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December 19, 2011

Ornament Wreath Tutorial

Hello my loverlies!

Here is the tutorial for the ornament wreath I wrote about here.

Here is what you will need:  glue gun, ornaments, ribbon and a Styrofoam wreath.

I also used these as a filler - you can find them at hobby lobby.

I used the smallest ornaments I could find and a smaller styrofoam wreath (10"), and ended up using around 80 ornaments and a few handfuls of the filler balls.

Start by taking off the hook caps (i'm not sure what the real name for them is) and then hot glueing the ornaments all around the wreath.

There really is no wrong way to do this, I went around once in a line and then just kept going, I haven seen others who, using large ornaments, spaced them evenly around and then filled them in with smaller and smaller ornaments.  After you have gone around two or three times you will start to notice open spots.  For that you just use whatever ornaments you have left and pile them on.  (You will start to just glue ornaments on ornaments)

Here is what I had after I was done.

You then just wrap your ribbon as long as you need tie a bow and hang it.  Super duper easy, took me about 1/2 a college bowl game.

I plan on working on a much larger wreath after Christmas for next year.  I wasn't planning on making this wreath yet either, but Joann's had a huge 60% off sale so this wreath cost about $10 to make.  Going to wait on more after Christmas sales to grab the larger ornaments.  I'm all about the deals y'all.

Here is the wreath on my mantle.

Hope this all made sense! 

Happy Crafting!

December 18, 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

I have included one of my favorite Christmas songs for you to play while you read.  I'm so considerate aren't I?  :)

My favorite time of year is here and I am so excited!  I'm not sure what it is about Christmas that gets me all worked up but I love it.  Maybe its the cold weather, seeing family or shopping.

One of my favorite things to do is after Christmas shopping.  When all the ornaments/trees, wrapping paper and decor is super duper cheap.

Side Note: I also love the day after Thanksgiving when I am putting my tree up and get to pull out all the fun stuff I bought at last years sales, it is almost like I get two Christmases!!!

There are also so many amazing craft ideas running through my head!!!  Such as this cute ornament wreath I made.  (Tutorial to come shortly)

I also love perusing Pinterest for some great mantle ideas.  Thinking something along the lines of this:


My (seen below) mantle is blah this year, hoping to make it fabulous for next year!

And yes, those two stockings do say "DOG" and have a slot for their pictures.  I love my fur babies and I'm not afraid to show it!

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

December 17, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things...

Here is just a small (very small) sampling of things I am currently in love with right now. 

HP Touchpad - They had a $99 refurb sale recenlty and husband was smart enough to know how to snag me one! I heart him!

Yarn wreaths - here is one I made for fall.

Nail Polish - Here is one of my favorites

Nursery Decor - I don't think a day goes by that I'm not perusing the interwebs for the perfect nursery decor for my baby girl!

Source: google.com via Karen on Pinterest

Anyone else obsessing or have a new favorite item?

December 16, 2011

New Obsession

Yes folks, I have a new obsession!  Crocheting. 

I tried knitting, didn't quite work out.  Crocheting seems a lot easier.  I have even started to sell some of my creations on my Etsy shop!  So take a gander if you so choose :).  I will also be doing another give away soon so look forward to that!

Here is my latest creation:

Never mind the puffy pregnant woman wearing it please.

Who doesn't love a neck warmer really?

Anywhoos, I may be doing a lot more this weekend so keep an eye on the blog Monday for a giveaway! :)

November 10, 2011


This is where Snoopy likes to hang out now.  Right by my belly.  Anywhere I am he is right there trying to lay right on or right beside the belly.

In this pic I had the laptop and he proceeded to push it out of the way and crawl into my lap.  I guess it's true that dogs have the sixth sense.  

October 23, 2011

Can't Make This Stuff Up

It was a great weekend, football, family and food.  Could it get any better.  Oh yes, oh yes it can.

While some of the family was over a woman came to the front door.  She was deaf (I assume) since she was motioning that she needed a pen and pad of paper.  So I grabbed the items and brought them to her.  This is what she handed back to me.

Say whats!?!?!  How about a big NO?!?!  The thing that makes me laugh was that she gave me a dirty look and just went to the next house.

My sister in law asked, "Isn't this how murder mystery movies start?"  This woman was not the most approachable looking person if you get my drift.

Oh well, it's stuff like this that makes life interesting right?

October 19, 2011

What the What!?!?! Wednesday

I was tempted to just post the picture and not write anything.  Seriously does this really need an explanation?

How violently do you eat soup that you need a hair shield.  Don't get me wrong, I love slurping down a huge bowl of noodles, but I apparently am a tame noodle slurper since I don't have dripping wet noodle broth hair afterwards.

The worst thing about this picture is every time I look at it, I want noodles.  It's 8am and I want a huge steaming bowl yummy noodles.  

October 13, 2011



I love the changing of summer to fall.  Especially since I loathe summer.  I love the cooler weather, changing of the leaves, warm apple cider, pumpkin patches and football.

I also love the warmer smells for fall.  I get to change my candles to some yummy cinnamon spice or pumpkin vanilla scents.  I also take my bi-yearly visit to Bath & Body Works.  Oh yes.  It is on!

