Saturday, December 21, 2013

Newlywed Game Holiday Edition!

We somehow found time to do this 
awesome linkup! 
It's a quick one. 
Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My Christmas Wishlist

Time is ticking down until that
jolly ol' big fella comes down our chimney.
And a lot of family members start asking
what I'd like for Christmas.

What better way to share than to make my wishlist.
So here you have it,
my 2013 Christmas Wishlist:

The number one thing on my list this year ^!!
I've been obsessed with Cher since I can't remember when
and she recently released her Dressed to Kill tour dates.
I hopped on the site and unfortunately the tickets are way out of my
price range and now most are sold out.
I would die if I got to see her concert!!!

  Behind the Chair : I've been obsessing over all their merchandise
since I discovered the site. I love the definition of hairstylist and
the sweatshirt is just hilarious!


This is obvious and also out of our current price range. 
A golden retriever puppy. 
Since I can remember, I've always had dogs and I miss them terribly.  


 An actual adult lunchbox. 
Since Sir Dan and I are forever dieting,
I would like a lunchbox that actually fits 
all my food and drinks.

 This amazing Turbo Power blow dryer!!!
It dries hair super fast and isn't heavy.
Dream dryer!!

 Oh Michael... How I love thou
and never had thou.

 A random selection of gift cards:
target, cvs, big y, cosmo prof (hair store),
cotton on, new york and company, etc.

There you have it.
Most seem extreme,
actually they are extreme,
but it's what I really would like under our tree.

What's on your wishlist this year?


Monday, December 9, 2013

Weekend Recap: From Eh to Awesome!!!

This weekend started out like complete poopski,
and ended up being pretty freakin awesome...
to the point where I didn't want it to end.

Saturday was super craptastic-
I had school and a couple clients that kept me busy...
but my best friend was graduating which made the day bitter sweet.

We started our journey together,
so its been her and I through it all.
I'm truly gonna miss my little Lex.

To top off an already crazy and emotional day,
I had to go to work.
I was excited to make money but once I got there,
and found out I had the worst section possible-
it just slipped down hill from there.
The manager was in the worst mood possible,
my coworkers (who I love) all had issues
and were dropping things left and right.
I was looking forward to just leaving.
I made great money,
but was happy for Saturday to end so I could start my real weekend.

My Saturday.
Sir Dan and I decided to skip the gym,
which was a hard decision,
but our bed was super comfy and warm.
Plus we never get a morning to just cuddle and sleep in.
 So we did and I didn't mind.
Saturday night we talked about making Sunday a date day,
because we are both so busy we rarely see each other
except for at night before bed.
 We had so many great choices we couldn't decide.
Finally while out to breaky,
Sir Dan picked Mohegan Sun-
CTs one of two casinos.
We love Mohegan,
and to spend the day there is so much fun.
Off we went,
talking the whole 2 hour car ride,
not a care in the world.
We get to Mohegan, put our car in their free valet,
and in we went to hopefully not donate.

Sir Dan saw a TV that said:
Tonights Show- Straight No Chaser at 7pm.
We love them and saw them last year at the same time same place.
Sir Dan looked up tickets and saw that there were some still available.
We ran to the box office and purchased two tickets to see the
amazing acapella group for $30 each!
We were so stoked!
Our impromptu date day turned even more awesome.
(ps- if you've never heard them,
search their music it's amazing).

We walked around the casino,
played roulette and craps-
which we both lost on :(
but didn't care cause we were having so much fun
and because it was so beautifully decorated.
I looked at my phone and one of my best friends texted me
that she was at the casino.
We talked, found out they were seeing the show,
ended up meeting up together, had dinner and went to the show.
Another awesome coincidence!!

After the show,
we met outside and decided to try our luck
one more time at roulette, right by valet.
My luck changed and almost ended up breaking even!
A great way to end a perfect day.

today I am relaxing all day!
We had some bad weather overnight 
consisting of mainly ice which we encountered on our way home.
So I am in my footie pjs, still in bed,
watching the rain :)

How was your weekend?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Oh hello there December

I think I'm slightly behind on this post considering 
It's already December 5th but better late than never right?! 
I've seen a lot of these December goals posts go up 
And I wanted to write mine out in blog land!

Nicole's December Goals:
1.) put together everybody's Christmas gifts. 
This year because of our current financial state,
We are using wine and my awesome takent as gifts!
It works out great and it's only a little expense for us. 
Now I just have to make cute little vouchers. 

2.) lose 5-10 pounds. 
Sir Dan and I have been dieting for just about two weeks now
(We started the Monday before thanksgiving and even made it 
Through thanksgiving under calories). 
I've gotten my butt back into the gym as many days as I can
With work and school being the obstacle. 
Now it's time to get serious. 
My ultimate goal is to get my thighs not to touch. 
I mean who likes chub rub?! 
I'm sick of it. 

3.) actually use coupons while shopping. 
I went to Walgreens yesterday for deodorant 
And the woman behind the counter had two coupons for me 
Which lowered the price even more. 
And being on a budget,
I didn't realize how much coupons actually help. 

4.) do something different for New Year's Eve. 
We have resorted to staying in the past couple of years 
Just to save money and the drive.
But now I want to do something fun and exciting. 
Not sure what it is yet but I wanna go out. 

5.) organize the apartment. 
That speaks for itself. 

6.) finally do our wedding crafts. 
It's been a year and a half, 
I think it's time to get that together. 

So there ya have it. 
My December goals. 
Hopefully being out in blog land
Will help them happen. 

What are your December goals?? 


Friday, November 29, 2013

Nicole's 5 Things

Thanks Jessica for tagging me in your 5 things post.
Her questions for me:

1. Who in your life do you look up to most and why?
I have a lot of people I look up to in my life,
but I'd definitely have to say my husband. 
Yup corny freakin answer Nicole.
He is literally the hardest worker,
kindest person,
smart as Einstein,
looks out for others before himself,
and has tons of goals and aspirations.

2. What was your favorite movie growing up? Why was it your favorite? Do you still like to watch it today?
I was definitely a die hard Lion King fan. Just something about
the cute animals and the general message 
behind it was awesome.
It's my goal to see it on Broadway.
I haven't watched it in a long time.

3. What is your opinion of Christmas music? When do you start listening to it, if at all?
I looovvee Christmas music.
There's just something about it that is so fun and uplifting.
I usually turn it on after Thanksgiving...
even though at the mall (where I work) it's been playing since November 1st.

4. What do you look forward to most on Thanksgiving? Why?
I look forward to seeing all my family the most.
Because of our busy lives,
we don't get to see everybody all the time like we would like.
So Thanksgiving is great to see all of our families.
Also eating a lot :)

5. If you could go anywhere in the world, money not being an issue, where would it be and why?
Greece and Italy.
They've been on the top of list for a while now.
My grandpa was from Italy and I just
love everything Italian.
Both have a ton of history behind them
and great food to try :)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pet Peeves

I like to think of myself as a pretty
laid back, go with the flow type of person.
It takes a lot for me to get really mad or aggravated
(unless you knew me when I worked at the bank,
I was often mad).
I choose to live life to the fullest and with much
positivity rather than negativity.

we all have our pet peeves.
Who doesn't?
And if you say you don't,
you are blatantly lying to everybody.

Lets start with one of my top pet peeves:

'I Don't Have Any Money...'
this is probably tied for number 1.
I don't have any money- 
oh but you can go and spend your 'no money' on 
makeup, hair stuff, and clothes that cost
together way more than you don't have?
Yea... not ok.
Especially when you do it to get out of doing something
or just because you want sympathy.
Yes Sir Dan and I don't have a lot,
but I would never go around complaining about it.

I hate liars!!!
Not little white lies that we all tell to ourselves
(ex: I don't care about my weight),
big, bold lies.
For example: a guy at work was secretly dating
a much younger coworker.
We all knew it but they lied straight to everybodys face
and told them nothing was going on.
Until he got promoted to manager and she quit because
they were nervous about getting caught.
Just tell the truth, 
because in the end we all find out some way or another.

Not like on a test, 
even though I can't stand that either,
but on a partner.
If you have an open relationship,
that's one thing.
There's no reason to be married
and sneaking around.
I think it's wrong and immature.
If you can't control yourself,
you shouldn't be in a relationship
or with that person.

The Complainers or One Uppers
We all have these people in our lives.
Those that don't stop whining or complaining about their lives
or the ones that have to one up everything you do.
Can't stand either of them.

Teen Pregnancy
Unless you are actually trying to get pregnant
for some reason at that age.
Nowadays with Teen Mom 1,2,3..etc and
it's almost a game to see who can get pregnant instead
of the opposite way around.
Be responsible,
party with a hat on,
don't sleep around.

'When are you having babies?'
Since Dan and I started becoming serious in our
dating relationship,
we were always asked this question.
Along the same lines- 
when people find out I'm married,
and because they assume I'm 19,
the first question they ask is:
Oh, so you have children.
Enough is enough.
Not for a while when both our careers are stable,
we have done our traveling and adventuring,
after we get a dog,
when we are ready to settle down.
We may  be married,
but that doesn't mean I have to pop out babies right away.
We have a lot of married life to live first.
I personally believe that no matter how long you've been together,
you should spend a bunch of years to get to know each other
and explore, vacation, have little responsibility in your marriage first.

There you have it!!!
Nicole's list of pet peeves.
Can you relate to any of them?


Monday, November 25, 2013

Nicole's Holiday Advice

Since my weekend was pretty
relaxing and low key-
I figured I'd give ya some super
advice on how to go through the holidays
with a bang.
Sir Dan and I have been doing this now
for 5 years, maybe more I've lost track,
so we are use to the chaoticness that comes along
with being together and tons of people to see.

You Will Be Pulled In A Million Directions:
If you have tons of families to see in one day,
you are going to feel like inspector gadget with is 
go go gadget arms and legs because 
everybody wants to see you.
We have 4 places to be each holiday.
Last year we did his family Thanksgiving,
mine Christmas.
We were suppose to switch it around this year.
This year is more complicated cause some families
will be here for Thanksgiving but not Christmas.
And honestly,
I don't care that we will be going to 3 houses on Thanksgiving,
and 3 or 4 on Christmas.
Why not see everybody for all holidays?!
Be Inspector Gadget and use your helicopter hat
to visit your family, his family, and whomever else you want to see.
Now you don't have to worry about one area of the family
bustin your balls for not being there,
or running the risk of being miserable because you didn't
get a chance to see who you wanted.
Just remember: you aren't cooking, cleaning, or buying the alcohol-
so eat, drink, and be merry!

This one basically explains itself.
If you are visiting a few places,
drinking is the best medicine.
It keeps you calm and sane,
while ingesting delicious spiked eggnog:
(Nicole's spiked peppermint eggnog-
mix eggnog and peppermint schnapps together.
Mix in some chocolate.
decorate with a chocolate rim, 
crushed candy canes, and a candy cane).
You're Welcome.

Dress cute but comfy:
The worst feeling in the world is-
an itchy sweater, pants too tight,
feet hurting because of your heels.
In my honest opinion-
it's your family you are going to be with...
they've probably seen you in sweats with 
your hair/makeup not done.
Don't go all out for them.
Find a nice pair of leggings,
a cute but non itchy sweater,
and pair it with some boots.
 (left) yes I am wearing footie pjs and 
Sir Dans shirt says 'my girl has great tatas'

Eat... a lot!
Yes we are all on our diets of choice
and all try to be good throughout the holidays.
But ya gotta live a little.
It's one day outta the year where you can
enjoy some amazing food.
If you are going to drink,
ya might as well eat because drinking
is worse anyway.

Be Merry and Thankful:
No matter what you decide,
be thankful you got to be with loved ones...
and pass out from a food coma.

Happy Holidays Everyone :)


Friday, November 22, 2013

There's Nothing Better Than...

another great idea for a linkup!
I'm full of them.

There's Nothing Better Than: Blaring, and I mean BLARING,
the new Cher album while cleaning the entire house.
Not only is the apartment spotless,
but the neighbors now know just how bad I am at singing...
aanndd all the birds got to see my dance moves.

There's Nothing Better Than: playing hookie. A lot of
students miss school, every week. I hate missing school.
One because I love it and two- my clients depend on me being there.
But with life being so busy and the holidays coming up,
the apartment was a disaster and I needed to throw away some 
hours anyway.
And it was an awesome day to have to myself.

There's Nothing Better Than: chocolate. 
Yup nothing more to say.

There's Nothing Better Than: my chiweenie.
she's super cuddly and makes everything better!

There's Nothing Better Than: my husband.
He's my soulmate and I love him more and more every day.

There's Nothing Better Than: A day in NYC topped off
with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

There's Nothing Better Than: IT BEING FRIDAY!!!

What are your weekend plans!?


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Behind the Scenes

Over the past couple weeks,
I've been lucky enough to be
behind the scenes of some gorgeous photo shoots.
One was a professional photo shoot,
with casting calls, a huge set,
makeup, hair, video and photo shoots.
It was amazing.

Last week-
I was assisting on a bridal shoot
that took place at school.
I helped putting up the hair,
makeup, and on set.
It was awesome!!!
I loved every aspect of it.

Most of the models were students from school,
a couple were family of the owners,
and one (the model with the baby, her baby) works in the salon.
Don't they look gorgeous.
These are also pictures I took on set,
the professional ones are ubelievable and flawless!


Monday, November 18, 2013

Don't Make This Weekend End!!

This weekend was a weekend
I officially don't want to end... EVER!
After a busy, hectic Saturday at school-
I ran home, changed, grabbed Sir Dan,
and met my family to head to dinner
and the Transiberian Orchestra concert.
We went to this authentic German restaurant
before the concert-
which has a beer stein ceiling and entertainment
the entire time!
After dinner,
 we headed over to the concert.
I've listened to their music for years,
and have always wanted to go see them.
My parents treated all of us to the concert,
and our seats are dead center.
The music was incredible,
the light show was unlike I could've ever imagined.
Definitely a MUST see if it comes to your area.

Sunday morning,
Dan and I woke up bright and early,
got ready and headed into NYC.
Our main reason was to see the Radio City
Christmas Spectacular at 7pm.
But we made it a whole date day throughout the city.
We checked the weather and it said cloudy all day,
no problem for us.
We walked out of Grand Central and it was raining.
But nothing could ruin our day.
We bought an umbrella and started walking to Fifth Ave.
We stopped and looked at many window displays,
Tiffanys was definitely my favorite.
We found our inner child,
and headed into FAO Schwartz (bottom left).
Walked the upper East side and 
decided to document the gorgeous brownstones
and beautiful serenity of it all.
We finally made it to Serendipity-
the famous frozen hot chocolate.
We had under and hour wait,
so we went to dylans candy shop and bought
an ornament for the tree.
Every time we head to NYC we go there...
it seemed appropriate.
We walked around for a while and went back to
eat our hearts out.
Their food is ssoo freakin good,
and the frozen hot chocolate is unbelievably bangin.
When we were so full we couldn't move,
we walked to and thru Central Park-
our favorite thing to do.
After Serendipity-
the rain completely stopped which was awesome!
We walked thru the park for a while then 
decided to walk up broadway to Times Square.
The first store we saw was the M&M store.
They added a 'Personalize Your M&M' section,
so we had to try it!
It was a cool project I must say-
great for gifts and announcements. 
These are for us though haha.
We grabbed a pretzel (ya gotta),
sat on the red stairs overlooking Times Square,
did a little more meandoring and then went over to
the fabulous Radio City.

We've seen the show before,
my parents and grandparents would take us 
all the time when we were little.
But they completely changed the show as of two years ago.
The whole entire second half is different-
they added a new storyline with a new message,
changed some choreography and costumes,
and added new songs and dances.
It was truly spectacular.
I think my mouth was open the entire time!
And the best part?!
We found the tickets on groupon for $30 each.
And they were dead center second row mezz...
perfect view of the entire stage!
If you ever want to take a trip to NYC-
it's a must see.

And there ya have it.
Please don't make me go back to reality.
This weekend was like a dream!!


Monday, November 11, 2013

Well Hello There

Wow this sounds like a fun linkup
after actually thinking about it :)
Well Hello There- Monday morning. I actually despise you
this Monday like a normal human because you
are the official end to my crazy work week of 13+ hour days.

Well Hello There- super cute boots I purchased for a 
great price and can't wait to wear every day:

Well Hello There- first whole day I got to spend
with my husband for more than an hour. Since the past 8
days were spent at a photo shoot, work, school, sleeping
and 13+ hour days, I hadn't seen my husband in over a week.
Yesterday we spent the whole day together.

Well Hello There- almost full clientele for the holidays.

Well Hello There- No No-Spend November ...
with our new budget we are sure to still have tons of fun,
see lots of holiday awesomeness,
get our Christmas Shopping done and out of the way,
and STILL save.
(ps- when talking about no spend november with Sir Dan, his response:
well that just sounds boring. This is why we are soul mates).

Well Hello There- super cute paternal side to my hubs. 
This just melts my heart.

Well Hello There- being a nerd and buying the new call of duty.
This is one of the many similarities we have-
when we were dating, this instantly won his heart (so he told me).

Well Hello There- quick coffee break with the husby inbetween work
and school on Friday so we could catch up on our lives.
(yay holiday cups and skinny caramel macchiato)

Well Hello There- amazing photo shoot I got to assist with
last Monday and Tuesday. 
It was such an awesome experience, full of learning!
(don't worry, there'll be a whole post about this sometime soon)

Well Hello There- freakin awesome weekend coming up:
Trans Siberian Orchestra Saturday night with the fam, NYC trip
Sunday for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

How was your weekend?!