Happy Blogiversary to Me!

A year ago I started this blog, right after I quit my job, and I was just looking for somewhere to spend some “productive” time online when I was too sick of applying for job after job after job. This time around, I have a second part-time job, the bf has two wonderful jobs, and I knew exactly what to expect when I walked out of those corporate life-sucking doors. I knew that it wasn’t always going to be easy, especially when you’re used to living your own lifestyle, but things change and I was SO READY to ride those changes for the better. No more hating myself for being fake to the worst person on the planet (my old boss, voooomit), no more coming home 5 days a week and bitching/complaining/crying to Michael about how terrible my day was and how much hate was growing inside me for that woman (slowly turned into the whole place in general). I hated who I was becoming. I am not a miserable, negative person. I am actually known to be quite the opposite, with TOO much energy, TOO much cheerfulness, too many smiles. I wanted to be myself again, and since it was clear that I was working in a toxic environment and this woman was going to make it as hard as possible to stay positive, I knew I had to leave. What other choice would I have? Thanks to the second casual job and Michael’s two jobs, I am so thankful to God that he let me escape that corporate prison. No more bullshit, it’s just me now and I’m free to live happily, just the way He intended : )

ANYWAY, to make a long story short, it’s been a crazy wild ride of a year, and I’ve learned SO MUCH from the various issues that were thrown my way. I’m looking forward to this next year in the blog world to be filled with even more memories, pictures, and amazing experiences. I’m proud of myself for sticking to something for over a year (there were some periods of time where I fell off the blogging map, but I always came back!!!) and I’m so happy that it became a favorite hobby of mine!

I don’t want to take a look back at my entire year, because honestly that’s just boring and you could do the same thing with more details by just clicking through the pages… This will just be a look back at the THE BEST WEEK EVER, aka the Week That I Was Brave Enough To Stand Up To The Antichrist We Called Our Boss! AND IT FEELS SO FREAKIN GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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* My lil bubbas helping me with my nail polish project, Dexter making a fantastic day trip with me, the amazingly thoughtful Valentine’s day gifts from Jordan, the kittys again being curious while opening the Popsugar box, valentines day pic I made with my Beautiful Mess app, been playing an outrageous amount of Flappy Birds until it was taken down and I accidentally deleted mine… but no worries.. there is now FLOPPY FISH!, painting my nails new colors again, & the kittys got a brand new awesome water fountain *

As far as my delicious meals I’ve been eating this month…. Here’s what I’ve been obsessed with lately!

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Annie’s mac & cheese = amazeballz, yes that is taco bell SMOTHERED BURRITO and it was only $2.99 and I had to try one!, sushi at work, amazingly delicious and healthy chili from Protein Bar, chips & salsa, kitty bites aka pigs in a blanket (with cheese and our own special concoction), Freshii’s my favorite noodle bowl on earth!!!, homemade mac & cheese with jalapeños, mushrooms & corn, some french toast the bf made me on valentines day, and of course, a Whopper craving was necessary.

Soooooooooooooo here’s to another wonderful week free of stress & full of laughter, smiles, and organization!!!!! : )

all love & smiles,


Office/Craftroom Creation Step #1

Ok, sooo I’m like reallllyyy lucky and get to live an apartment with not one, not two, but THREE bedrooms. Since it’s only me & the bf (+ our 3 furry friends), we were able to get creative with the extra bedrooms. We converted one to become our shared walk-in closet, and the other for the office/craft room. (Oh, and did I mention that we also have a backroom/den that is considered the “kitty bedroom”? hahaha yuuuup)
Safe to say, I had all these rooms, all this potential, but I was so overwhelmed I just didn’t even know where to start… We moved in October 2012, so it’s been well over a year of living here, but I’m just getting around to finally making each space an area I love, starting with one of my favorite rooms: the office/craft space!
I forgot to take real “before” pics, so this was mid-cleaning when half the stuff was already thrown out in the hallway or in garbage bags or re-dispersed throughout the house, etc.
WARNING: These pictures may be extremely disturbing to a neat freak/someone who doesn’t understand messy chaos! haha Like I said, these were in the middle of moving everything out in the kitchen and trying to sort through things, packing piles, to basically start from scratch in the room. 
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this is michael's corner of the office... he sold his iMac about a year ago & the desk slowly turned into a junk pile... this corner still needs work, but this entire room is still a work in progress :)

this is michael’s corner of the office… he sold his iMac about a year ago & the desk slowly turned into a junk pile… this corner still needs work, but this entire room is still a work in progress 🙂

