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Happy New Year & My 28th Birthday

HELLO 2016!!!

I can’t believe we are already well into January and 2016 already! With our sweet little gummy bear arriving in a few short weeks my To Do List is longer than ever BUT I am making progress and checking things off the list. Woo Hoo. So far 2016 has been AMAZING for our family!

I know 2016 is going to bring quite a bit of change for our family and therefore my “One-and-Only” New Years Resolution this year is “To have a Year of NO EXPECTATIONS!” My life is about to change is ways that I can’t even imagine. I am still struggling a bit to wrap my head around the fact that we are having a BABY! I don’t know what that is going to feel like and instead of building up the whole experience and setting myself up for failure by trying to be “the perfect mother HAHA,” I am just going to roll with it and take every moment and experience on a day-to-day basis.

This is not to say that I am NOT doing my best to prepare in every way possible, but when it comes to actually being a parent I have some general guidelines that I would like to follow but not much else.  I know for the first few months the baby is going to be just that…a baby…and they sort of set the tone for how the hours and days will pass.  We have some ideas for how we would like our Labor and Delivery to go, in a “general” sense and we are planning on breastfeeding and doing some sleep training techniques with the baby.  But I know several moms that have tried to control the outcome of these things and ended up being extremely disappointed in the whole experience of having a newborn for the first few weeks.  I know it is going to be hard and exhausting but I really want to look back on the first few weeks and let it be whatever it is meant to be.  Therefore NO EXPECTATIONS…within reason of course… for this Mommy-To-Be.

On a completely different note the last day of 2015 was SPECTACULAR!!! We celebrated New Years Eve and my 28th Birthday and everything about the whole day was perfect! We woke up to a gorgeous and frosty morning.  The fog was thick and the sunshine was peaking through the houses! IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!!!! The perfect start to the morning.

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My sweet husband made me my favorite breakfast complete with coffee and roses! It was so special and thoughtful.

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We had lunch with my Mom and Step-Dad which was so special and took our puppies out to the river to run wild and play. It was exactly how I wanted to spend my day…surrounded by my favorite people and fur babies! The snow was gorgeous and the sun was bright. It was freakin’ freezing but we had a blast and it was so much FUN!!!!

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We watched the sunset over the snow and then headed out to do some Birthday shopping for ME!!!! Because D-Day (delivery day) is right around the corner I really wanted to get some basics that I know probably won’t be high on my priority list in the coming months. So on my list this year…my super expensive and amazing face wash and moisturizer.  I still need to keep up appearances post-baby. I refuse to be one of those moms who “lets herself go” once the baby arrives.  But again, no expectations, so i’m gonna just roll with it and see what happens.  But my general goal is to still feel somewhat put together on a regular basis.  I was also completely spoiled with my favorite Juicy Couture Perfume, a gorgeous Kate Spade watch which i’m just drooling over, and the best ever MamaRoo Rocker & Bouncer with an Infant Insert.  I am so excited to start busting out the baby goodies we got and figure out how they work.  YIPPPPEEEEEE!

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#1 – Kate Spade Watch     #2 – Kiehls Ultra Face Cream     #3 – Viva La Juicy Perfume

#4 – MamaRoo Infant Insert     #5 – Kiehls Ultra Face Wash     #6 – MamaRoo Rocker

 Overall it was the perfect way to round out 2015 and ring in the New Year! I am so excited for all the blessings and challenges that 2016 will bring…I can’t wait to “feel” what being a mommy is going to be like! I definitely feel pregnant, but not really like a mommy! We ended 2015 curled in bed with our puppies and kitties, had a mini-Office marathon and were both asleep by 10:3oish.

And just like that, goodbye 2015, hello 2016, and time for everything “baby” related to kick into high gear for this mommy!

xo xo friends,

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It’s all about the Jovie dog…

On Tuesday, November 11th we celebrated our sweet dog Jovie’s 5th Birthday!!!!

She is such a darling and we have so much love for this little baby.  My hubby received Jovie as a birthday gift 5 years ago and she has been his loving companion ever sense.  These two are simply inseparable.  Every time the hubby has to go on a business trip, Jovie patiently waits for him to come home. She was one of the CUTEST golden puppies I have ever seen.

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When Jeffrey and I got married in 2011, I had the honor of becoming this little girls “mommy” and she is just as precious now as she was then. We all look like babies in this picture.

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She loves going to Grandma and Grandpa’s lake house and jumping off the dock more than anything else. She truly is a water dog and her “Happy Place” is wherever she can swim and swim and swim.

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She puts up with so many of my holiday shenanigans including yearly Halloween costumes, bunny ears for Easter, and Christmas scarves for the holidays.

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SuperGirl Jovie – 2013

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The 3 Little Pigs – 2014

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Santa’s Little Helper – 2012

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Santa’s Reindeer – 2013

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Matching Christmas Scarves – 2013

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Cheering on our Seahawks – 2014

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Celebrating “AMERICA” for the 4th – 2014

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Easter Bunny Jovie – 2013

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This angel has celebrated so many milestones with our family and now we are excited to celebrate HER!!!

In the Spring we found out Jovie had a malignant tumor in her leg.  We were simply devastated.  We knew we weren’t ready to say goodbye to our baby and it wasn’t quite her time yet.  So… after 2 surgeries, several weeks in a full leg cast, and 100lb. mommy carrying 65lb. Jovie up and down the stairs multiple times a day, we FINALLY received the all clear and a clean bill of health!!! Our baby was back and her inner LIGHT was shinning brighter than ever!!!! We added a third Cancer Survivor to our family and CELEBRATED!!!!

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Jovie, you are a beautiful soul and we love and admire you so much!!!

We are beyond thankful for every memory where you were by our side and are JOYFUL for the many years we now get to spend with you.  Thank you for being YOU and the best Jovie-Dog we have!!!

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Love Mommy and Daddy!!!!!

And YES, I do LOVE my animals enough to write a whole freakin’ blog post just about them!!!!

Kiss your babies tonight and love on them!!!!

xo xo friends,

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100th Blog Post!!!

100th Blog Post

Hey Friends!!! Oh my goodness, i’m so excited to announce that this is my 100th Blog Post here on Every Day Should Sparkle!!! Its just so exciting and I feel so honored and blessed to have even reached this point with my blog. I truly love writing my blog posts and enjoy every second of the CREATIVITY and FUN that I have the opportunity to pass along to you all!!!

I’m so incredibly grateful to all of my readers and to each and every one of you who have followed and supported Every Day Should Sparkle from the beginning.  If your new to my little corner of CRAZY and want to read from the beginning, you can check out my very FIRST Blog Post by clicking HERE!!!!!

We’ve been celebrating all kinds of fun and exciting milestones in our family this past week, one of which was the arrival of our littlest fur child, Roxie, one year ago.  We were so excited to be “puppy parents” and the arrival of our sweet little dog was one of the biggest blessings in our life.  Little Miss Roxie Poxie Dog turned 1-year old on August 30th of this year and we celebrated her arrival into our family on October 11th. We absolutely love our “little dog” to pieces.  It has been so much fun watching her grow up and seeing her cute personality develop.  She is the happiest and sweetest dog around, she LOVES her ball and playing fetch more than anything, and she always wants to be right next to us.  She loves being the center of attention and loves her BIG SISTER Jovie soooooo much!!!!

To read about the beginning of our adventure with Roxie click HERE!

This is my tribute to the cutest and sweetest golden girly dog around!!! Mommy loves you so much and our whole family has benifited SOOOOOO MUCH from having you in our lives!!!

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CHEERS Friends to my 100th Post on the Every Day Should Sparkle blog!!! Again, I am so honored that you have taken time to read my little blog and I hope you leave with a smile on your face.  Thank You so much for all the love and support over the past 2 years and I hope i’ve made an impact in your life in some way, shape, or form.

Lots of LIGHT & BLESSINGS Friends!!!!!

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Frosty Paws Homemade Puppy Treats

Happy Hump Day Friends!!!

The Haguewood Family has been busy soaking up the last few warm days of Summer and that includes all our furry children. I’m always a fan of summertime popsicles and recently found a great recipe for some yummy frozen treats for our canine friends!

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These were so much easier to make then I was anticipating and I busted out a couple dozen in no time!

INGREDIENTS:

32oz. Plain Greek Yogurt

2 TBS. Peanut Butter

2 TBS. Honey

1 Mashed Banana

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Mix the 32oz. of plain greek yogurt, 2 TBS peanut butter, 2 TBS honey, and 1 mashed ripe banana in a mixing bowl until well mixed. I left a few chunks here and there!

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STEP 2:

Scoop mixture into the pan and even out on the top. Place on a flat shelf in the freezer. Leave to freeze for a few hours or until each treat will pop out of the pan easily.

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I used a simple and easy mason jar that I had laying around and filled the mason jar with the treats for easy access.  Place the jar in an easily accessible spot of your freezer and your DONE!!! Easy Peezy!!!

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Someone knew what was happening in the freezer and stuck her nose in every time the door opened!

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These treats were a BIG HIT in our family and both the girly puppies absolutely loved them!! I will definitely be making these treats again and I can’t wait to find a good recipe that I can make in the oven. The doggie treat pan above is good in both the freezer and the oven!! Bring on the Puppy Treats!! As soon as I test out some new recipes I’ll be sure to post all the details!!!

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As always,

Thanks for reading FRIENDS!!!

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I’m Back!!!!

I’m Back Ya’ll 🙂

I feel like i’m constantly cycling through phases where I’m up for blogging, and then sometimes… not so much. It’s all good…i’m learning to ROLL with life these days!

We’ve had a whirlwind few months here in the Haguewood Household with some big family changes and major updates to fill you in on.  Lots of good changes and a few that have really tested our bond and strength as a family.  But, there is always a silver lining, and thankfully we’ve made it over the hump and we are back on track.

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These two gorgeous ladies have really kept us on our toes lately.

Our 4 1/2 year old Golden, Jovie – on the left in this photo, recently had surgery to have a tumor removed from her elbow. We actually discovered the tumor when my hubby’s parents were in town for his SuperHero birthday party.  We quickly hit up the vet and received a diagnosis of an aggressive type of cancer called histiocytic sarcoma. We scheduled surgery for the next day and had that BAD boy removed from our precious baby.  Lots of antibiotics, 2 surgeries, and 8 weeks in a full leg cast later…we have our Jovie dog back and in much better spirits! It has been an emotional time for us as a family, and it really tested our resilience and ability to push through the fear of losing one of our babies.

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She is still the happiest and brightest little dog in the world!!! Love her so much!!!

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She was all kinds of “stylish” with a new bandage each week.

And of course she had her little sister, Roxie, by her side week in and week out. Pretty sure Jov was getting all kinds of irritated with Roxie, but in the end she helped bring some element of “normalcy” back to our lives. Plus they are just soooo adorable hanging out together. I can’t get over how much they look alike in this photo!

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In other exciting news, my beautiful sister in law Jessie is getting married in August. We are so pumped for another Haguewood Wedding.  Planning and Maid of Honor duties have kept me busy busy busy over the last 6 weeks.  We hosted a big Bachelorette Bash & Bridal Shower for the lovely Bride to Be over the 4th of July weekend which was simply EPIC! All the details coming soon for sure…

For now, i’m just glad to be back!! I’ve really missed blogging but wasn’t feeling motivated one bit! My Etsy Shop is also is desperate need of some attention, so please watch for some new prints coming soon!! I promise to be more diligent when it comes to blogging etc. and i’ve got some fun stuff planned for DIY tutorials.  I also need to play catch up on some past projects and post the tutorials.  I’ve got everything laid out and ready to go, I just need to sit down and bust them out.

In the meantime I’m heading back to work which is fantastic, and my sweet hubby is continuing to build up our business.  Lots of exciting things ahead for the summer and of course I already have a football countdown going on my phone, whoop whoop. “GO HAWKS”

The girly dogs need to have a couple of rest days after our big fourth of july bash and I could use a few myself.  Time to clean my house and catch up on some laundry!!! Our 3-year wedding anniversary is coming up at the end of the month and i’m really excited. Lots of things coming up. Time to put my big girl panties on and LIVE THIS LIFE to the fullest!

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Thanks for reading!!!

xoxo,

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Seahawks for the WIN!!!!

HOLY CRAP!!! I literally am writing this post and I am so emotionally twisted and happy that I don’t know what to write!!! We had the most amazing day together and it ended perfectly with a BIG WIN from the Seahawks!! They are officially Superbowl 48 Champions!!!!! We literally can’t believe it.  We have hoped and prayed and cheered on our team even when they sucked and they finally did it.  We could not be happier or more thrilled to be SEAHAWKS Fans!!! Go 12th Man!!!!! On a personal note we have so much respect and admiration for Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson, in addition to the whole team and coaching staff!!! Together they are fantastic and make for an AMAZING team!

Check out all my FUN & FESTIVE SuperBowl decorations in THIS POST!

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I can’t even focus fully on writing this post so here is a recap of our day in photos! We slept in and did some work around the house.  I got to work making food and getting everything set up. And then we got settled in for the game!!!

Game Day Chili all ready to go!!!! (Recipe coming soon)

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A few adult beverages for the win!!! Loving my Football Mason Jar Glasses!!!

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I did Rum and Coke!!! I was trying to think of yummy drinks that are brown for the football effect!!! This is one of my all time favorites!!! I was double fisting my drink & water the whole game!!! Gotta stay hydrated.

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SO EXCITED!!!

I could barely contain myself and my anxiety was shooting through the roof!!!

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BIGGEST FANS EVER!!!

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SO Happy, Excited, Overwhelmed, Joyful, and Proud all wrapped into one.  Watching our team struggle and get close so many times only to be disappointed!!! We could not be happier for Paul Allen and the whole SEAHAWKS franchise!!! We definitely chose a good year to get our “Wilson” jerseys!!!

“Hawks for the WIN!!!!!”

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Happy 2014 & New Years Photo Stragglers

Well in total “Michelle” fashion, i’m about 17 days late on my New Years Day blog post!!!! So for the sake of my sanity lets just pretend that it really is New Years Day. 🙂 The good news is that i’m still here and i’m ready to get back on track.  I’ve been knocked out a bit from the holidays and getting caught up on life in general has been testing my patience lately.  This getting older thing totally sucks by the way.  The last few days i’ve been down with a cold and my head has been foggy in addition to all other facets of my life.  Making it through the work day and remembering to eat have been high on my priority list.

