Monthly Archives: September 2016

Karen Walker’s Best Lines

Have you HEARD?!?!?! Will and Grace is back!!!


Kind of. Maybe. I think?


Well, the rumors are that the cast of Will and Grace are back for SOMETHING, but as of Monday night when I’m writing this, it’s too soon to tell if it’s a reboot or just a reunion. Either way, it’s a GREAT time to channel one of my favorite television characters of all time, Karen Walker.

So in order to start your Tuesday right, here are some of my favorite Karen quotes and why they’re fantastic:

When Karen Appreciates a Sense of Humor


When Karen Explains the Importance of Wordplay


When Karen Shows Concern for Others


When Karen Has Her Priorities in Order


When Karen is Faced with, well, Being Human


My 3 Fictional Characters

Happy Monday everyone! Last week, did you see all the people (including myself) who posted the 3 fictional characters who most reminded them of themselves? Well, it really made me stop and think…which fictional characters are the most like me? I finally narrowed it down to 3 television characters, and I’m happy to report that my friend Dana commented with “Nailed it.”


Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother


Ted represents my romantic side. He knows that there’s one true love for him, and he can’t wait to get married and have kids. Up until I met C, I very much had a Ted Mosby-esque outlook on life, knowing that if I just waited, the right person would come along. Thanks for giving me hope, Ted.

Most relatable Ted Mosby quote: “Love is the best thing we do.”

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation


Leslie represents my ambitious do-gooder side. She works her hardest for the city of Pawnee, Indiana, just as I’m about to do for occupational therapy patients for the State of Maryland in my new job. She’s also a fiercely loyal friend, and, well, has her clumsy moments. Thanks for keeping me focused, Leslie.

Most relatable Leslie Knope quote: “Hobbies? Organizing my agenda. Wait. That doesn’t sound fun. Jammin’ on my planner!”

Phoebe Buffay from Friends


Phoebe represents my silly side. I may be an uber-planner who stresses out with things are out of sorts, but I do love a good laugh and allowing myself to be nutty. Phoebe also isn’t afraid to dance or sing in public, whether she’s asked to or not…I may have done both of these things. Thanks for keeping me sane, Phoebe.

Most relatable Phoebe Buffay quote: “You want to hear something weird?” “Always!”

Who are the fictional characters that are most like you? Do you think mine fit well?


Five on Friday: Five Shows I Want to Watch this Fall

Happy Friday! It’s that time again to link up with the lovely ladies for Five on Friday! And today, I’ll be chatting about 5 shows I’m excited to watch this Fall!


This is Us


When I first saw a commercial for his show, I thought, “Meh.” Looks okay, but it really isn’t grabbing me. But then people started calling it the “next Parenthood,” and I remembered how I thought Parenthood looked “Meh” until I started watching it. And loved it. Plus, as I continued to watch commercials for the show, I saw that Jess from Gilmore Girls and Mandy Moore are both part of the cast, and those two can sell me on pretty much anything.

Designated Survivor


I completely missed the entire 24 series (although I’m hoping to Netflix it one of these days). But this show looks very intriguing. I’m a little worried that it’ll peter out after a few episodes, but hey, the premise sounds intriguing. A “Designated Survivor” in case the President and Vice President are both killed? If anyone can do it, I believe Kiefer can. And not just because I loved him in The Three Musketeers.

The Good Place

  1. It’s Kristen Bell.
  2. Every time she tries to swear, it turns into something else completely adorable.
  3. There shouldn’t be any more reasons.

Stranger Things


Everyone and their cousin has been telling me to watch this show. In fact, one of our friends came over wearing a Stranger Things shirt the other day and was flabbergasted that I didn’t understand its meaning. Don’t worry, I’ll start watching it soon.

Grey’s Anatomy


With all of these news shows, did you honestly think I’d give up my Grey’s? Even though I wasn’t a HUGE fan of last season, I’m still a forever fan of this show. And for those who watch: how much trouble do you think Karev is in?

What are you excited to watch this Fall?



Blogtember: Fall Favorites

Happy Thursday everyone! Today, I’m linking up with Bailey Jean for some more Blogtember. Specifically, today I’m going to chat about some of my Fall Favorites!


Fall is hands-down my favorite season! It’s C’s favorite, too, so there was really no question about which season to choose for our wedding. But there are so many other great things about Fall!

