Thursday, December 29, 2011

using my new camera & a Mad Men themed New Years Eve party!

I am still in shock that my wonderful hubby bought me a Nikon D3100 dSLR camera for Christmas!

On Christmas afternoon we took a walk on the beach so I could try out my new baby. {yes, you can safely assume that this camera will be referred to as my baby for the foreseeable future!}

Point Mugu Rock along the PCH

Khloe running along the beach chasing birds. She was convinced she would catch them. Maybe next time khlo-belle.

shot of the beach

pretty girl


the sun beginning to set.

I did not edit any of these photos. I have taken my old point and shoot to the beach many a times and never have I pictures turned out like these did.

I by no means think these are the most magnificent photos ever but they are a great start. I can't wait to keep playing with my camera.

The week between Christmas and New Years seems to disappear in the blink of an eye.

We are having a little NYE get together at our house. {This year we have hosted Thanksgiving, Christmas and now New Years, just call me the hostess with the mostess}

I decided it might be fun to do a little Mad Men themed NYE party. I am not going all out and buying tons of stuff but I think dressing the part and having things like a bar cart set up will be tons of fun.

Source: via Jane on Pinterest

In a perfect world I would have found a dress like this for super cheap! but alas, that is not the case. I do have a cute lace pencil skirt and sparkly cardigan in my closet and I think that will pearls will do just fine.

We will see how Mad Men like this party actually turns out.

I have a few days to work some magic, and I am a former event planner so I should be able to put together a little somethin' somethin'.

What are you plans for New Years?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

what i wore {two weeks of christmas fun!}

Hello lovely readers! I am back with two weeks worth of what i wore outfits

pleated poppy

Wednesday, Dec 14
last bible study meeting of the year and then fro yo in the evening.

scarf & skinnes: f21
sweater: target
top: f21 via my sister
boots: nine west
bracelet: Kohls

Thursday, Dec 15th
running tons of errands with the hubby
{i was unsure about this outfit at first and then fell in love with it}

hat: gift from SIL few years back
tshirt: hand me down from sis
dress: target
sweater: banana republic
skinnies: f21
boots: nine west
purse: nordstrom rack via a gc last Christmas from the hubby
necklace: my shop rellas bellas

Friday, Dec 16
ornament exchange party with the enlisted spouses club

earrings and bracelet: f21
jacket: miley cyrus via my sister
top: vera wang at kohls
skinnies: f21
booties: tjmaxx

Sunday, Dec 18
church, brunch and then target

headband: f21
jacket: express
dress: ann taylor via base thrift store
tights: ross
shoes: NEX
purse: coach {thank you hubby}

Monday, Dec 19
keepin it real, cleaning and being lazy around the house then out for fro yo

puffy vest and flannel: gap
sweater: the limited
jeans: kohls
boots: uggs
purse: coach

Wednesday, Dec 21
tons of errands all day with the hubby. grocery shopping for the holiday weekend with guests, spending $850 to get hubby's car fixed {in addition to the $400 we spent earlier this month on new tires}. in the evening we went to dinner with rik, liz and rik's brother.

top: jcrew
sweater: f21
jeans: kohls
bracelets: f21
boots: nine west
purse: coach

Christmas Eve:
hung out all day cooking, evening went to Christmas Eve service
sweater: gap
dress: f21
flower pin: from wrapping on a gift from my friend tobi
jewelry: f21
leggings: target
boots not pictured, nine west

Christmas Day

hat: nordstrom via bff
sweater: ann taylor
dress: f21 {same as Christmas eve, perfect dress for so many occasions}
flower pin: same as Christmas eve
skinnies: f21
sandals: hollister

Monday, Dec 26
after Christmas shopping at target {scored Christmas dishes!}, walk around downtown ventura, lunch at chipotle

necklace: Christmas gift from my mom
scarf: Christmas gift from my bro
flower pin: friend
bracelet: hubbys ID bracelet from when he was a kid
tunic: old navy
skinnies: f21
boots: nine west
socks: target
purse: coach

It is crazy to think that Christmas has come and gone. You can read my Christmas recap here

My friend Kristina of my traveling troop wrote an article for Blue Star Families sharing other milspouse bloggers 2012 new years resolutions. I was honored that she asked me to participate. You can read it here

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

our Christmas 2011 weekend of fun!

It is hard to believe Christmas has come and gone.

I always get so sad the day after Christmas, 5 weeks of planning, decorating and waiting for the day and then BAM! it is over!

While we did not end up going to see  my parents for Christmas as planned we were still around family.

I spent the the 21st and 22nd running around, getting the house stocked for 3 house guests and then cleaning it. I was also a baking and cooking fool this past week.

My brother was able to come up from the 22-24 and we had lots of fun. Lots of home cooked meals for him, a brunch trip, a bit of Target fun {we always have to stop at Target}, walking around Christmas tree lane with Starbucks and looking at the decorated houses, gingerbread house decorating, presents and Christmas Eve dinner.

kenny and i with our starbucks

kenny & khloe cuddling on Christmas eve

group picture on Christmas eve morning

our gingerbread village.

Christmas Eve late lunch/dinner

We also spent a few days with our cousins Danny & Gina. They arrived Friday afternoon and left around noon on Christmas Day.

Since Kenny had to go back home on the 24th we made Christmas Eve his Christmas. He opened his stocking and his presents.

kenny and all of his presents

scarf & beanie from my brother, handmade by a woman who frequents his work {he works at the bowling alley on the base on Coronado}

I also made Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls on Christmas Eve morning, OH MY GOSH! I am pretty sure I will never buy rolls from the can again! They pretty much melted in my mouth. I cut the recipe in half and still had enough for 4 pans so I ran a pan over to the Wallaces :)

We went to Christmas Eve service and then spent the evening drinking mulled wine and champagne {except for Gina as she cannot drink for two, *wink* *wink*}and eating a ton of appetizers while watching Elf and chatting.

scott, me, gina & dan

appetizers on Christmas Eve

Christmas morning started bright and early. We were so blessed this year and received so many wonderful gifts from our family and friends.

our tree and presents

Scott really likes to take Christmas to the extreme. We decided this year we were not going to spend a lot of money and of course I stick to the plan. What does Scott do you ask?

He buys me this baby!

I was pretty much speechless!

He will be gone/graduating from OCS around my birthday & our anniversary, he said he knows he won't be able to buy  me a gift so this covers all three.

Gina prepared a yummy breakfast of Swedish Christmas bread, fruit and bacon before they left and we all set out to try and find the lucky almond in each loaf. The story is whoever finds it in their piece of bread gets good fortune in 2012. I found the almond in both loaves so 2012 should be a great year!

I was really taken aback this year by how lucky and how blessed we are. I often times take so much for granted and then I see a tree fully of wrapped gifts for Scott and I and am reminded of how truly lucky we both are.

khloe also got to spend time with her bff sadie

khloe & sadie playing with khloe's new toy

We took a walk in the afternoon on the beach to try out my new camera!

{taken with iphone not new camera}

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Matthew 1:23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son: and they shall call His name Immanuel," which translated means, "God With US."

Thursday, December 22, 2011

guest post & our 2011 Christmas Card

I am guest posting over at rouge & whimsy today. A quick and super cute gift idea kids and adults are sure to love!

I thought today I would share with everyone the Christmas card I sent out to family and friends. {Many of my friends that I keep in touch with on Facebook did not get the letter as they have read my many fb updates and don't need a reminder of what is going on in our lives, hehe}


It is hard to believe 2011 is coming to an end. I can remember January 1, 2011 so vividly. I was having brunch with my dear friend Liz, and we were discussing how horrible 2011 was going to be. Looking back I couldn’t have been more wrong. 2011 has brought so many blessings to Scott and I. I think most notable is Scott being selected to become a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. He will be leaving for Officer Candidate School {OCS} in January. A very close second would be going to Washington D.C. this summer and being honored as the Navy family of the year. The trip was beyond amazing, we toured the White House, the Capitol building and so many other monuments. We met so many other amazing military families; it was a blessing beyond words.

