Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I blame it on Pinterest.....

that I constantly am wanting another tattoo.

You can see my tattoo inspiration board by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I blame it on Pinterest...

that just taking a bath isn't good enough anymore and I now own stock in glow sticks.

You can see other ideas for Leyton by clicking here.

Monday, August 27, 2012

I blame it on Pinterest

that I started writing on items around my house with Sharpie and calling it "art".

You can see all the other things I want to make on my DIY Board by clicking here.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I blame it on Pinterest...

the fact that I've easily gained 10 pounds.  You can see my Holy Delicious food board by clicking here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I blame it on Pinterest......

I've decided to start a little series over the next couple of days.  It's going to be called "I blame it on Pinterest."

Up first, the need for pedicures and ridiculous toe nail designs.

You can see my nail inspiration board by clicking here.

Friday, August 17, 2012


So I know I already told you about Wittlebee once, but I feel like it deserves a mention again.  I mean, let's be honest, sometimes with things like this you are blown away at first, but then the more items come the more you realize that maybe they were just making a good first impression.  I can assure you this is NOT the case with Wittlebee.  I've received three boxes now and each one of them has been amazing!  The past two I changed the sizes so I can build up a supply for when Leyton gets bigger.  I like having a bin of clothes waiting so in case he has a sudden growth spurt I'm not running to the store.  I've also used their message system to leave comments on things I'd like to see and THEY LISTEN!  For example, Leyton runs bigger in the shirts than the pants.  I left them a note saying that and when my box came I had bigger shirts and smaller pants.  It's like having my own personal shopper!!

The second box I got was almost entirely Kenneth Cole Reaction clothes.

Can I also mention that this box only cost me $10 because of referrals?  I mean seriously!  I couldn't do this good at a thrift store or garage sale!

The third box has a mix of brands and it looks like they are starting to get more winter items in.

I love that there were a couple hoodies and that Caspar shirt is adorable and perfect for Halloween.  There were even a pair of pajamas in this box.

I keep thinking that this is my last box with each delivery, but then each box comes and I think...why stop?  I'm getting so many clothes for the money I'm spending and to be honest, I can't tell you the last time I bought him something at the store!

If you want to try out Wittlebee, please click here!  You will get $10 off your first box when you do!  I promise you will not be disappointed!

A Success

Hoot the Grid Art Auction was a huge success!  We had beautiful art, a beautiful hot night and a room full of beautiful people.  This is really turning out to be one of my favorite Getty Owl events and I can't wait to make it bigger and better.  I picked up a piece of art as well and have already hung it on my bedroom wall.

If you missed out or don't live in the area...DON'T WORRY!  There are still many ways you can help out this month!

1.  Our online art auction went live on Thursday, August 16th.  Each day for about a week 5 pieces of art will be listed online.  You will have 3 days to place your bids and then have your art shipped directly to you!  Stayed tuned on the Getty Owl Foundation blog or Facebook page this Thursday.

2.  August 25th is SMA Awareness night at the River Cats.  Get your friends and family together, buy some tickets online and come out and have a beer and hot dog with us while we watch the game.  Instructions for purchasing tickets can be found by clicking here.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Back to school

Because I didn't think my life was full enough I decided to go back to school.  Yup.  I've thought about it a million times.  When I originally started at my local junior college my goal was to be a teacher.  I wanted to focus on English and perhaps teach high school or college.  Through the years I have changed my mind a million times and ended up right back where I started...teaching. The only difference being I'd like to teach the younger kiddos, elementary age.

My plan was that perhaps I could get this all done by the time Leyton is 5-6 years old and be on the same schedule that he is on.  While that still "might" be a possibility...I have a feeling he might be a little older.  I have 10 classes left to take to transfer to Sac State.  I'll chip one of them off this semester, and thankfully it's a quick class so it will run from the end of August to the end of October.  Next semester I'll take a heavier load, but keep it all classes I can do in the evening, leaving the day classes for last.

Once I get to Sac State I have no idea what happens.  Probably another 3.5 years of that.  GULP.

While it all seems daunting I must say at the same time it is exciting.  I really always loved being a student and there is no reason I shouldn't have finished sooner other than life got in the way.  The thought of going now as an adult is almost more appealing because I appreciate it more.  I'm excited for all the history classes I have to take.  Not so excited about the math and biology.

Wish me luck, class starts on August 25th...but as of now I'm on the waiting list!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Hoot the Grid

This Saturday is the 2nd Annual Hoot the Grid in Sacramento!  We will be holding this years event at AJF Salon from 7-9pm.  If you are in the area you should come and check it out!  There will be wonderful artwork on display and for purchase by families and friends that are affected by SMA.  We will have desserts, wine, beer and some wonderful live music by Clemon Charles.  Not only that, but a silent auction that will knock your socks off.

All proceeds benefit the Getty Owl Foundation and their effort to spread awareness and fight SMA.

Come out and say hello and buy some art!  August is the national awareness month so there are more events coming down the pipeline!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Vacations are tough!

I'm sure this has happened to everyone.  You spend MONTHS planning and getting ready for a vacation.  You have your heart set on getting away from it all and just relaxing and enjoying the good times.  Then you get on said vacation and everything isn't quite what it was cracked up to be.  If you want a good story about this just go back to October of 2007 and read about my honeymoon.

Every other year we meet up with family at Donner Lake for a week of relaxation, drinking, food and just all around great company.  We start planning this trip the year prior so the anticipation leading up to it is great.  This year the trip was going to be even bigger because more of the family was joining us!  Needless to say we've been SUPER excited for a long time to go on this trip.

My niece flew in the night before and on Friday we loaded up the truck and started driving to Donner Lake.  Donner Lake is about an hour and a half drive into the hills.  Something about the fact that it took us 4 hours to get there should have possibly been the first sign that there were rocky roads ahead.

I stayed optimistic though.  Just a bump in the road right?  I mean, what is 4 hours of getting there when you have a whole week to look forward to?!

On Saturday night Leyton started barfing.  He barfed all night until about 5am Sunday.  The barfing stopped but the fevers did not...which meant the attitude was not quite the greatest.  On Monday the cough started and on Tuesday it hit epic proportions.  The kid couldn't go a minute without having a coughing fit.

Needless to say I lost my shit.  I pouted.  I contemplated going home.  I was ready to just give up.  Life has not been smooth sailing for a while and all I could think was "Why does this stuff ALWAYS happen to us?"  The self pity party began.  I started to think about all the bad stuff that had happened.  I started to think about a honeymoon gone wrong and almost a year to follow relearning how to walk.  I NEEDED this vacation and here was life taking a big old dump on me again.  It was gross.  I was spiraling out of control.

Wednesday Leyton woke up smiling and his cough was almost gone.  The next two days were some of the funnest days of my life.  Was it because the tides turned and suddenly luck was on my side?  Had Leyton somehow turned into super child overnight?

The answer is no.  I realized the world isn't out to get me.  I realized that everything I needed and wanted out of my week vacation was right there in front of me.  My family.  I didn't need everything to be rainbows and unicorns.  I just needed some time away with those that matter most.  I had more love and happiness in one place than many other experience in their whole life.  I was lucky.

Here's to a great vacation and I already can't wait till the next one.

Monday, August 06, 2012


I've been on vacation, have you noticed?  I not only decided to vacation from life, but also from this blog.  As much as I love writing, I often just need a break from it all.  I start to think, "I'm going to quit blogging."  Typically that is a sign that I just need to take a break.  So I did just that.  I joined my family at Donner Lake for a week away.  I'll tell you all about that tomorrow but I want to leave you with my favorite image.  My niece Alli took this photo of Leyton and his Daddy fishing from the pier.  It melts my heart when I look at it.  I must have it blown up on a canvas ASAP.

What makes it even more special is two years ago I capture a similar picture.  Only it was of my niece and her grandpa fishing on the pier.

Alli wasn't there and had no idea this photo existed.  It is great when moments get recreated and you don't even know it's happening.

I'll catch up more with all of you that are still reading tomorrow!


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