Inaugural Faster Horses Festival

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I know I still need to share pictures and stories from our Independence Day adventures and a few other things that happened in between, but I’m super excited to share Faster Horses Festival with everyone! First I just want to express how amazing it is to be apart of the FIRST anything, but especially an amazing country music festival!

Let me set the stage for you about how we heard about Faster Horses Festival. Jordan was looking to see when Colt Ford was playing near by. For anyone who doesn’t listen to country music (and even some who do) Colt Ford performs what he calls “Hick Hop” which is basically white country rap. Anyway, Jordan was searching for a show and he told me about a “fair like rodeo show” that he would be playing at in July. Naturally I started to look into the event…I’ll tell you right now I go to the Washtenaw County Fair, that’s about it!

After researching a bit about this show I learn that Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, and Jason Aldean are going to be at this show! I didn’t have to get very far into my research to know that I wanted to go to this show and Jordan would too!

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In this picture, you can see the entire stage set up. Jon Pardi is performing, we also saw him on Saturday and at Detroit Downtown Hoedown this year. One of the great things about this festival is they allowed chairs which is a great idea when at a 12 hour a day 3 day festival! On the first day, Friday, we also saw David Nail, Jake Owen (also for the second time this year), Chris Young, and Dierks Bentley.

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Saturday’s line up included Brett Eldredge, Drake White, Jon Pardi, Colt Ford, Florida Georgia Line, Thompson Square, and Luke Bryan! Below are some of the pictures I took of the day.

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Saturday was such an amazing experience. The music was exciting and full of energy! After the shows on Saturday Jordan and I had determined that this festival was worth every penny we spent on tickets and I am strongly encouraging everyone to come out next year.

Sunday’s line-up was equally awesome as the rest of the weekend. On Sunday we saw Chase Rice, Greg Bates, Jerron Niemann, Thomas Rhett, and Jason Aldean! We looked forward to seeing Jason Aldean since we bought the tickets in May.

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Jason’s set was the perfect closing to an awesome weekend. This truly was a life changing experience, seeing all of these great artists in the same spot. One of the best parts was all the artists communicated with each other. For example if they sang the same song or co-wrote the song they worked it into their set in a different way, it was great. They also talked about getting texts from each other about how great the crowd was and what a great time they had performing. Whether this actually happened or not, it really enhanced the experience.

I’ll leave you with one last picture of Jason Aldean!

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Check back soon, I’ve been pretty good keeping up with posts!

Take Time Tuesday, Take 9!

Today for Take Time Tuesday I will share a Thank You card I made with some of my new Verve Stamps products and a stamp from a set from Papertrey Ink that I had forgotten I owned. Verve and PTI are two stamping companies who’s products I really enjoy using but I find that I often reach for other stamps I have instead. I don’t know why because the cards I create with these products are equally adorable.

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I’m very fortunate to be able to “afford” my hobby of crafting which is something I am tremendously grateful for. I usually pick up most of my crafting supplies on sale or when the companies I like ordering from run promotions. I rarely pay for shipping because I wait so long to order that my list gets so long that I qualify for free shipping. Here is a peak at what I picked up from Verve Stamps. You’ll be seeing cards and projects with these stamps soon, I have so many ideas floating around in my head just waiting to be made!

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Crafting is a huge stress reliever for me…even when I get frustrated by a project not turning out quite right.  I usually feel less stressed after spending time in my craft room. I’ve been looking for more things to relieve stress since I’ve been finding work to be extremely stressful lately. Working out and exercise has been helping, but I’ve found that my muscles are sore…I never remember being this sore while I was in high school or college.

While Jordan and I were at the Tigers game in April they gave out gift cards to a place called Massage Green Spa, while I didn’t win one I was intrigued. I looked it up online and found out they were running a special for an hour massage for $29.95. I jumped on it last Friday and I am feeling very relaxed. Definitely going to take some time to pamper myself again.

So this week I am thankful for my hobby of crafting being a stress reliever and for my new find in Massage Green Spa! What are you thankful for this week?

