Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nesting

I've mentioned the fact that I really enjoy the Little Miss Momma blog right?  In addition to having adorable posts about her baby boy, and showing me amazing craft projects that I'm now a little bit more motivated to jump on after my bulletin board success, she's been posting some amazing etsy finds which are slowly bankrupting Hubby and I (I still want the clutch...).

She's discovered this shop called barn owl primitives which has totally amazing wall signs that would be just perfect for every little space in my imaginary house which I do not yet own.  She featured them a while ago, and now has a another give away contest going, which prompted me to give the website a second glance. 

And I died.

I want this...


And this...


And this...


And about six other ones.  Oh and they do custom orders too.

I even went so far as to email Hubby to show him, and was shocked with I got back a big fat YES, so I will be ordering one (or more) tonight!  Photos to follow when I get them! Pin It

Crafty Little Event Planners

Have I mentioned that I work in special events?  Part of working in events is being extremely organized and on top of tons of teeny-tiny-little-details all at once. 

Another part is being creative.  Which I am.  In concept only.  It's much easier when you can describe what to do, put together a nice color palate, and have a professional designer create it.  I enjoy crafting, but often get frusterated with it.  I don't have the time or patience to make things as perfect as they must be to satisfy my compulsiveness. 

But I do work with tons of creative people, who display their gorgeous craft projects in their offices.  So when the chance came to make my own bulletin boards, I jumped.

Sneaking pictures of the finished product from my desk

I will admit, they are not perfect, but they do look quite nice.  And they were really easy to make.

We have a bunch of old sign boards laying around (another advantage of being in events), so we were able to cut them down to size and use them as the board.  You could go to Michaels and buy a piece of foam core board for much cheaper than purchasing a bulletin board.

The leftover piece is still sitting in the corner of my office

You then covered them with fabric (purchased from Joanne's, held in place by the staple gun which also sits around in our office). You can also use a glue gun if you don't have a staple gun handy or if your board is too thin for a staple gun to work...

Cut ribbons to criss cross over them (start with the center X and work your way out...and use a ruler to space them out if you're as compulsive as I am) and staple gun those (first staple the crosses, then staple the lose ends to the back)...

Bulletin board #2...I'll try to take close ups later when I can be more inconspicuous

Glue gun buttons to each cross, and bows or other embelishments to the rest of the board, and voila!

Hang them up on the wall and they're ready to hold photos and more!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Spark

Our office Biggest Loser competition has begun, and we're all buzzing around talking about food and diet and exercise non-stop.  This is especially exciting for me, with all of the different diets that I want to try and with all of the post-wedding weight that I want need to lose.

It's so refreshing to feel like we're all on the same page in an office full of (mostly) women who are constantly baking, cooking and bringing in snacks to share.  The accountability factor is huge too.  I walked in the office and people were asking what we ate for dinner last night (I lied).

I got to share my love of Sparkpeople with my coworkers, and I want to share it with you too.  I have used this website on and off for years, but it really helped to keep me accountable right before the wedding.  With calorie counters, nutrition information, exercise logs, goal counters, articles on fitness and diet, communities, message boards, and even a nifty point system, it really makes the diet process more fun and interactive.  And they have an iPhone app, which makes them a winner in my book.  Oh, and did I mention that it's free?

Calorie counter

I'm also thinking about trying the Master Cleanse (aka lemonade diet) to cleanse my body of all of its toxins kick start my diet by losing a bunch of weight.  I'm a little hesitant, but if I'm ever going have a supportive environment, it's going to be this one.  I have a coworker who is willing to do it with me, which makes it even more enticing.  And it's the diet that made Beyonce look even hotter when she lost all that weight for Dreamgirls, so it has to work, right?

Looks delicious, right?

Made Beyonce look like this...
Anyone think it might make my boobs look that good too?

Any other diet suggestions or tips out there? Pin It

Mini Vacation #1092308921

Sooooo I've been on a bit of a blog backlog.  Let's begin with our fabulous weekend trip down to San Diego, which for once, did not include baseball!

This trip was Hubby's birthday present (from May...) to go see one of our favorite comedians, Joel McHaleWe weren't supposed to have cameras in the venue, so I don't have any photos.  We sat in the second row and died laughing through the show before moving on to a delicious three course dinner next door and retiring in our hotel room on property.  All in all, a great gift by me :).

