Surprise! Did You Know We Were Movie Stars for Twelve Seconds??

Today we're linking up with Molly & Carly for #YOLOMondays! 

Keeping in line with our last post about extras...

Did you know JD and I were in a movie??

Yeah. Like, we were stars for about twelve seconds. It was awesome.

Ok, so it was only an ABC Family movie. BUT we officially made it onto Netflix. What!?

If you want to check out our part, without watching the rest of the movie - you can.

Movie: My Future Boyfriend
(It was originally named "Always & Forever" which we liked a lot better, but oh well.)

Time Stat: somewhere around the 39 minute mark.

About three months after graduating from college / three months into our marriage, we were living in "The Bungalow" (AKA: a cabin right next to my gracious grandparents on Lake Oconee). I was jobless and JD had just gotten a small job at a technology storefront in town. Needless to say, we had a small income and very flexible schedules.

So when we heard about Extras Casting Atlanta on Facebook, we were super pumped.

We heard about this company via my brother, Chase.

Side note: You can see him as an extra in the movie Wanderlust. We watched the movie on the airplane just to get a screenshot of him...

A day or so after we "liked" the company, we saw an opportunity pop up for a "kissing couple." We emailed one of our wedding photos and an engagement photo that night and two days later, we got a phone call asking us to be in the movie.

They asked us to bring in a few outfits for the wardrobe department to choose for our part. The wardrobe dept. told JD "Your outfit looks perfect," then pointed to me and said, "Uhh... What else do you have?"

I ended up with the floral dress and JD ended up with a green polo and shorts.

Then we got on set...

The director looked at JD and said, "What is he wearing? Did you even go through the wardrobe dept? Go change."

We got a pretty big laugh out of this. The wardrobe dept. got him some khakis and dress shoes within a few minutes, and we were back on set.

Our part was "so important" that we were not allowed to play as extras in any other part of the movie because the audience would notice us. This led to an entire twelve hours on set (getting paid $9 an hour), only to act for 30 minutes of it.

Our part?

We were supposed to portray "love" so JD bought me a rose, we kissed and walked off.

They shot about four different angles and we were finished.

About nine months later, someone wrote on my Facebook wall: "I'm pretty sure I just saw you on ABC Family..."

Contrary to our beliefs, they decided to keep our part in the movie and we were on TV.
How cool is that??

We still can't believe that we were in a movie, but it hits on our Top Ten List of the most exciting adventures we've had thus far. It was also the prime part to play as newlyweds.

What unexpected thing would go down on your Top Ten Most Exciting Adventure List?

The Todd Nest : Apartment Livin'

Wherever we are, we love making a place our own. This means lots of character, lots of distressed items but most of all, lots of objects with stories behind them. Enjoy the tour of our Nest!

--> Please note this is from our apartment. We have not updated the blog for our house...

If you walked up to our door, this would be the first thing you would see. :) I was inspired to make this wreath after seeing a similar one on Pinterest. You should check out the tutorial here. This would make a wonderful "welcome to your new home" gift for newlyweds or a neighbor!

Our Bedroom:

The bedroom. We just got this comforter from Macy's on sale! It is absolutely stunning and makes it nearly impossible to get up in the mornings because it is just so comfortable! One of my favorite parts of our bedroom is the banner going across the headboard. My mom and I made this together. I'm thinking about selling a few on Etsy... would you buy one?

We bought this cool lamp and the little grass jar from Pier 1. It adds a contemporary flair to our vintage nest. I made the "I Would Be Lost Without You" piece as a surprise to JD. It was super simple: a wooden canvas, paint, sandpaper and vinyl. The "TODD" letters were a gift to us from my brother and his wife - also one of those unique wedding gifts that you proudly set out for everyone to see. The seashell has an image of the Philippines sketched into it.

Our Bathroom:

The jewelry board: I have always hung my jewelry on large nails I nail into the wall. I figured we may need to find an alternative to that... so we went to Target, found a bulletin board and I painted / distressed the edges. The jewelry hangs on beautiful pushpins my mom gave me and I filled the rest of the board with my wedding hanky, art, vintage items and commemorative objects for JD and me.

