Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How Pinteresting...

Good morning.
It's been a long couple of days and needless to say this morning has been a bit rough.
 It's probably a good thing today is an easy post.


I found this last night and found it very appropriate after a day full of tears, and it gave me relief, because it's true.

Raspberry tiramisu.

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

I'll take these in every color please!

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

I am in love with this outfit.
I love the colors and the patterns!

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

Cheesy Biscuit Bombs

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rest in Peace Chris

Today we will be celebrating the life and laying to rest one of Kev's dear cousins, Chris.

I am not one to normally talk about death, I am not good at it.
I am not good at handling all the emotions so I tend to stay quiet, but for Chris I think I have some words to say. 

Chris was the first member of Kev's family I ever met. 
It was at one of Kev's parties, when he lived in this apartment during college. 
I remember being kind of nervous knowing he was going to be coming, why?
I have no idea maybe because deep down I knew Kev was the one and meeting family and making a good first impression was important to me?
I remember when I spotted him thinking "wow, could it be anymore clear that Kev and Chris are related?" They looked so similar. 
I remember having small talk with him through the night, but it wasn't until the very end and he called me over to a table he was sitting at outside. 
He started going on about how Kev and him grew up close and knowing being older they had grown apart some but he could tell that Kev was happy with me. 
He said that it was important for him to know that because Kev was family and his happiness meant something to him.
Right after he said to me "Welcome to the family". 
At first, I was shocked because Kev and I had not been dating the long, but immediately after I smiled, because I guess I knew he really meant it and that one day I would be his family.
 I'll never, ever forget that.
He was so quick to accept me and was looking out for his family.
He was a really great guy in so many ways.

You are greatly loved
and will be terribly missed by your friends and family.
Please watch over us, protect us, and know you will never leave our hearts.
 Rest in Peace.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Cara Box Reveal - #ClubSexy

Cara Box

This month I participated in the Cara Box swap and I am so glad I did!
It was a fun swap, and a nice way to get to know other bloggers.

The person that sent to me was Melissa at A Mile in her Boots.
Go check it out!
She's a really sweet girl and her blog is too cute! 
Since Kait decided to try and match people my states I at least knew I had living in Ohio in common, but that was the beginning!
I found out that Melissa and I have many things in common including the fact that she worked at my college, while I was there for a year!
I am pretty sure every time I meet someone new this world just gets a little smaller.

Since the theme was #ClubSexy the deal was to send each other things for the perfect date night. I didn't necessarily stick to that theme completely when shopping for my partner, but Melissa did a really good job picking out some items for me! 

She got me some really cute spring color nail polishes. 
A cute note pad, perfect for my forgetful brain to write things down on
Lavender bath salts.
A chocolate face mask. I am really excited to try this I haven't tried a chocolate mask before! 
A little mani set, which I threw into my purse immediately! 
Love coupons! A nice way to spice up things for Kev and I :) 
A cute little mirror, and again it went into my purse right away!

Thank you so much Melissa for all my goodies! I can't wait to try them out :)

I am really digging this Cara  Box swap and the mission behind it.
Needless to say I've already signed up for next month!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Finally! Saw It. Pinned It. Did It.

I finally get to join in the fun of linking up with Steph and Katie for completing a pin.
I've been waiting to do this link since it started but my lazy butt just hadn't gotten in gear until now! 
Can ya tell I'm proud of myself?

This weekend Danielle and I decided we wanted to try our hand at the string art pin we've seen floating around since Pinterest started!
I am super lame and didn't get any pictures of the process itself.
Mainly because after a little while I just wanted to be done, but here is what you need:

What you need:
* A board - you can cut this yourself like they do in the pin, or you can just go buy one like DW and I did.
 We got ours at Joann's and they had quite a few options in the sense of size and shape of the board!
* Paint & brushes - to paint the board if you want too.
* String/Yarn - DW and I used some yarn instead of string but she got a smaller size yarn then I did.
It's important to think of the size of the design you are doing, and the size of the nails yo are going to have to wrap this stuff around. It can get bulky!
* Nails - again think about the size you want your design.
We used pretty small nails because our board and design wasn't that big.
* Tools - a hammer & needle nose pliers (optional but highly recommended).
* Outline of the design you'd like to create - we used an outline of Ohio, not a map like in the pin but either way works :)
1) If you are cutting your own board do that.
2) Paint the board if you'd like to.
Wait for paint to dry!
3) Get yourself on a good surface for nailing!
It needs to be a sturdy place because you are going to be hammering for a little while!
4) Cut out your design.
5) Lay your design out where you'd like it on the board and start nailing!
 A few suggestions when it comes to laying out the design and the nails.
*The design - in the pin she nails around the outline, I marked the outline so I could get an idea of the spacing for the nails and then I nailed right into the paper. 
I am not good at keeping straight lines and spacing correctly so I feel like this helped me a ton! 
Then I just ripped out all the paper after I was done.
**Also, if you are going to do a heart in the middle like we did, make sure you do that before you completely outline the design because it's hard to hammer in the middle with other nails in the way!
***The nails - like I said we used smaller nails because of the design size, but they were pretty tricky to hold on to. 
I would greatly suggest having a pair of needle nose piers close by so you can hold on to the nail while you hammer! 
Saves your fingers and a little bit of time! 
6) If you've put a heart in the middle and you are all done nailing count the number of nails on the outside and then count the nails of the heart and divide that to come up with how many of the outside nails you have to string to the heart nails to keep it even.
7) Tie a knot around a corner nail and just start weaving.
If you don't do the heart I don't think there really is a pattern you have to follow.

And the finished project...
Ta Da! 

The project itself was not difficult, but it was time consuming due to the nail part, just a forewarning. 

I also made some of these last night & they were tasty!
Sorry, no pictures again...
mainly because I was busy eating them..
They are super easy to make too!

S'mores Crescent Rolls
What you need:
* Chocolate Chips
* Small Marshmellows
I used these little guys that I got in my PopSugar Must Have box in January back an they were prefect!

* Crescent Rolls
1) Preheat the oven to 375
2) Put some chocolate and marshmallows on the crescent rolls
3) Roll up the crescent per usual
4) Bake those suckers for like 15 minutes or until golden brown...
The more golden they are they more gooey the middle will be!
and enjoy!!

Happy Thursday loves!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

That's Very Pinteresting

Ok, not anymore than normal but I will say with spring around the corner I have been pinnin' it up like cray lately! 
So many cute outfits and projects. 
Warmer weather needs to get here quickly! 

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

Fried green tomato sandwich!
I cannot wait to get you in my life.

Good way to go through your clothing!

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

I won't jinx myself by saying this seems easy, but it's really good and looks like something I could accomplish in a semi timely manner!

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

Blueberries. Ricotta. Honey.

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

Happy Wednesday :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday Topics: My attempt at fashion...3 stores!

The Austin Family Diary
In my efforts to talk a little more fashion I think this is the perfect topic. 
Although I have many more than 3 favorites there are some places that I would consider my favs! 
All three of them require a bit of saving on my part before I even think about stepping in the door. 
I'm telling you guys I have this accidentally expensive taste that I can't really seem to shake even in my more logical, money saving age. 
Just can't help it, I like pretty things :) 

First up...
Is this a surprise? Naw!
I am sure quite a few folks would have this in there list. 
Even though this place is like the Dementor's Kiss of the wallet it's really a great one stop shop!
You have nice clothing, electronics, beauty, home goods, and even in neck of the woods, food!
What easier place to shop!? 

 Check out some of there new spring stuff!

Next up!
Now I am sure the comment of me having to save up before even setting foot in the door makes sense.
This store has had my heart for a long time...
my wallet on the other hand, not so much!
Even though some of the stuff is quite eccentric I love all the bright, fun colors their clothing offers.
And it's always unique.
Plus they have some really cute home decor stuff, fun coffee table books, and nice accessories

This is the newest of my loves.
I've always loved J. Crews clothing but sometimes the fit just isn't right.
Thankfully one of these bad boys opened at Easton and it was love at first try on!
Althought yet again this place can break my wallet they have some of the cutest stuff and I LOVE their jeans!

Happy Tuesday!

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