Monday, April 16, 2012

We've Moved!

This is officially our last post here at blogspot! We have moved on over to! Go check us out and make sure to follow us there and let us know what you think :)

Hey you, April Birchbox!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was well, rainy! To be honest, didn't really do much! We tried out the new Varsity sports bar down in Dundee last night and probably had the worst taco pizza ever. Then again, is taco pizza ever really that good?!

I received my April Birchbox last week and it always makes my day! Who doesn't like to receive pretty packages in the mail once a month? If you don't know what Birchbox is, it's basically a subscription of sample beauty supplies that you receive once a month. It usually contains 5 samples of anything beauty related! Take a look below at what I got this month:

It comes in these cute little boxes which I totally can't wait to reuse for Christmas!

First up: Willa lavender face wipes. Haven't tried these yet because I feel face wipes just don't do the trick! Perhaps I'll just keep these in the car or pack them for Mexico.

Zoya mint green nail polish: I'm pretty excited to use this for our engagement photos in a few weeks! It'll go perfect with my new maxi skirt!

I forget the brand but this is hand salve. It smells delicious and it's not super heavy or greasy.

Ok. Taylor Swift Wonderstruck perfume. Not a fan of celebrity fragrances at all. However, it smells descent. Perhaps I'll pack this for Mexico as well since it's tiny!

Dropps laundry detergent pacs: I'm a laundry freak. These will not suffie in our household! All of my laundry supplies much match in not only brand, but as well as scent! So once again, this is a Mexico product!

Ok so it wasn't my all time favorite Birchbox but it's still fun and I'll definitely use all of these products! I just don't know if I like them enough to buy them. My last Birchbox I ended up buying 3 of the products and I'm actually still using the samples!

I would definitely recommend this if you love makeup and other girl things as much as I do! It's the perfect way to test out the product before buying them.

Have a great Monday! Tomorrow, I will be posting about my coffee mug that I received from our Coffee Mug Swap! I'm super excited to show you all!

Friday, April 13, 2012

High Five For Friday!

I'm linking up with Lauren today for High Five For Friday! I'm beyond excited it's Friday. For real. Can't you tell? Seriously, am I in Mexico yet? I feel like it's dragging on and on! Any who, here are my favorites for the week! Happy Weekend!

My beyond adorable puppy! (she's actually 4 but still looks like a pup to me)

My April Birchbox came in the mail! (I will post about this later)

Brian and I had pretty much a 12 hour date on Wednesday! Breakfast at Wheatfields, engagement photos, dinner on the deck and then dessert at Cheesecake Factory!

He doesn't quite know it yet, but this is Brian's next DYI project!

And lastly, perhaps a new Ipad case is in my future?! (Brian doesn't know about this yet either)

Have a great weekend! Check us out on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Beach Engagement Shoot!

We will be basking under the Mexican sun in just a few weeks! And we are so not prepared at all! We still have those last pesky pounds to lose, outfits for our engagement pictures, and swimsuits that aren't from high school! However, before out Mexico trip, we must get past our first round of engagement pictures tomorrow! Yes, I am a picture snob, I realize this! We actually decided to pretty much spend most of our budget on photos since that's the only thing we will take away from that day. This is all besides the point! We need major help on outfits for our Mexico engagement pictures! 

We are starting on the beach at sunset and then moving into town once the sun has set for some nighttime pictures. Here is what I am thinking for the beach pictures:       

                        Beach Engagement

I want to keep it semi casual and very flowy. And lets be honest, no way am I bringing a handbag on the beach! It was just too cute to pass up!

And that's all I have! Still need one more outfit for the nighttime pictures!

Have a good Tuesday! Perhaps I'll post a snip it or two of our photo session tomorrow!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Coffee Mug Swap!

I stumbled upon an adorable, cute blog called Suzels Says and was just browsing when I noticed something. This is huge people. She was hosting a Coffee Mug Swap! Let me explain. You basically just have to be an active blogger, send her an email with your contact information and she then gets back to you with another blogger's information! Voila! It's basically a pen pal but for bloggers but instead of just receiving a stupid letter in the mail, you get a coffee cup!! Woohoo! I'm pumped.

So I am currently browsing my new blogger buddies site and I have the perfect mug for her! I will blog about it as soon as I send it out and whenever I receive mine :) Can't wait!

In other news, I hope everyone had a splendid Easter! I know I did! Partly due to the fact that my awesome boyfriend fiance got me a new Coach purse! Here's a pic of me doing my I'mtocoolforschool pose..

My new website/blog is soo close to being done, I can taste it!

Have a good Monday!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Good Friday!

Happy Good Friday y'all! Of course, I am linking up with Lauren today!

Here is a little recap of my week in Iphone pictures! I am making a promise right now to start using my real camera instead of this crappy one on my phone! I promise! These following pictures will be the last you will see that are full of grain, terrible white balance and just overall terrible pictures! Starting now!

1. I went shopping for our engagement pictures this week! Here is my casual outfit that I'm super excited about! And yes, I am that short that I have to stand on our tub just to be eye level with Brian!

2. I LOVE this! Reminds me of my sisters and I! This will totally be us :)


3. This is the look I'm going for when redoing our kitchen cabinets. No if I could only convince the boss!

Pinned here

4. And last but not least, so pumped for EASTER! Spending the morning with my Dad and Grandparents and the afternoon with my Mom and Gary!

Hope everyone has a splendid Easter weekend with their families!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Run the NYC Marathon with me!

Ok, not quite. However, about 6 or 7 years ago, right after I ran Chicago, I had signed up for the NYC Marathon. To be able to run it though, you must enter a lottery and every year on April 25th, they announce if you're in for the race in November! If after 3 years you don't get in, you're automatically in on your 4th year. Well, years went by and a few weeks ago I remembered that I was never selected! (bummer!) So I logged into my account and there it was, a big red exclamation point saying "before we confirm your entry, we must need 2 emergency contacts." SERIOUSLY?? This was 6 years ago people!! I could've ran it twice by then! So I threw a fit for about .2 seconds and filled out my emergency contacts and VOILA! I am now officially in the lottery for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 NYC Marathon!

I'm secretly hoping it won't be this year as we will be getting married just a few weeks beforehand! So wish me luck that I won't be selected this year, otherwise I'll have to transfer it to 2013!

Have any of you ever ran the NYC Marathon before or any Marathons? I became addicted after running my first one at tender age of 18! Every time I complete one, I promise it's my last one!

I'm pretty sure all of us runners out there feel like this..

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Website Coming Soon!

We are finally coming close to taking our new website live!! This is something that has literally taken me 2 years to complete! At first, I didn't know what kind of look I was going after and as soon as I would pick something, I would change my mind! I even went as far as completely changing the business name! Scratched that real quick! I also didn't want to pay an arm and a leg just for website! Seriously, some quotes I got were for over $5,000! Come on! So I was determined to learn how to design this bad boy by myself! After countless hours upon hours of researching and playing with this thing, I have figured out how to design a website!

I can't wait to show you guys the new design and look Brooklyns is going for! Along with the new website came a new logo as well as colors! Can't wait to show you guys! This is will be the new site for our blog as well as our website! Wait, one place for everything?! YES! Be on the lookout as it goes live within the next week or so! Here is a little sneak peak at what's to come..

Let me know what you guys think or if you have any ideas/suggestions!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Painting, Planting and Playing!

What a weekend! We spent most of the weekend working on the house and the yard and had enough time to school Brian in a little pick up of game of basketball :) Seriously, we have to lower the hoop to 7 feet so he can pretend to be some hotshot. This girl doesn't fall for it. Either do our neighbors! Once I made him realize we were nobody's and just wanted to shoot around, we raised the hoop so I could sink all of my three's on him :) bahahaha..I loved it!

Did you all check out the KU game on Saturday night? Gee whiz..what a nail bighter! (If I had nails, pretty sure I would've bitten them off) My sister and Collin were of course down in Lawrence for the game and this was Mass St. shortly afterwards:

Mass St. is basically downtown where all the bars and restaurants are. Pretty much looks the same as when they won it back in '08.

Sunday we started a project that I'm super excited about! We painted our black door red! I forgot to take before pictures though so you'll have to picture a black, dusty door before the nice, shiny, red one! We still have 1 more coat to go and I'll post it about it later.

Not too shabby for half way done huh? I also picked up new hardware so we can get rid of that hideous gold! It hasn't quite made it out of the package yet, but it will tonight!

We also had time to play with Cali Mae except she tends to poop out a little too easily!

And lastly, grilled salmon and topped it off with avocado, cilantro, lime salsa! Yum! Have a good Monday!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Fab Friday!

Hope you all are having a splendid week! With the amazing weather we've been having, we were able to plant our shrubs, bushes and flowers! My in-laws were also kind enough to buy us a grill! So we basically grilled and planted shrubs all week! Not too shabby for March :)

Here are a few of my favorites for the week..

Our new grill:

Anything Chevron; Especially this rug:

This cute little photo:

Cute Invites for maybe our Engagement Party:

Quick Home Workout:

And Lastly, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus:

Have a great weekend! It's supposed to be super nice here!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Peanut Butter Mug Cake!

We were getting ready to go to bed tonight and I just had to have dessert! I wasn't going to bed until I had something sweet. So I polished off the rest of the peanut butter ice cream we had and it still didn't curb it. So I did what anyone with a fierce, sweet craving would do; I made a peanut butter mug cake! Now, since we are on a pretty diet around here (Mexico is a staggering 4 weeks away..eek!) this was the healthiest option for us! It does the trick in a pinch :)


1 TBSP Heavy Whipping Cream
1 TBSP Sugar
1 Egg
2 TBSP Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 tsp Baking Powder

In goes the egg..

Baking Powder and Cream..


And the Peanut Butter..

Mix all together..

Microwave on high for 45-60 seconds until it looks like this..


Friday, March 23, 2012

Fab Friday!

It's the weekend! Pretty exciting stuff, eh? We never have a slow weekend to just hangout around the house. We always have people in town or I always have shoots. This weekend, it's Brian's parents. Last weekend my sister and her plus 1. Weekend before it was friends from Des Moines. We love these people but man we are looking forward to our vacation in a few weeks :)

Here are a few of my favorites from the past week or so:

Favorite new girl:

New Favorite Breakfast:

Favorite Moment of the Week:

Fireplace Remodel Idea:

New Headboard:

Favorite Photo:

Favorite Trend: Ombre Nails

And Lastly, My Soon-To-Be Favorite Vacation Spot, Grand Cayman Islands:

Hope you all have a great weekend! I'll be spending my time coasting into first place in our family bracket  :) I love how my brothers, fiance and brother in law spend months upon months researching and watching every game just to come in last to us girls! Sigh..feels real good.

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