So long May, welcome June. Blogiversary Planning.

I really can not believe how fast this month as flown. And even more unbelievable still is the fact that we are only a few weeks away from being half way through the year. 2013, the year no-one thought would come. Hah! 

So what is happening in June? We firstly, my little blog is turning one & I am still seeking bloggers to sign up for my Blogiversary giveaway. Thank you to all those who have already signed up. I am so excited to get things started! If you are interested in taking part in the celebration, send me an email at sweetiememoirs{at}gmail{dot}com, or click, here. I will be taking sign ups until June 10th, that way I have enough time to put it together before the end of June. :)

I also have a few recipes, reviews, & giveaways in store this month that should be really fun. And hopefully more will develop as we go further into the month. 

On another note, I have been contemplating starting a graphics 'shop' as a side to my blog here at Sunshine&Rain. But I really would only want to do it if there is a crowd for it. You all have seen my work, the layouts I have had here on my blog... what do you think? Is there a space in the world for this bloggers designs? If anyone is interested in having their blog made over, free, so I can build up a portfolio... just let me know. :)

I hope you all are enjoying your Friday & that it's a great start to your weekend! Mr. B heads back to work tomorrow. So you can guess what kind of mood he is in. lol.

Time to update that little list again!

Yes, that's right. It is time to cross a few more things off of the Spring to do list I made a couple months ago. :)

I have now crossed off organizing my closet. A big ol' check mark belongs on that one. I spent an entire day sorting through, washing, & putting away clothing. I have three bags of clothing to donate, thought I am not really sure where to donate to. I guess I will need to look into that one.

I also washed the car, inside & out. You really have no idea how big of a project that is. Odin, is a Saint Bernard Border Collie Mix & he sheds BIG TIME. And it's not easy to clean. After fighting with my vacuum cleaner, I ended up using his de-shedding brush to pull up all the hair in the backseat. Boy, what a challenge that was. Krys - 1. Dog Hair - 0.

Speaking of Odin. He has now gotten a bath. That was way fun. We do not have a bathtub, only a standup shower. So imagine if you will a 75lb dog being pushed into a standup shower for a 'bath'. Honestly it sounds a lot worse than it really ended up. He sat in the shower & didn't leave until I told him he could. Odin really is an amazingly good dog, in-spite of his size. lol.

And if you read yesterday's post, you will see that Mr. B & I took another road trip up to the Appalachian trail. Marking yet another thing off of my list. Hooray! 10/14 accomplished. Not to shabby. I think I have done better than I expected.

1.) Prepare the garden for spring planting. 
2.) Take a trip to Glick's Greenhouse & Lowes for plants & gardening supplies. 

3.) Plant tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, & a few other plants (edible & non-edible). 
4.) Deep spring clean the house (dust, vacuum, mop, steam clean, the works). 
5.) Organize closets & sort through clothing for donation. 
6.) Buy spring flats. I currently have zero. 
7.) Spend more time outside with Odin. 
8.) Get my hair cut. 
9.) Go out fishing with Mr. B. 
10.) Paint the kitchen. 
11.) Wash the car (inside & out). 
12.) Give Odin a bath. 
13.) Participate in another Cara Box Exchange. 
14.) Road trip back to the Appalachian mountains or the Susquehanna River.

Not so 'wordless' Wednesday.

Mr. B is on vacation this week. I'm so happy to have him home. Well, I can't really say he has been home. Monday we took a road trip back up to the Appalachian Trail. Yes! Another thing to cross of my Spring To-Do list. We made a day out of it & made sure to stop into our new favorite sub shop when were were over there. Fox's Pizza Den in Dauphin is amazing! Try the roast beef sandwich, you'll love it, I promise! 

The past few mornings/afternoon's Mr. B has gone off fishing. I miss him while he is gone & I get a little lonely here at home, but as long as he is having a good time & comes home in a decent mood. I don't mind. It rained all day yesterday, so he was acting like a biatch wasn't in the greatest of moods. Hopefully when he gets home this evening the hair will have fallen out of his bum, where it seemed to be lodged yesterday. ;)

I had planned on doing a Garden Update soon. But a bird (a Starling), has decided to terrorize my poor plants. The leaves were torn off of a few of my bell pepper plants, along with all of my zucchini plants. We picked up bird netting yesterday, so that will my next project. Plus, I will have to replant what the birds destroyed. I was very upset when I discovered the remains of what used to be my garden last week. Stupid bird.

At least the weather is nice today... I hope the weather is nice in your neck of the woods & that you are able to enjoy it! :)

The Snoozer & Separate Beds.

Why is it, the person who snores is always the first to fall asleep? Mr. B is a snorer. Just as soon as we are snuggled up & I am about to drift off to sleep... Mr. B starts to snore. And, it's not just a cute little snore. It's loud, it's gross, & I am pretty sure it is ripping through space & time.

What makes matters worse, is Mr. B is also a cuddler. Now, I'm not saying that I don't like to cuddle. I love to cuddle when the time is right. Watching a movie on the couch or while talking in bed. But when it comes time to actually sleep, I need my space. Quiet space.

Mr. B, being the talented man that he is also laughs, jumps, kicks, talks & grabs in his sleep. Boy, I am a lucky lady! Kidding. I seriously think when it comes time to replace our bed, we will have to buy two singles. Let's rewind back to the 50's, I think they had it right! 


With our different sleep habits, I honestly wouldn't mind having my own bed. We have separate covers anyway. Mr. B likes to sleep fully covered with the sheets & comforter tucked neatly underneath. While, I on the other hand, hate when the sheets are tucked in & I always sleep with one leg outside of the covers. He prefers the restriction & I prefer freedom. 

I know there are many opinions on whether couples should sleep in the same bed or apart. Like many things, I actually find it silly that so many people have heated arguments about this. In the end, I find it is for the couple to decide.  

That being said, does your partner snore or contribute to a bad nights sleep in some way? Do you share a bed or have you entertained the thought of separate beds?

Blog A Day, May {21}

Alright, we already know that I bit the big one on this Blog Every day May thing. But that's okay, it's not going to stop me from doing today's topic. Today's topic is:

Day 21, Tuesday: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives.

  1. More days like these. 
  2. Borrowed Questions.
  3. Look who turned two today!
  4. Do you know where your child is?
  5. One Small Step - A Creative Writing Prompt.
Have you been following the Blog Every day in May? I don't think I would ever be able to blog every day, unless I scheduled every single one & quite frankly, where is the fun in that? ;)

Humidity, PMS, & a very SLOW internet connection.

These are a few of my excuses for totally ignoring you guys for the past few days. Comcast, my cable company, blows... majorly. It has been making my computer run slower than if it were to be on dial up, worse even. It takes me five minutes to load a page & then once I decide to change to another page, it locks up. Now this would normally be fine, I would breathe, give it a few minutes & try again. But lately, even the sound of Mr. B's spoon clinking on the side of his cereal bowl makes me want to crawl out of my skin. Clink, Clink, Clink. Gah! 

As you can see, I may or may not be the best of company right now, eh?

Another great excuse for avoiding le blog lately... Candy Crush. How hard can a Facebook game possibly get? I have been stuck on the dang Jelly Level 65 for over a month now! But not anymore. This morning while Mr. B & I were watching Top Gear, I showed that level who was boss. I even did a little victory dance while screaming "I freaking did it!". Of course, I am now stuck on level 67. 


Anywho, I have a few things in store for this little blog of mine in June. My blog is turning ONE! To celebrate my Blogiversary, I am looking for a few bloggers to team up with for a giveaway. If anyone is interested in taking part in the group giveaway, let me know! I'd love to have you! 

Now, thank you all for waiting so patiently to find out the winner of the Golden Island Jerky Giveaway! I will not keep you waiting... 

Congratulations Angie B., you won the Golden Island Jerky goody box! Please check you email & reply with your information so Golden Island Jerky can send it right on out to you.

Thank you all for entering & thank you for bearing with me, as Candy Crush slowly takes over my life. Haha.

Blue Nile {Review+Announcement}

Seriously, how cute is this little gift box?

I recently received a surprise from Blue Nile, & I am ecstatic to have the chance to review a beautiful pair of earrings from their more affordable collections. Specifically these beautiful Leaf Chandelier Earrings.

I absolutely love these earrings. They are amazingly light & comfortable to wear. Which is just the opposite of most dangling earrings. I don't wear jewelry too often aside from my engagement ring & the occasional pair of simple studs, but I can easily see these becoming a favorite & an everyday wear.

The earrings are classy yet simple, I feel you can wear them with anything. The design is beautiful, seven sparkling sterling silver leaves cascading down. They are about two inches in length. Which makes them perfect in my opinion. They make a statement without overtaking the side of your face.

