Friday, October 30, 2015

That One Time We Dressed Up As...

Growing up, we never celebrated Halloween. I was okay with that because (wait for the gasps) I don't really like candy. Sour things.. Oh please, I just might barf. Chocolate on the other hand, I'm okay with. Reese's are my favorite candy. I can also do similar things such as Butterfingers, Kit-Kats, etc. But I don't crave candy. (Now that my candy tangent is over, let's move right along.)

I still don't really celebrate Halloween but Andrew & I participate in many different dressing up festivities. Such as our church always does a Fall Festival. And our group of friends usually has a Halloween party which we are actually attending tomorrow.

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So I decided to share with you a few of my costumes that have come about over the years. Enjoy y'all.

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Okay, this one wasn't from Halloween, but it's too good not to share.

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That time I went as a Justice employee because I got off of work too late to dress up.

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Pumpkin Pi... Get it?

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And then there's always that classic time Emilee & I were Starbucks cups.

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Good ole' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Then there's this year... I was Russell from the movie "Up"

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And Andrew was Mr. Fredricksen!

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What's your favorite costume you've dressed up as? Hope you all have a safe & fun weekend!



Thursday, October 29, 2015

8 Reasons Why I Can't Stop Listening to Adele's New Song

I love Adele. Always have, always will. She sings from the soul & I love the fact that she has a timeless voice. I'm all about Easy Listening, Jazz & Soul kind of music, not just from this time period, but also past ones. I'm a big Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louie Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald fan. Michael BublΓ© has always been someone that represents that kind of music in today's world & I think Adele does too.

So have you heard her new song, "Hello" which is going to be a part of her new CD "25" coming out November 20? It's amazing. If you don't like Adele or have never listened to her before, you should check this song out. It may just perk your interest.

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Image from: US Magazine

Here are 8 reasons why I can't stop listening to this song:

1. Lyrically, it's something most of us can relate to from either past or present experiences. (Or just in the fact that we've lost signal talking with someone on the phone before... *insert laughing hysterically emoji here*).

2. She sings it flawlessly.

3. I've missed hearing a new song from her in the past few years. 

4. She's confident in her voice.

5. She's confident in how she looks.

6. The song has a good flow/beat.

7. She makes the listener feel what she's singing about (aka: SOUL).

8. And I mean, HELLO, it's just flat-out awesome.


If you haven't heard the song, watch it below!


Pre-order Adele's new album "25" right HERE! What do you think of her new song?

(This post contains affiliate links.)





Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cheers to 100 Blog Posts + A Poll FOR YOU!

100. Have I really published that many posts already? It seems like just yesterday I was creating this blog. Now, 7 months in, I'm feeling great about blogging. Is it weird that I think I've found "my thing?" I know I'm no Helene yet, but I'm inspired to get there soon enough.


Blogging has given me a way to express myself. It makes me feel like my random spurts of creativity & writing are getting put to good use. I've started to make new friends in the blogging community such as Sarah @ Plucky in Love who is about to start a new Instagram challenge with MacKensie @ One to Nothin' on November 1st. You should check out their blogs to find out all of the fun details! I'll be joining in on the excitement too!

Not only have I made new friends, I've also started to take new blogging courses to help grow my blog. The one I can't urge bloggers enough to join in on is "Quit Your Job to Blog." I am amazed at all of the things I'm learning on how to grow my blog AND make money from it. For instance, I've learned about how to establish my voice on my blog & how to gain traffic to it as well. Helene not only is someone I look up to as a mentor, but I consider her my friend as well. I could not ask for a better person to teach this awesome course.

Also, for all you Instagram lovers out there, she's teaching a course titled "Instagram for Success." It gives you inside tips on how Helene has increased her Instagram following to over 13,000 followers & how she makes money from her Instagram easily... And SO CAN YOU.

Yeah, I'm thinking I'll stick with this whole blogging thing. I'm loving every minute of it & having the time of my life. I encourage every single one of you to do what you love in life... Whether it's a hobby or a career. If you do something that you are excited & passionate about, I think you're golden.

So cheers to 100 blog posts... & here's to 100 more.

Now will YOU, my lovely reader, do me the honor of taking this poll I've created? I love feedback from you & want to know your thoughts on these past 100 posts! I would also love it (if you do love this blog) if you could share with your friends & family. I love seeing new faces around the blog ;)




Monday, October 26, 2015

Whippin' & Nae-naein' at a Wedding


I went to one of my best friend's weddings on Friday night. I was a part of the "house party" where we all wore burgundy colored dresses of all different styles. Andrew, of course, was my smokin' hot wedding date. And I got to hang out with friends & people that I haven't seen in a long time (weddings are always fun like that).


