Monday, August 31, 2009

let us pray......

My friend Rachel over at CherryTreeLane had decided to dedicate her Monday posts to Prayer requests.

I think this is a FABULOUS idea as we all need prayer and its nice to know that others are praying for you.

It's also a great way to meet /minister/ counsel new people who may be going through similar issues.

So please feel free to email me and I will pass them along to her or you can email her directly or comment on her blog see post HERE

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

"For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father" Ephesians 3:14

Pass along to all of your friends and we will be praying for you!!!

monday chit chat....a.k.a weekend wrap-up

What a WONDERFUL weekend!!!
Friday: I picked up my super pregnant friend (she's due Sept. 15th) who is also my hair dresser/stylist, to "do" my hair (read press & curl ).
Which was nothing less than amazing seeing how it was 90+ degrees, she's pregnant and ready for baby to come.
She and her two kids (boy & girl) came to hang out for a bit.
Her daughter is also one of Sweet Pea's B.F.F's and they havent seen each other in while
they also go to have a fun weekend together but more on that later.
We were also able to go visit the Coxe's briefly so the boys could meet and subsequently fall in love with each other.
After I took her and her son home, I loaded up the girls and took them down to my mother's in Long Beach.
My mom took them to the San Diego Zoo for the first time!
Needless to say they had a blast and were worn out when they came home yesterday!!!
Thanks Nana!!!
Saturday: as per my previous post here I had one of my infamous Ladies Nights and was up at the crack of dawn to get the house in order.
I had done most of the cleaning earlier in the week but still had a few "last minute" things to take care of.
And of course , the jello shots and cupcakes had to be made!
I also tried my hand at making a Margherita Pizza!!!
My man is amazing.
Earlier in the week, I sprayed Round Up in the yard to kill the overgrown weeds and misc. growth.
However, two days of yard work + not enough Zyrtec = Bad allergy attack for me
So I didn't pull up the weeds once they were sprayed.
I also don't have gardening gloves so that was a factor too.
But my fabulous man, he pulled them all up for me. =)
and swept.
And hung up my string lights for "ambiance".
Sunday: My mom brought the girls back and since it was her birthday, she stayed for dinner.
Since it was so good, and easy the first time, I made another Margherita pizza ( Sweet Pea made her own) combined w/ a lite salad.
A heartshaped cupcake topped off the evening!
Happy Birthday Mom!
Thanks for taking the girls to the zoo and I hope you enjoyed your day!!!

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night!!!!

This past Saturday night I had the pleasure of hosting
"Last Ladies night IN of the Summer"
And it was nothing short of FABULOUS!!!

I am a firm believer in having quality time with the ladies in my life.

Not just one on one either.

I'm the kind of person that wants ALL of her friends to get to know each other.

Simply because I think they are amazing and so should everyone else!!!

And I also believe that as wives, mothers, step-mothers, single moms and singles we need to get out of our comfort zone, go meet new people and just ENJOY ourselves!!!!

I must say we did EXACTLY that.

I can honestly say I have never laughed SO hard in my entire life.

I laughed until I cried. Until I couldn't laugh anymore.

Then someone made a face or I walked in at the tail end of a conversation and laughed some more!!!

Best Ab workout in a LOOOOONG time!!!

The evening began with my neighbor rushing into the door thinking she was late - but really we're on CP time and dealing w/ my familia.
NOTHING starts "on time".

Then women just started showing up left and right!!!

Poor Babe escaped just in time!

I saw friends I hadn't seen in over a year ( Thanks Beavis!!)

Hung out with friends who had never met ( Cyn & Michelle + everyone else!)

Got to kick it w/ my "Boo's" ( when are we doing yoga again?)

Learned some interesting "facts" ( thanks again Cynthia for the Cocktail Party game)

Will probably not be able to look a few of you in the eye for quite some time

And generally spent the majority of the evening trying NOT to spit out whatever was in my mouth from laughing too hard!!!

Also because I was peeing on myself with laughter I don't have one good "group shot" so there are only snippets!!

The Menu:
Fresh Peach Sangria
Margaritas on the rocks
Peach, Cherry & Lime jello shots
Margherita Pizza ( made by yours truly)
Teriyaki & Pineapple Chicken Meatballs
Ceasar Salad
Chips & dip
Cheese & crackers
******** Thank you's are in order*********

To my wonderful and amazing fiance:

Babe, thank you SO much for helping out the day of!!!! If not for you my veranda wouldn't have been as inviting, there would be no lights and let's face it the weeds would still be on the side yard.
You are a life saver.
And you did it all without my asking!!!!
Also, thank you for making yourself scarce for the evening!!! Love you!!!

