Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Real Man

I never had close male friends growing up. If I am being perfectly honest they scared the you know what out of me. Therefore I never knew how amazing a man could be. I was scared of them so I decided they were all the stereotype had made them out to be. Selfish, egotistical, and narrow minded. I know harsh but I had many, many barriers up as to not get my feelings hurt. Hindsight is, of course, 20/20!!

Until the day I met my future husband, I had little faith in finding that someone who would get me better than I get me. In walks Zan P. Broussard a real life knight in shining armor. He is the unabashed romantic, football watching, best friend of my dreams. Today is a week shy of our two year anniversary and I wanted to celebrate the very true essence of a real man.

A Real Man

A real man will go to the grocery store and make dinner just because he wants to be helpful.
A real man will hold you when you cry without being asked to do so. He just knows and loves so deeply that he is confident it will calm the storm.
A real man knows that women are delicate as well as tough as nails.
A real man doesn't force you to be anything other than yourself.
A real man works hard to help you achieve your dreams and goals.
A real man is unafraid to share his secrets.
A real man does not have the answer all the time.
A real man is not afraid to admit the one above.
A real man is not afraid of you (much to my dismay ;p) and therefore doesn't let you get away with anything.
A real man does not come along everyday.
A real man must be loved and taken care of just the way you would want to be cared for.
A real man is delicate as well as tough as nails.

It takes courage and confidence to be A Real Man in this day and age. If you have one do not be afraid to tell him.

To my real man I say, "I love you beams more everyday we are together. I feel so blessed that we found each other and even more privileged that we get to journey through life together".


In an attempt to extend our lives by a few years I am on the hunt for non toxic cleaning supplies. I have seen the Seventh Generation products at Kroger. I am wondering if there are other products out there in order to compare. I know my sister and her husband use Shacklee Cleaning Supplies. However, they have to be purchased either from a rep or online. I would prefer a product that is more readily available.

The problem I have is that I am a Clorox bleach wipes and spray crazy person. To me it is not clean if I still have nose hairs when I am done or the lingering smell of chlorine hasn't altered the way the outside world smells for at least a few hours. Crazy right!! I just want to feel like it is really clean and sanitized. So in an effort to detoxify our home I am on the hunt!! Any suggestions? What have you tried that allows for a nice thorough clean while still being all natural. I have tried vinegar down my drain but I would like a product line for all my cleaning needs from windows to toilets!!

On a side note I have a smooth top ceramic stove top that is the bane of my existence!! I can never get it clean!!! Does anyone have an all natural product that keeps this type of stove top streak free?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I Heart This...

Can someone tell my husband I HEART this? Pretty please! I want a pouf of my very own to sit on, rest my feet on, or just to look at!!! Thanks in advance for any angle you can work to make this mine x2!!

Sunshine Like Crack Makes Me Happy

Okay maybe sunshine like chocolate makes me happy is a better way of saying it. However, it does not make as lovely of a title for my blog today!! The sun is out and it is finally above freezing!

It is really more like crack. People are coming out of the woodwork. Even recluses like Z and I were out up in it today!! It is invigorating and addictive. We hiked and I washed our lovely new Saturn even though my fingers were turning blue from the icy bucket of H2O.

I have decided nothing can get me down! That being said I am having to fight to ignore the news forecasting snow later this week. Instead I am soaking it all in!! Z and I are getting our plans underway for the stripes going up in our living room as well as our 2 year anniversary trip to beautiful downtown Gatlinburg!!!

Who knows how long it will last how are you making the most of it?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

To Paint or Not To Paint...That is the question??

This is the color of the wall in my family room. This is the color of the wall in my dining room. This is also the color of the wall in every single ever lasting room in my home. I am so freaking tired of this ever loving color!! When we moved in I was excited it seemed the perfect neutral backdrop for all my multicolored collectables. But almost two years later I am ready for a change but afraid to tackle painting myself. Here is direction I am thinking of going. (FYI the hubby knows nothing of this current brainstorm!!)

Any tips for creating clean paint lines?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!!!

I will admit I cry over many different things. Some of these things are very silly like the time I was brought tears as the awards were being given out at a cheerleader competition on ESPN. That's right I said ESPN as in on TV. I know it's weird but that is me. Of course the normal occasions such as weddings and funerals can turn me into a blubbering fool as well. Last night it was a different situation...THE SAINTS WINNING THE SUPERBOWL!!! I know seems cheesy even to a professional mourner like me!

In 2008 I married a French Cajun born and raised on the bayou. If you have ever been to the bayou then you know what a deep rich lovely thing it is to be connected to a French Cajun. The Cajun roots run so deep. Deep into the earth bound by life and death. Colored rich by the stories passed down from generation to generation. I am sure my husband thinks me silly but that's ok. Secretly I know he is proud of the richness of his heritage. I appreciate being connected even if only through marriage.

So needless to say last night's win really got to me. My husband's family has been so excited. That is what you do if you are from the Bayou. You support and encourage the best in everyone especially when what's riding behind it is the faith and rebirth of a city. Therefore I cried. They were happy tears but overwhelming just the same. As my husband's family says, "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez"!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Ding Dong the Dodge is Dead!!

Well it is finally here the thing we knew was coming but doubted all the while...Zan's car is dead!! I know I am so very sad about it ;)! The end has come for the 1998 Dodge Stratus. I am little bummed as we were about 8 months away from being debt free (other than our home). But alas life has a funny way of redirecting you whether you are debt free or not! I have decided to go balls to the walls and get really pumped about the prospect of CAR SHOPPING. Zan, on the other hand, is taking a little longer to warm up.

As of 3pm today we were approved for our car loan at $3000 more than we wanted to spend. Only in America do they want you to purchase more than you can handle. That's all we need MORE STUFF and not enough income to pay for it!!! I am over this concept. I will admit I spent the better part of my 20's buying whatever I wanted. Now I am all about having less and enjoying life more. So without further ado here are the contenders...

The Saturn Vue: Even though Saturn is no longer, I still love this updated version of the Vue. It is sleek, sturdy and well below our max!! I had a Saturn SL2 and loved it. I know it is a reliable car for the money. Will it be difficult to find replacement parts?

The Nissan Murano: Z and I both agree that we love this but it is at the top of our budget. I have a Nissan currently and I love the way it drives.

The Chevy Equinox: I am not sure about Chevy's and therefore I am leery. But what do I know? It looks the same as The GMC Envoy. The Equinox is less expensive so it makes me want the more expensive Envoy. It that wrong ;)?

GMC Envoy: Simple, sturdy, good quality.

Buick Rendezvous: I know a lot of older people really love their Buick La Saber's but isn't that a good thing? I mean what senior citizen do you know that hasn't researched the poo out of their super safe tanker of a cruiser?? If the Le Saber was good enough for my grandparents then it should be good enough for Z and I!!

Which would you choose? Any advice about one brand vs. the other? WE NEED HELP!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


They are here!! My oh-so-cute, oh-so-little, oh-so-lovely Moo cards!! If you are a small business owner is the place to get unique business cards. "They", as my husband stated when he opened the perfect little box the cards arrived in, "are really small, babe". They are half the size of regular business cards and with fresh angles of my work affixed to the front of every card, they pack a punch while making quite the statement!!