Joel McHale

The next morning, we packed up and headed out to the Hotel Del Coronado for brunch.  I'm amazed by the beauty of that hotel every time I go there.  And then I'm amazed by the fact that people have enough money to pay to stay there for the night.  We stuffed ourselves at the buffet and then strolled for a bit before heading out.


We then drove over to Seaworld, which Hubby's brother had arranged for us as his birthday gift to Hubby (also two months late).  Did anyone else realize that it costs $70 to get into Seaworld these days?  It's like effing Disneyland!  Big thank you to the brother-in-law for that one!

At the tour desk, we found out that a "private VIP behind the scenes tour" had been arranged for us (big big thank you to the brother-in-law).  We weren't sure what this meant, but it ended up being just the two of us and a guide touring the backlot of Seaworld and interacting with the animals for three and a half hours.  Hubby and I were totally stoked (my ten year old marine biologist aspirations came out) and enjoyed every moment of it!

Some of the highlights:
Flamingos

Dolphin Training!

Manta Ray Feeding

Touching baby sharks

Overall, it was way above and beyond our expectations.  We had an amazing time together and would highly recommend the tour (and the overall Seaworld experience) to anyone!

Our weekend was capped off by the delivery of our lovely new bed and a relaxing Sunday.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Endless Love

There is a man...

Who lets me have a girls night every week, and always picks me up so that I don't drive home after a few cocktails...
Who tolerates the fact that I snore...
Who has no problem doing my laundry as long as I do the ironing...
Who spoils me with all of the toys that I want...
Who is willing to change jobs and move out of the city to the suburbs with me, much earlier than we had planned...
Who loves me for my goofy, ridiculous side that only comes out for him...
Who my family considers as much a part of it as I am...
Who, every once in a while, surprises me with a home cooked meal...
Who is always there to listen and support me when I need him...
Who married me almost six months ago...
Who I will love more every day for the rest of our lives...



I love you Hubby.  Happy six months tomorrow.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Void

I'm feeling a void in my blogging community.  It could be because I'm new.  Or I'm just not looking in the right places. 

There are tons of blogs about babies.  When you have a child, you want to share it with the world.  And many mommies somehow manage to also do amazing crafting projects, cook and bake like a gormet chef, and raise perfect little angels.  I love reading these.  I ache for my time to come.  But it's not here quite yet.

There is also a saturation in the wedding market.  I love weddings.  I'm a part of the industry.  But if I don't know the blogger, I'm not really interested in hearing the details of their dream wedding.  Because, let's be honest.  If you're in the wedding industry, you judge.  You know what the best of the best looks like, and you judge.  And with my fairytale wedding in the past, I have a whole new perspective.

So we see the past and we see the future.  But where are all of the happily married, slightly sarcastic and fabulously funny bloggers who are right here in the present?  Where are the other girls who are trying to balance buying a home with buying a new purse?  Or the ones who are dealing with their post-wedding MIL?  Or those learning to compromise with a partner who you really really love about when the right time is to start a family and bring a perfect new little person into the world?

Maybe it's just because none of my close friends are married yet.  But I feel like I have so many questions and I just need someone to relate to.  Makes sense, right?

I've added a few random newlywed blogs into my repertoire and hopefully this will help.  Any suggestions are welcome. Pin It

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Obsession

I'm a purse girl.  I can do without shoes and honestly end up tearing them apart within a couple weeks.  My clothing style switches around (stand by for the eventual favorite things post about long dresses).  I've had the same pair of sunglasses for the last three years.  But I love purses.

You'll recall that a few months ago, Mr. H was so generous and kind to buy me the Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag that I had wanted for years.  I love this purse and I am so greatful that he bought it for me for absolutely no reason.

My baby


But we were at the mall this weekend and I spotted this gorgeous, hot pink Kate Spade tote that I would have died for.  And then I was on one of my favorite blogs, Little Miss Momma, and she's giving away these totally adorable clutches from Charm Design and I decided that not only do I have to have one, but I have to first try to win one off her give away (cross your fingers for me and for my joint bank account). 

I mean, I need something for when I don't want to carry my huge-o (and much loved) Louis Vuitton bag and this would be just perfect for being onsite at work, down by the pool, out with the girls, and in so many different places. 

