Monthly Archives: June 2016

Thoughts for Thursday: Random City

Y’all, this week has been just too much. There have been a ton of fun events, which I’ll share in my monthly recap next week, but I’m just so tired and am ready to be on vacation (a week from tomorrow for 3 days!). Until then, here are my Thoughts for Thursday, but be warned: they are completely random!


Sorry, Dave

For those of you who don’t know, I work with Macy from To Travel and Beyond and her husband, Dave. Yesterday, Dave was apparently locked out of our office and was banging on the door handle, trying to get it to open. I heard this, but I assumed that it was just MORE construction being done to our building. So I didn’t help lol. Luckily, Dave is resourceful and figured it out, but sorry, Davey.

I’m Still a Kid

C was asking me about our weekend plans and wanted to see if I would be interested in going to a carnival on Saturday with another couple. I said, “A carnival??? That sounds so fun!!!!” He tried to calm me down and say that it was just a little carnival in the next town, but it was too late: I was already dreaming of funnel cake and skeeball.

Family Tradition

Jenn, the wife of one of C’s friends has become a really good friend of mine. Last year, when their baby girl was about 8 months old, they came to the 4th of July at C’s parents’ house with us, and we all had a great time. C wanted me to ask them if they were coming this year, and Jenn said, “Of course! It’s now a tradition!” I love the thought of us getting together every year on the 4th of July, even as we get older and our families change.

Cue the Tears

I can’t watch wedding videos anymore without crying. Cleary “Almost a Bride Syndrome” has stepped in. I start boo-hooing at even the shortest clip of an engagement or wedding video. I can only imagine how I’ll handle watching my own!

I linked up with East Coast Chic for Thoughts for Thursday!


Wedding Wednesday: Save the Date!

Happy Wedding Wednesday all!

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Before we even got engaged, C and I knew that we wanted to include our dogs on our Save the Date cards. In fact, we didn’t really think that the two of us needed to be included on the cards at all, except for our names 😉 First of all, C is not a huge fan of having his picture taken, and I’m always incredible critical of how I look in pictures. And furthermore, wouldn’t you rather have a picture of our cute pups on your fridge than the two of us?

So we decided to dress up the pups, stand them next to a sign that read “Our Humans are Getting Married!” and then snap a picture. Sounds like a great idea, right? Well, there were few issues…

The Weather

April was a beautiful month in Maryland…until two days after we got home from Florida. Then it rained for about 26 days straight. We really wanted to take this picture outside, but the rain just wouldn’t stop! Finally, we had a day when the sun was miraculously going to come out for a few hours! But…

Wrangling the Dogs

…C wasn’t home. And I’ll admit, even though they were my dogs first, they listen SO much better to C. Because of this, the likelihood of me getting the dogs to stand next to each other was just not going to happen. Plus, we had to factor in…

The Outfits

…the fact that Emmy was not pleased about wearing a skirt! Linus happily wore his bowtie and posed for pictures. My little shih tzu was hating the skirt and figured out how to wiggle out of it within minutes!

All of this led to the decision that I would take the pups’ pics separately, and we ended up with this! (here are a few of the pieces that we put together, minus the actual locale info)

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I love our Save the Date, and we’ve gotten so many compliments on them (or maybe the pups are getting complimented lol). C’s brother said that Emmy looks pissed in the picture. I told him that she definitely was, but hey, it was only for a few minutes!

Linking up with Macy and Nikki!

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Stepping Into Summer Swap!

Happy Tuesday all! I’m so excited to show off my goodies that I received during the Stepping into Summer Swap!

I was so excited for this swap because I love a great pair of sandals during the summer! Plus, nail polish, too? Sign me up!
I was paired up with Jacqui from Drink the Day! As soon as we were paired, we started emailing and liked each other right away! I told Jacqui that I was looking for sandals that were cute but comfy, and she found the perfect ones!
These sandals are not only comfy (thanks Jacqui!), but also so versatile! I’ve worn them almost every day since I’ve gotten them, with casual skirts, jeans and I even dressed them up with business casual attire yesterday!
Jacqui also hit it right out of the park with this Essie nail polish! As getting mani-pedis are absolutely a guilty pleasure of mine, it was perfect that the name of the nail polish is “guilty pleasures”!
And because she’s so incredibly awesome, Jacqui included a pair of neon green sunglasses. I don’t know how she knew that I lost my other sunglasses, but dang it girl, your psychic abilities have truly come in handy!
Thank you so much for the great summer goodies, Jacqui, and thank you to Macy and Meg for this super fun swap! Make sure you check out all of their blogs!

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!

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