Monday, April 30, 2012

Mondays Weekend Recap.. its cold here

Hazy by Rosi Golan feat. William Fitzsimmons on Grooveshark

how we spent it..

so much for a yard sale this weekend..

We will have to do that in two weekends. fingers crossed for good weather!
Friday we woke up to snow.. which was lovely.. not really
luckily, it melted fast but we did get another round of TONS of hail later that afternoon.

I did a photo session Friday morning so I was forced out of the house to go drop lex off at grandmas.

Then we met Ty for lunch at Great Harvest Bread.
no comparison to Panera Bread or McAlisters, sad day for me.

Later that evening we just had a good family night in the house and I fixed dinner.
Whaa??  me cook? yes ma'am i did!
haha I did take like a 3 month break off of being a real housewife so since we have been back to Idaho I have gotten my butt in gear and have been better about doing all the "mom/wife" chores! I'm sure my husband has appreciated it! :)

I finished up editing. Cleaned. and we had friends over for shiskabobs!


While Ty & Lexi napped i caught our personal blog up with Easter Weekend updates.. yes i have fallen a little behind on keeping that up to date.. just have one more post to get it for reals up to date.
Then we went on a Sunday Drive before dusk. just the three of us :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Confession: I am a Hoarder..

Photograph by Jamie Cullum on Grooveshark

Ok, ok.. i am not your average hoarder of crap
I hoard .jpg files.

my picture taking and keeping

is kinda ridiculous

What's a JPG? a JPG is a image file, incase you are wondering.

But Seriously, I have everything backed up on two external hard drives...
and i'm always getting the "your startup disk is full" alert on my laptop. on both of them.
not like this is our only computer but this is my baby and I love to work only on this one laptop.

and apparently I don't just have the problem on my laptop.. I recently have been getting the alert on my cell phone that is not even 3 months old. i know, outta control.

external hard drives could probably be a post all in itself
-on whether or not i think it is a safe bet for a back up. 
But, today I am going to share with you my method
for organizing pictures on your computer.

But, my problem lies with deleting pictures.. i could have 10 pictures of something with a slight change throughout and I would have a hard time pressing the delete button, or picking 1 out of the 10 that was "best"!

I have gotten better.
I try to organize files, so i became a folder freak.
If it dates back before 2010 it may take me a good 15-20 minutes to find a picture I'm looking for..

I have found a better method when I go to upload picture now days.
I have kinda been falling behind & my desktop is looking all crazy again!
so i need to get my bum in gear and get all my crazy picture taking organized for 2012
so i can get my system back up to par.

My picture taking has become so intense,
I have thrown out the idea of putting together our family yearly books
- it would take me YEARS to get it perfect and sorted through!

so for now i am waiting for a better solution on printing our blog book..
i'm sure they will come out with something better one day, so until then I'm just hoping blogger and photobucket keep their act together and store all my sweet little memories on the world wide web!

so enough of my blabbering, here is my system for organizing my picture files...

i have organized first by year:
2011 for example

then I move on to each month, listing them by numbers first for organizational purposes:
9/September 2011

then i try to keep either them in week or by the upload date:
sep 7-11 week

i also like to keep an extra folder of images I use specifically in blog post
ex: sep 11 blog post
even if they duplicate.
Because, I figured those are the ones I pull that are "better" than the other..
and will make it easier if i were to make a book in the long term...
sadly that system only started in 2011.

Want to see what my system looks like for 2010?
where it was a bit organized?

and back to 2006...
sadly all of these folders got automatically grouped into dates from iPhoto (which i no longer use)..
and their dates were not at all accurate, it would take me forever to figure out what goes where.
example: there is a 2008 Cancun Trip posted in the 2006 folder still..
that one will be easy to just drag into the 2008, but not all of them will be that easy.

if you are like me and need some organization on your computers...
just focus on 2012 if this seems all too complicated.
this system works for me and I wish I would have started it when we first got married!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I tried it and...

i liked it

I, like most of you have been seeing flavored water by using plain ole' fruit ice cubes
being pinned all over the place so I decided to make a little batch...

