Saturday, March 31, 2012

So Fun!!!

I was doing a little research for some babies. Some beautiful baby girls. And I happened upon one of the cutest Etsy shops ever! Full of adorable accessories for baby girls. Sweet head pieces, that make me want a baby of my own!

I don't know what's cuter. The headband, the ruffle dress, or the baby! This would be so perfect for Miss Savannah Belle! I can't even begin to tell you, just how perfect it would be. This Nana just might have to order this! :)

"Hold the Phone!" I can't get over how cute this hat is. With the little veil. And all those flowers and feathers. Let's not forget that adorable little dress!

Lastly, I can't say enough about this whole ensemble! Totally reminds me of Baby Jelly. But the colors also remind of Gabi. Oh my goodness! This is so cute!

I want to order one of everything, from Miss Ruby Sue! And these adorable dresses, I want to make one in every color!!! I wonder how quickly My Guy and I, can make a couple of baby girls! :) Just kidding. But really, I might have to start ordering from this shop. For my Goddaughters!!!

Friday, March 30, 2012

If Only...

Wouldn't it be wonderful to win the lottery? There are so many things, I'd do with that money. First off, I'd donate half of it, to a Children's Hospital. Then I'd finish school. Buy my brother and his wife, a new home. Help my parents with their business. Fix my home. Things like that. Maybe just maybe, I'd also like a new car. :)

I suppose, it doesn't hurt to dream. Someone has to win the jackpot! I've gotten my share of the tickets. And have my fingers crossed. You just never know, what might happen. And well, maybe something good will come out of the money I just spent!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mrs. Palmer's Fried Chicken

I have to say this much, My Guy is AMAZING!!! It's been a tough couple of days. If we're friends on Facebook, then you know why. And right now, that's all I'm going to say. I'm just not ready, to talk about it.

But back to this guy. He wanted to make me feel better. And he knows, that I REALLY LOVE fried chicken. But like me, he just doesn't attempt to make it. Not with his Grandma. Who makes the "World's Best Fried Chicken!" When we want fried chicken, we usually go to her.

This week, were still on the "road." Far from home. And I've been in a funk! A big one! So this guy, got the idea to make me, some fried chicken. He went to Google for a little help. And that sent him right to Gooseberry Patch. And this week's Recipe of the Week!

Mrs. Palmer's Fried Chicken

4 to 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 qt. buttermilk
salt and pepper to taste
2 c. self-rising flour
2 t. garlic powder
2 t. dried parsley
2 t. dried thyme
2 t. poultry seasoning
1 t. dried rosemary
1 t. pepper
1 qt. oil
Garnish: chicken gravy or sweet-and-sour sauce

Cut chicken into strips, approximately 3 per breast. Place chicken in a large plastic zipping bag; pour buttermilk over chicken. Seal bag and chill for 2 to 3 hours. Drain chicken, discarding buttermilk; season chicken with salt and pepper. In a separate plastic zipping bag, combine flour and seasonings; seal bag and shake to mix well. Add chicken to bag, a few strips at a time; coat thoroughly. Heat oil to 350 degrees in an electric skillet. Carefully place chicken into hot oil; cook until both sides are golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve with chicken gravy or sweet-and-sour sauce. Serves 4.

And that is the yumminess, that My Guy made me. With the best mashed potatoes. And corn on the cob. Heck, he even managed a peach cobbler, with vanilla ice cream! Carb Heaven I tell you! It was the best thing, to drown out my sorrows. This is definitely a meal, that we're going to come back to. Many times!!!

It's these tough times, that remind me, he's perfect! Takes care of me, when I need it most. Whether it's listening to long stories about my childhood, traveling home with me, or cooking for me...he does it. No questions asked! My Guy even ordered this cookbook for me. Thank You My Love!!!

Happy Birthday Sister!

Today is my sister's birthday! I'll never forget this day. Because our birthdays are so close together. And for so long, we were very close! Recently, we've started talking again. We've even made plans, to meet for dinner. To catch up. And to celebrate our birthdays. I hope she has an amazing day! I love her so much. And I've missed the last 11 years, of just enjoying each others company. ♥

Monday, March 26, 2012

Please Support Purple Day

Today is Purple Day. And I ask, that you wear something purple today. It doesn't matter what it is. A purple top. A pair of purple pumps. Heck. some purple jewelry, would be nice.

And why am I asking you, to do this? It's to help support Epilepsy Awareness. I know, Epilepsy Awareness Month is November. But today is Purple Day.

I'm VERY PASSIONATE about this! Because my Dad has epilepsy. He was not born with it. Actually, it was the result of an accident. I've ALWAYS known my Dad, with epilepsy. As a small child, I learned how to take care of him. Epilepsy has always been a big part of my life. And I'm very hopeful, that in my lifetime, a cure will be found. So let's wear some purple today! ♥

Easy Baby Afghan

If you haven't noticed, I've been in "Crochet Overload," lately. This is mostly because, so many babies are being born! I've fallen slightly behind, in some projects. And orders, are really starting to stack up.

But, I'm always looking for new patterns. Such as this beauty! From Anneliese. Who is currently, in the middle, of a series called, "Head-Over-Heels in Crochet." A GREAT series to check out! But this blanket reminds me a lot, of a blanket that I already make. The blanket that I'm used to, is from an old crochet book. Very similar. But with fringe.

I do have to admit this, I'm suddenly inspired. I want to make this blanket. In these colors. Doesn't it look beautiful? Oh I think so! And from experience, I know this type of blanket, works up quickly. Maybe, I can make one, before Rachael has my new Goddaughter! ♥

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Savannah!

Dear Savannah,

Happy Birthday sweet girl! Just a few minutes ago, you were born. The most precious little gift, straight from God. An answer to your Mommy's prayers! Already loved so much!

