Monday, April 25, 2011

What I want to do…. but can’t because I am so BUSY


See the following movie:



Get the following done:





Finish the following books:





Thursday, April 21, 2011

Let the craziness begin…



I have mixed feelings about the summer.  While I welcome the sun and summer activities such as swimming, BBQing, sun bathing, lots and lots of ice cream… I get so tired of the heat (last summer was nearly unbearable) and the constant running around.  This weekend will kick off our never ending list of activities going on in the summer… In May alone we have the following:

  • 3 first communions
  • A graduation
  • Mothers day
  • A Birthday
  • Vision Walk (Volunteering)
  • TOP SECRET EVENT (which I will post later)
  • 1 Year Anniversary
  • Starting my photography class

Phew! That is a lot of stuff going on.  Not to mention May is a very busy time at work.  I have two recruiting sessions 2 weeks a part from each other.  The second one ending in the middle of May.  Currently I am up north recruiting and was just on the radio this morning! My first time ever!  It was for a small radio station in town where me and another coach spoke with the DJ’s about our staffing needs.  I was a little nervous but I think it went great! That’s what life is about isn’t it? Doing things that scare you and challenge you? POW! BOOM! SHAZAAM! That’s me kicking my fears in the ass!  I am sitting in a local spot enjoying some free wi-fi and enjoying a moment to just slooow down.  I have been in the office just once this week and since then I have been running around like a mad lady, not to mention getting a speeding ticket a long the way.  Luckily I had the nicest cop on the face of the earth and let me off easy and was very understanding.  And Luckily I have a very understanding husband who didn’t get too mad when I broke the news. 

Sometimes when things get crazy like they are right now, I need to remember to just take a chill pill, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the jumbles of life and get frazzled.  For example I could easily get frazzled that I need to get new tires but haven't had time to do it, I could get frazzled that I have some major stresses going on at work. I could get frazzled that my house is, ONCE AGAIN in shambles and I have 6 loads of laundry to do, I could get frazzled that I have a crap load of yard work to do once it stops raining.  But this little break I have right now this morning, has given me perspective.



Granted this video has been around for awhile.  It has definitely been one of those week where you need to revisit old sites, videos and pictures that make you smile.  Here is one of them – enjoy.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

On being human…



So here it is.  I have good days and I have bad days.  Some days I wake up and kick the days ass.  I am highly productive, I am in a good mood and I feel an all around sense of accomplishment.  Those are the days I love.  But sometimes there are days where I am completely pathetic.  I am unmotivated, uninspired and I don’t get much done.  Those days make me sad.  I sometimes beat myself up over it.  I get frustrated that I've allowed myself to get to that point.  I get angry because I know I could have done better.  It’s being OK with the fact that I have good days and bad days and not everyday can be a good day.  It’s hard for me to be OK with that realization. I hold myself to very high standards professionally and personally.  I have a worth ethic like you wouldn’t believe and I am damn proud of it.  It’s because I hold myself to such high standards I guess that’s why I get so frustrated when I have a bad day.  It’s because I know what I am capable of.  I know I can kick ass, I know I can accomplish the things I need to accomplish – but I don’t.  Instead I lay around in my PJ’s all day and watch 20 episodes of Greek on Netflix.

Monday I had a bad day.  I don’t remember all that happened at work that day.  But I remember coming home feeling deflated and defeated.  I was home alone at the time because Mike had taken Mimi with him to his mom’s to get groomed.  I had the house to myself and I was overcome by emotion.  My house was a mess, my car was a mess, I smelled urine on the carpet because of Mimi’s recent problem, my closet was still unorganized from weeks of my putting off getting it organized, my bathroom smelled mildew-y, my kitchen was a disaster…. I just didn’t feel good.  So I did what every girl who has a great relationship with their mom would do.  I called up my mom sobbing.  Very few people can do what that woman does, she talks me off the ledge.  After a good healthy conversation I got to work on the house.  I worked really hard for 2 hours and soon after my husband came home.  The moment he looked at me he new I was off.  Being the amazing person he is, he ran up to target to get a couple of my favorite treats to cheer me up.  Reese Peanut Butter Eggs, Hi-C, and Stouffer’s Pizza.  Does the man know me or does he know me?

