Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

On Saturday, for Earth Day, Lowe's was giving away free trees. 
Their goal was to hand out one million trees.
So of course we got our free tree and planted it in order to celebrate Earth Day!!

Look at how cute our tree is! We were surprised by the size, in a good way.
I was very excited to plant our tree!

Step 1: Fill your pot up with soil!!

Step 2: Place your tree in the pot and make sure it is surrounded by dirt.

Step 3: Water your plant! Make sure you don't flood it!

Step 4: Place your tree in the sun and watch it grow! Yay!

I was ecstatic about our tree.
I can't wait until Tim and I have our own home so we can plant it in the ground.

How did you celebrate Earth Day?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Weekend Escape

Tim and I spent the weekend in Boone. 
I really do miss that town.
We had no specific agenda or things to do and it was perfect. 
We watched movies.

We went on a picnic.
This was our view while we enjoyed our delicious food.
So beautiful. 

 Tim and I with the amazing mountains behind us. 

We also completed puzzles while watching movies. 
At first I wasn't excited about working on the puzzles but it was fun and relaxing (until I got frustrated).

While drinking out of crazy straws.

This weekend was relaxing and wonderful.
Just what I needed to help me get through the next two weeks. 

Hope you have a happy Monday!
What was the best part of your weekend?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

I hope you all have a Happy Easter and have enjoyed a wonderful weekend. 
Tim and I spend the weekend in Boone for much needed rest and relaxation.
I did not want the weekend to end but only 2 weeks until graduation!
Have a wonderful day!

P.S. I created a color board and it's up on Bright Wishes. Head on over to check it out, please!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Guest Post: Chelsea Elizabeth's Happy List

Hello everybody! My name is Chelsea Elizabeth and I'm from the blog "Organized Mess". I post about all different things, usually centered around fashion or food. I wanted to share with you a list of my top 5 things that put me in a good mood.
1. Starbucks
I became an obsessive coffee drinker about two years ago. I love anything coffee related whether it's a lottee or morning coffee. Starbucks quickly became my favorite and it's my "go-to" place when I'm having a down day. My favorites? The white chocolate mocha or a caramel macchiato.
2. Good Food
I am one of those people who will try anything, last week in Philadelphia I tried fried calamari and loved it. I love restaurants that surprise me and have incredible food. My favorite cheap, on the go restaurant right now would be "Chipotle".
3. City Trips
My heart belongs in the city. I knew that as soon as I graduated from high school that's where I would be headed. I just sent in my deposit for a college in the city and now I'll be leaving in 4 short months.
4. Reading
Reading puts me in such a good mood, I love being relaxed and laying in bed or sitting outside enjoying a good book. It's one of my more laid back hobbies, my other hobbies include tennis, running and baking. I just finished reading "Water for Elephants" and it was incredible.
5. The People I Love
This is the thing that makes me more happy than anything else. My friends, my family and Derek bring more happiness to my life than anything else ever could. I think it's important to surround ourselves with people who are going to love and care for us back.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed hearing my list of favorite things. I would love to hear back from you all and know what makes you happy! Feel free to come visit me at organizedxxmess.blogspot.com sometime. :)
<3Chelsea Elizabeth

Thanks for sharing your happy list with us Chelsea Elizabeth. Make sure visit Chelsea over at her spectacular blog, Organized Mess.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Guest Post: How I Get Inspired

Hi everyone, I’m April from A Little of This and That. I’m very excited to do a guest post today about inspiration.

Inspiration can be very fickle because you can be overflowing with it one moment and then the next, be completely un-inspired. Life is like that though. You never really know for sure what is coming next. For me, I get these awesome moments of inspiration and creativity so much so that I can hardly get through the workday and rush home to get started only to find that the things of life (family, bills, pets, cleaning, driving) have taken over my mood!

Inspiration is also something that every one of us needs…not just people who do “creative stuff” for a living. Inspiration drives us. Inspiration fuels us.

