Monday, March 25, 2013

office makeover preview

i love a good makeover and my office is slowly starting to come together! i wanted to share a little sneak peak with you now that some of the shelves are up and i am slowly adding my life back into that room. most of it is still sprawled across my livingroom floor - but this is a process.
click through to see more!

Friday, March 22, 2013

happy weekend!!

hi friends! life this week has been absolutely insane and the fun office update i had planned for you today got lost in the shuffle of life... so, i am saving it for next week because i want it to be perfect for you guys! and it is really coming along in there, so stay tuned!!

this weekend is going to be jam packed for me! i am one of the team captains for a walk benefiting the als association of south florida. this cause is near and dear to my heart and i am looking forward to supporting them. our team is huge (the largest team at the walk, ah thank you!) and i am so proud to be walking with such a great group! i will give you all my full story about this cause and how it affects my life, but i want to gather my thoughts ahead of time and make sure i tell the story properly.

i hope you all have a super fun weekend and i look forward to all the fun next week brings!!
hells. yes. it's friday!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

a pug's guide to etiquette

meeting our pug, junebug, comes with a warning, "i'm sorry, she has no manners and will try and stick her tongue in your mouth." people usually laugh when i say this and smile like, "yeah, i'm sure she will." but really. she will. if you avoid it, she will wait until you aren't paying attention. people never listen, drop their guard and inevitably get a mouthful of june kisses. you were warned. i can't stop her.

more puggy goodness after the jump!

Monday, March 18, 2013

the great cookie bowl adventure - take 2!

if you recall, my first attempt at cookie bowls was, let's say, not so successful. in all honesty is a was a super mega fail that lead to at least an hour of cleaning, scraping, chipping and scrubbing to un-do the mess i made. it was highly entertaining and hilarious. i was so naive. but, being the loving (and determined not to fail/hate to be wrong) wifey that i am, i decided to try again.

see how i did it after the jump!

Friday, March 15, 2013

last minute lucky DIY

one time in college, i went out partying armed with green food coloring for st. patty's day. my friends (you crazy kids know who you are - i won't out you here) and i wanted to turn everyone's beer green. we were all a little silly back then and thought this plan was obviously brilliant. when we got to the party we walked through adding food coloring to beers of people we didn't even know. i told you, we were a little silly (and maybe a little too brave). anyways, about halfway through our generous and spirited beer coloring a guy got a little angry with us. turns out everyone at the party was drinking guinness and the food coloring was not only turning their dark beer to a gross shade of black, but it was also turning their teeth green. i think we are all lucky that we are pretty and people let us stay at the party even though i am pretty sure they hated us. whoops!

don't do what we did. turning things green with food coloring is super fun, but get consent before you do it - or be pretty when you do it. instead - add a little st. patty's cheer with these adorable and easy to make party accesories. everyone loves a good party hat!
keep reading to see all the super quick and easy party hats!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

summer of no pants 2013!

that's right! you heard me. no pants. none.

it isn't exactly what you're thinking..or maybe it is? i don't know. i am happy to tell you that i am participating in the summer of no pants 2013! the SONP2013 is the brilliant brain child of marigold from hideous, dreadful, stinky (possibly the best blog name ever...) and she has a great group of people sewing up a storm, creating dresses, skirts, reviewing sewing patterns and doing all sorts of rad stuff all in the name of not wearing pants.

we are still in the beginning stages of the project, but you can stay up to date with all the fun by going to the summer of no pants sign up page and subscribing to the newsletter or joining the google+ community. i am so super excited about this and can't wait to share my projects with you all!

stay tuned!
and don't wear pants.

magnet critters!

i love a good magnet. every time i go somewhere new i get a magnet from there and our fridge is totally covered in my travels. they just make me smile.

in my new office space i have tons of magnetic surface space because i change my mind a lot and can't commit to any sort of permanent decor. plus, i like to have ideas/projects/lists/cute pictures posted right in front of me so i don't forget to do something important.

i always do this thing when i'm in michael's where i stop by the large bin display of mini animals and dinosaurs and play with them. i really don't know what it is about the mini animals that makes me so happy - but they do. i decided to combine my love of undersized critters and magnets for my new office. and voila, magnet critters were born! read how to make these little guys after the jump!

