Doing All the Work

Revisiting WordPress today for the first time in months feels kind of funny! But I wanted to stop in for a second to share a thought with you…

I always find myself (disgustingly!) wondering what things would be like if I didn’t “improve” the situation? Do you ever do this?…  I mean wondering:

-What would the kitchen look like if I didn’t clean it?

-Would anyone do laundry (or have clean clothes) around here if I didn’t?

-Would the dishes just pile up if I didn’t load the dishwasher & put them away after?

It’s not a pretty thought. I should gladly help with a smile on my face. 

While cleaning the counters today, after prepping all the ingredients for homemade pizza with sweet friends tonight (:, my mind began wandering. I had to think how much more mothers must feel this way. I know I constantly let my mom do stuff for me without as much a “Thank you!” (Much less the hug she deserves.)  As humans and women, I think deep down we want the recognition. We feel so proud we completed this and that and marked 47 things off our to do list in one day…

But I write all this to say, How much more recognition does Jesus deserve? 

He constantly picks up after me. I forget to acknowledge that.

He cleans up all my messes. I rarely say thank you.

He goes before me into each day. I get there and enjoy myself without ever turning to him.

He makes sure I have a clean outfit heart. I even take that for granted.

And He does it “with a smile on his face,” without expecting anything in return but Faith in Him~ Something this girl needs to learn.

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Heavenly Father, I love the way life can practically throw me into realizing how great You are. You sent your Son for me. How could I deserve that? You know I don’t. The way You love me feels tangible in these moments. Incredibly thankful. Thank you for working for me even when I fail You. Amen

A Different Kind of Morning

Not the peaceful, quiet morning I wrote about yesterday…

Today the leap out of bed came at 3:30. Yes, am. We were ready to get in the car! Destination… Destin, Florida.

The bags are packed. Assignments turned in. Worries left behind. We are ready for sun, sand, and lots of laughter!

Whitney, Spencer, Mitchell and I are on our way to the coast for 6 days!!! I have a few blog posts scheduled for you so keep an eye out for those. Then, come Thursday, I’ll update you on all the sunny fun!

PLUS Thursday I will have my Mary Kay stuff in hand & quickly become a business woman!!

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If you want to keep up with me between now and then, or schedule a FREE makeover for when I’m back, check out the above! Twitter, Facebook, Instagram..

Until next time…

March, September, and everything in between!

Early Mornings

Ever wake up before the sun?

I know… it stinks, you’re tired, your eyes won’t open, it is cold, you can’t even see… just. one. more. minute. I almost always beg.

When I fight the urge to stay under the abundance of fluffy white linens, I end up thanking myself God for it.

My ideal morning has me arising in the darkness, quietly tip toe ing around the house to get just ready enough, grabbing every belonging in my house it seems and heading across town to a coffeehouse. My living room will work too, but that never requires more than PJs which means my eyes are more likely to assume they can slack off on the job.

Preferably, Starbucks would not be my destination, although it absolutely suffices.

For early, quiet mornings, it has got to be the town’s best kept secret… A “hipster” atmosphere makes it that much better.

I have fallen in love with the ease of parking with only 3 other cars in the lot… the way the barista’s whisper before 9 am.. the clicking of the keyboard or turning of old wrinkled pages.. the way my pen runs across a blank page… the promise of new mercies, not yet tainted… It’s warms my soul. It is when I start my day early, in communication with my great God (in all truth, coffee is of no importance) that my storm of a day is less tragic. I am aware of my fresh start, that my sins of yesterday are forgiven, thrown to the side. For this, I keep coming back for more.

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via Pinterest

Starkville’s newest addition called 929… hits my idea of morning perfection on the head. It is located on Main Street, adding to the unmatchable atmosphere. You use unmatching mugs and check out at a counter made of old wood, beautifully battered. I just love their details.

via 929 Coffee Bar on Facebook

via 929 Coffee Bar on Facebook

via 929 Coffee Bar on Facebook

via 929 Coffee Bar on Facebook

I’d relate the hours of say 6-9 am to the calm before the storm. You can check your email, but there will hardly ever be more than the 3 am LOFT, Banana Republic, and Coach sale notifications. No teachers asking for homework assignments, yet. But when I close my Bible, leave that place, get in my car, and venture out into the world, onto campus, wherever my day takes me, I will never be in the same state I was in, until tomorrow morning.

Double Time

I have noticed in studying the Word recently that many verses are repeated, almost word for word. I love to find them; specifically because I feel that anything recurring must be important!

One passage I recall is Luke 6:46-49 says, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

Matthew 7: 24-27 states, “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man building a house on rock. The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall. But everyone who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built a house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Whether it is an actual recurring verse or just seeing something twice, I cannot ignore it after the second time!! 

Today, it was Ephesians 2. Rachel at bible study asked what we would say if someone asked us why we are Christians/what the Gospel is? and I was convicted. I can give you a “sunday school” answer, or phrase it in my own, lacking words. But I can hardly think of an exact scripture to share. I am nothing without God!

She encouraged us to memorize Ephesians 2, a condensed passage laid out perfectly for explaining to someone who didn’t grow up in church or has no knowledge of our Lord and Savior. I made note of this and planned to look back later…

Once I got home, I started to look at Multiplymovement.com, a study focused on making disciples from a book by Francis Chan. Not two paragraphs from the beginning it says EPHESIANS 2. 

Okay, Okay, I cannot ignore it. 

I encourage you to read Ephesians 2 as well. Would you be ready if someone approached you about the word of God today? I know I am unprepared. Luckily, I think God would intercede and speak through me, but I must memorize scripture so that I am able to speak His words, not mine. 

We are called to memorize. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

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from Pinterest

Our only way to fight satan is with scripture. 

“…take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” EPHESIANS 6:16

Creating the Perfect Curl, March 2012

This technique will create a really versatile style (as you can see below!) you can wear anywhere/anytime!

Hope you enjoy! Give me some time as I get more used to iMovie and time in front of the camera too 😉

I’m just thankful my hair hasn’t ended up like this yet!! YIKES!

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How’s your Sunday? Hopefully restful!

I’m working on a desk before & after to show you once I’m back in Stark~ Its TO cute!

Highlight of My Day aka True Life: I’m an Addict

You will come to realize I have 3 pretty intense addicitons.

1. purses

2. planners/notebook/agendas/any paper you can write a to do list on

3. CUPS! mugs. glasses. mason jars. 

What does this say about me? Oh goodness, I have not a clue (and I’m not sure I want to know!!)

But today Mitchell and I discovered Starbucks reusable cups! (I’ve had my eye on them for weeks– saw them behind the counter in Starkville– how creepy)

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While we waited in line, Mitchell guessed they would be $7.25! And I said $3.95, but would have purchased for anything under $5.00! 

When we asked… the guys says “$1.00!”

SOLD- to the lady with 67 coffee mugs who would like a cinnamon dolce blonde roast, 1 sweetener, and half & half!

An extra plus- you save 25 cents at Starbucks with every use!!!

It’s not hard to find the key to my heart, huh?

Back to Basics: Skincare

I used to be the girl who used all of this when it came to my skincare routine…

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In my head, “I was trying everything. Nothing worked….” Maybe because I also believed more scrubbing/exfoliation would lead to better skin.

Boy was I wrong! Finally, I thought, better try what I never had before… less effort. less extras. less scrubbing! (GASP!)

Let’s simplify…

These borings have changed my skin- for the better! Yes, I even use off brand!

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Makes me wonder in what other areas I need to relax & get back to basics…

One product I know I have shared with you before is Ponds Cold Cream. It is amazing for makeup removal! Soft on the eyes & has an amazing smell! It is the 3rd product to round out my daily skin regimen and I don’t see that ever changing!

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What keeps your skin in tip top shape?!

My Daily Makeup Routine, Feb 2012

The only difference from the video is that I have been using Clinique High Impact Waterproof in Black!

Keep an eye out~ I will be selling Mary Kay soon and you may find you want to add or replace part of your routine!

Pizza is the Way to My Heart… and I Don’t Hate It

All this week when discussing what we wanted for dinner I kept saying, “What about pizza?” Then the next night, “Griffis? Homemade pizza? Frozen pizza?”

Mitchell’s replies were, “That doesn’t sound good.” “Who eats HOMEMADE pizza?” anddd the lovely, “You can have whatever you want, I’ll eat something else”

to which I replied, “don’t be a brat.”

On to today… my instructions from M were to be ready at 5:15 for a date… obviously, my hot shot of a valentine shows up at 4:35. I was clothed in a large tshirt, yoga pants, no makeup- you get the picture! Luckily he had a 2nd bouquet of flowers and lots of grocery bags in hand! (AM I LUCKY OR WHAT!)

I dig into the bags before he can even get in the door as soon as he says go: Starburst jellybeans, Diet Dr. Pepper, Trolli Octopus, Milk Duds, Twizzler bites, mozzarella cheese, flour, yeast, He says the plan of the evening is HOMEMADE PIZZA! That Stinker.

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After forcing him to give me 15 minutes to actually get fixed up and look cute, we started mixin’.

Flour, yeast, olive oil, salt, & sugar created our very own dough. We added an extra 1/2 tsp of sugar since we’re sweet like that 😉

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I call this "ghetto rigged" some people call it "college budget" but it worked perfectly

I call this “ghetto rigged” saran wrap… some people call it “college budget” but it worked perfectly

It took our fresh dough an hour to rise in the oven on warm so we took the extra time for a little reminiscin’ and candlelight. I made a slideshow of lots of our special/funny pics!

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Once our dough was ready we got to kneading/throwing/learning to the sound of Summer Hits of the 90s pandora station. If you haven’t found it yet- you’re most definitely missing out.

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We topped our pizzas with:  Yes, we made two.

1) red sauce we customized with basil and garlic, mozarella and feta cheese, pesto, and pepperoni

2)honey barbeque, a drizzle of ranch, grilled chicken, diced yellow bell pepper, sauteed onions, pineapple, and lots of mozzarella

topping assortment!

topping assortment!

These bowls are amazing! Cute, functional, and fit more than they appear to- a Big Lots find!

These bowls are amazing! Cute, functional, and fit more than they appear to- a Big Lots find!

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The two of these were absolutely fabulous! Pizza #1 was awesome. Italian. Garlic-y. Delish.

BUT Pizza #2… so knock your socks off we discussed opening our own cafe. The pizza will be called “BBR,” Barbecue Ranch. Just wait for it!

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Mitchell found the dough recipe here. For two first timers, it was quite easy to follow and succeed! It has been the greatest Valentines day. Laid back, fun, and romantic. We’re headed to crack up at Identity Theft!

That stinker has definitely kept me one happy girl today.. We still have a whole pizza left after filling two tummies quite full! Woah. Enough for lunch on the road as we head home tomorrow 🙂

Totally Thrown Together Lettuce Wraps

Tonight by the time I was out of chapter at Phi Mu it was almost 8:00 & I was hungry!!

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The plan was lettuce wraps and I planned to bake them… but 8 o’clock and a grumbling tummy left no time for 350 and a glass pan… hellooo skillet with some olive oil! I sliced 1 huge chicken breast and threw it in as soon as I walked in the door! (The breasts had been thawing since about 4:00 pm)

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I threw about 1 tsp of minced garlic in the pan with both butter and olive oil then topped the chicken with Tony Chacere’s seasoning, salt, & pepper. Everything happened in a rush fueled by intense hunger but the sources say- SUCCESS!

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***pictures all thanks to the newly purchased Nikon— check out jmlphotos.wordpress.com to see Mitchell’s work! Although tonight’s pics I was actually behind the lens!! Rare.***

While the chicken cooked, I pulled lettuce leaves off a head of romaine and topped with pico de gallo Mitchell made earlier in the week, a bit of sour cream, and shredded cheese.

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I whipped up 2 eggs scrambled with a generous amount of cilantro for added protein & yum factor…

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Fresh out of skillets came chicken and sautéed onions to finish off our entrée!

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We paired them with fresh grapes (with that perfect, crunchy pop I love) & a frozen-to-steamed mix of cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots in cheese sauce. Not the greatest option but it ended up delicious and just quick enough to slide into home before the  “hangry-ness” hit.


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-You’re welcome for that little link those of you who haven’t discovered Urbandictionary.com until now! I’m assuming my mom is going to have a hay day with that and my 16 year old brother!


20130211-DSC_6931 20130211-DSC_6927I hope to make the true food photography, as opposed to iPhone pics, a more frequent occurence around here!