May 29, 2013

I want to buy all the chevron.

Some of you love chambray. Some of you love neon. Some of you love tribal. Me? I love chevron. Like, I want to buy ALL THE CHEVRON! Obviously, I can't afford to buy all the chevron. I did buy a few things to feed my need though.

phone case from a school fundraiser

top // nail decals // dress // leggings

Even though I went a little crazy, I bought items that will work with clothes I already own. The black and white top will go with my white skinnies, white shorts, black shorts, coral shorts, and jeans. Maybe even a skirt or two... The dress will pair up nicely with sandals and heels already in my closet. No need to buy shoes! The leggings will be perfect with several solid tops. Lastly, the white and hot pink nail decals will go with, well, everything.

So, what are you loving addicted to lately?

May 28, 2013

Blog Every Day in May, #Fail

I fell off the Blog Every Day in May wagon and probably won't finish. We were having internet connectivity issues at home. This was fixed days ago. Now, something is wrong with my laptop. I hope it's a minor issue because a new computer is definitely not in the budget. For now, you get a quick recap of our Memorial Day weekend. I vowed to enjoy every single second. I'm back at work today and won't be off again for quite some time.

We kicked things off with an impromptu date night. We ate at our favorite Mexican restaurant before seeing Fast 6. {I'll review it later.} We spent a lot of time outside riding bikes, eating ice cream and soaking up some rays. We went to the park, had a family cookout and ate yummy frozen yogurt not once but twice. We also visited the Pink Palace Museum where we saw fun exhibits, watched an IMAX film about the Ice Age and visited the planetarium. I even managed to help my mother-in-law with her garage sale. It was one of the best long weekends I've had in a while.

I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend too.

I'll be back as soon as I can.

May 24, 2013

Rod Stewart, Time

I was recently given a free copy of Rod Stewart's new album to review. Time, Rod's first album in almost twenty years, was released on May 7. The CD has twelve tracks, eleven of which Rod wrote himself. When I think of Rod Stewart, I think of classic songs like Do Ya Think I'm Sexy, Maggie May and Forever Young. After twenty-seven studio albums, hundreds of millions of records sold and countless awards, he's back with a great mix of songs once again.

The entire CD is great, but I do have one favorite. I'm such a sucker for a sappy love song. She Makes Me Happy is super sweet and super catchy. After two listens, I was singing along with the windows down.

She makes me happy, can you understand
She makes me happy, I'm a reborn man
She shows me loving is a wonderful thing
She makes me happy, I wanna sing, sing, sing

I think what I enjoy most about this CD is that I can relate to all the songs. The song lyrics include separation, divorce, new love, and being a parent. Rod's sexy voice doesn't hurt either.

You can buy a copy of Rod Stewart's Time on Amazon for $11.99. Rod kicks off his "Live The Life" tour in Europe on June 1. The North American leg, featuring Steve Winwood, begins October 17. You can buy tickets here.

I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated herein are my own.

May 22, 2013

Blog Every Day in May
Favorite Blogs + My Favorite Posts

May 19 - Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them

1. Karen from A Peek at Karen's World

Karen and I have been reading one another's blogs since I started back in 2009. We share a common love of The Oscars and Batman. I have a fish named Bruce Wayne. She has a rabbit named Bruce Wayne. If that's not a connection, I don't know what is. We have similar taste in books, movies and tv shows. There is one thing we strongly disagree on. While I'm forever Team Edward, Karen has chosen to side with the werewolf boy. I like her enough to forgive her though.

2. Myra from The Little Aslam

As you can see from the pic below, Myra likes to make funny faces. Her husband likes to make funny faces too. They're an adorable pair. She also likes pretty manicures and cupcakes. Together, we share a love of pink and Damon Salvatore. Also, she's a bit of a bad ass. She participated in Tough Mudder. Seriously, who does that?

3. Kelly from Turned Up to Eleven

Kelly and I have been blog friends for several years now. She's from the east coast, but currently lives in Alabama with her hubby. They love Pearl Jam like I love Kid Rock. Kelly refuses to read or watch Twilight, but her love for Adam Sandler more than makes up for it. Our friendship goes way beyond our blogs though. I'm certain we'll meet one day. For now, we have super long Gmail conversations about anything and everything.

4. Sarah from Venus Trapped in Mars

Sarah is one of my newest blog friends. I've probably been reading her for a couple months now. There are two five reasons I fell hard for Sarah. 1. Her blog is glitter-ific. {Yes, that's a word. And it's hyphenated.} 2. She loves sports. 3. She thinks funny guys are hot. I happen to agree. 4. She has pretty hairs. 5. She invents super fun drinking games. Poor girl does have one thing going against her. She has never seen ANY of the Fast & Furious movies. WHAT?!

