Leslyn's Lovely Life: March 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

2012 Goal Update: March

Alrighty, folks. It's the end of March. Which means that it's time for me to give another report on how my 10 goals are going for 2012. So here we go!

I have been playing with my camera a lot this month- it's amazing to learn what such a tiny machine can do! Elizabeth at The Mustard Ceiling Blog just posted some awesome resources for new photographers (like me!), and I plan on spending most of today playing with my camera. I'm excited!

I wrote a song this month. Yes, it happened. But I'm not sure I love it yet. We'll see. :)

I'm finding more and more healthy and delicious recipes, which is exciting! And I love all of the fruits and veggies that are in season right now... I can't wait to find more recipes (thank goodness for Pinterest!).

I actually did a little bit of sewing over Spring Break (I'll be posting about it next week). Honestly, the only thing that's holding me back is that we don't have a fabric store anywhere close to where we live. Hopefully that will change, because I'm dying to sew SOMETHING!

The wedding dress reconstruction is coming along! I actually took the entire thing apart a few weeks ago, and I discovered that not only do I have enough fabric to make a cute summery dress, but I get to make a lace skirt! I want to make one that looks like this:

Gorgeous. I know!

I actually did some yoga this week, and I felt awesome afterwards. It was P90X, and I think I'm just going to stick with that for now.

I finished reading Mockingjay. And I wanted to cry because I was done with the Hunger Games. :( I also read "The Best of Me" by Nicholas Sparks, and it was pretty good! My goal for this month is to FINALLY finish 2 books that I started to read on our Honeymoon (8 months ago.... oops). The books are "Water for Elephants" and "Sarah's Key". I guess you'll find out soon enough whether or not I completed that goal! :)

Our house is definitely looking less rent house-ish! I finished our guest room and I am finding little things to add to our home! It's a wonderful feeling when you actually want to show off your house.

I've been working out a lot more, and I feel a gazillion times better. I have found so many awesome workouts through pinterest, and it keeps things interesting! If you're ever looking for inspiration, just go to pinterest, and I'm certain you will find a workout that will fit your schedule. Even if you only have time for a few push ups and crunches, it makes a difference.

And as for couponing? Well, I used a couple of coupons this months. I still can't get over how much money we threw away just for the sake of using coupons, and all of the random junk we bought ... I still have a box of Kid's Omega 3 fish oil chews if anybody wants them. Haha

Have a happy weekend!

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Teenager Closet Organization

As I told you in a previous post, I got to spend half of my spring break with my family in Houston. Well, I have THE most beautiful, precious sister, and her closet needed some serious help. So I took all of her clothes out of the closet, and threw them on the floor. Then I gave my sister the job of sorting through her clothes that she wanted to keep, and the ones she wanted to toss.

This is what I was left with in her closet:

And after hours of purging, piling, and sorting, this was what we ended up with!

Her sentimental toys are at the top of her closet, her art supplies are within reach, and her jewelry is all organized. There is absolutely no clutter. Which makes me very, very happy.


IHeart Organizing
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Winners and more link ups! :)

Thank you for the wonderful response to the giveaway! I am very excited to announce our winners:

The grand prize winner of the phone case and nail polish is Molly J.!
My 2 nail polish winners are Morgan P. and Calli W.!

Congratulations, ladies! I'll be contacting you within the next few days!

If you just LOVED the phone case (or some other items from Mixed Bag Designs) and you would still like to purchase something, please message me for info and I will order one for you!

Let's talk about High 5 for Fridays and The Nail Files!!

1. This color is AWESOME. It's called "Sugar Daddy" by Essie. It's a very sheer color, and just perfect for you more conservative gals!

2. I got to reorganize my sister's closet. To most people, this would seem like a nightmare. But I LOVED it! There's a post with the befores and afters coming very soon!

3. I got to take my students to see "The Wiz" at the Arkansas Repertory theatre, and they loved it! The entire production was absolutely fabulous, and I would recommend that you see it if you live in Arkansas!

4. I got to do a lot of baking this week (which I LOVE). I made my first pecan pie, and then I made a yummy strawberry cake for my sister-in-law (whose birthday is on Sunday).

