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!!!!}
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• 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!}!
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• 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!
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• 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}
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• all my day to day obsessions & loves, including my subscription boxes {which my cats seem to love too}
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all love & smiles on this fabulous Friday off,

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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.

JULY 2013

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….

JULY 2013

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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A Few Of My Favorite Things…

Yesterday before the Blackhawks game I got to do some lovely shopping and have a delicious lunch at one of my all-time favorite restaurants! It was such a perfect day; I bought a few cute items (to be showcased in a post to come), had some seriously amazing food, and sat in the 8th row at the Chicago Blackhawks game! It was SUCH a blast, definitely a fabulous Sunday :]

SITTING 8TH ROW!!!!! :]

SITTING 8TH ROW!!!!! :]

Rewind to the beginning of the day…. —– >>

I want a polish collection looking like this.

I want a polish collection looking like this.

these books looked fun... and well needed by me.

these books looked fun… and well needed by me.

this display looked awesome to me.

this display looked awesome to me.

we found some Blackhawks banners!!

we found some Blackhawks banners!!

We went to RA Sushi for lunch!!! My favorite! Had to try the Blushing Geisha!

We went to RA Sushi for lunch!!! My favorite! Had to try the Blushing Geisha!

drinks were fabulous!!

drinks were fabulous!!

the delicious Pineapple Cheese Wantons #nomnomnom

the delicious Pineapple Cheese Wantons #nomnomnom

my favorite roll: Pacific Roll :] contains all of my favorite elements: tuna, jalapeno, cilantro, salsa, cucumber, just to name a few!

my favorite roll: Pacific Roll :] contains all of my favorite elements: tuna, jalapeno, cilantro, salsa, cucumber, just to name a few!

Viva Las Vegas Roll of course... one of their tastiest rolls!

Viva Las Vegas Roll of course… one of their tastiest rolls!

Jordan & I at the Hawks game :]

Jordan & I at the Hawks game :]

i wore mismatched chucks for the Hawks

i wore mismatched chucks for the Hawks

we were so close!

we were so close!

all up & personal!

all up & personal!

Niklas' interview.... my favorite of course!!!! GO #4!

Niklas’ interview…. my favorite of course!!!! GO #4!

loved being so close to the action.

loved being so close to the action.

the delicious dinner I had post-game from Freddie's: Atomic Fries. Filled with favorites like bacon, sour cream, & jalapenos.

the delicious dinner I had post-game from Freddie’s: Atomic Fries. Filled with favorites like bacon, sour cream, & jalapenos.

Last but not least, today my awesome kitty water fountain finally came in the mail that we ordered from Groupon!!! It is so fantastic, the kittys love it already!

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and also this awesome picture I took of the Sears (Willis, whatever) Tower:

makes me smile & love Chicago

makes me smile & love Chicago

all love & smiles :]

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

Fresh New Start

Alright, so here I sit, on a Tuesday afternoon, on my own macbook sitting on my couch.
Feels very strange to me, because I’m used to working all day… but that all changed this morning when I finally decided that I needed to leave my job. I don’t like to say the word “quit” so I keep referring to it as “leaving”. I had been thinking about it for a while, and the time has come to figure out what I REALLY want to do with my life. And at least now I know what I DON’T want in my next job, so that can narrow things down a bit. Anyway, it’s been a really crazy morning, along with the loss of a family member I loved dearly :/

I had to do something to take my mind off all the anxiousness I was feeling about everything this morning, so me & michael ran some errands & got some lunch. here are some pictures from the day that make me smile :]

aria & charles bein' adorable

aria & charles bein’ adorable

such a colorful aisle, made me smile :]

such a colorful aisle, made me smile :]

my new fav tortilla chips!!!!

my new fav tortilla chips!!!!

she really wants us to get that tree down..... oooops.

she really wants us to get that tree down….. oooops.

cutest little paw prints outside my porch

cutest little paw prints outside my porch

gettin Charles' hair all pretty

gettin Charles’ hair all pretty

awesome AMURICAN bookbag I saw at Target... too $$ tho

awesome AMURICAN bookbag I saw at Target… too $$ tho

first time here

first time here

it was soo yummy!!! nom nom nom

it was soo yummy!!! nom nom nom

all love & smiles,

mary elyse

Inspiration from magazines.

