While Ryan was away…

This weekend, Ryan was in Tennessee playing drums with John Tibbs. I was never really great at being “home alone,” but I decided to be brave and try to make the best of it!  Technically, I wasn’t “alone” because we have two cats who lovingly like to bother me.  I was glad Ryan was only gone for 48 hours though because it was a little too quiet around here!

Here’s what I did while Ryan was away…

Went to Trader Joe’s and took my sweet time looking around.  Got some new things to try – like their sweet potato fries- YUM!

Went to Michael’s (shame, shame!) and picked up a few things.  ;)

Got a Chick-fil-a sandwich for dinner. Mmmm, my favorite.

Made a gourmet lunch for myself.

Spent way too much time on Pinterest and not enough time checking things off our to do list.

Hijacked Ryan’s computer, turned up the speakers, & listened to a song on repeat that is old to him, new to me.

Hogged the bed.

Stayed in my PJ’s all day, showered, got back in new PJs.

Did a little crafting.

Blogged about our wedding colors.

What do you like to do when you have the house to yourself?

Hand-Carved Stamps

I was searching Etsy for hand-carved stamps, as Ryan and I are looking into packaging ideas for Two Are Better, and I remembered how much I love stamps!  They’re not the most practical thing, but they are oh so cute.

I wish I could have a stamp collection – but what would I stamp?  The walls?  The love letters I don’t write?  Ryan’s arm?  Oooh – maybe I should get a teaching job so I have an excuse to use stamps on students’ papers.  ;o)

Anyway, I got a bit distracted and just started searching Etsy for any handmade stamps that I liked.  I started a Stamp Pinboard on Pinterest and I’m trying to justify a purchase of stamps.

We are planning on buying a few to stamp on packaging for Two Are Better – like maybe a camera one or custom logo.  But how else could I use stamps?  Any ideas?  :)

Here’s just a few of my favorites below.  The rest are on my Pinterest board so be sure to follow me!

Source: etsy.com via Mindy on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Mindy on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Mindy on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Mindy on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Mindy on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Mindy on Pinterest

My Highlights of 2011

Happy belated 2012 everyone!  I’m making it one of my New Year’s Resolutions to blog on here more often.  In the last several months, I have really been neglecting this little blog and I miss it.  Time to get back on board in 2012!  I’m going to start with my highlights of 2011.  I did a 2010 in Review and it’s so fun to look back on.

Overall, 2011 was a really great year for me.  A BIG year, in fact!  The past few years before that were pretty rough, so 2011 was a fresh breath of air.  It was fun-filled & busy!  Such lovely memories were made.

Note: Not necessarily in order.

2011 started off by visiting Ryan in Plainfield, Indiana, where he had just moved in with our friends Todd & Carrie.  I had so much fun when I visited Ryan while he lived there!

I got on a craft kick around Valentine’s Day and it hasn’t left me since.

I fell in love with coffee all over again when Ryan bought me the Aeropress.  Goodbye French press!

The impossible happened.  The university gave us not one, but TWO, snow days!

Celebrated 5 years with Ryan.

I completed several service projects with a local group we called “Helping from Home.”  We assembled safe birthing kits, made shoes for Sole Hope, had a baby shower for the Kenya Mercy House, sold cupcakes with the Cupcake Kids for Sixty Feet, etc.

Ryan got the job as Community Manager for WooThemes. He also graduated from AU in May. I was so proud of all he accomplished in 2011!

Ryan & I visited my cousin Darah in Savannah, Georgia during my Spring Break.  We also were able to ride bikes on Hilton Head Island – so so awesome.

Went to Silver Dollar City with my family for the first time in years.  Went to the Home of the Throwed Rolls (Lambert’s) for the first time.  For the record, I caught a roll!

Ryan & I took photos at three wedding & took video at two weddings.

Ryan & I both “earned” Starbucks gold cards.

I jumped on the bandwagon and got my first iPhone.  How did I last so long without one?!  hah

Discovered Trader Joe’s for the first time.

Went to IKEA & the state of Ohio for the first time.

Got three new fancy pants lenses & a 5D Mark II.  WHOA!

Survived Organic Chemistry II online.  Earned my FIRST ever B.

Lost our dear kitty Milo to Bobcat Fever.  :( So sad.

Rescued two new kittens – Lil Bit & Onyx.  Actually four, but we gave two away.

Became completely addicted to almonds.

Rode horses a few times & tried to overcome my fear.

Won a photo contest for my 4th of July carnival pics.

Fell in love with frozen yogurt (with gummy bears!)

Kayaked for the first time.  LOVED it!

Went to an “adult swim” at the new pool.  Conquered my fear of going down the slide!

My Mom turned 50, my Grandma turned 90, & my brother turned 20.

Discovered cake pops & made my own.

Got BlogHer ads & a few blog makeovers. Neglected my blog.  :(

Turned 23 years old.

Started Two Are Better LLC with Ryan.

Flew on a plane for the first time in years. (Felt like my first time!)

Visited Florida.  Went over the Sunshine Bridge.  Found shark teeth.  Had an amazing time.

Shot an engagement video & two promo videos.

Went roller skating for the first time in ~10 years.

Dressed up like a mad scientist for Halloween.

Painted pumpkins for the first time.

My paternal Grandma, Nana, was suddenly diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and joined my Dad in heaven.

Went ice skating for the first time ever.


Succeeded in student teaching.

GRADUATED with my B.A in Biology and a Certification to teach secondary ed. & a minor in Psychology.  Got recognized for a 4.0 in the University of Missouri system.

Continued to grow my hair out. ( Dec 2010 vs Dec 2011)


Did 27 photo shoots.


My highlight of 2011 was when Ryan asked me to marry him!!!  On December 12th, I became his fiancée after almost 6 years together.  :)

It’s still surreal – partly because I haven’t been able to wear my ring yet!  It’s now resized and waiting for us in Indiana.  We also haven’t discussed any wedding dates or details yet, but that will come soon.  I can’t wait!

Go to our blog at Two Are Better to read the proposal story.  You get to read BOTH sides of the story!

Click over now!

Christmas Ornament Wreath

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!  I spent most of my Thanksgiving break hanging out with Ryan and working on Christmas crafts. It was so relaxing; I didn’t want it to end! You can expect lots of fun Christmas posts in the near future because I have lots of projects up my sleeve. :) I’m starting with my Christmas ornament wreath I made. It was easy to make, fairly inexpensive, and it looks LOVELY!

I based my wreath off of this tutorial I found via Pinterest. It was a good use for a wire hanger (my Mom won’t get rid of them). The only difference is that I hot glued the smaller gold ornaments and bells in instead of stringing them on the wire with the red and green.

I had fun choosing the ornaments (I got cheap ones in a package at Walmart) and arranging them on the wreath.  It took 52 of the large ornaments and maybe about 20 of the smaller ones.  My Mom helped me make a red and green ribbon to tie it all together!  Also – thanks to Ryan for using his muscles to help me bend the hanger.  ;)

You could do a lot with this wreath to make it your own.  What are you creating this holiday season?!