Tuesday, December 31, 2013

one last thought on 2013 + double linkup

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Today I'm linking up to share my 2013 in one picture. I'd like to say that I had tons and tons of photos to go through and a super difficult time deciding, but that'd be a total lie. As soon as I heard about this link up one singular picture came to mind. 

Yeah, I know you've seen it before. But truly there is no other picture that comes even halfway close to summing up my year. The first 5 months of 2013 were spent working towards this day and the other 7 were spent trying to accept the fact that this day had actually happened. 2013 was a year about growing up. It was when I had to say goodbye to my life as a sorority girl and turn into an adult. Suddenly I went from being the girl who stays up late crafting things like this and going on midnight Taco Bell runs into one who stays up late perfecting cover letters and searching job boards. While I still don't really have that adult thing completely figured out, I have come a long way in the past month or so. I do still refer to myself as a "retired sorority president", but hey, nobody's perfect. 

I hope y'all have a great and safe NYE. I'll be spending mine at work, because I'm an adult who works in an industry that never closes and today happens to be our biggest day of the year

Glossy Blonde

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Responsibly

Can you believe it's Christmas Eve? I sure can't. I feel like this holiday season just flew by so quickly. I'm not ready to let it go! I feel like I haven't watched my favorite movies or listened to my favorite carols enough. And I haven't even eaten anything with peppermint!

I'm kinda bummed that I have to work Christmas afternoon/night, so I'm very thankful to have today off to spend with my family. I plan to spend today at home watching Christmas movies with my family and doing some baking. And than of course we'll have our traditional Christmas Eve Chinese dinner. We've done it for as long as I can remember, including the year we went to the Florida Keys for Christmas. None of us can remember when or why we actually started, but now we all look forward to it. Last year our favorite restaurant was closed for the holiday and we had to go to a different one, but this year they're staying open so we're all excited. And then tomorrow we'll all go to Mass together and come home to eat lunch before I have to go to work. Oh and I guess we'll open presents somewhere in there, but at this point we all know exactly what we're getting because we were there when it was bought.

It's always Happy Hour at our house. HOLIDAY RESPONSIBLY 
We never send a normal Christmas card, my mom always insists on something "unique"

Please tell me my family isn't the only ones with weird Christmas/Christmas Eve traditions

Glossy Blonde

Thursday, December 19, 2013

2013 in Review - the middle months

I missed last week's link up so I'm just including it in today's post, making this a 6 months recap of 2013. Except I only really have 3 things to share from those 6 months. I guess you could call my life boring.

In April I was given the chance to be one of 100 Greek students chosen from across the country to serve as a lobbyist with the Fraternity Sorority Political Action Committee. My sorority paid for me and 4 other girls to go to DC for the week to help lobby about issues that are important to Greek Life. It was such a really cool experience to spend the week getting to know sisters from other chapters in my favorite city.
Because no trip to DC is complete without a stop at Georgetown Cupcake

In May I graduated from Ole Miss! I seriously cannot even begin to tell you how much my 4 years in Oxford meant to me. They truly were the best years of my life, and I sometimes seriously worry that I'll never be as happy as I was during them. But earning my BA in Journalism was such a great moment because it meant checking off a major life "to do".
My decorated Cap that was featured on the Ole Miss Homepage!

In July I pulled a TSwift and turned 22! I had a pretty uneventful birthday spent with my family so there is no photographic evidence that it actually happened. But like, why would I make that up.

And that was pretty much my April-September, plus of course my seemingly never ending job search. How sad is it that I spent half the year looking for a job? Hello terrible economy. But at least I got to go on a couple of fun trips while on the hunt

Make sure to link up and share what you did July, August, September!

Peach State of Mind

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What I don't love about Christmas

I love Christmas time. Peppermint Bark. Stockings. Wrapped presents. Hot Chocolate with half a mug of marshmallows. Christmas carols. Watching Elf. Dreaming of a White Christmas.  It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Everyone just seems happier and kinder during this season.

But there are a few things about Christmas I don't love and I'm not ashamed to tell you.

I can not stand eggnog. Eww. Yuck. Disgusting. Seriously, just thinking about it makes me want to gag. Don't even get me started on how awful an eggnog milk shake sounds. I don't understand how people can drink it. It's so thick and sweet. And no, cajun eggnog is not any better.

I also dislike It's a Wonderful Life. Yes, I know it's a Christmas classic but it's just plain awful. And why you ask do I hate this movie so much? Because of the scene towards the end when he yells at his kids. I get so upset every time I watch that it just ruins the entire movie for me. And when there are so many other seriously wonderful, merry Christmas movies why waste your time with that one.

Until last year I wasn't big fan of A Christmas Story, but somewhere between the 3rd and 4th time I watched it I decided it wasn't half bad. This year I might even venture to bring it over to the "things I love about Christmas" column, but I'm not sure yet.

Now so that I don't feel like such a Grinch please tell me I'm not the only one who hates a couple of things about Christmas.

Glossy Blonde

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2 Thoughts for Tuesday

Are you completely surprised to see me since I just told you not 12 hours ago to not count on seeing me every day anymore? Yes I fully accept that sentence has horrible structure and is probably making anyone with an English degree cringe.

I originally hadn't planned on writing for today, but than I got the cutest little email from Karly reminding me that it was Totally Posted Tuesday and I knew I just had to post something. I seriously love this weekly linkup because Niki and Karly are seriously so nice. I might be wrong but if I had to guess I'd say most bloggers don't read all the posts in their sponsored linkups, but these girls do. And I know they do because they leave comments on my posts. Maybe it's selfish, but I love joining in this link up because I know I'll get a comment, even if my post is lame.

Okay so after that little PSA I really don't have much to share today other than these 2 thoughts. 

1. I really wish I could make a pandora station that played nothing but different versions of Do you Hear what I Hear. This is my favorite, it doesn't matter who sings it, Christmas song. The lyrics are so simple and easy to pictureI seriously could listen to different versions all day, not that I did that last night or anything. This version is one of my favorites I found. 

2. Does anyone have a suggestion for a zippered agenda? I really want one for work. I have to walk around with my phone a notepad and pen at all times so this way I wouldn't have to always make sure I've got pockets. I can't find one I like. I've been looking at this Jon Hart Designs one, but I've never seen any of their products in real life so I don't know if it's worth the cost.

Glossy Blonde

Monday, December 9, 2013

Weekend Update

Long time no blog. So I started my job on Thursday and I love it. It's just mostly been training so far, but I really really enjoy it. I was off today and tomorrow, and then more training Wednesday and Thursday, and then Friday night my boss is going to follow me around for a few hours on the floor testing me.

The Marketing department is small, only 9 of us total, but everyone is seriously so nice. I was a little nervous at first because they all knew each other and it was easy to see that they were close, but they've really welcomed me into their circle. Really everyone at my casino is friendly and willing to share information, which is so great for me because I've never worked in one before. I feel so blessed to be in such a good environment for a first job. As I've been walking around meeting different people every person has said that it's such a great place to learn the casino business. I really don't know if I'll stay in the casino business forever, but I think the skills I learn here will be easily applied wherever life takes me.

I worked all weekend so I really don't have anything exciting to post about, but I just wanted to pop in real quick and say hello, and that I'm alive, even though I'm seriously so tired. My mom was out of town the end of last week and this weekend so I felt like a working mother, take my sister to school, work till 6, come home cook dinner, clean the kitchen, do some laundry, and then wake up and do it all again the next day. I've now got mad respect for working moms.

Hopefully I'll post again this week, but obviously no promises!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Throwback Thursday - First 3 months of 2013

December is a great time to reflect back on the past 12 months and everything that life has brought to me. I think it's so important to take time and reflect on how your past 12 months of life have helped you grow. 2013 wasn't my best year yet, but it also was by far not my worst. I'm so excited to link up today with Lauren from Peach State of Mind to talk about the first 3 months of my 2013! The Cheers to a New Year link up will happen each Thursday through the end of the month, each time highlighting the next 3 months.  

Okay I wrote that first paragraph earlier this week when I first found out about the link up, but then I started to try and think of what I actually did in January, February, and March and it was really hard. I can actually only think of one thing I did between all those months; took a last minute road trip to Kansas City in March. This was actually one of the most fun things I did in all my time at college, so I guess it makes up for the fact that it's the only thing I can remember.

Unless you're an Ole Miss fan, or intense follower of March Madness you probably don't remember that the Rebels won the SEC basketball tournament this Spring, guaranteeing them a spot in the NCAA tournament. Well that spot landed us playing in the Kansas City regional. It was really an exciting time for us because we hadn't made the tournament in years, so we were all so excited even though we weren't favored to win our first game. The first game was on a Friday late morning tip off, so a few friends and I decided we'd skip Fried Friday at the sorority house and go grab lunch and watch the game on the square. Then the unthinkable happened: we actually won!

Caught up in all the excitement of actually winning two friends and I decided we were going to make the road trip up to Kansas City to watch our next game. Within 15 minutes of that first game ending we'd bought way over priced tickets and booked a hotel room. We mapped it out and were all set to make the road trip in the morning. We would drive all day, watch our game Sunday and then drive home through the night to make it back to class on Monday. It was the perfect plan, until it wasn't.

Suddenly at about 11pm Friday night our game got moved from a noon tip off to a 6pm tip off. Now when you're making an 8.5 hour drive in the night that change of game time was huge. But we'd already invested way too much money to just not go, so we had to change plans. We'd leave right after our game and drive to St. Louis to spend the night and then get up at day break to make the rest of the trip putting us back in Oxford with about an hour to spare.

We woke up Saturday morning and after having to double back to each other's apartments to grab forgotten items we finally got on the road about an hour and half behind schedule. Normally this wouldn't have been a problem, but we were trying to beat a freak snow storm that was projected to hit Missouri that night, so every minute counted. Our drive was pretty non eventful, just 3 sorority sisters jamming out cruising up the highway. Even with our delay we made it to Kansas City right as the snow started to fall, so armed with Chipotle and a case of Lime-a-ritas we settled in for the night at our hotel.

