Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Sunday Currently #9

  I missed last week, it feels good to be back!
Reading: The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I've seen it on tons of reading lists and a few book clubs, so I was curious to see how it was. I'm only a few chapters in, but really liking it so far.
Writing: more blog posts than I have in awhile, yay!
Listening: the shows Justin's watching. First it was Bob's Burgers, now Falling Skies.
Thinking: how nice our apartment looks with everything arranged and in its place. Home sweet home!
Smelling: nothing
Wishing: Justin didn't have to go to Pennsylvania for work on Tuesday. He'll be gone for a week and I'm going to miss him :(
Hoping: our little goddaughter Amelia doesn't arrive until he gets back, so we can meet her together!
Wearing: sweats just kidding! a black and white striped maxi dress :)
Loving: all the owls that are under our tv...the majority of my collection is living there now and they make me happy when I see them.
Wanting: another weekend off, pretty please?
Needing: to get a lot of wedding planning done this month, only 3 more to go!
Feeling: slightly stressed, but happy
Clicking: blogs, blogs and more blogs...I'm SO behind!

Linking up with Lauren for this post!

Hello Box!

I signed up for the May Hello Box over at Pink on the Cheek and I'm so glad I did! The idea was to be matched up with another blogger who has similar interests and get to know them, help with blog things, and send each other a little something in the mail.

I was introduced to Rachel from My Wholesome Home, who has become one of my closest blogging friends! I've enjoyed guest posting for her and having her on here to meet you all as well. She is seriously one of the nicest people I've known from blogging :) It actually makes me kind of sad that she lives so far away; we'll never actually meet in real life. But blogging friends forever! Oh yes, and she sent me these lovelies in the mail...

So much awesome stuff, I'm gonna have a spa day after work one of these days with all of this! And the Vegas magnet is displayed on my fridge, along with the pretty peacock card.

Thanks for everything this past month Rachel, I'm glad to have met you!! :)

Review: Cardstore

I was really excited when I was contacted by Lauren at Cardstore about reviewing a card. They have so many unique cards to choose from, whatever your style. They even have photo cards, if that's something you're into! The site walks you through the whole process, so it's really easy and fun!

Since Justin and I have a little goddaughter who will be arriving any day now, I thought it would be fun to make a baby card! After looking through all the cute cards, this is the one I chose:

I was able to personalize the card with her name, which I loved! And that little elephant is just too adorable!

Here is the inside of the card:

I got to decide what to write here too. If it's hard to read, it says, "There's a whole wide world of wonderful to look forward to! We're so happy for you!! Can't wait to babysit :)"

I can't wait to give this card to Kristin and Zach (the parents to-be) when Amelia gets here! I was very happy with how my card turned out and would like to create more for other occasions. If you're needing a special card for someone, head over to Cardstore and have a look!

Note: I was compensated for this post in exchange for a free card of my choice. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Still blogging, just busy!

Hey all! Sorry I kind of fell off the face of the earth for awhile. Between trying to unpack and decorate the new apartment, plus working and spending time with Justin I've been slacking on my blogging.
BUT! I have a bunch of posts lined up for this week, some of which will probably even be on the same days!
* What I got in my Hello Box!
*A review of a card site!
*TWO Liebster Awards, rolled into one!
*A Currently post, even though it's not Sunday!
Alright, I need to finish getting ready for work, but I shall return sometime tonight! :)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Sunday Currently #8

