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Five on Friday: 5 Fabulous Fictional Dogs

Happy Friday all! This weekend, C is camping, so I’ll be spending some extra quality time with my two favorite pups, Linus and Emmy. And thinking of them made me start pondering the dogs of my youth, both real and fictional. So for today’s Five on Friday, I’ve reviewing five of my favorite fictional dogs!


Clifford the Big Red Dog


With the exception of a Labrador that we owned for a short while, most of our dogs growing up were very small. So by contrast, the thought of an enormous dog like Clifford was just incredible! Plus, any dog that can help get a little girl and her friends out of trouble was number one in my book.



Another childhood favorite, Spot from the book series by Eric Hill was a mischievous little pup. He would hide from his mother or sometimes be on the search for other objects. Either way, I would get to uncover flaps in the pop-up books, which endeared me even more to the character.



A mean old lady can’t keep Toto from his Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz! That sly little terrier hopped right out of that basket and ran all the way home. I’d like to believe that Emmy would do the same if she were taken from me…although she’s not the best jumper…



One of my favorite episodes of Full House is the one where Comet and his brothers and sisters are born in the Tanner household. And it always cracked me up that Michelle chooses the puppy that loves Uncle Jesse’s bed (reminds me of Linus SO much).



There’s nothing like some true words of wisdom, and sometimes I wish that I knew what dogs were thinking so that they could pass on that wisdom, much like Trusty from Lady and the Tramp. “As my grandpappy, Ole Reliable used to say…”

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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?



Five on Friday: The Rest of the Chicago Pics!

Happy Friday all! Since it’s the last day of the week, I thought I would wrap-up my Chicago trip with pics in this post!

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1. Doughnut Vault

I checked off another donut shop from my 101 in 1001 list by visiting the Doughnut Vault. Not only was their decor just adorable, but the chocolate glazed donut was delicious! My mom got an old-fashioned donut and definitely enjoyed the chocolate one more, too 😉

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2. The Bean!

As true Chicago tourists, Mom and I visited Millennium Park to see The Bean! It truly shows the skyline of the city in an incredible way. We probably took more pictures of The Bean than anything else.


3. The Flowers

Gorgeous flowers line Chicago’s streets and populate their gardens! One of our Uber drivers said that a portion of the city’s taxes definitely go to beautification, and that’s very clear! As C’s mother is a huge fan of flowers and gardens, I sent her quite a few pictures throughout the weekend.

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4. The Beach!

Was I the only person who didn’t know that Chicago had a beach? The water was so turquoise that I thought we were in the Caribbean! A beach in the middle of a fantastic city…you’re doing it right, Chicago.

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5. Lincoln Park Zoo

If I’m on vacation and there is a nearby zoo, I’m absolutely going. It also helped that the Lincoln Park Zoo was on my 101 in 1001 list! The baby camel was just precious, and everyone laughed at the monkeys’ antics. I’m still getting over the fact that I didn’t know there were red pandas in the lion house, which we didn’t visit, since the lions were outside 🙁 🙁

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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




Five on Friday: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Happy Friday everyone!


Can I just start by saying I don’t know when I’ve last been so happy for it to be Friday? Seriously, this has been a giant disaster of a week, so it’s going to be a CHORE trying to think of 5 positive things to mention, but I’ll do my very best and keep remembering that it’s a three-day weekend.

1. Bridesmaid Gift #1!


Last week, I got an email that one of my gifts for my bridesmaids had arrived at the store, so I took a rather lengthy drive on Sunday to fetch them. Totally worth the drive, however, because they’re adorable! I’d tell you more, but I know that at least one of my bridesmaids reads the blog regularly, so in her words, I “betta not.” 😉

2. Registry–Decided!

I was going back and forth for a while about where to register. I knew that I wanted to register at, but besides that I was torn. Finally, after a trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond, I was sold! So when people want to buy me pretty pretty wedding gifts, they can do so from or Bed, Bath and Beyond!

3. Revisiting Archer


When I was home sick on Tuesday (part of my crappy crappy week), I started rewatching the series Archer. Through my fever and hacking coughs, I was laughing more than I had in a long time. That show totally holds up.

4. Winner Winner!

Our trivia team “Blue Steel” won this week! I was able to help with several questions, but seriously, did anyone else think that Dancing With the Stars was more popular than The Bachelor according to Nielsen ratings? Ridiculous.

5. Flower Power!

My flower girl’s dress came in this week! It’s so gorgeous, and I can’t wait to show it off in post-wedding recaps!

Linking up with my ladies, and Happy Memorial Day!


Five on Friday

Happy Friday Folks!

It’s the end of the week, so here is a recap of random thoughts, feelings and stuff that went down:

1. Gilmore Mama!


Y’all, Alexis Bledel is a mom!!!! In real life, Rory Gilmore had a baby baby LAST FALL, which just fills my heart with so much joy (and makes me SO impressed that she kept it a secret for so long)! It also gets me even more jazzed for the Gilmore Girls revamp–is that ready to roll yet??

2.  !@&#$@ Roadwork!


On the main road approaching our office, there has been roadwork going on for at least two weeks now. Every day I hope and pray that it’ll be done, and yet each day, it seems to screw up traffic more and more. What was originally a minor inconvenience has become a reason why I really want to telecommute everyday.

3. Coughing Symphony

C, our roommate and I have ALL been sick for the past week, so our house is basically just a mix of coughing, sneezing, and sniffling. This is tough for the Big Pup, since he’s scared of sneezing, so he has been trying to be supportive but has also been cowering in corners.

4. Mexican Stuffed Peppers

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C and I cooked together on Sunday night (before the dreaded sickness hit) and made these amazing stuffed peppers. Thanks so much to Spend with Pennies for the recipe!

5. Clean It Up!

Okay, I must must MUST get some cleaning done this weekend. I’ve been putting it off forever and using every excuse in the book, but excuse time is over, and if I ever want to have new pretty things in my house after a bridal shower (even though it’s still a few months away), I need to make sure my home looks good now.

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Five on Friday: National Crouton Day!

Yes, you read that correctly. It’s National Crouton Day. There is a day for croutons. I mean, there SHOULD be because croutons (in my opinion) are the best part of a salad (carb queen over here). But since croutons are only part of a successful salad, I decided to find five yum-tastic salad recipes to share with all of you!

Strawberry Bacon Blue Cheese Salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling

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Remember how I said that croutons are the best part of a salad? Well, if you switch that out with bacon, then that totally works, too! I love the sweetness of this salad’s strawberry and the saltiness of the bacon.

Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad from Cooking Classy

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I’m always so impressed when a salad looks as beautiful as it tastes–that’s the case with this salad!

Loaded Chicken Taco Salad with Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing from Averie Cooks

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Regular readers of the blog know that I’m OBSESSED with Mexican food. Therefore, the taco salad is one of the greatest inventions because it allows me to have my Mexican fix while incorporating more veggies!

Ridiculously Amazing Asian Ramen Salad from Table for Two

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A close second behind Mexican food for me is Asian food. And since dating C, I’ve found that ramen isn’t just a 90-second meal that you heat up in the microwave. And for this salad recipe, you only need the noodles and not the seasoning packets, so no MSG!

Mexican Corn Salad from A Dish of Daily Life

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I know, I know, a second Mexican salad, but honestly, how AMAZING does this look? I want to run out to the store right now and buy the ingredients!

Do you have a favorite salad recipe?

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Five on Friday: Five Things I Can’t Wait to Do on Vacation

Guys guys GUYS!!!! Today’s the today! We leave for vacation TONIGHT!!!!!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to leave for vacation. First of all, it’ll be our first extended vacation as a couple (I’m not counting Boyfriend’s work trip because, well, he had to work), and we’re bringing the big puppy along!

So in preparation for leaving tonight (as if I needed more reasons to get excited), here are five things I can’t wait to do on vacation!

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When we were first dating, Boyfriend and I went on a road trip to Vermont and Canada with two of our friends. This, however, will be the first road trip that’s just us. We’ve made out a plan outlining who will drive, when and where to stop for meals and for puppy running around time, and what time we expect to arrive. We’re of course going to play the License Plate Game (we’re total adults), and I’m excited to ask and find out the answers to these 30 Questions to Ask Your Love.

2. Hit the Beach

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The weather in Maryland has not exactly been predictable lately. It was over 70 degrees one day and then it snowed a few days later. But judging by the weather predictions, it will be close to 80 degrees and sunny almost every day we’re in Florida, so I’ll be laying a towel out on the beach, grabbing my floppy hat and a cold drink and relaxing away!

3. Appalachicola

When Boyfriend and I visited Florida in January, we didn’t have enough time to visit the little town of Appalachicola. I haven’t been in years, but it’s a really cute seaside town with quaint shops, and best of all–it’s all dog-friendly! So Linus, get ready pup, cuz we’re going to town!

4. Shrimpin’

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The last time we were in Florida, Boyfriend was able to try his hand at catching shrimp for the first time. He caught a few, but this year, he’s DETERMINED to catch some for dinner most nights. Even if he doesn’t, I know that he’s have a great time perfecting his shrimpin’ game.

5. Runnin’


Several weeks ago, I was sick, so I thought the best thing to make me feel better would be to sign up for a 5k. Therefore, I’ll be running the Meridian Run in Tallahassee on the 23rd. Hopefully it won’t be too hot early in the morning, but either way, I’ll get to cross off another state on my Run a Race in Every State Bucket List!

I can’t wait to tell all of you about my adventures, but in the meantime, I’m lucky enough to have some wonderful ladies taking over my blog next week, so please check out their posts!

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Five on Friday: The Kelly Kapoor Edition

Happy Friday boys and girls!

I’ve been reading Mindy Kaling’s new book Why Not Me? I’m loving it so far. She completely cracks me up, and I’m liking it just as much as her first book.

In honor of Mindy, and my favorite character of hers, I thought that I would share five of my favorite Kelly Kapoor moments from The Office with all of you this Friday. Because honestly, doesn’t the weekend start so much more pleasantly with a little laughter?

1. When Kelly’s ex-boyfriend asks if anyone has any questions…

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2. When Kelly tells that same ex-boyfriend that she’s pregnant, but let’s the audience know the truth…

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3. When Kelly explains the difference between smack and trash talk…

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4. When Kelly channels Gwen Stefani to describe her day (you will totally sing it in your head)…

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5. My favorite Kelly moment: After being reminded that you shouldn’t wear white to a wedding, Kelly explained that she had an emergency…

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Five on Friday: My Ross Gellar List

Have you ever seen the Friends episode “The One with Frank Jr.”? While it features Joey trying to build an ungodly large entertainment center and our first substantial taste of Giovanni Ribisi as Frank Jr., the episode is most widely known for Ross and Rachel making their list of celebrities that they would have a free pass to sleep with. Rachel came up with hers quickly (including Chris O’Donnell, excellent choice), but Ross took his time and even had it laminated.


So this got me to thinking, who would be on my list?

#1–John Krasinski


I’ve been more than a little infatuated with this man since he was on The Office. The fact that he’s funny in real life and got himself RIPPED for the movie 13 Hours just helped matters 😉 My obsession with John is well-known by Boyfriend, too. When we were at our weekly trivia game, the “Sexiest Man Alive” title came up and I said to Boyfriend, “Well, it should obviously go to you…or John Krasinski.”

#2–Zachary Levi


I’m going to be honest here–I find Zachary Levi handsome, but what I truly find sexy about him is his singing voice. If we were to hook-up, he would need to sing to me first. Annnnnd I get to see him sing live in person in less than a month!!!

#3–Jesse Williams


I know that it’s probably unsanitary, but I think it would be the best for everyone if Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy could just perform surgery shirtless.

#4–Tyler Blackburn


He’s just so pretty…

#5–Charlie Hunnam


This is a new addition to my list, since I just started watching Sons of Anarchy. When I showed my friend a picture of him the other night, she asked, “Where can I watch this show?”

Who would be on your list?

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