Thursday, July 24, 2014

Liebster #2

Thanks to Paige from Sunday Best and All the Rest for awarding me with my second Liebster Award! Again, here are the rules:

1) What is the long term goal for your blog?
I'm taking it one month at a time for now, but the goal is to continue blogging for the next couple years. Eventually I'm thinking about turning it into a website.
2) What have you enjoyed the most about blogging so far?
It's hard to say what I've enjoyed the most. There are so many fun aspects to it. I enjoy getting to know other bloggers that I never would have come into contact with otherwise; keeping in touch with my out-of-state friends and family; seeing my progress as a writer and a stylist; and learning more about computers and web design.
3) Peanut butter + chocolate or mint + chocolate?
I'm thinking of 90% dark chocolate squares by Godiva with peanut butter spread on top of them. Served with unsweetened almond milk.
4) For your birthday, would you rather have your mom or sister  cook you a special meal or go out to eat?
Either or! My mom can certainly make yummy food, but I like to go out sometimes.
5) Series or stand alone books?
Series. On the Runway and Harry Potter come to mind. Unlike stand alone books, with a series you go on a deeper journey with the characters and get to grow with them.
6) What version of the Bible do you prefer?
Well, obviously they're all great. It's the Bible, no matter how you slice it! I love the Message because it speaks in street language, and it makes sense to me. The King James Version is lovely and beautiful. Right now I mainly use the New International Version, but I'm going to go with The Message overall.
7) Do you journal your studies in scripture?
Not usually. I do keep a journal, but normally I'm just talking to God about my life and the things I'm struggling with. That's a good idea, though.
8) If you were to host a period costume event, what era would it be?
Either the 1940s or 50s. I love the fashions of the Regency and Civil War era, too, but not quite as much.
9) Do you spend your day in bare feet, socks, or shoes?
Today, I'm barefoot.
10) If you could have a gift card to any clothing store, including online, what would it be for?
Forever 21.
11) If I were to visit you in your hometown, what would be the first place you'd want me to see?
My hometown is Knoxville, Tennessee, and the first place I would take you to would be downtown to walk around the riverfront. It's fun, and now that I only go back to TN to visit, it holds a bit of nostalgia for me as well.

Random Facts About Moi:

1. My middle name is Rhea, in case that wasn't obvious ;P
2. My fingernails are more often pink than any other paint color.
3. I am near-sighted and have astigmatism.
4. I prefer contacts over glasses.
5. One day I plan to chop off my hair and try a Michelle Williams pixie cut. 
6. I am currently putting together a "Surviving High School" playlist.
7. If you haven't heard "In With The Out Crowd" by About A Mile, I recommend you go listen to it. As in, right now.
8. I like to daydream.
9. My number-one bucket list item is to become my child-of-God self. I don't know what that will look like over the course of my life, but I know it's what I want.
11. My family is moving to Wilmington, NC in a couple weeks, and one of the big things I want to do when we get there is start getting involved in community theatre.

My Nominees (and yes, I know there are only three. i'm such a rule breaker.)
My Questions
1. What is your eye color?
2. How do you feel about pink?
3. Are you a techie?
4. What's your life philosophy?
5. How would you describe yourself in three words?

6. Do you have Netflix?
7. What was the last thing you ate?
8. Out of anyone in the world (survival experts excluded), who would you choose to be stranded on an island with?
9. What's in your purse right now?
10. What famous female figure, dead or alive, would you like to have over for tea?
11. Which book character would you change lives with for a week?



Monday, July 14, 2014

Invisible // Music Monday

Happy Music Monday! Today my song choice is "Invisible" by Hunter Hayes, a beautiful country song about how it feels to be different. {In case you didn't know this about me, I love country music! :) } This song is empowering, and I think it can serve as something of an anthem to girls and guys in high school who feel like they don't fit in. I might be going back to public school this fall for my junior and senior year, so there's another reason song has been resonating with me more than usual.
I find Hunter Hayes inspiring, and one of the biggest reasons is because he is such an amazing musician. Did you know he played all the instruments on his first album? That is just so cool.
Oh, and I also recommend his song "Flashlight"....  but I don't want to give too much away, so just listen to it and tell me what you think!!
Choice lyric from "Invisible": There's so much more to life than what you're feeling now.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Blackberry Cobbler

Hey! Just checking in today. How are y'all doing? My mom and brother and I might go get fro-yo later at The Fuzzy Peach, but I'm not sure yet. 

Remember last week when I posted about blackberry picking? Here's the result of all our hard work... what do you think?

P.S. Unfortunately, I cannot take any credit for making this cobbler. That goes to my grandmother Mary. Southern food is good stuff. <3

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Beautiful Day // Outfit Post

Look what I found in a window display downtown. :) Perks of being named after a country.
With my mom.

 With my grandmother.
At a park next to the library.
I put this outfit together really quickly (like less than five minutes), and I'll let you in on the secret: maxi dresses are all-in-one outfits. Sure, you could get super-creative and add a couple layers of gauzy tops and scarves and stuff, but you don't have to. Sometimes simple styling is best, like when you're crunched for time or don't have a lot of cash to spend on extras.
When I found this floppy hat in the top of my closet, I knew it would tie my sandals and dress together, and then all I had to do was throw on sunglasses. It's an easy look that is a step above the completely casual t-shirt and shorts combo... not that I don't sport that look often in the summer, too :)
So, do you have any easy styling tricks for these warmer months? Care to share?
Outfit Credits:
Purple dress: Fiancée, via
Dressing Your Truth
Sunglasses: ?? Dr. Bizers
Shoes: ??
Hat: Olsenboye
Title Credit: "Beautiful Day" by Jamie Grace, from the album Ready to Fly

Monday, July 7, 2014

This Is Amazing Grace // Music Monday

I love this song!! It is beautifully written and so fun to sing. Interesting fact about Phil Wickham: he is from San Diego, CA. Why is that interesting? Because he sounds SO British in this song. Listen and tell me you don't agree!

The lyrics in "This Is Amazing Grace" are powerful. The youth band at my church performs this song, so I spent a few minutes the other day going over the words, and my eyes were opened a little more to how moving the message is. Sometimes we hear the same message over and over and we start to take it for granted, but that is tragic.

Because this is AMAZING GRACE. This is UNFAILING love.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

blackberry picking.

So, the family's in this week, and we decided to head to the woods behind our house and search for blackberries on Wednesday. It went something like this:
Hey, Jeffrey. Ready to go?
 Trekking through the woods.

Pause to take selfie.

Getting closer... WHERE ARE THE BERRIES?
We have come to a fork in the road.

Oh, there they are. FINALLY!


Ready to make cobbler?! I'll let you know how it turns out... Meanwhile, head on over and check out the #9Things Challenge. It's easy and fun-- so DON'T MISS IT! :)
love forever,

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July 2014

Happy Independence Day from my home to yours!
 After all the craziness from Arthur yesterday, today it was completely sunny and calm. How does that happen? Anyway, the weather cleared up and the Southport 4th of July Parade went on as planned. Here are some cool shots: 

Marching band. BOOM BOOM BOOM.

South Brunswick High School U.S. Army JROTC.



Just clowning around. :)

Jeffrey is so cool he doesn't even have to try.

Family picture time!

Ending on a good note.
After the parade, we had a little block party at our neighbors' house, and my mom took her mom and aunt around downtown Southport for what may be the last time (not to get melodramatic or anything (; ). As I'm typing this to you, my dad and brother are off to see the big fireworks extravaganza on the river (the one on Tuesday was on the beach), which is cool. Honestly, I was too tired to even want to go! :)
Hope you enjoyed these pictures! It was a fun (although exhausting!) holiday for my family and me. How did you celebrate the 4th this year?
love y'all!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday // 4th of July 2013

Tomorrow is Independence Day! There has been some crazy, kinda scary weather in Brunswick County today, but hopefully it will pass and all the preplanned Southport festivities will go on as planned. In the meantime, I will regale you with pictures from last year's Fourth. And let me be the first to tell you, this is a BIG holiday in my little town.
My parents and little bro.

 Jeffrey+Facepaint.                                                       My mom and grandmother.

Dosher Memorial Hospital float.

Brunswick County Schools' Fourth of July Festival Band.

Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce float.

State Port Pilot's (the local newspaper) float.

Mom and me.
No promises, but I plan to post pictures of 4th o J 2014 tomorrow. Here's hoping!
Love always,

P.S. This is my second post today (landmark!), but I don't want you to miss the first one. Click here to view some really cool pictures of the fireworks at Caswell Beach this week.

Baby, You're a Firework

Happy July, everybody! In honor of Independence Day, which is (eep!) this Friday, there was a fireworks display at Caswell Beach on Tuesday night. Check out some of these pictures:

Before the show started. Look at the sunset... the glowing white blob in the sky is the moon.


I love how this pictures show the smoke in the background. Watching a fireworks display can be such an attention-grabbing experience.

This  one is beautiful against the velvety blue sky.

Here's a 1-minute glimpse of the 45-minute show. I hope you enjoy it. (Just so you know, the really loud boy who keeps hollering in the background is my brother. :) )
What are your plans for Independence Day???

Title credit: "Firework" by Katy Perry

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Inside Bullfrog Corner

"There is a charming little shop in Southport on the corner of Howe and East Moore called Bullfrog Corner. It's one of those quirky shops, crammed floor-to-ceiling with all kinds of toys, books, beach souvenirs, and candy. In fact, there's a little platform inside that leads to a room filled with everything from maple candies to gummies to chocolate-covered raisins. It's arguably the most intriguing part of the store, and that's saying something, considering there is some kind of merchandise covering every square inch of the place."

When I wrote that a couple weeks ago, were you intrigued? Just in case, I thought you might like to see some pictures... you know what they say about them being worth a thousand words.
(Sidebar: if you missed my #9Things Challenge yesterday,
DON'T MISS IT! I want all my friends with social media
profiles to participate. You can check it out here.)
Here is my grandmother Mary, kissing a frog next to the front door. Oh, Mimi, what has gotten into you?!

My brother Jeffrey is hamming it up here in the boys' toys section... imagine being five and having to pick out just one thing. It does not work well under time-sensitive circumstances.

The candy-shop-within-a-shop has a festive, old-timey feel, don't you think?
When I found a rack of Sesame Street hand puppets, I knew I had to take a selfie with one of them! (If you look closely in the picture below, you can see what I'm talking about.) They had Abby, Oscar, Ernie, Big Bird, Zoey.... and let me tell you, it was a tough call between Cookie Monster and Elmo. But in the end I had to go with the furry red guy. Elmo is just so sweet! (I'm into italics today, apparently...)

My Aunt Linda, walking over the puzzles, because there is no other place to walk!

Hope you enjoyed your virtual trip to Bullfrog Corner! Am I a good tour guide? I assure you, you would probably have a richer experience in person. Nevertheless, I wanted to find a use for these shots and thought a peek of Southport might be fun. Let me know if you want to see more posts like this!



Tuesday, July 1, 2014


1. Love

2. Grandmothers

3. Boats

4. Birds

5. The Sky

 6. Southport, North Carolina

7. Beautiful Cathedrals

8. People helping each other... out of love. (See #1)

9. Christmas Memories
QUICK! Your turn! If you have a blog, put together a post with the title #9Things with a list of... yep, you guessed it... 9 things that you find amazing. Then post the link below. Or, simply put your list on your social media account of choice (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google +, etc.) with the hashtag #9Things. Let's see if we can infuse some positivity into social media.
Amazing change can start with us. So let's get the ball rolling!!!