Monday, May 27, 2013

Granny Style

Yesterday started out great!
I had the whole day with the hubs!
That's pretty rare these days, so I was like a kid on Christmas morning!
I wanted to jump on the bed to wake him up, but I retracted that action of thought and brewed him a cup of coffee instead as I cooked breakfast.
Off topic, I just bought these mint oxfords at Target.
I don't think I can pull them off but I really don't care.
I felt like a Granny in them paired with my peach and floral blouse,
to top it off, my sunnies, but again, I didn't care.
I've been stalking these oxfords for months now.
To the point that four local Targets had them reduced to $5.68!
Of course, none in my size.
For the past two weeks I hit up my own Target to see if they have gone on sale yet.
Still full price at $19.99.
So I ended up getting fed up and went to another Target,
bought them in a different color and different size for the $5.68
and then headed to mine (knowing they had my size) and exchanged them.
:) :) :)
I couldn't justify the $19.99 when I knew I could get them for $5.68.
I was pretty happy after I had them in my hands... errr.. on my feet?!
Isn't my necklace just darling?
This unicorn pendant was a charm on my Grandmother's bracelet.  My family knew how much I loved unicorns and how her and I shared that connection, so they gave me this charm with one of my Grandmother's gold chains.
It means so much to me and I love the daintiness of it.
It's one of my all time favorite pieces.
{Outfit Details}
Sweater: NY&Co., Blouse:  Lauren Conrad, Shoes: Target, Sunglasses: H&M,
 Watch: Kohls, Belt: Forever21, Necklace: Gifted, Earrings: Gifted
We started the day out with a few homes.
After seeing the first home of the day, it got warmer.
So I ditched the sweater but that didn't last long...
Since these homes were vacated, they all had such a cold/stale air.
I just loved this gazebo in one home!
As well as their iris'.
Iris' are huge in my family.... And when I saw these, I couldn't stop smiling...
I cannot wait to grow my own!
As the late afternoon progressed, it became rainy and chilly.
We had plans to go see Iron Man 3 so I just wanted to curl up.
I swapped my top for my new sweatshirt and was ready to go!
BTW, Iron Man was awesome!  A little disappointed it was released in May and not November/December...
It was set around Christmastime!
Being a Susy Snowflake, I am now craving the holidays and am tempted to put my tree up...
Christmas in July, anyone? 

{Outfit Details}
Sweatshirt:  Old Navy

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Anni Outfit

Our three year anniversary is coming up in just a few weeks!  I'm pretty excited to say I've been together with this handsome man for almost 6 years and man & wife for 3.

Holy cow does time fly!!!!!

Well, just like my birthday, I like to buy a new outfit to get all prettified for the big day.
:) :) :)

Why not, right?

Yes, I have a ton of adorable dresses hanging in my closet already that would work...
But, Matt's seen them on me already....

Sooooo... I like to surprise him and wear something unexpected and treat these far and in between dates like it's our first.

Hopefully today isn't the day he decides to read the blog ;)
Typical Fitting Room Pic.
And that sign on the door didn't help my resistance...
"go ahead. get it. you know you want to."
(It's like it was reading my mind!!!)
Isn't so cute?
It's Jessica Simpson.
Bought it at TJMaxx for $25.
However, this little gem had a hole in it...
So I took it to a alterations place to get it fixed.
Still worth it though!
As you can see, they have it available at Nordstroms on sale for $82.80!
Steal : Successful!
And as I was searching, I see that my girl, Zooey, wore it on New Girl!
With a yellow cardi!
Which was my goal to pair it with!
Found via Google Images
Anyway, I was too excited to share this!
I feel ahead of the game!
Usually I'm a huge procrastinator but I bought his gifts
(including the traditional gift - 3 years = leather)
 and I even wrapped it!
It's not the greatest wrap job but he's the only one that will see it...
Now I just need to get a card...
Which I'm terrible at...
This I'll probably get the day of, knowing me...
Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Short 'n Sweet

This was a special treat for me last night..
Especially since after he sent this video, he Tango'd me right after
and we exchanged laughs&giggles, funny faces, and talked about watermelon and cookie dough. 
I couldn't resist not sharing this video with you all.
Love this kid!

Monday, May 20, 2013


Story of My Life's Blog Challenge for the day is to share something I am struggling with.
What am I not struggling with?

