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Friday, April 27, 2012

I LOVE the Friday Five

Can you believe it is already the end of April?!? This year is flying by!

Here are your Friday Five:

1. I LOVE The Lucky One. Remember when I told you how much I LOVED the Nicholas Sparks book, The Lucky One? As most of you know, Hollywood made a movie based on the book. One of my anniversary gifts from Michael was 2 movie tickets for my friend Britney and I to see the movie. To the men out there - it is a great gift to organize, and pay for, a girls night out for your hunny and her best friends - just sayin'! Although, the movie and the book differed in multiple areas it was still a very good movie. I've learned the book is always better than the movie. If you are a Nicolas Sparks fan, I recommend going to see The Lucky One, you will not be disappointed (especially if you haven't read the book!).

2. I LOVE orange nail polish. As most of you know, I LOVE when my nails are polished. Lately, I've been drawn to orange hue's. Yesterday, I got a pedicure with OPI's Hot and Spicy and I LOVE the color:

3. I LOVE tribal skirts. Remember when I told you about my favorite spring trends, one of them being graphic prints? Well, currently I am LOVING graphic print (or tribal) skirts. Here are a few of my favorites:

*If this looks good on me when I try it on...it will be mine*


Pixel Tribal Cotton Skirt - Charlotte Russe

4. I LOVE off white purses. Off white is very versatile and can be worn all year. I LOVE my off white purse so much it is starting to shred at the top. I would LOVE to replace it with this one:


5. I LOVE taking a shower, specifically for the reasons below:


Have a fun & safe weekend friends!
LOVE, sje

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I LOVE Anniversary Tips

Thank you to everyone who wished Michael and I a "happy anniversary" yesterday - we had a blast! When preparing for our anniversary I searched many different websites and blogs for advice and tips on how to make sure everything about the day was perfect. I learned a lot and I thought I would share some of my tips with you and maybe, just maybe, someone out there may benefit from this post.

Now...I know the key to the perfect anniversary is held by the two people celebrating so my "perfect" day may be far from your "perfect" day, yet, they are both perfect. Also, I am not claiming to be the "know-it-all" of anniversaries, I've only had 2 of them. Below are some tips I used to create our perfect anniversary:

1. Make breakfast. Get up early and make breakfast. Start your day with good food and quality time with your spouse before your day gets started.

2. Spend as much time as possible with just your spouse. If your anniversary falls on the weekend, make sure to spend the entire day (or even the whole weekend) together. If it falls during the week, either take the day off or try to get off early. Soak up that time together, it goes quick. If you can't be together on your anniversary, celebrate it the weekend before or after so that you can spend an entire day together. Life is crazy and most people don't get a lot of days with just their spouse so when you do, take advantage of it. When it's your anniversary - make it happen.

3. A card is a must. Whether or not you and your spouse want to give each other gifts, always give each other a card. I don't think people realize the importance and impact that words have on other people, especially, your spouse. Words that are written down and directed towards your spouse to tell them how much they mean to you will be the most meaningful thing you can give them. If you aren't good with words, take your time picking out the perfect card that already says exactly what you wanted to say. If you don't want to buy a card from the store, hand make one or even write your own words onto a napkin. Do whatever it takes to write to your spouse just how much they mean to you on your anniversary.

4. Do something fun. On your anniversary, do something you both enjoy. It may be to ride your bikes, go to the beach, play a game, go see a movie, etc. This is the day that you should do something you both LOVE doing.

5. Make dinner special. If you go out to eat all the time, take the kids/pets to someone else's house and make dinner at home. If cooking isn't your strong point, get food catered in. If you eat at home all the time, go out to a nice restaurant. It doesn't have to be super expensive, just nice enough that you both dress up. Make dinner special so it doesn't feel like "just another day".

6. Eat dessert. Throw all diets out the door on your anniversary. More than likely you had a cake, cupcakes, pies, something sweet on your wedding day so make sure to have it on your anniversary too. Oh, and make sure to enjoy it.

7. If you are giving gifts, give a gift you know your spouse wants. There is nothing worse than giving a gift to your spouse that you think they will like and then they take it back. Make a wish list for each other and buy off of that list. Not only will you feel great about giving them something they want but also something they will keep.

8. Go traditional or modern with your gifts. Anniversaries have traditional and modern gift themes for each year you are married. Michael and I are traditional so we make sure to go with the traditional theme each year for our gifts. It allows your wish list to be narrowed down into one particular category and it allows you and your spouse to use your creativity.

9. Kiss and compliment, a lot. Kiss each other more than usual, even when your spouse isn't looking. Compliment each other on everything you LOVE about them. He/She is your life partner so make sure, especially on your anniversary, that they know how much they are admired.

What are some tips that you think I should add to the list?

Check out our perfect anniversary (Traditional Gift for 2 years: cotton):

Poster on the front door with the 2 made with cotton balls. 

Gifts (including cotton candy & a cotton scented candle), pictures from our 1 year anniversary, flowers that we had at our wedding.

Somewhat recreated the top of our wedding cake.

Michael's homemade gift box with cotton balls shaped as a 2 on each side.

2 years + Forever

We both surprised each other with a cake - both red velvet - yum! 

We dressed up for dinner at The Mustard Seed...delicious! 

We had a wonderful anniversary. Thank you again for the well wishes!
LOVE, sje

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I LOVE Anniversaries

Happy 2 year Anniversary to my amazing husband, Michael. 2 years ago today I married my best friend who I fall in LOVE with more and more every day. I thank God everyday for blessing me with a wonderful, hardworking, caring, and LOVING man. Happy Anniversary, sug!

Highlights from our wedding day:

One Year Anniversary:

Here's to many more years of wedded bliss! Happy 2 year Anniversary, sug!
LOVE, sje

Friday, April 20, 2012

I LOVE the Friday Five

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week :)

Here are your Friday Five:

1. I would LOVE for you to follow my blog by email. I now have the option for you to follow my blog by email which means that you don't have to "check back" whenever you think about it or wait for me to post a link every time I write something new. Anytime I post, you will get an email with my post included in it. Pretty cool, right? Look to the right of my page, under my "about me" and type your email into the white space and click submit. Wha-la! Less work for you.

2. I LOVE cleaning out my closet. Last weekend I started making room for new clothes cleaning out my closet and after 2 hours I had to stop so Michael and I could make our tee time. Two hours and two full trash bags of clothes later...I still wasn't finished. Seriously, where were all those clothes hiding?? This weekend I plan to go through my drawers and my guest room closet. I LOVE decluttering my closet and donating clothes that I don't wear anymore to those who may enjoy having them.

3. I LOVE being southern. I saw this on one of my high school friends facebook page and had to put it on my blog, I LOVE it. I have no idea if you read my blog or not but thank you Sarah Creech Hill!
1. It's never too soon to write a thank you note.
2. Southerners never put dark meat in their chicken salad and always use real mayonnaise.
3. A real Southern girl should own an iced-tea pitcher and a deviled-egg plate.
4. You can't pass fifth grade without taking cotillion classes.
5. Mistakes are a fact of life. It's what you learn from them that counts.
6. The three little words that all women long to hear: "You were right."
7. Good manners will often take you where neither money nor education can.
8. No one will ever outgrow the need for a mother's love.

4. I LOVE miniature...anything. Anytime there is something miniature you can guarantee that I will say, "awwww, cute!". Here are a few of some miniature things that I LOVE:

Miniature Maltipoo - I will have one of these someday.

Miniature Cakes

The mini Mini The mini Mini The mini Mini
Miniature Car

mini mini postcards
Miniature Postcards

Mini mini pies
Miniature Pies

Aren't things so much cuter when they are tiny?!?

5. I LOVE things we can learn from a dog. This is so true and Tucker is a great teacher:

 Wooden Sign, Learn From a Dog

Have a great weekend, friends! Go Riverdogs!
LOVE, sje