Friday, December 16, 2011

A bit of wisdom for the weekend....



{Wise Words From Dumbledore}

{Peanut Love}

{Suit Up!}

I have a cold and with all the work and christmas stuff i have had a hard time fitting in the writing part of blogging....i have still made time to read all of your lovely posts and hope to be back to normal soon. Enjoy!

Happy Friday
jess

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Boys can be sweet too...

Posting from my phone for the first time but wanted to share how cute and crafty boys can be. He even went and bought the little papers,snowflakes and clips! I will be back to regular posting soon no excuse just life I guess :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Do's and Don't's of Blogging: guest post

The Do's and Don't's of Blogging:
We all love blogging and making friends and getting lots of followers. 
But if you want people to read your blog, you need to follow a few simple rules. 
  1. Do post at least 3 times a week. If I love reading your blog, I'm going to want a lot of it. 
  2. Don't blog a super long post without pictures. Let's face it, we all have a short attention span. 
  3. Do post lots of pictures. They don't have to be pictures you have taken. They can just be something related to your post. And don't forget to give credit. 
  4. Don't add music to your blog. In a video, in a post, okay. But not when we open your blog. It's hard to read when I'm singing along to your song. 
  5. Don't keep that Catchya thing on your blog comments.  Sometime I won't even comment if I know I have to do this. I can't be the only one who does this. 
  6. Do have a twitter. Unless your super against it, get one. It's how most of us find new blogs and know how awesome you are. 
  7. Do be a good follower. This means reading and commenting, not just following. We all love a little comment love. 
  8. Don't (and this goes with the "Do" above) leave those "follow me" comments. Their stupid and make people not wanna follow you. If we like you, we will follow. 
( All do's and dont's are my opinion.)
Hope you like and agree with my Do's and Don't's. 
If not then your your blog not mine. 
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dear Santa: Dreaming Edition




{Fossil Bag}



{J.Crew Bag}

{Scott Kay Ring}

And of course gift cards to any of these lovely places:
Starbucks
Amazon-Kindle
Apple-ipad fund
Target







Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thank you!

I just wanted to say thanks to all my followers new and old for the awesome bloggy love! i am enjoying getting to know you all and blogging has become so much fun when i get to share it with all of you! The whole bunch of you here and on twitter are fun,smart,strong and spunky and i think it is just what we all need :) I am sorry for the lack of post and i am working hard to get back on the horse(?) My original plan had been to catch up on reading and posting this weekend but i ended up needing to spend the weekend with my family so i am still a bit behind...If you are a new follower and i don't know you yet please post a comment or tweet me your URL so i can come love on your blog!





Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Blog Challenge: Holiday Movies!



Here are a few of my favorite holiday movies of all time! keep in mind i didn't list them all so as not to frighten you by my christmas junky freak out!!!! 

{Home Alone}


{Elf}

{The Holiday}

{A Charlie Brown Christmas}

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

how annoying am i really?...to justin at least..



I borrowed this idea from Kerri. She posted a few weeks back about what she does to annoy her hubby jay, and i couldn't help but write up a few of my own ways. So honestly this is just a few of what i could come up with but it is a bit fun to write them down. How annoying are you really to your love? 

{Cold Feet Surprise}
My favorite is to put my ice cold feet on his warm legs when we are laying in bed. He hates it but i always have freezing feet and it does get a reaction out of him :)

{The I'm Bored and You are Playing Games Still Technique}
when i am tired of him playing a game or watching stupid tv i keep getting in his way or i sit on him and kiss him and he thinks it might lead somewhere but usually that somewhere is to making me a snack or taking me to target...


{The make him pick for me one}
I can never make up my mind on what i want to eat or which one of my cravings i actually want so justin always has to figure it out for me and it takes forever! I will want brownies,pizza,waffles,Starbucks,Thai etc and he has to go through the list trying to figure out which thing will make me shut up and stop whining...its true i have no ability to just make a quick decision.

