Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Rodeo, Reba, and Rain!

*Please note all these pictures were taken on my phone (since cameras weren't allowed), the Reba pics are from the 93Q website*.

So a few weeks ago we went to the rodeo.  This is one of my favorite things about Texas. I love the rodeo. It is a constant reminder (once a year) of why I love to live here. Different artists play at Rodeo every year. Last year we went to see Rascal Flatts. This year we decided to see Reba at Rodeo! I was so excited for this concert because I love Reba, but I have never seen her in concert.

Picture from the 93Q Website

I bought this whole outfit for rodeo... I was so excited! I bought some cute jeweled shorts, and this cute top. The problem is that the weather on rodeo day was not ideal for this outfit to say the least!! I ended up wearing my regular old jeans and a sweater over my shirt. Additionally, when we got there, it was raining. This wasn't so bad in the beginning. However, the wind picked up. The wind was so strong that it was blowing the rain on a diagonal so basically the umbrellas were worthless.
At home before the rode

Basically this is how the rodeo is structured, the parking lots are pretty far from the stadium. So you either wait and take a trolley or walk (we decided to walk because when we first left the car it was drizzling). When you arrive there is a gate that you enter to go to the fair and the livestock show. The livestock show and all the little shops are in a building on the other side of the stadium from the entrance. We arrived around 4:00pm (the rodeo part starts around 6:30pm and then the concert around 8pm). We planned to enjoy the shops and the livestock show. However, by the time we walked all the way around the stadium to the livestock show (you can't walk through the stadium because they don't open the doors until before the rodeo), we were soaking wet and freezing (I couldn't feel my legs!). There were definitely moments on the walk over there that I cried... I really wanted to turn around and drive home. It was so miserable. Seriously, I didn't want to stay. However, once we made it inside, I was able to find some affordable and DRY jeans. I purchased the jeans and then all was good again! It is amazing how much better you feel when you aren't wearing wet jeans.

The rest of the night went pretty well. The rodeo was awesome and Reba was fantastic. I truly enjoyed the concert and at the end of the night I was really glad I stuck it out! I definitely will be going to another Reba concert in the future. Ah... I love her!
Picture from 93Q Website

Monday, March 26, 2012

Life with the Hawleys- Guest Post

Hey Ya'll.... I just recently guest posted over on Life with the Hawleys for my friend Darby! I blogged about a project that I completed involving a figurine, ballet, and spray paint. For all the details... you will have to go check it out over there!!! (It really is worth it) *grin*.

Here is the Link.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jimmy Choo...My Newest Addition

Wow, I didn't realize that my last post was my 100th post! I feel like that is such an accomplishment. Although, I am not sure my readership has increased much since my original post in 2009. That being said, if you enjoy reading my blog, feel free to pass it around!

Anyway, I know this isn't my most interesting post but sometimes I like posting on the little things. Sometimes it is the little things you have to hold on to when things aren't going your way.

I posted that Ivan and I went on a cruise this last January. When I was on that cruise, I bought a bottle of perfume that I really wanted. At the time, they were only selling the perfume at Saks Fifth Avenue. I was so happy to actually find it on the cruise.

Honestly I have never purchased "really nice" perfume for myself so this was kind of a treat. I really love it and I wear it almost every day now! What's your favorite perfume/cologne? Have you ever purchased a gift for yourself? Please leave me a comment... I love hearing from my readers!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Easter Decor and How to Blow out an Egg

Since Easter is almost upon us, I think it is time to share some of my Easter decor... and a tutorial! Yay! I have seen some interesting egg inspired decorations on Pinterest lately and I decided to try my hand at making some of my own. I knew I needed to learn out to blow out an egg first. Basically there are multiple different methods online that you can find. I pretty much tried them all. I can tell you which ones worked best and which ones didn’t:

1) First, I tried blowing them out with my mouth. One website said to poke a hole in the top and bottom of the egg with a pin, and them put your mouth on one end a blow. I could NOT get this to work. I just looked like an idiot trying. Some egg came out , but at the rate I was going, It would have taken me a whole day to blow out one egg. This was not the method for me. I also didn’t like the fact that the egg had a hole on the top and bottom. This would be almost impossible to hide in an apothecary jar.

2) I tried using a medicine syringe (like this) to suck/blow the egg out. I tried putting a hole in the bottom and on the side. This worked a little bit better, but it wasn't moving fast enough.  
3) The third thing I tried worked out well! I poked one hole in the side, but made it rather big (I needed a bigger hole if I was only going to poke one hole). I only wanted a hole in the side that way I could just lay the egg on the hole in the apothecary jar and you would never see it! Then I got one of those baby booger suckers and sucked the egg out. Ya, I am sure there is a more technical name for that device but whatever! You ALL know what I mean! It worked REALLY well. It took a few minutes of course, but was a lot faster than the other methods. After I got the egg sucked out, I filled the sucker device with water and injected it back into the egg. Then I sucked the water back out. I repeated this until the egg was “clean” inside (or so I thought, but we will get to that later).

It definitely was a slow process but it eventually worked. One thing I always made sure I did was to use a long pin to make the hole. This way, you can stick the pin in the egg, move it around, shake it, and basically scramble the egg before you start sucking the inside out. If you don’t do this step first, it will be pretty difficult to get the yolk out.

After I cleaned the eggs out, it was time to dye them. I knew I wanted some pink, white, and brown eggs. Since eggs are naturally occurring in white and brown, I only needed to make some pink ones. I used this neon pink dye from Kroger.

 I actually tested out two different methods. First, I tried the red dye from Kroger ( I did not use vinegar as I wanted the eggs to stay hard so that they wouldn’t crack any more). The red dye did not work. It barely stuck to the egg. I pulled it out after a minute or so and it was not even colored. I then tried the pink neon (that I mentioned above). I did not want “neon” pink so I just dunked the eggs until they were the right shade. The pink worked like a charm. I only had to dunk the egg around 5-7 times before they were a light pink color. I love how they turned out. This is how it worked out.

Now, I need to mention this in case you want to try to replicate this. You NEED to wash the eggs out. Put a drop of soap inside the eggs, or rinse the inside with vinegar before you dye them. A week after I created this, the eggs started to smell. Now, the smell was trapped inside the jar, but they did smell (and I dumped the whole thing). Therefore, make sure you take the extra step and REALLY clean them out. Also, do not stick the eggs in a place that is well lit with sunlight. It WILL bleach them out. So, I would suggest you either dye the a bit darker, or just put them in a room where they aren't being touched by direct sunlight. 

So what do you think? Have you ever tried to blow out an egg? Do you have  a method that works well?

Here is another Easter idea. These are the same jars that I used for my candy corn, sweet heart candy, and now jelly beans. 

Here is my Easter wreath! I had it last year, but I love it so much I figured I would display it again. :)
Do you have any Easter decor? Comment below!!