Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
1. New York and Company- always a great retailer for work clothes, EVERYTHING in their store (online, too) is 50% off- NO EXCEPTIONS! Doesn't get much better than that
2. Express- Sweaters, Tops, Jeans, and Pants up to 50% off with an additional 30% off already reduced clearance items... and by looking online, they have great holiday party wear, too!
3. Banana Republic- up to 60% off their sale items, and this stuff is GREAT! lots of warm winter sweaters and plenty of coats, which I am hoping for this Christmas =)
4. The Gap- since my beloved roomie works at the Gap during holiday season so she can spoil herself with all those discounts, I usually get a daily reminder about all the items on sale when she brings them home as presents for her family- trust me, they've got some fantastic gifts for those on your lsit- I always love their winter floor sets, and most items are 40% off or more this weekend... in-store and online!
5. The Limited- FINALLY, they started an online shop you can buy from, and this weekend, everything on their site is 40% OFF- you also get free shipping with $100 purchase (which we know isn't hard to get to)
6. Old Navy- up to 60% OFF ONLINE! gifts starting at $5, 10, and 15 for the whole family, and if you order by December 21st, your order will be delivered by Christmas Eve (just in time!)... in addition, accessories start at $2- you can find something for EVERYONE (even your family's beloved pet here)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Me in the Igloo (I know, the jacket is AWFUL)
Monday, December 15, 2008
Rory (looking VERY handsome) and I at my Party
My Favorite Ladies... Jacqueline, Courtney,
Random Guy, Me, and Jennifer
(Oh how I wouldn't survive at work without them)
Friday, December 12, 2008
From day one, I've been a "Team Aniston" supporter... homewrecker Angelina Jolie came on the scene and that was pretty much the end of the beloved Pitt's =(. I know it takes two to tango as they say, but I'll always love "Rachel" and I am happy to see she is doing so well. She's had a pretty rough couple of years as far as breakups are concerned, but her career is going strong, she looks happy with John Mayer back on her arm, and her unbelievable body says it all... She definitely puts a whole new meaning to the Red, White, and Blue.. congrats Jen- you win Most Photogenic for sure!
(From Top Left and Going Clockwise)
1. My dear friend Leslie got married and became Mrs. Dusty Walker- none of could've been happier for the couple- this is a picture from her "Trashy" bachelorette party and only SHE can appreciate a party complete with weenie dog shirts and cut-off overalls
2. Our Trip to Spain- in March, we took the trip of a lifetime to visit friends in Spain... we visited Barcelona and Madrid and this was my first trip to Europe- now I've caught the bug and can't wait to go back
3. Bev gets engaged- yes, it FINALLY happened- Christian bit the bullet and wedding plans are in full swing for April 25, 2009... I am so honored to be a part of their special day and can't wait to celebrate with my best friend
4. My roomie and my Rory- without them in my life, nothing would be complete. They are the 2 people I consistently seek advice from, and the people I want to talk to when I'm celebrating or crying (depending on the day)
5. Vacations- from the beach to Europe to a Caribbean cruise, this year was all about traveling... I'm always trying to get out of Nashville as much as possible just to experience life and everything in it... life's not ALWAYS a beach, but when you're with your favorite people, it's hard to ask for anything more
6. My 25th Birthday- as Rory was out coaching baseball camps this past summer, Meg (once again) stepped up to the plate and celebrated my quarter-of-a-century birthday in style... I was surrounded by my closest friends and nothing could mean more
7. Thanksgiving- celebrated at my parents house, I was able to really spend quality time with not only my parents, but my entire family. I think sometimes I overlook just how important family is, but without them, nothing in my life would have meaning and I thank God for such an incredible and close-knit family...
8 and 9. Friends- behind the Massey's, they are like my adopted family and couldn't mean more to me... I'm lucky to have so many honest and true friends surrounding me and loving me for who I am- thank you for everything and for being by my side- always
10. Football- boy did Rory and I make some time for some SEC football this season... filled with ups and LOTS of downs, neither of our teams came out with a winning record, but we still had a great time traveling to watch Auburn, UT, and Vandy duke it out with the finest teams from the SEC (I'm still optimistic for 2009- come on Lane Kiffin, we need you NOW!)
11. Cami got married- yes it's true! After years of long-distance through college and moving back to Memphis, she became Mrs. Brian Fields... Cami and Brian encompass everything there is when you think about true love and I know their happiness will last a lifetime. And you know we all loved you even more for the great band AND open bar =)
12. And finally, 50 years of marriage... this past May, my family took a Caribbean cruise to celebrate my grandparents' 50th Wedding Anniversary... Brice and Carol Massey are the epitome of what a marriage should be like to me and I hope I can only be so lucky when I finally settle down. They have raised a family with love and have made huge sacrifices to ensure we would succeed in life... they are my 2nd set of parents and I have so many meaningful memories throughout my life because of them- I can't say enough about just how honored I am to be a part of them. I love you both so much and wish you another 50 years of happiness Gran and Papa
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Hostesses with the Mostesses...