Scott has had many accomplishments this year, he graduated from the University of La Verne in May. He welcomed a promotion at work {different from his selection to OCS} and of course his selection to become a commissioned officer. To say that Scott keeps busy would be an understatement. The guy works nonstop. He is always working towards a new goal and trying to do the best he can to provide for us. I am so proud of everything he does and so happy to see all his hard work paying off.

This year has been a journey for me. I have really learned a lot about myself. I started a new job in January; I quickly realized it was not for me. In July I quit my job and started working on some dreams and passions of mine. I opened an etsy shop making jewelry, headbands and other fun baubles. I have been pursuing my writing a lot more and started writing for a few military related websites. I have really focused these last few months on strengthening my walk with the Lord. We will be embarking on a new adventure next year and I know I need the Lord to guide me.

It is crazy to think this spring I will begin packing up our house and starting a new Navy adventure. Scott and I are so excited but also a bit nervous.

Wishing you the joy of family, the happiness of friends, and the love of Christmas!

It is crazy to think Christmas is in 2.5 days! eeeeek!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

reminding myself to judge less

this past weekend I had some girl time, which was much needed.

however in the midst of it all i may have said some not so favorable things about someone. this person has said some not so favorable things about things i am a part of but that does not give me the right to do the same.

i don't really have any interaction with his person, and while i know nothing will come of it all i still feel bad.

i really need to work on not judging people. i do not know their struggles so who am i to judge?

this has been weighing on my heart all weekend. the above quote is so true, the words i said reflect way more about me. I was caught up in the moment and i am probably still a bit hurt about what they said.

will this person ever see this post or my blog, probably not. will they know the unfavorable comments i said, probably not. but i know i said it and i need to forgive myself {and them for what they said} and work harder at being a more thoughtful and forgiving person.

If God can constantly forgive me for the wrong I do how can I not do the same for someone?

and the winner is....

The winner from my giveaway last week is...

the adorable Kelly from

Keeping Up With Kelly & Co

I love Kelly's blog, she was one of the first blogs I started following back in the day. hehe

Kelly, email me your address and I'll get your package out! rellasbellasATgmailDOTcom

Friday, December 16, 2011

instafriday: pho, blinged out pups & christmas fun

Happy Friday Loves!

We have officially reached single digits until Christmas! Are you ready? I'd say i am 78% percent ready.

I seem to do insta-friday & it's the little things every two weeks, so please be ready for lots of fun pics.

my new Thursday morning ritual, drink coffee and watch the latest episode of tori & dean. I seriously love that show, it might be my favorite reality tv.

this is my go to holiday outfit, I wear it whenever we do something very Christmas-y

my dear friend April and the super cute clutch she custom made for me

all the fun stuff I had for sale at my last market of the year, Sew Funky

picking out our Christmas tree

Khloe hanging her ornament on the tree

going on a hike with the hubs and khloe {hubs cashed in a birthday coupon}

my bible cover for the amazing Kristen

Khloe being very glamorous and adventurous wearing both silver and gold together

pho date with liz

Christmas candles

finally finished my Christmas wreath {I'm thinking I need to start my spring wreath now!}

starting this marriage study with Scott

khloe got daddy two presents :)

prepping for my brothers visit {dec 22-24}

this morning I dropped off 3 packages and 70 cards at the post office {I am doing my part to keep the USPS in business}

new coffee with my favorite Christmas creamer

What fun stuff have you been up to?

don't forget to enter my giveaway.

I'm giving away a turquoise rosette necklace and two pairs of rosette earrings from my shop!

Linking up with Jeannett

life rearranged

and Lindsay

Aisle to Aloha


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