September 25, 2013

What I'm Loving Lately...


What I'm Loving Lately...


These  knit jeggings from American Eagle. I have a pair of black, maroon and tan and I'm even contemplating getting another pair of black just in case anything were to happen to them. They are that amazing! 


Halloween digital chalkboard prints from jandpaper on Etsy (aka Jessica from Little Baby Garvin). It's never to early to start decorating for Halloween (my second favourite holiday!)

Chalkboard Print - Digital File 8x10 - Halloween Printable
Coffee Coffee Coffee. I love iced coffee in the Summer but now that Fall is officially here I'm back to using the Keurig at work every 5 seconds. As you may have read before, I HATE pumpkin tasting anything so I'm sooo not into the whole pumpkin spice coffee thing. Instead I grabbed some Caramel Apple Pie K-cups that just screamed FALL to me


These sweet little faces that only have two and a half weeks left before they have to find new homes :( Sally is my grey and white baby (named after Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, duh) and Pepper Dennis is the only black and white baby and I just love them both so much! Can someone please buy me a house so I can keep them all?! Anyone? Bueller?...



Fall TV. All my favourite shows are starting back up and I'm so excited. I'm also looking forward to watching some new shows on the fall line up. There might be a new favourite show in there somewhere! I don't actually watch that much television but I will always make sure to stay up to date with SOA, HIMYM, and Revenge. They are definitely my top 3 shows (besides PLL which is on hiatus right now) 



You wanna know what I'm NOT loving. That I signed up for a 5k in my hometown that is THIS SUNDAY and I haven't ran since my 5k Color Run in July. My surgery really screwed with my eating and working out habits and now I am just getting back into things. So wish me luck, I'm going to need it!

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September 23, 2013

Popcorn and Movie Party (A Weekend Recap)...

Guys. I'm never having children. Like, ever. For realz. If you ever want to remind yourself why you don't want children, go to a birthday party. Best birth control ever. Birthday parties mean screaming, crying, temper tantrum throwing children on sugar highs who are skipping their nap times and are ticking time bombs capable of losing their shit at any moment. No thank you!
Now, I work in the ECE profession. I'm around children every day. I love working with children, they can make any bad day better with just a hug or by doing or saying something super adorable. But because I am around children all week long I really enjoy my weekends away from children (other than Graycie and Rae because there is no escaping those two. You can't even go to the bathroom in peace with them around...)
But when September hits and birthday madness takes over I am constantly spending my weekends with children under 5. So maybe someday (when I haven't spent every weekend surrounded by tiny humans) I will change my mind about the whole kids things, but for right now I enjoy my weekends with my wine

1.  I drank a bottle glass of wine on Friday night after supper and Graycie just had to have a cup like mine. (My Sister mentioned that I should also point out that it is grape juice in her cup, not wine. C'mon Toni, I know I have to wait until she's 13 to give her wine...)

2. I woke up at 7:30 am on Saturday. 7:30. Who does that? Coffee was my best friend that morning. And I got to have all three of my favourites at once. Also, I made the mistake of telling Graycie that now that she's 3 she can have coffee. So guess who actually wanted coffee? Whoops. #auntiefail

3 & 4. Saturday was Graycie's 3RD birthday and Toni, the girls, and I headed into 'the city' to finish grabbing the rest of the stuff for the girls party on Sunday. Before we left we had a mini photoshoot outside. It is impossible to get a good picture with these two!

5. I made Snickers Caramel Apple Pie. And then I died from deliciousness

6. Red Wine Sangria. I NEEDED this after the party on Sunday

7. Graycie opening presents after Supper. Both girls got guitars from Uncle and Auntie Kels. (so guess who is investing in some ear plugs...)

8. We had a movie night on Saturday night to test out the popcorn machine Toni borrowed for the party. I made a comfy space on the floor and the plan was to camp out. Guess who was the only one who slept on the floor? That's right. Moi. And my back is super sore to prove it. And then I was complaining about my sore back and why it was sore and my Dad assumed I had been drunk and passed out on the floor. I mean, I'm not in College anymore Dad...

9. Graycie Bear all ready to party


1. Trying to get the girls to pose for pictures together is like pulling teeth. Not that I know what that's like but you get the idea...

