Monday, July 30, 2012

Mani Monday- Coral Gradient w/ Gold

Its that time again! Time for Mani Monday with the Heathers (Glitter and Gloss & Mani Monday is definitely the only thing that makes Monday's worth it. Well, besides the giveaway that I just announced today!! 
Anyway, I have been keeping myself busy with my manicures. Last week I did 4 and that isn't counting the times I didn't like the way it was turning out so I started over. So I guess that would be a total of 7 manicures, but who is counting. That was last Tuesday when it was rainy here and Emery felt extra lazy. haha. My favorite mani that I did last week was a matte purple and gold stripe manicure. It was so gorgeous! 
Pretty, right?

Today, well Sunday, I painted my nails in a shade of coral called Timbleweed. Then, on my middle finger I painted it a lighter coral called Island Coral with a vertical stripe of Timbleweed and Easy Going. Finally, on the same nail I painted 4 gold horizontal stripes and I finished the manicure with a gold ring finger and clear coat over all my phalanges. 

I am quite pleased with this mani.

What colors do you like to wear on your nails?

P.S. Be sure to check out the giveaway that's going on!

Love Smokey Eyes? Then this is your GIVEAWAY!

Do you love smokey eyes?
You do?! 
Well, then this giveaway is for you!

Gorgeous. right?!

I decided that it's time to spoil you lovelies with a fantastic giveaway.
I wracked my brain trying to decide on what I should giveaway.
Then, it hit me...why not give away something that I cannot live without?
Make up!
(Seriously, I almost never have a naked face!)
More precisely...eye shadow.
I love it and I am addicted to it!
So I spent Friday afternoon shopping around and I found this amazing smokey eye kit from E.L.F. Cosmetics.
I totally thought of you beauties!
I mean, who doesn't love a smokey eye?!
You can wear it lightly during the day or darken it up for a sexy night on the town.

So go on and get your entry on!
I can't wait to see who wins.
Good luck, pretties!

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Insta Week

♥ Homemade tomatillo salsa
♥My new pal. 
♥Mani Monday nails
♥My score from Walgreens. 
99 cents a piece. 
Sinful Colors nail polish!!

♥my monster tequila
♥Another mani I did.
♥My sleeping little dude

♥Emery and his Auntie
♥The smiling little man
♥He loves his big sister so much.
He always gets a huge grin whenever she pays attention to him.

♥Best Buds
♥Wearing daddy's hat


Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Flashback plus Find + Follow Friday

October 2006

Oh my goodness, I look so young then...and skinny. 
Oh those were the days. 

Anyway-- moving on...

The gorgeous Nicole of Me + the Moon asked me to be co-host to her Find + Follow Hop.
Of course, I replied with a Heck Yes!
(and I gushed at such a sweet gesture.)
Be sure to check this lovely lady out! 
She is simply fantastic!
She has a huge heart and the cutest bitty baby girl, Kenley!
Oh and did I mention that she opened her own Etsy?
She makes the cutest hair accessories!
Go check it out!

Now let's get down to business...

The Rules
1. Follow your hosts.
They will be #1 and # 2 on the list.
I try to always follow back, but just to make it easier be sure to give me a shout so that I know you stopped by! :D

2. Link up your blog's main page.

3.  Try to stop by at least 3 other blogs.
Stop by and say Heyyyyy. We all love meeting new people, right?
And who knows- you might make a new friend! 

4. Grab a button!
Share the love! 
We'd love to make this a huge success.
The more people that know about it, the more people you could get to know! 

5. Tweet about it!

Now go on...get your hop on!


Thursday, July 26, 2012


    Lately, the husband and I have been doing a lot of talking about moving back to this beautiful place-St. George, Utah. It started months ago when my husband just randomly asked what I thought about moving back there. I snickered and said, "Sure, why not," thinking he was joking. But slowly the idea of moving back has been growing into more. My husband has recently applied to a couple jobs in St. George and he has a couple of friends looking for other openings. We are patiently impatiently waiting to hear something back from them.
     We are unhappy with our lives here in Marietta, Ohio. Its a small town full of small minds and big egos. We are a household of big dreams, open minds and an appetite for adventure that we just don't get here. Don't get me wrong, I love this little area. I grew up here and I think its beautiful in its own way, but I've out grown it. I've had a taste for something different and now I am craving it.
    Within the last couple of weeks I have been day dreaming of what our lives could be like back in Utah. We'd have my nephews, friends, and adventure close by. My husband wouldn't have to work 2 jobs just to make ends meet. I'd have a reliable friend (my sister-in-law) to turn to when I need someone to talk to. The schools are much better there, not half as much school levy drama as there is here. And the area is growing. I want to be a part of an area that is thriving instead of being one that is slowly becoming a black hole. 
     However, I have this huge fear of confronting my family with this idea. They hate the thought of us moving just like I hate the thought of leaving them behind, but we need to watch out for ourselves. This area is no good for us. We are struggling here and I honestly don't see any silver lining. I told my sister about this idea yesterday and she started crying. I understand why, I do, but where is the support? Its not like they won't ever get to see us. There's airplanes and video chat, but then again I still understand. There's not a week that goes by that we don't see the family, but we still need to look out for our well being. 
       I'm so sorry for being so blah today. I desperately needed to get this off my chest and if anyone has any ideas as to how to handle the situation, please send them my way. 
       Also, if you could keep your fingers crossed for us that would be fantastic.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesday's Tunes- Anchor & Braille

Thank goodness for apps like IHeartRadio and Pandora!
Without them I wouldn't find so many fun bands.
This week, while listening to Anberlin radio on IHeartRadio, I stumbled across Anchor & Braille.
Anchor & Braille is the acoustic side project of Stephen Christian- the lead singer of Anberlin.
He has the voice of an angel.

What album do you keep replaying this week?


Monday, July 23, 2012

Mani Monday- Robin & Rose

It's that time again. Time to show off the digits and link up with the Heathers. 
Saturday I got my first Julep Maven box so I decided to use them for this weeks mani.
I am Classic with a Twist, but I wouldn't mind being all of the choices.
I love all the nail colors and hope to acquire them all someday.

Rose ♥ Robin ♥ Celeb City
Aren't they just gorgeous?
It felt like Christmas when I got my box in the mail.
And I really can't wait until August's! 
Ready to see the nails?
What do you think?
I'm still debating on whether I like it or not.

What's on your nails this week?


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Insta Week

♥My hunks.
♥The birthday boy! He turned 30 on the 19th.
♥Evangelina on a pony at the zoo.
♥More pony adventures while at the zoo.

♥Evangelina up on my dad's shoulders. She was tired and missing her daddy.
♥The manatee came and said hi to us.
♥Emery, doing what he does best. Looking cute and sleeping.
♥My nails that I did on Friday.

♥Emery in a toy fire helmet.
♥Drinking my husband's birthday present from my mom!
♥I got my first Julep box! :D

What did you do this week?
Did you capture anything exciting?


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday's Wish List

Since I have been feeling a bit under the weather today, I decided whats bettter than to go window shopping- well without leaving the comfort of my own home. haha.
So I have made a list of a few things that have caught my eye.

Ruffles and leopard print! 

Zebra Toms!! 

Every girl needs a high-low dress.
I love the pattern on this one.

How much fun is this necklace?

What's on your wishlist?


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Me, Myself, and I

Since the kiddos are still asleep I thought I would take part in the Me, Myself, and I link up party!
So sit back and get ready to learn a bit more about me.

1. What is your biggest phobia? I don't believe I have one. I have some big fears, but I am sure I can overcome those. One of my biggest fears  is something terrible happening to my husband or children. 

2. If you could relive any day of your life, what would it be and why? The day that we decided to move back to Ohio. A part of me thinks that we would have been better off in St. George, Utah because this part of Ohio is such a black hole. But, then again, we will never know.

3. If you could stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? Hmm. I'm not sure. I don't think I have hit that age that I'm comfortable with yet. I mean, I like being 26, but I still haven't found myself in it. Does that make sense?

4. Which celebrity do you get mistaken for? goodness, I have no clue. None, apparently. haha

5. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Great Balls- Jerry Lee Lewis- This song was a go to song during my family's many vacations. My dad would put this on and blast it. My sister, cousins, and I would sing along and dance to it! 
American Pie- Don McLean- This was another of our road trip songs. I will admit we had the whole song choreographed.
Fat Bottom Girls- Queen-As I got older our taste in music grew and my sister and I begged dad for Queen every time we were in the car. Queen was singing about me. haha.
Everybody- Backstreet Boys- I was a huge fan of Backstreet Boys. I still know most of their songs by heart and I still get that goofy grin on my face when I reminisce about those boys.
Ballad For The Lost Romantics- New Found Glory- My all time favorite band! This song got me through a lot of heartaches. 
The Story So Far- New Found Glory- Another favorite song by my favorite band. This song totally makes me think of my man. When we were first together and he was away for work I would blast this song. It still holds a special place in my heart.
and many more...

Now I can't wait until the next link up! I'm so excited for the questions! :D


Tuesday's Tunes

Boys speak in rhythm and girls in code
do do do do

I was hooked almost 10 years ago when I heard these lyrics sang. The song, Foreign Language by Anberlin is so stinking catchy that I find myself still singing it. Just last night I was singing it to Emery to get him to go to sleep. Of course, it didn't quite work because we started dancing along with it, but that's just what happens when this song is involved. 

Is there any song that you heard years and years ago that you still can't get out of your head?


Monday, July 16, 2012

Mani Monday + Free Printable

Happy Monday Beauties!

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!
Mine was pleasant and well worth the wait. I got to spend the entire weekend with my hubby and kiddos. It was fabulous. Did you do anything exciting this weekend?

So this week, I didn't do anything fancy with the nails because I was too eager to play with the Wacom Graphic Tablet that my sister let me test out. Its so much fun! I am anxious to show off the fun stuff that I have come up with, but you'll just have to wait and see!
Since I was busy playing with the tablet I decided to go with my trust glitter accent nail this week. I found this pretty purple by Wet N Wild that I just had to pick up. I am all for trying out the cheap polishes because why spend the money if its not the color for you. Anyway, here's this weeks nails...

The photos don't do this color justice. It is more purple-y? haha
Also, I should have used a silver or gold glitter instead of white. 
Oh well. 

So, who loves free stuff?
 What about a free printable?
If you said "yes" to both then you are in luck!


Made just for you by yours truly.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Insta Week

♥Mani Monday
♥Cheesin' it up
♥Coffee and blogging
♥My little dude being all cheesy
♥The dude on his 4month birthday

♥Chunky baby toes
♥Father and son
♥Eva showing off her ink
♥The french braid
♥Sonic, my sister's pet hedgehog
♥Evangelina looking all grown up with snocone lipstick.

♥The sleepy little dude
♥My darling offspring
♥A storm hovering over the valley
♥My loves
♥Words of wisdom.

What did you capture this week?