Saturday, March 31, 2012

((weekend wishes))


I hope your weekend is relaxing, enjoyable, inspiring, and lovely. 

love.

Friday, March 30, 2012

favorite things friday: take a hike

In honor of this b-e-a-UTIFUL weather, this week's FTF is all about taking advantage of the outdoors :)






March has been a super busy month of birthdays, location changes for The Well, and tons and tons of visitors! Last weekend while Chase's family and some friends from High School were visiting, we took the fellas on a little hike up to the Royal Arch. I can't get over this warm spring-time weather!

Get off the computer and enjoy the outdoors this weekend!

love.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

home made lovely


Hi there! I'm sharing our home & what it means to create a lovely home on Heather's blog today! I'd love if you hopped on over to check it out :) 


love.


sponsor highlight + giveaway: rags to stitches


Rags to Stitches is a  blog & shop that I've featured before and I'm so excited to do so again! Alissa just launched a gorgeous new line of iPad cozies. She blogs here and sews some gorgeous goodies you can find here. Want to know more? Here's a bit from Alissa personally!


Hi! My name is Alissa and I blog over at Rags to Stitches. I'm a wife and a momma and a believer of Christ. When I'm not blogging about the life of a mommy, you'll find me in my studio creating for my shop. This month I was so excited to release a brand new design in my shop. The iCozy, designed with your lifestyle in mind, is my newest creation. Not only will it hold your fabulous iPad, but with a brand new pocket on the back you can now take your charger and earbuds all in one spot. Girly with a vintage feel, you're going to love carrying your iCozy with you wherever you go. 
((isn't she ADORABLE?!))

Find more from Alissa at the following links:
 Blog // Shop // Twitter // Facebook


Today, you can win $25 to her shop :D Just enter below! You can also use the code GOCOZY for 10% off your purchase. Enjoy :) 



MANDATORY ENTRY:
To enter this giveaway, visit the Rags to Stitches Boutique and tell me your favorite item!

To earn extra entries:
1. follow the Oh, Sweet Joy! blog via Google Friend Connect (one entry).
2.  Follow me @ohsweetjoy on twitter.
3. Follow Alissa (@ragstostitches) on twitter 
4. Follow Alissa's blog via GFC (one entry).
5. tweet/facebook/blog about this giveaway (one entry).  
Feel free to use this:
I just entered to win a $25 store credit to @RagsToStitches on @ohsweetjoy's blog!  http://tinyurl.com/2ddk985

Good Luck!

love.




Wednesday, March 28, 2012

the big two-five


I'm a quarter of a century old today, folks! Today will be full of relaxation, a filling breakfast at the Buff with my man, a giant whatevertheheckiwant drink from starbucks ((that will be free, mind you. thanks gold card!)), perhaps some shopping, maybe some sewing for myself ((gasp!)), birthday cake, and calories that don't count.  


In celebration, here are twenty five facts that you didn't need to know, you may or may not know now.... but you will by the time you suffer read through this post. 

ahem.

1. I have big feet for my height. I jump for joy when I can squeeze fit into an 8.5 instead of a 9.

2. The amount of nail polish colors I have underneath my bathroom sink is absolutely heinous. Anyone want to have a nail painting party?

3. White Daisies, light pink peonies, and ranunculus are in a three-way-tie for my favorite flower.

4. I have a chunk of purple hair that's really just an extension. It's real hair, but not my hair, and that still kind of creeps me out.

5. I sing, but get ridiculously nervous every.single.time I have to sing by myself. Heart jumping, palms and pits sweating, voice shaking nervous. I prefer harmonizing & for someone else to take the lead :) 

6. My favorite song of all time is "Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman" by Diana Ross & The Supremes.

7. I have an entire laundry bin full of scarves. They're my favorite way to pull a look together!

8. My Memaw taught me the basics of sewing on her machine when I was a sophomore in college. She's the coolest.

9. I say "cuss" instead of curse words. Most of the time. O_o

10. I really enjoy running and want to run my first half-marathon this year! 

11. This is my dream kitchen.

12. The most difficult thing I've made was a custom wedding dress for a girl I knew from high school.

13. I'm happiest with Chase reading in the living room, oldies playing, baking macarons in the kitchen, with a cute anthro apron on.

14. I'm a Personal Shopper for Anthropologie. It's seriously the coolest job ever.

15. We are in the works of teaming up with a non-profit to outsource the construction of some Oh, Sweet Joy! products to widows in India who are in need of income. 

16. I'm a snob about a few things: ice-cream, grammar, cotton candy, candles fabric, baked goods and flowers. One time I really hurt Chase's feelings when he got me carnations and I told him,  "those are funeral flowers, so don't buy these for me again." Not my finest moment.

17. I am forgetful, clumsy, and impatient.

18. I love my "homemade" robin's egg blue cruiser bike with a coffee cup holder.

19.  I am really hard on my shoes and wear them out quickly these days, but can't stand to get rid of them! 

20. I only like to drink Dr. Pepper out of the can or from a legit fountain. It's got to be the perfect carbonation vs. syrup ratio! I guess we can add this to the list of things I'm a snob about.

21. I'd consider myself a decent cook. 

22. We almost always have fresh flowers in our house. Mr. Davis is such a sweet one :) 

23. I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences...also lovingly known as RPTS. 

24. I'm styling a wedding in April!

25.  I have a dimple underneath my left eye on my cheek. You can kiiiind of see it under my glasses in the photo above. It's silly pants.

Happy Birthday to my father-in-law, my aunt Mary, and all you other bloggin' gals with the same birthday as me! High Five!

love.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

cozy stripes

For the cool mornings we're still graced with in Colorado this time of year, nothing is better than a cozy (but lightweight) sweater. This little striped number from Simply Audrey does the trick! It runs a little on the large side, but paired with some skinnies, I think it's cozy and chic allllll at the same time.

Layering Tank: Old Navy
Boots: Target

(( SO much sass in the second photo. i apologize. ))


love.


((I'll be linking up with lindsey over at the Pleated Poppy!))



Monday, March 26, 2012

handmade monday: ((recipe)) strawberry-coconut cake shooters


I had lofty great plans of a beautiful layered cake recipe for you today. However, sometimes I'm incredibly impatient. This plays out really well when waiting for a cake to cool...and by well I mean tragically. 

When my cake kept falling apart as I tried to cut it into squares to layer, I was on the verge of shouting four letter words tears. I sat there for a few minutes, frustrated that I had already spent the afternoon baking something that was going to be tossed out. I didn't have any melting chocolate or sticks, so cake pops were out of the question. 

And then there were cake shooters.


Ingredients:
one box of strawberry cake mix
3 eggs
vegetable oil
water
1/4 cup of flour
quarter cup of strawberry puree
2 teaspoons of coconut extract
shredded coconut 
1 recipe or tub of frosting of choice
sprinkles
food coloring

Directions:
Mix ingredients as directed on box, plus add 1/4 cup of flour. I added the strawberry puree for a little more color and natural flavoring. It's totally optional. Add the coconut extract, as well.

Bake cake as instructed on box. Crumble cake into bowl when cooled. Mix coloring into frosting, as well as a teaspoon or so of coconut extract. Spoon the cake into mini cake cups and top with frosting. Top with sprinkles or shredded coconut. Easy peasy!

I even busted Mr. Owl the Salt Shaker trying to steal one. 





Now, that's my kind of shot ;) ((am i right????)) 

SO...next time you ruin a cake, or it sinks, or you don't have the patience time for it to cool...make some fun cake shooters! They'd be cute served with those little wooden spoons, don't you think?


love.





Saturday, March 24, 2012

april showers bring may flowers


Last call for April sponsors! Email me if you'd like a spot for April, I'd sincerely love to help you grow your business. There may even be a spring special if you email me today! 

**wink** 

love.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

polaroids, daisies & italian soda

It's so easy when you're sick, stressed, tired, and incredibly busy to throw yourself a pity party.
 It's an uncomplicated task to overlook the beauty of a sunny spring day when you are stuck inside working. 
It's simple to not see the beauty in the little things. 
It's no trouble to focus on accomplishing tasks rather than living life.

However, when you take a second to look a little closer, realize that God is good, and you are truly blessed... you might be blown away at the beauty of those little things in life.

For instance:

The color of the italian soda in a sweet little mason jar. 
A snippet of a verse that keeps things in perspective, constantly, up on a chalkboard.
White daisies reminding me that spring is here and I survived made it through Winter. 
A cute little vintage polaroid camera that is the perfect addition to the top of our bookshelf.  

I sure hope you take a second to enjoy the little things today, friends.

This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
((psalm 118:24))


love.

((linking up with lindsey)) 

Hello Hue Little Things

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

sponsor highlight + giveaway: sugar blossom boutique

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Lots of winners will be announced soon, so make sure you've entered all the outstanding giveaways!

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One thing I know about my readers is that you all LOVE headbands. Well, I've got quite the giveaway set up for you today! Sugar Blossom Boutique is run by Danielle, who also blogs over here. She creates gorgeous headbands that are so fun, but not too over-the-top girly! They are both chic & bohemian, and quite honestly? I'd love one of each! Here are some products from Sugar Blossom Boutique, including some form her new spring line! After that, read about Danielle and the inspiration behind her cutie pie shop.


hi there, i'm danielle
i'm a terrific belayer
lover of avacados
and resident butt-wiper.
in other words,
my husband loves rock-climbing
i love eating
and i am the happy owner of 3 lovely children.

i, like a million, kajillion other women,
create things whilst the kids play.
i like to think my creations are unique.
i hope ya like 'em.
you're the first to see my purty spring collection.
if you like coral, yellow, mint, grey, turquoise 
you're in luck
xoxo

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she's cute :)


Today, Danielle is giving away a $20 shop credit, which is plenty to snag up your favorite headband design from Sugar Blossom Boutique. You can also use the code LUCKYPENNY for 20% off! 



You can find more from Sugar Blossom Boutique at the following links:
blog: mysugarblossom.blogspot.com
Facebook: facebook.com/sugarblossomboutique


MANDATORY ENTRY:
To enter this giveaway, visit Sugar Blossom Boutique and tell me your favorite item!

To earn extra entries:
1. follow the Oh, Sweet Joy! blog via Google Friend Connect (one entry).
2.  Follow me @ohsweetjoy on twitter.
3. Follow Danielle (@SugarBTweets) on twitter 
4. Follow Danielle's blog via GFC (one entry).
5. tweet/facebook/blog about this giveaway (one entry).  
Feel free to use this:
I just entered to win a $20 store credit to @sugarbtweets on @ohsweetjoy's blog!  http://tinyurl.com/2ddk985

Good Luck!

love.





Tuesday, March 20, 2012

connected hearts

Lisa Leonard's blog is one that will forever be genuine, inspiring, beautiful, and my absolute favorite to read. I have multiple necklaces of hers and cherish each one of them. I cherish the stories and the meaning behind each one. I cherish the people that have gifted them to me.


When Lisa sent me this necklace in the mail, I jumped for joy. I have to admit, I haven't taken it off since then! It is, both, delicate and unique. It reminds me of the love I share with Chase. It reminds me that even though I'm in a different state than the rest of my family, our hearts are connected. It reminds me that if I go months without chatting with my best friends from college, that we still pick up where we left off.  This  "connected hearts" necklace just might be my favorite! 

((you can totally see the reflection of the sidewalk that's in front of me in my glasses! homegirl needs some anti-reflective lenses ha!))

belted dress/tunic: marshall's (thanks mom!)
shoes: toms

If you'd like to have a Lisa Leonard designs necklace of your own, use the discount code "SHOPPING20" for 20% off! This expires March 30th, so hop to it and add a little sentimentality to your spring wardrobe. SHOP NOW!

love.



Monday, March 19, 2012

be back soon.


Feeling a bit under the weather. I'll be back soon!

love.




Friday, March 16, 2012

favorite things friday



Who's ready for the weekend?!

((looks around & raises hand))

Here are some things that put a smile on my face this week. 

1. Blood Orange Italian Soda from Whole Foods. SO delicious, y'all. 
2. Tulips are just so cheerful! Having them on my coffee table and dining table has been a lovely touch to this gorgeous spring weather we've been having.
3. How adorable is this sail boats graphic top from Old Navy? Need. Will be spending some birthday money on it. :) 
4. I got some new lip gloss this week and um...I likey. This burt's bee's gloss isn't sticky or gooey. It's kind of... perfect.
5. The NEW Fayette Headbands that can also be worn as neckties. They're fun to wear and I've been so thrilled that y'all have been loving ((and ordering multiple!!)) them as much as I do. ((thank you!))

**Use code FAVORITETHINGSFRIDAY for a dollar off each Fayette Headband you order today! ENDS AT MIDNIGHT! 


love.