Keep In Touch

Hello, lovelies! I hope you're enjoying your week so far! :)

I just wanted to check in to let you know about a little update to the blog. Check out the "Keep In Touch" tab at the top of the page. If you ever need/want to contact me, all of my info is at your fingertips. :)

Happy Tuesday!


The Newlywed Game

Today I'm linking up with Megan from  Mackey Madness for The Newlywed Game! Go check out her super cute blog and link-up for yourself.

Here's the 5 questions to ask/answer:

1) What do you think my best quality is?
2) What would be your ideal date with me?
3) What was your first impression of me? 
4) What is your favorite memory of us?
5) What do you see for us in the future?

Joshua's Answers
1. Meagan's best quality is that she's a fun/goofy person to spend time with. 
2. My ideal date with her would be dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, then cuddling on the couch watching one of our favorite movies on Netflix while eating dessert. 
3. "Wow. She's really cute." 
4. Our "glitzy glammy wedding day." Specifically the evening afterward. We stayed at The Drake and ate awesome seafood at Cape Cod before turning in for the night. ;)
5. Being married 'til we die, having a kid, traveling the world. 

Meagan's Answers
1. Josh's best quality is his extreme patience. No matter how much I nag, bitch, whine, cry, or talk he's always willing to listen or give me my space and time. 
2. My ideal date with Josh would be a day full of roller-coaster riding, delicious food (Carlyle, Wang's Garden, Yard House, etc.), laughing, and hand holding.
3. At first glance, I thought he was nerdy looking, but with good style. Then I heard him speak and thought he was a silly smart-ass. And when I heard he was in the military...well...case closed.
4. My all-time favorite? This, this, and this.
5. Our life together looks like this (in my mind): 

    - In 2 months, we'll move back to Illinois and in 5 months, we'll move to Champaign where Josh will complete 4 years of undergrad for Secondary Education with a concentration in History. 
    - The summer after he graduates, we'll take a month long tour of Europe, he'll hopefully find a full-time teaching job in northeastern Illinois, and we'll start trying to conceive. 
    - Five years from now, we'll (hopefully) have added a child to our family and live in the suburbs of Chicago near our families. We'll enjoy our lives here and travel the world as a family of three. 
    - We'll watch our child learn, grow, graduate, marry, and have children of their own while enjoying each others' company. 
    - We'll retire part-time in Europe and part-time stateside, so we can stay close to our family, but enjoy the benefits of world travel. 
    - I will die at the comfy age of 75 and Joshua will remember me fondly when telling stories of us to our grandchildren until it's time for him to leave this earth. 

Dreamy? Maybe. But it's my dream life for us, right? ;) Anything's possible.

These questions were so fun! I hope Megan and Jess have another Newlywed link-up soon with more questions for us to get to know each other better. :)


Friday Confessional

Today's Friday (after midnight...so today's Saturday)! Time to do a very late link-up with Dandelion Wishes! 


I confess... Hubby introduced me to golden Oreos on Sunday and then LEFT for the whole week...leaving his precious golden Oreos behind. They've been staring me down all week.

I confess... All I ate was junk while he was gone. Does anyone else do this when their hubby's out of town?

I confess...There were multiple instances in which I was ready to wring someone's neck this week.

I confess... I caved and bought myself April's Cosmo.

I confess... I had never heard of The Hunger Games until the trailers came out for the movie and everyone was going nuts over it.

I confess... My friend Cortney and I had a girls night tonight (where we planned on getting d-runk), but 2 drinks and 2 movies in we were already falling asleep...at 11. Can you say "old"?

I confess... Joshua comes home tomorrow night and I could not be more excited. I'm planning on picking up his brand new iPad in the morning and spending the rest of the day cleaning the apartment, awaiting his return. :)

Blurry picture of my love while on our way to Hawaii!


Eleven Things {Pt. 2}

Earlier this week I answered Cindy's 11 questions and told you a little about myself. Today I'm continuing the post with Lisha's questions and my tags/questions for a few of you lucky readers. :)

***To read {Pt. 1}, click here!***

Lisha's Questions For Me
1. Do you believe in God? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes. I do believe in God. I grew up in a Christian home, going to church, and attending a private Christian school. I had Christianity shoved down my throat from a very early age, but in high school was very turned off by the hypocrisy of most of the "Christians" I knew. Now, after re-evaluating my faith as a free-thinking adult, I can honestly say I believe in God for a million and one reasons, most of which don't come from anything I learned in church.

