Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sick days...


Maddy and Max are both sick this weekend.  I'm guessing that doggy sickness is contagious just like humans because Max got sick and then Maddy started having the exact same symptoms two days later.  So there's been plenty of snuggles and kisses around the house lately.  I just hate seeing them not feel well.

I also haven't been feeling like myself so I stayed home from work yesterday and slept for most of the day.  I've just been feeling sort of run down, like I don't have any energy.  All the extra sleep from yesterday didn't really seem to help all that much so it will probably be a low key weekend.

Well Maddy is crying because she wants me to hold her, which only happens when she's sick so I'm off to give her some cuddles!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bookworm...

I've kept up on my goal to read more often, so here are some of my thoughts on the latest books!  


I thought Hope in a Jar was a very predictable book.  I felt that I knew how the book would end within the first few chapters.  The story line revolves around two friends that had a falling out in high school and don't speak again until their reunion.  There's flashbacks to them as friends in high school and the other part of the story is about their lives currently.  There's some relationship drama, friends drama, weight issues...  It's not a bad book, but it just wasn't all that exciting.  Definitely not one I wasn't able to put down.


I have mixed feelings about How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World.  On one hand I absolutely loved it and the message Jordan Christy is trying to convey.  It's essentially about how the classy girl isn't all that common anymore.  Instead the women that get the most attention these days are the ones that are caught getting out a car with no undies, getting arrested for drugs, dancing on bars, etc.  I agree and that's why I wanted to read the book.  I think that being called "classy" is an incredibly high compliment because it implies so much: grace, style, manners...I'm always interested in ways to improve myself so I liked the motivation in this book.  However, I did find some of the book uninteresting.  She does an entire section on fashion, which is fine, but she mentions specific stores and clothing articles, such as Anthropologie having great wide leg pants.  I think some of the advice will eventually become dated and not applicable, but that's just my opinion.  I also thought some of the quizzes were a little juvenile.  All in all this book has an uncommon topic and I enjoyed it.


I didn't finish this one.  I got a few chapters in and it hadn't really caught my attention.  From what I gathered it was about a mother who's grown daughter flies off to another country to care for her husband that was injured during war.  Her daughter's stepdaughter needs a place to live so she comes to live with her (the grandmother).  That's about as far as I caught.  I wasn't all that into it, plus they introduced a dog that's lost and I shy away from books that have a focus on animals.  It upsets me if something bad ends up happening to them.


This one was just okay.  The main character looks exactly like a celebrity and she ends up working as a her double-attends premiers, goes on dates, stays at her house, etc.  I would save this for a long car ride or beach read.  It's alright to read when you need to stay occupied, but not the greatest one to read when you're sacrificing time doing something else.


Twenties Girl was my favorite book I've read so far!  The main character finds herself the only one able to see the ghost of her great aunt Sadie.  Now, I don't like ghost stories and was thinking I'd hate this book, but I ended up loving the story line because it was different and because it's just a good story!  So Sadie lived during the twenties and the main theme (duh, title of the book) has a twenties vibe to it.  I don't want to give anything away, but there's a love story weaved in with a little mystery so pick this one up!

*All images via google images.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Puppy Love...








Usually Maddy's the rowdy one so it cracks me up that the two of her she's all calm and sweet, but he's all vicious like in his :)

Speaking of sweet...


I'm working my way through the spring and summer menu of a new cupcake place.  I feel it's a challenge I can succeed at, haha!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Finally...