I've been such an absent blogger this week, but the good news is we finally got all moved into our new apartment yesterday, so I should have more time now!
And with that, it's time for the usual Sunday routine!
Reading: haven't had time to read much of anything, which makes me sad. Today I'm playing catchup on all the blogs I follow!
Writing: my monthly to-do list and schedule of bills...gotta love being an adult.
Listening: to footsteps on the floor above me. It's weird transitioning from a house to an apartment again, so many odd noises to get used to.
Thinking: that I should probably go shower so I can at least LOOK productive today :)
Smelling: air? haha nothing really
Wishing: it was a little warmer in here, we're a little below ground level so it's cooler than I'm used to.
Hoping: the sun will come out!
Wearing: I bet you can guess, sweats and a hoodie. I need to start writing these later in the day, I promise I have actual cute clothes!
Loving: the view from our living room window, there's a little courtyard with some pretty plants.
Wanting: I could go for some coffee right about now.
Needing: some nude colored tights and a few plain white tees for layering so I can wear all my pretty sundresses to work!
Feeling: still tired from the move...wake up, self!
Clicking: my Bloglovin' feed...I have 299 unread posts!
Linking up with Lauren!

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Sunday (er, Monday) Currently #7

 A day late, yes, but no matter, here we go!
Reading: Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon, and the newest issue of Bust. Forgot how much I love this magazine!
Writing: as usual, not a whole lot
Listening: at the moment I have Aaliyah in my head. Anyone remember that old song of hers, Are You That Somebody? Classic.

 Thinking: about how awesome the goodies I got in the mail from Rachel are! Full post to come soon :)
Smelling: rain, rain and more rain. Yesterday we had to try three different routes to get home from Justin's parent's house because the roads were flooded. Fail, Mother Nature.
Wishing: I had this coming Saturday off work so I could help with the moving process. My dad is coming down, so Justin won't have to do everything by himself, but still.
Hoping: our roommate stays upstairs playing his video game all day. I just want time to myself, dangit!
Wearing: what has become my day off uniform, sweats and a tank
Loving: Iced coffee, I could drink it all day. But then I'd be a crazy, over-caffeinated weirdo talking a mile a minute. So maybe it's better that I don't.
Wanting: Wedges. Heels hurt my feet too much and I can actually walk in these! Particularly looking for ones that are cute, not open-toe so I can wear them to work, and not super expensive. Let me know if you spot any!

Needing: to make myself some lunch, but I haven't yet decided what I want.
Feeling: relaxed, and excited to move!
Clicking: random articles on Thought Catalog. Seriously, I get sucked into this site for hours just clicking from one article to the next. 

Per usual, linking up with Lauren for this post!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Back to the 90s

The 90s were a pretty sweet time. To be honest, I like the 80s more, but I was only around for what, 3 years of it, so it doesn't really count.
Anywho, as I was doing the dishes after work today (how interesting, right?), I found myself humming an old tv show theme song, which is what gave me the idea for this post.
And so, here are some things you probably haven't thought of since the 90s.
The best thing to ever happen to Friday nights! Full House, Step by Step, Family many good shows. Btw, the song I was referring to above? The Family Matters theme. I wish that show was on Netflix, I'd SO watch it!
Skip It
It was my goal in third grade to master this. I saw other girls at recess who could keep jumping for pretty much the entire half an hour. Me, I was lucky to last 5 minutes.

That lovely, slimy, whatever it was that came in blob-shaped container and smelled oddly good. Think Play-Doh, but different. It was fun until dropped on the floor, and then it would get covered in dirt and filth. Or someone would step on it and it would get ground into the carpet. Sorry mom!

Spice Girls
I was obsessed with them in fifth grade! I was part of a group of five girls, and we each decided who we would be when we 'put on our concerts'. I always had to be Sporty, despite my lack of athletic ability. I wanted to be Baby, but I wasn't blonde. Around this same time there were countless viewings of 'Spice World', and to this day I still remember how disgusted I was when the spy popped his head out of the toilet. And yes, I do, own the movie. Don't judge me!

Giga Pets
I had a baby t-rex and I loved that thing! We couldn't have them in class so I had to feed it and clean up its poop at If I ever find it, I'm so putting in new batteries and bringing it back to life.

