Thursday, December 29, 2016

Guys Behind The Blog - December

I hope you all had a very wonderful Christmas! There's always so much lead-up and then it happens in a flash. We spent the holidays enjoying family time and of course, lots of delicious food. Now we are doing a little bit of travelling and celebrating my birthday (which is today!!) 

This Guys Behind the Blog episode is appropriately all about the holidays. As always, Mike has some great answers. I hope you and your guy are able to join us too! 



Q: How do you spend the holidays? Any favorite traditions that you had growing up that you like to share with your family now? 
A: We spend the time leading up to Christmas going to a few Christmas parties that are thrown by my extended family and we usually have a big family breakfast with some aunts and uncles and cousins. On Christmas Eve we celebrate Polish style with Evelina's mom and brother and on Christmas day we do a big dinner with my parents and my brother and his family. Recently, Evelina and I have found a week over the holidays to travel somewhere (2014 North Carolina, 2015 New York City). 

While it’s not a tradition of mine, I really like the Polish Christmas Eve tradition that Evelina brought into my life. While I could probably do without the thousand fish-based dishes that are served, celebrating on Christmas Eve is such a unique thing here in Canada. Aside from that, I’d like for us to travel somewhere as a family over the holidays. It’s not exactly a tradition that I’d be passing down, but rather one that we can start once our family expands beyond the two of us.




Q: Do you prefer to have a real tree or a fake tree? 

A: No question - fake tree. I've always had a fake tree and I can't imagine having anything different. I'm not really interested in venturing out in the cold to cut down a tree and carrying it in my car and getting needles everywhere. Not to mention that I'm not really down with needlessly chopping down a tree... We have a fake tree that looks pretty realistic and I'm happy to be nice and warm each year when we're putting up our tree.



Q: How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa? Did someone ruin it for you or did you find out on your own? Do you play Santa for your kids? 

A: I think I was probably in 5th or 6th grade when I ended the whole Santa thing. I'm pretty sure I figured it out well before that (I mean seriously, how is what Santa does realistic and feasible? I knew it wasn't. I was a smart kid) and I milked it for a few more years to get some extra presents. The year I ended it, I had asked for a couple CDs (that had explicit lyrics) and I feigned surprise when I found the receipt for them in my mom's coat pocket. I'll for sure play  Santa for my children when the time comes, but when they figure it out I'm not going to fight it.


Q: What's your favorite Christmas movie? 

A: My favourite Christmas movies in order are: 1) Bad Santa 2) Elf 3) Home Alone 2 4) Christmas Vacation. I probably won’t be able to sit around with my children and watch Bad Santa for obvious reasons, but I remember the first time I saw that movie and I had no idea that it was that kind of movie. The title doesn’t lie when describing Billy Bob Thornton’s character. And for as funny and crude as it is, it actually has a pretty decent message at the end. 




Q: Office holiday party - take it or leave it?  

A: I will absolutely LEAVE the office Christmas party. I get along fairly well with most of my co-workers, but we aren't exactly friends outside of work. I'd much prefer to spend my off hours time with Evelina or myself or my family. 


Q: New Year's Eve... quiet evening at home or go out and party? 

A: I realize I'm going to sound like a curmudgeon with this answer after my no real Christmas tree answer and no office Christmas party answers, but surprise surprise, I hate New Year's Eve parties. The people who do New Year's Eve big here get all dressed up, and go to some dinner where they probably pay $100+ each to spend it with people they don't really know. What part of that sounds enjoyable? I'd rather do something small and quiet with Evelina and watch some movies together.


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The linkup below will remain open until January 5th so add your posts below! Next month's link up will go live on Thursday, January 26th. Join us then with the following questions for your guy:

1. Are you a New Year's resolution person? Why or why not?
2. Do you like colder months or do you prefer the warmer months? Why?
3, Have you been skiing or snowboarding? If so, did you enjoy it?
4. Where is your favourite winter vacation you've ever taken?
5. If you were paid $100,000 to stay in a cabin in the mountains (in the winter) with not internet or TV for a month, could you do it? How would you spend your time?


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The link up was originally hosted by Betsy at Heavens to Betsy and Laura at According to Laura JeanThey decided to discontinue to series so  Crystal from Hall Around TexasElizabeth from Chasin MasonJamie from Cocktails and CarseatsJessica from Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom and I thought it would be fun to take it over. 