2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Hm...this is a toughy! I'd love to live in the PNW somewhere or in Colorado, but I love living in Illinois too. :)

3. What's your favorite thing to do in your spare time? This might sound weird, but in my spare time I LOVE to cook and clean. Can you say "sexy housewife?" 

4. What's your favorite thing to cook/bake? I love anything I can throw in the Crock-Pot, but I also love making recipes my mom made for me when I was growing up - Lil Cheddar Meatloaves, Spinach Spaghetti Pie, etc. 

5. What is the meaning of life, to you? Wow. Deep questions, Lisha! :) To me, life is all about relationships. The people you love and the people who love you. It's about being the best you for you and for them because in the end, the people you cherish are the ones who will be by your side 'til the end. 

6. What type of car do you drive? It depends. Haha! I drive a boat 2006 Ford Taurus SE as my everyday car, but on days Josh lets me I drive a 2012 Nissan Altima Coupe. Best (and biggest) purchase we've ever made.

7. What's your favorite band/musical artist? I absolutely love Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, and Little Big Town. I'm kind of a southern soul.

8. What was the last good movie you watched? I recently watched He's Just Not That Into You with my friend Cort, and to be honest, it just pissed me off. I wanted to just reach in the screen and chopped Bradley Cooper's penis off. Disgusting. In other news, the last GOOD movie I watched was probably 13 Going On 30. 

9. Do you have any strange, unusual, or just plain cool talents? Nope. I'm boring! 

10. What do you think is your weirdest quirk? Probably that I cry at just about anything, whether they be happy tears or sad tears. I cry at EVERYTHING.

11. Did you ever get to go on vacation with your family as a kid, if so where, and did you like it there? Yes! My parents were amazing. Every year we would take some sort of family vacation. We've been to almost every state in the U.S....probably only 10 states we haven't visited. Josh's family was also very into traveling, so we hope to tote our child around the globe when he/she is old enough to enjoy it. :)

Whew! I've just given 11 facts about myself and answered 22 questions! Now to come up with 11 questions for a few lucky readers...hm...

My 11 Questions 
1. In a perfect world, what does your life look like? Kids, house, travel, job, etc.?
2. What is your fondest childhood memory?
3. Make-A-Wish style...If you were given the chance to complete one dream before you die, what would it be? 
4. What's your favorite book/author/genre to read? 
5. What is the worst job you've ever had and what is the hardest job you've ever had?
6. What's your favorite form of exercise?
7. If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?
8. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
9. I just handed you $10,000 cash. You must spend/invest/donate it today. What are you going to do with it?
10. What is the one drink that is guaranteed to get you drunk. Every. Single. Time?
11. How do you sleep at night - curled up, on your stomach, on your back, one leg hanging off the bed?

I tag.....
Erika @ Chambanachik 


Guest Post: Lisha's Crafty Adventure

Good morning, gorgeous girls! Today I've got a treat for you. My dear blog friend, Lisha has put together a great DIY tutorial as a guest post for my humble blog. Isn't she awesome? Check it out!

Hey everyone, I'm Lisha from 1house1couple. Meagan has been kind enough to invite me over to do a guest post here at Local at Last.

My friends and I sometimes get together have a little potluck party and craft night. Recently, the theme was Paint Chips. So you had to go to Home Depot or Lowes, or any store that has an assortment of paint chips and grab some colors that you like. Make sure you get enough for your entire project. You don't want to have to go back to get more when you're almost done with your project.

I was racking my brain for something creative to do (because I like to try to be different and not copy people, I'm all prideful like that). Then a few days before our paint chips craft night, I looked up on the shelf in our kitchen and saw this canister that used to hold those yummy wafer straw-type cookies with chocolate in the middle.

I saved the canister because I thought I could use it for something else someday. I didn't realize it would turn into a craft.

So I decided to use it, but I wasn't completely sure what I was going to do with it.
I went to Home Depot with one of my gal pals and we got the colors we wanted for our projects. I chose soft beachy colors and neutrals because that tends to be the style I go for. So I picked up gray-blues, gray-greens, and gray-browns, and lighter versions of each as well (as paint chips tend to come).

When we started our crafts, I simply cut the paint chips into rectangles.

It took me about two hours. By the time I was done, it was time to go home. So I had to finish the rest of my project at home.

I used a hot glue gun and, starting at the bottom, I simply glued them around the cylinder one row on top of the other: 

 As you can see, the rectangles were not all cut perfectly. That's okay because one side is always covered up. Once I got to the top row, I picked from the remaining paint chips I would need that were all the same width, that way the top row would line up at the top where the lid sits.

