...and then I found $5.

A Jersey Girl turned Northern Virginia Girl.

This "blog" is a collection of useless things including, but not limited to:

• Pictures of my dog Macho
• Pictures of my other dog Beamer
• Things I try to DIY
• Races I run
• Tales of Love + Marriage
• Beautifying our Home Sweet Home
• Our sweet baby girl Ellie

And many more random things!

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There’s a, black fly in your chard… Malbec. #isntitironic (at Otium Cellars)

Jealous of Ellie’s dress today!


The number of hours of consecutive sleep I got last night. I feel like a new woman today.

Is anyone out there:

1) A skilled digital graphic designer with experience in magazines
2) Looking for a Contractor position
3) Located in the DMV?

If so, inquire within. My organization is looking for you!

I know a few of you have and use Foursquare on the reg. Are you as annoyed as I am about them splitting the app in two, making all check ins go through Swarm? How stupid.

And the lucky recipient of the nail polishes is…



  • Me: I'm not buying anything sweet this week. Healthy foods all around!
  • Me (during week): God damn it why are there no sweets in this house?

Listen up, ladies…

Zoya sent me the wrong polishes from their latest promotion. They are resending me the ones I ordered and letting me keep these as well. (Great customer service!) I don’t want these particular colors so I’ll give them to someone who does. I’ll even cover the shipping.

If you want them, just like this post and I’ll randomly pick someone at 5:00 today, Thursday, July 24. (Please don’t reblog.) If I pick you I’ll send you a message asking for your mailing address.

The colors are (L-R): Sooki (red with very fine sparkles, Pepper (brick reddish/brown), and Carter (vibrant and very sparkly purple).

A request was made for, and I quote, MOAR MACHO PICS, so here is one of him chasing and eating bubbles intended for my almost 2-year-old nephew.

In case you forgot, based on lack of photographic evidence, I still have two adorable pups.

L: Beamer hanging out in the lawn at Ellie’s Pittsburgh party

R: Macho dying to go in my parents pool. His mean Grandpa won’t permit it. Though that hasn’t stopped him before.

Getting my hair done in a couple of weeks and I’m cutting it even more. Not super short, but definitely shorter than it is now. Everyone will assume it’s because I had a baby and stereotypically that’s what new moms do—chop their hair off—but in my case the bottom 3 or so inches is just a dead, hay-like, damaged mess and it needs to go.

Just caught up on my DVR’d Real Housewives. Thoughts:


- Calm down, Shannon. You’re going to give yourself a heart attack.
- I used to like Heather but she seems snottier this season.
- Brooks likes Vicki’s va-jay-jay. OK.
- Tamra’s son is dating his mother. Awkward.
- Calm down, Tamra. Crying doesn’t look good on you after all that Botox.
- I like Lizzie!


- Avery going to college almost made me cry.
- I used to not like Heather but she’s kind of awesome this season. Bow down.
- Kristen, meh. Also, find a new husband. One that doesn’t treat you like an asshole.
- The Countess (Insert Vicki’s snore here)
- Aviva. Oh good Lord, Aviva. I hope that was all an act.
- Sonja is one crazy and hilarious woman. I’d love to live inside her head just for 5 minutes.


- The twins. Ugh. Not here for them. Also their dad looks like Danny DeVito.
- There were tears when Gia was so upset due to her parents situation. I feel for those girls.
- Speaking of, Milania. She is a handful.
- Amber. Hmm, Amber. I’ll have to get back to her.
- Melissa is looking super good.

The making of a big smile!