Here is a quick recap on our New Years Day!!!

CHEERS TO 2014!! HAHA, who says this holiday can’t drag throughout the whole month of January.  We celebrated New Years Day by being really chill and spending time at home with our furry babies.  We slept in, enjoyed a wonderful breakfast together and took Roxie on her first ever “big” girl walk.  Leash training is officially in full swing. My patience needs to get the memo that this is a learning process for her and us.

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Initially she was not thrilled one bit about having to wear a Halti. FYI these are the most wonderful training tools ever when it comes to leash training.  Be prepared to receive lots of dirty looks from other walkers because it looks like you have a muzzle on your dog.  Nobody ever said parenting was easy. These really don’t hurt her one bit.  The purpose is to control and guide her while walking so she learns not to “pull” on her leash.  When you only weigh 100lbs like me and your freakin’ dog weighs 3/4 of your body weight walking can be a challenge sometimes.  One word can sum this up for you…Squirrels.

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We were in desperate need of some fresh air and a little exercise after my big birthday dinner on New Years Eve.  The snow was gorgeous and it was chilly but not too cold!!!

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Such a good little walker!! After about ten minutes she finally got the hang of the leash and did a great job!

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After our nice long walk we took our tired pups home for some family movie time.  We all snuggled up and spent the rest of the day relaxing and watching movies!!! Totally chill and absolutely wonderful.  Our lives are getting more and more hectic and being able to enjoy time as a family is so awesome!!!!

Next up on my blogging schedule… getting my 2014 goals in check order and some 2014 announcements!! I’ve got some exciting things planned for 2014 and I can’t wait to share all the details!!! Thank you for following along throughout 2013 and being a part of our lives.  I know someday i’ll be able to look back on this and see how wonderful and beautiful these early years in our marriage were.  So exciting!!!!

Happy New Year & Cheers to making 2014 the Best Year Yet!!!

Love you all,

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A Very Merry Christmas Day

Christmas Day came and went rather quickly this year.  December is such a whirlwind of activity, projects and planning for me!  I barely remember it at all to be completely honest. With the addition of the Roxie puppy, we had an extra special Christmas this year.  It definitely is one for the books!!!  After a fun Christmas Eve dinner with the family we all curled up and watched Miracle on 34th Street!!! Definitely on my top 10 Christmas movies of all time list. We all slept rather restlessly, as always, and then it was time for Christmas morning!!!!

We enjoyed a yummy Paleo Christmas Breakfast prepared by Jessie, my sister in law!!! Our fantastic breakfast was completed with Mimosas and REAL bacon!!! SOOOOO GOOD and not something we are used to indulging in very often. Yummmmy!!!!

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Next came a crazy frenzy of wrapping paper and awesome presents from Santa 😉 We were completely spoiled this year and somehow our “small” Christmas turned into a BIG Christmas right before our eyes.  The biggest gift was being able to spend time with our family and friends!!! The dogs were spoiled more than anyone else this year.  It was so much fun to see Roxie tucked under the Christmas tree chasing kitties.  And at one point we couldn’t see the dogs at all as they were covered with wrapping paper.

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We all needed some serious down time after presents.  There is something about waking up early and enjoying the hustle and bustle of Christmas Morning that wipes one out.

While I enjoyed my Christmas socks and watched the puppies play, Jeffrey took a little snooze with the kitties!

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It was a very Seahawks Christmas this year and we were decked out in our gear most of the day! We decided to get each other Seahawks Jerseys for Christmas and we LOVED them and representing our team.  We are HUGE SEAHAWKS fans!!! Go Russell Wilson!!!

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After nap time we took the puppies to the dog park so they could burn off some energy! Watching them all run and run was beyond adorable.  Roxie was not super interested in the other dogs and was busy exploring.  This was her first time out and about as we just wrapped up all her puppy shots.  She is now officially out of quarantine.

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“MERRY CHRISTMAS”

Happy Holidays to you all from our Family to yours!!!!

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A Very Christmasy Recap

Woo Hoo… is anyone else coming off a total Christmas/New Years high, whirlwind and depression all  rolled up into one???

I had all these big, huge and completely elaborate plans to blog over the holidays and track each and every minute of the Christmasy goodness, but alas I decided to take a step back and embrace the moment instead.  I’m a serious over thinker and I tend to build up all these massive expectations in my mind, and then i’m terribly let down when they don’t materialize.  Early in the month, leading up to the holidays, I noticed myself sinking into my old patterns of thought and creating to do lists that were a mile long.  I’m sure many moms and new wives can relate to this pattern of thinking.  There is something about creating a beautiful and warm holiday for my family that is ingrained in me as a woman. I can’t seem to let go of the holiday obsession.  I absolutely love the holidays and there is nothing wrong with that, but I want to be able to sit back, relax and ENJOY my holidays instead of running around like a crazy santa’s elf. This year I had to completely flip the switch OFF and just go with anything that happened.  I’ve been holding on too tight and not embracing my life and all the beautiful things happening around me.

 With the new year upon us, i’ve been doing some self evaluation and serious inwardly focused thinking.  Like many others all over the world, I weighed back and forth on whether or not to do resolutions this year.  I am working on a New Years post and will let you know what I’ve decided.

So, in lue of my normal crazy Christmas-recap self, I’ve decided to focus on all the fun and happy things that happened over our holiday.  Instead of going crazy about possessions, decorations and wrapping paper, I want to focus on all the wonderful memories we made as a family.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED all the decorations and wrapping paper and even attached cute little chalkboard ornaments to all my gifts as name labels. But again…that is a lot of pressure, and I’m the one creating all the chaos.  I want to remember & enjoy all the beautiful memories I made with my husband and family!!!!!

We spent a wonderful night with my parents before we headed across the state to visit my husband’s parents for Christmas.  We needed to have our own little Mini-Christmas celebration and squeeze in as much as we possibly could.  Being married is sooooooooo wonderful but you have to learn to give and take when it comes to families & holidays.  You can never make everyone 100% happy and we do the best we can.  My family was absolutely fantastic and we loved hanging out with my parents and the puppies!!!! Santa brought the babies some new beds for Christmas this year and they are seriously BIG enough for us all the lay in them together as one big happy family!!!! The babies have thoroughly been enjoying them to the fullest.

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My hubby and I had some quality time together in the car while we drove across the state to see his parents and family for Christmas this year.  I was a busy little bee working until 5pm, followed by him loading up the car with the puppies and off we went.  Six and a half hours later we arrived in the wee hours of the morning and watched a total puppy frenzy in full swing.  We had a little golden retriever reunion with Jeff’s parents dog, Harley, who is 10 months old.  I have to be completely honest and admit that most of our trip home revolved around them. Strangely, we were all totally cool with that.  We had a blast watching them play and play!!!!

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Can you see how absolutely ADORABLE these guys are??? We had so much fun enjoying the Christmas holiday with these 3 girly puppies!!!

We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Eve night with the whole family and had an amazing Prime Rib dinner. Yum!!!

We ate, played with the puppies and squeezed every minute out of our time together.

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Happy Christmas from the Haguewood Family!!!!

More to come for Christmas Day and New Years shortly!!!

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‘Twas the Happiest Thanksgiving of All

Happy Thanksgiving to you all from the Haguewood Family!!!!

 I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and had fun with family and friends.  On this special day I would like to thank everyone who plays a special role in our world! We are so blessed to be loved by so many, and in return we can offer our love and gifts back to the world.  Without the love and support of our family we could never accomplish the things we have, and our gratitude is pouring out to you all.

 We spent most of the morning watching football, drinking mimosas, and playing with the babies.

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While all the yummy food was cooking the hubby and myself took the dog for a small walk to play fetch.  The goal was to exhaust all of her energy before guests came over.  We succeeded!!!

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Then it was nap time for everyone, adults and puppies included, before guests and dinner time!!!

The rest of the day was filled with tons of family and hugging! Dinner was phenomenal and we all experienced a bit of a food coma.  After we let our tummies settle, it was time for PIE!!!

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Did you do any Black Friday shopping???

We opted out and decided to get some extra sleep.  We both had to work today, but it was fun to hear how much money all of my clients had saved at the crack of dawn. I’m all about saving money, even if it isn’t me!

Sharing the love for Small Business Saturday, we will be continuing the savings at my Etsy Shop, LovetheSparkle!!!

Celebrate your local small business and if you swing by my shop you will receive 50% OFF your entire order with coupon code gobblegobble50!!!! Check it out today and watch for new designs coming shortly!

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Now that we have made it through most of November, and we have passed Thanksgiving, it is officially socially acceptable to discuss all things CHRISTMAS!!!! I started my decorating and the house has a festive feel to it.  The holidays make me so happy and it really is the most wonderful time of the year!!!!

All the Best and enjoy your shopping!!!!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve

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I don’t know about you but I am quietly preparing for the biggest eating day of the year. Cheers to this special day where we honor and give thanks to all the things we are grateful for. Is anyone else having a minor freak out moment that Christmas is almost here??? YAY!!! I absolutely love Thanksgiving because I have a legitimate excuse to eat as much food as I want AND the following day is the start of  my Christmas Countdown!! So excited.

So this is one of my newest features on the blog and i’ve gotta say that i’m loving it…haha. My Love List is a place where I can randomly place all the things “I Love” and have been enjoying lately.  It is exactly how my brain operates jumping around to all the things I love at random.

