I believe in…

Linking up with Erin, duh. 

 

I believe in following a strict schedule of watching Friends re-runs. 11pm. Every night. Nick@Nite.

I believe in fresh, country air. It’s good for the soul.

I believe in the want to sleep in… but I never sleep in past 830.

I believe in working out. It makes a person a little happier… cause lets face it, endorphin’s make people happy, and happy people just don’t kill their husbands. 😉

I believe in being silly. As often as possible.

I believe in tea, hazelnut coffee, and whiskey.

 

I believe in the importance of family. And friends that are like family. Where would we be without them?

I believe in “Thank You’s” “Good Morning’s” and “I’m Sorry’s” – it’s the little things that we need to hear the most.

I believe in taking the time to give yourself a proper manicure. Weekly.

 

I believe in reading. Books are the best therapy.

 

I believe in singing at the top of my lungs. Whenever I can.

I believe in leopard print, cowboy boots, and big, messy hair.

I believe in forgiveness.

I believe in letting people choose their own paths.

I believe in kitty cuddle time.

I believe in screwing up – most of the time, that’s the only way any of us will ever learn.

I believe in sleep… which is where I’m off to. {Actually, I’m off to watch Friends. Don’t act like you aren’t watching it too… Ohh Janice and Chandler. *sniff*}

Are you linking up with Erin at Living in Yellow?? You should. It’s a pretty kickassbum  link up!

Happy Thursday, lovelies. 

p.s. I know I’ve sucked at blogging lately. I apologize. But sometimes, it happens. Don’t hate, yo?!

 

Currently… {round 2}

Reading: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. I recently finished her book Love the One You’re With and loved it. I hadn’t read anything by her before and can’t believe it’s taken me this long.

Watching: Saved by the Bell… on MTV2. I’d say that’s a pretty good end to a Labor Day weekend. This show will always, always, always be one of my most favorites. I hope to torture my kids with it one day. #bigdreams

Anticipating: Fall. I’m seriously so over summer. I want to take my AC out of my window. I want to feel cool morning breezes. I want to wear a scarf and boots because it’s actually chilly outside.

Boots… I’m ready for you!!

Listening to: A fan blowing and the very beginning of Sweet Home Alabama.

Eating: this very second. Nothing… my belly is full and happy. I threw some chicken breasts in the crockpot this morning with a jar of salsa, a packet of taco seasoning and about 1/2 cup of water. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do with it… but this evening I made it into a delicious Taco casserole. Crunched up tortilla chips, shredded chicken, cheese, topped with lettuce and all the normal taco fixin’s… it. was. tasty. Definitely going into our rotation of meals.

Working on: bettering my blog. I feel like I’m constantly working on it… but I’m so not satisfied with it yet.

Wishing: That tomorrow was still the weekend… I’ve enjoyed the nothingness I’ve done the past two days…

Well, happy Tuesday, sweet peas. Hope it’s a good one!!

Show & Tell Monday… {a little break from the monotony…}

Happy Labor Day, kids! Are you enjoying this lovely day off??? I am… I slept in {till 9… that’s sleeping in in my world these days. Ugh} and I plan on doing some laundry, watch TV, blog… nothing too crazy. I thought I’d take a little break from Happy Hour Monday… and join in Show & Tell with From Mrs. to Mama.

1. What am I looking forward to this fall?
Chai latte’s. Warm colors. Leaves falling. Cool mornings. Scarves. The decrease in humidity – the ability to wear my hair straight again. The thought of the Holiday season.
2. What’s my fall style? 
Boots! I love them… I have quite the collection and I’m really looking forward to adding more to it. I wear them with everything in fall. I love cozy sweaters, leggings, layers, textures, scarves… I think it’s all about looking chic and comfy. That is the definition of fall style in my book. 😉
3. What are my favorite things to do in fall?
Haunted houses. I’m nuts, I know. But seriously, they are so fun! Ohio is absolutely beautiful in the fall… there’s nothing like a drive though the country to make you love an Ohio fall day. I wish I could say I love football Saturday’s… but honestly guys, I’m not a huge fan. But…I’ll participate in the festivities given that there’s an ice cold Bud Light in front of me. 😉
4. My favorite fall beverage?
 
