Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wedding Wednesday

Happy Wednesday y'all!
We are getting closer and closer to the wedding (5 months) and with every passing month we cross more and more stuff off our to-do list. I thought it would be fun to see what all we have accomplished and what all we have left to do...

Set a date (June 22, 2013)
Book venue (Variety Works-Madison, Georgia)
Book photographer (Kaitie Bryant)
Book videographer *need to do this asap
Book DJ (Party with Marty)
Ask bridal party to be in wedding
Book caterer & bar (Countryside Catering) 
       Register    *We’ve started this, still have one place left!            
Book florist (La Petit Jardon)
Buy wedding dress (Formally Yours)
Book ceremony musician (Emily Hearn)
Take engagement pictures
Select bridesmaid dresses
Select and order groom & groomsmen attire (will probably do this in the next few weeks)
Purchase veil 
Book cake baker (I know who I want just need to set up an appointment)
Buy cake knife & server
Order save the dates  
Finalize guest list   
Send save the dates    
Book officiant *booked but need to finalize details
Pre-marital counseling
Order guest book
Hotel room blocks
MOB & MOG dress shopping
Find wedding shoes
Find wedding jewelry
  Find garter
Book makeup artist & hair stylist
Take bridal portraits / hair & make up trial
Dress Measurements 
1st dress fitting
2nd dress fitting
Order ceremony programs {fans}
Order invitations
Mail invitations
Book rehearsal dinner venue (SIL is working hard on this!!)
Buy RD dress
Order koozies     
Order monogrammed cocktail napkins
Buy bridal party gifts (I’ve been picking up stuff here & there but definitely still have more to get)
Make bridal party gift tags 
Bachelorette party (Jessica is working on this)
Purchase wedding bands (we’ve looked but haven’t purchased yet)
Get marriage license  
Book transportation from reception to hotel
Book honeymoon {St. Lucia!!}
RD invitations
Groom's cake
Music selections to band and ceremony artist
Book wedding night hotel room  
Order thank you notes
Walk down the aisle & become Mr. & Mrs.!!

So as you can see we have a LOT left to do. Luckily I have some amazing bridesmaids and a mom that have been helping SO much : )

Here's to hoping the next five months fly by!!!!!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Scripture Sunday

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Recent OOTD's

Here are two OOTD's from this past week
green cords: Old Navy (featured here) | top: Target | shoes: Tory Burch

top/cardigan: Target | rockstar jeans: Old Navy | boots: Lucky Brand (no longer available) | Monogram necklace: Etsy seller Marinette Jewelry 

Be sure to follow me on Instagram (Jamielb_) for more OOTD's : )


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

J.Crew vs. Old Navy

While out spending some of my birthday money this week I ran into an amazing deal at Old Navy. Select color cords are on sale for $15 (the website actually has them for $12.97)! As soon as I tried them on they immediately reminded me of my J.Crew Toothpick cords... but at a significantly lower price tag! Now don't get me wrong, I love J.Crew as much as anyone, but when I can get basically the same thing (minus the zipper on the ankle--which I really hate anyway) for a fraction of the price I am one happy girl! I actually prefer the Old Navy ones... they are much more comfortable! I snagged up the green pair and am going back to check another ON today for the purple pair since mine didn't have my size :) 

Go out and grab some Old Navy Rockstar Pop-Color Cords while they're still on sale! 


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Birthday Wish List

My birthday is coming up in just a few days [the 29th] so I thought it would be fun to share some things that are on my birthday wish list! 

1- Kiel James Patrick Vicker's Bow. I love the black & white one and think it would be perfect for Georgia games!!
2-Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. I think this would be the perfect addition to my everyday makeup collection. I love all of these colors and would get a lot of use out of this!
3-Bunny slippers!! I saw these at Target the other day and want them so bad! Haha I just think they're so cute!
4-Navy Blue Hunter Rain boots. These would match my new rain jacket perfectly and with all this rain and cold weather we've had lately these would definitely come in handy! 

Hopefully I'll get one {or all} of the things on my list ; )


Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Scripture Sunday

I hope y'all are enjoying this weekly series and are committing these verses to memory with me! This is one of my favorite chapters of the bible and this verse specifically is just great. I strive daily to be a Proverbs 31 women. I encourage y'all to read this chapter this week and find out what it truly means to be a Proverbs 31 women.

Happy Sunday!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Student Teaching

Student teaching is a lot more than I thought it would be. It's a lot harder than I thought, a lot more work, a lot more stressful, but also I am LOVING it much more than I thought I would! I seriously have the best class of little first grade babies EVER. I have really enjoyed getting to know them over the last week and a half. I have started doing a lot of small group and one-on-one work with students. Next week I begin taking over whole group teaching. I'm starting out with Reading and am SO excited about it. 

Here's a look at a little of what has gone on in 1st grade this past week and a half...

My favorite part of the week was Tuesday when I got called to the front office.. 
Adam sent me flowers with a sweet little note that said "Keep working hard!" : )
I love him!!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wedding Wednesday + Love Gives Way

I want to introduce y'all to a company today that I believe is doing a really great thing. Love Gives Way is a group of artists who are coming together to leverage their talents and passions to help rescue and restore those who are stuck in sex trafficking. 

Watch this short video to see exactly what LGW is doing and how brides+grooms can partner with them to help support victims of sex trafficking. I have already contacted a videographer and hope to be able to work with him for our wedding. What an awesome blessing that will be to know every time we watch our wedding video that part of our money went straight to a really amazing cause. What could be better?!


