Friday, August 1, 2014


My phone/computer/every-digital-device-I-own tells me it is August...but my head just can't comprehend it. It's in the eighth month of the year? did this happen? Where did time go?

One: Nieces and Nephew

I travelled to Oklahoma last weekend to stay with our nieces so Lacey {Ryan's sister} could be with Clay {brother-in-law} in the hospital. No worries...Clay is home now and doing well. The girls and I had lots of fun...and I learned all about Princess Sophia and Tinkerbelle.

Me with Jalyn {4} and Hailey {6} 
I knew my mom was coming to meet me while I was there, but I was totally surprised when Kelli and Baby Nais walked in.  Best.Surprise.Ever.

Me with Nais {8-months, to the day}

Two: Tiff's Treats

On Tuesday, my coworker found out that he passed Level 1 of the CFA exam. This is a BIG.DEAL because the CFA exam is ridiculously difficult. {In 2013, the average candidate studied 307 hours and only 43% passed...tell me that's not a sign that the test might be kinda hard!} Anyway...back to the subject at hand...I got him a dozen cookies from Tiff's Treats as a congratulatory gift. This may have been somewhat of a selfish gift because I knew he would share...he's just a nice guy like that.

cookie delivery, gift instead of flowers

Tiff's Treats are only the #BestCookiesOnThePlanet. Seriously. Well, aside from my grandma's. Anyway, next time you're thinking of sending flowers to someone in the Austin, Dallas or Houston areas, do yourself a favor and just send Tiff's Treats. The A-MAZing cookies are a million times cheaper than flowers and the recipient will thank you! Unless he/she is on a strict diet...nah, they'll still thank you!

Three: Photoshop

Courtney {from Sweet Home Alabamian} posted about Photoshop wonders and linked to this article. I knew Photoshop could do some "work," but I guess I didn't realize just how much "work" it could total transformation! Don't get me wrong, Faith Hill is naturally beautiful...but look how much "work" they did around her eyes for this cover photo {not to mention the significant shrinkage of her arm!}

Faith Hill

Now that I know what Photoshop is truly capable of, I am in the market for a professional Photoshopper {yes, I tend to make up my own words when necessary} to transform all photos of of charge, of course. 

No, no, no...just kidding! The point of this is to remind us all not to compare ourselves to magazine images because that's not reality. 

Blah, blah, blah...that's all good and well...but still hit me up if you know of anyone who's willing to "enhance" all of my photos until I look as good as Faith Hill {magazine cover version...duh!}.

Four: B&BW Candles

My mind is still blown that it is August. On a positive note, Bath & Body Works has put their summer scented candles on sale. My favorites are Lilac Blossom and Wild Poppies.

Five: Blog Love

  • First Anniversary {Traditional} Gifts by Katie Elizabeth. She shares a few fabulous ideas for the traditional paper gift for the first wedding anniversary. We're planning to take a trip for our first anniversary {if only we could decide where to go}, and I love the shadowbox idea that she shows to go with "tickets" as the paper gift.
  • Etiquette + Blogland = Blog-tiquette by Amanda at As the Wine Cork Turns. Amanda's guide to all the "don'ts" of blogging {complete with eeeeek factor to signify level of annoyance} is HA-LAR-ious. 

Happy Friday!

Today I'm linking up with "Oh, Hey Friday!" {hosted by The Farmer's Wife and September FARM}, "High Five for Friday" {hosted by Lauren Elizabeth}, and "Friday Favorites" {hosted by All the Joys}. Thanks, ladies, for hosting!

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  1. I guess instead of sending flowers, I will send Tiff's Treats so that your entire office can enjoy.

  2. umm...I'll take a personal photoshopper too, let me know if you find one! I feel like I'm missing out by not being anywhere close enough to try those cookies, have a great weekend!

  3. oh man where do I start? ADORE the niece/nephew pics! Also, my friend had like 4 B&BW candles and I loved them! I guess I just never thought to buy them from there! It was some kind of ocean scent and it filled her entire house. Also, photoshop is a mess nowadays! We're totally ruining it for all men! (thank goodness) Have a great weekend love! xoxo

  4. Holy cow!!! Yeah I'd look super hot if I were photoshopped too! I mean yeah, Faith Hill is beautiful already but I think I'd appreciate the real photo because when I see the photoshopped one, I feel ugly...haha. No really though, I'm going to keep that in mind the next time I look at a Magazine cover and start judging myself.

    Your nephew and nieces are adorable! And Tiff's Treats is my favorite! Seriously.

  5. OMG! Your nieces and nephew are so amazingly cute! Thanks for sharing about the photoshop article! Let me know if you find any free photoshoppers! I would love to use them as well! Hehe! Have a fabulous weekend! xo

  6. Nieces and nephews are the best! What part of Oklahoma were you in, I'm an Okie :) Amanda's Blog-tiquette post was hilarious! Enjoy your weekend :)

  7. Isn't it crazy what they can do with photoshop? No wonder every woman has a complex about their appearance. And your nephew is adorable! No photoshopping necessary. :) Have a fab weekend!

  8. Time with family is the best!! And can you pass your free photoshopper along to me ;)

  9. All those photoshopped images freaked me out! I understand for some photos it is necessary to edit out a blemish or what not, but it can cause a lot of issues with women feeling like they can't measure up to celebrity 'standards'.

  10. so glad you shared that - that means a lot to me. also so glad you commented because that means i found your blog! i can't wait to follow along and read more!

    i am SO baffled by this photoshop thing. i mean wow. her arm & even parts of her torso are completely gone. wow.

  11. Baby Nais is ADORABLE!! Ahhh, that smile! And ditto on the Tiff's Treats. Back when I was still in the legit, paid workforce, a client had those delivered to my office and O-M-G. A warm cookie on a freezing December day? Yes please!!

  12. Thanks for linking up! I need to check out both of those posts. Photoshop is crazy... I love seeing before and afters. Hope you have a great weekend!

  13. Tiff's Treats are totally the best!!!! Especially when warm...!!!!

  14. I've never heard of Tiff's Treats, but how fun is that! I'll have to find someone to send those to!

  15. Ahhhhhhhhhh thanks so much for the shout out!!! And I love your blog love links. Way to go on your exam. I'm guessing CFA is certified financial analyst??

  16. Ha - too funny! You'll have to let me know if you find that professional Photoshopper so I can borrow them. :)

  17. That is insane about that photoshop! Such a cute pic of your and your nieces! How fun that you got to visit with them! :)

  18. I can't believe it's August either. Time just seems to be going faster and faster!
    I'd like to send my picture to a magazine cover and see what they come up with! Geez.
    Thanks for linking up with us today! Have a great weekend.

  19. OMG to that photoshopped picture! That is just crazy! And those B&BW candles are so tempting. My husband has told me I cannot buy another candle until after we move because I already have quite the collection haha... but what he doesn't know won't hurt him! Hope you're having a good weekend!