Friday, September 30, 2011

The one Serious Post I will probably ( and hopefully) ever have to make!

**Please be prepared for a blogging hiatus from me.
There is a crisis in my family's lives right now.
Next week I will be in Arizona helping take care of business and supporting my best friend and no doubt won't have any time (or want) to blog.**

I have a best friend.
Her name is Amy.
We have been partners in crime since I was a sophomore in high school.
We have been by each other's sides for every steppingstone  in our lives.
She was there when I turned 16 and I was there when she delivered her first child.
We have supported each other through divorces,broken hearts,marriages,cross country moves,car accidents,deployments.... the list goes on.
Just like yours does with your best friend.

When I was in college she joined the Marines and was shortly deployed to Iraq.
While she was there, she met her soul mate, Barry.
When she returned, they were stationed in California.
I moved down there to be near her and spent a few years getting to know this wonderful man.

They have been married now for 5 years and have 3 kids.
My husband and Barry became fast best friends.
Last summer Amy was in my wedding and Barry was the honorary Groomsmaid.
Skip forward to right now.

Amy's life is a living nightmare.
Currently, Barry is in the hospital in a coma that we don't know if he will ever wake up from.
He suffers from severe head trauma, may have brain damage and is fighting for his life.
He was in a motorcycle accident last weekend while ridding with the American Legion motorcycle club.
( A group of Vets)

Everyday of this week has been a roller coaster in hell.
All of us are trying to stay positive, but each day statuses change and more news comes and more questions go unanswered.

All we can do is wait for him to pull through.

Never in my life have I faced something like this.
Never in my life have I had to stand by and watch a friend's entire world crumble around her.
I know how much she loves him and I know how much this is breaking her into a million pieces.
All I can do is be there for her, stand next to her and hold her hand.
 That's what family does.

What I ask of all of you is that you keep her in your thoughts.
Yes, I know you have read this pleading a million times, in a million places
" Please pray for us!"
It gets redundant doesn't it?!

But, it's not until you are on the other side, until you are the person asking for help, that you understand what it really means.
When there are no other options but our own faith, you truly see how helplessly desperate those people asking for your help really are.
I hope that none of you ever have to know this side.
But for me, I am here.

A site has been created for donations to help the family out.
Please go there, please donate.
Please spread the word.
It truly is the least we can do for them.
Every bit counts, even just a few bucks...

Thank you.

(click on that)

Amy & Barry

Me, Steve,Amy & Barry in Vegas this year

Barry home from his last deployment meeting his son for the first time

Barry & Steve on our wedding day

C'mon boys! Get creative!

There are a million ways to propose to your lady.
 This one is adorable and documented forever!
Enjoy!


I love surprises!
( When they are good things, bad surprises... well, no one likes those)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Who is the real star of the show

The bride and groom of course!
(But don't forget about the car.)

Here are some great wedding photos that I came across that made sure to pay tribute to the couple's ride too. 
I can definitely relate.
This was something that was really important to me during my own wedding.
Not to mention, they make great props for creative photographers!










Yours Truly!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall Decorating

This is the most simple design of them all but I love it.
White pumpkins are so chic!



Pumpkin topiaries


This is pretty elaborate but an awesome idea!
Build your own pumpkin tree!


More craft ideas for JARS!!


Classic black and white decor


Most adorable by far


Harvest party vibe


Loving these metallic pumpkins!!

This is such a simple craft and looks so amazing



Friday, September 23, 2011

1 YeAr BLog ANniverSary * GIVEAWAY*!!!!

Well Folks... I did it.
I made it a whole year blogging.
I actually chose to do something that I wasn't forced to do and I stuck with it.
Can you believe it?!

I devoted my precious time and energy to writing sometimes meaningless and rambling stories, rants and reviews.
I bombarded you with spelling errors, grammar mistakes and badly formed sentences.
Some of you commented.
Some of you followed.
Some of you read in secrecy and pretended you were too cool for silly wedding posts
(You know who you are)

Some of you re posted on Facebook.
Some of you re posted on your blog.
For all of these things, I thank you!

