3.29.2013

Friday Letters {V.13}

Amen to that! 

Dear Friday
Thank you Good Friday. I finally have a day off in FOREVER to breathe & relax. I know it will fly by but I promise to enjoy every minute of it! 

Dear Easter Weekend,
I am ready to spend some time with the family Saturday. Nothing beats some sangria & family time. Ready for the Easter bunny to show up. 

Dear Eli,
Hope you truly dont have pink eye even though we are treating you for it. You are such a champ for taking these eye drops like a champ!! 

Dear Weight loss,
I feel off that train this week. I pretty just said screw it but I need to find you again & continue on that journey. We were working together so great! 

Dear new blog name & layout,
I love you! Thank you Kay

Dear Alex,
I really like that purse from Michael Kors. I am thinking it is time I get a new one. I have had this one for some time now & last time you said wait, they sold out! I am just saying, but I will add it to my list of things I would like in the home. Thank you for understanding. 
I love you.

Dear Cynthia,
Please decide if you would like to come to Cali for the entire month of June. It is 100% up to you. I would LOVE to have you here the entire time to enjoy some family time with you. You know there will be sangria & food involved for all times!! Maybe even a trip to Old Town again! 

Dear Debt,
We will officially be out of debt besides car & student loan in the NEAR future. I am so excited!!! 
Finally I can slow down on the shopping than & book our 1 year/birthday Cruise in October. 


Dear Readers,
Thank you for sticking by me since I have changed the name of my blog a bunch of times since the wedding but I truly think this one is going to stay! I love it. So much so, I am thinking of buying the domain. Also, if you are interested in a FREE button swap, please let me know! I would love to have you for the month of April!! 


Have a GREAT & Safe weekend!
Happy Easter! 


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3.28.2013

Come have some fun for April!


Did you notice I changed the blog name?
Same Blog, Same girl behind the blog just different name.

A Name that is more me & Hubs decided on it!
I might even buy the domain of this one.
I think I'll be keeping the name for a little bit.
{I hope}
What do you think of the new name?

Back to the good stuff...

Would you like to sponsor Wifesticated?

This is the #1 way to grow your blog & readers. 
Hey, you may even make a life time friendship. 
I love making new friends.

Stats

as of March 28,2013

GFC: 668+
Twitter: 474+
Pinterest: 395+
Instagram: 292+


 Monthly page views (January 2013):  5,003+

Weekly post: 5-6 times a week sometimes more & sometimes less.

Monthly Link-ups:  5-10 link ups per month including to Friday Letters. 

Still interested??


It works like a button swap!


 I will have your button under my Sponsor bar for an ENTIRE month you are sponsoring on the right side of the blog, while you must agree to have my button on your blog as well. Remember, this is FREE with coupon code!! 

I have been having problems with swaps lately that people are not keeping their end of placing my button on their blog.
I will be checking and if it is not there, I will have to cancel your spot to allow someone who will. 


As a sponsor of Wifesticated - you have a chance to host a giveaway, do a guest post, & have me do a product review. If this is something you are interested in, please email meI would love to have all of you beautiful ladies & Gents on Wifesticated.

I will also be looking for guest post as I am heading on my honeymoon cruise this month!  

Big Me Promo Code : LMFT13
Mini Me Promo Code: FREE4U 


Once they spots are filled, there will be no more spots until they open up as ads end. I look forward to working with you all. If there are any unanswered questions, but feel free to email me even if you just want to chat! 

3.27.2013

New Blog Name!

Hey guys! I did it, I finally decided on a new blog name. Took me long enough, right?

What's the new name you ask?
Wifesticated 
[pronounced: wife esticated]
The combination of wife + domesticated, just like the hubs wanted.

Please stand by for the changes which will be in progress shortly. Thanks for understanding!

To All My No- Reply Bloggers Out There... MUST READ!

Happy Hump Day
Anyone have a 3 day weekend? Thank you Good Friday!!
Even though I will be spending my day off doing homework but it means I can sleep in for a bit! 
Today's post is for all my lovely readers. I know many of you are new & I love all the comments but I have realized many are No Reply Bloggers! It makes me sad because than i can't write back to your awesome comments. This calls for my friend Kay over at Smalls .. 

Welcome Kay!! 

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Hello Readers of Little Country Girl

I stumbled across a few posts about no-reply bloggers, so I decided I would write my own post about it. Because it is one of the most frustrating things, ever. Why? Because I cannot respond to your comments if you are a no-reply blogger. If you're not sure what a no-reply blogger is, you're probably one of them!

What is a no-reply blogger?
someone that doesn't have their email address linked to their blog.

example:
Pat is a no-reply blogger.
Pat leaves a comment on my blog. **All my comments go straight to my email**
As I check my email, I want to respond to Pat's comment, but Pat's email says noreply-comment@blogger.com instead of her email address.
Now I cannot respond to Pat's comment.

Not sure if you are a no-reply blogger?
Two simple solutions.

1. Post a comment on this post asking if you are a no-reply blogger, also leave your blog address on the comment. If you are a no-reply blogger, I will contact you via your blog and let you know. If you are not a no-reply blogger, you will get a lovely email response from me.

2. Follow the steps below.

How to fix this problem:

1. Go to your blogger profile. And on the right click on Edit Profile.
2. Find the check box for: Show my email address. {If this box is already checked, you are not a no-reply blogger)

 Then fill in your email address as I did below.

3. Save Profile.
4. Your profile should now look like this:



VOILA! You are no longer a no-reply blogger!

Worried about your personal email being out?
You can make yourself a specific email for your blog. Many bloggers do this. Just be sure to check your blog email frequently.

HOWEVER, this will NOT change your log in email..


Thank you Kay!!! 
Make sure to leave a comment to find out or follow the simple rules!! I want to be able to respond to all comments in the future! 

3.26.2013

A What!

Isn't that the truth?
This picture has nothing to do with today post but I thought it was adorable & I know I rarely listen to yellow light. Sorry bud, hang in there when I get older I know I will listen. 

The Rules 
  1. Each blogger should answer the questions the tagger has set for you.
  2. Choose eleven new bloggers to pass the award on to and link them in your post.
  3. Create eleven new questions for the chosen bloggers.
  4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
  5. Each blogger should post eleven random facts about themselves.
  6. No Tag Backs!!!


Questions From Kay

What's the first thing you do in the morning?
The very first thing I do is shut my alarm off. I can't stand loud noises when I am trying to go to sleep or wake up! 

Zac Efron, Liam Hemsworth, Ian Somerhalder. Eff one, marry one, kill one, GO!
Only kay would think of something like this... I would Ian Somerhalder, Eff Liam Hemsworth (just to say I did it) & marry Zac! I mean he stole my heart in High School Musical!

What's your all-time favorite movie?
Hands down---- Lion King! 

If you could be any Disney Princess, who would you be?
This is hard... my first reaction was Bell because i just love her dress but I really like Tatiana 

What's your favorite fair ride?NONE!! I would rather kill myself than ride a fair ride.. I know lame sauce me but after I worked there & realized once they pass inspection for that fair they fix them with duck tape Count me out! 

Where is the farthest away from home that you've traveled?
North Carolina & Mexico.... Soon it will be the Virgin Islands :) 
Do you like..cheese? cool points if you get the reference.
Love this movie! my nickname after all is queso! 

What's your biggest pet peeve?
 I have lots. I guess people who say something than do something else. 

Who is your blogger-idol? aka the big blogger that you're obsessed with.
Good question. Lately I have been stalking Mamalaughlin & SkinnyMeg - Trying to find my inspiration 


If you were given a $500 shopping spree, what would you buy?
Victoria secret, shoes from Nordies, some new jeans, & probably stop in at Bebe! 

What songs are included on the soundtrack of your life?
I have lots. Almost any country song, but this truly just reminded me of Soundtrack of your Life by Ashley Parker from Otown.. remember that guy who had a son name lyric?

11 Random Facts 
  • 13 has been my favorite number since I was about 8 - I honestly have no idea why but that is my number. 
  • I have never dyed my hair but I have this urge to do so now 
  • I was raised by a single father {I love my daddy} 
  • I used to love my birthday but recently {last couple of years} it has always turned out way worse so this year I am going on vacation for it. 
  • I want to go back to school to get my masters because I am bored just working 
  • This is the heaviest I have ever weighed in my life {need to change this} 
  • I have an slightly bad obsession with Dr. Pepper & Bud Light Lime - maybe even some sangeria 
  • I can't walk in heels but I try 
  • I graduated high school at 17 & finished college in 4 n half years after changing my major 3 times 
  • Alex & I got engaged after only knowing each other for 6 months 2 weeks before he left on a 6 month deployment 
  • I have been driving the same car since I was 16.. {01' Jetta - not ready to part with her just yet}
Anyone can do this! I know it is suppose to only be for blogs under 200 followers but I think it's fun for readers to get to know you! 

Questions for You:
What kind of car do you drive?
If you could have 3 wishes, what would your first wish be?
What is your favorite country song?
If you could see anyone in concert dead or alive, who would it be?
If you had your own show on E!- what would it be called?
What is your dream job? 
Where is the one place in the world you want to travel to?
If you could be any age for the rest of your life, what age would it be?
What kind of exotic animal would you want as a pet?
What is your favorite dessert? 
One piece of blogging advice for others. 

3.25.2013

Weekend Update [V.12]

Monday Afternoon... 
Better late than never right?
Well this weekend was busy as usual & once again I fell off the workout dvd train again! I mean I am so close to this much needed vacation..  
I lost all motivation
More on that later... but I am willing to take all the help I can get! 

Friday
Lame sauce Friday.. We did nothing! I came home from working at the preschool ALL day & hung out & was in bed before the sun went down. Can you say I was tired? 

Saturday
Started super early.. 7am! I wish ONE weekend I could sleep in. We were out the door by 8 for teeball game. This kid has so many games I can't believe it. They are adorable to watch though. 

Off we went to my friend's son's 1st birthday party. 
It sure was fun to catch up & watch Eli play with the other kiddos. 

not to forget I ate some cake & enjoyed a nice cold Dr. Pepper! 

Than we went off to have dinner with my aunt. 
We also decided to do an 8 day cruise for my birthday/anniversary in October! I can't wait! I better get in shape for that one because I want to be able to get in a swimsuit for it! 

Sunday
Had breakfast with some girlfriends. Shopped than made dinner.

Over all the weekend was fun.
They go WAY to fast. 

Next up
Registering Eli for Kindergarten. Anyone else doing that this year?  

How was your weekend?

3.22.2013

Friday Letters {V.12}



Dear Friday,
Thank you for showing up! I cant wait to enjoy this weekend!!! 

Dear Alex,
I love you. 

Dear Work,
You are killing me! I seriously never thought I would work 20+ hours at the preschool every week plus run my business at home. To say I am tired at the end of the day is an understatement. 

Dear Weight Loss,
We have a love hate relationship!  Please just love me so I can lose this weight!! It is a consistent battle 

Dear Readers,
Thank you for the continue support. Please say hi if you get a chance. Do you enjoy recipes? Should I keep posting some? What do you want more of? I know this is my daily journal but I would love to help you as well!! Hope you all have a GREAT weekend! 

Dear No Reply Bloggers,
Please fix it. I love receiving comments & being able to write back. Lately I have been getting you and it makes me sad that I can't write back. Stay tune, next week I will post a tutorial on how to fix this if you don't know how! 


3.21.2013

Morning Glory Protein Muffins

I realized I need to work on my food photography!

