Oh Hey Friday | aka Moving Day

Today I thought I’d try a new link up, so I’ll be over with September Farm and The Farmer’s Wife for Oh Hey Friday.

You may notice they are both Farmer’s wives? Well I secretly always wanted to live on a farm when I was little so now that I live 15 minutes outside of the city, I have taken to reading their blogs on the daily. And I would suggest you do the same. You’ll thank me :)

So. HereWeGo.

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1. Today is moving day. *takes Advil now* I’m a little reluctant, excited, stressed and anxious for it all. It’s early so I decided I’d take a few happy-quiet moments to myself with my computer and coffee before all havoc breaks loose. We have known this day was coming for a month now but it wasn’t until last week that we started to do anything significant in terms of packing. Thank God for my mom who helped us get it started. So we are currently surrounded by boxes galore and labels out the yin-yang. Today we’ll spend the rest of the day packing up the last bits of odds and ends and start bringing over the first trips of boxes. Then one more night in our first home together and tomorrow the movers will be here to get the furniture.

*sigh*

I’m excited to move. It’s a new chapter. But it’ll be sad to say goodbye to this little place that we fell in LOVE with once we finally found it. Change is good though, no matter how bad I am at it…

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^^My current view…

2. The exciting part of being in a new place is decorating. D and I stopped in to look at our new home on Wednesday evening for the first time after the lease signing. Thankfully, I now have a better idea of what our place specifically looks like and the amount of wall space and where I am going to put everything. It’s funny, when we were apartment/ townhome hunting, one of the first things I’d ask David when we entered a new place is…”So where will the Christmas tree go?” It’s important to get the necessities out of the way, am I right or am I right?!

So needless to say I’ve been on a Homegoods-meets-Michael’s-meets-IKEA kick for sometime now. I’ve been wanting to find the perfect curtains and rugs specifically. Probably because I couldn’t have them in our old place. I’m loving this one from IKEA at the moment (the one on the right). Now I just gotta pull the trigger!

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3. David and I are gonna take some photos in the next few weeks downtown as there are some awesome settings of exposed brick, graffiti, and unique backdrops. The last time we took good photos together (besides our wedding) was for our engagaement shoot. But my plan is to take some every year to see how we change over the years. Once we find our tripod that went missing amidst packing we’ll head out. Now I just need to figure out what to wear!

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4. Being moving day and all, it’s probably a bad day to be sore. But alas, here I am. Sipping coffee and wishing I was soaking my toes. I’ve gotten back into running and have loved almost every bit of it. The fact that I generally feel more awake through the day or can feel my calves taking shape again is a plus. But man, this morning my legs sure do feel like jello. So moving today, along with with strenuous lifting, is going to be very very comical.

5. Around this time of year, I like to reminisce about the days I was studyin abroad in Europe. The app Timehop doesn’t help with the daily reminders of what exotic place I was off to 5 years ago today…sheesh… Anyways I was inspired (by Timehop) to go back through my photos from back then and just remember teh amazing places I went. Well, I got to one photo and had to laugh out loud (and slightly cringe) as I ran out to the living room telling David, “Hey! Check out this picture! Remember when I got kicked out of the vatican?!?” And that my friends, is a story for another day :)

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^^ Post kicking out… Pre-sneaking-back-in ;) I promise it sounds worse than it is…

On that note, have a happy Friday and an even better weekend!

Chocolate Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Glaze

My favorite kind of recipes to make are the ones where you see a picture and KNOW that it is delicious. You know nothing about the ingredients you just know you must make this delectable, mouth watering concoction of goodness lest you die by means of drowning (because of the drooling obvi).

This recipe was one of those recipes. At first I thought maybe it was just the photoraphy skills on this one were just really up to par. But then I made it and thought… eh… no it’s just plain good all around.

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This is a chocolate pumpkin bread with a super easy cinnamon glaze. It could probably be called ‘cake’ and it would make more sense but by calling it bread it sounds like there is more nutrional value in it, you are insinuating you can eat it other times besides dessert. Which is what I did. Many times.

