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To continue with all the craziness going on lately, we went to a wedding for our two friends. Taylor plays in the band with Matt at church and I think it’s really cute how nerdy the two are together. I have since learned that there is a big difference between nerd and geek. Nerds are broadly focused, and geeks are narrowly focused. For example; Taylor is really into gaming or video games so he plays all the games you can think of from Mario to WOW. A geek would play Settlers of Catan, and only SOC. Neither of the two phrases are an insult by the way. I myself am a fashion nerd, or a hipster as the Hubster calls me. Anyway, Matt married Erin and they were so cute!


A selfie is required for all events

I have to say, I was having a really good looks day. What’s a good looks day you say? Well, it’s when my hair corporates, my makeup looks just right, I’m not bloated so a slimming dress doesn’t make me look pregnant, my razor gives a perfect shave, all of that rolled into the excitement of going to a wedding and I was having a good looks day! Given this information, I was feeling good about getting dressed up and fancified. <– I just made that word up. We did have a major issue though with their gift. I searched high and low but the only Target that had the gift we wanted to get them was either a block from the reception, or 20 minutes away. No big deal when you have plenty of time and the ability to wrap said gift at home, but we didn’t have a lot of time and we didn’t have the ability to wrap the gift at home….so we improvised!

Sure, we could have gotten them a gift card. That would have been the easy option. However I am a super sentimental person and I couldn’t bear to think of getting them anything that wasn’t personalized or bought without a specific intention. We decided ahead of time that we wanted to buy them a tent that was on their registry because 1. We love camping. We put a small tent on our registry for our wedding but a family member got us a really cool huge 8 person tent for our wedding, so it was only fitting. 2. We thought it would be a cool idea because we could go camping with them 3. I had a coupon, and a red card so it was a really good deal 4. Since we got money off for the tent, we were able to buy them a cooler as well. All of this including wrapping, a board game, tape, scissors, and a card were purchased in Target, in my heels. I’m sure I was a sight to see with my arms full of camping gear in a dress. People were looking at me like I was walking a pet deer or something in there, one little girl tugged at her dad and said, “Look!”

Once we got to the car, the back door was opened and I wrapped everything up in no time. The drive to the wedding was about two hours away so we listened to music and sang really loudly. I knew my bff Sarah and her hubs were going to be there so I had her save us seats and we got there just in the nick of time. The ceremony was short but very sweet. It was really exciting to see a couple share their very first kiss*. Then the bride and groom were off to take pictures, and so were we! Sarah and I decided since we don’t get dressed up very often we should take a million pictures together. It makes sense right? So without further ado…

The glamour shots:



And then the not so glamorous shots. We could not stop laughing when we saw these later…what in the world?!


Stop; make sure you focus the camera


Where you going Amanda?

BTW, that’s the necklace I wore on my wedding day. It was my “something borrowed” from Taylor’s maternal grandmother. I was shocked when she gave it to me a couple years later. I only wear it to weddings, kind of like a good luck charm…even though I don’t believe in luck 🙂


Take a million pictures Taylor!




Failed attempted duck faces


This was Taylor’s favorite

We made it to the reception after scoring some gatorade from CVS across the street. I know I know, it’s so bad for you but sometimes you just gotta have red #5 filled gatorade. I may have mentioned this before, but I lurve dancing! I was so excited to get on the dance floor and boogy down. But first, they had a little table set up for everyone to sign a Jenga piece. Cute idea right? They also had a photo booth, which we totally hit up.

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We had such a good time, but it was getting late so we had to head home. Not before a picture with the bride and groom!


Congrats to Matt and Erin. Marriage is a burden or a blessing, but only if you let it be one or the other.

Enjoy your life together, and let’s go camping sometime! Hint, hint.

*Since the wedding happened I have talked with many people of different backgrounds about the whole idea of saving a first kiss until marriage. Some have said it’s crazy! Some have said they could never do it, how would you know if you’re attracted to the other person? For me personally, I think it’s very sweet. I didn’t know this type of thing happened before I met Taylor, if I did I might have talked to him about doing the same idea. One say I’ll do a post about saving ourselves but for right now it was great to be there to celebrate such a special couple.


I hate shoe shopping. Hate it. I’ve told you before, I have gigantor feet. Whenever I can avoid trying shoes on in a store, I do. I don’t want to face seeing a beautiful pair of shoes I love only to have them not fit. A {She-Hulk-Out} waiting to happen! Most of the time I just take a chance at online shoe shopping, it’s not any more logical than going in the store I know. But thankfully there was a sale through Target online, and a discount I found so I thought I’d try it. The two shoes I purchased I’ve actually wanted for years now.

It’s so fluffy I’m gunna die!

Despicable Me anyone?

These slippers I bought for my friend Amy‘s birthday when we both lived in California 4.5 years ago! I think it’s cool the same slippers can be so popular at Target still. It’s like the Old Navy flip flops I guess. Although I’m not allowed to buy those anymore. Way too tempting since I know my size and they carry it! And all the colors….! You see my point? 🙂

The other pair are moccasins

Which I’ve wanted since I was a little girl in Indian Princess. Is that even around anymore?!

The website looks ancient 😦

Shoes that fit, awesome

Along with my ghost feet

I do live in Michigan…


Hey guys/gals!

Did you have a fabulous Mothers’ Day? We did! It would have been better if we actually were with our moms but hey, grad school calls the best of us out to the most raaandom of states 🙂

As promised, I have some great pictures of our living room makeover. I’m really excited because like I said before, we really haven’t purchased more than one or two furniture items for ourselves. To add to that, we’ve actually never made any big purchases for ourselves in our whole marriage (going on 4 years now!). We’ve had occasions we needed to shell out money before, like my wisdom teeth extraction, flying home short notice for the Hulkster’s grandfathers funeral, but nothing fun for us. That is until the weekend!

Let’s start with the before.



Eww RIGHT?! I’m slightly embarrassed but it looks nothing like that now so I’m slightly ok with it… besides the afters don’t look as good when you don’t even know what to base your reaction off of right?

To explain a little, we were still taking care of my friend’s dog and cleaning out our place. I had to go through a lot of things like magazines, papers, old clothes, ug, the works! Most of it ended up in the living room (along with the Hulkster’s socks/my winter boots…?) and we were able to get it all taken out and reorganized.

Ok without further ado… THE AFTERS!!!


This is our new living room!!!


The front complete with:

New big screen TV from Target (on clearance!)

New TV stand and shelving from Ikea (on clearance!)

New lamp on the left

Flower table (the Hulkster got it because I graduated last year and felt bad he never got me anything, I couldn’t be too upset with the consolation :))

The lamp on the right is from my in laws and I’ve always loved it because it’s different, plus I can put stuff in it!

The F A M I L Y blocks are my “Happy Wedding Day Gift” from the Hulkster, I’ll have to post about my gift on another day (hint: I worked on it for five years!)


Inside the shelving we got some baskets so the wiring could easily go through and behind, hidden from sight. I am a nut when it comes to that, I {She-Hulk-Out} if you know what I mean 😉

The machinery: PS3, Xbox, internet router, Wii, and the Time Capsule

Below and underneath we have the Wii board, and cases for movies, tv shows, and games


To the right, we’ve got:

Our two huge but comfy La-Z-Boys (from in laws)

A little side table/lamp/magazine rack (also from in laws, pretty sure originally from Walmart


This is the view if you turn around in the living room:

Our l o o o o o n g couch (from Craigslist!) has two reclining seats on each end

In the middle we have our little table (from Ikea) perfect to place a laptop and coasters

And our little foot rest (originally from Ikea, a friend gave it to us) because the middle seats are stationary

And oh…what do we have here?


A little closer…

(Including our wicker box from the in laws and some updated reading material!)


Aww! It’s my sweet Christa!

She was the supervisor over the project!

ImageAnd we have Miss Bella…sorry I could not turn the photo for some reason…

She was our Vanna White for our new clock (Ikea)

The older one is in the 2nd bedroom, cool story to it…another post I’m sure!

Bella does not like having her picture taken, hehe

But as soon as she realized how cozy our place was now…


She joined in the cuteness…aww! Shhh! ..Oops

Well my friends, that was our crazy weekend and our new living room. I’m still in shock over the difference. Even I did not know it was so bad until I saw the before from a few short days ago. Patting myself on the back just a little.

Have you ever done something like this? What do you think about the change? Do you have kitties like us?


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