Thursday, July 28, 2011

Addicted

I get addicted to a lot of things, but only good things... diet coke, online shopping, blog reading and now... Pinterest (The most amazing site known to me!)

It is the best thing since sliced bread (not that I know a time pre-sliced bread).

This site has everything,  decor ideas, recipes, clothing obsessions and just plain gorgeous pictures.

Click on the link on the bottom right column (below the blogs I follow) and join me too!

Love,

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Need a pick me up?

I somehow came across this site and it was a lifesaver in my moment of sadness and despair (okay I was not that depressed but I did have a bad week). It says everything you have been wanting to say.

-WARNING: Some on the site are bordering/on the vulgar side-

Dear teenage boy speeding into the parking lot with your windows down and music up,
 You're going to Target.
Sincerely, you're not a gangster.

Dear Yahoo,
I've never heard anyone say, "I don't know, let's Yahoo! it..." just saying...
Sincerely, Google

Dear Windshield Wipers,
Can't touch this.
Sincerely, That Little Triangle

Dear Rose,
There was definitely room on that raft for the both of us.
Sincerely, Jack

Dear MapQuest,
Please add an "avoid ghetto" option.
Sincerely, Scared

Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers,
If you do find one, what's your plan?
Sincerely, not very well thought out
That is so me by the way...

Dear Skittles manufacturer,
Clearly someone failed their colors of the rainbow test.
Sincerely, blue

Dear Google Image Search,
That WAS NOT what I was looking for. 
Sincerely, Scarred for Life

Dear Lady Gaga, 
Do you know what would freak everyone out more than your shenanigans? If you showed up to an award show completely normal. 
Sincerely, think about it.

Dear Toddler in Tiaras,
Send her our way when you're done with her. 
Sincerely, 16 and pregnant.

Love,

Friday, July 22, 2011

Word to the Wise

If you are a fellow Chi customer like myself, then cut your ties. My second Chi in the past 9 months has died. Yep $130+ down the drain!

I have had a Chi straightener for as long as I remember but these bad boys are awful now. They are not made like they used to be.

So I turned to my beauty savior, Sephora. I am now the proud owner of this straightener for half the price....


I will just go ahead and say it... You're welcome!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Spain Recap: Madrid

Our third and final stop was Madrid. This city was full of hustle and bustle like any country's government seat. The historic buildings were beautiful.

The Cathedral outside the royal palace

                                          
The alter

Signs were everywhere announcing the Pope's visit in the next few months

The crypt: I was so looking forward to seeing a dead body they had advertised but no luck

Madrid's bull fighting arena

Egypt's gift to Spain dating back to 2000 B.C. Those Egyptians are some sweet gift-givers

The Williams girls

We spotted a Winston :)

The meringue cupcake that had no cake... all sugar

The Royal Palace

A pretty nice crib if you ask me


Museo del Prado

Marigolds on crack

The King's Garden. My garden is some dead ivy, mint and basil

Some funky trees

The pond inside the park, where we rented a boat for like seven minutes because it was so hot

The most random slide in the park

Flamenco dancing dinner

They were awesome

Love,

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stop and say a prayer

Stop whatever you are doing right now and say a prayer for a sweet family from my hometown. Their dad is hurting right now and our whole community is rallying around his healing.


Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.


Thank You!

Spain Recap: Pamplona

Our second stop was Pamplona. This little town knows how to party... it makes Mardi Gras and New Orleans look sober. These people drank red wine like it was going out of style.

The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona takes place every July 6-14. It is also known as the Festival of San Fermin. This was an amazing event that really takes a look at the deep-rooted Spanish culture and heritage, and you get a lot of crazies in one spot.

Boarding the train for Pamplona

There seemed to be a party every time we crossed this square (yet that is not captured in this picture)

 
You can't really see it but these are massive puppet people that parade through the city every day

Party in the square like all the time

This is at 6:30 a.m. on the way to the balcony

People spreading out through the city streets getting ready for the 8 a.m. start

Please notice the foot below this bull (video is below)

The creepy stuffed bull that everyone took a picture with

We didn't know this at the time but these horses pulled the dead bulls out of the arena

The bull fight that night

The matadors before the fight. 
Let me take this time to talk about the bull fight.

I had no idea what to expect, but I really wanted to go to experience this part of their culture. The Spanish people have been taking part in bull fights way before the US was even a country. Not gonna lie, I almost started to cry when the first bull came out. No I do not agree with the killing of these animals (although it was explained later that they live longer than other bulls since they are bred for the fight), but I really got to see how proud the Spanish people are of their culture. I don't regret the experience at all for all you nay-sayers out there.

One of the more PG related pictures

If you look closely, you can see the wine soaked people. They put red wine in water guns and sprayed it everywhere. Not ideal for my white J. Crew dress but I got away with only a few spots.

A glimpse of the Princess of Austria (in red)

This is the next morning at around 8:02 a.m. The running leads everyone into the arena for the young bulls to have some fun (around 3 people were knocked out during this)

Go to about the :45 second mark for the view from our balcony (the video may be a little grainy, thanks to blogger it has to be majorly compressed)

Love,

Monday, July 18, 2011

Spain Recap: Barcelona

These next few posts will be recaps from our Spanish adventure abroad. If you hate uber-long picture-induced posts then please disregard these :) I did however condense our 485 pictures into just a few. Enjoy!

Barcelona was our first stop. After an eventful day of travel to get there, I am glad we went to such a gorgeous city, located on the coast and with so many historic buildings.

The cathedral across from our hotel

The front of the cathedral

The marina of Barcelona. We also went to the beach which was filled with European sunbathing women, with some suggestive revealing parts.

They look just thrilled

The "face" of Barcelona, constructed for the 1992 Olympics

We found a Tipico !!!

Santa Maria Cathedral, the "poor person" church, I use that lightly because it was just as gorgeous as the others.

The view from the roof of The Cathedral of Barcelona

I apologize that I look preggers.... I had to put on a sweater to cover up my bare shoulders for entering the church which apparently added 20-some-odd lbs.

The man in white = bare arms and short skirts guard. He just pointed if you were not clothed enough to enter.

La Sagrada Familia


A massive church which is STILL being worked on.

The alter was quite interesting with a chandelier of Jesus, a new approach to eye-catching I guess.


The funky roof design

All the older citizens gather each Saturday afternoon for the traditional dance in the church square.

Representing Alabama for fourth meal in the local Burger King

Since Barcelona can't have bull fights anymore, they turned the arena into a mall ... probably the decision of a very smart woman.

Some museum on a hill (I forgot the name)


Casa Mila

Guell Park

So happy to find a place to sit!

Love,