Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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.












Stud.



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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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Disney Gift Card Giveaway!

If you have been around here for a little while or know me well, you know I absolutely love, love me some Disney.



As if getting engaged in Disney didn't tell, maybe the Disney wedding details tipped you off or the fact I mention Beauty & the Beast on occasion. Any of these will do.

Which is why I am very excited to be giving away a $20 Disney gift card with some other lovely ladies. The giftcard can be used at the Disney store (which might be one of the best stores on the planet) or on your Disney vacation. And if you are going on a Disney vacation, I am officially jealous.

No matter where you spend it, you have to enter to win!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Showing Me the Way



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I did everything I was supposed to do.

Go to college, they said.

You need a degree to get a good job, they said.

This is the mantra when you enter high school, what you are told over and over again. I accepted it and also saw it as my way out coming from a small town.

I'm meant for bigger things and college will get me there, I said.

There I was, in 2005, packing more than half my belongings up and moving into a concrete walled room, hopes and dreams high for my future. My future job was in my grasp. The job I wanted?  To be a journalist. I loved writing and that's all I wanted to do.

After being on the school newspaper for a year, I found it just wasn't for me. Writing those stories, not my style. I explored my options with my "advisor" and switched over to public relations. I decided I wanted to be a PR person for a company or big shot celebrity. I had the writing down just needed to fine tune it a little.

I excelled at my PR classes, loved writing press releases and putting that spin on a story. I eventually picked up a minor in event planning. With PR, you are responsible for planning events and launch parties like the big people do. Or so I was told.

Then came graphic design. I had to take a beginning course as a requirement for my minor, but ended up loving it. I could whirl my way around Photoshop and Flash like a pro. OK, I exaggerate but a pro in college terms. It was too late to drop my event planning minor and pick up this instead.

Put it as a concentration on your resume, I was told.

My grades were decent, not straight A's but not straight C's. I had internships, worked my way through college and was in a sorority that gave me leadership and event planning experience. I was ready to take on the world the fall of my senior year. I was ready to go out and work for that dream job.

What no one could tell me.

You're mom won't be there on graduation day.

Your last semester of college will be turned upside down.

My last semester of college was the best definition of a blur. My family insisted my mom would want me to go back, and I agreed but there are days I can't even remember from my last semester. I was struggling going to class and adjusting to my mom being gone.

While everyone was finalizing resumes and going on job interviews, I was trying to heal the biggest hole in my heart. I also had to make different decisions then I had planned. I would be going back home indefinitely to get my mom's house in order.  Not my original plan. I had planned on staying there with her that summer while I searched for a job.

May 2009, I received the degree everyone told me I had to get. I also received hefty student loan bills and a whole mess of no jobs near the middle of nowhere where I had to back to. I was on my way to broke, no job and living in the house I had shared with my mom.

I fell into a job to pay the bills, still having hopes I would find something else. Something I really wanted to do. As those jobs didn't come, the promotions at this job kept coming. Months turned into years. 4 years today. 4 years I have been with this company. 4 years I have given so much to be stuck.

Going back into what I went to school is almost a whole new start. At 27, I have to make a new start?  But staying where I am, requires me to work somewhere that doesn't deserve me anymore. They have used up everything I can give them and keep beating me down. I am unhappy and do not enjoy my job anymore.



As you can see, the path I took after college determined my future. It wasn't the path I chose, God chose it. Now it's time to accept that where I am is where He wants me to be. He will show me the right way. Just have to keep reminding myself.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

What a Weekend it Was

This was a much needed, relaxing weekend. I didn't clean, grocery shop or do laundry. We just relaxed, met up with friends and had a nice date night.

Friday night: Captain America Date Night!!



If you remember my superhero post, you will see my love for superheroes. Plus, Chris Evans is a plus.

Saturday:



 Slept in; did our taxes and went over to my best friends . Had some drinks, caught up and came home ready to tackle our Sunday.

Sunday: We did some home perusing. We really have no idea where we will end up come July we are forever optimistic that it will be the place we want. Either way, we are upgrading come July so I will just be happy we have a washer/dryer.


It was a nice weekend where I didn't do one chore and it was exactly what I needed. Now it's time for the work week and another 6 day long stretch. But then comes another day off and soon after Easter weekend!

How did you enjoy your weekend?
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Five on Friday: How I Met Your Mother Edition






Since my Girl with the Yellow Umbrella post, I am sure that many of you have been wondering my thoughts on the series finale of How I Met Your Mother. Let's just say it took me all week just to write this post.




1. There were 9 seasons of How I Met Your Mother. 9 seasons where you see Ted love Robin, break up with Robin, fall in love with someone else but still it's Robin, then she's with Barney and he still loves her. He finds the locket, you think it will happen before she marries Barney. But no. Ted says " Nah, I'm good." He finally finds the girl we have all been hearing about. The girl with the yellow umbrella. Then, she's gone just like that and we are left with Ted and Robin. We could have stopped this story 8 seasons ago.

2. This last season was kind of a bore at some parts. We spent the whole season watching one day play out, Robin and Barney's wedding. Barney had finally found the woman who could make him settle down and it was a great love story between two friends. But no, oh wait. After spending 15 episodes on their day, they end up divorced and Barney is right back to where he was before, making a new playbook. What in the heck?! Takes the romantic part out of the episode where he proposed to Robin and burned the playbook. Way to ruin one of my favorite episodes.

3. The best friends, always there for the big moments, because it's not legendary if they aren't, really aren't that close anymore. One moves away, does her own thing and misses all the big moments. Except for showing up for the wedding of the man she has always been in love with.Why base a show on how great their friendships are when in the end, it doesn't last the hard stuff?

4.As new and creative as it might have seemed to have the ending written at the very start of the show, we all see now why that is actually a really, really bad idea. You are locked into that ending, you force it to be played out not know when your seasons could end. Then you end up with an ending that leaves fans less than satisfied. Crater Bays & Craig Thomas. I will be wary of any show that you write here forward. I might have enjoyed the episodes, but the previous seasons, it feels like a boring story leading up to a predictable ending. And that's a sad realization coming from someone who has seen this show be a part of their lie.



5. In the end, the real love story will always be Marshall & Lily. The two who met in college, went through some tough spots and still stuck it together. I loved their 5 year "real vows" of how marriage is. I know I no longer want to be the girl with the yellow umbrella. I want to be a version of Marshmallow and Lily Pad.






As you can see, I am a little bitter about the ending. I have seen my share of series endings and this might be my absolute least favorite, including a One Tree Hill ending with no Peyton and Lucas. 

Ok, now off to see Robin be Agent Hill in Captain America. 

What were your thoughts on the series finale? 
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