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Sunday, March 31, 2013

DIY Easter eggs & center piece

Today I wanted to do something different, and make a little DIY how-to 
on the pretty Easter eggs my family made this morning and the 
centerpiece I put together quick for my mum. 

1. First- we hard boiled brown eggs

2. Next, we used a white craft pen to draw some funny and pretty designs. 
We bought our craft pen from Walmart for about $2.

3.  We learned quick that it worked best when you only drew a small portion of your
design and then set it propped up in the carton while it dried. This way your designs
 don't run like the one above^
4. Here's a picture of all our eggs decorated :]

5. Then I found some old fake flowers, a pretty wood bowl, and a scarf I could use
 as a table runner and put them together to make mum a pretty Easter/spring centerpiece :]

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Saturday, March 30, 2013


Garza kids (missing- Holly, Ava, Alexa, and Josh)
Photo credit: Uncle Mike's iPhone
When I was a kid, my favorite part of Easter was the Garza family party. I loved getting to hang out all day with my cousins, and eating all the good food, and beating up on my cousin Dillon. Every holiday with the Dad's side was a blast because there was a bunch of little kids there my age. On Easter though, there was one event  that we looked forward to every year- the Easter egg hunt. When I was little, hunting for Easter eggs was like playing gold rush. You stand there at the front, feet itching to run, and your heart racing till they yelled go and we could start tearing through the yard looking for those eggs. There were always the obvious ones, but there were always a few that were sneaky, and usually one, that was so high, you always needed an uncle to lift you up to get it. I don't mean to be rude, but I always kicked my cousin's butt at this. This was MY game, and I rocked at it. lol. 

This year, the older cousins got to fill all the eggs and hide them for the Easter egg hunt. We were having so much fun, and I found the prettiest egg in the bunch, and hid it up on the windowsill of  the garage, so terribly excited to watch all the little ones go crazy hunting for their eggs. When the time came for the hunt, the little ones were the CALMEST I think I have ever seen them! There was no pushing and shoving over the eggs, no one got trampled or hurt. They happily kept to them self collecting their eggs and having fun. It definitely wasn't the all out war I remember it to be, but then again when we were little, we beat each other up and called it "fight-club" and thought it was fun. In the end it was the adults that  started throwing hard candy at each other and acting immature....guess we had to offset the proper behavior of the kids. lol. 

One thing stayed true to tradition though, that pretty little egg on the windowsill was spotted by a little shrimp in need of a boost. That little shrimp was my oldest nephew Connor, and that sweet heart looked up at me and asked for help. In that moment life changed for me. I went from being the shrimp needing a boost, to being the Aunt ready to help in what felt like a matter of seconds. Some how going through college, and getting ready to graduate didn't make me feel special or needed or like an adult. Yet, the chance to help my nephew changed my world, and I can't explain that feel good moment I got to experience when I lifted him up and saw the excitement on his face. I've started to get excited about this next stage in my life lately, but nothing has solidified it like this before, I can't wait to have more moments like this, and to start experiencing things from this side...aka adulthood. 

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Coffee Date / Fridays Letter's

Yay! I can't believe it's Friday again! Okay, that was a lie, I can believe it's Friday again, I feel like I've been counting down the minutes since last Saturday as far as how long I'd have to wait to get a break again.UGH....

I wanna go to college the rest of my life, Sip Banker's Club Caramel Frappes and drink Miller Lite Coffee on Ice ..... I love hate college...ay! and I love drinking crocheting...ay! ..... 

lol sorry I suck. :]

Anywho, its time for Coffee Date and Friday's Letters :]

If we were having coffee today I would tell you, how lucky I am that my Genetics Class is a class of SEVEN. Yes, that's right, my college course of genetics has a total of six other kids in it, and if it weren't for our sense of "brotherhood" for surviving this course as the first class, aka the "test-run" kids, I would of failed my test today. Three chapters in any other subject wouldn't be that hard to study, but three chapters of genetics leaves me brain dead. I'm so lucky and happy a student that took it early stopped me and gave me some heads up on a few questions yesterday, or I would of failed. Instead, I feel pretty good, I probably got a B.