After taking an entire day to sort through stuff, throw away garbage, do some cleaning, and overall turn the entire room inside-out, it felt AMAZING to actually see the floor and have open, un-cluttered space to work in!

starting a randomly awesome art corner

starting a randomly awesome art corner

i'm obsessed. favorite artwork on my wall without a doubt.

i’m obsessed. favorite artwork on my wall without a doubt.

It’s still certainly a work in progress, but I’m so happy I finally have some fun pictures on the walls that make me smile and room to move around! Plus, having a nice clean desk just entices me to blog, edit pictures, start projects, etc.! Thanks to my wonderfully creative friend Jordan, I’m repurposing her Valentine’s gift packaging for adorable decor on my desk. This simply cute + organized desk is pure happiness for me!
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all love & smiles,

Project Life!!! Project Life!!!!


I am soooo excited to finally be starting Project Life!! I bought all my goodies/supplies for it back in October, but I was undecided when/how/where I would start, and it was a bit overwhelming! I realized that it should be fun of course, and not overwhelming, so I decided I would just start fresh in 2014, beginning right from Jan 1! I’m keeping track of the weeks in my planner, and I’ve been making sure to keep photos extra organized to make the printing process weekly as easy as possible.



I went a little crazy and got a ton of PL items (I couldn’t help it, they were all on sale at Michael’s for 40% off which makes everything pretty cheap, and I’m pretty sure they have these sales often!!) I went with the Honey edition of the core kit, along with the matching Honey binder/book (at first I didn’t even realize they were meant to be together, I just liked both of the designs the best!) I also then added the mini Holiday and Seasons kits, which are full of adorable cards!



And of course, when I get obsessed with something I dive alllll the way into it, so I had to find some Etsy shops and buy even MORE loads of cards so that each and every part of my year can have cute corresponding decorative cards 😉 haha


I also picked up extra pages that fit instagram photo sizes!!! (along with the normal pages I purchased first, I got the variety pack #2)




I am PUMPED to get this started and start sharing my book on here.
I hope to have a great year and be able to document all the little things throughout the day that make me smile. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to start a new craft!! Project Life, here I come! : )

all love & smiles,


New Year, New Me

Happy New Year & a very Merry Christmas to everyone!!!!

I was on a slight vacay from the blog during the last 2 crazy busy weeks with Christmas,
New Years, errands, dinners, parties…. and now (at least here in Chicago), all this crazy snow!!!
I’m not complaining at all because I sure do love all the pretty whiteness everywhere, but it is slightly harder
to get around, which makes little tasks like running to the drug store or even taking out the trash
a much bigger deal. Oh well, I love it! It’s been absolutely FREEZING here (Monday’s high is -8),
YES, you read that right, NEGATIVE EIGHT. But I’m just gonna pretend like it’s
not gonna happen, because then that way it’s less scary! haha

I have so many fun projects and ideas that I want to conquer this year of 2014, and
I am trying to start fresh and new from the beginning! I will be posting about this later,
but I am starting Project Life, organizing/finally decorating all
the lovely spaces I have in our home (with some intense before
and after shots!!!), really trying to be conscious about documenting my meals, using more
of my extensive wardrobe & accessories, taking more pictures of everyday life,
cooking more meals at home, staying crazy organized and NOT forgetful with my new Erin Condren Life Planner,
and I guess the list can go on and on, but I am honestly excited
about it all and can’t wait to start documenting my whole year
RIGHT HERE!!!! : )

…… Starting with the end of good ol’ 2013,
+ into the first couple days of the New Year.

On New Year’s Eve I took off work so we could finish some chores around the
house. We ran out to Target for kleenex, dish soap, + milk…. and ended up
with all these goodies, plus some excellent comfy-lazy onsies to lounge around
the house in… oh! and Michael gave me my Christmas surprise: a 3DS! May
sound weird at first, but this lil gameboy thingie is so much fun haha.
Suffice to say, the rest of the day consisted of laying around in onsies
playing games & finally relaxing for a day.

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First picture of all 3 kittys in the new year, first meal…BACON haha,
crazy amounts of snow that looked like it was piling up on our 2nd
floor!!!.., and then new year’s day, when all we did was spend the
day in jamies and relax AGAIN, it was marvelous… only time
we left was to a delicious lunch with the family.

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my new pan fried pepperjack chicken experiment that
was so delicious, cheap buffet sushi from inside my building
that I find to be delicious (and yes, I was playing games on
lunch break hahah), along with some yummy turkey
wiener pigs in blankets.

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all those cups? yuuuup, water + apple juice + hot chocolate + milk + coffee…
like i said, it was a lazy day.

anywayyyyyy, I’m gonna go off and play with my new planner : )

all love & smiles,


happy 21st lil bro

I can’t believe my “little” brother is already 21 today!
I mean, I know I’m only 3 years older than him so it’s not a huge gap,
but he was always my “little” brother in my eyes
(even though he’s towered over me for years and years).
This weekend we’re going to visit him at his school so we could
celebrate his 21st in the best way possible! 😉
Yayyyyy! I even have a half day on Friday!
Sadly, I just found out today that Michael has a
final & will not be joining us, but at least this
way someone is home with the kittys
(because of course we didn’t think
about who could be watching our kittys when
my entire family is up in Michigan haha).
Can’t wait to celebrate with him!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDZABOO!!!!!! Have a fabulous birthday week!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )


Giving Thanks.

Yesterday I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family.
This year has gone by SO ridiculously fast, and through many ups and downs, I am grateful for everything that has come my way. Anything I thought I couldn’t get out of, I eventually found a way back on my feet. I’ve grown and learned so much through this year, and wouldn’t want it any other way.

As always, I am thankful for my loving family who is constantly there for me, my amazing friends, my fabulous home, and basically for God for giving me this wonderful life.

I am also thankful for these other {little} things in life that make me happy  like….

• the fact that I have a job!!!! {and that amazing African Cats wallpaper I have!!!!}

• my fun new hair autumn hair color that I am now in love with {I have also been living in that sweater — it’s amazing!}!

• for all my kittys of course, but this year, especially for our lil nugget Dexter. this lil kitty fought through a lot but now is super healthy yayyy!

• for ALL the amazing food I eat, especially the fact that I had this full, delicious plate for Thanksgiving dinner, and for that yummy french toast that the bf made for me Turkey Day morning : )
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• for this guy, my crazy lovin babes {who dresses in bright crazy wetsuits with me on rainy Bears game days}

• all my day to day obsessions & loves, including my subscription boxes {which my cats seem to love too}

all love & smiles on this fabulous Friday off,


Why I’m Smiling Today

Because of this guy — >
Since he works midnight’s, he gets home in the morning and we get to hang out and be silly and crazy together until I leave for work (which in this case wasn’t until 10:30am because I’m on the late shift today working until 7!)
He makes me smile so big he really, really does.
Most of the time I hate work, so I look forward to getting to spend time with my best friend, my roomie, my babes, my Michael, who makes me smile sooooo big & who I have the absolute best times with, sometimes even if we’re just lounging around doing nothing at all.
Sometimes we just sing songs together obnoxiously & literally find ourselves laughing with tears in our eyes, because we’re just weird like that.
He’s the bestest. ❤

Also, I really want me some sushi for dinner. It’s only 1pm right now, but I am already looking forward to being home tonight around 7:30 and maxin on some delicious rolls from South Kawa. Just thinking about sushi makes me so happy. I think know I have an addiction.
I shouldn’t be eating anything but salad for the next couple of weeks after the ridiculous amount of chicken I consumed yesterday from Pollo Express. It was the best chicken that I have ever had in my life– plus, it was grilled!! And I don’t really even like chicken that much, so I was amazed at how tasty it really was. But that’s a story for another day!


Just have to get through the day of work…. 7pm can’t come faster!


