Friday, August 1, 2014

Birthday Fun

My birthday was spent just as it should have been.  Relaxing by the pool with some great girlfriends and conversation.  I even got a little shoulder burn as a souvenir of one of the most relaxing days I've had in a while.  I know, you would think being 27 and all now, I would have more sense of putting on sun screen.

After we finally pulled ourselves out of the pool, it was back home to get ready for the dinner portion of the celebration.  It was no holds barred when it came to my birthday meal, so Italian food it was because....carbs.  There is this great little Italian place in our town that serves the most amazing white chocolate bread pudding and I just knew I wanted that after whatever I had for dinner.  The wine was divine and the company was awesome.

My love.  He sure does know how to make a girl feel special

Couldn't be more thankful for these wonderful friends.

What could possibly follow an amazing birthday?
The fact that it's Friday.

Happy Weekend friends!

Linking up with Miss Lauren today.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

27 happened.  I turned 27 today.
While I'm off enjoying the day, I thought it would be fun to give you 27 totally random facts about myself for my 27th birthday!

1.  I am afraid of the dark.  Like 5 year olds are afraid of the dark.  I guess I never got over it.  When I walk into a pitch black room, or turn off a light before I open the door, I start breathing fast and my hands get super sweaty.
2.  I was named after the girl cop from the TV show CHIPS.  Her name is Brianne Leary.  I'm Brianne Leigh.
3.  I eat sauerkraut by the spoonful.
4.  My toes are ridiculously long.  So much so, the Mr. calls them my "talons" and jokes about me swooping down and picking up dinner with my feet on the way home.
5.  I'm kinda weird about washing my hands a lot.  Not OCD, Howard Hughes weird, but for example, if I use the sponge to clean off dishes before I put them in the dishwasher, I'll wash my hands immediately after before touching anything else.  Germs.  Ew.
6.  Everyone close to me, family and friends, never call me Brianne.  It's always Bri.
7.  I don't color my  hair.
8.  I've never lived on my own or with a roommate.  I moved out of my parents house when I was moving in with my  now Mr.
9.  I've been with my same company for a little over 7 years now.  
10.  My fingers are really tiny.  My ring size is 4 1/2.
11.  I'm nuts about making something special out of every single holiday.  I love being festive and celebrating them all.
12.  If I find a new song I like, I will listen to it about 250 more times until I get sick of it.
13.  I don't have any tattoos.
14.  I've only seen The Notebook one time.  In theaters when it first came out.  I was so emotional afterwards that I am too scared to watch it again.
15.  I'm 65 lbs. lighter than I was in High School.
16.  I've had my belly button pierced twice.
17.  I have an insane fear of pretty much all bugs and licking envelopes.  (See: what happens in the dark times 100).
18.  I can't whistle.
19.  Carrot cake is my favorite kind of cake.
20.  I'm double jointed in my arms.  They don't lay out straight and I can twist my arms all the way around.
21.  Sewing is one skill I've always wanted to learn.
22.  I'm a bit of a procrastinator.  If I can, I will put something off til the last minute.
23.  In my childhood, over the years we've owned 1 horse, 1 rat, 3 birds, 2 fish, 4 dogs, 4 cats, 2 bunnies, and 2 guinea pigs....and I can still tell you all their names.
24.  I only know how to tie a shoe one way.  The two bunny ears way.
25.  I love to rewatch some of my favorite shows from the beginning.  We have re watched Big Bang, How I Met Your Mother, Game of Thrones, Scrubs, and Friends.  That's all within the last year.
26.  I absolutely hated beer up until a few years ago.  I couldn't stand the taste.  Now, we love visiting local brewery's.
27.  My pajama collection is absurd.  I love Pj's.

So there you have it.  A little more randomness about me.
Any things we have in common?


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back To Basics

Tee // Belt (old) - Similar // Jeans // Sandals - Similar // Sunglasses - Similar

If you thought of Miss Aguilera's album when you read the title of this post, then I love your way of thinking.  There will always be a spot in my forever teenage heart for all those Mouseketeers. 
But on to my favorite basic outfit...

A soft v neck tee and some comfy distressed jeans don't get any better.  I really did try to get in with the trendy prints and what was what for a while, but I find myself just donating, or adding them to the garage sale pile only months later.  It always comes back to a tee and jeans for me and I think I just need to embrace my inner basic style.
A cute sparkly sandal though?  Always welcome for an added touch.  These will never get put in the donate pile as far as I'm concerned.  

And what in the what is up with high winds in 105 degree weather??  It's like, "Hey, I know your already hot as balls, but let me just throw some more heat at you around 15 mph while you're trying to take pictures outside, keep your hair tamed, and try not to have your sweat be visible."

P.S - Today is my last day as a 26 year old.  Because manana... I turn 27.  I'm officially closer to my 30's than my 20's.  Thank goodness for booze to drown that thought.

P.P.S - The Mr. and I started re-watching the whole series of Friends this past week, because we are just totally wild and crazy like that,  and it kinda makes me want to live in Manhattan with a coffee shop in my building to hang out with my pals in......but then I get to thinking how large cities are only good for visits, I despise traffic, and am not too fond of taxi's.  Which only makes me more thankful for our small town livin.  Must be that age thing catching up with me again.

Would you look at that?  It's almost August.

Wishing you loves a great day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tipsy Gummy Bears

The only plus to getting older, that I find, is putting some adult twists on favorites you had as a kid.

So I infused a favorite of my childhood, gummy bears, and a favorite of my adulthood, vodka.  I guess that's how things seem to shift as you get older.  Don't judge.

What you need:
- A package of gummy bears (I used the Haribo brand)
- Any vodka of your choosing (I used Titos brand)

What you do:
- Pour gummy bears in container.
- Pour vodka to about the top line of the gummy bears
- Let sit for a day or two in the fridge.

The vodka should be pretty much soaked up and your little bears should be looking a little more plump.  They may be stuck together or a little hard at first, but that's from coming right out of the fridge.  Let them sit out for a bit and they should separate and soften right up.

This is the perfect little adult snack and treat to bring for any occasion.  I'm a huge Tito's fan, but I'm looking forward to trying a fruity flavored vodka next time to bring out the different flavors, now that I know it tastes yummy....and why stop at bears?  Worms...Sour Patch Kids....the possibilities are endless.
That's what turning a whole other year older does to seem to start putting booze in everything.

What's your favorite adult beverage/snack you enjoy?


Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend Tid Bits

Though I am pretty sure you are all well aware, but it's my birthday week!  27....where did 26 go??  I am not sure how I feel about this whole, "being only 3 years away from 30" thing. I may just celebrate my 29th birthday for a few years until I'm ready.  Ha!

Though the week leading up to the big B-Day is going to be hard to top from last year (raise your hand if you have the most amazing sis-in-law), we are getting off to a pretty good start.

Biscotti cupcake...YUM.  My absolute favorite homemade cupcake.  Calories don't count during your birthday week.

Saturday was filled with celebrating a 5th birthday for one awesome little boy, my friend Tiffany's son, Aaron.  I love any occasion that my lady loves and I can get together.  We don't see each other enough, in my opinion.  Love this bunch so...

Sunday morning started out early to enjoy a cup of joe with the Mr. before he headed out with the guys for some shooting time.  This was the picture I received.....swooooooon!  Nothing sexier...and he's all mine. ;)

Sunday afternoon, my dad and step mom were in town from Reno and we met them for a little lunch and catch up time.  I was so happy we got to get together in person close to my birthday.  Meant so much to me to see them since they live a few hours away.

I did refuse to put on anything other than a t shirt and jean shorts all day...hello 105 degrees.  Blah.  And that wine glass?  Never left my grip.  

How was your weekend?  Hope you stayed cool!
Happy Monday friends!

Linking up with Leeann and Meg today.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Move Live

This morning my voice is horse and I actually packed extra supplies for another round of iced coffee to get me through the day after only 4 hours of sleep.  
But it was totally worth it.

Last night, as some of you already knew, I went to go see Derek and Julianne Hough perform on their Move Live Tour.  I went with my Mother in Law and her good friend Anet.  To say it was a great show is definitely an understatement.  It was amazing!  Entertaining, 4 out of 4 stars, and all of that good stuff.

(Me, The Mamma in Law, and Anet)

What I love the most about their show was that they interaccted so much with the audience.  They would run out and sing to us, dance around, and talk to us during the show like we were apart of the whole thing.  They are two truly humble people who give so much back to their fans.  

We joked the whole time leading up to the show that one of us crazy gals were going to get called up to dance.  Yes, I was probably the most prepared one because honestly, I'm always stage ready....even in my pj's I'm singing show tunes like the big wigs in Broadway could hear me and pick me up for a gig any second.  I told you my Mr. was a lucky guy didn't I?  ;)

So here were are... singing along and watching Derek do is thing in some remarkably tight jeans and an unbuttoned shirt (of course)...when all of a sudden he jumps down and makes his way through the audience.  He grabs one lady and starts dancing..then sings a little more of the song as he makes his way over by us...hits our row and starts singing to us...I could reach out and touch him if I really wanted too....but come on ladies...I'm a married woman..................
............................aaaaaaand I didn't want to lean that far in a skirt.  *ahem* ok so...where was I....
So we are freaking out as he sings to us in our row, when all of a sudden...he points to Anet and gestures her to come to him...of course, we are all looking at each other and back at him and then ourselves likes, "Me? Her?  Her? No, me?  Me?? Oh, her!"
He gestures for Anet again and off she went to shake her thing with Derek Hough!  And ladies, I jumped on my phone so fast to get the whole thing on video..unbuttoned shirt and're welcome.

(Pardon the excessive screaming...I went a little crazy as to what was happening in the moment)

Highlight of the evening?  I would say so!  We watched it over and over again and literally cried laughing we couldn't believe what just happened.

We had the BEST time.   Dancing, singing, and cracking up.  If they headlined a show again...I would buy tickets in a heartbeat.  Pure entertainment.

Cheers to the weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tee Dress

Dress // Chambray Shirt - Similar // Hat - Similar // Sneakers

I have wanted to wear this dress everyday this Summer.  Super comfy and something so simply to throw on for work or around town.  Perfect for those 100+ valley temps.  Old Navy has just hit the dress jackpot this Summer with their simply and comfy dresses like this one.  It's one that you love so much you consider buying every color.....I said consider.  Relax.  I'm still being a good shopper.  Speaking of it bad that I made my first Winter purchase in July?  Even if it was a deal one couldn't possibly pass up??

In other news...I am super excited that I am leaving work early today.  For what you ask?  Only to go see the Move Live Tour with Julianne and Derek Hough!!! AAAAAHHHH!!!!  I am so freakin excited you guys!!  I have a serious...and I mean serious girl crush on Julianne and I cannot wait!  Ironically, I have never watched Dancing With The Stars, in which they started out, but my Mother in Law is an avid watcher so she is my road trip and concert partner for the evening.  We've been the two squealing girls the past couple of weeks every time we talk about it.  Looking forward to a night of entertainment and making me wish I was a dancer (and had the body) afterward.  Don't worry, a recap with some pics will follow.

Who else is super excited it's Thursday and after that comes Friday?


Linking up with Tucker Up, Style Elixir, and The Pleated Poppy today.