If we were having coffee today I would also tell you that skipping breakfast to study, but grabbing the left over caramel frappe from BK last night was a bad choice. UGH, my stomach feels like I just declared war on it. I need to get some food in there, like crackers, so it quits yelling at me.

If we were having coffee today I would also tell you that my experience here at TU has taken many obnoxious twists and turns, and I'm just keeping my fingers crossed, that things work out in the end, because I'm sick of getting tossed around here.

I would also tell you, that today has been crazy, and I actually started this post a little over 12 hours ago! And am just now getting a chance to get back at it!


Dear Vincenso - I love you, and the fact that you will go to BK and Wendy's at late hours of the night to get me coffee and dinner. You're perfect <3 data-blogger-escaped-b=""> Dear Today you've been crazy, and its past my bedtime.... Dear BigLots - thank you for surprising me with some gorgeous yarn. I can't wait to figure out what to make with you Dear Tiffin Walmart - thank you for having your crew necks on sale for $1, Toledo's they were $3....I still bought another one.... Dear Boyfriend - you're cute, and I'm sad I don't get to cuddle up with you the next few nights.

 I love sneaking pictures of him while he's cuddling up to me in he's sleep....I hope that's not creepy...lol,


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wip- wrap belts, headbands, and necklaces!

It's WIP WEDNESDAY and oh boy do I have some goodies for you! I'm really excited about these three incoming products for the spring collection. I don't have any modeled photos yet, but Im hoping to get that taken care of this weekend :] Take a look, and start making your spring/summer "must-haves" lists! Keep in mind, chelseaMADE takes custom orders, so if you see an item you like, but would prefer a different color(s), just shoot us an email on the blog or from the store, and I'll get it taken care of for you :] 

These three pretties are wrap belts :] wrap them around a couple times, or tie in a bow to style over your cute sundress or your favorite colored shorts and cardigan :]

These are some hippie/boho/hipster chic headbands :] Sooooo cute....I can't explain how much I love these :]

Last but definitely not least, these precious light weight and dainty knit necklaces! So stinky cute and perfect for every outfit this summer. Its light weight quality lets you get that gorgeous statement chunky look without the bulky weight ;]

Do you have any fun projects currently in the work? Doesn't have to be knit or crochet, could be a poem, or a painting, maybe an academic paper you're really stoked on ;] anything that you're working on lately, I would love to hear about it in the comments section! :]  I'm contemplating turning WIP WEDNESDAY into a linky party ;] 
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Liebster Award

I've done this once before, but Jazmine from Sassy Brunette opened it up to anyone that wanted to do it, and I feel like I've found a lot of fun, new blogs lately, and I want to give them the chance to do this too!

This one has different rules from the first one I did...

The rules are simple:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Write 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate 11 blogs with 200 or less flowers. Notify them. ( You cannot nominate the person who nominated you)
5. Create 11 questions for those bloggers you've nominated to answer.

11 Facts About Myself

1. I am 22 going on 23, and unlike most young twenty-year olds, I am actually really excited to be almost 23. lol.
2. I love iced coffee. I'd rather spend 5-6$ on a fancy iced coffee then save money and get the crappy warm stuff.
3. I'm graduating May 4, 2013 (which just so happens to be on my mums birthday :] ) with myBCJ degree.
4. I'm incredibly unathletic and uncordinated. 
5. I hit my head at least once a week...Vince thinks I should get a helmet.
6. I will graduate May 2014 with a BSCJ, and hopefully a minor in biology.
7. I like eating raw cookie dough.
8. If it was up to me, Vince and I would pack up and move to someplace in Europe, and sleep in late, and sip on coffee   out on our beautiful balcony ;]
9. I have a problem over eating. I LOVE food. I will seriously eat until I feel sick, and then I'll lay around complaining to Vince when he tries to play around because I'm "SOOOO FULLL!"
10. I cant cook. 
11. I love the run down town I live in during school. Its small, and uneventful, with nothing but a Walmart for entertainment, and its full of random Victorian homes to catch my eyes.

Questions from Jazmine

1. What is your dream vacation?
A summer in Europe, spent seeing the views, and eating the local food, spending the afternoons sipping coffee, and experience life ♥

2. If you we're stranded on an island what is the ONE thing you would bring with you?
Tampons. Sorry, its the truth.

3. Favorite movie?
Far too many to pick from :]

4. What are you afraid of the most?
Failure. If I never make it to Wayne State and to the job of my dreams, I don't know what I'll do.

5. Dream job?
If we're playing pretend, Broadway actress, or running my own boutique/coffee shop.
Realistically? Pathologist Assistant....(hint hint Wayne State....make my dreams come true ♥ )

6. When did you start your blog and why?
January 1, 2012 although I didn't start getting serious about it till recently.
My sister Holly encouraged me to, and it seemed like the perfect venue to try and get the message out about the brand I'm trying to create.

7. If you had to choose one celebrity to have dinner with, who would it be and why? 
Ellen DeGeneres - shes an amazing and giving celebrity, and lets be honest, I'm a poor college student, she wouldn't let me go home without something to help me get into grad school or help pay for it.  

8. Do you speak another language?,
I took a semester in American Sign Language in College, I love it, though I'm not fluent.

9. What are the top 5 things on your bucket list?

1. Graduate from Wayne State
2. Take an extended vacation to Europe.
3. Own a Victorian home  
4. Have a beautiful craft room (perferably the one with the tower :] )
5. Marry Vincenso 

10. What is the one song that describes your life?

I could never pick one song...

The Show - Lenka - I stress out too much, I never quite know where I'm heading next, I need to slow down & "just enjoy the show"

Chinese - Lily Allen - I can't handle the distance between Vince and I during the summer. Or really during the day while I'm in class and he's teaching. It breaks my heart. I just want to spend all day with him.  I couldn't explain how perfect this would be if it were my everyday... " I don't want anything more, than to see your face when you open the door. You'll make me beans on  toast and a nice cup of tea (coffee), and we'll get Chinese and watch TV." 

11. What is your favorite social media?

INSTAGRAM. I check it nonstop. I can't help it. :]

My Nominations:

1. Holly from The Baby Steps Blog
2. Alicia from Home Sweet Home
3. Rachel from Rachbug's Ramblings
4. Kellene from This Lovely Little Day
5. Linny from Kangaroos, Shoes, and I Do's
6. Ericka from Hand Maden Goods
7. Danielle from A Stash Addict
8. Sarah from A Girl Smitten
9. Kiersten from Good Day Sunshine
10. Silver from A Silver Snapshot
11. Mollie from Light by Morning

Your Questions: 

1. What is your favorite coffe /drink?
2. What is your dream job?
3. Why did you start blogging?
4. Favorite craft?
5. What is something you would love to learn?
6. Favorite article of clothing?
7. Song that describes your life?
8. Favorite book?
9. What is one opportunity you passed that you wish you would of taken advantage of?
10. Favorite card/ board game?
11. Where did you meet your best friend?

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Coffee Date/ Friday's Letters :]

My celebratory frappe from earlier this week :]
this week's coffee date doesn't have a prompt so I'm going to use this chance to tell you all about my good news!

So, if we were having coffee this afternoon, since I have been in class all morning, I would tell you:

Although this didn't work out the way I had hoped, I will graduate this spring on time, and still be able to return next year (completely funded by loans....UGH). So even thought TU isn't accepting the fact that they wronged us by inticing us to enroll for a degree they don't have, I will at least give myself the opportunity to strive in the field I originally set out to ♥

I would also tell you that I have a huge research project that I have to do, that I'm actually already kind of behind on, but its on fingerprints and a correlation to ethnicity and I have finally found an agency that is willing to donate their facility for my research!

If we were having coffee I would also tell you that Vince and I are trying to eat healthier together, and our first week, we did---okay. Not, perfect, but definitely not as bad as we usually do. && I worked out twice this week! Which is two times more than I usually would, and I plan on going for a run this weekend. :]


YAY! now time for Friday Letters!

Dear Week- Thank you for bringing good news to my hears when it comes to my future ♥  Dear Me- Keep your head up! Only 6 weeks left, keep pushing! That degree with honors is insight & if you just keep pushing, it'll be yours! Dear Vince- Good luck on your Praxis II test this weekend! I know you'll do great! Dear Psy. 101 Class-Thank you for teaching me today that my obsession with lists, my past experience with cosmetology*, and my visual learning, is normal for those with ADD. Dear Dirty Laundry Laying On My Bedroom Floor All Week- If Vince doesn't pick you up tonight, so help me, I will burn you.

chelsea ♥

*Yes, according to my psy. prof. individuals with ADD tend to pursue cosmetology, due to their ability to visualize things easier than other academic subjects, they pursue visual careers such as...cosmetology...who knew?


If you want to read Ashlye's letters, or Alyssa's coffee date, or other blogs that are linking up with them today, just click their images above ! 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday- new designs for spring

This week's WIP's are a few new product designs I'm working on for the spring line. Hope you enjoy <3

This is a beautiful cream and lilac skinny bow headband. I fell in love with it immediately :]

These are a few iPhone4S covers I'm working on, haven't decided on the other two designs, and they still need buttons for their closures :]

These are an example of the new lightweight skinny scarf design I'm going to carry in the store this spring.

Here you can see their design a little better since they aren't folded up :] <3

These are my favorites right now! sadly the picture is currently upside down (maybe i should fix that...hmmm...), but when read from loop to knot, they spell words in morse code! I love it! The navy and blue says dream, the pink and black says love, green and brown says peace, and the cream and clay says life. I have sooooo many ideas for these, I'm gonna offer them in this chunkier yarn version, but I also want to offer them in a thinner version for wrap bracelets so I can fit longer words, names, and cute sayings on them. 

So many ideas, so little time <3
le sigh, the problems of the small biz/college life... 
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Insta-weekend update week two :]

Hey guys! sadly, yesterday I hit save instead of publish and didn't realize that till now :/ Ooops! Sorry!

This weekend I spent relaxing with Vincenso after getting better from surgery. I ate SOOOOO MUCH DELICIOUS food its ridiculous! Finally being able to chew cheeseburgers, and use chopsticks for Chinese felt amazing....and its sad I forgot to take pictures of all of it! But I'll still give you a recap of the weekend pictures!
ONE- look at those cuties! Vince's pups were cuddling Sunday afternoon :]
TWO- lemons and limes that Vince used to cook us some DELICIOUS chicken to use in our lunches for the week. We made the decision to start eating healthier :]
THREE- and on monday...I had a horrible case of the mondays when trying to get back into the groove of things. The awful weather didn't help...but the unhealthy caramel frappe did. ;]
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Coffee Date Link up and Friday's Letters!

It's Friday again! Yay! That means Coffee Date!

This is my yummy Caramel Mocha from a Coffee Shop at the Factory in Franklin TN last weekend :]

This week's prompt is about finding time to write and being organized...since I'm just starting to become more active on the blog, I don't really have many tips on this topic yet.

When It comes to staying organized with school, and tasks for the store, my go-to is post it notes, to-do lists, and a good planner.

I can never have enough lists, whether its of long-term assignments for my school, lists of items to be photographed the next time I get with my baby sister (aka my store photographer), lists of random emails or class notes I have to print, I have lists literally EVERYWHERE. They fill up the spare space in my planner, the notes and to-do list apps on my phone, and then the lists spill over onto post it notes that get stuck to the pages of my planner. I can't help it, if it's not written down, or put in my phone, I'm going to forget it and that's when I forget assignments, or suddenly find myself with a million assignments to do in one night.  


