Jul 27, 2015

Crossing Stuff Off

While most of my weekend was pretty great, I somehow came down with a stomach bug over the last 24-48 hours which has been not-so-great. Luckily I think I'm almost all the way past it- but I'll be nibbling saltines for the remainder of today just to be sure. Being sick is not fun, even if it's only for a day or two. Blah!

Before I felt terrible, Jared and I had a lot of fun together. I had to work super late Friday night so I came home and crashed so I'd be ready for the fun day Jared had planned for us. We've been wanting to do some 'sprucing' to our house but we've had a hard time choosing what to start on. There are a zillion projects we'd like to tackle, but since this isn't our forever home, it's tough to decide what to spend money on sometimes. Our office has been a bit of a hodgepodge for the past few years and it was time for a change so Jared took us out to Ikea to start the day.

I posted the little update on Instagram, but we got a new desk, storage system and an awesome lamp at Ikea. Our house has zero overhead lighting in the bedrooms (so frustrating!) and our previous desk lamps left the room feeling so dark and dreary. Not exactly the creative environment you want for a home office. Now the room feels much bigger and brighter and I'm kinda' in love. Get ready for some serious creativity, office! ;)

After I wrecked the cart pictured above we were done at Ikea, Jared took us to cross something off our little passport. Yeah, remember when I made that for Jared for our 3rd anniversary? We are still working on getting to all these local places and haven't done a great job on it so I was glad Jared picked something off there to do. Enter- The Root Beer Stand!!



The Root Beer stand is just a tiny little place with maybe 15 seats inside  and a bunch of picnic tables out back. It's cash only, the menu is simple, very inexpensive and the service is great! It's been around since 1957 and is on Top 50 Bucket List items for Cincinnati. I had a hotdog, chips and their special orange drink; Jared got a chili dog, chips and their famous root beer float- which I stole a few sips of as well.

It was fun to try a new little spot and add a "stamp" to our Cincinnati passport. We need to get out more, really! I feel like someone is always saying, "You've never been there?!" in regards to a restaurant or attraction in our area. Guilty of being routine, right here! There are so many hidden gems around town like this one and I'm vowing to cross more of them off our little to-do list.

I hope everyone had a great weekend- can you believe it's the end of July?! PS- Jared and I may have been a part of a music video this weekend--- coming soon! ;)

36 comments:

  1. I totally forgot you made that for him! I love that idea.

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  2. Glad you were able to check things of the list, bummer about getting sick. I had something Saturday night which was no fun, but recovered okay on Sunday. Not feeling well is for the birds!

    I'll have to remember this joint when we come back into town!

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  3. That root beer stand looks so cute and fun!!

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  4. How fun! This root beer spot looks so cute! I will look it up next time I'm in Cincy.

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  5. I saw your desk on the gram and I was like ahhh I need to get my life together and get a desk too. My office space has so gotten the shaft for the last three years and it is really time to get it together. The Root Beer Stand looks so fun!!! I love root beer! I hope you feel better girl!

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  6. I wish we had an Ikea close to us! I think they are finally putting one in Cleveland- but who knows when it will be done.

    And thanks- now I reallllly want a root beer float!

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  7. Ooh, I'm adding that to my Ohio bucket list!

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  8. Gah hate you have been feeling sick! But yay for a funnnn weekend!!!! Truth time: I've never been into an Ikea. We don't even have an Ikea here lol!

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  9. I love the idea of a local bucket list. We have so many breweries here, I feel like that should help us get a head start. But first I have to learn to like beer...

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  10. The root beer stand!! Always wanted to go there!!! Glad you guys had fun. I loved the picture of your updated office via IG!!! The creative juices will just be POURING out of you now! ;)

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  11. I always feel like food places that are cash only are way more legit than any other kind of place. Looks good! Hope you get to feeling better.

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  12. First of all, props to you guys for going to Ikea on a Saturday! Loved your home office update from what I could see on Instagram. I can't wait to have a legit home office eventually. Wherever we live, the "office" always turns into the junk room :/

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  13. Oh, man. IKEA: The Place of Dreams and Nightmares. I'm so happy you love your updates to the office. It's amazing how a little cleaning or redecorating can get the creativity flowing! I haven't been to The Root Beer Stand, either! I hear about it all the time, so it's on my list, too. I still really love that passport idea. So cute. Also, I spy NASA and TMNT shirts and that's why you're the coolest couple.

