April 24, 2015

I'm in Love! Julep Flora + Maven info!

Okay, friends.  I finally did it.  I don't know how it took me so long to get into this whole thing, but Julep is now my jam.  I mean, it makes sense, right?  I got this box for free.  All I paid was the $2.99 shipping.  To give you some context, a single Julep polish is $14.  Yup.  That's right.  I got three polishes and a lip gloss just for paying shipping.

Now here's the skinny in case you don't already know.  Julep is $24.95/month.  You won't likely ever pay full price for a box because for every month you're a maven, you earn "jules points," which you can credit towards your boxes and purchases.  On top of that, you can customize each monthly box to ensure you're getting exactly what you want.  You can also skip a month whenever you want for whatever reason.  All you have to do is log in to your account during the maven monthly reveal (20-24th of each month) and opt out.

You can also cancel at any time.  No questions asked.  

Sold yet?  If so, here.  You can use this link to get your first box free, just pay the $2.99 shipping. (This is my personal referral link.  You'll get a free box, and they'll toss some jules my way.  Win win).

I mean, if you're not sold, I can go on.  But I'll let the polish do the talking!

Julep: It Girl Collection: Flora

Swoon worthy, right?  And y'all?  I am tough on my nails.  My day job involves a lot of cleaning, and I got 5 days wear out of this sucker.  I would have gotten more, but I was eager to try another polish from the box!

To say the least, I am in love.  

April 23, 2015

Stuff & Things 4/23

>> We're puppy sitting for our neighbor.  I get this text from the hubs midday on Wednesday...
The stuff that man remembers.  Seriously.  I don't think I know any of the muppet's names except for kermit.  Okay, and miss piggy.  And animal.  But I think that's it.  Those are muppets, right?  But his connection really is spot on.

>> When I was a kid, sometimes my friends and I would try to suck all of the air out of a cup and get it to stick to our mouths.  It was a quick laugh and harmless.  But now?  Apparently young girls are doing this on purpose and for extended periods of time to plump their lips.  It's apparently called "the Kylie Jenner challenge."  What in the actual hell is wrong with people?  What's even worse is there is an actual product on the market that is intended to be used in the same fashion.  Kids are seriously bruising their lips and causing other damage to their faces trying this challenge.  This, my friends, is what is wrong with this generation.  Sigh.

>> Multitasking Bailey cuddles with a fresh mani!  We shall call this one "Joey in her natural habitat."  That's not entirely accurate because I normally do my nails at my vanity in the makeup room, but you know...technicalities.

>> Saturday morning, Kristina and I had a meeting at a boutique in NODA for an upcoming event called Dolls in the City!  How cute are these cake pops?  They were freaking delicious!  Anyway, the event will be early this summer and it's basically an epic girls night out.  Drinks, shopping, manis, massages and girlfriends!  What could be better?  Stay tuned for more details coming soon!  You won't want to miss out!

Okay friends.  I worked until 9:30 tonight so my eyes are basically closing as I'm typing this.  I also currently have two dogs sitting on me which is making life just that much more difficult.  This just in... J and I are pretty sure we're going to steal all the dogs in our complex...one by one :)

Your turn!

April 21, 2015

I'm In Trouble...

If you follow me on instagram, then you know Publix just opened literally right behind my apartment.  The thing is, there's a light rail between us.  Which means I have to walk around to get there.  Even still, it's only about a 10 minute walk.  (I hear they're planning to build a foot bridge.  Please build a foot bridge).

So last night when the I have to have dessert urge hit, knowing the Publix bakery was just a few yards away wasn't helping matters.  Somehow I convinced the hubs to ride over with me (you know, because it was threatening to rain again...and we learned our lesson the last time).  On the elevator ride up, a kind employee asked if we liked ice cream.  Uh, duh.  Then he gave us a coupon for a free half gallon.  thankyouverymuch.

The other problem is this...

Sycamore Brewery is just beside our complex.  Don't ask me why it took us almost 5 weeks to try it out, but now that we have?  Oh holy goodness.  They serve sandwiches throughout the week, but Friday-Sunday they have different food trucks just outside.  Kristina mentioned that she had the Hot Box food truck the weekend before and raved about how good it was.  And oooooooooooh man. All I'm going to say is this: Cheese and herb risotto fritters.  Cheese and herb risotto fritters.  I also had the shrimp poboy which was freaking fantastic.  I think we just found our new Saturday spot.  The beer was tasty too!

It's a good thing we walk a lot around these parts.  A real good thing.

And now I want some more freaking fritters.
You'll know where to find me this weekend.

Ps...this is in no way a sponsored post.  Sycamore and Publix have no idea who I am.  Promise.

April 20, 2015

On Marriage & The Tough Stuff

On Friday, I got to hang out with Kristina and Meghan.  Meghan was in town for an event with her husband, and we got to steal her for a bit to hit the food truck rodeo that takes place every Friday a short walk from my place.

After Kristina left, Meghan and I walked back to my place together.  After days and days of rain, it was a much needed nice evening.  One thing I love most about blogging friendships is that they're a little...deeper off the bat.  We rarely waste our time with surface level conversation because we already know all the day in day out kind of stuff.

So Meghan dove right in.  She asked me how we were doing.  Really doing.  And my answer?  That's a tough question to answer.  But we're good.  Because the fact is, we've been through something.  And we've come out on the other side of it.  And while things definitely seem like rainbows and butterflies right now, and they kind of are rainbows and butterflies, we're still coping with the last few months.

The strange thing is, I said, we actually do the tough stuff better than we do the "easy."  I don't really know why this is.  It could be because our relationship, J's and mine, started off with the hard stuff.  Right off the bat, our faith and commitment were tested, so it's a comfortable place to be in if that makes any sense.  It doesn't.  But it does.  Just trust me.

J and I are not a perfect couple.  Not by any stretch of the imagination.  But our relationship is strong and healthy.  And as we go through hard stuff together (and goodness, there's been a lot--I'd ask to catch a break, but then again...) we only ever grow closer.  Our appreciation for each other reaches a deeper level.

We fight.  We annoy the ever living crap out of each other (sometimes on purpose...guilty), but the fact of the matter is, our relationship is the pure definition of marriage.  There is rarely a time that our marriage is the partnership of two strong spouses.  No.  In fact, more often than not, we take turns being strong when the other needs us to be.  He carried me through 2013.  I was weak, vulnerable, scared and sick for much of that year.  And when the rug got pulled out from underneath us in early December, I had to wipe away the tears, swallow the fear, turn to Christ, and be the strength my husband needed.

But, friends?  Being "okay" is all in how you define "okay."  The fact is, we were okay the last few months.  Scared?  A little broken?  A little lost?  Yes.  But always okay.  Some things happened over the course of those few months that reminded us how lucky we were to have each other.  To live inside the marriage we built together.

Our five year anniversary is approaching in May.  And while we've only scratched the surface of this thing called marriage, I think I can take the liberty of saying it's the best thing we've done.  It's the hardest thing we've ever done, but worth every hard moment.  

It's easy for me to forget, though, that there was a time in our relationship when we couldn't speak to each other without fighting.  Our best friends will attest to that.  I dare you, ask anyone we went to college with.

But on our wedding day, our best man gave a speech that was less conventional but touching never the less.

"Today is just a formality.  Because in reality, Joey and Jonathan were already married.  They were just one of those things you came to expect to always be.  Death.  Taxes.  And Jonathan and Joey."

Amen to that.

Yes, that's a scanned picture.
Because it's that old.

April 17, 2015

Let's Talk [sinful colors]

[Sinful Colors: Let's Talk]

All the rain?  Yeah.  I could do without it.  Puddles and little rivers every which way you turn.  This is me with my complaining pants on.  Sorry.  Or am I?

I will say this, Wednesday night, after a less than easy day at work, I came home to some less than convenient news which set me off on a huff.  It's not a big deal J tried to tell me.  Don't tell me it's not a big deal, I said, It IS a big deal.  I grabbed the dog and headed out in the rain for a quick run.  Because man I needed it.  

While I was out, I realized he was right.  Compared to the things we've dealt with over the last few months, the thing that I was allowing to throw me into a tizzy was no big deal.

Perspective, friends.  

Anyway, every night at 8PM, my nose closes up.  Like clockwork.  What's up with that?  My family will point fingers and laugh, but because of this little annoyance, I've been hitting the afrin every night.  Just one squirt, I promise.  I can quit any time I want!  I just refuse to try to sleep with a closed up nose.  I'm aware I'm probably perpetuating the issue.  Sigh.

Side note, as I'm typing this up on Thursday night, J is watching Home Alone 2.  I feel like I need pizza and a Christmas tree.  Christmas Eve traditions die hard, man.

Happy Friday.