I was seduced

I promise I am not dead.

Physically anyway...mentally, now that is another story

Between catching up on the 12846286428 million emails I had patiently awaiting my return from Europe, I have been seduced by the Hunger Games books. Seriously.

It's a problem. I can't sleep - I can't eat {ha, let's be serious} because I want to read, but I am making myself read slow because I can already feel the sadness that I am almost finished with the series creeping in.

My fellow readers know this feeling well...Harry Potter was just the beginning.

I digress...

I promise on my Hunger Games books that I am currently working on a big giant post or seven filled with more pictures of more churches than y'all will know what to do with!

This week, folks, this week!

I do however, want to apologize to the lovely ladies who signed up for my scarf swap - because I have not been a good host and posted my own - so here goes!

I was partnered with a real life friend, Miss Darby over at Life with the Hawleys

{you might remember these faces...they guest posted for me while I was away!}

I met Darby when I went to my first ever blogger meet up and we hit it off! She is so sweet and we definitely do not lack talking subjects!

She even made sure that I had my scarf in time to take with me to Germany :) Her card said that she saw the scarf and knew that it was perfect for me --- and she RIGHT!

I am head over heels for anything leopard print...my husband says I have a problem...but I say, hey, as long as I don't wear all my printed pieces together, we are good!

It is light weight {perfect for Houston "winters"} and looks so good with anything! Thanks Darby!


That time I forgot to come home from Europe

First I want to say a gigantic thank you to the lovely ladies and their pups for keeping y'all entertained while I was away!

Me {and Murphy} were very happy!!

Second - today is the day for the scarf swap participants to show us the goods!

Unfortunately, I kind of forgot to come home from Europe and am currently sitting on my first high speed train to London!!

Get the high tea ready for me Kate!

So to all my scarf girls, go ahead and post and I promise to post about my fantastic scarf and the lovely lady who gave it to me as soon as I set my feet on American soil!

Lastly, I hope everyone in the States has a very Happy Thanksgiving and eat some turkey for me!



A Guest Post: Sarah and Floyd the Bassethound

Well fokks, after a very interesting, exhausting, hellish, stress inducing 16 hours, I am safe and snuggled in my hotel room ready to take on Germany!

I couldn't wait to get on here and see everyone's puppy posts!! Especially since I miss my own pooch so much it hurts --- and my husband too of course!

Today's guest poster has the most camera shy pup I have ever seen
Floyd was made for the camera! Take a look and you will be just like me...excited to head over and read about Floyd and his momma, Miss Sarah's, crazy dventrues over at Total Basset Case!


Hi there Creatively Classy friends!
I am Sarah and I blog over at Total Basset Case!
 and if you couldn't guess from my blog name, we (the Mister, ie the hubs and I) have a sassy, snuggable, cute as can be, basset hound, Floyd.
Floyd and I are so happy to be helping fill in while Lindsey is away!

So you could get to know him better, Floyd wanted me to tell you a few things about him.
He loves peanut butter and is stellar at snuggling.
He loves long walks through the neighborhood and especially if we make a pit stop at his girlfriend, Pepper's house.

Floyd is also SUPER sassy, and/or also dramatic, how he can not and will not catch a ball (but he probably doesn't want me tell you those things). Instead I'll tell you about how he keeps a dutiful eye on the neighborhood and is the self appointed neighborhood watch dog.
or how he will bring you beers
or how I dress him up for Halloween.
This year he was Eeyore
  but mostly about how stinkin cute he is.
So there you have Floyd in a nutshell.
He is quite the complex and particular dog but we love him!
Thanks for having us, Lindsey!
Feel free to come say hi over at TBC!


A Guest Post: TIff and Sherm from The Coffeehouse

Day two of doggie guest posts continue with one of the cutest chocolate lab I have ever seen 
{besides my Murphy Boy of course} 
And his super funny mama who makes me feel so much better for pretending Murphy is a tiny human trapped in a fur body. 

She said it best when she said "Us crazy dog moms must stick together!" 


Take it away Tiff and Mr. Sherman!


Well hello there. I'm Tiff, husband is Dan, and the horse lab you see there is Sherman. I blog over at The Coffeehouse; a blog that has absolutely nothing to do with coffee. Instead, I blog about everything, everyone and their dog. Literally. I love dogs.
I can't cook; husband cooks.
I can't sew; husband sews.
And I am still learning how to use my awesome new camera {I really wish I would have paid attention in that little photography class I took}. But, I can tell you that I am great at being honest. Especially when it comes to things I can't do.
And I am also great at loving animals.
And loving animals is more important than knowing how to cook and sew, right?
Sherman says yes. Husband says no.
Imagine that.

