by request

A few weeks ago I got my hair cut short! I was really nervous about this because I have had long hair for years. It was a big change for me but I really love having short hair and Jake loves it too! He tells me everyday how much he loves it!

happy birthday mom

Today is my mom's 50th Birthday! She is the best mom in the world and I hope she has a wonderful day!

I love you Mom!


I love it when I find decorative ideas using unexpected items. For example using ladders as both decorative and functional. This is totally brill!

(photos via maya made, pottery barn, house beautiful)

tutti frutti

We finally have a frozen yogurt place in Auburn! Yay! It's called Tutti Frutti and it is very similar to the Yogurt Mountain in Birmingham. I really loved Tutti Frutti, however, as I walked in I didn't get the overwhelming feeling of pure joy like I get when I walk in Yogurt Mountain. There weren't as many yogurt flavors and not nearly as many toppings to choose from and it cost a little bit more per ounce. But it was still really good! I filled my cup with every fruit flavor they had and topped it with fresh kiwi and gummy bears (my signature yogurt topping), and Jake got chocolate vanilla swirl with strawberry topping (boring). And the best part is, it is within walking distance from our apartment!

floating books

Ever since I discovered the concealed bookshelf I have been obsessed with them! So once I saw this picture of a framed concealed bookshelf I was determined to try this one day.

This was my inspiration photo...

And this is my interpretation...

I got the bookshelf from Bed Bath and Beyond and the old frame I got from a thrift store and painted it metallic bronze.

I have it hanging over my desk and it is definitely my favorite decorative detail in my bedroom! I wish the pictures did it justice.

vday gifts

Jake gave me a single red rose to represent our first Valentines Day together as a married couple. He said the more years we are married the more roses I get! I thought this was very romantic! He also gave me a Valentine card that was for a wife! That was exciting, I love it!

This year I decided to make Jake's card and gift, and I found this great idea on a craft blog.

I used an old deck of cards and made a book filled with things I love about him. it was really easy thinking of 52 things, I could have thought of a lot more.

It was really easy to make, and I was able to use stuff that I already had around the house.

The best part was that Jake absolutely loved it!

snow day


After we made the snowman we noticed that it looks just like John McCain!

And, of course, we made snow cream!

Snow Cream:
mix together
1/2 gallon of snow
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk (or enough milk for desired consistency)

You have to eat it quick because it melts really fast

wedding pictures...finally

If you want to look at a few more wedding pictures click on the link above that says "Wedding Pictures".

layerd rugs

I don't think I would have ever thought of this, but it is such a great idea. I think for it to work successfully like this picture, the bottom rug needs to be more neutral and the top rug should have a pattern or splash of color. Def might try this one day.

(photo via elle decor)