Recaps, Famous People, and Reality TV

Well, my friends, I am FINALLY back from my oh-too-long vacay. For your and my sanity, I swear I’ll never leave for that long ever again!

Let’s get down to bid-ness…

First off, I just have to give a huge thanks to all the Guest Bloggers that posted here over the last month. Weren’t they all just fab?!! Honestly, I’m now following quite a few of them myself!

Also, if you are just dying to get a recap of our vacation, I made FIFTEEN posts about my vacation while we were on the road. Check all of them out here. I tried to add some humor to each post as not to bore you to sleep. One thing I’ve learned from all this vacation blogging: I hate vacation blogging. I LOVE DIY and decor blogging though, so I’m just going to stick with the home sector. 😉 Lucky you.

Okay, FINALLY, let’s just get to the good stuff, shall we?

There were exactly TWO major events that happened to me while on vacation that I think you will get a kick out of…

The first & most exciting:


My life has now come full circle. Who would have thought in a year and a half of blogging I would meet BOTH of my favorite blogs authors? In January I met Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick (at Blissdom) and in July I met Sherry and John from Young House Love.

Our last stop on our vacation was in Richmond, Virginia to meet Sherry and John at a cute little coffee shop. They are the nicest, most humble, gracious people I’ve probably ever met. I was blown away at how down to earth they are in spite of being blog super-stars who have graced many a news story, been on the Nate show, and are featured in Better Homes and Garden almost monthly (at least it seems that way!).

I was just hoping they would give me 5 minutes for a photo. I was pleasantly shocked and grateful that they spent two hours with us instead. I’m sure everyone says this about them, but I swear, they were so easy to just hang out with. When we left I told Ben that I really thought we would be friends with them IRL if we lived near them. They are just that easy to be around.

Kinsey was smitten with their sweet adorable Clara. She has the blondest hair and the bluest eyes! And her personality is sweet as a button.

So yes, I’ve met YHL and TDC. My life is officially complete. I can die now.

In other, almost-as-exciting-news, I took pictures of myself in front of three famous bakeries, all from their own hit reality shows about cakes and cupcakes.

Carlo’s Bakery, from TLC’s Cake Boss.

Cake Boss

Charm City Cakes, from the Food Networks Ace of Cakes.

Ace of Cakes

And Georgetown Cupcake, from TLC’s DC Cupcakes.

DC Cupcake

I didn’t go inside any of the bakeries, and I didn’t get to taste any of their famous pastries. The lines at each place were ridiculously long. It was really fun getting to see the actual bakeries though.

And, finally, in other news… (what?! You thought I was going to leave you with no home update at all?!)…

We got home to our yard looking like this:


It’s just a hunch, but I’m thinking we have a sprinkler issue on our hands…


Good thing I know how to fix a sprinkler! (You can read my post about fixing a sprinkler here.) I’m really looking forward to digging up my front yard in over 100 degree weather. Yay for summer.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun, new, fresh post! Yippie!


Goodbye past, hello future!


It’s time to retire the ol’ blog layout, header, & buttons.

I’ve loved every second of the orangie blog. It’s where this blog came from. It’s my roots.


But as they say, “It’s time to grow the hell up!”

You may have noticed I removed the original header a few weeks ago & put up a basic temporary one.


And now I’ve finally gone and changed the whole darn layout.

Here’s the very first button I ever made:


I want to be embarrassed by it, but it just reminds me of my first days living in Los Angeles when I was bored and depressed and missing Texas. I created a blog to help fill the void while I was in California for 6 months.

Now I’ve got a better button, but it’s still not great (as Lorie has pointed out to me on numerous occasions. Don’t worry, we are friends IRL so she’s allowed to text me and ask if she can please make me a new one because mine isn’t centered. That’s a true friend! ;))

I’m still waiting for my button, Lorie!

And of course I will never forget how sweet and kind Nikki from Creative Knack was to make me a plate based on the look of my blog.



And I will love it forever! And it’s hanging on the wall on my staircase, so I can see it every day!


I LOVE my new layout. I want to thank my amazing husband Ben for staying up until almost 5am getting everything moved over for my new stream-lined look.

He is SO AMAZING at all this coding and HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MYSQL, & PHP (say wha?).

(I had to ask him what all those “coding things” were called so I could add them to the post.)

I still need a new header and hopefully some new buttons. I’ll get to it soon!

Click around. See all the new tabs and functions I’ve got goin’ on. And check back soon and click some more. I’ll be making even more updates and changes over the coming weeks.

So, goodbye to the orange, hello to the future!


Life is Good; 600 Google Friends

I’ve been blogging a little over five months.

It seems like forever and it seems like I just started yesterday.

I have just reached 600 Google Friends.

Yes, you read that right. 600!


I am just in shock and so completely thrilled at the same time.

I am so happy that there are so many people that enjoy reading my blog. I’m so thrilled that I get several thousand page views a day.

Pinch me please.

Blogging life has been good to me. And I want to thank you.

Thank you for all the kind words of encouragement. All the emails and notes that you have sent my way.

Thank you for leaving almost 4,500 comments so far.

Thank you to all my sponsors who have supported me and taken the plunge with me and have had faith in me.

I know it sounds silly and probably dorky and lame, but blogging has changed my life for the better. I’m glad I can share my life with each of you, and I’m so truly thankful for every ounce of support you’ve given me.

Thank you!

Here’s to many years to come!

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