High Five for Friday!!!

Happy Friday after a short week!!!  Can I get an AMEN that all weeks should be 4 days weeks?!? I’m just so much more productive when I have less time at work!

Anyway! Here’s my 5 for the week!!

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1.  This Boom Chicka Pop popcorn is UH-MAZING!! I am not a fan of regular buttered popcorn although I know generally popcorn is a healthier snack option. I heard about this stuff and decided to give it a try. It has a slight hint of sweet to it and its FAB. You can eat 3 1/2 cups and its only 90 calories or something ridiculous! Yum!

2.  I haven’t spent much time pool/beach-side this year and was hoping over the last weekend of summer to get some sun time. I spent a few hours at the pool last weekend. It was wonderful and sunny and good for a tan!

3.  Over the holiday weekend we decided to go to a local park for some outside time in the gorgeous weather….which led to some grown-up swinging. Swinging is fun at any age!

4.   Ummm….tell me how amazing these cupcakes look!  A new cupcake shop opened near my work today and despite my diet better judgement, I decided to stop in and get some……of course they are a gift for my fella…..and I just may have to taste test each one to make sure they aren’t poisonous or anything for him!!! (Verdict so far……….UHHHHH-MAZING!! It made me work harder at the gym tonight!)

5.  So, true story. I have hated football all my life. I was the girl in the band (BAND NERD) whose best friend LOVED football and didn’t gossip talk to her most of the Friday night football games because she was actually watching the game!  Now that I’m dating a fella who LOVES football, I decided to give it a try. Shockingly, I actually like it. It’s pretty exciting and fun to get caught up in all of the hype. My fella is a NY Giants fan and their first regular season game is this Sunday. Excited for football Sunday (and Pizza!!!)

Hope you had a fab week and an even more fab weekend coming up!

Linking up with Lauren!  Happy Friday!!!

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High Five for Friday!!

Hey Hey!! It’s Friday!!! And a holiday weekend! Woot! I took off work yesterday so I have to work today. That’s okay. At least there is a 3 day weekend ahead!

Let’s get to it!

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1.  Last Sunday I went to a Lancaster Barnstormers game (a local baseball team).  True story. I was picked by the crazy game guy to play a game where they had three items from the Barnstormers merchandise store. I had to price the three items within $20 to win. Not only did I win this same game two months ago when I was at a game, I won this time with a guess that was spot on $62!! Woot! I totally blame my shopping addiction for my ability to dominate this game! And I scored some flip flops, a travel mug and a shirt!!

2.  My 16 year-old self was totally geeking out this week when I saw the short-lived *NSync reunion on the VMA’s!  Seriously, they need to get back together. That was high quality music people!!  I saw them in high school with third row seats with my BFF.  Not only did I see them, but P-Diddy opened for them. Concert of the millennium! HAHA!

3.  As if you didn’t already know, Labor Day is Monday and work is officially closed! HOORAY! I don’t have any plans other than sleeping in and some house projects. I guess that’s not “laboring”, although I would rather be sitting by a pool somewhere soaking up the last bit of summer!

4. Last weekend I got to go bridesmaids dress shopping for my BFF from high school’s wedding (same one I saw *NSync with!)  I am so happy for her and she is marrying an amazing guy. They are so cute and happy and I am totally honored to be part of her special day. And she let us pick whatever dresses we liked……….so awesome. I’m actually excited to wear the dress!

5.  Yesterday I took off work and went to Hershey Park with my fella. It was great to go, ride some crazy roller coasters and feel like a kid again (especially hitting up the log flume and Tilt A’Whirl). And the free chocolate at the end of the Chocolate World ride doesn’t hurt either! Yum!!

That’s my five. Do you have any plans for the holiday weekend? Any last minute beach going? Totally jealous if so!!!

As always I am linking up with Lauren!!!

Happy Weekend!!

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Sneak Peek!!

Hello Hello!!! First up, I have to admit I have nothing new finished to share. HOWEVER, I feel like I have a million and one projects waiting for me, or that are in the very beginning stages……so there is plenty on the way!!!

But for now, here is a sneak peek of some of the things waiting in the wings!

First up, this baby came in the mail today. So excited to build it and add a personal touch……

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This is the result of a weekend trip to Ikea….two projects waiting in the bag…….

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A quick accessory addition that is totally out of my comfort zone…….

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I have a date with some contact paper one night this week…..

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There is some sewing in my future (which is a problem since I can’t even sew a button on a shirt………)

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And I can’t wait to give this stuff a whirl……..

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So……..that is what is waiting for some attention from me….along with some continued cork removal in the spare bedroom and cabinet staining…….no excuses to not get moving on all of this right?!?! Looks like I have a busy week and weekend ahead of me!!

STAY TUNED!!!!

High Five for Friday (sort of)!!

Hey hey!! It has been two weeks since my last post.  I was away last week on vacation and somehow needed a week to recuperate/do laundry/get back into work/the gym, etc. House projects have totally taken a back seat, hence no posts!!  I definitely need to get myself moving this weekend!

Rather than my normal High Five for Friday post, I am going to do a High Five for Vacation post and share my whirlwind week of vacation with my fella and his daughter.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of this adventure already.

First stop, Philadelphia……we went to the Philadelphia Zoo and Dave & Busters (restaurant and huge arcade) on the first day….

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I haven’t been to the zoo in years. I loved it!! The giraffes were awesome. I just love them (although the whole time I thought about what an awesome pattern their coat would make for a jacket – faux of course!!!) The flamingos were pretty busy, but the polar bears and gorillas were not.  Check out that guy sleeping with his leg up on the wall! Hilarious!! We spent a good half hour watching two monkeys fight while a giant orangutan just watched in disgust.  Definitely my favorite part of the zoo.

We were staying overnight in Philly so that night we decided to trek down to historic Philadelphia and took in the Liberty Bell (from outside – after hours) and Independence Hall.

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Yes, that really is my fella’s giant nose and glasses. KIDDING!!! I just choose to not put him up here on blast!

Living right outside of Philly all my life, I have never had an authentic Philadelphia cheese steak.  So for dinner we decided to split one from the infamous Pat’s Steaks. We couldn’t decide between Pat’s or Gino’s but the longer line outside of Pat’s sold us.  It was definitely yummy!

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The next day we went to the Franklin Institute (I haven’t been there in years either, but I definitely remember sleeping over for school one time!) and the Camden Aquarium.  IMG_2758

There was some sting ray feeding from the other two in my group but there was no way I was putting a headless fish in the water for those things to eat out of my hand. I just took pictures!!

The next day was an “off” day, but that night I went to my first Phillies game of the season with my mom. I got free tickets and haven’t been to a game yet this year so I had to do it! It was the first time I have gone to a game that they won!!!

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I didn’t realize I took that first picture when a Cubs player was on the screen. Whoops! And I totally love the Phanatic.  He is hilarious.  If I ever find myself out of a job, I’m applying to be the Phanatic.  Fun job!!

The next day we were off to the beach for 3 days.  That is my perfect vacation!! I could spend a lifetime relaxing on the beach listening to the waves and sunning!!

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We did some sundown seashell searching, ferris wheel riding and walking on the boardwalk.  The weather was decent on day 2 and our 3 days flew by.

Next we were off to northern New Jersey to my fella’s sister’s house.  We took in a Yankees game – since he is a Yankees fan.

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Me? Not so much.  He made me wear this shirt after I threatened to wear a Phillies shirt to the game! At least I paid my respects to my home team earlier in the week!

The next day we hit up the NJ State Fair in my fella’s hometown.  That was quite an experience!!!  First up, the animals…..

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There were pig races, a petting zoo, hilarious chickens with mohawks, pigs, and sheep wearing t-shirts.  I just kept walking around saying “look at that one!!!”  This city girl didn’t grow up around animals and my fella just laughed at me the whole time.

Then there was deliciously horrible food to be eaten and interesting sights to be seen……….

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I devoured that corn dog (yes I realize the irony when there were plenty of live pigs to be seen at the fair!) and that funnel cake. I taste tested my fellas sausage and pepper sandwich just to make sure it was okay!!!!   I definitely needed to hit the gym hard when I came back home this week.  But it was delicious!

You could also pay $1 to get into see Spidora the living spider woman (she talks to you!) and the headless woman! It took all self-control to not shell out the $2 to see these wonders of the world! HA!

And then there is this wonder of the world………

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While waiting for the kids on the rides we posed in our bathing suits and got this gem taken.  Hilarious!!!!

Overall it was a good vacation. Lots of time in the car traveling from here to there, but it was fun!!

I’ll be back next week with some house related stuff (hopefully!!)

Happy Weekend!!!!

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High Five for Friday!!!

Woot! It’s Friday. Hot, 94 degree but feels like 104 degree Friday!! It has been sweltering here in PA this week. But that doesn’t stop me from having some highlights of the week!! Here goes….

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1.  I had a work picnic last Saturday and couldn’t show up empty handed, so I had to make something. Well, I have had a disastrous track record at both cooking & baking lately so my fella made cookies for me/us to take. A, they are delicious. B, they weren’t burned or undercooked because I didn’t make them! He’s awesome! And no I’m not ashamed that my fella can cook & bake better than I can, because I can change electrical outlets and build furniture!!

2.  I finally put up some shelves in my living room and personalized my space a little more since moving in a year ago.  They make me happy and the space so much more “homey.”  See that post here.

3.  It is the middle of July and I am pale. White. Like Casper.  Normally, by this time, I have at least gone to the beach once or twice and have been outside. This year, summer is escaping me and I have no tan. I planned to hit up the community pool in my fella’s town this Saturday to finally get some outdoor color, but alas, it is supposed to storm. Chance of rain, 70%. At least I won’t be sweating outside right?!?

4.  I got my iPhone 5 in February and since then I have been on the hunt for the perfect case. It’s sort of a sickness.  Since I got it, I have been using a spare case from my fella. Recently, I saw J Crew outlet was having a clearance sale and saw this pretty little case for $5. I snapped that baby up. It came in the mail this week and I like it! Do I love it? No. Will I probably still be looking for THE case? Definitely. But for $5 this one ain’t bad!

5.  There are so many great blog conferences out there that I would love to attend including the Texas Style Council conference in August, the Alt Summit in NYC in June, and Haven Conference also in August.  I missed out on them this year but can hopefully make one next year.  Alt Summit also provides online seminars throughout the year for people who can’t travel to the in-person sessions.  I took an online conference for $15 on Thursday night on using photography on your blog.  It was a good one hour information session, and worth the $15. I could even watch it on my couch on my iPad.  The schedule of upcoming classes can be found here.

Well, that’s my week in a nutshell!! Hope everyone is staying cool and had a fab week and an even better weekend!!! 

Happy Weekend!

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High Five for Friday!!!

This week flew by for some odd reason(thankfully), but it was filled with very little excitement! Hence, my H5FF isn’t too exciting, but here she is!

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 1.  After a week+ away from the gym while in Vegas and with the 4th of July holiday, I dragged myself back to the gym this week. It’s so nice to get a break from that, but not nice when you feel the lbs creeping back in! The first day was absolute torture! Back to the grind!

2.  As much as I would love to spend money on house items that make it pretty, I am not independently wealthy and not able to spend on whatever I want. And sometimes fun/pretty stuff takes a back seat to necessities. I had to spend $$ this week on a dehumidifier for my basement. I have a constant stream of water in a drainage trench around my basement and with some heavier rains recently I seem to have a slight mold issue on the floor.  It’s no fun spending $$ on necessary items!

3.  With boring days at work as a bean-counter, accountant, I like to spice up my day with over-the-top shoes like these!That’s one way to spice up a black dress for work!

4.  Along with going back to the gym and household necessities, I spent a lot of time this week making to-do lists, budgeting and other organizational things. I am SO forgetful and will tell myself to do something  later that day and will totally forget when the time rolls around. The Siri function on my iPhone 5 has become my new favorite thing. She reminds me of practically everything now! No excuses for forgetting…..unless I forget to set a reminder!

5.  I got my first Birchbox two weeks ago (see my review here). Newly subscribing at the end of June means I already got my July box within 2 weeks of my June box! And I have to say, this July box looks awesome so far!! MUCH better than my first go-round with the box.  Hopefully I still feel the same way when I use the stuff inside! Stay tuned for my July review!

As always, linking up with Lauren!

Happy Weekend!!!!

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High Five for Friday!!!

Well, it’s Friday……after a holiday.  Most of you are probably off work.  I, unfortunately, have to go to work today. Being away in Vegas last week, it didn’t even dawn on me to consider taking off today. Oh well! At least it’s only one day then the weekend!!!

So, let’s get to it………High Five for Friday!!!

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1.  As you know I was in Vegas last week with my fella.  He was in a wedding and I went as his +1.  It was a great trip, despite the 117 degree temeratures.  It has taken all week to catch up on sleep and I’m not quite there yet. I think I have sleep on my schedule for Saturday!!  Being up 28 hours straight one day will do that to ya! While in Vegas right?!?

2.  While we were there we rented a car and drove to Valley of Fire State Park.  It was UH-MAZING!!! Such gorgeous red rock formations out in the desert.  With the temperatures being 115 that day, they recommended not hiking. We took a short 15 minute hike out of the car to get some awesome pictures like this one.  The petro-glyphs and hollows in the rocks were amazing to see. There is so much amazing stuff to see here in our own country.  15 minutes out of the car was more than enough in those temperatures so we hauled it back to the car and drove the rest of the park.

3.  While in Vegas we decided to stop at the Little White Wedding Chapel…..that’s right the same place Britney Spears got married……..and make it official!!!!   HAHA! Just kidding. We snapped this picture outside and sent it off to our friends and family. Most people didn’t take the bait, but there were a few who thought it was for real. Hilarious.  Who wouldn’t want to get married at a drive through wedding chappel!?!?!?

4.  Since yesterday was the 4th of July, I made dessert with a special little young lady.  My bright idea was to make brownies, cut them out in star shape, icing them and top with festive sprinkles.  As you can see above, my star cutouts didn’t work. And it turns out there is a kid who doesn’t like icing or sprinkles. So half of the pan got iced and the other didn’t! Hey, its the effort that counts!

5.  Last night my fella and I went to fireworks together to celebrate the 4th.  These were the absolute best fireworks I had ever seen. AND they were set to music.  What more could I ask for!! They were done by small town Lititz, PA and I think I would take them over any other firework display.  They were awesome and a great way to cap off a fab week-and-a-half with Vegas and the 4th of July!!

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!!! Happy Weekend!

As always I’m linking up with Lauren

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