Friday, April 11, 2014

Wait, What I'm Pregnant? BABY #3 DUE NOVEMBER 2014

November 2014 is going to be such a crazy time in this house hold. We will be adding this new baby into our lives and let the crazy begin. I CAN NOT WAIT. Bring on the crazy. 

Tomorrow will mark 8 weeks into this pregnancy and let me tell you what; It sure does show. When I first found out I was pregnant I wanted to keep it a secret and surprise the family. I had this whole surprise planned out, got the boys shirts and everything but one thing let to another and that big surprised didn't hold. Yes I was devastated everyone found out but what was I going to do? I was already showing so there wasn't much to hide anyway and boy oh boy the morning sickness has been a killer. Every day, all day. Sick, sick, sick. 

This time around Nolan is a little older and more aware of what is really going on. He is really excited and will not accept anything other than a gaaaile (girl). I keep telling him that it's probably a boy and he just keeps saying no it's a girl, sister. He is having a sister and that's that. His little heart will break when or if we have a boy. 

Baby number 3 took no time at all to make an appearance. I feel huge already and I'm only 8 weeks pregnant. It's really true when they say the more you have the faster you show. 

Thanks for chiming in and I'll be back with weekly updates on baby 3.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Shoes for Spring!

March 20th marks the first day of Spring. I know I could not be more happier than I am right now for the sun to shine and for fashion to lighten up; Color wise that is. Now as much as I love my cloths I do have to say that I love my shoes even more. Which is why I want to share with you Dresssale. Dresssale aren't t mainly known for there shoes but behind or I guess I should say underneath all those fabulous dresses are hundreds of shoes. Shoes that are fun in color, great for Spring. I have picked out a few of my favorites to show of too you. I also added the price underneath. 


Friday, March 7, 2014

My First Attempt at Spaghetti Squash

The other night at work I was shocked to find out that a friend of mine was in fact not eating spaghetti but it was actually spaghetti squash. Something I at the time was amazed at. How on earth did her spaghetti actually be squash? I had no idea how this could be so I talked it over with her and did a little research of my own and decided that I wanted to give it a try. At my attempt to eat healthier as well as find new things that my youngest who is allergic to everything can eat. I was delighted to find out that not only were spaghetti squash cheap but also extremely simple to make. Actually I would say that it may have taken a little longer to cook but was much simpler.

First things first. You need to decided what kind of sauce you want. I just used meat sauce just like regular spaghetti. Then your spaghetti squash, olive oil, salt and pepper. I found that there are a couple of different ways to cook your spaghetti squash. Since I was short on time and did not have the time to wait 1.5 hours to cook the quash I decided to cut it into smaller pieces instead of leaving it cut in half. It cut the cooking time down to about 45 minutes. But next time, which there will be a next time I will be trying it the other way as well. I took a couple of photos to help explain how I cooked it. Aside from the photos all you need to know is to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

End result: It was amazing and I will probably eat spaghetti like this from now on. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Amazing Gift Ideas now 30% Off

Most people do not know what Tiny Prints is and why I have been posting so much about them lately. Well first off they are having such a huge deal going on that I do not want you to miss out on. Today is the last day that you get 30% off store wide. Here are a couple of awesome things that you can get off Tiny Prints. 

Custom Notebooks. 

iPhone and iPad custom cases!

Custom calenders! 

And now even party favors. 

Today is the last day to save during Tiny Prints' best sale of the entire year.

Today is the last day to save during Tiny Prints' best sale of the entire year

Their birthday is this week and from now through March 4, they are giving you the gift of 30% off everything. There has literally never been a better time to order. 

Tiny Prints is the industry leader when it comes to personalized stationery, photo gifts, and more. Whether you need birth announcements, graduation party or baby shower invitations, photo iPad cases or notebooks, and any of your personalized stationery needs, Tiny Prints has it all. 

This is my phone that I personally made from Tiny Prints.

I am so in love with it. All of their products are customized to your needs. You choose the photos and text to add to their awesome designs and impress the recipients.

Oh and the part about there never being a better time? That's because That's their best deal of the year. 

Visit them now  and choose from any of their products and when you check out, use the promo code BDAY10 to save 30%.

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

God hit my heart hard today.

God hit my heart hard today just like he did 7 years ago during my senior year of high school. Only this time I'm not running. At the end of my senior year it was put on my heart to go into leadership of a ministry called Young Life. Young Life is a huge youth ministry which I was a part of. I was ready to put my heart and soul into becoming a Young Life leader. But as it happen I ran, I ran from what I had felt God was calling me to do. I went to college, got sucked into a life style of partying, a boyfriend and all around not the life I was so sure God had in mind for me. I ran and kept running. I tucked my beliefs in my back pocket until the day I was forced to dig deep into not just my back pocket but my heart when I meet my husband and became pregnant with my first son Nolan. I started going back to church, slowly started to dig a little further every day until today when I reached the bottom and cried and cried and cried when realizing what I had truly done. I knew this day was coming months ago when I felt jealous the day my husband told me he felt that God was calling him into the ministry to become a music minister. I was extremely happy for him but still felt a little sting in my heart. Now this isn't an easy thing to admit and even today as I was talking to my husband about it I felt dumb for ever feeling that way but I also think it was my way of telling my self "God wants him not me". Something I now know is wrong. I am still not sure where or what God wants me to do. But for now I am going to be the loving, supporting wife that my husband needs me to be during this journey of his and I know God will lead the way for me as well. I do know now that I am ready to jump and ask how high when the time comes. If that means moving my family across the county then so be it. I am done running. I am done fighting. My heart is open and listening for what God has in store for my family. I do believe what ever his plan, it's that Jared and I are meant to do it together.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Italian Gold Jewelry

The manufacture of Italian gold jewelry is a craft that dates back thousands of years. The origins of the trade can be traced back 3,000 years to the Etruscans (the people of Tuscany) who produced rudimentary pieces of fine jewelry, some of which can be viewed in the nation’s museums and exhibitions. Even these early jewelry pieces are instantly recognizable as Italian with their classical designs and the deep, rich yellow color so distinctive of Italian gold. 
From these early beginnings, Italy’s gold jewelry industry flourished to become the prominent global trading force it is today: the country exports 70% of all the gold jewelry it makes. Indeed, the Italian gold industry is one of the largest in the world, processing as much as 500 tons of the precious metal annually. Despite the fact that an estimated 10,000 companies are involved in this long-standing tradition, Italian gold jewelry production is surprisingly limited to only handful of regions in the country: Veneto, Tuscany, Piedmont, Lombardy and Campania. 
Within each region there are noteworthy examples of the art of fine jewelry production. Vicenza, in Veneto, is famous for its 18-carat gold pieces including chains, watchcases and hollow gold jewelry. Valenza, in Piedmont, boasts a 150-year history of hand-crafted expertise and offers high-quality items containing precious stones. And given its long heritage of quality production, it is little wonder that Arezzo, in Tuscany, is one of the major centers for jewelry and goldsmith craftsmanship in Italy today.  
Italy has a well-established tradition and reputation for outstanding gold jewelry design. Keeping the skill and trade alive is essential to the national economy, and the cities of Milan and Turin both have important goldsmith design schools which help to propagate this ancient skill; places where craftsmen with years of expertise and outstanding technical skills pass on their knowledge to the next generation of artisans. 
Many Italian goldsmiths would argue that little has changed between the tools and techniques of the Renaissance to those of today. Throughout history the quality of the gold content; its delicate designs and un-rivaled craftsmanship, have consistently contributed to Italian gold jewelry’s popularity and recognition.   However, increasing competition from emerging gold jewelry markets including India and China has recently forced Italy from its number one position as the world's largest manufacturer and exporter of mass-produced and crafted gold jewelry. Italian manufacturers have had to respond positively to this development as their reliance on ‘standard’ jewelry pieces such as bracelets, anklets and brooches has not been sufficient to keep pace with an ever-changing marketplace. 
Celebrated Italian jewelry brands including Bulgari, Damiani and Roberto Coin have sought to move on trends by introducing innovative designs and looks to inspire and engage a new audience. For instance, the trend for rings to be bigger, bolder and more daring has been driven by Italian goldsmiths; as has the contemporary and popular Y-shaped necklace. These fashionably new Italian jewelry designs can be purchased globally through various online retailers, like those listed here. Jewelry houses have also looked to design larger pieces with less weight of gold – a technique that has opened up opportunities at the budget end of the market and which has proved very successful as of late.
There can be little doubt that Italians are enormously proud (and hugely protective) of their gold jewelry heritage and trade. Their art is showcased across the country regularly and Veneto’s capital plays host to VicenzaORO, the premier International exhibition of gold, jewelry and gemstones: 700,000 square feet of fusion between Italian fashion and jewelry. 

Proof indeed that Italy’s gold jewelry tradition has a few more millennia left in it yet. 

***This is a guest post***


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