I got the original recipe here, from Heather who is a fantasical cook and deserves many gold stars for her ability to conquer in the kitchen.

This ‘bread’ is mouth watering. It’s extremely moist (because of the pumpkin) and it looks much denser than it actually is. The cinnamon glaze adds the right spiciness to it and can be compared to Starbucks’ chocolate cinnamon bread, which I believe they discontinued…damnYouStarbucks. Although this IS a better substitute anyways.

Before I get into the ingredients, I would suggest adding a little more pumpkin than what is called for, as when eating it, there really is no pumpkin flavor. It’s more of a moistener. Also, the batter is going to seem outrageously thick and you may wonder (if you’re anything like me) how you screwed it up. Don’t fret my friend. You didn’t screw it up. It is supposed to be that thick. Promise. It won’t seem so thick once it’s baked.

Okay. With those disclaimers in place, here are the things you’ll need for your new favorite fall dessert:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Cinnamon Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350. Spray your loaf pan with non stick spray.
  2. With a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. It’s suggested to use a standing mixer but because I am KitchenAid-less, I used a hand mixer and it worked fine.
  3. Next add your eggs and mix until creamy. Add vanilla and pumpkin and mix.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and partially combine.
  5. Add the milk and mix until creamy/smooth.
  6. Transfer your batter to the loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Once the bread is done, let it cool for a while. It needs to be cool enough that it won’t melt your glaze.
  8. ONCE it’s cool, in a small bowl, whisk the powdered sugar, cinnamon, heavy cream and salt until smooth.
  9. Lastly, remove the bread from the pan and drizzle your glaze all over the bread.
  10. Now lick the bowl :)

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This is a great recipe if you are having guests over as it looks pretty but is easy to prepare. Also good for kids. Sticky fingers love this kind of stuff, or so I’m told. Check out the other recipes I’ve tried on my “Made it and Loved it” board on Pinterest!

365 Days Later…

One year of marriage down, many more to come. Two Saturdays ago (Oct. 4), David and I celebrated our one year anniversary. It seems crazy that it’s already been a year! The past few days have been filled with, “A year ago we were doing this” or “a year ago we were doing that“. There is just so much to remember about that special day.

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To celebrate, we decided to keep it pretty low key, but still be able to get away and have a nice night out. That Friday night we stayed in the city and went out to eat at a fancy-shmancy restaurant in downtown. Like most places we go, David ended up making friends with all the workers and we stayed and chatted with Mike-the-bartender about HIS newlywed life and baby on the way.

Later we headed to our home for the night. We stayed at the same hotel that we stayed at on our wedding night, Motor City Casino and Hotel. Obviosuly we weren’t there for the casino but David had never gambled before so we spent about an hour down there at the slots. Needless to say we didn’t win back the money we spent on the wedding… Maybe next time.

The hotel stay was perfect because we got upgraded to a river view/Ambassador bridge view and they even left us some chocolate covered strawberries. Not too shabby. AND of course once Saturday rolled around we started drinking out of our champagne glasses and nothing else. We decided to NOT bring them to brunch as we didn’t want strangers handling them. But brunch wasn’t complete without crepes at my favorite French place downtown. Because crepes have kinda become the unofficial food of our relationship. Everywhere we go, we stop at crepe places, but it’s totally unplanned.

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We headed home and just spent the day as the two of us and even got to enjoy our anniversary cake (same kind as our wedding cake, white with rasberry filling omgYUM)

Anyway, all in all it was a magnificent day/night. We talked a lot about the past year and the upcoming year. And then I came across a great discovery.

For our wedding shower, my aunts had everyone write on an index card, one piece of advice that they wanted to share with us. Some of them were great. Some were confusing. Some were hilarious. And some were too inapropriate to put on my blog :) But here are a few of the best AND worst marriage advice we received:

BEST: Travel the World Together- This advice came from my aunt/Godmother who I am very close with. She and my uncle have always been big travelors which is something I love about them. Although David and I have done a LOT of our world traveling together already (4 months abroad in Europe while in college is a long time), there is still so much to see. We have plenty of states to make it to maybe a few more countries if we’re lucky. I love traveling with D and we always come away with the best memories.

