Emmy Takes Over the Blog: Wedding Registry Items for Pets

Hi there! It’s me–Emmy!


It’s Friday! Mom and Dad are at work, so I took over Mom’s laptop to voice a few of my opinions about how to include your dogs in your wedding registry.


When Mom and Dad got engaged, I thought I was going to get to go to the wedding. Apparently, that isn’t the case 🙁 I mean, I get it. I’m not HUGELY fond of strangers or loud noises, so I get why I’m not invited. But I still wanted to be included! Luckily they included my brother and me on their registry.

As we’re part of the family, I knew that Mom and Dad would think of us when creating their registry. I made some suggestions, and here are a few things they included!

Dog Toy Box


My brother Linus and I have a lot of toys. Right now, we only have a tiny toy box, and so the toys very quickly overflow into all the rooms of the house. A toy box like this allows us to take out toys when we need them, but Mom and Dad can easily open the top to drop them in after we’re done!

“Doodle Brewing” Kitchen Mat


Clearly, this is more to celebrate Linus than me, but I’ll allow it. Mom and Dad needed a kitchen mat, and I didn’t want them stepping on my face when they do dishes, but they can step on my brother’s face all they want 😉

Wipe Your Paws Door Mat


We tend to get a little muddy after playing in the field, so it’s a good reminder for us to wipe our paws before going into the house.

Trunk Double Feeder


This is another one for my brother because I doubt that I’ll be tall enough to reach it, but at least it’ll class up his slovenly eating habits. Seriously, big dogs eat in such a messy way!

Do you recommend any other pet-related items suggest for the registry?


Typing: The Best Skill I Ever Learned

No, I can’t change a tire by myself. Nor can I flip a pancake without at least one side folding under. But there is one skill that I know that I do well…and that’s typing.


When I was in 6th grade, we spent a quarter of the year doing four different electives: Tech Ed, Home Ec, Typing and…well, I can’t remember the fourth, which just goes to show how valuable it was 😉 I remember that as I was taking the Typing class, I thought, “Ugh! 9 weeks of sitting at a keyboard everyday, just to put my fingers in the right place. Seriously?!?!?!” But now, I owe Montgomery County Public Schools a HUGE thank you because without this skill, there are so many things in my life that would be WAY more difficult (and remarkably different)!

Typing class taught me to not only type, but type QUICKLY. Because of this, people started giving me hand-written things to type up. I typed up entire sections of two people’s doctoral dissertations because it was faster for me to type them. And when I was asked to do this, I was only 16.


Now I work on a laptop ALL DAY, typing up spreadsheets for work and typing up blog posts for fun. And since it’s International Typing Day (yup, it’s a real thing!), I highly recommend buying a typing program for yourself if you’re still hunting and pecking for keys! It’s truly life-changing (especially for bloggers!)

Is there a skill that you learned as a child that still helps you today?

I’m linking up with East Coast Chic and Home of Malones for Thoughts for Thursday!



Wedding Wednesday: Booking Our Honeymoon

Happy Wedding Wednesday all! In 117 days, C and I will leave for our honeymoon, so I thought I’d tell you a little about our plans in today’s post!

Booking Our Honeymoon

Before we were even engaged, C and I discussed places we’d like to travel. We both loved Ireland, but we’ve also both been there before. We were also talking about how we’d like to one day see Spain. But either of those trips include really long plane rides, and neither of us are too fond of flying. I mean, we’ll do it, but we don’t love it.

And that’s when we remembered the gift my mother had given us for Christmas: a trip to Asheville, NC! We thought that we would just tack on a few extra night and then we would be set for our honeymoon in Beer City, USA!

For regular readers of the blog, you may remember that I went to Asheville last year. This time, though, we’re going in style…and we’re staying at the Biltmore!


The Biltmore is an enormous estate that has since grown into three lodging vicinities. We will be staying in the Village Hotel, but we’ll still be able to explore the Biltmore Village, the botanical gardens and have free wine tastings!

I’m so excited to share the city of Asheville with C, who hasn’t been since he was a child. Does anyone have any recommendations for what we should do while we’re there?

Linking up with my ladies for Wedding Wednesday!

To Travel & Beyond



Overcoming Fears for Beauty: The Earring Edition

Happy Tuesday everyone! My hope is that my weekends will become more blogger-friendly soon (a.k.a. less busy), so that I can actually have Monday blog posts lol! But today, I’m going to tell you about overcoming my fear of needles in order to pretty myself up!


So here’s some backstory: When I was a baby, I was bald. Like, super bald. As in Patrick Stewart-bald but on a baby. And even if I was wearing a frilly dress, people would assume that I was a boy. My mom eventually tired of this, and my ears were pierced when I was six months old.

