Stationary Haul

I love office supplies. No idea why, but I always have. My favorite part of going back to school growing up was getting to go supply shopping with my mom. I have always been super picky about the types of things that I like to use to be organized. As I have gotten older, I have enjoyed getting new stationary type items as well as organizational things. This is especially the case since I have graduated college and have friends that live in different states. I love getting cute little cards and note paper to send out to them. The only bad thing about loving office supplies, they are never cheap.

 

Luckily, Nationwide offered us a lovely bonus this year, so I was able to order some new stationary! I follow a lot of UK bloggers and vloggers and I hear amazing things about paperchase. I placed a very large order a couple weeks ago and it is FINALLY here!

 

I ordered a bunch of birthday cards because there are a few birthdays coming us and you can never have too many birthday cards.

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I order a few packs of general note cards that I like to use to send little notes to friends and family out of state.

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I got a few different notebooks. I am looking to start a bullet style journal and I though these would be nice.

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I also grabbed one large notebook and a set of pens. Let’s be honest, you can never have too many!!

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How to have a Relaxing Evening

We all have those days where we just need to have a super chill evening and forget about the world. This is what I do when I need one of those nights.

Step one:

Glass of wine. Red or white, it doesn’t matter. As long as it tastes good, it works wonders.

Step two:

Get comfortable. I know I am lucky that I get to work from home but not everyone has that luck. So at the end of a long day, there is nothing better than getting into some comfy clothes

Step three:

Grab a blanket and a good book and take a seat on the couch. If you have a pet, cuddle with said pet. Trust me, it works wonders on making you feel better.

Step four:

Run a nice hot bath with your favorite bath stuff. Personally, I love bath bombs. I was lucky enough to receive a few for Christmas. They are a little smaller than the Lush ones that I normally get, but I combine them and use two. For nights when I want to get to sleep quickly, I add some lavender bath oil and bath salts. I also have this really great lavender soap that is lovely. I love to light lots of candles in the bathroom so that I can truly relax without having the bright lights or the noisy fan going. I like to read a book or catch up on some YouTube videos (Zoella’s vlogmas is always a great option, whether it is Christmas or not).

 

Step five:

Get in some comfy pjs and put on the movie that calms you down and relaxes you. For me, it is ALWAYS Pride and Prejudice. I tend to watch the BBC version. Yes it is 5 hours….no there is nothing wrong with that. I love this movie. It is absolutely fantastic

So that is how I like to relax. What are your favorite ways to relax? Let me know in the comments!

When Jake Cooks

So I have been absolutely terrible about taking pictures when Jake has cooked dinner lately. Mainly because our kitchen is tiny and I tend to get in his way… Oh well. I do have some great photos of Jake cooking at my mom’s with my cousins. My cousin is super interesting in cooking and it was a great opportunity  for him to cook with Jake. It was really great to watch them interact with each other and my family, as usual, loved the meal!

 

I also have a couple pictures of Jake making biscuits for our New Year’s Day Brunch. They were delicious and paired so well with his gravy.

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We have had some great meals lately though, even if I don’t have any pictures of it. I got Jake an immersion circulator, or Sous Vide, for Christmas and he loves it. For those of you that don’t know what that is, don’t worry, a year ago I had no clue! Basically it is used for cooking food at a precise temperature in a water bath. So you put the protein in a sealed bag and then put it in the water and it cooks at the temperature set on the Sous Vide. Lately we have had ribeyes and pork chops cooked in it so far. Both were fantastic.

 

Hopefully I will be able to get some more pictures of Jake cooking soon!!!

Christmas 2017

This year was pretty great for Jake and I. We had a great time hanging out with both of our families and had some great food. We also got some pretty fantastic gifts.

 

The biggest and most generous gift we received was from my parents. They bought us a lovely kitchen aid stand mixer. I have wanted one of these for years and since moving in with Jake, that want has just grown.  Especially because my guilty pleasure is watching the British Bake Off. Here is the beauty!

