Saturday, September 29, 2012

It's raining...

Its pouring....

but its also Saturday and this time of year 
that means long runs...not just the 3 or 4 miles we do during
the long hot summers here. Now we're ramping up 
for 10 miles races and half marathons on our group's agenda.
So even if its raining we run...

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We definitely get some weird stares on days like this
especially when leave puddles on the floor as we get our
Starbucks coffee reward at the end of our long runs.
I think we're nuts to run in the conditions we do sometimes.
But we're a dedicated bunch.

I've always said we may not be fast but we're fun.
We wear fun t-shirts similar to this
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speaking of funny...this is so me
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I started running over a decade ago to lose weight...
the weight I'd gained during a bad relationship.
I was sixty plus pounds heavier than I am now.
I amongst yourselves.
I thought I was a runner then but I
only ran a couple of miles each time
and not regularly at that.

I moved to Texas and continued to exercise...
running and pilates mostly.
Then I had kids and no time.
So I found an early morning bootcamp.
Getting up at 430am early.
Hard to do when you're barely getting a few
consecutive hours of sleep each night with babies.
But the girls I met in bootcamp are worth
every missed moment of sleep.

We cheer each other and support each other
and we check on each other like when
one of us writes a weird blog post
{I'm ok by the way, just having "a moment"}

You know you're friends with somebody
when they register for a race
one you're not even doing
and you train with them anyway
building up your mileage way before you have to.
Now that's a friend.
And that's how we roll.

We push each other to do better, to be better,
and sometimes just to finish...
 to believe in ourselves
when we don't feel like we have it in us
to take another step.

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That's what my running peeps do for me...lift me higher.
{I wouldn't be running half-marathons without them
nor would I want to, that's for sure}

They started as exercise they're friends.
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I know I can count on them for more than just running.
But run we must and run we will...even in the rain.

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to all my running partners aka friends...i love you my peeps.

Friday, September 28, 2012

our family rules

Remember when I posted this DIY blogger tutorial
on DIY subway art?
Well I decided to use the same premise to do a
 DIY family rules sign.
Here it is...

I've seen alot of family rules art...

this one was the first one that caught my eye...
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I was on board with this at first
but honestly I've done the whole wall decal thing 
and I think we all know that  
I'm a girl who does re-do's too often
 to put another decal on my wall.

So I looked at my favorite time waster inspiration website
and found lots of family rules signs...
I took my favorite "rules" and added some of my own.

I played around with fonts and sizes in Word
then copy and pasted it into Publisher.
Using the ratio I found on thoughtful place's tutorial
I came up with what I thought looked good size wise.

But as with all DIY projects stuff happens...
the tutorial above used a 24 x 48 canvas
which I couldn't find at the store.
Three stores to be exact.

In the end I ended up buying a black 24 x 36 canvas...
I know right?
Who knew you could buy a black canvas?
This was an awesome find because it saved me
 the extra step of painting
the edges of the canvas
 (note this was my preference, not called for in the original tutorial).
Plus I got it for 60% off. SCORE!

I ran back home to play with the ratios on Publisher
before heading to Kinko's FedEx to print my poster.

Again when doing DIY expect the unexpected...
I went to Office Max first to have the copy made...
most copy places have blueprint copiers
that print huge copies for $5.
{Note these copies are only in black and white...color is alot more.}
When the employee saw that it wasn't a blueprint
she refused to make the copy for me.
At least at the low price of $5...I balked and walked.

I ended up at Kinko's where a very lovely employee
helped me make the most beautiful copy...
{I should've gone there first since they helped me before}
she had to play around with it on her computer
so that it came out just right
{thankfully she loved her some DIY too!}
She even used a better copier since the blueprint copier
seemed to need more toner...
it came out all splotchy at first...we both looked at each other
with that "this isn't gonna work" look and went to plan B
with a better copier and slightly heavier paper {still for $5}
Moral of the story here: It pays to be nice to people.
Especially when they're helping you DIY! HA!

Here's the copy we made...
See my $2 flip flops in the pic?
I only wear them now when I swim so
that my crocs don't get messed up.
keepin' it real people. keepin' it real.

