Category Archives: flawed & fabulous

Awkward & Awesome Thursday

fairy taleAwkward:
-Our lack of honeymoon… I know, I’m being spoiled, but I really would have loved to have some time to just enjoy us and be newlyweds. BACK TO WORK WITH US! Ugh…
-Changing your last name is harder than it looks and the Social Security office works really odd hours (re: 8AM to 3:30PM… I work an hour away).
-No photos of the entire family. I got zero photos with Mitch’s mom and dad. Kinda disappointing.

-Beautiful preview photo (see above) that our photographer shared with us. I love it. Can’t wait to see the other beauties.
-Baby cuddles with my nephew Blakey. He is always such an angel when we’re around. He saves the bad moods for his momma! 😉
-Staying in our pjs ALL WEEKEND last weekend. We really needed the down time after all the wedding stresses…
One Girl Conference with my church! Can’t wait to get started making some lip gloss with teen girls and working on the Sole Hope project!

Our Wedding

Hello, Readers!

Sorry for my month-long hiatus. Life has been going at the speed of light and I haven’t been able to keep it in check lately. In the month of August, I started my new job as technical writer/subject matter expert with a new company, my nephew Blake was born, we moved (TWICE!!), and wedding planning was in full swing.

On September 7th, I married my best friend Mitchel. It was a lovely ceremony, everything was so simple and beautiful. It didn’t all work out the way I wanted it to, but no regrets! Mitch & I got to spend a lot of time together on our wedding day and that made everything that much sweeter. Here are some photos of our big day… we only have photos from family & friends so far, but I’ll be sure to share more later on…

getting ready the dress my family first kiss man & wife first dance 1 father daughter dance the cake with Blakey

We had so many friends and family members that traveled from far distances to be there for us on our wedding day. Extra props to my mom Amy {one of the maid of honors & the wedding planner(!)}, my brother Johnny, Phil {my bestie Shelly’s fiance}, and Katie {Blake’s mommy} for saving the day in so many ways. Also, to my incredible bridesmaids & Mitch’s groomsmen, you all kept us sane and kept us laughing all day long. I had the best day with all of the loves of my life.

Life goes by so fast, it’s so hard to stop and enjoy the little moments. Right now I am enjoying my new role as wife with my handsome and amazing husband. Everything is changing, but I am ready to meet all of life’s challenges head on, so long as I have Mitchel by my side.

Things I’m Loving Right Now

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I’m loving surprise visits from my bestest best friend and her fiance! ❤

besties3I’m loving a bestie who is endlessly supportive and wonderful and beautiful, even when I am failing…

fiancesI’m loving fiance’s (mine in particular) who can always make you laugh.

moms& lastly, I’m loving moms (who are also maid of honors) who surprise you with amazingly thoughtful gifts that make you sob in front of everyone at your wedding shower. ❤ ❤ ❤


Nutcracker happy happy engaged!So, blog family, I don’t know how else to break the news to everyone, but Mitch & I are engaged [since 12/7/13]!! We’re going to get married and have kids and live happily ever after.

Okay, let’s be honest, I’ll probably drive him absolutely bonkers, BUT he’s stuck with me!

We haven’t set a date, though we’re thinking September 2014! It was a romantic night at the ballet watching The Nutcracker and then home for hot tea and Bible reading. After which, he asked me to marry him. AND I SAID YES!?!

We have been together since September of 2011 and I’ve never been happier in my life. Mitch is my best friend, my confidante, and my support system. I can’t wait to begin our life together as old married folks!

I’m Not Afraid


DIY: Owl Plush

Ohmy… I seem to have made a delectable little owl stuffed animal. Hrmm, I’d better post this D-I-Y made on a whim on my bloggity blog!! So here it is…

-Owl design [toooootally optional and feel free to use mine, but I’m an artiste so I made one. haha]
Two sheets of the dark brown
One sheet of the light light brown
Less than one orange, black, white, and yeller [aka: yellow]
– Four [or more] different bits of Fabric quarters [or scrap fabric, really]
-Sewing machine was helpful, but optional
-Rotary cutter or scissors
-Paper in the shape of a small-ish circle to help w the feathers!

Okay, First thing’s first [naturally]… Cut a town of circles out of the fabric swatches, cut out your owl shape on the brown felt times 2, your eye pieces [yellow, white, and black], the light brown ‘wings’, and a cute orange triangle for the beak!

NEXT, I used my rotary cutter and cut those circles in half for the feathers.

Then, I took the beautiful feathers and started sewing them in semi-straight and structured lines on the front of one of the brown owl body pieces!

After that I grabbed my light brown wings and sewed them on over top of my ‘feathers’! I even decided to give my wiley owl some eyes and a beak!

The last step was putting my finished front piece face down onto the second brown owl body piece and sew them together, leaving a small space to flip my owl inside out and stuff! AND VOILA!!!

I am a certified plushie designer!! Look at those eyes!?! =) She’s a dreamy girl!

DIY: Tie Dye Hair Pt 2

So this time I left the colors in for a bit longer and GLOBBED on the colors. The purple came out more purple and less dark blue and the turquoise is actually turquoise instead of light blue. I’m officially in love [and also a little bit of a my-little-pony] with this hair-do!

Original Colors here! I used the following dyes:
Manic Panic Cotton Candy