Love, Fun and Football

Apr 23, 2014

Things I Should Have Learned By Now

1.  If you're going to prepare food for the crockpot in the morning, put your mascara on AFTER you chop the onions.

2. Speaking of the mornings? No, you cannot sleep in another 10 minutes. You are a slowpoke and need that time to get your life together and get to work on time.

3. Candy is dangerous. Don't buy it. When you receive it, immediately take it to work and share unless you do indeed want to eat that entire bag of Brach's Marshmallow Chicks and Bunnies in one evening.

4. Laundry isn't so bad when you do it little by little throughout the week. Waiting until you have 13 loads of it is stressful- don't let that happen!

5. Your hair does not work well with the 'dirty hair' look. Wash it every.single.morning.

6. Going weeks without a pop and then having one late at night is not a good idea. Your stomach will hurt and you will have weird dreams of a fox parade following you home from work that night.

7. Your age seriously does not matter. Keep doing whatever you love doing and pursue your dreams until they come true. Even if it takes you until you're 60… but let's hope that's not the case.

8. You are given sick days for a reason. Use them and don't feel guilty!

9. Some people in your life will be mean and hard to deal with. It sucks, but negativity is part of life, just don't let it affect yours!

10.  However… love the friends and family you've got with everything in you. Because, they are what matter most. Like my good friend Olaf said, some people are worth melting for.

Apr 22, 2014

The 26 Best

As I'm now a professional at being a 27-year-old (two days in and no mistakes so far!) I wanted to look back at the year of 26. Anna always does cute posts like this around her birthday and I wanted to join in and do the same type of post she did. A post about the 26 best things that happened in my 26th year:

1. Spent my 26th birthday in DisneyWorld.

2. Met Robin while in DisneyWorld

3. I became an Aunt for the first time ever to the most precious baby girl in the world :)

4. Caleb and Kayla got married and Jared and I both got to celebrate with them and be a part of their bridal party!!

5. Jared and I celebrated 2 whole years of wedded bliss on May 28th.

6. Sallie & Perkins got introduced on the blog and we really got the ball rolling on our debt. It's amazing to see how far we've come since then! 

7. Got tickets to see Game 6 of the Pacers v. Heat playoffs. Definitely an awesome game that I'll never forget!

8. Visited the state of Arkansas for the first time ever and spent a long weekend with Jared's family.

9. Watched Jared tear it up in his work's softball tournament. I love watching my man play sports!

10. Attended a fun (and cheap!) local festival with Jared. I also got recognized by a blog reader for the first time ever, which made me feel pretty darn cool ;)

11. Roadtripped to Memphis to see some of our good friends get married.

12. Was gifted tickets and able to attend my first ever Ohio State Buckeyes game!! Talk about an EXPERIENCE! My love for college football grew this day.

13. Attended an AWESOME Cincinnati blate and got to meet tons of awesome gals from the area.

14. Roadtripped to visit my sister, brother-in-law and niece for a short weekend. It a whirlwind trip, but so worth it!

15. Helped throw a surprise birthday party for Jared's brother Caleb; Also discovered my absolute favorite cheeseball recipe that weekend. Clearly, a day worth remembering ;) 

16. Celebrated Jared's birthday with a full day of fun and trying out a fancy restaurant in town. Yummm!

17. Celebrated Jared's official 28th birthday with a simple night at home and realized simple is okay!

18. Hosted our first ever Friendsgiving and hope to make this an annual tradition now!

19. Actually got a Thanksgiving "break" for the first time in 4 years, and celebrated as much as possible.

20. Our house losing power became a semi-regular thing, so Jared & I learned to make the best of it... most of the time ;) 

21. Jared and I got to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and enjoy a Christmas-y date downtown.

22. Picked a theme for the upcoming year and I'm still standing by it. I wanted to challenge myself in the year ahead and so far, so good ;)

23. Rang in 2014 in a way we hadn't before: pajamas, puzzles and on the couch... just Jared and I. It was different and not what we expected to do for NYE, but we loved it just the same.

24. Really started pushing myself to try to "be" a runner... My hip pain has slowed me down a little, but I'm still working on it! 

