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Everyday Life: 03.31.12 – 04.05.12

How can it possibly be the fourth month already?! How did that happen? Time certainly has flown by for me. I feel so blessed with the life I have. I’m especially thinking about it this weekend in light of today being Good Friday and Sunday being Easter. To know what Jesus did for us just blows me away. How can I not be thankful?!

I’m glad this past week has somewhat been captured by Instagram. When I don’t have time to even think about taking photos, Photo A Day helps me :) And now, we’ve moved into April with a whole new set of words. Here we go :)

Day 31. Where you relax. The living room couch is where I unwind and relax now. Come summer (which will be soon with the weather we are having!), Jason and I move to the couch in the family room which is in the basement where it’s cooler and we relax down there. For the same reason we spend our time in the living room in the winter… it’s warmer. This photo show my side of the couch. Jason is usually perched on the other side with the cat somewhere snuggled in between :) What can I say? We are creatures of habit!

1. Reflection. I walked into the church bathroom on Sunday and snapped a photo for the word of the day. I happened to be wearing my new sweater that I got on major clearance at Banana Republic for $4! I love good deals :)

2. Color. I love this color combination. It’s obvious too because I’m using it all over my house right now. This is a photo of one of my living room pillows.

3. Mail. It was a boring mail day. All junk mail. Do you know that I love to get the mail? It’s like opening a present. I just can’t wait to see what’s inside and I’m always hoping for a magazine. Or a check for $1,000,000. I would take either :)

4. Someone who makes you happy. Yes he does. He really does. He’s my best friend and I love him so much. As we always say to each other, I couldn’t do life without him.

The flowers are in full bloom at our house right now. We have moved from flowering trees to flowering bushes. They are gorgeous. I might have to go pick some soon.

More flowers. Roses specifically. Some of the pinks are practically neon. I love them!!

5. Tiny. For some reason I had a hard time with this one. I couldn’t think of anything tiny. And then I remembered this little fawn that I have and decided he would do.

A friend asked me to make a card for her husband for their anniversary. This is what I came up with. He plays the guitar so I used that as my inspiration. I got the saying from this poster I saw and have always loved. I’ve always wanted to buy the post but they don’t carry one in a color that I want. Maybe I will have to plan a room around one of the colors they offer just so I can buy the poster :)

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend! We are going to be celebrating Resurrection Day with some good friends and the food theme is Mexican. I can hardly wait!

He is risen indeed!!

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Everyday Life: 03.23.12 – 03.30.12

Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope so :) We had such a great weekend and it actually started with Friday. Jason had the week off and so we decided to have a date day on Friday. We drove north and did two of my favorite things: shopping and eating. Doesn’t get much better than that! Because of our date day, I completely forgot to post on Friday! Oops :) So I will now attempt to bring this little blog up to date!

We will start off with a pretty flowering trees photo :) I love dogwoods. They are one of my favorite trees. I was out running and I had to stop and take a shot of these blossoms. They are so beautiful!!

Outfit for the day. It was such a nice day and I was wearing such a neutral outfit that I had to add a bright pink belt. I needed some color somewhere :)

Day 24 was Animal. The only animal that I am regularly around is my cat so naturally I took a shot of her. She wasn’t being very cooperative though. She kept moving every time I went to take the shot. Oh well, I guess it shows the motion that was going on.

Since I was so neutral the day before, I decided to spice it up with a hot pink skirt. After all, sometimes a girl’s just gotta wear pink! The pencil skirt, by the way, was a thrift store find that I got last year. I think it was a whopping $2.

25. Breakfast. Okay, so when I posted this on Instagram, everyone thought I was weird. So now I want your opinion… For breakfast I eat cottage cheese with applesauce and cinnamon and an english muffin (on the side). I know some people have an aversion to cottage cheese because of the texture but lots of people put fruit in it. I just choose applesauce during the winter when I can’t get ripe strawberries. Is that so weird?! Even if it is, I don’t care because I love it!!

