Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Music = Memories

Todays topic is 5 songs that speak to you or bring back memories.

I LOVE music! Mainly country music, but I listen to alot of different things! I also like to listen to music that means something to me or speaks to me so this topic was easy!

Of course every time I hear any music that was used at our wedding, I get goosebumps. But I've shared all the music that we used in our ceremony here so I won't bore you with all of them again. But my most favorite piece was "Somewhere over the Rainbow" by Iz. It's what I walked down the aisle too and I can't help but think of that feeling I had that day when I hear this song! 

And every time I hear Bob Marley music, I think back to our trip to Jamaica! They pretty much played Bob Marley all day by the pool so we eventually learned all the words to all his music by the end of our 6th day! haha! One Love is one of my favorites of his and takes me back to the beach with a rum punch in hand!

When John and I first started dating, we listened to a lot of Texas Country - Stoney, RRB, CCR, etc. His old roommate has a band and did a lot of cover music so we spent alot of weekends out watching them. There are a couple of songs that remind me of our early dating days, but Stoney Larue's "Feet Don't Touch the Ground" really reminds me of the first couple of weeks of us dating. The smitten feeling that I had, the feeling of falling in love.... We've done many of slow 2 step dances to this song :)

This is going to sound so stupid, but Jason Aldean's "Amarillo Sky" was mine and few friends "theme song" through nursing school. What does a farm and crops and Amarillo have to do with nursing school? Well, the lyrics "I never complain, I never ask why, please don't let my dreams run dry" fit us perfectly! It was the hardest 2 years of my life and I really thought my dreams would be crushed before every test we took! haha. So now when I hear that song I think back to how hard I worked those 2 years!!!

And this will probably even sound more stupid to some of you... Miranda Lambert's "Over You" was just coming out and getting popular last March (2012)...right when Cotton died. I know this song is about a HUMAN but I couldn't help but relate it to Cotton. "But you went away, How dare you? I miss you. They say I’ll be OK, But I’m not going to ever get over you...It really sinks in, you know, when I see it in stone" If you don't have pets you probably can't understand this, but at the time it really spoke to me so now when I hear it, I think of Cotton.

What songs speak to you? 


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend in Iphone Pictures

Well, I've obviously failed at the blog every day thing... But I'll keep on going with the topics anyway...

So today is all pictures so I thought I would share our Memorial Day Weekend in Iphone pics!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Lady and her Dog

I know this video has pretty much gone viral on facebook and youtube but I couldn't not share it....

Y'all know my love for animals so this really hit me. I heard the audio of it driving to work this morning and I just cried on my way to work in my car. Then my step dad posted the link to the video on my facebook page this afternoon and of course I cried again watching it. 

I know that so many people lost everything in Moore, Oklahoma, including family members. But something about this story just really hit my heart. This lady lost everything but at least she has her dog now to help her get through these next months of trying to rebuild her life. 

Keep Moore, Oklahoma, Grandbury, Texas and the other cities that have been hit by these devastating storms in your prayers. Grandbury is so close to my hometown and has a special meaning to me. We grew up going to Grandbury Lake every year. I spent ALOT of time in that city. I really can't imagine what these families are going through, but all we can do is send our thoughts and prayers and of course donations if we are financially able. 

You can text REDCROSS 90999 to automatically donate $10 to help ou with the disaster relief. 


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

StoryMix Giveaway Winner and My Favorite Posts

First of all I want to say a huge thank you to WeddingMix for hosting the amazing giveaway on my blog. $300 is a big prize and I know the person who won is in for a huge treat to be working with this great company!


Congratulations to Lindsay! I can not wait to see your video after your wedding! It's SO close!!

And, WeddingMix and I would love to continue the wedding conversation on Pinterest! WeddingMix set up several group boards to which we can all pin and invite friends. Feel free to share your best tips or inspiration for:
Wedding Planning Tips and Tricks
Destination Weddings
Wedding DIY
Bridal Fashion

To join the boards, just follow WeddingMix and myself on Pinterest. And leave a comment here with a link to your pinterest profile.

Thank you again Ariane and everyone else at WeddingMix!!

And for todays topic on Jenni's blog... links to my favorite posts in my archive!

I've got a lot of new readers around here so I definitely wanted to take this opportunity to link back to my favorite posts and the posts where you can learn alot more about me!

I started blogging back in January of 2010 and it was a 'Project 365 blog.' In June of 2010 I decided to change it to just a regular lifestyle blog and changed my blog name to 'What Makes Savanah Smile...'

This was my first blog post with the "new blog"

I wrote 2 really great posts about why I blog. #1 and #2.

And here are some posts where you can find some random facts about me:
The Facts of Me
If You Really Knew Me
Blogger 411

I had a breast reduction last August and feel like I really impacted a lot of people with those posts. Read about it here, here, and here

I wrote about our Mr. Cotton and how we lost him last March due to Congestive Heart Failure.

And of course ALLLLLL of our wedding posts are on the top of my list :)


Monday, May 20, 2013


Today's topic on Jenni's blog was something your struggling with... I was going to write about this anyway, so I thought I would share it today. 

