Thursday, June 27, 2013

Alabama Sister Link Up

 Happy Thursday!! Today I'm linking up with the amazing Alabama Women Bloggers!! I've been SO honored and blessed to be the Blogger of the Month for these incredible ladies!
 
 
Alabama Women Bloggers

 
1. What part of the state do you call home?
Montevallo. I live on a large farm piece of land and I LOVE it!
 
2. How long have you been blogging?
February 20 of this year (I'm still learning!) :)

3. Why did you start blogging?
Because of Haley Morgan! She has the sweetest blog about her family and at the end of every year she has her blog printed as a book! It's the perfect keepsake and I want to be able to remember my life when I'm older!
 
4. What is your favorite part of being a member of the Alabama Women Bloggers community?
Connecting online with so many amazing ladies who have the same sense of life as I do. Alabama girls stick together!
 
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Well, if Luke Bryan is still married....JK. I hope to be a nurse anesthetist at Children's Hospital married to a hot doctor....not JK.
 
6. If you could choose an actress to play you in your life, who would you choose and why?
Reese. Southern. Duh.
 
7. Name 5 things on your Bucket List that you hope you’ll check off before you die?
1. Meet and touch Luke Bryan's butt
2. Sky Dive
3. Change someone's life
4. Kill an alligator
5. Buy my parents something extravagant
 
8. If you could be known for one thing, what would it be and why?
I would want to be known as a kind, southern lady. I think that there are WAY too many mean and hateful women today. You can be kind and stick up for yourself. You can be kind and make a name for yourself. You can just be kind. And be a great person.
 
9. Describe the best moment in your life.
I have a tie! I think that the first one is seeing and knowing all my siblings are saved and love Jesus with their whole hearts! And number two, when my niece was born! :)
 
 
10. If you could “be” anything (no consequences, no fear), what would you “be”?
a country music singer that made sure every child had a home
 
11. What or who inspires you to blog?
nursing school, being southern, Ava Claire, design, recipes, the Alabama Women Blogger Ladies (Joy and Nadine!!) and Cherish!
 
12. We’re headed to your neck of the woods… what restaurant would you recommend?
Brierfield Café. Hands down. The best ever.
 
13. What’s a southern tradition you and your family have?
we make homemade ice cream year round, and we like to go mudding, and we have a red barn
 
14. If you could pick your favorite blog post from your blog this year, what would it be?
my interview with AJ McCarron's mom, Dee Dee Bonner!!
Read it here!!
 
15. We all love social media, tell us your links so we can follow you!
facebook, twitter, and instagram

Friday, June 21, 2013

to cover or to not.

The bathing suit/female debate has been one over 60 years in the making. The bikini was introduced in France and was so "scandalous" that the creator had to hire a stripper to model it. I'm attaching a video below that is nine minutes long and is worth every minute.
 

 
Now, I'm not saying that I think that you are headed straight to the pits of hell if you wear a bikini BUT I am saying that she raises so many good points. I mean, I'm no model, so I'm not probably ever going to rock a bikini anyways.
 
You have to be convicted on your own but I think that I am anti-bikini. Sure, if you are on a private island with your husband and you want to trot around in one, sure. I mean, your husband is the one who sees you naked, after all.
 
And, being a Christian will be a deciding factor in this "new thinking" as well. If you're not a Christian, I don't expect you to be convicted by this video/post. If you are a Christian, though, I think that the statistics she provides is terrifying.
 
It's hard enough to get many men to look at a woman as a person when she is fully clothed, let alone when she's bouncy around on the beach in literally, bra and panties.
 
I was involved with a ministry several years ago that took several beach trips a summer and the girls would stay on one part of the beach and the guys on another side. I support this idea for a "ministry" based trip but it still doesn't solve all the issues. When pictures were posted on their website, several people would comment and say they though the two pieces were inappropriate. And, instead of defending the choice the ministry made, they would just delete comments.
 