Your Nono and I, are so excited. Over the moon! I do believe, I just heard him say, this was the greatest day of his life! :) Yes, you are one baby girl, that we've all been waiting for. Praying for. And right now, we've given you and your Mommy and Daddy, some much needed "bonding time." We know that you, as a family, need this time!

Today is your day. I'm sure your big brothers, are going to be so excited! They're at home sleeping. Waiting to hear, about their new baby sister! From this day forward, I know a solid group of people, already love you so! Happy Birthday! I can't wait, to see what life has in store for you!

Your Nana♥

To the Sound of Our Heartbeats

We've been here since Thursday. Soaking up all the sun. Even with jam packed work schedules. And since Thursday, My Guy has been singing this song!

We didn't drive. I sorta wanted to. Call me crazy! But it's not that far, from my home state. We'd only be driving through a handful of states. But we flew. Which in the end, was a good idea. Because it gave us more time, to just enjoy our surroundings. And each other.

Today, My Guy is working. I'm hanging out with My Bestie. And Baby C. It should be a nice day. Of fun. And of course some sun! Well, if the rain stays away. :) Anyway that you spin it, we're going to have a good day.

This week, has been such a busy one. One that sorta stressed me out. Even with my birthday, I haven't had much down time. Oh yeah, I'm looking forward to a little down time this week. It's just been so crazy!

Most of all, I've just enjoyed being out here. Spending time with friends. Enjoying this beautiful state. Everything that nature has to offer. With all the traveling that we do, we honestly don't get out to the West Coast much. So I'm definitely going to enjoy today!

Crochet Along: Week 5

This week is exciting! We're beginning Week 5, of our Crochet Along. And at the end of this week, we'll be done with the basic pattern. The only thing left, will be the edging!

Our goal for this week is, rows 67-87. The same "Bunny Block," as Week 3. This is really exciting! Now I'm anxious, to finish up my blankets. :)

I have to confess, I'm a little behind this week. Work has been extra crazy. So today, I'll be taking a lot of time to crochet. :) My goal for the day, is rows 50-67. See, I told you, I fell behind. But I'm sure, that this week, will be much better! How are your blankets going? ♥

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Kitchen Inspired

One thing that I didn't mention, this week, My Guy bought a house. About 5 miles, from where my home is. For a lot of reasons, this is a logical move. Mostly because, when we're in the Southwest, nine times out of ten, we stop there. And well, my home, is in much need of some major TLC.

Honestly, I haven't really lived in my home, for a few years. It's just not a friendly environment, with my health issues. So this, is a good move. An unexpected one. But a good one. :)

We signed papers earlier this week. A nice place. On a lot of property. Again, this is beneficial for this man. Who honestly, enjoys his privacy. Being a "public figure," privacy is a tough thing, to get. So the fact that he buys properties, that are a little secluded, isn't a new thing.

Well, now I have 2 houses, to turn into homes. And I'm needing some major inspiration! Honestly, this new home, is something that we'd talked about, for almost 4 years! Yes, it was a long time coming. We'd seen many, many homes. Thought about a lot. And in the end, we bought an old "farm." Now, we're having a new home built on it. But keeping the old one. Maybe one day, we'll update it. So we can have family and friends, stay over too!

Back to my inspiration. I'm not a fan of the "traditional southwest" decor. Not at all! We're more of an "eclectic" couple. We like streamlined, furniture. Something timeless. With lots of fun accessories. Vintage touches.

First up, on our list, is a kitchen. Mostly, because I LOVE to cook. And My Guy, LOVES to eat. I also feel like, this room, will set the "mood" for the rest of the home. Here are a few bits of inspiration...

I really like the "feel" of this space. The openness of the room. All the windows. But I think it's because we're in the "Golden State." And everything here, is so open. In the Southwest, I'm fearing the sun a bit. It can be brutal. So I don't think, this will necessarily work.

Keeping with the "light and airy" feel, I really like this kitchen. But it also seems, a little too "busy and feminine," for our taste. What I do enjoy, is the color palette, the rustic floor, the big windows, open cabinetry, and the "eclectic feel."

This space is so fun! The mix of textures, is what catches my eye here. I like the idea of mixing new, and old furnishings. And the fun rug!

How about this kitchen? Something is just so fun about it! The color, the "eclectic" feel, and the use of vintage pieces. It's just unexpected. As much as I like this space, I just don't think this will work. Because we need some modern appliances, and such.

Honestly, this was the kitchen, that caught our eye. Something really fun! But sophisticated. It's inviting. Yet, a little quirky. And I LOVE the mix of colors. :)

We like that the "bones" of the kitchen, are modern. The cabinetry is classic. And we're leaning towards high grade, stainless steal appliances. But the accessories are fun, whimsical, and "eclectic." That's where the personality of this kitchen, comes from.

My Guy, really LOVES this table and chairs. I'm a HUGE fan of that rug. Both are items, that our grandmas, once owned. Things that we grew up with. :) And honestly, we're going to include them. So I guess, the "hunting" begins. And so do our plans. Oh, this is going to be fun!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hair Inspiration

I can't lie here. I've been in a bit of a "Hair Funk" lately. Either, I straighten my hair, and wear it down. Maybe throw it in a messy ponytail at work. Or I wear it, totally natural at home. All crazy curly, with a touch of product, to hold the curl. If I wear my hair this way, I generally, clip it up.

Honestly, I wish that Manders was around. All the time! To do my hair. She always has some amazing hairstyle. Something simple, but with tons of impact! Oh, if I just had her skills. Then maybe, I'd do things like this...

Yes, I've been inspired! I want to wear braids. Back in high school, I adored braids! Wore french braids, instead of ponytails. When I was a cheerleader. Not the usual kind. But 2 braids, that lead into one. Oh, I miss my braids! The top middle picture, is my inspiration. For tomorrow. When I hangout with My Bestie. Then we meet My Guy, and this guy, for dinner. Yes, I might just put a little effort, into my mile long hair! ♥

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Love It!

"I'll never grow old, if I keep on rolling with the flow." ~Unknown

I'm someone, that LOVES quotes. And poetry. I'm ALWAYS looking for inspirational words. And pictures. Anything, that makes my heart and soul, grow more.

That quote, is something, that really touches my soul. It's true. I know this, from my own grandpa. Who is nearly 99 years old, that age is just a number. I've also learned that, from this guy. It's truly one of the reasons, that I love him so much! :)

I'm someone, who has ALWAYS felt like, I was an "Old Soul." But with a kid's heart. Do you understand that? That age never mattered. Well, if you've read about my dating history, you'll definitely see that. I've always dated an older man. Not an old man, but someone older than me. Because it's not about their age, yet about our similarities. Our chemistry. And our relationship.

This picture, reminds me a lot, about this post. About taking that leap. And going after, what I want. And not waiting anymore. Because I'm someone, who seriously over thinks and over plans everything!

I LOVE to be inspired! LOVE IT!!! Do you have a book I should read? Pictures I should look at. Quotes that you love. Shops that you enjoy. Anything inspirational? Please leave me a comment with your inspiration. Or send me an e-mail at SweetNightingaleSing (at) gmail (dot) com. I'd LOVE to see, what inspired you!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Doll Face!

Happy Birthday my sweet Doll Face! What a special woman you are. My life started when I met ya. Not before that. You bring life, into everything that ya do. I'm just lucky, that you've picked me. To share in your life.

Doll Face, I'm sure that I don't tell ya enough. But I want for you to know this. I love ya. You are my world. The reason why I push forward. You've made me a better man. The woman that you are, inspires me to be a better man.

"Every little kiss, is drivin' me wild." Simply that's what ya do to me. In all the good ways, that only you can do. This is love. True love. I value it. More than any words can say.

The world is a better place. Because you are in it. My life, has never been better. Because you are sharing your life, with me. "Yeah, I'm a little drunk on you!" My only hope, is that I can make you as happy, as ya make me. Happy Birthday Love! Your Guy

29 is the Time to Leap!

"All growth, is a leap in the dark. A spontaneous unpremeditated act, without benefit of experience." ~Henry Miller

Sometimes, I feel like it's time to jump. To just take that flying leap, off of a ledge. To just experience life. I feel like, in many ways, I've held back. I've censored myself. In life. I haven't allowed myself, to fully experience life. To enjoy life.

I'm looking at "Year 29," as being a real "life changer." A point, when my life really does change. For the better. When I grab life, and really let myself grow. To grow in my happiness, soul, and my heart. I want to be a better person.

Much of my life, has been lived, walking a very "fine line." Not really jumping into anything. Not really going 100%, "in over my head" deep. And I want to change that. I want to jump, without over thinking things. I want to be that person, that just runs full force, into life!

This picture, in so many ways, inspires me. So much, that I had it printed, on a canvas. For my office. To remind me, that sometimes, we just need to "grow wings." And take that running leap. To really, go after life.

It's funny! That the older I get, the more chances I want to take. The more I want to just be, truthful to me. I want to expand my world. I want to really chase after my dreams. And make myself happy. Truly happy. Yes, this year, I plan to make it really count. Year 29, is going to be the year, that I allow myself, to be me.

Happy Birthday Abby!

Dear Abby,

Happy 2nd Birthday! Today, you and Robbie, turn 2. It's a BIG deal! Your Nono and I, can't stop smiling. To know, that you are growing up, to be the best little girl!

There's not a day, that goes by, when I don't think of you. When a smile makes it's way, to my lips. When I don't miss your "baaffly kisses." Or your little whispers, in my ear. Yes, I miss all those things!

But it's been a thrill, watching you grow. In 2 years, you've changed so much! Become more, and more loving. Much more independent. Wanting to do so much, all by yourself. Everything from making your bed, to tying your shoes. :)

You absolutely melt my heart, with your big "squeezes." And great big smiles! How you chase around butterflies. And wonder about everything in life. Wonder why the sky is blue. And marshmallows are white. Why the puppy, likes to sleep under Nono's desk. And why you can see me, in the computer. :)

Sweet Abby, you just make my heart sing. Every single time, you put on my high heels, and "tot around." When you hold tight, to my finger. And nuzzle into my neck, as you fall asleep. I just LOVE watching how excited you get, over "cuppy cakes." And how you ALWAYS grab for your baby, and your favorite book.

Today is a very special day. A day when you become a "Big Girl." You're not a baby. And I know, that your Mommy, is a little sad about that. So am I. But it's so magical, to watch you grow so big! I can't wait, to see what's in your future. And how you become, an amazing "Big Girl."

Happy Birthday Abby! I hope that you and Robbie, have an AMAZING DAY! I LOVE YOU SO!!! And wish that I could be there, with you, today. Have lots of fun! And enjoy your day. :)

Your Nana♥

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Girl Fun

Today, I picked up Little K from school. We were in much need, of a "Girl Day." It was a good thing, that this guy was out working. :)

Our schedule has been so crazy! And we haven't been home much, in the last month. There really isn't time for a whole day of "Girly Fun" to be had. A Tuesday afternoon, was just going to have to do. We wanted to just stay around the house. Have some fun! Do some girly things. Um, just spend some time together.

You see, last week, I called Little K. And asked her, what she wanted to do. "Stay at the house. Cook something good, with you. Oh, and bake some cookies." Easy peasy! That sounds a lot, like my "Favorite Days" too!

First thing on our list, was cookies. And we couldn't decide. This cookie. Or chocolate chip cookies. With double the chocolate chips, and tons of pecans! We decided to make both. But we made these cookies with cherry jell-O, and flower sprinkles. Perfection for Little K! And completely different, from the cookies I made over the weekend.

After some baking, and some much needed "Taste Testing," we went to "Relax and Chat." 2 friendly dogs, crawled on the couch with us. And I got caught up, on Little K's life. You know...Barbies, being a Big Sister, and kindergarten. The good stuff, that life is made of.

During our conversation, Little K noticed our iPad. Laying on the coffee table. Picked it up. And noticed that I had been reading Ruffles and Stuff. She immediately noticed this post! And wanted to create something for her room. :)

We pulled out some paper, my crafty best friend, and some comfy pillows. Yes, for the next 2 hours, we made some fun words to hang. Little inspirational things. Little K's "Special Name," that I have for her. Things like that. We had a blast! And she told me, that she'd remember this day, whenever she sees her words!

Before I knew it, it was dinner time. And we hadn't cooked! Little K tells me, "I got this covered. Can I use the phone?" I was intrigued. So I handed over the phone. And she called her uncle!!!

"Um, we're busy Uncle Guy. Can you do me a BIG favor? And bring dinner home. With some ice cream. We made cookies. And you can have some. But only if, we get dinner!"

Girl knows how to work her Uncle Guy! 30 minutes later, he was home. 4 bags of take-out, 2 gallons of ice cream, and a present. That's what he came home with!

We spent the rest of the night, catching Uncle Guy up, on Little K's life. Then there was a little painting of nails, to be done. So this guy cleaned up the kitchen, while we put this nail polish to good use. And then he joined us, for dessert, playing with Barbies, and watching this movie. Yup, it was a good day!

Happy Spring!

Today is the first day of Spring!!! I'm so excited! Words cannot describe my happiness. Spring has ALWAYS been my favorite season. And not just because, I was born on the first day of Spring...just a few years ago! :) But I love how Spring makes you feel new, and fresh. It's a time for new beginnings, and growth. A time, to refresh your life. And appreciate nature. Oh yes, I LOVE Spring!!!

Happy Birthday Maribel!

Dear Maribel,

Happy Birthday sweet girl! Today, you are 5 years old. Such a big girl! A sweet little girl, that is spreading all of your love, to all of us. Us very lucky people.

What a blessing it's been. These 5 years. To be part of your life. To know, that in some small way, I'm helping to guide you, in life. I will always be grateful to your Mommy and Daddy, for giving me this chance. For giving your Nono, and I, this chance.

My entire heart, lights up, when I'm around you. When we curl up, with your books. To read about far away lands. And all the time, we spend playing with your dollies. The many tea parties that we've had. It's time, that I will ALWAYS cherish!

It's such a blessing, to spend this time with you. To warm my heart, with all of your love. To watch, as you grow, into a "Big Girl." The joy, that you spread, with your music and dancing. Maribel, you are such a sweet girl!

Today, I can't be there with you. But know, that I'm ALWAYS in your heart. And soul. That your Nana will ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!! And you can ALWAYS count on me. Have a Happy 5th Birthday! Filled with all your wishes, come true! :)

Your Nana♥

Monday, March 19, 2012

Raspberry Upside-Down Cake

I'll admit this much, I was supposed to be studying yesterday. But I did take a few minutes, to look at this week's Gooseberry Patch Recipe of the Week. And it sounded delish! But as you know, I really didn't have the time, to give it a second thought, this week. So I "Favorited" the recipe. And hoped, to get back to it, later this week.

Little did I realize, but I was on this guy's laptop. And today, while I was at work, he got on his laptop. He was just hanging around the house. And he got the idea, to bake me this cake. So he called his grandma. Went out, and bought the ingredients. And when I got home, he not only had dinner made, but this beautiful cake! Yum!

Raspberry Upside-Down Cake

1/4 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. sugar
1-1/2 c. raspberries
2 T. sliced almonds
1-1/2 c. biscuit baking mix
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
2 T. oil
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. almond extract
1 egg, beaten
Garnish: additional raspberries and sliced almonds

Drizzle butter in a 9" round cake pan; sprinkle sugar over top. Arrange raspberries, open ends up, over sugar mixture; sprinkle with almonds. In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients except garnish. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 4 minutes. Pour into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick tests clean. Immediately place a heatproof serving plate upside-down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake for one minute to allow sugar mixture to drizzle over cake; remove pan. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Garnish as desired and serve warm. Makes 9 servings.

It was so yummy! The perfect way, to end a very long day! I should tell you, that Pineapple Upside Down Cake, is my 2nd favorite cake. Right behind, a Fresh Strawberry Cake. With whipped cream! So this cake, already, has a sweet spot, in my heart!

From what I hear, this was a very easy cake to make! Minimal effort. With maximum impact! I am definitely printing out this recipe. And it's going to be one of those "go-to" recipes for me. The ones you reach for, when you want something fresh and easy. Something beautiful. And something beautiful to entertain with!

These are the little things, that make me realize, I have an AMAZING Man in my life! He knows, that this week, is a little nuts for me. Not much time, to take care of myself. Definitely, not time to take care of him. But he does these little things, that not only remind me, that he's taking care of me. But things that make my week so much calmer, easier, and enjoyable. This man, definitely knows, how to treat a woman! ♥

Little Owl Crochet Along

It's no secret, that I LOVE to crochet! No, it's not. I ALWAYS have a ball of yarn, and a crochet hook, in my purse or briefcase. ALWAYS!!! You should also note, I'm a BIG fan of Ana Paula Rimoli. Her crochet patterns, and toys, are so cute! If you need some convincing, check out Ana's Flickr page. :)

If you've never seen Ana's work, you should visit her blog. And her Etsy Shop. In fact, 4 or 5 years ago, I made my first purchase from Ana. A handful of patterns. Later, I bought her books. Bought magazines, with her patterns in them. And then, this guy, surprised me, with all of her Etsy patterns!

Right now, Ana is hosting a Crochet Along. With her cute "Little Owl" pattern. You can find the pattern on her blog. And you should connect with Ana, on her Facebook page.

One thing about Ana, she is so incredibly kind! And so helpful. In fact, one of the first patterns that I bought, had a mistake in it. She actually, hunted out, everyone who bought that pattern, and sent them a personal e-mail. With an apology, the correct pattern, and a "bonus" pattern. I've had many chats with her, via e-mail. And Ana is always so helpful! She LOVES for people, to send her pictures, of the items they've made. From her patterns. And is ALWAYS so encouraging!

In fact, every single time, that I've purchased something from Ana, she has been a doll! And often posts free patterns, on her blog. For all of you crocheters out there, please support Ana! And if you can't buy a pattern at this time, join her Crochet Along. ♥

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Lesson Learned in Life...

This week, we're in a beautiful place. The hills of the "Big Bend State." Oh yes, it's beautiful! We spent lots of time, just enjoying the area. Amazing vintage shopping! My Bestie and I, took a long stroll, with Baby C. Just enjoying the beauty, of this space. This my friends, is one of my favorite places to visit!

But now, it's work time, for My Guy. And honestly, I'm pretty excited. I myself, will be studying. But it's not so bad! I have a HUGE exam tomorrow. And a lot on schedule this week. Medical Conferences, Clinicals, and did I mention the traveling?

So I'm going to leave you with a song, that this Mr. is currently grooving on. He's having some issues, with a friend or two. I think this song, just tells it, like he feels it. "Be yourself, by yourself, stay away from me."

In the meantime, I'm going to grab some lunch. And my favorite pillow. Probably change into a comfy sweatsuit. And crack open the books. It feels good, to get to study, such life changing things.

Have a great week friends! Most of my posts this week, will be scheduled. But I will "pop in" from time to time. Happy Sunday!

Crochet Along: Week 4

Happy Sunday! I think this Crochet Along, is a success! I've had so many positive e-mails this week. Which makes me smile! :) That's the whole reason, that Manders and I wanted to do this. To reach out to fellow crocheters. And create something beautiful, in the process.

This week, we're working on our third, "Bunny Block." Rows 46-66. Pretty much, it's exactly what we did, during Week 2. I'm really excited, to see how big our blankets are going to get. I can tell, this is going to be a good week!

This week, I fell a little behind. I was performing, early in the week. And late in the week, I was doing some last minute things, for my friend's Baby Shower. But I managed to get to row 45. I'm really excited, to have 2 "Bunny Blocks" done. But now, I kinda of wonder, how would the blanket look, if every other bunny, faced the opposite direction? Maybe I'll try that, on the next one! For now, I'm going to tackle rows 46-66! Have a GREAT week!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Treasures from Family Dollar

The last 2 weeks, are just a complete blur! No lie! I'm exhausted. We've done a lot of traveling. And even more working. But, I have something fun, to share with you. Before I settle in, for a quick nap! :)

My Bestie and I, recently went to Family Dollar. You see, when My Guy and I, were taking a little break, at my house, My Bestie, this guy, and Baby C were traveling. They made a little stop to get My Bestie her favorite BBQ. And then, they went shopping, in the Family Dollar, next door.

My Bestie saw a cute outfit, that she really wanted for Baby C. But they didn't have her size. :( And it was super cute! She sent me a picture. A little eyelet and peach dress. Adorable! So when we all met up in Sin City, we were positive, that we'd find it!

But the week was crazy! And I didn't really have any "down time," to go shopping. And My Bestie, was trying to avoid her ex-husband. So no shopping was done. :( But this week, we found ourselves, with some "down time." Not much for the 2 of us to do, while this guy, and this guy worked. So we headed to town.

And we found a Family Dollar. And well, we went a little nuts! That can happen in stores like this. Because everything, is ridiculously inexpensive. Well, 3 hours later, we walked out. With more bags, than I'd like to admit. I'm not lying! But we did find Baby C's dress!

One of the products that I did buy, was a nail polish. It was a last minute deal. I saw it, at the register. And I thought, for a $1, why not try it. The worst possibility, Big K might inherit it!

This is Sea Siren. The perfect turquoise color! Something that I'd been wanting to buy. For Spring. It's a little darker, in person. And has the slightest shimmer to it. Nothing crazy. Not glitter. But a shimmer, that sort of catches the light.

Like every other nail polish, that I've ever worn, it took 2 coats, to appear opaque. I polished my nails on Tuesday night. No base coat. No top coat. I've cooked, cleaned, crafted, worked, and even gardened this week. All week! And I didn't have a single chip!!! I took it off this morning. To paint my nails lime green. You know, because it's St. Patty's Day. I'm sure, I could have gotten a few more days, out of this nail polish.

I have to say, this nail polish really shocked me! For a $1, it holds up better, than some of my more expensive ones. I'm always surprised, by what I find in dollar stores. But this was a great buy! I'm thinking, I need to head back to Family Dollar. And pick up a few more nail polishes. ♥

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Happy St. Patty's Day! Are you wearing green? Cause you know, I'm looking for you. :) Just playing! But on some "green news," I baked a few batches of these. Yesterday! For this guy and his co-workers. I hope they enjoy them today. Because honestly, they are yummy!

Me? I'm headed to the Southwest. For my friend's Baby Shower. Today! Baby girl, is due any time now!!! And I'm so excited!!! I'm so honored, to be her Godmother. Honestly, there is little, that is more exciting than that!

Her nursery is almost done. I sewed all the bedding, curtains, and such. Because we couldn't find anything with peaches. I luckily came across some fabric, at a tiny Sewing Shop. In the middle of nowhere! I hope to finish the nursery today. There are just a few things, left to do. But first, it's time for the "Peach Themed Baby Shower." And in case you are wondering, my friend is from Georgia. Get it...Georgia Peaches! Well, I better get going. I'm flying right now. Soon it will be time for a little celebrating!

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Magic of Little Sister!

This guy's little sister, knows that I adore Max Factor. Heck, she knows that I adore makeup in general! I finally figured out, who was giving this guy, so many tips about makeup. He ALWAYS brings home sweet gifts for me. Like MAC's entire, newest collection! Or some new product, that I've never heard of. It's his little sister. Oh, and that manager, at our local mall. :)

Anyways, his little sister met someone in the UK. I'm not sure how. Or the details. But they were chatting it up. And decided to do some sort of "Makeup Swap." I don't know all the details. But "Little Sister," asked for some specific things. Some of which, we're for me!!!

I almost cried, when I got 5 tubes of my beloved mascara! The blue tube, because it's waterproof! And 10 Lipfinity Lip Tint Pens! Oh my goodness!!! I've been walking on clouds, ever since!

Yes, she knows, that I simply adore lipstains. I've got very pigmented lips. And these liptints, just seem to be, the way to go. Oh, and they're amazingly long lasting! Especially on my long, 48 hour shifts, at the hospital! They last!

These liptints are AMAZING! You can build up the color. To get amazingly pigmented lips. Like a lipstick. But they are long lasting. And you don't leave a "Lipstick Trail." You know, on glasses, or this man's lips. :)

Unlike other lipstains that I've used, these don't dry out your lips. They are left feeling soft. The applicator is the perfect shape! Often times, they're too big. But this one is perfect! Giving you good control, when applying the product. You don't need any lipliners, or lipgloss, to complete your look. Everything you need, comes in this little tube!

Yay, for "Makeup Swaps," and "Little Sisters!" Is there anyone from the UK, that would be willing to do a "Makeup Swap" with me? I've got my eyes on a few more "UK Only Products!" ♥

Such Celebrations!!!

This is one of those amazing weeks! When so many people that I know, are celebrating birthdays. Actually, from now, until the end of the month, is pretty fun, and special around here. :) March always brings, a smile to my face!

Yesterday, Cari became an teenager. Wow! Where has time gone? Yesterday, would have also been my Uncle's birthday. RIP. Today, Sophia, is turning 5! Tomorrow, a good friend of mine, has a birthday. Sunday, little Lauren will be 5! Monday, Liliana turns 2. Tuesday, my sweet Maribel will be 5! Wednesday, Abby and Robbie, will be 2. The best birthday presents, anyone can ask for! Friday, Mariana and David Jr. turn 2. It's also an old high school friend's birthday. And next Tuesday, is my sister's birthday!

Sprinkle in, some of my cousin's birthdays. A few more friends. And a couple of due dates. Oh yes, March is a very busy month! One that is full of blessings. :) A month that makes me so excited! But it also includes so much traveling. To spend time with all the people I LOVE. It's totally worth it! ♥

Looking For...

I'm just putting this out there, I'm looking for a frame, or mirror, like this. Similar in shape. And design. You know what I mean? If you know of a place, where I can find one, please let me know!

Yesterday, was spent, doing a little "Vintage Hunting." Well, after I did some recording. This guy and I, decided to enjoy small town "Big Bend," for a little while. We actually made an afternoon out of it. :) He added to his Vinyl Collection. I added to my Cookbook Collection. We enjoyed the small town. And I hunted for a similar looking frame. With no luck! Your help, would be greatly appreciated!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Cari!

Dear Cari Bear,

Happy Birthday! I'm in shock, that today, you are officially a teenager!!! This is such a BIG day! And I wish I was there. To tell you in person, just how much I LOVE YOU! To give you a GREAT BIG HUG! And to tell you, how very PROUD I am of you! Cari Bear, you are phenomenal!

I still remember you. When you were little. Going to work with your Daddy. Watching everything around you. So quiet. But taking in the world. Learning so much. Growing. In mind, body, and spirit. Already, on your way, to becoming this amazing soul!

Life has not always been easy to you.
But God has a special path, planned out just for you. A special place in life. To do remarkable things. He has blessed you, with such a loving, kind, and gentle Daddy. One that LOVES YOU, more than life itself. Don't ever forget that!

You are absolutely, the sweetest girl, that I know. The kindest soul, that I've ever met. You are a very special girl. And all those, that have the honor of being in your life, know this. We are the blessed ones!

My heart is bursting with LOVE for you! I want you to know that. You can ALWAYS count on me. Your Nono. And your Daddy. Sweet girl, I pray that your life is blessed with happiness, love, success, dreams coming true, and with God's Blessings. I LOVE YOU! Happy 13th Birthday Cari Bear!

Your Nana♥

The Perfect Message

Life gets crazy! Really quickly. And we tend to forget, what is really important. Because we're busy working. Chasing the dollar. And pining over all these "worldly treasures." We forget what is really important. That life is about God, family and friends.

I recently saw this, in an Etsy Shop. For the world of me, I can't find it now. But I thought it was a perfect reminder. Of the important things in life. The things that really matter. About feeding our soul, with all the love and promise, that God has for us. That life is about more, than just money and possessions.

I was surprised, when this guy brought it home. Just this week. It was something, that also spoke to him. Spoke to his soul, just like it had for me. We hung it, right inside a sitting room. That is connected to our bedroom. So we could see it every single day. And we can reflect on the things, in our lives, that are really important and meaningful.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Julie's Fresh Guacamole

This has been a very busy week. Lots of working. Lots of traveling. But, we carved out some time, to hangout with some good friends. There was celebrating this week. For this guy. And lots of good times. But, we were all craving some quiet time. Something low key.

So we all headed to our "Desert Home." Where Mexican food, was definitely on my mind! My Bestie and I, grew up in the SW. So this was right up our alley! I decided on a menu of shrimp tacos, rice, and calabacitas. Oh, and of course, guacamole!

While grocery shopping, My Bestie was telling me, about this week's Free Recipe of the Week, from Gooseberry Patch. Funny that she told me, about it! But I have been so busy. And I hadn't seen the recipe. Between, I really want this cookbook now! And it sounded different from our normal guacamole, but we gave this recipe a try.

Julie's Fresh Guacamole

6 avocados, halved and pitted
3 T. lime juice
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
3/4 c. sour cream
1 T. ranch salad dressing
1 T. salt, or to taste
1 T. pepper, or to taste
1 T. chili powder
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs
tortilla chips

Scoop out avocado pulp into a large bowl; mash with a fork. Add lime juice, onion and tomatoes; mix with a spoon. Add sour cream, salad dressing and seasonings; mix well. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

I'm used to using jalapenos, garlic, and no "chili powders." Definitely no Ranch Salad Dressing. But you know what, this was good. I think it worked well, because the shrimp tacos are light. And this guacamole, just added a little more depth, to the tacos. It didn't overwhelm the "lightness" of the shrimp. Had it been something like fajitas, I just don't think this would have been a good pairing. But that's just my opinion.

Like I said, this was a nice change of pace. The guys enjoyed it. Us gals, we laughed so hard, and ate so much! It was just a fun, and light meal. We ate outside. Enjoyed the warm weather. Great company. We even had a nice little fire...with s'mores! And ended the night, with a beautiful dessert. Yes, it was the perfect evening!

Adorable Baby Boots!

One of the amazing ladies, in our Crochet Along, sent me this link. I wish I could find that e-mail! I wanted to give her credit. Please leave me a comment, if it was you!

Anyways, she sent me this link, to this pattern. Isn't it adorable? I'm in LOVE with these Baby Boots. And I'm thinking of all the babies, I can make these for. :)

The "Girl Boots," totally remind me of something "vintage." Don't you think? I could see these, in a picture, from back in the day. With a simple, yet delicate, cotton dress. They're adorable! I have the perfect dress pattern. And now, I need to make the entire set!

And the "Boy Boots," are just too cute! I'm thinking, this little guy needs a pair, ASAP!!! With a cute little hat! Perfect for this Spring weather, that we're having.

By the way, Topsy Turvy just might be my new favorite blog! All the crochet patterns, are ADORABLE!!! I printed out so many patterns. Perfect for gifts. For my "Soon-to-Be-Here" Goddaughters. ♥

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Like a Playground

That is what Sin City is like. A "Playground" for adults. Don't you think? We were in Sin City, for almost a week. The LBs and I performed. The BBs and I performed. Manders and I, got a lot of time, to catch up. I enjoyed my time with Cole, and her little fashionista! My Bestie, was dealing with some stuff. But I'm positive, that this trip helped her. To move forward. And my favorite time, was spent, with all my Goddaughters!

I always think, it's so strange. We go to Sin City to work. We perform. Put on BIG shows. We mingle with VIPs. Get paid to gamble. This guy, has to work. All weekend! Literally, all we do, is WORK!

But so many people, go to Sin City, to have fun. To play. To somewhat become "kids" again. A far cry, from our reasons. But we're all there, to entertain, have fun, and enjoy the city!

Sunday night, we celebrated this guy. Really "Lit Up the Town!" I think, for most of us, it's been crazy. We've been so busy. And stressed out. Life has been so emotional. The burdens were getting so tough. But this celebration, just helped calm everything. Even for, just one night!

I know that sounds weird. But it's the truth. And I'm glad, that I have the group of friends, that I have. I'm so happy, for the job I have. And for this guy. There was once a time, when all I thought about, was work and school. Life wasn't really "Worth Living," at that time.

I'm learning, that sometimes, you just need to enjoy yourself. To "Live in the Moment." Enjoy your blessings. I mean, seriously, how many people get paid to travel? And perform? Hangout with friends? Not many. And I need to be grateful for that. "Live in the Moment."

This was a fast trip. Almost completely, scheduled with work. But we did enjoy ourselves. In fact, this guy and I, want to come back. You know, when we're not working. And really enjoy the "City of Sin!" The way it was meant to be enjoyed. Now we just need to schedule that in! :) Oh, can you tell...we work too much!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Oh Shoes!

One of the things, that I enjoy most about performing, is all the dressing up. Seriously! I get to wear some of the most beautiful, and fun, clothes that you could imagine! For the last 11 years or so, I've been blessed with some beautiful things. Dresses that are custom made. Many pairs of "Red Bottoms." Beautiful things! But literally, my heart stopped this past weekend. When I seen these shoes!

Oh. My. Goodness! Aren't they beautiful??? I think so! And I swear to you, I almost died. When I realized, I got a pair of each. NO LIE! A special Thank You, to an AMAZING boss! You sure do know how, to make a gal feel special.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Too Supreme

I'm a VERY LUCKY WOMAN! This Guy, he surprises me all the time. With lots of gifts. Things that I never ask for. And most times, don't even know, that I want. :) But that's part of the fun, of having an AMAZING boyfriend!

Let's press forward. My Guy, knows that I have this semi-serious, LOVE AFFAIR with makeup. MAC to be more specific. :) And without fail, weeks before the collections come out, he comes home with them. How? I still don't know! But it's pretty amazing.

For example, MAC's Too Supreme Collection, came out March 1st. This guy, came home with them, about 6 weeks ago. And I swear to you, it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!!!

The collection has 24 pieces. 24 pieces of pure bliss! 11 Sheen Supreme Lipglasses. Which are limited addition. And 13 Sheen Supreme Lipsticks. Which get this, are PERMANENT!!!

Now let's take a closer look. :) These lipsticks are a dream. A dream I tell you! They are a lipstick, with the finish of a lipglass! They don't leave that, "weird sticky feeling." Just a beautiful finish. Not too shiny. Just perfect!

I'm still a little uncertain, about the lavender. When do you wear lavender lipstick? And the darker nudes, well are a bit dark. But these are a dream! And I'm going to figure out, how to make them all work! Between, they're $14.50 a piece.

Then you have the "clickable" lipglass. I LOVE the colors. The finish is wonderful! And did I mention? They are clickable! This germaphobe, is so excited! I HATE sticking the lipgloss wands back inside the tube. This concept, just seems so much more sanitary. And $19 a lipglass.

Yes, this is one of those collections, that just excited me! In ways, I NEVER thought makeup would! I've worn these products, every single day, since I got them. This man is just AMAZING!

How he knows about these things, I may never know. But I have a feeling, one of his assistants, has to be on top of this stuff. One day, I'll catch somebody, researching beauty products! Until then, I'm off to enjoy some Royal Azalea! ♥

Crochet Along: Week 3

Welcome Back Crochet Along friends! How are your blankets going? I'm moving along well. Still experimenting a little. With my smaller blanket. But all is well. This week's goal, is rows 25-45. That's one more "Bunny Block!" :) This set of bunnies, will be running in the opposite direction.

Don't worry if you didn't make it to row 24. Remember, we're not on a time crunch. We're just working on this, together. This is supposed to be something fun. Not stressful! Just keep that in mind. :)

I got a few e-mails this week. All having to do with the same "issue." The gauge, is just a little off. The chains are a little loose. And the double crochets, are too tight. So when you're looking at your work, it looks a little "messy."

I've worked on other filet blankets before. And I've worked on filet crochet...with thread. Your work, just doesn't look "neat." That is, your chains look too loose. And your double crochets, tootight. The double crochets "pull" at the chains. And the chains just look really loose. It has to do with the tension of your work. You just need to work on, making all your stitches similar, in tension. Don't stress. With yarn, especially a thicker yarn, it'd not as noticeable.

And remember, if you have a question, or concern, please leave Manders or I, a comment. Or send us an e-mail. That's what we're here for! At the end of this week, we're pretty much, halfway done with our blankets! Now that is exciting!!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Oh Spring!

We've been in Sin City, for a few days now. And I'm feeling more refreshed. More inspired. More myself. Weird how that happens. But I'm going to work with it. :)

The weather has been nice. And warm. We've been performing. And I'm in LOVE with our new costumes! Cole is so talented! And with all of this, I've begun to think of Spring. It's just around the corner! And it's my favorite time of year.

Silently, I've wanted to go shopping. For the last few weeks. To head to my nearest Forever 21. And see what kind of fun items, they have. But, I've been busy. And it just hasn't happened. But this incredible weather, is just begging me, to go buy some new clothes. Like this...

It's hilarious, that I'm in LOVE with this bikini! I don't swim. I don't know how to swim. But I do enjoy, laying out by the pool. When this guy is out there. But not for long. Because, I'm positive that the sun HATES me! No matter what SPF I wear, I turn bright red!

But there's something about Spring, the warm weather, and all the retro clothes, that I've been wearing...that makes me pine for this bikini. Oh seersucker, how I LOVE you!

Friday, March 9, 2012

I LOVE Milo...So Does He

We've been looking, at a lot of furniture, as of late. We have 2 new houses to furnish. And one house, that is still in need, of a few key pieces. It sorta has me stressed out! To the max.

Mostly because, we're ALWAYS on the road. Have little time, to go shopping. And have some pretty different styles. But we do agree on 2 things. One, this man is going to pay for it all. Two, it has to be comfortable!

I've been looking for some more "affordable" pieces. Something local. This man, is just looking for furniture. Insisted that our homes, need to be furnished. ASAP! So we both came to the table. With our plans in hand. And you know what? I LOVE this sofa, that he found!

I'm not sure what it is. But this sofa, just calls my name. It's a little manly. And a little feminine. My favorite part of this sofa, is definitely the legs! This man, LOVES that it's made out of leather.

Purchases like this, make me extra nervous! My current sofa and loveseat, cost a combined $400. New. And on clearance. That's how I roll! While this man, just knows what he wants. And is more than OK, with investing the money. This time, I just might have to side with him. Because I want Milo to come live with us!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Taste of Yesteryear

This guy and I were talking the other day. About the "Good Old Days." Like either of us, really lived through them. OK, we sorta did. This guy's childhood, happened during the 70s and 80s. Mine was more, the 80s and 90s.

Another thing on our minds, was finding a really cool gift, for this little guy. Something fun. Meaningful. And something that would bring a bit of the past, back to life. We're just like that. We like retro and vintage type of things. We enjoy learning about the past. So I did a quick search. And found a few of our favorites. :)

Do you remember this little guy? Being that I spent a lot of time in the mountains, I remember him well. My grandparents lived in the mountains. And I spent so much time with them! So seeing Woodsy, was very common. This guy remembers Woodsy too! As he and his family, spent a lot of time, hunting and fishing, while he was growing up. :)

The same can be said for Smokey the Bear. I remember going to the State Fair, every year, as I was growing up. And all I ever wanted to do, was go see Smokey, and eat a turkey leg! :) Smokey would also come to our school, and teach us all about Fire Safety. Yes, we saw a lot of him in the mountains too! In fact, this guy and I, went to go see his memorial. :)

And lastly, are all these books. I didn't have any of these brand new. None! I don't know if they came before I did. But that's how it happened. And oh, I just LOVE books! I've always had a ton of books. But I did have some of these books. OK, a nice collection. I don't know where they came from. Perhaps, they were from my older siblings.

Yesterday, this guy and I, we went shopping. At the most AMAZING antique, and second hand shops. Oh hello! The southwest has some amazing ones. I just wish, that we would have had more free time to shop. We found lots of pieces, for our homes. This guy added to his Vinyl Collection. I added to my own Cookbook Collection. And we picked up some gifts.

It was a day, dedicated to "Yesteryear." We "rescued" a lot of the past. And hope to bring new life to it. Including a nice stack of books, for this guy's nieces and nephew. Something that we hope, brings them many years of happiness. Yes, it was a nice trip, down "Memory Lane!"