So go check out the website and get yourself a cute little bag too (I'll feel better about splurging on it).  And, while you're at it, check out Little Miss Momma.  The blog is full of fun give aways and crafty DIY projects that I would still mess up regardless of how easy she makes them look.  On top of that, she has a gorgeous baby boy and lots of fun stories about learning how to be a momma, which I clearly love to read about. 
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Monday, July 19, 2010

The Biggest Loser: Office Edition

One of my brilliant coworkers has decided that we all need a little motivation to get in shape for the rest of the summer, and we will be starting a Biggest Loser competition in our office a week from tomorrow.

This not only gives me the motivation to start working out and dieting for the first time since the wedding, but also means that my fellow coworkers will not be bringing in leftover desserts or cajoling me to go to the grilled cheese truck with them for lunch.

But this is not only for them, but also for me and for Hubby, because everyone wants to be (and have) a hot and sexy wife.  I think it's normal to let yourself go after dieting obsessively for over a year to reach a goal, but it's been almost six months since the wedding now and I'm getting pretty flabby. 

So, to hold myself accountable, I'm going to be very brave and post my *before* pictures here and now.  Please enjoy the flabby stomach and lovely love handles from the front and the "is she pregnant?" pooch from the side, as well as my sexy pjs right before I got dressed for work this morning.  I'll post again in the end of October when the competition is over with my *after* picture, where hopefully, I will be looking hot and skinny. 





Competition starts on July 27, so in the mean time, I'm going to enjoy everything that I want so that I can be satisfied and cut it all out (Chinese food last night...).  Let the games begin.







Non sequitur: Saw Inception with Hubby this weekend and it was pretty effing awesome.   
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Adventures in Cooking

Hubby and I recieved a soup cookbook as a late wedding gift about a month ago, and we've both been excited to cook something up.  Hubby requested a tomato blue cheese soup for dinner last night and I didn't realize what a bad idea it was until I was elbow deep in roasted tomatoes last night in my 85 degree non-air-conditioned apartment. 

Roasting tomatoes (for this recipe at least) is no joke.  First you have to peel the tomatoes, which involves dunking them in boiling water for a few minutes, letting them sit until they're not going to burn your fingers, and then peeling the skin off.  Then you cut them in quarters and remove all of the goopy seedy stuff before putting them in a pan to roast them for 35 minutes.

By the end of this exercise, my chopping block looked like I killed someone on it...


My sink looked disgusting (this is after I had started to rinse it out)...


But my tomatoes looked delicious...


Moral of the story?  Buy the canned, pre-peeled, pre-seeded tomatoes next time.  Because now we're about an hour into the cooking process and we haven't even really started the soup.

Luckily the rest of the process was fairly smooth, and although the soup wasn't quite as thick as I was hoping (less broth, more canned tomatoes next time), Hubby and I both thought it was delicious.  And he was home from work late, so he didn't mind that dinner didn't hit the table until 8 p.m.

Random Note: I was on the phone with Hubby on his way home after the soup was done when I realized that some beer and a baguette would really top off the culinary experience (we're classy).  I walked the block and a half down to Whole Foods in a tank top and leggings and it was still gorgeously warm outside.  It made me realize how lucky I am to live where I live, and to live with who I live with.  I love my life.  Pin It

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hello, Goodbye

Remember how I said that I was an undercover tech geek?  I lied.  I think I'm more of an undercover tech whore than anything else (in the Mean Girls connotation).  I love playing with my new toys, but definitely don't appreciate the real technological things about them that would make me a true geek. 

My new toy

I discovered this when I sat down to write my unofficial review of iPhone 4.0.  The things that I was most excited about were the cameras, the pretty colors and the folders. 

So let's talk about my new iPhone, which was worth driving all the way to the valley during rush hour to pick up. 

The Good
  • It's pretty.  The glass casing looks great, but it gets marked up with your fingers pretty quickly. 
  • The screen colors are really gorgeous and you can finally put a background behind your apps
  • The cameras are fabulous compared to ghetto phone's camera.  Its got zoom, flash, autofocus, video and a forward and backward camera all in one app.  The front facing camera will be great for the "let's take a picture of the two of us when there's no one else around" shots, instead of blindly stretching your arm out and hoping that you're centered in the photo.
  • I love being able to put my apps into folders so they don't take up as much space.  I am able to stretch my compulsive organization into my phone.  Apple really should have gotten on that train earlier.
  • It was fairly easy to transfer most settings right over from ghetto phone to shiny new phone.
  • Improvements from ghetto phone only (newer versions had this already): 3G and photo texts
Home screen with background and folders

The Bad
  • People weren't lying about the reception issues.  Bummer.
  • They said that this phone was slimmer and lighter than before, right?  Hm.  I think they lied.
  • I lost some of my recently purchased music and all of my iTunes folders in the transition between my computer and Hubby's computer, and the subsequent transfer between phones, which I'm not thrilled about.  I'm still going to try to recover the music but I'm not sure if it'll work.