Monday, March 11, 2013

colorful calendar DIY and a semi-hostile takeover

ever since matt fried his giant desktop computer (literally, it's huge with 2 monitors and takes up the entire desk in our office) i have been dyyying to take over. without his desktop in working order, nobody goes into that room anymore.  i decided i needed a craft room, honestly, who doesn't need a craft room?! plus, i love a good makeover. so after my first EVER ikea trip i decided to really get to work. there is a ton of work to be done in there and it's a semi-hostile takeover because it means that matt had to help me clean off his desk and that was likely not at the top of his list of weekend fun. but, he's the best and he made it happen. so the craft room/corey's super awesome office is officialy underway...

first item on the list of must make for my new craft room/office/sewing/blogging/photo studio - a calendar! i am admittedly a little scatter brained and if i don't write something down it doesn't exist in my life. plus i am super busy as it is - so i need to get my tish organized in a big way. and since my new shelves won't get put up for another week, the calendar is the first item of business.
read how to make this yourself after the jump!

Friday, March 8, 2013

top ten: wedding day!

top ten best parts of our wedding (in absolutely no order because the whole day was super rad):

1. my dad "tebow-ing" in his toast for matt (nobody in my family is a gator- ew. he did it cause he loves matt)

2. dancing with my grandma to the "teach me how to dougie" song. she was breaking it down at the age of 91.

3. matt's friend andy diving for the garter and then putting it on my friend ashlee - how our two most inappropriate friends managed to get in this situation, i'll never know.

there are no words. other than i need to learn to control my facial expressions. clearly. 

4. as we kissed in the ceremony the lynden david hall song "all you need is love" from love actually started playing - this is the stuff fairy tales are made of, people and i definitely got tears in my eyes over how awesome it was.

5. my sister (maid of honor), matt's brother (best man) and my brother (way cool groomsman) all gave amazing toasts. they were heartfelt and sincere and it was a seriously awesome moment (and my siblings only told a few embarrassing stories about me...)

6. my hair and makeup was flawless. i have accepted that our wedding day will forever be known as the peak of my pretty-ness. i can never top it. and i'm ok with that. but, if for some reason my fantastic glam squad wanted to come live with us, i totally wouldn't say no. just throwing it out there.

7. the 9pm rainstorm. before the ceremony the always unpredictable florida skies opened up and i was nervous about our completely outdoor wedding. (nervous is obviously the understatement of the century but i was trying to keep my cool.) the rain held off for the majority of the evening but around 9pm it started to rain. i cringed as the drops fell on my lovely guests and worried that the party would stop in the storm. but, it didn't. we all stayed on the dance floor and partied it up in the rain. the end result of this, however, was that my beautiful dress was black on the bottom, weighed about 300 pounds and my hair that was done so perfectly by my friend becca became what will forever be remebered as "the nest," complete with woodland creatures. it was all worth it - plus how many people can say they danced in the rain on their wedding day? (and my dress was fine - in case you were scared)

8. seeing family and friends that i rarely get to see. seriously, if you are married then you likely know how amazing it feels to see people who traveled for hours and miles just to spend time with you. it is completely overwhelming and totally awesome.

9. the cake. cake is on my list of all time favorite foods and this one stole my ever loving heart. it was almond cake with raspberry cream cheese filling. stop. i'm dying just thinking about it. before the wedding everyone told me, oh you wont eat, you wont get any cake - you'll be too busy. let me just say i am never too busy to eat cake. and the world could have been ending and i would have still made time for our wedding cake - it was that good! and we totally didn't save the top either. we ate it. and i just ordered a new mini version of the same cake for our anniversary. worth all $18. hells. yes. cake.

comfort is key on your wedding day. hence the chucks. obviously. 

10. i landed a freaking awesome hubby. he is honestly the best. he supports me in whatever brilliant new idea i have (even if it is totally insane), he takes care of me when i don't feel good, he goes out of his way to think of me and even draws me adorable cartoons or makes up songs to show me how much he loves me. he is so smart, and so thoughtful, and i am so so blessed to have someone as selfless as him. lucky girl, party of one.

if you were at my wedding what was your favorite part? leave comments so we can relive the best day of my life together! :) and if you weren't at the wedding, you were missed. but you can still tell awesome wedding stories in the comment because i really love a good wedding. annnnd go!

all of our amazing fantastic beautiful wedding photos by the talented and wonderful emindee images.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

write now project features yours truly!

wow. do i have some super fun news for you! let me first just say that going to alt summit has introduced me to so many wonderful and amazing people (but you know this already because i just wont shut up about it) and now that has lead me to something super exciting!

even her logo is awesome!
photo courtesy of

wendy townley- super great blogger and awesome writer has featured me (omg, yes me!) on her blog as part of her Write Now Project. she features writers often and shares their work with her blogging community. i can't even tell you how honored i am.

i saw her call for submissions and decided to send in a piece of my thesis. why not, right? a few days later she told me she loved it and wanted to feature it! hoorah!

read my excerpt the wrecking ball, leave some love on wendy's blog and be sure to check out all the wonderful pieces featured!