My biggest internal struggle right now is my weight. I hate the way I feel and look lately. I've always been a "bigger" girl, but right now I'm at the heaviest I've ever been. I've never had a problem with my waist being big. I've always just had big legs and I've been ok with it. Lately all my weight has been going to my stomach and I'm literally disgusted looking at myself in the mirror. I've started buying bigger shirts so it covers up my stomach and find myself "sucking in" all the time.

I love food and I hate working out. Not a good combo right?! But I know I HAVE to do something. So, I've started working out. John bought me the Polar FT4 and I will say that has helped me get motivated. We have a treadmill at our house so I have no excuse. I've started just fast walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes and I've gradually added in 30 seconds to 1 minute of jogging. If you can even call it jogging - it's more like waddling. But, hey, it's something and it's getting easier every day. The 1 minute long stretches are getting easier and I can do them more often without feeling like my heart is going to beat out of my chest. My mom also added me on their family membership at L.A. Fitness because they could have 4 people on it. Have I been? NOPE! Once I feel more confident on the treadmill and not like I'm going to pass out, I think I will feel more comfortable going to a gym. I want to incorporate classes in, but right now I'm scared.

We have tennis courts in our townhome complex too and we have taken advantage of that on a few occasions. I'd like to do it more to change things up and have some fun while working out. I also have a nice bike I got a few years ago and a bike trail that's very close to our house. John and I need to take advantage of that as well. 

{after playing tennis on an unusually cold night a few weeks ago}

As far as working out goes, my goal as of right now is to use our treadmill at least 4 times a week for at least 30 minutes - walking and jogging. Gradually adding in more jogging than walking. And adding in tennis and bike riding on days when the treadmill is just not what I want to do. 

And then there's the diet... it's gotta change. No if's, and's or but's. Sweets and carbs are my weakness and I have to change that. I just bought a meal planner notebook from Maybooks so we can start meal planning and finding healthy recipes before going to the grocery store. Hopefully this will get us on track with our diet and help with our grocery budget. 

Have any of you struggled with the same thing? How did you get through it? What are some of your motivations to go work out? Any tips you have are greatly appreciated! 


Friday, May 17, 2013

a favorite

Since I have nothing else to blog about today, I thought I would go along with Jenni's topic and post a favorite pic of myself.

And just like almost everyone else's, it's going to be from our wedding but probably not one that you would think... There were lots of beautiful pictures of my dress, my shoes, my flowers...

But this one shows me and exactly how I felt that day seeing my husband at the end of the aisle.

I was a huge ball of nerves standing on the other side of the resort and walking the LONG walk up to the front where the gazebo was. But as soon as I turned that corner to the aisle and could see my husband seeing me for the first time, it all went away. The smile on my face and the look I'm giving John is what makes me love this picture of me so much.

And just because.... this is why I had that huge smile on my face...

While the photographer was capturing me, Emily was capturing him. That smile on my face is all because of him :) I am so thankful Emily got this picture!! 

It's really funny that this ended up being the topic today. Last night I couldn't think of anything to blog about so I asked John and he said "write about how awesome your husband is." So here you go babe ;) 
You are awesome and the reason I have that same big smile on my face every single day. Thank you for supporting me and loving me no matter what. Love you!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pinterest Inspired Bathroom Re-do

John and I moved in to our house in 2009. Well, he did and I "unofficially" lived here for a few months until I officially moved in in May 2010.

We have a townhome that has 2 bedrooms (both considered masters) and 2 full bathrooms upstairs connected to each bedroom. Even though we have OUR bedroom, we call that his bedroom since that is where all of his clothes are and he uses that bathroom. We don't sleep in MY bedroom, but that is where my bathroom is, where my clothes are and where I get ready in the morning.

So anyway, my bathroom has been needing an update for a long time. When we moved in, it had this ugly pinkish tile, horrible knobs and an ugly sliding shower door. I didn't want to spend a lot of money with decorations because I honestly I hated the way it looked. So, I went to walmart and bought a few things to help spruce it up a little bit.

This picture is from when we first moved in... You can't really see the knobs but they are white with ugly flowers on them. Not really my style!

This was after a few updates (new knobs and a few decorations) but before the new tile and the latest updates...

Finally, after about a year of living here, we got new tile installed! 

And then when we got engaged I knew it was time to finally make the bathroom how I really wanted it! I REALLY wanted to knock out the sliding door but that's not exactly in our budget so I went to pinterest to find ways to make it work. 

I found a few pins that really helped with my inspiration... 

So we registered for all new things (for both of our bathrooms!) and went to work on making some of these pinterest visions come to life... 

I am SO happy with how my bathroom looks now! Of course there are some things I would like to change - new cabinets, new sink, new light fixtures, new mirror, etc, but those aren't in our budget! haha! This made a huge difference with the way the bathroom looks and it makes me alot happier in the mornings when I'm getting ready in here :) Who would have thought just hanging a shower curtain over the door and putting a few pieces of scrapbook paper in frames would make such a difference? 

Hopefully in the next few months we will be getting the cabinets and walls painted and a new vanity top! :) 

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