Friday, May 30, 2014

Five on Friday

1. Blue Avenue
Per usual with my simple self, I decided that I needed this white top in my life. Have you been shopping at Blue Avenue yet? Free Shipping always. That makes me smile.

2. Designs By Erin
My pal, Erin, has officially launched her design blog! She does more than just blog designs... she does pretty much anything your little heart desires. Check it out!

3. Bartender
I heard this Lady A song on the radio this morning and immediately fell in love. Some songs are just so catchy. I already have a few words memorized. Can you say auditory learner?

4. School
WAHHH! Summer school has officially begun. My heart sinks a tiny bit, but I have to keep the motivation... I am SO CLOSE to my master's degree. Just call me Master Allison.

5. Next Week
Exciting things happening next week with our fertility treatment. I am so ready! I will keep all y'all posted!

Today I'm linking up for Five on Friday!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I Force My Husband To Wear Them

Did you know that...

* S'mores are my favorite dessert in all the land. It can be flavored to taste like a s'more, or it can be a legit s'more. I also like cake batter anything. #SweetToothProbz

* I'm a huge neat freak when it comes to our house. I believe in clean carpet, freshly lit candles, and zero dust.

* I actually really like my name - Allison. My closest friends call me Alli though. I'll take either.

* I have already picked out our future kiddos' names. Now all I'm waiting for is fertilization. Ha. Jokes.
* My favorite song of the moment is "I don't dance" by Lee Brice. I literally have it on repeat. Not lying.

* My now-hubby & I had our first kiss back in 2007 in an elevator. I will never forget it either.

* I cried when Damon Salvatore died on Vampire Diaries. Spoiler alert. Yes, part of me is still a teenager, watching TV shows about vampires and high schoolers.

* My favorite color in all the world is blue.
Dress - White House Black Market - old (similar)
Necklace - N/A - Handmade via my Aunt
Boots - Old West (here)

* I hate chipped nails. They annoy the absolute heck outta me. 

* Men in a pair of cowboy boots is supremely sexy to me. Hence, I force my husband to wear them. But in the same tone, I let him know that he can pick out my clothes. I want to look like a hot little number for my husband, so I also expect him to look hot for me. 

* I can name virtually any country song within about 2 seconds of hearing it. I am actually super proud too. It's the one and only thing in this world that I am competitive about. Try to out-name me... I dare you!

* I was born & raised in the great state of Texas. Represent, y'all.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Shout Out

True story: this morning at work, I had to get one of my coworkers to kill a bug in my office. Afterwards, I was so thankful that I decided to send an office-wide e-mail shout out honoring this dear colleague of mine. We do these kind of things to show support. I am terribly afraid of bugs, but I don't kill them - that's what sweet coworkers are for.

The same concept applies to my fellow college-goers. Whether you're working on your associates, bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree, this post is solely dedicated to you. 

By the way, these photos have zero to do with the post. Just thought I'd add some interest.
Top - Ann Taylor Outlet (similarish)
Heels - Steve Madden - old
Purse - N/A - old (similar)

CampusBookRentals.com offers many perks such as:
-Savings of 40-90% off of bookstore prices.
-Free shipping both ways (always!) ... This is a no-brainer.
-Freedom to highlight in the textbooks.
-Flexible renting periods (whenever you need 'em).
-Automatic donations to Operation Smile with each textbook rental.

The company also has a new program called RentBack. RentBack allows students to rent out the textbooks that they own - to other students... which is supreme because it makes those students 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options.

Are you sold? Cause I am.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Gifts From Heaven

Quite frankly, I'm obsessed with the U.S. of A. In lieu of Memorial Day being yesterday and my upcoming favorite holiday ever (hint hint: July 4th), I dressed entirely in red, white, and blue.
Dress - Hazel & Olive
Vest - Old Navy
Headband - Etsy ... obsessed
Ring/Earrings - Forever 21 (last year)
Bracelets - N/A (Old)
Shoes - Keds

Considering we're almost to the month of June, I am getting a wee bit excited about our 4th of July party. I recently scored an Independence Day themed tin bucket for 6 bucks from Target. Just what I needed right? My hubby would beg to differ. But if it has red, white, and blue on it... it was made specifically for yours truly.

