Twillypop Cyber Monday specials

I love me some Twillypop. Run, don't walk, over to her etsy store for her fabulous (and really affordable) Christmas specials!
Here's the rundown:
Cyber Monday Specials:
Available to all: The sale section is brand new and only for Monday. The prices of those necklaces will be original price on Tuesday.

Available only to my Facebook Fans and/or blog followers:
With any 24.00 Twillypop purchase (shipping not included) get one of the Twillypop Girls (6.95) free!

With any 30.00 purchase or more (before shipping) get a free necklace of your choosing up to a 12.00 value! Whoo-hoo!

Shall we get a little crazy? If you spend 55.00, you get both of the free necklaces: one $6.95 and any other up to $12.00 value!

All necklaces are gift boxed for free!
Prices effective 12:00a.m. Monday through 11:59 p.m.
Not a fan or blog follower and want the deals? No problem! Simply become one!

Twinkle toes and frosty nose,
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Artsy Fartsy (MrsAFS) on Twitter

Artsy Fartsy (MrsAFS) on Twitter: "Check out my dear friend's awesome kitchen paint job! Go eggplant! http://tinyurl.com/blooming..."

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Hi. I am here to sheepishly announce that I gave in and am now Twittering. I know I am WAY behind the times (kind of like when I said two years ago that skinny jeans and leggings would never last and they are STILL around).

Anyway, I am twittering. So far, I feel a little lost, and I'm not quite sure what I'm doing. I figured that if I every break away from the law and try to do something else, I might need to twitter, and I wanted to go ahead and hold my name.

So, if you are into this sort of thing, you can find me at http://twitter.com/MrsAFS.

Let me know what you think, if you have any suggestions, or, on a completely unrelated note...yummy recipes!

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New Landscape Plan For Our Yard!

Qh hello, dear ones! Hope you are having a great day!

I just wanted to share with you a little bit of our sparkly new landscaping. It is a work in progress, and there are NO guarantees that the bushes planted will stay where they are, but it is so fun to have some green in are front yard! This past weekend, the Knight's family was in town, and we moseyed on over to the fabulous Dabney's Nursery. 150 acres of pure unadulterated plant love. I was in heaven.

At Dabney's, I showed them a picture of the front of our house, showed them where we had shade and no shade, and drew a diagram of the sun's pattern. I gave them my budget and told them that I was interested in evergreens, especially flowering evergreens. Also, my color scheme is various shades of green, white, purples, and touches of red. Armed with that info, we hopped in a golf cart with a knowledgeable pro and proceeded to drive to greenhouse after greenhouse.

The cool thing about Dabney's is that they grow most of their plants at the nursery...this is great for ensuring your plants can survive in Memphis soil. Also, their prices are VERY reasonable. I recommend them to anyone who is staring out or needing to add a few pieces. They are great!

I don't know if you recall, but when we bought our house, we inherited several lovely (cough, cough) 50 year prickly holly bushes. Here's a pic taken when we were wee apartment renters and soon-to-be home-owners.

Here's our home now.
What a different a year makes! New paint, new gutters, 50 year old plants gone, and practically virginal flower beds (also lovingly referred to as "Our Blank Canvas!")

(beds were tilled, treated with soil conditioner, and mulched)

Our neighborhood inspiration - other homes that have been recently painted and landscaped:

Now the work can begin!

Placement is key...we moved everything around, took pictures, and moved plants around again. There is a good chance I will dig up some stuff and move it around even more...we'll just have to see. :)

How did we line up our plants symmetrically? A little bit of twine, a tape measure, a stake at one end, and the hand railing leading up to your steps is all you need.

Hello symmetry!

Here's the (semi) final plan (complete with plant names!):

(Left side of front)

(Right side of front)

The final product (for now!)
mulch and my own personal mancandy,
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Mancandy Monday

New Moon? Anyone? Talk about a blockbuster weekend!

I have heard from several people that it was a really good movie, even if you didn't like/didn't read the books. I'm hoping the Knight and I can go see it very soon!

(photo courtesy of here)

In honor of its arrival (finally), here's a tribute to a few of the New Moon Men (plus one from the Twilight movie).

Happy Monday!

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Twilight Premiere Party Ideas

So, how many of you have already seen New Moon? Is it good? I can't wait to hear what you think!

You know, I have been counting down the days until the big day, I already bought my tickets for the Knight and me to go see it tonight with a bunch of our friends and the entire Memphis teenybopper population, and GUESS WHAT????

I can't go.

sniff, sniff. BOO-HOO-HOO!

Actually, it is okay, really, I mean it...the Knight's family is coming into town today, and they are spending the weekend with us. I haven't seen them FOREVER, so I am very excited about spending time with them. We are going to go to a Pottery Guild show, possibly do some landscaping at our casa, AND - We have a lot to celebrate!

First, on Tuesday, the Knight became a fully certified air traffic controller ("CPC"). He has been training in a very stressful environment for the past 2.5 years, and he is finally DONE! Whoo-hoo! I am so proud of him. My husband is such a STUD!

Last night, I was elected to the Young Lawyer's Division Board of Directors. It is a lot of work, but it is an honor!

The Knight and I will go see it after everyone leaves, but if you are one of the fortunate enough to be able to see it this weekend, Create My Event has some fabulous New Moon inspired party tips and recipes.
Go check it out - its guaranteed to be scarily delicious!

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Pictures of the "Man Room"

Just started setting things up last night, but wanted to give you a quick snippet of the Knight's man room:

All throw pillows, blankets, and lamps are from Target. The rug is from Home Depot.

Pictures which may or may not be used on the walls:

Also, Betty and Henry say hello.

And Betty wants me to remind you that smoking is bad for your health. :)

Leather and lace,
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New furniture coming today!

I'm so excited, I can hardly contain myself! Last week, the Knight and I ordered a new sectional and ottoman for his "man room." It will arrive today! Yippee! This is the mood board that I have put together for his room.

It may not all actually happen, but it can be my inspiration. What do you think?

Source list:
Prints from here.
Pillows from here and here.
Sofa from here.
Floor lamp from here.
Rug from here.
Entertainment center from here.
Accessories from here, here, here, and here.
Side table from here.

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43rd Annual CMA Awards! (and my experience as an extra!)

h my goodness! Last Wednesday was SO MUCH FUN! I couldn't let on earlier, but my friends and I got to be Taylor Swift's extras when she performed her song, "fifteen," at the CMAs!

Heavens to Betsy had a wonderful connection, and offered a chance to eleven of us girls to get all purtied up to be a part of the show.

We got to watch the dress rehearsal, had seats at the actual CMAs, met Taylor and some of her staff, and I saw her parents and her brother! When Taylor sang, we sat on the front row of the seats, while all the youngsters from Hendersonville High School surrounded her on the floor. Can you believe it has been TEN YEARS since I was in high school?!? Cuh-razy.

(If you look real close, you can see me in a green dress to your right, her left. I'm not smiling in this instant, but I assure you, I was having a blast!)

While being a part of her performance was a definite highlight, getting to watch the dress rehearsal of all the stars was my favorite part.

I have to say that I was very impressed with the amount of talent that was featured this year. I guess I always assumed that a lot of songs you hear on the radio have a lot of "electronic help," and I'm sure they do...but to hear Reba, Martina, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, and all the rest belt out their songs live was incredible. They have some serious pipes!

Watching Taylor Swift sweep the awards was fabulous, too.

I know some people think she is tone deaf, but when I heard her rehearse, I was very impressed with her voice and her "presence." She seemed genuinely happy to have so many crazy kids cheering for her, and made a point to thank everyone over and over. I have a feeling that, if her performance of Fifteen on the show was a little off, it was because of the hundreds of fans singing along with her. It was very loud!

Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you the coolest part. The next day, you could see us on US Weekly's website and CNN! So cool!

It was fun to play Nashville Diva for a day, but I'm glad my life isn't nearly as chaotic. All in all, it was a wonderful time with old friends making new memories!

Fifteen forever,
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