Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Shabby Apple Discount!

It's no secret that Shabby Apple has some of the classiest, prettiest dresses around. I know I love them! I also love having insider knowledge when it comes to what's going on at Shabby Apple. Curious to know what this year's best-selling dresses are? Wait no longer!

This year's best sellers are...
I'm currently coveting the Red Queen and the I'm Late! I'm Late! to spice up my fall wardrobe.

Want in on the fun? Use discount code favorite10 for 10% off everything on the Shabby Apple website. But hurry! This discount is only good until this Friday, September 14.

To take advantage of this discount, click here, on the button below, or on the Shabby Apple button in my sidebar. Happy shopping!

Dresses from Shabby Apple


I wouldn't exactly call myself fearless. In fact, I'm a worrier and tend to think about the worst case scenario more often than I care to admit. I have, however, done a few adventurous things over the years.
  1. Parasailing
  2. Offroading in dune buggies in Alaska
  3. Ziplining across the rain forest in Costa Rica
  4. Swimming in the Dead Sea in pouring rain and freezing temperatures (after shaving my legs no less--the burn was one of the most painful things I've ever experienced)
  5. Ummm, I've done a few more bad-ass things, but I just can't think of them at the moment...
Anyway, I'm about to get really adventurous in the next few weeks. And I'm 100 percent terrified/excited/certain I've lost my mind.

This Friday, I'm going paintballing with work. Yep, I said paintballing. I've always wanted to go, and I'm excited that it's my company's team-building event this month, but I'm still terrified. I have a pretty low tolerance for pain, and Boyfriend (a seasoned paintballer) went paintballing about a month ago and came home covered in bruises and welts, so my chances of getting out unscathed aren't very good. Still, paintballing is on my bucket list, so I'm excited. I'll just be the one bundled up in a parka out on the field (field?).

I know that I've definitely lost my mind because I'm doing the Warrior Dash with some friends on September 29th in Old Monore, MO. The Warrior Dash is an intense obstacle course that is spread out over 3.17 miles. Think fire, mud, barbed wire, nets, tall walls to scale and repel down, rusted cars, ice cold water, the works. Yep, I'm crazy, I know. Obviously, my friends and I aren't planning on running the whole race. In fact, we're just hoping to make it through the obstacles in one piece. Again, I'm absolutely terrified (like, paintballing x 1,000), but I'm sure it will be fun, or at least hilarious and will make for a good story later. You know, once we've recovered.

Fearless? Hell no. Up for a good time? You bet.

Monday, September 10, 2012


On Friday morning, I woke up to news that Carter, my family's sweet little dog, passed away during the night.

He was thirteen years old, so his death was not surprising, but he was healthy--except for arthritis in his back legs--so it was very unexpected. We all take comfort in the fact that, as far as we know, he went in his sleep without any pain.

Carter was part of our family since he was just a few months old, and I feel lucky to have had so many years with him. I don't think I'll ever forget the day we got him--picking him up and talking about how huge he was compared to his brothers and sisters. Memories of him greeting us at the door every time we came home, playing with his food like a puppy even when he got old, and howling his hilarious bark will always stay with me. And I'll never forget that time he ate all of our Halloween candy when we were at school--what a rascal. Or that time we fed him too much turkey on Thanksgiving and he was in a food coma until the next morning. Or that time he got out and went on an adventure and scared us half to death.

I'll also never forget how much he looked like a puppy when his hair was long. Sure, he smelled better after being groomed, but something about that puppy face always got me.

At this point, we're all finding our own ways to deal with this loss in our family. My little sister only knows life with Carter, and I'm curious to see how our lab Chloe adjusts to being the only dog in the house.

For me, I'm expecting it all to become real the next time I go home to Dallas. Until then, I can only hope that we made Carter as happy throughout his long life as he made us.

We'll miss you, Carterboy.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What We've Been Up To

  • seeing movies (The Dark Knight Rises, The Campaign, and The Avengers to be exact)
  • volunteering at The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and more recently (and more often) the Central Missouri Humane Society
  • cheering on my little brother as he starts his freshman year at Texas A&M and my little sister as she starts 5th grade
  • devouring every episode of Downton Abbey from start to finish (well, maybe that was just me)--January 6 can't come soon enough.
  • spending time with local friends and friends who make the drive to see us
  • setting up the apartment even more, mostly hanging pictures
  • waiting for people to click on my Shabby Apple ad ;)
  • enjoying Labor Day weekend (and 32 oz. long island iced teas) with Boyfriend's family
  • going to the dentist
  • working hard (and moving to a new awesome office and mentally preparing for company paintballing next Friday...yep, I said paintballing)
  • figuring out how I'm going to use my three days of paid time off before they expire on October 31 (which is actually a lot harder than it sounds)
  • making plans for the next few months and having a lot to look forward to :)
  • buying a new car (well, that was Boyfriend, but I'm so so proud of him)
  • attending the kick off event for the Central Missouri Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter and looking forward to future sisterhood events
  • cooking so we don't go hungry

Israeli Salad: combine equal parts tomato and cucumber (I also added avocado), add green onions to taste, marinate in lemon juice overnight, serve chilled
Pulled BBQ Chicken: put chicken breasts in crock pot, cover with BBQ sauce, cook on low for appx. 8 hours, serve on hamburger (or hotdog) buns
Salad wrap: make your favorite salad and put inside a tortilla (This has shredded chicken, mozarella cheese, croutons, cherry tomatoes, and avocado in it.)
Sour cream chicken: recipe here
Please ignore all of those annoying empty lines above the photos. Don't know what that's all about.
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