So in the spirit of the Thanksgiving Holiday, I don’t think there is a better or more appropriate time to love list, let’s give it a go…

1. Dreaming of Sugar Plums and Snapfish Christmas Cards. I don’t know about you, but I dream about our fun & festive family Christmas Card all year long.  I literally spend hours on Snapfish, Shutterfly, and TinyPrints’ websites obsessing about all the cute designs. I usually have about 2 dozen bookmarked by the time Halloween rolls around AND an internal battle exists within me over which I will finally choose.  Talk about stressful…

2. REPEAT from my last Love List, but this really is how much I love the 3M’s…Mimosas, Muffins, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  There is nothing better then cuddling up and getting cozy to watch the parade with a carb-loaded apple spice muffin in one hand & a chilled Mimosa in the other.  Soon to be followed by a full Turkey dinner with all the sides…this is my HEAVEN!!!

3. Matching Christmas Scarves for the hubby and myself. LOVE LOVE LOVE these cute red and white striped scarves found on Amazon.  You can find them HERE!!!

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4. Watching our sweet Roxie Baby Girl grow and grow.  Her little puppy body is getting so big and watching her learn and develop her own little personality has been AMAZING.  She is getting smarter by the minute and Jovie just loves her little sister.  Watching them world war 3 wrestle PLAY is simply the highlight of my day.

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5. Beautiful Poetry. This is a poem I found on Pinterest that I simply fell in love with. It really sums up the season and incorporates an aspect of appreciating nature in its own element. LOVE IT!!!

“November comes and November goes,

with the last red berries and the first white snows.

With night coming early and dawn coming late,

and ice in the bucket and frost by the gate.

The fires burn and kettles sing,

and earth sinks to rest until next Spring.”

– Clyde Watson

6. DISCOUNTS, DISCOUNTS, DISCOUNTS!!!! As in Black Friday & Cyber Monday Discounts!!! This year, with so much to be thankful for in my life, I would like to spread the joy and love by offering some Black Friday Fun Discounts at my Etsy Shop, LovetheSparkle!!! All weekend long my prints will be available for purchase AND if you use the coupon code gobblegobble50 at checkout you will receive 50% OFF your entire purchase!!!!!!

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Cheers to you and yours this Thanksgiving holiday! I hope you all have a wonderful and festive day with lots of yummy food and family!

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‘Tis the Season to Be Thankful

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I am getting so excited! It is time to celebrate all the things we are thankful for.  This year, there really are too many to count. It truly is the Season to Be Thankful.

This time of year is so hard for me because i’m trying to focus on all things Thanksgiving, but I can’t STOP THINKING about Christmas and New Years!!! We EAT a ton of food and WATCH a ton of football, and then before you know it, the most wonderful time of the year is upon us!!  Turkey Day comes and goes and then its time for Christmas Trees, decorating cookies and sparkly party dresses. Bring on the holiday season…

But I do have to keep up the “thanksgiving” vibe a little longer.  The fall decorations have been staying up with a few new additions, although i’m itching to get my Christmas gear out. I might, or might not, have put up my outdoor Christmas lights today…shhhhh don’t tell!!!

Here are a few of my Thanksgiving Favorites to help keep us focused…

Thanksgiving Favorites 2013

#1 – Essie “Bobbing Baubles”     #2 – Essie “Twin Sweater Set”     #3 – Target Sheer Top

#4 – Pearl Strands     #5 – Orange & Red Hydrangeas     #6 – Philosophy Pumpkin Pie Shower Gel

Many of you know my obsession with Essie Nail Polish and Fall has been a great season of rich hues.  I’ve never been able to get into the “dark” colors but Essie’s “Bobbing Baubles” completely won me over.  I love how it is a “lighter” navy and goes on with a distinct blue tint. Sometimes the darker tones go on black and you can’t even tell that you are wearing an actual color.

This season’s color inspiration came from one of my coworkers who is getting married next summer.  She has totally turned me onto a rich raspberry color that is popping up all over this fall.  I love the contrast of the raspberry tones with the traditional oranges & yellows of Fall.

#6 on my list doesn’t need any introduction.  I absolutely LOVE anything in the philosophy line and their seasonal scents are no exception.  This year I decided on Homemade Pumpkin Pie Shower Gel which is amazing. It really gets me in the mood for Thanksgiving and I can’t wait to gorge myself on the real thing post Turkey Day dinner.

On my Love List this week…

1. The “Naked 2” Palette from Urban Decay!!! OBSESSED doesn’t even begin to explain how much I love this product. OMG it is amazing.  I like to keep my makeup colors fairly neutral and this palette allows me to do just that without feeling boring.  I’m literally counting down the days until the Naked 3 Palette is released…Dec 11th at Sephora!!!!

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2. Christmas Music before Thanksgiving.  I spent my afternoon in the chilly outdoors today putting up Christmas Lights, while rocking out to Christmas Music on pandora.  Every time a car or a jogger would go by they would give me a dirty look like I was a crazy person. What these Scrooges don’t understand is that Thanksgiving really is the turning point for the Holiday Season. I LIVE for Christmas. It really is the most wonderful time of the year and i’m simply getting in the spirit of the season.  Bah Humbug.

