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Love Bird Series-01

Welcome back! If you missed my spiel yesterday, we’re talking fun unique wedding gift ideas for that wedding you’re headed to next month. Before you can find yourself a hot groomsman or bridesmaid you need to get some shopping done for the mr & mrs to be.

Now yesterday, I blew everyone’s mind by breaking down all couples into four categories. They probably spend across two or all of them, but for the most part they generally sit in one.

These categories are:

The Classic Love/ Romance Couple — This is the down to earth maybe modest couple who are conservative and completely in love with each other. They look forward to spending their life together, popping out some rugrats and look forward to the house with blue shutters and a white picket fence. Possibly a dog or two. I would call them traditional in all sense of the word and their wedding would be an even to match.

The Artsy Hipster Couple — This couple is all about trying the new cool restaurant in town before it’s even popular, they love art shows, live music and Etsy. This couple fill their home with eclectic homemade touches and plan their vacations around the next music festival. Their wedding will most likely have some DIY touches and a live band.

The Party Never Stops Couple — This couple put more thought into their reception than the actual vows, because they want their guests to have an amazing time. This couple is the pair that always throw events at their house and have all the ingredients/ tools to whip up a killer cocktail or jello shots in their cupboard RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT. They’ve got 20 extra ping pong balls for beer pong and a few extra air mattress for those who go a little too hard. They live to entertain.

The Outdoorsy Couple — This couple spend the majority of their time outside vs. in. They are always traveling, hiking, camping and have one entire closet or section of their garage dedicated to their gear. This couple love campfires and are more often found in REI than Meijers. They know exactly what freeze dried food tastes the best, and can tell you what direction you’re facing in the woods by observing the moss.

Yesterday we talked about the fun, cool, and always interesting Artsy Hipster Couple, and today we’re going on the completely opposite side of the spectrum and are going to talk about the Party Never Stops Couple.

If you read the text above, I classified this couple as the always looking for a good time party hosts… And everyone knows, if you’re going to throw a good party you have to have the right tools… below are some great options for this couple.

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Optimist & Pessimist Glass // Fun Love Artwork // Custom Liquor Markers
Coasters // Martini Glasses // Bottle Opener // Pour Spout
Easiest Wine Opener Ever // Beer Pitchers // Heart Bottle Stopper // Yours, Mine, Ours Decanter
Mountable Bottle Opener // Custom Cutting Board // Party Games Like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity

I’d love that custom cutting board, but I’m weird so…

Back tomorrow with another type of couple!!

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Love Bird Series-01

Well, it’s that time of year folks. Where we open our hearts and our wallets to help celebrate the love and marriages of our closest friends and family members. I’m apparently getting to that age where everyone’s getting married and popping out kids. I have 3 weddings myself to attend this year of close friends and going as the wedding date to a few with friends as well. Along with weddings comes the pre-wedding festivities of bachelor & bachelorette parties and the dreaded bridal shower. If you’re anything like me, you find getting the wedding gift both the best and worst part of the wedding. I’m so picky about gifts. I always want to make sure it’s something they’ll love, and use… or want. And I always want it to be different or creatively wrapped or something artsy.

Probably the hardest part of gift giving is being able to read the couple. Sure you can go and pick items off their registry like everyone else, but why not add something fun to the gift that you’re sure they will love. It’ll show you went the extra mile, and make you look like a rockstar.

In my opinion most couples fall into a set of four categories:

The Classic Love/ Romance Couple — This is the down to earth maybe modest couple who are conservative and completely in love with each other. They look forward to spending their life together, popping out some rugrats and look forward to the house with blue shutters and a white picket fence. Possibly a dog or two. I would call them traditional in all sense of the word and their wedding would be an even to match.

The Artsy Hipster Couple — This couple is all about trying the new cool restaurant in town before it’s even popular, they love art shows, live music and Etsy. This couple fill their home with eclectic homemade touches and plan their vacations around the next music festival. Their wedding will most likely have some DIY touches and a live band.

The Party Never Stops Couple — This couple put more thought into their reception than the actual vows, because they want their guests to have an amazing time. This couple is the pair that always throw events at their house and have all the ingredients/ tools to whip up a killer cocktail or jello shots in their cupboard RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT. They’ve got 20 extra ping pong balls for beer pong and a few extra air mattress for those who go a little too hard. They live to entertain.

The Outdoorsy Couple — This couple spend the majority of their time outside vs. in. They are always traveling, hiking, camping and have one entire closet or section of their garage dedicated to their gear. This couple love campfires and are more often found in REI than Meijers. They know exactly what freeze dried food tastes the best, and can tell you what direction you’re facing in the woods by observing the moss.

No of course, not every couple falls into just one category, they might spad across a few, and that’s the beauty of what I’m about to give you next…

I’m going to give you some awesome gift guides for each couple, and it’s up to you to view and pick from those ideas to fit your couple the best. I myself feel thta i fit across the bottom three pretty well and would enjoy gifts from any of those lists.

Today though, we’re going to start with the Artsy Hipster Couple. This is probably the category that is MOST me. I love DIY touches to a wedding, that not only makes it more affordable, but more personal. I also obviously enjoy these touches to my home.

So this list is comprised of items that are perfect for the Artsy/ Hipster couple.

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Cross-Stitch Art (working on finding the right link… ) // Map Heart Art // Thumb Print Art // DIY Art Kit
Personalized Cutting Board // Name Sign //Hello Pillows
Everything We Need Art // Pennant // Mugs

 

Check back tomorrow with another list for a different couple type!

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It’s been a while since I’ve browsed the flash deal sites that I used to troll on a daily basis like Groupon, Living Social and Rue La La…. There’s more, but they’re all pretty much the same now anyway right?

Generally I’ve just gotten into the habit of deleting the emails from my inbox without even looking at them. But every once in a while I’ll notice one that sparks my interest and I’ll stop by for a look, then lose myself for an hour. Once of the pages I always seem to land on is the Groupon Goods page. If you hunt you can definitely find some decent deals on products you were probably going to purchase anyways (or not). What use to be a limited qty and selection of items for the day has grown into a vast array of some of the weirdest and most useless items someone could buy… just for the hell of it. Surprising though, there are a few decent items worth purchasing.

The selection below are some of their weirdest, stupidest, and best deals from today… and by today I mean from the first 700 items (I was too lazy to keep going).Groupon1

Body Back Buddy Handheld MassagerI’m pretty sure you shouldn’t use this thing unless you have health insurance. I feel like this just looks like an accident waiting to happen. But great for tall us singles out there?

Night Moves Tease Vibrator: Okay, seriously 1) Why is Groupon selling vibrators? 2) How the hell do they come up with these names? What classifies this a “night moves”? What if you wanted to use it during the day? would the moves not be as good? And I’m pretty sure I don’t want a tease…

Bluetooth SpeakerI’ve actually heard good things about this speaker, it’s currently sitting in my cart on amazon, so, this item: JUSTYNN APPROVED 

Dinamite Metallic LeggingsWow, where to start? 1) the spelling of the name? Yeah… 2) I mean, you’d be easy to find…3) Maybe these would be great for a Halloween costume…

800 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton SheetsI’ve actually bought sheets several times off groupon (becasue good sheets are expensive) and They are two of my favorite pairs of sheets. So, this item: JUSTYNN APPROVED 

LuminAID Lantern I mean, really? WTF is this? Maybe it’d be cool for camping…. Maybe? Idk…

Foot Detox PatchesIf these actually work, then fine, maybe they are worth it. But I’ve never heard of it before and they just look weird.

Animal Shaped LED HeadlightOK, this one just creeps me out. Headlamps— great for some things.. esp camping. THIS headlamp: f*cking creeping coming out of the eyes. This is going to give me nightmares.

Wireless Rocking Rabbit Love RingUhhhh again… why on groupon? How the hell does that thing work? ::tilts head tot he side:: Do people really use this stuff?

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NCAA Player Comfy Throw With Sleeves I get the point behind these… I do… but, they make me giggle. And there’s not even an MSU one. Come’on….

Funny St. Patrick’s Day ShirtsLigitmently pissed when I realized the “This is my drinking shirt” was out of stock. Damnit. I want that shirt. JUSTYNN APPROVED

Pet Life BackpackAgain, just weird. I’ve seen hiking pack for dogs for back packing… but literally a small backpack for your dog? Yeah… pass.

Nature Lovin’ Honey Bear LubricantThis is just bad news/ bad incident waiting to happen. I like honey in my tea in the morning and this… yeah, that’d be a mistake.

Custom Wooden Photo Collage BoardConfession- I totally tried doing something like this myself once, and it’s totally hard to transfer photos. SO, to me… this is cool and WORTH IT. JUSTYNN APPROVED

2 Pack Pearl Tubing for Breast PumpAgain… ick. WHY GROUPON WHY? Pretty sure somethings are just not meant to be sold on Groupon…

Memory Card CaseThis actually is something I could use. I have so many random cards out there it’d be nice to keep them 1) in a case and 2) all together… you know.. so I know where they are and shit. JUSTYNN APPROVED

Collapsible Drinks Cooler with Stand and Carrying CaseOpening day is coming up and I cant even begin to tell you how stoked I am for tailgating and going to my VERY FIRST opening day game…. ON MY BIRTHDAY. Right? Like a gift from the heavens. This sounds like it’d be prefect for tailgating. Bending down for a beer it much harder to do once your intoxication level hits “baseball status”. JUSTYNN APPROVED 

Personalized Stamper I’m lazy and hate writing out my return address on things. I actually have the argument in my head before mailing, if it worth having the item returned if it doesn’t make it to the recipient. Most of the time it isn’t. This is pretty cool though. JUSTYNN APPROVED

This Savy little saver is OUT,

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I Hate the Gym

January 20, 2014

Confession time:

Much like 70% of the worlds population (or at least those in the Greater Detroit Area), one of my GOALS for this year was to be healthier. To exercise more, to run, to go to the gym and make it a habit.

You know, so I don’t have to stop eating really terrible things like this, this, and definitely these. Thus convincing my body I’m not getting older and my metabolism isn’t slowing (it is).

But, I’m one to admit that I just generally really hate the gym. I feel weird being there. Out of place. I don’t know the names of the machines. I don’t even know how to use half of them. I generally just pretend I do and then either end up hurting myself or looking like a complete and total dumbass. Usually the latter… And being January you have to wait 15 effing minutes before you can get a treadmill.

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That being said, it’s the middle of the effing winter in Michigan. It just snowed…. AGAIN. And I don’t care who you are, running outside when it’s cold is for the birds. Cant do it. I give huge props to my cousin training and running in the cold, cuz there’s no way in hell I’d be doing it.

SHAMELESS PLUG: you should definitely consider supporting her as she trains to run 13.1 Miles (like a crazy woman) in support of Leukemia and Lympoma. Definitely check out her story as to WHY she’s training.

So I pack my growing ass in the car and drive down to the gym just to wait 15 minutes for a damn treadmill. I hate it. I actually like doing the 30 min circuit (obviously I work out at Planet Fitness) but the rest… is “eh”.

Personally I hate running. But it’s the one thing I push myself to do. I’m a terrible runner, but it WORKS for me. So how do I convince myself to keep running?

I sign up for stupid races. edit: stupid as in, not timed, no pressure to even finish before the coming apocalypse.

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I HATE RUNNING. But I LOVE running 5Ks. Figure that one out. Maybe it’s because when I get to the end I feel like I actually accomplished something other than looking like a sweaty hot mess letting water dribble down my face because I don’t have the muscles to keep it INSIDE my mouth (what a concept).  A few months ago I did a post about prepping for your first 5K fun run… There’s some good tips in there. Like making sure you don’t destroy the inside of your car…

This year I’m already signed up for The Warrior Dash in Mt. Morris and The Color Run in Yipsi. But I’ve been thinking about pushing myself to add a few new races this year just for fun. Plus, my t-shirt collection is in massive need of some revamping and my 5K shirts make me look athletic.

I ran Color Me Rad in Detroit last year, and I think I’m going to move that one to Grand Rapids this year just to space out the races a bit. Plus then I can convince some new friends to run it with me. I’m also a proud Polak so the Paczki Run kinda just feels like it’s a given…

Then there’s the Hot Cocoa Classic which is new this year, The Corktown Race, and The Bootlegger Run is just minutes from my house.So, I’ve got some good options coming up. Plus I might venture into the running in other states/ vacation places for maybe a long weekend?

The gym isn’t just about running though. Yes it’s good exercise, but you need to work on other muscles to keep your body and metabolism running smoothly. Lifting weight, abdominal machines… that’s all find and dandy, if you like the gym. But if you’re like me.. You’re all “eff that crap” find me something else to do.

Kayaking. Your arms will about feel like they are falling off after a good 2 hour kayaking trip in normal conditions. Add a little bit of wind to that and you won’t be able to drive home. Not to mention– works out your back and abdominal muscles.

Roller Blading. It’s my goal to get myself a pair of these this year and not only get back in the swing of using them but also teach Marley to run with me when I’m blading… Which, could possibly end my life, but– that’s ok.

Hiking. Walking on flat surfaces is fine, but try hiking in the woods. You’re not only using the same muscles as you would on a stair-stepper, you’re also getting a pretty view.

Kickball/ Soccer/ Co-Ed Sport (Yes, the beer leagues). Great way to meet new people, get drunk and have some fun. Oh yeah… and exercise too.

Get a Dog. Not a yip yip mutt. A DOG. Once you add that little bit of responsibility they’ll guilt trip you into fun outings faster than you can stuff that cupcake down your throat. Well, ok. Maybe not faster…

Kickboxing. SO WANT TO TRY THIS. I want to picture a certain sales persons head every time I kick the damn bag…

The point is, I hate the gym. I’d much rather be outside doing any number of these other races/ activities. But I go to the gym now in order to be able to run the races when you know… it’s not -40° out.

Rant over. I’m going to pack my shit up and head to the gym now… maybe.

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Phone Dumps

January 8, 2014

You know what my favorite message ever to receive is? This one:

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NOT.

That message is like Satan. That message occurs at the least convenient time ALWAYS. Like when Marley decides finally to hold her butt still and I’m able to get a non-blurry iPhone pic (because my SLR battery was dead as a doorknob), and I go to take a picture of her adorable furry tush and then…

WAHBAM.

Game over sucker. Then she gets up and leaves and I’m stuck muttering over my iPhone and it’s capacity limits because I take iPhone photos like its my job. And you can’t just DELETE THEM. What if you needed that picture you took last Friday night at 3AM that’s so damn blurry it’s like Helen Keller took it (rude, I know).

Anyways… the whole point of this is– then when you finally do take a moment to clear out the ol’ camera roll (why is it called that BTW?) there are inevitably some amazing gems to be found. I’m going to share just a handful of those from my Phone Dump today. And seeing how I’m apparently an iPhone picture-aholic this will most likely become a series.

Feel free to judge, I judged myself — ::shrugs::

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What’s on here? Well… starting from the top going left to right…

Reminders of saying that I want to create at home (inevitably there’s always 20 or so of these randomly throughout my pics). Gross reminder picture of things I need to replace at home. My dog that has no manners. An LOL picture about what kind of stuff you can find on Groupon’s “goods” page… seriously? Humor. Moose(s)? More Humor. New friends. More Groupon crap. THAT GUYS FACE, I about died. My standard level of wine consumption… per glass. My co-worker looking for the object that he flung at my head. Twerking. Super drunk UM Fan after they lost to MSU. Marley sleeping. More sayings. A weird movie and drink night. Zig pictures x 1 billion, Marley too. A project that I’ll talk about soon enough. Seester and Jibril dinner night. Rolling in the D. Friends that hate their picture being taken. Marley’s new bling. Annnnnnnnnd Miley’s life as told by emojis.

Great stuff.

Overall my phone is just packed full of dog pictures. I might have an obsession or something. Maybe. But Z & M are pretty much the cutest damn things you’ve ever seen. So they obviously deserve to have their picture taken at 17 different angles for the SAME EXACT SHOT.

Ok, maybe I have a problem.

Whatever.

What weird things would be found on your phone? Dare to share? Do your own phone dump and link back. I want to snoop.

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Snowpocalypse 2014

January 6, 2014

** THIS POST HAS BEEN INTERRUPTED TO BRING YOU THE FOLLOWING URGENT MESSAGE **

It has come to my attention that even though this isn’t the first snow this year, many of you still do not know how to drive in said snow. Even though you live in Michigan. Really people?

That being said I thought I’d give some awesome driving tips from the chick that lived in the Upper Peninsula for 2 years (where they get a shit ton more snow, and it’s so cold sidewalk salt doesn’t work there). Grab a notepad people, this is pure genius flowing right now.

GENIUS SNOW TIPS:

1. As snow accumulates the heavier and denser it gets. To avoid spending 17 hours shoveling your driveway and sidewalk with snow, make quicker trips every few hours while it’s still falling. Seems counter productive, but trust me, by shoveling an inch of snow every 2-4 hours during a large storm vs. a foot after the storm ends you’ll save your back, and probably fingers and toes from frost bite.

2. Make sure you salt. And make sure you use the RIGHT salt. None of this shiiiiitz:

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You laugh, but I actually saw someone “salting” their driveway with this once. Speaking of salt: If you have fur babies make sure you use salt that wont kill their paws. The typical rock stuff is a no-go. Get the blue shit.

3. The key to driving in snow is momentum. Once you get going use that momentum to KEEP YOU GOING. Do not drive at a snails pace, you’ll end up getting stuck on hills and snowy patches and make yourself a target for people that are actually capable of driving in the snow. Which brings me to #6.

4. When there’s snow on the ground there is no such thing as braking, or braking hard. You’ll slide and skid. Give yourself enough room between you and the cars around you so you can COAST to slow down and brake slowly.

5. PLEASE FOR THE CHILDREN, DO NOT  try to jerk your steering wheel to avoid objects. You grip that sucker with all your strength and coast it from lane to lane. Sudden movements are not your best friend.

6. Try to brush off as much snow off your car as possible. Being hit with a blanket of snow getting on the highway because the idiot in front of you was too lazy to brush off his car is not the most pleasant of occurrences.

7. Go out and buy yourself a shovel. Put it in your car and be prepared to use it. You’ll get stuck in areas that haven’t been plowed well— use it to shovel out your tires. Use it to help OTHERS shovel themselves out.

8. Just because you have 4-wheel drive, doesn’t make you invincible. More likely than not the cars in the ditches have 4-wheel drive and end up there because an idiot behind the wheel thought he was GOD.

9. Don’t get angry after a HUGE STORM if your plow guy doesn’t have your driveway cleared right as you get ready to leave in the morning. Those guys have been up all night clearing stuff and generally have done the same places at least twice. Just be patient. It’ll get done. Get some exercise and use the shovel from #7 to do what you can to get to work in the morning and leave the rest for the snow team.

10. If you are terrified of driving in the snow, do everyone a favor and just stay inside. Use sick days, call carry out, use Amazon to buy groceries, but please please please hibernate until the roads are plowed. Or until spring– that works too.

Thank you— J

** NOW WE RETURN TO THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED POST **

Yes that’s right ladies and gents, it’s Michigan living at it’s best. The weather and news stations don’t have enough to report about so they talk up this HUGE SNOWSTORM and bitter cold temperatures for the next few days and the people literally go mad.

Saturday was my step-moms birthday, so we went out to dinner to celebrate to Bonefish in Novi… DELICIOUS FOOD. Never been before but will definitely be going back. I think honestly my favorite part of the meal was the decadent Creme Brûlée with Grand Mariner for dessert.

So good that I immediately texted this upon leaving the restaurant…

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My friends know me too well. As you can see above, it wasn’t just the East side of the state in pure panic over the snow. The west siders were panicking too.

Anyways, I got to the grocery store later– since it was proclaimed a “zoo” earlier in the day, and literally shelves were BARE. Soups? Gone. Chicken? GONE, GROUND HAMBURGER… G.O.N.E.

Freak out much people?

I mean even the bananas were gone. You would think that in a snow storm people would want the hearty foods. But no. THE BANANAS WERE GONE.

I was pretty upset. How am I supposed to pretend to be healthier if I can’t even buy bananas? Guess I’ll just have to eat a Dove Bar instead.

I also decided to Redbox it, clearly. Although it seems every single person on the planet had the same idea. That’s ok, I found the movies that had the hottest men in them and called it a day– Redemption with Jason Statham in it? No Idea what its about. I just watch him the whole movie.

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Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling? It was in subtitles. Didn’t care.

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ANYWAYS. It’s like 0 Degrees right now. No, seriously. Actually with the windchill it’s much lower. I feel bad for Marley having to pee outside. That’s gotta be a bitch.

The good thing about cold winter days though are more projects being completed inside the home. Like– My house no longer looks like WWIII. Christmas has packed itself back into the black hole of my basement. I’m getting crafty again.

I FOUND MY CAMERA CHARGER. Thank the lord. I was going crazy not being able to take pictures. Finally was able to get a few good ones of Marley. I’ll get them up here soon.

Sorry for all the rambling today. It’s not my usual, but my heads all over the place with some fun ideas that I’m about to go work on.

Please stay warm, keep your kids (furry and non furry) all bundled up while outside and take this time to drink a lot of wine and watch movies (or just half naked men, either works).

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So with bringing in the New Year myself as well as EVERYONE ELSE makes resolutions for the new year. Nothing new, right?

Well, this year I decided I wanted to make it more “Goals” than resolutions. I’m bad a resolutions. I always fall off the bandwagon and feel that once I do, it’s done. But if it’s a goal… I’m allowing myself to make mistakes and get back up on my feet.

That being said, here are some of my “resolutions” for this new year.

Goal and Resolutions 2014

What were some of your goals?

xoxo Justynn & Marley

She’s Baaaaaaaaack

January 2, 2014

Woahhhhhhho ho ho….

Blogland, it’s been a while. How’s everyone doing out there?

Did you miss me? Probably not. I’m okay with that. Lets be honest, that break was NEEDED. I was completely uninspired, completely un-orangized, and completely a mess. Recap: Life was great, until a breakup that sent my crazy world a tumbling down, left me uninspired, and pretty much created a need to get out of the freaking house and go out with people. I needed to find some inspiration again.

So I did. And it was a grand ol’ time. I met up with awesome friends, played a lot of laser tag, went out to dinner a lot, started cooking more with a buddy (much easier to cook for two than one, right?), went to movies, drank too much, helped those less fortunate, partied in Grand Rapids, and added to my little family.

Yup, that last one was a pretty big item. I am now officially a mother. Dear friends/ family and avid readers (anyone that’s left)– I would like to introduce you to Marley.

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It’s pretty safe to say that I’m 100% obsessed. And as you can see from the last picture Ziggy (very much a huge part of my life still) is learning to like her too. He’s a bit less obsessed or impressed with her, but overall there hasnt been any issues.

So, I’m sure you’re just dying to learn a little about my new leading lady… (if not, best find a new blog to follow, shes here for the long haul).

Marley is 16/17 weeks old. She is a marvolous mutt (as mindy calls her), meaning we have an *idea* of the breeds she has in her, but dont know 100%. She’s part American Stafforshire Terrier, possibly Plott Hound, maybe some Dutch Shepherd? Who knows. She a GORGEOUS (I might be biased) reverse brindle (Zig man is typical brindle coloring). Slightly thicker fur than the Zig, but not somehting that has been shedding much. She’s about 25lbs right now, so the hope is that she’ll be around 50-60 full grown.

Her story isnt really all that interesting. She was an owner surrender at about 10-12 weeks to a shelter that unfortunately was about to put her down due to being part pitbull. Luckily she was found by an absolute amazing team of women running Heaven After Hell Rescue in Indianapolis, Indiana. These lovely ladies (Kelly and Miranda took her in, got her spayed, dewormed (she had worms badddddd) and started her on her first set of shots. She was posted on their facebook page which happened to be frequented by my lovely former roommate who then forwarded her picture to me and said “she’s perfect for you”.

And that folks is the beginning to the end. I applied, waited not so patiently to be approved and then waited three agonizing weeks before she was fit to come home. Mindy and I road-tripped it down to pick her up and she’s made herself quite at home for almost the last two weeks.

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Honestly, sucked for a while. But overall I’m feeling good right now, I’m feeling insipred and I’m excited for things to come. After some soul searching I realized that my expectations were too high for CLA and not in a bad way— just in a way that was less obtainable at the moment. I felt like I picked up so much momentum and then just flopped. So as with the new year, I’ve made some resolutions and one of them was to get back to blogging and set myself an obtainable schedule and goal.

We’re going to have a weekly post on Fridays, and I’m going to mix in some Marley/ Ziggy dog stuff. And I’m going to continue to craft and to bake. But — while we’re being real here– its just not possible for me to do big projects all the time. Blogging is a hobby, and a fun hobby. But it was turning into work giving by myself deadlines on huge projects and it just burned me out. BlogPal— yeah, that kinda flopped to. It’s my own fault. I was a bad blogpal myself. I’m going to get back into not only being a good blogger but a great reader. Commenting and linking up. That’s the fun stuff. Meeting new people. A few months ago I stopped it completely almost.

And you know what, if I forget to post one day– oh well. Post it the next day, dont feel the guilt.

I’ve got more blogging resolutions for you next time, a whole list full. All of my wants and goals and plans for CLA. I’m excited. Really excited.

Until then though, I’ve got one MAJOR GOAL for today/ tonight: Find my damn SLR Camera battery charger. Seriously guys, I cant find it anywhere. And part of good blogging is GREAT PHOTOS. Wine and hunting it is. Maybe Marley will find it for me?

Until next time: this new puppy mama is out!

xox Justynn, Marley & Ziggy ❤

BIG NEWS… well ok. Big News for me.

I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year. For the first time ever. And I kinda just found out… like within the last week. And Thanksgiving is two weeks away…

yikes.

I’m terrified and excited. There’s so much to plan, so much to buy… SO MUCH TO CLEAN.

Crap. I need to scrub my house.

In honor of this huge holiday for me I’m going to be sharing some recipes from fellow bloggers every day next week. I’m also going to finally work and hopefully finish the bench. You know… the one I talked about here. Yep, I finally picked a fabric and it’s FINALLY in. And I just need to get off my rump and make the bench.

Mostly because I’ll need it as additional seating.

Then I’ll be making table and home decor and a wreath.

I have some seriously big shoes to fill. Wish me luck!!

Any good advice out there? Or how about a recipe?
I’m usually the baker in my family so hand me a turkey and I’m not quite sure what to do with it…

 

❤ Justynn

I like to think of myself as a semi-patient person with people (my friends and family are probably laughing at that statement right now). I understand that people are raised in different ways and to judge some one based on this is not only wrong– but also shows a lack of compassion. That being said…

There are days I just cannot stand people. As evidence from this weekend:

WHILE AT IKEA: (arguably a bad decision on my part to go during the madhouse hours)

For Pete’s sake don’t stop in the middle of the isle at IKEA.

Pull your cart over to the side grab what you need and try not to be a nuisance.

When it says “DEBIT AND CREDIT ONLY”…

They really do mean Debit and Credit only. PLEASE READ THE SIGN. Stop holding up the line because you don’t think it applies to you. It does.

And while we are already at IKEA:

To the lady in the IKEA self-checkout lane that cannot read the sign that says “ONE LINE FOR ALL FOUR STATIONS”:

Seriously, learn to read. There’s a huge freaking sign above your head that says to form one line and wait for the next available checkout. You really didn’t notice the long line of people waiting in the middle thought they were all waiting for the right two machines and decided to start the lane for the left two?Then– when the register opened up on the left and I took it because I was next in line you find the self-righteous balls to call me out in front of the whole check out?

How’d you feel after I pointed to the sign and you retreated to the back of the line?

IN THE PARKING LOT (any parking lot):

Be mindful of your surroundings.

Don’t walk from the store in the middle of the isle to your car. Move to the side so cars can move past you.

Put your empty carts into a cart return stall.

It’s just plain laziness to not take the few extra steps to return your cart where they belong. Trust me, you could use the exercise. This is especially important when it’s freaking windy out (like it was this past weekend in Detroit). It’s simple mathematics people.

Cart left randomly in lot + Really windy day = Carts damaging cars and causing problems.

Common sense people.

Be patient.

Don’t be that guy. You know the one I’m talking about. The one EVERYONE HATES. The spot stealer. The guy that trolls the parking lot looking for the next available spot and takes it regardless of who is waiting for it. I want to drop kick that guy. EVERY. TIME.

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Also, don’t zoom around like you’re driving for NASCAR either. There are small children around and yes– while their parents should have a handle on them at all times, be mindful that you could hit one. (Almost saw this tragic event happen on Saturday. Guy was zooming around in a mustang because he was compensating and almost hit a little girl that was waiting for her mother to get the baby out of the car. Wanted to hit him with my car.)

AT THE GROCERY STORE:

When deciding you don’t want an item after-all.

I’m not exactly an angel when it comes to this, I’ve often left Items randomly where they shouldn’t be (at IKEA) but leaving an item that needs to be refrigerated or frozen in the canned goods section is just an asshole move. Someone left their expensive ice cream in the section of apples and you could tell it was already spoiled. THAT’S ICE CREAM ABUSE. And overall just not sanitary.

When using the self checkout while buying alcohol (or really any checkout)

Have your ID ready. You know they are going to ask you if you look anything under 50. You might as well be prepared. Mines always out before I even scan the 12 bottles of tequila I’m purchasing.

While we are on that note…

Dear checkout dude at Kroger…

No, I don’t find it funny, endearing or even slightly amusing when I hand you my ID and you tell me “That looks nothing like you”.

I’m trying to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible and your lame attempts at picking me up by saying “You’re way more attractive than this photo shows, are you sure this is you? How do you say your name? It’s really unique.” ….At this point I was ready to walk out of there without the booze or ID…

::facepalm::

I don’t know, maybe I’m not as patient as I thought. Do you think these are justified statements? What really gets you going? I want to know. Let just have a whole #rant session. 

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November 9, 2013

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Wishing you a sweet and wonderful weekend. Back on Monday!

❤ Justynn

Help Your Friend

November 7, 2013

Guys just dropping in really fast to help a new friend.

