A Few Friday Favorites

1. A letter to a Pretty Girl

My friend Annie’s most recent post is so good. Chock-full-o-wisdom for teenage girls. And for 20-somethings. And for any-somethings, really.

2. Lisa Leonard pearl by pearl earrings

I think these earrings are the perfect blend of modern and traditional. You could wear them on your wedding day, or you could wear them with jeans and a cute t-shirt. Love.

3. Otterbox Defender iPhone Case

I’m one of those people who thinks the trouble that we’ll go to to protect, you know, OUR TELEPHONES is sort of ridiculous. But when we switched cell phone providers and got new phones a few months ago, I realized that my tendency to drop my phone + a fragile phone = a need for a good cell phone case. I asked D to order me the heavy-duty case of his choosing – just to please get it in turquoise if he could.

I thought that the turquoise might make me feel better about turning my cute new phone into a glorified vinyl brick.

I have to say, though, that I have adored my heavy-duty Otterbox Defender case. It’s very grippy, so it makes the phone easy to hold, and the grippy stuff also keeps the phone from sliding around on my desk or passenger seat or wherever. There’s also a protective screen that goes on top of the real screen, so there’s no risk of the phone getting scratched up in my purse. AND, when I *may* have accidentally dropped my phone on our garage floor a few weeks ago, I picked it up – fully prepared to see all manner of shattered glass – and the phone was totally fine.

Otterbox, you’ve made a believer out of me.

4. OPI I Have A Herring Problem

I have worn all sorts of gray polish the last six months. Gray with a touch of green? Check. Gray with a touch of brown? Check. Gray with a touch of purple? Checkity check check.

I’m a little gray’d out. So when I saw this shimmery dark blue the other day, I thought it looked like a fun change-o-pace. I’ll let you know how it goes after my next trip to the nail salon.

5. Ben Rector – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”

Like most people, I was so sad when I heard the news about Whitney Houston’s death a couple of weeks ago. I have loads of great memories associated with her music – which is why this Ben Rector video made my heart smile.

Have a great weekend, y’all.

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  1. Lisa Leonard. Love Love Love! She made a ‘Love Coin’ for John at Christmas. It is amazing work.

    And Ben Rector? Love the arrangement. Guess I need to add him to my youtube stalking, er, Favorites list.

    BTW- Have I said how tickled. to. death I am about your upcoming book? Well, I haven’t and I am. So there ♥

  2. Holy Moses!

    Six years, a gazzilion comments and for the first time, I am Numero Uno-esto (that would be Numero Uno’s younger sisitah).

    I. am. honoroed.

  3. Long live the Otterbox. It’ll be my first purchase as soon as I get back to civilization and acquire an i-phone.

  4. Mary Kat's Mom says:

    After yesterday’s post I had to go to Chicken Salad Heaven for a Chicken Salad and Fruit plate for dinner! ! ! Yum yum! ! ! Delicious! ! Thanks for planning my meal for me!

  5. I am wearing “I have a herring problem” as we speak!” Should have included that in our makeup consultation.

  6. Can I just tell you that your posts like this always make my day. You know it’s just a bit of the little lovelies of this crazy world that make us smile. Sometimes we get so caught up in looking for the “big” miracles and joys in life that we forget to look at the simple things that cause our hearts to beat a little faster or bring a smile to our face! You always bring out the smiles and you’re so good at making me laugh be it through a wonderful new toy, an amazing snack food or best of all a Designing Women memory!! Thanks girlie for making this KY girl (but living in Texas and always a southerner) smile and giggle!!!!

  7. Hi! Long time reader, first (or second?) time commenter!

    Random question: Is Ben Rector a Christian musician?

    Love your blog, Boo Mama, and I read it every day!

  8. We just saw Ben Rector open for Need to Breathe last week and it was awesome. He performed that Whitney Houston tune. Amazing.

