May 31, 2013

A Taste of My Obsession

I have this obsession.

If you follow me on Pinterest, I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about! It's been brewing for a few months and yesterday it just exploded. I couldn't help myself, I stalked quite a few pin boards of people I don't even know. I have no shame! It all started with this verse I found a long time ago. Then I kept seeing it in random places and I felt like it was a sign.



Now I have full blown, teenage love for all things anchors! And pretty much anything nautical! This verse has been pretty helpful the last few weeks when we've been planning our future and I think that has made my love for anchors even stronger.

So, because Friday posts should be fun and this is my second post of the day, I'm going to bombard you with some of my favorite things I found!
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Monogram, anyone? via
Yes please for bows! via
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Next Pinterest Thursday project? via

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Have a fun filled weekend y'all!

-Mandy

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Cardstore Genius! {Review}

*I received this product in return for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given. All opinions stated are 100% my own.*

Guys, I have just discovered the best thing ever!

It's graduation time and wedding season is upon us. Do you know what that means? Dragging your butt to the card aisle to pick out some cheesy piece of cardstock paper that is way overpriced. Well, think again!

Cardstore contacted me about ordering a personalized card and being the snail mail fanatic that I am, I gladly accepted! I headed over to their website Cardstore.com and easily navigated through the search bar. I wasn't sure what kind of card I was looking for so I just selected all occasions and started browsing. First thing I noticed, these cards are not pricey at all!


I started scrolling through the cards, picking one out only to find another I liked even better. Finally I stopped myself and chose one (it wasn't easy). Although I can't name the lucky recipient of this card, I'm sure you can figure it out! 

Want to know the best part about these cards? You can personalize them so your card will actually get noticed!


You can add your own words or photos as well as change the font, color, alignment of text, and size! I thought the original card was pretty cute but I loved that I could add my own words and make it that much better!


Once you're finished, you get one last chance to preview your whole card. Spell checking is a must!


Lastly, you can choose to either have it shipped to yourself or directly to the person of your choosing. Shipping is FREE! I repeat, shipping is free my friends! This means you can order all of your cards ahead of time and still hand deliver them if you'd like!


From now on, I'll be ordering all of my cards through Cardstore because it is ridiculously easy! I really hope you'll stop by and check it out. There are tons of promotional codes going on right now so head over quickly and see why I'm so excited!

-Mandy

May 30, 2013

Pinterest Thursday around these parts!

I know what you're probably thinking..

For real, another blog that talks all about Pinterest? I know, I know, it's so original. Sometimes I feel like I pin all of these things for absolutely no reason. Sure I have great ideas for all those projects and recipes, but how many have I really tried? Very few. That's a shame really!

Enter Pinterest Thursday.

My challenge for this Summer is to complete at least one Pinterest item a week and then share it with you on Thursdays. Success or fail, I will be talking about it all. This will make me put the true reason behind Pinterest to good use and I will clean out all the junk on my boards! I'm hoping there will be more completed projects than flops but we'll just have to wait and see now won't we?

My very first project was an awesome thrift shop painting to chalk board makeover. I found a pin way back when I first started with Pinterest about tracking your pregnancy with chalkboard updates. The post was by Little Baby Garvin (she's from Iowa!) and I started reading along. When I found her chalkboard tutorial post, I knew it was something I had to do! Growing up, I always really loved to write on chalkboards. Now is my chance to have my own!

Supplies:
-Old paintings with a sturdy wood backing (Bought mine from Goodwill, spent about $9 for two)
-Chalkboard paint (I used Rust-Oleum liquid chalkboard paint. You can use a different brand or the spray paint kind but this is what I've tried)
-Brush or Roller (I used a brush but I will be using a roller when I make the bigger chalkboard as the brush left a lot of lines)
-Chalk
-Newspaper or something to paint on







I put down newspaper to cover our table. I painted both the glass and wood backing to see which turned out better. The wood backing wasn't smooth so that one is a little hard to write on although just one coat completely covered the board. The glass was much smoother but required several coats to be fully covered. I stirred the paint using kabob sticks because that was about all I could find at the time! I put one thin coat of paint on both surfaces and waited until they dried. The drying time is as follows: dry to touch after 20 minutes, fully dry after 4 hours, wait 3 days before using. 

