My Thoughts on High Waist Pants/Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday!

I decided to take this opportunity to share my love for a higher waistband by combining it with a link-up with Michelle at The Vintage Apple!

Basically, high waist pants are a  girl’s best friend. If you have a little tummy (like me), a high waist is instantly slimming in the middle. Also, they make your legs look super long, giving the illusion of being TALL without actually being tall. See what I mean? Everyone should have a pair or seven.

A lot of people think of this when they think of high waist pants (see below). No, no my friends. Mom jeans give you a FUPA. Nice high waist jeans that fit you don’t do that.

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Source: google.com via Jessica on Pinterest

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Thirty Things: Week One

I’m starting a new blog project! I got the idea from a friend and fellow blogger and it seemed like a lot of fun. It’s called Thirty Things and the series comes from Jessi at HOPESandDREAMS. Every Tuesday for the next thirty weeks, I’ll be posting from Jessi’s list! I’m doing it every week as opposed to every day because I figured it might be an easier way to keep me accountable while still being able to write about things I want to write about. Read on to check out the complete list and for this week’s post!

The first week’s task is to list 20 random facts about myself. All right, here goes! You’ve been warned……..

1. Fight Club is one of my favorite movies of all time. Most people say, “Really?” with a very confused look when I admit this. I can’t explain it. I love this movie! It never fails, I notice something else about it that I hadn’t before every time I watch it!

2. My favorite color is green. Bright (NOT lime), grass green. Think a football field in September. :)

3. I used to want to be an Aggie, but in my entire life, I have owned ONE Texas A&M t-shirt. I bought it on a judging trip in high school which also happens to be the only trip to College Station I’ve ever taken in my life. It was pink and had Psalm 75:10 (I will cut off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up. NIV) on it. Two years later I was accepted to Texas Tech and never put that shirt on again.

4. My first concert was 98 Degrees.

5. I played golf for two years in high school. I was awful.

6. I wish I hadn’t been so responsible in college. I’ve never really screwed up (though I make mistakes every day!) and that sometimes makes me feel like I haven’t really lived.

7. In fourth grade, I wanted to be a lawyer and go to Harvard.

8. I have known my best friend for 18 years and counting. In kindergarten, we didn’t get along.

9. I listen to all kinds of music — lots of rock, classic rock, country, Texas country, even some rap and hip hop. I try to appreciate all genres of music and don’t judge people based on musical preference. ALL music is a form of art and what we’re drawn to is what makes us unique.

10. I have a huge family. It doesn’t matter to me that I have three step brothers, a half brother and a half sister — to me, they’re all 100% my family. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

11. I wish I were as crafty as I seem to be on Pinterest.

12. I am an independent distributor for a health and wellness company called AdvoCare.

13. I’m really into chevron and yellow and gray right now. Yellow and gray chevron? Even better.

14. The Bravo show, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, is a serious (sometimes embarrassing) guilty pleasure of mine. I LOVE THE MANZO FAMILY! Especially Albie. :)

15. I love working out. I try to work out at least five days a week. Sometimes I fail, but I am leaps and bounds ahead of where I was a few years ago.

16. I love fashion and I love outfits that make a statement. But, that said, I usually stick to my standard jeans and tee every day. I’m not brave enough to actually wear these on myself.

17. I just recently bought my first pair of wedges. I’m now a former nay sayer! Wedges are a girl’s best friend.

18. George Strait’s Amarillo by Morning is one of my favorite songs of all time — and my absolute favorite to dance to.

19. I love organizing, but I’m incredibly disorganized and messy. Controlled chaos, I say. I’m working on that.

20. I love my dog! I think she was sent to save me and I don’t know what I would do without her! Her name is Pippa. Yes, she’s named after that Pippa. :)

THE LIST:

1. List 20 random facts about yourself. 2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears. 3. Describe your relationship with your parents. 4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could. 5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now? 6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced? 7. What is your dream job, and why? 8. What are 5 passions you have? 9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how. 10. Describe your most embarrasing moment. 11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have. 12. Describe a typical day in your current life. 13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have. 14. Describe 5 strengths you have. 15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why? 16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments? 17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at? 18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive? 19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why? 20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood. 21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first? 22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years? 23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them. 24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now. 25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat? 26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong? 27. What is your favorite part of your body and why? 28. What is your love language? 29. What do you think people misundertand most about you? 30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

That’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed it. :) Come back next Tuesday to read about three fears I have! If you’d like to start your own Thirty Things project, head to HOPESandDREAMS and grab a button!

-♥-

Jessica

Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday!

A couple of weeks ago, I linked up with Michelle at The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting! It was a lot of fun, so I decided I’d do it again!

If you want to follow me on Pinterest, click here! Ready… Set… Pin!

Repinned via The Color Run . Find this pin here. source: Best of Atlanta Magazine’s Blog

This pin is here because as of this week, I’ve committed to a 5k! It’s just a fun run, but I’m super excited! I’m going to start training in the next couple of weeks for The Color Run in Albuquerque on August 25! What’s really cool? This is on my 52 in 2012 list. :)

Repinned via Amber Baker. Find this pin here. source: theBERRY

Basically, this is the perfect pin from my super-smart-basically-my-sister friend, Amber. This describes my life.

