My 2011

12/31/2010 09:50:00 AM Ashley 3 Comments

Well hello last day of 2010. I can't say that I have been waiting for you, but I am definitely ready for you to be here. Since I already looked back at what this year has held for me, I wanted to do something different for this post.

I'm not a resolution keeper. At all. In fact making a resolution is the quickest way to make sure I never do said thing...ever. Plus saying that I want to lose weight is cliché and something I am already working on.

Instead I am going to share the things that I know I am going to do in 2011, because if I don't I will have failed myself and I am over playing that game. To make this even more cheesy fun I am going to make this list 11 things I will do, because it is 2011 after all.

1. Swimming

{Image from Google image}

Maybe not so much in that pool, not that I would be complaining if that's where I had to swim every day. But to keep swimming. It's something I started when I moved here. I like doing it. I feel better, and much more hungry, after I get out. Plus I have an awesome swimming buddy and we help push each other to get out of our "warm" houses to swim.

2. Throw a successful wine tasting party.

{Image from Wine Expert}

This one is already in the works! A great friend, Sarah, and I have taken it upon ourselves to make a joint party dream come true. For quite some time I have wanted to have a group of people come over and have a drinking party that didn't involve a keg, keg stands, beer pong or a beer bong. Now don't get me wrong, there is a time and place for everything, but when you want said drinking party to be about wine...I tend to think classy thoughts. I love that I found someone else who has wanted to do something like this. And man are the decorating ideas already bouncing back and forth between us!

3. Continue exploring where we live.
{Okra plant and flower}

We really like it here. Which is a total 180 from how we felt about the last place we lived. We find ourselves wandering around town aimlessly trying to find new things. Just this past week I found a yummy deli, Charlies, that carries lots of German food goods (score!). Oh and their sandwiches ROCK! I love that we've found countless "pick your own" farms. They are fun and beautiful all at once. I want to keep finding things and enjoying what is quickly becoming the short amount of time we have left here.

4. Find a Martha Stewart craft that doesn't suck to make.

So far my friend Sarah and I have tried our hands at a few of Martha Stewart crafts to put this nicely...been left with things that We tried our hands at her Tissue Paper Pom-poms. Which left Sarah and I laughing hysterically at the limp, lifeless things we made as we tried to play them off as pom-poms. After many Google searches on how to do it right...Sarah came out with something that looked far better than we were expecting. But we were left wondering how Martha was able to make something so hard. After that "issue" I dumbly decided that we should try another of her ideas, but this time they were going to be Christmas gifts. The Oak-Leaf Bowl looked simple enough for two lack luster sewers. Yeah...not so much. The bowl is made, but the template was far too detailed and the two pieces of fabric never fully stuck to one another. Lets just say that 1/2 bowl we did make is sitting in the craft room waiting for something to happen. But dang it Martha...I am DETERMINED to find something that we can make and actually have it turn out right!

5. Keep Crafting

Because no matter how many crafting blunders I have, there is always something that turns out so well that it keeps me going! It's a rush for me when something comes together. I love being able to see the things I have done. It's even more rewarding to have other people like what you are doing as well.

6. Keep in touch with my blogging BFF and hopefully make more along the way!

Blogging was a fun, creative outlet for me. I never really thought anything more about it, except for that. Then I started "meeting" these other great blogger in the community and I was hooked even more. It's wonderful knowing that you have friends out there, all across the country and sometimes world. I was super excited when I "met" Cassie over at Understated. It's a friendship that, I would like to think, would blossom into an awesome real life friendship if we should ever meet. I look forward to keep up contact and sending fun gifts to her. I also look forward to making new friends!

7. Cook more at home.

It's something we didn't do enough in Albuquerque, but have gotten better at here. Which is funny, because we have a much smaller kitchen now. Even though we've gotten better about eating at home, we could be doing better. A lot better. This is totally the time to get into it with all of the farm fresh stuff we can get here, plus Nate is very interested in learning how to cook. It's time to pull out the old favorites and find some new favorites as well. Good thing my blogging BFF is such an awesome cook and posts her recipes!