If you are a Christian and you don't think that wearing a two piece is wrong, then have a stance on why you believe that way. Again, I'm not saying that you're wrong, but I don't support them anymore.
 
There are already so many distractions in this world, don't you think that wearing a modest one piece would earn women as a whole a lot more respect? I don't expect many, if any, to agree with me, and that's okay.
 
All I ask is that you watch the video and then make a decision. And have a reason for your decision. I have a reason and decision for me! What's yours? :)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

the right man.

So, as much as I LOVE the characters that Zac Efron in The Lucky One and Josh Duhmal in Safe Haven play, they're not real men. And, even if your significant other is just like these fellas, if they don't love God, they aren't good men.
 
If you don't believe in God or care if he is in your relationship, I am praying for you. And, I don't mean that rudely. I really am praying for you. I'm obviously no expert on this matter (aka #single4life) but I have witnessed enough from friends, sisters, random strangers in the grocery store line-to know what I don't want in a man. And, there are a lot of qualities that as a woman of God, you shouldn't tolerate or want in the man you date, either.
 
Like I posted on Sunday, I truly believe that my daddy is the most Godly man that I know. I've never in my life met a man more dedicated to living his life out the way that the Lord did as well as my dad. His attitude and attributes are exactly what is on my list of qualities I want in a godly man.
 
I almost feel a little sorry for the men of our generation today. So many dad's walked out-and that destroys women and men alike. It messes with the men because they have NO example of what a man really is. The only example of a man they may ever see in life paves a road of leaving. That's wrong. And for the girls, we get messed up without a father in our life for SO many reasons. Without a Godly father to show us what true love is, we'll spend our entire lives searching for love in ALL the wrong places and people. It's a mess.
 
Fathers ARE the leaders of families.
That's biblical.
 
 
For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
Ephesians 5:23
 
Men and women are created different. Different genetics. Different emotions. We are physically different. God designed men and women this way for us to seek God different ways and for God to lead us to each other.
 
1. A man of God is a disciple of purity.
To be a disciple of something, that means that you are a student of something. This is saying that men are not TEACHERS of purity-that's Jesus. But, they are students and they can facilitate purity. In today's world, if a man remains pure before marriage, that's the most godly characteristic he can have. So many men today think that they deserve sex. They aren't living as a Godly man who knows his purpose is to protect and care for women (and women's purity) and they abuse purity. They think since they are big macho men, they can have sex with as many women as they want without a commitment attached to sex. That's so wrong. God designed men to protect and lead and guide women. If you are having sex before marriage, you aren't protecting a women, you're harming you. It's fun to you. Sex is everything to a woman. Don't have sex before marriage. Don't lead a woman to have sex, either. Step it up. Be the protector you're called to be.
 
2. A man of God has integrity.
I can hardly overstate the importance of integrity to a generation of men so more. But integrity’s benefits—character, a clear conscience, deep intimacy with God—argue its importance. What you do when no one is watching, that's what makes you a man. You're a "virgin" and a gentlemen but you stay up all night watching porn? Your integrity is now compromised. Did you forget that God sees everything. Step it up.
 
3. A man of God is a hard worker.
Back to daddy-o, but he is the hardest worker I know. He's a builder. He works 18 hours a day it seems like. He never complains. He is just a really hard worker. I don't care if you're a cashier at Target or a heart surgeon, but be a hard worker. Have dreams and goals and work hard to get them. You can be and do anything you want to be. If you are going after dreams that God has put in your heart, you cannot fail. It may take 20 times, but that's okay.
 
4. A man of God has a pure mind.
You have to be the total package, by default. You can't have integrity and purity and a dirty mind. If you are constantly filling your mind with scripture, Godly thoughts and right thinking, you're doing it right. Reading dirty magazines, going to dirty places and tempting dirty things leaves you just that-dirty. Clean it up, fellas. You've got a whole generation of boys looking up to you. What kind of man do you want your son to be? Be that man.
 
