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Monday, October 31, 2011

Let's talk about travel, Pt 5: Holidays



Traveling over holidays is typical. But it still catches me off guard every time I do so.

I've spent Christmas on a plane, flying back from Chicago & rushing to the in-laws house to spend Christmas Day Evening with them. I've spent New Year's Day flying back from Florida, because my dad deemed it cheaper to fly than the day after New Year's Day. I've done many an Easter Egg hunt in hotels growing up. And my fondest memories of the 4th of July were with my grandparents in the suburbs of Chicago, catching fireflies & hanging out with dem Yankees.

This time, though, it's different. Because we're traveling during a non-Holiday-holiday, Halloween. Which basically is anything you make it. I'm really excited about it, because we're in New Orleans.

Bourbon Street.

And we're totally planning on going out in full costume. I seriously can't wait! It'll be such a great way to experience the city, which is really what traveling is all about, right? I'm just afraid I've left a piece of my costume at home, or something of the like.

What are you doing (or what did you do) to celebrate Halloween? I can't wait to see everybody's costumes!

This is my costume... I found a replica of the mask!

Source: google.com via Hannah on Pinterest


{Happy Halloween}
stay safe ♥

Can you believe November is here!?!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Let's talk about travel, Pt 4: Photography

Ok, I admit it. I'm totally a tourist whenever I go on vacation. (Heck, I'm one whenever I step out my front door!)

Ok, maybe not that bad. But I know I'm pretty pathetic looking. Trying to get the perfect shot of the random bumper sticker stuck on the trash can. (Something which I've totally done!) But, I know that the pictures I take while playing tourist will stick with me for forever.

I love looking through my old albums and seeing some awesome shots of places I've been.

Like....

Disney with the family...

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A ghost tour of New Orleans with C...

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Chicago at Christmas!

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Perhaps my proudest moment.... A picture with the captain of the 
Branson Belle in Branson, MO. 
You know you're jealous!

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I wouldn't have had any of these great memories if I had not played a little bit of tourist. But, I'm still curious. How do others take those classic "tourist" pictures without looking like a "tourist"? Have you found the secret of that yet? If so, let me know!

Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels this way!

{Have a great weekend!}

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Let talk about travel, Pt 3: Dieting.

Source: None via David on Pinterest

Ok, so food on vacation is a bit of a sore subject right now. I've been fretting all week about whether or not I'm going to to stick to my diet or not during the days I'll be in New Orleans.

New. Orleans.

Where you can literally walk around town with a daiquiri in your hand. Where they sprinkle fried cake batter with powdered sugar, and call it breakfast. Where there's some of the best restaurants in the world.

Not to mention, I'll be staying with one of the best southern cooks the world has ever seen. (If you haven't had the chance to eat a meal prepared by an 80 year old New Orleans native... you're missing out!)

I went back & forth, coming up with plan after plan on how I'd follow the Slow-Carb Diet while in the land of Cajun. And then I had a realization. I've been on some form of diet since June. Maybe it's time to take a break?

The second that thought popped in my head, the fear and anxiety went away. I was to the point where I was seriously considering not going on the trip because of my diet. Which is embarrassing to admit. But it's what I was thinking.

So, I will officially not be on any diet for the next few days. I want to enjoy life, with friends and family. Also, I think the time with no rules will help me refresh. As I wrote last week, I've been a little frustrated with my lack of progress lately, and I'm hoping a little time off will do me well.

So I'm curious... How have you mixed dieting with vacations?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Birthday, baby

To my dear husband, Christian... Happy Birthday. ♥ Thank you for being such an amazing, loving, caring husband. I love that...

You're such a great uncle to Danzig.

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You're a wonderful support for my blog.

10,000 hits night-1


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Plus, I think you're sexy ♥

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Happy 24th Birthday, baby!
It's been a great year.

(sorry, no poem this year)

Let's talk about travel, Pt 2: Things to Do + WILW

My favorite part of any trip isn't always what I do when I get there. It's what I do on my way there. So for this week's How Pinteresting & What I'm Loving, I thought I'd go with a theme...

Things to Do 
On a Road Trip

  • Play Road Trip Bingo!


    • Sing karaoke-style! (Non-alcoholic kind, of course)



      • Eat tasty snacks!


