Saturday, September 27, 2014

Blogtember: Wishlist

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Hey Y'all!!!! Happy Saturday!!! I don't know about you but I have had one heck of a long week. I have been low carbing it for about 3 weeks now and dang. It could be a reason why I am a little cranky. Whoops but I have all my cravings and stuff under control.

So that may be a little bit of info you may not care about but hey now you know!

So here is my current wish list! I have had some of these on my wish list for way too long now! I think I am gonna have to do something about that. lol :)


-Naked2 -does this even need explanation. I've heard and seen so many amazing things about this. I want it. I need it. lol

- Younique 3D Fiber Mascara- I am on the eternal search for the perfect mascara. I want to try this but I am afraid to. I think I will take the plunge soon enough...

- Silhouette Sketch Pens - I have a Silhouette cutting machine and it has so many things that it can do. I want to start learning on what to do with it. 

- Dior Addict Lip Glow - Both Colors please!

- iPhone 6. I am usually not one to hop on the newest gadget train but my iphone has a giant hole in the front right corner. So its time.

- MAC lipstick - I have never tried any MAC's lipstick. I have read rave reviews about them. So I want to try them out. I want to try "Snapdragon" and "Girl about town".

-Keurig 2.0- As slightly pathetic as this sounds... this is pretty much an answered prayer. My husband drinks between 4-6 cups a day and I only drink 1 iced coffee. So it never seemed like a smart idea for us to get one when we go through so much coffee. BUT now with the Keurig 2.0 it has a 4 cup carafe and the regular size. Boo Yeah!!!

- Chuck Taylor Fancy - I have never had a pair of chucks before but this white pair is kinda calling my name. I am afraid they will make my feet look like clown feet though.

- Lily Jade Bag-  Oh this bag. OH. It technically is a diaper bag BUT the baby compartment is removable! It can also be worn as a shoulder bag, cross body bag or a backpack. This bag is a game changer! They have different styles but this style is my favorite. I am saving up for a leather one so it will last FOR-EV-ER! Seriously, if I was a student I would totally look into this bag. It has a tons of compartments for stuff and you can wear it 3 different ways!!!

Well, this is my current shopping list. Do you have any of these items? Do we want any of the same things?? Let me know what you think!!!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blogtemeber: You don't know but...

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 Hey Y'all!!! Are you guys having a fabulous day?? I have been having a superb day. I built a chalkboard today. Woah. Can you believe it? Well, that is something you didn't know but onto some other ones...

Today's prompt: "Most people don't know this but..."


I have this weird thing about how things feel. If it feels weird I have to wipe it off. Now there isn't actually anything on me. I just have to wipe my hand off on something else like my shirt or pants leg. or my husband.

I do not like clothes that should be seperate items but are sewn into one. For example shirts and sweaters. You are actually wearing a sweater with sewn in collars and shirt tails. Some reason they creep me out.

I name everything. I will change names of restaurants and stores to whatever comes in my mind better. We have an ice cream store that is called "the scoop" I have always called it "the shack". My poor husband has to keep track of all these things.

I love grapes and wine but hate grape flavored items. Grape Kool Aid. Yuck

I will drive faster in a car than a SUV. If its lower to the ground the faster I will go.

I enjoy a motorcycle ride.

I have been married twice to the same man. No divorces. but that is a different story for a different day.

i just learned how to wink this year.

i can fit a whole white castle in my mouth.

i know all the words to baby got back

Well, that is about all i can think of at the moment! What are some fun facts about you???


Monday, September 15, 2014

Blogtember: Vacation Collage

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 Whoops I missed yesterday. I suck at this whole 30 day blogging challenge. In my defense I was having a great time at the new local winery. So it is what is. lol

Today we needed to make a collage of something. I decided to make a collage of the hopefully little mini vaca we are planning.

1. Trulia- We are using this little mini vaca to hopefully have a ton of fun and scout out some future living places.
2. Champagene- So we are getting a hotel at the beach and we may be having a little date on that patio with the ocean view.
3. This is the pool at the hotel we are thinking about staying
4. Sweet Pete's. If you visit Jacksonville. You have to check this place out! It is a candy store but its all like natural and made in house. It is delicious! Great for people with a sweet tooth and if you are looking not for all the processed stuff.
5. Beach. Duh?!
6. Y'ALL! MAPLE STREET BISCUIT COMPANY!!!!!!! I can't even begin to start to explain to you how aaaaahhhhhh mazing this place is. It is like woah. words can't even describe the amazingness of this place. just go there. thank me later.

So, that is what we are planning. Praying everything works out. Things have been a little crazy here so fingers crossed!

What do you have going on?? Any vacations getting planned??


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blogtember: Livin' Our Love Song

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Today I have to write about our love story.

I have never actually wrote this down before. After I started writing it I realized that it was going to be incredibly long. So I have decided to a couple follow up posts and write it all down so i don't leave anything out. So here is part one

Short Story Version: Many moons ago a lost princess found her prince charming. He showed her what true love actually is. Now and forever they have love, laughter and a happily ever after.

Long version.

I had been in a on and off again relationship for a lot longer than it ever needed to be. I was in my "girls just wanna have fun" stage. didn't want to be in a relationship. i think that's when love hits you hard...when you aren't looking for it.

     So, on February 1, 2008 I was supposed to be going on a "double date" i say this very loosely because i wasn't on the date part. i was just with a friend who had just went on a break up and i was on the "off again" stage. (it was the final off. thank god) My darling husband was supposed to bring a lady friend and we were all supposed to hang and get a few drinks. Thankfully for me she didn't come. So it was just me and two other fellas. I had never met Mo before. My friend Greg always described him as a huge red neck country bumpkin. I was really expecting a huge guy in overalls with no shirt and some missing teeth. So i was very pleasantly surprised.

     We went out to dinner at Frisch's. (oh lord what I would do for a big boy right now.) I remember him taking his baseball hat off when we got to the table. I told him that was cute, it is something you don't see too often anymore. Unfortunately.  He was and is very much a gentleman. Afterwards, we went to Newport on the Levee where the bar was. We were down there way too early to go the bar. So I convinced both men to go see 27 dresses. They both wanted to go see some rambo type movie. I told them that I heard that 27 dresses had boobs in it. It didn't. Not that it mattered. They would have seen it either way. lol. still makes me giggle. I easily got two very manly men to go see a romantic comedy. We went to the bar and I was DD. Mo was a perfect gentleman the entire time per the norm. The next night after I got off work I met with Greg and we went up to Mo's little Indiana town to see some true redneckery. Greg was DD this time. I practically met the whole town and had a great time. Even met one of my future bridesmaids.

     From this time on. The circle as we called it went out every weekend. Either in Kentucky or Indiana. We went to concerts, monster truck shows, got stuck in some blizzards and just had way too much fun. Then on my hubby's birthday. He was acting funny but he mustered up the courage to ask me to a wedding in May as his date.  Pretty much after his birthday we started to spend a lot of time together. Every weekend. I took him out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse sometime after that for his birthday and he thought it was crazy I was doing anything for him.  Apparently, the girls he had been around weren't the most giving. who knows.

     Memorial day weekend of 2008. We were watching tv and there was just this nervous exciting energy in the air. The windows of my apartment were open and that cool summer air was flowing in. The sun had set and it was dark but the street and parking lot lights were on barely lighting up the room. We were laying in my bed watching something. I remember him looking at me and you could tell he was thinking about something else. He looked down at me and said "i love you". i remember hearing it and it felt like i could breathe for the first time. My whole body was suddenly on fire yet cold and tingling. Clearly, i said it back. FYI he still does this to me.

     That summer was full of fun and a lot of driving. Did I mention that we lived an hour away from each other? It isn't a huge amount of distance but enough when you are truly,madly, deeply in love with someone. At the end of the summer he left for a work conference in Vegas. (still a little jelly about this :/) This was the first time we were truly apart. He came back and was back for a week or two then he left to work in the Little Cayman Islands. This was a really hard time for the both of us. We barely got to talk to each other. I was absolutely heart broken. He was down there in the middle of hurricane season and of course while he was there a big one hit. There was no power. no nothing. I remember just watching the weather channel trying to see what was going on. When he came back it was just like my heart exploded. From that moment on there was no more of this is just a fun relationship. We both knew that this was real and it was going to last.

Around thanksgiving we moved into our own apartment. In that tiny little Indiana town. The rent for a 2 bedroom apartment was only 450 a month. lol Can you believe that little for rent?? It was a crappy little apartment but it was enough. In February I was in a car accident and totaled my car. Mo was so worried about me and I remember when he finally got his hands on me. One of the most wonderful feelings ever. I had hit ice and went through about 4-5 lanes on the interstate and smashed into a concrete barrier. thankfully i was fine and i did not even touch another car.  this is saying something for driving at 6pm on a monday night. it was very busy and God really took care of me. In April, Mo had surgery and I took care of him and nursed him back to health.

Next time we will talk about how he put a ring on it... :) with way better pictures!!!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Blogtember: traditions

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 September 12: Tell us about a favorite tradition. It could be a family tradition or from a holiday, university, you-name-it. What makes it so special?

i know i have mentioned it a couple times. I LOVE HOLIDAYS. i have a problem. Christmas is my favorite. mostly because the season lasts the longest and it gives me the warm fuzzies. i honestly already watched elf this season just last week. like i said a problem.

back to traditions. growing up my family didn't have a lot of traditions. i really can't remember anything that we did religiously. now that i have a family of my own, i find myself trying to start a lot of them. one thing i have learned through this process of trying to make these traditions is that you can't force them. at least for me the traditions that have worked just kinda happened.

my favorite tradition is our Christmas tree ritual. we have always put our tree up in the evening after it is dark. we first watch the original movie of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" then we watch Dirty Dancing.

i am not even quite sure how this started. i think our first Christmas together i wanted to watch Dirty Dancing but felt guilty about not watching a Christmas movie. so it just worked out that way?! i really have no idea. it just has stuck and now its is what we do. it isn't some huge ordeal or anything but it is always this special time.

also, i put up the tree in the first two weeks of November. i love the coziness of Christmas decorating. since we move a lot, we are in a rental. i think that is another reason i like to have my decorations up early. it makes it feel more like home.

does anybody else this song stuck in your head?


oh just me, dang.

do you have any favorite traditions? do you happen to love the holidays as much as me? Anybody??? :)


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Blogtember: inspiration

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Today the prompt is about inspiration and where we find it.

I can't say that all of my inspiration comes from the same place. If I had to pick one place Pinterest is it. You can find anything and everything on there. It is amazing.

This is my Fitness inspiration board that is in front of my treadmill in the garage. Its pretty old school but I like to think that I am kind of old school.

You can find about everything else on Pinterest but for cooking I love browsing the Pioneer Woman.

For hair I like to go to see Kate @ the small things blog.

I also get a lot inspiration from Instagram too.

ps... I'm not going to ask you to follow me on pinterest or instagram but if you want to I wouldn't be mad at all. lol

Where do you find inspiration? Am I missing something huge? Fill me in!!!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Blogtember: My Love List

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Woah... I sorta accidently took 3 days off from the blogtember challenge. bummer. oh well... I am back today!!!

Today the prompt is.... 10 things that I love about myself!!

1. My Hair- Its naturally a good blonde color. It styles very easily. I can curl it or straighten it and it listens. The best thing is that with just a little product I can have those beach waves and it takes me like 2 minutes. SCORE!

2. My ingenuity. I feel like I can fix problems or rearrange things so they work better. 

3. Stubborn.  I can be stubborn as a mule when I find something I am passionate about. Most people don't really like this but I know when the time comes I will stand up for what is right.

4. Cooking/Baker. Even though my kitchen is for dancing. I am a pretty dang good cook and baker. 

5. I love and hate this personality trait but I strive for the best in everything I do. I don't settle till I get what I want. It can be a great thing but it can also be a huge pain.

6. I love that I am a dreamer. I have big dreams and I love that I can just see past my fingertips.

7.  My eyes. I have big blue eyes that are a gray blue color. Depending on what i wear is if they are more gray or blue.

8. I love Holidays. I LURVE THEM ALL!!!!! FYI Christmas is like 15 Fridays away. I'm already planning away. Can't wait. MMMMmmm thanksgiving too. aaaaahhhhhh

9.  I am always down for an adventure. 

10. This is kinda part of #5 but I strive for the best and that includes who I married. My husband is the best. Ever. I am so glad I never settled for less than I deserve because I had plenty of chances to just settle to be with someone. Then came my Husband and he truly is the Also, on this we made a really cute kid! :)

I kinda had a hard time coming up with some things but I pulled through. 

What do you like about yourself??



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Blogtember: Currently

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 Can you believe it we are on Day 6 of the Blogtember challenge! 

Todays challenge is Currently..

Reading...At the moment nothing. Yesterday I finished Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews.  It was cute and a good easy quick read. It had a cooking theme so I enjoyed that.

Playing... again nothing.I play a lot of Buzz and Woody with the Kiddo. My husband and I play a lot of quick games of crazy 8's if we have a little time to kill.

Watching... I watched The Watch last night and I have been reminded on how much I love that movie. How could you not? Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill. Sign me up!

Trying... to stay awake I feel like I could pass out on the keyboard at any second.

Cooking...We went to the store tonight so in the morning I will be making Chili and Chunky Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Eating... Nothing now. I am stuffed. We ate at a local pizza Buffet tonight and it was good but there were some birthday parties there. Do people not watch their children anymore?

Drinking... Water with drops of Lemon Essential Oils.

Calling... Nobody its late. Hopefully hear from my mom sometime though. My Mamaw has been put into the hospital today for a stroke so please be in prayers for her. Last I heard she has her speech back but I am hoping my mom has more good news the next time I talk to her.

Texting... last text was from Target telling me I have new coupons. Not sure if that is sad or awesome.

Pinning... Some fall crafts and Christmas everything. I love me some Christmas!

Crafting... Finishing up my Cincinnati Bengals/ Halloween wreath. Yeah I made a dual purpose wreath. BooYeah!

Doing... Just this little ole blog.

Going... out of my mind with hiccups.

Loving... my cute little family. I am truly blessed.

Hating... Seafood smell. Passed the seafood section in Winn-Dixie and Yuck that was a strong smell.

Discovering... How bad I need a haircut. Holy splitends Batman!

Enjoying... my Duck Pants. I have had these rubber duck pajama pants since the 7th grade. For a reference I am 28 years old. So yeah these pants are old but they are soooo dang comfy.

Thinking... about my Mamaw.

Feeling... tired/stressed/sad

Hoping for... a great nights rest and good news!!

Listening to... Unfortunately, I am listening to some video my husband is watching about Monster Trucks and Bigfoot.

Celebrating... That we were able to go to Church tonight so I can sleep in, in the morning. Hopefully.

Smelling... Di-gize essential oils.

Thanking... God for all he does for us and I know his plans are better than mine.

Considering... starting to work on the Childrens book I want to write.

Finishing... two infinity scarves and some curtains for the kitchen.

Starting... to notice some very small arm muscles from doing my pushups every day. boom boom pow.

so that is my currently list. So what is going on with you?

Also, again my family and I would really appreciate if you could pray for my mamaw. Thank you!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Blogtember: Passion

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This is actually something I have some trouble with. I feel like I haven't found my "passion" yet. I don't know maybe I have. I am just going by how other people act about their passion. I guess I haven't found that one thing where you have that "ah-ha" moment when it all just clicks. The sun starts shining in that one spot and birds sing like crazy. I may be relating this too much to a Disney movie.Who knows?! :)

Trying to figure out something to write for today has been a bit challenging. What I finally came up with is trying to find something that I could go on a tangent about. Ya know? 

The Ocean.

I love it. It's beautiful and crazy awesome. It calls to me and I know that sounds crazy but it just does. I also go on tangents about mermaids but I consider this a sub-tangent about the ocean. Gosh, this makes me sound like a nutter but I am going to say it anyway. There COULD be mermaids. I am not saying there are mermaids and I am not saying there isn't. All I am saying is that the ocean is huge and we have yet to see it all. Who are we to say what is down there and what isn't. lol

The ocean though. I love it. Not in a "I can't wait to go to the beach this summer" way ... more in a "I have worked my entire life to live near it". I know I will never be a millionaire and live on the beach. In the next 6 months though I will live in a beach lying town and I am pretty excited about it. I can't wait to be there and help clean it up and do my part to help take better care of the beach, the ocean and all the marine life.

*also please ignore the gentleman swimming in his blue jeans. It was just the only picture I had available from the last time I was at the beach.*

so there we go I apparently have a passion for the ocean and mermaids. Where is that wide-eyed emoji when you need it???

So do you have a crazy passion or am I the only one?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Day 4: Fashion

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Today's writing prompt is to give a fashion trend you love and hate. 

I'm not that into trendy stuff. Not that I don't admire it, it just isn't my thing. 

I'm more of a classic dressed person. I actually just donated bags and bags of clothes so I could stream line my wardrobe. Basic essential pieces with pops of fun here or there. I feel like I'm kinda an idiot for just figuring this out but my whole wardrobe was "fun" pieces. Which is great and I do love them still. I just had practically no essential pieces to build multiple outfits out one thing. Make sense? I just had that one fun thing that could only be worn that way. Also, I'm in a different season of life now. I'm a mom. I'm a wife and I'm getting closer to thirty. I don't want to be wearing the same clothes a kid in High School is wearing. 

So for my fashion trend I love is classic/southern/beach/prep with a hint of lazy in there. What can I say I love my yoga pants. Lol

So for my trend I don't like. Pointy scary nails. 

They scare me. How do you live? I just don't know. Gosh, I'm pretty sure I would injure myself and others around me. 

Another thing I don't get are rompers. I think they look super cute on some people but what happens when you have to use the bathroom. You take off all your clothes? I could get behind it if it had a button crotch like baby rompers do. I don't know. I could see me wearing one for the first time and then having a stomach explosion. All sorts of problems. 

So that's all I have to say about fashion bc I clearly have no expertise in this at all. 

What fashion trend do you like or dislike?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Blogtember day 3: grown up

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"When I grow up I want to be..." Feel free to answer as your 5 year old self or as of now.

As a 5 year old I remember wanting to be a mom. I remember in kindergarten drawing a picture of me vacuuming with a baby in a play pen. So guess what 5 year old self . You did it. You are a mom and its awesome but you don't vacuum. SCORE. You have tile floors so you sweep swiffer a lot! Actually, you just turn your little swiffer bot thing on and let her do it.

Now: I have no ideas what I want to do when I grow up? In all reality I am a grown up but I sure don't feel like it. I just want to be a good mom. Not screw him up too bad. Hopefully have lots of fun and laughs along the way.

Just for fun... here is a list of things I thought I wanted to along the way.

Mom, Doctor, Missionary. Home Shopping Network person (I'd so still do this HSN hook a lady up), Masseuse, Event Planner, Lawyer, Politician, Elementary School Teacher, Middle School Teacher, Chef, Historian, Real Estate Agent, Caterer and I am sure I forgot a few.

Clearly, I bounce around a lot and I still have no idea what in the world I am doing or should do. I have always been a bit jealous of the people who have always knew exactly what they have wanted to do.

Maybe one day I will figure it out.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blogtember Day 2: Happy

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Things that make me happy.... hmmmm where do I begin? Do I keep it small and simple or elaborate? 

I try to be a glass half full kind of gal. It may not always work but I do try.

These are in no certain order just how things pop into my brain.

Iced Green Tea from Starbucks. Laughs from my son. naps. mani-pedi. sephora. ulta. dates with my man. Disney. manatees. Harry Potter.  good hair day. ocean. take5 bars. smell of suntan lotion. bringing someone food. CHRISTMAS. warm hugs ;). Joy essential oil. school supplies. lists. planners (ps emily ley planners go on sale tomorrow at 10amest. just a heads up lol) adventure. trying new restaurants. learning about Jesus. swimming laps. good book. kisses. teaching someone how to swim. holidays. flowers. afternoon thunderstorms. fans. clean house. home cooked meal. gyms. water. 80's music. clean house. no dishes. v8+energy. history. happy song.

that is a lot of things. lots of things make me happy. the flip side of that is that not many things make me unhappy. 

there is a silver lining to every cloud.



Monday, September 1, 2014

Blogtember : About the Author

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 Blogtember Day 1: About the Author

I was going to write this in the third person like most about the authors but I just couldn't get the hang of it. Also, to be noted it sounded ridiculous! So I will just write about myself in a very non-orderly fashion.

I am a wife, mama, daughter, sister, friend. I am a sinner saved by grace. I love to cook and bake but my kitchen is for dancing. wine nights = BFF. I was lucky enough to marry my best friend. Golden Girls, Friends, The Nanny, and Once Upon a Time are my shows. I lurve me some Netflix and DVR. I never watch anything live. Ever. I'm pretty "crunchy" person these days but I don't care if you are not. I love to swim and all things water. I am pretty positive I was meant to be a mermaid. I love manatees. TeeTee's as my son likes to call them. My son is 2 and I think motherhood is the great equalizer. You may be the prettiest most wonderful person on the planet but at some point you too will get peed/pooped/vomited on. Who knows...maybe all at the same time. At that moment though... we are all the same. Just trying to survive. lol Seriously though my son is the best and I love him more than words can explain. He's my air. My favorite flowers are daisies and tulips but i like all flowers really EXCEPT sunflowers!!! I hate the middle part with all the seeds. YUCK they give me the creeps yet I will eat sunflower seeds. Weird, right? I don't drink hot drinks. They have to be cold. I love green tea and V8+Energy. I try to be pretty crafty. I love me some Harry Potter and Disney. I am from Kentucky (GO BIG BLUE!). Live in Georgia. Moving to Florida in the beginning of the year. Nap times are the . I believe every woman looks better with some mascara and it is my mission to find the perfect mascara. I think I am close to finding it. I have dreams of doing a triathlon before I am 30. I have 4 tattoos with more on the way I am sure. I like baseball more than football. I am a ParrotHead and love me some Jimmy Buffett. I crave adventure and have a fear of not living life. In the words of Jimmy in the song: Growing Older But Not Up... I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead.

I wouldn't write a novel. I am not that great of a writer. ^Clearly^. lol I do want to write hopefully a series of Children's books. My best girl friend is actually a phenomenal writer so we are going to do it together.