5.31.2011

Weekend Rundown

I hate going back into a normal week after having a long weekend. I love my long weekends, I just hate when they're over. I have a parade to choreograph today... I've been in parades my whole life, I've just never choreographed one. Luckily it's a tiny little city parade (the smallest one around too), so it won't be too big of a deal. My parents were able to visit this weekend from Arizona and it was so fun to have us all (minus my older sis) together for the weekend.

We spent Memorial day lounging around the house then eating at our favorite local burger joint. After which the parents and neighbors all played their favorite game of dominos while McKenna and I (younger sis) watched Bachelorette (AH! Love William and West) and the new Extreme Makeover Weightloss Edition. It was super inspiring to see someone be so motivated and basically transform in one year.

My birtday (I will now be calling it birtday instead of birtHday since I messed up on my collage last night) is coming up in a couple of weeks and my family has started asking what I want. Well I already have a list going in my phone, but my mom asked for an actual list she could see. I went to type one up but the computer I have to use right now doesn't have Word... What computer doesn't have Word these days? So I used Notepad which printed weird, so I ended up cutting it up and making an UGLY collage at 1 am.

My list includes a necklace from the lovely Sarah's Etsy Shop. It has a fox on it, and foxes are my favorite animal (along with lions). Two pairs of Toms (striped and lace), new running shoes (Nike Frees of course!), Michael Kors Aviators, a tripod, and a memory card.

Of course I don't expect everything on this list, but they asked for things I've been wanting- so I give the people what they want. haha!

That's it for my weekend- thrilling, I know. Have a great day!!

P.S. My guest post with the chair tutorial is up. So check that out HERE.

P.P.S. We are FINALLY supposed to have an entire week of sunshine and warmth! JOY!

5.29.2011

The Craft Room- Pt. 2

whew. It was hard keeping up that terrible post from yesterday. But you guys were all so kind about it! I know it was bad... it's ok to agree. hahaha!

I wish these pictures were better, they just don't do the room justice. The lighting in this room just isn't great. You'll get the idea though. :)

Presenting! The new and improved Craft Room!

I know! You can hardly recognize the place! That is the red parasol and mint green wall that were my inspiration.

Here's little Rue Helping us out. Aw. :) Notice how we reupholstered those computer chairs?? So great! I felt like superwoman after. There will be a tutorial on how to do that tomorrow on a friends blog.

There's the computer desk. Once ugly brown laminate- now beautiful, coral and fresh! (and yes, that is our ooooold TV)

That shelf will be hung on that wall (if my mom decides she wants it there of course). I didn't hang it because I don't trust myself with that big of a job...

This photo is the worst. It does not in any way do this sewing table justice. I got this at the DI (utah's goodwill) for pretty cheap and was so excited to replace my mom's old, ugly, cheap, sewing table!

If you need to be reminded of the terrible state this room was in before, just click HERE.

If you like that zebra rug in the corner you can click HERE for my tutorial on how to make your own!

I know the room is super colorful and almost doesn't seem like it works. But trust me, you have to see it in person to get the full affect. It's amazing, if I do say so myself. Haha! Plus, now everything has a place and it's way more organized! Hooray! :D

I had so much help from both my sisters and my grandma. Along with super supportive friends. :) I couldn't have done it without them!

5.28.2011

The Craft Room- Pt. 1

Ok... SO it is taking A LOT of bravery for me to do this post. Why? Because the "before" state of my family's craft room is... Horrific. PLEASE do not let this be a judgement to you on how we live. Our family's home is actually really cute and clean. Except for in the craft room... Hence why I decided the perfect gift for my mom's birthday would be a new beautiful and clutter free craft room. But first, you must see the state it was in... before...

Here we go... I'm just going to let the pictures do the talking.

aaaaaaaaaaah!!!





Wow.

Did you make it out alive?

How many times did you pass out?

I'm sure you can see why something HAD to be done.

I was the only soul brave enough to tackle this job.

So I started searching for inspiration. I didn't want to spend a lot, so I decided to use the Mint Green paint I had left over from another project, and I also had a red parasol I wanted to use. There I had it, my base. Mint Green and Red. The search was on.

Not only did I want to paint a wall, this room needed a lot more TLC than that. I decided I would recover the computer chairs, buy a new (to us) sewing desk, paint the LAMINATE computer desk (everywhere says don't do it- I say DO IT!), and find a place for EVERTYTHING! Plus get rid of as much as possible.

I found some pictures online that I loved, printed them off, and taped them up on the wall so I could turn to them whenever I needed motivation.


So there you go. With my mom spending a week (which turned into two- thank goodness) in Arizona, operation "Craft Room" was now a go.

PLEEEEASE stay tuned for the reveal tomorrow! It will KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF! You would have never thought that room could be saved. Well folks, I am a miracle worker. haha! Jk. But it really truly is an amazing difference.

P.S. Go check out my guest post over at Kaitlyn's blog "isavirtue" to get a sneak peek (with crappy photos... sorry) of the final product!! :D

P.P.S. Yes we have ancient electronic devices. Psh. They work.

5.26.2011

I'm baaaaack!

You know you're a blogger when:
-you go throughout your day and think "I should blog that!" (even when you're on a posting break)
-You're more daring in your fashion choices
-You put things together (fabrics, color choices, etc) and those around you say "I don't think that's gonna work" but they're quickly corrected and even amazed (I knew it would work)

That was kind of how my week without blogging went. I spent my days thinking about what I could blog about and being daring in my color choices. Love it.

I feel like I have so much to tell you! A week is a long time in this little blogging world! Remember that project I was working on?? Wellllll IT'S DONE! When I realized that tonight I quickly ran down to the computer to blog. Mmmmmmmmm I am home... hahaha!

What is this amazing project you ask? Well, that's just it... I can't tell you yet! Haha! I spent the last two weeks working on my mom's birthday present! She went down to Pheonix to visit my dad (who is working there) and while she was out, I had some fun. :) She gets home Saturday though! So expect the reveal then! Woot woot!

I was also randomly asked to be two lovely ladies photographer over the weekend!
(disclaimer: I am NOT a professional. I only have a point and shoot, I've never been trained, and no photoshop. SO if you are a professional or a professional critic... be nice)
But I do LOVE taking pictures, so I quickly said yes! And these I CAN reveal to you. :)

ALY:




SIERRA:



So there you go. I am back! I know your life was incomplete without my posts. :) Aw! I just love you guys!!!

OH!! And a BIG Thank You to my first 2 "Bloggers of the Week"! They are amazing and I'm so glad they were able to step in while I was out.

Missed their posts? Check them out HERE and HERE.

5.23.2011

Blogger of the Week: Daydream Frenzy!


Hello fellow bloggers! This is Rachel Emma from Daydream Frenzy- filling in for the lovely Gentri! This is my first time guest-posting, so hopefully I don't make a fool of myself! Okay, it will probably happen anyway.

First off, my blog is mainly devoted to outfits/fashion and how to expand a closet on a low budget (as I have)as well as how to work with whatcha got! My interest in fashion blogging first began when I had one day spotted a pair of rad combat boots at the mall. I have a rule when shopping, and that's "never purchase something you wouldn't know what to wear it with." So after forcing myself not to buy them, I went home and Googled "how to wear combat boots." So much inspiration and ideas popped up which lead me to find websites based on what would look good to wear, and eventually I ended up in the fashion blogging world. I don't claim to have an amazing sense of style, which is why I created this blog in the first place. It will act as a type of challenge for me to start wearing the clothes I hardly ever touch as well as a space to watch my style grow along with this blog. Plus, it'll give me an efficient way to keep track of my closet and show that I don't need new clothes in order to make a new outfit (something I have trouble learning).

Of course, my blog isn't simply JUST outfits. Daydream Frenzy is my personal outlet for anything and everything: ideas, experiences, rants, vents, advice, recommendations, preferences, and everything in between. I've also created a bucket list of 100 things I want to do before I die, so my blog will document anything I've completed from the list! I don't think I could ever simply write on only one thing. I like sharing too much! I've always enjoyed putting a piece of myself out there; I used to write and post pictures on old (and I mean ancient) websites such as Xanga and Piczo (did anyone else use these, or am I the only one?). I think it's important to preserve part of our lives now, whether it be online or in a diary, so that we can look back and remember them later (which is also why I love scrapbooking)! Don't you sometimes wish your parents or grandparents had done the same? The only thing my mom kept when she was younger were photo albums, but I still don't obtain a high comprehension of what her life was like, or even what she was like, back then.

So! I'm pretty random, so here are some random facts about yours truly. I was born in England; my dad is British (accent and all), so sometimes it's difficult to understand what the heck he just said. Unfortunately, I did not inherit his lovely accent (all my friends say they would like me more if I did haha). I live in Texas and I plan to stay, for in all my time living here I've never experienced a flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or tsunami, so yeah... I feel pretty safe. I go to school in Austin at the University of Texas (hook em' horns!) where I'm currently studying corporate communications. I have a wonderful boyfriend who has been in my life for a little over a year now. I'm not someone most people would consider "cool". I read the Harry Potter series repeatedly, I play Pokemon videogames, and I still laugh at Spongebob cartoons. What am I, 5? Maybe. I also love to try new things, especially when it comes to food; on a 2008 school trip to China, I was the only girl to eat a scorpion in a Beijing market. Not very ladylike, I suppose. I'm a dog person. I suck at sports. I'm not outdoorsy at all, but I'd like to be. Sometimes I'm pretty funny, and other times I think I'm funny when I'm really not. I am a champion procrastinator. I fall asleep during action movies when I'm not even tired (I'm more of a comedy lover). I love to bake, but I hate to cook; who says you can't have cereal for dinner? I can never watch scary movies (I still refuse to watch Paranormal Activity), yet I love reading horror books. I love ALL types of music. No, seriously.

Alright, enough with this super-long post! You all have lives to get back to, I'm sure. If you'd like to follow me or make a new friend, don't be shy to visit me at Daydream Frenzy! I always check out the blogs that are kind enough to check out mine. And if not, you can always chat with me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day! :)

xx

5.20.2011

Blogger of the Week: Paisley and Pearls!

Hello, all you GentriLee followers! I'm L. Caroline from Paisley and Pearls, GentriLee's guest blogger of the week!

First of all, I want to start off by thanking Gentri for the opportunity to be the FIRST guest blogger! Pretty exciting, if you ask me (And, since I'm the guest blogger, I'll pretend you asked). Also, I want to thank Gentri again for the wonderful goodies I am anxiously awaiting in the mail. Best. giveaway. ever! I remember finding her adorable blog back in my first days of blogging. I've loved following along and have picked up some great makeup and hair stylin' ideas, been inspired, and gotten some good laughs. It's so exciting to see how much her blog has grown. Congratulations on 100 followers, Gentri!

Now, let me tell you a little bit about me. I am a twenty-something southern girl, currently living in Nashville, TN. I am obsessed with all things monogrammed, anything navy blue, pink and green, and paisley print and polka dots. I and am also of the opinion that pearls go with everything. I love baking, crafting, and creating. In grad school I was officially referred to by my friends as "Martha". As in Martha Stewart. Minus the jail stint, I will take it as a complement!

 I am engaged to a wonderful man and we are tying the knot in 5 short months at a beautiful plantation here in Nashville. 

I am a puppy-mommy to a sweet, fluffy goldendoodle named Paisley who is just a tiny bit spoiled.

 I am a recent graduate (as in last Saturday) and now have a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy. I am passionate about working with children and their families and started my first big-girl-job at a local clinic for autism (the Monday after graduation, no less).

A little over a year ago a friend and I laughed about not starting blogs until we were either engaged (in my case), pregnant (definitely in her case), or got a dog (again, in my case). We both now have blogs! My blog topics vary from picture overloads of Paisley, wedding inspiration, and life updates. The last few months have been crazy as I've been finishing grad school but I am working on a weekly schedule in order to share a little more regularly. I would love for you all to stop by and visit (and of course, follow along if you'd like!) and comment to let me know you are from Gentri's blog. Thanks again, Gentri!

Thanks to L. Caroline for stepping in and doing her guest blog today! Timing couldn't be more perfect... as I am on a break, remember? haha! Plus i just love her and her blog and am so excited to have her as my first blogger of the week! Now go check out her blog!!

5.19.2011

Tiny Break

I'm taking a tiny break from posting anything awesome until I get my computer back up and my project finished (SO close!). But I just had to say you are all awesome!! Thank you to all of my fantastic readers! I just reached 100 followers and it has seriously made my day!! Love you all!!

5.17.2011

Bad Blogger

I have been a bad blogger.
*slapshand*

Why? Wellll, it's REALLY because I don't have my computer set up at the moment and have to use another (while wonderful) difficult computer. I can't click follow to any new blogs and looking at posts is made kind of difficult. I try to follow along on my iphone but can only handle doing that for so long.

ALSO

I've been REALLY busy trying to get a project completed ASAP. So I havn't been able to look at very many of your blog posts. I took some time today to go through a bunch but I didn't get to them all.

So PLEASE if you are a new reader and want me to come visit your blog
 (BELIEVE ME I WANT TO!)
PLEASE leave a link in your comment so I know who I need to get caught up on. :) I will be there shortly!!
I PROMISE!

As soon as this project is completed- I will be back to good ol' fashioned blogging. Woot!

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If you need a good read (you know, since I'm not being a good read right now and everything) please head over to my friend Katie's blog. She is an amazing person and I'm so lucky to say I know her in person and consider her a dear friend. She's always striving to improve the lives of others around her and at the same time learn as much as she can. She's incredible compassionate and giving. She's given herself a challenge to complete and would love it if you all took a look! :)

5.16.2011

Productive!

WHEW!

I am beat! I've been working my tail off on this project. I can't wait to show you guys!! Soon! :D

In other more sad news... I hate to do this, but because I didn't hear from one of our winners within the 24 hour time limit I drew another one...

(I don't want this to be rude AT ALL! SO, of course if she does get in contact with me, we will work it out)

The new recipient of their choice of a Pixie Pie Necklace and the Blogger of the Week for the week of May 16th- May 22nd is...


Congratulations! Contact me ASAP (within the next 24 hours) so we can get you all set! :)

Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmm...

The only other thing I did today was make myself some meatloaf and green beans... CLASSY!

5.15.2011

Somebody's a Winner!

AH!

Ok, I have a few things to say before I announce the winners...

First- Thank you to EVERYONE who entered!! It made me so happy to see all of the entries! :)

Second- It was so hard NOT to cheat and just let EVERYONE win! My sister and I seriously sat with the bag and drew and drew (after drawing the 3 winners of course)- celebrating each "winner" until there were none left. It's fun to draw names but I'm someone who loves when everyone is a winner... or I'm the only winner. hahaha!

Third- know that you are ALL winners!! :) Love you all!! Seriously!

Now. The moment you've all been waiting for!!!

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!

Our 3rd Place Winner-
Recipient of your choice of Pixie Pie Earrings (the ones shown in the Giveaway post) and my blogger of the week for May 30th- June 5th
is...

Crafty Diva!!!

*loudcheers*

Our 2nd Place Winner-
Recipient of your choice of a Pixie Pie Necklace (the ones shown in the Giveaway post) and my blogger of the week for May 23rd- May 29th
is...


*loud cheers*

And our GRAND PRIZE WINNER-
Recipient of your choice of a Pixie Pie Necklace (the ones shown in the Giveaway post), blogger of the week for May 16th- May 22nd,
IS...


*LOUDCHEERS*

(L. Caroline- aren't you glad you double checked your entries??)

Congratulations to all 3 winners! Email me ASAP (within the next 24 hourse, or another winner will be drawn!) so I can get your prizes to you and your guest post set up! :)

If you didn't win, I am so sorry. BUT I am planning another giveaway already! The first one was just too much fun!!! So stay tuned for that!

P.S. I forgot to mention! Remember that little award over on my sidebar?? That's yours when you become a blogger of the week! Yay! :) So all my winners will receive that little beauty.

5.14.2011

Last Chance

The giveaway is now closed!! Winners will be drawn and posted tomorrow evening. If your comment has been deleted (see below for what I mean) I will give you until tomorrow evening to go ahead and re-comment. :)

Tonight is your LAAAAAST CHAAAAANCE to enter the giveaway!!!! If you havn't, do it NOW! It closes at 11:59 pm MST. So hurry!


I can't wait to see who wins! I'm going to be drawing the winners personally (not using an online source) because there was some confusion in the entering process. But no worries. It will be fair and honest. I don't like cheating... or cheaters.

AH! I feel like in all of the blogger trouble some of the entries were deleted! Go and check and make sure all of your entries are still there!!! I'd hate to miss anyone!!

In other news, I spent my entire day working on a project. I am exhausted and messy. Plus I still have a long way to go until my project is complete. Boo. It's times like these I wish I had magical powers.

*wigglesnose*

*foldsarmsandblinks*

nothing.

Nope. No powers here.

5.13.2011

Lost?

So like many of you, yesterday my blogger was not working. It also felt the need to delete my last post (which apparently just came back??). As I spent a day without blogging yesterday, I felt lost. Where was I supposed to write my feelings or what I was doing that day?? Facebook?! That's SO 2008! I felt lost... BUT I'M BACK! With lots to say!! :D hahaha! (fyi- I don't depend that much on blogger or facebook to run my life... ok, maybe I do...)

First, before blogger freaked out I was able to check out Running on Happiness' blog. She introduced me to the new trend of Ombre Nails. It's an interesting look that I thought I'd give a try.

I chose neutrals (because that's what I had in 5 shades). My nails now range from white- black. It's not my FAVORITE look, but it's fun and something I don't mind wearing for a few days. :)

(yes I have teeny tiny chubby hands)

Next, I can't stop admiring our garden! Spring has finally come to where I live! Here's a peek into our garden...

Tulips are my favorite.

I should have posted a picture of those daffodils. I'm not sure what kind they are, but they are so ruffle-y and whimsical! I'm LOVING them!

Third, I am working on a project this week and I'm really excited about it! I hope I can accomplish what I want to... It's kind of one of those projects that DOES NOT want to be done but must. Fingers crossed!

Last, you only have ONE MORE DAY to enter the GIVEAWAY!!!!! DO IT DO IT DO IT!!!! AH! :D


P.S. If I havn't commented on your blog, I am sorry. It's bloggers fault. *pointsfinger*

P.P.S. I just checked my email and I had received THIS video from my dad. It is so sweet and happy! Plus it's perfect for this time of year. :) Please watch! And enjoy!

5.10.2011

Lovely Scene

If you havn't entered the giveaway yet, DO IT NOOOWW!!! You can either scroll down, or click HERE.

 ALSO I forgot to mention For this week and THIS WEEK ONLY Hush Blush is offering the double flower blossom in plum and pink at a huge sale $12 instead of $16. This offer will only last as long as she has the materials. So get ordering!!


Today I was driving and noticed this lovely scene on the side of the road...

I love living in a place where I can see things like this on a daily basis. So beautiful.

I've also recently discovered (thanks to you lovely bloggers!) the beauty of Instagram (an Iphone app)! It is so much fun and I find myself needing more photos just so I can play around with the different filters it offers! Plus, it's FREE! BONUS!

5.09.2011

Gotta Getaway

First off, THANK YOOOOOUUUU to all of those who have entered the giveaway!!! You all make me so happy! :) If you HAVN'T entered yet- GET TO IT! You can scroll down to the last post or click HERE.

Now back to your regular postings...

I LOVE to travel. Recently I have felt the neeeed to visit this place...

ARIZONA


I've never been there (besides the Grand Canyon, but the part we visited was basically Ut, so it doesn't count). So, why am I feeling the need to visit? I'll tell you my reasons...

1. THIS book...

a FAVORITE of mine. Havn't read it? DO IT!

2. My dad has recently moved down there for his job. It's kind of hard having him so far away, but he is really enjoying the job- which is good. My mom gets to go visit him this week, and I am super jealous! Hopefully I'll get to visit soon!

3. There seems to be a plethora of bloggers from AZ. All of their warm weather, desert landscape, and red rock scenery posts are making me super jealous.

4. A while ago I watched the episode of Man vs. Wild where he is batteling the Arizona desert. Did it scare me off? Not at all! It only increased my desire to visit. Am I crazy?

Arizona is calling to me... Guess I should listen. haha!

What's next on your travel list??

P.S. I've got the tv on in the background (terrible that I multi-task like this), and Extreme Couponing is on. I don't think I could EVER do that! I don't have the patience. But this lady just brought her total down from 1900 to 103!!! How is that possible?!

5.08.2011

Give Oh Give Awaaaaay! Part 3 of my Surprise!!

This giveaway is now closed

YES!! I am having my very first and VERY fabulous GIVEAWAY!!! *everyonecheers*

This is a LOOOOOOOOONG post. But SOOOOOO worth it!

 READ EVERYTHING!
You must follow the entry rules!

First, you may be asking yourself "WHAT does a giveaway have to do with a song about a little stream?!" Well, to answer that question, I ask you to click HERE and listen to the lovely little song. :)

Second, you may be asking yourself "WHAT is she going to giveaway?!" WEEEEELLLL, have I ever got a treat for you!!

First up is the LOVELY Marianne from Hush Blush! Not only is she beautiful inside and out, (I'd know, because I know her in person. How lucky am I?) :) but she's INCREDIBLY talented!! She has been so nice as to give away one of her GORGEOUS Double Flower Blossom headbands in Plum and Pink.
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She is also my VERY FIRST blogger of the week! YAY! *everyonecheerslouder*

Stay tuned because she'll be opening up another shop soon and will be back!!

Second up, we have some jewelry from MY lovely mother! For mothers day my sister and I set up an Etsy account for her beautiful jewelry, got her a logo, and will probably run it for her. (I'll do a post about this on a later date, it's not ready to be presented)

Happy Mothers Day Mom! Love you!

Her shop is called Pixie Pie Jewelry. While we don't have many items up for sale yet, we will soon. Until then, you get to pick from these lovely items below! (if you win of course)

First we've got the Pendant and Pearl Necklace

Second is the Black Pendant and Pearl Necklace

Third we have the Turquoise and Copper Chain Necklace

Fourth the Turquoise and Copper Tripple Strand Necklace

Fifth we have the Twisted Earrings

sixth we have the Round and Round Blue Earrings

seventh we have the Pearl Earrings

and eight we have the Tube Drop Earrings

The earrings are made with swarovski crystal, shells and/or pearl. The necklaces are made with real metals and semi precious stones. These products are all beautiful and hand crafted. There are going to be some lucky winners out there!

The THIRD and FINAL prize will be awarded to ALL 3 WINNERS (at different times). Those who win will get to be one of my BLOGGERS OF THE WEEK which includes your picture/ button on my sidebar for an entire week PLUS a guest post so everyone can get to know YOU!

Too much! Ha! It's all in celebration of reaching 50 (Do I hear 60?) followers and my blogs NEW LOOK!

How to enter:
Please leave a comment for each thing you do. The more you do the better chance you have at winning! And I have A LOT you can do to enter!!!

Mandatory (counts as one entry):
- Be a follower of Gentri Lee
- Like Hush Blush on her Facebook page

Extra Entries:
- Follow Hush Blush on her Blog
- Heart Hush Blush on her Etsy Page
- Heart Pixie Pie Jewelry on her Etsy page
- Blog about my giveaway (leave a link!)
- Facebook about my giveaway (leave a link!)
- Visit Hush Blush's Etsy page and tell me your favorite item
- Tell me which Pixie Pie piece you would chose if you won

What Do The Winners Get?
SOOOOO MUCH!

1st Place:
-The FABULOUS Hush Blush Headband (pictured above)
-Their choice of a ONE OF A KIND Pixie Pie Necklace!
- To be BLOGGER OF THE WEEK for the week of May 16th- 22nd!!

2nd Place:
- Their choice of a ONE OF A KIND Pixie Pie Necklace!
- To be BLOGGER OF THE WEEK for the week of May 23rd- 29th!!

3rd Place:
- Their choice of a ONE OF A KIND Pixie Pie pair of Earrings!
- To be BLOGGER OF THE WEEK for the week of May 30th- June 5th!!

Giveaway will run until next Saturday night, May 14th at 11:59 pm!
So ENTER ENTER ENTER!
Tell your friends!!

If you have any questions (as I'm sure I've left vital info out)- please email me! (info in the contact me page)

5.07.2011

Recitals and Awards

Oh tonight... tonight was the yearly review for a studio I teach for. I have the lovely job of teaching all the little tiny dancers and those are the classes that take a lot of work at the recitals. LOVE THEM, of course! But oh my goodness... I am glad I made it! haha!

Not only are there 10-15 little ones in a class, but some had lots of props to work around. Last year (oh how I WISH I could forget) I forgot to give one of the classes their "lollipops" to dance with! MORTIFIED as the music stops, curtains close, and I run out to get them to the girls... Take two.

I am proud to say that this year, it ran SMOOOOOOTH! I did everything I was supposed to, got them all lined up and in their spots in record time, got all the props on and off with lots of help. But boy, am I glad it's over... haha!

The only glitches were where one of my dancers decided to walk in front of the curtain as it was closing. Good times, running out to grab her. Then another little girl's shoe flew off during her tap number. Those are the things the audience loves to remember though. :)

In other news, today i was given this lovely award by Miss A from Your Key to My Heart. She is so great and you should really check out her blog!!

There are a few things you must do to accept this award:
1. Thank the person who gave you this award and link back to them
2. Tell us something about yourself
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers
4. Contact these other bloggers and let them know they've received this award

Some things about me:
- I have dreams like you wouldn't believe! They're full on stories that are intense and incredibly detailed (and I remember every detail)
- I laugh A LOT and it doesn't take a lot to make me laugh
- I am left handed
- I have really big teeth for being such a small person
- I am still guzzeling OJ... someone stop me!
- I love road trips! A LOT!
- Fall is my favorite season
- I will never go sky diving... or scuba diving... maybe it's just diving in general

10 Well Deserving Bloggers:
A Charmed Life (and real life sister!)
Little Mrs. Me (and real life bestie!!)

It was not easy picking just ten... I know some of you have already received this award as well. :)

Have a great weekend! What's left of it. haha!

5.06.2011

a Hint and a Craving

As most of you know, I've had the flu the past few days. I'm definately on the upside, just tired and slight tummy aches. But one thing that I don't understand... My NEEED for orange juice. Whenever I'm sick, this is what I crave.

I'm not joking when I say that I could NOT fall asleep last night all because I was craving some oj... Like tossing and turning for an hour. It was too late for me to give into a craving, so I made myself sleep through it. But first thing in the morning (and all day) I had nothing but orange juice. Mmmmm. I actually have a glass with me right now...
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Is it sad that this is the best thing I have to blog about tonight??? Sorry, tis the life of a girl who's been sick and can't blog about the exciting things yet because they're still secrets... hahaha! SORRY!

I'll give you a hint about part 3:
part 3 makes me want to sing a song about a little stream...

Can anyone guess it?

If not, that's ok! I'll be announcing it Sunday or Monday. :)

5.05.2011

Surprise!!!!! Pt. 1 and 2

AH!

As I'm sure you have noticed, my blog has a NEW LOOK! *sparklesparkle* That is pt. one of my surprise, the part for me. :) So now this is MY blog. No one else in the world will have one like it. I love it!

Thanks to the WONDERFUL Lula from Lulapalooza (here's her design blog). She was fantastic to work with and it was such a fun process! I suggest if you're looking for someone to help you give your blog a makeover, you go to her. :)

For pt. 2 I ask you to look to my left sidebar. See it? That part that says "Blogger of the Week"? Weeeeeeeellll that's for you! Each week I will be featuring a different blogger! When you're featured you'll receive that little award right there, get your picture/ button for your blog addvertised on my sidebar for a whole week, and a guest post!

Now, I would explain pt. 3 to this SURPRISE right now, but I'm sure you're already having trouble breathing. So I'll wait until a little later to let you in on the 3rd part. :)

I hope I didn't let you down, I know it got built up quite a bit! But like I said, it was mostly for me. But I am super excited about the featured blogger and pt 3!

5.04.2011

Please don't hate me!!

Ok, so remember how last night I said my stomach hurt? Ya, well that turned out to be A LOT more than just a stomachache... SO because of my sick day today, I couldn't really make much progress on the surprise... :'(

BUT I'm trying to add a couple things to the surprise to make it better for you!! Remember that this surprise is more exciting for me than it will be for you. BUT because of the things I'm adding to it, I think you'll REALLY enjoy it!!

So, please don't hate me and tell yourself you're never coming
Back to my blog because that 20% won over the 80%. It'd make me cry. Haha! I will try REALLY hard to get it all done and put together by tomorrow!! :)

And since I seriously owe you guys for being so patient, I'll reveal part of it tomorrow, whether its ready or not. :)

5.03.2011

So Close

Ok, so I wrote an entire post about my surprise and saved it in my drafts. It's not ready to be revealed yet. Just know that it will be SOON. There are some things I'm still trying to iron out to make it perfect! And I didn't want to spoil anything. :) But I'm about 80% sure that tomorrow will be the day... Fingers crossed!

So for a post today...

Oh my goodness I got nothin!!

I know I had something earlier, but then I taught dance for 12 hours and now I can't remember. Tuesdays fry my brain. But this is my last 12 hour Tuesday probably forever! AW! Now I'm sad.
 :( And my stomach hurts...

Bet you're glad you came to visit my blog, huh?? hahaha!

5.02.2011

Spring Is In The Air

The weather here (for now) is finally acting like SPRIIIIIING!!! It's practically Summer in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, I know. But we're a little late with things like that here.

Anyways, all day as I was enjoying the wonderful weather and warm sunshine THIS song was repeating itself through my head. Did I enjoy it? Uuuuuuuuuuuum... It's not my FAVORITE song... It made me giggle a lot though. haha! I grew up watching these lovely Hallmark cartoons (and re-creating them with my friends in home movies... no joke!). Any of you ever see these videos?


To continue my Spring day I had a lovely spring salad and a smoothie for dinner. This smoothie is so healthy, easy, and delicious it's ridiculous!
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To start you will need to have some bananas prepped and frozen. Don't freeze them with the peel on, it's really hard to get it off. Best way I've found to do it is to peel them then place them in a container. No freezer burn, no sticking to anything, and no sawing to get past the peel.

Once your bananas are frozen (I put mine in the freezer before work today and they were frozen by the time I got home), place one banana in a blender with 1/2 cup of milk for one to two servings. DONE!!! If you want to make it extra tasty you can add practicaly ANYTHING else to this recipe. I added some freshly cut pineapple to it today and it was delicious! I've also added chocolate or strawberries in the past. YUM! It also works well with Soy Milk instead of regular.

The frozen banana makes the smoothie thick and creamy so there's no need to add ice cream or yogurt. (unless you want to!) If it's a little runny just add some ice and/or low fat yogurt to thicken it up.

OH!! You're still wondering about that surprise aren't you??? Weeeeeeeellll... It's still not ready to be revealed! REALLY soon though!!
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