this is how we do it, where i'm from

Thursday, September 27, 2012



This post may get a little red neck with guns, alligator talk, and some southern drawls. Don't say I didn't warn ya. So, this is my re-cap of my weekend visiting home, in Louisiana. My parents live in a swamp, literally. They have alligators, snapping turtles, fish, manatees, black tip sharks, snakes, egrets, and scary spiders all around them. In fact, just last night my Mom called to tell me she saw a baby alligator in our driveway, which is totally rare for them to come up that far onto land, but I guess the babies are stupid. When people talk to me about being from Louisiana, the most common question I get is... Do you live in the swamp and do you have alligators in your backyard? Then I  answer "I do" and I immediately regret my answer. That question is usually followed by "Do you know the swamp people?" Then I've learned my lesson from question #1 and usually fib and say "No, I don't know them" Hoping they go away at this point, since I've made myself out to be "Mama Helen Boucher" from The Waterboy. You'd be surprised by how many people in this world are fascinated with their lives. I live/lived nothing like them okay, let me just clear this all up. 

While at home this weekend, I got to enjoy my parents house and of course...the wildlife that comes along with it. I should have taken more pictures, but I enjoyed being laissez faire and kicking back. I did happen to make some big movements and hop out of my reclining chair when my Mom spotted one of the most ginormous alligators we've ever seen. I clearly forgot that this was normal when I lived at home in high school and part of college, so I ran out in my bare feet (baaad idea) and ran for the dock to get a better view of this giant. He was big, like 8-9 footer. Although I didn't have my zoom lens, so the picture above gives no justice at all to his/her size. 
Then, my husband, Joel, decided he wanted to remember the old days and he went and grabbed my Dad's pellet gun. They both took some shots at him, but never even hit him once... Even if you do hit them, their skin in SO thick they don't even feel it. But, my favorite part from when I lived at home was catching them with a fishing pole. Yes, I've done this, and it's really fun. Alligators are really dumb and actually go for bait, once they take it, it's time to have some fun with trying to reel them closer and get a better look. Alligators rarely come close to humans unless you're a baby or small dog. So, when they take the bait and you can get them in close, it's neat to see these monsters up close and in person. Then, they usually break the line, go free, and the cycle starts all over again.




Mom still gets excited and she lives here full time :)

I didn't take too many photos, but I think this gives you a good idea of how I spent my weekend.

Also, my fellow Louisiana girl and long time friend, Mary, is doing a giveaway on her blog, and you could win some pretty cool stuff, including an Ad space from my blog. So go and check it out!!

Sponsoring is Back!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


I took a much needed sponsor break for the past two months, and I am so glad to have sponsoring back and be able to give my full attention to it. This October I've some really exciting things happening, so you'll be in for a treat if you decide to sponsor! So, if you are looking for a blog to sponsor with affordable rates, I'm your girl!

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Fall Bucket List

Monday, September 24, 2012

 Well Fall is here, and we are definitely feeling that chilly weather. This morning we woke up to 50 degree temps, wow! I froze on my walk to work this morning! Time to un-pack my winter clothes and put away the tanks and shorts.

Since this is the first year we will be in a house for this season, I've got lots I want to accomplish before it gets too cold. So, I've been thinking of a bucket list that is do-able and reachable. Today, I want to share it with you!



 1. Make a fall wreath
2. Decorate the interior and exterior of the house with Halloween/Thanksgiving decor
3. Come up with creative costumes for us to wear for Halloween this year
4. Build that outdoor fireplace for $30 (thank you Pinterest) and have a marshmallow roast
5. Travel to Nashville and catch a fall festival and see the beautiful orange leaves
6. Make these yummy cinnamon rolls for my co-workers and friends
7. Go to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins that we will paint and carve for the front door
8. Go through old clothes and make a donation box
9. Catch some really good Black Friday deals
10. Go home to Louisiana to tailgate for the LSU vs. Bama game -- geaux tigers!
11. Dress up on Halloween and pass out candy to the trick or treaters for the first time- ever!
12. Take Rayne on plenty of walks no matter how cold it is, she needs to exercise too
13. Get this blog under wraps and schedule weekly posts so I don't get overwhelmed
14. Finally get a drill bit and put holes in the log we found last year to make a centerpiece for the table
15. Make the Thankful tree again this year
16. Learn how to cope with the cold weather with my raynaud's phenomena. This means to buy lots of warm socks and good quality mittens :)  
17. Change our fireplace centerpiece to Fall decor

I'm sure I'll add on later, but this little list has me so motivated to get crackin' on some things that need to get done around the house. Do you have a bucket list? I'd love to read yours and see if I missed anything. Hope y'all had a wonderful weekend!

Purple & Gold

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Geaux Tigers




Today I am heading to Louisiana for some R&R and good times with my family and friends who we've missed so much! Going back this weekend will be so fun and I can hardly wait to watch the LSU game with our friends in Baton Rouge! It's an away game, but just being in the college town you can feel the spirit of the LSU Tiger fans. We are off to a great start this year, so I am so excited to watch them this Saturday.

Another thing I am so excited about is going home and eating yummy cajun/spicy food! I will probably make Joel go through the drive through of Cafe Du Monde before we arrive at my parents house. My Dad caught fish off of their dock this week, so when we get home we'll have fresh fish and shrimp to fry! Yumm, my mouth is watering already! It will be a great trip, I know it already!

If you want to follow the fun, you can follow me on instagram at: britt_themagnoliapair

I hope you all have a great weekend, and whoever you root for, I wish everybody luck :)


Linking up with Allison!


Not Here Today.

Monday, September 17, 2012

I'm actually over here today giving my best at Sarah's blog! Lately I've been on an eco-friendly kick, so I'd love for you to go check out my post and show Sarah some love :)

Hope y'all had a wonderful weekend! Not much to report here. Hubby is taking another Monday exam as we speak, so needless to say, my weekend was quiet and I had a lot of "me time." Please send well wishes that he does great!

Happy Monday Y'all!

Men.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

 
Have absolutely no concept of time. 
Can effortlessly switch back and forth between multiple sports games on Espn and not miss a thing.
Will wear the same clothes two days in a row and not think anything of it. 
When going to the bathroom; they never go in there without a device that has an internet connection.
Eat meat like cows/deer/pigs/etc are an endangered species.
Will never willingly wear those seersucker shorts you bought him. 
Throw all the covers on my side so when I wake up I'm either in a sweat on the comforter is on the ground. 
Still don't know which hamper is for whites/colors/towels. 
Scrape their dinner plate like it's their last meal. 


But, when we are thinking about all of these differences that men and women have, really, we are quite complimentary. Without these differences we would never mesh. I am much better at being my husband's best friend, than any girls best friend. As my duty to serve my husband, I feel the need to care for my husband, direct him in a positive way, and make sure he has clean clothes and a warm meal for dinner. Even though those things I listed above agitate me to no end, the truth is, I have my flaws too, and he more than likely could put a list together like this for me.

Joel once told me an amazing analogy that I will never forget. I should trademark it actually. He always says that in each relationship, friendship, and/or marriage that the relationship needs to be an "H" and not and "A". When two people rely on each other and can't live separate lives, then you will probably fail, because you are an "A". If you take the dash out of the middle of the letter "A", you both fall down. With the "H", if you take out the middle dash, you both are still standing up and can rise up from the situation at hand. This little analogy may seem silly, but Joel and I live by it every day of our lives. This analogy goes further than surviving an argument. Life is unpredictable and you never know what it will throw at you, and if you are an "H", than you are bound to make it through.

So in this case, if those things I listed above didn't bother me, then we for sure would be an "A" and I would need some serious counseling. I could add to that list everyday if I wanted, but let's face it, men are men and they pride themselves on being different from women. And the same goes for women. 

I hope I didn't sound too much like Dr. Phil today....

14K Gold Prayer Bracelet Giveaway!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hey Y'all! Today, we have an amazing giveaway on the blog. Renee from This Won't Hurt A Bit is giving away a gorgeous Prayer Bracelet! She is such a doll and I just adore her blog. Renee is so sweet to be giving away such a lovely item. This bracelet is very classic and pretty looking. It's very simple and can go with any outfit too! I wish I could enter myself, but I'll leave that up to you guys :)


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Weekend

Monday, September 10, 2012


Well, Rayne and I were on the same page this weekend, that is for sure. This one picture just about sums up our entire weekend. After an overwhelming 4 day work week, I was ready to relax and enjoy the weekend. Throughout the week I had not been feeling too great, so that always makes the work days feel so much longer.
The hubby has his exam today (right now actually), so this weekend was all about me, mostly. Friday we enjoyed dinner with some new friends which was really fun. Saturday, I spent way too much time/money in Target. Joel got done studying early so we could watch LSU kick some Washington booty (sorry WA fans).
And here's where it gets real exciting (sarcasm)... Rayne and I went to two dog parks on Sunday because we both wanted to just enjoy the beautiful 75 degree weather that came through. I think we spent 2 and a half hours total out there just soaking up the beautiful weather. It was really fun. And when Kristen and Radley showed up, we were really excited! Even though Rayne did not play very nice with Radley... hangs my head in dog mama shame... Kristen and I enjoyed hanging out and spending time together. Us med school wives try to stick together and keep each other company during these times which is really nice. That night I found myself alone again, so another med school wife and I went to Sunday cook out shindig, since both our husbands were still at the library studying. It was really a great day and I had plenty of distractions to keep me busy.
I suppose this weekend will be similar since Joel has another Monday exam, but I just am so thankful to be surrounded by other girls who are going through the same thing as me. It really helps and I am so thankful for them.

I hope y'all had a great weekend as well, and thank you to everyone who commented on my new blog design, I read each comment and felt so much blog love :) Thank you again to Emily for giving me the dream blog design, she truly was a gem to work with!

My New Place.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Do y'all notice anything different? Today, I woke up to a gorgeous new layout by the fabulous Emily from Hope Squared! Y'all, she made my blog design dreams come true, like every single one of them! Look at all my pages and side buttons, I just love them all! Some pages are still under construction due to me needing them to be updated, etc. I am just so excited to have this fully functional blog design now. I feel much more organized and put together with the new design. I know many of you loved my old design, and I did too, but I needed something more functional since my blog is growing and expanding in different topics/directions.
So, I am really getting excited for future things to come on the blog! I am hoping this new design curves my enthusiasm to embark on new adventures with beauty, style, the home tour series, and more!

life lately, according to my iphone.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Well, this little "blogcation" was very much needed to say at the least. As much as I love this little blog of mine, my personal life was needing my attention more than ever last week. Things will still be a bit crazy for me in the next couple of months, but I'll definitely be more available now. I wish I took more pictures, but I've only got 4 pictures on my phone from the past week. I think I took not only a "blogcation" but social media-cation too. It felt darn good.

So other than these four sad pictures I have from the weekend, we also did a lot of yard work on Saturday and Sunday and now the yard looks amazing. Since we moved in we hadn't even touched the yard. Goodbye weeds, overgrown grass, hanging twigs, and hopefully it helps with the mosquito's!

1. Joel sent flowers to my work for my birthday :) It made my whole year really! He's never done this before, so it was a total surprise!
2. Sunday night we cuddled with Rayne Rue until we got a call from our friends at 9pm to come over and so we did. We had a really good time chatting till midnight. It beat the heck out of falling asleep on the couch again at 10:30pm.
3. Monday we stayed indoors ALL day due to rain, flooding, and thunderstorms. So we were really bored and played goldfish games with Rayne.
4. Monday night laziness. Rayne was ultra snugly this weekend, and had to be up in ma business. Literally her wet nose was on my scalp at times.

So, thank y'all for being so understanding and patient with me. I know I've got tons of emails I need to respond too, so I will be going through those through the next couple of days :) Hope y'all had a wonderful labor day!


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