Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#HastagHumpday | Call Off the Search Party

Hey girl hey!

It's #HashtagHumpday! You know the drill - drop your link below and visit my favorite gal pal/blogger in crime Laura while you're at it. Y'all are a real peach :)

#Hashtaghumpday @ Genuinely Lauren

Lets call these rules the 'skinny' because rules sounds way too formal and this is anything but:
  - Talk about whatever you like! Just as long as you ad a #hashtag at the end of it because it's #fun
  - Link your post up here or with my gal pal Laura so we can read all about your life and thoughts #takenoprisoners
  - Comment on at least one other post and make friends because that's the point of linkup right? #letsbefriends
  - Share it on social media and add #hashtaghumpday #allofthesocialmedia
  - Have fun! #hashtageverything

Not that y'all really had a search party going, unless they have wine then please, as you were. #nopartylikeawineparty #imstillhere

But really, I'm still here y'all. And I am beat from exhaustion. But for no reason at all. I have no routine at all - and I want so badly to get back into a routine. But I also want to curl up into a ball once I get home onto my couch, with my dogs, a book, and a huge bottle of wine #theresalwayswine #ineedmotivationplease

Sadly I actually have to go into work today - but I get to have a 3 day weekend this weekend so I really can't complain #whatsaweekend #theydontexistinmyjob

On that note, I'm just gonna leave it at that. Have a merry Wednesday and I'm gonna dig myself out of a puddle of a storm and flood we had last night #cheers



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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

#HashtagHumpday | Valentine's Weekend

Hey girl hey!

It's #HashtagHumpday! You know the drill - drop your link below and visit my favorite gal pal/blogger in crime Laura while you're at it. Y'all are a real peach :)

#Hashtaghumpday @ Genuinely Lauren

Lets call these rules the 'skinny' because rules sounds way too formal and this is anything but:
  - Talk about whatever you like! Just as long as you ad a #hashtag at the end of it because it's #fun
  - Link your post up here or with my gal pal Laura so we can read all about your life and thoughts #takenoprisoners
  - Comment on at least one other post and make friends because that's the point of linkup right? #letsbefriends
  - Share it on social media and add #hashtaghumpday #allofthesocialmedia
  - Have fun! #hashtageverything

I'm killing two birds with one stone today - recap of my Valentine's weekend with the hubs AND hashtag it out!

Started off the Valentine's weekend with my favorite #browniebatterforthewin #selfieoritdidnthappen

Swiped up some pretty flowers all for myself. I probably looked like a lonely woman who only loves her dogs - which will probably be me in the next few months anyways once Blake leaves but it looked pretty pathetic #ireallylovemydogs #butidohaveahusbandtoo #ipromise
I made a few planner sticker orders in the beginning of the month and one of them just so conveniently arrived the day before Valentine's day #happyvalentinesdaytome #stickeraddict #buttheyrejustsopretty

I got to spend the weekend all snuggled up with these three balls of fur #ipromiseimnotcrazy #ijustlovedogs

Valentine's day, Blake had to go into work so we wanted to do breakfast before his shift - we tried 3 different restaurants before we ended up where we did. I probably should've realized that it was a Sunday and at a busy time plus a holiday, but we had a good breakfast together #breakfastdate #iactuallyjustlovebrunch #aslongastheresmimosas

Blake's number one Valentine got some snuggles and kisses before he went off to work - this boy is going to be so miserable once he leaves #daddysboy #helovescollinsmorethanme

I also got to pop Blake's Brownie Batter cherry that morning and changed his world. Now donuts are no longer the same without brownie batter filling oozing out of the center #canthebrowniebatterbeyearround #orineedtomakemyown

This was the card I got for Blake and once I saw it I knew it was perfect. We don't get to spend a lot of time together, especially with his leave day approaching closer and closer - but we sure make it work with the time we have #nowimgettingsappy #excusemewhileigotvomitfromfeelings #jkireallylovehim




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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

#HashtagHumpday | What Surprises Me

Hey girl hey!

