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March 29, 2013

Pastel Rocker

I have this infatuation with navy right now. 
Pair it with the trendy mint top and I'm in heaven... 
Now if I could only find a genius white leather jacket!





H&M h m, $45 / Lost / Dorothy Perkins nude shoes / Mint handbag / Haskell jewelry / Strand necklace / NYX / Witchery Ponte Flip Skirt, $47


Have a happy Easter weekend!

March 28, 2013

Pinspiration for Spring

Here are a few words and pictures that are inspiring my Spring.

{healthy time}
{my goal}
{living room project}
{bedroom project}
{pet project}

So yeah...
That may be a little too ambitious in the DIY area.
But I'm gonna try!

March 27, 2013

Poppin' Tags

Growing up I knew more about my parents financial issues than other kids.

There was a lot involved, including a fairly serious car accident and my parent's medical bills from it.
Due to this, and my parent's frugal ways, I'm completely comfortable shopping in a thrift store. 

I was doing it before the hit song.
Before thrift t's were popular in high school with the kids jersey shirt trend that happened.

I actually really enjoy taking the time to go through racks of random clothing and finding those jewels.
I'm talking name brand, on-trend pieces.
I'm thankful for those people who freely give to foundations like Goodwill and Salvation Army.

The other night I went to my local general thrift store for a little cheap retail therapy. 
Here are some of my finds.

The Limited - $4.99

Banana Republic - $2.99

The Limited - $4.99

Jones NY - $2.99

Charlotte Russe - $2.99

Unknown - $2.99

Target - $2.99

I'm super excited!
I also found Jake an express shirt, but he has to try it on to see if it fits. 
It was totally worth the $2.99 to have him try on a brand new Express shirt, with tags. 
If it doesn't I know my brother might want it.

So anyone else a thrifter? 

March 26, 2013

Instagram + Vine Blog Hop


Welcome to the Instagram + Vine Blog Hop! If you're new here, the Instagram + Vine Blog Hop is a party where you link up your Instagram and/or Vine accounts, find and follow new friends, and be continually inspired by what you see in your feeds! No need to have a blog, just an Instagram and/or Vine account!

How to PLAY:

1. Follow your HOSTS:

Kimberly | Instagram: @anightowlblog | Vine: anightowlblog 
Emily | Instagram: @mrsemshhh | Vine: emily emshwille
Angie | Instagram: @blogali | Vine: Little Inspiration

2. Follow your CO-HOSTS:

Liz | Instagram: @lizmariegalvan | Vine: Liz Marie Blog


You can find Liz here: 

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Erin | Instagram: @erinpatreiss


 You can find Erin here:

3. Link up your Instagram Web Profile:

Just link up your new Instagram Web Profile (http://instagram.com/username) -OR- your web viewer of choice in the linky below!

Note: this URL will not let you choose a profile pic from your feed, so be sure you have a picture you can upload from your computer if you use it! If you get a "Error: The requested URL returned error: 500" error that just means it can't find a picture to use NOT that your link is bad. Just click on "Direct Image URL" if you have one or "Upload from Computer". If you still have trouble, try sticking with Followgram or Webstagram to upload your profile.

4. NEW! Link up your Vine Username and/or Video!

Add your Vine username (so folks can find you) to the list below! Or link up a Vine video so we can see your cinematography at work! This is new, so there aren't web profiles just yet, but hopefully they'll be out soon! How do you find your video link? If you post your video on Facebook or Twitter, you will be given a URL that looks like this: "http://vine.co/v/bJegq22datT." Just link that up below with your username so we can find you! If you don't have a URL to one of your videos, simply link up your blog URL, but make sure the title is your Vine username so we can find you!

5. Check out and follow a few fellow Instagram or Vine friends.

Tell folks you follow that you found them through the Hop!

6. Spread the word!

Tweet about it, share it on Facebook or post about it on Instagram!

Want to co-host? Email Kimberly to get on the calendar. Now let's link up!

March 25, 2013

Family Planning

Dear family planning,
We're through.
C'est Le Vie!

God is trying to teach me something I've evidently been ignoring.

His timeline is my timeline, not the other way around.

Psalm 27:14 


Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Here is a little inspiration for anyone needing a little encouragement today.
I pray that you do receive what it is that you are waiting for.
In the meantime, feel confident with this...
















March 22, 2013

Spring has Sprung

I'm starting to think that a floral or print maxi will be my uniform this spring.
I prefer the dresses that give you a waistline.
Add a little chambray on top and BAM.
Spring!




Spring has Sprung


March 21, 2013

Throw Back Thursday



How about that time in 2006 when I cut my hair all off.....


Yeah.
I thought I needed a change since I was a freshman in college.
I was mad that I had to actually style it for about 2 years.
I think I'm still getting over it.

March 20, 2013

My 'Love' Food

So, I love eating.
I, literally, will eat almost anything. Well, not actual sea food... or crazy things like grasshoppers

My absolute favorite food is Ramen noodles. They never get old for me. I can whip it up in seconds and eat it until the end of time. I don't count Ramen as just a poor college kid meal.

It's a staple in my house. It's even in our rules. 
Never shall we ever bee without Ramen noodles.

OK, maybe it's not in our house rules... But it should be.


March 18, 2013

Earliest Memory

Have you ever been sitting with your parents and they start reminiscing about your childhood, and all of a sudden you are like, 'Wait, I remember that!!!!' 

I do this all the time. 

I was born in Michigan. Yes, I know. As a Buckeye Alumni, I got a lot of crap from my fellow students and fans. The only thing redeeming about that fact of my life is that we moved to Ohio when I was 2. The funny thing is, I remember the Michigan house.We had a weeping willow and a tire swing. Our driveway wasn't paved and it was really long. We also had 3 horses. Tovi, Ladybug and Joe.

Ok, ok so I don't really remember the horses.
Or the driveway... Really.

I remember moving my Sit-n-spin from our shed/garage and coming across a huge spider. It was probably just a Daddy Long Legs, but in my memories it was a giant thing the size of my toy. And scarier than all get out!
I also remember getting my big sibling's bike (with training wheels) stuck in a hole and spinning the big wheel in a puddle, spraying water everywhere.

 Of course, I don't know if these memories are real. It's possible that they aren't and I'm just remembering pictures and stories and making them real for me. 

I hope they are, because they're all that I have from actually living in Michigan. Big sis and Bro have so many more factual memories from our first house. I'm jealous, for sure... It was a different place, a different time. To be able to say that I actually remember the 80's would be amazing.

Does anyone else have memories like that, where you think they must be real?

March 15, 2013

My Kind of St. Patty's Day


Remember how I'm kinda anti-holiday clothes.
No red on Valentine's day. 
No green on St. Patrick's day. 
No red, white and blue for the 4th.
I can't help it. 
(I think Old Navy's holiday clothing selections killed it for me.)

Here is a St. Patty's day outfit I can stand behind.




Flowers and Green

March 14, 2013

The Death of Google Reader



If you haven't heard, it's happening July 1st.
I, personally, never used Google reader... But I know a lot of other people did/do.
Hopefully BlogLovin (a fav of mine) will start to pick up as an alternative.
Here is an article about a few other options. I found it while reading about the shut down.

Here is a link to my bloglivin' feed, or go ahead and click the big Plus sign on my header.
(Bloglovin is offering an easy import of all of your Google Reader blogs!)


What are your feelinga about the shut down of Google Reader?
How many of you use the GR for reading your collection of daily reads?
If you have already made the switch, what alternative do you prefer?
Do you think RSS is on it's way out?

March 12, 2013

Recap: Baby the Musical

My experience with Baby was amazing.

I haven't had a part since Big River in 2009.
Before that it was How To Succeed in Business Without Even Trying in 2005.
That's one in high school and one in college.
I was a little rusty.

I absolutely loved the grind of the show. The cast was amazing and everyone clicked really quickly. We all fell in love with each other's parts and songs. Some people could even do another part, they knew it so well.
That's what you get from a month of nightly rehearsals... Imagine if we had longer!

I do have to admit that I'm not the best with memorization. I, evidently, need someone to run lines with me over and over and over again until I have the scene down. I didn't realize this until about 2 and a half weeks out. Not my smartest move, I admit. I really hope that I didn't frustrate anyone else more than I did myself. I was pretty down on myself about my lack of memorization until I was able to get over myself and ask for help. I was all, 'I don't want to inconvenience anyone else.' Really I was just making it harder for the people in each scene than was necessary.
Go me.

Anyway, I wanted to get you a few snippets of songs and things like that.
Bear in mind that these are from Tech week, which is also known jokingly as 'Hell Week'.

(A little disclamer. One; These videos are owned by me. Two; Everyone was sick. So cracks, hoarsness, sniffing and coughing were normal. Please, love us anyway? lol)


 This is me singing with a group of ladies at the beginning of act 2.
Sorry that the quality of the video is so bad... And crooked.
Evidently, Jake is a camera master... Sweet man of mine.

There is a snippet of the show.
Please, if you comment, be kind.

Next on the theatre plate...

Les Miserables.
Not even kidding.

Interested? You should be.
Goodness knows my theatre family is freaking out.

March 11, 2013

Out with the Old

When Jake and I got our first apartment, we bought a bunch of furniture and rugs from a SIL's friend. There was a bunch included, all for a whopping $500.
Bed frame, mattress, overstuffed chair, rug, coffee table and decor chair.
SIL kept the coffee table and the decor chair because we didn't have any room for them.

We were suffering with the mattress we had before. Because of the bed frame, we didn't have a box spring and the bed sat pretty low to the ground. Jake wasn't sleeping very well. I was waking up with back aches. Not to mention, when we both were ont eh bed, we rolled into the middle. I can't tell you how many times I woke up with a face full of armpit.
It was lovely.

This past weekend, Jake and I got a new mattress!!!

We donated our old mattress to our local theatre group.
Mainly because my show, 'Baby, the Musical' needed a real bed due to all the scene's that takes place in a bedroom.

This is Jake and my dad, trying to figure out how to lower our frame so that the bed didn't sit waist high.
Yeah, not even kidding. We put the short boxspring and the double sided pillow top mattress on our bed frame and it, literally, came to my waist. 
Out old mattress sat as high as the short boxspring.




When we lowered the frame, I had to take everything out from under the bed. Even my under-bed boxes wouldn't fit.


My boys, sleeping in on the new mattress. 
They deserved it!

Rainy Monday

This is helping to make my rainy Monday a little happier...

 

And this guy...

March 7, 2013

Army Update

You want to hear my Army update?
Jake's National Guard contract is done!

It's been a crazy 6 years.
Let me give you the cliffnotes version.


  • The day Jake signed was the last day he heard from his recruiter. She pretended not to know the twins after she got her money.
  • Before signing his papers, the whole family was told that both boys would 100% be back in time for SIL's wedding. That was ignored and in order to get back he had to drop out of his year long AIT and have it delayed by over 7 months. But yes, he got in late the night before the wedding.
  • Jake's basic training only allowed 3 phone calls home. Peroid.
  • The family traveled to Ft. Bragg for Jake's Basic Training graduation... We had to leave him there because his year long AIT started immediately after.
  • The arly considered Jake an AIT drop out because of the wedding. This means that all of his training got pushed back. This meant that of the soldiers in his unit with the same MOS, he would be the last to be promoted unless he had mad promotion points.
  • Jake's second first day at AIT he was forced to do push-ups in a pile of red fire ants. Not really related... But still crappy.
  • Jake injured his ankle (we think he actually broke it) and because he was able to walk into the clinic he was told 'it was fine'.... Then they managed to 'lose' any paperwork concerning his ankle.
  • We got engaged.
  • Jake finished his AIT program in one of the top spots in the class. I don't remember his place, but I know it was really, really good.
  • Jake came home from AIT.
  • We made a date for our wedding... Then had to move it up by 3 months because of deployment orders. 
  • We got married and moved into our place.
  • That deployment was cancelled. Yay for spending more than 3 months as a married couple!
  • Another deployment was scheduled. The unit went to the pre-deployment training.... It' a month long.
  • That deployment was cancelled.
  • Everyone and their mothers got pregnant!
  • The Sept 11, 2011 date was given for Deployment. Another month long training was scheduled.
  • 3/4 of everyone had their babies!
  • Jake and I moved into our current place. KG moved in and the twins, and RG, left for Afghanistan. All with in 5 days.
  • 2 months later, Thanksgiving day, we were told that Twin was coming home.
  • Twin came home Dec 31st... 
  • Jake was skipped over more than three for a promotion... His promotion points were 'lost'. At least 2 of the people promoted in place of him were state side.......
  • Jake was moved to a new base and was given all of the jobs that person had before him... And wasn't given the rank to go with it.
  • Jake was within 30 feet of an RPG exploding. Those things have a 200m range. Praise the Lord it didn't detonate. Let's just say it was an awesome day for me....
  • Jake came home.
  • The unit offered him an extension on his contract with absolutely no perks... It was a mildly offensive offer, in my opinion.
  • The VA basically brushed his PTSD and other issues under the table. 
Yeah.

Serving our country was the right way to go for Jake. He volunteered to serve when he didn't have to. The role he had in taking care of the wounded, civilian and soldier alike, that came through his clinic makes me so proud. He helped save lives. Not everyone can provide a service like that. 

 The National Guard has provided us with a lot. Job experience and training for Jake. A way to stay out of debt, for the time being, when it comes to school and VA benefits. Jake and I were quickly thrown into the reality of married life and the kind of support that is necessary in times of trouble. I'm thankful for that lesson every day.

But, it has also left us with a bad taste in our mouths.
There is nothing worse than knowing that your husband is an all around great guy. Jake always follows all the rules and has proven time and time again that he is a excellent soldier. To see the unit completely ignore this and treat him like crap... It's hard to watch, knowing that there is not a single thing I, as a lowly army wife, can do about it.
In the end, his dissapointment and bitterness was too much for us to continue the Army National Guard life.

We are just one story, and thankfully ours is done, for now. Truthfully, I'd be lying if I said that we were completely done with the military. There is always the chance of a great opportunity after Med school.

We will cross that bridge when we get to it.

So there you have it.
Jake is on a 2 year recall, so hopefully he doesn't get called up again for a deployment.
I'm praying with every fiber of my being that it wont happen, ad I refuse to feel guilty about that.
It's time for us to move on with our lives.

March 6, 2013

Little Letters Link Up

This week's Letters are to make up for the past two weeks.
Dear Baby Cast- I miss you. It was such a great experience, working with you. Singing with you. Acting out such a great story with you.... But I sure am enjoying my vegging sessions.
Dear Husband- You have been amazing. I know that the past month and a half has been absolutely crazy with me running to rehearsals after barely having time to make/eat dinner with you. You didn't complain *much about how little time we have spent together, and you get extra kisses for it. 
Dear Family - You're support through out 'Baby' was so great. From bringing me random set pieces to showing up in full force for a show. I'm so grateful and blessed to have you as a part of my life.
Dear Friends- I'm sorry I've been terrible. Life has calmed down now.
Dear Readers - Don't forget to take advantage of the eShakti promo. Go check it out. Also, welcome new and old readers! I love that you've stopped by!
 

March 5, 2013

Dogs are Babies Too!!

This is a link up to shamelessly admit to babying and spoiling your fur babies.
Maverick and Asher came to us after years of me pining after the Italian Greyhound breed.
I prayed and prayed for the right time/breeder/price/litter.
After being married for a year, Jake and I found a breeder in Ohio who was really awesome and kept us updated through the whole process.
We brought Maverick home in October 2010. He was a little guy and always tired. We didn't know at the time that he was sick.
December of 2010 was a rough month.
It was a really hard Christmas Eve for us, deciding that putting him down would be best for him.
 Our breeder was as broken hearted as we were, considering Maverick was only 4 months old, and gifted us with first pick from the litter that was due that next month.
Enter Asher.
He's our jewel.

The nature of the Italian Greyhound breed is lap dog extraordinaire. 
I'm talking pillows, blankets, sleeping in our bed and being spoiled by everyone.
We buy premium pet food (Taste of the Wild, for the Zeke and Ash.) And Asher even gets a little canned food in order to keep up with his high metabolism.
He gets organic treats.
He is about 85% house trained. At night, because he sleeps in bed with us, he is allowed to use a potty pad just in case.
He has, and wears pajamas.
His harness was kinda expensive due to it being a hiking harness that helps prevent him from slipping out while on walks...  (He has never even tried to slip his harness.)
He gets breakfast promptly at 5:30am, right when my alarm goes off... Then he is escorted back into bed and placed under the covers before I hop in the shower.
Both of his kennels (plastic crate downstairs and open wired crate upstairs) have at least 2 fluffy blankets in them.





Did I mention that when he broke his leg, his surgery was over $2000 and I took a whole week off to be with him.
What about how during that time Jake and I took our spare room's futon mattress and put it in our bedroom, on the floor, so that Asher could still sleep with us.
We are crazy.
I know.
Crazy in love!