5. A man of God doesn't mislead women in relationships.
This is probably the biggest one that I've witnessed in friends relationships. Girls will have sex with you because you promise a ring. Girls will have a Pinterest board of your wedding once y'all are FB official. Don't promise a girl a future just so you can make out whenever you want. It's damaging to a woman's heart to mislead her. Men, as a whole, are a lot less affected by broken hearts than girls are. And that's just because of emotional differences in men and women. Girls will still think they have a chance with their ex until they are walking down the aisle. Men, that's wrong. If you don't see a future, CUT IT OFF. Stop texting her and calling her "just to make sure you're okay." Hello, she probably was until your name pops up on her phone and there she goes again. Cut it off and cut her out of your life. There is NO SUCH THING as friendly exes. You're either friends because one of y'all started batting for the other team, or y'all are still getting it on.
 
There are so many more qualities that a man of God possesses-truthfulness, respect, honor, kindness, self-control, patience and devotion. I know that it goes both ways. Women have to give y'all something to respect. But, step up and be the man God called you to be.


Monday, June 17, 2013

peach ice cream.

My daddy makes the BEST homemade peach ice cream.
What better day to learn how to make it from him than Father's Day?
 
 
What you need:
fresh peaches (or frozen ones)
milk
sugar
vanilla extract
2 cans of condensed milk
egg
ice cream salt
ice cream maker
 
What you do:
 
1. Pour 2 cans of condensed milk and 1 egg into mixing bowl.
 
 
 
2. Mix in 1 1/2 cups of sugar with condensed milk.
 
 
3. Add one teaspoon of vanilla extract.
 
 
4. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and fill with milk to the line on the ice cream maker and peaches.
 
 
5. Turn on ice cream maker and fill up the ice cream maker with ice and ice cream salt (you'll have to periodically add more ice and ice cream salt). Leave on for 30 minutes or until ice cream maker turns itself off. Spoon some out and enjoy!
 
 
Happy Monday!!


Sunday, June 16, 2013

an ode

 
Happy Sunday y'all.
And Happy Father's Day to all of your daddies! I hope y'all spoiled them good this year.
I love my daddy so much and I love celebrating him for a whole day.
 
 
My dad on the right and my momma on the left
Happy Father's Day, Kenneth! :)
 
Since today is an appropriate day to celebrate dads everywhere, I decided an ode to "Hottest Celebrity Dads" was necessary. You're welcome blogland.
 
First up, I know, this is NO surprise to y'all that follow me on social media networks because of how much I talk about him. BUT, I mean, you can't blame me. This southern Georgia native is as funny and entertaining as they come. And, he is the hottest man on earth.
Luke Bryan
 
Next up, we have a dad who not only has been spotted carpooling and teaching his kids how to tie their shoes, he never misses a school performance. That's one hot daddy.
 
David Beckham
 
This young pops isn't popular with most people but somehow, I adore him. Maybe because he went alligator hunting and I am going in September, too. Whatever the reason for my adoration for him, I wouldn't mind if he was my "baby daddy."
 
Scott Disick
 
This hunk is my favorite reality TV star. And, the way he supported G through all the pregnancy woes proves what a gentleman he is.
 
Bill Rancic
 
What is it about country music singers and babies? They are already high on hot meter charts but throw a baby in the picture, and those daddies are flying off the charts. I'll go anywhere with him.
 
Jake Owen
 
If I were this man's "baby momma" it wouldn't even bother me that he is so against deodorant. I think his natural smell must be nothing short of pure bliss.
 
Matthew McConaughey
 
 
Hey, Usher. I see you pushing that stroller.
 
Usher, Usher Raymond V, Naviyd Ely Raymond
Usher
 
I don't really like him as a person, but I do like the way he looks.
Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady, John, Benjamin
Tom Brady
 
And, lastly, another country crooner. I'll take a little ride with you, Jason.
Jason Aldean (and yes, I know that they are filing for divorce, but I hope they work everything out!!)
 
Well, now that you've all had too much hotness to handle, go eat some ice cream with the rest of the fam! Happy Father's Day, daddies!! 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

my dad.

