It's Tuesday....But The Weekend Was Great!

Hi friends!
I've just got to share my crazy (for me) weekend stories.
It was one of those where we went into it with no plans.....and then just did things spontaneously.
I love that.

So Friday night I had a girls night out with some of my faves from church.
We went to Fredrick's of Hollywood - you know the crazy lingerie store!
Yes I said my church friends.
What? God made sex.....and we're all married, so it was time to have a little fun.
We spent at least an hour trying on outfits and cheering each other on for what to buy!
So. Much. Fun!
And so out of character for me.....I'm proud of myself!
After outfits were purchased we headed out for sushi! Yuuuuummmmm!

Saturday Chris and I chilled out a bit and cleaned. I just LOVE the way a clean house smells and it has just made my week so much better waking up to everything clean!
Not that we usually live in a pigstye, but the last couple weeks we've been going like tornadoes!
So later that night, we decided a trip to walmart was in order.
I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but we got Chris a new-to-him truck.
It's a 96 Toyota 4Runner. With a 3 inch lift. And subs.
So needless to say, we cranked up the country music Saturday night and bumped right on through that walmart parking lot!
Hahaha! It was so funny.
And then we went to sonic, got us some yummy drinks (I'm loving the cranberry limeade) and drank them under the stars.
Just a good ol' fashioned redneck evening and it was lovely!

Sunday was awesome - church was fabulous. Our pastor spent the day talking about the struggle of comparing. This is something I've struggled with my whole life. I was in a video about it too!
I'll post it up here soon for you to see......love the song that goes with it. And my hubby made it. Awwww.

So that's about it. I know you're so glad you stopped in to read about my weekend - haha!
Happy Tuesday!


It. Is. Finished!

Hi friends!
Well as I've mentioned a million times, Pinterest has utterly taken over my life!
Now when I first got on there months ago, I found this picture and it was exactly what I wanted to do with our mantle. So for about a month I have been collecting things to create this masterpiece! And finally, finally today, it is finished and I absolutely love it!

Here is my original inspiration:
This is from Dayspring and is about $65. My whole project was under $30.

So I took a trip to Michael's and purchased a few pre-cut wood pieces at $1.99 each.

And for a little spice, I picked out some scrapbook paper.

The wood pieces had a raised insert in the middle, so I traced out the shape and hand cut each piece of paper. Once the fit was just right, glued it down with some mod podge and then painted two coats of mod podge on top.

Next I painted the wood letters and the outside of the wood pieces. I knew I was going for a distressed look, so I figured a teal like color would be just the pop I needed.

Once dry, I painted a thin layer of distress crackle paint along the outside of the wooden pieces.

CRACKLE! Unfortunately it wasn't as prominent as I had hoped, so I sanded it.

Proof of my sanding:

Next - the gluing of the letters. Just a little bit of Weldbond did the trick!

And here are the knobs to hang the rod.

Here's a little look after the paint cracked and sanding was done.

So Molly felt the need to assist with every step.

I brought in the manly man for drilling holes.

Put C hooks in the holes to hang on the rod.

Now, for hanging, we put screw anchors into the wall to screw the knobs into. I punched holes into ribbon (that I doubled up for added strength) and put those around the screw of the knob. I found the curtain rod for $3 at Ross. Cheap and serves it's purpose!

And VOILA!!!!! Finito!


Veggie Pasta Bake

So the other day my BFF was going through a rough time so I decided to take her dinner.
Now, I couldn't think of anything that would travel well - she lives about an hour away.
Then it hit me.
I could make a pasta bake - cook it all the way except for the actual baking part.
Now, you could make this with a premade sauce - I just decided to do my own homemade sauce.

Here's what you'll need:

Choose any variety you like. I chose Dreamfields Penne. This brand only has 5 digestible carbs per serving and tastes like normal bad for you pasta.

For the sauce:
Crushed tomatoes
Whole peeled tomatoes
Italian seasoning
Cavender's Greek Seasoning
Crushed red pepper
1 zucchini
1 small onion, finely diced
3 cloves of garlic finely diced
1 can sliced mushrooms

For the bake:
Panko bread crumbs
Parmesan Cheese (or any Italian blend)

Here we go.....
First of all, I don't like onions, therefore I chop them very finely because I don't want to bite into one. If you're a bigger fan of onion, feel free to chop them more coarsely. Either way, this next step is CRUCIAL:
In the saucepan you plan to simmer your sauce in, heat a couple of teaspoons of olive oil. Saute onions until transparent. Add garlic and saute for another 45 seconds to a minute.
Next add 1 large can of whole peeled tomatoes and 1-8oz can of crushed tomatoes. Use a potato masher to chop up the tomatoes.
Next add 1 teaspoon of salt, a couple turns of freshly ground pepper, 1 TBSP Cavender's seasoning, 1 TBSP Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon of splenda (or other sweetener of your choice), 1 pinch of crushed red pepper, zucchini and mushrooms. Feel free to adjust these quantities based on your personal tastes/preferences.
Let sauce simmer for 30 minutes on low heat.
Mix sauce in with pasta.

Next pour into baking dish and top lightly with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown on top.

Now if you need to transport this dish....let the pasta and sauce cool in refrigerator. Right before leaving, top with breadcrumbs and cheese. Now just deliver with baking instructions.


Better Together

There's no combination of words
I could put on the back of a postcard
No song I could sing
But I can try for your heart
Our dreams, and they are made out of real things
like a, shoebox of photographs
with sepiatone loving
Love is the answer,
at least for most of the questions in my heart
Like why are we here? and where do we go?
And how come we're so hard?
It's not always easy and
sometimes life can be deceiving
I'll tell you one thing its always better when we're together

MMM its always better when we're together
look at the stars when we're together
its always better when we're together
Yeah, its always better when we're together

And all of these moments
just might find there way into my dreams tonight
But I know that theyll be gone
when the morning light sings
and brings new things
but tomorrow night you see
that theyll be gone too
too many things I have to do
But if all of these dreams might find there way
into my day to day scene
Ill be under the impression
i was somewhere in between
With only two
Just me and you
Not so many things we got to do
or places we got to be
We'll Sit beneath the mango tree

its always better when we're together
Somewhere in between together
its always better when we're together
Yeah, its always better when we're together

MMmmmm MMMmmmm Mmmmmm
I believe in memories
they look so, so pretty when I sleep
Hey now, and when I wake up,
you look so pretty sleeping next to me
But there is no time,
and there is no song I could sing
and there is no, combination of words I could say
but I will still tell you one thing
We're Better together

"Better Together" by Jack Johnson


Video With Alex Respess

This is awesome! I hope you can watch the message in it's entirety, but if not, at least watch the video at the beginning that my hubby did with Alex. Pure awesomeness!
If you can't see the embedded video, here's the link: http://vimeo.com/27461479

Pastor Greg Towler interview with Alex Respess from xroadschurch on Vimeo.

Dear Husband,

In case you haven't thought about it yet, my birthday is in exactly one month and 4 days.
It's coming soon!
And I figured since we're vacationing the week of yours and you get a party.......
well I want one of the items below. You can pick!

Option 1: Kindle. The DX is more $$, so just a regular Kindle is fine!
Now I know this is your fight for an iPad, BUT it's my bday present and I don't want an iPad.

Option 2: Coach Poppy Flower Perfume. Smells delish and it would be the only Coach item I've ever owned!

Option 3: A handheld camera for my purse. I am a photographer and I am far too often caught in a great photo op with no camera. This shall solve all the world's problems.

No choice is a bad one! Love you!




A Very Cool Kind of Weekend

This weekend was definitely one to blog about.

So a few months ago, a show aired on ABC called Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition.
One of the guys on there, Alex Respess lived in Georgia.

Through the fabulous world of Twitter, Chris and Alex started tweeting back and forth.
This weekend our church kicked off a new series called "I Quit" and the topic of today was to quit making excuses.

Well Chris had the bright idea that it would be awesome if we could get Alex to come out.
And well, one thing led to another and voila....he came!

Awesome....i know!

Here's a look at Alex's before and after....
Just so happens he's dating Courtney from Biggest Loser Season 11! Yep, she's my new bestie!

So they came into town Saturday night and we had dinner with these super cool peeps and just hit it off! And then we pretty much spent the majority of the day with them Sunday. They are awesome.
For realz!
Alex did a great job on stage for our services and the people loved it!

Aren't we a cute crowd?

Seriously, they are awesome! I'm super excited about our new friendship!
They're so very inspiring and real. LOVED them!

I'll post the video from the service as soon as it's ready!

How was your weekend?