Monthly Archives: May 2013

05.25.13

Ever since we got to watch a little egg grow into a little Fajita, we have had a little weak spot.  A weak spot that needs filled with a gaggle of baby sharks.

So when we roll up into our favorite fish store to find the teeniest of teeny sharks our weak spot started pounding and squealing.  Okay, the squeals may have come from yours truly.  I have no excuses, I was excited.

  If you didn’t catch the hint at our newest addition on our Facebook page, we are now giving formal introductions.

Meet our new baby shark, also know as pride and joy.

The smallest I have ever seen.  About the size of a little paperclip, but squirmy.  Tim says his eyes are just beginning to form, and I say he looks translucent.

After letting him “drip” for about an hour, we introduced him to home.
Watch for little Fajita at the end, he looks thrilled.

You know what this means right, our “shark tank” that is in the works just took a turn into “shark habitat”.  Tim has dreams of tanks he can swim in, and I have dreams of baby rays.  This is becoming a sickness, someone send a shrink.

Written by Christina and Tim

05.24.13

Can I get a Huuuu Haaa Two Times Friday.
Or something like that.

I hope you all are getting a three day weekend, or at least chocolate.

Tim and I are taking a mini road trip and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.  Oh the anticipation.  For know I will just show you some Etsy goodness.

Meet Livy Love Designs, also know as adorable art. livylovedesigns etsy shop prints I have big dreams of symmetrical frames lining a wall, so I live those dreams on the blog.  Obviously.

In other blog news…. lovelyindeed Lovely Indeed shared some of her favorite blog resources.  I like to think I am up on my game, but I honestly had never heard of any of these.  Nowadays, I spend way too much time “learning” and drooling over beautiful design and classes I can’t afford. knack studios I am obsessed with this whole concept.  I saw this book art while peeping in on Knack Studios revamped dresser.  The dresser is pretty and all but those books are show-stopping.  I feel like I can totally pull it off with enough hot glue. centsational girl We have a hard time with our backyard.  We have a pool, so most of the “yard” is actually concrete.  I loved seeing Kate makeover this backyard in just one day.  Now who wants to build us a pergola.  Bueller, Bueller. ohhappyday I love new beginnings, and since Tim works in real estate we get to help a lot of friends buy their first home.  I always get a little too excited about it and now I found the perfect gift to help show them without jumping and squealing.  Jordan sure knows how to make someone’s day.

Have you found anything amazing lately?
Got any trips planned for the weekend?
Ever made monkey bread?  I am craving.

PS….we are having a few technical difficulties with some slimy hackers.  Sorry if we are running a little slow or you are getting errors, we are working out the kinks as we speak you read.

Written by Christina and Tim
05.23.13

Free Download....

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Everyone loves a free download.
Everyone loves a throwback quote.
Can I get an Amen. free download If you’ve followed for a while, you know I have a giant frame wall lurking on my to-do list.  It has only been at the top of the list for about eight months.  It is one of those tasks that I am terrified to start, because in my head it looks amazing but what if on the wall it just looks amazingly awful.

So I make excuses.  We don’t have enough frames.  The bathroom renovation will surely knock the frames off the wall.  We have to cover the return vent first.  I can’t find art I like.  Yada, yada, yada.

The remedy:  I have started making my own frame wall art.  Well, little miss little miss little miss can’t be wrong.  ‘Member that catchy little tune?  How about Matchbox 20, do you remember them?  Me too. matchbox20 quote free download I still love that song.  Sorry if it is stuck in your head now, but feel free to sing it all day.  I know I will be.

You can sing it on our Facebook page and I will get in on the karaoke session with you.  Or holler on Twitter and we can sing in rounds.

All of the downloads are 8 x 10 files.
Just pick your favorite color and put it in the comments and we will send you the file.  Make sure you leave your email, and feel free to grab multiple colors.

Then sing all night long…all night….all night.

If you like the download, you can gain my undying love by pinning it.  I’ll give you my first-born for sharing it on Facebook.

Obviously kidding, sort of, but sharing is caring my friends.

Funny Karma Story:  Yesterday I was talking to a friend about making mix tapes for an upcoming road trip.  I told her I could listen to anything but Nickelback, because Nickelback makes me cringe.  That same friend also gave me instructions last night on how to offer free downloads to readers (so go thank her).  Which allowed me to share the print above, the one that has been on my computer since February.  That same friend has also pointed out, this quote is not a Matchbox 20 song.  It’s a Chad Kroger song….it’s a Nickelback song.  Is this my life?  Apparently, I don’t hate Nickelback as much as I thought since I am memorializing them all over my frame wall and the internet.  Say a prayer for me, I’ve entered full on depression mode.

Oh the shame.

Written by Christina and Tim
05.22.13

Our little shark Fajita has grown like a weed.