The bride was stunning & the groom was handsome. I almost even teared up & if you know me, I don't cry. The wedding was absolutely perfect, almost as if it came right out of a storybook.


And then the reception started. The food was awesome & we had a clear shot of the dance floor. Of course we did a little Photo Booth action. And there was a coffee bar (yumm) & a fire pit so you could roast marshmallows to make s'mores.

Now, the Cha-Cha Slide is usually about my limit of dancing, but it was my friend's wedding so I clearly had to Whip & Nae-Nae (whatever that means) & Wobble (whatever that means too). Andrew got some really cute pictures of Emilee & I attempting to dance along.


When the time came, the bride & groom left to sparklers (which were a bit frightening when people were so close to each other). But nonetheless, it was of course breathtaking. I'm sure the photographer got some awesome pictures.

My question is though, does the whippin' or the nae-naein' come first? Because I'm really not sure what that song means.


Friday, October 23, 2015

6 Things That Make Me Feel Happy Today!

I'm happy today. It's Friday & there are a lot of exciting things going on in my life right now. I thought I would share with you these things that make me feel happy. Hopefully it will make you think of your own things that make YOU feel happy. (Positive vibes ALL. DAY. LONG.)


1. One of my best friends is getting married today. My sweet little Lindsey whom I've known practically all of my life is tying the knot & I couldn't be more ecstatic for her. (I'm also glad to have another married friend in my life.)


2. Andrew & I are about to be able to spend weekends together FINALLY!

3. Although I've got mixed emotions about this one, it makes me happy that I'm about to do what I've wanted to do for a long time... Tomorrow is my last day at the pool store. But I'm super excited to go back & volunteer at Infant Crisis Services, our church mission, & just be a wife for a while.

4. I'm taking Helene's e-course "Quit Your Job to Blog" & I'm absolutely LOVING it. I've only done the first little section & I've already learned so much. Helene also created a private community for those of us taking the course to be able to get to know each other, ask questions, & collaborate. I love blogging & I love the blogging community. (You can sign up HERE by the way!)

(photo by Helene)

5. Murphy is LOVING his new toy I got him the other day. It makes me feel like a good mom :).

6. The leaves in Oklahoma are finally starting to turn into fall colors.


What are some things that make you happy today?


Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Search Is Over: The Best Etsy Shops Around + A Blogger's Dream Ecourse (Quit Your Job to Blog)

I love shopping from Etsy. There's just something about supporting homemade & local shops that makes me feel happy. Etsy is also a Pinterest lover's dream. It has all of those things you've seen on Pinterest a million times & thought to yourself, "Hey, I want to make that," but frankly you're just too lazy to try, so you prefer just to buy it on Etsy.

I also love learning from talented & successful bloggers such as Helene. She's got this great new ecourse out titled "Quit Your Job to Blog." Sign up with me & find out more about it down below!

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So back to Etsy... I bought my robes for my bridesmaids & myself to get ready in on our wedding day on this Etsy page.


I also won a giveaway for Sweet T's Design Shoppe a while back. And I bought this necklace from the Hey June Shop. I figured I could share some of my favorite shops on Etsy & I'd love to hear yours as well!

A photo posted by Foiled Prints {Ashley Nelson} (@foiledprints) on




Remington Wood Shop 
(reopening soon!)


What are your favorite Etsy shops? Let me know if you have your own Etsy shop, I'd love to check it out! :)

P.S. Fellow bloggers or aspiring bloggers, have you ever wanted to make money or make MORE money blogging? I have a secret tool that my friend Helene is sharing in her new ecourse. The title of the course is "Quit Your Job to Blog." You DON'T want to miss out on this amazing opportunity to make money blogging. Helene believes that just by taking this course & implementing what you learn, you will INSTANTLY make that money back. So what's stopping you? Join in on the fun & sign up HERE =>> http://heleneinbetween.teachable.com/?affcode=16898_144535619345ef 


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Do's & Don'ts of Life

I love giving & receiving advice. Maybe it's because I enjoy learning new things & sharing about the things I've learned. Also, most of us love a classic do & don't list. It's a part of our human nature to want to find out what we should & should not be doing (even if we don't agree or don't want to listen).

I decided to share with you my own list of do's & don'ts in this life. I hope you feel overwhelmed with knowledge after you get done reading this. Don't forget to share this inspiring advice to others as well.

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Do: Pay for Netflix.
Don't: Pay for cable.

Do: Drink coffee.
Don't: Drink soda.

Do: Online shop
Don't: Online shop when there's no free shipping or discount code.

