03 August 2015

When you don't watch one season of the Bachelorette...

last season of The Bachelorette featuring Kaityn B. was the first time I've not watched a whole season of the show. When I had learned that she slept with people on the show and it was heavily discussed, and they brought back the douchebag Nick from a previous season, I just immediately became uninterested. 

Skipping this whole season lead to me asking this important question last night:

Who are these guys? Lot of newbies who I didn't recognize because they were all from this past season of the Bachelorette!




So starting from the top there is a guy named Jared who a lot of girls think is is totally fine (um no) haha
then someone named JJ and Tanner and Jonathan. 

Apparently you miss all of this when you skip a season! 


As for the ladies....



I am team Tenley all the way. She's always been a favorite of mine. Why Jake picked Vienna over her I'm not sure any of America will ever understand!


I also am happy to see Carly from Chris Soule's season, although I wish someone would help the poor girl with her dang eyebrows. They were so dark and colored wrong it was all I could stare at when looking at her last night on TV! haha 

Anyone else tune in? 




30 July 2015

Remembering Leslie..



"Most ppl are naive to the unfairness of the world and how fragile life is. we are here today, but nobody is guaranteed anything beyond that."

I just wanted to take a minute and share how devastated I am with the passing of sweet Leslie over at A Blonde Ambition. She was one of the first bloggers I ever really became friends with back when blogging was just taking flight of course in 2009. :)
We shared hair secrets and she gave great make up and tutorials on her hair styling.

She has 2 amazing baby girls who are never going to get to know their mother. For those of you that even still read blogs, or are wondering what happened to Leslie, she was born with a heart defect and had surgery when was was 1 year old. She never had a problem (remission so to speak) all these years later, until the birth of her second daughter. She rapidly went downhill from there, as she was unable to blog as much as she used to. My heart breaks for her sweet husband who is now alone and responsible for raising their daughters on his own.
I think dave matthews band has always said it best in two step (famous song if you haven't heard of it)
"Celebrate we will, because life is short but sweet for certain." -DMB

Her husband has set up a Go Fund me account for their baby girls futures....if you can or chose to contribute anything..

RIP Leslie. Your warmth and sweetness will ever so be missed.

As Leslie would say,

Be BLESSED lovelies.



22 July 2015

Summer Reads

I cannot say enough good things about Kristin Hannah's new book "The Nightingale." It was one of the best page turners I've read in a long while. I love when that happens--when a book just sucks you in and you can't stop reading it! This was a 400 page book that I read in 2 days, which I was able to crank out mainly because on the second day I was on 3 hour airplane ride to Colorado so I had no distractions! 


I loved Kristin Hannah's Firefly lane and Night road. Highly recommend those books by her as well. 
And if you are having any more doubts about this book, it's also listed on amazons top 2015 books of the year! What's the book about? You can always read the synopsis on Goodreads or Amazon, but to sum it up, it's about 2 french sisters during WWII and all that they go through when the germans attack and invade France. I couldn't put the book down. So good! You won't be disappointed!





A book I didn't like which many are reading now...
A Girl on the train 
SKIP IT. Some are comparing it to Gone Girl. Eh NOT EVEN CLOSE. I was really quite annoyed with the main character. The book was slow moving till the very end. 

You want a thriller, read anything by Chevy Stevens or Gillian Flynn. This book wasn't even comparable to the other authors mentioned above. 



I am just about finished with Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set a Watchman." 
I'm on the fence about this book too. To Kill A Mockingbird is such a classic (obviously since it's a required reading in just about every public school I know of!) It's just hard for me to grasp the concept of why now, why would the author decide to release this book all these years later. There will be great debate, now and for years to come, if the book should have been published. And many will say "No." I'll let you all decide.




21 July 2015

Wedding Weekend/Family Get together

I don't see my parents all but maybe once a year. Last time I saw them it was November of last year for Thanksgiving. I had a cousin getting married in the same state they reside in, so a trip was in order! 

Colorado is one beautiful state. God's country is what I think and feel every time I am there. 
Can I also say although the Denver airport is big, it's probably one of my least favorite airports? Very confusing with all the book your ticket here then go down through security and take trams here and to pick up your bag you still have to go down more stairs. Oy vey! 

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This is the view from my parent's backyard! Breathtaking! 

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A view of the aisle the theme was very country :) I loved it! Lots of Mason jars!


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I am one of 14 Grandkids, and now my grandfather has 3 great grand kids! Here's most of our crazy crew (4 grandkids couldn't make it) Plus the bride and her 2 brothers aren't in the photo either. 

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My Stepmom loves to host, she made just about everything for our get together. It's definitely not summer without some fresh watermelon!


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A view of the backyard, just another angle. 


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Bros & Sis. Me & my brother. My cousin and her brother. :) 



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This net got lots of use. We had a very competitive game of badminton and volleyball!


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Lots of beverages (this was just the beer selection) 


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Bow tie pasta salad and fruit salad.


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My contribution was my famous cheesecake stuffed strawberries! Yum! 


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If you are from Ohio then you know what dessert these are! :) 




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The beautiful bride and groom!

And there you have it! What I've been up to as of lately! 

10 July 2015

My number ones

Music plays such a big part in our lives--whether you are old or young it still finds a way to touch our souls. 

I can remember what albums really moved me from my early teen years, to high school, to then college. These artists that I am about to share are what I feel the epitome of a talented group of individuals and or music groups. They are real game changers of the music we listen to today. 

I'll start with Elementary school. If there is any one artist I listened to over and over, and knew every single word to all of her songs, it was Janet miss Jackson if your nasty. I listened to her cassette tape to the point where some of her songs sounded worn out from me fast forwarding/rewinding it so much! It's the one album that I can still listen to over and over at the gym or in the car and not get sick of hearing her tracks. 

All seven of RN‘s commercial singles – “Miss You Much,” “Rhythm Nation,” “Escapade,” “Alright,” “Come Back to Me,” “Black Cat,” and “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” – hit the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, even breaking the record previously set by brother Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Her record still hasn’t been broken! So for me, what Janet Album is her best? Why Rhythm Nation of course!




I'll move right into Madonna. I spent a lot of my 5th and 6th grade years rocking to Madonna's Immaculate Collection (also on cassette tape!) Who knew that Like a prayer would be the ultimate bar song years later when I was older! Madonna was way more sexual with her music and videos than Janet was initially, but she she still made great music. The Immaculate Collection is still one of my favorite Albums of hers. 


Moving on into High School. When I think of high school, I only think majority of one group, and that's Dave Matthews Band.  How influential were they? A song from one of their albums was our "theme" to our senior year prom! I kid you not! I own all their albums on CD, and had a really tough time picking which one I thought was the best since they are all so dang good. But if I had to pick one that I feel is a step above and means the most, it would be under the table and dreaming. 



In college the artist named John Mayer rolled around and the acoustic guitar was all the rage with music. He's had several albums out since my college days, and Battle Studies, in my opinion, is his best work. 


If you had to pick your all time top 4 best musical albums you have ever heard in your life, what would you pick? What molded or shaped you growing up in the music sense? 

Other Honorable mentions that I listened to quite a bit as well..

Elvis Presley (all his songs not just one album)
Brian McKnight
Christina Aguilera 
The Backstreet Boys
Bush 
Reba McEntire
Michael Jackson 
Garth Brooks


So where did this entire blog post stem from you ask? Honestly I was at the gym, getting my cardio sweat sesh in and Janet came on my play list and my heart was pumping. I felt like I could push through anything listening to her sing Rhythm Nation! And that my friends is what made me really think, what were my all time favorite singers/music groups that to me, I felt were the best of the best in my childhood, and paved the way for a lot of musical artists who try to live up to them today. 












09 July 2015

Life...as of lately


Hubs and I did a little tour of the CLE Art Museum! Did you know that this museum is FREE to the public? I can't remember the last time I went to a museum that had Monet, and Picasso masterpieces on display and it was free to get in!

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We did a little walking around downtown CLE and grabbed a bite to eat before heading back home.


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Couldn't be out to late with this little one awaitng for us!








05 July 2015

DIY Chalk Paint




I know Annie Sloan's chalk paint is the bees knees, but I was searching for a cheaper alternative and found this chalk paint by Americana from Michaels and thought I'd give it a whirl. 

The first item I tried it on was a metal mirror. I really like the crackle effect it gave on it! 

What you'll need: 
  • Paint brushes
  • Chalk paint
  • clear wax 
  • clean rag/towel 
  • sand paper 

Then I saw this on Pinterest and said why stop there!?! I was needing something to store all my paints since we've moved and I don't have my classroom as my art studio anymore!


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So I began to hunt around for a vintage carpenters tool box and was on my way! 





Here's my final result!






23 June 2015

2 months of catching up!

I'm sorry for the lack of posts it's been yet again crazy around here! From April till now I haven't had much time to do anything other than pack, move, unpack, potty train a pup, job search, get lost and learn my way around CLE, OH just to name a few!

Ohio summer! 2015

Ohio summer! 2015
How am I 33 years old!?! Where has the time gone!?


Within 2 weeks of being settled in Ohio, I could hardly stand being alone so for my 33rd B day, hubs agreed to add a new member of our family. 

Our hearts are full! She's completely different from Aspen girl that much I can tell you! Lucy barks (unlike Aspen) she also chews everything! Ahh! Fingers, papers, door stops, you name it! We have mastered the potty on the pee pads and sit now if we can just get her to go outside or let us know she has to go we'd be in good shape! 

Introducing Lucy Lu! 
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In case you were recalling be blogging last summer about moving..... Here's a refresher.
Last summer we attempted to move back to Ohio before our house sold. (Mistake) as it forced us to come back to AZ. Well we upgraded a few things this time in our house, (Granite countertops in the kitchen and changed out a few gold hardware door knobs for silver and presto magic our house sold in 4 days this past March!) 

We then decided to have me finish out the school year of teaching and decide to relocate back to Ohio for good this time.  I think this big change was a good thing. Losing Aspen was so hard and being in our home in AZ was hard everything triggered memories of her. I now completely understand why people (including my dad) decide to move or leave homes after someone dies. It's just easier. As a child when my mom passed away, I was super angry for my father uprooting us kids out of our childhood home. I thought it had everything to do with my step mom who just didn't want to live there. But in hindsight, it was really about the pain my father felt going inside the home that my mother passed away in. It was just to hard. I don't blame him. 

As far as teaching in Ohio goes, finding an art position is no easy task. The openings are slim to none for full time. :( If any of you that read my blog know of ANYONE in the school district in the CLE area please let me know! :) 

22 June 2015

For the love of Burlap

When hubby and I got married in 2012, I put on my wedding registry this adorable burlap monogram print. The print came from a seller on Etsy of course that custom made burlap prints for $20-$25 for an 8x10 sized print. 

Since then, I've had some time for once to actually try out little art projects for our home, rather than for my students or teaching related stuff! 

I did a little research and attempted my own burlap print. I am happy that it turned out just marvelous! 

Here's what you need:

There are 2 ways to do this-- the first way I attempted it had a few more steps involved.
  • IRON
  • BURLAP (cut to fit the size of your printer)
  • SCISSORS
  • FREEZER PAPER
  • INKJET PRINTER
  • YOUR IMAGE OR TEXT you want to print via from your computer!

Take your iron and iron the freezer paper to the burlap SHINEY SIDE DOWN on the burlap. 
Go over it a few times your main concentration should be around the edges. 
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Place your burlap into your printer. This is the only tricky part because everyone's printers are different and feed differently. I had to put my burlap face down to get it to print the right side up! Do a test sheet on regular paper to get an idea of which way you need to load the burlap. 

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Don't be nervous about putting the burlap in the printer. So long as you don't have any frayed edges you'll be fine! 

The other way you can do this project is buy buying pre cut burlap from walmart. They only give you 3 sheets per pack for around 3 dollars a pack. Ideally, this is the way to go. No iron or freezer paper needed as the burlap is already coated for the printer. 

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And the final results turn out like this! 

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Adding this beauty to our gallery wall! 





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