5. Shanna from Because Shanna Said So

There are a lot of fashion bloggers out there. Shanna just happens to be my favorite for a number of reasons. She's a southern mama with great style. She also wears clothes I can afford. I'm not about to pay $100 for a shirt. Last but not least, Shanna hasn't been blogging that long. She quickly became "big time" in my book, but still interacts with her readers. Basically, she doesn't think she's gotten too big for her britches. This speaks volumes.

May 21 - A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives

I Believe

Blogging Pet Peeves

Things I've Learned While Watching Friends

Things You Should Know About Me If We're Gonna Be BFF

Something Every Woman Should Know Before Giving Birth

May 20, 2013

Blog Every Day in May
Favorite Photo, Childhood
+ My Struggle

These three prompts fit together nicely in an invisible bow.

May 17 - A favorite photo of yourself & May 18 - Tell a story from your childhood.

When I was taking a picture of this picture, one thing came to mind.

Shake it like Polaroid picture. Shake it. Shake it.

You're welcome.

I remember some major events from my childhood. Some I don't. This picture and this day stand out. It was my birthday. I'm not sure which one. If I had to guess, I'd say I was turning 4 or 5. With my birthday being in April, it's often still cold outside. My parents had gotten me a swing set for the big day. It was freezing, and I was sick. My dad, knowing my mom was never going to let me play outside, put the entire thing together in our living room.

As you can see above, I'm cheesing before going down the slide. It's easily my most favorite childhood memory. How many kids get to swing, slide and ride the teeter totter inside their house while watching Jailhouse Rock?
Once it warmed up, my dad took the entire thing apart and put it back together outside.

May 20 - Share something you're struggling with right now.

I haven't seen my dad in over 25 years. To make a long story short, my dad had a drinking problem. He went to work, took care of us and was never abusive in any way. I actually have great memories of him up until the end. He just couldn't and wouldn't get help. My mom finally left. They divorced. At first, he came to visit. Eventually, I saw him less and less until he stopped showing up altogether. There were a few drunken phone calls over the years. When I was 18, I told him off. He didn't reach out again until I was 25. By then, my mom had moved. I was married. He had no way to contact us anymore, so he sang me happy birthday on my grandparent's answering machine. {They've had the same number for 40+ years.} Thanks to Facebook, I've recently been in touch with some of his relatives. Since his parents died, he hasn't been around much. He's still drinking and still living only one state away. Sometimes I think about trying to find him. Other times, I feel like I shouldn't bother. He's the one who missed out on how awesome I am.

For years, it didn't really bother me. Lots of kids grow up with only one parent. I obviously turned out fine. For the most part, I don't feel like I missed out on anything. My mom, grandparents and uncle are amazing. But I'd be lying if I said things didn't change a little bit when I had kids of my own, especially since my son looks so much like him.

Really, genetics? Really?!

2013 Billboard Music Awards Fashion

The Billboard Music Awards were held last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. I didn't watch. I would have if I'd known my boyfriend was going to be there. Thankfully, I was able to catch a clip of Kid Rock slamming the lip-synchers. You can see it here. Now, let's get to the good stuff.. or the bad stuff depending on how you look at it.

Alyssa Milano
Rip off the sheer pant legs and this might be tolerable.
Who am I kidding? No, it wouldn't.

Hayden Panettiere
She's just so pretty and cute.
She needs brighter lips though.

Emmy Rossum
It's not the worst.
I just feel like she's overdressed.
She needs brighter lips too.

Nicki Minaj
The dress isn't that bad.
It just doesn't fit in the chest AT ALL.
Her makeup looked great though.

Jenny McCarthy
I love her. I do.
But she's 40, and this looks silly.

Jennifer Morrison
I know she's not technically wearing granny panties.
But that's all I see...
This dress would have been gorgeous if it were lined.

Avril Levigne & Chad Kroeger
I can't help it.
I laugh every time I see them together.

Miley Cyrus
I don't hate this.
I still really like her hair.
I like her red lips too.
I just think the shoes are wrong.
And I kind of wish this were a knee-length dress.

Instead of side boob, we've got side butt.
Considering who we're talking about, this isn't half bad.
I like her wedges, hair and makeup.
I just think it would look so much better without all the ass.
So close, Ke$ha. So close.

Audrina Patridge
I don't like this.
I'm also not sure why she was there.

Selena Gomez
I really like the neon embellishments.
Too bad that's the only thing I like.

I don't think I would have hated it if she'd left the thigh high hose at home.

Chloe Moretz
She's cute.
She looks ok.

Carly Rae Jepsen
I'm not a fan.

The Band Perry
Her dress is very pretty.
It's just not the right event for it.

Kelly Rowland
She looks pretty.
The dress is just ok though.

Jennifer Lopez
Girl, you let me down this time.
I'm not digging the dress or hair.

Taylor Swift
Tay Tay has been killing it on the red carpet.
Until last night...

Jennifer Nettles
The dress isn't impressive, but her post-baby body is.

According to the internet, Nayer is a singer.
According to me, she should stay home.

Shania Twain
I don't like the dress, but I have to give her credit.
She looks fantastic.

images via People, Starpulse &

May 19, 2013

Blog Every Day in May
Open + Honest

I was off work most of the week. I enjoyed my free time and decided not to blog. Now, I've got a little catching up to do. I'm going to come back to Day 15 which is a "day in the life" post with pictures of my typical day. The last few days have been anything but typical. I'll revisit this when I actually have to set my alarm clock and go to bed on time.

May 16 - Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it

I debated how honest I wanted to be answering this one. I blog mostly about pop culture with tidbits of family life thrown in. I keep it simple and never get too personal. I don't really think of this space as my diary. After much thought, I decided sharing would be for the best. If my story can help one person, that's good enough for me.

When I was in elementary school, I was molested by a family member. This was someone I trusted, someone everyone in my family trusted. I was terrified and didn't tell anyone. It went on for a couple of years before my mom found out by accident. I'm extremely thankful because I don't know if I would have ever had the courage to speak up on my own.

After my abuser was arrested, I attended court appointed therapy. I had one-on-one sessions with a counselor before attending group therapy with girls my age who'd also been abused. To this day, I can't stand the idea of seeing a therapist. In some ways, therapy helped. In other ways, I think it messed me up even more.

The man who abused me got out of jail almost immediately and didn't serve any time. His punishment.. court appointed therapy. Yes, that's right. The court made him go to therapy just like they made me. He got off easy because he'd never been charged before. Only once my story came out did other family members admit they'd been abused as well. If one of them had spoken up, there's a very good chance this wouldn't have happened to me.

The one thing I can't stress enough is that telling someone is imperative. You don't need to feel ashamed or dirty. You aren't doing anything wrong. You are not to blame. Make the abuser suffer, so you and others don't have to.

If you're a parent, talk to your kids.

If you don't let them know how important it is to come to you, they won't.

Click here for 10 ways to talk to your kids about sexual abuse.

I'll never totally be over what happened to me, but I refuse to let it define me.

When I look in the mirror, I see a woman with flaws, but being a victim of sexual abuse isn't one of them.

May 14, 2013

Blog Every Day in May
Ten Happies

I'm late posting once again because our internet is still spazzing out. We have a tech coming to the house, but not until Sunday. That's what I like to call excellent customer service, folks. I'm enjoying another random day at home. Some of you have been wondering why I've been off work so much. To make a long story short, my company is "transitioning". Until it's complete, I'm getting to take some time off before things get crazy busy. I'm not going to complain. My house has never been cleaner, and I can see the floor of my laundry room.

May 14 - Ten things that make you really happy

1. Random days off
2. The fact that I'm caught up on laundry
3. The sound of my children laughing
4. Olivia Pope + Fitzgerald Grant
5. 80 degrees + sunshine
6. I realized yesterday that I stopped biting my nails over a year ago. I still can't believe I did it!
7. Clean sheets
8. Receiving goodies in the mail
9. Cheese dip + margaritas
10. A book so good it makes me forget about real life

What makes you happy?

May 13, 2013

Blog Every Day in May
A Public Apology

May 13 - Issue a public apology.

I'm sorry I'm late with today's post. I was going to blog over the weekend, but didn't for various reasons. I cleaned. I did laundry. I read. I relaxed. I watched Scandal over and over again. Also, our internet has been spotty. It's hard to blog when the signal keeps going in and out. Sometimes I blog at work, but I was off again today for my son's award program. My smart boy received the Outstanding Reader award. As an avid reader, this makes me very proud.

My first born is one awesome kid.

That's all.

May 10, 2013

Blog Every Day in May
We Call It The Train

May 10 - Most embarrassing moment(s)

I'm a lucky girl. I don't embarrass too easily and haven't had a lot of situations go horribly wrong.

There was this one time my freshman year of college. I was walking down a flight of stairs with some friends, got distracted and totally missed the last two steps. I twisted my ankle and fell to the ground. My friends made sure I was ok then started laughing at me. It's ok. I was laughing too. I looked around and didn't see anyone else. I thought I was safe until I heard a guy from the landing above yell, "DAAAAAMN!" So yeah, that was a little embarrassing.

Fun fact: I'm not a klutz, but I have sprained each of my ankles over ten times each. I blame cheerleading.

May 11 - Sell yourself in 10 words or less.

I live my life in rap lyrics and Friends quotes.

May 12 - What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life)

I won't lie. Sometimes, I miss my younger days.

You know, when my parents paid the bills and my biggest worry was what I was going to wear to da club.

Speaking of da club, this used to be my jam.

Way deep down south
Yo we play this game
It's them Quad City DJ's
And yo, we call it the train

Linking up with Jenni + Whitney

May 09, 2013

Blog Every Day in May
A Moment

May 9 - A moment in your day

Normally, I'd be at work in the middle of the day.

Today, I'm home alone.

Well, I'm not totally alone.

These two fools are here.

It's 73 degrees and party cloudy.

Why not spend a little time outside?

I really should be cleaning.

Maybe in a bit...