Friday, February 26, 2010

Just For Fun Friday

I got a new fun canvas from Pier 1, and changed up the mantel (candle holders we already had, those are votives instead of a pillars, haha, it's all we had!)! I LOVE rearranging. Move a picture here, some decorations there, the couch and the family room, ha. Can bring such new life to a space we've been looking at the same way for a long time, right?!

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This is the fabric I got to make kitchen curtains! Inspired by Lindsey from Sweet Simplicity :) I got my sewing machine out and ready today! Hoping to make them this weekend.

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I finally got our oversized wall clock! Which, in this picture, looks a little pitiful and not so oversized on that wall all by it's little big self, haha. It's going to need to company! Just not sure yet. Suggestions are welcome :)!

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I took my first take a pic in a dressing room to tweet, to ask friends (who are on twitter) if I look like a goof.

Sorry for the bad pic quality, but it's a ruffle dress from LOFT (accidentally typed LOST at first, haha, such a great show!). It has a cute little tie around the waist, I can use any extra help hiding my additional, let's call it, fluff in that there area. ;) I think it would work with a cute pair of flats or heels, bringing along a little cardigan to wear (I ALWAYS layer, I get cold even when we visit Arizona!), some cute jewelry to add a little color or dress it up or down. I think I'll be waiting for a sale or a coupon (or both!). Since they still keep using the S word (snow) around here, I might not need it for a little while :).

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We're having a game night at our house with our small group tonight! More games nights with new friends and old friends are in the making too! I have a baby shower to go to tomorrow, I'm really excited that our small group is getting them their glider and ottoman! Hubby and I might get to go out again on Saturday night! I hope you have a GREAT weekend!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

NCF Outtakes

So...we take a lot of pictures :)! And by a lot, I mean we usually have well over 1000 pics each month. Is that normal? Here are just a few reasons for the plethora of pictures taken with our camera(s) (big and lil, we err I take so many pics, the big was our... big... gift last year)...

[1] It began from my Mom, she was always known as "The Picture Lady." Mr. NCF is still in training but he is doing very well taking pics whenever a pic moment hits! And he is sooo sweet to go with me on #4 below :)!!
[2] I have a blog. ;-)
[3] We LOVE to look back on memories and see what everybody used to look like.
[4] No less than 10s of pictures must be taken of the same event so there is greater possibility of attaining a good pic (and one that I might think is decent of myself... I am not photogenic! Head a little far up=looks goofy, head a little too far down=double chin, no trace of makeup...:))

I got the idea from some cute bloggers to share some outtakes. So I put together some of our recent Outtakes along with the Best Photo from that scene (some I wish I could have had a few more shots, see #3 above haha:))

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This was before our date night, when The Grandma Brigade (both our Moms) was over.
[Don't judge my outfit, I needed to be comfy for all of the food and treats we were about to eat and I need to go shopping, I wear the same top with a different bottom and shoes for too many dates! It's my date uniform... with my Husband!, but he loves it.]

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But I did capture this one :)

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Our boys are so happy the majority of the time but nothing is ever perfect, of course, and I don't want anyone annoyed and thinking that's how I portray everything. I just love being positive (as much as possible). Close friends do get to hear, haaa, about all my insecurities and mini rants about goofy or important matters :) especially my Hubs (and my Mom)! Some have made it to the blog and maybe I'll be more adventurous about sharing more. I really respect honesty, just not negativity as a norm :).

So do you take a ton of pics? Or have your fair share of outtakes??

***Some of you asked how I do the collages. Here's the super quick of it :) : I use a free photo organization program called Picasa 3, then export them to a folder on my hard drive, then upload them to Photobucket, change the size (or you can change the size as you export them) and then copy the html and input it into the html in the post. I can do a whole post on it if anyone would like me to, on what everything looks like, and sizing and everything too. Just let me know!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hair, Hair, and Dress!

I'm in need of a hair intervention! I would love an updated cut and as I've said numerous times :) I would love to sport some cute swept bangs. So many of you rock them and they, and you, look gorgeous. Love 'em. I just don't feel like they would look the same on me. I do have somewhat of a cowlick which I have mentioned. I was brave and got a little bangs the past few times but was too afraid to get bangs. I mean a heavier swept bang... s? I'm willing to train them to achieve cute look although I have not really been successful to date, but I also haven't found my perfect stylist. :)

Here are some pics I found in a brief search for inspiration, some more realistic than others:). I'm sure I could do some more digging but here we go. Did you have any long hair inspiration pics that you think are really pretty?

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I always used to get my hair done the same way (for the most part although mine wasn't that tapered). I had a little speech memorized when I went to get my hair cut, "Hmmm... long layers and tapered in the front." Everytime. Was finally told by new stylist at new salon out west, happened to be the owner :), my cut was not "cool" anymore:). I was in need of the new style, light and wispy. And it was good.

The last stylist I went to, a new one in our new town, one of the most difficult things, you know what I'm sayin'!, we'll say did not do a good job. A tear might have been shed. Just one. Ok, maybe two.

So whaddaya think?? Can this one (me, not BabyBoy ;)) do any of the realistic styles* above? (or a better one that you have found?!) Be honest. Or should I just stick with a wispier layered look with a little bang... s?

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Annnnd my Mom and Hubby's Mom are coming over this weekend, which means the Hubs and I get to go on a date! We are so excited!!! I'm hoping to find something to wear this [Ann Taylor, clearanced!] dress to.

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It is NOT this short on me, she must be tall. But it IS in my pre-preggy size!!! I'm not down to my pre-preggy weight, everything does NOT look the same, but the size, yaaay! And don't tell me if you have this dress and it runs a little big, thnks;) But rest assured I will do the arm on the hip pose, to try to make my arms look thinner, they need all the help they can get right now. Come back toned arms!


*I realize my hair won't automatically look perfectly curled or tossled right when I get it cut, or even after an hour of trying to style it myself, but a girl can hope, for that, and for a stylist to follow me around everywhere I go :) I mean, how expensive can they really be. Don't tell me the truth on that one. I still like to hope :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Twittawhat??

It was July 2008 and Hubby and I had just gone through one of the most difficult things we've had to, a miscarriage. This isn't the time for all the details (though I have blogged about it) because I'm already getting a big lump in my throat and teary eyed and it is really a little background for this post. God has a plan, God has a plan, is what we kept having to say to ourselves. And he did and still does. We're still learning the depth of what it is, but we understand some of it now. ETA: Including our incredible Next Edition=)!

I can't remember exactly what was happening that day, it is a bit of a blur, but we must have just moved across the country, I wasn't able to do a lot yet (even though I just flew by myself with our 1 yr old while Hubby drove the 26' moving truck! 4 days after.), and was just not 100%.

A good sweet lovely and fun friend realized my semi isolated (due to just moving and not being within a quick drive to friends, though thankgoodness I still had my best friend and sweet bebe with me) and a bit sad state and said, "Come twitter with me!" and I said, "Twi-what??"

I didn't know how to reply, had not a clue what a retweet was or what it's purpose was but I signed up, because the ability to be connected with a wonderful friend, across the states, just to chat about everyday life, and feel I was still connected with one of my girls was a wonderful thing. Thank you friend! ETA: I have loved staying connected and getting to know new and old friends even better!

Soapbox: So all you friends that are not on twitter, hop to it!* I love reading a little snippet of friends' daily lives. Even if it's just, going to the grocery store, because inevitably something funny always happens, or if not, it's fun to know that you just had to buy some dark chocolate to dip your corn on the cob in for dinner before you went through a sugar withdrawal (ok I made that up) or a cute lil story about one of the kiddos, or what you are munching on, loving, not loving, "watch" a tv show together in our own family rooms across the states, having a bad day and need a long distance hug, it's just everyday.

The thought that originally sparked this post was, I was wondering what form of Twitter you use??

I have used The Web, TweetDeck, Twitterberry and Ubertwitter (for use with the Crack Blackberry).

[1] The Web It's been so long since I've used The Web so I don't feel like I can really comment on it =).
[2] TweetDeck is great because you can easily see any replies to you and Direct Messages with the columns display. It seems to load pretty fast, although it can be a little slow at times. And you can see replies from people you are not following (that you probably want to be=) and some, not so much).
[3] Twitterberry was fine until I was introduced to...
[4] Ubertwitter Shows you a more detailed timeline. Any replies to you are in yellow and direct messages are in green. It has soo many more functions. It doesn't update as fast as Twitterberry though, I feel like it's slow to show new tweets. It also shows you a little red alert on the icon (on your phone screen) when there are new tweets. I feel like it was much easier to go back to the timeline when you were in the middle of a tweet in Twitterberry (just in case you wanted to double check something before sending your tweet) but Ubertwitter overall is so much better.

If you're a tweeter, what program do you use or like?? Do you love to love love**... I mean do you love tweeting? ETA: Or what's holding you back from becoming a Twitter addict?

These two don't tweet but they wanted to say hi ;-)

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*if you have any questions about anything, you just let me know! not that I am a twitexpert, but I'll try to help!
**that was for my Hubby=) that he's said since I once said, ooh do you love that? ;-)

I was in no way compensated for this post. Although I would not object to anyone willing to and would be happy to oblige. I am a woman and just love being connected=).

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Master Bedroom Makeover

I have been wanting to makeover our master boudoir for such a long time now. Hubby and I have been wanting a master bedroom haven to come home to, to walk into and immediately feel relaxed together, after the little ones are in bed, and we've wound down watching our shows on tv downstairs, to read before bed and chat until we fall asleep. Remember this post and this post? Well, I finally continued our Master Makeover. Here are some pics of the latest hope you enjoy!

Before

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STEP 1: New Bedding

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STEP 2: Make a DIY Headboard: Inspired by the beautiful and fun Lyndsey at All Things Fluffy Fashionable and Famous: I just used a 60" x 34" piece of plywood so it would be extra sturdy because I knew we'd want to lean against it to read before bed, covered it in batting, then in fabric, fastened two hooks on the back, 2 heavy duty hangers on the wall, and voila!

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STEP 3: Accessorize (with new side tables... from Target, red rug $25 from Ross or TJ Maxx I can't remember I was just excited that it was $25=))

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After

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[can't really see, but the sheets are zebra too, Hubby loves it too ;)]

I left the other side of the room where I'm going to decorate a little sitting area out because it's not done yet=). I would love to find some more decor to put up on the walls (suggestions are welcome!) but we love walking into a more finished, peaceful, warm, and fun bedroom!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Current Girl Crush

I admit that I have a small girl crush on Evangeline Lilly. Most of us know her from the hit show with a cult following (including us=)) LOST. Pshewwwwww. That was their theme "song"!

I think she is so naturally gorgeous. Her hair is beautiful. Her freckles are adorable (I love that Freckles is Sawyer's nickname for her, so cute). Her smile is infectious. She is the prettiest dirt covered girl I have seen around. And I would take her body if she didn't want it anymore.

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She is not necessarily my overall fave character from LOST (more on that another time). Although I sometimes want to be her, minus the convicted felon part, and even though my Hubs thinks she is the most annoying character - reason including, almost every scene with her is annoying because she always tells people to do the stupid things, [can't give examples just in case anyone hasn't seen any eps] result, he is not a big Kate fan - there are some things that I do like about her character...

[1] I love how strong she is. She knows how to use a gun and is not afraid to wander around a jungle in the dark because, dang it, she can handle herself!

[2] She can "borrow" clothes from anyone's suitcase (LOST reference) and look amazing.

[3] Ok, so this is not a character thing, but if I could look that gorgeous after not showering for... weeks, I'd take it! And her wavy hair. I've always wanted wavy/curly hair, but that probably falls into the straight hair girls want curly hair and vice versa. Right??

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[4] She is a combo of glam and just so girl next door pretty.

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[5] And she doesn't have to wear 2,645 makeup products to get gorgeously glammed up. Ok, maybe it is, but it looks so natural. ;) I might have used a little more powder but I'm no Evangeline. :)


And her name is pretty. Ok, that's all. :)

Not a crush but I've been liking Pink for a while too. We don't have any of her albums but I like what I have heard, some pretty catchy songs, a little repetitive but catchy=), and whenever I see her perform, I think she looks great (although I do not normally approve of wearing masking tape as an outfit, rockstars will be rockstars) and we definitely respect that she sings live.

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There are so many I think are gorgeous and talented, but that's off the top of my head. =) Who is (are) your current girl crush(es)?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Did Someone Ask For Snow?? :-)

Ok, which one of you asked for snow?? ;-) You must have done quite the snow dance! If you did, I want to see it! I mean, you must have really broken it down. ;)

We got over 20 inches last weekend, over 21 inches this weekend, annnnd they're calling for another 8-10 UPDATE: 10-20 more inches Tuesday to Wednesday!! This is not normal for our area and this is definitely the most snow Hubby and I have ever seen! We've had blizzards but this... I'm telling you, someone had a snow dance party and invited all of their friends and family! Who had one and didn't invite me. I do love to dance. Hubby and I were on the dance floor almost our entire reception, we had so much fun! Remember friends who were there (if you're reading:))?? I digress. I loved our wedding. Snow.

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I know you'll probaby call me crazy, but I was actually looking forward to the snow storm this past weekend. It's been a great excuse to relax a little, work on some fun projects around the house, and of course cook... a lot!

What To Do When It Snows over 20 Inches... err... I mean... 20+ inches from last weekend and 21+ inches from this weekend (and 10-20 more inches in the next couple days)!!

Cook a lot and attempt lots of new recipes! Work on some fun home projects and decorating. Play (or wade through feet of snow) outside! Play, sing, and dance inside. Catch up on shows online (no cable or DVR, I know! =)). Want to take a break from cooking and eating to go shopping for... anything, but can't brave the feet of snow still on the road. [Each of these to come in subsequent posts! cooking, decorating, and fun!]

AND I couldn't think of any other peeps I'd rather be snowed in with!!! Seriously, how fun and cute are they?!

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And this one kept trying to lob snowballs at me as I stood outside to take pictures of the boys playing, in my it just snowed over 20 inches of snow, there's no way I'm going to see anybody clothes, we won't mention my quick thrown up in a messy bun hair or lack of makeup. =)

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ETA: Click here if you missed the fun we had a last weekend! There was sun, fun, shopping, & friends (and food of course=))!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Charleston and Bloggy Meetup! Part 2 of 2

If you missed all of the fun we had from the last post, click here to catch up!

Continued... Friday: The Market, Magnolias, and The Wreck!

We were getting hungry (what else is new? ;)), so we left the aquarium and walked in search for our downtown southern lunch. Magnolias! Thank you for suggesting this restaurant! It was amazing. We loved the atmosphere, even as you walk up the street, it was quaint, with a gorgeous sign, and it's windows adorned with beautiful flowers. We knew we'd love it. We did get a few looks and had a, "you're brave" [for bringing two little ones in here], but most of those looks quickly became smiles when they were shown some flirty gummy and flashy baby teeth smiles and they saw the boys quietly (for the most part=)) enjoying our fun family lunch.

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From there we walked to Market Street. Again, so much fun. I love walking around where vendors have their handmade items, neat pieces, and great deals displayed. I love getting a little memento from places we have traveled. Every time I see or wear it, it tells a story of our travels and fun memories. This was the perfect place for that. Here is what Hubby got me: a fun pearl ring - I have been wanting a pearl ring, it is BabyBoy's birth stone and has such special meaning to me, and for $10 I couldn't say no ;). Annnnd a black pashmina! I have been wanting to add one to my wardrobe and thought black would be a good first addition, it can go with almost any outfit or occasion. And it was only $7!

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On our way back to the aquarium, we stopped off in a chocolate shop. You could smell it right when you walked past the door. It was sweet confection. We settled on a half a slab of melt in your mouth [chocolate rasberry] fudge! And let me tell you, it was not an easy decision, so many looked amazing. I may have consumed 98% of it myself. mmmmmm. mmm. mm. m. ;)

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As we walked back to the Aquarium, Hubby let BabyBoy get down to run around this gorgeous little area right outside of the entrance.

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We went back to finish up exploring and enjoying the aquarium. Then what time was it? Dinner, of course! So we took another one of your suggestions and a restaurant that Hubby had been to before, The Wreck. We were all, especially the little ones, so tired, so we didn't linger long, but it had several cute fireplaces, and with no freezers, the food is supposed to be some of the freshest around. Since we don't eat pork or shelfish and they don't do substutions, we were out many sides, but we still enjoyed it and the experience of another famous Charleston restaurant=).

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It was a fabulous trip. I always love exploring with Hubby and the babies (I'll always call them my babies;)). The little boys and I did create a bit of a circus while we were there, so I said I'm going to have to give Hubby some good back rubs so he'll let us tag along on more business trips ;-)!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

First Trip of 2010 - Charleston and Bloggy Meetup! - Part 1 of 2

We had such a great time on our, errr, Hubby's business trip to Charleston, South Carolina! ;) Thank you so much for all of your suggestions for what to see and where to eat, we were able to do a lot of them!

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Tuesday: Our Ride and Digs Hubby arrived to pick up our "full size" rental car [we didn't get an SUV this time, that mistake will not happen again, we were being good and and saving his company $ =) but we need more room! and no I don't need to bring less stuff... ok maybe I could bring less stuff.] and we'd been upgraded to this beast. We packed it to the brim, and spent the day driving, arrived and got settled at our hotel [I got The Company a great deal on the room too!].



[I was so busy making sure everything was taken care of, I forgot to take pics of our ride and quarters, but I pulled pics for you! click on pics to take you to source for credit]

We ran to Target that night, how far can you go and not find a Target=), to get a new cord for Natasha. Our GPS. She was not holding her charge, and sadly no longer under warranty. New cord and she stays alive without us having to manhandle and twis' it all around to get her to stay on. Everybody got to bed a little late, it is hard to leave Target in a timely fashion, too many fun things to look at, but we were quicker than usual. "Oooh look at that!" haha

Wednesday: Children's Museum Hubby had to work, although that really was the point of the trip ;-), so I took the little ones to the Children's Museum (after we grabbed a Mommy Hook at Babies- great purchase). It was cute. They had 4 exhibits and a toddlers play area. We skipped the art room, played for a few minutes in the pirate room, BabyBoy enjoyed the golf ball room, but his fave was the grocery store. He loved it. [If you go look ahead of time for B1G1 free coupons, I found one at our hotel! It was only $7 for all of us=)]

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Thursday: Bloggy Meetup! Hubby had a conference all day so the boys and I got to drive up to see Erin and Hudson from Blue Eyed Bride! We pulled up to the warmest smile and we just talked and played for hours. We had such a great time! She is so sweet, Hudson is adorable and is full on crawling and pulling himself up! Next Edition took notes and by the end of the day was really getting up on all fours by himself and trying his best to follow his new buddy around=). It was so wonderful to meet such a great blogging friend! The boys and I had so much fun! We can't wait to do it again!

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Friday: Aquarium, The Market, Magnolias, and The Wreck! We had such a wonderful and full day. We started off at the aquarium, then walked the Market at Market St., went to Magnolias for lunch, back to the Aquarium, then to the Wreck for dinner! We had to fit it all in on Friday =)! We had so much fun!!

The view walking into the Aquarium, gorgeous, with two cute boys and a frog!

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Fun fact: the Charleston Aquarium has the deepest large ocean tank in North America! It was beautiful.

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To be continued... Market Street, Magnolias, the Wreck, and the ca-razy drive home we had on Saturday! Also to come... two fun little purchases at Market Street!

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