Monday, July 29, 2013

{and stay off my lawn!}

It was bound to happened.  I'd become the crazy eccentric old lady who lived on the street that "overdecorated" for each and every passing holiday.  {of course that is me}  The one who yelled at people to "stay off my lawn!".  {it isn't quite that bad, but close}

We had just a ton of people dropping by and trying to sell things. 
All.  The.  Time. 
Anything you could imagine...from meat to Jesus. 
 
Each time a stranger comes to the house, it is World War 3 with Lola, and I just couldn't take it anymore, so I made a sign.  I saw several on Etsy (many wouldnt' work for one reason or another), and even some alleged free printables on Pinterest (but the printables weren't really there anymore), so I set out and made my own.  I think it turned out pretty cute.

 
It cost less than $2 to make...
 
I bought the scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby for cheap
I bought the frame at The Dollar Tree for $1
I used a hanger and ribbon I already owned
 
I wanted a cheap frame for a couple of reasons
(1) Cheap frames are not very heavy
(2) When the hanger pops off, and it falls and shatters, I don't want to care too much.
The Dollar Tree didn't have any black frames, but I just bought a gold one and hit it with some spray paint I already owned.
 
I made the "Unless you are a child" exception because I didn't want to truly be that cranky old lady, but then some kid took $16 for the school cookie dough fund raiser and never delivered the dough, so I'm rethinking it.  Maybe "Unless I know your parents" should be my new caveat.
 
I have greatly enjoyed my peace and quiet since I posted the sign.  It seems drastic and hateful, but I would highly recommend it!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Sad Purchase

When I left the hotel in San Marcos a couple of weeks ago, I accidentally left behind a Vera Bradley Brush case that contained my beloved Trish McEvoy makeup brushes.  Of course, the maid did not turn them in to lost and found.  I've called a bunch of times, just to make sure they didn't turn up.  I'm sure some maid is very excited about the Vera bag that can be purchased on sale for less than $20, and likely has no idea of the gold mine that it contains. 

My brushes weren't new, but because they cost a bunch, I took very good care of them, and they were in great shape.  So I had to head out upon returning home to buy some new brushes.  I was fortunate in a sense, because Nordstrom was having their Anniversary Sale (aka: one of my favorite holidays of the year!).  When I went to the store, the pre-sale had just started.  They had a pretty good brush set that they were selling for the sale.  It didn't contain the exact brushes that I had lost, but one of the brushes I lost (the Number 6 brush), had stopped being produced, but had been brought back for this special set. 

So I did the math... Option One:buy the set, plus supplement 3 additional brushes I would need, or Option 2: just repurchase the brushes I needed.  It turned out cheaper to do option 1, even though it resulted in getting more brushes. 

This is the case that they came in, which you can bet will be stuck to me like glue the next time I'm packing up in a hotel!
 
This was my main purchase at the Anniversary Sale this year.  I didn't intend to have to shell out a large sum to replace something I already owned, but honestly, there wasn't a ton of stuff calling my name this year.
 
I went back after payday on the 15th, and placed an order online for some Spanx and some PJ's for my Mom (I wouldn't have said anything on here, but it's not a surprise because I asked if she wanted them before I ordered).  I planned to get myself some new Ray-Bans also, but when I went to the store today, they were sold out, and it seems that they are sold out company wide.  It's a total bummer because I've been watching them online daily and they showed to be in stock at all stores up until today of course.  I guess if you snooze, you lose! 
 
Did anybody else get to the Anniversary sale and get anything good?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Austin & Outlets

My friend Abby and I had a plan to go outlet shopping.  Our plan had been to meet in College Station and stay at her "Aggie Cabin", and drive over to San Marcos to go outlet shopping.  Then at the last minute, after mapping out the trip, we decided our plan was stupid, so we tossed Plan A out the window and went with Plan B.

Plan B consisted of meeting in Austin on Friday afternoon.  We ventured out to the LBJ Presidential Museum & Library.  Neither of us had ever been even though we have been to Austin countless times. 


I loved Lady Bird's china!
 
 
There was a temporary exhibit there of photos from the presidential photographers, which was perfect, because photos are something Abby & I both love.  This one of "43" and Barney was definitely one of my favs...
 
 
At one point this great seal (above) is to your front as you walk down a staircase, and if you turn around you see the Library collection (below).  It's pretty cool.
 
After the library, we hit up the mall.  We did some Vera Bradley returns and shopping, and we picked out the outfits for all of Abby's family to wear for their Christmas Card pictures.  After shopping, we hit up the original Chuy's for dinner and then went to find "Hey Cupcake!" food truck for a late night snack.
 
The next morning, we got up and drove south to San Marcos for some outlet shopping.  We strategically parked our cars around the mall at the places we anticipated doing the most damage.  I parked outside of the Vera Bradley store.  We were among the first few to enter the store and scored some great finds (luggage!), as demonstrated by the backseat and the way back of my SUV!
Pottery Barn/Williams Sonoma outlet was a real disappointment to us, but we had fun looking around for the rest of the day.  We were staying in San Marcos for Saturday night, so we went to check in the hotel.  In a funny coincidence, my friend Jenn and her family were in from Florida and staying at the same hotel!
 
On Sunday we parted ways and I drove to my parents so that I could take Lola to the vet on Monday and have lunch with my Meme for her birthday.  All in all, it was a fabulous trip!
 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits

I've been AWOL from the blog.  Sometimes I go AWOL because there is absolutely nothing going on, and sometimes it's because I'm too busy to put together a post.  It's been more of the latter lately. 

I'm going to try and catch up on the blog this week, but no promises.  I started summer school last night.  I always seem to bite off more than I can chew, and this summer, I agreed to teach 2 classes.  I'm teaching a 6:00 and an 8:10 class, so I go for 4 hours a night, 4 nights a week, for the next 5 weeks.  It's really not that bad.  The worst part is that I don't get home until about 10:30.  By the time you play with the dog, get ready for bed, and read for a bit, it's 12:30.  Then getting up for court the next morning is not so fun!

Here are some random things I wanted to share today...

 
If you aren't following the Interior Department on Instagram, you are missing out.  Big Time.  They post lovely photos of the national parks, and I'm constantly updating my "Places to Visit" list thanks to their posts.  Check them out if you are on the Insta.  Their username is: usinterior
(P.S., if you want to follow me, my insta username is: legallyblondekf)
 
 
The weather here has been wonderful.  Cooler than average and rainy.  Though I wish we had gotten more rain, I really can't complain.  It was so cool, I was able to break my "I do not turn on my oven from June-August" rule and bake some cookies!
(p.s. the cookies were a pinterest find and I gave them a thumbs down)
 
Lola had to go to the vet last week to get her rabies shot.  My little gremlin is always going to be on her worst behavior in the waiting room!  The only thing I don't love about my vet's office (well other than the fact that it is located approx 150 miles from my house), is that they don't make appointments.  As a result, you sometimes have quite a wait, and with little miss "I'm the boss of this place", that can be like wrestling a bear the whole time.

The vet was really concerned about a few things, so I had to leave her for some additional testing to see if she was diabetic or had Cushings Disease.  Turns out she is just fine!  She is just drinking an excessive amount of water, and seems to have a fat butt (the odd fat distribution around her tail was one of the concerns).
 
My friend Abby has a garden.  I saw her a couple of weekends ago (more to come on that trip), and she gave me tomatoes from her garden.  I love having friends with gardens!  I made some yummy pico!
 
They were giving out samples and coupons for these frozen yogurt bars at Walmart the other day.  They are so good and only 90 calories!  I highly recommend trying them.
 
 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Sunflowers

This summer, a local farmer has planted sunflowers in several fields in the area.  I don't recall seeing these sunflower fields in years past.

Of course, farm land is getting less plentiful since this is the fastest growing county in the country, so the fields are interspersed with retail establishments, housing additions, etc.
This one was located right next to a Walmart, and it was drawing tons of people.  Some people, let's call them the county idiots, were traipsing through the fields trampling flowers and even cutting some.  Like I said, idiots.  It was such a problem, that it made the Dallas news.  Mostly though, people just stopped and enjoyed a good photo op.
After several hot and dry days, the fields look pretty sad now, but for a bit of time, they made the daily drive around here quite happy.
 
Happy Friday!

Monday, July 1, 2013

4th of July Decorations

I really do love decorating for the 4th of July, and luckily, it is one of the easiest holidays to decorate for.  The first step is to buy a bunch of flags and stick them all around.  I have them in all my potted plants, both in the front and back yard.



For the most part, everything is the same as in previous years.  This year, I didn't have enough ambition to get out the ladder and staple gun and put the bunting above the door.
Those 3 metal flags are a new addition, and I always love uncle sam being the greeter.
The USA firecrackers are new also.




For the inside, I made a new banner to go with the mantle decorations.
I purchased flag fabric a couple of years back and never did anything with it.

I was finally inspired by this garland that Pottery Barn was selling this year to make my own.

I bought some rope and started creating my own garland.  
I think total cost for the project was less than $6!
I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

 

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