Friday, March 30, 2012

Fur Baby Friday

Yep, that's right I'm doing two link-up posts today, simply because I can't resist posting pictures of my sweet girl Sookie. So I am linking up with Mrs. Monologues for Fur Baby Friday.

Here is Soo girl snuggling with me on the couch, or at least her idea of snuggling which is really TAKING OVER the entire end of the couch leaving me nowhere to put my legs. 

look at that face!
She likes to continue the space-hogging snuggling on the bed. Mind you, that is a KING sized bed and that is how much room that 100 lbs of chocolate takes up.

Love when a giant dogs think they're the size of a puppy.

The Nail Files

I'm linking up with Tara @ Fabulous but Evil for The Nails FIl

This week my nails are painted the dark purple hue of Revlon's "Plum Night", that sadly looks almost black. I added Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear "Set the Stage" on top for a little pizzazz. 

And of course when I remembered to take pictures of my nails, I couldn't find either of my polishes... I blame Sookie or Sawyer.

But here they are in their bottle form.

Plum Night by Revlon
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear "Set the Stage"

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Good morning everyone, today I am switching it up a little and linking up with Jamie @  This Kind of Love for What I'm Loving Wednesday!

This week I am loving....

that I got MY rings back, I have been rocking Mema Kay's since December after I had to have mine cut off, so I am glad to finally have them fixed and back on my finger.

that Sawyer's cute little Kelly's Kids outfit came in! Love that it's reversible (the only way I can dignify spending that much money on one outfit is the fact that is really two outfits). I can't wait for summer for him to wear it!

SWEET POTATO CHIPS, these things are amazing. Got 'em at Sam's Club.

my sweet Sookie and how snuggly she's been with Sawyer lately, Sawyer just went over and sat right in the crook of her neck last night and played with her food bowl (yes it's dirty, whatever).
colored skinnies. seriously, I'm obsessed. These came from NY & Company this past fall
fun bath times with this little monkey

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

RHOC and other Bravo awesome-ness

**Spoiler alert: if you haven't watched the past weeks' episodes of Real Housewives of Orange County, you may not want to read this.

I don't usually watch reality TV shows that involve a bunch of women (except for Jersey Shore... if you can call those girls women), I usually watch stuff like Sons of Guns, Deadliest Catch, American Pickers and Swamp People but Real Housewives of Orange County has had me hooked since season numero uno.

Let's talk about my least favorite and absolute favorite shall we?

We'll start with my least favorite, and the housewife who has been on the show for all seven seasons....

Vicki Gunvalson - I loathe Vicki. She is, by far, one of the most hypocritical people on the show. I also don't know why they call her a "housewife" when she is actually about to be divorced so soon won't be a "wife" to anyone and also she works "all the time" (according to her" for her own insurance business, Coto Insurance & Financial Services. She spent most of last season picking on my girl Gretchen's (we'll talk about her in second) boyfriend Slade because he doesn't pay child support, well now she is dating a guy who went to jail for not paying child support. Then when she got called out on it by Gretchen she said that "my boyfriend is none of your business".... um but Slade was? Grrr, dislike her a LOT.

Now on to my home girl....

Gretchen Rossi - I like Gretchen the best because she is real. I feel like she doesn't hold back and tries to stay as true as possible. Yes, she took a BUNCH of flack for being engaged to a dying, older gentleman by the name of Jeff in the first season, but hey, that's her prerogative. I like that she seems pretty independent now, in fact she support her boyfriend Slade who is working for her. She is 33 and just awesome in my opinion.  She also doesn't hesitate to call someone out on a lie.

In other news... I also adore Brad Goreski and his new show "It's a Brad Brad World" on Bravo. I loved Brad when he was on Rachel Zoe's "The Rachel Zoe" project so I was thrilled to learn he was getting his own show.

But his boyfriend of 10 years Gary Janetti has also become a favorite, he is just so snarky it's wonderful. if you don't follow him on twitter you absolutely should, his tweets are hilarious with a lot of tounge-in-cheek-ness.  One of last week's tweet said "It's such a lovely day I decided to sit outside and judge people instead of doing it from the window in my stuffy office." Haha.

