Thursday, January 31, 2013

DIY: Glitter Mason Jar

Little bitty disclaimer, and then we'll continue to the fun stuff. If you're only here for SPD, you can skip over the smaller text:

I talked things over with my besties last night about the stalker issue. After all, BFF's know best. (If you're uber confused, click here.) Brittany said, "Wow, they are b*tches." And Tiffany said, "Why aren't they focusing on their own life? Their life must be lacking if they're so concerned about yours." Totes agree.

Thus, I have a new approach. I am going to continue writing about the fun stuff in my life, not including them, so that maybe... just maybe... they'll realize that they're worthless. Yulp, I said it. I don't mean that in a "mean" way, I mean it in the literal way. Less than worthy of being written about. At the end of the day, I have my life and my husband, and they have......(wait for it)......their constant thoughts about sweet ole me. (Yes, they're even on my blog this morning. At 6:06am to be exact.) I'm touched. But really, Husband & I already changed our phone numbers. And when I told my parents the dealio about not giving out our numbers, they agreed that they won't to anyone - including the stalkers. No more worries here.

So yadda yadda... my bloggity friends are getting to know the real me. True Life: I Have Real Life Stalkers.

Anywho...Let's get down to biznaz. Pinterest makes my heart happy.

Original Pin:

My version:
I happen to loveee it. Here's how to make it:

Step one: Gather necessary supplies.
Supplies include: mod podge, glitter of your choice, mason jar (le duh), something to use as a stirrer (ex: I used cake pop sticks), something to rest the mason jar on (ex: card stock), ribbon, and hot glue + gun. (Ribbon and hot glue + gun aren't pictured.)
 Step two: Mix mod podge and glitter.
Stir that sucker up like it's going outta style. Don't put as much mod podge as I did; I used way too much.
 Step three: Shift the jar around to cover the interior with mixture.
Be careful not to drip any on yourself or something else.
Step four: Look inside.
... Just because. No real productive reason.
 Step five: Place the jar upside down.
This helps the excess mixture leak out. If your paper is really thin, it'll seep through. May 'ought to find something thinker, like a paper plate.
 Step six: Add a bow.
You'll use the hot glue + gun to make that baby stick.
Step seven: Display somewhere visible.
Don't forget to put something in your jar. Yay! You're all done.
I linked up with Steph and Katie and you should too.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Random Wednesday: Happy things

It's Hump Day which means we're that much closer to Friday. Can I get an amen!? To make the trek to Friday easier on y'all, I'm sharing some things that make me happy happy happy.

1. First off, y'all all watch The Bachelor, right? I assume if you're like most women in America, yes. The Bachelor and any Reality TV makes me happy. Have you heard of Tierra's Eyebrow twitter page. It is freakin' hilarious! I was laughing so hard last night as I was reading some tweets.

2. Eli Young Band's newest single Say Goodnight is awesome. The video, however, is slightly strange. They originated in Tejas, and now they are blowing up all over the great U.S. of A. I'm sure you've all heard of them... yes? Well, I kinda sorta lurve them.
3. I am a summer girl, through and through. This weather has been amazing lately. I have nothing against the cold, in fact it's a lot of fun when I'm cozied up inside the house. And the thought of snow is exciting! Buttt, since that's not a reality where I live, summer makes me happy. Bring on the heat!
This was yesterday at 4pm.

4. It's true... Pinterest really does make me happy. I am essited to share my latest project with y'all tomorrow. I'll be linking up and it's a good one. I'll give you a small hint... it has something to do with make-up. So, if you're a make-up girl, come back tomorrow. Weeeeee!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sorority (Pronounced Sa-rawr-ity)

I have a running list of topics that I've been wanting to share with y'all. I keep this list stored on my phone, where I know it's safe. The topic today is about my sorority experience. Wait wait... don't run off. It's a good one, I promise!

Yesterday, I was reading Ashley's blog about her experience in a sorority and since this subject was on my "to write about" list, I thought it'd be perfecting timing. It's perfect timing for two reasons: 1) Ashley and I went to college together - neat huh?! (We didn't actually know each other, but we hung out with the same people. Our husbands are fraternity brothers.) And 2) I may have possibly "met" my identical twin, Ashley, yesterday. (Two different Ashleys here. Don't get confused.) And she just happens to be my sister in Alpha Chi Omega.

So what was my experience like?

Well, I didn't actually join a sorority until I was a junior. I was in marching band the first year & half of college and didn't feel like I had time for a sorority. In Fall 2008, my bestie and I decided to rush. And the greatest part? We got a bid from the same sorority! We were ecstatic!
We got our bids from Alpha Chi Omega. Also referred to as Alpha Chi or A Chi O or AXO. And accepting the bid was (one of) the best decision I ever made! Here's why:

1. Networking - To be totally honest, my ultimate goal in joining was to be a part of a lasting organization that I knew would benefit me for the rest of my life. I will always be an Alpha Chi and no one can take that away from me. The networking potential is endless. A good example is a job application. When people say, "It's all about who you know", it's true! This world is full of politics, whether we like it or not (and just so you know, I hate it!). Knowing the right people can go so far as to help you get a job! This is huge, people.

2. The Experience - The sisterhood that you build is awesome, truely, but the experience itself is also really incredible. The experience of saying, "Yes, I'm in a sorority." The experience of  knowing the chants. The experience of meeting new people, who you may not have otherwise met. The experience of going to sorority/fraternity mixers. The experience of every little thing that comes along with pledging.

3. Learning about sisterhood - I personally believe it takes talent to learn to be around other women who are different from you. Let's be honest: women are slightly crazy and mean sometimes. This talent is learned; not innate. When you're in a sorority, or any sacred organization like that, you have to learn to put aside your differences and bond over your connections. To know that you share a deep, deep secret really does bring you together.

All that being said, if you were not in a sorority, that doesn't make you any better or any worse than me. It only means that we had different college experiences. And differences are what make the world go 'round! Amiright? I would encourage you to write about a neat experience that you had in college. Because I'd love to read about it. :-)

Lastly, because I'm photo obsessed, I'll share photos from my experience. Enjoy, doodlebugs. (Yup, you can thank my Grandma for the doodlebug endearment.)

Forgive me for looking so young. Some of these were over 4 years ago! 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Weekend Update

I did something somewhat drastic this weekend. Something I rarely do. I cut my hair. Short! Buh bye long(er) hair.
I have never had my hair this short. But to be honest, it makes me feel kind of spunky. So basically, I like it. I didn't tell husband about it beforehand. When he walked through the door after work on Friday, he was pleasantly surprised. He likes my hair either way - long or short. Plus, I'll be totally honest, I am sucker for Jessica Simpson clip in extensions. I've been using those bad boys for years. Literally. I started wearing them in college. So, if I'm feeling like long hair, all I gotta do is clip them in.
Instagram was sure to cover my photo bases this weekend.

1. Another self portrait of my hair cut. Short hurr, don't curr.
2. Layla is home!!! This little princess is doing great. For those of you who don't know, we got Layla (an Imperial Shih Tzu) on December 28th. She was 1.5 pounds. After having her a couple of days, she got really sick and had to go to the Emergency Vet clinic. We ran up a $2,000 vet bill. After we could no longer afford to keep her at the vet, the breeder took her back and nursed her back to health. She's now at 2.5 lbs and doing great! Zoey and her are getting along just wonderfully too. You will definitely be seeing more of her around these parts of the w-w-w.
3. Husband and I hung up the purty new mirror that we got. I blogged about this last week in case you forgot. I think it looks fan-freakin-tastic.
4. Ross and I found our church home about 2 years ago. The message at church this week was just amazing. Mel, a pastor from the the Xai-Xai location in Africa, came to speak at our church. The service was about "holding on" to Jesus. No matter what, hold on. He shared some of his struggles over the past year and pretty much everyone was sniffling by the end. Days like that at church are a huge reminder why I have this little thing called faith.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Social

What is your ideal way to relax? I am a huge cuddle fan. That's my favorite. But I also like to write in my blog. I feel like that's a huge relaxer. Oh! And Pinterest projects are another way to take my mind off things. Speaking of, I made a new creation this weekend. Can't wait to share it with all y'all. 

Where is your favorite place to be? I really enjoy being at home. I like to clean (I'm weird, I know...) and keep the house organized. We built our house in 2012. It makes my heart super happy. I am so proud of every detail about our house. 
Who do you consider your biggest roll model? For a few reasons, I'd say my stepdad. My parental units got divorced whenever I was a teeny tiny thang. Maybe 3 or 4 years old? Well, mom remarried and I grew up with two dads; that seemed normal to me. I really feel like he understands me and he taught me countless life lessons. Not to mention, he's a huge reason why I got saved and was baptized as a teenager. (I was baptized as a child since I was born Methodist, but I eventually became Baptist and was re-baptized.
What does your life look like in 3 years? Hopefully I'll be preggo or will a kiddie. Or both. Husband & I aren't quite ready to start poppin' kids out yet, but within the next three years we will be ready! Either way, it'll be a fun adventure with hubby.

If you could go back and change one decision what would it be? Oh my goodness, there are so many things... yet there's nothing I'd change. I would like to say I would re-do things, BUT you never know how your life would've turned out had one single thing changed. I think we're all a product of our environment - whether you make good decisions or bad decisions. If I could change anything, I wish I wasn't such a brat to my parents. I was terrible, y'all. But, I think I learned from my mistakes and I'll keep my fingers crossed that karma doesn't come back and give me terrible, moody, hormonal teenagers too. 

What is your biggest accomplishment in life thus far? This is super easy. I really only have two goals in life: become a wife and become a mom. So, you could say becoming a wife on 10/01/2011 has been my most proud moment.

Sunday Social

Friday, January 25, 2013

Zoey Bear Skinner

Oh, her?
That's Zoey.
Yes, Zoey has quite the personality.

Let me tell you about my first little princess.
I got her when she was just a little bitty thang.
December 13, 2009 - to be exact.

This little girl melts my heart.

She does what she wants, whenever she wants.

She stays in bed all day... because she can.

Her favorite quote is, "I look fabulous!"

She feels her best feature is her eyelashes and her missing 6 bottom teeth.

Her middle name should be "Plato" since she often engages in philosophical thought.

She enjoys watching TV.

When she's not being fabulous, she's busy being a hard worker.

She enjoys "family cuddle time"
Now isn't it obvious why I love her so much!?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

DIY: V-day burlap banner

I don't know about you, but I'm already thinking about Valentine's Day. In fact, hubby's gift has already arrived. (See it here) Shh... don't tell him what it is!

Our Valentine's Day just wouldn't be complete without a gosh darn banner. Don't you agree? Bring on the Pinspiration!

Original pin:

My version:


Supplies needed:
* Card stock to create your stencil
* Burlap triangles
* Paint color of your choice
* Hot glue + glue gun
* Twine
* Foam brush

Step one: Create your stencil.
I used Century font, size 330. Once printed on your card stock, cut out the black part of the letter, creating a stencil. 
 Step two: Use the foam brush to dab the paint onto the burlap triangle.
Be sure to have something behind the triangle since it'll seep through.
 Step three: Let the paint dry.
Shouldn't take much time at all.
 Step four: Hot glue some twine onto the back of the triangles.
Step five: Hang your sign with pride.
I told you that my husband is addicted to COD. He was in the middle of a game while I was hanging our presh banner.
Mean stare, don't currrrrrr. A happy wife is a happy life. 
Don't mind our basket 'o corks. We're wine-o's.

Thanks to Katie & Steph for their awesome Link Up!