Thursday, November 27, 2014

#tbtHolidayEdition The ManDog in My Life

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!!

I decided that I would look back 10 years in November to see what I should write about today and wouldn't you know the only picture that I found was of this adorableness?!

I should also be thankful for my anti-aging genes because I feel like I don't look much different than I did at 19. OMG I can't believe I was 19 in this pic. It feels like a lifetime ago. I miss those shoes. Is it weird to have multiple memories of those shoes from that long ago?

Back to the pooch. He was still a pup in this picture and today he's an old man. He still likes to sleep a lot, but will get a burst of energy every once in a while.

He's still a crazy little ball of fur that's a little harder to man-handle as he's gotten older and bigger.

He still annoys the crap out of me when he wants to get up at 5:00 am on a Saturday. I don't remember what he was like at night/in the mornings because until about 5 years ago he didn't sleep with me. IDK who he slept with actually.

He still makes me laugh on almost a daily basis.

He's been the best surprise for a family pet we've almost ever had. It's almost a tie between him and this super mut we had named Lindsey.

I'm so thankful to have him and his companionship most days. I know he will always hold a special place in my memory!!

Here is one of the only pictures I have of him when we first got him and the picture is terrible!

Do you have a special someone or something you're thankful in your life?!

I'll be sleeping in today and trying to not to eat my weight in food. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Next week it's finally time for tbt Christmas sharing!! Even posting stuff from last year is a throwback. Of course visiting other blogs is the point of these link ups and I'd love it if you mention and/or link back here for others to join!

TBT Holiday Link Up

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Freakin' Weekend Post...Finally!

Not that my weekend was all that exciting, but I'll share it with you anyway.

Friday was a last ditch effort to finish a project or two that I had been working on for a couple weeks. *whew* Getting that crossed off my list felt good and now I can move onto the next thing on my list for that client.

Saturday was up early'ish to attend the UCF vs. SMU game aaaaannnnnd it was raining. Then it rained during the. whole. game. Blargh! My feet were soaked. I haven't been wearing close toe shoes due to breaking my mini toe just before Halloween so I didn't even try to wear my Docs. I should have. Lesson learned.

Saturday evening was spent finishing Sylvia Day's latest book, Captivated by You.

Sunday I tried on my boots and they didn't hurt. Again, always try the shoe on. *shakes head* After church, where I'm mentoring a teen singer!! I remember being that age and wanting to sing on stage. How hard it was to find my part and stick with it. BTW, she's doing great!

Then it was Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1!!! In case you didn't know, I didn't read the books so each movie is a brand new experience for me so I definitely jumped during that one part, lol. *gasp*

I also wore what I thought was a super cute outfit. It accentuates my short legs, haha!

Sunday night was spent catching up with Chi PD and Chi Fi. I just can't get enough of those shows or SoA!

How was your weekend?!

Don't forget to come link up your Thanksgiving memory this Thursday, same time and share another Holiday/Season/Thankful memory! Even posting stuff from last year is a throwback. Of course visiting other blogs is the point of these link ups and I'd love it if you mention and/or link back here for others to join!

TBT Holiday Link Up

Even though it's not Monday morning, I'm still linking up!!

Friday, November 21, 2014


NAME // Heather, Heather Dawn, H, Hey - I respond to all of these, and am most commonly known as Heather Dawn online except when I started this blog.

FAMILY // I'm the oldest of three kids. My brother still lives here but my sister lives closer to "back home" in Nebraska where it's way too cold!!

WORK // By day I'm a Customer Service rep for a company that focuses on New Home Construction and Multi-Family Housing aka apartments. I don't talk about it much on here because even though I really like where I work it's not my passion. Reading or designing is, fo sho!

HOBBIES // Reading, watching Drama TV shows, sometimes cooking, eating, reading.

FAV FOOD // Chips and Dip, followed closely by Pizza.

FAV COLOR // Pink, and if it's clothing it's a shade of white, grey or black.

STD COFFEE ORDER // Tall, Non-fat, No Whip, Peppermint Mocha. It's the perfect size 90% of the time.