So back to my love for animals. I grew up with pets. Pets have always been a huge part of my life. When I was younger, I had dogs, cats, fish, birds, guinea pigs, hamsters and a hedgehog named Henry. So, it’s natural for me to love animals. And it’s natural for me to treat my dog like a kid, right? Right. I knew I liked you guys for a reason. So, what kinds of fun things do Sherman the kid and I do together?

We eat chocolate chip cookies.

We swing.

We go out for ice cream.

And if we do go out for ice cream ...
we always brush our teeth.

We ride in canoes.

We play basketball.

We drink beer.
(but only on the weekends of course)

And once in a great while ...
we'll even have our own little Easter Egg hunt.

Husband says I need help.

But husband still married me … whether I need help or not.
So, I’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not I’m crazy. If you actually do visit my blog ... I'm pretty sure that the answer to this will be "yes". An absolute yes.

Thanks for having us Lindsey! And Murphy boy, thanks for sharing your blog with Sherm. I know. It's tough.


A Guest Post: Darby and the Hawley Pups

As you guys are reading this post, I will be running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to make sure I don't forget my underwear or my toothbrush before heading to the airport!

Pretty soon I will be popping some benadryl and snoozing my around the world {well maybe not completely around, but 10 hours around}

No worries though, Miss Darby from Life with the Hawleys is here to entertain you and she has brought two of her favorite people pups along!

{Let me tell you a secret - Darby and I have recently become bloggy friends {and real life friends} and this girl.is.legit! She works, crafts, cooks, take photos, loves her hubby and her pups, hangs out with friends AND still finds time to have a rocking blog!}

Auf Wiedersehen Freunden!


Hi Creatively Classy readers!  Thanks Lindsey for letting us come invade your blog space!

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Our mom, Darby, blogs over at Life with the Hawleys. She is a fun lady who loves coffee, crafting, shopping, our dad, and photography so go check her out.  She talks a lot about us, but hey, could you blame her?!
Today we wanted to tell you about the Dog Days of Fall.  Everyone says things like the “dog days of summer” and “it's a dogs life”....but seriously folks, the dog life is best in the fall,  and here is why:
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Football season (and our name-sake)  This is how I got my name, and this is how Rooney got his name.DSC_0136-2

Begging for Thanksgiving scraps (Mom says our brown eyes get her every time; we know the sad puppy face is our secret weapon)Collage 2

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Wearing our fancy party clothes

Doesn’t that sound like so much doggy fun?  We love this season!  Feel free to come over to our mom’s blog and hear more about our dog tails tales.  Our mom seriously can’t get enough of us.Collage 3

Thanks Lindsey for letting us share about our favorite season!




I would say that 62.75% of the time I am calm, cool and collected person and the other 37.25% - not so much. I tend to be the queen bee of worrying and right now I am feeling the buzz...
In T-4 days I will be boarding a plane for my first international flight to the land of deutsch
{totally made that up...what does deutsch even mean??}

{just in case you were wondering that line - it's 10 hours long - eeep!}
More specifically I will be here:
{Dusseldorf, Germany}
I am mega stressing over everything from what to pack, to the time difference, to how much money to take/exchange, to how many Christmas markets I can conquer while there!
The part of the trip that should be most stress free  is that it is a work trip so most fees are covered :) tough I know! Buuuuut...it is my first international work trip and that screams pressure people!
I need your help! Any advice, tips, suggestions, do's/don'ts, must sees, must eats, anything at all!!
P.S. - I have some excellent ladies ready to entertain you with the daily details of their lives and they may or may not be bringing along their furry friends!

- Lindsey Nicole


Happy Voting Day and A Giveaway!

Anybody else ready for this politics BS to be over with???
Don't get me wrong, I did my civic duty and FULLY believe as an American everyone should....
But I am ready to hear about something other what slimeball thing one candidate or the other is doing today!
Sidenote: Look what I got at Starbucks this morning with my PSL

cool huh?!
On to more interesting things...a giveaway!
Miss Carley over at Suburban Sweets is doing a super sweet giveaway and yours truly has some goodies in there!
Go check it out and enter to win some custom thank you cards designed by me!!
- Lindsey Nicole


Friday Favorites: CMA Style

Let's try this Friday Favorites thing - CMA Style!

There is nothing that I love more than a good country music concert and the CMA’s are just that – except I have to sit really close to the tv and pretend I am cool enough to be there.

One day…

Anyways, last night’s CMA’s did not disappoint and I can say with a smile on my face that my couple crush Blake and Miranda cleaned it up last night and were definitely the big winners of the night!

Here are some of my favorite moments:

When Blake and Miranda won best song for “Over You” – Just watch the clip
Seriously, they are the cutest damn thing I have ever seen! “Miranda – I cried right along with your honey.”

