Feb 29, 2012

Lovely Lady: Michelle Williams

Was anyone else floored, yet again, by how stunning Michelle Williams was at the Oscars?
I was. 

I would cut my hair just like that if I thought I would look half as good.

I was browsing though photos of her and I found her so inspiring.  Just the way she carries herself.  With such a humble confidence...if that makes sense.

And her style: she strikes me as such a down-to-earth girl.

 I admit; I've not seen much of her work, but I will have to catch her as Marilyn ASAP.  Girls movie night, for sure.

Source: vogue.com via Alissa on Pinterest

She's one of my new favorites for sure.
She's fabulous.  Simply fabulous.


Feb 27, 2012

Some Monday Stuff

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.  I'll have you all know this post started as Some Saturday Stuff...but it never got done...so now it's Monday.  C'est la vie.  My poor baby is sick so we enjoyed a lovely lazy weekend at home.  Last night I met up with a few friends for an Oscar watching get-together. Then came home & watched my DVR'd episode of SNL with my sick toddler until 1:30 in the morning.  Today might be rough but we'll make it through.
So here ya go.  Better late than never.  A few pics & links from the past couple weeks...
1. My child is a goof.  And I love it.
2. Got my tickets to Bonnaroo!  After a grueling 90 minutes on the site which apparently crashed.
3. Took a day trip to the beach with some of our friends.  Party of 15, please.  It was chaos and SO much fun.
4.  Hofbrau for lunch.  11:00am isn't too early for a liter, right?

Did the no-heat curl.  Before/After.  It wasn't too bad but my hair is a bit frizzy so I had the Gilda Radner look going on most of the day.  I'm sure if I used a little product it would have been better.
Used this tutorial to do it.  

I did a guest post swap with Melissa of Press Play.  I created some novel soundtracks (tunes to jam to while reading The Hunger Games) and she shared some of her favorite albums as a teenager. You should check it out.

Don't forget to blog your favorite couple for Thursday's linkup.
Have you seen my newest blog series?  If you like books, you'll probably be interested...


I adore this.  I may have to make a boy version for my kids.  Why not, right?

Source: etsy.com via Jessica on Pinterest

And no post is complete without a little music.  So enjoy.
A new Shins album coming out this year.  Bonnaroo 2012 baby!  

So let's raise our coffee cups...
Here's to a great week!

Feb 23, 2012

Life-Changers - Guest Post {Press Play}

Hello readers.  Today I'm doing a little guest post swap with my good friend, Melissa {Press Play}.  Melissa rocks basically & making a friend like her is pretty much the best thing about blogging.  Since we both share a love for music we have written music-inspired posts for each others' blogs today. She is sharing some of her life-changing favorites here and I'm sharing some novel-soundtracks over there.  Be sure to go check them out after you're finished here.  Enjoy!!

Hi everyone! My name is Melissa and I blog over at Press Play about books, music, travel, health and basically all the little bits of my life. I was so excited when Jessica and I decided to guest post for each other this month because she’s awesome! I mean, you obviously knew that if you read her blog and all.
Today I’m taking over her little space on the internet to talk to you about one of the many things we have in common.
You know how sometimes there is something that happens in your life that fundamentally changes who you are? For some people it’s a particular vacation, for others it’s a really great book- for me? It’s music. Actually, it’s all of the above, but today I wanted to talk a little bit about how music changed my life. More specifically I want to introduce you to the albums that changed my life most growing up. And I promise I’m not going as far back as the Backstreet Boys, even though they’re still pretty awesome in my books. (Don’t judge!)
High school was a time of awkwardness, growing up, changing, making friends & losing friends, having silly crushes, and everything in between. This music is what got me through it best.
Number Five: From Under the Cork Tree by Fall Out Boy
 I think I was 16 when this album came out and my burned copy of it stayed in my CD player for six straight months- I kid you not, I listened to NOTHING ELSE- before I finally changed it. FOB was just getting popular when I was in 15 or so, and they were the first band that I REALLY wanted to see live. Music was always my *thing* growing up, but I don’t think I ever realized just how much live music affected me until I heard this CD. I saw them in concert twice before they really made it *big* and to this day, those are still some of my fondest live show memories from those early days.

