Monday, December 31, 2012

{cutie emma watson in glitter dress}

 {jcrew glitter chevron dress, i love the casual hair with the sequins!}
{perfect find! nars 'champagne' to sparkle while clinking champagne glasses with your favorite pals!} 

{i'm going to attempt this glitter liner tonight!}

i hope you and yours have a lovely evening! remember this is a fabulous opportunity to bring our your best make-up, glitter shoes, and fancy blouses! 
merriest eve to you!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

stocking stuff!

happy thursday lovies!
need any last minute ideas for stocking stuffers?! 
here are 4 of my favorites!

1. CeeLo Green's Christmas album, Magic Moment. 
{good for your groovy friend.}

 2. Custom iphone cases.
{for your fashionista friend.}

3. DIY glitter polish
{for your girlie friend.}

4. A novel. My favorite, Pride & Prejudice
{for your favorite bookworm.}

happy shopping!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

peace of mind

i promise it won't always be doom and gloom over here, but this blog is the best place for me to express
my truest feelings. its easier for me to write than to talk. thank you for reading, praying, and caring for our family. 

we decided in october that we'd love to have a simple holiday season. and we have had to say "no" (which is so hard, right?) to lots of fun parties, trips, and events that would take away from our simple.

we are staying home this christmas. it feels so good! there's something so relaxing about the twinkling of our christmas tree lights, warm socks, and a peaceful echo of christmas music throughout the house. (my blood pressure is dropping just typing about it.)

some holiday favorites i'm enjoying on this cold morning:

she has the best nail contests! upload yours to win her
custom made nail polish. 

2. Christy Nockles
beautiful music. 
holy roar. amazing grace. 

3. S'mores Cookies!
don't these look delish?! we're having a cookie exchange at work, and these look to good not to try!! 

happy tuesday friends. stay warm, stay peaceful in this busy, bustling time. 

 Aim for restoration, 
comfort one another,
agree with one another, 
live in peace
and the God of love and peace will be with you."
2 Corinthians 13:11  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

i love reading all of the posts and blogs of daily thanksgivings throughout the month of november...only, i didn't do it this year. not that i'm not thankful for anything...but that it was hard for me to see past what i didn't have to come up with things that i did have. 

i'm thankful for my family, but seems incomplete that 2 members of our little Ford family have been taken away

i'm thankful for friendship, but feel isolated at times because we don't relate to friends that have kids or babies or new pregnancies

i'm thankful for my home, but had visions of spare bedrooms becoming something different.  

but then....

in fact there is. 

i'm grateful for my husband. he works so hard to provide. provides a home. provides love. 

i'm grateful for cold weather that means cozy sweaters and a new season is here. 

i'm grateful for a workplace that prays and supports one another.

i'm thankful for friendships. running friends. work friends. old friends. new friends.

i'm thankful that God has a perfect plan for my life.

today. i am thankful for today. i walked outside with my dog and took in a deep breath of cool, fresh air. old is gone. new is promised. 

Let your hope make you glad,
Be patient in times of trouble
and never stop praying.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

my baby june,
when i daydream about you, you are a chubby and blonde
happy when you are in the summer sun
so many times, when i lie awake at night, i wonder who you would've been
class president or class clown
you would've been our first born and taken after your dad

your big brother, waylon would have loved to swim and play fetch with you
and your dad would kiss and rock you all day
you had a radiohead onsie and lots of UT stuff

i get to see your face in the yellow roses that were planted for you
you were gone so fast, my sweet summertime baby june

take good care of baby may.

my sweet baby may,
i actually got to see you several times, although you weren't here long
i would often touch my belly to pretend i was holding you
we prayed and prayed for your heartbeat
you were gonna be my mother's day present, or even share a birthday
your dad and i are still so sad that you are gone

when i daydream about you, you are sweet joy with curly hair
i often image you are my flower child
you already had a tie-dye blanket ready to rock you to sleep (from your Fifi)
the yellow butterflies remind me of you

you had an aunt judith, mary and sarah
and an uncle jordan, casey and jeff who prayed for the little miracle that you were

you had 4 great-grandparents who i thought you would carry their names

your bammy and fifi cried when they found out about you! in the middle of black walnut cafe over pumpkin pancakes

we would've shared a birthstone (and i think personalities)
my sweet baby may, lily of the valley
i'm so glad that when you open your eyes, jesus will be rocking you to sleep

mom & dad miss you.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Nail Art

you should check out my friend's nail art website

my sister in law and I tried the water marble painting 
last night...we weren't so successful, but I love the halloween 
ideas she had! 

dress up your nails and submit your picture!

happy painting!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Grilled Cheese Academy

is there anything more comforting than a warm cup of tomato soup and a grilled cheese??
we've been laying low recently as this has been a tough week for us. we find comfort in cozy sweat pants, warm tomato soup and each other. 

i stumbled across this fun website while looking for some grilled cheese inspiration!

happy grilled cheese grilling!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The world spins madly on....

groceries. church. water bill.
laundry. pet store. family visits.
fantasy football. social life.  
working out. work. work trips. 
yard. house. oil changes. dog.

we've all got 'em. its just trying to balance them.

'the world spins madly on'
 by the weepies.
creepy video, but i love the song.

my friend at Letters From The Evans posted this article and I just loved it!

what are your favorite date night spots?
what are your favorite things about your marriage?

happy tuesday! 

Friday, September 21, 2012

friday favs {fall edition}

tomorrow is the official first day of fall! oh my favorite season! 
pumpkin spice lattes comin in by the gallon. cool breezes in the morning. 
beautiful sunrises on my drive to work.
bright yellow mums blooming in the yard.
who doesn't love all of that halloween candy? 
i'm ready for scarves, aren't you??
here are my friday favs.

1. Navy nail polish with a thin gold stripe! Probably have to use a nail polish pen. (they come in every color!)

2. These cutie little stud earrings from Free People. How cute would you and your love's initials be?!

 3. Grey Leather work bag. (

4. Love brown & black together!

5. Sweater fringe scarf, who else but Free People. {Also love her hair.}

What's your favorite thing about fall?

Monday, September 10, 2012

a hard day's night

wow. what. a. day.
i could not wait to get home in my comfy sweats, eat some chocolate, and veg out on the couch with my pup. i haven't had one of these in a long time...

how do you relax after a hard day?

i get to start new tomorrow.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

teacher love

i gotta admit. 
this year i am not in the classroom, but in an office...
and i miss it!!!!!
i loved being with the kidos! 

have you showered your kid's teachers with love yet? 
the beginning of the school year is hard for parents and teachers! 
here are some fun, cheap ideas!

{a spaghetti container filled with homemade cookies!}

{i ordered these yesterday for my secret pal! $10 customized! so cute for water, coke, or coffee! teachers can't leave their rooms very a big full tumbler is perfect!}

{who doesn't love a candy bar? topped with a cute little note card :-)}

of course a warm starbucks brought by your child is perfect!
happy school year!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

hello, septmeber

goodbye august! you were so unbearably hot!
hello, september! i welcome your football games, pumpkin spice lattes, D's 30th bday! and a few Austin trips.

we went to the first ut football game of the season! although i'm an aggie, its still really exciting to be at any college football game! cheerleaders, band, crowds! 
the ut golf team won the national championship of the ncaa, and this is their head coach and the trophy! 

the tri rock triathlon series came to town lake in austin and was on labor day. several months ago, dad convinced D to sign up. so he's been working and training so hard and the weekend was finally here! he did amazing! it was really hot, and his first open water swim, but he was a champion! i think he's hooked. i'm one proud wifey!

what are you looking forward to in september? and can you not wait for this??


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Top 10 for Texas!

10 Ho Hey: The Lumineers
9 You Call it Jogging: Jimmy Buffet
8 Good Feelin: Flo Rida
7 #1: Nelly
6 Stronger: Kanye West
5 Vogue: Madona
4 Call Me Maybe: Carly Rae Jepsen
3 Lights: Ellie Goulding
2 Undercover Darkness: The Strokes
1 Levels: Avcii

time to get ready for 10 for Texas!
whats in your top 10?
go run!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday's Letters

I read this and loved it! 
Write your Friday Letters and link up here! 

Dear Waylon,
I've read medical advice that just by petting you, you can lower my blood pressure. 
Good, because I'm tired of taking medicine for it.

Dear Clothes, Closet, Drawers...,
Please organize yourselves. 
I can not possibly take care of all of you. 

Dear Olympics,
WHY every 4 years? 
I miss you.

Dear Work, 
It's not you, its me. 
We've been seeing way too much of each other lately and..well, I need a break. 
Maybe just for the weekend?

Dear World,
Lets love each other.
I'm thankful for people like the TOMS guy, he's doing something.
(have you seen the latest catalog?) 

Dear Reader,
I hope you are able to relax this weekend and find some peace.
School is starting.
Fall is coming.
You are lovely.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lady Danger

don't you just love a bright red smile?
my newest purchase: MAC Lady Danger

Friday, August 3, 2012

friday faves

Hello! Happy Friday!
I hope you find time to relax this weekend 
and if you live in Houston, visit 
White Linen Night in the Heights! 
Its a fun night of local music, food and friends 

FRIDAY FAVE #1. Missy Franklin Nails
Missy Franklin is one of my favorite Olympians this year! She's so young and fabulous and her nails are AWESOME! 

FRIDAY FAVE #2. Trader Joe's delicious Yellow Peaches
These yummy summer treats are so sweet with yogurt and walnuts. 

FRIDAY FAVE #3. Anthro Hair Ties
These soft cuties come in every color, even tie-dyed!
photo credit:{}

FRIDAY FAVE #4: Leather cross wrap bracelet
Shop: {StyleLoveLiving}

FRIDAY FAVE #5: Ellie Goulding
listen: Lights

Happy Weekend lovelies!

friday fave link up @ {The Bargain Blonde Blog}

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

poppies & peridot

happy August!
National Goat Cheese Month
Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
Happiness Happens Month

{poppies are the august birth flower, don't you love their colors?}

{have you seen all of the retro brooch beauties at!} 

{chanel peridot nail colour}

august brings: back to school, dad's birthday, d's colorado trip #239457987, and olympic finals
what does your august bring?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Telluride, 4th of July

telluride, co: pop. 2,221
elev: 9,464
ski resort during the winter, extensive music festivals in the summer

they pride themselves in free boxes
and no chains of any kind in the town 
(restaurants, hotels, grocery stores all locally owned) 

d + me fell in love love love with this little gem of a town

see you soon little city,