Monday, August 22, 2011

The Perils of Pregnancy...

As of Friday....Baby H is officially at 15 weeks!

According to, Baby H is the size of an orange this week - approx. 4 inches! So crazy to know that little life is forming inside of me! God is amazing and does such cool things!

Casey and I have been so busy lately with working on the new house, living with our parents, working in general, and so on...that we really haven't done much baby stuff or talked a whole lot about the baby! We just tell eachother how excited we are and all of that...but haven't focused much on it. I really still don't feel like I am pregnant since I haven't been sick or anything (the only thing affecting me at the moment is hunger pains and fatigue) ...........until TODAY.....when my pants officially wouldn't button! I FINALLY had to whip out the BellyBand! I bought it about three weeks ago but never used it because I didn't think I was pregnant enough yet.... but today was a slightly different story!

It's an odd thing to gain a little weight during your first pregnancy. I have always been a smaller person - about 5'1" and 105 pounds. Now it's okay to gain that baby weight but it's still odd when you have always tried to keep yourself FROM gaining weight! There are about 5 girls that I see on a regular basis at church that are as far along as I am, give or take two weeks and are showing a lot more than me - clearly I have been sucking in my baby belly! Is that normal?!?! It's just such an odd thing for me! I'm not ashamed of it or anything....I feel like I should hide it a little while longer and that I'm not far along enough to really have a baby bump yet! HA - I'm four months along!!!!

Oh the perils of being pregnant....I just had to share!

Have you had this issue or one like it?! I would love to hear!!!



Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Fabulous Five - Nail Polish Edition

Do YOU have a signature nail color that you ALWAYS gravitate to? I feel like the same goes with nail polish as it does with perfume - every girl should have a signature color/scent that is yours to claim! Mine? Yeah... I am still debating... my signature has usually always been just to go with a clean, simple, classic french manicure. But...from time to time, I have to change it up a little bit! Yesterday, I had a day off and decided it was WAY past pedicure time for this momma! I decided to run to Ulta and grab some polish to take with me so that I could do touch-ups if I needed to in a week or two. I scoped out all different colors of polish and even asked my Facebook friends what their faves were!

Here is my list of my new top five go-to nail polish colors - minus the french manicure of course!!!

I really like this because it's a pretty light ballet pink WITHOUT any shimmer to it! I love the opaque-ness!
ESSIE Fiji, 0.5 OZ

(Touring America Collection)
Why?? Because I have recently gained an addiction for the color navy! This will be great for Fall toes!

A lot of times I have a dark pink on my toes - especially in the spring!

A GREAT color for fall! I love this tone of gray!

What a timeless red! It's a great color for any season of the year! Southern girls love our red nailpolish!

Now it's your turn!! What are your most favorite nail polish brands and colors to turn to?!

Happy Friday!



Saturday, August 13, 2011

College Days...

This post is specifically dedicated to ALL of my Ouachita Baptist University friends. May we always be friends matter where we are and what we are doing!!


Earlier I was thinking back about college, all of the fun we had, and the memories that were made. Here were some of the memories VIVIDLY that came back to me...see if you remember these as well as I do....

  • The monsoon/flood of finals week - May 2003 (RIP the blue bug)

  • The drowning of Mandy's explorer in the river - finals week/graduation week - May 2006

  • Longest EEE meetings ever....

  • Any time spent at the Marks' house boat

  • Many beer runs to Hot Springs

  • The Pink Palace

  • Orange juice from a milk jug in the middle of the living room

  • Circle of death

  • Miss Arkansas - and the parties afterward

  • Long nights of weary Tiger Tunes practice and spying...

  • Champagne Campaigns

  • Lip Gloss Cellys

  • Q Dawg Inn

  • Any time spent at the V - with or without beer being spilled all over you...

I know that there are many more...but these are the first ones that came to mind! Leave comments with other memories if you think of any! I would love to hear them!

Happy Saturday!



Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Fabulous Five - Hair Essentials (One Day Late!)

I started this post yesterday and NEVER got a chance to finish! it is a day late!

