Thursday, February 28, 2013

Throwback Thursday- Disney World

Is it Friday yet? Yeah, didn't think so. It's been such a stressful week at work I'm ready for the weekend. I need a chance to really take a breathe and relax. Maybe I need yoga pants ore something!

So I thought I'd try a little something different today. I'm linking up with Ady for throwback Thursday. SInce I am craving a vacation I thought I would take it back to March 2008 when Brian and I went on our first vacation together.

I remember being so nervous, first because I have a terrible fear of flying but also sharing the same space with my boyfriend for the first time ever.

We arrived on my birthday and I got to wear the "It's my birthday" pin all week. I got free stuff and lots of attention the whole time.  Even got up on the stage and danced at Jellyrolls Piano bar.

The flower and garden festival were running when we were there. 
Absolutely beautiful. 

We stayed at the Coronodo Springs Hotel. 
It felt like we could have been in Mexico. So relaxing. 

Rock and Roller Coaster. I LOVE Brian's face and the fact that he admitted to me he did not like roller coasters or rides when we were on line. We were 5 days into our trip already. 

Can't wait to go back. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Oh How Pinteresting

Oh happy Wednesday...
Its such a dreary, rainy day today! I'd be content sitting on my couch with my new book and television but my CEO is coming for a visit at work so I've gotta be on the top of my game today.
Until then...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

5 Things

Found this on Jen's Blog. Thought it was fun to play along.  

Of course you have to add a silly picture of yourself. 
3 words- Green Apple Martinis

5 things ...

... you will find in my purse
1. Pocket Bac
2. Lipgloss, probably 5 of them
3. Pens, I'm a pen hoarder
4. Lotion, Currently Bath and Body Works Country Chic
5. Zumba membership card. If its not in my bag I will lose it. 

... you will find in my bedroom
1. Tons of extra pillows
2. Glass of water
3. Extra blankets
4. Pictures of us from our wedding
5. Flat screen. I love falling asleep to the tv. 

... I've always wanted to 
1. Be smaller than a size 10
2. Be able to run and actually enjoy it.
3. Go on fancy vacations
4. Adopt a few dogs! 
5. Become a Mom 

... I'm currently loving
1. Ny new K notebook
2. The Express jeans I just bought for $16 at Marshalls
3. Dior mascara! My eyelashes look so long.
4. L'Oreal's new Spring colors. I purchased Macaroon Me Madly
5. Home Goods. I love this place!

... quirks I have
1. I bit my lip. Its a nervous thing
2. I have not tolerance for noise
3. I get over stimulated easily and it makes it hard for me to pay attention. 
4. low self-esteem - I'm really down on myself
5. I'm my own worst enemy! 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Everyone Else is Doing It-Oscar Favorites

Happy Monday!

So I'm sure I'll be the ONLY one posting about the Oscar's today! I'll keep it short and simple.
I'm barely awake, considering that show went on and on. Seth MacFarlane was pretty funny. I enjoyed it for the most part.
What did you all think?
Here are a few of favorites.

Favorites Moments:

-Jen was by far my favorite. I loved she was in color when everyone was muted tones. The purple was beautiful and the back was just stunning.

- Jennifer Lawrence winning for best actress. She was so great in Silver Linings Playbook. Well deserved. Her fall made me love her even more. She is so real and I adore that about her.

-Ben Affleck's acceptance speech. Although I did not like  the movie his speech was incredibly classy.

- Adele's performance and acceptance speech. I adore her.

-Although I didn't like Reese Witherspoon's dress I love that her 13 year old daughter help her to pick it out!

Joseph Gordon Levitt who is just too cute.

Least Favorites:

-Come on now. What the....
This dress is awful! Hello NIPPLES!
I swear girls at my prom in 1998 wore that dress and that necklace from Claire's!
So very disappointed.

- Kristen Stewart...I just can't. Everything was just wrong.

All and all I'm pretty pleased. It was a good night. My mom treats the Oscars like her Superbowl. It's her favorite day of the year. The day is filled with food, dessert, and commentary.

I'd love to know what your favorites and least favorites were.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Happies and Crappies

The Vintage Modern Wife: Happies and Crappies Link Up


-Two of my best friend's welcomed their beautiful baby boy on Sunday. Welcome to the world baby Christian!
- I found the local Habitat For Humanity Restore and we scored a granite countertop for our bathroom, $75!!!!! I was floored at how great this place was!!! I would definitely suggest it! Plus its a 100% donation!
- We finished painting our bedroom and I'm so excited to decorate it! I love home improvement projects.
- February is almost over which means winter is almost over. I love the spring. The winter is just to dull and depressing for me.
- I have such great in laws. I have an excellent relationship with them. I love that we are all so close.
- My birthday is next month and I'm thinking of treating myself to a month worth of boot camp classes.
- Today is national margarita day! You're Welcome!

I know what I'll be doing after work!


- I'm feeling like a fatty lately. Just plain old lazy! I haven't been eating properly and I haven't been going to Zumba either. I need inspiration!

Only one crappy ! I'd say that was a pretty successful week in my opinion.

Have a fantastic weekend. DOn't forget to link up with the gals. There is a surprise crappy that goes along with the link up.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

On Marriage and Debt

When I met my husband I had some debt. Who am I kidding, I had a lot of debt! Not only did I have the regular college loan debt; somewhere in the range $50,000 but a lot of credit card debt. I got stuck in that college rut, barely making any cash and putting everything including text books on my card. Add 10 years, 28% interest and here we are. Brian never even had a credit card so the idea of all of this debt did scare him. He was able to rest his mind knowing I never missed a payment and pay as much as double whenever I was able.

As we built a life together both Brian and I were able to pay off both of our cars before the purchase of our home and over the past 4 years we cut our debt by thousands. When saving for our wedding we made a promise to one another that we wouldn't put a thing on a credit card. We cut up my Visa and never looked back. Our entire wedding was paid for with whatever we had saved. It was a fantastic feeling knowing we didn't owe anyone anything after our wedding. All of our wedding gifts were put right in a savings account and we were able to put the money towards our honeymoon, purchase new windows, a down payment for our new Jeep and just recently wrote a rather large check to pay off all of my old credit card debt. I love that we are able to spend that money and put it towards our savings, improving our home and our new car. 

Although the feeling of paying off that debt was pretty amazing I can't help but still feeling a little guilty that the debt was all mine. I regret being a stupid college kid and a stupid 20 something too. Being materialistic really got the best me. Don't get me wrong I still love pretty things. Shoes, clothes and housewares still get the best of me but only when I have the cash for them. Brian is the polar opposite. He could care less about buying anything. I think he still wears dress pants he had in high school. He keeps me on track too. He reminds me of what is important and what we really need in life. Most of the time he is right. The other times Home Goods gets the win! 

Have you had experience in credit card debt? Have you been able to pay it off and if so where were you able to put that extra cash?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Oh How Pinteresting

Happy Wednesday! I've been so busy trying to get my house organized I can't believe the week is half over. We have started painting our bedroom and I've been making some organizing changes around here. I guess it's my internal clock assuming its time for spring cleaning. In the meantime its been raining and cold so we are waiting on the second coat. To bad our entire upstairs is in shambles. We've been sleeping on the couch and it has not been comfortable. I can't wait till its all done so I can show it off.
Until then I'm linking up up with Michelle:

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I Admit It

Source: via Pam on Pinterest

It's true. I'm the crazy dog lady. If you follow me on Twitter you probably already know. I post pictures of Bogart whenever I get a chance. Twitter isn't the only place either. I'm sure all of my Facebook friends have had their fill of that little terrier face. All my phone pictures are filled with Bogart's face. I'm cool with it. Parents post pictures of their children. I just post my fur baby. If Bogart wasn't so darn nuts I would probably have about 5 more. I might loss my husband in the process. Bogart is my best friend. Sometimes it makes me so sad seeing him get a bit older. He will be 10 April 2nd. His face is turning gray and he rests a bit more than he plays but he still looks like that puppy from so many years ago. How can't you not want to take a picture of this face?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Link Up

I found this adorable link up over at Melissa's blog. The idea is to answer a bunch of questions about yourself and follow it up by asking your significant other the same questions. The comparison is the best part. Especially dealing with my husband. It's fun just to see how Brian really sees me. 

Here are our questions: 

How long have you been married?
His: "Forever, no, since April, how many month is that?!?!"
Hers: "10 months on the 29th"

Where was your first date? 
His and Hers: Applewood Orchards

Where was your first kiss? 
His: "At your house"
Hers: "In his car outside of my parents"

Who first said, "I love you"? 
His: "You"
Hers: "He did on election night 2008"

What were your wedding colors? 
His: "Green?"
Hers: "Celedon and Yellow"

What is her most commonly used phrase? 
His: "There's a lot of them, "
Hers: "You know"\

Who is her celebrity crush? 
His and Hers "Henrik Lunqvist"

If she was ordering drinks for both of you what would you each get? 
His: Alcoholic-"Pinot Noir" Non Alcoholic- "Diet coke for you water for me"
Hers: Alcoholic- "Dirty Martini for me, pint of seasonal tap beer for him" Non Alsoholic- "Diet Coke for me and iced tea for him"

What is the best meal she has ever cooked you? 
Hers: "Crock pot chicken"

What is the worst meal she has ever cooked you?
His: "Nothing, I don't think you've ever made anything bad"
Hers: "Im not sure there is one"

What is the most-played song on her iPod? 
His: "You listen to a lot of stuff. I don't know? I below with you, you belong with me song, right?!?!?"
Hers: "Little talks"

What would she say is your most annoying habit? 
His: "I pick my face?"
Hers: "He forgets EVERYTHING"

What is the last thing she does before she goes to bed? 
His: "Watch tv"
Hers: "Watch tv"

If you could throw out one item of her clothing what would it be? 
His: "Nothing."
Hers: "Probably something real girly"

What would you say is your favorite thing about her? 
His: "Your eyes."
Hers: "My passion for everything"

What's her go-to drink at Starbucks? 
HIs: "Venti, blah blah blah"
Hers: "Venti coffee, non fat"

"What's her blog's name?! 
Both: "Pretty Rambles"

Of course it wouldn't be Valentine's Day with out sharing a bunch of my favorite pictures of Brian and I. Each one below has been a very special day in our lives, from dates, vacations, softball, bridal shower, wedding and our honeymoon. I couldn't think of a better guy to have by my side.