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tattoo: fin

my tattoo, finally finished!

i have to be honest with you all - my last tattoo appointment was actually the last week of december, which means my tattoo has been finished for a month now. i've just been too busy/lazy to take the time to take quality pictures of it. but what is it they say - the good things are worth waiting for?

as always, the fabulous jr sanchez did this piece for me.

click here for session 1, 2, 3, & 4!


iphone wallpaper

found an awesome place for wallpaper for your iphone or ipad..

go over to for pages and pages of awesome & unique backgrounds for your apple products!


4 years ago today..

this photo was taken on january 26, 2008. just after midnight on this night, randy asked, "will you be my girlfriend?"

and i said, "of course!"


then, on november 28, 2011, randy asked, "will you marry me?"

and i said, "maybe" (and then said yes!)

click here* to read our engagement story!

randy: i love you with all of me, and i cannot wait to be your wife! and no matter what comes our way, we will always make the absolute best of it, together <3


wedding wednesday

now that it's a new year and my entire paycheck (after rent and bills of course) isn't pledged to gifts for my family and fiance, i need to start saving up for this wedding!

i'm not saying this is how it's going to play out, but i thought list of who pays for what traditions was really interesting:

bride + family
church, organist, etc.
bride's dress
flower arrangements + flowers for bridesmaids and the flower girl
wedding photographer + videographer
first engagement party
bridesmaids luncheon
reception + all professional services during
groom's ring
wedding invitations + announcements + wedding programs
transportation of bridal party to ceremony and to reception

groom + family
marriage license + officiant's fee
groom's outfit
bride's bouquet, boutonnieres, mother + grandmother corsages
complete honeymoon
rehearsal dinner
bachelor's dinner
bride's engagement + wedding ring

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happiness habits

january is a crazy month.

i have my birthday along with some work travel for trade shows, which makes for a crazy office environment upon my return.

as most of you know, the daily routine of school or work can get really annoying, so here are 12 happiness habits for busy people:

1. smile at perfect strangers.
2. pretend today is going to be a great day.
3. reflect on what's good.
4. use personal strengths to get things done.
5. use your imagination.
6. create something.
7. help someone else for a couple minutes.
8. share your lunch break with a close friend.
9. get rid of one thing a day.
10. meditate.
11. avoid negativity and negative people.
12. enjoy the moment.


random tidbits

some random questions, courtesy of tenpenny splendid:

1. what's a nickname only your family calls you?
my brother calls me "sister," which i think is adorable.
my grandma used to call me "sissy." when i hit about 13, he started getting worried that i'd think he was actually calling me a sissy, so he stopped doing it for a while.

2. what's a weird habit of yours?
i plan things non-stop. if you look at the calendar in my phone, you'll see that on february 6th, i'm due for a color treatment for my hair, and on march 10th, i'm supposed to clean out my closet. i've already picked out our save-the-date cards (with randy's approval, of course) even though we don't have a set date to save yet. my brain just prefers to stay busy.

3. what's a song you secretly love to blast & belt out when you're alone?
currently, the selena gomez song about loving you like a love song, baby. and i don't necessarily need to be alone. thank god i've locked randy in already..

4. what's one of your biggest pet peeves?
i have many, i'm sure. i don't like when people put food in the microwave but take it out before the timer has gone off and they don't clear it, so the microwave says 0:47 for hours.

5. what's one of your nervous habits?
i won't breathe in when i speak if i'm nervous, so by the 3rd sentence in i'm gasping for air like i've just come up from being under water.

6. what side of the bed do you sleep on?
the right side, if you're looking head-on at our bed. usually the very very right side, as lilly cuddles with me and takes up a lot of room, even though she's not a huge dog.

7. what was your first stuffed animal & its name?
i know i got a minnie mouse doll for my first birthday (i have a VHS to prove it..), but i doubt that was my very first stuffed animal. i remember being very young and having this frightening, huge pink bunny rabbit in my room that had to be removed because of the amount of nightmares it caused me to have.

8. what's the drink you always order at starbucks?
grande vanilla latte with an extra pumped (iced if we're having warm weather)

9. what's the beauty rule you preach but never actually follow?
i do give a lot of my friends beauty advise, but there's not really anything i say they must do that i myself in fact do not. i do wish i used an eye cream more regularly.

10. which way do you face in the shower?
either facing toward the shower head or away from it - never sideways!

11. do you have any 'weird' body 'skills'?
nothing really comes to mind. i used to be able to do the splits in high school, but those days are long gone.

(i don't know why the formatting is messed up on this question.. sorry!)

12. what's your favorite 'comfort food'/food that's 'bad' but you love to eat it anyways?
lately i've been obsessed with coldstone ice cream. i get cake batter with gummy bears, and occasionally marshmallows. it's not to the point where it's become a problem yet, but i do daydream about it often.

13. what's a phrase or exclamation you always say?
i say that things or people are "driving me nuts" a lot. i also say "jeez louise" pretty frequently.

14. time to sleep - what are you actually wearing?
one of randy's old shirts and either sweat pants or shorts. if i think it's going to be really cold, i'll wear socks - which angers lilly, who loves to lick my feet under the covers.


wedding wednesday

as i think about my wedding day that is approximately 1 year and 8 months away, i try and visualize the big picture - the ceremony details, the reception site (even though we have neither picked out yet!), the favors, the food..

but one thing that will be a part of the picture is me! and.. i am going to be a tattooed bride.

i'll be honest - when i was growing up, my tattoos were not a part of any wedding fantasies. but they're not going anywhere any time soon, so i have to start picturing myself as a bad-ass bride with visible tattooes.

in order to help myself visualize, i consulted the web..