        • Listen to audio books & stories. (We've stocked up on This American Life, our favorite audio series)


          • And, of course... sleep. (That's what I'm really good at!)



            All of this just makes me want to get on the road now! But, I have to wait, sadly. C couldn't miss class. But, that gives me time to get a little feed back.

            What do you like to do on your way to a vacation?


            {Have a lovely Wednesday!}

            Tuesday, October 25, 2011

            Let's talk about travel, Pt 1: Fashion

            I'll be heading out to New Orleans for an extra-long weekend soon. And to get ready, I'm staring a little series Let's Talk About Travel, so I can pick your brains about everything from fashion to snacks to entertainment. And up first, why not talk about our favorite topic? Travel Fashion

            I've been trying to figure out how to get out of my usual road trip outfit slump. Usually I wear something like this:


            Source: None via Cris on Pinterest


            But I really want to look like this:


            Source: tumblr.com via Amy on Pinterest


            Ok, maybe more like this...




            I think you get the idea.

            So answer me this: how do you stay comfortable yet still chic while road-tripping it all day? I'd love some tips ♥

            The McSpiracy Theory: Revisited

            There are theories everywhere. Answers to the question, Why does it keep coming back? I've come to realize as a woman, I'll probably never understand. That's why last year I had my husband write a guide to the leading theories of the inevitable return of.... The McRib, McDonald's failed yet super successful attempt at BBQ. Which men go crazy for. Don't believe me?

            Just watch this year's McRib commercial...

            So I figured I'd pull that post out of the archives & re-publish it here for you today.

            Enjoy!

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            The McSpiracy Theory

            As anyone who has taken a high school health class in the last 6 years can tell you, McDonald's is evil. But now that the McRib is back... it seems like it would be a lot easier to hate them if it wasn't so ridiculously delicious.

            Which begs the question- why does the McRib disappear, only to come back before Michael Moore can loose enough weight to make a documentary about it? Maybe there's more then just capitalism behind McDonald's evil corporate front.


            I present to you this leading McSpiracy theories-
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            1994 was a rough year *

            After it's initial release, McDonald's discovered that the scientifically evil chemicals they mixed with moon rocks to create the 'pork' featured in the McRib was a bizarrely addicting substance.

            After several incidents of spontaneous human combustion and the birth of Kelly Osbourne came to the corporations attention, the sandwich was quickly removed from stores. However, years later, the populace began to go through withdraws, driven so mad by the lack of  McRib as to cast Rosie O'Donnell as Betty Rubble.

            Now, McScientists and the FDA in conjunction with the KGB and Universal Pictures re-release the McRib at an interval carefully calculated to resupply the populace with the drug, while avoiding giving non-addicts a large enough dose to become addicted. Of course, you're only safe if you eat less then 50



            Interestingly enough, when combined they taste almost,
            but not exactly, like meat.

            Additional theories suggest:

            • McRib production lines up with the mating season of the rare and elusive brontosaurus; once thought to be extinct, then thought to be made up, it is hunted down for its fast food goodness.
            • The McRib is actually made up completely of McDonald's corporation chemical waste, which it is only allowed by the EPA to dispose of by space ship or drive-thru window. 
            • Law enforcement agencies point out that the McRib's appearance bears a strong correlation with increased missing persons reports.
            • Others suggest that it is McDonald's way of increasing ad revenue during football season with a sedentary populace. 
            • Finally, many have pointed out an odd increase in reports of UFOs and paranormal activity prior to the McRib's return. 

            I know they're trying to distract me
            from something...
            I just don't know what.
            What's your McSpiracy Theory?

            ******

            Thanks Christian for always making me laugh!

            I'm curious - do you like the McRib? I've tried it a few times & just don't get it.

            Monday, October 24, 2011

            Sweet Treats & Tips

            Welcome back to the week! I'm super excited, because I'm only working 2 1/2 days this week, then I'm going on vacation! Woo hoo! I actually get to take days off work, and just have fun with C. But enough for vacations (for now... hint, hint).

            Let's talk about what I'm sure you've all been wondering the entire weekend... since I asked you this question... What did I end up making for my free day? (Thank you all for your input, by the way! It was greatly appreciated!)

            I chose the chocolate chip cookies.

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            And let me tell you, they were incredible! Perhaps the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever eaten - and definitely the best I've ever made. And I really wanted to share the recipe (and tips) with you. Because everyone needs an amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe up their sleeves.

            Here's a few things I've learned...

            • Refrigerating the dough overnight made the consistency better.

            • Baking cookies until they are almost done & then letting them sit for a while allows for the crunchy outside/gooey center we all love.

            • Using stoneware instead of metalware completely changed - for the better - the outcome of the cookies
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            • Using all-purpose flour, the cookies still came out amazing. I couldn't find pastry flour & was cheap and didn't want to buy bread flour, so I did exactly what the recipe said not to do, and used all-purpose. Maybe these could have been even better than they were - but I find that hard to believe.

            • Real butter, real sugar, real eggs and real vanilla are a must. No Splenda/Earth Balance substitutions!

            • Chopping up your own chocolate (I used Ghirardelli 60% dark bars) instead of buying the pre-shaped chocolate morsels took the cookies to the next level. I'll never buy chocolate morsels again if I can help it!

            And for the recipe...

            Jacques Torres’ Secret 
            Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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            Ingredients 
            • 1 pound unsalted butter
            • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
            • 2 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
            • 4 large eggs
            • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons pastry flour
            • 3 cups bread flour
            • 1 tablespoon salt
            • 2 teaspoons baking powder
            • 2 teaspoons baking soda
            • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
            • 2 pounds bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

            Directions
            • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside.
            • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars.
            • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
            • Reduce speed to low and add both flours, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and chocolate; mix until well combined.
            • Using a 4-ounce scoop for larger cookies or a 1-ounce scoop for smaller cookies, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
            • Bake until lightly browned, but still soft, about 20 minutes for larger cookies and about 15 minutes for smaller cookies.
            • Cool slightly on baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

            Like I said. These were incredible. I can't wait to make them again ♥
            Do you have some baking tips? I'd love to hear them!!

            {Happy Monday!}

            Friday, October 21, 2011

            It's full-on fall AND {almost} the weekend. Score!

            Happy Friday! The weekend is quickly approaching, and the weather in Texas finally reached reasonable (almost cold) temperatures. It's been amazing to pull out the fall sweaters, boots & jean leggings. (An outfit I've worn some combination of every day this week).


            Source: None via Sherri on Pinterest


            With fall comes the usual longings of carving pumpkins, drinking hot chocolate, and going to football games. But, there's also some things that I start desiring in the fall that aren't on your usual list.

            I start getting really homesick. Which makes sense during the holidays, but October 1 isn't exactly close to holiday season. I always miss my mom & sisters more in October than any other month. This year is no exception, and it really sucks. But I'll see them soon enough & we talk on the phone almost every day.


            I start to listen to very specific music. Without fail, every October comes around, and I remember I own Okkervil River & I start listening to them over and over. Their sound just so perfectly meshes with the weather, it's addicting.



            I have the overwhelming desire to start watching Rocky Horror Picture Show. On repeat, if I could. We actually just bought the collector's edition on blu-ray, so hopefully I'll get my fix often enough.


            Source: etsy.com via Amy on Pinterest


            I'm friendlier in the fall. Since that's traditionally when you meet new people (hello first day of school!) I guess that natural time line of having to make new friends in the fall has continued on way beyond my education. Though I'm not complaining.

            Do you find yourself feeling certain ways in the fall too? (Besides the usually obsession with Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, which are just fantastic.) I want to make sure I'm not along here!



            Thank you all so much for all the sweet comments throughout the week. 
            They really make me smile ♥


            {Have a wonderful weekend!}

            Thursday, October 20, 2011

            Decisions, Decisions...

            I asked this question on Twitter yesterday & still can't make up my mind! What should I make this weekend to indulge my sweet tooth?

            Chocolate Chip Cookies
            (as seen on A Cup of Jo)



            Banana Donuts
            with Peanut Butter Frosting
            Source: shutterbean.com via Amy on Pinterest



            S'more Cupcakes
            (from my favorite recipe blog, Spoon Fork Bacon)



            I can't decide. If you had to chose, what would you make? Remember, I only get one cheat day a week, so I have to make it count!

            Wednesday, October 19, 2011

            What I'm Loving...

            Oh happy day, it's Wednesday!! Which is just awesome, because it means that we're halfway to another weekend... a weekend in which I have no plans. I can't wait!!

            But, before we get to the weekend, how about a little bit of what I've been loving this week?

            • This beautiful outfit. I just fell in love with the dress's waist line!

            • How beautiful is this simple ring? I just loved it when I found it!
            Source: etsy.com via Amy on Pinterest

            • I had such a great time at the bachelorette party last weekend, but I really wish I would have found this beforehand. Because cotton candy can make everything just that much better..
            Source: weddingwire.com via Amy on Pinterest

            • For all you Harry Potter nerds out there, I've found the tattoo for you...

            • And I couldn't post what I've been loving this week without including the sweet I'm craving for my free day!! I think this week I want to try my hand at homemade donuts. Specifically, these:
            Source: shutterbean.com via Amy on Pinterest


            So that's what I'm loving this week! Be sure to check in with This Kind of Love and The Vintage Apple to see what other's are finding ♥

            AND, if you have a 101 in 1001 or 30 before 30 list (or really any other to-do list), be sure to stop by Holly's blog. She's hosting a blogger swap to help us all get through the list a little faster! I'm excited about it and would love to see you there too!

            Tuesday, October 18, 2011

            To my little brother...

            My younger brother Clark turns 18 today, which is just crazy!

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            I left for college when he was only 12, and as a result, have pretty much missed seeing him grow into an adult. In my mind, he's still the little pre-pubescent boy I left behind. And I've found myself shocked almost every time I go home to find a really tall, deep-voiced man posing as my baby brother.

            He's grown up into an incredibly hard-working guy. I can't wait to see what the future holds for him! And, ladies, he can cook a mean steak dinner. Just Sayin'

            Oh, and fun fact, his name is Clark Addison. After the two cross streets around Wrigley Field in Chicago. My dad is that big of a Cubs fan. ♥


            Happy Birthday, Clark!

            It's a Blogger Swap!




            I have been diligently working through my 2011 To Do List all year. And it's crazy... the year's almost up! And, like so many other's check lists, mine isn't exactly quite done.

            There's a few things I've decided I may put on hold for a while - like getting a nose ring (doesn't exactly work with my current job) and becoming a bar tender (not sure if I'm up for a second job again!). While there's others I really want to get working on quickly - especially the Oscar Best Pictures list. I'm only about halfway through the list, even though I have about 10 films sitting in my Netflix Instant Queue, just waiting to be acknowledged.

            So I was super excited the other day when I came across Perfectly Imperfect by Holly. She's hosting a blogger swap that is focusing only on To Do Lists.


            So you know that 101 in 1001 or 30 before 30 list you've set up? Well, now's the perfect opportunity to put it to good use! Everyone who signs up will be partnered with another blogger & then they'll send each other something to help them complete an item or two or three (etc) on their list!

            How fun does that sound? Plus, I've never participated in a blogger swap & am really excited to! And I want you to sign up too. Because maybe we'll get paired together? In which case, I want the best desserts recipe book you've ever found. That, or a copy of your favorite book. hint, hint

            I love getting packages. And I'm thinking you do too?

            So go over to Holly's blog & sign up for the blogger swap. I'd love to see you there with me ♥

            Monday, October 17, 2011

            4HB, Part 2 - Refocusing after failure


            Source: flickr.com via Heather on Pinterest


            I haven't spoken about my latest diet, the slow carb diet, for quite awhile. (You can read the last update here.) And I have to be honest... it's because so far it hasn't been going as well as I wanted it to.

            Over the past 5 weeks, I've only dropped 5 pounds. And although that puts me at 25 pounds lost total in the past 3 months (which is something I've never dreamed possible or sustainable), I've found myself extremely frustrated with my recent lack of success.

            So, I put to work the brain power of my world - my husband - and had him read The Four Hour Body to see what I was missing. What was I doing wrong? It took C a total of 15 minutes to read through the diet guidelines before he started laughing at me. Apparently, I was doing everything all wrong.

            The big focus of the slow carb diet is protein. I immediately started focusing on meat. Meat, meat, meat. I've been on some vegetarian-variation for so long, that once I found myself not only able but encouraged to increase my protein, I immediately ran away with meat. It was glorious. Fajitas, burgers, and brisket flew through our weekly meals at a rate that would probably put Ron Swanson's diet to shame.

            But, as C was quick to point out after reading the book's guidelines, I should be focusing instead on legumes. Beans, beans, beans. Not meat, meat, meat. So I re-grouped, and focused on eating beans on Wednesday. I lost 3 pounds from Wednesday to Saturday by this simple switch of focus. And now, after my free-day Saturday, I'm more ready than ever to tackle this last 25 pounds that I've set as my goal to lose.

            How wonderful it is to have a support system built into my life. Someone to come along side me, and help me re-focus. Help me clarify my plans. And to help me realize that my failure is not in fact a failure, but a misunderstanding that's easily correctible.

            Before I jumped back in, I wanted to give you a glimpse into my failures. I fell into a state of contentment, which was quickly followed by a state of frustration. How easy frustration sets in!! And how easy I find myself willing to give up on something that I've dedicated an inordinate amount of time to.

            How true this revelation of mine applies to so many aspects of my life! A support system is so important to accomplishing even the smallest of goals. I encourage you, in whatever you're current goals are, to make sure you have a support system. Even if it's just one person. It's so important to have someone to share frustrations and short comings with. Someone who won't judge you, but who will walk along side you holding your hand!

            I was reminded that failure is always an option. It's always around the next corned if you allow yourself to fall into its trap. Everyone fails. And I know now more than ever that failure is OK. Sometimes it's just the kick in the butt you need to go ahead even stronger.

            My weight loss goals are so much more than looking better or being healthier. Its a way of learning how to depend on others. How to stay honest. How to stay vulnerable. And I thank you for reading about my failures and success and being encouraging on both ends.

            To stay even more focused, I wanted to make a list of small-term goals for this week...

            • Eat beans. Every meal.
            • Work out. I didn't do any exercising last week. This week, my goal is exercise 5 days.*
            • Drink water. I want to keep up my 8 glasses a day. It makes me feel better.
            • Avoid the peanut butter. It's seriously like crack, and isn't the type of protein I should be focusing on.

            So here's to a great week! I hope to be able to come back and report great news to you next week. I'm feeling great, and I'm motivate like never before.

            What goals are you pursuing? How are you tracking both your success and failures? I'd love to get some tips!

            {Happy Monday!}

            *I've been following Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred DVD & highly recommend it!

            PS - If you like to follow my entire weight loss journey, go here.

            Friday, October 14, 2011

            Fashion Friday: Daydreaming

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            This may not be the best outfit in the entire world, but it's one of my favorites. I love this skirt because it's really versatile. It's my go-to when I don't feel like pants on any particular day. I wear it with black shirts, navy blue shirts, brown shirts & {as you can see here} white/creamy shirts. What's better than that?

            Then we get down to the heels. Those beautiful, brown beauties. They are, in fact, my first pair of "booties" I've ever owned. And I adore them! The heel is a little higher than I normally wear, but for some reason - I think since the whole shoe is attached to my foot - I don't feel like I'm going to fall over at any given second. Which is probably a good thing.

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            While we're here, how about a little fill in the blank fun? (From The Little Things We Do)

            1.   The most selfless thing I've ever done was getting married. It's hard work that takes a lot of commitment & selfless acts.

            2.   When it comes to working out I always have a plan and then get frustrated too quickly. But I'm trying to stay diligent! 

            3.  A woman should always remember who she is & strive to be of good character. 

            4. I wish I could buy anything I wanted at any time and then I'd never stop shopping!! Oh how I love to shop.

            5.  A best friend is someone who you can talk to even without words.

            6.  I can't get enough of peanut butter. It's like crack. I'm almost to the point where I need to throw the tub in our cabinet away.

