Thursday, April 30, 2009

Clean Freak

So, I am not necessarily a "pick up freak", but I am a "clean freak". I don't have to have everything picked up ALLL day long because I will just be following my kids around picking up their toys and junk everywhere. BUT...I have become a bit of a clean freak. A Germ Freak!

I have a new boyfriend and his name is Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. I love him, and we spend a good part of the day together. I clean EVERYTHING with these flu killing wipes! Here is a list of what I have cleaned today with them.....who knew they were the wonder wipes!!!

-baseboards (they are still building homes in neighborhood so it is ALWAYS dusty)

-kids toilet, our toilet, and guest bath toilet

-every door knob

-computer keypad

-the kids dining room chairs (seriously, how on earth does food end up UNDER THE CHAIR!!!)

-and the light switches.

-trash can lids


-stove and dishwasher handles

That sounds a little obsessive, but these wipes just motivate me. :) (and my son is randomly enjoying watching Shrek while Kacey is at I am taking full advantage!)

We are going on a beach vacation in a week and a half, and I want to kill off all the germs that could get in our way of laying on the beach!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Is it just me or are there AMAZING giveaways EVERYWHERE this week?! WAHOOO FOR THIS!
Run over and check out the SUPER GREAT giveaway at Loving Pretty Things! She is celebrating her 100th post by giving away $100 worth of gift cards to her FAVE online boutiques. ($20 to each five winners!)
Good luck!!!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Custom Pillow Cases

I have added a few new goodies to my etsy shop today!!! I have made a few of these for my daughter and her friends, and received a special order from Grace, and decided that I would just add them to my shop.
I added a few of them the other day, but these pictures are brighter and there are a few new styles.

Feel Free to choose your color letter and choose your pom pom color. (yellow, black, green, red, pink, and white pom pom). Makes a super cute addition to any little girl's room, playroom, or even a monogram in the Master bedroom or couch!

Also, check out how sweet these pillows that were posted on Fun And Fancy Free last night.

Love her pictures....and her blog! She also made a really cute lamp that I might test out!!! love it!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Tuesday Photo Challenge....

I LOVE taking pictures!!! I am not good at it, my camera is not a great camera, I never figure out the lighting right, but I still LOVE it! And I do believe that my daughter, Kacey, LOVES having her picture even more than my love for taking them!

I read about the photo challenge from Lola B, and jumped right in.

Kacey is 4 years old, turning 5 in July. She is my first born, and one of my VERY best friends. (is that weird that my best girlfriend is 4?) She LOVES to pick out her own clothes, and is usually dressed (including matching undies) before I even get out of bed in the morning. She is soooo sweet! SOOO loving, and is truly the nicest girl I have ever met.
I would say she is a bit shy....but when it comes to dancing.....that girl dances like nobody is watching! I think it is great!!!! I am a closet dancer. :)

But above all else...........SHE LOVES TO HAVE HER PICTURE TAKEN! :)

These pictures were taken last Thursday at our Family Fun Night. She was the ONLY person out there dancing to the band...but she looked like a true ROCK STAR and I was soo proud! :)
It was soooo loud at the concert and she ran up to me, told me she was going to do a trick and she wanted me to take her picture. She actually held these poses long enough for me to take the shot............then ran back to me to see how they looked in the camera. ha! love her!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Shop Till You Drop!

I had a VERY busy weekend! A VERY FUN weekend!!!! Yesterday we made the trip down to Anthropology. I was soooooo excited alllllllll day, it was like Christmas!!! My kids did end up coming with us, but my WONDERFUL husband entertained them at Pottery Barn kids while I shopped, touched, tried on, and drooled for WELL over an hour! I had a BLAST!!!! I tried on SOOOO many clothes and you all are probably going to laugh at what I picked. I have mentioned SEVERAL of my addictions (shoes, fabric, pillows, purses.....) but have forgotten to mention my love of sweatpants! I love them! I want them VERY soft, VERY light, and VERY beautiful! I have spent MANY birthday, Christmas, and mother's day checks on Juicy sweatpants, and never looked back!
So yes, I admit I did buy a KILLER soft pair of straight leg blue sweatpants that make me VERY happy! Yes, I did spend more than I would have spent on them if I did not have the gift card....and that is part of the reason I haven't taken them off every second I have been in my house this weekend!!!!

-A SUPER cute coral colored flow top!!!! LOVE IT!!! I will have to take a picture with this!
-A linen blue hat that is SOOO cute and girly!
-A mug with a K on it so that nobody tries to take my mug...I ALWAYS lose my mugs to my husband.
-2 of he CUTEST ice cream bowls because my husband and I eat ice cream NIGHTLY and this might just make it taste better!
-A pepper shaker that I have been in search of for over a year! I am not a pepper fan, but my husband puts it on EVERYTHING, so this is perfectly appropriate!

I also ordered a few things from the Internet because my shop was fresh out.
I got a sea glass wine glass (I don't have a set of wine glasses because I always got sad when they I just collect random wine glasses that I love) AND a BEAUTIFUL black and white vintage style door knob for my sewing/guest room!!!!!


I know this is a SUPER long post, but I also made a few new pillows this weekend!!!! Check them out on EtsyCustomize this pillow with any color you would like, or "lake house", "shore house", "Crazy house..." :)

Super cute initial pillow. You can customize to match your decor....choose the pom pom trim (black, yellow, red, pink, or apple green)

Friday, April 24, 2009

I will take one in every color....PLEASE!

I have a slight purse problem. (along with my pillow problem, shoe problem, jewelry problem....lamp problem...yikes) I love them! I need them! i don't want to see a 16 year old with my same purse at the mall! (I know people say I look 16.....but I am about to celebrate my 2nd annual 29th birthday this year!) I found this AMAZING etsy shop today and I do believe I have added it to my wishlist!!!!!

check out these purses by Morelle!!! visit her shop!

Yikes, It is a good thing I am a good mom, because my Mother's Day Wish list is growing. :)

BIG weekend!!!

This weekend we are making the drive down to Anthropology to spend my AMAZING gift card that I won from Kasey at Lola B's recent contest! I am beside myself and still in shock that I won in the first place....and a kidless trip to Anthro with a $200 gift card in my hand makes me SOOOOOOOO excited!!!

I have been online daily and I still do not know what I am walking out of there with....but Promise to keep you posted. I even was inspired to order a few things online to use in my upcoming GIVEAWAY! (no, i didn't use my gift card on those!!! )
I also plan on cleaning out my closet and organizing. You aren't forced to do that when the weather is pretty much the same ALLL year long...but I feel the need to do this prior to my big shopping trip tomorrow. Just to get me in the shopping mood!!!

Also....I have been featured recently on a few other blogs....go check them out and see their AMAZING sites! I am soooo grateful for all of their support!!!!!

Fun and Fancy Free

Life in the Fun Life (having a huge giveaway now....CHECK IT OUT!!!! SUPRISE!!!)

Elevenish Shop

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wahoo Contest!!!!!

Sooo....if you have had your eye on one of the pillows in my etsy shop......then HURRY over to LIFE IN THE FUN LANE.....ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!! Holly is SOOO sweet and is giving away 3 pillow cases OF YOUR CHOICE!!!!!!! Her blog is amazing and her house is SOOOOOOOO beautiful! I would like to just have one little space of my house as nice and PERFECT as hers!!!

How on earth could you go wrong!!!! Also, Please check out the AMAZING deal that she posted about earlier today....but don't buy all of them because I want to get a chandelier too. :)

We just came home from our local outdoor mall and they had a live band...bounce house...face crafts...ALL FOR FREE! I had no idea that this goes on EVERY Thursday night! Wow, I feel so enlightened! Off to scrub all the bounce house funk off my kids and put them to bed! My day is done! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Today has been VERY busy!!! We started the day out by the four of us calling and singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my big sister, Jaimie. Then I took the kids to our local outdoor mall for an Earth Day Celebration! The Tampa Zoo brought an owl (who doesn't hoo.....hoo know. :) a snake, and a turtle. My kids were NOT into the animals OR the fact that they walked VERY close to us with them. We had a blast though, making recycled crafts, face painting, and all sorts of goodies. My FAVORITE part of the day was that Cozi gave us a free kids meal for each kid....GOTTA LOVE IT!!!!!! Brie and turkey sandwich for me, PLEASE!

After the kid's naps we went on our daily trip to the post office, and then to good old Home Depot to get our "FREE PLANT SEEDS", which ended up costing me $15 for little pots, dirt, and all the goods that are needed. We had a GREAT/MESSY time planting them when we got home. I believe Kacey has checked them every 10 Min to see if they have grown any. ha!

Happy Earth Day!!!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I MUST visit craigslist NOW!

I found an AMAZING new blog this afternoon when my son was taking a nap and my daughter was in "quiet time" in the playroom centsational girl!!! I found her from This Young House and was in shock with the WONDERFUL playroom redo. I actually found her blog right AFTER I said to myself, "I really need to finish the kid's playroom and make it a little more organized"

I spent the ENTIRE nap time (shhh....don't tell my husband) reading all of her past blogs. I am AMAZED with her furniture redo's and allllll of them. Go check it out and get ready to be inspired to head right on over to craigs list and get some goodies to redo of your own!!!

Here is just a sneak peak of what you will find! to find something in my house to list on craigslist so that I can present that to chad PRIOR to telling him I am in the market for a new chair to recover. :) WISH ME LUCK.

I've been tagged

I've been TAGGED
I was tagged by Get It Girl Style:
What's your current obsession? (I need a kid free day to head to the store!!)

What's your must have fashion need?a great pair of jeans!

What are you wearing right now?Jeans and tank top

What's your favorite food? I LOVE stir fry with tofu and shrimp. (weird, I know)

What made today special? I was outside with my dog and my son, and my son decided to pee in the grass and told me he wants a cookie just like our dog! THAT'S PRETTY SPECIAL. :)

What would you like to learn to do?photography

What's the last thing you bought? cookies

What are you listening/watching right now? my son make up songs (he is lonely when Kacey is at preschool)

What's your favorite weather? Hot during the day....chilly at night

What's your one goal in life?to be a good mother, wife, and friend.

What do you think of the person that tagged you? so sweet, super stylish! So jealous of her amazing finds!!!

If you can have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be? I would like MY house to be paid for. I am fine with the one right here in florida

What would you like to have in your hands right now? A big boutique order of pillows

If you can swap lives with anyone in the world for one day who would it be and why?my kids, I think they are living pretty well.

If you can go anywhere in the world for the next hour where would you go?NY

What language would you like to learn? French

What do you look for in a friend? a loyal person, someone who can just hang out and talk, a good listener, an honest person, someone who knows how to be serious...and can let loose every now and again. :)

Who do you want to meet in person? Oprah! LOVE HER!

What's your favorite type of music? I listen to a good mix of everything!

What's your dream job? I am doing it

Any favorite model? I still like Hiedi Klum.

Do you admire anyone's style? I love Reece Witherspoon's style. Simple, yet so chic

Describe your personal style?I am dress pretty plain with my clothes. I wear trendy clothes, in boring colors. I just like it! I wear lots of bold jewelry! love pearls! and love a fun shoe!

What's your favorite t.v show? anything on HGTV It is a bit ridiculous!

What's your favorite ice cream flavor?Peanut Butter Cup. mmmmm

What's your favorite makeup brand?MAC of course

What's your all time favorite perfume?I am a lotion girl. Perfume makes my daughter sneeze.

What's you fondest childhood memory? Traveling around Europe in a pop up Volkswagon Van. (I am sometimes jealous of my own childhood. I want to live it again NOW!)

What is your favorite item in your house? Besides my family...I LOVE my new thrift store chair! (not really new anymore...but I still love it!)
Rules:1.)Respond: answer the questions on your blog.2.)Replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.3.)Tag eight other people.
Stampin Cafe
loving pretty things
Life in the Fun Lane
copy Cat Chic
Mommy Holly
The Stamford wife
The Paper Chic

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Skate City

I had the BEST time EVER last night at the 70's Skate Party!!!!! I recommend it to EVERYONE!!! My friends and I ALWAYS have themed parties because it makes it so much fun, and everyone really gets into it! (I had a 1920's themed murder mystery party for my last birthday...BLAST!)

I do believe we are getting too old for roller skating without helmets, knee pads, wrist guards, and full body pads! We had one girl (bravest girl I know!) get carried away in an ambulance with a VERY broken wrist and elbow!!!! A VERY hurt tail bone on another girl...and a guy that had to leave early because he hurt his hip.
I do believe that the next party will be a shuffle board party!

Part of the group! I am in the middle...tried to look like Jackie from That 70's Show. I LOVED my hair and think I might try it again. :) (my husband was my hair spray guy)

Laci, Courtney (birthday girl) and me! We went to dinner ALLL decked out like this with 20 people. It was SOOO funny!
The Birthday girl (and me sneaking in the back). Fake tattoos, big shades, and LOADS of 70's music= BEST PARTY EVER!!!!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Lovely Day!

The weather is sooo pretty outside today! I am getting my amazing thrift store outfit (wink wink) ready for our 70's roller skating rink party tonight for one of my BFF's birthday party! SOOO FUN! Will DEFINITELY add pictures tomorrow!!!!

I have been SUPER busy making pillow after pillow after pillow and a daily trip to the post office. I decided to make a new little gem to add to my etsy store just in time for the weekend!

I've been tagged by Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things. Love her blog, and esp. her songs on her page. :) So sweet!!!!!
I have no idea how to crop my husband out of this picture, so just cover his face. (it said to post a picture of just me) :) And YES, I have naturally DARK hair, and those are my blue eyed BLOND haired babies. :) I ALWAYS get asked if I am their nanny!!!

I am passing this along to Grace. I am addicted to her site and her burlap, so I might as well pass this along to her. :) LOVE THIS GIRL! So funny, but I basically grew up with her husband, Collin. (no, my son is not named after him, just two cool guys with super cool name!)
Off to get ready for my travel back to 1970 and jam out at the local skate rink!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Proud Mama!!!

As if I wasn't already on cloud 9 after seeing that I won Lola B's contest! (WAHOO) I came home from running around town to an email with pictures of my kids that Maria from Snidershots took for us! LOVE LOVE LOVE HER! If you are in the Tampa area, she is your girl!

My little girl in her first ballet recital outfit...a buzzy bee. ;)
These pictures of Kacey almost made me cry just looking at how big she has gotten! Maria totally captured the real Kacey in these pictures, and I will have them posted allll over my house!!! She is a true girlie girl with the biggest heart!!!!!
Collin is getting soooo big and it blows my mind that my little baby boy can do skateboard tricks and is actually VERY good at sports! He works for hours on his skateboard skills and even knows a few tricks! (yes, I usually make him wear a helmet, but you couldn't see those baby blues with it on) :) Such a little man and yet he is SOOOO sweet and loving!


I woke up and ran to my computer to see if I had won the contest that Lola B put on for her 200th post! AND I SAW MY NAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ALMOST PASSED OUT!!!! My son came running into the room and asked if I was okay because I was screaming so loud!!! I am sooo excited and SOOOO grateful!!!!!! I have already planned a trip (kidless) to go check out the goods!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU LOLA B!!!!!!
Not a great picture because I was shaking so badly with excitement!!!
Check out the new Paris Pillow case at my etsy shop!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

We have spent the ENTIRE weekend hopping to different local Easter Egg Hunts! 2 yesterday, 1 this morning in our house, and leaving in a bit for one at my parents house!!!! I have decided that Easter brings in more candy than Halloween these days!!!!

Hope you all are having a WONDERFULLY RELAXING weekend!!!!!!!

Now off to eat the millions of eggs that we painted yesterday. (by the way, Easter has to be the one holiday that actually makes your house stink....but egg salad is worth it!!!!)


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Garden Party Giveaway....

Oneof my FAVORITE blogs is having a Garden Party Giveaway!!!!! Stop on over to Lola B's!!! She has an AMAZING boutique that I am IN LOVE with!!!!! So Sit down, grab a cupcake, and check out her site to win $200 TO ANTHROPOLOGY!!!!!!!!!!! Just leave a comment on her blog and you are entered!!! HOW COULD YOU GO WRONG!

She has her yard all set for the celebration Garden Party in honor of her 200th post!!!

I know she said she purchased the cupcakes for the kids....but I am going to help myself to one. :)

While you are at her blog, check out her Boutique ! If you are a new reader to her blog...let her know and you will ALSO be entered to win $150 to this amazing shop!!!

This tea pot is on my "mother's day" wish list. :)

So go enjoy the party!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Great finds!!!

It annoys me DAILY that my daughter doesn't have a hook up in her bedroom ceiling!!! We live in Florida so most people would be wanting the hook up for a fan.....but not me......I want her to have an amazing chandelier! This one is from trendyvintage and has a "buy now" button for $129!!!!! what?! that seems GREAT to me!!! Maybe one of these days I can convince my husband to get in the attic to put the hook up in!

Check out these super cute knobs!!!! love them!!!! this ebay store is amazing!!! They have A TON of appliques for your every shabby chic need!!! love it!!!!

I just haven't been able to find what I should get!!! Check them out at Do It Yourself Chic.

Okay, that is enough dreaming for me tonight. What I SHOULD be doing is going through the bags of "goodies" that I have stocked up on for the kid's Easter baskets............but this is soooo much more fun!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Some of my FAVE goodies on Etsy...

I am taking a break from my sewing room to do a little virtual shopping! The kids are in bed, my husband is at his softball game, my friend is coming over to do a Bootilicious Buns work out video in an hour (we are getting ready for our 70's themed roller skating rink party in two weeks), and so what better to do with an hour than search blogs and etsy!!! Sounds wonderful!

So here is my list of WANTS/NEEDS...

I have 8 of these....and I am going back for more!!! LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!! Have them in the playroom, in the pantry for snacks, and now I need them in my kid's room!!! LOVE THEM!!!! Check out the pictures that The Lettered Cottage posted...such a GREAT idea! She is running a special that is so great! Buy 6...get 2 FREE at Coastline.

This clutch looks sooo cute! I wish we would get invited to a wedding soon, so that I would have an excuse to get this amazing beauty! She has a ton of great clutches at oktak

I am not a user of pretty soaps....I am a COLLECTOR of it! I love it! This looks sooo pretty and would look amazing in my kitchen just sitting there saying hello to me! :) Looks amazing from Bella Grace Designs.

Just makes me happy! Want to hang it in my daughter's room! Or maybe my bathroom. Just think it is nice to wake up to. Super cute at Sparkle Power and she has a bunch of other great positive sayings.

I had better get off now before this hour break costs me any more money! :)