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veir, cuatro, fire, dort, ceithir... four

As a blogger, you tend to tell every one about yourself. And I mean everyone. Sure, you can do the traditional get-to-know-me posts, and I really don't think you can have too many, but sometimes you really don't let on EVERYTHING. You only let on the good. Like, hi, I'm so and so, I am married, have a kid... this is my favorite color. Blah blah blah. So today I am going to give you all the good about little ole me, but in a different format. A format that I have seen going around blog land lately and really wanted to join in :) 

4 names people call you
1. Tabitha
2. Tab
3. Tabby
4. Mom

4 jobs I've had
1. CNA
2. Walmart cashier
3. Scheduler at a counseling office
4. Title 1 tutor at Juvenile Detention


4 movies I've watched more than once
1. Easy A
2. Shawshank Redemption
3. Avengers
4. Remember the Titans

4 books I would recommend
1. Belly Laughs | Jenny McCarthy
2. The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho
3. The Catcher in the Rye | J.D. Salinger
4. To Kill A Mockingbird | Harper Lee

4 places I've lived
1. Valparaiso, IN
2. Chesterton, IN
3. Hobart, IN

I only have three, and they are all within 30 minutes of each other.

4 places I've traveled
1. NOLA
2. Bahamas
3. Chicago, IL
4. Las Vegas


4 places I'd rather be
1. NOLA
2. Virginia
3. The beach
4. My bed

4 of my favorite foods
1. Pizza
2. Strawberries 
3. Ice Cream
4. Carmel anything

4 TV shows I watch
1. Grey's Anatomy
2. Blacklist
3. Scandal
4. Law & Order: SVU

4 things I'm looking forward to this year
1. Vacation to TN
2. Painting with a penguin
3. Visiting Washington,  DC
4. Buying a house

4 things I'm always saying
1. Right?
2. Be nice!
3. Really?
4. WTF?

4 tags
I'm not going to tag anyone, because I know alot of blogger have done this, but if you do read this post and decided to do it, send me a message and let me know; cause I would love to see.

ps... veir \\ German; cuatro \\ Spanish; fire \\ Danish; dort \\ Turkish; ceithir\\ Scots Gaelic; four \\ English

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ten annoying things about being a licensed driver

Having a driver's license is a privilege. You get to operate a machine that can take you on your wildest adventures or even kill someone. It's a big responsibility, but it's one that we all accept willingly. And then there are the annoyances that come with being a licensed driver... 



1. Construction
My number one annoyance about driving is construction. Yeah, I get it, roads need to be fixed widened, and paved; but must you do it in broad daylight and when the traffic is heavy? So people just don't think. 

2. Parallel Parking
I can't parallel park to save my life. I am the type of person that refuses to get that spot in front of the door, and chooses to walk two blocks. 

3. Sunday Drivers
We all know what and who they are, so I'm not going to go into details. 

4. Having to renew your license
This is just pure irritating. It takes forever at the BMV, because we all really WANT a new picture, you can't smile, it costs money to renew, and you don't get the license for like two weeks. Really? 

5. Having to shell out money every year for state plates
I get that it gives money back to the state, and I am thankful for the fact that I only have to get one plate instead of two (I'm looking at you Illinois), but I hate paying out so much money to get them. 

6. Emissions testing
I've heard that some counties in my state don't even have to do this, but I am in an area that does. I live in a place where apparently the go-go juice makes the cars we drive give off fumes that are bad for the environment. Um... yeah. That's smart now right? So to rectify the situation, we have to get our vehicles emissions tested every other year to make sure the air is clean. IT. IS. ANNOYING. They hook your car up to a monitor and if one of your sensors- that doesn't even have anything to do with emissions- is off, then you fail outright. Let's just say that shit can get expensive- I've been through it. 

7. Young kids
I have been driving for over 10 years and I really hate driving around young kids. Yeah, that statement makes me old. They tend to want to go fast, are always texting and driving, and have their music up way too loud. You better believe that I really want to smack someone when I pull up next to someone at a stoplight with a sleeping kid in the back, and the bumping from their horrible sound system wakes up my angry nap-deprived toddler. 

8. Lane sharing, tailgating, and excessive braking
Being a licensed driver, means that you must deal with the stupidity of other drivers. The top three most annoying traits: lane sharing, tailgating, and excessive braking. Lane sharing happens when the driver decides to drive in the middle of two lanes, and prevents people from going around them. Just pick a lane already!  