Now, Announcement time! Not only did Blue Nile send me a pair to review, but they sent me a pair for you too! That's right! One lucky Sunshine&Rain reader will win a pair of these beautiful Leaf Chandelier Earrings! You will have to keep an eye out for that Giveaway soon! ;)

Want your own pair? Don't want to wait or leave it up to chance? You can buy them straight from Blue Nile by clicking here!

*Disclaimer: The awesome people at Blue Nile &/or Blue Nile's PR Team sent me a pair of earrings to review (& a pair to giveaway) for my expressed interest in their company. I was in no way paid for my opinions. As always, the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and were in no way influenced by the company providing the product.

Blog a Day, May {12}

Moving right along to today's blog every day prompt. Woo, two in a row! ;)
Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life...)   
This one really hit home for me. As my heart lives in two places simultaneously. 

My family lives back in Southern California, where I was born & raised. Obviously, that makes dinner plans a little difficult. I don't get to see them too often, as airfare is so expensive & we have yet to hit that huge jackpot in the lotto. I have not seen them in over nine months & it's hard because I know that there are no plans in place for me to visit anytime soon. 

I do have to be glad for Facebook as I am able to share my life with them easier. Plus, my Aunt gave birth to my first cousin ever, while I was out there in August, & it allows me to see pictures of him as he starts growing. It's quite bittersweet, as I am happy to "see" them & keep up with their lives, but I am saddened by the fact that I am not really a part of it. Holidays are the worst & if it weren't for Mr. B, I would probably lose my mind. Luckily we live in a time where we have texting, cell phones, Facebook, webcams, & a million other ways to communicate across those 2,716 miles. Which make it easier, but they don't take the place of actually being there.

Other than my Grandmother's visit a couple years ago, I have yet to have Mr. B & my family in the same state, let alone the same room. Which is why I am super excited about our wedding next year as I will finally have them together & not feel like I need to split into two people to feel whole.

Mr. B & I have spoken about moving to the west coast, but as of now we just can't afford it. I mean, who really can in this economy? So we will do our best to find that winning ticket in the mean time. 

I miss them when I am here at home, & I miss Mr. B when I am home in California... tell me, does that ever really get better? Anyone else have long distance family? How do you cope or bridge the multiple mile gap?

Blog a Day, May. {11}

Time for another Blog Every Day prompt, I believe. Skipping right on over to today's entire... 
It's pretty short, but fun none the less. :)

Day 11, Saturday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less.

Ten words isn't a whole lot. I'm going to assume this means ten whole words & that "&" doesn't count. ;)

Selfless, heartfelt, & sincere. Loyal, trusting, & uber-sensitive. Healing, thriving, & finding happiness.

More days like these...

Yesterday Mr. B & I went to Kaercher Creek Park. He wanted to test out a new fishing lure combination out on the dock. It was a bit chilly as we had quite a nice sized rain storm blow through the day before. But I still enjoyed the short time we were out. Due to all that rain, the flowers blossomed over night & the grass awoke from it's winter slumber creating amazing color throughout the park. I'm completely looking forward to a spring & summer filled with days like these.

Yes, more days like these please...

Feeling pretty with Fresh Produce {Review}

Now, I'm not a fashion blogger... no where near one. But when I had the opportunity to review an adorable aqua maxi dress from Fresh Produce, I thought I would give it a shot! I love that they have clothing for every woman, including the ones with more to love, just like me. I mean just check out their selection of Plus Sized clothing.

I decided on the Mystic Maxi Dress in Aquamarine & I was very excited for it to arrive. Once it made it's way to my front door, I quickly ripped open the packaging to reveal the most adorable dress I have ever seen. The color is absolutely fantastic. It's bright, cheerful, & perfect for spring & summer.

The fabric is thick & not flimsy like a lot of dresses I have tried on in the past. The straps are very bra friendly, which is awesome!  And, as if the color, fabric, & friendly straps weren't enough... The dress is pretty dang comfortable. I told Mr. B that I would love to own one in every color, simply because it was such a breeze to wear.

I do believe that you can dress this up or down, depending on your shoes & accessories. However, I did find it a tad short to be a true "Maxi" dress. It didn't really bother me much, but I thought I would make a note of it. It still looks adorable & I think it even looks great paired with a denim jacket.

One thing I found neat about Fresh Produce, was how they explained their clothing on the tag attached to the dress. 
"Unique (like you). Just like you, this Fresh Produce garment is unique. We use a special dye process to create the trademark colors and lived-in comfort that make each garment special. Color variations and fading are natural to the process and add to the character of each piece. Perfectly unique - just like you." 
Now doesn't that just make you feel all warm & fuzzy? :)

I would like to thank Mr. B for taking me out & being my photographer for the day. I am used to being behind the camera not in front of it. Awkward. And, I would also like to thank Kate at Fresh Produce for the opportunity to be a "fashion" blogger for a day.

Have you heard of Fresh Produce? If so, do you own any of their products? What are your thoughts?

*The awesome people over at Fresh Produce gifted me this product to review for my expressed interest in their work. I was in no way paid for my opinions. As always, the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and were in no way influenced by the company providing the product.

Spring To-Do List Update!

So it's time to update that list I made about a month ago. That's right, my first ever Spring To-Do List. I honestly have done better than I thought I would have. I've managed to cross off six! Well in reality it is five & a half because although I did 'spring clean' the house, I did not break out the steam cleaner. Oh well. I'm not going to feel bad about it. Moving on... I think Odin will be getting a bath sometime this week if the weather stays nice.

1.) Prepare the garden for spring planting. 
2.) Take a trip to Glick's Greenhouse & Lowes for plants & gardening supplies. 
3.) Plant tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, & a few other plants (edible & non-edible). 
4.) Deep spring clean the house (dust, vacuum, mop, steam clean, the works). 
5.) Organize closets & sort through clothing for donation. 
6.) Buy spring flats. I currently have zero. 
7.) Spend more time outside with Odin. 
8.) Get my hair cut. 
9.) Go out fishing with Mr. B. 
10.) Paint the kitchen. 
11.) Wash the car (inside & out). 
12.) Give Odin a bath. 
13.) Participate in another Cara Box Exchange. 
14.) Road trip back to the Appalachian mountains & the Susquehanna River.

So did you make a to-do list? If so, how are you doing with it? I'd like to think I've done pretty well so far. :)

From Firsts to Lasts {Tuesday Link-Up}

First Things First

Today I am linking up with Halie & Hallie for the From Firsts to Lasts Tuesday Link up. This link-up is hosted every Tuesday & there are two topics to discuss each week. The first few Tuesday's of the month will be centered around your "firsts" & the last Tuesday of the month will be focusing on your "lasts".

This weeks topics are:
  1. The first store you head to at the mall.
  2. The first aisle you hit up at the grocery store.

1. I quite honestly despise the mall. Le Gasp! I know, blasphemy right? There are two things that stop me from being a "mall" person, a.) I'm not quite what you would call a girly girl & b.) The main reason why mall shopping is a rarity... I'm poor. lol. That being said, there are usually only three stores I go into a mall for. Mastercuts, not really a store but it counts, I actually drive a good twenty minutes to the mall to go to a specific Mastercuts because I like the people there & they do a great job cutting my hair. I also go to Kay Jewelers to get my engagement ring inspected & cleaned, since that is where we bought it. It also happens to be in the same mall as my Mastercuts. And last but not least, Payless Shoes. Since I have such big feet, I have to order my shoes online & I, again being poor, take advantage of their site to store free shipping. So these would be the only, quite rare occasions you might find me in a mall.

2. First aisle in the grocery store. Well that would really depend on what I need at the time. Usually if I only need a couple items, I head to the aisle with the closest item. However, if I am doing a full shopping like I do at Costco, I start at one end & go through nearly the entire store. I believe the first actual aisle I enter at Costco is the cereal aisle. Can't beat bulk cereal. :)

So, that's it for this Tuesday... until next time!

Happily Gardening...

Five 'Reward Hybrid' Zucchini Plants.

This week I was finally able to start my spring planting. I spent an entire morning weeding & then planting the many varieties of tomato & pepper plants that I purchased from Glick's Greenhouse. That's right, I went to Glick's which means I can cross something off of that Spring To-Do List I created.

This year we extended the garden, nearly doubling the entire thing. Of course the extended part of the garden went to growing one thing & one thing only, Zucchini! Oh-Em-Gee, last years Zucchini was absolutely amazing on the grill. The only problem, we only had one plant, so the squash was being eaten faster than the poor plant could produce. However, we should not have a problem this year as I planted five, yes five Zucchini plants all in a row. Isn't it beautiful? ;)

This year will be the biggest year yet for our little city garden, as I went a little crazy on buying. We decided to buy local this year, all plants were purchased from Glick's Greenhouse in Oley, instead of the Lowe's down the street where I usually purchase our plants. And because we shopped local, we paid local prices which meant I could buy more than I could before.

