Jul 30, 2010

Almost heaven, West Virginia!

As y'all read this, I am driving (yes, I'M driving) to West Virginia for my Grandparent's 60th Wedding Anniversary! This trip also took place last year and was wonderfully documented by my sweet cousin Ensley! You can read all about it here: We Put The Fun In Dysfunctional. Yes. I love my family. Then Sunday morning, I jet off to Denver for an Operation Smile with 398 of my closest friends from around the world! I am so excited to see some of my friends from school who I haven't seen all summer & to make new ones! See y'all next Friday!


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Jul 28, 2010

How to make a cute notebook!

I leave for an Operation Smile conference on Sunday morning and I wanted to buy a notebook to take notes during the guest speakers. So today, I went to Target. Normally I can find anything and everything I want there, but I didn't find a spectacular, Royar-appropriate notebook. So, alas, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I bought an eco-friendly 6" x 8" notebook for $2.99. 
Taking some of PM's preppy scrap-booking paper, I covered the front and back with some fab pink and lime green striped paper.

Then I matted a picture with pink card-stock and put it on the front, back and the two blank pages inside

Finally, I added my name to the front!

I can't wait to use it!

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Jul 26, 2010

And I love to hear that Roll Tide Roll

1. I Like It (ft. Pitbull) - Enrique Iglesias
2. Roll Tide Roll - Carter Hamric
3. All Over Me - Josh Turner
4. I'd Lie - Taylor Swift
5. Rain Is A Good Thing - Luke Bryan


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Jul 23, 2010

Things To Tell My Ten Year Old Self

Inspired by Emmy Lou over at Tales of an All-American Girl, here are ten things I would tell my ten-year old self:

1. Don't worry that you don't have a Juicy Couture jacket. They will go out of style in two years.

2. Don't try to shop at Abercrombie & Fitch. You will find nothing you like there anyway. Try Lilly Pulitzer and J. Crew.

3. Enjoy your field trips while you can, for one day your idea of a field trip will be walking to the library.
4. Spend more time with your grandparents and tell them that you love them; they won't be around forever.

5. Don't pay attention in Spanish class, you won't need ever need it. Instead, focus on more important things, such as enjoying recess.

6. You're not going to like that boy in middle school, so don't waste your time. He will turn ugly, while you will blossom into a graceful swan. Maybe. Don't quote me on that.

7. Try to make friends in your class and don't worry that your now 'BFF' is in another class. You'll hate her in a year anyway. Just sayin'

8. Next year you will have your first Cotillion. Prepare accordingly. Also, don't fret if no boys will dance with you. They will see the error of their ways soon.

9. Go to all of your brother's football games, even though you think they're boring, because one day he will graduate and there will be no more football games. Same goes for riding to school with him in the morning; although you think that they will never stop, they shall too one day.

10. Start riding horses again, because one day, homework and sports will dominate your life and you won't have time to.

PS Grow your hair out again. You look ugly. And I mean that in the most loving way possible.

What would you tell your ten year old self?


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Jul 15, 2010

Awards and a Giveaway!

I recently have received two awards! 

The Versatile Blogger Award from Pearls, Curls and a Southern Girl! Thanks so much!

The rules are to thank the person who gave you the award, share 7 things about yourself, and pass the award to 15 newly discovered bloggers!

Here are seven things about myself:

1. When I was in 6th grade, I went swimming with the dolphins at SeaWorld

2. I am a dedicated Alabama fan - Roll Tide Roll Song

3. I can run 40 yards in 6.1 seconds
4. I love to make friendship bracelets!
5. Top of the Hill Restaurant is my favorite place in Chapel Hill, NC (See post here: I love NC)
Top of the Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
6. I can't get anywhere without a Garmin or Google Maps
7. I have stood on the spot where JFK was shot
Elm Street

The 'X' on Elm Street

I'm bending the rules a little bit and tagging 15 of my favorite blogs!

2. Katie at Let's Be Preppy!
6. VA Belle at Virginia Belle
7. nMa at Miss Southern Prep
8. Ensley at Haughty By Nature
9. Miss Janice at Etiquette With Miss Janice
12. Holly at Holly Sails
13. M.R. at All Things Fabulous
14. Hillary at Collegiate Couture 

The Sugar Doll Award from Politically Sweet! Thanks so much!

The rules are to thank the person who gave you the award, share 10 things about yourself, and pass the award to 10 newly discovered bloggers!

Here are ten more things about myself:

1. At camp, I learned to kneeboard and I loved it!
 2. My lacrosse stick is a white Harrow P7 head on a navy blue Harrow Groove shaft
3. I did my 9th grade speech (a 5-7 minute persuasive speech on a topic) on Single-Sex Education, Pro
4. I am a Republican
5. I am working towards getting my boating license
6. My dream car is a hunter green Toyota 4-runner
7. I recently learned how to do a cartwheel
8. I am completely obsessed with Latin and will start my fourth year taking it this fall
9. When I grow up, I want to be either a Pediatric Radiologist or Oncologist.
10. I want a Sunfish sailboat with a pink and lime green sail for my 16th birthday
Right boat, wrong sail
All images found through google images
Once again, I am tagging 10 of my favorite blogs!

