Monday, December 31, 2012

Auld Lang Syne

"...remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken....because that's what New Year's is all about, getting another chance...stop worrying about 'what if' and start embracing what will be..."

Happy New Year to you and yours, 
may 2013 be the best year yet.

Friday, December 21, 2012

under the tree

It's official. THE Inslee Haynes knows I exist. Okay, hypothetically it could be her assistant, but nevertheless, my life is now made. And, for that matter, the last gift I'm giving can now be wrapped and placed under the tree. 
Oh happy day indeed!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Twas the Tuesday before Christmas

and all through the house,
every creature was stirring, yes, even the mouse.

Christmas day is exactly one week away! Can't believe it. And even though I've been sick since Thanksgiving, I'm determined to usher in the festivities with the best of them.

So, while I'd rather be doing this...
I'm actually doing this....

 But, hey. At least all my shopping is officially done, right?

Let the merriment commence...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ba-da, ba, ba, ba I'm lovin' it

"We're happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time. 
It's miserable and magical, oh yea."

You guessed it, my latest love affair is with fonts and blogs, my parents go out almost as often as I do, and lately my nights are spent on my couch (at my parent's house) dreaming of scenarios in which I vacation in Fiji or Paris (that, and the Christmas cookies I'm dreaming of making); yet somehow, I've never been happier.

I don't have it all together, but I'm absolutely loving figuring it out. I'm freakishly, deliriously happy, having a blast, loving life, and I just don't care. Judge me if you dare.

Found this gem of a letter though the rabbit hole (that is the Inslee blog, Lauren M. Hughes blog, and this) and it hit way too close to home, but I secretly loved it.

For all my single (and paired off ladies, you'll think it's funny too) ladies:

"To People Who Have It All Together -

Hi, how’s it going? My name is Lauren. I’m twenty-something years old and single. I live in Atlanta in a little apartment that I can’t actually afford with my dog, Lucy. When I moved in, I filled the apartment with moderately priced furniture and print reproductions of artwork I wish I could afford to commission for myself but can’t because I decided I wanted to be a writer. I don’t own a dining room table because my apartment is too small, so most nights I eat dinner on the couch in front of the television. I own plates, but usually just eat out of whatever container my food originally came in. Sometimes I cook from scratch and, on those occasions, I typically eat out of whatever pot I cooked it in with whatever utensil I used to cook it with. Speaking of cutlery, I also own a really nice set of silverware that I got in a prepackaged plastic crate at Target for $29.99, but for some reason I just really enjoy eating cereal straight out of the box with my hands. Because there’s really no need for formality when it’s just me, myself, and I, I don’t ever bother to buy proper napkins, either. In place of napkins I usually just use my pant leg or, if I’m not wearing pants (I’m often not wearing any pants), my bare leg. A few weeks ago I was eating a double chocolate cupcake while watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians on Netflix. Halfway in, I realized I had icing all over my face, but was (understandably) reluctant to get up from the wonderment that is the Kardashian Kar Krash to go into the kitchen to properly wipe it off. So, I did what any normal person would do – I simply bent over and wiped my face on my pantsless leg. I then took it a step further and bent down again to lick the excess icing off my stubbly knee because, in this economy, one just can’t afford to be wasteful."

{...for the rest of the hysterically 
true portrait of single life click here}

Friday, December 14, 2012

"Elle Bow Room" Obsession

In case it's not obvious, I love a well-written, well-organized, personalized blog more than a fat kid loves cake. It's sad, but true. In my feeble attempt to make my blog well-received/well-read/famous (okay I'd settle for semi-famous), I enjoy linking to blogs that I find delectable. I have stumbled upon yet another, and as one who's also a fan of witty banter and catchy phrases, it's no surprise that I love the title too.

I found it via the Inslee blog, which I'm clearly infatuated with considering posted an Inslee illustration yesterday, have one on my right-hand column (yes, look to the right--the girl with the top knot eating an assortment of breakfast food), and even once inquired how much a custom illustration was (too rich for my blood, but fabulous for those who can afford them). Elspeth is one such luck lady (click here for her Inslee write up).

Elspeth, or Elle, has a presh pots tumblr, blog, and pinterest to boot; so, I'd guess she was as good a candidate as any for a custom design. 

Happy browsing!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Downtown Divas

Due to mere's interview in good ole Downtown Memphis today, I'll be leaving le office (my attempt at being fancy) to dine and catch up with my bestie. In honor of such an occasion I bring you "Meryanna" (Mere y [and in spanish] Anna) in an Inslee illustration:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Very Merry Christmas, or Three

There's a first for everything, and this year (due to work schedules and the craziness that is life), the Cox family is having three Christmases. Yes, three. Now, as a reference point, we always have two: normally Christmas Eve night we snack on such goodies as party mix, appetizer, dips, and various candies that we make, and Christmas Day brunch with all the fixins from monkey bread and cinnamon rolls to egg casserole and apple cider. 

This year, we're having brunch and snacks on the 23rd and 24th respectively and then a "formal" Christmas dinner on the 25th.

As the designated cook/baker of my generation (Emily once informed me that whenever I get around to buying a house it better have a double oven because holidays will be cooked by me), I'm throwing together an assortment of menu items for the occasion. Here's a sneak peak into the festive foods:

We'll still have our favorites like homemade party mix and crock-pot meatballs (those at the Christmas soiree can attest to their taste), among other dips and desserts.
The big deal is the new big, fancy dinner which if I get my way will include the following items:
 {rolls from here or Sister Schubert rolls}
still debating which topping as I'm a fan of both}

{ turkey, dressing and honey baked ham}

 {green bean casserole, among other casseroles}

 {last, but not least, some of the famous Christmas cookies we make every year like clockwork}

I'm even considering throwing punch into the mix:
 Ho Ho Ho Punch:
1 bottle champagne 
1 bottle ginger ale, chilled 
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries, partially thawed Directions: In a large punch bowl, combine champagne, ginger ale and strawberries. Gently stir and serve.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Spice Up Your Life

In honor of the new Spice Girls Musical opening in London, re-watch their amazeballs Olympic performance (in case you didn't see it, they've still got it).

{for the story on the musical click here}

all I want in a big red bow

I promised more gift guides, and I'm delivering. Since I'm attempting to avoid shopping mall gridlock like the plague, here's what I've found on the web. Just in time to purchase and still have it arrive by Christmas, here are links to some fun, festive holiday gift guides:

Surely, one of these lists will provide you with some clue as to what to purchase for your loved ones this season. Happy trails... may the odds be ever in your favor.

Monday, December 10, 2012

baby, it's cold outside

In honor of the cold front and the onset of actual winter weather here in the Bluff City, this post is dedicated to cozy winter happiness.

Now, I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Greatest Generation

71 years ago today, the attacks at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii would be well underway. Because I hope that my generation will never forget just how much those before us did, I want to remind them. For men like my Papaw and those I've met through Forever Young, there was no other choice, really. You fought, because you believed in the cause; our country supported you because they did too. I hope we as a generation, and as a country, never forget.

 {Thankful for the opportunity to get a guided tour of DC from this champ. Miss you Mr. Greene.}

 {Ashleigh and Me with my Papaw, Clyde Thomas May Sr., veteran of the U.S. Navy, WWII, Pacific Front}

 {as these men once told me: 
"The ones who didn't make it home, they were the real heros."}

*If you know any war veterans that have never been honored or seen their monuments, please contact me, my mom, or Forever Young Senior Wish. They're amazing, and every vet deserves to be honored in a special, public way.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Tis the season for festivities every weekend, and getting in the spirit, here's my fool-proof guide to throwing the best holiday party on the block:

1) an amazing invite


2) the proper decor for your house 

 3) a poppin' playlist

4) festive food and beverages
{Grinch punch as seen here}

 {Christmas cocktails seen here}

{Holiday bark as seen here}

5) Entertainment
 {props for possible photo station with Polaroid camera}

Last, but certainly not least
6) the perfect hosting outfit

 ...don't forget outerwear:

 Time to Party!

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