favorite things: shelley from house of smith’s

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A big, warm welcome to Shelley from House of Smith’s for Day 3 of Favorite Things!
shelley family
Such an adorable family. Shelley is amazing with all of her ideas and enthusiasm for her projects. You can feel her energy just by reading her blog. Look at this gorgeousness:
shelley collage
Have you seen her splendid Christmas display??
She’s famous for her vinyl creations and her PANTRY!
You can see her home tour here. Thou shalt not covet.
You can see her live (on TV segments!) here
And I love that she’s not afraid to keep it real: A Bit of Crazy
You will love her.


Oh!  You want to know some of my favorite things, that YOU can BUY?
okay, okay...
You got it!
Alright... here we go:
My Favorite Movies of ALL TIME!
Nacho Libre and The Holiday
If you've seen either of these, then you don't even need to ask why.
I've got it all covered between these two movies.
Laughing, Crying, and everything in between. lol.
And yes.  Sadly I can pretty much act out all parts from the movie on the left.
I just don't know what it is about "The Nacho"... he hits my funny bone.
Step Up 3D Soundtrack
I've recently downloaded this soundtrack and have been bustin' a move
while I work, clean, fold laundry... you name!
These songs just make me feel like I'm 20 years old, in a night club, and
"oh-so-cool" again.
What can I say?  I LOVE to dance, even if I'm not ANY good at it :)
It just makes me happy!
K... now that we've danced ourselves crazy... let's get cleaned up.

"SOAP CRACK"... that's what my hubby says it is.
Once you wash your hands with it... you can't stop smelling them... even hours later.
Besides how soft it leaves our hands, and how great this soap is for kids, because it's anti-bacterial...
The smells are AMAZING!
Coconut Verbena has got to be my MOST favorite sent :)

I just found this combo about a year ago.
Makes the BEST mixture for the ideal foundation!
About a pea size dot of the strobe cream, and a little more of the foundation... and wa-la!
Bright, fresh, perfect coverage every time!
Particularly - Root Pump Plus
Don't know what I would do without it.
When I get out of the shower in the morning, I look like a drowned rat.
Thin, droopy hair, just hanging lifelessly.
Till I get the R.P.P (root pump plus) on board.
Then a miracle occurs!
Full, long-lasting volume, pretty much, all day!
Whew... after all that "gettin' pretty" SOMEBODY better be takin' me out!
The Cheesecake Factory...I think, yes.
By FAR my most favorite place to eat.
Cashew Chicken and Tuxedo cheesecake... please! :)

And just in case you need any MORE dessert after that... I've got you covered.
Red Velvet bite size Bundtinis from
I honestly have no way to describe these little morsels of perfection, other than...
Everything but the... ice cream
Literally... EVERYTHING.
A Collision of Chocolate & Vanilla Ice Creams with HEATH® Bar Chunks, White Chocolatey Chunks, Peanut Butter Cups & Chocolatey-Covered Almonds
'Nuff said
When it comes to MY ice cream...
Light on the ice cream ... bring on the toppings!

Who says you can't have NOTHING and EVERYTHING
all at once???
Okay... now that we're kickin' back with our favorite ice cream at home,
let's talk about just that...
Some of my favorite things that make my house "pur'dy"
Crafting Storage from Making Memories
I got this whole set for Christmas one year from my Mother in law.
And have loved EVER PIECE!
It keeps me and all my crafting goodies... SO organized, and acts as room decor,
all at the same time!
Distress Ink
A girls best friend.
I've used this amazing product on LOTS of projects... big and small.
Forget the mess of glazing, if just wanting to add a BIT of distressing.
Distress Ink in "Vintage Photo" is definitely the way to go!
And finally...the pièce de résistance...
The Digital Cannon Rebel XTi
 My blog would be non-existent without it.
The photos and memories that I have been able to capture on this bad boy, are worth EVERY PENNY.
To me... there isn't anything more valuable then the moments that we remember though a great photo.
If you are debating on whether or not to dish out the bucks for a camera like this.
Stop thinking about it... and do it.
You'll be glad you did.
I promise.
So, these are a few of a my favorite things!
And I'm pretty sure that if you give them a try, they will become YOURS as well
I knew it would be a good time with Shelley, and she did not disappoint. LOVE those girls in blue satin sashes. Nacho Libre is a movie that can make me laugh harder than any other and now I really want some of the Everything ice cream…I wish I could give you all a Rebel :)
thanks, Miss Shelley!


  1. I love all of the pictures and the info!!!

  2. Oh fun! I've never heard of her blog but her photos are all gorgeous and she is beautiful and fun. I'm off to see her blog. And BTW, we share the same VERY favorite restaurant. Mmmm

  3. Oooooh, I just love Shelley!! I know her IRL and she is just as fabulous as she is online. She is the nicest, funnest girl to be around!


  4. Shelley is soooo adorable, I wish we were friends in real life. :) Great favorite things list!

  5. What a cute family! Love the foundation idea. I love this series Melissa!

  6. Okay, I WANT and NEED that craft room. OMG. Super jealous!

  7. I'm really loving what you're doing this week! Not only am I discovering new amazing blogs, but I'm discovering amazing new things I must have in my life!!

  8. Shelley~We need a tutorial on how you do your hair! Do you put the root stuff in and then round brush?

  9. I just visited the House of Smith's to see that Christmas setup and OH MY! I'm in LOVE! You have great posts here, and thanks for opening my eyes to others too!

  10. I love Shelley! She is just fabulous!

    Also, Just wanted to let you know that I gave you an award today! http://adventuresofthemichelenafamily.blogspot.com/2010/11/sweet-award-and-new-winner.html

  11. Shelley and I share quite a few favorite things! :)

    The Step Up 3 Soundtrack for the win!!! I LOVE the songs on there..."you know I know how...this club can't handle me right now..."

    Love her camera! I have a Canon Rebel XS. I love it. I'm looking for a couple of new lenses right now.

    -Mrs. Edwards

  12. Oh gosh! Hair and makeup tutorial it us! I get asked these two questions all the time! :)
    It's ALL an optical illusion. haha!

    Thanks so much again, Melissa.
    I got so giddy when I saw your beautiful collage. You are so fabulous!

    ~Shelley Smith

  13. I love Shelley! I was lucky to find her really soon after she started her blog (not sure how??) but it's one of my daily "must reads!'

  14. I adore Shelley!! I honestly can feel her genuiness and sweet heart from her blog :)

  15. I seriously want this camera!
    Love her blog!

  16. My two favorite movies, too! I love Shelly and her blog. Makes my morning seeing what new things she's posted. :)

  17. We have a lot in common!! LOVE Cashew Chicken at Cheesecake Factory but I'm always so full I never get dessert. Also love The Holiday and many of your favorite things are mine as well!

    Love your blog.....glad I found it!

  18. LOVE LOVE Shelley!!! She is so fabulous!! I love her blog and yours too, Melissa! :)


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