Friday, July 27, 2012

Show Us Your Life {Displaying pictures in your home}

** GASP ** 
Two posts in one day! 

Kelly is doing SUYL and I thought I would join in on this one.

I didn't know EXACTLY how I wanted it... but I definitely wanted a "family wall" when we moved into our latest apartment. I LOVE my family wall most out of everything in our home. It's not organized at all and that might be my favorite part... but it just goes together. And it has all of my favorite people in the world up there. :)

This is what gave me the idea...

And this....

and this is how it turned out....

I love it! I need to do a little tweeking but for now, I love it :)

And here is in our hallway. I guess I like signs above my pictures. ha!


Confessional Friday!

Link up over at Leslie's blog  for some good ol' confessions!

1.) My hubby just called. He has to pull 24 hour duty. Which means our plans of making pizza and watching movies and just relaxing and cuddling is out the window. :( I love my life as an Army wife, but there are some things that I just can't stand. This is one of them.

2.) I didn't drink enough water yesterday and my poor little fingers are like little hot dogs. Swollen and yucky!

3.) I DID NOT want to go to the gym last night, but once I got there it got a little better. It was still rough but I got through it and felt better after.

4.) My arms are sore. very very sore.

5.) This stuff really works. After the gym last night I came home and showered and lathered up and I was asleep in about 5 minutes.

6.) This whole thing with K-Stew and R-Pat... or whatever their nicknames are... I'm over it. Seriously. Don't cheat on your significant other. Especially with a married man. I feel bad for RPat but for the girl, nope.

7.) I am getting my hair did next Saturday and I'm really wishing it was tomorow!  I swear once I schedule a hair appt my hair grows extra fast. Or I notice the roots more.... one of the two.

8.) I drank 3 cups of coffee today. I'm hoping it will get me to 5:00 because I'm just done with this work week. I was done with it on Tuesday. :/

9.) Andy and I text while at the gym. about 10 feet away from each other. We are cheesy and I love it! and I especially love him. :)

10.) This is my hot date tonight. Cute huh?? :) I'm thankful she's there while her daddy is away! I don't like being in the house alone. Funny right, since I lived ALONE for like 6 years!

Have a GREAT weekend everyone! I'm going to turn my frown upside down!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Liebster Award!

I logged on to my email today to find that I got a blog award!!

My sweet blogging friend Jessica nominated me and I'm so excited to participate! Jessica has a special place in my heart for many many reason! She's one of the sweetest girls I've met (over the internet)
Simple things for simple girls! :)
I will also nominate some of my favorites so stay tuned to the end!

The Liebster Award  is for new bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute endearing and welcome. :)
I'm honered, thank you Jessica!

So... if you are new, welcome... if not... then you might or might not know the following about me... I'm pretty much an open book tho.

Here are the rules:  
1.   Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2.   Answer the questions the tagger has set for you. 
3.   Create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
4.   Choose people and link them in your post.
5.   Go to their page and tell them.
6.   Remember, no tag backs!

11 Things about me.... Randi Rodriguez!

1. I am the ONLY person in my family who has blonde hair and blue eyes. And it ain't fake! (just a few highlights). Seriously. Everyone, even the married in ones are brunette with dark eyes (and tan skin at that!). 

2. I am an Army brat. I have 2 brothers who are Marines, a sister in law who was former Marine and I swore up and down that I would NEVER marry a Military man. Until I fell in love with Andy. Who happend to be my bff's brother.

I love my soldier and wouldn't have it any other way.

3. I have always wanted to have big plump lips like Angelina Jolie. I'm constantly searching for the perfect lip plumper.

4. It's very rare if my fingernails are not painted. I HATE my hands so I try to make them better by having perfectly manicured fingers. The reason I hate my hands: they are tiny.

5. My favorite type of food is Mexican, and if you noticed my last name is Rodriguez. Yep, I married into the right family! My MIL's cooking is AMAZING!

6. I've always wanted to live in the South, and now that I'm here... I don't love it. Maybe it's just Savannah. or maybe the side of town I'm on... but it's not all sweet tea and fried chicken ;)

7. I absolutely despise grocery shopping. My SIL/BFF and I always talk about how much we dislike it and hope some day we are like our momma's and learn to love it.

8. I had my first surgery when I was 27. I had a tumor next to my ovary that they had to remove. Now I have a nasty 5 inch scar on my bikini line.

9. I'm deathly afraid of spiders. They can be teeny-tiny or huge... hate em' all.

10. I never leave the house without at least eye-liner on and would LOVE to have eye liner tatooed so I don't have to put it on every. single. day.

11. Every day I wonder why in the world I was given such an amazing man as my husband. And every day I try to make sure I tell him how much I love him :) He really puts up with alot!

11 New Questions (from Jessica!)

1. What made you start blogging?
We were moving far far away and I wanted to make sure my family was up to date on all of our life adventures. :) It's my own personal electronic journal. Then I met sweet sweet people and I kept on' bloggin!
2.   What is your favorite thing to do on a sunny day?
I love going to the dog park with my hubby and pup... or the dog beach. Basically anywhere they allow dogs since we adore our sweet girl!
3.   Have you ever traveled out of the country? If so, where?
No, but I would LOVE to go on a cruise to the bahamas or Europe! It's on our bucket list!
4.   What is one beauty item you CAN'T live without?
Eye Liner! (I put that as #10 before I read this, promise!)
5.   If you had to choose, what's more important for an outfit - the shoes or the bag?
Ummm if you know me, it would be the BAG! And a Coach one at that!
6.   What is your biggest fear?
My husband dying before I do. Seriously, cannot live without that sweet fella'!
7.   What is your least favorite food?
Broccoli! Ewww. HATE. IT.
8.   What was your favorite childhood book? And your fave book now?
The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein. Still the fave. I have the collectors edition ;)
9.   Would you rather: a) skydive, b) tightrope walk or c) cliff jump?
Well I'm afraid of heights, so I'll take the one with the parachute please. :)
10.   What's your favorite weekly 'go-to' meal?
Ugh. Pizza. It's a nasty habit that we're trying to kick, but seriously... THEY cook it, THEY deliver it... there's no "I" about it!
11.   What is your favorite time of day and why?
About 7:00 pm. Dinner is done and eaten. Kitchen is cleaned and I'm ususally snuggled up in the bed with the hubby and Miss Daisy watching our DVR'd shows. :)
That was so much fun!!!
Now I tag the following ladies....
Erin  at Once Upon A New Time
Adri at Sincerely, Adri
Amy at Wolin Tribe
Sweet girl at Table 4 One  that I don't know her name (AWFUL RIGHT?!)

Here are my 11 questions for YOU ladies!
1. What is your dream job?
2. What is your favorite make up?
3. What's your ideal vacation spot?
4. Would you rather have a cat or a dog as a pet?
5. How many states have you lived in?
6. What's your favorite drink? (non-alcohol or alcohol)
7. What's your de-sress method?
8. What made you start blogging? (stole this one, I'm curious too!)
9. What's the most random thing about you?
10. What is on your bucket list?
11. What's your favorite TV show?
Have Fun and Happy Blogging!

Please Vote!!

Hey Everyone!!

Will you help us??

My brother and sister in law are opening a Cross Fit gym in Maryland and they are trying to win $500 worth of equipment! Will you help out??

Click HERE  to vote for Jackson... he is listed as "Baby WOD".
He's by far the cutest anyways right?? 

When you go to the Wod Toys Website you'll click on "Contest" to the left of the screen.

This is the cutie you will be looking for... you've seen him plenty of times if you read this blog :)

Thanks everyone!! Happy voting! :)

Monday, July 23, 2012


I can't believe it's Monday already! I only had 1/2 of a weekend since I had to work Saturday... but it's ok, we still had fun!

Andy came to work with me on Saturday, and then we went to see The Dark Knight Rises with some friends... has anyone seen that??  IT. WAS. GOOD!!

On Friday I was cleaning the house, and I decided it was time to get Andy's workout mixers some cute homes! :) Mainly it was my OCD that didn't want these giant containers on the counter. Lol. Why does everything have to have it's own home? I'm not sure. But that's me.

So here's the before and after.... :)

We are dog sitting our friends little dog named Sophie... They were both hanging out with Andy last night... either the really love him or just wanted his dinner.

I was a little worried to see how Daisy would do with a dog the size of her head... but so far so good :) I'm proud of her!

This morning. Just hanging out.

They are both lazy so it works out well! ha ha!

How was your weekend?

Friday, July 20, 2012


Good morning and HELLLLLLLLO Friday!

How is everyone?
 TGIF... except that I have to work on Saturday for 4 hours, but that means I only have to work 4 hours today! :) Happy things people!

So... I'm in love with this lately! And when I put my jeans on this morning and they were a little snug... this became my breakfast. :)

and this...

Andy and I have been busting our butts lately to try and lose weight. He's doing AMAZING, has been for a while but me on the other hand... it seems like no matter how I try I gain instead of lose! So, that's when we changed a little more drastically and are doing a modified paleo. It's going well so far, although our chicken last night was a little dry and we had to put some sea salt on it... but other than that everything has been really good.
Instead of our little Cold Stone runs, we'll have frozen yogurt with strawberries and blueberries. Instead of pasta we'll have more veggies, instead of cereal we try to have eggs. It's a constant struggle friends, and one I hope to overcome one day. :)

I'm getting my hair did in 2 weeks, this is what I'm going for :)
You like?

