Monday, November 1, 2010

Bring it!

The holidays, that is.  I have already started my Christmas shopping and I am pretty darn proud of myself.  I have a lot more finished than I expected. 
I am working on my cookie exchange invites and working on the Thanksgiving menu.

Cookie Exchange 2009

I am hoping that this holiday season I won't look like this:

The only thing I need to get motivated on is cleaning my house. 
As of right now, I consider it condemned.  Hopefully tonight I can bust out my new steam cleaner and kick some dust bunnies butts.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Winter is coming -_-

Winter is coming, I can feel it. I wish I could just pack up and move south. I need sunshine and ocean breezes in my life. I just do. I love my house but I wish we could sell it and be on our way. There are just too many projects that have to be done before we put it on the market. The kitchen needs brought out of 1968 to 2010. The living room floors need re-done. The basement needs cleared out and heavily cleaned.  Maybe next summer we will be ready.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

26 and counting

Today I am 26.  

Something you don't know about me: I was born at 4:20 a.m. & my initials spell RAP. 
No joke. 
Even after I was married, I never dropped the P. 

 I sure don't feel 26.  Some days I feel 10, most days 85,  & other days 16.  I am sure that is normal.

For my birthday I bought myself some cupcakes from my dear friend Cari at Lexiloo Sweets & Treats.  Pumpkin and Chocolate, yummy!  This week, they are donating a portion of their sales to cancer care - Check out the link and see if anyone is participating in your area.

I also bought myself the complete series of the best cartoon EVER!

For dinner we are checking out The Pub near work.  I bought a gift certificate from Living Social so I got a $50 GC for only $25 :)  I took all the work out of my birthday - my husband and I  are both happy about that.

Tomorrow I am taking the day off to go here:

I love the shopping, the food, and the peace. 

Hardcore, I know!

Monday, September 20, 2010

What to blog about....

I am having a mental block. 

I could blog about my fabulous Silhouette win from Making it Lovely...but I haven't had time to really play with it or take pics of what I am making.

I could blog about my birthday that is tomorrow... but I want to save that for then.

I could blog about my lack of motivation...but that doesn't sound fun.

So, I guess I will blog tomorrow.

Have a great Monday!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010



I want one of these soooo badly! If the Gods of Random Generator doesn't pick my number, I just might have to beg Santa for one!

p.s. Grosgrain has amazing tutorials on her blog. Look around and give her some comment love :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

FINALLY!!! Some Baby Shower pics

This is the cute mama and her sister.  The theme was Jungle babies with pink and green colors. It was also a pool party-which was a blessing because it was incredibly hot that day.

These are the decorations I made. 
 I made tissue paper poms  
 I painted those little masks.  That was a chore!  I haven't painted since I did paint-by-numbers as a child.
The little white flowers were made of napkins,tissue paper, rubber bands, and bendy straws. I placed the masks and flowers in baby bottles, though you can't really tell.

The little wooden animals we bought at Micheals.  I glued clothes pins to them so we could clip them to the fence.  I sewed up strands of paper leaves into a garland.  It's hard to see but I strung those on the fence too. 

If you look close, you can see cute little animal picks in the food.  I found those in the clearance isle in Michaels.  Oh how I love clearance!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Taking 5 mins

In an effort to make my life as organized as I can make it, I have been using a new technique.  Every night I use 5 mins to complete one small task. At this point, 5 mins is all I want to spare.  When work slows down it may become 15mins.
 I focus on one particular item each night.  Last night was sorting mail (and the monstrous piles of junk that comes with it).  Tonight I will do a load of laundry. 

I have a tendency to become overwhelmed by my to-do list.  It gets to the point that I become frozen.  I sleep in, I shop, I do anything to avoid my ever-growing list.  My new 5 min routine is helping the procrastinator in me.  I have come to accept that it may take me a month to get my list widdled down but that is OK for me.  I can relax a little better before bed knowing I tackled one little chore.

I know those with children have it much harder than I.   I am blow away that you all seem to do it with such ease!  Any tips?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Riding the crazy train

I don't know what the hell is wrong with me lately. 
 Kevin and I took an amazing vacation to Naples a few weeks ago and since I've been back I feel like I'm loosing my mind. 
I can't make any decisions. 
 I am unmotivated to do anything. 
 I am busy at both jobs and I'm ready to run away from it all.

I guess vacation was too good.  Reality is beating the crap out of me right now.

On a happier note, I have decided that once a month I will have mini-vacations at home.  I have scheduled out one week a month that I will only work. 
 No house work.  No extra projects for family and friends. 
No extra hair appointments to do. 
A week of what I want to do - nothing else.
I am sticking to it.  Only an emergency will pull me away from my selfish-bringmebacktosanity-mini-cation.
(Kevin & I in Naples, Fl 7/24/10)

My week is coming up soon and I cannot wait!

