Tell Us About It: Fave Rom Coms

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So this is our first link up of 2016, a month late:) But here we are! We will have this link up open for the week, so feel free to join us later if you forgot today.

Girls Nights are so much fun and so needed. Last Saturday two girlfriends came over and we cooked and watched our favorite episodes of Friends and it was fantastic. It was the first girls night I hosted in our rental house since we moved here.

I watch documentaries, action movies, serious movies, etc but I love me a good rom com. They’re fun and lighthearted and a great escape.

I’m a big Reese Witherspoon fan. She’s just so sweet, Southern, and I want to hang out with her and be her friend.

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I love watching Sweet home Alabama. It’s one of my absolute favorites. She is just so charming. I have a a serious girl crush on her. It’s such a relateable story of moving away to be successful and figuring out how you fit back home in your old life. And Josh Lucas is great.

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I also love Reese in Legally Blonde. It’s such a fun girlfriend movie, with such a positive message of not needing a guy.

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The Notebook is a classic. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams have such great chemistry and they really make you believe in life long love. Or I guess Nicholas Sparks does. It’s such a beautiful love story of utter devotion.

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The Wedding Planner because Matthew McConaughy is so adorable. For awhile in college I thought I wanted to be a wedding planner so it was fun to see that world. And J Lo really is triple threat, because girl can sing, dance, and act.

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Letters to Juliet made me want to go to Italy immediately. Such beautiful scenery and I loved the grandma in this movie. She was so sweet and I want her to be my grandma lol.

So since I don’t drink and have never had a cocktail, I thought I’d include fun dessert options instead.

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22 Desserts You Can Make in Five Minutes
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Friday Favorites: Our New Link Up Topics!

I’m continuing my blogging streak this week and finishing with Friday Favorites.

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I know it’s already the end of January but we have finally gotten our stuff together and come up with some monthly topics! Katie is going to be joining Mattie and I with the link up this year.

She made these amazing graphics and I’m in love with them! So grab our button and join us this coming Monday February 1st and tell us about your favorite girls’ night chick flicks/rom coms and cocktail recipes!

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Last weekend my friend Gretchen and I went for a little walk at Gas Works Park and it was a crisp Seattle “winter” afternoon. Winter here is so mild, it’s just cloudy and rainy and in the mid 50s. Seattle winters have got nothing on the brutal Chicago winters.

It’s so nice to take a walk in the park and be out in nature but still see the skyline close by.

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I found two new Seattle based blogs this week: Seattle Bloggers Unite and Lindsay Living on Mil’s blog. I’m excited to find other Seattle bloggers and go to some meet ups! I love finding blogs in areas I’m familiar with or where I’m currently living.

I’ve mentioned it before how Katie and I were blog friends first, met up and then became real life friends and now coworkers! So I know the power of social media and blogging! If you’re a Seattle blogger, please leave a comment or send me an email. I’d love to chat and check out your blog too!SSB-button-214sbu+logo+header+copy+blogger

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I’m really excited to see Shay’s cookbooks that are coming out this month. She’s one of my favorite bloggers and I’m happy to support her.

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Have you guys SEEN the little 3 year old girl singing Part of Your World from the Little Mermaid?! She is too cute. I’m so impressed with her knowing all the words. Love her little princess dress.

Have a great weekend everyone! My friends from Texas are coming in this weekend and staying with me while they house hunt. SO excited to have more friends here in Seattle:)

 

New Year’s Snowshoeing

Continuing with our first snowshoe day adventure, here are some more awesome moments. The snow was so pretty that I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. close

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Our entire group, minus one more dog. These two couples have been so welcoming since we moved to Seattle. We spent Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Years together. Moving to Seattle and already knowing people has been amazing and really made it feel more like home. group

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It was beautiful and sunny out and we had such a good time. We stopped for lunch, walked a little more, then headed back to our cabin.    walk.jpg

I loved waking up everyday to see the lake. It would be realllly nice to get a lake house someday. But I wold also just love to get a cabin every now and then.:)

cabinSo that wraps up our first Christmas and New Years together in Washington. They set the bar pretty high for future holidays huh?😉 Living in such a beautiful place gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘staycation’ because there are so many gorgeous places here.

