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NEW GIVEAWAYS! (thats right, more than one!)

okay okay, so i didnt get around to posting my mixtape monday yesterday, but to make up for it, i'm doing TWO GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK! thats right.. two! and they're not two measly giveaways... no sir! they're fantastic. pretty much think domesticated 50's housewife meets valentine's day 2k10. my love language is to definitely buy people i adore things that i think will make their heart flutter so i LOVE LOVE LOVE to do giveaways! (plus these are very PINK inspired and valentine's day is my FAVORITE holiday, hands down! granted i'm a little early but give me any excuse to buy pink heart shaped things and i'm SO there!) i love to see y'all get excited about them and i love to make people smile. so here you have it! but pay close attention to the rules! they are two separate giveaways with separate ways to enter! onward ye! lets get to the first one!

giveaway #1: domesticated betty!







in the domesticated betty giveaway, you will win:
  • 1 white OWL dishtowel
  • 1 blue CUPCAKE dishtowel
  • 1 small white BIRDIE dishtowel
  • 8 heart-shaped measuring cups on a ring (1/4 tsp to 1 cup)
  • 1 pink silicone HEART ice cube tray (14 cubes)
  • 1 white/silver metallic bow tie
  • 1 white/pink gingham bow handmade by me
  • 1 glittery snowflake ornament
  • 1 pink MAILBOX filled with tissue paper & CANDY! (reese's!)
  • 1 BURNING LOVE mini-flower pot!
HERE'S HOW TO ENTER THE DOMESTICATED BETTY GIVEAWAY! you can earn multiple entries just like prior contests!
  • 1 entry for following my blog! (*note: you do NOT have to have a blogspot to follow me! all you need to have is a google account.. you can click "FOLLOW" in the top nav bar!*)
  • 1 entry for tweeting about this giveaway! (*please post the link to the tweet in the comments! if your twitter is private, please post a screenshot!*)
  • 1 entry for blogging about this giveaway! (*please post the link to the blog in the comments!*)
  • 1 entry for posting my banner to your blog/myspace/livejournal! (*please post the link to the blog in the comments!*)
PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE LEAVE INDIVIDUAL COMMENTS FOR EACH ENTRY YOU HAVE FOR THE DOMESTICATED BETTY CONTEST! (*e.g.: 1 comment for following, 1 separate comment for tweeting, etc*)


giveaway #2: hello 2010! so long 2009!






in the hello 2010! giveaway, you will win:
  • 1 pink HELLO KITTY journalism notepad
  • 1 holographic HELLO KITTY spiral notebook
  • 2 large/long gem ornaments (earrings if you're feeling frisky!)
  • 1 lace elastic headband
  • 1 STRAWBERRY mini-flowering pot (grow your own strawberries!)
  • Reese's mini-peanut butter cups
  • 3 LIVE-LAUGH-LOVE ceramic vases
  • 1 glittery CUPCAKE ornament
  • 1 vintage SPARROW brooch
  • 1 round container filled with tissue paper to store it all in!
HERE'S HOW TO ENTER THE HELLO 2010! SO LONG 2009! GIVEAWAY! you can only enter ONE time per person for this contest!
  • All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION FOR 2010! and YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY OF 2009! your resolution can be anything. lose 10 pounds, learn a new language, spend more time with your friends, etc etc. please be honest and please be sincere. i will choose a winner at the end of the contest.

BOTH CONTESTS WILL END AT 11 PM CST/12 MIDNIGHT EST ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 3RD! The winner for the DOMESTICATED BETTY contest will be chosen at random using RANDOM.ORG. The more entries you have, the better your chances will be to win! The winner of the HELLO 2010! SO LONG 2009! contest will be chosen by Mike and myself. Winners will be notified via the internet for shipping addresses and packages will be in the mail on MONDAY, JANUARY 4th!

Good Luck to everyone who enters! I had a lot of fun shopping for these giveaways! You can be expecting lots more in the future!

weekend recap! (image heavy!)

so ill start off on wednesday... that night i went to my parents' house back in hohenwald. kicking off the christmas visit and all that jazz. here i am in the bathroom. thrilling, no?

i spent most of the evening just hanging out with baby G, watching tv/movies and things that i dont get to do while i'm at my own house. i especially love You've Got Mail and i watched it from start to finish without looking away. (here's fat baby G just ~chillin on the ottoman with Lacey...) Lacey is mom's shih-tzu... she pretty much hates Georgia haha


i proceeded to take a TON of photos of G while she was sleeping. she slept the entire time basically. well, when she WASN'T sleeping, she was running around like a mad woman. serious polar opposites.



