Friday, August 31, 2012

July Update

The July figures from the apartment complex look good. Overall, they've dropped a bit from June, but not significantly. June was the sixth consecutive month of increasing total income, so I expected that to end sooner or later. Total income for July dropped by $4,000 and occupancy dipped to 90%. Offsetting the lower income were lower payroll and utility payments, so we had a net gain in monthly profit. However, the property overall was above break-even, which is a first for this year and, if I recall, the first for maybe 1 or 2 years. Good news indeed.

My four hard money loans continue to pay on time. Several other loans my partner has have closed recently and I expect some, if not all, of my loans to be closed soon. Three of them aren't approaching their 1 year due date, but based on past experience with the borrower, the properties are probably up for sale or in escrow right now. One of my loans has actually gone the full 1 year term - something that rarely happens. This note was due this month. Haven't heard any word on a payoff yet though.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Randoms

I know what you're thinking ...

3 days in a row of new blog posts ...? Yes that's correct ... I am totally back on track :)

First things first ...

If you have NOT watched Pretty Little Liars from last night 
STOP READING RIGHT NOW!!
I don't want to spoil it for anyone haha!

WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED?


I am still in shock!




Are you kidding me? Whoa! Never saw that one coming! I am still telling myself someone made Toby put that black hoodie on at the end. Surely he can't be A .. surely he didn't take Spencer's V-card and then be a psycho path A!? I knew Nate was a crazy the whole time ... called it from the get-go. But Toby? No way. He was one of my favorites! :( So sad.
I feel so betrAyed ... hahaahha 
sorry couldn't help myself lol 

Ok let's do a little wedding update ... 
Last night we had a tasting at our caterer for the wedding and let me tell you what, I almost had to have Chris pull over on the way home so I could vom on the side of the road because I ate SOO much! The food was amazzzing! It was everything we wanted and I was so excited. We got to taste every single thing! :)


From the best southern sides you've ever tasted like sweet potato casserole with marshmellows on it, to green beans and mac n cheese ... to country ham biscuits, chicken, three salads, 4 cheese dips and veggies, ... I mean literally it was way more than I expected! We were blown away. I can not wait for everyone to get to eat all the yummies at the wedding!! :) No one will go home hungry that is for sure. 

That was my biggest fear about the food .. I have been to many a weddings where Chris and I have left at midnight and driven through the good ol' White Castle because we were starving ha. I do not want ANYONE driving through Whitey's after our wedding ;) Everyone will be full and stuffed ha. 

The best part of the tasting ... we got to take the left overs home ... take a peak at this ... 


Yea .. ha .. that is in my fridge right now!
So much for the diet this week. It was long gone yesterday!!

Next on the wedding train ... 
How do you feel about "RESTROOM TRAILORS?"

The beautiful farm we are having our wedding and reception at does not have bathrooms. GASP! I know.
However, I have found little things called restroom trailers .. and they seem to be nicer than my own bathrooms at home ha.

Check out these bad boys from PortaKleen




Don't they look nice??

I feel like they will be ok .. they use them at Derby parties for pete sake.
How do yall feel about them? Be Honest.
Oh and let me mention they are air conditioned! Which makes a huge difference. I do not like to be hot in a small area while trying to pee lol


Ok, who else knew about Very Jane and didn't share?
 

This sweet girl, Kristin,
Keeping up with Kristen
over at Keep up with Kristin blogged about this website and I am so glad I saw it! 
It is awesome! 
There are so many good deals ... and all the stuff is super cute! 
Go check out her post to see the good deals and cute jewelry she has already gotten! 
I can't wait to see what I can find on there ... this could be bad ha! ;) 

Well that's it for today ... I've gotta run to an appointment and then to church tonight. 
Happy Hump Day!
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Party Central! WoopWoop!

Hello Friends!

Thanks for all the sweet comments and emails from yesterdays post :) I am so happy to be back!!

Now I am in the process of catching up on everyone else's blogs too!!

Before we get to the recent parties I have announcements:

Today is a BIG day for two reasons ...

#1 We have a tasting for our wedding food this afternoon! 
I have been starving myself all day and am SO ready to go eat some yummy food :) Will update how that went tomorrow! I am little nervous about it, picking food for several people to like is kind of a lot of pressure?!?!