Like I have already said before, I love reading and collecting magazines. I think the main reason I can never throw them away is because I’m afraid that I’ll remember something I read and want to be able to refer back to something. Now, I will start marking the little things that make me happy or pictures I want to remember, and start blogging with them here :]

Today’s inspiration comes from a couple magazines:

• Coastal Living • March 2013 • Volume 17, Issue 2 •

Mar '13

Mar ’13

lovely colors, this room screams my name!

lovely colors, this room screams my name!

i need to buy this pretty paint (isn't too $$$ either!!)

i need to buy this pretty paint (isn’t too $$$ either!!)

these glasses looked really cool :]

these glasses looked really cool :]

this room screams BEAUTY to me.

this room screams BEAUTY to me.

lovely little room i would have for guests.

lovely little room i would have for guests.

oh the blue!!!!!

oh the blue!!!!!

pictures of colors alone just make me smile. :]

pictures of colors alone just make me smile. :]

Shrimp-Pineapple Fried Rice recipe

Shrimp-Pineapple Fried Rice recipe

Coastal Living is one of my all-time favorite magazines. They are a breeze to read/look through, and the photos are always super gorgeous and perfect, making me jealous but also giving me ideas for my future coastal home I dream to have one day 🙂 I would recommend this magazine to anyone who loves the whole beach scene and things revolving around that sort of decor and meals… super great mag!

• Entertainment Weekly • February 22, 2013 • #1247 •

2/22/13 EW

2/22/13 EW

I absolutely LOVED the cover of this issue with Seth & his two characters Stewie & Ted. I was very excited when I saw this waiting for me in my mailbox… :]

LOVE him from New Girl

LOVE him from New Girl

Ron is one of the best characters on TV- ever.

Ron is one of the best characters on TV- ever.

NEED TO TRY THIS!!!! (since I love 3 cheese ziti)

NEED TO TRY THIS!!!! (since I love 3 cheese ziti)

• Rolling Stone • Issue 1177 • Feb 26, 2013 •

Feb 26 RS

Feb 26 RS

As usual, this Rolling Stone cover caught my attention right away, even though I don’t particularly like the show Girls. I did love the black and white and pink themed colors tho… I am obsessed with word art/ type font type stuff!

i wanna wear two pairs of Chucks like this. makes me smile & wanna do for christmas!

i wanna wear two pairs of Chucks like this. makes me smile & wanna do for christmas!

I was only 3... only know a couple of those songs.

I was only 3… only know a couple of those songs.

....now I can basically sing them all! Mumford should be a bit higher!

….now I can basically sing them all! Mumford should be a bit higher!

Self • March 2013 •

Self Mar 13

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I don’t actually subscribe to this one, but I am thinking about it because it it’s so cheap….. damn I love magazines!!!!! Plus, I found SO MANY inspirational pictures, ideas, etc., in this issue I’m sure I would begin to love it more & more in further issues to come!

Usually I LOVE essie ads, but this one, ehhhh, idk, doesn't do it for me.

Usually I LOVE essie ads, but this one, ehhhh, idk, doesn’t do it for me.

awesome work out

awesome work out

here were some cute examples

here were some cute examples

this is a question i SOMETIMES feel like i could relate to...

this is a question i SOMETIMES feel like i could relate to…

these are hearts are all bronzer thingies... how awesome & cute!

these are hearts are all bronzer thingies… how awesome & cute!

this is actually a perfume. i love love love the packaging!

this is actually a perfume. i love love love the packaging!

super awesome bright yellow bike.

super awesome bright yellow bike.

want this phone case meow.

want this phone case meow.

cool treadmill warm up

cool treadmill warm up

and her hair too... :)

and her hair too… 🙂

want this girls hair. just love it so much!!!!

want this girls hair. just love it so much!!!!

love this photo shoot

love this photo shoot

positive picture & vibes, easy little warm ups

positive picture & vibes, easy little warm ups


and then finally, my last one of the day,

• Us Weekly • Issue 941 • Feb 25, 2013 •

US Weekly Feb 25

US Weekly Feb 25

I don’t subscribe to this one either, just sometimes on weekends when I feel like I really need to read some gossip, I buy these types of magazines, however after reading a couple of them I’m starting to miss them and I’m looking into getting a subscriptions. These ones are sooooo expensive though so I don’t know if I really would get it!

love this ad. makes me smile and wanna try that.

love this ad. makes me smile and wanna try that.

LOVE this lip balms so much.

LOVE this lip balms so much.

Lucy Hale is so frickin gorgeous!

Lucy Hale is so frickin gorgeous!

yayy they're suggesting everyone watch New Girl because it's such an awesome show; I know I will be!

yayy they’re suggesting everyone watch New Girl because it’s such an awesome show; I know I will be!

this ad makes me laugh, plus I can't wait to try these.

this ad makes me laugh, plus I can’t wait to try these.

So those were just some of my weird, random parts that I love from reading thru magazines over a nice, long weekend…… NOT looking forward to work tomorrow at ALL!! ohhhhhh well…….. should be over sooon……

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse