Monday, February 28, 2011

Party Favor Bags

In this post Strawberry Shortcake and Pirates I showed the things I was going to use to make Riley's favor bags for her birthday.  I finally got around to them before work this morning. I ordered these cute stickers from PartyINK on Etsy. I could have made them like I made these, but frankly just don't have the time. These turned out cuter than I expected. She did such a good job and they turned out exactly what I asked for.

Pink for the girls and green for the boys. 

We filled the boys with pirate things:

And girls with Strawberry Shortcake things of course:

I'm very pleased how they turned out and can't wait for the kids to enjoy them! I can't believe that it's next weekend! I feel as though I haven't planned enough for it because I've been so preoccupied with work, school, clinical, and everything else. I have to be back at clinical tomorrow morning and then maybe I'll catch up on my 30 days of picture thing. Last Friday I took some portraits of my pregnant friend and clinical partner Jamie that I'm excited to share too. I'm glad I'm taking pictures again.

Cheer leading sign ups were this weekend too and although I couldn't go since it was my weekend to work Hub took Riley. I'm going to be coaching again this year and although it doesn't start up again till late spring early summer sign ups got me excited for it.

I'm watching The Thin Man now for my literature and film midterm tomorrow night. I just need to make it through this week and then it's spring break! Wish me luck that I make it to Friday!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 09

Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.

My Hub

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day 08

Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.

Day 07

Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item.

Easiest one so far:

 Of course my most treasured item is my camera. I'm in love with it. I love taking pictures.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.

This is a really hard one. 


My answer is:

Anyone that has nothing at all to do. 

Like this little sugar lump:

Because I am wiped out.

Tomorrow I have to present a change project for my Nursing Leadership class to the managers of the busiest pediatric Emergency Department in the nation. No pressure. 

I am very grateful for the opportunities I am given! I'm really excited to be doing really big things for important places. 

To be making a difference.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 05

Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.

Day 04 - A picture of your night.

I'm late. Maybe it's because I spent yesterday and night doing this:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

My Little Monkey

My little monkey has been battling pneumonia for 3 weeks now. She has been such trooper though. She cries during her breathing treatments but sits as still as she can for me, which is quite sweet of her. I think we are at the tail end of it, thank God. 

Her illness has not slowed down her vocabulary at all though, it's exploding. She really can restate any word that you ask her to, and I'm not making this up (I've been meaning to get it on camera for proof haha) that she speaks a 3 word sentence. She has said, "I pretty baby" and last night when Riley was having a play date the girls were in the playroom and Raigan looked at Brandon and said, "Daddy, play!" It was the sweetest moment. 

It may seem as though I'm neglecting my first born with the pictures as of late, but I'm not. She just won't sit still for long enough for me to get a crisp picture, they are more of a general blur. I'll work on it more when life slows down a bit, which may not be any time soon, unfortunately.

Day 03

Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.

There are some things about myself that I'm embarrassed of.  I'm mean to my husband that I love, short tempered with my children at times, and if you follow me on twitter, you'll know that I have not swept my hall steps since Christmas (I know this because there are still fake needles from garlin decorations).

I did sweep them last night to ease your worries.

Also, my favorite current show is Jersey Shore. It just cracks me up like nothing else. We don't have cable, so I go to Simon's house, which is literally next door, each Thursday night to get the comic relief I need for my week.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 02

Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been close with for awhile.

There's a short list of people that could qualify but these are two of my best friends, Candice and Tracy. We went to high school together and I share some of my favorite memories with them. 
This is a picture of us at a bar in Nashville.

Tracy went to Las Vegas this past week and Candice is going to Utah next week. I wish I could travel the country all the time with them, but stupid school and work get in the way...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 01

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.

It's harder than one would think listing 15 facts about themselves...

1. I only have one ovary.
2. I want desperately to get an authentic Philly Cheese steak from Philadelphia.
3. I went to the grocery yesterday and save almost $40 with coupons on stuff that I had intentions of buying anyway. They even had healthy! bread coupons in the newspaper this Sunday.
4. I am going on a date with my husband tonight. I got him concert tickets for Valentine's Day.
5. I am writing this on a break in between my classes.
6. I only have a few more months of college left!
7. I found a bunch of my papers in the garage and was going to throw them away until I realized what they were... nursing process papers. I couldn't bring myself to do it because I have worked so damn hard to get where I am in this program.
8. I am not perfect and I can not do it all, but I do try my hardest to.
9. I wish I could save the world.
10. I am still desperately in love with my husband and way he fathers our children makes me fall even more in love with him every day.
11. Sometimes I bite my fingernails. I get grossed out too when I realize I'm doing it and think about all the germs I'm putting in my mouth.
12. I love when the UPS guy comes to our house! or the Fed Ex guy, or the US mailman, I don't discriminate.
13. I like pretty much every type of music from country to rap.
14. I love little girl hair bows and clothes and shoes.
15. I really want to make a few of my photos into a canvas to use as art in my house. That would be cool.

Until tomorrow :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


I have been in such a rut lately. The sun shined today which was so refreshing. It has been spring like weather around here and it couldn't have come soon enough!

I haven't been taking many pictures lately which is unusual, so I decided to do this thing going around facebook:

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been close with for awhile.
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 - A picture of your night.
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item.
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most crazy things with.
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 - A picture of something you love.
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 - A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 25 - A picture of your day.
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss.

Hopefully it will be fun and keep me inspired. I plan on starting tomorrow, and hopefully I can keep up with it. 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day

Monday is Valentine's Day; I still have to help Riley make a box for her Valentine's at school. Not, only is it Valentine's Day it's also February 14th. That's nuts. That February is halfway over. I thought it just began?

Time needs to slow down a little bit, because at this rate, Riley will be moving out next Tuesday.

You have to enjoy them while they are still babies and let you make Valentine's treats for them their preschool class.

Last year I made these for her class and was so in love with the little take out boxes that I bought them on clearance again!

Riley picked out these Barbie Valentines from a stash of clearance ones I got last year too for something crazy like 20 cents a box.

They even have temporary tattoos to tuck into a little slot, because that's exactly what a classroom of preschoolers need. Tattoos. haha

 A little bit of candy and voila. I am off Monday (off meaning I only have one class) so hopefully Raggie and I will be able to make it to Riley's Valentine's Day party at her preschool.

Friday, February 11, 2011

1st Giveaway Winner!

Sorry this is late, but I just got off work and my phone died, so I couldn't announce the winner from my new iPhone!

I had been using this for months, and it was due time.

Before I announce the winner, I'd like to share this:

 hahaha cracks me up, because I make this same face.

Cindy at New York Family Times is the winner of my first giveaway, a $25 gift card to
Thanks for entering my first giveaway, Cindy! Check your email for you code, and I hope you enjoy the books or whatever it is that you choose to buy with it! Thanks to everyone that entered. 

I have about a million pictures to upload and share. I cannot even believe that Valentine's Day in Monday or that my first born is turning 4 in just a few short weeks. 

Where does the time go?

Monday, February 7, 2011

I'm still here.

It's really fun to blog about recipes and birthday parties and post picture of my girls. Those are big parts of my life for sure.

But sometimes with all of the many things I juggle, I get overwhelmed. Today, I was overwhelmed.

I realize that is not a complete sentence.

I wrote it in spite of a literature and film English class I'm taking for one of my last general education requirements and I hate it. Perhaps it's my negative attitude, but maybe not.

