Monday, August 29, 2011

New Mexico 4 Wheeling

One of our favorite things to do is take the FJ Cruiser out 4 wheeling.  The NM pic of the day is from the Rio Puerco about 10 miles or so west of our house.  When we had a jeep we would go out all the time with our jeep club.  Now that we have the FJ its a little more difficult to get in but we still go.  :)  Also we are trying to meet more FJ Cruiser people.

Anywho... here is Mr. and Rubi (my jeep) going down a killer hill in the Rio Puerco.  I walked down to take the pic. Lesson learned that was a HORRIBLE idea!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

New Mexico Feature

Many people has asked me what it is like living in New Mexico.  Is it hot?  Is it dry?  Does it rain?  Do you get snow? Do you speak English? Do I need a passport for New Mexico? Quick answer to all... Yes, Yes, Alittle, Sometimes, No I am typing in French (really!?!?!?!), and HA HA HA!!!!! No...

I've decided to share some of my pics and thoughts on New Mexico on a daily or every other day basis.  New Mexico is defiantly different place to live.  I grew up in Michigan and moved here for my hubby.  New Mexico needed to grow on me before I began to love it.  I miss the Midwest but I am slowly adjusting to New Mexico as my home.

The first picture I would like to share is a picture of the Sandia mountains.  The Sandias are the range closest to Albuquerque.  They are AMAZING!!!  My hubby took this picture on a four wheeling trip he did in Febraury.  See... New Mexico gets snow!

The Sandia Mountains (Tiwa (Pueblo) name posu gai hoo-oo, "where water slides down arroyo"[1]) are a mountain range located in Bernalillo and Sandovalcounties, immediately to the east of the city of Albuquerque in New Mexico in the southwestern United States. The range is largely within the Cibola National Forest, and part of the range is protected as the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. It is home to the Sandia Peak Ski Area. Its highest point is Sandia Crest, 10,678 feet (3,255 m).
Sandía means watermelon in Spanish,[2] and is popularly believed to be a reference to the reddish color of the mountains at sunset.[3] Also, when viewed from the west, the profile of the mountains is a long ridge, with a thin zone of green conifers near the top, suggesting the "rind" of the watermelon. However, as Robert Julyan notes,[4] "the most likely explanation is the one believed by the Sandia Indians: the Spaniards, when they encountered the Pueblo in 1540, called it Sandia, because they thought the squash growing there were watermelons, and the name Sandia soon was transferred to the mountains east of the pueblo." He also notes that the Sandia Pueblo Indians call the mountain Bien Mur, "big mountain".

The Sandias contain a location notable for prehistoric archaeology: the Sandia Cave was believed by some in the 1930s to the 1950s[7] to have been inhabited 10000 to 12000 years ago by the "Sandia Man," a cultural classification that is no longer used.[8] The cave can be accessed via a 1/2 mile trail in Las Huertas Canyon, on the northeast side of the range, near Placitas, New Mexico.
Ancestral and early Pueblo peoples have lived in the Sandia Mountains area for thousands of years. Examples of previous Pueblo settlements, now unoccupied, include Tijeras Pueblo and Pa'ako Pueblo, both founded around 700 years ago. Sandia Pueblo is a modern pueblo, abutting the Sandia Mountains on the northwest side of the range. Some of the foothills of the range are on Sandia Pueblo land; there have been disputes in the past between the Pueblo, the Forest Service, and private landowners over rights to various parts of the range. The people of Sandia Pueblo consider the mountains a sacred place.

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Peacock Personality

Every since I was a wee little Mandy I have loved peacocks.  I love their colors, their presence, and everything about them.  Everyone who knows me well always tells me "I have a peacock personality"  Finally I googled it.

SOURCE The peacock is a showy bird, with its bright colors and beautiful tail feathers. It struts around, flashing those feathers to attract the females. Thus, it's not hard to imagine that a person with the personality traits of a peacock is someone who adores attention. A peacock loves to be noticed. He or she is gregarious and talkative. A peacock sparkles and is the life of the party. However, the peacock can come across as cocky and irresponsible. A peacock is generally not great with time management or dealing with details.

I guess you could say I am a peacock :)  

I've always wanted one as a pet but that was a HUGE no go.  After talking to my husband he also said no to a peacock.  What he doesn't know is that as soon as we get some land I am totally getting a peacock and a Mini Sicilian Donkey.  TAKE THAT!

My husband knows me sssooooo well.  After pouting for abit he told me "You love inspiration!  Why don't you re-do the laundry room and use a peacock as inspiration" DONE!!!  Pouting over.  I have been on for almost an hour this morning looking for some inspiration for my laundry room.

My laundry room is about 7x7.  No windows. Just a washer. dryer and FERRETS!!!  Random ferret picture...

Ok... my laundry... as I was saying 7x7, no windows, no natural light.  Just pure function!  
I want ALOT of fun color in this space!  My house for the most part is punchy but not colorful.  I want a room that screams my apparent peacock personality.  

I am thinking about painting the walls the soft tan above for the sake of our house is a starter home and I don't want to repaint the laundry room :)  

I have a front loading washer and dryer.  Hubby will build me a counter top and I am thinking about tiling it with this tile.  HOW PEACOCK IS THIS!?!?!?!

Above my washer and dryer I could use more storage.  I like the idea of adding cabinets and shelving.  
My heart tells me to paint the cabinet a fun color but my brain says "do you really want to paint the cabinets back to white if you move?" This will depend on how much color the glass tile counter brings into the space.  

We also need to rip up our current linoleum.  My kitchen has slate tile and the rest of my house has oak laminate floors.  I am thinking a lighter tile on the floor as the room is not huge.  

Here are some more peacock inspiration that I love!!
Love the punchy purple flowers with the feather.

A piece of art like this would be perfect to tie everything together   

Beige World-Day #31

Taken from "Before You Put That On" by Lloyd Boston


"Resurrect that classic Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, a timeless silhouette."

I love love love wrap dresses!  I think they are so flattering on many if not all body types.  You can create curve, show off curve or honestly de-emphasis curve.  Here are some of my fav wrap dresses. :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Beige World-Day #30

Take from "Before You Put That On" by Lloyd Boston


Some of my favorite outfits with POP!!

Beige World-ANOTHER catch up!

Sorry Beige World has been so inconsistent lately.  After being on vacation for a week, getting my house back in order, packing for another quick FJ Cruiser rally in Cloudcroft New Mexico and getting caught up at work... its been a busy week!

Taken from "Beige World by Lloyd Boston"


What is your best-kept style secret?

  • "Always look in a full length mirror"
What are the 3 fashion essentials every well=-dressed woman should own?

  • "Black turtleneck, black trousers and chic high-heeled black leather pumps"
What are the biggest mistakes women make when getting dressed?

  • "Looking like they forgot to take a look in the mirror."
Who is the most stylish woman in existence?

  • "Jacqueline Onassis"
"Whether is is your minivan, convertible or your commuter tote that acts as your mobile cormer office, keep it stocked with a few essentials, which will keep you ready for any style crisis that may arise.  Here is a short list to long lasting style"

Pre-moistened face-cleansing pads for a fresh restart
Concealer, lip gloss, mascara, pressed powered, a soft blush, nail polish remover pads, emery board, cotton swabs and nude nail polish.

A basic jeweled stud, a dramatic pair of drops and your best pearls
A thin silk scarf in a sold bold color, think black belt, thick belt with attitude

Think just out of the shower scent

Knit jersey dress
Strapless bra
Nude or black heels

Some of my favorite "fur-mommy" on the go looks

10 style commandments for choosing the perfect pair for your face
  1. If your face is somewhat triangular, opt for frames featuring stronger tops than bottoms, adding the eight to the top of your face, balancing the rest.
  2. Generally speaking, your frame size is best when in proportion to the size of your face.
  3. By and large, your frame shape should contrast with your shape.SOURCE
  4. Square-faced women look strongest in frames that soften their angles.  Your best choices are narrow frames in the oval family.
  5. If your face is round, choose narrow or rectangular frames to add the illusion of length to the face.
  6. If your face is somewhat like an inverted traingle, run to rimless in neutrals, which are wider on the bottom, extracting weight from the bottom of your face.
  7. If you are a diamond-faced girl, try frames that feature detailing or distinctive brown lines, classic cat shapes and rimless styles work as well.SOURCE
  8. For impact, use a frame color or accent color to pull out your eye color.SOURCE
  9. If your face is oblong, select frames with bold temples and enhanced depth to add the illusion of width tot he face.SOURCE
  10. Invest in several quality pairs.  This is a no style area to skimp on!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A to Z

I was glancing at some blogs this evening and i noticed a post from C.R.A.F.T called A to Z.  I decided it might be fun to do since I am trying to relax from a long day.  :)

A. age: 28

B. bed size: cal king.  My hubby is 6'6" 

C. chore you hate: Cleaning my ferrets cage and loading the dishwasher

D. dogs: 2 meet them here 

E. essential start to your day: Mt Dew, blogging and a kiss from my hubby

F. favorite color: I love all colors!  Right now I am loving deep purple.

G. gold or silver: I have my moments of both.  I love antique looking gold.  Not a fan of shiny, bling bling gold

H. height: 5'2"

I. instruments you play: I played the flute when I was a kid and HATED IT! I am not a musical person.  I love music though.  Kinda weird...

J. job title: branch assistant, cop wife, blogger, crafter and budding interior designer

K. kids: I have 2 dogs and 3 ferrets.  We are at our limit :)  I like other peoples kids.  You can return them :)

L. live: Rio Rancho, NM

M. maiden name: Campbell

N. nicknames: Mandy, Mandy Jeanie

O. overnight hospital stays: a couple.  nothing major. I lived.

P. pet peeve: When I am relaxing on the sofa and my hubby starts shaking his leg.  I also will freak out if you leave the kitchen cabinets open.  I have been known to quit eating and go and shut the cabinet, come back and finish dinner. 

Q. quote: Imperfection is Beauty

R. righty or lefty: rrighty

S. siblings: 0 My mother felt I was enough :)

T. time you wake up: 6ish

U. university attended: O good lord I have tried just about everything :)  I prefer to be a student of life.  Atleast the student loans are cheaper :)

V. vegetables you dislike: I am a potatoes and corn kinda girl. 

W. what makes you run late: Blogger!

X. x-rays you’ve had: ooo I have had a ton!  

Y. yummy food: today we had Rudy's BBQ for dinner!  YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Z. zoo animal favorite: Polar Bears and Prairie Dog

Hope you enjoyed some random Mandy-Facts.  :)  If you re-post this on your blog, leave me a note, and I will certainly come check it out :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Flower Pins

I love to decorate boring purses, shoes, clothes etc with cute and eclectic pins, beads or whatever I feel for that day.  My hubby has been creating denim purses from old jeans and is playing around with some ideas.  I know.. I am the luckiest girl EVER!!  My hubby makes purses :)  I wanted to dress up the purses alittle so I decided to make some EASY flower pins so I can change them with my mood :)