Friday, June 27, 2014

Big News.

Hi everyone! I'm back... after like a year...
I'm starting to look like that flakey ex-girlfriend (boyfriend?) who had commitment issues and was always in and out of your life in college... but I'm back with big news.
Well, technically, this blog is moving... unfortunately I am still stuck living in town.
Which means... I'm starting a new blog!
Remember how I played around with more fitness and food posts last year? Well, it felt awkward on this blog since it technically is a home-design blog... so, I started a new one on Wordpress called "Sunshine and Whiskey" where I can post about home, fitness, fashion, DIY, and life.
In the meantime, I wont be posting here and I will be trying to figure out how to export/drag off old posts to the new blog so you can still find the information/posts you love. The name change might get a little confusing, however, especially on watermarked photos!
And please, bear with me while I learn how to work Wordpress!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Montaña de Oro State Park (Horse Photo Shoot On The Beach)

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Blogger Mobile App

Hey there! In effort to keep up with this blog, I decided to check out the blogger app. I'm not sure why it has taken me so long, but clearly it has. 

If you know me, you know I have an unhealthy relationship with my phone... I live on my favorite apps: Pinterest, Instagram, Bloglovin', Facebook, and Rhonna Designs. Plus I text WAY too much and email as well. 

So, this is basically a trial run to see how blogging on the go works. I figure there are a lot of times where I don't post because I don't want to have to go sit at the computer, so here I am.

Here's the update: these last few weeks have been both stressful and great. Basically, with fall approaching and still no jobs in site, I decided to revamp my résumé, and boy am I glad that I did! 

After changing it up to a more eye-catching résumé that started from a Microsoft Word template (I'll post it for you if you would like), I had two calls for interviews in two days. 

The bigger news? I got a job! Yep. A big girl job in a company that has room to grow! 

I went into my interview with the intent to not take the job because the pay was lower than my expectations and I have had other interviews, and held other jobs, with higher pay. This position, however, was one that requires only a bachelors and a substance abuse counselor certification, so I was both overqualified by having my master's and under qualified by not being a registered substance abuse counselor. 

In the final stages of the interview, the CEO and Program Manager spoke with me about my interest in the position. I will be working directly in a school providing substance abuse counseling and teaching drug/alcohol and life skills classes. The CEO and director feel that my skills can quickly allow me to move in a more mental health and clinical direction in maybe a year and that I will have a unique skills set based on my experiences in marriage and family therapy, school counseling, teaching, and then adding the substance abuse counseling experience that I will gain from this position on top. 

I explained my interest in the job, but also my hesitations for the position. I figured they would place me at a low or mid-range salary and that I might have to use my expert haggling skills to make it work for me (all that thrift shopping/all those yard sales might pay off!). Instead, they stepped out and returned with an offer of pay that is higher than the position offers. They explained they feel I could be a strong asset in the future, but they needed me to commit to this "lower" position this year (although the job still sounds very exciting). To make sure I would be more satisfied with the position, they offered a higher salary. Woot woot! Talk about making a girl feel wanted! No haggling necessary! 

The company seems to be making some big steps in mental health and substance abuse treatment and I look forward to making my mark as a counselor. A friend from school works there and loves it, plus I can still volunteer at the ranch where I have been providing EquineFacilitated  Psychotherapy! It's win win. 

So, I have one more week as a substitute teacher and then I start my new job. I'm excited and scared all at once, but my gut tells me it's going to be great! 

On top of everything, the hubby was promoted to the shop foreman at his work! It's just good news all around! 

So, of course, we had to go celebrate! 

Any good news you have experienced lately? Tell me about it! 


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Today's Before and After: Heating Things Up.

Guess what... this is a home decor blog.  "Huh?" you say? You are probably confused because I recently started blogging more about my life, and my stress, and my fitness/eating habits, but yes my friends, this is a home decor blog. So, I will continue now with my home decor post:

I'm pretty much the queen of procrastinating... see those dishes? Yes, they need to get done, but here I am blogging... same story happened a few weeks back. I found myself overwhelmed with things I "need" to do and instead I thought, "I'm kinda over the green fireplace... and I have a can of white (Churchill Hotel Lace) to match the kitchen... and I'm home alone... and it would brighten the room..." etc. etc. 

So, here's the before:

^^I guess someone I needed some SERIOUS training in adjusting saturation on the camera.... 
P.S. Those heavy curtains were swapped out for sheers! 

But back to the story... 

So, I stripped down to my undies (that's how I roll home alone), washed it down with TSP, dried it, and started painting away. 

After making sure I had support from my cousin first:

^^my "nephew" (I pretty much consider my cousin my sister) is a stinkin' cutie!

And I'm pretty happy with the results:

Here's the play by play of our ever-changing living room (at least some parts):

 We started with a pretty ugly and burned fireplace back in 2009 when we bought our home:

We primed the ENTIRE house all at once when we had only three days to get all the walls painted. 

Then I painted the fireplace Valspar's "Nutria" green and added some pretty awful window treatments (cut me a break, I was new to this!):

 Then we re-painted the brass in a flat black:


And for those of you who need the side-by-side comparison like me, here is it now:

Although it still looked worlds better during each step of the process (and so much cleaner than the burned brick!), as time passed, the room felt like too many green colors were fighting in it. 

I ditched the green coffee table for this one that I repainted after it sat in my parent's attic for years, and I just felt it was time to try white on the fireplace too. 

So what do you think? Have you taken a risk in decorating your home lately?

^^Let's be honest... How risky is white? Psssh.. 

Of course someone got a little bored with all the photos I was taking of the fireplace... 

How about you? Have you been just as stir crazy as me needing to tackle some totally free, yet fun projects? Let me know! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Motivational Monday #4

Back at it again with another Motivational Monday. This one is short and sweet.

Whatever it is that you aren't quite "ready to do". Get up and start doing it. I am a chronic procrastinator, waiting and waiting until the time feels right (or at least until I am completely out of time!) and I know I could get so much more done if I stopped waiting for the time to be right. 

Tell people you love them. 
Take that vacation. 
Quit that job (or start that new one). 
Get healthy. 

Go for it. NOW. 

Tell me, what is holding you back from doing what you need to be doing?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Girl and Her Horse: A trash-the-dress shoot by Rochelle Mort Studio

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Motivational Monday #3

Back again with a little motivation at the start of this week. 

To be honest, I've been feeling a little down lately. This whole job hunting thing is taking longer than expected, and I am hating it. I have to find ways to keep my mind and body busy in healthy ways. 

My personal favorite: RIDING HORSES. Period. 

You may have seen these on Pinterest. I never shared them on the blog, but we did a trash-the-dress photo shoot with my horse, Andrew, (captured by the amazing Rochelle Mort Photography) for our first anniversary. 

I think they need a post of all their own. 

I love to ride my two horses, Andrew and Dunny, but honestly, I love riding all horses. I've been giving riding lessons and it is even fun for me to hope on their horses and work them as well. 

(Dunny on the left, Andrew on the right--wearing Dunny's halter haha!)

Bottom line: Do what you love (and love what you do). 

Everything will fall into place when the time is right and I know I will look back and realize I needed this "break" more than I know now. 

What is motivating you these days?

Jillian in July Update


 Jillian in July is in full swing and you can jump on the bandwagon too! Click here to learn all about it (and start ASAP!). Don't worry if you missed some days over the holiday weekend because I did too...

 Turns out I owe THREE makeup days! 

Day 1: First day of the 30-Day shred and the first day of Jillian in July! I went in thinking I would be fine doing this "little 20 minute video" after an hour of boot-camp, but I was SO WRONG. It kicked my butt!

Day 2: Again, I did the video after boot-camp, but I waited until later in the afternoon. I could already feel myself getting stronger. 

Day 3: I felt great doing the video on the third day even with boot-camp. 

Day 4: I went to boot-camp despite having a slight hangover from "Tacos and Tequila Night" the night before with friends. It seriously wore me out and I ended up going home after and falling asleep until we had to leave for family time to celebrate the 4th of July. 

Day 5: I woke up feeling SUPER sore from the day before at boot-camp and I planned to do the video. Instead, I stayed busy packing for our family trip to the cabin and the workout never happened. Two days in a row: feeling like a lazy-butt. 

Day 6: To make up for the lost time on the 4th and 5th days, I got up and ran the loop around the cabin twice on the 6th. Let's just say that running the loop would be hard at normal elevation, but at high elevation it is just downright cruel. I finished the morning off with fishing and completing the video (and getting my sister in law on board!). 

Day 7: After spending the afternoon on the boat and wake surfing, I told myself I would do the video after I got home. Instead, I sat on the couch trying to talk myself into it and ended up making yet another excuse of why I should go to bed instead. 

END of week 1:

Progress: 4 days of video, 3 owed workouts, and a total of 6/7 days of exercise.

 I think it would be easier to stick with it if I wasn't already doing other workouts alongside the 30-day shred, but I need to be stronger than my excuses

**I want to know how it is going for you! Are you doing the Jillian in July challenge too? Or do you have another workout schedule you follow? Plus, what keeps you motivated?!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Happy Birthday Peyton!

