Spring Inspirations

I’ve been pinning up a storm lately and maybe it’s due to spring time finally making it’s debut around here…or I just have a lot of free time this weekend. Nothing like warming weather and the feeling of needing to purge things and make room for the new. So, with that idea, and the fact that I have my 28 Before 28 list and completing at least one DIY Pinterest project is one task on the list, here’s some of the fun pins I’ve discovered lately.

+ flower bouquet door hanging
I love fresh flowers and the best part is finding new ways to display them. I love these different styles and the colors really add some fun to the front door.

+ short pixie haircut
I love my new short hair and this is definitely a style I plan on keeping throughout the spring and summer. Makes getting ready a snap and requires minimal maintenance.

+ monogrammed door decor
Another way to add fun to the front door is adding a monogrammed door hanging. I love the chevron bow and hydrangea flowers. Lovely colors for spring!

+ chocolate bird nests
These look so yummy! I’m eager to try these chocolate pretzel little nests and they’re perfect for Easter!

+ carrot cake oatmeal cookies
Another treat I love combines my favorite two flavors: carrot cake and oatmeal cookies. Why not put them together to make this healthy and tasty cookie?!

+ chalk board love
My husband and I always say I love you to each other but this fun chalkboard helps us narrow in on those specific actions and feelings. How lovely would it be to wake up or return home from work to see a new reason your partner loves you. So cute!

+ spring outfit
Maxis are the ‘it’ dress and skirt this season and I’m loving the coral, white, and chambray color combination of this outfit. I love this casual and comfy look.

+ caramel apple pops
I’m beginning to realize that I have a love affair with tasty treats…and this pin looks easy and delicious. I’ve always loved caramel apples but they can be so messy to eat. Making them in the form of pops helps manage the mess without missing the nostalgic feeling of enjoying a childhood favorite.

Happy spring! What pins have you discovered lately?

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It’s My Birthday!

Today marks the 27th year since my birth and quite the 27 years it’s been. Well, I can’t really speak for possibly the first five or so years since I don’t remember….but nonetheless it’s been one crazy ride. And to think it’s not over yet.
Some birthday facts about me and March 28th:
I share birthdays with 3 friends…and some famous people: Lady Gaga, Julia Stiles, Vince Vaughn, and Reba. 
In 1972 The Beatles single “Hey Jude” hit #2 in the U.S. (via)
And I learned some really sad and tragic things happened in history today. #debbiedowner
And here are some snapshots from this morning…
My husband surprised me this week with these beautiful flowers and the orchid is from my friend and teacher at work! Adds such life to our patio!
I heard somewhere that ladybugs are good luck so I was excited to see one land right on our table this morning.

And this face…I just can’t even. Love this little guy so much!

I wanted to thank everyone for the birthday wishes and I look forward to having such a lovely day!
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28 Before 28

My 27th birthday is right around the corner (like this Saturday) and as I continue to make my annual life reflections, it occurs to me that there is so much more that I’d love to do before turning 28. I’m not even sure if all of it can be done in 365 days but I’m eager to at least give the attempt. Because even if I can only cross off a few by this time next year, at least I tried and my hope is that I’ve become a better person than I was in this moment right now. So, here’s my list…

  1. Have a baby
  2. Have our home (finally) completely decorated
  3. Get my parents out to CA to visit
  4. Go camping
  5. Take a hot air balloon ride with my husband
  6. Visit the Getty Museum
  7. Travel more
  8. Take more photographs
  9. Learn more about how to use my DSLR camera
  10. Take a cooking class
  11. Look into getting my preschool teacher licensure {starting my studies summer ’14!!}
  12. Read a classic novel
  13. Complete a 5k
  14. Learn to make killer biscuits
  15. Read the Bible more often
  16. Find a new church {Ventura Missionary Church}
  17. Find a women’s small group
  18. Learn to surf with my husband
  19. Consistently use my Fitbit {see my weight loss journey here}
  20. Learn beginners Spanish
  21. Volunteer more of my time to others
  22. Grow my blog following
  23. Get to the gym at least 3x a week
  24. Travel to see family more
  25. Call my mom more during the week
  26. Take a cruise with my husband
  27. Travel up to Northern California
  28. Complete a Pinterest DIY project {see here}
Beginning Saturday I have one year to complete my list. I’m curious to see how much I can accomplish!
What achievements make your birthday list?

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Traditional Marriage Under Fire

Lately there’s been a lot of buzz, mostly criticism, about Meghan Trainor’s new music video for her song “Dear Future Husband.” If you’re not familiar, here it is and the lyrics can be found here.

Caught up? Ok…

Just like in my post about Taylor Swift, I am going to already come forward and say that I’m not a huge Meghan Trainor fan. Honestly, if I could never hear All About That Bass ever again, that day couldn’t come soon enough. It mostly comes down to modern radio overplaying artists moreso than me disliking the artist in general. But that’s an entirely different argument.

From what I’ve gathered since this song and music video has been released, the main criticism that she’s facing are from people with the ideas that she

  • has outdated, traditional views on relationships (via)
  • she’s anti-feminist (via)
  • she’s not meeting modern day gender roles (via)
Here’s my stance on the subject:
We currently live in a society where traditional gender roles, and to be frank when that term is used it’s mostly in reference to women’s roles, are beginning to break down and in a more public way. Yes, for women’s rights there’s still a lot to be done in the way of equality amongst our male counterparts across the board. And yes, this is a fair assessment. 
However, as much as our modern society of women shame men for these gender roles, there’s a fair share of women shaming each other for their values in regards to their relationships, how to raise their families, and what kind of wife they need to be. All because of this concept of what our “new” roles should be.
I am a proud wife of a traditional marriage. In my marriage it is respected and understood by both my husband and I that he is the man and I am the woman and therefore there are certain expectations we have of each other. Now, I’m sure I’ve already begun to ruffle some feathers but stick with me on this…
The biggest difference between traditional in the common form of the term and my use of this term simply comes down to respect. My husband absolutely respects my role in our marriage and family and I his. 
FOR EXAMPLE:
+ I worked hard to earn a masters in education and plan to have a fulfilling teaching career. However, family is extremely important to me and I won’t think twice about becoming a stay at home mother once we begin having kids. This is my choice. My husband would be completely respectful if I chose this path or decided to go right back to work. But it’s my choice.
+ I believe that my husband should be the provider of our family. He works extremely hard at his job and works hard for our family. In comparison to my teaching career he will always make more money  than me and that’s just a simple fact. Teachers aren’t compensated for the level of work they do – it’s not a gender thing.

Maybe I’m not enough of a feminist but I don’t see how shaming women for living out both sides of the argument deserves shaming of any kind. As I understand it, Meghan Trainor wrote this song because it reflects her ideals for what she would like to have in her marriage. I’m of the mindset that if you disagree that’s okay and move on. There’s no reason to criticize her because she happens to be in the spotlight.

Do you have a traditional relationship? No? What’s your thoughts on Meghan Trainor’s video and song “Dear Future Husband.”

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