Monday, June 29, 2015

Anniversary Party ~ 35 Years!

At the end of May, my parents celebrated 35 years of marriage.  They met in high school, got married young, and have lived in the same house for over 30 years as well.  My brothers and I have always been "long-term relationship" people.  My parents have obviously done something right...  

So we had to celebrate!

I planned a bonfire and potluck and invited family, friends, and good weather.  The Saturday kicked off when my aunt brought over the picture board she had made with wedding and other fun photos of my parents.  It was so fun to see the old pictures , clothes (hehe), and hear some great stories!

I luckily had time to do a little bit of DIY for decorations.   The color palette ended up being a bit primary, but it ended up looking great!  I made custom cake toppers by using a paper cutter, stamps, and toothpicks.  Anyone could make these cute little toppers in any color or shape!  They looked great on my homemade chocolate cupcakes with green frosting.  A win!

I made a few tissue flowers  to hang over the windows to add a bit of flare.  These are super easy!  Accordian fold a bunch of tissue together, tie a string around the center, cut the edges and POOF it.  Hang from the ceiling or keep one side flat and set on a table or in a bowl, etc.  CHEAP and EASY!

I also made a paper bunting to hang over the food table.  With so much light coming in the porch, it was really hard to get a picture.  I simply cut paper triangles, taped them on a thin red jute cord, and wrote "HAPPY 35th!" in cork letters.  It looked so cute hanging off of a set of antlers!

As I said, the weather was fabulous and we enjoyed a bonfire in the back yard. Our dog loves when people are around and usually ends up spending the night by the fire. 

I got to spend some time playing with all of the kids that were around.  I got lots of hugs from my future nieces and enjoyed having some time to act like a kid again.  

I want to again say THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by and shared love and memories with my parents.  I *hope* they had an amazing time and will want to celebrate for their 50th!  THAT will be a bigger party :) 

I'd love to see your DIY decor and hear your party ideas! 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015


I need a place to splurge everything that's going on in my mind.  So I'l taking on the popular "Currently" style for today.  Feel free to comment what you're up to, I'd love to hear!


Craving - a medium Dairy Queen Blizzard with chocolate ice cream and tons of cookie dough.

Wishing - my school loans (and the hubby's) would disappear.  I take pride in paying them off, but DANG it would be nice if they would *poof* BE GONE!

Cleaning - little Lola's litter box.  Having a potty trained bunny is the coolest thing, except when you have to clean it out!

Watching - Season 4 of Gilmore Girls.  A friend borrowed me all of the season to keep me busy for the summer.

Reading - "Summer House" by Nancy Thayer.  It's a free book my mom found, and although I'm not super in to it, I'm liking the summer feel. 

Planning - every weekend from now until August!  With three weddings, a bachelorette party, a family reunion, and a family vacation, summer is looking busy.

Considering - building a house.  We have not looked at a house in three weeks and are beginning to consider building.  It's not our first choice...does anyone have any advice?!

Drinking - Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness.  I've been loving me some fruit lately, why not take some extra down in liquid form?!

Missing - college days when your friends were all in one place and you had fewer responsibilities and worries.  Keeping in touch is hard as you grow up.  Do you best to be a good friend and keep your friends close!

Loving on - one of the family cats that had been missing for three days.  He came trotting up the driveway howling and starving today.  I think he was searching for his brother who is still missing. Cross your fingers he comes home!

Coveting - manageable hair styles.  I would love to chop my hair super short, but with so much curl, the growing out process would be horrendous.  Lame hairstyle forever...that's me!

Sharing - my WalMart $1 Flash-Tats.  They are super cute and last forever!  Check them out in the jewelry worth it for summer!

Celebrating - my niece and nephew being off of oxygen, gaining weight, getting a new house soon, and getting a visit from grandma & grandpa (my parents) next week!

Alright y'all...there's the best and the worst of my current mind.  Sometimes it's nice to write everything down and take note.  Summer has so much to offer and I'm doing my best to make it memorable.  Luckily, I've got my guy by my side to always keep things in perspective.  I am seriously lucky!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

GlassesUSA - Finally Getting Prescription Sunglasses!

A few months ago, before this lovely sun came out to play, I was FINALLY able to get some prescription sunglasses.  They were my first pair ever, and I wasn't 100% positive that they were right for me.  So I've been testing them out for a while now, and I've decided that they're great!

I was always a contact wearer, but after settling in to an office job a few years ago, my eyes couldn't take the daily strain.  I have become a daily eyeglass wearer.  I still wear the same frames I got in 8th grade.  They were my second frames ever and I still get compliments on them!

But this lead to a tricky situation when I stepped outside.  I never had sunglasses to wear.  Sometimes, I would put large sunglasses over my glasses.  {Only in the car!}  NERD.  For special events and weekends outside, I would wear my contacts for a day or two.  But my eyes were always scratchy and dry.  Not fun.

I finally talked with Glasses USA, and we agreed that we could work together to get me some sunglasses!  They provided me with a wonderful discount, and I spent a lot of time checking out all of their frames.  One thing I absolutely loved about their site is that you can upload a photo of yourself and see how the frames will work on your face.  I have a small face so sunglasses are always hard for me to find!  I also wanted to make sure my sunglasses has nose pads so that when I'm sweaty, my glasses will stay in place.  

Like I said, at first I couldn't quite decide if I like them, but now I'm in love!   It is so nice to not have to worry about trying to deal with contacts when we have something going on for the weekend.  They fit great, and the lenses are light enough that I can wear them to run indoors for quick things.

I will say, it is sort of pain to have to switch glasses when I get to my destination, but I will take that over trying to deal with wearing uncomfortable contacts outside.

Glasses USA always has EXCELLENT deals on their website.  Check out the Sales & Coupons section of their site to get yourself an awesome pair of glasses!  You also get an eyeglasses case, and a card with your prescription on it for future use.  They also have free shipping and returns (with 20% restocking fee) so you can always try a new pair.

Get out there and get some glasses!!

*Although I was provided this product at a steep discount, all opinions are my own*