Wednesday, October 31, 2012

happy halloween!

I hope you have a wonderful and safe Halloween, doing whatever it is to celebrate! I'll be dressed up like a bumblebee at my mom's house having our traditional chili and handing out candy. Here's a little love from some younger Waynicks, potentially the most terrifying picture of four children ever. Enjoy! 

circa 1998
Elizabeth - witch
Will - vampire
Roger - The Terminator
Katie - clown

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

in the moment.

Have you ever gotten so bogged down with your have-to-do list that you've forgotten to notice beauty?

I've felt like that lately. My to-do is too long. My head is too stuffy. My responsibilities are piled up too high. My feet are too tired. My fears are too great. The theme is obvious: too much everything.

It's impossible to not feel stressed and overwhelmed when you look at life that way. I have been guilty of that lately. So this morning, I resolved to be different. I resolved to pay attention to the little things and enjoy them. This resolution, like so many others, is not something that you can think one time and instantaneously become different for the rest of your life. It's a resolution that must be made over and over and over again throughout the course of your life.

Since 6:15 this morning, this is what I have noticed:
  • a hot shower can wake you up even when you want to stay in bed. 
  • a good moisturizing face lotion can make you feel better even when you're sniffling.
  • my dog likes to roll around in the grass when he first gets outside. 
  • the lone leaf on my windshield was a beautiful and perfect leaf. 
  • even when it's cold outside, Diet Coke still tastes so good in the morning. 
  • the bells play at my church every hour on the hour. 
Look around your world and pay attention. Find something beautiful. Appreciate it. It'll make you feel better, I promise. 

Monday, October 29, 2012


Where I've been for most of the last week...

Sniffling. Nose blowing. Can't breathe-ing. Coughing. Chug DayQuil-ing. It's been awesome!

Back to regularly scheduled posting soon...

Friday, October 26, 2012


Today is my 25th birthday. I honestly cannot believe that I'm actually 25. Where did all of those years go?! Here are some things that have happened over the last quarter of a century...

1987 : Elizabeth Helen Waynick was born on October 26th.
         : The Cosby Show is the most popular television show.
1988 : George H. W. Bush was elected President of the United States.
         : Crack cocaine first appears.
1989 : Brother, William Thomas Waynick, II was born on May 10th.
         : Mikhail Gorbachev named Time's Man of the Year.
1990 : Brother, Roger Scott Waynick, Jr. was born on June 4th.
         : Nelson Mandela freed after being imprisoned for 27 years.
1991 : The Soviet Union is dissolved.
         : The most popular baby names are Michael and Ashley.
1992 : The LA Riots erupted, killing 55 people.
         : Bill Clinton was elected President of the United States.
1993 : EHW started kindergarten at Oak Hill School.
         : Sister, Kathleen Malone Waynick was born on October 20th.
1994 : EHW's Gramps dies.
         : EHW and her family moved to Post Oak Circle. 
1995 : The Oklahoma City Bombing killed 168 people.
         : Toy Story is the first ever movie completely designed on a computer.
1996 : Kerri Strug clinches the gold for the US Gymnastics Team on the vault with an injured ankle.
         : The Macarena becomes the most popular dance in the world.
1997 : Princess Diana is killed in a car accident in Paris.
         : Beanie Babies are the must-have toy.
1998 : University of Tennessee football team wins the National Championship.
         : EHW enrolls at Battle Ground Academy.
1999 : Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de France.
         : EHW's Grandpa dies.
2000 : The Tennessee Titans lost the Super Bowl to the St. Louis Rams by one yard.
         : George W. Bush elected President of the United States.
2001 : EHW elected 8th grade class president.
         : The attacks on September 11th kill over 3,000 Americans.
2002 : EHW starts high school.
         : Friends is the most popular television show.
2003 : EHW gets her driver's license.
         : The movie Elf is released.
2004 : EHW has her first car accident.
         : A tsunami in Indonesia killed over a quarter of a million people.
2005 : EHW goes on a mission trip to Camp Barnabas.
         : Hurricane Katrina ravages the Gulf Coast.
2006 : EHW graduates from BGA and begins her undergraduate career at Baylor University.
         : Saddam Hussein is executed.
2007 : EHW pledges Alpha Delta Pi.
         : The iPhone is released.
2008 : EHW selected to join Student Foundation.
         : Barack Obama elected President of the United States.
2009 : EHW's Nana dies.
         : EHW and her family travel to England and France.
2010 : A 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti and kills more than 230,000 people.
         : EHW graduates from Baylor University with a BA in Child & Family Studies.
2011 : EHW's father, Roger Waynick, dies suddenly while on vacation.
         : EHW begins graduate school at Trevecca Nazarene University.
2012 : EHW's Mamaw dies.
         : EHW pays off and now owns her car. 

