Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! | Friday Favorites

 It is Halloween, friends! A day that has frightened me since I was a child.

Not joking. Halloween and all things scary makes me want to cry. When in elementary school all of the boys would dress up as scary characters. Thankfully my Mom was the parent chaperone for our Halloween parties every single year and then she would calm me down with cookies and a juice box. Moms are sweet like that :)

Also, last week while I was in Missouri, I got to do a guest post on both Life with Lolo and Melanie Gets Married!

I've decided to do Halloween themed Friday Favorites because, well, why the heck not??

Classic Mean Girls. And I actually think all of the ones in the Santa outfits are men... At least one of them are anyways.
Baby Top Gun!
So original and I don't think I've ever seen anyone do a costume like this. As If!
Hehehehe. I love dog costumes the most.

Especially when I'm in Florida and still going to the beach. It's really strange to me and unnatural.
I say yes! Or if you're walking around with your kids, every adult should offer a shot or Halloween themed drink for the parents and then candy for the kids. Everyone wins!

Would be super cute on a wine glass too.

Because who doesn't love glitter? Or those might be crushed candy corns. My eyes deceive me.


This actually looks doable too!

Super adorable and look delicious.

Happy Halloween all!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

One Lovely Blog

It's a sad day in our household. Has been since last night when the Royals had a sad sad loss with a runner on THIRD BASE. Bottom of the 9th. 2 outs. Giants are up 3-2. It honestly couldn't get any sadder than that. Where they we're sooo close!. Now, I thought Gordon should've taken the plunge and just ran home anyways instead of listening to the third base coach and staying at third. Would've made for better TV and gave all of the fans a heart attack of seeing if he would've been safe or out. I personally would've rather had them lose by getting that out than a stupid foul pop fly. Doesn't make anything exciting. Even if I was a Giants fan I don't think I would be very happy winning that way.

But now it's a sad day in the world because baseball is officially over. How many days until spring training?

Today I'm combining the one lovely blog award and #blogtober14 prompts, where you basically get to find out everything about lil' ol' me. Lucky you, right? :)

I was nominated by Ashley from Girl Talk!
Here are the rules are quite simple...
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post or blog
3. Share 7 facts about yourself
4. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire / read and let them know they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
How cute our engagement pictures from last year? #tbt

I tried to search for old Halloween pictures but my freshman year of college wasn't throwback enough for me.

Now who wants to know 7 random facts about me?
1. I didn't start actually drinking/making my coffee until last year. Now I don't know how I've lasted this long without it. The only time before last year I drank coffee was buying from Starbucks and Dunkin.
2. My husband and I only dated for 5 months before we got engaged! Yes, you read that correctly. And then we we're engaged for 4 months before we got married.
3. I always have to have nail polish on my nails. And they look like as if I have fake nails. Nope, my nails are naturally long and strong :)
4. I was a math major before I graduated with a bachelors in communications. My long time dream was to become a high school math teacher. Now I've decided to shoot higher and be a professor in communications.
5. I've been crafting since I could walk. One of my longtime loves and hobbies.
6. I used to be a figure skater when I was younger and competed competitively. I used to think I would go to the Olympics but that dream died when I was 12.
7. I didn't take up running until my freshman year of college. Despised it before that and still do, but now it's a love hate relationship.

Now, I'm going to be like Opera and nominate everyone! You get a nomination! You get a nomination! Everyone gets a nomination!

Helene in Between Blogtober

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gone Girl

All of last week while in Missouri, I spent reading Gone Girl. I was especially enjoying the fall weather that they had and reading on my Kindle with a cold Shocktop (Honey Crisp Apple Wheat!) sitting in my lounge chair. It was absolutely perfect. And how I spent basically a portion of every day.

I was super excited to read Gone Girl. Especially since it was made into a big movie because, duh.

Question, am I the only one that imagines the characters in the book as the movie characters? Or makes up my own imagination of what they would look like? I'm sure I'm not but it was definitely on par imaging Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne.
First, here is the summary of Gone Girl that can be found on Amazon:
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Sorry if I'm about to ruin this book for your or if you haven't seen the movie. But I just have to share! Trust me you will still be surprised once you do read it.

I am trying to describe this book in one word. But I just can't. Because there we're so many feelings that I had at every single point of this book. It definitely kept me hooked which is so important in any book you read. And it was super long, which I did not expect.

But all I have to say, is Amy should definitely be committed. Like full blown psychotic.

Who in the hell frames their husband for your murder just to teach him a lesson about treating you better?? If you want to teach your husband a lesson, then divorce him, or go to therapy like a normal married couple. Don't try to set him up for murder!! Especially your own. Or don't try to turn all of your closest friends or old boyfriends against you and try to ruin their lives. Nobody should be that evil and conniving.