Meet Kenneth Rayburn Carter- styling with his favorite child circa 1991
 
 
 
I am so beyond, incredibly blessed with the man that God let be my daddy. I know that most girls with good daddies think there's is the best-but mine really is.
 
 
He started working for his family the day he graduated high school. And I'm pretty sure he's hasn't taken a day off since. :) He is an INCREDIBLY talented home builder. He has built probably more than 1,000 homes in his lifetime and he custom built all 15 of the houses we have lived in.
 
 
When I think about, really think about it, he built this house with more love than wood. And, for that, I'm forever grateful.
 
 
He has always supported our family. My mother has been able to be a homemaker since they were married and she has been the PERFECT mother to us all. And, I love she is able to be so wonderful because of the love they have. They've been married for over 25 years and they are the example of Godly parents. They've raised 5 kids in church for our entire lives. We plan trips around Sundays and my daddy is the first one there and normally the last one to leave every Sunday. The lessons he has taught me, the examples he has shown me and the love he has graced me with is something I can't explain in words.
 
 
He's been there for me to cry to, yell at, and talk to-and he doesn't judge. I feel so blessed and I thank God everyday for the example he is. To say he has literally sacrificed his life for us is an understatement. God is our heavenly eternal father but I feel like I have the most perfect (as you can humanly be) father in the world.
 
 
He loves his parents. He is always helping them and he is always patient and he never judges his parents. This has taught me so much about the way to treat my parents. Sure, everyone won't agree on every subject, but my father puts his differences aside and CARES for more people than anyone I know. He visits with people he doesn't know, he has led numerous people (including me!) to Christ, he gives and gives and gives and he NEVER takes. Seriously, I'm giving him a tray of goodies and gift cards for Father's Day and feel like a complete loser because it's SO SMALL compared to what he does for me.
 
 
My car breaks down. It breaks down a whole lot. And, never once has he not fixed it. :) He is a handyman and a really patient one at that. He fixes everything. The fridge, the car, the floor, the door, ANYTHING. There is nothing that is broken that daddy can't fix.
 
 
He loves like Jesus does. He is the most patient and caring and giving man. He spends hours of his days helping other people with their problems and THEN he comes home and has to deal with our problems that we sometimes have. He goes the extra mile. He LOVES God. He LOVES people. Our little Baptist church would have completely DIED years ago if it wasn't for many people's prayers-but I feel like especially dad's. Every worker he has, he invites to church. The amount of people that are there because of him is outstanding. He leads Sunday School, he teaches on Sunday. He teaches on Wednesday.
 
 
 
 
He's on the school board. He's the head football coach. He turned a team around from winning 1 game to losing 1 game in two seasons. He's patient. Everyone of his players love him like a second dad. He's a TEACHER. He knows the game and he loves it. And, boys are learning from him. He handles rude parents really well. He may let the referee's have it every now and then-but that's cool, yo.
 
 
 
He paid for 12 years of private school for 5 kids. He's bought 4 of us cars. He's built one of us a house.
 
 
He's daddy to us. Kenneth to momma. Son to my grandparents. Brother to his siblings. Uncle to his nieces and nephews. Bear (aka grandpa) to Ava Claire. And to me-supporter, encourager, spiritual leader, number one fan!!
 
 
He doesn't go to bed until 10:00 at night and he is exhausted. But, he is never too busy to listen to me whine, complain or just talk. And, he is never, ever, ever too busy to pray and love. And for that, that makes my daddy the greatest!!!! I LOVE YOU DADDYYY!!!!
 
 
 

Friday, June 14, 2013

oh bother.

Has someone ever said something to you that didn't make you angry but it bothered you?
Quirks, if you will. Things people do that annoy you? Well, I don't know why, but I was leaving work today and someone said something that bothered me, and it got me thinking.
 
So, here's a little list of things that bother me, in no particular order. And, again, these things don't really anger me but I'd be super ecstatic if no one ever did it again!
 
