Blog-tember Challenge - DAY 18

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today's blog prompt from Brave Love is: Favorite vacation or place you've been.

This was an easy one for me because my husband and I STILL talk about this vacation.

During our first year of dating my husband and I went on vacation to Daytona Beach and Orlando, Florida.  We had so much fun!  I'm a huge beach bum, so anywhere with a beach, count me in!!

We spent the first two days at Daytona Beach.  We had so much fun just relaxing on the beach.  Just about everything was in walking distance so we walked to try out a few different restaurants, including Bubba Gump Shrimp. Soooo so good!

After you put your food order in they quiz you on Forrest Gump trivia while you wait for it to get done.  We apparently are Forrest Gump experts because we got every question right!  Woohoo!  After that we stopped at Coldstone Creamery for the very first time, and it was A-mazing!  Mmmmm cake batter ice cream...... ANYWAY, on the third day of our trip we swtiched to a hotel in Orlando, and went to Universal Studios!

We are big roller coaster fans so you know we had to go to Island of Adventure too.  I mean, the Jurassic Park section alone sells it for me. lol!

The fourth day was supposed to be a relax day before we left the next day.... but my husband had other ideas.  He decided to surprise me with Disney tickets!  I'm a HUGE Disney fan so I was just a wee bit excited...embarrassing picture below.

We only ended up staying in Disney for a few hours because I'm kind of a dummy and wore flip flops so I got bad blisters.  Seriously, what was I thinking?!  But we had the most amazing time ever!

I can't wait to bring Paige to Disney when she is just a little bit older... and maybe a little bit because I'm still a Disney dork.

Have you ever been to Universal Studios and Disney??  What one did you like better?

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How you know someone is from Pittsburgh

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Around here we have our own way to talk.  Most of it doesn't even make sense, even to me, and I've lived here for a long time.  I think most of it is just being being too lazy to say the whole word, but I have no idea where the other stuff comes from.

Here are some things you will only hear in Pittsburgh:

We also have our food.....

Up until a couple years ago I didn't even realize that most people didn't know what a pierogie was!  I've been eating them my whole life, so they were no big deal to me.  It is sort of like a ravioli but it is stuffed with cheese and mashed potato (sometimes sauerkraut) then fried with butter and onions.  Sooo good!

Another food we are famous for is the Primanti's sandwich.  It is a HUGE sandwich topped with french fries, cole slaw, and all the fixinz.   It's basically a heart attack waiting to happen.

Thinking of taking a trip to see Pittsburgh?  Stay tuned, because I will be posting a giant list of things to do around the Pittsburgh area next week.

Have you ever been to Pittsburgh?  Do you have any certain language goofiness or crazy food that your town is famous for?

Style Icon: Kate Beckinsale

Monday, September 15, 2014

Not only is Kate Beckinsale's hair always ridiculously gorgeous, but I love her fashion style.  She has mastered the layering technique without looking like a hobo (like me). HA!  

Whether she is dressed up or down, she always ends up looking classy, and I love it!  She rocks those scarves and oversized sunglasses too.  Would you guess that she is 41 years old?!?!  Yeah, me niether!  I'm pretty sure she found the fountain of youth and isn't sharing.

And when it comes to her award show dresses....  AMAZING!  I seriously LOVE all four of these.  

What do you think of Kate Beckinsale's style?  What dress is your favorite?

For more of my Style Icon series click the links below:
Style Icon: Jessica Alba
Style Icon: Olivia Wilde

linked up at: Manic Monday with More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express

Blog-tember Challenge - DAY 14

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hello again everyone!  This is only my second time linking up with Brave Love Blog for the Blog-tember Challenge but I am having a lot of fun scheduling posts so I can join in even more this month.  Today's prompt is: When did you start blogging and why

I've actually only been blogging since the beginning of this year.  I started in January.  At first I started it just as a way to document and show my artwork, but now I've met so many amazing people and found a new love for blogging.  I've also included a few of my other interests to share with people.  I've always been a huge lover of fashion and all things crafty so I started to incorporate a lot of that into my blog as well.

Another huge thing that I love to blog about is my life.  I love the idea that years from now I will be able to look back and see what I was doing around that time.  It's a fun way to see my daughter grow too.  I love looking back through some of my older posts and thinking, Man, she was SO LITTLE then. lol!

Since I am also a stay at home mom (for now), blogging has also been an amazing way for me to "stay social".  I enjoy catching up with a few blogger friends and seeing what's going on in their life without actually having to drag me and the baby out of the house, and skipping her nap time.  Because then I have to deal with her wrath....  it's not pretty folks.

