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hey everyone -

i hope the last day of march is treating you well!

i wanted to remind you all that the sale on the ore website ends today!

click here to browse the sale section of our website and don't forget to enter code SALE3 at checkout.

happy shopping!

*us residents only*
until next time..
<3 alaina

ps. look at this awesome-ness:


dog days are not over

otis (lilly's BFF) is staying with us while his parents are in hawaii.

lilly is very excited!

puppy sleepover!

until next time..
<3 alaina


woo girl

this week is my spring break!!!!!

you know what that means:

yep - a 40-hour work week

; )

my goals for this week are:
to get the apartment organized (between my work & school schedule and randy's work, this place gets messy very easily)
start my weight loss journey strong
get ahead on some reading for school unfortunately : /
spend some time with my pup and my man <3

until next time..
<3 alaina

ps. i would like to throw out some love to the country of Hungary. apparently there's at least 1 Hungarian that likes my blog. know you are appreciated <3 (as are the rest of you, dear readers!)


**extra points if you can tell me which show the title of this blog is from.


to look within

Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all.
Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul.
~ Ralph Waldo Trine

quote from that girl in pearls

on another note, i have decided to lose 12 pounds by may 21. randy and i are going to a friend's wedding and then are spending the following week in northern california, so i think it's good motivation to be healthier. i will keep you all posted on my progress!
until next time..
<3 alaina 


fun times friday

randy and i bought a new laptop! (well, randy paid for it...)

and i finally downloaded some photo apps on my phone. i've been a photo-snapping-freak the past couple of days!

add me on instagram: thedailydo

-also- the winners of the cribsie awards were announced today. unfortunately, ore didn't win for our category : (
but it's still a great honor to have been a finalist!

hope you all have a fab weekend!

until next time..
<3 alaina


do you tattoo?

much to the quiet mortification of my parents, i LOVE tattoos.
whenever i get the itch to look at beautiful tattoos, there are 2 places i go:

1. tattoologist

2. tattoo tuesdays @ sometimes sweet

i want to get this finger tattoo, just so i can do this to lilly:

until next time..
<3 alaina


butthole bob

my friend at work, carey, has this 3-faced magnet guy on her board.

one of the mouths looks like.. a butthole.

his name has been 'butthole bob' ever since!

until next time..
<3 alaina

ps. i have a paper due and a midterm exam this afternoon. i feel overwhelmingly unprepared.


gimme gimme!

brace yourself, ladies..

tiffany & co recently released a new collection called 'tiffany locks'!

love! love! LOVE!

not to mention i match perfectly:

too bad there are no major gift-giving holidays coming up : (

until next time..
<3 alaina

ps. sorry for my identity crisis. third time for a new layout is the charm?

all photos from tiffany & co website


recap: randy's birthday

as most of you probably saw, friday was dedicated to celebrating randy's 26th birthday! here's what we did to celebrate:

randy and i had the day off of work, so we slept in until about 10 am. so nice to not wake up until after the sun was up!

i picked up some yummy breakfast and served it to the birthday boy in bed. we ate lazily, sipping on orange juice and watching lilly's sad little furry face hoping something would fall from our forks.

we showered, got ready, and went to the movies! we saw paul, that new alien movie with seth rogan and kristin wiig. i really liked it! i thought it was funny. it's rated r so you know most of the jokes are going to be good. i can't remember the last time we were at the movies smack in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday. the best part was that the theater was fairly empty.

we ran a couple of quick errands then went home to get ready for the best part of the evening:

for the longest time, randy has been talking about eating at this restaurant called morton's steak house. every time we pass one, he makes a remark about it. about a month and a half ago, i thought it would be so wonderful to take him there for his birthday. i made a reservation, told him to suit up (it's a classy joint!), and took him to probably the nicest dinner we've eaten in our lives! the food was fantastic! randy got a prime rib, a cut they only serve on fridays and saturdays. when he told the waiter what he wanted, the waiter had to run over to the chef to reserve the piece of meat because there were only 12 available for the entire restaurant! they showed us this one cut of meat that is so rare that only 2 come from 1 cow! the experience was so top of the line that i was giddy the whole time. randy and i were trying to sneak camera phone pics of the food and the restaurant. it was such a great night.

they even personalized our menus!
besides the couple-hundred-dollar dinner, i got randy a traditional present. it was so hard to figure out what to get him because randy really never talks about anything he wants (that i can afford anyway). then i had an idea - a new watch! randy has a silver nixon watch that he's had for about 2 years and has seriously worn it every day. this is the one i got him:

it is such a pretty watch! took him a while to get used to, but i think he really likes it.

after dinner and getting waking up a little bit from our food coma (dinner was beyond delicious), we got cozy in our jammies and watch american idol from thursday night. because randy's getting old now (totally kidding!!), he didn't want to go out to the bars tonight. we were out for st. patty's and that night bleeds into his birthday since it's the day before, so after midnight i say that everyone's out celebrating randy's birthday.

i had the greatest day trying to make randy feel like the most special man in the world! fun fact: randy's older brother also had his birthday on friday! randy was born exactly 3 years after his older bro, russell. so weird!

until next time..
<3 alaina


girl crush

i have a girl crush : )

randy and i watch this show, shameless, on showtime

it's really good. you should check it out. it's about a dysfunctional family and their antics. definitely not for sensitive audiences, though.

emmy rossum plays fiona, the older sister who has to take care of her brothers and sisters and keep everyone's shit together. she is FANTASTIC in this show.

i don't have girl crushes very often. but this one is definitely warranted.

the season finale is on the 27th, but shameless is on tomorrow @ 10pm on showtime. check your local listings.

until next time..
<3 alaina


happy birthday, with love

today is randy's birthday! he is 26 years young <3

happy birthday to my best friend. i love you!

until next time..
<3 alaina


something green

happy st. patty's day everyone!

source: unknown

if you care, click here for an article about 'the scoop on st. patrick.'

see the green on the bottom of my dress? i promise, it is green. now you can't pinch me :)

stay safe and have fun!

until next time..
<3 alaina

ps. all my plans are falling into place for a certain someone's very special birthday tomorrow! very excited!


time is running out!

hey guys!

there are only 2 days left to vote in the cribsie awards!

click here to view my original post & get more info

OR cut to the chase and CLICK HERE to vote for us!

over 100,000 votes have been cast already!

(don't forget about my offer for the coupon code!)

until next time..
<3 alaina


borrowed: daybook

a couple of weeks ago i stumbled upon a beautiful journey. this girl is just too cute for words!

she does this thing called "a little weekly daybook" where she writes little phrases about her day. thought i'd give it a try -

outside my window
if i stand up, i can see the business across the street
outside of the glass front of our building.

i am thinking
hopping back into bed would be nice.

i am thankful for
everything! great friends, great family, great job, great life.

what i am learning
in school? stuff about british literature and trans-national literature.

i am creating
a post for my work's facebook page.
(visit us here)

i am going
home after work to watch some tivo'd trashy greatness.

i am hearing
the printer, the fax machine, people answering the phone.

i am reading

i am hoping
that this day goes by quickly.

around the house
i don't get to be at my house : (
but i know it could probably use some tidying up!

one of my favorite things
is my puppy girl <3

a few plans for the week
celebrating randy's 26th birthday on friday <3
and trying not to spill the surprise to him before that.

a picture

until next time..
<3 alaina