best description I’ve found is from Birchbox:
“These all-in-one products combine the functions of a primer, anti-aging serum, moisturizer, and light foundation—plus, many contain added benefits like SPF.”
Basically, it’s one cream that does the work of countless beauty products. It’s a primer, moisturizer, concealer, foundation, anti-aging serum, and sunscreen—all rolled into one super easy-to-use cream!
There are quite a few brands making BB Creams today (they’ve become quite popular!), but the one I’ve used is the tried and true first Korean BB Cream to land in the U.S. Can’t go wrong with the original! It’s called Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm.
I got a sample of it in my Birchbox a few months ago, but I didn’t really think anything of it (or even try it! Shame on me!) until I saw Pink Pistachio’s video on her 5-minute make-up routine the other day. Well, people…. I’ve been using it ever since!
This stuff is (dare I say?) the best beauty product on the market right now!
Where to find it?
You can get it a few places online, but probably the most popular are Sephora or Birchbox. The price is higher than your average drug store (around $32), but I’d say it’s spot on with what you’d pay at Sephora or any beauty counter for foundation. Plus, remember—you’re getting like 5 products in one!! Definitely worth the price!
How do I apply?
It’s easy. After you shower or wash your face in the morning, just squirt some on your fingers (a little goes a long way!) and spread it all over your face—just like you would a moisturizer! Don’t be shy—you can even spread it all over your eyelids—it’s a great primer! I like to follow it up with a little bit of my favorite Bare Minerals Matte Foundation—just to finish it off. Add a little blush, some mascara, and a swipe of lip gloss and you’re all set!
What do I do now?
Let me know if you try it!! I’d love to hear other gals opinions on BB Creams! Has anyone tried the drug store variations? At Target the other day, I saw that L’Oreal, Maybelline, and Garnier all had their own versions. I wonder if they’re comparable??
Sunday, July 8, 2012
I love the Nashville Farmers Market. Not only do you get a market full of local fresh fruits and vegetables, but you also get a whole slew of , a garden center, restaurants and a mini flea market!
We went today and got heirloom tomatoes, corn, peaches, squash, and zucchini. We also ate at a newer restaurant called Bella Nashville, which is a traditional wood fire pizzeria. We split the "meat" which was tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and (the best part) and Benton's Country Ham. They made the entire thing right in front of us and because of the bar seating, we were right in the middle of all the action.
As for the taste, best pizza I've ever had. The country ham totally made the pizza and the other ingredients were fresh as could be. We also ordered a handmade orange soda which was 5317896536 times better than your average Orange Crush.
All in all, 5 stars and we'll definitely be back soon.
Did I mention they also sell loaves of sourdough bread baked in the same wood fire oven? Definitely on my list for next time.