WILW {October 12}

*Sigh* Is it really only Wednesday? I feel like this week is draaaaaagging...

Anyway, since today is Wednesday, I'm linking up with Jamie for WILW!

Today I'm loving.....

.....that I've been able to catch up on housework today (although I'm not loving that I'm sick and had to take the day off work).

.....all of the recipes I've been making lately! I want to share them all with you so badly, but there never seems to be enough time to sit down and actually write out a full blog post with instructions, pictures, etc. Maybe someday soon I'll just take a Saturday and post a whoooole bunch of recipes.

.....the crisp autumn weather. Josh and I have been taking walks under the changing leaves wearing hoodies and jeans and then coming home to drink warm apple cider. We love this time of year. :)

.....so many things on Pinterest. Way too many things to count. It's an addiction.

.....IKEA's 2012 catalog. Droooool. :) I wish I had tons of money and a totally blank canvas  house to turn into a home, using tons of Ikea stuff.

.....that Joshua FINALLY gets a 4 day weekend to re-coup from his long stretch of non-stop work. We're both sick, so it'll be nice to be able to rest together this weekend (although I work Saturday, blah).

What are you loving on this chilly October Wednesday???


I confess...


Can you tell I'm excited?

After an exhausting week with the twinsies, I'm ready to just sit back, blog, clean, bake, and take in the gorgeous fall weather in D.C.

And since it's Friday, I'm linking up with Dandelion Wishes for Friday Confessional! :)


I confess...That I still haven't even bothered to photograph/video any home tour stuff. Why? Because the house is a disaster after a week of neither of us getting home until 8 or later, then cooking dinner, and heading straight to bed. Yeah...it's been one of those weeks.

I confess...That I'm probably WAY too excited for our date tonight. We're heading to Georgetown Cupcake (yep, from TLC's "D.C. Cupcakes")!!! We're ordering a half dozen so each of us can choose 3 cupcakes of deliciousness. I can't wait!

I confess...That people have really been getting on my nerves lately. You know when you post a Facebook status just STATING something, NOT asking for any opinions, and then everyone seems to think they can tell you what to do? That's been happening to me a lot lately via Facebook and I'm ready to just give it up all together. Stupid social networking.

I confess...That I've been dying to get a tattoo. When I was in high school I'd always say, "The day I turn 18 I'm getting one." But tattoo's were against the dress code at our school (and I was a goody-two-shoes) and everyone else got one on their 18th birthday...so I avoided being a follower. Now that I'm no longer attached to that crowd of losers (I hated high school, by the way) and that I know myself better, I'm itching to get inked. Now if only I could decide what I want...

I confess...That I've spent this entire morning lounging around with the hubby before he went to work and listening to these guys. I was recently introduced to Boyce Avenue by a friend of mine and I cannot. stop. listening. First, the guy is super hot. And second, his voice is like melted butter. Mmm. And I LOVE that they work with other up and coming artists! Great collaboration.

I confess...That I'm ready to live the simple life. I'm ready to live the green life. I'm sick of having unnecessary clutter and possessions tying us down and holding us back. I'm done with the chemicals, preservatives, and hormones invading our bodies. I could go on, but this is something I've been feeling very strongly about and it's a whole post in and of itself.

And last, but not least...
I confess...That my husband is the most amazing man I've ever met (other than my daddy). He was working 5am to 12am every day for 10 days while in Florida (that's about 4 hours of sleep a night people), came home and had one day off, then went straight back to work for another 8 days. Then he had one day off and has now worked 9 days in a row. And he does all of this without complaining or grumbling that he has to be up early and work late. He continues to amaze me every day with his patience and extreme work ethic and I could not ask for a more loving man to support me and share life with me. I love him to pieces.

P.S. Don't forget to check out the Blog Sale!!! Some great items up for grabs. :)


Blog Sale Extravaganza!

Yipee!!! I've been wanting to host a Blog Sale for quite some time now, and I'm FINALLY getting around to it. :)

Here are the deets: All of the items I'm selling are items that I've collected and loved throughout the years. We used a majority of them at our vow renewal ceremony (I'm apologize for still not posting pictures of that!) and everyone complimented their charm. I'd love to hold on to all of these pieces, but living in a 550 square foot box isn't really suitable for storing my collection. Therefore, I'm hosting this Blog Sale to pass on my lovelies to all of YOU lovelies! :)

I'm going to list the items here to show off my inventory and you'll also be able to find them on the "Blog Sale" tab at the top of this page. Just click on the tab to see what  items are still available and for what price (shipping within the continental U.S. is included).

And here's the fun part.....You can earn yourself a DISCOUNT by sharing this Blog Sale.

To receive 10% off of any one item:
*Follow me on Twitter, tweet about the sale, and comment on this post that you've done so. 
*Follow my blog, share the sale on your own blog, and comment on this post that you've done so.
(If you complete both, you can receive a total of 20% off one item).

Ready for the loot???

4 Tin Platters

Gold Leaf Cake Stand

Large Rose Platter 1

Large Rose Platter 2
3 Gold Leaf Rose Bowls
5 1/2 Gallon Aqua Ball Jars AND 5 Quart Aqua Ball Jars (4 lids available upon request)
So there you go! I know it's not a whole lot, but that's what I've got and I'd love to be able to pass on my cherished vintage goods to you. :)

Remember to check out the "Blog Sale" tab for pricing and availability!


No Longer Unresponsive!

I've officially added a "Reply" button to my comments section so that I can reply to you all when you leave me some love. :) This makes me very happy.

I used this quick and easy tutorial to figure it out, however, I'd like to figure out a way to reply soley using email rather than Blogger.

Anywho, when you see this message...

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Weekend Recap

Our weekend looked a little like this.

Saturday night: drinks at home.
Sunday afternoon: football at Crystal City Sports Bar.
Monday morning: wishing we could sleep in.
How was your weekend?



I know it's not New Year's or anything...but who says you can't make a resolution any time of the year?

You're probably thinking I'm a crazy person for blogging at 11:36 on a Saturday night when I could be snuggling in bed with my snoring husband, but I just couldn't contain myself any longer.

There's been this aching, nagging, obnoxious hole lingering in my brain since my junior year of high school, about that time when you have to decide what you're going to do with the rest. of. your. LIFE. While everyone pondered what they were good at, what career would make them the most money, and where the best place to earn such-and-such degree would be, I was so sure of myself. I was sure that I was going to be a Music Education major and teach elementary school choir, Pre-K through 5th grade.

I found the school, I spoke to advisers, I applied and was even accepted.

And then I changed my mind.

My senior year I decided that interior design was more up my alley. Yes, I loved choir and I loved working with kids, but I wasn't positive I wanted to do it for the rest of my life, and most certainly, not as my work. But interior design was exactly what would make me happy. After all, it'd been a ginormous hobby of mine since I was a little girl cutting up Ikea and Pottery Barn catalogs, diagramming my future home...when I was 10...so why not spruce up other people's style-less homes for a very modest living? So I applied, was accepted, moved into my cousin's house near the campus, and attended a semester's worth of very, very, VERY expensive art school courses.

And then I dropped out.

And then I took a semester's worth of very, very, very CHEAP general education courses at the community college right across the street from the art school I was so deeply in love with just months before.

While attending this community college, I decided, "You know what? Becoming a dental assistant would be super quick and would get me into the field right away." But I couldn't afford living out on my own, so I moved back to Illinois to live with my parents and attended community college there.

Unfortunately, my classes from the other schools didn't transfer because "the curriculum didn't match up" so I had to re-take ALL. Of. My. Classes. I was miffed. But I re-took them and enjoyed them twice as much the second time around. I'm sure it was because of the professors. I'd never had anyone challenge me and motivate me as much as they did.

Anywho, I was only there for 2 semesters and only going part-time so that I could also work. Then Josh and I got married, I moved to Virginia, and started my full-time gig as a nanny for the sweetest babies on the planet. And I could not be happier.

Who says you have to follow the "4 year plan" when it comes to college? Who says you have to decide on one major and stick with it, whether you know it's right for you or not? Who says you can't take time off from school "just because" and then come back to it when you've got a clearer vision of your passions?

I say screw them.

I've been graduated from high school since May of 2009, only completed 4 semesters of college, changed my major at least 5 times, and have taken a year off to work, spend time with my husband, and enjoy my life as a non-student for the first time EVER. And I'm loving every second of it.

While my break from the educational norm has a lot of people's heads spinning ("How could she not finish college? She must have no plan for her life. No motivation."), I strongly feel that the time I spent taking miscellaneous classes and now, this time I've spent out of the classroom experiencing the "real world" of adulthood, has really shaped my vision for my life.

Now for the good stuff.

As I've talked about before, I've never known much "work" outside of child care. Since I was 11 years old I've babysat, volunteered in the nursery at church, worked 4 1/2 years at daycares, and worked 5 years as a nanny. I've never known a life outside of teaching children and watching in awe as they grow. I've never experienced more joy than when I'm discovering the world all over again through their eyes.

And that's how I came to the conclusion that I can never do anything else. I've tried other things and nothing brings me more satisfaction. I've thought about other things, attempted other things, hated other things, and failed at other things. Teaching and taking care of children...JUST WORKS  for me.

I've realized that I needed all this time to figure that out. Trial and error, right? I've been working my way through college by taking care of kids, instead of GOING to college to strengthen my knowledge of caring for them. And after all of this "rebellion" and fighting with myself, I've given in. I've finally surrendered to my heart, instead of my mind. I'm finally stepping onto the path that I was supposed to be on all along, and I could not be more confident, but I'm glad for the time it took because I learned so much about myself in this process.

My resolution? Do what you love. Do what works for you.

All of this to say, while Josh is going to college, wherever that may be (crossing our fingers for U of I!), I will also be going to college. The plan is to take two 9 month certificate programs, one in Child Development and the other in CDA Prep/Family Life Care. After I complete these programs I'll be qualified to work at a preschool or early childhood development center (anything under the age of 6 is my favorite). And once Josh is finished with college we'll purchase a home, start our family, and I'll be a stay-at-home-mommy. From there, I'll start my own in-home daycare. That way I'll be able to be home with my baby and see all of his or her firsts, while enjoying teaching other kids as well. It seems like a long way off, but I'm sure all of these things will happen in the blink of an eye.

That's my life. That's my plan. Chaos and all. And nothing makes me happier. :)