So, here are a few ways that I get inspired...

1. Keep a creativity journal. I have a small spiral notebook that I keep in my purse to write down ideas that I think up throughout the day. Jot down your thoughts, words, and descriptions of pretty things you see or even interesting people. When you go back and look over it, it almost always can be inspiring in some fashion.

2. Keep an “I love” board. I have a bulletin board in my bedroom that I decorated to be pretty. As I browse through magazines and see pictures I love or receive cute cards and mail I’ll tack them to the board. Not only can it be inspirational, but it can be part of your d├ęcor! It’s also helpful to change up the pictures/cards/photos every few months or so.

 3. Keep a computer folder for inspiration. I have an image folder on both my work computer and my personal laptop that is simply called “Inspiring”. As I’m browsing on the internet or through other blogs and find something that is interesting, thought provoking or just plain pretty, I’ll save a copy of the picture into my Inspiring folder. After you get a good number of them, it’s awesome to scroll through and see all the things you once thought were interesting.
Well, those are just my helpful tips. Above all remember that you can be inspired by ANYTHING. It can be people, photography, fashion, books, nature or a recipe. Keep your eyes and ears open for things and stockpile them for those days when your inspiration runs dry.

Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us April. I definitely keep an inspiration folder on my computer as well! Make sure you check out April's awesome blog and leave her a comment!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Awesome News

Today I went wedding dress shopping. 
It was actually fun. I was glad to spend some time with my Mom and sisters.
I found my perfect dream dress that I will get to marry my best friend in. 
I am very excited. 
Only 186 days left!

(this isn't my dress, but I love the little brooch)

P.S. Make sure you stop by tomorrow to check out another wonderful guest post. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Guest Post: Caroline

I am so grateful that Sarah is allowing me guest post on her beautiful blog today! A few things about myself…I’m Caroline and I am a sophomore at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. I am studying to become an elementary school teacher! I am the middle child of two sisters, which let me tell you, makes for an interesting life. I am currently a part of a new initiative starting at Appalachian- a church called Elevation Global. It is incredible exciting and consumes my life right now! I also have a little blog of my own, When God's Design Met Caroline which I love dearly! When Sarah asked for me to start brainstorming ideas for a blog post, a blog post from my Pastor immediately came to mind. He wrote,

“Happiness is not finding the right person.
It’s being the right person.” – Pastor Steven Furtick

I cannot tell you how inspired I was by this quote! Speaking as a single gal and someone who is searching for Mr. Right, I cannot help but cling to these words. A lot of times girls, especially college girls, believe that they will find a portion of their happiness when they have found someone to spend the rest of their life with. When they have finally settled into a happy, comfortable, healthy relationship. When they have found someone they are head over heels in love with. When they have a sparkling ring on their left hand that promises a forever. Now, don’t get me wrong, I want all of that! (Truth be told, I want that a lot!) But, I realize that right now may not be the season in my life where I will find my Mr. Right. I do believe that God is preparing me for the man that I will spend the rest of my life with. And I choose to find my happiness in that fact. “Stop looking for the person of your dreams and start becoming someone another person is dreaming about. Make someone else’s dreams become a reality.” I am thrilled with the fact that as a single girl, I am able to concentrate completely on building myself up. I am able to have closer friendships with my girls, participate in various activities and groups, and also grow in my relationship with Christ. I consider this season in my life a true blessing. I want to be a blessing to my husband one day when I finally marry him. I want to be completely prepared to love him with all of my heart because I went through this period of waiting in my life.
In a newer blog post, Pastor Steven wrote this, 
“If you’re single, stop waiting for God to bring you the right person and start running after God with everything you’ve got. When you see someone running alongside of you, you’ll know God’s will has fallen into place.”