1. kHm at Queen Bee Swain
2. Beth at Social Climbers
3. sCe at Summer Wind
10. Holly at Collegiate Royalty

And finally, College Prepster is hosting an AMAZING giveaway! Run, don't walk to her blog and enter it! Seriously, who wouldn't want Monogram Personalized Wall Art, $25 dollar gift certificate for Vinyl Monogrammed Stickers, Lilly Pulitzer stationery and Whitney English stickers, Kiel James Patrick headband, AND a SURPRISE SUPER SECRET giveaway? 

That's what I thought.

Go enter. Now. You know you want to.

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Jul 12, 2010

I love beach music, always have & I always will

1. I Love Beach Music - The Embers
2. Dynamite - Taio Cruz
3. All I Do is Win - DJ Khaled
4. Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
5. Carolina Girls - Chairmen of the Board


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Jul 8, 2010

Sunny Anderson's Shredded Tex-Mex Salad

Another great recipe from the Food Network!

Butter, for preparing 8 by 8-inch glass pan
1 (8.5-ounce) box cornbread mix (recommended: Jiffy)
1 large egg
1/3 cup milk
1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 packet sazon seasoning
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup salsa
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 head romaine lettuce, cut into strips
Creamy Lime Dressing, recipe follows
1 1/2 cups grated Monterey jack cheese
1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar
Special equipment: glass trifle dish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease an 8 by 8-inch glass pan with butter. Stir together the cornbread mix with the egg and milk. Evenly spread into prepared pan and bake on the middle rack for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cool completely. Mix together the beans with the sazon and season with salt and pepper. Toss the salsa with the tomatoes. When ready to serve, cut the cornbread into 1/2-inch croutons. Toss the lettuce with 3/4 cups of the dressing. In a clear trifle dish, layer the Tex-Mex Salad beginning with the black beans followed by the Monterey jack cheese, the tomato salsa mixture, the Cheddar, the dressed romaine and top with the cornbread croutons. Serve the remaining dressing on the side.

Creamy Lime Dressing:
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup sour cream
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Special equipment: blender

Blend all the ingredients except the olive oil until smooth. While machine is running, slowly drizzle in the oil until incorporated. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Link to the recipe: Tex-Mex Salad


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Jul 7, 2010

What's On My Charm Bracelet?

Following a few blogs, I have decided to show case MY charm bracelet, plus a few pictures to accompany the charms! It is from James Avery, a craftsman out of Texas. PM, my Auntie, my cousin Meghan (pictured below) and I all have charm bracelets. It's a tradition of ours to always to go to James Avery when we are in Texas. Here are my charms, clockwise from right.

1. A starfish, for the beach.
2. A pineapple, the symbol of friendship from PM.
3. An angel which came on the bracelet when I received it.
4. A music note - I played piano for seven years and the harp/viola for one.  
5. The state of Texas, which is honestly my favorite place in the entire world.
The cousins and I at the Gaylord Texan
6. A star, for my late Uncle.
7. A horse, since I rode for about four years and would still love to get back into it.
Here I am at a show on Once Upon A Time
8. A running shoe for cross-country.
9. The number two, for my favorite baseball player, Derek Jeter. (Picture from here)

10. Sunglasses, from my cousin Meghan.
Meghan and I after Ice at the Gaylord Texan
11. A present, because that it what my charm bracelet was!
12. A flip-flop, because I wear my rainbows religiously.
13. A lion's paw shell, for the beach again.
14. 65, PB's football number.
PB and I, his senior year.
15. A riding helmet, I rode horses for about four years.
The day I won my first blue ribbon and I got reserve champion of my division.
16. And finally, a longhorn. HOOK 'EM HORNS! (Image from here)

What's on your charm bracelet?


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Jul 6, 2010

Tie One On!

Here are a few ties that I just love!

From Collared Greens, a very eco-friendly company:

Broad Street Tie
Maker's Tie
Maggie's Tie
Tucker's Tie
All images from Collared Greens
All images from Vineyard Vines


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Jul 5, 2010

I'm Gonna Make A Change, For Once In My Life

1. Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
2. Thank God I'm A Country Boy - John Denver
3. Dixie Land Delight - Alabama
4. On Top Of The World - Boys Like Girls
5. Buildings & Mountains - The Republic Tigers


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Jul 4, 2010

4th Of July


Happy 4th of July everyone!


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Jul 2, 2010

Serena and Lily

So I just discovered Serena and Lily...and I'm drooling already.

I don't have pictures unfortunately, but here the links to my favorites:

The George Duvet

The Frieda Duvet

The Catalina Duvet

The Marina Duvet

The Eve Duvet

The Oliver Duvet

The Fiona Duvet 

Aqua Trellis Sheets

Aqua Melon Mosaic Sheets

Aren't they fab?


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Jul 1, 2010

Paula Deen's BBQ Pork Sandwiches

A great recipe from the Food Network:

Dry rub:
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
1/2 tablespoon cayenne
4 pound shoulder pork roast
2 cup apple juice
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1/2 tablespoon liquid smoke
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
6 soft hamburger buns with seeds
Bbq sauce
Cole slaw

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Mix the dry rub ingredients in small bowl. Sprinkle dry rub all over the pork roast, pressing into the pork. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Combine liquid ingredients and the garlic powder in a medium bowl and pour into a large Dutch oven. Place pork in the oven and tightly cover with aluminum foil then lid. Roast for 4 hours or until fork tender and shreds easily. Brush the roast with cooking liquid every hour.

Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle. Shred the pork with a fork or tongs into bite size pieces.

Serve on hamburger buns topped with BBQ sauce and cole slaw.

Link to the recipe: BBQ Pork Sandwiches


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