Love, Fun and Football

Jul 30, 2014

Let's Be Addicted Together

Some people never tell ANYONE they know in real-life that they blog. Which blows my mind. Now don't get me wrong, I didn't set up a blog and instantly blast it out to the world, or announce it on Facebook or anything like that. I blogged sporadically for awhile, trying to figure out what the heck Blogger even was. But as I blogged more and more, I started telling people about it. First just a couple close friends knew about it; they basically looked at it, said "that's weird" and we moved on. Then family started reading it, and friends of the family and now it's no secret to anyone that I have this blog now.

So since I'm out of the bloggy-closet and have been for QUITE some time now, I'm determined to get everyone I know blogging. I don't think a week goes by that I don't tell a friend or a cousin that they should start a blog. If anyone I know even so much HINTS that they're interested in blogging, I offer them my services and tell them I want to teach them everything. True life, I'm addicted to blogging and want everyone else to be as well ;)

I say all that to say that it makes me SO excited when a "real life" friend starts a blog. It's like a blogfriend/realfriend jackpot when that happens. Chelsea was one of my great friends in college and she's unfortunately probably got more dirt on me than any one person should have ;) Our college years were awesome and as life goes, we drifted apart after we both graduated. We kept up on Facebook, sure, but it was rare for us to chat and it had been a looong time since we'd really caught up. Basically? Blogging brought us back together and I couldn't be happier to share this sweet girl with the rest of the world!

So Chelsea, tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you pick your blog name?
The name of my blog, A Little Bit of Heaven with a Wild Side, fits me perfectly. I am a stubborn, opinionated and strong-willed sinner saved by grace.

How about sports? You into those?
Sports are a BIG deal in my house! I love the Bengals, the Reds, Michigan football (I know, I know, I can hear the haters now) and Duke basketball. Seriously, JJ Redick will forever be my favorite person on Earth. Not many people share my love for Michigan Football and my Dukies, right Erin? (<--- For the record, I hate Duke. -Erin)
Favorite college memory with Erin, go.
Haha, oh man! I could name quite a few, but for the sake of our reputations I will say my favorite would have to be: Toga night at the basketball game, along with MANY other theme nights, OR belting out "Nobody's Supposed to be Here" at the top of our lungs in the apartment bathroom. Really, why didn't we get invited to the Grammy's?! 

Your a busy, working momma. What's your go-to weeknight meal?
I have two "go-to meals": Baked Penne (you can never go wrong with carbs and lots of cheese, right?) and this fantastic, super easy chicken, potato, and green beans dish that I found on Pinterest. It's very simple: put chicken breast, green beans, and red potatoes in an 9x13 dish and cover it with a little bit of butter and a package of Italian dressing mix. Ta-da!

Favorite blog post of yours that you'd like everyone to read?
This is a tough question, because many blog posts are very dear to my heart. However, if I had to choose, I would say this one right here. This post came straight from my heart and is one that I go back and read time and time again.

If you want to read more about Chelsea's adventures in life, teaching and as a momma- check out her blog here! And then immediately go make all your friends a blog and get them started ;)

Jul 29, 2014

The ABCs of Erin

Lots of fellow bloggers have done a post like this (including my SIL, Kayla) so I did what any awesome blogger does... I stole it. I tried to think of adjectives for each letter of the alphabet, which proved to be more difficult than I thought it would be. But with new faces showing up around here all the time (Hi, by the way!) I figured this spin on an 'about me' post would be perfect. Enjoy... hopefully you'll learn something new about me today.

A. Type-A, all the way. I annoy myself sometimes with it!

B. Bengals-lover. Whodey, whodey!?!!
bengals engagement picture

C. Christian. God Rocks :)

D. Driven. I feel like when I want something I go after it. I know I'm in charge of my own successes or failures.
nelson mandela

E. E is for Erin... I think I went through a phase where I didn't like my name, but as an adult I really like it. Thanks, mom and dad ;) Good choice!

F. Football-Obsessed. This is not anything new, of course, but my life is slowly being consumed with it again. Yes, it's still July but training camp has started and things are in full-swing!

G. Girly. Yes, I love sports, but I also love the color pink, glitter, sappy chick flicks... Definitely no tomboy here.

H. Hugger. I just like them a lot, okay?!
This is me giving a REALLY good hug. FYI ;)

I. Imaginative. As an aspiring writer, I definitely don't always feel my imagination is awake, but I know it's in there, and when it's on, it's REALLY on. I also have some of the wildest dreams ever, which I credit to my imagination.

J. Jared. My absolute best friend in the entire world. I love him more every day, truly. So glad he puts up with me!
photobooth picture

K. Klutzy. I didn't use to feel this way, but over the past couple of years I feel more like a klutz all the time. I cannot tell you how often I stub my poor little baby toes. Ouch!

L. Learner. I love to read both fiction and non-fiction. I love watching documentaries, learning about new things and new places. I miss school and catch myself thinking about going back 'just for fun' sometimes!

M. Married for 3.167 years now... and it's pretty freakin' awesome.

N. Nerdy. Helllo, I have an alter-ego to explain this.
Nerd Sallie and Perkins

O. Organized. Nothing makes me happier than a decluttered, organized space.

P. Planner. Constantly... over everything. I'm SO not a go with the flow kinda' person... sorry!

Q. Quirky. I'm pretty weird...end of story.

R. Runner. I may not be the best, but at least I'm trying!
half marathon race

S. Singer. I sing all day long. In my car, in my office (quietly, of course) at the gym, at home, while I blog.... you can't shut me up!

T. Talkative. Hours can pass by with me and a friend and we barely take a minute to take a breath! I've come home hoarse from a girls night before because I've just talked nonstop. Yikes! I promise I listen, too!

U. Unique. But aren't we all? ;)

V. Vivacious- full of life!? I think so! 
swings at the park

W. Wanderlust. Traveling is always on my mind. I have so many wish-lists and must-see places... I hope I can get to them all in my lifetime.

X. Xavier U graduate! Woop, woop!

Y. Years of age -- 27... and honestly? I've never felt better! I used to freak out over my age but I think I'm over that now. Gotta' embrace every age.
This is me embracing my most recent birthday :)

Z. Zany. Which is basically the cousin to Q = Quirky, but hey... I'm running out of adjectives and options here ;)

Jul 28, 2014

Cross It Off The List! {Hair Donation}

If you missed my Instagram from over the weekend, you missed the big news that I'd crossed something off the 'ole 30 before 30 list. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I chopped off my hair to donate to Locks of Love. It's something I've thought of doing for years, but most of the time I was never able to grow my hair out long enough to actually donate! This time, I had right around 12 inches of hair to send off!
before and after hair

It's crazy how we are about our hair sometimes, isn't it? I wasn't nervous until I sat in the chair and all of a sudden realized I was about to do something "drastic" to my hair. But really, should cutting our hair ever be considered drastic? It's just hair- it grows back!  I took a deep breath, remembered how awesome it was that I could do something to help these kids, and gave my hair dresser the go ahead and we were off! My adorable sister-in-law came with me in case moral support was needed and she snapped all these shots.

donating hair at salon

donating to locks of love

I honestly haven't had my hair this short in YEARS; I really can't remember the last time... probably early college years, so it's a big change. I'm still getting used to it, I think. My head and neck feel naked and I think after a few days I'll like it even more. For now though, I'm already loving the reduced amount of shampoo I need and the hair drying time that instantly got cut in half! I'm off the post office first thing this morning to put my hair in the mail and it makes me so happy to know it's going to a good cause.
hair cut and donation

Have any of you ever donated hair or done something drastic??

Jul 25, 2014

Seriously Fabulous Favorites

I'm so glad I discovered Amanda and her Friday Favorites link up. It just really ends your work week on a happy note, thinking about all the things you loved about the week! Even if you feel like you've had a crummy few days, I bet you can think of some good things to post about link-up :) Join us!

Favorite Moment: Even though I can't be there, my niece's adoption is being 110% finalized in court today. It's the final signing of papers and she gets to finally have the same last name as my sister and brother-in-law. I could cry just thinking about it! Our family is so happy!

Favorite Meal: Duh, my amazing Mexican casserole I whipped up. If it's not on your menu sometime soon you're missing out, I'm serious. I'll probably be making it weekly now.

Favorite Workout: I got 2 really great runs in this week in addition to hitting the weights. I pushed myself and it felt great. Jared and I have been trying to decide what race we want to sign up for next. We're looking at some 5 or 10k's this fall. And to all you hard-core runners... yes, I'm CONSIDERING another half-marathon. We'll see ;)

Favorite Funny: Marcie sent me this and said it made her think of me. One- she's amazing and I'm glad tacos make her think of me. And two- I wish the child that wrote this was mine!
funny kids

Favorite Blog Design: I just re-did my sister-in-law's blog and I'm like... in love with it! Seriously.

Favorite Work-Related Thing: I had a really good meeting with my boss this week as well as a meeting with some important people from corporate; it made me feel reenergized about my role there and it couldn't have come at a more perfect time.

Favorite Sports Thing: Duh- training camp has officially kicked off and that means 'training camp casual' is our dress code for a few weeks which I will gladly take. Polos and khaki shorts? Yes, please. ****PS! Hoping to do a one-time Football Friday link-up soon, any interest?? :)
cincinnati bengals camp

Favorite Weekend Plan: Checking something off my 30 before 30 list... but you'll have to wait to find out what! ;)

Favorite Person: Duh! This guy :) We've had a really busy week with some late nights so I'm looking forward to extra time with him tomorrow and Sunday! Rumor has it he's cooking up some steaks for us. I'm hungry already!


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