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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hey Girl.

This isn't really new news or anything, but have y'all seen the "Hey Christian Girl" Tumblr? It's awesome. They're pretty corny, but undeniably true. Here are some of my faves:

This one might be my favorite just because I love baking goodies for my small group! Really any excuse to bake is a great one.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Gurl, Tha Backa Yo Head is Ridikalus.

My huurr is ridikalus in the summer. Seriously, its limp and frizzy. Some days it decides to stay curly. Others it prefers to not want to hold anything resembling a curl.

The solution?

A loose side pony. Not just any side ponytail though. I made this super fancy by braiding a small piece of hair from the backside of the pony, wrapping it around my clear hair tie and pinning it in place.

It's the perfect style to keep my hair off my neck & back without doing an uninteresting and typical ponytail. Its also a great second day hairstyle (its especially awesome if you use dry shampoo for a little extra lift!).

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thirty with Thirty: First Outfits!

I'm linking up with Lauren and Kate for the Thirty with Thirty Challenge! I picked out 30 items to create different outfits with last week (check them out here). Here are my first three! 

Outfit #1:
I chose this outfit to go to a meeting for... (gulp) grad school. Say whaaat?! That's right. Grad school. I wanted to look professional, but not overdone, and, of course, like a teacher. 

I chose simple and classic pieces with a few pops of color (the light blue necklace + mustard wedges). 

And let's just be real, wearing red lipstick makes me feel super fancy and sophisticated.



Outfit #2:
I picked this outfit to go run errands with my mom. It's a perfect "throw something on and go" outfit for summer that's effortless but still looks semi-put-together. I combined feminine elements (pink shorts + sparkly earrings) with more masculine pieces (chambray shirt + large faced watch).

Outfit #3:
I chose this outfit to hang out with the fam and go to our family reunion. It's pretty basic - a classic white tee with fun (non-Momish) jean shorts, so I decided to accessorize with pops of color: my raspberry colored necklace from Target and my bright yellow bag from The Jewel Box (which has hints of magenta that match the necklace!).

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Musings: Well, That Was Unexpected

This weekend was unexpected ("bass ackwards" as one of my professors would say). I went home expecting to have a pretty normal weekend with an awesome blossom first bridal show ever tossed in there.


Here's how my weekend actually went:

1. Antiques! 
I love antique things. Especially antique cans and jars. And especially antique kitchen goods. My mom and I went to the wonderful (read: overwhelming) antique store in Welcome and picked up lots of goodies for centerpieces for the reception. We're going kind of unconventional and using lots of antiques!

I realize the dino Campbell's can isn't really vintage or anything but give me a break - it's awesome because it has a stinkin' dinosaur on it.  And, yes, that dinosaur will be on one lucky table at my reception.

2. Actually mailing our Save the Date cards!
I know I've written like half a million times that I was ordering, receiving, addressing, stamping, organizing the cards and I should've had them in the mail a long time ago, but I just now got all the addresses and wrote the last few cards and sent. them. out.!

3. Family reunion mayhem.
Let's just be real - family reunions are awkward. You never know everyone there so you kinda hang with the handful of people you "know" and see once a year at Christmas. Well, this family reunion wasn't awkward (read: wasn't as awkward) because my cousin's super cute, super fun kids Caleb & Shayln were there! I love this kiddos and they are wonderful. I had no idea they would be there - it was a sweet surprise! We hated that their older sister Julia wasn't there or their ridiculously hilarious 'rents.

4. The worst bridal event of all time. 
Okay, so I'm not really qualified to make that generalizing statement considering this was my first and only bridal event. Buuuttt still. I was so excited because they were giving away a $500 gift certificate for Crane Paper Co. I was one of about 10 brides there so my odds were looking good. My mom and I arrived an hour and a half before the coveted drawing so we walked through the vendors (most of whom we had already hired) and then perused nearby stores. We got there 20 minutes before the drawing was scheduled to take place, walked in, and heard the lady in charge say "Well that was the last drawing, thanks for coming everyone!"

......(composing myself) (holding tears back over missing out on potential Crane Paper wedding invites).....

What a bummer!
The silver lining was finding these bridal shower invites:
Aren't they too cute? They were made for me.

5. Sunny rain
I was sitting in our church parking lot, waiting for my godmother to come out so we could have dinner, when the bottom dropped out. It rained crazy hard monsooned. But the sun was still shining! Sunny rains always freak me out/make me excited because anytime the sky looks abnormal I always think Jesus is coming back! I have since I was little and probably always will.

Friday, June 22, 2012

High Five for Friday!

Woohoo! It's Friday!

I'm once again linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk for this post.

Today, I'm high fivin' for...

1. Being officially done with summer school! And ending up with a 4.0 for the semester. Pretty darn excited about that.
2. Babysitting two sweet boys! I've had the chance to babysit the boys I'll be nannying in the fall. They're precious. They're 3 1/2 and 2 1/2 so there's never a dull moment but I'm pretty sure I have just as much fun as they do. When I showed up on Tuesday (my second day there), the 3 1/2 year old wasn't napping because he couldn't sleep out of excitement that I was coming. Melt my heart.

3. Meeting with my potential grad school adviser! It was super overwhelming and simultaneously super helpful. It's crazy to think I'm old enough to be graduating college and going to grad school! Bahhhh!

4. Being home for a few days! I'm reading and relaxing (read: attempting to study for the GRE) while at home for a long weekend.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Super Deep and Ridiculously Theological Thoughts on Bible Translation

Recently, I made a profound discovery. Some might even call it a revelation. I discovered why we have different translations of the Bible.

I know, I know. Deep.

Allow me to let you in on this secret, friend...


Yep. That's right - bowels.
It's just a word that doesn't quite translate. The King James Version apparently uses the word frequently, which I never noticed until today when I was looking up a word in my handy dandy concordance.

I bought this mega concordance (it's got the words expanded and exhaustive in the title --> its legit.) a few months ago and was sorely disappointed when I realized it was for an accompaniment to the KJV. But, after hearing that Strong's concordance was the best, I decided to stick with it. So, whenever I look up a word or phrase, I have to reference the KJV before I look up the word in my concordance just to be sure its the same word. Then once I look up the word it gives me the Hebrew or Greek word along with a definition and an explanation. It's a process, but its worth it.

It's super great! That is until you stumble across a word like bowels when you're eating breakfast.

In the KJV, Philippians 1:8 states:
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

In the English Standard Version, it says:
For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

How in the world is the word "bowels" synonymous with "affection"?!

The Greek word used in this verse can mean "an intestine, pity or sympathy, bowels, inward affection, or tender mercy. Apparently inward affection is so deep that it originates in the bowels? Perhaps?

This term just doesn't translate. Having Miles tell me he loves me from the depths of his bowels doesn't quite have the same ring to it as telling me he loves me with inward affection.

My friend Laura said in Hindi there is an expression that translates to "I love you with all my stomach."

Here's to loving each other with deep affection and to 21st century, reliable Bible translations!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Love/Hate Relationship with Christian Bookstores

I'm not trying to make any theological implications here, I'm just sharing my purchases & the products I found... umm... intriguing during my recent visit to Family Christian bookstore. 


The Family Christian store in Durham has a fabulous selection of Peanuts cards, complete with Bible verses - they're adorable!

Aaaand we all know how I feel about VeggieTales.

What dad doesn't need an Oswald Chambers bottle opener?!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thirty with Thirty!

Today I'm linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk for the Thirty with Thirty challenge. Basically it's about shopping in your own closet and creating outfits with things you already have. 

Every Tuesday I'll post a few outfits using the following 30 items!



Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Musings: If You Give a Liz a Cookie

"Do you want a cookie? Try my cookie cookie! It's only 99 cents, plus tax!"

Anyone? ...Anyone? Here's to hoping you get this reference. If not, do yourself a favor and watch The Office episode "Diversity Day." Humor at its finest.

And if you watch it, chances are you'll want to have a snack.

And watching Michael Scott talk about cookie cookies will make you want your own.

So you'll hop in your car and drive to the grocery store to get ingredients.

But while you're driving you'll get sidetracked thinking about how much you wanted Chick-fil-a yesterday but couldn't have it because it was Sunday. So you'll drive there instead.

You'll be in the mood for a snack and make unhealthy superb decisions and get CFA's newest dessert: a chocolate chunk cookie.

As soon as you're sinking your teeth into the pure disc of bliss, you'll want a glass of milk.

And when you're drinking your milk, chances are you'll have pity on my soul as I take my last final of summer school.

Having pity, you will pray for me, knowing that I spent all this time eating cookies and blogging and recreating an adult version of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" all. for. you.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I'm BlogLovin' It.

Follow me on BlogLovin'!

Soooo what is bloglovin'?

Good thing you asked. It's basically a blog for blogs. It combines all the posts from your favorite blogs into one place.

Check it out!

Friday, June 15, 2012

High Five for Friday!

Once again, I'm linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk for this post!

I'm high fivin' for...

1. The last day of summer school! 
Lauren and I will be celebrating this momentous day by doing super fun things! Like studying! Hah. But really...
Also, I snapped this pic when Lauren came down to my apartment to borrow baking supplies. We were both wearing aprons. It was a glorious moment.

2. Addressing, stamping, and alphabetizing (almost all of) our Save the Dates!

Contrary to what it looks like, we are not in fact honeymooning in Hawaii. These puppies were the only post card stamps the lovely post office lady could wrangle.

3. All my bridesmaids ordering their dresses for ridiculously cheap. We found and ordered them off of David's Bridal's online outlet sale. You can't beat $29.99 for a bridesmaid dress!
One of the dresses - originally $139.00. Can you say "Deal!"?

4. Breakfast date with my man! Miles swung by Chapel Thrill on his way to work and we grabbed some yummy breakfast sandwiches at Merritt's. If you live in Chapel Hill and haven't checked out Merritt's Grill, go there a-sap. So. delish.
5. Free things!! The Wedding Chicks blog has tons of free printables here. They're great for weddings, but there are lots of freebies that are fun for anyone anytime!
Here's one I made!
Happy Friday!