Tuesday, February 26, 2013

LOOK at ME NOW...

This weekend I went out shopping as much as I dislike shopping, I'm in need of a new pair of jeans so I really had no choice. I came across a few but if there's something I learned from watching, "What Not to Wear" is that if you got junk in your trunk don't wear shorts/jeans or anything with small pockets as it will make your tush look bigger. So jean shopping for me was a total FAIL!  The Huns jumped to the rescue and picked out some bright coral salmon peachy "LOOK at ME NOW" looking capri shorts and said Babe I think you I would look great in these. (Umm...those who know me, know that I like to be invisible, the only things I own that are bright and poppy and that stand out are shoes, bags and accessories.) I tried to argue myself out of getting them but the Huns told me to trust him, and I took them without even trying them on...besides if they didn't fit I wouldn't miss them at all, said the little devil on my right shoulder. 
 
Now that I have the bottoms, I need a shirt that would go with them. We walked next door to Old Navy and as I looked around there was nothing I loved (the Huns once told me not to buy something unless I totally love it, best advice ever!)  that would go with the capris. The Huns picked out this black and beige polka dot blouse, my eyeballs popped out as I stared  at that thing and nicely said; "Ummm babe, I don't really do polka dots". Bright shorts and polka dots...are you serious?! You might as well send me to the Circus. Why can't I just find regular blue jeans and dark top that won't make me stand out in the crowd, I thought to myself. Luckily for me, the blouse didn't fit, and I suggested we go to Target and just pick up a regular top that I know will fit. Of course when I get there, they don't have my size so I took the next size down and turns out shirt fit pretty nice. Yay for fitting into a size smaller top!All along in my mind I pictured myself wearing a black top, black sandals, with gold accessories, minus the salmon looking shorts of course. At the end of the night, it turned out that once I put it all together, I totally loved the bright LOOK at ME NOW capris and am looking forward to owning a different color!
 
Who knew I had my very own fashion consultant.
Best of all, the complete outfit with shoes and accessories totaled to less than $100.
 
How else would you have worn these capris?
 
 

Shorts: from Ross
Top & Black and Gold Sandals: Mossimo from Target
Accessories: Target
 
 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Our First Date...

One year ago yesterday, we went on our very first date with the man who till this day still gives me butterflies and today I'll share a little about that day.

We had already been talking for weeks and the conversations were great and never ending. Felt like we've know each other forever. Not a day went by that he didn't make me laugh my butt off and he'd always tell me, "I'm going to have to start charging you for making you laugh." That was one of the many things I loved instantly about him, that he could crack me up. At one point my Mom asked me if he was a comedian. LOL

After the million phone calls and texts exchanged in those weeks, I knew that at some point we were going to have to meet, just that when he brought it up I always changed the conversation. Finally he picked a day and I chose the place. Friday, February 24th, 2012 8ish pm at Starbucks. Figured if he didn't like me, he'd only have wasted the 5 bucks.

 Getting ready was a disaster because I was housesitting for the boss that week and only had the option to wear what was in my bag so I really had to get creative and driving an hour and half to go home and then come back north was not an option. I ended up putting together blue jeans and a beige top with a black cardigan and copper sandals. (He wore blue jeans a grey shirt and black sneakers.) Yep..I still remember. While getting ready I was calm, felt confident, was not nervous, I felt as if I was ready to conquer the world. The drive there wasn't too bad either until....I drove into the shopping center. Now I was a nervous wreck! It had just then hit me that I was going to meet Ron. I made it about 15 mins earlier than we had scheduled which was great so it gave me time to touch up my hair, makeup and attempt to relax. So I sat in the car and took deep breathes and tried to calm myself down but it just wasn't working. As time quickly passed by he texted me to tell me he finally arrived and wanted to check on my status. I totally ignored his text, and he later  called. I told him that I had just pulled up to the shopping center and that I needed a few minutes to calm my nerves. His response, "If you don't come to me, I'll go get you". Say what?! So I got out of the car and walked towards him, and I froze for a bit, must have turned a million shades of red we walked into Starbucks he ordered my coffee we sat and HE spoke I just smiled and blushed. After a few minutes I was feeling a bit more relaxed and we took a walk and talked some more until about 2 am and then went home.  I'd say Our first date went pretty well, oh and i got the sweetest good night kiss. As per him, "I was HIS the moment he stole that kiss". :)

Lastnight we relived our first date minus the nervousness and getting home passed 2am. There were many smiles, laughter, lots of blushing and still a million butterflies. He concluded saying, "Only tonight, You're my wife and I get to take you home with me."

 
 
 
What was your first date like?

Friday, February 22, 2013

My Momma

My Mom is the STRONGEST woman I know.
She has beat cancer twice and is now recovering from a Hysterectomy
with a smile on her face.
 
When she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, we weren't sure what to expect.
Watching my Mom go through 33 radiation treatments and a handful of chemo treatments it broke my heart to see how daily she become weaker and weaker, but somehow she always managed to get up and out of bed and kept moving.
 
I really don't know where she gets her strength from, she says my nieces are the ones that give her the strength to get up every morning. 
 
Love You Mom!
 
I google anything and everything especially things to do with health.
 I swear the internet will one day either save me or kill me. .
So while preparing myself mentally and emotionally for my Mom's surgery 
I came across Women's Health site and Did you know? ...
 
A physician may recommend a hysterectomy for a variety of reasons, however, in most cases it's optional and you'll need to make an informed decision based on your medical history. Cases of uterine or cervical cancer will probably leave you with no option, as will cases where a uterine growth has caused a blockage of your bladder or intestines.
 
Fibroid tumors sometimes necessitate a hysterectomy, although often they're treatable with drugs or they may never cause you any problem. Pelvic adhesions, often caused by pelvic inflammatory disease sometimes are painful enough to require surgery. Severe uterine bleeding brought on by childbirth or severe infection may also leave you with no choice. Treatment of endometriosis can involve removal of your uterus, but each case must be weighed individually. You and your gynecologist should work together to determine the best treatment option for you.Other reasons for your doctor recommending hysterectomy may include; chronic pelvic pain, uterine prolapse, ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy and pre cancerous cells. Alternative treatments are available for these conditions and your physician should try them first, if your health allows. Types of hysterectomyA total hysterectomy is one which involves removal of the cervix, uterus, and the fallopian tubes; the ovaries remain intact in this type of hysterectomy, although many women show signs of menopause soon after a total hysterectomy. You should discuss this possibility with your doctor prior to having your hysterectomy.

Hysterectomy with bilateral oophorectomy involves the removal of both ovaries; surgical menopause begins immediately after this surgery and you'll need to begin hormone replacement therapy while still hospitalized, to lessen some of the menopausal symptoms which are sure to follow this procedure. A hysterectomy, of this type, may be required because of ectopic pregnancy, endometriosis, tumors or cysts on the ovaries, or PID. A radical hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus, cervix, the top part of the vagina, and most of the tissue surrounding the cervix in the pelvic cavity; pelvic lymph nodes are also removed in cases of cervical or endometrial cancer and is rarely necessary.Women at low risk for developing cervical cancer may have their cervix left intact and opt for supracervical hysterectomy, with just the body of the uterus removed. Methods of hysterectomyAbdominal hysterectomy was once the only type of hysterectomy available. Today several options for hysterectomy are available for your consideration. Your gynecologist is the one best able to determine the procedure necessary for you. In an abdominal hysterectomy, a six to eight inch incision is made in the lower abdomen. The incision is much like one you might receive during a Cesarean birth, being either horizontal, as in the 'bikini' cut, first popularized by Jacqueline Kennedy, or vertical, running from your navel to just above the pubic bone. Hospitalization will last for at least three to five days following such surgery and recovery takes at least four to six weeks. Your physician will advise you when it is safe for you to resume sexual relations, most likely at least four weeks post- surgery.
 