For the lid, I decided to just to a spiral type thing out of the paint chips. First I cut the corners off so that it could make a shape close enough to a circle without having to do so much precise round cuts!

Then I simply glued them on in a spiral fashion:

And then it was done:

I decided to put it over on my desk. It matched the other things on my desk pretty well.

As you can see, I tend to drift toward natural elements with an eclectic assortment of objects for my decor.

And an up close shot:

I am probably going to put some pens/markers in there, or you could even fit a pair of short scissors in there. For now I just like looking at it :)

What do you think?

I would like to thank Meagan for allowing me to feature here at Local at Last! You all can come and visit us any time at 1house1couple!

Oh, How Pinteresting! :: Baby Fever Edition

I'm linking up at The Vintage Apple today! Are you?

As you can see in the title of this post, I've got baby fever. And I've got it bad.
No matter how obnoxious the twins' cries are, no matter how little they napped today, no matter how much food Adam smacked out of my hand and onto the floor...oh...wait...Nope. Still got the baby fever.

Love this bright green and white nursery! Could be gender neutral if we did it right.

Totally loving gray nurseries right now. Gender neutral is the way for us!

Source: google.com via Meagan on Pinterest

Precious. I love Mommy/Daddy/Belly shots.

Source: flickr.com via Meagan on Pinterest


Gender neutral and creative baby shower? Yes, please!

I love the idea of asking for books instead! Easy way to build up baby's library. :)

Such a great idea to teach baby who everyone in the family is!

Source: etsy.com via Meagan on Pinterest

Like father, like son. If we have a boy, he's gettin' one of these. Of course, it might be inappropriate if Josh wears one to match, right?

And last, but most certainly not least, the sexiest thing I've ever seen (until I see my hubs holding our little munchkin).

Mmm. Mmm. Good.

Happy Wednesday, loves!


Eleven Things {Pt. 1}

Happy Tuesday!

A while back I was tagged by Cindy and Lisha for the "Eleven Things" survey going around Blogland and I'm just now getting around to posting my own! Since I was tagged by both of them, I'll do both of their questions. And since it'd get a bit lengthy, I'll do it in two parts. On the plus side, you'll be learning lots about little old me! ;)

Here goes nothin'.

The Rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post 11 random things about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog and tell them you've tagged them.

Pretty easy, right? We'll see about that...

11 Random Facts About Moi

1. I love Ramen. But only chicken flavored Ramen. And when I eat it, I only make it one of two ways. I either make it with 1 cup water + 1 cup milk or I make it with stir fry veggies + sesame oil + 1 cup water.

2. Even though the twins wear me out and drive me nuts 50% of  time, I still have baby fever. And last night I even threatened Joshua with quadruplets when he wouldn't stop talking about cars. I must be sick in the head. 

Pretty much every day of my life.
They look sweet now...but just you wait. Via.
  3. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (coupled with depression and panic attacks). Most people consider everyday worries "anxiety," and assume that I'm just exaggerating when I say I have GAD. But let me tell you, that is far from the truth. It is debilitating and painful. If you struggle with GAD or another anxiety/panic disorder, please don't be ashamed to talk about it. I'm more than willing to listen and encourage you any way I can.

4. I love, love, love to cook. I make a meal plan every 2 weeks and am always excited to experiment with new recipes. Lately, my work schedule has been kicked from 32 to 45+ hours a week, so I've had less time to play around in the kitchen, but I'm hoping to get back into full gear (and even learn to bake from scratch!) when we move back to Illinois at the end of May.

5. I took Spanish for 6 years in middle school and high school...but I don't remember a lick of it now.

6. For the past 11 months, I've washed my hands over 100 times each weekday. My boss is an extreme germaphobe...I am not. So I wash my hands a ton during the work week and on weekends I wash my hands only after cooking, touching something really dirty, or going to the bathroom...so about 15 times a day on weekends.

***For the other 5 facts about me, check out this post!***

Cindy's Questions For Me
1. Where is your favorite place to shop? I would have to say Target! They've got everything and their clearance racks are my fave.

2. Are you a morning, night, or afternoon person? Definitely an afternoon person. I can't stand waking up earlier than 7am and I'm typically exhausted by 10pm. 
3. As a kid, what was your favorite TV show? Do you remember Pepper Ann?

4. If there was a zombie apocalypse, what would you do? Do you think you'd survive? I have no idea what I'd do. Probably lock myself in my apartment with a lifetime supply of mace and MRE's. I definitely wouldn't survive if I stepped outside. Haha! I'm such a wimp!

