Sunday, January 30, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Afterwards, my mom stopped by and we were off. We had such a great time going in and out of shops, sipping coffee, eating the most dfelcious, smallest cupcake on the face of the earth. We met some interesting people, looked at some amazing (and expensive) items and topped off the day with a great movie and a delicious dinner at DeLucas. It was a great day, and luckily even though it was cold, we had the sun shinning down.
I had such a great time with my mom. And I was so excited and proud that I learned some new tricks with my camera. It has been far to long since I picked it up, but when I did it felt like I never put it down. :)
Thanks for the great day Mom! Love you :)
Friday, January 21, 2011
I don't know about you, but I am super happy that it's finally the weekend. This weekend has been a long one, full of frustrations, highs and lows, enlightenment and deep sleeps. I am looking forward to having a relaxing yet fun weekend. This weekend will be full of....
+ Falling deeply in a good book
+ Taking more pictures
+ Watching good movies
+ Drinking delicious wine
+ Trying a new recipe
+ Good laughs
+ Brunch with family
+ Well wishes
+ Good times
+ Puppy kisses
What are your plans for the weekend?
Thursday, January 20, 2011
BLOG: Just a Titch what a fun blog, a wonderful clear voice in all her posts. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
BLOG: Kyla Roma I have a girl crush on her! She is so stinkin cute with her pixie cut and cute frames. Not to mention she is extremely talented and frankly my hero for sticking it to the man and quitting her day job to peruse her passions.
MUSIC: Devotchka the music that I hear from Devotchka makes my heart ache it is so good. Listen to it and your life will be better.
App: Gratitude! this little app allows me to write all the things I am grateful for in the day. Allows me to keep things in perspective.
Book: Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin such an interesting book on love, life and marriage. A wonderful interesting talk worthy book
Love love love these! What about you? What are you lovin lately?
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
- Lately I've been incredibly restless. My head is somewhere completely different... and fear, the unknown and "real life" is stopping me from perusing what really want to do.
- I've been making an effort to be more conscience with my eating habits. I think I've done incredibly well. I'm eating less, not snacking as much, more water, less pop, more protein, less sweets. I still allow myself a couple pieces of chocolate or a cookie here or there but the key is not having a handful of Dove chocolates or 3 cookies. I'm giving myself limits.
- Mike and I are eating in more. We have only eaten out maybe three times in the last couple weeks. I'm excited we've been eating in more, expanding our menu as well as savings.
- This year's goal is to to simultaneously pay off BAD debt while saving our little butts off.
- The above goal would allow me (us) to do what I long to do - and that's to travel more. Mike and I already discussed that we would not go on any trips this year and to focus all our funds on paying off debt - that way, next year, we can go on a fun trip, somewhere BIG, somewhere magical - and I don't mean Disney World ;-)
- There are so many little things I want to do, like try some fun craft projects, try a couple new recipes, read more books, take more pictures, write more, etc - but I'm stopping myself.
- I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.
- I have this incredibly bad habit of allowing my BAD days follow me around like a black cloud hovering over me. BAD days are going to happen, how I choose to let it affect me is on me.
- I need to put myself out there more.
- I love spending time by myself. Grabbing a coffee, looking through magazines, catching a movie.... but I just CANT eat alone. I feel so....weird.
Here are a couple of my favorite BEST DRESSED at the awards.
All pictures from here
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Slow down and enjoy what's most precious about your life.
Why so serious?
Step to the edges and hang out there a little.
You, me, we're all sleep-deprived. Grab an extra hour.
Stand for something. Draw a line in the sand.
You've got clutter online, offline, mentally, emotionally. Purge.
Who you are. Reality. Opportunities. Your shadow. Friends.
Build something with someone else.
Poke the status quo and see what wobbles.
Spread the net a little wider.
Find grace and ease.
Awesome words of inspiration found over here. Thanks for sharing!
Starting tomorrow on, I will go through the following:
- Your work space.
- The best part of your day.
- Something you refuse to do.
- Last book you read.
- Meaning behind your blog name.
- Talent y0u wish you had.
- A photo of you without makeup.
- Last item you purchased.
- Something that makes you sad.
- 15 Facts about you.
- Your favorite thing right now.
- Best Christmas present you ever got.
- Your favorite teacher.
- Something you’re thankful for.
- A photo from your childhood.
- Something you crave.
- Your worst hair moment (if you skip this one, it’s totally cool).
- Favorite smells.
- Last time you cried.
- Last time you had to apologize to someone.
- Something that scares you.
- Something that really bugs you.
- What you dislike most about your appearance.
- Celebrity crush.
- A trait you deplore in others.
- A photo taken 10 years ago.
- First book/movie/song that moved you.
- What turns you off?
- The story behind one of your scars.
- This one was left blank so I will have to think of it when I get to it, unless anyone has a suggestion.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
It's kind of like a blessing and a curse. You see, I am very fortunate to be able to afford not only my every day living expenses (mortgage, food, car) as well as other every day perks (cable, Internet etc) but I am also fortunate enough to be able to buy those pair of shoes I knew I needed in my life, or that movie I thought was adorbs. Like I said - fortunate. And it has always been like this for me. I started working at for an actual company at the age of 14 and since then I have always been able to get the things I wanted. However, I have never been the kind of person to be frugal. I would look at my income at the end of the year and wonder, where did all my money go? Sure I had a small chunk of change saved and sure I had a 401k going, but to be 100% honest with you - nothing substantial. Nothing to where, God forbid I lost my job, I would be able to support myself for a couple months till I got back on my feet.
Ever since I got married, and joined accounts and began to pay all the adult stuff - electricity, heating, cooling, water - etc. I am realizing that I need to really buckle down and get my budget in order and start thinking frugal. I'm talking coupons and hunting down deals, and waiting till a birthday or holiday and actual [gasp] ask for it then. It has always been easy for me to run up to the store and get what I wanted - instant gratification, no doubt about it. I need to learn to slow it down for a hot second and not be so quick to purchase what I want when I want. Saving for a rainy day, or a vacation, or eliminating my school loans at a much quicker pace, or paying off any other debt. Let's face it, it's the adult thing to do. I can honestly say, I have never been frugal. Never. And I am sure incorporating my new "Delayed Gratification" policy into my subconscious is really going to piss my ego off. "Those shoes looks amazing on you, you know it and I know - plus you had a rough week. You deserve it" - that's my favorite. I'll be honest, I got a lot of my crazy spending habits out of my system, so I feel that it wont be as hard. The one thing I am worried about is my morning coffee. I think I am addicted to Tim Horton's French Vanilla Cappuccino I cant explain the deliciousness that is this coffee. Those are going to have to go and, oh i don't know, actually use my awesome kick ass Tassimo single cup coffee machine that I so desperately wanted and got but hardly use except the weekend? Sigh.
And the funny thing, its not like anything crazy happened to where I really had to take a good hard look at myself in the mirror and ask - WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! But I have been looking at myself in a new way, a way that is saying to myself.... you can do better at life. You can excel in all facets and you know it - so damn it - DO IT! and you know what? I am.
Here is to being more conscience of my spending, more aware of my saving and save up for a fabulous amazing vacation. Amen.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Even though I got a head start for my 12 books in 2011 goal, I was happy I did. I feel accomplished and ready to start my next book. Before I do, I wanted to give a quick review on my first book of 2011 by Emily Giffin, "Heart of the Matter"
I loved this book more than I disliked this book, simply because it was written so beautifully. What I disliked about the book was how extremely frustrating the topic was: Infidelity. And although I don't want to write out any spoilers, I did not end the way I wanted. But alas, that is life.
The book revolves around two women. Tessa and Valarie. The story goes back a fourth on how these two woman's lives are intertwined together through an act of infidelity. Tessa's husband, Nick is a children's plastic surgeon working on burn cases and trauma. Valarie's son, Charlie was involved in an accident falling into a fire pit while staying at a friends sleepover. The child is then taken to the Hospital where Nick is his plastic surgeon. Nick and Valarie begin a friendship which ultimately leads to an affair. (which further fuels my argument that when you are in a serious relationship you CAN NOT be friends with the opposite sex. You can be friendly but NOT friends) The story goes on to Tessa's suspicion of her husbands intentions and a glimpse into their marriage with all its cracks and the very hard life Valarie had and how she is falling more and more in love with her son's doctor.
The book held my attention the entire time, which can be hard. There were a couple quotes in the book that really stood out to me.
"I think about the thin, fragile line separating all of us from misfortune, almost as a way of putting a few coins in my own gratitude meter, of safeguarding again an after happening to me."
"But i still find myself reaching out and knocking twice on our wooden cutting board. Because you can never be too sure when it comes to the things that matter most."
"I nod, thinking of how difficult marriage can be, how much effort is required to sustain a feeling between two people - a feeling that you cant imagine will ever fade in the beginning when everything comes so easily. I think of how each person in a marriage owes it to the other to find individual happiness, even in a shared life. This is the only real way to grow together, instead of apart."
All in all I thought the book was wonderful. It dealt with a tough issue and made it very real. I would recommend it to anyone.
Rating out of 5 stars: ***
Saturday, January 1, 2011
We did shots of MEADE which were delicious by the way!
Some yummy cheesy potato's going in the crockpot - yum!
Mimi getting into the fesitivities as well!