Sunday, June 30, 2013

What is Stalking?

As bloggers, we're all exposed to having personal information out on the web. But it's all in the name of meeting awesome people who you can build friendships with. I have even met a blogger before. She's sorta my blogger BFF.

Anyways, I've told y'all a few times (here, here, and here) that I actually have in-real-life stalkers. These are two people that I know personally, but they continue to obsess over me. It's actually getting to the point where I'm slightly worried that this will go on for the rest of my life.

I was searching the internet to hopefully identify what stalking is exactly. I did find the perfect website too. Y'all may have heard of it before; it's called LoveIsRespect.Org.

When I found this page, I felt so much better. How my IRL stalkers are acting is pretty much by the books. This means that they are your typical stalker. Here are a few examples of how my stalkers act. I took this information directly from that site.

1. Send you unwanted text messages, letters, emails and voicemails. - What's strange is one of my stalkers will actually go through stages. Sometimes we (my husband and I) won't hear from them for a couple of weeks, but then all of a sudden, they pick back up. And usually it's more aggressively than the time before.
2. Use social networking sites and technology to track you. - Of course this is the big one. Both of my stalkers are on my blog multiple times per day. As you may or may not know, I have a way to track who is reading my blog. I can tell which links they click on (within my blog) and also tell if they went to the "comments" feature on my posts. One of the stalkers even attempted to add me on Twitter and couldn't believe it when we (my husband and I) didn't accept their request. This shows that they are delusional.
3. Spread rumors about you via the internet or word of mouth. - Stalker 1 & 2 know each other, and they communicate to each other about me. They have been known to create entirely false information or fabricate stories for their own benefit. This is a sure sign of mental illness. One of the stalkers even spreads rumors to her mommy and daddy about me. This stalker is the one with daddy-issues.
4. Call your employer or professor. - I actually had to warn every one in the building at my work about the situation between my stalkers and myself. I found myself constantly worried that maybe they would randomly show up, or even call my work place. One day I came to work, and one stalker had tracked my work e-mail address and sent me an e-mail. I was actually really surprised. I work for the state of Texas, and work e-mails are tracked and stored in a system. I did warn my colleagues about this communication attempt and am planning to report it to authorities if it happens again. My husband is also aware that they may attempt to show up at his place of employment too. Luckily, they have high security at his building. You can't even access the elevator without certain passes.

Why am I writing this?

Because if you believe you may have a stalker, you should take action and not wait around. I deleted various social networking sites, changed my phone number entirely, and even told both stalkers, "leave me alone." But they are persistent, as most stalkers are. Be careful and always go to the police if it gets bad enough.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Five on Friday

It's Friday! Hallelujah! I feel like dancing. Anyways, let's talk about Five on Friday, shall we?

1. FUNNY STORY. In case you missed it from my Instagram post, I have a funny story. Husband and I were at Chic-Fil-A the other day. I was in dire need of some strawberry lemonade. I knew they had regular lemonade, so I just assumed they'd have other flavors too. Wrong. When we were ordering our drinks, the cashier so kindly offered to squirt strawberry jelly (yes, jelly... as in jam) into our lemonade. Kid.You.Not. Can I just first off say, "What the f*ck?" Second off, how do you get that thought into your brain? I am actually laughing about it, as I type. I am not mad but rather highly impressed by the ridiculous thoughts that man conjured up.

I am betting that if you're not laughing, perhaps you had to be there. I am still laughing. And as I was searching for the perfect e-card (below), I started laughing again.
2. PREZZIE. If there was an award for Wife of the Life, I'd get it. I am just a thoughtful person - what can I say!? I surprised husband with a sweet gift once he got home from work on Wednesday.
3. EARRINGS. I have always been an earrings person. Even on my wedding day, I wanted dramatic earrings and no necklace. I simply love earrings. So, when Kendra Scott was having her Girls Night Out sale, I obvi had to get a pair. 
4. JAMMING. I haven't been able to get enough of this song ever since JT released it. And if you haven't watched the video, you are missing out. I am not even lying either. Watch it now, or else we can't be friends.
5. GIFTS. Pay It Forward gifts make me smile. Here's a little somethin' somethin' that I received from a college friend! So sweet. She knows I love painting my nails.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I've got the (red, white, &) blues

Obviously I am into July 4th. Duh. One could even say that that I've got the (red, white &) blues over Independence Day. So, in honor of the upcoming and best holiday of all.flipping.time, I have created my patriotic closet.

If possible, I'd like every one of these outfits. Please and thank you. IS THIS REAL LIFE?
Sorry, but I had to throw that one in. 

Anyways... onto my make-believe closet. Come to momma.

Seriously... I need every piece in my closet, like yesterday. I guess I will just have to use these outfits as inspiration for my fourth of July attire.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DIY: At-Home Gel Nails

Pinterest has done it again.

Quick thing: I obsess over painting my nails. I literally paint them every couple of days because I despise chipped nails. YUCK! I seriously cringe at the sight of chipped nails. Ladies, get that under control. So, to make everyone's live easier (including mine), I saw from Pinterest an at-home gel nail remedy! Yay!

Here's what you'll need:
+Some type of Gel Polish. I used Sally Hansen's Acrylic Gel polish, but there are a TON of options out there. This one seemed to work the best for my nails. If it doesn't work, give another brand a whirl.

+Nail polish of your choice. I used Haute as Hello by Essie. 

+Top coat. I use Sally Hansen's No-Chip top coat.

The steps are pretty simple too:
+Use cotton ball and acetone or nail polish remover to remove any oil from your nails. That way the polish will hold much better!

+Paint 1 coat of your gel polish. Let that dry completely.

+Paint two coats of your nail polish, allowing time in between coats to dry.

+Once completely dry, protect your polish by adding a top coat.
Yes, it's really that easy. You can thank me now or later... that's neither here nor there. Anyways, Happy Hump Day friends! And on that note, enjoy this flipping awesome commercial.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Weekend Update

Typically, Monday's really grind my gears. But today, eh....... not so much.
There are three reasons for this: 

1. I drank a little more than I probably should have this weekend. My liver needs a break.
2. I got some new clothes for work, so I am looking forward to lookin' fly.
3. Bachelorette Monday. Need I say more?

So, for that reason, I am welcoming Monday with open arms.
Anyways, on a for-real note... let's talk about this weekend.

My husband and I literally said to each other, "I feel so accomplished this weekend." Sunday evening was filled with our exhaustion, accompanied by a feeling of satisfaction. Husband mowed the front and back lawns, we got new plants, and I even cleaned the house from top to bottom. So obvi alcohol was in order.
1. One of the main reasons that I love H-E-B: they have a nice little collection of Texas wines. Come to momma.
2. Hubby and I had a date night on Friday. We went to see World War Z and loved every minute of it! I would highly highly recommend watching it, especially if you enjoy zombie movies. HAH. That sounds kind of silly coming from my mouth, but Ross and I love all things zombie and vampire. True story. P.S. Major side note: Did anyone watch True Blood last night? SO good. This season is making me one happy lady.
3. While on our date night, we had a little bit lot of alcohol. But it was too hard to turn down the mini champagne bottles. They were the cutest.
4. My parents let us borrow their carpet cleaner and I am totally sold. We are going to buy one of these babies STAT. We have carpet in the majority of our house, because we LOVE how cozy it feels. As it is, I vacuum once per week, but with the deep cleaning of the carpets, our house feels extra clean.
5. This was my date night attire. New Target skirt, plus I had my Kendra Scott on. I had to look good for the hubbs.
6. In preparation for a baby shower I'm hosting in July, I made this cute little chalkboard! Harper Lynn is going to be one spoiled baby girl. But that's how it should be!

Not pictured: husband mowed and grilled-out to perfection this weekend. Can I just say that I LOVE SUMMER? Okay... I'll say it. I love summer. The sun. Swimming. Heat. Yard work. Fireworks. I could go on & on.

One last thing: I am guest posting over at Jaime's blog, so check me outttttt. And of course I'm linking up today with Sami and Leeann. That'll do it for me today. Happy Monday!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Lovin' GIVEAWAY

Fridays are usually pretty legit mostly for the fact that it's the end of the week. Today happens to not only be the end of the week (hoorah) but it's also a day for you to win some summer goodies! To honor one of my awesome readers, I am giving away a few things. Oh yea, and did I mention that TODAY is the first day of summer?!? Eat your hearts out.
Up for grabs is...
1. Tan Towelette for Face & Body (Value: $3)
2. Petal Pink Essie Nail Polish (.5 fl. oz, Value $8)
3. Forever 21 Gold Earrings (Value $3.80)
4. Island Margarita Pocket Anti-Bacterial Gel (1 fl. oz, Value $1.75)
5. Coconut Signature Vanillas Fragrance Mist (8 fl. oz, Value $12)

You will have until Sunday to enter... so hurry! GO NOW! The winner will be verified.
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By the way, today wouldn't be complete without a little #backthatazzup. This was the Jam back in college. Linking up with Whitney!
Day N Night by Kid Cudi on Grooveshark
Happy Friday sugars!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

DIY: USA Photo Frames

True story: I love all things red, white, and blue.

Today's Pinterest inspired project came from this pin here. But if I'm being honest, I like my version even more! It's colorful, sparkly, and totally exciting. Especially when it's in a focal area in our living room. My husband was quite impressed too. I think he'll keep me around.

It was super easy to make. Here are the basic steps:

Step one: Gather your supplies.
You'll need 3 frames of your choice (5x7), letters (U-S-A), paint (red), paint brushes, glitter (red), mod podge, hot glue + gun, scrapbook paper, and scissors.

Step two: Paint your letters red.
Do this as step one so that while you're doing the rest of the project, the letters will have time to dry. You don't have to paint every part of the letter perfectly; just enough to cover it. 

Step three: Cut your scrapbook paper into 5x7.
It will fit the frame perfectly if you use the paper that was included in the frame itself. Repeat this step for each frame. I suggest using different scrapbook paper to mix things up a little bit.

Step four: Add mod podge and glitter to letters.
Make sure your letters are completely dried. Mine were, so hopefully yours will be too. Run a small layer of mod podge on your letter, add the glitter, and let it set for about an hour.

Step five: Hot glue glitter letters onto the glass of the frame.
Make sure to get rid of all excess glitter on the letter. Once the glitter is completely set, hot glue it onto the glass frame.

Step six: Display your project with pride.
I couldn't be more happy with this project. I love everything about it!
I think it's safe to say that I'm excited and ready for July 4th. Today I'm linking up with Katie and Stephanie! And you most definitely should too!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Secret Blog Crush's REVEALED!

Does anyone else remember having a "rush crush" during sorority recruitment time? I know I do. Rush crush's are those ladies who you love everything about. And as luck would have it, there have been many ladies in the blog o'sphere that I've come to absolutely adore.

I hope no one's feelings are hurt if not included on this list. If I'm being honest, I love entirely too many blogger frands out there. Really... I do. There's too many that I love. As my friend Alan Jackson would say, "too much of a good thing is a good thing." I especially love my bestie blogger friends. Y'all know who you are!

Today's list is more or less comprised of my secret blog crushes! These ladies may not even read this post. Nor may they ever see my page! But I have to write about how awesome they are. So, without further adieu, may I present...

I honest to goodness love every single thing about this girl. Really... I do! I look forward to reading Katie's blog and keeping up with all of her stylish ways and her pregnancy. Oh yea, I forgot to mention... she's expecting her first baby very soon! Because of how sweet and caring she seems on her blog, I just know for a fact that she's going to be a rockin' momma. She never ceases to impress me with her kindness. Though I don't know her in "real life" I can tell you that she's one of the most genuine people I've ever spoken to! If you don't already follow her blog, you are missing out terribly!
There's probably 500 million and 3 things that I love about Katie. She is not only gorgeous (obvi) but she is absolutely so very sweet too. One of the things that I love about Katie is that she's always crafting up something or posting pictures of her furry baby, Rocky. I can completely relate to both of these things. I started following Katie's blog forevs ago and I have officially decided that if I was a northerner, I'd want to be just like Katie. Her backyard makes me slightly jealous too. You should probably follow Katie, or else perhaps we cannot be friends? I kid... I kid! :-)
Samantha @ Hooah and Hiccups
Samantha is a blogger that I only recently discovered. But I can tell you that from the second that she first responded to my comment on her blog, I was sold. She made me smile. Every time she replies back to me, she seems like someone I would absolutely love to be friends with in real life. She is a military wifey and that alone makes her pretty awesome. I just have such an amazing respect for those who fight for our country. So for her to be married to one of those men makes me love her that much more. If you have any sense at all, you'll follow her blog too. 

Do y'all already follow their blogs? As mentioned above, you definitely should. They are all pretty amazing. Happy Tuesday, friends!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Weekend Update

Sick. Monday again.

Just kidding, it's really gonna be alright. It always is. Wanna know why? Because Friday is inevitable. It'll always come around. Hoorah.

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I know that I sure did. Here's a little run-down of what went on.
1. Fourth of July stuff GALORE! Quickie shout out to Forever 21 for making me smile. Red, white, and blue is my kinda thing. I am sure the ladies at the checkout thought I was kinda weird. So there's that.
2. Here's a sneak peak of the DIY project that I made this week. It's probably one of my favorites that I've EVER made. Can't wait to share with y'all. Come back on Thursday for the details!
3. Hubbers and I bought a new grill. We were so excited. We've been talking about getting one since we moved into our house a year ago! So it was about time.
4. Husband about to cook some beef. While looking at beef in the ranch. AKA the cows. No big deal.
5. My $5 Target Beauty Box arrived. You'll get a full review from me sometime this week.
6. I am pretty pumped about this. Me and some girlfriends are going to Nashy-villey soon! I can't tell you when I'm traveling for safety reasons, but I do know it'll be awesome. Pretty stinking excited.

Linking up with Sami today!