Dear #TechSupport,

I'm sorry. I truly am.

I know you're 24/7, but I'm quite certain you didn't anticipate a really excited, impatient, creative person interrupting your relaxing Sunday afternoon. I bet you didn't anticipate me interrupting your MNF viewing, either, so I'm sure the during-business-hours call that I couldn't answer was the ideal compromise...sorry I couldn't answer, but this exciting project is "just" a side job (and "just" a crazy dream that I'm seeing come true, so bear with me!), so I can't answer the phone and troubleshoot during the day. But, thanks for returning my call during the Jets-Colts game tonight.

I appreciate your patience after saying "to get to this next piece, you're going to need an Allen wrench," when my response was "hold on, let me look for that real quick..." I know you heard the frantic typing as I google image searched "Allen wrench" - but really, if Matt's toolbox was labeled "this is a screwdriver" and "this is a drill bit" and so on, it would be easier. Just kidding, I know what a screwdriver is. Anyway, it was probably clear to you that I had NO CLUE what I was talking about after my Google search, especially considering my dear husband informed me we do in fact have an Allen wrench that goes on the end of the screw driver (WHAT? GOOGLE!?), so thanks for not laughing.

I was at least able to see the part in question, and I'm sure my creative description of what I was looking at was one of the most entertaining things you'd heard all evening... "So that green strip? It looks like someone took a bite out of it. You know, like an apple, but not smooth like the Apple logo, more like real teeth, it's jagged-y. Wait! I think that green thing is a computer part. Oh yeah, to answer your question, yes, maybe part of it could be melted."

When you said you would call back at 7:00 in the morning to help me order the part, I'm sure my hopeful-to-high-pitched "Pacific time? Oh, no...EASTERN time? Ohhh-kay." gave away my dislike of mornings, so if I'm a little groggy at 6:00 a.m CST when my phone rings to place the order, I apologize. That's way before my usual wake up time, but maybe I'll get up and do something productive. Haha, just kidding.

And though we haven't had this conversation yet, I apologize before it even happens... I will probably ask if you offer free two-day shipping, and if you don't, I will be checking for the part on AmazonPrime as I'm placing the order with you. I'm really impatient, as discussed earlier, and AmazonPrime is just so convenient.

Thanks so much for all your help,



It's FRIDAY! Can I get an amen? And I'm turning up to class two weeks in a row, #ThankYouVeryMuch.

We spent most of Labor Day weekend in Dallas and, until the morning we left, had the BEST time. We stayed at a beautiful hotel (but I'm not linking to it, for many reasons), enjoyed a day of shopping at the Allen Outlets & the Container Store, ate In & Out Burger and the most delicious hole-in-the-wall, Piggie Pie Pizza, and watched plenty of college football! Unfortunately, someone decided they wanted the purchases we had made and stole them from our vehicle, and the hotel waived it off and acted as though it was a common occurrence. Thankfully Officer Jefferson with the Dallas PD was nice to work with and our credit card company is being helpful so far. Also, the kindness of another person toward me and my business totally made my Sunday morning bearable and reminded me that people are good, and not to let the bad influence my overall outlook. So, while it's been a frustrating week and I no longer have the beautiful JCrew skirt I planned to wear in our Christmas pictures (seriously guys, it was perfect), life goes on, and I'm seeking the good rather than dwelling on the bad.

My first FAVORITE is how God puts things in front of you exactly when you need them. When I started my Bible study Thursday morning, I looked at the verse of the day on my Bibe app - Romans 15:13: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." This verse has become my prayer - that my life would look like that verse. While reading that verse, I flipped back a little to Romans 15:5-6, which was the verse of my sorority in college, Sigma Phi Lambda. I am so thankful for my time as a Phi Lamb and for the people in my life who I know because of Phi Lamb, including my sweet "Phamily" and the beautiful ladies below!

Another FAVORITE this week is my discovery of the Wet Brush. Seriously, this thing is a miracle worker! My tangly hair is detangled in just a few brushes without even trying, and it's not ripping my shedding-prone hair out of my head, which is even better. They're less than $10 which makes buying one even better.

My last FAVORITE (not to be mistaken for LEAST favorite!) for today is that I was invited to speak at FAPC's Marketing with Social Media this week! But that's not the best part. Guys, they gave me a #SelfieStick. So far I've failed miserably at taking pictures with it but I'm determined to have a strong selfie game with this new addition. For real, though, it was an honor to be invited to speak about social media and I loved spending part of my day in Stillwater. Now I'm even more excited to watch my FAVORITE team play tomorrow in Boone Pickens Stadium - GO POKES!

Happy weekend!



I've said it before, and I'll certainly say it again, but I've missed this corner of the internet. After a lot of blogging talk in my world lately (Hi Lauren, Lisa and Karen!), I decided I needed to dust off the cobwebs and visit again, hopefully a little more frequently than I have been in the last year or so :) I decided #FridayFavorites was a perfect way to reenter blogland!

My first FAVORITE is that we recently got a storm shelter installed! Our house was only a few years old and in perfect condition when we bought it, so we haven't had to "fix" much of anything - the only thing that comes to mind is a bathtub that wouldn't stop running! Instead of having to fix, we've been able to enjoy living in it. However, there are a few upgrades I want to do, and top of the list was installing a storm shelter! After a fairly active storm season, Matt witnessed the extent of my fears and we arranged to have one put in ASAP.

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Thank you to the Chickasaw Nation for providing grants to your citizens (even those of us not living in the boundaries!) to help make shelters more affordable! I'm so thankful to belong to a tribe who truly cares about their people. If you're local and looking for a shelter company, I recommend FlatSafe. They have showroom in Yukon and can do in-garage shelters on existing homes. They were also quick to get an installation date and really easy to work with - everyone I talked to was really nice!

My second FAVORITE is that it's SEPTEMBER!! I love September - football starts, fall starts, basketball is around the corner, there's a stock show, oh and FOUR of my favorite guys have birthdays! That's right, from the 19th-24th we will celebrate Trapaw, Matt, K and Kale all turning another year older.

Speaking of football, I've been writing this post for about 2 hours, but I keep getting distracted. I sat down to write and watch OSU's first game of the season. I'm hoping this game is just a fluke and not a sign of how the season is going to go. I didn't anticipate the Pokes struggling this much against CMU. It looks like we just need to give the QB the ball and let them run because that seems to be all that's working... Fingers crossed things start looking up ASAP! (Update: by the time I finished this, the game wasn't yet over and my Cowboys are up 24-13, so let's hope this continues!)

Another FAVORITE is that September is #HungerActionMonth! It's time to take action in the fight against hunger and help our neighbors in need. Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, with 1 in 6 Oklahomans struggling with hunger, including 1 in 4 children. Click to learn more about hunger in Oklahoma, and if you're interested in learning how you can fight hunger, click here or contact me. Not in Oklahoma? Find your local Feeding America Food Bank here and get involved in the fight against hunger. If you're in central or western Oklahoma and need help with food, click here to find a Regional Food Bank partner agency near you.

The last thing I'm going to highlight today was my FAVORITE weekend this summer - our summer vacation! We spent 4th of July weekend in Nashville with my parents and brothers. I was SO excited! I'd never been to the Grand Ole Opry, and we went ON July 4 with Vince Gill performing! So, pretty much the best night we could've picked :) We also toured the Country Music Hall of Fame and I just loved the Trisha Yearwood exhibit!

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Happy Friday, friends! Have a great long weekend! Maybe I'll even see you soon for a weekend update ;)


No Off Days

Happy Monday! I'm currently working on a post about our 4th of July weekend (yes, a week late #AsAlways), but in the meantime, I wanted to share Shaeken, LLC's latest shirts with you. 

Make your next workout worthy of a #GymSelfie with our new tees and tanks!


These shirts, titled No Off Days | Lifting and No Off Days | Running, are available for preorder now through my Etsy shop or on my Facebook page! They are each available on a variety of shirt colors (ink will be green/gray or yellow/white, as pictured) and in THREE styles: unisex tee ($18), unisex tank ($20) or flowy tank($20)! I'm a big fan of the flowy tanks - for those of you who like sporting a racerback tank but want some modesty, this is perfect: it's flowy, so not tight, and the neckline isn't cut too low, either. 

Preorders will be taken through Sunday, July 19, and only a limited number will be available after that! Shipping is $6 for the first item and $2 for any additional items. Questions or want to order? Email shaekenLLC (at) gmail (dot) com, visit my Facebook page or Etsy shop, or comment below :) 


Weekend: Offseason

On Friday, a new coworker and I were discussing our love of sports, our favorite teams, etc. and I made the comment "I really don't like summer... no stock shows, no football, no basketball...it's just so boring!" I didn't realize then that I would spend what felt like my entire weekend watching sports!

Friday evening, Matt and I went to an OKC Dodgers game and I had an absolute blast. I've never known much baseball or followed it closely, but it was a great way to spend a beautiful Friday evening. I'm already trying to figure out when we can go again! Bonus: since we got tickets through Matt's work, we also got matching baseball hats!
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On Saturday, my mom let me know my brothers were going to be playing summer league games at their school that afternoon. Never one to pass up an opportunity to watch my favorite Panthers, I enjoyed spending the afternoon in the stands cheering them on.

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Sunday I spent a couple more hours in Amber watching Kale play. After cheer practices + games in the new gym all of last year, I forgot just how hot the old gym could get! My mom, pictured below in the lime green t-shirt, actually refereed games in the old gym all day. Yes, in JEANS. And one game in flip flops - a scary thought if you know our accident-prone family (I think the injury gene came from dad's side, not mom's, thankfully!).

This truly was a great offseason weekend. About 5-6 months from now, when there are basketball games most nights of the week + OSU football games on the weekend and a million other things going on, I'm sure we'll be wishing for the slowness of the offseason. Happy Monday, friends! 

PS - is there a Panda Express near you? Eat there today & help fight hunger!