Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Through The Years!

As I was looking through my list of blogs I follow I noticed a ton of people are posting Halloween pictures and recaps from previous years. And I won't lie - I wanted to join in on the fun and go back over some of my favorite Halloween costumes from the past. 


This is the oldest picture I could dig up...I was a super blonde bunny. How freaking cute!

This one was from Sophomore year in college. I didn't own a digital camera back then so it is one of the few I could find. I wasn't into the sexy/scantily clad costumes yet...



I  found this classic on MySpace (yes I still have an account there and I somehow still have 101 friends). I was a fly girl from that show In Living Color and my bestie was a Playboy Bunny. 

This one cracks me up every time I see it. I was a fairy (sans wings in this photo) and the bestie was a "Suga Mama" with red hot nips. HA!

That same Halloween we classed it up and went as Gangstas. We got these costumes for like 2 bucks at the Thrift store and they were a hit at Auld Shebeen. 

Pirate! The skirt was made by my other bestie for our Hallween party at the townhouse. 

Same costume only I was lazy the next night and only wore half of it. Sally on the other hand looked awesome as Flava Flavvvv! Sally and I have spent quite a few Halloweens together as you will see in the upcoming photos. 

This costume was again hand made by my bestie/roommate. I was - ugh having a total brain fart and can't remember the name of the movie this was from!
This is probably the costume with the LEAST amount of fabric that I ever wore...man I wish I was skinny again. 

One of my last costumes was as the Mad Hatter. There was an Alice to my Hatter. Tons of fun. 
Sally again!
This was Andrew's year to be a Playboy Bunny.


The last thing I dressed up as before I got pregnant was for my friends Harry Potter Halloween party. I went as Bellatrix Lestrange and the hubby was Voldemort. He went all out - even purchased the authentic wand and everything!



This year - we aren't dressing up as anything.  But we dressed up K as this:



And we are taking her to her first Halloween party...I'm trying to decide if we want to trick or treat to a few houses or wait until next year when she can walk up to the doors herself. Either way - Halloween over the years has been a blast and I can't wait to celebrate many more with the peanut!



Scrapdoodles Design Team Project

A month or two ago I applied to become part of the Scrapdoodles Design team.  Scrapdoodles is a local scrapbooking store located in Fredericksburg, VA.  It is my favorite scrapbook store and I often go to Friday night crops with  my friends.  I submitted a gallery of my work to the team and was pleasantly surprised when I was selected to join the team!  This week is my first post and I'm excited to share my projects with everyone! You can check out my debut on the Scrapdoodles blog here.

When I went into the store I grabbed a few pieces of cardstock from the Authentique "Thankful" line.  I knew just the photos that I wanted to use for this beautiful line. 



I often call my daughter our little blessing baby. And I give thanks everyday that she is here with us.  This photo of her looking up in wide eyed wonderment was perfect and I thought it complimented the theme very nicely. The flowers and glitter letters are from my stash. The ribbon tying the layout together on the left is also a satin ribbon from my stash. The rest is all Authentique paper and card stock stickers. The solids are my favorite paper line - Bazzil. Here are a few more photos of the layout:



I LOVE paper flowers!

I had a bunch of paper and stickers left over so I made a simple mini flip book of my daughter as a newborn with some of her favorite people. 






I hope you enjoyed my first project! My next project will more than likely be a winter/Christmas theme! I cant' wait! 












Monday, October 22, 2012

1st Ever Liebster Blog Award!

I've never been nominated for any type of blog award - probably because I have so few followers.  But I was nominated by Christine at Hooah and Highchairs - how awesome!


The Liebster award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. 

So, what is a Liebster anyway? 

The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

And now for the rules:
  • Each person must post 11 things about themselves
  • Answer the questions that the nominator set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve nominated to answer.
  • Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
  • Go to their page and tell them.
  • No tag backs!

Here are 11 things about me:
  1. I have a gorgeous daughter and wonderful husband
  2. I scrapbook everything - I worked in two different Scrapbook stores while in college
  3. I check Facebook every day - and then get bored when no one updates their status
  4. I love Harry Potter - I've been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando 3 times and I am going back in February
  5. The song American Honey by Lady Antebellum is a perfect description of me growing up
  6. I work in social media - seriously my title is Social Media Strategist
  7. I DVR a different TV show every night
  8. My favorite TV show is The Vampire Diaries - I am in love with Damon
  9. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism but the closet I've come to working for a newspaper was working for Gannett in their marketing department (Gannett owns the USA Today and a ton other local papers around the country)
  10. I love to travel - anywhere and everywhere, I've been all over the Caribbean and to many countries over seas
Here are the 11 questions from Christine:

  1. What did you have for lunch yesterday?
    I had pizza
  2. Who was your favorite band/musician in high school?
    Please don't judge me but my favorite group was The Backstreet Boys.  I had their posters all over my bedroom
  3. Are you willing to admit you sing in the shower and if so, what song do you sing most?
    I do sing in the shower but not very often. If I do it is usually some country song that is stuck in my head
  4. What is the kindest thing you did today?
    It's only 9:48 in the morning, so I'll say I got my  baby up and feed her this morning and let my poor, sick with the flu, husband sleep in
  5. Do you believe in soul mates?
    I do, and I married mine
  6. Name one thing you could never (or have a difficult time) forgiving someone for?
    Cheating
  7. Do you like to cook?
    I love to cook!
  8. Flintstones or Jetsons?
    Flintstones!
  9. Who is the most fascinating person you've ever met?
    My husband - trust me, he's fascinating.  And I've met celebrities like Rascal Flatts, Sarah Evans, Justin Moore, and Easton Corbin but I still think my hubby is the most fascinating!
  10. Do you reply to people who comment on your blog?
    I try to!
  11. What makes you smile?
    My kid - she's so stinkin cute and funny it should be illegal!
My Nominations!

  1. Samantha at Hooah and Hiccups: http://hooahandhiccups.blogspot.com/
  2. Rekita at A Lovely Army Wife: http://lovelyarmywife.blogspot.com/
  3. Holly at Not Done Growing: http://notdonegrowing.blogspot.com/
  4. Roni at HomePayge: http://www.thehomepayge.com/
  5. Jennifer at Life as I Know it: http://myyoungfamilylife.blogspot.ca/
  6. Amy at This Too Shall Pass: http://www.amycoleman1.blogspot.com/
  7. Refridgerator Memories: http://refrigeratormemories.blogspot.com/
  8. Jessie at Life with the Larsons: http://www.jessieandconor.blogspot.com/
  9. Bethany at Our 3 Sons Plus 1: http://3sonsplus1.blogspot.com/
  10. Megan at Grimm Tales: http://grimmest-tales.blogspot.com/
  11. Samantha at Life as Mrs B: http://www.dannyandsamantha.blogspot.com/
My Questions:

  1. lf you could be anything in the world what would it be?
  2. Toilet paper - over or under?
  3. You have one super power - what is it?
  4. What is your favorite TV show?
  5. Do you have a celebrity crush?
  6. Do you cry during movies?
  7. Are you a good dancer?
  8. Would you rather be rich or healthy?
  9. What was your favorite game to play as a child?
  10. Do you have any hidden talents?
  11. What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Have fun!!





Sunday, October 21, 2012

Holy Flashback!

This past weekend my parents came up to visit and spend time with Kayleigh. We went to the zoo and while we were there I was taking pictures with their camera and started going through the photos on their memory card.  And I stumbled upon photos from their visit back in June and I couldn't believe how tiny Kayleigh was just 5 months ago!  Take a peek at this:



A few more photos from their visit in June:


I had forgotten how tiny she was.  That outfit is a size 0-3. Now she's swimming in 6-9 but it just shows how much she's grown in the last few months. I miss the days of her falling asleep on our shoulder.  So when she fell asleep on my shoulder tonight I was in Heaven!

And now a few from their visit this past weekend!





Kayleigh had an amazing time with her grandparent's this weekend. The weather for the zoo was perfect and almost all of the animals were outside.  The tiger and lion were roaring, the gorillas were gross yet funny (one started peeing and stuck his hand in the stream! ugh), and we saw some pretty cool animals overall. My parents really enjoyed seeing Kayleigh and they wore her out! She was in bed before 6 pm tonight! 



Monday, October 15, 2012

Falling for fall

This past weekend we took Kayleigh to the pumpkin patch and fall festival at Cox Farms. All I have to say is...wow! That place is awesome. While Kayleigh was way too small for 99% of the activities, we still got some adorable photos of her with the pumpkins.  Because everything she touches goes into her mouth when I sat her down for photos she immediately began trying to shove the straw into her mouth.



But on a positive note, the headband I made for her came out amazing and looked so cute on her! I was in love with her Osh Kosh overalls and black tights!


I had to do a couple of hand checks with her and Eli - her little buddy.  The only way his mom got him out of the house that morning was by telling him they were coming to see Kayleigh. Those two have a special connection I swear.  Something about Eli makes Kayleigh just light up and giggle non-stop.  Drew asked Eli to help "carry the baby" and he jumped at the chance.


Over all the festival was a lot of fun. So many things to do for the kiddies from slides to animals to a straw maze. There were even some fun photo opps for the parents. 


Next up this month is a visit from her Grandma and Grandpa that live in Smithfield and then its Halloween! Kayleigh was invited to a Halloween party so she gets to show off her cute elephant costume and take adorable pictures. October has been and will continue to be a busy month for us - but it gives me plenty of excuses to pull out the camera and snap pictures of my two favorite people in the world!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Movin and Shakin - 7 Months

Kayleigh has been growing by leaps and bounds this past month and I almost can't keep up! She's learned how to pull herself up to standing if she has something to hold on to (like her crib or princess chair) although she still is a bit shaky.  We took her 7 month photos and it was the toughest yet! That little booger refused to stay in her chair for longer than 10 seconds.  She was scooting down out of it, trying to climb over the edge, and climbing to her knees.  Once she got herself out of the chair she turned her back to me and spent the rest of the shoot trying to stand up.  I maybe got 20 good photos out of the 50+ I took. Here are a few:



As you can see from the progression of photos, she went from smiling pretty to chewing and climbing all of her chair.  She is ALMOST crawling.  She has the idea down and can get to her hands and knees but she hasn't quite figured out how to move. Instead she rolls herself down onto the ground and rolls across the room to get her treasure. It wouldn't surprise me though if she skips the crawling all together. This weekend we are headed to the pumpkin patch and I have the cutest outfit and headband picked out for her to wear.  The headband was hand made by me and I can't wait to get photos of her wearing it! It should be a wonderful, child-filled day with some of my favorite people!