It's #HashtagHumpday! You know the drill - drop your link below and visit my favorite gal pal/blogger in crime Laura while you're at it. Y'all are a real peach :)

#Hashtaghumpday @ Genuinely Lauren

Lets call these rules the 'skinny' because rules sounds way too formal and this is anything but:
  - Talk about whatever you like! Just as long as you ad a #hashtag at the end of it because it's #fun
  - Link your post up here or with my gal pal Laura so we can read all about your life and thoughts #takenoprisoners
  - Comment on at least one other post and make friends because that's the point of linkup right? #letsbefriends
  - Share it on social media and add #hashtaghumpday #allofthesocialmedia
  - Have fun! #hashtageverything

I know this shouldn't surprise me, but I still don't get how dogs are constantly abandoned on the side of the road. Especially with the internet nowadays. If you abandon your dog on the side of the road, chances are it's going to circulate around the world and someone might recognize it as your dog - and what does that say about you? If you really have to give up your dog, bring it to a shelter or rescue, or at least try to find a trustworthy owner. Or there's always the not getting a dog option if you think you might give him up at some point down the road #justmytwosense #noteveryoneshouldownananimal #committoyourpet #oknowimdone

Sorry, I get heated when I talk about animals. Clearly as I have 3 of my own. #multipledogowner #ilovemydogs

Why the Puppy Monkey Baby commercial is still being played based on how many people we're weirded out by it #whatwereyouthinking #MountainDewgonewrong

Why the heck beach homes or condos are starting off at $1 Million to own. Like, why? #butiwanttoownabeachcondo #partofthecoolclub

The amount of experience you need for entry level jobs right out of college. So basically at this point I need to be working in my field since kindergarten. I mean, it is called "entry level" for a reason am I right?? #illjustbeawaitress #orstayathomemom

So basically, the biggest thing that surprises me are involving animals. Which really shouldn't be that big of a surprise. #surprisesurprise #ijustwanttoadoptallofthedogs







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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

8 Reasons the Brownie Batter Doughnut is Everything

If you have never heard of the Brownie Batter doughtnut, I highly suggest you stop reading right here and run, do not walk, to the nearest Dunkin and buy yourself one. And then you can come back here and agree with every single reason why the Brownie Batter doughnut is everything that is good about life.

Ok, that might be a little dramatic. But, that's how serious I am about the Brownie Batter doughnut.

1. It's in the shape of a heart. Need I say more?

2. It's only out for 6ish weeks of the year during Valentine's day season.

3. Meaning I'm going to stuff my face with a doughnut every day until they are no longer selling them. And I don't even care the amount of calories in it.

5. The calories make it so much worth it.

4. It's filled with actual brownie batter. Enough said.

5. When you bite into it just right, the brownie batter oozes out making it impossible to put it down.

6. Once you've reached the point of brownie batter spillage, there's no turning back. So you stuff the rest of it into your mouth with a smile on your face.

7. When you've finally stuffed your face with it, you're so sad that you ate it too fast and there's no more left.

8. But then, you become happy because you can't wait until you have your next Brownie Batter doughnut - which more than likely will be tomorrow. Well, for me anyways.

Now that I have turned you all into the addict that I am, you're welcome. Cheers to the Brownie Batter!



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Monday, February 8, 2016

Super Bowl Commercials: From Dogs and Doritos to Puppy Monkey Baby

You're not a blogger unless you comment on the Super Bowl commercials, am I right? Anyone? Ok, maybe just me.

Actually that was a pretty lame segway - so I'm going to just jump right into all of the commercials that took up advertising space for Super Bowl 50. Because some we're really great, while others basically wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Ahem.

And now, the winner of Best Commercial for Super Bowl 50 is....

Dogs and Doritos!
Like, honestly. Anything with dogs in the commercial is a win in my book. And the fact that this isn't your normal run of the mill Doritos commercial make it super creative. Job well done!

Honorable mentions go to...

Honda Car Finder with Kevin Hart
So, SO GOOD. Now how many dads are going to be using this trick when their daughters go out on dates??

Singing Lambs with Honda
How good is this commercial?? And it's for a truck! Plus the dog talks at the end! Even though the lambs singing has nothing to do with the truck itself, I'm still a big fan.

