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14 Mar

Looking for: My mojo to write a little bit more. One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to create and write more and I have definitely been keeping with that on the creative side. I have been really busy with mobiles over the last few months. My sewing machine has found a permanent place on the dining room table where I sit at nightly and sew birdies. It has been good to stay busy and see business better than ever.

Feeling: Luckily on the mend! We have all been a little under the weather lately. Luckily Lila experienced the least of it. I got the flu and that put me down for a good 5 days and since then I have been left with the longest cold ever. I wake up each day hoping it will be gone but it is just lingering about. Josh felt pretty bad for a few days but he is convinced it wasn’t the flu. Lila spent about 3 days with my parents as we were trying to survive. We wanted her away from all the germs and to stay as well as possible. She managed to escape the whole thing with only a runny nose, so she wins!

Anticipating: Lila’s second birthday! Lila turns 2 on Saturday and I can’t wait. Well, that’s a lie. I can wait and it kinda breaks my heart she is growing up so fast. She will be excited when she see’s her birthday cake, though. We are trying to do a Charlotte’s Web theme so she is going to have a cute little pig cake with pig cupcakes. When I was growing up my mom always had the same person make our birthday cakes and they were the best ever:) They had the most unique flavor and it was always one of the high points of my birthday. Since I have gotten older and life has been busier I haven’t had one of those birthday cakes in years. I called my mom to see if she could get the lady to do a special cake for Lila and she agreed! I hope she loves it as much as I always did.

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Running: I have been keeping up with my running since the first of the year and I feel so much better. My friend Jamie and I try and run about 4 days a week and we have been training for the Nashville Half Marathon at the end of April. After last year’s half marathon I said I was done but here I am again. I might be crazy. I find that I do best when I have a goal to work towards and scheduling a big race helps keep me on track and dedicated to working out. The flu put a little halt on training for several days but I am back at it and trying to get my endurance back up. I got some spiffy new running shoes that I love:) They make running a bit more fun if that is possible. I have really enjoyed having Jamie as my running buddy. I used to love working out by myself but here lately it seems a lot more fun when you have someone to do it with. We push and encourage each other to do more even if we aren’t feeling it!

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Watching: Well, you know I am always up on my tv so I have lots of shows that I love. One of my new favorites is Scandal and Duck Dynasty! Scandal keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time and I love Kerry Washington. Josh and I have both gotten really into Duck Dynasty which is something I didn’t think I would ever say. It’s just hilarious and Si is the best. You know what I mean, Jack!

Looking forward to: Spring! I am over the cold weather and mother nature’s fickle ways. We have had a few days where we have gotten a tease of the warm weather, only to be followed by freezing temps and lots of wind.

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Eating: Thin Mints! Someone take them away.

Making me happy: Cuddles on the couch, coffee, sunshine, and quality time with the family.

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-Inspired by Danielle at


25 Sep

Reading: I have finally gotten around to Emily Giffin’s, Where We Belong, and I am loving it. I am a little over halfway done and I don’t want it to end because it is that good. I have actually found myself reading most nights in the past few weeks and it has been super relaxing.

Watching: I haven’t been watching near as much tv as usual. There really hasn’t been much on that has sparked an interest. However, all my favorite fall shows are about to premiere so I am very excited about that. I have been watching Parenthood the last few weeks and it never fails I am sobbing at the end. How can they manage to make each and every episode so darn emotional? I love all the story lines and I get so wrapped up with each of the characters. It looks as though this season there are going to be more tears than ever.

Excited about: All the great deals we scored at Duck Duck Goose last week. Lila’s winter wardrobe is ready and we got it all at a fraction of the price than we would have buying everything brand new. Not only did we get her lots of clothes but I picked her up several toys for Christmas. It is kinda crazy to think we have already started shopping for the holidays but there were such incredible deals I had to take advantage of them.

