Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tippy Tuesday

We're celebrating another birthday this week. On Thursday, December 2nd, it will be the 29th birthday of Miss Britney Spears!!! Tippy wanted to start celebrating Britney's bday early by sporting her Britney t-shirt that I ordered from britneyspears.com.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tippy Tuesday

My brother had a birthday on Sunday and Tippy wanted to make something special for her Uncle Casey so I sat her down with paper and markers and she made this for him.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Master Bedroom: My first DIY Headboard

Since I'm going to start working on my master bedroom this weekend, I thought I'd give you all a little teaser of what I've already done so far. I took it upon myself to make my first headboard!

I first measured how big I wanted it and I had the fine workers at Lowes cut a piece of plywood to my dimensions. Then I cut out my pattern on paper and traced it onto the plywood.

Once I traced the pattern, I (had my friend) cut it out using a jigsaw.

And I ended up with this!

I bought 2" foam to layer on top. The foam comes in squares or a roll. I read on a blog that the squares were easier to use but after maneauvering these things, I think the roll would have been easier.

I attached the foam using this.

Once it was secured, I went around and cut the excess around the edges.

This is what it looked like after I finished. I didn't worry to much about jagged edges because they would be covered.

Then I took quilting batting and stapled it all along the edges while pulling really taute. (Taute is a fun word to say....or type.)

Then I was left with this.

Now the fun part!...Adding the fabric. It looks a busier than I had hoped but I'm getting used to it. Add a couple of pictures hangers on the back, mount it to studs and TA-DA!!

The Office Quote of the Day:

I think we're spoiled because we don't appreciate the things that we have. You think kids in Africa have chairs? No. They sit in big piles of garbage. Do you think they have copiers? They don't even-God-they don't even have paper and we are spoiled because we throw out perfectly good tiramisu because it has a little tiny hair on it. My point is this: I have seen the light in terms of what we need and it is nothing.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

I Heart Homemakers

Tonight I went to my first homemaker's class and it was so much fun! My co-worker, Margaret, is a member and tonight was her night to do a card demo. My other co-worker came and our fabulous student worker, whose mom is president of the club. We got to make 2 cards. Margaret demonstrated one and another lady showed us the other one.

These are the pieces to the first card.

We made these adorable little card holders out of binder clips.

The finished card.

The inside of the card.

Me with my card, card holder and envelop.

Kelli and Cindy.

On to card #2!

After putting the pieces together.

The completed card!

How fun! A big thanks to Margaret, Kelli, her mom Ellen, and Cindy for coming and hanging out with us after hours. :) Have I mentioned before that I love my work peeps?

The Office Quote of the Day:

Remember when people used to say "boss" when they were describing something that was really cool? Like, "Those shoulders pads are really boss, man. Look at that perm. That perm is so boss." It's what made me want to become a boss. And I looked so good in a perm and shoulder pads. But now "boss" is just slang for "jerk in charge."


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tippy Tuesday

Well, I've got good news and bad news. The bad news is my new camera that I got for Christmas last year got damaged in that big ole purse of mine. The good news is I got an iPhone 4 that takes AWESOME pics! Of course I referred to my favorite model, Tippy, to test out its camera.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Guest Bathroom: The Complete Tour

I promised you all a complete tour of my guest bathroom once it was completed so here you go!

I'll start off by showing you the shower curtain I was dealing with. I've had this shower curtain for a couple of years and there's nothing wrong with it so instead of spending money on something that I really don't HAVE to buy (like I usually do), I just used the same curtain. My brother/financial advisor should be so proud! Anyway, back to the shower curtain. The camera didn't pick up the colors real well but it's actually brown and a light bluish-greenish color instead of brown and tan. I usually don't dig traditional prints like this but I LOVE mixing traditional with modern elements.....You'll see what I mean later ;)

Bathroom Before. I like to call the paint color "Builder Blah."

Bathroom After! Muuuuuuch better!

Towel rack before.

Towel rack after. The colors are kinda deceiving. The top towel is actually almost identical to the paint color but it looks like it clashes in the pic. I promise it doesn't!

Just recently I showed you the (not so smooth) process of adding the cabinet hardware. Here it is before.....

And after.....

On with the details! Below are the pictures that I blogged about previously. Click here so you can read about how I came up with the brilliant idea to take pics of my dog peeing and pooping.

You may have seen the blog where I talked about buying my adorable bathroom appropriate wall art.

One essential thing that I think everyone needs to have in their bathroom is a basket or some type of toilet paper storage right beside the toilet.

I hate the feeling of looking over and seeing an empty roll after you've already done your business. It reminds me of a song my mom taught me when I was little.

Stranded, stranded on the bathroom bowl. What do you do when you're stranded and you don't have a roll?

To this day, I still sing this song. Anytime I find myself "stranded" I sing it to the top of my lungs until someone brings me a roll. Then I began living by myself..... Hence, the reason for the toilet paper storage.

Let's move on to the sink area.

What's a guest bathroom without goodies for your guests?

I found this round glass bowl at TJ Maxx and put some necessities for any guests that might come to visit. The only things I bought were the washcloths and the bar of soap. I got the tube of toothpaste in my goodie bag from the dentist. The body wash came in another freebie. The little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion was abducted during a stay at a hotel. Several times a year I have to travel for work and we stay at the Holiday Inn quite often. The number one reason why I love Holiday Inn is they have Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena products! FYI, the Mariott has really good travel size products too. I must admit that I am that person that if I stay at a hotel multiple nights, I will sweep all of these wonderful bottles into my bag before housekeeping comes so that they will lay out more. :) It's such an easy and cheap way to make your quests feel welcome!

What are those white pieces of gorgeousness in the corner?

Let's take a closer look. These are another fab purchase from TJ Maxx. I just love the waffle texture on these!

Well, that's the complete tour! Yes, I have been in my new house for 6 1/2 months and I have only finished 1 room!.....the smallest at that. I think my next project is to paint my bedroom. I have the color picked out and let me give you a little teaser and say that it is a bold color choice but I'm pretty excited about. Painting a good-size bedroom with 9 foot ceilings.....I'm not so excited about. Help is always welcome ;)
The Office Quote of the Day:

Charles: You know, Michael, I don't need to know everyone's sexual history.

Michael: Well, perfect, because we have now arrived at Kevin and he has no sexual history.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tippy Tuesday

Some of my co-workers went to Albuquerque a few weeks ago for a conference. I'm always so appreciative when any of my work peeps bring back gifts for me but this time not only did I get a gift but she brought Tippy a gift back too! Yes, my dog is so popular and loved that her mommy's co-workers think about her and buy her gifts from across the country. Can you tell on Tippy's face that she is just as appreciative?

Thanks Margaret!!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

30 by 30!

Well, I have a new goal and I'm putting it in writing so that you all can hold me to it! On May 25th, I turn the big 3-0. So to get ready for my 3rd decade here on earth, I'm going to lose 30 pounds by 30! I've already heard people say "You don't have 30 pounds to lose!" Well I've gained 30 pounds in the last 4 years so yes, I DO have 30 pounds to lose. How am I going to do this you ask?......P90X! Everybody gives in to all of those gimmicky workout programs and never stick with it. I am definitely one of those people, however I think I might have found something that just might work for me! You all know that I love Kidd Kraddick in the Morning and 2 of the cast members on the show, J-Si and Jenna, have done P90X and the results are uh-mazing! Here are some of J-Si's before and after pictures:

Before beginning P90X

After 90 days

After 120 days

After 150 days!

Isn't that nuts!?! So with this workout, you choose which program you want to do and all you need is 90 days. I'm doing the Lean program and I'm guessing J-Si did one of the other two since they're made for bulking up. The Lean program has more cardio which helps you tone and burn more fat. There is also a diet plan but I'm not exactly following it, even though they tell you that it's crucial. I'm eating pretty healthy right now (until I go eat Mexican and drink margaritas this weekend). I just haven't had time to map out my meals and go grocery shopping. I've been eating my fruits and veggies and I've had veggie burgers for dinner almost every night this week. I'll probably have to work on the diet part. :)

I'm currently on day 3 and here's how it's been so far. On day one, I did the (VERY HARD) workout and looked at my workout schedule afterwards and realized that I did the wrong workout! Not only did I do the wrong workout but I'm not supposed to do that workout at all in my program. It's only for those that are trying to bulk up. The workout I did was chest and back and let me just tell you some of the exercises that were in the workout. It was basically an hour of pull-ups and push-up. I did standard push-ups, military push-ups, wide push-ups, diamond push-ups, overhand pull-ups, close grip pull-ups, and reverse grip pull-ups. There were more but those are the only ones I can remember off the top of my head. Oh!.....and I did all that twice! I have 2 words for ya.....I. Hurt. On day two, I did cardio. Then today, I did shoulders & arms and the ab ripper. Tippy doesn't quite know what to make of all this exercising in the living room. My coffee table has been pushed to the side of the room all week and everytime I'm on the floor doing abs, she's on top of me attacking my face with her kisses!

I'm probably the worst when it comes to sticking with a workout regime but I really feel like this will work for me because 1) I have a plan already layed out for me and I feel like I'll mess up the routine if I skip a day and 2) I have made a goal and if I keep thinking about that goal, that will be great motivation. Not to mention the fact that I took "before" pictures and seeing those pics made me want to throw up in my mouth. If those pics aren't enough motivation, I don't know what is! Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can stick to it and have a rockin' body by the time I turn 30!

Totally off topic, but I love when people (guys) tell me they read my blog and I love it even more when they want a shout-out....lol. So here's your shout-out Schrage!!!!

The Office Quote of the Day:

Creed: So hey, I want to set you up with my daughter.

Jim: Oh, I am engaged to Pam.

Creed: I thought you were gay.

Jim: Then why would you want to set me up with your daughter?

Creed: I don't know.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tippy Tuesday

"Ok Mom, Halloween is over.....enough of this stupid $&#%!"

**I apologize everyone. My little girl has a foul mouth on her!