Monday, November 29, 2010

Look what I bought!


*happy dance*  Woohoo! (Click on the pic to link to the website).  You might remember that I posted these bags from Gussy on my lust list a few months ago.  Well she's having a Cyber Monday sale and giving everyone 30% off their order by using code: CYBER30.  I just couldn't resist! I got the pink and damask one, yay yay yay! The sale continues until 9am CST-you have about an hour and a half left....check it out :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Silent Sunday...










Saturday, November 27, 2010

I love this...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Life is good!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  Mine was absolutely wonderful and filled with the spirit of the day.  I woke up thankful for all the good in my life and the entire day was so great that I felt continually blessed.  It's not that I did anything different than usual on this holiday, I was just able to see the moments for what they were and live in the present.  It was an amazing feeling.  I spent the day at my parents home enjoying their homemade cooking, soaking up time with all the animals  (5 dogs!), spent hours just talking to my parents and catching up on each others lives and even took some of the dogs for a walk with my dad in the crisp weather.  It was pretty much perfection.

Today has been nothing short of pretty awesome as well.  I woke up and made the house shine.  My bathroom is going to be a haven tonight when I take a bubble bath to celebrate all my hard work :)

I've spent the rest of the day just relaxing.  I baked some peanut butter cookies:



I'm soaking up the holiday season and enjoying a fully decorated home:


I'll do a post soon with all the decorations and fun stuff I've put up this year.  I actually put everything up two weekends ago because I couldn't wait any longer.  If there's one thing to help cure feeling down from a breakup, it's surrounding yourself with Christmas cheer.  :)

If you're interested, here's the cookie recipe:
  • I cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup golden brown sugar (I used dark brown and they turned out fine)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
Stir everything together and bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes.  I also think they would turn out great if you added peanut butter chips.  I found this recipe on EatMoveWrite.  


Did any of you go shopping today?  Did you score any deals?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I finished!

I completed my Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class!  Tonight was our last one and I'm just bursting with happiness and motivation.

I wanted to write this post right now while I'm feeling this euphoria of knowing I CAN.DO.THIS.  I know that the feeling will fade and I'll become frustrated with all the saving and sacrificing.  I know there will be times when I jealously watch friends go to concerts, buy new appliances, buy new cars, plan elaborate vacations...I know that and hence this post.  I want to be able to read back on how I was feeling this day and re-energize myself.

Because today...today I feel amazing.  I feel like I can conquer this thing called debt.  I feel like I'll pay my car and student loans off so much quicker than before.  I'll build up my emergency fund.  I'll pay off my home and never have to worry about not having a roof over my head.  I'll fund my retirement, save money for a wedding and babies.  I'll be able to donate to all my favorite charities.  I would love to someday write a $10,000 check to someone or someplace that really NEEDS it.  And I know that I can do that.

I know that the decisions I'm making now will and from now on, will change everything in my life, not just how much money's in the bank.  I'll take better care of myself, I'll be a kinder person, I'll eventually have a great marriage because I'll go into it with the tough stuff already on the table.  So many marriages end over money disagreements and I won't go into marriage without discussing this important issue up front.  I'll value myself more and not accept less than I deserve.  I'm ALREADY doing some of these things.

Life is good and this class has changed my life.  If any of you are on the fence, DO IT!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

This could get interesting...

Last week I was meeting with someone at work and somehow we got on the topic of half marathons.  He was an older man, probably in his 50's or 60's and he had finished a half earlier this year and was training for a full coming up soon.  He was so passionate about it and somehow after two hours of meeting with him I came out of the meeting having said I would sign up for a 5K.  I was just so inspired by him!

Well saying I'll do one is much different than actually getting out there and training.  I've started running off an on over the past couple of years with a 5K in mind, but I never made it very far.  I get shin splints easily and they always caused me to quit running before I really even got started.  I've tried the C25K plan, but I think trying to keep up with the intervals caused me to keep running when i should have listened to my body and slowed down because of the whole shin splint thing.

This time I'm taking a different approach.  I've told myself that I just have to get outside for 15 minutes everyday and run as far as I can.  Once I can run for a full 15 minutes I'll increase the time, but I'm letting myself run and walk as much as I want.  Today's the second day and it's pitiful how little I can actually run-we're probably talking less than 5 of the 15 minutes, but I'm okay with it.  It just means I have tons of room to improve, which I will!  I've been stretching before, during and after.  I'm also icing my shins for 10 minutes when I get back, just to keep myself as healthy as possible.

I got fitted for special running shoes last year, but they made my shin splints worse, so I needed to pick up some new shoes.  I ordered a pair of New Balance's yesterday and they should be here soon.

The 5K I'm hoping to run is April 10th, so wish me luck that I'm ready!

I'm also trying to take the dogs for a walk everyday regardless of what else I have to do or any other excuse.  Today it was 44 degrees, rainy and windy, but we went!




Maddy wore her new jacket and Max had on his hoodie :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

This too shall pass....

