Friday, August 31, 2012

Monogram? Yes please!

First, I would like to remind everyone that I have my first giveaway happening in the post below. A $10 surprise is up for grabs.

Now onto something totally awesome.

Forgot that I ordered this beauty several weeks ago until it arrived in my mailbox today. Oh what joy to get a surprise!

Beautiful monogram! Show me someone who doesn't have love for the monogram.

One of the best websites out there.

Check out Swell Caroline today to get yourself something pretty!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Let's play a game! (win a surprise)

Guess how many quills ended up in Onslow's face/neck area!

Poor Onlsow never knew what hit him ... well a porcupine ... that's what! This happened during the winter when Onslow went snooping a little too close for comfort. The vet said this has been the most quills he has seen at one time.

Disclaimer - Onslow was my brother's dog (he has since had to give him up to his friend's for personal reasons) returned to at healthy state and still curious as ever.

Enter the contest (some questions are daily) to possibly win a $10 surprise from me. Share my blog and this contest! Guessing the amount of quills correctly will not be the deciding factor on winning ... just a fun question.

This is my first rafflecopter attempt - please bear with me if it is not exactly working. Please send me an e-mail if you come across any problems. Thanks for your patience.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Return the Favor hop


This is a neat hop! Share the love and return the favor. Click the link above for all the details.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

1000 miles x 100

This photo tells you two things.

1. I don't have many miles left on this particular tank of gas.
2. I have way too many miles on the car.

I have never owned a car that had 100,000 miles or more on it. So many fears. Will it just shut down on me while driving on the highway? Will the engine just blow up? Will my bumper fall off? The unknown is killing me.

This is the car I am liking at the moment. The Volvo 2-door hatchback. I have many cars "of the moment" so I can't really narrow it down. Sadly, this one will never be owned by me.

Tell me what your "car of the moment is."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Show & Tell (wedding edition)

Linking up with Mrs to Mama (unable to get button to work at the moment).

1. Are you married? If so when did you get married, and tell us about your special day. If not? How would you describe your dream wedding? 

Yes, I love being married. Big E the best man for me. He treats me with the respect and care I deserve and I have him on a pedestal. We were married on 10-10-10 inside the beautiful Saratoga Auto Museum (formerly known as the Saratoga Bottling Plant). Very little decorating had to be done because it was already decorated with their fall theme and the vintage cars. The auto display that was happening during our time was “Classic Woodies” – couldn’t have been more perfect for us.

2. Show us some wedding pictures. Either yours or of some that you love. 

3. How about the engagement? Tell us your story. If not engaged, what's your dreamproposal?

I knew the proposal was coming at soon … it happened while vacationing in Mystic, CT. We were on a dinner train through the countryside. The table next to us kept telling me something special was going to happen. Guess they just had the vibe. The entire train car congratulated us and the conductor ordered a bottle of champagne for us. Very romantic and I would love to take that dinner train again soon!

4. Show us your wedding rings or an engagement photo! If not engaged/married ... show us your "dream" ring. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Internets - Sunday Social


It is Sunday - so that means another Sunday Social.
1. What is the first website you log on to each day?
Facebook is the first website I log on to when I open the laptop. Is it not the first for you?

2. Give us some funny websites you visit that we need to know about
Sadly, I can not think of any funny websites off the top of my head. Ok I lie - what about People of Walmart?
3. Pinterest or Facebook? Why?
BOTH! Pinterest is great because it allows me to keep collections of everything in just one place rather than having a bunch of bookmarks. Facebook is just fun and stalkerish ...

4. Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Not a huge fan of Twitter. Instagram allows me to get "creative" with my photos without having to open Photoshop. Plus it is all done right from your phone. I am lazy remember?

5. Favorite youtube it!
Kris Kardashian's 30th birthday video
6. Biggest online pet peeve?
Please don't pull up to a four-way stop AFTER me and profusely wave me on like you are in labor and need to get the hospital stat when it is clearly my turn to begin with. Relax, I will go when I come to a complete stop and look all ways. Also please don't drift behind a previous stopper. Meaning don't just go because the went in front of you .... it is NOT your turn.

What are your pet peeves in life? I like to know that I am not alone ...

Friday, August 24, 2012

My attitude for this weekend

can be summed up by this photo.
Apparently the one and only Honey Boo Boo's name is Alana ... and ironically so is my name (Allana).

I request that from here on out everyone address me by Honey Boo Boo II.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

mail love and dinner

In the mail today was a cute little package. I couldn't remember what I had ordered ... then it dawned on me! It must be the cute earrings I won off of The Preppy Student blog. Yay!

Aren't they just the cutest darn things you ever laid your eyes on? Check out Rachel's Etsy shop at cause she has some cute jewelry for your collection. LOVE everything she has ... a purchase is in my future for sure.

Ever have Naan? Big E and I made homemade pizza tonight using Naan "pizza dough." We both agreed that we will be using this again in the future. Delish!

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

I'm kind of important

No, not really but by the looks of my desk at work would make one think so. How many computers does one need to have to accomplish their job? Apparently the answer is three.

I think I forgot to blog about my new shoes! O.M.G. I got a freakin' fantastic deal on these babies.

Before leaving for FL I was stalking searching to see if they were in stock in my size. No luck - booo! On our last day before dinner we stopped at the Puma Outlet. Browsing around proved to be boring and nothing good ... until ... the I saw from across the store THE shoes I wanted. Wait ... what!?! Yes, THE exact same shoes! I ran past a few people that were in my way and told my husband to scan the boxes for my size. BAM got them! Heaven on Earth!

The best part? They were $70 on Zappos ... and the outlet had them for $18!

Similar pair can be found here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Me, Myself, and I (link party)

1. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
I would quit my current job to open a doggie day care somewhere on the New England coast.

2. If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?
Run up my credit cards by purchasing whatever I wanted!
Spend as much time with my husband and Corgi as possible.

3. If a front page news article was written on you, what would the headline be?
Women finally gives in to her road rage and ....

4. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I have way too many to just choose one.

5. What is your favorite chick flick movie? 
The Devil Wears Prada
Thirteen Going on 30

Join the link party by clicking the below image.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Just entered a cool giveaway!

What a great giveaway happening. A little advertising of your blog can go a long way.

I have already won a pair of cute earrings from her and I hope to win this goodie.

Her blog is full of fashion, accessories, and giveaways. Hope you start following her too!

Weekend Rewind

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

I spent my days shopping. Just a little addiction I have. A lot of fall clothes are out & I just couldn't help myself. I am a sucker for jewel tones & being cozy. One of my purchases, everyone needs a little blingy in their life.

Friday, I helped at our work booth at one of our local fairs. Who doesn't love a county fair? All the fried food you could desire!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday I am in love ... blog hoppin'

So much love all around.

I am working at my company's booth today at one of our local fairs. You bet there will be some photos of this awesome time!?! On the list is: fried dough, bloomin' onion, and everything else a fair has to offer!

Catch you all latre this weekend with an recap! Happy Friday eveveryone and enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

It's ok ... lots to do!

Lately life seems to be moving at warp speed. Really it is August already! Big E and I are making some financial changes in our life ... with hopes of being debt free (with the exception of our mortgagae & student loans) in about four years. At that point the world is our oyster & who knows where the road will takes us. But for now, it's ok 

to hit snooze once or twice in the morning.
to stop and smell the roses.
to not call someone back immediately.
to listen to your car radio really loud.
to have breakfast for dinner.

Tell me what is 'ok' in your world today!

All things Orange

What is it about the color orange that attracts me?

It makes me happy to look at and wear. Such a cheerful color and it also reminds me of fall. This probably also explains my love for Halloween.

These pants from Express - to.die.for!

Can someone tell me who makes these shoes?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Now hair this.

I have blogged about this before here and I so want to try it. I think it will liven up what I think is dull and drab hair. I will tell you that I am hair stupid till I am blue in the face. I don't even know how to properly curl my hair without leaving crimp marks. So needless to say I wear it straight day in and day out. I cleanse my hair daily with Wen and then I blow dry it. That is it ... daily routine.

You tell me, is my hair in need of some kick? Check out my profile photo or the one below. I don't know maybe this above me and will look ridiculous. Maybe I just need to have style ....
Check out these photos of regular ladies using Colorsmash. Just maybe I have a chance.

Just look at all the fun colors ...

{Wordless Wednesday}

Below are photos from Bark For Life (similar to Relay for Life except you walk with your canine friend). Had such a warming experience on the committee and can not wait till BFL 2013. To greet all the dogs, the humans, and the organizations was an overwhelming time of emotions. Great memories for a cause very near and dear to my heart.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Tried this tonight:
Campbell's Skillet Sauces - sorry could not find them on their website to give you more information.
Tt was delish! All you have to do is add shrimp. This will definitely be on the menu again. Tomorrow night will be the Marsala dish.

Who wants to try this?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Rant: replying

Whether I send you an e-mail, comment on one of your blog threads, or send you a text a reply is appreciated.

You don't have to go all out and write a novel back to me. A simple comment to let me know you are out there is welcomed.

End rant.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Time to get social ... Sunday Social

Linking up with A Complete Waste of Makeup for this week's Sunday Social!

This Weeks Questions: All about food!!

Q. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A. I have so many favorites. The top three would be pizza (homemade on a Bobali shell), Chicken and Rice, and homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
Q.What's your guilty pleasure/comfort food?
A. raw cookie dough (chocolate chip)

Q.What's the weirdest/craziest thing you've ever eaten?
A. Maybe not the most weirdest or craziest but I used to put Doritos (original flavor) on my sandwiches.

Q.What foods do you avoid at all costs?
A. pickles, onions, celery

Q.What meal reminds you of your childhood?
A. Swedish Meatballs and my grandfather/mother's homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Share one of your favorite recipes and the story behind it.

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Who else was/is addicted to this television show? While on vacation I downloaded Season 1 on my phone to pass the time on the plane and to watch while lounging.

Who is your favorite character? Do you think "Emily" is handling her situation in the best way? What do you think Season 2 holds for us?

Haven't heard of Revenge? Check the info out here.

I encourage you to watch the first season and be ready in September to chat about the new episodes.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Back in action! Vacation photo dump ...

Big E and I safely made it to Orlando for our vacation. We were overjoyed that we landed the emergency exit row there and back. Hip Hip Hooray for legroom!

The weather was great every day even though it rained every day for a few hours here and there but nothing that made the trip miserable. Doesn't it always rain every day at some point in Florida?

Alamo upgraded our rental car ... score! We drove off in a 2012 convertible Camaro.

We ate very well while on vacation. Yum!
English Pub - pour your own pint
Scotch Egg
Eric and I both agree that one of our best meals was at Tommy Bahama. So good that we ate there twice. The Angus Bacon Cheeseburger was the best burger I have ever eaten. I know, it is a cheeseburger but O.M.G.
monkey butt
Big E's "I can't believe we are waiting 90 minutes or longer in line for one ride" face.
For what ride you ask? Toy Story of course ... it was fun!

My hubby enjoying one of his Tommy Bahama meals.

Finally - our little buddy Lincoln couldn't be happier that we were home again!