The Ugly
I was going to post a horribly awesome photo of me at work with the forward facing camera..
But I looked like such a hag that I pulled it...I'll use this feature as a mirror before I leave the house from now on...

Overall, it was kind of underwhelming.  Most of the features are very similar (or exactly the same) as ghetto phone.  I guess I shouldn't have expected anything revolutionary. 

Hello shiny new phone and goodbye ghetto phone. Pin It

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mr. Blue Sky

Today is the first day in ages that it has looked like this outside of my window...

I woke up happily this morning because I could see the blue sky peeping into my blinds.  I understand June gloom, but not when it starts in May and ends in July.

Hopefully this this the beginning of many more beautiful Southern California days to come. Pin It

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Very Domestic Weekend

Hubby and I had a very domestic weekend. 

(Please prepare yourself for a long and probably boring post with few no pictures.  These are the things that you get excited about once you're married.)

We spent a good chunk of Saturday furniture shopping.  We decided to hit up a few discount furniture stores, as we're trying to lessen the blow of purchasing the furniture we "need" before buying a home and being what Hubby has deemed "house poor." 

If you've never been to one of these stores, you have to check it out.  It's like Disneyland.  There are tons of gorgeous toys all over the sprawling showroom floor, and you can play with all of them.  You can even bring them home with you at a price that puts Ikea to shame.  We found a lot of things that we wanted, but purchased a beautiful white bedframe for only $499 to complete our bedroom, and I was totally stoked.

(Epic fail on finding the photo I took of the bed...I'll updated with it later...)

On Sunday, we went house hunting again.  And when I was looking online beforehand, there was this house that I loved.  But looking at pictures is quite often very different than looking at the final product.  Not in this case.

We walked into this house and I fell in love.  Nothing for the rest of the day got close.  It reminded us of the adorable first house in the neighborhood that couldn't quite cut it that started this hunt in the first place,
except this one was in the perfect neighborhood,
just down the street from a perfect little elementary school
on a perfect little cul de sac
where I was already imagining our perfect little children
learning how to ride their perfect little bike....

Hubby and I were completely freaked out that this could actually be the house and sent our relator off to look at comps while we played over every situation in our heads to figure out whether or not we could actually do this.  It all felt very adult of us.

Fast forward to this morning.  The realtor calls and says that the house is way overpriced.  Success, right?  Wrong.  The seller would be losing money if they sold it for what it's worth, so it's not going to happen.  So we're back on the hunt and I'm quietly mourning the loss.  This house hunting thing is harder than I thought.


Non Sequitur: My new iPhone has arrived at my parents' house (I refuse to have anything important shipped to my apartment) and will be picked up this weekend!  At least I've got that to be excited about. Pin It

Friday, July 9, 2010

Fatty

Welcome to my favorite things, trashy food edition. 

I was moved to write this blog when Hubby bought me three bags of Honey BBQ twists on our way up to Palm Springs on Monday.  That's right, three bags, all of which were inhaled within two days.  Hubby and I call them "crack crackers" because they are so. effing. addicting.


I love food and I do not discriminate.  I enjoy fine dining, and I also tried the KFC Double Down days after it came out (it was too salty).  I love four course meals, but I live for Carls Jr. and relish the days that I let myself order criss cut fries.  And after a little too much wine at my fancy dinner, my favorite hangover remedy is McDonalds.  Two cheeseburgers and a large fry.  It always works.

When I've worked up an appetite after a long morning of shopping, what do I do?  I walk right past the salads and straight to Stone Oven for a bbq chicken sandwich with bacon, cheese, and fried onions on hot, fresh foccacia.  Clearly, I will be shoe shopping for the rest of the day, because clothes will cease to fit.