This whole single thing is interesting.  One minute I'm looking forward to the future with excitement at all the possibilities out there.  The next I feel like these photos:








And I guess that's okay, because I may have my down moments, but ultimately I'm thrilled that I now have the opportunity to make all my wildest dreams come true.  There's nothing holding me back.  I can find the fairy tale, be whoever I want to be...I know too many people who settled for a relationship because they were too scared to chase those dreams and I'm done being one of them.   I honestly feel kind of lucky.  There's so many possibilities...I think I might take up running and train for a 5K, I'm going to knock out my 101 list, I can look for new volunteer opportunities, I can train Max or Maddy to be a therapy dog for hospital patients, I can travel to Paris, I can learn to be a chef, I can open my own business, I can marry a wonderful man and have babies...there's no limit to what I can do!

And the fact that I felt that most of these weren't options to me in my previous relationship just goes to show that the relationship wasn't meant to be.  Because really, shouldn't everyone get to feel that way regardless of whether or not they're in a relationship?

The goal: to focus on me.  To explore new things, do something different, be extraordinary.  And I'm willing to bet that the relationship I crave, that once in a lifetime kind of love, will come when I'm ready for it.

Images via WeHeartIt

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Breakups suck...

but this song is helping me feel a little better.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Present time!

For once I'm on top of my Christmas shopping!  Queue the angels singing :)  I decided what to get everyone last month and I spread out my budget to buy everything that needed to be ordered online this month and buy the rest at the beginning of December.  I'm pleased as punch!

So I thought I would give you guys some of my present ideas in case you're still searching for that perfect gift.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that no one I'm writing about reads this.

For one of my really great friends I decided to get her a Gussy pouch like this:


It's on sale RIGHT.NOW for $14.50 so I would check it out if you're interested.  Oh, and I'm seriously loving the new stockings she just put up:


If it was in the budget, I would be all over getting them for my mantle this year.

But back to my friend-she really loves my sparkly phone cover I got awhile back.  So I want to get her a blingy one like mine, but I'm not sure they have them for her style of phone yet.  She has a Samsung Acclaim.  This is kind of what mine looks like:

via google images

If I can't find one, I plan on getting her a Starbucks giftcard because we meet there all the time for coffee.

via Google Images
I'll be (hopefully!) bringing homemade chocolate truffles to work this year as my holiday treat.  So I plan on giving some of them to her as well.

Via Google Images
My bff from college recently got married and I found the best etsy shop for her gift: Bosheree.  I used this template for her and her husband:


It was less than $50 with shipping and should be here in a couple of weeks-squeee!!!

Another friend mentioned a few months ago that she really loved my Lifefactory water bottle.  So, that's what she'll be getting!

I just went on there to find a picture and they've got this cute raspberry color!  I'm so jealous now.  I had the orange one earlier this year and accidentally shattered it when it slipped out of my hands and fell on the asphalt.  So I had to order another one a couple of weeks ago and went with the red color, but I kept wishing they had a pink one and now they do!  Oh, well I'm sure I'll be ordering several more of these throughout the years.  I absolutely LOVE them.  They're made of glass so they don't get that nasty plastic smell, they can be washed in the dishwasher, I drink a ton of water because I carry it with me and I could basically go on and on.  Oh and don't be turned off because my first one broke.  The rubber sleeve (the colored part) really protects it and I've dropped it before on carpet and it just bounces.  I'm sorta clumsy though, hence the asphalt accident.  In fact, just today I shattered a regular glass by dropping it on the tile :(

My mom wants some kettleballs:

via Google Images

My dad wants some hours at the shooting range, so I'm going to see if I can get him a giftcard.

Before Shawn and I split up I was going to get him a heineken mini kegerator:

via Google images
I also need to pick up a birthday and Christmas present for a one year old, but I plan on just swinging by Toys R Us and getting a couple of things.  I would love to get him a hat like this:


Unfortunately, his mom isn't really into stuff off of etsy or dressing him up like that.  She's kind of specific about what he wears and the last outfit I bought for him (GAP polo onesie and khaki shorts) didn't seem to thrill her.  She asked for toys, so that's what he'll get.

I'm currently on the hunt to replace Maddy's favorite toy with a new one for Christmas:


It's that pink bone.  The friend that I'm getting the Gussy pouch bought this for Maddy last Christmas from Petco.  It's definitely Maddy's favorite toy and she carries it around like a security blanket so it's all torn up and barely squeaks.  The hard thing is that I haven't been able to find another one anywhere!  I've checked Petco a ton of times and looked online and they're all too big.  This one is less than 3 inches and the smallest one I can find online is 5 inches.  And I think that Maddy likes this so much because it is small.  I did find one slightly bigger at Petsmart tonight, which I bought, but she's not interested :(

Anyway, I'm sure they'll end up with some yummy treats and good stuff this year even if I can't find it.  I hoped showing you some of the presents I'm buying this year helped!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Remember...

I've been reminded several times recently that life is short and a long, fulfilling life isn't promised to all of us.  It's sad and I've cried big crocodile tears today over my fears that those close to me won't always be here.  It's terrifying.  

There are too many parents watching their children die, too many children dealing with the deaths of parents much too young to leave this place, too many spouses made widows.  I love this blog world, but it exposes you to all those events taking place in others' lives on a regular basis.  I can't tell you how many blogs for sick babies I've read over the years and it breaks my heart over and over again.  

I'm not sure what my point is tonight.  I guess I've just been reminded how I need to NEVER take for granted a job that pays the bills, healthy parents/family and all the other blessings in my life. 
 
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