Thursday, April 30, 2015

Owning It - Order

Today I'm linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Christina over at The New Mrs. to talk about owning our craziness. We are getting up close and personal on the blog today!

I decided to talk about order and organization today. And yes I'm slightly OCD (understatement of the year).

Yes, I like things to be in order. I like the house to look clean and for everything to have a spot. The counter is not a spot for anything! I like to do specific things on specific days. I love when things are in rainbow order, or alphabetical order, or numerical order. Order, order, order. 

My parents have always told me that when I was a little girl I would cry if my friend (or brother most likely) put my crayons and markers away and they weren't in order. Like freak out and cry and have to dump it out and put it back in order. Remember these? Yes...this picture makes me cringe a little. 
My bookshelf is also in its own order. It is in order by authors and all of that authors books need to be right next to each other. And I absolutely hate it if I buy a book in a series that is a different edition than the others. It just makes the whole shelf look bad. Like this...

See how it totally messes it up? :) Don't worry, this is on the very top shelf so I barely ever see it!

What else?? My closet is organized in rainbow order too. I keep it that way on a regular basis. It just looks better when I go to pick out what I want to wear. 

So on to my kitchen. Everything has to have a home. I cannot stand if there is a bunch of stuff on the counter. Justin knows this. If we wants to keep something out he will try to put it in the fruit bowl like I want notice it. Pretty funny actually. It just looks messy to me if there is stuff out everywhere. Don't even get me started on the dishes. Those definitely can't be left out for very long. Panic right this very second...eeek!!
And then there is the whole schedule thing...I hate hate hate last minute plans. I'm so not spontaneous. I like to have my whole week planned out on Sunday :) it just makes things go smoothly. I mean I still do stuff spontaneously, but it just isn't the easiest thing for me. I like to manage my time very specifically (imagine that). I also have a little cleaning schedule...I like to clean my house on Friday when I get home from work. I like to do the vacuuming on Sunday so the house looks nice for the new week. I always always do laundry on the weekend. I clean my shower and sheets more than a normal person would. Oh and I love to bleach things. 

Look at all of this crazy I just owned up to! Oh my goodness I sound like a nut case over here. I promise it all works out :) I'm not losing my mind over any of it. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

I'm trying out a new link up today called What's Up Wednesday with Mix & Match Family, Pinterest Told Me To, and Larson Lingo. But this post also goes along with Waiting On Wednesday over at Holly's blog, so today I'm doing two link ups!
What we're eating this week...
Well I made cookies this weekend so we have been eating a lot of those. Oops. Also Justin made some amazing spaghetti sauce this week so we have been having that on tortellinis from Costco with mizithra on top which is basically my new favorite thing. Plus we are trying to be healthy so lots of salads.
What I'm reminiscing about...
I don't think I like this question haha. But every week I reminisce about our wedding when I do my Wedding Wednesday posts (which I'm skipping today!). You can check them out here if you want!
What I'm loving...
Reading. I'm seriously all about how I can make more time to read. It is my one "break" in my day right now. Yep I'm a nerd. I will seriously stay up an hour late just to get some reading in.
What we've been up to...
My parents were here last weekend and that was fun. You can read about that here. We went to visit Justin's family this week too. Lots of family time over here. 
What I'm dreading...
Two more days until the weekend. That is pretty dreadful. Ha I'm not really dreading anything at the moment. I guess that is a good thing!
What I'm working on...
Work and Distinguished Young Women stuff are ruling my days and nights right now. I'm working on a program book and slideshow that is looking pretty good right about now. The theme this year is Rising to the Occasion so we are doing lots of star themed stuff. Here are the little award envelopes I have been working on:

What I'm excited about...
We got some free tomato plants last week and we have been trying to figure out where to plant them. Justin got me bright pink cages for them :) we will probably do that over the weekend!
What I'm watching/reading...
A better question is what am I not watching. Dancing with the Stars, Survivor, Greys (maybe not anymore), Scandal, Blacklist, Kardashians, Royals, the list goes on and on.
I'm reading Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies right now and loving it so far (surprise surprise).
How amazing was this dance by Nastia, my favorite?? I loveeee it!
What I'm listening to...
I'm loving some Spotify playlists. Specifically, Songs to Sing In The Car and Mood Booster. These 2 are getting me through my days. Favorite song right now is Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo
What I'm wearing...
I'm wearing pretty boring things this week. Mostly just comfy things with jeans. But I did have to exchange something at Nordstrom and ended up with this bright coral shirt that I love. And I wore coral over the weekend too so looks like I've been wearing coral!
What I'm doing this weekend...
This weekend we get to see Alyssa and Kurt who just got engaged :) I'm so excited to see them and bore the boys with lots of wedding talk! Also, we are going over to the Haskin house for a BBQ on Saturday. 
What I'm looking forward to next month...
We don't have any big plans for the month of May. So I guess some sunshine. We are in that weird place where it is so rainy one day and so warm the next. I can't wait for more of these rainy days to go away so we can have more sunny ones. And then I can put all of the boots away and switch over to summer shoes! 
What else is new...
That is about it around here. I never know how to answer when people ask what's new. I also just answered so many questions with everything that is new. So that is it :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up: Happy Birthday Mom Edition