  9. I adore my otterbox defender, and it even survives being dropped in freight elevators, in airports, and all manner of abuse. I waited for 2 weeks for it to be shipped to me, and I’ve never been more nervous of dropping my phone in my life. Luckily, I barely made it.
    Love your blog – every day. Love it – Book!!! Can’t wait.

  10. Kimberly/OKC says:

    Ohmigoodness, thank you for that link to Annie’s blog. I had my daughter read her book for Bible class in our homeschool and she loved it. She will be thrilled to know Annie has a blog…. As always, my best regards to you! I read your blog every day…make that, I CHECK your blog every day and read it when it’s new!!

  11. Becky in 'Bama says:

    thank you for giving me something new to listen to.. Ben Rector – interested in hearing more. Nail color makes me smile: when I was in high school, “way back when” we were wearing many of the ‘new’ hip colors. Everything old is new again.

  12. I too got an Otterbox Defender when I got my iPhone back in November and almost everyone I know made fun of me because of how big it is. I didn’t care though because I drop my phone all the time and don’t have the money to replace my phone if something happens to it. I’m so glad I have the Otterbox too because my 2 year old got ahold of my seam ripper (I left the room with it on an end table for like ONE minute) and she picked it up and started stabbing the screen of my phone with it. She was seriously going to town on that phone. Who does that?? Anyways, the Otterbox has got some pockmarks on it now but I took the phone out of it and the screen is totally fine. So I say, let people make fun. But they’ll be sorry when they drop their fancy phone and have to pay $800 to replace it!

  13. I just have to share my Otterbox testimony. When I upgraded my iPhone, I gave my old one (without a service plan) to my daughter, along with the Otterbox case I’d had it in. Somehow it fell out of her backpack when she was walking home from the bus stop. It lay in our neighbor’s yard for a week, was rained on, and was later found by the grass-mowing guy. The case was wet and filthy but the phone was in perfect shape. Totally worth the $50.

  14. I still shed a tear thinking of Whitney and how much her music was a part of my life. Thanks for a new version of an old favorite.

    • Me, too… Thanks for introducing me to Ben Rector–totally hooked and forwarding the link on to friends and family. Wow.

  15. I got my otterbox the very day I got my iphone. Unfortunately there were 2 choices, hot pink and black. I’m not a ‘pink’ kinda gal, but I’m certainy more exciting than black. I’ve dropped my phone on our hardwood floors more times than I can count, and it’s always been safe thanks to the otterbox. If you have one of the more fragile smart phones, it’s the ONLY way to go!

  16. 1. I must have that nail polish. STAT.
    2. We watched that Ben Rector video last night. Fabulous! What a talented kid. (Can I call him a kid)?

  17. I was at the Ben Rector/Needtobreathe concert last Monday night in Birmingham, and Ben sang I Wanna Dance With Somebody live. By far, one of my favorite songs of the night!

  18. I love that cell phone case and I am a huge lover of all things turquoise. I love the nail polish as well, can’t wait to see how it looks on.

  19. I love Lisa Leonard. I’ve had three of her necklaces…unfortunately one is missing. :( Anyway, you’re so right about those earrings. I have a hard time finding dangly earrings that aren’t too much for me, but those are perfect. I also love my otterbox defender. I just got the bubblegum pink/gunmetal grey. Love it. Oh, and you should know, my two year old dunked mine in the bath tub and it survived. Worth the cost of the otterbox.

  20. Aw, I love your ‘listy’ posts! I love the earrings and nail polish, I was surprised the earrings were reasonably priced. I can agree on the Otterbox too. My sis-in-love gave my such a hard time about it until she dropped hers and it shattered. Now she has one too :).

  21. my hero dropped his phone in a creak and it was there 2 hours before anyone noticed. the otter box saved it and he still uses the phone a year later

  22. Yep….I think I need this “otterbox” you speak of, I love my phone (too much, I’m sure) so I really should protect it.

  23. Am I going crazy, or did you have a yummy candle listed here a few days ago. I came back to get more info, and now I can’t find it. What the heck!?