Thursday, September 30, 2010

september wrap-up

September has been a whirlwind of a month! I cannot believe it's almost over. And it feels like it just started. But the good news of that is, it's Fall!! (altho here in So Cal, summer came back and with a vengence!)

This month I...

completed the photo challenge

went to Hawaii:
decided that I should just build furniture out of all my books since we have so many

made a very exciting announcement

participated in 40 Days For Life in Las Vegas:
got a killer deal (not the current sale) on this bag (which will be used as a purse/diaper bag)

was reminded of how amazing snowflake babies are and why I want to adopt one (or more)

attended a very fun wedding:
started reading this book

decided to make these adorable baby shoes out of old jeans

looked over these tips to a successful garage sale.. we'll be having one soon

had my 20 week ultrasound:
And now October is being ushered in with rain. Here's to autumn!

photo challenge: day 20

We have reached the final day of the photo challenge. I'm sad to see it go. It was fun. I hope that you enjoyed it and might be encouraged to do your own!

day 20: any picture that you want!

My picture perfect son :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

photo challenge: day 19

day 19: a favorite picture of yours

This picture was taken in 2008 on one of my trips to visit my grandma in Maryland. I'm standing in the rain talking to my husband on the phone and my mom took this picture through the glass at a bus stop.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

photo challenge: day 18

day 18: a picture of you and a best friend

This is me with one of my bestest friends, Cory. I had to post this picture because it's just awesome. This was taken in Squaw Valley, 2005.

Monday, September 27, 2010


Birds are some of God's most beautiful and intriguing creations. We have some very pretty birds in our neighborhood and I love to watch them (and so does my kitty). Just for fun, I thought today I'd share some cool bird pictures I found:

Toucan bird

Female ruby-throated hummingbird_4-21-09_007

Happy Song

Because I love puffins:
Puffins, Ingolfshöfði, Iceland


photo challenge: day 17 AND a surprise

Sorry it's been so long!!! September just got away from me. I'm back to finish up the photo challenge this week.. I promise. So here is:

day 17: a picture of what you wore today...

Dress: Ross
Leggings: F21
Shoes: JC Penny
Belt: thrifted ($1)

And if you think you saw a little baby bump in that picture above...

you're right!
We are expecting a baby boy in January and of course, we are so excited!

Monday, September 20, 2010

free laundry detergent?

Yes, please!!

A friend of mine recently turned me onto Money Saving Mom.. an incredible website for us frugal types! My mom taught me way back when to save money when I can. I always go straight for the sale and clearance racks, wait for items to go on sale, always use coupons and thrift shop. The one thing I never really got into (because it seemed so danged confusing) was using coupons in correlation with other coupons and sales... Until now!

My very first experience with this trick was today. Did you know that if you have a CVS card, you can scan it at the price check thing and coupons print out!?!?! I know! I didn't know that either! But I tried it and it worked.

When I scanned my card I got like 6 coupons, but the one I was most interested was the coupon for $2 off Xtra Laundry Detergent. Because, Xtra Laundry Detergent was on sale with your CVS card for... you guessed it: $2!!!

So I paid 17cents (tax) for a bottle of laundry detergent that will do up to 28 loads. Can you say, what a deal (or steal)!?

Needless to say, I'm totally hooked. I will be searching out coupons and sales from now on. And there are several websites to help with this. Here are a few:

*Money Saving Mom
*Drugstore Divas
*my frugal adventures
*Money Saving Madness

Friday, September 17, 2010

friday wrap-up

this week i...

-painted my toes Barbie pink (sorry Crystal):

- went to hawaii

- decided to make this and this since I'm feeling autumn-y

- enjoyed this short article on the theology of sleep

- fell in love with some beautiful chandeliers

- was inspired to document my trip to hawaii like this

- ordered personalized business cards and can't wait to get them in the mail!

- found this super adorable towel-bib diy

...and i just wanted to remind you (or inform you) that today is Constitution Day, so take a moment to consider the incredible freedoms that are afforded us in this nation and be thankful that so many were and are willing to sacrifice to uphold the United States Constitution.

