11.30.2010

t-gives + weekend

Ohhh what a wonderful Thanksgiving I had!

I had family that came in from Colorado. I love them so much! A few of my cousins I hadn't seen in years! It was great. I love hanging out with my cousins. We talked, ate, watched The Office, went bowling, saw the new Harry Potter movie (which I hadn't seen the previous two, so I was a bit confused), watched football, went out to eat, laughed, played Scattegories, learned a new card game (Golf), and walked downtown!

This was also the first year that I had a sister-in-law at Thanksgiving. :)

Friday I went downtown with my dad for Black Friday. We went to Indie and another store (I can't tell you because that's where I got Caleb's birthday present and I want to keep it a secret!). Neither of them were as packed as I thought they'd be. While at Indie, I dropped off some more inventory and picked up two new dresses :) They're kind of hard to see in the pictures, but they're extremely cute!



I went to the other store, and picked up my final Christmas present on my list: Caleb's. It was pretty easy to find, since I knew what he was wanting.

On Saturday I went downtown with my Grandma and mom. We walked around, and looked at all the different shops. I hadn't walked around downtown for awhile, so it was neat to stumble across some new favorite shops. :)



Then I saw Harry Potter with some of my cousins, and went back to Grandma's house to hang out with my cousins a little bit more before they left.

Sunday was my Dad's birthday. YAY! 40! He's a young one, and an awesome one. My mom and I got him a 50mm lens for his camera. :) Caleb and Becca came over after church. I made lunch for everyone, and we sat around and watched football.

Bo Bear trying to feel Baby Selah kick.


Oh, and I got to feel Baby Selah move around. :) I hadn't been able to feel her kick yet, so it was so incredible! Bo even got to feel her move around. :)

So, I got a lot of things checked off my to-do list this week!
I ordered Christmas presents, made more headbands, spent time with family, rinsed out the onesies I tie-dyed for Selah (FINALLY), cashed out some money for CofO, and worked on a little side project for Becca yesterday.



I feel productive. :)

How was your Thanksgiving/weekend?

11.24.2010

nerves + excitement

There are a lot of things that are going to change in my life when I get to college. Some of them I am excited about, and other things I am a little nervous about...

ROOMMATE. I’ve never had a roommate before, nor have I ever had to share a room. I have one older brother. I have always wondered what it would be like to have a sister, and I feel like this is my chance to find out! Sharing clothes, sharing a tiny (and I mean tiny) dorm room, trying to match up our schedules so that we don't bother each other at night or in the morning. What if my roommate is a psycho? I mean come on…doesn’t every one want to room with someone who isn’t crazy? I hope she is just like me, yet not. If that makes sense. Ha.

JOB. Well this is a given. Duh. At College of the Ozarks they have a work program. You work 15 hours a week and it pays for your tuition. I won’t find out what my job assignment is until I get there in January. I’m excited to find out what it is! Most freshmen either work in the Keeter Center (a public restaurant), laundry, or landscape. I hope I don’t get landscaping…it’s too cold to be working outside!

SCHOOL. I haven’t done homework since I graduated high school, which was April 2009. It feels like it’s been a lot longer than that. I’m just worried that I’m not going to be able to keep up with the homework. I’m not bragging, but I’m pretty smart. I mean, I’m not dumb. I would get As and Bs in high school. But college homework and studying is a lot more than high school…

MAKING NEW FRIENDS/CHARACTER CAMP. Honestly, I’m pretty excited about this one. Who wouldn’t be? I am a little nervous about the process…The first week is called Character Camp, and it’s kind of like an orientation week. There’s a set schedule. You’re put in a family with a “mom” and a “pop” who are upperclassmen, and you get “brothers” and “sisters” who are fellow freshman. I already know who my Mom and Pop are, which is very exciting. I will find out more about CC next week! YAY! I’m just nervous about some of the activities. I’m not an athletic or fit person so a few of the so-called “fun” activities are worrying me a little bit.