1. It bothers me when people make remarks about me working on a hemoc (hematology/oncology) floor at a hospital. Since I've started working there, I promise at least 10 different people have said things like "Oh, you must be so strong" or "I couldn't do THAT" or "You must have tough skin."
 
Um, herrrllooo. This is wrong. Just because I work with extremely sick people doesn't mean that I don't have a heart or that I'm a super "tough" person. If anything, wouldn't someone need a BIG heart to handle such a job? Just saying.
 
2. It really bothers me when I'm trying to watch Swamp People and one sister is blasting some stupid game on her Ipad and another sister is snoring any dad is blasting I Love Lucy from 5 rooms away.
 
I get sent to bed, literally, if I'm talking during Teen Mom (GAG!) or RHOOC (GAG, AGAIN!). #doublestandards
 
3. When people smack their gum.
 
4. When you're a mouth breather.
 
5. When people say one thing and do another thing.
 
6. When people go through the exit doorways at Wal-Mart.
 
Ever notice how you CAN'T get in through the exit at Target. 3452453 points for Target!)
 
7. When people (aka sisters) can't decide where to eat and one of them finally decides on what they wanted all along but it's the Japanese steakhouse that we've been to 35 times in the last 34 days.
 
8.  When people put their Bibles in the floor board of their cars.
 
9. When girls cuss.
 
10. When people wear crocs.
 
11. When people give no notice that they're about to run you off the road trying to cut in on traffic. Hey, Florida license plate 234531, there's this super cool thing called a blinker.
 
11. Taylor Swift
 
12. Men with pony tails
 
13.  Stuck up bloggers (you're not Carrie Underwood, honey, and even she is nice)
 
14. Dusty ceiling fans
 
15. When someone is a real mean face and ruin any chance of you ever naming your child the same name
 
16. Super gory video games
 
17. Coconut water
 
18. Little dogs
 
19. bad breath
 
20. When I have to clean up the kitchen 99% of the time
 
So, now that I got that off my chest, what bothers you?
 
 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

style rules

If I ever decided I didn't want to pursue nursing, my go to dream occupation would be to own a boutique in south Georgia. I'm in love with southern, classic style and I'm obsessed with ladies who rock that style. I am by NO means a fashion expert, but I did have enough credits in undergrad to have a minor in fashion and textile design. Oddly enough, those textbooks are the only ones I saved, too. ;) I've seen way too many teenage girls and even adult women walking around town, posting pictures on facebook and on twitter looking absolutely horrific. And, I often wonder if they even looked in a mirror before they left.
 
Well, about a week ago, I posted a question on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram about fashion-if anyone had any questions or favorite stores or style tricks. The response was overwhelming! I received about 100 responses with questions and tips. So, I decided to compile all the information and share it with you!
 
Q&A
 
1. What do the style gods say about white after labor day? I feel like that is an outdated rule and I own a lot of white but feel like I don't get enough wear of my pieces because of the "fashion rule." -Kelly Y. from FL
 
This is a great question! In all of my style books, everyone seems to have a resounding YES! to white all year round. If white is a staple for your wardrobe, that is even more of a reason to own it. Everyone cannot pull off a lot of white in their wardrobe so if you can, I say go for it. Remember, though, there are a lot of different shades of white. Kate Spade suggests mixing creams and navys  in early fall and shift to more off white and deeper colors for winter before returning to stark whites and bright colors for spring and summer.
 
This is a classic look. Find a staple white piece-a skirt or a shirt- and pair it with a simple sweater. Add a pop of color with fun heels. (Photo credit: Pinterest)
 
2. I need a good go to list for what to bring with me to the beach. We always stay in a condo down the street from the beach so I don't want to go back and forth after forgetting items. What's a good list of items that won't leave me missing anything? Hillary G. from GA
 
I love this question! I wondered the same thing for a long time because once I'm on the beach, I'm there to stay for the day, too. Carrie Underwood once revealed her beach bag necessities a few years ago and I love it and stick to it. Hope this helps:
flip flops
water
thermos of juice or rehydrating sports drink (laying out is hard work)
cover up (you WILL start to get too hot at certain points if you stay outside for any length of time, don't ignore your body when it needs a little extra coverage)
beach umbrella and chair (spending a little more on a beach chair IS worth it, you can find great ones for $20 at target)
your favorite magazines
music
lip balm and sun screen (sun poisoning is very common on lips because your lips are super sensitive and most people don't protect them, my favorite is kielh's)
sunglasses (again, in my opinion, spending a little more that provides the most protection from the sun IS worth it)
a fun bag to carry it all in
 
Vogue and Glamour are my favorite beach magazine reads (Photo credit: Pinterest)
 
3. Do you have any tips on organizing your closet space? I've tried by color but that doesn't work for me. -Lauren H. from AL
 
My closet is organized by color and it works for me! Everyone has different organizational styles and preferences so even though color doesn't work for you, no worries! There are several other ways you can organize your closet. Lauren Conrad and Kate Spade have a chapter about closet spaces in their style books that I consulted for this question. Season and type are two other ways to organize your clothes. It's easier for some people to have the closet organized by season so they don't have to look through 4 seasons at once to decide. This is a great idea that I may try soon. The other option, by type, seems the most logical. It is simply organizing all the jeans together, skirts together, etc.
 
4. What are your opinions on crocs? My husband has a pair that I've been guilty of slipping on to run to the gas station, grocery store, and other places before. Am I banished to fashion hell? Dedra W. from LA
 
First off, I need to laugh a little at your question. This is hilarious. I personally do not care for crocs, in any situation. If you like them because they are convenient, look at local department stores or even Old Navy for a few pairs of cheap flip flops. They are easily accessible and more stylish than crocs. If you are wearing them to a water park or around the pool, I only recommend this for babies under 3. This is just my opinion. There are some fashion ideas that I'm obsessed with that may offend others and that is what crocs do for me. :)
 
5. I have a million handbags that I probably switch once a week or at least every other week. I don't use them often because I have so many so they hold up but what do you think is better-lots of cheap ones or a few expensive bags that you carry for a while? -Emma R. from TX
 
I am TOTALLY a "few, expensive bags" kind of girl. Even as a highschooler, I always got one good handbag for my birthday and would carry it all year until next year. Currently, I have three handbags that I've had for about a year or less. I've been carrying a hobo style dark grey Michael Kors bag for a while. I got my first Marc Jacobs bone colored hobo bag for my birthday last year and I love it. And, of course, the Longchamp is a bag you can take anywhere and always be in style.
 
 
This is my Marc Jacobs bag.  Love it!
 
6. WHAT is the deal with cowboy boots and the south? I HATE them so much. How are they "stylish." Sorry for the hateful question. I always see girls in sundresses with gaudy, sparkly boots. I love the south, hate the boots. -Kari R. from WI
 
Hahahaha. Well, I don't think anything I could say would make you change your mind, then. BUT, I don't think it's just a south thing. I have several pairs of cowboy boots that I honestly wear more in the winter with some straight legged pants and tops than in the summer with sundresses. I advise you to look up Frye boots. They are CLASSIC, and most don't have glitter. :)
 
7. I like the idea of scarves but never wear them because I have no clue how to tie or style them. Help? Rachel S. from MS
 
I was never a scarf person, either, until about three years ago. I think, personally, the trick to the scarf is to make it the pop to your outfit. I don't like bright items topped with a bright scarf-but that's just my opinion. I don't even think I have a patterned scarf now that I think of it. I love wearing a printed top paired with a solid scarf for extra neck warmth and for extra style. There are PLENTY of websites and tutorials online on ways to tie or wear them.
 
8. Do you think that wearing white to a wedding is okay? -Beckah F. from MS
 
I don't. Unless you're the bride! :) You can look stunning attending someone's wedding in any color that goes with your style and skin tone. Just not white at someone's wedding.
 
