Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Funnies

Oh, I have so much to write and catch you all up on..

..but there is no time today.

We moved all of our big furniture into the new place and are now beginning to slowly move over the rest. It has been a very busy day. Especially for Brandon who had to be at a work meeting at 7 this morning.

I worked for a couple of hours today so I was able to take a break from it.

Moving. Yuck.

Anyway, happy Good Friday! I figured I'd share some funny pictures/videos to get the weekend rolling.

Enjoy--and have a very blessed Easter! Take time to reflect on the true meaning of the day.

Probably my favorite commercial of all time.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Giveaway For My Frans!

Happy Thursday, Gang!

I have some good/exciting news for you!

My dear bloggy friend Dara is having a 300 fan giveaway! Dara is the wonderful gal behind Not in Jersey (check it out!) AND a fellow Kansan. Yeah, she's pretty great!

Are you ready to win some fabulous prizes?! Of course you are! Take it away, Dara!

I told myself that when my blog reached 300 followers via GFC I would hold a giveaway. That was obviously before everyone started switching over to following on bloglovin! However, I’ve declared it close enough. Today 14 of my closest blogger friends and helping me celebrate. First, check out what we’re giving away. Then, use the form below to enter!

Avery / Hot Pink Satchel (Purse) with Gold and Rhinestone Accents from her store, Bloom
Annie / Cookbook: “101 Things to do with Canned Biscuits”

Breanna / 1 month VIP ad space and $5 Starbucks Gift Card
Breenah / Blog header and three blog buttons

Kerry / Large ad space
Kimberly / Biggest of the Big ad space

Kristyn / Large ad space and $25 Etsy Gift Card
Lanaya / Sponsors ad space

Leslie / $10 Amazon e-gift card
Mallory / Blog ad space

Mel / Glitter Washer Pendant
Melissa / Medium ad space

Kera / Handmade headband and set of hair clips
Shoshanah / Blog ad space and $5 Starbucks Gift Card

A bag, a cookbook, ad space on 8 blogs, $25 to Etsy, $10 to Starbucks, $10 to Amazon, a blog header and buttons, a necklace, and a headband and hair clips! Aren’t my blog friends generous? I couldn’t decide what to offer up from me to match their generosity. So you get to choose.

8Dara / $10 gift card to store of your choice or handknit item

Good luck to everyone!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Birthday Recap, Saddest B-Day Story Ever & Giveaway Winner

Yesterday was a pretty good day.

I'll let my pictures do the talking..

Slept in, caught up on some reading and enjoyed a cup of joe out of my new adorable cup.
My bestie and I talked on the phone for 2 1/2 hours--we never get to do that!
My husband surprised me with this beautiful bracelet!
And now for the saddest birthday story ever told.. we went to the humane society to find a cat and found this sweet and beautiful girl. She's 8-years-old and her owners both recently passed away; she needs a new home. We filled out the paperwork and later found out our landlord would prefer we didn't get it (he told us we couldn't get a dog but didn't mention a cat). Yes, I teared up a little bit.. I'm a huge sap when it comes to animals so I pray that a nice family adopts her.
Since I'm 23 going on 70, we went out to dinner at 4pm--it was delicious! I had the homemade chicken and noodles and Brandon had chicken fried chicken. Yum!!
My husband surprised me with this true and delicious cake.
And yes folks, that is an ice cream cake..

Overall, it seems like 23 is going to be a pretty good year.. it'll be a cat-less year, but I'll live. I guess. 

I don't want to end this post on a total down note so I'd like to announce the winner of my birthday giveaway...

Congratulations, Karen C.!! 
Have a fun time spending your $80 at Target :D

Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter Dessert Ideas

I know that my sickness has been on all of your minds this weekend, so I wanted to start out this post by saying that no, I'm not better. My head cold has moved to my chest--I have no voice, can't sleep and can't stop coughing. Hmph.

I took a day off from work today (which I hate doing) so I'm hoping to get some rest so I can work tomorrow.. plus, tomorrow is my birthday (!) so I need to be better! Ugh!

