Showing posts from January, 2011

re-inventing the Mrs.

I'm 31 years old on my way to turning 32 this year and I currently have the wardrobe of a 21 yr. old college student. If that .... depends on where this chick goes to school....... It's kind of sad. Don't get me wrong - I have some great pieces that have potential to be classics but for the most part; I live in jeans and a t-shirt/wife beater 90% of the time. In the summer I throw on a dress/cover-up and keep it rollin. I'm all about what's the easiest to put on. Did I mention I work at one of the TOP rated e-commerce flash sale sites? ( Insert shameless plug - HAUTELOOK ) It seems everyone dresses better than I do but I have learned quite a bit since my hiring over a year ago. Recently inspired to SIMPLIFY my life and the things that effect it, I made a conscious decision to purge my closets and drawers. I usually clean out my closet once or twice a year (almost ALWAYS before a move) but with the wedding and all that other jazz that went on.....I kind of let t

Backlog - Transition

Exactly one year ago I was in a completely different place. I look at my life now and am so happy about all the changes and things that have transpired in the last 12months. This time last year we were preparing for my Gramma's imminent departure from this world. This Thursday is the anniversary of her passing. My how the world has changed in this short span of a year.  My best friend is coming into town this weekend and her timing couldn't be better. While I'm happy to have her here for a few days without wedding craziness going on - her reasons for travelling so far from home are not 'fun'. Her father is losing is slowly wasting away. He is losing a hard fought battle against the human form of mad cow disease known as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) or new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (nvCJD). He's actually had the disease for several years but the symptoms really only began to show up in late 2009 and were more pronounced by his diagnosis in 2

What I whipped up Wednesday

Happy Hump Day y'all! I'm linking up with Kimmie over at Sugar & Dots today. If you haven't already go check out Kimmie's blog It's a super cute discovery I made through my friend Rachel and I've been skulking around for a few months enjoying her posts but this is my first link up! Usually I'm "in the middle" of a project when she hosts this or don't even have one on the horizon but this past weekend was rather inspiring so I created some Valentine-y type things! First up was this jazzy topiary I found on The Idea Room Mine's not as big as hers but it suits my space just fine and was so easy to do! I then busted out my trusty Cricut - seriously this thing has been the best gift to myself! and created a L-O-V-E banner with some wooden letters, a little glue and a little paint and voila! I got so excited over how cute it looked I made one for the mantle as well! We also made this frame to 'showcase our love' (Sweet Pea&

A happy heart, some crafts, a birthday and a best friend

My heart is happy for oh so many reasons and it's only the second day of the week! We had quite a lovely weekend going here and there and making/doing this and that. Saturday my lovely friend Kristen came by for a few hours of marathon crafting. She is such a dear heart.  We found this lovely craft on Eighteen25 originally from The Idea Room   and then this cute idea as well and I must say I am pretty pleased with the results. Kristen had the pleasure of cutting over 100+ felt circles in hot pink, red and baby pink for our little project. Lucky for her she had a 'secret weapon' (read her boyfriend works for the school district and they have a die cut machine in their office. NICE.) Not to leave Sweet Pea out I had her paint some wooden letters I scored a few weeks ago at Jo-Ann's on super clearance ( hello $0.29 each!) as well as a picture frame from Michael's   a little paint, a little glue & a decorative accent = a too cute custom frame! I'm quite

Featured on The Smartly So Cal!!!!

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Simply living

This year my whole plan is to SIMPLIFY. our life, our home, our finances, our closets etc. I just want things to be simple, clean and organized. Less is more and all that But of course with a touch of  my flair for the dramatic. In this quest I've discovered that I really want to do more and more creative things and am craving the feeling I get upon completing a project with my kid or making something to spruce up our home. In order to simplify things as much as possible we must first PURGE our home of all the clutter and unnecessary items lurking around. This is going take some serious discipline on my part as I tend to hold on to things for 'sentimental reasons' or something.  I need to just get rid of it all. Sigh. I came home the other evening and found my husband going through a mound of paperwork, he informed me it was in the 'junk' basket from the garage. Stuff from 2006! He threw it all away and since I was not forced to go through it, it made no differenc