25. Went to Disney, again! ;) What can I say? It's an easy place to get addicted too! 

26. Took the couples trip of a lifetime with Jared and our BFFs to Punta Cana just a week before my birthday. It's a week I'll cherish forever! 
It's fun to break down a year like that, and see what all I really did in just a year's time. A year really isn't that long in the grand scheme of things, but I feel like I try to pack as much fun into that 365-day-window as I can, each and every year. Looking forward to the adventures and excitement that the year of 27 will be sure to bring me :)

Apr 21, 2014

Birthday {27}

My birthday fun started well over a week ago, thanks to my awesome sister. She sent me my gift a little early because come to find out, I had to MAKE my own gift :) Yes, that's right. My sister stalked my Pinterest board and since I've been pinning all things Spring and Easter-y, she figured she'd made sure I followed up on those pins. She sent me a big box full of all the colorful yarn, plastic eggs, gluesticks and of course, the wreath itself! Plus an adorable card that she swears my almost-one-year-old niece picked out herself. Talk about a fun package to have waiting at your doorstep!
You can find the original pin with directions and finished photo (since as I type this, I realize I forgot to take one…) but it really doesn't need a lot. I attempted to wrap the eggs two different ways, like the original pin showed. It took a little bit to get the hang of it, and I definitely had more glue on the yarn and on my fingers than I was supposed to at many points in the process.
Once I did a few eggs though I was wrapping and gluing much more quickly. Once you've wrapped about a bajillion eggs, you can start gluing them in any sort of fashion to the wreath.

Other than the adorable, crafty gift, I've been showered with cards, gifts, notes, texts, everything over the past few days. Nothing like a birthday to really make a person feel special! I got to spend time with lots of family and friends and I couldn't be more grateful for the people in my life.
Showing off my scarf from Kayla and Caleb; My inflatable ears came with the card Jared got me!
Jared, of course, made Saturday a great fun day combining both my birthday and Easter. All throughout the day he'd give me a new egg to open, and in each egg would be a slip of paper telling me what the next activity of the day was. It started with "Eat our favorite doughnuts and watch a Disney movie" Um, hello. I was already a happy girl after opening that egg, I didn't need much else to be impressed ;)
But Jared spread out the fun all the day long. From a special birthday CD to listen to while we were out, to the cash I HAD to spend at the Loft; from a lunch date at the Cheesecake factory, to relaxing bath salts and my favorite book waiting on me; from gifts and goodies, to an at-home pretzel making date-- he thought of it all :)

The weekend ended with an incredible service at our church Sunday morning. I love our church all the time, but Easter is always one of my favorite services of the entire year. There is always such a great message and the music is incredible!

After church we got together with the in-laws for way too much food and a delicious cookie, cake - my favorite! I couldn't have asked for more perfect weather yesterday; we were able to relax and hang out and enjoy the fresh air during a relaxing afternoon together.


27. I'm ready for you. I don't feel like I should be that "old" but in reality, the number doesn't matter. I found this picture of when I turned 24 and compared it to yesterday's picture as a 27 year old. Boy, has a lot has happened in those few years. I might not look that different, but I feel like I've grown and changed in ways I can't even describe.

I've never been happier and i know I'm right where I should be in life. Cheers to this year being another great one!

Apr 17, 2014

Two Great Deals For YOU!

It's my birthday week! (Have I said that enough times yet in the past few days?! Don't answer that...) And since birthdays just make me happy and make me want to celebrate in 100 different ways, I thought I'd share the birthday love with my awesome readers today! I've got TWO fun shops to introduce you to!

Hello Darling Boutique has adorable clothes and NOTHING on their site is more than $50! That is my kinda' shopping, for sure! The shop owner Jenna sent me this Floral Ruffle tank right before I headed to Punta Cana and it was SO perfect for evenings at the beach. Super lightweight, flowy and also comes in Mint, Navy, or Yellow!
You can find her shop here and receive a 10% discount using promo code: LOVEFUNFOOTBALL. You can use the promo code at checkout through the website or if you pay via PayPal just add a note with the code there. Hint-Hint, this maxi just got added to my wish list ;)

And secondly, remember when Jasmine sent me this Fleurty Band? And how I've been obsessed with it ever since? 
Well, in honor of birthday-week-extravaganza she's offering you all 40% off anything in her shop!! The link to her shop is here, and be sure to also follow her on Instagram for the most up-to-date styles, deals, etc. Use promo code: LOVEFUNFOOTBALL40 to get your discount!

Don't wait- go grab yourself some new pretty things! :)

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