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Jake got a really cool marble salt crock from my parents. It is absolutely gorgeous and Jake loved it.

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Jake also had the bright idea to ask for chocolate milk for Christmas. So my brother being the lovely person that he is bought him a TON of different chocolate milk.

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The best gift of the day though was from my dad to my mom. He got her a beautiful diamond ring. They have been together for 30 years this year and the engagement ring that he got her had to get cut off of her hand when she broke her hand a long time ago. It was so great to see her reaction over this ring.

 

Overall, Christmas was pretty fantastic! Hope yours was lovely too!!!!!

Goals for 2018

So last week I talked about my overarching resolutions for the new year. This week I wanted to share some of my general goals for the year. Now, this list will be ever changing and growing through out the year, but here it is as of now 🙂

  • Get more sleep
  • Be more organized
    • Plan out week on Sunday
    • Monthly plans/goals at beginning of month
  • Budget better
  • Workout 3 times a week
  • Less time spent on devices
  • More time spent outside
  • Be more active
  • Take risks
  • Be adventurous
  • Read every day (2 books a month)
  • Keep up a skin care routine
  • Keep house clean
  • Spend more time with friends
  • Save money for Disney
  • Drink more water
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Be open to new changes
  • Take more pictures
  • Learn new things
    • Viticulture (wine making)
    • Photo editing
  • Get outside more
  • Pay off some debt

 

 

Come back on Thursday to see some of the great things that Jake and I got for Christmas!!! Happy Monday everyone 🙂

2018 Resolutions

Now here is something that I rarely do, make New Year’s resolutions. But, I want to make this a great year and Jake and I have a lot of great things coming up that it is the perfect year to start something new. So I am going to make a few overarching resolutions, and then I am going to set a ton of smaller goals to achieve throughout the year. The reason that I have decided to do it this way is because I see resolutions as something much more than a goal. To me a resolution is something that needs a lot of time and attention. For me, a goal is something I can tick off of a to do list. Anyway, that is my reasoning. And here we go!

 

  • The biggest thing that I want to work on throughout 2018 is to genuinely be more happier in life. I tend to be an incredibly negative person and I let things eat at me far too much, so my goal is to slowly work on having a more positive outlook on life in general. I want to actually leave my house and do more things outside. I tend to get in moods where I get off of work (I work from home) and move to the couch and then move from the couch to bed at 7:00 pm. That is no life. So, even if I am doing things on my own or with just Atticus, I am going to be better at getting outside and living life.
  • In 2018 Jake and I are going to get healthy. Yes, I know this is the stereotypical resolution, but I really mean GET HEALTHY. Yeah, I want to lose weight; that is a given. But, I want to do it in the right way. I want to be active and eat better. Most importantly, I want to focus more time on my mental health. In order to be a truly healthy individual, in my mind anyway, you have to focus on both.
  • The last of my big resolutions for the year is to actually figure out what I want to do with my life. Since I graduated in 2015, I have only been occupied with finding a job to pay my bills. I have had many ideas of what I want to do with life but have let the opinions of others sway me to take different paths. No more will I allow other people to direct my life.

 

So there we go. Those are my big three resolutions for 2018. What are your resolutions for the new year? Come back on Monday to see my long list of goals for the year!!!

New Year’s Traditions

This is one holiday that is always super chill in my family. Even when I was growing up. When we spent the holidays in Michigan, we would all just hang around the house all day or go out and play in the snow. We would always have one of those 1,000 piece puzzles going and the goal was to get it completed before midnight. Sometimes it happened, most of the time it didn’t. If it wasn’t a puzzle, we were playing card or board games or watching movies on the sofa. Things haven’t changed much since then. Most years, my mom and I don’t even make it to midnight.

