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Monday, February 28


I so loved Water for Elephants when I read it a few years ago, and I'm really excited that the movie  will be released in April.




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It's so hard to believe that today is the last day of February. This is my last Happy List of the Month. If you haven't participated before, you may want to link up today. Mamarazzi does a special drawing amongst her Happy List participants each month. Besides, who doesn't like spreading happiness and smiles?

1. It was on my Happy List last week too. The weather is just gorgeous. Yesterday, it was in the 80s. In February!! Sometimes I really love living in South Carolina.

2. I finally had some girl time with some friends. My good friend Lisa (remember her Charleston wedding?) invited me to a ladies tea at her mom's church on Saturday afternoon. It was a really good time, and the food was excellent. Hello, cranberry orange scones. I also called Miss Kate in Cali, and we caught up over the phone.


3. The Mister and another friend had their plate party at the Flying Saucer yesterday. It's always nice to drink some free beer, and a number of friends that we hadn't seen in a while came out to celebrate. I couldn't get a decent picture of the plates, but here are the two newest members of the UFO club's Ring of Honor.

4. The chili cookoff at church was a great success. The Mister and I brought two crockpots and left with about half of one, so it was pretty popular. We won the title of most savory chili. I'm still trying to work out sharing the recipe on the blog. It's secret recipe from a friend, so I was thinking I'd list the base ingredients and leave out the secret ingredients. Then everyone could modify it as they want. What do you think?


5. Coffee makes me happy, and that's why I'm giving it away. Check it out HERE.

If you want to play along with the Happy List, click the button at the top of the post to link up with Mamarazzi.

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Friday, February 25

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Confession is good for the soul.

I confess...
Work has been kicking my butt this week. It's always like that at the end of the month, but this week it just seems worse. Maybe it's because the weather has been so pretty that I just don't want to be in the office. So I may be leaving a little earlier than I really should. You know that the means? It means I'm going to have to give my Saturday morning to the office to catch up.

 “Practicing tropical medicine in a third-world country is a different game.... You don’t have high tech, you don't have big pharma—you have your brain, you have your instincts.”
I confess...
Dr. Ben Keeton from Off the Map is my newest crush. He's just so darn hot, and I love his accent. =) Luckily the Mister doesn't mind me having tv crushes. Actually, I asked the Mister to start watching the show with me because I thought he would like it, which he did. And I'm really glad about that because we haven't had a show we watch together since Lost ended.

I confess...
I still haven't picked gone through my chili recipes and decided which one I'm cooking for the cookoff on Sunday. I blame work, but the doesn't change that I need to decide. And go grocery shopping. I really need to get that done tonight since I'll be in the office tomorrow morning.

I confess...
I'm thrilled at how many entries there are so far for my first giveaway. I was hesitant to host one because I wasn't sure that I could put a package together that people would want to win. Clearly, coffee is a good choice.

I confess...
I like playing this game too much on Facebook. I may need to seek out a support group.
I confess....
I don't really want a Chrysler, but I am from Detroit. And I get excited every time I see this commercial. Imported from Detroit. Oh yeah.



If you want to play along with Friday Confessional, click the button to link up with Mamarazzi and Glamazon.

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Thursday, February 24

Hi everyone!

I promised a giveaway on Monday, and then my week turned into one of those weeks. This morning is the first chance I've really had to get back to my blog. I hope you forgive me! I've been thinking about a giveaway since I hit 100 followers and what I would enjoy giving to one of my readers.

It's no secret on my blog that I'm a BIG fan of coffee. I mention it probably once a week. And last week on Mamarazzi's blog, she gave away an adorable coffee cozy from CreamNoSugar. When I saw the etsy shop, I immediately thought of a half dozen people that I knew who would enjoy a cozy from the shop.

So I purchased the cozies I wanted to give to my friends, and now I want to give one to one of my lovely blog readers.This giveaway is a coffee-related goody box, which includes the following:

this "Sealed with a Kiss" coffee cozy from CreamNoSugar and a coffee mug

a $25 Starbucks gift card

a bag of my newest coffee love - New England Coffee's San Francisco Blend

This giveaway is open to US and Canada readers. Here's how you can enter. Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

1. Be a follower of this blog and leave a comment below telling me what you do in the middle of a stressful day for a pick-me-up. If you don't have your email active with your profile, be sure to leave your email in the comment. (Mandatory - 1 entry)

2. Follow us on twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Comment with link to your tweet: @highheeledlove is giving away a coffee goodie box. Visit www.high-heeledlove.com to find out how to enter. (1 extra entry)

3. Update your Facebook status with a link to High-Heeled Love's Facebook page. (You'll have to like it first.) You can to the page by clicking on my sidebar box. (1 extra entry)

4. Post on your blog about the giveaway. Be sure to link back to this post and include my button. Comment with a link to your post. (5 extra entries)

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The giveaway closes at midnight on Friday, March 4. The winner will be selected by random.org and announced Friday afternoon.

P.S. This is a not a sponsored giveaway. All items were purchased by me. I will not be receiving anything from any company for hosting this giveaway.
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Monday, February 21

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This is what's making me smile today.

1. The weather this weekend was absolutely perfect. The Mister and I played outside all Saturday afternoon. By play outside, I mean that Mister spent the whole day trimming hedges and pulling up vines and I sat in the sunshine and read a magazine. We clearly have different ideas about relaxing.

2. I heart Shutterfly. They are always giving me free things. And now these address card are on their way to our house, though I didn't realize until after I ordered them that they match baby boy Baptism stationery. We have no babies to baptize; I just thought they were a pretty label for a Christian household.

3. I will be announcing my first blog giveaway this afternoon!

4. Yesterday, the Mister and I stopped by Manifest. I'm hunting a used copy of Season 6 of Grey's Anatomy. I wasn't able to find that, but I did find Seasons 1 & 2 of Private Practice on sale buy one, get one 50% off. Two seasons came home with me for less than 25 dollars. I love a good deal.

5. Our church is having a chili cook off next Sunday to raise money for the the youth trip. So I'll be spending the week going through my recipes and picking my favorite to make. I make a mean batch of chili, and I'm excited to share mine off with our church family.


If you want to play along with this week's Happy List, be sure to click the button at the top of the post to link up with Mamarazzi.

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Friday, February 18

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Confession is good for the soul.

I confess...

The weather has been so nice this week that I'm dying to play hooky for an afternoon and go play outside. I mean how can you concentrate on work when it is 75 and sunny outside? I think we should go to go three-day work weeks and four-day weekends during the spring time.

I confess...

When we went out for sushi on Valentine's Day, my eyes were way bigger than my stomach. To the tune of us taking an order of vegetable tempura home because we ate some much we didn't even touch it. I confess that I ate that entire order of vegetable tempura for lunch the next day. I'm going to give myself a premature heart attack, but it was so good.

I confess...

I am entirely too excited about meeting some friends at the Flying Saucer for a beer this evening after work. Sometimes Happy Hour is just that exciting. It's not as though I've had a hard week at work but still.

I confess...

I have finally gotten my butt in gear and started exercising. When the weather is as nice as it has been, you really have no excuse to not at least take a walk with your dogs. And the Mister and I will go for a bike ride this weekend, though I wish we were heading to Charleston to go ride at the beach.

I confess...

That almost 50 followers after my goal, I have decided on and purchased most of the items for my first bloggy giveaway. Check back on Monday for details. I'll give you one hint - It has to do with my love of coffee.

If you want to play along with Friday Confessions, click the button at the top of the blog to link up with Mamarazzi and Glamazon.

