Friday, September 30, 2011

Guest Post: JM from Something's Fishy - My Guest Post for Celia

or how my big mouth got me in trouble on Twitter (AGAIN!)


I write a fishing blog called Something's Fishy. You're probably wondering why I'm doing a guest post here at Celia's blog , which is usually more about trendy young twenty somethings , home decor , fashion and Scentsy. I am too. Let me explain. Last week I was reading through a bunch of updates on Twitter from my fishy followers and I happened across a tweet from Celia about guest posting over here. I replied with a " LOL , I'll do it but we're going to turn your blog into a fishing blog for a day. " I expected Celia to have a little chuckle at my expense and then disregard the fact that I had said anything. I was wrong. All I got back was " Do it!" , so here I am.

I've had an internal argument running through my head since that fateful day last week. What was I thinking? What do I have to offer Celia's followers , who are probably not crusty old fishermen like I normally cater to? Should I talk about fishing? How to clean fish? How to catch bait? New styles of fishing apparel? Am I losing my mind? The battle rages on and probably will for some time , but I think I can share a few thoughts that might fit in around here.

You see , for most fishermen and women , the fish are just a bonus. The time we spend on the water is time we use to collect our thoughts , unwind from the stresses of work and family and enjoy the natural world around us. Being outdoors has always brought me an inner peace that I just can't describe and believe me I've tried. There are so many things that fisherfolk , hunters , hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts see on a daily basis that many take for granted. Maybe it's not that they take it for granted , but more of a " Can't see the forest because of the trees" type thing. I don't know , but I wish I did.



Courtesy of Alex from The Flying Kayak
Doing things outdoors , whether fishing or hiking or whatever , is good for your mind , body and soul. It brings people from all walks of life and financial situations together. With most outdoor activities , you can spend as little or as much as you like in pursuit of your passion. The vast array of recreation that Mother Nature provides brings us all together in our appreciation of things that cannot be bought or sold.



Courtesy of Joe from SoCalSalty
You don't have to live in an exotic locale to get out and enjoy the great outdoors , either. I'm willing to bet that most of us are a short drive away from an opportunity to fish , hike , hunt or otherwise enjoy the beautiful world we live in. Increasingly , I find myself getting more enjoyment on a small local pond fishing with my son than I ever did traveling alone to hard to reach areas. It's also been great to teach my son , to make him aware of conservation and the science behind the sport we love. There are so many intangible benefits to being outside , my favorite being the smile on the face of the little boy pictured below.



My best fishing buddy holding a recent catch.
Where am I going with all this? Unplug for a day. Stay away from computers and televisions , leave your cellphone off and go see what's out there! I think you'll be glad you did.



Thanks for having me Celia! Best of luck to you and Mychael with the wedding and everything else that the future holds for both of you!



JM from Something's Fishy

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It's Friday y'all! 
...and wasn't this the most relaxing way to end the week?
The Fiance & I will be taking a bit of your advice this weekend. 
There's something about the water that is just so calming.
Thanks JM for being so brave and guest posting for me!

...and thanks to all the guest bloggers this week!
You were all wonderful!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Guest Post: Jess from What's the Story Morning Glory - dating on a budget

Happy Thursday! 
The week is almost over y'all! 
I have another lovely guest post for you today. 
This one made me chuckle. Seems like our men have something in common! 
Plus going out on the cheap is something I love! Enjoy!
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Hey y'all! I'm jess over at Whats the Story Morning Glory?, and i will be hijacking Celia's blog today! 
 When brainstorming ideas to post about for Celia, I drew a complete blank! There is a different importance to posting on someone else's blog. It is their little part of the interwebs that they worked hard to create and not wanting to mess it all up is a bit intimidating. I am so excited to be guest posting for celia, even with the little fear of oh you know killing off her readers :) I think i needed a little excitement in my week and i needed a new bloggy challenge so thank you Celia for letting me hijack your interweb home! And thanks to all of you who read it!

So i came up with about a billion ideas and for some reason none of theme seemed worthy enough to post to someone else's blog. So i asked my boyfriend justin for ideas....ooops, his response was, "write about how awesome and hot your boyfriend is!" Well i laughed and said "um babe, i dont think i should hijack her blog to tell people how hot you are". I am not going to post about how hot he is even if he is wicked hot but i will share a bit about us! Enjoy!
jt and i both taken in Acadia National Park
My love justin, and i have been together for five yrs! Four of those years i was away at college, so we only were together when he would visit or i was on break. Trust me it was not ideal but, it was worth it! Now, we are faced with a new challenge of being broke even though we work our asses off! So...we live with his very generous parents and my crazy lab Abby. It has its challenges and one of them is finding us time and doing so on a budget. So with that little personal life synopsis i wanted to share some of our favorite ways to spend time together in our busy and crowded weeks!

{Ice Cream}
Sometimes we get out of work late or are low on money and time and nothing can pause a busy day and make you enjoy each other better than an impromptu ice cream date!

{Bookstore}
One of our faves for a day off is to grab Starbucks or smoothies and plunk ourselves down in a bookstore reading and sharing excerpts with each other. Always fun and a great way to read some silly books or magazines that you dont need to buy!


{Farmers Market}
We love strolling the farmers market on a saturday morning admiring handmade goods and picking up a few yummies. We went camping in july and along with some factory tours we made a good morning out of the farmers market where we stayed!


{Local Breweries}
Justin and i have visited a bunch of new england breweries. The tours are usually free and you can often eat lunch in the garden while you share a sample trey! I admit sometimes i come home with a few extras but overall it is a fun and not too expensive weekend activity.

These are just a few of the things we enjoy doing in our time off. We are always on the hunt for new date night ideas and low budget fun! Dont forget to make some you time or us time in the busy weeks!

Thanks Celia for letting me guest post i had a great time with it!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Guest Post: Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim - Bondi

Happy Happy Wednesday! I am oh so excited today! 
One of my favorite bloggers, Chantelle (or Telle) from Fat Mum Slim , is guest posting for me!
She is from Australia, beautiful, super sweet, a Mum, a wife.
My favorite thing about her, she is original and true to herself!
I haven't had the pleasure of meeting her in real life, but I just know she would be a delight.
I would jump up and down like a little school girl if I ever met her!
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Celia has kindly invited me over to guest post on her blog today, all the way from Australia. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about where I live. Thanks for having me Celia.

Having grown up in the Country and moved to the City once I finished school, I never imagined living here for long. But this is home now. I'm not sure if it's forever, but for now it's where I love to be, and here's five reasons why.

1. The beach
I've always lived close to the water, most Australians do. I've seen on TV a few times when people visit the beach for the first time as adults, and it always amazes me. I love living near the water, and couldn't imagine living too far away. It calms me, makes me happy and is where I like to retreat to on hot summer days.

2. The off-season
During the colder months Bondi {where I live} is just filled with locals {mostly}. It's quieter and it's all ours. During summer Bondi is packed to the brim. There's really only one main road in and out, and it can take forever to get anywhere. I love it during the off-season because it's peaceful and all ours.

3. The people
Bondi is the cool side of town, where artists and creative-types love to hang out. Anything goes. I love that Bondi is home to all sorts of people. You never know who you'll meet!

4. The walking paths
Whenever we think about moving anywhere elsewhere, I always wonder if the walking paths will be as beautiful. Whichever way you go for walk here, you're bound to be surrounded by something beautiful. I'd miss that!

5. The memories
Having lived here for 8 years now, we've made so many memories here. My daughter's name is etched into the pavement out the front. My husband and I have had many dates in the restaurants throughout our little town. There was even the time we had a drunk picnic down on the hill near the beach.


Where do you call home? What do you love about where you live?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Guest Post - Ashleigh from Life As I Know It: Ashleigh's Wedding

Happy Tuesday everyone!
Thanks to Ashleigh for doing a guest post for me!
She is amazingly sweet and a positive influence!
Make sure you check her blog and follow her on Twitter!
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For those of you who don't know me, I'm Ashleigh from Life As I Know It and I am so excited to write a GUEST POST for the fabulous CeLiA!! Thank you so much for letting me take over your blog and talk about something that is soooooo dear to my heart...my wedding day!
I see that SOOOO many of you bloggers are engaged and about to get married! To name a few... Celia (duh!), Michelle, Jenn, Cait... I know there are more!
 I remember planning my wedding and it was such a fun, stressful, exciting, and emotional time in my life! I wanted to share my own wedding experience with you all!
I will start with a short version of how my husband and I met... David and I met in January of 2007. I just moved back to Waco to teach 6th grade and he was based at Fort Hood in Killeen. We actually met.... on a dating website... creepy? NO, it's not! Haha! So many people are doing it... anyways... long story short, we had our first date on January 26, 2007... moved in together in October 2007... engaged in June 2008... and married on June 20, 2009....then.... pregnant by September... baby girl 11 days before our 1st anniversary...fast, you say? Nahhh... :-)

First comes love...
here are a few of our engagement pictures:
There are so many spectacular details that go into planning a wedding... THE DRESS, venue, flowers, food, bridesmaids, groomsmen, dj.... it's a lot to take in...
As I said before, we were married on June 20, 2009 in Southlake, Texas at the Hilton Hotel... both the ceremony AND the reception were at the Hilton... convienent!
Some pictures with my lovely bridesmaids and the groomsmen:
David and I did a "first look" before the wedding:
Part of the ballroom was turned into an alter, where we were married :-)

And just around the corner....
 .....the party begins.....
But.... the party has to end....
This was such a special day in our lives.... but the bigger picture is the MARRIAGE. It takes a lot of love and respect to be married.... lots of love and prayers for all of you future brides out there in blogland... Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials and bright futures with the men of your dreams!
Happy Wedding Day to you all from....
The Bowers
And peek-a-boo from...
Baby L.... not quite a honeymoon baby... but pretty close ;-)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Guest Post - Mychael from The Quarter Life Chronicles: How he popped the question

 Happy Monday y'all!
I have some great guest bloggers lined up for you this week.
Please show them lots of love!
The first one up, my fiance!
When I tweeted for guest bloggers and Fiance said he would do one...
I was excited, scared, shocked.
You can find him on The Twit here.
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My name is Mychael and I'm Celia's other half.  I too blog, although my blogs don't generate nearly the traffic that hers does but you can check it out at www.mychaelhouck.com.  For now its a simple blogger blog, but my future project is step away from blogger and convert the entire website to an ASP.NET  website that will basically act as an online resume/blog/access to my server/whatever. 

When Celia mentioned she needed someone to guest post on her website, I thought I'd take the opportunity to get as many shameless plugs on my own blog as I could.  Just kidding.  Actually, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share Celia from my own eyes.  I actually had a hard time finding a topic that hasn't already been covered in her blog or mine, so I thought I'd talk about how I asked Celia to marry me.

Celia in San Antonio for our 6th Anniversary

 Celia and I have been together since May of 2005, and I know it sounds really cliche but something told me she was going to be significant in my life early.  We'd been together probably 3 years when I'd really started thinking I wanted to marry her.  I know that's an eternity for couples these days, but there is a reason why the divorce rate in the US is so high, and I'm not interested in following in my parents footsteps.

The circumstances of everything needed to be perfect.  We'd just bought a home in October of last year and both of us were getting nested into our new careers.  I felt like the time was right to pop the question.  I'd done my homework on rings.  Buying a diamond is like buying a used car.  Everyone has a dozen reasons why theirs is the best, and unless you properly educate yourself on the ins and outs of diamonds its impossible to know weather or not you actually got a good deal.

I'd initially decided to buy the ring in pieces.  Find the stone from a wholesaler and the setting somewhere else, but after visiting Kay Jewelers I decided that would be the best route.  I was able to pick the stone and setting from any two rings and Kay's would combine them however I liked.  After an hour or so I'd purchased the ring and headed for the house.  The easy part was over.


On my way out of the mall I realized I hadn't thought exactly how I was going to propose.  You always hear of these stories of huge romantic gestures that everyone crowds around to hear.  Part of me wanted to be one of those guys, but I had nothing.  I remember having to run a few errands on my way home and when I got out of my truck to go into other stores all I could think of was the diamond ring sitting in my pickup.

It wasn't until I got home and began a little brainstorm with a friend of mine before we came up with a good idea.  I like photography.  We've been known to go out sometimes on a Sunday and shoot photos from the area that we live in.  The idea in a nutshell was to set a timer for 15 seconds or so and propose to her so that the camera would grab the response.  Pretty good I thought, and I'd decided to go with that.

When Celia came home and I saw her I was overcome with this feeling.  Like a bowling ball in the stomach type feeling.  We'd decided to get Chick-fil-A that evening for dinner, and the entire drive up I couldn't think about anything else.  It had nearly escalated to where I was feeling physical sick to my stomach.  After half eating my sandwich and pretty much tuning Celia completely out I had decided that I couldn't wait to ask her anymore.

Once I decided I was gonna ask her impromptu, I started getting extremely nervous.  I don't really know if Celia got wise to my nervousness, I can't quite remember the car ride home from Chick-fil-A.  As soon as we walked in the house she went to the office to rummage around in something and I went straight for the ring.  I paced in the closet for a minute or two to gather my composure and draw up a quick "red-zone" strategy.  I turned the lamp down low and shut the rest of the lights off.  Looking back on it now, I should have lit a candle or something but hindsight is 20/20.

"Babe, can you come in here for a second?"  I stood a few feet back from the door and waiting for her to come in.  When she walked in I could tell she was a little confused as to why I was standing in the bedroom with the lights off.  I reached into my pocket and pulled the ring out.  She smiled.  "Honey, what is this?", she asked smiling even bigger now.  Holding the ring with one hand, I grabbed Celia's hand with the other.  "Celia, will you marry me?"  At this point I'm definitely starting to cry.  "Of course, honey!"

Our first photo as an engaged couple at Cougar Field
So that (to the best of my recollection) is how I asked Celia to marry me.  It's not overly dramatic or full of grand gestures, but getting engaged in our new home (for me at least) couldn't have been better.

Until next time,
MSH

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I'm a slaaaaave for cupcakes....

Did you know last week was National Cupcake Week?
At least that's what I saw on Facebook.

I was too lazy to drive to a cupcakery. 
So I slaaaaved in the kitchen to make cupcakes.
How could I not have a cupcake during National Cupcake Week?


Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing and fresh strawberries on top. 
Are you drooling yet? They were delish, and since we had a little watch party for our Houston Cougars game this past weekend I layed some out for our guest. They raved! 
...and... 
i have a little secret to share with you.
ready?


I don't always have time to bake from scratch. 
I also don't want to pay $3.75 for one cupcake all the time when I feel like having a good cupcake!
For approximately $6.00 we had 24 cupcakes! 
 
For me, baking (and cooking) is a stress reliever. 
You can have delicious cupcakes with out spending hours in the kitchen.
Bake from your heart, and you will have yummy baked goods!

Do you like to bake? 
I actually don't like to bake cakes.
Those stress me out! ...and I can't decorate those for the life of me! 
What is your favorite thing to bake?


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Go enter the Princess House Giveaway here from Lauren's store hosted by Neely!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lets have a little fun with our phones + Eversave winner announced!


Have photos on your phone?
Let's share! Link up! 
:-)


Oh man. I had a horrible, no good, very bad week a couple weeks ago. 
I drove myself home crying.
THEN, there was a knock on my door...
I received my Vera Bradley apron!! The Buttercup design is my fave.
...and I picked it up on sale for $9.99, it came with a recipe card holder too!
If anyone wants to buy me the matching purse and make up bag I wouldn't be mad.
Not one bit. 

I also received my Erin Condren planner the same day. 
This planner is seriously the best planner ever. 
I think this quote on the planner suites me perfectly!
My google calendar syncs up with my outlook, and thunderbird, and phone,
but there is something about pen and paper that I still love. 
You can't doodle on your phone! :-P



There are times that my sweet furbaby tells me I am done with the computer. 
How can you tell this sweet fluff ball no?
I haven't advertised much on the blog that I am a Scentsy Consultant until recently.
 I joined in February '10 after my first purchase. 
I'm a bit addicted! I have a cute little Scentsy basket in our guest bathroom.
It has generated sales, hey, people get bored when they go potty.
Why not give them something to look at and smell?


What's on your phone?? 
I wanna see!!!! 

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....and we have an Eversave winner!!!!!! 



Yay Michelle, I will email you the vouchers as soon as possible!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fitness Friday


oh what? you thought i had something important to say?
um. no. this video was my motivation last week to work out at 9pm.
i had logged into myfitnesspal.com to complete my food diary.
i ate double the amount of food for a person who is sedentary.
eep! 

i sulked, then The Love said. 
"honey, this song reminds me of you!"
and from time to time he has played a song for me and it's been really sweet. 
but this time. this time it was the video above.
my bottom lip got fat. and i told him i was going to work out.
i changed into my gym clothes, got into my car and worked off some of those calories!

i know you are probably thinking he is such a horrible person.
he's not. it was his endearing way of getting me to work out. 
he knows i care very much about my appearance. 
staying healthy and in shape is important to me.
i am not currently in shape, but i plan to be.

what has motivated you to workout lately?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lets go to Tookies, y'all!

I asked The Fiance earlier tonight what I should blog about and he said him.
Well as much as I love him, I'm not feeling all lovey dovey to dedicate a post all to him. 
Sorry honey bunny. BUT I will tell y'all we had another first experience together!
I love experiencing things for the first time with The Fiance!


We went to TOOKIE'S for the first time ever in life for lunch the other day.
I wasn't having a very good day. Went to an event that was a waste.
I lost my debit card. So we decided to go home and eat. 
Then The Fiance passed up our house and I asked him where we were going.
"TOOKIE'S"
he said. I think I said "Oh my god baby, yay!"


Mychael was born & raised in League City, ya know a city that doesn't mean much. (i kid i kid)
I on the other hand grew up in the wonderful town of Kemah! Only the best place ever!

Neither one of us had ever stepped a foot into TOOKIE'S! 
I used to pass by it every Sunday when my Mom and I would go grocery shopping in Seabrook.
The Fiance had passed by it numerous times. 
Then... Hurricane Ike came through, and TOOKIE'S was gone forever.
I cried. TOOKIE'S is such a staple in our area and I never got to try it. 
My heart broke into a million pieces. 


Then, I saw someone "like" TOOKIE'S on facebook.
I clicked and..... HOLY MARGARITAS!!!!! 
TOOKIE'S IS REOPENING!! 
I am pretty sure I jumped up and down!
Finally!!!! I get to eat at TOOKIE'S! 

TOOKIE's originally opened in 1975, closed down after Hurricane Ike in 2008, then reopened with new owners last month. I hear the interior is very similar to how it was pre Ike.


I read on their facebook wall prior to the opening, and the nights of their first opening that The Squealer is THE burger to eat. I don't like veggies, so The Fiance order it. 
I had the Chili Cheeseburger and we split an order of fries.
The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was amazing.
Everyone looked so happy to be working there, customers were so glad to be eating there. 
Our waiter's name was Adrian and he was great and had lots of energy. 
I wonder if he knew it was my first time there and inside I was jumping up and down like a little school girl!

TOOKIE'S also has a bar, so I ordered myself a Margarita! 
Burgers and Margaritas, that's a-okay with me. 

If you ever come to Houston be sure come down to the Bay Area and play in Kemah, and then hop across the bridge into Seabrook and eat at TOOKIE'S!

I have a mental list of all the local places I have to eat at. 
Can't wait for my next TOOKIE'S visit!

Do you have a local place that is a MUST when people come to visit?
Please share with me. :o) I plan to visit all 50 states!