Friday, February 15, 2013

the great hair debate

Okay okay...

It may not be that big of a deal to most, but it is to me. My hair appointment is coming up quick and I have been wanting to do something different for a looooong time now. The problem is I'm chicken. Right now my hair is pretty long. Like when straightened the longest layer is past my bra.

But I can no longer deny my true feelings. I must confess... (shhh! don't tell my hubby) Long hair, especially thick long hair is a pain is the a** to work with on a daily basis. And not only is my hair long and thick, but it is wavy/borderline curly. There are places where I have ringlets. It's just no fun! Maybe if I had a job to get dressed up for every day it would be different. But I don't. My hair gets washed, dried and thrown into a ponytail most days. Sometimes church is the exception. It just depends on what my morning was like. And when I flat iron it I have to have it on the highest setting and it takes for-ev-er!

Since I am the kinda girl that likes to see what my hair will look like before I make the big decision I downloaded the InStyle Hair app for my iPad. All you do is download a picture and try on as many styles as you want! It's great! Here are my favorites...

My hair would still be long, but with some cute bangs. 
Sadly, even bangs scare me lol

I really love this cut!
It's just scary to whack off that much hair.

Here is another short one that I like.
Can you tell I really like short hair :)

There it is. Next week at my appointment I will have to make a decision.
 I would love to hear opinions :)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

happy valentine's day love bug

This year for the boys class Valentine's I knew I didn't want to buy the usual boxed Valentine's. As I was cruising around Etsy I came across some cute love bug Valentine's, but I was not paying $2.50 a piece for them! I needed 34 so that just was not an option. So I decided to get creative. 

I know that they are not as pretty and that they are handwritten, but my boys think I am pretty cool for making these. Best of all... all 34 cost me less than $10 to make! 

And here is how they looked after we packaged them up...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

what i ate wednesday

It is What I Ate Wednesday time again y'all!

This week has just flown by hasn't it?

My week was kinda boring to say the least. I always start my day with a cup of coffee. Unless I'm sick and even then it is a toss up. 

I face planted in some yummy shrimp cocktail that our friend made. 
I swear I could eat it every day

I had been craving Schlotzsky's so we went there and I had a sandwich. 
It hit the spot. 

Then for breakfast I like to mix me some blueberries and bananas with a splash of milk. It's a really good breakfast even though my hubby thinks it's gross :) 

And lastly, I had the most amazing creme brûlée! It was my first and I fell. in. love. 
It was so good. I just have to be super careful seeing how I am allergic to milk, eggs and sugar. Hehe. 

I hope you stop by to see all of the other posts over at Jenn's blog!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

aqua chevron and cowhide

Last week I posted an inspiration board I put together for my living room that featured bright oranges. But the more I looked at it the more I didn't like it. So I took it down.

I got to thinking about everything I had and really wanted to use as much as possible so I could use the money for other things. So in saying that I made up another inspiration board that has a completely different look and feel than the first.

I won't lie. I like this one so much better! It feels nice and comfortable. And the best part is my hubby approves. Here is the little inspiration board I put together using things that I already have lying around and just adding a few here and there.

And here is how my living room looks right now... It's progress :)

Here is a close-up of the flowers on the coffee table. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

a lovely master bedroom

Inspiration boards seem to be my theme these days.

That's okay though.

My kids are gone during the day so I have no one to take pictures of and I have really enjoyed my new desire to decorate.

back to the board... I do plan on working on one room at a time so I don't overwhelm myself. I think that has been my downfall in the past. I try to do too much and then I want to scream and I quit. Not anymore. But it is still nice to see it all on the screen and what you want your end result to be.

So today I wanted to do one for my bedroom. My bedroom has been a work in progress for some time now. I have gone through so many ideas on what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do things. And just when I think I have it where I want, something changes.

I have searched the internet and read various blogs, but I could never find what I wanted. I knew the rest of my house was gonna have bright colors throughout so I wanted my bedroom to be calming and peaceful. Someplace I could retreat to when the boys are driving completely insane. Also, someplace a little girly since there is boy everywhere else.

(a) The bedding I bought at Target a while back. The picture does not do it justice. It is such a prettier color than you see. And for now I love it. But as you know that could change in the coming months :)

(b) I really would like to have a white or cream colored pillow to go on the bed. It doesn't have to be fluffy, just pretty.

(c) I already have the lamps. I got them on sale at Target a while back.

(d) I also already have the armoire and dresser that my in-laws gave me. The bed is the only thing that is getting replaced.

(e) The nightstands are my favorite part. I like the round ones as opposed to the square ones. It just adds something different to the room.

(f) I don't know why I love the rug, but I do. It's that little bit of girly I am looking for. Well that and the pretty flowers.

As for everything else... I have a vanity area and bathroom that will make match the rest of the room as well as find the perfect color of paint to grace my walls. Challenge accepted! :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

sunday blessings

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I was looking back on some pictures from last summer and can't believe how blessed I am to be lucky enough for these awesome boys to call me mom and to be married to such a wonderful man.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

to bang... or not to bang???

I have been wanting to change up my hairstyle for a while now. You know, something fun and sexy. I just don't want to do anything too drastic. 

I won't lie though. I'm kinda scared.

And I think I want to keep my length and get bangs!

Here are some super cute ones that I found through google. What do you think?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

what i ate wednesday

Here I am again doing another What I Ate Wednesday.  I know that makes TWO in a row! That never happens!

Anyhoo, this post should be titled What I Drank Wednesday since I forgot to take pics of my food this week. I know. I'm sad too. It has just been a busy week.

These Ocean Spray sparkling drinks are uh-may-zing! I can't drink normal cranberry juice, but these I can drink all day.

I have also been craving these Sweet Leaf Iced Teas. I am a huge peach fan and these are perfect. My only complaint is they don't make them big enough. *sigh*

And I have been drinking Naked fruit smoothies for a while now. They are perfect for on the go when I don't have a chance to eat a proper breakfast before I start my day. I will upload my pic if it ever downloads :) It finally downloaded :)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can head on over to Jenn's blog and check out all the other yummy posts.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

identity crisis

I sit here typing and wondering who I am as a blogger?

What is my identity? 

What do I offer the bloggy world?

I read blogs and these people know who they are. They are decorators or photographers or crafters or travelers or the next June Cleaver. They have whole blogs built around who they are.  

I have been struggling with a concept for my blog. Which is sad because I have been blogging on and off for 4 years. Do I stick with the hodge podge type blog where I post about my life and everything in it? I really like my hodge podgy-ness. I really want a family blog where I document our lives for our family who lives out of state. So they can see m wonderful boys. Lately I have just been finding it harder and harder since my boys are either in school or at work with their dad. I also want to be able to post about the things that I like and that make me happy or sad or frustrated. 

And I really want a really cute, catchy blog name. 

Something that people will remember. 

Something that will stick. 

That is where I always run into my problems. 

I am not creative like that :(

I have tried and tried and nothing seems to jump out at me or scream 'that's it!'

So here I sit and will be pondering what is next for my blog.

From the layout to the name I want my blog to be great!

Thanks for listening to me whine a little today :)

landscape photography

Saturday, February 2, 2013

a super fun giveaway

I am posting to tell you all about a wonderful giveaway over at Dina's blog... 

Here is all the wonderful stuff included in the giveaway...

Now head on over to her blog and enter for a chance to win! :)