Nannies, Nachos, and Mother Nature.

Its Ok Thursdays
It’s ok…

to watch Beverly Hills Nannies and thank your lucky stars that your nannying job was NOTHING like that!! {Thank you, Amy!!}

to skip the gym in loo of budlight, chicken nachos, and girl time.

to be scheming how I’m going to get backstage at the Kip Moore concert tomorrow and charm him into falling in love with me.

to have been mentally planning my wardrobe choices for this concert for the past 24 hours.

to really, really, really love Christmas but not really understand the whole Christmas in July extravaganza.

to be praying, crossing my fingers, and toes, and your fingers and toes that the storms that are supposed to hit today – don’t. No more severe weather, okay, Mother Nature?! We get the point.

to be thinking about attempting the 17 Day Diet…

to have a pretty quiet weekend planned and being extremely happy about it.

to be wrapping this post up so I can veg out and read for a bit.


And please be jealous of me and my Kip Moore/ Billy Currington concert going tonight!!! I. Can’t. Wait. Hopefully I’ll manage to take some pictures this time!

Happy Thursday, chicadees…

Hope y’all link up with Neely and Amber for It’s Ok Thursday – it’s a big one this week – it’s their year anniversary of these link ups! So… go link up!


I’m blank because…

because I very rarely straighten my hair. {But thanks to Hollie – that may change.}

because I really don’t like coffee. It HAS to have far too much creamer in it.

because I don’t like maple syrup.

because I am very picky when it comes to my bottled water.

because I rarely ever finish a cup of coffee or tea.

because I collect extra large mugs – mainly with Disney characters on them.

because I check my cats teeth, daily.

because I don’t really like to cuddle when I sleep.

because I sleep with my feet outside the covers.

because I often read magazines from back to front.

because I sleep with a fan on. Year around.

because I don’t really like going to the movies.

because I’m watching the 1000th episode of WWE right now with Dad.

because I hold my breath in public restrooms.

because velvet makes me cringe. I can’t touch it. At all.

because I could eat cereal for every meal.

This is another one of those posts that have been floating around the bloggy world – and I like them. {Sorry if you don’t!} I think it’s fun to learn about each other – the silly, random, serious, or weird things. This lovely posted it first… then this pretty lady posted it last week… and inspired me.

Do you ever have that moment where you think “Wow, I’m a weirdo?” You do?! Great! 😉 What are some things that you do that are weird?

Happy hump day, lovers!! It’s amazing how quickly Wednesday comes when you had Monday off – funny how that works. 😉



Redneck Sunday. {and the rest of my weekend.}

Oh, I could do a 3 day weekend every weekend. Who’s with me??

And if you aren’t with me you should go to your doctor and get your head checked. 😉

I came down the country to spend my long weekend with the family. And it was so nice. Friday evening we ordered pizzas and just hung out – followed by beers around the fire with the other Shull boy. Saturday Mom, Leah and I went shopping for a little girls day. Scored a pair of running shoes I’ve been needing and Leah got to pick a couple of new dresses out because there were great sales everywhere! That evening was one of our best friends’ birthdays so Laura made dinner and we hung out and shot the shit all evening. Sunday, {which was my amazing parents’ 34th wedding anniversary – yea, 34… can you believe that?? They are what I want to be one day.}  Bubba and I spent it drinking in our little pool. We got pretty sun burnt, killed far too much beer, but had a blast just hanging out all day. Mom referred to us as rednecks… but whatever, I think she was just jealous – yea, they’re pretty lucky they were blessed with our classy asses for kids. 😉 Needless to say,  it was a refreshing weekend.

I’ll give the floor to instagram and let you see my weekend for yourself…

Dad and Leah reading. // Emmy being lazy. // Mom vacuuming under the couch while we all watch – fine, Friday night fun. 😉

Leah getting her workout on. // Saturday morning on the porch. // My new running shoes. // Austin sporting a very pretty apron.

New straightener Hollie gave me. // The results of my AMAZING new straightener. // Redneck paradise – just add beer and two very crispy siblings. // My “new to me” bag {luckily my cousin, Laura and I have the same taste in bags so we can just trade. #winning}. // The munchkin wearing Bubba’s ear thingys.