How much life I've already experienced. I feel tremendously blessed to have made it through 25 years on this earth. With God's help, I'll make it 25 more.

Happy birthday to me! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

bathrooms can be beautiful.

This is the second edition of "look at my house, it's not junky!" Today, I am showcasing my bathroom. Before Meredith moved in, I had a closet and a vanity completely full of my junk. Two days before she was due to arrive, I realized that I needed to do some major cleaning. Then, a month after she moved in, I decided that I needed to give it another go. Here's the end result: 

My bathroom!

This is the small closet in the bathroom. Top shelf is mine, middle two are Meredith's, and the bottom is mine. At the very bottom, you can see where we store all of our cleaning supplies. (For perspective, I used to have the top three shelves full of those green baskets. NINE of them!)

This is my one true bathroom drawer, which is home to all of my makeup, toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant. Drawer dividers are genius.

This is my pull-out shelf, that hides behind a door. In it are hairbrushes, hair accessories, hair products, skin care products, and makeup brushes.

My bottom shelf in my vanity. Home to hair appliances (hairdryer was plugged in in my bedroom), travel bags, and tall bottles of hairspray.

This is my very small shower caddy. I discovered that, believe it or not, there's no reason to have three full sets of shampoo & conditioner! I have one bottle of shampoo, one bottle of conditioner, body wash, face wash, bar soap, and a razor. That's all I need! 

And finally, the counter. Notice, there's not much on it. I love it that way!

Next up, I'll be showcasing my bedroom. How do you keep your bedroom surfaces (floor, nightstand, dresser) from becoming one giant trash can or laundry basket?

Friday, October 19, 2012

fall to-do list.

  1. Bake something with pumpkin in it. 
  2. Go to a pumpkin patch
  3. Decorate with pumpkins
  4. Carve a pumpkin. 
  5. Make soup
  6. Turn 25. (!)
  7. Snuggle
  8. Sit around a fire. 
  9. Watch the leaves fall. 
  10. Tell at least 5 people that I am thankful for them.
  11. Dress up for Halloween. (#87)
  12. Hike (or walk) in nature.
  13. Sip apple cider
  14. Wear warm socks.
  15. Light lots of candles.
What's on your list of things you want to do this season? 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

closets are sacred.

As I alluded to in a couple of earlier posts, I have been a serious organizing/purging/cleaning binge in my house lately. Now, my car is another story, but my house is looking great! My friend Monica suggested that I share some photos of my simpler lifestyle, and I decided to take her up on that idea! So, without further ado...

My bedroom closets! 

This is my main closet with shirts, sweaters, pants, shorts, skirt, and shoes (heels on one side, flats on one side). Those top two containers are summer clothes, packed away for the season. The trunk contains tote bags and other things that needed a home. You can't see it, but on the far left, there's a hanging shoe bag for clunky shoes like sneakers and short boots.

My hanging shelves with folded cardigans. I've discovered that this is the most efficient way for me to organize them and not take up a ton of room, where they are also easily accessible. 

My basket o' jeans! 

My second closet, home to dresses, coats, scarves, luggage and laundry baskets.

No, my closets are nothing fancy. I didn't go out and buy a perfectly color coordinated wardrobe to hang on the rack or paint the inside of the closet pink and I don't have a full set of identical, velvet hangers. This is a real closet. It's functional for everyday use. I have room for everything that I need and have gotten rid of everything that I don't. When I have more free time and more money, maybe I'll paint it or buy those awesome hangers. Stay tuned! 

Next week, I'll be showing you my bathroom. Do you have any tips for keeping your bathroom closet, shower, or vanity organized? 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

there's music in my ears.

I made a playlist of my current favorite songs. Just fair warning, though, some of them are not currently on the radio.
  1. Broken Crown - Mumford & Sons
  2. Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
  3. Ho Hey - The Lumineers
  4. Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding
  5. No Light, No Light - Florence + the Machine
  6. Howlin' For You - The Black Keys
  7. Eyes Wide Open - Gotye
  8. Run - Vampire Weekend
  9. Creature Fear - Bon Iver
  10. Revelry - Kings of Leon
  11. Free Fallin' - John Mayer
  12. Shelter - Ray LaMontagne
  13. Gravity - Sara Bareilles
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life, according to instagram.

1. painted pumpkins
2. best friend got engaged
3. perfect fall nights
4. annual check up
5. found the perfect punkin
6. searching for perfect punkins
7. late night reading
8. early morning sunrises
9. multiple prints
10. puzzles galore

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

just in case.

I will blame this habit on my sister, but I still don't think that I have as bad of a case of it as she does:

Hi, my name is Elizabeth, and I like to frequently change my iPhone case.

There. That wasn't so hard!

My favorite brand of cases is above & beyond Kate Spade. They are reasonably priced (I haven't ever found a case worth its salt for less than $40). They are sturdy. And best of all, they are CUTE! Here are some of my favorites, including a few that I have owned myself. Do you have a favorite? What kind of case do you use on your iPhone? 

(previously used)

(currently using)

Monday, October 15, 2012

good hair day.

I'm having a good hair day, which just makes all feel right in the world!

Shirt and skirt, GAP. Watch and shoes, Michael Kors. Ring and necklace, Kate Spade. Earrings, Tiffany & Co.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

house keeping.

I love my house.

Sure, it's not really a house. It's a townhouse. I have neighbors on both walls. I share a patio. I don't have a backyard that is technically mine. And I'm only responsible for the upkeep inside the house because, theoretically, the outside is maintained by the HOA. But I love my house.

Lately I've been on a major house cleaning/purging/organizing binge.

It started with my closets. I couldn't find anything I wanted to wear without getting an bicep workout sifting through the extremely packed rack. So I did what any normal person would do: I took everything out of my two closets and looked at every piece of clothing before I put it back in. If I hadn't worn it in a year and it wasn't a special occasion dress, it got donated. If it was very obviously designed for summer, it went into storage bins for the season. If it was damaged, stained, or had a hole, it got tossed.

What resulted was amazing. I could USE my closet. It was efficient. I hung two racks on the back of one set of doors and got all of my shoes off of the floor. I folded all of my cardigans and put them on a hanging self, with purses in their dust bags on the bottom shelves. I folded all of my jeans and put them in a basket, which is much more accessible.

Then, suddenly, I was overcome with a desire to cull through my bathroom closet! With a new roommate, I have had to really cut down on the amount of space my stuff takes up in the bathroom. I thought I did a good job when she first moved in. Nay nay, it needed another go! Suddenly, I was able to see all of the stuff that I need to use in my bathroom, rather than having to go through about 12 baskets to find that one thing. Amazing!

Following that, I cleaned out the shelves above my washing machine. And straightened and organized my pantry. And went through a stack of papers, filing was I needed to save and tossing the rest of it. Finally, my house was going from a hodgepodge of stacked up stuff with no home to an organized oasis. I wasn't stressed as soon as I walked in the door anymore. What a concept!

One of my 101 in 1001 items is: 56. Rid my house of anything that doesn't have a place. I am well on my way to achieving that. One more closet to go!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

to do before 2012 ends.

Think I get all of these crossed off of my list by the end of this year? 

21. Find my signature scent. 
27. Have a picnic. 
31. Send out Christmas cards. 
38. Work up to running 3 miles without stopping. 
45. Read Jane Eyre.
56. Rid my house of anything that doesn't have a place. (Almost done with this!)
66. Get certified in First Aid. 
78. Be a bridesmaid. (December 29!)
84. Get a real Christmas tree.
87. Dress up on Halloween. 
95. Learn to play chess. 
97. Find new ways to use my Kitchen-Aid mixer. 

things I love.

1. Autumn. More specifically, October.

Since when is loving October a trend? I thought nothing of it when I woke up yesterday and tweeted, "Welcome, October. You rock!" I then scrolled through my timeline and noticed that no less than thirty (!) other people tweeted exactly the same sentiment. I'm going on the record and claiming that I've always been a fan of October. I'm an October baby, so you can't challenge me on this.

Regardless of its sudden cool factor or not, October is awesome. The first day rolled in with fog and rain -  the epitome of a perfect fall day. The mum sitting by my front door is in full bloom, a perfect orange. Leaves are starting to fall to the earth, leaving the trees bare as they prepare for winter. The Honeycrisp apples are top notch. There are pumpkins everywhere. I bought two varieties called "Cinderella" and "Fairy Tale." It doesn't get much better than that.

Also, I'll be 25 on the 26th. A quarter of a century. There is no denying that you are officially a grown-up when you turn 25. Excuse me for a moment while I get right on that!

2. Weddings.

My best friend got engaged a week and a half ago. Four days later she asked me to be her Maid of Honor. Today she booked her church and her reception venue. June 1st will be here before you know it and I am so excited and honored to be a part of her big day.

Another of my best friends is getting married on December 29th. She had her first bridal shower this weekend with her fiance's family. I love seeing her loved on by her future family.

I love love.

3. Mumford & Sons.

Y'all. I have had these moments in the past few months listening to their first album, "Sigh No More," where I thought that it would be impossible to top this. Then I bought "Babel."

The whole thing is fantastic. Just go buy it. Just do it. You won't be sorry. My three favorites are "Lover of the Light," their cover of "The Boxer" (umm, Simon & Garfunkel love right there) and "Where Are You Now" (a bonus track on the Deluxe Edition).


You're welcome.

"Everyone must take the time to sit and watch the leaves turn." 
Elizabeth Lawrence

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." 
LM Montgomery

"Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter."
Carol Bishop Hipps