I have a lot of positives in my life right now but even those positives are a struggle to maintain...
1. House Hunting
Seems like Matt and I just cannot agree.
We're not ready to give up yet :)
However, it's nice to soften the blow by distracting yourself
with other things in the process.
Like tracking down the ice cream truck :D
It was such a small diversion but perfect in the middle of what could be
(and has been) an exhausitng process.
2.  Settling into the New Position
My new job has so many perks!  In fact, the only thing I really struggle with is there's no Keurig. :)  I'm half tempted to buy the single cup and have it chilling in my cubicle. ;)
All seriousness though, it's a whole new crowd.
New responsibilities.
New tasks.
It's getting easier each and every day though.  So hopefully my struggles are almost over :D
{Outfit Details}
Top: Old Navy, Jacket: Charlotte Russe, Jeans: Thrifted, Scarf: H&M, Purse: Target
3.  Time Management
With my training hours, and just training in itself, my sleep schedule is so off.
And I hate feeling like I'm missing so much.
Still trying to find a groove and I know once I'm settled I'll have the ability to make it work to my advantage.
4.  Romance
Matt and I are working opposite schedules.
  He just recently switched and we thought, for sure, this would work out in our favor. 
 Although the stories are much more entertaining,
 it's hard not being with him all the time.
Besides the fact that whenever we do have free time,
 we're busy trying to keep our social life alive and/or working on our future (house hunting).
We need to just have "us" time but it's getting harder and harder.
There's a few deeper things I'm struggling with but I'm just not ready to share that just yet.
:) :) :)
If you are struggling with anything, big or small, make sure you have someone you can spill to.
I don't know how else I could trudge through it if I didn't have my support group.


Sunday, May 19, 2013


After a week away from social media, I feel like I'm a lost goon.
And as much as I wanted to post all day yesterday and today, I just needed a break from "life"...
from every corner.
I've been catching up on my Ellen's and Archer.
And all my season finales.
Summer is finally on it's way!
I shouldn't ask but what the heck happened to Spring??
I've been exhausted and just coming home to relax.  Although I did anything but  this weekend.
Except this morning...
I made it a point just to soak up the sun, literally.
I've missed you guys!
Tell me all about what's going on in your lives!!!
And I promise to be posting more as soon as I settle in to the new changes in my life.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Moment in My Day

This has been with me for the last two weeks....
Only two more days sitting at this desk, with this view, these people...
Amazing how something so small can have such a huge impact on you... 
This is making the transition easier...  New clothes work clothes!!!! ;) 
In all seriousness,
I've been with this company for what seems like forever...
When I was ending my senior year in high school, I worked here, part time...  
I was there for over two years.
I decided then  it was time to move on.
But that time only lasted a short while...
I found myself coming back...
Coming back to my family.
I returned in 2007, and now in 2013,
after a long road traveled,
it's time for me to move on, for real.
I'm proud of myself.
I'm excited for new beginnings.
I know I will be just fine.
I know my coworkers will go on without me.
Getting there has been easy and very difficult.
Putting my notice in was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do...
But as the days passed, I knew I was doing the right thing.
I hate my job.  I've outgrown it.  I've been done.
Being my last week, and coming to an end,
I realize how much I'll miss seeing the faces of my friends, every day...
as we gush about Eric Northman, Dexter, Daryl, Ryan Gosling...
You name it.
And gossip about all our shows.
And all our books.
We've had such a great run and I'll always be forever grateful.
I know this isn't goodbye...  This is an "I'll see you later".
It's time to close this chapter and begin the next for a better life.
But some of my true friends will always originate from working here...
 And that is something I'm truly thankful for.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


My dear friends, fellow bloggers, family, continuing on with the blog challenge,
I'm to share my favorite advice.
I am going to share some advice that I need to remind myself of on a daily basis.  I hope it helps you as much as it's helped me.
I'll keep this short and sweet.
In fashion:
Don't be afraid of color.  You may surprise yourself ;)
In every day life:
Never stop smiling.  There is always tomorrow.
And let's face it... Smiling is contagious.
Even if you are down, your smile can brighten someone else's day.
Don't pass judgement on someone else before trying to put yourself in their shoes.
In relationships:
Never stop playing...  Never stop flirting... Never stop saying "I love you" and truly mean it.
Understand that it's work.  But also understand that knowing you found your soul mate is oh so rewarding.
When you're upset:
Try to find something nostalgic. 
Whether that be food, a personal item, a song...
It takes you to that special memory and leaves the bad thoughts aside,
 sometimes even diminishing them completely.
In life:
Never stop loving.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Scardey Cat