The past few days have been so great!  I feel like I've finally achieved the whole BALANCE THING.  It's something I always strive for, but most days it feels out of reach.  Lately though, it seems like so many good things are happening!  I know that feeling balanced won't last and eventually something will throw it out of whack, but it sure is nice to have it come around again :)

  • I've lost 28 lbs so far and got to wear a pair of pants yesterday that I haven't fit into in a year!
  • I've been trying to replace Maddy's favorite toy for months, but haven't had any luck.  The place I got it from no longer sells it (it's a small squeaker bone) and I've contacted several Etsy shops to see if someone can make it.  I've been turned down everytime though and told that the size of the bone is too small to add a squeaker.  I sort of gave up and had been buying her the smallest similar toys I could find and she liked them okay, but wasn't really attached to them like she was to her old one.  I decided to search again and the first etsy seller I contacted said she could do it!  I can't wait to get it!
  • We hired someone at work to take over the accounting so I'm no longer responsible for that work on top of my own.  It feels so freeing to only have to worry about my actual job now!
  • I've started taking the dogs to the park and going on walks with them.  They get their exercise and I don't feel guilty about not spending enough time with them each day.
  • I had an awesome date night Saturday and spent Sunday cleaning up and organizing my office.  If I can just stay on top of all my mail, then it should stay organized and save me so much time!
There's so many other good things going on that I almost don't want to publish this post because it doesn't really do justice to how good I'm feeling about life lately.  I just feel calmer, more at ease...I don't know how to explain it, but I'm just thankful that things are going so well.  I feel like I've been working hard and also getting time to play-going on walks, reading books, taking baths, discovering new cupcake places, great date nights...

Life is good!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The best cookies I've ever made...


These cookies are exactly what I think of when I'm wanting a good ol' fashioned chocolate chip cookie.  They have a little crunch around the edges, but are soft in the middle-perfect for me!

You need:
  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3 3/4 cups white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I really like Ghirardelli chocolate chips because they're so big)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chunks
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (I buy the ones already chopped up that you can use as toppings on sundaes.  I don't like big chunks of walnuts in my cookies so these work best for me)
Preheat your oven to 350.  Melt butter and add it to sugars.  Beat until smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Add each egg, stirring after each addition.  In a separate bowl, wisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Add wet mixture to dry and stir until combined.  Add in chocolate chips and chunks.  Add in walnuts here if you want the whole batch to have them or bake up half the dough and then add them in-I do this when I'm bringing the cookies to someone else because not everyone likes nuts.  I sort of eyeball the walnuts and just add them until I get the consistency I'm going for.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until just starting to brown up.  Yields about 4 dozen cookies.

I use a silpat when baking these and they turn out AMAZING!  I highly recommend getting one-I think they run around $15.  Refrigerate dough in between baking batches.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I'll be honest...

I'm not really feeling it today.  Whatever "it" is.  I woke up feeling kind of off and the rest of the day just followed suit.  I feel uncomfortable in my clothes (things I've worn a ton of times), for some reason I sort of ache even though it's not a getting sick kind of ache, my motivation is pretty much non-existent and I'm generally cranky.

We all have days like that and I usually pull out the things that turn my day around:
  • Read my favorite blogs that remind me to be grateful for what I have in life
  • Get lost in a book
  • Take a nap
  • Buy something pretty
  • Eat something yummy
  • Play with the dogs
  • Meet up with friends
There are so many things that can pull me out of a bad mood.  And if all else fails, well then I just rally and tell myself to get through the day and tomorrow will be better.  Even just making the decision to deal with whatever comes that day and not let my bad mood get the best of me can work, but today is not one of those days.

Today is the day that I give in.  I fully accept that I'm in a weird mood and probably won't accomplish anything substantial or productive.  I'm fully aware that this means tomorrow will be a pain because I have to make up for everything I didn't do today.  But I just don't care. 

Today is the day I wallow in self-pity that I dare be brought down by a bad mood.  Today I'm irritated that I'm trying to lose weight and I don't have the option to just drown my bad mood in a big 'ol plate of bbq chicken nachos. 

Today I believe tomorrow will be wonderful and that I'm allowed a bad day every once in awhile.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Some favorites...

I come across so many wonderful ideas, recipes, tutorials, etc online that I think I'll start sharing some of my favorites more often.  These are all things that I've bookmarked to either try myself or that I'd like to purchase at some point.  I hope you get some inspiration too!