Chai tea latte… or a soy caramel mocha. I’m not a huge pumpkin in my coffee kind of girl… *gasp* the horror, right?! 😉

So this isn’t either of the two I talked about above… but I’m pretending it’s fall like today with some cinnamon coffee. 😉

5. How will I be participating in Halloween this year?
My dear friend, Amy has a Halloween party… every year. It’s her favorite holiday… she’s probably plotting her costume as we speak. Usually, I’m not a Halloween fan. Never have been… but last year I dressed up as a vampire {no, not because I’m a diehard Twilight fan} but because it sounded fun. And it was… I loved that costume, which may or may not be my costume again this year… with some tweaks. 😉
Hope y’all have fantastic day… whether you are working or not. I’m off to enjoy some One Tree Hill, check the dinner I threw into the crockpot {fingers crossed it turns out right}, and enjoy this day of nothingness.

The Blonde Life. {It gets messy…}

It gets a little messy from here on out… I’d grab that glass of wine. Lord knows I am. Did you read the beginning of L and I??? If not… go here first.

I had gone away on a little vacation shortly after everything happened. It was a needed vacation. Very needed. While I was away L and I talked a couple of times he was telling me how he was trying to work through everything and didn’t want me to forget about him… we’d be ok.

I wanted us to be ok.

Looking back, I should have shut the book then… 

I returned from my trip ready for whatever was going to happen. I had had the chance to clear my head and felt stronger. L and I were meeting for pizza and beer, at our favorite spot to talk through things. I couldn’t wait. It had been a couple weeks since I had seen him and I missed him. {This was very unusual behavior for me… I’m not typically the fall hard and fast kind of girl.}

We talked and decided we would work on things together. A few days later I received a text message from a good friend of his. It read “Be careful with L. He isn’t what he seems… he may have shit to deal with. But he’s also being very shady to you. {i.e. he was cheating}” I was dumbfounded. Wasn’t expecting this, at all. And honestly, I didn’t know if I believed it. Well, I didn’t want to.

If I’m dating someone, actually care about a guy to the point of calling him my boyfriend… I trust him. I have chosen to place my trust in him… not his friends. So until he has proven me wrong… I choose to believe him. Foolish? Maybe. But sometimes that’s the only way to not get lost in the drama.

Of course, I asked him about it though. I didn’t accuse him. I just asked. He very casually denied it, said she was jealous {age old excuse, right?} and brushed it aside. We moved beyond that moment. But it always lingered in the back of my mind. But I cared about him, so I wanted desperately to believe that he was telling the truth.

The following week I was off of work, I ended up spending most of my week with him. Late nights out, sleeping in, being lazy, enjoying each other’s company…

But… the pieces of this puzzle that you don’t know yet… I was giving up my world… for his. I was never the party every night girl. Yea, I like to drink, I like to have a good time… but not until the sun rose. Not every night. Not wasting away the days sleeping. It was a lifestyle I wasn’t accustomed too – but I was slipping down this slope, quickly. I felt it happening, but in the moment, at those times… it felt right. I was hanging out with people I typically wouldn’t have. But I was blinded by my feelings for him. Absolutely, 100% blinded. 

At the end of this week he had received a phone call from a potential employer. Offering him a job. This should have been great news, right? Not so much… this job was in Texas. And if he were to accept it he’d need to leave within the next couple of days. Wait, what?! We had finally gotten things put back together… now to be ripped apart, again? The elements were not in our favor…

I should have paid attention to those signs. 

I remember telling him that we would make it work no matter what he decided to do… and he wanted that too. But Texas was a really good opportunity for him so in the end, he decided to take it. I was upset, of course. I didn’t want him to leave me… not when we were okay again. But he did…

And I didn’t hear from him for days.

Once I finally got a hold of him, he claimed he was getting settled in and was too busy to talk. {Too busy to simply text your girlfriend back saying that you made it across the country??? Rightttt. I see...} I was pissed angry now. The little pieces of things I kept hearing were adding up, they were consuming me… and as the icing on the cake – a mutual friend of ours told me that the same girl he had been accused of cheating on me with, went with him to TX to help him unpack?! How does that even happen??

Being in a relationship where it’s an endless cycle of emotion – of questioning every moment – of lies and betrayal… it’s exhausting. I was exhausted. But I had also fallen in love in that short time. There was something about L that I just couldn’t shake. I wanted to believe that in the end, we’d work through things… usually, I have a low bullshit meter. I think throughout this relationship – someone must of secretly stolen my bullshit meter and was having a jolly good time watching me struggle through this. 

And this is only the beginning of the longest end of my life

My love affair with whiskey began during this relationship… if you haven’t figured out why, yet. You will soon.

Happy Friday, sweet peas. I hope you have a fantastic Labor Day weekend!

Nostalgia. {And a review…}

It’s funny. Last week was the start week for OSU and I drive through campus every day on my way to and from work. Normally it isn’t a big a deal, the traffic isn’t crazy, it’s quick, but last week… it was move in time. And I wasn’t smart enough to find an alternate route home. So, I sat… and sat… and sat… in traffic for far longer than anyone ever should when only travelling two miles.

It took me about 30 minutes to get home that day. To say I was slightly annoyed was an understatement. However, the longer I sat the more I just watched the students who seemed so alive with the hustle and bustle of getting everything ready for college.

And I remembered those days, 12 years ago – I. am. old. where I was so excited to get back to school and back into my routine of things. Excited for the fresh new school supplies, the new list of classes that semester by semester were becoming all fashion classes, excited for the new opportunities that the year held for me, heck, I was even excited for new books – guys, fashion books are actually very interesting {most of them}. There I sat, at a light on High St. lost in the nostalgia of years past.

When you sit and look back at life all those years ago… it’s almost hard to remember that that was my life. It seems like a foreign world. My damn do I miss it.

Ironically, a couple of days after my college nostalgia moments, I was contacted by a company that sells rents textbooks. Wait, what?! I wish this had been an option when I was in school – renting books instead of dropping a small fortune on them TWICE a year. However, she wanted me to do a full review of their website. So I thought, why not? I went to school once, I know how things should work – or how I’d want them to work these days.

 

So I set off to the land of Campus Book Rentals ready to pretend I was back in college in desperate need of my fashion text books.

I logged into BGSU, found the list of senior AMPD classes and snagged the list of books needed.  A few things about fashion textbooks – they become out of date almost immediately, as fashion and the economy is always changing, and finding them used is usually impossible because of that.

 

I logged onto BGSU’s Bookstore and pulled up the prices for each… If I were to purchase them all used it would cost me about $390. If they were purchased new it would cost me around $600. This didn’t shock me at all. I always spent about $500 a semester on those books. That’s not including the supplies and all that jazz. However, what did shock me was when I went over to Campus Book Rentals and checked their prices. Like anyone, I was a skeptic. But, I watched the video on their homepage explaining how the entire system works…

Easy, peezy, lemon, squeezy, right? Right! {It seriously is that easy!} You can choose the length of time you need the book, you can write in the book, highlight, treat it as your own {just don’t let the dog get it – I don’t think they’d accept that back!}. The books come to you ASAP – some even have FREE shipping. AND they come with a postage paid envelope to send them back in.

Seriously, why didn’t this exist back in the day?! I’d have loved this!!!! And saved soooooo much money. 

Oh, so I suppose you’re wondering how much it would be for me to rent those 5 books above… ready for this? It would only cost me $190 to rent all of those books for the entire semester. That is saving me at least $200… and to a college student {er, parent} $200 is quite a chunk of change.

