The way we were

Mark and I met in 1994 and married in 97.  I was so young, all of 25 years old when we married.

sc00173237One of our first formal events together.

sc0017641fA couple years after we were married

sc00172915Attending a wedding before we were married

DSC_0498Christmas 2011.  After being a couple for 17 years!

DSC_1543Summer 2012

A N D. . . . here we are 18 years later!

DSC_1315We’ve come a long way. . . 2 son’s who are now 6 and 9, my stepson is 27 and this summer we welcomed a daughter-in-law into the family.  Our family has grown and continues to change, but one thing remains the same…us!

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Red the color of LOVE

Imagine this:  Wolf: "What red lips you have!" Scarlet: "The better to kiss you with, my dear."  LOL.

Sequin Heart Elbow Patch - "Dazzle Patch" Sweatshirt  w/ Red Heart Sequin Elbow Patch - Valentine's Day Sale
WOW
in my dreams I wear a red shoes every morning

1930's style cap hat with a modern print. Perfect for adding a little retro classy twist to any outfit!

Beautiful...and I'm worth it !!!
OMG! I need this in my life SO HARDDD!! Red
piano man
Is there anything better then red with a beautiful horse?
Red Room
.Vania pinned this and I love it !!!!!! maybe we should go red... and or with sleeves
Blood orange margarita. 3 oz fresh Blood Orange Juice  2 oz Tequila  1 oz Triple Sec  Splash of agave nectar  SalSol Lemon-Lime Margarita Garnish

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Red Hot | Soolip themarriedapp.com hearted <3
Photo credits:  Pinterest

Handmade Valentine Cards

For me Valentine’s Day is really about my girlfriends…married or not, I think this holiday is the perfect time to recognize your friendships.

Giving something handmade is so very special.  It shows that you’ll take time out of your busy life to make something special!  What better way to show a friend how much you care for them.

My Handmade Valentine Cards

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Tips on making your own cards

  1.  Be creative with your papers-use gift wrap, textured paper, cardstock…go for it

2.  Load up the layers…like with all good design, there are several layers to add depth, interest and style

3.  Use stamps and different color ink pads

4.  Find some fun stickers, but limit yourself, so doesn’t end up looking cheap

5.  Add some shine with rhinestones and glitter glue

5.  Use finer tip sharpie markers

6.  Ribbons & Lace add so much

7.  Make sure you have supplies:  scissors, decorative scissors, glue & a hole punch

8.  Don’t make your cards all the same.  Think about who you are giving your card to and let their personality inspire you.

9.  If you are going to mail your card then make sure the envelope is cute as well…pink or red and add a nice sticker next to their name.  Don’t forget to use a colorful marker.

10.  Give your self time.  The layers of glue need to dry sometimes over night.  Ink needs to dry as well.  Give yourself weeks that way you can run to the store to pick up one more thing to add!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

i <3 Valentine’s day

I love Valentine’s Day, just for what it resembles, love, hugs, kisses, friendships, jewelry, cards, small gifts, hearts and sweets.

Here are a few of my favorite Valentine ideas & inspirations this year!

just an old fashion love song
I love the idea of a love song written just for me

printable vintage valentines.

I adore old fashioned cards

gold doily // vday card
I’m a big fan of handmade cards!
A DIY Valentine Heart
Decorating with hearts
xo
Seal it with a kiss…I’ve been known to kiss my own cards
Elie Saab
If your going to wear a color on Feb 14, make it red
Royal Icing, everything you ever wanted to know
Make sweets
The most adorable shortbread.
choc covered strawberries
One of the best desserts and so easy to make yourself
romantic
Romantic dinner setting
heart sweater #heart # fashion
Cute day look
BrightNest | Be Heartless: Decorate for Valentine’s Day Without Hearts
Flowers always make an amazing gift…but don’t buy them on Feb 14..overpriced
love letters wallpaper andrew Martin
Love Letter
Candy Hearts #Valentine
You have to have Candy Hearts!  So fun & it’s so childhood
heart
Doilies
Heart Pancakes
Surprise them with heart pancakes
Milk Chocolate Marzipan Hearts Valentine Gift Box- 16 Pcs
It wouldn’t be V-day without chocolate
champagne hearts
Bubbly baby
you have my heart
Great Quotes
cartier diamonds
Jewelry, say no more
xoxo cake
I can never get enough of XOXO….I absolutely adore using it
Gorgeous Geometric printed wallpaper and chair
Red Shoes
Xoxo
Wear red lips
XOXO A Little Taste of Philosophy Spring 2013 & Valentine’s Day Collection
xoxo
Own It
romantic
Romance
xoxo
Smile
a kiss in a cafe
KISS
Heart bag
Accessorize
Poetry Poetry Poetry
Personal Poetry