Fashion 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A quick rundown for the latest styles at the 2013 People's Choice and Teen Choice Awards.

Lea Michele

This is Pretty in Pink at its best!

Emma Watson

Emma could wear a potato sack and still look beautiful.

Jennifer Lawrence

It's granny, meets....Dynasty.
Not a good combo.

Cody Simpson

This reminds me of Chevy Chase in Vegas Vacation.
But seriously...who the heck is Cody Simpson?

Brittany Snow

Bright, fun and feminine. Love it.

One Direction-I think

One day they will look at this picture and wonder what the heck they were thinking.
Funny...I am already thinking that about this ridiculous mess.

Chloë Moretz

Appropriately dressed for the Teen Choice Awards.

Selena Gomez

Beautiful dress but interesting choice of color.

Jordin Sparks

Adorable. It must be summer time!

Demi Lovato

Nothing special about her clothes.
I love her makeup but this faux-mullet has to go!

Rebel Wilson

What did you seriously expect her to wear?

Sandra Bullock

Throwing pink shoes on is not going to help this poor dress.
Too long and too boring.

Janel Parrish

This dress looks like it's straight out of a 90's dELiA*s magazine.

Kaley Cuoco

She is just an angel. Beautiful.

Monica Potter

Monica wanted to just blend in.
Mission accomplished Monica.
Mission accomplished...

Rachel Leigh Cook

Bright color, light-flowing fabric.
It's like having a berry flavored spritzer on a hot summer day.


Simply put...a disaster.

Avan Jogia

French? Italian?
Whatever...this boy is cute...

Lea Michele

Sporting the pink again.
She could wear pink everyday and I wouldn't be bothered by it.

Robert Downey Jr.

Everything looks good-until you reach his shoes.
What is this?

Nina Dobrev

Gorgeous color. Beautiful.

Rumer Willis

Absolutely stunning.

Taylor Swift

 Yet again, Stunning.

Miley Cyrus

WE GET IT-you're not a kid anymore!
But really silly girl, you are supposed to dispose of trash.
Not wear it.
I am going to take a wild guess and say there is probably more where that came from :(

Introducing Miss Holly Rose!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Holly Rose
May 14, 2013
7lbs 2oz
20" Long

My beautiful baby girl

ATW 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

{Around the World}

 Years ago the TKE fraternity set in motion an awesome multi-party night called Around the World. Each frat house would first select a country (America being the last house). They would wear costumes, decorate their house fittingly and serve drinks from their chosen country.
Now that the boys are out of college, married and four of them are living in the same neighborhood, we couples celebrate the ATW party-neighborhood style. The TKE boys and their *fabulous* wives now serve food and beverage from their chosen countries, wear elaborate costumes and decorate their homes with intricate details.

This year we started of in the delightful country of Mexico. A sign on the door (written in Spanish-naturally) asked the guests to go around the house to the backyard. A blow-up palm tree on the porch housed an array of ice-cold Mexican beer, complete with bottle opener. They had margaritas, stick-on mustaches, tequila shots, a colorful display of Mexican food and a pinata filled with mini liquor bottles. The main attractions were the Donkey Show, complete with a blow up doll and donkey and the Mexican dancers cutout that made for some pretty funny pictures.


The ladies of Brazil guided us to the backyard where a soccer field was set up and the guys were dressed as soccer players. The fence was covered in a soccer stadium scene setter and a concession stand housed cups of beer, shots, mini Brazilian flags and colorful vuvuzelas. The food table was designed like a Brazilian steakhouse, with various meats on swords. Brazilian cocktails were served in the kitchen before we entered the carnival styled living room. The girls were dressed in elaborate carnival costumes and tables for each rival country were adorned with a hilarious display of pictures and "trinkets." We left through a dark hallway where we were forced to drink dirty water (some other sort of dark colored cocktail) before contributing our used cups to the floors of the Brazilian slums .

Pregnancy Week 37

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How Far Along: 37 weeks; 9 Months.
Size of Baby: Uncomfortably big...

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 20-25 lbs

Maternity Clothes: I am about to even my maternity clothes are getting tight!

Baby-related Purchases: Recent purchases include a changing pad, huge box of wipes, a summer outfit for baby and some comfy pajamas for me while I am in the hospital.
Gender: It's a GIRL!
Movement: She is an extremely active baby but has definately slowed down within the past week.

Sleep: Comical really...Sleep. Hmm, sounds familiar but I'm not quite sure what "sleep" is. If you mean sitting up against four pillows in bed with a another pillow on top for my head and dozing off...then yeah, I guess I get some sleep.
What I Miss: Having a glass of wine. Fitting into my clothes. Having a bra that fits. Not having heartburn.  Sleeping in a relatively normal position. A full breath of air. Falling asleep at a decent hour.

Cravings: Wint o' Green Mints-Life Saver Brand...and soap is sounding pretty tasty. ICE!
  • Still thirsty!
  • Feet are swollen and look like Marshmallows.
  • Whiney and weepy
  • Tired!
  • A little irritable.
  • My back hurts most of the time now.
Managing the Stress: Baths in the whirlpool tub.
Worries: That she will never come out! Bills....the usual.
What I Look Forward To: Meeting my new baby...and not being pregnant.
Names: I have two names in mind but we are not choosing the final name until she is born. Still debating on the middle name (Autumn, Grace, Rose and Catherine).
Story of the week: My feet and ankles have been really swollen the past couple of days. Cankles-seriously! Yesterday I came home from work and they were the worst yet. I loaded my son Charlie's old baby tub with warm water and epsom salt and put my feet in. Charlie was watching the whole time, a strange/concerned look on his face. He asked very sweetly if my feet felt any better. I answered honestly, "not yet." He grabbed my mint scented foot lotion that I set out for after my soak and he asked what it was. After I explained to him what it was for, he set the bottle down and ran off down the hall towards his room. He came back with a towel from his bathroom and handed it to me. The water was a little too warm and didn't seem to be helping so I thanked him for the towel and dried my feet off. He grabbed the bottle of lotion again and asked if he could help me by putting it on my feet.
My 6 year old son asked me if he could put lotion on my feet...
I could have cried! It was the sweetest thing EVER! I smiled really big and said "of course!" He smiled back and put the lotion on my feet with his cute little hands. With a happy look on his face he asked if my feet felt better. I gave him a huge hug and told him they didn't hurt anymore...and honestly, that was the truth!
I have the best son in the world! Such a sweetheart!

Bountiful Baskets, Homemade Cleaners & Frugal Spending

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Our first time to participate in Bountiful Baskets was successful!
We took home several oranges, a ton of pears and apples, squash, a yam, grape tomatoes, bananas, zucchini, cabbage, spinach and cauliflower. 
We did spend an hour at the location, but for $ was worth the wait :)
And because we were up so early, we dropped off our tax info., picked up several books at a local bookstore and were home before 11am!

After watching a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, the hubbs and I have been increasing our intake of fruits and veggies and have stopped buying pre-packaged food. We knew that the prepackaged food probably wasn't the healthiest thing for us, but we honestly didn't realize exactly how bad it really is.

We have also been juicing-EVERYTHING-from sweet potatoes to collard greens. I bought a Jack LeLaine juicer about 3 years ago and for some reason, it wasn't juicing like it was supposed to so I hid it away. The pulp always came out dripping wet. Well, I dug it out to test it out before investing in a new juicer and we figured out that we were using the machine incorrectly. Now that we know what we are doing, the machine works perfectly!

Along with our endeavor of becoming more health conscience, we are being a bit more frugal. We have a baby coming in May and still have the same ol' bills coming each month. We are trying to find ways to cut back without suffering for it.

This is the best place to start. Make a list of your incoming bills and list everything that is a monthly occurrence. Then list all of your other expenses (gas money, groceries, date nights, dining out, clothes, etc.). 
Keep track of everything you spend for one month and fill in your list. See where you can cut back and then set a budget for your other expenses.

Grocery Shopping & Menu List
I make a menu for every week of the month, write down the ingredients on a list and head to the grocery store. I buy exactly what is on my list and nothing else! I clip coupons (but buy no means am I into the whole extreme-couponing thing) and I use an app called ibotta (paper-free coupons that earn you money and can be transferred to your paypal account). As long as I stick to my list, I can stick to my budget. It also doesn't hurt to buy store brands or to shop at a local discount store. I have an Aldi that is about 5-10 minutes away!

We no longer go out to eat whenever we want. Now, we did go out to eat with my parents on Sunday night and were perfectly fine picking up the tab (they always pay!). But we really appreciated the food and service because we were used to eating at home. It has now become a special treat!
We also take our lunch to work instead of stopping at a fast food drive-thru. This has really saved us so much money, it's ridiculous! It also helps knowing what we are putting in our bodies when we eat that junk we just...don't!

Entertainment used to cut into a HUGE part of our monthly earnings. In order to cut back, we decided not to get cable and instead went with internet only. This will save you a ton of money! We subscribe to Netflix and use the Redbox free rental codes that we get via text messages for our movies. There is also a local video store that always has awesome rental deals and free kid's movie rentals if we want to make it a special weekend "outing" for our 6 year old.
My husband also utilizes his Elk's membership when he wants to hang out with the guys. Fun atmosphere, karaoke, lower priced drinks and awesome people! It only costs $10 more a year for my membership :)

Other ways to save on Entertainment:
Participate in a local sports team
Hit some golf balls at a local driving range
Have family/friend game nights
Family movie night with homemade pizza
Participate in a book club
Visit your local library or discount book store
Go to movie matinees
Attend free concerts
Visit local museums
Attend the local zoo or aquarium on a discount day

Household Cleaners-DIY
I have started making my own household cleaners. You wouldn't believe how much we spend on cleaning products! I am a neat freak so I have to have my cleaners! This weekend, I spent around 10 minutes total making my own fruit and veggie spray, Febreeze and kitchen cleaner. I bought 3 spray bottles from the dollar store, labeled them and filled them up. I saved money and I am not using harsh chemicals to clean.

Fruit and Veggie Spray
White Vinegar
Spray Bottle

*Fill the spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water. 
Add a tablespoon of salt and shake vigorously.

Kitchen Cleaner
12 oz. of Dawn dishwashing liquid
12 oz. of White Vinegar
1 Tbl of Fabric Softener
Spray Bottle

 *Add ingredients to spray bottle and shake to mix. 
A little spray goes a LONG way!

Homemade Febreeze
1/8 cup of Fabric Softener
2 Tbl of Baking Soda
Hot tap water
Spray Bottle

*Add fabric softener and baking soda to bottle. 
Fill the rest of the bottle with the tap water. 
Shake before each use.

Have a great week!

Bountiful Baskets

Thursday, February 7, 2013

This Saturday we are participating in our first Bountiful Baskets Co-op. 
Bountiful Baskets is a non-profit food co-op for families that want to have more fresh produce for less money. In order to participate, you must set up a free account on the website

Every Monday you may sign up to receive your produce ($15 per basket or $25 for organic baskets) and pick it up on Saturday mornings. You may participate as many weeks as you like!

I am excited to see what we end up with in our basket (every week is supposed to be different). We are trying to increase our intake of fruits and this seemed like a pretty good idea! 

I will include pictures of what we brought home this Saturday.

For more information, please check out this blog:

Blissful & Domestic

Food Labeling and What You Should Know

Weekly Menu

Sunday, February 3, 2013

February 4-8, 2013

Monday - Hotdog Night served with Fruit Smoothies

Fruit Smoothie
Serves 2-3
1 cup ice
1 whole Banana, broken into pieces
1 cup Berries (I used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
1 1/2 cups Orange Juice (Any juice will work)

Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Tuesday - Baked Barbeque Chicken with Bacon, served with Crescent Rolls and Balsamic Parmesan Green Beans and Mushrooms

Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

Wednesday - Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo, served with Broccoli

Broccoli Chicken Fettuccine Recipe

Thursday- Beans and Cornbread

porch beans cornbread 119

Friday - Homemade Pizza Night