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she

I am in love with the book, She by Kobi Yamada. It's filled with pages upon pages of beautiful quotes meant to celebrate the special women in your life. While it's a beautiful book to give, it is also a beautiful book to keep for yourself. Why not celebrate yourself?

It's important to r…

friday funnies

I love awkward moments, 
mostly when they happen to other people. That sounds awfully mean, but I can't help it if they make me giggle. That's probably why Brick Tamland from Anchorman cracks me up so much. Besides movies, I get a little tinge of excitement when anyone starts a tweet or a st…

the little things

DIY's are incredibly popular. For those who aren't so good with acronyms, like myself, that means Do It Yourself. I love that people share their ideas and creations, and out of it comes something entirely unique and one-of-a-kind. I also enjoy that they typically are budget-friendly. Now th…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Crock pots My dad just purchased one of these handy kitchen gadgets. These come in handy with a busy work schedule. I can just pop in something tasty, let it slow cook while I am at my job, and have a yummy meal waiting for me when I get home. I'm making the pops roast beef and Yorkshire pud…

lukie's first birthday

My little nephew, Luke is one year old today. I can't believe how the time has flown. Now he can take a few steps, has a few teeth, and says a few words. It's a few of everything, but it means he's growing up. Sometimes I feel like I'm missing it all because we don't live close …

take a breather

My mind has been aflutter lately. There are so many things to do that it feels like my brain never gets to prop up its feet and relax. Working two jobs, my dad's visit (not that I don't love having him here), and all of life's other little obligations just add up, leaving me worn me out…

paint yourself fall

I grow tired of nail polish entirely too fast. I am always painting and repainting my tips and toes. Now that fall is here I am curious as to which colors I should be choosing. Lucky Magazine had just the answer. So here they are; the 26 cool shades of the season...


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Zil…

sunday spark

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength. -Unknown
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pistachio crusted salmon

After a long day of work it felt nice to drag my feet up to my apartment and find a delicious, home-cooked meal. This past week, my dad surprised me with just that. After watching the Food Network, we saw a recipe we just had to try. Leave it to Paula Deen to get our mouths watering. Here is the re…

friday funnies

Unfortunately I wasn't blessed with perfect vision. I was doomed to get glasses in elementary school. Of course, my super cool self picked out glasses reminiscent of Harry Potter's, except they were gold. No wonder my first kiss wasn't until the eight grade. Now I know why my mom said t…

penny lane

I absolutely love the film Almost Famous. I sometimes wish with all my might that I could travel back in time and live in that decade. There was so much culture, so much to delve into, so many dreams. Besides the fact the movie is based on a young journalist trying to make it, I am incredibly drawn…

fresh air

I braved the outdoors for today's look! I still hid in the corner of my patio, but I'm making progress. My neighbor across the way was wondering where the shutter noise was coming from. Poor guy was left scratching his head.

As you know, I've been a bit sick lately. When I'm not wor…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Bridesmaids It's finally out on DVD. I've been anxiously waiting to add it to my movie collection ever since it came out in theaters. Now it sits with my other favorites. This is definitely a movie that will bring me laughter any day.
2. Tea Throughout this icky sickness, I've been si…

lc lauren conrad collection

I've mentioned my adoration for Lauren Conrad numerous times before (here, here, and here). She's just so put together, stylish, and seems truly genuine. My sister e-mailed me some of her new goodies from her LC Lauren Conrad Collection that is available at Kohl's. Surprisingly, I still…

dad's pieces of advice

My pops comes in town today and I'm so excited. I'm trying not to let this cold get in the way of us spending time together. If you remember in my 'me-hee-co' posts, I just went and visited him in Mexico last month.

We have our little traditions when he comes out here. We go to the…

i used to be fat pt. 2

This post is a follow-up to my 'i used to be fat' post back in February. It's a wee bit personal, and I'm slightly terrified to share, but sometimes people need to see others have courage in order to speak up or make a change.

I've received tons of e-mails asking about my little…

sicky poo

I've been coming down with a cold. My throat is not happy and my nose has been running like it's on a track team. I've been overdosing on vitamin C and tea, but I'm convinced that pistachio ice cream is the key to getting me better...or perhaps I'm just craving the sweet stuff. …

the "it" cards

I mentioned the wickedly funny cards of Story of My Life in my 's.o.m.l' post. Their fabulous line of cards is blowing up. They were just featured in the goodie bags of the Josie Loves J. Valentine launch party. Read up on the party here, through the pretty eyes and witty words of Annie.

Th…

couch potato

So now that I have my mom's trusty tripod to prop my Canon on, it's way easier to do mini photo shoots. It's always fun to play dress up, so expect oodles of outfit posts. I wasn't quite ready to venture outside and take self-timed photos in front of my neighbors, so I stayed in the…
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