This past week and weekend has strained me and today was, well, overwhelming. This past week Raigan had pneumonia my mom had emergency renal surgery and has to have another surgery tomorrow. That, on top of work, school, and life, it was hard. Riley was up all last night screaming with an ear infection, woke her sister and everyone in the house up and we were up literally all night. I maybe slept one hour. Our pediatrician only had an appointment at 11 o clock and my poor babe cried until then and even accused me of giving her medicine (tylenol) that mad her ear feel even worse. I called about 15 doctors offices, businesses, and other places before 9 o clock this morning. Ran errands that could not be put off any longer. Then I had to take my mom back to the hospital. This was the point that I learned that sometimes I can't always keep it all together, and that I can't keep all the balls in the air and sometimes I drop them and that my husband is there to pick them up. He's an amazing man and father. He's my rock.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not as strong or well balanced as it seems. I don't always have it all together or all figured out, and that's okay. It's what keeps life interesting and empowers us to keep going to overcome things and days like today. 

So after all that I crawled into the corner and cried I went to that English class that I cannot miss unless I want to lose a letter grade and watched a movie that I had no idea what happened in because my mind was in other places.Like wanting to be home with my girls, at the hospital with my mom, or driving to see our new little nephew be born, but class went late and by the time we would have made it down, visiting hours would have been over, and mother nature decided it was a good time for a snow storm. Thanks mother nature.

I know there are women that have many more children than I, and honestly, I'm not sure how they do it, because my two very well behaved babies are hard on me sometimes, especially with both are sick. I know that there are many people in the world that face way more adversities than I do, but it's still hard sometimes. I wish more women would talk about how hard our lives can be. Not to dwell on the negatives of our lives, but to comfort each other knowing that we're not alone on days like today.

I know tomorrow will be a better day and that I will go back to being a great juggler, just not today.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My First Giveaway!

I had every intention to host my first giveaway on my 1st blogiversary (how cheesy, I know.) 
But that day came and went as fast as the whole month of January did.
I'm still amazed that it's February of 2011!
That means I will be graduating college in 10 months and I'm a little intimated to be a grown up, but that's a whole other post. 

Moving on. 

I shop at Amazon quite often. I love it, it loves me.. a little too much. So I couldn't think of anything better to giveaway than a $25 gift card to Amazon $25 Gift Card (0108)
Through them you can either get a physical card, have a card mailed to the recipient, or for someone that is insanely busy like myself, you can just buy it and email the person the gift card code and they can use it right away. 

They're so accommodating.

So... for my first giveaway I have purchased myself a $25 gift card for one of my readers to use on anything from $25 Gift Card (0108)

To enter it's easy, just leave a comment telling me what you would buy with this card! 
(please make sure you leave your email address or email me with it in case you are the winner!)

To have additional entries you can:

Follow my blog by clicking "follow" on the left column

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Tweet about this giveaway

Please leave a comment for each entry until Friday February 11th at noon.
I'll choose a winner from and announce the winner at noon and email you the code to redeem!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake and Pirates!

I am in love with my girl's birthdays. I want to make every single one of them special so they remember it forever and ever. And if they don't, I'll have pictures to remind them of it!

One of my favorite things to do for their parties are the party favors!

Riley's party theme this year, per her request (I wanted to do Candy Land, but I guess it's not my birthday so I let her make the final decision), is Strawberry Shortcake. 

Since she has many boy cousins and a few of her preschool friends are boys she also picked out pirate favors for them. 

Sometimes I wish I had a little boy because there are so many cute little boy things out there (not that that is the only reason or even the biggest)!
Luckily I'm about to become an aunt again. My sister in law, Samantha, will be having her little bundle any day now! and maybe if I'm lucky she'll let me help with all his little parties.

So here's the loot. 

And the ribbon I plan on using. 

I'm pretty excited about them! I'm not done of course, because I have been crazy busy with school, work, the girls, not cleaning the house, a husband, and everything in between.

I wish I could share more about work and school because I am doing all kinds of really amazing things! But I don' t want to have to go to court for posting a picture of myself with a placenta like this girl,  or uhh something like that. haha

Stay tuned for the finished product and also for my very first giveaway on my blog!
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