A little over a month ago I was fierce competitors with Lynda from Oh So Shabby (ok, not really fierce). And since being in the competition together we’ve developed a friendship that will last through our blogging lives. But today She needs YOUR help.

TODAY, Thursday is the very last day for you to vote for the SYTYC final projects and I REALLY want this lady to win.

She’s won four other weeks– if that doesn’t count as deserving to win I don’t know what does.

Please take 1 minute today to VOTE for her final project (The Vanity Makeover)

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Link to Vote

 

Thank you sooo sooo so very much! 

Best of Luck to Lynda!

 

❤ J

Right on Target

November 5, 2013

So yesterday I mentioned hitting up Target (tarrrrrjayyyyy– cuz it sounds classy that way) over the weekend in my panicked state of trying to find a Halloween costume. And I’m not sure if i mentioned it, in fact I’m to lazy to go back and look– real life here people– but I’m super impressed with them as of the last several months, not only for the home decor stuff which we all love and adore (love me some J-Adler) but also in the clothing department. 

Dude, I remember back when I was younger and I was HORRIFIED shopping at Target for school clothes. I know that makes me sound all ‘privileged’ and whatever, but where I grew up was a fairly well-off area, and while not every family was ranking in the millions (mine wasn’t) going to school and dressing up for it was super pressured for a young girl. If you weren’t wearing Abercrombie or Hollister or whatever brand name was big back then, then kids kinda– automatically put you in a “group” in school and it was hard to get out of that. It was rough, kids at my high school got brand new mustangs and convertibles for their first car, and always wore the latest and greatest. (My high school bordered on the Super Rich and moderately rich zones of my town, I was from neither and just was thrown into that group.) 

I’m not going to say that we were super un-wealthy and poor– but I grew up in a single parent household and my mom worked her ass off. Yes, I’m super close to my dad, and saw him practically every week, but for a single mother raising a kid on your own and being the only income– she definitely cut corners for herself so I could pick out the cool clothes. (PS mom I love you).

Anyways— off of that tangent… Back in the day Target was an “eh” kind of a store. Now a days I can rarely go in there without spending $100 on ALL THE THINGS.

Seriously, it’s like a disease, if you can go into there without spending $100, please feel free to do all my shopping for me for the rest of my life, at target.

Really though, their women’s clothing line has seriously taken off so kudos to them. Below are 8 of my favorite items (three of which I bought) in woman’s fashion right now. And let me tell you, it was really hard to limit myself to just 8.

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1. Leopard Print Flats // 2. Geometric Infinity Scarf // 3. Leopard Print Top // 4. White Tunic // 5. Mittens // 6. Black Wristlet // 7. Black Studded Pumps // 8. Red Lacey Dress

One– Totally bought these super cute flats. They were cheap, they could go with practically any top and skinny jeans and you can never have too many flats.

Two– Love the pattern on this scarf. Like flats you can never have too many cute scarfs (I have probably close to 20) and being black and white– again, goes with everything and anything.

Three– This top I loved at first sight. Leopard print it totally making a comeback right now and in a way that is sexy but NOT sleazy, and this top paired with a basic black or white tank and skinny jeans or skinny black pants could be a great date night outfit.

Four– I bought this white tunic too for a baby shower this Sunday. I’m thinking of pairing it with skinny jeans my new and either boots or the leopard print flats (depending on the weather).

Five– Mittens. Living in the “Mitten State” (ask any michigander to tell you where they live, I dare you) you can never have too many pairs of gloves, mittens hats… scarfs… 😉 especially when you are live me and lose the ying to every yang in EVERY pair and can never find a matching set. I swear my car eats them.

Six– I’m not a big carry around a huge purse type of girl (especially when going out) so I generally have a wristlet “wallet” that I stuff inside bigger purses when needed, but it carries around all the essentials (credit card, debit card, cash, lip gloss, ID… etc) I’m in the need of a new one and I wanted black. I generally splurge and buy myself a Coach one (they last forever and its like the ONE nice thing i own) but this one caught my eye and i figure I’d grab it. I’ll probably still get a coach one, or ask for it for Christmas, but this one will work for now and its kinda “edgy” with the metal details.

Seven– Speaking of “edgy”, I absolutely LOVE these pumps. I’m not a big heel person I can generally stand in them, but actually walking around requires brainpower that I seem incapable of using after the second or third margarita, which will mean that they heels come off and my toes are out for show (ALWAYS KEEP THEM PAINTED). However, I have been known to buy a few pairs and wear them religiously when needed and I love the studs on these so these will probably end up in my closet in the next month as well.

Eight– I’m mostly a jeans and t- type of a girl, but I’m starting to go out more so I’m going to need some sexy new dresses to pay for the drinks at the bar. Dont get it? Ask a woman. Clothes = Beverages. It’s scientifically proven.

There were SO many more items that I loved, but I’ll have to save those for another time. Next time let’s go back to decor stuff. J-A is calling my nammmmme.

Have you picked up anything from Tarjeeeeeey lately that you are loving? Tell me please!!

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** All opinions are my own and no way shape or form has target asked for any of this coverage. They don’t even know who I am. Hell I don’t really even know who I am anymore… **

A Whole New Following

November 4, 2013

Lets just start today off with some man-candy…

Yep. That my folks is Brad Ausmus the man named the new Manager for the Detroit Tigers and possibly the newest reason for females in Detroit to flock to Comerica Park.

