Saturday, November 21, 2015

Etsy Love: Holiday Gift Guide

 I don't know about y'all, but I've been spending ALOT of time perusing Etsy doing some early Christmas shopping.  I'm thankful I started early this year because many of these fantastic Etsy shops are already on a 3-4 week wait!  I figured I better get an Etsy Love post out to you all asap.

 So here it is folks, Etsy Love:  Holiday Gift Guide edition!

The Shabby Peach
**Offering 25% off to my readers, use code Shabby25 at checkout**
(Anna's shop is on temporary leave, however plug your email in to receive an update as soon as she reopens her shop)
I'm featuring The Shabby Peach's adorable bubble rompers.
I mean, hello, they had me at bubble rompers....

I wanted her to get as much use out of it this summer, so we went with an 18 month versus 12.  If you're little one has some extra cushion to love, size up.  The quality is par none!! It held up phenomenal in the wash as it's made out of a nice, thick 100% cotton.  I'm telling y'all, you have to grab one of these for the little in your life!! Perfect Christmas present for your cutie to wear next spring & summer.  Sidenote, if you're not into the bubble romper thing, she has a fantastic selection full of adorableness.
 So head on over to her shop, stock up on those holiday gifts & use the code Shabby25 at checkout. 
 Your welcome.

The Savvy Coconut
Now, heading in an entirely different direction. Headbands.
Groovy Print | Fitness headband | Yoga headband | Workout headband | Wide Headband | Running headband | Gym Gear | Buy Any 5, Get 1 FREE!

I don't know about you, but when I gear up to hit the gym for a nice run, I LOVE throwing on a fun headband! I'm also super particular about the bands I wear.  they have to be comfortable, first and foremost, as well as have the capability to soak up the sweat.  These are super unique as they are made of a lightweight spandex material that is extremely absorbent! When you get home from the gym, you simply wash out in your sink and lay out to dry.  Michelle has a great eye for  spunky, one of a kind designs and has a TON of fantastic options to choose from. She's also sweet as pie.
She has donated a headband for me to give away to my readers!

Enter below by leaving a comment as to what keeps you motivated to GYM UP throughout the week!
Winner will be selected on Monday, November 30th.

**All headbands are BOGO right now!**
Keeping with the headband theme, Hippie Runner speaks my love language with her designs.
She had me at...."Will Run for Wine."
Her bands are ALL 4" spandex and can be folded over for different looks.  What sets Hippie Runner's apart from the rest are her 'push the boundary' slogans which truly make each and ever band one of a kind.  If you've been trying to come up with a one of a kind gift for your active loved one, search no more.  These bands are amazing!!
**Use code ISPILLEDMYWINE for 15% off your order**
Last but certainly not least, this shop is FULL of fantastic gift options, including this #GIRLBOSS coffee cup.   
Girl Boss Mug - Unique Mug, Gift Idea, Gift for Him, Gift for Her, Coffee Lover Gift, Tea Lover Gift
All of her items are handmade and shipped worldwide from Auckland, New Zealand! Her shop has an awesome variety of things to choose from, including fantastic home d├ęcor and one of a kind wall art.  She also has tote bags with screen printed sayings that will have you laughing out loud.
Head on over to Ashley's shop and don't forget to use ISPILLEDMYWINE at checkout for 15% off!
A huge thanks to all the shops who participated!  I've had some of these items for several months and with the craziness that is life, I'm just now getting around to their feature post.
You all are amazing and I'm thankful for your creative spirit and entrepreneur attitudes! 
Keep rocking it, ladies!!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

My Home Office.

If you follow me on Instagram (@annexenos), you know we purchased a fixer upper back in June & have been in full blown remodel mode for the past several months.  One of the first spaces I wanted to complete (outside the kitchen of course) was my home office.  I accepted a new position with the company i work for back in May, and knew I'd be working from home a few days a week.  The transition has been....interesting.  It's a bit isolating some days, working in a big empty house everyday instead of a bustling office environment.  Because of this, I wanted my office to be CHEERY.  I wanted it to be bright, happy, inspirational....and FUN.




{Desk:  Repurposed Antique Door, Wall Art: Hobby Lobby, Chair: Gordmans, Lamp: Walmart}

{Wall art from Hobby Lobby & things gifted}

{Lamp, Walmart!  I know, shocking!  Digital Frame: Gift from Jon, and my favorite, the Pumpkin:  Painted by my sweet girl}

{Wooden Hello: Hobby Lobby}

{Frame:  Hobby Lobby}

{Hobby Lobby}

{Glass Bird: Antique Store}

PS, If you're looking for a great read, you HAVE to pick up Tina Fey's book, Bossypants! 

Wherever Mom's at, she's has to be right there with me...making EPIC messes. :)

{Wooden Sign: Antique Store, Background art: Greeting card that's framed}

{Mason Jar: Antique Store, Glass Art: Hallmark}

{Frame: Gift, Wooden art: Gordmans}

This balloon is one of my most treasured possessions, gifted to me by my old team. 

{Frame: Gift from my Mom for my first Mothers Day}


{Gift from my Mom}

{Picked up in an antique store}

Lara's playroom is right across the hall...clearly she gets good use out of it. :)

 More of our home to come!!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

I loved you first.

Dear Husband,

I can't believe you turn 31 years old today.  You're one sexy old man, you know it?  

I remember a year ago being on maternity leave, spending every minute of downtime I had planning your surprise 30th, all while our sweet little newborn slept soundly on the couch next to me. Now here we are with a beautiful, fiercely independent and headstrong one year old, toddling around the house.  I love that little girl with all of my being, but I hope you know, I loved YOU first.

