Friday, April 18, 2014

GIVEAWAY!

I'm participating in my first group giveaway with the most awesome ladies out there! I'm so excited to be a part of this and I can't wait to see who wins the goods. Enter in below! The contest goes until Thursday, April 24th at 11:59pm.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

STAGECOACH 2014



Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my gosh. Stagecoach is so SOON! Me and my 2 roommates have been planning this long before tickets even went on sale. In case you live under a rock, Stagecoach is like Coachella, but for country music. It's literally held at the same place as Coachella just 2 weeks after it. This year the headliners are Eric Church, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan. OBVIOUSLY I'm super stoked for all of these. I've been to plenty of concerts in my life, but only one of them has been country music -- a couple years ago I went to see Keith Urban with Megan, Colleen, and Bryan. Which is so weird, because I'm a big country music fan. You'd think I would have gone to more country concerts....hmm....anyways!

I've been to Spirit West Coast, which is like Stagecoach only for Christian music...but that was foreeeeever ago. I was in high school and not of legal drinking age (obvi)....so I didn't really get to experience the whole MAJOR CONCERT, party-like-a-rockstar thing....which, I mean, it was a Christian event...so I don't even think there was alcohol sold. But still. Stagecoach is going to be a blasty-blast. There's concerts going all day long. There will be plenty of drinking (again, obvi) and I can't wait to just mingle with people and make new friends....party with strangers. Which might sound terrifying to some of you, but Melinda has gone to Stagecoach for the past 3 years and she said that everyone is partying with everyone and it's awesome. You meet people. Go to their campsite to play beer pong. Make friends that'll save you a spot for a concert later....it's so hippie, I love it.

We paid a buttload of money for this. Like more money than I care to share. Let's just say the tickets alone were something like $300 (I say "something like..." because I don't really know. Melinda bought us the tickets and then totaled everything up and let us know what our portion was). Add on the campsite (with a 4 night minimum for a 3 night concert...ugh, those bitches), food, beer, gas to get there, etc. etc. etc.....it was just a ton of money.

But it'll be WORTH IT!!!!! I get to see Luke shake his thang IRL, you guys. Gah, I can't wait.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Must Have Monday - Greens n Things

Hey guys. I'm back from my week of silence. I'm still going to be slowing things down a bit around here, but I'll still be around. I've got a ton of things going on in my life and I've gotta get it all in order. I was posting 4-5 times a week, which was getting to be too much. I noticed when I was posting that much that the content of my posts was just meh. I only want to post when I actually have something interesting to say. So that may mean I post 5 times in one week, but only once the next week. It just depends. I hope you all stick around through this crazy time in my life.

Anywho...here's my Must Have Monday this week. In honor of Spring, I've been blowing up Pinterest looking for plants and flowers. We went to Home Depot this past weekend and bought a bunch of plants for outside....so here are some ideas for plants that can be inside!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

PAUSE

Ok, I'm going to be taking a mini break from the blog. Probably just for a week. Maaaaybe 2. I've got a ton of stuff going on lately with work, school, and my BFF's kid's birthday this weekend. I hate to say it, but I don't want to have to think about my blog right now. So sorry for the little bit of absence, but I promise I'll be back super soon. :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Must Have Monday - Hairdresser

In honor of me becoming a hairdresser, I thought I'd do this Must Have Monday with things I've found on Etsy that I'm DYING to have. There's cups, business cards, business card holders, and other little things that any hairdresser would LOVE to have...

   
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Friday, April 4, 2014

There's an Upside!

Who knew that there was a plus side to the whole "being super busy with school and work and becoming super overwhelmed" thing. I've officially lost 5 pounds and apparently it's noticeable. People that I see EVERYDAY are coming up to me and asking if I've lost weight. I've always felt like when you lose weight, the people you see every day are the last to notice....because just that. You see them every day! It's hard to see the changes. But they are seeing the change and complimenting me...which is always a good ego booster.

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[Young, Skinny Denise. LOOK at my arms. UGH!]