{The I don't care where we go scenario}
This is where i obviously(in my head) have a place in mind for dinner but i dont like to make the choice or make him miss out on something he wants so i say..."i dont care where we eat hunny" so he suggests a place and i say...no. So of course i have to do that a few times and he just gives up saying ... well then you do care!

I may have to write up a few other ones some times since there are definitely a bunch more!


Don't forget to enter the giveaway over at Mrs.Monologues! 

Mrs. Monologues

Holiday Challenge: Christmas Traditions.

{Favorite Holiday Traditions}

Christmas eve feast at my parents
Every year we have always had a big dinner at my parents house on christmas eve. My dad is swedish so he cooks up a huge traditional meal for just us kids and him and mom. After dinner we open our gifts as a family and go to candle light service at the tiny church in town. We usually do our extended family stuff on christmas day so christmas eve is really our cozy family time.

Gnome under the tree
A few years back i bought justin a garden gnome for christmas and it has for some reason just ended up under the tree since then...it also happens to be a shitting gnome with its pants down...I know its a bit odd but we enjoy the funky sentimentality of it :)

first christmas tree together at my old college apartment featuring the shitting gnome!


Don't Forget Mrs.Monologues is having two weeks of rockin giveaways!! i am sponsoring todays!! :)


                Mrs. Monologues

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday Blog Challenge: Favorite gift ever!



When Neely and Amber joined up to create the challenge i was soooo excited! I may have even jumped a bit...anyhoo. The had collaborated for a rockin fall blog challenge and i loved all their topics then and i happen to also love all the topics this time too! Join them in spreading the holiday cheer this winter!

{Favorite Gift Ever}

MacBook Pro from my big brother two christmases ago...i use my computer for everything from work to twitter and would be sadly lost without it!

What is your favorite gift ever? Go link up with Neely or Amber and spread some holiday cheer! 






Sunday, November 27, 2011

Simple DIY gift for your love...

This year for justins birthday i was running low on the idea front but also running low on funds so i knew it had to be cheap. I ended up going with the "love Coupon" idea and made a few up on Picknick(i just muck about in photoshop now). This was my first time using picknick so neither one is perfect but justin loves them and they are great valentines too!





There are so many ways to make coupons and so many things you can put on them. His ranged from a bit sexy(bubble bath for two) to love/practical(taking the dog out at night)...You can really personalize them to say anything that you love would appreciate and enjoy! 

{A Few Coupon Ideas}
Back Rub
Breakfast in Bed
Walk the Dog
Make Dinner
Run the Errands(grocery store,bank etc)whatever he doesn't love doing...
You Pick the Movie


Really anything that he is not a fan of doing or he always does and maybe needs a break is good for a coupon. As always any romantic sexy things you enjoy are i'm sure good in his book!

Have fun with it!





Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wish List Wednesday

Linking up with Heather today for...


{ipad2}

{perfume}
from sephora

Just two of my faves from my wish list. What are you asking santa for this year?



Monday, November 21, 2011

Blog Love for Tara!!

          


Go Follow Tara!

link love saturday on monday....

This past week i read a ton of wonderful posts! Here are a few that stood out to me.

Mrs. Monologues and her first ever VLOG!!! Watch it here, you will love it!

Kerri over at Your Wishcake wrote an adorably funny post about 5 things she does to annoy her hubby..its super cute so ready it y'all!

Amy over at Just a Titch wrote a great post about listening to her own fitness voice...it it a great perspective and she always has good advice so hop on over and check it out!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Because I'm Awesome.....

Felt the need to share...also you should know i almost shared an Adele song because she rocks but, i'm awesome so i had to share this instead :) Enjoy!






And yes loves i know this may not be the most popularly favorite song and you may be concerned for my wellness after this post or wonder if you should be my bud..but i swear i'm awesome and you should totally rock this song! 

Lessons & Lattes .....

So i think i mentioned it but if not here goes....

I spend my lovely work days teaching special needs children ages 2-5 all sorts of fun things from how to take a bite with a spoon, follow and routine to how to make a "P" sound. I admit the job is often very emotionally draining but i absolutely love it! I have students with no speech, with Autism, with social anxiety, anger, physical ailments and all sorts of disabilities. I just wanted to introduce you all to what my week days can look like and all the fun things i am leaning to do!







Just a few fun learning tools i carry in my bag!

I keep wanting to change my blog name to Lessons & Lattes but i like the name it has now so i may just make it a series of post surrounding teaching? ideas?

What do your days look like?




Monday, November 14, 2011

Holiday Series: Stocking Stuffers for all!

So honestly anything that fits in a stocking could be a stocking stuffer so i wont try to limit you on type of thing but i will share a few of my all time go to stocking stuffers! Feel free to comment with your faves or linkup with your own list/post!


College kids and Big kids
Roll of Quarters for Laundry(wrap in cute holiday paper)
Le Pen or other fun office supplies
Netflix
Grocery store gift card

Mom and Dad
Tickets to a movie or local show
Gourmet Tea or Coffee
Smartwool Socks
Homemade Candies 

Little Ones
Letter from santa
Stickers
Art Supplies
Mini Lego Sets

Boyfriends
Love Coupons(free back rub,dinner etc be creative...)
Tickets to a show or movie
Sexy lingerie 

Hope these ideas inspire your stocking stuffing! Leave a comment with your ideas!






Thursday, November 10, 2011

Note to self...

After a bit of honest self talking to i came to a few conclusions....

It's time to fall in love with myself again...in the least self absorbed way possible of course! By this i truly mean in mind,body and spirit. 

I need to change! There are a lot of things i need to change and i dont mean who i am in my core, because i rock! Just being honest here...what needs to change are all of those little things that get set aside and add up fast to one big lifestyle. I have let way too many of the important things go because they are maybe small or not a priority over work and day to day tasks.

I am going to do my best to start small with changes because i tend to try and change it all at once and set myself up for a fail.

{First Small Steps to Change}

Drink Water
Read More Books
Exercise: Baby Steps...(walk the dog,walk on my lunch break)
Be Social: Through blogs/twitter,calling old friends,talking to new friends in a less guarded way...
Cook at home twice a week(rather than eating out or eating the "in-laws" not so healthy dinner choices no matter how well intended they are)



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Holiday Series: Cards and Wrap DIYs

{Card Inspiration}
Simple Button Cards
Rickrack Creations
&
Romantic Festive Photos
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{Creative Presentation} 
Whimsical Garnishes
Simple Stamping
Old School Brown Paper and Twine
Tea Towels and Ribbon 
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Holiday Series: Gifts from the Kitchen.

Holiday Series
Gifts from your Kitchen


{Taco Seasoning}
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{Vanilla Extract}
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{Apple Butter}



{Hot Chocolate on a Stick}


{Cookie Dough}

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I hope you find some time to try one or a few of these tasty ideas from your kitchen!
Happy Gifting!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Holiday Cheer Series!


{Holiday Series} 
I will be posting a bunch of do-it-yourself holiday inspired posts, this month and next month. Here are some included posts!

Cards & Wrapping
Gifts for Baby & Kids
Gifts for Family
Gifts for Partners
Gifts from the Kitchen
Gifts in a Jar

Let me know it there are any holiday posts you would like to see or if you would like to write a guest post about any holiday traditions, DIYs, or just the cheery holidays! 




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Thursday, November 3, 2011

VIP follower! Say what!!!

Ok guess who started following me on twitter!! Santa Clause!! hells yeah! i love christmas and santa and all that fun festive stuff. Considering who my new VIP follower is i thought i would share some of my wish list this year..a few realistic and a fe dreams :)


{Big Kid Tent}


{Dreamy Camper}


{Lolita Lempicka}

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{Panini Press}


{Eucalyptus Spearmint}


{Starbucks}

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Oh How Pinteresting Wednesday

{Snow}
Since we just got 15 inches of snow dumped on us i was inspired to pin about all sorts of cozy winter things..including snow!
I love snow and have always thought it was beautiful plus, it means christmas in coming and i am a christmas junkie!!!


I Hope the snow it treating you well if you happened to get dumped on like we did!