Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some Thoughts About Stuff

I saw where Jennifer and Erin posted this earlier this week... and like a throwback MySpace survey, I am copying!

Thinking... About calling this car wash place that I went to on Monday. Funny story, so the last weekend, I noticed all of these people in my neighborhood washing their cars in their driveways. And I thought to myself, "It's 2014 PEOPLE! There are machines that will do this for you!" So the other day, during my lunch break, I took my car up to the car wash. It's one of those drive thru ones where they scrub your car and then have you put it in neutral while it rolls through the wash. Well, the front of my car was covered in bugs from our round trip across the Midwest. The girl who was working kept putting this high powered hose across the front of my car, trying to take off the bugs. When I got home that night, I noticed that the hose (I think?) took paint off the front of my car. Like little bits of paint where the bugs were. I don't want to be a bitch and I am sure there is nothing that would do, but I was so upset. I am kind of over it now, but I will for sure be washing it in my driveway from here on out.

Wearing:.. My Duck Dynasty shirt that has a picture of Jace's face and it says, "I've been showing up late and dirty my whole life." BECAUSE IT'S TRUE. And I wear this shirt almost every night after work because it has long sleeves, which is my shirt cut of choice for all of society.

Watching... Olive Betty read books. And by read books, I mean listen to her go "badah la rasee. AMEN!" She says "amen" instead of "the end." If I try to read them to her, she slaps my hand and says, "NO! I DO IT MYFELF."

Wanting... This entire pottery collection from Emma Bridgewater, specifically THIS hen on a nest, which is what I have been fascinating about for the last four days because I am a lunatic with no real wants. But I am glad I found something online that I really like because my birthday is next month and all I could think of wanting was Lowe's gift cards. I don't know if wanting English pottery makes me more or less pathetic.

Liking... All of the new people who have been leaving comments and saying hello. I am three days behind on my reads because I am scoping out all of the fresh meat in the comments.

Loving... That my in-laws are keeping the kids next weekend. Chris is probably thinking "sex-ca-pades!" but really it will just be yard work in peace and going out to eat, which is like my dream.

Testing... A LOT of blonde in my hair. I went all Holy Blonde Batman! last week and I am loving it so far. I won't be loving it in two weeks when I look like a sewage clown, but for now, I am so 2002 Britney.

Laughing... At Jake! One of his students found his blog, so now he made a super secret, unedited one HERE. Also, everyone go tell Jake to paint me my chicken already. He needs to stop painting pictures of his hair and putting them all over his house. I need my HEN ON A NEST, dammit.

And speaking of new blogs, please check out these fab ladies!

First up, is the super gorgeous blondie... Aly! She blogs over at Here Comes Happiness. Aly is a SAHM who is just "trying to keep my kids alive." HA! She is very fit and athletic, even competing in some triathlons, mostly recently training for a half marathon. She has a 4 month old son named Brody and recently just started blogging again. Go give her a big ol welcome to Blog Land HERE and add her to your bloglovin' feed HERE.

And then there are these beauties, Marianne and Naty from Harper Loren. They probably have one of the freshest blogs around. They are both LA girls, who blog about all things beauty, fashion, and pop culture. They get to do cool celebrity interviews, reviews, and behind the scene shoots. Do yourself a favor and go follow them HERE! You will be hooked just like me. Also, keep up with them on instagram @harperloren.

Be sure to pop back in tomorrow for the monthly giveaway to Target!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Two Halfs = A Full, Right?

The St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville is this weekend. And while I was going back and forth over if I would run the half or the full, I decided yesterday to just run the half. Besides feeling lazy as shit the past few weeks, other factors were considered.

When I was going to run the St. Jude marathon in Memphis this past December, I had been training in fall-like conditions. We were so ready for that race. I wasn't necessarily looking forward to running 26 miles, like way I look forward to my next meal, but I was ready. When it was canceled 12 hours before the race, I really lost my steam.

Then we had the brutal winter from hell. And while I kept up on my shorter distance training during the week on the treadmill with the help of E! and TBS, I didn't get in anything significantly long outside. My knees hurt, my toenails are falling off again, and I don't want to pay $140 for another pair of "fitted" running shoes. I just want to go run something for St. Jude and I want to feel great while I am doing it.

One positive thing that marathon training has taught me is that running 13 miles at one time doesn't even seem like a big deal to me anymore. I remember a year ago, right before my first half, the St. Louis GO! half marathon. My anxiety was high, I doubted myself, and I didn't feel like a "runner."

So much has changed in a year. I know I am a runner. I can do that half marathon every damn weekend. I feel confident when I run that I am able to keep up with people, pace myself, and talk myself out of stopping.

I was looking forward to the challenge of a marathon, but I think waiting until this fall would be better. A few things changed my mind about Nashville the last couple of days.

Let's call them the three H's of HELL.

HILLS: I ran 13 miles in gravel hills through a cemetery and even survived the infamous Holy Hill in St. Louis, but this looks like I am chasing a pack of wild wolves for five hours.

HEAT: About 85 degrees. Not too bad for a half marathon since we should be done early, but the people running the full are going to get the brunt of the sun in the afternoon. When I ran the Louisville half marathon last weekend, it was close to 70 degrees and the heat kept making me feel nauseous. I get overheated trying to reach my body through my window at the ATM, so I would pretty much die in these conditions. I would look like one of those roasted Hawaiian pigs at a luau when the race was over.

HUMIDITY: Yesterday, this was between 65-80%. Even on the lower end, with the heat, and the hills, the Tennessee Dept of Transportation would find me rolled over on the side of the road. So I will be ending the race at 13.1 miles with both of my lungs and a glorified farmers tan.

Also, there is basic math involved. My homegirl Kelli tweeted me yesterday and said that a Half last week and a Half this weekend pretty much equals a full. I can't argue with that kind of math. 

In all seriousness though, I do want to say thank you to everyone who donated to my St. Jude fundraiser! The money donated back this fall was given directly to St. Jude and I am really looking forward to just being present at the race and taking it all in. If this was any other race, my ass would be staying home and eating the Easter candy to get it out of the house, but St. Jude is important to me. And regardless of the distance being ran, the donations made are going to make a huge difference. So, thank you.

Another plus? I get to run the half with Janessa. Her first. And that has me giddy like a kid on Christmas. If you are running or going to be at the race, let me know! I am running with Janessa and Kira. We're hoping that Mandy from House of Rose doesn't lap us while she walks with some girlfriends. 

And if you are like me and love reading running/fitness blogs, please check out these ladies!

I know I have spotlighted my friend Emily from Beauty and the Greek before, but if you are a runner, you have to check out her page. We ran the Fort Wayne half marathon together and she is even prettier in person. She has ran three half marathons and just completed her first full marathon in December. On top of being a super fast runner, she is also a nurse, dog-mama, and a new homeowner. Please go check out Emily's page HERE and add her to your bloglovin roll HERE

And then there is Emily from The Swallow Flies, whose blog I run through just to look at the food pictures. Emily just completed the Whole 30 Food Challenge with amazing results. In fact, hasn't stopped eating that way and is still going. I am impressed how delicious most of the meals look. Like the other Emily, she has ran many half marathons and a full marathon. Please go check out her page HERE and find her on instagram @emmy815.

Did you ever back out of something important to you? 

I am still struggling with the guilt. But I know I will be just as happy crossing the 13.1 finish line for St. Jude, so I am keeping my head up!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Back in My Day

I have been waiting for this linkup forever. My real life friend Suze from Straight on the Ground (who celebrated her 30th over the weekend) is hosting this with Steph from Steph's Space and Stephanie from Life According to Steph.

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I always talk about drunk, slutty Holly from college, but today, I thought I would reminisce about horribly-awkward Holly from The High School Years. This will be broken out into four parts.

Freshman year: I clearly was trying to become the 4th member of Hanson, whom hadn't been cool since 6th grade. I also thought the Tommy Hilfiger was really helping me get "preppy." And for the love of God, this is why I still cannot do a middle part.

Sophomore year: Oh the year that I had my hair chopped into a "pixie cut like Cameron Diaz." I looked like the chubby version of my brother for 6 months and all the guys at school thought I liked girls. It didn't help that I only wore denim jackets and collared shirts every day.

Junior year: Well clearly this is when I got a sense of humor. This was also the year that we got an Abercrombie store, I think? I remember getting the catalogs and all the models would be wearing layers and layers of clothing. Since I thought I was an Abercrombie model, I tried to emulate the look, which is why I was always sweating just walking class to class, while my Elvis cut grew out.

Senior year: The only thing I remember about my last year of high school was that I worked all the time and if I wasn't working, then I was on AOL Instant Messenger. Which could now be compared to Microsoft Lync at work except no one is funny... and depressing song lyrics as your status are frowned upon. 

How were your high school years? 

