26 December 2011

Happiness is the little things...

164. Proving a smart person wrong!

Cookie Cakes.

I really like the idea of having a cake that isn't a cake!  And who doesn't like Oreos?--this is a rhetorical question, I don't actually care if you like Oreos or not!

21 December 2011

Happiness is the little things...

176. The feeling you get just after finishing all of your homework!

An Unexpected Journey!

It's here! It's here! IT'S FREAKING HERE!!!!

I can't stop watching it!!!!  AAAAAHHHHH! December 14th, please oh please oh please come quickly!!!

Midnight showing?!?! Who's in?!?!

20 December 2011

Happiness is the little things...

256. When the light turns green before you brake!

What girls say.

This made me laugh so hard!  Enjoy!

19 December 2011

Happiness is the little things...

197. Sunshine after a rainy day!


"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.  In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall."--Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

A Rice Krispie Christmas Tree!  I think this will have to be made for my Grinch party!!

18 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

84. Being kissed on the forehead!


Aren't these adorable!!  They're sure to be a hit at any Christmas party and they look pretty simple to make too!

17 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

29. Getting a tan with out getting sunburned!

Gummy Bears!

"Well I'll be bounced"--Gruffi

This would have to be the most awesome and random gift ever!

16 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

125. Making the perfect playlist!


I am incredibly addicted to Pinterest!  If you haven't experienced the joy of Pinterest feel free to leave your email and I will totally invite you!  

15 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

131. Finally understanding something!


I laughed so hard when I saw this!  
For those last minute shopping you might be doing, you might want to think about this 2-Carat Cup!

11 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

50. Proper grammar!

On a stick.

These look delicious!  And they would be perfect at any party!

10 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

144. Disney movies!


 Valentino, Jimmy Choo's and blue tights!

This is perfection!  I love it!!

09 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

43. Finding money in the laundry!

Olympic Fever.

Who has Olympic fever?

The Summer Olympics are in London next year--and I'm super excited! I'm not the biggest sports fan but I don't miss the Olympics!  The United States Swim team has unveiled it's new swimsuits by Speedo.

Who's getting excited?

08 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

39. Finding someone worth arguing with!


"A lot of people like snow.  I find it to be an necessary freezing of water."--Carl Reiner

This is the only kind of snow I want to see for Christmas!  300 marshmallows--it's just cool!


11:43 pm and papers are in.

Where a normal person would sit to write 50 pages worth of final papers. 

Where I've spent the last 50 pages and consumed x amount of caffeine!

Now, two more finals and the waiting.

07 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

44. Building forts!


Santa Hat Brownie Bites!

Cute--and I'm pretty sure they're delicious!  I really want strawberries right now!

06 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

61. The cold side of the pillow!


Is it wrong that one of the things that makes me laugh...to myself or course...in these last months is how many girls walk around ASU with their asses...just hanging out there!  

Seriously, I cannot even count the number of girls who walk around showing their cheeks! I'm not real sure what the proper etiquette is for this--Do you tell them? I know you don't try to fix it! Personally, I'd appreciate it if it was me--not the fixing but the informing--but...? It's really bad when they're walking with someone that is obviously their friend and you just think--what kind a friend is not telling them they're playing a pretty intense peekaboo game!

What do you do?

05 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

119. Having someone to miss you!


"As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled"--Victor Hugo

First I love this outfit Veronika from Tick Tock Vintage is wearing--but more importantly I am in complete lust for her clutch!  It'd be a great Christmas present--for me--too!

04 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

14. Dreaming about going to Hogwarts!


"I open at the end"

I really need one of these.  It makes me want to have a Harry Potter Christmas party--but I think a Harry Potter party is appropriate for any occasion!

03 December 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

95. Doing something just to see a person smile!

Ho Hos.

This is a very simple and cute little Christmas gift! I've never really understood the whole stress of Holiday gift giving--but the fact that I think a box of Ding Dongs and Ho Hos is a good gift might have something to do with it. If you see something that reminds you of a person get it and give it to them--the end!

I finished all my Christmas shopping at 2:00am on Black Friday--It was very exciting to realize I was done yet slightly depressing! I love Holiday shopping!!

02 December 2011


"Acid Pops? Fred gave me one of those when I was seven--it burnt a hole right through my tongue. I remember Mum walloping him with her broomstick. Reckon Fred'd take a bit of Cockroach Cluster if I told him they were peanuts."--Ron Weasley

A Christmas Stocking full of Honeydukes candy? Yes, that would be awesome! You should go here and vote for me--3 times!--so that I might become the lucky recipient of a variety of delectable Honeydukes sweets!

Happiness is the Little Things...

