Thursday, March 31, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

Heart of the Matter
Giveaway winner! 
Using - the winner of the Heart of the Matter giveaway is Tara from Fabulous but Evil 
[check out her blog, she really is fabulous]

Tara, I'll be in touch about mailing the book to you! 

Hope the rest of you are having a happy Thursday! :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ollie and his Cone of Shame on Urbanbulldog!

Check Ollie (and his cone of shame) out today on - he's still cute as can be and yup, still rocking the cone of shame!

DJ took him to the vet on Monday and he's on antibiotics for one more week. I'm currently enroute back to Georgia from Indiana (it's snowing, barf). That's right it's roadtrip time!

So excited to get home to my sweet boy! Happy Wednesday!

(don't forget today is the last day to enter my giveaway!)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

birthday boy...

DJ's birthday is rapidly approaching and what does he want for his birthday? well I've asked time and time again and he only wants two things [other than a new laptop] - sunglasses and some brown new balance sneakers... oh yes and we're going to Medieval Times...

I already know what sunglasses he's getting... considering we've already bought them once before.. that's right the polarized rayban wayfarers that got stolen sometime last year at work...
...and he wants brown "new balance sneakers" - now the hunt begins.. here are some of the ones I've found....

what do you think? any winners?
[DJ that includes you]

here's to a brown birthday...

two days left to enter my giveaway, don't forget!

Monday, March 28, 2011

30 before 30

DJ's birthday is coming up in the next few weeks and he's turning 29, which makes me think about turning thirty [30 flirty and thriving, anyone?] -- which has made me think about "bucket lists" and I've started working on my "30 before 30" list -- only problem is as of today I only have 16 items on it.... 14 more to go [all to be unveiled once the list is complete, get excited!]

any ideas? 
do you have one, if so -- what is on your list?

image via here

only a few more days to enter my giveaway, don't forget! :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

quality time...

one of the best things about our move to Atlanta has been quality time with family. I'm so excited that we get to see family so much more often! especially our sweet niece and nephews. last weekend we spent the weekend with DJ's younger brother and his wife and their two kids... it's crazy to watch them grow! Noah is turning into a little man, his legs just keep getting longer and longer - and baby Max is turning into a little chunky monkey and I love it [remember them from here]... it's crazy to watch babies grow and develop... check out the progression on Max's growth below... 

July 2010

October 2010

December 2010

March 2011

I can't believe that in 4 months he'll be a year!

So last Saturday we ventured over to the Georgia Aquarium, it was beautiful and everything worth visiting, the exhibits are amazing!  It was just a little too crowded for my taste - next time I go  it's definitely NOT going to be on a Saturday afternoon! Here are a few shots from the Aquarium...

After the Aquarium we ventured over to Gordon Biersch for some apps and beer... we got the beer sampler which was yummy [and pretty]...

hope you're having a delightful weekend!
**make sure to enter my giveaway if you haven't already!**

Friday, March 25, 2011

"Heart of the Matter" - Book Giveaway

Happy Friday! my kindle comes today and to celebrate - I'm doing a giveaway. I originally bought Heart of the Matter to read over the weekend, but as I want to break in my new toy I'm going to download it and give the book I bought away to one lucky blog reader.

One lucky winner will receive a brand-spankin'-new paperback copy of Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin!

Mandatory Entry:
1.  Leave me a comment telling me the title of a GREAT book that you've recently read [I need ideas of what to download and read next!]

Extra entries:
1. Follow "forever88" [this blog, duh] via GFC
2. Blog about the giveaway

Make sure to leave a comment for each entry!

Entries accepted until Wednesday, March 30th at 12am.  
Winner announced Thursday, March 31st!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

exciting addition to the family!

I have the world's BEST husband who agreed that I needed one of these....

 that is correct, as of friday, I'll be the owner of a Amazon Kindle

I got a pretty red leather case with a light to keep my new baby safe and stylish!

so. freaking. excited.

thanks danny J for supporting my book/reading addiction... hey, it's better than crack, right?! 
AND now we don't need to invest in more bookcases AND I'm saving trees.
I know, I'm a great person. so selfless.

thanks ALSO to one of my bestest favorite friends sarah for answering all my kindle questions last night! she's also a new blogger, check out her blog, it's hilarious and awesome! [just like sarah!]

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

what I'm loving wednesday...

happy wednesday! so happy this week is flying by - I'm having a great one, hope you are too!

here's what I'm loving this wednesday....

I'm loving... that in THREE sleeps I'll get to see some of my favorite people, I'm so excited to go to Indiana [even though it'll be freezing] so spend some QT with three of my closest friends! 

I'm loving... SPRING! It's beautiful in Atlanta, hope it is wherever you are too!

I'm loving... jamming out in the car to my new Glee CDs!

I'm loving... that I got to spend time with two of my nephews this weekend!

I'm loving... that I made DJ watch Twilight last night... bahaha

I'm loving... my sweet puppy, I just hope he feels better soon!

as always, I'm loving... my soulmate - he's my best friend and I'd be lost without him, my sweet sweet Danny J...

what are you loving on our first spring wednesday of 2011?

black & white wednesday....

more pictures from the aquarium coming soon...

see more of this week's black and white photography here...

the long road

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Target Tuesday...mmmm SHOES [Link-up]

last night after feeling very slightly annoyed at my cranky amazing husband I decided to go to Target and spend lots of our money take a breather [just kidding DJ... I had a gift card, duh] but seriously, I needed to get out of the house and unlike the 'shire where I had to drive 45 minutes to get to a Target [gasp, I know it was insane] I am now only 7 miles away from my mecca... which is AMAZING slightly dangerous!

I was good last night [self-restraint, who knew?!] - I didn't  come home with any shoes, BUT I was drooling over quite a few of their adorable choices [under $30 too?!] - here are some of my favs...

aren't they adorable? which are your favorites?
all I know is next time, DJ won't be so lucky, one [or two or five] of these suckers are coming home with me!

head over to Fabulous but Evil and link-up with your Target favs too!

Monday, March 21, 2011


took these this weekend before the aquarium... just captured the beauty of the day...

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."  ~Charles Dickens

happy first day of spring!

Friday, March 18, 2011

accessory blog swap - so fun!

do you heart accessories? I do.
I just signed up for this fun swap by creative index - you should too!

from the vault...

when I checked my email this morning I got an email from DJ with the subject "from the vault" - all the body of the email said was: thought you would love these!

he was correct... I do. check out sweet Ollie lovin on my face back in his days of puppydom...

doesn't he just make your heart melt?

in other news, DJ went to urgent care yesterday and everything came back normal and he's feeling better. we took sweet Oliver to the vet yesterday too and they said that he's has "allergies" - my poor baby is allergic to Georgia! we have a special shampoo that we have to bath his feet with every three days and the shampoo has to sit for 10-15 minutes. he's a dog. 10-15 minutes is a long time.... we're going to have to find a way to make this go smoother.

DJ and I are spending the night at his younger brother and his wife's house - I'm excited for some QT with them and their kids - we're going to the Georgia Aquarium tomorrow! SO. FREAKING. EXCITED.

happy weekend friends!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

how you doin'?

so we have a new family tradition, on wednesday and thursday nights DJ and I watch American Idol with this folks.. it's crazy that we can get DJ to sit down and actually watch TV - let alone reality TV but he does! I haven't watched Idol in years but this season has been pretty fun.. I'm loving Casey and Scotty! Lauren is my favorite girl - we just need her mom to find some age appropriate clothes [I can't find pictures, but when I do - they will be shared]... and is it just me or does Stefano remind you of somebody...

I don't care what anyone says... Stefano is Joey Tribbiani! Last thing about idol - I was having a slight panic attack while watching last night when that poor girl Haley got lipstick on her teeth and face... thank God Ryan has a heart and told her/tried to fix it. I was SO uncomfortable and felt so bad for her I couldn't even look at the screen... [watch the video and see for yourself here]

In other news - I haven't watched this week's Glee and I'm going slightly batty.

onto important life happenings, the men is my family aren't doing too well - DJ is sick [so sick we called an ambulance yesterday] - don't worry all his vitals were fine, he's going to urgent care today to have some tests run so hopefully we can find out whats going on with him [send him healthy thoughts]. Oh, and something NOT good is up with Ollie's paw... it's all swollen and red. AND his face is breaking out [Ollie's not DJ] -- I'm officially the worst wife/puppy mom ever. My men are falling apart - isn't it my job to take care of them? 

here they are last night all snuggled up in bed...
even when they're sick, they're still cute, huh?

[can you believe I talked about TV before this?? pretty shallow, huh? OOPS]

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

what I'm loving wednesday...

happy wednesday! crazy to think this week is halfway over... it's flying by!

here's what I'm loving on this lovely wednesday...

I'm loving... how beautiful it is outside, hello SUNSHINE - I love you!

I'm loving... my new job, the students are awesome and it feels good to work with positive people and in a healthy environment! It also feels great to be using my masters degree again!

I'm loving... that DJ & I get to have dinner with this sweet girl and her fiancĂ©e tonight!

I'm loving... that I got to spend QT with my adorable niece and nephew this weekend...

I'm loving... that my husband shaved off his mountain man beard - I love his cleanshaven face!

I'm loving... the movie "The Switch" - I saw it last night and thought it was super cute!

I'm loving... that in two weeks I'll be going to visit my bestest friend!

and as always, I'm loving... my sweet boys!
[how can you not love that sweet bully?? Ollie, not DJ - though DJ is pretty lovable too]

happy wednesday! 
hope you're loving life too! 

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