My Christmas List!

I'm bored, temporarily without a car, so I thought I'd make a post for things I'd like for Christmas, just for kicks! And maybe it'll be beneficial to those who have already asked me what I'd like! :)

Black Classic Cardy Uggs (Size 7)!

Keurig K-Cup Carousel 
You can find it here! And at Walmart!

Donut Shop Coffee (my favorite!)
You can find it here! And at Walmart!

A scraper paddle for my mixer!

A Ticket to Spring Sprint! ($70 for me and a guest)
Spring Sprint is Scentsy's mini Spring Convention!

An iTrip!

A Red Velvet Cheesecake from Jackie M's!

Gift Cards to...

Victoria's Secret

If I think of anything else, I'll update! ;)

What's on YOUR Christmas list?!


My First Black Friday!

I experienced my first Black Friday this year! Thanksgiving was fun! Saw my dad's side of the family, had dinner at Cracker Barrel and took Brandon to work at 9 pm. I headed back to Athens to go shopping! Amanda wanted to check out Target and Old Navy. Old Navy had a decent line already, and she only wanted to go for the special "first X amount of people" promotion anyway. Target was RIDICULOUS. The line was worse than Best Buy's. It was insane. So, needless to say, we were out of luck. Those were both at midnight and the place I wanted to go to, Sears, didn't start until 4. We went to Starbucks to reload on caffeine and then decided to go to the mall to check out the situation. That's when the fun began...

We got to the mall and the Sears side parking lot lights and inside lights were OUT. Not one was on and there were no lines at the doors. Belk had a small line starting, so we found that odd. We thought it might mean that the lines were inside. So we went in...no line. We did a back and forth check for a while and finally at 2 am, the parking lights turned on and we saw 3 people walk in! Excitement! About that time, people started showing up. I found it so odd, cause I thought people waited in lines for hours for this kinda stuff?! I guess not at Sears! It was kind of good though, because it was like 30 something degrees outside! Goodbye, warm front! At 3, we got out of the car and were about 8th and 9th in line! 

I got everything that I had planned to get though!! I was so glad because it had been such a tedious adventure. But it was well worth it in the end! I got...

A Keurig coffee maker!! 
Holy moly this thing is awesome. If you don't know about Keurigs, I definitely suggest looking into it! They're SO easy. Obviously not good for multiple cups, but it's perfect for one! It was $119.

A KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer! 
I have wanted one of these for YEARS. I cannot explain how excited I am to get it. They didn't have a color I liked in the store, so I ordered one in "Ice" and it's on it's way! It was $264!

A washer and dryer for my dad!
I said before I even won the Kenmore GC that I wanted to get these for my dad! He does so much for us, and it's time for new ones for him, so I got them for him! They're being delivered and installed Tuesday so I'm excited to see how he likes them! They totaled to be about $750 after installation costs.

And for our biggie that I lucked up and got with only 5 left...

A Zenith 50" Plasma screen TV 1080p TV!
We got a projection TV off Craigslist a few months ago, and it works fine, but it's big and we have a tiny apartment so this sleek design is much better for us! It opened up so much room and is great quality too! It was only $475 after they gave me a $25 for buying it! 

What did you score at Black Friday? I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving too! 


Wine & Love! 11/17

So since Thursday Fives are a thing of the past (which I admit I got a little slackerish on them), Walking With Nora does a similar meme and this week I'm jumping on the bloggy wagon! Here are my "wines" and loves for the past week!


I haven't updated on here yet, but I did not get into nursing school. Again. We'll save that for another post.

I have been sick all week. It started last Friday, the day of our Marine Corps Ball. Perfect timing.

It's the end of the semester. Nuff said.

I've felt really blah lately. Just, blah.


We ordered our Christmas cards from Shutterfly again this year! I ordered them after midnight on technically Wednesday, and we got them today (Thursday). Free shipping and 40% off the cards. I freaking LOVE Shutterfly! And they're super cute!! 

It's the end of the semester! Thanksgiving break is next week, then it's just a few more classes and finals! I'm so ready for a BREAK!

I surprised hubby with Battlefield 3 yesterday and he picked up Starbucks on the way home from work today! It's the little things :)

I won a gift card and T shirt from a local BBQ restaurant yesterday! Our local radio station does "Winning Wednesdays" and it's the second time I've won something! Yay for free dinner tonight!