Also, Nick, he's kinda a tool bag. I won't lie. For cheating on his wife, being selfish, and plain old not caring about the fact that his wife was missing and/or murdered. I'll admit I almost thought that he actually might've murdered Amy and he had multiple personalities or something. Some reason that would explain why he wouldn't remember killing his wife.

I applaud Gillian Flynn. This book was so well written. And for writing two different points of view of the story and keeping all of her readers so hooked with the storyline. It's absolutely incredible. I don't know how it would've been if the book was only written in Nick's point of view. It might've been just as good. But including Amy's voice and her diary too, it was outstanding and incredibly thought out.

If you haven't read this book yet, even if you've already seen the movie, I highly highly HIGHLY recommend it. Or if you have, read it again! Because we all know that we secretly love re-reading our favorite books over and over.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Creamy Tomato Tortellini

Yes, another successful meal and my cooking skills in training!

Well, successful in my opinion anyways. Blake thought otherwise. Then again he doesn't like anything with tomatoes so I guess that might've been my bad. Oh well. Still delicious in my book!
Recipe (Sauce found on Rachel Schultz)
  - 1 cup vegetable broth
  - 2 cups tomato pasta sauce
  - 1/2 cup heavy cream
  - Package of tortellini
  - Italian sausage
  - Chopped spinach
  - Diced onion
  - Salt & pepper

Heat broth, pasta sauce, and cream in a medium pot. Season with salt and pepper. Add cooked tortellini, sausage, spinach, and onion to pot. Garnish with mozzarella cheese.
Pretty simple, right? And super delicious. I already said that. But I just wanted to say it again.

The sauce makes 3 cups. And bonus points, kinda doubles as tomato soup!

So, definitely try this out! You won't be disappointed. Unless your husband doesn't like tomato based sauces like mine does, then you're kinda out of luck. But you will have leftovers for the next 3 days all to yourself.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Free-Man, MO | Weekend Wrapup

I haven't been home for a full 24 hours yet and I still don't think I've fully recovered. Probably won't until next week.

And we've already vowed to not take another road trip for an unreasonable amount of time. Especially not 15 hour ones.

Friday and Saturday we're very good days to end our trip in Missouri on. I'll be short and brief because I'm still uber tired and I have to find some way to stay awake until The Blacklist is on at 9.

Friday we went to the high school football game because that's what you do in a small town and Blake's brother was playing too.
We also tailgated beforehand, even though that's not a thing to do but it's what Blake and his friends do. They also wore their old football jersey's and embraced their true has-ben-ness
Isn't that sunset to die for? With all of their state champion flags flying through.

Saturday was spent packing up our car and getting everything together because we knew that it wasn't going to get done later that night or in the morning before we had to leave. We went to lunch with Blake's friend at Longhorn and I got this sandwich called the Rocky Top Chicken Sandwich which I found hilarious because Alabama was playing Tennessee. Needless to say Blake didn't talk to me for the rest of the meal and really wanted me to call it the "Roll Tide Chicken Sandwich."

One of Blake's friends was having a 'brush pile' which is small town code for bonfire. I am not joking, these things are huge. The first time I went to one when we first started dating, his friend said "sorry this is kinda small." And I'm just over here thinking dude, I'm from the suburbs and this is huge by any normal persons standards.
The picture doesn't do justice. But just so you can kinda get an idea.

I think it goes without saying that the drive back was rough due to staying out till 2am and hopping in the car at 7am. Not the greatest idea on our parts.

I'll end it with another picture of a tree. This was my favorite tree that I saw while I was in Missouri. And, bonus points, it was right down the road from Blake's house. And I definitely stopped my car on the side of the road just to take a picture of it. I regret nothing.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Free-Man, MO. Pt.2

Another addition of our little trip in Missouri! Read about our first few days, too while you're at it :)

Yesterday, Blake, his friend and I went on down to Kansas City for the watch party of Game 2 of the World Series down at Power and the Lights District. And it was freaking cool!

First in the beginning of the day I went to look at trees. Because you know I'm a deprived Florida resident now where I don't get to see trees change to pretty fall colors. 
Before that though, we went to Gates BBQ for some Kansas City barbecue. Apparently what my husband tells me is that Gates isn't KC's best, but it's just out of convenience because there are so many. Now me being from Illinois, barbecue is still barbecue to me so I could care less. But I was pretty excited to go there because the last time I went was over a year ago. 
Of course had to take pictures. Acting like the tourist that I am and drawing attention to ourselves. 

I'm going to admit here real quick, that in the beginning of being at the watch party, like the first few innings, I wasn't having a good time. I should've been. But I pissed for two reasons: 1) Anything that happens at P&L, you have to be 21. Which is super dumb because they do concerts and other stuff there too. And I knew that would happen where they wouldn't let us in for not everyone being 21. And 2) EVERYWHERE online said that all ages were welcome to P&L for the watch party but I guess they decided to change their minds right before because the night before was such a disaster. Then freaking update your internet announcements! It's not hard. And it's super inconvenient for everyone who just want to watch the game around a bunch of other Royals fans. 

