Thoughts on Thursday: Favorite Season

My favorite season.. Hmm.. That’s sort of a tough one, but I think I am going to side with Fall. But I do have to share this hilarious e-Card with you because it’s EXACTLY how I am feeling right now.


I love the fall because it’s still fairly warm outside, but it’s just starting to chill.

I love all of the changing colors of the trees.


I love the food that Fall brings.

I love the pumpkins that are making their way in to the world, ready to be picked.


Birthday season is upon is now starting with my my grandma, aunt, and mom, following with my brother and dad, then my step-dad, brother, son, and myself.

It also seems like this is the time when everyone renews their family pictures because of the scenery.

I love going on drives, scouting out our kill for the upcoming hunts.

One thing I’m really counting on this fall, is for our house to be done and I CANNOT wait!!

So what season is your favorite? Leave me a comment telling me which and why!




Giveaway and Coupon Code

Last week, I contacted Jonie of Just Between Friends and asked her if she would be interested in doing a giveaway on her blog. She said yes and it’s LIVE!

Go check it out. You could win this awesome scarf! (:




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ABC’s of Me

Age: 20
Bed size: Queen
Chore you hate: All of them! I get so sick of picking up the SAME mess day in and day out!! Welcome to Motherhood, I guess.
Drink of choice: Dr. Pepper
Essential start to your day item: Seeing Karsyn’s sweet face!
Favorite color: Yellow
Gold or silver: Silver
Height: 5’8”
Instrument(s) you play:  Does the recorder {from 4th grade} count?!
Kids: Karsyn – 16 months
Living arrangements: Kade, Karsyn and I in a lame apartment. Hopefully by the end of the year, our house will be done!
Mom’s name: Mindy
Nicknames: Sally, Jourd, Goose, Missy… The list could go on for days!
Overnight hospital stay other than birth: None that I recall.
Pet Peeve: When people make repetitive noises {clicking a pen, tapping a pen, etc.}, sniffing the snot back up your nose over and over instead of just blowing it out, and missing belt loops!
Quote from a movie: “Tina, you fat lard!”
Right or left handed: Right
Siblings: 3 younger bros, 2 younger sisters
Time you wake up: About 8 a.m.
Underwear: Yes, I wear them.
Vegetable you hate: Cooked ones
What makes you run late: Karsyn!
Xrays you’ve had: On my teeth from the Dentist!
Yummy food you make: Drunken Chicken
Zoo favorite: Elephants
Feel free to add some of your ABC’s!

Thoughts on Thursday: Fam{ily} Traditions

Growing up, we never really had any traditions that we would do every year. I mean, sure, we ate with family on Thanksgiving and sat together on the 4th and 24th of July, but that’s about the extent of it. Sad, huh?

Now that I have my own family, I am trying really hard to set up some family traditions. Things that my kids will look forward to and remember when they are older and have kids of their own.. Maybe even do the same with them.

Some traditions that I tried to start this past year are going to look at all of the Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. Another would also be the Christmas Eve box. I want to take a vacation or two each year to a different place. I want to celebrate each and every holiday and go ALL OUT for them! Yep, I want to be THAT mom! Thank goodness for Pinterest!!

Other than that, I’ve got nothin’! How sad!


If you are going to link up, I would LOVE it if you displayed my button somewhere on your page or included it or a link back to my blog in your post.
{And I am still needing help with how to create a box, instead of just having the code out there like it is. So if you can help me, I would appreciate it greatly!}

Two Million Miles

Here is the agenda for February:
2/28 – Favorite Season
If you have a good topic, please let me know!
{To link up, please leave your URL in the comments!}
I am really looking forward to hearing YOUR family traditions. I need some new ideas! Please let me know what yours are!

Beauty FAIL!

You may have seen this picture floating around on Pinterest with this description, “To straighten hair without heat, just mix a cup of water with 2 tablespoons of BROWN sugar, pour it into a spray bottle, then spray into damp hair and let air dry.”