I think these butterflies are just adorable!  It seems like a pretty easy DIY project so one of these days I'm going to give it a try.  Although, I've also seen it done with hearts, so I'm torn on which shape to use!  You can find the tutorial here.



All these knits you can find on Etsy and all over blogs seriously make me ache to have my own little girl someday.  I only hope they're still in style by the time I have kids!  Right now, I just have to hope some of my friends have babies soon so I can spoil them. This particular shop is one of my favorites.


This lamp would look great in my office!  I would just need to switch out the pink for red and ta da!  You can find this tutorial here.


These pancakes seriously make my mouth water.  The syrupy icing slays me.  Recipe here.


I'm so intrigued by paper straws!  They're cute as can be, but do they get all soft and soggy when you drink with them?  I'm assuming not or else they probably wouldn't be as popular.  You can find these here.


The only reason I haven't made this popcorn is because I'm convinced I'll eat the entire batch in one sitting.  I'm holding out for a girls movie night when there are other people around to help me eat it!  You can find the recipe here.


A little inspiration for living a positive life.  Found here.


This is another DIY that I absolutely love!  At first I was thinking I would make it for above my mantle, but the tv is there now.  I'm waiting until I know where to put it, but it seems pretty simple!  Found here.


Yum.Amazing.Delicious.  I CANNOT WAIT to try this!!!  Recipe here.

That's all I've got today.  Hope you found something interesting!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Just popping in...

The past few months I've been thinking about what I want this blog to eventually evolve into.  I read so many different types of blogs: Healthy blogs, Food blogs, Fashion blogs, Mommy Blogs, daily journal type blogs and lately I've been feeling like my own blog doesn't have much of an identity of it's own.  I'm not sure what I want this little space of mine on the internet to really focus on and that's meant that I haven't been blogging all that often.

Unfortunately, that also means I'm missing out on documenting things that I know I'll want to remember.  So that being said, I'm still not sure what I want this place to be, but I do know that I want to get back to blogging while I figure it out.  My hope is that it will naturally evolve into the perfect little reflection of me and what I'm trying to convey.

Some things I really want to get posted soon:

  • The best cookie recipe I've ever made.  Seriously.  I've already made it twice this month and have tons of cookies sitting on my counter just begging to be eaten.
  • A little blast from the past.  My parents have given me some things they've been saving for me like my baby book and things I've drawn or created.  I want to document those things so I don't forget anything.
  • I've been promising a wreath tutorial and still haven't posted one.  Must.get.this.done.
  • Some puppy pics and updates-I love my little ones.
  • Things I'm loving right now.  There are so many, such as cute paper straws I came across tonight :)

I'll be back tomorrow with some of my favorite things!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Bookworm...

I've always loved to read, but lately I've been letting life get in the way and just haven't made it a priority.  I really missed getting lost in a good book though so I went online and reserved several books from my library.  


The Transformation of Things was pretty great.  It had a different story line than some of the usual books I read and there were some twists I wasn't expecting.  It's about a woman that has dreams that are of actual events.  She can dream about a friend of hers and see how they were feeling and what they were doing in a particular moment.  This one was hard to put down.


Little Earthquakes was a book I picked up because it's all about babies. :)  It follows 4 women through their different experiences with pregnancy and having a child.  I enjoyed it, but there wasn't much unexpected and it took me a little while to really get into the book enough to where I didn't want to put it down.


Occasionally I like to read books about happiness and/or getting the most out of your life.  I knew from the first chapter that this wasn't the book for me.  I didn't end up reading much further, but from what I gathered (keep in mind it was just the first chapter) doing more "ing" things like surfing, jumping on a trampoline, skiing, laughing, etc. bring more joy to your life and therefore increase happiness.  Essentially experiences are what bring that extra element of what you could be missing. I'm sure the book goes on to give much more information, but this one just didn't speak to me.


Heart of the Matter is the first book I read and I really liked it.  It's definitely not a fun, carefree kind of book, but I think that's one of the reasons I enjoyed it.  I don't want to give anything away, but it does cover some serious issues and had me questioning how I would handle being in the same position.


