Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Birthday Wish




today is my birthday y'all! 
i'm 27! wahoo! 

my birthday wish... 


is for this little girl to have her brain surgery that she needs. 

"This beautiful and sweet little girl is a 1 year old dachshund who was taken to a local shelter shortly after being spayed. Her “family” surrendered her because of “behavior issues". After Greta was spayed she started to cry when touched and would snip at the person touching her. Instead of taking Greta to a vet to determine the cause of these behaviors, Greta was dumped at a local shelter. She was automatically “labeled” as unadoptable due to this behavior. The shelter contacted Rescued Treasures for our help. "

"Greta was immediately taken to a veterinarian who felt that she was suffering from a neurological problem. Greta then saw a series of three neurologist, the first specialist believing that she had a skull malformation that caused fluid build-up and put pressure on her brain and spine."

"The results from the MRI showed a cyst and severe fluid on her brain and spine. Greta was then taken to Long Island for a consultation with a top neurosurgeon who believes that through surgery, the cyst can be removed and further fluid build-up can be prevented. Greta will have a 95% chance of a normal life. If surgery is not done, the prognosis is that Greta will have only a year or two of life while continuing on the medications."

"Thankfully, this wonderful specialist extended a professional courtesy because we are a non-profit rescue group, and has capped the cost of the surgery to $5,000."

I would love for you to join this cause and spread the word! 
I would love for you to visit Greta's page here and give $1, $5, $10 anything that you have to spare 
so that we can raise funds for her to have surgery.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Do it Yourself

Do it Yourself: Scarf

Ok, so thanks to the blogging world I now love scarfs! 
...let's just say that how did I not know about these things previously!!
They are so warm and cozy!!

I found a DIY scarf tutorial on pinterest and figured I would try it myself! 



Here's how mine came along...


This is supposed to turn into a scarf??


Hmmm... I'm not really sure about this...


Oh look! Now it's on me! I love it! =)
I wasn't too sure about it on me still, or what others would think of it.
I have worn this out a few times already and have received compliments and was even told I should
make them and sell them. So sweet. Not my thing though, I'm lucky this turned out okay. ;)

I'm not much of a DIY'er these days but I had so much fun making this, it was super easy, and I didn't have to purchase a thing!


What do you think?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cold Feet...

as i was getting ready for work one day a couple weeks ago the following conversation came up regarding our October 2012 wedding...

me: honey, what happens if you get cold feet?
mychael: i won't.
me: well, what happens if i get cold feet? 
mychael: i'll buy you socks. 

 he always knows just what to say. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Look at these...

...nails!

These are some of the nail polishes that I am currently loving!
I tried Essie for the 1st time during the nail polish swap, and I have to say, so far I have no complaints. 
Butter London seems to last long on my nails, and for someone who's nails grow fast, I'm impressed.


 1. Butter London - Come to Bed Red
2. Essie - buy me a cameo
3. Milani - Silver Dazzle
4. Essie - jag-u-are

The Sally Hansen - Salon Manicure line is one of my faves. It goes on super smooth, and tends to be long lasting as well. =)


5. Love & Bean - Magenta
6. Sally Hansen - Salon Manicure - Wine Not
7. Essie - Size Matters
8. Butter London - No More Waitey Katie

I have been using Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear - In the Spotlight for my accent nails.

What are some of your favorite brands/colors right now?
What colors/brands do I need to try?


Monday, December 19, 2011

Hello Monday!


Happy Monday y'all!

I'm linking up with Savanah and Erin for fun with our phones Monday!

The beautiful furkids.

I tried out Firehouse Subs for the first time and it was delicious!
We went to Chili's and typically I don't like their food, but they have a new Chicken Cajun Pasta plate... to die for!
I wish with all my heart I loved veggies, but I gag. =( Look how pretty that sandwich is!
I went to Skippers in Clear Lake Shores for the first time ever. I have to say, I wasn't impressed.


Well, I discovered that my phone has effects on it and I may have had a little too much fun with it.
Crave cupcakes are yummy, although I am not sure if they are better than Sprinkles yet.
Naked 2... I love it and have already thrown out my other eye shadows. True story.
For reviews check out Meg and Tara's blogs here and here.
The place where I get my car worked on, the owner has a nickname of Uncle Fester, and this decor is out all year 'round.


What's on your phone?
Share and link up =)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Oh hi. Inspired...

Happy Friday!!! 

This past week has been a strange one, no? 

I took a little blog break, and I also backed off of twitter a bit. 
Sometimes people make my head spin, and I needed to step away from both worlds,
just for a bit! =) 

During my break I spent some time with Mychael watching movies, 
reading, cooking, chatting, and playing with the kitties. Whee!


I was inspired by two bloggers over the past week & I took a couple funny/redic photos! 


Bitch Face inspired by Mrs. Monologues, see her post here
Which, apparently I failed to follow all directions. I wasn't supposed to look at the camera.
What can I say, I am a rule breaker. Rawr! ;)
Anywho, if you aren't a follower hop on over there now and follow her. 
She is super funny, and snarky. Don't let the snarks scare you, she is a doll! 

Duck Face inspired by Nikki, see her post here.
I can honestly say that I have never done a duck face photo.
I know, I am so behind the times! =P 
I do an awesome, silly, OMG monkey/fish face though! 
Go follow Nikki too! Hurry, go, what are you waiting for?!

Do you have a bitch face or duck face? 
I'm sure I could have taken better of both, but I was inspired and wanted to snap photos quickly.
Please excuse my mess of looks, I just came home from work which meant I was le tired!

One more thing... go here to follow Michelle.
She is one of my IRL friends and the mind behind the Oh, How Pinteresting link up!
She's a pretty big deal, even co-hosted a national comment hour for it.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Engagement Photos by Phenom Photographers

Good Morning y'all! 

I promised y'all I would bring you along our journey with 
wedding planning and all of that good stuff...
I've been slacking, forgive me?

Last month Mychael and I took our engagement photos with

Reggie - Phenom Photographers

Reggie is an amazing photographer, more importantly he is an amazing person.
I met Reggie at LA fitness about 3yrs ago, he was my personal trainer 
Reggie was a breath of fresh air every time I came in.
He is one of those people that is always happy!!

We would chat during my workouts about life, family, friends, 
school (he's a University of Houston alum!), and work.
It was like I was getting fit and having a 
therapy session! =)

Sometimes after a workout he would show me some of his photography.
The work was amazing, breath taking and natural!
When Reggie turned into a full time photographer I knew that one day 
he had to be the one who was at our wedding!!

When Mychael and I got engaged the first thing I told Mychael was
"Oh my god, we have to have Reggie!! If there is anything I have to have, it's Reggie!"
I didn't care about the venue, I cared about the photographer! 
I would get married in a trashcan! 

I am thrilled to show you some of our favorite shots from our engagement shoot.
Of course the location is the campus of the University of Houston.
It just wouldn't be right if they were taken anywhere else.



















We will be heading out this weekend with Reggie to get a few more shots with some sun. 
This day was gloomy, but we were still ever so pleased with the moments captured.

Which is your favorite shot of us?
When you were planning your wedding what was the one thing you had to have?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Nail Polish Swap Reveal


Hello everyone!!!
Thanks everyone for making the Nail Polish swap hosted by the amazing 
Tara from Fabulous But Evil and little 'ole me such a success!!! 



My swap partner was the beautiful Whitney from Everything Happens for a Reason! 
You can follow her blog here, and twitter here.

She did such a wonderful job picking out nail polish for me!!
See all that lovely red?!?! =) 

I've already used the Essie, and it was my first time ever to try Essie.
Love =) I'm pretty sure I'll be using the NYC grey one next!! 

What did you receive from your Nail Polish Swap partner?

Link up below!



A very special thanks to Tara for cohosting the swap with me. 
You were unbelievably easy to work with and I had a 
blast!!! Can't wait for our next project together!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Ideal Outfit for Christmas/NYE Festivities



Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge

Happy Friday loves!
It's Day 5 of Amber and Neely's Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge!
Can you believe, I've stuck with a challenge for 5 days?!?!
Me neither!

Y'all I suck when it comes to fashion, seriously.
So see my picks below for outfits.
Obviously these were put together by others. ;)
 
Christmas Outift!
You have to have something red, right? I mean... it's Christmas!
Plus jeans... that's right down my alley!

perfect winter outfit!



Best holiday ever outfit, My Birthday aka New Year's Eve

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So, what do you think? 
What outfits would you choose for your holidays?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's my birthday month


Yay!!! Happy December everyone!!!
It's my Birthday month!
I am a New Years Eve baby! 
I will be turning the big 2-7 this year! 

I am so excited, I always get excited for my birthday,
or anyone's birthday for that matter. 

Please feel free to send me birthday cards & presents all month long!
I've already received my Vera Bradley birthday card! Wahoo!
Please make sure all presents are wrapped up in birthday paper, not Christmas. 
Oh and getting me a birthday present doesn't get you out of a Christmas present. 
I'll take one of those too. ;) 
Totally kidding guys, maybe, I'll still accept presents if you just love me that much!


Only 24 more sleeps until Christmas!!! 
...and only 30 more sleeps until 2012!!!

Are you a December baby?





Favorite Holiday Movies/TV Specials




Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge


Oh look at me! I'm on a roll!
It's Day 4 of Amber and Neely's Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge!


My favorite Christmas movie is...

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I will sit and watch any Christmas movie, but this one I make a point to watch every year. 
It's just such a wonderful story, and sends a great message.

Haven't seen it yet? Watch it this year. =)

Do you have a favorite Christmas movie, or TV special that you like to watch?
Share with us, and link up!



Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Decorations/Decor



Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge

Linking up for Day 3 of Amber & Neely's Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge
What are you waiting for? You know you want to join in!
Last year was our 1st year in our place, so I am just starting 
to collect holiday decorations/decor.

Our 1st mantel/fireplace
This year's mantel...


I'm sure I will do some switching around, and adding to :-)
I just wanted to get our house in the Christmas spirit ASAP!

and we have our little tree! 
I bought this tree for Mychael when we were dating. 
He told me that his family didn't put up a tree and didn't really do anything 
special for Christmas. 
As someone who lives in a house with a Mom that loves to make the holidays 
special and a Dad that likes to spoil his girls, this was unacceptable.
So I bought Mychael this little tree for his bedroom.



Now it is our tree, and we add one new ornament each year to symbolize the number
of Christmas' we have celebrated together.

I also tricked Mychael into buying Poinsettias and the Snowman sign for our front balcony.
Doesn't it look festive??
My Grandma Lopez loved red, and she loved Poinsettias.

I can't wait to add more to our holiday decorations.


What are some of your favorite that you have? 
Link up, and share with us!









Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fave Holiday Tradition, New or Old



Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge





My favorite Christmas tradition is opening a gift at midnight on Christmas Eve!

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My Mom and I have done this since I was a tot.
We would stay up watching movies and then wake my Dad up and open a gift.
Then head to bed, and wake up excited Christmas morning.

Now, I still try to stay up 'til midnight and since I don't live with my parents & I send them a Merry Christmas text! We also get to open a present, and on Christmas my parents come over... or we head over there.

Mychael and I also head out to the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights every year.
For the past 4 years we have been to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra! =)

I can't wait to continue on these traditions one day with a little tot of our own!

What is your favorite holiday tradition?





Monday, November 28, 2011

I can feel you in my heart

Happy Monday my dears! 
I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving! 

This year, Mychael and I actually had a great Thanksgiving.

Last year, on the eve of Thanksgiving we had to let our little girl go to the Rainbow Bridge.
We knew she had bad kidneys but she wouldn't let us treat...
but after speaking with the vet, and after an ultrasound they found that she had cancer
in her abdomen, it was inoperable and had taken over most of her organs...
We cancelled all plans, and mourned through all of our vacation. 
My parents dropped by, and brought us plates of food... we didn't really eat 
until days later... 

Miss Kitty was my first cat.
She was our family cat. Before her, my Dad didn't like cats. He was a dog person.
Miss Kitty adopted him and told him who was boss, she became our first indoor cat. 


After hurricane Ike, I moved in with Mychael and his parents. 
...but I wasn't leaving my cats behind. Miss Kitty was one of the cats that came with me.
The family wasn't an animal family, Miss Kitty changed them.
Miss Kitty was stubborn and adopted Mychael,
she took over his boxes, his sub for his speakers, his chair and his lap. 

I still can't believe she is gone, but I know she is in my heart. 

Marco & Miss Kitty - 2009

...then, a month ago today...

I lost my Marco.
I cried myself to work that morning, burst into tears in my office, then cried myself home.
I didn't think I could ever survive without my Marco. 
He slept on my bed since I was little, he was my movie watching partner.
He helped me study for my bio/chem tests, he watched me as I got ready for work
and greeted me when I got home...
I've had him since I was a kid.

I'm okay. I know he is in my heart. I know that he and his Mom - Miss Kitty are waiting 
for Mychael and I at the rainbow bridge.


Miss you Marco, our little kitchen helper. 

Our other two kitties have helped us tremendously. 
I'll be adding them to the Furkids tab soon.
It's long over due.