Friday, May 22, 2015

Can't Live Without It: Sales!!!

The only other thing that gets me just as excited for a three day holiday weekend other than an extra day off of work is the sales that come with a three day holiday weekend!

I am the biggest sucker for a good sale.  Oh, you have a flash sale going on?  Well let me just get my flashy booty on over to your site!  This sale is only good until Monday??  Well, you bet my shopping cart will be full by Sunday!!
Most of my sale shopping is done online because ain't nobody got time to fight other crazy ass women for a pair of sandals that are 60% off.  I would feel really bad if I shove an ederly lady and Aaron would feel even worse if he had to bail me out of jail over a pair of shoes.  Hey, anything could happen when a good sale is going on.  My black Friday experiences have taught me that lesson.

Never again.

Now on the the good stuff.

The awesome sales that are going for Memorial Day weekend!

Nordstrom is having their half yearly sale.  Up to 40-60% off of all we have been lusting over this season.  These are definitely some of my favorites that I was excited to see hit the sale list.  Prices are already marked and sale ends May 31st!

Anyone been shopping for great fashion pieces on Amazon lately?!  They are totally on point with the great items they have on the Women's fashion department and for great prices too!  Through Monday the 25th, Amazon is offering 20% off all fashion.  That's right, all of it.  Just use code: FUN20SUN when you check out!

As you can see, I will have to excuse myself, as I have some shopping to do. 

Enjoy the great sales and your three day holiday weekend!

Cheers to Friday!


Linking up with Stephanie, Cait, and Laura today.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

10 Year Reunion

Dress - ASOS // Clutch - Similar here & here //
Shoes - ASOS

This was the little get up I wore this past Saturday for my 10 year high school reunion.

10 years.

I seriously can't believe how quickly 10 years out of high school has flown by...
I can't even tell you all that has gone down in these last 10 years, or even want to remember some of what has, and though I'd never thought I'd say it...I'm damn sure it did.  Cause that's what has made me the person I am today.

Going through all of my old pictures and yearbooks for the reunion only made me realize how small high school years are in the grand scheme of things.  Yes, I had a great 4 years of high school and loved every part of it.  I was involved in so much and very social, but for me, those weren't my glory days.
After showing some of my yearbook to Aaron and laughing at some of the memories and things that occurred "back in the day", I closed the book, looked around at my puppy dog running on the front lawn of our beautiful home with her toy, my husband sitting next me, soaking in the sun, listening to our favorite songs play in the back ground, and realized:  High school wasn't the glory days....these are.  The moments like these.  

These are my glory days.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Week 19 of 52

Bring me all the Starbucks in a 50 mile radius.  
I beg of you.

I hate to be that person, but I'm going to use the "B" word...because this past week was but only one thing:  Busy.  Aaron was busy catching up with work, prepping for a sponsored event this past weekend, and getting the backyard prepped for its final stage of concrete happening this weekend (and he still has more to do during the evenings this week).  I was busy also catching up at work from being on vacation and getting everything together and organized for my 10 year high school reunion.

Tuesday evening, we did take a pause because something arrived via the awesomeness that is Amazon Prime shipping...

Yeah, ok?  I am going to be that person again.  I like Fifty Shades of Grey.  Loved the books, like the movie.  It's just a cool story of two very weird people.  That crap intrigues me.  Aaron on the other hand?  Not so much.  He didn't get any of it.  But you give the guy an A for effort on his husband report card.

The rest of the week...blink and it was time to put on a 10 year reunion.  Ready or not.  The committee was at our house prepping all the decor Friday night and Saturday morning, we were at the event venue to set it all up.
The reunion was one of those things where, down to the few days before, I was so ready to just get it done and over with.  But now that it happened and it's over, makes me a tad bit sad.  Just a tad though because that shizz was stressful, however, the night was so awesome.  We all had the best time celebrating 10 years.

Home late that night and back up again at the crack of dawn on Sunday to work the Chocolate Festival that the Mr.'s company sponsored.  My friend Sarah and I served as the dynamic sample booth duo.

By Sunday night, I'm pretty sure I was just sleep walking around the house until I actually went to lay in bed.  Having this busy of a week and celebrating my 10 year high school reunion only made me realize one thing.

I'm old.

If you need me, I'll be resting my sore legs and hiding the bags under my eyes in my office all day.

Happy Monday!


Linking up with Meg and Lisa today.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Can't Live Without It: Flat Sandals For Summer

When the weather starts to warm up and it's time to put away my beloved boots and booties, I don't think I'm your average girl that runs to her closet full of cute wedge sandals or sassy and sexy strappy stilettos.  


I run for my beloved flip flops I've have for the better part of 6 years now or any of my 20+ some odd pair of very flat sandals.

Totally kidding.
I don't really own that many pairs.

But then again...
I haven't counted either.

I really do wish I could strut in a pair of wedges or heels all day with a cute dress or pair of shorts.  But my feet are sooooooo flat, all they seem to embrace are the flattest shoe I can find.  People with those beautiful arches of theirs always tell me how they don't know how I wear such flat shoes and find it comfortable...and then, they walk away from me in 4 inch gorgeous heels/wedges on their beautiful arches.  I literally walked all day in Disneyland in a pair of very flat, no support, t straps sandals. 
And it was glorious.
The flatter.  The better.
I was even barefoot for my own wedding ceremony (plus sides to having it in Hawaii) and my wedding reception shoes were pretty, and jeweled, but also, very flat.
How else was I suppose to get my swing moves down or join in on the long conga line with my family?

Not that I don't drool over a pair of cute Summer wedges from time to time, and wish I added some height to this 5'3 frame, but I've completely embraced my flat feet and when warmer weather comes about, the flats come on and I hunt for the latest pair that needs to be added to the 'ole flat collection.
Here are a few more of my current flat favorites for this season.

So tell me, are you a flat, wedge, or strappy stiletto kind of sandal gal?


Linking up with Stephanie, Cait, and Laura today.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Grey Tee Dress

It is safe to say that wind gusts and bangs don't mix.  So excuse the hair flying everywhere.  Sometimes you just gotta work with it.
Speaking of which...I would work with this tee dress eeeerrrrrday!  Give me every color in this dress and give it to me now!  Talk about a great fabric with the right amount of stretch.  Anything that can help me get away with the fact that I feel like I'm wearing a night shirt, but still look presentable in public, I'm game.
Grey has slowly crept its way into becoming another neutral to add to the closet.  When I go for a basic, neutral piece, grey is now right up there with black and white.  I love how you can pretty much add about any color accessory to it.

I don't think I'm quite ready to be back from our vacation last week, but I'm happy to continue to final steps of our back yard work and start enjoying the warmer weather ahead.  My ten year high school reunion is this weekend.  Yikes.  Since when did that sneak up so quickly?

Enjoy your hump day!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Disneyland Trip Tips

No, I am not a Disney expert by any means.  Just ask my friends who are annual pass holders, whom I asked a bajillion questions too during the weeks leading up to our trip.  The last time I had even been to Disneyland before this was 10 years ago for my Senior Class Trip.  For Aaron it was about a decade as well.  We felt like total newbs all over again, but I guess that also helped in the wonder and magic of it all for us.  We were so excited to experience it all over again, since somehow, being in your 30's and close to your 30's makes your memory more and more fuzzy.  

Ugh.  Almost 30's.  Somebody pass me the wine.

From our experience and advice we got before heading down to the Happiest Place on Earth, I wanted to share some definite plus's and tips we picked up during our trip in big DL:

#1 - Pack Snacks, Water Bottles, & Try To Eat Certain Meals Elsewhere -

With all the walking around you do, it's surprising how hungry you can get and who has $7 (and the metabolism)  to get a churro or pretzel every time hunger strikes in between meals?  We packed protein bars and packs of almonds with us for the trip.  They were perfect to grab and snack on while standing in a ride line when we knew lunch was at least another hour or so away.  
We each filled our Camelbaks every morning and if you walk up to any food place in DL and ask for a cup of ice water, they don't charge you.  So that helped keep our water bottles full and cold throughout the day.  We had an IHOP right next to our hotel and we thought, "we will just eat there and that should be a cheaper breakfast then eating in the park".

Think again.

$30 for a stack of pancakes, one Belgian waffle, and 2 cups of crappy coffee later...
Yeah....they sure know how to capitalize on being right down the street from Disneyland. 
So we stuck with Starbucks in Downtown Disney for coffee and breakfast items.  Same prices everywhere.  Plus, I'm a rewards member.  Gold card, here I come.

We did eat at a couple places in Disneyland for the experience.  The Blue Bayou restaurant is inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and has the most amazing atmosphere and best filet!  If you want to eat at places like that, my advice is to make reservations way in advance.  If not, then the minimal wait time at one of the popular restaurants is 45 min to an hour for a table.

#2 - Map It Out -

Don't be afraid to be that person using a map to get around.  We did and were able to plan our routes better and see more of the park.  

#3 - Utilize The Fast Pass -

Back when I actually remember something, the fast pass was something you could buy for a pretty penny at Disneyland that would get you on rides faster.  Now, fast passes are free and available to everyone at DL for certain rides.  Each ride that offers one has a kiosk near by.  You insert your ticket and it spits out a fast pass ticket that tells you what time window to return for that particular ride.  We used them the whole time we were there and worked out so well in our favor to ride our favorites multiple times.  For example, the Star Tours ride only had about a 10 minute wait at first in the morning, so we waited and it went by super quick.  After we got off, we went straight to the fast pass kiosk for it and returned an hour later to ride it again and only wait 5 minutes this time.  That hour gave us time to walk around or hop on another ride that had a short wait time.    

#4 - Plan for All Types of Weather -

It said 72 degrees and cloud cover while we were there.  But it felt closer to 80 with the humidity and we were rocking shorts and sandals or sneakers during the day.  At night though, that's a whole different animal.  Once the sun starts to set, the wind picks up and it is freezing.  So before dinner on the second night, we knew to head to the hotel to change into jeans and get jackets before we went to dinner.

So those are just the few tips we gathered during our trip.  

Have you ever been to Disneyland or Disney World even? 
What are some other tips you may have?


Monday, May 11, 2015

Week 18 of 52

I hope you all enjoyed the weekend!  For those who are Mammas, fur Mammas, etc., I hope you all were showered with l-o-v-e.  
I'm sure as you know by now, this past week we spent it in the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland! 
We got home Thursday, but also took Friday off to recoup and get some things done around the house.  Thank goodness for awesome father in laws who are willing to spend the night at your house while you are gone, so your animals were able to stay in the comfort of their own home. This was the first time both of us were away from our puppy overnight.  I held my composure until the last second when we were walking out the door, then I lost it.  Good thing Aaron was there to give me the "get it together" speech.  Ha.  And of course we had to bring the big baby something back from DL...

She loves her Sven so...
(we also got her an Olaf...spoiled

On Saturday, we joined my mother, father, sister, and brother in laws for a day on wine tasting in a cute little wine town near us called Murphys.  If I could, I would go up there every weekend.  Such a great little place.

Sunday was spent getting things done around the house and ready to get back to the grind for the week ahead.  I also have my 10 year high school reunion coming up this weekend, so I was getting things ready for that.  However, that didn't stop me from poking around Target for a few while I was out on my grocery shopping escapades.

I really should never go in to Target to just "window shop".  Because cute items, like that lamp, come home with me.  We will just call it a fur Mamma's Day gift to myself.  ;)

Cheers to your week friends!


Linking up with Meg and Lisa today.