Images from weheartit

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Tuesday, February 15

...I've been thinking about a Thirty Before Thirty list for a while, and since Valentine's Day also marks the six-month mark to my 30th birthday, I've decided I better compile this list if I'm going to allow myself time to complete it.
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” ― Maya Angelou
1. Train for and run a 10K
2. Use my passport
3. Visit Kate in California
4. Learn to can my own jam and salsa
5. Spend more time outdoors with my husband this summer
6. Make an appointment with a dermatologist and get my moles checked
7. Find a new swimsuit and love how it fits me
8. Start wearing make-up to work every day
9. Finish making my husband's scarf
10. Be consistent with eating breakfast and taking my vitamins everyday
11. Take a roll class and go kayaking at least once this summer with Rob
12. Get our wills and Powers of Attorney drawn up
13. Start saving for a new laptop
14. Begin teaching myself to knit
15 Spend an afternoon volunteering at a charity or soup kitchen
16. Find a Bible study that inspires me and begin working with it.
17. De-clutter one room each month
18. Go to a yoga class
19. Plan more girls' nights out
20. Successfully grow my herb garden this year and use it in our cooking
21. Get my music and photos organized
22. Start training at the Mister's dojo
23. Host a Bunco party
24. Hold three blog giveaways
25. Actually complete the 30 Day Shred
26. Take my husband to the beach to watch the sunrise
27. Allot myself one "me" evening each month to spend writing and one to spend pampering myself
28. Reorganize my office and go more paperless
29. Take a salsa class with the Mister
30. Read five classic books that I've "always meant to read" and see five classic movies that I've "always meant to see"

Is anyone else working a list similar to this? If enough people are interested, I'd be willing to host a monthly link-up to check with our progress. Email me at highheeledlove@gmail.com to let me know if you're interested.

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Monday, February 14

Hi everyone...I'm posting for a third time today to help a friend out. An old friend and co-worker from college is trying to win a contest for the next big style blogger. Her blog, Everyday Eva, is currently amongst the top 16 most popular blogs. Would you mind heading over to HERE to vote for her?

Just sign in through your Facebook profile and click the pink heart on Eva's picture.

Thanks!


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This Happy List is going to be Valentine's Day themed. If you're not in a Valentine's Day mood, you may want to skip this post.

“To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.” ― Anne-Sophie Swetchine

1. This happened in the afternoon, or it would have totally made my Friday confessions - I found a gray hair. I'm not graying yet; I refuse, so Friday evening was spent with a a bottle. A color bottle. Now I have a pretty new hair color.
 I'm also wearing my new earrings.

2. To go along with my new hair color, I decided to give myself a manicure using the pinkalicious polish that Janna sent in my pinktastic swap package.

3. The Mister and I headed to Clemson for the weekend to see my buddy Rob. We had a great weekend that involved grilling steaks, playing dominoes, fixing a computer, beer and Valentine's Day funfetti cupcakes. (I found them at the third grocery store I went to.)
4. This morning I woke up to find the Mister had two bouquets of fresh flowers for me - one for the office and one for at home. I really, really love that man. =)

5. My MIL made us the cute, little brownie pops. Now I'm inspired to make some to share with my friends.

What's on your happy list? If you wan to play along, click the button to link up with Mamarazzi every week.
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Chaos Theory
This week, I'll be participating in the All You Need is Love Challenge, which is being hosted by Sam, Neely and Courtney. If you want to play along, click the button to link up each day.


Whether in love or out, on Valentine's Day, I {love} to...
Listen to love songs

Wear something pink or red

Eat conversation hearts

Get fresh flowers for my office

Watch Sex and the City

Enjoy a glass (or two) of red

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Sunday, February 13

Chaos Theory
This week, I'll be participating in the All You Need is Love Challenge, which is being hosted by Sam, Neely and Courtney. If you want to play along, click the button to link up each day.
I {love} when I feel beautiful/sexy/pretty. This happens when...
  • My jeans fit just right
  • I wearing pretty, lacy unmentionables
  • I'm having a good hair day
  • My husband tells me I look beautiful
  • The makeup just seems to come together
  • I wear my favorite perfume or lotion
  • I've just gotten my wedding rings cleaned and they're super sparkly
  • I finish a workout and have a really good flush in my cheeks
  • I've spent the whole evening laughing with my friends
  • I get to wear a new pair of heels

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