March 24, 2014

overdue super long vegas recap

yeah so i'm not doing so well on this whole "i promise to write more on my blog" thing.  life has gotten in the way of many things lately.  this girl has been a busy bee!

so we went to vegas a few weeks ago, and this time we did it right!  so brace yourselves, this is gonna be a good one :)

when we went to cancun back in october, we met our amazing friends andrew and tiffany who live in phoenix.  we clicked right away and have kept in touch ever since.  we've become quite close.  so we decided to invite them to vegas with us and do things a little differently this year.  instead of flying directly into vegas, we decided to fly into phoenix and then all 4 of us drive to vegas the next day.

my husband has never seen that part of the country before so we thought it would be neat to see the desert.  if you've never been to arizona before, you're not missing much.  it's pretty remote.  well the drive to vegas is pretty remote.

so anyway back to my recap.  we got to atlanta around 3pm friday evening to catch our 5:30 pm flight.  everything was fine and dandy, and we got through security in a breeze.  we got to our gate and had a few drinks before getting on the plane, and then all hell breaks lose.  guess what!  we don't have a seat on the plane.  us airways decided to overbook our flight by 60 people!  we were told just sit and wait for your name to be called and you might get on the plane.  well our name never got called and we didn't get to get on the plane.  so we watched out the window as our plane to phoenix left without us... with our bags.  ok so what the hell do we do now??

so i go up to the desk and politely ask the man what we should do.  well they were willing to buy us a hotel room for the night in atlanta, and give us $600, and get us on the first flight to phoenix the next morning.  um no!  that's a great offer and all, however, out bags are on their way to phoenix as we speak... and no i'm not sleeping in my work clothes.  sorry but that ain't gonna work.  so the nice man who you can tell was a little aggravated told me to sit patiently and wait for our name to be called.  so that's what we did... for an hour.  finally they call our name, and it was smooth sailing from there.  they were able to get us on the 8:30pm flight to phoenix and they gave us $1200 in free airfare!  blessing in disguise.

so after a rocky start to our trip, we made it phoenix at 10:15 arizona time.  and we were beyond exhausted!  so we got a quick bite to eat, and headed to andrew and tiffs house to crash for the night.  and that's exactly what we did.  crashed, hard.

we woke up the next morning super early, like 6am super early, because in our minds it was 9am.  we felt well rested and ready for our 4 hour drive to vegas. 

vegas bound!
excited was an understatement.  i was stoked and couldn't wait for vegas!  we made a quick stop at the hoover dam, took a few pics, and then we pull into sin city!



hello las vegas!!!  we pulled into our hotel around 2:30 pm.  time to party!  we headed to buffalo wild wings, had a bite to eat, watched duke beat the crap out of unc... wasn't too happy about that, and then decided to go watch the bellagio fountain show. 



my favorite thing to do in vegas!  it's absolutely beautiful!  so we made the long walk back to our hotel and got ready for the night.  we went out to a club and danced the night away.  sorry no pics of that night :-/ lame i know.

we woke up the next day with a slight hangover, but that didn't stop us from heading to the pool for some r & r.


we were so exhausted from the night before that we decided to head to bed early that night.  as in around 9:30pm.  see i told you, we did vegas right... ha

the next day the hubby and i headed over to the venetian for his work convention.  we spend most of the day on the show floor checking out all the latest appliances.  fun stuff...

we were done by around 4 and ready to have another fun night! 

we headed to the casino and had some drinks and played some slots.  definitely didn't win any money.  oh well.  we headed back to our hotel and decided to go ahead and have dinner, and another drink...


we headed back to the room after dinner to get ready for our night.  at this point i was kind of over the whole club scene so we thought it would be fun to check out senior frogs.  it was right in our hotel so it wasn't too far.  we had an absolute blast!  we danced and danced all night!  so much fun!
we went to bed as soon as the sun came up.  literally. 

the next day we slept in and headed down to the buffet.  a little sad because it was our last day in vegas :(

so since i've never been to california before, we decided to drive the 30 minute drive to the state line just so i could say i've been there.  they had an outlet mall right on the state line so we did a little shopping while we were there too.  :)

that night we went to a very nice dinner at lavo in the palazzo.


it was amazing!  after dinner we were stuffed so we thought we would work some of the food we just ate by walking up and down freemont street.

wow... freemont street is by far the craziest plave i've ever seen. 



we did a little people watching and decided we had had enough of that.  we cabbed it back to our hotel and then headed to another night club. 

wednesday was a sad day, it was time to say goodbye :(  i always hate goodbyes, and it's even harder to say goodbye to such good friends.  i never thought we would become so close to someone we had just met.

we're definitely looking forward to another trip to cancun in october and back to vegas next march!
so anyway i hope y'all have an amazing monday, and maybe i'll actually write another blog post tomorrow.  2 in one week?!?  whoa now :)


February 25, 2014

winner winner chicken dinner

y'all i have never won anything... EVER!  that is, until today.  i got this sweet little email from sexy modest boutique saying that i was the 3rd place winner in their recent giveaway.  eeeeek!  ok so all i got was $25 off my order, but still that's a pretty big chunk.  so what did i buy you ask??


well this lovely little tunic dress.  cute right?? 
if you haven't checked out sexy modest boutique, you need to.  go check them out!  you won't be disappointed :)

February 18, 2014

all about coconut oil


is coconut oil the new fad in beauty products?

let me tell you some of the benefits that i've found of coconut oil and then you can answer my question...

many of you know that i've struggled with acne for a few years now.  not fun!  i'm an adult not a teenager.  with my struggles came hours and hours of trying different remedies.

i finally started using dermalogica products and that seems to keep it calm (most of the time anyway) but the best results came when i discovered this amazing product called coconut oil.  yes coconut oil!
we found a jar at TJ Maxx for 6 dollars!  it's usually 15 at our local grocery store.
now to get the full benefits from this amazing oil, you need to get the virgin/ unrefined version.  i use the refined version from time to time, but the best results happen when i use the virgin.

for my face i use a few different techniques with coconut oil.  for a scrub i mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a little bit of baking soda (enough to make a paste) and after i rinse and my face is dry i use the coconut oil for a moisturizer.
i have also used it as a mask by mixing a teaspoon of coconut oil with a little bit of nutmeg and honey (again enough to make a paste) it's messy but so totally worth it!  it smells amazing, and after you take the mask off it's almost as if your face is glowing!

so not only do i use coconut oil for my face, but i also use it for so many other things.

1. shaving cream
2. lip balm
3. hand cream
4. cuticle softener
5. hair mask
6. hot oil hair treatment
7. eye makeup remover
8. hair detangler
9. eye cream
10. body scrub (mix with sugar)

studies have also shown that the intake of coconut oil can help our bodies fight off viruses and bacteria!
so see not only does it make you beautiful, but healthy too!

i'm telling you!  you can't go wrong with this product.  it's saved my life (ok not literally, but it's definitely made me one happy girl) 




February 17, 2014

wine country

if you're from a small town like i am you probably feel the same way i do when it comes to finding stuff to do on a boring saturday.
we have a few options to choose from.  we could go out to eat at the local fast food joint, or go hang out at the only bar in town.
well those options get pretty old.

so today i want to share with you a hidden gem that we found in the mountains of north georgia.
a little place we like to call wine country. 


we stumbled upon this area a few months back, when my mom introduced it to us.  she had been down there and loved it!  so on saturday we decided to head down to dahlonega, ga and have ourselves a day of wine tasting.
dahlonega is about an hour away from franklin, and it's about an hour north of atlanta, but the drive is gorgeous!
if you live in this area and are looking for something to do on a saturday and you love wine, this is the perfect place to go!

there are a few different wineries to choose from but our favorite is wolf mountain vineyards. 


and this place is pretty cheap too!  this time of year is their slow season so they only offer one flight of tastings which consist of about 7 different wines.  it's only $10 a person and totally worth it.  it's a great atmosphere and a great place to meet people!  we stayed for a good 2 hours and had a blast!


it was definitely much needed day away with the hubby!  we loved it so much we're going back again this weekend :)

February 14, 2014

in need of happiness

shame on me for neglecting my blog.   i told myself at the beginning of january that i was no longer going to neglect my wonderful blog that i have worked so hard on.

what is wrong with me??  i know exactly what it is... i'm in another thing i like to call a "slump". 