this is her camping out in front of the christmas tree and waiting on santa.


her tongue will NOT stay in her mouth while she sleeps. its quite funny how it just pokes out. it gets all dry and crispy from the air... kind of like my mouth when i sleep with it open. too much info? probably. ha moving on! heres what i wore on christmas with my family.... heyyyy jessica mcclintock! i seriously love this dress. so so so so much.

outfit details:
dress: jessica mcclintock ($140)
cardigan: forever 21 ($30)
headband: same dang headband i wear in EVERY post!

we went out to my nana's house and who would've known... santa showed up! haha the little kids lovedddd it. mom played santa's little helper (sorry for the less-than-flattering photo, mom!) thats my sweet nana in the background.

every grandchild had to sit on santa's lap. it was quite humorous. this is my cousin amy. she's 8 months pregnant. crazy! look how different we are.


mike came over to my grandmother's from his parents' house about an hour away. i introduced him to everyone and he actually already knew one of my aunts and my cousin. i had totally forgotten we had gone out on the boat 3 years ago with them! crazy! we all played dirty santa (i snagged a fantastttttic cranberry candle, and mike got chutes & ladders but gave it to my little cousin kaylie) and then we headed home. my parents' went to robert's family christmas and i stayed home with mike so we could hang out, he had to leave soon anyway. he gave me my present and it was a fantastic ipod/iphone dock/charger/alarm deal. the sound is INCREDIBLE and i've been using it nonstop. after he left i turned my music up on it and i cleaned my parents' entire house. just to show a little gratitude for me staying there (i didnt get out of my pajamas at all on christmas eve so i didnt want to take advantage of their hospiality, etc). i slept and headed back to franklin saturday morning.

and some more candids of Georgia on the drive home. what can i say, i'm a proud mama!

mike met me at the house shortly after and he sat up my new computer screen/tv! look how tiny it makes my 17" macbook pro look! im in love!

after this we ate some yummy vegan spring rolls and lo mein, hung around for a bit, watched Glee and then i went to work. work was okay.. nothing major. i came home and of course mike was up in bed playing xbox haha.

and more sleeping beast...


yesterday we got up and got dressed and took G to the dog park. it was FREEZING. we had slush drinks from Sonic and i didnt even take a coat. luckily Mike had a hoodie in my car. bleh!

my new york city taxicab and my sailboat came in the mail! yay! my charm bracelet is almost full!

we ran errands, got zero some mice to eat (my snake), had a yummy italian lunch at Carrabba's, went to walmart, did all that jazz, then we came home to just kick it for a while. watched silly youtube videos, took a superrrr relaxing bubblebath and afterwards we cooked dinner. actually, mike cooked. i supervised. (read: sat on the cabinets and ate pickle sickles). we had spicy veggie blackbean burgers and some cooked veggies. my plate is on the left, his on the right. hahaha i even left like 3 veggies and he ate them. i'd call him a fat kid if they weren't all vegetables :P but it was definitely good. i'm glad he likes to cook... because i definitely dont.


then we do what we normally do.... get a bowl of dry cereal, crawl in bed and watch a movie. last night we watched the new Harry Potter. I saw it in theaters so i fell asleep after about an hour and 45 minutes. he stayed up for the remaining 45 mins and before i knew it, i woke up at 4am and it was pitch black and i didnt really know what had happened haha


so here it is, a new day, a new week. its 1:30pm and i'm still in my pjs, even though i've been awake for over 4 hours. i've tidied up my room just a little but nothing to write home about. i need to be productive but i got out my Felicity dvds and i'm thinking about watching an episode or two. mike left to go take care of some business and i didnt want to tag along. just waiting on him to get back so we can go to whole foods.

he's decided to go vegan for new years! so excited to have him on board and maybe now it'll be easier. its so hard to be vegan solo because cooking requires so much time, effort, money, etc. i'm stoked for sure :)

happy monday! hope everyone had a lovely weekend! hopefully ill have a mixtape for you tonight!

xo

a few photos...





here are a few photos of mike and i before i headed to work last night to tie you over until i can get a good update in tonight! i promise to update about the past few days, i've just been a busy busy bee! hope you all had a lovely holiday and are gearing up for the new year! i'm going to make this one a good one! <3

xo

Merry Christmas!

