Saturday, October 31, 2009

happy halloween!

{me & christopher, goth ball, 2006.}

this is one of my very favorite pictures of my brother and me.
{he hosted a goth ball a few years ago, and although it was in july,
and related to halloween in no way, i think it is appropriate for today.}


& a halloween song for You.
it's on repeat today at my house. ; )

xo-
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

smile. it's friday!

{via: weheartit.}

i love this picture.

almost as much as i love fridays.
almost.

xo-
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

{October giveaway!}

my sweets,
remember the promise i made about every month having a giveaway... well, i am so very excited to have been able to find a lovely artist whom is helping with this month's treat...

Becky of RWestdesigns was so very kind & is going to giveaway these adorable earrings to one lucky reader!!
they are absolutely dashing & have the cutest name: "polka dots."

here's how to enter for a chance(s) to win:
1.
simply leave a comment below with your name.
{so i can contact you, if your name is drawn.}
2. becoming a follower of Becky's blog gets you an additional entry. {please state that you have done so in your comment.}
3. following Becky on twitter gets you an addition entry. {please state that you have done so in your comment.}
4. blogging about this giveaway gets you an additional entry. {please state that you have done so in your comment.}
5. becoming a fan of RWestDesigns Jewelry on facebook gets you an additional entry.
{please state that you have done so in your comment.}
6. following littleremindersoflove on facebook gets you an additional entry. {please state that you have done so in your comment.}

whew 6 chances!!
please only post once--stating all of the other steps you have done: ie: a tweet, a follow etc...

questions? email me at: aeallen@gmail.com


a winner will be picked at random saturday, november 7...

good luck!
xo-
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ben folds & my heart.

{Liberty Hall, oct. 26, 2009.}
growing up i always seemed to end up in the backseat when riding in the car with my siblings- of course, with no say in what we listened to. but my favorites included Cake, Queen, and Ben Folds Five. --i'm pretty sure i was the only third grader who knew all the words to "Army".
--
riding around with my brother & sisters was the best. the windows down, the music blaring... i remember in third grade, my brother christopher and my sister katie got to go to a Cake concert which Ben Folds Five opened for. i was so jealous. i couldn't wait to be a cool high school kid so i could go to those concerts...
how lucky am i to have had such awesome siblings?


isn't he so handsome & cute?! i've always had a crush on him!

well tonight i was not jealous of my siblings getting to do "all the fun stuff". i got to go to my first Ben Folds concert. (granted, i am not a cool high school kid, rather a nerdy college student...)
& as Ben Folds took the stage and began playing "Annie Waits" i had a moment of nostalgia rush over me ...my mind went back to riding in the car with my brother, driving down 2-91, and singing "Annie Waits" at the top of my lungs... i smiled & sang along with the crowd while my heart was filled with wonderful memories.

{me & katherine, Ben Folds at Liberty Hall, 2009.}

i would have to say that if you have never seen Ben Folds in concert,
you should put it on your to-do list.

trust me.
it is absolutely amazing.

it was a better than i could have ever imagined it.
i went with my dear friend katherine & it was splendid.

for you, a taste of ben folds, himself:
this song is not only one of my favorites, but the video makes my heart melt.
when my sister got married, she & her husband used this song for their first dance.

xo-
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Monday, October 26, 2009

{Quote of the Week.}

week {dreiundvierzig};

{via: flickr.}

"Sometimes you just feel everything and nothing all at once. Sometimes you will find yourself smiling while missing something at the same time. At times you can absolutely love a person, while all the while wanting to hate them. Life comes without guarantees. Except that smiling will brighten your face, laughing will enhance your eyes, and falling in love will change your life." -unknown.
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

week 14.





1. this sweet
illustration
describes me today.

ok, maybe most days.


















2. i adore her hair
isn't it absolutely
gorgeous?!








3. this photo of
our beloved nie & her mr. nielson
makes my heart smile.
i admire them so very much.





















would be a
great gift for a
sassy creative friend!

; )









xo-
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Friday, October 23, 2009

a weekend reminder:

&
have a very happy weekend!


with lots of love
from me to You.
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Operation: Ice Bridge.



My dad, you know the "godfather of radars", well he is in Chile. Why? you ask: Oh because NASA chose him to lead the KU CReSIS team in collecting data while flying over Antarctica.

It's a six week excursion & he was pretty stoked before he left. But my dad is so humble that he didn't tell us that it's kind of a big deal...



I went to my school's website last night to look up some information for class and the home page was all about the trip! They had even interviewed my dad!
before he left I tried to convince him to do a video blog, but that's not really his "thing"...
But thankfully, last night I came across a plethora of great finds. Operation Ice Bridge has not only a twitter, and a blog, but also a youtube page with webisodes! so cool! (no pun intended. ok it might have been.)

go dad!

xo-
p.s. i love that he said "really pumped" in the article. he rocks!
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

is it friday, yet?

{via: tumblr.}
dearest darlings,
this week has been quite funky. everything has just felt a little...off. you know what i mean? perhaps i was too spoiled by our fall break last week & got too comfortable lounging around, sipping apple cider & watching the office all day...

anywho, i've been super busy with lots of exciting projects, & of course, with all of my courses... math 101 has been stealing so much of my time away from your lovely blogs!! math is not my friend...

i'll definitely update you soon about all the goodies i've been working on!!
don't think i've forgotten about you, i could never!

hugs to You all!


p.s. if you want to contribute a special something special for the october giveaway email me (aeallen@gmail.com) & let me know! i need a little help... (wink, wink, etsy-ers, wink, wink...)
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

{The University of Kansas} through the seasons...


“Stretching out on its own unbounded scale, unconfined...Combining the real and ideal, and beautiful as dreams.”
Poet Walt Whitman on the view from KU's hill

i love my university.
doesn't it have such a beautiful campus?
we are lucky to have a wonderful dose of all four seasons...

oh,
& did i mention that
i am proud to be a jayhawk?
: )

xo-
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Monday, October 19, 2009

{Quote of the Week.}

week {zweiundvierzig};

{via: flickr.}
"You fit in. Maybe not here, but somewhere on this earth there's a bunch of people just like you. So what are you waiting for? Find them, because when you find people you fit in with, chances are, there's someone who's meant to be with you. And everybody needs to find who they are meant to be with." -unknown.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

week 13.




1. Joanna posted all
about her whimsical
wedding
last week!
it looks absolutely perfect! she
made such a
beautiful bride.












2. how fun! a

"where the wild things are"
slumber party!!








3. i love this
workspace...
& especially
the poodle!









4. this compilation
of jim & pam
moments is adorable!
{i love pam's face in the last one at the wedding!}












5. my sister found
this lovely letterpress 2010 calendar.
i think it is so beautiful!













xo-
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Saturday, October 17, 2009

memories to warm the heart.


[circa 1993, front row: Jon, Geoff, Anna--
back row: Michael, Christopher, Katie, Emily.]


I think everyone has a certain part of their lives where they truly wish they could freeze time. Whether it was three years ago, today, or still to come, whether it was just a moment, a whole day, or a whole summer. Everyone has a time in their life where they wish everything would just stop. The world would stop turning and people would stop changing because to them, at that time, everything was perfect.”


last night we went to my aunt jill's house for her annual halloween get together... it was a blast! we ate yummy monster dogs and chili & then ventured to the enchanted forest for a night of fall fun. the air was brisk, the children were bundled up warm, & giggles filled the air.

as we sat on the hay ride, my nieces & nephews cuddled up, i looked out to the beautiful forest & tried to breathe it all in... wishing i could freeze time.

but i know that they will never forget such wonderful times & they will remember them fondly, just as i am able to with my treasured childhood memories.

we are so blessed to have such moments to cherish.
& for that,
i am so very thankful.

xo-

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Friday, October 16, 2009

let's...

its friday, let's dance.

have a happy weekend, darlings.
...& remember to twirl.
xo-
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

oh, hello fall break...

i think i love you!
{via: weheartit.}
{via: weheartit.}

we get thursday & friday off this week
for a lovely, much needed, fall break!
{i love you KU, you always make me smile...}

--i'm going to catch up on some organizing & work on the ideas i've been coming up with lately for my new work space!... i'll give you some more insight soon, promise! as for now, i'm off for some errands...bundled up of course!

i hope you all are having a marvelous day,
you deserve it, darlings!

xo-
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

{Fall Favorites.} pt. 2

i am absolutely smitten with this shop i found on grosgrain...
how gorgeous!
i'm adding one to my Christmas wish list now! ; )

xo-

p.s.check out this amazing giveaway:
Orange Poppy Necklace GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!
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Monday, October 12, 2009

{Quote of the Week.}

week {einundvierzig};

{via: flickr.}

"And maybe, just maybe, her heart needed to be broken. Broken and shattered and stomped into pieces. Then she could finally look down at the pieces, study each one and spend some time getting to know the person she’d become. And when she finally had all the pieces back together again, a little crooked, a little jumbled but sealed firmly with love, she’d realize she was more beautiful than ever.Because this time, she would love herself."

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

week 12.





1. This print would be
an absolutely perfect
addition to any space.
It's such a lovely piece!

















2. i think this note
is
incredibly sweet.
So simple & cute!















3. Julia & her boy
made this sweet fort last week.
How
cute are they!












4. Everything about
this picture
is beautiful.











5. I adore
this rare photo
of the JFK
& Jackie
holding Caroline.















xo-
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Friday, October 9, 2009

hooray for friday!


{via: flickr.}

remember how happy you were while frolicking at recess without a care in the world?
let's make today that happy.

happy friday, loves.
xo-
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

a birthday note.

{via: flickr.}

As a little girl my dad taught me all about science. from geology to astronomy i adored it all. i simply loved the time we spent looking at the stars and leafing through geology books to identify the rocks we had collected. i admired him then, and i admire him now. i will always admire him.
he is the best dad.

Happy Birthday
to my great dad!

xo-
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

{Quote of the Week.}

week {vierzig};

{via: flickr.}
"But most of all,don’t forget this.

Don’t forget that you deserve love, and nothing less.

Never anything less."

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