What TV shows do you like? Do you hate Vicki too, or maybe you adore her?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Kitchen Envy

Lately, I have been hating my kitchen.

And before someone comments, "You don't know how lucky you are to have such a nice kitchen".. yes I am aware that my kitchen is probably larger than some and that I may have more counter space than some people could dream of... it still doesn't change the fact that sometimes I hate it.

my kitchen
this is also in the middle of my kitchen to give me more space to put stuff - and yes that little brown thing in the corner is Sookie's tail
There is nothing really "wrong" with my kitchen I just wish I could change some things.

  • My counters are very narrow 
  • I don't really have a LOT of storage since we don't have a pantry my cabinets are used to hold food.
  • Don't EVEN get me started on the lack of dishwasher
  • I hate the light, it is just one fluorescent thing.

So I have been doing a little kitchen dreaming lately via Houzz - which is like Pinterest but just for house stuff (or in uglier words - House Porn). And here is what I came up with...

now THAT is an island - love that it is an island with a bar too
I like this island because of how the counter is extended over the base with table-like legs support the edges but I also love the hood on that stove.
once again, a lovely island but I like this kitchen because of the beautiful hood and  the idea of putting a chandelier in a kitchen... just not that one, it's sorta ugly.

I really like the openness of this kitchen and how while it is an almost separate area it is open to the dining room with the "window" that is also a bar area
this kitchen is seriously the most amazing thing in existence. I love the fireplace and that seat, gosh it is to.die.for.
another shot of that awesome kitchen seating
this one has storage space for days. I love that they mixed different kinds of cabinets with the glass fronts, open shelves and then regular cabinets. Not to mention they have deep drawers, thin drawers and long cabinets. They are also working that chandelier.

One thing I do love about my kitchen? The memories. Remember, my house was once my great-grandmother's (or Mammy as we called her) and I feel like she is right there cooking beside me sometimes. We had to clean years of grease and such off our cabinet to paint them and it makes me happy to think she stood over the same sink as I do. She never complained about anything - even though she cooked for a LOT more people than I do and she did so without three fingers on her right hand.
Mammy standing over the sink back in the day

Friday, March 23, 2012

Nail Files

I'm linking up with Tara @ Fabulous but Evil for The Nail Files!

I recently painted my nails with Essie "Navigate Her" and I adore it. When I picked up the polish I thought it was more mint than green, but after a few coats I realized it was a LOT more green than blue-ish.

 Essie "Navigate Her"

Thursday, March 22, 2012

the hardest part of my job

some might think this is going to be yet another post about how I don't have time to see my family or workout and such, but no the hardest part of my job is when I have to draft letters for parents to let them know the support we are offering their kids after a tragedy.

What can you tell a parent to make them feel like their kid is going to be safe in the school after something horrible has happened there/around there or to another student? How do you find the words to assure them you won't let anything happen to their precious children, even though you can't guarantee that?

We have have several gun-related incidents the past two weeks that affected our students. Thank the lord that none of these incidents actually involved a gun being AT school or an actual shooting occurring in one of our buildings but it has created a scary week none the less.

Worst part? Some of those incidents were not even in high schools. In fact, only 1/2 of them affected high school students.

We are blessed that only one of those incidents involved the death of a student, a student that (allegedly) just standing outside his home when bullets from a drive-by struck and killed him. He was actually 2 grades below me in school.

We just had a double homicide take place in local community, one of the people killed had 5 kids in our district. The murder also happened not far from one of our elementary schools.

So what is my point is saying this?

I don't really have one.

Except to say that I am terrified for our children. We live in the middle of nowhere in southeastern NC. If our kids can't just be kids here, what does that mean for other places?