5. What is your dream vacation destination? Hawaii was amazing, so I'd definitely love to go back and island hop.

6. List your top 5 favorite movies. Two Weeks Notice, The Proposal, While You Were Sleeping (can you tell I'm a Sandra Bullock fan?), Step Brothers, Legally Blonde.

7. Is your hair color natural or do you highlight/dye it? When I was between 17 and 20 I dyed my hair about 8 different times. It got too tedious, expensive, and damaging, so I had my stylist strip my hair (it took 3 times!) and fade it as close to my natural color as possible for our wedding.

2009: My natural color with just a teensy bit of faded pink underneath.
2010: The darkest my hair's ever been! Everybody loved it, but it was just too much work.
My hair a few weeks after it was stripped and faded. I loved this dirty caramel color.

8. If you could meet one person, past or present, who would it be? I'd actually really like to meet Sandra Bullock. She's pretty much one of my role models.

9. Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? No pets for us yet, but I'd love to get a beta fish when we move back to Illinois. And eventually, we'll get  a beagle (for J) and a miniature pinscher (for me).

10. Would you rather fly, drive, or take a train? Josh and I both enjoy flying, but I think we'd both rather drive. Driving calms him down, and I absolutely love touristy road trips!

11. What website do you visit most often? Oh boy. Either every blog on my reader or Pinterest. I have quite a few pins, but I use it primarily for recipes.

***Stay tuned for my answers to Lisha's questions and my questions for others later this week!***


Last Call: Bloom Into Spring Exchange!

Happy Monday, lovelies!

I just wanted to quickly remind you that today is the last day to sign up for the Bloom Into Spring Exchange! If you haven't signed up but would still like to participate, sign up on the original post in the comments section. :)

Hope you're all having a fabulous start to your week!



Friday Confessional

Linking up with Dandelion Wishes for Friday Confessional!


I confess... I'm nerdy excited for the book swap taking place through Blonde...Undercover Blonde! I've been partnered up with Jamie from Life In A Southern Town. Go check out her super cute blog!

I confess... I'm also ridiculously excited for the Bloom Into Spring Exchange! I can't wait to see how many of you sign up and spread the Spring Fever! :)

I confess... As much as I bash this little, old box I'm definitely going to miss certain things about it when we move into our new place.

I confess... My hubby wanted me to put down the computer and watch Top Gear with him this past weekend, but I pinned instead.

I confess... I've been keeping a few secrets from you.

Secret #1: Joshua's enlistment ends June 21st (although his terminal leave starts June 1st) and he'll be joining the Reserves in August!
Secret #2: My job was supposed to last until July 20th, but due to a series of random events, I'll be finished on May 29th.
Secret #3: Due to all of this, we'll be moving back to Illinois June 1st! We'll be living with my parents for June and July and moving into our new place in August!

I confess... We've been eating terribly and spending way too much money lately. This is kind of disappointing to me, but at the same time, I feel like we're enjoying what little time left we have with our friends and getting ready to move...so...the chaos has been what's knocking us slightly off track. Is that a decent enough excuse? I'd say so.

I confess... I pre-typed and scheduled all of my posts this week. Why? Because this week at work will be has been ridiculously long and stressful. Both boys are getting their 3rd teeth, Aidan's sick, and my boss' husband was out of town this week so I stayed until 9pm three nights in a row. Whew!

I confess... that this weekend will be pretty darn lazy aside from the Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage conference with J on Sunday and Monday night. :)

Now that I've got all of that off my chest, have a great weekend!


Oh, How Pinteresting!

Today, I'm linking up with Michelle from The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday!

This week my Pinterest loves are dedicated to our upcoming move: ideas for the new apartment, thoughts on change, and even outfits for spring! :)

I know that wherever we are, I'll always be home when I'm with Joshua.

Let the chaos begin!

Very true of my journey.

Perfect for Illini games this fall!

Adorable, flirty outfit for Spring!

Love this space.

Definitely creating a coffee station in the kitchen.

Color scheme for the living room.

Saving a key from each home we live in together. :)

And last, but not least, one for the babes this week.


Liebster Award!

This post is looooong overdue. Lisha awarded me with the Liebster Award about a month ago! Thanks, lady! :)

1. Choose five up and coming blogs to award the Liebster to. Blogs must have less than 200 followers.
2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
3. Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites. Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.
4. Share five random facts about yourself.

The Cold Hard Facts
1. I've got webbed toes (sort of like this). The second and third toes on both of my feet are partially webbed. No, this does not make me a better swimmer.