We never could have predicted what we woke to find. Snow. Covering. Everything. If you'd put together all the snow I'd seen in my life prior to that it wouldn't even be half of what we saw that morning. So abandoning hopes of hopping around to taste different BBQ before the game we very slowly made the drive to the Power and Lights district after the hotel employees assured us the roads would be cleared because this was the 3rd snow storm of the month for them!

This is after a good 15 minutes of brushing snow off my car. STILL COVERED

We found a great covered parking garage right across from the arena and next to the bar that everyone said we had to go to to have a pregame drink. It was a really great atmosphere and we met lots of really nice Kansas fans who thought it was crazy that we'd made the drive. We probably got asked about 25 times each who we were dating on the team (PS the answer was no one).

Our seats for the game were on the very top row behind one of the baskets, seriously I think I could have touched the arena ceiling we were so high up. But after the first game, UNC vs. KU the place emptied out and we were able to move WAAAAY down. We watched to Ole Miss game from half court, 5th row. Even though the game wasn't great (we lost) it was a fun experience.

But that's not were the adventure ends (unfortunately that is where the pictures end). During the game we find out that the snow storm that we'd gotten over night had hit St. Louis way worse and there were roads closed. When we were already going to be getting a late start driving on roads we didn't know this was the last thing we wanted to hear. After much debate and only minimal fighting we decided we'd go the long way back to Oxford, adding an additional 1.5 hours to the trip. This meant getting in the car and driving down the other side of the state, spending the night in Joplin (where thankfully one of our sorority sisters is from so we were able to call her and find out about how safe the roads were), and then driving the next morning through Arkansas home.

It was one of those trips where nothing seemed to go right, but everything ends up working in the end. We over payed for everything but I kinda think it was worth it. And we got to drive home through the Ozark mountains which were seriously beautiful. Oh and we somehow managed to just miss 3 hours worth of standstill traffic in Little Rock when an 18 wheeler over turned and caught fire; I'm still not sure how we managed that.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Affordable Stocking Stuffers

The other week there was a link up to share ideas for stocking stuffers and I just have to say that if those are the type of things people got in their stockings growing up than I clearly didn't have as generous of a Santa. I saw a new iphone on one list. If that's considered a stocking stuffer I want to see what your actual under the tree gifts are; in other words, adopt me please?

I have 2 rules for stocking stuffers: 1. small  and  2. cost $15 or less.  I think once something costs more than $15 it should be considered an actual gift. I happen to really love stocking stuffers due to the fact that in my family I have the largest stocking, which I like to remind everyone is because I am always at the top of the nice list.

So here are some of my ideas for stocking stuffers that are fun and won't break the bank.

Koozies : I'm actually really hoping to find one of these from our yacht club in my stocking this year. I feel like you can never have too many koozies, especially heading into all the bowl games, because nobody should have to hold a perspiring drink.

Nail polish : This is really a no brainer, and probably the most popular stocking stuffer. You can pick a standard favorite color, or pick one from the latest winter collection. I'd love to find a little bottle of Essie's Sable Collar.

Sticky Notes / Pens : They now make so many varieties of sticky notes in all different colors and shapes. Run out to your closest office supply store and pick up a couple of packs. Also you can find packs of colorful pens for relatively cheap. Maybe I'm crazy but I really love fun, bright colored office supplies.

Hair ties : Who couldn't use some more hair ties? You can usually find the elastic ones for about $1 at local boutiques. Also a good idea, bobby pins.

Candy : Go to Walmart and pickup a few boxes of the $1 movie candies. Now you've got the supplies to watch one last Christmas movie later that night.

Socks : These are seriously such a great idea for a stocking stuffer, probably the best of the whole list. They're inexpensive, cute, and so practical because you wear them under boots all winter. I can never have too many socks, because they're the favorite food of my dryer. Forever 21 and Target have the best varieties for the best prices.

What do you hope to find in your stocking Christmas morning? Am I crazy for thinking these gifts need to stay under $15?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Life Update: I have a job

Yes, you read that right. I am now employed. Finally after almost 7 months of being on the job hunt full time, I have an actual job. I've dreamed about writing this post countless times since I started this blog, but now that it's finally here I honestly don't know how I feel about it.

During my whole job search I just kept telling people, and myself, that I didn't have a job yet because the one God wanted me to have hadn't crossed my path yet. And y'all that is absolutely 100% what happened. This job is a brand new position, as in it didn't exist a month ago. I am the first one hired for it at this casino, ever. Honestly it probably is a good thing that I wasn't offered this position 3 months ago because I don't know if I would have taken it then. It's funny how things all work out because I really do feel like it was God's plan for me to have this position. I applied kinda on a whim, not really knowing what the position entailed, and was offered the job right in my interview so I didn't have time to over think my decision to accept. 

