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Hey, so let’s talk about something other than that hideous internet dress that changes colors like the horse from The Wizard of Oz, shall we? Here’s what I’m into this week:

(1) House of Cards is back! I considered waking up early this morning to get a few episodes in before work, but “before work” is just so early for….well, for anything really. I got half of an episode down while getting ready, and I plan to have the entire season complete by Sunday night. Hashtag GOALS.

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(2) I bought a ticket today for my first ever blogging conference in April – Blog Better Boston! In fact, I think I actually bought the first ticket because I’m a little overeager, but the focus is on two of my favorite aspects of blogging – photography and design – and I can’t. freaking. wait. Is anyone else going??

(3) Wedding planning. Hyyeeeeeelllll no, that’s not a favorite, just the topic here. Things have been moving along rather quickly, overwhelmingly, and expensively, and while I have weekly meltdowns and want to cancel things and lose deposits to elope and have a BBQ on the beach (true story), there are a few things I’m really excited about. One of those is the location for our engagement photo shoot – Larz Anderson park in Brookline. I would link to it, but it links to the Auto Museum on the property and you would be all like “whaaat? you’re having photos taken in old cars?” and we’re not, so I don’t want to confuse you. But Google image search it. Gorgeous, right? Now let’s just hope for sun instead of snow that day…

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(4) Speaking of the “s” word, it has ruined plans just about every weekend this month, so our Valentine’s Day trip to the Ice Castles never happened. We’re finally making it there this weekend (fingers crossed) and plan on seeing them and photographing them both in daylight and at night. We’re also checking out a new place for dinner because we heart food. A lot.

(5) Have you guys seen this shoveling dog yet? His technique needs work, but a shovel is not that much different than a vacuum, am I right? We have two cats who owe us a lot of money for vet bills, and, you know, rent, food, and someone cleaning your poop every day. I’m wondering if I can get this dog to come teach them a thing or seven.

That’s it for me! What’s exciting to you this week??

Have a fabulous weekend! :)

Liebster Award Nomination!

I’m so excited to have been nominated for a Liebster Award by Andrea over at The Tiny Telescope!

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The Liebster Award is a bloggers award that is designed to help small blogs grow. Here are the rules:

1. Thank and link back to the person who nominates you.
2. Answer the questions given by the person who nominates you.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know they’ve been nominated!

Here are the 11 questions that I was asked to answer by Andrea:

1. Why did you start blogging and what motivates you to keep going?

I originally started blogging to share some of the great deals I found back when I was into couponing. In 2013, I posted weekly about the 52 different resolutions I chose for the year. Now, I blog about a little of everything – beauty, life, goals, DIY, and our adventures – but you can still find most of those old posts in my archives. What motivates me is the response I receive, the new friends I make, and the enjoyment I get from creating and editing posts, including the photography and design work.

2. Where are you from and does it influence your blog?

I was born in Western Massachusetts, lived in Connecticut for a short time before returning to Western Mass, and have lived north of Boston for the last 15 years. Although I have yet to write a post about cow-tipping or masshole drivers, it certainly influences who I am as a person and my every day activities, so I would say it kind of indirectly influences my blog also.

3. What countries have you or would you like to travel to?

I’ve been to Canada, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Costa Rica. While Aruba was one of my favorite places, Costa Rica was definitely my favorite adventurous vacation. We rappelled down waterfalls and had monkeys on our balcony every morning! This October we will be traveling to Italy for our honeymoon, which has been on my “must see” list since high school, so I’m beyond excited to finally make it there!

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4. How many languages do you speak or would you like to learn?

I speak English, Sarcasm, and Typo pretty well, but I can hold my own in a Spanish-speaking country thanks to 5-6 years of classes. I’ve also taken a few Italian classes and would love to brush up on that before the honeymoon (see above).

5. What is your favorite movie?

Billy Madison. Wait! Don’t leave! I was a freshman in high school when that came out, so my movie tastes were less than sophisticated. I won’t tell you that I can still quote it line for line and frequently do. I also like Silver Linings Playbook. Does that help?

6. What is your favorite song at the moment?

I’ve been really into country lately, and I love Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time”. T-Swift has grown on me also and I’m okay with admitting that I really love “Blank Space” and “Style”.

7. Where would you rather be: sandy beach or snowy mountain?

This is what my view is at the moment:

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So…sandy beach. Hands down. Grass is always greener.

8. How do you keep warm in the winter?

We live in a fourth floor apartment, so we take advantage of everyone else’s heat below us. I also have 4 blankets on my bed, footie pajamas, and have recently discovered I actually CAN do winter hats.

9. Tea? Hot chocolate? Coffee? Something else?

Lattes. All the lattes. Give them to me NOW. I am so basic.

10. What did you want grow up to be as a child and what are you now?

I actually can’t remember, but I probably wanted to be an actress and move to Beverly Hills, which is funny because that actually couldn’t sound more horrible to me now. I went to school for psychology even though my mom always suggested I major in a math-related field, but I ended up doing bookkeeping, so…mothers always win.

11. If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or to the future?

Definitely back in time. I don’t want to rush anything and, while I’m excited for the future, I don’t want to miss anything in between! I’d go back to each year of my life just so I can remember what being that age was like. Although, maybe I’d skip 14. That one was awkward.

Please go check out some of the awesome bloggers that I’m nominating below! All of these are blogs that I actually subscribe to and read every post:

Like So Pretty

Lindsay’s Look

Queen Beans and Wannabes

Love and Hot Chocolate

Recycled or Redline Rags

I Choose to Lose

Maggie Main

Here are your 11 questions:

1. If you could only visit 3 websites for the rest of your life, what would they be?
2. What was the best gift you’ve ever received?
3. What would you like to learn more about in terms of blogging?
4. What’s the most adventurous food you have ever eaten?
5. Have you ever attended a blog conference? What was your experience, or would you like to attend one?
6. What is currently on your DVR?
7. Have you ever met anyone famous?
8. What is your favorite part of blogging?
9. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
10. If salary wasn’t an issue, what would your dream job be?
11. If you could still order off of the kid’s menu, what would you pick?

Beauty Faves #2

It’s been a while since I’ve shared with you some of my favorite beauty products. I’ve been snowed in for just about 48 hours now and my beauty routine has consisted of showers and toothpaste. At least if I talk about some of my favorite products, it will make me feel like I made a bit of an effort these last two days.

I’m still a big fan of everything that I wrote about last time, especially the eye shadows, primer, and heat spray that I use daily. Here’s what else I’ve added to my routine lately:

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I’ve been trying to stick to a nightly routine where I remove all of my makeup before getting into bed. Since I’m a 33-year old with skin that can’t decide if it wants to be 40 (wrinkles) or 15 (acne), I tried to find a system similar to Proactiv, but more for adult skin. I ended up buying the Murad Acne Starter Kit at Sephora and I’m pretty happy with it so far. I like the cleanser and the acne solution (both pictured), and I do use the spot treatment at times, but I’m not a fan of the mattifying lotion. It’s a little too mattifying, even for me. The whole system is definitely intense, so I’ve started only using it at night since it makes my skin a little red during the “purging” phase, but it’s cleared things up really well!

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I also use the Almay eye makeup remover pads at night and I’ve found that they don’t irritate my eyes like other removers have. They’re also super convenient, which is great when you’re trying to break lazy habits that lead to getting mascara all over your pillowcases.

The Laneige mask is also part of my nightly routine. It feels really refreshing and if you’re freaked out by the idea of sleeping in a mask, don’t be – it really feels like just a mositurizer, but I can see the difference in my skin every morning.

The Borghese scrub is my compromise between wanting to exfoliate frequently, but feeling like the St Ives Apricot scrub (you know the one) kind of rips my face off. This one is more gentle, but still gets the job done and if it’s anti-aging benefits really work, then that’s just a bonus in my mind!

