*It is an amazing time of year. Time with friends and family. Time with those you love that you rarely get to see. Time when everyone is well-wishing. That is my sweet for today....that this week is an amazing time. Joe and I wish all of you wonderful time with family and a Merry Christmas.

This past weekend Joe and I had an amazing time at Young Life's Windy Gap, up near Asheville. I spent the weekend dressed up 1) like a Yodeler from the French Alps and 2) like a Redneck, complete with blacked out teeth and a mullet. We, along with our friends Josh and Rachel, were the program for the weekend...AKA...make the kids laugh...hopefully AT us.

It was so fun and life-giving for us- and the easiest job at camp! The leaders have the real job of developing relationships with high school students and getting them there to Windy Gap! Although I am slightly embarrassed to post this photo- here is a picture of Josh and I on stage in the dining hall. Eh, who am I kidding, I always look ridiculous, even when I am not wearing a brown pig-tail wig, ruffled turtle-neck with embroidered vest, green skirt and apron, and little elf shoes. And don't forget the Yodel hat. I'll spare you the part where we sing off key to popular songs that Josh has rewritten the lyrics for to include memories of us from back in our home village in the French Alps.

It's now time for another installment of {sweets & critiques}!

This week's MAJOR Critiques go out to:

*Passport photos. Joe and I are planning a big anniversary/Christmas/Valentine's day trip in February, and since I got married I needed a new passport. Easy enough. Little did I know that the people at Walgreen's make it their life's job to make you look at bad as possible in the photo. Really. I wore my best color (black) with the cute red earrings for a pop of color, but somehow here it is just all wrong. Is there any need to get the camera approximately 3 inches from my face, making it seem awkwardly large, and then make meput my hair behind my ears. Apparently this is the new requirement, that you show your ears. I should have just worn a pony tail, that would look better than this! And, after much scrutiny of this picture, it has also become very apparant that I needed my roots done. There, I said it. Well, you may sit there and ask yourself, "Why didn't you just go back and get another one taken?" I was so afraid I wouldn't get the passport back in time for the trip that I decided that it didn't matter. I wish I would have been a little more vain because now I am stuck with this thing for 10 years. Let that be a lesson to you.

*Busy shopping malls. 'Nuff said.

Oh goodness! Time for the SWEETS!

*How Cute are These Boots?! If you have not seen this GAP commercial, please pause to watch it right now. This little song has been in my head for a week and I stop and watch this commercial anytime it is on! It just makes me happy! Not to mention that if any clients want to dress their little girls in this exact outfit and call me over to take their pics, that would be wonderful. Thanks.
*Microwavable Heating Pad. These things are AMAZING. This is just one I found online...mine is very similar but I don't know where it came from. Let me tell you, we can't survive a winter around here without it. All you do is heat it up in the microwave and it stays warm for hours. My current favorite thing to do is heat this up, get on the couch with a blanket, put the warmer on my feet and read Eclipse (the 3rd book of the Twilight series, please refer to last week's sweets). This would be a great gift for the person who has everything, or for a last minute gift. They even make little booties like this, which might have to be on my wish-list. Just image it, little heated footies....ahhhh!
*Pandora. I KNOW I am late on this bandwagon, but I love this website. It is a site where they play music with limited interruption in whatever genre you want. For example, if you like Madonna, you would type it in, and not only would Pandora play Madonna, but any other artist that is the same style of music as her. My two favorite stations right now are "Christmas" and "Patty Griffin". Try it out!

Here is a look at what is coming tomorrow!

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  1. Erin:

    Thank goodness I'm not the only one with that song stuck in my head!!! I walk around when I'm getting ready for work thinking "I love my comfy sweater! I love my comfy sweater!"

  2. chelsea:

    1. i love that commercial.
    2. i have a microwavable bear that does the same. a-mazing.

