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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Are you up for it?

So we’re all moved into our house. We have blinds… so we’re no longer living in a fish bowl. Our backyard is slowly but surely turning into a yard. Some of the walls have paint on them. We’re still lacking living room furniture, dining room furniture, bedroom furniture and overall any kind of furniture. Smile We do have a sleeper sofa in the guest bedroom and some barstools around the kitchen island. OH and a mattress on the floor that we sleep on.

Currently Lilly has more “furniture” then we do, as she’s got two dog beds and has claimed the sleeper sofa as hers.

Last Wednesday, my camera decided to quit on me. It was a sad day in this household, as I had just come back from a photoshoot… and half the pictures were fuzzy due to some kind of a loose connection. Long story short, I am now the proud owner of a 5D Mark II. The camera I have been drooling over for over a year. My husband dearest decided that I deserved it since I’m actually making money with it.

ALLL of this being said… we are no on a very tight budget. AND by tight budget I mean tiny because we need to pay things off and get our finances back in order.

We ignored the memo that home ownership comes with lots of expenses… like $2000 for window covers and $2500 for landscape supplies (or 10K if you want someone to actually do the heavy lifting for you). OHHH and the fact that hubs and I cannot settle for anything less then perfect (which usually correlates with super expensive) does not help matters. AT ALL.

SOOO… I am teaming up with one of my best blog gals to bring around a little challenge!


Here’s the idea:

  • There is a ton of stuff we buy every month that we can live without.
  • Things like Starbucks, a new skirt, eating out, fast food, and so on can all be cut out.
  • For 30 days, instead of buying things you can live without (yes you can live without that maxi dress)… you put that money aside towards a goal.
  • The goals can be anything from paying off a credit card, going on a nice shopping trip, savings for a vacation, whatever

Tomorrow Janna and I will both post a more detailed account as well as the link up information.

Hope you all are having a great Thursday!!!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

The last week and a half

I had to keep a little secret from you all… but I had good reason.

My parents are born 12 hours apart… same year and all, and their birthdays happen to be on the 27th and 28th of April. So, I decided to surprise them and drive home to see them, without telling them.

It’s a pretty long story, but I ended up making it without them having a clue … this is why I couldn’t post on here as my mother reads this little blog of mine. Thanks to my beautiful friend Kristin for chatting it up with me on my long drive, Tina Fey for keeping me entertained on my drive home and of course my Lilly bug for keeping me company. I have a post dedicated to the trip coming to you over this week.

I also had the opportunity to take some photos of two of my beautiful friends while in Denver. Here is a sneak peek.

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I’ll have more of each of these through the week. I’m pretty impressed with myself, and love these two for letting me practice on them. I’ve learned so much, and yet there is always more to learn.

While in Denver I also got to meet one of my most favorite bloggers! I’ve met Janna over a year ago through blogging and sort of hated her at first, because she is so dang beautiful. BUT then I got to know her better and fell in love!  She is one of the sweetest, nicest and incredible ladies I’ve met and I’m so glad to call her a real friend!

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I made it home on Friday, after driving for two days to my incredible husband who had cleaned the floors and done all the dishes!

Also, a beautiful little bracelet was waiting for me when I got home from my bestie Kristin.

I finished off the week by spending some quality time with the Hubs, celebrating the 5th of May with tacos, margaritas and good company, buying a new patio set, doing homework and some awesome power yoga!

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