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I love the Cover Girl foundation because it goes on fairly smoothly, looks natural, and doesn’t require me to put powder on, which is saying a lot because my skin is very oily. It definitely lives up to it’s “shine-free” claim.

I apply it with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. These are great because they are good, quality brushes without the crazy price tag. I also have the blush brush and the powder brush and I have no complaints about any of them.

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Oh my God, these Lush lip scrubs. I’m sure you’re not supposed to use them as a dessert, but I can’t even help it, I just love them so much. They taste great and I’ve become so addicted to them that I even brought a second jar of the popcorn one to work. My lips just felt so dry and gross that I needed a solution, and these are definitely helping! And look at those hearts in the Santa’s scrub!

I don’t wear a lot of perfume, but when I do, I like something clean or fruity. When the brand name is Clean, it’s safe to assume that the scent might be as well. This really does smell shower fresh and I’m excited to try some more of their scents (um, fresh laundry?? sign me up.)

For hair, this Pantene Weekly Rehab Creme has been a MUST for me this winter. And don’t tell anyone, but I use it more than weekly. Pantene seems to be one of those brands that people either love or hate, but this is a big LOVE for me.

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There are some Clinique products that I use frequently, and so I wait for them to have their bonus promotions to invest in them. These next two items were part of a free gift with purchase, but I intend to repurchase them when they’re gone. The mascara is my absolute favorite and I use it every day lately. It gives me both length and volume. The lipstick is in the shade A Different Grape and it scared me at first with how dark it looks, but I attempted it one day for a nice fall look and have been wearing it on and off ever since.

This particular Laura Gellar baked blush/highlighter seems to be hard to find (I have the shade Como/Portofino), which makes sense because I’ve had it a long time without using it. It seemed too sparkly for me as a blush, but I’ve started using it as a highlighter and now I love it and wish I had tried it sooner!

Lastly, this Cover Girl eye shadow kit in Blushing Nudes has been a go-to this season when I don’t want to wear too much eye makeup or I’m in a hurry. You can tell from the photo below that I prefer the peach color and really haven’t bothered with the others yet, but that shade is the perfect brightening color without a lot of fuss.

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So that’s all of my faves! What things are you loving right now?? Please share!! I have somehow spent enough money to be very close to a 500-point bonus at Sephora and I need to know what I should buy to get me there!!

[None of these are sponsored products or affiliate links, I really just love them all and wanted to share!]

Sweet Swap Story!

This past weekend I hosted a sweet swap at my place. I’ve always wanted to take part in a cookie swap, but I couldn’t discriminate against all other forms of sugar (hi, have you met me?), so I decided to turn it into a sweet swap, which just sounds nicer anyway, don’t you think?

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I created an invite (address blacked out above) and emailed it to a few of my girlfriends. The rules were simple: bring food and take food home! Prizes were given out for the best tasting and most creative treats.

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Before the swap, I bought a tin for each guest to use to take their sweets home in. Since I couldn’t find pink tins, I decided these Valentine’s Day ones were perfectly girly and appropriate.

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I simply lined them with tissue paper and stacked them on the counter for guests to help themselves.

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I made some simple favors using baking-themed items and a few crafty supplies.

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A little “Thank you” written using a white Sharpie paint pen on black paper kept my chalkboard theme going.

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Add some sparkly stickers and a little bit of ribbon and you have yourself a favor!

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Display cards were created using the same black paper, white Sharpie, and stickers. I wanted these to let everyone know what they were eating and, more importantly, who created the treats they were enjoying!

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The dollar store has some great trays to use for displaying your desserts, and the best part is that instead of washing them, you can choose to toss them afterwards and not feel guilty!

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What goes best with diabetic-coma-inducing levels of sugar? Why, hot chocolate of course! Serving this in a slow-cooker is an easy way to keep things warm while allowing guests to serve themselves and add their own individual toppings.

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Don’t forget the important ones.

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Plan to have lots of water for your guests as well – it even got 1 vote as the “best tasting” item of the day!

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Check out some of the delicious things my clever friends made:

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Those wedding cookies? Adorable! Such a great idea considering recent events. It was also a good idea to have someone bring “real” food so that when things got too sweet (is that really a thing?), we could snack on cheese and crackers instead.

Have you ever been to a sweet/cookie swap? What are some of your favorite recipes? Could you mail them to me for a taste-test? ;)

I Have a Feyoncé

I just spent a good chunk of time trying to figure out how to share my news all “guess what?” style, but then I remembered it says fiancé (sort of) right up there in the title. Sooo…maybe not necessary?

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Dan proposed this past weekend while we were in Boston! I think I spent the first few minutes just asking “is this serious?” before I actually said “YES!” And then for a few more minutes after I said “yes”.

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We had some random strangers congratulating us and taking our photo, and I think it was one of the most surprising moments of my life. Somehow it was out of nowhere, but yet nine years in the making, all at the same time.

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This is my new favorite photo of us, even with the streaks of snow and all of its grainy, cell phone glory.

I dove straight into wedding planning the next few days, and then promptly climbed straight back out of that pool. These things cost how much?! They take how long to put together?!

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If any of you who have already been through it have any tips on how to keep the whole process manageable, affordable, and stress-free, please share them in the comments!

For now, any of you who follow me on Pinterest are safe from an onslaught of wedding boards. We’re taking some time to just enjoy being engaged and not having to rush to plan anything. When the time comes, I’m sure I will DIY the crap out of this thing, so be on the lookout for plenty of crafty favors and centerpiece ideas.

In the meantime, I’m hosting a Sweet Swap at my place this weekend and can’t wait to share it with all of you when it’s over! Have a great weekend!

Winter Bucket List 2014-2015

Happy December!!

I’m so excited for this one! I love how the design came out, and I think that makes me even more excited to complete the things on the list. Can you find all 15 items?

Winter Bucket List

I tried to branch out a bit this year and stay away from just holiday-related things. I also tried to do a few more unusual things, instead of just “drink hot chocolate” or “bake cookies” 17 times, not that I wouldn’t enjoy that, but because a bucket list should be things you’ve been wanting to try as opposed to things you’ve already done. That being said, I also threw in a few traditional things as well because it wouldn’t be true to the season if I didn’t add them. I tried to add a new twist to those things, for example, instead of just taking a drive to look at Christmas lights, we’re going to do a Christmas light scavenger hunt! (More on that in a future post!)

What things made your list this year? What would you really like to try this winter, or what’s one tried-and-true thing that you do every year?

Fall Bucket List Recap

I hope everyone has stuffed themselves full of delicious Thanksgiving food and unstuffed their wallets on all kinds of great Black Friday deals! Now that this holiday is behind us, I feel it’s completely appropriate to retire the Fall Bucket List and bring out the Winter version!

Before I reveal my Winter list, I wanted to share how I did with Fall. Here’s what my list looked like:

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And here’s how I did!

[[Go apple-picking & bake something with the apples]] – I did this one early on. We had more fun picking the apples than I thought we would, but I mistakenly added mint extract to my apple crisp instead of vanilla. I still ate it though! Thumbs up

[[Horseback riding]] – Loved this one after I got over being terrified! Thumbs up

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[[Wear a Halloween costume out somewhere]] – I dressed as Gronkowski with a mask and a jersey for work, then made myself into some sort of spider thing for going out at night. Thumbs up (but thumbs down for the tiny cell phone picture)

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[[Decoarate a pumpkin]] – Also a Thumbs up

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[[Take new fall foliage pictures]] – Did this one several times and also found a few new places to photograph! Thumbs up

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[[Make Butterbeer]] – Made 4 glasses to split with Dan, but somehow drank….4 glasses. Thumbs up

[[Donate to a food drive]] – Have a bag full of canned goods in my car right now waiting to find a food drive. Thumbs half up

[[Find a favorite pumpkin drink at Starbucks]] – Turns out my favorite pumpkin drink is no pumpkin drink at all. I tried a pumpkin latte and a squirt of the flavored syrup in my chai latte, but it’s just too sweet and too…pumpkiny? for me. I consider this a win though because I just discovered caramel brulee lattes, so I can change up my drink order when I want to now. Thumbs up

[[Watch 1 new Fall TV premiere]] – Started watching Scorpion, which was good, but it didn’t hook me. Stalker on the other hand? Obsessed. Also loving How to Get Away with Murder. Thumbs up

[[Get apple cider donuts]] – Obviously done. Thumbs up

[[Make an appetizer for Sunday football]] – Just bought the ingredients to make these for tomorrow’s game. Salivating. Thumbs up

[[Make a fall craft]] – Made some paper pumpkins that my cats promptly destroyed. Also helped make fall-themed decor for a friend’s October wedding. Thumbs up

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[[Watch a horror move that I’ve never seen]] – You’re Next. Still terrified. Thumbs up

[[Make a Crockpot meal]] – You guys already know how this one turned out. Thumbs up

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[[Cook a dish for Thanksgiving dinner]] – Sort of? I made corn dog muffins (corn bread with hot dog pieces), but I’m not sure if this can be considered a “dish” so we’re going halfway on this one. Thumbs half up

[[Try a new fall makeup trend]] – Tried matte lipstick in a fall-ish wine color. Not a fan of the matte, it felt very 90s, but I did like the color! Thumbs up

[[Try a new brand or flavor of cider]] – Found a pumpkin cider I loved at a brewfest in September. Was slightly drunk on samples, came home and bought a 6 pack, but it just doesn’t taste the same. Thumbs up

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[[Go to a haunted house]] – This one was a bit of a fail? I made an attempt, but got uncharacteristically scared about 2 feet in and forced Dan to turn around and walk back out with me. Ugh. Still annoying. Thumbs down

[[Visit a local winery]] – Conveniently, there is a winery about two minutes down the street from us. We’ve already done two tastings in the past month and purchased several bottles. Thumbs way up

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[[Bake something with pumpkin]] – Made pumpkin muffins, but promptly got sick of pumpkin this year and haven’t had much since. Thumbs up

So there it is! 18 thumbs up out of 20, and once I find that food drive, it will be 18.5. Not too bad, but let’s see if I can get 100% of my Winter list complete this year!! Stay tuned tomorrow for the big release ;)

What was your favorite thing you accomplished this fall?

LEGO Adventures

Last week, Dan and I went a little LEGO crazy and attended two different LEGO events right here in the Boston area. They each had their own distinct feel to them, but we loved them both and are still in awe of all the creations we saw.

[[The Art of the Brick – Faneuil Hall, Boston]]

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This exhibit had a museum quality to it, as each piece was presented as a work of art with a written description. Each piece definitely WAS a work of art, especially since some of them were LEGO replicas of actual sculptures or paintings.

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The detail in a lot of these pieces is just incredible. I played with LEGOs a lot as a kid (who didn’t?!) and I can only imagine the time it must take to “paint” a portrait with them.

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There were a lot of original works as well, including my favorite one below. At first glance, it looks to be a crowd of people in many different “colors”.

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But as you walk further away, the colors turn into a shape of their own – an eye!

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Another favorite of mine was partly due to its presentation. The entire area around the swimmer sculpture below was filled with blue waves thanks to some great lighting.

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While pieces like these certainly have an artistic feel to them, there were plenty of replicas of everyday objects as well. I wonder which is harder to create?

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And can you even imagine taking this on?

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The whole exhibit took us about an hour to walk through and photograph. While it might seem like I shared a lot of photos, I promise I didn’t spoil the event for you and there is much more to see! The Art of the Brick will be around until January, and I definitely recommend it for both kids and adults, but I do think grown ups might have the most fun at this one since there is no touching or building involved, and some of the works of art may not be recognizable to little people.

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[[Legoland Discovery Center – Assembly Row, Somerville]]

This place opened earlier this year and both Dan and I were pretty bummed to learn that you had to be accompanied by a child to attend. We thought about having one, but having to raise it to the point where it would be old enough to attend, well, I just don’t have the patience. Lucky for us there is a monthly Adult Night!