3. The 3M’S…Mimosas, Muffins, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!!!! So excited to enjoy these pre-thanksgiving treats before we stuff our belly’s with Turkey!!!!

4. Golden’s and Pumpkins!!! I finally got around to throwing away our Halloween pumpkins and was sad to see them go.  I will always remember it as Roxie’s first holiday and she has grown so much in the past few weeks since we first got her.  But…I am so excited for our first christmas together as a family of 2 plus 5 furry children!!! Which means something even cuter then golden’s and pumpkins…Christmas Goldens. Fa La La La.

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Last but certainly not least I have a few new additions to my Etsy Shop, LovetheSparkle, which I am making available before Thanksgiving.  I was going to wait until Black Friday, but all the fun holiday prints have officially changed my mind.  I’ve been rocking out to Christmas tunes while working on these pieces and I am so happy with how they turned out. Ho Ho Ho.

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“Tis the Season to Be Jolly”

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“Merry Christmas”

Thank You so much to everyone who has helped my Etsy shop take shape. I’ve always had a blast doing my fun chalkboards and I’m excited to be able to share my designs!!!

Enjoy these last few days of November before we ring in the holiday season with our own personal 25 days of Christmas.  YAY!!!

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On Cloud Nine from Puppy Love

Well I have quite a few updates to share today. And some very exciting news!!!!

First up on my list I would like to point out that we are well into Fall and I have been totally in my element! I love rocking the boots, leggings, and comfy sweaters! The air is crisp and I am in HEAVEN!!!!

I LOVE FALL

I know it was a complete shock to everyone that I am a football fan!!! 🙂

Next up on the list, my wonderful hubby has returned from a long business trip and is finally settling in.  I was rocking the single life and am not ashamed to admit that I missed him like crazy.  I’m completely used to living alone and enjoyed some time in my college years where I lived by myself. It was a wonderful time and I am completely thankful for the independence I gained. BUT, when you are around someone everyday and used to waking up next to them it throws your routine off a bit when suddenly they aren’t there anymore.  Adjustment is part of the game in marriage and i’m happy that my hubby is home.

We, meaning me and our animals HAHA, had some crazy times while he was out of town. Jovie wasn’t feeling super well Saturday night so I ended up taking her to the emergency vet clinic on Sunday morning.  Turns out she had an ulceration on her right eye and was in quite a bit of pain. There is seriously nothing worse then seeing an animal in pain for me and it just broke my heart to know that she was hurting.  We got her some pain meds and drops for her eyes and set up an appointment with an ophthalmologist for the next day.  He confirmed that she had the ulceration and they did surgery the same day. She was completely comatose the next few days.

Daddy came home Wednesday afternoon and everyone was busy getting settled in.

Thursday brought with it some very exciting news.  We found out about 6 weeks ago that the breeder that we got Jovie from had a litter of puppies.  We had to jump on the wagon super quickly and snagged one up.  They were only 3 weeks old when we first visited them!!!

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They were SO TINY and super cute!!!!

Next came five agonizing weeks of waiting until we could scoop her up and bring her home.

I had my books and reading schedule all lined out. Puppy Prepping was is FULL swing.  I have a lot of learning to do when it comes to raising a dog. We hit up Petco and did a quick shopping spree for the new little miss. We actually did really good as I am the queen of couponing and bargain shopping! Go Us!!!!

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All ready to meet her new little sister.  This is as close as we could get to “nesting” puppy style!!!

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The big day finally arrived, a whole week ahead of schedule I might add, and we were completely stoked and couldn’t really believe that we were finally going to be puppy parents again!! The whole day drug by and we both couldn’t wait for work to be finished. It finally arrived and we headed to the breeder to get our new little baby!!!

Meet Roxie Haguewood!!!!

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We are just obsessed with her.  We are officially  one week in as of Friday night and  we are finally starting to settle in a bit.  The first couple of days were an adjustment period for everyone in our house. Things are beginning to settle down and we are starting to put a routine together. We are using a crate training method which worked wonders for our dog Jovie.  My husband keeps telling me that there is a method to the madness and we simply need to stick with it.  We have her down to a pretty good schedule with a few exceptions here and there.

6am to 9pm we use this schedule to an absolute tee:

6am – Out to do business right away, play for 20 min, back out to do business again, back in the crate

8:30am – Out to do business, play for 20 min, breakfast time, back out to do business, back in the crate

10:30am – Out to do business right away, play for 20 min, back out to do business again, back in the crate

12:30pm – Out to do business, play for 20 min, lunch time, back out to do business, back in the crate

2:30am – Out to do business, play for 20 min, back out to do business, back in the crate

Repeat at 4:30pm

7:30pm – Out to do business, play for 20 min, dinner time, back out to do business, back in the crate

9pm – Out to do business, play for 20 min, back out to do business, back in the crate for bedtime

12:30am – Out to do business, back in the crate

4:30am – Out to do business, back in the crate

We are gradually trying to build up her bladder tolerance. Hopefully in week 2 we can increase her time in her crate during the day to 3 hours as well as at night to 4 hours! Woo hoo for not waking up every 2 hours in the middle of the night! We did that the first couple of days and it was definitely a shock to the system.  But every time we woke up and saw her adorable little face it didn’t matter anymore! Love her!!!