137. When someone remembers what you taught!
--even if you don't remember teaching it!


I've never understood professors who make attendance mandatory!

Everyone in the class has already paid to want to miss class, let them!  It's their responsibility--plus most students know how many classes they need to attend in order to pass.  In my vast experience, I've found that the classes who require attendance are the ones I find to be the hardest to attend.  If professors want good class attendance--just make it worth it.  We're college students, offer incentives--such as an optional final--or a few extra points at the end of a semester to those who don't miss more than two classes.  Classes that offer incentives are usually the ones I never miss--well at least not more than twice!

30 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

92. When a baby holds your hand!


Do you remember the Munsters?

It was one of Papa's favorite TV shows. Apparently NBC is planning on revamping it and Bryan Fuller--of Pushing Daisies--is writing the pilot! I'm excited to see what he comes up with--and let's be honest, Pushing Daisies should still be on TV! I hope they pull it off, with the slight obsession with Vampires and such that's going on right now I think that Fuller has a good chance of making a success of the Munsters!

29 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

196. Accents!


Are you upset?

I think this would be the perfect way to let someone know that you are not happy! Except that it really just makes me laugh when I look at it!

28 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

34. Sunday naps!


One thing I've enjoyed at ASU is that it consistently reminds that it's impossible to know what anyone is like--based solely on their appearance.  For example--in one of my classes there is this girl who seems very intense! First she's very tall--not that I have anything against tall people, but when you grace the world at all of 5'2 1/2"  there are a lot of tall people and they can be pretty intense.  Besides being very tall, she has quite a few tattoos and a lot of piercings--not just piercings but piercings that make me hurt when I look at her because I can't imagine that they didn't really hurt when she got them!  Despite that she's really funny!  I've come to really enjoy our pre-class Harry Potter discussions.  So not only is she an HP fan, she doesn't drink--at all.  She said once that she doesn't do any of that--drinking or drugs--she just doesn't want to do that to her body.

I love being reminded that people are unique, you can't judge them based on what you see--except, of course, when it comes to their shoes!

27 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

12. Rereading a much loved book!


There aren't words for how amazing this cake looks! Could you imagine how excited kids would be to blow out candles on this amazing cake!

26 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

106. Star gazing!

What do you want to do with your life?

Don't you just love it when someone asks you that? Yeah...me neither. But let's be honest...I'm majoring in English Literature, which is good for...exactly! I learned years ago that the best answer for this is long and technical sounding. For example six years ago when I thought I was going into communications I would tell people, I was majoring in communications with an emphasis in public relations and planned on working for Disney! See it's long, sounds impressive...especially when I told them my goal in life was marrying a Disney! Seriously how cool would it be to say, Hi I'm Malinda Disney!...but now I just tell people the truth, I have no freaking idea! Doesn't sound quite as fun. But here are some jobs that I have at one time or another dreamed of having!

...A speech writer for the President! I blame this on The West Wing! Seriously I wanted Toby's job!
...whatever it was that Josh Lyman did on The West Wing!
...an NCIS agent! You carry a gun and I'd make a really long list of rules that everyone I work with would have to follow!
...J.K. Rowling! Um...yeah, I'd like to be a genius! She created the coolest world since the introduction of Hobbits!
...a stylist! Yeah, I think Rachel Zoe has one of the coolest jobs ever! And amazing designers are always wanting her and her clients to wear the stuff...for FREAKING free! I mainly want to do this for the shoes...and the dresses...and the purses...oh I am such a material girl!
...an Artist/photographer! I think people who can create things are...brilliant! I wish I could just sit down and paint something awesome...but I can't even take an art class because I can't even comprehend getting graded based on if they simply like it, or it looks good! I can't even turn in a test unless there is an answer for every question, let alone basing my entire grade on art! But I sure love to look at it!
...the owner of a Chocolate Store in a little village in France! Who saw the movie Chocolat and didn't want to open their own chocolatry, wear red heels and high waisted skirts and kiss hot Irish pirate/gypsy's that look like Johnny Depp! Not to mention that your best friend might be Dame Judi Dench!
...a wedding planner! Hello J-Lo and David Tutera...my freaking hero! How fun would it be to create something as amazing and a Tutera wedding! Dealing with bridezillas not so much fun, but seeing the end product and being able to say...Holy crap I'm a freaking genius at the end of every wedding...priceless!
...an archaeologist! Jurassic Park and Laura Croft: Tomb Raider and her hot ex-boyfriend who turns out is James Bond!
...work at Sea World! The people who train the dolphins not the killer whales. Call me old fashion, but there is a biological reason they put killer in front of the word whale!
...a pychic detective! You solve crime with your best friend, have awesome hair, and you eat all the time!

