10.29.2014

Crickets...

Well, well, well....look who it is, coming out from underneath the rock she's been living under!

Ok, I haven't really been living under a rock. If busyness were a rock, then that would make all of the things makes sense. Here's a quick recap as to what I have been up to the last few months:



  • Attended a bachelorette party, a couple bridal showers, and took part in my cousins wedding. She was the most perfect, beautiful bride there ever was!
  • Celebrated many birthdays, including my own. I'm officially closer to 30 than 20.
  • Completed 2 more classes for my MBA coursework and started on my capstone. The end is in sight! #praisesweetbabyjesus
  • Made major progress on my craft room. It's still not done, but it's totally functional. That room has quickly become my favorite in the apartment. I plan to do a full tour with all the details once I get a couple other things done in there!
  • Vacationed in Florida to visit my dad.




  • Trying not to pull my hair out while raising an energetic, stubborn, but oh so sweet puppy. JoJo is 9 months old and about 50 lbs. of love. Don't be fooled, Shanny still runs the show though!





  • I sewed up an Elsa dress for my niece to wear this Halloween. I used this tutorial, and it was super easy to follow!
  • I'm still working 2.5 jobs: full-time day job, serving on Saturdays, and doing promotions for the St. Louis Rams.




  • I have a new hairdo that I am obsessed with! I've finally come to terms with myself that I am not really a long hair person. I love long luscious locks with lots of body, but I can always use clip-in extensions for that :)


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It's definitely been an exciting and wonderful few months, but it has left little time for me to spend in this space. I love Jane Not So Plain, and I don't want to abandon it. I am hoping that as things slow down (do they ever?), I will spend more time here.

With so many other things to focus on, I just haven't felt inspired to write and create posts. Don't get me wrong, I still have ideas that I want to share (beauty/style things, DIY projects, health and wellness stuff, etc.). But, with that being said, I am very much the type of person who needs rest and downtime. By the time all of the "mandatories" are done, I need to be able to turn my brain off for a little bit.

Thank you for sticking with me and understanding! Hopefully the next post won't be months away :)

Until next time...




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7.11.2014

Oh Hey Friday!

Just popping in for a quick update and to participate in a new link party hosted by September Farm and the Farmer's Wife!


It's a new version of 5 on Friday which was always among my favorites, so I just felt the need to participate in this one :) Let's get started, shall we?

-ONE-

I know I'm late to the party on this one, but oh.my.gosh, I am in LOVE with Modern Family! Besides Friends, this is the only show where I literally giggle throughout the entire show. Hands down, Cam and Mitchell are my favorite! A big ole thanks goes out to the USA network for playing the reruns and letting me enjoy the hilarity that ensues in each episode.

-TWO-

I'm also obsessed with my new Sanuk sandals. The soles are made from recycled yoga mats, and they are seriously the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on my feet. Worth.every.penny.

-THREE-



Here's a quick JoJo update:
  • 5.5 months old and 40lbs
  • Loves snuggles and tennis balls
  • Dislikes riding in the car, baths, and getting his nails clipped
Keep up with his (and Shanny's) cuteness and follow me on Instagram!


-FOUR-

I spent 4 glorious days in Florida visiting my dad with my sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew. There was much pool time involved and lots of auntie time. I must say that being an aunt is my favorite role in life thus far.


It was so wonderful hanging out, snuggling, and playing with my niece and nephew. Going from being with them everyday to not has made me miss them so much!

-FIVE-

I tried a Bikram class with Marcia and Holly last weekend! Oh my gosh, it was so hard, but so awesome at the same time. We're going back this Sunday, so it obviously wasn't THAT bad. I felt like a million bucks when I was done because I think I sweated out enough sweat to fill a small pool.


#namaste



Weekend ON! Have a great one :)





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6.18.2014

Wednesday Confessions

Once again, I am popping in to this space to share a few things and linking up with Vodka & Soda for Humpday Confessions! Work is finally (sort of) starting to slow down, so I'm hoping I will have more opportunity to brainstorm and post here on the bloggity blog. I miss this space, so I'm ready to get back at it on a more regular basis!

Vodka and Soda


On to the confessions...

ONE

JoJo is still growing like a weed, and as he has gotten older, his gas has gotten so bad! Seriously, his farts are deadly. And, don't even get me started on the leakage...It's a good think he's cute and super sweet. #stinkyboy

TWO

It grates my nerves when an automatic towel dispenser doesn't give you enough paper towel to dry your hands with, therefore forcing me to get a second one. If they'd just set it so that it dispensed it a little longer, I wouldn't have to get 2 and not create the extra waste. #sideeye

THREE

I currently have no toenail on one of my pinky toes. I knocked it once really bad, then 2 other times within the same week or so. Therefore, no toenail. I can't even recall the amount of times I have lost my pinky toenails from dance, running, and various and assorted other activities.

FOUR



Speaking of JoJo, I am totally the good cop when it comes to discipline. Don't get me wrong, I scold him when he misbehaves, but I'm kind of a pushover and just want to snuggle him up.

FIVE

I had a work obligation this past Saturday, and I assumed we would be working inside. Because of this, I didn't even think to apply sunscreen to my arms/legs. Well, you know what they say about assuming things... the event was outside, and I got a pretty painful sunburn. It is finally starting not to hurt so bad,  and now we are almost to the peeling stage. I will be purchasing a small thing of sunscreen to keep in my purse from now on. The damage to my skin is not worth it!




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5.27.2014

Life Lately

It's been a minute since I've popped in over here, so it's about dang time that I do so! As always, life has been pretty busy lately, so my time for JNSP has been limited. I also kind of feel like I have had a creative block...let's hope that passes sooner rather than later! Here's what I've been up to lately...

1. New swimsuit


I was way past due for a new swim suit for a couple of reasons. The swimsuits I've been wearing are either worn out or are better suited for sun bathing, not swimming. Also, I'm on a bit of a weight upswing (another post for another day), so I wanted to get something that accentuated my curves but was also something that I felt comfortable in.

I've been eyeing retro inspired suits for a couple summers now, so I knew that was the style I wanted to purchase. I started looking with a good ole google search and began with Modcloth. They had a couple really cute options, but nothing I was sold on. I ended up on Unique Vintage where I discovered the beauty pictured above.

This pin-up inspired suit is exactly what I was looking for. I CANNOT WAIT to get it in the mail and try it on. I hope it lives up to my expectations!

2. New quilt block design



A random creative burst popped into my mind earlier today for a quilt block design. I'm calling it, "Queen of Diamonds," and it consists of four 4" squares and eight 2" squares, along with some additional background pieces. I plan on using this design to make my first quilt (hopefully, this summer)!

3. Craft Room/Studio Space


So, we have a very small 3rd bedroom in our apartment. It was actually a bonus room because when I looked into getting the apartment, it was listed as a 2-bedroom. You could get a twin bed in there, but probably not much else. And really, we don't need a 3rd bedroom as this point, so I wanted to claim it for a craft room/studio space!

After more than a year in our apartment, I finally feel like I am ready to transform the space into a welcoming creative place. I already have a big table, chair, and wire shelving, but there are a few projects/changes that I want to make before it's officially ready. I'll be documenting the process, but here's an idea of what I am going to do:

  • Hang two 4'x4' pegboard squares on one wall with a TV mounted in between.
  • Turn the top of the wire shelving unit into a pressing surface.
  • Create a cork board wall opposite of the TV/pegboard.
It's going to be a lot of work with lots of help from Kyra, but if I can get my vision executed, I think it's going to turn out really awesome!

4. Lots of family time



This past holiday weekend was filled to the brim with family time. We ate our weight in delicious food, did some touristy things, and enjoyed each other's company. It was a really awesome weekend! Of course, I can never turn down time with my niece and nephew...they're just too much fun :)

Gotta love PlayDoh art!

5. Growing pup


 JoJo goes to the vet next week, and I am VERY curious as to how much he weighs. It seems like he literally grows overnight! I have had to loosen his collar twice in the last week or so, and it is getting increasingly more difficult for me to pick him up. My 10lb little nugget isn't so little anymore!



Even thought he's growing exponentially, he's still as sweet and playful as can be. He's my buddy, and I love him to pieces!






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5.05.2014

JoJo Update: 3.5 Months

JoJo went to the vet last week for his 3-month checkup , and my oh my, is that boy growing like a weed! Here's an update on our sweet and crazy baby boy...



Coat Color: Still blue/brindle. His brindle stripes are becoming a little more prevalent, but his blue coloring isn't going away.
Eye Color: Still mostly blue. At times, they look a little greenish/hazel, but I would still classify them as blue.
Age: 14 weeks
Weight: 19 lbs (almost double from his 2 month check up...)



Likes:

  • Walking on/over/across whatever is in his path. You're sitting or laying on the couch, and you're in his way? No problem, he'll just climb over you. 
  • Tennis balls. And various and assorted other toys, too.
  • Chewing on clothes and/or shoes that don't belong to him.
  • Snuggling with Shanny Mae and his humans.
  • Watching me get ready in the morning. 


Dislikes:


  • Getting in trouble. He hides under the table with his ears back and tail tucked when he gets in trouble. At least he understands that he misbehaved?
  • Being in his kennel for more than a couple hours. He does best when he has a bone or toy to keep his attention or when he's tired. If he has a ton of energy or we're moving about the apartment, then he's not so happy to be in there. 
  • Going outside in the rain. 
  • Walking on a leash. That's next up on the training agenda...
Overall, JoJo is still such a love bug, and we're so happy to have him in our little family. He's still young and very much a puppy, so there are times when I want to pull my hair out. I like to refer to him as the monster...pee monster, chew monster, etc. Besides that though, he has a great demeanor: very sweet, happy and playful.



When I took him to the vet last week, he wanted to meet everyone who worked there and gave lots of snuggles and kisses. The ladies who helped with him all commented about how happy he was, which of course made me glad that they were saying good things about him.



He goes back in a month for his next round of shots, so look for another update then! Meanwhile, follow me on Instagram to keep up with his daily shenanigans (among other things).





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