ABCs of Me!

I saw this cute little ABCs of Me post on Nicole's blog and I realized I've never done one on here! Here goes!

B. BED SIZE: Queen
C. CHORE YOU HATE: Doing the dishes!!
D. DOGS NAME: Don't have one! But we do have two cats - Charlie & Cammie!
E. ESSENTIAL "START OF THE DAY" ITEM: Usually a NutraGrain bar and a water!
F. FAVORITE COLOR: Pink! And purple.
G. GOLD OR SILVER: White gold ;)
H. HEIGHT: 4'11
I. INSTRUMENT YOU PLAY: Flute, piccolo, piano, tiiiiny amount of guitar
J. JOB: I'm a college student and Scentsy Consultant!
K. KIDS: None for us yet! Maybe in 3ish years!
L. LIVING ARRANGEMENTS:  Me, hubby and two kitties in a 1 br apartment. I'm going crazy!! I want a bigger place!
M. MOM'S NAME: Vickie <3
N. NICKNAME: Nic Nic, Nic, just plain Nicole... no Nikki!
O. OVERNIGHT HOSPITAL STAY: I had a febrile seizure when I was 4. That's all for me, personally. I stayed over with my mom a lot, and with Brandon when he had his appendectomy. 
P. PET PEEVE: People not driving the speed limit, crappy drivers in general, and as for Scentsy - people who say "burner" and not warmer. Scentsy doesn't burn! 
Q. QUOTE FROM A MOVIE: "The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return" - Moulin Rouge!
S. SIBLINGS: Older brother, Jason! He's 35.
T. TIME YOU WAKE UP: With my schedule this semester, like 11:30 most days. If it's the weekend it's more like noon or 1....or 2. :D
U. UNDERWEAR: I wear it, everyday. <--other Nicole's answer, but goes the same for me! 
V. VEGGIE YOU DISLIKE: Ummm, where do I start? I have a texture issue with food. If it's squishy, or kind of a squishy/crunchy, I don't eat it. Examples: collard greens, squash, cucumber, tomato...yeah a tomato is a fruit. You know what I mean! 
W. WAYS/REASONS YOU ARE LATE: Usually traffic! If I have somewhere I need to be, I will end up behind someone going 20 mph. 
X. XRAYS YOU'VE HAD: CT when I was 4, hurt my back senior year of high school, chest x-ray last year when they thought I had pneumonia
Z. ZOO ANIMALS YOU LIKE: I love monkeys! And tigers/lions because it's just funny to see how much they act like huge versions of my cats! Because, well, they are!


Head over to Simply Sunshine and Daisies...

And you could enter to win a blog design! Hers is super cute, and the creator is donating a free design!! Go check it out!

Still waiting to hear back from nursing school! And going slightly insane, of course. When I called last week, they said they were trying to get the letters mailed by Tuesday. That was yesterday, but no letter in my mailbox today. But that means any day now is fair game! As I was browsing Pinterest this morning, I saw this. Pardon the language, but I thought it was hilarious and quite fitting. :)

In other news, I'm currently addicted to my iPhone. It's amazing. I never really imagined all the stuff it can do! I downloaded the Couch to 5k app and it times your workout and announces when you walk/run, and you can listen to music over it, all at the same time!! It's fantastic. The running, not so much. I've never been a runner and there hasn't been a day in the last week I haven't been sore. But that's a good thing, right? I hope so!

I have a test on Thursday, so I guess I should be going to study! I really want to go to Starbucks, because that's where I study best. Maybe I'll try a skinny latte, again. I tried one once and hated it. Any healthy Starbucks recommendations? Running tips?


Life Lately!

Things are going fabulously this Fall! It's finally cooling off for the most part and I'm so excited about that. Summer used the be my favorite season, but it's definitely Fall now! I love the cool nights, nice days, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, pumpkin anything really..., pretty leaves; I just love it all! I'm wearing my flannel PJ pants for the first time since last Winter and I love it!

School is going pretty well this semester. Just taking two classes, and waiting on hearing from another nursing school, so PLEASE say a prayer! I should hear from them any day now!!

We got a HUGE blessing yesterday and I won the Kenmore contest I was in a few months back! It was a Facebook voting contest and I hadn't heard from them yet, but on Friday night I got an email saying I had possibly won, I just needed to send in a notarized affidavit by Wednesday. Not a problem...but I definitely learned how hard it is to find a notary on a Saturday before the Post Office closes at noon! In our little town, NO banks are open on Saturday, no dealerships had their notaries there, or libraries, NOTHING! So it was 10:30 and I called the next biggest town over and thankfully their Suntrust was open on Saturday! I got there at 11:15, waited for the notary, got it signed by 11:40, got to the post office and mailed it and no joke, walked out at 11:58! Whew! It was totally worth the hassle though because we got the email last night saying we had won the grand prize!! A $3,000 Gift Card from Kenmore!!! SUCH a blessing!! We're hoping to move into a bigger place in January, whether it be where the nursing school is if I get in, or just a bigger place in this town. This will definitely come in handy!!

I hope everyone else has been doing well too!! I'll keep y'all updated on the nursing school situation! PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!!


Our Mini Vacay to Helen! Day 3

Our third and final day at Helen was so fun! It was overcast, cooled off a little bit, and perfect for what we had in store!

We had to be out of the cabin by 11, so we woke up at 10:40, of course. This is the norm for our checkout habits! I was so sad to leave! But I stopped to take pictures on the way out!

 Our first stop for the day: Alpine Mini Golf! It's right at the edge of where you drive into Helen, so I'd been eyeing it all weekend! It was affordable, 18 holes, and such a cute little place! They were pretty busy, but lucky for us, the families in front of and behind us were really fun too! And there was a hilarious old couple, probably in their 70s, that couldn't follow the numbers and just popped in and out of line numerous times.

 Is it just me or ... ?

After our round of mini golf (Brandon won), we headed into the shopping area for lunch! We researched a place called the Old Bavaria Inn, and found it had some good German food. It took FOREVER and at least 3 phone calls, but eventually we found it! It was nestled in a little nook in the shopping area. It was VERY authentic German food. When you walk in, there's a man dressed up playing the accordion, and all the girls working there were even wearing little German dresses! We got to our table and Brandon ordered a Weiner Schnitzel (the W is pronounced with a V, in German) plate and I got a chicken tender sandwich. I'm not very adventurous! I sampled his though, and it was pretty good! We both thought it was hilarious that the waitress kept coming back asking Brandon how his weiner was.

This was by far the creepiest part of the trip. This man was just sitting out in the walkway, playing random music. He would stop playing, and just sit frozen for an odd amount of time, and then keep playing again. Weird!

After walking around the shops some, we headed back to my dad's house to pick up Charlie and Cammie. I'm a bit of a nerd and I have rock collection, and a shop in Helen sold geodes that you could break yourself! So I gave it a try! This is a before and after shot:

Pretty white quartz inside! Our trip was super fun and a nice little weekend away from things! I really want to go back around Christmas because I've heard they really decorate the place for the season! If you're in Georgia, I'd definitely recommend Helen for a nice little getaway!


Our Mini Vacay to Helen! Day 2

So, it's been a while since I blogged about the first day of our vacation! Had a test last week, so Blogger wasn't really on my mind. But here I am now, and that's what matters! ;)

Saturday, we slept in a little later than we had originally planned, but hey, it was a vacation and our bed felt amazinggg. It was also the first day of college football. I don't know about you, but it's difficult to get your husband to leave the television, especially when it's his team's first football game of the year. We watched the first half of the Auburn game, before we headed out for the day!

Helen is an Alpine Village, and they are serious about it! If you don't build to their standards, you can't build there!

Alpine Huddle House!

Alpine Wendy's!

 Alpine Circle K!

I just love how it's nestled in the valley of the mountains! 