What you need for Ice Cubes:

simple enough.

Fun Find: Number Ice Cube Tray- Hobby Lobby

Next time,
I think I am going to just add it to a glass of light lemonade...
i think that will be my go-to!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mondays Recap {Warm & Productive}

Our Weekend was...  warm and productive
we did a lot of de-cleansing our house..
and getting ready for a yard sale this coming weekend!
we also tried to be outside as much as possible, enjoying some warm weather!

Taco Bus.. my husbands favorite.. it was quite delicious! Old toys seem like new....
we didn't take this one with us for the three months
and i think ty was more excited about getting it back out then Lex was

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday's Tip: Pretty little Pinwheels

Click here to see my tutorial on how to make these cute little things! 

They make for the perfect accents.. and super cute at parties!! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

1 Large Ad Space Giveaway on Pillow Thought!

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While I was prepping this post I got a nice little comment with a note attached that I had been tagged in a little questionaire. i NEVER take part in tags, but I thought what the heck?!
You can get to know me a little better, thanks ashlee!

1. What is your favorite childhood memory? gosh there isn't just one.. but I will always be greatful for our family vacations every summer! Road Trips for sure!

2. What is one thing you could not live without? the internet, my husband will vow for that one :)

3. Favorite Nail Color? they always seem to be pink or a french manicure

4. Who has the biggest impact on your life? my husband

5. What were your wedding colors? pink & white.. and black

6. Your favorite thing to do on a date? dinner & a movie...  or to a nba or mlb game

7. Do you have a horrid habit? I recently became aware that I can become a scatter brain & talk about a million different topics in one 5 minute conversation. My brain sometimes runs a millions miles an hour. Oh, and I was diagnosed with ADD in 5th grade, i like to think I grew out of it though! :)

8. What is your dream job? i'd love to be a Party Planner or Product Photographer

9. How long have you been part of the blogging world? I started our own personal blog back in 2007.. some day I may give a little sneak peak and let it be un-private for a week for people to browse around into our real world.

10. What is your favorite dessert? candy, chocolate chip cookies, or a chocolate covered strawberry.

11. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? In a city where it's safe, warm, and has lots of good food and shopping.

Tuesdays Look: the right amount of crazy

I keep things pretty simple.. not a huge fan of crazy out-there styles
Especially with nails, clothes, shoes, makeup...

About a month ago I saw this amazingly cute idea for nails..
It's simple, with the right amount of crazy

paint a solid color along all of your nails
& use a silver glittery polish on just your ring finger.
It helps polish off your wedding ring if you have one!
you can check out my version via instagram

DIY Mint Jeans

I have had quite a few of you say that it has been impossible to find mint jeans... I found mine at Forever 21 girls.. for like $20! which is an amazing deal! I also saw them at Urban Outfitters.. but they are HIGH waisted.. not sure how comfortable they are. I have been to lots of other stores and have not seen them anywhere else... so i just came across a DIY for making your own Mint Jeans and thought I'd share!

Go to Target (or wherever) and grab some white skinnies, or whatever kind you like
"Tulip Dye in Green Vert"
(Hobby Lobby carries it)
follow the directions on their package.. and VOILA! you have mint skinnies!

this girl did this in her washing machine with no mess & left them in for 15 min.

or you can buy them online here

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Monday!!

Maybe I Love You by Lenka on Grooveshark

Monday Updates:
  • i'm a little less emotional today.. still sad we are so far away from memphis..
    but this weeks weather forecast in Idaho looks promising, so thats nice!
  • I posted about this on fb but just incase you haven't noticed..
    I tried to make Pillow Thoughts past post a little more organized
    so I made a little section on the sidebar with categories!
    Hope you find them useful and it makes things easier to find around here!!
  • there is also an UPDATED music playlist under the Music Tab

if you have any feedback for the blog
I'd LOVE to hear it in the comment section!

Hope yall have a wonderful week and I will see you back here tomorrow!!