What have you done for yourself lately?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

They make me go all teeny bopper

I have a mad crush on three things...


My husband-of course!




Motion City Soundtrack

My husband has my heart. 
 The other two - they have my ears.  I go all teeny bopper when I hear their music.  It takes me back to my college days and being 18. 
When I was 19 I met the guys in Sugarcult and I couldn't say hardly anything...  Dorkiest moment EVER!  Well maybe not ever, but pretty close.
Both bands have fun music.  Come on, the dude in Motion City with the crazy hair- I wanna hang out with him on that fact alone.

Who makes you go all teeny bopper?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My mini-hair makeover fantasy

The Beginning

The Middle

The End

Thursday, July 1, 2010


I love thrifting and yard sales.  I have not had any time lately to do either. 
So can you imagine how excited I was when my mom called and said she found a deal for me?

I purchased 14 hampers full of fabric and various other crafts.
Yes, 14!  Most of which are fabric.
You can be jealous now ;)

She picked it up for me.  They loaded the entire bed of a truck full of the hampers.  It is now sitting in my moms garage waiting on me.

How much did this set me back?
Only 30 bucks!  Fabric is expensive and I am thrilled to get this!
Now I need dressers so I can organize all of it. 

 Hi ho, hi ho, to craigslist I go.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hey, look! A Chicken!

This is what I feel like...

I wrapped up the baby shower last week.  It was a success! 
I will post pics when I find my darn camera cord.

This week is crazy busy.  I have been to the physical therapist for my wrist (I have tendinitis but it's almost all better now!)  I am doing hair every night-except Wednesday.  Wednesday I am cleaning house.  My Dad, Step Mom, and Sister are coming down Saturday so after work, I am going to hang out with them.  We I am having a cookout Sunday.  It might not sound like a lot but I am exhausted already!  Plus, Kevin is leaving me on Thursday.  He is going to WI with a friend for the 4th.

Excuse my pouting. 

The positives:

-Cash money for the hair
-Get to visit with lots of family
-Learning to cook on the grill
-I will appreciate my free time when it comes around

How is your week going?  What are your positives?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

my generation...needy or helpful?

So, today I had a thought.   I hear and read  so many stories on line about my generation needing babied in the workplace.  The bosses are told we need more recognition than any other generation before us.  They are told that we just don't accept not being  awarded for doing our job.  They say we get this from our parents.  That the world revolves around us and that we are spoiled.

 I always felt uneasy reading these articles, and to be honest, a little hurt by them.  I cannot speak for my generation as a whole, only for myself.  I do not think I need to be babied. 
I believe I work my best when I feel needed and helpful.  Does that sound self righteous to you?  I find it difficult to do a job when I am given minimum flexibility.  I like to be helpful.  It's in my blood.  If I am not feeling helpful, then what is the point?  I try to do everything at 100%.  It is hard to do that when you are only given a tiny piece of the puzzle-yet are expected to know what the end result looks like.

I am not sure any of this makes sense and that is OK.  I just was annoyed by all the bad media attention.  I wanted to get it off my chest.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Still got it...Continued

f you missed the first part, click here.

So, while we were at the Indian Mill, there was an older gentleman sitting in the museum.  By older, I mean old.  Silver hair, saggy eyes, pen in the pocket of the shirt, old.

He asked me if I enjoyed Indian history, where I was from and where I was going-small talk.
I thought he worked there.  My friend Jenny caught up with me around that time.  We walked past him and was looking down one of the viewing windows.  That is when he came up to us again.  He suggested a few good hotels and such.  Again, just small talk.  He reminded me of my grandpa, likes to share travel info.

Out of no where, he looked at Jenny and said  "no wedding ring?"

The conversation went as follows:

Jenny "no, not me"

Him "Well, are you looking for a rich old man?"

Jenny (laughing) "somedays!"

Him "I am a retired attorney"

Jenny (still laughing)  "so are you telling me your rich?"

Him "I also have rental properties.  I have my estate going to my collage.  My kids are written out of my will. They don't respect me, by fault of their mother. "

Jenny "sounds like your children are foolish "

Him "I've been divorced for 40 years"

Jenny " I have been for 7- I have a 9 yr old son"

Him "Well, if I die-ok. But if I have a stroke or something, I have no one to look after me.  Do you work?"

Jenny "I am a bookkeeper"

Him (eyes light up) "Well I would be very generous to someone.  I need help with my rentals- paying bills, collecting rent.  I'd give you a house.  May I give  you my number?"