On New Year’s Day, we always have pork and sauerkraut. I hate sauerkraut. HATE it. When I was growing up, I would make my mom take my pork out of the crocpot before she added the sauerkraut because I didn’t even want it to be tainted by the kraut. Now, she makes me eat it with the kraut and everything. Yuck! I guess that is part of growing up.

A new tradition was started with Jake and I last year. We started going over to one of his high school friend’s apartments for brunch. It has been a lot of fun to get to know his friends and to start new traditions of our own.

New Year’s is always super chill in my family so that is all there is to it!

Hope everyone has a wonderful 2018. Jake and I have lots of big plans and changes coming and I cannot wait to finally share them with everyone!

Happy 2018!!!

Gingerbread House Competition

This has become one of my favorite traditions that my family started a few years ago. All of us girls, friends and family, get together and decorate gingerbread houses. We try to have an impartial judge to name the winner in the end. This year it was my brother. So while we were all decorating, Pat was upstairs.

 

This year we had six different houses and nine people decorating. Plus we had three kiddos running around, well one is too little to run but he sure looked cute all day!

Here are some pics of the decorating fun!

Here are the final results. Pat picked Alysha’s wonky lighthouse to win… We thought he was joking but that’s Pat!

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After decorating, we all exchanged the delicious cookies that we had prepared.

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Some of my Favorite Books

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I absolutely adore reading and finding new books. I am definitely one of those people who walks into a book store and feels bad leaving without buying anything. The most recent time this happened was a couple weeks ago when Jake and I were out Christmas shopping and we went into Barnes & Noble and Jake had walked through the whole store and I had barely looked at the first floor. He looks at me and asks me if I want anything. My response was that there were a lot of things I wanted but I had no money so it was better that we leave. It majorly sucked.

But anyway, I wanted to share with you my favorite books of all time. So picture me sitting by a fire sharing some good books, because I totally am!

 

1) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

So anytime someone asks me what my favorite book is, this is always my response. I absolutely adore this novel and I read it at least once a year. Most of the time I read it 2 or 3 times. I seriously cannot get enough of this book.

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2) The entire Harry Potter Series By J.K. Rowling

This whole series is absolutely fantastic. I cannot even count the number of times that I have read these books. (I am actually reading them again right now!) Like most people, this series has stuck with me since I was a kid. I think I was in third or fourth grade when I first started reading them and I fell in love with the characters and the plot. If you haven’t read it, you seriously should.

3) Cassandra Clare

Okay, I know this is an author, but she has three different series that I LOVE. My most favorite out of the three is The Infernal Devices Series. Next is The Mortal Instruments and last, but surely not least, is The Dark Artifices. And I cannot wait until The Last Hours series is published. Yes, this is another young adult fantasy series. I cannot help myself. It is just so good. The plot keeps you engaged and I have loved living in this world while I read these novels. They transport me so completely into another world and allows me to escape my reality. This is another series that I have read multiple times.

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4) The Giver by Lois Lowry

I first read this book when I was in sixth (I think) grade. It was part of our assigned reading in middle school and given how short it is, I think I read it in 2 or 3 days tops. And that was slow for me. I think this book might have stirred my later love of dystopian novels… This book has stuck with me since the first time I read it and I think that is because of how well it shows that even when everything is thought to be perfect, there is still something to be said for being different and unique. I think it also shows that there is no such thing as a perfect society.

 

5) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Another assigned reading book that has always stuck with me. This one I read freshman year of highschool. This book has such a powerful message that will NEVER get old. Especially in today’s society. I wish that was not as true as it is, but such is life.

 

6) The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

This series. I cannot say enough good things about it. I absolutely loved it. This, much like the other series listed above, allowed me to leave reality and live in another world. This series also resonates with society today. The characters in this series are incredibly lovable and relatable. This is another series that I can read any time.

