Wednesday, September 28, 2011

what i wore: a week of celebration and sugar!

time for

pleated poppy


Went to the cheesecake factory to celebrate Scott being selected for OCS

Flower clip: F21
Dress worn as a shirt: Mark by Avon
Belt, Skirt and lace tights: F21
Booties: Charlotte Russe
Clutch: thrifted
Bracelet: F21


Crafting and a Doctors appt. I loved this casual look

Necklace: made by me rellas bellas
Cardigan: Target
Shirt: F21
Belt: Buckle {over 8 years old!}
Jeans: Joes Jeans via Nordy Rack
Shoes: Rocket Dog outlet


We've kind of started a friday night dinner with our friends rik & liz. We made seattle dogs and watched Parenthood & Modern Family

Necklace: Marine Parents{<3 april}
Tank: H&M
white tank underneath: F21
Skinnies: F21
Shoes: chucks that are 10 years old

We went thrifting and found the perfect desk for my handmade markets for $10!!

Hairclip & Necklace: made by me rellas bellas
Scarf: H&M
Sweater: Banana Republic outlet
shirt: F21 via thrift store
tank: F21
Jeans: Joes Jeans from Nordy Rack
Watch: Modify via Clever Girls Blogher Party
Purse: Nine West via TJMaxx


Church & BlogSugar!

I didn't get a full body shot so here it is broken up

flower in hair: made by me
Necklace: made by  me rellas bellas
Top, skirt, belt and lace tights: F21
shoes: JCPenney {Christmas gift a few years ago from my sis}


recovering from a sugar hangover, the library and starbucks

Hair clip and Necklace: made by me rellas bellas
Sweater: Kohl's
Purple long sleeve: GAP
Green tank: Target
Jeans: Joes Jeans via Nordy Rack
Tennies: Nike via the NEX
Watch: Modify via Clever Girls Blogher Party


Cleaned the house and crafted

Necklace: Marine Parents
Sweater: Target
Dress: Old Navy
Bracelet: Kohl's
Capri pants: F21
Belt: came with a skirt F21
Shoes: Rocket Dog outlet
Cake pops tutorial coming soon :)

Hello to all my new followers! I am so excited for all the new friends. I will be doing a fun shop giveaway once I reach 100 followers {sooo close at 78!}

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Navy Family of the Year Award {our trip to DC}

A mere two days after I had my last day at a normal 9-5 job Scott and I boarded a plan to Washington DC. This was not going to be just any trip to DC, this was a trip we will remember for the rest of our lives. A trip that will forever change Scott and I. It was a huge reminder of how much the Lord has blessed us.

Scott and I were so honored to be going to DC to represent the Navy Family of the Year, an honor bestowed on us by the National Military Family Association .  We were beyond flabbergasted when they called us at the end of June to let us know we had been selected. A dear and wonderful friend that Scott and I have both had the privilege of working with on base, Monica James, nominated us for the award.

The trip it self was perfect, I could not have asked for anything better {maybe not 100 degree heat, but that also made part of the trip so interesting.}

We had a few days of fun and exploring before the day we were honored at a luncheon. I will write more about those adventures later. On July 21, 2011 we attended a luncheon honoring all the military families from each branch that were selected. {crazy that exactly 2 months later on September 21, 2011 we found out Scott was selected for OCS}

This day will forever be ingrained in my head. It was one of the most amazing experiences. We were so blessed to have had my father and Scott's parents in attendance to see us get this award.

We were up bright and early and on a bus to go to the hotel where the luncheon was going to be held.

We did a quick run through to make sure we understood where to stand etc.

Before the luncheon there was a meet and greet organized for us. To say that we were in a room with top military officials would be an understatement.

{from the photo shoot we did there, how handsome is my husband??}

We had the honor of speaking to Mrs. Mullen, the wife of Admiral Mullen who is currently serving as the Join Chief of Staff to the United States. It was such an honor and privilege to be able to speak with her, and get encouragement to continue working to make our Navy community a better place.

We met a few Admirals and other high ranking officers and enlisted personnel. But what took the cake {i'm pretty sure I always make a cake reference, ha!} was meeting Admiral Greenert, who at the time was the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, VCNO. He is now the Chief of Naval Operations {CNO}. 

We spoke with Admiral Greenert for about 20 minutes. It was like being in a dream, silly to say, but it really felt that way. He was there to listen to us, talk to us, hear about what we had done, and how we received this honor.

The day before the luncheon Scott received a call from one of Admiral Greenert's staff members to find out more about us for the speech he was going to give. Scott shared with him our story and also that both my Dad and Mom had worked for Admiral Greenert about 10 years ago in San Diego. What a smaller world! {my dad worked for Admiral Greenert, as he is a prior submariner, and my mom was his ombudsman.}

It was awesome to know that he was genuinely there to celebrate and congratulate Scott and I. We didn't spend 20 minutes talking solely about the Navy or listening to Admiral Greenert talk about what he was doing, we spent it talking about family, making the Navy community a better place and laughing and joking.

{speaking with Admrial Greenert}

We also had the privilege of meeting The Honorable Juan Garcia Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. {ok, so this might battle taking the cake!} He was not on the list given to us of important people attending the event, and he is a very important person. So it was beyond cool that he showed up to speak to us. Scott spend a majority of the time talk to The Honorable Garcia while I spoke with Admiral Greenert. I just can't get over how unreal it all seemed. I did spend about 5 minutes talking to The Honorable Garcia and was so impressed. He knew so much about what I had done and so many details about the activities I had lead. Again, he was interested in what I had to say, my perspective on things etc.

After the meet and greet it was time for the Luncheon. We had a yummy lunch that I think everyone being honored was to nervous to eat.

Here is a video they played of Scott and I as we walked up on stage:

Here we are getting the award from Admiral Greenert.

Admiral Greenert made a hilariously funny speech. He talked about how small a world the Navy is and my Mom being his ombudsman, How my dad had taught me to be Mcguyver and fix things and how one of the first things I asked Scott when I met his was if he had a car!! {when we chatted at the meet and greet he asked how we met and so the story came out, hehe} He also said some wonderful things about Scott and I.

After his speech.

{I had to share this pic because Scott brings it up often how Admrial Greenert and I were chatting and joking during the event. He asked about Khloe and I shared a quick funny story}

Admiral Greenert, me, Scott, Scott's dad, Scott's mom, my dad

After the ceremony a staff worker for Senator Barbara Boxer came up to us and presented us a letter on Behalf of Senator Boxer. She was unable to attend but wanted to be sure we received her letter. It was such an honor to receive a letter from our Senator thanking us for our service and contributions to the community.

{group shot of all the families at the end}

Again, another small world story: the woman standing to the left of me grew up in San Diego and graduated from the same High School as I did! {10 years earlier, but take my word she does not look old enough to be 10 years older!}

This was a day Scott and I will never forget. We met so many wonderful people who were there to honor us. It felt so surreal. But I have to admit it was very cool to know that what we are doing does make a difference and other people recognize it.

It is my goal to continue to serve our community and make each place we go just a little bit better by giving back to it.

Monday, September 26, 2011

so much sugary goodness! {blogsugar11 recap}

yesterday i had the privilege of going to blogsugar11.

i was in a room with over 150 amazing women who all love Jesus and love to blog. What more could you ask for??

The amazing Rachel from No. 17 cherry tree lane is the master mind behind the sugary goodness of blogsugar. She is a doll face, a lover, a dreamer and a believer. a believer in Jesus and us blogging gals, that we can make a difference, that we can change the world.

Psalm 34:8 is the official blog sugar bible verse:

"Taste and see that the LORD is good" Psalm 34:8

Such a fitting verse for the night we had.

The biggest message I took away was that the Lord is good, he has purpose. Only I can share my story and it is unique. There is a place for me in the bloggy world.

It was such an amazing day of fellowship, learning, laughing and loving.

I want to do separate posts on the amazing sessions i sat through with Jen from the blah blah blahger & Sarah Markley.