Per usual around these parts of Texas Mrs., let's get straight to my SOAP for the week. This week in Small Group, we're reading John Chapter 3.

Scripture: Verse 27, To this John replied, "A person can receive only what is given them from heaven."

Observation: Everything that I have, I owe to Jesus. 

Application: In valley's of life, I need to remember that I am a part of God's greater plan, along with my various talents. He is using ME for His greater good.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I am so grateful for your mercy and love. Please help me to not feel discouraged when I don't see your greater plan and how I fit in. 

One last thing I wanted to note: as we're getting closer to starting the IUI treatment (roughly 2 weeks away), I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has said a prayer for us. The thing is... God always hears our prayers, and I know that I am not forgotten. And just like John 3:27 says, every gift comes from Heaven. I don't take that lightly. I know that our future child will be the works of God himself. Thank you times infinity. I pray that God blesses each and every one of you!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Alphabet Dating: D

We've only been married 2.5 years, but have been two peas in a pod for the past 7 years.  And although I like routine, I like to mix things up every now & again in relationships. Enter Alphabet Dating. It keeps things exciting. Heck, even if you don't have a significant other, you and your best girlfriend can plan some fun times together.
It's been a hot minute since we've officially done alphabet dating (darn you, master's degree - taking over my life!), but hopefully we can get better at it. 

Dancing is nothing new to either of us. In fact, besides my hubby's good looks, I was attracted to his dancing skills from the get-go. In college, we would two step every chance we got. Eventually, we formed our own little style of dancing together. I can't say that we're super good or anything, but I will say that we both have a blast doing it.
As of late, when I do drink (which is rare), I keep it classy by drinking wine out of a straw. Who does that? No but really... here's an exciting thought: what if that was my last time to drink for the next 9 months? I am starting Clomid today, and then in about a week or week & half, I will injecting myself with a shot of some sort, and then we'll do the IUI procedure. Happy days ahead. Regardless of what happens, I give all the glory to God! He's my rock when I'm high and low.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Literally Can't Even

True story: I blog about real life... hence yesterday's post. But I think it needed to be said for me and all my sisters who have ever felt a similar pain. I can sometimes be the most awkwardly honest person ever. So sue me. But really... I pride myself on being super honest and open. For those interested in reading other posts about this subject, just check out my "Trying To Conceive (TTC)" label.

In other news, I will be spending today at the pool. And I'm a bit overly excited about it. Hello, Texas summer. We're doing an advisor retreat at work which will be filled with a little bit of work and a lotta bit of sunshine and Mexican food. I don't hate it.
Top - Old/Target
Belt - Old/Forever 21
Skirt - Old/Target
Earrings - Kendra Scott
Boots - Old West

And a Friday blog post wouldn't be complete without a little laughter. Here are two things that make me giggle.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

How To Be Sensitive

Disclaimer: Today's post is a "thank you" to our friends/family that support us in every way possible in this valley of life (for example, one of my sweet friends from college who called me on Monday night), and a "please read this" for people who don't understand infertility struggles.

Everyone goes through trials and tribulations. And the truth is: I GET IT; I have a pretty great life. But it's not perfect, nor will it ever be.

I'm convinced that people in my life have a tough job. Because of our struggle to get pregnant, some (not all) of our friends and family suddenly don't know how to act around us, or how to talk to us about the anything related to pregnancy. And I don't say that in a negative way. How can I blame them? If they've never been through the experience, then how would they know how to act or what to say?

That being said, it's still very possible to learn how to be sensitive to couples struggling with infertility.
First and foremost, if you avoid talking about it or pretend that it doesn't exist, it actually makes things worse. It's not uncommon for my close friends and other people my age to announce that they're pregnant. It is nothing short of a true blessing. However, if you call me out of the blue to announce your pregnancy, be expected to somehow, someway let me know that you still love me despite our struggles, and that you know we'll be great parents one of these days. Of course, I want to be giddy with you over your growing miracle, but it's not fair to completely disregard my struggle as if it's insignificant. If the roles were reversed and you prayed daily to get pregnant, and then I called you saying, "we weren't even trying!" and I didn't say a single word to you about your struggles, how would that make you feel? I imagine it would put a knot in your throat.

