miscellany monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters
thank you sweet carissa for giving me a place to share my randomness!


{1 | there's no place like home}
 i'm baaaaaaaaaaack!
wow, can't believe it's been 2 entire weeks since i have been here!!!
i hope that everyone has been well & that i didn't miss anyting earth shattering!
{i am clearing my google reader this morning and starting fresh}
it's totally amazing what you can accomplish when your laptop is closed.
{hence the reason my blogging is about to decrease to 3-4 days a week}
i have gotten to spend great time with my family while the kids were out for mardi gras holidays.....i painted 4 rooms in my house... hung out in 2 states and even got to meet up with 5 awesome bloggers in NOLA!
{more on that wednesday!}

{2 | throw me somethin' mista!}
being on the coast, it's all about mardi gras...
you must decorate for mardi gras- just as you do christmas!
y'all knew this already though, right?

and yes....this was a real christmas tree....
{i got it the week AFTER cmas...when mine died!!}
unfortunately it didn't make it til fat tuesday ☹
just a few days away from THE day!

{i made that wreath y'all!}

{3 | recipe swap}
it was like a 3 way tie on the voting so...
it will be hosted {semi} monthly.
i am thinking fridays...
-starting back this friday!!-
that way we all can experiment over the weekend
and/or plan for the week

{4 | eating clean/stripped}
y'all know i am all about tosca reno and her eating clean recipes/books.
have you seen her latest? came out last week? as soon as i got the email, i immediately ordered it. it's helping you loose those last 10 lbs. i don't have a LAST....i only HAVE 10. period. i have been reading since it arrived and start tomorrow. i am kinda scared though cause i can't drink WINE!!! for 28 days. not hours y'all...days!!! we shall see how this pans out....

{5 | am i crazy??}
dont answer that
i have dropped my gym membership, i only went to get on the treadmill while the MR worked out cause i hate hate hate cold weather. since he hurt his shoulder, he hasn't been able to go so we decided to keep that $$ create one at home!!
he hasn't decided what he is going to put up there yet {weights, blahhh} but i jumped on board and ordered an AB TWISTER!  then somehow i got sucked into the hip-hop abs informercial while  drinking wine waiting on days of our lives to come on....
they are on their way!




see a pattern here? it's starting to get warmer...
i am thinking bathing suits....
i am seeing fat!!!

{6 | how much time is too much time?}
have you ever sat & thought exactly how much time you put into blogging?
i kinda knew, ha, i realllllllly knew BUT it really hit me these past 2 weeks.
mercy. i spend so much flippin time.....
looking for pictures,
watermarking pictures,
taking pictures,
deleting and composing...
and God forbid i click onto wehearit.com or pinterest-
i'm MIA for hours...
then ofcourse, i have to visit my friends.
then i try to reply to all questions and comments,
the auto reply is a BIG helper.
THEN i have my family blog...
i need an assistant!

my google reader is out of control.
i need a 7 step program.
i nee help.

i did decide that i will only blog hop on days that i blog.
so, if there is something life shattering that i need to know,
email/call/text me girls!

{7 | motivational thoughts for you today friends}
i have missed y'all! i hope to catch up soon.
i also see many new followers...
can't wait to get to know ya all.....

and my favorite.....

{8 | he said YES!!!!!}
the MR finally caved last night after mini-me shed a bucket of tears for a new dog!!!
we had a teacup chi a few years ago, miss lola....
she was, god bless her heart, so dumb.
after 2 LONG YEARS of trying to potty train, we had to give her away.
{it was to a relative so that's really hard cause mini-me can see her,,,,,just can't have her back.
well, tomorrow, the search begins....
i already know HER name...
care of guess?
{via google}

see y'all tomorrow for home tour tuesday-
"let's play!"
show us your playroom/craft rooms!!


  1. Love, love, love your Mardi Gras wreath...so fun!!!! Happy Monday!

  2. LOVE the mardi gras decorations!!! I Had sooo much this weekend!

  3. Oh my I've missed you, D! So glad you had such a good time with your family! Love the Mardi Gras decorations..especially that wreath you made...very impressive! :)

    Have a great week!

  4. So glad you are back! :) I do understand the need to break from the machine! P.S. did you ever tell us in detail about your break from Facebook????? I still want to do it!
    :) Kerri

  5. Love the Mardi Gras decorations.
    I have to admit I spend a good bit of time on the weekends putting together posts and schedule them for the week.
    Glad you are back.

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  7. I've been spending way too much time on the machine...... I'm trying so hard to only do blog reading/composing while at work during down time (I have a lot!).... I even gave up facebook for Lent. Hope you have a great day!

  8. Glad you're back, I've missed you!! I LOVE your mardi gras tree and wreath-how fun! Let me knwo how the new Tosca book is…I was thinking about getting it. I really dont know about that 28 days without wine…omg! :) A pup!!!! How fun! I hear ya with the training, my pup is now a year and still has an occassional accident which now I'm putting him back on a every 2 hours we go out which helps, but man…a year! you were wonderful to go 2 years! WOW! Have a great Monday! XOXO

  9. Glad you are back....we missed you!! I knew it was quiet in blogland lately...LOL! I am glad you had a nice trip and got to hang with the family and accomplish some house tasks. Funny about the whole 'blogging taking too much time' thing...I just wrote about that too. But remember, we love you and need to see you every now and again..LOL! I can't believe you decorated a tree for Mardi Gras...now that is spirit!! And the little doggy...he is too cute :)

  10. Happy Monday, girl! Totally agree with you on the blogging habits, there's just too much other stuff to be done. 3-4 days a week is still plenty! :)

    We didn't get to decorate this year (I think you know why) but your tree looks great!

