Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
I'm writing this ahead of time on Sunday evening after spending my weekend alone, unless you count this horrible stomach bug that made it's way into my body right around Thursday noontime and has not yet decided to leave. Parker was gone for hockey and the weekend was looking to be productive and relaxing, complete with trips to the gym and Hobby Lobby. Instead, it wasn't that at all. On a positive note, I suppose it's a good jumpstart to any weight loss journey because I've only consumed 3 cans of chicken soup and/or broth, 1 strip of saltine crackers, and ginger ale since Friday night.
I would share with you some pictures from my weekend, but I didn't take any. Well, technically that's a lie because I did take one and I even almost posted it to Instagram right around 3:00pm on Saturday. Then I snapped out of it and realized no one cares to see a picture of my chicken broth heating up on the stove. You're welcome. Stomach bugs are gross.
But, Target makes me happy and today, myself and these fabulous co-hosts below are giving away $100 for you to spend on whatever you want at the store that was God's gift to women. Enter away! And I hope your weekend was better than mine.
Friday, April 25, 2014
2 || I took a little break from blogging yesterday - a blogcation, if you will. Sometimes I'm just too mentally exhausted when I finally get a break to sit down at my computer and edit photos or even formulate complete sentences. I have to admit, there are small pangs of guilt on days like that but some days, a post is just not gonna happen. Does this ever happen to you?
3 || I kind of, sort of, really liked my outfit on Wednesday. It was just so summer-y and happy.
4 || Parker's gone for hockey this weekend. Sometimes I really don't mind having alone time, getting things done, and having a Netflix binge but I'm just not looking forward to it much this weekend. Also, I had to make dinner last night and forgot to set my alarm this morning - 2 things that I mucho depend on my hubby for.
5 || It was Admin Day this week and these are my perfectly imperfect flowers [I wrote a little about them on instagram last night]. They make me happy.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
*This is a guest post written by Lauren from The Albrecht's Blog.
I can't be the only girl who secretly wishes she was a real life Southern Belle. You know, the kind who is perfectly made up at all times and speaks slowly with an adorable accent?
You see, I'm a Midwestern gal at heart, but when we lived in Tennessee, I embraced southern charm to its full extent. We moved to New Hampshire a few months ago, though, and I have to admit, there are times I really miss the south.
So for the rest of you who live up north, or really anywhere other than south, here's how you can integrate a little southern charm into your life no matter where you live!
1. Write thank-you cards. One of my favorite things to do is write thank you cards after friends have us over for dinner or games. It's such a nice gesture and who doesn't love getting snail mail?!
2. Open doors for others... Or at least hold it open behind you! Don't let it slam the person walking through after you in the face.
3. Speak slowly. Man, in the north people talk fast! Slow it down. Act like you don't have 15 other things to do right at this moment and enjoy the conversation.
4. Sprinkle your vocabulary with y'all, gals, and sweet tea. That's all you need.
5. Smile and say hello. Friendliness is the number one characteristic of southern charm - a smile and nod go a long way. Any time I smile at a stranger, they almost immediately light up and smile back. It's the little things.
6. When you ask, "How are you doing?".... Mean it. And then listen to the response.
7. When in doubt, wear lipstick.
That is all, folks. Best of luck, gals!!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Sunday, April 20, 2014
The fact that I can pass by a 5-hour car ride by editing photos, writing a blog post, and reading blogs is the best. This way, in 300 minutes I can accomplish so much more than just traveling 320+ miles. And that is the beauty of wi-fi jetpacks. Their invention is right up there with the invention of the wheel, iPhone, and microwave oven. The fact that my husband also has this weird, manly need to always be in the driver's seat is also the best.
Our Easter weekend was very low-key. Friday night Parker and I hung out with my parents and watched hockey, obviously, because there's a hockey game like every single night until June - thank you NHL Playoffs. Our weather was finally spring-like this weekend so my mom and I were able to go for a nice, long walk on Saturday before
Champagne Hour Cocktail Hour on the deck.
Parker likes to ask if he should take a picture of me for my blog and then takes multiple selfies before actually doing so.
The Easter Bunny came to my parents early on Saturday. Don't be fooled - it looks like wine but it's actually Spiced-Pear Vinegar. We've been really into trying different oil+vinegar combinations as dressing for our salads. Note to anybody: wine in the Easter basket would also be perfectly acceptable in my book.
Sunday morning we took horrible-quality-coffee-time-selfies while sitting in bed because my mom kicked us downstairs so "the easter bunny" could hide the Easter eggs. We had brunch with my family and then stopped by to see Parker's family.
I helped my mom stain a few deck sections in the 70-degree sunshine before we hit the road. The weather today was absolutely beautiful! It actually felt like there might be an end to this winter that's supposed to only be a season. And to top it off, there has been no snow visible on our drive home and we can even see some open water. Boom baby. Only 150 miles to go...
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
So once your 26+ years old, are you considered to be in your late 20s?
I'd love your input on this. And by the way, I only have 17 days to figure it out because I want to make sure that by May 4th I know for certain if I'm in my twenties or in my late twenties. If it's the latter I'm going to need to change multiple profiles from 20-something Midwestern girl to late-20s Midwestern girl....
That being said. Here are some things that I kinda sorta want...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
I read an e-card recently that read something along the lines of Why do Mondays follow so closely after Fridays but Fridays are sooo far away from Mondays? This is one of those days when I couldn't agree more. There have been times when the weekends go by slowly, and I love that; but most times they fly by!
This weekend my brother, his fiancee, and her brother came out to visit and we had a blast. After work on Friday Parker and I set up the lawn chairs, grill, and a propane heater so we could be outside as much as possible throughout the weekend. It's getting nicer around here but it still gets pretty close to freezing at night. The boys went out turkey hunting for the day Saturday and us girls talked about their wedding coming up this August, went grocery shopping, and
had wine had lunch. It was her birthday so anything goes. Saturday night we made amazing Bruschetta and a Corn + Black Bean Salsa, followed by a birthday steak dinner, and topped it off with Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip. It was good food and great company and an absolute blast.
They left mid-morning on Sunday and there's really not much to share with you after 10:30am. That would be because I ate, watched like 10 episodes of Parenthood, and stayed in my sweatpants all day. I don't let myself do that very often so it was really nice. And I'm almost done with the first season of Parenthood (that I just started re-watching from the beginning again because it's the best show ever) so if you don't think that's productivity at its finest then I don't think we should be friends.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
This post is going to be quick 'n dirty today because our internet has been going in and out the past couple of hours. Isn't it just totally sad how dependent we are on an invisible technology connection that is used in so many aspects of our lives? I'm convinced the internet being down is because the world is in mourning around here due to the Sioux losing in the final 0.6 seconds last night. It was tied 1-1 and I had just convinced myself I would be able to stay awake for an overtime period when the Gophers scored with basically no time remaining. But let's move on; I'd rather not talk about it...
1 || We're still fans and it was still a good game but it would've been fun to see them in the Championship on Saturday night.
2 || I can be a real blogger now because I bought a full-size mirror. We'll get it hung on the wall somewhere in our place this weekend so hopefully next week I can take my first full-body picture for an #ootd post on instagram. (Dad, ootd means outfit of the day.)
3 || This week it actually started feeling like Spring around here! I busted out the flats, didn't wear a jacket, and even wore short-sleeve shirts to work. Oh, and I also put away any snowmen still around in our apartment and took out (the very few) Spring and Easter decorations that I have. Yup, I'm crazy I know.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Please excuse the inside pictures, but I wore this for date night last Wednesday and we had just had a few days of snowfall - snow! Yes, in April. But I think things are finally starting to look up around here. Yesterday was our most beautiful day of the Spring season yet - it was sunny, 60 degrees, and I didn't even wear my coat walking into Target! Pure bliss. And I think today is trying to rival yesterday even. Isn't it funny how the warmer temperature and the feel of the springtime sun actually makes your heart feel happy?
I got this dress for Christmas and had not worn it until last week. I paired it with leggings since the temperature was still cool (hence, the snow) but I can't wait to wear it without the leggings this Spring, or even Summer. The sleeves roll-up and button on the sides so it'll be a perfect 3/4-sleeve length for when the weather is warmer. Dresses (and skirts) are my favorite article of clothing for the warmer seasons! I just love how they're so comfortable, can be dressed up or dressed down, and give off such a feminine look. I think I need to invest in a maxi dress this season.
What's your favorite piece of clothing for Spring?
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
If we were having coffee I'd tell you... that I wish my morning coffee still looked like that (^^^). I would much rather drink my coffee while wearing my bikini and nearly sweating at 9:00am than while wrapped up in a blanket on my couch.
If we were having coffee I'd tell you... that today was a long day. I think any Monday that starts out with a rainy morning makes for a long day.
If we were having coffee I'd tell you... that I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means exactly to be a good friend when you're a woman in your 20s. Things were a lot easier when my best friend was the girl I wanted to play school with after real school and we only argued when she wanted to play Tetris and I wanted to play Donkey Kong on the Nintendo.
If we were having coffee I'd tell you... about how excited I am to be the Matron of Honor in my brother's wedding, and then we'd probably laugh at how old Matron sounds.
If we were having coffee I'd tell you... that I need to lose 20 pounds. And then you'd probably tell me I look hot anyway but that you know how I feel.
If we were having coffee I'd tell you... that yesterday I went in an open house (just for fun...) and now my mind thinks I need this house. Oh, and it's only about double what our budget will most likely be.
If we were having coffee I'd tell you... I miss math. We'd laugh about how nerdy that sounds but you'd totally understand. Math used to be a huge part of my life for 6 years (4 years of studying in college + 2 years of teaching high school) and I'm not even embarrassed to admit that I miss sin, cos, tan and solving equations.
If we were having coffee I'd tell you... that I need to clean my apartment and get my snowmen decorations put away. I'd ask you if you know of any easy, cheap, and fast DIY projects for Easter!
If we were having coffee I'd tell you... how much I've grown to love blogging. I'd tell you about the cool peeps I've met, how I've learned to manage sponsorships, and that I can't wait to write more and more and more.
If we were having coffee I'd tell you... that I'm thankful for your friendship :)
Sunday, April 6, 2014
They say Home isn't a place, it's a feeling, but I tend to disagree a bit. Because for me, home is only in a certain place - because in that certain place, I get that home-y feeling. We're in our hometown this weekend for one of Parker's youth hockey teams' try-outs and it got me thinking. This is my home. Right now it's not where I go to bed each night or work every day or grocery shop once a week. But this is where I get those feelings of home. This is where my heart is. This is my happy place.
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