Wedding Wednesday is Now My Thing

Well Folks,

Here I am again. I say again because I haven’t been posting on my blog for…well too long for me to even remember. I have been lurking in the blogosphere and reading your posts though. Bloglovin is still my most visited website. That and Pinterest so I’m still here. Gone but not forgotten…..

Hopefully….

Anyway, in case you missed me, or didn’t, either way I have come back from the dead to announce something. I thought about announcing that I have an announcement like any good Blogger would do, but being MIA for months on end doesn’t really allow that much flexibility when coming back.

SO in case you missed it on Instagram on Monday…..

I’M ENGAGED!!!

Engagement Moment

Oh yea, you’re looking at the future Mrs. Barros. Boom Baby!

You can see above I was caught completely off guard. Ignore the ratty tennis shoes and unwashed hair. And Lord, there isn’t a ring pic yet because heaven forbid my nails weren’t painted. But gosh darnit, it was downright perfect, so just focus on the giant smiles on our faces instead, k thanks.

As soon as it happened my first thought besides holy crap it’s so sparkly, was “Dangit I haven’t brainstormed any good hashtag ideas yet!!”

Clearly my priorities were in the right order. I’m working on it don’t worry. For now I went with a ball and freaking chain man hashtag theme….Because well, I feel like the Man right now. (movie reference layup?)

My second coherent thought revolved around the idea that I will finally hit the big time with my blog! Whop doesn’t love a good wedding post! Until I remembered that I haven’t blogged in…..well you get the picture.

Whatever, it’s brought me back from Davey Jones Locker and that’s about the best resurrection catapult I could possibly think of so I’m happy with it.

I still don’t have a computer, but I do now have a fiance with a computer who said I can use his whenever I want. Boy this whole engagement thing is already the bee’s knees!

But of course I now need your help because despite having a Secret Wedding Pinterest board with lots of cute pictures that all color coordinate with one another, I have no clue where to start. Well I know where to start but like how does one find a Photographer? Venue? etc?? Google?

Help a newly engaged sista out will ya!

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Small Town Fall Festival

Welcome to Wednesday Friends!

I finally got around to editing my photos from over the weekend. Not because I was too busy to do it of course. I only had a few episodes to go in the final season of Drop Dead Diva which of course took precedence over anything else in my life during my free-time. I’m what you can call a prioritization juggernaut.

Really the fact that I even have photos from that day is a victory. I usually either forget to take pictures, am too shy to ask anyone to take photos for me, or just plain forget my phone at home. It happens more often than I’d like to admit. I think my current record is having to turn back around three times for forgetting something. I’ve really got my ish together ya know?

Fall Festival

I was attempting to show you how awesome the solo cups I DIY’d into pumpkins looked on the trail but when the Sun was up you couldn’t really tell, as it got darker my photos turned out hazy like the one above and you still couldn’t tell, and once it got dark my phone couldn’t get a good photo. So this is what you’re left with…..

I am proud to report that I walked the haunted trail at least 7 times and was only scared for the first few. After that the kids knew when it was me and stopped trying to scare me. The final run through I filmed a few of the creepier scenes and got scared again but ya know, I’m alive and well so it all worked out 😀

So in case those last few sentences were confusing, or y’all just didn’t know, I’m still working a few hours a week at my local YMCA over some of their youth programs which includes the Teen Group aka Leaders Club. I’m the leader of the Leaders Club. So yea, Adulting.

I was also on the committee for the Festival, Though mostly because I had nothing else going on in my life at that point, not because I possess creative prowess. Oh and because there was free pizza at the meetings….thumbs up!

My portion didn’t happen until that night though so I convinced JB to come with me and invited his sister and family. We missed out on the hot air balloon rides by the time we got there but rumor had it that it was a bit too windy anyway so not many people go to do that.

I think the bets part was watching JB’s niece run around after the mascots. Here she is meeting one of her heros. No warm hugs were given though, she got scared as soon as Olaf got too close for comfort. Comfort levels are a bit different when you’re only  2 feet tall I guess. I wouldn’t know, I’ve always been at least 5 feet tall, just look at my awkward elementary school photos…..

Ty and Olaf

As obsessed as she is with Frozen (specifically Elsa), Elmo was probably her favorite. It took about 7 encounters before she would actually give him a high five and then two more for a hug, but when you spend an entire hour following him around, it wasn’t hard to “run” into him.

Also I don’t know if you can tell but she’s wearing an Elsa dress under her dinosaur hoodie. That kids got style and she’s already cooler than me.

She also went in a few of the bouncy houses and tossed some rings at the carnival games. At one point we (TY and I) challenged “Uncle” (JB) to a relay race and I thought I was gonna eat dirt after the dizzy bat portion. JB’s Brother in Law got it all on film but I have yet to see it so until I can, you don’t get that hilarious video of 6’5 JB racing 2ft tall Ty as I tip-toe behind her on the balance beam.

Our last stop was the pumpkin patch of course. Scratch that, Ty rode a pony and cried when she had to get off, but happy again when she got to pick out a pumpkin and leave with a goody bag. I think her dad was more excited though because he immediately pulled out a DumDum and ate it. That’s called Parenting done right.

Ty and Pumpkin

The pony ride definitely got the biggest grin you’ve ever seen. I think we all know what she’ll be asking for for the next decade of her life. You’re welcome for introducing that to her 😉

I did snap some “family” photos of everyone too but since she’s not my kid I don’t like sharing too much of her here. Judging from these photos, just the back of her head is. If you were to steal my phone and look through my picture roll you’d think she was my kid though. Or you’d think I was a creeper, which JB says I am so I’ll let you make up you own mind about what to call me.

I’m just gonna leave you with this photo that near about melted my heart to see….

JB and Ty

Seriously a kid and her Uncle may be the cutest thing ever, second only to a Dad and his little girl. specifically if that dad is my husband and the daughter is mine. I imagine that’s a pretty heart melt-y moment.

Have you been to a Fall Festival in your area yet?

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How to Beat Football Widowry

Have you ever heard of a Football Widow?

It’s a thing, and I assume it could apply to any sports season your S.O. is really into.

Anyway, a Football Widow is “someone who has to deal with the temporary death of her relationship during football games.” So says Urban Dictionary. And ladies, we’re only at Week 7, which takes us to about the half way point so let’s buckle down and figure out how we’re gonna make it through the playoffs together.

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Girls, you know the struggle I’m talking about. Trying to get your guy’s attention when there’s a football game on the screen. Competing for his eye contact when there’s a QB tossing a pigskin on in the background.

If you’re lucky his attention is only taken for one game. One shining team that has his heart and soul. One enigmatic team that takes up every one of his waking thoughts. One set of players that he knows their stats going back to when the entered the league. For me and mine that team is the New England Patriots. That means every Fall I’m in a relationship with JB and Tommy B himself. Although if I have to share JB with someone I suppose there are less good looking options out there…..probably not less dorky ones though….

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JB sends these to me on the reg……I don’t care if you love him or hate him, Tom Brady is one dorky white guy on the top of his game. #hatersgonnahate

Back to the real issue at hand….

If you’re not quite as lucky, your football widow-ry isn’t limited to just one team. For most, football is football and it doesn’t matter who is playing, your man will be paying more attention to how many yards are run than your brunch plans for the two of you. It’s a sad truth. I really don’t know how men prioritize their thoughts, but food is never far from the forefront of mine.

Anyway, this dilemma can sometimes bring tension into a relationship. Fights, silent treatments, “woman bring me a sandwich” moments. If this sounds like you, then look no further to the answer to your problem.

How to Beat Football Widowry

>> 1 Make Snacks! This might sound like the most cliche option possible, however if you’re anything like me you actually LIKE making snacks. I honestly make it a contest with myself and try to one-up my previous snack from the week before. I judge myself based on how many compliments I get. JB and I usually spend Sunday afternoons with friends watching all the games so there’s plenty of people around to boost my ego. I thrive on being better than everyone else so it’s an easy win-win for me. *shoulder shrug* 😉

I tend to stick to more dessert-y treats, but one of my favorite snacks were some pumpkin spice pretzels. Basic but delicious.

Snacks not your thing? move on to #2!

>> 2 Try Playing Fantasy. This is the first year I’ve ever played Fantasy Football and it had single-handedly improved my relationship with JB. I’ll admit that I’m still your typical girl who knows not that much about football. Wait, I’ll amend that. I know about the Game of football, but don’t ask me to name players and list their stats. All of which is pretty integral to being successful at fantasy football. However, JB also plays Fantasy, so now instead of him just talking at me, I can join in the conversation and excitement of the game.

Plus it makes the games way more interesting if you’ve got a player fro your fantasy team playing, or an opponent you’re facing. Trust me on this one. Give yourself a reason to be invested in the game.

Hate sports? Move on to #3!

>> 3 Don’t Make Him Choose. If you don’t listen to anything else I say, pretty pretty please listen to this. Do. Not. Make. Him. Choose. Between. You. And. Football!!! Seriously, you’re setting yourself up for a fight and inevitable failure. I’m not saying your man doesn’t love you. And I’m certainly not saying that he loves football more than you. However, think of some hobby, or interest, or anything that is your favorite thing to do outside of your relationship. Now imagine that right in the middle of doing said thing, your guy wants to talk about football or power washing the driveway, anything you could care less about. How do you feel now?

Maybe I’m the only one and you’re better than me and don’t get all annoyed. Good for you June Cleaver. But the rest of us normal people should understand.

Make it easier on yourself and your inner rage-y feelings and just let him enjoy his football.

Decided to let him enjoy football but now you’re bored? #4 is for you friend!

>> 4 Make Your Own Plans. This is where you get your similarly minded ladies together to do your own thing. Go hiking, shopping, or thrifting. Bake some cookies (pumpkin of course), some muffins, or an stellar brunch spread. Whatever your jam, get your lady friends together and have some fun together.

If you find yourself short on the friends thing, get your “treat yo’ self on! Run your errands, read a book, give yourself a manicure, eat some chocolate, do anything that makes you happy! You are a strong, independent woman and you don’t need a man to make you happy. (Although I’m sure he’s awesome)

I will admit that #1 and #2 are my favorite things to do during football season, but I really do love football season. It’s all weekends, friends, hot drinks, yummy food, and lots of laughs. Sometimes heartbreaks when you lose for two straight week in a row in your fantasy league, but ya win some, ya lose some.

So what about you? Love football?

Are you a football widow?

How do you cope with the season?

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5 Things You MUST Do This Fall

Whoo! Welcome to October Friends!

October 5th, but still. It’s Fall and the weather has finally decided to cooperate around here. New England has the weirdest weather of anywhere I’ve ever lived. And seeing as how I’ve lived in all US geographic locations, I’m, somewhat of a weather expert…minus the expert part 😉

Anyway, since it’s fall and every other blogger on the planet will be compiling a Fall Bucket List, because we’re bloggers and it’s what we do, I’m throwing my list into the fray. What makes mine better than any other list you could possibly look at? Absolutely nothing! Seriously, all of these lists will be basically the same, something about leaves and pumpkins. Do me a favor and read mine anyway, if you comment I’ll send you an internet hug, and who doesn’t like hugs.

5 things to do this fall

1. Do something with Pumpkins. Drink em, eat em, pick em, take photos with em it doesn’t matter. Everyone knows Fall is the season of the pumpkin. Of course if you’re a communist and don’t like pumpkin then you can always substitute for apple. Just know if you do, you’re not really American AND your basic white girl card will be void.

2. Attend a Festival. Fall festival, food festival, beer festival, harvest festival, heck double points for a pumpkin festival! Go drink some cider, eat a donut, paint your face, ride the hay, play some games, toss the rings, win a prize, listen to the music, chuck the corn, pick the apples, kick the leaves, eat the food. Whatever your fancy there is a festival for you!

3. Drink hot beverages. Coffee, cider, hot chocolate, pick your poison and sip away. I prefer mine extra chocolate-y, heavy on the marshmallow, please and thank you 🙂

4. Host a Cookout/Dinner party. With the nice crisp weather comes perfect grillin weather. It doesn’t hurt that most sane people also love good food. (And if your friends don’t love to get together and eat than you need new friends.) Pair that with football, and you’ve got my favorite weekend activity! Of course only do this if you actually have the room for people over. I myself live in a studio apartment without even a couch so not really ideal to having anyone over….I take advantage of good friends who invite me over.

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5. Hike! Please for the love of everything holy in your life, do yourself and favor and get outside! Unless you live in Siberia (hey, hello!) nature is changing and you don’t want to miss it. Get off the internet, leave your car behind and get that booty moving outside. Besides think of all the awesome Insta content you can snap. The better to join my Instagram challenge with my dear.

So whatcha think? Have you done any of these things yet?

Better yet, how many Fall lists have you seen so far?

Tell me your favorite Fall activity!

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Thursday Thoughts

Oh hey it’s me….the girl who just moved 900 miles to Massachusetts and is currently freezin her butt off in June. WTF New England.

Although to be fair, I’ve heard from friends back in Kentucky that it hasn’t been all that warm there either so I shouldn’t be too upset with the weather here. I knew what I was getting myself into before I came so whatcha gonna do.

Anyway, I’ve been unpacking and settling in before I start work next week. And for that crazed mentality of moving your entire life many, many states away, I just barely responded to all your awesome comments over the past week. Which is also why we’re havin a Thursday Thoughts post today.

Sidenote: I spent off and on the entire 15 hours drive trying to take the perfect photo to post on Instagram while driving from TN to MA…..It’s a sad fact I know, but I couldn’t help it. Below is the closest I got…..judge me.

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Look how cool I am riding shotgun through some state…..

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To start off, THANK YOU for the wonderful reception of my Summer Book Challenge #BookishSideofLife I seriously thought I’d be in it alone. I’m no stranger to creating something that doesn’t pan out. It’s just so darn fun creating something, #cantstopwontstop.

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We talked about the weather already, but can we talk about the strange looks I get up here? Like do I really stick out that much? It’s almost as if everyone just knows I’m an “outsider.” I’m gonna go ahead and say it’s my good manners, or the fact that I say ma’am and sir, possibly even my fresh-faced innocent country face, or my tendency to make small-talk with strangers…..all tell-tale signs I hail from a strange land also known as the South….

I haven’t quite developed the hardened exterior that people up here are known to have. Am I allowed to say I’m ok with that though? (sorry to all readers and friends from New England if that was offensive, I love it up here obvi!!!)

donuts on moving day

THREE

My obsession with donuts has taken a hit since my move….No longer will I be able to indulge in the best donuts on the planet from North Lime Donuts in Lexington. Seriously, if you ever find yourself in Lexington, KY or even anywhere near it before 1pm, you need to get yourself all the donuts! The chocolate glazed are my personal favorite, but every day they have two new featured ones including that caramel turtle donut in the top left of that photo….right!

Now New England may run on Dunkin Donuts, you can literally find one on almost every corner that exists, but they’re donuts have nothing on North Lime. Sadly I haven’t been able to even find a donut shop oher than Dunk’s or Honey Dew (another chain found right across the street from every Dunk’s ever) and it’s just not the same. And to answer your next question, yes I’ve only been up here for 4 days and have already looked for a donut shop….Priorities people!

FOUR

I told my sister in law the other day that cleaning was like Christmas Morning to me because I love a good project. I must have sounded like such a tool. Sometimes I amaze even myself with the stuff I say, but darn-it if I don’t love a good cleaning challenge, just for the satisfaction of the end result. Also, I should clarify it’s only a select few people’s messes I’ll clean up with no objection. JB is one of them and Lord knows he needs my help so it’s a good thing I enjoy doing it.

FIVE

Can we all just take a moment to realize that entire last paragraph was about my love of cleaning? I really need some friends up here…..

Will you be my friend?

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Motivation Needed

Whew we’ve made it to Hump Day folks and even with a snow day on Monday I feel like it’s been an eternity in getting here….If you’re like me then this winter weather is seriously sapping your motivation to get your sweat on. I am the biggest supporter for spring and summer, 3 digit weather has never gotten me down. And yes I realize how strange that sounds for someone who wants to live in Boston. Ya can take the girl out of the South and all that lol.

This was taken in '13 after Blizzard Nemo

This was taken in ’13 after Blizzard Nemo

So I know I didn’t complain to y’all about my long run this past weekend, I thought I’d give ya a break. Long story short I had 13 miles planned but didn’t get through many of them before I pulled my groin (I said groin, grow up). So I spent my snow day eating cookies and studying for midterms watching Netflix. Come tuesday I knew I needed to get in the gym and do somethin but it was seriously the last thing I wanted to do. Well second to last behind actually studying for midterms…

Dress for success they say so I was extremely lazy  had enough forethought to wear my gym clothes to class (and no I didn’t shower either) with plans to hit up the gym afterwards. How did I keep myself occupied in order to get through 45min on the elliptical you ask? As any decent 20-something with romantic tendencies duh. I put on The Bachelor.

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I slightly disgust myself for once thinking he was extremely attractive. Either I’ve somehow become less shallow (I like to think I have high standards) or he really has fallen that far in the ranks of decent men. And let’s be honest with ourselves ladies, it’s not the first one. Just ew.

Also can we all just agree that going to the gym is like the greatest social experiment ever? My little perch on the elliptical was overlooking the weight room where the testosterone was thick enough to slice with a knife. And YIKES, some of these bro-skis seriously need a lesson in proper lifting form!

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Remember that shallow comment from before? Yea, a guy who doesn’t know how to lift properly seriously falls in the ranks of attractiveness. Though consequently they do rise in the ranks of entertaining me while I exercise indoors. Which is something y’all know very well that I extremely dislike. So there’s pros and cons to both sides I suppose. Sa la vi 😉

Tell me about your weekends snuggle-bunnies! Anyone else get the giant storm Sunday/Monday?

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My Very First Giveaway: Run Now wristband

Moving Day is upon me! It’s time to move on from New England back South-ward to start a new chapter in my life. Grad School!!!  It’ll be a new set of challenges and experiences but I couldn’t be more excited!

The view from the passenger seat for 13hrs!

The view from the passenger seat for 13hrs!

So in honor of moving away from the great city of Boston, I want to share as much Boston love as I can before I go! Drumroll Please………. It’s my very first giveaway YAY!  I got these awesome Run Now bracelets to support One Fund Boston (they’ve raised something like 54 million bucks WHAT!)  The past year of living here has been wonderful.  Every time I go into Boston I find another reason to love it. I’m not a city girl, but I really do think Boston is the greatest city in the world!  Don’t you agree? That being said  I’ve got 4 Run Now bracelets to give to you! IMG_0410 Wouldn’t you love to run with one of these bad boys on your wrist? IMG_0412 I know I love mine! It’s also a great boost of motivation to keep pushing, run for those who can’t anymore, run for  reason.  All proceeds from theses bracelets went to One Fund Boston, which I’m sure by now everyone’s heard of it, but in case you haven’t.  One Fund Boston was the organization set up in the wake of the tragic marathon bombing on April 15th to help the victims and families.  Theres been an absolute outpouring of support from allover the country and like I said before they’ve raised somewhere around 54 million bucks!

So here’s you chance to have your very own Run Now bracelet.  Bare with me since it’s my first giveaway, but I’ve already got the bracelets(and a little surprise) packed in their envelops and ready to be mailed to you! All I need are some winners!

To enter: click over to a Rafflecopter giveaway

1. You MUST leave a comment below.  Tell me what this bracelet would mean to you to where it.  (Bonus points if you’ve already donated to One Fund Boston!)

2. Follow my blog!  Blonder Side of Life. (optional so no pressure 🙂

3. Follow BlonderSide on twitter! (also optional, bonus points for tweeting about the giveaway!)

This giveaway will run through the weekend and end Sunday night.  I’ll announce the 4 winners on Monday!!  Good luck!

Kels=)

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