Well... I skipped to day 7 of the blog challenge...  I have been a wee bit busy to get on here every day... I'm trying though! ;)
Today you'll learn what I'm most afraid of.
And you'll come to realize I am one of the biggest scardey cats you'll ever encounter.
I can take gore, blood, flesh eating zombies, vamps, werewolves any day...
(Thank you Walking Dead, True Blood, Vampire Diaries)
But maybe because I know they are all "make believe"?
Roller Coasters/Thrill Rides reaches the top of my list.  This doesn't make me a great partner for amusement parks but I still love going.... and eating the cotton candy, funnel cakes and cheese fries. 
I love the construction of roller coasters and the way they are designed but do not get me in line to go on one.  I'll stand in line with you to keep you company, only if I know for sure they'll let me just cross on by.  I sweat and freeze at the thought of ever riding one...
My very first roller coaster was the Junior Gemini at Cedar Point.  I was so stoked!  I couldn't wait to be cool like my older sisters and join them on the bigger rides when I got older.
But then... as I was on it, I cried and cried and cried.  I swore I would never ride another one since.  Fast forward to age 12.  I was persuaded to go on The Viper at Six Flags.  I think I might have broke my sister's hand and drenched the people behind me with my tears.  I was sooo frightened and couldn't wait for the ride to be over.  It seriously felt like an eternity.  I laugh because as I walked to my mom she was like "Oh you're smiling!"  And I'm like "I'm smiling because it's over!" 
Never again. 
And I haven't stepped on one since. 

 So I lied... I HAVE been on a few rollercoasters since then... I
f you call children's coasters found at carnivals a roller coaster :)

Never thought I'd find someone who disliked them as much as me, but I did. :)  Although he's not scared of them... He just doesn't like that he doesn't have control over his surroundings...  Whatever.  I admit I'm a baby ;)
I'm deathly afraid of ghosts... yet, intrigued as well.  These are one of those things where I like to get scared...  I watch Ghost Adventures & Ghost Hunters.  I love listening to ghost stories. 
My husband has a few that gets me every time...
So every creak, noise, shadow in my house at night makes me squirm...
Especially if I'm home alone...
I always feel like there's eyes on me and I'll go running to my bed and turn on Big Bang, Archer or Phineas and Ferb to make me take my mind off of it.
I'm very paranoid...
And my mind likes to make up all kinds of stories where I am the victim.
My mind is a big bully!!! :)
This is pretty common, I know.  I am ok with flying in a plane and looking out the window.  But being in constricted areas high off the ground... No thank you.  Makes some of my bucket list items more of a daydream than a reality.
I'm also afraid of little house critters... spiders, mice, etc.  In fact, we have a mouse now and I named him Remy to make me not so afraid.  HA HA!  I just keep thinking of Ratatouille.  But, I'm still terrified to ever see him face to face. ;)
So now you can wonder why I put an actual photo of Remy up instead of a real mouse or spider or other critter... ick...
This is just a glimpse  of what makes me crawl under my sheets...
I'm not lying when I tell you I'm a big scardey cat...
What are you afraid of?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Day 4: Favorite Quote

I have a lot of favorite quotes but I'll stick with just three today.
Two which are in our wedding album and a third that has helped me a lot as of late.
Judy Garland's quote hits home for me and I know I'm not alone.
My husband has made me feel a love I have never felt before....
It's amazing how similar my life is with him than how it was with others, but the feelings that go along with it are no other...
Enough said.
This quote has helped when I'm down in the dumps.
Whenever I reflect the past and wonder why someone decided to leave,
I ask myself "why" over and over again.
But I have to remember those who DO love me and WANT to be in my life and cherish them.
They're the important ones.
They are the ones I need to surround myself around.
What's some of your favorite quotes?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Day 3: Things that make you uncomfortable