I'll be working full time with the marketing department of a local casino. While I won't be raking in the big bucks, my above minimum wage salary will be more than enough to cover my meager expenses while I live at home. This is a far cry from my dream job, but I'm very grateful for the opportunity. And that's how I'm looking at the whole thing, as an opportunity. It seems to have a strong possibility for relatively quick advancement, which is pretty much unheard of for an entry level job. Plus I'm only 22, this is certainly the time in my life where I can try new things that I never really thought would interest me. It's not exactly the most responsible decision to suddenly change career fields with no direction when you're 35 with a family. Right now my family is mom and dad, who thankfully are there if I stumble along my journey of life. 

Since this is a brand new position I don't really 100% know what I'll be doing, but I'll be sure to update y'all once I've gotten a better idea of my duties. Today I have to go to the state gaming office to finish my paperwork for my gaming license, and then I start work on Thursday morning.  

I'm excited and nervous and a whole bundle of other emotions I don't have any idea how to express. So say a prayer for this new working girl if you get a chance this week. 

Glossy Blonde

Monday, December 2, 2013

Weekend Update

My weekend consisted of three things:
1. Watching football. But we're not going to talk about that because rehashing it is just too painful. All I have to say is I'm still proud to be an Ole Miss Rebel and I still hate Auburn.

2. Listening to Christmas music on repeat because well duh who wouldn't want to do that. You better believe I've been blasting it every chance I get.

3. Shopping. I'll admit I'm a big fan of Black Friday. The crowds, the deals, the strategizing. There are few better feelings than the rush you get from beating someone else out to that half priced pair of boots you've been wanting for months. The past few years I was one of the crazies up and waiting in line at 4am to snag my items, but this year I just couldn't go get in a line for a store opening at 6pm on Thanksgiving. That's just unAmerican.
But have no fear, after the tragic ending of the Ole Miss game I headed over to the mall with my mom and sisters to do some shopping. Our trip was cut short however when after bringing 50 things into the dressing room my dad called to tell us he was taking my brother to the hospital with a kidney stone. Obviously there was no way we could justify shopping while he was in pain at the hospital, so we left for the night and my mom went to meet them at the hospital. But I woke up the next morning to head back out before the "door busters" ended at 1.

I got so many great deals! Seriously, too many to post pictures of it all. I didn't go crazy over any electronics, just normal department store stuff. It's the people going after the plasma tvs for $100 that give the rest of us Black Friday shoppers a bad name. Those people are the ones that always cause the injuries. My favorite find though was probably this bag that I snagged at Belk for just $14! After the mall I came home and continued shopping online where I made my first purchase from Alex and Ani. I first discovered this company thanks to blogging; a while back it seemed that every blogger was wearing one of these bracelets. I've been wanting the Leo charm bracelet ever since, and I finally ordered it with 15% off and free shipping! PS they've still got 15% and free shipping today for Cyber Monday incase you've been eyeing up one of these bracelets too.

I spent most of yesterday trying to decide on something to order to send to a few of my friends. I don't want to spend a ton because I'm buying more than one and having to send it so all these online deals have really been great. Anyone have any suggestions? I'd like to keep it below $15 if possible. I'm leaning towards these great Jute Totes Swoozies has on sale for just $10 today. The best part is personalization is free and so is shipping!

How was your weekend? Link up and share!

Thursday, November 28, 2013


I have so much to be thankful for it isn't even fair. Yes, my life is far from perfect, but it also is far better than most. As Americans we are some of the luckiest in the world. We don't live in a nation where we constantly have to worry about a bomb falling in our neighborhood over night. We don't have to worry about a bloody civil war tearing apart our government. We don't have to worry about disease or famine.

It is so easy to concentrate on the negatives life throws your way. I'll be the first to admit I'm often bad about over looking the good in my life and only seeing the bad. The past month or so I've really been working on appreciating all that I have in my life, and I've honestly been happier. Even the worst parts of my life are better than some people's best.

So this holiday while I'm certainly thankful for my loving family and a warm home with the best corn casserole you could ever hope to eat plenty to eat, I am mostly incredibly grateful for the life I've been blessed with. As my mother always tells me, "God could have made you a tree, but He decided instead to make you an American."

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


This is a post about water. Yes, you read that right; I'm writing about good ole boring H2O. Except it really isn't that boring, okay I take that back, water is actually pretty boring. But boring isn't necessarily a bad thing. Water is boring but it's also delicious.

I lost about 15 pounds this summer through a combination of going to the gym 5 days a week, eating healthy, and drinking lots of water. That healthy living kick bit the dust around the beginning of September and I've since gained back about 5 pounds. This really sucks because I was really starting to feel good about my body for the first time in years. Not only was I losing weight but I was building muscle and just felt all around healthier.

Of those three things the only one I've kept up is drinking water. I know if I didn't keep that one up I would have gained back more than just 5 of those pounds too. I don't even drink it now to be healthy; I do it because I genuinely love the stuff. Now don't get me wrong I love my sweet tea, margaritas, and skinny vanilla lattes as much as the next person, but in my opinion you just can't beat ice cold water.

