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February 28, 2013

Thoughts on a Thursday

1] I'm getting married!!!!! I'm getting married!!!! I'm getting married!!!

2] I'm worried about becoming the 'I'm getting married girl'! I know it's only been less than two weeks, but I feel like the only thing on my brain is wedding stuff. I promise this blog won't become all wedding, but there will definitely be documentation and venting when needed ;)!

3] This blog is such a blessing. I know it's small, but the friendships I've formed from it are so amazing. I was SO excited to share my engagement news with the blogesphere. THANK YOU for all of the sweet emails and comments, y'all truly made my day/week.

4] Speaking of happy news in blogland, I'm SO GLAD a certain CLO has finally shared hers! #spicy!

5] My trip to Florida this past weekend [recap on Monday] was so amazing. But, the warm weather has made me extra susceptible to the cold here. #IWANTSUMMERNOW!

6] Le rear needs to get in le gear!!! Workouts have fallen by the wayside recently and now I need to get back on track. Not only do I have a wedding to be in shape for [!] I signed up for the Tough Mudder in April. I'm determined to do better than last race and kick @$$ this time.

7] This weekend we are celebrating Sportyspice's birthday and I'm super excited. She turned 27 on Tuesday, holy frijoles where did the time go?!?!? < 3 you sissyboo!

8] Why oh why did the crafty gene skip me?!?! I'm trying to put together a cute lil summin' summin' for my bridal party, but I'm 12 kinds of nervous it won't come out correctly. Pray for me hokay?

9] Life is amazing! :)

February 27, 2013


Hello ladies and happy Wednesday!

I thought I'd bring back an old favorite today,
say hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
Linking up with JAIME
It's been a HOT minute since I last linked up with Jaime, but thought
this week of all weeks was the perfect time to count
my blessings and loves.

I'm loving. . .

My Fiance! I still can't believe he's not my boyfriend....eeek!

My wonderful family and all of the work they did
to make my proposal so magical.


The fact that my secret wedding board is NO LONGER a secret.

The slight tan I got from a quick weekend in Florida.

My two sisters! They were so amazing working with C to plan the proposal.
Planning my wedding with them is going to be so wonderful!

How easily C and I are agreeing on wedding plans. #nostress

The sweet emails, texts, comments, and Facebook post from friends
and family. I am soooooooo blessed!

 That I'm getting married!!!!!! WOOHOOO!


Today I'm also guest posting over on Nikki's blog.
Go check out my DIY make up brush holder!

February 26, 2013

Happy Birthday SportySpice

Happy Happy HAPPIEST of Birthdays

to the Beautiful and lovely 

My beautiful beautiful middle sissy turns 27 today!

WAIT WHAT!?!?!? When did you get so big?!

I still remember when you used to copy everything I did
and were scared of Santa Clause!

But now you are a fabulous and wonderful lady.
[except when you are gross haha]


Dearest Sportyspice,
Happy happiest of birthdays sweet sister of mine. You are an INCREDIBLE
young lady now and I'm so proud to have you as my sister. Even though you are younger, I look up to you. Your strength and advice is incredible and I LOVE your humor. Seriously, I can't stop laughing with you, gooooood times! No matter what anyone says, YOU ARE the smartest cookie in the crumble. I can't wait to watch you these next few years, I KNOW amazing things are going to happen!
the lil BIG SISTER!

February 25, 2013


Yes, you read that right,
I'm the FUTURE MRS. C!!!!

He proposed Sunday, February 17th
and I am over the moon excited!

We have definitely been talking about getting engaged
and then married, 
but he TOTALLY caught me 
by surprise

I couldn't have asked for a more perfect proposal.

I'm going to recap everything, because I NEVER
want to forget how I felt, so this will be 
a tad bit long. 

He has been working with my sisters for the past three months,
creating the ring and talking about how
he planned to propose.

I play in a soccer league on Sunday nights
and every now and then we have games later
in the evening and if we have subs, I'll sit them out. 

Well, on the 17th I had an 8pm game, 
that I DID NOT want to play in at all.
Unfortunately, we didn't have any girl subs
and my captain said I was needed. 
Being the team player I am, I put on my big girl shorts,
went to the game, hung out with my mom, won then came home. 

C and my sister's had TOLD my captain I HAD to be at the game
no matter what, so he didn't try and find a sub. 
During the game, they were all decorating C's apartment. 

I went back to my apartment after my game,
to drop off my stuff before walking to C's
to hang out before bed. 

When I walked into my place, there was a single RED rose
laying on my coffee table. 

Now, I'm sure many of you would say, 

Nope, not this girl.

I walked around my apartment checking 
out all the rooms, thinking C was just being funny,
and trying to cheer me up because I didn't 
want to play in a soccer game.

No C at my place, so I walked to his. 

I opened the door and I knew.

The lights were off, candles were lit and
displayed in hearts, pink tulle was on the furniture
and there were hearts everywhere.
I looked down and there were fake rose petals on the floor
 and then I saw the coffee table with the dozen roses.

I think I lost my breath for a moment.

I walked in and whispered
"What is this?!?!"

C appeared from the kitchen
and from then on everything was a haze.

He said some of the sweetest words,
told me how he asked my father for my hand,
where and how he got my ring,
and how everyone in my family
KNEW about this.
[there may have been a slight
temper tantrum when 
I found that out, shhhh]

The whole time we were hugging and standing together
and it was all I could do to focus on what he was saying.
I can vividly remember thinking
"Oh my gosh this is happening,
this is REALLY happening!"

And then, he walked over to the beautiful table,
picked up the ring,
got down on one knee and 
asked me to marry him. 

I wanted to shout "YES",
but I think I barely whispered "Yes". 

Then it was on my finger,
and I became an ENGAGED LADY!

Once the proposal was over, 
I said "I'm in sweatpants"
and we both laughed. 
SO US! So flippin' us!

I don't remember how, but my sisters were mentioned
and after being coy, he told me
and were waiting for me to come get them.

OH MY WORD, so special.

The moment was already perfect, but 
having them there to celebrate with immediately
meant the WORLD TO ME!

We spent the rest of the evening calling 
immediate family and best friends
while sipping champagne. 

It was so magical and special,
just truly an amazing moment.

AND one that I can relive over and over
as the sissys were SUPER smart and 
set up a video camera for the whole thing.

That's right, I have the whole proposal on video
along with some stop action pictures too.

Totally amazing!

Now on to the most important thing,
after the word YES of course...

My beautiful, beautiful RING!

I had told him I wanted a vintage ring,
and y'all he 'did vintage'.

He started scheming with my sisters back in December,
about rings and they told him about
the three rings my late grandmother
had given us. 

Through conference calls, they decided
which one fit me best. 
He took the band, changed the setting a bit
and added a new diamond. 

 [cause he's a baseball guy duh]

 Having my grandmother's ring is
When she passed away five years ago,
one of my biggest regrets was
the fact she would NEVER see me get married.

BUT NOW, she will be there for the moment
and forever and I'm still
teary eyed thinking about it.


I've seriously been on CLOUD NINE the past week. 
Monday morning at work was a haze of
congratulations, texts, phone calls and gchats.

Honestly, the smile has yet to leave my face all week.

God has blessed me with an amazing life,
and He has given me my very OWN

His timing is TRUE, never doubt it ladies,
never doubt it EVER!




February 22, 2013

Opening KICKBALL Weekend!

Happy Friday kids! Not to brag [well kind of I guess]
 but I think my Friday is better than yours. 

I'm in sunny and warm FLORIDA for 
the Opening Weekend of Circuit Kickball! 

I'll be hanging with the Sissys, Le Beau and my teammies
today and then it's tourney time!

I can't wait!


I hope y'all have a great weekend!


February 21, 2013

Stop Hunger Now

Saturday morning Daddy, Mama B, BabySpice and I
all volunteered at our church for 
the Stop Hunger Now drive.
Thanks Babyspice!
"Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources."

Stop Hunger Now meals pack a big punch. Every dehydrated rice/soy meal is fortified with 21 essential vitamins and nutrients. Research has shown that one in three people in developing countries are adversely affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies."

There was over a hundred people volunteering 
on Saturday which made for an 
AWESOME missions experience.

My first station was 'bag holder' while others
dumped in vitamins, dehydrated vegetables, soy meal and rice
through a funnel.

It was a lot of fun and after the first twenty bags
we had it down to a pretty good science.

Unfortunately, the soy meal was constantly drifting 
into the air and bothering my nose.

So after an hour or so, I moved to the sealing station.

That was a very fast moving and fun station.
I was also able to work with Daddy and Babyspice,
which made it that much more fun. 

I think I worked the weighing station twice, 
but then decided to become a runner
because yeah, I HATE MATH!

I helped run the sealed packages
to the actual packing station so I got 
some exercise in too.

Over the course of three hours 
our whole group packaged 
44,000 meals!!!


It was an incredibly rewarding morning
and I just pray all of those meals
make it to hungry tummies soon.  

If you are ever asked to volunteer with 
Stop Hunger Now, DO IT! :)

February 20, 2013


This list has been floating around blogesphere for awhile,
and I finally decided to dig it out of my
draft archives and publish it. 

I hope you enjoy and if you haven't 
tried it yet, DO IT NOW!


FIRST thing I do in the morning
Turn off the alarm, grab a drink of water, turn on the Keruig. 

FIRST thing I do when I get home from work
Change out of work clothes and put on sweats or workout clothes.

I don't remember my first kiss as a kid, but my first real kiss was in high school. 
Late bloomer over here. 
Source: via Rhonda on Pinterest

My FIRST home
We lived on post in El Paso when I was born.

My FIRST car
1998 Toyota Corolla was the first car that was 'mine', but Daddy bought it before he left for Korea. The first car I bought by myself is the current car I drive, a 2012 Nissan Altima Coupe named Sassy. I LOVE HER! 
My FIRST accident traffic violation
I actually had a fender bender three months after I received my license, but never told my parents. The lady didn't have the time to deal with it and since there was no damage, she just drove off. My first legit violation was a speeding ticket driving home from my college bf's home during Christmas break.

The FIRST thing I wanted to be when I grew up
The President of the United States
Source: via Karin on Pinterest

FIRST drink of choice
Regular drink: probably water or sweet tea. Alcoholic drink: wine.

FIRST dessert of choice
Hmmm so hard. . . anything with chocolate in it. Or ice cream.

FIRST choice restaurant
Oh snap, no idea. Depending on my mood,
something really classy and romantic
or a great Mexican restaurant with sangria and guacamole.
FIRST song that comes to mind

FIRST major purchase
My 7 piece bedroom set. I LOVE IT!

Does babysitting count? That was my first job ever. My first job in the real world was a temp. It wasn't the best thing in the world, but it gave me a ton of freedom to make my own work days and take fun trips.

FIRST time I flew
I can't honestly remember my first flight, but I do remember going on a plane in third grade for my great-grandmother's funeral in Wisconsin.

FIRST "Big girl" job
 My temp job became a REAL job and I was an administrative assistant at a law firm. The work was boring but the ladies were great and knew I was using this job as a stepping stone to my current job. Working for a small firm was fantastic, it paid the bills and we had pretty decent vacation time. 

February 19, 2013

The Kinda of Girl Who.....

I'm switching it up today and
joining in a link-up on a Tuesday.


I know, craycray!

Today I'm linking up with Holly
from Running in Stilettos
for  her


The Kind of Girl Who

... loves any and everything pink ...

... buys beauty products JUST because bloggers recommend them ...

... loves to wear heels more than flats ...

... looks like she's still in high school, but will be 30 in two months ...

... gets embarrassed very easily ...

... wishes she had longer, blonde hair ...

... can be a big baby when she feels sick ...

... prefers Miracle Whip to mayonnaise ...

... could eat a smore every day if possible ...

... expected to be married and mother of 1.5 by now ...

... would love to wear the above outfit ...

... always wears socks to bed ...

... wants a bigger chest, without gaining weight ...

... enjoys exercising, but doesn't crave it ...

... wished she did better in school back in the day ...

... would choose chocolate for dessert every time ...

... hates math with a passion ...

... enjoys fashion, but isn't a slave to trends ...

... only eats sweet pickles ...

... swoons over forehead kisses ...

... believes in true love and true timing ...

... always has three lip-glosses in her purse ...

... can't go to sleep without water and chap-stick on her bedside table ...

... travels to Vegas, NOLA, Boston, NY, GA to play kickball ... 

... would rather watch TV reruns than go to the movies ...

... still believes in fairytales, Santa Claus and miracles ...


February 15, 2013

Fierce Fashion and Confessions

Another Friday so another link up with Kelly for

This week I'm taking on:

To be honest, when the whole 'print mixing' fad started,
I thought it was pretty fugly.

I'm all about clean lines
and mixing prints just didn't do it for me.

However, when I realized this fad WASN'T going away,
I decided to give it a whirl, just for kicks.

My first attempt at mixing prints.
Pink striped blazer paired with spotted black/white skirt.
Yes? No? SAY WHAT!?!?

I haven't mixed any patterns since the summer,
so I thought I'd try it again for this link up.

My mixed print outfit on Wednesday.

Granted, they were both stripes, just different types.

I normally wouldn't have paired these prints together,
because they weren't aligned,
but I stepped slightly out of my comfort zone
and tried it anyway.

So, what do you think?
Yes, no?
Any mixing print tips?


I'm also linking up with Leslie for Confession Fridays!

1] I've wore my hair in my pony tail 3 times this week, because I haven't washed my  hair. Ehh, what are you going to do? I prefer the extra 20 minutes of sleep to looking cute ;)

2]  C and I have yet to make it up for a morning workout this week. What, we've both been really tired and I guessing really needed the sleep.

3] I recently started watching Army Wives from the beginning and I'm ashamed to say I like the show. I know it's soooo off base portraying military life, but the characters are kind of fun.

4]The #SOTU wasn't even on my radar this year. #boopolitics.

5] I bought two pairs of shoes yesterday that I didn't need, just because they were pink. #budgetwhatbudget.


February 14, 2013

Happy PINK and RED Day!

I posted this last year and was very proud of it,
so please enjoy TODAY! 

Happy Valentine's Day loves!

Anyway, as I said, it's Valentine's day...the ONE day in the whole year where it is acceptable to wear PINK & RED together. 
Okay I understand color blocking is so in right now, but red&pink still make me go hmmmmm...

Today is the day to love someone:

...your family...
...your girlfriends...
...your best friends...
...your coworkers...
...your parents...
...your students...
...your teachers...
...your significant other...

If you are single:
 ...get a pedicure...take a bubble bath...put on a girlie movie...tell your friends and family how much they mean to you...get drinks with your girlfriends...tell bad dating stories...celebrate being able to do WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO...

If you are attached:
...write a sweet note...don't set expectations to high...tell your friends and family how much they mean to you...take a moment to be thankful for the special S/O in your life...tell them how much you care...enjoy the small and simple things your relationship has to offer...

Today I am a lover!
I am bringing in cookies for coworkers!
I'm wearing tons of pink and red!
I am all smiles and happy thoughts!

Don't let the haters and the skeptics get you down.


What are you going to do today to make it great?!?!?

I'm gonna spend time with this special man and just be thankful to have him in my life
< 3 You baby!
Don't worry though, I have some love for you ladies! 
No matter WHAT you do today 
remember this: