Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Autumn Dreamin

Today is the LAST day of August (and the last day of my Shabby Apple Giveaway) and I couldn't be more pumped. I love the 4th of July, swimming and other fun things about summer, but I'm just sick and tired of being hot all of the time!

As a result, I'm so excited for my favorite time of year which is, of course, autumn.

So looking forward to pumpkin lattes, cinnamon desserts and the smell of crisp leaves. 

More than anything, though, I'm just excited to wear a coats again! I would LOVE this Burberry, but who wouldn't?

Monday, August 29, 2011

1st Day of Grad School

I took this for my mom to add to the collection of "First Day Of ___ Grade" pictures. 
Who says it's just for kids!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Don't forget! Time is running out to enter my Shabby Apple Giveaway!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Money Saving Ideas (DIY CRAFT)

Do you often find yourself staring into the fridge wondering what to eat? Then when you can't decide on anything you either end up eating junk food or decide to eat out because you feel like you deserve a decent meal for once?

Yeah, me too.

A few months ago I watched my boss' dog while she went on vacation and saw something like this at her house:

(I swear I'm not a creeper, I found this on Pinterest and didn't take a picture of it at her house!)

I decided this was a great idea to help me eat healthier and less expensively!
(I'll let you know how it works...)

Here's how I made mine:

Items Needed:
Letters for "MENU" and days of the week
Large frame

Final product:


Total Price: $8

Final product:


Friday, August 26, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011



Guess what?
The lovely people over at Shabby Apple apparently found my blog and liked it so much they wanted to give my readers a little something-something! Check out this gorgeous dress:

This lovely style, called "Lighthouse," has a MSRP of $89.99 and it's yours absolutely FREE... if you win this giveaway!

To enter, you can choose any of the following options, but please leave one comment for each entry you submit.

To enter:

1. Follow Sounds of Laughter, Shades of Life
2. Blog about this entry
3. Tweet about this giveaway
4. Post on Facebook about this giveaway
5. Follow me on Blog Lovin

You can enter until September 1st and the winner will be announced on September 6th!
Good luck!

Any of my readers can receive 10% off of their total purchase at Shabby Apple when entering "soundsoflaughter10off" in the coupon code.

Friday, August 12, 2011


My view on the train from Tinley Park to Chicago

Last weekend I drove eight hours with my mom and sister up to the Chicago suburbs to visit our family before driving up to Milwaukee, WI to surprise my Aunt Carole for her 70th birthday!


Navy Pier


Sister and me

Michigan Ave

Here's the birthday girl in the middle!

Little Cousin Christy

My Uncle Bob and Mom!

Uncle Bob and Aunt Carole--we had such a fun time with my cousins/aunts/uncles after dinner together

Pat and Nancy--they're the best!

We took a detour and stopped by the house my mom grew up in in Rockford, Illinois

We also visited our cousin Coby and his family in Madison. 

I was so sad to have to come back home and I can't wait to see everyone again soon!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Daddy

Today is my dad's birthday and I'm so excited to celebrate with him tonight!

In other news...
I just got back from a fabulous weekend in Chicago, Milwaukee and I'll do a post about soon, but ALSO coming soon:

A giveaway from Shabby Apple!!

Be on the look out! Start following my blog now if you don't already!! 

Much Love,

Nicole Jeannette

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Harry Potter Party

My friend Jess threw the most creative and detailed party I've ever been to this weekend. Check out her hard work!

To enter the party you had to go through the "wall"

Hermione (Jess) and Harry (Jennifer)

The Sorting Hat



They were dueling with their (iPhone) wands...




Butter Beer