Probably because I fix him up a big shrimp cocktail every other night.

Christina always says it looks like I am giving the shrimp a dip in a hot tub, to bad I follow it up with slicing the shrimp in pieces.  Loses the relaxing vibe, eh? a shrimp hot tub for our shark I finally have Fajita eating straight from my hands, which will come in handy once he is over three feet.  I still usually use an extension rod to feed him, since I am quite partial to my fingers.

In fact, at the beginning, he got a little rowdy and took a nip at me.

Please disregard our awesome basement complete with lots of 2×4’s and little boy racecar curtains.

See how our shrimp is hitching a ride on the shark? our shark fajita Bet ya didn’t know he is actually picking his brethren out of Fajita’s gills to get a late night snack.  You little cannibal you.

How long do you think before I lose a finger?
Think a shrimp fajita sounds tasty?
Want to buy some racecar curtains?

Written by Christina and Tim
05.21.13

We have been planting fools lately… polka dot planters Every chance we get we are throwing some plants in the ground.  New bushes in the front, herbs and flowers in the back like a landscaping mullet. planting fools I am really cautious about flowers in the backyard, because I have this thing with bees.  I am not afraid of them or anything, but if there is one within a twenty-foot radius…they feel the need to call my body their stomping grounds.  I have avoided planting anything that blooms until this year.

This year I am making a change, but a small one.  I am planting blooming flowers in pots, just in case they start calling all of their buzzing buddies.  Easily relocated, so they don’t wind up squished under a shovel later.

When I saw my friend Janelle’s cute terracotta planters, I started dreaming of a yard covered in overflowing pots full of sweet blooms.  Then I started dreaming of painted pots.  Then I bought pots, duh. paint your planters Painting them was unbelievably fast.  The terracotta soaked up that paint quicker than Lindsay checks out of rehab.  After just two coats of Pantone’s color of the year, these pots were ready for some spunk. making the planters polks dots I wanted these pots to be free-spirited since they would be outside getting filthy.  In other words, I didn’t want perfect polka dots that I would have to “spruce up” every time they got a little dirty.  To get that worn look I used the end of a foam roller.  You can find these in the paint section of your hardware stores, they usually say “for doors and cabinets” on them.  Soon they will say “for perfectly-imperfect polka dots”.

I let them dry overnight and then had a photo shoot of course. polka dot planters with no plants After my exhausting shoot with Giselle and Marissa, I told the pool boy to grab me a lemonade and got to planting.  Ahhhh sweet dreams, but I did plant. throw some dirt in your planter Thankfully, Tim de-wormed all the plants for me.  Kidding, but I didn’t find any so I’ll just tuck that panic attack away for later.

Once I had both plants comfy in their new little home I found a spot far, far away from anywhere I sit.  Come at me bees.  Just kidding, please stay away…save yourself. a pretty plante Aren’t they just the cutest?  I am so happy to be bringing oodles of bright summery color into our backyard.

Speaking of additions to our backyard, we got to dogsit this weekend.
Meet Whiskey. whiskey True Story:  When my dad “retired” he decided to go back to school, to dog school.  He spent a few months living away from home while training dogs to do things like track narcotics and run agility.  I’m super proud of him, and even prouder of that pup up there for being the most well-behaved dog in history.  I guess that’s what happens when you train a dog for hours upon hours.  Tim wants to steal him, and I wouldn’t be mad about it but my dad knows where we live.

Want to know what Whiskey was gawking at…. asti What a little prissy pants.

Have you been planting lately?
Deathly afraid of worms too?
Want to go to dog school?

Written by Christina and Tim

05.20.13

Monday Funday….

Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, huh?

When I was a wee little lass my grampas neighbors used to invite me over to hone my entrepeneur skills.  We made a deal that for every cigarette butt I picked up out of their yard I got a nickel.  That was big money for a seven-year old back in the day.  Especially since back in the 80’s people really knew how to smoke em.  I could usually pull together at least four dollars, enough for a new Troll doll so I was thrilled.

Today, I am doing it for free. pick up your cigarette butts The annual cigarette butt litter, end on end, measures more than 2 million miles.  That is 337 round trips from Los Angeles to New York.  Most people who would never consider throwing a piece of paper on the ground have no problem flicking a butt out the window.

I am not trying to hate on all y’all smokers ok, you made me a good living back in the day.  All I am saying is that cigarette butts are ugly, they cause over 25,000 fires each year, and they take decades to decompose.

So today, don’t flick your butts.  And if you don’t smoke, try picking up a couple.  I know picking up a strangers cigarette butt seems a teensy bit nasty but just think of the baby bird that won’t end up with it in their belly.

Remember when cars had ashtrays?
Are you a butt flicker and proud?
How did you make money as a kiddo?

 

Written by Christina and Tim