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^^ Munich, Germany.  During the days of just being friends. Oh how things have changed…

WORST: Never Go to Bed Angry- I realize that this is often advice given to new couples. But I’ve gotta say I’m not the biggest fan. I WILL say I do NOT like going to bed without resolving something, but I think that sometimes, not always, but sometimes things can not be resolved in a night. Often when we are over tired or just trying to hurry and make up, we may not say what we want/need to say. Or worse, we may say something we will regret. I think sometimes it’s better to let it go till morning when you’ve gotten some sleep. By morning, you may look at the situation and realize it’s not as big of a deal as you thought. I mean it’s a nice romantic thought to not go to bed angry, but I think realistically it’s bound to happen and it’s okay.

BEST: There is More than One Right Way to Do Something- Whoa I love this one. David does laundry different than I do. He loads the dishwasher different than I do. He makes the bed different. And folds clothes different. And cooks different. There are a lot of things I learned when we first got married that we do differently. But it all gets done. Maybe not the same way. Maybe not at the same rate. But we both had to learn to hold our tongues when we saw somebody doing something in a different way than we were used to. I’ll be honest, it definitely hasn’t been easy. And I still catch myself about to say something and then remember I should hold my tongue. As long as the task gets done, I have no need to worry.

WORST: Greet Your Husband at the Door with a Smile and a Drink- I’ll admit. I’m very traditional. I like the idea of having dinner made when my husband gets home. I like the idea of him coming home to a clean house. But all in all, this advice seems a bit unrealistic. For one thing, 3 out 5 days of the work week David and I drive together, so we get home at the same time. The other two days, I generally get ‘home’ earlier, but I spend that time running around getting errands done. Most of the time I try to have something prepared for dinner, even if it just means re-heating leftovers so they’re ready when he walks in the door. Do I greet him with a smile? Sure. Is it at the door? Generally no, I just peek around the corner of the kitchen and throw a quick hello at him so I don’t burn the food. And as for greeting him with a drink everyday? Well David is more of a lightweight than I am and I certainly am not striving to turn him into an alcoholic. Strange advice, I must say…

BEST: Never Stop Dating Your Spouse- This one couldn’t be more true. I think it’s helped our sanity and allowed us to experience new things. But we’ve never really called our dates ‘dates’. We just plan fun things to do I guess. Like our “Moving Day Bucket List”. We made a list of all the things we love to do in our current area and we have to do them at least once more before we move. Or our spontaneous Puppy Dates to the puppy store near us. They let you play with the puppies as long as you want. Instant smile factor. Or our trip to the ZooBrew! I think it’s important to always be trying new things and never stop exploring.

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WORST: Never argue- Okay this one is obvious as to why it’s the worst advice. But the WORST part of this advice we were given is that it was given to us by the oldest person at our wedding shower (90+ yrs old) and she had been married the longest out of anyone in the room (50-60+yrs). We were expecting some really heartfelt, deep stuff. I mean being married to someone that long is a HUGE accomplishment and I wanted to know what great, words of wisdom she’d have. I laughed when I read her ‘advice’. David and I have already failed at that one, let me tell you! I think it’s healthy to argue sometimes and needs to be done. Even if it’s little. Everyone needs to get their point of view out and sometimes you need to yell it out. It’s okay. Don’t hold it in. For the love of God whatever you do, just don’t hold it in.

BEST: Hold Hands While Having an Argument- This one seems very weird. I got this advice from a close family friend. She got it while on a marriage retreat with her husband. They were told, next time you really are going at it, make a note to hold each others hands (no matter how much you don’t want to at that moment). Believe it or not, you’re more likley to listen, and I mean actually listen to the other person when you are having that intimate physical touch with them. A few others have told me to do this and all have said it made what they were fighting about seem so stupid and insignificant. They learned to love each other better through the fight AND they’re fights got shorter as well as they started fighting a lot less. Now D and I have never actually tried this but it’s something to think about next time you’re going at it. Just try it, no matter how weird it feels at first.

