Saturday, June 25, 2011


Two years ago, my sweet little Barkley was born.

People who aren't dog-people will likely think I'm ridiculous for remembering or acknowledging his birthday. And I'm okay with that.

So, Happy Birthday to one of the world's sweetest dogs.
Who wakes me up with his wet nose.
Who is the best cuddle buddy.
Who sleeps with his legs up in the air.
Who makes me laugh every single day.

[This white pleather jacket was leftover from someone's Halloween costume.]

"A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes.
Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine.
A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside.
A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull.
Give him your heart and he will give you his.
It is really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not."
-John Grogan

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Confession and a Resolution

I have a confession to make.
I have entirely too many t-shirts.
Well, that's not exactly the problem.
It's more like, I have entirely too many sorority t-shirts and need to stop wearing them.
People probably see me wearing a bid day 2005 shirt and think "She's no spring chicken". Or "college is over".

And it's true. (not the spring chicken part)

My friends and family that read this blog already know about my love for t-shirts. It's not exactly a ground breaking confession. However, I need to put my confession along with my resolution out there in order for it to feel legit.

In an effort to become a more grown-up version of myself, I need to stop wearing my old ADPi t-shirts every chance I get. I was prompted by my blog buddy's post where she mentions a quilt made out of her old t-shirts. I've seen these before but when I google it, all of the sites that come up are super expensive. So. I need your help. (Before I find myself at age 40 wearing an old grab a date t-shirt.)

Do you have a t-shirt quilt? If so, I'd love input on where to get one made or other suggestions you may have.

Here's to becoming more grown-up and having more drawer space!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Big News!

We are so excited.
Like, really, really excited.
We're moving to Chicago!!

Yep. TG was promoted to a new job at his company.

Cheers to the next chapter!
Cake and champagne are in order, right?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy Birthday TG!

Happy Birthday to TG!

It's hard to believe you are a quarter of a century old. Geez.

In honor of TG's birthday, I figured I would share a little bit about our early days here on the ol' blog. TG and I met at Pantana Bobs ("PBs") bar when I was a junior in college. Note: whenever anyone asks me where we met I always say "through some mutual friends". Which is true...but it is certainly more historically accurate to say that we met in a bar on draft beer night. He was new to ECU and had recently transferred from Southern Methodist University (in Dallas).

He asked me out on a date several times before it actually happened. For whatever reason*, something about first dates sends me into a panic and gives me a stomach ache. Poor TG, I think I made up homework excuses twice before getting brave enough to keep a date.

Anyways, we agreed to hang out one night before going to out with our friends. We had a fun time and another date was set. It was close to Halloween so I suggested we carve some pumpkins. (Cheesy I know, but I like activities.) Also, activities tend to make things less awkward. Pumpkins were carved and a dinner date finally happened a week later.

Christmas rolled around and I mentioned how fun it would be to decorate a tree. Several days later, we picked out a Christmas tree and decorated it with cheap ornaments from Target.

The rest is history.
[and thankfully, that snippet of "decor" to the right of the tree is history as well.]

[Camping trip 2009]

Happy Birthday to you!!
You bring me so much love, laughter, and fun every day.
I lurve you very much.

*A seriously bad first date comes to mind. Crickets chirping kind of awkward.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TOMS Next Chapter & Half United

I was browsing the TOMS website looking at getting a pair of their classic shoes. TG got me a pair of their wedges(that I love) for my birthday last year.

My sister has a pair of the classic flat shoes and wears them all the time. I've heard such good things about how comfortable they are. I also love their one-for-one concept. For every pair of TOMS shoes you buy, they give one pair to a child in need.

TOMS recently launched their new campaign which features sunglasses.
"For every pair of sunglasses purchased, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need"-TOMS website
Give them a visit.. here.

Also, if you're new to ABLL...Check out my friend's company HALF United. One of my sorority sisters, Carmin, started this company after working for TOMS. They have a similar concept. Every time you purchase a HALF product, they feed a child in need for one week.

Doing good by shopping. I like it : )

images via 1|2

Monday, June 6, 2011

Dear Syd...

"You never know what is around the corner unless you peek. Hold someone’s hand while you do it…you’ll feel less scared.. You can’t do this alone. Plus, it’s much more fun to succeed and fail with other people. You can blame them when things go wrong. Take your risks now, as you grow older you become more fearful and less flexible…literally. Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers’. Continue to share your heart with people, even if it’s been broken."

[Amy Poehler]

[Harvard Graduation Speech, 2011]

Dear Sydney,

I can't believe you are graduating from high school tomorrow. It seems like just yesterday you were giving me the silent treatment because I had taken candy from your stash under the bed. It makes me laugh to think about the fact that we each had our own bedrooms but you always ended up sleeping in my big bed. I think I was about 13 when I insisted that you stop. Tears ensued...and probably some more silent treatment. History repeated itself when I came home from college each summer. I always looked forward to gathering junk food and watching Will & Grace DVDs with you each night. When I had the car accident in college, I was so relieved when Mom and Dad got to the ER. I was even more glad that you had come too.

I'm so grateful that God made us sisters (in one of the craziest families in the world). I feel completely blessed that we are so close. I cherish all of the memories we have made and look forward to many, many more. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for you. College is the best time of your life. (Just ask TG..haha) Expect to have Tess and I crash in your dorm/apartment at some point during football season.

Oh and don't forget... "You take what you take." haha

You are my heart.




Eat, Drink, & Be Married

Sometimes I can hardly believe that I've reached that age. You know...where people start getting engaged. And then married (obviously).

I love getting save the dates and invitations in the mail. It seems like there is so much creativity in weddings these days. Couples put so much work into their special day so you want to give them a great gift (that they will actually use). I know the things people register for are things they may need...but sometimes it just feels so wrong to give someone a Pyrex dish. Don't get me wrong, I love Pyrex dishes just as much as the next person.. but I find myself wanting to give something more unique and fun.

In shopping around for some upcoming weddings, I've found some gifts that are a little more fun and exciting.

What is your go-to wedding gift?