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Friday, February 14, 2014

Here's to a LOVEly Day!

Happy Valentine's  Day!

Whether you're celebrating with a group of girlfriends, your one-and-only guy, or not celebrating at all, there's a lot to LOVE and be thankful for. I don't know about you, but this week especially, I need to take some time to remember all the LOVEly things in my life. So here's to sifting through the dreary weather, the busy days at work, and any other (uninvited) drama that's popping up.

~ LOVEly Little Details of Life Lately ~

A few good snail mail days in the past week: the sweetest card from a dear friend asking me to be in her wedding, a new InStyle magazine (my brother-in-law got me a subscription for Christmas), and a gift package from another friend who just took a trip to India!

Being there for family...no matter what or when.
A boss who keeps his family a priority, and allows you to do the same.

Helping my sister make Valentine's tags for her kindergarten and first grade students. We used this free printable, and printed them on circular peel-and-stick labels. Easiest and cutest Valentine's cards EVER :)
Looking forward to a game night with friends! I told you we can't get enough of 7 Wonders :)

All in one day: Chocolate peanut butter pie & orange juice for breakfast and Chick-fil-a for lunch! Don't judge me...it was all delicious.

What are LOVING this Valentine's Day?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I Can't Put My Arms Down!

This past weekend, we got to hang out with our friends, Abby and Brad. It's one of our favorite weekend activities :) Not to mention, their adorable son, Henry, is still...well, still adorable. While we were there, we bundled him up for a short outing in the snow. Henry looked so cute, but he wasn't quite sure about all of the snow outside. (I think most of us are over the snow by now!)
All Mike and I could think of was the movie "A Christmas Story" when the younger brother has so much snow gear on, that his arms stick straight out.

When we aren't loving on this adorable kid, we play board games. It's just our thing. And after my sister and brother-in-law taught us how to play 7 Wonders, we knew Abby and Brad would love it. And they did :) If you're into board games, definitely check this one out. It's got some strategy involved, but that keeps it interesting and each round of the game turns out differently. I'm totally addicted and will play with anyone that asks.
Instead of watching the Super Bowl on Sunday night, Mike and I went to see "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" in theaters. So good! It's a part of the movie series based on the books by Tom Clancy. The main character, Jack Ryan, has been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and now, Chris Pine. The Harrison Ford movies ("Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger") are our favorites, but the first movie of the series, "The Hunt for Red October," is one of Mike's favorite movies. Of all time.

So, if you don't have plans for this coming weekend, I've just given you (more than) a couple of ideas. You're welcome :) Now you tell me...what's your favorite board game? What's the best movie you've seen (in theaters/rented/watched on TV) recently? 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Everybody Loves a Snow Day!

I was blessed with another snow day today! I gotta say, it's a wonderful perk of working for a university :) As the wind chill continues to reach 20-something below zero and the snow continues to pile up, the roads are difficult to plow and the salt has no effect on the ice when it's this cold. I feel bad (and a little scared) for everyone who has to brave the roads to get to work (my hubby included).

Look at how much snow has accumulated on our back porch! It's crazy!
Left: first two snow days, Jan. 6 & 7; Right: third snow day, Jan. 27

Meanwhile, being home during the day is kind of my favorite thing. I know some people could never be a stay-at-home wife or mom, but I think I would totally love it. I've always been a homebody at heart, and I tend to be so much more productive during the day. Also, weekday days vs. weekend days just feel different. Anybody know what I mean?!

Today I tackled several loads of laundry, cleaned our bathroom, and continued a "Glee" marathon that I started on Saturday. Ok, so I know that last part isn't exactly productive, but I couldn't let a snow day pass without sooooome relaxing... :) Thank you, Netflix, for automatically playing the next episode. #needtoknowwhathappensnext Also, I know I'm like 4 years late on watching "Glee," but I'm suddenly addicted to the show and the music.

Speaking of Glee, Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester, is the host of a game show I recently discovered on TV called "Hollywood Game Night" on NBC. Celebrities like Henry Winkler ("Happy Days"), Mayim Bialik ("Big Bang Theory"), Patricia Heaton ("Everbody Loves Raymond"), and Michael Weatherly ("NCIS") join with (everyday/not famous) contestants and play Catch Phrase/Cranium-like games. It's so funny and I totally want to be a contestant on this show! If you haven't seen it, check it out next Monday at 8pm.
(That totally sounded like an advertisement, but I just like to share good things with you when I find them. Got any TV shows or movies you think I should check out?!)

Stay warm, friends!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Best Way to Spend a Weekend

Shopping! It's my favorite way to spend a weekend. Ok, any day really :) Last weekend I a day shopping with my mom, sister and aunt. We've made it a bi-annual event (sometimes three times a year, if schedules permit) and it's become one of my favorite weekends of the whole year. (last mentioned here) I love being able to spend time with my aunt, and finding great deals on new clothes or jewelry is an added perk :)

I bought some new workout clothes since my sister and I have kept up with our weekly workout, but my favorite finds of the day came from Old Navy. I wanted to buy this shirt in every color, but I stopped myself at two...for now. The in-store price was much lower than what it's currently listed for online. But seriously, the fit, the lace...it's perfect.
When I came home from this fun weekend, I was greeted with the best surprise ever. Without any prodding from me, Mike worked all day Saturday to organize the basement so that I could have a space for crafting and sewing! His mom came over and helped (because she is a master organizer) and the space looks SO good! We had pretty much decided to just leave the rest of our boxes unpacked in the basement (because we don't love the place we're renting, to say the least) but it left me without a room to craft. The space was overwhelming to me, so to have Mike and his mom selflessly spend their time to make it a useable space for me was so kind!
Now I can't wait to start crafting and make use of this space! Anybody need a personalized gift or have a Pinterest craft you think I should try?!