The gang violence that goes on around here is scary and I can honestly say I am struggling with what Josh and I will do about educating Sawyer. I am a strong advocate for public schools (not only because I work for a public school system but because I attended public schools for most of my life - minus 2 years), but I truly have no idea what we'll do when Sawyer gets to kindergarten.

A nearby school system also had a student get her throat slashed on the way to class. IN THE HALLWAY OF HER SCHOOL.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Oh How Pinteresting...

I'm linking up with Michelle @ The Vintage Apple for "Oh How Pinteresting"

Now that I have an arts & crafts room of sorts, I finally have space to get some DIY crafts done... I just to find something to occupy the Sawbug for a few hours...

here are some crafts I've been pinning lately...
I could SO do this with some pretty paper & a big picture frame.
a painted rug for my kitchen - which by the way expect a post about kitchen envy soon...
pretty table top with wall paper
easy decorative tray with scapbook paper, mod podge & a plain wooden tray
I posted this yesterday too, but I HAVE to do this to store all my scrapbook paper and such

Like these pins? Follow me on Pinterest for more awesome-ness :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spare Room Makeover

I can't even tell you about how mad I've been at my spare bedroom lately. Yes I just said I was mad at a room, so what?

Our lovely back bedroom, where I have to keep most of my clothes, used to look like this:

don't really know what happened to this picture, or why it's all blurry...

But now that we stole the mattress from that room to make a bed for Sawyer it's just been a big empty bed frame where you can see all my under-the-bed storage totes and their contents. In other words, a big fat mess. Did I mention that we also have the desk that was once in the dining room in there along with the white bed frame that was our bed before we got the King? So yes, catastrophe zone. 

So, while I was cleaning out my closet (cue my fave Eminem song) and switching my winter and spring wardrobe (cause Lord knows I don't have the room to keep both in my closet/dresser at the same time) I realized I couldn't stand to look at the under-the-bed bins for another minute. 

I took apart the old bed frame and moved out both it and the white bed frame along with several other items we were storing in the room. Yes, I may have shed a tear at having to fold up my Lilly Pulitzer comforter and put it storage. 

I then re-configured my desk that was already in the room with the white desk from the old dining room. I also added my black card table (that was stored under the bed in the other room - sense a trend here?) With the new configuration I can still store my under-the-bed things under the bigger desk.

This is how the room looks for now. It is still a work in progress. The pretty black lanterns in the corner are to be used whenever I finally get around to putting a shelf over my & Josh's bed (see this post here). 

Michelle, see your box of glass drink dispensers sitting there under the card table? I PROMISE to bring them to you this weekend.

I plan on using the "new" room as a craft area/office. 

I will soon be adding a shelf over the black card table and covering the table with a table cloth to hide my t-shirt/sweat pants storage. I will also be getting a cubby-type shelf (courtesy of my wonderful carpenter Papa) to put in the corner of the two white desks. 

Here are some ideas I've had so far for storing my craft stuff:
making a paper storage thingy for all my scrapbook paper
for all my ridiculous amounts of ribbon
what I want to do with the shelf over the card table - really loving that curtain rod with handing storage and magnetized jars for under the shelf
not really like these, but I plan on organizing my loose ribbon and scrap paper by color in my cubby shelf
Love what they did with the cubby shelf too
I NEED an inspiration board, luckily I already have a bulletin board  - just need to find it...
I really like this for sticker sheet and paper organization too
Now that I have SPACE to actually do some crafts, I just need to find some time to do them. 

Here are some other pictures from my weekend clean/organization fit.. which you've already seen if you follow me on twitter.
those jeans are my main inspiration to lose weight, my two favorite pair of Joe's and one pair of Hudson's I haven't even taken the tags off yet... sigh, one day.
love being able to put my Lilly back in the closet for spring!
why yes, that is a lot of Purple, I am a Pirate after all!
ahhh, the joys of separating clothes by ones that fit, ones that don't and ones to give away

I couldn't fit the bed rails and such into my Escape so I had to borrow my Papa's '94 Chevy. That thing can GO though, I was pleasantly surprised by how fast it went, not that I went over 55 or anything....