11.30.2012

Friday Lovin'

anyone else feel like this?

Dear Friday,
Thank you for ALWAYS showing up just in time when I think I am going to lose my mind. I can't wait to get some Starbucks in my cup! 

Dear Losing my mind,
Please COME BACK ASAP!!! I officially have misplaced my secret Santa swap that needs to be mailed next week for sure! Hope I can find all the goodies by than. It must be in my house somewhere. 

Dear Wedding,
I officially have finished everything to do with you besides the fun things such as print pictures & hang them around the hosue. I spoke to the wedding photographer about our books, our canvases, payed things off, and even mailed Thank you cards yesterday. I bet some people were starting to wonder if I remembered to write them. 

Dear Guest of the wedding,
I sure hope I wrote you a Thank you letter if you got us a gift/card. I know there were a few people who just showed up and left no gift or card so I didn't write you a thank you note, but thank you for coming.

Dear Trigger
I love you way too much. I wonder if its unhealthy. You are the most loveable cuddling dog in the world. 

Dear Christmas,
You are in FULL force in our house. I need to finish up some decorations and wrap wrap wrap esp before the little sister shows up & sees her present on the table. 
we are 25 days & a wake up away!!! 

Dear Alex,
I am excited we are FINALLY going to a military function that I can dress up for. Christmas party here we come!!! Pictures to come too, no worries. I love you even though you've been moody lately.

Dear Clothes & Shoes I need to sell,
I have clothes with tags still on and shoes that I have only wore once. Please let me make some money on them otherwise I will be extremely sad. Most of it is Bebe too!! If you are interested please let me know. Should I do a post of things?

Dear House,
Please clean yourself. 

Dear December,
Please go by slowly. I feel like this year has just flown by. It is so crazy to think that it's almost been a year since we've had Eli move in with us. 

Dear Bloggy Friends,
I love you. I am so excited to have a few new ladies on the side bar this coming month and I want to say thank you to all my past beautiful ladies. Remember to enter Kay's Birthday Giveaway for a chance to win a nook. Also, if you want to be on the side bar please let me know. Thank you for all the comments on this post. You all are so motivating. Have a fabulous weekend! 

Dear Iphone 5,
I can't believe I finally joined the dark side. So far I am loving it but I have already had one problem with you freezing & not doing what I ask. We will make it through though. I have faith. 


11.29.2012

Calling all you beautiful ladies



Tomorrow is the LAST day of November? 
Anyone else see the problem with this? 
That means we are 26 days away from CHRISTMAS!! 

First I want to say THANK YOU to all my sponsors for the Month of November.  
If you haven't checked them out, I suggest you take a look at my side bar & dive right in.

Amazing ladies I tell you. I truly have the best bloggers out there
not trying to brag or anything!

Onto the good stuff,  


With all the festive fun things happening this month, I want to invite you all to come join Living My Fairytale for the month of December!!

Starting in January, Living my Fairytale is getting a massive make over!! 

Remember sponsoring us is FREE. It is much more of a button swap. 

Please email me at be4theidos@gmail.com for the promo code (see why I need a makeover?)




11.28.2012

So What!


Happy Hump Day
anyone else as mature as me & think this is funny...??
anyone??

Today I am linking up with Life After I Dew for So What?
Don't worry, Kay still has pinterest love but as you see my picture situation still isn't figured out (Thank you google - you are dumb) & she has awesome giveaways happening for her birthday week!!! GO ENTER


So What...

- Christmas shopping is almost done for me! I just have a few more things to get than BAM!! I guess I gotta wrap it all. 

-This means, More shopping for me!!! But I do think, if I bring home ANOTHER piece of clothing Alex just might flip out on me. opps 

- 3 weeks from today, my baby sister will be here for 8 days!! I can't wait 

-that I have found this sweet bracelet that I really want - so I emailed it to Alex 

-That I still haven't sent out the Thank you cards from the wedding!! FML - I have them written just haven't mailed them. 

-That I am ready for the weekend to sleep some. 

-that I started this diet yet again, when I first did it I lost 6lbs. BACK TO THE GRIND!!! 

-Tomorrow I will be posting about inviting all you ladies to come sponsor Living My Fairytale!! or check out my sponsor page NOW!! 

-That I really want more christmas decorations. 