Sooo delicious! Like the dessert version of those cheese and crackers with the red stick. I've discovered that birthday cake Oreos taste scarily similar, try them and you'll see!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Sunday Currently #6

Can I just say how glad I am that it's Sunday? Finally, a day where I don't have much to do!
Reading: Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon. So good, I already have another one of her books for when I finish this one!
Writing: nothing, except this post
Listening: new favorite this week is Karmin.
Quite possibly the most pop-ish hip hop I've ever heard, and I'm in love. Just happy music, that's been my jam lately!
Thinking: about what a strange show Justin is watching. It's called Falling Skies and it has Noah Wyle in it. As a former ER addict, all I see is Dr. Carter. Sorry not sorry.
Smelling: fresh air after the rain
Wishing: we would have won the lottery last night. Every once in awhile we buy a ticket just for shits and giggles. I wasn't expecting to win, obviously, but it would've been nice.
Hoping: that the new registers at work this week aren't going to be a huge pain to learn how to use.
Wearing: black yoga pants and a hot pink tank 
Loving: Amazon Instant Video, it's like a second Netflix! 
Wanting: some new crafty supplies. We got a bunch of cool stuff in the papercrafting department at work and I kind of want all of it. I have to keep telling myself that we're trying to get rid of things, not buy them. But still
Needing: to make another eye appointment. Apparently I have an abnormal nerve in my eye and they want to run some tests. Best case scenario, it's nothing. Worst case scenario, it's the beginnings of MS. I know, lovely right? Thanks eye doctor, for your optimism.
Feeling: lazy, if anyone wants to come do some packing for me, I won't argue with you :)
Clicking: Bloglovin', gotta catch up on my favorites and some new discoveries!
Linking up with Lauren for this post!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The more you know!

So today I have something a little different!
I asked the lovely Rachel some deep and meaningful random and awesome questions. Can I just say she has great taste in movies?! And she lives in a really interesting city! Intriguing, yes? Here we go!

 1. If you could go back to any age you've been so far, what would it be and why?
Hm...21, I wasn't the smartest person out there and made some mistakes I wish I could undo. I'm a better person now, but I hurt others and I wish I could take that back.

2. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Morning person. I would rather go to bed early and get up early than stay up late if work needs to be done. However, I'll party like a rockstar all night if I'm with fun people and the time is flying by.

3. Coffee, tea, or something else?
I used to drink coffee. But I don't like it black, and all the other crap (white chocolate caramel mocha anyone?) isn't very good for you. So i quite coffee. I'm acclimating myself to green tea with honey. My fave is the loose leaf packets by Tazo.

4. What's something you'd recommend a visitor to do for fun if they came to your city/town?
Geez. I'm in Las Vegas, the city of anything goes. Personally, I love the hiking out at Red Rock Canyon on the edge of the city. But if you're into the lights, glamour, and crazy people- the Beatles LOVE show by Cirque de Soleil is pretty good too.

5. What's your favorite song at the moment?
Pirate Flag by Kenny Chesney. Beat this Summer by Brad Paisley. Cruise by Florida Georgia Line. (Have you noticed the country trend-take from that what you will about me) I'm a HUGE music fan. I can never pick just one.

6. Would you consider yourself more imaginative or practical?
Um, I don't know. I suppose it depends on what its in reference to. My hubby would probably call me imaginative, because he tends to think I'm not very practical.

7. Favorite season? Why?
Oh how I miss the fall. The southwest desert has two seasons- hot and cold. It will literally change overnight without warning and no build up. Plus, we don't have many trees or plants here and I miss the changing of the leaves.
8. Last book you read? Did you like it?
I'm almost done with The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. It's a little younger than my usual preferences, but it's really well written. It's a great story of suspense, magic, and growing up, but not in a way that I've seen a ton of before.

9. What is your earliest memory?
I was 4 or 5 and somehow got up on my mom's sewing table. I managed to get a hold of her rotary cutter (cutter=sharp) and slice open my thumb. It hurt pretty bad and there was a lot of blood.

10. Five favorite movies of all time?
OOOH! I totally just had this conversation with a co-worker, so I'm ready for this question! (Sidenote-all time really means at the moment, because the next movie I see could, ya know, knock one off.)
    1. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (I've concluded that series movies count as 1-no it's not cheating)
    2. Harry Potter movies
    3. The Sherlock Holmes movies (the newest ones with Robert Downey Jr.)
    4. The Avengers (which includes all the individual super hero movies-my Hubby got me hooked)
    5. The Princess Bride
Did you like how I got out of naming just 5?