(AKA the Poinsetta and the Toy Soldier)
Our Little Family... Aaron, Meg, Me, and Rory
Me and Jenna (even tacky, she looks adorable) Me and My Christmas Tree Rory
Amber and KatieAren't They Creative?? Rory, Adam, and Aaron
Candice, Dirty Santa Adam, Rory, and Me
Monday, December 8, 2008
The Soon-To-Be Mr. and Mrs. Luke Graves
Thursday, December 4, 2008
1. Trade Starbucks for, well, more bucks. If you’ve already spent $6 on a beverage alone and it’s not even lunchtime, you’ve got a bad breakfast habit. If expensive coffee drinks are draining your funds yet you can’t give up the caffeine, brew your own or give the old deli coffee a try. At less than $1, you’ll be able to save up to $25 a week and a whopping $1,300 a year!
(I guess those grande non-fat peppermint white chocolate mochas really DO add up)
2. Don’t get taken to the cleaners. If you’ve ever been to the dry cleaners, you’ve no doubt scratched your head at the diabolic pricing structures. How can it really cost that much? Spare yourself the bitterness and reevaluate your dry-cleaning needs. Try to cut your bill in half by laundering some items at home. (My roomie bought one of those Dryel systems and she said it works great- or you can wash all dress clothes on gentle and air-dry)
3. Brown-bag it. If you eat lunch out five times a week and spend about $5 a clip, you’re looking at about $1,300 a year in sandwiches, soups, and other fast foods. But bringing your lunch doesn’t have to suck. If you stock up on readymade items you can save up to $2 to $3 a day. The only thing you need to do is remember to bring it with you!
4. Dine in rather than out. Craving that Indian spot you love to hit on Friday nights? Try making that at home. By digging up your favorite recipes online and then heading to the store for the ingredients, you’ll save money and have leftovers for the next day. (try having a fun night in at home- we do it all the time- cook a nice dinner and relax by watching a movie and drinking a bottle or two of wine!)
5. Ditch the brand names. We’re not just talking about Coach and Polo; we’re talking about Tylenol, Hellmann’s, and Charmin too. Whenever possible, choose the generic store brand over your favorite label. Most of the time, the formulation is exactly the same; you’re just paying for the packaging. A dollar or two here and there adds up! (I buy generic when it comes to medicine, trash bags, and cleaning prodcuts, but if you're like me, there are some things you can't do generic.. also clip those coupons- it REALLY adds up!)
6. Give the horse a rest. If you’ve been called a “shoe horse” or a “clothes horse,” this message is for you. If you’re known for buying clothes, makeup, pillows, or home decor in excess, it’s time to cut back. Reigning in mindless spending -- and wearing what you already have -- can save you hundreds, if not thousands, a year. (this has me written all over it)
7. Jump on the wagon. Alcohol can be a diet-wrecker and a budget-buster. When you’re drunk, you think nothing of buying a round of Grey Goose shots for your nearest and dearest friends (and the awesome dudes you met 10 minutes ago). Later, you go home and wash the booze down with eight slices of pizza and a side of wings. When you control your drinking, you’ll have more money in your pocket and less flab around your waist. (ding, ding, ding- I need to tape this on my forehead when I go out on the weekends)
8. Carpool. A year or two ago, we would’ve laughed this idea off. We’re all down with saving money, but carpooling? Doesn’t sound very easy! Fast-forward to 2008 with gas prices climbing higher and higher; suddenly, saving money is no laughing matter. By splitting the drive and cost of gas with just one other person, you can reduce commuting costs by half -- add another person and save more!
9. Watch at home. With the average price of a movie ticket at almost $7 per person, a night out at the movies is no longer a cheap date. Why invest your hard-earned money in what could be a Hollywood flop? Instead, consider a service like Netflix for less than $10 a month. If you hate the movie, you’ve only spent a dollar or two and you can ship it right back to where it came from. (or if you have a Red Box in your area, it's only $1 to rent a new release for 24 hours- WE LOVE IT!)
10. Indulge yourself at home. If manis and pedis have become weekly must-haves, it’s time to cut back. Extend the life of your mani/pedis by repolishing rather than running back to the spa for every chip or smudge. By investing in the tools of the beauty trade (remover, polish, and a manicure set), you can save a good chunk of change a month. Now that’s beautiful.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
3 cans (8 oz. each) pineapple slices in juice, undrained
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
6 maraschino cherries, halved
1/2 cup Chopped Pecans
1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 envelope DREAM WHIP Whipped Topping Mix (you'll find this in the baking aisle)
1 cup cold water
Preheat oven to 350°F
- Drain pineapple, reserving 2 Tbsp. of the juice; set aside
- Mix brown sugar and butter in 13x9-inch baking pan (I used a round pan to make it look more presentable on a cake plate)
- Arrange pineapple slices in pan, cutting slices if necessary to evenly fit onto bottom of pan
- Place cherry half, cut side up, in center of each slice
- Sprinkle with the reserved pineapple juice and pecans
- Beat dry cake mix, dry whipped topping mix, eggs, and water in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed 2 minutes and then beat on medium speed 4 minutes
- Carefully spoon into prepared pan
Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until top springs back when lightly pressed (I only cooked it for 4o minutes because the pan was smaller)
- Let stand 10 minutes and then invert onto serving plate (I let it stand a lot longer and edged the pan with a knife to make it easier to get out)
- Let stand 1 minute and remove from pan -serve warm or cooled
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
And I had to get a close-up of our 24 lb. massive bird!
Our festive fall table all ready to eat on
Rory and his best friend Patrick out at 1716 in Auburn
Rory and I out with his hometown friends
Pool Time at the Bar