Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Target Tuesday

I'm linking up with Tara @ Fabulous but Evil for Target Tuesday!

It's almost that time of year again sigh, swimsuit season.
There are a few suits I actually like at Target right now, now just making myself ready to actually wear them is the hard part....

Mossimo 1 Piece Swimsuit - Black/White Print
Junior's Vintage 1-Piece Swimsuit

Mossimo Women's Mix & Match Swimwear Collection - Purple

Xhilaration Juniors 2-Piece Tankini Swimsuit

Mossimo Women's Ruffled 2-Piece Tankini Swimsuit

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway for a monogrammed vanity tray (choose from two), only four more days to enter!

Monday, January 30, 2012

pardon the mess

trying to change around the blog design a little bit, so please excuse things as they flip back and forth between old and new

My very first giveaway!

To thank you all for being such awesome people and to celebrate me finally reaching 100 followers I'm hosting my very first giveaway!

I finally chose to give away a cute little tray instead of the scarf/jewelry combo or wristlet, however I couldn't decide which tray I like better. So I am letting you make that decision for me!

You can choose between...

 the monogram enameled vanity tray in pink, green or blue AND which font style and color you want 
(see the options here)

the acrylic tray (see font options here)

So, follow me on twitter, "like" the blog on facebook, follow the blog, comment letting me know which item (and which color/font options) you like best, post about the giveaway and tweet about it for 6 opportunities to win!

Again, thank you all for reading and following!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Five

I'm joining Miss Hopsy at Monograms & Manicures for Friday Five to discuss all the lovely little things that are making my world go 'round this week.

1.) Sawyer's upcoming birthday
The idea of not only celebrating his very first birthday, but also getting to decorate Pirate-style is so exciting. In fact, my Pinterest is over-run with ideas for the big day!

2.) My first ever giveaway 
On Monday, Jan. 30 I will celebrate reaching 100 followers by giving away your an item of your choosing (from the options below)! Make sure you come by so you can enter.

3.) UNC 74, NCSU 55
The Heels won last night. I mean REALLY won. Beating NCSU and making me one happy Carolina girl.
4.) WeightWatchers seems to be working
I can tell a difference in how my clothes are fitting and I am pleased with how well I've stuck with the points system. 

5.) Jolly Skull Beer Fest
Joshua is heading to Greenville with his buddies and brother for the Jolly Skull Beer Fest and he is so excited. I am even more excited because I don't have to be the one to chauffeur them around since our friend Chris' mom so graciously volunteered. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

all up in your ear hole

Don't have a lot of written words today, things are crazy at work (yes I do realize I say that wayyy too often). So instead, take some time to listen to these songs I've had on repeat lately. Love ya'll!

The Rescues - "My Heart With You"

The Civil Wars - "Wine & Poison"

Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars - "Safe & Sound"

Plug in Stereo ft. Cady Groves - "Oh Darling"

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

excitement, so much excitement.

yay! I made it to 100 followers yesterday, so to celebrate I am not only going to be hosting a giveaway next Monday, but I also made my lil ole blog Facebook official!

So go on over to the new "On a lighter note.." Facebook page and hit that little thumbs up button (this will also get you an entry in the giveaway on Monday). Thanks!

Also, can we talk about how cute my precious child is real quick? Josh's cousin Michelle snapped these pictures at Christmas and I haven't had a chance to share them yet...
The deer in the headlights look

putting bows on Daddy's head

(L-R) Sawyer's cousins Wallace (Michelle's son) & Cameron

with his Great-Grandma Ethel 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

100 followers giveaway

So yesterday I just realized that I have 99 followers, which means I am only ONE away from having 100! I realize a lot of people may be like "big whoop, I have like a million followers you loser", but I am perfectly pleased with 100.

So once I get to those triple digits, I plan on doing a little giveaway! If you follow me on Pinterest then you probably already have an idea of some items I am considering for said giveaway, but just in case you haven't gotten sucked into the Pinterest world yet, check out some items I'm considering!

Scarf & Accessories Option #1
Scarf @ Accessories Option #2
Tray Option #1
Tray Option #2 (in blue, pink or green)
"Champion" Wristlet from Marley Lilly (choose from nine colors)
Here's hoping I get that one more follower so I can do my first ever giveaway!
Which of the giveaway options do ya'll like best?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Freezer Cooking maybe?

Ok. Life with a crazy job, 11 month old baby, 100 lbs of chocolate lab and husband is getting more and more stressful. Then add getting home late and having to throw together dinner while husband watches baby and it gets even crazier.

So, in order to get my blood pressure at bay and to keep me from killing Josh, I think I've decided to start doing some freezer meals.

I've been pinning and reading some great blogs that feature freezer/crockpot cooking such as :
Mama & Baby Love
  What's Cooking Chicago
(who HASN'T seen this awe-inspiring pin?)
Skinny CrockPot

Crockpot 365

So next Sunday, I think I am going to start cooking and freezing. Wish me luck!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Nail Files

I'm linking up with Tara @ Fabulous but Evil and Vicki @ My Vickilicious Life for The Nail Files!