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Blog-tember Challenge - DAY 13

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Okay, so I am way late to this party, but Bailey Jean over at Brave Love is hosting a daily link up for the month of September.  She gives you a different topic to write about every day for the whole month.  Today is already day 13 and the prompt is: Your current relationship status. If dating/married, give us a glimpse of your story! If single, share about this special season.

I am married to my best friend in the whole world.  I've known him since I was 13 years old!  He was always my best guy friend.  If either of us needed advice on the opposite sex we would ask each other.  We always had each other's backs.  I secretly had a crush on him since the first day that I met him....and he never knew!  Apparently, he always like me back.  But neither one of us ever said anything because when I was dating someone, he was single...and vice versa.  

Fast forward about NINE years....Until one day when we messaged each other on Facebook trying to catch up on each other's lives.... I was single and when he told me he was single too it was like all of those goofy high school crush feelings came rushing back, but I still didn't say anything.  Since he had just gotten out of a long term relationship (2 months before)  I told him he should come out with my friends to the karaoke bar.  After a few minutes of begging he decided to come.  I thought he might, because he was in a band and is a great singer.

When he showed up I was really giddy and we had so much fun.  He got along with all of my friends so well.  They loved him, and kept asking me (right in front of him) why we had never dated. hahaha!!  My friends are good for putting me on the spot.

photo from that night

He was only able to stay for an hour or two but when he left, he asked if I wanted to come over and watch a movie at his house the next day.  Of course I said yes!  And then stayed up all night wondering if we were watching movies as friends or if he liked me to. LOL

When I got to his house we were flirting THE WHOLE TIME but I was still worried he just thought of me as a friend.  Once the movie was over and it was really late he asked if I wanted to spend the night, and I actually gave him kind of a "EXCUSE ME?!?!" kind of look but he laughed and said no, not like that.  I said I don't know and we decided to flip a coin....if it was heads I would stay, tails I would go home.   We cuddled all night <3  

He proposed after a year of us dating and we were married almost a year after that...And the rest is history!  We've been together for 6 years, married for four.  And still completely crazy about each other.

I have actually shared the proposal story and also shared some photos of our wedding day if you wanted to know more about us crazy kids.

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My reading list

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Well, it's getting to be that time of year again...  The time of year that I stock up on a few new books. When the weather outside is chilly, I don't think there is anything better than curling up in a fuzzy blanket and reading a good book.  I think that is how I spend most of my winter so I have to make sure to buy enough to last me until May-ish. lol!  My first stop is always our little public library.  They have a big donation area where I drop off the ones that I decided not to keep from the previous year, and then they have a section of books anywhere from FREE-$2!  Some of them are brand new books too!  Here's what I found on my first trip:

Hope Ignites - Jaci Burton
Larkspur Road - Jill Gregory
Butterfly Cove - Christina Skye
Shoe Addicts Anonymous - Beth Harbison
The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
The Cupcake Queen - Helper
Someday, Someday, Maybe - Lauren Graham
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Collection of Jane Austen's 4 Classic Novels - Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma,  and Persuasion (I mostly just bought this to add to my collection, because I have read them all but Persuasion)

I always buy a couple really cheesy romance novels...because, why not?

Have you read any of these titles?  What ones would you suggest that I add to my reading list this Fall/Winter?

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The last weekend in August we took our little one to the Renaissance Festival to be a princess for a day and see all of the horses.  She loved watching all of the horses running around.  It was SO HOT that day, if you couldn't tell from her rosy face.

She couldn't decide if she wanted to be a knight or a princess, so she decided to be both!  Daddy had to help her get her head in the right place tho!

How cool is this medieval swing?!  It was the first real ride (other than a merry-go-round) that Paige ever got to go on.  She loved it!  I sort of felt bad for the guys that had to push that big thing in such hot weather...with their costumes on.  Poor guys!

This is a comedy show called The German Brothers.  They were hilarious!  They were "german rap stars", one's name was "White Chocolate" and they had a rendition of Baby Got Back where they rhymed words with schnitzel and schizer.  They did a lot of crowd participation stuff.  At one point they had a man from the crowd on stage strutting his stuff and participating in a dance off.
 This was probably my favorite show of the day.  It's called "Cast In Bronze".  This masked man created an musical instrument using bells and levers to ring then, sort of like a piano.  The music was absolutely beautiful and reminded me so much of Phantom of the Opera with the mask and the theatricality of the way he played it.  Really cool!

Have you ever been to a Renaissance Festival??
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