How encouraging is it that all we need to do is be ourselves and continue to live our everyday lives and God will take care of the rest?? Don’t waste another second of your life basing your happiness of your dating life. You may be waiting in a season of your life for God to bring the right person. Or you may be wondering if the person you’re dating is the right person. He will do it. He will reveal it. In the meantime, be what you’re looking for. It is always God’s will for you to become the kind of man or woman that will be the husband or wife of someone else’s dreams.
Thanks for sharing with us Caroline and providing us with this encouraging message. Make sure you stop over at Caroline's wonderful blog and show her some love. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Happy Weekend

It is the weekend and Spring Break! 
Major happy dance going on over here. 
Sorry, I just really had to share that. 

Also I have some awesome guest posts from some wonderful ladies lined up for next week. 
Make sure you come back and check it out!

 I hope you all have a lovely and fantastic weekend. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Happy List

1. Field Trip day tomorrow!
2. Spring Break starts tomorrow night. 
3. Only 24 days until GRADUATION!
4. Our Save the Dates came, and I love them! Thanks sissy!
5. Wedding Blogs
6. The pink color of this beautiful flower.
7. Finally up to Day 111 in my 365 Project (it's taking a while, but I will not quit).

Monday, April 11, 2011

ABC's of Me

I have seen this around the blog world. It is such a neat idea. I first saw it on the lovely Pia's blog.

Age: 22
Bed Size: Full.
Chore you hate: Laundry and vacuuming, it's a tie. 
Dogs:  No, thanks. Not really a pet person.
Essential start of your day: Shower
Favorite Color: Pink!
Gold or silver: Silver
Height: 5'4"
Instruments I play (or have played): Piano, recorder, flute
Job Title: Student...future Elementary school teacher
Kids: Love them! I want 2 or 4.  
Live: Charlotte, NC
Mom's Name: Beverly
Nickname: Sissy, Sasha, Blondie
Overnight hospital stays: None yet.
Pet Peeve: People who pop their gum.
Quote from a movie: "Most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you." - Dirty Dancing
Right or left handed: Right.
Siblings: One older sister, younger brother, and younger sister.
Time you wake up: 6:20 am on weekdays
Underwear: Yes. Not sure I understand this one.
Vegetables you dislike: Green Beans, Broccoli.
What makes you run late: Taking 30 minutes to decide on what to wear.
X-rays you've had done: Teeth, knee
Yummy food you make: Strawberry pie.
Zoo animal: Giraffes and zebras.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

“There is no failure except in no longer trying”

This past week, I had an MRI in order to figure out what I did to my knee when I fell at school two weeks ago. I managed to dislocate my knee cap (which thankfully popped back in on it's own) and I also tore the ligaments on the inside of my knee. This caused my knee to fill up with blood and swell to the size of a large grapefruit (making it very difficult to walk). The swelling has gone down and I am slowly getting better, but it's going to take a while.

So on top of student teaching, preparing for graduation, and planning a wedding, I now have to start physical therapy. Blogging has taken a backseat to all of these things at the moment. Hopefully things will start to get calmer soon. Graduation is only a month away! I really do miss it and all of you. Hope you have been doing well.

isn't this picture adorable?

If anyone would be interested in writing a guest post please e-mail me: liveinimagination{at}gmail{dot}com

Monday, April 4, 2011

Favorites: Tangled

Have you seen Tangled yet?
It is definitely my current favorite movie.

This movie is based off of the fairy tale of Rapunzel with a few changes. 
I love this movie. The story is so sweet (bring a tissue). 
This movie makes me happy. I love the spirit and personality that Rapunzel has.
 I watched it twice this weekend while I was confined to my bed. 
If you have not seen this movie, go see it now! 

What is your current favorite movie?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Happy April!

I am currently confined to the inside of my home.
I fell at school on Wednesday. Now my leg is strapped in a brace and I have to walk with the help of crutches. 
I desperately want to venture out, but I can't drive and by the time I get down two flights 
of stairs, I am exhausted.
Here are some beautiful pictures I took in my Mom's garden for my 365 project.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!