Love, Fun and Football

Oct 31, 2014

Halloween A to Z

A- Apple Bobbing. I don't know that I'll be doing that this year, but I remember as a kid I was pretty darn awesome at it.

B- Black cats. I had a black cat named Cocoa growing up and even though I was super allergic to her I loved that cat so much- I haven't had a pet since!

C- Candy would be too obvious of an answer. So how about a clue.... my costume this year starts with C! ;)

D-  Dead Ringer. One of my favorite classic movies. It's from 1964 and Bette Davis stars in it. Watch it, trust me.

E- Evil laugh. Just saying, I can do a pretty good one of these.

F- Face paint. Kinda' happy that my costume this year will not require a this. Especially since I have to work bright and early the next day- don't want to risk having a funny tint still.

G- Graveyard. The party we're going to tomorrow goes ALL out with their decor and their front yard usually gets turned into an awesome, creepy graveyard.

H- Haunted Houses. I'm really not a big fan of them, to be honest. Jared begs me to go every year but I can't remember the last time he won that argument ;)

I- It's Alive! Famous quote from Frankenstein.

J- Jack Skellington. Jared and I almost went as Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas this year. There's always next year ;)

K- KitKats. A favorite candy for me. I think they're underrated.

L- Lunatics. Be careful, they all come out tonight!

M- Munchies! There will be plenty of delicious things to be eaten this weekend. Yum!

N- Nightmares. The result of Jared making me watch scary movies with him ;)

O- Oh, Great Pumpkin. Where are you?!

P- Pumpkins, of course! Ours look awesome this year, if I do say so myself ;) 

Q- Quaking. Quaking, quivering, shaking, shivering. Don't get too scared!

R- Rear Window. Now this is my kinda' "scary" movie. An Alfred Hitchcock classic!

S- Spiders! I wish I had a picture of it, but there's a house near us that has GIANT spiders all over their house for decoration. I'm talking at least 3 or 4 feet wide and dozens of them! Here's an example of what I mean, but even this doesn't do their house justice.

T- Thriller. I'm a big Michael Jackson fan (don't judge!) so of course Thriller gets played on repeat a few dozen times around Halloween. 
Yep, I went as MJ for Halloween one year.
U- Undead. Enough said.

V- Vampire teeth. No Halloween is complete without these and a few photo opp's ;)

W-  Witches. This is the prettiest one I know! Hi Natalie!

X- X-Citing stuff? Okay, I fail on X.

Y- Yells. You'll hear them all night long from haunted houses, neighborhood kids and pranksters up enjoying this spooky night.

Z- Zombies. Does anyone else watch Walking Dead and constantly discuss what you will do if this ever happens in real life?

Oct 29, 2014

Saying YES

A lot of times I feel like people struggle to say "no" to things in their lives. I hear that a lot from various friends and family that they aren't good at turning down fun events, commitments or obligations. I realized I kindof have the opposite problem and that I typically say no too much, instead of yes.

It's no secret that my job is incredibly demanding and I put in a ton of hours, especially at this time of year. I go days and weeks without a day off and often log 60-hour work weeks without batting an eye. I let my job consume me to the point where I find myself saying no to everything because I'm far too busy, right? Wrong.

We only get this one life and I don't want to look back and see that I missed out on a lot of fun or certain opportunities because I let my job rule my life. I don't want to be a workaholic! I don't want to let my job consume me! My boss works even longer hours than me and I often find myself wondering if/when he ever has free time away from the office or if he only says yes to his job. I can't live that way anymore, I just can't.

I said yes to a midweek dinner with my mom last night and even though I'm in the midst of football madness, eating out and having good conversation was just what I needed. I find myself saying yes to staying up way too late with Jared more often simply because we're having too much fun to make ourselves go to bed before a long work day. Heck, I said yes to ice cream a few nights ago and I never say yes to ice cream! I committed to a few social outings and obligations within the next couple weeks and although my hours at work will be in full force? I'm ready for some fun! Saying yes to fun and friends shouldn't be hard to do, but sadly it's something I struggle with at this point in life.

So here's to saying YES more often. It might mean less sleep and more dirty laundry that gets put off another day- but I know it also means good-for-the-soul fun and friendship. What will you say yes to this week?

Oct 27, 2014

You'd Think...

Finally! A Monday morning that, while I am exhausted, I'm a happy camper because my Bengals got a big win yesterday. Between an early bye week, two losses and a tie- my guys hadn't won in over a month so it was due time. Another on-the-edge-of-your-seat kinda' win, but I'll take it! You'd think I'd be used to these nail-biter games by now but I'm not. I'm emotionally drained each and every Sunday no matter the outcome.

You'd think when I had a busy working weekend I'd try to get as much sleep as I can, or not put anything else on my to-list for the time being. But with my backwards way of thinking I always tend to do more, accomplish more and squeeze in more when I'm busiest. It's like my way of telling my job, "Too bad! You aren't going to suck all the life out of me!" Even though sometimes I feel like it is! So I cranked the tunes and lit a favorite candle and got to work.
Jared and I had an awesome productive Saturday of errands and MORE decluttering. You'd think we'd be done by now. We live in a pretty small tri-level and I just can't get over how much junk we've accumulated. It truly disgusts me!! We've been making almost a weekly trip to donate stuff and I just feel a little better each time. Things are just things, not items that I need to always stuff in a closet or under a bed. If we're not using them- I want rid of them! 
That night we tried out our brand new Just Dance 2015 game and loved it! You'd think with all the working out I've been doing that it would come easily to me. I will unashamedly admit that I borderline needed an inhaler after boogying to a few songs. The game is intense!! I'm looking forward to having a group of friends over soon so we can all play.
After sweating it out Jared and I carved our pumpkins together which was a blast. I decided to try a template for the first time which you'd think would make things easier. And while overall my pumpkin looks cute and definitely isn't something I could freehand, it wasn't that easy!

Keeping the template on the pumpkin took just as much work as the actual carving. Our end results were pretty awesome, I'd say. Who knows what Jared's is?? :)

And what night of pumpkin carving could be complete without propping up our pumpkins inside for a little bit and watching a Halloween classic?! You'd think Jared and I would be sick of the Great Pumpkin by now (I can't count how many times I've watched it) but nope- I'll love it forever!

Oct 23, 2014

Taking Care of Hair

Before I chopped all my hair off this summer, I could get away with a lot more. Get away with a lot more hair options, I mean. My hair is straight, but does have some natural wave to it so I had no problem letting it air-dry on the way to work most days. By the time I got into the office it would be dry and have a nice wave to it without having to use much of anything on it. Maybe a spritz of scrunch-type of spray, but that was it. No-heat waves was the way to go, I tell ya!

Now that my hair is short, there is no option but to use my hair-dryer AND flat-iron each and every morning. It takes a lot more work to have a short haircut, and while I love the results once it's fixed, I've been concerned about how much more heat I've been using on my hair. 

I feel like it's been drying out and looking a bit more damaged lately. I'm sure that's partially due to the fact that I used to buy cheap, low-quality shampoo. Okay, sue me! I guess I never noticed the difference a shampoo makes until I actually started using a higher-quality product. I kid you not, after using Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo my hair felt silkier and healthier. My hair felt soft all day long and less greasy at the end of a long work day.

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In addition to their shampoo and conditioner, I now use their nourishing hair treatment too. I put just one quick pump of this through my hair when it's damp for extra heat protection and I'm ready to style! So now I feel like my hair is healthier, looks brighter and feels silkier. Despite all the heat I apply to it week-in and week-out to make this mop look good, Dove is taking care of these locks! Dove Hair is daring women everywhere to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, risk-free now through December 31, 2014

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