I wrote on the board after about 2 hours and didn't have any problems. I would recommend letting it sit for at least a day or two just so you don't mess it up but I know the temptation to write on it is strong!

I'm not much for typography because quite honestly I think my handwriting sucks. However, I am ecstatic with my new chalkboard and I can't wait to write all over this baby! Here is the first one I made:


Hope this helps anyone who is wanting to make a chalkboard of their own!

-Mandy

May Cara Box

 Hello friends!

I had intentions of talking about this yesterday but it was my first day back to work and when I got home the internet went out during all the intense weather so it just didn't get posted. Here's to two posts in one day!

I love the Cara Box exchange! This is my fifth time participating and like always, it didn't disappoint! I'm sad to say that because of things I'm preparing for over the Summer, I'm going to take a few months off from the exchange. I love getting to know new people every month so I will be sure to join up again once school starts!

On to the boxes! I sent a box to Kiera at Contranaut Girl so head over to see what I sent her! In all the craziness of finals and moving out, it was a struggle to communicate this month. I'm so glad I was partnered with forgiving ladies! Miss Sarah from To Be Mrs. Collier sent a box to me all the way from Tennessee! I loved the box! :) I don't really make it a secret around here that I love the South (even though I've never really been there) so getting a little bit of Nashville was pretty awesome.

I loved the colorful paper everything was wrapped in! There was a very sweet note included from Sarah as well as Goo Goo clusters, a mint chapstick from Thistle Farms (local shop), pure honey, a key chain, a Rachel Solomon cd, and a mason jar from Antique Archaeology. The Goo Goo clusters were absolutely amazing! I love the chapstick and I'm pretty happy that it supports a local business. I've recently become obsessed with adding honey to everything so I had a huge smile when I saw this. The pink key chain was super sweet, I'll be adding that to my car keys. I've never heard of Rachel Solomon so I can't wait to check out her cd! I think out of everything included, the mason jar was my favorite. I'm also majorly obsessed with these so adding another one to my collection makes me happy! The even cooler part is the store it came from, Antique Archaeology, is actually based out of Iowa and just recently opened a store in Nashville. Fun fact for the day!



Thanks again Kiera and Sarah for being awesome partners this month! I can't wait to get back to the Cara Box exchange in a few months!

-Mandy

May 28, 2013

Extra Long Relaxation

Friday:
I spent my night hanging out with two of my little cousins. Bubbles, books, bunnies, and a walk were on the agenda. I was thoroughly exhausted by the time I went home. 

Saturday:
I ran my butt off all day getting everything ready for the surprise party I threw for M. He thought I was shopping all day, he was surprised when I didn't buy anything! I took him out to our favorite Mexican restaurant and we both ate way too much. It was finally time to head out for the party! He was definitely surprised and he had a good time ringing in his 21st birthday!









Sunday:
We spent sleeping in and recooperating for the most part. Then we headed to a graduation party for a girl who's basically family. Spent a few hours talking to cousins, aunts, and Grandma before heading home. Birthday boy had a relaxed day!

Monday:
We visited two of my favorite soldiers. We put flowers on their graves and I got to hear stories about some other family members. We were admiring the beauty of some of the older grave stones. We found one family that lost two kids within 2 months of each other (at 16 and 20) and a baby a few years before that. So crazy to think that in the early 1900's, it wasn't uncommon to lose multiple kids to sickness. Made me thankful to live in a time where there is medication to treat a lot of things!



-Mandy

May 24, 2013

Summer Mama

Remember when I said that I like to play Mom to my friends? Well this Summer is no different! I have a handful of friends who are in other states for at least part of the Summer. I will be sending letters left and right which is always fun because I love to get mail! On top of sending letters I know I will be sending a care package or two to all those friends who are away (said friends, you know who you are so if you want a package I need an address!) and I started brainstorming ideas.

When I send out boxes I'll be sure to post what I sent and I will be coming up with more ideas all Summer long. Here are three ideas I've come up with so far! 

Care Package #Colorado


Letters from Home


Care Package #Relaxation #Texas

The first box is just a modge-podge of a care package. Stamps are a must for all of the letters they'll be sending. Some stationary and a journal are also important! Then I included a disposable camera to capture some memories (although they all have camera phones, it's still fun to take old-school pictures). Luna bars, Starbucks, and nail polish are just some fun little extras.

