Tuesday, November 29, 2011


We had a great Thanksgiving and went down to SUNNY AND WARM southern California.  The weather was amazing!!  Meg and Taylor drove down with us as well.  We left Tuesday after work/class and picked up Taylor in Las Vegas, switched cars, toured his "hotel" and were off again.  The first day, Josh, Taylor and Meg went to Disneyland...yes-without me.  My back has been having some major problems.  I hope this goes to show just how bad if I can't even go to the happiest place on earth!  So I went shopping with Annie and she got some great stuff.  I was scouting out what I wanted for Black Friday.  Later that day, my family got home from quading in the desert.  They all had a blast.  I got to play with the kids for a bit before bedtime.  I can't believe how big the twins are getting.  Lillee is talking so well now, too.  The next day was Thanksgiving.  We had homemade cinnamon rolls delivered to the house (which were wonderful) and then we hung out until it was time to go to Jim's house. There was a smaller group this time.  It was great food though and nice to just relax.  At 6:30, we went over to Jeff and Abby's house to see Meg and Josh's cousin, Amy, who is serving in their ward.  We were able to visit with her and her companion.

That night at midnight, we got up and went BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING!!  We went to Target and the line was extremely long.  We waited a while in the car and tried to figure out if we were going to get out.  Finally, we did.  I thought Meg was going to bail on me for the rest of the day of shopping...thank goodness she didn't!  We got into Target and there were a ton of people.  We went back to the electronics.  Meg and I both bought "Catch Phrase" for 50% off.  Then I bought a body pillow and cover (doctor's orders) for $7 each.  The checkout line went probably faster than on a normal day.  We were in and out within 20 minutes.  We then went back to the house, took a 2 1/2 hour "nap" and left at 4:00 AM for the mall.  About a month ago, there was a Living Social deal for the Shops at Mission Viejo for valet parking and access to a lounge that was set up in the mall.  I bought it for Meg and I and it was totally worth it.  We were the first ones to be valet parked and throughout the day we were able to get refreshments and bottled water.  We even were able to check-in our bags...and thank goodness, because we had a lot!  We were at the mall (and ran across to Burlington Coat Factory) for over SEVEN HOURS!!!   If you had told me that before I went, I would have not gone, but it truly didn't even seem like that long.  Half-way through, my mom came and joined us.  We all ended up getting great deals at the LOFT.  My mom is the winner with a pair of jeans for $2.44!  I wish we would have got a picture with all of our bags.  My new favorite store is Francesca's.  We ended up spending our entire budget (what a shock).  It was so fun though.  After Burlington, we went home, showered and got the boys and went BACK to the mall, Best Buy, and Nordstrom Rack.  Later that night, we went to Temecula for a surprise wedding anniversary party for my aunt and uncle, Heidi and Dave.  It was a really nice evening, being together as a family and celebrating Heidi and Dave's 25 years together.  The next morning we had cinnamon rolls delivered AGAIN.  Then we all went to the swapmeet.  I love the swapmeet, but I don't think other people (who haven't grown up with it) appreciate it as much. I could have spent a couple more hours there.  After, we went home and hung out around the house, ate lunch and then for dinner we went down to Laguna Beach and ate at BJ's.


BJ's...yes, we can wait outside in November!

My favorite!!  The next morning we left around 5:30 am and made it home in time to unwind and have an enjoyable evening.  Overall, it was a good trip.  Christmas is going to be even better!  Three more weeks...can't wait!!


Gracee and Gregory were in love with Meg

Meg became Gracee's personal Make-up artist.  Then we told her to pose for a photo shoot...oh dear!

Lillee and her new clothes (yep...jeggings!)  and her new Christmas shoes she refused to take off.  That girl is obsessed with shoes!!

Taylor was Gracee's math tutor

Friday, November 18, 2011

Maxi My Winter

I've been wanting to "winterize" my maxis but haven't been brave enough yet. Now the fear is over. I found this great post and will be trying it this weekend. http://www.clothedmuch.com/2011/11/how-to-style-your-maxi-for-cooler.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ClothedMuch+%28clothed+much%29

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I knew this day would come...

When we first got married, there were a few things we had to purchase.  One being a DVD player.  Luckily for my husband, PS3 players are BLU-RAY players, and he talked me into getting one.  I told him there was only one rule...no blood and guts/violent/war games.  For his birthdays and Christmas he would get games like Madden and other normal games.  I have been waiting for the day when he wants to get a "bad" game.  The time has come.  One day I got to work and up pops my G-chat from Josh.  "We need to make a deal."  Oh dear, I knew I wouldn't like this.  He went on to talk about how much he wanted Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.  Gag me!  I fought, but obviously lost.  So I got what I wanted too...

Fair?  Not really...I'll have to think of something else ;)  But my Sephora purchase is in the mail along with several samples and free gifts!  This and my Birchbox?  I am having a good week :)

Monday, November 14, 2011


Today at work, I was G-chatting with Melissa and she was telling me all about her BIRCHBOX.  It got me really excited to receive mine.  When I got home and checked the mail, there it was!!  Let me take you step by step ;)

 This box arrived in the mail.  Smaller than I thought, but still so excited.
 After I opened it, here was my beloved (and official) BIRCHBOX!  Anxious to see what's inside? So was I!!
 Whitening toothpaste, lip plumper, Kate Spade fragrance, and nail polish
There is also a price sheet enclosed that shows how much each product is when it's a full-size item. 

You ready to order yours? Do it here.

I am satisfied and feel like the $10 each month will be well worth it.  I told Melissa I wish they came every week!!  Waiting another month is going to feel like forever.  I am a cosmetic freak, so has been very exciting waiting for and receiving.  I also just order this product from Sephora and am so excited to get it (hopefully this week).  I also ordered free samples and a couple other things.  I'll post why a little later :) 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

HELP + Hope

Be sure to check out the HELP International Blog.  Today's topic: Hope for Malaria Patients

Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes
From BBC News

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Skin Reality

Ok, so here I go, talking about my skin again.  Although this time, I think more of you can relate.  The dreaded topic of...BLACKHEADS!  Eww!  Gross!  How can she talk about this on her BLOG?!  Yesterday I bought the blackhead strips by Biore for me and Josh.  Our noses have been bothering us...and that's where I'll stop :) 

 (I couldn't smile.  And Josh didn't want to be photographed...wonder why!)

If you look close enough, you can see the gunk.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Leggo my Eggo

Since I was in kindergarten up until my senior year of high school, I ate two eggo waffles every morning for breakfast.  You're probably wondering, "and you never got sick of them?"  Nope!  I still love them...but the calories and cost keep me from purchasing them still.  Why the post about waffles?  Well, allow me to explain.  On Monday, I was talking to my friend Hannah, and she mentioned that she had four eggo waffles that morning for breakfast.  I got really excited.  Someone else who shares a love of Eggos like me!  I also told Hannah that I have a certain way of eating them.  Yep, that is a fact.  Then in my Ethics class, an hour later, we were talking about OCD people.  I realized that I am OCD with my waffles by the way I make and eat them.  I toast them, turn them upside down (duh, it tastes better), put (real) butter and (real) syrup on (remember how I mentioned the calories-now you know), microwave that for 20 seconds, poor a cold glass of milk, and I'm ready.  The way I eat them...Count up two rows, cut it off, then cut in half, eat, drink milk, then eat the other end-just the last row, then I have four middle rows left.  Cut them in half, so there are two rows each, then cut each row into three sections, eat the ends first and end up with the two very middle pieces of the waffle.  Drink milk.  I know...I'm an OCD freak!!  I can't really think of anything else I am like this with.  And I've been eating them this way for a very long time.  And I prefer the Buttermilk style ;) Anyway, that's a big into my personal weird self!