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April 30, 2013

Summer Musical; Les Miserables


You read right, my summer theatre family got the rights, the very expensive rights, to perform Les Miserables this summer!

I'm over the moon. I'm sure anyone who knows theatre adores Les Mis.
I've been in love with it since I saw the 10th anniversary, when I was 7-8 years old.
I would drive my parents insane singing Castle on a Cloud, On My Own and many of the boy's songs.
I'm not quiet about sharing my opinion that the boys get all the good songs in the score.

I also tired to read the actual book in 9th grade.
I remember it being very monotonous and long.

Anyway, The second the arts council announced their intentions of doing Les Mis, everyone and their mother in the central Ohio area started talking about it and auditions.

I's be lying if I said that the idea of everyone being excited about the show wasn't scary.

Look at it from my perspective.

Tons of actresses from all over the city, possibly further, fighting over the same 4 parts.
And with some they are more than willing for a real fight.
You think I'm kidding.

So take cental Ohio's pretty dang large acting community and add the fact that we are the first theatre group to do the production here...
It's going to be an interesting audition process.

I'm nervous because I don't have much experience as a lead in shows.
I know that I've been over this before, so I wont go into it all again.
In a nutshell, my acting resume isn't impressive.
Self-doubt is eating away at me, big time.
All I can do is offer my talent and hope that it's enough.
Lord knows I don't have the experience some of these other girls do.

These next few weeks are going to be rough, prepping for auditions.
Praying that I can make myself stand out.

Watching the video from the production I just finished, Baby the Musical, and hating every second of my performance doesn't really help.

I'm thinking the Lord and I are in for quite a few discussions about His will, my gifts and self doubt.
I could use a little back up and support over the next few weeks.

April 29, 2013

Beautiful Weekend

It was a really great weekend.

Jake worked Friday 3rd shift, so Saturday morning I spent the day spending a little money running errands and amusing myself.
This really means I shopped then caught up on TV shows on Hulu.
{lunch! Cherry tomatoes, fresh motz and balsamic vinegar!}


The weather on Saturday was really great. 

{the tree in our backyard}


Asher LOVED the warm sunshine

 Saturday evening we went over to SIL's house for Noah's 2nd birthday party.
His birthday isn't until later this week, but celebrating early made for lots of fun!
I was a bad aunt and didn't get many pictures during the party.
Actually I didn't get any pictures until people were heading out and little boys were melting.


Grown men too... 

And fur nieces...

Sunday wasn't as eventful. 
The rain was pretty cruddy.
But family dinner with some pizza always helps.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

April 25, 2013

My Witty Husband

This morning at 7:34am, my husband sent me an email with a picture in it.

The email said, 'Sorry Love, I cheated on you lol'

Here is the picture.


I was at work, and could not stop laughing.

And yes, evidently he was fishing at 7:30am.
He's on a fishing kick and is convinced that he needs a new fishing rod...
Looks like I gotta support his new habit.

What a dork.
I love him!

April 24, 2013

Green Smoothie Challenge

This week I've been participating in a blog world green smoothie challenge.
Basically you make one green smoothie a day.
I'm not sure if it's in place of a meal or not, but that's what I did.

Hello, breakfast smoothies!
The 100% best way to start the morning.
Sorry neighbors, for the smoothie blending at 7am.

Sunday evening I made my very first smoothie.
Jake and I purchased a magic bullet about 2 months ago and I had never touched it.
The result wasn't great.
Evidently I did a few things wrong.

1. Do not just throw every fruit you find in the cup.
2. Make sure to chop your banana before adding it to the cup and blending all the ingredients together.
3. Blueberries don't blend as well. Be prepared for bits of skin to stick in your straw.
4. green smoothies aren't always green. It just means that you have added a green veggie to the mix.
5. Freezing the night before makes for a long wait for everything to thaw.

Monday's Smoothie
Ingredients:
Blueberries
Strawberries
Banana
Clementine
Spinach
Vanilla Almond Milk
Greek Yogurt
Ice

It was not great. I'm really not a fan of blueberries in smoothies. I made it Sunday night and took it to work the next day.
Bad idea.

Tuesday's Smoothie
Ingredients:
Banana
Spinach
Vanilla Almond Milk
Greek Yogurt
Strawberries
Cinnamon
Honey
Ice

So yummy! It was really great. The honey and cinnamon really made a difference.

Wednesday's Smoothie
That's peanut butter on my cup.

