Thursday, December 27, 2012

Conversations with my 6 year old Nephew

I’ve been sick for almost two weeks now. Allergies the first go around and then a cold the next. Add the holidays and I’m flat out exhausted. I have about a million and one posts to write, but in the meantime I’ll share conversations with my 6 year old nephew that I had over Christmas.

J: Knock knock
Me: Who’s there?
J: Boo
Me: Boo Who?
J: Why you crying? *dies laughing*

J: Knock knock
Me: Who’s there?
J: Poop
Me: Poop who?
J: Poop in your underwear!

Followed by 20 other poop and pee knock knock jokes.

J: So if a mommy has a baby in her belly how does she eat?
Me: (Oh I hope your parents have talked to you about this) Well, the baby is in a different part of the mommy’s belly. It’s not in her stomach.
J: Oh, like her legs.
Me: Uh. Yeah. Like her legs. (Whew)

J: *points to a movie on the Red Box* You can buy me that movie for my birthday.
Me: You just had your birthday. It’s going to be a whole year until your next one.
J: Well you can buy it for me before then.
Me: Oh I can?
J: Yeah. What you do is get the case and make sure it has the CD in it and then you can drive to my house and I’ll look for you out the window and then I’ll come outside and get it!

J: Ok, there are some rules about hanging out with me. The first one is that you can’t make me fall. (That’s as far as we got so I’m not sure what the other rules are)

J: * gets up to walk around the table to me*
His mom & dad: Where are you going? Go and sit down.
J: *sad pouty face* I wanted to tell her something
Me: What were you going to tell me that you couldn’t tell me from over there?
J: I was going to say that you are really beautiful.
Me: *heart melts*

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Good List Gift Guide for Everyone Else

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Christmas is almost here. Some fabulous bloggers and I have brought you other gift guides, but what about that person that has everything? Or those last minute gifts you still have yet to buy? We'll we're back with another gift guide for everyone else that may still be on your list.

For the workout fanatic or the friend that always makes New Years Resolutions - A Fit Bit

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This one is great for a hostess gift or for the wine loving friend in your life - Corkcicle

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For the Foodie - Micro-Green Kit

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For the dog lover - Bad Dog Pint Glasses

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For the man cave - Wooden 6 pack Beer Tote

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For the lover of all things retro -Stoneware TV Dinner Tray

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And a fun one for the Tolkien fan - Hobbit Socks

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Who was the hardest to buy for on your list this year?

Next up on our blog hop of gift lists is Megan over at Mean-Baby. Check out the awesomeness she has come up with for your last minute holiday shopping.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Good List All That Glitters

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I'm back again today with another fabulous group of bloggers sharing all our favorite shiny objects.

The holidays are the perfect time of year to shine, not just at Christmas, but also while ringing in the New Year. Here are a few of my favorite things to help you shine this holiday season:

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1. Lulu Townsend Satin Bow Glitter Clutch
A great clutch can sometimes be the best accessory a girl needs. I love the satin bow on this one.

2. Stardust Eyeshadow by Urban Decay
You can't beat a bold eyeshadow. Pair it with the Urban Decay Primer Potion from my original good list for all night staying power.

3. Jimmy Choo Biel Glitter Wedge Pump
Make a statement with these gorgeous wedges.

4. Tart with a Heart Glitter Nail Polish by Butter London
Make your nails shine with this beautiful pink nail polish. Plus, I love the name!

5. Apt. 9 Jet Simulated Crystal Dome Stretch Ring
Even if glitter isn't your thing, a sparkly cocktail ring is a must have during the holiday season.

Next stop on our trail of glitter is Jessica over at Gin and Juice Boxes. Hop on over there to check out her sparkle!



Monday, December 10, 2012

Wassailfest

Last week John and I went to our first Wassailfest in New Braunfels.

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What’s Wassailfest? Basically they shut down downtown New Braunfels and you walk around sampling different types of wassail. Wassail is mulled cider and vendors offer “leaded” and “unleaded” versions. At the end of the night you can vote for your favorite wassail.

Downtown New Braunfels is beautifully decorated this time of year.

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There are also plenty of food vendors and lots of music.

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(I like this little caroler’s snowman hat)

John and I did enjoy a pork chop on a stick, but then headed to the Husiache for dinner where we met a friendly llama named Tahoe.

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We sampled around 10-15 types of wassail, but there were over 40 different vendors to try.

It was a fun and mostly free evening. I recommend going early because the streets were packed once we finished dinner, and the lines for wassail had gotten really long. I had wanted to go for a long time, but always forgot about it until after the event had happened. Be sure to check it out next December!

Friday, December 07, 2012

Double Moss Stitch Baby Blanket

I made this baby blanket for a coworker. It's actually the first blanket I've knitted and I really like how it turned out.

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I forgot to take pictures until I got to work to give it to her so please excuse the pictures of my desk, office lighting, camera phone pictures.

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Pattern:

Cast on 65 stitches
Row 1: K1, P1, repeat
Row 2: Repeat row 1
Row 3: P1, K1, repeat
Row 4: repeat row 3

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Good List of Lush Libations


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Today I'm back with another group of wonderful ladies sharing some of our favorite holiday beverages. Miss our gift guides last week? You can find all the link ups here.

Here are two of my favorite lush libations during the holidays:

When John and I were in Prague last year I discovered hot wine, more commonly known as mulled wine, or in the the Czech Republic, Svařák. Yes, I know what you're thinking. Hot wine? Ew. How could that possibly be good? Trust me, it is. It's delicious and wonderful, especially on a cold day. Here's the recipe:

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1 liter of cheap red wine, you don't need to use the good stuff here
1/3 cup of sugar (or to taste)
1 cinnamon stick
5 whole cloves
half a lemon, sliced

Heat all the ingredients until hot, but do not let it boil. Once it's warm, add the sliced lemon to the pot and serve.

Some recipes (and depending on the country) will also add other liquors, such as brandy. I like the plain and simple approach, but the great thing about this recipe is that you can add spices to suit you.

I also saw this at HEB last night. Just warm on the stove and pretend you made from scratch. This is German Glühwein. Just be sure to hide the bottle so no one knows you didn't make it yourself.

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My other lush libation to share is another warm beverage, hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps. When we host Christmas at our house, John, my brothers, and I usually stay up late playing board games and drinking spiked hot chocolate. At least until we get too loud and one of my parents comes out of the guest room and yells at us for making too much noise.

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I'm partial to Mexican hot chocolate, but really any kind will do. Then just add a little shot of peppermint schnapps and enjoy! Just don't let the little ones get ahold of mom's chocolate!

Next up, Ellen at Bloom Maternity has a great holiday mocktail to share with you all! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Right now this is about all the Christmas we can muster. Maybe a bit more as the week goes on, but there are still plenty of boxes to unpack (as you can see in the pictures).

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I'm kind of in love with the mirrored wall, gold veins and all.

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The only new ornament this year. I'm still on the hunt for a "New Home" one.

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You can see our tree from the street and it's a bit of cheer in the evenings when I drive up. Love it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Good List

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Do you have a glam girl on your good list this year and are wondering what to get her? Check out this list and those that follow for great ideas on what to give this holiday season.

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1. 3 1/2 QT Round French Oven, $220
Just like a KitchenAid stand mixer, no girl should be without a Le Creuset French Oven. It can go from stove to oven without missing a beat. It heats evenly and will cook your food to perfection. Plus it locks heat in, perfect for keeping soups and stews warm off the stove. Find it at Le Crueset.

2. Vino2Go Merlot Red Tumbler, $15.99
Ever want to have a glass of wine by the pool, but don't want to do it from a Red Solo Cup? Plus those plastic wine glasses are just flimsy and one gust and wind is all it takes for your wine to end up all over the table. Now you and the other fabulous ladies in your life can enjoy your wine and have no worries about spills and glass free zones. Find these at Vino2Go.

3. Elizabeth Arden Waffle Weave Robe, $69.99
As the days grow colder who wants to get out of their warm cozy bed in the morning? Let's not even mention making it out of the hot shower. This comfy robe will help make the transition easier. Find it at Bed Bath and Beyond.

4. Vanilla Extract Kit, $9.99
Even a glam girl loves to receive a handmade gift and you don't have to be crafty or a cook yourself to make this. You simply need a vanilla bean, some cheap vodka and a bottle to put it in. Don't have the supplies on hand? Find them at Beanilla.

5. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $20
Every glam girl would love to receive this in their stocking this year! 24 hour plus eyeshadow wear? I'll take it! Find it at Sephora.


Wait, there's more!

I've teamed up with five other fab bloggers! Follow from blog to blog in our blog circle to see everything on The Good List for you or the glam girl in your life! Next stop from here is Tori at The sTORIbook. Happy Gift Giving!



*a thanks goes to John for the vanilla extract idea!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Shepherd's Pie

I'm at FitCitySA again today blogging about what to do with all those leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving. You turn them into delicious Shepherd's Pie!

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You can check out the recipe here!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Turkey Noodle Soup and Turkey Stock

Today I'm blogging over at FitCitySA. I'll be posting three different recipes there this week on things to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers.

I'd love it if you stopped by and left a comment here or there!

Today I share how to make turkey stock from your turkey carcass (Don't throw it out!) and then turn it into turkey noodle soup.



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Conversations with Mom

Normally I'd post some kind of disclaimer, but this post talks about boobs. I mention my boobs, my mom's boobs, and even my grandma's boobs. Every guy reading this would completely disregard this disclaimer because I've already mentioned boobs four times. Now it's five.

Me: So I went to the doctor today because I thought I had an ear infection. Turns out I've pulled a muscle in my neck.
Mom: *laughing* I swear the weirdest stuff happens to you. You can't just have some ear infection.
Me: No. I could have SWORN some creepy bug had crawled into my ear and was eating my brain. Turns out it's a muscle. It hurts so bad I even got a coworker to come and try to adjust my neck. She yelled at me for not sitting upright and said my boobs didn't help either.
Mom: Now I've never thought you had very big boobs.
Me: Mom, they're triple Ds. People pay big money for these things.
Mom: Well mine are (I think mom would appreciate if I didn't share her boob size) and I know some people with enormous boobs.
Me: I haven't had kids yet so mine are still happy and perky. Although you didn't breastfeed so yours aren't all saggy and sad. I keep telling John once we have kids he can say goodbye to these gorgeous girls!
Mom: Your grandma didn't breastfeed either and she had really saggy boobs.
Me: Thanks. I really wanted to know about grandma's saggy boobs.
Mom: *laughs*
Me: and no offense, but if grandma didn't breastfeed what did y'all eat? It's not like you had formula back then.
Mom: We were raised on karo syrup, evaporated milk, and liquid vitamins.
Me: Wow! And people want to complain about what's in formula now!
Mom: Well they just didn't have things like that back then and grandma couldn't make enough milk for all of us.
Me: They didn't believe in car seats either.
Mom: *laughs* Well no, they didn't, but you guys turned out alright.
Me: Yeah, I just have those random twitches every now and then.
Mom: That's from the wires in your head when you were born.
Me: Well at least I don't have a pointy head like Jake.
Mom: No. No you don't.

You always have to come out better than your sibling right? Also, the wires in my head were to monitor me. My parents have referred to me as their alien baby my whole life. Yeah, not going to need therapy for that one.

Monday, November 12, 2012

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Hi! We've moved! It was hell! As soon as I unbury myself from this I'll be back to this little space. Otherwise follow my antics on Twitter or Instagram.


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Monday, November 05, 2012

BRAVE Giveaway and Review

Saturday night we were a wild and crazy bunch. John and I and three of our friends met up to go to the opening of the very first Trader Joe’s in San Antonio. LOVE. It’s also right by my office so I will probably be living there around lunch time. Then we headed out to Five Guys for some burgers and fries. After dinner we invited everyone to come help us empty our fridge of adult beverages (hey, this is a kid’s movie review). We debated doing game night, but then I remembered I had just gotten the BRAVE Ultimate Collector’s Edition 5-Disc Set the day before.

We all piled into my living room and enjoyed a good old-fashioned movie night on the couch.

A little bit on BRAVE:



“BRAVE is gorgeous and fun film you’d expect from Disney/Pixar. Set in the ancient and magical Highlands of Scotland, the film follows the heroic journey of headstrong, young adventurer Merida. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida confronts tradition and defied an age-old custom that inadvertently unleashes chaos, and forces her to discover the true meaning of bravery.”

I have to say I loved the film. Seriously, teenage daughter angst years were all right there. It was as if I was watching my own childhood up on the screen. (Except I didn’t grow up as a princess and my parents never tried to marry me off. They did not approve of some of my boyfriends though.) Pixar got the mother/daughter relationship right in this film.

Also, the film was just beautifully done. Do you remember watching Aladdin for the first time and how cool the lava scene was? This whole film was like that for me. The imagery was fantastic.

Now to the fun part!

I’m giving away one copy of the BRAVE Ultimate Collector’s Edition 5-Disc Set. The giveaway is open to readers in the United States and Canada. Entries will be taken through Friday, November 9th and selection will be made through Rafflecopter.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this film to review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

I'm Going to Need Some Sage

This weekend there was an estate sale at the house we're buying. We went to check it out, spend some more time in the house, and let friends and family see it. We did buy stuff too like some old records and this chair. Anyone know how to reupholster?

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While there we met one of our new neighbors and the trustee of the estate. Since we're purchasing an estate there are no disclosures on the home, so it was great to hear about the house and the previous owners who have both passed away. While talking he mentioned that we needed to remove the platform in the master bedroom. We said that we planned to eventually but it's not first on the list. Then we got filled in that the owner had fallen off the platform and died. My new neighbor laughed at us and said, "good luck with that!"

So yeah. I'm gonna need some new carpet and let's burn some sage, or say a prayer, or bury another Saint in the backyard. (I really don't know anything about the Saint thing. My coworkers were nice enough to fill me in on Joseph and took me to buy one when we listed our house.)

How would you feel knowing someone died in your new home? Would it freak you out?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blogger Headshots

I'm part of the San Antonio Bloggers group and a few weeks ago three of our fabulous photographers/bloggers offered up their services to give us professional headshots.

The wonderful Amanda of ARG Photography took mine and I absolutely love how they turned out!

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Check out more of Amanda's work here and a shout out to our other photographers Misha and Megan as well! Thanks again ladies for making us all look fabulous!

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Home Tour

Last week we sold our house and bought a new one! Technically we don't close until the 5th on either house, but we're pretty much there. There is still a lot to do on both houses not to mention I've got to pack an entire house in the next two weeks. First though, let me introduce you to our future home:

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Front of the house taken from the MLS because I somehow didn't take one.

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View from the front door looking out at the courtyard entry.

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Front living room

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Back living room. I'm not sure what to do with this room.

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Another view of the back living room. The wall not in the picture on the left is all a built in bookcase.

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Kitchen from the utility room.

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Sun Room

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The Sun Room connects to the back living room and the kitchen has a window that looks out into it.

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The Master Bedroom. Be jealous of my platform for the bed.

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Master bath.

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Bedroom Two

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Bedroom Three.

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Second Bath. I can't get over that half door.

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Another of the bath.

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Patio.

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Koi Pond. Anyone want a goldfish? We've got about 50 too many.

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Backyard

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So much yard!

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Side yard also in the back. I'd love to put the chickens there, but I think it's too close to the neighbor.

It definitely needs some love. Right away we have to work on the sun room due to some water damage. I'd also like to tear out the carpet in the front living room and the linoleum in the kitchen. I'd love to do the floors in the master and the back living room, but may have to wait. The platform in the master is concrete so we'd have to bust it up.

Of course there will be lots of removing old wallpaper and painting in my future. The front living also had a bad touch up paint job on the ceiling so we've got some glitter popcorn to remove in there. We're going to do it one step at a time though.

Fingers crossed that everything continues to go smoothly with the sale and purchase. We have one more repair to do on our house and we're good to go. I also have to dig up St. Joseph from the backyard. I'll give him a sunny corner of the sun room to hang out in!

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