...growing up I just always thought I'd be the person who'd just know what she was going to do with her life. There isn't really any thing scarier than knowing you might graduate in a couple weeks and have absolutely no plan for the future--other than needing to move out of your parents house!  Honestly, this scenario never crossed my mind when asked the question--What do you want to do with your life!?

What do you want to do with your life?! 

25 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

38. Hot bubble baths!

Once Upon a Time.

I will admit that I have not only been watching this show--but enjoying it! Yes, it can be a little...OMG am I really watching this...but I'm a sucker for a fairy tale!

Has anyone else noticed Emma's boots?  I think I want a pair--even though I'm not really a boot wearing girl--I think I can pull them off!  But the boots I found that look like them are $400--a little much for an unemployed girl!

Anyone know of someone who'd be willing to donate a pair of really cute boots to a girl in need? Or someone who would like to hire a talented English Lit major?

24 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

109. When someone quotes you!


"I can't Have No Affair Because It's Wrong And I Don't Want Earl To Kill Me Pie...vanilla custard with banana. Hold the banana."--Jenna, Waitress

How perfect is this?! I think all pies might need a pie topper from now on--starting next Thanksgiving!!

23 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things.

302. Listening to Christmas music on the radio!


Twinkie Parties!  I love this idea, I think I need to start a new tradition--though I'm not a huge Twinkie fan--still I love this idea!  A way to celebrate any accomplishments, everyone needs to be acknowledged--sometimes the little accomplishments need just as much attention as the larger ones.

22 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

206. First Kisses!


"Shouldn't we give thanks first?"
"Thanks for what?"
"Well, that we're not Native Americans who got their land stolen in exchange for smallpox infested blankets."--Luke & Jess, Gilmore Girls

Ice cream cones, pretzels, frosting and fabric equals one cute Thanksgiving place holder!

Are you putting a kids table together this year?

21 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

198. Late night conversations!


"Where's the golden turkey?"--Kristina Braverman, Parenthood

I'm really loving the purple and gold Thanksgiving theme going on here--and I'm pretty certain it's not because they Queen Creek High School's colors!  This table setting is elegant and simple--the perfect table to be celebrate being thankful!

20 November 2011

19 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

141. Pretty socks!


Grilled Cheese Croutons!

GENIUS!!  Oh my how I heart tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches!!

18 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

209. Taking your heels off at the end of the day!

Little Big Town.

For Megs birthday this year I took her to see Little Big Town at the QCPAC.

It was pretty fun--don't you wish you had hair like that!

Meg is still singing LBT songs--but she did that before the concert too!

17 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

173. Paying off your credit cards!


Mini Chicken Pot Pies!

They're cute and mini--sounds like a party to me!

16 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

180. Fresh flowers!


Some people may be aware of my love for hats--well this is just another example!  How fun would these be to wear during Thanksgiving dinner!?!

Happiness is the Little Things...

272. Holding hands!

To Infinity and Beyond.

For PH's 2nd birthday we had a Buzz Lightyear slip and slide party! And I'll be honest this invitation was a pain to make--mainly because I had no idea what I was doing!

Meg picked up all these balloons the morning of the party and I'm still not sure how she got 37 balloons out of the store by herself--let alone in the Corolla!

It was so fun to put together!  I found a Toy Story shower curtain on sale at Target, and we used that as the back drop--it's also the boys Christmas present from Auntie, but don't tell them that!

Mother made green alien cupcakes and cookies.  We silhouetted the Porter sign... 

... and the rocket.

The dollar store had square Toy Story foam puzzles back in the spring that I picked up in anticipation of this party!

We set the kids up outside so that they could eat and slip and slide all they wanted.  My Aunt ML let us borrow her snow cone machine--which was the perfect thing for this summer party!

You cannot have a Buzz Lightyear party with out Pizza Planet!  I made the rocket tray for less than $10!

Our newest Space Rangers Baby W and Baby J!

And of course the Birthday Boy!

Best party EVER!!

15 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

194.  Starting a favorite series...again!


I'm not a big fan of pancakes--but pumpkin pancakes are a different story! Doesn't this look like the perfect Thanksgiving breakfast--well, maybe the day before Thanksgiving. You don't want to go to a Thanksgiving lunch already full!

14 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

86.  The smell of breakfast in the morning!


"When two people love each other, they come together--WHAM--like two taxis on Broadway!"--Stella, Rear Window

O & J finally did it! They were married in the Mesa, AZ Temple on 11-11-11!

...more pictures!

13 November 2011

Happiness is the Little Things...

124.  Waking up with perfect hair!


Thanksgiving place cards? I think yes!