Saturday, April 30, 2011

Pink Saturday - Sunset & Flowers

Can you believe it's Saturday all ready? This week flew by!!

I planned on having a big Pink Saturday post, but yesterday was my 9th wedding anniversary and we stayed out too late! Well, for us it was late, I guess for others the night was just getting started!! Haha! My Papa Bear took me out for sushi then we came home and watched DVR'd episodes of The Big Bang Theory. It was a perfect evening!

On our way home from Austin Friday evening I snapped this picture of the sunset. It was just so beautiful setting on the horizon. This is only done with my phone...imagine a real camera!

Last year I had one lone bluebonnet behind my grapevine. This year I have pink and one purple. It photographed blue, but it's a very purple, purple!

The yard people are coming today to clean up. I hope they don't touch these beauties. I love the soft pink on this bonnet.

I also had a blue bluebonnet pop up in my flower bed next to the side walk. I didn't photograph that one. So, last year I had one, this year I've had three. Hopefully next year it will be six! Ha!

Thank you for stopping by! Please visit Beverly for more Pink Saturday goodness!

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway for a $25 Scentsy gift certificate and two Aromies by McKey here. The two winners will be announced next Saturday, May 7. All entries MUST be left on the giveaway page to count!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Five Question Friday... has been quite a while since I've participated in Five Question Friday. These questions are so fun I couldn't skip this week!

1. If you could buy any car, money not an option, what would it be?

I have always wanted an Aston Martin Virage... sleek, fast, classy, beautiful and probably costs more than my house!! Oh well, a girl can dream!

2. What was your worst first date ever?

My mother and I once went to a car lot to buy a car. I noticed the salesman's photo of his girlfriend on his desk looked alot like me. We talked and he did ask me out, stupidly I said yes. For starters, I had to pick him up from his friends house. Then we went to a cheap Mexican restaurant...and I had to pay. I dropped him off at his friends house and he asked me for $20 for gas for him to get home... classy! Needless to say I never saw or spoke to him again and we did not buy a car from him either! Ugh!

3. How old were you when you fell in love for the first time?

I know I had "boyfriends" when I was young and just knew they were "the one". Then I met my Papa Bear, whom I am celebrating my 9th wedding anniversary with today. I met him when I was 17. We've been together for a total of 16 years. He is my first and only real love! I love him more than words can say! He is such a wonderful husband, provided, father, person. I love, love, love him more and more each day. I appreciate him so much more now than I did before. He's my first love!

4. When was the last time you reconciled your checkbook?

I don't use a checkbook. Thankfully I have an app for that! Lol... I don't write checks, I don't carry cash. Everything is done with my bank card. It's just so much easier that way.

5. If you were going to fashion a "Wanted" Ad for a best friend, how would you word it?

"Wanted: Partner in Crime, Honest, Faithful, Open Heart and a Listening Ear. Someone who listens without judgement, gives a shoulder to cry one and happily takes 2 A.M. calls. AND someone who doesn't mind being showcased on Blogger!

Stop by My Little Life to see more Five Question Friday answers hosted by Mama M!

Also, don't forget to stop by my Giveaway Post....
I'll be giving away a $25 Scentsy gift certificate and two Aromies by McKey!
Comments must be entered on the giveaway post to count as an entry.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Breakfast Pizza - Rednesday!

It's Rednesday over at Sue Loves Cherries!

I haven't had time to participate lately...and I honestly should be doing homework (gotta love nursing school!) but I wanted to share today a favorite breakfast item at my home...

Breakfast Pizza.....

We seem to get in a breakfast rut sometimes and it's always fun to switch it up. When I was still in school my mother and I would stop at the grocery store's deliand have a slice before she dropped me off.

They used refried beans, eggs, bacon and cheese...

I usually use.....

fresh tomatoes and fresh, sliced mushrooms.

I scramble my eggs...

And lately we have been using Italian sausage instead of bacon.

I've been lazy lately (or is it too overworked and over schooled?) and havebeen using premade pizza crusts. I do have a really simple recipe for

old world pizza dough here, just no time to prepare it!

I also quarter them before baking. It's just much easier that way.
I sprinkle shredded cheese over the bottom just to help the eggs stick.

Next I add my Italian sausage...

Add a little more shredded cheese and then tomatoes...

A bit more cheese over the tomatoes...

And then add the fresh, sliced mushrooms. Sometimes we add in olives too.

Top with more shredded Italian cheese...

Then bake at 350 about 10 minutes or until the cheese melts.

And finally...enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by....

I hope I helped with some breakfast inspiration. Breakfast is where we always fall flat!

Don't forget to stop by Sue's beautiful blog to find more red goodies!!


Also, you can check out my current giveaway for a $25 Scentsy gift certificate


two Aromies by McKey!

The giveaway ends May 7!!
All entries MUST be left on the GIVEAWAY PAGE to count.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Scentsy Giveaway!!

In order to celebrate having over 100 followers AND my two-year blogiversary I am having not just one...but TWO giveaways!!

The first giveaway is for a $25 gift certificate for Scentsy.

I LOVE Scentsy. If you've never used it this is the perfect opportunity to find out just what it's all about! Scentsy is a flameless wickless candle company. They sell many different types of warmers in 3 convenient sizes, large, medium and plug ins. They offer scented wax that melts via a small light bulb.

I am super sensitive to smells and air fresheners. I love Glad plug-ins but can no longer use them because they give me migraines. I was skeptical of Scentsy when I first tried it but now I am hooked!! No headaches, no mess to clean up. The house smells wonderful! And my husband loves it!!

Scentsy also offers:
--> disk circles... I hung these in my car. It was PERFECT!
--> room sprays...just right if you want to freshen up a room in a hurry!
--> travel tins... perfect for you car!
--> scent buddy... cute, snuggly stuffed animals that you place a scent pack of your favorite scent inside for a snuggly, soft, sweet smelling toy! They are perfect baby gifts!


The second giveaway is for a set of air fresheners. A girl I went to school with in Yoakum started making these air fresheners out of her house. They are so pretty....and they smell so good!! My favorite scent is Vanilla Leather. I know leather may not be everyone's cup of tea...but I am just crazy about it!

These air fresheners can be used in your car, office, closet, any room in the house. It will smell wonderful and it lasts quite a while. She doesn't have a website up yet, but as soon as she does I will probably do another giveaway for them! I just think they are so great everyone needs a chance to see what they are all about!

The two scents I chose for this giveaway are Pink Sugar and Birds of Paradise. Both are fresh and spring-like. Definitely scents everyone will love!

And each scent comes with a cute piece of twine by which to hang it!


Rules of Entry:

1.) Leave a comment on THIS POST telling me which giveaway you would like to win.I will do my best to accommodate each winner.

2.) Visit my sister's Scentsy website here and tell me what you'd use your gift certificate on.

3.) Leave a comment telling me if you are a follower of my blog. Following my blog is not mandatory to win.
4.) If you win the pack of Aromies by McKey, tell me if you will keep them both or who you would give one away to.

5.) Post about this giveaway on your blog or add a link to your side bar. You can get an entry for each.

That's up to six chances to enter. Please leave a separate comment for each of the above that you do.

The winner will be drawn Saturday, May 7th.

Pink Saturday - Bouquet

It's Pink Saturday over at Beverly's beautiful blog "How Sweet The Sound." This is one of my favorite days in blogland... I LOVE looking at everyone's pretty pinks!

First up.... my Peace Rose has finally bloomed!! I know I shouldn't have favorites, but this is by far my MOST favorite rose in my rose garden!

She is just so beautiful....I love just looking at her delicate colors and petals... She seriously takes my breath away. I wish I had 100 more Peace Rose bushes!!

This past Wednesday was my birthday. My sweet Papa Bear brought home this beautiful bouquet for me. I was in love!

It has the most beautiful and fragrant it!!

Everytime I walk past it I get a whiff of it's sweet, fresh fragrance..

He definitely knows what I like!!

Next week is our 9th wedding anniversary. Time has really flown by!

I could keep fresh flowers up year round. I LOVE them so much!

Please stop by Beverly's blog to visit more beautiful blogs showing off the pinks!


I will be listing my Scentsy giveaway in just minutes! I will actually be having two giveaways!


Giveaway post is up here. All comments must be left on the giveaway post to count as entries into the giveaway.

Galveston Island - 2011

This past weekend we went to Galveston. We absolutely LOVE Galveston!! This was the first time we went and didn't have a place all ready reserved. We did find the Victorian Condo's online and thought the looked nice but wanted to see them first hand. They were gorgeous!! And they were located right on Seawall Blvd!!

This is the view from our balcony!!

Inside was so spacious! There was a bedroom, bunkbed alcove, kitchen, breakfast area and living room with pull out sofa.

You can't see it here, but the balcony overlooked the pool and then straight out to the ocean.

The first night we were all so tired and didn't want to do much. We grabbed some food from Sonic and snacks from Wal-Mart. After we ate we went for a drive down Seawall Blvd and a walk on the beach. It was super windy....we loved it!

As we were walking we saw quite a few of these catfish washed up on the shore. We would have thrown them back, but it was too late for them.

I LOVE the ginormous block of granite that makes a pier to walk on and fish on. All Lena could keep talking about it what nice counters they would make!

After resting we decided to get up and do some fun things. This was our view waking up Saturday morning. Fresh air, seagulls was perfect!

We had plans to go to the Moody Gardens and walk around the town looking at the little shops and coffee rooms. BUT... we found a fishing pier and everything changed!

The girls had never been fishing so this was a fun first for them. Poor Papa Bear spent a good 45 minutes getting all of our poles ready to go!

I absolutely LOVED the cool breeze, warm sun and salty air. It was perfect!

If you enlarge this picture, you will see a flock of pelican and sea gulls flying together....

Even Lena got in on the fun!!

We had this whole side of the pier to ourselves. It was so nice!

Then Papa felt a tug..... he reeled it in and......

it would have been soooo nice to keep this. But, CC almost flipped out and he threw it back in. It would have made a great dinner!

After fishing we went to Benno's for some delicious seafood! I got my oysters and shrimp. Papa ordered the Fisherman's Platter with a bit of everything...

And the girls each had shrimp pasta salad. While Lena and I went to wash our hands after eating, Papa Bear told me while we were gone a couple of seagulls came down and went to town with the food left over on my plate!!

Lena had been begging and patiently waiting for Starbucks. So after Benno's we picked up some coffee and went for a drive.

We drove past some of the most beautiful historic homes, mansions actually, and old churches. We ended up on the far end of Seawall Blvd, took some right turns and found another beautiful beach. I had to stop to capture this sunset. Beautiful!

After our drive we were headed back to the condo. We decided to stop by the Rainforest Cafe Adventure Ride again. I think this will be a tradition for us. For the past few days we were thinking I was having another baby. When the ride operator took this photo I remember thinking, "Is this our first photo of our family of five?"

I loved all the animation and sounds. But like last time, I was too busy taking photos I didn't really get to enjoy the ride.

Don't you love the "EXIT" sign?

My handsome Papa Bear... the beard has since been removed!

After the ride we went back to the room to change clothes and go fishing again. I had really started to not feel that good.

Papa Bear went to one side of the pier. The girls and I on the other. Lena didn't want to fish. CC said she would fish because she was sure she wouldn't catch anything. She said she's sure she's the only person in the world who fishes because they hope they don't catch anything.

Then Lena came running to me.... CC got a fish. When I got there she was holding the pole with the fish hanging from the hook and she was crying. I didn't even get to take a picture. I ran, grabbed Papa Bear to release it. She pet the fish and he threw it back in. I did snap this picture of the girls shortly afterwards. The tears flowed for a good 15-20 minutes.

I was feeling more and more sick by the minute, so these pictures taken with my phone are NOT good at all!! I was so sure I was pregnant.

This was the last photo of the trip.

The girls and I went back to the room close to midnight. I tried to sleep but kept waking up amid waves of nausea. Papa Bear called around 1:30 for me to pick him up. I had chills shaking my whole body. I wrapped up in a blanket and picked him up. From there its just got worse. I was sick the whole night and pretty much got zero sleep.

Sunday morning my stomach emptied itself and I started to feel better, though still weak. Shortly after that we found out I wasn't pregnant. And we were a little sad. We weren't expecting it or trying for it but it would have been a nice, sweet surprise.

Oh well. We had a great time otherwise and can't wait to go back!


I will be posting my giveaway later tonight!