First and foremost, you will notice that this is color coded as well as other things within our blog home. Let us teach you the ways of our people…okay so it’s just the two of us (break into song).
Take a seat, stay a while, get comfy! It could be a while…
Orange represents our collaborative thoughts; the unity of our weirdness.
Turquoise represents the profound awesomeness that is Jen’s mind.
And when you see purple, imagine Laryssa serenading you with her thoughts.
Good, now that that is taken care of, let us introduce ourselves a little more.
Since Jen is barely older, 55 days to be exact, I’ll let her go first. Don’t remind me of my old age…
I am a short, (naturally) blonde-haired, blue-eyed, white girl who is so white that people mistake me for wearing socks with sandals. Trust me; I would never commit such a travesty. I am the youngest of 3 and the only girl in my family.
I am a tall (taller than Jen…but who isn’t), dark-haired, brown-eyed, olive-skinned Goddess! (with a huge head!) I am the 3rd oldest and growing up I was the only girl in a family of 6.
We are best friends. We are cousins. We are sisters.
Our mothers separated us at birth due to a feud over who would eat the last piece of banana nut bread. We did not see each other until we were ages 3 & 4. Okay so not really, we just think it’s bizarre that we have absolutely no baby pictures together and when we ask our mothers, they get all shifty-eyed and change the subject.
Despite growing up 2 hours away from each other, we spent a ton of time together and were always, and still are, inseparable. It was always “Jen and Laryssa” or “Laryssa and Jen.” We were re-united in our early teenage years when Laryssa’s family thought “Gee this weather is too perfect, let’s move somewhere where it’s 113 degrees, 344 days out of the year” Best. Decision. EVER!
Jen was and always will be the closest thing I have to a big sister and growing up I made that apparent. She’d buy an outfit, I’d buy the same outfit (or just steal it from my closet). What can I say? She has good fashion sense. I loved following her around and doing whatever she did. I thought she was the coolest! So it was no surprise that I always wanted to be the same age as her! When you’re a kid it seems like being one year older is the equivalent of being 10 years older. My birthday is on January 11th and exactly 55 days later is Jen’s. MY BIRTHDAY WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE… WAIT FOR IT… BEST… DAY ... EVER! Go ahead, ask why… come on, do it, ask! Just do it, she won’t stop ‘til you ask. BECAUSE WE ARE THE SAME AGE! That’s right people! SAME AGE! I swore to Jen that those 55 days are the most wonderful, amazing, blissful days that I look forward to each year, and if she knows what’s best for her, they are the best 55 days of the year for her, too.
Laryssa was and always will be the annoying little sister I always wanted. It was nice to have someone to beat up on after my older brothers would beat up on me (darn noogies). Now, I think Laryssa and I have different definitions of the words best, wonderful, amazing, and blissful. If you consider them to be getting 2a.m. phone calls with a hyena on the other end yelling/laughing/crying for joy “WE’RE THE SAME AGE!” over and over again, and not being able to boss her around for 55 days, then yes, I suppose those are the
We were previously blogging as Our DIY Diaries with Jen’s sister-in-law as well. We decided it was time for a change when Courtney decided to branch off on her own and Laryssa made a confession…Turns out she kept wanting to say she blogged at Our DUI Diaries!…sorry guys. So when it came time to think of a new name, we couldn’t think of a better one than…drumroll please….
We know, right? It totally rocks! We were sitting at Costa Vida, eating our sweet pork salads, discussing our name ideas, when I said “well, we’re the same age for 55 days” and I said “55 days of pure bliss!” A light bulb went off for both of us at the same time and we got that look in our eyes. You know that one, like a kid in a candy store, a girl at a shoe shop, a DIYer at Home Depot, Angelina Jolie at an Orphanage, etc.
Blissful 55 is the place where we share our projects, ideas, and thoughts. We love to craft, paint…well pretty much anything, decorate our homes, and find ways to save money along the way. We are also on a quest to better ourselves and hope to inspire others to join the journey and follow your bliss.
CONGRATULATIONS! You made it through our initiation and we are so excited to have you as part of our virtual family. Make sure to have a look around. We would love for you to comment or email. We want to connect and get to know you just as you can get to know us!