It’s OK Thursday #1

Today is my first time linking up with Amber at MommaInBloom for It’s OK Thursday. I seriously love the idea of it and I’m super excited to be participating in it. Thanks Amber for the awesome idea! 

It’s OK..

That I bought a Brita water filter and pitcher – even though I really don’t need one – because it was only 50 cents. Seriously, who could pass up such an awesome deal?

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It’s OK..

That I seriously plan on making quesadillas every single day because my mom bought me this awesome quesadilla maker. It actually puts little indents on the tortilla shell so you know where to cut for even slices!

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It’s OK..

That our yard is still looking a little rough. We removed a huge playset with mulch surrounding it from the back our yard a few months ago and then got the whole thing fertilized and treated to kill weeds and then had grass seed planted. Yes, I know everything is almost dead because it’s winter, but it seriously looks SO much better already. I can’t wait to see what it looks like in the spring and summer!

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Almost there!

It’s OK..

That our once gorgeous Christmas tree is now looking droopy and depressed. I realize it’s a little late to still have it up but I wanted my mom to see it and then I didn’t want to spend time taking it down when I could’ve been spending time doing something more fun with her. So it’s still up.. and it looks so sad.. but it’ll be taken down this weekend, I promise!

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Sad tree.

It’s OK..

That our 6 month old sectional has two saggy cushions because our dogs like to lay on top of the cushions and look out the windows. I like them to be happy and comfortable and they seem to enjoy the couch as much as we do.. so I’m completely fine with it! And we can replace cushionsright?

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How could you get mad at them?!

It’s OK..

That I’m seriously obsessed with trashy reality tv shows. I can’t even deny it to anyone because it’s pretty much all I watch.. along with other semi-trashy tv shows like Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives. At this very moment I’m watching Snooki & J-Woww. Seriously. I would almost be embarrassed.. if I wasn’t too busy enjoying myself watching this show.

So there you go! Hope you had a super awesome time and don’t forget to check out MommaInBloom!

30 Day “What If” Challenge

Day 5 :  What If you could ask God a question, what would it be?

Ugh, I’m sorry, I’m just not going to answer this question.
Challenge questions will continue tomorrow, I promise!

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Merry (Belated) Christmas!

Ugh. So I broke my promise to you guys. I’m sorry! What kind of blogger am I that I go away for a week and a half AND THEN I don’t update for several days after I get home! Well, I seemed to have come down with yet another sinus/respiratory cold.. so I’ve been laying around and doing nothing but reading my Kindle. Which means that my house is currently in a state of disaster and my mom will be here in exactly ONE WEEK so I better get my life together!

Anyway, how was everyone’s Christmas?! Did Santa give you everything you wanted??

My first wish that came true was spending a week and a half in PA with our families and finally getting to enjoy time with them. We haven’t spent any substantial amount of time in PA since our wedding last October, so it was super awesome to see everyone. One of the best parts.. my mom’s homemade cookies! NOMS!

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Also, my mom and I attempted to make deviled eggs. “Watch out for the paprika, it comes out fast.”

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I convinced the hubby to let us give the dogs their gifts on Christmas Eve.. they got tons of stuffed toys (to eventually destroy and scatter cotton all over the house) and lots of yummy dog treats. Roxie – our Boston Terrier – loves tennis balls, so we stocked up on those. And Layla – our Boxer, who’s a rescue – finally got her own doggie bed! She’s been sleeping in it every night! I took some videos of them playing with their toys but I haven’t quite figured out how to insert them yet.. I’ll keep working on it!

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And then as for me.. well I got (almost) everything on my list! Santa was SUPER AWESOME to me this year.

1. A carpet steam cleaner and shampooer. Yes, I seriously ask for this and yes, I’m seriously super excited to use it this weekend!

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2. A super awesome printer that also prints pictures. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but supposedly I can print WIRELESSLY from my phone! I take way too many pictures on my phone and this printer is supposed to be one of the best!

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3. An awesome countertop makeup organizer and makeup brush set! Can’t wait to show pictures of the final, organized product! You can buy the makeup organizer here and the makeup brush set here.

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4. Another thing I got (which hasn’t been delivered yet) is the complete Gossip Girl book series. The series finale just aired on TV and now I’m super stoked to read the whole series and see how it compares! Hopefully it’s equally awesome!

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From the series finale.

There’s still one thing else that I wished for.. it just hasn’t happened yet. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please.

Did You Miss Me??

Hello fellow bloggers! Were you worried about me?

I just spent over a week in wonderful PA with my husband’s awesome family and my awesome family.. but I’m finally back home in gorgeous NC.. and I couldn’t be happier! I have tons to do tonight – unpacking, laundry, making a grocery list, etc, etc.. but I promise to do my best to update tomorrow!

Hope everyone is ready for Christmas!!

Holidaze

This cloudy, cold, windy, dark weather has been KICKING MY BUTT. So here I am blogging in the attempt to keep myself awake since I have to work tomorrow night and can’t be going to bed at 10pm!

First – TV show updates! – The hubby and I finally watched the mid season finale of The Walking Dead – wooo, things are getting crazy! Then after he went to bed (way early because of not feeling good) I got myself caught up on Teen Mom 2, Gossip Girl (oh my god!!) and now Toddlers & Tiaras. I can’t even begin to talk about how crazy some of these shows are getting! Mainly Gossip Girl. I’m pretty sure I still have chills. Wowwww.

So anyway, the main reason behind this update is Christmas and the holidays! Or holidaze – considering my current mindset. My family is not the type to have elaborate or expensive traditions. Honestly, I can’t even think of too many. We would always have a huge family dinner on Christmas Eve, but other than that.. I can only think of two traditions that we did every year.

One – Christmas pajamas. On Christmas Eve, everyone gets a new pair of pajamas that they’re supposed to wear that night so when we wake up to open presents on Christmas Day.. we all have our awesome new pj’s on! I saw a pin on Pinterest about doing this when you have children – you can include pajamas and favorite snacks for everyone and then a holiday movie to watch before going to bed on Christmas Eve. I love it! Also, I found this.

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Our new pajamas

Two – the pickle ornament. I actually had to look this up on Wikipedia because I never really knew the meaning behind it. We just always had a pickle ornament and we always had so much fun looking for and hiding the ornament. Click here to read the meaning behind this tradition.

And this year I’ve decided we’re going to start a new holiday tradition for OUR family. It’s our first holiday in our first house so I figured it’s the perfect time to start finding new traditions. Since we don’t currently have any nice or original ornaments, we’re going to buy a new ornament every year to add to our tree. This way we can start getting rid of the cheap, crappy ones from Walmart and Target and start building our ornament collection. As of right now, our first (tradition) ornament is the pickle.. but we’ll see if I find something else before Christmas because our pickle was only $5 from Target lol

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Our pickle ornament

Well I guess I’m done because it’s been 3 hours and I can’t seem to focus and I have a furry little dog sleeping on my left arm. It’s quiteee difficult to type with one hand!

What traditions do you do every year?

Holy Joly Christmas!

So every year growing up my family had a real tree. It was always in our living room and had the most random assortment of ornaments ever. Then Joel and I started living together and for some reason we ended up getting an artificial tree. Well not this year! I finally convinced him that we NEEDED to have a real tree.. or else I’d just die! And surprisingly my tactics worked 🙂 Luckily our house has 10ft ceilings because I may have gone overboard..

Love at first sight!

Love at first sight!

Once we got her home we decided to start some new traditions of our own. We got out a good ol’ John Valby holiday cd (if you’ve never heard of him.. he takes real Christmas songs and makes them dirty, sexual, raunchy, etc. but my husband loves him, so I agreed) and a big ol’ bottle of wine and we began to set up our first Christmas tree in our first house together! We decided to put it in our dining room this year because we don’t have a dining room table (yet!) and there’s a nice big window so people can see the tree from the road.

Ready to be decorated!

Ready to be decorated!

Now I might be biased but I seriously think it’s the most gorgeous tree I’ve ever seen! I didn’t quite plan for such a big tree so I need to buy more lights and our house needs more Christmas decorations but I’d say it’s a pretty good start 🙂

Finished product.. Gorgeous!

Finished product.. Gorgeous!

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Tree skirt

Non-traditional tree topper

Non-traditional tree topper

Found this instead of a wreath

Found this instead of a wreath

New Traditions

So today I finally convinced my husband to let us buy a real tree for Christmas. I’m sick of our fake Christmas tree that we’ve had for the last 2 years. And our house smells ridiculously awesome right now! Helloooo real tree!!! It’s our first Christmas in our (new-ish) house and I’m so excited I can barely contain myself! We’ve officially started our own family traditions! More tomorrow – maybe!

Ps. I’ve had too much wine!!