Loving: The cool, crisp mornings. Fall is by far my favorite time of the year and I try and savor all the little things I love about it. I get so excited when I break out my sweaters and boots for the first time, the warm drinks, and the re-energizing feeling I get. I could definitely live in a fall-like atmosphere all year-round.

Anticipating: Our 4 year anniversary coming up in a few days and also my 30th birthday. Some days I am completely fine with the thought of turning 3o and other days it gives me lots of anxiety. I realize there is nothing I can do about it and I would much rather have a birthday than to stop having them but it also makes me realize how quickly these past few years have gone by. I remember when 3o seemed old and it was a distant age somewhere in the future. Now it is but days away.

Keeping busy with: Mobile-making and chasing Lila bug around.

Goals: To start exercising again on good schedule. I did manage to run one night last week but haven’t been consistent. It’s so hard to carve out extra time and I find it almost impossible to sacrifice my sleep time for exercising. I’m really gonna put forth a better effort though.

Thanks to Danielle for providing the original inspiration for this post.


7 Sep

Feeling: I think I may be on the up and up. I finally had to quit the Topamax which was supposed to be helping my dizzies. It was helping the dizziness but at the same time it was giving me 10 other side affects. Ewww. I was feeling awful and it wasn’t worth it so I decided to stop taking it. I kinda stopped it cold turkey which you shouldn’t do….ooops. But I had to get that stuff out of my system. I have been off of it for about 2 weeks now and I am feeling a bit better everyday. Surprisingly my dizziness hasn’t been too bad lately. Depending on how I continue to feel I may just stay off of any meds for good 🙂

I’m also a bit sad. My brother was in town for 2 weeks and it was so great to have him home. We got to hang out and he got to spend a lot of time with Lila.He left to go back to Seattle this week. I am really proud of him though and so glad he is happy doing what he loves.


Excited About: Halloween! This is one of my favorite holidays and I love to get dressed up. In years past I have spent hours working on my costumes but I don’t really have that much time these days. Here are some costumes from the past several years. I think this year I am going to re-work and old costume and also incorporate Lila’s costume so we come as a pair. I can’t wait. I hope she enjoys dressing up as much as I do.

Eating: Wow, my eating habits have been so bad lately. I have been on a kick where I want a sprite and a Reese cup EVERY night. This is odd for me because I don’t drink soda except for Diet Coke and I rarely crave sweets for days on end. I don’t really think having some sweets everyday is that bad but I also need to get back to my workout routine if I plan to continue. I have gotten quite relaxed and haven’t done much of anything workout wise in a couple of months 😦 Now, I just have to find some extra time somewhere…hmmm.

Watching: Oh you know, I’m always watching something 🙂 I started watching The L.A. Complex this week and it actually isn’t that bad. It’s not a great show but it is definitely entertaining. I also can’t wait for all the new fall shows coming back and there are a few new ones that look really good. Our house has been tuned into a lot of football lately. This is Josh’s favorite time of year and he will watch any football at any time. I on the other hand, only care about UT football:)

Daddy is teaching Lila to be a UT lover as well.

Anticipating: My 30th birthday, our anniversary, fall-time and my mom’s birthday! So many good times ahead.

Making me sad: The hate and anger that politics arises in people. Why can’t we agree to disagree and respect other people’s difference of opinion. There will never be a time when everyone agrees so let’s not create hate and move forward in a bi-partisan way.

Making me happy: Fall clothes, raspberries, the crisp feeling in the air each morning, Lila’s loving disposition and time with family.


Thanks to Danielle for providing the original inspiration for this post.