I also wanted to join Ashley this week at The Sweet Season Blog for Friday's Letters. I thought it would be fun to try it out this week! So here are my first Friday's Letters :]

Dear Friday- Thank you for coming here so fast! I'm ready to spend some time with Vince again! Dear Vincenso- Thank you so much for coming to visit this week while I was "sick" it meant the world to me :] Dear Wisdom Teeth- I can't believe how lucky I am to have had such and "easy" experience with taking you out. Thank you for not making me sick or swelling me up like a balloon! Dear Momma- thanks for being my nurse and making sure I had plenty of soft food to eat! Dear Best Buy- thank you for giving me such an amazing deal on my lenovo yoga because I absolutely love it and couldn't have afforded this ultrabook without the amazing discount that they let dad bargain too & then helped bring down the insurance some too!

If you want to link-up too, or read Alissa's coffee date, or some more Friday's Letters just click on the pictures above :]
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

chelseaMADE just joined Bloglovin :]

Well with google getting rid of google reader, I thought it was time to join bloglovin! you should come join me!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday - lap top cover, beach bag

This WIP Wednesday will be a short post again. I'm pre-writing this post as I go into surgery tomorrow and I don't know if I can trust drugged chelsea with a blog. So just in case, I'm writting this post early and scheduling it. :]

I haven't really had much time this last week to work on anything for the store. One thing I did get the chance to work on is a demo lap top sleeve for my new lenovo. I would really like to do custom lap top sleeves in the store eventually, but I need some practice on sizing. Eventually I would like to add a bow or something to my sleeve but for now, this will be fine :]

Another item I've been working on is this red white and blue bag. It has a fun detailed bottom, and a netting like body. The reason it has been sitting here for like a week is because I can't decide how I should do the straps, so for now, it sits here in WIP land, waiting to be finished.

If you have any fun WIPS currently, I'd love to hear about them in the comment section below :]I'll see you Friday for our coffee date :]

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wisdom Teeth surgery

Today's the big day I get my wisdom teeth out and I can't help but feel terrified. So many things about it has me worried and stressed and grossed out already and nothing has even happened yet!

"Will the gauze feel gross? How long will I be sick? Please oh please let the pain medicine work!!!"

Those are just a few of the TONS of questions going through my mind. I can't say they'll be any exciting pictures or videos of the event, but if there are, I will let you laugh at my expense ;]

As my last solid food meal, I had roadhouse steak and salad and baked potato and rolls! Which was the perfect last meal as its my favorite! Still...I couldn't help but get a snack around 1130 of cookie dough and milk. There's something about knowing you can't eat, that makes you hungry. So I humored myself and got out some cookie dough :]

Behind my cookie dough you can see the goodies we got for the few days after my surgery--- jello, pudding, apple sauce, chicken broth, sliced pears, macaroni and cheese, loaded potatoes....etc.

I can't say I'm looking forward to a soft diet....because I'm absolutely dreading it...but these foods don't sound half bad! Wish me luck and pray I get a speedy recovery!

PS; I'm sorry to do this so late, but I don't believe I'll be able to get even a soft open up by the 16, so I'm postponing my spring item launch date till further notice. Yes, disappointing, and I hate doing this, but this means the Spring Cleaning Sale will extend further than the 16. So you'll have more time to shop the sale item goodies!
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Insta-weekend catch up

Hey guys! I thought I might try out something new this Monday and give you an Insta-Weekend catch up!
Even though there's an Insta-widget on the sidebar, I thought it might still be fun to give you a little tidbit on my weekend with a quicky catch up through the pictures.

ONE - weather comparison for the weekend between my hometown and Franklin TN
TWO - I spoiled myself with a Starbucks Caramel Frap while having a girly shopping day :] !
THREE - SSEKO How-To  card! Alicia and I bough brown soled sseko shoes at a small shop in Franklin
FOUR - The girls had a lovely pretzels and pizza lunch at The Mellow Mushroom in Franklin
FIVE -  my gorgeous ssekos all tied up in my own design with their gold metallic ribbon.
SIX - sending some Insta-love to a follower that I feel like I've gotten to know pretty well through instagram.
SEVEN - LOADS of ribbon I bought at Joanne and Marshals since I became obsessed with my new shoes!
EIGHT - gorgeous chandelier and a picture of me working on the blog while at the Factory

Thanks for stopping by for the very first insta-weekend catch up! Hope you got a chance to have some fun and relax this weekend too!
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Friday, March 8, 2013

Coffee Date Link Up- "Currently"

Wow! Can you believe its Friday again already?! Ever since I started linking up with Alissa from Rags to Stitches  I feel like I've started to look forward to Friday for more than just the stress relief from school, but for the chance to catch up on another coffee date!

This week her prompt is still the 5 beauty products, but since I did that last week, I'm going to jump right onto the prompt of "Currently"

Hope you enjoy our coffee date

On School:

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you, how currently, and continuously, disappointed I am in my University. I know I've probably stated how much they disappoint me a thousand times not just on the blog, but to anyone who will listen right now, but I need to vent my frustrations this way to keep me from going crazy and facing the terrifying fact that I could be forced to graduate with a degree that's literally worthless. So even though I'd hate to start our coffee date on a bad note, I'd need to get this done and out of the way to enjoy the rest of our date! I just can't believe a school could really consider turning their backs on students that they promised one degree, and force them out into this economy with a degree that isn't what they were promised, and is worthless. Any school that would put students (who would graduate with honors) in a position where they need to fail a class (in order to put them ineligible to graduate) so they can finish a degree they were promised, is disgusting. Nevertheless though, this doesn't seem to phase them, as long as their unjustly robbing us of money we don't even have yet, they're happy....UGH.

On Family:

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you how terribly excited I am to spend a weekend in TN with my family! I might not be able to run off to some sunny beach during spring break, but I get to run off to TN in a too-crammed-pack-full car with my parents, Alicia, and Jenna for a weekend of nothing but awkward encounters and girly day shopping! I couldn't be happier! Besides, who needs spring break in Florida when it'll be warm here in Ohio soon, and I'll get to spend the little free time I have on the beach by my summer home! Hahaha! aka my parents home....I don't have a summer home...I wish. lol.

On the  Store:

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you how currently I am very excited to make the leap soon from fall/winter items, to spring beach time items! The spring cleaning sale is still going on till March 16, at Noon. After that I start clearing out the unsold winter items, and I'll start listing the new spring items! When I set the spring line launch date, I wasn't thinking about the fact that I would have a 1.5 of my time devoted to midterms, a weekend devoted to TN, and a week devoted to recovering from surgery(..more on that later...) not too mention the possibility that I could get sick, which I did, and lose even more time to create new items....oops! So  now that month I had to create got dwindled down to....maybe a week, but really less. So instead of having all kinds of items like I planned, March 16th is going to be a soft launch of spring items, since I promised new spring items to be listed then. Later when I have time to create I'll have more items and will do a big launch and have a sale! I'm still currently kind of disappointed that I don't get to launch all my new ideas on the 16, but it is what it is.

On Health : 

If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you how I am currently TERRIFIED of next Tuesday when I get my wisdom teeth out. I can't begin to tell you about all the nightmarish things I have thought and dreamed about this day as it approached! I'm absolutely terrified of it. I can't stand dentist appointments just for clean ups, and now I'm about to let them put me to sleep (they suggest local numbing...ha! right! cause I wouldn't freak out watching/feeling this...) and wake up with my gums dug apart, drugged, and unable to eat. All I can say is that I hope they give us enough pain killers to get through the healing process because I'm a baby, especially when it comes to mouth, and I'd much prefer to be in a drug induced high then feel those awful holes in my mouth. I'm just terrified. Even the thought of having to suck on gauze in the back of my mouth makes me feel like gagging. I'm just not looking forward to any aspect of this experience. I'm starting to wonder.....do they really hurt THAT bad?! Do I REALLY need to cut them out?!? ....I'm starting to think I should skip Tuesday's appointment......