 I wish my brain could think of something this awesome. The original recipe is from a wonderful site called Dashing Dish. If you are looking for clean eating yet very yummy recipes, I would HIGHLY suggest  this site. I can't wait for her to come out with her cookbook but until than I made my own of her recipes. 

Back to the recipe.

Please say Good Morning to Morning Glory Protein Muffins
{no I didn't make this up - but I am giving you the exact way I made them}



Ingredients
1 3/4 cup Old Fashion Oats
1/4 cup of protein powder { I used Vanilla} 
1 cup of sugar 
1 tsp baking soda 
1 1/2 tsp baking powder 
1 1/2 ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp salt 
4 egg whites
1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce 
1 cup of crushed pineapple in its own juice {DO NOT DRAIN} 
1 cup of grated carrots 
1/2 cup of shredded coconut 

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1. Place all wet ingredients into a food processor or blender. {I used the vitamixer} 
2. Than add the rest of the ingredients besides the coconut.
{Place the wet ingredients first will help blend everything together} 
3. Blend together until everything is smooth. There should be no chunks of oats or any other ingredient. 

4. You can spoon in coconut. 
I added coconut & mixed on speed 1
5. Line cupcake tin with liners. I sprayed them with pam to help make it easier for them to get out.
{The last few muffins I have made stick to the paper}
6. Pour an even amount into each muffin 
7. Bake about 30-35 minutes & test with a toothpick 
8. ENJOY

I added a little extra of everything therefore I had extra so I made about 24 mini muffins as well. 
They are so good, my family ate the mini muffins before the day was over!! I can't wait to make them again. 

[This photo is from the website where the original recipe is using stevia instead of sugar] 
Please go check out Katie's website as it will be a life changer! 
I know I will continue to pass on her healthy recipes that I have tried & know you will love as much as I do to all you readers in the future also. 

**This recipe is not mine**




3.19.2013

Top 10 Things You Didn't Know...

Who has an iPhone?
That is like asking if you breathe these days?
I must live under a rock though because I just joined the dark side back in November but I was so excited to get a case.
I will admit though it was probably one of the smartest things I have ever done because emjois are just the best & cases are so adorable! Now to convince the hubby he needs an iphone over that new windows phone so i can send him smiley convos all day!! 

Did you know that Shutterfly has iPhone cases now that can be personalized? I didn't know either. I can't wait to order mine with my wedding picture.
 {after all I am still a newlywed that loves to put her wedding pictures on everything}

Thank you to Shutterfly for sharing this fun facts!! 
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About iPhone Cases
Shutterfly iPhone Cases Infographic
This infographic is provided to you by Shutterfly, a leader provider of photo books, custom iPhone cases & more!

3.15.2013

Friday Letters {V.11}

Yupp! ...And, yes, I'm currently doing it! <3

It's Friday! 
I swear this day would NEVER come - this has been one of the longest weeks ever!

Dear Midterm Next Week,
Please go easy on me. I am going to try to study but there is no way I can remember all that & keep up with daily life. Really Teacher, you think I have no life & I can sit around all day & stare at a piece of paper to memorize things I will NEVER use again? 

Dear Eli's Teacher,
STOP PICKING ON HIM. Yes I know I am the owners Niece which therefore entitles Eli to a bit more privileges but just because you are unhappy doesn't mean you have to ruin him. Stop setting up to fail. & If you are truly unhappy with your job LEAVE.  Geeze sake it was Picture day! They are 5 & kids...what do you expect? 

Dear Weekend,
Tomorrow is an early day full of teeball. I am excited you are here but I just wish I could sleep one day. I guess sleep is for the dead & I will fully embrace you ONLY if I can get some coffee from the cute coffee shop in town! 

Dear Alex,
Did you read my weekend letter? Can we please get coffee from the cute coffee shop before teeball at 8am? That is just unreal to be awake & out of the house by than. I swear it will help me function better. 

