Friday, November 29, 2013

Our Turkey Tales


Thanksgiving Day started with me not wanting to get out of bed.. I'm not sure what's going on with me lately, but I'm just so sleepy! Even though I knew Broccoli Casserole was screaming my name and my nephew was in town from FSU, I just wanted to hide under the covers and hit snooze.  Thankfully, Rob had his mind set on making Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Red Lobster's biscuits.. you can buy them in the store folks) so he was up and running instead of doing his usual procrastination-- Thank you Jesus!  

(Morgan & Wade.. I'm a total doting Aunt)

My Sister was hosting Turkey Day again this year and she had her house set up like she was serving the masses. It was almost over whelming, especially for someone that can't eat that much at a time. Not only did she have her set up for all the dinner foods but my Father had made some concoction of Ritz Crackers with Sargento Thin Sliced Cheddar Cheese and his homemade Pickled Jalopeno Slices (he's very proud of these), along with Cream Cheese and Cranberry Salsa (w/ crackers) for appetizers. Honestly, the only thing needed as an appetizer on this kind of holiday is a glass of wine but to each his own, right!?

Our menu was delicious and consisted of my Father's famous fried turkey which he injects with the most incredible "something".. I don't know what it is, but it's great.. green bean casserole and collards (made by me and I really over did it this year with making huge portions), my Grandmother's dressing, sweet potato casserole, pigs in a blanket (my Father is obsessed I tell you), broccoli casserole, mashed potatoes & gravy, and sweet spiral ham. Oh and I can't forget apple pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and cherry cheesecake. 

Seriously folks, I made the smallest plate in the world.. in fact, two relatives asked me if that was all I was eating! I took about three bites, got sick (three times), and then hauled butt upstairs to my nieces bedroom and passed out for two hours. It wasn't until the cat started sniffing my nose that I woke up. I even slept through football. Poor Rob was stuck downstairs with my Grandfather and Bro in law. Luckily, I woke up feeling much better and made it downstairs in time to see some old photos my sister was sharing from "back in the day" when my Grandparent's had their farm. And I didn't miss out on some fun photos with the kids before they ran off on their own seperate ways.
(I'm posing like this because we looked through old photos and happened to find some of my ballet days)


Even though I slept through most of the "family time", I'm thankful that we are able to all celebrate Thanksgiving together as a family. We may not all sit at the table, we may be loud and all over the place, but the traditions we have are just perfect for us.


I'm also linking up with Chrissy @ A Lil Dash of Diva for a fun, new blog hop!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Introducing Live & Learn Thursday

Introducing...


Starting next week, on Thursday December 5, join the party!
It's easy... just follow your hosts and link up your post! And don't forget to grab our super cute button.

Live & Learn Thursdays are about anything... have you discovered a new skill or recipe? Did you make a mistake at work and it's been haunting you? Would you like to share some juicy celebrity gossip? Or perhaps dish on an embarrassing teenage moment (like the repercussions of over-plucking your eyebrows)?

Or, for example, this week I learned that Starbucks has a SECRET MENU... say what?!

In subsequent weeks I'll be sure to divulge some of my favorite "Live & Learn" lessons that I've gathered over the years. So stay tuned, and link up next week my pretties!

And now, the ladies who brought you "Live & Learn Thursday"
MEET YOUR HOSTS
Of course you already know me, but I'd like to take a moment to introduce the other three ladies I've teamed up with for this exciting weekly link up. Without further ado...



Sarah from Life As Always 
Sarah blogs at Life As Always about her semi-newlywed life in the suburbs of Seattle. She loves traveling, the great outdoors, NFL football, and beverages served in red Solo cups. At least she did before she got knocked up. But these days she's super excited about her first baby, due this spring! Take a moment and stop by her spunky, down-to-earth blog... you won't regret it!

Lindsey from Etsy Shop to inspire me, since creativity is not my strong suit. Check her out!



