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Hey, hi, hello!

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Hi everyone!  How are you doing? Are you excited for the holiday tomorrow? I know I am. What makes it even more exciting is John and I are taking off Thursday and Friday and going to Disney World. We reversed the normal week, two days of work and five days of play. Woot! ^_^

I have a lot coming up in the next few months with my site so I wanted to let you all know what will be going on!

  • The site will be getting a makeover soon and have a complete new look. I can’t wait!
  • Photo quality will improve, I promise! John and I are working on a few things that will help with the quality of my photos as well as lighting.
  • Product reviews and giveaways! YAY! Who doesn’t love a giveaway?
  • Step-by-step tutorials on how to create specific looks! If you have a certain look you’d like to see, comment below and holla at me.
  • Video…maybe…no…yes…we’ll see… ūüėČ
  • Facebook page! Please come and like my new Facebook page! It’s under construction, but it will be all fancy and cute before you know it.
  • Speaking of Facebook, are you following me on Twitter? No? Don’t be a big jerk and do it now, no one wants to be a big jerk.

So yeah…!!! Those are some highlights of whats to come!

Speaking of highlights, I got my hair done last weekend. My very talented friend Christine did a subtle ombré on my hair and it looks great!

Ombr√© on dark hair for summer! Are you lovin’ my painting of my cat?

I hope you all have a fabulous 4th if we don’t talk, and for my international readers, I hope your 4th is sweet as well, even if you don’t have a holiday! :*

Danielle

Wedding Bouquet Keepsake

I think it’s common for us former brides to wonder what to do with our bouquets after our big day. I¬†loved my bouquet so much. It was exactly what I asked for, which was for it to mirror the flower arrangement John had sent to our table when he proposed to me.

The flower arrangement John got for me when he proposed! (color is a little off)

My wedding bouquet!

There are some pricey options out there to preserve your bouquet right away in its fresh state, but most of us don’t have $200 to do so. I’ve also seen other cute ideas such as displaying your dried bouquet petals/flowers in a shadow box which displays a photo of your flowers from your wedding day. While I liked this idea, I already have enough things on our walls, so I didn’t want to do this.

A few weeks ago I saw a mason jar at a friend’s house filled with potpourri flowers and tied off with some twine. It was super cute, and a light bulb went off–get a large mason jar to store my dried bouquet!

I took my dried bouquet (note: I hung my bouquet upside down for two weeks after the wedding.) and trimmed the stems down so they would fit inside the jar. I arranged the flowers to my liking and popped the lid back on. I took the ivory ribbon which my bouquet was wrapped in and wrapped it around the top. I secured the ribbon with the same three pins that were used in my bouquet originally! You could also use twine, ribbon, or really anything your heart desires.

On display with one of our engagement photos!

I really loved doing it this way, because I got to use every part of my bouquet, and let’s be serious, who doesn’t love a mason jar? ūüėČ

Did you keep your wedding bouquet? How did you preserve yours? Let me know if you’ll be using this idea and share your photos!

xo,

Danielle

Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?

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Everyone always tells us to dream, and to never give up on those dreams. I agree with that sentiment for the most part. Everyone should have goals, aspirations, hopes, and dreams. I think the question for me is “Is it worth it?”

When I was in high school, during my junior year I met with a¬†career adviser. Which in retrospect, at 16 I had no idea what I’d really want to do with the rest of my life. The man had my high school transcript in front of him, and asked me what I thought I’d want to major in, what I’d like to do.

I told him I wanted to be a pharmacist and go to pharmacy school. Now, if you know me, math and science are not my best subjects, yet I always found pharmacology very interesting. The man saw my grades of C’s in biology and chemistry and said to me, “You know how they say you can be anything you want to be when you grow up? That isn’t true.” Ouch. The man had a point though.

Could I have become a pharmacist? Sure, maybe so, but I would have been in hell and always struggled with my coursework.  Would it have been worth it?

Today, ten years later (oh lord), I can tell you I don’t feel like I’m missing out on my dream career as a pharmacist. I ended up going to college and went though the following progression of majors: criminal justice, international studies, mass communications

Did I land in the right place? I’m not sure. I don’t think it was the wrong place. I am glad I got out of international studies when I did, because that would have led me down a quick road to nowhere, but I wonder what I could have done with criminal justice. I really wanted to work for the DEA,¬†particularly¬†the more behind the scenes stuff with investigations.

For the past five years I have been working in marketing. Do I like it? Sure, it’s okay. Do I feel like there is something out there that is more me? Yes, I do.

What is that? I don’t know.

The commitment of pursing a new dream is big, and I want to be sure it’s the right one. I’ve considered air traffic control, hair/makeup artist, wedding coordinator, physical therapy assistant, pursing an MBA, or looking back into that DEA idea. Kind of all over the place, right?

At 27, I still feel young enough to know that I can achieve my dreams, whatever they might be. I suppose there should never be an age cap on dreams.

Maybe one day I’ll know, maybe it will just come to me when I least expect it and I will feel 100 percent sure. That would be nice. But maybe it won’t, and I’ll just have to take a chance…

Did you ever make a career change? Do you feel like you choose the right path in college?

Sweet Emotion

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I wanted to discuss things are sweet. Let me start by saying the other night I watched the season finale of American Idol. I saw bits of it throughout the season, I’m not really into that show. However, I caught Aerosmiths performance during the finale and I thought it was pretty sweet! I like Steven Tyler, I won’t lie. I find him oddly endearing and I dig his eccentric style. Plus, I always love to tell the story about the song Dude(Looks Like a Lady) came from a comment Steven Tyler made about Vince Neil ¬†from Motley Crue. I had a pretty big Motley Crue stage in 2005, but that is a story for another day. Liv Tyler is also pretty sweet isn’t she? So pretty…

So let’s get back on track here, shall we? My reason for talking about all of this sweetness has more to do with taste of sweetness.

I used to big a big diet soda drinker, as well as diet iced tea, etc. I am ashamed of how many diet drinks I used to consume. While they may be calorie-free, they are full of harmful chemicals and they aren’t good for you!

For the most part, I don’t consume diet drinks (or regular for that matter) anymore. I try to avoid artificial sweeteners as much as I can. These days I drink mostly water, La Croix (sparkling water with natural flavor, it’s awesome), and I use a packet of Truvia in my coffee in the morning.

I don’t use regular sugar either. I know there are still mixed reviews on Stevia and Truvia, but I am okay with using a packet a day in my coffee.

Since making these changes to my diet and not consuming artificial¬†sweeteners or sugar for the most part, I’ve noticed my perception of what is sweet has changed. I took a sip of a diet iced tea recently and thought I might gag. I find if pretty interesting and if anything it reinforces my choice to avoid consuming artificial¬†sweeteners.

Now, I am no saint. I have an occasional diet soda, but I am trying to make it a rare occasion thing. I won’t lie to you, I miss my Diet Dr. Pepper. Some people say that quit soft drinks and don’t miss it. I’m not one of those people. I am¬†someone¬†who is willing to make the sacrifice to cut it out of my diet to feel better and be healthier.

I feel like this post went all over the place. Maybe I was just looking for an excuse to post about Steven Tyler and Aerosmith…

Final thought, the more I type the word sweet the more it looks weird and wrong. Strange!

Do you consume artificial sweeteners or avoid them? Do you find Aerosmith sweet? Let’s discuss…

iDakota: Upcycling For Your Cat

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A few weekends ago I was looking around Pinterest and came across the cutest thing! Someone had taken a vintage TV, gutted it, and turned it into a cat bed! As I looked more into this concept I saw that it can be done with an old computer monitor. I told John about this idea, and being that we are both so in love with our kitty Dakota we decided he needed one. These sell on Etsy for anywhere from $100 and up and since John (my husband, btw) is a computer engineer, he felt confident we could safely disassemble a monitor/computer and create one ourselves.

We wanted to use an old school iMac monitor and asked Dakota what color he wanted. He told us purple. We found an old one on Craigslist for $20 and went to pick it up. We also stopped to get a nice soft comfy blanket for Dakota’s soon-to-be new bed.

