Tuesday, April 22, 2014

...Baby One More Time

15 years ago, it was 1999.

It was the year when Britney Spears spent 32 weeks as Number 1 on Billboard Top 100 for Baby One More Time. That song reminds of personal radios with cassettes. Rewind, play. Rewind, play again.

Before her CD was released I would sit by the radio ready to hit record so I could replay it on my cassette over and over.  Feel free to reminisce won't you?

She was the innocent Britney. The Britney before the shaved head days. When she wore matching jean outfits with Justin Timberlake and young girls everywhere were freaking out over all her songs. Guilty as charged.

I was the awkward age of 12. I was 6 months before my teenage years, just started to see the sprout of fresh acne on my face. My hair. Well, my hair. It's the years you kind of say, "What was I thinking?"

Me at age 12.

Old Navy was the what all the cool kids were wearing. Mostly because it had just opened in my one floor, tiny spec of a mall. It was a hit. The only thing I wanted to wear was something that had "Old Navy & Co." plastered across the front.

It was the year I refused to wear glasses any longer. Literally. I thought it was cool to squint all day to get my way. I mean, it did work. But what a brat. Now, I would give anything to have better glasses to wear more. Cycle of life.

12th Birthday Feeding Dolphins

I played the clarinet and chose band as my extracurricular activity. Made it to first chair (code: really the best) before I decided, I was just too cool to be in the band. Still have that clarinet floating around. Because you never know when I might want to bust out a tune. *thanks for no pictures of these, fam.*

And it just so happens, I revisited this time period my senior of college. School girl, chair dance, Baby One More Time. Cest la vie. Am I right?

Every hear a song that takes you back to moments in your life? Or do you remember the young, innocent Britney Spears? Tell me ALL about them.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

And wishing my momma in Heavena very Happy Birthday! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Love It Forward: Husband Lovin'

First, not that kind of lovin' will be talked about here. Keep moving along..

What is Love It Forward about? Love It Forward it just about that, love. Putting love back into the world and showing people the kindness everyone is capable of. It can be anything from making your husband breakfast to paying for a complete strangers coffee. Just a little something or something on a larger scale. Just spread the love and you jut might put a smile on someone's face that really needs it. 

The past few weeks I have had a rough go of things. By my own doing for the most part. I was sick a whole week, husband took care of me. I had insomnia the one week and husband dealt with the crankiness. He cleaned for me. Did a little bit of cooking and was pretty great at talking me out of my black hole. He definitely deserved a little extra love from me this week.

Brian's love language is quality time so I decided to make him his favorite dinner, Chicken Lo Mein and grabbed some of his favorite beers on my way home from work. We ate at the table (I admit we do not do that all the time..) and had genuine conversation. About our weeks, house chatting and just general newlywed talk. I'm sure there was mention of Lily a time or two.

It was really nice to be able to spend that time with him especially knowing our schedules would be crazy over the next week. It's always nice to spread the love right in your own home. Give a little extra for your husband. Say thank you. Show appreciation.

And feel free to also give some of the other lovin' too. Totally up to you.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top 10 Wedding Registry Must-Haves

As we enter into wedding season, we enter into bridal shower season. Cue the last additions to the registry and guests scrambling around to find the most useful gift for the newlyweds.

Choosing what to put on your registry can be a daunting task. As can be what to gift to the bride and newlyweds. Lucky for you, a year ago I had my own bridal shower filled with so much love and gifts. If you're stumped on what to add to your registry or give a newlywed couple, these list of must-haves are what we have loved using this past year!

Top 10 Wedding Registry Must-Haves

Keurig Coffeemaker- One of the most popular registry items the past few years that just keeps getting better and better. There are so many different varieties of coffee flavors, it can be a surprise every morning! Not to mention, you can ditch the tea kettle because it also makes cups of hot water.

Handheld Vacuum-There will be plenty of tiny messes to clean up your first year as you juggle living as a twosome. I am partial to this Shark Handheld because it is great to clean cat hair off the couch and you can also use it for the car. Plus, very husband friendly.

Non-Stick Cookware-Whether you are a seasoned cook or a newbie, you want non-stick cookware. As a wife, you will want to try out all kinds of new recipes to impress the new hubby. And some might err on the side of burnt. Non-stick provides an easier clean up. Also useful for when the husband wants to try his hand at the cooking and just might set off the fire alarm. Hey, it happens.

Bedding-The one thing you will use literally every single day. I'm sure it is beyond time that you update that bedspread from your single days. Bring in the new, fresh to your marriage. Plus, you can decorate around the new color scheme. And get to start to justify your purchases for that to your new husband.

Knives-No, not for the tough times in marriage ;) Great for all that cooking from scratch you will attempt. There are no words for how new knives can make you feel like you can cut, chop, poke anything. Basically, recipes are at your mercy with new knives. Especially when they are Martha Stewart. Chopping wizard, anyone?

Mixing Bowls-You know all of those recipes in that bright, shiny, new recipe book made from your bridal shower inserts? They require multiple steps. And multiple bowls. Don't let your head spin. Register for mixing bowls. They are a lifesaver when you are trying to multitask for a recipe. Martha Stewart is a genius that offers mixing bowls that measure and do not slide. Game changer.

Dishes-It's time to ditch the idea of fine china. You have so many options for finer casual dishes. Meaning, they can be used for your everyday dishes and also be used for dinner parties. It is also necessary to say good-bye to those mismatched, plastic plates and update your cabinet.

Crockpot-Life. saver. Adjusting to newlywed life can be a struggle in the beginning. Between all the cleaning, cooking and working, it can be a bit overwhelming. The crock pot allows you a little breathe room when you get home from work as it cooks the dinner for you! Plus, this adorable Crockpot dip warmer is great for spinach artichoke dip at parties.

Mixer/Blender-You can't find a registry these days that do not have a fancy mixer or blender. It's basically a new wife right of passage to know how to make fancy desserts and cookies for family functions. Or to whip up a proper margarita to lounge out on the patio with. The Ninja is a great alternative for a larger KitchenAid mixer as it mixes small batches of cookies and cake batter. Much more intimate dinner party appropriate. And of course, those margaritas.

Monograms-Assuming you are taking on a new last name, the excitement of a new initial is something that can't be explained. Make sure to add a few fun items with your new married initial to welcome yourself as a new married lady. And to flaunt as a newlywed.

What are your registry must-haves? Anything you wish you had added to your registry?

A Little About Me

Since there are a few new faces around these parts, I wanted to let you in on a little more info about me. And what better way than answer a few questions.

To start, me and my hubby!

1.Would you bungee jump?
I would say yes, but in the end most likely not. 

2. Do you have any kids?
Fur child named Lily

3. What is your favorite ice cream?
Cookie Dough..yummm

4. Red or pink?
Pink, pink!

5. What is your favorite cereal?
Right now I am loving on Chocolate Chex.

6. Summer or winter?
Summer. Because winter has been hanging on extraaa long this year.

7. What book are you reading now?
Wife After God

8. What is the farthest you've been from home?

Hawaiian Honeymoon! If you ever get the chance to go, you have to.

9. What do you wish your superpower was?
Fly for sure. It would be so much easier to see everyone I want to see on the regular

10. Where were you yesterday?
Morning I was at home, blogging up a storm with the windows open and coffee in hand. At night, I was at work, walking up a storm.

11. What is your current phone background?
Live Life with a Little Sparkle

12. First song you turn on when you've had a bad day
Carly Rae Jepsen-Call Me Maybe-Great 30 second dance party song. Have a try at it.

13. Have a night out or evening in
My introvert ISTJ self prefers an evening in

14. what does your perfect day look like?
Sleeping in, waking up to my hsuabnd, windows open, iced coffee, long walk, lots of petting Lily

15. Margarita or Pina Colada?
Dos maragaritas por favor!

And that's more about me! Anything else you would like to ask, feel free.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring has Sprung

The windows are open, the sun is shining and it looks like Spring has finally decided to stick around for awhile. And we used this weekend to really enjoy it.

Before I went to work on Saturday, we visited a park close to our house where I wanted to test out my camera skills. I tried my best but most of these were taken on auto.


Thanks, husband.

Hope you had a fantastic weekend of springness! And if you know of any great photography courses help a girl out!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Five on Friday

ONE | What up warm weather? I mean seriously, beautiful weather going on around here and I am loving it. We have plans to go to the park tomorrow morning before I go to work to take some pictures. Can't wait!

TWO | Speaking of taking pictures..my photog skills need some upgrading since I bought my DSLR. I am used to auto so much it pains me. I am looking to take a fun local or online course that takes me through all the functions and tests my photog skills out. If you know of any, please let me know. Thank you kindly.

THREE | On my #100HappyMoyDays, I have been doing great. It really helps you realize the little things in your life that you should be focusing on. When I am at work all day, when I am talking to someone or doing something I always think, Hey, this is a good part of this place. Or when I have a rough work day I know there is always something that will make me happy at home. Specifically, two very important things.

FOUR | If you have any desire to buy a Disney item, say for a Disney vaca or that special someone, you just want to enter this giveaway.

FIVE | This song makes me wanna dance, on a patio, with a margarita. Jason Derulo dance moves optional but encouraged.

 Talk Dirty (Feat. 2 Chainz) by Va - www.musicasparabaixar.org on Grooveshark

Any of these will do.

 Enjoy your weekend!

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