March 30, 2015

2015 Kids' Choice Awards Fashion

I would like this more if it weren't a crop top.
The colors are fun and scream spring.
But I think a nude shoe would look better.

I like her hair and shoes a lot.

Is that a giant gold choker?
It's just all too much.

Don't like her outfit, makeup or hair.
She doesn't look like herself.

Like the crop top.
Hate the skirt.

She looks cute, but needs a haircut.

She's standing weird.
And why is her top tucked in like that?

I think this is the best I've seen Ariel look.
She finally wore a dress that fits her plentiful bosom.
Good job, girl!

What if the pants had been smaller?
Or a skirt?
Love the purple pumps!

Her mom should be wearing this.

It's not my favorite.

I don't love the pantsuit.
But I do love the heels!

I don't know Bethany, but her dress is super cute.

I don't like this dress or her hair.

I'm not feeling it.

They're really cute together.
Here dress is rather short, no?

Nick's suit is ridiculous.

Such handsome fellas!

images via People + US Weekly

March 24, 2015

Spring has sprung, and I am busy.

So, I haven't blogged since March 3. Whoopsies! What have I been up to since then?

It snowed. We went sledding.
Snow is worth mentioning since it doesn't occur here very often.

The girl and I got haircuts.

Soccer started for Rory. Competitive baseball started for Dain.
Our first games are this weekend.

I tried Jamberry nail wraps for the first time.
Love them. Go Cats!

I got the cutest shoes from Old Navy.

A coworker finally gave us our Christmas presents in March.

The ladies in my office all wore black and tan on the same day.
You can't see my black and tan shoes because a man took the picture.

What have you been up to?

March 03, 2015

20 Signs You Were a Cheerleader

I firmly believe that once you're a cheerleader, you're always a cheerleader. As any former cheerleader knows, you never lose your cheer spirit. Cheer is and always will be a part of you. Even on the worst days, you can turn things around with a smile and a good attitude.


1. You have perfected your cheerleader smile. When you meet new people, you give them your best cheerleader smile. When you have your picture taken, you put on your best cheerleader smile. Are you happy? Are you mad? No one will ever know because of your winning smile.

2. When you see cheerleaders, you judge and critique everything. (hair, uniform, motions, stunts, music, routines) Let's be honest. You know you could do it better.

3. Every year, no matter how hard it gets, you attempt back flips, toe touches, splits, and/or kicks just to see if you can still do them. In case you were wondering, I still have an awesome high kick.

4. Thanks to old cheer injuries, your knees, wrists and ankles are starting to give out.

5. You have a closet full of old uniforms and cheer gear that you'll never get rid of.

6. You still own and wear Soffe shorts.

7. When you hear a song from an old routine, you immediately stop what you're doing. If anyone's around, you have to tell them about it. And if you remember the moves, you do them.

8. You emphatically believe cheerleading is a sport. There is no debating this matter. Seriously. None.

9. You know the difference between a clap and a clasp. It annoys you when other people don't understand the difference.

10. You don't count to 10. You count to 8. And if you need to countdown, it's 5-6-7-8 not 1-2-3-4.

11. You have an ear for great cheer music. "Oh, this Uptown Funk song would be great for a routine!" Really, it would.

12. You have a battle wound, scar or permanent injury thanks to cheerleading. I have scars on my knees from cheer practice. You can read about how I got the scars here.

13. Football and basketball games feel like home, but you'd rather be on the sidelines than in the stands.

14. When you're at a game and cheerleaders need crowd participation, you always cheer loudly and get mad when people around you don't.

15. Something will always remind you of the pain and agony of long practices. For me, it's bleachers. Step-ups were the worst!

16. You hope you have a daughter. If you do have a daughter, you hope she cheers. And if she cheers, you hope you can coach.

17. You love it when you find out one of your favorite celebrities was a cheerleader. JENNIFER LAWRENCE WAS A CHEERLEADER! JUST LIKE ME!!

18. When someone says "Ready?", you want to reply with "Ok!"

19. You're a leader by nature. When you see someone organizing a group activity wrong, you step in and show them how it's done. You also understand the importance of teamwork.

20. You've seen Bring It On 872 times and still cry every time the Compton Clovers win the championship. What? Just me?!

March 02, 2015

7 Albums Turning 20

I'm a huge music person. I've always got music playing in the car. I listen to music all day at work. I listen to a variety of artists and make sure my kids do the same. As a teen, I would shut myself in my room listening to my favorite songs and albums on repeat. It's hard to believe that the 7 albums below are turning 20 this year. I can remember listening to each of these. It's amazing how a song can immediately take you back to an exact time and place. Each of the songs highlighted below do exactly that. I feel obligated to specifically mention Jagged Little Pill. I listened to it in its entirety this past week. Without a doubt, Alanis stands the test of time. Jagged Little Pill is still one of the best albums of all-time.

Some day you will find me
Caught beneath the landslide
In a champagne supernova in the sky

Don't speak
I know what you're thinking
I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me cause it hurts

I want you to know, that I'm happy for you
I wish nothing but the best for you both

Dreams last so long
Even after you're gone
I know that you love me
And soon you will see
You were meant for me
And I was meant for you

It's steadily creeping up on the family
Exactly how many days we got lasting
While you laughing, we're passing passing away

Peaches come from a can
They were put there by a man
In a factory downtown
If I had my little way
I'd eat peaches every day

Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused

I'm going to see Marilyn Manson in concert for the first time next month.
I know he's not for everyone, but I'm extremely excited!