on tuesday i was sitting at my desk doing my usual facebook stalking, when i saw an article that a friend posted about a dog.  not just any old dog, a dog that spent many months in a shelter and kept getting ignored by most everybody who walked by his kennel.  the picture is what did it though.  as soon as i clicked on the link for the article, i saw it.  the image of a sad dog in a corner with his head down.  that's when it started.  the tears automatically started falling down my cheeks.  REALLY?!?
really, is something this small really making me bawl like a baby?  and then it really hit me.  everything that i had been holding in for weeks finally came to the surface.  sadness, hurt, hormonal issues, marital issues, money issues... should i go on?

after the tears came anger.  i was angry at the world, angry at my husband, angry at the weather (for keeping me away from work so i don't get paid) and most of all angry at myself.

that's probably the hardest thing admit is that you are angry with yourself.  usually i try to blame it on others, but blaming things on myself is a whole different story.

most of you probably know that i've always struggled with hormonal issues.  i was diagnosed with pmdd about a year ago.  and for those of you who are not aware, pmdd stands for "premenstrual dysphoric disorder" or in other words, "the crazy hormonal bitch 2 weeks out of the month" disease.

so between that, the weather, being sick, and no money coming in... i've been a complete mess!  and my poor husband is feeling the rath.

so after my crying episode the other day, i decided i needed to get out of this slump that i've been in.  i made another appointment with my therapist that day, came home that night and gave myself a facial and a manicure.  
the next two days were snow days for us.  we weren't going anywhere in ten inches of snow.  so me and LT just laid around and relaxed for a couple of days.  very much needed rest :)

so from today on i'm going to be focusing more on making myself happy, and strengthening my relationship with my husband.
and it's time to stop neglecting my blog.

so to all of my blogger buddies out there, i've missed you, and happy valentines day :)

January 17, 2014

new friends // meet brittany

when people ask me why i blog, i simply tell them "it's because of the amazing women i meet".  it's not about the money, or the followers, or even about the writing to me.  (ok so writing does have alot to do with it).  but honestly i have met so many amazing bloggers that i have gotten to know very closely, and many of them we have become good friends.  
well today i want to introduce you to a new friend of mine:

meet brittany
brittany blogs over at pittsburg glamour!
brittany is a 20 something bride to be who was born and raised in pittsburg.
if you go visit her adorable little blog, you'll find out that she loves art and photography.
and she's also a fan of cooking a baking (a girl after my own heart).

so hop on over to brittany's blog and say hi.
i think you'll love her just as much as i do.
i mean come on... why wouldn't you :)



happy weekend loves!

January 15, 2014

Introducing the Warby Parker // Palm Canyon Collection

Most of you may not know this, but I'm blind...
Ok so I'm not actually blind.  But my eyes just aren't what they used to be.

Eeeeek scary!  I think i'm need of an glasses upgrade don't you think?
I think I know just the place to find them!

Have you ever heard of Warby Parker?
Well let me tell you a little bit about this amazing company.

Warby Parker was founded as a way to provide their customers with higher quality, prescription eye glasses at lower costs.
Shopping with Warby Parker doesn't only get you a pair of high quality/ fashionable eye glasses, it also helps others in need.
So many around the world lack access to eye glasses, leaving them unable to see clearly, learn or read.  Warby Parker has partnered with VisionSpring, and for every pair of eye glasses sold, a pair will be given to someone in need.
Warby Parker is a great company with an even greater purpose.
To help others in need.

So why am I introducing you to Warby Parker?
They have contacted me to help launch their new line of products!

Introducing the new Limited Edition Warby Parker Palm Canyon Collection

Warby Parker has redesigned some of their favorites including; The Winston, Duckworth, Preston and Wheeler collections.
The Palm Springs Collection to me has a very Jackie Kennedy feel to it.  One of my favorite fashion icons from the 1060s! 
Warby Parker has revamped some of these collections in a color palette of mesquite, acacia, ironwood and sand.
This collection is very sheek and fashionable.
check it out! 

Duckworth- Painted Desert

Preston- Red Canyon
Wheeler- Revolver Black Top

Wheeler- Windswept Tortoise Top

Winston- Cognac Tortoise Top



So what's my favorite??  That's easy!  The Duckworth Painted Desert!  I love the look and the color.
I hope you all enjoyed hearing about this amazing company and their new Palm Springs Collection.  For more information please visit their website: www.warbyparker.com.

Happy Wednesday!
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