-I have yet to finish this wreath

-I have all these post planned in my head, yet google was a jerk & won't let me upload more images so I have to know think of a way around it and write the post. Recipes & more to come!!! 

-That I am blogging instead of working!!! 

Happy Wednesday!! 
So What Wednesday

11.27.2012

Time to get serious...

I am about to get real serious on here..
I know I hardly ever say anything too serious & I never mention anything I don't want people to know about me..but I thought this would be a great way to document my journey on this new life adventure. 
Remember a few weeks ago, I said I was starting a new life adventure and I couldn't wait to share with you.
That time is NOW

This is the beginning of my journey on Medifast
Yes you read that right, I am going on the medifast diet. I have tried everything under the sun and I lose interest immediately and I struggle with clean eating alone so I took the steps to help me reach my goals while I find the strength to do it by myself. 
I have been on it a few weeks but I have been having some slip ups that I thought today would be the perfect day to start hard core again and NO falling off.
{Christmas will be my expection as I can't not have yummy food}
I did it for a week and lost close to 6lbs. :) It is the perfect motivation for me to get back into shape. 

Mission:
April 2013 is our honeymoon & I wanna be looking sexy!!
I really want a personalized swimsuit to celebrate.

 my goal is to be down between 108-113.
My reward for when I lose my weight (only about 15lbs) is a new pair of True Religion Jeans 

If You have any questions please ask. 
I promise to update you all at least ONCE a month if not more on my progress. 

Below are my BEFORE pictures. It has taken a lot of courage to post these, but I feel if I do not than I will not have the motivation to continue in this journey. 




My bedroom. Taken a week ago with my phone (Sorry for the poor quality) Tigger photobombed in the background on the left :) 

Happy Tuesday! 

Newlywed Moments

11.26.2012

What she is Thankful for...

Newlywed MomentsHi everyone! My name is Emily and I blog over at Newlywed Moments about everything from romance to recipes to real life. Let me begin by saying this: wasn't Jessica the most beautiful bride?! She has been nothing but kind and encouraging since I first emailed her back when I only had like 50 followers (shhh let's just pretend I had 400).  So thank you so much to Jessica for letting me guest post today. What a privilege it is to be here and get to know you lovely readers! Since it's Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fitting to share what I am thankful for. 

So here we go! 1. My husband. I cannot even begin to express how much I love this man. Hudson is SUCH an encouragement in my life, and he inspires me to make the most of every moment. I've laughed more in the past six months (since being married) than I ever have in my whole life! 2. Our situation. I wrote a whole post about this here, but basically, we've been married six months now and Hudson still does not have a job. He's applied for hundreds of positions and has had interview after interview...so it's hard to understand. But looking back, I can genuinely say that I am SO thankful for this time because it has allowed us to intentionally work on our marriage (and learn how to stay best friends even when we are together literally 24/7)! 3. The basics. How often I forget that having a roof over my head, food to eat each day, and a family that is incredible supportive & loving is a blessing, not just what everyone has. It is so easy to take the simple things in life for granted, especially while I'm chowing down on my second serving of turkey, mashed potatoes, and baked corn. I started something neat last month to help me remember to not take things for granted. Each day, I set aside two minutes to thank God for all that He has blessed me with. It has made all the difference! 4. Jesus. Without Him, my life would be completely different. I just can't comprehend the fact that the most perfect person in the world DIED for me so that I can LIVE in heaven for eternity. There is nothing I am more thankful about than that! 5. Warm weather. On a lighter note...if you know me, you'll know that I'm obsessed with summer. I'm from the northeast but if I could move to Florida or California, I would do it in a heartbeat. These cold days remind me that I am thankful for the warm weather that I got to enjoy this summer! What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

11.23.2012

Friday Letters

Dear Bloggers,
I need your help!! I reached my 1 GB for pictures on this here blog, anyone wanna help me with what I can do now? I don't want to NOT show you awesome pictures especially because I still have wedding pictures to put up!! 

Dear Thanksgiving,
Thank you for being so yummy in the tummy!! Now back to the grind I go. 
Life changing moment is coming to a post on Tuesday. :) 

Dear Alex,
I love you. 

Dear November,
I can't believe we have ONE WEEK left of you. 

Dear Black Friday Shopping,
I will not be taking part in you this year but PLEASE have awesome sales when I do go shopping!!! 

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!! 
Can't wait to read your post about your holiday next week. 

11.22.2012

Happy Thanksgiving!


Gobble Gobble Gobble....

Hope everyone has a GREAT day & remember's today is all about being Thankful for what we are blessed with each day!! 

Everyone posted a thankful post everyday up to today, but I thought I would be different & do my thankful post all in one post!! 

I am thankful for... 

Day 1 - my life. I am extremely blessed beyond belief. 

  Day 2- my husband. He truly is a blessing and an amazing man. 

 Day 3 - Eli. As much as he can be a pain in my rear end. I couldn't imagine life without him. 

Day 4- my friends. They are simply the best friends in the world. Always there for me no matter what & can always make me smile. 

Day 5 - my little sister. I love her to death more than she will ever know. 

Day 6- my parents. They are the BEST parents in the world. They have truly givin me so much.

Day 7- my brother. I love him to death. We may fight but we are best friends. 

Day 8 - shopping. I love shopping probably a bit too much, but what girl doesn't love it?

Day 9- starbucks. Nothing beats a nice warm cup of coffee bright & early in the morning to start your day. 

Day 10 -  all my animals. I love ALL my fur babies to death. I promise one day I will introduce bloggy world to all of them. 

Day 11- airplanes. The ability to see my family in Minnesota & friends in NC. I am not sure what 
I would do if I wasn't able to do that.

Day 12 - cell phones. How awesome is it to be able to call anyone at almost anytime you want?

Day 13 - the most beautiful wedding any girl could want. It truly was a dream come true!!! 

Day 14 - my aunt & uncles - I would be truly lost without them!!!

Day 15 - the roof above my head each & every night!!! I love this house & wouldn't want it to be anything else. 

Day 16 - all my girls night outs. I seriously LOVE them. They are much needed and always a good time

Day 17 - the navy. As much as I hate it sometimes, I couldn't be more thankful that Alex has a job & hopefully he does what he loves. 

Day 18 - School - I hate it yes, but what student doesn't hate it than at the end is amazed they finished. 

Day 19 - God. He truly is amazing. He has his own plans for each of us and never fails us. 

Day 20 - a good drink in my hand!! I love a good drink (including beer) with my favorite people in the world.

Day 21 - Country music, it sure makes the world go around! It has always been there to left my spirits and make me feel better. 

Day 22 - days like today. Family days. Days to sit back & remember what we are thankful for. 
Day 22 (2) - all my bloggy friends!!! that I have a place I can just write about whatever I feel like & all the sweet encouraging comments. I couldn't be more thankful for that!! 


Hope you all have amazing food & amazing family time!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!! 

11.21.2012

Pinning Pinning Pinning...

I first want to say WELCOME to all my new & old followers,
Please say hi so I can get to meet you all!! 

Today I am linking up with Kay over at Wandering Free for pinterest lovin' 
I LOVE this link up because there are just so many great things on pinterest!!! 
Pin, share, link up!!!! 

Before I start pinning, I just want to say, How about P!nk performance at the AMA's
Anyone else see that? 


She is simply beautiful & amazing. 

Now to pinning for the win!! 

Today is all about workin' it ladies!!
I am in the process of making a BIG life change
(read about more on Tuesday) 



THIS WILL HAPPEN

 AMEN!! 
Work Hard - Eat Clean - Talk Dirty 






& the last thing I want to say -


With that ladies,
Happy Thanksgiving!! 
Eat lots & Love on family. 

If you want to follow me on pinterest go here 


11.20.2012

November Awesome Giveaway


My name is Helene from Helene in Between. I was born and raised (and never left) the great state of Texas. I blog about the comings and goings of my life in Dallas as a newlywed, my sweet fur baby Hugo and I am honest to a fault about love and life. My husband and I tend to differ in a lot of ways which makes for some very funny dialogue. I think I am pretty witty but you'll have to judge for yourself!

Large Ad Space & $5 giftcard to Target 


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 I'm a twenty-something housewife to by best friend and momma to Little E. I'm a serious reality TV junkie, a Craigslist shopper and an exclamation point lover! Life as Mrs B is all about the happenings of a housewife and momma in training. Its all about my crafting adventures, the good {and bad} recipes and of course the trail and errors of mommy-hood. Welcome to the fun! I look forward to meeting all of you.