Sorry to be one of fifteen million blogs to crowd up your reading space with a text-only post but I wanted to say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Friday, or whatever it is for whatever you celebrate before heading off to be with my extended family! I have so many great things in store for you with the new year so be ready!

xo
Kaelah

Things I Love Thursday! (photo edition)












How To Pick Yourself Up Off The Floor

♥ Immerse yourself in something positive. Volunteer at a no kill animal shelter. Read to the elderly. Start an art project. Do something to create a positive influence for yourself. Negative thoughts and places are dangerous when you’re down.

♥ Stop letting yourself only see the negatives when you look in the mirror. I used to always think “I’d be acceptable looking if I lost 10 pounds and my skin was better.” and that’s all I saw. I saw the negatives first and I almost never saw the positives. What do you like about yourself? What good things to others see in you? Why are you unique? How are you beautiful?

♥ Avoid negative people for a while. It’s best to cut those people out all together, but that’s not always possible. Just take a break. You’re weak right now and you need to avoid people who will further bring you down.

♥ Don’t be afraid to take it easy and don’t beat yourself up for it. Just like if you had a cold, you’d try to make yourself feel better with medicine, rest, and good eating habits. You’re under the weather right now, just not physically. Do things you like, surround yourself with people you love, and don’t forget to fill your life with positive energy 24/7.

♥ Try something new. Change up your hair or your clothes. Stop listening to music that reinforces how you’re currently feeling. Stop watching sad movies.

♥ Buy a blank notebook. Draw a huge heart on the cover. Don’t write anything negative in here. If you need another outlet, make a separate notebook. This one is all about love, personal growth, and getting back up. Fill it with beautiful images, reaffirming thoughts, and quotes. Write in it every day, and each day write one thing you’re grateful for in your life.

♥ Get on a healthier path. Stop eating junk food. Quit smoking. Cut back on sugar. Start exercising. Get plenty of sleep. Buy some daily vitamins and drink a lot of tea each day. Replace unhealthy foods with plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink TONS of water.

♥ Pick up a new skill and refine it.

♥ Go to the bookstore and navigate yourself to the self help section. Choose a book that appeals to you the most and best applies. Read it and then go back for another.

♥ Dedicate at least two hours of your day to yourself. This is your writing, thinking, and growing time. You’re on a mission, you need time to complete it.

♥ Find someone you can talk to. Have deep conversations with them.

♥ Do not let yourself sink into your old habits even when you start to feel better. If you fall of the wagon, get right back on it.

♥ Make a list of your negative traits that you feel can be improved. Work on them one by one.

♥ Don’t be that person who’s always complaining or upset. When you talk to people, be positive. Find the good in every situation and point it out.

♥ Never be embarrassed or afraid to admit that you’re not the strongest right now. Be honest. Everyone’s been there. Don’t hide behind a mask.

♥ Don’t jump into new relationships or cling on to people for stability. Be your own rock.

♥ Be open. Try new things. Go out and do something. Meet new people. Explore opportunities.

Quoteeeeeee Overload!

"I heard what you said. I’m not the silly romantic you think. I don’t want the heavens or the shooting stars. I don’t want gemstones or gold. I have those things already. I want…a steady hand. A kind soul. I want to fall asleep, and wake, knowing my heart is safe. I want to love, and be loved."
Shana Abé

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Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, it’s unlikely you will step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world. The choice is yours."
Noam Chomsky

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"You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts."
Kahlil Gibrán

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"Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid"
Albert Einstein

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"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
Erick S. Gray

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"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."
-Frank Herbert, Dune


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"There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…"
John Lennon

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"I don’t know that love changes. People change. Circumstances change."
Nicholas Sparks

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"Excuse me Reverend, as long as two people love each other, I don’t think God cares whether they have the same who who or ha ha."
Marge Simpson

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"I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always … so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you."
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

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"Going to church doesn’t make you any more a Christian than going to the garage makes you a car."
Laurence Peter

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"It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it."
Lou Holtz

Blogging: SRS BUZINESS!

So I've managed to come across a lot of really interesting reads about "bulding a better blog" etc etc. and it's really got me thinking... i want to take it seriously and all that jazz, and its another fun challenge I can add to my ever-growing list (being vegan, no alcohol, yadda yadda yadda). I really enjoy ProBlogger's stuff and I even threw down the $19.95 to download the e-book of his... "31 Days to Build a Better Blog" and i'll just say it was WELLLLLLL worth the money! What an investment! I'm so eager to start implementing everything I've been reading about. I'll really start getting into it once I return to my house from visiting my parents for Christmas. I think anyone who takes their blog even halfway seriously should think about downloading this.

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