Is it a Golden Globe Nom for me TOO?!

And the Best Supporting Blogger in this thing called MY LIFE goes to ….
Ok, clearly that Bah Hum Bug spirit has lifted- no thanks to that daunting 12/12/12 day.
But in all seriousness (somewhat) –
Nicole from Pharr Away has gifted me with this award…
Haven’t received this in a while, and she went through the trouble, its No Golden Globel… yet, but I accept with the same enthusiam, so without further adieu –
[pause – edited to add that I clearly missed a step in receiving the award – 11 random things – so here goes nothing]
1. I really can’t stand the color pink in large quantities, especially the softer shades – bold shades of pink OK! and it all stems from my childhood and growing up in a sorority-heavy based household. 
2. I once had hot pink/purple hair in college and it was not intentional but once it happened – I took it and ran with it.
3. The only thing that I will invest in is new shoes, but I will let a lot of things that are worth my money be run into the ground before I replace them.
4. I have a tendency to not unpack my suitcase unless I want to wear whats in it or if I need it again.
5. My husband is more domestic then I am… shhhh. I love that about him. 
6. All of the cars that I have purchased for myself have been Black on Black with one exception – my green truck got stolen and never again!
7. I always wanted to go to Cosmetology School but I don’t have the patience for the hours. 
8. I didn’t learn how to cook until I was in a serious relationship with my husband because that meant that other people besides myself had to eat my food. 
9. We used to watch House Party 1 & 2 daily when we were in college and memorize and perform all the dance routines (you know thats where the Kid N Play originated)
10. I only applied to one college – that was the only place to go and so that was the only place I applied. Talk about taking a chance! good thing I got in. GEEZ.
11. I am allergic to pine trees.
[ok read on now]
Nicole asked me:
1.  Why did you start blogging and what do you hope to accomplish by doing so?
In all honesty, I started blogging because I finally had the time to capture some things that was going on in every day life! Not saying that my life is exciting then most but I did want to capture what its like being a newlywed and buying a house and starting a family and all those things that people my age for whatever reason feel such angst about – my goal through blogging is to not only have a record of these beginnings but to dispel myths and rumors about the negativity towards marriage and promote that with the right person, life just becomes that much more interesting!
2.  What gets you going in the morning?
Besides Jesus! I would have to say COFFEE! It is my guilty pleasure but I truly do not feel myself without it… its my cure-all I would say.
3.  Who do you admire the most?
I would have to say hands down that I admire my parents! I really hope that I can reciprocate what they have done for me as well as continue to set the examples they have.
4.  What is your favorite day of the week and why?
Hmm… Thursday – simply for my television vices. I am an AVID Greys Anatomy watcher and Scandal has become my new MUST WATCH!
5.  If you won 1 million dollars what’s the first thing you’d do with it?
I think about this often as I sometimes wish I would’ve won the mega millions… but either who, if I were to win a mere 1 million dollars… it would be we not I – so first we would tithe to our respective churches 10% each. We love to be above and beyond givers when we can. So with what’s left another 10% to my parents and to his family. Leaves us with roughly $600,000, which isn’t much in the grand scheme of things- so pay off our house, buy a new car and invest the rest and hope it grows by the time I am set to retire.
6.  If you could go anywhere in the world, where and with whom?
It would be on an Eastern excursion with my hubby. We would do Paris, Monte Carlo, back to the vineyards of Sicily and possibly get the chance to go to Dubai… again – been planning this in my head for a while.
If there was a second choice- it would be to be invited to Kate Middleton’s baby shower and I would go with my sister. Hey – a girl can dream right?
7.  What kind of camera do you use to take your blog photos?
Right now, its ALL iphone – I stopped using my DSLR and simply post that way out of rush and convenience. I don’t have time to edit as many photos as I would like to take, but I do hope that I can go back to it once I get a new laptop.
8.  What is your greatest accomplishment?
Hmm… GREATEST? I think its yet to be seen. To date, I would say its hands down working with both President and First Lady Obama on their respective speaking engagements.
9.  What is your favorite TV show?
10. What is your favorite kitchen appliance and why?
I would say my CrockPot gets the most use.
11.  If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Invisibility- I stay trying to hide from people.
And now for those whom I nominate – these are your questions
1. What is your favorite Holiday Drink?
2. What is your must have Beauty Product?
3. What’s on your nails and fingers right now?
4. What is your all-time favorite meal?
5. What is your favorite show?
6. What do you blog about the most?
7. If you could go any where, where and with whom?
8. What do you do for a living and did you always think thats what you would be doing when you grew up?
9. Sweet or Savory?
10. If you could be a cupcake flavor what would you be called?
11. What is your guilty pleasure?
I nominate the following ladies and encourage you to check out their great blogs as well!
1. Betsy @ Peony and Gray
2. Teems @ Baby Teems
3. Sarah @ Tucker Up
4. Courtney @ Write Up Court
6. Jasmyne @ A Fisher’s Wife
Ok… so couldn’t find 11 – but these are great nonetheless!

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Women Connect 2012: My Story

Well, one of my favorite blog writers challenged us to share who we are as bloggers to help other women find blogs that touch them. I can honestly say that I do not know where to begin. I feel like I have written about who I am – for the most part and slowly but surely revealing more and more.. for those that have come to this post from the link up – you may not know me and so … I begin here.
Who am I?
The basics: I am a newly 30 year old, newlywed (married only two years as of August 7, 2010) to a Professional Musician & Minister of Music, recently purchased and built a house this year, trying to start a family and see what life brings us. I work in law enforcement – something my family never thought I would do… and I also have a crafting and design bug from time to time since I went to School for the Arts for Visual Arts and started off in college as a Fashion Merchandise major.
 I am simply discovering my interests and who I am becoming now as a Reverend,  Mrs., Daughter, Sister, Sorority Sister, Fraternity Brother, Best-Friend, Entrepreneur and future mommy and doing so through blogging.
Why do I blog?
Because all titles and what I do aside, I am a person who has always loved journaling. I love looking back on something I wrote a year ago or some perspective I had two years ago and seeing how I have grown since. What drew me to Becky’s blog was because the title alone was what I wanted for myself – From Mrs. to Mama.
 I’ve recently shared on my blog an introduction to us trying to conceive (TTC) and how I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility throughout the process and how I am in limbo between accepting that as a diagnosis or just understanding that added pressure doesn’t help.. whatever the case is, in God’s time it will happen for us. As I try to figure that out I blog about it.
 Since it has not happened over the first two years of marriage, I figured there was something else that I should be and that I am supposed to be doing with my time… Like make Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time! If that’s not a milestone for 30 year olds, I don’t know what is! That was definitely a feat!
Thanksgiving 2012
One thing for sure that I have learned over the years and still learning is how to be someones wife – and I thought planning my elaborate wedding was tough. Along the way I have learned what I like to call “Newlywed Lessons” and share them here. It’s something about you and your spouse’s profession that shapes who you are as a family because it speaks to the type of things you will experience.
Me and John Mayer
And boy, have we had some adventures… I want to remember them all… Like this argument we had this one time stemming from us just growing as people..
oh wait.. LOL – oops that’s not our picture.
Here we are –
And although we serve in ministry, we definitely are regular every day people who struggle with some regular issues but use faith to get us through some tough times..
Like the one where I was asked to be a bridesmaid and I seriously have Busty Girl Problems that haunt me – simply because they came out of no where!

I would not however trade my life for anything and have no regrets. I am blessed. I love to read about others blessings and every day life and perhaps be inspired by the paint color they chose or the timing in starting a family, or a career path that they chose because when it resonates with me it helps me feel like I am not the only one on this crazy life roller coaster feeling like the secure lap bar is loose at times.

I started this blog last december hoping to dive into a world of DIY and decor – hoping to share more about our home and its progress but my blog quickly changed focus and simply became about my every day thoughts & experiences. Since then, I have met wonderful people, made new friends and have gained so much support. So here I am a year later – hoping that as people begin to stop by through here they see a little bit of sunshine through my sense of humor, through the crazy things that I may over hear or the funny something that happened, or the once in a lifetime opportunity that came our way, or what production we are working on next. Just as I am a work in progress, so is my blog. Why not do so with a sense of community?
Well… I could say SO much more, but no time.. simply click the home button, read if you like. Send me an email… or just comment to say hi.

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Me, Myself and I : Holiday Fun!

So as I am preparing my shopping lists and still in shock about how soon these Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays are quickly approaching, I decided to go ahead and link-up for Me, Myself and I. 

What are your TOP 5 FAVE MOVIES to watch during the Holidays? 

OMG I have to name only 5?? Well seeing as though, my hubby and I LOVE movies there are a few that you just can’t go through the holidays without watching.
The Preacher’s Wife (I love a movie I can sing along to)
ELF (anything with Will Farrell I am there)
Home Alone (all of them)
National Lampoon’s Christmas
and Just Friends (not neccessarily a Christmas movie but he does go home for Christmas in it and its hilarious).

QUESTION 2It’s the month of giving thanks – what are you thankful for? 

Hmm… where do I start.
The Red Cup Season of Starbucks
Health Insurance
Beauty Supply Stores
A Hybrid Car that takes Regular Gas
Reclosebale Bag of Mini Fudge Stripe Cookies
If there was a quote/verse to describe your life, what would it be? 
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I lost track of my own plans a long time ago… I really do try to just embrace it as it comes.


Who in your family are you most alike? 

Hmm … I don’t know really. I am kind of different but I guess I would have to say my mother.
There are so many things that I do that drive my husband crazy that he or I blame my mother for.
Perfect Example.


What is your favorite drink order at Starbucks? 

It changes by the season, but as of late is the Caramel Brule Latte! YUM! Oh with Soy Milk ONLY.


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New Kid on the Block

Well… HELLO to all of you who are here from the Blog Hop!
I know sometimes it can be a click and follow type of thing but I wanted you to at least know a little more about me, just in case you decide you want to not only follow but continue to read whats going on over here at Hello, Good Morning Sunshine.
Well First…
I read every single one of them and although I can’t always respond, but it truly helps to know that you either enjoyed something I posted or that just stopped by to say hi.
Here at my blog.. I write about ME! How narcissistic, I know. But honestly, I would love to go back years from now and see what happened during my newlywed days.
You see, I married this fine specimen of Haitian and Dominican, who is a professional musician and songwriter only two years ago now. We purchased and customized our first home and we are literally trying to not only navigate our lives together but decorate and enjoy our home together.
Plus, I love to mess with him sometimes.. good times.
I am a Ravens Fan! and if you can not deal with that then I understand, but I LOVE MY TEAM! Yes, I feel as though I am more of a football fan then my husband but he at least knows what team to root for in THIS house!

Only less then a month into our new home, our neighbors almost burned down the block.. that was fun.

I keeps it real with my nail polish posts and admit that usually one hand is left undone. And I am ok with that.

Sometimes, I talk about my busty girl problems.

I too, also have bad days at work… don’t we all.. could be that darn light is just too bright?!

I LOVES my Coffee! This was the first thing we bought when we moved into our new home and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! no K-cups here.. its all about the V-cups!

We have great friends that stop by from time to time.. and I love to post about our crazy antics like “late night Chicken and Waffles” over here.

And thinking towards the end of October , I can’t decide how that may play out just yet.

Yeah, well.. I just turned 30 so of course, that clock went from an annoying tick to almost a Street Siren warning for Nuclear Warfare.

I have my Newlywed Confessions and write about the issues that we may have and hope that others see it the same way.