Repinned via Michelle T (today’s host!). Find this pin here. source: Modern Parents Messy Kids

Well, well, well! This happens to be on my 52 in 2012 list as well. :) Guess I better get to marking stuff off, huh? :)

Repinned via Kaaren Huffaker. Find this pin here. source: OutfitID

I think Camilla Belle has AMAZING style. She rarely wears something I don’t like and this dress is no exception. It’s beautiful!

Repinned via lalala lalallaa. Find this pin here. source: criss gets fit.

Can I please have her body? That is all.

Repinned via Carly Hill. Find this pin here. source: JustFabulous

I love these shoes. They’re blue and beautiful and I want them.

Repinned via Shelby Roberts. Find this pin here. source: Something new.

This is a beautiful verse. If things don’t seem to be going right for you, remember this. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but EVERYTHING is part of his beautiful plan! I’ve been reminding myself of this a lot lately. :)

Repinned via Aleesa Ross. Find this pin here. source: Going Going Gone

Want this, for sure. Someone buy it for me. K, thanks!

Repinned via Glamour. Find this pin here. source: glamour.com

This is one of the most true things I’ve read in a long time! Ladies, love your lives.

Repinned via Allie Thompson. Find this pin here. source: Before I Die

Is this not on every girl’s bucket list?! Haha, yes please! Blank check, credit card, give it to me — I’m game!

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Oh, How Pinteresting! Don’t forget to head over to The Vintage Apple, grab a button and link up with Michelle. :)

-♥-

Jessica

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Today, I’m linking up with Kate at Classy Living and Kati at Incorporating Color to tell all about how my weekend went! GBU is a Monday morning link-up/weekend recap. Read on to discover all the good, bad, and ugly from my weekend, then head over to Classy Living and Incorporating Color and link-up yourself. :) I’m thinking about doing this every other week and pushing my Monday morning AdvoCare post to midday. If this is something you’d like to see more of, let me know!

Incorporating Color

The good: Hands down, getting to see my family! Friday was my mom’s and dad’s birthday, so I made the trip down to see everybody. I went to church with my dad’s side of the family on Sunday and got to spend some time with my little brother (3) and sister (6). I love seeing them! It can always turn my day around to see their smiling faces or hear their laughing voices. Oh, and I got new workout clothes. :)

Mom's red velvet birthday cake!

The bad: Saturday morning/afternoon, we were at a track meet in Abilene. If you’ve never been to a track meet in Texas in late April, allow me to enlighten you. It’s hot. Hot, hot, hot. Heat makes me tired, so I slept in the car the entire way back home and then went to bed early Saturday night.

Jake decided to dance around with Dad's gift bag on his head!

The ugly: I had to get a leak in one of my tires fixed early Saturday morning! The only really ugly part was having to wake up so early. I didn’t even have to pay for the tire. :) But then after I got home there was a HUGE thunderstorm and funnel clouds and even a tornado spotted. YIKES! Luckily, none on my side of town!

She was so tired on the way home! She stayed like this the entire time and even fell asleep for a little bit.

How was your weekend? Let me know below and link up with Kate and Kati!

-♥-

Jessica

High Five for Friday!

WHOA! I really can’t believe it’s already Friday. WHERE has the week gone? I need some time back, please. Just don’t give me Monday. You can keep Monday! Yet again, I’m linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk for High Five for Friday. Check out my week below, then grab a button and link up!

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1. It’s my mom’s AND my dad’s birthdays! As you might remember, there are lots of April babies in my family!! Read here and here. :) Happy birthday, Mom! Happy birthday, Dad! I love you both more than words can say!

Today after work, I’m packing up, throwing the dog in the car and heading to the country to spend the weekend with these awesome people! I’m pretty excited to be home and I’m also looking forward to the mini road trip the drive will entail. :)

2. Saturday night, I went out (which I rarely do). We had a lot of fun and it was good to actually loosen up for once. On our way back to the car, we passed an open-patio-type bar and heard a song by our favorite Texas country band — The Casey Donahew Band. “Is that live?” I asked. “No, we would know if they were here,” Amanda said (pictured with me below). “Well, that sounds live,” I said.

Silliness on the sidewalk

Turns out, they were live! But they were playing a private party, so we didn’t go in. We danced on the sidewalk. People were walking by and looking at us like we were insane, but we cared not! Another good thing about this night? My dress is from Wal-Mart and it cost $13 and some change. Truth.

3. Last night, I got to have dinner with my best friend! She was in town to pick up her wedding shoes (her wedding is seven weeks from Saturday!) and then heading to DFW for her final dress fitting.

Sadly, we've been dealing with a lot of drama from David's Bridal over the last few months!

4. Something happened this week that reminded me all at once to be thankful and grateful for what I have and to always follow my heart. When I feel something stirring inside me, that’s not stupidity or naivete. It’s God placing something on my heart and telling me to do something about it. The situation brought to mind one of my favorite verses which describes the woman I continually strive to be.

3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)

5. I found this gem in the $5 movie bin at Wal-Mart. This was one of my faves growing up. I’m not sure I understood all the underlying themes — I just loved seeing a young Reese Witherspoon. But as I got older, it remained a favorite! And for all my fellow Hunger Games lovers, it was directed by Gary Ross. Gary fans, where y’all at?!

Pleasantville!

What were your high five this week? Let me know below!

-♥-

Jessica