Large Ad Space & Favorite Fall Nail Polish 

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Hi! I'm Erin, a quirky 23 year old who still looks like a preteen living it up in New York City. I live for cold beers at the sports bar, sleeping in on Saturdays, and eating as much as I can without bursting the top button of my jeans. My blog takes you through the life of a college grad who'd rather be living in Never Never Land. You'll get one part class and two parts sass.

Large Ad space for two months 


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Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I blog over at Newlywed Moments about everything from romance to recipes to real life. In June of this year, I got married to Hudson – my best friend and high school sweetheart. Some other random facts about me: I love Jesus. I hate coffee but I’m still addicted to Starbucks. I’m from the northeast but secretly wish I lived in the south. Oh, and I absolutely LOVE making blog friends…so make sure you come “visit”  – especially for the Tell Me About It Tuesday - a weekly blog hop / link party! :) 

3 months bronze ad space// Guest post


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Hello there lovely Living My Fairytale readers! I'm Kailyn over at Wandering Free! Just your average twenty-something year old Southern California girl who is madly in love. I'm obsessed with Disney, love to travel and a huuuuuuuge sports fan, mainly hockey, football and soccer. I'm super excited to be a part of Jessica's big giveaway. So, today I'm giving away a pre-made blog layout, a $30 value, from my design shop, Lost Boy Designs! You can see the design live, here. I hope you all enjoy you're week!

Pre-made blog layout ($30 Value)




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Living My Fairytale is celebrating being back into blogging after taking October off to become a newlywed by giving away $10 giftcard to Target






Newlywed Moments
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11.19.2012

GFC BLOG HOP


It's Tuesday again which means it's time for the GFC Blog Hop!
When I want to follow a blog the first thing I look for is GFC (Google Friend Connect), it's so easy and  nice to be able to go and see all of the blogs you follow in one spot. It's really a great tool to have. 
One side note- Did you know you can follow through GFC using your Twitter Account? TRUE, it's definitely an option!
Ok, so let's get to the party, shall we?
RULES are simple:
1. Follow your host via GFC
The First link below
2. Follow your co-hosts via GFC
The Next 8 links below
3. Link up below using your main blog url not a specific post.
4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link up and follow them via GFC 
and if you want to leave them a comment, I'm sure they'd appreciate that as well.
5. Tweet about this blog hop
6. Share about this blog hop by grabbing a button and putting it on your sidebar!

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As you know, I love to read. My friend Kailyn at Wandering Free loves to read too. Since we both love to read so much, and we know some of you bloggy galpals love to read to, we wanted to introduce to you..
So here's the deal. Depending on the length of the book, you will have 4-6 weeks to read each book at your own pace. Half way through, we will have a poll running for the next book. We are always open to suggestions, so please suggest books to me AND Kailyn in the same email. Throughout each book, we encourage you to discuss amongst other book club readers, below are all those that are joining us for the book club this time around. The Tuesday after the book ends, is where you will spill all your thoughts, reviews, questions or whatever you wish about the book. You will link up on either one of our blog posts, and be able to discuss your final thoughts with others in the club by commenting on each others posts.

THIS MONTH'S BOOK WILL START TODAY
YOU HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT TO LINK UP YOUR BLOG BELOW
THE POST FOR THIS BOOK WILL BE ON DECEMBER 17

BOOK: HEART ON A CHAIN by CINDY C BENNETT

DON'T FORGET TO ADD THE BLOGGY BOOK CLUB BUTTON TO YOUR SIDEBAR!

Monday We meet again....

Oh Monday we meet yet again,
but just wait - it is a 3 day week!!!! HOLLA!!! 
I am so excited to enjoy some yummy turkey day food.. stuffing anyone? mashed potatoes? just some of my favorite things... 

meanwhile, I am working my life away hoping the next 3 days fly by - I leave you with Samara :) 

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I don't know about you, but I love Jessica's new name for her blog- Living My Fairytale. So sweet and sometimes exactly how I feel. My blog's name is The Secret Life of Samara because I am trying to keep my blog a secret from my students...shh, don't tell!


Jessica has been kind enough to let me take over her blog today and I thought I would take the opportunity to revisit some wedding memories of my own...more precisely, my proposal. When I see newly weds like Jessica, I sometimes feel like an 'old married couple' in comparison, having gotten married over 2.5 years ago. I'm sure many of you who have been married for far longer laugh at this! I love to reflect back on those times that seemed to pass in a blur (no doubt this will be Jessica soon, if she's not already doing it herself). It really does all seem like a life time ago.