On Love :

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you, that despite having our issues like any other couple, I wouldn't dream of having anyone else to spend my life with. Vincenso has his moments that remind me of my dad and I think, what in the world am I getting myself into..."dirty socks EVERYWHERE, why can't he put away his clothes?!?...does anything make it to the hamper?!?!?!" but we love each other, and currently, I am happy, but I'm sad I'm spending a little over a week away from him while he's stuck in Tiffin student teaching.  I don't know how I'm going to make it through this summer barely seeing him again. Each summer feels harder than the last. I still have the slightest sliver of hope though that some how we'll both end up staying in Tiffin for school. Very unlikely, but he mentioned it the other day, and it sounded like heaven to me.

On Fashion:

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you, that I'm currently loving anything girly. I love lace, and coral, and frills, and cream. Oh do I love the color cream lately! I want skinnies in every color under the rainbow, I could never have enough dresses or skirts. Even though my shoe closet is currently a rigged two different shoe shelf combination to give me 6 shelves for cramming, and they're full, I don't have enough shoes! Packing for Franklin this weekend showed me, wow, I have no shoes to go with these cute outfits...no wonder I never wear them....

If we were having coffee this morning I would also tell you how disappointed I am that I forgot my beautiful nail polishes in Tiffin and my nails are naked! There's something about a road trip that makes me feel like I need to redo my toenail polish and deck out the fingernails I usually leave naked theses days. Le sigh....this road trip my nails will be very plain. I feel bad for them.

On my New Lenovo 13" Ideapad : 

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you that I am CURRENTLY experiencing a love affair with my new computer! It's perfect! perfect size, perfect function for a girl like me, and so much fun! I love playing with it whether I'm using it in laptop mode or tablet mode, I love it. I still have a lot to learn about it, and about how to use it, but either way, I love it. I only have two disappointments. One, that I'm terrified to take it anywhere like class or something in fear that someone will spill on it or trip and fall on my desk and smash it and my laptop will be no more! Two, that I got addicted to this little app game on it before I realized I have to spend $3 for the full version, and I'm just way too cheap to do that.

On Life :

If we were having coffee this morning I would tell you that I'm currently trying to be a more positive person. This school has turned me into a negative nancy, and I didn't even realize how much it affected my outlook on everything till last week. Poor Vince has been keeping his lips shut while he watched me slowly start to hate everything about life due to the ugly after college reality that TU have given me to look forward to due to the situation about our FS degree. I didn't realize that the constant disappointment in school and its ability to ruin my everyday, really has an affect on him as well, and the fact that he's kept his mouth shut for so long, and has finally addressed it, I can't help but feel disappointed in myself. Last weekend when I came home, having that conversation still present in my thoughts, I read a letter from my teacher that I received my senior year, as well as a few others that I had hanging on a wall, and stashed on a shelf. It was disappointing to see how positive and determined they viewed me just four years ago, and how negative and pessimistic I have become. So I'm determined to be ME again. Not the old me, but the current ME. I'm not this negative person that hates life. I'm happy, and positive, and I love colors, and good movies, and I would laugh all day if it didn't make me feel like my abs of steel were going to rip out. No matter what happens with my future regarding this college, I WILL make it to Wayne state for the Pathologist Assistant degree, and I WILL be happy and find a job that I LOVE, and I WILL have Vincenso, the sweetest man I've ever met, to come home to and tell him all about it, and THAT makes me feel very positive and excited about my future :]

It's only been a week since I've decided to take my thoughts and feelings into my own hands, and I feel great. Chelsea fits me much better than negative nancy ever did

If you want to link-up too, or read Alissa's coffee date and the other blogger's Friday coffee date, just click on the picture above :]
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WIP - midterms week

 With the last two weeks of school being midterms, I haven't had much time to devote to the store or just crafting in general. But I still wanted to post a few pictures of exciting things that have happened since last week. Enjoy :]

I made a dainty pair of baby pink heart barefoot sandals that I love!

We sent a hippie headband all the way to Oklahoma this last week. I was VERY excited about being in a new state!

Here is a lovely camera print circle scarf I sewed for my little sister. Just in time for our trip to Franklin TN this weekend :]!

and this was a project that I intended to make MONTHS ago, and I finally found the time to do it this afternoon. I love it. I found the idea on pinterest and printed off maps that showed my parents house, Vince's family's house, and our house is on the map in the middle :] I'm very happy about this new addition to our home <3

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Friday, March 1, 2013

coffee date link up

Its Friday again so I'm excited to link up with Alissa from Rags to Stitches for her coffee date again this week.

