Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WHAT A DAY: March 24, 2015

Headed to a fun Girls' Night Out involving cider and crafting with Melissa and Sara. fingers were damaged. 
And such a beautiful night outdoors for the #craftxcraft event. 

And the finished product. I love it! And I LOVE CHARLOTTE!

Not sure if you can see but 2 big deer were greeting me on my way home. Not a pleasant sight for me :(. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

TONY & ALI: The 1st Month (Feb. 22-Mar. 22, 2015)

I created this Shutterfly Book of our first month of adventures together including some random texts we sent each other.  I love documenting life's happenings...good and bad, but mostly good.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WHAT A DAY: March 21, 2015

After seeing the movie "Gunman," Tony lovingly agreed to do something artsy with me. So we headed to Olive's in Ft. Mill, SC to create some clay birdhouses. 
Starting from a house shaped slab, we worked out some great masterpieces. 

Tony made a Gamecock house; however I failed to capture the end result. He did a great job for a non-artsy person. His mom would be proud. 
I made a little love shack :) and turned it into a birdhouse vase. 

Then added elements of our relationship so far. Faith is a big part. 
Light is my 2015 word. 
Xo and flowers and love all arrived in my life this year too.
I love this man so much. BIG SMILES!!
Although I did tell him I would go paint the houses solo, since I could tell he was losing interest after the first hour when he was simply rolling out clay. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Since this is the breakdown of my bloodline, I have every right to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
And Xo has a bit of luck in him too being a rescue and all.

And since I was away from Tony and my other Irish peeps...kisses to you all!

My mom always made Rueben sandwiches on that day...and they are the best!!  
She know how much I love them, so teased me with these pics..Arby's has nothing on my mom. 
Be safe everyone celebrating..both Irish and non.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE #thedailymarker30day

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I decided to add something simple and fun and relaxing to my bedtime routine.
And this fit the bill.
So here's to a fun 30 days of COLORING!! 

LIFE BOOK 2015: February

Due to life's interruptions, I was only able to complete one week of February's courses in Life Book.  However, it was a fun one and I loved using my new Inktense set. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015


My heart was broken. My house was quiet and lonely. I needed something ...and that something was hugs and kisses from a sweet little Shih tzu/chihuahua/dachsund/Jack Russell rescue pup. 
I prepped the kitchen once again to house my incoming fur baby. I was so excited I hardly slept the night before. 
Then it was a trip to South Carolina to begin the journey with XO. (Pronounced "zoh"). I knew that name was IT once he started hugging on me and kissing my cheek. 
And after the paperwork was signed, home we headed making a few stops. 

The pop-up carrier I got at Kmart worked fabulous.  And for $15. I can't complain. XO slept most of the time. No barking and loving the occasional rubs. 

At PetSmart, XO successfully made a potty break.  Yay...I thought this was going to be an easy training especially since he did it again at home. Yet we did have one accident. I'm using the indoor grass mat so hoping it will be a success. 
Everyone at the store loved him. And actually wondered how I got a lil pup when most in the store were older. 
Food and treats were welcomed and he definitely knows where to go now for food. I think he is an eater. Doesn't fall far from the tree :). However one difference from Barkley, so far, is he doesn't bark when I eat or at all when out of the gate. 
The neighborhood girls were so excited they made a special poster saying "Welcom to your forever home XO" with a lil kiss printed on it. They sure loved Barkley too and were happy to see me get another cutie patootie. 
So far Day 1 was a success, XO seems very comfortable and relaxed. However I think he has some separation anxiety. He barked the entire time I was trying to nap so once I went downstairs, he fell asleep in my arms in like 2 seconds. Slowly but surely.