We are going to start her training in a few weeks and I am really looking forward to it.  This is mommy training as well as  Roxie Dog Training!

More updates to come soon!

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Happy October

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the month of October!!! All of Fall is in full swing and Halloween is right around the corner!!!

I am so thrilled to announce, unless you follow me on Instagram then you already know, that our little Haguewood Family is growing by 1. NO, we are not having a baby…but we are however getting another Golden Retriever Puppy!!!! Prepare yourself to be inundated with total PUPPY cuteness!!!!

More updates to come as we get a little closer to getting her!!!!

I have just been having a blast decorating our home and enjoying all things FALL!!! Here are some of my October Favorites that I just can’t get enough of right now!!!!

October Favorites 2013

#1 – Creamy Pumpkin Hand Soap     #2 – Blueberry Pumpkin Patch Candles     #3 – Smith & Hawken Baskets     #4 – Halloween Paper Straws     #5 – Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte     #6 – ESSIE Mink Muffs Nail Polish     #7 – ESSIE Bahama Mama Nail Polish

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We will be busy prepping the house for the new puppy here shortly as well as training “mommy” on how to take care of her.  My wonderful and fabulous hubby has been educating me on proper puppy training and the do’s and don’ts for raising an AMAZING dog!!! If you haven’t figured it out already, we are BIG TIME animal lovers in this house and can’t wait to add to our Haguewood Zoo!!!

I already have FUN Halloween costumes planned for the girls and can’t wait for Trick or Treaters.  I seriously love holidays and Halloween has always been one of my all time favorites! Woo Hoo!!!!

We are also planning some fun Fall Family Photos and I can’t wait to get some pics of our newest addition! I will be sure to share them all as soon as we get them!

I leave you tonight with a an updated Seahawks Record Chalkboard AND a 4-0 record so far this season.  GO SEAHAWKS!!!! P.S Russell Wilson ROCKS and is seriously the BEST!

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Birthday Weekend Extravaganza (Part 1)

Well hey there!! Long time no see! Things have been INSANE…I will repeat this again…INSANE lately! I’m currently coming down from our Birthday Weekend high. We are tanked. On the agenda today…breakfast and goodbyes followed by adult nap time while we watch the Masters and then a quick birthday visit with my parents.

We have been so blessed to enjoy this special Birthday Extravaganza with my honey’s family and my parents!!! The weekend started Thursday night with a fun and festive birthday cake for my love!!! I originally had BIG plans for Jeffrey’s 26th birthday but as is normal, life happened and I had to tone down the scope of my Birthday Extravaganza. Baking my baby a cake however was non-neogatiable. I recently discovered Ombre Cakes and Colored Birthday Cakes! Oh boy…SO MUCH FUN!!! Last month I made this Pink Ombre Cake for one of my coworkers and it turned out so AWESOME!!!

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I immediately fell in love and decided I had to make one for Jeffrey’s birthday!!! I originally had this whole Captain America/Avengers theme going but decided to bail last minute. I opted for a RED,WHITE, and BLUE cake instead…still very patriotic just like my husband! Here is a photo tutorial on how I made the cake. Basically I used 3 boxes of White Cake Mix, food coloring, and I made my own frosting (special recipe). Super Easy!!!

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BONUS!!! I bought this set of Wilton’s Food Coloring for like $4…use a 60% OFF coupon and your set with any color combination you could ever need! YAY! I used No Taste Red, aka actually turns out pink, and Royal Blue.
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More Pink then Red…but the idea is still there. HAHA. Next time, purchase one box of red velvet cake mix and boom your done.

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This was all pre-birthday prep! I was off from work Friday, the hubby’s actual birthday, and we had a blast. The day started with some cleaning and a quick coffee visit with a girlfriend, and lots of birthday kisses! Next, we met the newest addition to the Haguewood Family…meet Harley Haguewood!!! She is a 7-week old Golden Retreiver and is THE BEST!!!! Jeffrey’s parents recently got her and she is AWESOME!!! It was such a blast watching Jovie meet this little girl for the first time.

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There aren’t even words to express the love we all have for this little one. She is the perfect addition to our family. Jovie will always be our baby but Harley is our Spunky little firecracker with so much energy. It was such a blessing to see how far Jovie has come and to see her “playing mommy” for little Harley dog. We are all so excited to see them grow up together and can’t wait to make some more additions to the Haguewood Zoo!!!! We were sad to see her go, but our so thrilled for Jeffrey’s parents.I leave you with this adorable video of Jovie and Harley playing in our backyard! BEYOND CUTE! She is such a little nugget and we love her already!!!

Part 2 coming soon!!!!