Every time I take a sip of icy cold water I feel like I'm drinking energy. I seriously feel more awake after drinking a glass of tap water than I've ever felt from even the largest cup of coffee. I can eat the most fattening, unhealthy meal, but if I do it with a glass of water I feel no guilt. Water is my miracle drug. In my mind it erases all my unhealthy living sins from the rest of the day. So maybe actually drinking water isn't as good for me as I thought?

I only started writing about water because I was drinking it and thought maybe I'd get inspired as I started to write, but all that happened was I got thirsty and drank more water. I'm not really sure where I was trying to go with this post so I think I'll just end it here before you all think I've completely lost my mind.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Keep on the Sunny Side

I just want to take a minute to brag about my housemates.

I always thought after graduation I'd want to live alone. Freshman year I lived in the dorm and then spent the next 3 years living in my sorority house. I was never more than a few yards away from somebody. I thought I'd want my space, no one to question where I was, or why I wanted to eat Eggo waffles at 10pm sober on a Tuesday, or to share the hot water with. I am young and single and free, so obviously I wanted to live alone.

Well graduation came and no job offers came with it, so my dreams of living the good life in my own apartment were diminished. I quickly realized the only way I was going to be able to stretch my meager little budget across the month was by having housemates.

Enter my current housemates to save the day. They had an extra room in a house with a pool and the rent was perfect. After kissing my dream of living alone good bye for the time being I quickly took their offer and moved in. And I have to tell you, living in a house with 4 other people has been better than I could have ever expected.

The rent is dirt cheap, it's almost like I don't pay anything at all, and all my utilities are included. They always make sure the fridge is stocked and the liquor cabinet is full. Most nights one of them will cook for all of us, and nights when I cook for us someone else will pay for all the groceries. Sometimes we'll even all go out to eat and one of them will pay. I never have to nag someone to be quiet or do their share of the house cleaning.  They've been known to go fill my car up with gas without me even asking. And will buy me presents just because. They've been very supportive throughout my job search. Really they've been so great I'm happy to extend my rental period for another 6 months.

So here's to you my fabulous housemates. Thanks for making unemployment not so miserable and life always exciting.

Oh and where'd I manage to find such fabulous housemates you ask? Well they also double as my parents and two sisters. Life is all about looking on the sunny side, so I don't live with my parents, I live with the best housemates a girl could ever hope for.

Glossy Blonde

Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekend Update

Is it just me or did Monday come way too soon? I had a perfect Fall weekend, unfortunately the only photos I took I already posted to Instagram, so you'll just have to read about what I did instead of being able to see it. 

I spent Friday at home watching some movies on tv. The House Bunny and Valentine's Day were on TBS, or maybe FX I can't remember now. I own so many movies, including both of these, but for some reason I like watching them when they come on tv better. Anyone else the same way, or am I just weird?

Saturday morning my dad took my sisters and I to see Catching Fire. I'm not going to give any spoilers, but I will say I liked it more than the first one. As I mentioned before I've the books so there really wasn't anything I wasn't expecting. But this story is just all around better. 

Then Saturday night I watched the Ole Miss game from the comfort of my favorite cozy chair in our family room. It's always heartbreaking to not get the win, especially when our boys just plain don't play well. In our defense though our quarterback was playing with "flu like symptoms" and had been on an IV throughout the day. And we were playing a top 10 team, that had to beat us to continue their hopes of going to the SEC championship. So really I can't be too upset with the lose. I just hope the team gets/stays healthy for the Egg Bowl this week. State has to win to be bowl eligible, so this game is going to be much tougher than people first thought. 

Sunday I went to the wedding shower of one of my high school friends. She's the first of my high school girl friends to get married, so it's really exciting but weird at the same time because I still don't feel old enough to have friends getting married. Two of my other friends hosted the shower and it was so nice to see some of the other girls I graduated with that I hadn't kept up with as well as I would have liked. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Five on Friday/ #Backthatazzup

1. Time is seriously just getting away from me. I can't believe it's already the Friday before Thanksgiving. Like, wasn't it just July 4th? Christmas is basically a month away and I still don't know what to ask for. I mean I have a laundry list of things I'd love, but I don't know what to actually ask for. Like I'd love a new Michael Kors watch, but I know there is no way that'll happen because I just got one 2 years ago that is still in perfect condition. I'd also love a Longchamp bag, but I kinda feel like that's something I want to buy with my first paycheck. I seriously need to decide and not wait until the last minute, because that's when mom Santa just gets mad.

2.  Yesterday I bought wedding/shower gifts for my first high school getting married. Her wedding is at the end of December, and I'm so so excited for her! But at the same time I'm majorly weirded out at the fact that we're now old enough to be getting married.