I just started reading Hope in a Jar this afternoon and I'm only one chapter in.  I let you know how it turns out!


There's Cake in my Future was absolutely the best book I've read lately!  I love the story line: It starts with a cake pull, which is where these little charms are hidden in a cake at a bridal party.  Each guest pulls a charm out of the cake and the charm represents something that will happen in their future.  For example, the baby carriage charm means babies in your future, the money bag charm means there will be a large sum of money coming your way, etc.  Well the bride to be rigged the cake so that each guest would get the charm she wanted them to have, but somehow they all ended up with different charms and the story follows three of the main girls as their futures comes true, whether for the good or not...I read this book in one afternoon because I just could not stop reading!

Do you have any good books you think I might like?

P.S. I know that some of your are still having trouble with my posts not showing up correctly in your readers.  Try deleting me completely and then adding me again with the new url.  Hope that helps!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Today...

Today I'm looking forward to a new episode of Grey's Anatomy.  I've been having withdrawals during all these re-runs!

Today I'm hanging out on my back porch after work enjoying the sunshine and catching up on blogs.

Today I'm realizing how much I miss blogging when I've been away from it.

Today I'm thrilled that the pants I dropped off to get hemmed came out great!  I took in four pairs and two of them are perfect for flats/low heels so I have an excuse to do some shopping :)  I'm thinking of getting another pair of flats since I only have one pair and I don't have any low heels.  Mine are all pretty high.  DSW and I have a date this weekend!

Today I'm thrilled that I've lost 20 lbs from my highest weight.  I had lost about 8 lbs earlier in the fall, but then sort of just maintained that.  About mid-February I decided it was really time to make some changes and it resulted in another 12 lbs lost!

Today I'm acutely aware that my lawn needs to be mowed and weeded.  It's like they popped up overnight!

Today I'm so thankful for my home, good health, puppies, family, job...just pretty thankful in general :)

Today I've been looking forward to a dinner of asian rice and an eggroll.

Today I'm enjoying the mist keeping me cool that's blowing over into my yard from the neighbor's sprinkler.

Today is a good day.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Guess what...

Since only three people entered the giveaway, I decided to go ahead and make a wreath for all 3 of them!  It'd be horrible to leave out one person.

So Jax, Carey and Alyssa shoot me an email at iknowshesthere@gmail.com!  Be sure to let me know the address you want it sent to and what color you'd like!  The wreaths are made out of felt so it has to be a solid color and if it's a color out of the ordinary (something like hot pink or lime green) I may have to order it (which is fine by me!) and it will take me a little longer to get your wreath to you.  I can't wait to hear the colors you guys choose!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Giveaway-Pay it Forward...


Good morning!  Happy Wednesday!

I participated in one of those Pay It Forward Giveaways almost 2 years ago, but I haven't done my own blog giveaway for it yet.  I received some cute little goodies like lipgloss, a tea packet holder, dishcloth, etc.  I finally decided to go ahead and do a giveaway of my own.

The rules:
  • Leave me a comment letting me know what you're looking forward to most this weekend
  • If you win, pay it forward in some way, shape or form.  Do a giveaway on your blog, do something nice for a neighbor, pay for someone's coffee at Starbucks...you get the idea
I'm giving away two of the wreaths pictured above.  I'll work with the winners to choose the color they want, but keep in mind it takes me a little while to make them, and depending on the color, I might need to order fabric, which takes awhile.

I lost pretty much all my followers when I changed my URL, so your chances should be pretty good!  I'll pick the winner sometime on Friday, so enter away!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stream of Consciousness...

I was driving to work this morning in the middle of a thunderstorm. The rain was pouring down in sheets, my windshield wipers couldn't keep up-that kind of thunderstorm. I decided to stop in at Starbucks and just as the guy was handing back my card, a huge boom of thunder shook my car and made me jump about a mile. The poor guy jumped as well and let out a little scream, and while I was scared too, it was kind of funny to watch my reaction happening to someone else.

