Oh Hey Friday {Halloween Edition}

Happy Friday! Oh, and Happy Halloween. Let’s get to it, shall we?

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I must be one of the few people who doesn’t get excited about Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, kids in costumes are cute. Really cute. But I don’t like anything scary. Don’t worry, we’re not the grinch house that doesn’t do anything (I even buy the good candy), but I just don’t get excited about Halloween. I never really have and most likely never will. I did grab Abbie a ladybug costume at Target, so we’ll likely have her wear that while we pass out candy tonight. That or one of her many Halloween shirts.

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TWO

Now that Halloween is here, I get to start being excited about Thanksgiving, which is hands down my favorite holiday. Seriously, it has everything I love – family togetherness, the Macy’s parade, football, so many of my favorite foods, and shopping the day after. It doesn’t get any better than that.

THREE

Our family pictures are tomorrow at sunrise, and I’m hoping the rain holds off until we’re done – it’s not supposed to start until midday, so we should be ok. It’s going to be cold, but hopefully worth it. Abbie’s usually in a good mood in the morning, so we’ll see how things go!

FOUR

Holiday shopping is in full swing around here. I started back in the summer, and usually have at least half of my shopping done by now… except for this year. Abbie’s done, but there’s so much else left to do! Hopefully I’ll find the perfect gifts soon so I can be done and have the holidays be stress free!

FIVE

My in-laws get here on Monday and we’re so excited to see them – we haven’t seen them since the spring. This is their last visit before they’re home from living overseas for good!

 

Have a great weekend all! Have fun and be safe tonight!

 

 

My Cats Like to Eat Flowers

This post is sponsored by the Bouqs and contains affiliate links. I received free flowers for review, but all opinions are entirely my own.

It’s true. While I love fresh flowers, I almost never bring them in the house, because my cats go crazy. They are sure to try to eat them or play with them EVERY time. I once bought flowers for my mother-in-law while they stayed with us, and sure enough, the moment the cats got into their room, they knocked them over. Crazy cats. It’s a good thing they’re cute.

So, when Adam from the Bouqs offered to send me some flowers to review, what was I to do?

The Bouqs

Well, I sent them to work of course – and what better day to have them arrive than my birthday?

Never heard of the Bouqs? Well, here’s the quick details:

  • Their flowers are grown in only two places: in Ecuador on the side of an active volcano, or on an eco-friendly farm in California
  • Their flowers are cut just 2-4 days before they’re in your hands, so they’re really fresh!
  • Ordering is fast, easy, and shipping is included! (those fees get me EVERY time when I’ve ordered from other places)
  • They offer concierge service so you never forget a birthday or anniversary again
  • They also have an app… and give you 20% off your first order if you use it. Awesome!

Now that you know what they’re about, let’s get to my flowers, shall we?

Bouqs Desperado

I had a hard time choosing, but ended up settling on the original size Desperado bouquet. They arrived to my office the morning of my birthday, and I was instantly impressed. The flowers were packaged beautifully and were all intact in their box. Once I finally scrounged up a vase at my office, I arranged them – and they make it really simple. Flower food is included, and the box instructs you how to snip the ends and everything. (Want to know a secret? The first time I received flowers that weren’t already arranged… they died. I didn’t know then that the stems needed to be cut!) So easy.

Bouqs Roses

 

Bouqs Roses

All week, people commented on my flowers on my desk, and I can’t blame them. They seemed to get more beautiful as the days went on. I took them home over the weekend, and now, at 8 days later, they’re still going strong. I really loved these and am excited to see just how long I’ll be able to enjoy them.

Bouqs Roses

Of course, my Bouqs are locked in the bathroom during the day so the cats don’t eat them, but that’s life.

Easy Garlic Knots

So, this recipe is delicious, and not necessarily healthy. I mean, I suppose it’s healthy if you can exercise portion control, but… they’re hard to resist. My mom has been making these delicious garlic knots for ages, and I got the recipe from her, but she has told me that originally, it came from Taste of Home magazine. These are amazing with everything, and so easy. Enjoy!

Easy Garlic Knots

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube of ready to bake biscuits (I usually buy generic) – make sure they’re NOT the ones with layers
  • 2-3 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted (I use butter, Mom uses margarine. Both are delicous, so whatever you have is fine)
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Dried parsley, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Open the tube of biscuits and cut them all in half.
  3. Roll each half and quickly tie each into a knot. (I debated making a video on this, but it just takes practice more than anything. Chris can’t ever seem to do it.)
  4. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Using a pastry or silicone brush, brush some melted butter on each knot.
  6. Sprinkle with garlic powder and parsley to your liking. We love garlic in our house, so we use quite a bit, but you can adjust for your family. You could also switch up the seasoning if you so choose – Onion powder, rosemary, thyme, oregano – they would all work!
  7. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, depending on your oven. You want to remove them when they’re lightly browned on top.
  8. Brush each knot with more melted butter.
  9. Enjoy!

See? Super easy. And addictive. Bet you can’t eat just one! I’ve also made them with the bigger biscuits, and they turned out too – just a lot bigger, so they required more cooking time. Now I’m wondering if a cinnamon sugar one would be good…

My Favorite

October is my favorite month of all. Not only does it include my birthday, but I’ve always felt its the start of the holiday season. Plus, there’s college football, sweaters, leaves falling…it’s pretty much perfection. Then I started thinking about my other favorite things…

Color: Usually purple, but I’m a pretty big fan of maroon and orange (duh)

TV Show: Parenthood is hands down my favorite and I’m so sad about it ending this year. I also love Revenge, Top Chef, and the Real Housewives of Orange County and Beverly Hills.

Movie: When Harry Met Sally. I love it and know pretty much every line of the movie.  You can’t beat Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, and New York in the Fall. Nora Ephron was a genius.

Band: Lady Antebellum, no question. Have you heard their new album, 747? It’s been on repeat for me since it came out – my faves on the album are… well, basically most of it. Just get it.

Book: Probably the Harry Potter series. So what if that’s more than one book?

Sound: Abbie saying “Mom-mom”

Smell: Typically vanilla (I know, boring), although Yankee Candle has a winter fragrance called “sparkling snow” that I’m a big fan of. I get overpowered by smells pretty easily and prefer to keep them simple.

Room in my House: The living room. Most of Abbie’s toys are there, so we end up spending time playing on the floor and hanging out as a family. I love Abbie’s room too – it’s so perfect for her and I love the color of the walls.

Place: Blacksburg, VA (especially during football season). As much as I love my house and my family, there’s something about that place that just makes me feel like I’m home. I seriously get goosebumps when I see the sign on interstate 81.

Starbucks drink: When I’m splurging, a Salted Caramel Mocha. Sorry PSL lovers, it’s better. On a typical day, a skinny caramel or hazelnut macchiato or a skinny vanilla latte.

Food: Breakfast food. All of it.

Outfit: Pajamas. Why can’t I wear them to work?

Quote: “Knowledge is like love – it depends what you do with it.” Elie Wiesel said this during a speaking engagement when I was in college and it’s stuck with me since. I was lucky enough to get to meet him – I’ll have to dig up the picture, bu needless to say it was pretty incredible.

What are your favorites?

Oh Hey Friday {10.24.14}

So, I have all kinds of thoughts and ideas swirling in my head, but I can’t seem to get any of them into cohesive ideas. Shall I try?

ONE

I had a great birthday and I’m so thankful for my husband, who for the first time genuinely surprised me with his gift – these Kendra Scott earrings. I NEVER would have splurged and bought them for myself, and I was shocked he remembered me liking them! Point for husband. He also remembered to help Abbie pick out a card for me (I’m a pretty big fan of cards), so another point there. Thanks, babe!

TWO

Being a Hokie football fan is hard. Really hard. After a good start to the season, we have just completely gone downhill. Last night, it was like we didn’t even show up to our own stadium. It was ugly and I couldn’t watch. The highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Oh football, why do you have to break my heart?

THREE

I am determined to get some things hung on the wall this weekend…. even if it’s only in Abbie’s room. It’s driving me crazy that we have all these things to go up and not one of them has yet.

FOUR

I got these flowers delivered from the Bouqs on my birthday (full review coming next week) and they’re cheering me up. Beautiful flowers at work tend to make you feel better about being there. Also, I’m hoping the cats don’t try to eat them when I take them home tonight. They’ve been known to do that.

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FIVE

I’ve been really really struggling with time lately. As in, not having anywhere near enough of it. We leave the house around 7 am and don’t get home until 6:30, then it’s a little bit of family time before Abbie goes to bed, getting everything ready for the next day, and bed for us. It’s exhausting, and I’ve got to find a way to get more out of my day. The good news for you is that I’ve decided to open up my sidebar spots to all of you for free until I get myself figured out. I don’t know how long I’ll be doing this for, but I would love to see your faces on my sidebar and help out my fellow bloggers. Just use code FREE and the sidebar spot will be just that! I will try to give social media shoutouts when I can, but can’t commit to that right now. So come fill up my sidebar!

Hope you all have a great weekend!