I think life tends to move in stages, some faster than others. Joel and I had the most amazing time getting to know each other before we dated and then eventually dated for a year and a half. (Click on this link if you want to read about how we met etc). When I say amazing, it doesn't mean it was all good. It just means it was an incredible time to get to know each other on all different levels. Anyway, we reached a time where we were both ready to be engaged and prepare for the next stage in life. It was really just a matter of when.
"When" it turns out was Tuesday July 7th, 2009. We were 21 and it was the last day of a 5 day youth camp that we were leading on. 2 years prior to this day we had first starting talking on the bus ride home from this camp. The previous year we had crept out at the crack of dawn to have some alone time. This year our early morning walk had become a tradition.

As I was getting ready for our walk that morning, a naughty thought crept into my mind that this may be it, however I quickly pushed it aside...but still chose to actually put mascara on, just in case. This incidently made me a couple of minutes late leaving poor Joel waiting outside, thinking I had forgotten. After 5 days on a camp with limited alone time, our time together was bliss. Just holding his hand was lovely and having him all to myself set my heart a flutter. We walked for about 10 minutes down to the beach and sat on a chair to watch the sun rise in the freezing cold. We took a few happy snaps of us together. Life was good.
Life pretty soon got a whole lot better when Joel asked me if I would like a Kinder Surprise. I said yes extremely enthusiastically as I was starving and he knew my favourite chocolates were Kinder Surprises, no matter what time of the day. He regularly gave me Kinder Surprises to cheer me up (or bribe me!),
He took his out and opened up his toy to expose an awesome pink crayon figurine. I shook mine and suspected another boring puzzle, so insisted we swap toys. He refused. I started to suggest he was a pansy for wanting a pink crayon. Oh the shame! Anyway, after a brief war of words, I reluctantly opened my Kinder Surprise...to reveal a ring. Not just any ring though. A beautiful one that my husband chose all by himself. It was perfect.
This is where it gets a bit funny. He got down on one knee and started to say some wonderfully amazing things to me. I of course spotted a jogger about to run by and, out of embarrassment, shushed him. I know- I shushed the man who was proposing to me! Oh dear. Anyway, once he was able to recommence, I responded with a very enthusiastic "Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!". I had oddly enough been talking about the best way to respond to a proposal with the youth girls the day before and this had been the way we decided on (reference to the Pride and Prejudice movie).

We finished watching the sunrise snuggling and then he said he had another surprise for me. We walked further along the beach and ran into some rascally kids who had also come out to watch the sun rise. We shared some friendly banter and continued on. They had no idea we were newly engaged.
When we arrived at our destination, I laughed so hard. Joel had convinced his best mate and house mate to drive 1.5 hours at the crack of dawn to be our waiter.
For breakfast, we were served a silver platter full of McDonald's hash browns (which was a constant craving of mine, especially on camp), Passion Pop (my choice of drink at Uni due to its cheap, cheap price), candles (one of my many loves) and some blankets to keep us warm. The photo doesn't really do it justice due to the flash, but you get the idea.
To say I was one happy lady is an understatement. This man knew me well! After enjoying a lazy breakfast, we wandered back to camp in time for the morning leader's meeting where people had somehow just guessed what was happening when we were late. I then had the absolute pleasure of dragging the same girls I had discussed marriage proposal responses with out of bed and telling them that I was engaged. While weird that campers knew before my friends and family, it was so beautiful to share the moment with the girls. They went nuts as teenage girls do and decided they were going to announce my entrance at breakfast and busily went about planning it, scrapping their usual hair and make up routine (a miracle in itself).

If this whole story wasn't corny enough for you, hold on! The girls all filed into the breakfast hall one by one humming the bridal waltz and, as decided, I came in at the end and said in a big, excited voice "I'm getting married!". I was then joined by my beloved who was already in the hall by this time (because apparently it isn't all about the bride- who knew!). 

And that, ladies and gentleman, is how my husband pulled off my perfect proposal and how we ended up doing this (he is 6"8 after all)...
 Unfortunately, all kinder surprises these days are a let down as none of them contain a diamond ring!


Thanks for having me Jessica,
Samara 
The Secret Life of Samara