Not a baby anymore…

You know that feeling you get when you send your kid off to school and they don’t want to hug or kiss you goodbye? And it kind of just pulls at your heart strings a little bit?

Yeah, me either, because we don’t have kids. BUT! I can imagine that it’s not a great feeling, and that when it happens, all you want to do is wallow is self pity, drink a bottle or two of wine, and cry for hours because your baby isn’t so much a baby anymore..right? I mean, that’s what I would do.

The reason I’m bringing this up, is because I feel like I’m experiencing something similar to this tonight, with my dog. Yes, my dog.

For those of you that know her, you probably know that she’s basically attached to me 24/7. She is literally my shadow, and I almost always freak out if she is not in the same room as me (mostly because I do NOT trust her, and Lord knows what she does when I’m not around to watch her every move.) Welllll….the past few days, little miss Piper has taken to doing her own thang, and doesn’t really want to be around me. Rude.

While I’m working in my office, she typically lays right under my desk, and only moves when something makes a loud sound, or the doorbell rings, or she sees a fly and just HAS to get it. But, today..today should be marked down as monumental, because she didn’t come in my office once, and I was home almost all day. NOT ONCE! :o(

I found her sleeping on the bed in the spare room (aka where all my clothes go once they are clean because I HATE hanging them up) and she wanted nothing to do with getting up, or coming to hang out with me. THEN! The time comes to go to bed, and literally its her favorite part of the day, and what does she do? I walk into our room, and she goes across the hall into what is apparently now HER ROOM. Wait, whattttt? This is not happening.

So, here I sit, all by my lonesome, while my husband watches tv downstairs, and my dog puts herself to sleep on her own, in her own bed. She’s probably covered herself up too, which just makes this even more heartbreaking.

Seems like just yesterday I was driving her home from Ohio, ears flopping in the wind….

They grow up so fast, don’t they?

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Feelin’ Fancy!

Alright folks! I promised you a little review of this amazing lip stuff that’s been pretty much been sweeping social media by storm, so here it is!

As mentioned previously on my Facebook, I DO NOT wear lipstick..I just don’t. There’s no real reason behind it, but mainly I just don’t like it. I hate the sticky feeling, I hate the constant worry of the color being all over my teeth, I hate that it takes like 47 different products just to get a good color, and the perfect shine…it’s all just too much.

I discovered Burts Bees tinted chapstick, and fell in love. I rocked that shiz like it was nobodies business. BUT! I had to constantly reapply it, as you do with all chapsticks, and it was getting on my wine glass, my drink straw, my hanky, etc. NOT OK!

Fast forward to a random afternoon, lets just say it was a Tuesday, and I was looking on Instagram, and decided it was time I reach out to this girl named Hannah, who was constantly posting pics of her seemingly FLAWLESS face! I told her I had this chapstick that was like my BFF and asked she had a similar ((and by similar, I meant exact)) color in this infamous Lipsense that I’d been hearing about! She picked out Caramel Apple, and explained to me how it works, and I was SOLD! I decided to give this stuff a shot!

A couple days later, I received the most adorable little package in the mail, and I was so excited!

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I planned a little night out and followed all the directions for applying the color, and that was IT! I didn’t have to bring a huge bag of supplies for upkeep, I didn’t have to keep checking to see if all that was left was the ‘liner look’ and…wait for it. NOTHING was on my wine glass! SCORE!

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The color was perfect. The gloss was amazing. I AM IN LOVE. ❤ ❤ ❤

If you’ve ever thought about getting this stuff, stop thinking about it, and DO IT! It’s so VERY worth it, and it’s FUN! There are so many colors, and finishes for the gloss, and Hannah has been amazing to talk with and learn from!

She has a Facebook page where she shares information about all the products, so be sure to check it out, and send her a message! She’s the sweetest!

http://www.facebook.com/groups/flawlessfacebyhannahb <– Check out her group here!

I’m so glad I tried it, and now it goes everywhere with me!

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What a week!!

Well, well, well. Considering the fact that I haven’t written anything in here for over a week now, should tell you guys how insanely busy I’ve been!

For somebody that works a part time nanny job, you would think that I have like a TON of free time, right? Wrong. Let’s just review.

My husband works like 148 hours a week. Therefore, I try to do as much as I can around the house, and with the trio of animals that live with us. ((Lets just get one thing straight, we do NOT have normal animals…Schwartz is the most social and annoying cat in the United States. Franklin has special needs, seriously, he has seizures and serious anxiety, but also loves cereal and popcorn. Then theres Piper, and well, we all know how she is, based on my last post.

WE LAUNCHED OUR BUSINESS!!!! Whattttt?! I poured a LOT of time into putting together this little shop of ours, and it exploded SO much faster than I expected! That means I had a lot of work to do, so we could get our orders out quick!

My best friend HAD A BABY! Her third son, Everett Trace Check, and I love him so much already! I had the chance to take pics of this little one’s first hours with his family and big brothers, and it was so nice. It’s crazy to think that Tyler and I have been friends since we were little teenagers, and now I’m the Godmother to 2 of her kids!

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Detroit Lions tickets went on sale, and we bought tickets to the first game! Super excited to tailgate and see our boys on the field for the first time in WAY too long!

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my office, here at home, trying to get things organized, and set up as much as I can. It’s been so much fun working with Matt (in the 2.3 hours of spare time that he has) trying to get this company off the ground! We have more ideas, and more that we want to share, but when the time is right, we will fill you in! For now, we are working on the apparel and drink ware!

As a former Beachbody Coach, I feel like I’ve got a LOT of social media experience, but I would love to hear tips on how YOU make your at home business work! Share with me all your secretsssss!

I promise I’ll write a more entertaining post tomorrow, or maybe tonight after I have some wine…haha!

Pup’s Night Out

Hands up if you are the proud parent of a fur child! More specifically, a dog. A young dog. A young, very energetic, and sometimes too sassy dog.

Let me just give you a glimpse into the evening we had last night with our little animal that we like to call Macaroni ((legal name, Piper Macaroni Hughes)).

Quick backstory: Matt’s parents live in Saginaw, Michigan. Their backyard consists of a lot of soy bean field-age ((<– that is not a word, I’m aware)) and wooded area. Which means there are often visitors like deer, coyotes, foxes, birds, etc. It’s a lovely area, where Piper likes to frolic IN the backyard, and she doesn’t ever go further because she’s a damn genius and knows better.

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Reminscing 

Welp. She suckered my mother in law into taking her potty last night around 10 pm, when it was pitch black outside, and since it was just a quick ‘pee break’ we didn’t put the leash on her. ((You know where this is going, right?)) I walked to grab a water, and next thing I know, Matt’s yelling for me because Piper has bolted after a deer that was standing in the back yard and snorted at her ((rude)). She gone.

Piper has the body and agility of a female deer, so as you can imagine, she was literally gone and out of sight within seconds. IN COMPLETE DARKNESS. We grabbed the flashlights, and started yelling for her, trying to see if we could hear her collar jingling anywhere nearby. My MIL got in the car and started driving towards the direction she ran, Matt and Larry started walking out into the fields, and I stood helpless in the backyard, with the hopes that she would just hear me and come back. ((She’s not the brightest, so my faith in this option was slim))

After what seemed like forever, and confusing lightning bugs with Pipers glowing eyes about 4,500 times, I finally saw two glowing eyes bouncing up and down, plowing towards me. IT WAS PIPER. Or a deer, or some other vicious animal running at full speed right in my direction. I didn’t care. I started calling her name more and getting really excited so she knew where to run to ((her idiot self got confused and didn’t understand how to run towards me, so kept going down the aisle of the soy bean field)). She was back, and EXTREMELY out of breath. She trotted right up to me, and up to the back door as if nothing happened. I called the search party back in ((took me a bit to get my father in law back because he was so far out, but alas, he showed up too)). It was requested that I mention Larry walked 7 miles. For the record.

After about 45 minutes of non stop panting, she decided it was time to cause more headache for all of us, and barf up what looked like arugula salad and pine needles, then she trotted off to bed. What a ruff life.

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Exhausted

Let me tell you, what a feeling of complete helplessness. There was nothing we could do but call for her, and hope that she would come back, and I am SO HAPPY that she did. I guess she’s smarter than I thought, she is COMPLETELY out of shape, but smart nonetheless.

I bet she is super excited to get home and tell her cat brothers about her first night out as an almost 21 year old (in dog years). She’s feeling it today though, for sure. As are all of us.

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Give us all the coffee. Shout out to my in laws, and my husband for helping to bring back this spoiled rotten dog. We all know sad we would be if we would have lost her for good.

Knicker Knacker Bocker

So, this morning I posted on my Facebook that I had all these brilliant ideas and thoughts at 3 am, but when I was actually able to process these thoughts and ideas, I was drawing nothing but blanks. I’m currently sitting on the couch, watching Tyler the Hollywood Medium, scrolling through my feed on Facebook, and also Pinterest, and also Instagram…and I have thoughts now. So here they are.

First. I’ve been told more than once recently that I have a ‘knack’ for social media…what the f is a ‘knack’ anyway? Like a knick knack? So I’m being compared to small items on dusty shelves? Odd. Anyway. This ‘knack’ that I have, I’ve recently realized, is something that I am super grateful for. So all that time spent on my mom’s computer, Tyler’s parents computer, my Aunt Bobbi’s WebTV, and saving up for my Sidekick cell phone back in the day…it’s all paid off.

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This social media biz is AMAZE-BALLS. For real. The connections I’ve made in the past couple of years have been life changing. The opportunities that I’ve been faced with have impacted me more than I realized at the time. Besides the awesome-ness of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest…and yes, I’m taking it back to Myspace and Livejournal, I want to give ya’ll an idea of what my personal ‘social media’ routine looks like. So maybe, if we ever hang out, and you see me on my phone ((which WILL happen)) it’s not because I don’t want to look at your beautiful face, its because I’m actually checking in on things that matter to me.

*I have a personal Facebook: Facebook.com/ShannonH104

*I have 2 Facebook business pages: Facebook.com/Piperspixels & Facebook.com/nine16designs

*I am the ‘manager’ of my lovely dad’s business page (which means I edit all the posts he puts up because they are most likely filled with grammatical errors) : Facebook.com/gardensolutionsmaintenance

*I have a Snapchat: @Shannonstaysfit (I HATE that Snap doesn’t allow you to change your usernames)

*I have 3 Instagram accounts: @Shanniereneehughes, @nine16designs & @piperspixels

*I have 1 Pinterest account with a decent amount of public boards (I recently deleted a LOT because they were embarrassing lol): Pinterest.com/shanniereneehughes

*I have this blog, a Livejournal, my Myspace is still active (I think), I chat with people via Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct Message, texts, Snapchat chat, email, andddd I’m part of about 20-25 groups/forums where I am active on the daily!

So yes. I would like to think that I have a ‘knack’ or ‘knicker’ or ‘bocker’ or something for all social media. I have a reason behind all my posts, my videos, my pictures, my stories, my updates, etc. I’m not trying to annoy the shit out of you, I’m trying to SHARE life with ya’ll. If you’ve got something cool to share, I want to hear about it! So, I share. If you think I share too much, I don’t really care. You’re the one still following me ;o)

This is what my home screen looks like on my phone, and I HATE seeing those red badges, so I constantly have to clear them out!

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This is not the direction I wanted this post to go in…but like I said…my thoughts are all over the place. I’ll add some more just to get them out of my head.

*I want to see a Medium. *I wish I was like super badass at creating stuff *I am proud of all that I’ve done over the last couple of weeks, shit, the last couple of months have been insane, and I’m mad proud of myself for getting through it all *I think my mom took my niece camping today, thats cool. *It’s gonna be Fall soon, YES! *I really like Mac & Cheese *I’m glad that I got to catch up with my girl Kayce last night via a little FB chat *I’m excited to get some new books in the mail *I want to build bookcases/bookshelves in the ‘nook’ thats in our house *I don’t think its actually a ‘nook’ *I’ll do it anyway *Aww, Todd Crisley is crying on the tv, I wish I could meet this dude….

That’s all. Maybe tonight, I’ll try to keep a notepad next to my bed so I can write down the important and useful information that I ponder about at 3 am instead of writing another post like this tomorrow!

 

Slackin’

Holllllerrrrrr!

Up until about 4 minutes ago, I legit thought it was Sunday. My lovely hubs is home today, he’s sick, and to be honest, I’m surprised it took him this long to catch up to the crowd. It seems like every person in our family is or has been sick recently! ((I blame it on that Southern family of mine! <3)) Take away the fact that I’m still trying to come back from having a cold, or allergies, or the ‘Michigan flu’ ((whatever that is…I might have just made it up)), I am still getting shit DONE! Just not the things I should be getting done, ha!

The weekend was packed with chaos, but also, I feel like I had a lot of downtime..how does that happen? I’ve been prepping myself, and trying to get ya’ll amped up about this new biz I’ve decided to start up, and to be honest with you, I’m SLACKIN’! Between shooting my cousins wedding, working on the never-ending bathroom remodel and baking banana bread, it has been hard to squeeze in time for much else! ;o)

I’m not going to lie though, all these little teasers and such have certainly caught the attention of many!  I’ve received a lot of messages and comments about why I’m not sharing it with everybody, or how come they aren’t special enough to know. ((My mom isn’t even on that list of people who know, but my BFF is because ‘she’s pregnant’))

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Did we get some products made and prepped? YES! Did I get done all that I wanted to? NO! I’m starting to realize, that just because I see an idea on Pinterest, or I think up something in my mind, does NOT mean that it just magically gets made. I have to actually get off my ass and make it! Then I have to make it pretty, and take pics of it to post so everybody can see! I’m getting there guys, promise!

I decided today to venture into Salvation Army to see if I could spark up some ‘materials’ I needed to get this stuff done in a more efficient way, considering how the ‘process’ Matt and I went through over the weekend to get our first batch of stuff made turned out…we definitely needed to tweak some things! Let me tell you about that place! If you have the patience, it is a GOLD MINE! I wasn’t a huge fan of the Oxford one…it was small, and basically just a mess. I had to literally dig through stuff to find what I was looking for. I mean, come on folks…have some sense of organization with all this stuff. :o)

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However, I came home with like 35 bags of stuff, and I’m confident that round 2 will go much smoother! I also bought like 62 books that have nothing to do with this new biz…no shame. I only spent like $23 total. SCORE!!

Tomorrow is ‘Ruby Day’ – so I’ll be playing with an almost ONE YEAR OLD cutie all day, and hopefully squeezing in some design time during naps, but then it’s back to business and my goal is to have full preview of our stuff by WEDNESDAY! I just need to figure out how to set up a website, put together the Facebook fan page, throw together some professional looking pics of this stuff, research some more, STAY OFF PINTEREST, and try to eat and sleep somewhere in between.

S’cool…I can do this.

 

 

Beards, math, some sappy-ness and an explanation!

Alrighty folks. I did it, I posted publicly ((literally, all my social media outlets are as public as public can be)) about my moving on from Beachbody. First off…holy shit. I got some AMAZING support, and I truly did NOT expect that! I was seriously sooooo worried as I hovered over the button to post that ‘announcement’ because I did not want to deal with the backlash that I was SURE I was going to get.

I got the opposite, and I just want to say a quick ‘holllllaaaaaaa!’ to those of you that reached out to me privately, via comments, or with fun emojis even, showing your support and cheering me on! ((Again, I don’t hate Beachbody, I absolutely loved coaching..it was just time for me to move on to something new))

So…I’m sure you’re all dying to know exactly what I’ve decided to do with all this free time now right?! Well, I’m not telling you yet, especially because Matt told me today that I need to stop telling so many people otherwise it’s not going to be exciting or cool when the time comes to share with you guys just exactly what we are doing!

Fiiiiiiine. I’ll zip it. But I’m obviously going to be dropping some teasers until I’m ready to pull the curtain back!

If you aren’t already, go follow @nine16designs on Instagram! That’s where I’ll be posting all teasers and announcements first! Then I’ll spread it all over every other social media outlet that I am on, most likely right after, but still. Go follow us!

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Wanna know what the story behind the name is?!

Coming up with a name was QUITE the task for this girl. Let me tell you! I came up with some seriously ridiculous names, I asked a couple of my pals ((who now have been deemed my ‘test group’)), I read through books, our wedding vows, listened to some of our favorite songs…and still came up with like 2.3 decent sounding and visually appealing names. Then it hit me.

One of the days that literally changed everything about the future I had envisioned for myself…9/18. It was the day I met up my hubs ((AKA ‘The Beard” and also a long time friend at that time)) at a football game inside Ford Field. I LOVED IT! I ran it by good ol’ Matty and he informed me that the 18th was like a Tuesday, and we all know the Lions don’t play on Tuesdays….FAIL!

We looked at the calendar for 2013, because I knew I was on to something with this September thing…and after realizing it was the 8th, and not the 18th…I nixed the idea completely, because, truthfully ‘Nine8Designs’ was NOT visually appealing.

Are you still with me? I feel like I’ve lost you in this complicated mathematical story. Hold tight. I’m almost to the BEST part.

So, after I cried, and pouted for like 6 minutes and almost gave up entirely on this new venture of ours, Matt told me that our first official date was on 9/16. THAT WAS IT!

I’m gonna throw out there, that writing that previous sentence almost brought me  to tears, because I remember that date like it was yesterday. Matt had me laughing more than I had in a long, long time and I was so excited about it! (I’ll save the sappy posts for another time, though))

Alas, ‘Nine16 Designs’ was born. :o) Pretttttty neat, huh?! I think so.

But what exactly is it?! You will find out sooooooon!