He put a ring on it! It is absolutely so exciting for me to share that one of my dearest friends, Beth, is officially engaged! Chip and I could not have been more thrilled to be a part of the engagement celebration, as Beth was staying at my house that night in Athens. What we expected to end up in a night of playing our freshly purchased Scrabble game, ended up in a whole lot of this for the sweet couple:
And giddy photographing for us:
The Yellow House roommate’s reaction:
Now, I am just thrilled to be able to plan showers, parties and the wedding at the same time as her! What a sweet treat! First stop, an engagement party next Saturday!
Today I just want to take a moment to brag on my friends – and one friend in particular that I met on a very fateful day in 8th grade: Cindy Austin. Our lockers were right next to each other, and I needed a science fair partner. She asked to borrow my brush and we fell in love. Cue late nights (including a pretty uneventful New Year’s Eve) of cutting out bubbles for a tri-fold board where we explained the effects of acid on magnesium. We bonded instantly and even placed in the science fair…
Although we went to different high schools, we still remained best friends. After four years we graduated and threw a stellar graduation party. Notice our UGA attire and sweet graduation cap plates.
We quickly decided that we would live together freshman year at UGA. We pledged the same sorority and continued to make friendships that would last a lifetime. Although Cindy and I don’t live together anymore or spend every waking moment together, she is a friend that I will cherish forever. I know that no matter what, when I see her, I will be reminded of a friendship that has lasted almost half as long as I have been alive. Pretty cool. She’s headed to be a baller at UNC, but you can follow her travels at her blog.
With college graduation right around the corner, I have realized that these kinds of friendships are such a blessing. College has been an incredible time of growth full of friendships that I could never have expected or hoped for. Tonight, my entire AOPi pledge class took the annual “Senior Pictures,” and Cindy and I documented our lasting friendship with this picture:
In fact, here’s a chance for me to get a little sappy (I’m graduating from the best four years of my life, I’m allowed to, ok?).
Here is the best group of friends I could ever ask for:
And one that could go down in the books as from the most entertaining photo shoot ever:
I’m so blessed for these girls. I can’t wait to see all of the incredible things that they go on to do and all that is in store for their lives.
Happy Superbowl Sunday!
As I sit watching the game (and enjoying the commercials) I decided I would fill you in on a great Valentine’s Day gift for the significant other. If you’re anything like me, you would ten times rather give a handmade gift than a store-bought one. However, it can be tough to come up with endless gifts when you have been dating, engaged or married for a long time. It’s even harder when Christmas is in December, the boyfriend’s birthday is in February and then Valentine’s Day is a week later.
On my hunt initially for a Christmas present, I came across this blog post from YoungHouseLove.com (my idols in DIY & home improvement). They used it for Thanksgiving, I used it for Christmas and now you can use it for Valentine’s Day or for really any holiday where a present is required. I totally geeked out when I saw this post and could not wait to try it for myself.
Enter: the Fun(d). As a college girl dating a guy in medical school, money is tight. Surprise! This way, we have designated money that we set aside whenever we feel like we can. This money can and will only be used on fun things for us to do together that we couldn’t otherwise justify spending the money on. The original plan was to save up for a visit to NYC to see my sister. Expensive, but so much to look forward to, especially when it will (hopefully) seem like free money by the time we get to take a break and fly up there.
Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me to take pictures of the process, so I will give you directions on how to create this lovely bit of fun:
What you need:
- Any glass container you want
- Armour Etch Cream
- Small paintbrush
- Painter’s tape or contact paper
- Exacto knife
- Cutting board
- A little money
- Colorful paper
How to: (may seem long, but really actually super easy!)
- Choose a font that is bold enough and large enough to easily Exacto-knife it out of the paper.
- Type Fun(d) or any other word you want to etch into the glass and print. Don’t worry if you have to print a couple different sizes or fonts to get the exact look you want.
- Stick the painter’s tape or contact paper to the cutting board, making sure to get rid of any bubbles.
- Tape the printed word (I’ll use “Fun(d) for the sake of easiness) on top of the painter’s tape. I used a couple extra pieces of tape around the edges to make sure the word would fidget or budge while I was Exacto-knifing.
- Carefully cut the black letters out making sure you go all the way through the paper and the tape. This will create your “stencil.”
- Once you have cut out all of the letters, very slowly peel back the stencil off of the cutting board. Careful. The first time I tried to make the Fun(d) I lost the d). Yikes.
- Stick the new “stencil” to the glass. My suggestion is to check out local thrift stores or places like Marshall’s. I scored 4 various sized glass containers for $10 total at TJ Maxx. Totally worth it.
- Apply a thick amount of Armour Etch where the black letters used to be. (Warning, don’t get it on your hands. This is meant to essentially burn through glass. No need to burn through your skin, too.) You can find Armour Etch at Michael’s and get it for pretty inexpensive when using a coupon. I never buy anything at Michael’s without a coupon, by the way.
- Let the cream sit for
about a minute according to the bottle about 5 minutes or until it looks like the cream is eating away at the tape. Then wash it off with water and remove the tape. Voila!
- Admire your lovely work, put in some money, adorn with a bow and come up with a few ideas of things you would like to do. Write them on little sheets of paper so you can “check” them off when you finally save up enough money in the Fun(d).
I hope this helps you with a little inspiration for a DIY Valentine’s gift! Plus it makes a nice little mantel decoration!
I was recently doing some grocery shopping at the one and only Trader Joe’s and I left with much more than expected. In my little reusable bag there was Lobster Ravioli and a bag of Chicken Cilantro Wontons, but I also left with a bit of relationship advice from the check-out man.
Photo: Ingrid Pintucci (used under Creative Commons)
I have always loved TJ’s for so many reasons: the great prices, specialty products and endless amounts of quick and easy meals, to name a few. Lately I have been noticing that it isn’t just the food that makes me love this store. It’s the incredibly friendly people.
On this particular night, an older man rung up the items for my boyfriend and me. As Chip (the boyfriend) was showing his ID for some super tasty and great priced beer, our check-out man proceeded to tell us that at our age, he was already happily married and ready for children in the near future. He immediately wanted to give us some relationship advice (I guess we looked super couple-y, but then again, what normal guy and girl “just friends” would go grocery shopping on a weekend night together for fun?).
His life story included a young marriage, three children by the age of 30, multiple companies owned with his wife and a soon-to-be 40th wedding anniversary. With a ring still on his left ring finger, he told us he was happy as can be.
His one bit of relationship advice for us: always be best friends and have a lot in common.
Who knows, he may be the next Gary Chapman…