9. What are some of your favorite places to shop or brands to buy? -Coleen K. from WA
 
I haven't been shopping in forever! Ahh, now after I post this, I am. Ha! I LOVE Banana Republic and JCrew. They are a little pricey but their pieces last forever. Plus, if you can live near an outlet store, try there. They have great deals. There is a brand that Belk carries called American Apparel that I love. It's very southern and sweet and flowing pieces that I love. Target and Old Navy have great summer dresses and sweaters. And, there are several local boutiques or boutiques on Facebook that have cute monogrammed tees that I love.
 
10. If you could only have 3 beauty items for the rest of your life, what would they be? -Sara G. from GA
 
Mascara, eye liner and lip gloss. I never wear powder, anyways, so I wouldn't miss that. But, I don't have long eyelashes so mascara is my staple. And lip gloss makes everybody's lips look scrumptious.
 
 
Thank you to everyone who sent in questions. There were several about the same topics so I hope I answered the most asked. What are some of your favorite style rules or beauty basics?
 
 
Happy Thursday! :)
 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

be classy, never trashy.

I started this blog so I could post my thoughts on whatever topic I chose in hopes of other girls or women reading it and relating. I, along the way, included some recipes and such, which is fine, but this post is definitely a "this is how you should act" post.
 
So, if you're a "bad girl" or a "mean girl" and you really could care less of how I think a lady should act, this post is not for you.
 
 **You've been warned.**
 
These are strictly my opinions and my observations over the years. I'm not perfect and I don't claim to be. But all the whiny and griping on social media networks I see girls posting in relation to the way men treat them is so overrated. Maybe if you would act like a lady, you would be led to a real, Southern gentleman. I believe in God, so that's another reason that may turn people away from reading this. That's fine, too. You can't please everyone. BUT, for the girls who are trying and praying for a godly mate and living in line with the Bible, let's be friends, because this excuse of what "a woman is" that the world portrays is TRASH.
 
First off, the outward appearance that you project on people MATTERS. There is nothing like a second first impression. The clothes you wear count. If you want respect, then walking around in panties cut off shorts isn't going to command respect. It will command attention, but not the kind you want. There are plenty of good men in the world. Maybe you're just commanding attention from the wrong guys. Of course, it goes both ways, but men are wired different. Don't give them any reason to get their fuse going before there is any commitment of marriage.
 
Second, the language you use really does say a lot about your respect for yourself.  I'm not saying that you'll never slip up and curse, but what is making you cuss? Because you want to look cool? Because you're angry? Or because it's cool? None of those are good reasons to cuss. Did you know that you impact 7 people every day. Whether it's the customer you were hateful to, the gas attendant you rolled your eyes at or your own parents who you were hateful to, 7 people every day are impacted by you. By your words. I can't even begin to tell you how many times people have said unkind things about me behind my back, to my friends and to my face. Being made fun of isn't fun.


Thirdly, your lifestyle majoring impacts the impression you leave on others. What does it say to younger girls who you are friends with on facebook or who you interact with if you're teaching their Sunday School but living with your boyfriend? There is so many mixed signals young girls today get. No wonder the government is in the legal process of legalizing the morning after pill to any aged girl- because there is A NEED FOR IT. That is so wrong. And so sad. There is no value on marriage as a nation anymore. It's looked at as something that you can just "undo" with a signature and a small fee down at the courthouse.

 That's not how God created marriage.
Marriage is a lifetime covenant according to God. You are not suppose to ever break a covenant. Of course, as always, there are extreme circumstances (ie: cheating, etc) but too many people don't value what marriage was created to be. Not just a built in sex partner for life, a built in prayer partner for life. God cannot and will not bless sex before marriage. Who wants to live with the scare of your man leaving you or you becoming pregnant and being fearful of being left. A man that respects your heart also respects your body. A man of God will not push and probe and beg you for sex. And he won't threaten you with sex, either.

Sex isn't bad after marriage. I'm not saying that. That's what it was created for. But, before marriage-it's just a mess.

