Five on Friday

Happy Friday one and all! Time for another edition of Five on Friday!


1. Name Fail

Honestly, sometimes I wonder why celebrities feel that they need to gain more attention by given their children crazy names. OR in general, I find that people don’t think about their last names when they choose their children’s first names. Case in point: Nick Cannon’s new baby, Golden. The kid’s name is Golden Cannon.


2. Sweet Corn Chili

One of my favorite things about reading blogs is finding new recipes. I can’t thank Shay from Mix and Match Mama enough for her delicious sweet corn chili recipe. It was a HUGE hit at my house!

3. Struggling Through a Book

I’ve said time and again that if a book doesn’t keep my attention, then I won’t keep reading it. Life’s too short, ya know? But there’s a book I’m reading now, and I’m so close to being finished that I feel like I have to, even though it really should have ended ages ago. I’ll let you know more about it the next time I do a book review. In the meantime, is there anything else I should be reading?

4. Bachelor Thoughts

I’m now officially Team Raven. She’s adorable, and Vanessa has just been too draining for me. And, of course, she’s not flippin’ Corinne. Ughhhhhhh the worst.


5. Our New Quilt!

The best part about this week was getting this new quilt from my mom!

When we got our new bed, every other quilt we had suddenly became WAY too small. And the comforter we bought for the bed had me sweating at night. So now C and I have the most beautiful quilt, made by my mama! Are we lucky or what?

Linking up with these gals for Five on Friday!


Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day

Happy Monday, folks! As a government employee, I’m lucky enough to spend today at home, cooking up a storm for the week and hopefully getting some cleaning done. That is, if The People vs. OJ Simpson doesn’t lure me away. Anyway, I realized that I forgot to write about my Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day last week, so here we go!

Galentine’s Day

On the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, my friends Caitlin, Susie, Kim and I celebrated the most sacred of holidays: Galentine’s Day.

We started off with brunch at Miss Shirley’s in the Inner Harbor before making our way to get mani-pedis. During our mani-pedis, we became rather engrossed with the episode of Property Brothers playing in the salon, so we hung around until the episode was over.

Valentine’s Day

C and I have only celebrated Valentine’s Day on February 14th ONCE, and that was the first year that we were together. Since then, there were two years that snowstorms kept us from celebrating the holiday on its intended day, and so we made a new tradition of celebrating on a day other than the 14th. This year, it was the 13th.

We both took the day off of work. Most of the day was spent with errands and such, and then we took a nap. Lemme tell you, no one does romance like the two of us!

After our romantic nap, we ordered in from La Tolteca (our favorite restaurant) and watched The Emperor’s New Groove, which I had never seen before (and loved it!). Quesadillas and Disney–ya can’t beat it!


I hope you all were able to celebrate these glorious holidays as well!


Thoughts for Thursday: TV Thoughts

It’s that time again folks! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on some recent TV occurrences on Thoughts for Thursday!
Thoughts for Thursday

I’m going to warn you now, there WILL BE SPOILERS in this blog post, so if you’re not caught up on The Bachelor or Grey’s AnatomySTOP READING (but, ya know, come back tomorrow!)

The Bachelor

First of all, one of my gals is gone 🙁 I mean, I knew that all 3 of my faves couldn’t win, but I was hoping that neonatal nurse Danielle would have lasted a little longer. But I think that she’s still not ready to be in a relationship, and if I had her past, I’d probably feel the same way.


Which leads me to the part of this post where I FLIP OUT! Y’all know where this is going…HE GOT RID OF KRISTINA AND KEPT THIS FOOL??????????!!!!!!!


I mean, I’m really really REALLY beginning to think that he may be the worst Bachelor yet. Sure, the producers probably want Corinne to stay around for ratings, but at a certain point, you have to let her go. On the other hand, I’m kind of jazzed about the thought of Nick meeting her nanny…

Grey’s Anatomy

The end of last week’s episode led me to a Hamilton quote, “I want to be in the room where it happens…”


Seriously, don’t you want to know what went down between Bailey and April???!!! April has tried to be a leader before, and it did NOT go well. Plus, she’s totally a trauma gal, not general surgery. It makes me think that Bailey threatened her job, and with an infant at home, I wouldn’t blame her for taking it.

Also, I loved me some Jackson this week…well, and every week.

AND I’m hoping that tonight’s episode starts off with Richard tearing Catherine a new one! The truth is going to come out!!


Any TV thoughts of your own this week?


Wedding Wednesday: First Look with the ‘Maids

It’s hard to believe that we’ve now been married for four months! I’m a bit behind on my Wedding Wednesday posts, so let me show you the moment when my bridesmaids finally saw me in my dress!

One of the must-haves for my wedding day was a first look with my bridesmaids. I had somehow managed to keep my finished dress a secret, and even when one of my bridesmaids picked it up the day before the wedding, she promised that she didn’t look! And the reactions of the girls is just priceless!