Side note – this straightener, seriously – so good. Hollie was SOOO sweet in giving it me, completely unexpectedly, my hair is uber curly and messy {as y’all know} and usually straighteners fry it, make it look super flat, or just don’t do anything good for my hair at all. Not the case with this one, at all. Her Styler products – I am now converted.

And that was my weekend. How was yours???

Happy Tuesday, Kittens!

p.s. Have you “liked” the blog on FB?! I’m thinking there will be a fun giveaway once I hit so many likes! So… what are you waiting for?! And do you follow me on Instagram {jacmaries} if you don’t… do it now. 😉

A note… or two.


I created a Facebook page just for Messy Hair and Cowboy Boots {Click here to “like” it and stay in the know of what’s going on around here!}

I’m interested in doing some collaborations/hosting giveaways/guest posts, etc – shoot me an email if you are interested in working with me. (jacks519{at}gmail{dot}com)

And by a few things… I meant a couple. Easy peezy lemon squeezy.

Hope y’all are having a good Monday!

And then I walked into Target.

I finally settled on a planner – I had my eyes on this adorable one at Barnes & Noble, it had cute little elephants all over it. Totally me. {Because I love elephants, of course. Didn’t know that?! Welp, now ya do!}  But then while I was doing some random shopping at Heaven Target I found this pink planner with lots of lines to write all the things I want to keep track of and… it’s pink. And… it was right next to the new Sharpie pens *gasp* they don’t bleed thru the paper! I may or may not be on cloud 9 with these pens. A Sharpie that doesn’t bleed… dreams are coming true, people.

C’mon I’m not the only one in love with Sharpie’s, right?

Anyways – so planner, check! And stationary – I REALLY don’t need any. I have about a billion different notecard sets… I just need some way of organizing them. {And then hope I actually use them…} I’m still on the lookout for a new bag… I switched everything over to this green and tan bag for the time being {I’m convinced I won’t like it – but, I’m giving it a go… it is cute, just not entirely functional.} And I do actually need new running shoes. My current ones are hurting my tootsies when I workout… I think that’s reason enough to be on the lookout, no?

It’s a much prettier green in real life – not so much Kermit the Frog green.

Y’all, I really love this “it’s okay” link up… I like that page in Glamour magazine – always makes me feel better about life… So join me and link up with Neely and Amber!

Its Ok ThursdaysIt’s Ok…

to be reading more than one book at a time. I’m reading two… and looking for a third… I need a reallyyyyy good one.

to envy the girl at the gym with the super long ponytail – mine will get there one day.

to wear faux glasses – but only when it’s raining out. It’s hard to wear sunglasses with faux glasses…

to be craving fall fashion. Layers, boots, more options…

that on the same token, I’m never, ever gonna be ready for winter.

to wish you could fix everything for everyone. But realize that you can’t… and that all you can do is just hope for the best.

to have just worked your bum off at the gym and then come home and devour a cupcake – it evens out, right? p.s. it was a damn good cupcake at that – I don’t know who made them but holy deliciousness.

to be excited to get home this weekend and see everyone.

Happy Thursday, lovers!


If you really knew…

I’ve seen this post floating around on the blogosphere – and I thought it was kinda fun. I first saw Stephanie over at Beautiful Mess post it {and her hubs – which was very cute!} and then  Neely over at A Complete Waste of Makeup and my sweet friend Holly over at Running in Stilettos – and so, like all chatty bloggers do – I’m jumping on the bandwagon with this one. Humor me while I tell you far more than you ever care to know about yours truly…

My ridiculous friends. #love

If you really knew me you’d know that…

My family and friends are my soul.

I’m not a morning person.

I love cats. Like seriously love them. I can fall in love with a cat in 5 seconds. My mom says I need therapy….

I don’t like condiments, whipped cream, or ice cream with my cake.

I’m learning photography and I really enjoy it.

I drink water. All the time. If I’m not drinking that I have a tea from Starbucks – it’s an addiction.  

My mom and I talk on the phone every single day. 

I love cowboy boots – in any way, shape, or form. I want to wear them everyday. With everything. {Hence the name of my blog.;)}

I really, really, really love the beach. And the water. It’s my happy place.

I hate making the bed. It’s one of my least favorite chores in the whole wide world.

I need quiet time. If I don’t have it – I become a brat.

I burp, a lot – I know, it’s not lady like – and believe me, Dad tried to train me better – but he gave up. I accepted it, as should you. 😉

My nails are always painted. I own any color imaginable but always, always need more nail polish. #obsessed

I have a green and pink throw that I’ve had since I was in 3rd grade. It goes on every vacation, every long trip, every move with me. 

Fashion is my one true love. And kittens. 

I love Jack Daniels.

I own being “blonde” and am perfectly okay with being laughed at. 

I absolutely love to cook – being in the kitchen and experimenting with ingredients is relaxing to me. 

I don’t like sports. I will sit and pretend to enjoy them if there is beer involved but aside from that – I just don’t care. 

I love shoes – but I’d rather be barefoot. 

I’ll never read a book twice – my attention span isn’t that long. 

And on that note… it’s time to shut this baby down and do some reading – I can only watch the Kardashians re-runs to many times. What are somethings you know about me that I didn’t list?? What should I know about you???

Happy Hump day, chickies!




Rules of life. {Just one}

I hate when I turn the TV on and there is absolutely nothing on. Nothing. Not. A. Thing. So… Teen Mom it is. Seriously, I can’t believe this show is still on? Haven’t we seen this drama enough??? Just a few words to the ladies {and MTV}… Dear Farrah, smile. It’ll get you much further in life than those ugly scowls and shitty mood you’re always in. Dear Maci, you’re my favorite, but seriously… a “family” photo shoot… with your ex and his gf? Uh… weird. And girl, there’s such a thing as powder or those oil blotter things – it’ll soak that oil right off your face. Dear Catelynn, Kudos to you – you’ve grown up a lot since I started watching this show and dealt with things very gracefully. I can’t imagine. Dear Amber, I haven’t been paying any attention – so I really got nothing. And lastly – Dear MTV, I’m not gonna lie and I’m not ashamed to admit I really kinda enjoy Snooki & JWoww {Don’t act like you haven’t watched it – I won’t judge;)}. They’re pretty stinkin’ funny. But The Real World? I really used to love this show, and wanted to be on it but now… it just makes me feel so old. And I really, really, really don’t like that. #justmythoughts

Anyways, I’m fresh out of anything interesting to say {pretty obvious, huh}… it’s like my midweek slump. Do you have those days?

So I’ll stop rambling and leave you with this…

It’s the truth guys – never question Cinderella’s decisions but always, always, always question Snooki’s.

Happy hump day, chickies!

TV Social…

Good morning, y’all – it’s time to link up with Ashley and Neely for Social Sunday. I haven’t participated in this link up yet – but it’s always intrigued me a bit. I don’t traditionally post on Sunday’s – but I thought, why not?!

Sunday SocialOn with it…

Favorite TV show(s) from the past: 

Goodness – the list could go on and on and on… but let’s stick with my top  8.

1. Newlyweds – maybe my favorite show ever. I love popping in the DVD’s and just mindlessly watching them.  Love some old Jess and Nick. {I’m still crossing my fingers that ONE day they’ll find themselves back together again – weirder things have happened, people.}

2. The Hills – I love LC. I wanna be her. That. Is. All.

3.  *sigh* I hate that this show will now fall into  “the past” – One Tree Hill – it just doesn’t get better. I watched the series from the very beginning and loved every single second of it.  When  it ended in May I may have  bawled my eyes out shed a  couple tears.  I will forever miss B. Davis.

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – this show kicked serious ass.

5. Dawson’s Creek – because really, who didn’t love this show?!

6. Saved by the Bell – I remember when I first swooned over Zack Morris.

7. Friends – I still watch it every night before I go to bed. It’s funnier now I think – because I’m the same age as them… so I get it. It’s almost like watching it for the first time, sometimes.

8. Boy Meets World. *sigh* Cory and Topanga

Favorite TV show(s) currently:

1. Vampire Diaries. Have you watched it?? Damon is the yummiest thing I’ve ever put my eyes on.  I mean, the plot is amazing too – but there’s some seriously delicious eye candy on that show.

2. The Bachelorette – I’ve watched almost every season of this show. And I love it. And I really love Emily Maynard – she’s gorgeous.

3. Pretty Little Liars – it’s a fun he said/she said drama.

4. The Today Show – does that count??? I don’t watch a ton of TV these days but I ALWAYS watch this when I’m getting ready for my day. It’s funny and informative.

Which Reality Show would you NEVER do?

Survivor. No way Jose. I couldn’t do that stuff – nor do I want to.

Which Reality Show would you LOVE to do? 

The Bachelorette – because who doesn’t want 25 guys vying for your attention??? C’mon, I don’t care how cliche and scripted it is – I think it could be a little bit fun. Or Project Runway/ Fashion Star – I’m not a super kickass designer when it comes to pencil/paper but I when I’m putting it to fabric and really working my bum off – it shows. I’d die to be on a Fashion reality show… probably a bit more realistic than the dating one, huh?! 😉

TV personality/character that you feel is most like you?

Brooke Davis. One Tree Hill. Minus her family issues there were a lot of similarities between our personalities/choices/likes and dislikes. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt a connection to a character on TV more than hers.  Or Rachel from Friends – the fashionista, slightly flightly but still smart, good friend, blonde.

TV character you’d want to date?

Damon Salvatore from Vampire Diaries. I do not care that he’s a vampire – he’s gorgeous and funny. And those eyes…

So there we have it – all the important questions about my TV preferences, answered. You know you were dyinggg to know all about it. 😉

Now I’m off to do some more blogging, enjoy the AC, maybe get a workout in… who knows! Hope your Sunday is relaxing or productive or whatever you dream it to be.

Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married…

By the time y’all are gonna be reading this I’ll have been awake for far more hours than usual. I have my alarm set for 430am – 430!!! I didn’t even know my phone knew how to do that. I’m not a morning person. Not even a little bit. I like to wake up when I want {usually 830-9 – I also don’t like sleeping in late, I know I’m a walking contradiction} I like to leisurely lay in bed and check the vitals – twitter, instagram, email, maybe facebook – you know, the news sources. Then I get ready for my day… this lovely routine only really happens on the weekends, BUT… 430?! That’s asking for miracles here.

So why so early, you might ask {or might not} – but Amy and I are headed to southern Ohio to photograph a wedding. On one of the hottest days of the year. Cray Crazy, I know. {also – whoever decided we should start saying “cray” should be kicked. #justsaying} However, I’m really looking forward to it. I had a refresher/crash course today on the Nikon and I practiced on weird inanimate objects, Tric, Amy, and Missy.  I think I can manage second shooting this shindig – and am totally pumped for the opportunity. Photography has seriously been such a joy to play with and learn and I know I’ve said it before, but I have the best teacher. Amy’s phenomenal at what she does. I enjoy my job – and I know how truly lucky I am to be able to say that.

And btw, do you know how hard it is to figure out what to wear to shoot an outdoor wedding on one of the hottest days of the year?? It’s dang near impossible. I think I’ve settled on an option {make sure to instagram stalk me to see it (jacmaries)} but, in all honesty, I’m going to be dripping in sweat and sunburn all day so what does it really matter?!

Well kiddos, I’m off to try to sleep – I planned on getting there much earlier but this girl’s blog sucked me in… she’s witty, creative {gold sequin lamp shade – I die}, and flippin’ adorable. You should click your way over to oh, pish posh right now. She’ll brighten your day – promise.

Happy Friday – hope it’s the kick off to a wonderful summa weekend!!!

I’ll be your honey bee…

Disclaimer: This may be my most random blog post yet. 😉

Didn’t get the Blake Shelton song reference? No? Hmmm… oh well… #youshouldlistentocountrymusicmoreoften #justsayin

So back to the honey bees… well, a few weeks ago when I went home for the weekend – I no sooner got home and dropped my stuff in the living room and my dad was taking me outside to show me this MASSIVE collection of honey bees on one of our trees. He had watched them come across the field in a swarm and land in this tree. It was insane! I could actually get pretty close to them and they weren’t bothered at all {this was a huge feat for me because when I was 28 years old younger whenever a bee would get within 5 ft of me I’d scream to high heavens – seriously, you’d have thought someone was trying to kill me}.

How crazy is that? They were gone the next morning. I think it’d have been pretty cool to see them buzzzz away.

Anyways, I can’t believe it’s almost Friday… and even more unbelievable – where the heck did June go?! *sigh* summer is flying by… I need some more pool time. Stat!

Hope y’all are having a great week. Happy Thursday, kittens!