It Started With Hello

*Thank you to Lindt for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try Lindt HELLO!*

One of the things I’ve grown to love most about blogging is the wonderful friendships I’ve made with other bloggers. It has been a beautiful surprise, something I never expected to happen. I’m grateful for the wonderful friendships I’ve made.

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Blogging friendships are different than offline friendships. There’s something about sharing our lives online that gives us a different kind of connection. Sometimes friends that don’t blog don’t quite understand, so having a great group of friends that understand what we do is a great thing!

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I’ve been blogging for about four an a half years. I have blog friends I made shortly after I started blogging, and I have blog friends I’ve only known for a little while. Some friends I’ve met in person, while some I only know through our computers. Each of these friendships are very special!

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One of the great things about blogging friendships is that I have a great support system of women across the country! These girls are there when I need to talk or need to cry. I’ve watched them get married and have babies, and I’ve prayed for them in good times and in bad.

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Friendships start with hello. Online friendships can start with hello through a tweet, a blog comment, or an email. They can be a “hi, nice to meet you”, a note of encouragement, or a fun question!

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Lindt has created a new kind of chocolate to help you say hello to new friends or special people in your life! You can say “hello” to the fabulous flavors of the Lindt HELLO collection:

- Caramel Brownie: Discover the irresistible combination of smooth milk chocolate, hazelnut and caramel brownie filling

- Strawberry Cheesecake: Satisfy your cheesecake craving with rich milk chocolate and a light, fluffy strawberry cream cheese filling.

- Crunchy Nougat: Smooth milk chocolate,– now that’s yummy!

- Cookies & Cream: Chocolate, cookies – and a crunch! Savor a chocolaty experience like no other, with chocolate chip cookie pieces and cream filling.

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The Lindt HELLO collection can be enjoyed 3 different ways: sticks, bars, and mini-stick bags. I was recently given the opportunity to try these fun new chocolates! The strawberry cheesecake has become my favorite. Can’t say no to chocolate, strawberries, and cheesecake :) The mini sticks are great to share with a group of friends, and the larger sticks are great for a quick snack on the go!

Lindt has also partnered with Ashley Tisdale to co-produce “It Started with HELLO”, which premiered on September 12th on the “It Started with HELLO” YouTube page. New videos will be released weekly through October 9th. It is a fun, new romantic comedy digital series capturing couples as they make their first connections, and is inspired by the cheeky personalities of the new Lindt HELLO products.

Lindt is also offering five weeks of giveaways! To enter the sweepstakes, visit the Lindt HELLO Sweet Connections Sweepstakes Landing Page and enter your email address. Entries can be made daily for additional chances to win fun prizes.

Who have you recently said hello to?

The Sunday Social, Week 121

Social Sunday

Hey y’all!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Today I’m going to church, and then I’m working at a table for The Vintage Pearl at a bridal fair for the afternoon!

1. What is your favorite magazine to read?
People Magazine is my absolute favorite! I love some good celeb gossip :) I also like Glamour.

2. What is the best thing you’ve seen online lately?
Two of OU’s football players visit Children’s Hospital in OKC every month, and they talk to the kids and play music! There’s a great video of them singing and playing guitar, and it’s so sweet! You should check it out here.
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3. What is your favorite celebrity to follow on Instagram or Twitter?
I love following Jon Acuff on Instagram and Twitter both! He posts a lot of motivational, inspirational stuff, but he also posts some hilarious pictures!

4. Is there one article of clothing no matter what the season you can’t help but love?
Cardigans! I’m cold-natured, so even in the summer I wear them. I know, I’m a weirdo :)

5. Do you prefer email or snail mail?
I like both! I think it is so much fun to get stuff in my mailbox, but email is a great, quick way to talk to someone.

Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up with Neely and me!

Next week’s questions

1. What is your favorite month and why?
2. What is your favorite holiday and why?
3. Are you getting the new iPhone, or are you more of an Android person?
4. What is the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received from someone?
5. What is something you can’t wait to splurge on?

Have a great Sunday!

The Sunday Social, Week 120

Social Sunday

Hey y’all!

Today’s Sunday Social questions are all about fall!

1. What is your favorite part of fall?
Fall isn’t exactly my favorite. I don’t like colder weather, but I do love that football comes back and it’s socially acceptable for me to drink peppermint hot chocolate from Starbucks!

2. Do you have anything special planned for fall?
Neely’s wedding! She gets married in three weeks!
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3. What is fall like in your area?
Fall in Oklahoma is all about the state fair and football!

4. What is your favorite football team to cheer for (college or professional)?
I am a huge fan of football! My favorite teams are OU Sooners and Dallas Cowboys!

5. Do you decorate for fall? Show us pics!
I don’t decorate for fall. Work picks up during the fall, and there’s just no time. I love cute fall decorations though!

Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up with Neely and me!

Next week’s questions

1. What is your favorite magazine to read?
2. What is the best thing you’ve seen online lately?
3. What is your favorite celebrity to follow on Instagram or Twitter?
4. Is there one article of clothing no matter what the season you can’t help but love?
5. Do you prefer email or snail mail?

Have a great Sunday!

Ten Years

 Hey y’all!

Today, my best friend Jessica and her husband Ralph are celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary!

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been ten years, but at the same time, it feels like they’ve been together forever. They dated through most of high school, and they got married a few months after Jessica and I graduated. Jessica was the first of my friends to get married, and it was so amazing to get to be a part of her special day!

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They’ve been through a lot in ten years; three kids and a deployment to Afghanistan, just to name a few. They’ve worked hard to make their marriage work, and they have stood by each other, even when things were hard. Ten years of marriage is a big deal, and I’m so proud of them for their hard work. They are both such special people, and they have created a beautiful family. I’m grateful to be Aunt Ashley to their sweet kiddos!

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Happy Anniversary Ralph and Jessica! Love you both so much!

Grow Your Blog Like a Boss!

Untitled2-1024x547Hey y’all!

Have you ever wanted to attend a blog conference, but you didn’t want to travel across the country? Neely from the fabulous blog A Complete Waste of Makeup is offering online one-day classes on learning how to grow your blog!

Neely has been blogging for almost five years. I have been following her blog almost since the very beginning, and I have been amazed to see how quickly her blog has exploded. Neely has so much great blogging knowledge to share, and as someone who has received blogging/social media advice from her, I can honestly say she’s great at what she does. I was able to see results almost immediately!

Neely’s first class will be November 8th, and it’s filling up fast! For more information, visit her Grow Your Blog and Brand page! You won’t be disappointed!

The Sunday Social, Week 119

Social Sunday

 Hey y’all!

Today on Sunday Social we are sharing a few favorites!

1. Favorite scent
My favorite perfume scent is currently Dot by Marc Jacobs. It’s really light, and it smells sooooo good!

2. Favorite food
Chocolate. Anything chocolate.

3. Favorite sound
Favorite sound…this is a hard one!

4. Favorite picture currently on your phone
This one from my trip to Austin this summer for Neely’s bachelorette party weekend!
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5. Best memory of the year so far
See number 4 :) Neely’s bachelorette party in Austin was such a great weekend! It was great to get away from Oklahoma for a few days with three amazing girls and explore a new city!

Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up with Neely and me!

Next week’s questions

These are all about fall!

1. What is your favorite part of fall?
2. Do you have anything special planned for fall?
3. What is fall like in your area?
4. What is your favorite football team to cheer for (college or professional)?
5. Do you decorate for fall? Show us pics!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Summertime Favorites

Hey y’all!

It’s hard to believe that summer’s really over! I don’t know about you, but I always get a little sad when summer ends. I love the warm weather, I love having longer days, and I love how everyone just seems happier during summer!

With Summer 2014 coming to an end, I wanted to share the things I loved most about the summer, or Summertime Favorites!

