Five on Friday: Five Ways I’m Marshall Eriksen

Happy Friday everyone! So, today’s post is for those of you that love How I Met Your Mother. If you’re not a fan, then have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday. Okay, now that we’re back to Super HIMYM Fans only, I’m going to tell you about the epiphany I had yesterday: I am very much Marshall Eriksen.


There are a bunch of reasons why I believe this, but here are five of them:

1. He makes up songs.


Marshall is known for singing about…well…everything. Those of you who know me are well aware that I do the same thing. Especially about Linus. Oh, have you not heard my Meghan Trainor parody entitled “All About that Face”?

2. He loves him some good food.


Marshall and chicken wings is basically me and pizza. Especially Giordano’s…sigh… Oh and at my wedding, people shouldn’t try to talk to me while I’m eating my slice of chocolate stout cake. It’s best for everyone.

3. He keeps up on celebrity gossip.


Come on, you KNOW that when you’re at the doctor’s office or getting your hair cut, you TOTALLY read “Stars Are Just Like Us” in US Weekly.

4. He loves gossip in general.


Okay, I don’t want to love gossip, but damn, it’s just so frickin’ inviting! I know that if one of my friends was out all night and woke up with a stranger (and a pineapple) that I’d be damn curious, too!

5. He knows true love.


He may not be starry-eyed Ted, but Marshall knows that Lily is his true love. That’s how I feel about C, and when I think of our future, I hope it’s just like Marshall and Lily’s.

Linking up with these ladies!



Thoughts for Thursday: Almost Shower Edition

In truth, ALL I am thinking about is my bridal shower on Sunday! I’m so frickin’ excited! But I suppose there are a few other thoughts rattling around in my brain, so here are a few of them:


Nail Polish Attack!


So yesterday I was driving to work when I noticed that there was a huge green blob on my arm! I started to freak out, wondering what kind of fungus or flesh-eating bacteria had attacked me. It was neither. It was a huge piece of chipped-off nail polish.

Election Overload

Seriously, is it November yet? I mean, I don’t REALLY want it to be November because then I will have glossed right over the wedding, but I’m just done with election coverage. It was awesome during the Olympics because then the country could focus on that, but it seems like the minute the Closing Ceremonies were over–BAM! Back to politicians bad-mouthing each other. Le sigh.

Champion to Me…and the USA

In my former work life, I was an English teacher. One of my 8th grade English students was a girl named Tatyana McFadden. Shortly after she was my student, she began competing in the Paralympic Games…and winning medals for the USA! This year, she’ll compete in 7 events. I’m so proud to have taught her and am ready to watch her go for the gold!


Failing Decision

So one of the counties in Maryland has decided that teachers aren’t allowed to give kids grades below a 50% now. Seriously.


They also are saying that teachers shouldn’t grade homework or deduct points for late assignments. So this leads me to two anger-inducing thoughts. One is that I worry the students from that county are not going to be taken seriously by colleges and universities, since they’re basically being coddled. And the other is that students really have no reason to try anymore because they know that it’s very unlikely that they’ll fail. Thoughts?

What thoughts are you having today? I’m linking up with Natalie for Thoughts for Thursday!



Wedding Wednesday: His Ring

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! Last week, I talked about my wedding ring and its importance to me. This week, I’ll be discussing my future husband’s wedding band. It may not hold personal significance, but it is significantly AWESOME.

Even before we got engaged, C and I have discussed his potential wedding band. He never seemed overly jazzed about wearing one, and I always thought he was just humoring me. Once, he said that he wanted it with Elvish writing on the inside, like in Lord of the Rings. I was so thrilled that he was willing to someday wear a wedding band that I even looked up how to inscribe our favorite saying to each other in Elvish.


Then he started talking about having a ring made out of meteorite. I wasn’t sure what that was and considered that he might be making it up. But I researched it and it turned out that there were many rings made of meteorite!

Finally, after C popped the question, we started discussing rings in a serious manner. He knew he didn’t want a traditional ring. I started doing new research on rings, and finally we decided on this one:


I love that the ring is made from grey maple wood, since when I think of C, I think of him in nature. It still has his requested meteorite. And dinosaur bone? Seriously?!??! In person, the coolest part is the copper ring in the center. It catches the light in a beautiful way.


Linking up with Macy and Nikki!


If I’m Being Honest

Happy Tuesday everyone! Recently, the glorious Brittany from A Healthy Slice of Slice shared a post called “If I’m Being Honest,” and I felt like the idea was right up my alley! So, without further ado, here’s a bit of honesty from me!


If I’m being honest…

I’m out of my MIND excited about my bridal shower this Sunday! Last night, I was talking to one of my bridesmaids and told her that I couldn’t believe that it was finally my turn to be the bride. She told me that I deserve it and that it’s totally my turn! I’ve been so excited about this day that I bought my dress for the event 3 months ago!


If I’m being honest…

I occasionally watch Maury. Does it help that it’s only for the DNA results episodes? Sure, it’s probably fake, but man, the drama is just too hilarious!


If I’m being honest…

It’s very difficult to not drink soda. I’ve been pretty good about it lately, but ooh man, C had an A&W Cream Soda last night, and it was so dang delicious. Maybe just one every once in a while?


Linking up with Jordyn and Kristin for:


Books ‘N Bloggers Swap!

Regular readers of the blog know how much I love to read. I don’t always have a lot of time to do so, but when I get a chance, I snuggle up with a good book! This is why I was so excited to hear about the Books ‘N Bloggers Swap!


With this swap, I’ll be able to trade books and meet a new blogger at the same time! I made a list on Amazon of some of the books I’d like to read. I can’t wait to see which book my swap partner picks!

There’s still time to sign up! Today is the last day to join, and you will have your partner on Wednesday!

I can’t wait to report back about my new book! Are there any blogger swaps that you have particularly enjoyed?



What I Like About Football

It’s that time of year again! So break out your garnet and gold or your purple and black (because you KNOW that you’re rooting for the Florida State Seminoles for the Baltimore Ravens, right?) and settle in front of the TV for some FOOTBALL!

What I Like About Football

Okay, I’ll be honest…I don’t love football. I mean, I like it, but I’m not the world’s most enormous football fan. However, there are some things about football that I really like, and here are a few of them.

Team Spirit

So, if you go to a “football school,” then team spirit is ALL over the place. Florida State University is located in Tallahassee, Florida, and the town basically shuts down when the Seminoles play. I loved how much every person in the city got so excited for the start of the season, and the stadium was always packed to the gills with fans!

Extreme Fans


While I may not be the biggest football fan, I love me some other football fans. Seriously, the crazier you are about the sport the better! I have gotten together with Macy’s family before to watch a Ravens game, and I tell you, their love for the team is EPIC. It gets me even more excited about the game when there are super fans around me!

Fantasy Football


Okay, here’s my favorite part about football season–the fantasy football. I’m a little bit competitive when it comes to fantasy football. Also, I’m lying, and I’m actually RIDICULOUSLY competitive about it. This year, I’m actually in a blogger fantasy football league, and I’m super jazzed about it. C has promised to help me in my roster picks, and I think it’s better for our upcoming marriage that we’re not competing against each other this year 😉

What’s your favorite thing about football? I’m linking up with one of my favorite football fans Erin!


Check Out More Bloggers!

I had so much fun introducing all of you to some bloggers on Tuesday, so I thought I’d do it again! Here are some more bloggers that I absolutely adore!


Brittany from A Healthy Slice of Life

It seems like some of my favorite bloggers are also mothers of two! Brittany’s little girls are just the cutest things, and she always has the best stories about them. What I love about Brittany’s blog is that I always feel like I’m learning something new about motherhood: how to feed the kids (and adults) healthy and delicious things, how to start baby-led weaning, how to keep the kids entertained, and how to stay grounded through it all!

Healthy Breakfast Burritos for the Freezer

If I’m Being Honest

Meg from Borrowed Heaven

Meg lives in one of my dream cities: Charleston, SC. Seriously, I am just dying to go there! But Meg is always sharing the most fun recipes and awesome experiences on her blog! She’s someone who I feel like I could talk to forever, if we were to meet up in person–and hopefully I’ll get to soon!

Charleston Culinary Tours: Upper King Street

Chicken Parmesan Calzone

Kristin from Mama and Mou

Kristin is so unbelievably sweet. When I need a guest-blogger or a question answered for a post, she always responds right away! Her kids are incredibly precious, and when she was pregnant with baby Nolan, I must say that I stalked her Instagram hard, because I was so excited to meet the newest member of their clan! I hope to make my way to the Midwest and meet her in person in the near future!

Nolan’s Nursery 

Advanced Motherhood

Megan from Soup of the Day

I finally got to meet Megan yesterday, and she’s just as great in person as she is on her blog! I must admit that over the years, I had begun to get disenchanted with Baltimore, but she has taught me to love the city again! Plus, she includes dairy-free recipes on her blog, which really helps, since C is lactose-intolerant. Oh, and her pup is the cutest thing everrrrrrr.

Blogtember: Baltimore Coffee Shops

SOTD Eats: Dairy-Free Shepherd’s Pie

Linking up with East Coast Chic for Thoughts for Thursday!!



Wedding Wednesday: My Wedding Ring

Happy Wedding Wednesday! It’s officially less than 2 months until my wedding day! Go ahead, I’ll give you a moment to happily freak out on my behalf 😉 Okay, now that you’re back, let’s talk about my wedding ring!

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Once C and I had picked out my engagement ring, I started thinking about my future wedding ring. Since my engagement ring is rather simple, I didn’t want to get anything that would draw attention away from it. So I looked for wedding bands that my ring would fit into, but none of them struck my fancy.

I started talking to my mom about this, and then she spoke the seven words I’d been hoping to hear all along. “What if I give you my ring?”

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In truth, I had really wanted to wear my mom’s wedding band. It’s a simple gold band, but it comes with something worth so much more: a history. In October, I will be the fourth generation to wear that ring. That’s right–my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all wore this wedding band.


We took the ring to Jared to get it sized and polished. I could not be happier or more honored to wear it! October cannot get here soon enough!




Check Out Some Bloggers!

For those of us who are bloggers, we spend so much time on creating meaningful content. I know that I always love when people compliment my posts, so I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite bloggers and some of their best posts!


Macy from To Travel and Beyond

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Regular readers of the blog know that Macy and I have known each other for 11 years. She’s even going to be a bridesmaid in my wedding in less than 2 months! Macy works at the same tech company as I do, but she’s a wedding planner on the side, so you know that she always has great wedding tips. In addition, she loves to travel, so her readers get to follow her as she treks across the world!

A Delightful Evening in Dubrovnik, Croatia

25 Pre-Wedding Post Ideas

Christina from Carolina Charm

I love reading about Christina’s family, including her two cutie pie children, Caroline and Thomas. Christina shows such strength, as she had a double mastectomy and helps her baby boy who has congenital cataracts. But through it all, she stays joyful and positive, all with that good ole Southern charm!

Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy

Thomas’ Pizza and Popsicles 1st Birthday Party!

Chelsea from The Girl Who Loved to Write

Deep Thoughts + ADORABLE BABY = Chelsea. Well, that’s the simplified equation, but really it’s what I think of when I think of Chelsea’s blog. First of all, she’s an incredibly entertaining writer who tackles deep issues in a way that is so relatable. Secondly, her little boy Jack is just the cutest thing, and I love it when she shares pictures of him! Even though this isn’t part of the equation above, I really enjoy reading about Chelsea’s life as the wife of a doctor–I feel like I’m learning so much about the life of medical professionals and their families through her!

The Optimism of a New Start 

Twenty-Four Weeks with Jack: All of the Pictures

Nadine from Life by Nadine Lynn

I was just telling my mom today that when I get pregnant, I want to be just like Nadine! Okay, real talk, I wanted to be like Nadine even before she got pregnant, but really because I feel as though we would be BFFs if we were in the same state. And there’s nothing like reading the blog of someone who you would like to be your best friend!

Confessions–The Big One

Love Hate Tag

Don’t you worry, folks! I’ve got more bloggers to share later this week! In the meantime, are there any bloggers I should check out?



Another 101 in 1001 Update!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you enjoyed your weekends and are ready to check in on my 101 in 1001 list! If you want to see the original list, you can find it here, and my other updates are here and here.

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Visit America’s Best Zoos–2 out of 10

I checked off another zoo from my list last month: the Lincoln Park Zoo! It was the absolute opposite experience as visiting the Philadelphia Zoo, which was freezing, and our visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo was on a scorcher of a day. But I still got to see a baby camel, some alpacas, and very cute monkeys. If only I had known there was a red panda…still not over that one 🙁


Eat the Best Pizza–0 out of 10

Of all people, I should have demolished this list already, but sadly, I have not. I planned on eating at Capo’s Chicago Pizza and Fine Italian Dinners in Chicago…but it’s not in Chicago! It’s in California. Sigh.

Visit the Best Coffee Shops–3 out of 10

The last time I was in DC, I had a much needed iced latte from Peregrine Espresso! I highly recommend it!

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Visit the Best Independent Bookstores–2 out of 10

Chicago proved to be a great trip for checking things off of this list! I visited Women and Children First in the Windy City!

Visit 10 Castles in the U.S.–1 out of 10

Nope. No new castles.

Eat the Best Donuts–3 out of 10

Seriously, if you’re in Chicago–go to the Doughnut Vault. Not only was their chocolate glazed donut OUT OF THIS WORLD, but they gave me a great idea for my wedding 😉


Run the Most Fun Races–0 out of 5

I’ve run more races, but they haven’t been the fun ones. I’ve got to get on the ball with this.

See the Best Christmas Displays–0 out of 10

Again, not Christmas. I’ll tackle this one hard in December…hopefully.

Experience the Best of Baltimore–3 out of 10

Nothing new on this front, but I’m hoping that one of my local blogger friends will want to grab some fries at Local Fry with me? Pretty please?

Finish 5 Crafts–0 out of 5

I am a failure at crafting these days. (hides in a corner in shame)

Have the Best Blog Possible–4 out of 5

I’m almost done with this category! WOOOO! I now have over 500 followers on Bloglovin, so all that’s left is to finish 2,000 posts!

See the Best in Live Entertainment–1 out of 5

Nothing new since last time, but I’m trying for those Hamilton tickets almost every day!

Visit Charleston–0 out of 1

It’ll happen eventually…

So that’s 5 more items, bringing my total so far to 19 out of 101. Man, I’d better hop to it, if I’m going to accomplish all of these items!