Tuesday, April 22, 2014

10 Favorite iPhone Apps

Hey yall!

Y'all know I'm a big fan of my iPhone. It's basically attached to me 24/7. If it could just cook me dinner and do my laundry, it would be perfect :)

Since I spend so much time on my phone, I wanted to share a few of my current favorite apps!

1. Echofon for Twitter: Y'all, I have tried pretty much every Twitter app on the planet, and this is hands-down my favorite. It does look different than the Twitter website, but I feel like it's the easiest to use. It's easy to navigate, easy to search, and easy to follow. It's probably the app I spend the most time on.

2. Instagram: I've only been on Instagram for two years, but it almost immediately became one of my favorite social media apps. I love taking and sharing pictures, and I love keeping up with my people and what is going on in their lives. If you haven't joined Instagram yet, you are missing out. Go sign up now!

3. Pic Stitch: Since I started using Instagram, I have had a lot of trouble with not "over-instagramming" pictures. Sometimes I have more than one picture of an event that I really want to share, so I turned to Pic Stitch! Pic Stitch allows you to create fun collages so you can share all the pictures you want without clogging up everyone's feeds.

4. Shazam: I'm obsessed with music, and I LOVE discovering new music! With a push of a button, Shazam will listen to a song and tell you the name of the song as well as the artist singing it. I've found SO MANY new songs because of it.

5. Frozen Free Fall: I'm obsessed with Frozen. I can't help it. This game is similar to Candy Crush (I think), but the levels take you through the whole Frozen story. Major characters accompany you through your journey, including my favorites Olaf and Sven. It's a pretty challenging game and is definitely not just for kids!

6. Dots: Dots is the game I play while I'm waiting on new Frozen lives :) It's basically a connect-the-dots game. The goal is to connect as many of the same color as possible. It sounds simple, but I was addicted within minutes.

7. Ticketmaster: I go to a lot of concerts, and I've spent a lot of time in front of my computer waiting and waiting to buy tickets. The Ticketmaster app is SO QUICK! Where I may wait up to twenty minutes on my computer, I can search and buy tickets within seconds. If you put in your city or venue preference, it sends you alerts when a new concert is coming your way.

8. Pinterest: Do I even need to explain this one?

9. GroupMe: GroupMe is basically a group-texting app. I've been in groups with up to eight people. It's easy because it holds all of your messages in one place instead of clogging up your text messages. You can have an alert pop up every time you have a message, or you can turn off alerts and only check when you have time.

10. Facebook Page Manager: I don't do a lot of posting on my personal Facebook page, but I do like to have access to my blog Facebook page any time I need it. I'm trying to do better about posting there, and having an app that takes me directly to the page is really helpful.

What are your favorite phone apps?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Sunday Social, Week 98

Hey y'all!

Happy Easter! I'm hanging out at home today after church because ALL of my people are in Dallas at a church convention this weekend. I am spending a little bit of time with a couple of the Littles today though!

Today's Sunday Social is all about 5s! Y'all seem to really love number weeks :)

1. 5 songs you'll listen to the rest of your life
1. "The Dance"-Garth Brooks
2. "I Hope You Dance"-Lee Ann Womack
3. "How Great Thou Art"
4. "In Christ Alone"
5. "So Small"-Carrie Underwood

I cry every single time I watch this video!

2. 5 things on your bucket list
1. Visit Europe
2. Go to a Garth Brooks concert
That's all I can think of today :)

3. 5 celeb you'd love to hang out with for a day
1. Carrie Underwood
2. Kerry Washington
3. Oprah
4. Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert
5. Jimmy Fallon

4. 5 things you always carry in your purse
1. keys
2. wallet
3. pens
4. migraine medicine
5. phone (but it's usually in my hand!)

5. 5 books on your reading list
1. Fifteen Minutes-Karen Kingsbury
2. Insurgent-Veronica Roth
3. Allegiant-Veronica Roth
4. Start-Jon Acuff
5. The Bridge-Karen Kingsbury

6. Share the last 5 pictures on your phone 
I got a new mug from Karen Kingsbury & Kelsey Kupecky's Possibilities line from Dayspring! I love that it has a quote from one of Karen's books on it, and the inside has a sweet bible verse! I LOVE it!