26. Key. I chose to shoot my house key. It’s the only one on my ring that stands out because it is a snakeskin print. I think it’s cool :)

I have been busy at the church this past week. I finally got a gallery wall up there too. Now I just have to order photos for it. I had to wait until the frames were up first before ordering photos so I would know which orientation to pick. I can’t wait until it’s done hopefully this week or next. It’s going to look awesome! I went the easy route for these frames and bought them all at Ikea. Much easier (and faster) than collecting and spray painting like I did for my own gallery wall :)

Since I hung these at church, I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t fall down. I used double-sided sticky velcro. It works wonders. Now I’m thinking I should always hang every picture like this. They won’t get bumped and they won’t fall down. Genius.

27. Your name. I chose a card that my Mom had written me for this day’s photo. I have always loved my Mom’s handwriting. I especially love how she writes my name :)

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before but every year Jason’s Grandma sends us an Easter basket in the mail. It’s always full of yummy goodies and we look forward to it every year. One of the fun parts is that in some of the eggs there is money in them :) And this year there was a bonus of a Starbucks card too. Yay for grandmas, they are the best!

28. Trash. I didn’t really like this one. I mean, who wants to take a photo of trash?! So I sort of did my own thing and took a photo of the recycling. Hey, it’s still trash, right?

29. Your Feet. This one was easy. I take photos of my feet all the time. Here I am wearing my 75 cent thrift store moccasins that I found brand new. One of my best clothing finds ever!

30. Toy. We don’t have that many toys floating around our house but we happened to get a frog in our Easter basket and so I snapped a photo of him. I think he’s kinda cute. Maybe I should spraint him. Hmmm…

Whew! All caught up! I have a few other projects that I have finished that I need to share with you too. Hopefully there will be some more posts coming your way soon. Stay tuned!

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Everyday Life: 03.16.12 – 03.22.12

As I’m sitting here this morning, I can hear the birds singing. I went for a run earlier and although it was overcast, it was a beautiful morning and perfect for a run. The weather was warm and the trees are all in bloom. Poor Jason can’t run with me right now because the pollen count is so high that his allergies go crazy. So I had to settle for a run on my own :)

This month we celebrate our 6th year of being here in Tennessee. You would think after six years I would be used to the weather patterns but spring here always catches me off guard. In Oregon we wouldn’t get this kind of weather until June or July so to have it in March, well, it feels early to me! This whole week it has been in the 80’s and it’s supposed to be the same next week. I can’t complain though, it’s so nice. The only reason I don’t like spring coming so early is that I know summer is just around the corner… Me and summer do not get along. It’s way too hot and humid for my liking :) Last year I was really working on not complaining about the heat. I’m going to have to continue working on it since complaining about it is my natural response. Besides, it doesn’t really help to complain about something you can’t control. It just draws even more attention to it. Anyone else struggle with wanting to complain about the weather but knowing you shouldn’t and that it’s pointless?! Ha!

Moving onto photos for this week. I will show you what I have up my sleeve…

Day 16. Sunglasses. I have had these sunglasses for 4 years. I got them from Fossil and I love them. I actually have lots of pairs of sunglasses but these are definitely my go to pair. I’m not the kind of person that lovingly takes care of my sunglasses and I never will be so I don’t invest a lot in them. It’s actually amazing that these have lasted so long. They get tossed into my purse on a daily basis and thrown on the seat of the car. I have yet to sit on them but that has definitely happened in the past with previous pairs. And the Starbucks… Jason and I went on a date that morning. It was magical :)

17. Green. The name of the game was green for St. Patty’s day and without even realizing it, I wore green. I got dressed for work and threw on a green shirt. Yay for me! I don’t wear too much green so it was lucky that I had it on :)

This one I totally forgot to Instagram. I took a photo when I was in a hurry and simply forgot. Sequin skirt + cardigan buttoned up + boots. I saw on outfit on Pinterest that was similar and copied it :)

PS Look at my whitey white legs!! I need a tan or something!

18. Corner of my home. This is a corner in our family room, the fireplace hearth. I have had this plant for many years now, I think about 10 years or so and it has traveled a lot for a plant. Originally, I got it while I was in Idaho visiting my aunt. She gave me a clipping from her plant because I said how much I liked it. This clipping rode home with us back to Oregon. Amazingly enough, the clipping grew into a plant (at least that’s amazing for my black thumbs)! Then, I brought it with us when we moved from Oregon to Tennessee. Somewhere along the way, I re-potted it and it got a lot bigger. I still love this plant and it is the most successful plant in my house. Thank you Joni, for the start :)

19. Funny. From time to time I have to post photos of my cat. I mean, look at that face! She is so cute :) I chose her as my subject for this day’s word because she makes us laugh all the time. She is somewhat psycho as I’m sure most cats are. She might not be doing anything funny at this particular moment, but believe me, she is funny!!

