Archive | September, 2012

My Random Tidbit

28 Sep

What can I say?
This week seemed to go by so fast.
A lot happened at work..
I mean, one day I had a director, the next I didn’t.
Then one of my co workers said her final goodbyes..
Check out this rad away gift my co worker Melody put together for her:

I think it’s totally amazing. It’s a “Garden” of love. On the back we all wrote our own sentiments to our lovely Jenny…

I’m going to miss her… But you know, after a week I’ve had, I can tell you,
life is so unpredictable. Things happen, people come, they go, and well life although at times can seem very redundant and as if we are all in this same routine that never ends, life can have it’s hiccups, it’s bumps in the road, and sometimes we can be sent off on a course that is completely unexpected.

So with that, I’m taking every day as a brand new day,
accepting all that comes with it, and all that life has to offer.
God is pretty awesome, so I know that whatever turn, curve, or way he takes me, it’s for a reason that I sometimes don’t discover until much later.

Today, I want to encourage you to embrace everyday and the newness it has to offer. While life can be a routine, be open to changes (don’t worry, i’m telling myself this as well), and enjoy this journey called life….

You’re here for a reason, so why you are on this journey, you might want to figure it out 🙂

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ 🙂


Great Finds

24 Sep

Hey Good People!

I’ve been busy traveling a little here and there and it’s been a bit crazy but we’ve had a little fun in between!

My husband and I traveled to see his best friend get married! Wasn’t she a beautiful bride?

I finally had the chance to wear my MUST HAVE dress from Banana Republic! When I first saw the dress in the window, I KNEW, I had to have it! My husband has a Banana Republic Card, and due to that he gets a lot of great savings! I think after all of the savings the dress only cost about 70 bucks!!!! It’s such a great quality dress and what can I say, I love it! Having a Banana Republic card TRULY pays off!

I thought a purple gold smokey eye would be perfect for the event! I was super psyched a few weeks ago to find a fabulous lip color that I just had to have! It was from Kiss New York, and a found it in a hair store for about 3 bucks!!!! It really made my total look pop!

Kiss “Magenta” Lipstick

This was after the event, so excuse me if I look kind of tired in the picture! I just had to show you how great this lip color is! I will be going back to try out even more!

On Sunday, the hubby and I walked around the Galleria in Dallas, TX. We really didn’t purchase anything, but I did get to try out Bath & Body Work’s Fabulous  Lip Gloss from C.O. Bigelow! I love their  Mentha Shimmer Tint in Pearl Mint! It gives a pretty gloss and it was only 7.50!!! Right now, Bath & Body Works has the buy 2 get one free, so I purchased one chapstick (for men) for my husband, and also received the Rose Salve by C.O. Bigelow. I find that it works great on elbows, and lips if need be (I know, weird combo!)

Well that is it for now friends!

It has been such a lovely weekend, but now I’m battling a cold (NO FUN)!

I hope you all are doing well and get to try out some of the great finds in this post!!

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ 🙂

2 years of Love!

18 Sep

Today is a super special day, because I am celebrating another wonderful year with that husband of mine!

I feel as if this has been a really great year! Our first year had its ups and downs, with me dealing with depression but I’ve come so far in this 2nd year! Although I’ve had my issues, my husband has been by my side every step of the way. He has supported me, loved me, and more importantly just been there. What a lucky girl I am! He not only provides, he makes me laugh, and knows how to deal with me and my defensive-overly emotional self.

I wanted to dedicate today’s post to him just to say Thank You.  I didn’t even post last year, partly because my husband surprised me and took me to Hot Springs, but also because I was still struggling with the whole relocation thing.

However today I’m grateful. God is so awesome, and has blessed me in so many ways I can only Thank him! Then, I have to Thank my husband for just always being there. I think that has made the most difference in my life today.

For those of you who are married, remember to always

love each other.
be there for one another.
act silly with one another.
Pray together.
Be each other’s best friend.

For those of you who aren’t married or in a relationship, remember,

God is writing your love story. I guarantee you it’s going to be an amazing story of ups and downs and even some sweep you off your feet moments! You just to give him time, and realize it’s not going to happen when YOU want it to, but when God says it’s time.

Be patient. (I tell myself this all the time about other aspects in my life!)

To my husband,

Thank you for being my best friend in the whole wide world. Also, thanks for giving me the awesome “J” in “SPJ” 😀  I love you!
Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ 🙂

Some of my favorite moments from the big day 2 years ago…

1 of 3 Autumn Girls

Me & My Bestie

Kiss the Bride

Me & My Goddaughter , Taylor 🙂



Freak Organizer

13 Sep

So you may remember when I decided to use a Sephora Inspired Brush Holder in my bathroom awhile ago! I have been using it since, but notice that my makeup collection is truly growing and it seems to be unorganized…

This is complete madness for me. I was doing really well with my organizing capabilities until I realized My collection was outgrowing my cute little organizer, so something had to be done! It shouldn’t take more than a few seconds to find what I need, but this clutter and complete mess has made things that way. However, don’t worry, I always have something up my sleeve. I went to the container store, looking for storage. The only problem was, I really didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that would be serving only for storage purposes. I looked in the cosmetic storage section, and while the items were cute, I just didn’t want to spend the funds, nor have pre set sections (i know, werido)

So I found these cute little plastic containers from The container store and purchased them in 4 different sizes!

They ranged in price from 1.99 to 4.99! I then went to Michaels and purchased some cute sparkly black felt. I didn’t even have to cut it because it fit the container perfectly!


I decided to cut the Black Felt to fit the sizes of the other 3 containers I had. I decided that the containers would separate my makeup by : Eye Shadow, Face Products (Foundations, blushes, etc), Lipsticks and Glosses ,and Mascara & Liners! All the clutter ended up being organized like this:


It fits perfectly in my bathroom drawers and even looks cute from the side (Not that it matters!)
I find it very easy to now access the products I need and I still have room to add more products even though it may look pretty full!!

So if you need to organize your makeup in a cute style, and don’t want to spend more than 20 bucks (16 actually), this can make it happen! All you need is:

Craft Felt (Optional)
Stacking Organizer Trays (The size of your choice)

and about 10 minutes! Cool thing is, I now don’t have my makeup everywhere, and I know how to get to it all!The cool thing about the felt is if something spills on it I can replace it! Felt doesn’t cost more than .99 cents (and that’s for the heavier kind) ! I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me!!!
Your welcome 🙂

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ 🙂

1 of a Kind Bday :)

10 Sep

Last week, I had the chance to celebrate an AWESOME Birthday, but this is not just any kind of birthday….

You see, last week I celebrated one year of Zumba!

However, it is so much more than that… For me, I’m celebrating one year of smiles, one year of fitness, and one year of finally kicking “depression” in the butt.

That’s right. Before I started Zumba, as crazy as it may seem,
I was depressed.

It all started with the very first blog post, Something New..Something Unknown, where I was just in an awkward place after moving to Arkansas.
I didn’t post hardly at all because I spent my time, sitting on the couch in between frequent tears and calls to family and friends back home. SERIOUSLY.

I would get these horrible feelings in the pit of my stomach that I just couldn’t get rid of. I would cry, and sometimes I didn’t even know why. People would call my phone and they said I would sound even depressed on my voicemail. My husband encouraged me to talk to someone, but I didn’t, because as most people battling with depression, I felt that I could do it all by myself.

Some of you who have read this blog from the beginning, remember my I’m Angry post, where I was just really missing home. So many times, I suffered in silence. I lied to those closest to me, because I didn’t want them to know how bad it really was, and I didn’t want people giving me their pity. I went back and forth throughout the year I think trying to “convince” myself I was happy, when I simply wasnt. I remember asking myself, “What Have I Done” and I couldn’t even answer it myself. I thought I would never make it, but as most people know, God ALWAYS makes a way.

It’s been a journey but slowly but surely, I’ve come out of the really dark place that I was in. I believe not only Zumba help me do that, but surrounding myself with very positive people. All of a sudden, I was not only working on my health, but I had people supporting and encouraging me all along the way. I continuously prayed for an Answer, and God gave it to me through Zumba.

I met the Zumba Instructor (who I call FRIEND), Julie, who encouraged me to join the gym. I remember thinking, “what in the world am I getting myself into?” I started going about 3 times a week. I met Emily, who introduced me to everyone she knew at Zumba. Before I knew it, It became part of my routine, and I really didn’t even have time to think about missing home. I was too busy having fun, and meeting some awesome people. A year has passed and I can’t believe it myself!

This story is very personal for me, however I’m sharing it, because someone else may be suffering with relocation depression or simply depression, and I want you to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. That one day, it WILL get better, even when you think it wont. You WILL smile again, things WILL work out, and that God ALWAYS has the answer. For me, I just needed to get myself out of the house and doing things for a change. I needed to truly be a part of something, and surround myself with positive people, not simply the people from back home that reminded me of all that I was missing back home. I needed to be willing to do something different, and embrace the change instead of finding a million things wrong with it.

I’m so thankful, I’m so encouraged, and though I do miss home from time to time, I’m growing more and more each day. I’m thankful to all of those who have helped me overcome and It is something I’m still continuously working on because I don’t want to get back to that negative place.  So do what you need to if you are in a rut, and don’t let the Devil tell you what you can and CANNOT DO. Also, I probably should have talked to someone back then instead of trying to figure it all out myself. I encourage you to talk to someone if you really need to, and to just remember that God is ALWAYS there for you.

I just wanted to share my hope with you, and celebrate this one of a kind birthday 🙂

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ 🙂

P.S. Check out some pictures of us celebrating one year 🙂


Me & My Stef

Happy 1 Year

Glow Fun!


Girls celebrating 1 Year


Emily & I


Me & Julie (Zumba Instructor)



Finding & Making Time

6 Sep

Hey Friends!

I know, it’s been a long time
(please don’t throw darts at me)

Work has been super, super, hectic, and I can’t even find time to hardly breathe, let alone sit down long enough to even write a post, but this morning, I’m making myself! I was just telling my husband the other day, that I just can’t seem to find the time to do anything, and that I hadn’t been able to really post on my blog OR my facebook page. His response?

“That’s No Excuse. Find the Time.”

And of course, as much as I hate to say it, he is absolutely right!

I sometimes feel so overwhelmed, that when I get home, I just like to breathe and sleep! However, I miss reaching out to all of my blog readers and supporters! I may not be able to post every day, but I am making a vow to post at least 3 times a week.

There! I’m challenging myself!

However, don’t fear, I’ve been working on some things for all of my fabulous readers! Getting some samples together, selling makeup, overall, life is good!

I am really excited about tonight but you will have to wait for tomorrow for more info!!!!


Until Next Time, Much Love, Mrs SPJ 🙂

Also, you can find me on instagram – mrsspj 🙂


I promise to be more active with you all! I know you didn’t subscribe to a blog for nothing!



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