Tuesday, April 22, 2014

spring has sprung...at least for now

i'm hopping on a plane in a few hours. i'm headed to missouri to spend a couple of days with my family (and meet bloggy friend carrie) before going to nashville to run the marathon. even though this is marathon #8 for me, i'm still freaking out. please bless i survive.

speaking of bloggy friends, i'm so happy to have rachael taking over again so i can travel worry free.

Hey there! 

It's Rachael again from LUMUHAND. If you missed the first time I dropped anchor here at Aubrey's blog while she was away, you can check out my first introduction and what happiness looks like here.

If you don't have time for that, here's the jist: I'm a one-foot-in-the-door-of-30; high school English teacher, who was a former professional wedding/event planner in San Diego; Starbucks addict; DIYer; Rosacea sufferer, fur-baby mama and new blogger circa 2014...so...yeah...there's that. 

Now that the intro is out of the way, let's get down to business. 

Springtime = time for spring cleaning or dehoardingcluttering. Just like the extra pounds our bodies seem to latch onto during certain seasons, so too is the amount of stuff that accumulates in our lives, whether it be at home, in the car, or in the confines of our oversized purses.

As I work towards Domestic Goddess status (You can periodically read about my progress, or sadly, lack there of on my blog...) here are a few tips I'd like to share that I've learned along to way, that perhaps may be able to increase your productivity and/or help your organized life bloom.  

1. Turn off the TV. You know you'll get sucked into that Lifetime Movie Marathon. You have good intentions to just use the TV as "background noise" which evolves to I'll-power-clean-on-the-commercial-breaks which eventually leads to the movie credits, the passing of several hours and a bewildered

2. Don't tackle multiple projects at once. The small piles end up taking over, leaving you overwhelmed and approaching hoarder status. (Disclaimer: One of my family members was a hoarder, like could have been on the show...was court-ordered not-to-live-in-their-home-until-the-place-was-taken-care-of hoarder...I understand severe hoarding can be caused from a mental illness. I am not making them of them in anyway, please no snarkiness commenting on my lack of insensitivity...)

3. Make lists of what you'd like to accomplish (I should have added list-maker to my description of myself.. I make lists for EVERYTHING) By making smaller goals can make any major task seem far less daunting.. You can tackle the clutter and the end result will give you a sigh of relief... Ever notice how the chaos of your segment of your life can translate into others? Stop the stress of a cluttered home in no time with a plan of attack.

4. Turn on some music (I prefer some throwback guilty pleasure tunes... i.e. N'SYNC, Britney Spears, BSB) and jam out while your getting shiz done. Go ahead and light a deliciously scented candle, rock a sparkly headband or pretty head scarf and commit to being productive. You can do this..

Don't dread Spring "Cleaning", instead embrace this time to make a few lists of areas in your life that you'd like to declutter. You'll love the peace that comes with organization and if you're anything me, you'll feel like you're a step further from hot mess territory and a step closer to Domestic Goddess.

What will you tackle first on your To-Do list?

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Monday, April 21, 2014

spring 30x30...days 13-18

april is over halfway over which means i only have a few more days of wearing blue. besides helping to spread awareness about autism, i like doing this challenge because it reminds me every single day that autism is an everyday thing. it doesn't magically disappear and go away. with a lot of hard work, it often gets better. autism is a complex and complicated disorder. treatments are often likewise complex, complicated, and expensive. 

image via autism speaks

now for my outfits and a surprise at the end

day 13...drive home from vegas trip comfortable clothes
target boyfriend cardi, target v (that has blue stripes i promise), gap jeans, target flip flops
 day 14...autism awareness day at work. instead of all wearing blue like past years, each program had a color from the autism ribbon. we had yellow. unfortunately, most people didn't remember after spring break.
target boyfriend cardi, target scarf, old navy top, gap jeans, target flats
 my new alex and ani autism puzzle piece bracelet
 day 15...i needed to be in a dress after work but also had to sit on the floor all day. leggings are perfect.
old jacket, gap dress, forever 21 leggings
 day 16...i normally wouldn't put this outift together which is why i really love clothing challenges. it really helps me shop my closet.
jane.com cardi, gap t shirt. gap jeans, target sandals

 day 17... i take a lot of my pictures at work. it's just easier that way. i had a random person at work take the picture and didn't even look at it. obviously the lighting is pretty bad, and it's not quite full body. oh well right?!?
walmart bella bird cardi, forever 21 top, jcpenney jeggings, toms flats
most of my other 30x30 challenges have included a lot of bella bird. this one doesn't for some reason.
 day 18
gap cardi, bella bird top, gap jeans, target sandals

i obviously really love gap and target this week. go check out what everyone else is wearing and the surprise below.

