Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Party

 Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~ Henry James






Summer is almost over. Isn't that a sad statement? But never fear, you still have time to live it up this summer!!  Arianna from Arianna Knows Best is here to share some awesome Summer party ideas. Take it away, Arianna!

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Party Away The Summer Like A Celebrity

With the extreme heat and kids running around like animals, summer can get pretty intense! While it’s nice to sit back with a trashy gossip magazine to unwind, it can be a little envy inducing as well! Private islands, designer couture, and extravagant parties are enough to make anyone turn into a green-eyed monster! Thankfully, I have some imaginative friends, and we came up with a few ideas that were inspired by our favorite celebrities!


CELEBRITY SUMMER: ALBUM RELEASE PARTIES
    – Album release parties are the hottest ticket during the summer. Albums from Kanye West, The Black Keys, and Britney Spears are among the most highly anticipated releases of not only summer, but of the year. With so much new material flooding the airwaves, album release parties are just another excuse for celebrities to hope on a pricey private jet and travel from city to city to dance the night away!

REALITY SUMMER: DANCE OFF!
    – Time to start your own dance crew! Invite the friends and family over for the dance battle of the summer! Divide the participants into equal groups (try not to stack the deck!), pick your hottest jam, and dance yourself into a frenzy! Have bystanders cast their votes, and reward the winning team with some themed prizes, such as an iTunes gift card or fun colored headphones!

CELEBRITY SUMMER: ELLE STYLE AWARDS
    – This awards show is the one of biggest nights in fashion! With anybody and everybody showing up on the red carpet, dressed head to toe in hundreds of thousands of dollars in clothing, accessories, and jewelry. This award show is all about being a style trendsetter. If you want to win big, you have to dress for it!

REALITY SUMMER: CLOTHING/ACCESSORY SWAP PARTY
    – Get together with your girlfriends, and swap each other’s fabulous gently or unworn clothing and accessories. Does one of your friends have that one item you have always been envious of? Then try your best to entice them with something they want of yours. You never know what you could walk away with!

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY PARTY: HOLLYWOOD LUAU
    – Celebrity themed birthday parties are all the rage, and one of the biggest themes is the luau! From tropical drinks, to fire-dancers, and leis, a luau party is always a hit with celebrities, and their A-list friends. Extra TV host, Maria Menunous recently celebrated her 35th birthday with a major beach blowout! From celebrity guests to exotic animals, her party was a fixture in every gossip magazine for a week after!

REALITY BIRTHDAY PARTY: PARADISE IN YOUR BACKYARD
– Who wants a luau? Why not mix it up with your friends and family in the backyard by throwing a Greek or Moroccan themed party? Cook up (or go ahead and cater, it’s okay!) some authentic food, and encourage your guest to dress in authentic clothing. Turn your birthday party into a global destination with vibrant decorations and enchanting music!


        Arianna is a full-time mom and a fashion-lover, world traveler, animal lover, and family woman extraordinaire. She loves to cook and bake, travel to new places, share great fashion finds, and spend time doing crafts and projects at home with her kids. She’s got a crazy busy life, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! Follow her blog at http://ariannaknowsbest.blogspot.com/!
 
 
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Thanks so much, Arianna! 
 
 
So, tell me, how do you plan on spending the rest of your summer??
   

 
  
 
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hoppin' and Lockin'

Welcome to the 13th Hump Day Hop! 


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We are excited to have Brittnei from Get Fit, Healthy Life as our co-host this week!



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Monday, July 29, 2013

No Warm and Fuzzies

Do you ever hear so many great things about working with a company... and then when you work with them, you kinda feel let down? That happened to me last month. 



I was approached by the PR folks at eShakti about doing a product review for one of their dresses.  I was ecstatic! Not only had I heard such amazing things, but I also needed a dress for Dom's pre-school graduation. So of course, I jumped on board.  



They can customize the dresses on their website to your exact liking. Custom measurements, no problem. Want capped sleeves instead of strapless? They can do that, too.  Want to cover your knees, or maybe you want to show some skin? They've got you covered. Playing around with the different options is the fun part! 


Here's the one I ordered:








Let me start by saying that I have no complaints whatsoever about the dress itself - it is EXACTLY as I ordered it and the shipping was quick as well.  The issues came after I contacted the PR department to let them know I was ready to post my review and to obtain a promo code for you lovely readers. And I never heard anything. I sent email after email. I tweeted them. I emailed again.  Nothing. 



So, I would give their dress 5 stars, and I would give their PR department 0 stars. But as a customer, and not a blogger, you shouldn't have any problems. 



Have you been disappointed by a company's customer service before?



*Disclaimer: I received a free dress in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. 


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Our Blog Hop Brings All the Girls to the Blogs...

Welcome to the 12th Hump Day Hop! 


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We are excited to have Rebecca from How I Roll as our co-host this week! I love this girl, go check out her blog, she's good people.




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Sunday, July 21, 2013

My Mom's Nuggets of Wisdom

Thailand... REPRESENT!




So, you may remember me mentioning that I'm half Thai. Or if you don't, read that post and you'll get the quick and dirty of my "background", if you will. But growing up with a Thai mother was very interesting, to say the least.  She has lived in the States since she was in her early twenties, so almost 40 years now. But she is Thai, through and through.  



Growing up, my mom would always impart little nuggets of "wisdom" to me... some of them still have me scratching my head in confusion, but hey... you be the judge. 







"It's Wednesday. You can't get your hair cut on Wednesdays.  That is very bad luck in my country." 
(never 'Thailand' - always 'my country.')  I never did get my hair cut on a Wednesday, but part of me wonders if that's all that is keeping the apocalypse from happening.  



"Can you cook dinner tonight? It's my time and I cannot do it." 
Aka, her time of the month.  Apparently women who are menstruating are not allowed to cook because it will change the flavor of the food. Not sure how that works, I guess the hormones come flying out of your fingertips and into the food you're cooking?! Or perhaps you're just crampy and making up excuses not to cook. It's cool, lady, I got your number.



"Are you sick? Get up, don't lay down. If you lay down, you'll never get better."  
I was the only kid with the flu/chicken pox/migraine/whatever who was expected to be active and not lay down. EVER. You can bet your little hiney that I let my kids lay down when they don't feel well, or heck, even when they do. It's a laying down party at my house, 24/7. 



On why she NEVER let me do anything with friends or leave the house and pretty much forcing me to be a recluse: "One day, you will know. Everything I do, I do it for you."  
Well, thank you, Bryan Adams. Pretty sure de-socializing your kid isn't a topic in Parenting 101 class, but thanks for that. And then when I'd get fed up and finally ask her why I couldn't ever do anything or go anywhere she'd give this next nugget as her explanation: 



"...because you'll end up like a prostitute."  
Anything that she didn't want me to do, she would warn me that doing it would end up with me being a prostitute. Like, "don't be friends with that girl, look at her! She's like a prostitute. If you're friends with her, you'll be one, too!"  Or "don't talk to that boy anymore. he's not a nice boy. Do you want to be a prostitute?"  Or, her favorite, "oh no no no, you are NOT going to the movies [or insert another location here] with your friends unless I come with you. Somebody might kidnap you and then you'll be a prostitute and never see me or your dad again." Hey Ma... people enter into prostitution (albeit willingly or unwillingly) for various reasons, but I'm pretty sure going to see a horror movie with your girlfriends is not one of them, though.



Oh, Ma... you taught me so much.  



What nuggets of wisdom did your mom pass on to you?



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Friday, July 19, 2013

(Almost) Everything You Never Wanted to Know...

...about me. Duh. 



I like to eat entire packs of Juicy Fruit gum in one sitting. 






I talk to myself in the car all the time.  I also use my bluetooth a lot to talk on my cell phone in the car. Both look the same. 







I could eat chicken every single day and be totally fine with it. 



If Dom had been a girl, his name would have been Carina Sofia (and his initials would have been CSS - ha! #bloggerhumor #getit?).  If Will had been a girl, his name would have been Sofia Victoria. 



My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Because clearly, any holiday that involves eating until you burst and wearing the only thing that would possibly still fit you, aka a giant pair of sweatpants, is alright with me. 



I have OCD issues with colored candies - like Skittles or jellybeans. 



I come from a family of many divorces/remarriages.  So naturally, I firmly believe that marriage should be forever and hubs and I *will* break that cycle. Sorry babe, you're stuck with me. 







Growing up, I thought coats and umbrellas were lame and didn't want people to see me with them.  Naturally, I was sick a lot. 



I cannot drink anything that is not a beverage through a straw. For example, hubs occasionally likes to drink broth through a straw. Which makes me gag. He says, "so what? it all goes to the same place!" to which I reply "but it's not a drink, so you can't drink it like a drink!" What? I'm a complicated soul with many layers. Most of them are crazy. 



I like to tell really embarrassing stories about myself.  Frequently. But hey, if you can't laugh at yourself, then you're just a big stick in the mud. So enjoy these posts. Yikes, there's a lot of them.

 

That Awkward Moment When...
That One Time I Almost Got Arrested
Hairy Superstitious
So, when is the baby due? 
How YOU doin?
Well, THAT was embarrassing!
Just Throw in the Towel


Alrighty then. Now that you probably think I'm a huge dork, I will bid you good night.  I'll probably post something like this again.  Because you can never know enough useless, random things about me, right? Right. 



Ciao!




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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Hump Day Hop #11

Welcome to the 11th Hump Day Hop! 



