It’s the little things…

I’ll admit it… I’m one of those people who gets overly impressed with some of the simplest things! Like figuring out my phone does something I didn’t know about, a really great mani, finding old stuff in the bottom of the closet that I thought I lost, etc!

Needless to say– today was full of little surprises! ­čÖé

surprise #1┬áthis morning when I dropped little man off at school. When coming home I stopped at a red light and the person in front of me left a notebook on the roof of their car, it blew off while we were sitting there and I ran out to pick it up. When I knocked on his window (all stalker like since I was still in my pjs {I just dropped my kiddo off in front of the school, it was too cold to walk today so I decided to be lazy and not get dressed– we only live two blocks from the school}) he yelped but then realized what I had and thanked me profusely and gave me a $5 ┬áStarbucks gift card. Win for me ­čÖé

surprise #2 when I got home I was debating between painting my nails or cleaning out my closet. I decided to start with my closet after yesterday’s completely unproductive day. While looking through a box for sweaters I came across an envelope full of photos from high school. It brought back so many fun memories. ­čÖé it’s all in the little things!

surprise #3 did you know that if you swipe right to left when your looking at your text messages it will show you the exact time each message was sent!??!? {iphone 5s} I was trying to open a photo my mom had just sent me and figured that one out!! Not that it mattered in this instance but I know there have been times I’ve wanted to know when someone sent me their last message (like when I’m waiting for someone to meet me and they text saying ‘almost there’)

Surprise #4 we had a birthday party for a complete stranger… Kind of. My mom makes everyone these calendars every year with everyone in our families bdays, anniversaries, adoption days, and major holidays. This way we have no excuse for forgetting… Well on our calendar today it says “Adams birthday” unfortunately after completely racking my brain I still can not for the life of me figure out who Adam is! Anyway we decided to bake Adam a cake and sing happy bday ­čÖé and of course we had to try a new cake recipe! Strawberry poke cake with a French vanilla frosting! It turned out fantastic!

oh and I still worked on my mani… Turned out well if I do say so myself!┬áimage

all in all, pretty good day!


Online Shopping Addict

I can’t be the only one who is addicted to online shopping, even if I’m not buying anything I can sit and browse for hours only to look up and realize I am still sitting in my PJ’s and its time to get the little man from school! It is strange because I HATE going to the mall and grocery store… when I have to shop in public I run in, grab exactly what I needed and run out. Shopping online I can be looking for one thing one second and 5 minutes later decided I needed a coffee pot and new air fresheners for my car… It’s almost as bad as pinterest!

Today has been one of those days! It started with paying my bills… yuck! Then I decided to hop on Facebook and noticed Julep had a new mystery box (I will go into my nail polish addiction later- that’s a post of its own!). After browsing the Julep site debating whether or not I should splurge I remembered that I wanted to look into new polish stamping plates and decided I would rather spend money on those! Over to Amazon I went…┬áplates turned into Christmas shopping (my kid wants heeleys, those weird little roller-skate shoes that were popular back when I was in school) therefore Amazon turned to EBay then Listia and on and on until I look up and its past lunch time! (wow, just found┬áListia today and┬áam addicted! Join me by clicking the link below!)┬á┬áListia cured my desire for shopping and I didn’t even have to pay for a thing! I got my son a lava lamp (another Christmas wish list item) and┬áa mystery grab bag of nail polishes, cosmetics and goodies for me!┬áLuckily for my bank account I didn’t spend a penny, not even on shipping!

Now rather than doing the chores that I know need to be done I am sitting here procrastinating yet again. Maybe it’s not a shopping addiction but a procrastination one ­čśŤ

Hey, at least now I have some Christmas ideas, maybe Santa will bring mommy some presents this year too!

Check out Julep!

Shop with me on Listia!
Auctions for free stuff at

Christmas Comes Early…

I will admit it- I am one of those people who beat the mall at decorating for Christmas. I LOVE the holidays and usually pull out my Christmas decorations November 1st.

This year we are doing a completely┬áDIY Christmas {thanks to a little help from pinterest & my extremely creative 6 year old}! We will be making our own homemade┬áChristmas tree this week, and have already started our decorating of the house. My neighbor was standing outside complaining last night to someone on the phone that I had already decorated the outside of our house– I totally wanted to storm out of the house and call her a Grinch (decided against it as I had been eavesdropping while doing the dishes).

I also started our annual tradition on Elf on The Shelf. I know, most of you are thinking ‘she’s nuts! TWO whole months of imagecoming up with ideas for Elf?!?!’ Calm down- I haven’t lost my mind completely– since my son goes to his dads for his Christmas break I lose almost two whole weeks in December so really it’s just a month and a half and come on, with all the awesome ideas I have found on Pinterest and some other great blogs (they are listed below in case you wanted to check them out!) it was hard to decided what Zip (our elf) would be getting into for the 6 weeks he’s here! (Ok, ok confession #2 I occasionally bring Zip out of hiding throughout the year when my son is having a particularly “disobedient” week… so guess more than just 6 weeks a year!)

Letter from Elf

Guess two confessions in a single post is enough for now! ­čÖé Enjoy your week!

Elf on the shelf blog posts:

Over The Big Moon

Blossom Bunkhouse


It’s so weird how what used to be my absolute favorite holiday has now become a dreaded time of year– kids running in the road, consuming mass amounts of sugar and processed junk, staying up late on a school night, having to have the perfect costume… talk about nightmares! {The only perk is now I don’t have to┬áspend a┬ápenny to get my candy fix for the year.}

This year I decided to be crafty and save a few bucks on my sons costume. He has wanted to be the headless horseman ever since his kindergarten class saw an adaptation of Sleepy Hollow last year on a field trip. Is it wrong that my first thought upon beginning this costume was┬átrying to figure out how I could┬ákeep his┬áface completely contained so he couldn’t eat candy throughout the night!?! Thanks to half off Mondays at my local Goodwill I scored an awesome military jacket for only $5. A quick trip to Michael’s and a rummage through my high school memories box (four years of ROTC paid off eventually)┬ágot me everything else I needed! Whole costume costing me about $15 and taking about 12 hours to make (plus drying time for paint/glue)…

Best part of all- his head/neck/shoulders are inside a cardboard box and I super glued mesh to jacket over eye holes┬áso there is no possible way to transport candy from bucket to mouth without assistance from me! ­čÖé Saving all the Reese’s and 3 Musketeer’s for momma– like stealing candy from a baby… or six year old!┬á­čÖé


*We ended up winning first prize in a local Halloween costume contest the prize of which contained various gift certificates to local restaurants and activities!