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,

Sig3

Sunlight.

It is so so so nice when I actually get to be home when there’s sunshine.
Everything in my house looks brighter, and I get in a certain mode where I want to be productive.
Sitting on my couch over the weekend reading magazines in direct sunlight is where it’s at.
Watching the kittys lay and be crazy in sunbeams is the best.
Getting to take actual pictures in natural light is also one of the greatest parts.

Sadly, working from 8:30-5 (especially during this fall/winterish season) doesn’t allow me to see enjoy the sun at all.
I wake up in the darkness all cold and miserable NOT ready to start getting ready for depressing work.
I take the annoying CTA home in the darkness, so when I actually get back there’s no way I feel like cleaning or organizing or doing anything productive that the natural light usually makes me feel perky about.
I realized that this is part of the reason that it seems like EVERYTHING else sucks during the day; it’s cold, windy, and gross outside, and I’m trapped inside the tallest building in Chicago an office at my little desk where I have no freedom to really do anything but get some crazy rage on when I talk to legitimate helpless idiots all day long.

ALAS, the one day of the week where I have to work the “late” shift (from 10:30-7) I get to wake up to the bf coming home from work (he works the midnight shift), and then slowly get ready while the sun is rising higher and brighter in the sky… it’s absolutely wonderful.
It is seriously crazy how much better of a mood I’m in on these late shift days where I get to spend time in the sun in the morning, not feeling like I’m just living in cold darkness.

That being said, it is currently 25 degrees here right now, and I absolutely loathe Chicago’s winter weather because it is seriously the windiest place ever in the City and of course that’s where I do all of my walking…. I am not excited about that, but the fact that I have my sunshine this morning can probably make up for it : )

Now I have to try and keep my positive vibes going as long as humanly possible, which for me in my job probably means about 45 minutes into sitting at my desk.
Not looking forward to staying until 7 tonight, but at least I got my natural sunlight this morning to keep me happy for half my day.

Thank you Sun, for shining so bright and making me feel productive!!!!!! : )
So blessed to be living this life.

all love & smiles,

Sig3

When I Grow Up I Wanna Be…?

ehhhhhh.
I feel like I’ve never had a real definite answer to this question.
Lately, I also feel like you have to know what you DON’T want in a job to know what you really DO want to do.

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Right now, I work in the Sears “Willis” Tower, working for… Willis, actually. I just have to put up with the corporate world before I can figure out exactly what it is that  I think I would actually enjoy and be best at. After I quit my last job at the logistics company, I said I wouldn’t do another big, corporate company again with all their rules and regulations and just basic outdatedness. However, Willis was different because they were offering me a good job with the perfect pay and a great way to hopefully start a career in a booming company. While I’m at work though, I can’t help but long to think about something bigger and more out of the ordinary, like working with amazing and beautiful animals.

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Working with them or at least FOR animals would make me feel like I have a real purpose and does something that matters, helping and protecting animals for a living, not just doing any ol’ thing to make money. I just seem to be getting that feeling a lot lately… I started to get that feeling a lot when I worked both for the doctor’s practice (where I worked for over 6 years) and good ol’ Hollister, being a retail associate, oops, I mean “model”, because that’s what they apparently like to call us to make us all feel special or something…. hmmmm yeah, not sure about that, should have been my first sign that working retail there was not going to be my favorite thing in the world.

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It sucked going from working with patients and seeing actual people smile when you smile at them, or just make someone who is down/sick to laugh… to then go to being scolded for not folding a tiny pile of XXS-S sized shirts just perfectly enough… it would irritate me soooo bad. Everything I was told there I would just get super annoyed by it, and of course eventually I just had to move back to Iowa for school and I just never tried to transfer stores or anything like that… whooops. Bye HCo dudes.

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Aside from my Mon-Fri job, I work retail on the weekends at Links of London, a fine jeweler with some of the cutest jewelry I have ever seen. It is so crazy that a couple of months ago I was so sad and upset about not having a job or income, and now I have 2 of them… timing is everything I guess. I just need to find what I REALLY REALLY will enjoy doing so I can start be excited to go to work again (yes, there really were many periods of time I would be excited to go to work).

Here’s to finding out what you really want!!!!!!!!!

also, this post was supposed to be from yesterday the 5th, whoops,

all love & smiles,

Sig3

Last Day of September (The Month from Hell)

Why does the world as I know it keep on bringing me down?
I do my best to hide it, but it keeps on bringing me down.
No matter how high I try to climb, I get pulled back down again.
Why does the world as I know it…. keep on bringing me down…. ?
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Ugghhhhh such a long month it has been. This song came on during my commute home from work this evening and I couldn’t help but just totally feel the words. This month I have had a total of 2 days off, otherwise working 7 days a week at both my full and part time jobs. I’m not complaining because I’m loving the money and need the new cash-flow, but even though things are looking up, it’s just been so hard for me to feel happy at my job on a day to day! Things/people are just SO DAMN ANNOYINGGGGG but I am trying to stay clam and think about all the super positive amazing things in my life, which I am going to do starting… NOW!!!!!!!!!!

Michael got his amazing new big-boy job so I am SO PROUD of him! This is something he’s been waiting a long time for and I am so happy he loves his position and he gets some great perks, aka he gets a FREE PARKING SPOT in the city of Chicago. That’s like, unheard of. Anyway, I am SO HAPPY for him!

October is starting tomorrow and that means more ghoulish decor in the house, along with themed black and orange everything! Yayyyy! This month I am also going to try SUPER HARD to actually post and review all my amazing boxes that I have been receiving to share with people my obsession that is subscription boxes 🙂 It’s a new month, and I have 2 WHOLE WEEKENDS and a SATURDAY off this month, which means that I will have some visitors whom I CANNOT wait to see, maybe some trips to the zoo, and for sure some fall shopping and dining out in the city!

ALL POSITIVITY FROM HERE ON OUT.

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1 -my 3 favorites ❤ // 2 -I crowned myself Queen Mary at work // 3 -been eatin more breckie // 4 -my lovely new planner

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1 -Dexypoo // 2 -casual days at work // 3 -segway tour!!! // 4 -burritos for breckie

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1 -what’s in the box???? // 2 -football season // 3 -my new Links piece // 4 -fall shoes ❤ //

HAPPY THOUGHTS, LOOKING FORWARD TO AN EXCELLENT OCTOBER ❤

all love & smiles,

Sig3

Love

Today’s photo of the day is “Love”. I picked a picture from last night, when me and the bf were sitting outside on our back deck watching a crazy show of fireworks for over 4 straight hours. The fireworks were seriously NONSTOP. It was insane! We had so much fun enjoying the beautiful night and amazing display of fireworks right from our own deck.

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Day #5

Love

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Last night on the back deck watching fireworks with my babes definitely represents “love” to me. He’s my bestest friend & I don’t know what I would do without my favorite buddy :]

Aside from MY love, what about all the other crazy things in life that I LOOOOOOVE. I have such random obsessions but it’s just because I love so many different things, liiiiiiiiike…

• Dips. of any kind. I can just eat them with a spoon. YUUUUUM.
• word art/ amazing typography
• Ari Gold
• cookie cakes
• The Mighty Ducks
• PIZZA
• warm, clean, fresh towels
• magazine covers
• California
• beaches, sand, and waves
• animals of all kinds
• learning new things
• babies adorable fuzzy heads
• anything mini… .SO CUTE!
• SUSHI
• collecting books and growing an amazing library to one day look like Belle’s
• mexicans, mexican food, mexican music, mexico
• pretty scarves, although they make me sweat too much and I can never wear them for a long period of time
• fun adventures + new friends :]
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Even dressed Amurican on Halloween… LOVED this dress… Unfortunetly I spilled drinks all over it and ruined it like a slob… I think I may have to purchase one again so I can wear this amazing getup next 4th of July!
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Happy 4th Of July!!!!!

If anyone knows me, they know very well that I am obsessed with all things red, white, & blue.

I had a ‘Murican themed graduation party last summer….

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I’ve done all sorts of Amurican themed nails…

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I wish I had a better picture of these pretty nails….. although I think I was more concerned with the delicious breckie wrap I had that day.

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In Nashville I found an Amurican guitar :]

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Amazing cupcakes my mama made me for my 21st birthday celebrations!

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I get excited by signs like this, found this one in Disney World.

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The day of my college graduation, all decked out in Amurican garb, from the dress to the award ribbon to my beautiful amurican blue car!!!

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Amurican clutch, sweater, shoes, outfit, flag, etc., you get the picture.

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All year I live and breathe red, white, & blue, so today is like Christmas for me!!!!!!!! Woooooooop!!!!

I have noticed that the American-type clothing and designs have become a lot more popular and more and more people are wearing awesome red white and blue clothes…. Although other people might like the new amurican trend, I obviously have been sticking with it for years… LOVE IT! So fun to go everywhere around the country and still run into awesomly unique ‘Murican items to remember or treasure!!!

Along with today’s amazing 4th of jew-lye theme….

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Day #4

Red, White, or Blue

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Amurican themed nails!!! I was so proud of the fun detail I made on my ring fingers! :]

Also, just because it’s the 4th of July and instead of the normal black I have to wear to work, we get to wear red, white & blue, so naturally I will be wearing all 3 colors obnoxiously….. Can’t wait to spend the day in the city in this ALL AMURICAN getup!!!!

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Brrrr, It’s Cold Over Here

Soooo it’s July 3rd in Chicago & it’s freezing outside. It was just pouring rain all day long, and it’ been cold for a couple days. What is going on!? Usually July is so hot and sticky it’s annoying, but this year mother nature decided to trick us all and just hop right to Fall! Crazay!

IN OTHER NEWS:

I am sooooo happy and excited to announce that my terrible months of unemployment have come to an end. I am FINALLY employed and will be able to use my degree that I spent so much time and energy trying to earn. The coolest part of it all is that I’ll be working in the Willis Tower, aka the Sears Tower! That tallest building in the nation! Woooooooop! I am so happy that after everything I went through and finally landing a part time job, all of it boiled down to me getting this extra amazing opportunity!  I can’t wait to go back to my normal shopping-fiend self!!!!!!!!!

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{I accidentally forgot to add this into my post yesterday, so 2 today for the July Photo A Day Challenge}

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Shoes

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…I used to think sandals like this were creepy and thought they looked weird, but now I want awesome summer sandals in every color! PS: Just got this adorable polka dot dress at Target! Love it!

Day #3

Cold

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…We have basically been living on these things for the past several days when it was actually super hot out… Gotta love them freeze pops!

So tomorrow is the FOURTH OF JULY WOoOOOOOO WooOOOOO!!! Everyone knows how much I love AMURICAAAA so I am ecstatic that I get to wear red white and blue to work tomorrow! AMURICA!!!! THESE COLORS DON’T RUN!!! I’m actually about to go and paint my nails nice and festive for the 4th tomorrow!

PS: Little funny story: today is the day that I was super excited to make kale chips for the first time and after making a delicious spicy topping and attempting to cook them, I realized that it certainly was NOT kale, but dandelion. Yuuuuup. I laughed when I saw “dandelion” on our receipt thinking NOooooo I know I bought the kale… Wooooops. hahahaha

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This fabulous picture makes me laugh because it shows just far I go with my Amuricaness! I have shirts, clothes, headbands, phone case, jewelery, and the list goes on & on! LOVE ME SOME GOOD OL’ FOURTH OF JULY FUN!!!

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It’s Already July 1st

I can’t believe that it’s already July 1st. And that for the past month I have completely neglected my blog, and basically my iMac all together. I just was never in the mood for it, but today, after some AMAZINGGGGG news, I am back to being myself again. I’m excited to have a fresh new start in life right now and to see where my next adventures take me! …. * More on this later……………

ANYWAY, I thought that it would be fun for the month of July to to do the Instagram photo a day challenge thingie on here, so here it is for this month:

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Day #1

Happiness Is…

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…laughing hysterically for no reason with my babe, always keeps me smiling :]

So they are going to be super late obviously, BUUUUT I did LOVE my Popsugar Must Have June box and my Ipsy Glambag wasn’t that bad either. The only boxes I got this month were the Popsugar, Ispy, and Goodies. My Goodies box was UH MAZE INGGGGG, but sadly, I ate all the amazing treats up before I even got a chance to take pictures or anything! I will have my Popsugar review up soon for sure though because that box is absolutely amazing! And now that I got a new job (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOoooooooo) I can look into some fun new boxes to try out! YAYY!!! I am so pumped!!!

ALSO: MY FREAKIN CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS WON THE STANLEY CUP!!!!!!!!!! HOW SPECTACULAR IS THAT!! WOOOOOO! Unfortunately I didn’t make it to the parade because I had an über important interview to attend (!!!!!!), but it is still super exciting! It’s not to fun that some of the players are already being traded away from our team, but oh well, such is life. WE FRICKIN WON THE CUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope to REALLY TRY and keep up with blogging this month so that I have this fun creative outlet for my thoughts and to clear my head…. I hope the photo challenge will help motivate me to get on here, but I am starting a few new things and I know I’m going to be really busy…. But I’m up for the challenge! And I’m excited too!!! June, here I come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Just me & my fire engine red hair chillin at an alligator dinner party…. at the amazing Alligator Park with my cousins!

