Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wedding Anniversaries

This year the Mr. and I will be celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary on October 6th!  Time has just flown by.  We've had some great times, and some pestering times, but our marriage is great!!!  I couldn't have been blessed with a better man to walk through life with than him....my main squeeze...my errthang!



Anyways, now that you're done loosing your lunch over the gushiness....we always DO something for our anniversary.

Our first anniversary we spent the weekend in downtown Houston.  I've lived in the Houston metroplex area my whole life (minus the 5 fabulous years away at Texas Tech), but I've never really experienced downtown Houston.  We stayed at the Magnolia Hotel, did a historic pub crawl, made new friends (whom we still see often), had brunch at our wedding venue, Brennan's of Houston, and just relaxed the rest of the weekend.  It was glorious I tell you!!!!



Our second anniversary the Mr. and I headed to Canton Trade Days in Canton, Tx (about 4 hours north of Houston).  We shopped, and went junkin' and had the BEST time together.

First Monday Trade Days Flea Market Canton Texas shopping guide

This year....we're going junkin' again, but we decided to go to Round Top Antique Weekend instead of Canton.
Here's the nitty-gritty on flights, food, and more.
GETTING THERE: Fly into Austin (AUS) or Houston (IAH), both of which are about an hour and a half drive away.
WHAT TO PACK: Temps will likely still be in the 80s and 90s in late September, so wear loose layers (my silk Lauren Moffatt top was perfect) and comfy boots (you're in Texas, after all). Throw in an umbrella in case of surprise storms.
WHERE TO EAT: Many venues offer food, but I recommend fueling up on "sam"wiches at Royers Cafe. (Save room for a slice of the buttermilk pie!) 
WHERE TO STAY: In-town options are slim and book up fast. My top picks: Rachel Ashwell's The Prairie—restored cottages and cabins with her signature Shabby Chic style. or rental homes like The Vintage Round Top. Contact the Round Top Chamber of Commerce for other lodging and rentals in the area.
We're so excited....I even bought us our own market cart as his anniversary gift.  My friends all laughed at me, but its not fun having to borrow your parents cart every time!  I've even got the fabric bought to make us our own liner, complete with a monogram and pockets!!!  I'll post a how to later on that.

So, we've just about made it to our 3rd anniversary, and I still love this guy just as much as the day we said "I do".

Friday, April 17, 2015

Marco?? Polo??

Marco!  Polo!

Yikes!  It has been 103 days since I've touched this blog.  Bad Katie....bad bad Katie!

So what has been happening since January 1st?  Lets consult the iPhone photo log shall we?

In January I.....



Chose an overall design color pallet for the interior of the house...




I threw our dearest friends the cutest little gender reveal party...

Invitations designed by me!



A few cute outfits were thrown together...

Pendant from China Baroque in Houston




Tackled a big top secret project which I can tell you more about in a few months...

A Saturday morning deer watching session from my bed at my parents!




And finished up my very first quilt (that only took roughly +/- 3 years)!

Lots of Amy Butler Fabrics

So stick around friends....I'll tell you all about our February next!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 is all about....

...me!

I'm serious....this year is my year!  I've got some great (but simple) goals for the year and I cant wait to get started today!


2014 was about relationships in my life.  Working on the strong ones, and not worrying about those that don't take the time to worry about me!  It was a great year overall.  There were some heartbreaks, and some break ups, but then that lead to more time with the ones I cherish the most.  Once I figured all of this out, I began to focus on those relationships that mattered the most....and my heart is full again!


2015 will be chronicled through this blog...on a regularly scheduled basis.  So get excited and add me to your feed.  There will be amazing vacations, shrinking clothes, new styles, and of course, updates on the house!


So with all of this being said, I'd like to start 2015 by re-introducing myself.  I started this blog in April of 2013, but I wasn't a steady blogger.  I didn't know my topics or my blogging style...but I have a vision for this blog, and I cant wait to "start over".


I found this questionnaire over at Life Love and Hiccups blog and thought it was a great starting point for us.




Describe yourself in 7 words.
Creative

Determined (or Hard-headed as my husband would say)
Giving
WOO'er (Win Others Over) (its a trait, ask Myers Briggs!)
Leader
Organized
Happy


What keeps you up at night?
Anyone who knows me knows that I nothing keeps me up at night.  Im a hard sleeper.  I do not let my mind wander when I lay my head down at night.  Learn from the day's ups and downs, and be ready to move forward the next day!

Who would you like to be?
You mean besides who I am already?  Well that's a tough one.....maybe the Pioneer Woman???  She's so stinkin' cute...lives on that awesome range...and has the best kitchen in the world Im sure. 

What are you wearing right now?
Gym tights and a hoodie....Im headed to the gym!  Day 1 of the rest of my life....bring on the change!


What scares you?
The thought of loosing my husband or family....they are my world!

What are the best and worst things about blogging?
Best thing: chronicling my life and sharing it with all of you my friends

Worst: always having a fresh topic ready and getting those photos edited!

What was the last website you visited?
Zulily...its like an 8am addiction!  It has completely control over me!  Though I rarely buy anything because the shipping time is a bit ridiculous...but none the less...I HAVE TO SEE WHAT'S FOR SALE AT 8 AM!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is one thing you would like to change about yourself?
That sometimes I tend to think I can do everything by myself with out anyone's help.  Construction/DIY projects, health and fitness, etc.  

Slankets - yes or no?
Ew, no!  

What are you favorite blogs to read?
You can find my full feed on my BlogLovin' Feed but here are 3 that I love...

I've been reading Kelly's Korner Blog for several years now, I feel like I know her girls personally!


A fellow Houstonian's blog I like to read daily for style and home project ideas is

 Honey We're Home.

And because I dream to live in New York/Brooklyn, etc....I read Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone




Source


Friday, December 12, 2014

Dear Santa....I have been....

...so good this year!!!!

As we get older, it's harder to shop for one another.  Let's face it, we buy whatever it is we're wanting throughout the year.

I like to pride myself on an awesome gift giver.  I listen all year long, take cues from people, and really pick something I think they will enjoy.  That being said, I'm probably the hardest person to shop for....just ask my husband.  My mom usually hits the nail right on the head though, but that's because we like the same things.  Like mother like daughter!

So, for those in question...here are a few things on my wish list this year!  
{Im linking up with September Farm Blog for the weekly Oh Hey Friday}



** I'd love a cute new camera strap like this leopard one from Mimi Green

** And I'm always in need of a refill of perfume.  My mom had a bottle of this and when I showed up for Thanksgiving (2013) having forgot my perfume that morning, I sprayed this one.  Well...my husband decided that was his favorite smell on me, and therefore Santa brought me a bottle last year.  Its been 365 day...its time for a new bottle!

** I have an iPod Nano from maybe 10 years ago and I love the features the new ones have.  Radio, podcasts, touch screen, etc.  I think this upgrade would be nice at the gym this year.  When Im working out, I lock my phone up in the lockers, I want no distractions (ie. Facebook, Instagram, text messages, etc).


** There's no denying my love for Tyler Candles ...and if Santa could bring me several 2-wick jars of the Fleur de Lis scent, one for each room in the house, I would be a happy happy girl!

** Tell me this coral monogrammed hat wouldn't be the perfect addition to my wardrobe!?!?  Several shops on Etsy make them.


Whats on your list friends???



September Farm Blog





Friday, September 5, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!



 I'm linking up today with The Farmers Wife & September FARM for Oh Hey Friday!


Since Autumn is just right around the corner, Im going to choose 5 of my favorite things about the season....

{one}  The shorter, cooler, and colorful evenings.  I love getting home from work and in an hour its dark outside.  It makes me relax more, chill out with my Mr., and enjoy everything about the season.


{two}  Decorating the house with the colors of the season!  Oranges, browns, yellows, greens, tans, etc.  Pumpkins everywhere!!!



{three}  Candlelight throughout the house....there is something so soothing and relaxing about evenings spent in candlelight.

{four} SWEATERS!!!  BOOTS!!!  JEANS!!!! (do I really need to say more?)


{five} Its the start of Charlie Brown Season!!  I get really excited when they air the Charlie Brown specials on TV....I literally put them in my calendar and let everyone know I'm busy.  For some reason it really says the holiday season is upon us.


Thanks for stopping by!  Get excited....fall is almost here!



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Goals

 

So I've decided I need to set myself some monthly goals.  I tend to get excited about projects and things I'd LIKE to do every month...but the reality hits and I do too much of one thing, and not enough of another.  Im making my list, making it public, and I will check back in at the end of the month and let you know my results!

 

September will be my starting point...so here we go!

 

{one} Today I started my latest 24 Day Challenge by Advocare, therefore I need to exercise times a week.  I've failed the last few challenges because I didn't set goals, I didn't push myself, and I got lazy.

 

{two} NO SPENDING!  Im putting myself on budget and saying no to frivolous spending.  I'd like to start making a dent in the student loans and really start clearing my plate.  Which also means I need to work more OT to increase those paychecks!

 

{three} This weekend I rested, and for those of you who know me personally, this was HUGE!  I found a new love for my couch, quilt and puppy love.  As I was laying around, re-watching The Office, I decided to declare Sundays as No Project Sundays.  I need to rest more, I need to enjoy the house more, I need to spend more time with my Mr. and the pups.  Enjoy what I already have, what I have already done to the house, and rest my body.  Im not getting any younger.

 

{four}  Keep up with the household chores daily instead of having to do them all on my day off.  Things like a load of laundry a day, sweep the kitchen daily, mop Saturday morning, etch.  I think I will feel better about spreading it all out.

 

{five}  Work on the shed plans that we will be rebuilding the first weekend of November.  Figure out the design, make a shopping list, see what I can find on Craigslist cheaper than having to buy a whole roll of something full price at the Depot.

 

Do you have any goals for the month??

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hello Friday!



 I'm linking up today with The Farmers Wife & September FARM for Oh Hey Friday!


Today's topic of choice....my top 5 beauty products!

{one}  Cleanser: AVEENO® CLEAR COMPLEXION Foaming Cleanser and CLEAR COMPLEXION Daily Moisturizer. I still get an occasional tiny break out here and there.  This line has a small amount of sylic acid, which helps prevent breakouts, but its also oil free.  The best part is, the wash doesn't dry my face out, and the moisturizer doesn't leave my face oily!



{two}  Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup .  Its lightweight, its a matte finish, and I can get it in a pink undertone!  Its so hard to find a good foundation with a pink undertone.


{three}  Nail Polish: OPI Cajun Shrimp.  Its the perfect combo of deep coral I like.




{four} Razor: Bick Soleil  Yes, I use disposables.  My doctor told me that women should use a new razor every time, especially for the underarms because of bacteria growth.  So, I listened to the expert.  These are my favorite....smooth, moisturizing, and gets a close shave.


{five} Hair: Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Color Illuminate.  I color my hair...every 8 weeks....like clock work.  Currently, I am also letting my hair grow out, just to see what it would be like (plus its easier to work out when hair isnt all up in my face).  This oil treatment is awesome for keeping my hair healthy.  I use it as a per-treatment before I blow dry my hair (which I do every morning), and it keeps its smooth, nourished, and it allows the hair to dry faster.  After my post work out shower, I will do it once a week as a leave in conditioner before bed.  Best part is, its only $6 at most stores.

Marvelous Oil Color Illuminate

Do you use any of these products?  If not, and you've been looking for something like any of these, try them.  Im not a huge beauty routine kind of person, but I do love these prodcuts.