Monday, August 24, 2015

to old faithful.

Oh, my little blog. 

Not sure if anyone else is even out there but you and I are here. You're like my old faithful. I get the itch to write and here you are waiting. Wish you drank coffee 'cause I would bring you a cup with a lot of creamer, just like I love it. With a slice of banana bread. Extra butter, please along with that extra creamer. 

And tonight I have the itch to write. I miss it. 

And I don't have a ton to write to be honest after this long, crazy Monday at the office but there's something comforting about running back to this little space. 

In the world of the Butlers if you've followed my Instagram, you know we moved to a new town, moved into a new house (a HOUSE feels like a mansion when you've been in a one bedroom apartment, people!), and opened up our own small biz. So yeah, it's been a little busy but life is good. We earn our weekends as the days our long but at the end of the day, there is something about going home and knowing you own what you worked your butt off for and being able to do with the person you love is even better.

And yes, these pictures were taken in front of our office. Can't take life TOO seriously. Got to keep moving forward through the craziness of life and still have fun. 

And speaking of fun, these red glasses from my friends at Firmoo, yo. They are probably my newest favorite accessory and I wear them all the time and get compliments anytime i wear them. They add the perfect pop of color! And they are as true as their name. This girl don't need no glasses, so they are sheer vanity glasses. Ryan loves them on me too so that doesn't hurt one bit. 

Here's to many more of days of rocking vanity glasses and laughing at ourselves. Life is too short to take it too seriously. Peace out! 

Friday, June 19, 2015

unicorn emojis, hot pink flamingo floaties and an Old Navy $1 flip flop sale - OH MY!

if you are living any where in the south right now, you know there is one dang heatwave firing through. and it's not just heat - it's that sticky, icky humidity that makes it's way into your skin and hair (hashtag big hair, don't care - and you really shouldn't care 'cause there is nothing you can really do to keep it NOT big!). because of that, these busy, looooong days in getting ready for our move have called demanded quick trips to our pool - and oh like milk does the body good, cool, pool water has done this skin so good!

and the pool has been the perfect time to pull out my Old Navy (HOT PINK!) flips flops. i don't know about you but these are def summer staples. if you haven't grabbed your own pair yet, be sure to head to Old Navy this weekend for their $1 flip flop sale so that you can stock up with all of your favorite colors. i'm thinking to make a run this weekend and grab a turquoise and lavender pair! 

wanna win an additional pair of flip flops and possibly even a vacation?! then also be sure to check out Emoodji for your chance at just that AND you can even find out what is your most used emoji. if you are like me, i could not be more obsessed with emojis...and even more so hearing the rumor, there is the possibility of tacos, unicorns, and flamingos (oh, my!) headed their way to our keyboards through the next update! my most used emoji is the paint palette! what's yours? 

hope everybody has a fantastic weekend! 
stay cool out there, people! peace out. 

this post was sponsored by Old Navy. all remarks are my own. thank you for letting me share about my favorite companies so that i can keep this blog rolling...woohoo! 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

tallying up the points.

top: c/o walktrendy / leggings: forever21 / flats: shopdressup / necklace: twerkstorian / boppypins: muchloveilly shop / rings: forever 21

let's tally up all the points to this shirt.

1) polka dots
2) every from color of the rainbow
3) chiffon material not easily affected by this GA summer heat already here
4) and duh, goes along with the pink hair

INSTANT favorite shirt ever.

then again any article of clothing that screams UNICORN LIFE wins me over instantly.

and speaking of GA and it's summer heat - i know i was just on vacation (feels like yesterday we went to St. John) but i am so excited for summer! if we are going to be exact, school counts down to SIX days exactly for moi, but really who's counting? i only teach first period and as much as i love these students, teachers are just as ready for summer and the students are - so seriously, no offense taken. we are all in the same boat.

so here's to the final days of the school year and all unicorn-life screaming articles of clothing! WOOHOO!

Monday, February 16, 2015

bending the rules.

if you know me, you would know that i have my moments where i like to stick to the book. i will follow the rules and do what i'm told. then there are other moments, where i will go against the flow and go in rebel mood.

well, today is one of those moments - where bending the rules are definitely going to be more than necessary...especially when it comes to bending the rules with my friends at HP and with the adorable, oh so talented Meghan Trainor.

but let's talk about what i mean by bending the rules. it means that my laptop is cooler than your laptop 'cause it bends the rule. while your laptop stays in one position, my new HP x360 laptop can be not in just one, but four different modes: laptop, tablet, tent and stand. complete 360 degree capability to allow the unique flexibility!