Be the total package of what a woman is suppose to be. Respect your parents and authority figures in your life. Love people. Be kind. Don't judge. Be respectful in your words and wardrobe. Save your heart (and body) for the man God created for you. Have joy! And give joy to people. Remember those 7 people tomorrow. You may the only smile they get!

Rock on, lady friends! :)


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

katelyn 4.0

Happy Tuesday, y'all! This week is VBS at our church so pardon my late night postings this week! I'm trying to get on a schedule of posting earlier in the day because I think that's how most bloggers do. In the same breath, though, whoever wants to read this, will! :)
 
So, anyways, this week a LOT has happened so far and a lot is happening in June. June is turning out to be a very busy month! I was selected as the Alabama Representative and Contributor for Southern Blog Society!! I am so honored and excited about teaming up with other Alabama bloggers through this amazing organization!
 
I'm also Miss June over at Alabama Women Bloggers and I'm so thankful for this opportunity. I've already met so many sweet ladies through this community and I'm so happy to be a part of a state wide blogging community!!
 
One of my favorite bloggers, Joy at the Sowell life, tagged me in a "get to know you better" type of post! I'm obsessed with these types of posts because you really get to know a lot of fun facts about people. So, here is her 12 questions, and my answers!!
 
1. Out of the 24 hours in a day, what is your favorite time on the clock and why?
9:00 PM. I really am equally a morning/night person but I like nights a little more because they are just more fun. I love going to dinner, the movies, crafting, blogging, ANYTHING at night!

2. What is your favorite magazine to get in the mail or buy in the store?
Glamour and US Weekly
 

3. Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter, all the way!

4. What's your best memory of high school?
junior year was my favorite, especially homecoming week

5. What's your go to website for shopping?
banana republic or amazon
 

6. A blogger who inspires you?
Joy and Cherish!!

7. Who is your celebrity crush?
Luke Bryan
 
 

8. What's a book you'd recommend to read?
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks or Set Apart Femininity by Leslie Ludy

9. A favorite recipe you love to make?
Tacos! or Chocolate Chip Cookies!

10. Your favorite app on your phone?
Instagram or Vine

11. You've got an afternoon kid free and job free, what would you do?
lay out by the pool or go antique shopping!

12. The restaurant you always crave?
Cheesecake Factory or Del Toro's (a local Mexican restaurant)
 
So, what are some fun things about y'all?? Thank you Joy for the tag!!


Sunday, June 9, 2013

carrie vs taylor showdown

I feel like "the odd blogger out" because most bloggers post their posts at like, 10 AM. Well, I'm working at the vet then and can't blog while working so my posts are more like 10 PM. I guess the message still gets across. Or maybe I'm giving late night bloggers like me something to read. Anyways, my sister Lauren and I, we are like the same person 74% of the time. We like the same places, people, things and ideas (aka nouns). We like the same nouns.
 
The other 26% of the time she is Taylor Swift.
And I am Carrie Underwood.
 
Here we go:
Lauren as Taylor Swift
 
 
 
as
 
Now, if we are twitter frands, you know that I just don't like this little lady. I mean, she hasn't personally offended me, but she recently was mean about Luke Bryan and that is enough for me to hate strongly dislike her. Moving on.

REASONS WHY LAUREN IS TAYLOR:
They like cats. (I know, right?)
 
 
 
 
They can't dance.
 
 
They like dessert foods.
 
 
 
 
They pretend they are angels.
 




They like reading.






They are super hyper.
They like affection.
They aren't really clean people. By that, I mean, messy rooms.
They tend to feel, uh oh, 22.
They sing about hating their exes.


Katelyn as Carrie Underwood:





REASONS WHY KATELYN IS CARRIE:
We like dogs. (I know, awesome!)







We make funny faces.




We like babies.





We like boots.





We don't like hugs.
We like Twitter.
We have hot husbands. (hey, my day is coming.)
We sing about getting revenge on our exes.

Happy Sunday, y'all!! :)