Do: Write everything down in an agenda/planner.
Don't: Think you'll be able to remember everything.

Do: Go on a walk.
Don't: Watch other people walk.

Do: Go on a vacation at least once a year.
Don't: Complain about not going on a vacation.

Do: Use coupons.
Don't: Waste your money paying full price for something.

Do: "Save" a document as you go.
Don't: Wait to "save" it until you're all done & then your computer crashes & you've lost everything you just wrote.

Do: Splurge every now & then.
Don't: Splurge every day.

Do: Comment on other people's blogs.
Don't: Be "that person" who thinks people will naturally follow your blog just because you're awesome.

Do: Enter giveaways.
Don't: Enter EVERY giveaway.

Do: Make a to-do list.
Don't: Let yourself forget & be lazy.

Do: Burn a fall scented candle.
Don't: Do it while you're not home.

Do: Paint your nails.
Don't: Let a 5 year old paint them.

Do: Own a dog.
Don't: Not own a dog.

Do: Listen to Taylor Swift
Don't: Be a Taylor Swift hater.

Do: Sign up for Helene's ecourse "Quit Your Job to Blog"
Don't: Miss this great opportunity to make money blogging.


There you have it folks. My do's & don'ts of life. What are yours?


Monday, October 19, 2015

7 Ways To Have The Best Staycation Of Your Life

Everybody needs a staycation every now & then... A time where you can just chill out at home & not do anything. Life is busy. We all need a break to relax & give ourselves a little TLC so we're not all uptight & stressed 24/7. Today I'm going to give you 7 (easy) ways to have the best staycation of your life.

You're welcome.

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1. Take a bubble bath. Splurge & get that Lush Bath Bomb you've been dying to have for the last year. Girlfriend, you need to unwind.

2. Read a book. Maybe a good ole' Nicholas Sparks one? Or even a funny one such as this. Whatever you decide, cuddle up with your soft, cozy blanket, light a fantastic smelling candle, & read a good book.

3. Stay in bed all day. I mean, it doesn't get much better than that.

4. Make hot tea or coffee. There's just something about drinking a warm beverage that makes you feel all cozy inside.

5. Don't get ready for the day. Just stay in your pajamas & don't worry about doing your hair or makeup. It's one of the best feelings in the world.

6. Order pizza or Chinese. Can you say "yummo"? I sure can. Especially some egg drop soup :)

7. Binge watch Netflix. Make Netflix ask you "Are you still watching?" one day. Put on your favorite show & just chill out with some popcorn. It's going to be a fantastic day.


What's your ideal staycation?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Stop Asking When A Couple Is Going To Have A Baby

I can't tell you how many times I've been asked when Andrew & I are going to have a baby. I even specifically remember someone coming up to us at our wedding & asking us when we were going to have one. I mean, I get it. We're a young newlywed couple who is surrounded by other couples who didn't wait as long as we have. Also, don't get me wrong-- I want to be a mom one day (really bad). But before you ask again, be careful.


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The problem is, when you ask a couple when they are going to have a baby, you never know what they're going through. You don't know their situation in life. In honor of October being National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, I thought I could shed some light on this sensitive topic.


The couple could be:


-Unable to conceive


-Unable to carry the child (miscarriage)

-Unable to financially support a child (so they are trying to be responsible in not having one until they can support him or her)


-Having problems in their marriage


-Going through a rough time in their family (example: dealing with the death of a loved one, someone moved, etc.)


-Wanting to enjoy some time together, growing as a couple before bringing a child into the world


*And the list could go on & on*


Whatever the reason is, it is really no one's business when someone is going to have a baby. It may offend the couple or even hurt them. So many times, we as humans are so concerned with what is going on in everyone else's lives, that we forget it's really none of our business.


I'm glad that people care about Andrew & I & want to know what is going on in our lives, but until we announce that we are expecting, please be careful what you say. Even though Andrew & I have not lost a child or anything, as humans, we should all be sensitive to couples who don't have a baby. You never know what someone is going through.


What do you think?



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wednesday Confessions // A Link Up!

So my new blogging friend Sarah over at Plucky in Love is hosting a link up today! Sarah always does her list of Wednesday confessions (except last week she did it on Thursday-- no worries, girl!). Since she's hosting a link up & I'm all for bloggers connecting & helping other bloggers, I decided to join in on all the fun! :)


-I confess that I want to take a lot of pictures with pumpkins. I know, I know, makes me so basic.

-I confess that I'm super excited to be taking Helene's new ecourse "Quit Your Job to Blog."

-I confess that Andrew & I are counting down the days to our next vacation. Eek!

-I confess that I'm so over this whole kitchen remodel thing. I just want a clean house again.

-I confess that I need to repaint my nails but I'm struggling with the fact that I currently have gray spots all on them from painting our kitchen.

-I confess that I'm ready to get back to volunteering at Infant Crisis Services.

-I confess that I'm super excited that Christmas is quickly approaching.


What are your confessions? Join in on the link up!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Problem With This Weather...

I try to roll with the punches in life. I try to be positive. But I'm definitely a realist. I can look at something in front of me & yes, I can try to think positive, but I also can see reality. Currently, this weather has really been giving me a problem. I'm happy that fall is upon us, but I don't think Oklahoma has received the memo yet. Or maybe it has & it's just not quite ready.

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Here in the great state of Oklahoma we live in a constantly changing environment. I think the saying goes, "Don't like the weather? Wait until tomorrow." Maybe that's not exactly how it goes, but it's something similar & I think it gets the point across. Oklahoma is basically indecisive all year long. It does what it wants when it wants.

For example, last night, a "cold front" came through. It knocked our Tuesday morning low down to a whopping 48 degrees. When I woke up around 8:00 AM, it was pretty chilly... around 55 degrees or so. Obviously, I got dressed knowing that it was chilly outside. But then I looked at the high for the day.

88 DEGREES?! Are you kidding me?

Between the morning low (48 degrees) & the high (88 degrees) the temperature is supposed to climb 40 degrees throughout the day! How does that even happen??

So what's a girl to do when the temperature climbs that much throughout the day? Do I dress for the morning or the afternoon? Luckily, the pool store stays relatively chilly inside all day. I try to dress for that. But still, when I walk outside to my car after we close, I know that I'll sweat like a MAD WOMAN.

I guess that's just the struggle of living here in Oklahoma. I'm hoping that it starts to make up its mind soon enough. I'm ready for actual fall weather. But then again, typically we skip the whole spring & fall seasons by jumping straight from summer to winter & then back again by May.


Any other states having the same problem we are? How do you dress for this weird weather?


Monday, October 12, 2015

50 Things You Should Do At Least Once In Your Life

Are the cool kids still saying "YOLO?" I mean, it's true. You do only live once. Except I can't get in with all of these terms... Yolo, bae, etc. That's beside the point though. I think that life is a gift. You should take everyday as a blessing. We aren't promised tomorrow. For that reason, I think there are some things in your life that you should at least do once. Because you don't know what day might be your last. (*I haven't done all of these, but I definitely want to!*)

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1. Go whitewater rafting.

2. Take a road trip with someone you love.

3. Get a professional massage (or even a couples massage).

4. Go skiing.

5. Swim with dolphins.

6. Take a trip out of the country.. Maybe even go continent hopping.

7. Eat at a restaurant on one of the top floors of a big skyscraper.

8. Go parasailing.

9. Own your own home.

10. Be an extra in a movie.

11. Experience Christmas in NYC.

12. Run (or walk) in a marathon, 10k, or 5k.

13. Write a note to your future kids or grandkids.

14. Go to an NBA, NFL, or MLB game.

15. "Unplug" for at least a week. No phone, computer, social media, etc.

16. Talk to your parents &/or grandparents about stories or things they've learned in their lives & write it down.

17. T.P. (toilet paper) someone's house... just don't get caught!

18. Go to a hot air balloon festival. 

19. Go a whole week with trying a new food everyday. 

20. Ride in a gondola in Venice, Italy. 

21. Pull an all-nighter with a friend just for the fun of it. 

22. Do something completely out of your comfort zone-- like skydive, ride a scary rollercoaster, etc.

23. Volunteer at a respectable nonprofit organization. 

24. Take a class to learn a new skill-- cooking, photography, foreign language, etc.

25. Drive a stick shift car. 

26. Go to a Broadway musical. 

27. Cook a nice meal for someone you care about. 

28. Try to win something-- a radio contest, giveaway, etc.

29. Send a company a great idea you have. 

30. Get a "fish pedicure."

31. Stand in a long line for something free for a year-- Starbucks, Chickfila, etc.

32. Take a spontaneous weekend getaway. 

33. Canoe down a river. 

34. Fly in a helicopter. 

35. Try out for a TV show-- Amazing Race, Big Brother, Shark Tank, etc.

36. Have a staycation. 

37. Ride a horse. 

38. Read a book that is out of the ordinary.

39. Pay it forward in a drive-thru line. 

40. Send someone flowers.

41. Listen to a podcast of someone you highly respect. 

42. Cook a meal completely from scratch. 

43. Make a painting. 

44. Climb to the top of a mountain. 

45. Visit the house you grew up in. 

46. Sing karoke.

47. Ride in a taxi. 

48. Go to Disney World &/or Disney Land. 

49. Take at least one lesson on how to play an instrument. 

50. Own a pet. 


What else would you add to the list??


Friday, October 9, 2015

Best Fall Nail Colors of 2015

I love having painted nails. It makes me feel like I have my life together & all. Fall nail colors are my favorite since I'm a basic kind of girl. I love to wear all of the dark & neutral tones this time of year.

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OPI is my by far my favorite brand of nail polish. It stays on longer than any other brand of polish I've tried. And if I'm going to spend the time to paint my nails, I want it to last more than 2 days!

So here are my picks of the best fall nail colors of 2015!

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Do you have a favorite brand of nail polish? What nail colors are you wearing this fall?


Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Story Behind My New Necklace

So recently, some of my favorite bloggers (Helene & Taylor) had a friend start up a new Etsy necklace shop called "Hey June Shop." The necklaces are sold by birth stone for each month. The purpose of this business is to celebrate those special moments in your life... Not just specifically your birth month. I absolutely love that!

Of course, my birthday is in the month of June. I thought about sticking with my birth stone & just ordering that, but I honestly am not that obsessed with my birthday or anything. I wanted a necklace that would symbolize something special in my life. Not just the month I was born, but something I care deeply about.

That is why I bought an emerald necklace for the month of May.

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Andrew & I got married on May 17, 2014. It was one of the best days of my life! I could not have pictured a more perfect day. It wasn't just the whole "wedding perfect" thing, it was more about our actual marriage. Clearly our marriage isn't "perfect," but I think it's perfectly imperfect. Andrew is the love of my life & I wanted a way to celebrate that special day. I considered getting a December stone necklace because that's the month we started dating & the month he proposed, but I knew May was the most important month to me. I wanted to celebrate our marriage.

Marriage isn't always easy. It takes work. But it's so worth it. Spending your life with your best friend should be celebrated. Every year shouldn't be taken for granted. It should be remembered & cherished. That's why I bought the May stone. That's why I love to wear it-- to celebrate us as husband & wife.


What's the month you would celebrate?


P.S. On the Hey June Shop right now, she just released her silver line of necklaces & they're currently 20% off through October 13 using the code SILVER20. If you aren't into the silver (I'm a gold kind of girl), you can still get free shipping on orders placed over $50 by using the code FREESHIP! You're welcome :)


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Shout Out to "Monica"

Clearly as I'm writing this, I'm totally doing the emoji with her hand out saying "haters gonna hate." And I'm also humming "Shake It Off" by T. Swift because who wouldn't be when they're writing a post about someone hating on them.
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So last night, I was minding my own business, binge watching Grey's Anatomy with Murphy while Andrew was playing basketball when suddenly, I got a retweet from my tweet I sent out yesterday about my "How I Knew I Was Ready To Get Married At 20" blog post. I thought to myself, "Well holla!" because I got a retweet & all. And then about two minutes later, I got tagged in a "quote tweet" from someone who follows the Twitter account that had just retweeted me. If you don't know what a quote tweet is, it's basically like a retweet but someone can comment on it. Who knew I was already getting haters in the cyberspace world?!

I'm thinking I should be flattered really. I mean, if I have haters, that means my blog is growing. So maybe I'm really #winning?

Any who, this girl quote tweets me-- let's just call this girl Monica. So obviously my tweet was a link to my blog post about getting married at 20. Apparently, Monica thought it was funny that I got married at that age. So Monica said, "Ready at 20?!" with the two little emojis that are crying from laughing so hard.

I gasped as I read it & thought to myself, "How do I block this chick?!"

Well, I accidentally followed her. Whoops. So I quickly unfollowed her (because I can't support someone who is mean). But while I was still trying to figure out how to block her, I realized that her info said that she was a blogger. A FELLOW BLOGGER?! I was in disbelief that a fellow blogger is making fun of another blogger. I mean, how are we going to all succeed unless we help each other out?!

Blogging is so much more than just writing good content. It's about making connections with other bloggers. That's how you gain faithful followers/readers. As I'm slowly but surely starting to make blogging friends, I couldn't believe that Monica would say such a thing (& the topic of my post yesterday wasn't even a political or controversial argument).

So to my haters, aka Monica, if your readers see you making fun of other bloggers, you're not going to gain a good following of people. When you say something like that, you come across as rude, untrustworthy & frankly, stuck up. Monica, be nice to other bloggers if you want to go somewhere in the blogging world.

That's all.

Happy Tuesday, folks!


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