My cute little guy. I just love him.

Our newest TVP chalkboard

Colby tweeted this picture of the Littles. They are the sweetest! Little Man is cracking me up!

I bought some fruit to have for snacks this week. It's time to start eating better and getting ready for that bridesmaid dress I have to fit into in a few months :) #mohdiet

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

Next week's questions

1. What is your biggest driving pet peeve?
2. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
3. What is your biggest shopping pet peeve?
4. What is your biggest general pet peeve?
5. What is your most irrational fear?

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday-1, 3, and 5 Years Ago

Hey y'all!

A few weeks ago, Brianne did a really fun flashback and future post on her blog, and I loved it! Future posts are really hard for me to do, so today I'm borrowing her flashback idea and posting things I did 1, 3, and 5 years ago!

In 2013...
*I turned 27.
*I attended Blissdom for the second time.
*I celebrated a year with The Vintage Pearl.
*I went to my first Bloggy Boot Camp.
*I became an aunt for the fourth time.
*I met Rebekah's sweet baby James.
*I got a visit from Neely, her first trip to OKC.
*I saw Chris Mann, Amber Riley, Bon Jovi, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Vince Gill, Usher, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Ryan Tedder, New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Toby Keith, Ronnie Dunn, John Anderson, Mel Tillis, Sammy Hagar, Kellie Coffey, Krystal Keith, and Donny and Marie Osmond perform in concerts.
*I went to OKC Redhawks and Harlem Globetrotters games.
*I visited The Pink Pistol in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
*I went to court to see two of the Littles finalize their adoption.
*I saw Wicked.

In 2011...
*I turned 25.
*I met Neely for the first time in person.
*I met Karen Kingsbury, my favorite author and Pioneer Woman, one of my favorite bloggers.
*I met a ton of bloggers at Dallas Blogger Meetup.
*I went on vacation to Chicago with Neely to visit Meghan.
*I met Rebekah for the first time in person.
*I became an aunt for the third time.
*I saw Reba, The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia, Edens Edge, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, Jordin Sparks, Sammy Kershaw, and Kellie Pickler perform in concerts.

In 2009...
*I saw Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, and Gloriana in concert with Jessica.
*I went to Memphis and Nashville on a girls trip with Momma and Mom-Mom.
*I met Kristin Chenoweth.
*I saw Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, and Clay Walker in concert.
*I had hand surgery.

What are your most memorable moments from the 1, 3, or 5 years ago?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Sunday Social, Week 97

Hey y'all!

Today's Sunday Social is all about our bests!

1. What was your best birthday?
It's so hard to choose! I've had a lot of great birthdays!

2. What was your best vacation?
Again, I can't pick just one :) One would definitely be my trip to Memphis and Nashville with Momma and Mom-Mom. We went to Graceland in Memphis, and then we spent a few days in Nashville.

Another would definitely be my trip with Neely to visit Meghan in Chicago! We got to do all of the fun touristy stuff like Harpo Studios and the Bean, and we went to some of Meghan's favorite places and see a NKOTBSB concert!

3. What is the best date you've ever been on?
These are the hardest questions! Um...in high school, a guy took me to a park for a picnic after we'd had dinner and gone to a movie. He had my favorite cheesecake and a Dr. Pepper. It was sweet!

4. What is the best movie(quality) you've seen?
Uh...Frozen? :) I have no idea.

5. What is the best TV show ending of all time?
I don't think I can pick one. I don't really like when my favorite shows end, so I usually don't like the endings! My favorite soap opera Sunset Beach ended pretty good, and more recently, I loved the ending of Private Practice. I'm still really sad it ended though :(

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

Next week's questions

1. 5 songs you'll listen to the rest of your life
2. 5 things on your bucket list
3. 5 celeb you'd love to hang out with for a day
4. 5 things you always carry in your purse
5. 5 books on your reading list
6. Share the last 5 pictures on your phone 

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, April 11, 2014

5 on Friday!

Hey y'all!

It's time for another 5 on Friday!

Yesterday was National Sibling Day! I have a pretty fantastic, bratty, sweet, annoying little brother, so I had to post a few throwback pics of us. So cute, right? :)

My newest necklace from The Vintage Pearl came this week! It's my first gold piece, and I'm IN LOVE with this necklace! I think everyone needs one, so you should go here and get one! 

Speaking of The Vintage Pearl, Monday was the two year anniversary of my store opening! It's crazy to think it's already been two years!

Two of my fabulous friends have new kids' clothing boutiques, and y'all just need to see them!

Meg is opening Little Kennedy Boutique soon! She's been sharing some preview pictures on Facebook, and I can't wait to see more! I know my Littles will definitely be wearing some cute stuff from the shop!

Lindsay just opened Paper Doll Clothing Company, her own clothing line! Her little tshirts are absolutely darling, and I can't wait to see more cuteness! 

Do y'all watch Dallas? The new one? As a soap opera fan, I've always heard about the original, but a couple of weeks ago, Ashton got me watching the new one, and OH MY GOODNESS IT'S AWESOME! Not kidding, Tuesday night I stayed up until 1:00am finishing up the second season, and I NEED the new one to be on Netflix asap. I love that it has a mix of new characters as well as characters from the original. It's a lot of fun!

How has your week been?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday Tunes: ACM Edition

Hey y'all!

Sunday night was the Academy of Country Music Awards! Y'all know I love my country music, so I was tuned in for the whole three hour show. Normally I post my predictions before the show, but this year, I completely forgot. I'm actually glad that I didn't, because I would've been wrong on almost all of them! I disagreed with a few of them, but the one thing I did love about the show was a lot of new singles were debuted! Here are a few that I loved!

"My Eyes"-Blake Shelton & Gwen Sebastian

"Medicine"-Blake Shelton & Shakira

"Meanwhile Back at Mama's"-Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

"Automatic"-Miranda Lambert

"River Bank"-Brad Paisley

"Chainsaw"-The Band Perry

My favorite moment of the show had to be George Strait winning Entertainer of the Year!

Did you watch the show? What are your favorite songs right now?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Sunday Social, Week 96

Hey y'all!

Today's Sunday Social is all about the Twitter :)

1. When did you join twitter?
I think I joined twitter in 2009. It's been so long that I can't really remember :)

2. Who is your favorite non-celeb to follow?
I love following all of my family and friends that don't live here! I love being able to keep up with them and feel like I'm a part of their lives, even though we don't get to see each other very much!

3. Who is your favorite celeb to follow?
Joshua Morrow, who plays Nick Newman on The Young and The Restless is a fun one. Karen Kingsbury tweets a lot of inspirational quotes and Bible verses, and I like reading those. I like following Shonda Rhimes, creator of Greys, Private Practice, and Scandal. It's fun reading stuff about the shows from her point of view.

4. Have you ever had a celeb respond to a tweet?
I've actually had quite a few! It's fun! Brian McNamara, aka General Holden, has tweeted me several times over the last couple of years! Those have been SO MUCH FUN. One of the most exciting tweets I've gotten though was from Eric Braeden, aka Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless. He tweeted me last summer. THE Victor Newman tweeted ME!

5. What is your favorite store/brand to follow?
I really don't follow many brands. What brands should I be following?

6. Give us three tweeps we should be following.
Neely. My bff and fabulous cohost. Duh!
Dana Weiss (Possessionista). Following her during Bachelor/Bachelorette shows is hilarious. Plus, she tweets about really cute clothes!
Honest Toddler. I don't have kids, but this twit account cracks me up!

Be sure to follow me!!

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

Next week's questions

These are all about our bests!

1. What was your best birthday?
2. What was your best vacation?
3. What is the best date you've ever been on?
4. What is the best movie(quality) you've seen?
5. What is the best TV show ending of all time?
Have a wonderful Sunday!

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