After I got my tall, iced white chocolate mocha with no whipped cream, I headed towards work. I changed radio stations and paused at a song I hadn't heard before. The song was Randy Housers' "Back To God." It has some pretty powerful lyrics, but in between the chorus there were parents speaking about their children that had cancer. One of the parents was saying that he remembered carrying his baby girl into the house and saying Welcome to the World! and then he remembered carrying her out of the house 12 years later. He mentioned that she was his only child, that he has a hole in his heart now and when he sees other children he can feel that hole. Another mom told the story of how her son was dying and he said he saw angels. His mom asked how many and he told her there was one behind her and three above them. When she asked what they looked like, her son said they looked like her. I completely lost it. I had been trying not to cry so I was doing that thing where you can't really get enough air and you alternate between sucking in big breaths and crying at the same time. Not pretty. Then the DJ came back on the air and she was crying, which set me off again. She said that just this morning her 3 year old was up in the middle of the night asking her to shut of the storms. She thought it was cute, but was really thinking how she needed to go back to sleep. After hearing this song, she was saying how all those parents would give up sleep just to hold their children again and I seriously could not keep it together. I'm sure I walked into the office with mascara streaming down my face. I guess they were raising money for St. Judes Research and I'm sure they'll be successful. That song breaks your heart.

Grey's Anatomy is on tonight. It's the one show I've kept up with since I cancelled my cable and didn't have the ability to watch anything for awhile. I would watch online on Fridays, but now that I have an antenna, I'm back to watching on Thursdays!

For some reason I was laying in bed last night thinking about random things and I remembered my dad buying me a stuffed animal when I was in the hospital. And for some reason my response to him was something along the lines of "I bet you picked the bunny because it's on sale from Easter." I don't even know why I would say something like that. First of all, it was March so it was before Easter and the bunny wouldn't have been on sale. Secondly, and most importantly, why would I be such a bitch??! I love that bunny and I love it because my dad got it for me. I'm so lucky to have parents that love me so much and for some reason I just make asshole statments sometimes. I don't know why I even thought of that last night, but I was so horrified by what I said. It was years ago, but I don't think I even processed that I was so rude until now because I was distracted by all the medical stuff. I really need to make an effort to be a more patient, kind person. I definitely have tons of room to improve...

Well this post has mostly been a downer, so I'm going to go find the sunshine (figuratively) in my day to make it better :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pink and Red..

I love each and every holiday, but I really love decorating for Valentine's Day.  I already have so much red in my home that everything just fits right in!

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Even Maddy got dolled up to celebrate!

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I hope you're spending tomorrow with the those you love!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The little things...

I love that each and every day is brand new start.  An opportunity to be whoever you want to be, to do whatever you want to do.  You can forget about how you fell short in one area of life the day before and start over again.  It's a really beautiful thing if you think about it.

We've gotten a bunch of snow here over the past week and Madelynne is LOVING it.  She dives head first into the snow drifts (which are so much taller than her) and runs around like crazy.  It's a chore to try and get her to come back in the house because she's enjoying playing so much!  When she does finally come back in, she's covered in these little snow balls.  For some reason her fur collects all the snow and gets all caught up.  She has to get a warm bath in the sink each time she comes in to get it all out :)

I'm so enjoying the peace of mind that budgeting has brought me.  It's so nice to know where each and every dollar is going.  My goal: pay off my car as quickly as possible.

I'm not a patient person by any means, but I'm learning to appreciate waiting for a good thing.  I like to order things off Etsy quite a bit, but waiting for the packages is so hard!  I just can't wait and I get more and more antsy each day waiting for it to arrive.  BUT...when it does get here?  Pure happiness.

Good music.  Enough said.

I have to force myself to work out.  I don't generally enjoy it.  I do enjoy the feeling I get after working out though.  I'm currently pleased as punch (btw, where did that saying come from?) with my evening pilates post workout high.

Here's to appreciating the little things in life!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sorry!

Sorry if a ton of my old posts popped up in your readers today.  I've been avoiding blogging this past week because I noticed I was getting a bunch of hits from an adult ummm, I guess you would say entertainment site.  Definitely freaks me out.

I changed my domain to see if that will help, but I really have no clue why they're coming here or how to stop it.  If you have any ideas, I'd love some advice!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Feeding my soul...

You can ask anyone that's known me for more than five minutes to desribe my top 5 personality traits and I'm sure that crafty, artistic, creative and easy going would never make the list.  Most people see me as a Type A personality through and through.  I even describe myself that way. 

However, I'm truly one of those weird hybrid people that are all precise and punctual, but also need to use the other side of my brain every once in awhile or I feel like something's missing.  The trick is to take on creative tasks that also fulfill the OCD side in me.

For example: crocheting.  I actually have no idea how to do this, but a few months ago I decided that I was going to learn and make myself a blanket. Once I make a decision, it's going to happen no matter what gets in my way, even something little like not even knowing where to begin this little project (that's the Type A in me).

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I watched a couple youtube videos, borrowed some needles from my mom, bought some yarn and got to work.  Crocheting is actually a great activiting to mesh the two sides of my brain together.  It's creating something from nothing while also involving doing a repetitive motion while keep track of each stitch/loopy thing.  It's perfect!  Unfortunatley, I am not.  I began and had to start over around 10 times because I kept getting tangled up.  I'm a work in progress, but I will master it eventually!

Another example: painting.  I love, love, love to splatter paint because you can't mess it up.  You just throw paint on a canvas.  Painting a picture is another thing all together because you actually do need to be creative and have some real talent.  I've decided to compromise and paint something like a flower.  It's realatively easy-I can sketch out the form and then just paint in the lines.  That's the thought anyway.  We'll see how it turns out.

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It's so important to me that I exercise this underutilized part of my brain.  After I made my wreath, I just felt better about life.  There's something about making something from nothing with your own hands that really does feed the soul.  So, I'll continue to try new things and search out new projects so that I can really be a whole well rounded person instead of a number crunching, contract reading, OCD cleaning person.

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Have a happy weekend!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The ever elusive balance...

Some days the house sparkles, music plays softly in the background, the dogs are peacefully sleeping and I whip up a batch of homemade cinnamon rolls.

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Some days I'm lucky to throw a pasta steamer bag in the microwave.  (Although, those things are pretty delicious!)

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Some days I make my own wreath and spend hours and hours cutting out tiny scraps of fabric.

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Some days I give up on trying to be everything and do everything and just go shoe shopping.

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Some days I'm the perfect puppy mommy and cuddle my little girl that had 3 shots and a blood draw.

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Most days are a little of both.  I'm constantly striving for balance in my life, but maybe it's already there.  Maybe I'm too busy worrying about getting it all "right" that if I just quit thinking so much, I would realize my life is pretty perfect just the way it is.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Blogger Fail...

I love blogging.  I really do.  I enjoy getting to read about your lives and getting to post what's happening in mine.  The community is amazing.  The friendship even better.  But...

A month or so ago I got really behind on everyone's blog and eventually just pretty much quit posting and reading.  I felt so out of the loop and the time and effort it takes to upload photos, edit them, upload them to photobucket, post them and then write a blog seemed to be too much.  And the photos are the best part of nearly any post!

I want to get back into the groove and I'm hoping this 3 day weekend is exactly what I need to do that. I have so much to say:
  • I've been baking and cooking TONS, so there are a bunch of pictures and recipes I'd like to post
  • Maxwell's birthday is coming up soon!
  • I've got some thoughts on the New Year and what I'm doing to be a better person
  • I've been doing some fun things like pottery painting dates with my bff and have some fun things planned that I'd like to get up here
There's more, but I don't want to be too ambitious.  I hope you guys forgive me for my slacking.  Have a good day!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Look what I learned to do!

I FINALLY figured out how to upload large photos!  I'm pretty proud of myself :)

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