Shock Top
Honorable mention because it didn't suck - and because it was pretty funny too.

Doritos Ultrasound
Bravo Doritos. You have crossed a line in your commercials but it ended up being extremely hilarious.

And the commercials that just all around sucked - the winner of this prestigious category...

Puppy Monkey Baby! - Like seriously Mountain Dew, what they hell we're you thinking? Unless your soul purpose was to make people question your commercial, then you win a gold star my friend.

Apartments.com - I don't even understand the purpose of this commercial at all. Is it supposed to mean that they move into a new apartment with each stage of their lives and grow as a couple? Because I just don't get it. And why can't I get pie included in my apartment??

Kia - So you compare a car to a new pair of socks? I don't see the correlation at all. This is probably the most confusing commercial yet.

And all of the others that we're just kind of there and I have no opinion on...

Michalob Ultra - Didn't know it was going to be about Michalob until the end. Thought Nike or Under Armor. But felt it was directed towards everyone wanting to be fit for their resolution and can still drink beer

Avocado Mexico - "This is the gold dress that caused a world war" That damn dress. Is it gold?? Is it blue?? I don't know!!
Basically I've conducted that everything for commercials this year involves cars. Like even more so than last years commercials. Not that I'm complaining. But I kind of like my commercials to be more of purpose and mostly funny.

The halftime show I'm not quite sure how I feel about. First off, I feel like I would be one of those people that would have run over that guy in the beginning when he was actually on the field. Probably totally on accident or purpose too, whichever way you look at it. But I neither liked it or hated it. I just didn't think that it really all flowed together. Like having Beyonce and Bruno Mars make an appearance. I don't get it.

Also, anyone else realize that during the highlight reel Coldplay did in the end of all of the halftime performances for the past Super Bowls that it didn't include Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson's year?? Coincidence? I think not! Also known as the year when halftime performances began to suck all thanks to a little "wardrobe malfunction"

Most importantly, I'm really looking forward to The Secret Life of Pets movie. If that's the only thing I take away from watching the Super Bowl, I call that a win.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

#HashtagHumpday | #GOALS

Hey girl hey!

It's #HashtagHumpday! You know the drill - drop your link below and visit my favorite gal pal/blogger in crime Laura while you're at it. Y'all are a real peach :)

#Hashtaghumpday @ Genuinely Lauren

Lets call these rules the 'skinny' because rules sounds way too formal and this is anything but:
  - Talk about whatever you like! Just as long as you ad a #hashtag at the end of it because it's #fun
  - Link your post up here or with my gal pal Laura so we can read all about your life and thoughts #takenoprisoners
  - Comment on at least one other post and make friends because that's the point of linkup right? #letsbefriends
  - Share it on social media and add #hashtaghumpday #allofthesocialmedia
  - Have fun! #hashtageverything

I'm deciding to do things a little differently today. I'm going to share my goals, or more so challenges, that I am doing for 2016. Even though it's February and all. But January was a trial month, am I right?? #iwasntreadyformygoals #illtakeamullaginon2016

I'm gonna work on my fitness. Like, actually work on it. Really I just want to be healthy and not eat so much crap. I know if I actually work on it I can lose weight, like last year I lost 10lbs. So to encourage me to actually get a jump on things - I am going to do 12 races this year, 1 per month, and I also want to stare doing pure barre classes. There's a studio about 20 miles from my house and I want to get into this craze. I feel like I spend the money I'll be more inclined to do it. #getfitnotfat #sweatingforthehomecoming #jkbutreally

I'm also gonna hop on that reading train again! Like last year again, I want to read 52 books. And I feel like I'm in a better position to actually complete it. I mean, I only read half of those books last year, which isn't bad. But I've already read 4 books so far! Follow me on Goodreads! Also I want to read 20,000 pages total. #bringit #iwanttobeabookwormagain #bringonthebookreviews

I want to explore Florida. We've been living in for almost 2 years now and I want to go see places, do fun activities, and eat at different restaurants that aren't in our normal rotation. This might be a little difficult with Blake leaving soon, but I want to explore while he's here and do a little on my own. I'm not exactly sure what exploring entails, but I just want to get out of our normal rut of things to do before we leave from this place whenever that would be. #explorationnation #lovewhereyoulive