Thank you for reading and making me feel like someone is interested in the words that come out of my mouth.
Thank you for letting me know there is someone, besides my mom,
 (who says I am pretty, because she is my mother and has to say that.)
that thinks I am cleaver and funny and gives a sh*t.


I published my first post on September 24th 2010.
In celebration of this joyous event, I am having a giveaway!

The winner will receive
Thier very own
ring ring Banana Phone!

That's right folks, the Banana Phone Headset is a blast from the past- combining technology with the classic joke of talking into a banana.
Stop Monkeying around with boring handsets and get the one with the most a-peel.
Includes a 3.5mm Audio jack; works with most cell phones, including the iPhone,Crackberry and even many OFFICE PHONES!
Totes appropriate for work!


But wait, it doesn't end there!
Enter now and I will also throw in your very own set of Mustache bag clips!!!

This set of four mustache-shaped clips from Gama-GO will keep your snacks fresh and classy at the same time!


To enter:
1. You must be a follower
( So if you haven't yet, add yourself!)

2. Please leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite thing about my blog is and/or what you would like to see more of!

A winner will be randomly chosen on October 1st
by Random.org

That gives you an entire week to get your act together and spread the word.



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Trout Bag

This year my sister went to Sturgis !
You know, the crazy,insane,kinda dangerous and also kick ass legendary biker rally?
It's jam packed with tough guys, tattoos and leather.

She brought back a wonderful souvenir for Steve.
This manly fish satchel.


We thought maybe there was a gun or shank inside to justify it's purchase.
There wasn't.
Apparently it just screamed Steve and she had to get it.
It is lightly insulated though, so it could discretely hold one or two cans of Rainier.




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I don't have a high & tight, but you can still call me a Jarhead

I am kinda obsessed with Mason Jars.
They are so neat.
They have stood the test of time and there are SO MANY things you can use them for, besides their intended use.
Who cans food anymore though, seriously.
 It's so time consuming!
Steve's Grandma doesn't even have time for it!
She says "I will just get my jam at Costco."

Here are some great ways to reuse these glass containers AND save money and the environment by recycling.
 You have to level the playing field somehow if you are going to buy your fruity spreads and pie fillings at mass quantities by the truck load.

You call this arts n' crafts.
I call this giving back.
Community Service for 2011.
Check!













Paint inside for a glossier finish and outside for matte.
The possibilities are endless!



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ke$ha....the party started when you walked in

But it ended when I saw you in a bikini.
Why does your body look like my grandfather's?
I know we can't choose what we look like, but we can choose fashion.
Sometimes high wasted does more damage than good.






Maybe all that brushing of the teeth with J.D. is finally catching up with ya, Key Dollar Sign HA?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Do the Puyallup

My lovely wife..., er... uh husband, and me.



Outside of the Selena Gomez concert.
No, I didn't attend...but I couldn't pass up a good photo shoot!

Biggest Pumpkin winner!

My future ride.

I am making good use of my new pants too!
I highly recommend getting yourself a pair.
They are fun and go with everything!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Create your own apothecary jars !

I came across these adorable jars on pinterest
( Which I try to avoid at all costs, it's beyond addicting)
when I was looking at party ideas the other day.

 After looking at it for a minute I realized what an ingenious idea these jars really were!
So, I thought I would make some of my own and also show ya'll how to make them yourselves.



I know you have some old junk jars in your recycle, right?!
(Yes, I recycle now, remember.)



We have all seen these cheap candle holders at the dollar store or thrift store too.


As I was doing more research, I was a little disappointed when I came across like three other blogs who have already showcased this project.
 I thought I was so cleaver...guess not.

So, here is a better representation of what I was trying to portray to you!
Spray paint your jar lids and glass candlestick holders, then epoxy them together and Voila!

And the finished product as seen here !


We can always just pretend I came up with this amazing idea though.