Think about the hair stuff that you HAVE to have in order to get your mane looking good every day! What are the things that you cannot live without?!

Well...I put together a little Fab Five list of my top hair must-haves just for you!

Here Goes...

1. BIOSILK - seriously...if you have never tried this to Target or wherever right now and splurge a little on this little bottle of miraculous clear liquid! A little bit goes a LONG way...but massage this into your hair while it's wet and when you blow-dry you will notice a huge silky difference in your strands! It's amazing! Go get some...NOW!

2. AUSSIE THREE MINUTE MIRACLE - gone are the days when I didn't care about which conditioner I would use. I LOVE this stuff! At about $3 a can you NOT? Again...a little goes a long way with this product! I notice a huge difference in my hair when I use makes it soft and shiny but it doesn't seem to weigh my super thick hair down! smells good too!

3. MY FAMOUS TEASING COMB - ( doesn't laugh at you or tell you's used to TEASE your hair) You really cannot tell from this picture, but it actually has three offset rows of bristles. It does an AMAZING job of grabbing your hair and teasing it perfectly! Keep in mind...if you went to Ouachita Baptist University, are from Arkansas, or Texas....we ALL love big hair! This is the perfect thing to have on hand! You can find this comb at Sally Bauty Supply for really...I am pretty sure it's under $2! Grab a few and give them to friends...I do! If you don't know how to tease your hair yet....I am sure you can find plenty of youtube tutorials!

4. CHI FLAT IRON - need I say more? If you use a flat iron and haven't splurged on a Chi yet... you DON'T know a good hot flat iron! For example...I didn't dry my hair completely last night, so I woke up with a funky wave to it. Woke up, straightened with my Chi, and now I am at work with perfectly straight hair!
5. AUSSIE INSTANT FREEZE HAIRSPRAY - a must have for sure! I don't like those stupid hairsprays that say that they are a hard hold hairspray and you can't even feel them in your hair! This stuff is not heavy...but you know it's there and it holds REALLY well! I love this! Everytime I buy it, I go ahead and grab two's under $ it's a great hair product to keep on hand!

Well folks...there you have it! What are YOUR favorite go-to hair essentials?! I want to know! I am always looking for things to add to my collection of must-haves!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I am off to work for the day!

Updates on the house and baby to come later!



Thursday, August 11, 2011


Have you ever encountered the famous Blue Dog paintings by George Rodrigue???

I absolutely LOVE these whimsical prints! I think it might be fun to have a few prints framed in the baby's room! There are ALL different Blue Dog where Blue Dog is at the Whitehouse, Blue Dog riding a motorcycle, Blue Dog in a hurricane. Blue Dog with his friends, etc! You could pretty much find a Blue Dog to go with anything!

Blue Dog even has a series of children's books now and they are ADORABLE!

If you have a family of dog will definately need to grab these! Check them out on Amazon! They have names such as: Why Is Blue Dog Blue? , Blue Dog Speaks, Are You Blue Dog's Friend?, Blue Dog Man, etc! Love them!

So when you get Blue Dog art work...I know you will fall in love too!

Contemplating tomorrow's Friday Fave Five post... what do you think my topic should be tomorrow? Places to shop? Ingredients to cook with? Toiletry essentials? Favorite websites? Books? I need some help deciding!

What do YOU want to know about?!

Happy Thursday!



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I Hope To Be...

...i hope to be a cute little prego momma like these celebs...

i am so ready to be out of this semi-pudgy stage and get on to having a

baby bump! i am so sure that when i actually do have a baby bump,

i will be singing a different tune!

hope you have a lovely wednesday!



Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Fabulous Five!


I am sure that you all are looking forward to the much needed weekend as much as I am!

As I was putting on my make-up this morning, I started going through my make-up bag and noticing things that I felt like I just could not live without in my morning routine. I thought that I might put together a little list of my top five make-up picks! Here goes...


My newest and most recent must have item : Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara

I love THICK black mascara! This stuff is perfect since it has two brushes included (and did I mention that they both fit in the tube at the same time?!). One brush is for length and one is for thickness. The lengthening brush is good for a soft day-time look and the thickening brush is good for a night-time look. Let's face it....I use the lengthening first and then the thickening on top of that in order to get the best of both worlds! I love this stuff! It doesnt get gunky and it stays on really well all day long!