The Starbucks Drinks

Yes, of course, I am a fan of the PSL (Pumpkin Spice Lattes for those of you who aren’t Starbucks fans). But what I love even MORE than the PSLs are the SCMs…is that acronym real? Either way, it stands for Salted Caramel Mocha and OMG are they incredibly scrumptious!

The Colors

It’s beautiful when the flowers on the trees start blooming in the spring, but nothing beats the golds, oranges and reds of trees in the Fall!


Hoodies and Uggs

I wait ALL. FRICKIN. SUMMER. to start wearing my hoodies again! I mean, t-shirts and shorts are all well and good, but nothing beats my hoodies! And my Uggs…oh I can’t wait for the temps to drop just a teensy bit more so I can pull you guys out of storage!


The best holiday (in my opinion) is Thanksgiving. I used to say it’s because of it being centered all around food, but as I’ve grown older and a bit wiser, I realize that my favorite thing about Thanksgiving is spending the time with my family.


What are some of your fall favorites?


Wedding Wednesday: Stop Comparing

To Travel & Beyond

Happy Wedding Wednesday y’all! I may have just had an itty-bitty panic attack when I realized that there are only 3 Wedding Wednesdays left before the Big Day!


But I digress. Today, I’m going to talk about something that came up over the weekend that I personally think is very important for brides-to-be. Let’s chat for a minute about comparing weddings.

The past few years has been chock-full of weddings! I was in 3 weddings right out of college. Then there were a several years later. And then WHOA! ALL THE WEDDINGS! (including my own lol) Having the honor to be a part of all of these special events has been fantastic. But since getting engaged, it’s been very difficult not to compared my wedding to theirs.

On Saturday, C and I went to a wedding. Believe it or not, it was both a family AND friend wedding since one of his oldest friends was marrying C’s cousin! I had an absolute blast at the wedding. But I found myself getting nervous, since I knew many of the guests at this wedding would also be at ours in a few weeks. How would they compare? Would my wedding venue be considered as beautiful as this one? Have the same feel? Be as much fun?

Then I sat myself down and told myself to STOP!

Sure, I know that my wedding guests are probably looking forward to some good food, drinks, dancing and hanging out with friends and family at our wedding. They’ll (hopefully) appreciate the though we’ve put into our decorations, our ceremony and special moments throughout the evening. But the REAL reason people are coming to our wedding…is to celebrate our love. No matter whether we spend $20 or $20,000 on our wedding, people will come and want to be there because they love us.


And although there are some similarities with all weddings, each wedding is SUPPOSED to be unique in its own way! So no, we won’t have the beautiful rustic barn from this past Saturday’s wedding. But we’ll have other aspects that’ll make our wedding perfect for US.

Quick side note: If anyone is interested in guest-posting for me during the week of my honeymoon, please let me know! Feel free to comment below or shoot me an email at 🙂

Linking up with Macy and Nikki!



My Traveling ABC’s: Part 2

Happy Monday everyone! I know, I know, this was supposed to go up on Friday, but sheesh! Life is just getting busy! Weddings (including my own) and prepping so that I can move onto my new job are taking up more time than I could have imagined. But don’t worry, blog world, I haven’t forgotten about you! Anyway, here is the second half of my traveling abc’s!


L: Let Down Sight, Where and Why

Fabric Row in Philadelphia. I love Philadelphia, but I was really hoping that Fabric Row would be filled with quilt shops, and well, it wasn’t.

M: Moment When You Fell in Love with Travel

At age 7, when I went to Disney World for the first time. At that point, I knew that there was a great world outside of my home state!

N: Nicest Hotel You’ve Stayed At

Hotel Chicago Downtown in Chicago, Illinois. Seriously, it was so swanky, and I felt like a celebrity while staying there!


O: Obsession–What Are You Obsessed with Taking Photos Of While Traveling?

I love sunsets and water views. I swear that my Instagram is FULL of those!

P: Passport Stamps–How Many and From Where?

7: Canada, Mexico, The Bahamas, England, Ireland, Bermuda and Scotland

Q: Quirkiest Attraction You’ve Visited

Nintendo NY in New York City. It’s like a video-game lover’s paradise!

R: Really Upsetting: A Place Where You’ve Felt Uneasy or Sad

When I was a kid, I went to NYC for the first time and saw homeless people on the streets. I looked to my uncle and asked if we could give them money. He said that sadly, if he gave a dime to each homeless person in New York, then he would have no money left. I truly hope that there can be more done for those who need homes…

S: Splurge

I can’t help it but I totally splurge on souvenirs for others while I’m on vacay!

T: Touristy Thing You’ve Done

Bought a Paddington Bear in Paddington Station…couldn’t help myself!


U: Unforgettable Travel Memory

Calling my mom after getting engaged on my trip to Florida!

V: Visas–How Many and For Where?

None yet…but you never know!

W: Wine–Best Glass and Where

Honestly…I don’t think I’ve ever had wine on vacation. But I’m going to be touring some vineyards on my honeymoon, I believe.

X: eXcellent View

Here you go:


Y: Years Spent Traveling

I first went to New England as an infant, so 36 years!

Z: Zealous Sports Fans and Where

Florida State fans in Tallahassee, Florida!


Thanks again to Shane for the idea for this post!


My Traveling ABC’s: Part 1

Happy Thursday one and all! One month from Saturday, I’ll be heading on my next travel adventure to my honeymoon! So when I saw Shane’s post about her traveling memories using the ABC’s, I knew I had to try it out, too! Thank you for the idea, Shane!


A: Age You Went On Your First International Trip

I first traveled to Canada when I was 8 years old. My grandmother was from there, and we traveled to the city where she grew up: Montreal, Canada.

B: Best Foreign Beer You’ve Had and Where

Guinness in Dublin, Ireland, baby!

C: Cuisine (Favorite)

I think that if I were to visit Italy (someday, sigh), then it would be the Italian food there. Until then, my favorite cuisine has to be the southern cuisine in Asheville, North Carolina.


D: Destination (Favorite)

I’d have to say Hawaii–it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen!

E: Experience that Made Me Say WOW

Climbing mountains in Vermont. I hate heights (cue extreme panic here), but when we got to the top of the mountain, I definitely said, “WOW!”


F: Favorite Mode of Transportation

I always prefer when I can walk while traveling. I feel like I’m getting exercise, and I’m not missing out on small details that I might miss by car.

G: Greatest Feeling While Traveling

I love the feeling of freedom while I’m traveling. The newness and excitement of a new city almost makes me feel like I’m flying!

H: Hottest Place You’ve Ever Traveled

Cancun, Mexico–it was SO hot while we were there!

I: Incredible Service You’ve Experienced

When we took a cruise with Royal Caribbean, I felt as though they gave the best service. From kind and helpful waiters to the adorable towel animals left on the beds, I was just blown away by their service.

J: Journey That Took the Longest

Hawaii–getting to the island of Oahu took forever, but it was totally worth it!


K: Keepsake from Your Travels

My favorite keepsake from my travels was the origami ring that C gave me as a placeholder for my engagement ring on our last trip to Florida.


Part 2 coming tomorrow!


Wedding Wednesday: Almost One Month to Go!

Happy Wedding Wednesday y’all! Tomorrow is exactly one month until the wedding! After today’s post, I will only have 4 more Wedding Wednesdays until the big day!


So what is happening between today and October 15th?

My Final Dress Fitting

If all goes well, September 24th will be my final dress fitting. There’s a part of me that’s pretty sure that there will be one more after that, but we’ll see…

My Hair Trial

I’ve had the same gal doing my hair for years, and I’m so excited that she’ll be doing my hair on my wedding day, too! And I’m getting it done early in the day on the 1st of October, which means that my hair will look pretty for…

My Bachelorette Party!

I gave my bridesmaids a general idea (slumber party) months ago, but I have no idea where they’ve run with it since then! I’m super excited though!


It’s entirely possible that I already have a Spotify mix ready for the car ride there 😉

Rehearsal/Rehearsal Dinner

I have an awesome dress that I bought in Chicago for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. I’m so excited to run through the ceremony at the rehearsal, and I can’t wait for dinner at The Bayou!

And then the wedding day! Eeeek!!! Can you tell that I’m a little excited?

Linking up with Macy and Nikki!

To Travel & Beyond



Children’s Books I Can’t Wait to Read


So this would typically be the day that I tell you about the books I’ve read this past month. Unfortunately, I have fallen a little behind on reading. I read zero books this month. ZERO. I’m reading one right now, which I’m enjoying so far, but instead of simply talking about a book I haven’t finished, I’d much rather talk about children’s books that are coming out soon!

A little background on me: I love good children’s books. I took several classes in graduate school on children’s literature, and when I worked in a bookstore, my favorite section was the kids’ section. Because of this, I want to share three titles that you should be looking out for very soon!

Super Mom and Dad: Military Heroes! by Seth Waltman


Spiderman, Batman, Superman…sure, they have their merits. But those guys don’t even hold a candle to the heroes who protect our country. And when those heroes are doing double-duty to our country and to their own children…well, that truly does make them superheroes in my book!

If you are a military parent or are a parent who wants to expose your children to the heroes in our military, then I highly recommend this book! I have the honor of calling the author my friend, and I know that this book will perfectly pay homage to the great deeds accomplished by our military. I know that Seth was very proud of his father, who was in the US Army, and his words and pictures will evoke feelings of pride in the book’s young readers as well. (Available for pre-order now and will be released November 1, 2016).

I Am Jim Henson by Brad Meltzer


Oh hey, did you know I like the Muppets? If you’ve read this blog more than once, then yes, you’re aware. I adore Jim Henson and wish I could thank him everyday for the joy he brought to my life through the Muppets and Sesame Street. And in his “Ordinary People Change the World” series, Meltzer will introduce young readers to the man behind the Muppets. I truly cannot wait! (Available for pre-order now and will be released January 10, 2017).

Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems


I wish I could remember who first introduced me to Mo Willems so that I could thank that person profusely. It’s not often that a children’s book makes me laugh out loud but that has happened with all of Willems’ Pigeon books and Knuffle Bunny. Because of this, I have incredibly high hopes for Nanette’s Baguette and all the rhyming hilarity that is sure to accompany it! (Available for pre-order now and will be released on October 25, 2016).

Are there any children’s books that you would recommend?

Linking up for Show Us Your Books!

Life According to Steph



Being a Bad Blogger (By the Numbers)

Happy Monday everyone! I apologize PROFUSELY for being a bad blogger this past week. Okay, maybe not a BAD blogger, but definitely a sporadic one. I thought that the best way to explain my absence would be to use numbers…so here we go.

36: The Age I Am Now


Yes, last Tuesday, on September 6, I turned 36 years old. Kind of hard to believe, since I still feel like a hormonal teenager a lot of the time, but I since 3 and 6 are my two lucky numbers, this has to mean a good year is on the horizon, right?

4: The Number of Evenings in a Row Where We Had Plans

Between the annual Labor Day Crab Feast, two birthday dinners and our weekly trivia night, I spent so many evenings out last week. Was it totally worth it? Yes. Was I exhausted Thursday night? Double yes.

5: The Number of Weeks Until the Wedding


Actually, it’s less than 5. I feel like we have so much ready, but then things come up like, “Did we get a pen for the guest book?” But I could not be more excited!

8: The Number of Minutes Late I Was for the Dentist


Even though my dentist’s office is amazing (massage chair, anyone?), I am not a fan of GOING to the dentist. So I think that I wasn’t preparing myself properly for being on time for my appointment. When I looked at the clock, I realized that I had 15 minutes to be there…and the dentist’s office is about 20 minutes from my house. And the gas light went on in my car. And I got stuck behind a huge truck. But I somehow made it within the 10-minute window, after which I would have needed to reschedule or wait around. Oh and no cavities!

72×84: The Size of Our New Bed

We’re moving on up to a California King Bed! Currently, the 6′ 5″ C tries to fit into our double bed. Not only do his feet hang off the end of the bed, but I am often confined to a sliver of space at the edge of the bed if he curls his knees up or stretches out even slightly. We knew we wanted a bigger bed…and we decided to go for the biggest! We’re having a shop in Quarryville, PA make it for us, and we should be sleeping in great comfort starting in about 8 to 10 weeks!

2: The Number of Weeks Left At My Current Job


That’s right…I have a new job! To say that I’m shocked by this is an understatement. I applied a long time ago under the impression that there would be tons of applicants and my chances were ridiculously slim. And yet…I start on the 28th! I’ll really miss working with one of my best gals Macy, but I know that we’ll still talk almost everyday, and she’ll be by my side on my wedding day in less than 5 weeks!

So that’s what’s been keeping me busy…what’s new with you?