2. Rae became the photographer and got a picture of me and Graycie. And of course because it was also game day I had to be representin' my Riders

3. Then we tried to get Graycie to take a picture of us and that was an epic fail so we took a selfie instead

4. Hot buttered popcorn anyone? I swear I gained 10 lbs just looking at this

5 & 6.  The birthday girls and their party guests watching 'Rise of the Guardians'

7. She had to change after cake time (as you can see in the next picture) because she was covered in melted ice cream cake. Another reason I don't want kids right now - I can't handle when they are messy. (Except for at work because messy means fun!)

8. Opening presents after a quick outfit change for Graycie. After she opened presents she then changed at least 4 more times into all of her new stuff

9. Bouncy house fun. I don't know how that thing is still standing after those kids were done with it

Then after the party I got to finally sit down to catch the rest of the game only to watch my beloved Riders lose on a field goal with 11 seconds left in the game. Heart breaking. So then I drank a pitcher of Sangria to drown my sorrows. And to get rid of the headache caused by the aforementioned screaming, crying, temper tantrum throwing tiny humans. Maybe having children wouldn't be so bad as long as there is wine in the world...

Sami's Shenanigans


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September 18, 2013

Let's Play: This or That...

I've been in a blogging rut lately. It's not that I don't have ideas, I just don't make the time to sit down and actually write anything out. And like I mentioned in Monday's post, September is the craziest, busiest month of the whole year for me. So, on that note, I LOVE when bloggers make things easy for me and do almost all the work for my posts for me! I'm linking up with the bestest friends in all of Blogland, Whitney and Erin, for a game of This or That:

Vacationing in Florida or vacationing in NYC: If you have ever been around these parts before you will know the answer to this one. If you're new here, just know this: I fell in LOVE with NYC when I visited in August 2012 and I am just biding my time until I get to move there
iPhone or Droid: iPhone. Le duh
NSYNC or Backstreet Boys: Can we call it a tie? I had a wall full of JT posters and a wall full of Backstreet boy posters, ripped straight out of J-14 magazine. I NEED to find the photographic evidence...
Being forced to delete Facebook or being forced to delete Twitter: Facebook! I hate it so much. The only reason I keep it around is to sell my shit on Garage Sale sites (yes, we do that in my small town) and so that I don't forget people's birthdays
Fireball or Miller Lite: My sister just informed me the other night that Fireball is whiskey so it is no bueno for me - the native in me really comes out when I drink rye... So I'll go with Miller Lite, though I've never tried it. Pilsner has my heart
Full House or Family Matters: Full House. It makes my heart so happy
Dumbledore or Gandalf: I start tearing up just thinking about Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Why did J.K. Rowling have to put us through that?!
Dying Easter eggs or Carving pumpkins: The smell of pumpkins makes me wanna vom. And so does the feeling of the pumpkin guts. So even though I prefer fall over spring, I gotta go with Easter eggs
NFL or NCAAF: Can I say neither? Because the CFL is where its at...
A hangover forever or sobriety forever: Sobriety. Until you've drank half a bottle of Watermelon vodka straight, blacked out, then puked for 24 hours straight while also having to babysit two children you haven't lived experienced a true hangover. Just thinking about it makes me nauseous. As much as I love drinking I couldn't handle a forever hangover
January or July: July. Because A) It's my birthday month and B) it's closer to Christmas than January. Boom
Hannah Montana or Miley Cyrus: Miley Cyrus. But not the short hair, turkey ass Miley. The Can't Be Tamed Miley. What happened to her?
Shark Week or Fashion Week: Shark Week. As long as we're talking National Geographic and not lady business...
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or Saved by the Bell: Fresh Prince! One of my favourite parts of vacationing in Vegas is watching Fresh Prince in the shower through the mirror in my TV in the Go! room at The Flamingo. It's not weird at all...
Britney or Christina: No one will understand this but I always liked Christina more than Britney. I can't even explain why. BUT I will say this: Nothing will keep me away from Britney in Vegas!
Burrito or Burrito Bowl: I've neither had either. *GASP*. But the next time I'm in Minneapolis I will DEVOUR a Burrito Bowl
Reading blogs on your phone or reading blogs on your computer: Computer all the way. I have to squint way to much to read the little lettering on my phone and I really don't need the wrinkles...
Angelina or Jennifer: Jennifer. I wouldn't piss on Angelina if she was on fire. I'd probably roast some marshmallows, sit back, and enjoy the show...
Doug Funny or The Rugrats: I don't know what Doug Funny is... But regardless the Rugrats were my fav. Every year at Christmas I make sure to watch the Rugrats very 1st Christmas episode, 'The Santa Experience'. It's not Christmas until you watch this...
An open mouth chewer or a heavy breather: Heavy breather. Sometimes I think I'm bipolar with how angry I can get at someone chewing with their mouth open. It's usually a good thing there are never any sharp objects around