            7.  This weekend I am going to a bachelorette party!! Woo hoo! (After going to the A&M/Baylor game, of course!)

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            ***
            Skirt - Kohls, Sonoma
            Belt - Target
            Shirt - Liz Claiborne
            Shoes - Modesta through Ideeli
            ***

            Well, that's about all I have for you guys this week. I'm so ready for a weekend!! If you didn't get a chance to yesterday, be sure to check out my Seven Links post. It's got lots of stuff for you to look at ♥

            {Have a Wonderful Weekend!}

            Thursday, October 13, 2011

            Fashion on the Wild Side... of Your Wrist

            This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Baby-G. All opinions are 100% mine.
            I remember dreading going to the first day of sixth grade because I knew I'd be left out. Why? Because everyone in the class got one of the Baby G watches that summer, and I didn't. They were the coolest things ever! Remember them? My one friend had every color. Pink. Baby Blue. I think there was even a purple.
            Fast forward to now, and Baby-G watches are still awesome. Plus they have something they didn't have way back when... celebrity endorsements and animal prints. This fall, I'd love to get my hands on one of the new Ke$ha watches. Like this funky leopard print watch. Isn't is awesome?
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            There's also an American-themed watch...
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            These watches go so far beyond stylish, too. They're shock & water resistant. How cool is that?
            You should go check out all the Baby-G collection. It's so much cooler than I remember. Plus there's some great behind the scenes looks into Ke$ha's designs (like the video below) and a Baby-G sweepstakes going on now. So you have a chance to win your own Baby-G watch! (contest rules)
            What kind of watch do you wear? I'm curious!

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            Who are you? My 7 links

            So thanks to Selma over at Crazy Little World of Mine for tagging me in this fun 7 Links game ♥ It's taken me about a month to finally get around to posting my links. But, hey. That's life, right? So without further ado, here are my 7 links...

            Source: etsy.com via Sandi on Pinterest


            1) Most Beautiful

            I'm going to say this is tie between two of my Mother's Day Week posts. The one for my mom & the one for my sister. I think they're beautiful posts because they're about beautiful people. And they are about my love for two of the most amazing women in my life.

            2) Most Popular

            My 3 giveaway posts have the most comments & most hits, but as far as post I've written goes, the most popular was the first Mother's Day Week post, where I highlighted my three favorite blogger mommas: Danielle from Sometimes Sweet, Megan from honey We're Home & Joanna from A Cup of Jo. It had so many hits because Danielle actually mentioned the post over on her blog!

            I also was really ecstatic, because all 3 ladies stopped by and left comments. ♥

            thank to this lady ♥

            3) Most Controversial

            While no one actually left a comment, the most controversial topic I blogged about was Michael Moore's "America is NOT Broke" speech during the Wisconsin Protests this past winter. I rarely take a political stance here, because that's not why I started this blog, but I was moved to write something. So I did.

            I'm still nervous that that particular post is out there on the web, but I'm keeping it up.

            4) Most Helpful

            The most helpful to me were the Reverb 10 Posts I wrote all last December, counting down to the new year. Those posts were the first time I'd joined in a blog project with others, and it was such good practice for joining a community of bloggers. I was introduced to so many people, and it showed me the potential of the blog community!

            Plus, that's how I fell in love with writing again.

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            reflection is good for the soul

            5) Post whose success surprised you

            The first post I had that received more than 20 hits was a biopic I wrote about a local baker, Abbey, from Blue Baker in College Station, which I called Blue Baker's Baker. I was lucky enough to have the post linked on Blue Baker's Facebook page, and as a result it is still in the top 10 of my post popular posts (as far as page views are concerned). It was a total surprise that people would read what I had to post!

            6) Post you feel didn't get the attention it deserved

            One of my favorite stories I ever shared here was My Favorite Rock Star Moment. In it, I told the tale of how a member of The Decemberists made fun of me while I was getting his signature at Austin City Limits Musical Festival. I think the story is hilarious & awesome, but I guess no one else did :-(

            Can't win them all, I guess?

            7) Post you are most proud of

            The post I go back to just to look at over & over is The Man I Love. I went back through all the pictures C & I have taken over the past 7 years and put up a picture timeline of us growing up together. I love the goofy faces and fond memories. I love seeing how we've evolved together over the years. I'm most proud of the post because it helps me fall just a little more in love with C every time I see our past ♥

            one of my favorite pictures of us. so young!!

            So I'm supposed to pass this along to 5 bloggers to keep the game going! I'm tagging...
            1. Amanda from Simple Girl, Simple Pleasures
            2. Lisa from A Piece of Lisa
            3. Kelly from Adventures with Kelly
            4. Callie from The Good Life
            5. And (not to be cheesy) YOU. I'd love to see what your 7 Links are from the past year ♥

            Be sure to leave me a link in the comments if you play along. 
            I can't wait to see what you come up with!