My Must Have of All Time : Mac Lipglass in PRRR

I love the thickness of this specific lipgloss. One tube will last a very long time and it is actually a flattering color on everyone! It's a light pink with a little hint of gold shimmer. If it's a windy out for your hair getting stuck in this thick stuff!

My Super Cheap Must Have : Fabuliner

Okay seriously.....I love the look and they saying power of liquid eyeliner but sometimes it can look realy harsh...right? Well...this easy to use liquid eyeliner pen is PERFECT! It's easier for me to control and it seems a little less harsh than normal liquid eyeliner...almost like it's watered down just a touch. Plus....I find this stuff at Walgreens for a dollar or two! It's amazing!

My Splurge Must Have : The Supernatural by Philosophy

Okay yes......I am not a HUGE make-up splurger anymore like I used to be (pre-marriage and pre-shared bank account days...) but this stuff was worth the money! I think I bought it about 6 months ago at Sephora for $36 and I bet I have about another month or two left in it! It's a loose powder with this great little spongy poof connected to the top of the bottle! I put it on first in the just gives a soft airbrushed look and covers small flaws well! I love keeping this stuff in my purse in case I need any touch-ups. It's light enough that I can dab a little over my bronzer mid-day and it doesn't look like a big white powder circle on my face!

My I'll-Probably-Never-Use-Another-Brand-For-This-Unless-They-Quit-Making-It Must Have :

Eyes Lips Face Studio Bronzer Duo

I have been religiously buying and using this for the past 3-4 years probably. At only $3 a pop...I stock up when I order JUST IN CASE they ever decide to discontinue it! It's the perfect bronzer and blush duo. It gives you a perfect glow without making you look orange at all. It's actually a close knock-off to the NARS bronzer/blush duo.

Okay...your turn! What are your five make-up must haves?! I want to know! I am always on the lookout for something new to try!

Have a fabulous Friday!



Thursday, August 4, 2011

New Home....New Ideas

On Monday, Casey and I will be closing on our NEW house! We are so excited! It's in an old brick street area of town known as the Azalea District. It's the old historic district in Tyler and I absolutely LOVE it! I have ALWAYS wanted to live there. All of the houses are old and most of them have been remodeled on the inside....but it seems like most people keep that old charm to them in some way. It's very much a 1950's television neighborhood, if you know what I mean....everyone is walking their dogs after work and everyone knows everyone.

Our new house was built in the 30's and really hasn't had much done to it. We got it at such a great price, that we are able to do a lot of remodeling before we move in (AND before Baby H gets here!!). I love this because I feel like we are realy personalizing the house for ourselves! Our plans right now are to basically gut the kitchen and re-finish it, re-do both of the bathrooms, re-roof, cut back the trees in the front, re-fence the backyard, scrape popcorn off of all ceilings, re-texture and paint all of the rooms.

My problem with this is....I am having a touch time picking out my paint colors! I want to do something that I haven't previously done in our house! We always have a lot of warm tones...reds, khakis, browns. But I am really wanting to add in some gray, turquoise, and navy!

What do you think of all of this?! What are YOUR favorite color combinations for rooms?? Does EVERY room have to flow with the other rooms or can they be themselves and be different????

I will have to post some pictures I have found as ideas for the new house later and see how you respond to those! Let me know your feelings on all of this! I would love to hear what you have to say!

Have a wonderful Wednesday! I am of to pick up kolaches and head to work!

Oh....and in case you are wondering...Baby H is officially the size of a plum this week!!!!



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Old Wives Tales

Thank you so much for your sweet comments yesterday!
We are thrilled about Baby H and cannot wait to meet him or her in February!

We haven't quite decided yet if we will find ut the gender or not....I want to REALLY bad...but Casey doesn't know if he does or not!! ARG! Surely the doctor can just tell me....riiiiight? :)

Anyways...people keep asking me about the gender and I thought I would post the old wives tales that other soon-to-be mamas have posted! Here goes...

Urine test: By observing the color of your urine- if it is neon yellow or a dull yellow. Mine was dull yellow in color which indicates GIRL!

Morning sickness: They say that little girls make their mama's sick and I have had NO morning sickness which indicates BOY!

Soft or dry skin? Mine has been a mixture of both but more normal than anything which indicates GIRL!

Are you craving citrus? Nope....just some fruit here and there but nothing crazy which indicates BOY!

Have you felt glowing or less than beautiful and had lots of breakouts? My face has atually been more clear than ever in the last few months which indicates BOY!

Heartbeat indicator: Both our heartbeats were pretty fast which is said to be an indicator of a GIRL!

Craving fruit or meat? I would have to go with fruit which is an indicator of GIRL!

Pendullum test (which my mother-in-law swares by): Indicated a GIRL!

Dreams- I've heard opposite things on this. Some have said that whatever a mother thinks, it is because mother always knows. Others have said that you have opposite of what you have been dreaming about. I'm not sure but last night for the first time I dreamed about the baby and it was definately a GIRL!

I just thought I would share some of these silly and fun tests. Do any of you have tests you've heard of? Please share!! Our family gets a kick out of hearing and trying these crazy tests!

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!



Monday, August 1, 2011

Too Much Crazy For This Lady...

So maaaaaaaaaayyyyybbeeee we have had just a

LITTLE bit going on in our lives lately....

I feel like my head is spinning from all of the craziness! I know I ALWAYS say this...but I really wish I had more time to update my blog! It only takes 15 minutes of my time but somehow I cannot EVER sit down long enough to get it done!

Here is just a little update on our lives in the last month.....

  • we sold our house in the country (plus our potbelly pig...i know...sad.)

  • we are in the process of buying a cute little 1930's house in the old brick street district of town...which we will then spend a month rennovating before move in...

  • "oh you mean you haven't moved in yet?" - no....we are living with each of our parents for the next month or so!

  • i have been working my tail off.... i feel like i really don't do much these days outside of work..

  • oh AND we got this sweet little surprise on Father's Day weekend......

We are SO excited! It was very unexpected....but we are so blessed! Our first doctor's appointment was this we finally got to see our little jelly bean in person! It was the neatest thing!

People keep asking me how I feel....and I have actually felt perfectly normal (aside from my exhaustion!). I was really scared that I was going to get to the doctor and they were going to tell me that I wasn't pregnant at all (even after FIVE pregnancy tests and my constant hunger pains!!) But...nope...I am surely pregnant now!

Baby H is due February 10!!! Mark your calendars and say LOTS of prayers for us!! I will try a lot harder to keep a better update on my blog- especially with all of this going on now!!

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!



Monday, June 20, 2011

SO SORRY! last post did not work out all that well! So sorry!

Life has really gotten the best of me lately. I really do think about blogging ALL the time but never get the chance! I switched jobs about 4 months ago and my new job is SUPER busy at all times...but I am loving it! Also...I got a new iPAD for my birthday and I cannot figure out for the life of me, how to blog from it. If you know...please share with me!!!!

I want you all to know that I have not forgotten about you! I read your sweet blogs all the time and I hope you will continue to read mine. I plan on getting better and better at this whole blogging thing!

Have an amazing Monday!!!



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Oh my WORD....

I just realized that I have not posted ANYTHING in about a month! That is insane! I don't know why I keep putting my blog on the back-burner....I am so sorry friends! I am still reading don't give up on me yet! I will try to better myself!

Life has been SUPER stressful for me lately...I have been in a really weird state-of-mind and cannot seem to really shake this funk that I am in. I am not exactly sure what it is...but I know that there are a lot of things that are contributing to the "funk". Hopefully I will get over it all soon!