This is the hot mess it was yesterday! ugh. I curse you Georgia humidity!

Look at this handsome fella'! Isn't he a cutie?!

Happy Friday ladies!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Friday Eve!

I don't know if it's more of a miracle that I have blogged every day this week or that we have almost made it to FRIDAY!!! I'm exhausted. A little moody. Tired. Worn out. and just plain ready for a weekend... even tho I work Saturday.

I woke up to this picture today (on facebook). Oh the joy that this little guy brings to everyone he meets is amazing! He is seriously one of the cutest babies around!

I have been wanting these shoes for a few months now but I absolutely refuse to pay $40.00 for them so when I went to the Shoe Department yesterday during lunch and say that they were $10.00 I bought them immediately!! Cute huh??

Hope you all have a GREAT day!! I'm on my 2nd cup of coffee trying to get motivated....

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Happy Hump Day!

Happy Hump Day!!!! :)

We had the BEST dinner last night! My SIL gave me the idea to add shrimp with avocado... so here's what we ended up with.

Shrimp & Avocado Delight!
Time: 10 minutes

16 ounces of pre-cooked baby shrimp (thawed)
2 TBSP Butter
Red Pepper Flakes
Garlic (2 cloves)

Melt butter in a pan on the stove. Add parsley, red pepper flakes, and garlic (as much or as little as you want). Once butter is completely melted, add in the shrimp and let that simmer for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.  While the shrimp is simmering cut 1 avocado in half and put it in the bowl.  Pour the shrimp mixture over the avocado and enjoy J

Next time we'll have something on the side (piece of chicken, steak or salad) because it wasn't SUPER filling... but oh it was so good!!! And healthy! ;)

My scentsy came in the mail yesterday too! I love it! I got this blue one, a few scents and a green plug in one for "Daisy's room".  ha ha! Our house smells very good now! (not that it didn't before).

Here's how it is with our bedding... I LOVE how it turned out!

Now, if only my house would stay "picture-perfect" all the time... ha ha! yeah right!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday Quickie...

Happy Tuesday sweet friends!

Did y'all watch The Bachelorette? Whew. I'm so over this season, but we have to finish it to see who the winner is! Anyways, this was us watching the show. Daisy and Andy were very into it ;)
I love those 2.

I got thse shoes last week at Payless and I'm in love with them! There is a black pair also that I didn't get, but I might go back in this week to get them :) I have a hard time paying a big chunk of money for shoes, so when I saw that these were $13.00 each, I jumped on that! And they are SUPER comfy!!

I'm wearing the red ones today with a black top and grey/black capris. :)
I had red lipstick on this morning but it wore off! ha!

Nothing much happening over here... it's just another work week :) I do get my Scentsy tonight! I'm so excited! I love the "camu camu" smell! I'll take a picture of my new blue warmer that is going in our room. I hope it loks good!

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Weekend wrap-up!

Happy Monday!

Do you ever feel like there's not enough coffee in the world?? I'm having that kind of Monday. Not even Daisy wanted to get up and out of the bed... and there's always pep in her step!

Our weekend was a good one! We relaxed and had a date night, went to the dog park, cleaned the house, went to the gym and did laundry. I was folding our last load of laundry last night at 7:00... normally it's done by Sunday morning :/ I just wasn't "feelin it".

Date night is usually Friday night and we always end up at our FAVORITE Mexican restaurant :) We love going there because our waitor comes up to Andy and says (in Spanish) "same tacos sir??" I love that type of place. And the food is always AMAZING!

Daisy is so easy going, I love it! Just chilling with daddy.

After sitting there a while she couldn't keep her eyes open any longer :) sweet girl.

Hope you all had a GREAT weekend!!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Confessional Friday...

Time for confessional Friday... and I'm about to confess my little heart out!
P.S. Link up at Leslie's blog to go see some other confessions!

Here  we go....

1.) First of all, I'm so tired. Don't get me wrong, the exhaustion is COMPLETELY worth it... but oh man I'm pooped! So... I plan on spending lots of time in this place this weekend...

Did I tell you we got a new bed? KING. SIZE. oh yes, it's worth it!
All you newlyweds, trust me, purchase the king size off the get go. You can still cuddle and kiss, but once it's time to go nighty-night... we each roll over and have plenty of space!

2.) I got a new cell phone cover. Another one. Yes, that's 4 in 8 months. It's zebra and so cute.

3.) I'm head over heels in love with my husband.
We spent 6 straight days together, 2 of the days were spent in the car for 12 hours... and I still had so much fun. Not sure about him, but I had a blast! ha!

4.) I'm suppose to be on crutches because my ankle never healed correctly... it's been 36 hours and the crutches are gone. I held out for the first day, then I went to 1 crutch and now I'm just hobbling.

5.) I'm very interested in the Paleo diet. Anyone done it? I need to kick it into high gear.

6.) Andy's best friend got engaged this past week and we are SO happy for them... but you couldn't pay me to go back to the wedding planning days. Nope, no thanks, no way!

7.) It crossed my mind that I might possibly want to start having kids within the next 6 months.

8.) and then I remembered that Andy has training.

He may have training, but man he looks good doing it! ;)

9.) I got the gel nails done, I really like them!

10.) I'm trying to grow out my hair, because I love long hair... but lately it starts out all cute and whatever, but then it ends up in a pony tail or messy bun... any suggestions??

11.) I'm DYING to see the newest Kardashian addition... little Penelope has some pretty people to take after!

12.) I want to skip the Men Tell All on Bachelorette and find out who Emily picks. I've heard rumors, but I want to know the truth!

13.) My SIL, BIL and friend come in 2 months and 6 days and I'm SOOOO excited! we've only had my mom and sister visit, so this will be fun! I love to entertain.

14.) I just stocked up on Scentsy... and this cutie is going in our room! I love it!

I think that is all... have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

East Coast Vacay!

First of all... don't forget that Freedom is not Free....

Thank you to my husband, my dad, my brothers, uncles, cousins, and everyone else who serves in the military to make America a much better and safer place!

Thank you EVERY DAY.

Second of all.... this is FULL of don't say I didn't warn you ;)
However some of them didn't flip and rather than getting frustrated and annoyed over it, I figured you could just click on it and view it from there. :)

Andy and I left on July 4th for our 6 day vacation with my family and we had such a fun time! It went by so fast, but we were able to cram alot of stuff into 5 1/2 days. We left on the 4th around 3:30 in the morning (crazy us) and drove the 10 hour drive to Baltimore... let me tell you how AMAZING it was to drive through our Nation's capitol on our Nation's birthday! It gave me chills.... or maybe that was the traffic that we encountered... either way, it was cool! :)

Washington DC that is... not Washington state :)

Look what popped up when we drove over the hill! :)

My favorite part of the car ride :)

My other favorite part of the ride... ha ha!

Everyone needs good music for the long ride! ;)

We were able to make a stop in Fort Lee, Virginia where Andy went to AIT for the Army. It was so cool to see where he spent 3 months of his life while we were dating. He showed me where he lived, the movie theater he went to, the PX he shopped at... and I remembered talking to him on the phone while he was at these places, so it was awesome to see it for myself. Now I can say I've been to all the bases he's been stationed at :)

Fort Lee, Virginia

My parents and sister arrived on the 4th around 11:30 pm, so while we waited on them we went and saw Spiderman.... it was pretty good. We hung out with them for a while and all went to bed so we could wake up SUPER early to go to Six Flags! :) IT. WAS. HOT. Oh man was it hot that day... but we made the most of it and had a fun time! Later that night we went into Baltimore and had dinner at Bubba Gumps and it was so delicious!!! I would definitely eat there again! They asked trivia questions from Forrest Gump and between my dad and my hubby, I think we got them all right. ha!

Six Flags!

My dad and my hubby... good lookin' guys :)

Andy and I on the pier in Baltimore

TIRED sisters!
 (won't flip!)

My cute parents

Twins?? nope... mother & daughter ;)

Friday we went shopping at a big outlet mall on the way to my brother's house... I could have spent ALL day there... but since we wanted to get to Pax River to see my little nephew, we shopped quickly and then were on our way :)

Saturday and Sunday were more relaxed and we just hung out with my brother, sister in law and little Jackson. We had a fun bonding time with Jack... he's absolutely adorable! It made me miss our other nephews so much more!

Sunday night we packed up the car and made the 10 hour drive home... we got home around 6 am Monday and slept for a while... I think I'm still catching up from it! ha!

It was alot of driving, but definitely worth the trip! Hopefully we will get to see JD, Jade and Jack sooner than later :)

Enjoy the pictures!

Jackson Daniel LOVES blueberries!!!

"wassuuuup Auntie??"

My 2 handsome guys!

Jackson with his Aunties and his "Emmy"

He makes me smile.

Hugs for Uncle Andy!
(not sure why the picture wont turn)
Sweet face!

Playing ball with Uncle Andy

I think Jack kinda likes him ;)

Jack with his Aunties

This face will make you do anything!

HORRIBLE picture of me, but Andy looks cute :)

My gorgeous sister!

Being silly  in the hotel

mom and her girls

One of my very best friends

HATED having to say goodbye to this face... :(