Thursday, May 31, 2012

Safe Haven

Y'all i am PUMPED for this film.
Gotta wait until 2013, of course!
I have loved each of his books & movies.
My summer will be filled with finishing The Best of Me and a few earlier ones I skipped.

Happy Thursday!

--sign up for the koozie swap here :)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


I'm loving... season! Even though they were rained out :(

...I finally found some cherry bomb shorts! I just hope they fit! Any fit advice on walsh shorts? I've heard mixed reviews...

...puppy play dates with Miss Sally and Jessi!

...our Koozie Swap! Sign up!! :)

...these Pinterest finds:


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Baseball Season Begins & Reminder

I'm off to Richmond tomorrow and then to Martinsville to see a whole lot of this:

and to see this boy: 

last year in martinsville

Summer baseball officially begins tonight.
Now is when my life is consumed by: baseball games, Chick-fil-a (the only good thing they serve at the games), Applebee's (one of two adequate restaurants in m'ville) and starting next!
I am also trying to fit in lots of tanning, running & reading! I'll let you know how that goes.
I have to admit it. I love summer.

Don't forget to sign up for the Koozie Swap!!

p.s. sorry so many blog changes...I was A.D.D. last night...I swear I'm going to break down and buy a premade template in June!


Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Koozie Swap!

Happy Monday everyone! 

I am excited to announce that Katie and I are teaming up to bring you a koozie swap! With those hot summer days heading our way, what better way to celebrate than by making a new blog friend and getting one of summer's most fun accessories?

Guidelines for the Koozie Swap:

1. Leave a comment on Simply Sarah (this blog!) or His Diamond and Mine with your first name, e-mail address, and blog URL. Please make sure to comment no later than June 5th at midnight, if you want to participate!

2. The limit for the swap is $15 before shipping!

3. We will be e-mailing you your swap partner between June 6th and June 8th. You will need to get in touch with them to exchange addresses and talk about favorite colors, etc.

4. Make sure to have your package mailed by June 30th. This gives you plenty of time to order koozies and get them to your partner! 

5. We will be hosting a link-up on July 8th to show off the fun swap items!

Not sure where to find Koozies? Here are a few suggestions: 

Etsy is a great place to look, too!

Let us know if you have any questions! We are super excited to host!


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

Yes, the pools are open.

Yes, the stores are all having sales.

Yes, summer vacation has officially begun.

Yes, I can't wait to have a cook out.

Yes, I'm excited to wear red, white & blue at every chance I get.

However, I encourage everyone to pause for a moment and remember the purpose behind Memorial Day.
To give thanks for the men and women who have sacrificed everything to serve our country and protect our freedom so that we may live in peace. We will always remember their courage and strength.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
John 15:13
Everyone stay safe this weekend -- and wear sunscreen! :)  
Head on over to Prep In Your Step for an awesome Frat Collection giveaway!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday's Fancies & Special Announcement

Happy Friday!

Today's Friday's Fancies with {av} from {long distance loving} is:
Memorial Day Weekend!

If I had time and money to shop and somewhere fun to be, here is what I'd wear!
Memorial Day

I am a huge fan of red, white and blue. I also love me some chinos from J. Crew, featured in this set!

Be on the lookout Monday for a fun, summer announcement! :)

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Making The Most Out of Summer

Since my summer time is somewhat limited before summer work starts (and I'm working the majority of the day, every day) I've been trying to make the most out of every day! This is also because Steven leaves on Saturday for Martinsville where he stays until August to play baseball. He lives with a host family and has games every single day either in Martinsville or throughout North Carolina - with the exception of two games in Petersburg.
I'm definitely going to miss hanging out with him like I have been the past couple of weeks since school let out, but I know how much fun he has with the team, so I'm happy for him!
The games are actually pretty fun - almost like a minor league game with fun things in between innings, mascot races, themed nights, etc.
Anyway, here's what I've been up to!


started back up running - and even convinced Steven to come along

gone out for breakfast

had a barbeque with the family

stayed out late for live music

enjoyed the best burger in the NRV

gone 30 minutes for delicious ice cream & candies

spent some lazy mornings watching TLC

What are you doing to make the most out of summer?
If only the rain would leave, I could do more outside!

Only two more days of school for the little ones! I can't believe how early we're getting out! I'm not complaining ;)

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sweet Tea Paperie Has Done It Again...

Y'all know that I love Sweet Tea Paperie. All of their products are just up my 'style alley'...and monogrammed, of course!

Two of their newest products have me so excited for next semester!

Monogrammed Post-It Notes
You can get these post it notes in two sizes and six different colors! I'm a post it/note pad/note cube hoarder. These are definitely finding a home in my desk very soon.

Monogrammed Jot Pad
These, too, come in two sizes and six colors. I'm thinking mint green for the jot pad! My to-do lists just got 10x cooler!

Available colors:

Has anyone ordered these yet?
If not, click here and get shopping!


Friday, May 18, 2012

Fill In The Blanks!

Happy Friday! :)

I'm having the best day so far -- that's why I'm blogging so late!

1.  Something that is very near and dear to my heart is,   fighting cancer    .

2.      FRIDAY!   is good cause to celebrate .

3.  The most fun I ever had was     finishing my half marathon  .

4.  True friends are     easy to catch up with and stick to who they are  .

5. Something that makes me terribly happy is       knowing i'm a senior & hearing jokes told by five-year-olds  .

6. A good way to spend a sunny day is     out on a boat on the lake  .

7.  My favorite celebratory food is   funfetti cupcakes  .


Monday, May 14, 2012

Instagram Recap

Recently, I...
welcomed home steven

celebrated david's 21st

went on a ride with sadie in the truck

shared a slice at benny's

indulged in homemade (by brother) blueberry crepes on mother's day

watched my brother paint this for mom for mother's day

thought i had picked a winner...

...was let down

ate at IHOP at 1:00 am

cooked dinner {taco casserole} with steven

baked peanut butter blossoms

Summer is off to a great start! 

Now time for The Bachelorette!