Monday, February 27, 2012

Giveaway Winner Annouced!

Hello Readers! My apologies for being away, the honest truth was I wasn't in the blogging mood and didn't want to force it.
But, I am really sorry because I meant to announce a winner a week ago when the giveaway ended. I set out on Friday to announce the winner, but this person had a lot of entries and I wanted to verify every one so the announcement is today!

and, the winner is
::drummroll please::

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Spring Sweets Swap

Hello Blogworld! I've been a little absent lately. But, I just had to come back today because after my last post which happened to be about a swap I really wanted to participate in another one.
Nurse SC and I decided to host our very own Spring Sweets Swap!
Come make February and March extra sweet and special.
Spring Sweets Swap

Did you miss out on the last swap or really just want to do another one? They are a great way to meet fellow bloggers!
All you have to do is link up below
then Nurse SC and I will pair everyone up
then visit your bloggy partner and make a new friend!
Have fun shopping ($10 limit) & mail your goodies out
then come back here or Nurse SCs page to link up!!

Important Dates:
Sign Ups February 17-March 2
Partners Revealed Monday March 5th
Mail Pacakge by March 12th
Swap Reveal March 20th The First Day of Spring

Monday, February 13, 2012

My Swap Goodies

Today I'm talking about a blog swap! If you are not sure what that is, you can click the button above to find out more. If you're visiting from the swap, welcome!
I was spoiled by the beautiful Melody from Sweet Like a Song.

Seriously, spoiled. I love this girl. You should check out her blog, she's a loyal soroity girl living it up in college. It was great getting to meet her and read her blog. She sent me some of the cutest things, but let's move onto the pictures!

I received this cute package on my door!

I opened to find the card, 

All my special Valentine's goodies

I used my new hearts glass today and baked some cupcakes for a playgroup!
Thank you Melody!

If you love a good swap or didn't get to participate in this one, come back Friday for a surprise annoucement!

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Nail Files

Today, I am linking up with Tara and Vicki for their weekly nail files!
The Nail Files

Thank you to a salon and a blogger meet-up for my nails actually getting painted.

Color Me in Cupcake

And, by the end of the day this manicure was scratched and ruined. sigh. I'm a total nail polish newb. 
I'm thinking I might try gel polish in the future. What do you suggest? Have you used gel?

And, awesome news...
come back next Friday for a really fun announcement!! 
I'm a announcing the winner of my giveaway
A super awesome
Spring Sweets Swap with StressCase

Thursday, February 9, 2012

It's okay Thursdsay

Its Ok Thursdays

Another week, another week of saying "it's okay!"

It's okay that...

I listen to the toddler station of pandora all day

to be incedibly excited for a date night tomorrow!

to be proud that we are going on a date night every other week

to love planning surprise dates, not this week though

to be super excited about having my first ever giveaway!!

to love entering other giveaways, like this Erin Condren $50 one or this one

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Love Story Questionnaire

This questionnaire is part of Mrs. to Mama's Valentine's Link-Up. For more about our love story you can click the "Our Story" in the navigation bar. The story is in progress, but stick around for a sneak peak as I answer some questions.

       How long have you and your significant other been together?
We’re coming up on eight years of dating. Our anniversary is in March.
     How did you meet? {What's your "love" story?}
Read our blind date story here.  I’m still recapping our entire love story so stay tuned.
 If married, how long have you been married? If not, is this the guy you hope to marry? {do tell}
We are married! We were married on our five year anniversary. In March we will also celebrate our 3 year wedding anniversary.
  If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding?
It was a small wedding by a lot of people’s standards, but pretty big to me! We were married in his parents backyard. :)
Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!
We have nicknames, but they’re top secret! Hint* They revolve around our real names.
 Name 3 things you love most about your honey.
I love way more than three things, but my top three are:
*The kind of man he is. He is a hard worker, patient, kind, respectful, nice, and an amazing father and loving husband. He is a family man to the core. The kind of man I always wanted to marry.

*The way he makes me be a better a version of myself. I love the effect he has on me.

*How he makes me laugh all. the. time. He’s hilarious, well at least I think so.  Oh, and he is an amazing cook. Love that.
Tell us how he proposed? Or your ideal proposal?
I’ll get to that in our love story series, but here is a teaser pic.
Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?
Over the years, I’ve had it all. He is an everything guy. Since he has gotten to know me better he knows I don't need the champagne (not a fan) or rose petals. But they were nice the years I got them!
 Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?
For Valentine’s Day, I love dinner at a nice restaurant with a sunset over the water.
 Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?
I plan to do everything with him for the rest of our lives. From raising our son and future children together to traveling the world.
  Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine's Day. 
Over the past few years we’ve preferred to stay in for VDay. Remember, when I said my husband is an amazing cook? He really his and his meals rival any super expensive, nice restaurant. 
  Are you asking for anything this Valentine's day?
Nope, I never ask for anything. Just enjoy being together.
 Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love. 
Keep having fun with one another. Don’t be afraid to try new things together. I don’t have the key ingredient its a mixture of so many things.  We just know that whatever life sends us we can get through it together.
Show us a picture of what love means to you.
Hockey Husband drew our intials in the sand during a trip to Hawaii.

Being a family.

A Valentine's Craft

Valentine’s Day Challenge

In honor of the upcoming holiday and because it's totally fun to get crafty Litte C and I broke out the paint! We headed outside {because hello paint and a toddler is messy} and got to work.

 I saw this cute little hand print and foot print craft floating around pinterest and thought it would be fun to re-create.

After I dipped Little C's feet and hands in the paint. I let him go to town with the paint brush and his canvas. The cement took some paint too as well as Little C's feet but for the most part stayed on the paper. It now hangs on our fridge.

I hope to do some more crafts this weekend before St. Vaelntine's Day makes its debut.

I'm linking up my craft as part of the Fabulous Valentine's Blogging Challenge, and some stunning crafter blogs! Looking for a cute craft click on any of the buttons below.

The finished project!

The Girl Creative

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Target Tuesday

I'm linking up with Tara again for some fun Target finds. This week I was looking at skirts I thought they would go great with the shoes I found.

Cute, right?

it's part of the new Jason Wu line. Of which, was sold out when I went to Target on Sunday. They had two blouses left.
There you have it one soild and two prints!

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Blogger Meet-Up

*have you heard? I'm having a giveaway.*
On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the So Cal Blogger Meet-up and I am so glad I did! It was held in the breath-taking La Jolla area of San Diego.

Hosted by TammyStephanie , Kelsey, OliviaKai & Holli. These wonderful woman put together a huge event for 60 bloggers!
The event was held at Roppongi Restaurant. Beautiful.

There were lots of raffle prizes, delicious appetizers, and lots of fabulous bloggers! I was so thrilled to be there and slighty nervous.
 I went with these two beautiful women.
We got to meet one of the hostesses, Kelsey, and get excited about another upcoming meet-up in the future!
There were tons of sponsors who contributed to the event! Thus, we all got goodie bags filled with some amazing frees stuff and discount codes!

And, there were raffle prizes for everyone! I won twice and scored myself a new pair of shoes from Blowfish Malibu.
I just know I'll end up getting more than one pair since there are so many cute designs to choose from!

I also won this beauty from Bohemian Honey Boutique!

I had the absolute most fun time getting to meet fellow bloggers. On more than one occasion I found myself in the middle of conversation going, oh yeah I know that it was on your about me page!

Or, I totally know what you had to eat last night. So, yeah that was awkward and strange for me. I felt like a complete stallker, but at the same time it was so fun to meet the faces behind the blogs I love.

If you're in the Orange County area and want to meet up, just send me a message. I would love to get lunch or something!

Giveaway Time

I’m so excited to announce the very first giveaway ever on my blog!
My blog has reached a milestone of 100 followers!
*Note to enter giveaway- click on title or "links to this post" on the bottom right of this entry*
I want to say a big  
You are the reason I have reached this point. If you're reading this blog, thank you! 

Blogging has become such an amazing and fun part of my life. In fact, this weekend I had the chance to meet lots of bloggers.
My giveaway is for a $20 credit towards Munchkin Land Designs! I recently had my blog made over by Jenn from MLD after winning her twitter contest.
I was so thrilled with my design I wanted to bring that to my readers!
With the blessing of Jenn I bring you this giveaway all from me! I really love you that much.
Jenn has some great pricing and an entire a la carte menu also.

I hope you’re all as excited about this giveaway as I am!! Now, go enter! This giveaway will be open for 10 days ending at midnight of Friday, February 17, 2012.
The winner will be annouced on Friday morning!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Saturday Snapshot

An evening at the park

Little C Happenings: 19 months

I was just thinking about my 18 month old when it occurred to me that he would be 19 months tomorrow.
{this happened last night, obviously}

A lot has happened in Little C's world this past month. His vocabulary is exploding.
I am so sorry, because I realize I haven't even done his first words/vocabulary post yet! eeks.

Just yesterday he said his friend's name, baby, sky, moon, no, and something else I can't recall!
But, as you can see he really is saying a lot of new words.

This month we went to Disneyland, woo!

We went for a hike.

Played with lots of friends.

Worked on some paintings and a Valentine's craft.

We've been going to the park every afternoon lately.

Little C likes to play basketball with the neighbors. I have a video of this!

Happy 9 months Little C!

{My apologies for the lack of awesome C pictures- they were downloading really slow!}

Friday, February 3, 2012

Talking Television

Boob Tube Babble

Once Upon a Time
Who is the stranger? What does he know about the book!? Who will be next to find out their past and will the Evil Queen kill them?

One Tree Hill
The Final Season. Are you watching?
I'm so glad baby Davis was okay!
Oh, no what has happened to Nathan. And, why is he only in seven episodes this season?
Do we really need this new girl, ugh.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

first date continued

This a continuation of our first date story. Catch up here. I started this as part of the Valentine's Challenge on the best date ever.
Today I continue with the beginning of our story and throw in some teaser pics from our wedding. 

Hockey Husband {who back then was just Tall Economics Guy} and I had just met at the library we started talking and he asked me out for some coffee.
This was back in “Friends don’t let Friends drink at Starbucks” days*. 
You see, there was this cute, historic, cultural train station that was turned into a coffee shop and I loved it. They play foreign films, had comfy-mismatching furniture everywhere, musty hardcover books on shelves and the crème de la crème: Chess boards.

We arrived at the quaint coffee depot and I was already smitten with the charm and chivalry this guy was showing. His shyness was cute and his wit was addictive.
I had this weird feeling. I had only met this twenty-year-old Tall Economics Guy an hour ago but everything just flowed and felt right.

We sat down at a corner table with our coffees in hand, well just me turned out TEG doesn't drink coffee*.  We played a round of chess and sat there and talked for hours. Later, he dropped me off at my apartment minutes from campus and we didn't plan to see one another until Monday since TEG was going home for the weekend to work. (about an hour away). 

Until… a few minutes later he called. I had my phone in hand with the same thought in mind. We decided we weren’t ready for the night to be over. He picked me back up at my apartment and we went on a late night dinner.  {See, a double date}
We drove around and at 10 pm on a Thursday after going to two restaurants that were closed we found a Chili’s that was open. 
We sat, we talked, we ordered, we talked some more and I think we both knew it then- we had stumbled on to something special.

*One day I gave into “Corporate America” and for while I nursed a pretty expensive addiction to Starbucks. 
*You see I was president of the chess club in high school. Or so said the April Fool’s edition of our school newspaper one year.  Either way I liked the game.
*That has since changed you know, growing up and everything.

It’s not over yet. There’s a whole story of how we get to our wedding day.
Lots more dates.
A move and even a break up.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

casual v. dressy

Welcome to my blog!
If you're visiting here for the first time learn more about me here.
I just got my new blog design! And, just started my love story.
I'm currently having a giveaway.
Today I'm showing off some outfits inspired by polyvore and pinterest finds.

The upcoming holiday made especially to celebrate love is my other inspiration for these outfits! Happy almost Valentine's Day & Happy February!

This is part of the .:Fabulous Valentine's Day Challenge:. hosted by Casey, Amber, and Neely. Today's question-Love My Outfit: Valentines Day Outfits

My casual date night look:

How fun would be to step out of my comfort zone and try these skinnies?
I might have to try these on a date night? 
What do you think? Do you step out of your comfort zone often?

A little more dressed up. Playing up the romantic feel:

I just love the ruffles and black bow look of this dress. Which outfit would you choose?
Any fun Valentine's Day plans?

I'm linking up my style with these lovely ladies this week:
Real Momma, Real Style, Momma Go Round

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