My sweet friend from college... bless her sweet soul. She called me Monday and I immediately knew before answering. Within probably 5 minutes of being on the phone, I just broke down. No, it wasn't because I was jealous or mad at her - how could I be?! She, without a single doubt, will be an awesome mom. I am secretly predicting it will be a boy. But rather, I started crying because for the first time, someone actually acknowledged my feelings. That's a true friendship. She got straight to the point. "Allison, I kept wanting to call you, and then I'd hang up. I didn't know the right words to say, but I'm here for you... and I'm pregnant!"

Nailed it.

It may sound selfish on my part, but I can assure you that it's not selfishness to ask that my feelings be considered. It's called respect. People like her will forever be in my life, because in tough time they prove their worth. And she is priceless. And her wittle baby on the way is going to be spoiled with love and kisses by me... trust that.

Because this is getting a bit too lengthy, I'm just gonna add in one more point.

The second tip that I have when dealing with loved ones struggling with pregnancy: You don't have the slightest understanding of how difficult it can be, so rather than give advice, just be present, supportive, and loving.

I am absolutely not looking for advice when I'm in tears over our struggles; that's the very last thing I want. I am looking to be consoled and reminded that God knows my desires... and that this pain is only temporary. And that IN FACT, one of these days, I am gonna rock at being a momma.

Since husband & I are on the verge of starting the IUI process, I am filled with hope, but also want to be mindful of my other sisters who struggle with this topic. My philosophy? God only puts people through what he knows that they can handle. And good gracious, I am one strong woman.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Makeup Storage (Photos + Video)

Like a true girly girl, I obsess over makeup. Each and every morning, I truly look forward to getting ready and putting makeup on. I have my vanity facing the window to optimize the best lighting, thus creating a more flawless look. Take a look at my little slice of heaven on earth:
Desk - Ikea
Stool - Ikea

And if the pictures just aren't enough, here's a video of my vanity and how I store my makeup!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Best Is Yet To Come

Tuesdays take on a whole new meaning whenever you have Small Group from church to look forward to. Tonight will be our second time with the group, and it'll also be our first time sharing our SOAP. If you're confused about what SOAP is, go here.
Dress - Old Navy (exact)
Jacket - JcPenney (similar)
Belt - Old Navy (exact)
Wedges - Guess (similar)
Necklace - Handmade (similar)
Wristlet - Ipsy makeup bag (here)

John 2 is the scripture that we were to review for our "homework" assignment. From reading a designated chapter, here's my SOAP for the week:

SCRIPTURE:
John 2: 10. "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best 'til now." This is a quote by the master of the banquet, referring to Jesus turning water into wine.

OBSERVATION:
Be confident that the best is yet to come.

APPLICATION:
No trial is forever - it's only temporary. For example, our struggles with pregnancy will not last forever. 

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, I pray that I can be reminded that you always know the desires of our heart and that I can be confident in knowing that the best is yet to come.

There's no right or wrong answer when completing a SOAP. And, what's even cooler is that anyone can do it as long as you have access to the good ole B-I-B-L-E or at least the Bible app on your iPhone, ha!. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Apparently I'm Turning Into A Fashion Blogger?!

I mean... this whole posing-alone-in-front-of-the-camera thing is a little awkward. However, when you're having a good hair and makeup day, you take full advantage of it for the sake of blogging. And that's exactly what I did.
Dress (c/o eShakti) / Denim jacket (JcPenney) Similar / Belt (old) Similar / Earrings (c/o Jordon via Piperlime) / Boots (Old West) / Monogram necklace (Groopdealz) / Bracelet (old) Compass Trading Co.

Can I say that blue is my favie color in the whole entire world? Always has been. So whenever eShakti contacted me about their website and I laid my eyes on this blue gem, I was in heaven! When I received the package in the mail (which by the way, was super fast!), I decided to pair it with my white denim jacket and cowgirl boots. Le duh.

I love that you can customize everything from their website to fit you perfectly. That's a win-win, especially coming from a big booty girl like me. My recommendation: check out their Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for the latest and greatest that they're offering. If you're like me, be prepared to fall in love with every single item.

Today I'm linking up with Sarah!