Tuesday, January 31, 2012


So, I've been seeing everyone who has participated in the January Photo a Day Challenege and was a bit bummed that I didn't take part in it, or know about it, rather, until it was a little too late. But, what do you know, there's a February challenege!! I'm not missing this one! So here it is...
I'll be posting the photos via instagram on my personal twitter (@sheacrystal). And possibly on my Not So Cli-Shéa twitter (@notsoclishea) as well. I'm really excited to take part in this. There are SO many people participating! I can't wait to see everyones photos! (If you're participating too let me know! :) )
(and be sure to check out Fat Mum Slim's post about it, I'm even linked!)

On a side note, I have a new diet beginning the 1st of February as well. February is as good a month as any to get my summer body ready right?? Haha. (Especially with Stagecoach in April!) I'm going to be eating a lot better and actually working out. I'll give more details later but this is going to be a part of the routine:
Well... Here's to February! :)


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Deal of the Day!

I am SO excited about something that I just HAVE to share.
So, my friend Danica and I enjoy all of the designer-things-for-less blogs like Copycat Chic.
Well, welcome to my first designer-thing-for-less post!

Anyways, I have been drooling over this bookshelf for my living room for quite some time:
I found it while thumbing through a Home Decorators catalog.

Recently when Danica got married and moved out, she took some of the living room furniture with her, so, I had to do some shopping to replace a few things and got a new tv stand and coffee table that happen to match this bookshelf perfectly with the x's on the sides. I wanted to get two of these bookshelves for either side of my TV stand to house all of my DVDs (I have quite a large collection that currently resides on the floor by the TV awaiting a new home). Unfortunatly money is kind of tight and these bookshelves run $279 PLUS $40 shipping... PLUS tax! We're looking at about $350 a PIECE.
Like most struggling twenty-somethings I definitely don't have an extra 700 bones lying around.

And then today, I was perusing target.com, like I often do and look what I found!
At target.com they were selling it for $229.99! 
A whole $50 cheaper!!
BUT wouldn't you know it, they were having a home sale and it was marked down to $169.99! 
Over $100 cheaper!!
But wait.... there's more.
The sale offered FREE shipping AND an extra 10% off!! Bringing the grand total down to....
drumroll please...

$152.99 before tax!
That is almost $130 cheaper than the original unit!
NOT including the $40 shipping they were going to tack on!
AND I had a $25 Target giftcard from Christmas!

When everything was said and done I spent a grand total of $332.76 (307.76 less the gift card) for TWO bookshelves that I  have been dying over, which is LESS than I would have spent on ONE from the other place.

Thank you Target!
As if I didn't love you before, this has just reassured my love for you.

*sidenote: my grandma gave me $250 for my birthday this year, which I used on the bookshelves, meaning I spent less than $60 out of pocket. I am BEYOND thrilled!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Weekend of Presents!

What a weekend it was!

It started off kind of sour when I had to report to jury duty at 7:45am on Friday morning. I was there for the better part of the day. I came prepared with magazines and my iPad and the people watching alone was quite entertaining.

(The view of Long Beach from the balcony of the courthouse) 

Once I was finally finished I went over to the beau's house for a little before he had to get to work. Like a nerd I spent Friday night watching "Bride Day" on TLC while cleaning my room and organizing my closet. Haha. I'm definitley getting old.

Saturday was errand day.
I decided to give the infamous sock bun a try... I'd say I'm getting better at it....

(Here is a tutorial if you are interested)

And then the present-fest began. I started by finally getting my beautiful birthday present from my mom sized.

We went to the bank. We spent some time lovin' on my pups

And then, for the best part of the day, I got my birthday present installed! For my birthday the beau got me an iPod hook up for my car (which I have wanted FOREVER but have just been too lazy to ever really DO it). We went for the appointment at Best Buy and shopped around in Barnes and Noble while we waited. Once it was installed it was life changing. Not only do I never have to worry about having CD's in my car anymore, it also CHARGES the iPod or iPhone that is connected. Needless to say, it is my new obsession.

My friend Maryam shared this wonderful photo with me of her and I and some of the other wonderful girls that comprise my college friends. So many great memories with these girls. The photo made me smile.
Sunday was another wonderful day, the beau and I spent the first half of the day at Disneyland (we have passes so we try to go as much as possible). The minnie ears that I have been yearning for were back in stock. I wanted to get them when we went for my birthday but when we went they were sold out, PARKWIDE! Just my luck. When I told the girl at the register how excited I was to finally get them she told me that they had just gotten them back in THAT MORNING! He bought them for me as a late birthday present. I was so happy! I kept asking "are you embarassed that I'm wearing these?", his response of course was "No" buuuuut I could tell he kinda was. haha.

From Disneyland we headed towards Pomona for yet ANOTHER one of my presents. For Christmas Sam got me tickets to see my favorite band Dashboard Confessional. I go to a Dashboard show once a year since, I can't even remember when and when tickets went on sale this year for his tour they had NO California dates. I was so bummed. They later released some CA dates and my boyfriend bought me tickets for Christmas. We grabbed some yummy Italian food before the show.
Then it was time to see mister Chris Carrabba do what he does best.

It was the most perfect weekend. I am such a lucky girl.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Twenty Twelve!

January is already half way over and I haven't even posted! I thought I would be better about this in 2012 and I'm already off to a bad start. Well... Lets get the ball rolling and hope that this leads to more posts!

Unfotunatly the beau had to work on New Years Eve and got off around 10pm. We made the most of it tho and we took off and headed for my parents vacation home in the desert after he got off work. We did our own coutdown in the car on the ride and got to the house a little after midnight. It was so beautiful out there. We spent a couple days with my parents, my brother and his girlfriend. It was a nice relaxing weekend with perfect weather.

After new years I went into panic mode. Usually I have my birthday (which is the 13th) all planned out by New Years but I just had so much going on, I hadn't planned anything! Luckily one of my very best girlfriends helped me put a night out in a duffy together.
Thanks girl!

So I got a group of ten girls together and took the duffy to a wonderful dinner at my usual birthday spot (Tantalum in Long Beach).
(excuse my akward stance, I didn't know whether to stand or kneel. haha.)
Drinks and wonderful people, a perfect birthday.
My best girls <3
The infamous "Sister Wife" Haha.

It was such a wonderful night. I have such great friends and I'm glad they all could make it. I am quite a lucky girl :)

Friday morning the beau and I took off for the happiest place on earth, Disneyland :)
 He was my favorite part of my birthday :) 
We had a great time (as always) I even ran into some old co-workers and my cousin while we were there! It's fun wearing the birthday pin and having everyone tell you "Happy Birthday" :)

We headed home and got ready for dinner.

We had ANOTHER dinner at Tantalum (I told you it was my favorite birthday spot haha) with my parents, my brother, his girlfriend, Danica, Stefana and my sweetie of course :)
 And lastly, we ended up at my go-to Tracy's Bar & Grill where the beau and I took this ever-so-romantic pic. Haha.

It was a great way to spend my birthday festivities. I got to spend time with all of my favorite people BUT... the weekend wasn't over!

On Sunday Danica's episode of "My Fair Wedding" with David Tutera aired!

Here are a couple of sneak peeks if you missed them.

We all watched at Danica and Bryan's house. It was a lot of fun. Such a fun group. It really is SO bizarre to see yourself on TV. We have been waiting for the episode since her wedding in JULY!

An experience that I will truly never forget.

(Dont forget to check out her blog here to see all of her personal experience.)

THERE! Now we're all caught up on 2012! Haha. Hopefully I don't let as much time go by between posts :)

Happy (belated) New Year! :)

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