Jenni from Flying on a Rainbow
An English girl who loves all the same things as me: traveling, sunshine, lists, books, and dreaming of being rich. Jenni got married in2011 and she's in the process of making her house a home, as I'm dreaming of finally getting into a home of our own. One of these days I'd love to go to England I will be sure to hook up with Jenni, but in the meantime head on over and say hi at her adorable blog! 
 

So there you have it... the deets on the most amazing link up you'll hear about this year. Don't miss out... hook up with us next Thursday for
LIVE & Learn with Sarah, Lindsey, Jenni and me!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Randoms.. this week!


Being that it's Thanksgiving week and I'm finally starting to feel the weight of the holidays on my shoulder, I'm feeling a little Random. So I thought I'd share stuff that's been going on in my life lately. Oh and I have a little announcement too!


This past Saturday, my Mother's side of the family decided to celebrate Thanksgiving together, non traditionally, at my Great Aunt's gorgeous beach house. Being that it is the first holiday without my Grandmother, not only did we celebrate her life but we gathered items together so we could donate them to the local Animal Shelter in her name. She was the biggest animal lover and I know she's smiling down upon us. We also took the opportunity to celebrate my Father's 71st birthday (which was yesterday). The food was great and so was the company. We had grilled Spinch & Garlic Oysters with my Great Aunt's yummy Shrimp Creole.  Although it was spicy, the shrimp were huge and delish!

For Thanksgiving Day, at my Sister's house.. I'd planned on trying something completely out of my comfort zone and baking Apple Pies on a Stick (Katie), but I was told last minute that I would be making Collards and Green Bean Casserole. I guess I can't complain because my Mom told me that my recipes are the best. So maybe next year. These little treats do look fun though..

One of my Father's friends has been buying and collecting different teddy bears over the past couple of years and storing them away. Recently she's decided to get rid of them and knowing that my Father volunteers at a local hospital, she decided that she would give them to him for donation. There are literally garabage bags full of these stuff animals from Ty bears to Mickey Mouse and more. I cannot tell you how excited I am to donate them to the local Children's Hospital-- that is, if we can keep Levi out of them because he thinks that any stuff animal that comes in the house is his! 

Speaking of my Father, apparently he's on a roll for this upcoming Holiday because not only is he frying our usual Thanksgiving turkey and making pigs in a blanket, but my Mother tells me that he's going to try his hand at Pecan Pies.. but as if that isn't enough, I went over to his house today to find some special treats out on the counter. It looks like he's caught some type of cooking bug because he had caramel pecan cookies out on the counter but bless his heart-- he put them on wax paper and they melted into the paper and are now inedible. I was able to pull some apart so that we could try them and I must say that they were good, even for someone that doesn't really care for sweets. Good try Daddy!

Even though I claim I'm not interested in spreading the Christmas spirit, I have found some precious Christmas cards and I've already started getting mine ready to send out. I'm not going to post pictures because I don't want to ruin the surprise of how cute they are but if you'd like to exchange cards, just let me know! And I do have an annoucement..
next week.. drum roll please---
I will be having my FIRST GIVEAWAY!
I'm so excited! And even though I have no idea how to do those rafflecopter things, I've got a whole weekend to figure it out! 



Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thanksgiving Oreo Turkeys






Ingredients

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
30 candy corn candies, plus 6 white tips of candy corn
6 chocolate sandwich cookies
6 mini peanut butter cups
6 malt balls
1 cup Red Frosting
6 chocolate sandwich cookies with top cookies removed

This makes 6 turkeys! If you are making more, just double up!


Directions

Place the chocolate chips in a medium stainless steel or glass bowl. Set the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate has melted, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

For each turkey, push 5 candy corn candies, tip-side down, into the cream filling of a chocolate sandwich cookie to make the feathers for the turkey. Lay the cookie on a work surface.

Dip the flat, larger end of a peanut butter cup in the melted chocolate allowing any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place the peanut butter cup, chocolate-dipped end down, onto the sandwich cookie.

Dip a malt ball into the melted chocolate allowing any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place the malt ball above the peanut butter cup to make the head of the turkey.

Dip the flat end of the white candy corn tip in the chocolate. Place on the malt ball, to make the turkey beak. Refrigerate until the chocolate has set, about 10 minutes.

With Red Frosting, Pipe a small piece of frosting under the malt ball to make the turkey's beard. (Red Frosting can be bought, already prepared and ready to be piped in baker's section of the store.)

Place a cookie (with top half removed) on a platter. Stand the turkey upright into the cream filling. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.


This recipe is by Giada De Laurentiis.






Never The Same Spice Twice

Friday, November 22, 2013

I wish I was brave enough to...


When my Bloggy BFF Jenni posted this the other day, I knew I had to steal the idea from her. I think there are always things we wish we had the courage to do! So today I'm going to share a short list of things I wish I was brave enough to do..
(has anyone noticed I'm a little obsessed with lists lately?)
Attempt to do a cartwheel again. Seriously, I'm 32 years old and have only tried to do a cartwheel once in my life.. when I was 28 years old. It did not turn out pretty, to say the least. When I got my legs up in the air, I fell completely down on my shoulder and separated it. Not only was I in excruciating pain for six weeks but I was also in a sling. Never again.

Cut my hair short.  I can only imagine how great it would be to not worry about whether my hair looks ok or not, if I should wear it up or down.. to not be bothered by headaches because it's up in a bun and too heavy. However, I will not be cutting my hair short because I don't have the face for it.. these chubby cheeks won't work.

Have another tummy tuck. After losing over 230lbs, I had a tummy tuck in 2006. Before I was even healed (almost 3 months later), I flipped my car six times and was ejected over 50ft into a tree. This caused every muscle in my stomach to shred and tear. Everything that I went through for that tummy tuck was basically thrown away. That surgery and what I went through for "recovery" was horrific and painful. I don't know that I can do it again.

Eat spicy foods. Boo! There are some things that my stomach can't tolerate and anything spicy just kills me. Being that we are in the South, there are all kinds of fun stores that sell sauces and spices and they would be fun to cook with.. but oh no, not me. One thing that I really wish that I could eat is Grilled & Stuffed Jalopenos Wrapped in Bacon. Yum!

As you can see.. I'm not much of a dare devil. I don't feel the need to bungee jump or throw myself from perfectly good planes. I'm pretty simple.
What is something you wish you were brave enough to do?



Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men on Grooveshark

Linking up with Whitney today because it won't be a good Friday if I wasn't able to 
Backtheazzup!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thankful Thursday



Crystal Michelles Mess

Now that Thanksgiving is only 7 days away, what better way to countdown to the holiday than to link up with Crystal Michelle @ Crystal Michelle's Mess and list a few things that I'm thankful for this Thursday. If you'd like, grab a button and share what you are thankful for as well.  Why not, right? Tis the season, or whatever people say!


