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Two years ago, Taylor and I tied the knot.

I could wax poetic about how much I love him and how happy we are, but I’ll spare you. For the most part. 

I will tell you we are so very happy. And we enjoy being married. We enjoy each other’s company and laugh together… a lot.

Two years has passed in the blink of an eye. And we are looking forward to many more years to come.

Photo by Michelle Loconto


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You should get one. It will cost a little more than a regular manicure but it is totally worth it. I got mine done on Tuesday and it looks almost exactly the same on Saturday, just a little grown out. No chips in the polish and still super shiny. Normally I paint my nails and the paint is chipped so bad I remove it all by the 2nd or 3rd day. Here is how it looked on the first day


And here is how it looks today.


I realize the pics are blurry but I promise you my nails still look awesome.

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The kind of friends who give you fresh arugula, lettuce, mint, red onion and cherry tomatoes (not pictured) from their garden.


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I’m a few days late posting because I had a hard time making myself finish up this wrap up. I kept thinking of more things I wanted to add. This past year was great, and I can’t really complain. I’m sure I’ll miss something with this year in review, but I’ll do my best.

This year Taylor and I :

Paid off my car and his student loan (if only we could pay off mine!)
Waited (not so patiently) to find out if I would still have a job (yes I would!)
Celebrated our first wedding anniversary

And I:

Ran a 5k
Completed the Warrior Dash


  • New Year’s Day in New York City
  • My 29th birthday

Cooked – Plenty of tasty recipes including Pioneer Woman Mac & Cheese; Pico de Gallo; Tequila Shrimp; Goat Cheese and Carmelized Onion Pizza. There are even more that I somehow didn’t get around to posting about.


  • Los Angeles and Long Beach (February)
  • Austin (February and November)
  • San Francisco for the 2nd time (April)
  • Chicago for the 4th (5th?) time (May)
  • Washington, DC/Arlington, VA (July)
  • Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM (November)

Read – Don’t judge. Even though I’m like 10 years behind the times on some of these, they were all very good, and easy reads.

The Twilight Series

  • Twilight
  • Eclipse
  • New Moon
  • Breaking Dawn

The Sookie Stackhouse Series

  • Dead Until Dark
  • Living Dead in Dallas
  • Club Dead
  • Dead to the World
  • Dead as a Doornail
  • Definitely Dead
  • All Together Dad
  • From Dead to Worse
  • Dead and Gone

Harry Potter Series

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


  • True Blood (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • The Tudors (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Lie to Me (Season 1 and part of season 2)
  • Dexter (Seasons 1-4)
  • And plenty of miscellaneous episodes of Family Guy, South Park and Top Gear on streaming Netflix

Listened to/Discovered MusicA few of these albums aren’t new, but I loved them this year anyway. Also saw Two Door Cinema Club and GroupLove live at the Warehouse Live in Houston in October.

  • Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History
  • We are Scientists – Brain Thrust Mastery; Barbara
  • Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
  • GroupLove – GroupLove EP
  • The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
  • MGMT – Oracular Spectacular; Congratulations
  • Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
  • The Black Keys – Brothers
  • Arcade Fire – Neon Bible; The Suburbs
  • Broken Bells – Broken Bells
  • Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga; Transference

What were some of the highlights from your 2010 year?

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cheap skincare

I have had some issues with my skin over the years.

pimples + oiliness + dryness + redness = nothing you can buy at the store that covers all those things.

One thing I have found that surprisingly works is a homemade scrub. You can watch the video here, or just follow the recipe. (Also, Michelle Phan, the girl who made the video, has TONS of other fun makeup and skin care videos, including make your own nose strips!)

Olive Oil Honey Scrub
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp honey

Mix it all together in a small container. It’ll keep for several weeks.

I use it after I wash my makeup off, a couple nights a week (when I remember) and it really seems to help more than any other store-bought scrubs. You just gently massage it on your face for about 1 minute. I use a little warm water to thin it out so it’s not too rough. Then rinse it off with warm water. I don’t  usually use moisturizer afterward, because there is still just enough olive oil left on my skin. And since I use it at night, I’m not trying to put makeup over it or anything.

Apparently, honey has properties that kill bacteria which is good for pimples! The olive oil is moisturizing but doesn’t clog pores. And the sugar of course, good for scrubbing.

The best part is it’s cheap, and you probably have everything in your pantry at home.

Try it out and see what you think.

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In case you missed it, Part 1 of my New York City New Year’s Eve can be found here.

When we woke up it was New Year’s Eve.  While we were showering and getting ready, we noticed it had started snowing outside. Here’s the roof of the building across from our hotel room.

It was so exciting for a bunch of Texans. We got all bundled up for the cold and snow. It wasn’t terribly bad wearing a beanie…that means you don’t have to fix your hair too much.

After getting all bundled up we headed out exploring. Not a minute from our hotel, I spotted this artwork on a store front.

We went to the real Rockefeller Center to see the tree and go ice skating. It was magical ice skating in the snow. Totally worth the $28 and forcing our way through the 100 pe0ple in the skate rental/storage room. Here’s me waiting in line.

After we left Rockefeller Center (honestly it felt like we were there a long time…breakfast, trying to find the ice skating rink, standing in line, getting skate, ice skating, returning skate, trying to find the way out) we wandered around the city for a while.

We ended up at Central Park. It was more beautiful than I remembered…I think the snow had something to do with that. Linsi and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stage a snowball fight.

Here’s my favorite shot of the whole trip. Is my wallpaper on my computer at work. Are you ready?

Soon enough we were starving, so we set off to a place recommended by one of Taylor’s friends. It’s called Westville NYC and we visited the West location at 210 W. 10th Street in Greenwich Village. Luckily we got our names on the list before the 3:00PM cutoff for New Year’s Eve. The food was great and the atmosphere was even more awesome. This was honestly one of the best spots of the trip. I got a burger, but if I had it to do over, I would have tried the market veggies. 

After eating our late lunch at Westville NYC, we went back to the hotel to rest for a bit. Linsi and I ran a few errands (printing our bus ticket confirmation and buying some NYE Prosecco and wine) before heading out again for New Year’s Eve.

We hopped on the subway…

 and headed toward Times Square. Once we got there, we stayed for a few minutes after getting through the security checks. Here I am with the ball in the background… 

and a super close up of the ball. 

After just a few minutes, we decided we were going to find something else to do, since the ball was so far away and small anyway. Besides, it was at least 3 hours until midnight, and with no food or bathrooms, we were better off doing something else.

 We found finally found Jack Russell’s Pub. Where we enjoyed a few beers and a good amount of people watching. I don’t know what time it was when we left, but we decided to get some food and head back to the hotel to watch the ball drop. Thank goodness for late night New York Pizza joints!

Back at the hotel, we turned on the tv to catch the festivities…

and popped open our prosecco for a midnight toast to the new year.

Not long after the ball dropped, we went to bed. We had a long day and another full day ahead of us.

To be continued…

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Taylor’s laughing at me because I’m sitting in here laughing out loud.  I’m goofy I know. 

I saw an article featured on Yahoo about a wolf t-shirt suddenly becoming an internet hit.  So of course I had to see what it was all about.  And let me tell y’all, this ranks right up there with the time I found someone selling an air guitar on Ebay!

Here’s the article about the shirt featuring 3 wolves howling at the moon but the funniest part was reading the reviews of the actual wolf t-shirt.  Tons of people are buying the shirt, just so they can comment! 

I just love that kind of humor. 

You can also check out similarly hilarous reviews for:

Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon, 128 fl oz and Zubaz Pants

Happy long weekend everyone!!

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