20. Before & After. You know me, I love a good before and after. This one was an easy no brainer because I forgot to take a photo of something that was actually interesting. So, my water glass filled in for my lack of creativity.

21. Delicious. Seriously? These are some of my favorite candies all year. Jason and I look forward to Easter candy more than any other holiday candy because these are so good. Cadbury mini eggs. That’s where it’s at :)

Side note: we had a friend that knew we liked them and she brought us a huge bag from Sam’s Club a couple of weeks ago. We have been making our way through it and enjoying every single one. On Wednesday she asked if we needed a new bag yet. We don’t, but isn’t she the sweetest?!!!

22. Kitchen Sink. Haha, I grabbed a shot when it was a full kitchen sink. Mostly because this rarely happens. Normally is looks like this. I’m sort of married to the cleanest guy on the block and he does not like his kitchen sink to be messy. As soon as there is a spare dish about, he sets to cleaning it up. Me? Not so much :) Right after I took this shot I could hear him cleaning it up. Thank you sweetheart, for cleaning up after us :)

I love the Instagram challenge. I causes me to take photos of random things that I never would have thought of before. It’s helping me to document our life right now. If you haven’t tried it, you should. It’s fun :)

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Everyday Life: 03.09.12 – 03.15.12

I have been trying all day to get this post put together and I keep getting distracted! But now I am finally going to sit down and make myself get it done!

I hope you all have had a good week. We have had a very warm weathered week. It was about 80 degrees the past two days and now, while it is still warm, we are having a thunder storm. Strange :)

Moving on… here are my happenings for this week according to Instagram…

I had the pleasure of hanging out with my dear friend Heather last Friday. It had been way too long since we had hung out. My March Photo A Day assignment was Red. Since Heather was wearing red pants that day, I made her my photo of the day :) By the way, she just recently did a whole post on what she is wearing with her red jeans these days. You have to check it out, she is so cute! See it here. While we were together she bought some green jeans and then did another post about them. Check that one out here. Isn’t she the best?!

Our house is usually pretty quiet. So when #10’s word was Loud, I didn’t have any ideas. And then I made our newest obsession (as I stated earlier), frozen yogurt. I realized the ice cream maker is loud and it would work just right :) By the way, the homemade version of frozen yogurt doesn’t last long at our house. It is super good!

11. Someone I talked to today. This was easy because it was a church day. I talked to lots of people :) But I chose my friend Ashley for the photo because I just might have talked to her the most aside from Jason of course.

12. Fork. I thought this one was kind of boring and I sure didn’t do anything creative with it. So now you have had a peek into my silverware drawer. Speaking of flatware… I would love to have new set. Preferably this gold set from West Elm. Pure delight! Anyone else hankering for gold flatware?

Outfit post from Sunday. I forgot to actually post it on Sunday so I posted it on Monday instead. Stripe dress + navy blazer (from the little boys section at Goodwill!) + belt + boots.

12. A Sign. This sign was bought by some friends of mine for me right before I moved to Tennessee. I have it hung in the kitchen and it makes me smile to remember the day that it was given to me because we spent the day together. I love those girls!

13. Clouds. We had the most beautiful weather on Wednesday and at first there wasn’t a cloud in sight. I was kind of thinking I wouldn’t get my shot. But then some little clouds rolled in in the afternoon. I think clouds are beautiful!

Wednesday’s outfit. I figured I should probably take advantage of the weather and wear a dress. I love dresses. They are so comfortable. Unless you are wearing a belt with it. Then, in my opinion, it makes it a tad bit uncomfortable because I had it cinched at my waist. Hey, you do what you gotta do for style!

We were at a friend’s house and there was mud on this tree in the shape of a heart. I don’t know how it got there but I liked it :) It made me want one on a tree at my house. Not so permanent as etching but still cool. Maybe I could make some moss grow like that. Hmmm… something to think about!

15. Car. While my parents are in Brazil I have been driving their car around. It’s been fun. It’s even more fun now that I washed it because it shines. (See Mom, I’m taking good care of it!)

Clouds, cars, signs, belt cinching, frozen yogurt, forks, and friends! It’s been quite a week. What will next week turn up?

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Everyday Life: 03.03.12 – 03.08.12

It’s Friday! Yay! We’ve had a good week in the Dykast household and we’re ready for the weekend. How about you all?!

Here are a few photos from how my week went down…

Day Three of the March Instagram Photo A Day challenge was Your Neighborhood. You can’t actually see my home in this photo but I am standing next to it (on the left) and shooting down the road. Actually, I think I shot this through the car window :)

Jason baked the most amazing oatmeal bread last week. Wow, was it good. It didn’t last very long at our house :)

I’ve been doodling a bunch lately. This is one of the pages I was marking up.

Outfit for Sunday. I’ve had this vintage polka dot skirt in my closet for months and I finally shortened it to make it cute. Before it just looked frumpy and we don’t want that, do we?! So, because the sun was shining, I felt like dressing with spring in mind. It was a little cold but who cares?!

Um, yes. Got one of these in the mail last week. We jump for joy when these come in the mail. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a free drink from Starbucks. When you earn enough stars in their rewards program, you get a free drink. These cards are money. I enjoyed every last drop!

4. Bedside. It’s my little corner of the room. I have my little tray, alarm clock, coaster for my water glass, and lamp. Am I the only one that still uses an alarm clock instead of my phone? I like the big numbers so if I wake up in the middle of the night I know what time it is. Plus, I’ve had that little guy since I was in 6th grade. It’s my faithful little buddy. I can’t get rid of it now!

Wow, is that larger than life or what?! 5. Smile. It took me quite a few tries to get this one. It feels very weird taking a photo of myself smiling. It feels too fake. And with all of these close ups, I realized I look older than I use to. Sheesh! It’s no fun getting wrinkles. And it will only get worse :) Bring on the Retinol!!

6. 5:00 PM. Five o’clock means dinner time for us. And do you know that I had been craving burgers and fries for weeks? The weather cooperated and so Jason was finally able to grill us up some burgers. We love the burgers we make at home. We actually like them better than burgers from restaurants. And the baked fries turned out amazing. It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it.

I told you spring has sprung around here! We had a big storm last week with tornadoes and everything (we are fine by the way). I knew it was coming so I picked all of the flowers that had bloomed so they wouldn’t get ruined in the storm. They were so pretty, I’m glad I grabbed a shot because now they are dead. Hopefully, more will come up soon!

7. Something you wore. For this day, I decided to document what I wore all day long. Ready? Here goes… First, I put on my workout clothes. Black shorts and a sweatshirt. We did yoga on this day so I had my slippers on for the photo but they came off when we started our program.

Next, I changed into painting clothes and worked on the laundry room for a while. Sweatshirt designated for painting + cargo pants that I have literally had since I was a junior in high school (also designated for painting now) + slippers.

After I finished painting for the day, I took a shower and put on my pajamas. I knew I would be home for a while and it’s way more comfy to wear pj’s. Sweatshirt + sweats + slippers. My slippers seem to be a reoccurring theme around here. I love them :)

Then, in the evening, I got ready for church. Red pants + gray shirt + black cardigan + black boots. I had no idea at the start of this day that I would change my clothes 4 times!

8. Window. I took this photo looking through the window in our living room. Isn’t that white tree gorgeous? And the tree that’s the closest is just starting to bloom. It’s a weeping cherry and it’s my favorite. One it blooms, it covers the whole tree with little white blossoms. Then, after a bit, they all fall off and it looks like snow. One time, we left our garage door open without thinking and it look like it snowed in there! Now we are sure to keep it closed when the blossoms are falling :)

Remember last week I said we needed a new coffee table at church? Well, we got one. It’s great, isn’t it? I still need a few more things to finish the space but it’s coming along.

Now you know all about my week, what happened in yours? Any big plans for the weekend? I don’t have any. Which is just the way I like it!

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