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Friday, May 30, 2014

Take 5, on Friday

Hey guys!  It's Friday, and I'm finally starting to crawl out under my mountain of tissues and cough drops and feel like a human being again.

So lets just get to my 5. Here are some things that only take 5 minutes or less, and make your life so much easier.


Back up your blog.  Can you believe I've never done this?  How much would my life suck if it all somehow got lost?  I would probably have an insane meltdown which would most likely lead to some sort of court ordered anger management.  It's my new goal to do this weekly.

Click here for a simple step by step guide.


Those glass doors will be the death of me
Clean your bathroom. Seriously, 5 minutes of wiping stuff down helps SO much. I try to take 5 minutes (I set a timer on my phone because I'm a child) and see how much I can get done in 5 minutes.  I know it sounds ridiculous, but it works.  Doing this every few days helps keep soap scum off your tile and saves you so much work down the road. I will admit, I've been slacking this week.


Clean up your inbox.  For some reason, I'm awful at this one.  I let junk emails pile up, and never get around to either addressing them or deleting them.  (For the blog: I try to reply to everyone's comments via email, so make sure you're not a "no reply blogger.") Also, going through and unsubscribing to junk email is something I never do.  I delete the same Bed Bath and Beyond email every day. 


Stretch. I used to be the stretching queen when I did ballet.  I'd say I spent probably an hour stretching throughout the day.  I was ALWAYS stretching my feet, hips, calves, etc.  Now that I'm a "runner," my stretching routine is pretty nonexistent.  If I just took a little bit of time while watching TV at night or after my runs, I think my legs would definitely thank me.


Write your post for Favorite Things on Monday, June 2nd.  I know that this probably takes more than 5 minutes, but I know that Ally and I would LOVE to hear your favorite things for June.

That's all for now!  Who has fun plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

But First, Let Me Take A Shelfie

Hey all!  Long time no see, read, blog.  I've been feeling sickly for the past few days, so I've taken a little time off from blogging.  George was also off work last week, so I was trying to spend every minute doing something fun with him.

So anyways, today I'm going to talk a bit about the house.  We have all of the furniture we originally ordered in, but it still feels pretty bare.  I guess you could say we're in the awkward phase between just moving in and being "settled."

I'm trying to take my time with decorating and find pieces that I really love.  It's tempting to run out and buy a bunch of stuff to make the house feel complete, but I know that I would eventually regret it when I found what I really wanted.

So having said that, I'm trying to decorate with things that I have laying around the house or items that I've purchased at a huge discount.  Today, I'm going to join in on the party hosted by One King's Lane and highlight my #shelfie (shelf styling).

We have the "Rhys" media collection from Pottery Barn, and Im really happy with it.  It's from our old house, so it's a little banged up, but that just adds character, right? Sadly, PB no longer sells it.

Let me first say that this is a definite work in progress, and I'm sure things will get changed around quite a bit.  I actually had everything done perfectly, but George changed it all around when he added the speakers.  :)  Whatevs.

I enjoy seeing pictures and personal photos around the house. As much as I'd love to use our wedding pictures and Gracie portraits everywhere, I don't want to look nuts and narcissistic with my face everywhere.

George and I had some framed pictures of our grandparents from our wedding's memory table, and I thought those would be perfect.  Eventually, I want to do a gallery wall along the stairs, but all in time.

Besides the grandparent pictures, George has some vintage medical encyclopedias that once belonged to his grandparents.  I like the different colors on the spines, and being that we're both medical people, I think they're perfect!

On the lower two shelves, I tried to limit anything breakable and/or harmful.  We have a ton of small kiddos in the family, so putting the glass items and breakable things up high is a must.

One tip that I've found very useful for styling shelves: take the dust jackets off of your books!  It makes such a difference, and you won't miss them.

The baskets on the low shelves were purchased at Gordman's for $14.99 a piece.  Mercury glass candle... $3.00 on clearance. 

I also like using a mix of color and black and white pictures.  I tried to use silver frames where I could to make them pop against the dark background of the shelves.  Eventually, I'd like to get the balls to paint/paper the backs...but for now, I'm leaving them alone.

That's all for now!  How do you style your #shelfies?

Also, don't forget June 2nd is the Favorite Things linkup!  Share your favorite things for June, and join in on the party!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Race for the Cure Peoria: Race Recap

Hey all,

So last weekend my parents were in town, and it was great.  They were able to use the guest suite downstairs (the "Splurge vs. Steal" room) now that it is mostly complete.

So about RFTC.  Long story short, I haven't really been running.  I mean maybe a few miles here and there, but definitely less than 10 a week. But, whatever.

