Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Things I Can Live Without (But Don't Want To)

We can all agree that overall 2016 hasn't been that great of a year for the country as a whole, right? While most of my personal life has been pretty phenomenal, the crazy natural disasters, all the deaths, the nasty election and just general nastiness of the year hasn't made 2016 the most pleasant ever. But, that doesn't mean there aren't some really good things that I love this year. I'll preface this by saying most of these are pretty surface level so I hope you weren't looking for something deep and meaningful on this hump day ;)

one // Order ahead apps. Seriously, the Starbucks app is amazing. Let me tell you a story: last Saturday, Christian and I stopped by the mall to buy some candles and I wanted a caramel apple spice from Starbucks. Seeing as it was Saturday night during the Christmas season, it was packed. So I pulled out my handy dandy app and ordered us up some cider. We did a lap through the store next door and then our drinks were ready and we headed back home to the couch. 

Did I have anywhere important to be that waiting in that line was so unbearable? Absolutely not. But did I want to wait in that line for 20 minutes? Also, no. So yeah, I love the app and you should all use it. You should also see the looks I get during the week when I stop in before work and walk in, grab my drink and walk right back out. 

two // Doggie daycare. I've talked about this before when I talked about how our life changed since getting Ellie. But that little rascal is so full of energy that we need to let her run around and play with other pups all day long so she is tired! 
Truly, she has more energy than any dog I know. All of our friends' dogs pass out hours before Ellie does when they play together. It's ridiculous. 

three // Smartphones. Obviously, we've had these awhile now but just take a second to stop and think that if you have a question at any moment, you can type it in Google on that tiny computer attached to your hand and you've got an answer. 

How did people drive without Google Maps? How did people figure out what they were cooking for dinner? What did we do without checking in on what your friends are doing every second of the day?

four // DVR. Hulu. Netflix. I hate commercials and thanks to these three, I very rarely have to watch them. Although, I really do miss Blockbuster. It's so hard to find old classics in a Redbox or on Netflix. But other than that, totally on board with all the streaming developments. 
five // Tracking packages. Is this necessary? Nope. Do I love to stalk the tracking pages until my packages are delivered at my doorstep? Absolutely. Although, I will say that this sometimes gives me more "anxiety" when a a package says it's in Charlotte but it's not at my doorstep. WHERE is it? WHY isn't it here? There's no need to freak out, but I do. 

Do you have anything like this that you totally don't need but totally want to have?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Our 2016 Christmas Cards

Since getting married, there aren't that many things that changed in our lives. I changed my last name, we bought a house and got a puppy, but hey, other than those things - not terribly much. Another thing that did change, though, is that I'm now sending out Christmas cards!

I wanted to save Christmas cards to be one of our married traditions and I'm glad we did! It feels so special getting to take a few special pictures of us and Ellie every year. Yes, I left out Zuko because he's not a fan of Ellie and we could never get them both to sit still in the same spot... ever. Plus, Zuko doesn't like the outdoors and Christmas card pictures just look so much better outside! But, he still gets included as you can see from our 2015 card!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Five on Friday!

I've been a little slow in Blogland this week - my apologies! I've been trying to get everything organized so I can really enjoy the season! Thankfully, I did a lot in October and November to prepare : ) But, check out the wreath I made last weekend - so easy and affordable! Today I  wanted to pop back in for 5 on Friday!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How To: DIY Christmas Wreath

Hi friends! Long time, no see! I took a little blog hiatus to truly enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with my family. I did a guest post on Grace, Love Life last week, though, if you'd like to check it out! I got off work early Wednesday and Christian and I were able to go out for dinner and spend some time together. We spend Thursday with his family and even started off the Christmas season by watching Christmas Vacation!

Friday, all I did was watch Gilmore Girls. I have zero shame in that and I'm ready to watch it again. Saturday we got our Christmas tree from a great nursery here in Charlotte and they have AMAZING trees and prices. Our tree was chopped down Friday night and we picked it up Saturday morning - and it is HUGE. That night, we went to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden with our friends and spent all day Sunday decorating. It was an amazing long weekend.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Gift Guide: Your Black Friday Shopping List

Y'all. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I am pumped. Lemme just beat a dead horse here and remind you why: Gilmore Girls. Okay, okay, I won't talk about it today but feel free to check out how I'll be celebrating

Today I want to talk about the other activity I'll be doing (besides eating) while binging: shopping. I mentioned earlier this Fall that I had bought a couple of gifts and had a list started. Well, my list is almost complete and I'm ready to tackle the sales this weekend! 

In order to prepare, I've started scouring the websites and keeping track of all my emails so I know where I want to "go" first. Because I'm not actually leaving my couch until Saturday ;) Not all of these are purchases I'm actually making, but I wanted to share some good finds with you guys! 

Monday, November 21, 2016

How To Enjoy the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! I've already celebrated twice (once at work and once with my side of the family) but I'm ready for the official day. The main reason? Because Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life comes out Friday. I've only mentioned this a few times now...

I've been a fan for so long and I never liked the last season and hated how Rory's story ended. I like that she got a job she was excited for but I didn't feel like she had to lose Logan to get it. She's a modern woman and can have it all! I also hated how Lane's story ended - twins after her first time?! No way. So, needless to say, I'm ready to see how things really  ended up.

Friday, November 18, 2016

5 on Friday: Thanksgiving Edition

This time next week, I’ll be deeply engrossed in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life with coffee, pop tarts and any other junk food I can find. I’ll also be knocking out our Christmas list via online Black Friday sales (WHY are people still shopping in stores?? Online deals are better and there’s no shipping. More details next week ;) ). I. Cannot. WAIT.

Let’s jump right into today’s 5 on Friday why don’t we?

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