...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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Hi Don.

Ellie’s birth announcement! I think I did this when I was taking my Tumblr hiatus so I never shared!

Step 1: Send evite.

Step 2: Watch as people open the invitation but don’t respond “yes” immediately.

Step 3: Cry and wonder why everyone hates me.

Today Ellie is wearing jeans and a T-shirt—and a smile, obviously—and I can’t get over it.

That Pinterest thing that says hot vinegar and blue Dawn mixed together in a spray bottle cleans your shower better than anything else is… TRUE!

Not that the shower floor was filthy before, but it definitely was never this clean. I started to notice that the floor looked darker where the water runs from the corners to the drain, but this solution got rid of it! It also worked great in the sinks/vanity and on the glass doors.

For anyone who is interested, just take 12 oz of white vinegar, heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes, pour into spray bottle, add 10 oz blue Dawn and mix/swirl gently.

Eric and I bought one of those disposable underwater cameras for our trip to St. Lucia last year. I took one awesome [not] photo of the sea floor (shown above) and then got bit by a sea ant and hightailed it out of the water so that was the end of that.

Once we got home, we used the rest of the film in my parents pool. Oh, and we were wasted.

It took me over a year to get these developed because, not surprisingly, no one develops film anymore. When I picked these up today I was laughing out loud in Walmart.

Oh, not pictured is one of my bare ass after I dove off of the diving board.

Pretty in (a shit ton) of pink, working on sitting up in her chair!

Non-blow dried hair. Oof.

I mean it probably is from all of the bleach over the past… 15 years. 

Remember that time Megan, aka the most generous woman in the world, sent me a J. Crew gift card? 

I finally had a chance to put it to good use last weekend at the outlets! I made out with the vest and the coziest sweatshirt that has elbow patches! Eric, who surprisingly enjoys going shopping every now and then, got a nice dress shirt and a red chambray tie.

Funny how two items of clothing suddenly make me yearn for cooler temps.

Thank you again, Megan! xo

If the Pioneer Woman drinks her fancy iced coffee out of a mason jar, then I should too!

By the way, totally use her method if you’re into homemade iced coffees.

[Insert hallelujah song here]

Even if she wakes up soon, I got a shower and a glass of wine on the couch.

Want this hair cut and color so bad but my stylist says it’s too dark for me. I might just make him do it anyway.

Want this hair cut and color so bad but my stylist says it’s too dark for me. I might just make him do it anyway.

[Insert hallelujah song here]

Even if she wakes up soon, I got a shower and a glass of wine on the couch.

If I could have any beauty/appearance wish granted it would be that my hair could air dry and look great.

To make my hair even semi presentable I have to blow dry it and I have so much hair that it’s at least a 20 minute ordeal.

I go on a walk or run almost every day exclusively through neighborhoods and I can count on one hand the number of kids I’ve seen outside playing.

What do kids do in the summer? Why aren’t they outside? 

When I was a boy little, we played outside mostly all day, everyday!

I guess some could be at camps or at the pool, but I just think it’s odd that nobody is out.