5. After school, I'm going to be playing with my camera... a lot. And I'm going to work on future blog posts. To some, this might be a task. To me, it is such a fun part of my day!



The Nail Files
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Project 52.12

The theme is Hunger. And obviously, it's because of the Hunger Games movie being released (by the way, if you haven't seen it yet, you REALLY should!!! I was very pleased with it). But I just had to take a picture of our poor, empty fridge. I think this is a pretty good representation of "hunger". Don't you??


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Last Day to Enter!!!

Alrighty- today is the last day to enter my awesome giveaway! The phone case was shipped to my house yesterday, and it made me super duper excited!

Also, I'm sorry I've been MIA- I had the Praxis 3 yesterday, and that pretty much consumed my life. Get excited for yet ANOTHER closet makeover on the blog! Woohoo!

Happy Thursday!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Nails, a fab week, and MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Here are some things that made my week very happy.

1. It's Spring Break. I mean, that could be the only thing that I write, and it would do this post justice.

2. I finally got to "cash in" my valentine's day present- my husband gave me a spa manicure and pedicure! Which leads me to my photo from the Nail Files this week:

I decided to have my nails painted in Cajun Shrimp by OPI, and let me just say that I understand why everyone loves it so much! It's the perfect springy red!

3. I got my hair cut, when shopping with my grandma, and then got to hang out with my college roommates on Tuesday. What a happy day that was! :)

4. I am in Houston, spending time with my awesome family, and eating the most incredible Tex-Mex in the world (seriously, I really need to move to Texas).

5. Our front yard is finally looking green for the first time ever. It's luscious.

Okay, so let me share some exciting news with you. DJ and I are going to Brazil this summer with my dad's choir and orchestra! It's going to be an incredible mission trip, and we are soooo very excited about it! The church has been so gracious to provide us with a scholarship to help with the finances. However, we still have quite a bit of money that we each need to raise.

I decided to do a fundraiser through this wonderful company called Mixed Bag Designs! They have so many fabulous, 100% green products, and they are absolutely adorable! I got my phone case from there, and I get THE most compliments on it!

So I decided to do a little giveaway! And I'm doing a few things... First of all, the grand prize winner gets the awesome phone case and (because I always get the best responses to this nail color) Tart Deco by Essie! My 2 other winners will each get a bottle of the nail polish as well.

So please enter! You have a week to spread the news, you can tweet about the giveaway daily to get an extra entry! :)


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Thursday, March 22, 2012


Okay people, I am soooo VERY excited because I am in HOUSTON with my precious family! Today, I was at the Brazilian Consulate for a very, very long time so my marriage would be legal in Brazil, and after all of that I had to get a new passport for our Brazil trip this summer! After that, my mom and I ate at Chuy's (Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom is the most fabulous thing I have ever eaten in my life), we shopped at a few cute stores, got our HUNGER GAMES TICKETS (Team Peeta. All the way), got fro-yo, and now I'm working on getting my fundraiser ready... And to top it all off, I'm having my very first giveaway that starts TOMORROW! Woohoo!

I hope you have the most wonderful Thursday! Make sure to check back tomorrow for the giveaway, fun link ups, etc.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How Pinteresting!

Today, I am linking up with The Vintage Apple for how Pinteresting Wednesdays!

I found THE most incredible pasta recipe on Pinterest, and I just had to share it with you all!

It's Creamy, Cheesy, Garlic Pasta (Oh my word.... calories just can't count when you eat it. Divine).

Creamy Garlic Pasta
2 tsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp butter
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
3 cups chicken stock
½ lb spaghetti or angel hair pasta
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
¾ cup heavy cream
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

In a pot, bring the olive oil to medium-low heat. Add the garlic and stir, allowing it to cook for 1-2 minutes. Mix in the butter until melted. Add the salt, pepper and chicken stock. Raise the heat to high and let it come to a boil.

Once it is at a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook for as long as the box’s directions indicate. Reduce the stove to medium heat and mix in the parmesan until completely melted. Turn off the heat and stir in the cream and parsley. Serve immediately.