On Friday night, we all went out for pizza and beer.  The good thing about this race was that I didn't really care how it went.  I knew that I had no chance at PRing, so I was pretty relaxed.  I drank all beer and no water and was perfectly fine with that.

The next morning, I woke up thinking that I had overslept, and I was actually happy.  Nope, I still had a good hour and a half to get ready.  But, in true Emily style, I waited until the last minute to get my act together, and we were pretty late getting out the door.  I had some applesauce and half of a piece of cinnamon bread, which was actually the perfect amount of food.

Here's what I loved about this race.  No stress!  I hadn't trained, and I didn't care.  I knew that it would take me about a half hour from start to finish, so that meant: no packing fuel, no rubbing body glide all over every chafe-able body surface, and certainly no stressing about a poo-ing schedule.  (Marathoners and half marathons know that the struggle is real)

We had no idea where to park, and it turned out the closest possible place was about a mile from the start line.  I had no safety pins, so I planned on carrying my number. Ghetto fabulous.... but I didn't care.

IDK what I was thinking dressing like this for a hot race. I was sweating just waiting for it to begin.  Oops!
As I'm jogging to the start line (trying to get there on time), a police officer stopped me and asked if I wanted a ride.  I think I yelled "Heck yes!" then made a bad joke about that being the first time I had ever ridden in the FRONT of a cop car.  He didn't laugh.

He was extremely nice, and I totally committed  blogger fail by not taking a selfie with him. :)  George did get a picture of us driving away.

Thanks to officer Paul, I got there in plenty of time, and was able to score some safety pins from a sweet older lady who had some extras stowed in her fanny pack.

Now, I'm not saying that I'm a racing veteran by ANY means, but those wearing jean shorts with their keys around their necks typically aren't the types of runners that should be pushing their way to the very front of the start line.  Same with the jogging strollers.  Oh heavens, the jogging strollers.... they were out and proud that morning.

But again, I had my IDGAF attitude on, and smiled as I weaved in and out of them at the start and prayed that they didn't pass me later on.

I started in the back... politely.
The first mile was all uphill, literally, so it was pretty slow.  After seeing my time for the first, I was like "Oh need to pick. it. up, Em." My next two miles were slightly faster and actually more enjoyable.  The entire time I was running, I couldn't help but think about how much more pleasant it is to be in a race when you're not alternating vomiting and brief crying periods. (Marathon Recap Here)

I ended up finishing at 28:51 (around a 9:17 pace).  The goal in my head was to finish under 30 minutes, so I was pretty happy considering my total lack of running in 2014.

The rest of the day was spent buying a grill, having our very first cookout in the new house, and you guessed it... eating & drinking.

This race actually made me more excited about running over the summer, and I definitely want to sign up for some more races.  Now I just need to get out there and get my mojo back!

Have you done any races lately?  How did it go?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Guest Room

Hey all!  So today I'm going to share my guest room.  My decorating style is definitely classic and American, but on a budget.  I'm always trying to get the look for less.  One thing I did for this room, was find inspiration from Pottery barn, and then try to find the same styles for less.

Here is what I did:
For the steals: 

So here's how it turned out.  I still have a LOT to do, but it is a start.  I want to add more greens and tans in eventually.

Please excuse my complete lack of photography skills.

Not exactly sure what I want to do with the window.  I have some wood blinds that I'm pretty happy with, but I feel like some sheer curtains would soften up the space a bit.  

What are some of your favorite places to find "the look for less"?

Friday, May 9, 2014

What I've Been Up To: Five on Friday

Hey all!  It's Friday, and I'm super excited.  My parents are coming to P-Town for Mother's Day weekend.  We're planning on putting them to work by doing some stuff around the house. :)  HOPEFULLY, we get our irrigation system installed soon, which means grading, which means SOD.  Seriously, I can't wait to have a yard.

Anyways... here is what I've been up to. (Spoiler Alert: NOT running haha)


I've very slowly been decorating the house.  I'm so psyched that I was able to find this mirror from Wayfair that fits perfectly above the fireplace.  The best part? It was only $80!


My awesome coworkers from my Indianapolis hospital threw me an amazing going away party.  The theme was white trash, and many coworkers came in their PJ pants.  The "Scabies aint nasty!" T shirt is a long story.  It may or may not be what some girl was yelling at her boyfriend in the ER.  I had a pit bull temporary tattoo that I had been saving for just the right moment.  What a better occasion that my party?


I have been loving these super duper easy dinners.  Toast + turkey bacon + fried egg (I like my center a little runny) + tomato + avocado + homemade tzatziki = party in your mouth.  Add in some sweet potato fries, and I'm in heaven.  Yum!


