Holy Rojo & A Gotta Love Your Husband Kinda Friday *

Happy Weekend Mother Friday’s! I personally cannot WAIT for dinner tonight. It’s hubby’s birthday and he decided on Mexican. While you don’t know me all that well (yet). . . . Mexican is by far my favorite feast of feasts.  A simple Irish gal, I feel as if my taste buds were exchanged at birth with that of a 90 year old Mexican man. I crave this shit. It’s not even normal. While I was tempted by the Cheddar Bay bundles of love earlier this week, I’m ecstatic about his decision and to make up for it, I’ll be picking up some of the mix tomorrow. . . I’ll let you know how it compares to the real Red Lobster. 

So Rojo, I don’t know much about it. I’ve only eaten here once, on Taco Tuesday. It was a spur of the moment idea with my friend Carrie and we enjoyed more Coronas than we did Tacos. It’s supposed to be an upscale Mexican spot I suppose? While my heart will always be with Sagebrush, (we’ll talk about that later) I  can’t comprehend driving 45 minutes to dinner. Rojo is close, convenient and looks extremely tasty. I’ve heard good things. . . . let the drooling begin. 

Birthday Dinner

So anyhow, yes. It’s my husband, Pj’s Birthday. He’s 31 #Old. We don’t exchange gifts until midnight tonight (My Birthday’s Tomorrow –  Just a fun little tradition we started) but I did happen to give him one gift early. A Bath Robe. Yes, that’s when you know you’re old. But seriously, he needed it. Walking around butt-ass naked from shower to basement every morning/evening to find clothes after bathing was just unacceptable. Sometimes gifts are more than just “wants”. I saw a cute concept online a few years back for kids that goes something like: Something You Want, Something You Need, Something To Wear, Something To Read. (I thought that was super cute but unless he’s going to read the Redwings Logo on his hat I got him, I failed in one of the categories #Oops) Anyhow, I’m excited to gift him the rest of his things. . . . A Northface (welcome to the club PJ) – Something To Wear. Redwings Hat – Something To Read / AKA Another Want I Am Just A Failure. This Ghostbusters Shirt – Something He Wants. I did ok, although technically everything is something to wear. #I’mSoConfused. #AreYou? Anyhow, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY! Can’t Wait To Grow Old Together – Literally! ♥ 

Happy Birthday PJ

To close this Friday. . . I just want to spend a quick second being that annoying mother. I got to spend the day with Paige yesterday (I work remote on Thursdays) and we had a perfect day. Ya know those days where you just couldn’t be happier being a mommy? Gah. I love them. We had 2 doctor appointments (one for her,one for me) then we went and got The Hefty Hannah (6 cupcakes- you should really watch Pretty Little Liars #Obsessed) from Red Velvet Cake Shop because I fucking love cupcakes for PJ and I’s birthdays, grabbed some McDonalds on our way home because that’s her one treat every 6 months after a check up – and shots :(, watched Lilo & Stitch 3 times, bath time, homemade meatloaf and ended the evening with a Parents Night at her Montessori. I was SUCH a proud mommy. I really adore her school and how much she loves it. She’s only there 2 days a week and it’s seriously amazing how much she’s taken in in just 6 months already. 

Ok I’m done. I swear. I just wanted to share my fun filled day with you all. OH and to top off the day, I got mis-rang at the CVS. . .  I tried to explain to the attendant but she just was NOT getting it. FREE TAMPONS!!!

Happy Early Birthday To ME!

The Best Present A Girl Could Ask For. Happy Friday Bitches!! 


♥ – C

Fresh Prints Of Bel Air *

Ok, lets take a hot minute to assess where my crafting has been, where it’s going and WHY I didn’t think to name my Etsy Shop “Fresh Prints of Bel Air” – #FML #AnotherLostOpportunity . . . You see, I opened my own Etsy shop shortly after my wedding was over. I was bored out of my mind and I enjoyed some of the crafting so much that I decided to turn it around into something I could profit from (on the side). Just for fun, a total experiment. At first I had no idea what I was doing. Orders came in here and there, I would barely make a dime for the time I put in and over all I wondered what on earth I was even doing. But, it was something to call “my own”. *-This was of course BEFORE I began this blog and among many other things started dealing with the “Terrible 2’s”. 

Terrible Twos

After a while I began wondering if it was worth all the work (or lack there of). I added a few new items here and there but nothing really took off. I would stalk research other Etsy shops that sold other things, similar things, whacky things, things I liked and try to understand how they had been open half the time and sold 10 times my figures. I wanted to pretend they were just self employed, totally devoted and had no lives to get in the way of their beautiful shops. That’s when I decided I was going about this all wrong and my logic kicked in. . .

I spent the majority of 8 years Bartending. I could make $600 on an average night at some places. (No, I didn’t take my clothes off- I just worked at all the best bars!) Divide the 7 hours I was at work, I’m averaging a pretty penny per hour. NOW- Etsy: I’m working my ass off for 2-3 hours on a dumb burlap banner (or whatever other weird things I list in my Etsy Shop) that costs me supplies, gas, time with my family and multiple minutes I could have spent watching Gossip Girl Re-Runs. #I’mAnAddict. All For an $11 turnaround? While I’m no mathematician, (I barely passed statistics)  and apparently not very good at spelling either, (my computer just informed me I can’t spell Mathematician). . . . I can however, figure that this is just NOT very profitable. Thus in turn making this “crafting” that I so once loved seem like a fucking miserable way to spend my days a chore. 

My Current Situation When Compared To Bartending. . . . #WhatWasIThinkingGettingADegree??

At this point I decided that some of the things I did enjoy about my wedding planning were simple little side details that I may have over looked. I created a number of little prints that I had forgotten all about and really enjoyed making. I even made our Wedding Programs and Day Of Timelines (Both printed on a Brown Kraft Paper – If You Can Imagine) . . . I’ll just show you the proofs (Below) since my photographer was the worst fucking vendor we had and declined to take any detail oriented photos whatsoever. (I only made sure to underline this 1,000 times prior to show time, I put a lot of hard work into this day- none of which was captured.) #SheDeservesToHaveHerCameraStolen. I won’t name drop for now, but that’s only because I had carrot cake for breakfast and I’m feeling slightly up beat. 

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After my wedding I decided to start making other cute prints as gifts which you can see in a previous post: Gifts For The Girls * and the creative obsession began. I was riffling through movie quotes, song lyrics, Pinterest boards, print searches and whatever else I could get my hands on to come up with my next idea. The creative process began, and still continues! Today, I’m successfully converting my Etsy Shop into a more “print friendly” shop if you will. I’ve devoted myself to creating print after print, color wheels, quotes and personal art that’s easily customized for each customer. I even spent the better part of yesterday morning  creating a Facebook Business Page for this new avenue and have added access to my shop through Etsy Theme Shop! (I can’t give myself too much credit though, I work in Social Media for a living, I better know how to do all this shit!)

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I have spent a lot of time considering the options and while I still list some of my favorite “Rustic” crafts, I’ve determined that it’s more appropriate for a full-time working mommy to be heading in this direction. The wonderful thing is that I create the prints once, save as a template and it’s done! It’s that easy! Less time spent stressing and more time spent eating ice cream with Paige, all while being able to dabble in something I truly enjoy! 

On a side note, my first full day having my Facebook Page up (Today), I won a contest through Etsy Theme Shop that gest me 100+ Likes and a Featured Ad to run on Thursday! I’ve met some awesome nice people via this contest already and can’t wait to check out their pages as well! I’m so very excited but rather nervous. I need to get posting some new prints!! Wish me luck. 

Do Any Of You Have Etsy Shops Or Sell Something Online?? Please Share, I love to follow new small business!! Xo.



– C

Cheddar Bay Biscuits & Quaaludes *

So it’s Tuesday. I haven’t had a single post since last Monday. . . as you probably read, it was a rough one. The whole week was really. I swear I was working on a post for the past 4 days but it crashed without saving a single word yesterday afternoon, to which I said Fuck It. I then quickly realized my computer had a virus!!! It’s an Apple. They never get viruses. It’s unheard of, impossible! Well, lets just say when your husband convinces you that his coworker owns a copy of “Wolf of Wallstreet” that we can download on to my computer to watch at home. . . .it’s probably NOT legit. Like really? Not sorry about it though. I enjoyed the hell out of that movie from my very comfy couch with a Biggby Frozen Hot Chocolate and some Goldfish crackers. #MyLife.

It was great quality too (I was expecting the Seinfeld bootleg), something about being for “ratings viewing only” kept scrolling across the tippy top of the screen from time to time but hey, I give it a TV MA (and then some). It was wildly inappropriate but was all together fantastic. A little long like people had mentioned but at no point was I ever bored. I think the entire premise of the film was to fill you in on the illicit lives of these wall street execs and show you the trouble they were getting themselves into. If you ask me it just made me want to go sell a few penny stocks and do a bunch of cocaine. #KiddingAside, This movie was outright rowdy! I suggest you watch it for the pure and simple fact that Leo is a genius ( ♥ HIM ) and it’s just truly hilarious. Jonah isn’t too bad either. Ps. #IfYouDon’tLikeBoobsThisFilmIsNOTForYou.

So anyhow, lets move on to Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Through typical mundane conversation, my friend Ashley and I were discussing the wretched places that her 7 year old daughter wants to go for her birthday dinner this weekend (her birthday is Sunday- Paige can’t wait to go to the party – once discovering all parties/showers include cake, she’s a fan. #whoknew? PS. She picked Red Robin). Since it’s also my Husband’s birthday Friday and MY birthday Saturday, she asked us what our plans were for the celebrations. . . . to which I realized that our birthday weekend was in no way going to be as exciting as a 7 year olds. We just planned on going to dinner Friday with our parents and daughter. #GettingOld.

We’ve always celebrated together, because, well, why the hell not? It would be idiotic to try and cram another event on our busy calendar when we can simply blow candles together. Plus it’s fun. We exchange gifts at the stroke of midnight – When Pj’s Birthday ends and My Birthday begins. It’s kinda the routine we came up with our first year together to “share” the day. When Ashley asked where we were going to eat (apparently NOT Red Robin), I realized I had no idea. This however didn’t bother me. . . I can really go anywhere . . . Except Chilli’s. They really went down hill over the past few years and I despise their lazy attempt at a half-assed tex-mex menu. I mean seriously, it’s well known the midwest’s Mexican food sucks, I’m well aware. But if you’re gonna go for it, give it all you got. Ribs?? Really? Since when was that a favorite? #ChillisYou’reStupid. If I could go anywhere for dinner it would be San Diego. Yes, the city. Between Taco Fiesta and The Donut Bar, I could create the outright best birthday dinner / desert combo this girl has ever seen. 

Regardless, these fantastic destinations don’t exist in the mitten and while I can daydream all I want, I in no way  will ever get my hands on these delightful treats before the 1st. So, with that said- Cheddar Bay Biscuits. I don’t even like Red Lobster all that much, and if you know me, I HATE CHEESE. (Yeah I know it’s weird, I hear it all the time. Just deal with it for the time being and we can address this subject at another time.) BUT: These scrumptious little morsels are found warm, toasty and never ending on every table in the joint. How CAN you eat just one?! #SoTrue

I’m a huge fan and their is no denying it. I could eat an entire basket to myself, no shame. While I continued my conversation with Ashley, I mentioned that I may or may not utilize my daughter’s inability to produce sentences to my advantage and have proclaimed her love for these biscuits on more than one occasion. Thus hinting the desire she has mom has to visit Red Lobster. This isn’t a total lie. She did eat 2 biscuits before dinner even arrived when she was only 1 year old and roughly 15 pounds. I think the math speaks for itself. #SheLovesThemToo.

This is when the tables were turned. Now PAY ATTENTION: I have spent many a months pinning recipe after recipe hoping to find one copycat that didn’t require a space ship and 14 different herbs included. While I am all about making something myself whenever possible, some of these “DIY Copy Cat Recipes” are for the birds. Honestly? I’m lazy. I want instant satisfaction. On that note, I give you THIS:

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Cheddar Bay Biscuit MIX! Ok, listen. I am sure these have been around for like years at this point, and NO, I didn’t have a clue. But it’s things like that this make my Tuesday and for everyone out there that already knew. . . shame on you for not posting about it sooner! I’ve yet to see this make my pin-feed but I’ve seen 101 DIY recipes. I can’t honestly be expected to pull that shit off on a week night. #LetsBeReal. 

All in all, I have NO idea where we are going to dinner this weekend. I still haven’t mentioned it to my husband and I’m positive my in-laws probably have somewhere in mind already. But knowing that these priceless little treasures are out there makes this decision all the more relaxed. I can sleep easy tonight in knowing that I can enjoy the pleasure of these biscuits from the comfort of my home . . .  and if we end up at Denny’s this Friday, at least we didn’t waste an evening without Never Ending Shrimp. #NobodyGoesToRedLobsterForTheLobster. 

What are some famous treats gone “grocery” that you know of?? Always looking for new trends!! 🙂 


– C

Fuck You Mondays . . . *

So I went off to bed last night not entirely sure what I would feel like posting today . . . until today started. 

monday you bastard

Oh My Lord. . . . I haven’t had a Monday this bad in years! To start, I’ve been visiting a chiropractor for an achy shoulder situation this past week and I wake up ten times last night in killer pain. . . . (clearly the Chiro is not helping). Roll out of bed to get my daughter ready for school and rush around per usual in a chaotic yet, completely insane manner. . . only to leave the house forgetting some password my husband needed me to text him . . . .

Turn around. Get Pissed. Swear in front of child. . . . apologize, sort of. Proceed to head back to school. Out of windshield wiper fluid. #OfCourse  Pull in parking lot, unbuckle Paige. . . . teacher comes strolling out to remind me “She doesn’t have school today”. #FML. Call my in-laws. Ask if they can watch her? Yes. Get back in car. Swear More. Don’t bother apologizing, too late for that now. Drive all the way across town. Drop Paige off. Angry Baby. Annoyed Mom. Back to work . . . .half hour late.

case of the mondays

Sit down at my computer and attempt to work. Remind myself to pay bills (what every human wants to do on a Monday – #Yesss). Pay ALL the wrong bills for this current pay cycle. Swear Profusely. Do NOT apologize. Start to wince, take computer to back closet. Proceed to almost cry in dark closet. Call bank and ask that my large student loan payments be stopped. NO Can Do. #FML. Swear More. Try to see in what way I can flip my bills around and somehow still pay on time and not be poor. Not possible. Phone bill’s due tomorrow. . . . #GonnaBePoor. Go to heat up coffee in office microwave. Blow Fuse. . . . . . . #SayFuck. Sit down and write this post.

It’s only 12:30 PM. That’s only the half of it!! (Literally).

I brought a turkey sandwich for lunch. A Margarita sounds better. Or Maybe a Cupcake. Or maybe, BOTH!

margarita cupcake

*Thank You BrownEyedBaker For This Tantalizing Image To Get Me Through My Day.

 Oh Monday. . . .Fuck You

I would also like to note that I have NEVER in my life paid all the wrong bills and that I can honestly say that I don’t always hate Mondays, I actually consider them a fresh start! Oh but this Monday. . . . This I can’t ignore.  While I was already aware this week would be a challenge, this is just NOT what I needed to kick it off. Maybe I’m being tested so that the rest of this week won’t seem so horrid? #WhoKnows.

What Hell Stricken Mondays Have You Had?


– C

Crafty Canvas Covers *

Since I went Mrs. Clean on my house 2 weeks ago and organized each and every crevice; my usual chores have been few and far between. With all this new time on my hands I’ve of course come across a few “projects” to tackle and I’ve decided to fill you in on my latest!

Canvas Creations

This project was not only incredibly affordable but was a total piece of cake! I have been trying to decide what I can do with all these extra pieces of fabric lying around and after a totally failed attempt at trying to attach scrapbook paper to canvas, I decided to repurpose the fabric in a somewhat similar fashion. I’ve seen the idea around and have heard of friends doing similar projects but couldn’t find a “How-Two” anywhere so I decided to tackle this on my own, didn’t seem too difficult! 


The Items I used I already had or picked up on random outings to the craft store here and there. The letter P I planned on using for another project but figured I could use it more effectively on something like this. Plus, I can always pick another one up. The Flower I just saw in a clearance bin at Michael’s one day and thought it would look cute. I grab weird things all the time and never know what I’ll use them for, until I do!

Anyhow, here are the items I pulled together for this project. . . . 


  • 4 Canvas Boards (Whichever size you prefer, I chose the small 4 pack they offer at the craft store)
  • Random fabrics (best if you can find a color scheme or something to pull together)
  • Staple Gun (+ Staples)
  • Hot Glue Gun ( + Glue Sticks)
  • One Wooden Letter
  • One Large Flower Accent


The accents are totally optional and you can of course add whatever you would like to spice this party up, I just personally went with what I already had. Or you can even just leave them blank, whatever blows your skirt up. 

So lets get on with these fool proof steps so you bitches can all go on with your day . . . .


Step 1: Grab one of the fabric remnants you want to utilize and make sure it’s ironed flat. Lay one of the canvas squares on top and cut roughly 2-3 inches around each edge.


Step 2: Take the bottom and top edges and fold them over the back side of the canvas. Make sure to pull them tight and begin stapling along the wooden frame. 



Step 3: Once complete, work on the left and right edges and do the same. Fold each edge as if you were wrapping a christmas gift. This part is a little difficult (especially for men – if any men are ACTUALLY reading this right now- but seriously, what is wrong with you, why can’t you comprehend folding paper around a box?? It’s mind boggling. We all know you could make the best paper airplanes in 2nd grade. Stop pretending you’re so awful. ) but if you make sure to really tighten up the fabric, you’ll be all set. 


Ok, so this first one might not be the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen but hey, I’m totally winging this! Plus, it’s the back of the canvas, who cares! My second one went MUCH smoother. I found it easier to staple the inside fold then the outer fold. More staples but a cleaner look. It’s up to you! 


Once you’re finished you should have a smooth, clean and pretty little fabric covered canvas. Once finished with all four you’re ready to decorate! As you can see below, the first one is clearly the “demo”. I got a hang of it by the second, third and fourth. #ThankGod.



Step 4: Grab your wooden letter and start painting. (That is, IF you are painting said letter. You may want to leave it black or white or even wood, whichever it came in to begin with. I was stuck with black and was going for Pink so I had to bust out my paint collection! )


If you don’t already know, paint is typically wet for a while (Yes I just said that, you never know who’s reading) so lay your letter aside afterwards allowing time to dry. I use the cheap acrylic paints that take rarely more then 30 minutes to dry. If it helps, you may want to use a primer on black letters too (if that’s what you ended up with), as it didn’t cover with one coat. 


Step Five: Get to glueing! Make sure to heat up your hot glue gun and add whichever little details your heart desires. First, I glued the flower on. I had to remove a bit of hardware from the back before attempting to attach but it went on with no major issues. 



Next came the Letter P. I literally drenched the back of this thing in glue as I was afraid it wouldn’t stick. It stuck just fine, no worries here!! 



TADA!  There you have it, you’re done already. I hope it went as seamless for you as it did for me, this project really was a synch! Not to mention it’s adorable. Now I just have to decide whether to hang it in my Daughter’s room (Paige) or my new and colorful craft room! -Which I will totally blog about later, I’m in love with how it’s coming along!!) 


