12.12.12 | Best of 2012


Welcome to Three 31 and the 12.12.12 link-up party.
I’m really glad you’re here. =)

For the last few weeks, I’ve gone back and forth on the topic of this 12-inspired post. After all, as hostess, there’s a lot of pressure to be spectacular! Here are my picks for the Best of 2012. Bloggers, add your 12.12.12 post URL below!

1. Best Smut Trashy Romance Novel
50 Shades Trilogy

2. Best TV Mini Series about America’s Favorite Feuding Families
Hatfields & McCoys starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton on The History Channel

3. Best Musical Event with Wrangler Jeans and Cowboy Boots
Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean

4. Best Interview
This was an epic Q-and-A session.

5. Best Three-Shot Group at the Shootin’ Shed



6. Best Photograph Taken by Yours Truly


7. Best Food in Washington, D.C.
Crab cakes at Old Ebbitt Grill and dim sum at Ping Pong

8. Best Cuss-Worthy Moment
Seeing red and blue lights in my rear view mirror. Let’s just say I’m on probation in a nearby city for exceeding the posted speed until February 8, 2013.

9. Best Human Connection
Jonas was the site foreman at the Methodist Church’s reconstruction project in Leveque, Haiti. It was a blessing to live, work, play, worship, and be in community with him.


10. Best Kept Southern Secret
Add baking soda to freshly brewed tea to prevent bitter taste. Works like a charm. Every. Single. Time.

11. Best *FREE* Fontlav

12. Best Adult Beverages  (I couldn’t choose just one!)
Salty Watermelon (Fresh Watermelon Puree + Vodka + a splash of the sea)
Spiked Arnold Palmer (Sweet Tea Vodka + lemonade)

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  1. Amanda {at} Royal Daughter Designs December 12, 2012 at 1:22 am - Reply

    I love #9!!!!! Yay!

    Thanks for hosting!

    • Nicole December 12, 2012 at 4:56 am - Reply

      Thank you, Amanda! I’m so excited that 12.12.12 is finally here!

  2. Lisa December 12, 2012 at 5:59 am - Reply

    Love your Best Of post! I put a pinch if baking soda in my marinara sauce to take the acidity out of the tomatoes. 🙂

    • Nicole December 12, 2012 at 6:40 am - Reply

      Baking soda is a miracle product, just like vinegar, honey, and peroxide. So many uses! And I love your 12.12.12. post. It is so perfectly YOU. =)

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    • Nicole December 12, 2012 at 6:56 am - Reply

      Thanks for linking up. Your 12.12.12 post is full of inspiring and wonderful things, congrats for all of your accomplishments in 2012. =)

  4. Julie December 12, 2012 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Great “Best of” post! Thank you for hosting such a great link up……see ya Saturday!!!!!

    • Nicole December 12, 2012 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Thanks Julie, I’m soooooo looking forward to Saturday! Woo Hoo

  5. April @ Red Dirt Mama December 12, 2012 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Wonderful post! Love you!!

    • Nicole December 12, 2012 at 9:12 am - Reply

      Awww, thanks April. So glad you liked it. Love you too! Hope to see you Saturday. =)

  6. Crystal December 12, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Love your list! Such a fun link up! I linked up, but I will be posting another “12” post later – I’m taking 12 photographs through out the day!

    • Nicole December 12, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Crystal, I love that idea! I can’t wait to read your post and see your daily 12 pics. =)

  7. Stephanie December 12, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I do love the spike arnold palmers! Baking soda, interesting – definitely never knew that one.
    And that is a great photo you took!

    • Nicole December 13, 2012 at 7:15 am - Reply

      Oh Stephanie, I love me some sweet tea …. if it’s got a little kick, EVEN BETTER! hahaha That photo was taken at a hunting lodge near my parent’s house in western Kentucky. It’s a very fond place of a family member and I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Thank you again for joining the link-up, I had a blast. I want to do it again!

  8. Danielle December 12, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Thanks for hearing this up, it was fun! Also, that Q&A was hilarious!