To my ladies:
there literally are NO words.
Thank you ALL for coming out!
Thank you for being nice to each other.
Exposing each other to different schools of thought and ideas.
I learned probably more than I should about some of you.
Loved being able to see all of you LAUGH!
And was so blessed to have so many different friends come together for one evening!!!
One word:
"pooooof "
followed by the hand gesture.... =)

To those who missed it - there WILL be a next time!!!

Be on the lookout for the evite!!!!

enjoying the veranda

there was a whole lot of this.......

good food = good times

deep in conversation vs. playing w/ the phones

winding down

back, back, back, to school again......

Today August 31,2009 my Sweet Pea began the 2nd grade.
New color co-ordinated outfit? check
Cool new backpack? check
Fabulous Camp Rock lunch pail? Check
So off we went.
Since we moved we are now attending a new school, in a new district.
That means a new teacher and new friends.
School begins earlier and gets out about 10 min. later
However we are fortunate enough to live about 5 min from the school so getting there on time shouldn't be an "issue" unless we're having a "slow" morning.
Even though Sweet Pea is 7 and we've had our "first day of school" before.
Each year it is just as difficult as the first.
Well thats not entirely true.
The first two times ( pre-school and Kindergarten) I cried when I dropped her off.
This time I didnt cry but I am still filled with apprehension.
But only the type that mothers worry about.
Will they be nice to her?
What if she cries?
What if she ends up eating lunch by herself?
Will she make friends?
I want my baby to enjoy her day but not be scared or lonely.
I pray that she makes friends and that the kids and her teacher are nice.
More importantly I am praying that she LEARNS.
I am also praying for her to be an example to her fellow students.
To be a leader and not a follower and to keep her standards and morals in tact.
I'm sure her day will be great and although it will take some time to adjust
we are now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Happy first day of Second grade Sweet Pea!

Friday, August 28, 2009

mixed nuts

i haven't blogged at all this week.
i MISS it.
It's my outlet for creativity since I'm not really writing poetry as much these days.
Sadly I compose posts in my head at night but of course don't write them down
and by morning can't remember a thing!
So sad.
I still READ blogs daily.
but for some reason haven't really taken the time to finish any of the drafts I have waiting.
am I at a loss for words?
this has been a crazy week.
Sweet Pea is gearing up to start back to school on Monday.
I have second grader?????
WOW! When did that happen!
We went to the meet & greet this morning at her new school and met her new teacher.
I'm excited and so is she.
Have I mentioned her school is only 4 minutes from the house!
So this past week we went back to school shopping with my Dad and have just been taking it easy.
Enjoying the last few days of "summer".
Even though its hot as hades outside.
School shopping with my Dad/Papa was a trip - he hasn't been since I was about her age and I was impressed w/ how patient he was while waiting for her to try on her "fashions".
The man does NOT like to shop.
It really did my heart good to see his face light up when Sweet Pea came out and modeled her outfits for him.
And of course because he is UBER matchy matchy - his response to everything was:
"Does she need a shirt to go with that?"
whereas I'm like: lets mix & match.
He's all about the coordination. LOL
So much fun!!
I will be back shortly with more posts.
that probably make more sense but now I'm off to wash my hair!!!
Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

a family affair - mostly pictures

The 2nd Annual Dorsey Family Picnic was held August 22,2009
(yes I am a week late....sue me)

Suffice to say we had a grand time as usual!
Lots of food, family and fun times!

Look forward to doing it again next year!!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

thirsty thursday....( a day late)

For this week's installment of Thirsty Thursday
I will tell you about one of my FAVORITE martini's:
The Lychee Martini
Last night we had a networking event for all the FIDM Beauty Alum's at the
super exquisite ADCB at the Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood.
Such a cute little lounge/bar and the drinks were awesome too!
Love that the Alumni chair knows that Beauty Girls and cocktails go hand in hand!
So anyway - I partook in a Lychee Martini which is SUPER DELICIOUS
and without further ado:

Lychee Martini

2oz Grey Goose Vodka
1 1/2 oz Lychee Liqueur
Splash of Fresh Lychee Juice
Shake well, Strain into Martini or Cocktail Glass with one Lychee inside


at the Sky Bar w/ my BGB's


Ms. Ava


Sassy Sara

Me & Ash enjoying the atmosphere

update: love in the mail!!!

a few days ago I posted this about having a terrible case of the "I wants".
Sad for a grown woman to behave and think like a child but I was in a mood,
so there you have it.
At the end of said post I exclaimed to my adoring public.....(i.e. anyone who reads this)
that I would just LOVE if someone would send me a Target card as
I had been avoiding going back since what I "want" is not in the budget of what we "need".
And lo and behold.....
someone did!!
It came in the mail today!!!
So thank you Aunt Debbie, for heading my call
understanding my desire to "fancy up" my home
and for just plain being AWESOME!!!
Lookout Target here I come!!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

little miss perfect? really? who says?

this afternoon as I was folding laundry I turned on the TV for some "entertainment".