So there you go, another project down in the books, another post to finally blog. I’m almost as proud that I’ve completed another post as I am that I completed the craft at hand. #TrueStory. I hope you enjoyed the project and that it’s something you yourself can re-create! Feel free to share your results and let me know, are there any projects you yourself have recently attempted?? 


– C

Gifts For The Grandparents *

So back before the holidays, I was on this kick of making sentimental gifts for close friends and family. . . while I should have probably gotten around to blogging about it then, I was too busy back-up shopping online in case these hypothetical gifts didn’t turn out as I imagined. To be honest I was quite surprised- I’m not such a hack after all!

I spent many a hour riffling through Pinterest boards and Blogs searching for some sort of inspiration when I landed on TipJunkie’s “14 Gifts For Grandparents” and decided to roll with it! I came across a few ideas I liked but one in particular stood out to me, #9- The Family Photo Display. The photo linked me back over to My Simple Obsession’s Blog where I found the simple and cute directions to create such a project- 

Family Spotlight Photo Display Tutorial

While I’ve always enjoyed the creativity behind a personal project, I can’t help but crave the challenge of completing an idea inspired by someone else. I like to know that I too, can do that! I too, am a somewhat crafty bitch! I too, can be a productive member of society! I also would like to take this chance to show Sarah, who created this project over at My Simple Obsession , that she is MUCH more talented than I but that I was, however, inspired by her post. I love her blog, it’s cute, simple and super fun. She’s got some great ideas so if you ever get the chance, go check it out! 

So anyhow, after looking over her post, I determined a few things that I may have to change or modify:

  1. Without one of those Cricut machines I was a lost soul. While I’m excellent at freehand lettering and I’m a huge fan of collecting stencils, I was in no way going to stack up against her perfected fonts. They are divine. I then moved on to adding the Cricut to my future Christmas List (It was too late of notice for this year, I didn’t want to be #thatwife.) Once adding it to the list, I surrendered to the idea that I would just have to utilize my stencils. . . and it wouldn’t be “perfect”. The end. 
  2. I wasn’t able to find the same size plaques at Michaels she lists in her post. I unfortunately was out shopping at the wrong time and they only had one left (I needed two – Both sets of Grandparents). I resorted to a lengthier and much more slender version they still had in stock. It wasn’t my favorite but it worked. . . . again settling. It’s tough for a perfectionist like myself but I’ve learned this whole act of “re-creating” other’s projects forces me to work with what I have, not with what I want. #BabySteps.
  3. I didn’t have her exact floral options but I did find some nice alternatives in the scrapbook section of Michaels. Or maybe it was the Martha Stewart section? (Is that a section? I don’t know.)
  4. I didn’t have the chance to run to Walmart for said “Burlap Ribbon” she lists in her supplies but I did however see some nice burlap looking ribbon at 70% off at checkout. #Score.
  5. I didn’t use eyelet screws, I used those micro mini nails I always find left over in the garage. . . I was totally scavenger hunting for the missing pieces to this project, not even going to lie. 
  6. I chose not to paint the plaque but instead, stain it. We stained our kitchen back splash with multiple stains over the summer and I had a ton left over, again rations. Also, I just love the look. 

Once I got home and I had collected all the supplies I would need for this project. . . . I began to plot my path to project perfection. Below is a list of all the items I acquired to complete the task at hand. While they differ slightly from Sarah’s post, I felt I could still accomplish my end goal. 



  • Burlap Ribbon (Michaels)
  • Wooden Plaque (Michaels)
  • Mini Nails (2) 
  • Mini Clothespins (Michaels – come in a variety of colors!)
  • Hemp Twine (Walmart)
  • Paint Marker (Michaels – One Black, One White)
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Floral Decoration (Of your choosing) 
  • Staple Gun 
  • Stains (Home Depot – Of your choosing)

Step One: Stain the plaques. I used a variety of english wood, black and an old barn grey. They created a dirty, rustic brown. I couldn’t decide on an exact color so I just kept adding layers of all of them. . . .5 layers to be precise and NO, you don’t have to do this. You can more then happily just buy one stain you prefer and do one or two layers until you get the desired effect.  


Make sure to wipe off each layer of stain after you apply it. This was important for me to know as I was a first time stainer myself. . . .luckily the hubby had some good experience before our kitchen backsplash “project” as you can see in the background. (He did such a good job, all the wood turned out different shades and I instantly fell back in love. . . with our kitchen. DUH!)


Once they are done being stained (and wiped down) the plaque should look something like this. . . (See Above). Let these dry for the next 24 hours before attempting to complete the project. Also, DO THIS OUTSIDE. I made the mistake of attempting it on our kitchen counter. The house smelled for days, not to mention if it gets on ANYTHING it could be totally destroyed. I got lucky on that one but seriously, just take it from me. OUTSIDE. 


Step Two: Lettering. This requires a stencil of your choice and your paint markers. You can use actual paint if you prefer but the paint markers make it incredibly easy! I pick them up at the craft store all the time! The phrase goes: GRANDKIDS  (Large Font Above) – Make Life More Grand (Small Font Below).


Once finished with step two you should have a pretty little outcome such as this. . . .(See Below). I know it’s not Cricut perfect but hey, it was a $4 solution to a $150+ Cricut dilemma. Side Note: I was following the examples on My Simple Obsession’s post so closely that I committed the exact same grammatical disaster Sarah warned us NOT to do. That’s what I get for just following the pictures #ChildAtHeart. Regardless – It’s MAKE not MakeS. I did however realize my error before completing the second plaque. . . (remember I’m making two – one for each set of Grandparents), in case you missed that part. So that’s good. 


Step Three: Involves those little nails I was telling you about, or eyelet screws, or whatever you yourself may have purchased (or found on your garage floor like me). Basically line them up along the bottom Right and Left corners level to one another. 


I personally just eye-balled it but whatever it is you prefer, be my guest. Some people are more anal than others. Personally, I’m not really into that. . . . #I’veGotJokes. Oh, and if I didn’t mention it before, you need a hammer. 


Step Four: Attaching the hemp twine. It’s pretty simple really, just tie the hemp to each nail and make sure it’s rather taught. If it isn’t, your photos will sag once you hang them. If that’s the look you’re going for then by all means, slip it some slack! 


Step Five: Attach those cute little flowers you’ve been waiting to use! First off, remember to heat up your hot glue gun! (I always forget that step in everything, go to squeeze out glue. Boom! No glue. Also, really hard to squeeze.) Once your gun is heated, put a little glue on the back of each flower and place them wherever you please! 


I went for the paper flowers as opposed to the fabric option that Sarah’s blog mentioned. I honestly didn’t have a preference I just happened to come across these first while creeping the craft store and I liked the colors. Fabric would be cute too, these were just more my style. 


Step Six: Attach the ribbon. Take your burlap ribbon and cut two equally length pieces then staple them to the back of your plaque. I personally tied the bow first THEN stapled it to the plaque. This helped me to make sure the bow was equally centered, . . . at least my brain thinks so. 


Step Seven: Take those cute little clothespins you’ve collected and get to pinning! This was my favorite step as I’m OBSESSED with all things Mini. I also loved selecting which pins I wanted to use as Michaels had SO many cute colors I never had expected. 


& finally, you’re finished! Well minus adding the photos. I personally added pictures of our little Paige before I gave them as gifts but I mistakenly forgot to photograph them before I gave them away as gifts! Sometimes it slips my mind I’m actually going to blog all of this. . . I’m learning. Slowly. But regardless, below is the final product! 


It’s so cute! (Although I must say it was even cuter when I added my little munchkin’s snap shots! It was the perfect gift for the grandparents. My in-laws even hung it in their living room, a place that no child has ever landed before in the history of the Scally household. #ProudMoment! 

So in closing I would just like to thank Sarah over at My Simple Obsession for providing me such a wonderful idea and challenging me to create something meaningful for the Grandparents! So tell me, which projects have challenged you? I would love to hear your thoughts and especially projects you’ve tackled. . . as I may try them myself! 


– C

An Exciting Tuesday (Who Knew Right?) – {Sh*t Men Say Link-Up #1}*

So today I just wanted to re-fill (not your soda) you in on this amazing friend of mine (who I know I’ve already mentioned but I adore her posts) who has shown me what it is to Blog. I have like 2 followers and she’s averaging like 50+ comments per post. I Love it. She’s so inspiring and her Blog, Voyage of the MeeMee, is non-stop laughter. She just writes about whatever and literally speaks through her words. I can hear her voice in every post and it’s exactly what a great Blog should be.

Today I just wanted to take the time to write a short post about this new Link-Up she’s doing with her pal Danae at Duh Danae, on Sh*t Men Say. It’s honestly going to be priceless and while I have a first hand knowledge of the weird shit Amanda’s BF says, I can hardly wait to read what the rest of the web’s men are saying. It’s going to probably become one of my top favorite posts each month. So PLEASE head over to their Blogs and check this shit out, it’s gonna make you laugh. #Obviously. Oh and be sure to tweet some of your men’s thoughts with the hashtag, #shitmensay and tag Amanda and Danae in your thoughts as I’m sure they would love to follow!! 

Also, join the Link-Up on their posts. I have NO idea how to do it (I’m attempting right now) so I can’t offer much assistance but I’m pretty sure I’ll figure it out. #AmanadaHELPME Bahaha. I will however close this small post by sharing a few awkward and verbal moments that I’ve spent with my husband in hopes they can use it as food for thought. . . . 

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Oh, and I haven’t even gotten started on his #Twitter. He lives on that. Regardless, it’s just a fact that men say some incredibly awkward things. My most recent favorite was when I returned home this past Sunday evening to find him sitting on the couch watching Netflix. . . I sat down and asked what we were watching to which he replied, “Watching a documentary on killer whales, you know, the one we’ve talked about watching.” Mind you, we have NEVER discussed this before- watching said show, or have even uttered the words “Killer Whale” to one another in our 5 years together as co-workers or co-people. I was so amused at this reply that I couldn’t fight back the laughter. He’s just something else! So in closing, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE check out the Sh*t Men Say Link-Up by these girls, it’s gonna be GREAT! 

Happy Tuesday Bitches! 


– C

A Truly Happy (& Slightly Tardy) Year-End Report *

As I prepare a short recap (Yeah Right This Took Me 14 Days To Publish) of my 2013, I would first like to share that I am in NO way ready to begin 2014. . . . While I’m well aware that (it’s already begun) you’re supposed to look forward to the changes and growth a new year symbolizes, I am not entirely sure I can top 2013! I’m all for change, it’s probably one of my favorite constants. BUT, looking back on such a fantastic year, this helpless smart ass has become a tad sentimental and would like to pretend it’s just not yet ending. . . .

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With all that being said, lets #Rehash (pun intended) my 12 amazing Months of 2013. . . . !!


The Year of The Wedding! Planning began to take up all spare moments of my life. . . . 5 months and counting, it was crunch time! I will have you know that I WAS in fact one of those crazy bitches that took it upon myself to build practically anything and everything for the special day . . . .I will blog on this later (No I probably wont, lets be real, I hated every ounce of stress associated with that day) but for now here are some of the things I was completing last January when “Bride Mode” really kicked in. . .

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While braving the cold, we hunker down and get to work on booking our Bachelor/Bachelorette parties and my flight to Atlanta for my best college (golf) girlfriend, Sara’s wedding! To wrap the month up, my soon-to-be hubby turned 30 on the 31st! We celebrated a wonderful night out in Detroit with 3 rooms at Greektown, 30+ friends and a Ghostbusters Cake made by yours truly! (It was my first experience with fondant and I instantly fell in HATE all while adoring the results!)

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Lastly, Paige Starts WALKING!! 


The first is MY BIRTHDAY!! I secretly hate my birthday but this year’s was kinda fun. I am born the day after my hubby (+ 3 Years) and I ADORE that he can semi-steal the show *We Share Our Birthday Party Since We’ve Met*. . . I’m not a big fan of being the center of attention. But I will say that his 30th made for an over-the-top 27th for yours truly! Can’t complain about a night out, friends, casino and hotel room with 3 boys who came back to the room lathered in strip club butter-(insert sarcasm here). . . . Regardless, it was still a night out. Mommy doesn’t get that many. I spent the month slaving away at wedding related nonsense and found time for a few fun family events. . .

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Paige’s First “Hockey Game” or Watching my coworkers play at the local rink on a league rather but still fun all the same! Enjoyed a Margarita or two & learned our colors. . . . we basically spent a good amount of “down time” as this was the LAST Chaos free month we would have for the entire YEAR. #NotKidding. Side Note: (& Very Proud Mommy Moment) – Paige Pick Up A Golf Club, Finally!


Our Wedding Shower! This was a hectic, wonderful and disorganized but we got some wonderful gifts! I was so happy to spend the weekend with my best friends and MOH Heather, who flew in from California for the fun weekend! We had a great time and spent the evening celebrating St. Patty’s Day, any Irish girl’s favorite occasion!





The night of the shower and the next day we decided to hit the streets of Detroit and celebrate St. Pat’s. . . .

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Next came The Novi Golf Expo which is the largest golf event held each spring. I work for GroupGolfer.com and we spend each year prepping for the event to host some of the largest tents at the show. It’s a whole weekend of work and while I was busy working 14 hours days my husband decided to create his first feature film. . . . Paige’s First YouTube Appearance . It was beyond entertaining, I hope you enjoy.

Finally was Easter and an unexpected early trip to the park. Weather broke for a day and we couldn’t wait to get to the playground! ♥ Her.

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April was a BUSY BUSY month. I spent most of the time traveling and while I complained about not being home a month before my wedding it was probably the best idea I ever had in planning. . . I needed the break and I LOVE TRAVELING. I cannot express that enough. I literally would just travel ALL the time if able. I get the biggest rush ever just experiencing new everything, it’s always been my passion . . . along with photographing every new adventure! Seriously, if I could just retire tomorrow and see the world I would be the happiest bitch on earth but lets be real, I’m 27, newly married and mother to a toddler. Money is a figment of my imagination, along with time!! Amidst all the traveling was our first annual Tigers Game! (We are Detroit Fan FREAKS!) Me and hubby scored from freezing cold tickets but it was a fun filled afternoon for sure! 🙂

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Anyhow, Atlanta came first. Sara’s wedding to be precise. . . . We traveled ALL day for this one, not to mention it was the same weekend as the Masters (For all of you not familiar with Golf it’s like the BIGGEST event of the season- IN Augusta, GA) and everyone and their brother was boarding planes for Atlanta too- Which might explain why my tickets were a rip! I took off from Flint- Landed in Detroit (mind you I’m still in the same state-The Nerve!) then head to Atlanta where I get off the plane and saddle up with a Man named “Buddy” (Real Name, Not the Elf – His grandfather owns the Atlanta Falcons or something random) who drives me 4 full hours into the Florida Georgia line. No, not the song, but I will say that after experiencing such a place, I have a new appreciation for their tunes. ❤ my Country Music! The wedding was absolutely amazing (minus not being able to watch The Masters ALL weekend and having to keep up on current affairs where work’s concerned!!!! – Sorry Sara had to say it, we played GOLF together in college, WHAT were you thinking!?!?) and Sara was absolutely beautiful. I also got to spend my few hours on Sunday before flying out with great family friends who moved to Atlanta when I was 7. . . the Poulos Family who took me to lunch in their cute little suburb of Atlanta which I could totally see myself living in. 60+ bars in a one mile stretch with historic southern homes and upscale condos. It was divine, and basically topped off the trip. . . along with Adam Scott winning the Masters. ♥ In Love with HiM. . . Please See Photo Below and you will understand exactly why that is. #AussieHeaven.

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Next came my Bachelorette Party!!! San Diego to start followed by a road trip with the girls to VEGAS. I can’t tell you how much fun this was. . . I literally CAN’T. It’s my Bachelorette Party. It’s supposed to be a hush hush affair! I will say we were anything BUT quiet. . . oh and that the Donut Bar in San Diego – Thanks Bryan for the introduction, has the most unreal Donuts I’ve ever tasted and thus lead me on a year long obsession to open my own wild donut shop in Detroit. (This has no yet panned out, FYI). Regardless, the trip started out with a Mimosa breakfast on Pacific Beach, a night out in SD followed by a road trip through the desert to an oasis of old friends, free drinks, good times, limos and bikinis. It was a riot! Even the moms came. 🙂 I’m a very lucky girl. Ps. YES, I packed that many shoes. Don’t judge me.

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Now that the adventures were over, it was crunch time. On to the next month!


MARRIED MONTH!! Manicures, spray tans, meetings, makeup, mimosas. . . .It was about the be a whirlwind of a month but we could hardly wait! So lets cut to the chase, we got married on May 11th, it was 70 degreed (pretty standard for a Michigan May) all week leading up to the wedding and the day of . . it had to be a high if 40 degrees and raining. Seriously. WORST case scenario- that was us. All the planning and all the worrying just didn’t matter any more. I was stressed as all hell and nothing could change that but in the end we were married and we danced and we were in love. OH and when they say try to stop and just recall you day, seriously do that. It flies by and that year of stressing was all for nothing so just try to take a minute and remember what you’re doing there in the first place! LOVE. – As you can clearly see I’m not one for wedding blogging. I thought I would try that when I first had the idea but I would rather NEVER go through that bullshit again.































I can honestly say that I’m the luckiest girl in the world. (Sorry to get all sappy and shit, it’s something I’m personally working on – to be more grateful; with that comes extreme mush and slight sarcasm in random bursts. . . gratefully sarcastic you say? Totally possible; just try this: I fucking adore how you throw your socks all around the living room when you get home from the gym babe, I couldn’t ask for a better hubby, I really am the luckiest girl in the world”. #WifeLife. But seriously, I had a wonderful wedding and it was one of the most stressful yet enjoyable moments in my life. Sitting here 7 months in to being married, I feel like it’s only gotten better. Every day I’m a happier person for where my life is. Some days I may have to remind myself more than others but I really do have the best husband in the world, he’s my other half. ♥ Struggle is inevitable but it’s how you’re equipped to deal with it that matters and I can say that together, we can deal with anything. That and lots and lots of laughter. . . and sarcasm. From here on out . . .#WifeLife.

Following the wedding was of course the honeymoon . . . .  To start we missed our flight, #Woops. That was totally my bad. I had flown out of Flint ( a smaller airport north of Detroit) twice the month before and didn’t see the reason behind getting there any more than an hour before departure. Well apparently leaving the country requires a baggage check for customs no later than 1 hour. Yeaaaaahhhh . . . about that, we got there 56 minutes before the flight. I’m one stubborn ass bitch when I want to be and it finally bit me in the ass. . . . .I broke down in tears (and I’m NOT the crying type). After the horrible luck of our wedding day and now this, I was just an emotional bubble waiting to burst. An hour later we had everything figured out and would be back that afternoon to depart for Atlanta (once again) for a lay over which turned out to be a close second to our $800 a night ocean side suite. . . but really it was! We stayed with my friends from before (Please Refer Back To April) and went to dinner, were surprised by some friends that were just at our wedding and had a great night out! It was an amazing night followed by the best trip EVER to Punta Cana. Pj had never left the country and I’m afraid our resort may have ruined any future experience he may have. . . . it was an unreal adventure that was a perfect way to wind down after the wedding!































Ahhh I wish I could live there every day! It was absolutely amazing. The beach, the sunrises, the room, the FOOD, dinner on the beach, boat rides, snorkeling, casino, Enrique (our server who we loved)- Also a commonly used name for a “friendly” female electronic toy (ie. Fernando, Horhey, Enrique Etc.) . . . it was an absolute dream come true. I would recommend the Now Larimar in Punta Cana to everyone!!


We finally settled back into normal (Married!) life. We spent the month trying to declutter our lives and jumped into remodeling our kitchen. We wanted to get a rustic, modern look with out breaking the bank so we decided to upgrade in the most monetarily responsible way we could think of. . . .

Paint For Cabinets: $90. New Hanging Microwave: $300. Daich Spreadstone Countertop Paint: $100. Wood for Backsplash: $40. Stain for Wood: $15. New Hardware for Cabinets: $40. Ikea Shelving: $150. SandPaper, Nails, Brushes, Rollers Etc. : $30. Wine Rack / Glass Holders: $15. Other Stuff?/: $50

Over all it was well under $1,000.00 and we completely transformed the kitchen into a dream. The backsplash is what really made it pop and it’s a total Pinterest Dream Kitchen!! ♥ My Hubby actually had the idea for the wood “pallet” looking backsplash which is something I always wanted but I NEVER thought he would go for. He did an AMAZING job. I just did all the painting, he was behind all the rest. It turned out fabulous-We LOVE it. We had also waited to unpack all our wedding shower gifts until AFTER the remodel so it was a lot of organizing but in the end everything was brand new and so pretty! 🙂 The First photo gives you an idea of the chaos that this project took on for over a week. . . . DIY is SO worth it though!

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Once this project was finally finished, we looked ahead to other fun seasonal events. Lots of weddings, a number of concerts at DTE and some endless nights with family and friends enjoying the Michigan Summer to it’s fullest!


Paige Turns Two!! Ok, I’ll admit. I am always about NOT being the crazy “Mother Stewart” of the neighborhood who tries to do it all while working a full time job and keeping her sanity BUT birthday parties are my one and total downfall. I am a crazy bitch when it comes to deciding a theme, colors, deserts, favors, etc. I am in no way supporting the games mothers play in comparing who does what better. . . I’m actually a huge supporter of doing your own damn thing, F all the rest. But- I don’t do this to impress you, I don’t do it because it’s all the rave, I do it because I genuinely am obsessed with being creative and the aspect of planning an entire event centered around my favorite tiny human is just the icing on the cake- literally!

I wanted to be an event planner for a living. Hell, I still do. I not only think I would be damn good at it, I KNOW I would be really damn good at it. I am obsessed with every minute detail and couldn’t be happier when everyone else is enjoying themselves. I like to see creativity from start to finish and will pine over something that’s completely useless for hours. . . .While I do need to work on making sure that I myself enjoy the party, (not just try to run it from behind the scenes) I will say that in no way am I sorry for trying to throw the most elaborate fiesta ever. I enjoy a good cupcake and I relish in a mimosa bar. . .  I don’t even care that my mother in law thinks I’m bat shit crazy or that my daughter can’t physically say “thank you” – nor does she understand the concept, for all the hard work I’ve done for her, that I slaved over fondant or was up all night baking/decorating 70 + cupcakes. . . as I said before, I do this for me. And Yes, I’m completely and 100% fucking nuts but I get complete self satisfaction out of it. . . #WinWin. You’re welcome.












































So yes, I had a photo booth. I saw the idea on Pinterest where the mom has balloons for the background and had her camera set up in the house. . . I managed to move my theory outside and create a fabric backdrop – I have a sick obsession with my Pinterest boards. I now make photo booth backdrops at my Etsy shop because of the overwhelming compliments I got at the party. Things happen for a reason I guess? I loved it! So many cute photos, I couldn’t post them all! My husband and I also decided to get Paige her first car. An Audi TT Roadster. Totally acceptable purchase. . . except I had to return the thing the Morning of her party because it wouldn’t charge!! Talk about stressing out, these are the exact type situations I consistently find myself in when trying to organize every minute of life. . . . just as my friends. We figured it out though and she ended up loving it! Such a diva baby. ♥ – We love you Paige!

July also marked the month that Paige would start SCHOOL! We decided to place her in Montessori two days a week just a short walk form my office downtown. We thought it might speed up her speech development, introduce her to other kids her age and teach her a variety of life skills. The Montessori is absolutely wonderful and we couldn’t be happier. If I needed them more (or had more money- HA) I would put her in 4 days. She truly enjoys is and it makes me a happy Mommy!!

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August was a whole lot of SUMMER. We spent the first weekend away in Chicago with friends experiencing our first ever Lollapalooza. It was an absolute blast! I got to see one of my old school favorite bands The Postal Service perform their last big show and I loved every second of it. We spent the rest of the time in the city bar hopping and seeing old friends . . . it was an amazing weekend! While I’m sure for the rest of the month we had an event scheduled every single weekend (because that’s just what life has become in your 20/30 somethings) it appears as if I had no major life events to worry about after LoLLa. I enjoyed a few more shows to close out the summer at DTE and spent the remainder of the season enjoying friends and time with Paige. Things were starting to calm down and aside from the 8 weddings/12 showers/11 bach parties we had combined (which I’m in no way posting about because that would take another 10 days to collect and recall) throughout the season, we actually had some time to enjoy Summer! Below are a few of my favorite pictures from August, taking Paige to the beach, concerts, Chicago and the lake. ♥ My MI Summers.





















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One of my favorite weekends ever!! The GroupGolfer.com Patriot’s Day Shootout Golf Weekend at Tree Tops Golf Resort in Gaylord. I AM OBSESSED WITH GOLF. It’s been my favorite hobby since I was a teen and as I’ve grown older it’s become a major focal point of my career. I work at GroupGolfer.com and it’s basically the “Goupon” of golf! We run amazing daily deals for different courses and products around the country and in turn get to sponsor amazing events like the Patriot Day weekend for wounded veterans. It’s a 3 days trip with non-stop golf, time with co-workers and a cool events. . . . It’s so cool to be a part of this trip each year and an honor to be with a company that can give back to such a worthy cause. I Love My Job! ♥

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The last two pictures are of my Eagle shot on the second day. Par 5. Playing Great! 🙂 I love the trip so much! After Labor Day in Gaylord, I came home for a short week of work then traveled North again the following Friday for a fun filled girls weekend in Midland. You see, I lived in Midland for 4 years while I attended Northwood University for my undergrad. I made some amazing friends while working at a local bar and I enjoy keeping in touch with these bitches from time to time. . . .this trip was way overdue and included a lot of rain, a bonfire and a quick 9 holes at my college course, Currie Municipal! Unfortunately “Muffin” is hiding in the last shot!! #WayToGoBitch!

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After a fun weekend I head home to spend more quality time with Paige. We spent a lot of time in the park this month and even attended her first “School Picnic”! Dad and I head to the park just a short drive from our house and find a hidden gem of a place- George George Park. . . . Extremely stupid name BUT it was a ton of fun. We spent some additional time at the Rochester park later in the month, followed by Paige’s first ever Tigers Game!

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As if this month wasn’t already busy enough, we some how found time to attend the Renaissance Festival way up in Holly, MI with my parents and squeezed in a little networking in Down Town Detroit with the B.O.M.A. Young Professionals Group. I was previously on the board of this committee before leaving my last job and it was great to go back and catch up with old friends and witness how far this group has finally come. . . they have done some amazing work getting people involved and the venue for this event on top of the M@dison building was just #holyhell, beautiful. I love Detroit. What a busy month!

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My Favorite Month! I love fall in Michigan. Boots, Scarves, Leaves, Pumpkins, Cider, Donuts and Carmel Apples. . . . Yes. Carmel Apples. A top 10 (personal) favorite food group and something I feel should be served year round; along with corn on the cob and Starbucks Eggnog Chai Latte. . . it’s not irrational it’s called cravings. . .. #LookItUp. Oh and peanuts are a MUST. I can’t say enough about this fall . . . we kicked off the first weekend trying to squeeze in some golf with our friends Adam and Erica at Lakewood Shores in Oscoda, MI. It was one rainy ass weekend but we survived and it was actually a blast. We had two room, 36 holes (The Gailes & Blackshire) and spent the night out watching the Tigers blow a playoff game but it was all worth the drive, the fall colors were incredible. Erica (Adam’s Girlfriend) is pretty new to the game so we had no idea what to expect, but she surprised us all! She can really hit the ball for a beginner and to be honest, she had a few shots better than the boys! Over all it was a trip we would love to do again and thanks to GroupGolfer.com we could totally afford the golf AND the gas! #WinWin. #BrokeFolkStillTravel

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Once our clubs were retired for the season, I spent a good amount of time with family sharing my favorite season with Paige! We hit the park as much as possible where we discovered changing leaves, made one last stop at the zoo before the cold hit. . . . (we visited the zoo THREE times this year and I can bet next year will be twice that, we love it there), hit up a Lions Game with the Hubby and friends. . . .Explored The Rochester Cider Mill (I try to pick a new one each year to explore) and after a fantastic photo session, ended the month carving pumpkins and begging for candy! Trick-or-Treating was absolutely hilarious this year- Paige finally understood it all and while she started cranky and wet (I swear it rains EVERY DAMN YEAR!), she ended the night blowing kisses to all the neighbors and rifling through one hell of a haul of candy. It was a super way to end my favorite fall to date! ♥

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It’s finally cold. November was mostly about hibernation as we brace ourselves for the winter weather!  While I adore fall, I despise winter. I haven’t been skiing since college, I haven’t been ice skating since college, and I haven’t been sledding since college. . . . unless you count last year when I pulled Paige around our front yard (this is completely level mind you) for roughly 8 minutes. Overall, winter isn’t FUN anymore. It’s scraping ice off your car, wasting gas in 4 wheel drive, shivering to the core and always feeling like you need another car wash. That’s of course assuming you even wash your car in the winter, which I do not. Screw wasting $5 to pull out into a sea of salted roads, nothing more depressing then the god damn salt truck. It’s also the season of unexpected pot holes – something us MI people know all too well. Pretty sure we have the worst roads in all of North America. Anyhow, November was a dreary month with nothing but Football Sundays and some intermittent bowling, we finished the month off with turkey and a round-a-bout of three houses in one afternoon, it’s exhausting yet delish. Since this is the most boring month of the year, below you will find only a few photos of us taking Paige bowling for the first time at a charity event. . . . She picked up all my spares. Thank me later for sparing you one month of my life. . . I know it gets somewhat obnoxious but like I mentioned in my first Blog EVER, I do this for me, NOT you. Enjoy my year or shut your trap!

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While the month was absolutely PACKED with fun. I will spare you the abundance of photos and simply direct you to my earlier post. Here you will find all the magic of the holidays while also sympathizing with my failed attempt at photography. ( I will have you know I have NO clue as to what I’m doing yet with this passion but I hope to learn and grow in the coming months. . . so please, while there is still time- critique away. I can take it! #HellINEEDit! ). Christmas is a personal favorite for me again. As I grew out of this magical season, I have since began to enjoy all that it entails again through the eyes of my daughter. This year was her first “real” Christmas as she finally understood Santa, enjoyed making cookies, opening gifts, and spending time with family! It made the season ALL the more exciting for me and my hubby and while I can’t explain how sad I am to see it over, I’m so incredibly blessed to have spent it so perfectly. It was truly an incredible holiday for everyone in our lives. I will add a few favorite photos from the Rochester Christmas Parade (A Special Thank You T0 Tom & Jill For Inviting Us- It was the BEST Day!) as they made me realize how important this Christmas would finally be!

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The last photo is when Paige finally sees Santa at the end of the parade. Her reaction is priceless and I wish I could relive this moment every single day! It’s the coolest. My favorite is that she would explain to people that she saw Santa by saying “Ho Ho” and waving. (She wasn’t exactly talking much yet. . . . boy have things change in only 3 weeks!) Christmas morning was a total treat and the level of anticipation between me and my husband was indescribable. I can hardly wait until next December and it really is the most magical time of the year.

So in closing, I would just like to thank you all for reliving the best year of my LIFE with me . . . . I know it’s an obnoxious post when it takes me literally 14 days to create – AKA this was a HORRIBLE fucking idea, BUT now that it’s finished I’m so happy to look back on the events of my 2013 and smile. While there will always be ups and downs, this past year was one for the books. Other unmentionables were that I chopped my hair, started my own Etsy Shop, attempted photography, declined my sex life (married-DUH) and started this blog!! 

I look forward to what 2014 has in store but I will in NO way be creating another post of this nature. It was the most absurd adventure for any chronic procrastinator to set out on and while I have made some personal “new years resolutions” giving up Cheetos, Netflix and time with my family (all of which I was too busy doing to finish this post in a timely manner) aren’t any of them. I also regret to inform you that I in NO way went back and edited any of this as I am incredibly lazy. I apologize in advance for all typos and horrible grammar- I was more concerned with the fabulous photos. Thanks.


Happy New Year (13 Days Ago)! What are your favorite things about 2013?


– C