Tuesday, July 3, 2012

let's party.

ever get the urge to throw a party but after looking at the calendar realize there are no upcoming birthdays or events worthy of a shindig?

read carefully:

any reason is a good reason to throw a party.

at the end of this month shane and i are hosting an olympic games opening ceremonies party. guests have been asked to dress in red, white, and blue, but we'll be feasting on food and drinks made famous by countries from all over the world.

so, what are you waiting for? come up with a reason, any reason, to throw a party of your own. i can't imagine that you'd regret it.

Friday, June 15, 2012

more success.

friends! the stanley household is currently celebrating big things. not only are we still super excited about winning the tottini gift card, but we're also down twenty-five total pounds since school let out for the summer!


send good thoughts our way. some days are tougher than others. how long can one really spend on the elliptical machine, after all? still, seeing results on the scale and in the mirror is rewarding and very motivating.

i recently finished mark batterson's the circle maker: praying circles around your biggest dreams and greatest fears and shane is about half done with the book. i didn't start reading batterson's work with the intention of it being a weight-loss motivator, but it did just that and more. i wrote about it in more detail here.

no matter what your summer goals, i hope you're finding success. keep at it, and have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

we won.


thanks to justina blakeney and her fabulous blog, we are the grateful winners of a $100 gift card to tottini.com. browse justina's blog. she's fabulous. then, take a look at tottini. goodness gracious. preciousness abounds.

if you're curious, no, we're not pregnant. no, we're not even officially trying... yet. 

i'm a planner, though. remember? and, who doesn't love a good giveaway?

summer love.

thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you for your colorado suggestions, both here and on facebook. we're having so much fun planning and considering our options.

we've heard from several people that the red rocks amphitheater should be at the top of our list. shane checked the amphitheater's schedule to see if there were any concerts we'd even be interested in seeing during the time we're planning to visit, and i must admit that i shrieked a bit when i heard that florence and the machine will be there in late july. florence and the machine, people; one of my absolute favorites! tickets have been on sale since february which means there is a limited quantity left, and the tickets that are still available are $150. bummer, right? let's just say that the concert tickets are the newest addition to my growing birthday wish list.

i won't bore you with the entire list, but i'd love to share some of my absolute summer favorites. get ready for gorgeous overload...

Gumdrop Earrings / Kate Spade

i need these kate spade studs in every color... honest to goodness, every color.

this dooney & bourke "happy bag" is another must. choosing a color is overwhelming, but today i'm leaning toward the yellow. it's so happy, dainty, and cute. 

and finally, these topshop sandals make me smile. they're so adorable and fun, and i can imagine wearing them daily.

are you drooling yet? i am. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

planning a birthday adventure.

i love holidays, no matter the day or occasion. birthdays, however, have always been a bit troublesome. growing up, my birthday treat was a trip to tulsa for back-to-school shopping. i love shopping and tulsa in general; i always have. back-to-school shopping, though, is more a necessity than a treat, and with three siblings, my birthday treat always felt more like a, well, necessary back-to-school shopping trip for the four of us.

because i'm a bit of a planner and because i want to enjoy my birthday in its entirety, i've started meticulously planning birthday adventures for myself. sometimes they include shopping and occasionally they include tulsa, but they never resemble the back-to-school shopping days of old. my birthday has become a great excuse to get away, and shane appreciates that he isn't expected to plan some elaborate surprise.

this year, we're contemplating a road trip to colorado. i've somehow never been to this neighboring state, and a birthday adventure isn't really adventurous if you're not trying something new.

we haven't yet mapped our route or decided which particular cities we want to visit, but i'm currently compiling a list of things to see and do.

one of the things i'm most excited about is potentially visiting the stanley hotel in estes park. first of all, it's called the stanley hotel. that's pretty cool, right? i'm thinking a tour is in order, and if we're really brave, we may even stay a night there. the hotel is where stephen king's the shining was filmed, and it's said to be haunted by at least seven different ghosts. supposedly, while filming dumb and dumber, jim carrey was scheduled to stay at the stanley hotel but after checking in quickly decided to stay elsewhere. maybe the ghosts, much like myself, weren't impressed with his ridiculous facial contortions and expressions.

have you been to colorado? what else should we add to our list of colorado attractions to consider visiting? 

Monday, June 4, 2012

summer success.

friends! one week of summer has come and gone and the stanleys are down fourteen pounds!

we're working hard and praying hard and seeing good results.

celebrate with us!

we'll keep you posted on our progress.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

summer 2012 soundtrack.

two radically different songs are part of our summer 2012 soundtrack. both songs, however, have the power to make us dance (yes, i said us) regardless of the situation or setting. enjoy, friends!