December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

I'm not big on year end recaps. If you read my blog, you know what I've been up to. You don't really want to read it all over again, do you? However, this post from Glossy Blonde inspired me to put something together that's short and sweet.

Favorite Book, Album, TV Show, & Movie of 2012
It's always hard for me to choose only one of something, but I'm going to do it.

The Dark Knight Rises
Well, duh. Obviously, I love Christopher Nolan and all of his Batman films. This one, the last of three, was by far the best movie of 2012. It's definitely the one I was most anticipating. It didn't let me down. I was on the edge of my seat from the moment it started until the very end. I hope they continue the story in some way in the future. If not, I'll just watch the three I have over and over again. Long live the Caped Crusader!

I've Got Your Number, Sophie Kinsella
This isn't the best book I've ever read. It's not deep or heartfelt. It's not even a compelling page-turner. It's simply a funny, light read that had me in tears from laughing so hard. I actually snorted out loud several times. Sometimes, you just need a good fluff book to brighten your days, and this one did just that. I loved it so much.

Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars
The Civil Wars had a song, Kingdom Come, on The Hunger Games soundtrack. I instantly fell in love and downloaded Barton Hollow soon after. I've been listening to this album on repeat since March. Every song is beautiful.

Showtime's Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Damien Lewis, is my favorite tv show for the second year in a row. The actors and storylines had me sweating bullets every Sunday night. Until September when it starts again...

Biggest Accomplishment of 2012

After my car crapped out on me, I got a new ride. It was nice not having a car note for several years, but my biggest accomplishment in 2012 has been paying for Jane.

Favorite Post of 2012
I Believe

Looking Forward To Most in 2013

You all know I love Kid Rock, right? Well, his Rebel Soul tour is kicking off soon. The bestie and I are taking a road trip to Knoxville to see him in February. She doesn't love him as much as I do, but she does love me. We are both super excited for this trip. It's going to be a blast!

Wishing you all the very best in the new year.

December 26, 2012

My Wonderfully Lazy Christmas

Another Christmas has come and gone. I was off work from Friday until today. Unfortunately, I spent the first three days of my break sick and in bed. I don't know what I had, but the fever nearly killed me. I got some much needed sleep, caught up on a DVR full of shows and eventually made it out of the house to finish some last minute shopping. Someone should seriously remind me not to wait so long next year.

If you asked my kids about Christmas, they'd probably say IT WAS THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER! Santa brought them iPods. Mr. Claus knew I was tired of them fighting over my phone. Now, they can play games on their own devices. Oh, and the 7-year-old has learned to text. It's seriously too much for my mom brain to handle.

I racked up this year. The Hero got me a coat and puffer vest. I also got a purse, makeup, perfume, The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray, and numerous gift certificates. But my most favorite gifts of all... my Kid Rock Made In Detroit tee, cup and mug from my mom. After posting the pic on Twitter, I got a retweet from the company Christmas morning. Holla!

I hope each and every one of you had a lovely, fun-filled holiday.

I'm taking my annual blogging break, so I'll see you in 2013!

December 17, 2012

Silence + Support for Sandy Hook

"Because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in
need to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love
they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories, but also in ours.

May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the
brokenhearted and bind up their wounds." -- President Barack Obama

Olivia Engel, 6
Emilie Parker, 6
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Josephine Gay, 7
Chase Kowalski, 7
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 25
Victoria Soto, 27
Rachel Davino, 29
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Mary Sherlach, 56

Tomorrow, Tuesday December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence.
We are also raising money in memory of this tragedy.

"Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.


Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation.

We can't imagine how they must be feeling, especially this close to the holidays. We would love for you to spread the word on your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Let's make a difference and use blogging in a positive way.
Thank you in advance for participating.

The Blog World

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December 13, 2012

Hey! Wait! I've got a new complaint!

I haven't linked up with MamaKat in forever, but one of this week's prompts inspired me. What is a trend I can't stand? Hi, my name is Misty. I like to break rules, so instead of one trend I can't stand, I'm sharing three. I apologize in advance because many of you love these things. We can still be friends, but I won't be jumping on the bandwagon anytime soon ever.

Apparently this girl is going against her Southern heritage by not loving monograms, but I haven't a care in the world. Dare to be different, I say! If you know me well, you already know my initials. If you don't know me, do you really care about the 3-letter necklace I'm rocking? Or do you spend the afternoon hours wondering if MCM is Mary Margaret Cooper, Mindy Moonrise Chalk or could it be... Melanie Mayonnaise Chesterfield?! Know what I mean, Vern?