Some of the blogs that I follow are doing Story of My Life's blog challenge
The object to this is to blog  in May.
And the topics are already supplied, which makes it somewhat easier.
So here goes nothing!
 I'm already two behind, so we're going to ignore those and jump right to:
 Day 3: Things That Make You Uncomfortable
A lot of things make me uneasy but I'll try to keep this down to a minimum. :)
Don't get me wrong... I love a good surprise just as much as the next person but
 for one, I'm such a planner at times...
and two, I just get so awkward
Whenever I look back on getting surprised with something I feel like I didn't live up to the expectations that should have been at the time it was presented.
(Did you follow all that?)
Let's talk about the most recent one, shall we?
My wonderful husband, whom works midnights, might I add,
"stole" my vehicle Wednesday morning while I was sitting at my desk, working.
He walks in, and has bags under his eyes and the exhaustion is just radiating off of him.
(It's now about 10:30 - 11 am.. way past his bedtime!)
He asked if he could borrow me and took me to my car and presented this:
(He even set the display color to PURPLE and loaded my iPod with new songs)
 He snuck to my work, grabbed my vehicle and ran down the street to get this radio installed.
I didn't even NOTICE it until he clicked the big round knob.
Then I was just kind of dumbfounded and speechless.
...when I wish I was screaming and jumping up for joy...
I was just confused...
I absolutely LOVE my new toy and am trying to make up for my extreme awkwardness.
In all reality, I think he was getting sick of seeing all these CD cases lying all over my car...
Now I can play my iPod in my car (notice Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"?) 
Annnddd I can talk to people THROUGH my radio on my phone! 
I feel like this just doesn't belong in an '05 Escape... HA HA!
Eye Contact
Ok, let me explain a little...
 I will look at you while you are speaking and hold a conversation with you but I will  dart my eyes away at times to avoid full on eye contact for long periods of time.  Why?  I figure it has something to do with my lazy eye.  Didn't know I had one?  I do.  I had surgery done to it when I was a child to get it positioned  correctly.  But there are times it still drifts....  
I'm quite self conscious on it, as many other things that I won't bore you with.
Going for Walks by Myself
Pretty much ANYTHING I do by myself in public, minus shopping, I get uncomfortable with.
I think this is caused by my shyness and my police officer husband.
The situations he fills in my head doesn't  help... nor do the shows I watch on TV ;)
I feel when we finally get a third member in our family
 {ahem,  a furry member!  Get your mind back on track!}
 that it would be easier... But I still think I'll be uncomfortable without
 Matt by my side or a friend to stroll with.
I need someone to hold my hand! ;) 
{Outfit Details}
Top:  Lauren Conrad, Kohls - Dress:  Liz Clairborne, Thrifted - Flats:  Naturalizers - Earrings: J.Lo, Kohls
Being in Traffic or at a Red Light and having a Car directly  next to ME
I feel like they're just sitting there watching me, like I'm something to LOOK at!
I always try to inch up so I'm next to their hood opposed to their front door.
I hate it...
And when I can't scoot up, I'm sitting there, staring at the light, repeating over and over "GO GREEN, GO GREEN!"  I just become a statue.
All wiggling stops, all singing stops, everything.
I just sit.
And wait.
 What are some things that make you uncomfortable?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Summer, is that you?

What in the world is going on with this weather?
I'm not complaining, but it's just so wild...
Where I'm at we've enjoyed two days... TWO days, back to back, in the 80s!
And while I'm soaking up the sun, my friends and family,
 who are only a state or two away,
 are getting snowed on.
Not just a little...
Like 5 to 6 inches.
**CORRECTION.. More like 15 INCHES**
As we have the fans blowing and air on, they're starting a fire in the fireplace.
Complete opposites.
Here's to warmer weather for my dear friends and family!

{Outfit Details}
Dress:  Target, old - Cardi:  NY&Co., old - Wedges: Target - Bracelet&Earrings:  Flea Market, gifted
Little story on these earrings...
My lovely mother in law gifted these to me over a year ago.
I adore them but never debuted them.
I never knew what  to wear them with.
Then, my dear husband brought my summer tote out this week and BAM! 
I pulled out one of my favorite dresses and TA-DA!  Had the perfect accessory ;)
Thanks, Mary!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mint Chocolate Chip + Ryan Gosling

Doesn't this sweater make you crave Baskin Robin's Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream????
I'm starting to regret this purchase already... Because I want to just fill my face with ice cream, and have this sweater on hand when I get the "ice cream shivers"...

{Outfit Details}
Sweater:  H&M, recent - Scarf:  H&M, recent, Shirt:  VS, Jeans:  Thrifted, Sneaks:  Coach
And while eating such ice cream,
enjoying this book:
Feminist Ryan Gosling: Feminist Theory (as Imagined) from Your Favorite Sensitive Movie Dude (Hardcover)
Did anyone else know that this existed in BOOK form??
Perfect for your coffee table, wouldn't you say? ;)
It all started with one awesome chick.
Who started an awesome blog.
With Ryan's gorgeous face and "Hey Girl" quotes.
You know what I'm talking about!!!
I know they blew up and so many people do them now....
Here's a few of my favorites:
For my bloggers!
Hey Girl,
Happy Wednesday!