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We are excited to have Dawn from Dawn's Disaster as our co-host this week!



 


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Are you serious, bro?

I was so tired yesterday that I slept longer than I should have in the morning. But it was nice to get a little rest. But of course I didn't pack a lunch for work, so I called one of our nearby establishments to place an order.  The conversation that ensued still makes me shake my head.
 
 
 
Me: "Hi, I'd like to place an order for carry out, please."
 
 
 
Stupid lady:  "Carry out? Does that mean you will be picking it up?"
 
 
 
Me: *Silence*   "......Ummm. Yes."
 
 
 
SL: *bitchy tone* "Well okkaaayyy."
 
 
 
Really? Really?!  REALLYYY?! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I mean, I've seen this lady there before, she's not a new employee or new to the restaurant industry.  What else would carry out mean??? You come to the place, you pay for your food, and you CARRY IT OUT. Should I have said take out? Or pick up? Gimme a break, lady.
 
 
 
OK, that's my rant for the day. 
 
 
 
Has this ever happened to you before??!
 
 
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Monday, July 15, 2013

One is the Loneliest Number





I miss my hubby.  Really, really miss him.  He's been working so much overtime and his schedule is all over the place.  Believe me, I appreciate how hard he works to provide for us. I really do.  But it's so hard not getting to see him much at all.  



We don't get to do much together as a family.  If we go anywhere, it's just me and the kids because Charlie is either working or sleeping because he's so exhausted from working.  Sometimes I feel sad showing up to couples events without him.  I'm always afraid that people are going to think we're separated or something because he's never with me.  Stupid, I know. 



I honestly don't know how military spouses whose husbands are gone for months, even years, at a time... how do they do it?  I fully admit that I'm not that strong. And I just really miss my best friend.  



Anyway... that's my sad sack story of the day.  Here's to hoping his work schedule calms down soon so we can spend some quality time together. 








Don't forget to tune in tomorrow night at 8pm EST for the Hump Day Hop! Ciao. 




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Sunday, July 14, 2013

When You Say Love, I Say...

A few months ago, I asked some lovely peoples on FB and Twitter to suggest a word to me, any word.  And I would use the words for post inspiration. 



So, today's post is brought to you by the word LOVE.  Thank you to those who suggested it. 







What/who do I love? Well, I'm glad you asked. 



First and foremost, my hubby, my kids, our families and friends.  I think this one is a given, but it still bears repeating.  But what else do I love? 



Blogging. Awwww, woo woo woo. 



Mexican food! 



Reading. Anything and everything that I can get my hands on. 



Watching tv with the hubs at night after the kids go to bed.  Actually watching tv, not "watching tv". Although that is nice, too. Bwahaha. 



Getting pedis with my bestie. 



Dirty jokes.  The dirtier the better. 



Spending time with my dad.  Even if it's just sitting and talking for 2 hours. 



Rum and Coke. Crown and Coke. Just Coke.  Margaritas with sugar (not salt).  Bourbon and ginger. Cherry bombs.  Jager bombs.  Moscato, pink or white.  I could go on, but I think you get the point. 



Office supplies! I could live inside Staples. 



Listening to music and dancing my nerdy (half)white girl dance moves around the house. 



What/who do you love?  




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Saturday, July 13, 2013

5 Jobs I Could Never Do

Do you ever glance at the employment ads in the Classified section of your local newspaper? I often wonder at some of the job openings that are listed. And I'll think "hey, I'm smart, I could do that!"
But more often than not, I will look at the jobs and say, "Whoa! You couldn't pay me enough to do that!" 



So, without further ado, here are 5 jobs that I could never do. And I am by no means putting down any of these fields - they are just jobs that I personally couldn't do.



1) Any kind of medical profession - doctor, nurse, phlebotemist, etc.
I'm too squeamish and too much of a hypochondriac to ever consider a position in the medical field. But of course, I appreciate those who can! Y'all are stronger than me! When faced with a gaping wound or a broken bone, I'm liable to faint or throw up or something.







2) Veterinarian/Animal Shelter Staff, etc.
I would end up trying to adopt every poor little animal that didn't have a home or was being mistreated, etc. I'm too much of a softie to say no. And I get attached very easily to animals.




 
 
 
3) Artist/Graphic Design
Dude, I can't draw my way out of a paper bag, so this would be a very bad career path for me. This is one of those things that you can't really learn - generally, you're born with the talent or you're not. And that gene definitely skipped me.






4) Coroner/Medical Examiner/Embalmer/Funeral home staff
C.S.I don't think so. I can't deal with bodies. I just can't. There's something inherently sad about it. Especially in a funeral home, where your clients are in the throes of deepest grief. I can't do it. 






5)  Accountant/Statistician/Engineer - anything to do with MATH
Just... NO.






What are some jobs that you couldn't do??? 



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