Thursday, June 27, 2013

{DIY} Crate Bookshelf

Say what? Three times this week and a Pinterest project to boot?
I'm amazing myself. 
Let's travel back a little bit in time to when I first joined Pinterest and Pinned this gem:
So cute.
So rustic.
So easy.
So me!
I started convincing Jason of starting this project with me a few months ago. Two weeks ago, he brought it up and off to JoAnn's we went.  And, we finally completed it this week!
The process is pretty simple. 
1. Grab all of your JoAnn coupons (or download the app!)
2. Head to JoAnns and pick up 15 of those bad boys and to Home Depot for the stain
3. Grab some vino and #Backthatazzup Pandora, get to staining
4. Have someone who is capable with a power drill and screw the cabinets together.
5. Grab items from all over the house and fill up the bookshelf. Or something like that.
Snap a pic!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

MaryKay goodies

I kind of have a love affair with these monthly subscription services. Maybe it's because getting a pretty box is the mail always brightens my day....or Maybe it's because I have yet to subscribe to one myself so there is a certain level of love from afar going on. Either way it's amore. Several of my coworkers receive them and it's so fun to go through all the products with them. This month I tried out Influenster and lucky me was chosen to receive the MaryKay Glamour Look voxbox this month.


This goodie box came with some fun makeup finds, like:
So far my favorite from this group is this lipstick. It's the best shade of pink....ever. I think Woods, Elle herself would approve.

Thanks for all of the pretties, Influenster and Marykay. BRB guys, I'm gonna go play with some makeup. 


Monday, June 24, 2013

Hangin' Tough

In all honesty, my weekend can be summed up in 4 words
ditto to Steph's post
Seriously, it's sad how much I copy her and want to be her. On Friday night, we went to HH to pre-game for the NKOTB, 98 degrees and Boys II Men show. Truthfully, I never was a 98 degress fan. In my childhood, you had to pick Boy Bands sides. You just simply cannot like them all. I choose NSYNC and everyday I'm grateful for that decision.
I made up for my lack of knowledge of 98 degree's songs with what I knew of NKOTB and Boys II Men. 
Yup, I even stole one of those pictures from Steph. That's pretty much what the title of this post should be "I copied Steph" 
Anyways, Saturday I received a text from  her that she purchased a new car. It's seriously gorgeous. What does any unstable person do? Start looking at cars of course. Faster than I can imagine, I ended up with this pretty girl on Sunday afternoon
The only thing I didn't do exactly like Steph was hangout with Landyn. Although, I kind of wish I did. That is one cool kid.
That's my weekend in a nutshell
Sami's Shenanigans

Monday, June 17, 2013

Not your average Father's Day

Father's Day has always been a hard day for me.  With Social Media it proves even harder. 
I've briefly touched on my family dynamic, but it is still a subject that is hard for me to write about. Every year during Father's Day, I get a little teary-eyed seeing all of the cute little "My dad is my hero" posts. Mostly because mine is far from that. 

I'm grateful that my Father is still alive, but this quote seems to put everything simply

My parents didn't separate until I was in 10th grade, but my dad emotionally left years before head physically left. He was working non-stop, traveling for business every week and then sleeping all day/night when he was home. I wished during the school years especially that I had a father like my friend's dads. They were there supporting them through Sports events, breakups, relationships, college decisions, etc. Mine was not.  I feel that girls learn invaluable lessons from their relationships with their Dads, whether good or bad. Instead of sulking about the day yesterday, I decided to take a look at the things I did end up learning from my Father.

I learned that parents are people too. I say this all the time now, but it was truly a changing point in my life. I always held my parents on a pedestal and could never understand why they would make mistakes. Until one day, I was so hurt by something and realized that Parents can make mistakes. It's okay in the end.

I learned that in addition to them being people, they'll need forgiveness. More importantly I'll need to be able to forgive. Between the ages of 15-20, I refused to forgive. It was just anger that was sitting inside of me. Forgiveness ultatimely hurts the person who can't let go.

(fave LC quote)

I learned to be passionate about work. Be proactive, responsible and successful. At the same time, never let it get in the way of your family.

I learned to always keep on learning. My father is a man who picks a project and masters it. Rebuilding a car, Playing the Banjo, name it. He will find something he's interested in and pursue it to it's fullest.

I learned that adultery can flat out ruin people. Be faithful in all relationships, hold on to those that are close to you. In the end, they are what matters most.

Case in Point:


Friday, June 14, 2013

Current Obsessions

The time I've been lacking in the blog land, I've definitely been making up in the Pinterest/Etsy/Anything with a Paypal land. It's dangerous really.
Let's start with this impulse buy that I bought in .5 seconds last night.
For obvious reasons. I love wine, Jason loves whiskey, we both love Blake (and Miranda too) More importantly, it will be the perfect piece to our dining area. I've been looking for a fun print for years now. 
I'm always "Currently Obsessed" with Tory. But this phone case is bringing it to a whole 'nother level. 
Then there are these little bad boys. Monograms, Mason Jars and Pink. Which pretty much means it was made for me. Try and tell me otherwise.
To fill time in between the times I'm not pulling out my wallet or "watching" sports, I've been dying over Greg Bennet's blog. Do y'all remember him from RHONJ? Can we get him back...please, Andy Cohen?
You should stop what you're doing right now and read it. You won't be sorry.
Oh, and for my #Backthatazzup Friday Jam today, I'm jamming to my girls Rosie and Sophia Grace (and Whitney!). Princess Swagger.