There's mustache birthday parties, mustache sunglasses, mustache holiday cards, and even fingerstache tattoos. Why are mustaches everywhere these days? I just don't get it.

Real Housewives
I don't watch a lot of reality tv. If Simon Cowell, Julie Chen and the Robertson boys aren't involved, I'm not watching. I keep up with celebrity news, so I know enough about these shows to know I don't want to watch. And besides, if you've seen one, haven't you seen them all?

Today's post title brought to you by Nirvana's Heart-Shaped Box

December 12, 2012

These boots are made for talking.

One of my favorite things about the fall and winter months is the wardrobe options. I love me some cozy sweaters, skinny jeans and boots, boots, boots! Since I sold all of my boots from last year, I decided to do a little shopping. I couldn't find any I liked in my local stores, so I searched online. The only problem with ordering boots from the interweb is not knowing if they'll fit. I'm a true 6.5, but I have skinny legs and small calves. I can't stand wearing boots with a huge gap because they aren't fitted enough. So, I did what any smart girl would do, I ordered five or six pairs until I got what I wanted. I was only planning on keeping two, but the third pair was just too perfect to return. Plus, I got all three pairs for under $100!

1 // 2 // 3

So, do you likey my new boots?

December 09, 2012

Check My Style

I didn't intend to take a week off from blogging, but I had a good reason. Once again, girlfriend got a new blog design. I change the look of my blog almost as much as I change my hair. Like tattoos, it's become an addiction. This time around I worked with Nicole from Living with Fletch.

When I first started talking to Nicole, I didn't know what I wanted. I had my color scheme picked out and a general idea of the layout, but everything else was a mystery. She was able to come up with a super cute and clean design I love, love, love. If you're in the market for a blog designer, Nicole is your girl. She's super talented and incredibly patient.

If you'd like to sponsor my super cute, super fabulous blog in December, there are some spots still available. I also have spots available for ad swaps.

Last but not least, I want to thank all of my followers, old and new.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Y'all are the best!

November 29, 2012

Sponsor Love + Celebrity BFFs

When I first decided to incorporate sponsors on my blog, I knew I didn't want to bore my readers with posts full of fluff. If I'm being honest, I tend to skip over sponsor posts if there's nothing there that interests me. So, to keep things interesting, I asked two of my sponsors the same question.

If you could be BFF with any celebrity, who would you choose and why?

Marcy from The Mustache Diaries said:

Miranda Lambert
Girlfriend is gorgeous and doesn't feel the need to conform herself into anything other than what she really is. She is strong, determined, funny, and has one hell of a voice. She likes to hunt, drink adult bevies, save animals, shop... What more could I ask for in a BFF???
blog // facebook // twitter // pinterest // instagram

Christy, Independent Scentsy Consultant said:

Reese Witherspoon
Not only is she super cute with great style, she's an awesome mom and well, that wins my heart. She seems so down to earth, and she's always viewed in a positive light. She is totally my kind of girl... country by day, but can turn on city by night.
scentsy // facebook // blog

And, of course, we all know who my celebrity BFF would be.
It's Britney, bitch.

So, who would your celebrity BFF be?

November 28, 2012

The Twilight Saga, Final Thoughts

Four years after Twilight premiered, the saga ended with Breaking Dawn Part 2. Obviously, I'm a huge fan of the series, both the books and movies. With each film, I fell a little more in love. This last one was no exception. I always went in with high expectations. Sometimes I was happy. Sometimes I was disappointed. With this one, I set the bar exceedingly high. As a die hard Twilight fan, I don't know that I could be any happier with the finale. They did the fans, the characters and the books justice. The only way I know how to describe it... It was just so so so good. And it's even better the second time around.

Before seeing the movie, I saw Stephenie Meyer on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She said the end of the movie would be different than the book. She said they added a twist, but was certain the fans wouldn't be upset. I won't ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but OH MY GOD! To explain the reaction of this twist in a packed theater is almost indescribable. I was clawing my chair, biting my nails and shaking my head. I glanced at my friends to see their expressions. There were audible gasps and cheers. There was clapping and yelling. She was right. The fans weren't mad. The twist was brilliant.

Like past years, I attended the movie on opening night with my best girls. Once again, we wore matching shirts created by Olivia from Gnome Sweet Gnome. (Olivia, you rock!) We may have started with one group of girls and ended with another, but our tradition held strong. The last four years have been a blast. Now if Stephenie Meyer would just write another book so we can do it all over again.