One thing I’ve learned over this past year is that what works for one couple, very well may not work for another. It’s not a comparison game and that’s a hard line to walk. I’ve been guilty of this myself and that’s why I’m glad we had the advice cards at our table. Because we can pick and choose what advice will work for us. And just laugh a little at the rest :)

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New Brews to Peruse: ZooBrew

A few months ago, I was trying to find some upcoming, fun events that David and I could go to that were A. relativley close and B. relativley cheap.  I came across a few that seemed worthy of trying out but the one I was most excited for was the Detroit Zoo Brew. They had a summer date and a fall date and it offered the chance to hang out at the zoo, see the animals and try a plethora of local beers and brews. OBVIOUSLY we chose the fall date and snagged my parents to come along for the ride.

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We were each given 12 drinking tickets to try over 60 different beers. So picture over 1,000 people walking around the zoo 12 beers in… (granted they were 3-6 oz. samples we’d get with a ticket but STILL a lot of beer).

So I don’t know if this post is more for me to remember the beers I liked or for you to go try them but I’d say a little bit of both… Anyways, here are my favorites I tried!

Vander Mill Cider : Ginger Peach- I have always been a big fan of ciders. Ever since I tried Pear Bulmers’ in Ireland, I was hooked. So of course I was going to hit as many cider booths as I could. This one may have been the cider to come out on top. Vander Mill is located in West Michigan on a large apple orchard. Their brewery sounds pretty awesome and hopefully I can make it there someday. At the Zoo Brew, they offered two flavors to try: the Ginger Peach and the Totally Roasted. I only tried the Ginger Peach but it was the perfect amount of flavor without being to overpowering. It was crisp from start to finish. Apparently Totally Roasted is one of their most populars, although I didn’t try it. That one has has the apple cider taste with candied pecans steeped in as well. I MUST try this next.

Atwater Brewery : All things Atwater Brewery that I have tried are ALL good. Therefore it is very hard to pick ONE. This is a brewery located right in good ole’ Detroit and is very popular with locals (and then some). They had several beers at the Zoo Brew but my favorite would probably be Dirty Blonde. It’s very light and a little spicy (probably because of being brewed with orange peel and coriander) but it also has a sweetness to it (but NOT considered a sweet beer). This one tends to be a favorite ’round these parts.

Dark Horse Brewing Company : Scotty Karate – Watch out for with this one. This right here is a Scotch Ale and was 9.75% ABV! This one here pretty much finished me off for the night but I’m glad I had it last. It was just an enjoyable beer. A little more heavy, the taste made me think of caramel or bread or bourbon/whiskey type of flavors. Weird I know but if you’re looking for a beer that you’ll only need one of, here ya go! Dark Horse Brewing Company is located in Marshall, MI (which I’ll be honest, I have no idea where that is) but they seem to have a a really great selection. Next on my list to try is their Perkolator Coffee Dopplebock.

Jolly Pumpkin : La Parcela (Pumpkin Ale) Alright. So this one was not so new to me. I’ve had it a few times and have loved all the different ones I’ve tried so far. Let me clear common misconception up… Jolly Pumpkin is the name of the brewing company, but all their beer is not pumpkin flavored. In fact I think this is the only one that is. It was named Jolly Pumpkin because they owners thought it sounded like a nice unique name. See? Nothing to do with the flavor pumpkin. EXCEPT for this beer specifically. It is so smooth going down. At the end, if you’re a beer enthusiast (which I am not I just read about it ;) you may find a hint of cacao going down. Definitly worth trying especially if you’re a #basicb***h and love you some pumpkin! Also worth trying if you DON’T like pumpkin, as it’s not too heavy.

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I figure that’s a couple you can go ahead and try and will most likely fall in love with. This was such a fun experience and worth every penny. Next time we’ll probably head to the summer one, just so it’s lighter out longer and so we can walk around and see the animals more. But all in all great experience. Check your local zoo and see if they have a Zoo Brew. I know a few of the big ones throughout the country do. You won’t regret it :)

Slow Cookin': The Autumnal Edition

October is here. And did you know autumn is my favorite season? #basicwhitegirl, I know. I just can’t help it I love the clothes and the shoes and the smells and the crunchiness (of leaves) and the cool running weather and especially … the food.