Side note: I just googled 'how to tell if you're bi polar and the first thing that came up was a quiz you can take. So you know what I'll be doing for the rest of my lunch break...

Happy Hump Day! 

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September 16, 2013

Happy Birthday Rae...

I LOVE Summer. Love, love, love it. Every year as soon as July hits I start to get depressed that there is only so much Summer left. And although Summer doesn't technically end until over halfway through September, as soon as September hits I'm ready for October and am okay with the changing season. The reason? September is the craziest, busiest, most expensive month of the year. Even more so than December. 

September is birthday month central around here. Rae's 7TH birthday was yesterday. And Graycie's 3RD birthday is THIS Saturday. My cousin Boonie had her son on Rae's birthday 4 years ago. And then her brother had his son on September 4th 3 years ago. So between birthday parties that need to planned, the birthday presents that need to be bought, and the parties that need to be attended I am just wiped out by the time Graycie's birthday (and usually the girls joint birthday party) finally hits. 

Yesterday we celebrated Tayv's 4th birthday out at his farm. And after his party we headed to my parent's house to have some special birthday time with the birthday girl. I quickly whipped together some cupcakes, we had a family supper, and then Rae opened her presents. Normally, I spoil the shit out of the girls for their birthdays. It's usually nothing to drop $150 on each of them for their birthdays. But this year I was at a loss. I couldn't think of a single thing to get them, the kids who have EVERYTHING. And neither could Toni. So while we were in Minneapolis for the Color Run, we kept thinking how much the girls would've loved some of the things we saw at the Mall. And an idea was born. We plan to take the girls on a belated birthday trip to Minneapolis, sometime in October or November. And they can pick their own birthday presents out there. And it will make life so much easier. 

Of course I still bought them presents to open on their birthdays, but nothing like I normally would. Now I just can't wait until we finalize our plans and I get to go back to the Twin Cities! 


Happy (belated) birthday to my firstborn niece. The first grandchild in our family. The girl known as Turtle, Rosie, Goober, Goobaroo, and Rae. The one who shares part of my name. 

Miss Audie-Rae Lynn.

The girl with so much imagination and spunk that I'm sure she'll accomplish everything she sets out to. The one who stole my heart and the reason I came home every chance I could in College. She keeps me laughing. She makes me mad. She can brighten up my day with just a hug. I'm so proud to call her my niece and although I can't believe she's already 7, I'm looking forward to watching her grow and seeing the person she becomes. 

Happy Birthday Rae!!

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September 11, 2013

Pumpkin Anything is Disgusting (There, I Said It)...

I worked a 14 hour day yesterday (see also: the reason I haven't been blogging much lately...) so I am loving that Jake & Holly have another edition of Finish the Sentence to ease me out of my blogging slump...

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My happy place... I've been putting in long hours at work lately so right now I will say its my bed. But ask me any other time and its NYC or Vegas :)

Whatever happened to... my plan to be living in NYC by now :( I'm going to go cry into my drink now...

So what if I.... Have a million emails to respond to? Or haven't posted consistently in a looong time? Or haven't ran in forever and have to run a 5k in a couple of weeks? Or that I decided to look at flights to Vegas and they're so cheap that I almost hit purchase?...

E! needs a reality show about... reality. I'm so annoyed of scripted 'reality' television. Also, they need a show about ME because I need some $$

My go-to fast food meal is... Well, you see... I live in the tiniest town in the WORLD so there is no fast food. No McDonalds, or A&W's, Dairy Queens, or even Subway. So I eat fast food maybe once a month if I manage to get out of O-town. But if I do get it I will pick a Chubby Chicken Burger from A&W with a Poutine (a real Canadian treasure). Try it. You will thank me later

You might not know that I... think pumpkin anything is DISGUSTING. No pumpkin spice lattes for me thankyouverymuch

The hottest quarterback in the NFL is... Who cares? It's all about the CFL and my two boyfrannns : slotback Weston Dressler and wide receiver Rob Bagg. Sighhhh

If I could.... move to NYC tomorrow I probably wouldn't. Only because I am way to considerate of a person to leave the business that I run without making sure the right person is taking over for me. That Centre is my BABY and I couldn't handle it being ran into the ground...