  3. Lindsey Lee:

    haha- I think the commercial has taken the world by storm. Joe wants to adopt the little girl that screams in the middle of the commercial. Look for it next time!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a girl who has never had a hard time making a decision ( remember that time I planned a wedding in 90-something days?), always has an opinion, will stand up for anyone, and *sometimes* will stick a foot in her mouth. I am starting a new feature here on the blog that is going to be called {Sweets & Critiques}. Goodness knows I always have something to say and since Joe doesn't get home from work until 5 to listen to me blabber, I have to tell someone! Internet- YOU are that person! It will be a feature about things that I am really sweet on right now and things that I think need a little critiquing. So here, is the first addition of {Sweets & Critiques}!

This week's CRITIQUES go to:
*Winter! Oh how I thought I was ready, but it's cold out there. really cold. I know I will regret this statement in July when I am shooting a wedding and picking out shirt colors that will hide excessive body sweat, but for now, I am just cold. Pass the Hot Chocolate Please!
*Garbage falling out of the garbage into your driveway and road when the garbage truck comes. I know that I should have every piece of garbage bagged in the can (are there people out there that actually do this?) Well, we did have everything bagged, except for the one day last week when we emptied the vacuum cleaner canister in there straight out of the vacuum. It wasn't just a little bit either, people. I am talking a vacuuming of the whole house, even baseboards, and putting up Christmas decorations and sucking up all of the extra "stuff" that results of putting up decorations. Result: All sorts of dirt/glitter/tree needles and carpet fuzz all over the driveway and road (read: Lindsey out in the yard and driveway with a plastic bag trying to get up all of the dirt/glitter/tree needles/carpet fuzz from blowing all over the neighborhood)
This week's SWEETS go out to:
*Arbonne Lip Saver Chap-stick (spf 30). Seriously, people, this is the best chap-stick I have ever used. Joe's mom got me hooked on it, and I swear I buy 4 tubes at a time. My mom and sister do the same! The price will shock you for a silly tube of chap-stick, but you would gladly pay ten times after you realize the amazingness that is this chap-stick. Shoot me an email and I will get you in touch with my rep so you can get it too!
*The Twilight Series. Hello, my name is Lindsey, and I was previously a hater. I would like to apologize to all that I offended when I scoffed at you for loving a vampire. I would also like to take this opportunity to confess outright that I am in love with this series. Please, all other lovers, forgive me for joining the bandwagon so late....but, now that I am here, please accept me with open arms. Thank you. The only regret I have is that I was not in the know about the wonderment of this series sooner. I will be reading all of the books next week and will not sleep until I finish them.
*Clark's Wallabees. I got these shoes for Christmas back in 2001 and they are still going strong (granted, they might not look as hot as they once did) Now that I am having more and more feet problems (bunions and arthritis in my toes, thanks Granmaw) These shoes are my life saver. If I know I have to have on shoes all day and walk a lot, I always put these guys on. They have been through everything with me and I love them dearly. Going on ten years strong, I would say that's a good value! A big SWEET to these shoes!
And because a post isn't the same without a picture, here is a shot of just one of the cuties to come!
  1. Margo:

    I must tell you that I am a Twilight lover. I have been since the first movie and you will love the books. Your post was great. I had to read it aloud so that my boyfriend could join in my laughter. I miss you a lot and wish I could hang out with you!! P.S. I know that I haven't told you before but your pictures are A-MAZING!!!!!

I'm not going to lie...when I found out Leah and Daniel's engagement pictures were published in Carolina Bride, I was as giddy as a school girl! My heart was beating fast and I couldn't string thoughts together I was so excited! I tried calling Joe, who apparently didn't realize I was in desperate need to share this news with him because he didn't answer his phone, twice. Ok, next step, Mom. I know mom will answer. Nope, she didn't care either. Ok, sister, my sister, she will be there, I just know it. SHE ANSWERED! LeAnn! LeAnn! Leah and Daniel are in Carolina Bride.......giggles, cheer, excitement. Wahoo! Go grab your copy to see the spread on Leah and Daniel's engagement under the section "Rules of Engagement" or go to the Carolina Bride website where it is a feature!

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  1. Jenna:

    Congrats! That's big news!!!

  2. Janie:

    YAY, YAY, YAY, YAY, YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!

  3. Wendy:

    Oh my god, Lindsey!!!
    That is FANTASTIC!!!
    I'm soooo happy for you!


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