Monday, February 28, 2011

Book Review: The Help

I just finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett and loved it! I have never been one to scan the best sellers list for books to read but when I heard all the great reviews for this book then I figured I needed to check it out. So I put my name on the waiting list at the library and was so excited when they called and said it was waiting on me. I will say that this books starts off slow and it took me a while to get into it. It also took me longer to read then most books this size but its only because its such a heavy subject that I didn't want to miss a word. I would highly recommend it to any book lover.

I just started Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and it is very good so far. I will review it soon.

Friday, February 25, 2011


Remember me saying that I wanted a gourmet cupcake for Valentine's Day.
Well I didnt get one then but I did make a trip with 2 of my best friends to this place...

Jenn's Sugarlicious Bakery.
And it was definetly sugarlicious.

I filled my box with yummy treats. The coconut cupcake was perfection. The middle cupcake is chocolate chip and the cookie sand which on the end is filled with icing. It was a little too much sugar... okay maybe way too much sugar. I want to try the lemon cupcake next time.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


I have already mentioned on here that momma and I are taking a cross country road trip this summer. We are leaving after my last teacher workday and plan on taking our time driving from North Carolina to Sacramento. After staying in Sacramento for a few days (I have a cousin that lives there) we are going to Las Vegas (I have another cousin there). A few days in Vegas and then we will drive back home. We have a lot of fun places picked out to stop and visit a long the way but this is also where I need your help.

I'm sure you can tell from the post title that our first planned stop is Nashville. This will probably just be for dinner. Not sure yet if we're planning on spending our first night in Nashville or driving on a little farther.

Here are a few of the must-eat places we've been told about so far...

Cafeteria style southern cuisine.

McDougals Village Coop.
Known for their delicious chicken tenders.

Reviewed as the best place to eat in Nashville.

So here's where ya'll come in. Have you ever ate at or heard of these places? Or if your familiar with the Nashville area, what are some other great places to eat?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

This week I am loving:
My new zebra phone cover. And I love the fact that I ordered it from Amazon for only $4.44 (shipping included) even more!

The ABC show The Middle that comes on Wednesday nights. This show is hilarous!

The new gladiator sandals that I just bought this weekend.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Complete and Utter Randomness

This post has no rhyme or reason to it:

~ We have had absolutely beautiful weather here in North Carolina.

~I got my new ULTA catalog this weekend and am in love with the new OPI Texas collection that graced the front cover. The blueish green color (Don't Mess With OPI) is my favorite.

~I finally got The Help from the library. I am still at the beginning and so far it has been kind of slow but I can tell that its getting better. So many people have recommended this book so I am excited about it.

~ Our softball kickoff went great this weekend. The weather was perfect and we made a lot of money.

~I missed last weeks episode of The Bachelor and was kind of bummed when I heard that Michelle was kicked off. Even though I didn't like her she was at least entertaining to watch.

~ I started using bronzing lotion because I am in the mood for a tan. With warmer weather it is making me anxious to get outside and lay out by the pool.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Unscheduled MIA

Sorry that I got missing this week. Softball season started on Monday and so I have been at practice everyday. We are also hosting our annual softball kickoff which includes 12 schools this year and 3 days worth of softball. This is a HUGE fundraiser for us and requires a lot of work. My team played twice yesterday and we have one game tonight. There will be 10 games on Saturday so it may be early next week before I can get back in the swing of things. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Funny Valentine

I'm going to go ahead and apologize for the massive amount of pictures in this post.
Happy Valentine's Day to the most amazing man I know. You surprise me everyday with your compassion and love. I am so undeserving of someone as wonderful as you.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Don't Tease Me

Between this weather...

and this candle burning...

it feels and smells like Spring time

Friday, February 11, 2011

Show Us Your Life: Beauty Products

Today I am linking up with Kelly's Korner for her Show Us Your Life: Beauty Products.

I'm not a huge product junkie and I'm not very loyal to brands. I buy whatever shampoo and conditioner is on sale and I don't mind if it comes from Walgreens or WalMart. I do not have to have salon hair products although I will sometimes splurge at ULTA if they have their liters on sale.

Aussie's Sprunch Spray may be the only product that I have really stuck with. It is perfect for my naturally curly hair. I should have bought stock in this stuff 15 years ago when I started using it. FYI: this will not make straight hair curly but it works great if you have some natural wave. Plus it smells good too.

I am not a Mary Kay fan. I have tried several times to use their product and the skin stuff just doesn't work for my skin. I do like the yellow concealer for dark under eye circles but I am getting ready to run out and will probably just go with another brand.

I love ULTA. It is the best store. There makeup brand is always inexpensive and usually BOGO. I have several shades of their eye shadows and I just change them out depending on what I'm wearing. I use the same white base shade everyday though.

I just bought Maybelline's Falsie mascara because I had a coupon but so far I am a fan.

I have been using CoverGirl's Dream Matte Mousse for about a year now and I love it. I hate feeling like I have makeup on and this stuff is so light that it doesn't bother me. Plus it covers great.

Beauty Rush lip gloss from Victoria Secret is the BEST! It is thick but not sticky and it comes in a ton of great shades and flavors. I wear the clear everyday but have a pale pink one also.

I love Bath and Body Works. I wear their lotion and body sprays everyday. My current smell is Secret Wonderland but I am a Coco Cabanna or Pearberry girl in the summer.

Hubs bought me this perfume last summer and it has the best smell without being too strong.

And without a doubt my #1 beauty product is the original Chapstick. I cannot live without it. Seriously.