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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

All About Me, Part Two

Before we get started, I wanted to take a minute and let you know about a super fabulous giveaway over at The Design Girl Blog. Do you love my blog layout and design? It’s fabu, right? I think so. Danielle (The Design Girl) did it, and she’s having three (!) giveaways for makeovers right now. Click HERE to enter her 900 followers giveaway, HERE to enter a raffle for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and HERE to enter the chance for a pre-made Christmas template.

Onto to the questions…. if you missed Part One, click HERE!

Momma, Kim, and Kasey asked: Why do you have Chihuahuas as your pets?

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Well, ladies, why doesn’t everyone have chihuahuas for pets? Could you resist that face? I can’t really answer this question. I just love them. Yes, they are yappy. Yes, they can have a slight attitude. But they are the most loyal dogs in the world. Chihuahuas love their owners, plain and simple.

I actually got George when Jason was out on his first patrol. I had went home for the weekend and popped into the mall, where I always visit the pet store. I didn’t intend to get a dog that weekend but I saw his little face and shivering body and I couldn’t resist. George actually isn’t 100% chi, though… we think he’s a chi and Jack Russell mix.

We got JC in 2004, again from a pet store in the mall. It was an impulse purchase but we both agree it is the best money we have ever spent. We had popped in just to look, like we always did, and there sat this 1 pound chihuahua, curled into a ball and looking at me with sad eyes. I asked to hold him, and he cuddled right into my chest (chihuahuas, like babies, are drawn to boobies, y’all). Jason held him and he bared his teeth and growled at him. That pretty much sealed the deal.

**By the way, I don’t advocate buying from pet stores. The Humane Society and other dog rescues/pounds are amazing places, and you should absolutely adopt from there if you are searching for a companion. We didn’t set out to “buy” either one of our dogs… it just happened. Don’t flame me for that, please.**

Cole asked: Do George and JC willingly let you dress them up?

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Um, no. They hate it. But I’m cruel and I think it’s funny, and I am the boss. I actually took a video of the husband putting costumes on them this weekend, and I’ll be loading that up in the next couple of days.

Brandy asked: Have you ever had any other type of dog? Do you ever longed for a big dog?

I had a shitzu and lhaso apso growing up. Jason and I have always talked of getting a lab one day, but I don’t know that I could handle a large dog. Plus, George and JC are already bed hogs and I have no idea where another dog would sleep. :)

Jill & Azah asked: How did you meet your husband?

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We met online, actually. We were both in a Yahoo! chat room for Charleston, SC and ended up talking on messenger. I had other things going on and was just chatting because I was bored, but he continued our conversations until he wore me down and got my phone number. The first night he called, we chatted for hours, and we arranged to meet the next day at Barnes and Noble. We hit it off and dated for 3.5 months until he proposed.

Brandy asked: How did your husband propose? How long did you date before he popped the question?

Now that is a great story, and you can read about it here.

Victoria asked: What is the very first song you and your husband danced to?

Oh, Victoria, why did you ask me this question? I am embarrassed to say I have no idea. We didn’t have music at my reception because I had it in my church social hall and secular music wasn’t allowed. I do know the first time we danced was in six months after we got married at a Navy Christmas party, but I can’t remember what the song was.

Shannon asked: Does your husband plan on staying in the Navy, or is he getting out at the end of his enlistment?

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Well, he’s been in the Navy now for 8 years. He’s done one reenlistment, and that takes him to November 2011. He does not plan to stay in past that point.

Amy asked: If you have a baby boy or girl in the near future, what names would you go with?

Girl, this was a BATTLE! Jason refused to take it seriously. I think he would have waited until the baby was born to even consider names had I not nagged him to death. I purchased a baby name book and went through and highlighted every single name I liked. I asked him to do the same, and he made it through Z before he quit. I finally got fed up and made a list of all my top names and told him to choose, and we ended up with Cooper. I chose Brayden as a middle name because I wasn’t about to go through 20 more weeks of name insanity.

Jen asked: What do you do for a living?

I have a social work degree, and I currently work as a Service Coordinator for people with disabilities and special needs. I have a caseload of 40+ individuals who have been diagnosed with mental retardation. I am responsible for getting them the services they need, whether that be housing, institutional care, medical supplies, job training, etc.

Jules and Jenn & Eric asked: What made you get into social work? Do you like it? I imagine it would be very rewarding.

Social work was a whim, honestly. I was an education major, and was really not feeling my classes. I had a friend who was a social work major and she loved her classes, so I decided to switch. I hated my social work classes for the first two years but refused to switch because I wouldn’t have graduated on time. I stuck it out and fell in love with the profession my senior year, when I did an internship at a drug and alcohol addictions facility.

I love my profession! It’s so broad, and there’s so much you can do with it. Most people think of social workers as the people who take away your kids, but there’s many fields you can go into. I’ve worked as a drug prevention counselor for a middle school, as a mediator for juvenile offenders, and now I’m working with the mentally retarded. I’m also a trained mediator.

Jenn & Eric asked: If money and education were not an issue, what would you do with your life?

I’d go back to school. I really want to get my Masters of Social Work and work as an addictions counselor. I can also see myself as a school counselor.

Now, if I won the lottery, I’d use some of the money to open and run a non-profit mediation agency. I'd love to train and fund peer mediation programs at local schools.

Katie asked: If you could have any other profession, what would you do?

If I had to go outside of social work, I think I’d like to be a makeup artist or a stylist. A personal shopper sounds like loads of fun, too!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Friend Makin’ Monday

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Happy Monday, everyone! I am sitting here in an absolute daze today. Have you ever had those moments where you wake up and immediately want to crawl back into bed for the rest of the day? That’s me. Thankfully it is my day off so I can do so if I please. And y’all…. I do please.

Today’s topic of FMM, hosted by Amber at aefilkins, is:

If life were a movie, which movie would you want to live in?

This is a hard one. I had a few thoughts before I settled on my final choice.

Ok, I know this isn’t technically a movie, but it did air on MTV once. Legally Blonde: The Musical combines four of my favorite things: music, dancing, Elle Woods, and chihuahuas. I want to live in that pink world, don’t you?

Ordinarily I’d never choose this movie, but I am pregnant, and riding down a chocolate river is sounding awfully good to me right now. I think I’d upgrade to the Johnny Depp version, though, just for the eye candy.

Center Stage is such a corny movie, but sue me – I love corny movies, ok? I’d love to be a sexy ballerina who gets to choose between two guys while dancing to Michael Jackson tunes.

Ultimately, the final choice was obvious. After all, I’ve blogged before about how this movie has ruined my life.

Come to mama, Noah/Ryan Gosling. I’ll be your Allie/Rachel McAdams any day. I think my husband would understand.

How about you – what movie would you want to live in?

Friday, October 23, 2009

All About Me, Part One

So a bazillion years ago, I posted a giveaway on my blog, and to enter to you had a submit a comment of something you would like to know about me. Yeah…. that was in May. Slacker much? Yep, that’s me. Here are my long overdue answers. I had about 60 questions, so this will be broken up into a few posts.

C (private blog) asked: Do you have any siblings?

I do! I have one brother, Chad, who is older than me by five years. I don’t really mention him or his family too terribly much on my blog because I want to try to respect their privacy.

Amy asked: What do you drive?

I drive a Kia Sportage. It’s black.

Amy asked: What is your daily routine/schedule?

I wish I had either something fun or inspiring to say to this. I wish I could say that I got up at 5am and ran 6 miles or that every morning I practice the art of feng shui by reorganizing and decorating my office.

Instead I’ll be honest and say that my alarm goes off at 6:45. I hit snooze about 5 times and actually get up at 7:20. I shower and end up leaving the house with no makeup and wet hair because I’m running late. I put my makeup on in the car. I go to work, where I am SUPER DUPER PRODUCTIVE (hello, boss and coworkers!) from 8:00-6:00. I leave work and come home to either collapse on bed and either watch reruns of That 70’s Show or take a quick nap before picking up take out or warming leftovers for dinner. Occasionally I’ll cook or clean… emphasis on occasionally. I plop my butt down on the couch to watch reality television, and am in bed by 11:00, where I read for about an hour before going to sleep.

Awesome, huh? I bore myself.

Melanieshea asked: What is your absolute favorite food?

I love me some Mexican food. I gorge myself on salsa and that white cheese dip that most Mexican restaurants are famous for. Do you realize that out West they don’t serve white cheese dip in Mexican restaurants? Insanity, I tell you.

Jill asked: What is your favorite cocktail?

I love a good chocolate martini! I also love cheap champagne (like the $3.99 Andre brand – so white trash of me!), Riesling wine, pineapple and Malibu, fuzzy navels, and screwdrivers.

Jill asked: Do you have an iPod? What is your most listened to song?

I do have an iPod. I’ve been through 3 iPods, actually. I still have a pink iPod mini, circa 2004, that is going strong. I got my husband a white classic iPod back in 2004, and I lost it on a plane ride in 2005. I stuck it in the seat pocket in front of me, fell asleep, and forgot it when I left the plane. I replaced his iPod with a black 30G video (which is now the new classic, I guess?) and for some reason, the sound has stopped working. The iPod plays music but you can’t hear it through headphones or the dock.

My absolute favorite song is Bust A Move by Young MC.

Jill asked: If you could travel anywhere in the world, what would be your top three choices?

1. Hawaii

2. Greece

3. Scotland

Amy asked: Did you do anything fun for your 30th birthday?

I did! My co-workers surprised me with a Twilight themed decorated door, a cake, lunch. My husband got me the super fabulous Kindle. And my parents took my out to a swanky restaurant. You can read about it here!

Amy asked: What is your favorite craft to do?

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My favorite craft that I’ve featured so far on my blog has been the infamous peppermint wreath… you know, the one that has left me permanently scarred. It was super cute, though!

Becca @ The Texas Darlings asked: Where did you grow up? Where do you want your roots to be?

I grew up in North Augusta, South Carolina, which is about 20 minutes from Augusta, Georgia. I would love to settle in South Carolina but I don’t think I’ll move back to North Augusta. I love the Columbia and Lexington area of South Carolina. Where we’ll settle really depends on where Jason gets the best job offer post-Navy, though.

with.much.love asked: What is your favorite drink at Starbucks? Do you always order the same thing or do you try different things?

I love, love, love and always order venti unsweetened black iced teas. It’s been absolute torture to give these up since I’ve been pregnant. Occasionally I’ll order a peppermint white chocolate mocha or a hot chai tea latte, but not often.

Julie asked: What is your all-time favorite movie?

Shag! It’s set in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and is about the dance shagging. It’s fabulous… check it out.

Christie in Dallas, TX asked: Who was your best friend growing up and who is your best friend now?

I don’t know if I can really say that I had a best friend growing up. I had lots of friends, but they kind of came and went, so I don’t know that I’d classify them as a “best” friend.

I met my now BFF, Angel, back in 2001 when we were both working for the College of Charleston. Through three moves, four years of long-distance friendship, and countless personal dramas and tragedies, we’ve managed to maintain our friendship. She’s is the first person I call when something goes wrong in my life, and she’s the one person I feel I can be completely honest with without fear of judgment or ridicule. Now that’s friendship. :)

Thanks for the questions, everyone! There’s more coming later.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

More Flower Power

I had so much fun sharing my hair flower tutorial that I wanted to show you want else I came up with.

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These were so much fun to make. The picture doesn’t do it justice. I sprayed these flowers with spray adhesive, showered them with glitter, and them used sealant to make sure the glitter would stick.

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These two are a mishmash of flowers. The bottoms came from one flower and the tops from another. I just mixed and matched until I found something I loved.

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Whereas the smaller flowers only have one piece of plastic at the back, larger flowers have little bits of plastic between the layers to keep the petals upright and fluffy. Don’t remove all the plastic pieces because your flowers will wilt. Trust me – I learned this the hard way.

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Some flowers were so pretty that I just kept them intact and added clips to the back.

Be creative! Some of these I made my myself, and some where for my cousin’s little girl. I use smaller flowers for children and larger flowers for adults. Take apart the flowers and mix and match. Paint the flowers. Add sparkles and beads. This project is so easy, and you can really customize to make it match any look.

If you try this at home, be sure to come back and show me your results!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Flowers, Flowers Everywhere!

You know, I’ve always been an over-the-top kind of girl. I’m the kind of girl that loves sequins. I enjoy sparkle. Animal print rocks my world. I love me some headbands, and flowers in my hair just makes my day. You guys have know this, right? In pretty much every picture I share, I’m either rocking a headband or a hair flower. Lovesit.

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These accessories can be pricey, so decided to try my hair at making my hair hair bands and flowers. Easy peasy! Today I’m going to show you flowers – next week, headbands.

Start by purchasing some flowers. I’ve tried everything – Michael’s, AC Moore, Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby. Just hunt up a coupon and set out to find you some flowers that will coordinate with your wardrobe and tickle your fancy.

You’ll also need:

  • A hot glue gun
  • Felt
  • Hair clips (Find them at Sally’s, Walmart, or Michael’s)
  • Headbands – just search for simple, unadorned headbands. You can also buy the plastic kind and cover them with ribbon.
  • Glitter, sparkles, rhinestones, or beads to jazz up your flowers

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Start by using scissors or wire clippers to snap the stem off the flower.

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Use your fingers to pull off the back of the flower. You’ll want to remove all of the plastic – the green portion.

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Pull the middle part out of the flower. What’s this called? A stamen? I have no idea.