My personality is awesome because...  



Twerking is.... something else I just don't understand. Why did they (whoever 'they' are) take something that's been a thing since forever and give it a new name and all of a sudden its a huge thing. I.just.don't.understand!

I think it's super gross when... Jax sleeps around on Tara (all.the.time). I was so disappointed in him last night. And if I've spoiled SOA for you - I'm sorry but if you were a true fan you would've watched it already

Someone needs to tell Miley Cyrus.... that she is one pomeranian puppy and a jerry can of gasoline away from an Amanda Bynes meltdown. On second thought, scratch that. She knows exactly what she's doing, and since EVERYBODY is talking about it, she's obviously doing something right...

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September 6, 2013

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night...

Is it seriously Friday or am I just being Punk'd? Because I SWEAR it was just Monday. People on Twitter have been complaining that the week dragged on but for me it flew by. Which also means that I was so caught up in thinking that it was still the beginning of the week that "I'll do a post tomorrow" turned into "Oh shit, its the end of the week and I haven't blogged once!". So HUGE thank you to Kate for bestowing the 'Sunshine Award' on me so that I had an easy post that wouldn't kill my brain on this fine Friday!
Kate's questions for moi:
1. What's your personality type? (Myers Briggs, C. Jung, CVI, Sex in the City character survey, whatever). (If you've never taken one and don't have the time, just describe your personality!) 
I took a Mean Girls character survey once and it said that I was Gretchen Wieners. So there's that... And in College we had to take a bunch of personality tests and on the colour test I think I was orange. Maybe blue. Or Gold... Give me a break, it was 6 years ago!
2.What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do?
Say goodbye to loved ones
3.What's in your car's trunk?
I own an SUV so I technically don't have a trunk. But if you call the empty space in the back a trunk then it is completely empty. Not a thing in it after I cleaned it out to head across the line on labour day. Normally there would be a cooler and a bunch of reusable grocery bags that I never reuse...
4. How many times have you been to Disney World or Disney Land?
0 :( And now I'm sad about it. BUT Allegiant starts flying to Orlando in November so it WILL happen soon!
5. What's one thing you've been putting off?
Blogging... Making my friends baby gift... putting together my 2013 Project Life album... Mother's day and Father's day presents (I know, I'm a terrible person), cleaning Eleanor... Running... The list goes on and on. Summer really screws with my life!
6. What do you have going on this weekend?
Banjo Bowl baby! And the Riders are going to pull out another W! 
7. Wine, beer, or mixed drinks? What kind?
All of it. It's all my favourite. Sweet Red wine, Pilsner beer, and Vodka OJ or Malibu OJ are my absolute favs. And I can never say no to a frozen Margarita or any alcohol for that matter...
8. If you had to legally change your name, what would you choose?
Kayla Kardashian. I don't actually like the Kardashians and only watch their show when there is absolutely nothing on tv. BUT people would see the name and assume I'm related and they would give me free shit. I hope. Otherwise the name would be USELESS
9. What cheesy line do you tell yourself to get motivated for a workout/run/whatever?
I usually just bribe myself with stuff. Like I'll tell myself "If you do X amount of ______, then you can have a bottle glass of wine later. Or some Snickers Bites. Or you can buy yourself that Lululemon sweater you've been dying for. Or a baby hippo. You know, normal stuff
10. Bill Murray or Will Ferrell? I mean, if you had to choose.
Seth Rogen. Ok, fine. If I HAD to choose. Will Ferrell. But only because of Elf.  Otherwise I'm not a fan. I know, I know. I must not have a heart 
And because its Friday and I have a bottle of wine waiting in the fridge for me, I'm going to be a rule breaker and put off my nominations. Wine trumps having to use my brain to think up questions #sorryimnotsorry. Actually, maybe I'll drink the bottle of wine and then think up the questions
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