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8 months

Eight Months.

Eight months that we’ve been trying to get pregnant.

Eight times that I’ve prayed and wished and hoped that I wouldn’t start my cycle that month.

Eight months that I’ve watched nearly everyone around me have a child or get pregnant (and it really is amazing how many people are having babies when you want it so bad and can’t)

According to the doctor’s and all the lab work and ultra sounds I’m healthy and normal.  In fact, we did get pregnant once (that’s another post for another day) but lost the baby after two months.

It shouldn’t shock anyone that knows me that I want this more than anything else.  Sometimes I just cry thinking that I may not be able to carry a child.  Then I stop and pray and realize that God is in control.  And I get that. I do. I just wish he would move his timetable up a little bit sooner for me…. give me a little clue… give me a little peace.

Here’s to hoping we won’t have another 8 months of waiting.


Got some new bling!

I know, I know, I’m so “cool!” I literally used the word “bling” in a text to my friend today!  I went to get my hair cut and colored today (love it by the way!) and they were having an Origami Owl party!

Have you seen these?

Origami Owl Necklaces

So freaking adorable, right??

So, here’s the concept:

You pick your locket, your charms and your chain and anything else you want to add (cute dangle charms, plates to put in the back, etc) and then you have your very own locket that’s a story all about you!

The story is so cute, the founder, Bella, wanted to earn some more to buy a car so she started making some lockets and selling them to friends and family—now she has a business of thousands!

Of course, I knew I HAD to have one! they are too cute to not have one yourself!

So, I picked out a cute silver lockets with crystals and four adorable charms!

 Origami Owl living locket airplane cake computer

I picked the birthday cake because I love baking and parties, the computer because I love technology (especially blogging!) the airplane because I’m in love with flying and the heart because I am so in love with the Husband and it’s a part of who I am!

Here are a few more pictures of my necklace!  The necklaces come in super cute packaging and it looks oh so adorable on me!

Origami Owl Box Origami Owl box

Origami Owl Living Locket

Captain Crunch French Toast and Shopping Fun!

This past weekend we decided to go to see what treasures we could find!  We started out with a hearty breakfast of Captain Crunch French Toast at Mary’s Country Kitchen—let me tell you I wish I could have gone swimming in it!

Captain Crunch French Toast

Then we went shopping! One really nice thing about where I live is that we have cute antique markets.  One of them actually hosts an “Antique Extravaganza” three times a year!  Renningers is on 117 acres and during the big Extravaganza weekends each and every acre is used by vendors!

I found some really cute stuff but really wasn’t in the mood to buy anything.  No problem—there’s always something nice!

Country Christmas Tree Deer

This awesome Christmas tree would be a hunter’s dream!!

Seed Catalog Card Catalog Antique

I WISH I had a seed catalog like this…. even if it wouldn’t really fit in my house.  They used it as a wine holder but I would probably use it to hold craft supplies.

Clear Gas Pump Phillips 66 antique windows antique camera Post Office Box Fronts Antique stained window Refinished Dresser New York Subway Poster Style

How cute is this refinished dresser??!  You could easily remake that!

Do you ever go antique shopping?

Planning for today!

I’m going to be completely honest.  I’m anal about organization but completely unorganized in my life.  I really never used a planner and I tried using the calendar in my iPhone but it just doesn’t work for me.  Even with reminders I like to see things a month or week in advance all written out and detailed.  So, after some inspiring photos and ideas from i heart organizing and A Bowl Full of Lemons I decided to make my own planner!  I’m hoping that my creating my own I’ll actually use it!

I headed on over to Staples to check out their Martha Stewart line!  I am not going to lie… that many pretty office supply products in one space made me giddy!

Martha Stewart Home Office Staples



So I started buying! You’ve honestly got to be pretty careful… before you know it you could be spending $75-100 on a planner!  I decided to go with the three ring binder method.  I picked up the following:

1) 3 Ring Binder (small size)

2) Zipper pouch

3) 18 month calendar insert

4) Notes sheets

5) Planner insert with note tabs and sticky notes

6) Teal dividers

Approx. Grand Total: $35!

Here’s how it looks:

Martha Stewart Binder Staples

Martha Stewart Binder StaplesMartha Stewart Binder Staples

I made that cover page myself!

  Martha Stewart Binder Staples

Martha Stewart Binder Staples Martha Stewart Binder Staples

So far I’ve been using it a lot! Let’s hope that keeps up! I really like being able to see everything all at once and have it organized!  I made tabs for blogging and meal planning too!  Let’s hope I can keep up with those 🙂  I have quite a few blog ideas already written down—I just need to find the time to write them!

Sometimes you need a little sunshine….

In the quest to find my happiness I’ve been a little more relaxed… yesterday, I decided to really take time while doing my assignments and even went out for a fun lunch!

Starbucks was exactly what I needed.  I got a Venti un-sweet passion fruit tea lemonade and a protein box! Quite honestly, I feel like it’s one of the healthiest “on-the-go” lunches I can pick up around me.

Doesn’t hurt that my Starbucks has the greatest employees ever!

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Working on getting my happiness isn’t so hard with great people around you Smile

Monday Boot Camp

Today will begin my new Get Fit At Home Boot Camp Plan!

This is week one and I’ll be posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday with workouts and ideas of what I’ll eat. Hopefully this will keep me accountable and on track!

Today starts day 1 (What better day than a Monday?). I’m still recovering from a cyst that I refuse to have surgically removed so I need to take it really easy. Quite honestly the past three weeks I have done ZERO exercise besides walking around at work and Target… that’s not a workout.

This morning I will do the following exercises:

10 Jumping Jacks
10 Push-ups
10 Sit-ups
10 Tricep Dips
10 Squats

Repeat 2 times

Then tonight I’ll go for a bike ride… if it’s raining we will move it indoors–no big deal!
Here’s the food plan:

Breakfast will be two scrambled eggs with whole grain toast and a coffee.

Yogurt for a snack.

Lunch will be a salad with soybeans and sprouts and some cheese.

Grapes and pretzels for a snack.

Dinner will be chicken breast and brown rice with broccoli.

And I’ll finish up my homemade ice cream for dessert! (I’ve got about 3/4 cups left).

Here we go! Nothing like the present to dive in and just get my lazy butt off the couch!