Friday, July 29, 2011

Embrace the Camera




I have been wanting to do this FOREVS y'all.

I'm finally doing it.

I'm gonna Embrace the Camera!


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Top Row- Me, Tara, Brynn, Savanah, Emily, Katie, Heather
Celia, Megan,  and Meg

These pictures are from our blogger meet-up last week in Houston!!!

Love these girls! Aren't they all so beautiful!? 






We had such a great time and I can't wait to do it again!

Breanne, Jennifer, Megan, Lauren

Brynn, Celia, Savanah, Me



Happy Friday!!!!





Oh, and one last thing...

Mr. Anonymous is about to have his big reveal! Stay tuned!!!!

Book Club Friday!!!




I'm linking up again today with Heather from Blonde, Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!!!

I have been on a memoir reading kick here lately. Last week I reviewed the Jaycee Dugard story, and today I am reviewing another true story called 'Mistaken Identity'. I remember this story when it happened in 2006 and remember I could not tear myself away from the media coverage. 


via


I took a picture of the back of the book so you could read the description for yourselves: 






Here is a picture of the 2 girls: 
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I could not put this book down. I read it in 2 days. It is emotionally stirring and bittersweet. It seriously takes you on a rollercoaster ride of every emotion.


It talks a lot about faith and the power of prayer.


I'll tell you this much- after reading it, I really had to take a few deep breaths and let it all sink in. It is just such a chaotic situation and it really makes you wonder what you would do in a situation like the one these families had to go through.





Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dear Shoe God:

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Please bring me these:

Christian Louboutin Cork-Wedge Leopard Pump

Thank you!!!!!


Oh, and can the Dr. Pepper God please bring me a drink? I'm dying over here (damn diet).


Source: google.com via Kevin on Pinterest

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Thank You and Oh, How Pinteresting!!!

Oh my goodness, loves, this has been one HELLUVA week!!!

I started working out, and guess what? It is actually working out for me! 

I feel better! I can't see anything changing yet physically, but I FEEL amazing!!!!

It has been THREE days since I have had a Dr. Pepper.

I have been calorie counting and working out like a Mo Fo.

I really have to thank you guys. When I told you here that I was gonna start working out and taking care of myself, your comments were SO SUPPORTIVE!!!!!!

THANK YOU!!!!

You all are so encouraging and it's so great that I can tell you guys on Twitter what I'm doing to work out and you all are cheering me on!!!! It's fabulous, actually!!!!

Okay. I'm done with all that. Just wanted to say thank you!!!!






It's time for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday!!!

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is the place where you can catalog everything lovely.

You'll need an invite to get on the site...I can help you with that!

Email me your email addy! I'll send you an invite as soon as I can!


Let's start pinning!!!










































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I can't way to see what you pinned this week!!!!










Tuesday, July 26, 2011

California Girls, We're Unforgettable....

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Happy Tuesday!!! It's Tastes and Travels day with Michelle and Lyndsay!

I promised you guys I would put my pics from LA on the bliggity blog, so here they are!!!!











Not sure who Matthew Lesko is? 

Watch this:



Yup. That is the only "celebrity" I got to meet.

Woot?






All in all, this second trip to LA was okay.

Site seeing was wonderful. My actual stay in LA left much to be desired, but I was also on a school trip and I didn't have much of a choice!

I can't wait to go back!!! My fiance's family makes a trip to LA almost every year, so I promise I'll be back soon!!!


Have you taken a trip somewhere recently you would like to share??? Link up with us! 





Monday, July 25, 2011

Working on My Fitness

I'm gonna be real.

I'm always real with y'all, but I'm gonna be really real. For real.

I started a diet eating healthier today.

I am very unhappy with how I look.

Here is what I'm eating from now on:

Special K. for breakfast.

Special K. for lunch.

A sensible dinner.

Some snacks like fresh fruit/veggies/Special K bar.

A 2 mile walk (and eventually run) every night. Mr. Anonymous and I already figured out the best route for me around my neighborhood!

Look. I cut out Dr. Pepper.

I cut out all my sodas and bread and pastas and basically everything that is freakin wonderful.

But-

I'm gonna look damn good in my wedding dress. That's my goal.

Word!




Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sounds Perfect!

Here is a list of things on my ToDo list this weekend:

1. -------

Yup. It's blank.

I'm not planning anything. I'm not arranging anything. I'm just going with it.

Sound good? Sounds good to me.

The one and only thing that I have scheduled is for Sunday and it is gonna be fabuloso...

I'm meeting some bloggers for brunch! 

I'm so excited to see some familiar faces and some new ones!!!!

What do you have planned for the weekend?



Until next time......




Friday, July 22, 2011

The Stars at Night Are Big and Bright.....

I'm BAAAACCCCKKKKK!!!!


Did you miss me?



California was amaze-balls! The trip went by way too fast, but I'm so happy that I got to do the few things that I did!

Pictures coming soon!

I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank Savanah, Jennifer, and Ruthie for guest blogging for me!!!


Next week, things will be back to normal around here on the Apple!!!!


Dorothy was right...









There is no place like home.

:)







Title of this post is inspired by the 1941 song titled "Deep in the Heart of Texas"

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Simple Things Mean So Much.......

My friend Jesslyn Amber does this wonderful link-up on Thursdays where we get to think about the simple things that make our world a better place.

With our wedding coming up so soon, I really am starting to see how quickly the time flew by while wedding planning.

We only have 79 more days until THE BIG DAY.

Crazy.



I am so super excited, but I'm afraid I have been so focused on making things perfect for that day that I have neglected the simple things in life....

But I'm not doing that anymore!

Here is my list to help me appreciate and ENJOY the next 78 days....




˚ Write a little love-note to Mr. Anonymous every day for the next 78 days...I'll bind them and make them into a little book.

˚ Stare at my wedding dress every day for at least 5 mintutes.

˚ While I'm at it...stare at my wedding shoes, too. Let's face it. They are pretty fabulous! (You will see soon!)

˚ I'll day dream about wedding cake. Does any other cake taste better than wedding cake? In my opinion, no. Not really. I can't wait to eat mine!

˚ Get the bridesmaids gifts ready to go and add my own little personal touch to all of them!

˚ I'll ask Mr. Anonymous every day if he is ready for the wedding. My goal is to get him really annoyed. :)

˚ Breath. Just breath.




I'll keep adding to this list as I think of more things!!!!

I really hope you guys aren't sick of all my wedding talk. 

What simple things are on your list?





One last thing:

I am officially back from LA!!!!

I will be back to blogging and commenting asap, yo!



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Oh, How Pinteresting!!!!



Hello lovelies!!!!!

It's WEDNESDAY!!! Woot woot!!! And Holla!!

It's time for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday!!!

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is the place where you can catalog everything lovely.

You'll need an invite to get on the site...I can help you with that!

Email me your email addy! I'll send you an invite as soon as I can!


Let's start pinning!!!






































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Are y'all ready to link up? Grab a button!



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I can't way to see what you pinned this week!!!!














Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How to survive your own wedding

Hi everyone! My name is Ruthie and I blog over at The Chronicles of Ruthie Hart (original huh?!) and I am so thrilled to be guest posting today on The Vintage Apple!  I wish I could say I had a theme to my blog but it pretty much consists of random musings of my life , everything from recipes, workouts and bargain hunting to an insane amount of pictures of my super cute husband puppy!  When Michelle asked me to do a guest post I knew right away I wanted to share with you guys about one of the greatest days in my life, my wedding day. 


If you’ve followed The Vintage Apple for a while, you would know that Michelle will be saying “I Do” to Mr. Anonymous this October (I can’t wait to see that girl’s wedding shoes!). If you’ve been a bride, are a bride or have ever tuned into one of the billion wedding shows on TV these days, you know that weddings can be stressful (que Bridezilla music). My hubby and I got engaged on July 15th, 2010 (check out the story of our engagement here) and married February 5th, 2011 which meant we had under 7 months to plan the whole shebang. I had multiple people ask me how the heck I stayed so calm and stress free during our engagement and I thought I’d share some of my “keep your fiancé-bridal party-parents-friends-self sane” tips:

1. Don't lose sight of what your wedding is actually about. Yes it is hard to get sucked into the details, “what shade of ivory should the table linens be?” “what is the order of the toasts?” “ivory or orange ribbon around the bouquets?”. Okay my head is already spinning. Remember that the whole reason you are planning this event is to celebrate the union between you and your spouse. The start of your beautiful lives together. The details you need to be thinking about are the words in your vows, the symbolism of the wedding ring and wedding kiss and most importantly the fact that you will walk down the aisle as single woman and walk back out as a wife. The best feeling anyone could ever imagine.


2.  Things will happen. will happen. Yup. Bridesmaids will flake, vendors won’t return your call and your fiance may even break his foot weeks before your wedding. Oh wait. That happened to me! My sweet hubby broke his poor foot a mere 6 weeks before our wedding (on New Year’s Eve I might add). I wish it was a crazy “he got in a bar fight” or “he was running with the bulls” story but he was moving furniture and kicked the TV stand so we spent the entire day in after hours clinic and somehow I remained calm. I told myself “okay let the bad stuff happen now, everything will be perfect on our wedding day”. Well, don’t hold your breath. Jon’s foot was still feeling funky and he sucked it up but that was the least of our worries. The snowstorm of a lifetime happened to hit Texas the Thursday night before our wedding shutting down both the Houston and Dallas airports (if you’ve never been, DFW is like the mecca of airports). I have to admit I did cry a few tears of sadness knowing that some of my guests would be stranded and not be able to make it but then I slapped myself back into reality. All I really needed on the night of February 5th was my fiancé (oh and my dad to walk me down the aisle, my mom to sit in the audience crying, the pastor to marry us, etc…minor details) and that gave me peace. That’s when things started to sink in. Regardless if I had 140 or 4 people at my wedding, I was marrying the most wonderful, most selfless, humble, caring, smart and loving man in this entire world. Side note: we had about 10 guests who weren’t able to make it and although I wish they could have celebrated with us, nothing could have gotten my spirits down.


3.   Ask for help. I was so incredibly lucky to be getting married only a year and a half after my big sister so I definitely got the hookup (which made our short engagement so much easier). I used a few of her vendors, had an idea of what kind of flowers/décor/etc I wanted and knew what to expect cost wise. I loved thinking back to her wedding and all the other weddings I had been to and getting ideas from brides who had done it before me. Use your friends and family for help! Gosh I don’t even want to think about how the planning process would be if Pinterest would have been around. I can’t think about it, I will get sad! Don’t be afraid to ask whether it be asking your fiancé to write addresses on invites (thanks honey!) or have your mom help tie ribbons around the bubbles for the “getaway”. Just because it is YOUR big day doesn’t mean you have to load everything onto your plate. I am MOH for my bestie’s wedding in January and it has been so much fun to help her look at dresses, come up with ideas for flowers, etc. Your wedding is not only happy and exciting for you but for so many people involved. I am a super indecisive person so when it came to making decisions, I am glad I had my mom and fiancé there to help me :-).


4. Talk about your marriage. Jon and I did biblical based pre marital counseling (the good kind!) at our church and also joined a small group that studied a book called Building Your Marriage to last. It was amazing. It was so great to get advice and a look into people who have been married longer than you and it also helped us prepare for the obstacles and hindrances that we will one day have to over come as man and wife. Whether it be through church or another organization, Jon and I swear upon it. It helped us focus on our actual marriage so we didn’t wake up the day after our wedding and say “what now?!”


5. Have fun! Love every minute of it! It is such a fun and exciting time, like nothing else you will ever experience. And also, know that marriage rocks!!

Well that’s all folks! Thanks so much for reading and be sure to check out my blog and navigate over to the Wedding Page where I have recapped everything from my dress to the music we used and even a sneak peek into our awesome wedding showers!

xo,
Ruthie




***Thank you so much Ruthie!!! I always love looking at your wedding pictures and hearing about your beautiful wedding day! Thank you for sharing with us all!!!!!!! 






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And, since I am on a Road Trip right now, I'll have to share my Tastes & Travels with you guys as soon as I get back!!!




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