  • I am thankful that my sister took time out of her busy schedule to help me attempt to figure out Paypal last night when trying to order my Blog So Hard shirt.  I was a newb to Paypal and little did I know that the Seller had to manually send you an invoice before you could pay for the product. I'm so excited for the shirt. (Sales for the Blog So Hard shirt are over as of yesterday but new shirts come out each month so stay tuned to Whitney's site for the next go 'round.)
  • I am thankful that I have some sense when it comes to electronics or else I'd be up shit creek.  The other day at work I had to make some changes to this fancy schmancy fax machine and while I was intimidated, I took care of it on my first try and without the manual. My Boss thought I was a genius and I was able to stop panicing.
  • I am thankful for Seville Quarter and living Downtown. Rob and I do not go out to bars or clubs, period. We would rather hang out at home or do the "house party/get together" thing. Last night we decided we would walk Downtown to this huge club (click the link to read about this "historical" club that has 7 bars in one place) and hang out at the dueling piano bar for Nickel & Quarter Beer Night.  It was nice to do something fun that we don't normally do. (more pics at bottom of post)
  • I am thankful for the scented wax burner that has been making my house smell so yummy and divine lately. Normally, I can't smell (after my brain bleed), unless it's something disgusting.. but I can actually smell the scented wax that I have burning. I will admit that I got some scented oil and have been adding it to the melted wax pretty much every day but I don't think there's anything wrong with that. When we came home yesterday, Rob said it smelled like fresh baked pie in here and then our neighbor stopped by today and commented on how great our house smelled. I absolutely love that. My house must smell good, or else my OCD goes bizerk.
  • I am thankful that when Rob and I aren't getting on each other's nerves, we are actually able to be silly together and be ourselves. It's so nice to genuinely laugh with someone you love.  To me, it's almost a form of feeling safe.
  • I am thankful for big screen TVs and Alabama football! This season has been awesome and while I think that we needed to get our heads out of our asses last game, we've played some pretty hard ball this season and I'm ready for the Championship game!
  • I am thankful that although I've never seen snow and don't know how much of a pain it is (I can only imagine), we don't have to deal with it here. It's nice to have 72 degree days and 45 degree nights. Good ol' Florida folks!
  • I'm very thankful for the close relationships that I've developed with my Bloggy BFFs.. Jenni. Never in a million years would I have imagined the friendships that I would make through blogging. These Gals are so special to me!
What are you thankful for? 

(photos from Seville Quarter, my long overdue night out)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Waiting Room Manners



No one enjoys going to the Doctor, unless you are a gluton for punishment or maybe you are getting a 3D ultrasound of your growing, tiny human. Most people know to expect to spend some time in the waiting room until it's their turn to be seen and the smart ones prepare. Others, who are on another planet just want to be miserable and make everyone around them feel the same way. In my opinion, there are a handful of things that people should be aware of when visiting a doctor and one of them is practicing good waiting room manners. Yes, if you frequent this blog.. I AM THE MANNERS POLICE! 

As I sit here in the waiting room of my new Doctor, I am baffled by some of the things I am hearing and seeing so I want to share this experience and some of my "tips" for waiting room ettique with you. But first, you should know this: I am here today to get established with a new Primary Physician. My old one seemed to specialize in Geriatrics and was not meeting my needs, so I researched and found this gem. In my research, I did find that while this Doctor was excellent, there was usually a hour or more wait before being seen. That's fine by me, whatevs. When I scheduled the appointment, I was warned not to come early to fill out paperwork and that generally patients wait up to a hour or so to be seen. Ok, great.. thanks for the warning. 


  • Don't eat in the waiting room. No one wants to smell your nasty, greasy hamburger and more importantly.. so one wants to hear you smack and/or burp.
  • Don't chew gum if you can't do it quietly. Since when is it acceptable to smack gum louder than a cow chomps on a salt block and blow/pop bubbles? Today a 60 year old woman was doing this.. While I am aware that some people do this unconsciously, there's really no reason to be eating gum in a waiting room. Get an altoid.
  • Don't talk politics with others waiting. First off, I don't agree with the waiting room TV playing news stations that talk nonstop about politics but if it does, there's no reason for you to express your opinion when it's not asked for or is it an open forum for you to debate with others. You are there to be seen by a Doctor, that's all.
  • The office staff is not there to serve you water. The already busy office staff was not hired to bring you water from the back of the office (when clearly you know where it is and have access). And if water bottles are offered, there is no reason to loudly drink from the bottle like you've been trapped in the desert for years and are insanely thirsty. If you are drinking from a small bottle of water and it's making a loud whistling noise while you are doing so.. something is wrong with the pictures. 'Nuff said.
  • Do not let your kids run crazy or barefoot while waiting to be seen. If you know that you are going to be waiting for awhile in the Doctor's office, try to find someone to watch your child(ren). While I completely understand that this isn't always possible, I know that a Parent can plan ahead. Bring a coloring book or something. Don't let your children bulldoze others waiting out of their chairs, ask them 1,000 questions, or roll around on the floor. Also, whether the floor is carpeted or not-- CHILDREN (or anyone) SHOULD NOT WALK ON HOSPITAL OR DOCTOR'S OFFICE FLOOR BAREFOOT. 
  • Keep your phone conversations to yourself. I'm sure we've all seen the signs posted in the Doctor's office that ask you to silence your phone if not turn it off, right? Well, I've seen some that say to do that even in the waiting room.. I'm not really bothered by someone being on the phone in the waiting room but what does bother me is hearing someone talk nonstop about what's for dinner, their grocery trip, the rest of their plans for the day, etc. It's no problem for you to let the receptionist know that you need to step out for a moment-- they will come notify you when it's time for you to be called back.
  • Listen to your music at a reasonable volume. Seriously, not everyone wants to listen to your underground rap tracks. 
  • Chatty people, get a smart phone or a crossword puzzle. Just because we are ALL waiting to be seen and stuck in the same room doesn't mean that we have to converse and make small talk. This is not Pensacola, population 500.. where everyone knows everyone.  I don't care about your mom, your church, etc. Be quiet.
  • Sometimes, Doctor's run late! This is the nature of the Beast.. especially when you KNOW that the Doctor is notorious for this, when you are a patient that been to the practice before-- if they've warned a newbie about this and you are complaining, huffing and puffing, bitching and moaning.  My Lord.  Get up, reschedule, and be about your merry little way.  Don't make others miserable.  In fact, if it's that big of a deal.. find another Doctor. There are plenty of others in this town.
I would like to add that I'm not a cranky bitch.. I just think that having manners are important. Call me crazy but I think my Parents raised me right-- if you want to fault me for that, ok. Anyway.. when I finally met the Doctor today, I was so very pleased. He is an excellent provider and I couldn't be happier with him as well as I didn't mind the wait.  Oh and not only did I have free WiFi while I was there, but also a small flat screen with cable, where I got to watch the Food Network. What more could a girl want!! (and once I got into the room, I didn't want more than 4 minutes after the nurse checked my vitals!)
Me taking a selfie in the Doctor's office bathroom & the TV setup I was watching while blogging today.

This or That - Fear Edition


All of us have Fears, right? Some of us more than others.  While I like to say that I'm fearless, I must admit that some things do "get under my skin". Today I'm linking up with Kristine for This or That: Fear Edition.


 Heights or Deep Water
This is a tough one for me because I have a problem with both! Heights terrify me but the unknown of what is in deep water is equally as frightening. Being that I live about ten minutes from one of the most beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, which happen to house tons of sharks, I'm no stranger to deep water. However, if the water is clear, I have no problem. About two or so hours away, there's a place called Vortext Springs and I feel completely comfortable in the deep waters there. Vortex produces 28 million gallons of crystal clear water daily at a year-round temp of 68 degrees. It's a top ranked Scuba Diving facility as well as a great place for camping and swimming.

Snakes or Spiders
Uhh neither! I don't mind ball pythons that have been hand raised from a pet store and are "friendly".. oh and smaller than a dog, not posing a real threat to me. I can deal with that.  But wild snakes, no thank you. As far as spider, absolutely no way! I'll take a snake. The idea of something crawling on me and biting me is just not something I will tolerate.

Losing all your Teeth or all your Hair
Honestly, my head is so damned big that I would look awful without hair. Plus, my hair is really beautiful (so I've been told). I'm a strawberry blonde, my hair used to be thick (it's not thin or anything), it's naturally wavy and almost down to my butt. Anyway, I could live without teeth, totally. Now, because I have to get specific about a lot of things.. does this mean losing all of our OWN teeth, meaning I could get fake ones, or all teeth period? Either way, I need my hair!
(excuse the bad picture.. I took it in the Doctor's office)

No Voice or No Hearing
Absolutely, hands down, no doubt about it-- No voice. I couldn't live without being able to hear.  Not only is music everything but I can't imagine life without being able to hear my Mother's voice or the sound of a baby coo, especially mine one day. 