3. Have you seen this Buzzfeed video yet?

Mississippi's is Graceland too, something I've had the pleasure of visiting before. Paul is the self proclaimed biggest Elvis fan in the world, and he's turned his house into a shrine to the king of rock n' roll. Sounds pretty cool right? Well it would be if Paul weren't seriously insane and most of the stuff junk. But that hasn't stopped thousands of Ole Miss students from making the short trip over to Holly Springs to visit the house which is open 24-7 for a tour. And after you've visited 3 times you become a life time member and no longer have to pay the $5 cash entrance fee.

I'd love to know the story behind other state's weirdest things.

4. I decided to interrupt my planned Fall reading so that I can reread Catching Fire before I see the movie next week. The first time I read it in less than 48 hours because my sister wouldn't leave me alone until I was done with it. I feel like I probably don't remember some important parts that'll I'll want to have in mind for the movie. My sister's read them all multiple times so she'll catch every single difference between the book and movie.

5. I really only like the Ke$ha part of this song, but I'm so obsessed with that part it's been stuck in my head for days

  Timber (feat. Ke$ha) by Ke$ha on Grooveshark

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Maple Pumpkin Bars

The other week day I was flipping through my mom's November issue of Better Homes and Garden when I stumbled across this ad.

Some people may think it's morbid, but I thought it was so funny and smart. I couldn't help but want to make these bars because I couldn't get this ad out of my head. 

They were actually more difficult than the ad leads you to believe, but the end result was so worth it I can't even really complain. 

Mix 1 box yellow cake mix, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of a lined and greased 13x9 pan. This will form your crust

Beat together 8oz cream cheese, 1 can pumpkin, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 package Jello instant pudding pumpkin spice flavor, and 3 eggs. Once smooth pour this mixture evenly on top of the crust. 
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick can come out clean. Warning: mine took closer to 60 minutes, but I do have an older oven. 

When done transfer to wire racks to cool completely. About 45 minutes. 
Beat together 1 envelope DREAM WHIP topping, 1/3 cup milk, and 3 TB maple syrup. The recipe says to do it until stiff peaks form, but that was taking too long so I just went until some form of a peak appeared. WARNING: The topping will splatter, so make sure you aren't wearing your brand new dry clean only shirt, not that I did that or anything. 
Cover your bars with the topping and sprinkle with ground cinnamon (optional) 
Thanksgiving desserts; food bloggers; easy recipes; pumpkin; jello recipes

I was really worried that these would be too sweet to eat, but because the maple is only in the topping it's not over whelming. They are more filling than you'd think though so I'd cut them smaller than you think. I was so, so pleased with how they turned out. I can't wait to try them again!

PS: Can you believe Thanksgiving is just 1 week away!? Where has November gone?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I want to be on the one that leads to awesome

Yes, I know this video is old. And you've probably already seen it, but watch it again anyway. This kid speaks the truth.

This is one of my favorite Youtube videos. I love to watch it when I'm feeling overwhelmed or stressed or like a failure, or lame in general.

What will be your Space Jam?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Why I'm actually the worst blogger of all time

1. I don't have thousands of followers
I read somewhere that you aren't considered a "real blogger" until you have 1000 followers. I'd be thrilled to have even 100, or really just 50 would be cool too.

2. I refuse to spend money on my blog
I know one of the best ways to fix #1 is by paying to sponsor other blogs, but I just can't justify doing that yet. That being said I am a BIG fan of free button swaps! Also, I would love to have a beautifully designed blog, but those don't come cheap my friends. What does come cheap? Utilizing a google search to find some tutorials and teaching your self.

3. I seldom do #ootd posts
How do you even get the right angle for those? Maybe my arms are too short to get my whole outfit in the shot? Maybe I should enlist the help of a friend to take them for me?

4. I don't eat fancy, exotic beautiful food on the reg.
I mean that is unless you count (not sponsored in any way) Lean Cuisine meals. Because I seriously rock at popping those little black trays of goodness into the microwave and heating away. I also specialize in Sonic happy hour drinks.

5. I don't have a cute pet or cute kids
Or even an ugly pet or ugly kids. Do bloggers even have ugly kids? Because I've surely never seen one.

6. I don't have an exciting job

7. I often forget to add a picture in every post
I don't really know who decided that every blog post should include a picture, but it seems to be the agreed upon thing.

8. I'm still looking for my bloggy BFF
I feel like every one is always talking about their awesome blogging friends and all the cool things they did when they met up. If you can get over these reasons why I'm the worst blogger of all time, I'd love to be friends. I'm really fun, I promise.

Glossy Blonde

Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekend Update

As I mentioned Thursday and Friday, I spent this weekend in Oxford, AKA the best college town in America/ God's Country/ my favorite place in the whole world. I had seriously such a great time so I'll just hit the highlights for you.

Thursday night after Encore we went out to the Square. We went to this bar called the Burgundy Room, which is a more laid back, sophisticated place. It was perfect for getting a drink and just sitting and catching up. I came prepared and brought my own koozie, something my big taught me to always do. 

