Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Say My Name (and a Nashville update)

Hi friends, well I made it to Nashville! The network meetings begin this morning, and I am so excited to hear ideas to help improve my programs, get more participants, and just be an overall better advocate for youth development. Before I tell you about my first day here, I just want to thank those of you who congratulated me on my new position over the past few days. I love the support of the blogger network so much and even though (as you'll read further down) I started this blog purely for myself, almost as a time capsule of sorts, it's evolved into such amazing friendships. 

I apologize if this post looks a bit different than normal, I am attempting to use the iPads blogger app, and boy does it stink! 

Well, yesterday was pretty much just spent at the hotel. We arrived around noon, checked in, and ventured all around. This place is HUGE. 2,800 guest rooms, tons of gardens, pools, spas, restaurants, you name it! I don't think we need to leave for the full five days haha! If you want to get an idea of the magnitude, here is the website. Also, (since I can't really upload photos via the app) follow me on twitter (@megd_11) or Instagram (@megatronnn27) if you would like! 

The Vintage Modern Wife: Say My Name Link Up

Alright, now for the important part: my name. "Borrowed Heaven," anyone ever been able to guess the reference?? Well, it's a lyric from a song by The Corrs. This blog started exactly one month before I ended college in April 2011. I never intended to make it public, it was a "photo a day" memory book for me. A lot of things were changing in my life: ending college, starting a new job, moving, etc, and I wanted to remember every minute of it. So, I started taking photos, you can go back and look if you want, but I promise it's really boring haha. I didn't even tell Mike about it for probably a few months. I finally made it public by joining "20 Something Bloggers" in the spring of 2012 where I found a few cute blog hops, and I have been making friends ever since! :)

Okay, back to The Corrs. The song is called "Summer Sunshine" and my favorite line is, "to sweet beginnings and bitter endings, in coffee city we borrowed heaven." And that's how I felt at the time I started this blog, I was so sad to see college end, but so happy to be moving in with Mike and starting this new chapter in my life! Here is a link to the only version of the song I could listen to on mobile, but you should find the original and listen to that, it's so much better! 

So there you have it! Oh, one last thing, you might notice my domain is actually "myborrowedheaven," well, simply "borrowedheaven" was taken but I still liked it better for the title. 

Products I'm Loving

Like I mentioned in my weekend update, on Friday, I got a fantastic email that I was officially approved as an LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program Director!  Basically, I am doing the exact same job as before, but we will be creating more "Girls Only" projects/events for our female participants [which now are only about 28%, but we hope to get up to 50% soon!].

Well, I was VERY excited, so on my lunch break, I went to Target and bought myself a couple of things I've been looking at/for.  And bonus, I have a Target RedCard, so I get 5% off everything [woot woot!]. 

Everything kind of fit into two categories: beauty & food.

First the beauty products: OPI 'Are We There Yet" [and it was 50% off!!], Vaseline Spray & Go, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control, Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer

It's been less than a week, but so far, the nail polish is lovely, the Vaseline spray lotion isn't greasy and smells fresh, the face wash seems to really clean my skin, [remember that time I thought that great minty skin wash would work for my skin frustrations? well, I was wrong, but this one seems good and more thorough], and I actually bought the right concealer shade for my face - yay!

Food products: Mega Stuf Oreos, Freeze Dried Strawberry Slices, Milky Way Simply Caramel Bunnies, and a napkin holder [on clearance!!]
OH MY GOSH, THE OREOS ARE THE GREATEST THING EVER - the perfect amount of cookie and cream, you can see more about the strawberries here - which are amazing, I love caramel so they bunnies are delicious, and the napkin holder is a little short, but it was cheap!

the OPI polish and Oreo :)


Speaking of things I'm loving, I thought I would throw in a couple of other things I've been loving - mostly videos: 
Michelle Obama's Awesome Mom Dance with Jimmy Fallon
The Real Models Behind the Archer Characters
"We Saw Your Boobs" - Seth MacFarland at the Oscars
I Want To Be Jennifer Lawrence's Best Friend and with Jack Nicholson!
The Les Mis Cast Performance at the Oscars [I downloaded the soundtrack for my trip tomorrow!!]

Alright, I am off to Nashville!  I hope to update y'all with my travels when I get down there, but if not, I will talk to you next week!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Favorite Link ups

I don't know about you, but I enjoy blog hops.  I like ones with themes when I'm struggling for something to write about, but I also enjoy the ones where you just link up with any current post and get to meet some other great bloggers.  

My problem is, I tend to forget about many of them.  I've started writing a bunch of my posts in advance, so when I see someone linking up on a given morning, I just don't have time to get the post together.  I thought I would post this [I will also put a link to it in my "linkups" header page] so you all can see these great linkups in one place.  Also, if you host a linkup or have a favorite [preferably to fill in Tuesday or Saturday], comment below with the link and I'll be sure to add it!

Mingle 240

First Things First


pleated poppy
Daisy Cottage Designs

Its Ok Thursdays
30 Second Thursdays

life rearranged
The Vintage Modern Wife: Happies and Crappies Link Up
Getting Fit Friday


Sunday Social

Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekend Update

This weekend was great!  I hope you all had a wonderful couple of days too :)

Friday was a crazy long, 14-hour day with half of it spent in an elementary school teaching golf and the other half spent prepping/running a Girls Night Out like we had a few weeks back.  I am SO EXCITED to announce that my office/site has officially been recognized as an LPGA-USGA Girls Golf facility and I'm the new program director.  If you search around on their websites under sites in Connecticut, you'll see my info!

Little models!



Saturday, Mike and I went to RI to visit my parents and sister!  We enjoyed way too much RI food - much of which I can't wait to share on the first "Hometown Hop" in a week or so and visited my kitties.  My mom also made a cake for Mike's upcoming birthday!  We drove back early in the evening [because there was supposed to be snow] and finished watching season 3 of 24. 

with Robbie and Stan

Yes, that is my childhood bedroom... with the same brass bed I've had all my life haha

On Sunday, Mike took me out on a brunch date.  We went to Panera and then to see Identity Thief.  It was such a good movie!  [I already loved Michael Bluth and Sookie St. James ;) ] When we got back, we cuddled, played iPad games, watched the Matchplay World Golf Championship - congrats, Matt Kuchar - and the Oscars! 

flannel, Phase 10, and Roxy kind of afternoon

Linking up with these great parties!  
And how did I remember to link up this week, you ask?? Well, I might just be working on a post with my favorite link ups for every day of the week so you can stay on top of things [like I never am]! 
Look for that post tomorrow :)
Mingle 240
The Things We Find Inside
Design Poppiness Designs