CLOTHES. Yes, I am worried about this one. I know I only live 20 minutes down the road from my college, but I’m worried that I’m not going to have enough room for all of my clothes. No, I’m sure I won’t. I guess it’s a good thing I can come home on the weekends and do laundry and swap out some outfits.

MONEY. This is a given. I’m going to barely make it, people! As of a few weeks ago it was looking like I was going to have to take out a loan to help pay for my room and board and my fees/text books. Now it’s not looking that way. YAY. God is providing money through random opportunities, which is amazing. As it’s looking now, I need to save every penny possible. No more going shopping or going on lunch dates with friends…it WILL pay off, though. Oh, yes. I also have to have money for my phone bill every month. Luckily I have Virgin Mobile’s $25 a month prepaid plan. It’s heavenly. Unlimited texting, unlimited data, and 300 minutes (which is all I need!) for only $25 a month. That really cuts down my bill, and will save me a TON of money.

I'm so sure I will look back at this post when I'm in college and LAUGH.

Ok, so since I sat here and complained about all of this stuff, and you sat through it, I am giving YOU a chance to complain about anything you want to me. The fact that Jennifer won Dancing With The Stars last night? The fact that you don’t have TiVo like me, and missed Glee last night? The fact that Thanksgiving is this week and you’re worried about consuming those 3,000 calories? What’s your complaint for the day? Go ahead.
VENT!

11.23.2010

christmas shopping.


Every year Christmas shopping seems to be a little bit hectic. Sometimes my dad and I will go the week before Christmas to get my mom's gift, and vice versa. It always seems to be crazy busy, too. Well, this is the first year I am ordering most of my gifts online. Yes, I am an online shopper! AND I AM LOVING IT! No standing in lines, no showing up to the store only to realize they are sold out on that one item I need, and no driving into town!

I know what some of you are thinking...
"But what about shipping prices?"
Did you know that most of the places online offer either a holiday shipping deal or a discount on their items? Everything I have bought so far I have been able to get cheaper. All you have to do is go to Google and search for "coupon codes" for the item you are buying. Other places online have their deals plastered all over their website.

Now, I can not tell you specifically what items I bought...but I can tell you that I purchased something off of Ebay and Amazon. Both items I was able to get free shipping! SCORE.

I would suggest for you to search online for the item you are wanting to get before you go in store (that is IF the store offers online shopping). Check out the deals they have, and see if you can get it cheaper by ordering it online. You will have to wait a certain amount of days until your item arrives, but it may be worth it if you can get it cheaper.


Anyways...
Here is my checklist for this month and next month...

Dad's birthday gift
Becca's birthday gift
Becca's Christmas present
Caleb's Christmas present
Mom's Christmas present
Dad's Christmas present

Of course, Caleb's is the only one that I can not get online. That's okay! What I am getting him will be fun to actually go in the store to get...

How is your holiday shopping coming along?

11.18.2010

on edge

"Take a breath, just take a seat. You're falling apart and tearing at the seams."
-heaven forbid, the fray
"In days to come when your heart feels undone may you always find an open hand, and take comfort wherever you can."
-comfort, deb talan
"And everyone keeps saying, 'Nothing helps but time.' Time is all I own. Time won't stop replaying over in my mind. I watch the hours slow down. So I crawl underneath my blanket, where I can hide away. I know I can't take it, because I see now it's just one of those days."
-one of those days, joshua radin

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So lately I've been a little emotional. It's just a bunch of things that are hitting me at once. I would cry over the silliest things. I wasn't sure exactly why. I would just start crying for no reason. I would cry about 3 or 4 times a day. But I've gotten better. I still feel like there are a million things going on in my head, but I'm not crying so much anymore.

Music is usually the thing that helps me take my mind off of things, or helps me put words to my pain. But just until yesterday I wasn't able to listen to music. I usually fall asleep and wake up to it, but I just couldn't. It was like I didn't want to put words to my pain...I didn't really want to know what was wrong with me.