 

Linking up with Amanda for:

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What’s Up Wednesday

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Linking up today with Shay for What’s Up Wednesday. I answered a few of the questions:

Eating This Week:

This week my friend is staying with me and it’s so nice to have some girl time. We had her work friend over last Friday and we made guac and a salad bar and watched our favorite episodes of Friends. It was perfect:) We have a bunch of leftover salad to eat this week and a Blue Apron meal of salmon.

Reminiscing About:

So before we moved to Seattle, we went on a big trip to Zion National Park in Utah with my brother, his fiance, and my best friend and her husband. We went sightseeing, hiking, and camped. One of these days I will blog about our amazing road trip.

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I’m Loving:

Living in Seattle. I’m so happy here. We have good friends (another couple we are friends with who are from Chicago are moving here next month! That makes 8 of our friends here Chicagoans!) and there are a ton of things to do and see. We have a running bucket list of things to do in Seattle and the surrounding areas. That’s another blog for another day.:)

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What I’m Dreading:

As glad as I am to be getting my health in order with all my upcoming doctor appointments, it still makes me nervous. I get a pit in my stomach while sitting in the waiting rooms. So much could be going on within my body and it always makes me nervous until I get the all clear from the doctors. I don’t do well with medical stuff.

What I’m Listening to:

I’m currently obsessed with a few country songs this week:

Run Away With You – Big & Rich

Heartbeat – Carrie Underwood

Thunder – Adam Sanders

Break Up in a Small Town- Sam Hunt

What I’m Watching:

I can’t remember if I’ve written about Aziz Ansari’s new show: Master of None. It’s on Netflix. It is hilarious and so well written! It’s set in New York in actual locations and not on a sound stage like a lot of other sitcom shows. It’s also super relate-able with my age group with our friends having babies, being in relationships, divorce, and appreciating our parents.

I’ve told multiple friends about it and they all binged watched it like we did. We watched all 10 episodes in 2 days. It’s gotten rave reviews and everyone is talking about it. It’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long, long time. Dave and I can’t wait for season 2. You can thank me later.😉

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What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month:

So much is going on next month and I’m so excited! I love having things to look forward to.

  • The first weekend in February our friends Erin and Richard, who live in LA, are coming to visit us! We used to hang out with them all time when we lived in LA and we really miss them. It will be great to catch up and show them around our new state.
  • The Super Bowl is always fun to watch. Two years ago we watched the Super Bowl in Venice Beach, and last year we watched it in Orange County with our roomies. And both years I wore my Bears jersey.:) I will always root for the Bears no matter how bad they are. (The last time they won the Super Bowl was before I was born in 1985!)
  • My friend Mich is coming to town and I’m really looking forward to catching up with him and meeting his wife and kids. I haven’t seen Mich since our big trip to Togo in May 2014.
  • My brother, his fiance, Dave and I are going to visit our dad and stepmom in Georgia! It’s been a long time since we’ve all 6 been together (I think the last time was when we moved to California in October 2013) so I’m really excited to get the band back together. Haha.
  • I’m also really excited for Fuller House at the end of the month, and the Oscars. I love seeing what everyone is wearing.

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Let’s Talk: New Years Goals

So I mentioned the other day how I saw Gretchen Rubin speak at the library downtown, and I got re-inspired to work on my Happiness Project goals. But I still haven’t sat down to write them out. But I will share some of my goals that I’m working on right now.

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Setting up appointments:

  • I went to the doctor’s for my yearly check up this past Saturday and found a primary care doctor that I really like. I like to have a doctor I feel I can talk to, so it’s one of the main goals I have whenever I move. I’m so happy I found her!
    • I asked my doctor from home to send me all my files since I no longer live there so I felt super prepared when I was talking to her.
    • I also had a list of questions and she answered them all. I felt so on top of things!
    • I was also really happy because I didn’t have to do any blood work because I hate needles.
  • I have my dentist appointment next Monday and hopefully I’ll like the dentist. I’m a little overdue with my 6 month clean so that will be good.
  • Yesterday I just made an appointment with the dermatologist for this Friday. It’s my first time going ever, so I’m excited to hear what they have to say. I know I should be going yearly.
  • The last appointment I need to make is with the eye doctor today. They were closed yesterday when I called. I haven’t been to the eye doctor in years and am excited to pick out some new frames! I don’t know if I need contacts but I also can’t picture touching my eye, so there’s that…hah!
  • I know this is probably super boring but I’m so proud of myself for being responsible. I’m adulting so hard right now.:)

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Planning Better:

  • Meal Planning– I want to get better at this. I enjoy chopping fruits and veggies and putting them in containers for the week. But I don’t always plan very well. I usually just buy basic produce and then eat pasta and stir fry veggies because I’m too lazy to plan for the week. That’s my go-to meal and while it’s somewhat healthy I’d like to branch out more and try new recipes. I have so many cookbooks and magazines that I need to utilize better.
  • Budgeting– I have never been good at budgeting. More recently I have started saving money from work, which is how I was able to take time off with our move, and I need to do it more. Because life happens and things come up. Emergencies, car repairs, home maintenance etc.
  • I miss blogging and I want to blog in advance more since the week can be so busy. th

Staying in Touch:

  • Now that I’m settled into our new life in Seattle, I want to do a better job with keeping in touch with everyone. I miss our friends and family back home and need to make more calls and write more emails and texts. It’s just so easy to get wrapped up in everyday life and I need to step back and reach out to our loved ones.

Linking up with Andrea and Erika:

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New Year’s Eve Cabin

Since I’ve taken some time off from blogging, I wanted to play catch up on our New Years Eve adventure. Last week I talked about how for Christmas we went to the West Coast of Washington and it was so great. We got to see so much and it was so peaceful.

The very next weekend we took off for a cabin with two other couple friends of ours. It was a really cool location right on the lake.

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Dave and Hayes were in love with the projector and they both want one now haha. pool

The boys picked a random forest area to go snowshoeing in. Half of us have been snowshoeing and the other half haven’t. But you just strap on the snowshoe over your hiking boot and walk. You just have to be careful not to walk backwards.:) Since your shoe clips in, the back of your foot is unhinged so you can easily fall.

It was really pretty  with the snow everywhere you look.

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Our feet/shoe picture that we try to remember to take in cool places we visit.

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Because there was so much snow everywhere on the trees it would randomly fall and sprinkle us with snow. When Dave and I were about to take a picture we got a nice spray.:) snowfallsnowfall2

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I don’t like when my posts are super long so I’ll break up this day into two posts. It was a great first snowshoeing experience.

Friday Favorites!

This week flew by. I can’t believe it’s already Friday but I’m so happy it is! This is my first time doing Friday Favorites in a while. It feels good to be back to blogging this week. I will try my hardest to keep it up next week.

Thank you for guys for sticking with me and still reading and commenting. It’s so nice I can come back and still find you guys here.:) I need to get back to read all your blogs and catch up on the last few weeks! Moving took a lot out of me and threw my blogging schedule for a loop, way more than I thought it would.

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This week I finally recapped our Christmas on the coast of Washington. We went to La Push, Lake Crescent, and Ruby Beach. They were all gorgeous and amazing to see. It was our first time seeing a Washington beach.

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On Tuesday two of my friends and I went to the Central Library downtown to hear Gretchen Rubin speak. She’s the author of the Happiness Project and does a podcast with her sister called Happier, I’d recommend both! She has also written other books, Happier at Home and more recently Better Than Before (which I need to read.)

She’s a great speaker. She was really funny and made a lot of good points about habits and finding out what type of person you are and knowing what works for you. A while back I did a Happiness Project of my own (focusing on just a few goals per month) and I want to do it again this year. I’m a little behind obviously, but I will be starting it in February.:)

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I saw this mural downtown near the Patagonia store and I love it! So much going on and it’s so detailed and colorful. I love a good mural as you might know.

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One weekend Dave and I were craving a biscuit and I yelped and found the Wandering Goose. It has become one of my favorite biscuit places in Seattle now. They have delicious jam and varieties of toppings. Dave was so sweet one day and brought Katie and I biscuits at home. It made my day and Katie said it was one of the best biscuits she’s had. She was craving this biscuit for days after.:)

I highly recommend a visit here if you find yourself in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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I just love this quote. While it’s true that not everyone has the job they are passionate about and pays them to do what they love, there are people who do, and if you’re one of them, you’re so lucky!

I’m still searching for my dream job/career, but for now I’m so happy working where I am and getting to go on amazing weekend adventures in and around Seattle. Those adventures really do make my heart and soul so happy.

Linking up today with Andrea, Erica, and  Narci:

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