Everything is warm and cozy and the definition of fall food to me is comfort food. With that said, I’ve been on a crock-pot spree for the past two weeks trying to find some good meals.

So I figured I’d compile a few of my absolute favorites which I think you need to try ASAP.

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First up is my friend Olivia’s Cream Cheese Chicken Chili (original source here). OhMyYUmmm. It is everything and more that you expect in a crock-pot meal. The cream cheese gives it that extra creamy-ness and it’s chalk-full of chicken which is a plus in my book. This one is packed with flavor and sure to be a staple in our home from here on out.

Next I tried Kari’s Rosemary Chicken with Butternut Squash. Now this is my first time cooking with butternut squash. I grew up eating it but never ventured into preparing it myself. There needs to be a disclaimer on this vegetable about how difficult it is to cut. Moving on to the recipe however, if fall had a taste, this would be it. Butternut squash is just perfect for capturing the spiciness of the season and I love rosemary on chicken and/or potatoes so needless to say I loved this.

Last but not least goes to my favorite of the season so far. It’s from the must-have book Slow Cooker Bible and is their Chicken Fiesta Soup. I’ve been trying to resort to my cook books more as opposed to Pintrest meals which are great and all but what’s the point of having cook books if you aren’t gonna use them, right? So this one is easy to make (like most crock-pot recipes) and is packed with meat, veggies, and flava-flave. It’s basically a fiesta in your mouth. Save this one for Cinco de Mayo, Día de Muertos, or really every other day of the year.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz) stewed tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cans (4 oz. each) chopped green chilies
  • 1 can (28 oz) enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1 tsp of chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn (I used canned)
  • 1 yellow squash, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • Optional: taco chips, sour cream and shredded cheese to dress it up

- Now. Throw everything into the crock-pot. :) Cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours. I’m telling you this one was totally worth it and we had leftovers for quite a while. I’m planning to make this one again, freeze it and use throughout the winter.

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And for the record if you don’t have the Slow Cooker Bible and you like your crock-pot even just a little, you need this book in your life. There are simple things and fancy things, but all just throw-it-in-the-crock-pot-easy kinda of recipes. You’ll look like a culinary genius to your friends. What more could you ask for in the kitchen?

Oh and btw this would be amazing with some homemade bread. Just sayin’…

Let me know what you think! What are you making in your crock-pot this season?!

The Stinks of Life

Sometimes life just stinks. And sometimes there is just nothing we can do about it. But sometimes, we find a little something that makes it stink just a  little less.

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Before I say anything more about this post, you just need to watch this video. Because 1. It’s hilarious and 2. You’ll have a better idea of where I’m going with this.

Ok. Now that you’ve seen that, this post is going to make a lot more sense. I saw this product a few years ago and I thought it was brilliant. I even added it to one of 12 Days of Gift Giving for the Jokester in your life. Let’s be honest. Who likes to be the… well… stinky person at work or a friend’s house? No one! I’m a lady and let me just say I like to smell like one too!

So when I was introduced to essential oils of all things, I was MORE than pleased when I came across a homemade version of PooPourri. If you’re not familiar with essential oils, I know some incredible ladies who can help you out. Just let me know! Oils are great for keeping your family healthy and giving you the extra boost in your day. They are also wonderful at making your “pit stops” to the ladies room a much more pleasant experience all around.

This is all you’ll need!

  • One 2-4 oz. Metal Spray Bottle
  • Water filled almost to the top
  • 15-20 drops of each of your favorite smelling Essential Oils. (I used Lavendar, Lemon, and a touch of Peppermint and Eucalyptus from doTERRA. I recommend using their Citrus Bliss blend and/or Grapefruit instead of Peppermint and Eucalyptus. I did this in another batch for a family member and it was AMAZING.)

Fill the bottle with your water and oils, give a brisk shake before you use it each time, and 2 sprays into the toilet bowl before you tend to your “business”. The way it works is basic 1st grade science. Oils don’t mix with water right? So the oils that come out (after shaken) of the spray bottle create a thin film over the top of the water in the bowl. It’s like a stink-shield. It keeps all the stinkiness below the surface. Genius right!

Yes, I suppose these are the things that are hush hush in life. But everyone does it and everyone stinks sometimes, so I think everyone can benefit from taking a little stink out of their life, amiright?!?

Tradition Time: Vol.2

Don’t you just love a good, timeless tradition? I love the consistency of them. I love that they trace back anywhere from 2 years to hundreds of years. There is comfort in something that you know you can count on throughout time. That’s why traditions have been so importnant to me.

I remember growing up we always had traditions for different events or holidays. First day and last day of school we would go out for Taco Bell (probably the only times I ever ate it); Christmas Eve every year my brother would sleep in my sister’s and my room so we could all wake up at the same time; dyeing our Easter Eggs with the bright red Greek food coloring. All of these were soemthing to look forward to.

That’s why, with D and I, we wanted to start our own traditions early on. I guess they don’t really become traditions until you repeat them for the first time. But David and I have our first anniversary coming up in a week (*gasp!*)! It’s crazy to think it’s been that long when it really has just flown by. I realize everyone says this but I never realized how true it was until now.

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So this year we really want to instill a new, fun tradition into our yearly supply. You see, for our wedding, we received the most beautiful Waterford Crystal champagne flutes. We didn’t think we’d get them but registered for them anyways on a whim. The bridal shower came and went and no flutes. I didn’t think anything of it because, again, I didn’t really think we’d get them.

Lo and behold, about two days before the wedding we got a package in the mail from a family friend who we don’t see too often. They were unable to get to the shower but wanted to make sure they got us something before the wedding. And what did we unwrap? A silk lined wooden box. And what was in said silk lined box? Our beautiful champagne flutes! We were thrilled. Not only because it was a purchase we were not expecting but it came just in the knick of time!

celebrations_flutesNow fast forward a few weeks, when we were at our new apartment post-honeymoon unpacking all of our beautiful gifts, we came across the flutes. We kept them out sitting on our table for a few days until we came to the realization of, “When the heck are we ever going to use these again?!” I mean they were beautiful but I knew I’d forget to use them on holidays and it’s not exactly your everyday drink-ware. So we came up with our new tradition.

We decided that on every anniversary, we are going to pull out the champagne flutes and drink everything…and I mean EVERYTHING from them on that day. Because they’re crystal, I don’t want to risk any hot coffee in them, but I’m thinking Iced coffee, juice, soda, beer, champagne, wine, water, milk… anything we drink will be from our flutes. It seemed like a good way to get some use out of them but also remember our wedding day in fun and unusal way. Fun and unusual… my life goals.

This year, D and I will be staying in the city for our anniversary. We wanted to do something special for our one year but not break the bank (especially with moving day coming up). So when we head into the city, we’ll be toting along two crystal glasses for anything and everything beverage related.

What are some of the traditions in your family? Have you started new ones along the way? I just love hearing about them. And don’t mind me if I steal one or two…

 

Apartment Living: The Yays

You know that saying, ‘you don’t know how much you love something till it’s gone’? Yeah, that’s been hitting pretty close to home latley. You see, some time ago, you all got to listen to me gripe. Because you know what, sometimes you need to gripe about things! Specifically, living situation type-things. I can’t help it if my apartment just has things about it that make me roll my eyes every which way.

But a few weeks ago, David and I had to decide whether or not to renew our lease, or make the move else where. We knew we could be paying less. And we knew we could be closer to work in Detroit. So… we decided to move.

And now that we’re here only here for another month, I find myself just sitting in my living room (which I have not started packing up) loving on every inch of this place. After all, it was our first home together so I think I’ll always be a little biased about it. With that said, I am not here today to gripe, but to give some love to the four walls that have encased me and the hubs for the past 11 months (almost 12?!).

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  • Always first. Like I said before, this was D and my first place together. So not only was it our first home, but if walls could talk, it would tell of a lot of other firsts. First home cooked meal, first ruined meal (and several more to follow), first married fight, first Christmas together, etc. It has so many great memories! One of my favorites just may be the day after our wedding. We were leaving my parents house after a big barbeque where we got to hang with all of our friends and family. On our way back to our lovely little apartment (it would be our first night there), we realized there were a lot of things we didn’t get off our register that we needed. So we stopped at Target and picked up the essentials (bedding) and then of course some splurges (electric toothbrushes), cause hey why not?!? We’re married! Once we got home it was late. But then we realized we forgot pillows. So back we went. I think we made three trips to the store that night; back and forth from the apartment. But we enjoyed every minute of it and by the time we got home, our place was finally ready to settle in to.stehsrhn
  • Location, location, location. The area that we are currently in is supreme. There are restaurants galore around us so a quick date night is always a must. Plus we are right down the road from the big mall so a quick pit stop at H&M is never out of the question. The area around us in general is charming. There is a little downtown about 5 minutes from us where we like to go get crepes or hangout at the bookstore. I’m going to miss the small town feel you get when walking through downtown.20140527-094346-35026764.jpg
  • Brand-spankin-new! When we moved into this apartment, it was newly renovted. So we were the first to use the washing machine, the first to walk on the carpet, and the first to use the oven. The cabinets had all just been replaced and everything was bright and shiny. For a first home, it was nice coming into an already clean and bright place. In the new place, we are moving into a townhome that was built in 1939. And let me say, I LOVE vintage. But I can’t help but be a little sceptical about the fact that appliacnces in older homes tend to be smaller along with the bedroom sizes or insulation isn’t always up to par. We’ve only seen the place once but fell in love with it. I’m still very happy with our new home we’ll be heading to, but there may be a few times I miss the new-ness of an updated and upgraded apartment.
  • Storage is a must. I can’t complain about storage. In our new place, we will have two floors, PLUS a basement. I don’t know what I’ll do with that space! BUT one thing I’ll miss dearly is our pantry. Right now, we have a pantry right off the kitchen. It just may be my favorite part of our entire apartment. It’s HUGE. We have enough room to fit all of our holiday decorations including Christmas tree, out of season clothes, suitcases, decorations we aren’ts using, a rack of all of our pantry foods, another LARGE rack of our appliances, plus space for our tools, aprons, cookbooks, etc. It’s massive. And if David let me, I would maybe sleep in there I love it so much. In the new place, the kitchen is relativley on the smaller side. There is no pantry off the kitchen. The basement is right off the kitchen which has a pantry, but the convenience of being a step away from my big pasta pot or an extra jar of sauce when I’m in a rush will really be missed. #firstworldproblems amiright?!sgh
  • Niceties of neighbors. Okay. I may have mentioned our neighbors’ dog and his urination problems in my last post, but all in all I really like our neighbors. Everyone around us is friendly and the kind of people you stop and have a few minutes conversation with. I mean, I won’t be inviting them over for Christmas dinner any time soon, but it’s always such a perk to be surrounded by people you like. And it’s not even just the next door neighbors. When I go for a run in the evening after work, there are so many people out with their kids or walking their dogs and everyone is just so friendly. Fingers crossed for smiling-happy neighbors in the next home!
  • Balconies are the bomb. At our new place, we’ll have a decent sized outdoor space. So again, I can’t complain. But in our current place, being on the second floor and having a balcony has been great! Since I was kid, there is something I just love about balconies. I like being high up and being able to look out. Plus there is an extra charm about reading outside on a balcony. So I’ll miss it. Not the nieghbors dog peeing on it from the floor above it, but the little space, yes, that I’ll miss.20140527-094354-35034857.jpg

So no griping today for me. Today is reserved for reminiscing. Reminiscing on all the meories of this little place and the things I’ll miss. I hope that whoever moves in here next will have some good memories as well. With that said, I should start packing. Out with ‘old’ in with the ‘new’ and on to the next chapter!

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