Saturday, April 14, 2012


i miss it...

most of my saturdays spent in Memphis were spent with my mom
while ty worked and we almost always had something fun planned..
this saturdays is a bit different.
Ty's fishing and i'm the one sitting on the couch in pjs blogging.. ha

i can't help but be a little annoyed at how stinkin cold and boring it has seem to be since we came back.. I know it will get warmer, eventually. But right now I'm missing my family and my friends in Memphis.. and hoping it gets a little bit more exciting around here!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Fridays Film {Don't Give Up}

"When you don't give up, you cannot fail"

i love this video for many reasons..

it can be interpreted into a million different ways.

it applies to almost anyone,
because we all struggle with something!

"If Derek Redmond had won the race like everyone expected, we never would’ve known his name. Sometimes things will go terribly wrong. You have two choices. Give up or push forward. How you deal with failure will determine how much you matter."

Also reading into the person who made this youtube clip I noticed their little story attached to it at the bottom:

When you don't give up..You cannot fail!!
I want to say a BIG thank you to 'everyone' who has commented on the inspiration that they've received from this video. When I put this video together I was following my heart to inspire 'Whoever' might be discouraged to... "Not Give Up!"
However, I have received the most from this posting,
Life has a strange way of supporting us in our time of need. I did not know when I posted this video that 'exactly a year to the day' my daughter would die in a tragic car accident and that my spirit would be fed from the countless strangers who have directly (or indirectly) motivated me to continue forward.
May we all spread the message of hope "Don't Give Up"!

Warmest wishes,
Connie Lynne 

Today I'm most thankful for my Father in Heaven
no matter how i look at life,
i am very blessed.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

obsessed. cute little kids toys

I am quite possibly obsessed with Melissa & Doug childrens toys..
If i Lexi, could have them all - we would!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

the past 3 months

Some of you that follow along on this blog regularly probably already know about all this,

me: white jeans: target - bracelets: lenny & eva - top: forever21

but then some are just plain confused on where in the crap we live because it tends to change throughout the year.
BUT, for the last 3 months we have had the opportunity to live back in my hometown while my husband was on his off track from school while his job allowed it.. 
SO, lucky little me got to spend it near my family and friends
EVERY bit of it was much appreciated!!
My husband earned him some major brownie points and never complained once! 

Love you for that Ty!!

So our three months have come to an end and we are headed back to Idaho

it's bitter sweet

i will miss a lot about being home home.. (memphis)
but look forward to being in our own home (idaho)

we have been living in an apartment with rental furniture..
and let's just say I miss our big bed!! 

But, we ended it on a good note and had a fun weekend!!
Sunday night lex got sick for the first time & Monday I got it... not fun at all!
So glad most of the yucky'ness was gone when i woke up this morning!!
Friday, Lexi's First Easter Egg Hunt I wasn't really sure how Lexi would get the hang of the whole huting easter eggs.. but apparently they grasp on to the concept pretty fast! I had filled her basket with a lot of grass at first and half way through we ditched the grass so she could fill it with more eggs!  

Saturday, Day 2 Easter Egg Hunt
We went to the Botanic Gardens since they were throwing a huge Easter Egg Hunt and they had some fun little kid activities.. Lex was pro at hunting eggs by Saturday! I'd point to one and she'd grab it and stick it right in her basket.. they had all sorts of fun goodies in their eggs she even had one with a free Chik-fil-a kids meal!
tangerine jeans- Old Navy

Sunday, Easter & Egg Hunt #3

We headed to church and then came home and got ready for finishing up packing our apartment and Easter festivities at my parents.

we dyed eggs while lex was down napping and hung easter eggs from one of my parents trees to add a little fun for their easter egg hunt

I didn't fill her Easter Eggs with anything this day & she was quite disappointed.. she would throw it back down once she realized it haha so my mom went and filled one for her

this is what it looked like after lexi took off running with her basket full of eggs
me: jeans-forever21girls top- jcrew outlet
lexi: dress-target bow-elle bowtique