There's still a million things going on inside my head, yet I can't seem to sort them out. I don't know what they are, either. Don't ask me if I want to talk about it, because I don't. Partly because I don't want to talk about it, and partly because I don't really know what's going on.

Luckily I have friends who can relate to what I'm going through. They know not to try to beat it out of me, but rather just relate to that feeling of being emotionally unstable and yet not knowing why.

It might just be the weather, I'm not really sure. It might just be the fact that half of me wants to be in college right now, and the other half of me is super nervous to start college. Either way, whatever it is, it's bugging me. One day I will be normal and the next I will just want to crawl in bed and cry. I don't know why. Some things that have happened are contributing to it, which doesn't help. But I don't want to talk about them, so please don't even ask.

I hope you understand that I'm not trying to be closed. I just don't know what to say because I don't know what's going on inside my head. I just needed to get it out that I'm feeling a little on edge lately.

(And I also realize I stopped doing my Giving Thanks posts...I just didn't feel a desire to blog.)


11.09.2010

freebies + printables

Ok, so I'm extremely bored here at work. There's nothing to do...so I found some cute printables for all of you! Go check them out!!

too adorable to pass up! print yours here




such a cute idea. tutorial and downloads here






menu planner. print it here.
(Becca had a great idea...put this paper in a frame. Use an expo marker to write over the glass. It wipes right off when your week is done!)

gift tags! adorable! get them here.

giving thanks | nov. 9

November 1st:
I am thankful that I work with people who make me laugh.
November 2nd:
I am thankful that I am part of a creative family.
November 3rd:
I am thankful for warm pajamas and cozy hoodies.
November 4th:
I am thankful for my many friends who consistently encourage me and know how to lift me up when I am down.
November 5th:
I am thankful for my healthy addiction of Fantasy Football.
November 6th:
I am thankful for my dog Bo and the endless happiness he brings me.
November 7th:
I am thankful for Sundays. A day that I can be lazy and no one can call me out for it.
November 8th:
I am thankful for music.
November 9th:
I am thankful for my home.

Many people don't have a place they can call home. I'm so blessed to be able to say that I'm not one of them!

11.08.2010

giving thanks | nov. 8

November 1st:
I am thankful that I work with people who make me laugh.
November 2nd:
I am thankful that I am part of a creative family.
November 3rd:
I am thankful for warm pajamas and cozy hoodies.
November 4th:
I am thankful for my many friends who consistently encourage me and know how to lift me up when I am down.
November 5th:
I am thankful for my healthy addiction of Fantasy Football.
November 6th:
I am thankful for my dog Bo and the endless happiness he brings me.
November 7th:
I am thankful for Sundays. A day that I can be lazy and no one can call me out for it.
November 8th:
I am thankful for music.


Adele. Coldplay. Joe Purdy. Metro Station. Lady Antebellum. Death Cab For Cutie. Missy Higgins. Lecrae. Rosi Golan. She & Him. Owl City. Katy Perry. Alicia Keys. Kanye West. Michael Franti. Britt Nicole. Usher. Jason Reeves. The Rocket Summer. Chris Garneau. Train. Iron & Wine. Azure Ray. Beyonce. Superchick. The Fray. Sia. Drake. Ingrid Michaelson. Joshua Radin. Kings of Leon. Rihanna. MGMT. John Mayer. The Xx. Lady Gaga. Brett Dennen. Ray Lamontagne. Taylor Swift. Sara Bareilles. Avril Lavigne.

one of my most favorites of all...








11.07.2010

giving thanks | nov. 7

November 1st:
I am thankful that I work with people who make me laugh.
November 2nd:
I am thankful that I am part of a creative family.
November 3rd:
I am thankful for warm pajamas and cozy hoodies.
November 4th:
I am thankful for my many friends who consistently encourage me and know how to lift me up when I am down.
November 5th:
I am thankful for my healthy addiction of Fantasy Football.
November 6th:
I am thankful for my dog Bo and the endless happiness he brings me.
November 7th:
I am thankful for Sundays. A day that I can be lazy, and no one can call me out for it.



11.06.2010

giving thanks | nov. 6

November 1st:
I am thankful that I work with people who make me laugh.
November 2nd:
I am thankful that I am part of a creative family.
November 3rd:
I am thankful for warm pajamas and cozy hoodies.
November 4th:
I am thankful for my many friends who consistently encourage me and know how to lift me up when I am down.
November 5th:
I am thankful for my healthy addiction of Fantasy Football.
November 6th:
I am thankful for my dog Bo, and the endless happiness he brings me.


Waiting for his momma to come home










Yes, I know he does a lot of sleeping!

11.05.2010

just as i promised + giving thanks

So earlier in the week I told you that I have been working on a project. Indeed I have. It's been one crazy busy week. 

There's a store in downtown Springfield that sells local handmade and vintage items. I submitted an application to sell my hair accessories in their store, and they so gladly accepted!! YAYY!! This whole week I've been making new accessories, printing off new labels, trying to think of creative ideas for tags, blah blah blah! I took my accessories to their store last night.
My hair accessories can now be found at Indie.
<3
I am so ecstatic. Here are a few pictures of my newest items with their fresh tags. :)








All of the tags are paint swatches. Each tag is unique. <3
I am suuuper excited!!



If you live in the area, go take a look.
Indie is such a unique and fun store! :)

You can find Indie on Facebook. :)

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November 1st:
I am thankful that I work with people who make me laugh.
November 2nd:
I am thankful that I am part of a creative family.
November 3rd:
I am thankful for warm pajamas and cozy hoodies.
November 4th:
I am thankful for my many friends who consistently encourage me and know how to lift me up when I am down.
November 5th:
I am thankful for my healthy addiction of Fantasy Football.


I am so happy that my brother dragged me into this. It's so much fun. I've always loved football but could never really get into it because I felt like there was no point in watching it unless the Broncos were playing. Now I have a reason to catch any game. I also find myself watching teams that aren't even on my team. It's given me a desire to watch football...even college football! I will admit it's an addiction of mine. BUT it's healthy, so it's ok. :)


fill in the blank friday | hair


 I am excited about these questions!

As always, if you want to join in click here. Thanks to Lauren from The Little Things We Do for hosting FITBF!

1. My last haircut was sometime in the middle of last month.
2. My most daring hair moment was when I cut 10 inches off! I went from this...


to this...



3. A hair style I've never been brave enough to try is an asymmetrical haircut. Like this...




Short on one side, long on the other.



My friend Meg (shown above) has this haircut and I think it is soo cute. BUT I don't think I could pull it off.
4.  I've always dreamt of being a (blonde, brunette or red-head) brunette. Well, a part of me wants to be a blonde but I think it would wash me out.
5. My go-to hair do is short and curly. I get out of the shower, run a tiny bit of gel through it, blow dry it curly. Then I will tease the crown to give it a little bit more volume. It comes out perfect everytime.


(these are from this morning)

6. My biggest hair disaster was when I was in the 6th grade. I was getting ready to start junior high, and wanted a new hair style. I cut my hair short. REALLY short. Keep in mind I have naturally curly hair and I didn't know what a straightener was. It looked like an afro.
7. A hairstyle I am dying to try is Britt Nicole's hair. I LOVE IT. She's the hairstyle that I used when I got my haircut a few times ago, but it didn't end up like that. Oh well! I think it's so adorable.






I even love it when it was long.



8. My best hair was probably when it was long. I loved it long, especially in these pictures...



But then again, I love it just as much short...


9. The worst hair style I ever had was (refer to #6).
10. My hair is fine just the way it is. :)