Saturday we had planned to go tubing! Helen is right on the Chattahoochee River, so there are companies you can rent tubes from and take a nice little ride down the river! It was $5 a person, for an all day thing, so we thought it would be well worth it! We had some difficulties beginning our tubing trip, however. According to their website, there is a 2 hr. trip, and a 3 hr trip. We wanted the 3 hr. since they were the same price. The water levels were low, unbeknownst to us, and the long trip was apparently highly discouraged to go on. The bus that takes you to to your drop-off point gave us the option where to get off, so we stayed on and made it to the long trip spot. We get off the bus and our tubes are gone, and some rude woman working for the tubing company tells us we can't do the long run. Another guy working there said we could if we wanted to, and the woman snidely remarked, "Fine, but you'll be walking the whole way." She really made me mad! We rode back to the 2 hour point, and hopped in there! It was so fun! Brandon had to get out and pull us out of a few spots, but overall, it was a nice little ride!

People even brought their dogs with them!

After we got back to the tubing headquarters, we cooled off with some ice cream and sodas. We had wet butts from the tubes, even though they had bottoms, so we headed back to the cabin, showered, and got ready to go out to dinner! We had dinner Saturday night at the Nacoochee Grill. It was fantastic! Definitely my favorite place we ate at. I had the Chipotle Barbeque Burger (YUM!) and Brandon had pork chops. And we both tried Creme Brulee for dessert! It was pretty good too! We went back to the cabin and tried out the jacuzzis, played pool and went out to make s'mores! What kind of campy trip is complete without them?!

Our S'more faces!

Stay tuned for Day 3! Hopefully sooner than later! :)


Our Mini Vacay to Helen! Day 1

First off, can I just say that I LOVE what Blogger has done to change the picture uploads!! It doesn't add them all to the beginning of your post and leave you to drag them all throughout your text anymore! YES! 

Anyway, back on topic. I blogged previously about winning a trip through Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals!! We planned it for last weekend, so I skipped class Friday and we headed out at noon. We packed up our stuff and the kitties, and drove first to my dad's. He kitty-sat for the weekend since the cabins charged for pets. 

After we hung out with my dad for a bit, we headed up to Helen! It's only about a 3 hour drive total, from home to Dad's to Helen. We got a little lost on the way there, due to the cabin's website giving us the wrong address to Google. It got us a little more familiar with the town though, which helped later! Finally, we made it to the cabin! The ride up wasn't bad, but oh my goodness, the mile into the cabin sure was! VERY steep hills and the road basically dropped 20+ feet off two feet from the side of the road. The cabin was surrounded by woods though, and virtually completely private! 

The cabin was SO perfect!! It had everything I had looked for in one, except a mountain view. But that was fine! The living room was spacious and decorated perfectly to make you feel at home! 

It had a nice sized kitchen that was equipped with pretty much everything you'd need! I brought muffin mix to make for breakfast and forgot my pans. They had those!

This is the downstairs jacuzzi! Very nice!

Cute little downstairs bathroom and shower for two! One weird thing though, about the shower. The light was a light/fan combo. It was SUPER loud if you stood in the corner. That got annoying!

 The downstairs bedroom was simple and sweet! The bed was WONDERFUL. I honestly could have spent the whole weekend just laying in it. But, we had plans! 

The upstairs bedroom was just as nice! They both had king size beds, closets, dressers, and the downstairs room had a TV!

The upstairs bathroom was gorgeous! Small, but the jacuzzi was bigger, and it had a pretty view!

The upstairs also had a game room! I beat Brandon in a game of pool on Saturday night :)

The only negative thing about the cabin - HUGE bugs!! Leaf bugs everywhere and this big 'ole guy!!

I was super excited to see we had a little fire pit though! It wasn't listed on our cabin's website, but I'd brought stuff to make s'mores just in case! We lucked out!

After we explored a while, we went out to dinner! Friday night we went to the Troll Tavern. 

For those who aren't familiar with Helen, it's an Alpine town! The restaurant was right on the Chattahoochee River and it had TVs for Brandon to watch the football games on! I had a burger and fries (I'm not very venturous when it comes to food) and Brandon had a 'Wurst plate. I think it had 2 kinds of Bratwurst, sauerkraut, potatoes and red cabbage. I tried most of it and it was pretty good! After that, we looked around at a few of the shops in Helen that were still open. Got fudge at Hansel and Gretel's Candy Kitchen and coffee at a little cafe. The PSL couldn't compare to Starbucks though! We headed out and went to the local Walmart to get a few things, headed back to the cabin and crashed! The first day was pretty packed for us to have just gotten there at like 5 pm! 

Up Next: Day 2!