Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Year in Review


Wow, what a year it’s been. There have been so many ups and downs this year and every one of my experiences has changed me as a person. This year reminds me that we’ve all been blessed in life and God is good.

Here are a few of my highlights:

MARCH
One of my best friends, Mandy, got married. I got down on the dance floor all night with the best of them, even though I was uber preggers. I had a blast!

 

JUNE
Little Joe was born
The happiest day in my life and an unexpected journey to follow that really made us treasure every day with him even more.

I also successfully ran my first Iowa High School Rodeo Queen Pageant. It went off without a hitch and my water never broke. Yeh!


JULY
Passed my CMP (Certified Meeting Planner)
This was an achievement in my book and thank goodness I passed because I never want to go through that test again!

SEPTEMBER
Brother-in-law got married
Finally! I’ve known Kristin about as long as I’ve known Jake. They’re perfect for each other. In addion, I had a good time at the party... in fact… too good. This was one of the first drinking capaids for this momma and to make a long story short, I had to take a siesta in the truck during the reception.

NOVEMBER
5 Year Anniversary & 50 Year Anniversary
Jake and I got married five years ago on my parent’s anniversary (no, we’re not a suck up, it was actually accidental!) Anyway, it all worked out and this year we both celebrated monumental years with a big party and family celebration. The highlights of this night included an open bar in which my brother-in-law Mike took full advantage of, my other brother-in-law Brad getting stuck in a folding chair and the decorating committee nearly burning down the church hall with 100 strands of Christmas lights in two outlets. 




DECEMBER
Vegas
We love going to Vegas in December for the National Finals Rodeo every year. This year was extra exciting because Jake won an autographed Luke Bryan Fender guitar! We ended up selling it at the famous Pawn Stars, which was extra cool. The bottom picture is a pair of boots I bought out there. I really have a problem and obsession with boots. I'm not even going to dare tell you what number this adds to my collection....


So many other great events happened this year that didn’t make the calendar above including an engagement in the family that will allow me to have another sister-in law, Jake getting his Masters Degree, a couple of trips to Washington, DC, a trip to Denver, Chicago, Omaha Zoo and most of all, another year with family and friends that I love.

Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sorry, No Camo Rings- But I've Got Something Even Better!

Happy Monday! Recently, I've been getting a lot of requests for camouflage wedding rings. Within the last month, I've literally gotten probably 15 phone calls or emails asking about them. I wish I was an actual jeweler and worked with precious metals because if I was, I'd have a few more diamonds on my hands. I believe people have found me because months ago, I wrote a blog about camo rings. I just thought they were pretty cool. So, I apologize to everyone looking my way for the rings. However, who needs a camo wedding ring? Get your pretty lady a KrazyCowgirl necklace!

 
The holidays are fast approaching, so do your Christmas shopping now! Take a look at this silver and turquoise bronc set.
The above pendant is magnetic, so you can wear it on another necklace or wear the above red, yellow and black necklace on it's own.

Although the colors did not come through as they should've, this turquoise red and black chip necklace is stunning with a little zebra. This cross pendant is also magnetic making a lot of functionality out of one piece.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cuff It Up

Do you get on Etsy much? I just bought a yellow bubble necklace on it a few weeks ago. I originally saw this necklace on a different website, but thought I'd check Etsy to see if I could get it cheaper, and I did!
 
Anyway, through a round-a-bout way, I found this neat designer's page on Etsy called, Rainwheel. They make some really cute cuffs. I love them!


I'm pretty cheap, so I'd love to find out how these are made and make them myself. If anyone would have ideas, I'd love to hear about them. They look drybrushed. I'm just curious on the type of paint used. You like?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cold Shenanigans

So, last week was interesting... it started with elephants. I wish I could have snapped a better picture on my phone, but there were two elephants outside my office. They were promoting the circus that was in town over lunch time. I would have gone outside for a closer picture but it was ridiculously cold out, so I settled for an indoor shot. You get the idea.

Then on Saturday, I judged a horse show and drove down to Albia to continue the artic freeze in a treestand. Unfortunately, I didn't have any luck. I only seen a couple of does and didn't have a shot at those.

Jake, my cameraman for the weekend (stud muffin, I know). 
 
While in the tree one morning, I did something I've never seen live before... bobcats! I seen a mom and three of her cubs. That was a cool experience. Jake made a video blog of his weekend and at 3:00 into the blog, you see the video of them. (You can fast forward his talking to that part.)
Then early this week, little Joe had a big milestone... he rolled over! Jake's been out of town for the majority of the week, so I'm glad he was able to see it before he left. Last night, I tried getting a picture of him so I could send to Jake and the little booger is so good and fast at rolling over now, I barely had time to take his picture when he was on his belly. He's such a cute little stink.

Hopefully in the next few weeks, I have some better stories about hunting- more successful stories:). Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Chaps

One of the most fun parts about my position as the Iowa High School Rodeo Queen Coordinator is that I get to make some designing decisions. I'm looking at getting some new trophy chaps made for the queen. These chaps need to hold up to mud, dust and years of wear. 

After talking to Carey Veach today with Veach's Custom Leather Goods out of Ankeny, he gave me some great ideas and things to think about. 

Something I have to keep in mind, although it would be fun to get real creative and do some fun colors, these are chaps that are passed down to numerous queens. So, we need something that's versatile and that will go with a lot of outfits. 

It is actually hard to find just chaps pictures online for ideas, but I did come across a few that I like parts of. 
I thought hide-on chaps would be flashy and hopefully, a little different. I've been told that they wear the same as smooth leather would (as long as you're careful); however, they do cost a little more. The maker has to purchase an entire cowhide and there is quite a bit of waste- hence the rise in cost. I also really like the stars on this one.

I copied this one above becuase of the simplicity of the design and the  fact that it would go with a lot of outfits. The queen always carrys the American flag, so any variation of red,white and blue will look great. 

The last two pairs (and only pairs) of high school chaps have been a white base with red and blue accents. That's why I'm thinking about trying something different.

  
Although the cut of these chaps are really weird, I was looking only at the writing and the leather work. A good piece of advice I was given about metallic leather though, is that does not wear well. Metallics rub off. So, if we could have metallic leather in some sections, that would be wiser.


I pasted this picture because of the blue leather. The more I look at it, the more I'm not a fan. What do you think?

So, I'm open to ideas. I can't get too crazy, because of the cost. However, if cost was not a factor- what would be your dream pair of chaps? Thanks for the help!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Big Party

November 24, 2012, is a big day for our family. That day will be my parent's 50th wedding anniversary as well as Jake and myself's 5th anniversary. That day is going to be a bash. My parents are planning on a party and us kids get to plan it or help plan it:). My mom got the location, food  and one of the bands (yes, there will be two bands) set up. Now us kids to help with the fun part.. the decorations! I'm all about this.

My sister Tammy has the burlap covered. I think we're going to twist them on the tables and just get crazy with it. I plan to make sure we have a lot of white lights to put up everywhere (including lots on the ceiling). For the tables, I want to do different things. My mom bought a bunch of red handkerchiefs. I think putting those on the tables flat would be good and then tying some on jars/vases, etc. would also be a nice variation.

I was also looking in Pinterest and found a couple of ideas. Here in the next couple of weeks when Jake, little Joe and I go down to Albia, I plan to gather lots of sticks and get wild.


I'm not saying I'm planning on any of the above. They're just creative starters.
I just bought some mason jars on Amazon too. Do you guys purchase things from Amazon often? I forget about that website sometimes. The jars were cheaper here than at Walmart and they had free shipping to my house. You can't beat that!

I'm always open to ideas, so if anybody has seen anything cool, western/rustic, let me know! I'll keep you posted on what we come up with!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Cows

I was just reading a ridiculous article about a settlement with an organic milk company who had false advertisements on their label. Apparently there were people in more than 30 states who felt defrauded because they purchased milk from Aurora Dairy and their labels depicted cows that were happily grazing on lush pasture and in some cases, a family farm scene. (OH NO!) In reality, the animals were living in large-scaled farm conditions and to organic consumers, this is offending...

Are you kidding me? There are so many reasons why I just want to donkey punch these people. The main thing that comes to mind is that, wow, people are still "sue happy". The other aspect is the radical people out there who are against farms. Granola munchers.. I'm sure you are soooo educated. Your type usually is. However, it's time you get a life, get some fresh air and talk with someone in the agriculture field. You obviously have no clue where your food comes from and don't have a bigger clue what would  happen if that all went away. 

Speaking of where your food comes from, take a look at this Cyclone Nice video. It's about how awesome Iowa State is. It's a hoot. If you haven't seen the original Iowa Nice video, it's even funnier. I have a special appreciation for it as these are the stereotypes I battle daily with trying to sell Des Moines. I attached them both for your viewing pleasure. Go Cyclones!



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Be Bold!

I judged an open horse show last weekend and I'm always excited to see what people are wearing and that show was no exception. I would say overall, I didn't see anything real crazy. The big collar and big cuffs are still quite "in" along with colorful choices. I guess that goes for everything these days. (Have you noticed the neon running shoes in stores? I love them!) For those that show a lot, I also noticed colorful chaps, which are fun.

One thing that I was dissapointed with is the men's shirt choices. I don't want to see a male in rhinestones; however, when the women are glammed up, I would expect to see guys in something more than a blah-looking plaid.

I started looking online for a couple of minutes at a couple of websites to point out what I find stunning.

This purple top is something that caught my eye on Hobby Horse's website. I'm a sucker for purple. I think the swirls on this top are striking. The problem with Hobby Horse apparel is that anyone could have your same shirt, since they're mass produced, and it's all about being unique and standing out.
This was a unique top I saw on www.hollieshotties.com. I think these colors and pattern are eye-catching.

If you're willing to spend some chang' you'll love the creations from www.showgirlsapparel.com. They make beautiful shirts and jackets. One top could set you back about $4,000, but they sure are pretty!

If you're looking for a new arena top and you can sew or you know someone who can sew, that would be a blessing! You'll save quite a bit of money too. Find out what looks best with your coloring, your hair color and your horse's color. Then, look for ideas online of patterns you are inspired from and go from there. Just remember, the idea is to stand out and for judges to take a second look at you. So be bold! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Old Market District- Thumbs Up

I'm a little behind with this blog, but I thought it was still necessary to share. A few weeks back, Joe and I visited Jake in Omaha, while he was working out there. Before spending a few days out there, I had a few thoughts about the town of Omaha. One of the biggest ones is that I thought it was all pretty ghetto. Well, I was proven wrong after staying in the Old Market District (http://www.oldmarket.com). I had never been in that area of town before and I was really impressed. I loved all of the neat old buildings. There was also a ton of fun restaurants down there.

There was also some cool shops down there; however, most weren't "stroller friendly" (notice the cement steps). So, I had to window shop:)

Below is a picture of what Jake was doing down there. They had Product Intro where they lauch all of their new products for the new year. This was an opening night dry run- a lot of smoke a lights. It actually made me excited for tractors. Who knew?!

I also tried this new recipe the other day that was a hit with Jake. It's a pizza dip and super easy!
Jake is hosting his brother's bachelor party on Saturday and the guys are coming over to our house to eat. So, this is on the menu.

Ingredients
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, grated
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded/grated
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 2 ounces pepperoni, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons green pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons black olives, sliced
Directions
  1. Mix the cream cheese, sour cream mayonnaise, mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano and spread it across the bottom of a pie plate.
  2. Spread the pizza sauce on top and sprinkle on the cheese, pepperoni, green pepper and olives.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the sides are bubbling and the cheese cheese has melted and turned golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

USA..USA!

How many of you watched the Olympics on TV? Since it was on all of the time and late at night, I watched my fair share. My favorite part was how well represented Des Moines, Iowa was. Between Lolo Jones and Gabby Douglas, Iowa shined! 

Although I think swimming is a bit borning unless it's a tight race... how about the US swimming team?! Where in the heck have they been all of my life? Minus Michael Phelps, the majority of them are pretty yummy. Heyyyy

Speaking of cute, if you haven't seen this video yet, check it out. It seems like everyone is doing spoofs and dancing to the Carly Rae Jepsen song, "Call Me Maybe". Here's a farm version that you'll enjoy.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Mini Me

I must first apologize for not writing in a long time. I'm now back!

On June 28th, Jake and I were blessed with an adorable little boy named Joe. He's our angel and was sent from heaven from my brother Joe.

Since he's been out of the NICU for a few weeks, it's been interesting to hear what people say to us about him. Since I see little Joe every day, it's hard to notice his changes and looks. All I know is that he's the cutest little boy ever!!

Since the day he was born, most people come to the agreement that Joe looks like his dad (at least for now:) and I couldn't be more proud because it's a compliment to my natural selection abilities- hot dad... cute kid. When we had our first ultrasound Jake and I were in chairs waiting. Both of us were very nervous, so to lighten the mood I said to Jake, "Do you think these ultrasounds can tell if a baby is black?" Jake at the time didn't mind my humor funny, but there's no doubt about it, little Joe is all his:).

However with just being with Joe for a short couple of weeks, I've noticed some distinguishable characteristics that show a little of his dad and a little bit of me...

1. Joe no doubt has his mom's fashion sense and looks dang good in a pair of sunglasses.
2. Joe does sleep like his dad- with his mouth wide open and a pond of drool to go along with it.:)
3. This kid already has a closet full of clothes (like his mom). Both Joe and I will both soon be taking over Jake's closet.
4. Like the both of us, little Joe likes to party, yet can be professional as well.

Although I don't tend on my blog becoming a "mommy blog", you can count on some Joe updates in the future. Make it a great day!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Camouflage

Camo is the word of the day today because it relates to a few different aspects of my life as of right now.
This video just fits in well:)

This weekend, we're planning on heading down to LJS for some fishing, fall deer scouting and to get my tan on. It's suppose to be around 90 on Sunday, so I'm actually kind of excited about that. I'm just not looking forward to the nasty ticks that seem to follow me everywhere! Yuck! Seriously, what purpose to those blood-sucking things have in this ecosystem?!

Then, Jake called me today about an opportunity he's working on for his blog. He's talked to a few different important people in the hunting world and it's exciting what might come end up developing. I'll keep you posted on that. By the way, if you don't follow his blog, check it out at www.bonesnbroadheads.com.

Then, it just so happens that I ran across this website today that I had to share with you. The website is called Camo Ring. At first I got a giggle out of the rings, but the more I looked at them, they're actually pretty cool. I know of quite a few people who might have bought these rings for their wedding day. You just don't see these at your local Roger's or Jared's...


So, if you dig these rings, you'll love this purse called "Big Buck Down" on www.KrazyCowgirl.com. The two would go great together:) Check it out!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Dresser Dilemma

The latest swear word at our home has been "dresser". It's been a discussion for some time now and I finally did something about it.

We've been in the market for a dresser for the baby's room. We did some scoping out and I decided that I refuse to spend a bunch of money on a nice dresser. So, after checking out Homemakers a couple of times, we scouted the Waukee area garage sales for some type of dresser. Not only did we not find any, we nearly got into a divorce deciding what to do. Jake's idea weeks ago was to take this old nasty dresser, which I completely forgot we had, and move that into the baby's room. Of course, I threw a fit because as you can see from the picture below (sorry for cutting it off), it's pretty ugly. The doors have never closed right, the color is weird (especially next to our new Espresso colored baby bed) and then what would Jake do with his undies? 

Right before Jake and I got married, his folks bought us a really nice bedroom set, but because I have a plethora of t-shirts and other essentials, Jake has to put his socks and unmentionables in this hidious monster which is stuck in our walk-in closet.

To make a long story short, I came to my senses and decided last week that this dresser would work, but only if I could not only paint this, but also paint this cheap bookshelf that is currently in the baby's room. For Jake's things... I would buy his plastic totes from Walmart.

 
Now the book shelf is it's own ordeal becuase it's yet another shade of brown and it's made out a laminant- virtually, it's cardboard. So ladies, you can see my delema. Not only do I have now two pieces of appaling furniture, I have three different colors of brown "wood" in that room.

So, I got on trusty ol' You Tube and figured something out. I found this page that was an easy how-to in making furniture look rustic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VXIj2yMnTk.  I thought it was worth a shot and by gosh, she worked!
I was actually so impressed how both pieces turned out that I'd love to do this with other things! It would be fun to paint two different colors and then sand off.  How pretty would like a bright turquoise with yellow or red underneath look? 

So all I did was buy some off-white spray paint, so I could match with that room's trim. After drying for about an hour, we took sandpaper and sanded away! We tried to be cognisant of where wear marks would be (handle area, ends, etc.). For the dresser, I then bought some new handles and whola! In the end, I also figured out that this dresser was not in as bad shape as I originally thought. Apparently we just didn't' have the drawers in correctly.

Once we get more of the room together, I'll show you a couple of other things that I've made, but right now, that room is a disaster, so I need to make it more "photo ready" before I post:).

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