Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A New Go-To for Hair!

Do you all read this blog?!

She has AWESOME tutorials on how to style your hair!

From the Half Up Updo ......


I found some of her pictres on Pinterest and quickly found her blog. I have been watching her videos NON. STOP!! I can't close out of them, I keep watching more and more!

Seriously go check her blog out. AND! She's having a giveaway right now for a Birchbox!

(all photos from http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pumpkin Pie

On Sunday night, I attempted my first pumpkin pie!!

After years of watching my mom bake these every Thanksgiving and Christmas, I decided to take a stab at it myself. 

All those taste tests must have paid off because it turned out amazing!!!

I used Libby's recipe and added a few extra spices. It was so good!

I was worried because it looked really liquid-y going into the oven, but once it cooked and cooled, it was PERFECT! I may have even snuck a piece for a mid-morning snack today :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break flew by, of course. 

But it was great to get away for a little bit, spend time with Ben's family, get things done around the house, catch up on sleep and get ready for Christmas!

Wednesday, I was busy running errands. Perry came with me in the car, and we didn't get home until a little after 5:00. I still had to pack everything to go out of town, and we were supposed to leave at 5:30. Oops! Sometimes errands can take you 30 minutes in Lexington, and other times, it can take you hours running from one end of town to the other!

We finally got out of town at a decent hour and made it to Glasgow in time to meet up with Ben's friends from high school. We didn't stay out too late because we were planning on running the Great Turkey Run in Bowling Green the next morning.

Thursday morning, Ben woke up with a sore throat and stuffed up, so we passed on the race. Ben's mom and I took Perry on a walk around the neighborhood. At least we did some kind of cardiovascular activity on Turkey Day, right?!

We had Thanksgiving Dinner around lunch time and it was amazing, as always. Ben's dad is a GREAT cook and never disappoints when it comes to big family meals. Here is a glimpse of the t-day meal:

Perry had a great time playing with all the little kids. There was a little one just over a year old, and Perry was so good with him! He would get down really low and just lick the baby. So cute!

Thursday night, some went to the movies to see the Muppet movie. I was going to go but we figured out the outlets in Tennessee were opening up at 9pm instead of midnight! We got in the car around 7:30 and made our way down there to scoop up some deals before it got crazy. 

We got there right after 9pm and made it to Brooks Brothers where everything was 40% off. Then over to Polo, which was didn't have a lot of great stuff out but I found a sweater that was originally $75 and I got it for $30 after all the discounts. Finally, we went over to the Nike outlet and found lots of running goodies! The dry-fit and sports hats were $5.60! Ben got 2 Kentucky hats, 2 dry fit hats, and I got 1 dry-fit hat to run in. We also found long sleeve tech-shirts and rain jackets to run in. Everything was so cheap in there. Most items were 40-60% off whatever the ticket price was. 

Not only did we find great deals for stuff we need/want, we found some Christmas gifts as well!! It was well worth the drive down to Lebanon. 

Friday was a relaxing day. We really didn't do a whole lot, besides run errands around town. We went to a local shoe store in Glasgow that has discounted shoes. As soon as I walked in I saw the new black uggs with the side button in my size... for $14.99! Seriously, crazy good deal. Some of the stitching is messed up on the back, so they were on mega sale. You can't even notice it, especially since they are black! I also found some cute Steve Madden Booties for $20. Love finding good deals on shoes in GLASGOW, KY  of all places, haha!

And of course, it was Perry's 1st birthday. He acted spoiled all day. I think he knew it was his birthday :) 

Saturday we went to Bowling Green for the Western Kentucky game. 

While it was a great game and a beautiful afternoon, I was obsessively checking my phone and the ESPN app for the UK-TENN game! We FINALLY beat Tennessee after a 26-year losing streak! And of all years to beat them, it was our worst season yet. But I still don't care, I proud of the team for finally beating our biggest rival! We came back to Lexington late Saturday night and decided against going out. I began to put the tree up instead. White Christmas tree with blue ornaments, aka our UK tree. I love it :) 

I still need to get a tree skirt for it though....

Today, I have been LA-ZY!!! I seriously was in bed ALL morning just laying around, watching TV and catching up on blogs! I finally got out of bed around 1:00 and decided I needed to be a little more productive. not to mention there is a large pile of Laundry I need to tackle soon. 

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Can you believe December 1st is only days away?! Where has the year gone.... I can't wait for Christmas though :) 27 days and counting.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy birthday Perry!

Today is Perry's first birthday!

He has been spoiled with bones, treats, new toys and lots of attention today!

Now he is passed out next to his momma :)

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday and a relaxing weekend.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What I've been up to the past few weeks....

This month has really flown by!!!! Where does the time go?! 

Anyways.... We have been busy busy! We went to Louisville so Ben could see his favorite band, the Pixies. Concert was interesting to say the least. I was just excited for the shopping the next day :) we went to Lynn's Paradise Cafe for breakfast. Ah-mazing!!! 

Then went down to the Zappos outlet and found these boots!

Love them! The Zappos outlet is hit or miss, but when you can find something you like and in your size, you get great deals! 

That weekend, we went back to Louisville to go to Churchill Downs with Ben's family. We had a great time, and Ben even hit a Super Trifecta! It only paid out $60 some dollars but still very cool he picked it!! Too bad it wasn't a larger bet.....

The next day, a few girlfriends and I headed down to the Holly Day Market put on by Lexington's Junior League. I found a few Christmas presents for others, and of course, some things for me/around the house stuff now! 

Some vendors that were at Holly Day Market that I bought from and loved:

Table Jewelry

The next week of work flew by! And we had our school carnival on Friday night. My classroom held a bake sale to raise money for our Community-Based Instruction trips! It was a success, but it was a lot of work to get ready for. I spent all Thursday night baking things for the bake sale, and for the kiddos to make. 

We found a few ideas on Pinterest for thanksgiving-themed desserts to sell. Here are the picture from Pinterest, I forgot to take pictures of our actual product, but they looked the same! Look how cute they are!

Sunday-Tuesday I went to a conference in Louisville. It was the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children at the Galt House and I went with my good friend and fellow teacher Tracy. We had a great time and loved all the breakout sessions we attended! I love attending trainings and seminars such as the one this week, it gets me so excited about my own classroom and the impact we have as educators. 

The decorations around the Galt house were beautiful!

Today, I'm cleaning the house, running errands, and packing our bags to head down to Glasgow for Thanksgiving. Perry can't wait :)

Speaking of Mr. Perry, he has a BIG birthday coming up this weekend!! I can't believe he's already a year old :(

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November 1st

November 1st means lots of things!!!


#1 reason: 1st day you can listen to Christmas music!!! You better believe I listened to some on the way to work this morning!

2. The holiday season is right around the corner... It's never too early to start decorating with Christmas stuff!!

Oh, if I only had a front yard and house to decorate like this!!

3. RED CUPS at Starbucks :) LOVE LOVE LOVE red cups at Starbucks! Something about them just makes the coffee that much better. 

I may have to stop for a salted carmel latte with an extra shot of espresso in a red cup on the way to work tomorrow. Mmmm

#4 And finally, my puppy becomes a big boy in November! Perry's birthday is November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. I can't wait celebrate the baby's big birthday! Haha, yes I'm a crazy dog mommy :)

First week we had Per-Per

Perry today

What do you love about November?