August 30, 2014 brings you the #newcarface
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Honestly, shopping is always such a chore for me. The only thing that is “easy” for me is food shopping. Anything else tends to be tough for me. Right from clothes shopping, up to car shopping.

I love looking a new cars – when it’s for fun and I’m purely just “window shopping.” When it comes to NEEDING a new car and NEEDING to go shopping, it’s tough!

A few years ago when I was in a car accident and my car was totaled, besides all of the medical issues that it brought, it meant I also needed to go car shopping. (For inquiring minds: someone “sneezed,” which caused him to run a red light & hit me.) #newcarface
ANYWHO! I had so much fun from the start – car shopping with my dad…looking at cars online and then going to the dealership to look at them…coming back home, researching more, and going back to the dealership. It was a fun experience (mostly because I got to do it with my dad) for the most part. It got stressful quickly because I needed to make a decision since I needed a way to get to work.

After countless hours researching, tons of different dealership, lots of online searches, I finally found the perfect car which led me to having that new car face. (Actually…my dad did!) It was the best decision for me at the time and the car is still treating me well! I am very happy that my dad persuaded me in the direction that he did.

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July 21, 2014

I'm Mingling Today!

I decided to mingle with Meg & friends today!

What would I do if I had $100 to splurge with?!

Clothes? Makeup? Dog toys? Accessories? Kitchen gadgets? Art/craft supplies?

I'm going to go with a clothes (and 1 dog toy per furbaby)!! Mostly cute summer dresses so I could wear them to work, too. I haven't gone a clothing shopping spree in quite some's a shirt here & there...nothing major.

New clothes always make you (me!) feel pretty. And who doesn't like to feel pretty?

Lately, every time I have attempted to snag a shirt or two, I have struck out! I can't even show an example of what I would buy - I'm so behind in the fashion scene. ;)

If you had $100 to splurge with, what would you pick?

June 9, 2014

USA vs. Nigeria

In preparation what starts on Thursday, which is known as the World Cup, we went to the USA vs. Nigeria soccer match at the Everbank Stadium in Jacksonville over the weekend. It was the last US "friendly" before the World Cup starts. A big game!

I had never been to a professional soccer match before - it seemed like time went by quicker versus watching it on tv! Minus the incredibly heat and hot sun, it was a blast!

A summarized version of our day, minus all of the new soccer/US chants I learned, in photos:

One Nation - One Team!

Waiting for the match to start!

We watched the US soccer team tour bus pull in!

Shot of the stadium when we first sat down 

The US team warming up

Panoramic view!


WE WON! The final soccer was USA, 2 - Nigeria, 1.

What a fun day! I would definitely go again. It was also awesome to see all of the American pride & spirit - everyone was pretty much wearing red, white, and blue - or at least a soccer jersey.

June 4, 2014

Holy's June!

WOW. I haven't blogged in two months. Shame on me! I've missed it, I truly have. I've also missed the interaction with all of you lovelies.

Sometimes, life just gets right in the way though! Between work, keeping up with the house, cooking, family life (which doesn't "get in the way" - is precious and needs to be cherished!), cleaning, etc. I don't know how some of you ladies keep up with blogging. I'd love for you to share your secrets with me!

My blogging hiatus has taught me that sometimes it's okay to leave the dishes on the table after dinner to enjoy the beautiful sunset with your husband (ok, so hubby taught me that!), or to just curl up with your puppies and a good book and get lost into fantasy land, or to go to the beach with your family instead of going to the gym.

I will vow to blog at least once a week. Because I DO enjoy it. I vow to do it for ME. To chronicle my life - what's going on personally and what I'm thinking about.

First Wedding Anniversary Cruise :)
Happy hump day to you! Here's hoping June is a fabulous month for us all! xo

April 3, 2014

Thankful Thursday, 4.3.14

April flowers bring May showers...

Wow I can't believe it's April already - where is the time going?!

For the beginning of this beautiful April day, I am thankful for...

the great day V & I had celebrating our first year wedding anniversary :)

all of our family who celebrated with us!!

all of the family & friends who sent cards, messages, texts, etc. wishing us a happy anniversary - I felt like it was a whole new holiday we got to enjoy!

the whoopie pie cake that I made for family to eat while V & I indulged in our frozen cake topper ;)

that we are going on a cruise SOON!! ahh, so excited.

raspberry leaf tea. I was told it helps with (girly) cramps and so far - it does!! FINALLY something natural that works.

and I will end on this goofy new pen! ;)

What are YOU thankful for this week??

March 30, 2014

One Year Since "I Do"

I can't believe that a year has gone by that I married my best friend...that I had the time of my life...that I celebrated our very special day with loved ones...that my life became complete. What a special day we had that neither of us will never forger.

We are ready and excited for what the upcoming years will bring! Every day I realize how blessed I am and how thankful I am to be loved by such an amazing man.

& now to reminisce just a tad... 

March 29, 2014

Natural Organic Body Product Review & Giveaway

As you know, I LOVE natural products and I LOVE make-up/girlie products. Mix them both together?? I’m one happy camper!!

I recently came across Natural Women Products. They have all kinds of super fun and organic products –makeup, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc. So many great things…ESPECIALLY because all products are 100% vegan and absolutely no animal testing. Again – how can someone not like these products?

Natural Organic Body sent me some goodies to review! Most importantly, I was blessed with being able to try out the Rapid Lash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum. (I will chat about some of the other goodies in other posts – I want to focus on this product right now.)

Rapid Lash says that within four weeks you will have thicker and longer eye lashes. (It is recommended to continue using the product to the eight week mark. It is perfectly safe to do that, too.) You only have to apply the product one time a day on a clean make-up free and cream free eye. It’s super easy to use! At first I wasn’t sure what it would be – but it’s almost like a mini paintbrush and the product is clear. There is also no smell to it, which is a bonus. All you have to do is “paint” the product from the inner corner of your eye outwards to the base of your eyelashes. It is recommended to use it before bed – which makes it easy to make sure you don’t forget to use it. I used it right after I brushed my teeth.

To be honest, I was very skeptical of the product before using it. After the first few days I expected some kind of miracle. (Which was silly of me. Nothing works like that.)

After just a couple of weeks, I noticed more of an increase in the length of my lashes than thickness. Once I got to week four, I noticed a slight change in thickness. (I’m bad with figuring out thick vs. thin lashes, I will admit.) It definition worked for the length of my lashes, though! (Do they make this for regular hair?! Because I need to get some if so.)

I didn’t have any bad reactions to the product, either. My skin is very sensitive so this is a huge plus, too.

Now Natural Organic Body gives YOU the opportunity to try out this product! They are giving out a product to one lucky winner….

a Rafflecopter giveaway Let me know how you like the product if you are able to try it out!

Disclaimer: I was provided a sample of the product to review and not compensated in any other way. All opinions are 100% my own and I stand behind my review.

March 27, 2014

Thankful Thursday, 3.27.14

My blogging career has had a rough patch. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I am blogging for multiple companies, multiple times during the week. So when/if I do have some free time, I browse Pinterest and relax instead of writing about ME.

I will try to change that because I really do miss blogging. I miss my interactions with you love ladies too!!

So - I am going to try to make a "comeback" with a Thankful Thursday post!

There are so many things to be thankful for. Lately I have been extra moody (V can attest to that!) and I'm not sure why. I think this list will help me focus on how great life really is and how the little things should not and do not matter.

I am thankful for...

My handsome & wonderful husband! We will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary this Sunday. My, oh my how this past year flew by. I cannot believe that just one year ago, I was marrying my best friend and spending time with loved ones & friends! It was such a memorable day that I always joke around that I want us to have another wedding. ;)

My fun pups! Even though they do drive me crazy and little Chance likes to wake up an hour before I need to be up and keep me up (probably the reason for a lot of my moodiness!) - I love him dearly. Chewy & Chance have a BLAST together. & Chance now has a very loving and fun home.

I cannot WAIT for our little cruise getaway to the Bahamas. I need some quality time with my hubby and some sun in my life!! 

I helped host/plan my cousin's bridal shower this past weekend. Her wedding is April 26 - coming up so soon! I am blessed enough to be a bridesmaid. It's so special to me that I get to be apart of her big day in such a special way.

Speaking of the bridal shower - I had such a fun time making all of the decorations! I LOVE crafting. I went with a mustache theme...mustache straws, toothpicks, banners, etc! The favors were candy shaped mustaches.

I have been doing SO good with working out 5 days a week. I am not sure if others can see a difference but I certainly feel a difference and that's all that matters! I feel like I am more toned & have some muscle instead of being "skin & bones" like people say all of the time. (Which isn't exactly the nicest thing to tell someone - by the way!!)

Coconut oil - I am so thankful for! I tried the whole "oil pulling" thing for a little while. It didn't last very long - it is time consuming. I have been using it on my scalp, though, and it feels wonderful. I have scalp is alleviating a lot of the itchiness.

I am thankful that I am getting off a tad bit early today so I can get my hair cut! It hasn't been cut since September and it is in DIRE need of a trim. I am debating throwing in some highlights...I told myself I wanted to stop dying my hair - it is now pretty much all one color...but I do love how my hair looks with them! Decisions, decisions.

What are YOU thankful for this week?

March 8, 2014

Two Dogs VS One Dog

With one dog, you can easily go out on a long walk & not have any issues.
With two dogs, walks (alone) are more challenging...picking up dog poop, controlling them trying to protect me against a barking dog, keeping them both from getting too distracted.

With one dog, you can pick out a new dog toy, no problem.
With two dogs, it's more difficult to pick out new dog toys. You have to make sure you get two of the same exact toys so there is no fighting (even though you know there still will be) over which toy is better. You also have to make sure that they will both like the same exact toy.

With one dog, you can get away with not having a candle on 24/7.
With two dogs, unless they are hypo-allergenic, it is a must to have candles going so you can smell something other than the "dog smell" all of the time.

With one dog, you can get away with not brushing them once a day.
With two dogs, unless you want to see dog hair. every. where. you. look. - you need to brush them once a day.

With one dog, you can let one dog out quickly to go pee.
With two dogs, you can never let them out separately and suddenly peeing becomes a big ordeal.

With one dog, you can comfortable fit the 3 (for you married folks) or 2 (for you single folks) of you in your bed.
With two dogs, fitting 4 or 3 of you in a bed is rather difficult to put it lightly. You will always wake up with someone's paw in your face.

With one dog, you can easily teach them new tricks.
With two dogs, teaching them tricks is a job in itself. You have to separate the dogs totally and then make sure that the dog you are trying to teach isn't too distracted with trying to figure out where their brother/sister is.

With one dog, when they're sick, you can tend to them somewhat hassle-free.
With two dogs, when one or both or sick - holy moly do you have an issue at hand. Especially if they become extra cuddly.

With one dog, you can easily have your nightly cuddle session.
With two dogs, it's tough to have a nightly cuddle session with become comfortable.
Please ignore my unattractive face. Ha!
Even though it truly is a lot of work...two dogs automatically mean more food, more poop to clean up, more vet bills, less quiet time, lots of playing...


February 21, 2014

Friday Confessional, 2.21.14


My Confessions...

-What was I thinking about fostering a pup? Chance has a forever with us - tomorrow we will officially adopt him. I mean, really, how could we break up these two best buds:

-I am more excited than usual for the weekend - it has been a crazy, weird, hectic week at work. And I was to spend time with my wonderful family, naturally & partake in fun weekend plans - a birthday celebration, going-away dinner, and a jewelry party. Not much time to relax!

-I need to go clothes shopping badly. I don't think I've gone shopping (like real shopping and not just picking up a shirt or two) for at least two years.

-I cannot believe that it's almost our one year anniversary. Where has the time gone?!

-When I go on my walks with the pups, I have decided to give audiobooks a chance. I just bought The Shack...I've heard great things & so far, I'm enjoying it.

-I've felt SO good lately. I've been really sticking to going to the gym faithfully the past two months now. I feel great & I feel like you can see a difference. And even if you can't - I feel good & that's what matters.

-I am ready for a vacation. Or at least a long weekend.