 Ingredients:
Strawberries
Banana
Spinach
Honey
Greek Yogurt
Silk Mango Protein Milk
Peanut Butter
Ice

It was bad. I did the whole toss everything in and give it a try' thing again.
Bad idea.
Plus, I'm not really sure how much I like drinking peanut butter...


I have a few days left in the challenge but I'm really liking having a smoothie for breakfast. I've been noticing that I have more energy in the morning and I feel a lot better.

April 23, 2013

To Be Completely Honest...

Everyone looks for different things in the blogs they read.
Personally, I tend to be drawn to blogs that have lots of pictures (mostly well taken pictures, but I enjoy the candid pictures) in a post.
Pictures catch your eye and draw you into a post.
It's like a first impression.


I'm such a hypocrite, because I know that I tend to just throw pictures into a post, all willie-nilly like, hoping that they will make sense with what's going on.
Fail.

Content is really what makes me stick when it comes to a blog.
I want to read honest, real and candid opinions and experiences.

Blogging is a double edged sword.
I've felt it's sting. So, I know that being open and honest with your personal life and opinions can be really scary and may not be the best idea.

I'm drawn to a blog that talks about highs as well as, sometimes mostly censored, lows.
At least the blogger is being truthful about their life. There is nothing that turns me off more than a blogger who instead of posting real content, is content with giveaways, photo contests, fashion posts, DIY's and sponsored reviews instead of experiences.

I'm not saying any of those things are bad... I know that blogging is a community of people who are more than willing to help a blog friend out and interact with their readers.
But as a reader and consumer of blogs, it's a little annoying.
It's almost like blog spam.

I hope that you, as a reader, are finding your niche of blogs that you enjoy reading day after day.
I'd be over-the-moon excited if you decided that my blog was one of those you chose to read.

 Feel free to share some blog love and comment with a must-read blog that you honestly enjoy.

April 22, 2013

Peplum Shirt

I have one. 
I even wore it once and liked it.
I'll wear it again because it's dang cute!
I just can't help but share the funniness that I find with this style shirt coming back into style.
Before the 2012 trend took over we saw the peplum figure mostly in cinch/elastic waisted tunics.

That's right. I said back in style.
It was popular in the 80's. Big shoulders, peplum waistline.
It was popular in the 50's, mainly as a top for pencil shirts.

The shape that I most associate the peplum with is the 1700-1800's riding habit.

Now granted, the shape was necessary due to their voluminous skirts, corsets and petticoats.
Designers are finding exciting and beautiful ways to re-invent past trends.

pep·lum  

Noun
  1. A short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman's jacket, dress, or blouse.
  2. (in ancient Greece) A woman's loose outer tunic or shawl.


I guess where I was going with this was, whenever I wear my peplum shirt, I feel like I stepped back in time.

It's similar to the feeling I get when I wear a costume.
Or read a historical novel.
And I sure do love both.

April 19, 2013

Love Neon


This week I wanted to recreate an outfit I saw at a Lia Sophia party I went to. 
Yes, it was the woman who sold the jewelry. 
She was so trendy with her awesome lime blouse and little black heels.
I spent most of the party wondering if I could pull off a lime blouse and hoop earrings.
Figures that the hoops that she was wearing were the ones that I ended up getting.

I'm far from brave enough to try to pull off a lime shirt.

However, I will use it as my inspiration today!
Thanks Polyvore, for letting me live vicariously through you!

Love Neon



Vero Moda , $27 / Genetic Denim capri jeans / Merona lace camisole / Mid heel sandals / Dorothy Perkins plastic jewelry / Dorothy Perkins colorful earrings



April 18, 2013

Married to ADHD

Ever since Jake got home from Afghanistan he has been having some trouble with school.
Due to the fact that Hubs is pretty dang smart, His not doing well in school equals B's.
It's also very upsetting to him and frustrating for me (for him, of course).

His focus and attention span has been an issue.

There was a little of this showing up before the deployment... But since Jake got home it has really been a struggle. 
He will have to read paragraphs 3-4 times before really being able to comprehend what he read.
That's a kinda big problem.

He has also been avoiding tasks that take great concentration.
My man who loves taking apart things and putting them back together hasn't torn any electronic open since he got home in September.
It's unheard of.

It has been a heck of a time trying to get Jake into the VA for an evaluation. He started on the process back in December.
His first appointment was more than 5 weeks after that.
Then the guy he saw told him that it wasn't ADD and it would go away in a month or two. 
Then prescribed 2 books for him to read.
I'm not even kidding.
The moron Doctor told my husband, who is having a hard time reading his homework for school, 2 books to read.

