Monday, September 19, 2011

My Sweet 6-month Old

My sweet angel is six months old. I can’t believe it. Time is flying by. I can’t wait til the clock says 5 everyday, so I can get home and see her sweet smile and give her sweet kisses!! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I know, I know... I’ve been MIA lately! Life is just too busy. I am going to get back to posting!! Just wanted to share some photos from the past month. 
We went to visit my parents over the July 4th Holiday. We had a great time! 
Enjoy the photos. I have a ton more to share, but here are just a few to start with. 
We took some family photos. It was so hot, and Mace wasn't too happy. But we got some good shots. These were taken with my camera. Audrey took the "official" photos, and I can't wait to see how they turned out. 
 My Brother, Christopher posing.
 Poppy loving on his first grandbaby
 I think he is in love. :) 
 Dad, Mom and Mace

 Handsom Men! 

 The ladies
 And it starts... she is NOT happy. 
 Love my little family!
 What is this face!?! lol

 My two loves! 

 She is my sweet angel!

 She is so stinking cute, even when she is crying! 

I'll be sharing more later. Happy Wednesday!  

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Swap Party

Catching up on my blog reading today, I stumbled across As much as I love thrift shopping, I can’t believe I have never come across this before.  The girls over at Swapaholics hosted a Swap Party in Austin, Tx back in march. From my research, I didn’t find any information on any Swaps having been or to be held here in our area. 
The more I read today, I thought “Why couldn’t I host one for all of my friends here in Houston!?!” As much as all of my friends love fashion, I think it would be fun to host a swap party!!  Also, what a great way to save money and get some great new additions to your wardrobe. 
Would anyone be interested? 
If so, I will start working on organizing a swap Party. Not only would it be a great time to socialize but, you’d also get to leave with fabulous new clothes, shoes and accessories, without the cost of a day of shopping. 
Basic Concept: Bring a bag of clothing, shoes and/or accessories, leave with a bag of clothes, shoes and/or accessories. If you only bring 5 items, you still get to fill your bag as full as you can get it.  
Leave me a comment if you’re in the area and would be interested in attending. 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hair-do Friday!

So Lauren Conrad has started a new beauty site.
It has some pretty awesome tutorials on hair styles, and all things beauty. 
I’m loving this hair-do! 
Think I’ll give it a try this weekend! 
Also check out this tutorial for an easy everyday wave! 

I’m looking forward to this weekend, We are having a shrimp boil saturday, and I’m going to try to re-finish my book-shelf (before and after to come). 
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!! 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

My inspiration today!

For a year now, I have driven by this door step on my way to work and admired it! It is on the front of a beautiful brick building on Austin Street, Downtown Houston. Day after day, I say, "One day I am going to take a picture of that door!"
Today I was a little early, so I decided to stop and take a picture! Finally! It is so beautiful! I love how even something as simple as a beautiful door step makes you thankful for the many many blessings of God!!
Hope you find inspiration in the beautiful things today! Hope everyone has a blessed day!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Happy Friday!

I love me a good cheeseburger and fries!!
Did you know this month is National Burger Month?!? AWESOME!!
You should definitely check out Hubcap Grill!!!!
It was named one of Houston's best Burger places!!
It is delicious!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Being a mom, wife and cook

My weekly menu
I never imagined trying to balance being a mom, a wife, full-time employee and housekeeper/cook would be so hard. I always imagine how things are going to go when I get home from work… I will cook this awesome meal, do five loads of laundry, play with the baby, give myself a manicure, unpack 10 boxes, and then go to bed. Ha-ha. Nice dream, huh?
By the time I drag myself in the door from work, around six, the only thought on my mind … laying down in my bed and sleeping for 24 hours. I start letting myself get overwhelmed and worked up when I think about everything that needs to be done and give myself a hard time, when I don’t accomplish everything I had planned to. I am realizing that it is ok, if I don’t do the 100 things that are on my list, in one night. My number one problem is this: if I sit down when I walk in the door, I WILL NOT, get up the rest of the evening. Since I had Macelyn, cooking has flown out the window. I just don’t have the energy. But in an effort to save money and be frugal, I am determined to get past this foggy feeling and get back into the habit of cooking.
Start small, I’m telling myself. So goal number 1, do not sit down when I get home. Goal number 2, only complete one or two tasks per evening, save the big stuff for the weekend.
My big goal for this week… planning out a menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, preparing breakfast and lunch the night before, and cooking dinner every night. I feel like if I can get organized in this area, it might help everything else fall into place. I made my list for the next two weeks, and went to H-E-B last night. I have lots of healthy and delicious meals planned and am excited to get back into the routine of cooking again.
I found a new app on my iPhone that has a ton of really good recipes. I’m excited to try some new combinations. I’ll keep you all posted on how they turn out.
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Romans 12

Romans 12 (The Message)
4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't.
6-8 If you preach, just preach God's Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don't take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don't get bossy; if you're put in charge, don't manipulate; if you're called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don't let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they're happy; share tears when they're down. Get along with each other; don't be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody.
17-19 Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it."
20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he's thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don't let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.