Dear DMV,
Please don't take forever on Tuesday  I have a facial I am going to after you! I just want my stickers for my car & my address on my registration fix. 

Dear Weight Loss
Let's keep on this journey. I am liking the results & I hope I can order that jacket soon! :) 

Dear Readers,
Please make sure you go follow me on BlogLovin' - I added the widget to my blog over there to the right. I don't want to lose you all.  I am hoping I can get a grasp back on a life & get back to regular blog post but please bare with me. I don't have nearly that much free time anymore. 

With that said, 
I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend.

Come back Monday to see how my weekend went! 

3.13.2013

Pinterest Love St. Patrick's Day Edition

A few of my favorite things via. Pinterest
St. Patrick's Day edition.
Happy Hump Day



17 Fun Things To Do For St. Patricks Day


yum green beer!  
St. Pattys Day Subway Art


Skinny Shamrock Shake. So glad I have this option when I crave McDonalds!




Thin Mint Truffles


St. Patty's Day Dessert. Pudding, Oreo's, and Cool Whip.

Pinterest... you have the BEST ideas. 
All this did was make me want a Green beer & some Green cupcakes!!! 
Sounds so yummy but must resist as I am trying to get that pre cruise weight down!!! {36 days left}

Also Don't forget if you love Target [who doesn't] go enter to win $165 giftcard! 

Have a great Wednesday

3.12.2013

St. Patrick's Day Giveway {$165 Value}

Pondered Primed Perfected | Glossy Blonde | Delightful Dream


So excited to be teaming up with all the fabulous ladies above to bring to you another fabulous giveaway except this time we are celebrating Saint Patrick's Day :) If it wasn't for the ladies above this giveaway wouldn't be possible so please take a second to visit their blogs and say thanks! We are giving away a $165 Target giftcard to one lucky person.
Giveaway Details:
+You MUST be a My Beautiful, Crazy Life reader
+This giveaway will end on March 16 at 11:00p.m. so get your entries in before its too late!
+Winner will be verified, so make sure your doing what you say you are :) 
+Winner will be contacted via e-mail & need to respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen.
Good luck :)
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3.11.2013

Weekend Update [V.10]

Is this time change affecting anyone else?
It will take me some time to get used too but never fails.. 
Monday you are here! 
Not so bright but very early!
With 37 days left until the cruise, I have NO time to slack off on Jillian yelling at me every step of the way! & I am dying to get into this swimsuit !! I want, I want... but I will have to wait for a bit.. 

My weekend went a little something like.. 

Thursday Afternoon
*Lunch with one of my best friends
*a little shopping at the mall with the hubby 
{If you follow me on Insta- SORRY you've seen these pictures} 

 I got some new workout shoes - after all a good workout isn't complete unless you got some good support on your feet! 
I am seriously in love. Brooks from Nordies. Awesome support & great grip for tile floor. 
But than these caught my eyes...

I couldn't walk out without them. I have never owned a pair but I am willing to try it out. Have you? Do you like them? 
Than it was home for a good night sleep

Friday 
I got out of work early & went to target. I got Eli some hot chocolate & we walked out with Wreck it Ralph. 
That night I went out to dinner with my long lost little sister. {a very good friend}
It wasn't quiet the mimosas I was hoping for but did the trick. 

We got some Miah Tais. Stayed at the restaurant until 1230 am talking away. Let's just say we caught up! 

Saturday
*Workout time
*got ready for a good friend's daughter Birthday party 
What I wore to the birthday... 
(Trigger photo bombing & dont mind the dirty mirror) lol

Isn't she just the cutest?
Happy 3rd Birthday beautiful. 
I love you. 

Than it was home for movie night with the family.
Wreck It Ralph
It was cute.

Sunday Funday
We spent some time shopping on base
& meeting up with Stef for some dinner. 


The weekend was fun but it goes way too fast. 
Teeball was rained out so we will be making up for that this coming weekend! 
I already can't wait for the weekend!! 

How was your weekend?