i really am the luckiest.

the luckiest - ben folds
i don't get many things right the first time
in fact, i am told that a lot
now i know all the wrong turns, the stumbles and falls brought me here

and where was i before the day that i first saw your lovely face?
now i see it every day

and i know
that i am
i am
i am
the luckiest

what if i'd been born 50 years before you
in a house on the street where you live?
maybe i'd be outside as you passed on your bike
would i know?

and in a wide sea of eyes
i see one pair that i recognize

and i know
that i am
i am
i am
the luckiest

i love you more than i have
ever found a way to say to you

next door there's an old man who lived to his 90s
and one day passed away in his sleep
and his wife, she stayed for a couple of days
and passed away

i'm sorry, i know that's
a strange way to tell you
that i know we belong

that i know
that i am
i am
i am
the luckiest

awesome photog skills courtesy of emindee images. they are my fave.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
                                            -e.e. cummings

my sister, kelly, read this poem during our ceremony and it still
makes me cry thinking about it now. it was magical. what a
good day. and a good sister. <3

as always, these fantastic photos are courtesy of emindee images. i wish they would move in with me.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

pause. and breathe.

the best piece of advice i heard for my wedding was actually something i remembered from the jim & pam wedding episode of the office. maybe all my friends should step up their advice game... juuusst saying. anyways, if you have seen the episode you know what i'm talking about, and if you haven't - why are you still reading this.. go!

anyways, pam talks about taking "mental pictures" throughout the day since it goes by so so fast. and it does - that baby will just fly by and before you know it you're standing in a rain soaked thousand pound dress (finally getting candy from your awesome candy bar) at eleven pm as the tables and chairs are broken down. and you go.. eff! it's over?! seriously, pause. and breathe.

one of the best moments of the whole day for me was just after the ceremony. matt and i were being rushed around taking pictures and everyone was excited and happy and you feel sort of not yourself and hungry and dizzy from all the overwhelming love.

so in the middle of all of this, we ended up sitting on the dock behind the house where the wedding was and the photographer was on the shore taking pictures. it was a moment of quiet. we sat there for maybe two minutes, but they were two of my favorites. i don't remember what we talked about, or if we talked at all... boats were going by and the sun was setting and it was the first time i got to pause and take it in. we were married. the tall drink of water next to me was my husband. score!

all of these awesome pictures courtesy of the dream team at emindee images. i love them.

Monday, March 4, 2013

i've been married almost a year! already?!

when i think back to my life one year ago today, i am not sure how i survived. or how the people around me survived..actually, it's mostly due to them that i did survive. fresh off submitting the final copy of my thesis for review and only days away from a wedding we had spent over 2 years planning... oh, hey stress, how are ya? i'm pretty sure the only thing i ate all week was cupcake frosting and coca-cola. but it was a good crazy (if there is such a thing..) because i completed my master's degree and got to marry the best guy i know. 10 points for gryffindor!

now, a year later - i am happy to be eating more than just frosting and i can't believe how blessed matt and i are. honestly, our lives totally rock! to celebrate, every day this week i am going to share some of my favorite pictures from our wedding with you guys! we had a really fun wedding - complete with a fully stocked candy bar - and our seriously pretty friends made for a killer wedding party.

all of the amazing photos are courtesy of our kick ass photographer, stephanie of emindee images.

Friday, March 1, 2013

eye candy: alt summit edition

hey, girl.

 ok, so full disclosure... i've had this post written and ready to go for a really long time but i just couldn't bring myself to publish it. i feel like once i do then alt summit will really be over. silly right? sometimes it's hard not to feel totally alone over here. does anybody get me? is this real? being with the awesome-creative-i'm-gonna-hustle-for-my-blog type of people was so inspiring. not that i don't love being home, but i miss that community of people who truly know what i feel on this side of the screen. and although i only spent a few days with them, i felt like we were a collective, a family. so here are my favorite pics from alt - from the awesome ideas brought to life in the meeting rooms, to the hilarious and mostly super unflattering but hilarious photo-booth pics.

awesome metal sheets to display more cards

can you find june?

bing brought it hard in their lounge. loving this. needing this. 
life of the party. obvs.

does life get better than this?

with whitney of i see pattern, ashlee of wondering about wandering,
 kersey of ardor blog and melanie of you are my fave

at the hello social :)
does life get better than this?
sunny courtyard at the grand america hotel

snowy park city, utah

sundance mania in park city

tried to find ryan gosling or joseph gordon-levitt. failed. 

snowy main street dreams.

i am incredibly thankful for the good times, good advice and good friends that came out of my time in utah. i am counting down the days until next year...