Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunday Funday and a Gloomy Monday

Good evening, you!

It has been rather gloomy, yesterday and today, the rain has yet to stop. We've been told that snow is on it's way...I'm assuming sleet or slush but not snow...we're not that lucky.
While Saturday was semi productive we ended up sleeping in way too late on Sunday morning, so much that we slept through our alarms to get up for church. We got our little selves ready and started the day regardless of productive inabilities.
Seeing as the weather wasn't letting up and we had been given a movie gift card from Adam's aunt, we decided to check out what was playing.
About 15 minutes north of us is an area called Green Hills known for the glamorous lifestyles of the rich and famous but also to some great shopping. I like great shopping, FYI.

We opted for a late lunch at Whole Foods and split a wrap while coincidentally seeing the drummer of The Black Keys! If you don't already know who they are by their name, I'm sure you would know them by some of their songs {Next Girl, Howlin' For You} which have been featured in commercials and all over the radio. In our nerdy music-obsessed way, we got super excited inside (Adam basically jumped for joy) and then walked away. We're not the kind to talk to celebrities or ask for autographs, we just admire from afar and oogle at how well they're dressed. We are weird- it has been settled- now lets move on.
After filling up on yummy wrap-ness we shopped around and bought some grooming goodies then headed to the larger mall for even more wallet emptying.
Give me a shopping center and I'm your girl. Amen.
I'll skim over the boring details of window shopping but wanted to quickly mention that before the movies we stopped by Trader Joes to pick up some special cookies that are only out for the holidays:

We went to see Hugo which I was so enthralled by. If you have the chance to check it out while playing in theaters, spend a couple of extra dollars and see it 3-D. It was beautifully made and the story completely drew us is. The dvd will undoubtedly be purchased by these Davis's mind you :)

I hope this week treats you well, you deserve a good start to this holiday madness.
I'll talk to you soon...
xoxo bd

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Just a few more...

 In case you hadn't seen enough photos of me and my family yet, I thought I'd share a few more that my mom sent me. 
'Cause I'm generous like that.
For some reason, Amber and I cannot take ourselves seriously in photos together. 
But I have to say, it is wonderful having a sister in law you can hang out with and have so much fun with. Talking about coupons, makeup and little british girls who can rap.
Also, please note that in the top photo, my husband on the far left and my dad on the far right share the same haircut and glasses. A girl always marries her father...

xoxo bd

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Hello again, friends! 
As long weekends away would have it, there was much to do when we got home.
Last night neither of us got much sleep ; hubs stayed up playing with his new Xbox and I watched numerous videos on Youtube. I’m beyond interesting, can’t you tell!
With us fighting the urge to take a 3 hour nap in the middle of the day, we ran some errands and made it back to our little home for the yummiest dinner, made by hubs himself! To die…so good.
Oh and something really cool as well, Adam received the limited edition Birchbox Man in the mail and has now used the shampoo, moisturizer and a few other things. For what the box is actually worth, you get so many cool items and high-end products. Kudos to BB, you guys and gals hit it out of the park!
Here are a few snapshots of our evening:

I would like to say that our life has exciting events with parties to attend  and people to meet but lately, it has been more or less laundry, home tasks and work…as you can see. Someday soon :)

After devouring our meal we watched all of the behind-the-scences from Super 8 (It’s a must see if you haven’t already) and put up the tree.
I’m really glad to have one more day off so that all of the other necessary tidbits I have to take care of will be done by Monday.
Have a splendid nights sleep, I'll talk to you soon.
xoxo .bd

A Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

…and a very happy Saturday to you!
If you are like most of the U.S.,  you probably spent yesterday shopping amongst everyone else in your town for the best deals. All of the stuffing and turkey from Thursday put you in a food coma and Friday was your time to not only walk it off, but spend it off. In fact Adam, the hottest of the hottest hubbies ever, {okay I’m biased} waited in a long line at Best Buy for over 6 hours to get an Xbox 360. Granted, there were people in tents outside of the building since Monday, so I don’t consider him crazy at all.

We have been at my parents home for the majority of the weekend along with my brother Josh, his wife Amber and our grandfather, Papa!  It has been a while since Papa has spent Thanksgiving with us and this was Amber’s first which made Thursday a very special day. Who knows, next year there might be one or two little ones as well…
When you get all of us together there is no doubt about fun being had. We all enjoy being in the same room as each other so there will always be a movie or TV show on in the living room.
 Getting the last bits of Amber's homemade cheesecake ready.
 Not quite sure why I'm kneeling...she doesn't know why either, so let's just move on.

 Again, not sure what we're doing...
 Me and my beautiful Mamma!
 We're apparently twins. We wear neutral pancho-type outfits and carry the same purses.
 Sada-saaaaa Sada saaaaa!
 Without a recipe, I attempted to make stuffing for the first time ever. I think it turned out quite yummy and the ever so popular turkey made  quite a "ham" of himself this year on top. Wow. Bad joke. Bad.

As you can see, the men were pretty M.I.A. in the pictures as they were either watching the football game or messing with their iPads.  Honestly, it looks like the only ones who attended our family shindig are my mom, Amber and myself but I promise all of the hubbies were there and Papa of course. Hopefully I will post a video of our fun times soon.
With that said, I am off to breakfast at Cracker Barrel with the family before we all part ways.
I hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you spent it with those you love.
Talk to you soon,
Xoxo bd

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Waking Up Whites

I am off to another day at work and am inspired by the caffeine that will soon be had by yours truly.
It must be said that another night of Miracle On 34th Street before bed happened. Yes, I'm obsessed and this movie is making me ever so happy. All of our Christmas decor should be up by the weekend. Yes, before Thanksgiving.
My co-workers just don't get it....doesn't the song go something like, "If you're happy and you know it, hang up lights..." ? I do believe so...or at least something of the sort.
Have an unforgettable Tuesday!
Talk to you soon,
xoxo .bd
{Photo Credits: One, Two & Three}

Monday, November 14, 2011

Lovely Weekend

Good evening! I thought I should type up a little update before we settle in for the night...

Can you believe how fast the weekend passed us? It seems as though every week I wait patiently as the days go by until I can sleep in those few extra hours. Unsurprisingly enough, with all of the free time we're given to be with friends and spend time around town, the resting I longed for went by too quickly. Such is life...
The two of us spent time with my grandfather watching episodes of Criminal Minds and eating my mom's homemade cake on Friday. Papa is very good at dropping hints when he's in the mood for a little slice.
After treating us to breakfast on Saturday, we drove around town to do some much needed window shopping. Downtown Franklin was beautiful with the leaves falling and swirling as the wind blew heavy around us. Can you believe we got 40 mile an hour winds over the weekend?
Everyone was out doing early Christmas shopping as all of the stores were filled with bustles of people. We purchased a few less than extravagant items and headed back to be with Papa for the evening as we were staying with him for the entire weekend. While the men watched 'Saving Private Ryan', I crafted at the dining table with my newly bought glitter and ornaments.
To my mom,
If you find bits of glitter around the house for the next week, I am sorry. Maybe it will add sparkle to your life when you least expect it! This is what I hope you are thinking when you spot it on the carpet or possibly your spaghetti...(Who knows where that glitter fell!)
Any who, nothing too exciting happened unless you count all of our naps during Christmas movies on Sunday.
I hope that this day found you well! I'll talk to you soon,
xoxo bd
{Photo Credit: Keep-the-Glamour}

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wake up, little lady

That's right it is a good morning and it is time to wake up, little lady.
Place those feet on the ground, pin your hair back, brush the color upon your cheeks and slip into those heels.

Talk to you soon, 
xoxo bd
{Photo Credits:  Here}

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November Birchbox: Product Listing

I'm excited to show you all the amazing deluxe samples I received in my Birchbox this month!
I was shocked at how "deluxe" all of them were, to be honest.

More and more friends and family are letting me know that they too are checking out BB which makes me proud because I do love this company.
As stated before, they have fantastic customer service and couldn't be more friendly! Also for those of you who have a man in your life that is interested in his own up-keep, they are coming up with a Birchbox Man.
When I hear about a more definitive release date I will let you know. Without further ado, here is a list of what I received. (A video coming soon, promise!)

1. Klorane Soothing Eye Makeup Remover with Cornflower Water
2. Oscar Blandi Jasmine Protein Mist
3. LaROCCA Champagne & Shimmer Body Polish
4. Zoya Gems and Jewels Nail Polish in Noel
Treat: Chuao Chocolatier Firecracker ChocoPod

Talk to you soon,

{Photo Credit: Betsy Girl Polyvore}

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Getting Crafty

Let me begin by saying that I love Christmas. Love. Love. Love.
When the season draws near and the weather turns cold, I revert to holiday mode.
If I'm being honest with you, I will tell you that I have been watching Christmas movies non stop. In fact I had a "for shame, Betsy!" moment when I realized I had never actually watched Miracle On 34th Street, the Mara Wilson version or the old one.

Want to know a fun fact? Miracle on 34th Street came out the year after "It's a Wonderful Life". At the time, It's a Wonderful Life bombed at the theaters which made everyone else making a holiday movie weary. In July of 1947 they released Miracle on 34th Street because they thought it wouldn't do so well. Little did they know it would become a classic as did It's A Wonderful Life. 
Who would have ever thought that those movies would disappoint anyone? 

All of that to say, I enjoyed so very much the newer version that I want to watch it every night before bed. That's right, it's like I'm 5. 
So on to being crafty. As I mentioned above, I love Christmas and I love to decorate. It's one thing to live with your family and always use what your mom picks out but it's another thing if you are on your own.
Over the last couple of years that we've been married I have gathered a few things here and there. Garlands, ornaments, a little tree, lights and nick-knacks were pretty much all we had. Nothing too fancy. But this year I decided to take my time. I even came up with a theme, Vintage French Christmas.
Etsy has proven to be a great source of inspiration, especially one shop, The French Nest Co.

I wanted to amp up our decor without having to amp up the budget and I also wanted to look around my home and say, "I made that!".
With a fire lit beneath me I headed to Hobby Lobby today after work and searched for an hour to find my first couple of projects. Let's just say I bought four bottles of glitter, clothes pins, blank canvas ornaments (cardboard and glass) so that I can get crafty up in their business and a few other items. 
I'm pumped and am ready to put things together. My mission is to even make our own Christmas cards. We'll see where that one actually takes us.

Tomorrow I will hopefully post my Birchbox video of all my November items...stay tuned and I'll talk to you soon!

xoxo. bd
{Photo Credits: The French Nest Co}

Monday, November 7, 2011

October Beauty Favorites

Hello, friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready to embark on this new week. Hopefully you all gained an extra hour of oh-so-needed sleep as well to brighten up those under eye circles.

Better late than never, I wanted to share with you my Favorite Beauty Products for the month of October.

Products Mentioned:

Disclaimer: All views and opinions are my own. I was not paid or endorsed to speak about any of the mentioned items.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Southern Classic

"Being from the South and living in the South has made me appreciate the importance of keeping tradition and exuding grace. For a woman and her style, I think the most important thing is confidence. I definitely feel the most confident when I look classic and comfortable — a perfect southern combination."-Sally King Benedict

{Photo Credit: See Jane}