The second box is all about writing letters. A notebook (monogrammed is always a good idea) because you can never have enough paper. Stamps and envelopes as well! Fun pens are a must-have if you're going to be writing that much. No one wants to stare at black words for that long! Sticky notes are also good to include because you can jot down mini notes so you remember them when you sit down to write the whole letter.

The last box I came up with is just for relaxing. Being away from home can be stressful! Especially if you're preoccupied while you're gone, it can be easy to let stress get to you. The cookies and gum are things I would love to get in a package. Chapstick, lotion, and a candle are instant relaxers! The hairspray and nail polish are to get yourself all dolled up! Sometimes just putting a little bit of effort in can make all the difference!

What are you ideas for care packages?

-Mandy

May 23, 2013

In the Storm

Hello friends,

I'm not sure what to write about. I've been out of the blogging game for a little while now and I most definitely failed at the Blog Every Day in May challenge. My days have been filled with procrastination, trying to unpack an entire apartment into my childhood bedroom, and watching movies. I have tried to get something solid accomplished and it just hasn't happened. Most of all, I haven't payed any attention to blogging. I haven't read blogs or posted on my own in what feels like forever.

I've got a case of the Summer's.

One thing that I've really been trying to do since we've been home is take pictures. I've tried to take a photo or two every day since we've been here. It gives me practice and I can document parts of my day! One thing I've had the chance to photograph quite a bit over the last week is all the storms.

It's been pretty stormy all over the Midwest (I can't even fathom being in Oklahoma right now). Growing up in Tornado Alley has made me a lot less apprehensive of storms. I actually love to see it storm, I get excited when I hear there is severe weather. It's such a common sight that I find incredibly beautiful. There is always that danger involved but it's mesmerizing.

Driving home from town last night in the middle of all the storm clouds we saw something especially beautiful. You know when you picture an angel with sunbeams sort of coming out from all directions? It looked just like that. All of a sudden I had the perfect reminder that amid all the bad things we see, God shows us beauty!

One of the photos I took the other night..
Try to see the beauty in life friends, it's all around us.

-Mandy

The Future

Things probably look a little different around here, right?

Well Miss Erin from Love, Fun and Football gave me this awesome makeover and I couldn't be more excited! She was so easy to work with, even when you are picky and have no idea what you want. If you're even thinking about getting a blog design, run over and check her out!

This little space of mine is no longer Through the Newlywed Lens. There are some big changes going on behind the scenes right now and I felt like the title just didn't fit anymore. Everybody sees life through a different lens and ours is changing. Being newlyweds is not our concentration anymore so this place is reflecting our family now! Through the Hanson Lens is what you'll be seeing from now on! I also took the plunge and got myself a dot com address!

I'm not exactly sure where this place of mine is headed but I do know things will be different in the near future. I love seeing the new faces and I really hope I have the chance to know you all better!

Hopefully you'll be seeing me regularly from now on!



-Mandy

May 13, 2013

My thoughts for you - Day 8

I'm playing catch up on the Blog Every Day in May Challenge . I believe I missed days 8,9,11, and 12 so excuse the post overload for the next few days!

Wednesday's topic was a piece of advice you have for others. I'm not much for giving advice, just my experiences, because I'm no expert on the things that happen in my life! I'm also pretty young so I know I haven't experienced enough things to give sound advice anyway.

The one chunk of advice I was given and I want to pass onto you is just enjoy the moment!

It's so easy to look into the future for all the things we're excited for. Vacations, birthdays, holidays, the list could go on and on! We hope and wish for the time to pass because we want these happy times. It's also very easy to look fondly on the past. To remember the times we miss and wish that we could go back to those times once more.

We often forget about the present. We get stuck in our day to day rut and forget how beautiful life truly is! Just times when we are the busiest is the perfect time to just stop and smell the roses. Look outside and see the beauty of nature. Take a few minutes to think about the truly happy things in your life and realize how lucky you are!

This is something I tend to struggle with from time to time because I'm so ready for the next step in my life. I'm a little out of place from my peers because I'm married! I'm ready to be done with college so I can have a job. I want to have my own home. I can't wait to be a mom! All of these things I wish were happening now.

Then I stop to remember I'm a newlywed! I'm only twenty! I have few responsibilities and commitments in my life! I can still do some fairly stupid things and learn from my mistakes! I've always felt older than I am so I've been working on remembering that I'm still young and should be enjoying all these things. I have great health and so does a majority of my friends and family! These are all things to celebrate and relish instead of hoping for the future!

Friends, please take time to remember the little things that you should celebrate in your lives! Life really is short and we waste a lot of our time just wanting what we don't have in the present. When you feel like things are overwhelming, just remember these things!
My current little moment -- playing with 5 little baby kittens at my mom and dad's house!

-Mandy

May 10, 2013

What happens when you work with kids -- Day 10

I have a few days to catch up on but I decided to start with today first!

Today's Blog Every Day in May topic is your most embarrassing story. In my foggy, no-sleep-from-packing brain, I'm struggling to come up with all the good stories. I can tell you the most recent story of embarrassment however..

On Wednesday I got to work and as usual it was nap-time. I sat down next to the usual kids to put them to sleep. About twenty minutes into my shift, one of the little girls woke up hysterically crying. She had to go to the bathroom and she scared herself awake. I ran her to the bathroom in the classroom so she wouldn't wake up all of the other kids.

She clung to me like I've never felt before. I honestly could not pull her away from me. She was crying pretty hard so I kept telling her she needed to breathe. I knew she had a history of getting so upset that she threw up so I repeatedly tried to calm her down. She calmed down after about 5 minutes and then out of nowhere she lost it again.

30 seconds later I hear the sound that no one ever wants to hear.

Before I could turn her away from me and towards the toilet or trashcan, she vomited on me. Not small child spit-up, but full on 3 year old throwing up. That's so TMI but to get the full effect of embarrassment I had to tell you.

Now I don't do well with people throwing up. I instantly start to gag and hyperventilate. In any other situation I would have just walked away but because it was my job, I just had to clean it up. I got her to sit down and she was perfectly fine after that. I pulled my act together and cleaned it up but it was not a pretty sight.

Then I turned my attention to my clothes. I had to salvage what I was wearing because I didn't have a shirt to change into. I cleaned it up as best I could but the smell was unbearable. Thankfully I carry a small bottle of perfume in my purse so I doused myself until I couldn't smell it. Every time the smell of perfume went away, I'd run back to my purse and spray myself again.

I spent 5 hours smelling like vomit and a prostitute. When M picked me up I knew he could tell I smelled funny. After I explained what happened he said "well I thought you smelled like Lysol but I didn't want to say anything.."

And that's the story of my most recent embarrassment! Have a happy weekend friends!

-Mandy

May 7, 2013

The post where you realize I'm crazy.. - Day 7

Well, I already confessed my fear of talking to strangers on the phone in Friday's post but that's not what I'm most afraid of. Today I'm about to tell you all about my irrational fear of...

The dark.

If I'm walking around our apartment or my parent's home at night, you can bet I will flip on all the lights so I don't have to run around like an idiot. When it's time to head off to bed, I calculate the quickest way from the light switch until I'm in the light again, flip the switch, then run like hell to get out of the dark. The whole way, I am absolutely certain something is right because me. I hate walking outside at night if I'm by myself. I will avoid it at all costs! I am certain that no matter where I'm at, the second the lights go off someone is going to pop out of the dark when I turn around.

My other fear?

Being kidnapped.

This has always been something I was afraid of and part of the reason I have a fear of the dark, even since I was little. I'm not sure what started this but I think the fear has gotten more intense, the older I get. I'm sure all the movies I've watched where some young girl gets kidnapped haven't helped. Taken? It's got me scared out of my mind. I usually try to keep the door locked while I'm home but I'm still paranoid that something might happen. If I hear any noise at night outside our apartment or when I'm home at my parents' house I will go into instant panic mode. My parents live out in the country so hearing noises outside is pretty common. I just assume that someone must be there to take me. Completely logical, right? Then every noise I hear after that becomes that much more intense. I start imagining where I'm going to hide if I do hear someone in the house. Every. Time. Then I get myself so worked up that I spend half the night trying to calm down.

