Friday Things

1. I am loving this fun scarf and colorful monogrammed phone case from Ella Madison Boutique. The scarf is sooo soft and cozy. Seriously cuddly! I never want to take it off. And I love all things rainbow and monogrammed, so naturally I love this case! But hurry, the cases are only going to be in her shop until February 11th, so if you want one, go check them out now! There’s tons of fun colors and patterns available.

2. Are you on Vine yet? Vine is THE place to be right now! ;) It’s an iPhone app that’s just like Instagram, except instead of photos, it’s short, six-second videos. It’s really fun so far! I’m really enjoying watching other people’s Vines, although I’m still getting the hang of making them myself. :) I haven’t decided if it’s got the staying power of Instagram though… What do you think? I’m kevinandamanda over there, see if you can find me! I’ve only got one video so far though… :)

3. I am obsessed with throw pillows right now. I love this vintage inspired pocket watch pillow!

4. I am making Picky Palate’s Red Velvet Milky Way Cake Cookies for Valentine’s Day . I love cake mix cookies, and these look so decadent and gooey! YUM! I can’t wait!

5. I’ve got a long plane trip coming up, and I’m going to start this book. I don’t know anything about it. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it?

6. This is way, way overdue, but I have been wanting to give a huge shoutout to the awesome realtor who sold our house, John Morley. If you are in the Huntsville, Alabama area and need to sell your house, I would 100% recommend him!! Our house had 6 showings in the first week and sold in 11 days. After every showing we got an email telling us the potential buyer’s level of interest in the house, what they thought of the inside, what they thought of the outside, and whether they were considering making an offer. The first five emails said “No” but when we got that sixth that said “Yes” we nearly jumped out of our seats!

John was Kevin’s lab partner in school at Auburn. They both were in school to become software developers, but a few weeks before graduation Kevin and John were having lunch one day, and John turned to Kevin and said, “Man, I just don’t think I can do this for the rest of my life. What about you?” Kevin thought, Uhh yeah! We’re two weeks from graduation, lol! Six months later John started the Morley Real Estate Group.

All those years of engineering at Auburn paid off though and have given  John an extremely unique, organized, and logical approach to real estate. First there’s no contract, so if you’re not happy,  you’re not stuck! Just give him a try, and if it doesn’t work you’re not tied down. You can simply switch. Second, he brought out a professional photographer who specializes in real estate and interior design photography to take the photos for our listing — at no cost to us. This is a HUGE factor in my opinion. Photos are what give potential buyers their first impression of a house. Third — and this one cracked me up! — if he doesn’t call you with an update on your house and how many times it’s been shown each week, he’ll pay you $100 for every week he doesn’t call. How funny is that? :) Plus he’s just got an all-around darned great personality. We loved him. Thank you John!

7. And finally, in case someone hasn’t told you today… You’re awesome. And I love ya.



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Dora February 8, 2013 at 1:46 am

I am on Vine, too!! (dorapanariti)
But waaaaaaay coward to start “filming”! hehehe!
Love it to the core! ;-)

And love, ya too! :D:D


Lois February 8, 2013 at 5:38 am

Vine sounds fun but the filters aren’t great so there are still issues with unwanted **** coming through. Be careful, especially if your kids have it. Thanks for the other tips though, Amanda! Have a great Friday!


Ana Burrows February 8, 2013 at 5:55 am

My book club read this book. It is actually really good. The story is very interesting. I am sure you’ll like it.


Terry February 8, 2013 at 7:26 am

The book looks like a good read ~ will have to see if the library has it first! (I’m cheap)!! Love Love the phone cases ~ Love anything monogramed!
BTW…my old high school sweetheart is a home builder in Huntsville…by any chance did you buy a home from Mark Harris Homes LLC? He is an Auburn grad also!! WDE!!!!


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh February 8, 2013 at 7:50 am

Love the scarf as well and I’m thinking of grabbing that book for my plane ride!

Oh yeah and I know you’re a crafty gal, so if you go to GraphicsFairy, I’m almost positive they have a pocket watch graphic to make your own pillow if you want to. :-)


Angie February 8, 2013 at 8:08 am

Amanda, I loved that book!! Great choice!


Holly February 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

“On the Island” is a fantastic book! The author is from my town (we’re so proud!) and I work with her neighbor who brought us in signed copies a few weeks before the release date. I also have it on good authority that she has sold the movie rights for it so there will likely be a movie. And she’s got at least 2 more books coming out soon! Enjoy! Love these favorites post.


Sharie T February 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

OMG! I asked about a book for my trip to Maui, HI last month. Five hour flight. I asked a book reviewer who I have known all her life. “On The Island, was a must read,” she said. So I did….I really liked it! You’ll just need one tissue :) There is another one in the works. I wrote the author on fb and she replied.
Never heard of The Vine. My husband would like to move to Huntsville after he retires.
Thank you for your last photography post. I am SO glad I follow your blog!!


~*kristi*~ February 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

There’s another app that looks similar to Vine that’s called Lightt that I love! For 7 seconds it takes continuous photos and turns the photos basically into a little gif :) It’s really fun!


Angie @ Big Bear's Wife February 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

Love everything about this list.. except Vine… :( I can’t get it because I don’t have an iPhone. Love the scarf!


Kelly M. February 8, 2013 at 9:56 am

I read that book in one sitting– best book I read all year. Enjoy! It won’t disappoint.


Tracey February 8, 2013 at 10:11 am

The book looks good; might have to check it out myself. However, I couldn’t read about a plane crash while on a plane!!! Safe travels!!! :D


Adrienne Seal February 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

I’m also on Vine! I’m Cajunblu. Good to see you there.


Chere Mortensen February 8, 2013 at 11:01 am

Ordered the book on Kindle, looks good, will read next. The pillows are nice will check out the site. Scarves have become my new best friend. How do you store you scarves? Have a great trip.


LinhC February 8, 2013 at 11:02 am

Have you tried Nothing Bundt Cake in Huntsville? My Huntsville cousins say the carrot cake is to die for. I will be in Madison later on this month and I plan to drive to Huntsville just to get some bundtlettes.


Elizabeth February 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

LOVED that book! Read it all in a day!


Kimberly Bonham February 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Love your website! New follower!


Amy February 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I love Auburn “family” stories! :) WDE


Alisha T. February 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm

You’re pretty awesome yourself, Amanda!


Jenny Flake February 8, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Ooooo, that scarf is calling my name!! So glad you and Kevin and making those Red Velvet Cake Cookies, we gobbled them up so fast, I’ll be making another batch very soon :) xoxoxo


Carla @ Carlas Confections February 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Youre awesome Amanda! Love everything in this list!! Not sure about vine yet though… I havent gotten on there bc I have no clue what I would post haha. The scarf and cell phone case are too too cute!!!


Sara February 8, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I love the phone case! I just got the iPhone 5 and a cool case…but the stupid screen cover keeps bubbling. Darn it!
I think that’s awesome that your house sold! Sounds like an amazing realtor! I hope you guys got what you asked for!
I think you’re awesome too! Love you and you’re awesome website!


Joy February 9, 2013 at 6:59 am

I absolutely loved that book! It is one of my favorites and I couldn’t put it down. Enjoy it!


Lori Peuterbaugh February 9, 2013 at 7:54 am

Great post Amanda!! I LOVE THE SCARF & phone case. I am going to check out the Vine, never heard of it. Okay, I love the pillow too… My daughter has it for her new bedroom that she is moving too in 98 days(she’s getting married ) & I am making her coordinated MR.& MRS. ones plus a long one with their name & est. 2013!! So fun. Those cookies are getting made for Valentines Day for the loves of my life-husband, children & spouses or soon to be spouses!! I purchased that book on NOOK, I haven’t read it yet but my daughter in law may have… Enjoy! Your realtor/friend sounds amazing!! Glad that all worked out so well for you two!! Have a great weekend….and BTW….you are wonderful too!!


Amy of while wearing heels February 10, 2013 at 10:22 pm

What fun finds. I love the monogrammed iphone case. I haven’t heard of The Vine but it does seem like fun. I’ll have to go and check that out.


tiffany h. February 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Oh how I love these type of posts from you! Love love love that scarf! My hubby just surprised me with a new iPhone 5 so I need a new case. Off to check out the one you showed in the post…


Hana Hira February 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

from my junior school till now. i always love your blog ^^


Nikki February 16, 2013 at 10:21 am

Love your blog and fabulous pea fonts :-) Just having difficulty installing them on my laptop. I have downloaded them no problem but when I drag them to install in ‘fonts’ on my control panel it won’t let me as it says they are ‘invalid fonts’? Any advice please? Thanks for sharing :-)


Samuel & Sefika February 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Hi Amanda thank you for the link to Acacia Design’s gorgeous ‘Vintage Inspired Pocket Watch Clock Cushion’ on Forages.

You have just got some new fans from over here at Forages, we love your blog.

Samuel & Sefika & Team x


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