Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year! I am a bit under the weather today, but I couldn't let today pass without wishing my sweet blog friends a very Happy New Year! I hope that 2010 proves to be a wonderful year, full of blessing for each of you! I look forward to reading all about it!

Coming soon on The Pink Chick: My 2010 Resolutions and Goals and a great giveaway!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Nightmare Before Christmas

My parents live on a small hobby farm (around 50 acres), so whenever we visit we always take the dogs. My two big dogs, Porter and Boone, love playing with my parent’s dog. They also love running around the farm and swimming in the pond. My parent’s house is like paradise to Porter and Boone.

We let them run free as long as we are at the house. This is very out of character for me because I am super protective of my dogs. We check on them every so often to make sure they are okay. They never stray far. They are always near the house or playing in the pond. When we leave the farm or go to bed, we put the dogs in their outside kennel.

Christmas Eve night was a very rainy night, so instead of putting the dogs in their kennel at bed time my Mom and Michael suggested we let them sleep under the carport. Michael and I stayed up late that night, and before going to bed I checked on my sweet puppies. They had been on the front porch all night, so I looked on the front porch. They were not there. Michael looked in the carport, and they were not there either. My parent’s dog was in the carport, but there was no sign of Porter and Boone.

We called and called and called for the dogs, but we never heard a peep. I hopped in the car and began riding the dirt roads, but I saw and heard no sign of them. My Dad also drove up and down the road looking for them. Michael combed the edged of the woods and my Mom stayed at home in case they showed up.

After round one of searching (around 12:30 am Christmas morning), I came home to find that Porter had showed up without a collar and without Boone. At this point, I began to panic. Porter is our dominant dog, and Boone is our follower. Boone doesn’t go anywhere without Porter. I just knew Boone was dead, and of course I began crying. I was so upset, but I did not stop my search.

Michael finally convinced me to go to bed. He promised he would get up early in the morning and search for Boone. I reluctantly went to bed (and prayed and prayed and prayed), and had just barely fallen asleep when I heard a horrible cry coming from the front porch (this was around 3:00 am). I ran to the front door, opened it, and in walked Boone. I was so relieved. Boone and Porter spent the rest of the night in the bed with me and Michael.

I am not sure where they went or what they did, but the next day Boone slept like he was in a coma. Porter didn’t sleep, but he was so sore he could barely get up and down. They have both recovered from their Christmas adventure, but have they have both lost some of their farm privileges!

And just to share a sweet picture with you-Here is a picture of Boone and Porter sleeping as they ride in the car. This was taken 3 years ago when Boone was just a puppy. Boone is much, much larger now, but he is still just as cuddly!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday Edition: My Favorite Things

Michael and I had a wonderful Christmas! We had our own Christmas celebration and then did a whirl wind tour across Georgia to celebrate with both of our families. I promise to share more Christmas stories later and I will even try to post a few pictures of my Christmas gifts. Michael really spoiled me this year!

I have to admit that during Christmas time I am really bad about buying gifts for myself. One gift I purchased for myself this year was the game Just Dance for the Wii. I had seen this game advertised and I just had to have it. I am so, so glad I did make this small purchase for myself because we had so much fun with it during Christmas! Everyone who visited our house played. We danced and laughed and danced some more.

This game is super simple. You hold the Wii remote in one hand and mimic the dance moves of the person on screen. Whoever gets the most dance moves correct wins. Some of my favorite songs (to dance to) featured on this game are "Girl Just Wanna Have Fun", "Can't Touch This", and "Cotton-Eyed Joe".

Just Dance is getting horrible reviews on the internet, but I think it is fun. My guests thought it was fun too! It is a great party game! Oh, and it is a great way to burn calories!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas!

Michael and I did not do a Christmas card this year. We procrastinated a little too long (Oopps!), so I don't have a cute Christmas card to post to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Instead, I am posting this picture of me as an elf ( I thought this picture was festive and fun and appropriate for wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas sweet blog friends! I hope that your Christmas is filled with happiness and love!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I'm a Wrapper!

The fun festivities that surround Christmas have been keeping me away from my computer lately, but I wanted to pop in and show you how my Christmas wrapping turned out. I had a lot of fun with my houndstooth paper, and I think it turned out so cute.

I really enjoyed making pom-poms for the majority of my gifts, but I couldn't resist tying a pretty bow here and there. Below is a picture of a few of my gifts. The wrapping won't last long once Christmas morning hits, but at least they look pretty under my tree for now. I should do at least one more blog post before Christmas, but just in case I don't get a chance I want to wish all my blog friends a very Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Oh Nuts!

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My sweet friend, Katie O., came over last night for a night of Christmas candy making fun. We made Chocolate Peppermint Bark, English Toffee, and Sugared Pecans. Our recipes were courtesy of The Fly Lady. You can find the recipes we used and more here.

All of the treats were so yummy, but my favorite had to be the sugared pecans. The sugared pecans were delicious and easy to make. I made several batches, packaged them in a clear treat bag tied with a pretty ribbon, and gave them to my coworkers as Christmas gifts. They were definitely a hit! If you want to make your own sugared pecans, as a gift or to enjoy, the recipe is below.

Sugared Pecans

Whip egg white and water until stiff. Add pecans and mix well until moistened. Add sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well. Bake at 250 degrees for one hour; turn every fifteen minutes.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Decor Sneak Peek

I still have a few finishing touches to add to my Christmas decor, but I thought I would give a peek at what it looks like. I have to admit that it looks almost the same year to year, but I just love the way it all comes together.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My Favorite Things

My husband's ten year class reunion was this past weekend. The reunion called for a business casual type outfit. I have plenty of business casual outfits, but nothing seemed appropriate for the reunion. I wanted to look really cute for my sweet hubby.

After searching high and low, spending a little too much money, and not being satisfied with any of my outfits-I finally found the perfect sweater. It's pretty, it's soft, and it's flattering. Oh, and did I mention the best part-It's $15.99 at Target!

This Mossimo Sweater from Target comes in a variety of colors and necklines (round neck, v-neck, and turtleneck). It is perfect for both business or casual wear.

I purchased the sweater in black with a round neck (shown above). I paired it with a pair of gray pants and my favorite black high heels. To add a little pizazz to a cute but ordinary outfit, I added my favorite pearl and diamond earrings and a long pearl necklace. The outfit really came together, and it was perfect for the reunion! Thank goodness for Target and my new favorite sweater!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Free Olay Quench Body Lotion

I received this through e-mail today, and I thought it was worth sharing! Oil of Olay is offering a free Quench Body Lotion via a mail in rebate. I definitely trust Oil of Olay products, and I love free things!!! You can download your rebate form here.

You must purchase the lotion (excluding trial size) between Dec. 10 and Jan. 29th. You must mail your rebate form in by Feb. 12 to receive your full rebate. Don't forget that you can also pair this offer with coupons. Coupons are available in the November issue of Self and the December issue of Marie Claire and Weight Watchers. (Thanks to STL Mommy for the coupon info).

If you like Oil of Olay products, visit and sign up for club olay. They always send you great coupons and rebates opportunities!

We Have A Winner!!!

A big thanks to all you wonderful bloggers who entered my giveaway sponsored by TDM Designs. TDM Designs was gracious enough to send me this beautiful scarf (free of charge) to review and giveaway to one of my readers.

I put the random integer generator to work, and it randomly picked the winner. The winner of the scarf is Jennifer from Perfectly Imperfect! Congratulations Jennifer! Please e-mail me your mailing info, so I can send you your new scarf!

For those of you who did not win, no worries! If you are forver in love with the scarf, you can buy one here or put it on your Christmas list! Also, I have another exciting giveaway coming up! Stay tuned!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Last Day for Giveaway! And A Story!

Today is the last day to enter to win this oh so cute and versatile scarf! Go here to enter! Hurry!! All you have to do is leave me a comment! You have until 11:59 pm EST! Good luck!!

Now on to my story! A few weeks ago I was having a horrible day. I was moody and sad, and it was all due to hormones. I wanted to get away from the house for a little while, so I went grocery shopping. Not sure my reasoning on that one because I hate grocery shopping, but that is where I ended up.

As I walked into Kroger, I spotted a huge display of toys. I scanned the toys (because I am a huge kid and love toys) and quickly spied a Sea Monkey Kit. I was never allowed to have Sea Monkeys as a child, so I immediately decided I was going to buy them. My friend, Katie O., put it best when she said, "Sometimes you go grocery shopping and all you buy is Sea Monkeys and 4 cartons of chocolate ice cream and that's okay."

I followed the direction on my Sea Monkey Kit very carefully. In just a few days, I had Sea Monkeys! How exciting! I called my mom and proclaimed that I had done something that no one else on the face of the Earth has ever been able to accomplish-I had successfully hatched Sea Monkeys! :) My mom still doesn't believe that I hatched Sea Monkeys, but I am sure to show them off to all everyone who comes to our house.

In the photo below you can see me teaching my Sea Monkeys a few tricks! They respond well to bananas and other treats! Ha! Ha! Only kidding! Sorry I found this picture and could not resist!

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In reality, my Sea Monkeys are too little to be able to see in photographs, but here are a few pictures I found on the web of what Sea Monkeys really look like. Just a warning, they are a little scary looking!
Hormonal days can make you do funny things like buy Sea Monkeys. I guess my husband should just be thankful that I didn't happen to visit the pet store (located next to Kroger) that day! We might have ended up with a new puppy or kitten or guinea pig or ferret or maybe all of the above! :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Monday Edition: My Favorite Things

Before reading this post: If you have not entered my giveaway, go here and enter to win a really cute scarf! Due to my blogging absence, the giveaway deadline will be extended until Wednesday, Dec. 9th.

Last week Heather, Katie, and I got together for craft night. It's the first official craft night we have ever had, and it was oh so much fun! I highly suggest organizing a craft night with your friends if you don't already do so!

In honor of our craft night, I thought I would share one of our crafts. This craft definitely tops my list of favorite things! It is the perfect addition to any Christmas package! Oh, and did I mention it was easy and cheap!

You can make these cute pom-poms and use them to add whimsy to all of your Christmas packages.

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The easy how-to is found at domestifluff. They show you how to create a pom-pom flower like the picture below. We chose to skip the steps that turn the pom-poms into flowers. Even though the pom-pom flower is super cute, we liked the plain pom poms best.

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Here's a peak at a few of the pom-poms I made! I haven't wrapped any gifts with them yet, but I will try to remember to snap a shot of one when I do!

Oh, and I am considering having a skating party for my next birthday. If I do, I am totally making these pom-poms in pink and purple to wear on my skates! :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tu Tu and Photography Giveaway!

Two of the best friends a girl could ask for have teamed up for a fun giveaway! Katie and Heather are joining forces to offer readers a chance to win a tutu from My Katie Bell and a free photo session from H&M Photography. For more details and a chance to win, visit Katie's blog!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday Edition: My Favorite Things

Happy Monday! I hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! My Thanksgiving was so great! Visiting with family really put me in the Holiday Spirit! To match my Holiday Spirit, my favorite things edition has turned Christmas (insert Christmas Carols and Holly here)!

During this time of the year, I absolutely love wrapping presents! I also adore picking out my wrapping paper for the season. This year my wrapping paper has a houndstooth pattern! I just can't get enough houndstooth right now! I love it!

I purchased a red houndstooth wrapping paper roll , a green houndstooth wrapping paper roll, and a black houndstooth wrapping paper roll from Hobby Lobby. I also purchased white, red, green, silver, and gold ribbon to accent my packages. Here's a peek of my Christmas wrapping paper!

I am actually keeping the black houndstooth paper for an everyday wrapping paper. (The package in the picture above wrapped in the black houndstooth paper is actually a birthday gift for a friend. ) Hobby Lobby also has a variety of other black and white papers in their Christmas Wrapping Paper section that can be used as everyday paper. I purchased a roll of black paper with white dots and a roll of white paper with black swirly designs to add to my everyday collection. I purchased these last week when the Christmas wrapping paper was 50% off. However, the Christmas paper is also 50% off this week! If you are near a Hobby Lobby, be sure to stop by and stock up on a few rolls of their beautiful wrapping paper. Happy Wrapping!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hand Turkeys and Happy Thanksgiving!

Reminder: Don't forget to enter my giveaway! Enter here!

I am thankful for so many things this Holiday Season. Among my list of things I am thankful for is my blog friends. I am so thankful for all of you who read my blog and who share the bits and pieces and special times of your life with me! I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that your Thanksgiving is filled with love and memories! Of course no Thanksgiving would be complete without a hand turkey!

Sorry about the hand turkey! I got a little bored in the office today! However, no matter how silly the hand turkey is I can't help but be disappointed that I didn't have crayons or construction paper to add a little flair to my turkey! :) Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S.-I am going to post next week about my Christmas wrapping paper, but I can't let this week end without letting you know that Hobby Lobby has Christmas wrapping paper 50% off!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday Edition: My Favorite Things AND A GIVE AWAY!

Please Note: The giveaway deadline has been extended until Wednesday, Dec. 9th!

TDM Designs contacted me about reviewing their Nepali line of scarves. One visit to their web-site, and I knew this was definitely one product that I wanted to review! You all know how much I love scarves!

Not only do I love scarves, but I love supporting a good cause. TDM Designs not only makes scarves, but they "create opportunities for poverty-stricken women to generate sustainable income in Nepal." They are also "invested in a literacy and education campaign throughout the country."

When the scarf arrived in the mail I was instantly in love. It is so beautiful, and one of the softest scarves I have ever touched. It is large enough to be a wrap or shawl, but it still looks great worn as a scarf. I was impressed that it wasn't even bunchy when worn as a scarf. Honestly, it is my perfect idea of a scarf-it's beautiful, it's soft, it's comfortable, and it is versatile!

Visit TDM Designs and take a look at all their beautiful Nepali scarves! They would make a great gift for a friend or loved one or a great gift for yourself! Plus with your purchase you are supporting a great cause, and who couldn't use a little good karma! :)

However, the fun doesn't stop here! As a thank you for being a friend and a reader and for sticking around even when I have been to busy to blog, I want to give away one of these fabulous scarves.

Give Away Details: The giveaway begins now and ends Dec. 7th at Midnight EST. To enter, comment on this post! You can earn additional entries by being or becoming a follower, posting about the giveaway on your blog, and tweeting about the giveaway. When you comment, please let me know which of these things you did to earn additional entries.

A scarf similar to the one I am giving away is pictured below. A special thanks to TDM Designs for sponsoring this giveaway!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Divine Intervention!

In college, I had a huge, huge crush on one of my guy friends. It is actually embarrassing how big of a crush I had on him. We never dated, but there always seemed to be some type of friend-dating tension between us.

My crush ended when I met Michael. I instantly fell in love with Michael and we began dating (and of course got married and lived happily ever after). My former crush graduated, moved, and began dating a girl that he later married. I haven't seen my crush in almost 10 years-that is until this week.

This week my company sponsored a luncheon. The morning of the luncheon I woke up very late. I have a bad habit of being a little late for work, but I was determined I was going to be on time. My first thought was to pull my hair back and not worry with make-up. However, I just had a feeling that this was not a good idea, so I decided to slow down and get dressed normally. Thankfully my hair, make-up, and outfit all turned out great, and I was only 5 minutes late to work. No one even noticed!

Later that day as I was helping with the luncheon, I heard someone call my name. I looked up and saw my old college crush. It was so great to see him and to catch up on the years that had passed between us. However, it was even better that I had my hair fixed and make-up on!

Don't get me wrong! I have absolutely no feelings for this guy (other than being a friend), but the last thing I would ever want to do is see him for the first time in almost ten years and not have my hair fixed and make-up on! Thank goodness for small miracles!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

I apologize for my absence from the blogging world lately. I have had three major work events back to back, so I haven't had much time for anything except work. Thankfully I found a few spare minutes to share with you one of my very favorite finds.

With just a little over a month until Christmas (eeek!), I have been on the look out for cute and affordable Christmas gifts. On a recent visit to Kohl's I found the perfect gift for the little ones in my life. Kohl's is offering hard back books by Laura Numeroff, author of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. The books are $5. Along with the books, you can purchase a plush animal of the main character of the story for $5. Here's a picture of one of my favorites-the plush pig and the book, If You Give a Pig a Party.For $10 you can get a precious gift for the children on your Christmas list. These books and plush toys also make great baby shower gifts! The best part is that all the proceeds from the sale of these items also go to the Kohl's Cares for Kids Charity. Kohl's currently has the pig, the moose, the mouse, and the cat and the corresponding books. I love them so much I actually bought the moose and pig (and the books) for my future children. Not sure when Michael and I will actually have kids, but when we do they will have books and cute plush toys! :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday Edition: My Favorite Things

It's no secret that I love clothes, shoes, and accessories! I especially love clothes, shoes, and accessories that have an added feminine touch like bows or ruffles. This type of feminine detailing is one clothing trend that I hope sticks around.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces in stores right now.

The above bangle bracelet is accented with bows on each side. The bracelet is available in both silver and gold at Ann Taylor Loft and Ann Taylor Loft Online.

This ruffle front tank from Old Navy makes a wonderful layering piece. It would look great under a plain cardigan sweater or cute jacket. Gap Outlet also has a similar piece that is a ruffled, sleeveless tee. I purchased it in three different colors (gray, black, purple). I couldn't find a picture on-line (and have no talent for taking pictures myself), but be sure to check it out if you have a Gap Outlet near you.

Old Navy also has this ruffle front cardigan. I think it would look great with jeans or dress pants. What a great way to add a few feminine touches to your casual or work wardrobe.

One of my favorite accessories for this time of year is a scarf. This woven scarf with ruffle trim is absolutely beautiful. This scarf is available in store and on-line at Ann Taylor Loft. Follow this link to see how cute it can look in your wardrobe.

There are so many cute feminine flats out right now. It is definitely a shoe lovers paradise! I, being a cheap shoe lover, added these precious bow flats from Target to my collection.

I hope you have enjoyed a few of my feminine wardrobe favorites! What are your current favorites?

P.S.-I have a big work event this week, so I might not be in the blog world that much. However, as a way to ask for forgiveness I will be hosting a giveaway soon!

Also, I will try to get some decent pictures of the ruffle tee I mentioned earlier in this post to share. There are also a few items that I recently added to my wardrobe that I will try to get some pictures of. I have recently found some really great items, but unfortunately I can't find pictures of them on-line to share.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thanks Oprah!

Because I am part of the blogging world and because I have so many wonderful blog friends, I heard about Oprah's 50% off offer at Payless. As soon as I read all the posts about it, I immediately texted "Oprah" to get my coupon.

I have been trying very hard to cut my spending lately. However, I have also been in desperate need of a pair of metallic shoes. After work on Friday, I headed to Payless with my coupon and found these little beauties!

I love a ruffle, but I have to admit that I was unsure about the ruffles on this shoe. That is-until I tried them on. This shoe is much cuter on than it is off. I was able to purchase this shoe (tax and everything) for under $10. I love when I get a cute pair of shoes cheap!

Don't worry if you missed the Oprah coupon, Payless now has a buy one get one half off special. Check it out if you have a tight budget but crave a pair of new shoes!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Bow in Her Hair

I meant to post about this earlier, but Halloween came and went so fast that I didn't have a chance. I had planned on taking Scout to the Halloween Festival before it was canceled, so of course I wanted her to look cute. I purchased a bee costume for her (that is hilarious), but I was worried she would get hot and not want to wear it the entire time.

I thought that instead of her having to wear the costume the entire time that at some point I could take off her costume and replace it with a cute bow or hair decoration. I think I have probably told you this before, but Scout hates bows. The first time she was groomed they put bows in her hair and she definitely wasn't happy. Thankfully I was able to capture her disgust at this on film (see pic below). This picture still makes me giggle!

I decided to think outside the box, and I created this collar for her. All it took was a cheap collar, some hot glue, and a little ribbon.

She was more than happy to wear this type of bow, and it looked so cute on her. Here is a picture of her wearing her bow collar. I'm sorry you can't see her little face. She was busy playing with favorite toy.

Even though this was a Halloween collar, you can make this collar for your dog for any occasion-all you have to do is change the color of the ribbon. I am going to make her a red bow collar next, so she can help cheer on the "dawgs" during the next game day. The bow collar is a fun and cheap accessory for your pooch. Oh, and it is easy to make!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday Edition: My Favorite Things

I recently won a giveaway hosted by Gleatie at Windowboxes and Weissbier. I won two reusable bags from Emma's Closet. I have to admit that I absolutely adore reusable bags, and these are no exception. They are so precious and can even be embroidered!

I chose the houndstooth pattern with a red monogram. I'm not an Alabama fan (I do cheer for them if they are not playing Georgia), but I am crazy about houndstooth! Here's how my bags turned out.

The reusable bags come in a variety of patterns and sizes. They are reasonably priced, and I think they make a perfect gift for any girl on your Christmas list! I am a true believer that a girl can never have too many totes! Make sure to check out all of the bag selections at Emma's closet! Also, a big thank you to Gleatie and Emma's Closet for the wonderful giveaway!!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Craftiness

This Halloween has been a particularly crafty one for me. Not only have I helped decorate hay bales, but I have also spent some time making a Halloween Treat Tree. Heather suggested that we make the Halloween Treat Tree, and I was more than happy to join in the fun!

The tree was originally made for the Halloween Festival that we were participating in. However, the festival was canceled due to rain, and the tree ended up in my office. It is rather large due to the fact that it was originally designed to be outside, but I have to admit it still looks cute as an office decoration.

I should have had Heather take the pictures of the tree because my photography skills definitely leave something to be desired. These pictures don't show how cute the tree really is, but at least you can get an idea of how it turned out!

Here are a couple of full tree photos. The base of the tree is a clay pot spray painted black. The tree itself is a branch spray painted black. The branch is held in place with oasis (used in flower arrangements). We stacked the green blocks of oasis in the pot and secured the branch by poking it through the oasis. We then covered the top of the pot with a piece of cardboard cut to size and placed black stones on top of the cardboard. If you are making a smaller tree, it would be better to use plaster of paris to secure the branch. Since our tree was so big, we didn't use plaster of paris because it would make the tree too heavy and hard to transport.

Here is a close-up of the tree. I love the spooky black branches and the precious treat bags!

And of course-a picture of one of the treat bags! We found the small white sacks at Hobby Lobby. We stuffed the bags with candy, folded over the top, and used a hole puncher to punch the hole. We then tied a cute orange ribbon on them and hung them on our tree.

My coworkers have really enjoyed the tree being in my office! They think the tree is so cute, and their eyes light up just a little when I tell them they can pick a treat bag off the tree!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Glimpse of Heaven

Yesterday I planned on blogging about the Halloween Tree, Scout's Halloween Costume, and I also planned to share with you more of the decorated hay bales. However instead of blogging about all of those things, I didn't blog at all. In fact, I didn't even touch my computer last night. Do you want to know what I was doing? I was playing with puppies!!!

Keller and Katie (two of the sweetest friends we could ever ask for) took Michael and I to visit 9 of the most adorable lab puppies I have ever seen! I had so much fun playing with those sweet little puppies! It was definitely my idea of Heaven!

Without further ado, here are the pictures of those precious little furry babies!!!

Pictured Below: Keller and Katie playing with the puppies!

Pictured Below: Katie the Puppy Whisperer!

Pictured Below: Michael playing with one of our favorite puppies! We lovingly referred to him as the droopy puppy because he had the cutest little droopy face!

Pictured Below: Me with the puppies! These sweet little guys just climbed all over you as soon as you sat down! At one point, I had all 9 puppies in my lap!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hay (Bale) Fever!

Today has been a fun but super busy Monday. Heather and I (with the help of Savannah) finished decorating our hay bales (we ended up having to decorate two) for the Halloween Festival tomorrow. We began at 9:00 am and did not finish until well after 6:00 pm. All three of us are exhausted, but it was well worth the work! Our hay bales ended up so cute!

For our first hay bale we decided to make it into a vampire bat. His wings were quite a challenge, but we were pleased with the way he ended up.

I think our second hay bale might be my favorite! For our second hay bale, we created a robot. You can't see him very well, but he is complete with two working clocks on his body and a spiral of wire above his head.

Oh, and I have to include this picture just because it makes me giggle. This was my attempt to take my picture with the robot.

Our hay bales are cute, but there are really some amazing hay bales out there. I will try to get pictures of some of my favorites to share with you later in the week. Also, stay tuned for pictures of our trick-or-treat tree and the special collar I made Scout (my sweet little cocker spaniel) to wear to the festival!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Hot Dog in Target

Heather and I were in Target earlier this week purchasing supplies for the Halloween carnival. While perusing the aisles of the Halloween section, I happened upon a hot dog costume. It was simply hanging on a hanger, so I realized that I could easily slip it on. Of course, I did just that. I put on the hot dog costume in the middle of Target.

Heather (wearing a purple witch's hat with feathers) happened to be on the phone with her husband when I decided to strut my stuff as a hot dog. She got one glance at me, started laughing, and pointed to my costume asking, "what's that?".

A little hurt that she couldn't tell I was a hot dog I replied, "It's a hot dog costume. I'm supposed to be a hot dog.".

"No! What's that?", she said as she pointed between my legs.

I quickly looked down to see that the hot dog costume did have a piece that seemed a bit phallic. (See picture above) I immediately covered my hot dog private area and shyly asked Heather not to look. By this point, Heather was laughing so hard that she couldn't speak. Her poor husband, who was still on the phone, had no idea what was going on. I think the only words she could get out were "Jennifer" and "Hot Dog".

I told Michael (my husband) about our hot dog costume adventure, and he thought it was hilarious. In the midst of his giggling he also stated the obvious, "You and Heather should not be allowed to work together." It is true that Heather and I really should not be allowed to work together. We always get our jobs done, but we have way, way too much fun in the process. Thank goodness our boss hasn't caught on!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'm Just A Little Shy!

In real life, I can not be considered a shy person. In fact, I often carry on full and meaningful conversations with strangers. It's a gift and a curse! :)

However, I have found that I am rather shy when it comes to my blog friends and Facebook. Lately many of my blog friends have been popping up in my suggested friends on Facebook. I'm not sure how Facebook knows that we are blog friends-I think it is rather spooky. I always get excited to see my blog friends on Facebook, but when I go to send a friend request I get shy. I often worry that my blog friends will think I am crazy and that there is no way they would want to be my Facebook friend. I always talk myself out of sending a friend request.

Due to my Facebook shyness, I thought I would write a quick post and let you know that I am on Facebook. I am more than happy to have my blog friends as Facebook friends too, so if you are interested in being my friend on Facebook(no pressure) feel free to e-mail me at, and I will send you a link to my Facebook page. The only thing I ask is that you don't mention my last name or place of work in the blog world.

Oh and because posts with pictures are more fun! Here is a picture of me with a very large cement rabbit. It is also my Facebook Profile Picture.

Monday, October 19, 2009

My Favorite Things: Halloween Edition

It is so hard to believe that Halloween is just around the corner. At work, Halloween is usually very uneventful, but this year Heather and I have a Halloween work project! To support a local school and charity, we are decorating a hay bale and participating in a Halloween carnival. I will share details about the hay bale later, but I could not resist sharing our latest craft idea with you. Heather brought this idea to the table to help spice up our trick-or-treat station at the Halloween carnival-we are making a Halloween Treat Tree!

Woman's Day (on-line) has an easy tutorial to help you make your very own Halloween Treat Tree. You can find the DIY instructions here. The Halloween Treat Tree is a cute, simple, and cheap Halloween decoration or can even serve as a Halloween centerpiece.

Heather and I are straying from the instructions just a little. Our tree will be a good bit bigger. We are also using small paper treat bags tied with orange ribbon instead of using the cloth sacks shown above. The kids will be able to pick their Halloween treat right off the tree! I will post pictures as soon as our project is complete, and I hope that you will share your pictures with me if you decide to make this adorable Halloween craft!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Two Things I Love.....

...A Really Cute Hair Accessory and A Discount Code! If you love rocking a ponytail, make it even more fun by adding one of these precious flower ponytail holders. Don't forget to enter the code (located at the bottom of the image below) for your 25% discount!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Diet Update

I completed my second month of my new diet, and I am happy to report that there is a little less of me to love! I have lost a total of 14 pounds! Yippeee! I am so excited! Thank you for all your kinds words and support during my weight loss journey. I still have a lot of pounds to go, but I am so pleased with my progress! My goals for the upcoming months include increasing my exercise (I have been majorly slacking) and drinking more water (This is such a hard one for me).
Image found here.

Sorry for the short post! I have been a bit under the weather this week. Nothing major-just a little bug. However, I am late for my appointment with my blanket, my couch, and a yummy bowl of soup! Have a wonderful day, and hopefully I will be back in full force tomorrow!!!

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