Thursday, January 31, 2013

"It's Ok" Thursdays..

Linking up for the first time with

I don't know how the weather is where you guys are but here in GA it was 70 yesterday and a freezing 40 today! Crazy weather!

It's OK, I had that wittle piece of chocolate candy today after I worked out...
I had already worked it off right?

It's OK, I have declared it a "fend for yourself dinner night"...

It's OK, that I was home until 3:30 today and didn't do ANY laundry...
It will still be there for me this weekend

It's OK, that it's a routine at the gym when an awesome jam comes thru my playlist, to put in on repeat...

It's OK, that I wear the same brown boots almost everyday...
They are my favorite

Hope your Thursday was wonderful!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hopper Wedding... Colors, Flowers, Boutonnieres, & Cakes

Here I am again with more wedding details.
Things were SOO CRAZY with everything going on I wasn't very good about getting my thoughts down here, so I am catching up the best I can.

It was such a challenge for me in the beginning to decide on what my colors would be. I know there are all different color schemes and pops of colors here and there like pinks and oranges. Several people suggested orange because it would be the fall but I knew that just wasn't me. 

If you look at my closet, you will find a section of white shirts, a section of black, a small section of greys, a few navy, a few browns, and a few pinks. 
And just let me add they are in order from strapless to spaghetti strap to sleeveless to tees to collared. WORD. 

OK, back to the point. I guess you can say that I lean more towards classic colors or natural colors. After I thought about it a little longer, I realized I didn't want black, I love white, crisp looks, and I have been completely obsessed with burlap so why not go with white, burlap colors, and touches of brown.

FINALLY, that was settled. 

It wasn't too hard for me to decide on flowers. Living here on the 'farm' and being southern and everything y'all, I knew I wanted hydrangeas.. and white ones. 
I wasn't quite sure what I needed to add to it though. 
The bridesmaids were going to be just hydrangeas 

and I mine, hydrangeas with a little something different.

My wedding planner suggested peonies. 
At first I wasn't really sure about it and then I saw this picture..

And fell in love.
How gorgeous would that be?
Well guess what the ONLY month out of the year is that you can't get peonies?

You guessed it..

So, we went back to some other options and came up with garden roses (I am not a rose fan but when these are open they were very pretty) and spider mums..
and those brown things I really have no clue what those are represented some kind of open pine cone.

 (Sorry I have NO clue what those are called either)
This picture was a sample taken at the florist meeting.

I think it came out being so beautiful!

The lace around the stems came from my MIL's collection of old lace. 
A nice southern touch!

 Now, onto the cake. 
Let me just tell you I do NOT like a lot of icing. I honestly cannot STAND it. 

Does anyone remember when Hilary Duff got hitched? I do. I saw her wedding photos featured in OK! Weekly when it came out. Everything I saw was gorgeous. Her hair was beautiful, her dress, everything. 
And then there was her cake.

I had NEVER seen anything like it. 
It had NO icing, it was rustic looking, and it was just different
And, I am all about not being the same as everyone else. 

AND, the only icing on the cake was in between the layers?
Well that was a NO BRAINER!

As soon as the cake decisions started coming about, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted. 
And we got just that. 

Future Brides.. I suggest keeping it simple and using someone local in your hometown. I went and talked to a well known bakery in Athens and it was horrible. The whole experience was and the cake was NASTY! I ended up meeting with a very sweet lady from my hometown, I had a cake tasting not too long after that and they were AMAZING. Coach ate on those cakes for a couple of weeks and raved about how moist the cake still was. 

This next picture is one of our favorites. We were both telling each other, the other better not slam the cake in each other's face.. that's actually a lot of 'others'.. Weellll, being me, I couldn't resist and tried to cake slam towards the end of me shoving the cake into his mouth. I think the cake pieces you see flying in the picture just adds to the whole shot. 

For the groom's cake I knew what I wanted to do from the start. 
I wanted to surprise Coach with a baseball cake. 
I knew it would be such a sweet surprise for him. 

In the beginning, I told him that I thought this would be a great idea for him..

..yellow cake and chocolate icing.. his favorite!
And bless him.. he didn't argue about it or anything. 

I really wanted just a completely round (as much as it could be) good sized baseball. Everything like that seemed to be too small and really looked like a small child's birthday cake.
And then I found this:

Once again.. PERFECT!! 
I love how the baseball is, I think the 'bronzy' look on it makes it look antique like the old school baseball days, it's paired with baseballs, moss (which is what our aisle was made of), AND hydrangeas!
Seriously I think that was just meant to be. 

I wish I could tell you how good it was but I didn't get a single bite of it.
Coach absolutely loved it.

The boutonnieres were super fun. I found this wedding in one of the first couple of magazines I looked at and thought how perfect! 
Now to only find the cotton so we could provide it ourselves.
Well, we were in luck and blessed because Coach has a friend who had connections to get some!
They went and picked it up one weekend, we saved money on flowers, and they turned out great.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Scripture Sunday's.. A Proverb

Last night before I went to bed I pulled up my Bible app..

When it opens, it gives the Verse of the Day:

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
Proverbs 17:28

All of my life I have struggled with reading the Bible and getting an understanding of what meaning is in scripture. It really is frustrating for me because when I talk to other people they seem to just "get it". 
I want to be one of those people who get it.
One of my friends told me about the Life Application Study Bible
It really is a cool Bible because it takes the scripture, breaks it down, and explains the verses to get a better understanding.

I read the verse again, staring at it with a blank face and fell asleep. 

This morning after getting up and doing the morning routine, let the dogs out, feed them, feed myself, etc., I finished up my Pinterest Party post and tried to finish another one I had started to share more details from the wedding. 

I could not seem to get my thoughts out the way I wanted to...
And then I started hearing a voice that said, "Spend some time with me". 

I really have been praying that I will be more in tune with God and I will have the ears to hear Him. 
So I waited for a little bit and heard Him again.

I put my computer down, got my Bible, and looked up the Proverbs verse.

27He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
28Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Proverbs 17:27,28

This is what the explanation reads:

The proverb highlights several benefits of keeping quiet. 
1- It is the best policy if you have nothing worthwhile to say;

 2- It allows you the opportunity to listen and learn; and 

3- it gives you something in common with those who are wiser. Make sure to pause to think and to listen so that when you do speak, you will have something important to say.

When I read this, the first thing that popped in my mind was something I know we have all heard in our lifetime:

"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

But then I thought to myself, yes, this does give us an opportunity to listen more. 
I have room to improve on listening better. 
One of my faults when having a discussion with someone is wanting to comment in the middle of them explaining something. I feel like I am going to forget their points and by the time they finish I'm not going to remember what I was wanting to say.
It is very frustrating for me but maybe God is showing me that He will put the important words in my mouth and I will learn something in the listening process.

Happy Sunday everyone!

We should have a ......

It's always a good time to get together and fellowship. So why not do it by having a 

Pinterest Party!

Before Christmas, my now Cousin-in-Law Christine, wanted to have a Christmas Pinterest Party but our crazy schedules didn't allow us to. 

Well, last night we were all able to get together as a family and craft!

We each were to pick a craft that could be worked on for a couple of hours and a recipe for a snack.

For my project, I chose to make my own coasters!

Are these not adorable or what?

You will need:

4 square tiles from your local hardware store (4.25″ x 4.25″)

(I got mine at Home Depot for 16c each)
4 pieces of scrapbook paper (4″ x 4″)
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush

Clear acrylic sealer

I cut out 4x4 squares of construction paper
(they were actually a tad smaller because I wanted the white from the tile to be a 'border')

I then took the Mod Podge and applied it to the tile with a sponge brush...

Then squeegeed out all the air bubbles...

I let it dry and then applied a thin coat of MP Sealer on the top. Those dried for about 15-20 minutes before I applied another thin layer... 

Then just add felt pads to the corners...

and you've got your coasters!

It was SUPER easy and a lot of fun!

For my recipe, I chose to do..

drum roll please...


But these weren't just ANY kind of cupcake.. these were 


oh. my. goodness.


32 Oreos- 20 left whole, and 12 coarsely chopped
2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup sour cream
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.

2. With an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Gradually add sugar, and beat until combined. Beat in vanilla.

3. Mix in eggs, one at a time, beating to combine and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookies by hand.

4. Divide batter evenly among cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until filling is set, about 25 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or up to overnight). Remove from cupcake papers just before serving.

Check out the rest of the night from all the pics below!

All the goodies...

Christine's project--

Connie's project..

Emily's project..

Sue's project...

Judy's project..


Such a great time I think we should have one every month!

Get your next project lined up ladies!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hopper Wedding.. Flower Girl Baskets.. DIY

For our wedding, I wanted to make as much as I could on my own. Not only is it more sentimental, which I am ALL about, but you are also saving money in the process.
Why pay someone when you can do it on your own?

Thankfully the Lord blessed me with a little creative side when He made me and I was able to do a lot...

Including the flower girl baskets. 

I wanted to do something rustic to go along with the theme of our wedding so of course, being the Google queen I am, I started Googling and found my inspiration.

I fell in LOVE.

Here is all I used below:

From Michaels:

Wooden Hearts


You will also need:
glue gun
glue sticks
brown marker

I started by hot glueing the moss all around the rim of the basket...

I cut the fabric into strips...

And started rolling them into a flower shape.
I'm not good with an explanation on how I did it, so I googled "rosette tutorials" for you and found this one here.
I actually like her way of doing it better.

step 1

step 2

step 3
glue the small flower in the center of the big flower

step 4
Glue them onto the basket

Next, I took a brown marker and drew our initials onto the wooden hearts...

 And then glued those onto the baskets.

 Here are some shots from the Big Day below!

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