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  14. Being ill is not fun but I am glad you are feeling better now. I am a creature of habit and routine too and always end up finding favourite places and sticking to them and never venturing anywhere else. I have a lot of things I want to try and see but I always end up sticking to those I know. I must make more of an effort to explore my area more!

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  15. haha can't wait to see the music video! also, love the NASA tee - i got it for KC's birthday or christmas i think. our living room / office don't have overhead lighting either! so annoying. KC's uncle is an electrician and we keep meaning to get him around to fix it, so annoying.

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  16. Ahh sorry to hear you aren't feeling well - stomach stuff is no fun!! Glad you're on the mend and a music video - how fun!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  17. I LOVE the passport idea! You are so creative! That place looks super cute and so yummy...now I am craving a hot dog. :) Glad you were able to have some fun before you felt ill.

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  18. The passport is so genius - bummed that my anniversary and husband's bday just passed or I would be on this for sure.. but I guess it's never too early to plan!

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  19. yayyyy for awesome weekends! But booo on your flu :'( On Saturday I woke up at like 2am and just threw up a bunch (sorry tmi) but the moral is I feel your pain :( I hope you get better soon! That's no fun! That local passport idea is GENIUS holy crap. I need to make one of those. Also why isn't there a Root Beer stand in AZ?? that looks so fun! Is the last picture for the lip sync? I wanna know what song you guys are doing!
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

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  20. I love ikea. Did you two fight in ikea? I guess it's the #1place to fight. We have never fought in ikea.

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  21. Bah I hope you're doing better today!! I love home decorating I just wish I had an unlimited budget!! Your desk looks awesome!! Yummm that place sounds delish!! I love a good cold soda on a hot day!! Hehe can't wait to see the video!!

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  22. I hope you are feeling better!!!! Sounds like you had a great weekend otherwise!!! We drove a different way home from AL and stopped in VA to eat and get gas and there was this super cute hot dog stand I want to try lol

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  23. I hope you're completely better by tomorrow! I have been thinking about one of those passport books for the DFW area since I'm moving there in about a month. I can't wait to see the music video!

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  24. Happy you were able to cross something on your list, sad that you got sick, but at least you got a little fun time in!

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  25. OMG that root beer stand looks adorable! I love unique little places like that. But you should have gotten a root beer float are you crazy!!!

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  26. Sorry to hear you got sick this weekend. I hope you've kicked that bug to curb and it stays gone now! Sprucing up your office sounds like the perfect way to spruce something up at your house without feeling like you're investing money into something that you won't get to take with you when you find your forever home.

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  27. I saw your new office post on instagram and I love it! It's amazing how a new space can inspire so much creativity! And I love the passport idea, might have to steal that! Glad you had a good weekend, hope you're feeling 100% soon!

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  28. Whenever we come for a game, we always hit Ikea too. Love that place. You're so lucky to be so close to both!

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  29. So, I totally realized that I wasn't following you on Instagram! What the Hell?! I am now. Geez. Anywho, sounds like you were able to get a little fun in before you got sick. The Root Beer Stand sounds amazing, I want to go there! :)

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  30. Kudos on the office face lift! I want to do and see all the things around me, but I also never want to run out of things to see and do around me. So taking it slow is good for me!

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  31. Hope you are feeling better! I wish we had an IKEA near us - we need to do a major office facelift too, currently my computer is sitting on an old dining table. Super cool. Haha.

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  32. What a fun little thing to do in your city. Keith and I realized we enjoyed our 3 little Missouri getaways a lot this summer because we got to explore our great state!

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  33. I love your passport idea and have been meaning to steal that for myself! I'm sorry you havent been feeling well but am glad you got some stuff checked off your list despite of it - house upgrades are always fun!

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  34. IKEA is everything. I go there way too much. But it's their fault. Maybe they shouldnt have built one so close to me...!!!

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  35. I love that you are still marking things off in your passport you made Jared. That idea always made me smile. Too bad my town only has about 3 places we like to eat. haha YAY for IKEA and all of their fun things. I always love how their things turn out.

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  36. Sorry you weren't feeling good - but hooray for feeling better AND crossing stuff off the list! Home updates are always exciting no matter how big or small the project! Also, I am now craving a rootbeer float.

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