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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry, Merry, Merry!


It's December 25th and we are celebrating Christmas over here. I just wanted to quickly pop in and wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, or whatever else you are celebrating right now. 

We are spending lots of time with family. Christmas Eve is when we celebrate with my side of the family because that's the bigger day in Polish tradition (I talked more about it here). On Christmas day, we always do a nice dinner with Mike's side. I so love how there is never any stress or conflict of schedules. We will take Christmas morning nice and slow at home, just us two. I also always make sure to check in with as much family that lives in Poland as possible. I miss them extra hard this time of the year. 

Mike is off for the next couple of weeks and I took some vacation time so that we could do a little bit of travelling. We will be going to North Carolina to enjoy some warmer weather and Tar Heels basketball. Going there was Mike's one wish for his 30th birthday

I hope you all have a very wonderful holiday, tons of good food, and plenty of warm family moments. I leave you with my favourite holiday jingle.

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mike's 30th

Mike recently turned 30!! We will be going on a little vacation to his favourite place in the world soon to celebrate but in the meantime, we partied it up locally. Not really. We aren't big on going out at all. A night out at a club might be Mike's idea of hell. Instead we did a nice calm evening with Mike's family and take out. And then the next night we had a few close friends over at our house.





I met Mike when he was 20 so it has officially been a decade that we have known each other. I remember it like it was yesterday. Every birthday is special but this one is extra special for him! We usually don't really do much to celebrate birthdays but I wasn't about to let him pretend like this one wasn't a big deal. The trip we are taking is to see a UNC basketball game plus a few other fun things mixed in.

Wishing you a the best year, my love! Here's to many, many more!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Guys Behind The Blog - November

It's Guys Behind The Blog time again! It feels like we just did this because we are a week early this month because of Thanksgiving coming up. So, appropriately, this month's questions are all about Thanksgiving! In case  you're new here, I have already celebrated Thanksgiving because I'm Canadian and in Canada we celebrate it in October. Mike and I took advantage of the long weekend and road tripped to North Carolina but here's a full recap of when we celebrated Thanksgiving a little later with our families. 


Let's get to Mike's answers, shall we?

Q: What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? What is your least favourite? 
A: Pumpkin pie is easily the best Thanksgiving dish. There is no debate, no discussion. Also, pumpkin pie should be consumed year round, not just in the fall. If we're talking a main course, I'll go with turkey, stuffing, and gravy.

Q: What is a Thanksgiving tradition you liked growing up that you want to continue with your family? For example: Do you eat super early around 3pm or regular dinner time around 6pm? Do you watch football? Do you all go to a particular family member's house? Do you nap after the big meal?
A: In Canada our Thanksgiving is celebrated in the Fall on the second Monday of October. There's usually not anything exciting happening like an entire day of football. We usually use the long weekend to go somewhere for a quick little weekend getaway before we have our family dinner on Monday. I much prefer your Thanksgiving. I love the entire day of football, the online Black Friday sales, and how it's the unofficial kick off for Christmas.

Q: What are your thoughts on Black Friday shopping? Yay or nay?
A: I can't think of anything I'd hate more than in store Black Friday shopping. We have a mailbox across the border that is right across the street from one of the busiest shopping centres in Western New York. I make it my mission to avoid going there Black Friday weekend. No thanks. I'm all about online Black Friday shopping though.

Q: If you had it your way, would you set up your holiday decorations (Christmas tree, Hanukkah menorah, etc.) before or after Thanksgiving?
A: If I were American, I'd avoid Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. I'd probably want to spend Black Friday putting up Christmas decorations and getting the house ready for Christmas.

Q: What are you most thankful for this year?
A: 2016 has been a pretty crappy year, but I'm thankful for my health, my family's health, and for being in a position where 2016 can be a crappy year because of some unfavourable sports outcomes. If that's the worst thing I've got going on in my life, I'm pretty fortunate.

The link up was originally hosted by Betsy at Heavens to Betsy and Laura at According to Laura JeanThey decided to discontinue to series so  Crystal from Hall Around TexasElizabeth from Chasin MasonJamie from Cocktails and CarseatsJessica from Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom and I thought it would be fun to take it over. 




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Next month's link up will go live on December 29th -- MY BIRTHDAY! So join us then with the following questions for your guy:

1. How do you spend the holidays? Any favourite traditions that you had growing up that you like to share with your family now?