And I stumbled across this show called "Little Miss Perfect" on the WE channel.

Ten minutes in I was hooked

Twenty minutes later I was seriously disturbed.

But could NOT turn the channel.

First of all I am still amazed that in this day and age there are still kids in pageants

and that they "love to compete".

Second - who ARE these people?

and where do they get the money for all this stuff?
I know pageants are expensive as there are costumes to be made, flippers to put in
(to give them that full and bright smile of a 17 yr. old) and spray tans to be put on.
But my real question was, what kind of message are these parents (mostly moms) giving these girls?
Granted it is not for me to judge because I too love my child dearly and if she REALLY wanted to do pageants then I might consider it.
But it did bother me when one of the mother's said:
" Well in our society, looks matter. And being pretty and popular will help her out later in life.
I mean ugly people just have a harder time at life"

And these 7-9 yr old girls look like teenagers!!
As the mother of a very girly girl I am all for a little "sparkle" now and then.......
and by sparkle I mean glitter nail polish and glitter dust around the eyes for a dance or cheer performance.
But to paint up a child to look 10 years older is very unsettling to me.

Does anyone else have a problem with that?

That being said.
I am now thoroughly intrigued by this show and the world of "pageant girls.
Why are they always southern?
Where are the dads in all this?
How can a young child deal with such blatant rejection from some stranger telling her: "sorry, you're face just isn't 'pretty enough' to be Little Miss Perfect"

I have to run now....
I think a new episode is coming on.....

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

simple things to make me smile

THIS made my day today.........

thanks Auntie Mimi for the entertainment!!!
We will miss you when you leave!!

a new dawn. a new day

In light of the meltdown I had yesterday
I was somewhat heavy hearted even though I received
wonderful words of encouragement from my friends and family
( I had to call my dad for a pep talk)
And it dawned on me.
I am clearly going about this all wrong.
I am focusing on what I want to do
Not what I am being called to do
As Babe came home yesterday evening after having a not so fun day himself
we sat out on the veranda
sweet tea in hand
talking about our respective days
asking silly questions
(what kind of bird would you be if you had to be a bird? My answer was a flamingo cuz it's pretty and I'd get to wear a cute feathery skirt and sleep standing on one leg!)
It hit me.
THIS is what my life is about
moments like these
As we continued to chat while I attempted to fry some chicken strips
(first two were scorched & more tears ensued)
We discussed the reality of him maybe getting a second job and me really focusing on my business
I was struck again by how amazing this man is.
And how truly blessed I am
He works HARD as it is.
I haven't worked in over a year and he goes to work everyday for our family.
He's even willing to work harder, so I can follow my dreams and take care of our child
and it melts my heart and I fall in love again.
He reminded me that I LOVE being an artist
and that I'm pretty good at what I do
He encouraged me to not give up
and for that I am truly grateful
He reminded me what it was I wanted to focus on and just gave me the support and encouragement ( also the swift kick in the rear)
that I needed to move forward
On some level -I do want to work outside the home.
But, I also want to be there to pick up Sweet Pea after schoool
visit her class room during the week and help out
and make yummy meals for my family
and create memories and traditions
but still do what I love
So for now,
I will continue my job search out in the "real world"
but I am going to put more energy into
MY business
as a makeup artist extraordinaire
I need to re-tool my vision of my makeup artistry
maybe even come up with a new company name
and get the word out there!
I am open for business!!!
So, with that said, I will need models or as I like to say
"I need to borrow your face"
race is not a factor as I want to make ALL women feel beautiful
from the ones who are on a shoe-string budget
to those who can afford to shut down Sephora!
So bring it on ladies!!!
I will make new cards, take more pictures and get back to reading up on the industry.
thanks again for the encouragement but I have a new task for you all.
With all this new change:
Does anyone have any suggestions for a new business name?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


This morning I found out I still don't have a job.

Didn't even get considered for an interview.