    • Nicole December 13, 2012 at 7:16 am - Reply

      Danielle, thank YOU for participating. I had a blast doing this link-up, can we make up another 12.12.12 day just because?! I’m glad you enjoyed the Q&A session, it has been a highly popular post and certainly entertaining. Husband is a character, one of the many reasons I love him so. =)

  9. Whitney Spainhoward December 12, 2012 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I love Three 31’s blog, Everysingleoneofem’

    • Nicole December 13, 2012 at 7:19 am - Reply

      awww Whitney, I love you so much! I think the Powers That Be should move Fort Worth, Texas to Henderson, Kentucky so I can see your smiling face more often. I’ll have my people call your people and make that happen. Sounds legit, right?! BIG HUG NEIGHBOR =)

  10. Rebekah December 12, 2012 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Thanks for doing this link up!! Happy 12.12.12! (and I will have to try the baking soda!!)

    • Nicole December 13, 2012 at 7:20 am - Reply

      Rebekah, thank you again for participating. This was loads of fun and I had a blast reading everyone’s posts — they’re so creative! Definitely try the baking soda, you won’t be disappointed. =)

  11. emi December 12, 2012 at 11:36 am - Reply

    such a fun idea! we are now following your darling blog!
    xo chaseandem.blogspot.com
    come enter our giveaway here!!

    • Nicole December 13, 2012 at 7:23 am - Reply

      Emi, hello and welcome to Three 31! I love your blog (I have another friend whose name is Em and her husband is Chase …. conincidence!) and will definitely enter the giveaway. I recently hosted a Shabby Apple giveaway too, it’s so much fun. I’m especially fond of the kitchen aprons, they’re darling. Thank you again for participating in the 12.12.12 link-up, this was lots of fun and I’m incredibly appreciative to all that posted. Let’s do it again in a 100 years. LOL =)

  12. Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures December 12, 2012 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Hopping over from Holli’s Hoots and Hollers… What a fun link party! ‘Love your list! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Nicole December 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Hi Marci, thank you for visiting and what a great day to be introduced to my blog. This is just a little something-something I dreamed up a few weeks ago with the unique date (12.12.12) and I thought a blog party would be perfect. I never imagined so many people would participate. Miss Holli is a doll, I love that woman!

  13. Jessica McCoy December 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I LOVE 50 Shades! I’ve read it three times .. so far. 🙂

    Luke Bryan & Jason Aldean – yes please!!

    Love your picture of the lake! So pretty.

    Thanks for hosting this … awesome idea!

    • Nicole December 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Hey Jessica! I cannot count how many times I’ve read 50 Shades, at least a dozen, all three books. I’m addicted. But Husband isn’t complaining!!!! Thank you soooo much for joining my link-up, I feel incredibly blessed by the support and participation. I can’t wait to read all of the blog posts, everybody’s so creative. Big hugs!

  14. Jenny Moore December 12, 2012 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Great idea, Nicole!! Mine is a halfsie post. LOL I figured I’d do “thankful” since my life is so nuts. 🙂


    • Nicole December 13, 2012 at 7:24 am - Reply

      Hey Jenny! Go ahead and post whatever you prefer, the more the merrier. I’m so glad to hear you’re home and re-establishing whatever “normal” means to you. I can only imagine how heavenly your bed felt sleeping in it the first night. Glory Hallelujah!!!!! Big hugs to you, Friend. =)

  15. Amanda Haney December 13, 2012 at 12:09 am - Reply

    First, thank you for hosting! Also didn’t know that sweet tea trick, I’ll have to use that. Love the Hatfields & McCoys too!

    • Nicole December 13, 2012 at 7:32 am - Reply

      Amanda, thank you so much for participating in my first link-up. We have to think of something else to celebrate and have another one of these, it was loads of fun!!!!! Or, perhaps we just lie around sipping sweet tea and watching the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s. LOL

  16. edgeofjade December 13, 2012 at 2:02 am - Reply

    I love your free font. i think it looks cool and elegant 🙂

    • Nicole December 13, 2012 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Jade, that font is available (I think) at dafont.com. That is where I download most of mine and use for blog posts and newsletters. Big hugs, thanks again for joining the 12.12.12 link-up. =)

  17. totallybrenda December 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    I am a Texan who didn’t know about the baking soda trick on sweet meta. Shame on me. 😀

    • Nicole December 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      Try it, it will change your life. LOL

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