I'm actually having milk and these fried apple pie cuties that my mommy made me! Some of my medicine doesn't go well with caffeine so since I took it this morning, I have to skip on coffee today. But these yummies go perfectly with milk! So I'm not complaining!

This week her prompt is five must-have beauty products. Well, I thought of 7, and really it should of been 8 really because I forgot to throw in a hairthing to pull your hair up with. I went on more of a quick morning 5-10 minutes to get ready theme. Here's the snap shot of my items:

I'll explain left to right, rather than importance just so it goes with the picture. lol

First a side note- all these products, or similar ones, can be bought at Walmart, and on a poor college girl budget ;]

1. HAIRSPRAY - now this isn't actually the brain I buy, but I'm visiting my parents and I didn't bring mine with me. I usually buy Rave? I think that's what its called. Its the big silver can one with the blue top at walmart and several other drug stores. Being a licensed cosmetologist, I should have a favorite salon brand hairspray...but I don't. I really buy the one from Walmart out of convience because I go there for so many other things, and because I'm a poor college girl. I'd rather save a few bucks on hairspray, so I can spend a little more on things I find more important. It really doesn't matter what brand, or what hold, just so its something YOU like to use.

2. RAT TAIL COMB & BOBBY PINS - this comb was actually bought at sallys. They come in a pack of 10 or 12, I forget because I bought mine so long ago, but you can also buy a rat tail fine toothed comb at just about any drug store. What is important about this item in my opinion, is teasing your hair. If you're in a hurry and don't have time to shower, you can hide your dirty mess with a quick tease of your bang area, pin it up with your handy dandy bobby pins, and throw the rest in a messy top bun, side bun, low bun, low braid, really anything you can style super quick and set with your hairspray of choice.

3. CREST 3D WHITE TOOTHPASTE -  I know, when you think of beauty must-haves, you aren't really thinking about your teeth...but you should be! A person's smile can make such a huge difference in my opinion! We all stain our teeth, drinking soda, coffee, all kinds of stuff thats ucky and makes our teeth look ucky over long term consumption. I hate to say it, but the commercials are right, if you aren't WHITENING your teeth, you're YELLOWING. This toothpaste really does make a difference with everyday use. I started using it last summer, and when I decided to skimp on buying tooth paste and buy something cheaper....my teeth were not the pearly whites I had come to love. So I'm back now, and I'm a devoted user. Skimping on my hairspray a little lets me spend a little more for my toothpaste :]

I have trouble finding a concealer I like, especially during the winter, my face peels and its gross no matter how many times I apply moisturizer and lotion. I  also tend to have trouble finding a shade that matches my skin tone well too. Recently though, I tried maybelline's instant age rewind and so far its the best drug store liquid foundation I've used. I'm only 22, so I don't necessarily need an anti-aging foundation, but this was one fo the few foundations I could find at walmart that included a primer and I love it. Sometimes I still need to use my revlon concealer stick to hide the circles under my eyes or other dark spots that peek through the maybelline. Both products are quick and easy to use and I don't feel like I need to set it with powder everyday, so when I'm rushing I don't! & my make-up still looks fine :] !

5. MASCARA - I use Loreal Voluminous in black and I use regualar during the winter, and waterproof during the summer. In my opinion, I love this mascara, but really, everyone has their own favorites, and in my opinion I just think its important that you use any mascara rather than skipping it. Even when I'm rushed to get ready, I always use mascara even if I'm skipping eyeshadow and liner. It instantly takes you from that "i just woke up and my face is smashed--like my pillow print on my face?" look to "hello bright-eyes! how are you this morning?"

So those are my 5 beauty must haves. I'm in a rush, so maybe tomorrow I'm edit this post to include how my week went and what i'm looking forwarded to this weekend. In the meantime, I hope you're enjoying your coffee or milk or whatever you decided to have this Friday!

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