Monday, January 31, 2011

Goo Goo's and Ga Ga's

Jude talks all the time now, baby talk of course. He talks to us, when we sing to him, in the car, to his animal friends, it's non stop! And we cant get enough of it. 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Word Vomit

I feel as though I have been posting mostly random things lately- crafts, lots of pictures, finds from the web and things like that but one of my greatest likes in life is writing. I wanted to be a writer of some sort back when I wrote a whole lot and I still could see my self doing that one day, but one day isn't for a while so until then I plan to just ramble here. And in my journal. And to Collin and Jude. Really, to who ever will listen to what I have to say. I work as a front desk agent at a hotel which means part of my job requirement is to be friendly and personable with people... That's my job. Isn't that the greatest. I get to hear peoples stories (some not as welcomed as others) and make sure everyone feels and is taken care of. That part I love, I have always felt as though my maternal instincts were more profound then most, even before I had Jude. I love taking care of people. Animals too. I used to want to be a veterinarian. I was pretty dead set on that career when I was in elementary but as time has told, that didn't happen. It would have been pretty awesome I'm sure. I was never really into Barbie as a kid, I always loved playing house/kitchen instead. Maternal instincts... again. I hate feeling disorganized and cluttered. It makes my edgy and not so fun to be around. I for some reason get in this mode where I have to clean and put everything in its proper place before I can relax and nothing else can distract me. Its like I'm a cleaning zombie. Scary. I haven't officially been diagnosed with OCD but if I don't have it, I would be utterly surprised. My whole life is organized. The way I put dishes in the dishwasher, the way things are arranged in my purse, diaper bag, and collins school bag, my candles (certain scents go next to each other because they are in the same category) shirts, shoes, pants, DVD's, jewelry, towels, make-up, paper files, you name it- its organized in its proper way and place. Cooking is something I would love to be great at but my lack of experience only puts me in the OK category. One day I will be great though. When I have my "real" home. I tend to say that a lot these days. My "real" home. Collin says it reminds him of his mom. But its true, when I feel completely set in a house, then I can call it our "real" home. The place I can experiment with design, the place our kids will grow up. I have always thought living in North Carolina would be pretty amazing. I don't know if that came from watching One Tree Hill or if I just really love the though of a little home town. I think both. One Tree Hill kinda changed my life. For those who might think that is silly, thats ok. I love the quotes, the music, the inspiration, the everything about that show. It made me feel like what I wrote in my journals would matter to someone, someday. And if they don't, it was nice to think so. I am an uber emotional person. I cry at the sight of an animal being run over. It wasn't easy growing up with a dad who's passion is hunting. I am proud to be a Libra because I feel the definition of a Libra is me to a T. I absolutely hate being late to things. I can't think of something that can change my mood more quickly then knowing I am going to be late. It bugs me. There is nothing worst. One reality I think I need to face, and soon, is that not everything on my "to do" lists are going to get done when I want them too. Time seems to be a lot different with a baby on board. I am super duper excited for every stage that Jude is going to soon go through. I especially cant wait till he can hug me back. Arts and crafts relax me, I love long hair, Native American prints are my favorite, I miss Hawaii and Hawaiian food, I eat egg rolls almost every single day (only the ones from Costco) on line shopping is the greatest evil I know, I love to save money (honest), RedBox is so cool, buying T.V series is my guilty pleasure, school supplies excites me, I throw things away because I have a fear of clutter, I absolutely hate shaving, I love the feeling of having a great conversation with someone, hotel stays are so much fun, driving now scares me knowing Jude is in the car, Jude's feet are the cutest thing in this whole world. I want many more boys, lots and lots of them. I am intrigued with them. I love my husband, we will probably always feel like newlyweds because thats just how we are and what we feel. Our son is our world and forever will be. There are no words to explain how highly we think of him and how much we adore him. I like to think I can help people or inspire people in someway, that something I do in this life means a great deal to someone with out me knowing it. I like to think that I am going to be a "cool" mom to Jude. And that he will think of me that way, always. I like to think my interests and desires are unique. That my goals and wishes for my life are attainable. I like to think this post will be read by someone other then me and Collin. If not, oh well I was able to do my venting for the day.    

Feather Heart

In continuation of my latest post, I have also made a feathered heart. Both super simple to put together, inexpensive and it adds that little something your home needs for Valentine's Day. 
Here is the "How To":

Step One
Purchase a heart wreath, feathers, and glue. (I used foamtastic glue but any glue would work)
Heart Wreath- $2.77
Feathers- $1.99
Foamtastic- $3.99
Step Two
Place a line of glue on the back side of each feather and place where desired. 
    Step Three
Display and enjoy!
See, how easy was that??
After making this white one, I thought a black one would look very chic next to my red sequined heart as well!
(All items were purchased at Hobby Lobby) 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sequin Heart

I am SO excited to share this fun, easy, and super stylish decoration with all of you that I made for Valentines Day! 
I was roaming around Hobby Lobby in search of some inspiration for a craft I could do while at work and I saw the foam hearts. I remembered that my sister had recently made a heart wreath and covered it in red felt for Love Day- which is another adorable idea! So I thought I would do something a little different and cover the heart in sequins! 
Here is the "How To": 

Step One 
Purchase a heart wreath, sequins, and pins. 
Heart Wreath- $2.77
Sequins- $1.99
Pins- .99
Step Two
There is a tiny hole on each sequin, pin a pin into it one by one. Start at the bottom, pin evenly, and layer like fish scales.   

I used the smallest heart they had and one package of pin and sequins was enough. Be sure to get a second pack of each if you plan on going up a size. 
Step Three
Arrange the sequins so there is no white showing and then, display! 
Easy, right?? I loved making this! 
I also plan on making one covered in white feathers! 
Stay tuned!     

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Cover Version

So I have this thing for bands doing really amazing covers to really amazing songs.
Ray LaMontagne and Zac Brown Band did a beautiful job with Jolene.  

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Urban Overload

Looking for some great sale items?? Urban Outfitters has some killer deals out right now and I cant seem to stop clicking the "add to cart" button! (which will probably be significantly lowered by the time checkout happens considering I am adding just about everything!) 
Here is a little peak into my "wish" cart:




Aztec Print Lace-Up 2 For $30 (Favorite Deal!)


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

..Life's Little Treasures..

Ahhh... I sure love Tuesdays! 'Life's Little Treasures' definitely gives me something to look forward to every week! So here they are... 

-Shoes, Shoes, Shoes and more Shoes!! 

-Adore this hip and stylish baby gear.

-You can make this LOVE banner just in time for Valentines Day!

-What a clever way to reveal your baby's sex.

-These 'Beautiful Gems'.

-Check out this amazing talent singing this song, and this one

-Looking lovely in PINK.

-Check out this sculpted paper.

-Whats wrong with these photos??

Happy Tuesday everyone!  

Monday, January 24, 2011

Jude's First Laugh

One of the reasons why I kicked my but in gear and finally started blogging was because my friend Kimber told me she does it to keep a journal. She documents her families life, adventures, ups, downs and everything in between. She prints her posts and has everything on file. I guess its the 21st century way of journal writing, right? 

I've always been a journal writer and since having Jude, it seems more important now then ever. So here is were I want to document all of his progress and achievements. From the first time he laughs to the first time he takes a step. 

So this entry will be very short, but very meaningful.

Jude laughed for the first time at his Daddy on January 22. 2011. He laughed at him bobbing his head back and forth and calling him a baby bobble-head. HaHaHa. It was the sweetest sound our ears have ever heard. :)   

Sunday, January 23, 2011

French Beauty

Clemence Poesy is a French actress that you may recognize from Harry Potter as Fleur Delacour and more recently seen in Gossip Girl as Eva Coupeau. Since her appearance on GG I have had a little fashion crush on her...  
I love her fresh look and french fashion! 

LOVE the polka dot tights! 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

DIY Projects

I was recently invited to a "craft night" by a friend and was really looking forward to going but unfortunately I am of course, working! She sent me an e-mail/flyer for the event and it displayed some possibilities of things to make and I fell in love! I browsed the website that was linked to it and thought I would share with you some of the projects I'm hoping to make real soon! (When I'm not working) 

Fabric Pom-Poms


Flower Boutonnieres

Tissue Paper Centerpiece 

Moss Centerpieces

The great part about all of these DIY projects is that they don't have to be used just for a wedding. Any of these pieces would be appropriate for a baby shower, bridal shower, birthday party, house warming party, holiday decorations (with the right colors), or for a nursery or kids room.
Cant wait to get started on these!  

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Cover Version

Great song....

Adorable Cover....

Love Is In The Air

Delicious wedding photography for you from Once Wed.

 Didn't get enough?? Click here.

 Want more of this one? Click here.

More please! Click here.  

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Ultimate Love Letter

This video love letter that a husband made for his wife is extremely touching. (Be prepared for some water works)  

Kristian was diagnosed with cancer and because of that, he had to stop working. His wife Rachel, has since been the sole provider for their family of four. This video was a birthday/thank you/love letter to her to express how grateful he is for her and how much he truly loves her. 
To read more about their moving story, read here.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

3 Emotions Of A 3 Month Old

 Jude turned 15 weeks today! (Don't worry I don't celebrate every week, although that would be kinda fun...hmmm...) Anyway! I thought I would share with you the three emotions of a three month old... 

Emotion number one: Sleepy

 Emotion number two: Happy

Emotion number three: Sad

HaHaHa. Oh how we love you little munchkin!    

..Life's Little Treasures..

Its Tuesday once again! 
Here are some treasures that caught my eye throughout the week that I have been patiently waiting to share with you.
Happy Tuesday everyone!  

-A different take on newborn photography that I love: Hideously-Cute.

-Flan lover? You will be after trying this recipe! 

-American Apparel baby line... Need I say more?

-These beautiful shoes of a Nautical nature.

-This perfectly structured dress- Killer!!

-Who says wreaths are only for Christmas time? This sweet creation leaves your options open for every holiday!

-Someday I will have enough time and energy to create this masterpiece. 

-These beautiful people from around the world captured by this photographer.  

-Currently enjoying this read.

-If only I lived in my dream world where I owned every article of clothing from... Here! 

Enjoy your life's treasures :)

Monday, January 17, 2011


Being at our new place is going wonderfully but there is one downfall: No cable! 
(The only upside of all my shows still being on break!)
Comcast wont be coming around till the end of the week to install everything so we have been watching Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia... We have gone through all five seasons already!! 
So it got me thinking of what other TV shows we need to purchase on DVD... Here are a few of our favs! 
You can purchase any of these at FYE