My Office: 

{another sigh} The stationery held in a vintage suitcase my grandmother gave us. I remember the first time I saw this suitcase... I fell in love with it. When we moved from the bungalow, she gave it to me so I could bring it to Huntsville. Along with many other memories, this suitcase will always remind us of our grandparents and the times we shared with them at the lake.

Our Kitchen:

I absolutely LOVE old bottles and glass of any kind!! When we were packing up from college, I realized JD is a collector as well (his is more of the labeled kind from different countries). It's been fun combining our collections. Fortunately our apartment kitchen has an open area between the top of the shelves and the ceiling, thus making it the perfect little place for all of my collection. This plethora of bottles, glasses and vases come from various antique stores, friends and family.

These canisters are from Bed, Bath & Beyond. They were originally plain and white but mom and I spiced them up with customized vinyl lettering.

Due to lack of storage space, we place all of our kitchen accessories - tools, mitts, towels and recipe box - in a basket so we can easily move everything if we need access to the plug.

{sigh} Ahh. The coffee basket. Our friend Shannon gave us this basket as a wedding gift and I couldn't think of anything more fantastic to place in it than our morning / dessert coffee supplies. As JD and I had our first conversation in a coffee shop, we all know that the Todd Home would not be complete without an overflow of delicious coffee in an elegant display.


Oh, what's this? More glasses, eh? Yes, more glasses. Seriously though - don't you just love them!!?? The colors, the tints, the shapes. So perfect. This fantastic vintage pie safe was a gift given to us from my mom and dad. Mom made sure it was refinished before they gave it to us though. It was a little rugged prior to the refinishing but now it's amazing! The lamp on top is an old Mason jar filled with marbles. 

THIS is what a Todd Family Christmas looks like...

On this last day of January... we are posting Part 1 of the Todd Family Christmas. We know. That's terrible. It's like leaving your Christmas decorations up after midnight on December 31st (for all you superstitious men and women out there). Well, hopefully us posting these videos will not bring bad luck but rather tickle your hypothalamus and maybe inspire your thoughts in decorating for next Christmas.

We hope you enjoy seeing our first Christmas tree (that almost didn't fit because of the holly
adornment on top), a few of our family traditions, gifts we received (i.e. this book), and finally a delicious and beautiful Christmas recipe that I listed below.

Prep Time: 45 Minutes Start to Finish: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

Servings: 40 appetizers

2 cups finely shredded Swiss cheese (8 oz)

11/2 cups chopped cooked ham (8 oz)

1/4 cup sliced green onions

2 tablespoons honey mustard

2 cans (12 oz each) Pillsbury® Golden Layers® refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon sesame seed or poppy seed

2 tablespoons diced red and green bell pepper, if desired

1 green onion fan, if desired

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix cheese, ham, onions and mustard.

2. Separate 1 can of dough into 10 biscuits; leave second can in refrigerator. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers. Press each biscuit layer to form 31/2-inch round.

3. Place 1 rounded tablespoon cheese mixture on each dough round. Wrap dough around cheese mixture, pinching edges to seal. Repeat with

remaining can of dough and cheese mixture.

4. Arrange 8 balls, seam side down and sides almost touching, to form ring on cookie sheet, leaving 3-inch hole in center. Arrange 14 balls, sides almost touching, around outside of first ring. Arrange remaining 18 balls around outside of second ring. Brush wreath with beaten egg. Sprinkle with sesame seed.

5. Bake at 18 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully slide wreath from cookie sheet onto 14-inch serving platter. Sprinkle with bell pepper.

Place onion fan in center of wreath. Serve warm.

11.20.10 Part 3 - TMNT

This is the final video in our 11.20.10 series. :) JD did such a wonderful job with putting these together. This one is certainly special because this video describes a lot of what we do in our marriage: play video games. I was an "avid" video game player when I was young... you know, with The Lion King, racing games and such.

JD surpasses that though. He is not only an AVID gamer, but he is so good at every single game he plays. I had never even beat a video game until we got married. Some of you may be thinking, "Oh. Well I've never beat a game before either." Well, when you're a Todd, you have to beat EVERY GAME you play... Ninja Turtles included. This was the first game I had ever beaten in my life. It was a joyous moment. Sadly, we didn't catch that moment on video; however, we did catch some other special times displaying our fierce video game sessions.

*Disclaimer: This may or may not interest our readers / viewers. So if you don't enjoy watching people play video games, you may or may not enjoy watching this video. :) Enjoy!

11.20.10 Part 2 - With Milkshakes and Quiche Recipes

After a long hard day of putting together a cabinet... and eating...

Here's the second part of our day on 11.20.10, another fantastic video JD put together. In case you wanted to make pumpkin pie milkshakes or a delicious quiche for yourself, the recipes are below the video.

Also this month, we will be putting up our Christmas videos. It's bad luck to have your Christmas decorations up after December 31st. I hope it's not bad luck to show Christmas videos after the last day of December too...

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Recipe by Our Best Bites

1/3 C pumpkin, canned or homemade
1/4 - 1/2 C milk
1/4 t vanilla
1/2 t cinnamon
1/16 t cloves (just use a 1/8 t measure and fill it half way, or do a pinch)
1/16 t nutmeg
2 T brown sugar
2 C vanilla ice cream
1-2 graham crackers

Pop everything but graham crackers in a blender. Start with 1/4 C milk and then slowly add more if needed to make the blender process it all. I used somewhere between 1/4-1/2 C.

*Our friend, Amanda Y, inspired this want for the pumpkin pie milkshake. She just started a blog: You should check it out!

Ham & Cheese Quche
A Family Recipe... I think.

1 Pastry (Pillsbury Pie Crust)
1/2 cup (2 oz.) Shredded Swiss Cheese
1 cup (8 oz.) Shredded Shard Cheese (Cheddar), Divided
2 tbsp. All Purpose Flour, Divided
1/2 cup Diced Cooked Ham
2 tbsp. Honey Mustard
5 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cups half-n-half
1/4 cups chopped green onions
1/4 tsp. salt

Line 9-inch quiche dish with pastry; trim excess pastry away. Prick bottoms and sides of pastry with a fork. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and prick with fork. Bake for additional 5 minutes. Combine swiss cheese, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, and 1 tbsp. flour in a Ziploc baggie. Toss gently to coat. Spread in a pastry shell. Combine ham and honey mustard. Toss gently to coat. Spoon ham mixture over cheese. Combine half-n-half, green onions, eggs, remaining 1 tbsp. of flour and salt; stir well. Pour mixture into pastry shell and top with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until set. Let stand for 10 minutes and then dig in to some delicious goodness!

*My cousin, Lauren K, gave me the Paula Deen Pie dish (color: robin's egg blue). I would not bake another quiche without it. I LOVE it! It's the perfect color too!

JD's First Video

It was a warm and lovely autumn day exactly two months ago from today. My sweet husband and I got the opportunity to put together my grandmother's "appliances" cabinet. With everything we do together, we had a blast. Yes, we do seem to find an overflowing amount of joy in almost everything we do, but we just can't help ourselves. :) This video marks a huge event... this is actually the first video that JD has made on his computer by himself. Normally I make them because I have more time on my hands... and since he drives us whenever we travel throughout the Southeast, I have plenty of time in the passenger's seat to edit videos. I am so stinkin' proud of him for putting this one together! I hope ya'll enjoy it as much as I do!

Snowed in at the Bungalow

How crazy has this winter storm been?! JD made it out of the driveway for the first time this morning in Papa's 4-wheel drive truck but Silver Flash still has about 2 inches of ice layered on her windshield. I have yet to get out of our sweet bungalow. However, these four days have given us a lot of time to examine the pure beauty surrounding our home, eat, work on videos, be creative, coupon clip and CLEAN!! :) What have you done throughout this week to prevent cabin fever?

Here's a video of our icy snow-covered bungalow:

Snowed in at the Bungalow from Whitney Todd on Vimeo.

Music: February Air by Lights & Battle Royale by Does It Offend You, Yeah?

How to Make Snow Ice Cream

Before everyone settles in to watch the National Championship game, you might decide you want to make some delicious snow ice cream beforehand. :) It will make for a perfect ball game treat! We also apologize for not posting more consistently lately. We've been working on our Christmas videos so we will be posting those as soon as possible. We definitely have time tomorrow as we're iced in (sadly, not "snowed" in). Well, JD and I will be having a lovely dinner of chicken poppy seed casserole and black eyed peas, followed with the delicious snow ice cream! :) Hope you enjoy!

This Week in the Todd Family... Oh yea, and our Finished Bedroom

It's finally here. Our bedroom transition #35... or something like that.

Finished Room from Whitney Todd on Vimeo.

This Week in the Todd Family:

Papa is BACK! He came home yesterday and we welcomed him home with a nice crockpot full of beef stew and cornbread. Thanks to a friend in my core group at Community Bible Study (and Julia Child), the beef was deliciously tender... not to mention all of the other secret tips my mom has taught me about cooking an awesome meal and beautiful presentation. Papa looks good - he has color in his face but still seems to be a little weak. Overall, he's 99% back to our Papa. :)

JD's dad, Mr. Jim, went to the hospital Sunday night after they got back from Theresa's wedding with a painful and terribly swollen knee. The doctors drew out the fluid and he should be going home today.

My parents (Mama E and Mr. Reid) are doing well... just getting ready for a spooky weekend at the Adams Family Home. Hopefully, dad and I will get to carve our annual Halloween pumpkin.

Theresa and Brandon will be coming home today from their honeymoon so we're expecting some exciting stories from them later this evening.

Chase is doing some awesome blogging so check out The Chase Scene if you have yet to do so. Jackie visited her sister in Virginia last weekend and is back safely, working on a pretty cool event which you may have heard of... The American Cancer Society joining up with Dancing with the Stars. Yeah. It's super awesome.

Finally, JD and I are celebrating our FIVE MONTH anniversary - BOY! Has it flown by! We woke up this morning and had bacon, biscuits and coffee. I'm not quite sure what the plans are for tonight... maybe some beef stew leftovers and The Last Samurai (latest Netflix movie that has come in) all by candlelight. :) Moments are what you make of it. When you're newlyweds on a small budget, you definitely have to learn to make moments like that super special. We wouldn't have it any other way though.

Above is a photo that our friend

Robyn Sutton

took and edited. I love this vintage/antique look. :)

Weekend Update

We've had very busy weekends!! JD went to Tupelo for his soon-to-be brother-in-love's bachelor party weekend (it was tame, don't worry) and I stayed in Georgia to host Theresa's (JD's sister) bachelorette party weekend at All Fired Up in Atlanta. I made some His and Hers "mocha mugs." :) We both had amazing weekends but prior to the weekend, we were DREADING it because of the mere fact that this past weekend set the date of the first night we spent apart from each other since May 29. Ugh. I thought that I would be tossing and turning all night with nightmares, but the Lord really saw me through it and instead gave me some pretty pleasant dreams. (If you don't know me very well, I have a tendency to have some pretty vivid nightmares so it's not out of the norm.) Gosh, it was such a joy to see him drive up last night. Fortunately, I had some chocolate covered cheesecake and strawberries left over from Theresa's party so we celebrated our return into each other's arms with some delicious dessert!

If you're married, do you remember the first night you spent away from your spouse and all of the emotions you experienced? If so, we'd love to see a comment from you below. :)

Thankfully, I stayed at my parents' home Friday night so I wasn't completely alone. I would have had a terrible time sleeping at the cabin by myself. Why, you ask? The blinds probably would've fallen down and I wouldn't have been able to get them back up... just like this video.

Falling Blinds from Whitney Todd on Vimeo.

In other news, prayer is immensely powerful. Thank you for all of your sweet prayers for my grandparents. Papa is still in the hospital but we're hoping that he will be coming home this week. Please, please continue to be praying for them. They need A LOT of rest!!