Monday, January 7, 2013

I've Moved

Hey Yall!

I've officially moved to WordPress! Hopefully most of you will be redirected automatically, but if you're still using my old Blogspot web address, it won't happen - so please update your bookmarks, feeds, etc...

New site: http://www.southernaccentblog.com

RSS Feed Address: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ASouthernAccent

See you on the other side!


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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Years Resolutions Attention Deficit Disorder


My mind is already a confusing mess of what I want to accomplish in 2013. And it seems like every other hour, I think of something new or read someone's idea and say "Hey, I'm gonna do that in 2013."

Overachiever, not so much. But I do get excited this time of the year to start anew, symbolic as it is, and have an excuse to step back for a minute, press the hold button and think about what I want for the next 12 months.

My 2012 goals were to get a promotion (check) while maintaining good work/life balance (check), and lose thirty lbs (not checked). My blog took a bit more of a back seat in 2012 as other items came to the front and I worked on that balance, but hopefully 2013 will provide the opportunity to spend more time here growing my online friendships and sharing my stories/projects/news...

For 2013 I jump from wanting to save, save, save so I can either completely redo my house in 2014 or move to a new house ... to wanting to travel to NYC again in the Spring and the mountains in the Fall with many beach trips in between (spend, spend, spend).

I've had the goal of losing weight each new year as long as a can remember. This year I'm taking a page from my friend Jenny's book, who got into running last year through a local program called RunBuds. It's a program run by a local running shop, Bull City Running, and we will run every Monday night for ten weeks, at a pace that fits us. I'm hoping I get the running bug like Jenny.

I want to learn to live with less, appreciate what I have been given more, and step away from the social media that sucks me in. I need to not compare myself with others and not buy the Tory Burch shoes that I think are ugly and way too expensive just because it's seen as a status symbol.

I want to set a Godly example for my son and husband, to ensure our family is on the right path. I'm researching a verse of the year that will be our mantra. I'm seriously thinking about checking out another church. I love where we are now, but Walker and Mike just aren't connecting with it like I am, and we need to do what is best for the family. I'm planning to check out The Summit this weekend - anyone holla if they will meet me there and tell me what to do - I hate looking like the awkward newbie. Walker has a lot of friends at his school that go there and it sounds very much like our church now, so hopefully it will be a good fit for us. We just don't know anyone that goes to our church right now, which makes it harder to get involved.

I want to grow stronger friendships. Being a working mommie, I don't have as much time for coffee and play dates, which leaves some friendships a bit more shallow than I'd like. As my best friend lives several states away, I want to continue to grow strong friendships locally and preferably with a mom that has a child/children my age. I sometimes feel like they are all off having play dates without me. Anyone else with me or am I just paranoid?

Pin less, do more. I've got great pins and sure they are all great ideas, but really what's the point if I don't do any of them? So I started a board that I report on which pins I acted on in real life to hold myself accountable. Sure, we don't have to do everything we pin, but one every 50 or 100 pins would be nice, am I right?

 Ok, I think that's enough for now. I could keep going, and maybe I will in another post...



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Sunday, December 30, 2012

December 30th

It's the quiet days that sometimes get to me. I just got off the phone with my mom. I told her I have cabin fever. She said, "You probably won't be someone who should retire."

I replied, "I don't ever plan to".

This year Christmas was a bit slower, a bit quieter than usual. Maybe because everyone is getting a bit older, there are no babies around to cry or wail, and my grandparents seemed so feeble. With my uncle's passing this year, Mike having to work the day after Christmas and my dad not around - such a significant absence of the male figures that had always been there over the holidays.

My mother had bronchitis, and my nephew the flu. Walker and I both ended up with awful colds that we're still trying to get over.

My parents were kind to one another, amicable and friendly.

The presents were plentiful and Santa exceeded expectations.

The three sons/cousins/grandsons were happy and hyper.

So much buildup, and it always goes by too fast. I've taken the tree down, started painting the family room a new color. New, fresh paint always does me good.

Here's to happiness in the new year. I've got lots of goals already...stay tuned...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Last Minute Gift Idea

If you still haven't purchased that teacher gift, the present for your mother-in-law, sister-in-law, niece, best friend...heck buy one for yourself...

Let me suggest my brand new digital print! 

For this week only - if you buy one print, you get a free Kiss My Grits digital print! Digital prints are fast - easy and affordable. You buy, I send you the print via e-mail, you print and frame and that's all there is to it! Or, for a long-distance friend, you can even forward the digital file directly to them for printing! (But please only do it once per purchased copy)...

This one is even more fabulous because it's black and white - and goes with anything and everything!

Check this one out - along with many more prints in my shop here! And head on over to Erin and Nina's blogs to enter to win a fun giveaway from my shop as well!




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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Card 2012 (Or The Things I Make My Family Do)

Walker's now at the age he doesn't like mommy taking pictures of him. He finds mommy "annoying" at those times.

Gone are the days I can dress my little guy in a cute red and green outfit, with cute little green trees on his pants and have him pose with Christmas ornaments and Santa Claus.

So for this year's Christmas card, I needed to get creative.

So I trekked on over to Michaels and picked up some fake snow and a couple of styrofoam balls and decided I'd let Walker have a snowball fight with me and his dad and hope I could get some good pics out of it.

He was down with my idea.

Of course, we got a lot of good outtakes on this one...and it was funny because I had him all dressed up for winter, but it was actually pretty warm out (yep bare feet - we keep it real).



 
But the winner and my fave had daddy sprinkling fake snow over Walker's head while he threw "snowballs" at me.  I've gotten several perplexed e-mails and calls asking me where in the world we went that it was snowing.

 
Merry Christmas Yall!









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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Wreath-Making Party

My fabulous friend Laura is probably the most creative person I know. So when she says she's going to throw a wreath party, you know it's going to be good.

To entice moms to volunteer for our upcoming school fundraiser and show them how cool it is to work with the fundraising committee, several moms got together and threw a wreath-making party. We invited school moms to come to a local clubhouse, bring a bag of fresh greenery from their yard and learn how to make a wreath. And who knew it would be so easy to make a gorgeous wreath for next-to-nothing (I'm talking the kind of wreath you pay $75+ for in the stores and nurserys)...

The clubhouse didn't have much to work with, so we got creative and wrapped the bookcase filled with trophies - and we went tacky on this in case anyone thought we were serious...but the centerpiece was the best. Laura found it at Anthropologie I think and bought it right off of the display...


























We also had a cute little hot cocoa bar available for everyone, which was a lot of fun! Thanks goodness for Pinterest - how did we throw parties without it!!





















When the guests arrived, we gave each of them a wire wreath frame and some floral wire we'd pre-cut at about 8 inch lengths and showed them how to make individual bundles (to ensure you have enough to go all of the way around) and then wire to the frame. It was wonderful to see how different the wreaths turned out - all using stuff from our yards!

*Edit - How did we know how to make a wreath? Well, we did a test the week before to try it out! It's so easy - you really just take some of the greenery and make small bunches and wrap the wire around the bunches. Then you can lay them around the wreath frame to see how it looks before you actually attach it to the wreath - making the little bunches is key because you'll know how much you need and how it looks before you go through the trouble of attaching the greenery to the wreath form.

Here's a pic of the work area - all you need is wire, a wreath form, some garden shears, greenery and gloves if you want. One of ladies went to another wreath party and they used these great wreath forms that you just clip the greenery to - no wire required! I think I'm going to buy one of these next year to try! (Excuse the iPhone pics...)



Here's my final product...love how it turned out!! I used boxwood from the front and back yard, pine, holly and pine cones that are trying to take over my back yard! Then I just wired on a bow I made from a roll of ribbon!








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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Meet Susie

Let me introduce you to a new blog that will provide you plenty of pee-in-your-pants laughter - For Whom the Belle Tolls.

Its hilarious author Susie recently contacted me to set up her blog and create a cute header to get her started. I asked Susie to write a post to introduce herself to my readers, and this is the fabulouness she came up with. Enjoy....and go read her blog for some great stories...



Just the facts ma'am: born and raised in the great state of Georgia, I am a true Southern belle who loves all things prissy, frilly and frou frou. My family has self-diagnosed me with OCD, which I call HOE...highly organized and efficient. That's right, I am a proud HOE. I graduated from Clemson and adore everything about it. My blood runneth orange. I married my mom's college roommate's son (take a minute, that one's tricky to diagnose) whom I met when our moms reunited after 20+ years and quickly realized they had some matchmaking to do.

My hubs turned out to be a serious workaholic, which allowed me to "retire" at the ripe old age of 29 - a full year before the goal of 30 I set for myself! I am now a very happy housewife and my only child thus far is our 16 pound ball of canine chaos, our bichon frise Cotton. As you will quickly come to know, I decided to start blogging because my life practically begs for it. These things write themselves, and truth really is better than fiction.

Rather than write an autobiography (yawn), I thought it more helpful and much more entertaining to give you some commandments, in addition to the Big Ten, that I like to live by...also known as the ten commandments for the fantastically fabulous (hey, no where did I write that I was humble, 'kay?).

1. The higher the hair, the closer to God. I heard a Real Housewife last week incorrectly state that the higher the heel, the closer to God. Nice try, but anyone can buy a pair of really high heels. Big hair can only be achieved by the perfect combination of hot rollers, teasing and aerosol hairspray. It's an art.

2. Mind thy mom and thy manners. Both are trying to keep you looking classy and out of trouble.

3. Thou shalt enjoy thy guilty pleasures. Personally, I love Days of Our Lives, Diet Coke and beauty pageants, to name a few. I am a future Wheel of Fortune contestant just waiting to be discovered.

4. Thou shalt resist the urge to strangle thy spouse and/or give thy dog away free to the first taker. Men and dogs are very similar species in that both will eat almost anything, constantly get into mischief, require a good deal of obedience training, and will fall asleep at any given time, circumstance or argument be damned.

5. Thou shalt not steal another woman's boyfriend or her bargain. Life is hard enough for us without the bad juju of stealing someone else's beau, and heaven forbid you steal her Neiman Marcus for Target collection find out of her cart while she isn't looking. Believe in karma, because if you don't, it will come back to bite you right in the butt.

6. It it sparkles or shines, thou shalt adore it. Rhinestones, glitter, bright lights, sequins, and lest we forget, diamonds. I love it all because it just makes life more fun. And pretty.

7. Thou shall start thy diet on Monday. Never refuse a cocktail or a shared dessert with a friend in the name of losing that last five pounds. Life is too short, and cocktails and dessert are too much fun. They should not be passed by, particularly on those holiest of days, the weekend. You can go back to your Crystal Light and rice cakes on Monday.

8. Honor thy lips and thy lip gloss. I once read that Will Rogers said, "Live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip." As tempting as it is, word always gets out. So be careful what comes out of those lips, and while you're at it, swipe on some lip gloss. I never met a woman who didn't look better with a touch of gloss.

9. Love thy neighbor, or at least pretend to when you see them on the street. It's the right thing to do in the name of Southern hospitality. Plus, it makes walks to the mailbox less awkward. And while we're at it, if someone says hello to you in passing, you are morally obligated to say hello in return. Anything less is tacky, and no one wants to be labeled tacky (unless you're Dolly Parton or Nicki Minaj, in which case, do what you feel).

10. Remember football season and keep it holy. Here in the South, college football is filled with pomp and pageantry. Rivalries can divide husband and wife, brother and sister, even mother and child. We take it seriously and we do it right. So put out your best gourmet tailgate, pack up the cooler, and put on your cutest outfit in your team's colors. Dress need not be comfortable, mind you: you are not actually playing any football. All you need to be able to do is sip and socialize. Because no matter what anyone may tell you, that's what it's really all about.

And there you have it. So the next time you pass a flat-haired woman without lip gloss, who doesn't say hello because she's cranky from not eating dessert, maybe share this with her and give her a nudge in the right direction. I'll leave it at that, because commandment number eleven is: never tell them everything you know. Wink.



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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

In Walker's Words

"Mom, how old are you? I can't ever remember 
because you look 17..."

How I love this child...


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Christmas Gifts: The Best Bag

Two years ago I won a Kelly Moore bag through a random Twitter contest. I'd been eying her bags for a while, but hadn't yet pulled the trigger to purchase one on my own.

If you don't know about Kelly Moore bags, let me introduce you to the most versatile, beautiful, well-made and sturdy bags you've ever seen.

Seen I'm a bit of a bag lady in that I like to carry EVERYTHING around with me. But I only like to carry ONE bag at a time. And my Kelly Moore bag fits everything - including my laptop - perfectly. I have the Two Sues bag in Walnut - and it goes with everything too. Not a week doesn't go by that I don't get a compliment on this bag.


Kelly Moore bags were created to use when carrying cameras - which I use mine for as well when I carry mine with me - but since I'm not anything close to being a professional photographer, I use my purse for other things too.  And I use it every day - and it is still in perfect condition - just like the day I bought it!

And just because it's for photographers doesn't mean it won't work perfectly for the mom on the go. For example - the pocket that is supposed to be used to carry memory cards for your camera is perfect for Nintendo DS games. Walker is the one that came up with that idea....
So how exciting is it that Kelly Moore is having a Black Friday sale that will give you $25 off any Kelly Moore bag????



I'd suggest you pick up one in every color and give them away (but keep your fave for yourself!) Or at least drop some huge hints to the hubby before Friday!
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Free Christmas Printable

I know, I know...it's not even Thanksgiving yet...

But here's a little gift from me to you, via our favorite Christmas villian...The Grinch! Just click on the picture to download a high resolution version for printing! And don't forget to check out my other prints (great for gift-giving) in my Etsy shop here.



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