2. Do you prefer to have a real tree or a fake tree?

3. How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa? Did someone ruin it for you or did you find out on your own? Do you play Santa for your kids?

4. What's your favourite Christmas movie?

5. Office holiday party - take it or leave it?

Bonus Question:
6. New Year's Eve... quiet evening at home or go out and party?


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Thank you for joining us for this month's Guys Behind the Blog link up! If you participated with us this month and had your guy answer the questions, please link up with us below so we can check out his answers! The link up will stay open until November 24th.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christmas Preparations

My living room right now:


JUST KIDDING.

Christmas seems to creep in earlier and earlier every year. A couple days before Halloween, I went to the dollar store to pick up a couple extra Halloween decorations and the seasonal section already switched over to Christmas stuff! I couldn't believe it. So this post may seem premature but I bet you can't tell me that you haven't watched a Christmas commercial or two or driven past a couple houses with their lights up!

Every year my first order of business is finding the perfect Christmas cards. I aim to send them out on December 1st which means that the search begins early November. This time I really wanted to order custom cards with our photo on them. I recruited my mom to take a couple of pictures of Mike and I last weekend and I chose a cute design from Vista Print. I got a notification that my customer photo cards have already shipped and I can't wait to see how they turn out! I will definitely share them closer to Christmas after all my family and friends get them in the mail.

I feel like I am the last blogger on the planet to not have a Christmas tree up. And while I am definitely feeling the Christmas spirit already (especially when I got to Target's holiday section!), I just can't bring myself to do it this early. It'll probably happen within the next couple of weeks but not quite yet. We bought a couple of stockings this year which will mark my first time ever having a stocking! My family didn't have the tradition of hanging them from the fireplace and stuffing them with deodorant or whatever goes in them. By the way, what goes in them? Mike and I are doing each other's and I have ZERO idea what to stick in there!

I have started thinking about what gifts to get others and thankfully I have a lot of time because the ideas aren't flowing! I'm looking forward to those gift guides!

Have you started preparing for the holidays? Is it still too early for you too? Do you do photo cards?

Don't forget to join us tomorrow for Guys Behind The Blog! You can find the questions here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Reading Lately: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo

The title is deceiving. I have not been reading this lately. I read it about a month ago and I'm just way late on posting my thoughts on it!

I requested Amy Schumer's book as one of my choices in the Blogger Book Swap. It had just been released and I was dying to read it. Between all the hype and seeing Amy Schumer literally everywhere, it was the first book of the three that I wanted to read.


Overall, I really liked the book and it was a quick read for me. It had short chapters and occasional experts from her teenage diary (with fun footnotes from today's perspective!) There were a lot of fun tidbits about her life that I had no idea about. It was so interesting to learn more about her and her path to where she is today. She worked so hard in stand up comedy over the years and is really passionate about her craft.

I really enjoyed the funny stories she included about exboyfriends, adventures with her sister, and quest to finding a good New York City apartment. I love hearing about life in NYC. It's one of my favourite cities in the world and I occasionally daydream about living there.

The book was mainly light-hearted and hilarious but there were definitely heavier moments. I think Amy did a good job at sprinkling in the realer events of her life throughout. Her dad has MS and her relationship with her mom is a little complicated. She also included a chapter about an abusive exboyfriend which I had to skip entirely because parts of it ran too close to (my past) home.

She is known as a very strong comedienne that along with making a lot of jokes, stands up for important issues. She put emphasis on girl power, self-love, and gun control. I think it's great when celebrities use their platform to promote positivity.

If you're into celeb autobiographies, I am sure you will love her book. Or even if you just like laughing while you read! I recommend!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween 2016


Happy Halloween!!

I usually take my brother out trick-or-treating but he has decided that this year he is too old to go trick-or-treating. He's only twelve and I think that's too early to stop but to be honest his heart wasn't really in it for the past few years. He was never really big on it anyway. He'd go to 8-10 houses and say he had enough and want to go home. I would always encourage him to go get more! I have to be honest and say that I'm sad he chose not to go. I have taken him ever since he was a baby and it's one of my favourite traditions. 