catching up, babies and other domestic distractions

I'm sort of a day behind on my posting 'schedule'.  Normally I would've written my weekend wrap up late Sunday or Monday evening but I had the pleasure of watching the sweet  first born son of our dear friends, the Pierre's, while they went to the hospital to welcome their second son. In the wee morning hours of January 10th I received a phone call from Monica asking if I could keep the King as their original plan was not available. Without hesitating I said yes and promptly fell back asleep. Babe had a 100 million questions and was wanting details of the goings on but I was much too tired ( yet oddly keyed up & excited ) to be bothered with such nuances. Quick as can be Al & Monica relinquished my date for the day and raced to the hospital. At 10:46 am a Prince was born. 6lbs, 15oz. His brother was taking a nap. Having spent his morning playing, chatting, exploring and eating the King fell asleep shortly before his little brother made his grand ent

home 2011

One of my goals this year is to get our house more organized and simplify things. I have a tendency to be somewhat of a pack rat, albeit and organized and tidy pack rat, so I know there's a few things we could stand to lose. When we moved the summer  before last, while planning a wedding, looking for a job and going through some other things (+ being a million degrees) so I never really got fully organized and things up &running the way I'd like them to. Ideally that is. To start with - I want to 're-do' our "office/craft room/ catch all" by the end of March. I use the term 're-do' loosely and think I like Edie of LifeinGrace's "redecorange" a lot better. Speaking of Edie - since I stumbled upon her blog a few days ago as well as this gem and this one have not been able to get decorating and design out of my head since. I want my home to be a reflection of our personalities and right now - it's not really saying much about us


(in my Oprah voice) I'm pretty excited about the things that I've been able to accomplish over the last few days. One of my Christmas gifts was a gift card so after promising not to use it on something super "practical" I used  some of  it to purchase a few items that I've had my eye on for quite some time. A few books to inspire, encouragne,challenge and stimulate my mind. Some fancy new chalk  to spruce up my  chalk frame's (sometimes) weekly menus and verses  aaaand........(drumroll please) a CRICUT ! I'm so excited! After I purchased my other items yesterday I was toying around with the idea of what else to spend my money on. I wanted it to be something good. Something I would use/enjoy for a long time. And for once I wasn't sure I wanted it to be makeup or clothes. Gasp! Shocker, I know. But since I work for this nifty company and we had a FABULOUS Urban Decay blowout - I was able to purchase 6 brushes, 2 smudge stick eyeliners and 1 box of ge
Recently I've mentioned Babe and I's potential desire to add to our little family here , here and even here ! Clearly I have babies on the brain! In fact in the last 4 months it has become a major, relevant topic of conversation whereas 3 years prior.......the subject was totally off limits. I have had several people close to me have babies within the last 3 years and each new little bundle tugs on my heart strings. Our dear friends, the Pierre's, are getting ready to welcome their second son. A friend from college just welcomed her new little girl today. Her oldest and my Sweet Pea were two weeks apart.  We even have pics of them as newborns. (smiley face) A co-worker gave birth to her too cute daughter in April and two more co-workers are pregnant now. Everywhere I look there are babies! I posted a few weeks ago about my friend Rachel's pregnancy experience and it's gotten me to thinking about my own. Both past and potential........ and I have

NYE 2010

This New Year's Eve we  wanted to keep it rather low-key. We're not real big 'go out and dance the night away while ringing in the new year people. No - we're the type who will get dressed up to stay at home and cook up a fabulous Filet Mignon, garlic mashed potatoes and french cut green beans w/ a lovely wine/champagne cocktail...... For the past 4 years or so Damon and I have stayed in watching classic movies and eating good while watching the clock strike 12. This year was to be no exception.  We invited a few like-minded friends (who also have children) over to partake in yummy treats, games ( we got Just Dance 2 for the Wii) But then they canceled as they were coming down w/ "the sickness" - ( fevers and everything ) so we packed ourselves into the CR-V and headed out to the Valley to my sister-in-love's for some New Years Eve festiveness..... And we had. a. BALL. seriously. We dropped Sweet Pea off w/ her older cousins to ring in the New Year w/ a b