I just thought I would drop in with a few photos I took of my niece, Peyton, to celebrate her first birthday! After all, every one year old needs the chance to smash a cake! 

So much has changed over this year! 

Time just goes too fast! 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader, HELLO Bloglovin'

So, today marks the end of Google reader and as everyone prepares to shed a momentary tear, I celebrate my new found love: Bloglovin'! 

I had seen the hype and I wasn't seeing what the big deal was. I mean, sure I liked hopping on my laptop and logging into my blog to see the other blogs I follow in one place, but the reality was that I didn't use Google Reader that much. Instead, every morning I log onto a few favorites (YHL, Candis Bo Bandis, Centsational Girl, and Life in the Fun Lane) and sometimes jump to others through Pinterest. I didn't need my Google Reader, so I saw no point in checking out Bloglovin'. 

Then I realized there was an app... 

Now, those who know me know I have an unhealthy addiction to my cell phone (I try to stop, but my hand just seems to be made for holding it!) and when I spotted the app (FOR FREE!) I thought, "It's worth a shot". 

Well, several achy fingers and one annoyed husband later, I am in love. I not only have all my blogs in one place, I have them organized and categorized and I can EASILY find more blogs.... oh dear. 

But seriously, check it out. You will love it. They aren't even having to pay us bloggers to chat it up because they are so cool that we talk about them for free. For real. Go! 

Motivational Monday #2

I'm back with another motivational Monday. Yes, that means I stuck with this again this week! Sweet right?!

Anyway, this week's motivation is another one I pinned on Pinterest and I simply love it. One of my favorite Oklahoma cuties (with killer legs) said it and apparently this girl knows her stuff!

No matter what, the quote stands true. I spend my life planning and worrying and at the end of the day, I have to throw my hands up and realize I really have VERY little control of what happens. I can set things in the right direction to go the way I want, but all in all, things will end up the way they were meant to be. 

I've always considered myself more as a person with faith than religion, and this holds true to that. 

I have faith that things will turn out the way they do for a reason. 

So, tell me, what is motivating you this week?

Jillian in July


Yes, I'm back with another monthly themed plan to get fit, but some credit has to go to my cousin Candis at Candis Bo Bandis for this one...  Together, we decided to try "Jillian in July" where we plan to do ALL 30 
days of the 30-Day shred. This means actually sticking it out for the whole thirty days. 

Now, typically, I get around 4 days and I get distracted or make excuses, or I miss a day and I'm like "Screw it, I missed one, so I can't do all 30", but this month I wont let myself have that luxury. I honestly have no excuse. I'm home. I'm free. And let's face it, it takes just around 20 minutes!!! 

Plus, I signed up for a boot camp a few weeks back with a killer Groupon deal and I think that if I can stick with boot camp, Jillian wont seem so tough! 

Here's the deal:
My rules (feel free to join me or make them fit your own comfort/needs)--

1. Start July 1st
(That's today! But if you found this late, any day is a great day to start!)

2. Post a before and after photo
(Pardon the sweat!)
 Oh what the heck, let's toss in a gratuitous butt/thigh photo too! 

3. Complete ALL 30 days 
(even if you have to have a make-up session here and there!)

Simple enough? Go! 

If you don't have the DVD, you can find it pretty cheap on Amazon and some sites have parts of it for free. 

I want to mention this is not a sponsored post. This is just a girl who owns the DVD and wants to get others on the bandwagon with her!

Let me know if you are in so we can motivate one another! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Motivational Monday

So, I really feel like there is plenty I could blog about, but I wondered, "What is something that would be a way to kick off the week?" and I stumbled on Motivational Mondays. Many bloggers, instagrammers, facebookers, etc. post motivation on Mondays so I thought, "What the heck!? I'll do it too!"

Thus begins: 

So, for my first "Motivational Monday", I chose this quote I had pinned a while back. It reminds me of how we should continue to grow and change so we can do better. 

For example, in counseling, I have to remind myself that people are always doing their best, but sometimes their "best" is not enough. When it isn't, they have to learn new ways to do better. Such is the case for parents who maybe raise their children just as they were raised; possibly through abuse. Are these parents doing their best? Most likely. Is it acceptable? Absolutely not. That is where the teaching comes in. Of course, some are resistant, and there is no "ideal" way to parent, but everyone can benefit from learning to do better. When a person knows more, they can do better, and ideally the cycle keeps progressing to take one step higher at a time. 

For me, this quote is a daily reminder to break from routine and learn to do better. Maybe it is managing time better, eating better, forgiving better, expressing myself better, or whatever... I just know I want to do better.

Hope you find yourself knowing better and doing better this wonderful week. 
Take care of yourself out there.  


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