And I don’t think either of us acted like an adult the entire night.

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Can you tell what the theme was?

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I actually woke up around 3am one night recently, and when I couldn’t get back to sleep, I went on Facebook. It was there that I saw an article about a Star Wars Adult Night at the Legoland Discovery Center, so I quickly grabbed the joint credit card and bought us some tickets hoping (knowing) Dan wouldn’t be that upset about my middle-of-the-night shopping spree.

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When you first walk in, you get to wander around an entire room full of Boston landmarks created from LEGOs.

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Its SO well done, and the creativity is apparent in every single scene, including this one with a picnic shared by a woman eating a chicken leg, the town drunk, and the guy from the Planet Fitness commercials.

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There are several little surprises along the way, like a window underneath the Beacon Hill area that reveals the bar from Cheers and plays the theme song when a button is pressed.

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My favorite areas were the sports stadiums (Fenway & Gillette) where, again, the detail was incredible. They nailed every part right down to the lighthouse in Foxboro and Pesky’s Pole at Fenway. Can you find Spongebob in the stands? He’s a Sox fan. So is the Stormtrooper and the person eating a grapefruit at a baseball game.

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As you walk around admiring all the city scenes, the lights start to dim and the whole room goes into night mode. It makes it feel as if it’s a whole new place with lots of new details to find and photograph.

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If LEGO Boston isn’t your thing, there’s also an area where you can build your own race car and send it through the test track.

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When you’re done with that, you can take a spin on one of their rides, play a game, or even see a 4D movie.

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Everything is superbly decorated, right down to the walls.

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There were a few things we missed because we just ran out of time trying to take it all in, so you can bet we will be back for the next adult night to check out the factory tour and Kingdom Quest Laser Ride!

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Ironically, although this was strictly an adult night, this event felt more “childish” (in a good, fun way!) than the first event. I would recommend this to any adult looking to have a great time being a kid again, and I can certainly see why it’s popular with kids on every other night! We can’t wait to go back!

Have you visited either of these attractions, or are you planning to? What did you think about them, or which event looks like it would be your favorite?

20 Things

I was tagged by a fellow Nikki at dsdstyle.blogspot.com to do a post with 20 facts about myself. My first ever tag!

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About four facts in, I realized this was going to be a lot harder than I thought. I really tried to keep them fairly interesting and stay away from basic things like “my favorite color is blue” (it is), or “my middle name is Agatha-Louise” (it’s not).

Enjoy and if you decide to post your own (because I tag YOU!) leave a link in the comments section below!

  1. I’m a lefty with green eyes and two remaining baby teeth, even though I’m in my 30s, which basically makes me somewhat of a statistical rarity?
  2. One Friday the 13th, my dad & myself were bit by the same dog, at different times, and my brother by a crab almost simultaneously with my dog bite. I’m not superstitious, but maybe I should be.
  3. Years ago, I met Adam Sandler and got his autograph. Unfortunately, I only had it for about 24 hours because it was written in a Crayola marker on my arm. NOTE to self: Always carry paper and a Sharpie.
  4. I find it really difficult to come up with 20 interesting things about myself.
  5. Dan vacuums way better than I do and has more shirts, but I know more about football and can take a two-minute shower. We kind of defy gender stereotypes.
  6. Sometimes I worry that people don’t know when I’m being sarcastic.
  7. My fridge usually consists of a few yogurts, rotting vegetables that I had good intentions for, condiments, 3 kinds of milk because we’re indecisive, and lots of water and alcohol. I’m working on it.
  8. I once had a cat named Stupid, but we called her Poo instead….because that’s better.
  9. I’ve never broken a bone, unless teeth count, which I guess they technically do. In that case, I’ve broken the same one three times.
  10. I can’t think of a time where the movie has been better than the book. I will say though, Gone Girl is one of the few where each was equally as good.
  11. I deleted an item from this list because it talked about religion, and even though it was in a funny, anecdotal sort of way, I’m a little bit terrified to bring up the topic to people who may have a more serious view than I do. Let’s talk politics instead.
  12. If I could only watch 3 television shows on repeat for the rest of my life (the horror!), it would be Breaking Bad, House, and Gilmore Girls. My mother is probably shocked I didn’t choose 90210 since I insisted I was moving to Beverly Hills all through junior high and Brenda was my BFF. Luckily, I choose my BFFs a bit more wisely now.
  13. I’m eating cauliflower while I write this and wishing it were chocolate peanut butter flavored with sprinkles.
  14. I actually kind of liked high school.
  15. Somehow I signed up for a free subscription to one magazine and ended up with free subscriptions to many more. You know that scene in Harry Potter where thousands of letters keep flying in through every part of the house? My life is like that, but with magazines. It’s awesome.
  16. I still carry around a piece of dog fur from my childhood best buddy, Cooper, who passed away on Christmas when I was 16. It’s one of my saddest memories.
  17. A few years ago, Dan and I rappelled down a waterfall in Costa Rica, and I like to think it’s one of the most badass things I’ve ever done.
  18. I’m not always sure how to use commas, and it frustrates me. That one was wrong, right?
  19. I firmly believe there is nothing in this world that can’t be made better with cheese. Except cheese itself because it’s already the best.
  20. My life is ruined because my cats insist that we absolutely, no way, can never ever have a Christmas tree.

 

Word Vomit

I’ve been having a serious problem with motivation lately and I think I know why.

While this blog has always been a creative outlet for me and lets me indulge in photography, social media, writing, crafting, and a few other passions of mine, recently it feels like it’s not enough and I worry I might explode from all of the ideas floating around in my head! I wonder what that would look like actually. I would probably be sitting at work one afternoon and just the mere thought of a Pinterest craft would have me DIY-ing all over the floor.

What I’m trying to say is, I find it hard to keep up lately with all of the photography skills I want to learn, design projects I invent for myself, posts I want to create for this blog, and things I want to accomplish that have nothing to do with my 9-5 job. Which is actually an 8:30-5 job, so, yeah, worse.

I have lists upon lists of things to redecorate in my apartment, pins for days with seasonal crafts to recreate, and billions of articles I want to read that focus on things of interest to me. I want to try EVERY CREATIVE THING! The problem? That 8:30-5 job and the tedious responsibilities of being an adult. So when I find myself doing something mundane, I get overwhelmed with all of the thoughts of things I’d rather be doing and literally (but not literally) paralyzed with frustration about not having the time or resources to do them! And there goes my motivation right out the window. It’s like I don’t want to be doing anything if I’m not passionate about it.

Sigh.

In an attempt to indulge my creative side, I’ve been playing around with some quote designs and photo-editing software. I’m basically self-teaching myself (with a little help from Dan) how to create things in a product similar to Photoshop (because I’m still just a little too scared of the ACTUAL Photoshop) and I’ve started using it for inspiration boards, my seasonal bucket lists, and the like. Recently I fell in love with some printable quotes on Etsy, but before I whipped out my wallet, I wanted to try my hand at creating some of my own.

It was pretty easy to decide which quote I should start with. I really need to print this one out and frame it at home, on my desk at work, in my car, and maybe turn it into the wallpaper on my phone.

Don't sweat the small stuff

Since I really do plan on printing some of these, I thought it would be nice to have a few seasonal designs that I can switch out of a cute, inexpensive frame. While I’m not quite ready for winter, and I may never be, this one at least gets me excited for the holiday music that I can’t wait to put on repeat. Lucky for me, Dan enjoys Christmas music much more than he enjoys my recent country obsession.

Dashing through the snow

Finally, I wanted a simple, cute quote that I could hang in our apartment or on our fridge.

The best part of me is you

When I first showed this one to Dan expecting an “awwww” or something similar, I got a slightly different response: “Did you write that for Kitty?” Is that a sign of a true cat lady?

Also, can we ignore the fact that I just babbled on about wanting to be more creative and yet my cat’s name is Kitty?

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