While you are jumping around the linkup, be sure to check out these two beauties.

First up, the super gorgeous Tori from Jane Not So Plain. I have had some fun nights out with Tori in St. Louis and she is even prettier {and more funny} in person. I love her blog because she posts something different every day, from fashion/celebrity posts to crafting and DIY projects. Tori is also a runner, a graduate school student, and a new mama to an American Bull Terrier, JoJo. Go check out Tori's page HERE and be sure to LIKE her page on facebook HERE

And then there is the 2011 Miss Marine City USA ---> Julie from Just the Joy's! She is basically every man's freaking dream. I just read on her blog where she competed for Miss Michigan-- wowza! She loves to hunt, bake, craft, and go mudding. Julie lives in Michigan with her husband and two dogs. She started her blog to keep up with loved ones and branch out a little bit. Go leave her some love on her page HERE and be sure to add her to your bloglovin' feed by clicking HERE

Now go link up with Suze HERE

Friday, April 18, 2014

Road Trip Weekend + GIVEAWAY

I love a good jam-packed weekend now and then. Chris just got the kids off to school and I am going to spend the next few hours working before I take off to Easter Mom it up at their class parties. Then we're packing up Vivian and heading to Louisville to stay the night with the Miller's.

My best fran Jenn has lost over 100 pounds. ONE HUNDRED. She didn't even know a goal for herself would be to run a half marathon. And now tomorrow is that race, so I plan on sticking with her and pep-talkin'-her-ass to the finish line.

After the race we're back tracking a bit to the Indiana/Illinois side for Easter with my in-laws. Chris's grandma, Mamie, boils 506 dozen eggs every year on the Saturday night before Easter. So we plan on dying eggs, eating pizza, and seeing if we can get her to eat another cherry soaked in Moonshine this year.

Then on Sunday, we eat lunch with the extended family and have an Easter egg hunt in the yard. This year is a bit different. So there have been years where we went to church on Easter Sunday, followed by brunch at a hotel. But the kids are/were so little that they just cried in Sunday School class of a place they've never been. So the last year or two, we have stayed at Mamie's house and I have helped cook lunch. I feel like we should always cook at home on holidays. I've kind of gotten over that here recently because things like THIS WILL HAPPEN.

So I told Chris that if we are eating out on Easter, then we have to go to church. Otherwise I have failed as a mother... and a Presbyterian. So I am just announcing my failure now.

In the meantime, while I am getting some work done, packing, dropping off the dog, and verbally abusing Chris for not bringing me McDonald's breakfast, please check out this great giveaway!

Cari from The Super K's recently became a Plexus Slim consultant after losing 10 pounds and 15 inches with the products. She now wants you to try out the product for yourself! Plexus Slim is not a meal replacement or a shake. It's a product that you mix with water, like Crystal Light, before or after breakfast. It helps curb your appetite. If you take it with the Accelerator, you can jump start your weight loss even further.

Cari has had amazing results with this product and has even earned a steady income from selling it. If you are interested in using or becoming a consultant, please head over to her blog HERE. Today, she is giving away a 7 day trial pack of Plexus Slim & Accelerator. All you have to do is enter in the Rafflecoptor below. Good luck!

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What are you doing for Easter? 
Do you cook or go out to eat?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Checkin' In

I flew to Houston on Sunday morning for a work project and to see my younger sister. She closed on a new home the Friday before, so in true Holly fashion, I had to go micromanage which cabinets she was choosing for her plastics, plates, and glasses.

We also managed to eat four times in about 7 hours, because it's what we do best. It's my nieces birthday and she just got into Toy Story, so I bought her a Buzz Lightyear that she will eventually drop on my sister's hardwood floor 6705 times.

By the time I got to Houston, I was ready to relax. The night before I left, Chris went into one of his "I am going to die" episodes. AKA = he had a sinus infection. After going to Urgent Care earlier in the day on Saturday morning, they were only allowed to prescribe him an anti-biotic. I think I told him twenty times that I don't know how we are going to coexist when we are older because I have no bed-side manner. Maybe it's because I birthed an almost ten pound baby without drugs, so my rationale is that nothing is that bad.

So around 6pm on Saturday night, when he started dry heaving and slurring his words, I took him to the ER. And in true ER fashion, we didn't get seen until 11pm.  At that point I thought I was going to die because I was sitting there on a Saturday night with a dead phone. Chris has Kimmy's and Jenn's numbers in his phone was I was able to text them the ER updates.

There was a drunk woman with hemorrhoids, who was being chaperoned by her boyfriend with a broken flip flop.

There was a woman who looked like a brunette Mama June who was wearing a purple tie-dyed shirt with a horse running through the American flag on the front.

And then there was some guy, who was there because he woke up, fell to the side, and a water bottle WENT THROUGH HIS EAR. That was his story. And his 70 year old mom was sitting there with him.

Needless to say, Chris got some pain killers and his saint of a mother drove down two hours to play nurse, maid, and nanny while I was gone.

So back to Houston... fun, amazing, and record low temps, of course. I bought this book in my terminal right before take off. I'd give it a B+. I liked the author's writing style, I love a good ugly Oprah cry, but some parts just seemed a little annoying. The main character kind of reminds me of Juno with her sarcastic undertones through every conversation.

I ordered room service for breakfast both days, laid in bed eating and watched the Today Show. Which by the way, has changed so much! I am probably the only person in America who is not a fan of Savannah Guthrie. I wish the whole show was Tamron Hall and Carson Daly.

I got back Tuesday night and realized that we haven't seen the Easter Bunny yet. So last night after work, we headed over to the mall. It went better than expected. Olive hit and kicked the bunny before deciding that she would just sit next to Haven. Chris only obliges to go because his favorite thing in the world is eating dinner in the food court of a mall.

And now we are almost towards the end of the week. I still need to get the kids each a toy for their baskets. We usually just do a couple eggs of candy and a good toy, instead of a bunch of junk, because I am a sociopath when it comes to trinkets.

What do you put in your kids Easter baskets?

And while you are jumping around today, check out these blondies!

Cass from Life on Cass Lane is one of my new faves. If I was a cute, SAHM, we'd basically be the same person. She is wity, has great DIY projects, and loves to throw one hell of a party. She is a SAHM to a little boy named Brody and has a great variety of posts. Cass is pretty new to blogging, so please hop on over say hello HERE and be sure to add her to your bloglovin' feed by clicking HERE

And then there is Miss Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos. She is probably one of the most well rounded bloggers. Girlfriend is a tomboy, sports fanatic, girly-girl, and shopper all in one. I love her fashion post, which are pin-worthy, and I wish I had her good taste. She also does a ton of makeup reviews too. Head over and check out her blog HERE and add her to your instagram (@allatimer).

How's your week wrapping up? 
Got your Easter shopping done?

PS- My girl Alicia has an awesome giveaway going on HERE.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Real Lifers

I was emailing with a girlfriend yesterday. She was telling me about how someone from her ex’s family had found her blog. Even though she doesn't post any dirty laundry, it was making her feel anxious that she had these extra set of eyes coming to her blog.

When I talk to other people that blog, I always ask them how they feel about “real life” people finding their page. And without an exception, everyone hates it to some degree.

On your blog you can be really anything you want, right? Your nicer self, your snarky self,  or where everything is raining Starbursts and Miller Lt.  You can also be pretty vulnerable, sharing before and after photos, progress updates, or maybe what bothers you.

Then these Real Lifers come in, most are interested and happy for you, but a few others who you know are judging your totes fake ass because your house ain’t that clean and your husband has no friends.

This happened to me once. I remember my first beer.

About a year after I started blogging, a washed up roommate from college, who wasn't even in college, found my blog.  At the time, I just had Haven, we were living in our first house, and I had started this blog to find other moms and to have something away from my daily wife/mom/work duties.

Back then, I would post recipes and life with Baby Glave. This was like a 180 from the person I was in college just a year and half prior. You could only imagine the horror on her face when this Real Lifer discovered that Drunk Slutty Holly had turned into a BLOG MOM. AND OH MY GOD SHE IS REALLY TRYING TO COOK! LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL!

I don’t remember exactly what happened—if she posted my blog link as a facebook status or if she posted it on someone’s wall. There was a smart ass comment about what I had made for dinner because Drunk Slutty Holly couldn't cook if it was the only way to get to Heaven.

A mutual friend messaged me, back in the days before we discovered screen shots. I FELT SICK. In a panic of feeling like an idiot, I went and took down my blog. Then I started a new one, imported some old posts and moved on. {hence the Where We Can Live Like Jack & Sally not really fitting in with}  ß I was an emotional mess.  Then when they tried to come back to my page, it didn’t exist. And I was able to continue living in LA LA LAND.

A few months ago, the REAL LIFER from my college days DM’d me on my blogs facebook page. One of her friends had LIKED my page and it showed up in her newsfeed. All of a sudden when I had more than 12 followers, she was ohmygawd so happy for me! Yep.

Have you dealt with someone from another life (brother!) finding your blog? Good or bad?


If you are looking for unique and personal gift, then you need to check out my friend Lindsay's etsy shop, Love, Bug & Peanut. With Mother's Day around the corner, these high quality prints would be the perfect gift to give grandma.  If you are a mom, then you should definitely hint hint wink wink nudge nudge your husband to get this for you as well!  After I found Lindsay on InstagramI ended up ordering one for Olive's room.  It is my favorite piece! It was really easy for Lindsay to make the print too. All I did was snap a cellphone picture of Olive, from the side, while she was looking at Chris. Then I emailed it to Lindsay and she made the perfect silhouette.

Each print is made on a piece of heavy card stock. . And they are only $25 bucks. Please head over to Lindsey's shop and order one HERE. While you're there, check out her other custom print designs too.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Room

I kind of have a secret to share.

In the past, even recently, I have touted on the fact that I am a cleaning sociopath. I enjoy cleaning so much that I even had to make it one of my NY's resolution- to clean less. On top of liking things clean and orderly {if you have time to lean, then you have time to clean}, I also despise clutter. Maybe it's from my mother nailing things to every wall as a child or moving four times in six years, but I have learned that I am happier with less-- less things hanging on the wall, in our drawers, and around the house.

But I have turned into a big fat liar.

Welcome to the unfinished part of our basement, where everything goes to die.

When we first moved in at the end of summer, I had this room neat n' tidy. Then Christmas happened. And for anyone who doesn't know the secret holiday-hoarder in me that is being suppressed, the struggle is real. I have nine tubs of Christmas decor. Then the after Christmas markdowns = bags of garbage that I am saving for next year. 

In addition to Christmas trinkets, I have a catering collection of party supplies. Dozens of drinking glasses, wine glasses, champagne glasses, old Starbuck's glasses, serving plates, crockpots {which spell-check always wants to turn to CRACKPOT}, cake stands, appetizer plates, vases, and my application to be on A&E. I am also a gift wrapping snob, which is a borderline disorder and struggle I am working on. We are all a work in progress, right?

My name is Holly and I am a holiday party supply hoarder.

In the meantime, we have been doing updates around the house. We've been replacing old ceiling fans, light fixtures, window treatments, and painting. And of course, everything has been thrown into the room of death, waiting for spring when we would actually go through and THROW AWAY EVERYTHING. 

That night was Tuesday night.

We found a 12 gallon tub of Mr. Potato Heads and left the kids alone. Then spent about 45 minutes throwing stuff into garbage bags. It was therapeutic, eye opening, and pathetic. We had seven bags that went to the garbage, three boxes that went to Goodwill, and then I arranged everything on my party shelves BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM AND NOTHING NEEDS THROWN AWAY.

Do you have a room like this in your house? 
What do you secretly hoard?

We also have a "junk drawer" in the kitchen that is filled from everything from birth certificates to Angry Bird toys. I clean the mother out at least twice a month and less than a week later, you can barely open and close it. It's on my list of to-do's this weekend.


Also, there are a few things going on today and this weekend.

My friend Alicia from Brew Mama is hosting a BLOG SWAP. Today is the last day to sign up. Basically, if you sign up, then Alicia and Candra will pair you with someone randomly. You will both shop for each other, send gifts, then write a blog post about what you received. I have done a few before and they are a lot of fun. If you are interested in joining, read Alicia's post HERE. Also, stay over there and read because Alicia is awesome. I have been following her for over a year and not only is she able to keep up with her five kids while going back to school, she has also got into great shape. Go check out her blog HERE and be sure to follow her on instagram @brewmama5

Ash from Ash's Right Direction has some fun happening on her page too. Next Monday, Ash is hosting her own Diet Bet. I know there have a been a lot of them floating around recently, but they are a lot of fun. All you do is register with this website, they send you a "word" for verification. You take a picture of yourself on the scale and submit to the site. NO ONE SEES YOUR PICTURE EXCEPT THE WEBSITE. Then, as long as you lose 4% of your body weight, you get your money back plus the pot from the people who didn't win. You can register HERE. And while you are jumping around, check out Ash's page HERE, she is in the middle of training for her first half marathon! She is a great example of a healthy lifestyle! Be sure to follow her on instagram @ashz131.

Ok, now everyone share what they are stockpiling in their house...