random ramblings and pictures

23 February 2012

Lauren's Baby Shower

This past weekend was my beautiful friend Lauren's baby shower. Lauren and her hubby JT live in Florida, so I do not get to see her too often, which I wish wasn't the case, but it was great seeing her and many of my college friends, even if for a short period of time. 

Lauren's sister Lindsay did such a great job putting together the shower, it was so much fun. Here are some pictures. :)

Delicious cupcake cake.

Amy, Lauren, Allie, Nicole, Mandy and Me. Just missing Beth!

Cute mama to be.

A Little Blurry but I love their expressions. Opening the onsies Mandy and I made.

"My mom is a MILF"

Here they are. :p

After presents Lindsay read a "things Lauren said the night she conceived list". AKA random things Lauren said while opening gifts. 

AKA the funniest thing ever!

Blurry, but too funny not to add.

Lovely ladies.

Long arm shot, Amy has perfected it.

Baby bump picture.

Girls with little Bella.

Invite and party favor.

22 February 2012

Reading List

Each year I like to keep a list of all of the books I have read so far. I aim for at least one a month. I'm not doing too bad this year, I just finished my fourth book, The Help. It was awesome, once I got past the third chapter I couldn't put it down. I'm excited to check out the movie.

I'm going back and forth between reading actual books and from my kindle, which I just got for my birthday this past fall and I am always looking for new reads...any suggestions for my next book?

Valentine's Day Wrap Up

So this is a little late but I wanted to share my Valentine's Day! Usually we don't make a big deal about Valentine's Day, but this year Mark went a little overboard. 

On Monday, Mark sent flowers to my work, completely unexpected and so beautiful! 

Beautiful Flowers.
Mark loves to write creative notes to me which I adore. 


My favorite Rose.
That night, although I was still feeling a little under the weather, we went to our favorite restaurant for dinner, Black Market. Which gave me a chance to wear my new pink H&M blazer.  

During dinner, Mark gave me a charm for my Pandora bracelet. He always slips them on when I don't know, and of course he did it again. After a delicious dinner (seriously, you have to make the trip here) we had a mini photo shoot.

Here is the awesome card I got Mark...
Card from Earthy Invites.
Then, on Tuesday, actual Valentine's Day, I get a frantic call from Mark asking where I am, of course I had left work to run to the bank, when I came back he had a delicious Strawberry shortcake from Ridgewells waiting for me...and another charm. Adorable. My co-workers and I both enjoyed this delicious treat!

Thanks for making this a great Valentine's Day Mark! <3

16 February 2012


So I finally signed up for Birchbox. I have been on the waiting list for a couple of months and just got the email that a spot had opened up for me. So I filled out the beauty profile and selected the monthly membership (which is only $10 a month) and voila, I will get my first Birchbox in mid-March. 

Haven't heard of Birchbox? Basically Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that sends you beauty samples all across the board. After you fill out your beauty profile, they send you items that pertain to your skin type, hair type and your personal style. Think nail polish, perfume samples, shampoo, hair spray, and a million other things you wouldn't normally think of, but once you get them, they turn out to be things you can't believe you have been living without! And the best part of this site is that once you sample a product you like, you can go online and purchase the full size version directly from their web site. When you do this you save yourself some time and also earn rewards points that can be used towards either your monthly subscription or other full sized items.   

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Here is a little more according to their web site: 

"Birchbox delivers the best products and the best insider secrets, without any fuss. Every month Birchbox members will receive a curated box of luxe beauty samples. Each box will span beauty categories and deliver exciting products that fit into both your day-to-day routine, and into those days when you want to turn up the drama a notch."

Once I get my first Birchbox I will do a review and let you know what I think. Click here for a referral link if you are interested in joining Birchbox!