Monday, April 29, 2013

Arrowhead Hunting

Sunday evening, I went arrowhead hunting with Bill, two brother-in-laws, and two of our nieces, Reese and Lanie in one of their fields. This was the first time that I really put an effort into searching! I've never found one before, and I desperately want to join the elite club that's found one. Unfortunately, I wasn't lucky. I tried though. I really really tried. I searched through every cluster of rocks I came across. Each one tricked me into believing they were hoarding those precious arrowheads. Next time, I will find one of those stubborn little guys. Don't you worry.

Bill, on the other hand, was lucky for the second day in a row. He found one on Saturday and a second arrowhead on Sunday. He has an eye for them.

I've learned his tricks for finding them:

One... Keep your mind blank. Don't think about anything else besides arrowheads.

Two...They're usually just laying on top of soil out in the open.

Three... Don't walk to close to any of your friends when searching. They might not be your friend after you find the same one. These arrowheads are valuable artifacts you know.

Four... Have fun. Don't be too anxious to find one.

Spreading out across the field is necessary. Bill always talks about the time his brother or brother-in-law was too close to him when he was searching for arrowheads, and I believe they spotted one at the same time. It ended in a big fight, right guys? ha Just kidding.
Billy wasn't the only one that found an arrowhead.... Reese tracked down her first find on Sunday! After she discovered it, she ran right over to Billy, the arrowhead expert, and asked him if it was an actual arrowhead. It was so cute. Reese was really proud of it as she should be. Her sister, Lanie, was very disappointed that she didn't find one. That was also pretty cute.
I'm hoping someday I will be able to say I've found one as well. Bill's family are experts at finding these treasures. Just look at their collection! It speaks for itself if you ask me.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Dog Sitting

While my mom was in Hawaii, I watched Kittle during the week. We went on a few walks a day and played fetch in the house. Kittle mostly napped while I worked on various projects.

I tried to snap some pictures of her, but she was more interested in looking out the window.

I love this picture of her. She seems so happy.

She also got super excited when I told her that her trainer was coming to pick her up today. The first time  her trainer, Liz, came to pick her up, she was hesitant to leave and looked at me wondering why I wasn't coming with her. Today, she was so hyper and excited when she saw Liz that she didn't even look back at me before leaving. She ran right out the door.

I'm glad she has fun there.

This post is for you, mom! :)


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Evening Workout

I've been trying to increase the intensity of my workouts lately. I found a great DVD that helped me do just that! I've done Jillian Michael's Banish Fat Boost Metabolism workout twice this week (including tonight), and I can't get enough of it. It's the most intense workout I own on DVD. The pictures above are kind of silly. The left picture shows what I looked like before starting, and in the picture to the right, I'm only halfway through the workout. I'm not sharing the picture that I took at the end of the forty minutes! Ha

There are a lot of squats, karate kicks, jumping jacks, ab work, etc. There are no weights. You use your own body weight the whole time. I love this workout, because I feel like I really kicked my butt at the end of it.

I want to feel that way after every time I workout. That is my goal. :)

I have also been making more of an effort to eat healthy snacks. I can't go wrong with an apple or grapes. I also had green pepper and low fat ranch dressing to dip it in today.

Today, I realized I can't help but feel positive after working out and eating healthy.

I feel good! I'll keep sharing what I'm doing to stay fit.

Hope you're having a good week!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Gardening Ideas

Each year, my mom plants this huge garden filled with cucumbers, tomatoes, chives, basil, among other delicious foods, and she also plants flowers all around her house in a way I couldn't easily mimic at my own house. This year, I would like to plant some hastas and beautiful pink and purple flowers. I also want to grow my own vegetables.

I'm a little nervous about all this, but I think with her help and some practice, this garden thing could really happen! Nothing would make me happier than to pick vegetables from garden to put in a salad during the summer.

I've found milk crates like the one on top at Target. I think it would look so country chic to have a milk crate full of flowers on the sidewalk next to our house. What do you think? Do you have a garden each year?


(Images via: Pintrest)


On Saturday, I snapped this picture of Nickolai. Bill came up with his name, and I find it particularly fitting of his personality.

Nickolai sounds like a boy with an attitude and a lot of spunk. The chicken has all of that, and he's a little rude sometimes as well. He's actually a punk.

Before snapping this picture, Nickolai ran up to me and pecked at my feet when I opened the door to his cage. He regularly tries to attack my feet when I feed him in the morning. I was wearing flats that day and part of my feet were exposed right where he likes to bite me. The punk knows how to fight tough.

He's a funny little chicken though. I picked him up to defuse his anger, and I got him to smile for me in the picture above. At least I think he's smiling. OK, he probably isn't smiling, but at least he is being pleasant! Ha

I sent the picture to my sister, Megan, to which she responded, "What the heck is that?" haha Apparently, she forgot how funny and cute little Bantam chickens are.

I certainly forget about how mean the roosters are when I take fun pictures of them. The plus side? The hens don't bite. I think Nickolai needs etiquette lessons from his wife, Dolly. Just saying.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Our Beach Wedding: Hair & Make Up by Beautiful People

The morning of the wedding was surreal. I was about to experience the biggest life changing event of my life. I was so happy and ready for our big day. There was only hurdle to get over.

Make myself look presentable. Ha

A couple weeks before the wedding, I committed a horrible pre-wedding sin and got my hair cut at a new salon. I ended up leaving the horrible hair place with six inches off the length of my hair. I was furious.

I stayed up late at night upset, and I would wake up and cry because my long locks were gone. I'm sad to admit that happened many nights before the wedding. That morning of the wedding, I wasn't even thinking about what I was going to do with my hair even though I got my layers back in my hair by my regular stylist.

I remember when me and my mom were sitting down outside of the hotel eating breakfast on our wedding morning. I had popped a gape in my mouth when we noticed the stylists talking to my in-laws. We assumed they were the stylists since they were talking about hair and all. Pretty safe assumption.

When the conversation ended, they pointed to me after the woman stylist asked where the bride was. I've never been so thrilled to be called the bride.

I had originally told my family that I didn't want anyone to do my hair, because of my horrible experience a couple of weeks earlier. My thoughts shifted when I saw my hair stylist. She introduced herself and told us her name was Tayna.

She talked to us for a few minutes, and I told her about my bad hair cut and my fears. She didn't run away from me and my crazy talk. Tayna was so confident and sweet. She was perfect for the job. I eagerly accepted her offer to do my hair and makeup. My mom and I instantly thought she was great and she was!

When Tayna started putting my make up on, I could feel my stress lift from me. I knew she was more than capable and trustworthy. (She also does makeup for models! I couldn't have asked for a better stylist!) It was wonderful having someone else doing all of that on our big day!

I went for a dramatic look with my makeup. Similar to my usual routine with the dark eyeliner on top with the cat eye and a medium pink eyeshadow. That's definitely my favorite look.

After the make up, I put on my dress. My mom helped me with pinning my dress to the side in the back. It was more complicated than it looks. She did a great job.


My mom took these pictures. It was her idea for me to have the veil over my face. I love the way they turned out.

Me in all my get up. :) Ready to get married!

Tayna doing Meg's hair.
Megs all beautified.
Tracie getting her hair done.

Katie taking care of the littles.

Mom with her best friend, Lisa! It was so much fun having her there. :)
Mom and Meg lookin' good.

Me with my momma. Thanks for making my day perfect and for helping me get ready. You are always the best.

Next Part: The Ceremony!


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Best Drugstore Eyeliner Ever!

This is the kind of eyeliner that if they ever discontinue it, I would be highly upset! I would immediately try to find something that would match it's perfection and then be disappointed when I couldn't find anything that lived up it.

I have tried lots of eyeliner before and not just drugstore ones. I've tried Clinique and Urban Decay as well.

This one is the best eyeliner I've ever tried!

It's Loreal's Infallible Lacquer Liner 24 Hour.

This is the first eyeliner that I can finally perfect the cat eye with on my eyes. I love having the eyeliner go up a little at the end of my eye where it's technically off the eye, therefore creating the desired cat eye.

I like the Espresso color the best.

It's a gel eyeliner that I can easily put on my eyes with the brush. It makes sense. I use a brush to put on my eyeshadow so why wouldn't I use a brush for my eyeliner.

I love being able to control the thickness and curve of my eyeliner.

I don't think I've ever had an eyeliner where I could completely control all of that. I would get close to what I wanted, but I never did this well.

I think it has everything to do with the eyeliner being a gel substance and applying it with a brush.

If you love eyeliner as much as I do, you need to try it.

P.S. This isn't an paid advertisement. I just love this eyeliner. ;)


Friday, April 12, 2013

Our Beach Wedding: Picking the Spot for the Ceremony

My mom Laurie, my mother-in-law Lori, and me went to this small beach to scope it out and find out if we wanted to have the wedding there. (Can you believe that my mom and Bill's mom have the same name? They also grew up living close to each other even though they didn't know each other then.) The spot where we were looking had beautiful coral.
We would have the ceremony right there overlooking the ocean.
I thought this spot was particularly beautiful, but I wasn't thrilled about it. I didn't feel like there was a lot of open room to walk around after the ceremony, and I really wanted more of beach feel to the ceremony where we could be standing directly in front of the ocean.
After looking around and thinking about every option, we moved on to the next spot.
The next option was having the ceremony at Shuckers. We were already having the dinner there, and I knew almost right away it would perfect to also have the ceremony there. We were right on the beach with the ocean's waves rushing towards us. We only had to walk up a flight of stairs to the restaurant after the ceremony.

It was so beautiful, relaxed, and magical.

*I never use the word magical, but it was very fitting for our wedding in my biased opinion. :)
A sneak peek of the actual spot we chose.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Our Beach Wedding: Fun on the Beach

Our destination wedding was one of the best decisions. :) One of the best parts included traveling with family. We had our wedding in Florida on the beach, and I felt like I got a family vacation before the wedding.
We all headed down to Florida a few days before the wedding that we had on a Friday. I loved taking walks on the beach (Cliche, I know!), swimming in the ocean in January, and planning last minute things for our wedding.

We got really lucky with good weather in January. It was in the high 70's the whole time.
The welcome display in the lobby for our wedding.
Two of Our Nieces on playing on the beach.

How I wish I was back on the beach! 

What's on the agenda for today? Chase some seagulls and lounge on the beach for the rest of the day. :)
Sounds like a plan to me!

Me with my mom and my sister.

I was so happy to have my family with me. My dad and my brother got to Florida a little later in the week, but we had such a great time together.

I can't wait to relive some of my favorite moments in Florida. Hope you enjoy them too.