I fumed about this for weeks. 
I also banned Jake from dealing with the VA again and made him an appointment with our DO.
Our DO got him a referral with in 2 days and we were getting things rolling.

Jake had to go through some testing. He did great in most of the tests, scoring above 90%... Except when it came to reading and comprehension.
Hello, scores in the 50's.

He was diagnosed with ADHD Inattentive. 
Short attention span
Distractibility
Disorganization
Procrastination
Poor internal supervision


I guess that's what we're dealing with...

 When Jake first got home he was scheduling things on top of things, on top of things... One day he had told 3 different people that we were free when we had a family event.


After that I forced Jake to sync phone calendars with me.

Now we are done with all the testing and have a prescription for some medication that should help my man out. If it ends up not working out, or his mood/personality is effected, we will be switching until we find the right one for him.

Vyvance is the name of the medication we are starting with. 
So far, it's working out really nicely. 
Jake told me that his appetite is normal, his focus is far better, and he is more attentive in class. 
Hopefully his blood pressure and everything else will be fine on the meds. It's one of the concerns our DO had.
Jake goes back in a month for a vitals check.

I'd love to hear from others who are in a similar situation, whether it be your or a family member dealing with ADHD. 

It runs in my family, so I'm familiar and comfortable with the topic. With this development I'm going to be very aware and purposeful with our future children.
No person should feel as if something, like ADHD, will hold them back from living a normal life.

April 17, 2013

Invisalign Progress

I know this isn't as exciting of a process as I may think.
And some people may be genuinely grossed out.

I figure going through braces in your mid 20's is very different than in high school...Having Invisalign, rather than the traditional brackets and wires, might be something you have thought about.

It's been pretty crazy. 
I'm not really one to pay attention to my teeth. I knew the top was fairly straight and hid the overcrowding of my bottom teeth really well.
Before my treatment started my MIL (momma-in-love) wasn't shy about her concern for my mouth. She works for an oral surgeon in town and knows about some of the TMJ issues that I've had. She was always concerned that I would have to have jaw surgery if I didn't fix my bite.
My crowding and the concern shown by my MIL, along with my absolute fear of surgery in general, made me make it a priority.

So I'm now on tray 22 of 37.
This is what 22 sets of trays looks like.

After I'm done with them, I toss them in my mini ultrasonic for one last cleaning, then put them in a zippy bag in the freezer.  I don't know why I chose the freezer as the storage place for them. I guess having them in an adorable aztec printed 31 thermal bag makes it feel a little less gross.
OK, so it's still gross, what can I say?

Here is are top and bottom pictures of my progress so far.

Top 
{22 on left, 1 on right}
Bottom
{22 on left, 1 on right}

I know that it's hard to really see what is going on here.
I just suggest looking at the shape the trays are formed in. Mainly the difference is in the shape of the arch.

I'd be lying if I said I hadn't noticed anything... The insane gapping that is going on on my top teeth is upsetting to my vanity. It's just a good thing that my trays hide the new gaps and will be pulling everything together in the end.

I'm almost done with my treatment. That's something to be excited about. 
22 out of 37 is pretty exciting!

April 16, 2013

MTV Movie Awards

This is an anything goes type of red carpet... 
It's not my favorite.
Really it all boils down to the fact that people have so few excuses to dress like royalty.

I'm sorry.
Keshaaaaaaa! Pl-ease get a better stylist!

She looks like two face from batman... 
Or like she is trying to one up Melanie Martinez from The Voice (who was WAY adorable).
I just don't get it.

Thank goodness the 'business' has people who are eternally classy. 

I adore this pant suit! It's so fresh!

It may be a little too much skin for me, personally, but she looks pulled together and like she is at an award show. 

Such an adorable dress. Flirty and fancy at the same time. 

I know the foot/arm attached to her head is crazy, but the dress is really great.

Love him! 

Hands down for me. 
What a great casual/fancy look. 
I love that skirt!



I did say anything goes...


April 15, 2013

Shabby Apple's New Spring Line!

I'm so excited to share Shabby Apple's new line, Fete De Fleurs!
I adore the french name, for starters.
Add on the pastel, lace and awesome vintage silouettes and dancer poses.
*le sigh
It's true love.

Here are a few of my very favorites.





Isn't it just swoon-worthy?!

I looooove it! 