Anyway, my brain is still mushy from being on so much cold medicine/Benadryl/Mucinex so I decided to share some Easter dessert ideas with you.
These are a few of my favorite desserts to make and I know they will be a hit at your house this Easter Sunday! Enjoy!
Book Club Brownies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake
Fruit Pizza
Mini Fruit Pizzas
Chocolate Kahlua Cake
Pretzel M&M Peanut Butter Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Butterfinger sprinkles
Also, you have heard me talk about the fabulous Tammy Maltby before (when I talked about my 2012 reads)--not only is she an inspiring speaker/author, she is also an amazing cook! Check out her mouth watering recipe for creamy baked brie (I'm so making this as an Hors d'oeuvre for Easter!). 

Party, Party, I like to Party
We Like to Learn as We Go, Adorned from Above,

Friday, March 22, 2013

I'm Sick.. Let's Talk About My Eyebrows.

You guys, I'm sick.

Yes, again. I'm super congested, have an irritated throat and am running a fever. Blah.

I keep sitting here trying to write up a Friday post but my brain is too mushy to think.


Here is a guest post I wrote for my friend Stephanie's adorable blog, Never the Same Spice Twice (go over to her blog sometime--she has some GREAT recipes!!). I'm basically just rambling on about my eyebrows so I hope you enjoy it!

I have been told that I am blessed to have such full and dark eyebrows (I have never looked at it this way--if I don't tweeze my unibrow everyday, I'm mistaken for Anthony Davis--sooo blessed!)--my brother has the same dark/bushy eyebrows that I do so I guess it's just one of those fun, genetic things we were so lucky to inherit (thanks, dad..). Anyway, I have never really known how to groom my brows. I had bangs once (for 21 years) so I didn't have to worry about grooming them quite as often.
The 'brow sibs (Christmas 2007).
It's 2010--full bangs are still cool..
And then my boyfriend (now husband) came back from Afghanistan and I decided to lose the bangs.. and the brows..
They don't look too bad here, but standby for the next pic.
Alright Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup.
Kudos to whoever get the reference.
I have a heart shaped face with varying features (wide nose, oval eyes, wide smile/full lips) and I quickly learned that thin eyebrows DO NOT mesh with my face; I needed to let those bad boys grow. I did some research to determine what my 'perfect' shape is and I'd like to share those resources with you!
And now, without further ado, I'd like to show you how I'm sporting the brows today.
Oh, I have a new trick to hiding them--I wear glasses now!
As I was writing this post, I started thinking about how random eyebrows even are--it's just some weird hair that chills on your face. Crazy stuff.. Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post and that I can help you or somebody you love from making the same mistakes I have (ha).

Party, Party, I like to Party
Practically Functional, Six Sisters Stuff, Chic on a Shoestring Budget, I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Craft-O-Matic, Under the Table and Dreaming, We Like to Learn as We Go, Adorned from Above,

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I Won an Award in Television Journalism!!

I just have to share this really quick because I am filled to the brim with excitement..


I'm soooo excited!

To celebrate, my husband, brother and I are all going to see a movie tonight :D

It's a very good day!

My video resume.

The Sand People are Moving!

Guess what?

We got the duplex!!

Our lives aren't going to be an episode of 'Hoarders' anymore (okay, we don't hoard.. but we have zero storage space and no room after acquiring a house full of beautiful wedding gifts)! Our new landlord is awesome and is repainting some of the walls, putting in new carpet, replacing linoleum, etc., so we won't be able to move in for another week.. but we are able to paint the master and guest rooms in the meantime!

Here are the stats:
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Formal Living Room
  • 1 Dining Room (which I am thrilled about)
  • 1 Adorable, Blue Kitchen
  • 1 Man Cave
  • 1 Bar
  • 1 Office
  • 1 HUGE Storage Room
Stay tuned for a lot more home updates/decor posts!

Meanwhile, here is a video & picture tour of our new crib:

Brandon taping off our master bedroom (was painted fuchsia and black..)!
You can't see the color too well in this pic, but our master bedroom is now Promenade by Behr.
This isn't our place (I wish..), but this is a much better pic of our bedroom color.
We have a really nicely sized guest room (it used to be a nursery--we're repainting it a light gray)
This is the stairwell (and my brother, Joey). It reminds me of that creepy death box from "The Hills Have Eyes."
Brandon's man cave--the carpet and walls are red and blue so it's all KU.
Our legit bar--and my brother.
Another room in the basement.. I'm going to have my office here.
Second bedroom downstairs.
Oh, hey there storage room.. and Joey!
Stay tuned for more updates!

Oh, and have you entered to win an $80 gift card to Target yet? If not, you should. Click here for the 411

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