Sorry. I had to rant for a second and be honest. Okay. Now I'm done. 
The whole watch party was super fun. It was very high energy. The Royals were actually winning. And somehow the very intoxicated girl next to me thought we were best friends. There was so much entertainment in just a little space. Except for every overly tall male in the place thought it would be a good idea to stand directly in front of me. Pretty sure they had a meeting about it. 
And what do you know, the Royals won! And they played All I Do Is Win. And it was awesome. 
With glitter and confetti everywhere. Except for the glitter. But it would've been super cool if that actually happened. 

Today we drove out for a few visits with Blake's grandma and a guy Blake is super close with from his hometown. So we've had a lot of bonding time today. 

I'll leave you with another pretty tree because, fall. :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Free-Man, MO, Pt.1

We came rolling in to Freeman at 6 in the morning. To say that those last few hours of driving were unbearable would be an understatement. I am so not looking forward to this drive back Sunday. 

And I was already nominated by Blake to start the drive. Oh, thanks honey! Love you too!

I wasn't wanting to sleep the whole day away. Blake had other plans of doing just that. While I'm over here like a puppy saying "Come on let's go outside and play!" He wasn't too happy with me, ha :)
Isn't he cute?

Monday consisted of driving around, seeing all of the pretty land and the colorful trees! You would think we live under a rock or something. Nope, just in Florida where there is no magical inbetween stage for trees to change pretty colors. Boo. 

I also made his family my BBQ chicken pizza! They approved. And his mom is a super good cook so I felt pretty proud of myself and not the amateur that I think I am. 

Yesterday, we drove on up to Kansas City. Which is super close by so I didn't have to spend anymore ungodly amount of hours in a car. The city was decorated with Royals colors. Even their fountains had blue water!

Isn't that so cool!? This city really is beautiful.

We even got Cheesecake Factory while we were down here. Which is where we would go the few times I visited Blake here when we were dating. 

For game 1, we spent it at the local bar/restaurant and played pool where I destroyed Blake and his pride. Ha, just kidding. But I was victorious. Can't say so much for the Royals on that one. It was a rough game to watch.

Today we're probably looking into going to Power and the Lights District downtown for the Royals watch party!

Have a great day! I'll be enjoying the beautiful FALL weather here :)

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Wrapup | Mullets and Road Trips

Hello all!

This is coming live from my phone as we decided to hope in the car around 2pm yesterday afternoon and drive the 14 hours to Blake's hometown in Missouri. And I'm still in the car. And have 5 more hours left of driving. Which means I will be getting very little sleep when we arrive and not be a very happy Lauren. My poor poor husband. 
How I will feel for the next few days. 

Enough about my struggle to stay awake and help navigate our way through Arkansas right now. 

This past weekend was the annual Mullet Fest in Niceville. Mullet as in the fish and not the famous Billy Ray Cyrus hairdo. Believe me, I was just as disappointed as you are. 

The festival had music acts each night and Friday night was Blackjack Billy and Dustin Lynch and I was super excited about seeing both of them. We even got a little surprise with some cooler nighttime weather! Woo!

I've never seen either of them and I only knew like two of Blackjack Billy's songs so I was super curious about the type of show they would put on. They're kinda like a rock country band so they're not super hillbilly or pop-y like what you hear on the radio lately. In case you're curious, look up on ye olde YouTube "Booze Cruise" and "Get Some." They're definitely worth a listen!

Of course all of my pictures from the night are on my camera and not on my phone. Boo. Because then you can see how beautiful the lead singer is. 


Dustin Lynch was just as amazing and just as beautiful. Especially with his adorable dimples :) ha. Poor guy, though. Towards the end of his set, he was sing "Friends In Low Places" and he gets hit in the face with a full beer can! Who does that??? His cheek was bleeding and he ended up having to get stitches after he was done. The jacklick got away though which is a load of crap. Even a brawl lashes out because everyone around him was ratting the guy out. Like, thanks a lot douche. Now this adorable, talented man is never going to come back to this ho-bunk town. 

If that was going to happen, I'm glad that it did at the end because he only had one song left and then it was over. Which kudos to him for sticking it out because you could tell that Dustin Lynch was pissed. He was even talking to the guy while on stage saying "I'm gonna come to your work and throw shit at you!" Rightfully so!
Saturday, Blake had a double-header of coaching little league and it was a beautiful day for it too. After his games we went home for a bit before I went out shopping with one of my new friends :) I really had no intention of buying anything but once I got there I realized all of the clothes I actually wanted. Whoops, ha. 
Super good deals, though! So I can't really get upset about spending money I don't have. 
And we finished off our shopping adventures with mini-beers at Chili's 

Now, we are almost in to Missouri and still have another 300 miles to go. Hopefully no surprises happen along the way like a deer deciding to stroll out into the road. Which I'm told is super likely to happen. Fingers crossed!