Spring has sprung in Peoria, and I'm in the mood to plant some stuff!  I ended up planting some oregano, cilantro, and basil in my kitchen window.  I have yet to actually use any, but I'm excited to make some caprese salads with the basil I already have growing in my kitchen.  It's also a bonus that it's SO close to a water source!  I have no excuse for killing them off.


George and I had a very impromptu Cinco de Mayo party on Monday.  We actually decided that we were going to do it the night before, so I was kind of scrambling to get stuff together.  I think it all turned out ok, and we all certainly had a great time.  The fact that there is a lime shortage kind of cramped my style, but besides that...Mexican food is super easy party food.

So that's what I've been up to lately!  Make sure you check back on Monday to check out my Pottery Barn knock-off guest room.  I'd say I found some pretty great dupes.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Blogger Interview

Hey friends!

So, Annie from Home of Malones is doing a little blogger interview featuring moi today.  Stop on over at her page, and check it out! (here)

I also have some fun posts coming up, so be sure to check back!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Favorite Things

Hey all!  I'm super excited to introduce Ally, from Life As I Know It as the new cohost for Favorite Things.  Kylie is taking a little bit of a blogging hiatus, so Ally has graciously decided to step in.  So happy to have you, Ally!

So lets get to it!

1. Rodan + Fields Soothe Line Buy It Here

I could talk for ten posts about how jacked up my skin is, but I'll spare you.  Basically, I have a mix between rosacea and acne.  The littlest thing, like sleeping in powder, can send my skin into a total meltdown.  At the time that I ordered this line, my face was a total mess, and I was willing to try anything.  Normally, I'm very skeptical of new fads, and feel that they're just that, fads.  I do, honestly, feel that this is different.  It is pricey, but you have a money back guarantee if you don't like it. My skin was noticeably smoother after just a few days.

2. Donut Shop Coconut Mocha K-Cups Buy it here

My sister in law got me totally hooked on these.  I'm a huge coconut flavor (no actual coconut, can't stand the texture) fan.  These have a strong coconut flavor without tasting like tanning lotion.  Pair this with warmer weather and vanilla creamer, and I'm in heaven.  Yum!

3.) Amazon Prime Try it here

Our Fedex, UPS, and mail carrier probably hate us by now.  We have been ordering EVERYTHING off of Amazon Prime.  Peoria doesn't have quite the variety of shopping that Indy did, so we're using Amazon Prime even more often now.  I love that free, 2 day shipping is always included, along with Amazon instant video.  SO worth the money.

4.) Lindsay Check it out here

Add Lindsay to my list of trash TV.  I'm not ashamed.  Lindsay is a docu-series on the OWN network that takes a peek into the real life of Lindsay Lohan.  She is a recovering alcoholic (but still parties pretty hard), trying to get back into the acting scene, and adjusting to a new home in NYC.  Warning: Your husband will find this show incredibly boring. This is best watched alone or with your girls.

5.) Dymo Label Maker buy it here

As I'm getting into the clutter part of unpacking, I'm trying to start fresh and be organized.  This label maker is awesome for making binder tabs and containers appear neat and tidy.  It also helps George figure out what stuff is without actually having to sort through it.  

6.) Target Boat Neck Tee Buy It Here

Again, I gotta share my favorite Target tops.  They are perfect for spring weather with a 3/4 length sleeve and bright prints.  They're soft cotton, so you can throw them in the wash.  A plain one with a dressy necklace can go from casual to dressy so easily.  The best part, they're $12.99, and you can sometimes find a Cartwheel coupon to make them even cheaper.

7.) Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner Buy It Here

This may be my favorite for the month.  I've heard people talking about the "no-poo" method of skipping on the shampoo.  For me,  I could never NOT wash my hair.  This stuff is the perfect compromise.  For the days where my hair is dirty or sweaty, but doesn't have a bunch of product, the cleansing conditioner is perfect.  You slather it on, leave it on for the whole shower, and rinse before you get out.  It also smells like mint, and it makes you feel like you're in a spa.

8.) iHeartOrganizing Check her out here

Jen from iHeartOrganizing is a genius.  I've been loving her printables, project gallery, and DIY ideas.  Most of her projects are pretty inexpensive and manageable to do in a day.  She recently did a month of different cleaning and organizing projects.  She shared her recipes for all natural cleaners and did a step by step tutorial.  Check her out!

9.) Kirkland Red Grapefruit Cups

I've recently discovered so many new Costco finds, but I think this one is my favorite.  I love grapefruit, but I'm super lazy and don't want to cut out the little sections.  The fruit is packed in water and has very minimal sugar. So delicious!

Now it is your turn to join the link up!  What are some of your Favorite Things for May?