Sunday, June 22, 2014

Adventures in staycations

My husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary this year and decided to stay home and enjoy our first ever staycation. We figured we live at the beach, why not enjoy it?!

So we acted like tourists all week and if anyone asked where we were from instead of saying "oh we're local" we decided to be from Alaska :)  Hey- at least it explained the pale skin! 

Our adventure really started with a Dolphin Kayak Tour at the oceanfront.  It's so cool seeing the dolphins swimming all around you

The dolphins probably look even cooler now wearing the sunglasses we lost in the ocean.  On our way back in our kayak caught a wave flipping us over!  The kayak landed on my head knocking me under the water...did I mention I don't know how to swim?!  I've never loved my life jacket more.

Next up...we decided to try out the Adventure Park.  

This look says it all...what did I get myself into???
 It took me about an hour to complete the junior course... the junior one!!!
and when I got to the end there was only one way to go...down.  My husband...being a gentleman...jumped first.  Which we quickly realized meant I was left alone on the platform!   I stood on on top for what felt like another hour trying to get up the nerve to jump.  In reality, it was about 10 minutes.  Finally an eight year old and her Grandma joined me on the platform.  The little girl tried to encourage me to jump but when that didn't work Grandma pushed me off!!!  (Thanks Nana- I needed that!)
We kept it a little more low key the rest of our staycation.  Enjoying a little beach time
and taking our kayak out to Rudees Inlet
We took a tour of the Norfolk harbor
 and watched the sunset over the water

We checked out some old restaurant favs and a few new spots like Charlie's Cafe in Norfolk, Freemason Abbey, Tradewinds and for dessert...Doumar's! 

It was a great week and the best part... 

we don't have to travel far to do it all again :) 

Monday, April 7, 2014

ACM Awards recap

The ACM Awards were last night and Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan were back as hosts!

They had their own Ellen-style selfie moment
revealed who's behind Daft Punk helments...or in this case Daft Bluke
and took a swipe at Britney Spears

 Not all the music was live though

If you noticed Rascal Flatts lip syncing you weren't alone.  They said after the show “After having performed several shows earlier in the week, Gary lost his voice. So, instead of canceling our commitment to do the show, we made a last minute decision to lip-sync. We’ve never done it before, and we’re obviously not very good at it. We look 
forward to singing live again in the very near future!”
There were a ton of cool (and yes live) performances- Faith came out to sing with Tim.  

Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks teamed up.  Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow sang together. Then Shakira went country on a duet with Blake Shelton!

But my favorite moment of the night had to be the George Strait and Miranda Lambert tribute to Merle Haggard!

The big winner of the night was George Strait.
In his acceptance speech he said, "I've always said I have the best fans in the world. I heard this was a fan-voted thing, so I rest my case."

He may have missed seeing Miranda give him a high-five though while walking to the stage.  Hey if you're going to be left hanging by someone, George Strait is King.  

George wasn't the only one who left someone hanging...Twitter blew up with tweets about Miranda leaving Taylor Swift out of her acceptance speech.  Miranda mentioned the oversight backstage saying, “I forgot to say something about Taylor tonight. We all work our asses off, especially Taylor. She’s kind of like her own animal. She’s ridiculous. I was thinking about my friends at home [who] lost a baby, [but] I talked to Taylor and she’s cool"

All forgiven

Justin Moore won New Artist of the Year and on stage got a little choked up

But afterwards he opened up a little bit more with some things he couldn't say on TV...warning some NSFW language ahead!!

I saw a lot of people on facebook saying "but Justin Moore's been around for years. How can he get NEW artist?"  Well he talked about that backstage too saying, 
“I would have taken Female Vocalist had they given it to me. At this point, I really didn’t care what they called it. The trophies are all the same."

The other buzz of the gorgeous Miranda Lambert looked!! And she walked away with 2 awards: Single of the Year and Female Vocalist 
She glammed up and then rocked a simple tshirt and jeans

Plus, how cute are these two together?
She teamed up with another hot country singer, Keith Urban on "We Were Us" this year and they won Vocal Event of the Year and shared this photo of their tattoos! 
Ok let's talk fashion.  Miranda wasn't the only woman who looked amazing last night

No offense to the guys in the Band Perry but all eyes were on Kimberly when they performed.
Cassadeee Pope, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift wowed on the red carpet
and Kacey Musgraves- hair, makeup and that color...perfect!
Not a bad night for either...she took home the ACM for Album of the Year.

all in all it was a great show! 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

DIY Fireplace Headboard

When I turned 13 years old I begged my Dad for a grown-up bedroom set.  My sister had just turned 16. She got a new (used) car and was growing up and I wanted to too.
So I picked out this "adult" bedroom set.  Gold accents, mirrors on all the doors...oh I thought it was so fancy.
Almost 20 years later it has followed me from every apartment to our first home.  If you look closely you can still see the rips on the furniture from where I taped up pictures of Jordan Catalano. 
My So-Called-Life...aaah memories.  

It was time to move on though so I found this DIY Fireplace Headboard on Pinterest and asked my husband if he could build it.  He was willing...anything to get rid of the "Grandma bed" as he called it.
While he was building the headboard I worked on the fabric portion.  I found the perfect fabric on clearance but it wasn't quite wide enough so I found another piece that matched and sewed it on either end to make it look like another stripe.  
To make the fabric part all you need is a staple gun. Cut a piece of plywood to fit into the opening.  Cover it in foam or a mattress pad and staple it to the back.  
Then cover it in a layer of batting.  Finish with the fabric layer. 
To save money we just bought a mattress pad from Kohls to use as the cushion for the fabric part.  It was cheaper- but the "crates" on it ended up making the stripes go wavy.  This MAY drive me crazy for the next 20 years but at least with the bed made you really can't tell.  
Now that it's finished we realized we didn't need the fabric portion to go all the way to the floor.  The bed covers half of it.  Oh well, lesson learned.  

Maybe in another 20 years we'll build a new one but for now we're sticking with this. 
Plus, now we can say we have a "fireplace" in the master bedroom :) 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Luke Bryan mania!

Luke Bryan concert tickets are going on-sale this Friday...
I've got your chance to Win 'Em Before You Can Buy 'Em on the Top 7@7:47 all week!  Listen to win! don't want to miss seeing this...

Do you??

Yeah didn't think so.

I've got Luke's new song "Play It Again" on the Test Flight this week at 8:50pm!  BTW how cute is this shirt? You might see me wearing it at the show this summer :)

And as much as we love Luke we can't forget some of our other favs!  So new music on the Test Flight from The Band Perry...
And Big and Rich
and new artist Joe Bachman
Hmm "Look At You" and "LookAtChu" I'm seeing a theme here! 

Speaking of looking...just try to not look at this face and fall in love
Cuto is our Pet of The Week and is up for adoption at the Peninsula SPCA.  Visit Cuto and his friends at the PSPCA in Newport News! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DIY Valentine's Gift Basket

My husband and I aren't into big Valentine's Day gifts. I'm allergic to flowers and they just die in a few days anyway.  (Heart shaped balloons, however, are awesome)
 But I still want to show him how much I love him
Sorry, not sorry.  So I made up this DIY Valentine's Day gift basket filled with treats he likes...Chips, Gatorade, Twizzlers and even wine
A not so quick Pinterest search led to me to MANY cute free printables

 Seriously I spent hours finding more and more I wanted to use
I saved them all and took them to Office Max to be printed in color on card stock.  Each sheet cost 60 cents so I didn't feel so bad printing a bunch of them
I made a few myself using Photoshop and a simple heart shape- like a bag of Pirates Booty with the message "I Like Your Booty"  I couldn't resist that pun :) 
Since Valentine's is only a few days away I'm making it easy for you- here are the links to all of the printables I found on Pinterest.  Start clicking and printing!

I even found a free printable Valentine's Day card that went perfectly with my theme
Download it here

And I stumbled across this cute decoration for the house for FREE
See I told you I spent way too much time on Pinterest! 

Print the free 8x10 subway art and find a nice frame to put it in and you are ready for Valentine's Day for sure