I'm not necessarily endorsing any of this as something that anyone should consume.  They certainly should not eat them with the frequency that I do without expecting to get hugely fat.  But next time you're at the market craving salt, pick up a bag of Honey BBQ Twists.... 


Next time you have a hangover, head over to McDonalds for the cure...







Next time you want something other than a salad for dinner, hit up Carls Jr for a famous star and criss cut fries..







And when all else fails, order chicken fingers and ranch dressing...





Now that I'm sufficiently hungry, I'm going to try to ignore my own advice and go eat my Lean Cuisine. Pin It

Thursday, July 8, 2010

4th of July Weekend

If you asked me a month or so ago whether or not I was excited for 4th of July weekend, I would have been ambivilant.  I would have told you that I don't really have any plans or anything but it's a long weekend so who knows.  I probably would have said that it would be good recovery after Vegas the weekend before.

I was totally wrong.

This weekend (we should use this term loosely as I was off of work for six whole uninterrupted days) was amazing.

Shall we enjoy a photo journey into the awesomeness? 

Hubby and I started our relaxing first day off with a delicious breakfast and some time by the pool, and then headed out to meet some friends for some pre-4th of July fun.

One of the five orders of nachos

A few tequila shots and quite a few margaritas later, I remembered why tequila is most certainly not my friend.  The next morning was a little rough...

Hubby and I being very cool with our sunglasses indoors

I spent the a good chunk of the next day (post-Mcdonalds, obviously) dancing around in my kitchen and cooking for the 4th.

I didn't eat the pie, but I wanted to

Then, my sweet sweet Hubby treated me to an appointment at a fabulous new place that only does blow outs.  No cuts, no colors, just style.  I wasn't sure what to expect and was greated with blaring (but good) music, a nice head massage during my shampoo, Mean Girls on the flatscreen and, after only 45 minutes, gorgeous movie-star curls.

What says glam like an extra large UCLA sweatshirt?

I was then wisked away by my handsome Hubby to a delicious restaurant for a four course meal, which left us both blissfully happy and ridiculously stuffed.

I kind of look pregnant here..that's how much we ate...

Then we come to Independence Day.  After some cooking and prepping, we headed over to E's for some bbqs, pool time, and plenty of food and drink.

Smokies and spinach dip!

Let's be honest, we kind of over prepared.  We had enough food and alcohol to feed a small army.  We did our best to make it through the alcohol though...

Hubby wearing his beer hat

The next day, Hubby and I headed out to Palm Springs for some fun in the glorious 100 degree sun.  In a nutshell, we laid by the ginormous pool, ate tons of yummy food, and did some shopping at the outlets.  Not hugely productive, but definitely relaxing and fabulous.




And so now I'm home.  And back at work.  For my two day week.  Life is tough :) Pin It

Thursday, July 1, 2010

MYEQ

There's a little application on my beloved iPhone that reads MYEQ.  I keep it on the front screen and use it often.  My gym has an iPhone app. 



Don't get me wrong here, I am not a gym rat.  I'm kind of a fatty, and my fairly consistant gym prescence doesn't really make up for that.  But, somehow, in the last year since I started my $140 per month membership, Equinox has become one of my favorite things.  Let me count the ways that I love my gym...
  1. Super clean facilities (I walk around barefoot in the locker rooms because there's someone cleaning the floor in there constantly)
  2. Fresh towels everywhere (I didn't realize that all gyms didn't do this until a coworker recently enlightened me)
  3. Cool eucalyptis scented wet towels in mini fridges 
  4. Friendly employees, fabulous trainers, wonderful instructors
  5. The newest classes and techniques are constantly popping up (you've heard me mention my obsessions wiht spin and kettle bell) and are offered all the time
  6. Never have to wait for equipment
  7. Kiehls products in the locker rooms (they're nicer than what I have at home) 
  8. The iPhone app to sign in, sign up for classes, see the schedule, etc. (undercover tech geek remember?)

I could go on and on.  So what spurred this profession of love for my gym, you ask? 

I just yelp'ed gyms in the area where we're looking for the house.  It's not looking good.  I may just need to keep my membership and go before or after work because if I have to bring my own towel to groady LA Fitness and wipe off my own bike before spin class, so help me...

Note: Equinox has not recognized or paid me for this glowing endorsement, but I would happily accept any gifts from them (free month of membership?  spending spree at the shop?) in return. Pin It

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