 Carrie Underwood – I mean, I guess it was her job as host to rock it all night, but come on, that girl could wear a bunny costume and be hot
 Keith Urban – Maybe he was confused and thought he was going out to dinner at the Applebee’s?
{On the left - a grown up. On the right - a high school kid}

Brad Paisley {with the choir} – goosebumps for days! And hands down, he is the best guitar player in the biz
{boo - I can't find the video}

Taylor Swift….Why? Do we need to be in Paris just to get through this song?
{I may or may not have had a few more detailed comments on Facebook last night…..}

 Miranda Lambert for Female Vocalist of the Year – Props to her for mentioning every other candidate and not making it all about her….I didn’t hear anyone else do that, did you?
Who knows…I usually fast forward through the speeches, unless it’s one of my favs…hence my answer for best speech lol

Brad and Carrie’s Gangnam Style dance
Happy Friday!!!
- Lindsey Nicole


Scarf Obsession...great deals!

Since I decided to host the scarf swap, I have been looking at scarves everywhere I go.
{It's like when you want a baby and everyone else seems to be pregnant...well sort of}
Anyways, for those ladies who signed up {and those who didn't} here are some super cute places with super cute scarves right now --- all for under $20 bucks!
{P.S. - tomorrow by 2pm is the last day to sign up for the swap so don't miss out!!}

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- Lindsey Nicole


Happy Halloween & A Scarf Swap!

Happy Halloween!
Just in case you haven't picked out your costume, here are some....unique options

{bringing them up right}

{fair warning - you might get slapped}

{I had to post this one because it is probably the cutest thing I have ever seen!}
P.S. - Do you love scarves? Do you need a new one?
Enter the Scarf Swap here!

October Foodie Pen Pals

Well I did it again - I signed up for Foodie Pen Pals and sat my fat self around and waited anxiously for goodies to arrive and again they did NOT disappoint!

The Lean Green Bean

My box came from the cutie new blogger Hannah over at Healthy Eating for a Healthy Life and it was full of yummies so thank you, thank you, thank you Hannah!

The best part of this box was that I was sick and laid up in bed so these were all things I could eat right away or the hubby could use his minimal kitchen skills to make!

The night I picked it up, I told my hubby that I wanted to make the spaghetti, so he sweetly boiled the noodles and heated the sauce *cough best husband ever cough* --- Now, I am normally not a huge fan of jar spaghetti sauce; I usually make my own because the jar stuff never has the right spices --- This jar was PERFECT!! Seriously I didn't add one thing to it and I could have eaten it with a freaking spoon!

As you can tell by the box on the right, this box cam from the Buckeye state --- Apparently one definition of a "buckeye" is a chocolate candy with peanut butter inside and even though I am not a Buckeye fan ;) I will forgive Hannah because these are to die!

The first thing the hubs torn open was the apple butter and I am not joking when I say that I did not get ONE BITE! He hoarded it until it was all gone --- so, Hannah, good job! {Can you send more lol} He also loved loved loved the chili on hot dogs!

I haven't tried the spicy mustard yet, but I have a killer recipe for homemade salted pretzels that would go great with this so the vote is still out!

Jealous yet? Wanna Join? Here are the rules:

1. On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

2. You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
{The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

3. You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

4. Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 

- Lindsey Nicole


Scarf swap!!

Well it was a freezing cool 49 degrees in Houston this morning and before the heat of hell sneaks back in later this week I want to host my first swap!

Here's the rules:
1. Send me an email with your full contact info letting me know that you are interested in participating.
creativelyclassyblog {at} gmail {dot} com

2. On Friday, November 2nd the swap will close and I will pair people up and send out an excel sheet with everyone's swap partners.

3. You will have until Friday, November 9th to purchase a scarf for under $20 and get it in the mail to your buddy.
4. On Monday, November 19th everyone can post about the swap and show off their goods! {don't forget to link to person's blog who sent your scarf}

Now everyone is one scarf richer - not to mention one blog buddy richer!
Ready? Set?
*Since this is my first swap, if I am forgetting something please please please email me and let me know!

P.S. - who ever is my partner is getting the gorgeous Ethel scarf from everyone's favorite - Kiki La'Rue!


Saw it - Pinned it - Did it Link Up

I think this link up is absolutely perfect for creative freaks like me who spend more than a respectable about of time on Pinterest!
I am also in love with this link-up because my very first baby blog post was on a Pinterest project come to life and it is perfect for fall-ish weather!
I originally saw this picture on Pinterest and knew that I immediately wanted them for my new mantle - however I needed to modify a few things first.
{1.} Orange pumpkins are not part of my beachy, cool color palette living room
{2.} The tiny dots of glitter would NEVER turn out that perfect and clean looking
{3.} I was NOT going to pay the $30 per pumpkin I saw them selling for online
Enter Hobby Lobby - the place of gods
*I will warn you - glitter on everything you own doesn't make for fun cleanup
**Except if it's on your already cute puppy then it's okay
***Only if he is not a he, because then the husband will whine

Learn how I did it here!!

- Lindsey Nicole