Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 30: Picture You Love

I'm having a hard time believing that this is the last day of the 30 Day Blog Challenge. I had so much fun doing this challenge, and I have a feeling my blog posting is going to be much more sporadic now that I don't have anything specific to write about!

The last topic is to share a picture you love. I've got so many, so I'm going to share a few.

I'm pretty sure I posted this picture earlier in the challenge, but I love it so much that I had to post it again :)

Have you ever had Rita's Italian Ice? It is my absolute favorite thing in the world!

My cousins :)

My family and family friends on vacation last year!

I love all of these pictures! And I've loved this challenge. September has gone by way too fast!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 29: 3 Things You Can't Live Without

The last couple days have been crazy, so I'm just now getting around to posting today's topic. I had planned to write it last night and publish it this morning, but I've been too busy! The topic today is......3 things I can't live without. In no particular order.......

1. Laptop
I honestly don't know what I would do if I didn't have my laptop to check out everything going on on the Internet and on blogs - ha!

2. Music
I love music - especially going to concerts and finding new music I like. I don't know what I would do without it :)

3. Friends/Family
I can't even imagine my life without my friends and family. They are always there for me on my good and bad days.

I'm so happy tomorrow is Friday! This week has dragged on so much :/ I can't believe tomorrow is the last day of this challenge though!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day 28: Favorite Books

I have a lot of favorite books, so I'm going to break them up into different categories......

Favorite Author: Karen Kingsbury

Favorite Series: the Regan Reilly series by Carol Higgins Clark

Favorite Inspirational Book: God Loves Ugly - Christa Black

All Time Favorites: Harry Potter books by JK Rowling!

What are some of your favorite books, authors, or series?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 27: 3 Wishes

Today's topic is 3 wishes. Here are some super random wishes of mine......

1. To find a career that I enjoy doing every day

2. To fall in love :)

3. To live a faithful and fulfilling life

I really hope these wishes come true, and I know that I can choose to make the last one come true - I just have to put in the effort. :)


The past few weeks have been crazy, and super busy for me. After this challenge is over, I'll blog about everything I've been up to. I just can't seem to catch up!

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Day 26: Best Concert

Today's topic is about the best concert we've ever been to!

I've been to lots of concerts. Here are some of the ones I've been to.....

1. Kenny Chesney
I saw Kenny Chesney in concert twice when I was younger, and I loved him both times. He really puts on a good show! One of his shows was the first concert I'd ever gone to :)

2. Jonas Brothers
I've seen the Jonas Brothers in concert twice also, and they were very good also! The first time I saw them, we were so close to the stage, it was unbelievable! I'll always remember that concert. We were so close that I was able to get some of these pictures......

We also got to meet some of the band members, which was really neat!

3. Jordin Sparks
I saw her at a really small theater, so we were in the second row!

4. Nick Jonas & the Administration
This might be the best concert I've ever been to. I know I've blogged about it a bunch of times, but I went to see him in Chicago, and it was really neat because he sang an acoustic set outside the venue before the show, and he was about 10 feet away from us!

5. Rascal Flatts
I've gone to the Rascal Flatts concert the last 2 years, and I've officially decided that I won't see them again unless I buy pavilion seats. I love Rascal Flatts, but the lawn is just too crazy for me!

6. Sugarland
I went to see Sugarland a year ago, and they were really good. Again, I really wish I would have had pavilion seats for it - oh well!

7. American Idol
I went to see this show this past summer, and it was really good because I loved last season's contestants - especially Scotty!

I've been to more concerts than just these, but these are probably the biggest/most famous celebrities I've seen in concert. I love, love, love going to concerts :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Day 25: iPod Shuffle Songs

Today's Blog Challenge topic is to put your iPod on shuffle and share the first 10 songs. So here it goes!

1. Walking on Snow - Jordin Sparks

2. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's

3. Thats Just The Way We Roll - Jonas Brothers

4. Stronger - Mandisa

5. I'm Not In The Mood (To Say No!) - Shania Twain

6. Come Down With Love - Allstar Weekend

7. Everything You're Not - Demi Lovato

8. Everywhere - Tim McGraw

9. Over You - Honor Society

10. Your Song - Elton John

As you can see, I've got a big mix of songs on my iPod. A few songs actually came up that I had never heard before, so I just skipped past those - ha! What are some of your favorite songs?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Day 24: Favorite Places to Shop

I'm loving today's topic because it is about our favorite places to shop, and shopping is one of my favorite things to do!

My #1 favorite place to shop is Macy's, and that is because my dad works for them, and we get a discount there! Not to mention the fact that I always find cute clothes, purses, and shoes there!

Other than that, I don't have any super specific stores I shop at. I like H&M, Forever 21, Francesca's, Old Navy - really just whatever.