I kept that original pair of earrings in for 7 years. 7 YEARS. So those holes are never closing up…but they are WAY too high on my earlobe. So at the age of 7, I got them re-pierced. One was fine, and the other got so infected that skin grew around the back of the earring, trapping it inside my ear. (sorry for the grossness) I got it cut out and begrudgingly tried getting my ears pierced again…and then one of them closed up shortly after.

At this point, I thought, “Screw it! I don’t care about earrings that much!” And then the day comes where you see this in the sand…


And all of a sudden, you want to wear earrings at your wedding.

But this meant piercing my ears again, and if you all recall, I have an extreme fear of needles. I asked C if he thought in the past 30 years they’ve come up with a non-stabby way to pierce ears…apparently not.

But I went down to the mall last Friday, summoned up all of my courage and asked to get my one closed-up hole re-pierced. Luckily, the entire procedure took only moments, which meant that I only had to deal with my needle-related light-headedness for only about 30 seconds lol.


In about 3 1/2 to 6 weeks from now, I’ll be able to wear new pretty earrings!! Any suggestions on where I should shop??

Sorry if this post seems inane, but hey, I faced a fear…even if it is one that I had already faced at 6 months old lol 😉


Eat Your Vegetables Day Recipes!

Happy Friday all! And Happy Eat Your Vegetables Day!

Eat Your Veggies Day!

I know that I just did a recipes post yesterday, but I can’t help it that today is now Eat Your Vegetables Day! And since you clearly stuffed yourself on fudge yesterday, then you may want to take a healthier approach to today’s meals!

So without further ado, here are five veggie-filled recipes to satisfy your taste-buds!

Veggie Black Bean Enchiladas from Cookie and Kate


You all know that I LOVE Mexican food. This recipe, however, includes tons of veggies to make it healthier than my typical enchilada!

Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower from Kirbie Cravings


This reminds me of something I would order from our local Chinese restaurant, but ya know, with cauliflower instead of beef or chicken. It’s amazing how to lower the fat content by replacing one key ingredient!


Garlic Parmesan Broccoli and Potatoes in Foil from Damn Delicious 


This is a great (and healthy) side dish!

Mom’s Vegetarian Pot Pie from Life Currents


I would totally eat this tonight for dinner, but can’t you see digging into this pot pie on a cold winter night?

Skinny Lasagna Rolls from Tabler Party of Two


Just add a little more spinach to make a typical lasagna so much healthier!

Linking up with my girls!



Fudge Day Recipes!

Fudge Day Recipes

Happy Fudge Day everyone! Oh what, you didn’t know it was Fudge Day? Are you telling me that you’re not out RIGHT NOW buying pounds of fudge to scarf down, even though you now have an excuse to do so????

Well, okay, you have self-control, and I applaud you for it. But for those of you who still want to enjoy some fudge and want to make it yourself, here are a few recipes from around the interwebs that might help!

3 Minute Fudge from Chocolate Chocolate and More


Because, seriously, there is no excuse not to indulge in some fudge if it only takes 3 minutes to make.

Cake Batter Funfetti Fudge from Addicted to the Kitchen


I truly believe that Funfetti was brought into the world to make life more glorious.

3-Ingredient Reese’s Fudge from Butter with a Side of Bread


If you ever have the opportunity to add Reese’s Pieces to a recipe, just do it. That’s how I came up with my infamous Reese’s Pot Roast (just kidding…or am I?).

Cookie Monster Fudge from Something Swanky


No one knows dessert like Cookie Monster. No one.

Do you have a favorite fudge recipe? Please feel free to share it below!


Wedding Wednesday: For Grandma

Happy Wedding Wednesday all! Today (which just happens to be exactly four months until the BIG DAY), I’m taking a moment to mention my Grandma.


Today, my grandmother would have ben 90 years old. When I was growing up, she was one of the guiding forces in my development. She taught me to love words, to love the theatre and the library, and she was always there for me with a hug, a kiss good-night, or a Little Debbie brownie (if I had properly eaten my dinner).


It breaks my heart that she will not be at my wedding, but I’m going to try and include her as much as possible. I’ll share those tidbits after the wedding day, but one of the ways that I know I will include her is through some songs from Broadway musicals (her favorite).

I’m going to go off-topic for a moment. This morning, I was listening to one on my way to work, and I almost started to cry, not only for my grandmother, since she loved this song, but also because it made me think of our country and all of the senseless violence that has happened lately. I don’t want to get too political, but since I write about love on Wednesdays, I just want to say that we need to remember to love each other and not give into prejudice and hate. And hopefully “Somewhere” and someday, our world will be able to focus on love once again.


Linking up with Macy and Nikki!

To Travel & Beyond

Show Us Your Books: May-June

Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s the second Tuesday in fact, which means that it’s time for “Show Us Your Books”!!!

Life According to Steph


Here’s a look at some of the tomes I’ve read this month and my ridiculously blunt opinions of them (teeheehee)!

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson


Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Opinions: Jenny Lawson is hilarious. I listened to her book Let’s Pretend this Never Happened a couple of years ago and found myself completely cracking up in the car on multiple occasions. I mean, she bought a metal chicken and named it “Beyonce”–what’s not to love? But this book takes a slightly more serious turn, as she comes clean about her battles with depression and anxiety. As someone who has suffered from anxiety my entire life, I know how brave she is to come forward to discuss her mental illness, and she does it in a way that makes her so personable, and, quite frankly, still completely hilarious. Her cat’s name is Ferris Mew-ller…let’s just leave it at that.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik


Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Opinions: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is my new personal hero. I first heard of this book when I saw it on my friend’s Instagram and chuckled at the title. I had no idea that this book would give me so much inspiration. RBG fights for equality for all people, and especially in today’s world, this is needed more than ever. She’s smart, sassy, and fearless. Not only that, but she’s in her 80’s and still does push-ups everyday. I love her.

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero


Rating: Did not finish

Opinions: So, this book came highly recommended by someone whose opinion I very much respect…but I just couldn’t get into the book. And honestly, I don’t think it’s because of the book itself–it was because of the author reading it. I was listening to the book, and the way that the author was reading it just rubbed me the wrong way. At some point, I may get a hard copy of the book and give it a try.

Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews


Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Opinions: This book was entertaining enough. The characters were pretty funny, and I love the sassy South. But there were parts that were just kind of far-fetched, and at times, I just wanted to hit some of the characters. But still, it was pretty good.

Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews


Rating: Did Not Finish

Opinions: I think that I will give this book another try in the future, but within the first few minutes of listening to the book, the main character (a florist) was put in a situation that REALLY stressed out my soon-to-be married self. So I’ll wait and give it a try again in November 😉

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn


Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Opinions: This is technically a short story, but I’m counting it anyway. It starts out pretty gross, and I thought, “I’ll give this like 2 minutes of listening and then I’m out.” But then I was totally in! It was so compelling and freaky, and…seriously just read it.

What did you read this month?


Five on Friday: Mixed Bag

Happy Friday all!

This week has been a little crazy, so I thought that today’s post should reflect the same 😉 So here’s a mixed bag of posts, updates and a Parks and Rec quote to end your week!

1–“Florida to California PCS: The Road Trip” from We Took the Road Less Traveled

I know that I’ve mentioned this oodles of times, but I love me a planned trip. In fact, C and I are considering driving to our honeymoon destination in Asheville, NC instead of flying, which gives me the opportunity to research some fun road trip stops for us! Casey from We Took the Road Less Traveled is just as much of a travel planner as I am, so I love the heck out of this post!

2–I Love You…So Let’s Go to a Strip Club


SERIOUSLY Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa?! You’re about to get divorced, but you want to show the world you still have love for each other by hitting up a strip club. Sigh. I have no words. Except the previous words.

3–Full Calendar

How is it that I have 5 different plans this weekend and C has none? Sheesh.

4–Another Today Show baby!


I was able to work from home on Tuesday of this week and saw Savannah Guthrie announce that she and her husband are having a second baby! She looked incredibly happy, and I felt like a boss for hearing the news before my E! phone app sent me the news alert. Suck it, E! app! I already knew!

5–Some Ron Swanson to Start Your Weekend





Happy Thursday folks! After reading Tina from Carrots N’ Cake‘s post about the highs and lows of her Memorial Day Weekend, I decided to give a High-Low-High recap of this past week!




High: Found out that there was a sale at Uptown Cheapskate, where you could fill a bag with as much stuff as you wanted for $15!

Low: By the time C’s niece Molly and I got to the store, almost all of items that qualified for the sale were sold out.

High: Still snagged 2 shirts, a dress, a pair of pants and a necklace for $33!


High: Attended my friends Carson and Sveta’s wedding over the weekend at a lovely winery in North East, Maryland.


Low: A torrential downpour started in the middle of the ceremony 🙁

High: Everyone rushed to the tent, where we rallied, dried off and danced the night away!

My future niece and cousins :)

Monday Dinner:

High: Found a great recipe for Barbecue Chicken Pizza!

Low: After buying all of the ingredients, I got a massive headache and didn’t feel up to making dinner.

High: C ordered Chinese food and the chicken and broccoli with an eggroll on the side truly helped 🙂

Tuesday Dinner:

High: Once again planned to make Barbecue Chicken Pizza for dinner!

Low: C didn’t get home from work until after 8:00.

High: I made the meal anyway, and it was delicious!!


What have been some of the highs and lows of your week?