it finally decided to be warm in utah the past couple of days. i know it's not here to stay, but i'm really enjoying it. to celebrate the sudden burst of sun,  we are doing a big cash giveaway!  I am teaming up with 10 other bloggers for a Spring Giveaway where you can win $105 cash money!

Here are all the amazing bloggers hosting this giveaway!

Aubrey of Dreaming About Someday // Lena of Root & Blossom // Jennifer of Mommy Life After Ph.D.
Ema of Our Love in Bloom // Fel of Fels Photos // Michelle of Our Three Peas
What an amazing group of bloggers!  There are many ways to enter and no mandatory entries!  Do as many or as few entries as you want!  Do them all to maximize your entry potential!  And don't forget to tweet about the giveaway for an extra entry every day!

Enter via rafflecopter below and good luck!  Happy Spring everyone!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

be the change

"be the change you wish to see"

yesterday's prompt for the #becauseofhim photo challenge on instagram and other social media was
because of him i can be a better me.

i love the quote/motto of the shine project. things aren't really going to change unless we do something to change them. until i take some actions, make some changes, and become a better me, things really aren't going to change.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

change of plans

some bloggers like to schedule posts days or weeks in advance. i most often post one day at a time. there are some definite pros and cons to each method. i had a different post planned for today. i made the most delicious easter treats a couple of weeks ago and can't wait to share them with you. i planned to post that today, BUT last night i sliced my finger with a knife...again. i don't know what my problem is. minus my hip surgery, i've made it 34 years (yes 34. i know. you would never have guessed, but it's true) knock on wood without stitches, but my luck might be running out. since the first of the year, i think i have cut my finger with a knife at least 4 times. last night was pretty bad. i got nervous enough to google "how to know when you need stitches". turns out the internet is pretty informative. the first 2 sites were webMD and wikipedia. after reading both, i decided i could hold out until the morning. the real question is how do i prevent cutting myself in the first place?!? HELP!!!

have you entered the cash+lipstick giveaway

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

blogger roundtable

                                me, Danica, Eliesa, BonnieKimTayler
                                photo credit bonnie

last week bonnie hosted another grow your blog roundtable. the thing about bloggers is we can sit around and talk about blogging forever and ever. instead of a particular theme this month, it was open to questions. we discussed photos and sponsorship and different readers, and why we blog. the night went far too quickly, and i  am certain we could have talked for several more hours. it's always so much fun to get together with other bloggers and talk about all things blog. my particular questions were...

what keeps you coming back to a blog?
if you are a blogger and sponsor blogs, what do you look for in a sponsorship?
what's an ideal price to pay for sponsorship?

if you have any input, i would love to hear it.

speaking of bonnie, a few of us are giving away some cash.
super easy to enter with rafflecopter below

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

spring 30x30...days 7-12

it's already time for week 2 of spring 30x30 or in my case bluex30. blue isn't really my favorite color so it always surprises me how much blue i actually have in my closet. before we get to what i wore for the week, here's the autism info for the week.
  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism
autism speaks

and now for my clothes...
day 7...target boyfriend cardi, random top, gap jeans
 day 8...h&m cardi, shine project shirt, gap jeans, target sandals

 day 9...target cardi, old navy top that really is blue i promise, gap boyfriend jeans, target sandals

 day 10...gap cardi, old navy v neck, modbe skirt, ross wedges
i was home on spring break with no one to take my picture. i have a tripod and a remote, but it's such a hassle to use. i set my camera up in a glass and got mostly blooper shots. the remote is impossible.
 day 11...old navy hoodie, target v neck, gap jeans, target flip flops
my friend laurann and i decided to take a last minute trip to las vegas to get a tan. we spent most of day 11 in the car.

day 12...old navy top, gap boyfriend jeans, target flip flops

go check out what my other 30x30 people wore this week.


