Sunday, January 22, 2012

Fur, Bling and Chuckwagons- what more could a girl ask for?

This last week I was in Denver to make a presentation for work. While I was there, I made sure to take in the must-see's of Denver in January- the Denver Stock Show and plenty of of western stores.

I was actually a little disappointed in the selection at the Stock Show. I thought the clothes, jewelry, etc., booths would be as abundant as the NFR in Vegas, but it wasn't. Don't get me wrong, there were a lot of booths, but it seemed more like the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair. There were hot tubs, mattress vendors and roasted nut booths. I did come across a few things that I would have taken home if my name was Taylor Swift or some other famous person.

This is the picture I texted to Jake. I said ,"diaper bag?" He texted me back, "how much?". I then said, "only $375". He proceeded with "no". It would be a pretty sweet diaper bag, but I may have to sell our baby to buy it.
These bags below were also pretty cool, but they'd be so easy to make! I think I'm going to try them. They were just buck-stitched and the handles were beads. The pink one on the right had one panel that was a vintage record sleeve.

The next day, we traveled to Rockmount Ranchwear. It was located in downtown Denver and was the original store that dated back to the 70's. If you're not familiar with the name of this store/brand, you may be familiar with their shirts. A lot of celebrities have/are seen in their shirts. They are very retro.

They had a cute selection of little kids/baby shirts. How adorable would this one be on my future all around cowboy or cowgirl?
 I think my love of these shirts stem from my queen background, because I was in heaven. I ended up walking away with two shirts. The one below.
And the one below in yellow. How funky is the chuck wagon? Apparently the Autry Museum asked the store to remake this shirt that Porter Wagoner wore. I also go away with not paying even close to the retail price because I found my shirt in the backroom clearance rack because it had a tiny pen dot on it. I can't wait to be stylin' and profilin'!


I also had to share this picture with you.. as we were walking back to our car, I noticed this sign on the building. I had no idea that Colorado sold medical marijuana so openly. Good to know..

The other thing I learned, again, was not to buy clothes for my husband. Before we had to rush to the airport, we stopped at a Cinch outlet store. I could have spent hours there! I was trying to be a good person and wife and purchase two cute t-shirts for husband (and because I felt a little guilty about my other purchases). However, it backfired. These shirts I picked out were seriously hot! They looked like the stupid $75 t-shirts that are sold at the buckle and the same shirts that Jake has bought before. When I brought then home and he tried them on and immediately had a "what the heck were you thinking" look on his face. He said the collar was too big on both of them. I don't even know what that means...it's a t-shirt. Oh well, I didn't feel bad because I didn't spend much on those shirts, I found some awesome buys for myself and I now have Christmas presents for his brothers.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's Going to Be a Par-tey

I'm going to warn you now, I promise that I won't turn into a mommy blogger. No offense to those out there that are, but I know what it's like to sit around a table full of new mommy's who have, literally, nothing else to talk about their kids and I'm sitting there wanting to talk about normal things, but nobody knows how to communicate back. It's annoying and the world is huge. How about having a real, adult conversation sometimes? I know I say these things now, but I promise, I'll stick to my word as much as possible. Every blog will not be about my model-to-be baby (you all know my kid will be the cutest and smartest kid around- just warning ya:)).
My nephew Tyler and his wife are expecting their third child this summer, right before Jake and I. Tyler called me last week to tell me that the Chinese can predict the sexy of our babies and they're always right.  (Man, the Chinese always have a leg up on us..) Anyway, has anyone tried using a Chinese Gender Predictor? There's a lot of them online and according to Tyler, they're always right. The Chinese say I'm having a boy, so we'll see if they're right! Anyone want to take any bets?

Ahh.. don't these look scrumptious? Come July, you are all invited (unless you're a stalker) to a party. That's right, once baby Stien comes we're going to have a party to celebrate me being able to have a drink again...oh ya and the baby! Believe me, I'm not a lush, but now that I can't have a drink, I want one. Just a cold, Bud Light bottle sounds delish.

I went to a Scentsy part a few months ago and my friend made these awesome Beer Rita's (by the way, this same friend makes cakes and they're awesome!). That same week I went out and bought frozen lime-aide so I could make a batch. Then, a couple of weeks later, we found out I was pregnant, So, my lonely lime-aide now sits in my freezer looking me in the eye every time I open it.

So, since I love you, here's the recipe. However, when July strikes, I will be making a orange cooler full and I plan to drink half of it. Here you go!
  • 1 can of frozen limeade
  • Tequila
  • 3 cans of beer
  • Ice
1. Thaw limeade can and dump one can's contents in a large pitcher. 2. Refill the limeade container with tequila. Refill the limade container half way with water and dump. 3. Follow up with 3 (12 oz.) beers in the pitcher. 4. Top with a lot of ice. 5. Stir all the contents and serve immediately.  

Monday, January 9, 2012

Guilty Pleasures

I first should apologize to my loyal readers (all three of you :)) I have been a little pre-occupied with dealing with a new pregnancy and all of the "fun" that entails, a busy last few weeks at work and working on the Iowa High School Rodeo Queen Pageant.

So, it's time to unwind and discuss some of my latest guilty pleasures. Oh ya baby... Don't get too antsy (my parents on occasion reads this blog). These "likes" are something I'm not necessarily proud of, but I'm sure you can relate...

Let's start with The Bachelor. I've been a fan since the beginning. I mean, who can forget Trista and Ryan. It was magical, but the show has gotten so insanely desperate. Did anyone see the first night a couple of weeks ago with Ben? The girls were mental and you can tell that the show/producers really played up the crazy ones. I like reading Reality Steve's blog. He's a writer who always has the insight on popular reality shows before they air and always get the final results right. If you're a reality junkie like me, you'll dig his humor.

I can't go with talking about The Bachelor without reiterating how boring and ugly Ben is. I mean really ladies? Between his wild, half greasy hair and his yawning personality, I just don't get it. I told Jake that he should apply to go on The Bachelor and then unveil at the end when one woman is standing that he's married. Now that would make for some good TV! Is anyone else completely bored with this show now?
 Gosh, I can't help but watch though! It's just a train wreck that I can't look away from.

Next, sexy cowboy boots.

I've got a guilty pleasure of wanting more and more cowboy boots. If they weren't so darn expensive and if I could cover up this type of purchase easy, I would have even more pairs. You know what I mean, when you put on a new top and your husband asks, "Is that new?". No... are you kidding me? This old thing? (hee hee)
This pair above is pretty hot, wouldn't you say? I found it on NRS. If I wouldn't have just bought a pair of boots in Vegas, I'd consider adding these to my collection. I look good in turquoise.

Lastly, thanks to my friend Mandy, she's opened my horizons and will now make me gain even more baby weight due to my new obsession (guilty pleasure) of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip. Oh mylanta... It is so damn good. Below is the batch I made the other night and I'm literally licking the bowl as I write. 

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 8-oz block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup of mini chocolate chips
1. Melt butter, brown sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over medium head until sugar is disintegrated.
2. Set aside and let cool (if in a hurry, put in freezer for 10 minutes)
3. Cream together cream cheese and powdered sugar with a mixer. Mix butter mixture.
4. Add chocolate chips
5. Serve with teddy grahams or graham crackers.

Jake's latest saying to his mom, especially, as an excuse to eat out or eat something good is, "the baby wants it". When in all reality, he's the baby that wants it. I can't complain though, I love food and I love eating out, so I'm going to take advantage of this opportunity. Which brings me to why I don't feel guilty for eating a nearly entire batch of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip... the baby wants it. Period.

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