Super cool, right?! Except that cutter blade story, ouch! Thanks for taking the time to answer these, Rachel!


Monday, May 13, 2013

The Sunday Currently #5

I spent all yesterday with my mom and grandma celebrating Mother's Day, so I didn't get a chance to do this. Better late than never, right?!
Reading: the newest issue of Glamour on Zinio. I won a free subscription from Lauren and it's pretty awesome!
Writing: my to-do list
Listening: I've been loving Ellie Goulding's newest album Halcyon, it's been constantly playing in my car for over a week now!
Thinking: about how much packing we have to do for the move.
Smelling: coffee, one of the best smells ever
Wishing: for my bank account to magically double in size...all the bills seem to come in at once
Hoping: it'll be a good week at work; we're doing a lot of department resets and it can be stressful at times
Wearing: pjs, waiting for my clothes to be done drying so I can shower
Loving: all the pretty flowers outside, I forgot how much I love tulips!
Wanting: to be done with my workout for the day, but I gotta stick with it
Needing: to make an appointment with the eye doctor. I want contacts again, I'm getting tired of the glasses every day.
Feeling: good, relaxed, optimistic
Clicking: on all the blogs I need to catch up on!
As always, linking up with Siddathornton!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Just a moment

This is going to be a short post, because I have I just got off work and have to be back there at 9 am.
Today I'm sharing a moment of my day for Blog Every Day in May. Since I forgot until now, here is a nice photo of the dessert I'm eating.
It's a Skinny Cow snickerdoodle ice cream sandwich, and it's divine. Yum yum :)
Now I'm gonna watch some Bones and doze off...peace out!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

How wise

For Day 8 of the linkup with Jenni, we're all sharing advice.
I don't really have one major piece of advice, but rather some little tidbits that I feel are helpful/useful to know.
Some of these are from personal experience, others I've learned secondhand. I'll let you guess which ones are which. :)
1. Don't paint your nails ten minutes before you need to leave for work. You will get nail polish all over everything, and then you'll be mad.
2.  If you hated how a certain hairstyle looked on you five years ago, it's not going to look any better now. Same for certain hair colors.
3. Don't drink your mother's wine with some of your high school friends and then try to disguise it by filling the bottle back up with food coloring and water. She will notice.
4. Stepping on Legos may be the most painful thing ever, and is to be avoided at all costs.
5. Always flush spiders and other bugs down the toilet after you kill them, just in case. You don't want it to come back to life and climb out of the garbage, do you?
6. Naps are one of life's greatest gifts, take them whenever possible.
7. Sometimes the only way out of a bad mood involves a sugary snack.
8. Stop worrying so much about what other people think.
9. If you see a light-up button on an outlet in a bathroom, don't press it, you might get electrocuted.
10. Just keep swimming.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tuesday Topics: Two Must-Do Bucket List Items

I missed out on this linkup last week, but now I'm back!
Linking up with Lauren and Tiffany for
So, two things on my bucket list that I must do.
Just two?!!
1. Visit a tropical island
This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can imagine. Confession time: I've never even been to a real beach and I've never seen the ocean. This would be awesome beyond belief! If I had the money, I'd be booking tickets to the Caribbean for Justin and I right this minute! Which reminds me, we still haven't decided where to go on our honeymoon...hmmm :)
2. Get a dog or cat (maybe both!)
When I was growing up, we always had a dog. Justin's family had multiple dogs and cats. Since we've started living together none of our landlords have allowed pets. So, the day we finally get a house of our own will be the day we get a pet! Every time I see someone walking their dog or playing with a cat, I absolutely melt. Animals make everything better!

My biggest fear

Today's question, courtesy of Jenni, is about the thing I'm most afraid of.
That's a loaded question, isn't it?
I have a lot of little fears, but I'd say the biggest is losing the people I love.
I would be devastated if I lost Justin or any of my friends and family.
I hear all the time about people losing their loved ones to cancer and other diseases. I can't imagine how much that must hurt.
Then there is losing someone to a natural disaster, like a tornado or hurricane. Or to a random shooting or bombing, like what just recently happened in Boston. It scares the daylights out of me that these events occur, and often there is little to no warning.
But there is an upside to all of this negativity. It makes me want to enjoy every day more and surround myself with everyone I love. I'm more grateful when I see things in this context. It doesn't prevent bad things from happening, of course. But I can't live my life overcome with fear, or I'll never be happy. And I'd much rather be happy!

What I do

What do I do (but not in terms of a job)?
Props to you, Jenni, these posts are really making me think!
Let's see here....
I read.
Oh gosh, do I read! Since I was really young, few things make me happier than diving into a new book. I've finished 200+ page books in one day, just because I couldn't tear myself away. I'll put it this way: if I could read all day and get paid for it, I would!
I love.
Justin, my family, my friends, animals...the list goes on and on. I feel so lucky to have all these people I care so much about. And animals, well that's just a given. I'm always cooing over other people's puppies and kitties. The day we're able to get a pet will be an awesome one, that's for sure.
I nap.
Sometimes there's nothing more soothing than napping for an hour or so. I'm not sure why I'm tired so often, but on my day off there's almost always a nap involved. It's like hitting a reset button, and when I wake up I'm much happier.
I workout.
A new part of my routine lately has been working out. Going for walks, doing ab challenges, and the Tone It Up routines. I have to push myself to do it sometimes, but I'm always glad I did. I'd eventually like to get into running too.
Speaking of working out, I need to go do that now!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Sunday Currently #4

It's Sunday, and you know what that means!
Yep, it's linkup time!
Reading: the newest issue of Better Homes and Gardens. I'm still on my decorating ideas kick and drawing inspiration from everywhere I can.
Writing: my to-do list for the week. I keep procrastinating on things that have to be done, and it needs to stop!
Listening: to the birdies chirping in our yard. Spring for the win.
Thinking: about how I need to run to Target later to pick up a few things. I might look at some swimsuits while I'm there, hoping that goes well!
Smelling: hairspray, it's my secret weapon on days I don't feel like doing my hair.
Wishing: there were more hours in the day. So many things I'd like to do, so little time! Also, that I lived somewhere that this was possible:
Hoping: Justin will be back from his guys weekend early enough that we can have a date day :)
Wearing: truth? I'm still in my pjs...but that will change after this post.
Loving: that the stupid snow we got on Thursday is gone!
Wanting: to be done with my workout for the day, but I know I'll feel better once I do it.
Needing: Lunch. I'm looking at you, Little Caesars.
Feeling: Productive, I'm close to catching up on all my blogs for the week!
Clicking: Etsy, still looking at wedding invite options.

New friend!

So today's challenge post is about a blog friend of mine. I've just recently connected with her through the Hello Box project here, but I'm already way excited about making a new friend!
Meet Rachel, from My Wholesome Home!
Why Rachel is awesome:
~ She's super nice! I've never really emailed back and forth with another blogger before, so this is definitely a plus!
~ She has awesome recipes, especially this two part one here and here. As someone with little to no talent in the kitchen, I'm impressed and in awe! Despite my lack of cooking skills, I will be trying this!
~ She has the cutest pug ever! Seriously, look at this face!
I don't know if I've ever mentioned it on here, but pugs happen to be my favorite dog in the world. They're so sweet, their facial expressions are priceless, and I love the happy snorts they make :) Someday, when Justin and live somewhere that allows pets, we will have a pug of our own.
~ She's a book lover, just like me! There is nothing better than a day spent reading, and Rachel has quite the extensive book collection, which I am jealous of! Too bad we don't live closer, we could start a book club. :)
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Rachel's blog, you'll be glad you did!