The gals that I sat with through out the night were amazing {2 gals headed home before we took the pic :(}

front row:erika  alissa carrie
back row: jacqui me julie
missing: kimmie amity meagan

Isn't everyone freakin adorable??
alissa, watch out! i'm gunna steal that jacket!!

there was so much sugary goodness {I now have a pimple that developed while at blogsugar and a sugar hangover..}

{mini donut, yum!}

{the raspberry lemon tart was to die for, the best!}

I won this amazing planner from Much ado about you

I am beyond excited to use it next year! If you are a list maker, write things down, & use a calendar you have to check her stuff out, ah-maz-ing!

She tweeted that the first person to say I love much ado about you planners wins one on the spot!

I realized the cute gal I was staring at in line was her, and tada!!!

Emmy and I at the end of the night, she is adorable!!

all my blogsugar sway

the amazing gals of the threadery kristen and nicole and me

jaqui, erika and me

everything was pink and orange and of course adorable!

how cute are the balloons everywhere?

see the gal on the left? that is casey wiegand hehe

I did get a pic with Maggie of gussy sews but someone else took the pic so i must get it from them :)
{how could I not get a pic with her, i love love love her. she is so adorable, encouraging and just radiates love and joy for the amazingness God has given her through her shop}

The keynote speakers was meg duerksen.  Listening to her made everything make sense. Pretty bold statement right? but oh so true.

her message was that she realized a few years ago that her blog is not for her, it isn't to share how wonderful she is, it is a tool from God. This is so true. I want my message to be something that is not just about "wow, look at me and what i do", but more of a "wow, this girl is making a difference, i can do that too".

She also said something so true and so meaningful "you are the only one that can do what you do" it is Gods plan. No one else has the exact same experiences that I have, but others can learn from them. Or even just read them and know that they are not alone.

I originally started blogging as a way to keep in touch with family when scott and i got engaged. It has turned in to so much more. It is has been a place to meet wonderful women, learn and grow with God and to realized what I am passionate about and how to follow my dreams. I need to, and want to work more on sharing my passions and how I am following my dreams.

At the end the wonderful Mrs. Rachel said something super amazing "if you don't think you are making an impact you are fooling yourself." oh so true!

Another overall message I got from all the speakers was that we cannot compare ourselves to other bloggers. I need to remember that more often. Just because I dont have 100s or 1000s of followers doesn't mean that I'm not making a difference. I need to be more ok with who I am and focus on the wonderful relationships I am cultivating in this crazy place we call the world wide web.

I hope you all lasted to the end of my 35page novel of a recap. I just can't express enough how wonderful yesterday was. I love every single gal i met and had the opportunity to listen to, learn from and have fellowship with.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

A life changing event: {hello OCS}

Yesterday changed our life.

For the past 2 years Scott has been working towards his degree to apply to Officer Candidate School {OCS}. It has been his dream to become a commissioned officer in the Navy.

This year the spring board, which he initially applied for, was cancelled due to the budget issues the US experienced in April. The fall board happened on September 20th.

Yesterday and 10:03AM Scott walked through the door {I know this because I looked at the clock to see if it was 11AM already, his normal lunch hour}.

I got up and walked over to him to ask him why he was home?

He said an early lunch.

My immediate thought was damn, must be a really rough day if you came home for lunch at 10am.

Before I could say anything he said, in what seemed like a whisper "I was selected".


I immediately began to cry tears of joy {you all should know by now that I cry over everything, even MTV}, hugged him and said over and over again how proud I was of him.

I seriously could not believe it. Scott has been working for this so hard and so long. He is the only person I know that says here is what I want, here is what I am going to do to get there, and then achieves his goal. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

I know he is my husband and I am biased but he is clearly a great candidate to become a Naval Officer. He is a great leader, motivator and teacher. He loves the Navy with his entire heart and wants to make it a better place.

I seriously cannot find the right words to express how proud I am of my wonderful husband!

This is going to be a huge life changer for us, in a very good way. Of course there will be a TON of responsibility after all the schooling and training, but honestly I think that is what Scott is looking forward to most. There is also that small, tiny {insert sarcasm here}deal of a pay increase. That in itself is life changing. I am not going to lie, I am very excited about this. Not for silly reasons like shopping, but because it will put us in a much better spot financially, to raise a family and for both of us to continue to pursue our dreams.

I spent most of yesterday crying tears of joy or laughing at random moments of the day.

I reused Scott's graduation banner to decorate. hehe

We went out with our dear friends Rik and Liz to celebrate. We of course had to go to the Cheesecake Factory.

{I need to frame this picture, to remember this day forever}

{hubby ordered a fancy drink to celebrate, some kinda yummy martini}

{me with said martini}

{my dinner: the chicken bellagio, so good!}

{celebratory red velvet cheesecake! we shared it and took one piece to go}

This day will go in the list of top 5 amazing moments of our life together.

I love you Scott.

I am so proud of you.

\ You are the most amazing and inspiring man I know.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

what i wore: trying a few new looks

It's wednesday, so you know what that means!!

pleated poppy

I didn't do too much outside the house. I was testing a totally new outfit. This is actually a maxi dress i wore as a maxi skirt! {I really need to learn to suck in the buddha belly!}

Necklace: Charlotte Russe years ago
Flower on necklace: F21
Tank: JCrew outlet
Belt: came with a skirt F21
Dress worn as skirt: Kohl's
Bracelets: mix from Target, F21
Sandals: Avon


I ran a few errands, picked up yummy cupcakes.

I really love this look.

Jacket: hand me down from sis, Miley Cyrus at Walmart {it is a blazer is sweatshirt material, looove!}
Top: Kohl's {I got this two years ago for $3!}
Skinnies: F21
Flats: GAP
Bracelets: GoodWill in Washington
Earrings:  F21


Cleaned the house, hubs and I ran a few errands. We had Scotts cousin and wife over for dinner. {we are dog sitting their pup Sadie}

Necklace: Kohls {I paid $3 or $4}
Top: Target
Jacket: H&M
Belt: Banana Republic
Bracelet and Jeans: Kohl's
Flats: Nine West via Crossroads resale shop
Bag: Nine West via TJMaxx about 8 years ago


Ran a 5k, watched the Michigan game, ran a few errands
{I swear I run a lot of errands}

Necklace: made by me rellas bellas
Tshirt: online
Tank under shirt: Banana Republic
Sweater: Banana Republic outlet
Jeans: Kohl's
Flats: Target

Sunday: church and then i changed my shoes and pants for the swap meet

Necklace: made by me rellas bellas
Top: Banana Republic outlet
Cardigan: Target via goodwill
Capris: Target
Bracelet: mom via a shop in Hawaii
Purse: Nine West via TJMaxx
Shoes: NEX


I was up early monday morning and cleaned the carpets and answered emails all by 8am. Picked up a friend at LAX and the spent the rest of the day prepping for my handmade markets.

{ugh, our camera is on the fritz, I need a DSLR so bad! must convince the hubby!}

Necklace: Charlotte Russe, years ago
Sweater: Express, {my mom go me this my junior year of hs for christmas, i love it so much! it was my first piece of cashmere}
Top: Vera Wang for Kohl's
Skinnies & Bracelets: F21
Shoes: TJMaxx
Belt: made by me rellas bellas

p.s I have some super good news to share on the blog, very very soon!! eeeeeeeek!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

my favorite things swap!

Happy Tuesday!

Yesterday I was a crazy women, here was my morning schedule: 7am clean carpets with carpet cleaner, 8am send important emails {which have resultedn great results! yeow!!} 9am hit up starbucks and make the hour & a half journey to LAX to pick up a friend.  Thenthe afternoon consisted of folding 3 loads of laundry, cleaning the kitchen and cutting about 80 circles for items for my handmade markets! Today I am feeling much more mellow...since I did enough yesterday for two days...that is kind of how I roll, a day of madness and then a day of calm. Welcome to my life.

A few weeks ago the lovely Leeann from Join the Gossip put out in the twitter universe that she wanted do a favorite things swap with all her bloggy friends and wanted to know if people would be interested. I immediately said yes!!  Wo wouldn't want to get a fun package in the mail and send one?! she  was afraid  no one would sign up. I told her not to be ridiculous! This was a fun idea and surely other bloggy pals would want to join in on the fun.  Over 30 bloggers signed up! Isn't that fun!!

We had to send out our package last Tuesday. I was so excited to send my package to Chelsea of two twenty one .

Here is what I sent her:

A cute date night clutch
A adorable bow necklace
A gift $5 gift card to starbucks for a PSL
Since I couldn't send wine I sent notecards with wine glasses :)

Here is what I got

A cream colored scarf {which i totally don't have!}
nail polish and yummy strawberry lip balm
and the card had a gorgeous peony on it, which are my fav!

How is awesome is Leeann for organizing such a fun event?!! {super awesome, duh!}

Oh and more good news!!!

I won cupcakes from the fabulous Jacqui of baby boy bakery 

Ummmmm, hello! I am a cupcake addict!!

As much as I am red velvet lover I think I might get the punkin' pie...

Monday, September 19, 2011

why i love handmade {and a video too!}

Happy Monday Lovelies!

Have I mentioned how much I love handmade??

One must when they are a handmade artisan, hehe. {Isn't that a fun title?!}

This fall I am doing two handmade markets! The first is The Threadery put on by the wonderful Nicole  from Olive Blue & Kristen from Rock-A-Bow! I am so excited as this will be my first handmade market!!

A few weeks later I will also be a part of Holiday Handmade being put on by the amazing Alissa !!

As most of you who are regular readers know I recently opened my own etsy shop Rellas Bellas .  I have a huge love for accessories, it is teetering on becoming and addiction and an obsession.

Any time I put together an outfit it is not complete until the right accessories have been found. I love my accessories to be a fun, spunky, sassy and funky!

Years ago I realized buying a few accessories can jazz up a bajillion different outfits {ok maybe not a bajillion} but a belt, a few necklaces, earrings and a bracelet can work wonders for a gal who wants to update her closet on a budget.

I find myself at Forever 21 looking for accessories and perusing etsy .  As much as I love a good deal from F21 I also enjoy having a unique handmade piece. I love the idea of handmade. Each item has a story, Why the artisan created it and why, when or where it was purchased. Wearing a handmade item is an instant conversation starter. A gorgeous statement necklace or a cute clutch can instantly spark a conversation and you can learn so much about a person by their accessories.

I am so excited for the video Nicole and Kristen put together to share The Threadery with others. Below is a video I took part in to share with you just a few of the fun pieces I will be selling at The Threadery.

All the details for The Threadery can be found here.

Friday, September 16, 2011

my newest gig! {writing for Homefont United}

Happy Friday my lovelies!

Today you get two posts from me, woohooo!

Have a been a busy bee these last 2 months!

Did you know that I started writing for the amazing website Homefront United! super duper excited about this!!

You can read my second article about planning not to plan in the military here.

You can read my first article on being resilent here.

And finally if you want you can read my bio here!

I am turning off the comments on this post so please feel free to leave me some comment love on either of the two posts above.

enjoy your weekend!!

it's the little things {happiness for the week}

Last week Lindsay {funny, two of the linky parties I do are by gals named Lindsey/Lindsay, hehe} started a blog hop called "It's the little things".

Aisle to Aloha

I was all set to do a post last friday but the later part of the day kinda go me in a funk "it was...a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day." {the first part of the day was great, but after that, bleh}
{I am working on trying to share in a post soon, but I'm not sure I'm ready}
So here I am this week, all ready to share with you my week of little things that make me smile
I bought these as an end of the week treat for the hubs
{he works M-Th, though he ends up going in most fridays, hello JOE NAVY!}

My fur baby Khloe!

she is always so loveable and ready to cuddle.

Sunset walks along the water with my wonderful husband and fur baby.

The husband making me a S'mores on the stove, yummy!!

Watching some Michigan football and being goofy!

Spending Saturday morning on our patio drinking coffee and reading blogs
 {with the hubs and furbaby, of course!}

Using simple ball jars from the thrift store as a candle holder.

This is my current coffee table center piece.

There you have it folks! The things this week that are so small yet made such a big impact on my happiness!

I'm also linking up with Jeannett from life rearranged for

life rearranged

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