What I look like when I hear noises.. Image via
Late one night, while I was in high school, I thought for sure I was being kidnapped. I was sitting in the living room watching tv when I heard the door knob rattling in the kitchen. The kitchen, dining room, and living room are all connected into one big room so I was fairly close to the door. My panic kicked in and I thought someone was trying to break into our house. The stairs that lead to the second floor of the house were in between me and the kitchen. I took off running and got about half way up the stairs. Suddenly someone caught me and pulled me onto the stairs. I instantly started sobbing and screaming.. Turns out my brother who was in college at the time came home in the middle of the night to surprise us. He didn't know that I would be awake when he got home so he just came in. When I took off running he was afraid I would wake my parents up so he caught me before I made it upstairs. It took quite awhile to calm down and he felt bad that he scared me.

And now I'm sitting here wondering how anyone sticks around to read my blog. You poor people must think I'm bat shit crazy. But hey, now you know that if you ever try to fake kidnap me, I will never forgive you!

Back to studying for my finals! Happy Tuesday friends, after tomorrow at 12 pm I can officially celebrate the start of my Summer!

xoxo,
Mandy


May 6, 2013

What do I do?- Day 6

Today's topic is if I couldn't answer with my job, how would I answer "What do you do?"

Since I'm a full-time student and I work part-time at the daycare/preschool on campus this question is sort of tricky. The only answer I have for this question is sort of silly. The one thing that I've realized over the past few years is that I tend to play the role of Momma to my friends. Maybe it's because I feel like that's the one thing I am meant to do in life. I've talked about this many times before but I never realized I was already playing the role.

When I go out with friends, I'm always concerned that they're getting home safely or not getting left behind. I also usually stepped up to the plate and took care of them (if I didn't need to be taken care of myself, although that usually doesn't stop me from doing it anyway). This was especially true last year when I lived with all of my friends. I knew when they went out and if I wasn't with them, I would sit up concerned until they got back.

This year, it's been amped up even more. Becoming a wife has amped up the momma in me even more. I've found that I love to entertain! Having friends come over and making them a meal is so much fun for me. On top of that, I try to make sure all of my friends are doing okay. Being at college is stressful and we find ourselves becoming homesick from time to time. If I know a friend is homesick, I invite them over and try to make it feel like home for them. If a friend is sick, I bring them soup and cookies! I especially love to bake and I feel like I turn on my ultimate momma role when I bake and deliver.

I really hope my friends appreciate this instead of feeling like I'm being the intrusive mom. Who would have thought being in college would give me a little preparation in that role!

xoxo,
Mandy

I've got a big ol' crush on you - Day 5

Sunday's topic was publicly professing your love for a blogging friend or real life friend.

I haven't made many friendships yet through blogging because I haven't been putting in the effort to really get to know these ladies on a deeper level. I've made a lot of acquaintances you could say and I'm hoping to change that this Summer! Ladies, please be gentle on me, I'm awkward and a bit shy but I would really love to get to know you better!

I have a few bloggers that I really admire so I'm going to gush about them! First off is none other than Miss Jenni from Story of My Life. She is the first real blog that I read and like all blogs you become obsessed with, I went back to the beginning and stalked her posts. She is a genuinely sweet lady and her posts are so full of passion! Obviously everyone who is linking up knows this pretty lady but if you're reading my blog and you haven't heard of her then you should really go check her out!
Story of My Life

Next up is Miss Kaitlyn from Wifessionals! Though she is a "big blogger" she is so willing to answer any email you send! Not only did she start Cara Box exchange that I absolutely love but she has taken the time (multiple times) to answer my personal/non blogging emails even though she is busy with her own life. {Thanks for the help over the weekend Kaitlyn, working on replying to that email but you're awesome and it helped a ton!}

The other blogger I want to mention is Miss Alexa from Southern Living, Our Way. She is everything I imagine a Southern lady to be like and she is just plain awesome. She writes really heartfelt posts and I always find myself nodding my head while reading along. She stays true to herself and that's why I love reading her blog every day.

I also want to give a shout out to my parents. They are the most awesome people and I would be so lost without them. I just want to make it known that I'm unbelievably proud of them for the journey they've been on recently. Both of them have quit smoking and they're losing a ton of weight. I'm more proud of you both as each day passes, don't give up because you're both killing it!!

To all my friends, though we may have highs and lows in our relationships, thank you for being there and supporting me!

Well, I think that's enough for now!

xoxo,
Mandy

Words to Live By - Day 4

Well, I'm a day late and dollar short with this post. It's finals week but I spent the weekend with family and packing up things from our apartment. That combination means I neglected all things blogging for the weekend. Family time trumps all and packing is pretty important at this point.

My Friday night consisted of cleaning up and hanging out with my brother. My parents got here late Friday night and we all headed to bed after talking for awhile. Saturday we got up and headed out for breakfast at Perkins. A mammoth banana nut muffin was calling my name and boy was it delicious! I prefer not to even think about how many calories were in that baby. Then my parents headed off to my brothers and we came home to do some more cleaning. Except naps always sound like a better choice so we wasted enjoyed the afternoon sleeping. Though we were supposed to pack more we ended up heading to my brothers for some more family time. We hit up Coldstone where I once again got way more than I can eat and they proceeded to mess up our order. A little game night consisting of Mad Gab and Yahtzee followed. Sunday I got up early and spent the morning packing. My family came back and we have a little grillout. I whipped up some chip dip in honor of Cinco de Mayo but that's the extent of our celebrating. After my family left we just hung out and went to bed at a decent time for once.

Now on to my blog every day in May post for Saturday because I'm a slacker. The topic was favorite quote and why you love it. I'll admit that I have no clear quote that I'm obsessed with because every time I find a new quote I love, it becomes my favorite. I'm going to share a little blurb about a few that stick out in my mind at the moment!

This one makes me laugh because I'm constantly finding myself nervous around people. Even friends because I look up to them. This is especially true with friends that I have who are older than me. For some reason that scares me and I always have to remember I shouldn't be nervous because I know they're awesome. This also applies to bloggers! There are so many bloggers who I would love to be friends with but I get so nervous. I strike up a small conversation but if it seems like they aren't interested (I usually just assume they aren't..) then I give up. I have to remember that there are a lot of awesome people out there that I have the chance to meet through blogging. I just have to stop being so intimidated and reach out!


A friend wrote this to me just after my Grandpa passed almost two years ago (wow, I can't believe it's been that long) and it really stuck with me. I was so heartbroken when he passed because he was the only Grandpa I had ever known. I can definitely say that these words really helped me keep upbeat and remember all the happy memories I had with him!


This one just reminds me that although I am just one small person, I can still have a huge effect on something or someone. That's all I need to be inspired to do something good.


I find myself feeling overwhelmed a lot. I worry about things I shouldn't and I stress over things that really don't need to be stressed over. All I have to do is put my trust in God and let go. He'll take care of the rest!


The last "quote" of sorts that I want to talk about are our vows. We each said the traditional vows and then both wrote our own vows. We wanted the meaning traditional vows carried but there were extras we wanted to add. I still remember writing them and vowing to my husband on our special day. I read them pretty regularly to remind myself of all the things I promised in front of our family, friends, and most importantly, God. How could those special words not be your favorite?

xoxo,
Mandy

May 3, 2013

Err..umm..I'ma...uncomfortable - Day 3

I may not always have the telltale red face but the instant lack of eye contact will let you know that I'm uncomfortable! I'll probably be biting my lip, awkwardly giggling and shifting around trying to get away from the source. Now I'm about to provide everyone with a fool proof list of ways to make me feel awkward. You're welcome.

Things That Make Me Shudder
1. Having all eyes on me - if I have to be the center of attention and I know everyone is staring at me, I will immediately go into mental freakout mode and feel super awkward.

At my bridal shower, I had to answer questions about M in front of everyone. I had no idea I was going to do this until they sat me down. Thankfully I knew 95% of the answers (even his guesses) but that didn't stop me from feeling uncomfortable.
2. When I can hear people eating - this grosses a lot of people out but I get uncomfortable to the point of irritation when I can hear people chewing. If someone is eating next to me in class you can guarantee I will be giving them the death glare and clearing my throat until they stop.

3. When I get put in a group of people I've never met and we have to talk about sensitive subjects - I had to take a human sexuality class last semester where we had to discuss quite personal topics with classmates. Not my idea of an easy day in class!

4. Over the top PDA - I'm perfectly fine with a little PDA, hand holding or a little kiss here and there is not a problem. If you look like you need to take it to the bedroom, PLEASE, take it to the bedroom because that is not for the public! Especially when you're around couples who are newly formed. I understand every couple went through the "can't keep your hands off each other" stage but I guarantee you're making everyone around you uncomfortable. Please stop!

5. Fighting - if we're hanging out with friends and two of them start fighting, instant uncomfortability.
Am I in a fight with you? I will struggle far more than it probably shows on my face to look you in the eye. Just knowing that I'm in a fight with someone causes me to be awkward and nervous until it's over.

6. Staring or being watched - If you're staring at me I will immediately assume that I'm doing something wrong. Is there something on my face? Is my butt hanging out? Did I do something wrong and not even realize it? I become extremely paranoid and I probably don't even need to be. Part of my job is being observed by students while I'm working with kids. I always know when someone is there but if I act like they aren't then I'm fine. As soon as I realize they're watching (especially large groups of people) I start fumbling around and I'm nervous as all get out.

When I do things like this and I don't even remember them until photos pop up. I'm sure everyone was staring at me then!
7. Getting a gift/food that I don't like - it's the dance of do I tell them and most likely offend them or do I just suck it up? If it's a gift, I will just suck it up. If it's food, depending on my comfortability with the person, level of hatred for the food, and hunger, I may tell them or I may not. No one likes to be that ungrateful person!

8. Watching other people be uncomfortable - I don't even have to know the person but if they're in an awkward position you can bet I will feel just as uncomfortable. I don't know why I do this but it gets ridiculous at times!

9. Talking on the phone - I hate talking on the phone in front of people. I will almost always go into another room. I especially hate calling people on the phone as many of my friends and husband have dealt with. Ordering pizza? I'd rather not eat if it means I have to call. Making an appointment? I will put it off until I absolutely have to call and when I do call I'm extremely awkward. If it involves calling a stranger I won't do it unless absolutely forced to.

And now I'm feeling uncomfortable because I'm about to put all of this out there! At least I'm not alone.

xo,
Mandy

A Gift For Your Sweet Mama!




Today, I, along with six other fabulous bloggers, am co- hosting the second month of the Favorite Things Giveaway, put on by Lindsey and Jaime! Basically every month we let you pick your favorite thing to win. Some months we will give you a couple options, a theme, or leave it totally up to you!


This month is centered around Mother's Day. If you haven't already gotten your mother something, you have the opportunity to pick out up to $80 worth of Pandora jewelry. How awesome is that?!
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a Rafflecopter giveaway


If you're interested in co-hosting next month's giveaway, you can get more information here.

May 2, 2013

The Big 100

Three posts in one day, who am I? I wanted to make sure I took the time to write something special for my 100th post since I usually forget things like this. 100 posts already, wow that seems crazy! I've met a lot of really fun people through blogging and I never really expected that when I started. Though my blog is still tiny, I have consistent people stopping by every day to read about my life and that it pretty cool!

Though so many parts of my near future are up in the air, I know blogging is one thing that will consistently be there. I don't know how long I will write in this little space for or how often I will but I love sharing my life and having this to look back on some day!

Thank you for being here day after day to hear about our lives!



xo,
Mandy

April Cara Box!

I'm pretty late on this post but I'm excited to share my Cara Box from this month!

I was matched up with Amy from Not Your Average Crazy and Amberly from Life With Amberly & Joe this month for a "green" or eco-friendly theme for Earth Day. Life sort of got in the way this month so I had a hard time keeping up communication with these girls. The little bit of conversation I had with Amberly made us realize we basically the same person! You can head over here to see what I gave her!







Amy gave me a reusable shopping bag with a really cute nature pattern (I love reusable shopping bags!), Burt's Bees chapstick (I've never tried so I was excited for this one), green tea peel off mask that I'll be using to relax after finals, pretty lavender nail polish that's perfect for spring, and a dog treat for Gage! I only got one picture with the dog treat because Gage stole it and ran off.

Once again, I wasn't disappointed in my Cara Box swap! If you've never participated you should really consider it, especially if you love making a new friend and getting a package in the mail! Thank you Amberly and Amy for being great partners!

xo,
Mandy