The complete title to this LO should be “Getting My Shit Together”, but I’ll stick with the shortened version. I had a completely different idea for this kit, but seeing the word strips took me in a whole different direction. I love it when products inspire in that way, making you think of a story you might not have otherwise told.

Journaling reads- I SO did not have my sh*t together this morning. We’d been crazy busy the past few weeks with Charles and John visiting, Christmas, recovering from Vegas and a cold, etc. The vow renewal felt almost like an afterthought. I was so stressed out and didn’t feel like myself at all. It was a challenge getting into that right, loving headspace. At first I was thinking of 100 different little annoyances, from not having my nails done to my hair blowing around, to the freakin’ sun, who was NOT cooperating! But once we were there, in front of each other, all my stress started melting away and I began to really enjoy myself. And to remember why we were there in the first place. It had nothing to do with my hair, or the tractor that kept going up and down the beach, or that the sun was hiding behind the clouds instead of providing a nice backdrop for pictures. It was about sharing something special with our little family. It was about smiling and laughing together like we do every day. It was about celebrating  ten years of marriage, and many more to come.

Sidenote- Who else starts out wedding layouts by talking about how junky they feel, and how their stepson is trying not to throw up? Apparently I do, LOL. Next up is a page about how we only spent $15 on new wedding clothes! (I’m totally not kidding) It really was an amazingly beautiful day though, but also so “us” in that ridiculous things happened. And yes, I will eventually get to the tractor story.

Cherry on Top Essentials bundleSplatters, and Wordbits by JB Studio

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LO- New tub

I’m sure by now everyone is sick of hearing about my bath tub. Is it getting awkward? Probably…

Okay just one more….

Bathtime mini by Sugar Kissed Designs

Inspired by- Needing to do a quick page about something, I scanned my Evernote “list of LO’s to make someday” and this one jumped out at me. Simple story, simple page. The pictures are terrible and blurry, but I don’t really care.

Journaling reads- I had some company during my first bath at the new apartment. Miss Kitty was very interested in the water filling up the tub. I’m sure she was wondering what I was doing in her new gigantic water bowl. 4-9-14.

Credits- Bathtime mini by Sugar Kissed Designs

Library of Memories album- Places: Coral Springs.

This is number 5 of 25 layouts I want to make in September.


The girlification of Jen

The past couple of weeks have seen a shift in the way I take care of myself. It’s partly due to being more mindful of what I’m eating, which has lead to a bit of weight loss. It’s partly due to many conversations with my friend Melissa involving nail polish. But mostly it’s due to the summer. For us, the summer means traveling. For me in particular it means that every year, I have an “Oh crap” moment where I rediscover the fact that I have no clothes.

So we went shopping.


And I found my new favorite thrift store. So I shopped some more. Remember the Thrift Store video? I was totally singing that in my head the whole time.


And then there’s my newest addiction… nail polish. The sparklier, the better. It’s a sickness. I blame you, Melissa.


And lastly, there’s this. I hate tanning more than I hate shopping. But I like for my parts to match colors. And I plan on rocking my thrift store and Kmart capris all summer, so that means I need a little “artificial enhancement” on my gams. (I think that might be the most embarrassing thing I’ve written in the whole history of this blog).


There you go. I’m a sheep. I’m totally buying into the Beauty Myth. Like, literally. I hate spending money on this kind of stuff. But one thing puts my cheap little heart at ease. Knowing that it takes virtually no time to peruse the   Essie $8-a-bottle nail polish display that screams “Summers hot new colors!!!”, then head right on to the Wet N Wild section and find the Exact Same Shades for $1-2.

And knowing is half the battle.