My parents came to visit last weekend and we were so happy to spend some good quality time with them. Also, it was my mom's birthday yesterday so we got to celebrate that too! We decided to go out to a fancy dinner at this restaurant called The Chart House. We had never been there but everyone has told us how nice it is and how great the food is. Justin has been DYING to try it out, but wanted to save it for a special occasion. Oh, and the restaurant is up on in the hills and overlooks the entire city with amazing views!

Yes we were those people who took pics of our food. But I mean come on it was special food. Oh my goodness it was delicious.
I especially love this pic where the rice noodle stuff looks like coral with the shrimp!
Not the best lighting for a pic, but this was the best we could do!

After dinner we decided to go to Salt and Straw for this amazing ice cream that everyone talks about. I had no idea what to expect. Justin has been there lots of times, but for some reason I have never been with him. 
As you can see in this pic, they have some CRAZY ice cream flavors. I didn't even know where to start. I ended up going with the Cinnamon Snickerdoodle and it was amazing as promised. We were going to go to Voodoo Donuts and get some for the morning, but it was raining and I really didn't want to stand in line anymore! I know I was a party pooper. 

We were so stuffed we had to come home and relax. We all had fun and got to enjoy a little taste of Portland!
Linking up with Jessica and Katie at Sweet Little Ones for Tuesday Talk!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Favorite Things: Accessories

I'm linking up with Erika and Andrea for Favorite Things! This is one of my very favorite link ups :)

#1 Wedding Ring
Well of course this is my favorite accessory, if it even counts as that. It is so sparkly and perfect and makes every outfit look better! 
Along with that goes nail polish which I blogged about last month here.

#2 iPhone Cases

iphone cases 
Does this count as an accessory? I think so since my phone is pretty much attached to me. I love getting new phone cases. Justin thinks I go through them way too quickly, which is probably true. But at least I find really cheap ones on amazon and don't buy expensive ones! This is my current favorite. Nice and bright for spring.

#3 Scarves
I need some new scarves for spring :) at least I think I do. These are few that I have had my eyes one. I love wearing scarves to brighten up an outfit. If you know me at all you know that I love my solid dark colored tops. This is a great way for me to make things look bright for spring time!

#4 Sunglasses
one | two (similar) | three
I love sunglasses! Except I never have very many pairs that are not scratched up ha! Luckily I found a cute little sunglasses case this year. I have 2 pairs for this spring and summer ready to go :) Actually I got both of those pairs for $9 each. Love that! I found these heart glasses on a blog (cannot remember which one, leave a comment if it was you and I will link back I promise) and I have been in love with them ever since. Now they are 70% off and only cost $5.95. So I had to have them. Ordered!

I'm pretty simple so I don't tend to have a TON of accessories on every day. Here are my basics! What are your favorite accessories?? I can't wait to find some great stuff by reading all of these posts. 

One last thing! Happy birthday to the best mom in the world! I love you so much and I'm so happy that we got to celebrate with you this weekend!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Favorites #12

I'm all about the usual Friday routine. Linking up with Andrea and Erika for Friday Favorites. 

Walks with my Husband

My husband and I have been going on walks at night after dinner. It has been working out well and just makes me feel better I think. Our neighborhood is so hilly though that my legs have been sore from it. I need to find some flat ground around here. Love getting some exercise though :)

Curly Hair

Well I have definitely been loving my curly hair this week. I feel like this always happens when it starts to get warm out. I never want to do my hair when it is warm out, so I end up with curls on curls. Thanks mom for the curls! I know I'm lucky that I can wear my hair both ways. 

These guys
Yes they are always my favorite. But they have been exceptionally cute this week. And hey, I forgot to post my kitty pics on Monday.

Floral shirt

I finally bought this floral shirt that I have been loving for like a month now. I just came yesterday so I'm so excited to wear it! Yay for not plain old solid color tops :)

My Parents

Woohoo! We are having visitors this weekend. That barely ever happens!! My parents are coming down to visit us. Justin has all sorts of fun things planned. 

Happy Weekend!