November 9, 2011

CMA Awards 2011

The CMA's sure know how to put on one incredible show! Brad and Carrie were awesome hosts as always; witty, clever, and hilarious when interacting with each other. I especially loved the song about Kim Kardashian's marriage of 72 days. Carrie's costume changes were also fun to keep watching for.
Rehearsal picture

Banners around town!

Another rehearsal picture

I was a little disappointed in some of the awards, but they made up for it with the EOTY. I know a lot of people aren't exactly thrilled with that, but I AM! :D I can understand not being a fan, but to say Taylor doesn't deserve it because of silly things like "she's not a singer" or she's this or she's that...seem like pretty lame arguments to me. She is one of the hardest working girls (or anyone for that matter) in the business. She designs her own sets, produces her album, writes all of her own songs, sells out every show (including stadiums of 50, 000), has her own perfume, has toured 19 countries, and gives input to every detail of the tour planning and whatever it is she's doing at that moment. So, to say she doesn't DESERVE it, seems a little much. Besides, I've written papers and speeches on how amazing she is, and have gotten A's on them, don't get me started on this ;). I would have been just as happy to see Brad or Keith win as well, because I feel like they've been putting in years of hard work, touring, writing, and album sales into that. I really like Jason, but I still feel like it's just too soon for him to win Entertainer, and Blake (though I'm not a fan), just doesn't make the cut either. They haven't headlined their own tour yet really, and that's a big deal.

Alright, well enough of that ranting...onto the show.

Carrie's changes! My faves are # 2-3 on the bottom

Award Winners/Performances:
  • Blake Shelton & Kenny Loggins- Footloose
  • Single of the year-"If I Die Young" The Band Perry
  • Keith Urban-"You Gonna Fly"
  • Sara Evans- "Stronger"
  • Miranda Lambert-"Baggage Claim"
  • Song of the year-"If I Die Young" The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band-"Georgia On My Mind"
  • Rascal Flatts/Natasha Bedingfield-"Easy"
  • Vocal Duo of the Year-Sugarland
  • Best New Artist performances
  • Taylor Swift-"Ours (acoustic"
  • Luke Bryan-"Country Girl Shake It For Me!"
  • Lady Antebellum-"We Owned The Night"
  • Album of the Year-"My Kinda Party" Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney/Grace Potter-"You and Tequila"
  • Lionel Richie with Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker
  • The Band Perry-"All Your Life"
  • Vocal Group of the Year- Lady Antebellum
  • Sugarland/Matt Nathanson-"Run"
  • Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood-"Remind Me"
  • New Artist of the Year-The Band Perry
  • Scotty McCreery-"Walk in the Country" (I like Keith Urban's version better)
  • Jason Aldean-"Tatoos on this Town"
  • Male Vocalist of the Year-Blake Shelton
  • Martina McBride-"I'm Gonna Love You Through It" 
  • Tribute to Glen Campbell with Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban
  • Faith Hill performed for the first time in 5 years on the awards!
  • Female Vocalist of the Year-Miranda Lambert
  • Entertainer of the Year: TAYLOR SWIFT!
 Cannot wait for next year!!!!!

44th Annual CMA Awards

44th Annual CMA Awards

2008 CMA Awards on MSN Music

In honor of the awards tonight! Good luck to my faves, my heroes, my "acquaintances" and "friends"!!!!!! SO excited for both of them, and proud of how far they have come :D AH!

I Wish I Was Here...

Bridgestone Arena, where the awards will be held!
Today, or this week in general, I wish I was in Nashville for CMA Week. I've made a lot of friends the past few years through Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, and they've all been posting so many exciting stories and pictures of being escorts, working backstage, songwriting award shows, and red carpets. It sounds like an absolute blast! I would love to go back there for CMA week rather than CMA Fest, if ever given the chance LOL. But, until then, I will live vicariously through everyone back there right now ;). Hope everyone is having a blast, making memories that will last a lifetime, and good luck to Carrie and Brad! This show is gonna rock!! :D