Save all of the money! I feel that everyone has this goal. But it's a good goal to have. I want to save at least 10% of my paycheck and also try to pay off my credit cards and my student loans. I don't have to start paying my student loans until next April so I'm just wanting to contribute as much as I can as soon as possible. Anything to get my credit better as well! #saveallofthemoney #soicanbuymorethings

I want to make my house feel more like a home. I already kind of started this with our living room and bathroom - but I have a list of furniture and decor that I'm wanting to add. Like a dining room table. Actually I was told I need to get that before my family comes back down in June. But I figured I will be adding these things slowly since furniture and decor costs money, you know that whole song and dance #makemyhousefeellikeahome #makeitpretty

I want to get back into cooking. I fallen back into a rut of meals to make, or I'm not cooking and just buying food since I'm just cooking for myself. Soon enough I'm going to be cooking for myself all of the time, but I actually want to have good quality meals. I think that cooking for myself might come to an advantage since Blake is so picky about what I cook. #cheflaurenisbackagain #welltryingtogetbackintothekitchen

I want to create again. And I'm kind of leaving that generic on purpose. Create wreaths, decor, crafting again, meals - whatever that may be. I just want to be creative again because it was what I have always enjoyed doing. I remember last year I said I wanted to open my own Etsy shop and I still want to do that, but I just don't know when the right time would be to do so. Until then, I will create for myself and whoever else would love them. #craftingqueen #actuallymorelikeaprincess

These damn dogs are getting trained. Like, no joke. And I'm making it my mission this year for them to be better behaved. They are a lot better from when we got all three of them, especially the twins. But the twins need to go through beginner and additional obedience classes and Collins needs to go through intermediate obedience class since his attitude sucks. I'm hoping though that's just a case of cabin fever or something after being in the house for so long the past few months. But these dogs are going to be better behaved by the time their dad comes home. This is the true challenge of 2016. #soontobedogwhisperer

Lets see how well these challenges go for my this year. I'm hoping for actual success this year!





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Monday, February 1, 2016

January a la Instagram

So, it's already one full month into 2016 and it sure has flown by! I have a feeling though that's how the rest of the year is going to go. That tends to be how it goes, am I right??

I'm bring back around the monthly recap link up! If you're new around these parts, you know I love my Instagram and recaps of my months are the favorites of the bunch.

I would love to see all of your month recaps! Grab the link below and hop along and see all of the beautiful moments, especially for fall, captured!

Genuinely Lauren



1. New Years Day and I got to break into my shiny new Simplified Planner by Emily Ley. I was super stoked start writing through it and using all of the pretty stickers I'm dreaming of purchasing.
2. Some days are a double coffee day. Even from two different shops.
3. The three best friends - coffee, Brownie Batter donut from Dunkin, and starting a new series
4. The most fitting workout shirt I have ever seen. And I had to have it.

5. Time to start making this house feel like a home with a fresh face of decor! Really feeling the love, literally.
6. Collins face says it all about me taking selfies.
7. I feel that my instagram page is going to be full of my planner. But I can't complain :)
8. This picture was sent to me by Blake, my sister, and all over Facebook and I couldn't think of anything more true!
9. My family came down for a visit and we did a 5k, my sisters and I got matching tattoos, and enjoyed a lot of beach family time!

10. My BFFIF (BFF in Florida) had to move back to Missouri so we grabbed fro-yo before she made her drive back. I'll miss her down here but I know that we're meant to be life long friends :)
11. I should've put this in our marriage vows.
12. Is this not the sweetest picture you've ever seen? Gordon getting some daddy snuggles with the biggest smile on his face.
13. Another wall in my living room has gotten some decor love

14. Completed my second portrait of my boy Gordon at Paint your Pet! Just one more to go!
15. Had to post for National Spouses Day!
16. Gotta love your dog humor right??

I apparently really love coffee, donuts and a good Sunday read. But hey, who am I to complain??

January was definitely a good start to the year!








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