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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!

Finding my happiness!

So, The past few months have been awful at work…. quite honestly, it’s just not worth it to me working there anymore.  I know, I know, there are bad things at every job. I get that. But when your job starts to suck your happiness out of your life that’s when you know that things need to change.


That’s how I feel. Lost. Like I’m just treading water. Not going anywhere, not doing anything.  I think I’m listening too much to others as well.  I need to do more listening to myself.

Some things I’m going to try to find my happiness and feel like I’m moving forward again:

1) Start working out again and make it a priority.  The job is worthless if I’m not healthy.

2) Start blogging more.  Blogging helps me get my thoughts out and see how I’ve changed.  I think it’ll help me realize what really makes me happy too.

3) Start baking more.  I let the idea of a bakery go down the drain again this year because I let work get in the way.  That’s no way to treat my future.

4) Start crafting. I need to let my creativity flow. I’m too much of a creative girl to just sit here and not do it!

So those are some of my goals.  I really need to just start putting myself #1 and that’s so hard.  I’m one of those people who have that “do it no matter what and do it the best you can” attitudes even when I hate something.  Great for my employer, bad for myself.  I think I need to learn how to say “No!” every once in a while too. 

Anyone else have trouble with saying no and following their own passion/dreams?

5 Things

Each Sunday I’m going to try and post one-liners about 5 things I did the week before.  Then I’ll also post a few random pictures just because I can.  With that said the end of the first week of 2013 is already here! I can’t believe it!

It’s been a rough week! Here are some things we’re trying to figure out this week:

1) We went to the Dr. in hopes that we’ll find out what’s going on with my baby maker!

2) I realized that I absolutely hate my co-workers and employer but absolutely love my students.

3) I’ve become determined to find my happiness…. whatever that may be.

4) I got an awesome jersey from a dear friend-I am now the owner of THREE different jerseys. For a girl that doesn’t like sports this is BIG.

5) I bought a 10 card pass to get back at Diva Doll Fitness—Can’t wait to get back in shape and get my confidence back!

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A little shopping fun!

I’ve been needing to relax a little lot lately so the Husband suggested some retail therapy!

I stopped at Home Goods and found some amazing stuff!

First of all—they have awesome chandelier style cupcake and cake stands: check this out!



And I finally did something I’ve been dying to do for awhile now!  I saw the idea for using an Apothecary jar as a cupcake liner holder on Pinterest here:


So after seeing that I decided to make one myself! I didn’t want to actually make the jar so I decided to just buy one at Home Goods.  It was only $12.99!  That seems like a steal to me!

All empty:


Much better!



What’s that jar in the corner you ask?  It’s my vanilla bean paste that came in the mail today! Finally! Thank you Amazon!! (click the link to buy some yourself!)


Kitchen is nearly finished!

Well, it only took us about 4 months (who’s counting?) but we finally added hardware and painted our kitchen!

Here are some pictures! Need a reminder of what it looked like before? Check here and here! 

We took a week off for Christmas and I was getting pretty antsy that our vacation was almost over and we hadn’t completed a SINGLE thing!!  That’s just not relaxing to me!

So I made an executive decision and headed to Target to look at some hardware.  Quite honestly, we looked around and Target had the best deal on what we wanted. 

I was up in the air about using a round or oval knob but I went with oval and now I’m glad I did!


Then it was time to get to work!  We bought a couple guides from Lowe’s to make sure everything was perfect and got to drilling!


Here was a near victory Instagram photo!


Since I had some primer laying round I went ahead and got to work priming the walls too!


We headed over to Lowe’s and picked up a Valspar paint color from Lowes’ National Trust For Historic Preservation Colors called Cincinnatian Hotel Nichols Taupe.  I really like it!  It’s a neutral that really flows well with the home and I hope to use either pinks and browns or bright colors in this room down the road.




(a little Christmas tree action with the new paint color!)



I’m so happy that we finally crossed something off our list!  It’s as close to done as it’s going to get for the next three weeks!