9. Road Rage
I tend to get road rage, and I hate it. 

10. Having to fill up with gas when it's at the weekly high.
We all do it... you don't want to stop at the gas station because it's annoying, and by the time you are almost on empty and close to driving on fumes, you choose to stop. But that's usually on a Friday and the gas is well over three stinkin' bucks a gallon. 


What annoys you about driving?

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My favorite things // hair edition

I will confess it... I am a product junkie. I love trying new hair products, ranting and raving about my likes and dislikes, and deciding which ones I should add to my daily/every other day arsenal. 

When choosing products, I rarely ever stay within a brand. I may like one or two products, but never any more than that. I like to keep my options open. I tend to have rather brittle and damaged from 10+ years of heat use, hair. It barely holds a curl, is frizzy,  and tends to be rather flat. And the finishing/ styling products that have recently added- as in the past year- are my absolute favorites.


Beauty Protector Leave in & protect and oil
One of the best things that Birchbox has sent me samples of, is the Beauty Protector line. They smell amazing, are so much better on my hair than It's a 10, and are super light.

Amika bombshell blow out spray
I love the fact that you can use the spray on wet or dry hair. When you use it on wet hair,  then blow dry, it provides heat protection and gives you so really nice volume. When used on dry hair,  it acts like a light hold hair spray. Plus is smells really good.

Fekkai sheer hold hairspray & hair refresher
I have been a fan of Fekkai since I started using their PrX reparatives shampoo and conditioner. The dry shampoo is my #2 after Amika because it gives my limp hair the volume.  


Treesmee keratin smooth
I've talked about this amazing drugstore product several times in my monthly favorites- it's cheap, controls frizz, and is really light on my hair.

Biosilk lite
Since my hair is thin and damaged from obsessive heat use, the lite version of Biosilk tends to be my forte. I love the smoothing that it gives and that it's not heavy. 

Pureology strength cure
I grabbed a travel size bottle, and almost freaked at the price. But I do believe that it's worth it, mostly because I think my hair has grown several inches in the last two months of use. My hair also feels stronger, and I have yet to encounter a split end. 

What are some of your favorite hair products?
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Wine tasting & a wedding

I think I fell in love with my husband again this past Saturday...

We were invited to a coworker's (from my part-time job) wedding and it was just something I needed to go to. The past week had been horrible on my stress levels... last Monday I found out that one of my coworkers died in a senseless act committed by the one person whom she had trusted and brought a life into this world with. She left behind a two year old little girl. Even though I hadn't known my coworker for that long, I still felt the pain left behind from the act and thought about the last time I had talked to her over and over again. So needless to say, I needed to go to a wedding. I needed to be surrounded by the joy and love and happiness of two people binding themselves to each other.

Saturday started off with getting ready... A feat that happen to take me almost two hours and left us leaving the house 30 minutes late. By the time the hubby and I had gotten even close to the church, it was already 20 minutes past the wedding start time. And it was at a Catholic church, meaning it was a Catholic wedding. Well, it's an unwritten rule that you don't walk in late to a Catholic ceremony, so the hubby and I took a detour into town. Where they were having a farmer's market.

The hubby had never been to a farmer's market, so we parked the car and decided to walk around. We spent a good hour just walking around, looking at everything,  and talking. In our Sunday best. Can you say awkward?

Once we had had enough walking, we went down the street for some wine tasting. Which had actually been planned- the wedding was at 1pm, and reception wasn't until 5pm, so we had planned to do some wine tasting in between. Pre-gameing, you know :)


And I loved the atmosphere! 

After wine tasting, it was an hour walk around the town's antique mall, and then to the reception. 

The reception venue was AMAZING! You walk in, and there is a large space- great for cocktail hour. Directly across from the entrance is staircase that takes you into the actual reception area. It looked BEAUTIFUL! There were chandeliers coming down from the ceiling,  sconces on every other table, and fake candles with candle holders hanging down from the ceiling on the opposite tables. 


Cocktail hour was fabulous... I had asked for a screw driver, but it wound up being a glass full of vodka with a splash of orange juice. It. Was. Disgusting. And then we (yes, the hubby and I) switched to Amaretto Stone Sours. And then ate some mini flat bread sandwiches, honey bbq meatballs, and mini twice baked red potatoes. 

The hubby and I talked about all the things that we hadn't talked about in weeks. He told me about work, I told him about work. We reminisced about different weddings we had been too. He told me about the time he had DJed a reception at the same venue. It was nice getting to know my hubby again. Especially since I have been working m-f, the hubby and I really haven't had a chance to spend time without Lil Man, or just to talk. 

After cocktail hour, it was the wedding party introductions, cake cutting, and first dances. I loved the couple's first dance song... it was the love song from Twlight: Christina Perri "A Thousand Years" (I linked the song, because it is a beautiful song). 


Dinner consisted of salad, choices of pasta, chicken, and beef, green beans, and mashed potatoes. It was so good! 

After dinner, they served cake, and also had a desert and coffee bar. I was amazed at the planning that went into every detail of the reception. 

The hubby and I aren't dancers, so we spent the rest of the night watching the tipsy people dance, and making fun of the dj. We also had a bunch of kids use our table for a little camp out- they stole the fake candles, and chocolate- and set everything up under the table. There was like 6 kids. I called it a gremlin seance. 

At the end of the night, we decided to go see Avengers 2 before going home. Seriously go see it!

Saturday was a really good day for me. It was nice to spend time with the hubby and offer him my undivided attention. It was nice to walk and talk with him, and laugh with him.





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If you really knew me...



If you really knew me...

You would know that I'm super sarcastic, but awkward at the same time...

You would know that I hate public speaking and get extremely embarrassed when people stare at me.

That I don't take criticism very well. I tend to be on the defensive when a superior tells me what to fix, mostly due to the fact that I think I am doing everything right.

That I still have totes of Christmas things laying around the house. I also have a couple of Moose dressed in Christmas garb just chillin in my kitchen.

You would know that I am a mixture between a girly girl and a county bumpkin. I love doing my hair and makeup, but I know how to shoot my Daddy's shot gun. And I am happy with that.

That I love going barefoot in the summer and I have calluses to prove it.

You would know that I tend to be super shy and awkward in most everyday situations. I usually need time to open up, but it all depends on if I have the need for someone to like me or not.

That I love my wine. I hate the fact that a bottle only has 2.5 glasses in it.

That I only wear neutral makeup and I am a creature of habit.

You would know that I am a recovering nail biter. 

You would know that I love me some yummy goodness from Starbucks. But I can't stand the taste of coffee... 

That I can turn into a Mama Bear at a moments notice. I am not a fan if ANYONE judging my patenting habits and if you say anything to my face, or behind my back and it gets back to me, well then you better just run. 

That I hate people that complain and never come up with a solution to their problem. 

You would know that I am a fan of equal rights. I believe that everyone should be allowed to love and marry whomever they choose; as long as both people are over the age of 18, that is. 

That my favorite color is mint, and I have several shirts to prove that. 

You would know that the only time I take off my wedding ring is to sleep, shower, do dishes, or work in the yard.  

That I believe in therapy,  and have done a stint or two. 

If you really knew me, you would know that I love being a mom and wife.

If you really knew me, you would know that I am at odds with myself over blogging...

If you really knew me, then you would know that the best advice I've ever given is: "find something that you love to do and if it makes you happy, then never stop doing it."

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Awesome things // May edition

On Tuesday, Anne published her awesome things linknup. I usually link up with her, but this past Tuesday I was such in a hurry to get a post out, because I didn't want to disappoint,  and didn't realize that I was going to miss the linky. So to rectify the situation,  I am giving you the post today :)

May is an awesome month as it is. Two of my three brothers have birthdays, wedding season is starting up, the flowers are blooming in full force, Lil Man is finally able to get outside and burn off all that pent up four year old boy energy... this list could go on and on. But allow me to give you my top ten awesome things about the month of May...



Justin Timberlake Memes. C'mon, if you don't love them, then apparently you were a child of the 90's.

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Warmer weather. May is usually type month when the cooler weather starts to subside and the warm is breaking through. It doesn't generally rain, so my allergies are good. Yard work is finally able to be complete, and the lawn is able to be mowed.

Sunburns. Ok, I know this one sounds a bit off, but just go with me here. Since the weather is usually nice, I am able to get yard work done. And since I have fair skin, I burn. #redheadproblems BUT burns lead to a nice tan. Therefore, a sunburn is just a gateway to not looking like a pasty hermit. Simple?

Mother's Day. This will be my 4th actual Mother's day, and honestly, I love it. I love being a mom! I love receiving a card with scribbles all over it, hugs all day, and being told "happy mommy's day" like every five minutes. It's just nice.

Memorial Day. Memorial Day is usually our "opening day" zoo day, and I am looking so forward to it. I am generally off of work, so it's just a really nice family day for us.

Flowers. April showers sure do bring May flowers... and allergies. But I love the colors that fill the yards, the smell of Lilac and Flowering Plums that fill the air, and the backdrops that the beautifulness provides for my bloggy pictures.


Being able to leave the windows open. May is sorta that in between month, kinda like September and October. The windows are able to be opened and the air isn't needed yet. And it's kinda like a contest to see how long you can withstand the humidity before breaking down.