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Don’t forget to check out what’s going on over at Live Half Full Blog, Katie is always posting about great things going on in her neck of the woods!

Something Old, Something New

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This is the Bridal Shower invitation I made to go along with the Bachelorette invites. Simple and elegant. Much less labor intensive than my other cards, but this really showcases the reason for the card. I also think it follows the theme of the shower very well.

While I’ve been in full mass production mode over the last few weeks I also have been getting ideas for other cute wedding or bride themed crafts. I made these cute little post-it note holders that are a perfect little gift for the bride to be who is in full wedding planning mode.

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Easy to put together and simple to change out when all the ring shaped post-it’s have been used. I used a simple plastic picture frame and just put my patterned paper where the picture would normally go. Then I used super sticky tape to attach the pad to the outside of the frame. I use post-it’s like they are going out of style so I think I’m going to make a few more of these…one for myself and a few maybe for gifts!

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Here is a quick way to wrap this fun gifts up. I bought the bag a Mejier and the ribbon came from my stash. Simple and quick!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Let’s Celebrate

I have had a super busy past two weeks. Which started with a whirlwind trip to Hobby Lobby with my friend Liesl (who drove up from Cinncinati, OH just to help me make these cards) to pick up supplies to make 24 Bachelorette Party invitations and 38 Bridal Shower invitations. I can tell you if you have never sat down to figure out what kind of supplies you will need to make a larger quantity of cards the paper aisle at Hobby Lobby is not the place to do it! We over bought on paper supplies which can be helpful if mistakes were made or ideas change.

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24 Bachelorette’s all put together and ready to go! I had a ton of fun coming up with these super girly cards and putting them together. Between the two of us, Liesl and I, spent about 5 hours cutting all the paper (for both this card and the Bridal Shower invite…that I’ll share in another post), stamping all the images, and putting together the base of the card. Then I spend a couple of hours coloring the main image, gluing on the dress and champagne flutes, and attaching the main image panel to the card.

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I paper pieced the dress and champagne flute, which took some time, but I really like the look. Inside (which I don’t have a picture of) is really simple, we just typed up the information and trimmed it to size on a piece of the pink cardstock.

Thanks for much for visiting me today! Check back soon for more crafty posts.

Also this card and cards like this can be purchased at my Etsy site (link to the right) or by contacting me for a quote!

Adding To My Stash

You may have read yesterday that I have a limited supply of boy themed patterned papers and by limited I really mean I only have 1 paper collection that is boy themed that I use for every boy card I make. SOOOO, while Liesl was in town 2 weeks ago we made a trip to Archivers in Novi and I picked up some new paper pads.

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All 4 are by Echo Park which I have become obsessed with lately. The 2 on the left are boy themed, Scoot and All About A Boy. The 2 on the right are typical girly papers Sweet Girl is new to me and Everyday Eclectic is a re-run…I loved it so much I bought 2.

Look for cards made with these papers soon, I have at least 10 male birthday cards to make before the end of 2014!

A Very Vera Thursday

A super quick post here! I want to share with you some of the goodies I found yesterday at the  Vera Bradley Outlet Sale! We are already planning our trip next year!

First the accessories I picked up in my new favorite Island Bloom.

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The picture isn’t great, but you can see pretty well. I found a sunglasses case, a curling iron/flat iron cover, small wallet, and a key chain. Because it’s a newer pattern I was surprised to find anything at all.

I also picked up another perfect pocket tote which in my opinion is the best Vera Bradley tote.

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I got the tote in Safari Sunset, I already have it in Pink Twirly Birds. And now for the most exciting piece that I got…drum roll please!

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The Grand Traveler in Island Bloom!

I have wanted to this bag for a very long time, but the price turned me off (plus I have all the other large travel bags already). Now as you can see in the picture the bag looks pretty full…that’s because it is. I can’t show you everything that is inside because I got a whole bunch of gifts! This was the perfect occasion to pick up some awesome Vera products for some awesome people!

I’ve got some exciting things to share with everyone soon. I’m planning a few different topics to share so check back soon!

Take Time Tuesday, Take 4

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I’m starting to look forward to Tuesdays and have really begun to put some effort into what I am thankful for each week. I even try to take photo’s or leave myself notes when I think of something that I would like to share (whether I share it on a Tuesday or not, it’s still good to keep notes/ideas).

This week I am thankful for a routine gym schedule. While I don’t go as often as I really would like, I have made time (in my crazy retail schedule) for a workout twice a week. On Monday nights after class I drive out to Jordan’s and we hit the gym near his house. This isn’t the most ideal time to exercise, but I do find that I fall asleep faster on Monday’s that I do any other night of the week. The on Wednesday mornings before Jordan goes to school we workout at the gym near my house. I must say that it is challenging to wake up before noon on my day off from work, but it’s worth it…I’m 10 pounds away from my first tier goal (to be at the weight I was my first year on the Alumni team at WMU).

I’m also thankful for healthy eating. Two or three years ago I was wandering around Barns and Nobel while Jordan was looking for some mechanical engineering book and I came across a book that stopped me in my tracks. The books cover was fairly plain, but showed a very fit women and the words This is Why You’re Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever)”by Jackie Warner. Naturally I was intrigued…I mean really who wouldn’t be. I wanted to know how this women knew why I was overweight and how to make me thin with out even meeting me. I purchased the book on the spot and began reading immediately.  I learned all about sugars and hormones and how women naturally have a harder time loosing and maintaining weight. So I began following her meal plan (and only the meal plan) and almost a year later I had lost about 35 lbs. I was thrilled! A long story made short, I put back on about 20 of those pounds over the next year because I wasn’t sticking to a healthy menu and I was making meal choices with my emotions. I’m proud to say that I am officially back on the meal plan (I started in early March) and I have added 2 workouts to my weight loss plan. I have 10 lbs to go to get to my first goal and then I have 15 lbs to go to be at my ultimate weight loss goal. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling. I reference it often and I’ve even purchased her second book, but I find the first much more helpful.

Wow, with that all being said…I’m also VERY thankful for the built in cheat meals in my meal plan! Now lets not get carried away…it’s not a whole day of eating bad it’s just one meal, no more than 1500 calories which doesn’t get you much when you look up nutrition information for some of the food being served out there, but it does allow for a nice dinner out or lunch with friends. I took a picture of part of my cheat meal from last week to share with everyone.

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These are truffle french fries from The Jolly Pumpkin and they are amazing. The paper cone holds a million fries that are more than enough for two or three (possibly 4, but we’ve never tried). They are served with a yummy dipping sauce, but are probably the only french fry that can be enjoyed plain. I haven’t looked into the calorie content for these little babies, but I’d almost rather not know. I love The Jolly Pumpkin because all of their food is free-range, organic, and some even vegan. I enjoy their steak salad, which falls perfectly into my meal plan and proves that meals can be enjoyed out of the house you just need to know what to pick.

Alright, this post became much longer than I had planned…oops! Tomorrow is the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale…I’m super excited and look forward to sharing my fab finds! Thanks for visiting today, be sure the check out Katie’s post today over at LiveHalfFull!

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Take Time Tuesday, Take 3

Here we go again with another Take Time Tuesday post and link up with my friend Katie’s blog.

Today I am thankful for a couple of things. First, my goals and the progress I have made towards them. I feel very accomplished when I review my goals every few weeks. I’m thinking of expanding or maybe tweaking some of my goals or their definitions. I’m feeling really positive about these changes!

Second, I am thankful for the wonderful holiday weekend I enjoyed with my family this past weekend. While I was off from work, I definitely kept busy watching basketball games, catching up with friends I haven’t seen in a little while, and cleaning (in preparation for the great clothing purge).

And Third, I am thankful for all of the events/adventures I have planned this month. I have so much to look forward to this month, starting with my trip to Indiana for The 2013 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, then Baby Caleb’s Baptism (I’m going to make a cute little Noah’s Ark card…I’ll post when I’m finished), then Jordan and I are going to our first Tigers game of the season, followed by our God Son’s 3rd Birthday (I’m also making a cute card…I love birthdays)!

Clearly I have tons to be thankful for this month! I look forward each Tuesday to sharing with everyone what I am thankful for. Thanks for visiting!

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Take Time Tuesday, Take 2

Today I’m going to share something I’m thankful for and a card that I created. I planned to write this post last night to have it ready, but I was feeling a little crummy still and decided to go to bed early.

You see this week I am very thankful for my loving boyfriend, Jordan, who “nursed” me back to health from the 24 hour stomach flu. On Saturday night in the middle of a great night out with friends I started to not feel very well and after getting sick I suggested to Jordan that I go home to sleep off whatever had made me sick. Turns out I caught our God Son’s stomach flu. Jordan was so helpful and understanding and I am so grateful to have him to take care of me. I learned this morning at 3:30am that he now has the stomach flu. Guess it’s my turn now to take care of him.

On to a more positive note!

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I created this card to match the wedding invitation I had made for Liesl’s friend a little while back. I used scrap pieces from the invitation and the same stamp and ink used to create the turquoise flower on the inside. I have a ton of “thank you” stamps, but I thought this one would be the best if I wanted to send out this card.

I’m linking up again today with my friend Katie’s blog. Check her out she’s full of great inspirational and motivational posts. Also visit every week to see what I’m thankful for and what I’ve got to share with you.

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Ski The Face

Since Synchro Nationals was in Plymouth this year (and I didn’t skate, just spectated) we didn’t have to travel (Plymouth is right down the road), so Jordan and I decided we would go on a mini vacay for spring break. We road tripped it to Lake Placid, NY home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. We skied and snowboarded for two days at Whiteface Mountain and enjoyed all the charm Lake Placid had to offer.

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On our first day the weather was overcast, but the conditions were great. We even got to ski through the clouds…how cool is that! Before we went to the mountain we stopped for breakfast as this cute little place called The Breakfast Club! I tried to make everyone jealous by posting pictures of the drinks we ordered and it worked…my mouth even watered when I edited this picture to post!

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I ordered the Raspberry Blush Mimosa and Jordan ordered a Bacon Bloody Mary. I snagged a picture/copy of their menu so I can recreate these delicious cocktails at a later date…many thanks to the genius mixologist who came up with all of these yummy treats!

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The second day was much clearer and so much better for pictures. This is the mountain as we drove up. I’ve never skied out East, but I’ve skied out West (Vail and Keystone). This is the largest mountain Jordan has ever skied on…I created a monster when I suggested snowboarding early in our relationship!

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What a great view! This is what we saw when we got off the gondola at the top of the first hill. Beautiful! I’d go back in a heartbeat, but I think we are planning a trip out West for next year.

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Behind us is the summit of Whiteface. I was really proud of our courage and effort to ski from the summit all the way to the bottom several times…one time I lead us on a few too many black diamonds which warranted a demotion from leader to follower. I’m okay with that!

I have two last pic’s to share with you. On our last night in Lake Placid we went to a nice restaurant that we could walk to from our hotel.

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This was our appetizer… prosciutto caprese salad…yum! Jordan know’s that if caprese salad is on the menu I’m going to order it, but this time he noticed the prosciutto part first! For my entree I had maple glazed salmon over mushroom risotto and Jordan has tortellini. The biggest point of contention for the evening was of course dessert. I usually like to split a dessert if we get one, but this time there were two must have options.

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On the left is Jordan’s strawberry creme brulee and on the right is my tiramisu. Which one looks better? We debated this over and over until our dessert were gone, each concluding that our individual dessert was better than the other!

I’ve realized that my “adventure” post are super long…oops. But we always have such a great time and I want to share every moment…thank goodness I don’t! Thanks for visiting today, come back soon.