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Some Books That I Have Read This Year:

1) Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

This. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It gives such an eye-opening view into how life was while Trevor Noah grew up and all of the terrible things that he had to go through growing up. Naturally, it has many points that will keep you laughing, even though in reality it truly is not funny. I had that realization many times while reading this. I would find myself laughing out loud at the way that Trevor Noah described something and then actually think about the context and realize how terrible it really was. If you love Trevor Noah like I do, this is a great book to read.

 

2) Persuasion by Jane Austen

I have been meaning to read this book for years. Actual years. I finally picked it up and read it this year after watching one of my sorority sister’s YouTube videos, (mrsmargaretrose is her YouTube) Best Books of 2017. It was really good. Not quite as good as Pride and Prejudice for me, but it will definitely remain on my bookshelf.

 

3) Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day

This series was recommended to me by one of my friends that I worked with at the library. I am unashamed to admit that I totally devoured this series. I think I read them all in two weeks, maybe less. They were really good, if you like romance novels that is.

Christmas Decorations

I absolutely love the holiday season. I always have and I always will. My favorite part has always been decorating our house and baking cookies!

 

This year I put my tree up wellll before Thanksgiving, but I just didn’t care about waiting any longer. Jake and I borrowed one of my mom’s trees to use in our house so that we didn’t have to go out and buy one and I put it up once we got home. We didn’t actually decorate it until a few days ago though…

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I wish we had more decorations to put throughout the house, but we are on a tight budget for the next few months, so no money to buy loads of Christmas lights. Sad face.

 

So since I couldn’t go over the top at my own house, I decorated mom’s. And believe me, we went over the top. And the sad part is, we didn’t even use all of her decorations. And we didn’t even get some of them out of the garage…

So we started by putting the tree up and fluffing it out. We waiting a bit to put the ornaments, but the tree was up and ready to go.

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From the tree, we started decorating the mantle and the curio cabinet next to the fireplace. We used a bunch of mom’s little things and cookie jars to decorate the mantle. And in the cabinet, we put some of the more fragile elements. Next, I took a strand of lights and wound it around the things on the mantle to give it some color.

Next we started on the stockings. And yes, I say started. My lovely mother has 39 stockings. THIRTY – NINE. THIRTY – NINE! Why she has that many, I will never know. But we started working with the Disney ones first. The classic Mickey and Minnie stockings went up on one wall and we put the other character stockings along the banister by the stairs. The villains stockings went up by the door where no one can see them. Rude. They are my favorite. We then found our old stockings from when I was growing up. The ones that are so old and have been used for so many years that they are actually falling apart slightly. We hung those on the tv stand. Then we hung our two stockings for my first family dog by the fireplace with the Pluto holders and the other dogs went on the closet door.

After this, we took some Mickey lights and hung over the window by the television. And another strand along the bottom of the tree. We then moved on to decorating the tree. The tree is decorated with entirely Disney ornaments. The only other thing on the tree are some red bulbs to fill in the tree a bit. The Disney tree is absolutely lovely. I think it looks better this year than it ever has, but that is my own opinion!

After the tree, we hung lights around the big window in the kitchen and put up mom’s Thomas Kinkade Disney Christmas tree up on the counter. After this, I looked down the hallways and it just needed something since we had done every inch of the main living area. So, I got out the ladder and hung lights along the ceiling. They looked so much better than I expected. We also decorated every door in the hallway and the bathroom.

I’m telling you, by the time we were finished, it looked like Christmas threw up in my mom’s. But it looked AMAZING!!!

Sugar Cookie Sweat Shop

This past Saturday, we got to really utilize my mom’s new kitchen for the first time. When my parents were designing the remodel of their new house, having plenty of room to make cookies was a must. Baking cookies is a holiday tradition in my family that I absolutely love. We started a bit early this year, but these sugar cookies are incredibly time consuming, but they are SO good.

 

So, my aunt Shelly came in from Newark and my sister-in-law came over and we all worked together to make 3 double batches of sugar cookies. Now we did not bake all of them yet, but we did roll them all out and cut them so that we could freeze them and bake them closer to Christmas. It took all day but it was a blast.

 

 

Vermont Day 3

Day Three: Tuesday October 3, 2017

 

We went to breakfast at a little diner near Montpelier called Wayside. It was super good and super cheap. Jake and I both got french toast and sausage. Both were amazing. After breakfast, we went back into Montpelier to stop in at the newly re-opened NECI bakery. We each got some snacks for the road.

 

We headed out on our way to Quechee Gorge. We stopped at a really cute antique shop in Barre on the way and found some really cool stuff. Jake got a gorgeous cast iron tea pot and I picked up a set of maps from the 90’s. We saw some great scenery on the way down to the gorge. The gorge was absolutely gorgeous and the pictures simply don’t do it justice.

It was senior tour bus city but that didn’t stop us from taking a walk down to the dam. I am really happy that we did. It was so cool. The dam was so old that it was made out of wood. I have never seen anything like it before.

On the way back to Stowe, we took the long way to see some more amazing scenery. We went along RT 4 to Rt 100 and up into Stowe. We passed through Woodstock and stopped at a cute farmers market and bought some more apple cider. We stopped at a little antique shop along the way but it wasn’t nearly as cool as the first. Along RT 100, we passed by Moss Glenn Falls and I saw them just in time to stop in the little parking lot on the side of the road. It was so gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

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After Moss Glenn, we went on to Warren Falls. We had a lot more fun here. We got to play on the rocks and naturally, Jake got soaked. But we had a great time. The falls here weren’t as dramatic as the first, but they were still really cool. And the water was really cold!!

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Because Jake likes to play in water, we had to stop back in at the hotel for him to change before dinner. We went to Doc Ponds for dinner. Because I can’t pass up a good burger, I got the burger. And it was delicious. Not quite as good as Three Penny, but it was good. Jake got the Cubano. He thought it was really good. We both shared the VT Cheddar Fritters. They were absolutely amazing. There really isn’t much that is better than fried cheese… I also tried an amazing cider from Citizen Cider. It was really freaking good. The only thing that sucked was that we couldn’t find it in stores.

 

After dinner, we went to the Waterbury Reservoir to see if we could see the sunset. Unfortunately, the mountains blocked it but it was an awesome view. We also got to see the moon rise. You can’t really see it in the pictures, but it was one of the prettiest things we saw all week.

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped in the store to get some Vermont made ice cream. When we got back to the hotel, we got in bed, ate our ice cream, and went to bed. It was a great day!

Lo Mein Stir Fry

Today (well it was actually like a week ago but…) is the day I decided to take the plunge and purchase a real life camera. We are heading to Vermont in a few weeks and I wanted something a lot more reliable than my iPhone 6S…

 

So, as Jake was cooking up some dinner, I got out the new camera and snapped a few shots of his handiwork! Oh and I made him write out a recipe, you know in case you want to try it!

 

We started out with LOTS of veg. And I mean a lot. I’m not typically a vegetable eater, but Jake makes me eat all the things, so I’m learning.

 

After the veg was the meat. We used flank steak. It was quite delicious!

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To get it started, Jake fried some peanuts. Because, why not? They were quite great. We had to try not to eat them while he was cooking the rest of the meal 🙂 It’s amazing how satisfying it is to watch peanuts in a pan of oil….

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After the peanuts were fried, they were removed from the pan and Jake really started bringing everything together. See the recipe below

 

Lo Mein Stir Fry

 

4 oz Whole Unsalted Peanuts

1 Carrot

¼ head Napa Cabbage

6-8 oz Mushrooms (we used crimini)

6 oz Snow Peas

1 Jalapeno Pepper

2 Bell Peppers

1 Bunch Cilantro

1 Bunch Scallions

2 inch piece of Ginger

16 oz Flank Steak

1-2 cups Stir Fry Sauce (we used teriyaki)

½ bag of Lo Mein noodles

 

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice (julienne) all carrot, cabbage, mushrooms, scallions, and peppers. Mince Ginger. Slice the steak thin and against the grain.
  2. Fry peanuts in a tbsp of vegetable oil until golden brown. Set aside.
  3. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil, season with 1 tablespoon salt
  4. In a preheated wok, briefly sear the steak.
  5. Add your veg once steak is seared.
  6. Turn heat to maximum, keep all ingredients moving for the next 3-5  minutes.
  7. When veg is starting to become soft, add seasoning.  
  8. When water, is boiling add lo mein. Cook until almost al dente
  9. Finish lo mein in stir fry. Toss to incorporate

Sit back and enjoy!!!

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My First Post!

Hello World! So Jake and I have been talking a lot about me starting a blog lately. It started when I purchased a new camera for our trip to Vermont (SO EXCITED) and began experimenting by taking pictures of him, of course. Naturally, he was making me dinner. I mean what else can we do on his day off? So, the idea was hatched and it kinda just stuck. My goal is to have a new post each week about different things. Jake’s food or whatever project he is working on. Books I’m reading or planning to read. Our life and how things are going. Trips we take. Basically anything that comes to my mind! So here we go. I hope you enjoy this journey with me 🙂

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Sunday Thoughts

Good Morning!!!! I come to you all from the comforting dining room at Edson Hill Inn and Restaurant. Jake brought me to work with him today so that we could spend some time together and simply to get me out of the apartment. And I simply love this place.  It is so calming and peaceful, I couldn’t ask for a better place to write.

 

We have been very busy lately. We made the long trip from Columbus to Calais on April 1st. We spent the first week getting everything unloaded from the truck and unpacking. We still have a few boxes left but for the most part, we are unpacked and partly organized. I’ll be sure to post an apartment tour later this month!

 

With the move came new jobs for both of us. Jake is the Executive AM Chef at Edson Hill Restaurant. He absolutely loves it. And what is not to love about this place? The views are perfection, even covered in snow! In all honesty, I think this is one of my favorite places. He has been adjusting to his new schedule pretty well and has been baking up a storm. So much so that I will show you all of his pastries from this week in another post!

 

I started at National Life on April 9th and let me tell you, I have never been more impressed by a company’s culture as I am there. When they say they operate like a family, it is 100% true. I love my team and I am really looking forward to all of the opportunities!

 

The only down side to the move has been missing family. My mom helped us move but she went home on April 4th. I have been missing her terribly. But we are able to FaceTime a lot which is great. Same thing goes for all of my other immediate family, and extended family for that matter. It is definitely an adjustment being so far away, but we will make it work. Well, we have no choice but to make it work, because Jake and I will be here for the foreseeable future!

 

Well, that is all for now. Signing off from a snowy Vermont. Have a lovely day!!

 

 

Disney Planning

Okay, let me share a little secret about my family. We LOVE Disney. And we are slightly obsessed with all things Disney. So, naturally we have been planning our trip to Walt Disney World for the last 2 years…I kinda wish I was exaggerating. I’m not. But to justify this crazy behavior, we have been planning with a lot of extended family. At one point we had around 30 people that were on board to go. Sadly, life happens and we are down to 11. We will not let that harm our fun though!

 

We all have our room reservations now. Unlike normal, we are all staying at different resorts. Jake and I are staying at Art  of Animation. Alysha and Zach are staying at the Yacht Club. Mom and Dad, Patty, Eddy, and Alicia are all staying at the Grand Floridian. Pat and Leigha are staying at Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary.

 

We are planning our meals out now because we can make reservations 180 days out.  Actually, we have even made our dining reservations already. That is insane to me that we are already so close to the trip. My mom and I went online to make our breakfast and dinner reservations for our whole group. Unfortunately, since we have such a large group, we had to split into two groups for dinner. But they are all within 5 or 10 minutes of each other, so hopefully we will be able to sit near each other. Here is a list of where we are going for dinner:

 

Sunday: ‘Ohana

Monday: Tiffins

Tuesday: Artist Point

Wednesday: The Hollywood Brown Derby

Thursday: Yachtsman

Friday: California Grill

 

For now, that is all we can plan. We are able to make our fast pass reservations at 60 days out. I will share ALL the photos and reviews in a few posts after the trip! Bye for now 🙂

Life Update Part 2

So, I told you about February. Now here is the March life update. March has been one hell of a month, that is for sure. It started out with a lot of job interviews for me. And I mean a lot. I had a total of 9 conversations with one company. Thankfully it resulted in a job offer for me! I begin my new career with National Life Group on Monday April 9, 2018! I am super stoked. But I should probably tell you why I am starting a new job. The story begins all the way back in October on Jake and I’s vacation to Vermont. We had been talking about moving for ages but neither of us really thought that it would be to Vermont. Neither of us were really fulfilled by our current living situation or employment so when I absolutely fell in love with Vermont, it seemed like the natural next step for us. Jake went to culinary school in Montpelier, VT and has wanted to get back into the Vermont food culture for a while now. Since I loved the state, why wait? So, while we were out there, Jake received a few job offers from some of his old co-workers and we were even offered a place to live. Everything simply fell into place. We were pretty much decided by the end of the week.

The biggest problem, we had to wait until our current lease was up. So that put our moving time in April. Though that seems like an incredibly long wait, let me tell you, the time flew by. I cannot believe that we are 17 days away! That is absolutely insane!!!

The past month has been spent with us packing like crazy and preparing for our new lives in Vermont. For me, that has involved a lot of shopping for new clothes. I have worked from home for so long that my business wardrobe has majorly suffered. Time to rebuild. Posts to come later!

We have also been getting rid of most of our big furniture. We are moving to a tiny apartment on 14 acres. Not much space outside, but it is so worth it for the ability to be within steps of nature. And Atticus will absolutely love it.

This is a photo of our front door as of today…..

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Besides all of that going on, it seems that March is the month of birthdays. Lysh’s birthday was last week and we went out to get some amazingly awesome sushi. My dad’s was this past weekend and we had a party at their house to celebrate. My cousins was also last week but we are celebrating on Saturday. I cannot believe the sweet angel is four already…damn I feel old!

Now if only Spring would come, life would be absolutely perfect right now. The weather here in Ohio has been incredibly temperamental, as usual. And it looks like there will still be snow on the ground we we move into our apartment…It will definitely be interesting and I will be sure to bring you along with me!

 

That’s all for now. Have a good night loves!!

Life Update Part 1

Okay, I know I have been SUPER M.I.A. lately but things have just been so crazy and I haven’t really felt up to doing much of anything outside of work and spending time with Jake. So a life update:

February!

I had an amazing birthday month! It was so amazing to spend time with those that I love the most. I got to treat my mom and Lysh to manicures and go out to dinner with one of my brother’s friends that is basically a brother to me.  I got to buy a lot of new clothes and new makeup. I had the chance to treat myself for the first time in a while and that was really great!

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On my birthday we went to Senor Antonios for dinner with Jake and some of my family. The day after, I got to spend the day with Jake. And Saturday I got to have a birthday party at my mom and dad’s house. It was the first time that I have had an actual party in soooo long. Normally we just go out to dinner and that is it but I wanted it to be a little bit more special for my 25th. The rest of the month was kind of a blur. Jake went to Vermont to finalize things on his new job (more to come on that later). That was a fiasco itself but we don’t need to discuss that here…I spent a few days at my moms because I hate being in the house on my own and especially in my neighborhood. It isn’t the safest in the city. We shall leave it at that.

All in all, it was a really good month. I shall cover the whirlwind of March in the next post! See you real soon!