26 Jul

Loving: My new tattoo! It is almost completely healed now and I am already itching for my next one. I am going to take a break for a while though and really give it some good thought about what I what and where…no rush! In the mean time I will be enjoying this one 🙂

Feeling: Blah. I just haven’t felt that great the past couple of weeks. I had written here about my dizziness and having to start a new medication in an effort to treat it. Over the past 5 weeks I have gradually been increasing my dosage of the medicine (topamax) like the dr has prescribed and it has basically made me feel like crap. I’m tingling, numb, exhausted, have no appetite, kinda weak and worst of all dizzier than I was before. It’s a pretty big bummer to say the least. I have one more week of medicine to go before I am to report back to the dr. and let her know the results and see where we go from here. Honestly, I would rather take no medicine and be dizzy with no side effects than take medicine and have all these crazy things happening. But, I guess we can’t know if something is gonna work until we try. I just want to figure it out. Some days I think I will be dizzy the rest of my life 😦

Reading: Right now I am reading Ishmael, it is more of a spiritual book about a man in search of the truth. I don’t normally read these types of things but I am trying to step outside of my comfort zone.  I have my fun read lined up right behind this one though. Emily Giffin’s new book Where We Belong came out on Tuesday and the hub surprised me with it !

Watching: Now that The Bachelorette is over, go Jef and Emily….I am so excited about Breaking Bad and Project Runway. I didn’t get into Breaking Bad until last year and I sat down and basically watched all the seasons back to back. I know a show about meth-making may not sound like your thing….it wasn’t mine either, but it is so good. I have been into Project Runway from the very first season so I am thrilled they are back for their 10th season. I already have a few favorites. I actually forgot about the premiere last week and went to bed and I was so upset with myself. No worries though, I caught up. “It’s make it work time!”

Laughing At: How Lila will put on any pair of shoes that aren’t already occupied by feet. I think she may have a closet full of shoes one day. Who can blame the girl?

Wishing: I could own this chair. It was on the season finale of Design Star the other night and I have become completely obsessed over it. I know my cats would probably rip it to shreds but I still love it and want it…..

Planning: On cleaning out and organizing my closet in the near future. I have seen so many posts and pictures of cute closets lately and it has inspired me to do something with mine. I feel like that is one reason I have trouble getting dressed in the morning….things are too cluttered, I can’t see what I own, and I need to clean it out!

Listening: This song puts some pep in my step, even when I don’t feel like I have any pep 😉

Thanks to Danielle from for providing the inspiration for this post.


8 Jun

Feeling: Swollen. Yesterday between Lila and I, we spent 5 hours at the dr.’s office and pharmacy. We both have sinus infections and we are on antibiotics. I woke up this morning with a super swollen, itchy and red face. LOVELY. So I guess I am having an allergic reaction. I guess I will be going back to the dr:(

Watching: I am loving The Bachelorette! Josh just sits and rolls his eyes while I watch it but I can’t help it. Also, the new season on Design Star on HGTV is on. It is one of my favorites and I look forward to it every season. With each challenge they are given I always try and imagine what kind of design I would come up with….I know, I’m a nerd;)

Eating: I am obsessed with Strawberry Spring salad lately. I have been ordering one from a restaurant downtown and I can’t get enough. I have tried to make my own version at home. It isn’t quite as good as the one from the restaurant but it is still pretty tasty. I need to tweak my dressing a bit and learn how to candy the pecans.

Spinach Strawberry Salad with Candied Pecans, Feta, & Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing

Making me happy right now:

Photo: My blue-eyed babe

I love this picture of Lila and how it captures her sweet, innocent personality so well.

Working on: Still working on lots of custom mobile orders as well as working on a new mobile design. Hopefully I will have it up in my shop next week. I always enjoy creating something new and seeing the final outcome. It definitely takes extra time to get a new design just right but I like throwing in different ideas every few months.

Wishing: My tattoo would stop itching. I know that means it is healing but it is taking every bit of restraint I have to not go get a tree branch and just rub it on my side.


3 May

Loving: This little girl^. She is into everything these days and isn’t really interested in sitting still. She has started randomly walking up to me and wrapping her arms around my legs while laying her head against me. Heart explodes. Also, when we are doing grocery shopping and she is riding in the buggy she will reach up and give me a hug. BEST.THING.EVER.

Watching: What About Brian. This is a older show that was only on for 2 seasons but they are all on hulu and I have been obsessed. I have been told that it ends abruptly and I will be really disappointed but that hasn’t stopped me.

Anticipating: The weekend. We are going to have a small celebration for Josh’s birthday and I am excited to hang out with friends and get out of the house.

Thinking about: Houses. Our house has been on the market just under a week and I am anxious for the first showing and to get some feedback. Even though we can’t buy until we sell our house it is fun to scope out other possibilities online. I am decorating non-existent rooms in my head.

Listening to: We have been listening to The Everybodyfields a lot lately. This song is one of my favorites. Kinda sad but very touching.


Eating: I am obsessed with these blueberry belvita biscuits.

Feeling thankful for: My family, a warm bed, not having to worry about my next meal, unconditional love and all the little things I overlook on a daily basis.


19 Apr

Reading: I have mainly been catching up on my favorite blogs lately. I haven’t really sat down to read a book in a while and I am disappointed in myself. I need to start carving out a little bit of time each day to start reading again. I have so many books on my list, now I just have to find the time. I love when I find a book that is so good that I don’t want it to end and the anticipation I have of turning the page. My goal: more reading.

Watching: I have been catching up on episodes of many of my favorite shows. Probably one of the many reasons I haven’t made time for reading. I have been watching the new series Smash on NBC and I love it. I am also thrilled that Mad Men is back on and I have been loving getting back into the storyline. One more new one I have enjoyed is GCB. It is kinda silly but some reason entertaining. My brain is rotting:(

Working on: I have been working on lots of mobile orders and I am in the midst of developing a new butterfly mobile. I am still working out the patterns and trying to get happy with it but I’m not there quite yet.

Thinking about: Being better. Lots of times I don’t feel like I am being the best me I can be. Sometimes I have a bad attitude, judge too quickly and think negative thoughts. I want to turn that around and make my influence something to be proud of.

Anticipating: There are a couple of events coming up that have me excited. The hub’s 31st birthday is quickly approaching and I can’t wait to have old friends together for celebration. Also, this weekend is my dear friend Jamie’s baby shower that I am helping to throw. Celebrating Baby Bray has me all giddy. I am working on a few projects for his nursery as well and I can’t wait to see how Jamie brings it all together.

Listening to: Mumford and Sons. One of there songs came on in a store while I shopping the other day and it reminded me of how much I love them. This will be on repeat today. I have a feeling would love dancing to this, I think we will have a dance party this evening! Yay for dancing:)


Eating: This sounds like I am five years old but I have been on a fish sticks and macaroni kick. I have no idea why, but it takes me back to childhood and it is delicious.

Wishing: I hadn’t deleted the 1200 pictures and videos I had on my phone yesterday. By accident of course. The only reason I didn’t have a coronary was because I had them backed up on my computer. However, there is something about having all those pictures at your fingertips that makes it so nice. I guess this just calls for more pictures!


22 Mar

Loving: The extremely warm weather and extra daylight. We have been able to play outside and take advantage of the warm breeze on our faces and the cool feel of grass under our feet. I love getting home from work and still having some daylight to enjoy. It seems to put me in a funk when it gets dark so early. The extra daylight has been causing me to stay up later but it has been worth it.

Thinking about: Whether I am gonna be able to complete the half marathon in less than two weeks. I know I am definitely not where I need to be in order for it to be a smooth run. I feel like if I don’t do it though I am gonna be letting myself down on the goal set for myself months and months ago. I did a long, outside run on Sunday that included tons of hills and I am incredibly sore. The course here in Knoxville is known for its hills so I am not sure I am up to the challenge. I have exactly 5 days to decide whether I am in or out. I need some big time motivation.

Listening to:

Birdy is my new obsession. I’m not sure if I am behind the times on this or not but I wish I had discovered her music sooner.

Eating: At the moment I am eating a handful of goldfish….addictive. But in general I have been obsessed with this pasta dish I found on pinterest.

Tomato and mozzarella pasta al forno

Wishing: My office had a window on this beautiful day.