Tuesday, June 26, 2012


It's been quite a busy Spring!  I graduated (woohoooo!!), I got a job (WOOOHOOOO!!!), and now I am studying for the bar (blah).  I promise to return in August and I can't wait! 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th!

Hi everyone!! I've missed blogging!  I have been away for about a month, because things have been pretty crazy, but I'm back and I promise to never be this bad again!  It has been an amazing past couple of months, very fun and very busy!  Will and I get engaged and we couldn't be more excited!  That was followed by a trip to NYC and then finals, and then the holidays!  But...with only 3 classes this semester and with the wedding still 11 months away, I am sure to post at least 2-3 times a week!  

My friend Katherine sent me this video today and it is too funny not to share.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  TGIF!  

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So Blessed and Thankful

I am so blessed and thankful for the most wonderful, funny, positive, uplifting friends on the planet.  This Saturday is my birthday and my sweet friends celebrated with me by taking me to dinner tonight.  You all enrich my life more than you know and I am thankful for you!  Thank you for making me feel so special everyday!

The most amazing friends on the planet!   

Yummy Birthday cake from sweet Caitlin!!

Excited and ready to dig in!  

The amazing hostesses!  Love you so much, Jenna and Caitlin! 

Marykate's Fall Wreath!  Soooo Pretty!    

 Checking out the goods!  Love my new earrings!

Love my new "Rubie" slippers from Catriona! 

Thank you all for everything, not just for tonight, but for everything you all do for me everyday!  I am beyond blessed and I love you all soooo much!!  

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Hope it is full of warmth and love and yummy food!  

Monday, November 14, 2011

Forbes Thought of Day

 Youth is the opportunity to do something and to become somebody. ”

— Theodore T. Munger

Working on it. :) 

Creative & Cost Savvy Holiday Decor

My friend Martha, I mean, Marykate, is incredibly talented and has the most precious holiday decorations. I put a few baby pumpkins in a decorative bowl on my "dining room table" (no dining room yet, but it could be one day) and I thought I was being so festive.  I visited Marykate in Fort Worth and I was immediately shamed into the harsh reality that I am just not very creative in that department.

From a homemade Fall wreath outside her door, to every little detail inside her apartment (and even in her bathroom), she was fully decorated for the season and it immediately put me in the holiday spirit!

She shared some of her homemade holiday creations with me and I wanted to pass them along.  I even get a Fall one for my Birthday and a Christmas one for Christmas!  I am so excited!

If you have any questions on how to create these masterpieces, email me at aintnothingbuttherealthing@gmail.com and I will forward all questions to the master herself.

Fall (above); Christmas (below) 

How fabulous are these?! Let me know if you would look me to put you in touch with your very own Martha!  Love you Mare! 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Foot in the Mouth Friday

Happy Friday Everyone! It's pretty chilly in Dallas today and I am loving it!

So...I have a story.  I am an idiot.  Don't you hate it when you say something and immediately want to put your foot in your mouth?

Well, your girl Alex definitely had one of those moments the other night.

"Where/How is (insert your ex that I think you are still dating)?"

I was with a group of people for dinner that I know, but that I do not know very well.  I knew that a girl had been dating the same guy for awhile and as far as I knew, they were still together.  Yes...you know where this goes.  I asked if he was coming to dinner as well and her response "I don't know."  She was so sweet about it, but I turned bright red and just wanted to hide under the table.

Some other recent good foot on the mouth stories and lessons for us all to learn (so that hopefully you don't learn it the painful and humiliating way that I did):

"When are you due?" 

1)  To the woman who is not pregnant:  I keep hearing stories about people asking non-pregnant women when they are due.  Talk about ruining someone's day and causing permanent damage to both the person who asked and the person who is asked!  Moral: Don't ask, ever.  Even if they look 9 months pregnant, refrain, unless you know for sure from a legit source that they are indeed with child.

2) To the woman who recently gave birth:  This poor tale happened to a friend of mine who asked a girl that had already had her baby when she was due.  My poor friend was just mortified when the response was that she had the baby two months prior.  I start breaking out in hives thinking about being in this situation.  Moral:  Just never ask.  Ever.

The problem is that we really are just trying to be nice and interested in these people's lives, but these personal questions are ones that we have to learn the hard way to steer completely clear of.

The bottom line, and as my friend Ben told me yesterday, you can never assume anything. This much I have learned, be it the very painful, mortifying, humanly degrading way.  :)

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Worry Woes

"I'm in a hurry to get things done, I rush and rush until life's no fun."  (Thank you country radio circa 1995 for those lovely lyrics.)  Sadly, don't we all identify with this?

We all have a million things going on in our lives.  Whether it is related to school, work, family, or extracurriculars, the bottom line is we are all very busy, most of the time, too busy for our own good.

While worry revolves around various daily pressures, 99.9% revolves around the future.  But why do we worry about tomorrow when all we have in our control is today?

The best way to minimize anxiety is to pinpoint its source and determine a plan to manage it.  For me,  finding a job when I graduate law school is my biggest source of stress.  Not only do I want to find a job, I want to find the right job.  I want to find a job that I enjoy, with people that enrich my life, and that I am excited to go to everyday.  It's out there, I know it is!  But finding it is about to make me lose my hair!

To try to manage the impact the job hunt was having on me, I decided 1) to calm down, breathe, and tell myself (usually multiple times a day) that it is going to be okay and that I WILL get a job; 2) I devote a certain amount of time each day to the hunt and when the time is up, it is up until tomorrow; 3)  I pray and remind myself that God has big plans.

I was especially struggling last week and the negativity was really impacting me.  The following verses lifted my spirits and helped remind me that everyone has substantial stress in their life and that God has all of our backs.

Joshua 1:7:  Be strong and very courageous...that you may be successful wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9:  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Matthew 6: 34:  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

John 14:1 Jesus said "Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me."

1 Peter 5:7:  Cast all our anxiety on Him because he cares for you.

I hope these help lessen your worry this week, too! Remember, we are strong, we are capable, we are intelligent, we are loved, we have so much to be thankful for.

Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen.  Keep in the sunlight.   - Benjamin Franklin 
Bottom Line:  Have Faith &