And I forgot to mention that a portion of every book rental goes to Operation Smile. This organization provides children with cleft palettes the proper funding to get the surgeries they need that their families could never afford otherwise.

So the point here is… If you are a college student, I would seriously check out this website because it could potentially save you lots of moola. And who doesn’t love that these days?! Head over to their site {there will be a button on my sidebar soon} and check it out yourself, if you are in need of textbooks this may be a good place to go to save yourself a little cash… Hey, you could get a new pair of shoes, a cart full of groceries, or a few weeks of gas with that money.

Disclaimer: These thoughts and opinions are mine and mine only. 

So how’s that for a long winded post… are you still here?!? I hope so… cause guess what – tomorrow’s Friday. And do you know what Friday is? The Blonde Life… yup… it’s time we get into the nitty gritty of L and I. Get that wine, ladies.

I’ll have whiskey, don’t worry.

Happy Thursday, dolls!

 

Happy Hour. {I apologize…}

I’m not very good at sticking to a blogging schedule – perhaps that’s my failure in the blogging world… I set out to write about this one day, that the next… but then sometimes life happens or I find a really good book and sometimes, I just don’t feel like being on the computer more than I have to…

And before I know it, I’ve failed to write about what I planned to…

Eh, ya win some… ya lose some, right?

{But MAJOR kudos to Ellie who is actually good at sticking to our schedule… ;)}


Things that make my heart go boom, boom {so maybe… I was just listening to Luke Bryan}…

1. Going off the grid. This weekend I stayed off social media. And honestly, it felt pretty damn good. No, I won’t make this a habit… I enjoy it far too much – however, a little reprieve from it… was refreshing. Not being concerned about what the rest of the world was doing… was nice. I think I little “me” time is very needed sometimes.

2. Staying up until the wee hours reading a good book. Anyone that knows me knows I have a bit of an A.D.D problem with books. I LOVE to read… but finding a really, really good book is very hard for me. I’ve started several that never get finished, if it doesn’t grab me from page one… by page twenty I’ve started daydreaming which leaves me confused and wondering what the heck just happened. Currently, I have a stack of five books that I just couldn’t get into enough to make me power through them. Five… that’s a little ridiculous, huh? However, enter Nicholas Sparks – that man can write a book and I’ll stay up until the next morning to finish it. It never fails. Last week I started and finished The Best of Me in 2 days. It was an amazing story of unrequited love… but damn was it heart wrenching. If you love a good love story… read it. But be prepared to bawl your little eyes out.

3. Catching up with old friends. 

4. Kickass comments. I posted the beginning of a love story over on Holly’s blog last week {if you haven’t read it… maybe you should!}… and the comments were soo sweet and encouraging. I love writing and telling a good story and y’all’s sweet words were awesome!!

5. Polyvore. I’ve been creating fall style boards for work all week – well, last week… and I’ve been using Polyvore. It’s a really cool site once you figure out how to use it best. It’s also slightly aggravating… but I love putting looks together, so… I’m not complaining. {too much, anyways;)}

So there we have it, kittens. Things that are making me happy currently.

Did you link up? You should. I apologize again for sucking. It’ll probably happen again next week… so don’t expect too much out of me. 😉

Happy Monday Tuesday, loves!

The Blonde Life: That perfect first date…

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another edition of The Blonde Life {I don’t know if Ellie is posting today… but go check out her post from last night! Whoa!!! Girl, was on fireeeee!!!}… I guest posted on Holly’s blog yesterday telling about my perfect first date…

BUT

You’ll have to go over there to read it…

…and then come back next Friday to read more…

With this one, believe me… you’re gonna need that bottle of wine, or six.

 

Have a fantastical weekend, my lovelies!

Hey, it’s ok…and a first date.

Its Ok ThursdaysIt’s ok…

to stay up until the wee hours of the night trying to finish the book you JUST started.

to request that Nicolas Sparks release books much faster than he does. C’mon what’s the hold up?! 😉

to have never eaten a pickle, tuna, or put mayo on a sandwich.

to kind of enjoy waking up at 7am. The world is much more peaceful then. {Shhhh… don’t tell anyone.}

to be wearing boots today… and it’s supposed to be close to 90 degrees.

to be dreaming of a serious blog makeover.

to be super excited to be guest posting over at Running in Stilettos today! Holly is such a doll and I love sponsoring her!! I wrote a special Blonde Life installment… so if you’re interested in reading about one of my best first dates, ever… hop on over there!!

 

p.s. I’m hosting a super fun giveaway over at Holly’s blog as well!!!! Make sure you go over and enter!!! {hint: it’s involving two of my favorite things – Starbucks and Nail Polish!}

 

It’s Thursday kiddos – means one more day until the weekend! Make it a good one!!

You missed your train…

 

I think that’s the funny thing about life… you spend all this time wishing and hoping for this, that, or the other – thinking that eventually it’ll work out. Whatever it may be; a job, a relationship, a friendship, a new pair of shoes… anything. And then suddenly it passes you by… I don’t entirely believe in the “What’s meant to be will always find it’s way…” notion, however, I do believe that we are given, OR aren’t given certain things for a reason. And I think most of the time it’s just a reminder to stop always looking ahead {yes, we all want a full, amazing future} but to live in the now… enjoy the your time at the train station. Never know what may come of it…

 

We’ve made it to Wednesday – and quite quickly I might add. Make it a good one, kids.

Happy Hour. {A day late…}

Y’all, I kinda suck this week – already. How does that happen?! I apologize for the lateness of this post.  I was home this weekend and had some wonky wireless and cell service so my little computer, she took a weekend off too. And yesterday – I was tired. End of story. I was snuggled up in bed by 10 {way early for this girl!}

Anywho, moving on…

We are just going to pretend it’s Monday for Happy Hour’s sake – ok? ok!

1. Family time. I spent the weekend at home and, as usual, it was great. But I got to spend a lot of time with a member of the family that I haven’t gotten to in a really long time. And by a lot of time, I mean pretty much the entire weekend aside from while we were sleeping. Which she and I needed – Hollie {my bro’s gf} and I have a lot of fun together – but it had been awhile since we have gotten the chance to just hang out. This weekend was good for that, she learned how weird I am {I don’t like pickles, mayo, or tuna – so, I don’t like foods that smell weird}, I learned how weird she is {she doesn’t want someone to buy things for her – CRAZY girl! ;)}, and we had a blast. And it was even better because we threw Mom in the mix. There’s nothing better than family time. Nothing.

2.Cool mornings. This morning I was armed with a scarf and a chai tea. Those are my favorite kind of mornings. {Aside from the ones where I sleep in…}

3. AT&T. Guys, I’ve had the worst luck with my phone in the last month. I’m not one to usually complain about my phone – as long as I can text, call, and do the essentials I don’t care. And I have a good phone – pretty fancy schmancy. But about two weeks ago it went all weird on me and kept restarting, all. day. long. and then this weekend I lost all signal. I could only use my phone if there was wireless. Which posed a bit of a problem for me. Both times I chatted with someone on the ATT website and they tried all they could, I went to the store, and again, they tried all they could – then I had to go to the device service center and both times – new phones. It’s annoying and frustrating for me. But seriously, ATT rocked. I couldn’t be happier with their customer service. That makes things like that so much easier.

4. Homemade Ice Cream. Do I need to explain this?

5. Jana Kramer. I first heard her when she was on One Tree Hill. But she has recently released her first country album. I love it. I actually think I’ve mentioned this before… but that just goes to show you how much I love her. You should check her out if you haven’t yet…

What’s making YOU happy right now? Link up with Ellie and I – and hopefully next week I’ll be better at getting this post out on Monday. {fingers crossed}

Happy Tuesday, loves!