Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Travel Bucket List

-WARNING: THIS IS A LONG POST-

If you aren't able to tell, my mind has been consumed with vacations, traveling, etc. ... so, I thought to share my bucket list of destinations. Aaron and I made a bucket list right after we got married, but he said that was private, blah, blah. So... at least I can share this list :)

New York City 

So before you go "I thought you just went there" ....  I did. But I didn't go with the hubs. I want to go on major NYC shopping expeditions and eat at celebrity-infested restaurants. I just love the hustle and bustle of New York because it is such a stark contrast from where I grew up.

Napa

Real reason I want to go to Napa.... the wine. Yeah that sounds uber bad of me but it is true. Vineyards are so pretty and elegant who wouldn't want to spend all day doing nothing but drinking good wine. Again that sounded bad.

Alaska

I went to Alaska like 10 years ago with my mom and grandmother. It is a gorgeous state and I am not even an outdoorsy kind of person. I really want to go with Aaron because he would love all the "manly" activities and wildlife.

Russia

Now this is gonna make me sound like an uber freak but I love spy movies, TV shows, etc. I would love to be one but then you can't have an resemblance of a personal life. Russia is like the spy capital of the world so that is the only enticing part... Maybe just a day there. Kremlin then peace out.

Las Vegas

I hate gambling. Nothing moral about it... I just would rather buy clothes than loose my money in a game. That being said I do want to go to Vegas. Preferably while Celine Dion is still singing. She is like my musical idol. Again, Celine then peace out.

Paris

I have heard so many people complain that Paris is so dirty but at least they can complain because they have been. I have not but I would LOVE  to go. Cafes, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and other French things. I personally would not complain because it is just a luxury in itself to go.


Greece

Greece... gorgeous scenery and amazing food. You can't really say more than the beautiful scenery as seen here.


Belize

Thanks to Aaron I have a new found hobby, scuba diving. Belize has gorgeous scuba diving locations and the country is beautiful in itself. A must visit but maybe down the road.

 Australia

Just like Belize, Australia has awesome diving spots, um like the Great Barrier Reef. Aaron has already been but I am sure he won't mind going again. And I just like the way they talk.


England

So British accents are awesome. Like I wish a British person would record my voicemail message because then everyone would want to call me (side note: I hate talking on the phone so this is just a thought).   England is so fancy with their history and royal family. Afternoon tea is so cute to me. And this is like the only other country where I know they can't talk about me because I know English too!



Egypt

I am obsessed with anything Egyptian. I am a super freak and love the Mummy movies, Egyptian history books, etc. We even went to an Egyptian traveling exhibit a few years again with King Tut artifacts, tombs remnants and much more. The country may not be the safest but I would love to visit this part of the world.

Fiji

This is a given, I wanna go back to Fiji. I would even live there for free... and I am not kidding. It is paradise and the people are amazing. They give you hope that there are nice people left in the world.

Ireland

This is the next big place we wanna go. Both of our families are from there one way or another so it is only fitting to go back. This picture pretty much speaks for itself.

Sorry I want to go like everywhere in the world.  Maybe after we get a casa/house/abode (whatever word  you want to use) then we can discuss being world travelers.

If you hung in there for the whole thing, bless you :)

Love,

Happy Birthday Alexandria!


Happy Birthday Alexandria! I hope you have an absolutely amazing day! Miss you sista!






"I've got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine!"

Happy Birthday Meredith!

Meredith is one of my longest friends. We lived right down the street from each other and were inseparable. Sadly we went to separate colleges but we are still besties :)

Mere and her sweet momma


The precious couple


I could have located thousands more but decided not to....

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

My boys...



And yes this is a sheet on our couch to eliminate the hair... don't judge

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Love/Hate Relationship


This guy and I have a love/hate relationship. If you can't tell from his picture, he is almost certifiably insane. You want to throw your weights at him while he "pumps you up" and you are having intense pain all over.

However, we have decided to start seeing each other again. As much as P90X kills me, it works. It works so much you feel it for days!


So hopefully I will stick with it again like I did before the wedding. Here goes some intense bonding with Mr. Horton. Or when we need our time apart, just a jog around the block.

Love,






Saturday, May 21, 2011

I'm Wired

I am not really wired but I am loving my new "I'm Wired" nail polish by Sephora by OPI.


It is the perfect orange, red, pink mix... like a fun coral.

Love,




Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chilled Vegetable Salad

Another recipe from my fav, Southern Living. This is a no lettuce salad and is better the day after you make it (in my opinion).


Ingredients
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 celery ribs, sliced
1 (7-ounce) jar diced pimiento, undrained
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can small sweet green peas, drained
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can French-cut green beans, drained
1 (11-ounce) can white shoepeg corn, drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in small saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove dressing from heat, and cool 30 minutes.
Stir together chopped bell pepper and next 8 ingredients in a large bowl; gently stir in dressing. Cover and chill salad for 8 hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.


Love,

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Google Reader

I thought to do a little tutorial on Google Reader. It is really easy to use but you have to have a google account.

I currently subscribe to 99 blogs... You may think that is crazy but Google Reader makes them super easy to read. It pulls in a new post when it is published making this a one-stop shop for reading blogs.


If you are in your gmail, Reader is in the top left header. If you don't see it, go to the More dropdown and find it there.

This is your button to add a blog. Just copy the url and paste.

This is on your left side of the page. It holds all your blog subscriptions. Bold means a new post.

Screen shot of all my subscriptions in order by post time and date. Again, bold means new.

Our blog in a screenshot.

So this may not have been the best tutorial, but I tried. I add blogs that I stumble across every now and then. 

Love,







- So I may be addicted to reading blogs but when I find some time I am going to categorize them by party planning, fashion, cooking, etc.-

Monday, May 16, 2011

Home Sweet Tuscaloosa

This past weekend, Aaron and I found time to take some supplies to Tuscaloosa. If you already didn't know, Aaron and I went to college in Tuscaloosa and wanted to pitch in since the devastating tornadoes. All the supplies were supplied by Aaron's co-workers.


Aaron's new car got to haul some very important supplies like TONS of water, toiletries, diapers, canned food, etc.

Here are a few pictures we took during our quick visit. I wish I had more to share but after driving down the short stretch of 15th Street, we both felt so sick to our stomachs that we didn't want to go any further into the destruction.

This previously was a metal tower, now this looks like a corkscrew

What is left of Emergi-care










This image really captures the true American spirit... still standing after tragedy.

Love,