To tickle your funny bone, I share with you what I laughed at today and pray that my husband and I NEVER do anything like this family did.

All in all I believe in this…

Look, who else can you throw an 80’s birthday party with and look this cool??

So… that’s it for me. Hope you stick around.. scroll down and join in on the Blog Hop!

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Random Thoughts and Awards

Is it 5 o’clock yet?
I mean does any one else feel like this right about now? I know I can’t be the only one.
Intererstingly enough, I was given a Liebster Award by Ashley at Of Thoughts and Things
Liebster Award
LIEBSTER – The meaning: 
A German word meaning sweet, kind, nice, dear, beloved, lovely, valued and welcome.
Here are the rules for the Liebster: 
*Post 11 random facts about yourself. 
*Answer 11 questions the tagger has asked you, and give 11 questions to the people you’ve tagged.*Choose 11 deserving bloggers and tag them in your post. (REMEMBER! The people that you tag HAVE to have less than 200 followers)
*Tell them you’ve tagged them.
  *No tag backs.

*Snag this button and proudly display it on your blog! 

 So 11 Random Facts about me? That you don’t already know??? Geez. These may not be that interesting… so here goes nothing.
1. I skipped the 4th Grade.
2. I can’t sleep unless there is a comforter over me, no matter how hot it is.
3. I have been on crutches a few times, but have never broken a bone, THANK GOD!
4. I was a tom boy growing up but now I love to be a down to earth girly girl.
5. I only started cooking whole meals when I was in a serious relationship.
6. If my husband is not home for dinner, I will not cook a full meal for one. I think its a waste.
7. I spent 5 years in undergrad because I decided to change my major completely at the end of sophmore year.
8. I have no student loans.
9. I have never purchased a used car.
10. I hate the color “salmon” pink with a passion.
11. I wear a cardigan to work almost every day.
And now… the questions that Ashley asked me…
1. If you could be a superhero, what would your name be and what would be your superpower(s)? If I were a Marvel-type superhero I would be called Chameleon and my superpower would be to have transportation capabilities and be able to blend in. If I were to have a selfish desire become a superpower.. it would be to be able to enjoy eating anything I want and choosing whatever I size I wanted to be at a given moment.
2. What is your favorite hobby? Blogging.. can’t you tell? and I love to paint or do crafts of any kind and some photography.
3. If you were an animagus (could transform into an animal at will) what would you change into?  a Pheonix
4. Where is the last place you went on vacation to?  Ocean City, MD
5. If you had to choose one tv show to watch the rest of your life, what would it be?
That’s easy …. Grey’s Anatomy!
6. Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Definitely Dark Chocolate
7. If you could go back in time and change something in your past, what would it be? Nothing. I like to think I am where I am because of the outcomes of everything that has happened in my past.
8. If you could trade lives with a famous person for a day, who would it be? WHAT!?! I am not famous!!!? just kidding. I guess it would have to be.. First Lady Michelle Obama.
9. Do you have any phobias? What are they? I hate bugs, insects .. really any non-pet like animal and thats really only dogs and cats that I like. 
10. Can you rub your tummy and pat your head/ rub your head and pat your tummy? Yup!
11. What is your favorite place to go when you need to think or be alone? To my room. Or on a walk..
Now questions for these persons to answer:
Becky at Half Way Up
Jasmyne at A Fishers Wife
T’onna at Navy Wife Peters
Well.. I didn’t have 11 but these were deserving… so THE FAB 5 it is!
1. What is your most memorable moment thus far?
2. Why did you start blogging?
3. If you could be in any profession in the world, what would it be?
4. If you could trade places with a celebrity who would it be and why?
5. If you could trade closets with any person you admire who would it be?
6. If you could change one thing about your past what would it be?
7. What was the last goal you achieved?
8. If you could be president for a day, what one law would you pass?
9. What is your favorite hobby?
10. Who in the blogger world would you love to meet in real life and tag them.
11. Where would you love to take your next vacation?

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