Wednesday, July 30, 2014

fun confessions

for a couple of fun confessions. 

I am obsessed right now with Fruit Loops cereal WITH Marshmallows. 
Where was this stuff when I was a kid?!
I have seriously had this for supper more than once in the past couple of weeks. 

I turn 30 on Monday and it does not bother me one bit. 
All of my friends that have turned 30 
or are close to turning 30 are 
freaking the hell out. 
And I am over here like ...
what's so bad about 30. 
I guess my philosophy is that I cannot prevent turning 30 
why freak out about it. 
So, you know ... logic! 

This also means I get to eat Chipotle at some point this weekend ... and ice cream cake ... win,win!  
{Sorry Lauren} ;)

Have any of you freaked out when turning a certain age? 

And yes, I know these confessions have absolutely nothing to do with each other. 
I do have random in my blog name for a reason. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

and we have a winner

I want to thank everyone that entered the giveaway! 

I really do love the blogging community. 
It is such a fun place to hang out. 

Some of you have been around since the beginning and I have made some great friendships from this little corner of the world. 
I appreciate all of you, new & old alike! 

Maybe I'll stick around for another 5 years! 

Now for the real reason y'all are reading this post. ;)

The winner of the giveaway is ... 

Kristen from See You In A Porridge

Congratulations Kristen!
Everyone should go and check out Kristen's blog pronto. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

giveaway reminder

Hey everyone.

This is just a reminder that the giveaway ends today. 
You can enter here
Good luck! 

I have been truly blown away by the response to my giveaway. 

Welcome to all of my new followers!
As you will notice, 
I am not a very consistent blogger 
and I have accepted that about myself. ;) 
I hope y'all will stick around. 

I will announce the winner of the giveaway next week. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

five whole years

On July 12th, 
I have been occupying this small corner of the interwebs 
for FIVE whole years! 

In honor of this momentous occasion I am 
throwing a giveaway! 
One winner will win a 
Random Bundle of Goodies. 

The items have a summer theme ... 
Cute Summer Nail Polish by Essie; my favorite base coat; heavy duty cuticle pusher; lip balm; & fun sunglasses 

Other random things may be added, if I see something else I like. 

Thanks so much to all my blog friends, old and new! 
Every time I think about quitting this little corner one of you sweeties remind me why I stick around. 
Thanks for sticking with me through all of the inconsistent blogging! 

Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below. 
Winner will be announced next week! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: All giveaway products were purchased by me, not affiliated with any company or advertisement. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

SUYL: all about makeup

Today I am linking up with Kelly's Korner 
Show Us Your Life series. 
This week the topic is 
all about makeup. 

I am a low maintenance girl when it comes to makeup. 
I actually HATE wearing makeup 
and only wear it when it is necessary, i.e. work or events. 

I am not creative with my makeup. 
I am a GAW (grown a** woman) and 
I have no clue how to put on eyeliner. 
I have tried to learn and have watched a crazy amount 
of YouTube videos and it is a no-go. 
I have small eyes and they just do not cooperate with eyeliner. 

I have used Bare Minerals for years now. 
It is the only foundation I can tolerate for any length of time. 
Liquid foundations always feel to heavy on my face 
and make me feel claustrophobic. 
I know, sounds crazy, right?! 

This is what I use on a daily basis: 
Bare Minerals Original Foundation in Medium 
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil 
Bare Minerals Bronzer in Skinny Dip
I just recently learned how to use bronzer & highlighter! 
Bare Minerals Luminizer in Love Affair
for highlighting
Bare Minerals Eyeshadow in Fire Opal
CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara Waterproof
I do not wear any kind of lipstick 

What is your go-to makeup? 

Y'all be sure to check back Monday for a fun GIVEAWAY! 

*none of the links are affiliated links, just the best place to get pictures

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

independence day recap

I had a super long weekend 
because I had Thursday & Friday off from work.  

Yay for a FOUR day weekend! 

This weekend was just perfect. 
I will try to be as brief as possible and not bore you with too many details. 

I had to do a fun patriotic manicure. 

Many of you know about my LOVE of fireworks already. 
This year I got to see fireworks two days in a row. 
Once on Thursday and then again on Friday! 

Wednesday was D's sister's 18th birthday and we celebrated on Thursday. 
We went to a neighboring small town 
and had supper and watched their fireworks. 

I baked an apple pie and brownies 
for D's family gathering. 

At the family gathering, 
we grilled hamburgers & hot dogs 
and spent all afternoon swimming in the pool. 
We capped off a great day by going to see more fireworks! 

Our view waiting on the fireworks show

D and I went to his cousin's house and went tubing. 
They also had a giant swing off of a dock. 
It was so much fun! 

However, my arms are still killing me. 
I think it's possible they may fall off. ;) 

D and I had a lazy Sunday morning, 
drinking coffee, eating cinnamon rolls, 
and watching Wimbledon. 
We were both cheering for Federer, but Djokovic won. 
It was still an excellent match to watch. 

Whew! I think I summed that up pretty well. 
I saw most of your recaps yesterday 
and everyone seemed to have an excellent Fourth as well. 

I know it's a day late, 
but I am linking up with Picture Practice

Monday, July 7, 2014

apartment tour -- library & bedroom

Part two of my apartment tour is my library & bedroom. 
You can see Part One here

The library is my FAVORITE room in my apartment. 
When I was apartment searching, 
two bedrooms was one of the only requirements. 
I have to have a space for all of my books. 
The library is also the office, craft room, & music room. 
I am slowly learning to play the piano and 
D keeps a guitar there as well. 

On to the pictures: 
Library ... 

One of my favorite parts of the library is my gallery wall. 
My best friend, Ams, is an incredibly talented artist. 
{previously gushed about here
She has sketched a ton of my Dr. Seuss books. 
So, I framed a few of my favorites and created a gallery wall. 
It turned out amazing! 

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My bedroom is the one room that needs the most work decor wise. 
I just don't even know what to do in this room. 

Bedroom ... 

I wish I would have gotten better pictures of this.
I turned a desk into a vanity, where I do my hair & makeup. 

I think I need more scarves ;) 

There you have it, 
my apartment. 
It is small and cozy 
and I love it! 
The big open living area makes it great for entertaining. 
Well, my kind of entertaining which means no more than six people allowed. 
I have already warned D that I will never want to move again. 

Linking up with 

 The Secret Blogger Club


Friday, July 4, 2014

SUYL: 4th of July Traditions

Today I am linking up with Kelly's Korner 
Show Us Your Life series. 
This week the topic is 
4th of July traditions. 

Independence Day
is seriously my favorite holiday of the year. 
I love it more than Christmas and Thanksgiving. 

I have always been very patriotic 
and I love anything to do with history. 

But also on a completely different level, 
you get FIREWORKS 
and no obligatory family dinners. 

What is not to love about July 4th?! 

I have never really had any traditions. 
Unless you count mandatory viewing of fireworks as a tradition. 
I have seriously driven hours to see fireworks 
when my local show has been cancelled because of weather. 

D's family, on the other hand, does have traditions. 
Every year the entire family, 
I'm talking 40-50 people, 
gathers at D's grandparents' pool house. 
There is always food, fun, and lots of swimming. 
Definitely my kind of people! 

D and I almost missed fireworks last year because of rain, 
on our FIRST Independence Day together. 
We hadn't been dating quite 3 months yet. 
It was flooding 
where we initially planned on watching fireworks. 
So, D literally sped to get back to town 
and just as we arrived the 
first fireworks were shot off. 

Close call!

My plans this year are to hang out with D's family, 
eat, swim, and watch fireworks. 
Sounds like a perfect July 4th to me! 

all images courtesy of google image search