I haven't been shopping in a long time, but I'm going tonight and I'm so excited!

What are some of your favorite stores?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 22: Hobbies

Today's topic is all about our hobbies. My #1 favorite hobby is baking. I absolutely love to bake! Some of my favorite things to bake are.....

1. Cake Pops
I love making cake pops! They're my favorite and everyone always seems to love them. I haven't made them in a long time, which I think needs to change soon :)

I made these owl cake pops for a Harry Potter party!

2. Cupcakes
I love cupcakes too! I made these burger cupcakes for a family party over the summer:

Last week I made these army cupcakes for a dance that was army themed. I love the way these turned out!

3. Cheesecake
I love making cheesecake - I've made traditional and Oreo cheesecake before, but a few months ago I tried out 2 new cheesecake recipes. The first was cheesecake stuffed strawberries, which were delicious!
And this was a cookie dough cheesecake. I loved making (and eating!) this one.

This post has got me really hungry and in the mood to bake something - ha!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Family Fun Weekend

I'm just now getting around to blogging about the weekend, but I figure it's better late than never. This past weekend was a busy family weekend, and I really enjoyed it!

On Friday night I went with my family down to the Red's game for my grandma's birthday. It was actually funny because some of my friends ended up going to the game too, and I met up with them for a little bit, but I also got to spend time with my family! My favorite part of going to the Red's games is the cotton candy - ha! On the way out, I snapped this picture of my little cousin Brandon :)

On Saturday night, my cousins Maddie and Sydney spent the night. We had a lot of fun! We started off by eating cookies and playing outside. Maddie insisted on a photo shoot.

I'm pretty sure this was the "fabulous" pose :)

Curtsy pose

Pose with Coco. I think this one is super cute!

Then we took Coco for a walk.....


We had a fancy dinner! But what made it fancy was the decorations. We colored these drawings....

...and set up some pinwheels.

 We watched Despicable Me, and later on we had a bonfire, roasted marshmallows, and ate s'mores!

Then we broke out the glow bracelets, which Maddie and Sydney always seem to love. Coco had to wear one too!

Then we headed inside to blow up the air mattress and watch The Fox and the Hound.

When we woke up in the morning, we finished watching Fox and the Hound. Then we ate cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

What a busy weekend! I had so much fun though with my family :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day 20: Picture of Yourself

Today I'm linking up with Katie again for her 30 Day Blog Challenge. Today we're sharing a picture of ourselves.

These pictures were taken last fall. I just love them because I was having a really good hair day (ha!), and my dog is actually looking at the camera.

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Day 19: Share Your Nicknames

Today's topic is all about our nicknames. Most people call me Allison, but there are a few people who call me other things......

1. Pippi
My cousin started calling me Pippi a long time ago after Pippi Longstocking. She fixed my hair one night when we were in Florida, and she said I looked just like Pippi Longstocking, and it just kind of stuck.

2. Alice
My little cousins call me Alice because they couldn't say Allison. I think they could say it now, but they still just like to call me Alice :)

3. Son
A few of my friends, especially my friend Melanie, call me Son (like Allison). That's just kind of stuck too. I don't think Melanie has called me Allison in almost a year.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 18: Something You Miss

This is an easy topic for me. I miss summer!

Summer is just always such a great time, and in the midst of a hectic day, I can't help but think about how much I miss summer.

What I wouldn't give to have every day to do whatever, to get to sleep in, have fun with my friends, be back on my cruise, go shopping with my mom, or go out to lunch with my family.

Oh well, I always have next summer!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 16: 5 Blogs You Visit Daily

I skipped yesterday's topic because I didn't really have any good tips about blogging, but if you want to read about some, go here!

Today's topic is about blogs we visit daily. I have all of the blogs I read on my sidebar, and I just look at them when I see they are updated, but I'm going to go ahead and list 5 of the blogs that I read most often/enjoy the most!

I love this blog because Leslie posts about her life, but also a lot about fashion!

I absolutely love the Pioneer Woman! Her posts are so funny, and I love reading about her life in the country. I also got to meet Ree a few months ago, and she is just as sweet in real life as she is on her blog.

If you've never read any of Sara's posts, you need to! Her posts are so inspirational and sincere, and I always look forward to reading her blog in the morning. The last update on her blog says that she isn't doing well, so I'm sure she would appreciate your prayers!

This was the first blog I ever read, and I love reading it! I like how Kelly blogs about her life in a way that makes it so much fun to read!

This is a blog that I love to read, and I can't exactly tell you why. Jessica is so creative, and I love seeing all of the creative things that I wish I could do :)

And that's it. What are some of your favorite blogs to read?