Friday, October 24

Friday Confessional 10.24.14

Good morning, lovelies!

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I confess...

I signed up for another swap this week, and I haven't really said a word about it because I just haven't had the time I'd like blogging, but that means that I've been a slack swap partner. I want to fix that because I'm really loving my partner, Casey from A Girl and Merle.
A Girl & Merla

When Casey described herself to me as a "boy mom, a dog owner and a big coffee drinker," I knew we were going to get along fine. She started the blog recently as a fresh start to document life in her new home in a small town in Texas. The blog is named after her rescue dog Merle, who was unfortunately hit by a car and killed just last week.


You should go love on Casey! I'm looking forward to getting her mug swap goodies in the mail this afternoon.

I confess...

I don't know what I'd do if something happened to my sweet Paige. She's my little shadow, and as neurotic as she is, I love her to pieces.


I confess...

Work really is kicking my butt. It gets like this every October so I knew I'd be busy, but my internet keeps dropping off at the office, which is seriously stressing me out since I have multiple appointments each day that are not productive without access to the internet. Hopefully next week will be calmer.

I confess...

On Monday in jujitsu, we were working grip fighting...and we did some practicing as though we were not wearing gis (uniforms) because if you have to do it on the street, odds the bad guy won't be wearing a gi.


Having my muscles repeatedly gripped didn't hurt, but look at these bruises! It doesn't matter how much I've toughened up; that's ridiculous.

I confess...

That my friends tagging/sharing this article with me on Facebook might be them trying to tell me something. =D

Wine has saved my life these days so I'm going to keep enjoying it.


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Tuesday, October 21

Swapoween Reveal

I've been excited to show you guys my Swapoween package. Justine shipped my package early since she was attending a conference during the scheduled ship dates, but I just haven't had time to take proper pictures of the goodies until this week.


I shared an introduction post last month; my partner this year is Justine from Little Dove Creations. This year's Swapoween was her first swap ever, and I've never swapped with a mommy who had young children at home, so I had a good time making sure they were spoiled.

Here is what she sent me:

First, she sent a card with a magnet on the front; in the card, she explained that it was from a really cool local costume store. There were also seasonal decorating items such as a mini pumpkin, bakers twine and fun themed paper straws.

I rarely buy seasonal goodies for myself; so, it was fun to see some packed in the box - pumpkin M&Ms and Oreos. There were several more Reese's cups in the package, but those are my favorite; so, they didn't last long enough to be in the photos.

And my favorite part of the package...wine accessories! Those wine glasses are completely opaque; I've never seen black wine glasses before. The wine labels will be fun to dress up hostess gifts for any costume parties we may attend this year.

Thank you so much, Justine! And much thanks to the fabulous ladies at Chaotic Goddess Swaps for continuing to organize such a fun swap.



Sunday, October 19

Weekly Round-Up 10.19.14

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up linky party, hosted by me and Miss Angie from My So-Called Chaos.

This party is all about sharing those fabulous blogs that you've read through the week and promote our blogger community. I hope it will help you use this party to find new blogs to read and build some new blogger friendships.

So, here are the rules:

1. Grab the button.
2. Write a little list of your favorite reads this week and why.
3. Link up below and go find some fabulous new ladies to be friends with.


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That said, here were my favorite reads lately:
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This DIY jewelry tray, shared by Aniko on IHeart Organizing, is so pretty and feminine. I'd love one for my dresser and to make a few as gifts for friends.

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Karen has been sharing some of her creepy stories on her blog, A Peek at Karen's World, this month; she seems to have quite a few experiences. This one about footsteps in the snow gave me goosebumps.

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One of these days, I'm going to have a custom closet, and when that time comes, this tutorial from The Turquoise Home on installing custom shelves will be very handy.

High-Heeled Love: Weekly Round-Up 10.19.14
Amy at Her Tool Belt built these side tables from scratch after being inspired by Pottery Barn. I love the paint color and have a table from my grandmother that may get a fresh coat of paint soon.

High-Heeled Love: Weekly Round-Up 10.19.14
This hearty beef stew that Pure Grace Farms shared as part of her Sunday Suppers Series HAS to be made this week. It looks amazing!

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