So....I have a super big question for all of you CUTE and PRECIOUS shoppers, shop owners, business owners, etc! A good friend of mine approached me this morning and said that they are considering purchasing a retail store from a couple. They will have an initial meeting with them in the next week or so. She wanted to know what kind of questions she should ask the owners about their business so that she can gather information and figure out if it is a right fit for her and her husband to purchase! They want to be good decision makers and good stewards with their has also been a BIG passion of hers to own a store! So.... if you me come up with some questions for her to ask these store owners! I would appreciate it so much!!

I may even rewards all of you fun blog friends with a little giveaway! I already have one in mind! :) Get excited!

Thanks for the help!!!



Thursday, February 3, 2011


I know that the weather is pretty frightful in most parts of the country right now...but why not stay at home in your WARM pj's and shop online?!

Sterling Grace Jewelry ( is have a HUGE sale that is going on until Friday at midnight! Everything (except iTAG, Starfish Charm, and Journey of Faith pendant) is 33% off!!! In order to get this discount, please use discount code sale33 when making a purchase online!

Also...Sterling Grace has an amazing Facebook page that is updated daily...make sure you are a Sterling Grace friend!

Happy Shopping!!



Tuesday, February 1, 2011't the thing....

So....I have not worked out since early October (don't judge me...).

But the hubs and I decided to get back into it again this week! I went for the first time yesterday (Monday) and did the elliptical and the bike for 30 minutes each. I was proud of myself for sure!

Here is my dilemma now that I think YOU can help me out with! I need some NEW and FUN songs to workout/run to! Hit me with any of your suggestions!!!



Thursday, January 27, 2011


Want to win these SUPER cute "Whosoever" Owl Notecards from Sterling Grace?!

Go here for your chance to win :

Giveaway ends Friday at 11am (CST)!! Jump over there and get entered in the contest!



Monday, January 24, 2011

Spring Loves....

I am LOVING all of the pink and gray that is trending for Spring! I found some little pretties to make your Monday a little bit brighter! ENJOY!

XOXO - Hilary

J.Crew - Siren Dress - $98.00
Siren dress

Leopard Flats - Forever21 - $18.80

Embellished Capsleeve Dress - Forever21 - $22.80

Friday, January 21, 2011

Show Us Your Singles!!!!

Okay...Kelly at Kelly's Corner is hosting a "Show Us Your Singles" blog post where you can place a link to your single friends or family members! She has done this in the past and has had couples come out of it! What a cool and unconventional idea!

Well...let me show you MY single!!!

I have TWO best friends in the high school BFF and my college BFF. My college BFF is my SINGLE!!!!

Meet Katie....
Katie is 27 and lives in Bossier City, LA. (yes boys....she is a huge LSU fan!!! GEAUX TIGERS!) She works as a physical therapy assistant and LOVES what she does! Katie is a true southern girl! She is a beautiful person, both inside and out, loves her some JESUS, and she is honestly the best kind of friend to have too! She loves to dance, decorate her cute house, shop, go to the lake, sing to the name it...she is a FUN girl! All the boys LOVE her...but maybe you can be the lucky one to finally snag her!

Meet Katie C :

Katie and I before my wedding :

Katie with her sweet nephew :

Spread the word about my sweet Katie!!!



What to do...What to do....

So....I was looking through the NEW Spring Willow House catalog last night...there are SO many cute new things in there! I have had my eye on these super cute glass domes for a while and I am really considering purchasing them soon. I would REALLY like to use them somehow on our breakfast table...but not really sure what to put under them. I would LOVE to hear your ideas! I have seen people put a cute little bird nest with eggs and things of that sort....I just don't know! FEED ME YOUR IDEAS PLEASE!!!!! :)

Also...I have REALLY had my eye on the Lady Jane Bottleneck looks SUPER cute with wine corks in it, sitting on a table or buffet..... oh decisions decisions!!!!!

Lady Jane Bottleneck Vase: Small

I want to hear your ideas!!!



Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I just thought this was REALLY cool and wanted to share it with you all! I work for an amazing Christian Jewelry company - Sterling Grace. It's a small company right here in East not a big chain or anything! Well...a few years ago when Jordin Sparks won American Idol, she was wearing one of our sterling silver Jeremiah 29:11 scripture bangles (it's the one on her left arm)! It turns out that the owner of Sterling Grace is a good friend of Leesa Bellesi who leads ministry opportunities with the American Idol contestants. She gave Jordin this bracelet and she continues to pass them on from time to time to other contestants!