This picture cracks me up because Kim (far right) is telling the girls that they’re all going to turn towards their left hands




My 101 in 1001: A Day Late!

Happy Tuesday all! I can’t believe how quickly time flies, and it’s another update of my 101 in 1001 list! I’m happily linking up with Macy and Emelia to share my progress!

Visit the Best Zoos: 2/10

No progress here, but maybe soon?

Eat the Best Pizza: 0/10

BUT I’m going to New York on Mother’s Day, and I’m going to have to insist that we check one off of this list.

Drink the Best Coffee 3/10

I guess I need to book a trip to CA to knock two off of this list.

Visit the Best Independent Bookstores 2/10

I’m going to grab my niece and get her to join me in a visit to Kramerbooks.

Visit 10 Castles in the U.S. 1/10

Clearly, I’m not meant for royalty…

Eat the Best Donuts 4/10

AHA! Finally checked another donut off the list in December! My mom and I went to a friend’s wedding in Chicago and had a DELICIOUS donut at Do-Rite Donuts. Federal Donuts in Philly is still number one so far, but there’s 6 to go…

Run the Most Fun Races 0/5

Can I walk these? I haven’t run in forever…

See the Best Christmas Displays 1/10

Well, there’s always next Christmas…

Experience the Best of Baltimore 3/10

Seriously, someone come with me to eat some pasta and fries!

Complete the Best Crafts on Pinterest 0/5

Go ahead, Jean Ralphio…


Have the Best Blog Possible 4/5

Still have a ways to go to 2,000 posts…

Enjoy the Best in Live Entertainment 2/5

Since both Fun Home and Disaster closed on Broadway, I decided to change those to any other two Broadway shows…and I saw Hamilton in January!!!!!! Talk about your life-changing amazing experiences. One of these days, I’ll sit down and write out a whole post about the magnificence of this show, but for now, it’s another one checked off my list!

Here’s to experiencing more in life and to checking off to-do lists!


Five on Friday: I’m Back, Baby!

Happy Friday all! I’m sorry for such a long blogging absence–it’s not you, it’s me!


But now it’s time for Five on Friday! Today I’m focusing on the world of pop culture because let’s be honest, it’s way more fun than real life!

Baby Clooneys!!!!


Yes, I was super jazzed about Beyonce’s twins, but I’ve gotta say, I’m even more THRILLED for George and Amal Clooney! They’re such a fascinating couple, and those two little kiddos are going to be both gorgeous and worldly!

All the Single Babies?

While her pregnancy may be temporarily overshadowed by the Clooneys, I’m still SUPER excited about Beyonce’s lullaby album! Ya gotta start your kids off loving Beyonce early.

American Revival?


Okay, there was a reason American Idol went by the wayside in the first place. No one was watching it!! Does NBC really think that people will start watching if it’s on their network? Also, isn’t Seacrest busy enough?

Oh, Corinne


Seriously, Nick, send Corinne packing. She went from super obnoxious to semi-entertaining, and now she’s back to just plain awful. Marry Vanessa or NICU-nurse Danielle and get it over with!

Timberlake + Walken


While many disagree, I think the best Superbowl commercial was the one starring Justin Timberlake and Christopher Walken. Walken doing a dramatic reading of “Bye Bye Bye” made my former-college heart so happy!

Linking up with these lovely ladies for Five on Friday!


Oh Hey, Friday!: Inauguration Day Edition

Happy Friday everyone! No, today’s post has nothing to do with the actual inauguration, but it IS that day, so….okay. It’s way too Friday to deal with all my feelings regarding politics right now, so here’s some other updates from the week!

Smuckers Reduced Fat Natural Style Creamy Peanut Butter


So, I’m trying to cut down on my sodium and fat intakes, but I love me the heck outta some peanut butter. Luckily, I found this amazing peanut butter that has less sodium AND is reduced fat! Try it out!

Chopped: Tacos and Hot Dogs Editions


Once I angrily discovered that there was NOT a new Grey’s Anatomy last night…


I turned to the Food Network and watched taco-themed and hot dog-themed episodes of ChoppedFirst of all, tacos SHOULD be included in every meal (including dessert), but hot-dog themed desserts (when one of the ingredients is corn dogs) is truly disgusting.

The New Match Game


I’ve only seen one episode of this show so far, but I’m loving it! I was always a fan of the randy original Match Game, but the mix of Alec Baldwin and some of my favorite celebs is just too good to pass up!

Tuxedo Hot Chocolate


Have you have the Tuxedo Hot Chocolate from Starbucks yet? Go do it. RIGHT NOW. I’ll wait. Ah yes, wasn’t it delicious? Yeah, it’s a bit much, but I agree that having just one is totally fine 😉

See y’all next week! Have a great weekend!


Resolutions Check In!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Have you all been working on your resolutions? I…have not.

I’m incredibly disappointed in myself, but it’s never too late to turn things back around, right?

Exercise More

So, my goal is to pack my gym clothes in my briefcase so that I have no excuse but to exercise after work. What excuse will I come up with? We can only wait and see lol!


Prepare More Meals at Home

I did make a rather awesome meal a couple weeks ago, just after the start of the new year! I used The Recipe Rebel‘s recipe for Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper, except that I used ground turkey and dairy-free cheese to help out my dairy-free hubby. He LOVED it!

Learn Lafayette’s Part in “Guns and Ships”

I know a few of the words…none of them are the fast ones though lol.



Hopefully this next week will show an improvement!

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Show Us Your Books: December to January

I sure did read (or attempt to read) a lot in December and the first half of January!  Linking up today for Show Us Your Books!

Night Film by Marisha Pessl (Did Not Finish)

Eh, I just couldn’t get into it. The way it is written is pretty creative, but as a whole, it just seems kind of weird.

Faithful by Alice Hoffman (Did Not Finish)

There are just WAY too many upsetting things happening within the first part of this book. I was just too uncomfortable to continue.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (3 out of 5 Stars)


People have been raving about this book, and while I was definitely intrigued, it gets a little convoluted after a while. I did enjoy how new information about the characters is doled out as the book goes along, so I found myself surprised, but overall, it’s only okay.

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines (4 out of 5 Stars)


I’m much more of a House Hunters fan than a Fixer Upper fan, but I still really enjoyed this book. These two have worked so hard to get where they are and have had some amazing strokes of luck along the way. Even if you’re not a fan of the show, give it a read!

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon (3 out of 5 Stars)


Oof, this novel deals with a really painful topic (a school shooting), but it’s pretty well done. I thought it went on for a little long, and spoiler alert, the ending is pretty heartbreaking, but I was compelled by the book.

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan (Did Not Finish)

There isn’t anything WRONG with this book. I think I just picked it up at the wrong time.

Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen (Did Not Finish)

Eh, I tried listening to it on audiobook, and Andy just began to annoy me after a while. Maybe it’d be better in paperback.

Siracusa by Delia Ephron (2 out of 5 Stars)


This is another very compelling novel, but there isn’t a single likable character in the entire book. And the ending is just kind of vague. But I stayed til the end because I really wanted to know more about the character of Snow, and I wanted to know what the ending would be…which is sort of disappointing.

Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (Did Not Finish)

This book just couldn’t hold my attention. It seems like a nice story, but there’s just too much exposition.

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (5 out of 5 Stars)


I was SO SAD when this book was over! I absolutely loved it! And due to this book, my husband has been forced to hear Hamilton fun facts for weeks lol. But I love knowing how a show is put together, and it just made the experience of seeing the show so much more worthwhile. If you a Ham fan, READ IT!




How Lucky We Are to Be Alive Right Now

Why yes, that IS another Hamilton quote!


I kind of like the idea of having a theme for my blog titles. I wonder what I’ll do next month… Anyway, back to the topic at hand. According to the glorious Facebook, there are many many people who thought that 2016 was just the worst, and they don’t have the highest hopes for the upcoming year. As I read these posts, I thought about how much better it is for your body and soul to focus on the positive things happening in our lives. Sure, not everything can be perfect, and sometimes some truly awful things happen. But after a friend of mind suffered from a horrible medical emergency last week, she said that she just felt lucky to be alive. And so here are some of the things that make me feel lucky:

My Family

Some people really don’t get along well with their families, and that makes me sad for them. My mom and I are ridiculously close, and anytime my brother comes to town, I spend almost the entire time laughing. And then there’s the little family that I live with: my precious husband and our adorable pups. Corny as it may sound, I do tear up a little bit thinking about how lucky I am to be married to the love of my life.

My Rights

When Eliza sings “How lucky we are to be alive right now,” she is talking about the excitement going on with the revolution. However, later in the show, Aaron Burr encourages the women onstage, “Tell your husbands ‘Vote for Burr!'” Because the women couldn’t vote themselves. Wow. It’s so hard to believe that it wasn’t always our given right to play a part in our democratic process. I’m so lucky to live in a time when I don’t have to rely on my husband to vote on our behalf.

Modern Medicine

In the past few weeks, several of my friends have reported that their babies have come down with a case of RSV, all of them having to be rushed to the hospital. It blows my mind to think that if they lived even 50 years ago, these babies might not have recovered. We are so lucky for all of the medical breakthroughs available and that more and more are coming about each day.


Okay, the first three were pretty serious topics, so here’s my latest bit of luck. I saw Hamilton on Broadway last week!!! I was a little worried that it could never live up to the hype, but boy oh boy, it lived up to it and then some! It was one of the most marvelous shows I’ve ever seen, and everyone around me was crying after the final song.

What do you feel lucky about right now?