2. I was adopted when I was 3 months old and my brother was adopted when he was 3 days old. We're 4 years apart and have different birth mothers. A few months after I turned 19 I had the awesome opportunity to meet my birth mother, Andrea. Sadly, my biological father died of a brain tumor a few years earlier so we never had the chance to meet.

3. From a young age I assumed I'd go to a four-year college, meet the man of my dreams there, and that we'd get married a year after graduation. We'd start our family a year later and have 3 kids, all 2 years apart. Um...if you've read my blog at all you know that's not what ended up happening at all...but I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

4. I love Joshua to death. He's my best friend and always knows how to cheer me up, make me laugh, and I fall deeper in love with him every day. But sometimes...just sometimes...he's a HUGE distraction to me. I just love him so much that when he's sitting on the couch, I want to sit on the couch with him and snuggle...which leads to a large build up of housework. So I actually love it when he works one day on the weekends so I can get things done. ;)

5. I don't have an "inside voice." My volumes are loud and LOUDER. J always sometimes gets embarrassed by this when he takes me out in public, but what can I say? I'm like my mother that way. Always laughing and talking LOUDLY. So I apologize to those of you who know me in real life and are embarrassed by me. :)

My Lovely Liebsters
1. Dani @ My Heart Is In The Army, My Brain Is In Grad School 
2. Amanda @ Pretty Little Life 
3. Heather @ Relevant Notes
4. Maggie @ Most Everything Maggie
5. Jennifer @ Bliss To Bean

Congratulations ladies! I hope you enjoy your Liebster Award and spread the love! :)


Bloom Into Spring

Hello, lovely ladies! Today I've got something super fun to share with you!
Lisha and I have been in cahoots lately to bring you an exciting opportunity to share your Spring Fever with other bloggettes. Introducing..........

Bloom Into Spring Exchange

I'm so excited for this exchange, you have no idea. I've had the idea in the back of my mind for quite some time now, but I figured Spring would be the perfect time to spread the love. Fresh air, sunshine, warm weather...it's time to spread the Spring Fever! 

So here's what's up. The Bloom Into Spring Exchange is super easy and fun for all. All you need to do is go shopping for a few of YOUR favorite things for spring, pack them up with a little note to your partner, ship it out, and link-up when you receive a package in return! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. So hit the stores! You've got $15 to spend on anything springy that catches your fancy. It could be a sparkly nail polish, a cute pair of flip flops, your favorite gardening tool, a delicious springtime recipe...anything you'd like. Just be sure to include a little variety in your package (fill 'er up!) to show off your personality. :) 
Interested? Keep on reading!    

Here are the details:

1. Sign up will run today (3/12) through Monday, March 19
To sign up, leave a comment on this post with your 
- Name
-Email Address
- Blog URL

2. On Wednesday, March 21st we'll announce partners and you can exchange addresses!

3. Purchase a few of your favorite spring things and pack them up for your partner. 
Spending limit is $15 BEFORE shipping costs. 

4. Ship your package by Wednesday, April 4th. That gives you 2 weeks to shop for your partner.

5. We will host a link-up on both of our blogs on Wednesday, April 18th so we can all show off the lovely spring things we've received from our partners!

 Spread the word (and the Spring Fever), feel free to steal the awesome button Lisha created and put it on your blog, and sign up today!

*Bloom Into Spring Exchange is only open to bloggers who live in the continental U.S. and Canada.


Weekend Recap

This past weekend my cousin Rebekah, and her husband, Scott came in town to visit us and another friend of theirs. It was so much fun getting to see them "on our turf" and showing them around. :)

Thursday night we went to Hops for dinner.

Friday night we went to Carlyle for dinner and then headed back to our apartment to play some games. They introduced us to Carcassonne and we introduced them to Fluxx.

On Saturday I did lots of cleaning, cooking, and laundry while Josh worked and Rebekah and Scott wandered D.C. doing touristy things. In the afternoon J and I took a trip to the commissary (bad idea the day after payday!) to get our grocery shopping done.

Then, on Sunday Josh and I joined Rebekah, Scott, their friend Tina, and her boyfriend Jonah in D.C. We toured the Hirshhorn Museum of Contemporary Art, visited Eastern Market just as they were closing up shop, and went up to the second highest point in D.C. - The Old Post Office Pavilion Clock Tower. We actually enjoyed the view from the OPOP Clock Tower better than the view from the Washington Monument because you can actually see the monument from the tower. :) Such a great weekend to live in the DMV.

An awkward, but interesting sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum.
The Washington Monument from the OPOP Clock Tower.
The Capitol Building from the OPOP Clock Tower. 

The gorgeous architecture of The Old Post Office.