Cook it for yourself. Your boyfriend/husband. Your friends. A stranger. Whoever eats this will worship the ground you walk on. Babies will be named after you.... Okay, maybe I'm getting carried away. But that's the effect this pasta has on me. Sorry.


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Monday, March 19, 2012


Okay. I have been wanting to reveal this room for a very, very long time. The time has finally come. And I am giddy.

Let's look at the first before:

DJ's grandmother gave us this antique desk. It has a ton of storage space (it stores hair products, extra stationery, and a few art supplies). It matched perfectly with our old bedding (which, unfortunately, I don't have a picture of. It is the same color as the fabric on the bench).

I knew I wanted to go bold with the new color, so I just bit the bullet, called one of my roomies, and we painted it! I ordered these AWESOME Anthropologie knobs, and they are perfect with it. I was searching for the perfect fabric to put on the bench, and I finally found it last week!

Of course, I am one of those who can't stick with one thing for a long time (which explains why I will never get a tattoo), so I am saving up for one of these babies.

It's a Philipe Starck Louis Ghost Chair. It's beautiful. I might cry.

Moving on to the next before and after.... This is the only "before" picture of I have of this painting. It was a hand-me-down from my parents. It is HUGE, which is awesome. And the maroon (again) matched perfectly with the old bedding. But alas, we bought new bedding, and the maroon had to go.


So with a little bit of spray paint, leftover paint from other projects, and a little pinterest inspiration (Pinspiration, if you will.... wow, that was cheesy), I turned the "lily of the valley" into this.

I wish I had a before photo of this mirror... It was another hand-me-down from my parents. The frame of the mirror was this bronzey-black color. Kind of like the "before" frame on the lily of the valley. Compared to everything else in the room, it looked dated. So a little spray paint turned it into this!

I posted about sewing my own bedding... But all of the fabric would have cost me WAYYYY too much (like $200... and I didn't want to do all of that work and spend so much money). I found this bedding for only $70 at TJ Maxx. Talk about a steal!

I also posted about pretty storage, where I showed off some wonderful purchases at the Container Store. I didn't really get to talk about it, but I also bought this lamp for only $20 at HomeGoods! I'm obsessed.

I added a couple of lamps do the desk. I plan on ordering a few black and white photos from our wedding day (or engagement photos), and they will replace the mirror. That way, the desk will be a work space rather than a vanity.

What do you think??? I must say that I'm proud of it!

Have a happy Monday! :)

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Project 52.11

Theme: The Eyes of March

I figured that most people would take pictures (and some GOOD ones) of eyeballs, so I wanted to do something a little different. My husband and I took an impromptu trip to Memphis over the weekend, and as we were walking through the Memphis zoo, I looked up and saw this.

I knew this had to be my picture for the week.

This picture, however, reminds me more of the IDES of March..

That animal was staring into my soul, and seriously looked like it was about to attack me!!!!! It was a scary moment.

I'm sooooo excited about my posts this week! There's some good stuff coming up!


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Friday, March 16, 2012

Link Up: The Nail Files & High Five for Fridays

So I have been dying to try something different with my nail polish, and I came across this color this week:

"Tart Deco" by Essie.

It's a coral-y color (the picture just doesn't do it justice), and I think that it's going to be my spring color!!! I have gotten more compliments on this nail polish than any other color that I've worn.

Here are four more things that made my heart happy this week:

- This weather. It is just absolutely wonderful. I love getting to walk around in shorts and a t-shirt again. There's nothing like it.

- I finished all of the Hunger Games books. And I must say that I was absolutely blown away and in awe. I'm sad that the story is over now.

- I completed a 1000 piece puzzle this week. Nerdy? Yes. However, it's something that I've always wanted to do by myself, and I did it! Woohoo!!!

- I had one of those good cooking weeks. I tried a bunch of new recipes, and every single one of them was delicious. Get ready for some blog posts on those!

oh.... and I'll just add one more: AS OF 3:15, I WILL BE ON MY SPRING BREAK (cue the Hallelujah Chorus)!!!!!

