Monthly Archives: January 2012

The purse says it all…


I originally came across this idea from my friend’s blog. Now, she is a graphic artist by trade so her photo was a little more “editorial” then mine. After reading her post I decided to try this out for myself. There is one thing I firmly believe, you are what you carry around. Of course that statement is going to be more geared towards women unless you are one of those guys who carries a “man bag”. So the other night I dug deep into the abyss of my purse and this is what appeared. Side note : I am known for carrying some pretty random items around, but this was fairly tame.

1. A girl must always have some color for her lips. My choice right now is MAC’s Hue, but I am also just as fond to Chapstick.
2. My mother got me this compact mirror that says “hello gorgeous”. Nice when you need a back view of your hair.
3. The bobby pin aka a girl’s Macgyver tool.  I love these things and have them everywhere.
4. You are looking at my entire makeup kit. I rarely wear a lot of makeup so it’s easy to get everything in here and go.
5. Advil Cold & Congestion is a lifesaver. Every now and then it hits me out of the blue so I always keep a couple in my purse.
6. I have a slight addiction to getting free samples online. This deodorant size is great for purses and short trips.
7. I am not the most graceful person and messes find me easily. This is a wonder item for me.
8. I picked this business card holder up a couple years ago. Every now and then I have my cards in it, but I really like throwing in my cards and ID and carrying it instead of a wallet.
9.  This thumb drive came in a Scion military care package and it’s unusual since it goes into a wallet like a credit card.
10 . Pepto. Never leave home without it. Ever.
11. I recently started drinking more tea and carry a tea bag or two with me.
12. I really wish I could tell you why I had this in there.
13. Who doesn’t Post Its? Sometimes you find yourself looking for a reason to use them admit it.
14. Yeah I don’t know about this one either.
15. I recommend everyone carrying a Leatherman. There is a tool for just about any and every situation.
16. I received my CPR certification a couple years back, so I carry around the breathing apparatus in case there is an emergency.

Let’s sum me up then.  I am a lipstick wearing, hair checking and fixing, minimal make up wearing, occasional stuffy nose, sample addict, mess prone, card organizer, information at my finger tips, taking care of tummy, tea drinking, razor carrying, Post It loving, random item carrying, always prepared and life saving girl.

*Now mind you I didn’t show or mention my wallet or phone because I figure that is implied as being in my purse.


Move over, Bob!


I am finally starting to get the remodeling bug again. I had got bitten by this bug several years ago, but had lost the zest after a while. Since our PCS opportunity looks like it won’t go through I am bound to make this rental our own. Over the weekend Pat had to work so that left me to my own devices and his debit card. Now, you would think this would be a girl’s dream to get her husband’s debit card. They may go shopping, get a pedicure or something else fun. What do I do? Go to Home Depot.




First, task is new living room blinds. The ones we had didn’t open and close anymore. You had to either have them all the way up or down.  As much as I like our landlord I wasn’t going to spend a fortune on blinds that I am sure Urban will tear through eventually. They get in his way and he decides they need to be taught a lesson. So several blinds around the house have teeth marks in them. Not the best pic of the new blinds but gives you an idea.







Our next project if you will is our spice situation. Our spice collection would make Marco Polo proud. Anyone, get this? Eh, moving on. We used to have a ton lined up on the little ledge of the stove and then across the kitchen in our makeshift pantry. This could get a little tedious walking from one side to other just because you forgot the oregano. I had been toying with several ideas for how to display them and finally just decided on this. Not the most glamorous display but it does its job. Now, according to Pat it’s too low. But he wasn’t home when I power drilled this baby on so oh well 😉





Not that I needed to point out from the last picture the ghastly shade of burnt orange and red walls. Don’t they go fabulously with the mauve color counter tops? No…really…you don’t think so either. The combo is hideous. Josh (our landlord), I love you but seriously Stevie Wonder could have picked a better color combo.  I wonder if Josh isn’t shade deficient? So with that, we needed a new color and this was what we came up with…Ballard Blue. Doesn’t photograph the true color (think dark denim) and believe it or not compliments the counter tops well.





Another mini project over the weekend was trying to clear up our foyer of shoes. Do you have that one area in your house where shoes seems to magically breed other shoes? The area wasn’t necessarily messy just a bit cluttered. I had asked Pat to build be something to hide the shoes, but when I saw this at Home Depot the other I figured this may work just as well. Now, I like to think I can read instructions and figure things out pretty easily. This little shoe thing took the entire My Big Fat Green Wedding movie to piece together. I think there were times  I was even yelling at it with a Greek accent. After assembled I started putting my shoes in which fit just fine. Then moved over to Pat’s shoes and well… δεν είναι καλό (no good). His shoes were too big. Well, his feet are large thus making shoes large in turn making them not fit. Oh well, I still think it’s an improvement then what was there.

Chili con Aubree


Yes, I know the title is a tad morbid, but it worked for me. The other day I was craving chili. We had gotten a pretty gnarly cold snap here and all it made you want to do was curl under a blanket and eat something warm. Now, for me to say I was craving chili means a lot. It’s never been a recipe that I would make on a continuous basis. With that being said I needed to find a recipe that would satisfy both Pat and myself. He isn’t the biggest veggies in recipes person, so I have to go about that differently. After a bit of hunting I landed on a Paula Deen recipe and another recipe from a site I can’t recall.

I had printed up the two recipes and then chose from each what I thought would mix well. I also did add Chorizo to the recipe. Cause, well, yum! Went over really well and highly recommend trying it.

So here is the recipe in proper “English”. I had to write down what I did cause I knew if I didn’t repeating it may be a bit of a challenge. I know it looks like this would have a lot of kick to it but it really was the perfect amount of heat to be a good bowl of chili. Of course you top it with diet food like shredded cheese and sour cream 😉

Chili con Aubree (yes, I am dubbing this after me)

1lb ground beef
1/2 tsp butter – Or more if you wanna make Paula proud.
1/2 white onion – I don’t like to be overloaded so add more if you like.
2 cans of light red kidney beans – Drain and rinse these please. That goop that is in the can is nasty.
1 1/2 can tomato sauce
2 tbsp chili powder – If you like is spicier go nuts with this.
1/4 tsp garlic salt
pinch of garlic powder – Course if Pat ruled the world this would be in everything.
pinch of sweet paprika – HIGHLY recommend buying from this company. The product is great!
Texas Pete Chipotle Hot Sauce – just so you know what to look for. I just use a bit.
1 bay leaf – Course Pat always asks “what’s with the leaf?”

Now, if you like chunks or bits of tomato in your chili add that as well. I just don’t like the texture so I leave them out. I just toss everything into the Dutch oven if I am making it that evening. Otherwise, make it in the morning and put in the crock pot on low till you get to it that evening. Enjoy!

Seriously, just Google it.


So the other night Pat was out working a night jump and I was home kind of bored. Okay, I lie. I was very bored. Over the last few weeks Pat and I have been talking about what we wanted to do around the house to make it feel more like “our home”.   I have blogged about this earlier but due to the fact our house is actually a rental I am not wanting to put a ton of money into it.

The people who previously lived in the house had a child or two and you can tell the house was worn in. When I first moved into the house I could tell that that tile in the foyer, backdoor and kitchen was incredibly cheap. And by cheap I mean – stick on and now shifting because it is being walked on cheap. I knew that the landlord (a friend of ours) hadn’t done this and was pretty upset when he saw that the tenants had done.

The other day when I had our coat closet opened I noticed one of the tiles was coming up so figured why not just see if it will come up easily. It did and HANG ON is that wood flooring under here! It was. So then logical me kicks in going why would someone cover this us with this crappy tile. I got my answer once I pulled up another tile…permanent marker.

Now, with the amount of children in the world and probably even more permanent markers I know I am not the only one to ever have this issue. What would be the next logical conclusion then? Look it up online and see what gets this up. After literally scanning for 5 seconds I find a solution to this conundrum…toothpaste. I grabbed a tube a old toothbrush and PRESTO! The marker came right off. At this point I was on a roll. I didn’t get all the tile up yet. I have to do this in stages since the tile adhesive is going to be a bit tough to get up, but I am excited to see the finished result. Here is what is looks like so far.