Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Inspiration

There are certain Mondays where I need a little inspiration, a little oomph after the weekend kicked my butt. Good or bad. And I think we all might need some inspiration from time to time.




Happy Monday!
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Hey Friday! Random Thoughts

First Friday to link-up with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for oh hey Friday!

Life Choices. They are hard. And stressful. Knowing if you are making the right decision for you and your family is a huge weight to have. Just waiting on some good news in the coming week, fingers crossed!

Lily. What a joy. What a crazy kitty. What a way to assure us we might not be able to handle a child anytime soon. Especially when you have us up every hour, every single night. These bags under eye bags are not cute on anyone and I love sleep. And you busting up your chin caused me slight panic.

Bachelor in Paradise. With Clare. Why did I just find out about this today? August 4th, people. The train wrecks will begin.

Blogmopolitan Quiz. Thank you Erin at Two Thirds Hazel for yet another great Blogmopolitan Quiz.

Christmas in July Giveaway. Enter today to win amazing prizes from myself and other great bloggers.

This post couldn't have come later on a Friday night. Thank you if you are actually reading. And I hope you have the greatest weekend!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Personal Survival Kit

Have you ever thought about everything that gets you through your day? The things you want in your corner when you are capsized on a beach?

It might also come in handy to have these items prepared for a potential zombie apocalypse. Or is just me and the fact my husband watches a lot of The Walking Dead.

It was really hard trying to find just 5 things I could take with me. And it definitely doesn't count any living creatures because you know the husband and Lily would be the tippy top of that list.
But let's let my material self get on with it.

My Personal Survival Kit

1. iPhone Hands down, my whole life is on here. I can manage my blog, social media, take notes, tell the time. Do it all with this piece of device. Not sure if it truly counts because if it is a stranded island I won't be able to charge it. But I need this little device in my hand. If even for comfort. 2.Bobby Pins Bangs up and out of my face are necessary some days. Read, the days when you are all ahhh hair!! Plus, they make a cute accessory for shorter hair. 3.Snacks Can be any variation. If you know me, you know I always have a snack available in my purse, at home, on the go. I'm a snacker Don't stand in the way of me and my snacks, people. 4.Morning coffee You do not want to see me without my morning coffee. You even might mistake me for a zombie before I have had mine. Must have to function on even a normal basis 5.Mary Kay Mascara This has become one of my absolute beauty favorites. Just throwing on a bit of mascara even without other makeup, makes me a little bit more voom. And like I can take on any zombies that approach me. 

What would be in your personal survival kit?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's Christmas in July {Giveaway Hop}

Let's Celebrate Christmas in July Giveaway Hop
It's that time of year again,
let's celebrate Christmas in July with a giveaway hop full of prizes!

As you may or may not know, I LOVE LOVE LOVE me some Christmas. It could be Christmas the majority of the year and I would still love it. Christmas music and Christmas movies year round are the norm around this household. And I couldn't be more excited to patricpate for Christmas in July.

I've teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you some great giveaways. 

What can you win from me?

I have quite a few Thirty-One items that have definitely come in handy. They are great for on the go and organziation within the home. These two items are newer items that I myself can't wait to add to my collection. They are available in more prints than you see here too!

Be sure to enter to win the grand prize,
Lauren Paints | a beautiful life is giving away
$150 Amazon Gift Card
to ONE lucky reader!
$150 to spend on whatever you please...
the possibilities are endless! 
Don't forget to enter to win all of the other great giveaways below:

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Weekend Recap

It's no secret I love on me some weekends off. Only because I do not have the luxury of one every week. So rude, right? Well, this weekend I had myself a nice 3 day weekend.

Friday had to offer up some of my skills, got all dressed looking professional. Got in a Burlington Coat Factory run after, complete with a Diet Coke. Somehow I made it out of there under $30.
Enjoying my Diet Coke
Friday Night I got to enjoy a rare night out with my best friend. We always do double dates, group events but never just us girls where we can gab and gossip. We indulged in some sangrias and appetizers.

Friday Night out with the best friend
Saturday we headed out to PA to celebrate a 50th birthday for a hilarious family friend. It was a nice little road trip with sister and husband. It was a shame we couldn't stay out longer. But a couch had to be purchased.
Saturday road trip selfie

Happy 50th!

Grass Sitting. A good pastime of mine.

Sunday we went couch shopping. Or couch sitting and convincing Brian we also need a bed to go along with the couch. It all makes sense to me though.

Our living room has limited space so finding one that wouldn't overwhelm our living room was definitely a challenge. The ones that did fit were not the comfiest of couches. And I am not one of those that want it to look pretty over comfort. We love our comfy couch feeling.

It's always a good time for Panera

 I am sad to see the weekend go. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Small Act of Kindness

Today, was one of those no good, bad days. Work has been stressing me out for months. And today it was proved just how I can't even do normal things right. But that's another topic for another day..

Back to today. The start of my day, at 8:06, turned into a very bad day. Not a horrible, worst kind of day but bad. I called my husband to discuss and grabbed myself a caramel latte. Because that's what makes me feel better. The more sugar the better.

On my lunch, I took a nice trip to Panera to grab a bite to eat and a smoothie. "Power" smoothie to get me through the rest of the day without walking out. The nice, older man who made my smoothie, really reminded me today about the good in bad days and the power of one small act of kindness.

 He chose to give me 1 1/2 smoothies because he didn't want to waste it. "One for now, one for later," he said.

That man had a huge smile on his face even though he was at work. A huge smile that made me want to smile that huge back. And he chose to give me a little extra that I didn't pay just to be kind and not waste it. Such a simple act of kindness to turn my day around.

But the great thing? This man didn't know me. He didn't know I was having such a bad day. He didn't know all I wanted to do was cry at that very moment. His act of kindness was genuine. 

It might have been just a little extra smoothie but it meant so much more. In one way or another, it was exactly what I needed. 

Tomorrow, I will return that act of kindness to someone else. I will continue to smile at strangers and be kind because you never know who might need it the most. 

When has an act of kindness turned your day around? 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Crickets, Be Gone.

Hear that?

That's the sound of crickets. And what you have all been hearing this past week. I hope you're still here and ready for me to be back. But I will give you a glimpse of what I have been up to this past week and a half. Then maybe you might just forgive me.

On the grind, selling my skills

My loves.

Helping with the mess of a bedroom

Our current state of a dining room

Thursday night date night in


We spent a 4th of July together! Miracles.

Fireworks. Of, course

So does my crazy busy, hectic, unpacking week make up for the fact I have been MIA? I really, really hope so because I have some fun things coming up. And one might just benefit you in a BIG way.

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