shine or set

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sunday spark

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" -Mary Anne Radmacher [click on image for source]

saturday sillies

My apologies for not posting a "Friday Funny" yesterday. It's been a busy, busy week! So just this once I will do a "Saturday Silly."

I've been sitting around with Charlie watching frightening movies on AMC. Her eyes get as big as mine whenever the boogie man is on scree…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. DIY Costumes I think it's so much fun to make your own costume. So, after a trip to the fabric store I got to work. May I say that a hot glue gun is an amazing invention. Here's to the Roaring Twenties!
2. Growing up It's always wonderful seeing my little nephew. He's grown so muc…

costume change

Halloween weekend is full of parties, outings, and fun. I am so excited for it to be here. Two years ago, Kristen and I went full force. We had three different costumes for three different nights. It was one of my favorite Halloweens ever.

Night one: Lady bug and bride
Night two: Jane and kitty


I think dressing up pets for Halloween is just the funniest thing. I still need to get Charlie a little costume, although she's not really a fan of dressing up. Usually, if I put any type of clothing on her, besides her cool bandanas, she freezes up and stares at the ground. She'd probably …

sunday spark

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” -E.Y. Harburg [click on image for source]

growing up

Growing up is a beautiful, beautiful thing. I've learned, and still am learning, the ins-and-outs of life and the inner workings of myself. I think, better yet I know, that I grow every day. I don't feel that anyone stops learning lessons, stops getting to know themselves, or stops evolving…

friday funnies

As Halloween is quickly approaching, the time to do Halloween activities is coming to a close. While I have the eating candy part down, I still need to carve pumpkins and go to a haunted house. I have been watching scary movies, though. I've been really proud of myself because I can watch them…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Taylor Swift I am beyond excited to see this lovely gal in concert on Friday. I've been tapping my feet and singing along to every song for quite some time. A big thank you to my mom for surprising me with tickets. Stephanie and I can not wait.
2. Lana del Rey I have been itching for this son…

flatten that belly

It's been awhile since I've posted a workout, probably because I've been slacking in the fitness area. Whoops! I have to remember that just because it's getting colder and layers are being piled on, doesn't mean I should forget about my health. Now that I'm back on track, he…

moths and butterflies

My mama is always sending me bits of inspiring words, which honestly brighten my day and make me think. Here is one she sent me today...

"One of abundances many corollaries, is that the brighter your light, the more you attract... everything. 
Moths and butterflies. 
At which point you begin lear…

crackin' down

On the elliptical today I glanced around to see the gym was swarmed with people. They were there for the same reason I was. Halloween. It's quickly approaching and everyone wants to look their best in whatever costume they choose. It's like swimsuit season for the fall. I have a few costume…

sunday spark

"Some people are settling down, some people are settling and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies." -Carrie Bradshaw [click on image for source]

mama's birthday

Happy Birthday to my wonderful mother. 

You've taught me an incredible amount about life and love. You are an amazing woman who I look up to immensely. Your beauty, strength, and wisdom make me proud to call you my mom. You've always been so incredibly giving and your thoughtfulness is of t…

friday funnies

I'm not really a fan of discussing politics. The conversations tend to always get too heated, but it's so much different when kids talk about it. I couldn't help but giggle at this. Kids really do say the darndest things.