Eating a Bug or Eating Intestines
I would eat a bug.  When you think about it, we have probably already eaten so many bugs and have no idea. Bugs fly into restaurants and get into food.. if you are cooking outdoors they can land in your food and we may not see them and eat them. Not really that big of a deal, I say. Now eating intestines, that's a big damned deal. Ain't happening here!



Monday, November 18, 2013

Cop impersonation for free donuts?


Lately there's been local news of people impersonating Police in order to to rob others. While it doesn't concern me (personally) all that much, it's pretty serious and scary!  
So imagine my surprise when I heard that someone in Florida was arrested for impersonating a Cop for FREE donuts. 

Apparently, a man named "Chuck" has been going into Dunkin Donuts asking for free donuts and other discounts. He impersonated a Cop and an Air Marshall.  He also brought in his family and got mad when the employees denied him discounts because he couldn't keep his story straight. Not only did Chuck carry a gun with him but the badge that he showed the employees was his deceased Father's badge.  Sick huh?



The first time I heard this, Rob told me, and I thought he was kidding me. Being that he is in his work truck most of the day, his co-worker tortures him with talk radio so he's always hearing crazy news stories. So I decided to research it a little.. low and behold, it's true.
How sick can one person be?  Normally I wouldn't get bent out of shape over something like this and I'm not "really" gonna lose any sleep over it but my ex brother in law is a cop and just knowing that he puts his life on the line to protect the citizens of my community and actually took and oath, not to mention the many men and women that are fighting for our freedom in the military.. and this "Character" just is cruising around flashing is OWN DEAD FATHER's badge AND CARRYING A GUN for freaking donuts and coffee. 
Sick. Sick. Sick.
And... I do see a lot of humor in it too (or else I woulnd't have posted this).
You can read about the story here.



With Hope, the Odds Don't Matter


Perfect, carefree looking family.. right? Would you believe that this wife & mother, Heather Von St. James, is a Mesothelioma Survivor? At the age of 36, just after giving birth, she was diagnosed and given 15 months to live... but this incredible woman knew that she needed to beat the odds for her newborn daughter Lily. 

Guess what?  It's been 8 years and she's dedicated her life to spreading awareness about this awful disease! Please watch her video and share this information.




If you're like me, you may not know much about asbestos and the dangers of exposure.  After learning more about Heather's story, I decided it was VERY important to do a little research and I want to share some of what I learned.

Asbestos is a heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in fire-resistant and insulating materials such as brake linings. . 
The inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious diseases of the lungs and others organs that may not appear until years after the exposure has occurred. Asbestosis can cause a buildup of scar-like tissues in the lungs and result in loss of lung function that often progresses to disbility and death. Asbestos fibers associated with these dealth risks are too small to be seen with the naked eye, and smokers are at higher risk of developing some asbestos-related diseases.

The respiratory tract is the most common site of asbestos exposure symptoms. Symptoms differ depending on the particular problem.
Some of the main symptom of asbestosis is shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include:
  • Persistent cough that produces mucus
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest Pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry crackling sound in lungs while inhaling
Although Heather is a survivor and very lucky, many people aren't as lucky.  I'd like to invite you to share her story and educate yourself on the dangers of Asbestos.  If you'd like to contact Heather or have any questions, she can be contacted here.
Also, if you'd like more info about this disease.. it can be found here.

Cara Box Reveal


I was so excited to particpate in The Cara Box Exchange again!  My first experience was great and this time proved to be an even better experience! The Exchange was started by the lovely Kaitlyn @ Wifessionals- if you haven't heard about it or ever participated, I highly reccommend it because not only do you get the chance to meet two great new friends but you get a present in the mail.  WOOT!

This month I was paired up with Jessy @ The Artsy Cajun.

After being paired up with Jessy, I messaged her and automatically it felt like we clicked.  We emailed each other back and forth, all hours of the day, and what seemed to look like novels.  Jessy is one of the most UPLIFTING people and she seems to get my sense of humor which is pretty dang cool, if I do say so myself!  I'm so very thankful that I decided to get involved with the Exchange again this month, because now I have a very special new friend.
Oh and Jessy even sent my package VERY early, as she knew I was going through some rough times after my Grandmother's death, etc and she wanted to cheer me up!
Isn't she grand!? (She's my new friend, you can't have her!)

This is ABSOLUTELY my favorite part of the entire box!  This candle is divine.  In fact, I haven't wanted to burn it for much because I'm going to be sad when it's gone.  I've never used a soy candle before but had heard of them.  After lighting this, the whole house smells of the most beautiful fall fragrance. Yum!

I have to love Jessy for sending me this (she's a Tigers fan)! I have worn this fun piece on game days and gotten so many compliments!  It was really touching that she tucked this into the box and paid such close attention to my love of the Tide!

These treats were Lots of fun!  I would like to say that I got to drink them but Rob beat me to it.  That's fine though.. he complained that he never gets anything fun in the mail so I think it's only fair that I share something with him, right?  


Jessy also noticed how much I love to cook so she sent me this neat recipe book which has come in very handy.  I love following blogs that offer recipes so I keep this right by my "blog spot" (where I do most of my reading).. so when I find a neat recipe, I write it down and save it to whip up later.  Also, I got a yummy cookie in a neat little tin.  I had to eat it quickly, before Rob got home, or I wouldn't have gotten any! My Cara Box also had some cute, fall colored nail polishes and socks to keep my feet warm.  The funny thing is, I'd purchased the same socks days before!  They're too cute though!

Once again, I am overly thankful for meeting Jessy and the friendship that we have made.  Without the Cara Box Exchange, it never would have happened.
I highly reccommend clicking the box below and giving it a try--
you won't regret it!



Cara Box



Saturday, November 16, 2013

Jobs, Movies, Vacay's, Oh My!


Haha!  I thought the above photo was hilarious.. anyway.  I'm linking up with Neely for another edition of the Sunday Social so Enjoy!



1. Name 4 jobs you’ve had in your life.
One of my favorite jobs has been being a Nanny. I worked for a little girl, Emma, from 3 months old until she went into preschool and I loved every second of it.  I worked as a VIP Travel Specialist for a large agency that is well known and that was fun.  Had they not moved their local office, I would still be working for them. Also, I worked as a Barn Manager for Competitive Horse Farm. Of course this was YEARS ago but I loved every minute of it. Not only did I get to ride horses every single day but I was outdoors so I had a great tan! Lastly, I worked for a CPA as a receptionist. It was the easiest job in the world and I literally played on the computer all day and waited for him to have work for me. He would procrastinate all day and basically have one hour's worth of work for me to do and pay me to answer the phone.


2. Name 4 movies you would watch over and over.

Dazed and Confused, Grease, The Great Outdoors, Dirty Dancing
(Hello Matthew!  Come to Mama!)

3. Name 4 places you have lived.
Haha.. I've lived in Pensacola, FL all of my life.

4. Name 4 of your favorite foods. 

Sushi (as my mouth starts watering), green bean casserole, fried green tomatoes, banana chips! I guess today I'm being random. Things that I like to eat change all the time.. I guess that's because the things I am actually ABLE to eat vary.
(these are SUPER good with Greek Seasoning, fyi)

5. Name 4 things you always carry with you.
My phone, of course. Zofran (nausea medication). Chapstick. Eye juice (drops).

6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation.

Hawk's Cay, FL which is in the Keys. I actually stayed in the same room that Arnold Schwartzeneger stayed in when he filmed True Lies (The Pier House). IT WAS HUGE!
Regina, Sask in Canada. I spent a month there and actually traveled with a family I was a nanny for. It was so much fun. Minot, ND. I traveled there to visit my best friend when she lived on the Navy base with her husband. That was my first time flying alone and I was so proud of myself for being a "big girl". New Orleans, LA. I went there with my good friends for Mardi Gras. It was an absolutely indescribable experience. If you've ever been there for the occasion, you know what I'm talking about.
(yes! this is exactly what Mardi Gras in NOLA looks like. No lie!)