Monday, April 14, 2014

unblogged bloggable...the awful waffle

me, kimberly, kaycie, diana, ashley, meredith, madeline
a few weeks ago meredith, who i legit met on twitter, came to town. she started talking on twitter a few months ago about planning a trip to utah sans kids and husband. i had to get in on the fun. i had to meet her in real life. i'm pretty sure people think bloggers are crazy. i met half of the people in this group online.
we all met up at the awful waffle for a few hours of chit chat and lots of fun. i'm so glad meredith came to town. it was so fun to actually meet her in real life instead of just talking to her online all the time, which is also fun. we seriously could have talked for hours and hours. please come back soon!
it's monday so i can't leave this post without a little random rambling. i've talked before (although only briefly) about not doing online dating. i'll probably talk more about it some other time. i don't think it's bad or wrong or taboo or anything like that. i just don't do it. what's a little weird to me is blog friends (either from the blog, twitter, instagram, etc) can't be much different from online dating right?!? i met meredith when someone tweeted a link to a blog post she wrote. i really loved the post a lot so i tweeted the link too. after that we started tweeting random things here and there, and the next thing you know we are friends, not just internet friends but friends who want to get together when one comes to town. i can't really explain it, and maybe you really do think i'm crazy and weird, but i have several really good friends that i have never and maybe will never meet in real life. so...if i can meet all sorts of blog friends and think it's totally natural and fine and normal, what's the deal with online dating???


Friday, April 11, 2014

arizona blogger meet up

the arizona bloggers are no joke. several times a year, they throw a blogger meetup. the meetup for this quarter happened to be while i was in town. i was a little nervous to go, but as always it was a lot of fun. i met some great girls, ate yummy food, and laughed the night away.

thanks to chrissy and her blog for all the pictures

food table complete with cakes donated by nothing bundt cakes
the photo booth
they warned in advance to bring things to sit on the ground. i didn't bring anything or pack anything appropriate for sitting on the ground.

from the photo book

probably my fave from the photo booth

all the bloggers

speaking of arizona, i'm over at love the skinnys today talking about how i truly believe fashion fits everyone.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

triple threat...spring scarves

triple threat april scarves
I took these pictures a while ago and never actually got around to posting them. Now I'm kind of glad I waited. It's perfect for this month's triple threat. The name kind of says it all...one look, three ways. I'm co-hosting today along with another 30x30 friend.

Won’t you please link up with us? The rules are simple! Visit and follow justjacq and this month’s cohosts, Rachel and me, add the button or a link back to this post and add your link! The link up is open all week so you have plenty of time to share your looks! Link up and grab button at the bottom of the post :-) Cohosts are needed for future months! May's link up will take place on May 8. The theme is still wide open so email Jacquelyn now to get your cohost spot locked down and submit ideas for the theme! Email for more information! thejustjacq@gmail.com
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                                                  photo credit Brooklyn


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

what would you do...7.0

it's time for another round of what would you do... with kimberly
this month we want to know
WHAT WOULD YOU DO...with a dozen eggs?
i love eggs and thought about all the recipes i could make...deviled eggs, potato salad, scrambled, etc., but everyone already knows how to make those things. so, i chose a craft instead.

i have wanted to glitter eggs forever so this was the perfect chance. the books say to blow out the eggs, but i was way too afraid of the mess. i hard boiled the eggs by baking in the oven (look up on pinterest).
 in addition to eggs, you need glue, glitter, a paintbrush, some bowls (these are from the dollar store and easy to throw away), and wax paper (or cellophane because i forgot wax paper)

 paint egg with glue/roll around in your hand to coat the egg with glue

 dip egg in bowl of glitter
 roll egg around in glitter. use your hands as needed.
 set to dry on cellophane/wax paper
 ready to decorate
 hopefully they will last until easter.

let's hear it. what would you do with eggs? link up with any recipe, craft, etc new or old that involves eggs.
can't wait to go see what kimberly did with her eggs.
join us next month for 
WHAT WOULD YOU DO...with flowers?
be creative. hope you'll join us.