See previous year's posts:
Breaking Dawn Part 1
New Moon

November 27, 2012

Ten on Tuesday

I have a million and one things I'd like to blog about, but can't find the time. Today, you get a mash up.

1. I've been sick for over a week now. It was sinus junk that turned into bronchitis junk. I'm still coughing, but have finally gotten back to my normal routine.

2. I put up my Christmas tree and decorations the week before Thanksgiving. I've also been listening to Christmas carols like a boss.

3. As much as I love Christmas, I haven't bought a single gift.

4. I've seen Breaking Dawn Part 2 twice. {A review with pictures is coming soon.}

5. A great gal is working on a new design for my blog. Yay!

6. I've still been working a lot of overtime. I'm going in early, staying late and bringing work home almost every single day. My bank account will thank me later, but I'm getting tired of it.

7. I have at least three episodes of every show I watch on my DVR except for Homeland and Dexter. Those get watched immediately.

8. Lately, I'd rather curl up with a cup of coffee and a book than watch tv anyway.

9. I really need to take my SUV in for an oil change. Like, really bad...

10. When I'm not at work, you can find me in hoodies, leggings and off-brand Uggs. #noshame

November 26, 2012

The Talk of Tinseltown
Death + Taxes

During the filming of Scary Movie 5, Lindsay Lohan opened up to Charlie Sheen about her financial troubles. She told him she owed the IRS a substantial amount in back taxes. In recent weeks, Charlie sent Lindsay's financial manager a $100,000 check to help get the government off her back. That Charlie Sheen is one heck of a guy!

Taylor Swift has once again bounced back with a new man. Now, she's dating Harry Styles from One Direction. She's already looking at houses in his neighborhood. Has the girl not learned anything? She bought a house across the street from her last boyfriend, Conor Kennedy, and I think they broke up less than a month later. I'm all for love and happiness, but when you're young... IT'S OK TO TAKE THINGS SLOW!

Billy Ray Cyrus is planning to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his hit "Achy Breaky Heart" by releasing a revamped version. I wonder if he'll bring the extra long mullet back too?

Larry Hagman, best known for his role as J.R. Ewing on Dallas, passed away this weekend at the age of 81. I always thought Mr. Hagman was one cool, bad ass old dude. His costar Patrick Duffy said, "He was a fighter in the gentlest way, against his obstacles and for his friends. I wear his friendship with honor."

Halle Berry's baby daddy and fiance got into a huge brawl on Thanksgiving Day. Her ex Gabriel Aubry was arrested, and she's currently seeking a permanent restraining order against him. Both men went to the ER with injuries. Halle's had some serious bad luck with men. Maybe she can finally get her happy ending with Oliver Martinez.

The Talk of Tinseltown is brought to you today by...

Tori Spelling

November 24, 2012

Sexy Saturday

Channing Tatum was voted People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012. If you've seen him dance in his sweats, this comes as no surprise. Before Magic Mike, I didn't get the fascination. I thought Channing was cute-ish with a great body, but he never really did anything for me. That is, until this happened. I am a woman after all.

Many other hotties were featured in this year's issue. Here's a sampling.

Did any of your favorites make the list?

Clockwise - Bradley Cooper, Max Greenfield, Don Cheadle, David Beckham

Adam Levine, Paul Rudd, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Gere

Neil Patrick Harris, Seth Meyers, Robert Downey Jr., Michael C. Hall

Kellan Lutz, Josh Hutcherson, Matt Bomer, Ben Affleck

Blake Shelton, Oscar Pistorius, Damian Lewis, Denzel Washington

I don't know if Sexy Saturday will continue to be a weekly thing, but I certainly like the thought of it. Who doesn't love a little sexy on Saturday? Or maybe you stayed off the net all weekend and you're seeing this on Monday. Even better! What do you think? I like it. I love it. I want some more of it.

November 23, 2012

Black + Blue Friday

I won't be setting foot in a single store this Black Friday because

1. I'm working.
2. That shit cray.

Seriously, what possesses people to do this? I get that there are some incredible deals, but unless an entire bedroom suit is less than $300, Kid Rock will be there signing autographs and there's free Hostess orange cupcakes, you can count me out every single time. You couldn't pay me to set my alarm to shop alongside people throwin' bows. In Memphis, we have this neighborhood called Frayser. It's where I grew up. Needless to say, I'd have to get Frayser on some folks. Translation: break out the white trash. Believe me, we all have an inner white trash girl just dying to get out from time to time. For me, she's rarely seen or heard, but if you cut me off in traffic or shove me in a store, IT'S ON! One of these days, she might get me arrested.

So, if you shop on Black Friday, what the hell do you buy?