Other methods of hysterectomy include vaginal, with the uterus removed through the vagina, vaginal hysterectomy can sometimes led to discomfort during sexual intercourse due to shortening or tightening of the vagina;laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy uses a laparoscope to remove pelvic adhesions which previously made vaginal hysterectomy impossible. In cases of severe pelvic adhesions the probability of abdominal hysterectomy remains. The recovery time for vaginal or laparscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy is considerably shorter than for abdominal hysterectomy.
Certain risks after any surgery are unavoidable; your risk of infection decreases with your physician's routine ordering of a round of antibiotics immediately following any type of surgery. Many women will experience urinary tract infections and the cutting of sensory nerves which can cause urinary incontinence. About 10% of women will require a blood transfusion due to pre- existing anemia. Many women fear depression or other ]emotional changes following hysterectomy, but research shows no increase in depression occurs after hysterectomy. Some women are afraid they will lose their desire for sex, this too is untrue and your sex life should remain as pleasurable, if not more pleasurable once you are free of the cause of your hysterectomy. Removal of your ovaries may cause a decrease in sexual desire which can improve with the use of estrogen. If your ovaries remain intact you won't experience surgical menopause, although your doctor may prescribe hormonal treatment.If vaginal dryness is a problem, your gynecologist may prescribe an estrogen cream or you should purchase one of the OTC products available such as K- Y jelly. The use of petroleum jelly is not recommended, as it can increase your risk of vaginal infection and may cause damage to condoms and diaphragms. Pap smears after hysterectomyIt's still necessary to have regular pelvic examinations after hysterectomy; if you still have your cervix, you'll still need to have a pap smear. Your risk of vaginal cancer increases following hysterectomy and your gynecologist will need to look for any changes in your pelvic region. Regular yearly check ups should be sufficient to catch any cancer before it develops to a life- threatening stage.

Alternatives to hysterectomyYou and your health care provider should discuss possible alternative therapies which you might wish to try before choosing hysterectomy. Depending on your medical condition, drug treatments, D & C, or pelvic exercises are sometimes helpful. In the case of pre cancerous cells, Cone biopsy, cryosurgery, or laser therapy are some of the options available.
For many women, hysterectomy provides an enhanced sense of well- being and a chance to start a new life, free of the pain and symptoms which caused them to choose hysterectomy. Whatever method or option you choose, it's in your best interest to explore all the treatment options available for your particular condition before choosing hysterectomy.
 
 
 
So my Lady Friends...Please Please make sure you get checked anually!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

It's OK Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays
It's been a while since I've joined Amber for "It's OK Thursdays" but today is just one of those days...
 
 
It's OK...

ºoº That I have the I don't want to work syndrome but know I have a million things to take care of.
 
ºoº  That I rsvp'd to 4 events for this Saturday and I'm just now playing the eeny, meeny, miny, moe game.

ºoº  That I received my W2 almost a month ago and I have not yet set an appointment with the accountant to do my taxes.

ºoº  To want to watch reruns of Army Wives until Season 7 begins.

ºoº  To want to fast forward to Sunday so I can spend the day being lazy in my PJ's cuddle up on the couch with the Huns and have a movie marathon.

ºoº  To stress over all the crap I still have to pack at my Mom's and put in storage...
 
 And to then block it all out because I NEED this weekend to recuperate from my trip.
 
ºoº  That I need and want to find a place I LOVE to move to and don't even know where to begin.
 
ºoº  That I'm just returning from a trip and occasionally research of places I'd like to visit next.
 
ºoº  That it's noon and I have yet to reply to an email.
 
With that said, guess I better get my tush to work.
 
Hoping your Thursday flies by!
 
 

 



Monday, February 18, 2013

33 by 33

Last year I attempted to complete a list of 32 things by my 32nd birthday and I totally failed! Perhaps it was because I started working on my list a little too late, or it could've been just pure laziness.

Since my life has now become a little less hectic, I'm almost positive that I'll be able to accomplish everything on my list. *Keeping my fingers crossed*

Here it goes...


1-  Add 33 New Posts
2-  Try 33 NEW things
3-  Find a place that I love & Move
4-  Be Debt Free or atleast really close to it
5-  Lose 33 lbs
6-  Watch 33 new movies
7-  Bake a carrot cake
8-  Get a bike
9-  Visit 7 new places
10- Complete at least 3 scrapbooks.
11- Take the girls to the Zoo, Parrot Jungle, Seaquarium, Monkey Jungle
12- Have lunch with an old friend and catch up
13- Take the Huns somewhere he's never been
14- Have a weekend movie/tv show marathon with the Huns
15- Cook a new recipe from a cook book
16- Have a Sister Day
17- Clean out and organize our storage...scary
18- Finish moving my stuff from Mom's house
19- Have a Garage Sale
20- Host a Summer Party for the Girls
21- Start planning our wedding
22- Save $$$$$$
23- Eat at the Food Trucks
24- Pick Strawberries
25- Read 3 books
26- Go to the beach
27- Host a Blog Gift Swap
28- Have a Girl's Night
29- Visit Mickey
30- Finish the Office Project
31- Go to the Keys
32- $330 Spoil Me Spending Shopping Spree
33- Treat myself to a Spa Day





Now that I've finished my list, time to get started...Only 133 days left. Yikes! 


I will be adding this list as an additional page, Labeled 33 by 33 so we can track my progress. Hope you'll stop by and check it out often and see what I've checked off my list. :)


Results of my 33 by 33 will be posted on July 2nd, 2013.


Friday, February 15, 2013

MONSTER JAM 2013

Two weekends ago, I took my Hunny to his first Monster Jam experience. I was bit hesitant when I asked him to take me because I wasn't sure if it was something he'd like although he's always a great sport and will tag along no matter where I take him.
Only that this was something I really wanted him to like.
 
I remember my first Monster Jam experience a few years ago, at first I was a bit freaked out as I didn't know what to expect, what the crowd was going to be like, the loud noises...but I didn't care, something about monster trucks caught my attention and at the end of the night, I wanted my very own pink monster truck just like Madusa! #TEAMMADUSA

Here are some pictures from this year's Monster Jam! 


At the Monster Jam Events the monster trucks face off in two different forms of competition - Freestyle and Racing. In the freestyle competition, the drivers are given 90 seconds plus an additional 30 second bonus to show off their skills as they drive the huge trucks over cars, doing stunts and tricks.  In the racing competitions, its a bit more traditional the first truck to cross the finish line moves to the next round until it wins or it's eliminated. Pretty cool stuff!
 












 
 
My Honey & I had a blast...Can't wait till next year! #MJ2014

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

He Still Gives Me Butterflies...

Since today is a day filled with love, I will brag about the man who still gives me butterflies.
 
This is my Honey, isn't he the cutest?!

How we met:
First off, I will thank Dr. Warren for helping us cross our paths and secondly, Starbucks for helping make our first date memorable and for my Non-Fat White Chocolate Mocha with No Whip. Yum :)

Our First Kiss:
I have a NO-Kissing on the First Date Rule...Ron says he loves to break the rules and was determined to be put on time-out.
After hours of talking, laughing, blushing, and a million butterflies, I got the sweetest goodnight kiss at the end of the night or was it morning.
 
His kisses are the sweetest
 
When he asked me to be his:
February 29th, 2012... After one of our long phone calls, I asked, now what?
He answered, after our first kiss I just assumed you were mine.
I replied, well I'm old-fashioned, I don't just assume.
He asked and I said Yup! :)
 
Our First Picture:
March 2012 @ Lime Mexican Grill
On this day we had lunch with my bestfriend Emily, and the two of them just rambled off as if they've known each other a lifetime.
 
Our Favorite things to do:
Go to the Movies
The Amazing Spider Man (July 2012) 

&
Visit my favorite place in the world, Disney!

 Our First Disney Trip May 2012
May 27th, 2012, he got bit by the Mickey Bug :)
 
Ending One Year and Beginning A New One
December 31st, 2012
 
&
 
He NOW Loves to Travel:
NYC Trip December 2012
FINALLY got bit by the travel bug. :)
 
and last but not least...

February 1st, 2013
On this day, We became ONE!
 
 
 
With that being said...
I'm off to celebrate the love we have for one another in the Mountains of Dahlonega!!!

So, My Love Bugs, while I enjoy mountain views,  cozying up in front of the fireplace, and even maybe some snow, I'm Wishing Your Day is as Magical as You've Hoped for.
  
Hugs!
 



 
 
 

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents the Dragons

 
A few weekends ago the Huns and I took my nieces to see the Circus. I haven't been to the Circus since I was a kid, maybe like 6 or 7, and I truly don't remember anything about it. So I was really excited to go! My nieces are 6 and 4, I'm sure they won't remember it either, but atleast it gives me an excuse to take them again next year. :)
 
Here are some pictures from the Circus.
The girls enjoying their elephant snow cones and waiting for the show to begin.  
It's Show Time!!!

 It's AMAZING how one man has the POWER to control these Tigers and Lions.






So sad I didn't take more pictures...I usually spend more time taking pictures than watching it, this time I around I wanted to be a little selfish and enjoy the show.
They had stunt men/women on horses, flying trapeze, and my favorite other than the guy with the lions and tigers was the 8 motorcycles that got into this cage.

The girls had an alot of fun and were beyond spoiled by Uncle Ron.
If they're Happy then I'm Happy!


Friday, February 8, 2013

WE ARE A TEAM


There are many things in life that we think we can accomplish without the help of another. Many will think, I came to this world alone… I don’t need the help of another. In reality, yes the majority of us are born alone but your Mom helped you get here and doctors and nurses helped her get you here too. I was one who thought this way! I'm doing fine alone, I can handle it all, I don't need anyone.  As you start getting older, you realize that you need someone to get by, whether it be your parents, teachers, friends, bosses, colleagues, boyfriends/girlfriends, husbands/wives, etc.
Just as many of us, I too have gone through a few hard times in my life where I didn’t think I’d ever see the light at the end of the tunnel. Today, I have taken those hard times as obstacles in my life that have helped me become stronger.

Recently, I have run into a tiny bump thankfully; and am so grateful to have had my Babes’ by my side. A project we have been working on didn’t go as we hoped, but we know that there’s something BETTER, that will meet all of our needs and more. I was truly bummed as I was counting down the days, but everything happens for a reason. Of course, I was supportive and kept my cool and told him that everything will be alright and that’s there’s something better for us out there; even if I cried myself to sleep everynight. But after all those tears, I was more concerned on how he was handling the situation than anything else. His response made my heart melt, and my eyes get teary. “Baby, I know how much you’ve looked forward to it, and it breaks my heart to think of you becoming sad or hurt because things didn’t go as planned.” I love that he was more concerned on how I was feeling than the actual cause. I LOVE HIM FOR THAT!
 I remember way back when my Honey and I started dating... He had hit a few bumps along the way and I reassured him that no matter what I was always going to be by his side... that WE are now a TEAM. No matter how bad things get, we support one another and help bring the other one up in order to accomplish all of our dreams and goals. In any relationship whether it be personal or business there is always a team.

When preparing for our pre-marital course, I came across this article by Catherine Morris called Your Relationship as a Team…and I loved how she explained the importance of working together as a team in any relationship.
Here is her article:

You probably don’t consider your relationship as being a team. When you think of the word “team” what comes to mind are likely sports teams. However, when you and your partner come together in your relationship a team is exactly what you are. For this reason, it is important to understand the dynamics of a relationship team in order to strengthen your bond with one another.
A couple working together as a team is a lot like two people beginning a business. At the start of a business the two people are excited about what they are building and have a vision for the future. They’re each aware of their talents, values and desires as well as the talents etc. of their partner. Plans are made with an expectation of responsibility and follow through. Each partner is aware that there will be difficulties and obstacles and that adjustments will need to be made along the way. A business cannot be successful if there is not a built in requirement for ongoing communication.
While it may be a bit of a stretch to compare a relationship with a business venture it is true that when couples consider their relationship in terms similar to those used in business there is a stronger foundation. Ultimately this leads to smoother sailing when difficulties arise.
Fostering teamwork creates a relationship that values collaboration. Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. In a teamwork environment, couples understand and believe that thinking, planning, making decisions and taking actions are better when done cooperatively. A couple operating as a team will direct individual accomplishments toward the objectives that nurture and allow the relationship to flourish.

Characteristics Of A Successful And Healthy Relationship Team:

·         Trust is a solid foundation of the relationship

·         Productive conflict is acknowledged as a natural part of the relationship

·         A Commitment is made to the relationship

·         Each partner’s values are aligned with the goals of the relationship

·         Visions, goals and outcomes are clearly defined

·         Each partner is accountable for their actions in the relationship

·         Mistakes are readily admitted

·         Mutual respect is shown

·         Each partner is given the benefit of the doubt

·         Help or assistance is asked for and graciously given

·         Each partner asks for what they need and want

·         Partners rely on each other’s strengths

·         Apologies are offered and accepted when necessary

·         Interactions are lively, engaging, and loving

·         Potential problems are identified quickly and a resolution that is acceptable to both partners is sought

·         Effective communication skills are used to negotiate agreements and make decisions

·         A safe environment is created in which each partner feels willing to be vulnerable

·         Partners are open to resolving conflict

·         Each partner listens to what the other is saying

·         Effective and clarifying questions are asked when something is not understood

·         Each partner has integrity ‑ being true to their word and doing what they say they are going to do

Working together as a team will help you and your partner to begin to build the kind of relationship that is important to each of you. Good teamwork allows you to dismantle the distance that may have grown between the two of you and find your way back to each other. Problems that seem insurmountable appear smaller when you are working in tandem with someone to solve them. Using effective communication and negotiation skills will allow you to come together to create a team that helps you attain the extraordinary results that your relationship deserves.

So here's to You and Your Significant other, May your Love and Friendship grow strong enough as an 11 man team!
 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII


What a game!!!! Had me and the edge of my seat and the Cowboys were'nt even playing.
 
 
Many of you may know that I'm a Football Junkie! I love anything and everything football, now if the Cowboys would get their stuff together we'd be in Great shape. We GOT this year! Right Boys?!
 
Anywho, this year my Huns friends invited us over for a bbq and to watch the big game.
Jesus and his girlfriend had no luck finding SuperBowl or 49ers shirts and decided to get creative and make their own. Here are a few pictures of the guys making their shirts.
 
I think they did pretty good considering it was their first time. I think we've began a new tradition. :)
 
 
Here's a picture of the 4 of us.  

Me and the Huns!
I don't particularly have any love for the Ravens, but I figured I'd support them since just about half of the world was rooting for the Niners. #GoRavens
 
 
Loved that they included the Sandy Hook students to sing along with Jennifer Hudson to sing America the Beautiful. So emotional! Did I mention, how great she looked?!
Jennifer Hudson and Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir Super Bowl 2013
 
 
Beyonce Killed it...and the Lights too! :) 
She totally ROCKED it!
Best HalfTime Show Performance Ever!
 
My favorite Commercial???....
  
Great Game Baltimore!
Ravens 34- Niners 31
 
Till next year!
 
What are some of your SuperBowl traditions?