Monday, January 7, 2013

Back to School | Teacher Style

As an Early Childhood major I have had to dress "professionally" a lot over the last four years. It is super important that I always look my best when I'm teaching--after all I am basically on a job interview every day that I am at the elementary school. I've learned that it's best to just stick to the basics and leave my more "fun" clothes for the weekends. Of course, it is always fine to add a pop of color or pattern to your outfit, but you want to remember that your number one priority is to choose an outfit that is functionable. Here are three of my go-to outfits for teaching. 

1. This is probably the most typical outfit you will see me in. Not only is it comfortable; it's still professional without being stuffy. I have a bunch of patterned and striped tops from Target and Old Navy that I love pairing with my khakis. 

2. There are some days that I just really want to dress up. Skirts aren't always functionable, especially in the younger grades when you are on the floor a lot, but for the upper grades this is great. I wore my Jcrew wool skirts a lot when I was teaching fifth. Of course you can never go wrong with the classic Tory Burch Reva. Mine are really broken in so I don't have a problem wearing them all day.

3. This is definitely my favorite type of outfit to wear. We are not allowed to wear jeans so my way of getting around that is to wear my black Old Navy Rockstar Jeans. Are they jeans? ABSOLUTELY, and they are the most comfortable things you will ever put on your body, BUT add a longer top that covers the zipper and cardigan and it instantly makes it look like you're wearing "nice" pants. Can't tell you how many times I have done this and NEVER get questioned. ((I've also worn other Rock Star colored jeans and no one has said anything about them being jeans!))

I know this may not be of interest to many of y'all, but for those of you who are teachers or are student teaching like me, what are your go-to outfits??


Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Year + New Look + New Series

I just want to say a HUGE Thank-you to Bridgett at Osie Moats for my beautiful new blog design. I LOVE IT!! Go check out her awesome DIY blog.. you won't be disappointed--this girl is SUPER talented!

Don't forget, Southern Simplicity Blog is now on Facebook! Search and "like" by clicking here.


Beginning today, every Sunday I am going to be sharing some of my favorite scripture with y'all in hopes that y'all will memorize it with me. Memorizing scripture is SO SO SO important. It can be intimidating but I promise it is so worth it. I can't tell you how many times a day scripture will pop into my head during a certain situation and I am able to make a sound decision about something because I know what the bible tells me.

Today's verse comes from today's SheReadsTruth devotional. I *double* heart this passage. 

I think we are so quick to try to fix things ourselves without relying on God's help, but He promises right here that he will fight for us... we just have to be still

"We memorize scripture not for our own glory or honor, but for the joy of our Father and the growth of His Truth in our hearts."

Will you join me this week by memorizing this scripture? Print it out and stick it on your mirror or in your car, make it your desktop or iPhone lock screen background.. put it somewhere you will see it everyday!

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

SS Blog on Facebook

Southern Simplicity Blog is now on Facebook! Find the page and "like" it by searching Southern Simplicity Blog in the search bar or by clicking here.

Thanks for all y'alls support!


My oh My What a Wonderful Day!

Since we were going to Orlando for the Capitol One Bowl I wanted to go to Disney for a day! I haven't been since I was 18 months old so I was REALLY excited. 
We went on New Years Eve so we knew we needed to get there as early as possible. Adam, Ashley, Andy & I were up and out of our hotel room by 6:30!

As soon as we walked in I started skipping down Main Street singing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah because I was SO happy to be there!! HA! It was FREEZING but I didn't care.. It seriously is the most magical place on earth!

Here are some pictures from our fun day at Magic Kingdom!

Highlight of the day: Dancing in the Disney parade!! Ha!!

And of course, the real reason we went to Orlando was for the bowl game. 
The game was so much fun and I'm so glad we won!!!
Another great season for the Dawgs!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2012 | My Year in Review

I always love doing these year in review posts. I have done them every year that I have been a blogger. Can't believe this is my third year! SO crazy to me! You can read my year in reviews from 2010 and 2011 here and here

Nicole + Tyler came to Atlanta and Jessica and I went to the Passion Conference with them!

and I turned 22! (& Jessica sent me this really cute collage!)

Adam and I celebrated three years of being together : )
and I had a really fun Valentine's party with my 6th grade (at the time) girls!!

My sweet baby cousins, Lila & Ava, were born

& I spent my spring break in Nicaragua

We celebrated Adam's 25th birthday in Tybee : )

My long time friend, Breanna, got married!

Our good friends Kayla & Clayton got married!!

My best friend and roomie, Katie, got married!!

We celebrated my niece, Carolyne-Grace's, 2nd birthday!!

& Adam and I got engaged under the chapel bell on UGA's campus!

Went to Mississippi to visit Nicole
Started my 5th (and final, thank god) year of college!

Took a fun trip to Destin with my parents and Carolyne-Grace

& went to Vertical Reality with my 7th grade girls (and lots of my friends) from Athens Church

and we took our engagement pictures

and I had my first wedding shower--Monograms & Mimosas!

Went to Jacksonville for the Georgia/Florida game

Met the Honey Boo Boo's!

And celebrated Halloween with the cutest flower in the garden ; )

Booked our honeymoon to Sandals La Toc in St. Lucia!

And went to Auburn for the Georgia/Auburn game!

Adam and I took a road trip to Mississippi to spend time with Tyler and Nicole and I got to go to her first wedding shower!

Went to Orlando for the UGA bowl game and got to go to Disney! (the game was actually New Years day but whatever!)

2012 was definitely a year of abundance. I can't thank God enough for the many blessings he has given me this year--this blog being one of the main ones. I just want to thank each and every one of my readers. I love connecting with y'all on Instagram, Twitter, & E-mail. In 2013 I already have a few blogger meet-ups planned and I hope to meet even more of y'all. Thank you for your support!!