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EMPLOYMENT!!!

Yesterday I got a call that I was officially hired and I have a freakin job!!!!!! I am SO EXCITED! I was getting so worried that things just weren’t going to work out and I didn’t know what I was going to do because I was getting dangerously low on funds seeing as I hadn’t worked since mid-February and it’s already nearing the end of June!!! Time has been FLYING by but I am SO HAPPY that I can finally start making some money!

Now I can finally buy some new fun summer dresses & spend more stress-free time outside to get some nice bronzed skin on my white body! I can get some inspiration from myself, circa 1995ish. :]

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On another happy note, this week I was lucky enough to get new amazing rollerblades from Michael AND a brand spankin new bike!! We live about a mile away from the beach, so it’s a whole new experience for me that we get to ride and glide on the paths alongside the lake! It’s so beautiful and it’s such perfect scenery to make it seem fun!

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The difference between my decrepit old blades from 15 years ago and my brand new beautiful pink ones :)

The difference between my decrepit old blades from 15 years ago and my brand new beautiful pink ones 🙂

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We even got a fun bike rack so we look all fancy and fit haha

We even got a fun bike rack so we look all fancy and fit haha

Finally, the Blackhawks are fighting for the Stanley Cup right now! They play tonight and hopefully can get a win in after 2 straight losses 😦 Boston is up 2-1, so today is really important for us to win and gain some positive momentum!

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Meow I’m off to clean and organize my life!! I have about 7 loads of laundry, a pile of clothes that need to be dry cleaned, a walk in closet that is an absolute pigsty, a pile of dishes that has been growing for WAYYYYY too long, a kitty room cleanup, and then not to mention my hair is an absolute wreck, I need a cut & also need to dye it, my nails need some fixin’ up, and I need to find a self-tanner that agrees with me. TODAY WILL BE A WONDERFULLY BUSY AND PRODUCTIVE DAY :]

{On another random note, I thought it would be fun to sign off my posts with a random picture from anytime in my life where I was genuinely happy. It feels so good to look back on moments like this and remember the fun times that were shared. It’s silly and simple, but it’ll be a fun pretty change.}

Sherrill iowa cowsHere I am chillin’ with the cows on my friend’s family’s dairy farm. I visited there a couple summers and always had SO MUCH FUN. I love them farm animals. * Mary Elyse 

My Wonderful Day :)

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ahhh her amazing green eyes enchant me!!! I will never get over how amazingly awesome my kitty Aria is. (crazy cat lady, i don’t curr)

Yesterday we had a packed day of fun including Mexico Steakhouse (nom nom nom) to going to the Bulls game (even though they lost, it was still a super fun time!). With a little bit of Aria and randomness mixed in, here was my fabulous day:

Tried making smoothies for breckie and of course Aria needed a try too...

Tried making smoothies for breckie and of course Aria needed a try too…

she got SOAKING wet playing in the sink

she got SOAKING wet playing in the sink

aaaand she sleeps like a freak.

aaaand she sleeps like a freak.

seriously like is she sleeping in a yoga pose or something?

seriously like is she sleeping in a yoga pose or something?

in case anyone was wondering, THESE are the best kind of tortilla chips..not the hard corny kinds

in case anyone was wondering, THESE are the best kind of tortilla chips..not the hard corny kinds

and my most FAVORITE soup ever :] soooo salty and amazing and delicous

and my most FAVORITE soup ever :] soooo salty and amazing and delicous

could we HAVE enough sauces and sides on the table?

could we HAVE enough sauces and sides on the table?

I got this fun new app on my Mac and was just testing it out with some pics from Mexico :]

I got this fun new app on my Mac and was just testing it out with some pics from Mexico :]

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she was resisting the grooming

she was resisting the grooming

got to the Bulls game nice & early :] so much fun!

got to the Bulls game nice & early :] so much fun!

okay, these don't look very appealing at all, BUT they smelled soooo amazing and tasted delicious, garlic parmesan fries nom nom nom

okay, these don’t look very appealing at all, BUT they smelled soooo amazing and tasted delicious, garlic parmesan fries nom nom nom

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and the kittys all tranced me to sleep......... zzzzzz

and the kittys all tranced me to sleep……… zzzzzz

 

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse