Friday, November 21, 2014

Five on Friday 11/21

Hellloooo Friday.  I have been waiting all week for you!  Tomorrow we're headed to Chicago for the night and I am so, so, so excited.  I haven't been back since we moved and I cannot wait to see my friends and shop and eat and do all things Chicago.  BUT, this is the first time I have to leave Brady and that kind of makes me ridiculously sad.  My family is coming over for the night to watch him so I know he'll be in good hands but I'll still miss that fur ball.

Here's what we've been up to this week...

CA-RAZY Weather
The weather was insane this week.  It snowed from Monday night-Thursday and we got a grand total of 19 inches. It's the second snowiest November on record in West Michigan... and it all came within a few days!

Christmas Spirit
Speaking of all of the snow, it totally put me in the Christmas mood.  On Thursday, I finally caved and turned on the Christmas music and popped into a few stores to pick up some decor.  I can't wait to decorate the new house!

New Planner
I finally decided on a 2015 planner - because I know you were all so curious about what I was going to do ;)  Last year I had the Erin Condren planner (see my review here) and this year I was contemplating between a few different options... but it came down to not wanting to shell out the big bucks.  I ended up going with a Sugar Paper for Target planner and I love it!  It's super cute, the perfect size to throw in my bag and it was a whooping $9.99.

Well, the white bedding came... and it went.  I've always thought I wanted crisp, bright white bedding but I really didn't like it once I got it!  I think I'm more of a cream or a muted pattern type of girl. Either way, the hunt continues. We are painting our bedroom in the next few days and hopefully that will help me make a decision - pictures to come!

Operation Christmas Child
Saving the best for last.  Operation Christmas Child is something I think Nick and I are going to do on Sunday. Basically you just pack a shoe box filled with things for a boy/girl in a certain age range and then you drop it off at a drop off location near you (found on the website).  Super easy and something that will make a huge impact on a child at Christmas. November 17-24 is collection week so we only have a few more days if you want to participate!

Also, I put together a list of other ways to give back last year so check that out here if you're interested :)

And lastly, today I'm guest posting over at Natalie's blog - sharing a little of 'what's in my bag' - so head on over there and say hi!  Have a great weekend!
Linking up with KarliLaurenJennieRebecca and April

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Socks, Mexico & Ice Cream

How's that for a random title?

First of all, THANK YOU to everyone that joined in on the Thanksgiving link up fun yesterday!  I loved reading all of your posts and was all but drooling over your amazing recipes and tablescapes.  Not to mention all of the great hosting tips!  One day I'll get my chance to put them to work.  I hope you'll link up with us again for our Christmas edition coming Tuesday, December 16th (also known as my half birthday).  It'll be here before we know it!

Now back to the randomness.  My favorite Chicago girl, Nina at Flowers In My Hair, nominated me for the One Lovely Blog award so I'm here to share seven random things about myself today!  Let's get right to it.

I must wear socks to bed, even in the summer.

I despise crying in front of other people.  I'll try my hardest not to, even in the saddest of situations.  Nick is another story, though.  I've cried in front of him just because I was over tired a few times, haha.  And while we're talking about crying, the cry face that will never get old...

I haven't started Christmas shopping yet. For anyone.  Only 35 days to go... :|

My high school/college summers were spent working at an ice cream shop near Lake Michigan and it's still my favorite job to date.  The place was quite famous, actually - it was featured on the Today Show and President George W. Bush even stopped for a treat during his 2004 campaign!

My goal for 2015 is to get rid of Nick and I's student loans.  Those things haunt me.  Any tips on how to do this as quickly and painlessly as possible are welcome.

My friends and I went to Mexico for our high school senior year spring break trip, in which I brought home an e.coli infection.  You honestly couldn't pay me to go back there.  I'm scarred for life.

Two years ago, Nick and I made a game out of how long we could go without turning on our heat.  We made up "No Heat November" and we were flipping freezing.  I've never been so excited to see December 1st in my life.

The rules call to nominate seven other bloggers so here's who I've got... only if you'd like to participate of course!

Amanda @ As The Wine Cork Turns
Elise @ High Heels and Glittering Eyes
Jessi @ Jessi's Design
Kristina @ Medicine & Manicures
Lindsay @ Pink and Fabulous
Diana @ Wonderfully Made
Katie @ Yellow Mango Life

Now, tell me something really random about you!
Linking up with Shanna and Liz

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What to Wear: Thanksgiving Edition

Judging by the amount of snow we are supposed to get here in Southwest Michigan in the next 24 hours (that would be 10 inches on top of the ~4 we already have), you would think it was time for the Christmas linkup!  But nope, it's still November and we're just getting crazy, unheard of amounts of snow.

Funny story, since we just moved from Chicago where we had no need for a snow shovel, we figured we should head out and buy one last night with this huge storm coming in.  However, everyone else had the same idea because snow shovels are sold out everywhere!  Guess we'll have to get creative with clearing out our driveway.  This was the 6:30am scene this morning... as you can imagine, Brady loves it!

Anyway, next week is Thanksgiving you guys!!  So crazy.  We're heading to the Detroit area to spend it with Nicks family.  I'd love to host Thanksgiving one day but I think we're still a long way away from that... so basically the only planning I have to do for this holiday is figuring out what I want to wear.  Not too bad.

I'm loving anything burgundy right now so here are three different outfit options, all centered around a burgundy piece.

Option 1 | Comfy Casual
Since we'll just be hanging out at Nicks parents house all day, I'm sticking with a comfy casual outfit.  A cozy sweater (much cheaper option here that I'll be going with), blingy necklace, leggings (the bet ones in the world) and casual boots are my go to.  Always leggings on Thanksgiving.  I mean, the day revolves around how much food you can stuff in your face.

Option 2 | Middle Ground
I'm a big believer in that you should always buy a new outfit for a holiday ;)  You can totally justify buying this outfit because you could wear these classic pieces a million times over.  I love these Old Navy Pixie Pants - and want them in every color - paired with my favorite Jessica Simpson wedges, a white button up and a furry vest.

Option 3 | Fancy Pants
I don't think anyone gets really, really dressed up on Thanksgiving, do they?  This is about as far fancy as I would go for the holiday.  A cute skirt with tights, a pleione top, heels and a pretty necklace.  Now I kind of want to get dressed up...

What are you planning on wearing for Thanksgiving?  Are you more focused on being comfy or cute?

Monday, November 17, 2014


This weekend was the perfect balance of fun and relaxation.  We kicked things off with my family visiting on Friday. My step-sister is going to college next year at Western Michigan University here in Kalamazoo, where Nick and I went.  They were in town for an orientation/open house day so I met up with them and took them on my own little tour of campus.  The highlight of the day?  Having lunch in the dorms.  Now I totally remember why we all gained the freshman 15.

After a few freezing hours, we headed back to my house so they could finally meet Brady boy!  And how did Brady introduce himself to my dad?  By peeing all over him.  My dad picked him up and Brady just started peeing, literally alllll over him.  I felt so bad but what can you do - poor guy still doesn't have total bladder control and he was just too excited!

Things were all uphill from there and we had a nice visit.  They headed back home once it started to get dark out (which is like 4:30pm these days) so they just missed Nick.  Once he got home from work, we headed out to dinner at a new to us restaurant/bar, the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange.  The idea of this restaurant is so cool - the beer menu acts like the stock market and are priced at 'real time'.  If a lot of people are ordering a certain beer, the price goes up.  And for the less popular beers, the price goes down.  Every few hours, the 'market' crashes and all beer prices drop down to like $2.  It was really fun and really great food, too!

Saturday morning was a lazy one but at about lunch time, we headed over to WMU's campus to go to the football with some friends.  One of the guys has access to a suite through work so we spent the day up there, drinking free drinks and eating free food.  Best way to watch a football game, in my opinion!  WMU killed Eastern and no drinks were spilled this time - see here for that embarrassing story.

We grabbed Asian food at our new favorite restaurant for dinner for the second weekend in a row... and probably quite a few more to come.  The rest of the night was spent playing with Brady and watching the Hangover.  That is one movie that will never, ever get old to me.

On Sunday morning, we tried out a new church but it definitely wasn't the right one for us.  I hate that it's taking so long to find one!  We're slowly narrowing down the search, though so hopefully soon.  The afternoon called for errands, errands and more errands.  Thank goodness for Starbucks peppermint mocha's!  We ended the weekend with BBQ chicken pizza and Detroit sports :)

Hope you all had a great one, too!
Linking up with LeeannBellaCarly and Biana

And don't forget... tomorrow is our Thanksgiving link up :)  Tis the season!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five on Friday 11/14

It's Friday and WINTER IS HERE.  That's right, we got our first accumulating snow and the 10 day forecast isn't calling for temps over 34 degrees.  I'm not winters biggest fan but I do enjoy it up until about January.  One of the most magical things in the world is waking up on Christmas morning to a winter wonderland.  Come January 2nd, I'm over it but until then it makes me happy happy happy!

I'm going to be mostly MIA today because my family is in town - such a great way to start the weekend!  Here's a few highlights from the last few days...

Chicken Taco Salad
We made the Pioneer Woman's chicken taco salad for dinner this week and oh my, yum.  I highly recommend for a really easy, somewhat healthy dinner!

Costco + New Boots
Our brand new Costco is open!!  I was practically giddy going there on Wednesday night.  We majorly stocked up but the best purchase was a new pair of Sorel winter boots.  It's funny because I was contemplating ordering them earlier that day online when I found them for almost half the price.  Costco for the win.

Brady photo bomb

Favorite Nail Polish
I've literally been wearing Essie's After School Boy Blazer for two months now.  I just thought you all should know that it's my favorite and you should try it, too!

New Years Eve
It feels insane to be thinking about this already but I'm seriously considering planning a 48 hour getaway for Nick and I.  Something reasonably priced but somewhere warm... where we could fly in one morning and out the very next night.  This is the time in our lives to do this kind of thing so we should take advantage of it!  Any suggestions on (VERY WARM) fun New Years Eve destinations?

Thanksgiving Link Up
It's that time again!!  Our Thanksgiving link up will be next Tuesday, November 18th.  Share your favorite Thanksgiving recipe, tradition, table setting, outfit, decorations... whatever!  Can't wait to see what you all come up with! :)

Well, my dog is starting to white (again) so I should probably take him outside (again). Have a great weekend!
Linking up with KarliLaurenJennieRebecca and April

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pre-Christmas Wish List

Thank you for all the advice when it came to yesterday's bedding dilemma!  Since I cannot find a printed comforter/duvet I like and was leaning towards white anyway, I went ahead and ordered the Target Pinched Pleated Comforter.  I seriously couldn't turn down the price so if it gets dirty or ruined quickly, then lesson learned and I won't feel too bad about throwing it out.  Let the fun pillow + throw blanket searching begin!

Now, is it too early to talk about Christmas?  Because I've got a wish list a mile long right now.  Something about this time of year just makes me want to BUY EVERYTHING.  I guess it's a good thing I have my eye on so much since pretty soon my family will be asking for a Christmas list... and boy, do I have one for them this year.  Here's a few things I have my eye on -- best part is that everything here is under $70!

Old Navy Coated Jeans
Looove these and such a great price, too!  I've been wanting leather leggings but I think these might be a more practical option, not to mention warmer (it is snowing right now).  Old Navy is really knocking it out of the park right now, so much good stuff!

Nordstrom Crystal Cluster Statement Necklace
I want this necklace in all three colorways.  How pretty is it for the holidays -- or just any day!  It's 50% off right now so that means I can buy at least two, right?

Zara Wraparound Striped Scarf
Zara can do no wrong when it comes to scarves.  Literally any of them would make for a great gift for the women in your life.  This one especially needs to enter my life and sooner rather than later, please.

Crown Vintage Booties
We're almost past bootie wearing weather here in Michigan so I need these ASAP!  Love the neutral color and the zipper makes for easy on/easy off.

And that's just a few of the things currently sitting in my shopping cart!  What's on your wish list right now?
Linking up with AnnieNatalie and Joey