#2 Tonight is the season finale of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS .. who will betrAy them?


Who is your pick?
The last episode showed two black hoodie people .. hmmm... ??

I really am feeling like its Paige, I've never liked her ... but my friend Cory thinks differently ... see below, he is a PLL expert to by the way ha!



So if not Paige... who could it be?? We shall see tonight!!!!

Ok next order of business ... PARTY TIME!

I have pics from a few of the parties I have been able to partake in these last few months.

Let's start with a "Construction Party" for Chris's nephew Jack :)


How cute is he? His hair is adorable and cracks me up! This cake she MADE and it looked awesome!!
(PS. Yes she has painted her laundry door with chalkboard paint!)


She had the table decorated with black cloths and then yellow duct tape for the "road" effect ... the silverwear were the "tool" and then she did orange plates and yellow napkins!
With little construction toys sitting around also :) It was so cute!



He was most excited about that cake I think lol


And it's safe to say our present was a hit ... I got a text from her a few days later with a pictures of a million balls all over her house that said "Thanks for the bday present!" hahaha. At least Jack loved it though ;) That's what Aunt's and Uncles are for right? The fun toys your parents won't buy!

Next up ... "Thomas the Train" Birthday party for my Godson, Connor

I did get a few ideas from Pinterest ... and wouldn't you know it that at the party I barely took any pictures the whole time! :(

I did make some train theme things ... like these wooden signs ... SO easy, got the really thin pieces of wood from Hobby Lobby for like .99cents each! Then painted them white ...


Then painted black stencil letters on the signs, hot glued them together and then used red and black cardstock paper to make the lights for underneath!


Ta-Da!! 
How cute did these look hanging up at the shelter the party was at?



She did a cupcake cake and it turned out so cute, he loved it! And the cupcakes were amazing!!


How cute is that sweet boy? Love him to pieces, he had such a good party! Can't believe he is 3 years old! And he will have a baby brother in about 3 weeks ... ahh!! ... which leads me to my next party ...

Chrissy's Baby "Sprinkle"
This past weekend I had a "Sprinkle" for Chrissy at our house ... now before you ask ... let me give you my definitions:
Baby Shower: A party thrown for someone when they are about to have their FIRST child where you go crazy and celebrate with a million friends and family!
Baby Sprinkle: A party thrown for someone when they are about to have their SECOND child where you invite close friends and family, don't register, just kind of get some necessities, and celebrate :)

I had so many people ask me what the H a sprinkle was hahaha it was hysterical!
While setting up the night before I had all the decor out and Ella and Ava (the party planning assistants!) were helping put everything together, Ella said "Umm I don't think this is a sprinkle, this is more like a hurricane!" LOL I died laughing.

Chris got so sick of me saying the word "sprinkle" that about three weeks ago he banned me from saying it around him hahaha
And then Chrissy's dad had to throw in a few jokes as well ... calling and telling her next week he was having her a "drip" and the week after that they might have a "mist" lol ... nice one Steve. ;)

Anywho ... the important thing is, it turned out awesome! :)


I printed this cute free printable and put on the polka dot paper and framed it :)
(Email me if you want the free printable I can't find the link anymore but I have it saved, it only came in red though :(


I'll just be honest, the cups were my favorite thing about the entire Sprinkle!

I ordered the pdf for the stickers for the cups from this Etsy seller ... then had them printed on label paper at Kinkos for really cheap, then cut out and put on clear cups!

The straws and flags I ordered from Etsy HERE ... they came on time and were the talk of the party! Adorable!


These cute water bottle labels came in PDF from HERE then I printed on label paper also!


After food and presents we did ice cream last and I had a variety of "sprinkles" and little blue plastic ice cream cups and spoons from Walmart (yes Walmart ha!) .99cents each ... were absolutely perfect too!



The mom to be with myself and her sis!



My second favorite part of the party ... the Party Favors!!
I went to Bath and Body Works and got the little mini hand sanitizers that were blue in color ... then printed out a cute little saying and hole punched then tied on the bottles with some jute. They were presh!
And I thought of the saying all on my own ... which I was quite proud of ;)


Now everyone will be ready to hold the baby when he gets here!! ;)



I also did the Hershey Bars for the kids to all take home ... with a paint pen just colored blue the HE and they were perfect! 

I bought the book "On the Night You Were Born" and had everyone write a little note in it for Chrissy and the baby as a guest book, then gave it to her to take home and read on the night he arrives :) 


Chrissy's sister made amazing and super cute cake pops! They were awesome! Thanks Steph! 


We played my favorite Baby Shower game I've ever played!
Here are the rules:
Buy balloons and size 2 diapers for however many guests you are having ... (we had about 30 so one pack of diapers was all I needed)... 
You give everyone a balloon and a diaper and then at the same time .. everyone starts to blow up their balloon. once blown up they have to fit the diaper on the balloon without it falling off and hold it up. The first 5 people to do this move on to the next round .. 
Our top 5 are pictured above ha! :) 


The next step is to give those 5 people a marker and they have to draw their best "baby face" on the balloon.
The Mom to Be then chooses her best baby :)


This was our winner! :) So cute! And we had a second place winner as well ... their prizes...

Blue Essie Nail Polish ... some nail goodies, and some blue Extra gum :) A fun little goodie for a boy shower!


Whitney and Kim .. having fun with the game :) 
PS. These two pretty ladies are two of my bridesmaids <3


Opening her presents!


Baby Boy Cookies brought by one of Chrissy's friends :) They were so good and looked perfect!


Chrissy enjoying some sprinkled ice cream :) 


Last Picture. Love this! So cute!! :) Would be perfect to frame with a thank you card or something :)

How cute was that? It was a great day!
Love you Chrissy! Can't wait to meet baby boy #2 <3

Ok I gotta run, tasty food is calling my name!
Have a great day!
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Back in Action!!

Hellllooooooooooo :)

I am SOO excited to be typing right now, you have no idea how much I have missed blogging!

Two MONTHS! :( So sad.

I realized I needed to get back to blogging when random people have started emailing me with emails like "Are you still alive?" ... "Are you ok?" ... "Did something happen?" hahaaha so sweet ... thank you for the concerns ... everywhere I go people have said they have missed the bloggy and it made me so sad, but I honestly have been so busy with so many things (we will get to that later ha!) .. and I kind of needed a privacy break for a minute too ... you know sometimes you just feel like you want to keep some things private and enjoy them for a minute? Well that's how I felt. Ha.

OK so many things have happened in the past 2 months I need to share....but first the BIG news ... for those of you who are very keen you might have noticed something new with the blog ;)
Yes the page is wider (thank you PLL), yes I have a Pinterest button now (needed that for a long time, thank you again PLL ha!) .. but my Dana girl has a new accessory ... on her left ring finger ... :) check her out!!

Surprise...
WE'RE ENGAGED!!!!!

On July 4th while in Florida I said YES when this sweet man popped the question! :)


It was so sweet and perfect! I was totally shocked!
He did a good job of keeping it a secret lol only like two people knew, one being my dad and he never let on at ALL like he was keeping a secret!!

My ring literally could not be more perfect or beautiful. It is exactly what I wanted, he did such a good job! :)


Sooo pretty :) In love with it! Literally couldn't stop staring at it for like a week straight ha.

We spent the next few days in Florida with my brother and his girlfriend and my dad... it was a blast!

As soon as we got home we told the kids, and they were just as excited as I knew they would be!
They literally were screaming and jumping up and down haha it was so cute!

I knew immediately that we wanted to make them feel like they are a very special part of the day... so thanks to Pinterest I got the cute idea to make them these ...


How cute?

Adorable!!

I was so excited to give them to them ha and they were just as excited to get them! :) 

Next ...
I was off to buy magazines faster than you would believe!


Then I ordered these super cute Thank You cards from Etsy to start sending to all the sweet friends who sent us stuff :)
 Find the cards on Etsy here

And then next on the agenda was to ask my Matron of Honor ... which was never a question (even though I love all my friends equally of course ha!) .. but Chrissy has been my best friend since 5th grade. We lived together during college, have always been there for each other, her son is my Godson, Connor (who I've only probably posted a million pictures of ha) ... so of course she will be the one to stand next to me on our special day <3


How cute is that?
I made this for her ... even found a picture from the 8th grade and all ha! :)
So excited!!

So far the wedding stuff has been going great!
I have an amazing wedding planner, Ginny, who is so wonderful, she thinks of things before I do and is just so good to work with. As busy as I am, I have really been thankful to have her! She was a gift actually from a very close friend, and I am so blessed to have her know me so well to know I am way too busy to have to keep up with all the wedding stuff on my own!
(If you are in Lexington and looking for the best wedding planner, message me and I will send you her info! You will love her I promise!)

We have booked a venue, a gorgeous farm in Versailles and I can not wait!

Booked the photographer ... none other than the amazing Alicia with Aesthetiica Photography and I am SOOO excited to get to work with her! Love her!! XO

Stuart and the boys at House will be doing our flowers ... duh, he's the best! ;)

I will be doing more updating and info on the wedding (which by the way is next JUNE!!) but you can also follow my wedding board on Pinterest where I have a million ideas pinned for a rustic, shabby chic outdoor wedding ;) So exciting!

Ok, let's see ... some other fun things that have happened in the last two months I have been MIA .... 

We did some fun Summer activities before school started back :)
Like this one where we put tape on a canvas in their initials, and then I let them paint all over them, then peeled off the tape to reveal a beautiful picture :) lol it was fun... as you can see Frankie was of course up in the mix the entire time!


Speaking of that sweet angel ... he had a birthday in July!
Frankie turned 4 :)


He wanted nothing to do with the fire on the candle and that is as close as he would get to it for a picture ha!
Also I am a horrible mom and let his birthday cookie melt in the car while I was in the mall :( lol



Checking out all his new toys :) 
(Yes I am crazy, yes I buy him a million new toys for his bday, he probably has more toys than most children, its sad ha!) 


The girls played dress up with Frankie for his birthday ... can't you tell he enjoyed it? lol
Especially the sunglasses!

Let's see ... what else did we do before school ...
we went to the Lego store in Cinci one day ... Jake was in there for like two hours ha it was so funny


We went to Kings Island one day ... they were wild!


We had crazy nail day ... and got manicures :)


Chris and I have visited our wedding venue a few times ... love it out there!


I have been crazy busy selling houses here in the Bluegrass region :)

Congratulations to these sweet people ...


Congratulations to the Monarchs ... they were so wonderful! They bought a new J.Moore Home and it was absolutely beautiful! Can't you tell just by the little pic of the kitchen? Ha! Thanks to them, and their Realtor who were all so great to work with! 


Also Congratulations to the Kunish family!!
They are from New Mexico, were referred to me to buy a home here in Lexington, and they were the best! So happy for them and know they will love it here in Lex! They also built a brand new home that turned out so nice! Could not have worked with a sweeter family than this one! :)

I have been to/hosted so many parties in the last two months you would die ha! 
So I am going to do a separate post tomorrow on some fun party ideas and have lots of pictures!!

But until then I will leave you with a few of my new favorite E-cards on this Monday :)  ...


I try to stay away from political things on here but this is too darn funny haha! sorrry :( 


Love this! 


Story of my life hahaha


I died when I read this, I want to frame it, I literally hate Crocs but suck it up because the kids like them at the beach and pool ha. 


Ha that is just funny 


LOL poor Chris ... this is us every time we eat out ha! 


This was my weekend ... lol ... as soon as I cleaned something up more stuff was right back out, gotta love it ;) 


My favorite haha that is so true! 


What would I do without the calculator on my phone? lol 


hahahahahaha this made my eyes water when I read it! If you know me, you know why haha! 


Lastly, how could you not love that? hahaha 

Well I am sorry for the long post but SOOOO happy to be back!!! 

If you want to do a guest post for me next week on what your favorite thing about your wedding was, and share a few pics, please email me!!! I thought it would be fun since I am all in the wedding zone! :) 
@ShastaAnne I really want you to little lady! Ha! I think I have seen one of your beautiful wedding pics before!!  

Missed Ya'll!!
XOXO
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