Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful this Thanksgiving, that the love of my life is home safely from Afghanistan. I am thankful for the amazingly supportive family we both have, and for the friends closest to us that have become our family over the years. I am thankful for the home we live in, and the life we’re creating for ourselves. I am thankful for our health and our youth, and the feeling that we have a lot of time {together} ahead of us. I am thankful I have an education for something I love, and that I’m making my dream of owning my own business a reality.

I am thankful for so much this year, more than I ever could have hoped for. Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers!

What’s on Dani’s phone?

I almost always forget to save/share photos from my cell phone. I guess other people do, too, because there is a linkup going around to post photos from your cell phones! Join the linkup hosted by Jessica at the Lowe Family News! Here are some random pieces of my life, in no particular order:

{waiting at the Verizon store for my new Droid 2 to be activated}

{beer sampler at a brewery in Charleston}

{breakfast Joshua made & arranged for me one morning while I was working ♥}

{Halloween costume shopping @ the party store}

{at our beach to watch the sunset}

{silk flowers to get ideas for wedding centerpieces}

{she & he}

{waiting at Honda for my oil change}
{the mess that becomes my kitchen after grocery shopping}

{living room at Mom’s house}

{road trip to South Carolina}

{engagement photos I received in the mail— & still have yet to post}

{just another day in paradise}
{busy farmer’s market}

{watching TV with my love}

Who Loves Free Music??

I do! Especially if it’s legal! I’m all about supporting the artists, which is why I never download pirated music. Enjoy these freebies I found floating around the internet! All together, over 120 songs!
Become a fan of iTunes on Facebook, and you can download 10 free songs on the Austin City Limits 2010 sampler and 20 free songs on the Artists on the Rise 2010 sampler.

Download 13 free songs from Spin Magazine’s December issue (exp 12/31) and 15 free songs from Spin Magazine’s November issue (exp 11/30).

Download 8 free holiday country songs from People Magazine (exp 1/7/11).

Download 24 free songs from Urban Outfitters LSTN #11 sampler (exp 12/31).

Download 6 free holiday songs from Amazon’s Timeless Christmas sampler.

Download 5 free holiday songs from Amazon’s Sugo Holiday sampler.

My favorite of the free downloads I’ve found is a 20 song playlist by Sister Hazel at Amazon. I’ve loved Sister Hazel for probably a decade now… their acoustic rock/folk music is my favorite.

Our New Favorite Toy!

I’m all about digital reading lately. Joshua and I purchased a brand spankin’ new Nook Color from Barnes & Noble the other day, and I’m completely obsessed. You can get magazine subscriptions on it! It’s awesome for magazine whores like myself… as my friends and family know, I have quite the obsession. My bookshelves and coffee table are always stacked high with magazines.

Nook doesn’t have every magazine under the sun yet, but I have a feeling they will eventually. You can subscribe monthly or buy per issue, which is cool. So far, I’ve purchased 2 books and sampled 3 magazines. Joshua has gotten a few for himself as well. It’s so great! And it’s going green!

I haven’t started reading the books yet because I have two paperback books I want to read first, but I’ve been reading the magazines and they’re SWEET! Yay for environmentally friendly reading.

December Daily 2010

I want to share with everyone a project I’m working on this December. It’s hosted by Ali Edwards, an awesome scrapbooker, author, and all-around creative entrepreneur. I’ve been really into following crafty, creative blogs lately, and my Google Reader just keeps filling up with all these awesome and inspiring posts from all the great bloggers I’ve been finding.

Ali has a holiday tradition called December Daily. For details, check out her page here. It’s an album project that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas!

I’m excited about it because I need a creative outlet outside of the computer. I love scrapbooking, but I haven’t had the time I’d like to put toward doing it and so this will be a nice way to make sure I do.

The first step is creating a “foundation album” for your December Daily. There are so many inspiring foundation albums posted on Ali’s Flickr account here. It’s recommended to set up your album prior to December so you’re not creating it and filling it at the same time.

I personally do not have the time or materials to create a foundation album right now… with the business, freelancing, the website, the wedding, and the big move we have coming up (we’re being restationed to Virginia!— another post on that at a later time).

So, I turned to another of my absolute favorite creative bloggers, Elise Blaha. Elise runs an Etsy shop and creates mixed paper books for all occasions. I’d been eyeing her Holiday Mixed Paper Book for some time now, and when I saw Ali’s blog about the December Daily, I jumped at the chance and ordered one of Elise’s books to use as my foundation for my own.

There are *almost* enough pages for me to dedicate one spread per day, but for the pages I need I’ll be adding my own momentos and of course, lots of photos. You can check out Elise’s original post on it here, as well as a peek into her process of making them here.

I was so excited when mine arrived, but I will admit it was smaller than I pictured it. It’s 4×6, which I knew when ordering it, but for some reason I expected it to be a bit bigger. It’s quite tiny, which I think will be okay because smaller pages are so much easier to fill. And the papers are so pretty that I don’t even think I’ll want to fill them!

This was also my first purchase from Etsy. What a cool place. I’ve been wanting to set up my own shop for awhile now, and I have lots of ideas of what to do with it… but for now, I’ve put that project on hold until 2011. First things first: finish my website!

If you decide to join me in creating your own December Daily, do let me know! I’ll be posting photos of the finished album (and probably progress throughout) in December. Can’t wait!