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!

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.

Fave Gift Received EVER

Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge

Good Morning! 
I am going to attempt to complete Amber & Neely's Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge!
Today is Day 1, so come along and join in on the fun!!

My favorite gift received ever? 

Good gosh this is going to sound so cheesy, 
but our home!!!

Mychael and I bought our first condo last October. 
It has been the best gift ever.
We were able to host Christmas at our place.
My Mom and I were able to cook together and we were all able to sit
as a family and really enjoy each others company.
 It is so amazing to be able to have my family (and friends) over whenever I like. 
Living with others definitely made me cherish this. 

So for me, our home is the best gift ever. 
Thank you Mychael, for making sure we have a great little place of our own!

What about you?
What is the best gift you have ever received?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving y'all! 

We are hosting Thanksgiving here at our place. 
It will just be the 4 of us! 

I am so thankful for my parents, and for fiance! 
They are my rocks.  No matter what they are always there.
Even if I tell them everything is ok.
They know better.

I am super thankful for my friends!
They are always there for me when I need someone to talk to,
or if I just need to meet for a drink and forget my week...
even if just for the night!

I am so thankful for all of my lovely readers. 
Y'all are amazing and have made blogging super fun!

I am thankful for the H-Town Bloggers
I have made some pretty amazing real life friends because of this group. 

I am thankful for my job!
Although it was a struggle to get to where I am,
it's been worth it and I can't wait to see where this job takes me.

These are just a few things I am thankful for.

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Take a Little Time for You

The other night in conversation with The Love I mentioned I needed to take some time for me
Not time away from him, it's just that I felt like I had put so much time and effort into others and making sure that they were okay, making sure that our joy and happiness that surrounds
our wedding planning, and upcoming holidays didn't get them down
...and in the process I forgot about myself. 

There are things that I want to do. I need to let myself be happy. This is a happy time.
I shouldn't have to walk on egg shells, and there's nothing wrong being happy!

So yesterday, since I don't have anyone weighing me down anymore.
I went on over to my local drug store, and picked up some nail polish.

I gave myself a little manicure during lunch, added a little sparkle,
and enjoyed making my nails pretty!

Fiance doesn't understand the glitter on the one finger nail.
I have to say I don't either but I saw it trending on pinterest and think it's uber cute! 

Next on the list. 
My hair. I want need to have it straightened again.
The curls are getting ridiculous, but then I also want to have some color put in.
Hmmm.. one or the other, or both?
Decisions decisions!  

Oh & one of my best friends joined Twitter last night!!
Click here to follow her :)
She'll be starting a blog in the near future as well.
I'm sure it will be amazing, as she's of of those fancy English people. ;)

Have you ever felt guilty because you were happy?  
What are some things that you do for you?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Rally to 1000

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Cole Creates Winner

Happy Friday, y'all!

There's a winner for Cole Creates!!!!

Congratulations to 
Mrs. Monologues

I'll get you two in touch soon! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hold on to Your Family Tight

Ahhh good day peoples. 
My Dad had a colonoscopy done this morning. 
They removed 3 polyps... tested them... 
and yay benign! 

My Mom said when he woke up the first thing he wanted to do was call me. 
So we talked, he sounded great, and in good spirits. 
He had been having stomach pains a lot recently.
So hopefully this was the cause of it
and now we are done. 

My Dad hasn't been very lucky on the health side of things.
So I am really glad I didn't get a phone call
saying it was the C word. 

As an only child my biggest fear is losing my parents. 
I know I have my soon to be hubby, and 
my parents have already considered him
a part of the family for years.

...but as fiance says, we are the 3 musketeers. 

Can't wait for Thanksgiving to make more memories with them. 

Heading over to my parents house tonight, Dad wants
to see me =)

Hold on to your family tight. 
You never know when they might not be there. 

p.s. major thanks to Savanah for being there for me when I didn't know what to expect. Seriously love you girl!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Matt Nathanson

Everything According to Erin

Ahhh hello Monday! 

Over the weekend I was finally able to watch Matt Nathanson's performance 
at the CMA's with Sugarland. 

I was blown away and unbelievably excited for him.
This is HUGE!

I 1st discovered Matt Nathanson around 2007, he toured with Lifehouse.
I was in love with the artist I had never heard of before. 

He was interactive with the crowd, he was funny, and his music was amazing. 

Then, in 2008 he was coming to the Scout Bar in Houston. 
Almost my back yard! I had to go! 

Ike hit, and the tickets were in my desk at home. 
When I came back, they were there... but I could barely make them out.
Plus the tickets were stuck together. I called the manager at the Scout Bar and told him what happened
He emailed me and told me to bring the email with me, he understood and would let me in
anyhow. I wasn't myself, I wasn't even sure if I wanted to socialize yet...
but Fiance and I went to the concert. Our table was maybe 2ft from the stage. 

It was a very intimate concert.
Again he was interactive with the crowd, full of energy!!!
He made me laugh.
Matt Nathanson's music will always and forever hold a special place in my heart. 
That night, he took my mind off everything that was wrong, and uncertain in my life.

He hasn't come to Houston yet, and I was sooo tempted to go to Austin,
but a little birdie told us not to worry, he would be touring Houston..
I can't wait to go and see him live again.

If you get a chance, go see him.
It's a show you won't regret going to.

P.S. Fiance always says that this song reminds him of me.

What is your favorite anything right now?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's OK!

Its Ok Thursdays

I'm linking up once again with Neely and Amber for It's OK Thursday! 
 It's really been an It's OK past couple of weeks. 
It's OK... 

that I haven't really written a true blog post since almost two weeks ago... 

that I've been kinda depressy for the past two weeks...
that I feel as if I've been knocked down and can't get back up... 

that I can't believe how much people are behind the firing of Paterno, I guess the next time I hear that you may be doing something wrong I'll just go ahead and shout it out to the world. Ya know, who cares if I didn't see it first hand. Let's just assume and possibly wrongly ruin your life...

that you're probably thinking "you don't understand, you don't have children"... I was that child... I spoke up AT THE TIME

that I was so super nervous about our engagement shoot, and I just knew they were going to turn out horrible. Fiance would look great, I wouldn't. World ends...

that my Dad has to go in for testing and I am a little scared very scared of what the results may be, or what the doctor is looking for... 

What's OK with you?

Engagement Photo Sneak Peek

Good Morning!! 

If you were on Twitter last night you saw a sneak peek engagement photo... 

want to see another? 

Click here to do so!

Leave our photographer some love, 
he's pretty amazing!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

** Cole Creates Giveaway **

Are you tired of my giveaways yet? 
I hope not, I'm having so much fun!!

Today the lovely Nicole

is offering one of my lucky readers a handmade hat from her etsy shop!!!

Here are a couple I want! 

Penguin Hat
Yes... I know I am almost 27. I still think it's cute!
Pom Pom Hat Cream and Red
I could see me using this on an everyday basis or for gamedays!!

Santa Hat
I can have this? 
I think my kitties would look cute in it!
Or your baby/toddler!

Here's how to enter!
  • Be a follower through google friend connect
  • Follow Nicole's blog here 
  • Follow Nicole on Twitter 
  • Favorite Cole Creates on Etsy & tell me what you'd choose. 
  • Tweet about the giveaway: "@UHgirl is giving away one super cute hat handmade & sponsored by @allthelilstuff enter at" 

**Please note that the item you choose may sell prior to the end of the giveaway, please give Nicole a few days to hand-make your item for you.**  
**Giveaway ends 11/16/11**

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

FREE Tiny Prints Holiday Cards! (CLOSED - Winner Announced)

Ohhhh lucky lucky you! 

This is giveaway numero dos for the lovely readers of ...just trying to find my way!


You saw my post here, where I needed your input for our holiday cards.
We are leaning towards this one...

Now I've teamed up with Tiny Prints to offer YOU 50 free Christmas or holiday cards!

Want the details??

Here's how to enter (leave a seperate comment for each)
  • Tell me how much you love me. Be a follower on GFC & leave your email address below so I may give it to Tiny Prints to contact you!
  • Check out Tiny Prints Holiday Collection and tell me which design you would choose.
  • Like Tiny Prints on facebook and tell them I sent ya! 
  • Tweet about! "One day only! @UHgirl is offering one lucky reader 50 FREE Holiday cards from @TinyPrints!" 
Winner to be announced this evening
at 9pm CST.

Do you have children? 
It gets even better for you! 
There is a one day only promo going on over at Tiny Prints facebook page... 
check it on 11/9/11 for details...
You can have one of two cards designs personalized and sent to your child from SANTA!!!!

Want to double your chances of winning? 
Hop on over to Meg's Blog & enter there too!

....and the winner is......

Whoohoo!! Tiny Prints will contact you soon!!

*Giveaway* - dinneRevolution by: Chef Jeff

Hello my lovely readers!!! 

Today we are giving away a cookbook... to all of you!

That's right, every single reader of my blog gets a free copy!

Chef Jeff so graciously offered me a free copy, I browsed...
and oh my goodness... I already have my eye 
on a lot of his recipes. 

He wants to help us put healthy dinners on the table, 
but without making us spend all day in the kitchen. 

I don't know about you, but if I can put something yummy AND healthy in my body...
I'm all over it!

I've mentioned before that my Dad had a heart attack, and two strokes within a years time span...
he was only 35yrs old!

It's so important to me to be as healthy as I can be. 
For your free copy, just click here

You can follow Chef Jeff on Twitter here.

If you make something from the cookbook be sure to share your opinion with Chef Jeff. 

Easiest giveaway ever!

Everyone is a winner! 



We have a winner for the Erin Condren Giveaway too!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

* Secret Santa Blog Swap - Sign Up! *

Hello everyone! I am suuuuper happy to announce
the 1st Annual Secret Santa Blog Swap hosted by little 'ole me!

I love Secret Santas, in fact I am participating in one overseas, hosted by
one of my fave bloggers Telle of Fat Mum Slim!

I mentioned on the Tweet that we should do a local Secret Santa,
then others said they wanted to play too... so here we go!!!

The Details: 

  • submit info by Wednesday, November 16th, midnight CST
  • I'll email you your special person by Monday, November 21th.
  • Since this is a Secret Santa the person you are buying for may not be the person who is buying for you. :) so be nice to your fellow bloggers or you may just get a lump of coal!
  • Send your package by Monday, December 12th
  • Spending limit is $25.00 (prepostage)
  • Tell your friends about it! " Come play Secret Santa with us, head over to @UHgirl's blog to sign up! "
  • If at anytime you are no longer able to participate please be sure to let me know!
  • Please leave a comment below if you are willing to send overseas, should we have any overseas participants.

Do you want to play along with us? Enter your details here!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

'Tis the Season!!

It's November which means I just want to go ahead and stick out all my Christmas decor!
I love Christmas!

Can we have Christmas 24/7/365?

Well since all of y'all have already rolled your eyes at me,
and Fiance says no decorations until after Thanksgiving...

I've been looking at Christmas Cards!
I usually just pick up some multi-pack from the store.
Since we will have professional photos taken this year...
I want to have some really pretty and personalized ones to send out!

I've been browsing Tiny Prints Holiday 2011 cards!
Y'all there are sooooo many to choose from!

Fiance and I have narrowed it down to the following cards,
let us know what you think.

Simple and pretty. :)

I love this one!!

Oooooh this one is so pretty, and more of a keepsake!

Retro Wishes
 Simple and Gorgeous!

So which do you think would look best with our engagement photos?
I'm so excited!!! ...and I already have my eye on some for next year
when we will be Mr. & Mrs. !!!!!!

Oooooh and they have holiday address labels too, and holiday party invitations!
I need.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Let's do a Nail Polish Swap!!!

Oh hi!!!

Tara from Fabulous But Evil and I have been being sneaky lately!!
We are happy to announce we are co-hosting a Nail Polish Blog Swap!!
We are both so super de duper excited for this and hope you will play along with us!

I love nail polish, Tara loves nail polish, and I know most of you do too!
In fact, some of us are borderline obsessed!

So here are the deets my sweets!

  • Sign ups start today! To do so, just link your blog/twitter.
  • Spending limit is $20 prior to shipping.
  • Spread the word and post our button on your blog!
  • tweet about the blog swap! the more the merrier! "come play along with @uhgirl & @fabulousbutevil 's first ever Nail Polish Blog swap!"
  • Sign ups end on 11/9/11
  • We will email you your partners information by 11/11/11 say hello to her, learn about her, and have fun shopping!
  • Please mail your packages by 11/21/11 
 !!!!!!! Ahhhh I am so excited!!!!!!!!
Let the sign ups begin!!!!
:::::::happy dance::::::

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Marco 03/05/1995 - 10/28/2011

I watched Marco be born on March 5, 1995. He was a cute chubby little kitten. 
No one wanted him because he was so fluffy, and because he had a gray mark on his head. 
As if someone dipped their finger in paint and dabbed it on his head. 

My parents told me I could keep him if I wanted and I did. 
Marco was my kitty, not the family cat, but mine! 
He grew and was quite large. 

He suited me perfectly. 
We would stay in my bedroom lay on my bed and watch TV. 
He layed next to me, or at my feet. 
He slept on my baby pillow. 

When Hurricane Ike hit and my family had to split up, Marco came with me. 
He loved Fiance, but... living with him... 
Marco would leave when Fiance would come in the room and come back when Fiance left. 
A little jealousy I think. 

In May of 2009 Marco was diagnosed with Feline Diabetes. 
I thought I was losing my baby boy. The vet said it was a death sentence, 
he said I needed to put him to sleep. 
I cried for days, how can I lose my little man. 
What did I do wrong? 
How does a cat get diabetes?

Then Fiance found
He told me he was reading on their forum that it wasn't a death sentence. 
So one early morning I sat down, and poured my heart out to them. 
I was scared, and I didn't want to lose my little man.

They held my hand, they told me this wasn't a big deal. IT IS treatable. 
They told me to change his diet to a low card wet food diet. 
Done, it brought his numbers from almost 600 to around 200. 
Holy crap! They told me to find a new vet. 
Done. Then I found a specialist.

The ladies from FDMB helped me so much. They explained everything to me. 
Taught me how to home test Marco's blood sugar & understand it. 
Helped me changed my cats dose, because ECID (every cat is different),
helped me when I was scared and didn't want my cat to go too low.
I developed a new type of bond with Marco, and I felt I understood him more. 
Fiance developed a relationship with Marco during our sugar dance. 
This made my heart oh so happy. 

We developed routines, and learn so much about feline health. 
Who knew!?

Marco went off of insulin, something his vets didn't think would happen. 
They looked at my logs and said Marco's treatment and response to insulin was exactly 
how they learned it should be in school! They had never seen that. 
I let them know it was all thanks to FDMB.

Marco came with us to our new home last October, 
he quickly claimed his spots in the house. Mostly the couch! 
If we have guests over he wanted to know who and why people are in his spot....
He helped me put up groceries, I'd have to pull out the drawers so the fridge door wouldn't smash him.
We bought him lifted bowls so that in his old age he wouldn't have to bend down so low.
Every morning he'd wake up, and we'd have our daily conversation as I'd prepare
his breakfast bowl. Then we'd go into the guest bathroom where he would lay 
on the bathmat while I would get ready for work. 

Last Friday I woke up expecting to start my day as normal. 
...but Marco didn't come to greet me. 
He had a rough night because there was poo in the living room.
He was laying in the dining room... 
I went to pet him, which would usually get him to pop up and start chatting...
he didn't get up. He didn't blink... 
Then I realized he was laying in his own feces.

I woke up Fiance and told him something was really wrong. 
Marco isn't getting up. 
Marco's breathing was shallow and I layed my head on him, his heart rate was rapid. 
My little man wasn't getting up at all and I could tell he wasn't feeling very well. 

Fiance told me "honey, I think he's going"
My heart broke. I called the emergency vet clinic. 
I hoped they would tell me, "oh he's just got a tummy ache" or something simple. 

Instead it was, "something is very wrong here, something big, it's not his diabetes"
I spoke with the vet, told him I love my Marco but the most important thing is his quality of life. 
I don't want to put him through test after test, only to PTS, or to buy him a couple miserable months. 
We talked, Fiance and I thought.... and we knew Marco was ready to go. 
I knew I had made the right decision when the brought Marco back to me and he was basically lifeless. 

My little man... he didn't even look like the Marco I knew....
He looked so helpless, so miserable, so ready...
I couldn't let him suffer.

We helped Marco cross over at 730am 10/28/11.
We petted him, told him we loved him, and told him he'd get to be with his Mom again.
He would be pain free, diabetes free, and could run and play like a kitten again.
We covered him in his blanky, and let him know we were there as the vet pushed the 
medications to put him to sleep forever.

Fly free Marco, and land softly.
I know your Mom, MK, is there with you, along with all
of your friends from Lantus Land...
Come visit me from time to time...
I miss you so much already,
until we meet again sweet boy.
Kisses, and scritches for you.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....


A huge thank you to those of you who sent me tweets, DMs, texts, and emails to check on me.
You have no idea how much that meant to me! 
To some, animals are just animals. For me, for us, our cats are a part of our family. 
They are our furkids!