Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Firmoo {Glasses Review}

I've worn glasses since 4th grade, and I think they are totally a part of my persona! You know, leopards have spots, Jessica wears glasses... Firmoo emailed me in December and asked if I'd like to order a pair of glasses and review them. OF COURSE I WOULD!

 They have so many cute frames to choose from which made it a challenge to pick one pair! I picked a pair of plastic and metal frames.

I finally placed my order on January 6, and I received my glasses on January 23!


I must admit that there are both pros and cons to this experience:
  • A pro is that the glasses are super affordable!
  • A con is that you can't try them on (obviously) until you get them. I have a pretty big noggin, which I didn't take into account. The frames I chose are a little snug, so I should probably swing by my eye doctor's office to have them fitted a bit more properly.
  • Another pro is that I love the way they look on my face!
  • They ship from China, so it could be a pain to return them if you're unsatisfied. However, there are tons of other blog reviews of this company, and most people seem to be satisfied!
  • The most difficult part of this for me was figuring out my PD number, which wasn't written on my prescription from my doc. This wasn't a hard process, but it is something else I probably need my optometrist to verify when she checks out my new glasses.



If you are in need of a new pair of glasses, be sure to check out Firmoo's First Pair Free Program! You pay for the lenses and shipping - the frames are FREE!

Do you wear glasses? Where's your favorite place to get a new pair?

Your bespectacled beloved,
Jessica
@jesstinybird
 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Movies to see {Volume 1}

I love watching movies and going to the movies, so it's only natural for me to post my "I have to see that right when it comes out" list here!

In middle and high schools, I went to the movies ALL THE TIME. Really even in to college and after graduation, too. You know, in all the years before I had my own bills? ;)

Here are some films set to release between now and April that I just can't wait to feast my eyes on! Be sure to follow the links to IMDB to watch the previews.



(I just saw this preview as I was looking through the Coming Soon list. The cast looks perfect!)

Cinderella 
One of Disney's most beloved princesses is back - in live action! I'm super excited about this movie...as long as they haven't showed every.single.detail in the previews.

Insurgent
I read the books and LOVED. I saw Divergent. Several times. I'm super excited about this. Honestly, I don't really remember this particular book, so I'm happy to be reminded in March!


I have to see the previous three or so films before this one is out, but that's ok. I love this franchise and the actors in it. Scoff if you wish. I'm really pumped!

The Age of Adaline 
BLAKE LIVELY. Duh. But also, the story looks fantastic. Maybe not like everything we've already seen. Maybe a little Benjamin Button, maybe a little About Time....but maybe neither of those things. I'm excited to see this for sure!


Really, I got the idea to post this after seeing the Hillsong: Let Hope Rise preview for the second time. Now, I'm reading things online and wondering if it is even going to release in theaters. I surely hope so. I get chills every single time. If it does release, it's out on April 1.

Oh, and also, the Backstreet Boys have a movie. Sadly, it isn't playing in my city, but I'm eager to see it at home!

Tell me - what's coming out that you can't wait to see?

Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird



[Obviously, the pictures in this post are not mine. Duh. Picture credits listed below. Thanks, Wikipedia.]

"Black or White poster" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Black_or_White_poster.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Black_or_White_poster.jpg

"Cinderella 2015 official poster" by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cinderella_2015_official_poster.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Cinderella_2015_official_poster.jpg

 "Insurgent poster" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Insurgent_poster.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Insurgent_poster.jpg

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blogs you're going to want to read today...

I have some talented friends, y'all. If you're looking for something to read today, check any or all of these out!

Jess' post about knots in life here

Hannah's post about IF: Local here

Whitney's post about a home improvement mishap here

Sarah's post about friends here (This one hit home!)

Tammy's post about her daughter and their life here


Be sure to follow these lovely ladies and let them know how much you enjoy their words and thoughts! And, of course, tell them I sent you!

Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Friday, January 16, 2015

Our family is growing...by four feet and a tail!

Our dear friends the followell family just adopted a daughter (Eden) from India, so we adopted their dog, Shaw! 


Jordan's excited. I'm a bundle of nerves. Shaw is just sniffing it out. 

Welcome to the family, Shaw Followell Thornton. 

You have to promise you won't fall in love with me.

Because as I started this post, that quote from A Walk to Remember popped into my mind immediately...so I had to use it as the title.  ;)

You already know that I adore Alyssa Hertzig, so when I read her post, I knew I had to do one of my own.  (Mainly because it reminded me of a MySpace survey...and because I love getting to know people and answering questions. What? Don't even look surprised. This is not new information.)


Background:  Alyssa read Hallie's post on Corals + Cognacs here which stems from the article Hallie read here about how to fall in love with anyone. Apparently, this can happen when you answer 36 questions. There are three sets of questions. Some get pretty intense/personal.

Soooo, all of that 411 to say - bloggers are answering a number of their questions, and we're all in a web of information sharing and friendship building. Be warned, I'm a sucker for things like this.


Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? This is tough. Too tough to pick just one person. So, here are a few, both dead and alive. 
  • Macho Man Randy Savage - one of my all time favorite professional wrestlers. (Yes, I'm serious.) 
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. - after seeing Selma, I just need to know more.
  • Lilly Pulitzer - because I want to know what she thinks about the Target collab.
  • Glennon Doyle Melton. Momastery. DUH. Her heart and my heart would like cause us to laugh AND cry all at once.
  • Lara Casey, Emily Ley, Gina Zeidler, and Natalie Norton - because I totally want to experience that group altogether.

Would you like to be famous? In what way? YES. I want the perks and the people snapping my picture. BUT, I also want the louder voice and the chance to be known and to love on people. UNTIL I remember that my purpose is to glorify God and not myself. Sigh. Hahaha. It can be a constant struggle for me.

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you? Probably waking up around 8. Having coffee on the beach. Getting ready and going to Disney for the day/evening. Spending the day with my favorite people ever.

Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it? I want to write books and books. I want to make a difference. I want to be brave and take chances. I want my blog to take off. I want to be bold. I want to shine light and spread love.

I'm not much of a risk-taker. Let's see how this year goes.

What do you value most in a friendship? Loyalty. Honesty. Transparency.

What does friendship mean to you? Everything. I want get-down-in-my-messy-life friends. Share-dinner-and-dessert-and-late-night-talk friends. I want let's-sit-in-bed-and-watch-a-tv-series friends. Call-me-when-you-need-me-or-just-need-a-laugh friends.

How do you feel about your relationship with your mother? We are best friends. We don't agree on everything in life (tattoos), but we are a lot alike. A LOT ALIKE. I'm thankful because I know a relationship like ours is a gift.

When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself? Hmm. In front of others - Sunday at the movies seeing Selma. By myself? I'm not really sure! I'm usually always with at least one other person if I'm weepy!

If my candid and precious answers didn't make you fall in love, here's a picture of me from Catpaint. That should do the trick.


You should read the list of questions and blog some, too! We could all use a little more love, right?  :)

LOVE,
Jessica
@jesstinybird

Thursday, January 15, 2015

#tinybirdlipsandsips

You know when you get a clever idea, and you're so eager about it....and then 51 other people posted it before you? Just happened to me. 



I posted a picture yesterday of my lipstick and my coffee. This morning, I was thinking about some of the hashtags I use on Instagram. 

#tinybirdreads
#tinybirdjams

Then the lightbulb came on. 

 #tinybirdlipsandsips

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Imagine my excitement. So clever. So many possibilities. So I did what anyone with a brillabt hashtag idea would do. I searched #lipsandsips on Instagram....only to find 51 other posts. Hahahah. Whatever. The tinybird puts another spin on it. 

Keep watching to see what I'm drinking and what lipcolor I'm rocking!

What are some of your favorite hashtags? Let me know so I can check them out!

Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird


Monday, January 12, 2015

{weekend recap}

Hello bunnies! How was your weekend? Mine was full, but it was full of good and lovely things. Thankful!

Saturday, we ate at Panda Express for the second time (so far) in 2015. Y'all, I've never been a super huge Chinese food fan, but their Orange Chicken is the bomb dot com. I won't even start harping on how perfectly crispy and delish the spring rolls are. Trust me. 


I got to spend some quality time with Jess on Saturday. And, I finally got to have some time with Eden, the newest Followell. Hearts in my eyes, for sure. Glad Meg came home from her day out before I left, too. 


Sunday afternoon, Jordan, Cat, and I went to see Selma. I can't accurately convey in words how much this movie means to my heart, y'all. Seriously. I had to ugly cry way into the credits. It's just so much more than a movie. There's still so much work to be done. 

Then, Jordan and I got home to watch the Golden Globes, and *spoiler alert* Glory (the song from Selma) won best song. Totally deserved. Common and John Legend gave the best speech. I immediately downloaded the song on iTunes. It gives me chills and moves my heart over and over again. 


Today has been a gloomy, rainy, hardly-productive-due-to-life-having-a-Monday, Monday.  No worries though. It seems Farmer Chris may be the Bachelor that has me addicted after one episode. Going to watch and laugh with a gaggle of girlfriends tonight. 

How was your weekend?

Love,
Jessica
@jesstinybird