The Nail Files

I am currently wearing "Fearless Fog" by Sally Hansen. I have never had very pretty nails and they always break so easily, this polish has not only made them grow but strengthened them a lot as well.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Good morning! The lovely Mrs. Elizabeth @ David & Elizabeth tagged me in this fun post, so it's my turn to answer the questions.

The Rules

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 11 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
and then create 11 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

11 Fun (or not so fun) Facts:

1. I have a major slight obsession with HGTV and could spend hours in home decor stores (including the home sections of Marshalls, Ross & TJ Maxx)

2. I have 8 birth marks. I don't mean those little dark moles/sports, I mean five darker brown patches that are bigger than a quarter. Only like 5 are where everyone can see them, especially a long oval shaped one on my calf. My parents thought I had this disease called "Cafe Au Lait" that results in lots of birth marks on people, but one of the common side affects of the disease is stunted growth.. I'm 5'9 so obviously it's not an issue.

3. Josh and I watch reality shows on the History Channel, Discovery and A&E like it's our job. Our favorites are Moonshiners, Sons of Guns, Deadliest Catch, Pawn Stars and American Pickers

4. I leave a trail of bobbi pins wherever I go. I can't help it. They either fall out of my hair or I take them out and mean to put them back in but forget. Josh HATES it.

5. The sound of something clicking their nails together makes me want to die.

6. I say "I love you" at the end of EVERY phone conversation with my family, Josh and best friends. I just like it to the the last thing I say to them.

7.  I am a complete sci-fi/fantasy nerd when it comes to movies. I love Underworld, Dune, superhero movies, Star Wars and the like. 

8. I have lived in five different houses, all in the same county, but I consider the first one I ever lived in "our old house".

9. I have a new-found bangle addiction. Seriously, it's getting ridiculous.

10. I hate coupons. I wish I could get into the craze, but if I have to search and search for a coupon then read the fine print and then find out which store will accept them, I'd rather just not save $2. Props to those who enjoy it and make lots of money doing it.

11. I have intense road rage. Like I've been known to yell at people, climb out of the car a few times and make not nice hand gestures. (sorry if you're reading this daddy)


Elizabeth's questions:

1. what three words best describe you?
organized, eclectic and sarcastic

2. if you could change one physical trait about yourself what would it be?
my thighs. I have a big butt and it is apparently in competition with them.

3. would you go back to high school? middle school?
I would love to go back for a week and re-do a lot of high school. but I would hate to be back there again for four whole years.

4. what is your favorite gemstone?
I like sapphires, mainly because they're my birthstone but I think amethyst are gorgeous as well.

5. are you a spender or a saver?
spender, big time.

6. what is your favorite sports team?
ECU Pirates during football season, UNC Tarheels during basketball season

7. if you could live abroad anywhere, where would it be? why?
San Juan, Puerto Rico. Beautiful city full of rich culture.

8. coke or pepsi?
Pepsi!!! (NC pride)

9. what is your "go to" meal? care to share the recipe?
My go-to meal is "Bubble Up Enchiladas". They are so easy and delicious and low in fat if you do it right. 

10. who is your favorite celebrity?
I love Emma Stone. She is funny in a dry sarcastic way and I love that she's a ginger :)
11. what are you most excited about for 2012?
Sawyer's FIRST birthday!

My questions for you:
1. If you got to choose your name what would it be?
2. Who is your favorite (clothing) designer?
3. What is your biggest "what if" moment?
4. What is your go-to method for relieving stress?
5. If you could have any occupation what would it be?
6. What's your favorite way to kill time?
7. If you could only watch ONE tv show for the rest of your life, what would it be?
8. Do you have a signature hairstyle or a "go-to" look? What is it?
9. How do you spend most weekends (when you have nothing specific planned)?
10.  Wal-Mart or Target?
11. What do you call a carbonated beverage? (i.e. pop, soda, a drink, coke)

i tag:
Ashleigh @ Waking Up in Vegas
Lyndsey @ The Loflands
Melissa @ A Lot of Moving
Jaclyn @ These Hands
Laura @ Life of Lu

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Oh How Pinteresting...

Arrghh mateys! I am linking up with Michelle @ The Vintage Apple for "Oh How Pinteresting" Wednesday!

I have been just a' pinning ideas for Sawyer's first birthday which is less than a month away!! We are of course going with a Pirate theme so I can hardly wait.
I can't believe my little guy will be a whole year old on Feb. 10, but I can hardly wait to celebrate with our friends on family on that Saturday for his "Pirate Pig-Pickin'"

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Target Tuesday

It's been too long since I linked up with Tara @ Fabulous but Evil for Target Tuesday, so today I rejoining the link-up!

Today, a perfect fall outfit (in my opinion) via Target.
Mossimo Supply Co. Scoopneck Dress
ASSETS by Sara Blakely Brown Tights
Women's Merona Kasia tall Leather Boots
Merona Essentials Cardigan
Merona Boyfriend Watch 
Wood Circle Jute String Necklace
This outfit needs a belt, but sadly I couldn't find any on Target's website.