Here are some photos of John taking apart the computer. Please do not attempt this at home unless you are qualified to do so. Whether you use a TV, monitor, etc. it can can still carry a charge.

After all our John’s hard work, Dakota did not act like the other cats we saw online and relish in the comfy joy of his new iMac bed. ¬†He acted like a typical cat diva, sniffed it, and walked away. THE HORROR! We tried to encourage *force* him to try it out, which didn’t work. We tried some cat nip, toys…nothing worked!

 Damn it Dakota! Yeah, he was pissed.

We were very¬†disappointed, but we knew there was a chance this would happen. We placed the new bed in a spot he liked to lie down in our room and hoped he’d take to it.

Three weeks pass, no luck. John and I had given up hope. Until last night…

Success!

I walked into our room and saw Dakota checking out his iMac bed, I tiptoed out, came back a few minutes later and found him cozy as can be in his iMac! Hipster cat has arrived! He slept in the iMac for about 2 hours last night.

I wanted to share the whole story of our iMac cat bed upcycling project.  I do not want to lie to you and give you the impression that your cat will immediately love his new cute sleeping spot. That is the impression I got from the ones I saw even though I knew deep down, a cat is a cat.

Have you ever bought or made your pet a unique toy or bed?

Sometimes you just need a plan, man.

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I need to get back into a good exercise routine. I’ve been working out, but not as much as I’d like to me. It’s been hard adjusting back to working full-time, especially with a longer commute than I was used to before. It’s not too bad, but it takes me about a half hour in the mornings and anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes to get home depending on when I leave.

My goal right now is to workout for an hour four days a week. I want to get to five days, but for now I’m going to aim for four since they will be intense workouts.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I will go to CrossFit for the WOD at 7 a.m.

Sunday I will run. If I don’t want to run, I can bike, or really just something in.

I think this plan gives me more than enough time to rest  and it works with my schedule well.

Right now my back is hurting me because my desk chair at work is crappy. I should be getting a new chair within a week, thank goodness! For now I’m using the guest chair that is in my office, because it’s better than what I have currently. I guess sitting will kill you, eh? Kill your back…

I’ve been having a good week this far as far as eating goes. I have cut out most sugar, grains, and processed foods. John has been doing a great job too. We are stuck somewhere¬†in between¬†clean eating and a Paleo approach. I think it’s a good plan for now and I will let you know how it goes.

How are you getting your workouts in? Do you keep a schedule?

Oh, hello again!

It’s been a while since my last post. I try to only post when I have something worthwhile to post about or when I want to. A blog shouldn’t be a chore, right?

So what has been going on? Well, for one, I’m married now! Our wedding and honeymoon were both amazing and everything I wanted. Here are two photos from a friend. We are waiting for our professional shots.

We got married at Casa Feliz in Winter Park, Florida. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the most beautiful place in Florida to get married. It was¬†exactly¬†our style and what we wanted.

We spent two weeks in London, Paris, and Barcelona for our honeymoon. We had never been to Europe before so it was a very exciting trip for both of us. I’ve told John I feel a little snooty when I tell people about our honeymoon, because it was a little fancy pants, but we planned and saved for it for a long time. ūüôā

We returned back to the states and two days later it was my 27th birthday! It’s crazy to me to not only be married now, but 27. I feel young at heart. The good thing is, I am often told I don’t look 27 (the¬†consensus¬†seems to be that I look 23) so I guess everything is okay?

On top of all of that, a week after we got back I started my new job! It’s been a whirlwind of a month for sure. My first week at the new job was great. Everyone there is very friendly and I see lots of opportunities for myself. I’m in a marketing/business development role at a company in the fitness industry.

While I may not be at my goal weight, or be a marathoner, I think if you know me, you know health and fitness are very important to me. I’m thrilled to be working for a cause that I really believe in.

So this is my “Welcome Back!” post to myself and if all goes as planned, I’ll have a really cool upcycling project to post about next week that John and I are doing. Stay tuned!

What have you been up to? Did you miss me? ūüôā