So this year Mike and I gave out candy at our house. While I loved going out with Philip, I always felt bad that no one was there to give out candy at our house. We got around 30 kids throughout the night. I had plans to dress up and decorate the house more than the few plastic pumpkins that we have out there but I felt kind of under the weather last night. But there were lots of great costumes! Despite  the weather being just above freezing, the kids dressed up and seemed to really enjoy themselves. 

In the world of celebrity costumes, it seems like everyone went all out! Some of my favourite were Katy Perry as Hillary Clinton, Kylie Jenner as Christina Aguilera, and of course, all of little Luna's costumes! 


How was your Halloween? What did you dress up as? Did you go to any Halloween parties over the weekend? Did your office dress up yesterday? Leave a link to your Halloween blog post below if you wrote about it!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Guys Behind The Blog - October

Happy Guys Behind The Blog Day!!!

I am so excited because today is the FIRST official episode of the Guys Behind The Blog link up since we brought it back to life. I used to participate in the Guys Behind The Blog link up on a regular basis. It's where I interview Mike with 5 questions and post his answers. I always loved hearing what he had to say. And now you can join in on the fun too!

The link up was originally hosted by Betsy at Heavens to Betsy and Laura at According to Laura JeanThey decided to discontinue to series so  Crystal from Hall Around TexasElizabeth from Chasin MasonJamie from Cocktails and CarseatsJessica from Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom and I thought it would be fun to take it over. 


We posted the questions last month and in this episode we are talking all about Halloween! Here's what Mike had to say:

Q. What was your most favorite Halloween costume and why?
A:  I honestly can't even remember most of my costumes. I stopped trick-or-treating in 7th grade and I stopped caring a good while before that. I'd say my favourite was a Pittsburgh Steelers costume when I was probably 6 years old. We got it at a Toys R Us in Pennsylvania on one of our trips. I had a mini helmet and and the yellow pants and everything. 

Q: Haunted Houses – love them or hate them?
A:  I am not a fan of haunted houses. I don't find them scary or even the idea of them fun. I just can't get excited for manufactured fright. 

Q: What is your favorite scary movie of all time?
A: I'm going to switch it up here and name a scary TV show - Unsolved Mysteries. That theme song with Robert Stack's voice narrating still terrifies me. I can remember watching it when I was a kid and it scared the living daylights out of me. Why I voluntarily subjected myself to that I'll never know. 

Q: If you had to attend a mandatory dress up Halloween party this year what would you go as?
A: If I had to go to a mandatory costume party (which I wouldn't because I hate costume parties - yeah, I know I'm no fun), I'd want us to go as Kanye and Kim. It'd be easy for me to throw on a Kanye shirt, some ripped joggers or jeans and a pair of Yeezys. I'm all about easy when it comes to Halloween. 

Q: Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?
A: Absolutely not. I definitely don't believe in the idea of ghosts haunting places. I have no idea what happens to our energy once our time here is done, but I just don't see there being ghosts. 

Oh how I wish I was able to get my hands on a photo of little Mike in a Halloween costume!! I even struggled to find any of us together from the more recent years. Womp. The only time we ever did a couple costume was when we dressed up as Piper and Larry from Orange Is The New Black. 

Did you ever do a couple costume? I want all the details!

This month's link up will stay open until November 3rd. We'd love it if you joined in on the fun! Scroll down below and add your link. And make sure to include the GBTB button from above!!

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Next month's link up will be a week early because of American Thanksgiving. So join us on November 17th with the following questions for your guy:

1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? What is your least favourite?

2. What is a Thanksgiving tradition you liked growing up that you want to continue with your family? For example: Do you eat super early around 3pm or regular dinner time around 6pm? Do you watch football? Do you all go to a particular family member's house? Do you nap after the big meal?

3. What are your thoughts on Black Friday shopping? Yay or nay?

4. If you had it your way, would you set up your holiday decorations (Christmas tree, Hanukkah menorah, etc.) before or after Thanksgiving?

5. What are you most thankful for this year?

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Read more of Mike's thoughts hereherehereherehereherehere, and hereYou can find the original series on Betsy's blog Heavens to Betsy and Laura's blog According to Laura Jean

Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekending

Hello, hello! Happy Monday!

This weekend flew by. Don't they all? I'm sure I have said that several times in my weekending posts. And I'm sure I'll say it again! We didn't get quite everything done that we wanted to do but that's ok. We had perfect fall weather this weekend that called for ponchos, boots, and pretty plaid scarves. 

