Things That Go Bump In The Night

And just like that, it’s November..

The month of October basically flew by and now it’s time to pack away the Halloween decorations for another year, which is too bad because other than Christmas Halloween has to be my favorite holiday.

The good news is that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Which mean lots of food, football and naps. I have never been one to turn down pumpkin pie and left over turkey for turkey sandwiches is is almost better than left over pizza. Just add some gravy and mmmmm

I hope that everyone had a great Halloween. We had quite a few fun “haunted” activities that made this Halloween a ton of fun. We decorated a trunk for the Immanuel Lutheran School annual “Trunk or Treat” on Friday. Then braved the freezing cold to hand out candy to all the little ones. I loved seeing all of the different costumes, but damn was it cold. It was also kinda nice because my dad was able to come with us and I think he really enjoyed it. While he has been staying with us I have been trying to take him to do as many things as I can since he is pretty much bound to the house when we are working.

On Monday, the day before Halloween, some friends and I went downtown Chicago to go on a haunted ghost tour. It was a ton of fun, although we didn’t end up seeing any ghosts. It was nice to see a good friend who came in from out of town and get a night out of the house.

 

Our actual Halloween night was pretty mellow. After eating a nice dinner, we snuggled up to finish watching Stranger Things 2 and handed out candy. Now that is my idea of a good night!

 

Now I just have to contain my excitement for Christmas and try my best to not put up the tree until after Thanksgiving. I will say I think the stores are pushing the Christmas stuff a little early this year. It makes it hard for me to resist. I am a sucker for holiday decor.

Until next time

L

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Germs Be Gone

September 22nd marked the end of summer and the official start of fall. Children have been to school for a couple of months, leaves are starting to fall and the weather will soon begin to get cooler. I know many of you are excited because this means pumpkin spice lattes (or pumpkin everything these days), boots and football, but unfortunately this also means cold and flu season is approaching. (For me the begining of October means I finally get to put my Halloween decorations out!)

I absolutely HATE being sick. Being sick is awful and it’s not good for anyone around me because I am the biggest cry baby when I don’t feel well.

This means that as the little germs start to attack I bust out the heavy artillery, which for me means Young Living essential oils. I have been using Young Living oils for about 4 years and I absolutely can not live without them. These bottles of miracles work wonders for all sorts of my ailments and can be used for a great strong immune system.

While oils may not work for everyone, I use multiple oils through out the day for all sorts of things. I diffuse oils throughout the day and while I sleep, I take oils supplements, I use them in my beauty routine, and I even use oils to clean my home. There are so many great oils, but today I will focus on Thieves since that is my main attack against all those nasty germs.

Thieves essential oil is a combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and cinnamon. It has been shown that Thieves kills airborne bacteria, can strengthen all the systems of the body and helps to fight off infections. How amazing is that!!!

Here are some ways I use Thieves oil:

  • Rub on the bottom of my feet or spine morning and night for an immunity boost
  • I have Thieves hand purifier, which I use to clean my hands while out of the house
  • Thieves wipes help me to clean off surfaces such as a restaurant table or those nasty door knobs
  • I use Thieves cleaner through out our house to disinfect counters and bathrooms
  • Whenever I get a sore throat I mix a drop of thieves and some lemon in hot water for a soothing drink

As you can see there are so may ways to use this great oil. If I use it regularly I am usually able to get through the cold and flu season relatively unscathed.

Who else uses essential oils?

L

Cold Beer and Hot Dogs

Holy sh#@t where did summer go??! Last thing I remember we were getting ready for our big Fourth of July Party, decorating our house with so much patriotic flare it looked like America threw up on it and now I’m pulling out the sweaters and planting mums. I’m also trying to determine if September is way too early to decorate for Halloween.. (I blame Pinterest for my enthusiasm. So many good ideas!)

While summer seemed so short, it sure was a great one! Lots of family adventures, many new friends, and the good news is I only had to squeeze my busted can of biscuits body into a swimsuit a few times. (Hello wine and cheese..)

In June my husband’s oldest sister got married, so most of the month was spent preparing and then celebrating the new couple. Shortly after recovering from all the weeding activities we attended a Red Hot Chili peppers concert. It was def one of the better concerts I’ve been too although don’t be alarmed if you wake up the next morning smelling like skunk.

Our house is on the parade route for the city 4th of July parade so we had our first huge party since moving in a year ago. We had way too much food and beer, but it was so much fun. The funny thing is it had been so long since we had gotten a keg that it took about 5 people to remember how to properly tap it and this is the first time I recall not finishing the entire thing. (I guess this means we are getting old.)

Later in July we celebrated my husband’s birthday going downtown to Wriggly Rooftops for a Cubs game. With unlimited food and drinks and a cubs win in the 9th it was a great day.

In between all of these activities, plus countless others we still managed to fix up our yard, plant lots of flowers and even install a pond. I also managed to get in a quick trip to Charlotte, NC to visit one of my besties. I’m not excited to see summer go and I am for sure not ready for the cold winter weather to arrive, but I know we have lots of fall activities to look forward to.

How was your summer?

L

Still Going Strong

Last month, May 7th to be exact, my husband and I celebrated one year of marriage. One whole year of being married. Tradition wise this meant it was time to bust out the frozen wedding cake, which my father-in-law graciously brought back all the way from Florida. And hey guess what else, it means we get a special wedding gift: Paper! (The cake was actually pretty delicious. At least for a day anyway.)

After a year I have certainly learned a lot about more about what marriage means. Marriage means:

  • Having a nightly tug of war with the covers and insisting that the other person is a bed hog.
  • Leaving that last little bit of toilet paper on the roll so you don’t have to be the one who has to go all the way downstairs to replace it.
  • Pretending that the trashcan isn’t overflowing, hoping the other one will cave and take the trash out.
  • Constantly trying to figure out where to eat or what to have for dinner.
  • Always fighting over which movie or tv show to watch.
  • Constantly having to find things in plain sight because my husband has male blindness.
  • Hiding all delivered packages in your closet before your husband gets home so he doesn’t freak about you spending more money on “things you don’t need” (btw I always need more clothes)
  • Trading in late nights out at the bar for staying in and watching a movie and falling asleep before it’s over.

Hilarious I know, but really all joking aside our first year of marriage was pretty great. We have made so many great memories and who knows what the next few years hold for us.

-L

 

Latest Adventure

Last week my husband and I took a nice trip to Washington DC to see the sights and spend some time with my mother’s side of the family.

When we found out my husband had a two day Audiology conference in DC we thought why not and decided to make it a week long vacay. Tom has never been and I haven’t been since I was in high school. So we packed a suitcase, sent the fur babies off to grandma and grandpas, and set off. The trip was even more fun (or stressful, depening on how you look at it) because my sister and parents decided to join in the fun.

We spent the first 3 days of our trip exploring they many sights. We went to multiple museums, visited the memorials, got a private tour of the capital, and saw The Changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery.  We also ate at some well known restaurants including Momofuko, Old Ebbitt Grill, The Tombs, and The Hamilton. On our last night in the city my husband, sister and I went to Georgetown to check out the exorcist step and house that were in the movie The Exorcist released in 1973. We also ate in The Tombs restaurant/bar which also appeared in the movie.

For the last few days of our visit we went to Huntingtown Maryland and stayed with my cousins. We spent the time relaxing, eating crabs, smoking ribs, and watching movies.

All in all it was a great trip and I look forward to going back again soon. Here are some pics from the trip:

Spring Awakening

Today I woke up and after checking all necessary social media outlets, realized the today is the first day of SPRING! Of course I am excited because it means summer is just around the corner, but from where I was laying it looked like another cloudy, grey (probably cold) winter day.

In fact, the only way I could tell that spring was on the way is by the crumpled roll of toilet paper I’ve been sleeping with the past few nights because my nose won’t stop running. (Don’t judge, we are out of tissue. Besides a roll of tp is a lot softer than rolling over on a box of Kleenex). With the onset of spring my allergies come out in full force!

After dragging myself out of bed and grabbing my vital cup of coffee (very important because without coffee I am unable to be a fully functioning human) I was surprised to find that it actually was not too bad out. I would even go so far as to say it was almost warm outside. Still grey, but temperature wise, pretty good. Unfortunately, I have this thing called a job so I was chained to my computer for most of the day. (Jobs just ruin everything don’t they.)

Thankfully, late in the afternoon I was able to get away for a quick walk! Also, I did get to spend about 20 minutes outside in my backyard while I scooped up a winter’s worth of dog poo. (What a treat I know!)

Happy spring everyone! I for one can’t wait to spend much more time outside before the next winter hell comes around.

L

 

Wine Not??!

Between the ongoing cold weather, the holidays and multiple family commitments, as well as my recent run in with the plague (aka pneumonia) I decided it was time to have a little fun before I went completely insane. So in order to save my mental health I decided to have a ladies wine tasting party because you know, wine not? (haha see what I did there).

Why a wine party you ask? Well, I like wine (a lot). Pair that with cheese, sliced meats, olives, and girl gossip and you’ve got yourself an amazing time. Also, I thought having a wine tasting would make things a little more interesting  (Besides a wine tasting is classy and makes it completely acceptable to drink multiple bottles of wine on a Saturday afternoon. Apparently, if you just sit around your house alone enjoying a nice bottle of Cabernet  you’re an alcoholic).

I decided to go with a blind wine tasting and throw in a prize at the end for the person who brought the most popular wine. Here is how a blind tasting works:

  1. Have everyone bring two bottles of the same wine pre-wrapped in a brown paper bag. Make sure the wine is wrapped before the guests arrive because you don’t want to know who brought what.
  2. When the guests arrive one of the bottles gets a number and the other bottle get set to the side.
  3. Start with number one and go through tasting each wine until you have tasted them all. I had my guests rinse out their glasses in between each tasting so that they wouldn’t be mixing wines. (Ultimately, I would have loved to provide each guest with a separate glass for each tasting, but I don’t have that many wine glasses).
  4. I provided my guests with a wine tasting sheet I found on Pinterest so that they could rate each wine and mark down any notes.
  5. When everyone was done tasting we compiled the ratings and the person who had the most popular wine won all the second bottles of wine. (I KNOW!! What a prize) They can take the bottles home or in our case we popped open some more and continued on with the party.
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Apps Galore!

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Lovely Ladies

It was a great time with some of my favorite ladies and would totally do it again. So, if you’re in the mood for a little fun try hosting a wine party. Pick up some wine, throw together some yummy snacks, and invite some of your ladies. (The best part, when you host you don’t have to drive home!)

L