November 7, 2011

Some Beauty Products I Like

50 Ways To Cope With Stress

Saw this on Tumblr awhile back, but saw it again the other day and it really hit me. Some are just silly, and others are pretty insightful. Mainly they're just good little reminders, especially with the holiday season coming up and the last couple months of school taking place, which will be stressful, so I need to just take a deep breath. It's all gonna be okay. Whatever you're going through, I hope this inspires you in some way or another, whether it's appreciating the small things in life or coming up with better study habits. Sometimes we just need to take it slow!
  1. Prepare for the morning the night before
  2. Don't rely on your memory...write things down
  3. Repair things that don't work properly
  4. Make duplicate keys
  5. Say no more often
  6. Set priorities in you life
  7. Avoid negative people
  8. Always make copies of important papers
  9. Ask for help with jobs you dislike
  10. Break large tasks into bite sized portions
  11. Looks at problems as challenges
  12. Smile more
  13. Be prepared for rain
  14. Schedule a play time into everyday 
  15. Avoid tight fitting clothes
  16. Take a bubble bath
  17. Believe in YOU
  18. Visualize yourself winning
  19. Develop a sense of humor
  20. Stop thinking TOMORROW will be a better day
  21. Have goals for yourself
  22. Say hello to a stranger
  23. Look up at the stars
  24. Practice breathing slowly
  25. Do brand new things
  26. Stop a bad habit
  27. Take stock of your achievements
  28. Do it today
  29. Strive for excellence, not perfection
  30. Look at a work of art
  31. Maintain your weight
  32. Plant a tree
  33. Stand up and stretch
  34. Always have a plan B
  35. Learn a new doodle
  36. Learn to meet your own needs
  37. Become a better listener
  38. Know your limitations and let others know them too
  39. Throw a paper airplane
  40. Exercise everyday
  41. Get to work early
  42. Clean out one closet
  43. Take a different route to work
  44. Leave work early (with permission)
  45. Remember you always have options
  46. Quit trying to "fix" other people
  47. Get enough sleep
  48. Praise other people
  49. Get up 15 minutes earlier
  50. Relax, take each day at a have the rest of your life to LIVE

November 6, 2011

Sunday Night Fun

We break out the technology at whatever get togethers we have ;) lol.



The gang!
Hung out with the family friends again tonight! Went to dinner and decided to get dessert afterward. It was so much fun! We always talk about the most interesting of topics, and laugh so hard. Never a dull moment when we're together that's for sure. Love them!! :)

November 5-6 Weekend

This weekend has been pretty fabulous! Yesterday, it was a pretty chill morning; took my time getting ready and around. When my dad got home, we tried out this new restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings! It's a really fun atmosphere, more for watching sports, but still cool. We ran to Sam's Club for some necessities, which turned into an interesting trip...I was trying to find One Tree Hill (which I had just bought season 2 earlier in the week, so I knew they had them), and to my dismay it was nowhere to be found. We searched in all of the boxes beneath the rack, and still NOTHING.
Later on, we grabbed some milkshakes from Sonic, and headed out to Best Buy to check for One Tree Hill, and still nothing. On the other hand, we checked into the MAC computers, and ran into some family friends, and ended up talking to them for quite awhile. We came home, then had dinner at Chipotle, and went driving around town, listening to the radio. That's always the best way to spend a Saturday night in my opinion. :)
When we got home, I watched a couple episodes of One Tree Hill, and headed to bed around 1 or so. So much for going to bed earlier haha.
Sophia Bush's tweet about filming the last episode of OTH

Cool decorations at Sam's Club

Bethany Joy's tweet about OTH

Chocolate shake!

Trying to pick out some fall outfits. It's a lot harder than I thought haha.

My new gloves

Practicing my speech
I woke up a couple times during the night, which is strange because I never do. I had a strange dream, the time change was already throwing me off because I felt like I'd been sleeping a lot longer, and then our smoke alarm went off. When I did sleep, I slept pretty sound LOL. I woke up around 6:15, went to Starbucks, and we ended up being really ahead of schedule, so I went to the car wash with my dad. At 7:30, it was off to church for sound check. We didn't practice on Thursday, like we usually do because of the Christmas choir now, so it's always a little challenging at first hearing parts...but you warm up to it. I have so much respect for EVERYONE behind and in front of the scenes, as far as what it takes to put a service on. It takes a lot of volunteers, and a lot of work to get everything up to par like it is on Sundays, and they do an incredible job of making it all happen. I honestly don't know how they do it all.
Church went really good! I always have a blast singing up there with the worship team, and hanging out with everyone. After the first service, I hung out backstage with the band, and we talked about a bunch of random stuff (One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, musicians, etc.) Always a fun time, and has given me a chance to really get to know people. During the second service, I sat in the audience with my parents. It was about loving others, and what TRUE, unconditional love is. It's a lot different than how our world sees it, and always a great reminder to get us back where we need to be.
After church, we had lunch at PF Changs with some family friends, got some yogurt from Yogurtland and looked around Target for a bit. They sure do know how to make me laugh! Now, the rest of my afternoon is dedicated to working on my speech and math homework :/ BLAH!

Beautiful sunshine this morning

On the way to church

I got bored and started editing pictures ;)


Another edit

White Chocolate mocha

Retro Camera edit-Mittens

My fortune from PF Changs

Dad's fortune-he gave me his cookie

Retro Camera edit-Smokey

Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend, and have a blessed week :D