So once I had the canvas and the copy
I busted out with the jar of modge podge
something I'd never worked with before.
8-ounce Matte Mod Podge

By the time I got my act together to do this part
it was time to go pick up the kids from school.
Instead of waiting and taking my time
I chose to bust it out and get it done.
Lesson learned - patience is key with modge podge.
It ended up bubbling.
While most of them went away
{just like thoughtful place said it would}
there were a couple of bubbles that stayed.
My fault I'm sure or maybe the slightly heavier paper?
Normally I would rush to re-do this project
thinking I could do it better
{like enlarge the font size for my failing eyes
and take my time with the modge podge
 to eliminate all the bubbles}
but in the end I'm going to try to embrace it bubbles and all
because like our family its not perfect. Ha!

I've been moving it around the house...
the kids didn't notice it here
so then I moved it to this wall

I think it will stay here for a while...
the boys noticed immediately
and occasionally pause and read it out loud.
Hopefully it'll all sink in :)


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I posted this image the other day.
Maybe some of you were like "What in the world?"
But every year around this time
{and when I go back to where I come from}
I feel a little bit melancholy.

I did something the other day that I used to do all the time.
I put pen to paper. For my eyes only.
Thinking if I did I would feel better.
I debated about sharing it here ~
 it feels like I'm putting a piece of my heart "out there"
for all to see and judge but then I think about others
who might feel the same way in their own way
with their own past or present.
Just know that everything is gonna be ok...

"Once upon a time
there was a little girl
who grew up in a small southern town.
She moved away for college
then high-tailed it to the big city to work.
She eventually moved back
to her hometown
where she settled...
in more ways than one
with the wrong person.
She knew better but
she didn't believe
she deserved better.
So she settled.
Along the way she tried her best.
She made mistakes.
She tried to make it work
but she always knew.
She hurt and she got hurt.
God showed her signs along the way.
She ignored Him.
She continued to try.
It wasn't right.
This she knew.
She hurt others.
Known and unknown.
By not being true to herself.
She knew it wasn't right.
What she'd done.
She'd chosen wrong.
People talked
the way they do in a small town.
Instead she listened
 to God's whispers in her ear.
Finally one day she said no more.
She learned her lesson.
She won't make the same mistakes again.
She knows this now.
But in the lockbox of her heart she still hurts.
And she wonders if it always will.
She read that "forgiveness is giving up hope
that the past could have been any different."
She wouldn't change the past
even if she led her to
here and now, living a life
better than she deserves.
This she knows.
She just hopes
that one day
she learns
to forgive

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

update...wall dilemma

Remember when I posted about this long wall in our entry....

and how it drove me crazy?

So I've been working on it...

I did a DIY family rules sign
 {that's a whole other post}
and framed some recent family pics...

I did have a frame around the a/c thermostat
but my DH kept knocking it off the wall.
{Shakes her head}
I amongst yourselves.

So I took it down...

how about you?

do you like it better before...
or after

feel free to cast your vote in the comments section...

what a croc!

I'm a flip flop kind of girl.

I used to like them cheap.
 Like $2 a pair cheap.
Then I got old. HA! feet would hurt.
Not good for a runner.
 I'd complain and my DH would say "what do you expect from a two dollar shoe?"
Point taken.
not your kiddo's crocs either...

A-Leigh wedge

Patricia II wedge

They're SO comfortable I can't even tell you.
I got them off the website...
sign up for their emails and you get a 20% coupon code
emailed instantly to you plus free shipping over $75.

Look at the crocs they have out for fall...
{they're lined to keep your feet warm}

crocs berryessa shoe
AND now they have boots

with purple zips and soles

Equestrian Suede Tall Boot

Can you say "SOLD"?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

October's coming

Its my favorite month!

Not just because its my birthday month but it means {hopefully}cooler weather.
You know I love me some orange so
I say bring on the pumpkins!
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especially if they're filled with flowers.
It also means Halloween will be here before you know it
and although it is by far my least favorite "holiday"
my kids are into it
therefore I have to change my attitude
and get with it.
I am SO doing this...
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and here's some cool downloads to print and frame...

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Click here to print them out...

also some great craft ideas on

and if I really get festive I might make me a
pumpkin topiary {minus the bow topper}...
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I'll post some pics if I get on the stick...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I love blogs!

Scratch that...

I'm addicted to blogs.
and coffee.
and lip balm.
oh and...

I allow myself 30 minutes to blog crawl in the morning.

Who am I trying to kid here?

It usually goes over but I try to limit myself.

I'm glad I didn't today.

Look at what I found.



Best part?

The blogger...QA Designs...made these available for FREE.


She used to have an etsy shop to sell these but stopped

so she put them on her site for FREE.

I already printed out my home state and my adopted state...

Texas in blue stripes and red state looks AWESOME.

I can't wait to frame it and put it in the twins room.

I know. Calm down right? Its just a picture of a state.

Might be the third cup of coffee making me so excited!

Doesn't take much to make me happy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

blue and white

I started collecting double happiness pots last year.
It started with a set from Wisteria
but then I started buying antique pots like this one...

Do you like the little ceramic planter?

Cost me $5 at the Restoration Hardware outlet.
Best deal I found at the outlets.
What's up with that?
I went to PB, RH, William-Sonoma outlets while there.
Seemed like the prices were the same as in the catalogs.
A three hour trip wasted except for the little $5 pot.
You win some, you lose some right?
{the little greenery ball is from Hobby Lobby in case you were wondering.}

Other blue and white lovelies I have saved on my computer...

 think this is Michael Smith...


 this one I think is from the Atlanta Symphony House this year...

I'm not sure of the sources so if you do
 please leave a comment...
probably from or

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

i need this...

Unique iPad and Kindle Fire HD Clutch Case "Green Chevron"

how cute is this ipad cover?

hello? navy polka dots and apple green chevron!

i'm in love.

now i just need me an ipad.

for more cute ipad/kindle covers plus clutches and other fun stuff
like these cute REVERSIBLE chevron skirts
( gotta buy this for your girls...)
Toddler Girl's Reversible Navy and Orange Chevron Skirt... TWO skirts in one


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another one bites the dust...

for DH's office in June.
 I felt like they were too feminine.
I'd made them to go in our master bedroom but once I got
chiang mai on the brain
these Waverly Olana bird pillows
moved in here to roost.


I love geometrics and
once I saw this fabric in Southern Living
{albeit a different color way}
it got me to thinking about this alternative...

so I bought the fabric in July...

and it sat on my dining room table for months.
I finally finished them...

That's how my house rolls.

Slow but steady.

Like a turtle. HA!

{Sometimes the turtle wins the race though.}

I got together with two of my running peeps Erin and Susan...
Erin used her awesome OLFA cutting mat and rotary tool
to cut THE most perfect cuts for an envelope pillow.

I was able to sew them up easy peasy in about 20 minutes.
The magic is in the cutting.
I need that a cutting mat.
 Just saw one on
Hello lover.
You soon shall be mine.

Plus this OLFA rotary cutting tool too.
'cause you KNOW
I'm going to make more pillows sooner or later.
That's what fabric addicts do.

Monday, September 17, 2012

chicken parmesan

I joined pinterest recently.
Best and worst thing ever.
So many great ideas.
So much time "wasted" for me.
Its like crack for DIY addicts.
Now I'm into the recipes on there.
Its a bad scene...especially when I'd like to drop a few pounds.

I found this recipe for Chicken Parmesan...

2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
hot red pepper flakes {optional}
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups marinara sauce
1/4 cup chopped basil
8 oz mozzarella, shredded
4 oz Parmesan, grated
1 (5-oz) package garlic croutons

See the instructional video here but here's the gist

Put the olive oil and crushed garlic in the bottom of a
9 x 13 the chicken on top.
Pour the marinara sauce on top to cover
Add the basil (I didn't do this kids see the green and freak)
then half the cheese on add the croutons (this is the secret)

then add the rest of the cheese on top of the croutons...

then bake at 350 for 45 minutes...


Saturday, September 15, 2012

pillow crazy

One of my running peeps (and queen of crafting) Erin
is going to show me how she cuts fabric for pillows perfectly.
I'm so excited. I did one recently from this fabric...

for the comfy chair in the boys' study upstairs.

I couldn't decide which color to use as the front
So I decided on this...

Hoping to make two pillows for hubby's office tomorrow.
Cross your fingers.

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