I have a situation at work. I don’t understand why someone treats me the way they do, it seems like they are out to get me and are always looking for something to get me in trouble for. I prayed on the way home one day this week, and I forgave the person. I felt God’s peace about the situation. When I got home, I started reading Romans 12:14… “Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath.”
Instantly, I felt bad for being upset. I was mad at this person because I felt they had wronged me for no reason.  Yet, God put it so simple how we should treat someone who is an “enemy”… “Bless our enemies.” He also tells us not to get even, to leave it to him, and he will take care of it. God amazes me! He always gives you just exactly what you need or allows you to read in his word exactly what you need to hear. 

Reading Romans 12, I became convicted about how I live my life and how I treat people. It is amazing to me that God laid it out so plainly how we are supposed to live our life.  I want to let this be my daily prayer, and to change my view and my way of thinking. I know I’m not perfect, but I’m thankful that God is still working on me.

Simeon Costa is at our church right now, training people on “Life Studies”. He taught our College and Career Bible Study this past Sunday. He taught out of Genesis on Jacob. And the one point that stuck out to me, was this:
God allows trials and situations to happen in your life to teach us to depend on him through everything.  Sometimes, in the midst of situations we will pray, “God change this person who has done me wrong” or “God change the situation”, but instead why don’t we ask “God change ME through this situation.”  Jacob wouldn’t let go of the Angel until God changed HIS name. That has been with me all week! God, I want you to change me, and teach me to depend on you through whatever situation comes my way.
I feel like God directed my attention to this chapter of Romans, to change ME through my situation this week.  My attitude has changed, and I can feel a difference in the way I’m thinking about things.

I challenge you to study this chapter of Romans and examine your own life and how you live daily, and see how God changes you and your attitude.

Hope everyone has an awesome Memorial day weekend. Don’t forget to honor the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Table Re-do

Re-finishing furniture has become a passion of mine. I love the feeling that taking a worn piece of furniture, that others may think deserves the trash, sanding it and giving it a fresh coat of paint brings.
A little over a year ago I bought this Duncan Phyfe table and chairs for $85 dollars.
Starting this project, I didn’t have a plan, other than knowing that I wanted to refinish the table and chairs. It all just came to me as I went. The paint counter at Home Depot, became my best friend as I studied paint chips to find the exact colors I wanted. I adore the color green, and once I found the perfect shade, the ideas started flowing.
I read a lot of blogs, like All Things Thrifty, My Repurposed Life and A Life of Blue for ideas, and tips on refinishing furniture.
Then, came the process of finding the perfect fabric to recover the chairs in. I love Amy Butler fabric, and was thrilled to find Hawthorne Threads which carries a wide variety of Amy Butler fabrics.
I chose two different prints, Paradise Garden in Midnight and Trumpet Flowers in Emerald for a bright fun design on the chairs. I love the look of the two contrasting fabrics on the chairs.
This is my favorite piece of furniture in our house right now. Ever time I look at it, it just makes me smile.
I have several other projects sitting in the garage waiting to be re-finished. I will be posting "before and after" photos of those projects as I get them finished. Now that I’m getting my energy back, I will hopefully get them finished soon.

Hope everyone has a blessed day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Macelyn is 2 months old!

I can't believe that my baby is 2 months old. It seems like just yesterday that I was pregnant, counting down the days until she was here.
Now I'm back at work, and she is with the sitter, and time is going by way too quickly!!
I snapped a few photos of her today. She woke up mid shoot and didn't really want to be in the pictures. I managed to capture a few good shots. One day she will learn to love the camera.
Hope everyone has had a good weekend, and has a wonderful Monday!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Adventures in Thrifting

so i love drifting through thrift stores, looking for that special item that will become my next treasure. 
its amazing what some people get rid of that is actually pretty awesome.
or decor items that you can spray a coat of paint on and make look brand new.

a couple of weekends ago, i went to check out a new Goodwill store that open in our area.
it is very clean, and their clothing is very organized and easy to go through. usually Goodwill prices their stuff a little higher than i want to pay, but i'm just spoiled with some of the smaller privately owned thrift stores where i can walk out with 3-4 outfits for $10- 15. every now and then though, you can find a good deal. 
this day i stumbled up on a marc jacobs dress for $10
 and a vintage stoneware pot for $3.99.

i love my treasures. 
can't wait until my next treasure hunt! 

Friday, May 20, 2011


(photo from our colorado vacation last year)

TGIF everyone!! Dreaming of being in the mountains of Colorado today.

I can't wait to get home and play with my baby girl!! 
I finally got Photoshop!! yay!! Now comes the fun part... learning it. I was playing around with it last night. Definitely going to be watching all kinds of tutorials!! I'm excited to start using it to make my photographs extra special! 
I think we are going to stay in this weekend, and just enjoy being home, instead of rushing off here and there!! Maybe I'll get Macelyn's 2 month photos done. :) 
I also wanted to share one of my favorite inspirational blogs. I love Indiana's story and I love the revelation God gave to her. Check out God's Wardrobe and also you can go visit her fashion blog as well as her mommy blog. She is one busy lady, I love her spunk and spirit. Plus, she lives in Austin, one of my favorite cities! :) 
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!