shine or set

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Well,clearly the world did not end. Yay!The new year promptly arrives on our doorstepsat midnight. 2012 seemed to move at a rapid pace, yet held so many lasting memories. I looked back on last year's 'reflections' post, and am so happy to write a completely different post this year. Las…

sunday spark

gypsy warrior wish list

I haven't posted a wish list for Gypsy Warrior in quite some time. Since the holidays are over, it's time to save some money to purchase my own lusted after items.I'm really digging neutral colors lately. Can you tell?
Amanda Maxi Dress Rose Lace Poncho Hydra Combat Boot Baby It's You …

friday funnies


cookie butter frosting

If you haven't had Speculoos, you haven't lived. Boyfriend introduced me to this fabulous cookie butter a few months ago and my taste buds are obsessed. Wanting to take the delicious spread a little further, I asked myself, "Why not make Speculoos frosting?" You bet your pant…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Giving I think the act of giving is more rewarding than receiving.I love seeing my loved ones tear open the wrapping paper to see what you thoughtfully placed inside. It's such a good feeling.

2. Fire Boyfriend lit up our fireplace for the first time. It was a perfect way to end our Christmas…

happy holidays

Happy Holidays from my family to yours. XO.

'twas the night

There is magic in the chilly air. There is happiness and joy dancing around. Christmas lights are twinkling. Trees are sparkling with ornaments, old and new. Jingle Bells is playing, and although I've heard it a thousand times, it doesn't lose it's charm. Cookies are baking in the oven…

snowy eve

Boyfriend, the pups, and I ventured to Flagstaff this morning in hopes of snow. We kept checking different weather reports, which all told us various temperatures and forecasts. We decided to just go and see what was in store. We were in luck. There was a snowstorm as we entered the city limits, an…

sunday spark

"You are an unfinished work in progress. One of the good things about life's challenges: You get to find out that you're capable of being far more than you ever though possible." -Karen Salmansohn

good thoughts

When you think good thoughts and have good wishes for the people around you, life all of a sudden becomes brighter. This makes you shine brighter too.

Your insides reflect your outside. All the makeup, hairstyles, and clothes can't cover up what's inside. Ugly thoughts make for ugly peopl…

friday funnies


tobi wish list

The holidays are quickly approaching, and my mind is still compiling some last minute wardrobe wishes. I'm sure they will remain exactly that, wishes, but it's fun to put outfits together up in my noggin. I looked to TOBI this week. It's been awhile since I posted a wish list for their …

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Boyfriend He comes home from tour today. I get to be reunited with him after I get off work, and then watch him play at the Nile tonight. I am beyond excited. I've missed him so.
2. Winter Break I am happy to have finished my third semester of graduate school, and that I have a nice mental br…
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