Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SMASH 48 Retreat 2015

Hello Friends and Happy Wednesday! I'm excited to share with you today a little bit about my second year at Smash 48!

If you can remember, I went to Smash 48 last year with Danielle & Sarah and it was such a blast! So of course I was psyched when Sarah told me she had planned on going again.  On Friday night, we arrived around 6:00 p.m. and hit the ground running with dinner and our first session of the night.


This year, Sarah and I were put in the Lothlorien Cabin group and our cabin was called Celeborn.  If you're anything of an avid book reader, then you would know that Lothlorien is from The Lord of the Rings books and is the land where the Elves live.  Random fact of the day for you right there.

On Friday night, we had our first group session and the theme was "Am I really lovely".  This session challenged women to recognize their beauty on both the inside and outside.  I was amazed when they told us that there were 900 women there for the retreat.  900! Such a large group of women together all at once.  Talk about estrogen in the room.

After session, we had a quick small group meeting to get to know our cabin mates then we went to a pajama party and ice cream social.  It was so fun seeing everyone in their pajamas.  Some of the ladies even had curlers in their hair which I thought was super adorable.


Saturday morning Sarah and I got up on the earlier side and made our way to Zumba.  Sarah's mom is a Zumba instructor and I love taking her classes so I was psyched to get a chance to go to one of her classes.  After Zumba we made our way to session two of the weekend and this session was called "Shamefaced".  This particular session was about dealing with shame and how shame can complete change a person without the grace of the Lord.

After session, we grabbed a quick lunch and went back to the cabin to relax for a bit.  It was nice to take a half hour or so to relax between activities.  That afternoon, we headed to our second session of Zumba for the day (another fun class with her mom), before going to a smaller group session called a mini session.  I loved this session because it talked about being strong in times of trial.

After the mini session, we made our way to grab dinner really fast before heading to ride the horses.  I have not been on a horse in a very long time so I was nervous/excited when we arrived at the stables.  My horse's name is Tripp and he is a sweet thing.  For the horse back riding, we were on a trail and rode the horses through the woods.  I really did not have to guide Tripp too much other than to get him to not eat some of the delicious grass that was everywhere.

After spending some time with the horses, we went to our last session of the day and then headed to small group.  This time we sat outside for our session to just talk about the weekend and all of the wonderful things we have done.  Saturday ended up being a very beautiful day, so it was fun to watch the sun paint the sky with beautiful colors while it set. 


Sunday morning we were up early again making our way to breakfast and the last session.  I really did not grab too many pictures on Sunday as things moved super quickly.  

Sarah and I made our way home around noon, then I hurried to get myself decent to go and bury my Grandma's ashes.  It was a bittersweet ending to a great weekend.  I love you Grandma!

Overall, this weekend was exactly what I needed: time with the best friend, weekend away and not having to worry about anything. 

Question of the Day: What fun trips have you done with your friends?

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Show and Tell Tuesdays: Momfessionals

Today I am teaming up with Andrea for another fun round of Show and Tell Tuesdays.  So, Andrea coined the term "momfessional" which means little confessions we make about things we do as moms.  Because I am not a mom, I decided to change it up a bit and make it "wifefessionals" for today.  There is no set number of confessions we have been asked to share, so I will go with four.

Confession #1: Justin HATES when I take pictures of him, so I take them of him when he is not looking at me.  I probably have hundreds of pictures of him walking in front of me or taken from his side.  It is very rare that I get pictures of him looking at the camera.  He has such a handsome smile, I wish he would smile at the camera more.

Confession #2: I love seeing pictures of Justin when he was younger because he is just so nerdy looking and adorable.  He is always embarrassed when he sees pictures of himself in his "awkward" phase, but I love those pictures.  I married a nerd and I am very proud of that.  

Confession #3: Anytime Justin falls asleep around me, I take pictures of him.  In the picture above he was being particularly dramatic about it and I had to share a snapchat with my friends.  I am constantly sneaking pictures of him sleeping because he just looks so peaceful and I love knowing that he is comfortable enough to just be completely relaxed around me.

Confession #4: I am super jealous of Justin and his relationship with the cats.  Both of the cats snuggle with him and sleep next to him and they avoid me.  When we adopted the cats I was excited to finally have a ball of fluff to cuddle with and neither one will cuddle with me.  When I realized that Frye was taking more of a liking to Justin, we started looking for a kitty to be my kitty and we ended up with Leilah... turns out she's a big fan of Justin too.  The cats love me, just not as much as they love Justin and I guess I will have to be okay with that. 

Hope you enjoyed a few of my wife-fessionals!  Now, I'm off to read everyone else's!  

Next time on Show & Tell Tuesdays, we're sharing what we wanted to be when we grew up!  

Question of the Day: What are you confessions as a mother or wife?

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

26 @ 26

Happy Hump Day Friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far and have many exciting things coming up this week.  I will be heading to Smash48 with Sarah this weekend and I am super excited.  I'm just hoping the weather turns out to be a bit nicer than it has been around here lately.  Fingers crossed!

So some of you know this and some of you do not, but yesterday I turned a grand 26 years old.  

26 is one of those birthdays that are often forgotten or under celebrated because they do not signify anything of grand importance - like turning a quarter century years old, or reaching "adulthood" when you turn 30.  

Every year around my birthday I get a little antsy and feel a strong need to make changes in my life.  Last year it was the need to find a new calling, get a new job or open up an Etsy shop.  Unfortunately, none of those things happened.  However, I am glad that I hung around at my current job because things are getting exciting and I am learning awesome new things every day.

Since 26 years old is not anything too exciting, I have decided to make it exciting by make a list of 26 things that I would like to accomplish in the next year of my life.  

I am hoping to get the entire list completed by the end of the week but it may take a little bit more time than that.  I want to make sure that they are not frivolous but actually have meaning to my life (though some of them will be fun and not too serious).

So that leads me to asking you all for help! What types of things would you do to celebrate another year of your life?  Comment here or on Facebook to give feedback and inspiration.

If anyone else would like to participate in this with me let me know!

Question of the Day: What should I do to honor my 26th year of life?

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day Festivities

Happy Monday Friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you are enjoying your Monday so far.  

Let's start this week off by announcing the winner of last week's giveaway! Congratulations to Jessica T. to winning the liquid chalk markers from Colore! You have been emailed and your prize will be mailed shortly.

Happy {Belated} Mother's Day to all the wonderful momma's out there.  I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day and were able to spend some time with your loved ones celebrated how incredibly awesome you are.

For Mother's Day, Justin and I went to church with our momma's {and his dad} then took them out to brunch.  I was super excited when I found out that Boulder Pointe had a Mother's Day Brunch because Boulder Pointe was where we had our wedding reception.

After church we made our way to Boulder Pointe for brunch and boy was the food delicious! There was a breakfast bar with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, pancakes.  If you wanted to go a different route, there was fresh bagels and fruit and even an omelet bar where you could get your very own omelet made.  If you were not in the mood for breakfast, you could go the lunch route with prime rib, mashed potatoes, fish, or chicken choices.  And of course they had a delicious dessert bar with a chocolate fountain.  So many options to choose from and each very delicious. 

After brunch we snagged a few pictures with our lovely momma's before heading home for the day.  The weather ended up being beautiful in the morning which was great because they had been predicting rain all week and well into this week.  Such a nice treat for the mom's to enjoy on their special day.

Our afternoon was spent running errands and doing laundry to get ready for this week since our week will be super busy.

Happy Mother's Day to every Mom out there!

Question of the Day: What did you do this weekend?

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Brilliant Liquid Chalk Markers By Colore Review + Giveaway

The following is a sponsored post, which means I am compensated in some form for writing it. 
Happy Friday Friends! I hope your week went well and you are looking forward to a fun and relaxing weekend.  Justin and I will be spending the weekend celebrating my birthday and Mother's Day.

Today I wanted to share with you a little bit about the Brilliant Liquid Chalk Markers By Colore.  When Colore reached out to me to try their liquid chalk markers I was super excited 1. because I love markers and 2. because I love chalk.  I received a 2 pack of the brilliant white markers and an 8 pack of bright vibrant colors.  

The neat part is the colorful ones come with a rubber cup to store the markers.  My colorful markers came in an orange case, but it looks it comes in a few other fun colors like pink and yellow.  I like that the case is made of rubber so it can be cleaned easily and will not keep dust.

The 8 pack of markers comes with Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink and White.  You can see them pictured below.

I originally thought I could use these on my chalk board in our kitchen, but upon further inspection it looks like they are not meant for porous surfaces, so I decided not to risk it and used them for other areas.

To get the markers going, you have to first push the tip down into the cap to release the pressure in the pen.  The you shake the pen for while to get things moving down into the tip.  Once the ink fills the tip of the marker, it is time to go to town.

For the white markers, I used a piece of textured cardstock to give them a whirl.  The markers went on smoothly and I did not find myself having to shake the pen as often as I originally thought I would.  These pens were clearly not made for paper because they are so wet, but they worked fairly well on the cardstock and could possibly be used for a quick decoration.

The colorful markers I tested on my sliding glass door.  I followed the same process as the white markers and made sure the ink had filled the tip of the pen, then I went to town.  The markers went on smoothly and quickly and I was able to make a few designs before settling on the one you see pictured below.  Sorry for the choppy picture, I did not realize the screen would distort the image as much as it did.

After I was done doodling, I took a few moments and quickly wiped the chalk off the window.  Like most surfaces, the marker left a little mark but that came off easily with a little Windex.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Girl, Interrupted Book Review

Happy Thursday friends! Today I wanted to share with you a quick review of Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen.

This book is part of my reads for the May Challenge on Goodreads.  Currently I have a total of nine books that I would like to read in May and Girl, Interrupted was the first of the nine I was able to complete.

About the Book:

Girl, Interrupted
In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele—Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles—as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary.

Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a "parallel universe" set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.

My Thoughts:
If you did not already know, I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.  So, of course, this book appealed to me as it was about a girls time spent in a psychiatric ward.  Kaysen takes the reader through the day-to-day life of a person with mental illness and the reality of what it really meant to be hospitalized for mental illness.  I enjoyed her style of writing and her voice throughout the book and how much detail she put into the telling of her story.

The book reads a bit more like diary entries and does not have a cohesive story, per se.  However, when all of her "entries" are put together, the story comes together in a cohesive piece.  

My favorite line from the book is on page 151: "It's what they cal people whose lifestyles bother them".  This line struck me because I feel like every person experiences this feeling at least once in their lifetime.  Does that mean that we are all crazy?

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Super Run

Happy Wednesday Friends! I hope your week has been going well so far and you are enjoying your hump day!

Today I wanted to share with you about The Super Run.  

About the Super Run
The Super Run is a national series of events that partners with non-profit organizations to put on superhero themed events to help raise funds and awareness for their cause. We provide logistical support, site selection, volunteer management and more. We do the heavy lifting, your organization just needs one coordinator to be the primary contact for that local event and the primary recruiter of additional volunteers. That’s it! We’ll help figure out site selection, manage the processes involved and so much more. So if you’re charity is looking to raise funds and awareness through a superhero themed event, then The Super Run is here to save your day!  

I was so excited when my cousin asked us to run it with her because it was for a good cause and it looked like so much fun! Plus everyone gets a cape! A cape!! I have never owned a cape of my own so I was like a kid at a candy store when we checked-in to the race.

For my first "race" of the year, I was very pleased with my time - especially since Justin and I had spent an hour jumping on trampolines the night before.  I forgot how hard a trampoline is on your body until I woke up Saturday morning and my legs and back were on fire.   

Besides the race being super disorganized, it was super enjoyable to be around everyone dressed up in their costumes.  We saw Quail Man from Doug, The Incredibles, Superman, and Captain America.  Justin went as the flash and I went as Superman - I wore my Superman shirt and fun matching capris.

Question of the Day: What is your favorite fun run that you've ran?

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Show and Tell Tuesdays: Favorite Party I Hosted

Happy Show & Tell Tuesday!  I'm linking up with Andrea today and we're discussing names.  

I've planned a few parties over the last few years between bridal showers and birthday parties but I think Wendy's Bridal Shower was my favorite one that I've hosted.  When Wendy asked me to be a bridesmaid, I was so honored and so excited and I knew that I had to throw her a bridal shower.

I knew right away that the shower needed to be a tea party because of how much Wendy loves tea and I was so excited when I remembered that the Holly Hotel had some of the most delicious and elegant tea parties I have had the privilege of attending.   

When Wendy told me her wedding color was green I started cooking up some fun decorations that were not too time consuming - of course I spent hours researching on Pinterest.  It was so much fun coming up with some fun ideas for decoration that were not super expensive or difficult to make.    

For the white flower balls, I just used styro foam balls, streamers and hot glue.  For the other flower balls all I needed was paper and hot glue.  We actually made some of those flower balls for our wedding too and I have them as decorations in our apartment.  I also made "wedding dresses" with tulle, ribbon and vases.  I also made green table cloths to put on the tables and use for other decorations. 

We ended up with a beautiful day and everything turned out wonderfully! I hope I get to plan more bridal showers (and other parties) in the future.

Question of the Day: What is your favorite party you've planned/attended?

Next time on Show and Tell Tuesdays... "Momfessionals Moment"

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