Friday, January 31, 2014

Random 5

It's Friday. Amen to that!

I've been going back and forth on what to do for my Five on Friday. Do I go with a theme? All random? Ugh.

Because I tend to do themes, I'm going to go the route of being random.

{one} Public Apology
Last week in my Five, I covered off on "5 Things I'm Currently Into". I inadvertently put Tyler as #5. I didn't include the caveat that my interests were in NO particular order. Tyler called me out on fact that I put him below things like Rumchata and Sudoku? Oooftah. So here it is Tyler, your public apology: I'm sorry :o)

Lol!

{two} Super Bowl
I know we are all (maybe all) getting ready for the big game this weekend Broncos vs Seahawks. I need to make two desserts to bring to a SB party at one of my "couple friends'" house. I'm normally the type of person who jumps at the opportunity to bake her heart out and "wow" the friends... but I'm just not in the mood. Does anyone have any (simple) suggestions? I won't go the route of buying a dessert (gasp!) but I don't want to spend my entire Saturday in the kitchen.

From the blog, Taste and Tell, here's one of the things I'm considering:

Red Velvet Cheese Ball

Taste and Tell Blog
It looks yummy, sounds pretty easy to make, and I'm guessing it's something a lot of people would enjoy. Whenever baking for a large group (especially of people I don't really know), I try to shy away from the nuts, coconut, peanut butter... 

I'll have to dig through Taste and Tell some more. If you guys haven't visited Deborah's blog, please do! Lots of yummy recipes!

{three} Bath and Body Works Candles

I'm addicted. Straight up. Addicted. I just got more in the mail yesterday... Living Social had a "Free 14oz 3-wick candle with $20 purchase"... so I HAD to take advantage. If you want to, you can through tomorrow: https://www.livingsocial.com/sponsors/offers/163-Bath_Body_Works_Candle

I got one large candle in Caribbean Escape, a candle sleeve, 5 mini candles and a mini candle sleeve. I was already in the market for a candle sleeve so this just pushed me enough to place an order... ooftah.

Now on Living Social they also have a 30% off your online purchase coupon available... goodness.

{four} Chia

Chia seeds, chia pudding, chia bars, chia in yogurt...

So I kind of jumped on the chia train. Or tried. I know they have their health benefits, and for the most part they have little to no flavor.

Here's what I've come up with:

Health Warrior = AWESOME!

I tried their Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Bar... it was great!!
{Health Warrior}

It's nice to have a small, filling snack that's great for on the go. At home I also have the Acai Berry and Coconut to try.

The downfall... they're a little expensive. But, I found them on sale at my local natural food store so they were definitely worth it. I'll be on the hunt online to find a good source!

Now, on the flip side... chia pudding... gross. I'm not going to get into it. But it has a glue-like texture with little seeds in it... blah. Not for me, no matter the health benefits... I'll benefit elsewhere. Hehe.

{five} Weekend

I'm pretty excited for this weekend. Tyler will be at my house and we kind of have a weekend planned, full of goodness.

Tonight we have his bowling league (which I love going to) and then we're going to just grab a 'za and maybe watch a movie.

Saturday we are going to go to my parents' house for a visit, do our Super Bowl baking and hang out a little bit. Then I'm going to see if I can strong arm him into going to Dave & Buster's for some arcade goodness (and I have a coupon so, no brainer!). Maybe I'll really stretch the limits and see if I can get him to play Dominion with me - he just got the game last week and taught me last weekend. What he doesn't fully know is I LOVED the game... and I'm secretly a dork who is into that kind of stuff. If you don't know what Dominion is, look it up on Amazon... though you might change what you think of me :o)

Sunday is the big game. The Super Bowl... but not until 5:30. So I'm not sure what all we will do, but we'll find something. Maybe just relax, who knows.

So there you have it. A pretty damn random 5 on Friday!
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Friday, January 24, 2014

5 Things... On Friday!

Happy Friday, all!

First and foremost, I want to celebrate the birth of my FIRST niece, Hattie Rose. She was born early this morning - I've already been to the hospital to meet her and now I'm back to the grind!

What an adorable little button!


I've been noticing in a lot of the blogs I follow that people are doing a "Five Things on Friday" kind of post. So, I'm joining in and linking up with Five on Friday!

You'll Find In My (Work) Bag:



  1. Planner
  2. The North Face gloves (love love love these - buy them!)
  3. Vera Bradley wallet (again, LOVE!)
  4. Michael Kors sunnies
  5. Orbit gum (strawberry-banana kids stuff)

You'll Find In My Bedroom:
  1. King size bed
  2. Ramsey, likely laying on the bed
  3. Two dressers
  4. Sudoku and Crossword Books (I love doing these before bed)
  5.  Extra blankets

I've Always Wanted To Do:
  1. Visit Northern California
  2. Get married
  3. Learn how to crochet
  4. Have children
  5. Travel somewhere... tropical

Things I'm Currently Into:
  1. Rumchata with root beer
  2. Sudoku
  3. Bowling
  4. Anything on Netflix
  5. Tyler

Quirks I Have:
  1. I like when things are lined up in the fridge, labels facing forward. I also tend to organize the contents in a certain way... condiments, drinks, veggies, cheese, dairy products, breads... they all get grouped together.
  2. Office supplies. I LOVE office supplies. I especially love Ink Joy and Flair pens. Crayola stuff is pretty rockin', too.
  3. I prefer paper planners over digital planners (on a phone or otherwise). They're generally easier to flip through, you can use fun pens (see #2) to write in them. They're just better.
  4. I collect Pez dispensers. I own over 500 of them. They're fun. 
  5. The cube at my work is full of crap. Random crap. Tiny dinosaurs, posters, books, signs, pages from my desk calendar, photos... I should probably sort through the stuff, but I can't bring myself to toss anything. EEEEK!



So there you have it. That's meeeee!!

Enjoy your day/weekend!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

When You Have Something To Say

It drives me absolutely bonkers when I have something to say but no confidence to say it. Usually they're comments or thoughts I just want to talk about or mention. Random thoughts.

Bah.

I'm a pretty upfront, honest, "willing to chat it out" kind of person. Usually.

Oh well. I just had to get that off my chest because I'm going insane. Haha.

Anyway!

I took yesterday (MLK Day) off because Tyler is one lucky guy who has a holiday that day and we decided to extend our weekend. Which was a great weekend! Here's why:

Thursday
After work, Tyler and I hit up the Wild game. I hadn't been to one in a few years and we scored pretty decent tickets! And they won. What could be better than that?




Friday
Went to Tyler's bowling league again. Won $302 on pulltabs (only tossed in $40 overall so I'd say that's not too bad!).  We picked up a pizza and went back to my house for the night and vegged.


Saturday
Tyler met my parents for the first time. Word on the street is, they really liked him. Phew! After hanging out at their house for a few hours, we went to Tyler's for the rest of the weekend. He lives about 40 minutes away so we've started alternating who's place we stay at.

Sunday I'd be meeting Tyler's parents for the Seahawks/49ers game so I started working on my oreo cheesecake. I got that baby all baked up (and it smelled delish!). I wish I would have taken a picture!

Around 9:30 we hit up the bowling alley with Tyler's friend, Andy. We all bowled pretty darn well (I had two of my highest games ever, a 176 and a 177) and I fell in love with RumChata. I also ran into an old coworker, which was kind of fun!

Sunday
In the AM Tyler and I got the crockpot going for our French Dips we were making for the game. After that we basically just hung out and played some WiiU. I finished up the cheesecake and his parents came over for the game. I was really, really nervous to meet them. It's been a while since I've had to do the whole "meet the parents" thing. My goodness! All of the food turned out to be pretty darn good and I really enjoyed meeting his parents.

Monday
Due to having the day off, Tyler and I set off for the Mall of America. We did a little shopping, played a little mini golf (he kicked my butt after all my crap talk) and did some people watching. It was a great day to be at the mall!

All in all, it was a great weekend! It's very sad to say that it went quickly, but I'm already looking forward to next weekend. Hopefully this short week at work will speed by!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Netflix Guilt

Netflix.

Since I got internet service at my house back in November (after almost 3 years without) I've been addicted to Netflix. Some shows I catch myself watching are awesome while others... well, I'm mildly embarrassed to have people see them on my Recently Viewed or Instant Queue list.

Today, I'm going to share with the world what I've been watching. Don't be too hard on me - hah!

Linking up with The Good Life for Five on Friday!


{one} Breaking Bad
We've already talked about this one. I whipped through all of the Netflix episodes plus the final 8 that aren't currently available on there in about.... three weeks. Now, that's 62 episodes, about 44 minutes each, over three weeks. I. WAS. A. LOSER. But hell, it's an awesome show. Don't judge. Try it yourself. You'll get hooked too.

{two} Sister Wives
I have no idea how I stumbled upon this one... or why I felt the need to watch every episode available. I think the majority of the time I sat there wondering to myself, "Why exactly would a person want this?" I'm 100% 'cool' with what they're doing. More power to 'em. I just couldn't imagine living a lifestyle where I have to essentially share my spouse (and my kids) with other women. A total foreign concept to me. BUT, the show had it's entertaining moments and it was good background noise if nothing else.

{three} Desperate Housewives
An oldie and a goodie. I didn't really watch this show when it first came out, rather, I caught some of the later episodes. I've started back at Season 1 and I'm only in about 9-10 episodes. I'm sure this one will be my latest Netflix addiction. I can't help but wonder what's going to happen next on Wisteria Lane.

{four} Keeping Up With The Kardashians
For me, this is the most shameful one. Again, I don't know how it happened. I cruised through all of these episodes AND Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami (or whatever the heck the name is). I think the drama attracted me. I understand it's a pretty fake, set up show... but what's not to like about drama that isn't yours? That, and I was always wondering what that douche, Scott Disick, would do next.


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{five} Lipstick Jungle
Let me just say this: I can't believe this show got cancelled. I think they only got a couple seasons out of it, but I LOVED the show when it was on. I've found myself watching an episode here or there and I still love it like I did when I first watched episodes on TV. Huge bummer.

If you're ever bored... give these a shot. Or not, whatever floats your boat.

Happy Friday, all!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 Goals

I promised a while back that I would go over my goals for 2014. I hate to call them resolutions, because they never seem to stick. So, goals they are.

There you have it. My goals for 2014. They're pretty high level, maybe a little ambiguous. That's OK with me - it leaves more room to feel success than if I were to put precise goals down. I figure, if you feel as though you're failing or have failed to reach your goal... you'll give up. Maybe that's just me. We'll see.

What are your 2014 goals? Any "musts" this year?

Happy Thursday!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Coming Clean

I've decided that I just need to come clean. It's better than avoidance or lying.

There's a guy.

Not just any guy. A great guy. I don't know that I've smiled, laughed, and felt so happy. I may be slightly smitten, but don't you dare try to get me to admit it.

A guy who offers to DVR The Bachelor at his house for me because I'm likely going to miss it... wow. Didn't even have to ask. He just offered and even set it as a "definitely record" show so it will kick off any of his shows. Sometimes, it's these small gestures that mean the most to girls. I'm one of those girls.

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Speaking of his house, I can basically navigate that thing like a champ because even though he lives about 35 minutes from me... his place was made by the same builder as mine, in the same year, and has some creepy similarities. Haha.

So yea, sorry for my absence... but I'm busy bowling, going to dinner, relaxing to a good flick, playing some games at Dave & Buster's and enjoying my life outside of cyberspace.

Now that I have a computer at home, I'm going to try to be more cognizant about keeping this thing updated. And hey, maybe while the guy plays his video games, I can be busy preparing for what's next here on House. Life. Girl.

That is, until he gets another controller for that fancy schmancy Xbox One.

Better get on that, Tyler.

Linking up!!


Happy Monday, all!

Friday, January 3, 2014

No Spend January





Ugh. It's January. And this my friends, is my SECOND reminder of what I should be doing

Life According to Steph

Last year I did my own "NO Spend January". My whole premise behind it was... throughout November and December with the holidays, money flies out the window. Flies. I took January to kind of reset my base, get out of the habit of spending, spending, spending.... and it worked.

Now, I didn't go out and cancel services I was already committed to, rather, I focused on only spending money on the things I needed that didn't have a set expenditure each month:
  • Bills (utilities and such that vary)
  • Groceries
  • Gas
  • $20 bonus cash a week (at the beginning of the month, take out $80 cash in 20's, tuck them away and pull out one a week)
Did I NEED the $20 bonus cash? Heck yes no. But, it allowed me to "budget in" impromptu lunches with the girls at work, a trip to the Redbox, maybe an evening out bowling? It kept my head in the game and didn't allow me to feel worn out because of the whole thing.

Right before Christmas break my coworker and I were chatting about No Spend January. She reminded me that January was coming up and asked if I was doing it again. I had totally forgotten that I did it last year! At that point I wasn't sure...

Then I see the January Spending Freeze. Ugh. Reminder #2.

I know it's already the 3rd of January, and I kind of screwed up No Spend January by doing this:
Really, who can say 'no' to a sale??
BUT, I figure it's better late than never and what's done is done. Going forward, I'm going to hop on the No Spend January bus.

I must say, it's going to be tough. Real tough. Here in Minnesota it's been freaking freezing so you can really only do things indoors... and unless you stay home... indoor activities usually cost money. Movies, Shopping, Restaurants/Bars, Bowling... I'll have to very wisely spend my $20 bonus cash each week.

Here's just how cold the next few days are going to be. Awesome.


With only $20, guess I'll have to shy away from bars (unless it's 2 for 1's, haha), dating, dining out... ugh. Here we go.

I'll report back at the end of the month to let you know how it goes!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

M.I.A.

Welcome to 2014, all!!

I bet you've noticed that I've been pretty absent (kidding). I wish I had some awesome reason why, but I really don't. The holidays are CRAZY for my family and work was pretty nuts too so I needed a breather somewhere in there.

Christmas this year was fab. I'm not going to get into the details of "all the stuff I got" because really, it doesn't matter. I spent some amazing time with my family (three times, actually), ate some yummy food, and had a lot of really good laughs.

Ramsey was all about his stocking full of goodies!
My New Years Eve was less than exciting. I made the decision to stay home and relax for the evening. In all honesty, the partying in the New Year thing really doesn't resonate with me. I'd rather enjoy my day off work rather than work my day off on curing a hangover - hah!!

New Years Day is actually my mom's birthday, so I spent the day with her. We went down to the casino, played some bingo, and then finished up the day with dessert over at my brother and sister in law's house. What can I say? I'm super close with my family. I wouldn't have it any other way!

Perhaps I'll work on a post for in the next week or so that kind of outlines my 2014 goals. I'm not a big New Years Resolution person, but I do have a few things I'd like to accomplish this upcoming year.

Anywho, I hope you all had wonderful holidays and have a great 2014. I'll make it a mission to be more attentive here on House. Life. Girl