Month: June 2012

July is for Birthdays

July is for Birthdays

June 30th kicks off a birthday bonanza in our family! Today is my younger brother’s birthday {who is turning 25…I think this is where I stop referring to him as my *younger* brother??!!} Then we launch into July which contains me, hubby, Tyler’s, my niece, […]

National Camera Day featuring TCBY Frozen Yogurt

National Camera Day featuring TCBY Frozen Yogurt

Today is National Camera Day! If you’ve been around awhile you might have noticed that I love taking unique photos. I’m a details person–I love to really *zoom* in on a subject and get to the good stuff! When I found out that I was […]

Making A Rental Feel Like Home

Making A Rental Feel Like Home

When you’ve moved and/or temporarily re-located 8 times in the past 7 years like I have it means one thing–renting is an absolute must.

Once you move out of the newly wed stage though, renting can begin to feel like a bummer-especially if you grew up in home owning families, like hubby and I both did. As I’ve mentioned recently, however, I’ve purposed to let go of all my If Onlys and focus in on how to live the wonderful life I’ve been given and blessed with to its fullest!

While renting means no painting and no renovating there are SO many ways to make a place a home without ever lifting a brush!

My favorite way to make our latest rental feel like home is to use personalized pictures

Now, you’ll never find my apartment within the covers of Home and Garden, but me and hubby both LOVE our decor because every single piece and picture on our wall has a very special meaning behind it.

As soon as we get our pictures up on the wall, whatever rental we happen to be in at that moment instantly becomes our home.

Above is our mantlepiece collection. Along with the pictures of our wonderful kiddos and family we have candles from our wedding and if you read about my Uncle Robert you’ll understand why we chose the amazing and moving art piece.

Down our hall we have all our Coast Guard pride-(does the picture on the bottom look familiar at all??? Hmmm…can you tell that I love it?! I included the Owl City lyrics from one of my favorite songs on it) The artwork is of the boat and lighthouse that Bob worked on when we lived in North Carolina, and the picture on the far right is one of him that was taken by a co-worker in NC.

This wall is my favorite–proudly displayed in our front room it contains three pictures of my beautiful home state–Wyoming. The top two pictures were taken by my super talented younger brother of places we spent a bunch of time in growing up. The picture on the bottom I took last summer when we got to go visit the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park.

Here is our latest addition to our humble abode. If you hadn’t noticed I tend to have a great love for canvas prints. There is just something about them that adds depth and richness to a photo. This is hanging happily in Tyler & Amber’s nursery. I have wanted to add a picture to tie into the quote for awhile now and I  feel like this canvas is the absolutely perfect thing!

Do you love hanging custom art and pictures in your home? How do you make a rental feel like a home?

Bausch + Lomb’s Biotrue Challenge

Bausch + Lomb’s Biotrue Challenge

I love my eyes. They’re one of my favorite things about me. Although I have always wished for baby blues (like my sweet Amber ended up with) My own unique and fun swirls of green and brown have come a close second in my mind. […]

Summer Camp {At Home} DailyBuzz Moms June 9×9:

Summer Camp {At Home} DailyBuzz Moms June 9×9:

Ideas have been compiling into ever growing long to-do lists Pinterest Boards stuffed to the brim with great ideas to use…someday… Outdoor adventures have been put off for months for”when it’s nice outside” Finally the hustle and bustle of the school year slows and trickles […]

How To Train Your Dragon Live ~ For My Birthday!

How To Train Your Dragon Live ~ For My Birthday!

Normally for my birthday I pick something to celebrate the day like a mani/pedi, or getting my hair highlighted, or a nice dinner out.

This year to celebrate my birthday I’m choosing something that is a little unorthodox but I think that will be a TON of fun! Me and Amber are going to see:

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR will be DCU Center in Worcester, MA from Wed. July 11th through Sun. July 15th. Regular Ticket prices range from a low of $29.50 to a high of $69.50 (excluding fees). A limited number of premium seats and special VIP ticket experiences and family packages are also available.  CLICK HERE to purchase tickets, for showtimes and much more including the NATIONAL TOUR DATES. There are three amazing VIP packages as well. CLICK HERE for details on how to meet the dragons as well as other VIP opportunities! Check out a video of the show by CLICKING HERE


Awesome right??!! I’m super excited about it! We must have watched How to Train Your Dragon about a million times last summer, it’s one of Amber’s all time favorites (and me and Bob love it too, haha)

But it gets even more awesome: 

SPECIAL OFFER….SAVE 25% on weekday performances (including Friday nights) by entering the code MOM in the promo box which says “MOM Bloggers Discount Offer”.  Get great seats for a big discount!  (This code is valid nationwide as tickets go on sale!)

So be sure to check and see if it will be coming near you–my sister wants to go to the one in Salt Lake City and is totally jealous that we get to go first!

I’ll be receiving tickets to attend in exchange for letting you all know what a fabulous experience it is–happy birthday to me! 🙂

Mamavation Monday ~ Plugging Along

Mamavation Monday ~ Plugging Along

I’ve smoked my last cigarette, At least a hundred times I bet, I guess I’ll just keep quitting til it sticks ~ Jason Aldean So I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life–but this line totally resonates with me because describes my feelings so perfectly […]

Don’t Sweat It

Don’t Sweat It

“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things” George Carlin  I love summer here in New England. It is the “just right” amount of heat and humidity, sunny and rainy days, green mixed in with the grey of the rocks.Sweating, however, does not […]

Wedding Plans

Wedding Plans

Wedding Plans fill the air with their delight.
Thoughts of gorgeous antique wedding rings, flowing shimmery wedding gowns, and bridegroom and groomsmen in converse shoes surround and swirl in the mind. 
Not my wedding of course–in fact it’s been seven years this month since My Happily Ever After began. No, in fact it’s my youngest brother, Ryan, who is getting married. 
Ryan–who I babysat, who I still want to call my “little brother” though he’s long since been taller than me, Ryan who used to cuddle up with me on the couch and hold my hand “to keep me company”.
How it’s possible that my baby brother can be getting married is beyond all comprehension.
However it helps that he’s getting married to someone I absolutely adore. I was able to meet and get to know his bride-to-be Brianne last year and I fell in love with her too. Sweet and spunky, soft and bubbly she’s an adorable mix of life and love and is going to make a wonderful wife. She happens to also be an {amazing blogger} and yes–the awesome ring and pictures in this post I err, borrowed from her blog! 
Much like me and Bob they have a love story that has been long in the making. In fact much of their long distance dating and now engagement reminds me of my own relationship with my hubby. So while they seem so young I know how anxious they are to finally be together, forever! I also have to remind myself that they are the same age now, that we were when we got married. (How is it that although 19 seemed young then, it seems REALLY young now??)
Every part of me adores weddings–especially when they’re happening to two people I love so dearly.
Dr. Scholl’s For Her Ball of Foot Cushions Review

Dr. Scholl’s For Her Ball of Foot Cushions Review

As you all know, I’m all about looking fabulous and being comfortable at the same time. I also love adorable shoes–and it’s pretty much a well known fact that the cuter the shoe–the more uncomfortable it’s bound to be! Take this pair of *aDORable* wedges […]