Thursday, September 30, 2010

Yummy Cupcakes & a DIY Halloween Wreath!

I love Thursdays! It is one day closer to the weekend and I have all day to look forward to watching some of my favorites shows that come on tonight!

I completely forgot to post pictures on my sister and Mimi's birthday celebration from a couple weeks ago. We decided to keep it simple this year and just have an amazing home cooked dinner at my parents house...thanks mom! All 8 of us were able to attend which is a rare occasion even during the holidays. Earlier in the day I picked up some oh so delicious cupcakes from Ooh La La's in Katy for the dessert. Ok I am going to make a confession. These cupcakes taste so much better than Sprinkles & Crave Cupcakes combined. They are moist and stay moist for a couple of days and the frosting is delish, which I am usually not a frosting kind of girl. And as a bonus they have a drive through!

The amazing cupcakes:
flavors from left to right starting at the top -
margaritaville, pina colada, 2 ultimate chocolates, cinnamon brown sugar, 2 german chocolates, peach melba, the bunny boo, nilla choco, pretty in pink and the velvet elvis!
They are HUGE in person...another bonus!
I love these ladies!!!
Michele, Mom, Mimi and I
It is always fun getting to spend time with the family and I cherish every moment. Just wish we could do it more often!

As I mentioned yesterday I made my own DIY Halloween wreath over the weekend. I got my idea from this post over at Shannon Makes Stuff. I did it similar but changed up how I did the little roses. Visit the site to get the tutorial though.

First I went through my closet and got some old shirts that I was going to retire and also went through my bags of left over fabrics. I grabbed an old burnt orange sweater, a navy shirt and a shrunken gray cardigan. I then came across some black and zebra patterned fabric. Perfect for the Halloween colors. I cut them all into long strips varying at different lengths.

Earlier in the day I made a trip to Michael's and bought a round foam wreath and some wide black ribbon to wrap it with. I then proceeded to make the roses and grabbed the fabric, twisted it and formed it into a spiral gluing it in place with a glue gun as I went. I did this for what felt like forever until I had enough roses to cover the wreath. Then I got glue gun happy and started gluing the roses to the wreath scattering the different colored roses so that the same color wouldn't be right next to each other.

Here are the final results!

Up close of the fabric roses

There is still a few final touches I want to make but overall I am really thrilled with the results and even the hubby approved and asked me if I was going to make one for Christmas! Now I just need to start getting out the rest of my Halloween decor to get into the festivities!

Ok I am off to grab some lunch. So happy to be halfway through the day. Hope you are all having an easy Thursday and I will be back tomorrow afternoon with the results of my new hair color! xoxo

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

This Crazy Life

Life has been super crazy lately and I have to admit I totally love it! And I mean crazy in a good way! We have a lot to look forward to in the next few weeks. Can you believe it is almost October already!!! So here is a break down of what we have going on:
  • Friday afternoon: going back to my roots and turning my blonde into brown or red. Time to embrace the Fall!
  • Friday night: Date night just the two of us! I cherish the time we get to spend together away from everything else that stresses us out! We need to enjoy these times as much as possible...especially before babies are in the picture.
  • Saturday morning: Komen Houston Race for the Cure. We love participating in a good cause so both the hubby and I will be out walking and supporting all the ones we love!
  • Saturday evening: Dinner with a few of our favs! We are absolutely blessed to have such amazing neighbors and love their family so we are hosting an awesome dinner fit for a king!
  • Next weekend: its a girls family weekend in the Fredericksburg! Yep that's right! All of us ladies on my dad's side of the family are taking a trip! There will be shopping, wine drinking and tons of fun to be had! I can't wait!
  • We are planning a group trip to Dewberry Farm sometime in October. We will be taking pumpkin patch pictures, selecting our pumpkin for our pumpkin carving get-together, eating lots of food, enjoying a hayride and exploring the corn maze! A perfect fall event!
  • And we can't forget Halloween! I love Halloween! We won't be dressing up this year but we look forward to decorating (I am guilty and have already started) and can't wait to pass out goodies to all the kids in the neighborhood!
  • Then the hubby turns 28 on Nov. 2nd! I hope to do something special for him. Got any good ideas ladies???
  • and last but certainly not least the hubby is participating in Art on the Avenue for the second year in a row! He is submitting a new piece of work he just created. Last year he sold one of his paintings! I am so proud of him! If you are in Houston area or the surrounding areas and want to come let me know. Just contact me here and I will send all the information. They will have a live band, food and alcohol! It's a lot of fun!
Ok so that is our life in a nutshell for the next few weeks and I know there will be a tons of things going on in between. Tomorrow I am going to post about my DIY fall wreath I just completed!

Hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday!!!! xoxo

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Let's Stay Together

I am completely inspired by a post I came across on Look Linger Love, one of my fav new blogs! The idea actually comes from Molly Sims New York Apartment. A large canvas hangs above her couch with the lyrics of Heaven by Bryan Adams. Take a look.

I love it! It's so simple and then my mind started flowing with ideas. I can totally recreate this but instead use the lyrics of the song that Chris and I danced to at our wedding. It would be so meaningful and would be perfect to go in the front room that we are sloooooowly putting together. Canvas' are usually 30-50% off at Hobby Lobby and since Chris already has tons of paint from his own paint projects all I would need to get is the canvas and the lettering stencils.

I can't wait to have the lyrics of Let's Stay Together by Al Green hanging on my wall!!! This project might be making it to the top of my to do list! I just need to add a little more color to it. Stay tuned to see this project in the very near future!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Scarf Swap Excitement

Please forgive my absence. Last week was rough and I just needed some me time :)!

I am sooooo sooooo late on posting about the wonderful scarf I received. My sweet friend Meredith hosted her 2nd Annual Scarf Swap and I was so thrilled to participate again this year. With fall already here ( was in the 60's this morning) it was the perfect time to kick start the season. Plus you know how much I love scarves!!!

My sweet partner was Kendall. She is a new mom to the cutest little boy and I just adore reading her blog! I totally forgot to take a picture of the scarves I sent her so you will have to go visit her post to see them. When I received my package I was jumping for joy and couldn't wait to see what was inside! I love receiving fun mail and this was the beauty that was awaiting me:

A leopard print scarf with a touch of gold!
Look how much is sparkles!!!

I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with my new scarf and I have already worn it twice!!! Thank you so much Kendall for my new addition and the sweet note that went with it!!! It is always a blessing meeting new wonderful blogging friends!

Follow Meredith's blog so you can participate in next year's scarf swap and to see all the wonderful things this creative mommy of two can do! xoxo

Monday, September 20, 2010

Losing the Blonde

It's that time of year again and with fall quickly approaching (thank goodness) it's time to get into some warm, rich tones and that includes my hair! I love changing my hair but since I am trying to grow it out again the only thing I can really do is change the color. Plus there is nothing better than going darker to make my hair look healthier. So now here comes the decision making time. My appointment is set for next Friday so I have plenty of time to decide but your help would be greatly appreciated! Do I go super dark, do I put a few red tones in my hair, do I keep it more caramel tones? Help me out ladies! I have pulled together a couple of photos that have caught my eye but I don't know what to choose.

So what do you think?

Girls Night Out

It's a Manic Monday already and I can tell that it is going to be really difficult to sit and write a long post right now. So until I can here are a few pictures from the weekend. It was spent celebrating birthdays and this was the fun girls night in honor of Miss Amy! Love ya girl!

Dinner at Tila's
Amy the birthday girl in the middle
The yummy cupcakes that we had to sneak in!
Partying at Eight
Jennifer, me, Amy & Claire
So much fun!

Love her to pieces!

The night was a blast!
So much more to post from the weekend but will have to do it later!
Hope you all had an amazing one!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

So Long Ago

Last night I was going through a few of our old pictures
and I came across this one:

Dated back in 2003. Wow, 7 years ago is a long time!

He may sometimes get on my nerves, surprise me when I least expect it and still everyday I learn something new about him. I wouldn't trade it for the world!

I love this man!
I am slowly but surely working on my tabs and making a few changes on my blog. I have finally finished my Inspirations tab and it is now filled with some of my favorite room designs. Of course though they seem to change all the time and my list keeps growing!

In other news, I am excited that I am finally getting a sewing machine! I have so many projects that I have been dying to work on including curtains, pillows, aprons, table linens, elastic waist skirts and so much more. I used to sew when I was in high school but haven't touched a sewing machine since. I hope its kinda like ridding a bicycle...once you start you remember how to do it, lol! Anyone else out there sew? If so do you have any tips?

Only one more day of work left this week! I have a lot going on this weekend and it just can't get here fast enough! Hope you are all having a wonderful Thursday! xoxo

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Randomness & Double Rainbows

When I went to the mailbox yesterday afternoon this is part of what I received. Umm...maybe I have too many magazine subscriptions, lol. And this isn't even all of them. Still missing my house magazines, Better Home & Gardens, InStyle and a few others. Wow!

Ok I can't believe I am actually going to post about this but it's just too hard to resist. Please don't think less of me, lol! Does anyone watch Daniel Tosh? The guy is both hilarious and really stupid. It's hard not to laugh no matter how dumb it really is. Well the other night we were watching one of the millionth recorded Tosh O shows we have on our dvr and the stupid double rainbow guy clip came on. It's ridiculously stupid and crazy but you have to watch it! Especially to understand the next part of the story.

Tosh.0Weds 10:30pm / 9:30c
Web Retreat - Double Rainbow Guy
Tosh.0 VideosDaniel ToshWeb Redemption

Well last night a storm built up out of no where in Katy and when we looked outside lo and behold there was a full double rainbow. Yep ladies and gents it was hard to believe and too funny to resist and Chris and I had to re-enact the Double Rainbow Man's video. Although we didn't video ourselves during this event (Sorry this would almost be too embarrassing to post even if we did) but we did get some pictures of the crazy double rainbows and lots of laughs. Stupid I know, but even now I can't help but crack up just thinking about it!

And I totally forgot to post the pictures on the necklace project. So here are just a few. I plan on making more soon for others since a lot of my coworkers and friends requested it after I wore them.

This one is just in time for Halloween

OK that is enough randomness for the day. I hope all of you are having a great week so far. We are half way done...thank goodness! It's only noon and I already need a drink, lol!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I'll miss you babe!

Ladies say goodbye to your hubby's! Football season has officially begun! It's their excuse not to get things done around the house, sit on the couch and lounge, drink lots of beer, gamble and hang out with the guys. There is fantasy football, college football and of course the NFL. It's a good thing there is more than one TV in our household. Oh and when did football become an all week and weekend thing. It's Sunday's, Monday's, Thursday's, Friday's and Saturday's. Props to you women that love football season just has much as the guys. I can handle the college football but the rest I can do without.

So with football season this just means more time out of the house for me, shopping and spending time with the girls.
After thinking about it that way it doesn't sound too bad!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Daydreaming of a new profession!

I am seriously in the wrong profession! I have been told this a million times and I know that it is completely true. And lately I have been catching myself daydreaming of a new life changing job!

What my heart so desires is to be an Event/Wedding Coordinator. I love planning parties and gathering up resources for all the great vendors out there. I can create invitations, idea boards, I love DIY projects to help save money and I am super organized! My brain just works more on the creative side and doing this is my passion. Even my husband tells me I should go for it but to be honest I am completely terrified to take that leap. Honestly how does one go into doing this? Where do I start? One day I am going to do it! One day!

Another passion of mine is web design. Everyday I learn something new and although HTML and other design forms can seem like foreign language to some, for me I totally get it! I am thinking about taking a class soon to just get the ends and outs to better understand it all but I love the idea of being able to do this from home and make a good living while doing it!

And last but not least, my total off the wall dream job that will probably never happen would be to become a Tornado Chaser. Crazy...yes! But the thrill and adrenaline from chasing a tornado would be an amazing/crazy/scary event that I would never forget. I love storms and I must admit there is nothing better than popping in the movie Twister when the skies turning dark and the thunder is rolling. However, that would mean that I would have to go through all those science classes and that is just not happening.

One day my dreams will come true. I just have to have faith! xoxo

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Vampire Diaries returns!!!!

Eeek!!!! I am so excited for the return of my favorite show tomorrow night! THE VAMPIRE DIARIES!!! I love this show and its been so long since I have found one that I have to watch the night it airs. Plus dvr it in case I feel like watching it again the next day. Am I the only one that shares this guilty pleasure?! If you watch this too what do you think is going to happen in tomorrow's season premiere?


Rain & Day Dreaming

Hello ladies! This week is gloomy and rainy here in Houston and honestly I don't really mind it. It's kinda nice going home to curl up on the couch and do nothing. And our plants and grass are really loving it too!

So you know all those things I was going to get done over the weekend? Yep, I only got one of those things accomplished and it was the necklaces. They were sooooo easy! I made four of them in an hour. The rest of the weekend was spent with friends and family just having fun and lounging around. It was a much needed relaxing weekend.

OK ladies, so I have a random question for you. I am sitting here day dreaming of the perfect job. If you could do any job in the world what would it be? Tomorrow I am going to fill you in on my top choices. Yes I have a few. You never know where life leads you.

Hope you all had an amazing Labor Day weekend! xoxo

Friday, September 3, 2010

Weekend To Do's

I am so thrilled that this weekend is going to be a long 3 day weekend! It is much needed! We decided not to leave town for the Labor Day weekend but instead enjoy it at home. I have tons on my to-do list. One of the fun things is to make one of these...

I have all sorts of great ideas and I can't wait to see how many I can produce. Eek...I am so excited and can't wait to hit up the craft store. Thanks Amy for sharing how to make these on your blog!

Another craft item I hope to accomplish is some curtains for the front room. This might be a larger task than I am up for but with some patience I know I can do it! Wish me luck!

Task number three...sand and stain our desk. I have been putting this off for way too long! But now that I have the time I am determined to get it done!

And somewhere in between all my list of to-do's I am going to get a much needed pedicure. And I am not going to skimp on it either, I am getting the works. It will include a mask for my legs and feet, wax, hot stones and all the fabulous things that go with it. I can't wait! Maybe the hubby will join if he gets a wild hair!

Lot's of pictures to come next week!

So what all do you have planned for the Labor Day weekend? Anyone staying home too? I hope you all have a safe and fun filled weekend no matter what you have going on! xoxo

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Book Cali Trip: Check!

2011 is going to be a big year of traveling, weddings and other exciting things! So far we have 3 weddings we are attending, 2 of which we are in the wedding party. I just booked our trip for one of the weddings in California this morning! I absolutely cannot wait to get on a plane to visit the sunny state. Chris has never been to California so this will be a first for him and hopefully not the last! 4 days and 3 nights of heaven!

Ryan proposed to Katie at the same resort (2 months ago today) that they will be tying the knot in April 2011. We are so thrilled that we will be able to witness the two become one! Chris and Ryan are childhood friends and have stayed close over the years. It's such a blessing to have those life-long friends.

Ryan & Katie: soon to be husband & wife!

And this is where we will be staying and where the festivities will all take place!

This is the exact location where they will be saying "I Do!" Isn't it breathtaking!

Oh I can't wait to soak up the sun here!
All lit up at night
And this is our room with our balcony overlooking the ocean!

And Friday morning I will be the spa!
Enjoying a massage and this...
I seriously cannot wait!
And of course the boys will be doing this...

April better get here fast! We also have a few other trips we will be taking including a weekend in New Orleans in March for a bachelor/bachelorette party extravaganza for Lauren & Chad. It's still in the works so a post to come on that once its all booked. Can't wait!!!


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