{Reminiscing on our soaking wet Bears/Ravens game… he was a champ, even in the rain we had a blast together!}

all love & smiles,

Best New Music Tuesday of All Time.

Today, two of my favorite artists released new albums that I have been not so patiently waiting for for MONTHS. Finally, the day has come!! Eminem and Avril Lavigne. On the same day. On the way home from work today we had to of course stop at Best Buy so I could get the physical copy of the CD’s (picked up these both and then also Katy Perry’s new CD because I’m a week behind on that one!).

Soooo I shall be off listening to these new CD’s for probably months on repeat in my car… Perfection 🙂



Avril’s new self-titled album. The best part of the entire album: the fact that NUMBER EIGHT 8!!! (which I’m obsessed with) is called Hello Kitty and it’s a crazy EDM mashup with her saying MEOWWWW and it’s just so weird and strange and perfect for me. Made me smile and was the first song we loved from the album!



and OF COURSE, the best of them all… Eminem. I have always loved his music so much and I am sooooo excited that this entire album already sounds amazing. It’s full of excellent new songs with old beats and just make to his amazing ways of rapping. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! ❤

happy listening,


Good Eats.

Last weekend, while my friend was visiting, we of course had to eat at some amazing places to show off some gems in Chicago. On Friday night when she got in, we went to Connie’s for dinner and it was absolutely delicious. I love the decor of the original Connie’s (which is right in Bridgeport where I live), and it was packed and bustling with people, so it was certainly a great atmosphere. We devoured our bread and oil and cheese, along with our mozz sticks and salad for starters. Michael & Jordan both like sausage and that’s one food (sausage pizza) that I just don’t particularly care for…. therefore, I got myself a wonderful veggie stuffed za with jalapenos, spinach, onions, and mushrooms. It was SO DIVINE! Even re-heated for lunch the next week at work it was STILL absolutely delicious. I loveeee me some Connie’s pizza, and I’m so glad I got to show Jordan a great Chicago style pizza place : )

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The restaurant that I planned on taking Jordan to when she came in was Howells & Hood. It is a great sports bar meets fancy meets casual meets amazing atmosphere. There are linen napkins, however there are TV’s playing sports all over the walls… so it’s certainly a great mix, where you can never feel too dressed up or dressed down. The food, the drinks, the service, the atmosphere of this place… I just LOVE IT ALL! We both had some fun drinks, a got a seasonal IPA, “Pumpking”, for appetizers we got these AMAZING bologna sammies and also the best mac & cheese ever. like, ever. It looks so original and awesome and had some little baconish breadcrumbs on there and it was just overall SO CHEESY AND ORIGINAL and MELT IN YOUR MOUTH GOODNESS. We didn’t realize the portions were going to fill us up so fast, but we also got our own main courses; Jordan went with their signature burger and got the lobster roll. SO SO SO SO GOOD. This place is like my #1 recommendation, just LOVE it : )

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all love & smiles,


Boo at the Zoo – Brookfield Zoo Adventures

Last weekend we took a little trip to the zoo when my friend was in from out of town. We hadn’t been to the zoo in a while (and for me and michael “a while” not being to the zoo is like 4-8 weeks haha) and also it was the first day of Brookfield’s Zoo “Boo at the Zoo”. All the kids that were there were dressed up adorably, we almost felt kind weird for not being in costume. Everything in the zoo was decorated all Halloweeny and it was such a great time!

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Now yessss that’s right, we got to see a little kitten snow leopard! He was playing with this momma all adorably just like my kittys play. hahaha it was absolutely amazing to see because I was looking forward to being able to see the cub : ) … oh, and that whole huge group of foxes… they were all dressed up completely different but still kinda creepy to us.. and finally, thanks babe, for taking this lovely picture of me with my eyes closed and not taking another! ; ) haha love ya you impatient picture taker you.

Also, that morning, we finally used our lovely little mini waffle stick maker. It was so much fun making a delicious batch of sticks… we ended up making like, a ton of sticks, but we found that putting them in a baggie in the fridge ends up making them a great little snack for anytime throughout the day, so nothing went to waste. We had a great little breakfast to start off our wonderful day at the zoo!

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all love & smiles,