Grilling out. Give me a chicken breast that was cooked on the grill, and a beer, and I will be one happy camper. There is just something about food cooked on the grill, propane or charcoal, that gives it that something extra.

Spring Storms. Though they aren't as powerful as the summer ones, Spring thunderstorms are awesome to listen to. Plus they are Mother Nature's way of watering all the plants, flowers, and trees to keep them beautiful. And I get a free car wash.

Flip Flops. April is sort of a whisy washy month, and like every other day is usually filled with rain.... BUT May isn't! May is my "opening month" for bring out the 108,058,957 colors of flip flops that I own and strewing them all over the shoe shelf. Cause we all know they aren't gonna be leaving until the snow hits the ground.

**Linking up with Anne

Do you and I have some similarities in what we love about the month of May?
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What I wore... in a five day work week

The one thing I love about being a girl? Being able to dress up; do my hair and makeup; basically transform my whole overall look. To me, it's fun! I am also a huge fan of shopping for deals. I tend to shop the clearance racks for most of my clothes, but I also will use coupons for percentages off. My favorite stores are Kohl's, Maurices, and JCP. But I'm not afraid to step into a Goodwill every now and then. 

Last week I decided to document every outfit I wore, in order to remember what I wore, and to share what outfits I came up with, with you all. 


Monday
Starting off the work week on a good note has always been a rather great thing for me. I think that a good solid outfit sets the tone for the rest of the week.

black pants // Worthington- JCP (old)
mint top // Apt. 9- Kohls
white cardi // Target (old)
black flats // Payless

Tuesday
On Tuesdays, I generally want to look laid back, but teacher-professional, mostly due to the fact that I have to go into the schools and pick up homework for the students. 

brown pants // Walmart (old)
cardi // Target
white shirt // Target
scarf // Target (last season)
nude flats // Payless

Wednesday
Midweek, I generally am on third day hair, so I have to figure out an outfit that will jive well with an updo. 

black pants // Worthington- JCP (old)
pink multi top // JCP
black cardi // from my closet
black flats // Payless

Thursday
On Thursdays, I am generally at the point when I am tired of dressing up and I am ready for my week to be over. 

black pants // Worthington- JCP
grey sweater // Kohl's
red cardi // Target
leopard multi scarf // OakleighRose (last season)
black flats // Payless

Friday
On Fridays, I am allowed to wear jeans, which makes me super happy! 

jeans // Maurices
coral shirt // Old Navy
white tank // Target
grey cardi // Target
stone booties // Target

Are you seeing a pattern here? In my opinion, jeans are one of the most versatile items in your closet; a good pair of black dress pants are the second. This is a personal assumption, mostly in part due to the fact that I'm not allowed to wear jeans, and most of my outfits are centered around black dress pants. And flats.

What would a week in outfits look like for you?
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April in pictures

A good friend once wrote, "When I take pictures, it's not for the attention; it's to capture an emotion. It's so I can look back and relive that moment. My life has been nothing but positivity, and the vibes are contagious. Live the life you love, and love the life you live." I couldn't have said it better. April was a really good month for me... We celebrated Easter, Lil man say his first movie in a theater, I received my first sunburn of the season, and so much more. 


one // Lil Man and the Easter Bunny became besties, and he actually took a picture with him, by himself. Another milestone :) 

two // Lil Man hit another milestone by seeing his first movie in the theater. My parents and I took him to see Furious 7 on Good Friday. I must say that he actually did good in the theater. 

three // Easter egg decorating was a fun lil time... Lil man enjoyed dippign the eggs in the different colors and seeing the marbled looks he made. 

four // The weather in April was a bit cray cray... the temps reached 86 on day and stayed in the upper part of the 70s for the next couple of days. I was so grateful tho- Easter was beautiful. 

five // Due to the amazing temps, I decided to spend some time outside, and well, I burnt. #redheadproblems

six // My first baby celebrated his 6th birthday :)

seven // Nice weather generally means yard work for me. And that's why I earned my first sunburn of the year. 

eight // The Bruce Jenner interview really sparked some courage in me, and last week I decided to share one of the skeletons in my closet: the fact that I am a child of a transgender parent. ps.... thank you all for your support on the post. It made me feel that I did the right thing by hitting "publish". 

nine // Lil Man is starting to become interested in sports, and soccer is his favorite. He loves when I get out and kick the ball with him. I have a feeling that he may be ready by summer to be able to play on a team. 

"Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important & you'll capture it perfectly." - Unknown

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