HOLLA! now you can see how rules should be bent when it comes to something as sweet as this laptop! i see those eyes growing rounder and those jaws dropping. you know it!

i'm also a fan of its sleek size and shape, perfect for when i am on the go - and i am always on the go! and the beats speakers (we are talking dr. dre, people) are one of my favorite features for my music (it's all about that bass people - hehe, i'm so punny *wink*) and for those netflix binge marathons with Ryan.

and since we are on the top of 4 when it comes to the 4 modes of the x360, we were asked to feature 4 of our favorite things - and lately, if you've been following me via instagram, i've been posting doodles from my drawing book. last semester, i was learning to adjust to the change of schedule with my current full time job and teaching and just life that i didn't make as much as i should have creatively. and to be honest, it got to me. i could feel my creative part of me shriveling up. so i made it a goal this year to get back into writing, blogging and drawing. anyone else relate? so these are four of my favorites page from my drawing book. nothing spectacular but to me, it just feels good to get pen to paper.

anyways, like i mentioned earlier, this pots is not only a partnership with the good people of HP but also with one of my favorite artists, Meghan Trainor! come on - i know i'm not the only one singing "All About That Bass" or " Lips Are Moving" in the car with the radio speakers at full blast or in the shower, using the shampoo bottle as a microphone. i'll be following her tour on this landing page here, so i invite you to join me!

this post was sponsored by HP and by Megan Trainor's All About that Base tour. dear friends, thank you for your support so that i have the opportunity to feature sponsored posts like these. you rock! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

man, i'm in a good mood.

for reals, people.

i'm in a good mood. i am going to completely blame it on the sunshine - which inspired me to bring out my new favorite pair of shades from Glasses Shop. their called the salinas with clear and BRIGHT orange frames. they are the perfect pair to grab on the way to the beach or for a sunday afternoon drive. so fun! (can you tell? i'm already so ready for summer!)

and the fact that i'm having one of those weeks where things are clicking on all cylinders. you know what i'm screaming? FEELING GOOD, PEOPLE! and i'm also loving all the red and pink and hearts and lovey-dovey-ness of this week. like i told my class the other day, when they were all bashing on valentine's day. and i told them that i am one of those cliche, cheesy weirdos that actually love valentine's day, so sue me. (#michaelscott)

with how crazy and messy life can be, you got to celebrate every good thing that comes one's way. even the paper hearts and valentines candy and a sweet husband who loves me every single day. (hashtag blessed. hashtag lucky. hashtag i know i got it good.)

and because of my good mood, i think i'm in a list mood, too. you, too?
good. i knew we were good friends.

Making : triple chocolate chip cookies 
Cooking: nothing at the moment if you count baking cookies as cooking 
Drinking : lots more extra cups of coffee. 5am, 10am, maaaaybe 3pm if i can't help.
Reading : one plus one by jojo moyes (loved me before you so i have high hopes for this one)  
Wanting: a puppy dog so so so bad 
Looking: forward to some super exciting things taking place this upcoming year *insert monkey covering mouth emoji* 
Planning: our yearly vacation 
Wasting: too much time binge watching tv shows (but technically if you are enjoying the shows, it's not wasting, right?)
Sewing: not much sewing at all these days. weird 'cause that used to my daily life and now i haven't picked up a needle and thread. don't know if that is sad or a relief. maybe both. 
Wishing: for march to get here already so that my family can all be together again 
Enjoying: this fast-paced but wonderful life with Ryan 
Waiting: for the timer to go off for my chocolate chip cookies to be done baking 
Liking: too many pictures on instagram. anyone else spend too much time on there?
Wondering: how many sour patch kids would fit inside of a the eiffel tower 
Loving: my recent addition of gel pens 
Hoping: i never really grow up and take life too seriously 
Marveling: at God's abundant goodness
Needing: those chocolate chip cookies to be done baking in the oven already 
Smelling: chocolate chip cookies (unintentional theme) 
Wearing: the top i wore to work today but then sweats and my fluffy pink house slippers 
Following: (or trying) too many to-do lists 
Noticing: how quickly God moves when He gets things going
Knowing: God is faithful 
Thinking: about the future 
Bookmarking: vacation planning sites 
Opening: way too many windows on my computer 
Giggling: over random text messages from my sisters 
Feeling: excited 

and btw the way, guys, thanks for your sweet welcoming-me-back-to-blogging comments. 
you guys are truly the best. 

and now i hear my timer finally going off. ta-ta. off to stuff my face. 

taking stock list inspired by pip and sydney

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