Jenny "ok.........." (looking at me with bug eyes)

When he pulled out a scrap piece of paper and pen, he handed it to her so that she could write it down (smooth move if you ask me).

He asked for her number but she wasn't giving it up.  The whole thing was unbelievable.  It wasn't a creepy old guy or anything.  We feel bad for his family situation.

Anyone else been offered a lifestyle?

Friday, June 4, 2010

From Redneck to Civilized

My husband, Kevin, FINALLY let me cut his hair.  He gets it cut about 3 times a year.  It would be more frequent if I could just get scissors close enough without him running away.

This week his time was up.

Snip, Snip, Chop, Chop

And the final results...

I love his "long" hair but this is more work suitable.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

In the jungle, the mighty jungle ♪♪♪

The baby shower invitations are in the mail so I want to share with you how they turned out.  Sorry for the poor quality pics, its late so I had to use my flash.

We created mini diapers out of fabric and inserted the invites.

Though a jungle of green,
Audree is waiting to emerge to be seen,
Join the Jungle fun oh please come,
this is a day to celebrate a brand new mom.

Monkeys, tigers, elephants, and giraffes,
Can be found in booked filled with adventures and laughs,
Books provide opportunities to learn and explore,
So lets fill baby Audree's library from ceiling to floor,
Filling the library should not be hard,
if you would please sign a book instead of a card.

What do you think??? I hope my cousin likes them.

Still got it...22 to 71

My weekend was pretty eventful.  I had a very busy day at the salon on Saturday (yay!). Once work was finished, I had plans to spend the weekend with my ex-wife best friend, Jenny.  My hubs had to work so it was girl time. 

Saturday night we decided to go out "clubbin".  We started "clubbin" when I was 18 and she 25...  We only go out once in awhile now and when we do, we feel old.  My best friend is 32 and I am 25. 

We wanted to go to our old fav place, The Big Sleezy Easy.  It's a Country bar on one side, Dance Club on another, pool tables, etc.  My bff is more country than I, but we both rock the line dances :) Don't judge!

When we are tired of the line dances, we "go ghetto" on the Dance club side.

Wouldn't you know our old song "Work It" by Missy Elliott came on!!! 
Jenny knows how to move her biscuits and tends to attract some male attention.
Saturday night was no exception.  She grabbed the eyes of a 22 yr old.  He didn't even know the song!!!  Ugh, feelin' old.

We wrapped up the night, deciding to make a trip up to the lake for the  Walleye Festival on Sunday.

On the way up to Lake Erie, we stopped by an old Indian Mill.  While we were there, Jenny was not just hit on, she was offered a lifestyle...did I mention the man was 71 years old???  I will go into detail with another post 'cause it's kinda a crazy story.

So in short, she's still got it. 

From 22 to 71!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Feelin' HOT HOT HOT!

I had a successful yard sale!  I had fun with my friend, Heather. 
It was a lot of work, but I got rid of a lot of junk.

Saturday was cloudy and a bit rainy.  We had to cover the tables with tarps twice because of sudden down pours.

Sunday was VERY sunny.  I stayed in the shade about 90% of the time. 
I still ended up with a red bib.

I wasn't kidding.  I am very fair and the sun is attracted to glowing surfaces.

I dream of days living by the beach.  I know that means buying stock in SPF 50.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Yard Sale!

I am having my first yard sale. 
 Its a lot of work but I hope the payoff is worth it. 
I have been going through boxes and inhaling a lot of dust. 
The hardest part? Pricing! 
How do you know if its a fair price? 
My hubs thinks everything is more valuable than it really is.  
So, with a margarita in my hand, I am going to be selling my junk precious items this weekend.  Who knows, maybe after a few drinks, I will be giving it away, ;)

all images found via yahoo image search

Friday, May 14, 2010

For love of poppies

Take time to stop and smell the roses poppies!

On my frantic way out the door this morning, I had forgotten my cell phone.  I ran back in to get it and on my way out, I noticed my poppies were in bloom!

Last year, I missed them because we were on vacation.  Back home there was a bad rain storm and the poppies met there death sooner than usual.  So I didn't get to enjoy them.

I love my poppies.  The previous owners had planted them and they just get better every year.
The first year, two bloomed.  The next I had three.  Last year I had about three or four.  This year it looks like about seven will bloom!

I had to stop and take a couple pictures to share.  No matter what kind of hurry I am in, I always love when something beautiful stops me in my tracks.

If you want to see some beautiful paper poppies, stop by Lipstick and Laundry and say hi!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sometimes things get a little messy