The Friday excitement started out around noon. After weeks of planning, we celebrated my boss' retirement with a fun party. We had a great turnout and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. My favourite part was the speeches and the gorgeous cupcakes that were handmade for the event. I took a couple cake decorating classes in the past but I don't think I could ever duplicate these. They were so pretty, not to mention delicious!



Saturday morning I had a hair appointment to have my highlights touched up and what is there to do while the hair dye sets other than take snapchat selfies?


Saturday night Mike and I went to a new (to us) restaurant to celebrate a good friend's birthday. It was such a fun place! There was live music -- two guys in the middle of the restaurant that played guitar and piano and took requests for all sorts of songs. It seemed like they knew how to play everything! We ended up having everyone in the building sing Happy Birthday to my friend. It was fun to catch up with everyone there and eat delicious butter chicken (my favourite dinner!)




On Sunday we were supposed to visit another friend in Toronto but one of the major highways was closed for the weekend so we asked to reschedule. Driving into Toronto can be slow on the best of days and taking side streets to get downtown would basically take forever. So instead, we visited my mom and brother and went out for a delicious dinner to a Polish restaurant. I try to cook Polish food as often as possible but I can never top the way this restaurant makes it. I love going there! I had white borscht (┼╝urek) in a bread bowl.


And now we're ready for the week ahead. We don't have too much planned for this week other than catching up on chores and hopefully going for a walk or two before the weather cools down for good.

I hope you had a great weekend!


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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for her Weekending series! 



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thanksgiving Celebrations

Thanksgiving was in full swing at our house this past weekend. It was delayed by a week because we were travelling on actual Thanksgiving but I definitely didn't want to miss it! So this weekend we did the whole turkey thing with my family and Mike's family. I don't usually get to host holiday dinner because we only have a table that seats four but if we squish, we can make six work. It is my dream to one day have a huge dining room that can seat a ton of people for the holidays! Because this was a delayed celebration, we only had my mom and brother, Mike's parents, and us.


My mom and I made several dishes, but among them was Polish apple pie. It's probably my all-time favourite dessert. I posted the recipe last year when we made it and it turns out delicious every time! 


My mom and brother came over for the whole weekend. The weather was nice and we had fun for three whole days. A little bit of Monopoly (I won!) and video games (I lost) and we were happy campers. 



Other than that, we watched football, Skyped with my family in Poland, and just relaxed and enjoyed each others' company. I love how low-key ands tress-free Thanksgiving is. I think that's why it's one of my favourite holidays!

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PS - Don't miss our first Guys Behind The Blog link up next week!!! Click here to find out what this month's questions are (they are quick and easy and we promise your guy won't complain!) and how to link up!


Friday, October 14, 2016

Five on Friday

1. This weekend we are celebrating (Canadian) Thanksgiving! It was technically last weekend, but since we took advantage of the long weekend to travel, we have to postpone it. We're going to have my mom and brother and Mike's parents over for dinner this Saturday. Here's a little recap of last year's Thanksgiving (and my first ever turkey!)


2. If you haven't already guessed, we went to North Carolina this past weekend. If you've been around this blog for a while, you know that Mike is a huge UNC Tar Heels fan so we road tripped to see a football game. It was our first home game and Hurricane Matthew came to hang out too so that was fun. We actually had a great time! More on that later.


3. We ordered a Magic Bullet. Mike and I love smoothies and we go to Booster Juice a few times a week which can get pretty expensive! We figured that we could find the recipes online and make the smoothies ourselves. I feel like we are the last people on earth to get a mini blender but my mom raves about it and it's time. I can't wait to try it!

4. I am still working my way through reading my blogger book swap books. I have finished reading Amy Schemer's book and now I'm in the middle of the Language of Flowers, which was my partner's pick for me. I. Love. This. Book. It's about a young girl that grew up in the group home system and has a love for flower meanings but a hatred for everything else. My mom owned a flower shop for many years so I was always around flowers. It's so good!


5. ICYMI, I am cohosting the Guys Behind The Blog linkup! After the series was cancelled by the original hosts, a few other bloggers and I got together to bring it back to life. I really hope you and your guy will join us on the last Thursday of every month. This month's answers will go live in two weeks, on Thursday, October 27th. Click here to see October's questions and grab the button below!

 Have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!


