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Monday Motivation

13 Feb

I posted this (see below) picture on Instagram this morning & a friend responded and asked me to post something along those lines every Monday! Since I’m pretty sure I am am with the majority of people when I say, “I DREAD MONDAYS”. I thought it would be a great idea to post something inspirational every Monday. I think it will be a great way to start the week off on the right foot!!

I personally love this – It rings so true to where I am in life right now! Hope it does a lil something for you~





Sunday Photo Post – Week 3

22 Jan

I feel like this week flew by! I was lucky enough to get MLK day off of work, Tuesday was Leuc’s 3rd birthday, I had a few late meetings, spent yesterday up in Thousand Oaks for the Birthday Party and home last night to relax with my love. We found out yesterday that Nick’s uncle is not doing well, at all. His dad called and asked Nick to accompany him in a drive to Arkansas to spend some time with his family and Nick obliged. I sent my thoughts and prayers for his Uncle and my heart off with him bright and early this morning at 5am. Needless to say, I am going to be a lonely girl this week. It’s the first time spending the night (let alone 6 nights) alone in our home. Thank goodness I have some attack cats to keep me safe from harm… really, not comforting. I hate to admit it but I’m a big wuss. This coming week should be interesting… although I must say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my Sunday – cleaning, cooking, gyming & relaxing!

Here’s my week in photos –

Sunday –

1.15.12 - Billie loves sitting in the window while we're in the kitchen! She was watching me do the dishes and I was able to catch her stretching ❤



1.16.12 - Nick and I were able to catch the sunset before our dinner date! It was a perfect day off!



1.17.12 - Finished shopping for Leuc's present on his birthday. I can't get over how cute baby Toms are!

Wednesday –

1.18.12 - Was able to snap this sweet picture of Moe crossing his arms, on my way out the door for work! (I warned you there would be lots of kitty pictures!)


Thursday –

1.19.12 - My boss treated me to lunch @ Daphnes. Work has been hectic - it was a nice way to celebrate the end of the week.


Friday –

1.20.12 - I have had the worst Italian craving, I cured it with homemade Turkey Meatballs & whole wheat penne! I have to say, this was some of the best sauce I've made.


Saturday x2-

1.21.12 - Our birthday boy covered in cake!

1.21.12 pt 2 - I couldn't just choose one! I love this photo. The boys played football all afternoon and Leuc wanted a picture of his team! My father, Nick, Cousin Ryan, Birthday boy Leuc, Dale (Aunts date) & my Brother, Jonas!


Here’s to hoping this week flies by && that I keep up with my early morning work outs! Hope YOU have a wonderful week!!





And the sweet boy turns 3…

17 Jan

I can’t believe my sweet nephew, Leuc, turned 3 today! The time sure is flying faster than I imagined it would. It’s so amazing to watch children grow, especially ones close to your heart. I have enjoyed nothing more than seeing my baby nephew transform into such an intelligent little guy. I can’t imagine the love I am going to have for my own babies one day, my heart feels like it might simply burst with all the love I have for this boy. You are a blessing, Leuc Allen. I am constantly amazed at your brilliance and charm. I love you more than words can express!

Happy Birthday, Little Nugget!

Your Aunt Kirsti & Uncle Nick love you to the Moon & Back, a million times over.

Leuc on his true Birthday - 1/17/2009. Sweet as pie, right?!

Little man enjoying cake on his 1st Birthday. 1/17/2010

Shortly after his 2nd Birthday - February 2011


The biggest grin ever showing of his big boy hair cut! -January 2012




Sunday Photo Post – Week 1

8 Jan

Let me just get it out of the way. I am broken hearted.. the Steelers were kicked out of the Playoffs in week one. After an impressive turn around from the first half, the Steelers went into overtime with  the Broncos at the score of 23-23. The Broncos got EXTREMELY lucky with an 80 yard touchdown in the first play of OT. Let’s all face it, the Broncos got extremely lucky!! It’s funny how people literally come out of the woodwork to rub something like this in. I am not sure if it’s because I like one of the more popular and followed teams in the NFL, or because people like to see me in misery, but it sucks. Wah!! I promise this is the end of my football misery.

If I were extremely white, potentially male & attending the game… this would be me.

Onto the true meaning of this post – One of my many Resolutions for 2012 is to take a photo a day. I thought this would be a great way to be able to look back and remember the little things throughout the year. This week I didn’t pay close attention to this task and I am not thrilled with the quality of this post but at least I have something for each day of the week!


1.1.12 - Nick and I at Midnight on New Years Eve


1.2.12 - Nick & I skunked my parents in Cribbage.


1.3.12 - Keeping true to my More Tea ~Less Coffee Reso. I replaced all afternoon coffee with Green Tea this week!


1.4.12 - Mojo & Billie posing for a sibling photo shoot.


1.5.12 - Home Mani for the Steelers Playoff Game. true fan.


1.6.12- This is where I'm cheating. Took this for shopping purposes. Two amazing wines for under $6 Nick and I enjoyed this week.


1.7.12 - Slightly obessed with this mug. It was a gift from bf for Christmas. Spent the weekend relaxing at watching football.

I can’t believe how quickly this weekend has come and gone. Back to the grind tomorrow morning! Wishing everyone a great 2nd week of 2012!



Where in the world did 2011 go?!

3 Jan
 Welcome 2012

I am so happy for a new and exciting year. Almost a little embarrassed to be blogging on here again..its been almost 6 months without a peep…but I am back!! Happy Twenty12 to everyone who happens to stop by and have a read. 2011 was pretty amazing, actually my favorite year to date but I am excited and anxious for this new year. I have a number of things I want to focus on in 2012 to better myself, my relationship and the way I view life. Here’s a list of some of my more reasonable resolutions…perhaps blogging these things will make me feel more accountable to stick to them.

 2012 Goals

*Start planning weekly menus to save time, $$ & calories.
*Fall back in love with Bikram Yoga (1x per week minimum).
* Take advantage of where we live, unwind from work with a daily beach walk w/ my handsome man.
*More Tea, Less Coffee 
* Photo a Day for the entire Year. (trendy…but I know I would love the end result)
*Stop making excuses and start making progress… this pertains to EVERYTHING
*Random Acts of Kindness
*Read More
*Explore the world of D.I.Y.

I’ve been off of work for the past 10 days. (&& it has been absolute Heaven!) I am sadly back at work today. With the big gray cloud of responsibility and late nights looming over my head, I had a “Come to Jesus” moment last night. Although work can be extremely draining and the addition of school to that busy 50+ hour work week, it has become all too easy to make excuses for myself. I am far too young with too many opportunities to not take advantage of every one that I can. I am ready to start 2012 off with a BANG!!

My favorite memories of 2011 in photo-form. 

2011 New Years Eve with my Love

Steelers SuperBowl!! We didn’t win but we made it to the big Dance!!
Moving into our very tinsy but equally sweet home.
Pittsburgh with Mom for my Gram’s 83rd Birthday!
Happy 27th Birthday to Nick! Stayed at the amazing ACE Hotel in Palm Springs.
4th of July Fireworks @ the Oceanside Pier

Our Favorite Band, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, came to the Casbah! Amazing Show!

My First Vegas Trip–Labor Day 2011
Halloween!! Nick got to choose our costumes this year –Frankenstein and his Bride ❤
Our First Christmas Tree
The blurriest NYE 2012 kiss ever.. Still a perfect memory to start an amazing year – taken exactly at midnight!!

&& probably my most favorite thing about 2011 – Adopting these two sweet peas! Mojo (orange) & Billie

Hope 2012 is the best year to date for all of us!
See you Soon.. for real this time!


22 Jun

…. Not only did I wait until the last minute to order my Dad a gift for Father’s Day (which has yet to come in the mail) and forget to bring his card to our Family BBQ (which I showed up late to).. I neglected to post on this here, the World Wide Web, how grateful I am for my Father.

Here’s to you, Dad!

You are the most incredible father!!! Thank you for working harder than any man I’ve ever known and never letting our family go without.. even if it meant late nights and extra shifts. You have shown your love in more ways than I think you even realize. I am eternally grateful for the values you’ve instilled in our family and the example you’ve been to me and everyone who comes into your life. Thank you for showing me that someone who is patient, understanding, supportive and shows unwaivering love for their spouse and family truly does exist, and even more so, thank you for teaching me I am worth all of that and more.
Thank you for supporting my decisions and taking time to comfort me when life gets rough. And one more thing…Thank you for making Nick feel welcome in this family. It means the world to me!

I love you more than words can express. I am blessed to call you my Father. I love you Daddy! ~Happy Fathers Day!!

Today is a Special Day

18 May


Let’s just say, when I met Papa 7 years ago, I never thought I would celebrate an anniversary with him. I knew I loved him enough, just didn’t realize I was lucky enough for him to love me back. It’s amazing how things work out. I am the luckiest girl in the world. Happy Anniversary Handsome Man! You are my kind of Wonderful! Crossing my fingers and letting my heart prepare for 80 more! I LOVE YOU to the moon… and back a million times over!