I swear I smell so many different kinds of body sprays that my nose hairs are probably burnt off by the time I leave the store.  But I just love picking out a cozy warm smell to take me through the fall and winter.  The warm vanilla sugar or brown sugar and fig.  Can you smell what I'm laying down?

Can't wait for the weekend to venture out and grab my fall/winter scent of the year.  Oh, and grabbing some maternity clothes, I apparently am not going to be one of the cute basketball bellies that I had so hoped for.  Only 4 months and I only have two pairs of pants left that I can button.  (I say button but that doesn't mean they are comfy.) 

October 11, 2011

What the What!?!?!? Wednesday

There are a lot of crazy things in this world.  I figured why not give it a day on the blog.  For the inaugural What the What!?!? Wednesday I present to you:

The Funnel Bacakonator.

That's right, a funnel cake topped with bacon.  Sold at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 Now, don't get me wrong, I will polish off a funnel cake like no one's business.  But, to be honest I'm not the biggest bacon fan, so this does not look good at all.  Nope.  Not good.

I am going to rank this food dish  meal heart attack infused item up there with deep fried butter.  Down right nasty.  Mr. Bacokonator if your nasty.

October 07, 2011

Baking Up A Storm!

Whew! Let me tell you all, I have been baking like a mad woman and I am tired!

I love to bake, and I love trying new recipes.  So when this opportunity came for me, I couldn't resist.  It's a very complicated recipe and has taken a lot out of me.  I will tell you it is the hardest thing I have ever made.

The recipe is mixture of two ideas from two different cultures.  Korean and American.  I know it will come out beautifully.  So, after combining the ingredients I bake at 98.6 (it's a slow bake recipe) for 9 months and then viola, on April 15, 2012 the bun will be ready to come out of the oven!

Yes peeps I am with child, four months along and I am so excited!!!  It was by far the hardest secret I have ever had to keep! I can't wait to share this experience with you!

Oh, by the way, while I was at the Warrior Dash doing this:

Yes, that is me running through fire. 
Little did I know, I was three weeks along with this:

Which means my baby is gonna be born wearing this:

October 03, 2011

Great Weekend!

Hello loverlies!

How was your weekend?  I had a great weekend!  Made some great food, baked and found some amazing clothing deals.  It was also an awesome football weekend.  All my teams won!  Woohoo!!!

I attempted my first yarn wreath and I think it came out pretty good.  I will definitely be making more of these soon!

I also had the pleasure of dog sitting for a friend.

Isn't she the cutest?
Oh, I should mention, Bella and Snoopy are an item.

Here they are just hanging out watching football with me.  Now Snoopy is 5 years older than Bella, so there is that little bit of controversy there.  But, if they love each other who are we to judge.   

As for my awesome clothing deals, have I mentioned how much I LOVE clearance deals?  $5 flats & $10 jacket from Old Navy, $5 & $6 skirt and dress and a few $3 layering tanks from Target and two $8 shirts from GAP.  I mean come one people!!!  All these I can wear through the fall and winter season coming up so I am stoked!

Hoping this work week flies so I can have another great weekend!  We are planning on going to the Renaissance Festival, gonna be chowing down on the awesomley huge turkey legs! Can I get a Yumm Yumm and a Woop woop!!!

August 29, 2011

Get Along Lil' Bloggy!

Exciting news!  The Pioneer Woman has a tv show on Food Network!

I KNOW!  So exciting!  Her blog is so funny and her food is Uh-mazing!  She also has an obsessive love of her dogs, so I feel like we are BFF's already.

I know for sure I will be watching with envy while she whips up some awesome food in her awesome kitchen! If you haven't already head on over to her blog and do try her cinnamon rolls.  The best evar!!!!  You can also follow this link with some additional information on her show.

A batch of her cinnamon rolls I whipped up a while ago.  Delish!!!
I have also hear rumors that Reece Witherspoon is going to be playing her in a movie!!!! Gah!!!! Could it get any better!?!?!?!?  This was a while ago that this was circulation and I have yet to hear more about it, I would be sad if it never comes to fruition!

What an inspiration for bloggers everywhere.  Just goes to show, be true to yourself and share your passion with the world and who knows what it will bring!

August 28, 2011

Easy Peasy!

Just a quick post about something awesome!

If you are ever tired and in a hurry you need this!

This is one of my staple go to's on a night that I am too tired to try and don't want think about making anything.  Usually takes me around 20 minutes and it is sooooo good!!!!

They also have a frozen version which comes with the chicken in it.  Obviously more expensive.  I usually get the boxes on sale and with a coupon for around $3-$4.

Not bad for a super easy and yummy dinner option.


August 02, 2011

Best Run Evar!!!!

Well hello and Happy August!

This past weekend I participated in the Warrior Dash and it was awesome!!!

It is a 5K with tons of obstacles and crazy hard hills and trails of mud.  There was a group of us signed up and our heat wasn't until 2pm.  Thankfully it was not as hot as it has been.  But, I still came away with a little sunburn.  

This was the before shot.

Aaaaaaaand after...

 At the very end after jumping through fire, yes fire, there was a huge mud pit you had to crawl through since there was barbed wired 3 inches above so you couldn't stand.

Finally, I got what I was looking forward too, my huge turkey leg.

It was a great day!