24322476798Well, I repinned it and decided to try it the other day because I had just gotten in the shower and I was in a hurry. So I mixed up my solution and started spraying my hair…

Boy! Was that a mistake! I was so embarrassed. My hair was so gross and sticky! It began to flake and looked like I had super bad dandruff. Ew. And remember when I said I was in a hurry? Yeah, I didn’t even have time to jump back in the shower to rinse it out.

Moral of the story: DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

FailWhat beauty tips have you tried that did not worked out as planned?





Karsyn’s Valentine Pictures

I got Karsyn’s pictures taken about a week ago because Lulu’s Photography was doing mini Valentine sessions.

This was the first professional shoot that he’s ever had done.

Here’s how they turned out!

This little turkey MELTS my heart!!538076_10200531639231366_972660865_n
He was holding Paige’s {the photographer} cat.6005_10200531637311318_84600863_n
Finally, a smile! {See the cat?!}426052_10200531635431271_1344736954_n
One of his most favorite stuffed animals, Patches.
This is how he looked most of the time.. Eating candy!539582_10200531652391695_1493458749_nThose eyes!!

Aw! How do you like them?!
P.S. His shirt says “My Heart Beats for Mom” (;



Thoughts on Thursday: My Love Story

Today’s topic is “Your Love Story.” Remember, it’s just an option – you can share whatever you want.

196729_1927231058362_6696262_n{Our first picture together – May 07}

Our love story is pretty silly. I always get shy when people ask how Kade and I met. Here we go…

198359_1927235298468_8096516_n{September 08}

The first time I saw Kade was at the SVC {which is a huge event center in our town}. It was the state basketball games. Back in the day {middle school}, that was where everyone was! We don’t have much to do here, so when there is something at the SVC, pretty much the whole county is there. I was with my best friend at the time, Meagan. We were just walking around, talking to people. We spotted a mutual friend with some boys from RHS {we were from SS}, so we walked over to her and talked with them. There was this cute boy in the group {and call me crazy, but I knew it was love! I just KNEW I was going to be with him someday. And if you don’t believe in fate or love at first sight, I’m sorry – I do!}. So anyway, we followed this boy {which was Kade} and his friends around, but of course, he was chasing some other girl. So we wandered off and did our own thing, but kept seeing Kade and his friends. When the games were over, we went home and didn’t see him again. {This was 7th grade.}

196575_1927242698653_7049749_n{July 2010}

Over the summer, when I’d get a group of friends together, one of our most favorite things to do was prank call! I understand now that it’s not nice, but back then, it was the funnest thing to do. Just thinking about some of those conversations makes me laugh. In the midst of all our prank calling, we would call Kade and ask him all these random questions.

291874_2512597852166_507130980_n{October 2011 – 9 months pregnant!}

On to 8th grade.. My friend Kensey, the one that was hanging out with Kade at the SVC {she is cousins with one of Kade’s friends}, was hanging out with all of them again and I guess she mentioned me {I didn’t know that}. Now let me backtrack again.. Back then, email and MSN messenger were HUGE! We would always send forwards – funny stories, questionnaires, etc. – via email. One day, I was going through an email that I had received and I was scrolling through the hundreds of emails that were at the top showing who it had been sent to trying to get to the bottom, when Kade’s email popped out at me. I knew it was his because it was his name. I was in no way, shape, or form looking for his email. It just caught my eye. So I pulled up my MSN messenger and added Kade’s email to my list.

550576_4137617036630_528246910_n{June 2012}

A few days later, he accepted and we started chatting. I was telling him who I was and he asked if I was the girl Kensey was talking about. Yep, it was me. We talked for about a month before we ever hung out. He had a girl friend at the time. Sometime in the end of November, he broke up with is girlfriend. We made plans to go to the light parade together.