Today is Canadian Thanksgiving!! Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays because it's in the fall, filled with family time, and has yummy food. This year we are on vacation in the States (which does not celebrate Thanksgiving today!) and we will spend the majority of the day on the road. We are planning on celebrating next week instead.

I have so very much to be thankful for this year! I'm so grateful and am really focusing on everything that I have been blessed with.

A very special thank you goes to everyone that has visited this little blog of mine. I appreciative you so much!

I want to wish everyone else celebrating today a very happy Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fallified Mantels

It's no secret that I love decorating or the season. Valentine's Day? Hearts everywhere. Christmas? We love gold accents. Spring? Raffia and pastels.  So now that fall is officially here, I brought out the autumn-themed decorations to display.

We have a corner fireplace with a pretty large mantel that I change up depending on the time of the year. Usually there are some fixed pieces like the big mirror in the middle and a plant that always stays up but the rest gets a big switcheroo.

This year I haven't had a chance to invest too much time into a mantel overhaul. In an effort to gain some inspiration for something new, I went online to see what other people were doing. I specifically looked for autumn themed and not Halloween themed. And clearly I am gravitating to light, bright, and airy. Which works perfectly because that's basically the theme of our house. Some were SO good that I had to share them with you guys!







I think I just discovered that I love white pumpkins and eucalyptus leaves. I guess my shopping list is quite short!

Are any of these making your heart smile? Do you prefer darker and bolder colours? Do you skip fall decorating and go only for Halloween? Tell me!
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Guys Behind the Blog is BACK!

I have some very exciting news!! One of my favourite link-ups from blogland is back!

I used to participate in the Guys Behind The Blog link-up on a regular basis. It's where I interview Mike with 5 questions and post his answers. I always loved hearing what he had to say. So when I found out that the series was getting cancelled, I was really bummed!


If you remember last month, I tried to revamp the series on my own called The Mike Drop, but then Elizabeth from Chasin Mason suggested that we carry on the actual link-up. She contacted the original hosts for their blessing and rounded up some other amazing bloggers to host the link up. So next week,  Crystal from Hall Around TexasElizabeth from Chasin MasonJamie from Cocktails and CarseatsJessica from Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom, and I are officially going live!


The Guys Behind The Blog link-up will be posted the last Thursday of every month and our first official link-up will be next month on October 27th. Grab that first graphic up top, interview your man and join us for the party! You can have him type out his answers (that's what I do), ask him slyly, or flat out record him. It's up to you! 

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The questions for next month are:

1. What was your most favorite Halloween costume and why?
2. Haunted Houses – love them or hate them?
3. What is your favorite scary movie of all time?
4. If you had to attend a mandatory dress up Halloween party this year what would you go as?
5. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?



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November questions and November's date will be announced at the October link-up, December's in November, and so on.

We really hope that you will participate in this series and link up with your husband's/boyfriend's answers! It's always so fun reading what the guys have to say. 

Don't forget to grab the graphic to add to your posts! I hope to see you there on October 27th!


A HUGE thank you to Elizabeth for spearheading this and an even BIGGER thank you to Betsy and Laura for letting Crystal, Liz, Jamie, Jessica, and I continue on their series. It's an honor to be able to continue on what they created.

Read more of Mike's thoughts hereherehereherehereherehere, and hereYou can find the original series on Betsy's blog Heavens to Betsy and Laura's blog According to Laura Jean
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

9 Years Later

Yesterday was September 27th. Nine years ago, Mike asked me to be his girlfriend and our lives were changed forever.

We like to celebrate this day because it's always fun to look back on how much times have changed over the years. Mike surprised me with a gorgeous bouquet of red roses and the sweetest card.



Every year we go back to visit the place where we first met and fell in love. McMaster University holds such a warm place in our hearts. We usually just go to dinner and walk around the campus but this year we happened to catch trivia night too. Mike is a huge bar trivia fan and we ended up placing third! Not bad since we were a team of two and everyone else had at least triple the amount of players! Our team name is Michelina, aka our celeb couple name. #obvi






After dinner, we walked around campus and chatted about what it was like back when we were students. Even though we go every year, so much has changed since we were there last! It was pretty dark by the time we got out so the pictures don't do it justice but the campus is so beautiful in the fall!





After we came home, we winded down with the new episode of This Is Us and foot massages. I think it was a pretty perfect day!