It’s not always easy, and I am going to fail, I am going to have bad days… but I know and recognize that I have more good days than bad and I have an amazing husband and family there to put things into prospective.   Life is good people.  I am happy I know this in my heart.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things….

Through the years I have tried many products, tried different brands and have built a list of things that  and I since I love to hear what everyone else’s favorite products are, I figure I’d share some of my fave’s with you too!

1.) Smashbox Under Eye Brighter


Can’t say enough good things about this product.  Have you ever woken up in the morning and needed a little extra help that your concealer isnt helping with? This will give your eye’s a POP and gives you they dewy look to you as well.  Love it, works wonders.

2.) Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer


I don’t know if you are like me and have a greasy eye lid problem.  By the end of the day my (expensive) eyeshadow would be all creased or non-existent.  Before I apply my eyeshadow I’ll apply a layer of this primer over my eye’s and let me tell you people, this stuff works!!! AHHHMAAAZZZIINNGGG.  11 hours later it is still on and still pretty pretty.  Great stuff.  Where had it been all my life?

3.) Josie Maran Hair Oil Serum


I have thick and somewhat coarse hair.  I wash it everyday and blow dry it 99% of the time so you can imagine my hair is dry and frizzy.  I recently started using this product and what you do is after you get out of the shower and towel dry your hair you pump the serum into your hands maybe 3 times and rub together then evenly coat your hair.  This will leave your hair feeling smooth and glossy after you style after you do style and you want to add a boost of shine.  Take one more pump and go over your hair once more concentrating on the ends.  Great product and I INSTANTLY saw a difference in my hair.  Added bonus? You can use this on your skin too for instant rejuvenation!


More to come soon! What are some of your favorite things?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Being Good.



I wanted to post this picture because I think it’s adorable and I need to look at something cute right now.  Enjoy Smile

How do people do it? Managing it all? I never realized when I was living with the rent’s how much work it is to be an adult.  I mean it’s crazy. 

  • Working 40+ hours a week
  • Managing relationship with husband
  • Managing relationships with family and friends
  • Keeping the faith.
  • Eating right (fail)
  • Working out (fail) (going to Zumba tonight – trying)
  • Managing a household (laundry, dishes, oh my)
  • Me time
  • Reading
  • After work hobbies
  • Re-potty training a cute but stubborn puppy

I have been doing the above for about a year now, and you would think that things would get easier and I am not going to lie, they just don’t – I don’t know what's going on, but I cant keep up!!! I am trying to get on a schedule but nothing sticks… I keep trying, trying something new, do something a little different… ugh.  For example my house is dirty and disorganized, I smell something funky and I have dishes everywhere.  Granted I could have used the 10 minutes I have before I have to rush out the door to put some dishes away instead of writing this post… but I figure I needed to get out my frustration and the dishes weren’t going to do that for me.  Le sigh.

I'm going to go now. 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Good and The Bad


I know me better than anyone else, aside from God himself, I know what I am good at and I know what I am bad at.  Knowing who you are and constantly learning who you are puts you at a great advantage from everyone else.  It makes you unique, because there is only in fact one of you.  It makes you interesting, and it allows you to document and file away the little things that make you YOU.  Over the last 25 years I have learned some good things about myself, and of course some bad things as well. 

The Good:

  • I am very understanding.
  • I have an amazing husband who makes me laugh everyday.


  • I have an amazing family who is always there for me.
  • I have amazing friends who value my friendship.
  • I have a very hard work ethic (almost to a fault)
  • I like a clean house.
  • I give people the benefit of the doubt
  • When I put my mind to something I get it done.
  • I have a very eclectic taste in music.  (listening to Kid Cudi now)
  • I forgive but don’t forget.
  • I’ve been working since I was 12 (had a paper route)
  • I am always wanting to learn something new.  Whether it be in photography, writing, gardening, how to file properly….
  • I am a huge movie fan.  Love seeing movies.
  • I feel better when I have a purpose for the day and am moving. 
  • The sun instantly makes me feel better.  I often take pictures of sunrises and sunets.