Favorite TV Shows

I started off the summer watching Bachelorette, and then I moved on to Bachelor in Paradise! I love all of the shows in the Bachelor franchise, but there’s just something about the crazy drama of Paradise that is just fantastic! Ashton and I get together nearly every Monday night to watch Paradise. It’s been great seeing some of our favorite Bachelor alums back on tv, like Graham and Michelle! As crazy as it is, I really hope that Marcus & Lacey and Robert & Sarah can actually make their relationships work in the real world.
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Mistresses is another summer favorite! I started watching it last summer, and I fell in love with it. I was THRILLED when it got renewed for a second season! Jason George was one of my favorites on Sunset Beach waaaaay back in the day, and I’ve loved Alyssa Milano FOREVER! If you haven’t watched it, Hulu Plus has all of the episodes, at least of season two. It’s a fun one!

Favorite Movies

The Other Woman is easily my favorite movie of the summer! I saw it for the first time in May with Ashton and Cathy, and I couldn’t wait for it to come out on DVD. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve watched it since I got it. It’s kind of embarrassing.
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The Fault in Our Stars is another great one! I only saw it once in the theater, but I’m just DYING for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it 2389261 times too :)

Favorite Songs

“Something Bad” by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood has been on repeat on my phone and in my car basically since it was released!

“Day Drinking” by Little Big Town is fantastic! I don’t drink, but for some reason I love a good drinking song! Haha!

“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea is perfection.

Favorite Moments

I’m planning to cover my summer in another post, but I will list a few of the highlights!

George Strait’s last concert-do I really need to explain that one?

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Frozen party with Little Girl

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Wedding-related events with Neely

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A visit home

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What are YOUR summertime favorites?

The Sunday Social, Week 118

Social Sunday

Hey y’all!

I’ve been super sick this week and haven’t been able to get anything written for this post, BUT I’d still love for you to link up with us!

This week’s questions are all about 5s!

1. 5 things you want us to know about you
2. 5 favorite things about blogging
3. 5 things you are doing before the year is over
4. 5 favorite fall fashion staples
5. 5 favorite beauty products

Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up with Neely and me!

Next week’s questions

1. Favorite scent
2. Favorite food
3. Favorite sound
4. Favorite picture currently on your phone
5. Best memory of the year so far

Have a great Sunday!

Labor Day Weekend

Hey y’all!

I’ve been meaning to write this post all week, but I got sick and have spent most of my free time in bed. Not what I planned for the week, but whatever :)

TVP was closed for Labor Day, so I scheduled a couple of people to close for me on Saturday, and I headed home for the weekend! I hadn’t been home since Mother’s Day, so I was thrilled to spend a few days with the family. When I got home, we went to Paris, Texas to eat at my favorite restaurant! It’s been a really long time since I’d been there, and I was having a serious craving!

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After dinner, we drove over to the Eiffel Tower!

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The Tower is so fun, and it’s absolutely beautiful at night!

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Sunday was church, and then Jessica and Sweet P met us for lunch! Sweet P decided that she and I were going to see a movie, and Jessica was NOT coming with us. She was so much fun! I can’t believe she’s going to be 3 in just a few weeks!

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Monday, we went to my grandparents’ house to cook out. My uncles and their families came too, and it was great to have the whole family together!

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I’m not sure what to do with this…

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Daddy cooked a great meal for us!

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It was a great weekend that definitely went by way too fast. As quick as it was, it really did my heart some good to be with my family.

How was your Labor Day weekend?

The Sunday Social, Week 117

Social Sunday

Hey y’all!

Hope everyone is having a great Sunday! I’m spending the weekend home with my family for the first time since May! Thankful for a couple of days off work!

1. What is one thing you hate doing?
Getting out of bed. It’s my least favorite things EVER.

2. What is one thing you hate shopping for?
Groceries. I wish someone could do my grocery shopping for me, or I wish Target would deliver :)

3. What is one thing you love doing?
When I have free time, I like binge-watching TV shows on Netflix or Hulu! Right now, I’m rewatching Grey’s Anatomy and 7th Heaven!

4. What is one place you love going?
I love going to Target, except for groceries :)

5. What is your favorite thing to do that you do daily?
My favorite thing is when I finally get to go back to bed. I love my sleep!

Your turn! Answer the questions, grab our button, and link up with Neely and me!

Next week’s questions

1. 5 things you want us to know about you
2. 5 favorite things about blogging
3. 5 things you are doing before the year is over
4. 5 favorite fall fashion staples
5. 5 favorite beauty products
Have a great holiday weekend!