And I'm not sure why.

You see last week I received some info about a posting from one of my advisors

and the job was perfect for me!

I could be creative and still disciplined which appeals to my duality of nature.

I would get to work with cosmetics and learn more about the business.

So applied

And followed up.

And followed up again.

I finally contacted my advisor to find out that
"they already filled the position"


In a week?

and no one bothered to call me and say "thanks but no thanks"

so now I am left wondering WHY?

am I ever going to get a job?

what does this mean?

Because if I am absolutely honest with myself -

I DO want to work

And am not really ready to run my own business - at least not right now.

But I also don't want to just get some random temp job and waste all the time I spent in school.

I mean I went back to school to work specifically IN the beauty industry.

Not to be a customer service/ admin. temp "just for now'

And I want a career - not just a job.

So now what do I do?

Honestly I just want to curl up into a ball and cry my eyes out.

But thats not very mature of me is it?


so I guess it's back to the drawing board.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Soulful Sunday

Today was Soulful Sunday at my house.
Thats what I call the Sundays when we wake up have big breakfast then I attempt a new recipe for dinner.
Usually my dad or someone is coming over as well.
This Sunday was no exception.
It's my sister-in-love Mimi's birthday and she came over w/ Babe's mom for lasagna dinner and Frozen Lemonade pie.
Both recipes are from the Down home with the Neely's cookbook.
(I just LOVE them)
Turns out Babe's mom used to make Frozen Lemonade Pie when he was a kid!
I have never before made lasagna so I was a bit nervous but it ended up turning out GREAT!
Babe's brother, his wife and our friends the Johnson's also swung by so we had a full house!
I LOVE an impromtu family gathering!
Just makes my heart feel good.

what is left of the Frozen Lemonade Pie

My first ever lasagna
Brunch this morning

Hope you all had a fabulously Soulful Sunday as well!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

inside OUT

I'm so excited!
My patio furniture ( that I have been obsessing over) finally came this week and last night Babe put it all together for me so now we can bring the indoors out!!
I grew up by the beach and used to spend time with my grandparents every summer so eating / spending time outside was pretty much my favorite thing to do in the summertime.
And now I can share that experience with Sweet Pea!!!
This morning she strategically placed the pillows and cushions on the chairs and loveseat as I arranged a comfy "conversation area".
I can't wait to have people over and have "cocktails on the veranda"!!
(in my mind I still live in Georgia)
At some point I would like to also get a dinette set so we could eat out there as well as a firepit of some kind to roast marshmellows and for warmth as the nights grow cooler.
But for today, right now, I am SATISFIED!!!
here are few befores:


What do you think?
Anyone want to come over and hang out?

a bad case of ...... "I want it NOWWWW"

uggggh right now I have a terrible case of the "I wants"

Seems to happen every so often when I am absolutely broke and there are new "things" that I see while out and about or perusing the internet

Case in point - ran into Target the other day for 3 things:

Toothpaste, Saline Solution, and sadly I can't remember the other item

As Sweet Pea and I wandered over to the back to school section to scout out the backpack offerings - I noticed a very lovely display in housewares out of the corner of my eye

"ooohh " I thought , I must come back this way.....

just to look of course

And boy did I look.

You see as I am about to become a married lady and we have been doing more entertaining I have been thinking about the kind of traditions our family will uphold.

The gatherings we will take part in and most importantly the decor of our new house.

There in the midst of the housewares/kitchen section were several sets of chargers, serving trays, place mats, table runners, pitchers and glasses.

And it hit me- I don't have ANYTHING like this at home

And I should.

I love to entertain and find myself scrambling for dishes and platters to display the food offerings and am thoroughly bummed that I seem to have skipped that step in housing set-up 101

Yes we will be registering because although we do have SOME things there are still the "usual" or "standard" items to be registered for but I know that for the most part we won't be getting any of that stuff until just before the wedding!

And I want it NOWWWW!

Is this selfish?


Am I being impatient?


Do I still want?

Of course!

It's Target who doesn't?

I realize however that I cannot satisfy my lack of whatever it is I feel I'm missing with material things and I should simply be happy with what I have

and honestly I am......


if anyone wants to send me a Target gift card, I wouldn't be opposed to that. =)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

the simple things

It's Wednesday......hump day
to get me over the hump I started thinking about how it's really the little things that make me happy
Like going to the movies with long lost friends -all the while making new ones

taking Sweet Pea to the Library and hanging out w/ our neighbors
Singing P.Y.T in the kitchen with my family

* getting new patio furniture that will be enjoyed for many months to come
* spending time with my immediate family (i.e. Mom & Dad)
* being able to check a book out from the Library.....curl up and read it into the wee hours of the night
* giggling with my girlfriends like teenagers
* dancing like a maniac in my room - pretending that I'm in FAME/ABDC/SYTYCD
* being granted new opportunities when I think that the door has been closed in my face
* waking up each morning in a house that we love and has become our home

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

Monday, August 10, 2009

weekend wrap up

it occured to me that the last few posts have had nothing to do with the Dorsey's as a family.
but more what I'm going through.
which makes sense cuz its my blog right? and I'll post what I want. :)
But I thought it was time for a family update
We have been super busy all summer long and the move didn't really slow us down.
so here is a quick update on what we've been doing.
  • moved into our new house, unpacked all the random and miscellaneous boxes and found homes for everything.
  • Began the Leo birthday celebration with a game night at our friends house. This time game night wasn't as aggressive as the last one. (Someone usually ends up leaving in a huff or gets into their feelings about the rules and someone usually cheats)
  • Had both my father and Babe's mother over for a nice homecooked dinner ( Soulful Sundays) and got to spend time with them
  • Hung out with our new neighbors The Cox's - side note I'm so happy they are here as Niki and I used to work together and she is going to be one of my bridesmaids
  • Had an impromptu BBQ
  • Got patio furniture - which will be delivered tomorrow! I'm so excited!
  • Spent some quality time with both of MY parents - seperately of course
  • AND did some cupcake tasting for our wedding and booked the cupcake maker - check her out at

Today I will be registering Sweet Pea for school as she goes back on the 31st of this month and it took me a while to realize that she will be going into the second grade!!! Oh my goodness!

We still have a BUNCH of events coming up this week and pretty much until the end of August so check back for more pictures and updates!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

back to work I go?

I have posted before how I am looking for a job.

I have been for some time

And as the summer draws to a close and I am STILL looking

I wonder:

Am I supposed to go back to work?

Truth be told, I have thoroughly enjoyed having the last year to be "just a mom"

or JAM as my friend Rachel likes to refer to it. :)

And a housewife.

Yes I was in school for 9 months working my toukass (sp?) off

but at the end of the day,

I was just Sweet Pea's mom - who helped out in the class room and read with the kids

I was able to focus more on my family

We have enjoyed more dinners

playdates and baked goods

in the last year than I ever thought possible

I enjoyed working.

but it was STRESSFUL

not that there's no stress in my "mom job"

because there is, the laundry won't wash & fold itself

there is no chef to prepare a homecooked meal

and there certainly isn't a maid to clean up after it all

(boy but a woman can dream can't she?)

But really its all for my family so I don't mind so much.

I worked for 3.5 years full time since having Sweet Pea.

I stayed home from infancy until she was about two, realized we both needed a change in environment

landed a job and enrolled her in pre-school/day care

It was hard.

I wasn't very much fun or attentive

I was tired all the time when we got home and we never spent any real time together

So when I decided to quit my job and go back to school

(another monumental life change)

I immediately assumed I would get bored with it and want to rush back into the work force

but I didn't.

And now I'm torn.

Financially, it would be very beneficial for me to work.

And its not for a lack of trying that I'm not.

I just haven't found the job for me.

With that said.......

I really love and enjoy being a makeup artist.

I have a flexible schedule and can pretty much do my job anywhere

I really want to work on MY business rather than work for someone else but it just doesn't seem possible right now.

So I am still in limbo

do I go back and work "for the man"?

or do I stay home and figure out a way to grow my business into something bigger and better?

I know that in order to do that I would need to take a few more classes and brush up on my technique for sure.

but then comes the issue of paying for said classes.


what's a mother to do?

any thoughts?


no really, anyone at all?

writers block

Not that i don't have anything to say.

Cuz let's face it, I'm rarely at a loss for words but......

Right now, I'm just having a hard time articulating and gathering my thoughts.

I feel like my creative muses have gone on holiday again w/ no noitce to me!!!

Very frustrating as a woman who writes incessantly.

In the morning.

In the evening.

whenever the mood strikes, I put paper to pen

or sometimes fingers to keys

and usually somewhere along the way

and idea pops into my head

I get inspired

and the words just flow.

But lately

I got bubkiss




negative creative juice

and it bugs me

I know pretty soon I will be inspired by some passing flight of fancy

but right now

I'm pretty irritated about it.

oh well.

I guess this was an inspired post eh?

maybe tomorrow will be better


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