We spent just a tick under $20 for all the plants in my garden today. And I actually felt good about where my plants came from. So you might be wondering, what the heck can you possibly buy for a twenty? Well I will tell you!

Five Pepper varieties, 'California Wonder Pepper', 'Giant Marconi Pepper', 'Orange Sun Bell Pepper', 'Garden Salsa Hot Pepper' & 'Jalapeno Hot Pepper'. Three Tomato varieties, 'Delicious Tomato', 'Sweet 100 Cherry Tomato', & 'Yellow Pear Tomato'. Five 'Reward Hybrid' Zucchini, Four Cilantro, & Twelve Marigolds. I also planted 'Cherry Bell' Radishes & 'Short n' Sweet' Carrots from seed.

I can't wait for everything to start growing & producing! There really is nothing better than fresh picked veggies. Yummo! Anywhere, here are a few pictures from my garden. I told you it was small! :)

Marigolds & Peppers.

Marigolds & Rose Leaves.

My Hydrangea.
Tomatoes & Marigolds.
Beautiful Garden stone from Adirondack Stone Works, Marigolds & Daylilly.
Speaking of Tomatoes... what you might not know about me, I burn, easily... Pale to lobster in under five minutes. I spent a good four hours out in the garden, no sunblock, *self facepalm*. Needless to say, Ouch!

But at least my hair looks fabulous. ;) I just got it cut.
So I will most likely be blogging more about my little garden as it grows. I'm so excited!

Do you have a garden? Do you grow edible & ornamental? 

Blog a Day, May. {4}

So, I've stumbled across yet another blog challenge. This one is to Blog Every Day in May. Well I'm a few days late & I am sure I won't be able to do one everyday but, I can certainly try to blog almost everyday in May. Be it a prompt from this list, a link-up, a review or an life update. I would like to try to make May a fairly active month for Sunshine&Rain, without it becoming boring or a chore. Instead of forcing myself to blog everyday, I will simply use the 'Blog every day in May' post as inspiration, as a guide more than an itinerary.

So today is the fourth, & I believe we shall start there...

Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it.

My favorite quote wasn't spoken by a famous actor, an award winning novelist, a celebrity chef, or a Greek philosopher.

My favorite quote was said by...

That's right. Mr. B.

And the quote...

Do I need to even explain why I love this quote? It was completely spontaneous & out of nowhere. It's funny how romantic Mr. B can be when he really isn't even trying. He simply said what he was thinking at that very moment & I nearly burst into tears as it is still to date the sweetest thing I have ever heard. ♥

Adirondack Stone Works {Review}

This week I had the pleasure of reviewing a true work of art from Adirondack Stone Works. As most of you may know, Mr. B & I lost our old boy Loki last October. He was nearly eleven years old & he was Mr. B's best friend. It was very hard on our household & Mr. B still struggles every day going through the motions of life without his buddy by his side. When I stumbled upon the opportunity to review a memorial stone, I jumped at the chance. I felt it was a perfect way to solidify our remembrance of such a truly amazing part of our family.
Loki, Christmas 2011.
They have many sizes to choose from & after much consideration I went with the Pet Memorial Garden Stone. All of their stones are made from natural Pennsylvania Bluestone. On the larger stones, like the pet memorial garden stone, you may have up to three lines of text. You also can choose from five different fonts & add paw prints, both cat & dog prints are available. I only needed two lines of text. I went with Loki's name, in OzHandicraft, the years we were blessed with his presence & paw prints on both sides.

Shipping was lightning fast. I put in my order on a Tuesday & I received it via USPS three days later. Honestly, I was a little worried with it coming through the regular postal service. But I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived in once piece, wrapped safely & secure inside the box.

It looks absolutely amazing & I am so happy to be able to walk through my garden & see it among the flowers. If you are looking for beautiful memorial stones, I would definitely look into Adirondack Stone Works. They do a wonderful job & they are friendly to work with.

*The awesome people over at Adirondack Stone Works gifted me this product to review for my expressed interest in their work. I was in no way paid for my opinions. As always, the opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and were in no way influenced by the company providing the product.
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