This past year has been full of long days and sleepless nights. Sometimes we barely scrape enough energy to kiss each other goodnight, let alone actually touch one another.  Even though there's not a ton of romance these days, just laying in bed next to you is my favorite. As we grow our family and eventually have sleepy little kiddos crawling into bed with us on a stormy night, I hope you always know that I loved sharing the bed with YOU first.  

These days, most of our kisses go to our sweet baby girl, but I still love YOUR kiss the most.

Often, we reserve our hands for Lara.  Holding her tiny little fingers in ours as she learns to walk all on her own.  But when we steal a night away, I still love the touch of YOUR hand the most. 

Evenings are full of sippy cups, chicken nuggets, teddy bears, and puzzles; followed by diaper changes, bath, pj's and bedtime.  When our Lar-bear is finally fast asleep, I love sitting on the couch with YOU the most.  

A year ago, we gave our hearts to that tiny, 6 lb baby girl.  

But I hope you never forget that 8 short years ago, after a few too many butterscotch shots in that double wide trailer bar, I gave my heart to YOU first. 

Happy Birthday Handsome.

I'll love you forever,
Your Wife

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Nice to meet you.  My name's Anne.  I used to blog here on the regular but decided to take the summer off. 
A blogging sabbatical. 
Ok, where did we leave off? 
Summer 2015 in a nutshell: We sold our house, moved in with my parents, I started a new job, bought a new house, hired contractors to remodel new house, fired contractors and did it ourselves, Lara turned ONE, and no, I'm not pregnant with baby #2.
Let's break down the house thing.
Pre Move In
We closed on our new house toward the end of May but didn't move into until June 11th.  We crammed all of our things into the garage, packed a few suitcases and stayed with my parents for a couple weeks while the contractors remodeled the house. 
It was such a well laid out we thought. 
We ended up firing the contractors the day we moved in. 
I'll never forget sitting on the couch with Jon that weekend; looking around at the walls that needed paint, the kitchen that was missing cabinet doors and our hardwood floors that were totally ruined from the contractors who had done absolutely nothing in the house those few weeks.
We were overwhelmed to say the least. 
If it weren't for our selfless family, a few amazing friends and a very patient baby,
our house would still not feel like a home. 
I'm going on the record saying all those house flipper people are absolutely out of their frickin' minds.  I still to this day can't watch any of those shows on HGTV. 
I mean, who signs up for this shit?  Not I, ever again. 
In fact, I've told Jon I'm never moving again.
That ship has sailed. And quite frankly, I think he agrees. 
This summer there were tears, there was sweat and there were more tears.  My husband, usually quite calm in demeanor, even lost his shit a few weeks before Lara's birthday party. We had invited over 50 people over to our home for her party, most seeing it for the first time, and the pressure was on. 
I always knew I married a hard working man, but damn did I ever.  He painted, ripped off the old deck, built a new deck, took care of our little girl, hung light fixtures and ceiling fans throughout the house, worked full time, ripped out our old kitchen countertops, installed tile floor in our bathroom, refinished our hardwoods, installed screen doors, took care of our little girl, installed new toilets, new faucets, hung backsplash and painted some more. 
Best way to test a marriage?
Purchasing a "fixer upper."

Needless to say, after spending our summer covered in sweat & paint, we have thoroughly enjoyed these past few weekends relaxing at the lake with our sweet, baby girl and some great friends. 
We forgot what relaxing felt like.
I fully intend on getting back in the swing of blogging.  I've missed it.  I've missed YOU.
Thanks for your patience while I did "life" this summer.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Great Xenos Move: Part One


That's the only word I can think of to describe the past 72 hours.  

As predicted, Friday morning was pure chaos.  Movers arrived around 8:30, saw all our crap, and became very concerned.  7 hours and a last minute U-Haul rental later, we were out.  

But let's back up to Thursday.  Thursday was Lara's last day with Miss Amanda...

To say it was a tough day would be a total understatement.  
Tears were streaming down my cheeks as I pulled into the parking lot.  

We have grown so attached to not only our daycare, but especially Amanda.  The hardest part of this move has been leaving behind a place that is SO near and dear to our hearts.  

I remember being around 15 weeks pregnant the day we toured BUGS for the first time.  From the moment we walked in the door, we knew it was right.  
100%, no doubt in our mind
This is where we would bring our tiny little baby.  
These are the people we would trust day in, day out.
Lizzi (below on the left) was there that very first day and was there on our last.  
She is also so special to us! 

Man....Thursday and Friday were hard days.  
They were days filled with goodbyes. 
Lara's last day was actually Friday and when I picked her up, she had learned to wave goodbye to all the teachers and all her little friends.  What a day to pick to learn this adorable new skill...
I was a mess.

Friday morning began as every morning does.  Coffee & toys.

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At 11:00 am, we officially purchased our new home.

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We did one final clean sweep.  And when I say "we," I mean my amazing mother.

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To see the nursery emptied was surreal.  And also very, very sad.

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Around 2:00 pm, we were totally out!  One last picture and we hit the road.

Have I mentioned the home we purchased is a total fixer upper?
Oh, no...I left that out?
I think I left it out in my mind to psychologically prepare for what we were walking into. 
Can we all say a big, what. the. hell.

Needless to say, our lives are still in boxes.  


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After digging thru boxes Friday evening we were able to put our lives somewhat back together, and finish out the day with a nice, cold beer.

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We are staying in my parents basement for the next few weeks while contractors remodel our home.  Needless to say, Lara is feeling the change the most.  She was up all night Saturday night so Sunday morning was spent like this...

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Below is where Lara spent her day, in between crying fits because we are in the midst of full blown teething over here.  Perfect timing, right? 

She's lucky she's so damn cute.

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While there's still A LOT of work to be done, we're making progress.
Thanks to an amazing, very hard working husband.
And some pretty damn awesome parents.

If you're having a great memorial day weekend full of rest & relaxation....screw you.