Tuesday, October 20, 2009

It's been awhile...

It has been a little over a month since I have last posted. A lot has been going on.
I have got a lot of wedding planning done already!
So far we have the reception/ceremony location, DJ, photographer & officiant picked out and reserved. I have the invitations picked out. I got 50 of them for $20. I only have to print them up myself. They are simple and elegant, just the "theme" we are going for.

They are in a ivory color, and no that is not our info on them, it is the sample invitation the kit came with.
I have also made one of our save the dates. I had an idea of what I wanted but was not sure how it would look on paper. I am pretty pleased with it. Since the majority of our guests are from other states I figured something like this would be good to have.

The top thing is a magnet. I got them off Vista Print for free, all I had to pay for was shipping. I made these with card stock and different scrapbook papers. The magnet is held onto the paper with photo corners. The writing under the magnet reads, " The planning has started, the date is set, here is a magnet so you don't forget".

This wedding planning stuff is a lot of fun. It is amazing to me that some places are booked until 2011. I am glad we have all the major stuff booked and out of the way. All we really need to pick out vendor wise is a florist and someone to make the cake. We aren't having floral centerpieces. All we need are some bouquets, boutonnieres & corsages. Should be fairly cheap since all I want is roses.

I hope to be back to blogging more often. I have been feeling achy all over, kind of like I have the flu but I do not really have it. This has been happening off and on for a few years now. I get really sore all over and just feel like I have the bad flu but I don't. I have started to take some more vitamins so I am hoping that will help with it.

Other then that everything is going fairly well. Hope all is good with you all. I am SO happy the weather is finally starting to cool down.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

So much going on!!!

So much has been going on lately!!

I am still SUPER giddy about getting engaged!

We have actually started to do some planning

We have the date and place set, November 06,2010 at a resort out here in AZ.

I met with the catering manager today to go over where I want the ceremony and reception and it made me even more excited, if that is possible.

I decided on my colors too, I wanted something that would look nice since it would be fall but nothing that would look too much like fall.

I decided on chocolate brown, ivory & champagne. I think they will go nice together and they will look good at the place where it is all going down too.

Now we are figuring out a budget and all that "fun" stuff.

I bought the invitations today and I love them. They are simple and elegant, best thing is the price $40 for 100. We are inviting approx 100 people and they came with several test sheets so it is perfect. I will be doing them myself but it should not be too hard. I just need to come up with some save the dates, but that should not be too hard. I am also going to be making the centerpieces myself, so any ideas are welcome!!

Gosh I feel like I am just rambling on but I can't help. Oh and I have lost 10 pounds woooo hoooo!!! I am going to put off buying a dress as long as I can, of course giving myself enough time for alterations and all that. On a not so happy note my ring has been gone since Saturday, poor thing is off getting sized and I miss her. Am I pathetic or what? I don't care, I am happy and in love. Life is good!

Friday, September 11, 2009

He asked me to marry him!!!!!!!!

Josh asked me to marry him today!!!
Ahhhhh I am soooooo excited!!!
I love my ring! He was worried I would not like it because he thinks it is too small.
He said down the line he will get me a bigger one. I do not care what size it is. It is my ring and its from him and that is all that matters!!!
Gosh, it is about time :-)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

A few makeovers, sorta

I really have not got to doing any projects this past week, it has been a crazy one.
I did get to a thing or 2. Nothing major but it makes a difference in the house.

This is not really a makeover, I didn't really do anything to the objects in the picture, just arranged them on a wall together. This was had nothing on it before. It looked so bare. I could not figure out what to put there and all of this seemed perfect to go there. I like how it is all set up .

These picture frames are from This post, so are the shelf and mirror from above. I just cut out some scrapbook paper that I had and put it in. These are all the colors that are in our house.

Here is a picture to show where they are hung in the kitchen. It is kind of a odd spot and nothing has ever been put there but I like how it looks.
Well that is all I got for now. I will be doing some more projects all through-out this week so stay tuned!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bad Day Followup & A Piece Of Me

First off thank you so much to you all for your advice.
After much thought and long talks with people close to me I have decided to quit.
I do not like the fact that I am quitting something but I also can not stay in a environment that I feel is not good for me. I am EXTREMELY thankful that I was even given the chance to have a job there, as I do know how hard it is to get a job anywhere.
Another thing, which is super hard for me to say on here, is there is more to me needing to quit this job then I previously stated.
Looking at the picture that I have up you most likely can not tell but I am a very big girl. I have had a weight issue pretty much all of my life. When I say big girl, trust me I mean big not. Not one of those girls the weighs 150 and considers themselves morbidly obese. I am WAY bigger then that. With that all being said, shamefully, it is hard for me to stand on my feet for 8 hours a day. Because of my weight my body can not take me standing for that long. Yesterday after 2-3 hours I could already feel the affects of this. My whole body hurt, I was extremely hot. All around it was not a good thing. I wanted to cry.
I cam home and was in so much pain that all I could do was cry. Not only was is physical pain, it was a lot of emotional pain too. I cried to Josh and told him why it was so hard for me at work and he just said he loves me for me and it does not matter what I look like. He does want me to lose weight only for health reasons and so I feel better about myself.
This post is actually extremely hard for me to write. I am almost in tears. I can not really stand to look at myself in the mirror. I do not think I am a ugly person, I promise I am not conceited. I do not like the way I look or feel at all. I feel bad for Josh because I feel like I embarrass him when we are out together, even though he tells me time and time again that he does not feel that way. I am ashamed of myself. I am embarrassed of myself. I am sad.
Last night I got to talking to a girl I used to work with at a call center. She pretty much is in the same boat as me and weighs pretty close to what I do. Her doctor put her on a supervised diet. She has been on it for 3 weeks now and has already lost 24 pounds. She gave me all the information her doctor gave her about the diet. On Monday I am going to start this new lifestyle. I can no longer feel like this. I can not stand it for one minute. I don't want to die young because of weight and my primary doctor said if I don't do something about this sooner then later I may not see the age 40. I don't want to die, there is too much I want to do with my life.
I know some of you may not understand what I am going through. Some of you may even think that I chose to be this way and all I do is sit and eat my day away. I promise that is not it. I know I am the only one to blame for this. I also know I am the only one that can turn this around. This is such a hard thing to do. I can not believe I wrote all of this but in a way it makes me feel a tad bit better.
Thanks for reading a little piece from my heart. Now you all know one of, if not the main, reasons why I quit.
Please don't judge me. I do that enough to myself everyday

Friday, August 28, 2009

Bad day

That is what I had today. I had a horrible day. This job is not what I thought it would be at all. I figured it would be super easy, and it actually is. Let me explain. I get there and the manager told me that today would be a training day for me and if I felt comfortable enough I would be on the register for a little bit. Well he hands me some folder and said this is the training manual so read it or you can just go through it while you are on the register in training mode.
I figured I would read it and then go over it with him and he would explain everything to me. Nope, not even close. I was basically left to figure everything out on my own. He told me to just grab some items from the store and play around with ringing them up. He said he did not know how I was supposed to sign off the register so I would have to ask someone how to since he has never had to sign off. Hmm okay. So I am standing at this register left completely alone trying to figure out what to do. I was so lost but since it is pretty easy I eventually figured it out.
Now everyone knows CVS has all these different deals and sales all the time and there are a ton of coupons out there. Tons of people take advantage of them, as they should. I have never shopped there and had no idea how all of that works. Nobody explained to me their policy with coupons or anything. They never explained the programs they have or anything. I was left to tr and figure it out on my own.
They had some girl working in the photo department that was also working the registers and I guess she was supposed to help me, again no one told me anything to do at all. I asked her some questions, which she apparently thought I should already know but seeing how no one trained me in any way shape or form I had no idea. She then told me to get on the register and ring up the customer, mind you right in from of the customer, so I could not just say I was not ready to yet.
I was basically on the register for 6 hours by myself with no help. I felt like a total idiot having no idea what I was doing and taking forever. I was sitting down in the break room and the asst. manager came and sat down and I asked her how long I was supposed to work today since the store manager never told me. She said she thought the manager only wanted me to work 4-5 hours. Well I was way past that time frame. I asked her if I should just clock out or whatever and she said if you can stay longer then stay if not then go. I had to ask how to sign out since I was never taught. I quickly got in my car and left.
I came home and cried like a big fat baby. Today made me feel like a complete idiot. I was so lost and confused and had no idea what was going on. The manager asked ME what time I was working tomorrow and I was thinking to myself shouldn't you be the one telling me when I am supposed to work?
I told Josh all of this and he said I should just quit. I really want to but I really want to bring in extra money. And by the way I am considered part time but he is going to schedule me 2 hours under what full time would be considered each week. Sounds like they are just trying to get out of having to give me benefits. Today started out good and now I just want to crawl in a hole....

Thursday, August 27, 2009

My little part time job.

So I got a little part time job at CVS. It's nothing major but it gives me something to do. It is really close to the house too so that makes it nice. I wanted to get a little job to keep me occupied. I think Josh and I could use the little break from each other each day since we both don't work.
It should be a fairly easy thing to do. I have register training tomorrow and the manager wants to start me on the register on Saturday. I used to work in a grocery store so I am pretty familiar with registers. One plus of working there is getting a 30% discount on CVS brand items and a 20% discount on National brand items. It will be nice during the holidays.
So I am pretty excited. Will be nice to get out and feel productive outside of the house, and hey the extra cash in my pocket wont hurt too much either :-)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Recent Thrifty Goodies

Be sure to check out Thrifty Thursday hosted by Leigh at Tales From Bloggeritaville.

This cute guy was $1 from the dollar tree. It is not the best made thing but for a buck I thought it would be a cute fall decoration.

This is actually a bedskirt. It was $1.97 from CollectionsEtc. I am going to cut it up and make it into something.
These were from the Dollar Tree too. (ignore the white things on the ground, I was ripping open a package and as you can see it got pretty messy)

These next 2 things are also from Collections Etc. I really like that place. Lots of things for cheap and you can always find a good coupon code for them.
This Santa setup was only $4.97. It's different but I like it. I think the little figurines look a lot better in person.

I really like this set. I think it was $10. In person it is way cute. There is lots of little detail to it. I think I spent a total of, with shipping, $35 and I got like 8 things from the website.

Well there ya have it, all my recent goodies. Til' next time....
P.S. Dreams are necessary to life

Wordless Wednesday

My little Mika

Monday, August 24, 2009

Fun Little Finds

Be sure to stop over at Southern Hospitality to see everyone else's thrifty finds.

The packs of leaves were 50 cents each & the raffia was $1. I plan on making a cute fall decoration out of this stuff, will show it later.
The recipe holder box was 47 cents, well actually everything in this picture was 47 cents each. I have all my recipes stored on the computer and sometimes it is a pain always running to it to check something. I think this stuff is so cute!! All the above stuff was from Michaels, love that place!

This was $1 from the dollar store. I don't have any dogs of that breed but the sign was too cute to pass up for only a buck.

Again I did not get much but I do like what a got and the price was pretty nice too!!

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Metamorphosis Monday

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Also please check out Transformation Thursday At The Shabby Chic Cottage

Here are a few things I have worked on lately. The first thing originally was a very ugly topiary. It had some very ugly brown stuff on it, I don't even know what it was. I stripped it down and this is what I ended up with.

I bought these from the dollar store.
And this is what I ended up with, I still need to add some more flowers but you get the idea. I don't think it looks too bad.

These are the candle sticks from this post.
Hi dogs :-)

And this is the vase from this post.

That's all for now :-)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I ♥ flowers!

Josh brought these home for me the other day. How sweet huh? He went grocery shopping for me, which is always dangerous when he goes by himself. I could not go because my glasses were broken and, well I kinda need them to see. He did the shopping and went and got my glasses and surprised me with the pretty flowers. Such a lucky girl I am!

I have kinda been M.I.A for a few days, just have not really wanted to blog much. I am getting back into it tho. I have a few things I wants to post about in the next day or two so stay on the look out! Til next time....
Don't forget about my give away!!!!!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

A few finds

Today at Savers was nuts, there was SO much Halloween stuff out and it was just so crowded. I did not spend as much time in there as I usually do, but I did find a few goodies. Here they are...
I think these guys are pretty cute. They are about 9" tall. They were $1.99 each.

I have been really into candle sticks lately. These were 99 cents each I think. They will probably get spray paint black, possibly white.

I love that little bird tea light holder. I think it is very cute. It was a $1.50, same price as the rock that says Love. I got them both from Joann's in the 70% off clearance section.

This shelf is different. I don't really know what else to say about it but it stood out to me. It was $3.99 at Savers but I had a coupon and needed to spend so much to get a certain amount off so it was not too bad. I won't be painting it, probably just clean it up a bit and then hang it somewhere.

I got this stoneware bowl for free from Josh's mom. I have been wanting one like this for sometime now, so free was PERFECT for me.
Not too many finds, but I don't thin I did too bad. Please stop over at Southern Hospitality to see every ones Thrifty Finds. Please check out 2nd Time Around hosted by Diane
P.S. A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.