Number Four: Futures by Jimmy Eat World
 This CD makes me think of the summer before my graduating year, listening to the song “Kill” on repeat with one of my then-best-friends in her room while we talked about boys, friendships and went on random adventures. Although we’re not friends anymore, that song always makes me think of her. To this day, Jimmy Eat World is still one of my favorite bands and the music from this record always reminds me of the good times I had- it was probably my favorite summer throughout high school.

Number Three: Blueprints for the Black Market by Anberlin
 When my taste in music finally started moving away from the usual things you’d hear on the radio (think Avril Lavigne, circa 2005 when she still wore ties and tank tops) I discovered Anberlin. Can I just say that if you don’t know this band, you need to go listen to them RIGHT THIS SECOND? ‘Blueprints’ was their first record and it has my all time favorite song of theirs: Na├»ve Orleans. That song was the soundtrack to my summers long after high school ended, right up until I finally saw them perform live. I’d like to think of Anberlin as the band that helped me discover my true taste in music.

Number Two: Everything in Transit by Jack’s Mannequin
I think this is still one of my all time favorite CD’s and will remain as such for a long, long time. But to understand my love for this band you need to read Number One below (the bands are fronted by the same singer AKA the love of my musical life)
The one thing I can tell you about Jack’s Mannequin is that my first tattoo, when I have the guts to get it done, will be a lyric from one of their songs. Also off this album, the song ‘The Mixed Tape’ has been my most played song on iTunes since I was 16 years old and heard it on One Tree Hill (yes, I’m an OTH  fan. We’re old friends!)

Number One: Leaving Through the Window by Something Corporate
I bought this album sometime around 2004- I was probably 13 or so- when I had no idea what good music meant, but I still loved going into music stores and browsing what was new. I have NO clue why I picked up this album, but I can say that it genuinely changed my life. I would sit in my room and play the songs over and over again, just soaking them in.
I didn’t understand the meaning of music until a couple years later when the lead singer, Andrew McMahon, created a new band called Jack’s Mannequin. It was then that I really started following music and bands, and I heard all about his amazing story.
Something Corporate will always be THAT band for me. Even though they don’t exist anymore, I saw them perform together once (in 2010 during their reunion tour). I think wherever Andrew McMahon goes I’ll always follow his music; I have him to thank for introducing me to the biggest thing in my life still to this day-music. He’s an inspiration to me.
What are the albums that impacted your life growing up? What bands do you still follow this day or listen to since you were a teenager?


Feb 22, 2012

Introducing: The Book Chat!!

I'm very excited to introduce my first linky party!

I came up with this idea after seeing some various book challenges where you post about books (prompts given) for a week or month straight.  And since I love reading and all, I was all geared up to participate.  Then I realized that I didn't just want to throw it all out there in 30 days & be done with it.
So I thought...
Perhaps I could stretch the book chat out for weeks... 
And maybe I can invite other people to blog along with me...
& do a linky party and it wall be glorious and amazing.  {actual words in my brain}
And so...the Book Chat is born!

So basically this is how it will work...
Every Thursday's blog post will have a prompt question related to anything bookness {i.e. favorite couple, best first line, coolest cover, funniest character, etc}.  We'll have all week to answer that question.  Blog it on the next Thursday &  Link back up on here!  That easy!  It can be a picture, summary, review or just gushing about the book.  Anything you want.   No obligations of course. 

All I ask is that you link back up to me in your post.  Here's a pretty button for you to use (but don't have to).


The first one will start Thursday, March 1st.  You can blog it now & schedule it to post if that makes easier (just don't forget to come back & link up)

So here we go...
I'll make the first one easy-peasy.

3/1/12:  Who is your favorite fictional couple?  


Feb 21, 2012

February Sponsor Highlight {pt 2}

a few more sponsors to love on...

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My name is Jodi Hall. I am married and live in Central Illinois, in a town called Champaign/Urbana. I am a work-from-home housewife, I am a Scentsy rep and I have a Etsy store called The Crafty Cake Girl on etsy,I am also a photography student partial self-taught.. I love spending time with my husband and my fluffy cat, I love listening to music, hanging around online (totally addicted to my social media), I just recently restarted my blog Sweets and Shutterclicks and I blog about my life and learning photography, I show off stuff I make for my shop, I review things I use, and just have fun! 

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Feb 20, 2012

Hey girl...

A little Ryan Gosling humor...

It's that time again!  We need sponsors for March!
Click on the Sponsor Swap link to the left for more info.
Can't wait work with you.


February Sponsor Highlight {pt 1}

Please show some love for my sweet friends!
My name is Wendy and I am mama to the sweetest and spunkiest little girl named Hannah.This Amazing Day is a blog that celebrates everyday moments of my life as a mother. I may not have the most glamorous or perfect life, but I believe that this day is amazing because of the love that I share with my family 

 I'm Vivian. I'm a Colombian and a Mormon living in Utah. A Housewife, all things pretty lover, party planner, avid decorator, crafty, world traveler, healthy food fanatic, but above all a MOTHER. I can dance in my dreams as I try to make the world a better place. P.S: And who says Colombians can't have babies with BLUE EYES?

 Hey darlings! Everyone around the web knows me as Pocky, the craft-obsessed girl that loves video games & tries to find a way to get away from the 'zombie job'. When I'm not busy making things or playing games, I can be found on my little blog Living Apockylypse. I blog about my every day adventures, creative inspirations, fab finds & crafty dreams. I'd love for you to stop by & say hello!

 In addition to being interested in politics and American history, Maya loves to draw, and is selling her artwork via her Society6 site, Southern Sunshine in order to raise money for a very special trip.  Here is a word from Maya.

Hi, my name is Maya, and I was recently invited to become a People to People Student Ambassador! People to People is an organization that helps students, educators, and professionals learn and understand more about the different cultures and people that live around the world. The Ambassador programs offer members unique and eye-opening experiences that impact the way you think about those in your community, country, and world! To learn more about People to People, go to http://www.peopletopeople.com.

Though there are many reasons why I want to go on the European Odyssey 2012 trip, there is one rather important one. To go on this trip means to finally see what I've been taught about for so many years. It means that I can go beyond the boundaries my history book has given me, and experience the world firsthand. That experience would be invaluable to me, especially in my future. I want to be a Senator, maybe even President! To learn and understand more about those who share this world with me would give me what I need to prepare for a job which enables me to work together with them, and make a better world for everyone.
more to come...

Feb 17, 2012

Friday Fancies - Roman Holiday

For Valentine's Day, the hubby let me pick the movie.  He promised to sit through whatever I picked, so I chose my favorite classic...

I adore this movie.
The original rom-com if you ask me.

Anyway, as I watching, I couldn't help but notice how inspiring classic movies are.  
The fashion, the romance, the humor.

Everything about Audrey Hepburn in this film is breathtaking. 
It was fate that this weeks Friday Fancy theme was travel.
 This Roman Holiday inspired look was just meant to be.

Now if only I could get to Rome...
in 1953...
with Gregory Peck...


Roman Holiday


Feb 14, 2012

"Up To" Tuesday...lineup love.

Happy Valentine's Day friends!

Today is exciting for me.  No, we don't make a big deal out of V'day.  This excitement is due to the...



I've never been to Bonnaroo.  For the past 3 year's I've wanted to go, but I was a little busy having babies and getting through deployments.  But it just might be in the cards for me this year.  I promise to blog more about it if it turns out that I can go.  

As for this lineup...it's good.  Mind-blowing? No.  But that's OK.  Bon Iver will be there...I'm in.  And I mean...Radiohead.  Come on.

So this is what I'm up to today...blasting my favorites on Spotify.  Looking up new ones on YouTube.  Making plans & looking at pics of past years.  It's very exciting to me.  A whole weekend of music, art, friends, sun and fun.  I can't wait.  

A few shows I won't dare miss...

The Civil Wars

St. Vincent

(randomly my favorite song, not likely to be performed)

And the best, most awesome, super favorite, cannot friggin wait...
Bon Iver

Anyone else planning/wanting to go?
What do you think of the line-up?


Feb 8, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Jude 18 months

I can't believe my baby is just a couple days shy of 18 months.  That's a year and a half! It goes by way too fast. 

He's talking more & more these days.
Thank You

Yo Gabba Gabba
School Busses
Blue's Clues
Walking the dog
Cheddar bunnies
Playing with brother

Wearing shoes
High chairs
Shopping carts

We love you sweet boy. 

By the way, that adorable Elmo hat was crocheted by my mom.  Isn't it cute!  It's his favorite.  He grabs it and tries to put it on when he wants to go bye-bye.

Linking up: