Thursday, November 6, 2014

High * Ate * Is

So much truth in my Title.
Lots of [High]'s, with raising a beautiful boy... lots of Low's that caused me to eat [Ate], with the divorce from my husband... and Is, which I suppose I can look at as being as simple as it states - It [Is] what it [Is]. A lot has happened since my last post in March of 2012 and I'm excited to share it in my completely public diary. #noshame

I say all that to say - I'VE BEEN GONE SOOOO LONG! The blogging world has changed, my world-world has changed... I miss writing. I miss doing projects and bonding with other bloggers. It's back on like Donkey-Kong with getting back to doing ME.

First order of business - get this dude off my page. Or maybe I should keep him up here so all of you ladies out there can swipe left or jump ship if he has been poking you all over Facebook.

I'm excited to be back to trolling and writing.

To Be Continued...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Redneck Wine Glasses

Nothing says Class like a big-gulp ("big gulps, eh?) of wine. Am I right or am I right? Well, carry that action over and add a 'Redneck Wine Glass.' Are you still feelin' classy? I know I am! But I live in Alabama so I suppose I don't count...

We've all seen these featured on pinterest at one time or another, but I bet you didn't know just how easy they are to make.

My girlfriend is getting married next month and we threw her a Wine & Cheese themed lingerie shower. It was so much fun and we felt like "grown-ups" as we got schmammered off wine. Ok I say "we" but we all know Big Momma was 'pumping' for lil man so I was just sippin'. But I digress...

We all had our "duties" and mine was to bring wine and buy the Party Favors. I really had a hard time deciding what to do as favors, but I knew I didn't want to waste money on something people wouldn't use or they would just throw away. Personally, I know I have received enough Bath & Body Works to keep my city smellin' fresh through the apocalypse. I'm not knockin' the travel size gifts, I just have enough is all.

I decide to try my hand at making these so-called Redneck Wine Glasses. It's cute. It sticks with the theme. And what's the hurt in having an additional beaker that you can drink your alcohol out of? I don't see the harm.

Another motivational factor for me making these Glasses was that I already had a bunch of Mason Jars laying around the house, busy not being used. Hobby Lobby has them, as well as your local super market.

After a trip to the Dollar Store for some candle holders, I was ready. Unfortunately, they only had 6 for sale... so 6 favors is all I made. :-/

The big necessity in this whole project is the glue. I've heard different people use different types, but I ultimately went with 527. You will read that it works well with glass but I wouldn't press your luck and wash these glasses in the dishwasher.

After gluing the candle holders to the bottom of the glasses, I worked on spraying the tops with chalkboard paint for an added bonus within this project. I wanted to be able to write on the tops of the glasses, using chalk markers. I tested a couple and it worked awesome! Wipes right off!

I had made custom 'labels' for these glasses with the Bride & Groom's initials, as well as a simple Thank You to all the guests for coming. The paper came from Hobby Lobby, the creation in Photoshop and the awesomeness by yours truly. ;)

Lastly, I used my old faithful 1 7/8 paper cutter (Hobby Lobby) to get this look, and then used my hole punch and looped some Jute threw to create a more rustic look.

And there ya have it - Redneck Wine Glasses

Monday, March 26, 2012

Long Time, No C....section

Aaaaaaaaaaaand I'm back. I hope no one held their breath! After being put on bed rest for a month, having a baby and then raising said Baby for 9 weeks, I have returned. Please, hold the applause.

Disclaimer: No, I did not have a C-Section... but I suppose that is what I said right? "No C...section?" Anywho, I just wanted to make this clear - and now I am sure everyone is getting a visual of... ugh, moving on. 

If you're a Mommy out there, I know you can relate to the INDESCRIBABLE feeling of being a mother. I won't try and elaborate on this feeling because 1. I just said it was Indescribable and 2. I remember people telling me all their feelings after having a baby, and even though I could see their sincerity and I KNEW things changed after, I couldn't fully grasp it. You truly don't know the feeling until you experience it for yourself. I absolutely love it.

Max is 9 weeks (last Friday) and he is changing daily! He is moving out of his newborn clothes and into 0-3 Months. I'm having a hard time packing away the newborn outfits, I'm not gonna lie.

Thus far I have done a terrible job at documenting his life and I am going to change!

*Place hand on imaginary Bible*

I vow to post a picture of momentous occasions, so that my Mommy-Brain (it's a real thing, ok?!) doesn't forget these special moments and I can go back and see how far he has come.

After all this talk about "him," please meet the cutest, most smartest, most handsome-est boy in all the land -

Maxwell Drake

Don't you just want to squeeze him?! Well, too bad - he's mine. ;)

Hopefully I can get back into the blogging world soon. Today has been spent trying to catch up with all those that I follow...and BOY have I missed a lot!

Catch ya on the flip side!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What I Want, Wednesday

Just to kick things off in the right direction, let me begin by telling you that I searched for a solid swollen face / swollen feet picture to kick off this post... with no avail. So let's use our imagination and say "I want a skinny face...and feet!" Wednesday.

In my 35th week of pregnancy, I have begun to blow UP! I no longer fit in shoes and my face/eyes look tired allll the time <--- doesn't this come AFTER you birth a screaming baby? 

Since I've begun to swell, you can imagine my lack of self confidence... which generally means that you need to go out and BUY it, correct? Either way, that is what I've been doing - drooling over pretty things online that might make me just that, pretty. Here are a few items I really want in my closet. 

Mia Nanette Boots - $59.99

I am dying for these shoes but in no way, shape or form could I squeeze my elephantiasis into them. Sad sad day. Found these online at DSW for over $100 - on sale at Dillards for the above price. 

Steven by Steve Madden Pembrook Booties - $99.99

Love these booties worn with shorts! And they're on sale also! Ugh. 

Maternal America Empire Turtleneck Top - $32.20

I am in need of WARM tops that cover the necessary "front" and "back" parts of me while wearing the only things I can get into these days - leggings. This sweater looks like it would do just that. And yes - On Sale as well!

Japanese Weekend Maternity Asymmetrical Top - $20.30

This girl just looks happy to be looking so hawt in her cute little top while being preggers. I am left curious where she is getting her enthusiasm, but I would assume it was this top she is rockin' that put her in such good spirits. I should probably check it out. I need a cute NYE top. And what's that? You are correct - On Sale.

Steve Madden Fringe Tote - $88.00

My girlfriend came in town to visit and had this exact tote, I believe. I LOVE it and am dying for some type of cross body fringe tote. Super cute. 

3/4 Sleeve Dolman Sleeve Sweater - $19.99

Long Sleeve Cascade Cardigan - $29.99

I have this cardigan in the purple color and LOVE it. So comfortable and covers the boo-tay in leggings. I'm sure this can be worn after pregnancy too so this must be purchased in every color. ;)

And this just looked cute. :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Party Party Party Let's All Get...

...If only I could finish that sentence. Soon enough my little liver... soon enough.

Tonight the hubster and I are having people over for a little Christmas Party / Birthday Party (for both Jesus and myself). *side note: try sharing the spotlight with Hey-Zeus... he's pretty popular*

Jamie and I have been trying to get everything ready, not only for da baybee but for this party. It's been fun seeing the house come together, slowly but surely. We can see it starting to form into a "home" and this excites me for the future. Obvi I would kill for it to be COMPLETE but what can ya do...

Yesterday afternoon, Jamie came and got an old bookshelf that I had brought into my office a couple years back and put it in Max's room to house his books and future toys. When I got home from work, Jamie excitably said "COME SEE!" I walked in to find that Bailey, our cat, had jumped in our bookshelf and left us a little present. She had thrown up somewhere in between Jamie putting it up and me getting home... Jamie had no idea. I giggled as I watched Jamie clean it up, in which case I told him this was good practice of what was to come....then had him help me get my shoes and pants off. Ya know, for "practice."

Ok, back to tonight - Some of my girlfriends are bringing small dishes for all of us to snack on and I plan on making some items as well.

First, I made good ole fashion Peanut Butter Balls. Mmmm....

I have found that I probably should have made a second batch, as we keep eating them ourselves.

This afternoon, I plan to whip up some Red Velvet Cupcakes and turn them into a version of this North Pole masterpiece...

And what's a party without Sausage Balls? I found this recipe for Cream Cheese Sausage Balls on Pinterest and am anxious to try it out!

And lastly, we will make these Ham & Cheese Sliders as well. My hubbie's mother makes these often and they are fairly simple and delicious! They also keep very well as you can freeze them and throw them in the oven to reheat.

I am SO excited to have everyone over and am looking forward to the fellowship. If my face (and body) weren't so swollen, I'd be super stoked to share pictures... but we will just play that one by ear.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Partying!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Nursery Update: Take 2

This week marks my Birthday/Christmas party, my office party AND Christmas! Phew, I need to take the week off to prepare! 

I told the hubster that we should use this time to kick our butts in to gear and get things done around the house - with a goal of having things DONE before the party (at our house) on Thursday. I suppose I should use the word "done" sparingly, but at least we could knock out the Nursery, right? 

Saturday a friend of ours came over to help hang the chandelier. HURRAY! This was something I was a bit worried about and was glad to have a handy man help my husband... I did not feel like raising this child alone. 

Let there be light! 

A crafty and creative girlfriend of mine came over last week to assess the Nursery and help me determine the best layout. We toyed around with a couple different layouts and she really liked moving the door behind the crib to hold his letters. When we moved it, I wasn't "feeling" it and thought it might be because of the ribbon color, so I ran to Michaels last night and bought some new ribbon and it helped convince me of the move. :) 

The handy-hubbie hung the peg board over the dresser/changing table and hung the family picture on the opposing wall, while I re-painted the metallic lamp...

The ladder is serving as our glider "stand-in." Isn't it lovely? 

And the (almost) finished product... 

I believe it is becoming more and more real lately, as I found myself crying my eyes out to Harry Potter last night...Harry Potter? I haven't really been emotional this whole ride and expect to begin freaking out very very soon. 


LOOK at what my "crafty" friend from above just brought me!! 

How cool is that?! I found some funny sayings a while back and she took one and turned it into this masterpiece. Stay tuned for her etsy link in the near future. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nursery Update

It's hard to keep my family abroad up to date on all we are doing with our new home, our nursery and my ever growing belly. I figured this would be a nice way for them to stay included and something fun for me to look back on after Baby Max arrives. 

Step 1: Received a gift from the most wonderful Mother In Law in all the land.
Pottery Barn Crib - assembled by the two feet you see in this picture. Thanks Dear!
*distraction provided by fur baby under the crib*

Step 2: Hit up your local flea market for inspirational items. 

I couldn't go a day without someone asking what my "theme" was for the nursery... what colors were we going to use... where will we get our bedding? 

I honestly had NO vision of what I wanted in a nursery. All I knew was that I didn't want "baby blue" and LOVED everything from Restoration Hardware - minus the cost - and anything Vintage-ey.

One Saturday morning, the hubster and I set out to Trinity, AL to visit Gillespie's Flea Market which is about 30 mins away from us. Not too shabby! Here we found the COOLEST stuff! 

My purchases are below -
  • An old door in the coolest shade of blue with the glass replaced by Tin - which I think looks somewhat leopard print, which I just think is just doubley cool. 
  •  Two vintage windows
  • *not pictured* An old Coca Cola box thingy dated 1972, which is now used in our kitchen. 
We walked away spending less than $100 and gaining a new found love for Flea Markets. 

Step 3: A Dresser! 
My mom really wanted to get Baby Max something for his nursery, and since my sweet mother-in-law already bought us a crib, she opted to drop a nice hunk of change on a dresser! 

We decided to get a dresser for both storage and changing table purposes. 

I LOVE the french handles and distressed edges. 

Step 4: Organize furniture

Let's just say, this step is still pending, but we're playing around with this idea...

Now that we have all the "big ticket" items, the "nesting" / Pinterest-ing kicks in. 

First, I found a picture of a peg board used in a little boys room, which I thought was precious. I mean, what "man" doesn't need a peg board in his room, right? And look at the storage baskets! Practical!

After a trip to Home Depot and a full can of brown spray paint, I have myself a peg board. 

I then realized Max needed his name in his room... because infants know how to spell. 

After a trip to Hobby Lobby, some Krylon Antique Bronze and Gold Leaf spray paint, some ribbon and hot glue - Max can now rest assured that he is, in fact, in his very own room. 

While the letters above were drying, I tried my hand at another Pinterest Inspired project - Repurposing a Cheap Lamp. 

I had a cheap Dollar Tree Lamp that I had no place for in our new home. The base was black and the shade was burgundy. 

I spray painted the base white, ripped off the shade, sprayed the frame Antique Bronze (bc I had some left over) and then painted the base with Metallic Silver Acrylic Paint. 

Here it is, all thrown into one - 

Sorry for the poor quality of the iphone shots. Hopefully we will get something a bit better to document Baby Max's life.

We plan to hang the peg board and store diapers and wipes in storage baskets. 

A chair will go beside the door with a reading lamp and small side table. Hoping to get this chair for a discounted price! 

We will also install this chandelier. I LOVE chandeliers in nursery's. This one jumped out at me at Home Depot and I had to have it. Not too girly, but still on the "nursery" side with the beading. I'm dying for the 6-light version of this for our bedroom. 

Now, what to do with this side? 

I have other ideas for the opposing wall by the door, but this post has gone on long enough. I'll post more ideas as well as our bedding in another post to come.