Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Aunt Natalie & Uncle Chris

On Sunday, Christopher and I became Aunt Natalie and Uncle Chris! Our niece is so beautiful and we couldn't be happier for my brother and sister in law. It's so much fun to have a new addition to the family and I have a feeling it's only going to keep getting better! Welcome to the family baby girl! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Storing Milk Bottle Vases

My mom has a set of Milk Bottle Vases, that are perfect to small floral arrangements. She brought them over for the baby shower we hosted last month, and that's when I noticed she wraps them in paper towels to keep them "safe" in their box. I almost cried.

I knew I had to do something about this situation before I returned the box of vases to her, so I took a few days to think it out. After considering other things you could wrap them in I thought of the perfect solution. 

Men's socks! The vases fit snugly into them, and they wont slip off in the box, they are reusable and washable. They will last for pretty much ever, and if you buy more vases, socks are sold almost everywhere. Bam! Problem solved.

I slipped those bad boys into the socks and returned them safely to their owner. Look how comfy they look.

Now, Dad if you're reading this, those socks are not for you, they are for the safe keeping of glassware. Do not steal them, buy your own. Thanks!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Birchbox February 2015

For once I ripped into the products as soon as I got my box. I usually open it up, read all about the products, put them in my office and don't let myself do anything with them until I take a picture. As you can see in the picture, the BeeKind conditioner is open and I LOVED it. I think I will probably buy the full size as a little splurge for myself soon. It smells amazing and left my hair really soft. Plus, some of the proceeds support honey bee research and sustainability which is very important. Yay Honey Bees!

The eye make up remover works well and didn't irritate my face, so that's a keeper.

I have mixed feelings about the Juice Beauty products. I'm pretty sure they cause me to break out. Either that or I've had 5 freak breakouts coincidentally the last 5 times I've tried a Juice Beauty product. I just don't think this brand is for me. I wish it was.

I don't wear a lot of make up so I tried the eye liner and looked like a street walker... into the "one day I'll learn how to use this pile" it went. I also don't really use BB or CC creams very often because the samples I've received haven't matched my freakishly pale skin well enough yet.

I love Birchbox so much, I've been thinking about getting a second subscription and making the beauty profiles completely opposite just to see what the differences would be. I really love samples, and bright pink mail.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Valentine's Day Fiasco

Valentine's Day isn't my favorite. Christopher and I try to make things special all the time, so I hate that on February 14th every year I have to try to make things even more special. Not that my dislike for this forced affection stops me from trying, but this year was particularly annoying. I even decorated for this joyous occasion.

About an hour after we woke up, we dragged ourselves out of bed and Christopher went to get cinnamon rolls from our beloved Donut King. When he got there they had a line out the door, and one cinnamon roll left. By the time it was his turn that last cinnamon roll was gone as well as my top 3 favorite donut flavors. He did his best and came home with a chocolate frosted cake donut. Not bad, but meh. While he was off donut shopping, I made bacon and eggs.

So while breakfast brunch wasn't everything I was dreaming of, it wasn't bad. We had tickets for a 4:00 pm UCF Baseball game, so I let Christopher open his presents. I was even creative this year.

Each Present was wrapped in a craft paper bag with a red heart tag. The heart tags had a little pun on them that hinted to the gift inside. 

After the first one, he tried to guess the rest of the presents, It was pretty fun. Of course all of these things are small and mostly for fun, but that's how we roll for Valentine's Day. 

Eventually we got dressed and headed to UCF for the baseball game. We noticed there weren't very many other people walking toward the baseball field and when we got to the gate we saw why. 

OF COURSE the field had some kind of issue that required three HOURS of maintenance. I almost cried, but I decided that a trip to the bookstore would help. We spent a little while browsing the t-shirts and UCF gear, then I decided to give Christopher a tour of the UCF campus. He had never been anywhere on campus except the football stadium and now the sidewalk outside of the baseball stadium, so we spent an hour and a half wandering around.

Don't mind my hair, it needs professional help.

I showed him the buildings where most of my classes were, the student union, the other bookstore, Smoothie King, yano the important stuff. After that hour an a  half tour, we were starting to get hungry, I should have been up to my elbows in nachos by now. We went to a burger place on campus that has decent beers on draft and settled in for the second half of our three hour wait. 

Finally at 6:45 we made our way back to the baseball stadium and it was now 10-15 degrees colder than it had been when we arrived at 4:00. We were NOT dressed for windy and 50 degrees.

By 6:55 we were diving into our first nachos of the season, and freezing our asses off. 

Look at us, we're really here. And we're really cold. 

My dad has season tickets for UCF Baseball, and we were using his tickets on Valentine's Day. I won't be sad to use them again. Next time I'll be more prepared. The Knights ended up winning 13-4, so even though we didn't stay the whole 3 1/2 hours to see their victory, it was still a lot of fun. 

And what day of love and eating crap would be complete without a strawberry soft serve cone dipped in chocolate from Twistee Treat?! Not a day I want to be a part of, that's for sure.

Happy Valentine's Day friends. And don't worry, Christopher didn't forget about me on Valentine's Day, he brought home white tulips (one of my favorites), a heart balloon, and ordered me a leopard print Kate Spade tote bag to replace current work bag!!! It just hasn't arrived yet. It should be here later today, if it hasn't been snowed in. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Coffee Crawl

Valentine's Day ended up being semi-disastrous. We spent A LOT of time waiting around and not enough time eating steak. More details on that mess tomorrow. 

To make up for Valentine's day, we decided yesterday was going to be a free flowing, follow our hearts and stomachs, and throw caution to the wind kind of day. 

After a giant brunch of homemade waffles, scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes and onions, and of course mimosas, we decided to go on a coffee crawl. My brother Jake came along for this wild day of drinking our weight in coffee and it was awesome. 

We started with a bowl of coffee each at home to get started. We needed a base line for this experiment after all. 

I didn't think to take a picture of this cup until I was almost done. I've never heard of a coffee crawl though, and if I invented something new I wanted it well documented.  If not, oh well. I'm happy to follow the crowd if it leads to  copious amounts of coffee.

Stop number 1: Austin's Coffee, Winter Park, FL

I usually drink my drip coffee black and my lattes just how they come, but I was feeling spicy, so I tried the very fancy toasted marshmallow latte. Oh. So. Good!

Toasted Marshmallow Latte, Drip Coffee, Cappuccino
Stop number 2: Blue Bird Bake Shop, Orlando, FL - Audubon Park

We ended up only getting cupcakes at stop number two. Two Tuxedo cupcakes (chocolate cake & cream cheese frosting) and one red velvet cupcake. They have really good coffee, but we had to keep our goals in mind and the last top involved a meal. This was a marathon.

Stop number 3: Downtown Credo, Orlando, FL - College Park

I was feeling extra fancy when we got to Credo and tried their seasonal lavender syrup in my latte. Not going to lie, it was a little weird the first couple of sips, but absolutely grew on me by about sip 4 or 5. This place was awesome and I can't wait to go back. They run off of donations and on the menu suggest a donation amount, but you ultimately pay what you want. We had one small lavender latte, one iced coffee, and an americano, I paid $10 plus a little something for the tip jar. Having never been there before, I have no idea if that was in line with what people usually pay, but I really hope so. 

Lavender latte, americano, iced coffee
Stop number 4: Pom Pom's Teahouse & Sandwicheria, Orlando, FL - Milk District

Wimp Water, Silver Fox Tea, Blueberry Muffin Tea

We planned to end our coffee crawl with a sandwich and tea from Pom Pom's because Jake had never been. I almost always get Silver Fox tea iced and sweetened. Every once in a while I'll be adventurous and try the tea of the day, and it has never disappointed, I just really love Silver Fox. 

This little adventure was just what we needed to turn an otherwise annoying weekend around. I'm glad I have such a flexible husband. We'd never make it in life if he wasn't able to handle all of my crazy whims.

I've already started planning for the next coffee crawl! I plan to add a couple more coffee shops and snack stops to keep the jitters under control. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

I am so lucky to have Christopher as my forever Valentine. We've been celebrating this day of love together for over a decade, and while we may have skipped a few years here and there toward the beginning, we always knew we'd figure this crazy thing called love out together.

I try not to brag too often, but today I'm going to brag about Christopher.

1. He gets my jokes and laughs at them.
2. He gives me pedicures when I've had a bad day.
3. He let me teach him how to cook and now he cooks at least 50% of the time.
4. He does the dishes. I HATE dishes.
5. He lets me pick the TV shows we watch.
6. He's so unbelievably patient. I'm difficult.
7. He tucks me in at night.
8. He makes all three of my water cups for work in the morning.
9. He cleans up after Lucy is she pukes or has an accident.
10. He agreed to eventually adopt with me instead of having biological children.
11. He puts up our beach tent all alone, while I sit in the waves and drink a coke at the beach.
12. He goes on adventures with me. Like the day we planned to drive to Valdosta to eat Fazoli's and ended up at the beach in Clearwater because it was such a beautiful day. Or when we would drive an hour in the middle of the night for a delicious Donut King donut before they opened a location 5 minutes from our house.
13. He is so smart. He knows all kinds of useful and useless information. He's kind of a know it all.
14. His ass in bike shorts.

I love you babe. Thanks for putting up with me for all this time.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Crazy Things on the Road 2

This morning on the way to work, traffic had to stop because the guy in that white truck lost three patio chairs and a wheelbarrow out of the back of his truck. I have never driven a truck, but even I know that when you have crap like that in the bed, you TIE IT DOWN. Safety first punk.