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New Years Resoultions 2012 ed.

5 Jan

It’s that time. Well, it has been that time for the past few days but, I’m finally ready to nail to down some commitments to my resolutions for 2012. To be honest, I’ve never been too successful with resolutions. As I’m sure a lot of people can relate, I often start out really enthusiastic only to deliberately give up or completely forget about these goals. But, I don’t think that means I shouldn’t make resolutions. I feel that it’s important to always have goals and, with college graduation right around the corner, I’m feeling really confident that I will have success in completing this year’s commitments. So without further delay, I present my 2012 resolutions.

1. Read 12 books. Ideally, one per month of course. Fiction or non-fiction, as long as I’m setting aside some time for recreational reading. I used to love curling up on the couch with a book and now I feel like I either don’t have time to read or would rather be sleeping. But, I miss reading and I can’t wait to pick it up again.

2. 52 blog posts (at least). Good news for the blog! More content! Especially through the last few months, I have been slacking, which is sad because I love this blog and I want to continue to build it up with quality posts. So be on the look out for at least one post for week. Hopefully more though!

3. Run a 5K. Eek. This is by far the scariest of all of my resolutions. I’ve never really been into running, but I feel like setting this as a goal will keep me motivated to get healthy. Completing a 5K would be such an amazing accomplishment.

4. Get organized. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t have this on their list? I have been working hard on getting our household management, meal planning, and finances under control in the past month and my goal is just to keep plugging along until we’ve got some good systems in place (posts on this coming for sure!).

5. Take more pictures. So I tallied up the number of Facebook pictures I posted in 2011. 45. Pretty pathetic. I know I probably took a few more than what I posted on FB but I need to get better about using my fancy new camera. I’m guessing I’ll be super thankful when I’m 70.

So, there you have it. A quick run down (and written commitment) of my 2012 resolutions. A good variety of goals for different aspects of my life. Here we go!

What are your resolutions? Any frequent flier resolutions that are on the list every year? Share below!

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Happy New Year!

1 Jan

How did 2012 get here so quickly? It seemed like it moved so fast. Josh and I are already preparing for a crazy year. Lots of big things are happening.

But as a nod to 2011, I wanted to create a cute, simplified memory of 2011 to share with our families and to have as a keepsake. Of course, Pinterest has continued to serve as inspiration for so many projects I’m doing these days, so it only made sense for me to turn to some of my past pins to accomplish this particular task.

And, instantly I fell in love with these adorable newsletters.


images here and here

What an adorable way to share you year! So I whipped up our own little version using photoshop. I kept the format very similar to both examples but tailored it to our little family. As a poor college couple, we obviously didn’t need a travel map of the world, but we did include some fun achievements from 2011.

I especially love the little married couple. Adorable! And I also wanted to add a “coming soon” section to hint at big events happening in 2012. As you can tell, it’s going to be a big one.

How do you share your news with family? What are you looking forward to the most in 2012?

Check In + Update = Check Up?

18 Oct

Hello October! Where has the time gone? My lack of updates has definitely not been from a lack of content but from an increase of craziness in our schedules! What with events, school, homework, and regular work, Josh and I are always on the move. Sadly, I just haven’t had the time or energy I need to get this blog moving.

So, here’s an update, and to make it less boring, I decided to unload some of my recent iPhone pictures for fun.

Graduation looms just 7 months in the distance, so it’s easy to understand that school is hard. Lots of projects and coursework keep me busy these day. Whenever possible, I like to sleep. Sometimes, Scribble (our pet rat who is actually quite adorable) joins me.

Date nights are few and far between, but recently Josh and I did squeeze in a lame-o date about a week ago where we trolled the mall, Barnes & Noble, and got some frozen yogurt. Of course, we made sure to swing by our local Spencer’s to laugh at stupid gifts and trashy Halloween costumes. Check out this cowboy hat made from beer can boxes. One word: classy.


And here is Josh to model it for us.

But, we have still squeezed in time to plan for another Halloween party this month (check out last year’s here.) We’re definitely experimenting with a different theme this year. In the past, I’ve never dressed up as anything creepy so I’m getting my zombie gear ready for this party. But not, creepy zombie, cute zombie. Is there such a thing? Stay tuned. But on another note, there are a lot of adorable Halloween decorations out this year! Check out these adorable stair mice I found at Michael’s. Perhaps, a future DIY project?

And lastly, being surrounded by people at all hours of the day has landed me a fun sickness. For the past few days, I’ve been stranded on the couch. And while, yes, that is usually considered rest, but being sick is really draining. So, while I haven’t been producing blog content, I have been reading a lot. I just love the blog-0-sphere! So many amazing people and wonderful ideas.

One of my favorite discoveries this month has been Design Seeds. There you’ll find all of the most amazing color palettes you can imagine! Based on beautiful, original photography, these color palettes would make it so much easier to plan a room on! Just pick your favorite, take it to the local paint star, and let the fun begin! Check out one of my favorites below:

sushi hues here

There! We’re all caught up! Now, let the real blogging continue. I’ve got some really cool posts coming up like a fun chair makeover, some super easy Halloween projects, and the long awaited kitchen makeover!

The Home Stretch

25 Aug

Today starts my final year of college! After 16 years of school, I can see the light at the end of the outrageously long tunnel. I’ve always loved school, but I cannot even begin to explain how excited I am not to have to carry around a backpack anymore!

Sure, graduation brings on approximately one billion more things to worry about, like full time jobs and paying back student loans, but I am ready for that trade.

So, here’s to me. A wish that I will finish this year on a high note, blogging about all the fun stuff along the way.

Our reason to DWIT: A Big Move

18 Aug

When I first introduced dwitting, I didn’t explain the biggest reason why we were “doing what it takes” and since today marks 5 full years of being together, I thought it would be extremely appropriate to elaborate. Josh and I have lived in the state of Texas for our whole lives and when we moved to college and got married, we decided that it would be amazing to get out of Texas and experience a different state. We pinpointed the northwest as our preference and even further narrowed it down to southern Oregon.



PoppyandPinecone on Etsy (Get your state!!!)

The weather is better, the land is prettier, and you don’t have 40+ days of temperatures over 100 degrees. (Yes! That’s what’s happening in Texas right now. Blech!) It sounds a little crazy, especially since Josh and I haven’t ever visited this state, but we’re up for a leap of faith. We’re in the perfect position to do something like this. No kids, no huge obligations. We just need to get there.

So, this is why we’re dwitting. To get to Oregon and start our life. (Hopefully by the end of 2012!)

Have you ever taken a huge leap of faith like this? How did it turn out? Any great advice? Leave it in the comments below! I want to hear about it!

The DWIT Stage: Doing What It Takes

23 May

Today was my first day at a new job. Don’t misunderstand, I’m still working very hard to create and maintain my own company, Très Sweet Designs, but in this current stage of my life, that particular endeavor isn’t covering our expenses. Not only are we trying to cover our current expenses, but we’re also trying to get out of student loan debt (before graduation day) and start saving for that “dream life”. So, today was my first day at a new job…

That’s right, I am currently employed by the world’s largest private employer, Wal-Mart. And you know what? I had a lot of fun today. I won’t go into the specifics, but I think that it could turn out to be a great and (dare I predict) fun experience.

In honor of this new stage, the husband and I have coined a new verb: dwitting. It’s fun to say and it makes sense so, why the heck not? “Doing what it takes” is extremely important to me. I have this wonderful (but not unreachable) idea of our future life and I’m willing to sacrifice my extra time and energy to help get us there. We’ve got big plans for the future and it’s going to be so worth it when that time comes.

*I’ll be adding more “dwitting” posts to the blog to chronicle our progress, so stay tuned.

The (First) Adventures of Being Self-Employed

30 Mar

As I was doing my daily blog-hopping the other day, I did my usual visit to Meg at A Practical Wedding and discovered her monthly chronicles of working for herself full-time. I really enjoyed her second post in, what I’m hoping will continue to be, a great series on being your own boss. This particular post detailed the “happiness factor” which so many people credit to owning your own business.

In the first few months after opening Très Sweet Designs, I have had a lot of fun discovering what schedule works for me, what systems work, and what culture I want to create. But the truth is I have yet to really feel that full satisfaction. I attribute this mainly to the fact that I’m still a student working on my BS in Hospitality Management. I’ll admit it’s a bit frustrating being completely committed to two huge projects, but I really feel like starting up while still in school was the best idea for me. It’s like having a little safety net.

I’m actually using and retaining the information I’m learning in my courses and applying it to creating a solid foundation for my company. And instead of getting to graduation day with the sudden need to find/take any relatively good paying job to get student loans paid off, I’m starting that transition now.

My company is in the super early stages, where my main goal is creating a good business plan, implementing smart and efficient systems, and meeting potential clients! But I am planning for growth and preparing to make the full transition into self-employment after graduation. More to come!