8. Have the house completely put together.

No matter how hard I try, there is always one room in the house that is never quite there. Currently there are two rooms. I'm not proud of it, but it happens. I went gang busters trying to get the downstairs, guest bath and guest bedroom put together after we moved in. Then I went after the office...which got clean, but is being turned back into a dumping ground. Nothing a 2 hour clean won't fix. Then there is our bedroom. The poor thing has gotten ignored, because we're the only ones that use it. Still that's no excuse and I plan on getting our bedroom put together properly. I will have a house that is full functional and clean, even if it bores me to no end.

9. Keep up on Emmett's walks.

Emm gets just as bored and antsy as we do. While we try to keep has activity level a little lower than he'd like, because of his hip, he still enjoys walks. We've been learning that he will let us know how far he can and cannot go. He ends up being far less ornery and we get our butts out of the house as well. Win win! We also found a dog park that he loves, so when it warms up, I can see us spending a lot more time there!

10. Finally master the bath bomb (fizzy)


Ours looked nowhere that we're currently sticking to one color per bomb. Now...while ours work, and work pretty dang well, they aren't pretty. We haven't fully found the perfect mix to keep our bombs from cracking. We did figure out what is too wet...after a few oops-es. This year the year of the bath bomb. We will get it right!

11. Keep being ME!

It's been a trying 5 years. With a lot of ups and way too many downs. I slowly lost myself in the process and I don't like that one bit. Now that I am happy with who I married and where I's time to be happy with me again. Being happy takes many forms. One of them being weight...losing it that is. I'm happy when I am skinny. Or should I say I feel better when I am skinnier. Either way...I want to be back to a healthy weight, because the superficial side of me ready to be prancing around in sky high heels and super awesome outfits again. The other part is getting back to being me. The random girl who breaks out into dance in the middle of anywhere. Laughing...because I find something funny and it makes others wonder. Surrounding myself with people who "get" me, even if they don't get all of me. Not worrying about what others think...cause man has that been an issue I never thought I would have. Letting myself fall flat on my face and know that it isn't the end of the world...or even the day. I'm slowly getting there and I have a feeling that 2011 just might be the year that everything falls back into place. Just as long as I push myself and let others help me along the way!

I truly look forward to everything that 2011 has in store for me. It's another year for me to grow into the person I want to be!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful last day of 2010 and is looking forward to all of the chances and opportunities that 2011 holds!

Happy New Year's Eve!


Home decor for New Years

12/29/2010 08:23:00 PM Ashley 0 Comments

New Years feels like the most appropriate time of year to have really shiny home decor out. But that's probably because I can't helped but be drawn to shiny things. If you know me at all then you know I probably wandered off because I spotted something that glimmers. What can I say, I'm easily distracted.

Even though I may have an undying love for shimmer, not everyone feels the same way. But why not break out a little and let the glitter fly for New Years?

Here are some of the sparkles I've had my eye on.

{Items linked through photos}

I hope you will have a shiny and sparkly New Years!


A look back at my 2010

12/28/2010 09:57:00 AM Ashley 0 Comments

It has been a year. And a crazy one at that!

It was a year that started off shaky, but quickly turned into our wild ride to where we are now and I couldn't be happier.

So won't you join me as we (or mostly I) take a look back on my year of packing, moving,traveling, crafting, decorating and just plain insanity?

In February we made a trip to Colorado (our last before the move). Well actually Nate went to Colorado on TDY and Emmett and I tagged along.


Also on this trip, Nate went back to the Air Force Academy to interview for a teaching position. Then we waited....with our fingers crossed.


Late March is when we discovered that our lovable Emmett had Bilateral Hip Dysplasia. Insert major sad face and $$$$$$. Who knew that dog hips cost $5000?


April saw a lot of short TDYs for Nate, me working on weight loss and preparing for a PCS across the country.


By May, our PCS was in full swing. With lots of planning, organizing and panicking/meltdowns. Mostly done by me, because it's what I do best. I took May to organize and catalog my shoe collection.


June saw more prepping for moving as well as buying a sofa...right before we moved...because we're super smart.


By July we were beyond ready to get the heck out of Albuquerque and never look back. The good thing is that this is when we were packed up. Bad thing is...this is when we were packed up.

Where we went from this...


To this...


And finally to this...


Which meant we closed out July with our road trip across the country to our new home!

This was the greatest sign in the world to see...


Emmett did a lot of this...


I checked my mirror constantly to make sure I still saw this...


I just about pee'd myself in excitement as we crossed the Mississippi River because it meant that I got to eat this...


And these...


We started August with a new house! This of course meant that we had to decorate and explore the area.

We painted a little, to help make it feel more like a home.


Nate started school in September, but we continued to explore the area. We instantly fell in love with all of the farmer's markets and farms where you could pick your own produce.


October, November and December saw Nate working his butt off for school. Which gave me time to make friends, workout and craft a lot!

It has been, to say the least, a life changing year. And honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. But, I'm also truly look forward to 2011.

I may not make resolutions, but I know that this coming year is going to be packed full with so many things. I have more craft ideas than ever, I want to "open" my home to you and I plan on pushing myself even more with how much I work out. I can't wait to bring all of this to you, my wonderful readers!

I hope you have had a wonderful 2010 and are looking forward to 2011. I look forward to sharing new things with you!


Merry Christmas!

12/24/2010 10:22:00 AM Ashley 0 Comments

Just wanted to stop in and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Today will be a relaxing, but full day for us. We are prepping for all of the cooking we'll be doing Christmas day.

We'll be eating a lot of this tomorrow:


"This" being a goose (okay that's a picture of our duck last year), but you get the idea.

I must say, I am beyond excited for the food. Not that that is a huge shock to hear coming from me.

Again, I hope you are getting to spend the holidays with those that you love the most. Have a safe, happy and filling Christmas!


My current IKEA love (holiday edition)

12/21/2010 08:05:00 PM Ashley 2 Comments

A while back some friends and I did a impromptu IKEA run.

And I was amazingly good the whole time...

Till I started seeing the holiday decor.

It's okay though, because I couldn't find any of it. I thought I was free and safe. Silly me. I should have known that they would put all of the holiday items right by the checkout line. I quickly snatched up two sets of the KALLT Christmas lights.

I kept seeing these wonderful snowflake LED lights hanging in front of the many "windows" in the IKEA home displays, and that's exactly where ours went. Right in the two windows in our dinning room.

Honestly, if you live near an IKEA and plan on making a trip into the madness, then pick up a set or two if they still have them. They are beyond easy to hang and are so wonderfully cheerful.

I love them so much that I may leave them in my windows well into the snowy months.


A quick easy to make wreath

12/20/2010 03:43:00 PM Ashley 1 Comments

I have all of these great things that I want to share with you. I really...really do. But I can't. Yet. Mostly because almost everything that I am working on/making right now is a Christmas gift for someone who reads this blog and I don't want to ruin the surprise!

I did want to share this very simple wreath idea with you though...

If you spend time browsing blogs and Etsy, then you have probably already seen this style of wreath floating about. Pretty much all you do is get a foam wreath form and wrap it in your choice of yarn. One you have wrapped if you can pretty much decorate it however you want. The two that I have recently done were covered in ornaments/yarn wrapped balls and glittery snowflakes.

This guy is living in our bathroom.

And he found a home where my blogging BFF lives.

Yep, it's that simple.


~Foam wreath form
~Whatever you want to use to decorate it

Now go out and try it, because it really is that simple!

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday season thus far!


My Christmas most wanted

12/15/2010 05:23:00 PM Ashley 0 Comments

Even though the husband and I aren't exchanging gifts, based on the fact that we really don't need anything, there are still a few things that I personally am drooling over.

First up is the Silhouette SD.


I've wanted one for awhile, but they were never compatible with Mac. Much to my excitement or dismay that has recently changed. Cue more drooling. There is so much that you can do with it and the best don't need cartridges like other machines. You just download templates to your computer (for a small price) and you're good to go. It retails for about $299, which is what takes the wind out of my sails every time, but I can still dream right?

My next wish is for the Pyrex Box Grater. Seems simple enough, but this grater has a built in measuring cup. Um hello brilliant, where have you been all my life? I love that I wouldn't have to grate cheese and then put it into a measuring cup. I always feel like a lot of cheese loses the good fight in that process.

There are my two main wants. Again I don't need them, but I would never pass up the opportunity to own them. Granted I can foresee us owning a $14 cheese grater well before I would own a $300 craft item.

Silhouette, if you're out there...I've been a very good girl this year...and an even better crafter!

What's on your wish list?