Saturday (sometime during my incredible hangover) the Detroit Tigers announced the addition of this lovely chunk of man to be the 37th Manager for the Detroit Tigers and ladies everywhere (or at least the ones I know) posted to Facebook, twitter and social media everywhere their approval.

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He’s even stealing wives…

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Some fans are thinking since we have a new heart-throb we can boot the old one…

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Some are still Die-Hard Leyland fans…

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Others not so much…

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Some of the men are having issues relating to the buzz he’s causing…

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Others are experiencing some new feelings…

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Overall though it’s becoming clear that the Tigers can look forward to experiencing a whole new female fan base…

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BTW… Dear Detroit: I suggest you break out the Mrs. Ausmus Jerseys and T-Shirts stat. (I’ll take three…)

I’m excited. (not that kind of excited— jeez) I loved Leyland and was a bg supporter of his, but it’s time to switch things up. We’ve had the best team going in for a while now and missing / not winning the World Series in the last three years has been heartbreaking.

It drives me to drink people (see exhibit A below)

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(OK, that’s a lie, this was after they won — and the parking lot attendant was cheering me on. Staying classy– all. the. time.)

Annnyways. So after my confession last week I’ve decided to start all over. Today is a new day, I had a pretty badass weekend and we’re taking baby steps forward.

Friday night was fairly uneventful. I set myself into a panic trying to make a Halloween costume (last minute, of course) for a party on saturday. It was my third attempt at a costume. I really wanted to make a gumball machine like Rachel’s from Life Unsweetened.

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In fact I even posted a teaser photo of it on Instagram. Yeah, that failed. Why?  I bought too big of pom poms so when I glued them to a tank the overall combined weight of them and the glue stretched out the tank in a weird wonky way and it looked horrible.

So after it being the 3rd failed attempt at a costume (Not even going to start with the other two…) I went into a panic and made my way to Target Saturday morning (morning of the party) in search of another costume idea. Luckily I found a cool plaid shirt and some make up and was able to pull off a scarecrow costume pretty easily. I think it worked out pretty well. Bless you Pinterest for all the face-makeup ideas.

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Overall Saturday was a fairly sucessful night and Sunday my little buddy was dropped off to spend a few days with me.

In fact I took him to work this morning. He slept. Life of a dog.

How was your weekend? Any new hot managers for you to drool over? Do you think Ausmus is hot? For a man in his mid-40s… I’d hit it.

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Reflections.

October 29, 2013

So, if you’ve been following along on this little blog of mine for a while… you may be wondering where the hell I’ve been.

I wish I had a simple answer, but the best one I can give is that I’ve had a bit of a depressing month.

I don’t want to sound like my “problems” are worse than anyone else’s. The truth is people are living every day with worse problems than mine. However, that being said. When you go from being fairly happy to very unhappy in a short period of time you often feel like your world is crashing around you.

To say it in the simplest way possible my relationship with “Boy” ended. Yeah I know… happens to everyone. Yeah, I know– get over it. Well, I’m trying to. Not only did I lose the guy I loved dearly, but my best friend. And… well, my pseudo pup too.

I’m not going to go into all the details, in fact I wasn’t even going to mention it. I know he reads this every so often and not only has he been a HUGE supporter of this blog but has been a huge supporter of me in general and I’m not about to air our dirty laundry in front of family and friends. End of story.

It’s been a rough– month– after and I feel like I’m finally starting to put myself back together. I’ve relied heavily on friends, my roommate, family and overall kindness of random people to kinda get myself back together but I think it’s time I start focusing my energy back on my life, this little old blog and making some BIG changes for the better.

For one– Starting next week I’m back to blogging a few days a week. I’m back to getting my craft on (even if its forced, just to get myself out of the funk).

Two — For about a year and a half I’ve been talking about getting a dog of my own. Not a replacement for Zig, since he’s still clearly my #1 Man and I still see him several times a month, but a dog for me.  I have spent almost every year of my life with a dog until I moved into my own place and was going to school full time and working full time. Since I’ve gradumatated in the Spring I finally feel that I have the time to commit to my own furry bundle of love.

Three– The Etsy shop is getting some additions. I’m back to working on some pieces to sell and look forward to your guys opinions on them.

Four– I’d love to mention, but don’t want to jinx myself so you’ll just have to wait and see for that one 😉

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All in all, it’s been a rough month-ish. But– even though I’m not 100% back to myself I’m getting one small step closer every day/ week.

Thank you to everyone that wrote in a note, or sent me a message inquiring what was going on. It means a lot that you took the time to check in on me. I’m slowing getting back to my emails that have piled up and look forward to seeing your  comments again.

Quick note: because of the unplanned break I’m putting a hold on BlogPal until after the start of the next year. November is just way too soon to get it back up and running and December is a busy enough month for everyone as it is. Thanks for your understanding!

And with that I leave you with this print created by the lovely ladies at A Beautiful Mess which inspired me to actually write this post today and to not put it off for another day. Head over to their site to see some other really great ideas… I’m in love with their entire site… seriously one of my favorites to check out each day.

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