  • I love reading.  My favorite books are chic lit lately.
  • I love baking more than cooking.
  • I tend to see humor in most situations.  Thankfully.
  • I like to take pictures of my dog. 


  • I build my relationships on trust.
  • I don’t stick around in a crummy relationship or friendship if I don’t get anything out of it.
  • I have passion.  I just need to hone in on it more.
  • I feel most like myself when I listen to Muse.
  • I have a love for office supplies.
  • I love to be alone and spend time by myself.
  • I am a BIG fan of Hooters Wings.  Hah.
  • I get bored very easily.
  • I have very strong beliefs
  • Heading to the bookstore usually puts in my an instant good mood.
  • This could be put in the bad – but I love to swear.  It makes me happy haha.
  • I am fiercely loyal.
  • My favorite magazines are People, Glamour, Self, Living Simple and Martha Stewart.
  • I like to take pictures of weird things.



The Bad

  • I get cranky
  • I have a temper on me.
  • When I make up my mind, it has a fatalistic effect.
  • I hate doing laundry and the dishes
  • I can get easily disorganized.
  • Once I make up my mind about someone, that’s usually it.
  • I leave half empty bottles of water/Gatorade lying around.
  • I get frustrated easily.
  • Stress does wiggity whack things to my body.
  • I cry easily.
  • I worry a lot.
  • I have anxiety attacks
  • I always think I’ll win the lottery.
  • I am an instant gratification kind of person.
  • I am impatient
  • I chew the inside of my mouth when im nervous or bored.
  • When I meet new people I tend to be introverted but once I get to know them I usually come out of my shell.
  • Im way to hard on myself.

What are some things about you the good and the bad that you know without a shadow of a doubt? What are you slowly learning?

Hope everyone has a great Saturday and weekend!

Picture 2

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

26 things to do before I am 26


I have 6 months before I am 26 and in my effort to continuously improve myself and experience new things I am going to try to to accomplish these 26 things in that time frame – I purposley did it in the 6 months we have half way decent weather because we have no joke 6 months of winter. I of course will give you updates on my progress as I accomplish them… so hear it goes.

1.) Go on a picnic. Pack a fun picnic with goodies and head to a pond and set up shop.

2.) Take a weekend trip getaway. Somewhere fun, somewhere different, somewhere that’s not my normal surroundings.

3.) Create something beautiful. Whether it be a fun hairpiece, a fun piece of jewelry, or a spunky scarf. I want to create something

4.) Make my own pasta from scratch.

5.) Start a new garden. I haven’t 100% decided what I want to do flowers or veggie’s. Flowers would be so nice in the spring and summer but fresh veggie’s would be cost efficient.

6.) Get a good organizational filing system in place.

7.) Try either Bikram Yoga or regular yoga – I purchased 20 classes from Living Social – so what better time to use it?

8.) Go see a new concert

9.) Go to a sporting event. Went to the Tigers vs White Sox on 7/17. Tigers won 4/3!!!

10.) Take a photography class – There is a class coming up at SCCC. Signing up this weekend! Started Class May 24, 2011 for 8 weeks!

11.) Re-visit the DIA

12.) Enter a photography contest.

13.) Meet someone new. Always in the market to meet new friends Smile

14.) Create and organize a cooking/recipe binder on fun recipe’s to try. Need to learn to love the kitchen – because currently.. I don’t.

15.) Have a wine and cheese date night at the house.

16.) Try 6 new beers. I tend to go for what’s on special or what I love. Time to expand the taste buds. (1/6) India Pale Ale

17.) Pay it forward.

18.) Read a classic

19.) Get another Massage Got a Swedish massage on 7/2

20.) Try the Shellac manicure.

21.) Do a at-home teeth whitening

22.) Master the art of Meditation

23.) Go on a date by myself.

24.) Don’t watch TV for the entire weekend.

25.) Watch the sunset from a great location.

26.) Take a trip down to the windy city. Went down 5/15 - 5/18 with my mom for Oprah's last show, amazing