There is a book being written about behind-the-scenes happenings and stories about American Idol and Leesa actually wrote her part in the book and talked about the bracelets! How cool is that?! Here is a link to an article written about it in the New York Post- CLICK HERE! Word on the street is that Leesa will actually be on a VERY popular tv show in a few weeks talking about this book and even giving a shout out about the bracelets! I will let you know when I hear more details!

Want to see the bangles for yourself? There are a lot of different ones...check them out!



Monday, January 10, 2011

Shop Shop Shop!

I know...TWO whole posts in ONE day?!?!? Yes....I am working at home today because of the East Texas "snow" I thought I would take a break and throw out one more blog post!

I mentioned a few posts ago that I am a Design Consultant for Willow House on the side. Well...I got really excited today because the **NEW** SPRING Willow House catalogs just arrived at my house! There are SO many CUTE new things available from Willow House this season...I cannot hardly stand it! I cannot wait to get my new sample kit in the mail for my upcoming home parties!

Many people don't know that you can actually sop Willow House items ONLINE! You don't have to attend a party to shop with Willow House! Jump on my personal website and start shopping around... . The Spring items are not actually up on the website yet....but I am MORE than happy to mail you a catalog if you need one! Please email me and let me know!

Also....I recently put together a Facebook Fan Page for my Willow House adventures, please add yourself to it for fun updates - CLICK HERE! I MIGHT even be having a giveaway soon!

LOVE the Portico Accent Plates AND the Cinnabar Bakeware! These are SERIOUSLY my two Willow House faves!!!

What do you L-O-V-E from Willow House?! Would love to hear from you!

**Remember...if you DO jump to my website and shop around...make sure that you put my name as your consultant when you check out! :)


Hilary H.

Pass The Time....

I have a new favorite thing that I like to do on the weekends to pass the time....(NO it isn't sewing....yet!)'s just taking off and driving around on the back roads of East Texas! Not by myself but with my sweet husband! We have done this the past two weekends. It is the most relaxing thing ever and we love to see what all of the small towns around us have available. We love to find new little hole-in-the-wall restaurants in these little towns and just create an adventure around it all! We also love to look at the houses....big and small...and all of the land that surrounds them. It's a really great disconnect from the hustle and bustle of our weekly lives.

If you haven't ever done this or just haven't done it in a while....I would take some time this coming weekend and just get out there and drive. Get lost out in the country and create an adventure for yourself! Get out there and see what God has created because sometimes we really just take it all for granted....

Let me know where your travels lead!



Friday, January 7, 2011

Peacock Help!

If anyone has a cool picture or graphic of a peacock feather....could you PLEASE email it to me?! I am working on a little project and this would help me out! If you don't have you know of a website that might?! It doesn't have to be a can be a drawing, graphic, whatever! I need as much help as I can get!!! :)

Email it to :




Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Reap What You Sew....

Many of you emailed or commented asking me what TYPE of sewing machine I received for Christmas and what books I bought to go with my machine and my sewing adventures! goes :

Sewing Machine : Baby Lock A-Line Series Sofia2 - it sews AND embroiders!

Books : (I think I honestly bought these because the covers were super cute...don't judge me.)

Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew
Sew & Stow: 31 Fun Sewing Projects to Carry, Hold, and Organize Your Stuff, Your Home, and Yourself!
One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!

I received One-Yard Wonders and Bend The Rules Sewing in the mail yesterday! Out of the two....I must say that I am a lot more excited about One-Yard Wonders! There were so many cute projects in there and they don't seem too terribly complicated (but at the same time....I haven't tried to make anything yet!). Bend The Rules was a little more of a "teaching" type book. It went into more detail about how to do certain stitches and it's more beginner friendly!

I am thinking that a nice little dog bed might end up being my first REAL sewing task....I will keep you updated!

What books do you LOVE for sewing references?? I would love more advice and tips if you've got 'em! I am all ears!