April 12, 2013

Shoes Shoes Shoes




Today is shoe obsession day for Friday's Fancies.
I wanted to call it 'Show Love Vomit" but I didn't think people would care to read a post with that title.
I'm not going to lie. This board literally took 5 minutes to get together because I was all;
Mint shoes. 
Nude shoes. 
Search. 
Drool. 
Bam.
Shoes Shoes Shoes



Platform boots / Zara leather cowboy boots / Patent flat / Heel wedge shoes / Lipstik wedge pumps, $47 / Accessorize metallic ballet flat / Charlotte Russe patent shoes / Forever 21 printed wedge / Converse vintage shoes / Madden Girl pull on boots / Dorothy Perkins flat shoes / H&M flat, $23 / Steve Madden ballet shoes / Sandals / Call it SPRING lacey shoes / ALDO ballet shoes / Chinese Laundry sparkly shoes

I can't wait to see other you shoes obsessions.
Please let me know if I found the shoe your heart desires... 
They are all under $50.

Love you all!

April 11, 2013

Thank YOU

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you, Dear Loves.

I can't even believe how awesome it is to be in a community that is so supportive and inspiring! I've had the blessing of corresponding and sharing little pieces of life with you and it's been so amazing getting to hear from you.

You make me feel sane.
OK, maybe I just feel not alone in my insanity.

Love you all!!!

Internet hug!





OK, yeah... That was a little much.

April 10, 2013

What I'm Wearing

I've seen other bloggers this. 
I hate to steal an idea... 
But I'm stealing it.

Here are a few 'good' outfits from the last 2 weeks.

Yeah.
I wake up at 5:30am, the few 'good'  days are when I'm not half asleep or running late.
I'm not 100% fashion awesome.
I know, I know. It's a shock, right?

You know what. I should do a daily post and do whatever outfit I wear.
I'd title it, 'Anti-fashion; Oh! wait, this one's OK!'
HaHA!

I'll link similar items to each outfit, due to my habitual bargain/sales rack shopping.
{chambray shirt / grey tank / boots / scarf / olive jeans}

{shoes / tights / grey tank / sweater / jean jacket / skirt / earrings}

{wine jeans / tank / sweater / earrings / belt / shoes}





And this was my Easter dress!
{dress / shoes / sweater / necklace}
That was like a clothing scavenger hunt!
Some of the item links are the exact same, others are really close.

Take that all you awesome bloggers with awesome cameras and editing software.
OK, so I'm maybe looking into getting a new camera.
And mastering whatever editing program I can.
My puny Thunderbolt's camera just isn't cutting it.
Neither is my super narrow mirror.

I promise improvements are on the way...
Love you muy mucho, lovely readers!!!

April 9, 2013

Book Club: Pope Joan

Before all the craziness of the Pope retiring, our book club chose to read Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross.
Crazy! It's like we knew what was going to happen.

Anyway Pope Joan is very intimidating with it's 400-ish pages.
It reads like a 200 page book!

{pic and article via}


A world-wide bestseller, major motion picture and upcoming "Director's Cut" TV mini-series exclusively for the U.S!

"Pope Joan has all the elements one wants in a historical drama–love, sex, violence, duplicity, and long-buried secrets. Cross has written an engaging book."–Los Angeles Times Book Review

For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die–Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter. Now in this riveting novel, Donna Woolfolk Cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept. 

Brilliant and talented, young Joan rebels against medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn. When her brother is brutally killed during a Viking attack, Joan takes up his cloak–and his identity–and enters the monastery of Fulda. As Brother John Anglicus, Joan distinguishes herself as a great scholar and healer. Eventually, she is drawn to Rome, where she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous web of love, passion, and politics. Triumphing over appalling odds, she finally attains the highest office in Christendom–wielding a power greater than any woman before or since. But such power always comes at a price . . . 

In this international bestseller, Cross brings the Dark Ages to life in all their brutal splendor and shares the dramatic story of a woman whose strength of vision led her to defy the social restrictions of her day.
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Just a warning, the prologue is a little rough, but once you get through it the book goes much better.
No one likes reading about a blizzard and a aging midwife losing feeling in her hands before the birth of our title character. It was a bit taxing...


I found the book to be very interesting and completely believable.
Talk about a scandal!
The characters are interesting, even if they take a little bit to fully evolve.
There is action, romance, scandal, drama.
Everything needed in a good book.
I highly recommend it for a intriguing, fun read.

April 8, 2013

ACM Red Carpet

I'm not going to lie.
I'm now a country fan.
Not even Taylor Swift, really.
So I don't know who half these people are.

I really only recognized Faith Hill (bearly! What in the world?!), Tim McGraw, Jewel, and the guy from Duck Dynasty.
OK, so maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit... But only a little bit.

No Thanks.


Here are the dresses and suits that I enjoyed the most.







Country music certainly has some classy ladies, I do have to say.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!