Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Look Back at 2012!

Wowza!  What a year it has been!  I've had a lot of great moments & some down moments.  Made a lot of great memories & had some life changing events.
For those of you who might be new this could be a good way to get to know me, quickly.  For those of you that have stuck around here for a while, let's go down memory lane shall we?

Let's look back at 2012...

January

Matt turned 30.  We celebrated with friends at Top Golf... most likely where we'll be again this year!

February

Matt & I celebrated 1,095 days together.  (For those of you who are like me & not so good at math that's 3 years together.)

March

We road tripped to Red River, NM for the 2nd year in a row for a Spring Break ski trip!
I successfully made it down some greens & some blues.  Judge away, only my second time to ever ski! :)

& celebrated St. Patty's Day like we weren't 25 & 30.
#we'regettingold  #can'trecoverlikeweusedto

April

We partied our arses off at Larry Joe Taylor music festival... again, forgetting our age.

May

We spent an entire weekend on motorcycles with friends.  Being on the back of a motorcycle is one of the most freeing feelings.

June

Drove to Port Aransas, TX for a family vacations & where Matt went ALL out & proposed!!! Engagement story here.
I still pinch myself from time to time to see if this is all really real!?  Yep, it is!!!

July

Celebrated 4th of July in Ft. Worth on the lake & late night fireworks.

August

I hit 100 followers & had my first giveaway to celebrate!
Thanks y'all for coming back so often & reading my babble!  Love y'all!

September

Labor Day Weekend I went wedding dress shopping with my aunts & a few bridesmaids.
After we celebrated finding my dress with lunch & lots of margs at Gloria's... it was such a FUN day!

Matt & I participated in our first Color Me Rad, Color Run
I will definitely be doing this again in 2013!

I made monogram pumpkins for the first time for Fall porch decorations.

As well as monogrammed coasters as a wedding gift for some friends!

October

We went to the State Fair of Texas for the 2nd year in a row.  It was so much fun & we definitely did it right!  Lots of fried food, carnival rides & the best kind of people watching!

We also got our engagement pictures back...

November

We traveled to Galveston, TX with a group of our friends for the Lone Star Bike Rally

I created a gallery wall with our engagement pictures in our living room



December

Decked the halls with Christmas decor, got a terrible virus & hosted our 2nd Ugly Christmas Sweater party!


& of course... wrapped up the end of the month celebrating Christmas with the best families ever! 

WOW!  Looking back, 2012 was such an awesome year & for so many reasons!  I can't imagine life getting better but, I know within the next few short months, it's going to be nothing short of AMAZING!

Thanks for all of the wonderful memories & blessings you brought my way 2012... 2013, here we come!!!

I hope everyone has a safe & Happy New Year!!!

XOXO,
      Shayna

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Merry Merry Christmas!

Hey y'all!  First of all, CHEERS it's Friday!!!

I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas!  We had a family filled weekend full of Christmas celebrations... & we're still not done.  Yep, you read that right.  We still have a couple more Christmas celebrations this coming weekend.

Here's our Christmas weekend in pictures...

Friday we drove to Graham to spend the weekend with Matthew's family until Monday.
My future SIL & I attempted to make a Gingerbread House but, instead we let the boys each decorate a side panel.
Whatever works right?

No after picture but, let's just say they were... creative.  :)

Uncle & Nephew... both ready to open gifts.
Both nephews very eager to open gifts.
1 very sleepy puppy.  He played hard all day.

Yancey family bonding... skeet shooting!



So much fun & such a great stress reliever!

Onto Azle to spend the night at my Dad's & open gifts there Christmas morning
Standard pics with gifts... just like when we were kids!

After leaving my Dad's house we stopped by my best friend & her boyfriend's house because SHE GOT ENGAGED Christmas morning!!!  I cannot express just how happy & excited I am for the two of them!  She's going to make a beautiful bride & I'm so excited to help her in the planning process!
2 Best Friends... 2 diamond rings!  It's already so much fun with BOTH of us being engaged at the same time!

Christmas afternoon Matt & I exchanged gifts & relaxed on the couch.

Oh & we even got to enjoy a WHITE CHRISTMAS!!!
I swear last week it was in the 70's... this week it's been in the 20's.  If anyone likes weather variety, move to Texas!
We've got ya covered!  :)

Have you had any success putting together gingerbread houses?

What all did you do to celebrate Christmas?

I'm looking forward to another great weekend filled with lots of Christmas cheer!

Hope y'all have a good one!

XOXO,
      Shayna

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

{Last Minute} DiY Christmas Gift Ideas

Hey y'all! So, we've got 5 shopping days left to make sure we've bought for everyone on our Christmas list!
Have you shopped 'til you dropped yet??

I meant to have this together for y'all last Friday but, an office Ornament Exchange, a tummy full of Mexican food & a margarita later, I was ready for bed as soon as I got home!

Whoopsie!

When giving any gift I always like to put together sets of things.  Rather than giving one large gift, I like to give several small gifts.  I guess it just feels like there's more & who doesn't love opening up more & more gifts!?  #guitlyascharged

So, I've put together some of my favorite (DiY) gift ideas that are quick, simple & budget friendly!

1.  Mani/Pedi Set
Cute manicure set. Christmas idea!!!!

This sort of gift is great for any lady in your life!  Simply snag a mini nail polish remover, mini set of nail clippers, nail files & a handful of cotton balls... OH & of course one or two of your favorite nail polishes.  Done & done & now your friend has a ready to go mani/pedi set!

2.  Kitchen Essentials
Housewarming gift

Know someone who just moved into a new home or just getting out on their own from the nest?  What better way to set them up than with a few kitchen essentials!?
All you need is an oven mitten, drying towel, spatula, mixer & a couple mixing spoons... wrap a cute ribbon around it & voila!  Now they can have you over for dinner soon!  :)

3.  Movie Night @ Home
Teenagers gift basket with a movie pass. This site has many gift basket ideas!

This is a great idea for those that enjoy movie nights... especially at home.  Put together some of their favorite chocolates, Skittles or Starbust with a few cold beers.... or Coca-Cola's & a couple of DVD's (Wal-Mart always has a $5 bin full of oldies & newbies) & you've just set up the perfect date night for the ones you love!

4.  Sweet Treats
Personalized jars for baked goodies!  Perfect gift for teachers, co-workers, neighbors or secret santa.

I remember growing up arriving at my Great-Grandma's house we would barely be out of the car & she would be greeting us from the front door & letting us all know that she's "got a pot of beans on the stove".  Why a pot of beans?  I don't know.  But I do know that was her way of showing her love.  I too like to show my love for others by cooking & baking for them.
So, go grab a few of the cute boxes or tins from Hobby Lobby (all Christmas items are 50% off) & stuff them full of your favorite holiday treats.  Pass these out to co-workers, neighbors, church clergy... whoever you would like to pass along a little sweet Christmas cheer to!

5.  Hot Chocolate
DIY Christmas gift: hot chocolate. This is one of my favorite gifts to give to co-workers. I make a batch of hot cocoa mix, throw in some candies, chocolate pieces and marshmallows and tie it up pretty with a chocolate covered spoon. It is always a hit.

This sort of goes along with #3 & #4 but, I always love getting these gift sets.  You could put a fun arrangement together like the one above & add a set of coffee mugs to make it a complete package.
If you haven't seen these around the Pinter-web already, allow me to introduce you...
awesome DIY mug!

Can you imagine??  What a great gift & you can make it as personal as you want!

I hope these ideas helped some of you that might still have some shopping left to do & are trying to think of something fun & different!
I haven't finished shopping yet (eek!) & I can't believe it!  I only have a few more things to get & then I'm done - Thank tha Lord!

Are you a last minute shopper or a shop-for-months-ahead shopper?

Do you prefer giving store bought or DiY type gifts?

Have a great day y'all!

XOXO,
      Shayna

Monday, December 17, 2012

Spreading Christmas Cheer

What a weekend.

Friday morning began like no other - In the most awful way possible.
I'm sure you've all heard & read by now about the Newtown, CT shooting.

My thoughts & prayers have been with the victim's families throughout the weekend & will continue to be.

After experiencing so much loss & death lately, it was slightly difficult to pull myself out of a slump & over-all funk.  I already had plans Friday night to go shopping for an angel a few of my girlfriends & I adopted.  It was good & therapeutic - just what I needed.

Saturday was another day of giving for Matt & I.
For the second year we participated in The Big Texas Toy Run.

We were excited to have a few of our friends join this year!

I cannot convey how many motorcycles came together for such a great cause



But, I know there were enough toys donated on Saturday to fill an entire 18-wheeler
& another large box truck!

Matt decorated the bike a little, & everyone lined up along the highway & over-passes (there were a TON of people) loved it!

It was nice to spread some Christmas cheer over the weekend & get back in the spirit of the season!  I feel so blessed that Matt & I are in a position that we are able to lend a helping hand & give back during the Christmas season.

Tomorrow I'll be participating in a Blogger's Day of Silence for the victim's of Sandy Hook Elementary.

Visit Neely's, Michelle's, or Meg's blogs for more information.


Happy Monday y'all!

Here's to a great week!!!

Only 8 more days until Christmas... Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet??

I'm almost done!  :)

XOXO,
      Shayna

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Saw It. Pinned It. Did It.

Hey kids!  What's crack 'a lackin!?

This whole Saw It. Pinned It. Did It. link-up that Stephanie & Katie have come up with is just pure genius.  Just genius I tell you!

So genius that this link-up has given me MORE ideas that I've since completed & I wanted to share with y'all!


Burlap Signs
The first one I want to share is one that Julie did.  I've done burlap signs before, see our engagement pictures & have made other ones for our wedding (you'll see those after May 4th) but, not one for a baby.  Although the two signs are vastly different, hers still gave me inspiration.

Tips:
1 - I bought the triangles (pre-cut) at Hobby Lobby
2 - I used a flat, round sponge brush
3 - I painted them on newspaper so when the paint dried it wasn't completely see-through on the letters & hearts... gave it a sort of solid look.
4 - I used mini clothes pins to hang the letters on Jute

Chalkboard Chargers
I've seen different chalkboards around the Pinter-web with tons of ideas but, when Stephanie showed us how EASY it was to make these, I knew I had to make my own!!!


& Here's how mine turned out
Sitting on the entry table as guest joined us for the baby shower

And another with baby shower activity instructions!  This one I left for mommy-to-be to use in baby girl's room or wherever she liked!

Here's how I'm using it now...
In our entryway as you walk in to our casa!

Tip
Adhere to the temperature suggestions on the can of spray paint.  If it's cold, that shits running everywhere!
Also, be careful & watchful of any bugs that might fly into your wet paint.  They aren't so pretty once they're DRIED to the charger!  (Don't worry, it wasn't on the one that I left my friend)  :)

Burlap Balls Ornaments

Yet another genius pin that Ms. Stephanie recreated...

Y'all might of seen mine in my Christmas decor buuuuut... here's a few tips for you.
A glass bottle of wine, beer, vodka - your choice - is required for this project.

1 - Be prepared to go through a lot & I mean A LOT of glue sticks.
2 - It might even be handy to have a back-up hot glue gun... I wouldn't know from experience or anything.
3 - Set aside quite a bit of time for this project.  I'm not gonna lie... it takes a while to complete.  I did 10 of the 12 ornaments that came in the box.
4 - You don't have to glue each burlap piece right next to the previous one.  Spread them out a little & it won't take as much time.  You can always go back & fill in any missed spots.  No biggie.

I do have to say that despite how time consuming this project was, it was definitely worth it!
You might even see some of these at my wedding!

What projects have you been inspired to do since the link-up started?

Are y'all LOVING this link-up as much as I am???

If so, go link-up!

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see some of my favorite DiY Christmas gifts!

XOXO,
      Shayna

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