Happy Friday! :)


The Nail Files

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Project 52.10

The theme: Be Still.

This little spot is actually on the property of the place where I seem to have the hardest time to be still. This is the cross country trail at my school. I felt the need to escape for a few seconds yesterday, and I found this spot. I realized that in the midst of chaos, I CAN find a place to be still.
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Goal Update: Month 2

At the end of last year, I posted my goals for this year. Last month, I gave you my first update , and I think it's time for another one!

I have been flying through books this year, and I am loving it! I read the first two Hunger Games books, and I am working on the third one right now. I'm taking my time, because I'm not ready for this love affair with the Hunger Games series to end. I have no idea what I'm going to read after I finish Mockingjay, so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

I have been cooking a lot of healthy food this month, and I am loving it. I feel like a different person, my skin and hair looks better, and I secretly love posting pictures of healthy meals on instagram, almost to say "Hey, check me out. I eat healthy food." Wow I'm weird.

Our house is seriously almost to the point to where there is nothing that we can do (within our limitations) to improve this house. Although I'm pleased with how everything is looking, it can be a little frustrating, knowing that I am very limited in what I can do. I never considered myself decor savvy, but Pinterest has sparked so many ideas that I am dying to try, but I can't. At least not while we live in our rent house.

I have been working out a lot more recently thanks to the beautiful weather (long walks + talking to your best friends on the phone = a perfect excuse for exercise) and due to my new favorite app, Nike Training Club. It's free, and it has the most incredible work outs. Each time you complete a work out, it logs into this Nike account, and once you reach a certain goal, you get some pretty cool rewards (recipes, celebrity workouts, etc.). I highly recommend it, no matter how athletic (or non-athletic) you are.

I co-wrote a song with a student for her senior project. So we are getting closer to becoming the next T-Swift, but let's keep it real- it will be a loooong time before I get to that point. But hey, it's PROGRESS!

So pretty much, I seriously need to hop on the Yoga and wedding dress reconstruction bandwagons. But I must say that I'm proud of the fact that I have been working on my goals very diligently, and that I haven't given up on any of them! I guess having readers as accountability partners will do it for ya. :)

Are you having a hard time keeping up with your goals for 2012? What do you do to motivate yourself?

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Pretty Storage

So the hubby and I were really excited when we had quite a bit of money that we got to spend at the Container Store (aka heaven), and I knew exactly what I wanted to spend it on: pretty storage.

I wish I had a "before" picture of where my art supplies were. They were in one of those plastic drawers that you get from Wal-Mart. Although it held all of my items, there was nothing pretty about the display. So I got this lovely little bin!

Next, I purchased a magazine holder (along with this AWESOME lamp from Home Goods). Our magazines were all over the house. So I decided to cut out articles, recipes, etc. from old magazines and file them based on their category (they're in a binder). Now, my most current magazines are in the holder, and our guests can enjoy them whenever they stay with us!

I also purchased a little stationery holder. I had quite a bit of wedding stationery left over, so I have those on display right now. The rest of my stationery is put away in a box, and easily accessible.

I am very proud of our pretty storage! And just to get you excited about an upcoming post: Our big guestroom makeover reveal is coming up soon! Here's a little preview of our "after":


IHeart Organizing
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Thursday, March 1, 2012

DIY Designer Wellies

Have you ever had that ONE project that you were dying to finish, but you were missing one vital part? Well, that happened to me. About a month ago, on a Saturday when my husband was working (I still hate tax season), I had the brilliant idea to make my own version of these.

Why don't I just buy these, right? Welllll, first of all, they cost over $100 dollars, and they would take forever to arrive because they are made in England (but seriously, the price tag was enough for me to not buy them). I looked EVERYWHERE in Monticello for plain, black rain boots. And nobody had them. I'm not joking. So I had to drive all the way to Little rock to get them.

I took my grommet kit, and put two grommets in each boot....

And put ribbon through the grommets! THAT'S IT!

Why do I loooove these boots? I can change the ribbons whenever I want. Oh, and all of the items cost me $20.

Now I just need some rain so I can show these babies off.. and LEAP in a big puddle (Project 52.9 reference).


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