    Let me know how Hip Hop Abs works out for ya...I've ordered the gamete of home exercise dvds!


  11. Glad you're back! We all missed you! Be sure to check my post from yesterday. :) Can't wait for more recipe swaps...made banana pound cake on Saturday and I think it's half gone! xoxox

  12. I love your wreath!!!
    It looks great!

    I cant wait to see your new puppy!

  13. Welcome back. It is pretty amazing what you can accomplish away from the computer!

    Best wishes for saying bye to those 10!!! I'm right there with ya. Except I don't like wine. Ha! Swimsuit season here we come. : )

  14. welcome back!!! you have been missed here in the blogging world

    good luck with the exercise/diet. Cant wait to see what kind of dog you get (swiss mountain dog! :) )

  15. Welcome back!! The Mardi Gras decorations are AWESOME!! Love, love, love the wreath. I am so with you - too much time spent blogging = not good. I've definitely cut back in a big way...it's an addiction! xoxo, kelly

  16. What beautiful Mardi Gras decorations! So glad you are back!

  17. Welcome Back, you've been missed!! You sound refreshed...

    It's been quiet in blogland for me too, March is crazy busy in my world. I will see you guys tomm for the home tour though :)

  18. Glad your home safe and you got to meet up with friends...

    Welcome Home Daph!!


  19. Glad you're back! I love your wreath, it's so cute!

  20. Welcome back and Happy Monday! If you use that ab chair apparatus, please do tell me if it actually works as my abs are in desp need for a workout.

    I am so excited for your new puppy! As for names, here are my guesses: Tink, Mimi, Audrey, Marilyn?

  21. You're back - so nice to see you again!! All of your Mardi Gras decorations are adorable, and that is so exciting about the new puppy! XO

  22. So many fun things in this post! Love it all!

  23. Glad you're back! The Mardi Gras decorations are so pretty. I have thought about how much time I spend blogging & I don't blog nearly as much as a lot of people. My problem is the reading of blogs. I have a huge list that I follow & I try to keep up with which is why I don't always comment. I try but it's hard. Oh & there's no way I could go 28 days without wine!!

  24. welcome welcome back.

    so excited to hear you're getting a new little puppy guy!! can't wait for pictures!

  25. Oh how I have missed you and I am so glad that you are back! Really liking all of the mardi gras decor pics! I completely agree with you on the number of hours spend on the computer about blogging. I have been trying to figure out a way to cut my time down and make it efficient. I sit down for a few minutes and get back up three hours later! I got a treadmill last year and a small weight system. Makes it so nice to use at home. Though, I seem to find lots of excuses not to use them! Going to go run now ;)

  26. Welcome baaaaack!!! Glad we can text now so I can taunt you with my mad shopping skillz... kidding... =) Anywho, cute tree! -and wreath.

    Hmm... pups name.. Pearl? lol! Like Mini Pearl.. =)

    Girl, I've been slackin on the blog too..something bout having ot work too..dang I wish they'd just pay me to blog. What's wrong with them??! And I'm starting my diet too.. Lost 20# before the holidays and then got sick. Diet ended. I'm fatter again. OMGEEEEEE blech. Water water water... =) Happy Monday!

  27. I missed you sweet lady, glad you are back! I love the wreath you made for Mardi Gras, very festive!

    I can spend literally 8 hours reading blogs, preparing a blog post, commenting on blogs, etc...I know because I do it at least once a week at work :) but don't tell my boss! the time flies by when you're blogging, and that can lead to neglecting other areas so I try to just do it at work so I'm not on the computer once I get home.

    Yay for a new puppy! I want one but am going to wait until I move to a new place that is more dog friendly. Will her name be Pearl? Haha!

    I hope you have a GREAT day!

  28. Oh my gosh, so glad your back! I really missed not reading your blog. I am so glad you had a relaxing time with your family. That is the most important thing in life, family. They are your heart and sole.

    It is so funny you mentioned time and blogging. I did a post on how much time we can spend on this. By the time I finish reading blogs, I don''t have enough time to type a blog. I am sure I will figure this out.

    I liked your mardi gras decorations. The tree looked great.


  29. Yay for new puppies!! I cannot wait to see pictures of the little nugget!

  30. Good for you, making the decision to cut back on your blogging time. I only blog 3 X a week and often find that a bit overwhelming and I have an empty nest. :o) I think it's all about balance in all things and sometimes that's a lot easier said than done. Blessings to you for a wonderful week!

  31. First, I am glad you are back. 2. you painted 4 rooms? WOW! We wanna see them. 3. How on earth did you get that picture of me in my bikini without me knowing it? lol don't I wish that was my skinny body!

  32. welcome back and thanks for stopping by! And....sounds like you got so much accomplished.

  33. I need to drop a bazillion pounds now. That bathing suit is definitely adorable. Make sure that you post how you are doing with toning up. I am doing p90x and its kicking my booty. However I have seen no change at all.


  34. Love, love, love your blog! :) Just gotta tell ya from your newest follower! :)


  35. Any ideas on what kind of puppy? I LOVE puppy shopping as it always seems to brighten my day! I can't wait to see what you guys get.

  36. I just found your blog and became a follower! :) Love your blog! Erin


  37. Welcome back! It is truly amazing how much one can accomplish away from the computer. :)

    And love your wreath. Too cute!

  38. I want a dog so bad! My husband has promised after i graduate, which is in seven weeks -- I'm hoping!

    I'm new to your blog -- I'm a new follower.
    Hope you have a great rest of the week.
    Happy St. Patricks Day (tomorrow)

    Jenn @ joyfuljenn.com