Have a wonderful Friday and a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

home from hawaii

I returned home from a nice vacation to Hawaii this morning. Just thought I would share a sneak peak of my trip (I'll post a more extensive blog post on my trip later)...

{Waikiki Beach}

{feet in the soft sand}


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

photo challenge: day 16

day 16: a picture of you more than 10 years ago

Yup.. I was a picnic for Halloween... circa 1995.

Monday, September 13, 2010

photo challenge: day 15

day 15: a picture that you edited

This is a photo of my brother and his bride's wedding rings. This is her bridal bouquet, which I made for her :) I edited the picture to make it black and white, leaving only the flowers in color.

Friday, September 10, 2010

friday wrap-up

this week i...

- posted the giveaway winner

- bought this really cute top at Marshalls (I couldn't resist it)

- visited a friend in Temecula

- was absolutely amazed watching the heartbeat of a 4 week 4 day old baby inside the womb

- scheduled this event at UNLV

- was really excited to see Denny Burk is sidewalk counseling (I love when men get involved in pro-life ministry!!)

- decided I'm going to make one of these scrapbooklets with Hawaii pictures

Have a fabulous weekend!!

photo challenge: day 14

day 14: a picture taken with your cell phone

This is me.. proud of my $1 thrift shop find: an awesome Chargers sweatshirt!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

photo challenge: day 13

day 13: a picture from last summer

This was the first time I ever wakeboarded in my life! I had great coaches who were determined to get me up out of the water and I did. And it was a blast.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

photo challenge: day 12

day 12: a black and white photo

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

photo challenge: day 11

day 11: post one of the oldest pictures you have in your picture folders

My very first snowman. This was taken winter of 85/86 in New York. That's my mom with the super cool snow boots and yellow sweater.

Monday, September 6, 2010

photo challege: day 9 & 10

Today I'm playing catch up from Friday...

day 9: take a picture today that showcases motion:

This was taken from the train window. I like that you can see the reflection of my feet :)

Day 10 - A picture that you took at one time that you love:

This one was taken at a 2009 Tea Party in Oceanside. It was my desktop picture for the longest time. I thought it was so cute and it really summed up why we are at all involved in the movement: our children and grandchildren. I want to pass on to them a country that still allows them the freedom and liberty that our Founders intended for all of us to have.

Friday, September 3, 2010

friday wrap-up

This week I...

-went to a beach barbeque and bonfire
-took marta's advice and made a list of what I did this summer

-prayed for my husband

-got really excited about this year's YMCA ball gown giveaway

-bought a webcam:-very much enjoyed this article by Mark Driscoll on what Proverbs has to say about negative women

-was reminded that pluto isn't a planet anymore :(

-decided I really need to get back into crocheting

Don't forget.. you still have until the end of today to enter the giveaway!

Have a fantastic Labor Day Weekend!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

photo challenge: day 8

day 08: post a picture from your commute

Since I don't commute to work.. since I don't work.. I thought I'd share a picture of my "commute" to the airport. I travel at least once a month and I always take the train down to San Diego to the airport. It's usually my favorite part of traveling. I love trains!!

ode to september

Oh September, how I am so glad you are finally here!

You are the gateway to fall, which means... football, Halloween, cool breezes, nights that get dark oh-so-early, lots of leaves and beautiful colors are right around the corner!

Did I mention that Fall is my favorite season??
Japanese Maple

Of course, I could also be excited about September because I'm going to Hawaii this month...

photo challenge: day 7

day 07: post a picture from a recent vacation

This was taken on our trip to Washington DC in April of this year (one of my absolute favorite places to visit!). I'm standing in front of the Washington Monument. Here is a full picture of the monument:
The reason I love DC so much is because of this country's rich history and heritage. For example, did you know that on the east facing portion at the top of this monument are the words "Laus Deo" which mean "Praise be to God". I think it's only fitting that this phrase is what greets the sun rise each morning.

Here's one more picture (this one I took in 2007). This is a reflection of the Washington Monument in one wall of the Vietnam memorial: