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Here I Am!!

16 May

Wow! Has it been almost 4 months since my last post??? I can’t believe it!

Things have been so crazy busy with life and work that blogging sorta slipped by the way side. I will say that I have at least a few posts in draft form that are pretty much done, so I hope to be posting on a more regular basis when I can.

Here’s what you’ve missed (which hasn’t been much, but that doesn’t make it insignificant!):

The Hubs and I went to Vegas the last weekend in January. It was our big trip to see Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley! I’m proud to say that I made it through both flights with less anxiety than I’ve had in the past, although I must admit I had to take 1 Xanax on the return flight home.

We really had a great time! We had friends who were also in Vegas that weekend so we hung out with them some of the time as well. We stayed at the Mirage, which was my first time. I really liked it and think it will be my Vegas hotel of choice from now on! It is really nice without feeling stuffy and there are lots of great options for food right there. It was all decked out for Chinese New Year which made the lobby area really beautiful!

We did some walking down the strip…

And hanging out…

Our first big outing was to see Garth Brooks. Garth was absolutely positively amazing. TOTALLY work the $250 / person tickets. It was just him and his guitar. He sounded just like a record. The Hubs and I kept turning to each other commenting on how awesome it was the entire time! We vowed that if there were ever an artist like Garth that is someone we truly LOVE, we WILL spend the extra money and get good tickets. It was so worth it! We could’t take pictures, but I snuck a quick one so you get the gist of what we saw (minus Garth!).

The next day, our friends wanted to go see the Pawn Stars shop. I had never seen the show, but figured I could at least say I’d been there. The line to get in was super long, but once inside there was a lot of cool stuff to look at.

We went to the Minus 5 Bar which was a cool experience! We took some really cute pictures in our parkas and taking shots off of a ski, but I was too lazy and forgot to purchase them online!

The Brad Paisley concert was Saturday night at Mandalay Bay – all the way on the other side of the strip. It took us FOREVER to walk there and the monorail was NOT convenient either. We finally made it there in time to see The Band Perry (who was just ok live) and Scotty McCreery (who was pretty good) open.  Brad Paisley put on a great show (although our standards were set crazy high from the Garth concert the night before). He definitely was worth it though! His concert reminded me of a Keith Urban concert, which I always think is a fun concert to attend. We really enjoyed hearing all of our favorite songs, including “Then”, our first dance song!

The last day brought about a little more excitement… While walking from the elevators toward the lobby at 7:30am, I saw this blond girl in a mini dress with white slippers walking (well more like stumbling) toward the elevator bay with a guy. I looked at the girl and said to The Hubs under my breath, “Was that Paris Hilton??”. The girl must of heard me because the next thing I know she turned around and says to me, “Yes it is!”. I was so excited to have a celebrity encounter, even if it was only a split second!

We SO enjoyed our Vegas trip and hoped to go back really soon (especially to see and hang out by the Mirage pool when it was actually full), but we had another big event happen in our lives just a few weeks later:

Holy crap! Can you believe it? We’re pregnant! I’ve got a whole bunch of drafts to finish up our TTC story and then the start of our pregnancy story.

So stay tuned (unless of course pregnancy stuff makes you cringe or sad… I can totally relate and totally understand!).


Welcome to the New “Living a Brighter Life”

4 Jan

Welcome Everyone!

I’m so excited you followed me over from my Blogger site to this new and improved WordPress site.

Please follow me at this new location by clicking through and connecting with me by using the buttons under the Subscribe and Connect sidebar!

You can also subscribe by email, a new feature!

I can’t wait to connect with all of you in 2012!

The Dreaded ""

21 Oct

I thought I had fixed the dreaded (Jen) issue I encountered awhile back when I first started my blog. I swear I had looked at my feed and thought that it said “By Jen” just below the title of the blog post.

Then I noticed that the pictures on my blog aren’t showing up in my Dashboard of “Blogs I’m Following”. (Yes, I shamefully am following my own blog, but mostly to catch issues like these!)

So I did some Googling and found out that first I should make sure my email address is listed and is able to be publically accessed. Everything seemed to check out find on this front.

Then I started digging a little deeper…

Some people said that I need to delete my FeedBurner account. To be honest, I never really look at the FeedBurner stats. When I started blogging, I thought maybe I would want to track stats and things, but since I’m not really that famliar with most of the stats FeedBurner provides it has been pretty worthless to me. I was about to delete it to see if that would correct the problem, but wasn’t sure how many people that would screw up. I figured if I hit delete and it was the wrong thing to do, I might piss people off! 🙂

So a couple of questions for my techy friends….

Any one else have a similar issue and how did you fix it?

How will deleting my FeedBurner feed affect how people are connected to my blog?

Will it delete the feed from Google Reader?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! I want to be a good blogger and not be the annoying girl who has “” as the default email address. 

Lovin’ Bloggin’ So Far!

8 Dec
I know it has only been a week, but I am really loving blogging so far! I find myself composing blog posts on my way home from work, looking for beautiful things to take pictures of that I can share, and thinking of anything else that may be of interest to the blogging community. Does this make me even more of a blog addict than I already was?? I think so!
I’ve been learning as I go and I think my proficient studying of other people’s blog over the last couple of years has helped me navigate the world of blogging so far.
I’ve created the links at the top (just below the banner) so all of you that don’t know me in the “real” world can get a sense of who I am and what this blog will be about.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
About Me – Find out who I am and why I FINALLY decided to start a blog of my own.

 Contact – How you can reach out and let me know how I’m doing as a first time blogger (and how I can get better and find more followers!)



Blogs I Love – All the people I love in my “real” and “virtual” worlds who have blogs. Weddingbee is where it all started!

Kindle Reads – I love to read (and I know some of you do too)! Keep up with what is on my Kindle and I’ll try to review those books that were AWESOME and those that I could have maybe done without!
For all of you out there reading this, thanks for starting out on this journey with me!
I appreciate each and every one of you!