STD BAR ORDER // Margarita on the rocks with salt or Sangria.

PLACES I SHOP // Target, Ulta, Gap, Sephora, that's pretty much it.

BED TIME / WAKE UP TIME // Bedtime is 10 pm and my alarm goes off most mornings at 5:30. This week I've been reading right before bed and falling asleep before 10.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT // Foundation, blush and lip gloss!

WHAT I BLOG ABOUT // My life. Books, favorite things, being a designer, country music.

1ST BLOG I READ // Mama Laughlin

HOW DID I START BLOGGING // I really enjoyed reading about her struggles, everyday life and getting that glimpse. I also thought I might have stuff I could contribute. I had no idea how big the blogging world was and how much it could take over my life.

WHY I BLOG // I have stuff I want to say and I love an audience. Knowing there's a possibility I might speak to somebody or make another friend is amazing!!


I'm heading into another busy weekend and am really going to try to get a post up Monday of what I've been up to for several weekends. I've missed talking about my crazy weekends and linking up with everybody! What Monday linkups do you participate in?

I posted the following selfie on Instagram this morning after Steph's prompt. I have my hand in charities that deal with DV sometimes, so this is such an interesting way to bring awareness to Domestic Violence.

What charities, if any do you have a part in?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving with Friends #tbtholidayedition

Thanksgiving has always been a Holiday we spent with our extended family, often times setting us up with our Christmas exchange partners. When we moved to Florida we were what my dad likes to call pioneers, we had nobody. With the exception of work or church friends we barely knew, we didn't have a family to celebrate with.

That changed a few years ago when my mom got close to her friend S. We both have a friend named S, and they're special to us.

Anyway, mom's friend S has a family of her own but opens her home to us on Thanksgiving every year. Always having a fabulous spread of food, Sangria and other yummy things to devour. Like Trader Joe's Pumpkin Cheesecake!!!!

We've been incredibly blessed in the last 6 years we've been in Florida to establish such great relationships.

I would also say we're blessed that she does it at her house every year and has her kids clean so we don't have to do any of the dirty work!!! Now, that also means we don't have leftovers, womp womp. My brother has to work that day, so we'll be dropping off a plate of goodies for him to enjoy and thinking of my sister in Nebraska.

We'll be at S house again next week, where will you be? What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions?

Now it's YOUR turn to link up!

Don't forget to come back next week same day, same time and share another Holiday/Season/Thankful memory! Remember the only "rule" is your post must be a throwback post that fits the Holiday or time of year theme. Even posting stuff from last year is a throwback. Of course visiting other blogs is the point of these link ups and I've love it if you mention and/or link back here for others to join!

TBT Holiday Link Up

Friday, November 14, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday Favs Swoon Edition

I'm all about the swoon. I mean, I am a reader and major pimper for anything romance. While I was searching for #alltheswoongifs I came across this and loved the entire exchange but thought I'd share the most relevant part.

Below are 5 "things" - books, movies, etc. that had me and still to this day make me swoon. HARD!

This article//

10 Signs He’s Going To Be A Great Father, Not Just A Great Boyfriend

This book//

Dirty Rowdy Thing and the main character...Finn. Hello rugged fisherman.

This Actor//

Dermot Mulroney. Especially in this movie. Humanah. Humanah. His voice just does all kinds of things to my body.

This singer//

Tim McGraw. He's been a favorite of mine since 1997 when him and his lucky wife Faith did their duet of It's Your Love.

This city//

I'm still a little scared of it, that it won't live up to its expectations but it totally makes me swoon.

Now I'm linking up with some cool people and you should too! Do you have some things that make you swoon? If you're not one to swoon, what are some of your favorite things from this week?

Linking up for Oh Hey, Friday with these fabulous ladies - September FARM and The Farmer’s Wife.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sooo Thankful for... #tbtHolidayEdition

Howdy Gang!

Oh wait, that was last week with the hayrides. *face palm*

This week I really wanted to focus on a guy that I'm no longer in touch with but meant a great deal to 5 year old Heather.

His name was Gary and he was our Pastor.

It's not really planned that this also follows Veteran's Day, but it works out splendidly. You see, my dad's a Vet. He spent 18.5 years in the US Army and when I was around 5 years old he was deployed in the first Iraq war. That's actually how we ended up in Tampa the first time around.

Anyway, while he was away I was at that pivotal age where lots of things were happening and I needed a father figure.

One time I specifically remember having a daddy-daughter dance to attend and since my dad wasn't there, Gary offered to take me. OMG how sweet is that?! It just brings a tear to my eyes whenever I think about how awesome he was.

Excuse me while I cry all over my keyboard.

Another time I remember giving him a sticker and this must have been uncommonly known at the time, but did you know if you leave a sticker on a shirt in the dryer it won't come off? Well, I gave Gary a sticker and being the sweet man he was, he stuck it on his shirt. Only to call my mom the next day and tell her how he'd left it on there and was now a permanent reminder of me on his shirt!

Besides church functions, we spent Holidays with him, his wife and his grown step children. He was there for the women in my family when we needed someone and I am so thankful to have such great memories with him.

Do you have someone in your "old life" that you're especially thankful for?

Now it's YOUR turn to link up!

Don't forget to come back next week same day, same time and share another Holiday/Season/Thankful memory! Remember the only "rule" is your post must be a throwback post that fits the Holiday or time of year theme. Even posting stuff from last year is a throwback. Of course visiting other blogs is the point of these link ups and I've love it if you mention and/or link back here for others to join!

TBT Holiday Link Up

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Following My Arrow - A Confession

Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves on Grooveshark

You guys, it's time to get real honest. I don't know WHAT I was thinking!!

Remember when I wrote this post? Yep...that was just two weeks ago and now here I am with only about 3,000 words written toward a novel and I've had to come to a hard decision. A decision I made last Monday/Tuesday, mind you so that's not a bad stopping point it's not like I was way behind when I decided to follow my arrow like Kacey says.

I have been planning to do NaNoWriMo since I put the "publish" word on my 30 Before 30 list, but then some things started happening that I just didn't anticipate. Good things. Things I should have been pursuing three years ago, but I held off for what?

Fear of failure. Not happening.

Not enough time. Can't use that as an excuse anymore because I am doing it, regardless of time. I even have less time than I had three years ago in some cases.

The thing is though I have the idea and definitely have the drive...I just don't see this being the year I write or even start a novel. That's not true. I started. I outlined the first 8 chapters and wrote the first one. I'll just have to begin again at some point. Haha, my boss even asked me why I didn't write the other day. I told her about my fanfic days and that I started one but realized where my real talents were.

One of the things I constantly found myself saying in the fandom is I wish I would have discovered my talent/way of participating earlier because I probably wouldn't have tried to do the graphics and write. It took me trying to do both again to remember this.

I jumped the gun posting that I was doing NaNoWriMo and even thought I could handle it all. Then, even more design priorities came in and that's where I'm certain of my strengths. Not everyone can be a published author. Some have to be on the sidelines creating the pretty things that help promote those bestselling books.

Like these countdown images I made for CLo on the fly the week before Dirty Rowdy Thing launched. When an emergency request comes in, I'm all over it!

See that green shirt #3 is wearing?! I did that too and you can get your own shirt in their Zazzle store!! I'm thinking about getting one for my brother like Christina did.
Am I the only one that works better under pressure?
Linking up with Helene!

Don't forget I'm still doing the #tbtholidayedition every Thursday between now and the New Year!! This month is focusing on Fall, being thankful and Thanksgiving!!

Helene in Between Song of the Week Wednesday

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fall Hayrides #tbtHolidayEdition

With daylight savings time coming to an end this last weekend, I am treated to almost a daily sunset on my drive home from work. I love many things about the Fall, and the coooler weather that eventually shows up in Florida with this time change is one of them.

