Sunday, September 30, 2012

Project 365: September

September went by SO fast - it's going to be Christmas before we know it! I apologize that these posts are probably boring since I've already posted most of these pictures on here, but I like having them to look back on.

September 1 - Newport night!

September 2 - Hahahaha!

September 3 - Relaxing with 2 sleepy dogs!

September 4 - Blurry tongue picture!

September 5 - Tried Yagoot's new Passion Fruit out at Rookwood today after school :)

September 6 - Haircut day!

September 7 - Went to see Maddie's soccer game tonight!

September 8 - Lorelei's first birthday party tonight!

September 9 - Dinner at Outback with the Frimmings tonight!

September 10 - Cute cookie from Lorelei's party!

September 11 - Mom bought me Edward's Hershey Pie since I was sick today

September 12 - Love this dog :)

September 13 - Made homemade Twix bars for the Garage Getdown!

September 14 - Lilo and Stitch for the Garage Getdown!

September 15 - Finally got a pair of Sperry's today!

September 16 - Worked at the Country Club for government class - brought back a lot of memories!

September 17 - Cake pop week!

September 18 - Spent 2 hours at Cabana chatting with Erin tonight!

September 19 - Fun smiley cake pops

September 20 - Sloth cake pops for Laura!

September 21 - Random birthday party fun!

September 22 - Siri never fails to amuse me....

September 23 - Pompilio's for dinner since today was Mom and Dad's anniversary!

September 24 - LOVE this dog!

September 25 - Dinner and dessert with Mom tonight!

September 26 - Went out for Orange Leaf after dinner tonight!

September 27 - Cutie pie sleeping on my bed!

September 28 - I took this picture as I was holding Coco - she's so spoiled!

September 29 - Breast Cancer Walk this morning!

September 30 - My cutie :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Favorite Playlist

I didn't post a What I'm Loving Wednesday post today because I've just been too busy to write one. So instead, I went through the list of posts in my drafts and randomly picked one to publish today. Over the summer I made a playlist for vacation, and I've loved it so much that I thought I'd share the songs on it.....

You'll Be In My Heart - Phil Collins

I'm not doing a What I'm Loving Wednesday post this week because I was just too busy to put one together. So I went to my list of posts in draft, randomly picked one out to publish, and this is it! Over the summer I made a playlist for vacation, and I loved it so much I thought I'd share it.....

Metamorphosis - Hilary Duff
I seriously used to love Hillary Duff. Lizzie McGuire was one of my favorite shows!

For Good - Wicked Cast
I love this entire soundtrack!

Everybody Talks - Neon Trees

Goodbye Earl - Dixie Chicks
I love the Dixie Chicks!

You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly - Peter Pan
I love old Disney movies, and the music is always so good too!

No Strings Attached - 'N Sync

Southern Voice - Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw is seriously one of my new favorite country artists. I just love all of his songs!

Only Hope - Mandy Moore
This song is actually from the movie A Walk to Remember!

I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

The Best of Both Worlds - Hannah Montana
Yes, I do still listen to Hannah Montana - ha!

This One's For the Girls - Martina McBride

Larger Than Life - Backstreet Boys

I Just Can't Wait to be King - Lion King

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
This is actually my cousin's first dance song with her fiance for their wedding in a few weeks!

Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Eli Young Band

Someone's Watching Over Me - Hilary Duff
This is one of the songs from the movie Raise Your Voice, which I love!

Landslide - Dixie Chicks

Better Than I Used to Be - Tim McGraw

I See the Light - Tangled
I have a lot of Disney on this playlist!

Sing 'Em Good My Friend - Kenny Chesney
This is from Kenny's new cd, Welcome to the Fishbowl, which I thing is so good!

Why Not - Hilary Duff

Springsteen - Eric Church
I feel like every year I have a song of the summer, and I think this is this year's song!

Working On a Tan - Brad Paisley

Us Against the World - Play

My Little Girl - Tim McGraw
This is the sweetest song! Ever since I saw Tim McGraw in concert over the summer, I've been obsessed with his music.

There You'll Be - Faith Hill

Time For Me To Fly - Jonas Brothers
Old school Jonas song!

Wide Open Spaces - Dixie Chicks

All Or Nothing - Cher
I absolutely love Cher! She's one of those singers that I would love to see perform live.

Beauty and the Beast - Beauty and the Beast

Indian Outlaw - Tim McGraw

SOS - Rihanna

I absolutely love making new playlists and finding new songs on iTunes. I especially love this playlist since it has so many Disney songs. I have a TON of different playlists. I just counted them up and I have 27 different playlists (and counting!).

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I Just Wanna Celebrate

This weekend has pretty much been a busy one filled with parties and celebrations! So fun!

On Friday night I went over my aunt and uncle's house for my grandma's birthday. It's always fun to get together with my dad's side of the family. My cousin Hannah was cracking me up because she kept dangling a bag over the railing and trying to see if anyone would notice :)

On Saturday I got up and worked on homework in the morning/afternoon. I also did a lot of college stuff, and I submitted one of my applications - I still can't believe I'm old enough to be doing that! I'm definitely happy I'm doing it now though and not waiting until the last minute.

Then that night I went to my first ever bachelorette party! I felt old and young at the same time - I felt old being invited, but young since I couldn't go to the bars - ha!

The party was for my cousin Erin who's getting married in less than a month! I am literally SO excited for her wedding. They had a scavenger hunt in the beginning where we had to go around and take pictures of different things. It was cute because all of the things we had to do were somehow related to my cousin and her fiance. Some things we had to find included a paint strip from Home Depot (they're always doing home projects), one of their alma maters, reciting the Girl Scout or Boy Scout pledge since they both did scouts, dancing down an aisle, and finding an old couple to prove love lasts.

My personal favorite was the old couple. We had the hardest time finding any older couples at Home Depot or Target. So we stopped at Outback, and my aunt and I ran in together. We ended up finding an older couple, and we just went up to their table and asked if we could take their picture for a scavenger hunt. When we explained it to them, I don't think they understood, but they let us take their picture anyway, and they told us they had been married for 55 years. They were so cute and precious!

My aunt took all of the pictures, but I did get the video of reciting the Girl Scout Honor on my phone - ha!

Overall, the bachelorette party was SO much fun even though I couldn't go to the bars afterwards! Our team ended up winning the scavenger hunt too.

Today I went to the mall with my friend Rachel. She has her Senior pictures on Wednesday so she needed an outfit for that, and you know me - I'm always up for shopping! It was a fun and successful trip considering we got Yagoot....

....and I got a new pair of boots that were originally $70, but after coupons and discounts, I got for $35!

Then today is also my parents' anniversary. As of today they've been married 23 years! My mom posted some pictures from their wedding on Facebook today, so I thought I'd post a few of them here too!

I thought this was funny - one of my cousins made a comment on this post about how the baby in this picture is my cousin Erin who is getting married in less than a month. So weird how things change so much! I thought that was kind of neat though.

Since it was their anniversary, we went out to dinner at an Italian restaurant called Pompilio's. I had never been there before, but since I love Italian food, I thought it was great!

Then tonight my mom and I went over my Aunt Joan's house because she was having a going away party for her niece on the other side of her family. It seems kind of funny, but we know Stephanie really well because she's really close to my aunt and cousins, and so are we. She's moving to Nashville in a few weeks, so we wanted to say goodbye to her!

And that's been my weekend - pretty much non-stop partying!

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Cake Pop Post

So I realize that I blog a lot about cake pops since I absolutely love them, but I don't think I've ever done a post on why I love making them.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I made cake pops this week. A batch of cake pops makes about 50 cake pops.  And one of my friends paid me to make her 2 dozen cake pops, so I had some leftovers that I decided to go ahead and make for some of my friends. So I brought them into my Calculus class yesterday morning.

My Calculus class consists of about half girls from my school, and the other half are boys from the all-boys school next door. So all the girls had tried my cake pops before, but none of the boys had even heard about cake pops.

Now, I love bring cake pops in to people who've already had them before since they get really excited about it, but I especially love seeing people try them for the first time. Everyone ended up loving them like always. One of my friends told me that one of the boys said they were perfect because they're just the right amount of sweetness - they satisfy your need for something sweet, but they're not a huge indulgence. I thought that was the perfect way of describing them!

Another thing I like about cake pops? The fact that people don't see them or know about them a whole lot. I mean, if I made cupcakes all the time, they wouldn't be as neat because people eat cupcakes all the time. But cake pops? You can't find those just anywhere :)

I really honestly enjoy the baking and decorating aspect of cake pops. Most of the time when I make them, I crank up some good music, and I'll spend hours working on them and it doesn't even feel like any time has passed because I've been so into it. But something I like even better than decorating them? Seeing people get excited about them.

Another one of the my friends that she was having a bad morning, but when she saw that I had brought in cake pops, it made her day. That's what I love about cake pops so much - the fact that they can positively impact someone's day even if it's just a little bit.

I took a few cake pops to the kids I babysit, and they told me that I "make the best cake pops in the world". Even though my cake pops are the only ones they've ever tried, that totally made my day.

Last night I made the cake pops for my friend. She had asked me to make Sloth cake pops from the Goonies. I was a little apprehensive about it at first, but I found a picture of Sloth cake pops online, and I came up with my own way of doing it. I was so proud of how they turned out!

My friend loved them too :)

So that's what I think I love so much about baking - the fact that something I bake can put a smile on someone else's face and maybe even brighten their day. No matter what my future holds - whether I ever open a bakery or not - I know that I for sure want to bake the rest of my life!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Oh Happy Day!

This whole week has been pretty great, but yesterday was especially awesome! Nothing overly big and exciting happened, but it was just a bunch of little things that when pieced together just made for a fabulous day. Sometimes I need to be reminded that it's the simple things in life that can really make a difference, so here's my happy simple things from yesterday......

I got to sleep in an extra 30 minutes, which doesn't happen very often.

My Calculus quiz that was supposed to be on Friday got pushed back to Monday!

I watched a movie in 2 of my classes, and overall just had a pretty easy day school-wise. Some girls are on a retreat right now (which I already went on), so our teachers aren't doing a whole lot since so many people are missing the rest of this week!

I had Subway for lunch - a rare treat for lunch at school!

I had about 30 minutes of homework - a record low.

I didn't have to babysit, which makes that 2 days in a row! Don't get me wrong, I like babysitting but sometimes it's nice to have a break every once in awhile.

I made cake pops for my friends/Calculus class. I haven't made any for school in a long time, so I figured it was time! This was my first time trying out the smiley face ones, and I think they might be one of my new favorites.

My mom received news yesterday that she got a job she really wanted. It's actually the exact kind of job she's been trying to find for years. I'm so glad she got it! A few days ago, she told me that if she got the job we could save up the money and go on an Alaskan cruise in 2 years. So it looks like I might be going to Alaska! My dad will turn 50 that year, and it will be my parents' 25th anniversary. Alaska is pretty much my dad's version of my Paris - he's always wanted to go to Alaska, so I'm pretty excited that it might actually happen now!

And last but not least, I got to watch Ghost last night with my mom. I've never seen that movie before, and so far I'm loving it! We didn't have time to finish it, so that's on my list of things to do tonight!

Overall, it was just a great day! I love days like that :)