524133_10200135774214988_1757914360_n{December 2012}

December 6, 2006, was the first time we officially hung out. I rode to town with my aunt and met Kade at the dairy. My aunt parked a few blocks away and on the opposite site, so I had to walk down to the dairy. When I crossed the road, there was a cop right there and I wasn’t sure if it was okay to cross there or not. “Can I cross here?” I asked. “You bet. This is the safest walk you’ll ever had!” he replied. I’ll never forget that. I was now across the street and I spotted Kade on the inside. Here comes that weak-in-the-knees-make-you-sick butterfly feeling! Him and a friend walked out and we walked up a few blocks so that we could see the parade. The corner we stood on is now referred to as “our corner.” It was pretty awkward because I was by myself. My friend was supposed to come, but then at the last minute, she couldn’t anymore. So we didn’t really have much to say. And the parade was over before we knew it. I had to go back up a few blocks to meet my aunt, so I had to leave quick. No hug, no kiss. Nothin’.

On December 11, Kade asked me to be his girlfriend via MSN Messenger lol. I can remember saying “YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Or typing, I should say. Ah, young love!

Now, here we are. Almost 6 years, a few break-ups, a few fights, lots of love, and one kid later. We are now engaged. Getting married in July. Hopefully building a house within the month and life is good.


If you are going to link up, I would LOVE it if you displayed my button somewhere on your page or included it or a link back to my blog in your post.
{And I am still needing help with how to create a box, instead of just having the code out there like it is. So if you can help me, I would appreciate it greatly!}

Two Million Miles

Here is the agenda for February:
2/21 – Family Traditions
2/28 – Favorite Season
If you have a good topic, please let me know!
I hope you will link up YOUR love story! And if you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave your love story in the comments. I am really looking forward to reading them!

How Well Does Your Spouse Know You?


 Here are the instructions:
  1. Fill out the questions below with your answers
  2. Hand over the same set of questions to your spouse and see if they can answer the questions about you.
  3. Write your post and compare both of your answers
  4. Link up here on February 14th
HA, I am so excited to read all the fun answers, should be interesting to say the least.

Here are the questions: Feel free to add or take away any questions you want.

How long have you been married?
Where was your first date?
Where was your first kiss?
Who first said, “I love you”?
What were your wedding colors?
What is her most commonly used phrase?
Who is her celebrity crush?
If she was ordering drinks for both of you what would you each get?
What is the best meal she has ever cooked you?
What is the worst meal she has ever cooked you?
What is the most-played song on her iPod?
What would she say is your most annoying habit?

What is the last thing she does before she goes to bed?

Here are mine and Kade’s answers!!
How long have you been married?
J: Not married yet. We are engaged. Getting married in July. Been together for 5.5 years.
K: I’m not.
Where was your first date?
J: We were only in 8th grade, so we didn’t have an “official date” until we were older, but the first time we did something together was go to the Christmas Light Parade.
K: With you, Goose. I don’t know.
Where was your first kiss?
J: His high school
K: At the High School
Who first said, “I love you”?
J: I think I did..?
K: I don’t know. Was it me or you Goose?
What were your wedding colors?
J: They are going to be blue, pink, green, orange, and yellow.
K: We don’t have wedding colors yet.
What is her most commonly used phrase?
J: Well or so.
K: Uhh, “Karsyn, stop!”
Who is her celebrity crush?
J: Channing Tatum!
K: That guy off Twilight that you love so much. {I honestly have no idea who he is talking about. I hate Twilight.}If she was ordering drinks for both of you what would you each get?
J: Dr. Pepper for me and Mountain Dew for him.
K: Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew.
What is the best meal she has ever cooked you?
J: Chicken enchiladas
K: It’s gotta be them enchiladas.
What is the worst meal she has ever cooked you?
J: Tuna Helper {It’s not that it was gross, but apparently making it once every two months is too much.}
K: Tuna Helper.
What is the most-played song on her iPod?
J: More like artist.. Daughtry or Jason Aldean
K: Gangnam Style
What would she say is your most annoying habit?
J: Not doing what I ask him to the first time!!
K: Chewing with my mouth open
What is the last thing she does before she goes to bed?
J: Check my phone
K: Hang out with your phone for two hours.
So, do you think Kade knows me well or not?! Be sure to link up or leave your answers in the comments! I would love to hear them.

I Love Cash Giveaway!

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