I'm so busy, I barely have time to sit and eat a meal...let alone snack. I used to snack all day long...on whatever I wanted. Chips (sour cream and cheddar ruffles? YES PLEASE). Hummus (yes good for you, but eating an entire thing of hummus? not so much). String cheese (3 sticks? DUH.). Popcorn (super extra massive amounts of movie style butter...it's the only way). I'm sooooo healthy.

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[It's like 2007 me is shoving my skinny cuteness in my face!!]

But now, I don't really eat "meals". I eat when I can. I'm trying to show my work that being in school isn't going to affect my work (i.e. coming in tired all the time, slacking off, leaving early for school, etc.) so I've been working my BUTT off. So I'm constantly busy at work...then at school, I get a 15 minute break but even that's not enough time to get something to eat or even scarf down something I brought.

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[Back when I thought I was fat. I could slap 2006 Denise]

So I stick to snacking. But instead of the shit I was snacking on before, I'm snacking on apples, fiber bars, Ready Pac salads, and veggies. All day long. And apparently it's working. I honestly wasn't consciously TRYING to lose weight (but I mean, aren't I ALWAYS trying to lose weight?). I was just eating when I was hungry....instead of eating when I was typing, eating when I was filing, eating when I was sitting. Eating just to eat.

Who knows, if I actually continue down this weightloss road, maybe one day I'll post my before and after pictures. And I hope there's a big difference. I already feel better. I feel like I look better. My self-confidence is slowly coming back. I'm becoming FABBBBULOUS again...


[and clearly, I'm a big fan of crazy Tyra gifs...2nd day in a row]

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Overwhelmed

I'm beginning to see signs of being overwhelmed lately. I'm not quite overwhelmed just yet, but I can see it slowly creeping in. I don't know how people juggle full time jobs and school, and yet still find time to get everything else in their lives done. I'm sorry if my blog starts to suffer. I've been trying to stay on top of it, and even write posts ahead of time, so I don't have to stress over not having a post ready. But it's definitely a lot. Kudos to all you bloggers out there that are doing a million other things as well as blogging daily.

I've been making sure I take time on the weekends (or whenever I can during the week) to have ME time. And by "ME time" I mean relaxing. I've gotta let my brain refresh and calm my body so I don't end up overworking myself. I know there will come a time when I'm completely overwhelmed, and that's inevitable. But I'd like to stave that off as long as possible.

My friend Matt is coming into town this weekend for a wedding on Friday night and he's staying with me over the weekend. I feel like a totally horrible person, but I really wish he was coming another weekend. I've got SO much that needs to get done this weekend: study, do homework, grocery shop, do laundry, clean the kitchen, cook for the week, go to CosmoProf to buy stuff for school. As much as I'm excited to see him and hang out, I really wish I was able to have the entire weekend to get all of this done, instead of cramming it all into Sunday afternoon/evening after Matt leaves. He wants to go to the Getty Museum on Saturday, which I'm totally down for. But I think afterwards, he might have to run errands with me. Sorry, bud. It's gotta get done this weekend!

Last weekend, Danette was in town, so I wasn't able to clean/cook/grocery shop. This weekend Matt's here. Next week I'm going home for my BFF's kid's 1st birthday party. The following weekend my other friend Brian might be coming down to LA to stay with his friend...and I really want to hang out with him since I haven't seen him in FOREVER.

See what I mean about being overwhelmed? I'm not there yet, but these coming weekends might send me right over that edge. On top of everything, I haven't been sleeping very well. When I get home from school at 9:00pm, I've got my 2nd wind, so I'm still in "GO" mode. I've tried everything, but I cannot fall asleep! I've been falling asleep around midnight every night for the past 2 weeks. I've started a love affair with my Keurig. I look forward to coffee every morning. Which is really really weird for me. I'm not an avid coffee lover. Or should I say I WASN'T an avid coffee lover. Now? I'm headed in that direction.

I'm so exhausted, I don't even know how to end this post. So I'm just going to say goodbye and ask that you send a quick prayer up to You-Know-Who that I don't go off the deep end and turn into this...



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