Tuesday, July 29

Road Trip Survival Guide

Road trips are never easy. They're fun most of the time, but they are rarely easy. We've all experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly I'd say, but for the most part it's all about knowing a few quick survival tips. Mine are pretty easy.

1. Find a good radio station.
If you're like me, you have Sirius XM radio in your car, and you'll be in love on a long road trip. We found Tom Petty Radio as a limited engagement station, and we have been rocking out this entire trip. Plus, we've learned a lot of really cool Tom Petty stories. Did you know he loves Herman's Hermits? Anyway, you can also find some cool stuff on NPR. When in doubt, I suggest downloading your favorite podcasts and listening to those. We did Pop Culture Happy Hour for the first few hours of our trip.

2. Stop frequently.
You need to stretch pretty frequently. We're doing 8 hour days, and I'd say we stop no less than 4 or 5 times along the way. We're also in the middle of nowhere Texas currently so I suggest stopping for a bathroom when you see civilization and not just when you need it. Last night we ran into a sign that said 47 miles to the next restroom. Now imagine if you hadn't gone to the bathroom in the town prior to that, because you just didn't have to go THAT bad.

3. Pack snacks.
We went over this one before, but I feel it's worth reiterating. You will not get hungry at the same time as your travel companion, and in most cases your travel companion won't be as accommodating as my husband. I've been there and done that folks. So be sure to pack snacks!!!!

4. Silence is an option.
You don't have to always be chatting up your travel companion. I mean I slept for a good half an hour yesterday. You can just enjoy the scenery. If you're not traveling with someone with whom you are comfortable being silent then you are probably traveling with the wrong people.

5. Pack light.
You'll be stopping frequently for one night stays on long road trips so be sure to pack light, or at least pack everything you'd need for each of those nights in one bag. You don't want to have to unpack the entire car at each stop.

Monday, July 28

Sticky Buns

We spent last Thursday and Friday at the San Diego Comic Con, and I'll tell you that there is TONS of great food around the greater San Diego area. Friday morning, we decided on breakfast in the gaslamp at a restaurant that refashioned by Syfy to fit their 1960s space age theme for the show Ascension. Boy, I was not disappointed. I mean look at the size of that sticky bun! If you need scale, you can see the picture below.
 That is my sticky bun compared to the hubs bagel. It was seriously massive. On top of that the ooey gooey goodness was to die for if you are a fan of cinnamon and sugar. I seriously was in love after the first bite. If you're going to enjoy a sticky bun of this size though, I suggest sharing it with a friend. I was definitely not able to finish on my own. Actually the two of us together didn't finish it all. Of course he also had the bagel so it hampered his ability slightly. Anyway, now we're off to enjoy the country.

Friday, July 25

Friday Favorites

This week has been insane and by now we are on the road, but I still wanted to share my Friday Favorites with all of you. I hope you find them as interesting as I did.
1. The Never Ending Story is awesome. It has been for all of my life, but this makes it even cooler.
2. STOP! doing these things, and you'll feel a lot better. It's hard though.
3. Calories add up quickly especially in liquid form.
4. Don't know what to cook with your farmers market purchases? Have no fear. Your problem is fixed.
5. Kids have very different expectations than you!

Thursday, July 24

Trendy Thursday

The big floppy hat is so in, and I love it. I own several. They are great for days at the beach to keep the sun out of your eyes and the sand from getting in as well, and they are great for out on the town. You can dress them up for down. I love them as an accessory. It feels wonderful to be able to throw on a hat and go, but these are not really the kind of hats that I think are forgiving to bad hair days. It is the kind of accessory that will allow you to hide in plain site. Who doesn't like being able to make a quick exit at that party you didn't really want to go to?

What's your favorite accessory?

Wednesday, July 23

Want It Wednesday - Get It Done

Hello and welcome to Want it Wednesday. A link up post hosted by Katreena @ Sugar Spice & Everything Life and Yvonne @ The Dahlia Scene.
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2. Link up 5 things that are on your wish list for this week.

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1. Pack for our cross country trip.
Ideally this would have been done already, but I haven't really had time. This week has kind of gotten away from me. I've been busy running around changing my name and attending to other obligations. The good news is that I do have in mind exactly what I want to take with me.

2. Schedule the rest of this weeks blog posts.
Seeing as how we will be on the road, I want to get as many things done so that I don't have to stress about Thursday and Friday's post. I want them to go off like clockwork. This is something that should be happening anyway, but I know that sometimes I forget.

3. Mail out the rest of the thank you notes.
They have all been written so now it's just time to get them in the mail. I know we'll have another run after our presentation party in Knoxville, but at least we will be ahead of the game on this end. It's a nice feeling of accomplishment.

4. Get roadtrip apps for my phone.
I definitely need to get postagram, and a couple of others to find new places to see on our trip and of course to send lovely postcards. Are there any apps you can't live without on the road?

5. Put away all the laundry.
This is yet another thing I've been avoiding this week due to the fact I've been running around like a banty rooster. It's all folded so it's not like I haven't taken the time to take care of it, but I need to get it into the drawers. I swear I'm not normally this bad.

What do you want to get done this week?

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Tuesday, July 22

Wedding Photos

Today's post is going to be photo intensive thanks to the lovely people over at Continuum Photography. I could not speak more highly of them so if you're looking for a great set of wedding photographers I think they're your people. Josh & Melissa really know how to make it fun.
I just wanted to share a few of the great moments with you guys.

Monday, July 21

The Road To Your New Name


I've been running around all day stopping in locations to change my name on various documents. It's not easy to change your name, but it's also not particularly hard. It's a lot of waiting. I'll admit that the Social Security Administration took far less time than I would have guessed, but it was a small office. Plus, I had all my paperwork filled out beforehand with my marriage certificate and driver's license out and ready to go. There are some things you should know when it comes to changing your name.

1. Go to the Social Security Administration first
This is HUGE. If you don't then you'll have difficulty all the way around. In order to change your social security card, you'll need a drivers license or passport with your maiden name. When you go to change your license, it will need to match up with your social security number.

2. Next stop DMV
Everything else will most likely need your driver's license. This includes your new registration for your car and any other personal accounts. Plus you'll need your ID to match your name on credit cards etc for ease of use.

3. Change EVERYTHING
Don't leave some stuff undone while other stuff is done. It'll get confusing and complicated as time goes on. If you want to change your name then truly commit to making the change and don't do a half-hearted job.

Friday, July 18

Friday Faves

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Today is a really great day. I have achieved at least one personal goal for the month of July. It wasn't even on my July goals list, but of course all of us have things we keep to ourselves a little bit. Today, I reached a new milestone in blog readers, which makes me giddy. It's always great to be able to interact with new people. I know that good things will come. Anyway now we're on to the Friday Favorites.

1.Archie's Dead
2. New project to add to my list.
3. You can't just say someone raped you. It makes it harder for women who actually suffered such a heinous crime. Also, it really hurts the reputation of the people you accuse.
4. Gender identity or sexuality aren't always about your clothes, and we shouldn't judge toddlers or their parents for those choices.
5. Rooftop pools are the bomb.

Thursday, July 17

Dessert Trend of 2014: Shooters

Food & Drink
Shooters are a great way to get individual sized desserts for your guests, and I think that's honestly the biggest trend of 2014. It's all about making traditional desserts into smaller sizes. You'll see a lot of people even making small batch cookies so as to not have as much left over or not to overindulge themselves. I think the shooter is the perfect idea, because you can pretty much build any dessert inside and have it packed with flavor. You just have to make sure to have a large enough lip or a small enough spoon!

What's your favorite dessert to make in individual portions?

Wednesday, July 16

Want It Wednesday - Travel

Hello and welcome to Want it Wednesday. A link up post hosted by Katreena @ Sugar Spice & Everything Life and Yvonne @ The Dahlia Scene.
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1. We highly encourage you to follow your hosts. Click here for Katreena's blog lovin' profile. Click here for Yvonne's.

2. Link up 5 things that are on your wish list for this week.

3. Make sure that your link goes directly to your Want It Wednesday Post. (Indirect posts or unrelated posts will be removed).

4. We ask that you comment on at least 2 other's posts. Let's show some love to everyone!

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1. Greece
We plan to go there on our honeymoon so I am incredibly excited. We are headed to Santorini for one so I can at least knock this one off the list soon. What's not to love about the Mediterranean? Good food. Good wine. Excellent weather. I'm already packed!

2. Kentucky
I am incredibly excited by the fact I will be able to do this one soon as well. The state is absolutely gorgeous, but it's been on my list for a return visit for awhile. For those of you who don't know, I went to college here at Transylvania University. These college days were incredible, but it has honestly gotten better and better with time. The city of Lexington truly feels like a second home, and it is growing.

3. Munich
I didn't even realize this was on the list until recently, but I know that I'd love to see where my ancestors came from on my daddy's side of the family. I think it just has to do with a new urge to see the region even though I'll admit I find the airport far too intense.

4. Australia
I want to hold a koala. There is honestly so much more I want to do while visiting there, but this would be a must do highlight. I might have to try to find 42 Wallaby Way too. Is there really anything else a Disneyphile would love more?

5. Barcelona
I am just utterly dying to return. I really want to taste tortilla and paella. Trust me if you tried it you'd understand what I mean. Also, this is listed as one of the top 10 happiest cities in the world. Who doesn't feel happy after siesta?

Where do you want to visit?

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