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This is what it will look like once you’ve removed all the plastic. Hold the petals in place with your fingers.

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Add a rhinestone or sparkly bit to the middle of your flower.

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Flip over the flower, and add a bit of felt to the back of the flower. The felt gives your clip something to hold on to, and I find it works better than gluing the clip directly onto the flower. The last step is to hot glue your clip to the middle of your flower.

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Here’s the same flower, but with a bead instead of a rhinestone. I actually love using beads, because the hooks can be inserted into the middle of the flower, helping to hold the petals steady and secure.

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Yeah, I think it is safe to say I went a little flower crazy, huh?

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Works For Me Wednesday: Hair Care For Less

I have a confession – I dye my hair. No, really, I do. You’re surprised? I find that hard to believe. My long-time readers have probably seen me in a variety of colors – y’all, I’ve done it all: auburn, black, brown, red – even blonde, which I refuse to share because it did not turn out well.

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There was a time in my life where I was dying my hair every 6-7 weeks at $120 a pop. While I love and adore my hairdresser, there came a time when that just didn’t work for my budget anymore. I hopped in my car and headed to Sally’s to see if there was a cheaper, easier solution.

Disclaimer: Hairdressers are wonderful, talented people. I’m not telling you to discontinue your relationship with your hairdresser. But if you are hurting for money and need/want to dye your hair, there are other options than letting your grey show loud and proud.

Let me preface this by saying I’m not a huge fan of box hair colors. I find them to be very damaging and they don’t last as long as I feel they should. Sally’s sells “professional” hair colors – sort of a step above the box colors and a slight step below your hair salon. You won’t find Redken or Aveda at Sally’s, but they do have some wonderful brands. My favorite brand is Wella.

Let’s start with what you’ll need to color your hair. You’ll spend about $25.00 initially and will only need to replenish the color the next time you buy, which costs between $5-$10 for one tube.

  1. Applicator bottle
  2. Developer
  3. Gloves
  4. Plastic cap
  5. Hair color
  6. Comb

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Pick out your hair color. I DO NOT recommend dying at home if you want to go lighter. There’s too much margin for error and you might just end up with green hair. Go to your super talented hairdresser for that. However, if you want to either maintain your current shade (and cover grey) or go darker, that’s something you can manage at home.

Tip: Get a cream, rather than liquid, hair color. Liquid is just asking for splotches and stains all over your bathroom counter and walls.

Ask the Sally’s employee what volume developer you need. I also use 20 volume. You *usually* only need a higher volume if you’re going lighter.

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Hair color is either 1:1 or 1:2, meaning you’ll either do equal amount of color and developer or more developer than the hair color. Sounds confusing, huh? It isn’t. For example, Wella is 1:2, meaning I use one whole tube of hair color (2 oz) and 4 oz of developer. Other brands require one tube of color and an equal amount of developer. Read the instructions and it will tell you exactly how much developer you need.

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Combine the color and developer into one bottle. Your applicator bottle has measurements on the side to make it easier. Then shake, shake, shake your booty to mix it all up.

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I didn’t get pictures of the rest of the process because I do not look attractive while coloring my hair. But you know the drill, right? Apply the color all over your hair. I’d like to say I have a precise method of application, but I don’t. I start by parting my hair and applying the color along my roots in sections. Eventually I get frustrated and just kind of start glopping it on. I very gently run a comb through my hair to make sure I’ve got color everywhere it needs to be and then I cover with a cap and wait it out.

Tip: Have a friend or husband help you with the application. There’s no need to contort yourself unless you really have no other option.

Another tip: If you have very long or thick hair, you’ll need more than one bottle of color. Plan ahead and buy more than you need. There’s nothing worse than running out and having a halfway colored head of hair.

The directions will tell you how long to let the color sit. Start timing from when you first apply, and work as quickly as possible. I tend to leave my color on for the maximum time to allow for the time it took me to get the color on my head. Make sure you use a towel to get the excess hair color off your forehead, neck, and ears.

Hop in the shower and rinse the color out. Then shampoo and condition with a deep conditioner. This part is vital! Coloring your hair is damaging – there’s just no way around it. You can lessen that damage by using a great deep conditioner after you color and then 1-2 times per week. I love Loreal’s Feria conditioner. I purchase it at Sally’s. It’s the kind they sell in Loreal’s box hair color and it is fabulous.

Last step: dry and style as usual. Admire your gorgeous, silky locks. Make sure to come back by and share the results, ok?

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Got any tips or tricks you want to share? Head over to We Are That Family to participate in Works For Me Wednesday.

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