The other thing is Fall bonfires and hayrides. Back home, we had an annual event that would happen every Fall where we would gather in the middle of nowhere at this one farm. Everybody would bring a side dish and we would roast hot dogs and have s'mores for dessert.

After dinner, but before the s'mores and definitely before the sunset they would load all the kids and any adults that wanted to ride around the farm on the flat bed of a trailer lined with hay bales.

I'm actually not in the picture above, my sister is. I am in the one below; many years ago! Way before we moved to Kansas. This was a Texas hayride, yeehaw!

I'm so thankful I got to experience the absolute beauty of the Midwest for a lot of my development years. While I enjoy the Florida weather, and all the it has to offer. I will always call Kansas home.

What's one of your favorite things to do with Family and Friends in the Fall?

TBT Holiday Link Up

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October Real Book Challenge

Real Book Challenge on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
Down to You by M. Leighton
Up to Me by M. Leighton
Everything for Us by M. Leighton
Burying Water by KA Tucker

October Total - 5

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks was a 4 star book for me. I'm such a glutton for punishment. I know how most of Sparks books end and I don't know why I thought he might start to change his ways. It's like those Lurlene McDaniel books about teens with cancer I used to devour and bawl my eyes out over. I did like the ultimate outcome, and it fit perfectly with the title.

Synopsis: THE BEST OF ME is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they've taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.

Down to You by M. Leighton was a 4 star book but a GREAT one. I'm not sure why it wasn't 5 stars but I have to go with my first rating. I got the last two for CHEAP at BAM and ordered this one from Amazon used.

Synopsis: The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?

Up to Me by M. Leighton is the second book in this series, but it was the only one I gave FIVE stars to. I loved everything about this book. The characters that we first met, really got to know the real person.

Synopsis: For Olivia, romantic bliss has never felt so right as it does with Cash. Unpredictable, except when it comes to satisfying her desires, Cash’s bad boy reputation is well-earned, but he’s turning his life around with the one woman who accepts him for who he is.

Until strangers from the past turn Olivia and Cash’s world upside down. What they want is something only Cash can give them. And if he doesn’t deliver, then they’re taking the one thing that Cash values the most.

Olivia always knew that in falling for Cash she was likely to get burned. But this new threat is beyond anything she imagined. Now she has to trust Cash with her life—and for Olivia that’s much easier than letting go, and trusting him with her heart.

Includes a teaser from Everything for Us.

Everything for Us by M. Leighton was kind of a let down. I gave it 3.5/4 stars since it was kind of all over the place but I ended up enjoying it once I got to the end. You find out some things in the first two books that lead us to the third one and they must be read in order. This third book is also about a different couple, with glimpses into the other couple. I just loved that first love story so much that this one fell short for me.

Synopsis: Olivia Townsend’s wealthy cousin Marissa had everything a girl could ask for—a great job, a privileged life, and all the friends she wanted. Or, at least, all the friends money could buy. But one case of mistaken identity has turned her privileged world upside down.

An abduction gone wrong lands her right in the lap of the sexiest, most dangerous man she’s ever met. To Marissa, he’s an enigma, but one to whom she’s irresistibly, inexplicably drawn.

With him comes a new world of freedom and passion, of dark shadows and dangerous secrets, a world where nothing is what it seems—except for the blind passion that Marissa can’t escape—or maybe even survive.

Burying Water by KA Tucker was my first experience with a K.A. Tucker book and it won't be the last! The mystery, and the revelation thought I kind of saw it coming were just enough to keep me hooked and wanting more. I loved the characters and am so excited to start her first book, Ten Tiny Breaths as part of the Winter Book Challenge I'm participating in. ***I was a randomly selected winner of this book on Goodreads courtesy of the Atria Indies Publishers.

Synopsis: The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

OMG you guys I have sooo many books I'm reading and loving! I NEED to do a Dirty Rowdy Thing review, and maybe a Sublime or an Ugly Love one but I'm just so not comfortable reviewing unless I just word vomit everywhere and you know how I feel about vomit!