Friday, August 14, 2009

My Love

I took this picture of Josh the other day when he fell asleep on the love seat. I think it is so funny. I had to take it with my cell phone, that's why the quality is not great, so that the camera would not wake him up. He always falls asleep here, and usually in the funniest ways.
He is my best friend, my better half, the love of my life etc. We have been together for about 2 and a half years. In that short amount of time we have had a lot of ups and downs. We have both been there for each other when we lost someone close to us. Most recently his dad. Who passed away in February from brain cancer. That was so hard on him. It was hard on everyone really but he always took him to his Chemo appointments and spent a lot of time with him. He gets teary eyed when we talk about him, I try not to bring it up too much.
Josh is such an amazing guy. I feel completely blessed to have him in my life. He gets along great with my family and loves them like they were his own, and vice versa. I love his family too, well most of them. His parents raised such a good man in him. I am very thankful to them for this.
He will do anything he can to really help anyone. He shares a love of animals with me, especially dogs. He has such a kind soul. I could go on and on about him. The subject of marriage has come up a lot lately with us. He point blank told me he wants to marry me but wants me to be surprised when he officially asks me. He told me I will have a ring on my finger before Christmas, we shall see. I know I will be more then honored to be his wife. By the way, I got his permission to post this picture, he thinks it is funny and reminds him of Al Bundy :-)
P.S. It is not lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes a unhappy marriage.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Marie at Emma Calls Me Mama, is hosting a series of blog parties and the first one is Celebrating Day-To-Day. Please go check it out!

Some day-to-day traditions we have around here are pretty simple ones. I think sometimes it is the simple ones that mean the most though. Every morning when we first wake up we make sure we say good morning and ask how the other slept and always start the day off with a kiss, yes even if that means our breath is a bit stinky. We make sure we eat every single meal together, no matter if it is a small meal or a big one.

Every time one of us leaves the house we make sure we kiss each other and say I love you, You never know what could happen so if something, God forbid, terrible happened we would know the last thing we said to each other was I love you. Every night before bed we of course, say our I love yous too.

We don't have many day-today traditions but the little things we do mean a lot to us.
P.S. The more you care, the stronger you can be
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Sweet Bobbi from The Bead Goes On gave me this award. Please go check out her blog. She is such a sweet lady!

I am passing this award onto all of my followers and to anyone that reads my blog. You all have been so great welcoming me into the blog world. Thanks so much!

Giveaway #2

I know I just did a giveaway not too long ago but I want to do another one and I don't see anything wrong with it, do you?
I want to give away 5 sets of these.
They are gold plated.
The necklace comes on a 18" chain.
The earrings are just normal post earrings.
I am giving away 2 sets for each of the 5 winners!

If you are 'follow' me you already get 1 entry
If you leave a me a comment you get another entry
If you post about my giveaway in your blog you get another entry(make sure you let me know you did)
So basically you can get up to 3 entries.

The giveaway will end on August 31st at 11:59 pm, MST
Winners will be announced on September 1
( I know it is a bit of a long time until the winners will be announced, Sorry!)
Thanks for participating everyone!

Wordless Wednesday

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P.S. Just a word or 2 on the picture, this was me when I was pretty little and had to go to the bathroom when we were all out riding 4 wheelers.
A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do

Tag I'm it!

The wonderful Nancy over at Nancy'sTidbits has tagged me and now I need to list 6 things about myself. Here I go.

1. I have 13 tattoos, you can really only see the ones on my wrist and on my feet if I am wearing flip flops.

2. I am the oldest of 4 girls.

3. I hate being in dark places.

4. I wish I was more creative like all the people I see in blogland.

5. I love to get lost in any book I read.

6. Pink is my all time favorite color.

Now I must tag 6 other people, here they are.

1. Tricia @ Boutelle Family Zoo

2. Paige @ Cheap& Sweet

3. Barb @ Barbs Treasures

4. Rhonda @ Blue Creek Home

5. Sharon @ Fiberdoodles and Whimsy

6. Bobbi @ The Bead Goes On

Have fun ladies & I can't wait to read what you write!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I am just loving all the problems right now with all these blogs. It is just oh so much fun..not...That's all I got for now

Monday, August 10, 2009

Orange Day

Clever title huh? I am the worst at coming up with a title name. I hope to get better in time, like fine wine, or something like that. Today was orange tag day at Savers and I went in planning to only get something with orange tags so it would only be 99 cents. I did not quite accomplish my mission, such is life. Here's what I got.

When I went last week I got the Christmas tree candle holders and when I got home I wished I had gotten the Snowmen too. I was so happy when I saw them there today. They were only 99 cents, with a green tag I might add. The black candle stand/holder was priced at $3.99 but it had a orange tag so only 99 cents for me. Yay. I am not going to paint it, for now. I will find something to put on top. It is actually pretty tall.
She was priced at 4.99 with a orange tag so I grabbed her up to. I will eventually paint her but I am not sure what color yet and/or where I will put her. She is also a tall lady. Why do I keep calling "it" her?
Bowls, gotta love em. I got all of these for $3 at WallyWorld. They were in the 4Th of July clearance section. They are pretty good plastic bowls too. Good find for me.

Now I really like this one! Anyone know what kinda jar it is? It comes off in 3 different sections. Was priced at $1.99 with a green tag so I paid full price but I really like it. I think it will be cute to put different colored M&M's in it around the different holidays.
Well that is all for now. Til' next time....
P.S. Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions.
Please stop by 2nd time around treasures to see what everyone else got!

While you are at it stop on over at Thrifty Thursday hosted by Leigh

Dear Spray Paint

Dear Spray Paint,

I love you. I truly do. Thank you for being there for me when my brain decides to get creative. In the beginning we weren't the best of friends but over time we have become very close. We basically see each other every day. Am I bugging you? I hope I am not. I promise to always store you in the perfect temperature room and to keep your pipes from getting clogged. I hope our relationship with continue to grow and grow. I promise to add more color into your life. Right now I am just going through a black & white phase, but this too shall pass. I bought you some more friends today. I hope you all get along. Have a great day & if there is anything more I can do to better your life please let me know. Thanks for being loyal.

Your friend,

P.S. Did I mention how I love you so? I did, that's okay, you can never have too much love. Welcome to the family my dear Spray Paint, welcome.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Just a few thrifty things

I have not had a ton of time to go thrift shopping lately but these are some thrifty things I have got that, to me, are too good to not post about.

I LOVE these! They were given to me by Josh's mom. She did not want them anymore. I was more then happy to take them off her hands! They are in perfect condition and look brand new. She gave me the candles on top too. They are sitting in the bay window in the kitchen. They are pretty tall too so it gives the are some more height.
She also gave me a TON of towels. What am I supposed to do with all of these? there are a lot of hand towels and about 6 regular sized bath towels & a few washcloths. You can never have too many towels I guess, maybe you can and that is why she gave them to us? Oh well, I was very thankful to get them and I can use them as rags for around the house or whatever.

This cost me $10. My favorite color is pink and it's not a bad purse. I don't really like the silver design thing on the front but I can get over that. I love purses & already have too many as it is, is there really such a thing as a girl having too many purses, but I had to have it. It is one of those designer inspired purses & it still has the tag on it. It's a fun little find to me! I know I did not have much to post about this week bu I might have more to post about tomorrow. I am going thrift shopping and hope to find lots of goodies! Til' next time....
P.S. Trust yourself, you know more then you think you do.

A few makeovers

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Over the past couple of days I have been working on a few projects. I got a bunch of new spray paint. So I am pretty stocked for any future projects. All of the following projects were done with a 97 cents can of semi-gloss black spray paint from Wal-Mart. I still have a lot left in the can too so they came out to be pretty cheap projects, which makes me very happy! You can see the projects from before here.

I never posted an original picture of this but it was just a plain unfinished wood. I like it. Not sure if I will keep it here but for now it works. If you see that my oven is on it is because I have been baking cookies. My bf is a cookie pig so I made him a bunch, none for me, all for him.
I really like how this one turned out. I wish there were more of them!

These little mirrors came out pretty good (sorry that the mirror is dirty). I plan on making them into frames and putting a black & white picture of Josh and I in them. I have another project in mind for the mirrors.

Here is one of the wooden bowls I got. I decided to turn one of them into a candy dish. We always have a little dish of some kind of candy out and I figured it would go perfect with all the other colors in the kitchen. ( you can see the bag of white chocolate chips from me baking the cookies, I seem to always take pictures on the kitchen counter & I have no idea why.)
So there ya have it, a few of my little makeovers. There will be more to come. Til' next time...
P.S. The best & most beautiful things in the world can not be seen, nor touched....but are felt in the heart

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Groom, Texas

Josh & I went to Texas a few weeks ago and while we were there we went to Groom, Texas. Home of the largest cross in the western hemisphere. You can read all about it here. Here are some of the pictures I took. I will let them explain themselves.

If you are ever out that way, it's about 30 mins from Amarillo I think. i recommend checking it out. it is quite the experience. Till next time....