My Beautiful, Crazy Life

Thursday, October 23, 2014


picture from my first bridal shower- coming to the blog soon.

These blogging breaks are becoming more frequent, but don't worry I haven't forgotten about this little ole blog of mine. I just have been seriously contemplating the direction of this blog and found that taking a step back was an easy solution while deciding my blogs future. I still haven't quite figured it out, but what I do know is that a rebrand is definitely on the agenda as well as perhaps a blogger to self-hosted wordpress switch? I think yes, but until then here is a taking stock post for your enjoyment on this beautiful Thursday morning.

Making: myself crazy searching for a job.
Cooking: i have cooked a lot of great meals this week, so tonight we're having leftovers.
Drinking: a chai latte.
Reading: currently, nothing.
Wanting: to find a job so that I can start working again. 
Looking: forward to our weekend trip to Oregon to do a little sight-seeing.
Playing: the television in the background.
Wasting: not wasting much of anything right now except maybe energy on typing this blog post.
Sewing: nothing, but i'm thinking a sewing project is definitely in order.
Wishing: that we were just a short drive away from our families.
Enjoying: the newlywed life in our new state.
Waiting: to start our little family until we're better settled and ready to give up the newlywed life.
Liking: living on our own in our cutesy little apartment.
Wondering: when we'll get our first snow.. not looking forward to it either.
Loving: the sound of the pouring rain outside my living room window.
Hoping: that eric and i will make a few friends next weekend at eric's co workers halloween party.
Marveling: at how fast we have transitioned into our new life in the PNW.
Needing: a new camera, but knowing it will have to wait. :(
Smelling: my lavender scented wall plug in.
Wearing: still in my pajamas, but that's one of the pro's to not having a job.
Following: the directions of lots of recipes lately and loving it.
Noticing: that I haven't done any posts about our wedding day yet.
Knowing: that we're doing a little adventuring this weekend has me doing cartwheels. yay!
Thinking: it's a wonderful day to snuggle up on the couch all day.
Feeling: happy, it's a new day :)
Bookmarking: the best apps for excellent instagram photos.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hello Washington

feel free to follow along with us on our new adventure via instagram.

We had a rocky start with our moving adventure due to some flight delays causing us to miss our original flight, but as luck would have it we were able to get the last flight out which was a huge blessing. I don't even want to think of what would have happened if we didn't make it in time for our movers to unpack our belongings. The important news to take from this post is that we are all moved in and loving our new place.

Of course it would be a lot smoother if our car would have arrived at the same time as our belongings, however the short time we have been without a car has definitely taught us the virtues of patience and self-reliance. It has already been quite an adventure with us having to walk to the nearest grocery store every few days to get groceries and riding the public transit to Eric's new place of employment to get a feel for how the bus system works. He starts his first day at his new job tomorrow and will have to be riding the bus until our car arrives which hopefully will be by the middle of the week. I am so excited for his first day and can't wait to hear all about it. Ultimately, we are happy to call Washington our new home and can't wait to explore this new little town of ours.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chroma Review

Disclosure: I was sent these products for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are 100% my own.

Chroma is a salon based in West Hollywood that recently launched their hair product line to give customers the ability to achieve that salon quality look at home.  I was delighted to be given the opportunity to give their new products a whirl because my hair could really use some salon quality upkeep on most days. If the smell of all these products are any indication of how these products worked than you bet amazing would be at the top of my list of adjectives. Overall, I am happy with these products and would definitely recommend if you are in the market for a salon quality brand.

Shine: I am a big fan of any product that can leave my hair a little bit shinier and this one definitely does the trick. I generally use this with damp hair just before blow drying to get that extra shine. I have also misted a little bit of this on a bristled brush and applied it to dry hair, but be forewarned a little bit tends to go a long way with this product. It is a olive oil based spray that also works as a detangler. Overall, great product, however the price is a bit on the higher side for my taste.

Sculpt & Sculpt & Tone: I have only used these once however I am not sure how I feel about them. I can't seem to figure out what hair style would be the best to try to achieve with these products, but once I figure it out I'll be sure to let you know.

Control: I have never been much of a hair spray user mainly because of my lack of desire to do my hair. However, I just recently cut all of my hair off and it's a lot harder to tame now a days, but this hairspray is just the perfect solution. I seriously love how this hairspray allows me to control the level of hold by just turning the nozzle to either soft, medium, or firm. It holds well throughout the day as well as helps to tame frizziness. 

Aqua Shampoo: I have a hard time finding a good shampoo for my hair type so I was a bit weary at first, but after my first use I was pleasantly surprised. I found that it lathered quite well with my thick hair and didn't leave any residue. I also loved using it knowing that this shampoo is paraben free as well as is safe for color treated hair although mine is not colored.

Aqua Conditioner: I use conditioner less often, but loved how it left my hair feeling after my first use. This conditioner is also paraben free as well as is safe on color treated hair and helps protect from frizz without weighing hair down. It definitely got a A+ on leaving my hair light and frizz free.

Volume Heat Protection: I use this a lot and couldn't be happier with it. It certainly helps to eliminate frizz when blow drying hair and adds just the right amount of volume within my thick hair. It has the neatest closure too allowing me to lock it by simply pushing a button on either side of the nozzle.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hello Keurig 2.0

Disclosure: I received these products on behalf of Influenster for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and 100%  my own. 

It's officially the first day of fall and you know what that means? It's the season to indulge in copious amounts of specialty coffee and apple cider. I can't be the only one who feels this way right? I mean come on; coffee, cider, and fall just seem to go hand in hand. Last night I decided to treat myself to a nice cup of specialty coffee using my new Keurig 2.0. and let me tell you it. was. delicious. 

The Keurig 2.0 comes in 3 different styles each with their own unique features. I received the K550 for the purpose of this review (insert squeal) making me one happy coffee-loving gal. A few of my favorite features include the 80 oz water reservoir, the large color touch display, hot water on demand, and the customizable night light in the water reservoir. I also love that it allows you to determine the strength of your coffee, has a water filter, and a programmable clock for your early morning convenience. However, the coolest part has to be the new carafe feature that differentiates this product from the previous models. We are all familiar with the Keurig's that make single cups of coffee, but now I am able to brew 4 cups of coffee at once, score! It's also worth mentioning that with purchasing this product via Keurig you will receive a variety of 6 K-Cup packs and K-Carafe packs.

It really is an awesome coffee brewer, however my only qualm with this product is it requires you to use the proprietary k-cup, which means I can no longer use my reusable k-cup. It's interesting to say the least, but it will not work if it isn't compatible. You'll receive an error message on the screen directing you to change the cup, so goodbye generic k-cup brands. On the plus side, with over 250 varieties and 40 brands to choose from you can't ever go wrong. Besides, it's as easy as looking for the white outer ring with the black Keurig-brewed seal on the k-cup lid to determine whether it will work. However, with the Carafe, you'll be looking for the dark rim and the noticeable green dot on the lid. Easy Peasy!

 Overall, I love this product and look forward to using it this fall season! #hellokeurig