Friday we at at this great place called Taylor Grocery, it's about 15 minutes outside of Oxford but well worth the drive, if you're ever in the Oxford area you need to go! They are famous for their catfish, but I also really love their chicken fingers. Oh and the best part? They have their brown bag license! Which if you aren't familiar with the concept, it means they don't sell alcohol so you are welcome to bring your own, just leave the bottle in a brown bag!

 We love Theta so much we go to formal, even as alum

Friday night was my sorority's formal. My best friend's date had to cancel last minute so I got to go with her as her date. It was so, so fun! Everyone was laughing that I came back as an alum and got to go. Oh and it was a long gown formal, so I wore the one long dress I own, the dress we all wore for pref round of recruitment. 

 I seriously lucked out and had a friend with an extra ticket to Saturday's game so I was able to watch the Rebels beat Troy in person. The game was super early (11am kickoff) so we just went for the second half. But obviously I love any chance to be in a Vaught and watch my Rebels win! 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Back That Azz Up

Hi Friends! Happy Friday!

As I mentioned yesterday I'm in Oxford so today's post will be suppa' short. I found this video earlier this week and just knew I had to share its goodness with y'all. Miley may be a lot of things, but a fabulous singer surely tops the list.

Wishing you lots of Fall Happiness this weekend!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Do it for the Kids

Today is my sorority's big philanthropy event, Theta Encore. And because I'm the most obsessed dedicated alum I'm making the drive up to watch.

It's a dance competition between all the sorority new member classes; with pledge classes of 100+ girls it is intense. I don't mean to brag or anything but these dances are seriously so good. I don't care how great you think your campus song fest, lip sync, or whatever you call it is, I 100% guarantee the routines at this are better. This is one of my all time favorites, but is by no means the only one, seriously just go search YouTube for "Ole Miss Theta Encore" and so many great videos will pop up.

It's seriously such a big deal on campus, and I'm not just saying that because it's my sorority. Years past we've held it on the same stage where the first 2008 Presidential Debate was held (yeah I've danced on the same stage the President stood on NBD), but we've out grown that space and they've moved to a bigger location this year. We raise over $15000 for our philanthropies CASA and The Scarlet Lawrence Akins Foundation from this one night alone.

I'm seriously so so proud of my sisters and can't wait to see this year's show!

A little Throwback Thursday for ya. Dressed up as a sailor when I performed my freshman year

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

penny for your thoughts

JcPenny is seriously killing it right now. About a year ago they were just a store I walked through to get into the rest of the mall (there was never anyone in their parking lot so you could get right next to the door), not one where I actually shopped. Not only are their clothes now cute, but they're affordable and a pretty good quality. If you follow my Instagram you've seen some of the great jewelry steals I've found there recently. I've put together a few great looks using JcPenny products exclusively, most of which are currently on sale!
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This looks plain Jane boring in the front, but the back is actually super sexy. This look is perfect for Holiday parties or a winter formal. 
It Girl

MNG by Mango sweatshirt / MNG by Mango t shirt / Blue jeans / Call it SPRING ankle booties / Duro Olowu cuff bracelet / Jade jewelry

This bracelet is only $7! And I can't even tell you how much I adore these pants. I bought a pair the other day and I only wish I'd bought more than one. They are super comfy and hold their shape really well all day. I think this outfit would be really fun for brunch/lunch/coffee date with your girl friends. It's relaxed, but add the sweatshirt and now it's got a glam vibe. 

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A N A beige top / Purple jeans / Totes ballerina shoes / Stone jewelry / Bridge Jewelry yellow jewelry

This top looks 1000 times better in person; seriously it's fabulous! I imagine wearing this for a more casual date night. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thanksgiving Wish List

Maybe it's just me but it seems like everyone has completely forgotten about Thanksgiving and that's just not cool. I can think of exactly two reasons why it'd be okay to be skipping over this holiday this year: 1. You're not American and therefore don't celebrate Thanksgiving ever. and 2. You're Jewish and Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving this year.

I am neither of those things, so I am anxiously awaiting Turkey Day. All the stores are putting out their Holiday Gift Guides, but none of these gifts seem appropriate for Thanksgiving. I haven't seen one turkey baster, meat thermometer, or potato peeler in a single list; a serious over sight I'm sure. Why stores haven't commercialized Thanksgiving more than the Macy's Parade is something I'll never understand.

And of course what would a holiday be without a wish list. So here I give you mine:

1. Paula Deen's Corn Casserole - seriously the best thing on the dinner table. I could eat a whole plate of it and not even miss turkey

2. Green bean Casserole - I like the original recipe on the back of the French's Fried Onions

3. Pumpkin Pie - a true American classic

4. Rebel Victory - As an All-American holiday we in the South of course have to spend it watching our favorite sport SEC football. The annual Egg Bowl between Ole Miss and MS State is on Thanksgiving day this year; I'd love nothing more than to keep that golden egg where it belongs in Oxford.

5. Family Fun with no major fights - Thanksgiving is the first time my brother will be home since August and this will mark the first time in 3 years the whole family will be together the whole day without somebody having to dash off to work. Hopefully it's a fun peaceful time and we don't get into an argument, especially while putting up the Christmas tree that night. One year we got into it so bad my grandmother refuses to come back for Thanksgiving. I honestly can't remember exactly what we were so mad about, but it was bad. We didn't have Christmas decorations up that year until the week of Christmas.

What are you wishing for this Thanksgiving?

Glossy Blonde

Monday, November 11, 2013

Weekend Update

Happy Monday! And Happy Veteran's Day! If you know a veteran and are reading this, please pass along my thanks for their service to our country. I don't know any veterans so I have no one to personally thank for their heroism.

Did you miss me Friday? For some reason my internet hated me all Thursday night until about 4pm on Friday. And at that point I decided it just wasn't worth it to try and write a Friday post, I'd just save it for Monday. So here's a quick life recap.

My mom was out of town most of last week on a field trip with my sister, so my dad took me out to eat.  It was like being on vacation. I ate so much, but it was all so yummy.

 Have I ever mentioned how much I adore Mexican food

Ice Cream for lunch? Don't mind if I do

Thursday night I went as my dad's +1 to some wildlife and fisheries banquet thing. I really had no interest, but I didn't want him to go alone (it was an hour and a half away) so I put on some makeup and went. And guess what!? I won one of the door prizes!

$350 cooler, big enough to sit in #justwhatIneed

As soon as I saw this cooler was a door prize I knew instantly that I would be the one to win it. I was 100% the only person there that night who had no interest in a giant cooler. But I gave it to my dad and he was excited to have it.

Friday and Saturday were pretty boring. I spent time eating (duh), reading, and watching football (by which I mean obsessively refreshing twitter to get the Ole Miss score). I want to take just one second to complain about football rankings and how they make zero sense. Ole Miss has only lost 3 games all season, Bama, Auburn, and A&M. All three of these teams are in the top 10. How the hell are we not ranked, but LSU is? In case you forgot, we beat LSU, and so did Georgia, and so did Bama. We should be ranked.

Sunday I got to feel like I was 17 again when I went and helped at the Blood Drive at my old high school. My senior year of high school I was secretary of Science Club and we sponsored one every other month. Working those, and getting to miss class, were some of my favorite memories from high school. My sister is now in Science Club so I drove her and decided to stay to help out while I was there. It was so nice to see my old chemistry teacher who still sponsors the club.

Throwback. Loving Blood Drives since 2009

What'd you do this weekend?

Sami's Shenanigans

Thursday, November 7, 2013

CMA Awards Recap and Throwback Thursday

I'm not even going to lie and pretend like country music isn't my favorite. I mean, I am from Mississippi, it comes with the territory.

Did you watch the CMA awards last night? Overall I was underwhelmed with them, but there were a few really good parts.

Obamacare by Morning was probably the biggest star of the night; I'm sure people will still be talking about it in a week. Also impressive, but I couldn't find videos for, were Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, and Alison Krauss singing Red; and tributes to Kenny Rogers and George Jones. George Strait won entertainer of the year, something he 1000% deserved. There is very little I wouldn't do for the chance to see him live in concert.

Taylor Swift received the Pinnacle Award, something I wasn't thrilled about. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love TSwift, but I feel like the Pinnacle Award should go to someone at the end of their career. At only 23 she's (hopefully!) got many years ahead of her complete with great breakup hits.

Because it's Throwback Thursday I'll share this picture with you from my one Taylor Swift concert.

Please ignore my misguided 17 year old fashion sense

Senior year of high school she came to my town and I got tickets with my mom, sister, my brother's girlfriend, her mom, and her aunt. Our seats were in the middle level of the arena all the way over to the side, but we didn't mind because we were just so excited we were going to see her!

The day of the concert we all go eat Mexican before and then head to the concert. We find our seats and shortly after the opening act, Gloriana (who was unknown but really good!), takes the stage. About 15 minutes after that Kellie Pickler takes the stage. All 6 of us are dancing and singing along, having the best time. Half way through her first song this man comes up to me and asks how many of us there are. I'm thinking he's a security guard and thinks we're in the wrong seats so I start to pull my ticket out to show him we're in the right seats. He stops me and says no, he wants to give me better seats but doesn't have that many so if I could only take one who would I want to take with me. Being the kind person that I am I tell him I'd let my little sister and my brother's girlfriend go since she was the one who got us the tickets. He must have liked my answer because he then handed me 3 tickets and points down to a security guard standing next to the stage and tells me to go show him these and he'll show us where to go. So we head down not really knowing what's going on and wondering if this guy is for real because he wasn't wearing a security shirt.

Turns out the man (who may or may not have been Taylor's dad) just gave us tickets for the pit! So we got to enjoy the last half of Kellie Pickler and all of Taylor from right next to the stage. Kellie even touched my sister's hand during Red High Heels! Taylor is fabulous in concert, if you ever get the chance to see her I highly recommend it. She is a true performer. 

I really like this picture because you can really see how close we were. That's the crowd in front of her. When she'd walk out on the top of the T part of the stage, she had her back to us.